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VoIP Systems Infographic

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 20:55:02 +0000

VoIP systems are incredibly important in today’s business environment. Many businesses are opting to ditch the big offices for small, home based offices. This helps save tremendous costs. However, past hurdles like integrated phone systems, shared calendars, and common sales processes kept businesses from taking this approach. Today, those hurdles can be achieved with cloud services of all sorts. The following infographic shows various VoIP providers, their market share, and ratings.

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Via: Phone.com Phone Systems




File contained a virus and was deleted

Thu, 31 Oct 2013 16:22:18 +0000

I had a client that was recently getting this message.  If you are getting it, the cause can be a misconfiguration or worse.

The result can sometimes be caused by faulty anti virus programs.  Or anti virus programs that were once on the computer, but were removed.  The removal may not have gone well – and so you are left with vestiges of things like this.  Bottom line is that an anti virus program that used to reside on the machine isn’t there anymore or isn’t operating correctly.  You can sometimes solve the issue by resetting your browser’s settings.  This can get rid of any add ons or settings that were causing the issue.  Sometimes, manually removing something like AVG anti virus can also get rid of the issue.

However, in our case, the problem wasn’t that at all.  It was caused by malware that was installed on the machine.  The first thing I would recommend would be to run Malwarebytes quick scan.  Sometimes that won’t even run right or run at all.  If so, enter safe mode and try scanning there.  Once we removed all the malware, we were still having issues with the message “File contained a virus and was deleted.”

So, I ran a targed scanner/cleaner from ESET for the Sirefef trojan.  That took care of the issue.




Sony NSZ-GS7 Google TV Set Top Box Review

Fri, 24 May 2013 17:25:06 +0000

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I recently purchased the Logitech Revue and I, ironically did a Logitech Revue review.  Anyway, I wasn’t so hot on the Logitech.  So, I nabbed me a Sony NSZ-GS7 to compare.

The first thing you notice on the Sony is how small and sleek it is.  The remote has a nice keyboard on the back and a touchpad on the front.  But enough with aesthetics.  I wanted to see how this newer hardware will do with Google TV.  The Logitech was abysmal in streaming my Fox Soccer 2 go.  The Sony breezes right through it.  I was impressed with how well it played it.  Also, moving around the Android interface is much smoother.

Set up was a snap too.  Obviously, I had gone through something similar with my Logitech.  But the Logitech Revue had issues remembering those settings.  For some reason, the unit kept resetting constantly.  That was the final straw for me to send it back.  I haven’t had this issue at all on the Sony.

The remote itself is pretty good.  Scrolling with the touchpad is a little unwieldy, especially for small hands.  However, the keyboard works really well.  And, unlike the Logitech, I don’t have to have a separate keyboard to store away.  You can also control the TV sound and channels through it.  I don’t have another set top box for cable and/or satellite, so I can’t speak to those.  I use over the air HD.  I’m still looking at options to get that integrated into Google TV.  I’m all ears if you have suggestions.

Other than those things, Google TV is the same.  It’s just that this Sony actually makes using it enjoyable.  I recommend this device and give it 4 out of 5 stars.

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Logitech Revue Review

Thu, 11 Apr 2013 18:55:06 +0000

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Recently I got a subscription to Fox Soccer 2 Go.  If you are not familiar with the service, it’s a nice subscription service that allows you to view games on apps or on a computer.  Well, I wanted to view that on my TV, so I need a flash enabled browser to do this.  So, I decided to try the Logitech Revue because it came with Google TV.

The Revue is an older device and that made me leery, but I wanted to review it anyway.  So, I proceeded with it.  The nice thing about the Revue is the keyboard for online browsing.  It also has an App that you can get to control it.  Having a keyboard became cumbersome over time, however.  Also, the Revue was a little sluggish.

Google TV itself is a decent experience, but it needs improvement.  Considering they just pushed out a big update, I think this will happen.  Amazon on demand doesn’t have an App, but you can get it from the browser.  This seemed really cumbersome to me.  Some people think it’s okay, but I am not one of them.  Netflix also on this app allows for entry to “kids only” and the regular Netflix.  I just don’t see the use in this setup.  You should be able to lock down more granular than that.  Or password protect the unrestricted version.  So, the Google TV experience isn’t as polished as the Roku.  But you can do a lot more.

Watching Fox Soccer 2 go was pretty awesome.  The biggest issue I had, however, is that this thing would reset.  I’m not talking about restarting.  I’m talking about resetting to factory default settings.  Yep, it’s like you just turned it on.

