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I’m an Individual by Jezilyn Martyn supporting BeatBullying

One of my lovely twitter followers has released her lovely anti-bullying single, ‘I’m an individual’ a percentage of the proceeds go to beatbullying uk

Please check it out and download if you like it (or even if you dont – it’s for a good cause!)

Listen & Buy on iTunes.
Listen & Buy on Amazon:

 

02033011048 – phone number – keeps calling

I kept getting (and ignoring) calls from this phone number 02033011048.

Today i answered it and the girl on the other end said she was calling on behalf of a *mumbled* telecommunications / vodafone.

She said my phone was due for an upgrade, and it was (about a month ago). i told her this and she hung up.

I’m guessing this is one of those companies trying to switch me over to their account or something?

If you’ve answered one of these calls or have had a call from this number please post a comment for all to see.

Change ThinkPad Edge Fn Keys Back to Normal Function Keys

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge Laptops come with standard F1-F12 function keys disabled by default here’s how to change them back to work as normal.

After racking my brains and google not coming up with anything i eventually tracked it down to the BIOS.

I did this on a ThinkPad Edge E520 i’m guessing other ThinkPad Edge Laptops may be the same?
(please comment or tweet me if this worked on a different model, so i can update this post)

  1. Restart or Turn on your ThinkPad Edge
  2. Tap the ENTER key repeatedly (NOT RETURN – this doesn’t work)
  3. tap F1 to go into the BIOS
  4. Tap the Right Cursor/Arrow key once to move to [CONFIG]
  5. Go down to [KEYBOARD / MOUSE] Hit Enter/Return
  6. Go to [Change to “F1-F12 keys”]
  7. Tap Enter/Return and choose [Legacy]
  8. Hold Down Fn+F10 to save & exit
  9. Choose [YES] (tap Enter/Return)
  10. That’s it! Yay! Your function keys are now back to normal!

Please comment or tweet me if this worked on a different model, so i can update this post

HTC DropBox Free 25GB – How to Get It

Got my new HTC One X today and it told me i could get a free 25GB Dropbox account!

Yay! i thought! free space!

But… There are things you need to do to get this space!

Create a dropbox account (i think you can also use an existing one)
htc dropbox free 25gb

You must click and go through at least 5 of the items on the “Getting Started” page (when logged in):
http://www.dropbox.com/gs

I did the following 5:

1. Take the Drop Box Tour
(Just click the link and then go back to the getting Started Page)

2. Put Files in your DropBox folder
(I just uploaded a random photo)

3. Share a folder with friends
(i just created a folder and shared it with one of my other email accounts, then deleted the folder)

4. Invite Some Friends to Join DropBox
(I just invited another of my own email accounts)

5. Install DropBox on your mobile device
(This should already be completed as it is already on your HTC phone)

Once you have done 5 of these things you should get an email from Dropbox saying you have another 23Gb for 24mths.
You may need to log out back in once you receive this email.

Possible Scam – Unsolicited Parcels – Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire Trading Standards have received two calls from vulnerable adults living in Thame who have recently received expensive goods through the post that they have not ordered from a well-known mail order company.

On one occasion, the consumer received a telephone call from an unknown caller shortly after receiving the parcel to arrange for collection of the parcel from the consumer’s home. The consumer had not contacted anyone about the parcel – this was an unsolicited call.

Soon afterwards a tall black male wearing a yellow hi-viz jacket arrived at the consumer’s home and collected the parcel, no receipt was provided.

Both consumers are now being pursued by the mail order company for payment of the items.

Anyone living in the South Oxfordshire or Vale of White Horse area who experience this kind of behaviour are being asked to telephone Thames Valley Police on 101 and quote URN 706 of 13/07/12.

 

Free Advice about Consumer Rights is available by telephoning the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline: 08454 04 05 06

 

Further information to help a consumer be ‘scam aware’ is available via the Oxfordshire County Council website at:

http://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/public-site/scams

Security Centre Could Not Change Automatic Update Settings – Windows XP

Had a very annoying problem with Automatic Update & Security Centre on Windows XP earlier today.

Had the red icon warning that automatic updates were turned off. Clicked the icon which opens Windows Security Centre tried to enable Automatic Updates but wouldn’t work instead it gave me a lovely message stating

“Security Centre Could Not Change Automatic Update Settings”

… very helpful!

