If those who believe, “you should keep your beliefs to yourself,” really believed that, they would keep that belief to themselves.

PowerPoint Crashes When Entering Text [SOLVED]

I run Windows 7 on a MacBook Air using BootCamp, and had a strange issue of PowerPoint crashing anytime I tried to type into a textbox.  Thankfully, upon re-opening, PowerPoint recovered my presentation, but still continued to crash in the same way:

Microsoft Office PowerPoint has stopped working

After some research, I discovered there’s a slight issue with the English keyboard service installed by Apple under BootCamp. To resolve, a different keyboard service has to be added:

  1. Make sure PowerPoint 2007 (or PowerPoint 2010) is closed.
  2. Open Control Panel.
  3. Open either “Region and Language” or “Change keyboards and other input methods“, depending on your Control Panel view.
  4. Select the “Keyboards and Languages” tab.
  5. Click the “Change keyboards…” button.
  6. Under “Installed services”, click the “Add” button.
  7. Scroll down to “English (United States)“, then “Keyboard“, and check “US“.
  8. Click “Ok“, then “Apply” and “Ok“, and “Ok” once more.
  9. You should now be able to open PowerPoint and enter text normally.

Add the US keyboard service to fix BootCamp PowerPoint crash

Gmail Error: Password not accepted from server [SOLVED]

Found a good solution today if you’re receiving the following error:

SMTP -> ERROR:Password not accepted from server. Code: 535 Reply: 535-5.7.1 Please log in with your web browser and then try again.

Even if the Gmail account credentials are correct, Google’s servers may still block the server attempting to authenticate (more than likely due to a new server location and/or recent password change).

To get around this, make sure you are logged in using the same Gmail account in your browser, and then simply open the link below and step through the process of verification:

  1. https://accounts.google.com/b/0/DisplayUnlockCaptcha
This will allow access to your Gmail account for about 10 minutes so that a new authenticating server can be detected.  Be sure to try authenticating again within this time period.

Moog Synthesizer, powered by JavaScript?

You may have noticed Google’s new doodle, featuring a fully-functional Moog synthesizer, celebrating the birthday of Robert Moog,.  What appears to be an amazing example of modern web programming begs us to dive inside the trusty Inspector to determine how it works.  Are the sounds and effects generated really being powered by JavaScript?  Well, according to Mashable, the secret sauce making this work comes from HTML5′s new Web Audio API.  That is, of course, if you’re using Chrome.  Otherwise, it reverts back to Flash.  Overall, it is yet another very cool example of the possibilities and capabilities at our programming fingertips.

[Pics] Unboxing the New iPad & Fitting into a Snugg iPad 2 Case

My New iPad (3rd gen) just arrived from Fedex!

I was originally going to go with the 16Gb Wifi-only version, but since the New iPad with Verizon now enables a personal wifi hotspot along with month-to-month data usage without signing a contract (a killer feature), I decided to go with the 16Gb 3G/4G model.  For a web worker, this now has to be one of the cheapest (and fastest) ways to get both internet on the road and a backup option when cable/DSL goes out.

Below are some unboxing photos along with how well it fits into a Snugg iPad 2 case (available from Amazon):

The box shipped from Jonestown, PA and arrived unmarked; however, the Fedex lady knew what it was. :)

 

I have to admit, even after using both the original iPad and iPad 2 in the past, my heart rate still went up when I saw those letters.

 

 

Nice material on the inside lid to help protect the screen, although the entire unit is wrapped in some sort of cellophane or plastic.

 

 

Same basic essentials as previous models, including those cool Apple Logo stickers.

 

New iPad alongside the Snugg iPad 2 case.

 

The New iPad, even though it is slightly thicker, fit pretty well inside the Snugg case.  No complaints here.

 

 

Seems to fit nicely around the edges.

 

Bottom port seems to line up well.

 

No problems plugging in the New iPad through the Snugg case.

 

 

Powering on.  Oh yeah!

 

Propped up vertically using the Snugg case’s built-in flap and stand.

 

Reverse side of the case.

 

Holding the iPad with the Snugg case’s built-in handle feels very natural (except when I’m trying to take a picture with the other hand :).

 

Overall, I’m very impressed with the fit of the New iPad in the Snugg iPad 2 case.  It feels very natural and secure, and all the buttons and camera line up and are functional.   HOWEVER, I can confirm the rumors that this case for some reason does not put the New iPad into sleep mode (like the Smart Cover does).  This is a real disappointment as that was one of the case’s features.  Not a deal-breaker for me personally, but it does prevent this from being the perfect case.

As for the New iPad itself, the new Retina display you have to see to believe… it is absolutely amazing!  Viewing a high-res photo looks like glossy photo-paper with a luminescent background.  Voice dictation is also accurate and very handy, and the upgraded graphics processor makes things smooth and snappy.  Apple has done it again, even without Steve Jobs at the helm.

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Third Time’s The Charm?

I go back and forth on blogging. On the one-hand, stories of a content-rich blog built over a long period of time that ends up bringing unexpected volumes of traffic are appealing. On the other hand, the challenges of maintaining yet another extension of yourself, along with not knowing exactly what your goals are and what it is you are trying to accomplish, tend to tip the scale in the other direction.

