I’m a fan of Cobian Backup, the best FREE backup software that I’ve tried. In fact, I’ve been using Cobian Backup for the past 7 years already!
However, when I upgraded the software this morning, I encountered a problem wherein the program can’t create the destination directory. The destination directory is located on another PC but connected on the same network. When I tried to write a file using Windows Explore onto the directory, it was successful!
What could be the problem? How can I write using Windows Explorer while Cobian Backup 10 can’t? It’s actually on Windows permission rights. The Cobian Backup I installed is setup to run as a Windows service. Almost all Windows services are using the “Local System” account. However, the other PC won’t let the “Local System” account to access the directory.
What are the possible solutions?
First make sure you (or the Windows user) have the required access rights. You can easily test this by going to the destination directory and copy a file there.
Second, change the installation mode of Read more…
Is there a way to check if the USB drive or Flash memory card (SD card, miniSD, microSD, Memory Stick, etc.) you bought is fake? Can you tell the difference between a genuine device from a counterfeit?
Prices of memory and USB drives are insanely low specially on online stores. Just browse on eBay and you will see a lot of these devices, mostly from China. I’m not saying that all products from China are fake or fraud, but a number in devices in low price range are too good to be true.
Note, that 90% of my y gadgets here on top of my table right were all made from China and I diligently test them if the description posted on the seller’s website is exactly what the product is capable of. Sometimes, the description doesn’t match what is being advertised so I just have to balance my choices. Will I keep the product or should I send it back to the seller? What I usually do is just to keep the product and give a negative feedback on the seller, if they don’t want to keep their replacement warranty.
So what will you do if you are having doubts on the USB or Flash memory card you bought? Here’s what you can do:
1. The easiest way is to check the product against what is shown on the product list of the original manufacturer. If there’s no existing product from the site of the original manufacturer, it obviously fake. In fact, you need to do this step even before placing your order.
2. Internally, you can’t tell the difference between a counterfeit and a genuine USB or memory cards. However, there’s already a tool you can use. Download H2testw from this site: Read more…
“Service Unavailable – DNS failure
The server is temporarily unable to service your request. Please try again later.”
Have you experienced this error while browsing your favorite site, like Facebook perhaps? Or probably you are ordering your favorite gadgets with special discount on a coupon code site and suddenly you encountered a “time out error” message. Well, I do but not often. But don’t be disheartened, it’s not the end of the world yet, because you and I aren’t the only ones experiencing this DNS failure. It could happen to anybody.
DNS = Domain Name System, in a lay man’s term it is a registry of all the names of the websites and convert them to numbers (IP addresses)
Reasons why DNS failure can occur
Well, two things or let’s make it three (there are more actually):
1. Your computer (PC or laptop) DNS cache is messed up. Periodically, your computer remembers the equivalent IP address of the domain that you are browsing. Sometimes this local database becomes corrupt.
2. The web server you are trying to connect to is down.
3. The ISP or your internet service provider’s DNS servers are having problems.
Solutions for every DNS failure we discussed above: Read more…
They say the rules of engagement in achieving financial independence are three-fold: Save. Invest. Repeat. And since we’re not really tackling anything financially in-depth here, let’s simply add to the ways by which you can save through these four online services:
One of the first considerations a business owner has to deal with is the name he gives to his business, product or service. A name may just be a name for some, but for a business, a bad name is bad business. Branding agencies can help if you’re having trouble coming up with a catchy, relevant and easy-to-remember name, but they can cost you a lot of money.
PickyDomains.com is a crowdsourcing site totaling over 50,000 contributors from all over the world and all walks of life. To start receiving suggestions from this diverse group of people, simply register as a client, make the required downpayment of $50 for a name or domain ($75 for a slogan) and specify your naming requirements. If nothing fits your needs, you’re entitled to a refund. Yes, that’s how risk-free it is!
