USB Device not being detected? Try these tips first

Before you pull your hair out trying to figure out why your USB device is not being detected by Windows, try these simple tips that might help with your problem:

  • Turn the USB device off and back on
  • Unplug the USB device from the computer and plug it back in
  • Try a different USB cable
  • Try a different USB port
  • If you have your USB device plugged into the front USB ports, plug it into one of the USB ports on the back of your computer
  • Restart your computer

You will want to try all the above before thinking that there is something wrong with your USB device.

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Using Windows 7 Snap Feature with Multiple Monitors

One of Windows 7 most useful feature is it’s ability to automatically re-size a window by dragging it to the edge of the screen. For those with multiple monitors you may have notice that this feature does not work in the area where both monitors join. A work around to this is to use keyboard shortcuts. Using the Windows key simultaneously with an arrow key will allow you re-size your windows in one of the monitors.

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Mount Your Box.net Account to Windows Explorer Or Mac OSX

Box.net recently offered a generous 50GB of free storage if you download their mobile app. With that kind of storage you can store a lot of pictures, movies and documents. There is one big problem with Box.net, and that problem is the fact that they do not offer a free desktop app to sync your files like dropbox does. They only offer a desktop app for their business accounts which has a monthly fee.

If you dont feel like paying for Box.net’s business account then there is another way of copying files from your computer directly into your Box.net account (without using a web browser). On Windows you can create a folder that points to your Box.net account and on OS X you can create a mount that does the same.

Windows instructions

1. Click the Start button
2. Then right click on My Computer or “Computer”
3. On the menu that pops up click on “Map network drive”
4. Click on the text that says “Connect to a website that you can use to store your documents and pictures”
5. Keep clicking next on the windows until you reach one that asks you to enter “Internet or Network Address”
6. Type “https://www.box.net/dav” and click next
7. When prompted type your box.net username and password and click ok
8. A new folder will appear in explorer.

Mac OSX instructions

1. In the Mac finder click on Go
2. Click on connect to Server
3. Type https://www.box.net/dav
4. When prompted type your box.net username and password

Now a new mount will appear.

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Virtualbox: Forwarding ports to your Virtual Machine

VirtualBox is a great program to use to test out different operating systems. However there may come a time where you may want to use the guest OS as a server. In that case, there are two ways to setup the virtual machine. You can either use a bridged connection so the guest OS can have its own IP address on your network or you can forward the ports on your computer to the guest OS. The latter comes in handy if you do not have any control over what computers are connected in the network.

Let’s say for instance you want to run a web server on the guest OS. The port you usually would use for that is port 80. So we now know we want to forward port 80 of the host OS to the guest OS so any request on that port will go to the guest OS instead. This means that the Host OS will not be able to use that port, so it’s good to keep that in mind.

To do this you have to run the VboxManage command line tool in the VirtualBox directory. If you are running windows then the directory is most likely C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox.

Here is an example of how to use this command (make sure the guest OS is not running):
VBoxManage modifyvm “VM name” –natpf1 “servicename,tcp,,hostPortNumber,,GuestPortNumber”

Replace VM name with the name of the virtual machine you want to forward your ports to. Change servicename to what kind of service you plan on running. In this case we are running a web server. You user “http,” “web server,” or whatever name you feel is most descriptive. For tcp, replace it with the protocol used (TCP or UDP). For hostPortNumber type the port that you want to forward to the guest. Finally GuestPortNumber must be replaced with the port that the guest is actually using for the service.

This is what I’m going to on the command line to forward port 80 on the host to port 80 on the guest:
Vboxmanage modifyvm “Windows Xp” –natpf1 “http,tcp,,80,,80”

To remove the forwarding you can run this
VBoxManage modifyvm “VM name” –natpf1 delete “servicename”

For my service I typed
Vboxmanage modifyvm “Windows Xp” –natpf1 delete “http”

Under windows, the next time you run the guest OS you might be asked by the windows firewall if you want to give VirtualBox certain permissions. You want to allow this access or else the windows firewall will block the VM’s access to the port you just specified.

If the guest OS also has a firewall on you will want to open up the port you just forwarded. In this case I had to open up port 80 on the Guest OS firewall.

Now that everything is setup, anytime a computer on my network opens up a web browser and types in my host OS ip address they will be forwarded to my guest OS that has a web server running.

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Creating Custom Functions in Excel 2010

Excel provides many built-in functions that help you accomplish a lot of work. There are times that the built-in excel functions are not enough. If you ever hit that roadblock then you must actually create your own function. In order to do this you must have VBA knowledge. Below are instructions on how to do this with Excel 2010.

First you must enable the Developer menu. To do this, perform these steps:

1.Click on the “File” menu
2.Click “Options”
3.On the left hand side look for “Customize Ribbon”
4.You will now see two columns towards the left. On the right hand column look for the “Developer” check box and check it.
5.Click “Ok” at the bottom.
6.You will now see a “Developer” menu at the top

Now that the Developer menu has been enabled you must now open up the Visual Basic editor to create your new function.

1.Click on the “Developer” menu\
2.Click on “Visual Basic” on the left hand side of the Ribbon

The visual basic editor is now open. Here you will want to create a new module where you will write your own functions.

To create a new module do this:

1.Right click on any area in the section where you see “Microsoft Excel Objects.” This is located on the left, towards the top.
2.Click “Insert”
3.Click “Module”

A new window will appear where you can now start to write the code for you excel function. Let’s now create a simple function that will double the value of a number. Let’s call this function “doubleNum.” On the window that just appeared type the below text.

Function doubleNum (num)
doubleNum = num * 2
End Function

Save the document. You will be asked to rename the document to have an xlsxm extension because Microsoft does not allow custom code on regular documents anymore. After saving close the Visual Basic editor and try out your new function by click on a cell and enter “=doubleNum(5).” You will see the function as part of Excel’s auto complete. After entering the function you will see that the number 5 was doubled to 10.

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iPad 2 Scalpers Reselling them for $2,000

A cutthroat Asian group has set its crosshairs on the flagship Apple store on Fifth Avenue at 59th — scoring nearly every iPad 2 it can get its hands since the hot gizmo went on sale last week, to re-peddle at exorbitant prices here and in China.

Article at The New York Post: via Wired

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Some People Can Recall Every Single Day of their Life

There is a phenomenon in some people called “Superior Autobiographical Memory.” This is the ability of a person to remember every single day of their life. They can remember moments so vividly that they can feel the same exact emotions (whether good or bad)  they felt many years ago.

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