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Jun 162015
 

I just wanted to post quickly about an issue I have had both times I have tried to use Internet Connection Sharing on my M8. Both times it has caused me to need to hard reset my phone, which of course loses all of my settings for the most part. Although it does reinstall my apps and games, I do lose my game progress and login stuff. I am not 100% sure it will happen to all HTC One M8s but just thought I would warn any users. Be prepared with a backup if you can. What it does is makes it so when I try to share connection it complains it cannot share the connection because there are no cellular data connections, but I have streamed music right before trying to share the connection.After that apps start to act very weird and I lose cellular data, so I reboot and after that basically the start screen becomes useless, I can scroll and go to all apps but no apps will actually fire off and no settings will fire off either. After a hard reset it starts to work ok again, but I think I will wait for a new build to see if it helps.

 

Hope that helps someone,

Later

Jun 042015
 

Ok, I woke up a bit late this morning and wasn’t real sure why, then I remembered I didn’t hear my alarm on my phone go off. I check my phone and turn it on, it was plugged in all night, and it comes on but nothing I click fires off, I can swipe right to get to my apps and left to get back to start screen, and that is it….gotta love betas. I tried everything holding power button for long periods of time, both with screen on and off, nothing, nothing at all helped, even tried it while plugging it in. Nothing worked, so I start to search for what my options are since I cannot remove the battery on my HTC One M8, and find a post that tells me to press and hold both the power and the volume down button for they said 5-10 seconds but I think it probably took me 20 seconds, but low and behold it rebooted right back up and started working fine again. The weird thing though, my phone was plugged in all night but only made it to 49% battery, so at some point the charging of the phone actually stopped. This is the second time I have had my phone lock up tight and the only way back to a usable phone was to do this procedure. Just sharing in case others have similar issues and need to find it as well, this works on Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 as well by the way.

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Jun 012015
 

I just thought I would share the issue I have been having over the past week, I have a domain host and a separate web host. I parked my domain, hometownnerd.com, on my web host’s domain so that I could start having my paid host provide my files instead of relying on my server, which is terribly under powered in both memory and CPU. Which in case you do not know what parking means, it is when you want to provide your files on more than one domain, say you have a domain name from your webhost called hometownnerd.zz.mu, which is not a domain you like, you can park your main domain hometownnerd.com on it and both of the domains will start to server the same sets of files with the only difference being the URL. So after parking my domain name I then needed to change the domain servers to my web hosts nameservers so that my site could be resolved, but I kept getting an error telling me to make sure the nameservers are set up and working correctly. I started to send requests for support to my web host and they just kept saying change my nameservers, but there is no real way to test to make sure the nameservers are doing their job so you need to assume it is working. I tried for a week to understand what was going on with my web host, thinking it was their fault. Today, over a week later, I send an email to my domain host asking about the error, within 1 hour they had told me the issue was their form to submit the changes was not working correctly and they set my nameservers manually for me. Live and learn, just wish there was a way to do a test to verify the nameserver would serve my domain name. I can test it when I have my domain name being served from my house, but on the web I guess there is no such check.

 

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 Posted by at 12:23 PM
May 282015
 

Just stumbled on this website today, which may come in handy for people that are wanting to help those people with Windows 8 or Windows 10 as well as Windows Phone. This site will help you to create the ability for your site to make a live tile on those devices. That way if a person wants to pin your site to their Start Screen then it will use the icon you set and will also do some live tile stuff making use of your rss feed. It may not be a widely used feature but some of your visitors may appreciate you adding it. You could even use this to make a home page or a jump page for yourself and make one of these tiles and pin it to your phone’s start screen and have a pseudo home page using an icon of your choosing. You just need to set the icon you want and the title and maybe the rss feed and then download the zip file and extract it and upload to the folder your site is in and add the code to your webpage and that is it.

http://www.buildmypinnedsite.com/en

May 282015
 

Ok, I have taken the plunge and installed Windows 10 on my M8, it definitely feels more like a beta than it does for my tablet or laptop. There are some issues with how things look and there are some really slow spots in it as well, seems like mainly when trying to go back to the Start screen and when resuming from an app. I have also noticed that apps and windows seem to stay open after you click the back button, so after a few minutes of using it you could have loads of windows open that you would need to press and hold the back button to close them. The mail app is getting very close to what is on the tablet and laptop, swipe to delete etc. It also seems like the settings area is much better looking than it used to be in WP8.1, although it seemed to look more like a phone settings before. I do not think it is for the feint of heart to install this on your main phone, but it is nice to use it for the most part. There is a setting for having more buttons visible, but I could not get it to take setting it back to do not show more tiles. Another thing about this version, what are they going to call it? It seemed like it would be Windows Phone 10 since that was just the continuation of names through WP7 and WP8, then it seemed like it would be Windows 10 since it was all the same code base, now it seems like it may be Windows 10 Mobile, resurrecting the Windows Mobile from the Windows Mobile 6 days.

