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Notes on whatevr


For some reason, I get asked by various friends and fellow students what router I use and how good is it at keeping out all the crap floating around on the internet these days? My answer, I use the Linksys WRT54G wireless router. Its great for both the price and how well it performs. With various encryption methods avaliable to you including WEP, WPA, RADIUS, and WPA2 (possible firmware update required depending on which version you have) and I just love it.

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I picked up a copy of BLACK on the PS2 mid last week and its just awsome. The particle effects, bloom lighting, amazing detail and awsome soundtrack really makes for one unique gaming experience. With the focus on destruction and just killing people, its a great diversion from what most first person shooters these days are all about.

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BLACK PS2 (also avaliable on XBOX) is one of the best looking games you’ll find on current-gen systems and is definately worth taking a look at.

I’ve been pretty busy with school this last week or so (semester started last week) so it’s been hectic, but its great i’ve still been able to post here on my blog, I do enjoy it and glad I can keep regular updates. That’s it for me today, have fun pplz!

Oh by the way, I’m glad some people found the Fixing Microsoft Word Crashes post interesting and helpful, i’ll be sure to write something like that more often.

More technical hilarity


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I just cracked up laughing when I saw this, its so true.  If you’ve never been to http://go.funpic.hu you should really check it out. The site has heaps of different pics that are just so funny from all different categories.

One thing I failed to mention in my previous post ‘Fixing Microsoft Word Crashes’ , Monday Tech Questions is no more, phased out indefinately now due to lack of public interest. When MTQ first started out almost 16 weeks ago, I recieved huge feedback for the idea and frequently recieved questions on all sorts of things, but the last few weeks have been quite, so decided to take it out. I want to thank everybody who participated in the segment and thanks for all the question’s I recieved, it was really great while it lasted, but no regrets, was good fun.

If you visit my blog regularly, you would have noticed recently that I have decided to change the format of posts made from a strictly technological standpoint, to a more generalized topical discussion on various things. The last few days posting amazingly funny pics has become my new favourite.

Thanks guys.

Fixing Microsoft Word Crashes


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Everybody using windows has at some point has encountered applications crashing, unexplainable error messages, and even incoherent blue screen’s, but how can we fix these problems when they happen and how can we prevent them from happening in the future.

I have helped many people who have had similar problems with Microsoft’s premiere Office productivity suite MS Office (more specifically, Word), but understanding what’s causing Word to crash is often quite a difficult thing to do if you don’t know where to look.

There are 4-5 different things that will help you tremendously when troubleshooting problems with Microsoft Word:
– All global macros and settings are stored in a file called ‘normal.dot’
– Word has a startup folder (just like windows) which holds macros and your word plugins which startup automatically when word starts.
– Toolbars and other settings are recorded in a registry key called ‘data’
– There’s something else, i can’t remember lol.

Word Startup:
Most often if Word crashes when it first starts up, its usually becuase you have global templates or macros or something in your startup folder of Word which have become corrupt or damaged for some reason.
The default path for Office’s startup is: “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\STARTUP”. This folder is empty when you first install MS Office so try empty out this folder and restart Word.

Addins:

Also it might be benifical to check out the folder “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\ADDINS”. If there looks like there’s something out of the ordinary in this folder, remove it and try again. If your unsure, try move all the contents from this directory into a temporary folder for now just to test.

Normal.dot problems?:
I spoke about Word storing its settings in a file called ‘normal.dot’. If there is a setting in there that is preventing Word from starting normally, you can try running word by opening the RUN box (START –> RUN) and type “Winword.exe/a” without quotes. This will launch word clean with no templates or addons loaded. If it starts fine, then there must be something wrong with the normal.dot file. (TIP: If you are using Windows XP, normal.dot is a hidden system file and may not be visible if you do not have ‘show hidden system files’ selected in the Folder Options of Windows).

if you are having issues with the normal.dot file, you can safely remove it and next time you run Word, it will create a new blank file and your problem may then be solved.

Word crashes after startup?
If word crashes when say you perform some function such as select to print, formatting text or changing some other option, then there might be an issue with some registry keys on your computer. If this is your issue, you should check out a great website http://www.personal-computer-tutor.com/NNTWord.htm which is a great word troubleshooting site. That should solve your problem.

I hope this helps many of you out there who are having problematic issues with Microsoft Word or any Office Application (these steps can be applied to any office app, should be able to anyway).

New name for JTB – any ideas?


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Hey guys, I’ve been thinking of changing the format of the blog. I’ll still talk about technology but I figure there’s alot of cool stuff around on the net these days and being able to post some of that for all to see would be kinda cool. General topics and chatter on whatever will be the focus instead of exclusively devoting all my posts to technology related news.

Anyone with and ideas I emplore you to post whatever your thinking in the comments, I can’t seem to think of a good name for the blog, but any suggestions or ideas will be great.

I love this bear (above), found it around somewhere (good old google image search). Its stuff like this which has motivated me to expand my thinking and ideas for the blog.

Thanks guys, looking forward to hearing your suggestions. Don’t be shy, that’s what comments are for right?

Manager of the Year – Funny


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I came across this somewhere on the net and thought it was kinda funny. How stupid are some people, im sure he would have realized that the mouse wasn’t moving on the screen and when you think of that, wouldn’t you go investigate? Ahh, who knows, obviously not this guy.

New Vista Build 5308.60 Released!


Only days ofter 5308 was released, it has been “released” again! This recompile of 5308 is faster, sleeker, cleaner, and better than ever.This is the FIRST time Microsoft has EVER followed a Vista build with another, just days later.. Especially not two CTPs in a row!

Anybody interested in Windows Vista should check out the screens of some of the latest features to hit the build. I think the OS is still scheduled for a end of year launch, or possibly Q3 at the earliest.

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Javascript in Ten Minutes


If want to learn Javascript in 10 minutes, then here you go. This is such a crash course in javascript, but I guess if you were ever interested in it but didn’t want to go to school to learn or no money for books, this is the next best thing.

If you are totally new at computer programming then I doubt you will pick up javascript in 10 minutes, but the article is set out very well and fairly easy to understand.

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Monday TechQuestions #15


Just a quick note on MTQ:#15

Sorry for the inconsistency of Monday Tech Questions this last week or so, but as you already know, been really busy getting the school semester off to a start. Don’t fear though, I’m currently writing #15 right now and if you’ve ever had problems with Microsoft Office such as crashes, unexplained errors to its just doing something you didn’t think it should be doing, then you’ll find this interesting. Stay tuned (Monday 6th March).