I have a Macbook running OSX Mountain Lion and have had an update in the App Store for an HP printer driver version 2.12. The trouble has been that the update has continually failed to install. While searching for an answer, I stumbled upon a 500MB download for HP drivers from Apple. I downloaded and tried to install, but the installation failed as well. But that fixed the problem with App Store update. The HP driver update no longer displays in the App Store, and my printers still work. The problem is fixed until you hear otherwise.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Friday, December 4, 2009
I bought a number of Dell Optiplex 320 computers about two years ago. They were advertised with DDR2 RAM - 2GB, no less. The one that I used was occasionally slow. It would lag I would search for a solution. I never came up with anything. All systems appeared normal.
About two weeks ago I installed some new software for checking all the current specifications for a Windows computer called Speccy. (GREAT, free utility. I'll write more on that later.) The odd thing was that the memory channels listed single channel. I double-checked the specifications on the Dell Optiplex 320 I was running and it stated that it had DDR2 RAM. I installed Speccy on another machine with comparable specifications and that machine showed dual-channel RAM.
I contacted Dell only to be told by a support rep that the machine does have DDR2 RAM but doesn't support DDR2. He sent me a link to the memory manufacturer's UK web site to get "accurate information on the support of the system." I exchanged emails with two more reps. Both had no further suggestions - "the motherboard must support dual channel as well."
There are bigger problems to have, but here's a brief excerpt of what I wrote back: "While I'm sure you understand my point, it's like saying that a house comes with a pool, only the pool is permanently locked. Or, it comes with a two-car garage, only the one door is stuck closed... I find that sort of statement to be falsely advertised, just as I consider the statement of DDR2 RAM to be as well."
So, "buyer beware." Just because a system has DDR2 RAM doesn't mean it can use DDR2. Check the specs first. And, if you are experiencing occasional lag, give Speccy a try - check your computer's specs. They may not be what you think!
Posted by Jason at 12:40 AM
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
A tip for those who may be wasting your time finding out how to obtain the telephone number for MS Office 2007 Telephone Product Activation in your area. Below is my experience which should save you about one hour of frustration.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Windows: SEAMonster harnesses the power of seam carving to micro-edit and resize your images while keeping important elements intact and undistorted.
Source image by The Meanest Indian.
Like previously reviewed application Seam Carving GUI, SEAMonster doesn't simply crop or scale an image it to knock it down in size— it looks for the patterns of pixels that aren't as prominent and remove them. Prominent features of the image are left intact, while the less tangible apsects are manipulated to resize the image. In the case of seam carving, a video is worth ten thousand words, so be sure to check out both the video from the inventors of seam carving and from the author of SEAMonster, available at the link below. SEAMonster is freeware, Windows only, and requires the .NET Framework 2.0 or later to run.