One thing I did notice was after the installation happened I saw an update for WP8.1 in my phone updates and could not get it to go away, until I went back in the Windows Insider app and set the setting back to Fast Track, which I had set before so I could get the update in the first place. Once I did that the WP8.1 update disappeared and I have been seeing Windows 10 updates showing up. Speaking of updates, it seems one thing they have not finished yet is a way to force a restart if you happen to miss the window telling you about the restart, I have seen it a couple of times and sometimes it shows up in the update area as a button, but if something goes wrong there is no way to force the restart, and I do not think holding the power button is a legit way to restart.

May 042015
 

I have been running Windows 10 Tech Preview for quite a while now on my Dell Venue 8 Pro and I still love it and use it daily. Granted, I do not do many wildly demanding tasks but I do use it to listen to Pandora and to read ebooks and some other simple stuff and I am really digging it. This weekend, though, I had an issue which I guess started after an update was applied and a reboot occurred, my tablet booted to the login screen, after I logged in it went to just a black screen, I actually made it start up in recovery one time and had it drop back to an earlier build and it booted right up, then I guess the updates came in again and the following morning it was back to the black screen. This time I could not get recovery mode started no matter what I tried. I did have an external keyboard, non-bluetooth, hooked up and could get it to start task manager. No matter what I tried the programs I tried to fire off did not fire up, like cmd or control or even msconfig, everything just did not show up…..explorer wouldn’t even start up. So I figured I would use my backup to go back to an old build, as soon as I plugged in the USB drive while at the task manager the programs I tried to start actually started to fire up. Then the tablet rebooted, I guess to try to fire off the Backup Recovery app, my tablet has been booting fine ever since. I have no idea why it actually worked, but thought I would share my experiences just in case someone else had issues like this. I am on the fast track for getting updates which is probably part of my issue, but it is just my tablet and it is not mission critical.

EDIT (5/5/2015): Ok, seems that this issue has happened again, but task manager could at least fire up control panel, I had 3 updates that were installed and one of them was KB3061162, which I could not find any info on. I uninstalled it just to see and my tablet booted right up as it should have, weird, but hey it is a Beta…preview…or whatever it is now. Still do not think it is bad enough to go back to Windows 8.1.

Later

May 042015
 

I just wanted to pass along some information I just figured out accidentally. We utilize SQL Server at my work to house a rather large amount of data over about 4 SQL Servers, 3 were Virtual and 1 was an actual physical server. This weekend we moved the physical server to a virtual one and most everything just worked out of the box. When we tried to use some of the advanced features that required linked servers those features worked for some and not others, it seemed when we tried to use the newly made virtual server to a schema on itself it failed. We tried everything to make it work and since it was not working, we assumed we would need to change 100s of lines of code to remove the server part from the connection string when it was referencing the same server. We even tried creating a new linked server on this server to connect to itself, which of course failed due to it being the same server. All of the servers were SQL 2008s.

What did actually work was using a box that was VPN’d in which is running SQL 2008R2 to create a linked server on that same server, by starting SMSS on the VPN’d box and connecting to the server in question and going down to Server Objects then to Linked Servers and right clicking and adding linked server, and using the Server in question’s name in the server to connect to box and going through the security stuff and pressing Ok. Now when we want to use the linked box features they work as they always have when it was a separate physical box.

 

Hope that helps someone else out there that may face the same issue.

