HTD Tech Tip #6: Putting your Cell Phone on Tinfoil Means No Speaker Interference

In Cellular, Fix It, Gadgets, General, Hardware, HTD Tech Tip, iPhone by Michael Sheehan6 Comments

Have you ever heard the electronic buzzes and tones (called TDMA noise) that come from your computer speakers when your iPhone or other cellular phone is in close proximity? Typically this happens when your phone is downloading data or about to receive a call. It is EXTREMELY annoying. That is part of the reason why, if you use an FM transmitter to play your iPhone’s music over the car’s stereo, that when you plug in the transmitter, your iPhone asks you if you want to take your phone offline when you listen to music. I recently rearranged my desk at …

HTD Tech Tip #5: How to Stop Squeaking Computer Bags

In Fix It, General, HTD Tech Tip by Michael Sheehan5 Comments

I have a great computer bag, believe it or not, it is called “The Blogger” by Timbuk2, appropriate, right?. I have practically no complaints about it, with one BIG exception. It squeaks! When I walk, the hinge seems to rub back and forth, causing a grinding/squeaking noise. It is extremely annoying! You can see the hinge circled in red in the image below. I have a feeling that this is probably a common problem with all types of bags that have hinges for their shoulder straps. I also think that this may be more common when there is metal on …

Fix-it: iPhone “Sync Session Could Not Be Started”

In Apple, Cellular, Fix It, Gadgets, General, Hardware, HTD Tech Tip, iPhone, Software by Michael Sheehan19 Comments

Well this past weekend I ran into a rather confusing problem which I did manage to resolve, however, I’m not sure exactly how I resolved it nor what really caused it. I have some ideas on both the cause and resolution so I will try to work through those here. This all came when I tried to sync my iPhone to iTunes (on my Mac). I plugged it in and it started to sync and I got the rather cryptic error message (image below) saying: “iTunes could not sync <item>to the iPhone ‘<insert iPhone name>’ because a sync session could …

Tip: Snapping a MacBook Pro or PowerBook Upper Case Back Together

In Apple, Fix It, Gadgets, General, Hardware by Michael Sheehan6 Comments

I have, over the years, cracked open a few PowerBooks and MacBook Pros, either to change a DVD drive or to upgrade the Hard Drive. My latest upgrade I did was to put a 320 GB Hard Drive in my MacBook Pro. I actually got pretty quick at it as I had to do it a couple of times. There are some fantastic guides on how to perform “surgery” on your various Macs over at iFixIt. Their guides are clearly walk through the steps needed to perform the upgrade or part swap. Complete with pictures, tools and parts required, screws …

HTD Tech Tip #3: Security Programs Don’t Always Play Well Together

In Fix It, General, HTD Tech Tip, Security, Software by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

It’s always important, if not critical to have anti-virus & security programs installed on your PC. I’m actually a big fan of the various Security Suites that you can get that come with all of the different types of protection packaged together (firewall, anti-virus, ant-spyware, anti-malware, anti-spam, etc.). With the all-in-one package, you don’t have to worry about compatibility. There are still some purists out there who piece together different programs (there are several great free firewall/anti-virus/anti-spyware programs out there), but those people who do opt for their own “security suite” run the risk of incompatibilities. Every year, the Security …

Slingbox PRO HD: Pre-Installation – setting up your network

In Fix It, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Review by Michael Sheehan8 Comments

So, you are thinking about getting the new Slingbox PRO HD. Trust me, it’s a great decision. The PRO HD transforms any computer in your network or even remotely an extension of your media center but more about the Slingbox PRO HD feature set later. There is something critical to having a Slingbox though that it cannot exist without, namely a good reliable network connection. A Slingbox is a quite simple product conceptually. It basically sits between a component (e.g., Cable Box, Tivo, Dish or DirecTV receiver, DVD player, etc) and a TV. It also has an internet pipe where …

Fix It: Outlook Calendar and iPhone Calendar Events Hours Not Synched Correctly

In Apple, Cellular, Fix It, General, Hardware, iPhone, Microsoft by Michael Sheehan64 Comments

Just a quick fix-it tip here. I have a co-worker who was having some issues with his iPhone and Outlook 2007 calendar times being off or offset by 1 hour. I guess that this fix it would apply to anyone who is getting calendar notifications on their iPhone earlier or later than what is showing up on their Outlook 2003 or 2007 client. Basically, his iPhone was showing all of his Outlook events 1 hour earlier than Outlook was. Here are the steps to fix this issue: Check computer to be sure that you have set the proper Time Zone …

How to Fix Master Browser (MRxSmb) Event ID 8003 errors

In Fix It, Microsoft, Software by Michael Sheehan85 Comments

I was reviewing some Windows Small Business Server 2003 Event Logs and came across a repeated entry in the System log. It basically looked like this: Event Type: Error Event Source: MRxSmb Event Category: None Event ID: 8003 Date: 5/8/2007 Time: 10:05:16 PM User: N/A Computer: [SERVER] Description: The master browser has received a server announcement from the computer [computer] that believes that it is the master browser for the domain on transport NetBT_Tcpip_{#######-####-####-#. The master browser is stopping or an election is being forced. It took quite a while to find a solution, and even those were buried in …

Windows Update Error 80245003 – Windows Update won’t run on Vista RC2

In Fix It, General, Microsoft, Software by Michael Sheehan76 Comments

Updated on 06.25.07: I have added some more detailed steps based on feedback I received. See end of post for further details. I’m playing around with Windows Vista on a test box that I have. So far, it’s looking like a fairly nice upgrade to XP. It doesn’t feel like a complete overhaul (which, from my understanding, it somewhat is since many items have been reworked from the ground up). I’ve gone through the various cycles and now have found myself at RC2 (running the Windows Ultimate version). I have installed this using VMware as well, testing integration with an …