Category: Mini How-Tos
A Mini How-To is a very short step-by-step or recipe-like description of how to do a specific task. Mini How-Tos are generally aimed at users who are not very familiar with the task and often leave out details that would only interest expert users. Contrast Mini How-To with How-Tos, which are similar but much longer in length. Aliases: Tips, Tech Tips, Tips and Tricks.
Several months ago I switched from Shaw to Telus for both HDTV and internet service. While I have been reasonably happy with Telus Optik TV and Telus Optik Internet, there have been several challenges along the way. For example, in a previous story, I talked about some much needed improvements for Telus Optik TV. In another story, I also talked about the potential challenges of adding a second wireless access point to your Telus Optik network.
Today’s story is about my problems with …Continue reading » Cannot Access Windows Network File Shares Via WLAN on Telus Actiontec V1000H Modem Router
A user got this error today when trying to click on a hyperlink in an email in Outlook 2003 on a Windows XP machine:
This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator.
As far as I can tell from Googling this error message, it seems to occur because …Continue reading » How to Fix “This operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer”
Today a user received this warning when opening an email: “Office File Validation detected a problem while trying to open this file. Opening it may be dangerous”. The error only occurred when the email he was opening was formatted as Rich Text (i.e. RTF file). The user’s email client is Microsoft Outlook 2003 and he has enabled the setting “Use Microsoft Office Word 2003 to read Rich Text e-mail messages”. After a bit of investigation, it seems that the error started occurring after …Continue reading » How to Fix Office File Validation Warnings After Installing Windows Updates
Like many Lego-playing pre-teens, my son has recently been drawn to the “building with blocks” computer game called Minecraft. Despite being a relatively new game (version 1.0 was released on November 18, 2011), Minecraft already has a huge following. How huge? According to the Minecraft stats page, as of January 28, 2012, Minecraft has “20,915,072 registered users, of which 4,784,102 (22.87%) have bought the game. In the last 24 hours, 89,886 people registered, and 14,127 people bought the game.”
What accounts for this massive popularity in such short a time? I haven’t played the game myself (yet) but I’ve been looking over my son’s shoulder and what I see is one cool game. Admittedly, the graphics aren’t amazing compared to what you typically see on the XBox 360 and PS3. However, if you like Lego, you’ll love Minecraft. According to the Minecraft website, “Minecraft is a game about placing blocks to build anything you can imagine.” Yup, that sounds a lot like Lego! The best part is, Minecraft is a whole lot cheaper than buying a large Star Wars Lego set!
If you haven’t seen Minecraft yet, I find the graphics …Continue reading » How to Fix “You must type a file name” Error When Renaming Dot Folders and Files in Windows Explorer