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Apr 152015
 

I finally finished my app, Visual List, my first attempt at a real app, it uses the camera and quite a few other complicated processes to make it do what I wanted. I just hope some people can use it, hopefully it will generate a little income for me, although I doubt it. A website for the app is here VisualList. I created this app since I noticed a missing genre of apps for Windows Phones, lists of things that were based on pictures. This app helps you to keep a handle on all of the things that you may like or want or need to keep track of in a visual way. Maybe you like a certain Medicine and want to remember it on sight, or maybe you want to create a Christmas list for you or someone else and use pictures to do it, or maybe you like a certain cologne or perfume and it would really help to see an image of the bottle when you are shopping just to be sure. This app is for you, it allows you to have lists of items so you can keep them somewhat organized, and it allows you to take down some information for the items, like maybe where it was bought or colors or whatever else you may want to keep track of about it. I have also built a zoom feature if you click the picture on the details section. I have also made it so you can pin each of the lists to your start screen, be careful of your fill color when you pin some colors do not work well on the start screen, like white or black background, since I use your background color as the icon color. It also has a search function so you can search all of that information. I have also made it so you can customize the lists by changing the color of the text or the fill color or the border color, as well as if you want square or rounded corners. I have spent a good deal of time making this and if you notice some issues or some things you may want changed, let me know. I will try to make changes as they are found and needed.

Mar 252015
 

Where I work we display a large amount of data on our web pages and it can get hard to keep track of what data is on what row, so I found a simple way to make it possible to highlight the row the mouse is over. It seems like a small thing but when your rows get to be too big it does get hard to figure out what data goes with what. To see this in action you can navigate to jsfiddle.net/Lct0w66o or you can navigate to My Test Site at hometownnerd.com/CodeTest/RowHighlighter.htm or if it fails since my domain is being a little goofy hometownnerd.mine.nu/CodeTest/RowHighlighter.htm. Basically you will have the following code to make it work:

<html>
<head>
<style type="text/css">
.highlighted td{
 background-color: lightsteelblue;
 }
table {
 border-collapse: collapse;
}
td {
 border-color:gray;
 border-style:solid;
 border-width:1px;
}
th {
 border-color:gray;
 border-style:solid;
 border-width:1px;
 background-color:lightgray;
}
</style>
<script src="js/jquery-1.11.2.min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
$(document).ready(function () {
 $("table").hover(function () {
 $(".highlighted").removeClass("highlighted");
 });
 $("td").not(".hirow").hover(function () {
 $(".highlighted").removeClass("highlighted");
 });
 $(".hirow").hover(function () {
 $(".highlighted").removeClass("highlighted");
 $(this).addClass("highlighted");
 });
});
</script></head>
<body>
<table>
 <thead>
 <th>Fruit</th><th>Ripe</th><th>Not Ripe</th><th>Rotten</th>
 </thead>
 <tr class="hirow">
 <td>Apples</td><td>500</td><td>250</td><td>100</td>
 </tr>
 <tr class="hirow">
 <td>Oranges</td><td>200</td><td>30</td><td>0</td>
 </tr>
 <tr class="hirow">
 <td>Pears</td><td>1500</td><td>450</td><td>300</td>
 </tr>
 <tr class="hirow">
 <td>Peaches</td><td>700</td><td>150</td><td>400</td>
 </tr>
</table>
</body>
</html>

 

You need to have jQuery loaded, which does most of the work, and any row that you want the highlight to be on should have a class of “hirow”.

 

The

.highlighted td{
 background-color: lightsteelblue;
 }

part is what sets how you want the highlighting to look by using css, I am just setting the background color to be lightsteelblue.

The

 $(document).ready(function () { 

part tells the jquery code to wait to be able to run until the page has completely loaded into the browser.

The

$("table").hover(function () {
 $(".highlighted").removeClass("highlighted");
 });
part turns off the highlighting on the row if we are moving away from the table we are in by removing the class "highlighted".

The

 $("td").not(".hirow").hover(function () {
$(".highlighted").removeClass("highlighted");
});

part turns off the highlighting placed on the old row that was hover over by removing the class “highlighted”.

The

$(“.hirow”).hover(function () {
$(“.highlighted”).removeClass(“highlighted”);
$(this).addClass(“highlighted”);
});
part is the workhorse that actually highlights the row, by first removing any “highlight” classes and then applying the “highlight” class to the current row hovered over.

Hopefully this will help some people when they have this need, let me know if you have any questions.