I found out that somehow Windows XP had gone a little screwy on the Windows Update side of things and more importantly i found out how to get Windows Update & Security Centre talking nicely to each other.

Here’s how I fixed this problem:

Click Start, select Run  (or hold WinKey + R) and type:

regsvr32 wuapi.dll

Press enter after this and wait for the success message

“DllRegisterServer in filename.dll succeeded”

Then do the same for all the files below:

regsvr32 wuaueng.dll
regsvr32 atl.dll
regsvr32 wucltui.dll
regsvr32 wups.dll

Hope this helps you. If it does give me a tweet and let me know :)
If not, i guess it’s back to Google for you!

 

Note: There may be another reason for this…

If, when visiting the Windows Update website and searching for available updates, you see the 0x8007043B error

This error may occur if WUAUSERV and BITS services are not configured correctly in the windows registry.
See Microsoft article here: http://v5.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/v5consumer/showarticle.aspx?articleid=19&ln=en

How to Stop Virgin Media Superhub Wireless Connection Dropping Out

You may have noticed that your Virgin Media SuperHub will sometimes drop out, maybe every 5-10 minutes! Or maybe your wireless is not working at all.

The problem could be that the software (called firmware) embedded in the Super Hub has problems when set above 802.11 B/G.

This is obviously rather annoying if you want to utilise more than 54mbps of your broadband connection over wi-fi.
This issue is not a virgin media service problem.
 
If you don’t mind being limited to lower speeds, You can set your Super Hub to work at 54Mbps in the 2.4GHz band. Doing this should resolve any of these annoying intermittent / dropping connection issues.

You can do this by visiting http://192.168.100.1 (or whatever the IP of your superhub is) and click “Advanced”.
 
Then click the Wireless Settings section and change 802.11 mode to “Up to 54Mbps” and 802.11N Band to “2.4GHz”.
 
The Security Mode will not make any difference to the overall performance.

iTunes – You do not have enough access privileges for this operation

Just synced my iPhone to iTunes after purchasing an album, but it failed syncing the newly purchased album with the error:

“You do not have enough access privileges for this operation”

To fix this problem (I’m using Windows 7, so you might need to do this slightly differently if you’re not)…

1. Open iTunes
2. Click "Edit" in the top menu bar
3. Click "Preferences"
4. Click the "Advanced" icon
5. Highlight and copy (Ctrl+C) the iTunes Media folder location
6. Open My Computer, click in the address bar, paste (Ctrl+V) the folder location and hit enter
7. Right-click and click properties and make absolutely sure you have write permissions (NOT READ ONLY) and apply to subfolders & files .

 

If this post helps you please share it with others or tweet me to say thanks :)

How To See Total Recycle Bin Size – Easily!

I wanted to be able to see the total size of my recycle bin and was surprised to learn that this feature doesn’t exist in Windows 7!

I wanted to  be able to instantly see if the recycle bin size was getting too big and to empty the recycle bin without having to minimize windows etc, saving a few clicks (Every second counts!).

I came across this useful tool called MiniBin…

MiniBin is a free (and small) recycle bin size viewing tool for your Windows system tray area (the area next to the clock in your taskbar).

MiniBin - Recycle bin System Tray Tool Icon

Besides saving you a few clicks, Minibin may also come handy when you are hiding the recycle bin from your desktop or if you are using a replacement shell that provides a system tray but no usable or customizable recycle bin.

Whatever reason you have to use Minibin, It’s fast and easy as well as totally customisable. MiniBin even lets you use your own icons, use your own language… and it’s it’s 100% portable (you can choose to run at startup etc or just choose to install it to a folder (no registry entries or anything installed to system folders)

A few cool things about MiniBin:
– Tiny file size: only 312 KB when extracted!
– Sit’s in system tray – Mouse over icon to see recycle bin size info
– You can specify the recycle bin size at which the tray icon displays as full.
– Customisable icons – comes bundles with tons of icon themes!

I love MiniBin and i’ve only been using it for a few weeks!

Download it here… (MiniBin-3.8.3.0-Setup.zip) (100Kb)

Source: http://www.e-sushi.net/minibin/