Fix-it: iTunes 7.3.1.3 install Error 2908 on Windows

In Apple, Cellular, Gadgets, General, iPhone, Microsoft, Software by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

Well, I’m back from a vacation in Mexico and have been catching up on things. Playing with my new 4 Gig iPhone and getting things working has taken a little bit of time. In the process of doing that, I saw that there was an update to iTunes for PC (I’m on Vista Ultimate) for version 7.3.1.3 and I ran into some pretty big errors during the upgrade process. However, I did find a solution which is documented below (found by yours truly…it might not work for you but it did for me). First, here is what FAILED: I tried …

What HighTechDad wants for Father’s Day

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I’m taking a side-step here away from my usual software and hardware posts to talk about something dear to my heart…selfishly enough, Father’s Day! I already have the best 3 gifts I could ever want, three wonderful daughters! Who could ask for more than that? Not me! So why this post then? Well, the other things that Dads want are usually something fun (e.g., high tech toys, gadgets, car stuff, music, sports equipment, tools, BBQ stuff…) So, I thought that I would start a list (somewhat personal) of things that I would want! (If you want my mailing address, I …

Bluetooth Internet Sharing from Windows Mobile 6 to Mac OS 10.4.9

In Apple, Cellular, Gadgets, General, Microsoft by Michael Sheehan29 Comments

In the past, there were ways to share your cell phone’s internet connection via Bluetooth on a Mac using the DUN profile on Windows Mobile 5 (sorry for the geek-speak). With the recent introduction of Windows Mobile 6, Microsoft removed that profile, thus alienating many Mac users who used to enjoy the Bluetooth tethering/internet sharing (however it sounds like they may add it back). Setting up the DUN script and “modem” was a bit of a painstaking process (which I won’t go into). However, setting up the connection with WM6 and Mac OS 10.4.9 is actually snap. Now with Windows …

Great MadTV piece – Fun with Apple, Steve Jobs and …

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A friend showed me this YouTube video and I must say that it is one of the more clever MadTV pieces I have ever seen! Fun with Apple, Steve Jobs and I won’t give out the spoiler… Enjoy! Great MadTV piece – Fun with Apple, Steve Jobs and … was last modified: April 2nd, 2007 by Michael Sheehan

Tivo Product Management – Are you listening? Kidzone suggestion

In Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

Sometimes I wish that I could become a temporary Product Manager at a variety of different companies…only so that I can get features into products that I use. I have many years of various types of Product Management positions, but wouldn’t it be great to be able to materialize in a company, spec out a product, work with the developers to get a feature created and installed and then reap the benefits of the product? Well, hopefully, I can materialize over in the halls of Tivo to get this feature implemented. Tivo introduced a feature called KidZone in March of …

New WordPress release (version 2.1) and other stuff

In Cellular, Gadgets, General, Microsoft, Open Source, Software by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Once again, it’s been a while since I posted. I’ve been deep in “geek-dom” mainly related to Cell Phone. My wife’s old Blackberry (7100t) died so I got a Blackberry 8700c off of eBay and she is now up and running on that! It’s a great device actually. My biggest issues was a little trick that I forgot to do when re-flashing the device from a Cingular build to a Tmobile build. You have to delete the vendor.xml file in order for the install script to work. After that, it installs perfectly. I, too, have been very involved with my …

Apple Front Row, Griffin AirclickUSB and Griffin Proxi – Triple Play

In Apple, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Software by Michael Sheehan8 Comments

Back in mid-November, 2006, I wrote up how to get Apple’s Front Row to work on older macs using a program and instructions outlined on AndrewEscobar.com. The only disadvantage to the “hack” was that it didn’t magically have a remote control materialize out of the air after installation. The way that I left it on my previous post, I wanted to try Griffin Technology’s AirClickUSB. Well today at the MacWorld Expo, I received one to complete my tests. First impression of the AirClickUSB, it’s small and white and simple. In the package is a 1″x 2″ remote with 5 buttons …

Blackberry 7100t sync issues resolved

In Cellular, Gadgets, General, Software by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

My wife has as Blackberry 7100t and the other day, it just “stopped” synching with the Desktop Manager (4.1). Basically, it would connect and then just hang when trying to do a weekly update. I got on the usual forums (pinstack, blackberryforums, howardforums) and did some futile searching. However I did find that there was recently a new release of the Blackberry Desktop (version 4.2) which seems to have some nice additions to it. I figured that by upgrading to this latest version it would resolve the sync issue… …I was wrong. So, after installing the update (it’s a big …

Way behind on my posts

In Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Microsoft, Open Source, Software by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

Just been way to busy. Here are some highlights of things that I have done: Update my activeCollab site to the latest Release Candidate Fixed my wife’s computer (issues with RAM upgrade and Windows XP) Helped a friend get reconnected on their wireless network Helped another friend get their Powerbook on their wireless network as well as got them off of a non-secured wireless environment Installed Cerberus Helpdesk at work (moving toward production) Created the “second scariest” Halloween decorated house in the neighborhood Cleaned out our garage Moved from Internet Explorer 7 to Maxthon 2 Preview (2.0.1.460) Watched my daughter …

Voice call hangups after 4 minutes on Tmobile MDA/HTC Wizard

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I figured that I would post this little bit of mobile phone tweaking for any users who may be searching for a solution to the following issue. Ever since I upgraded my Tmobile MDA to the “latest and greatest” rom (v 2.26), I have been plagued with dropping calls after 4 minutes. It was definitely a bug that I had encountered and it was driving me INSANE! Well, digging through HowardForums, XDA-developers and SBSH’s forums, I believe that I found the solution. I thought that I would share both the commentary on the fix as well as the .CAB file …

The blame game

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Macs rule! Simple, elegant and the stuff just works. Prime example: new digital camera. After our old digital camera died and we purchased a new one, we, of course, wanted to see how well it worked. The test: take a picture and get it off the camera and on to a computer. For the Mac: a matter of minutes with zero configuration needed. iPhoto did it all perfectly The blame game was last modified: September 21st, 2006 by Michael Sheehan

Sidekickin’

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So, my cellphone, the Sidekick has a new life! This is first, a great gadget! Cell phone, web browsing, instant messenger, camera, PIM…even has games. Well, there has been a lot of anticipation of an upgrade to the OS which brings some nice new enhancements. The biggest one is the ability to run javascript… There has been some discusson on the hiptop forum about who has received the update and when…and the moderators of the forum kept saying that it was completely random. Well someone figured out how to “force” the update to happen. It was a bit of a …