I originally started blogging six years ago with a much different mindset than that of today’s. Back then, blogging was this very popular and hyped means of expression everyone, at least in the tech world, seemed to be doing. I felt like I was missing out, so I made one of those infamous New Year’s resolutions and starting posting daily. Laughingly, this lasted only about two months. For some strange reason, I felt like a blog article had to be written EVERY day. And, of course, this quickly turned into a burden. That burden, topped with the fact that I had no clue or reason for doing it other than because it was the popular thing to do, caused the inevitable discontinuation of my blogging.

Fast-forward a couple of years, I picked it back up again. I felt I had abandoned my readers (however few they were :) ). But, once again I had the wrong motives in mind; and, needless to say, round two didn’t last long either.

So, here I am yet a third time, feeling I should do something with this thing. I mean, what is a blog really? In the modern, TwitteringFacebookPlusCheckingIntoPinterest-era, is a blog really necessary? In one of my previous posts, I was considering the back-then-fresh concept of micro-blogging, wondering if writing full-blown blog articles would be trending into minority status. We can definitely see now that the majority of the online population would rather micro-blog (if that’s even a term nowadays), save a select few of niche experts and popular celebrities. Well, I take that back, there are no doubt millions of blogs. But, compared to the almost 1 billion Facebook users and millions of Twitter users, most of which I imagine write something at least once a month if not more, taking valuable time and effort to write something of a small novel isn’t exactly the most tempting of things to do.

Blogging is still relevant, I believe. A lot has been said of this, especially in the business-sense. Slowly building a reader-base to whom you can then market products later on and get valuable feedback surely has its place. And besides, some people were just meant to write. An advantage of blogging and the flip-side of micro-blogging in its current state is that you don’t feel hindered by a limited set of characters when you have a message to convey. Moreover, it also provides the potential to gain a broad, relevant visitor base if the content is well-focused.

Another benefit is content ownership. I often wonder what kind of lifespan tweets and Facebook posts will have, given that we are relying on someone else to keep our content for us. Not that blogging is any different in regards to who is actually hosting your content, but there is definitely more of an ownership feeling when you have instant access to your files via FTP or other means.

One of the understood rules of effective blogging is to keep articles short and to the point, so I’ll quit talking about the point and just go ahead and make it: I want to begin blogging again, but this time without the hindrances that led to my stopping in the past. Those hindrances being: 1) Feeling like I had to blog daily or at least very often, 2) Not having a goal or reason for my blog, and 3) Applying rules for myself to follow in each article. The third I haven’t mentioned until now, but simply put, I don’t want to feel like each article has to have some profound message or meaning behind it. If I feel like writing something publicly that needs more than 140 characters to say, I’ll just blog it.

[Nice conclusion paragraph here... ] Nah, I’ll just go ahead and post this and get the blog ball rolling again.

The Future of Business IT

    Most organizations today employ several people and hundreds of computers for their internal technology needs. You rarely see any organization or business these days without some sort of computer sitting beside a secretary or mounted up on a wall for the blue-collar employee. No doubt, computers have become a necessity in the business world.
    There are multiple problems that have risen from this scenario, however. One is that IT staff are often not extremely knowledgeable in the technology they handle, and who can blame them? The way technology is accelerating these days, just about everyone in the field needs to spend at least a few hours a day just in training. Another problem is that the reliability of computers (and networks) is usually low in businesses. It would be interesting to see just how many hours a month organizations spend on installations, upgrades, and repairs.
    So, what would be the logical solution to these problems? One word: outsourcing. I believe that most, if not all, computers in the business of the future will be nothing more than thin-clients (or terminals), connected at high-speed to a local data center. Why not let the data center focus on keeping the technology running, upgraded, and available, and let the organization focus on it’s original purpose? This would not only cut costs significantly for the organization, but would also lower downtime and free up valuable office space (no more bulky desktops or rooms dedicated to servers).
    Granted, this may not work for every company out there, but I believe the majority of companies today could benefit from outsourcing their technology.

Prayer request; CES, MacWorld 2006

Well, I just found out that I will be playing drums at our big State Youth Convention in May. Please, remember me in your prayers! I know I will do fine, as long as I keep my focus on God and off of those around me.

By the way, I’m looking forward to the products introduced in this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and MacWorld Expo 2006. My favorite new items would have to be Apple’s new MacBook Pro (yeah, it’s powered by an Intel processor), Lego’s new NXT, and DS2′s chipsets. For full coverage, hop over to PC Mag.

A small testimony

    I want to share with you a small testimony of something the Lord did for me a few weeks ago.
    For about a month, I had been experiencing Blepharospasm, which is an involuntary twitching of the eyelid. Blepharospasm is known to come from stress and fatigue (which is usually the norm for me). For many weeks, I tried taking deep breaths, relaxing, and getting plenty of sleep. However, nothing seemed to help it.
    One day, on the way home from work, I started thinking about God, and how He has everything under control. As soon as I began to realize this, the Blepharospasm went away, and I mean instantly! And, to this day, it hasn’t been back! Praise the Lord!
    I had tried everything to fix this, including getting my mind off of the world and just relaxing, but the only thing that worked was when I put my life in perspective, and started trusting that God would take care of my situations.

It’s Friday!!!!

It’s Friday… Yay! I hope and pray that everyone has a good weekend. I want to leave you with some scripture, maybe something you could read when you get a free moment during the next few days. Check out Matthew 5-7, where Jesus talks to us about Christian conduct.

And may God bless you!

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