Forget Groupon when low-cost airlines and online ticket sellers are here to offer the deal of the day. Since the arrival of the two, the cost of airfare has cheapened dramatically. Nowadays, however, due to the very stiff competition among airlines, the best and cheapest possible deals may no longer be available on price-comparison websites. Airlines are keeping those deals to themselves or Read more…
Is there actually an all-in-one headset for different devices? Well, the answer is none.
Perhaps in the near future when all gadget manufacturers will be united and agree in one design of the headset.
Well, my problem was like this. I love listening to music ( I think everybody does). I listen to my collection of songs in my laptop every time I work. I was using a headset that came in the box with my laptop which we bought from Hong Kong. I’m also using this headset for my skype chat and when watching movies too.
However, I’m switching to another headset every time I want music to accompany me in my jogging routines. I’m using my smartphone that doubles as an MP3 player.
My laptop and the smartphone I’m using have different plugs for the headset and so I used to have two headsets. This was where my dilemma comes in. Sometimes, no, not sometimes but often I forgot which is which. I’m using the same brand of headsets but the plugs are different even if they look identical. One has smaller plug which according to the box that comes with it has 2.5mm in diameter while the other one is 3.5mm.
A new Yahoo scam email is going around again. It’s actually a recycled scam email but with a little variation. Instead of asking for your password and other details about you, this time it will prompt you to click a link.
The message of the email is written like this:
Due to the anonymous registration of Yahoo! So we are shutting down some Yahoo Account!!! If you are still interested please verify your account.
CLICK HERE TO VERIFY YOUR ACCOUNTWe apologize for the inconvenience.We look forward to helping you!Sincerely,Yahoo! Customer Care
At a quick glance, the email and the link seems authentic but if you follow closely where the link “CLICK HERE TO VERIFY YOUR ACCOUNT“ is pointing at (http://ronny-raw.com/wp-includes/js/crop/yahoo/index.html) you can easily find out it’s not from Yahoo. It will direct you to another site. If you are a WordPress user, I’m pretty sure you’ll be familiar with the structure of the URL.
Clicking the link won’t do you any harm. It will bring you to a Yahoo Mail look-a-like page.
Here’s how it looks like: Read more…
Adobe reported a security advisories last week associated with their Adobe product. A total of eight vulnerabilities in Photoshop 5 and earlier, and Illustrator and Flash Professional 5.5 and earlier.
According to Adobe, the vulnerabilities could be exploited “to take control of the affected system,” for both Windows and Mac versions of the software. Furthermore, vulnerabilities in Photoshop could be exploited with malicious .tif image files, Adobe said.
Adobe previously announced the users of their old programs need to pay upgrade price in order to patch the critical issues. So rather than patch the bugs in the older programs, Adobe told users to Read more…
If you are experiencing “Can’t find any matching row in the user table” when creating a new user on Heidi, you are not alone.
Here’s a sample screenshot how it looks like.
The problem actually lies on how Heidi execute the command. Old version of Heidi had a bug because of some missing query.
If you don’t want to write your own SQL query, the solution to this problem is to upgrade your copy to the latest version of Heidi.
Here’s the download link of Heidi: Read more…
Your computer ran into a problem and needs to restart.
If you’d like to know more, you can search online for this code: HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED
It’s collecting error info and will start in : 0 seconds
Above was exactly the first message I have experienced when installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview on Windows Virtual PC. Check the screenshot below and you’ll see what I mean.
Looking at the dreaded blue screen (again?), what do you think a user will do? On the first line, it says you need to restart. And restart I did. I tried several times but the error is the same. Unfortunately, this did not fix the problem. “It’s collecting error info and will start in : 0 seconds”, on the third line is not working. The Virtual PC did not restart on it’s own.
The middle line “If you’d like to know more, you can search online for this code: HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED”, is the one that really saved the day for me. However, how I wish Microsoft is more clearer on this issue. So what are the solutions into this HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED problem? Read more…