Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Is That A Computer In Your Pocket? Or are you just happy to sell me more tech?

Intel quietly announced at CES 2015 a new computing device called the Intel Compute Stick.







Intel Compute Stick: Is That A Computer In Your Pocket?




Friday, January 02, 2015

Fix "Setup is Preparing Your Computer for First Use" on Every Reboot

Had another interesting one today. Customer says "it wont boot up." Ok no problem. Got the HP Pavillion desktop computer home and hooked up with VGA.

setup first use

Kept getting this and a Cannot install, please restart computer error.
Found the solution at helpdeskgeek.com
Simple and easy.


Method 1 – Registry Keys

The solution that worked for me involved checking the registry for a few keys and making sure the values were correct. Navigate to the following key in your registry:
 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup
Here you will see a few keys related to the system setup. The registry keys and their values should look like this:
“SetupType”=dword:00000000
“SystemSetupInProgress”=dword:00000000
“SetupPhase”=dword:00000000
“CmdLine”=”” (This field should be Blank )
“OOBEInProgress”=dword:00000000
Here is a screenshot on my computer of what the registry keys and their values should be. I have highlighted the important ones that cause this error:
Fix "Setup is Preparing Your Computer for First Use" on Every Reboot

Friday, December 26, 2014

Kim Dotcom single-handedly stopped the PSN and Xbox Live outages

Kim Dotcom is the founder of the now defunct file hosting service, Megaupload. While he is still awaiting trial for conspiracy to commit racketeering and criminal copyright infringement, he launched a new service called Mega. Mega is a cloud storage service that uses encryption to prevent intrusions from third parties.



Leveraging Mega, Kim Dotcom offered Lizard Squad an ultimatum: they would receive Pro1 annual Mega vouchers with 500GB of storage, but they had to leave Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network alone. As long as they committed to this agreement, the gifted Mega accounts would be converted to lifetime accounts. But, if they did not abide by this agreement, the accounts would be terminated.



Kim Dotcom single-handedly stopped the PSN and Xbox Live outages caused by Lizard Squad - Neowin

1,400 Free Ebooks and Movies For Your Kindle or iPad

1,400 Free Ebooks and Movies For Your Kindle or iPad

If you got a new ereader or tablet for Christmas—or if you have an old one that needs an infusion—Amazon and Apple would be happy to sell you ebooks and movies to fill it. Or you could just load up on these free goodies instead.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Microsoft Xbox One Console bundles

Microsoft Xbox One Console and Xbox Live 12-months Gold Card Bundle at TigerDirect.com



Am still looking for the best post XMAS deal on XBOX One! My perfect deal would include the Kinect and Master Chief Collection with 12 months of Xbox Live. Seen anything?



I found this at TigerDirect but nothing since.




Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Hallucinate Your Way Through the Holidays with Caffeine and Stress | Motherboard

Maybe you've heard of the "White Christmas" hallucination tests before. They've been going on since Barber and Calverey’s landmark 1964 study examining the degree of clarity with which participants in a silent room could imagine the Bing Crosby song in their head. 



Hallucinate Your Way Through the Holidays with Caffeine and Stress | Motherboard

Windows 8 users can install Windows 10 Technical Preview through Windows Update

Now this tool is interesting; it indicates a couple of things. Firstly, Microsoft is clearly keen for as many people as possible to try out Windows 10 Technical Preview -- we already know that there are 1.5 million users, but the more the merrier! Secondly, it's obvious that Microsoft wants to make it as easy as possible to install the preview build, and by taking down a small obstacle, more people are likely to try it out.



Windows 8 users can install Windows 10 Technical Preview through Windows Update

Friday, December 19, 2014

Instant-start computers possible with new breakthrough -- ScienceDaily

If data could be encoded without current, it would require much less energy and make things like low-power, instant-on computing a ubiquitous reality. Scientists have made a breakthrough in that direction with a room-temperature magnetoelectric memory device.



Instant-start computers possible with new breakthrough -- ScienceDaily