NAVIGATING DIFFICULTY

NAVIGATING DIFFICULTY

Showing determination in the face of fear makes us extraordinary....

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STARTING FROM SCRATCH

STARTING FROM SCRATCH

In case you were wondering, yes; ever since I was a school boy, I’ve loved to wear button-up shirts, vests, ties, and...

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HANDLING STRESS

HANDLING STRESS

In interviews sometimes I feel like laughing out loud when I’m asked concerning some threshold of stress that I can handle or work under. It’s obviously never the correct response but...

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After reading stories about how the latest hacks are holding people ransom, I’m forced to ask, are we relying on our computers too much? Think about how smoothly your life would run if you suddenly lost all access to your computer.

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I’m always coding and programming random things in various languages. However, one of the main languages I’ve ended up using is HTML, eh-hem, HTML5. For fun, I’ve programmed an HTML editor on this page so you can play around with the language. I encourage you to practice with the language by typing code in the above window as you watch the display window (below) update live:

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Background This project began because of a few factors. One of the big factors was that I have two small boys at the house. My wife mentioned to me that I should keep my office door locked so the boys don’t get in the office and get hurt on something in there. So, my goal was to come up with a techy way to lock the office and keep things consistant with my nerdy inventor theme. When I was about 10 I remember Star Trek The Next Generation (TNG) was one of my favorite shows and my fondness was actually kick started again by a fellow co-worker of mine. He would bring his Star Trek DVD’s to work and on some nights he would come to work dressed in his full Star Trek uniform! At first that seems really funny but he was very intelligent and I never minded having a conversation with him. As time went on I thought it would be a kick to skin my security touch-pad door system using the TNG look, style and feel. My research for artistic insight got me watching the show again and I had a lot of fun revisiting some childhood moments. I was able to capture the TNG skin for my door panel and so I know have a TNG door touch-pad locking the office!   Summary of Downloads & Extra Links   Helpful links Adge’s Star Trek LCARS Terminal Page LCARS DesktopX Theme LCARS X32

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Getting anything done for free these days takes a bit of working. Lets follow some steps to see if what worked for me can work for you as well. Step 1. Power your phone up and act like you are going to make a call. Type in *#06# your IMEI number will appear on the screen. Copy that down somewhere.   Step 2. You need to retrieve your BlackBerry device’s MEP code. To do this you need to open up your “OS Engineering Screen”. On the main menu screen of your BlackBerry press down ATL+Shift+H (for help) at the same time.   Step 3. Go to OS Engineering Screens > Device Info.   Step 4. Scroll down under the SW Parts List and you will find your MEP. In my case it was MEP-04104-007. Take this number down. You will need it.   Step 5. Download this BlackBerry MEP generator and fire it up. You simply select from the drop down menu which MEP you have (such as mine above MEP-04104-007 from steps 2 – 4) then you type in your IMEI number in the appropriate textbox and click on “Calculate”.   Step 6. Back to your BlackBerry’s main menu screen go to Options > Device > Advanced System Settings > SIM Card.   Step 7. Type in MEPD. No typing will appear on the screen as you do this. Once that is typed your screen list will expand and you will be able to see the following (or similar): Personalization: SIM Network Network Subset Service Provider Corporate Each of these settings in the phone represent a Mobile Equipment Personalization (MEP). Each of these can be locked and if that’s the case you will have to select each one and unlock them. Your unlock code will be between 10 and 16 numbers long. For better clarification, the above is what you will see along with whether it is active or disabled. Like so: Personalization: SIMDisabled NetworkActive Network SubsetDisabled Service ProviderDisabled CorporateDisabled The “Active” and “Disabled” are not bolded on your phone as they are all smooshed into the other word. You will understand once you see it on your screen. Please note, each of the five personalizations are a different MEP. For instance, Personalization: MEP1 = SIMDisabled MEP2 = NetworkActive MEP3 = Network SubsetDisabled MEP4 = Service ProviderDisabled MEP5 = CorporateDisabled Each phone has 5 MEP’s that can be locked. In my case, T-Mobile only locked MEP2 and so I only needed to input the 1 code which unlocked the phone.   Step 8. Now from your MEP generator you can select one of the MEP codes that match what is Actively locked. For instance, the following codes is what will be presented in your generator screen: IMEI: 353039043459297 MEP: MEP_04104_007 ————————– MEP Codes: MEP1 :4486467426976036 MEP2 :7603376453602214 MEP3 :1577369485260306 MEP4 :8051453218862502 MEP5 :7845777045561355 ————————– Codes Successfully Done. So if MEP2 = NetworkActive is what is locked or showing active on your phone, you would select MEP2 :7603376453602214 from the generator as your code to enter.   CAUTION: BlackBerry only allows you to try a MEP code up to 10 times and then it will permanently lock on you and you will not be able to unlock that phone. Please make sure you type things in correctly. Step 9. To input your code scroll over the MEP you wish to unlock and type in MEP2 or the letters M E P and then the number 2 (alt+e). This will bring up the screen for you to place your MEP code. It should display that the code was accepted and you’re go to go! Enjoy your unlocked phone.