That was enough for me to send it back.  As such, I give this 1 star.  Don’t waste your time – go to Roku or the Sony NSZ-Gs7.

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My Furby Won’t Wake Up!

Wed, 20 Mar 2013 23:37:25 +0000

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That cry from my child sent me springing into action.  We had recently replaced the batteries.  Here’s how to fix in a quick pinch.

So, this is stupidly easy.  In fact, I blushed when I found out how to do it.  If you take the battery cover off of Furby’s bottom.  You will see a tiny refresh button on the side, like in the pic below.  Push that in.  Yep, that’s it:

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Ooma VOIP Appliance

Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:48:47 +0000

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I kicked my phone land line years ago.  It was really a nice feeling to kick that service to the curb.  Fast forward to this year and we suddenly found ourselves in need of a landline again.  Well, I didn’t want to go backward, so I decided to give Ooma VOIP service a try.

Installing this device took me about 5 minutes.  You plug it in and it works.  At first the reception seemed pretty crappy.  But once my new phones charged (duh), the line became crystal clear.  I was honestly shocked when my kids called me the next day.  The clarity was impressive.

So, what’s the catch here?  Well, the catch is that you are going to pay $150 (or thereabouts) for the VOIP appliance to start.  But, after that, unless you sign up for their professional services, you will only pay taxes for the use going forward.  Extrapolate that out and it’s hard to argue with the cost.

By the way, you have to opt out of the professional service.  It’s $9.99/month.  If you need a second phone line, then get the professional service.  You can add additional phone numbers to your service with the basic service.  Notice, I said phone number, not second line.

Here are the basic services you get:

Free U.S. Calling.
The utmost voice clarity
911 Service
911 Email and Text Alerts
Caller-ID and call-waiting
Caller Name
Caller-ID blocking
Call Hold
Call Return
One-touch voicemail access
Remote Voicemail Retrieval
Online Voicemail Playback
Online phonebook
Online call log
Online Preferences
Area Code Selection
7/10-Digit Dialing
Selectable Ring Pattern
Fax Mode
Live Customer Support
Encrypted calls
Optional WiFi Adapter
Optional Bluetooth Adapter
Worldwide Ooma-to-Ooma Calling

You will probably end up paying about $3-$5/month in various taxes.

I will probably update this to talk about overall impressions and quality.  So far I am very pleased.




Cheap Toyota Sienna Power Seat Fix – Sukkit Toyota

Thu, 24 Jan 2013 03:31:44 +0000

I noticed that the power seat started slipping in our 2004 Toyota Sienna.  I figured it was either something on the track, the motor, or some kind of gear.  What I thought would be a pretty easy fix turned into a total fiasco. First, I have to put the disclaimer: This post is simply my fix for this problem.  I do not take responsibility for any damage to you or your vehicle which you may incur trying to mimic my fix.  I am not a mechanic.  You should consult a mechanic before attempting any work on your vehicle. Also, if this helps you, please consider buying the items needed for the fix through my amazon link.  This gives a small percentage to me as a thank you!  Here are the materials: JB Kwik Weld: $6 and also great if you have Amazon Prime as you get free, 2 day shipping.  If you haven’t considered Amazon Prime, it’s a pretty sweet deal.  I use it. Tekton Drill Socket Adapter Set: Again, $4 – and with Amazon Prime.  Pretty sweet! Okay, enough about materials. So, I’m a pretty handy guy.  I really love fixing things.  So, when the power seat starting acting up, I took a look.  So, at first, I simply started moving the seat back and forth, looking underneath.  Well, after that, the seat really started to get hosed.  Now the seat wanted to move sideways.  After a few more tries, the left seat track wouldn’t even move.  Great, so much for being handy! So, to figure out what was going on, I decided to take the seat out.  I was pleasantly surprised that it only took 4 14mm bolts and it was out.  Well, I also had to disconnect the wire harness, but that wasn’t bad.  It took me a little while to figure out how it all worked, but now I know. Basically, there is a motor in the front of the seat, behind some plastic molding.  That motor has two flexible metal drives inside plastic housing that looks like cheap pvc.  Those metal, flexible drives go into two gear boxes on either track.  Inside the gear boxes (black housing) are a worm gear (I’ll have a picture below) and a plastic helical gear.  This white, plastic helical gear is mounted on a threaded rod that goes inside the seat track.  This threaded rod has a metal block on it that is attached to a hex nut.  This is actually what moves.  If that is confusing, don’t worry, I have pictures below. The problem on mine was the white plastic, helical gear inside the gear box in the front of the seat track.  Now, what’s absolutely ridiculous is that you cannot buy that part.  Nope, you have to buy the entire seat assembly for, wait for it………………………….$1700.  Yep, you read that right.  That really pissed me off.  After searching forever, I had arrived at the conclusion that there was no part replacement for my problem.  Yes, I could try to find a sienna left front power seat at a salvage yard.  But, after searching for a while, I wasn’t having much luck on that end either. That’s when I came up with an idea.  That was to grind a phillips slot on the end of that drive shaft.  I figured this would solve my problem and so I enlisted my great neighbor, Joe, for his help.  Joe took a look, and then took it to his workshop.  A few minutes later he told me to come over and said he had a better solution.  He then showed me that if i slipped a 12mm 1/2 inch drive socket over the end that it was a great fit.  What a great idea!  He told me where to go so I could get it welded onto the drive.  I also needed to go get an adapter so I could hook a 1/2 inch drive 12mm socket to my drill.  I easily found this for, wait for it, $4 at Home Depot.  Btw, if you do JB Weld on it, this whole job should cost you around $10. To make sure your problem is actually the gear, I have ordered the dis assembly so we can test the motor first So, without further ado, here is my Sukkit T[...]



