October 13th, 2010 | Categories: Fuzzy Concepts | Tags:

There is a bug in firmware 1.21 – the ethernet port defaults to DHCP instead of the static 192.168.0.10 IP address that the manual claims.  I’m not sure where it gets the IP address that it uses from, but it’s 169.254.29.137.  Set your IP address to 169.254.29.1, and you’re good to go.

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August 3rd, 2010 | Categories: Uncategorized | Tags:

Not much going on here these days, but I’m shutting down the comments – it’s all spam, and it’s getting worse.  Try Twitter: http://twitter.com/onlydarksets/

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November 11th, 2009 | Categories: Android | Tags:

I found out after numerous attempts that you can’t use American Express to purchase apps in the Android Market if they are sold with non-U.S. currency.  This is unfortunate, but it wouldn’t be a big deal if you got an error message that made any sense.  It simply says “invalid credit card”.  MasterCard works just fine.

November 7th, 2009 | Categories: Android | Tags:

A few apps that I found that fill in gaps in the functionality:

  • gTasks – sync Google Tasks
  • Video Player – Droid can play videos, but there is no way to browse them by name.  This fixes that.  It doesn’t actually play videos, but it helps you find the video you want the built-in player to play.  Try Act1 if you need more functionality.
  • TasKiller – terminates background apps.
  • Pkt Auctions – eBay client.
  • Documents To Go – read (free) or edit (payware) MS Office documents.
  • Google Voice – free “visual voicemail”

I’m still playing with Toggle Settings and Locale for setting and changing profiles. Locale has lots of plugins for other apps, but profiles and triggers aren’t configured separately, and it doesn’t integrate into the OS as well.

Also, a couple of fun apps:

Here’s a good “top 50” list of apps.

November 5th, 2009 | Categories: Windows | Tags: , , ,

HP released the Windows 7 drivers for the dv2z-1100 recently.  Here are the 64-bit links.  I’ve noticed a little bit of a difference since I installed them last night.  The biggest issue with the Vista drivers was the laptop would often fail to shut down or go to standby with a SD card in the slot.  The Win7 drivers seem to fix that.

The only issue I had was that, after installing the BIOS update, I got a piracy notice when I restarted.  Of course, this copy of Windows 7 came from MSDN, so I’m pretty confident it’s legit.  However, I rebooted and I haven’t seen the message since.

October 29th, 2009 | Categories: Applications | Tags:

I found a simple, single-purpose program called, aptly, Image Time Stamp Modifier that syncs the file date with the EXIF data embedded in the JPG by the camera.

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I’m setting the wife’s personal mobile to rollover to her work mobile if she doesn’t answer it (instead of rolling over to AT&T voicemail).  I didn’t this is how AT&T voicemail works, but it just redirects to a phone number.  For the DC area, it’s  (410) 530-4141.

September 11th, 2009 | Categories: Windows | Tags: ,

I had to replace the MB on my laptop (the GPU imploded, taking pretty much everything with it).  Afterward, it would POST and boot, but I had two issues:

  1. I had to re-enter the BitLocker key each time the computer booted or resumed from standby or hibernate, and
  2. It was no longer activated and wouldn’t activate, with error 80072f8f.

The activation issue turned out to be simple – the clock on the MB was completely wrong, which causes activation to automatically fail.  Setting the clock (manually or via internet update) solved the problem.

The BitLocker problem sucks a bit more, though.  The only “fix” I could find is to decrypt the drive and re-encrypt it.  BitLocker would prefer that you take the following route:

  1. Anticipate catastrophic failure
  2. Temporarily disable BitLocker
  3. Fix the error
  4. Re-enable BitLocker

I skipped step #1, so I was SOL.  My bad.

May 22nd, 2009 | Categories: Windows | Tags: ,

I picked up the ASUS 1000HE (in black, thank you, not pink) as a secondary and vacation laptop.  It’s light, it’s got a slightly faster processor, and it has a ton of storage.  I’ve been running Win7 RC for about a month, though, and I’ve read that the 1000HE can run that – no problem.

Well, it can.  It even supports full Aero, which is a pretty impressive feat by both ASUS and Microsoft.

In fact, out of the box, everything except ACPI and the advanced touchpad features (and, of course, ASUS’s proprietary key shortcuts), but the XP drivers work for both.  However, it doesn’t have an optical drive, and none of the instructions out there for installing from a USB drive are complete.  This (I believe) is complete.

  1. Get the beta
  2. Create a bootable USB drive with the beta.  A few notes:
    1. Use a USB hard drive, not a SD reader and SD card.  The latter cannot be marked as active, so you can’t boot from it.  I didn’t try putting the SD card in the memory card slot in the 1000HE to see if that way works, though.
    2. The partition must be formatted FAT32, which is limited to 128GB.  If your drive is larger, you need to either resize the existing partition and create a smaller one (~15GB is more than enough), or nuke the whole thing, create a small partition.  If it’s not FAT32, you will get a boot error and the helpful option of “Ctrl-Alt-Del to continue”.
    3. If you don’t make the partition with the Win7 files active, you will just get a flashing cursor.
  3. Install Windows 7 from the USB drive
    1. Turn the 1000HE off
    2. Plug it into the LEFT USB port (as in, not the ports on the right side)
    3. Turn the 1000HE on
    4. Immediately start pressing F2 to get into the BIOS.  Press it about 2 times per second until you see the EEE screen come up.
    5. Once you are in the BIOS, go to the Boot menu (press the right arrow key)
    6. Select “Hard Disk Drives” and press enter
    7. Select “1st Drive” and press enter
    8. Select the USB:xxxxxxxx option and press enter
    9. Press Escape
    10. Select “Boot Device Priority” and press enter
    11. Select “1st Boot Device” and press enter
    12. Select the USB:xxxxxxxx option and press enter
    13. Press F10 to save and restart
  4. When the Win7 installer reboots, you need to either unplug the USB drive or switch the BIOS back to the HDD
  5. NOTE: There now appear to be Windows 7 drivers available – just select Windows 7 as the OS.  I haven’t verified this, but it’s worth a shot.
    Download the following drivers (select Eee Family | Eee PC | 1000HE – then, when the box pops up, select WinXP as the OS)

    1. ATK | Advanced Configuration ans Power Interface Drive for WIN XP (currently v4.00.0010)
    2. Utilities | ASUS Instant Key Utility for Windows XP (currently v1.08)
    3. TouchPad | Touchpad Driver Version 7.0.4.3 (this enables multi-touch support)
  6. Install the LAN drivers

Done.

A few points:

  1. Right-click on the taskbar, select Properties, and check the “Use small icons” box.  The few extra pixels really do make a difference.
  2. For some reason, ASUS’s hotkey utility throws an error on startup sometimes.  You can ignore it.  It’s saying that you can’t use ASUS’s hotkey program to switch resolutions.
  3. Also, you can set the two hotkeys at the top by running EeeInstantKey from the start menu.