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Friday, June 29, 2018

Remove blogger padding around images

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  1. Go into theme
  2. Go into HTML
  3. Jump to Widget HTML1
  4. Search for this:
    .post-body img, .post-body .tr-caption-container {
    padding: 8px;
  5. Change the 8 to a zero
  6. Savetheme

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Code42 Crashplan for Business keeps stopping in Windows 10 Clearing Cache didn't work

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Tried this first but it didn't work

  1. Stop the CrashPlan service in services.msc
  2. * Go into the cache folder C:\ProgramData\CrashPlan\cache
  3. Delete everything in the cache folder
  4. Restart the CrashPlan service
  * Make hidden items viewable in order to see this folder

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Monday, June 25, 2018

The mail in the dumpster

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  1. On Thursday, June 21 around noon-ish, I was standing at the lobby elevator, facing the mailroom. I could see that I could go in and get my mail soon because the mailman was done and about to leave. However, I couldn't find him. His cart was there, unattended, and containing some pieces of mail which he had picked up. I even saw a large envelope of mine. 
  2. In a moment or two, I saw the mailman emerge from our apartment's loading dock, which is where the dumpster is. A mailman would have no reason to be there. He had a strange look on his face when he saw me. Then he left.
  3. I went upstairs to my apartment and got my granny cart and my grabber, went back downstairs and straight to the loading dock. In the dumpster was a pile of mail. I retrieved what I could, which was about thirty pieces, and was about 2/3 of what was there. 
  4. On Monday I took pics and videos of all of it. Then I organized the mail into two bags: one with mail addressed to our building; the other with mail addressed to other addresses in Jersey City. One was a warning about a recall from Honda. Another was a mailing about a class-action suit. Yet another was Time Magazine.
  5. Then I headed to the main Post Office on Montgomery Avenue in Jersey City and asked to see the postmaster.
  6. The woman at the window said I could only see him by appointment, and only by calling his secretary.
  7. So I left the post office, with all the mail, and called from outside. I got a voicemail saying the postmaster was not in, so I left a message.
  8. Then while shopping, I got a callback from the secretary. Her first words were a complaint that I hadn't left my name or any information about why I had called. I told her I'm afraid of the mailman.
  9. She insisted I had to give my name and asked me what it was about so I told her. Then she told me she couldn't make an appointment for me because the postmaster was away. 
  10. So I asked her what to do with all the mail. She told me to come to the post office and ask for the manager. Then she changed her mind and told me to go to Window 2.
  11. So I waited twenty minutes at Window 2. When I gave the woman the mail and told her the story, she was horrifed.
  12. I have no idea if I'm ever going to see the postmaster. I'm also worried about seeing the mailman.


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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Epson Workforce 840 Scanner software crashing after April 2018 Creators Update

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Some folks say that running in compatability mode fixes the problem. Others say it doesn't. Here's the procedure I tried, but it still didn't work.


  1. Find the Epson scan executable in your folder structure
  2. Right click on Epson Scan and choose Properties
  3. Choose Compatibility
  4. Click Change settings for all users
  5. Tick run on compatibility mode
  6. Choose Windows XP SP3
Others have found that running scan in admininstrative mode works for them, but it didn't work for me.

I've learned that both Epson and Windows are aware of the problem, and that a patch is on the horizon.

In the meantime, I can get the scan software to behave by never clicking outside the scan window. It kinda takes away the multitasking, but that's Windows for ya: a somewhat multitasking operating system.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Code42 Cannot connect to background service memory solution that didn't work


Here's how to do it but it didn't solve my problem


For a few months now, I've had to manually restart Crashplan in Windows 10. I knew from googling that it was caused by the fact that I'm now backing up more than 1TB of files. However, all the solutions I found were for the old version of Crashplan.

...until today, when Code42's solutions finally popped up on the first page of google.

The solution is no fun, but here it is.

And here's my abbreviated set of instructions for my configuration:

  1. Uninstall Code42
  2. Delete the following directory from your device:  C:\ProgramData\CrashPlan
  3. Download the Code42 app from the administration console App Downloads screen.
  4. Double-click the EXE file, then click Next to begin the installation wizard.
  5. For Installation Type, click Next to accept the default setting, Everybody (all users).
  6. Sign in to your Code42 app.
  7. Determine how much memory your Code42 app needs:
  8. Backup selection sizeRecommended memory setting (MB)
    1.5 TB or 1.5 million files1536
    2 TB or 2 million files2048
    2.5 TB or 2.5 million files2560
    3 TB or 3 million files
    3072
  9. With the Code42 app open, use this keyboard shortcut:  Ctrl+Shift+C
  10. Enter the command:
    java mx nnnn,restart
    where nnnn is the number for the new memory setting.
    I used this: 
    java mx 1536,restart
  11. Press Enter.
    The Code42 app closes. The Code42 service stops. Then the Code42 service restarts.
  12. Open the Code42 app
  13. The Crashplan instructions say to reconnect your newly installed Code42 app to the backup archives created by the old app, before the symptoms occurred. But I found it automatically reconnected