Mar 092015
 

I have been around IT for quite a while now, I owned my first Internet connected PC in 1994 or so, although I did own a Commodore 128 that connected to BBSes before that. I remember connecting to those at 300 baud and trying to locate a 1200 baud modem. I even had a 3.5″ disc drive for the commodore, which was VERY rare at the time. Ever since the first time I heard that connection to the outside world, that horrid sound of the analog to digital connection, I knew it was something I should be getting in to. I remember hearing about Microsoft certifications and A+ certifications and Oracle and Cisco certifications and being jealous of those people that could afford to go take the test and get certified, even those that could afford to get the specific training that all but guaranteed they would be certified, even though they had no real clue what they were doing, sure they had learned some things but most of it had just been wasted on them. Now, I do realize that at the time that paid off for many many people, but many of those certification programs were year long or so hard to get that it just was not for everyone, even those that were in the field. It seemed to give you a good amount of income and also made it very hard for new IT people to break in to the field.

That all changed a few years later, all of the sudden the IT field figured out these certs were not worth the paper they were printed on, and all of the people that legitimately earned them and had a leg up had nothing anymore. It seemed like IT had become a place for those that “knew” stuff, which is finally when I got my chance at working in the field. I made it into the field through a backdoor that meant I had to show people how important it was to be a part of it. I started to program for a decent size scale company Mettler Toledo. My boss showed an interest in someone starting to pick up an ancient language they had, and all that was in the shop at the time were older people that had no interest in learning something new, so I started to learn how to program it, which was a breeze to learn. I started to repair and modify code for a few of the older systems that were floating around and also to write a few new ones as well, this meant my shop could do something in house other shops had to get filled by other way busier shops, which could take a month or so. This gave me the ability to start asking for some new stuff to play with, I knew Basic from high school and could write that pretty good and had heard about a newish language which gave me the ability to write for Windows.

I wrote a few apps for my shop which they sold to some clients, allowing them to print tickets and interface their computers to the scales, locally. I was getting really good at it. I even started to write for a new scale product which had Basic built in, and realized I had finally found what I wanted to do. I was making $15 per hour at the time, which was ok money for a scale tech, but nothing like the $40+ per hour for an IT person. A few of the guys from my shop applied to Verizon and got in and they were going to be making $50 an hour, so I did the same. When my boss found out he tried to keep me with the company by finding a place for me in systems and it was a pretty good deal, $45k but I had to move my new wife and son to New Hampshire….crap, my wife wanted to stay close to her family, which we did, so I went to Verizon as a Tech for DSL. It didn’t take me long to start to make an impact on things there as well, creating fancy Excel spreadsheets for people and making some very influential friends.

I moved up within 6 months to Management because of one of those friends. I started to immediately make an impact on the team by creating a intranet server for them on a PC under my desk and started to learn ASP and MySQL. I created this all on my own and made it very helpful to people in my group and started to get other groups to use it as well. I never like to toot my own horn, which has always been one of my weaknesses, but it works out better to have other people toot your horn for you, which I always have had happen. This was no exception, the people using the system told their bosses and my team told our boss and I became a very important person in the building as well as some other locations, all over the US. This server even helped me to get a beefier server given to me, which gave me the ability to start learning PHP as well as Javascript and HTML. I was riding the IT wave pretty well and was able to keep my job for a long time through a lot of 30% staff cuts every 3 months, maybe I was getting to secure where I was. I had even attended college on Verizon’s dime and received my AA. I was also able to help people with their PCs, doing admin tasks on them since IT would take days and days to help them. This admin ability was my downfall at Verizon, which on that day was the WORST day of my life, but not everything is bad when you get told to pack up your stuff. I had made some more influential friends and within a week had an interview with a web development company that my boss’ boss’ husband worked at.

Enter my current company that I work for, Aurora Healthcare, they write ASP.Net code that interfaces with a MSSQL database that houses some 8-9 TB of data. This was my first job as a fulltime developer and it has been a god send, I love developing. I have been developing their product with them now for 6 years and have learned quite a bit since my Verizon days, I am now officially in the IT field and still spend a lot of time learning what the IT world looks for. I now know at least 6 development languages, and have learned how to use google to get better and figure out those things my company needs to have, like a self learning database manipulator that can copy databases and tables and make a lot of difficult tasks possible for people on my team. I have to say I am glad I did not jump on the certification bandwagon, I may never have been able to stay in IT or I may have hated it, who knows, but what I do know is learning many different things in IT is WAY better than getting pigeon holed into a specialty, which could be here today and gone tomorrow with no warning. It is so much better to keep yourself relevant than it is to become a specialist, maybe that is just to get your foot in the door, maybe once you are in being a specialist can command a lot more money than I get, but just make sure you have a backup plan, just in case something happens and that specialty dissolves like so many of them do.

Later



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