The following Weblog items are filed under the Computers category. There are 85 entries in this section. The earliest was published on November 09, 2012 and the latest entry was filed on May 07, 2013. If you have any comments about Computers please let me know!
May 07, 2013
Pingback and Trackback
Some useful information on how Pingback and Trackback work. Might be useful for non-technical people to understand how theses work:
A basic explanation on how Trackbacks work:
A basic explanation on how Pingback works:
March 28, 2013
Microsoft Outlook Message
Today I encountered the above dialog in Microsoft Outlook 2010 when I was extending a meeting recurrence. This dialog box really confused me and almost prevented me from extending the meeting.
Why would exceptions be thrown? More importantly, shouldn't I know about them, in case I don't want to extend the recurrence of this meeting.
I get it that Microsoft wants to be helpful by showing the dialog box, but I think that they would have added more value to end users by telling me why Exceptions would be thrown and not just automatically ignore them.
Developer Tip: Don't just tell me that an error might be thrown, show me the error and allow me to take action on that.
March 04, 2013
Windows 7 unable to access Facebook
This weekend I was trying to debug a Windows 7computer that was not able to access certain websites, such as facebook.com, nytimes.com and cnn.com. This only happened to the desktop computer and no other computer on the network. When I tried ping nytimes.com on the desktop computer, this is what I got:
Pinging nytimes.com [184.108.40.206] with 32 bytes of data:
I searched around online but didn't see anything that would help. I checked the virus status, using SpyBot and Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool and they didn't find any issue. The host file, and Firewall connections did have any IP address or websites blocked. Nothing came up as the root of the cause. There's nothing in the Event Logs that would explain why the site was blocked.
I also cleared all the cache files from all the browsers, Firefox, Safari and Chrome and it didn't make any difference.
I even tried resetting the TCP/IP stack, as per suggested by Microsoft:
One thing that I did notice when I used Fiddler2 was that when I would try to access facebook.com, it would hang at fbstatic-a.akamaihd.net. There's no logical reason to why this is happening.
I am still looking into the cause, but one interusting bit is that when the computer was taken to Best Buy's Geek Squad, they had no problems accessing the Facebook sites. Which is weird, because this issue is specific to this computer. No other computers on the network encountered this problem.
The search goes on. One possible solution would be to install Windows 8, but we're not sure if that would really solve the problem.
February 15, 2013
Here's a cool trick if you have 2 1920x1080 monitors and looking at wall papers. Look for a panoramic wallpaper, something like 4912x1080 and use that as a background. What's cool is that the image will split between the two monitors. This will only happen if you have the picture position set as Tile. If you use any other selection, the image will not cross over to the other monitor.
You can find lots of really cool Panoramic pictures using Google Picture Gallery or Bing Picture Gallery. Also check out other image search galleries such as Yandex, which recently passed Bing to become the 4th largest global search engine.
November 09, 2012
Belkin iPhone Cable F8Z277
It looks like Belkin iPhone cables are not as strong as people think. After a couple of weeks, the end piece of my Belkin iPhone Cable F8Z277 broke off.
Now I have to carefully plug in the iPhone in order to get it working. Luckily for me that cables are pretty cheap to find on eBay or Amazon. However, the big advantage of this cable is that it's a Charge Only cable which is useful at work since I can plug it into an available port at my work computer and don't have to worry about applications opening up.
Charge-Only cables are not as easily to be found.