I was having this problem on Windows 7 32-bit Laptop. Uninstalling Google Desktop and rebooting fixed it. Disabling Google Desktop on startup did nothing.
This is one of my favorites. You can actually use chicken or steak, but the Marsala also goes very well with a nice pork tenderloin. To start off, season the pork tenderloin with salt and pepper and then sear it in an almost smoking hot pan with just enough canola (doesn’t have to be canola, but make sure the oil you use has a high smoke point) to wet the bottom of the pan. If you have too much oil, you won’t get a nice brown sear, you will basically boil the exterior of the meat.
1.5 lbs pork tenderloin
1 container cleaned and sliced portobello mushrooms
1 stick butter
1 shallot, thinly sliced
3/4 cup marsala wine
1/4 cup chicken stock (or vegetable or mushroom)
salt and pepper to taste
Well, I don’t seem to be doing a good job of updating my blog about tech stuff. I do however love uploading pics of the food I cook to Facebook. I am guessing you see where this is going.
Cooking is definitely my escape. Open a bottle of wine, turn on some music and just plant me in the kitchen. You will never hear me complain. I love cooking something that turns out beautiful and tasty. The feeling I get when I see someone going back for seconds or thirds on something I cooked is better than anything I have ever felt in my IT career. Well, most of the time that is true. When you go back for the afternoon snack on Thanksgiving and there isn’t a piece of smoked turkey left in the house, it kinda sux.
I am not knocking what I do to pay the bills, but you don’t have many people come up to you and say “Thank you so much for the fact my email hasn’t been down in over a year, it has changed my life”. I am that four letter personality that likes affirmation I guess. You know, that Briggs and Stratton test….oh wait that is an engine. Try this personality test instead.
Anyway, so my goal here is cook meals and upload recipes and pictures of those meals that make you say “OMG I totally want to be Jason Poteet, he is the most awesome person on the planet”. Short of that, I want you to try new things, get away from the packaged crap they sell you at the grocery store, and cook something that makes everyone say how amazing it was.
1 lb ground beef
1 lb ground pork
1 medium onion diced
4 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp cumin
1/2 Tbsp cayenne pepper
1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
1 12 oz beer (nothing crazy, light lager like Miller light or Yuengling)
28 oz can of diced tomatoes
1 16 oz can of light red kidney beans (put in a strainer and rinse with cold water)
1 16 oz can of chili beans (put in a strainer and rinse with cold water)
2-3 cups beef broth
Salt and Pepper
Finally I have gotten past this error. Thanks for nothing Microsoft. Ok, I was trying to install Microsoft Office 2007 Professional Plus on multiple Windows 7 machines but could never get past the error messages that “Setup cannot find <some file>”. I mean it would error on multiple files some were access.en.us, ProPlus.ww\ProPlsWW.cab, Word.en-us\WordLR.cab, and many many others! Well, I finally got it to work and this is how I did it. I hope it helps you.
To start, let me tell you what I was doing. I am a Microsoft Volume License Customer so I was using a downloaded .iso file from Microsoft. I tried burning the file to CD’s and I tried copying the files from my successful CD burns to the hard drive. None of that worked. I disabled UAC, anti virus, and even talked really sweet to the computers. It didn’t work.
What did work is this exact sequence.
- Download and install 7-Zip if you don’t already have it.
- Right click the .iso file you downloaded from Microsoft and select 7-Zip and “Extract to ::Filename::” My Filename was SW_CD_and a ton of other characters.
- After you extract the .iso file, copy this file to a USB. I did the download and extract on a 2nd windows 7 machine but I bet you could actually run setup.exe from the extracted folder if you downloaded the .iso on the same pc you are installing Office 2007.
- Plug the USB into the windows 7 computer you are installing Office 2007 on and run setup.exe from the USB drive.
- Enter your product key
- I chose the option, custom install and chose run all from my computer.
- Install and finish
I have spent several hours trying to make this work on a clean Windows 7 install from multiple downloads of the same file from Microsoft’s volume licensing site. This is the only thing that worked.
