Microsoft Outlook has stopped working

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Here we are a day after Microsoft updates were released and I start getting phone calls of Outlook crashing for some users. I’ve seen it on both Outlook 2013 and 2016.

I don’t have full details yet, but for now the quick fix is to uninstall hotfix KB3097877 and reboot.

From what I’ve read, it seems to only affect those who have the reading pane enabled. Hopefully MS will issues an update for this update soon!

EDIT: This was a short lived issue. Microsoft has released an updated patch under the same number that does not have the issues.


Opting out of the Verizon Super Cookie

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I recently went back to Verizon, and while listening to an episode of DTNS they mentioned how all Verizon customers are automatically opted in to their advertising program with a Unique Identifier Header, or super cookie. But they mentioned users can opt out of the program. While I believe it’s wrong to be  in the program automatically, at least there is a way to get out of it. That sent me on a google search to find the procedure. There certainly were plenty of hits for searching ‘opt out Verizon super cookie’, but they all linked to a VZW page that wouldn’t load for me. So I logged in to my account and search around until I found it.

Here’s the steps I took.

  • Sign in to your VZW account
  • Click on My Account and then Privacy Settings

There I found I was opted in to 3 programs that share my information in various ways. One by one, I changed the setting to Do Not Share and saved my changes.

For me, the direct link to this page is:

Get rid of the Windows 10 Upgrade notifications

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IMG_1017Start > Control Panel > Program & Features > View Installed Updates

Find Update For Microsoft Windows (KB3035583) and uninstall it.

After the reboot, launch Windows Update. You will see it listed under Important Updates ready to be reinstalled. Simply right click it and choose Hide Update.


Homemade Taco Seasoning

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Homemade Taco Seasoning
  • 4 T Chili Powder
  • 2 T Cumin
  • 2 T Paprika
  • 2 T Dried Oregano
  • 1 T Onion Powder
  • 1 T Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • ½ tsp Cayenne Pepper
  1. Mix all ingredients together and store in a mason jar.


Slow Cooker Kalua Pig

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Slow Cooker Kalua Pig - Test 3
Serves: 12-14
  • 5-6 pound pork butt roast
  • 1½ tablespoons Hawaiian sea salt (coarse sea salt)
  • 1½ tablespoons liquid smoke flavoring
  1. Pierce the pork roast all over with the tip of a sharp knife. Place the roast in a large slow cooker and rub the salt all over the meat. Drizzle the liquid smoke over the meat.
  2. Cover the slow cooker and cook on Low Heat for 16 to 20 hours**, turning the roast over once half-way through the cooking time. Depending on how hot your low setting is on your slow cooker, you may or may not need the full 20 hours. When the meat easily shreds with a fork it is ready.
  3. Remove the meat from the slow cooker and shred with two forks, adding drippings from the slow cooker as needed to moisten the meat.
Don’t be tempted to add any additional liquid–you don’t need it. The fat in the roast will provide more than enough liquid. For this size of roast, you will need a 6-qt. slow cooker. If you have a smaller slow cooker, use a smaller roast and reduce the amount of the other ingredients accordingly.


Operation Lawn 2015

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I moved in to my new place in December of last year. I could not wait for spring to arrive as the previous owners took horrible care of this wonderful yard. Well, spring is here and operation lawn 2015 is under way. I expect it to take me a couple of years to get the lawn completely how I want it as I don’t have the money to simply remove the current turf, level out the top soil, and resod or reseed. I do have to work with what’s there.

I’ll start with some before pictures.

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Yes, the Ubiquiti TS-16-CARRIER can be separated into two units

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I’m making this post simply because I had this question and could not find a conclusive answer. Here’s the back story.

I have a project where I needed 2 Toughswitches. And I needed the 8 port units as the 5 port switch was too small. However when I went to order the switches, every single seller of them had them listed as ‘back ordered’. I could get the 5 port models or the 16 port models, but those aren’t what I needed. That’s when I had the idea, since their ’16 port’ carrier model is nothing but two 8 port switches in a rack-mountable carrier, can they be taken out of the carrier and used separately? I didn’t want to take a $400 gamble to get one, and find out that they were difficult or impossible to take out of the carrier. Or that maybe that ran a special firmware that required them to work as a pair. The web provided no assistance on this question.

So I started calling some distributors to ask. What I found out right away was that the 8 port switches are back ordered because at this time there are labor issues and ships are not able to get in to port in Los Angeles. Secondly no one was able to specifically answer my question, but believed that what I wanted to do, could be done. So I went ahead and ordered a Ubiquiti TS-16-CARRIER.

I’m hear to say that it can done, and done easily. The face plate can be simply be popped off and the 2 8 port switches slide right on out. At that point, the are completely independent of each other. See photos below.

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SOLD — Selling photography lights

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Everything is now sold

Selling everything for $500

Included are:

Alien Bees B800 Studio Flash
Alien Bees B400 Studio Flash
Carrying Bags (Qnty 2)
Heavy Duty Air-Cushioned 13ft Stand
Heavy Duty 13ft Stand
Backlight Stand
Light Gear Speed Rind (Qnty 2)
48″ Silver/White Bounce Umbrella
Honeycomb Grid

Photoflex Starlite Medium Kit
1000w Lamp
10.8Ft Stand
Medium Silverdome

The total new for it all was over $1300.

Contact me if interested.









Add memory to a Lenovo ThinkPad T440p

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I recently had a new Lenovo ThinkPad T440p come in for a client and I needed to add an additional 4GB of RAM. I didn’t take any video or even photos of the process, but it was super simple.

Simply flip over the laptop so you’re looking at the bottom. Remove the 2 screws from the upper right and left. Once removed, just slide the entire bottom towards you. You will see a lot of easy to access parts of the laptop. Use the same process to access the hard drive as well.

Security concern with Google Voice?

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Yesterday, while I was out of town working at a client, I received a text message from my mom asking if everything was ok. I replied with with, “Yes. Why?”. She told me she just received a call from my phone number, but it wasn’t me. Caller on the other end said he had a note on his car because I hit it and left this number. He was angry and used profanity at her. She hung up on the call, and and that’s when she messaged me.

That started to freak us both out. The only logical way she could have received a call from my number (which is a google voice number) would either be from the physical phone in my house, or access to the google voice app on my phone or tablet. Since I was about an hour away from my house and had possession of my phone, I asked if she could take a drive by my house and make sure was wasn’t broken in to. Her and my dad went over to it and everything was secure.

When I got back home later in the day, I did a complete walk through of the house and nothing was disrupted. I checked the call log on the physical phone and my parents were not dialed from that phone.

So I’ve spent a good amount of time in the evening trying to figure out how this could have happened with no conclusions. I’ll have to change the account password, but the password was changed a few weeks ago, as well as enabling 2 factor authentication. My google voice history does not show any calls at that time. So I’m guessing someone spoofed the number, but how would they know a number that I call frequently?

Either there is a security issue with google voice, or it’s some kind of identity theft and someone has knowledge of this personal information about me. Either way, it’s a bit unsettling.

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