Sunday, October 23, 2016

Classifieds like Craigslist and Craigslist Alternatives

Can you trust Craigslist? Can you really trust any website 100%?

Here are a few free alternatives to Craigslist.

1. - Free classifieds, covers US, Canada and Australia. Does not share information with 3rd parties and is indeed 100% free with no strings attached.  Developed and funded by Rick Cable at Webzcom. 

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Kang Duk

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Viper VTS-979 Taser test. 51,000,000 Volt Rechargeable Stun Gun

This is my 2015 X-Mas tech gadget review which includes my wife, Christine, tasering me. Good times!

Viper VTS-979 Taser test. 51,000,000 Volt Rechargeable Stun Gun 

Vermicomposting - Worm Factory 360 w/ Build and Follow-up Videos

Almost 2 months ago I decided to try my hand at worm farming also known as "Vermicomposting".

Why you may ask? Well, let me share two reasons...

1. I had just moved to a new home where the backyard was pretty much dead and in desperate need of rehabilitation. The entire backyard had not been watered in at least a year. A small patch of where grass used to be and a dead tree. This yard was a wasteland. I'm pretty sure the previous owner had sprayed ground clear when preparing the house for sale.

2. Our new house's garbage cans where half the size of the house we just left on the other side of town. The first couple of months we lived in our new house, we always seemed to have an over flowing garbage can. This made me wonder if I could do more to recycle and reduce our garbage output that ends up in the local landfill.

Here are my YouTube videos that will take you through my experiences in vermicomposting.

Most recent to oldest:

Worm Factory 360 (45 Day Update)

Building a Worm Factory 360 (Unboxing and Build)

Monday, March 7, 2016

Trouble Shooting a Flip Mino HD Video Camera that Won't Power On

The Story

This weekend I decided to start making YouTube videos again after laying off for a couple of years.

Before I can begin filming, I needed to find all my video and audio equipment of which I had quite a lot and needed make sure it was all working.

The Problem

One of the cameras, a Flip Mino HD, had sat without use in a drawer for about 3 years.  That is a long time to let a battery discharge.  This was the root of the problem I'm going to describe to you now.

The darn thing would not power up for nothing. So off to YouTube I go and I find a lot of videos offering solutions.  Most of the videos show these 3 steps:

  1. Using a paper clip, find the reset button hole at the bottom of the unit inside the tripod mounting threads. [Pic Here]
  2. Push and hold the reset button for at least 10 seconds.
  3. Plug in to your computer and it should start charging.

Rick's Solution

  1. Using a paper clip, find the reset button hole at the bottom of the unit inside the tripod mounting threads. [Pic Here]
  2. Push and hold the reset button for at least 10 seconds.
  3. Plug in to your computer and it should start charging. Wait up to 5 minutes. It will come on.
  4. Repeat the above process as many times as needed.  Took me 15 times but it did work. Your patience will pay off.

Why Did This Happen?

I will come back and update this if I find more evidence but what I think is happening is that the battery was so low that on camera, like 1-2% that the camera's OS could not fully boot and the OS actually needs to load to monitor the battery charging process. It seemed like the OS would not fully take over until the until had achieved to certain level of battery capacity which took about 15 reboots and reconnection of the USB charging cable.  It was a real pain in the ass but I was able to save the camera.  I bet a lot of people ended up throwing these cameras away because of this.

Monday, December 22, 2014

CDO.Message.1 error '80070005' Access is denied.

Today I was in the process of moving an application originally written to run with classic ASP on IIS 6.0 to a new server running IIS 7.

I have an email function that sends emails out which worked fine on IIS 6 but failed on IIS 7 on the new server.

Step 1: Make sure SMTP was installed and configured on IIS 7.
This video was helpful

Step 2: Set permissions on the C:\inetpub\mailroot\Pickup folder to allow write access using the IIS_IUSRS account.

Step 3: include the following lines in your code:
objNewMail.Configuration.Fields.Item("") = 1
objNewMail.Configuration.Fields.Item("") = "c:\inetpub\mailroot\pickup"

Friday, November 14, 2014

My VBScript won't run under the task scheduler. Why?

Today I had written a VBScript and wanted it to use the Task Scheduler in Windows 7 to have it run every day on a schedule.

Task scheduler would tell me it was running but it really wasn't.  This was driving me nuts.

Finally found the solution that worked for me.

In the Windows Task Scheduler I had to click "change user or group" button and add "Administrators" group.

Hope this helps someone.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Saitek X52 64bit Driver Issue

Had just purchased my Saitek X52 Joystick in hopes I could play some great games like DCS on Stream.

Apparently I got confused by Saitek's website and got the wrong 64bit drivers.

Here is how to make sure you are getting the right drivers, X52 instead of X52 Pro.

First, I had to disconnect the Saitek X52 (not X52 Pro). Uninstall any SST software you may have installed. Then, I had to go to the Hardware setting in Control Panel and delete the two entries. I then had to go to and download the drivers, and install them. Do NOT click on "Choose your product range" button, click on the "Choose your product type."

Then click on "Joysticks" and under "Select product" choose "X52", then (in my case) under "Select operating system", I chose "Windows 7/8 and Vista 64-bit".

NOW - choose to download the drivers and install them - remember that you disconnected your X52 - and plug it in when prompted. Then download the software, and install it. If you did it all right, everything should work.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Apple TV: Movie Rentals Not Showing

Thought I would share an issue I came across today.

I had rented a couple of movies on iTunes last night.  Shortly after, the Apple TV said there was an update available and it downloaded and installed the update.

I did not try watching any of the movies I had just rented until the next day.  Oddly, none of the rentals were displayed under rentals where they should have been and when I tried to open them from the iTunes store a message displayed stating I should go to options > downloads to download the movie but there was no such option. Luckily, in our Master bedroom we had another Apple TV and all the rentals were displayed there.  The Apple TV in the Master bedroom had not yet been updated.

Rather that taking you thought all the troubleshooting I will just cut to the chase.  The fix was using the reset option that wipes out all your personal data and sets the Apple TV back to the factory settings.  It sucked because I had to set it up as if it was brand new but it worked but that only took a couple of minutes.  After I had entered my iTunes account info, all my rentals magically reappeared.

Hope this helps.


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Microsoft Windows 7 Easy Transfer Error: You're Logged in to a Temporary Profile

I was reviewing the Microsoft Windows 7 70-680 requirements for the Easy Transfer feature and got an error on my PC that I thought I would share just in case anyone else should encounter the same problem.

When running Microsoft Easy Transfer I got an error stating that I was logged in to a temporary profile and it would not allow me to continue.

Here is the problem and the solution.

Problem: You have a temporary / backup profile listed in your Windows Registry.

Look for this registry entry:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

Look for a sub folder entry ending with a ".bak".  

If you find a key with a .bak suffix, check the ProfileImagePath subkey and make sure you have a backup copy of everything within that path unless it is in your "temp" path. 

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Hope this helps!