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Sometimes, if your computer is shut off unexpectedly your Windows 7 Gadgets may stop displaying information correctly. Below you will find different ways that you can correct this issue. I’ll put some of the common ways to fix it and then I’ll save the best for last. Method 1. Step 1 – Launch Task Manager (taskmgr.exe or Ctrl+Atl+Delete>Start Task Manager>Processes), select the sidebar.exe process and terminate it if it’s running Step 2 – Windows Key+R and in the Run Box type “%LOCALAPPDATA%Microsoft\Windows Sidebar\” Step 3 – For safe keeping, make a copy of Settings.ini Step 4 – Double-click Settings.ini to open it in Notepad (or Notepad++ <- my favorite editor). Step 5 – Configuration settings for the last installed desktop gadget is usually located at the end of the INI file. Using the PrivateSetting_GadgetName line as the hint, locate the corresponding [Section #], select all lines underneath and delete it. Then simply select all lines underneath and delete it.Leave no spaces between rows by deleting any blank spaces. Then, move to the top of the INI file, and delete the Section# line that references the offending gadget. As you’ve removed the entries in [Section 5], also delete the following line: Step 6 – Right-click on the Desktop, and click Gadgets. This starts the Sidebar.exe process and shows the gadgets listed in the Settings.ini file. Other Idea – If you don’t want to go through having to do all of that work to the .ini file you can just rename your Settings.ini file (this will cause your Sidebar application to think all settings are lost and it will rebuild a fresh one).   Method 2. Step 1 – Download the gadget reset batch file by clicking here. Step 2 – Click on Save (if prompted), and save the .bat file to your desktop. Step 3 – Right click on the downloaded .bat file and click on Run as administrator. Step 4 – You will see a command prompt flash open and close as the .bat file runs. Step 5 – When finished, restart the computer to apply.   Method 3. For those who prefer to turn UAC off (like myself) and still use Windows 7 gadgets on their desktops, here is a simple registry fix to resolve the problem of Windows 7 Gadgets not working when UAC is turned off. This is the method that has historically worked for me. Step 1 – Windows Key+R and in the Run Box type “regedit.exe” Step 2 – Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Sidebar \ Settings. Now, if “Settings” doesn’t exists you can right-click and create the folder called “Settings”. Step 3 – Right Click on the right pan of the registry editor and Create A New DWORD (of 32 Bit Value). Name it “AllowElevatedProcess” and set its value as “1”. Step 4 – Close the registry   Summary of Downloads & Extra Links   Helpful links How to Fix Image Thumbnails Not Displayed in Windows 7 and Vista? My Project Downloads Gadget Reset Batch File

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