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Friday, January 29, 2016

Solved! Pandora error in Chrome: Please ensure you are using the latest Flash Player



Pandora Error: Please ensure you are using the latest Flash Player

Lately, when starting Pandora, Chrome has been throwing a message telling me to update to the latest Flash Player.

There's one problem, though. Flash Player is now built into Chrome. There's nothing to be updated.

Solutions abound, but the one that worked for me is this:

Chrome-->Settings-->Show Advanced Settings-->Privacy-->Content Settings-->Plugins-->Click the radio button for "Run all plugin content"

To be precise, I followed steps 1 through 5 on this page and it got fixed after step 5.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Quicken 2016 How to turn off update portfolio on investing.quicken.com



In Quicken 2016, in One Step Update, I started getting this message  investing.quicken.com portfolio updated" even though "online services" was unchecked.

I don't know what it is, and I don't want it. I don't care how it got there. Maybe something stupid I did.

All the fixes I found online didn't really apply. Here's what I figured out for my situation. I don't even know if all the steps were needed. Maybe it will help somebody else as well:

  1. Go into one step update settings, and where you see "update portfolio on investing," even though it's unchecked, click on "select investing data to sync" and uncheck "track my watchlist" and switch the radio button to "send only my symbols."
  2. Click on the investing tab in your Quicken app, then edit your watch list. You will then see a window titled "security list." Uncheck everything in the security list.
  3. Go to one step update, and check the box that says only show the latest update. That way you won't see the old message any more.

Save those tracking numbers from the United States Post Office


In December 2015, I returned some items to JC Penney. I never got the $50 refund. In January, I dug out the post office receipt.

I googled "Post office tracking" and what I needed popped right up. I put in the tracking number from my receipt. It said the package had been picked up in the JC Penney Returns Center and it showed the date.

So then I went on the JC Penney website and opened a chat. The rep efficiently requested the tracking id, and within minutes, my refund was issued.

It was all pretty simple and quick. I suggest saving those post office receipts until you see you've gotten your refund.


Friday, January 8, 2016

Plex can't find your movie


When Plex says movie unavailable, here's one cause:

I have Plex running on a Windows computer. It's looking to a NAS device for its movies. But sometimes Windows devices can't find a mapped NAS device.

I had to click on the NAS device to get Windows to see it.

Stupid, I know.

Could not update profile picture in facebook


This happened on January 8, 2016. It just wouldn't upload. When I googled the problem, others said it made no difference if they tried a different browser.

So I banged my head against the wall for a while until I tried Firefox.

And it worked.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Hidden features in Amazon Fire Stick Slideshow



I wanted to speed up my Amazon Fire Stick Slideshow speed. It was running too slow. It can be done.

Once you've figured out how to use slideshow in firestick, you'll wonder about how to customize it. There is a way that is not so obvious but easy to do.

While the slideshow is playing, press the menu button on your remote. Now you will see your choices.

I sped mine up from medium to fast, and randomized it.

Here is the Fire TV Stick User Guide.