Monthly Archive: October 2013

Oct 31 2013

Charging a Powered Off Windows Phone

Here’s a quick tip for Windows Phone users. You may have found that you cannot recharge a Windows Phone when it is powered off and the device will attempt to boot up before it will recharge. This behaviour could well be considered odd given that Android smartphones and iPhones have been able to do this …

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Oct 30 2013

Crystal Reports – Function Sequence Error

Crystal Reports - Function S

Bit of a narrow topic but thought I would share given that I couldn’t find a solution on the web. I use Crystal Reports as part of my work in conjunction with databases and Business Objects Enterprise and usually everything works without hiccups. However, I’ve built a couple of reports recently that ended up with …

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Oct 29 2013

Finding Out When Digital Television Channels Change Frequency

Here’s a short tip. As part of the move from analogue to digital television there will be some shuffling of digital channels across the country to help consolidate the utilised spectrum. This might seem like a big deal but it needn’t be as most digital televisions will let you know when channels have changed and …

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Oct 28 2013

Enable Boot to Desktop Under Windows 8.1

One major gripe people had with Windows 8 was the fact that it left you on the Start Screen rather than taking you to the desktop in prior versions of Windows. That default behaviour doesn’t change under Windows 8.1 but you can change that if you want to boot to the desktop. Here’s how you …

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Oct 27 2013

My Thoughts on the Pebble Smartwatch

The smartwatch is the next potential battleground for smart devices and the Pebble seemed to garner significant interest ahead of the big name manufacturers getting on board in a major way. Particularly, with smartphones getting larger screens approaching a whopping six inches I could see the benefit in having a smartwatch paired with a smartphone …

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Oct 26 2013

Looking at Alternative ISPs

We’ve had a few issues with our TPG internet connection lately mainly related to congestion in the evenings which is when we tend to use our internet connection most. I’ve reset and tweaked our ADSL modem numerous times in an effort to fix things up which has been an interesting exercise to say the least. …

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Oct 25 2013

Create Quick Launch Headers Without Hyperlinks in Sharepoint

Perhaps one of the most confusing things for Sharepoint newbies is adding headings to the quick launch bar but end up being forced to provide a URL for the heading. You may not necessarily want the heading to point anywhere but to just be a heading. However, there is a simple fix for this problem. …

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Oct 24 2013

Grab a Copy of the Windows RT 8.0 Recovery Image

A short, sweet tip for original Surface owners out there. If you’ve ended up with a bricked Surface RT tablet after attempting an upgrade to Windows RT 8.1 then you might have wondered what to do to get it working again. Well, Microsoft has released the recovery image for Windows RT 8.0 which you can …

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Oct 23 2013

Keeping Tabs on Australian Fires

At present, in Australia fires are tracked on a state and territory level which makes it hard to get a consolidated view at a national level to see what is going on. This might not be a big deal if your family, friends and properties are largely located in one state or territory but if …

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Oct 22 2013

Extracting Text from PDF Documents

Here’s a quick tip if you’ve needed to extract text from a PDF document. PDF files might not be easy to convert but if the PDF is of reasonably good quality (particularly if it is a scan of a hard copy). When you’ve got a hard copy and you’ve lost the electronic copy then you’re …

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