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Hotmail/Outlook forcing recovery options forcing a secure password would be a better option.

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UPDATE (2019/04/12): The site I was using for Password Fault no longer worked. They have switched to Passwordfault.com, however, their site is not secure (non-https) and therefore has been updated to Comparitech.

Not too long ago Microsoft’s free webmail, Hotmail, got a facelift and a name change. The new Outlook as it is called is now forcing its recovery options on the end user, making them chose between only two options, cell or email. The problem is, not everyone has a cell phone or an alternate email.

As most of you know I am a manager at a public computer centre in Montreal, Canada, and on a daily basis I deal with several patrons whom most of which use Outlook as their email of choice.…

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Patron Saint of Computers

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Yup, you read the title right, there is a Patron Saint of computers as well as computer users, computer programmers, and the Internet. His name is Saint Isidore of Seville. I only bring it up because I was doing some work for a patron of the Library, creating cards with “A Prayer to Our Blessed Mother”, it got me thinking, who watches over me, a Computer Geek.

So I did a quick search for Patron Saints and didn’t find anything huge, so I narrowed my search to Patron Saint of Computers and up came Saint Isidore. If you wish to read more info on him, you can find his info on Wikipedia which has a link to the first site I found on SQPN (Star Quest Production Network).…

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Re-Rooting Android 4.3 On a Nexus Device

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[notification type=”alert”]Note:  These instructions are for Nexus based Devices: Galaxy Nexus: GSM Models (both yakju and non-yakju builds), Galaxy Nexus: CDMA/LTE Verizon Models, Galaxy Nexus: CDMA/LTE Sprint Models, Nexus S: Worldwide, i9020t and i9023 Models, Nexus S: 850MHz, i9020a Models, Nexus S: Korea, m200 Models, Nexus S 4G: d720 Models, Nexus 7: Asus Tablet, Nexus 7 3G: Asus Tablet, Nexus 7 v2 (2013): Asus Tablet, Nexus 7 v2 (2013) LTE: Asus Tablet, Nexus 10: Samsung Tablet, Nexus 4: LG Phone [/notification]

[notification type=”error”] I am NOT responsible for any mistakes you make or anything happening to your phone. These instructions worked for me, they probably will for you too, but USE AT YOUR OWN RISK!

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Will the USA be responsible for the downfall of mankind?

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Now before you get all upset I am not talking about the American People, I know quite a few Americans and in general they are pretty nice people. No, I am talking about the idiots in power. Now again, before you start bitching, I am not talking about the President either (Ok, some of them have been pretty out there [cough]Bush[cough]), I am talking about those with the real power… the brainiacs (said sarcastically) in charge of the military.

I just read 2 articles that make my head spin. And both are from ages ago, long before my time. I am talking about the Starfish Prime Nuclear Test (on wikipedia) and Project West Ford (on wikipedia).…

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How far is too far with 3D Pritning

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Over the past few years 3D printing has come a long way, and when used for good, amazing things result. However used in the wrong hands, chaos can emerge.

What am I talking about? I am talking about this post I found on Gizmodo today, “The First 3D Printed Rifle Now Fires Multiple Rounds—Without Breaking”, and another related article I found (here) “100,000 People Already Downloaded 3D-Printed Gun Plans. So What?”.

To be honest I am not really surprised that someone came up with the idea to print a gun. What I am more worried about is who has access to the plans.…

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[FIX] Windows could not finish configuring the system error after using Sysprep on Windows 7

Over the past week I have been re-imaging the 13 computers in our public computer centre at work, and I came across a small problem. In the past, and by past I mean pre-college, I used to use a program called Norton Ghost to create images of my home system so that at a moments notice I could re-image my system and have all my applications installed without the hassle of re-installing everything manually, but those days are gone as Norton Ghost transformed into something entirely different. These days it is said that it is much easier to use Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK for short) however it is not without its issues, like most Microsoft products.…

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They Nailed it, in 1982.

Every so often I come across an old ad for “The Future”, of how things will be etc.  CompuServe nailed it dead in 1982.


Mind you, if you can read the small text, they are actually talking about their own services.  If anyone can remember the days before the World Wide Web (WWW) and before the internet as we know it today (High speed internet via DSL/Cable).  If you can remember the days of 14.4k modems and BBS dial up servers, you may remember CompuServe, who closed competitor at the time was AOL (Which I am sure almost everyone knows).  My father used to subscribe to CompuServe.…

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Hows your reaction time?

Hopefully its good if you wanna get Lumigrid’s LED Bicycle projector. I came across this over at one of the sites I frequent called Hi Consumption.
Now at first glance, it looks like it’s a really cool idea, for those who bike slowly… The principle it that it projects a grid on the ground showing you the terrain that’s coming up, which reminds me of almost every golf computer game I have played, when you get to the green and it shows you the slopping grid. Now obviously meant for night rides (where you cannot really see what the ground looks like in front of you) the idea is great, however not everyone reaction time is.…

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Hola! Watch Netflix USA from anywhere in the world! FREE!

After being a Netflix subscriber for a month and a bit now, I am very disappointed at how limited our selection is here in Canada, half the good movies are unavailable.

I have heard of other people using proxies and VPNs to fool the servers into thinking you have a States-Side IP address, but these in my experience can be limited. The ones I have found are either really slow, have low bandwidth, or cost quite a bit to have speed and bandwidth.

During my most recent search I happened across a site called Hola (Spanish for Hello?) which adds a plugin to Chrome or Firefox or you can directly install their app on Windows, Mac OS, and Android (sorry Blackberry Users, your left out, again).…

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Windows 7, The last of a great Windows Series….

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As the title suggest, Windows has gone off the deep end, well at its core anyway.

Today I installed a test run of Windows 8 Pro in a virtual environment just to see what the OS had to offer… within the first 5 minutes I was pulling out my hair and screaming for Windows 7.

When you first install Windows 8, you are presented with, well, as their commercial theme song would suggest, “Everything At Once” which to some, like myself, is considered information overload. When I first saw the Windows 8 Menu, I had no idea what I was doing.…

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