For various reasons I recently needed to do a fresh install of Windows 7 on my Home Theater PC. It isn’t a hard process these days but you can save yourself a ton of frustration if you follow a step by step procedure. This includes the non-intuitive steps of installing a couple hot-fixes before you actually perform any updates to the OS.
During the install I kept notes over on my wiki page. I would have posted them all here but that page is easier to modify and leave this one here as a sign post.

David Shanske just updated his Birdgy Publish plugin to work with Custom Post types. Currently, there isn’t a UI to enable the feature in your New Post UI. With David’s help in IRC and a few lines of code in my Functions.php I was able to get it to work.

Open your functions.php file and add the code below. It should be noted that I called my custom post type ‘posse’ in reference to the Indieweb notion of “Post own site, syndicate elsewhere.” So you should change the word posse below to the name you gave you custom post type:

// Add Bridgy Publish UI to your custom post type
function add_posse_to_bridgy_publish ( $types ) {
$types[] = 'posse';
return $types;
add_filter( 'bridgy_publish_post_types', 'add_posse_to_bridgy_publish' );

Share and enjoy.

There is a bug in Google Keep for iOS that can cause it to constantly crash. The problem has to do with certain notes within Keep. To fix it do the following:

  • Delete Google Keep from your iOS device
  • Go to Google Keep in your browser on you laptop
  • Click the Main Menu by clicking the 3 horizontal lines at the top right (aka the Hamburger Menu)
  • Scroll down and click Settings
  • UNCHECK “Display rich link previews”

Now go to the app store on your device and download Google Keep again and give it a try

This fixed it for me. You may not have to delete Keep from your device but I think it makes all this work cleaner because it will re-download all your notes when you reinstall and log in.

I really don’t like the default ‘Sent from my iPhone’ signature. I find it non-personal and elitist. Here is how to change it. This is current as to of iPhone iOS 9.

  • Tap the Settings icon
  • Scroll to Mail, Contacts, Calendar and tap it
  • Scroll down to Signature and tap it
  • Delete ‘Sent from my iPhone’ and enter in the text you want as your email signature or leave it blank for no signature

If you have more than one email account on your phone you can set a different signature on each account if you like. That is just a simple setting on the same page where you entered your new signature.

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Thurrot and Engadget are reporting that “Microsoft Has Broken Millions Of Webcams With Windows 10 Anniversary Update”

Rafael Rivera on Twitter has come up with a simple work around by editing the registry. Be careful.

Open up regedit and go to the following registry key:

  • “HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\Microsoft\Windows Media Foundation\Platform
  • add DWORD “EnableFrameServerMode”
  • set to 0
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    When you live in Southern California and an Earthquake hits, Twitter is your go to. Within seconds you can tell who of your friends has felt it and assess damage very quickly. It also helps calm you down when you know you aren’t alone waiting for the ground to settle down.

    The first question is always: “where is the epicenter?” Fortunately, an enterprising Twitter user has piped all of the USGS real-time SoCal Earthquake data into an Twitter via an account called @SoCalEq. The thing is, if you follow that account, your timeline gets quickly overrun by tweets of quakes of every magnitude from zero on up. If you aren’t right on top of the quake, anything less than a 2 isn’t of much interest. Thats where Tweetdeck comes in handy. In Tweetdeck you can set up a column to be a persistent Twitter search that displays only a subset of the @SoCalEq tweets.

    In Tweetdeck, on the left, click the magnifying glass to perform a search. In the search field, enter all of the following:
    M2 OR M3 OR M4 OR M5 OR M6 OR M7 OR M8 from:SoCalEq

    That will give you everything from a magnitude 2 to an 8 as tweeted by @SoCalEq. If you don’t want 2’s, for example, just delete M2 OR. If you want 1’s, add M1 OR. It’s pretty simple. Below is a live example. And if you aren’t a Twitter or Tweetdeck user then you could always just bookmark this Twitter search that accomplishes the same thing.

    Is one of your faves live-tweeting The Bachelor? At a herpetology conference all weekend? Ranting about politics? Relentlessly promoting their new web series? Mute them until they’ve calmed down.

    Try out: Quiet Time by Twitter user @kylewmahan. Just log on with your twitter account and mute your noisy buddy for a configurable amount of time. This is something that should be a default feature on Twitter!

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    My ASUS ZenBook UX305CA has had issues resuming from sleep running Windows 10. It seems that it resumes but the screen stays black and there isn’t much you can do except force a reboot. Fortunately, I found the solution here: Windows 10 Black Screen After Sleep [Fix]

    • Click on your Start Menu and type “Command Prompt”, and open the first result as administrator.
    • Type “powercfg /h off”, this will turn off the Hibernation feature on your PC – note that if you are on a laptop, this means when the battery runs out you might lose your opened work, so keep that in mind.
    • After running the command – it will give you no output if it worked – simply restart your PC.

    That solution worked for but if you are having the issue and that doesn’t fix it, there are a couple other things to try on that site.

    Note: I’m currently running Insider Build 14366rs1_release_160610-1700.

    I used to have an HP that would shut off on me without warning so I developed these power settings adjustments. They seem to work well on Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.

    • From Start screen search for Power Options
    • Start with Balanced energy plan
    • Click change advanced power settings
    • Under Processor power management change Maximum Power State to 95% on battery. Note: My current laptop doesn’t have a fan so I set System Cooling Policy to passive for both battery and plugged in.
    • Under Display turn off adaptive brightness for both battery and plugged in
    • Under battery: Set critical battery action to Sleep for both.
    • Under battery: Set low battery level to 30% for both
    • Under battery: Set critical battery level to 12% for both
    • Under battery set Low battery notification to On for both
    • Under battery set Reserve battery level to 15% for both

    Your mileage may vary but these are working well for me.