If you are like me, and I am betting you are, you have replaced most of your film cameras with digital cameras. Digital cameras are certainly the go to camera for the average home user these days. Even the higher end SLR’s are digital these days. The digital photo is more convenient because you don’t have to pay to have it developed and it is available immediately. Part of that ease of use also prevents a problem that needs to be addressed, backing up those irreplaceable photos.
We have a 16 month old girl so you can imagine we take lots of photos and videos. These are priceless photos that I would never forgive myself for losing. Photos that reside only on your computer are not backed up. The hard drive holding them can and will eventually stop working. If the hard drive has a hardware failure your only choice of recovering those photos will be spending $X,XXX amount of dollars for advanced data recovery. Even that doesn’t guarantee you will get your photos back. This is why backing up your photos and videos is so important. Here are a few ways to backup them up and the pros and cons of each way.
- Backup to another internal/external hard drive – This is one of the most common methods. External drives are pretty cheap these days and it is easy to setup an automated backup using any of the most popular operating systems. While this method seems sound, it really only protects against accidental deletion or primary hard drive failure. If someone breaks into your house and steals your computer, they will probably take your external hard drive with them. Same thing goes for a fire. You will lose the computer and the external drive.
- Another very popular method is to back your photos and videos up on CD or DVD media. This is another good way but has some hidden limitations you might not expect. The usual method for buying blank CDs and DVDs is too look for a good price and buy them in bulk. The problem with this is the cheap ones are cheap for a reason. They aren’t guaranteed to last. You need to spend a little extra on your media and get archival quality. You will probably spend around $1-2 a piece, but the archival grade media is usually guaranteed to last 100 years.
- My favorite option is an online backup. This basically backs your photos and videos up across the Internet to your online storage. There are several large companies that offer this type of service. You could even make your own using something like the Amazon cloud. I actually use Google’s online storage in conjunction with their Picasa image software. Picasa will upload my photos and keep my pictures folders synced. You get 2GB free from Google, but I am using a plan where I pay $5 a year for 20 GB of online storage. That is a little more expensive than using DVDs, but it gives you an offsite backup. If my house burns down, I will still be able to log in from a different computer and access all of my pictures. I say pictures because you will need to buy one of the bigger plans if you want to upload a lot of videos to this service.
The most important thing to take from this article is the importance of backing up your photos. Even if your method isn’t the best, it is better than none at all. I promise you, all computer hard drives, internal or external eventually fail. I don’t want to be the one telling you the pictures of your child’s first steps are gone.
Today I started brainstorming concepts for a new corporate website. The current website is a few years old and is in need of some modernization. It is also time to update because frankly we have learned a lot in a few years about eye tracking, usability and marketing.
The current website has performed well and drives a high percentage of visitors to the contact page. The contact page in turn sends in a few monthly quote requests and an undetermined number of phone calls. This is one of the areas I want to improve upon. To do a better job of demonstrating the importance of the website, we need a better way of capturing all of the information from the contact page including phone calls. Another key goal is to differentiate the contacts from people who came directly to looking for a phone number and those who found us organically. Those organic numbers are the key to how effective our search engine marketing strategies are.
Purpose is the concept for the new site. There are really only a few reasons for someone to be on a printing company website. I plan on leveraging that knowledge to provide a clear path to the information visitors are looking for, hopefully in a clever and memorable way. I’ll follow up more on that in part 2. The conclusion to part one is stating my desire to protect the website visitors once again, from flash intros, auto playing video, sound and all other sorts of ideas people want to add to the website, yet hate it when they see them on a website.
What is the purpose for the new website? The purpose is sales.
I made a post a couple of years ago about how frustrating my experience was when trying to cancel my XBox Live subscription. The post still gets hundreds of visitors a month so I thought I would update it with some new information from a comment at the end of the post. Thanks to David for his comment!
You can cancel the auto renew of the Xbox live gold if you go to xbox.com and login to your live account, click you gamertag, click contact information, click membership level, and where it says automatic renewel, click where it says on. You will then have to click through a few screens where they are trying to keep you but then you will finally be able to set it to off!!!