When the customer says “that damn computer just won’t work”

When the customer says “that damn computer just won’t work”

TL;dr : check these, if you think your customer’s pc is clogged ;

Some of the regular challenges of being an IT support person are listening to heavy cursing, accepting some foul language from your customer knowing that it’s directed towards “that damn machine” and not you, and from time to time, cleaning a PC that has more dust and spiderweb in it, then your grandfather’s shack in the woods 🙂

So, when the “computer won’t work”… you might want to check inside the case to see if some of things you’ll see in the pictures here, don’t also apply to your case 🙂

I doubt that any computer or laptop will work well with a clogged heatsink and / or a clogged cooler as these in the pictures, for that matter.

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Blogger thinks 2+2#4 (two plus two is not always four !)

I sometimes wonder how is it even possible, that software and service giants like google, yahoo, microsoft, and other companies their size can even exist in a technology world presumably dominated by pure, hard-core mathematics, and yet, fail to respect even the simplest arithmetic rules, such as 2+2=4. Blogger now “thinks” that math should not apply to its calculations.

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Closing other services may affect yahoo mail ?

Has closing several of its services  started to adversely affect Yahoo mail ?

I wonder if the reorganising and closing of several services that is going on at Yahoo, is affecting the stability of its mail services, or it really is, as they just say, a temporary error.

I’ve seen this error several times last week, I took a screenshot, anyone has any idea what this is about ?

The supposed help page link on the error message that appears, leads to anything but relevant information, I wonder if someone else has any clues as to how to fix this ?

Experiencing technical difficulties or maybe the closing of several of its services, has started adversely affecting Yahoo mail ?

Disallow visitors with adblockers to see your content

After following a very interesting thread on google plus with regard to people using adblockers while visiting sites on the internet, I’ve realised that so many people simply don’t understand that some of us actually make a living, as humble as it may be, by displaying ads on our sites.

And according to some of the comments there, visiting a site that uses ads to support the site owner’s work while using adblockers to get their content, but not the ads on their sites, to be displayed in your browsers, is THEFT at best, and I completely agree with it.

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How to make firefox portable the default browser

How to make firefox portable the default browser

[ TL;DR: solution to set firefox portable as the default html handler ]

Firefox Portable, and portable apps in general are great, but when it comes to setting firefox portable as the default html handler, or default internet protocol handler, the creators still haven’t found an integrated, in-app solution for doing that.

Sure, you can click on the “Make firefox the default browser” button, once you’ve loaded firefox portable, but that won’t actually set firefox portable as your default internet protocol handler, but instead, set the firefox app inside your portable firefox’s \App\ folder as the handler, which is not ok.

In other words, it’s not easy to make firefox portable the default browser on a windows system.

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My laptop is overheating quickly: tips and tricks for better thermal management

My laptop is overheating quickly: tips and tricks for better thermal management

[ TL;DR: Tips and tricks for better thermal management on laptops, to avoid overheating ]

Some laptops and notebook/netbook computers have a much better thermal management then others, some are silent and cool better, others make a lot of noise and yet, sometimes overheat. Most people think that in most of the cases in which a laptop overheats, it’s got to be either a fault in the mainboard’s electronic circuitry, or there’s an outdated fan, a clogged heatsink to blame.

While I don’t rule out any of these perceived causes to a laptop overheating, especially IBM T43 (2668 models) and some Acer and some Asus models, I’ve learned over the years some pretty simple tricks, some DOs and DON’Ts that if applied, can make a huge difference in a laptop’s thermal management, and can make or break a system. So, after seeing that on most threads on several forums discussing laptop’s thermal management, the simple tricks that I describe here are not even mentioned, instead of writing bits and pieces in the respective threads, on those forums, I thought it’s better to write a post about it. So, if my laptop is overheating, here’s some tips and tricks for better thermal management I’d check for.

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