Showing posts from September, 2013

Gah! My Laptop screen is cracked!

I got it that way from a client whose son got mad at it and punched it- It was spontaneously shutting down and he lost his temper.

My gain!

After removing the ten thousand screws that Toshiba used to hold that thing together, I took the motherboard out to the garage to spend some quality time with the air compressor. This time was used to remove the rug of shmegma that was jammed in the fins of the cpu cooler causing it to overheat.

On reassembly, I purposely omitted the reinstall of the screen and viola!
A headless laptop! Wee! See picture below!

Raspberry Pi

I got my Raspberry Pi last week. I ordered the clear case with it. It looks like this all put together:
Fortuitously, I had an 8 gig sd card laying around to put in it as it won't boot without one. I downloaded Wheezy Raspbian and installed it on the sd with Win32 Disk Imager.

I also had one of these laying around:
Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400

It's nice because as you can see in the first picture, you only have 2 built in usb ports and that keyboard has a mousepad on it. I didn't want to have my Pi tethered to router with a cat5 cable so I must use a usb wifi dongle.

I plugged into my tv with an rca cable, powered it with one of my cellphone chargers, and booted it. After I logged in and started the x window server, I got this:

I was not impressed. It looked like a toy and the pixels were jittery. Even so I tried to get a usb wifi adapter working and failed. I gave up for the night and ordered an Edimax ew-7811un at my friend's suggestion because as he said, &…

Microsoft Works 7.0 Calender Data File

Years ago, on my wife's last computer, I installed Microsoft Works 7.0 specifically for the calender. It turned out to be the best one for her to use as it was nice and simple and would display a pop up for appointments. Outlook does this but it must be open where the Works calender with automatically run on boot to remind you to say.. pay your cellphone bill.

After several times of repairing her laptop using the easy bake method, we have begun to lose trust that that computer will continue to run. So the calender file had to be transferred over.

Between versions 7 and 8 Microsoft changed the way the appointments were saved from the mswkscal.wcd file to an .ics I believe. Anyways, finding how to transfer the appointments to a new computer was difficult.

The files are here:


Just grab that whole folder and put it in the same place on the new computer. Merely searching for the file mswkscal.wcd may yield nothing as that file is hidden. You will have to…

Hail of Gunfire: Marine

Hail of Gunfire - except with boats! Do not download if you don't like hard games. The upgrades will help you survive.

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