Samsung ATIV Smart PC

Fri, 07 Dec 2012 14:44:26 +0000

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The tablet market is going into hyperdrive.  The announcement of Microsoft’s foray into the tablet market utilization with Windows 8 architecture made a few ripples.  It will be really interesting to see how this plays out.  To say Microsoft is playing catch up is an understatement, but they have a lot of money at their disposal.  Anyway, Samsung has announced an interesting product, the Samsung ATIV Smart PC which will fully run Windows 8 Pro and all your apps and programs.

Interestingly, Samsung opted for the Intel Atom Z2760.  While not as hefty as a full fledged processor, the battery life is way better.  I’ve heard you can expect a paltry 4-5 hours life on the other.  So, the Intel Atom is a great in between choice.  It gives you the option to run stuff you want to run on the ATIV, while not conceding battery life.  Because, let’s face it, if you are buying this type of device – you want to take it places.

While having a standard keyboard is okay, the design seems really clunky to me.  who is going to haul the base around?  A much better idea is to go in the direction of the surface.  Provide a front screen protector that also acts as a keyboard/mouse input.

I’m not sure on price.

Specs:

Base
•    Operating System : Windows 8
•    Processor : Intel® Atom™ Processor Z2760
Graphics
•    Graphics Processor : Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator
Battery
•    Battery life : 14.5H Mobile Mark
•    Video Play Time: 10.0H
•    Capacity : 30WH
Multimedia
•    Speaker : 2
•    Integrated Camera : Front 2M, 
Rear 8M
Display
•    Size : 11.6”
•    Resolution, Brightness : 1366 x 768, 400nit
Memory
•    System Memory : LPDDR2

 




Norton Hotspot VPN

Thu, 06 Dec 2012 20:15:15 +0000

One of the thorniest issues is traveling and maintaining security.  Norton has come up with a nice little VPN package that allows for secure surfing while on open networks.

If you have ever been in a hotel, most likely you have used some sort of open wireless network.  That’s great for convenience, but terrible for security.  Anyone with a wireless card can snoop on your traffic from your computer to the access point.

Norton is trying to change that with an easy to use, secure VPN.  A VPN, or virtual private network, creates an encrypted tunnel over the internet.  This tunnel shields would-be onlookers from snooping on your traffic.

It can be installed on up to five devices, including: iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch®, Mac® and Microsoft® Windows®.

A one day pass costs $2.99, 1 month costs $19.99, and one year is $49.99.

https://hotspot.norton.com/desktop/home.html




Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance WordPress Error

Tue, 11 Sep 2012 17:44:47 +0000

WordPress is awesome until it isn’t.  Knowing you (or not really knowing you – but knowing how most people operate), you probably did the automatic update with no backup.

Yep, it’s what most people do.  You shouldn’t do what most people do.  Always perform a backup before upgrading WordPress.  Anyway, if you did the automatic update and got the “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance” message, the fix is pretty simple.  You need to delete a file “.maintenace” in your root web folder.  The update puts this there until the update is complete.

If you are using Fireftp or something like it, you may not be able to see .maintenance.  You have to enable viewing hidden files in the options to see it.  Don’t worry, if you are getting that message, the file is there.  Now, if the upgrade didn’t complete correctly, you may still have some issues.