Friday, April 27, 2012 for Real?

Just when you thought people couldn't go any lower, except Kim and her mother and sisters, we now have this!

My New Mac

I appreciate the guest post, Ignacio Phillips
My mom bought me a new MacBook Pro for Christmas, so I was psyched. I knew she had to save for a long time to buy it, so I felt kind of bad about that. I know she wanted to do something special for me because I’m graduating from college this year, so it means a lot. It took me a while, but I finally know how to use all the controls on the computer now. It’s not hard to learn, it’s just so different from my old PC that I had to practice a lot. Now that I know how to use everything I am realizing what an awesome computer this really is. You can do so much with it that you can’t do on a PC. I am going to connect clear wireless so I can get a mobile internet connection and use the computer to its full potential. I am going to be able to make so many cool movies and presentations on it once I buy all of the new software I need. I can’t wait to show off all my newly acquired skills.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Airport Parking With Options a Plus

Miami International Airport isn't really a place where you'd expect to find pricing options, especially for airport parking. I grew up in Boston where discounts are laughed at for ANYTHING to do with Logan International Airport. The laughter comes after the look of surprise that you even thought to mention a discount. Major cities have the distinction of being 'posh' and 'deserving' when it comes to making the traveler pony up some cash to them before they go on the plane, or go home, or to work, or whatever. Finding a major international airport that offers pricing options and not having to travel a great distance to get to their parking lot is a definite plus in my travel book. Even if you can save five dollars each time you park that adds up, especially if you're a frequent traveler. Miami airport parking is but one example of progressive airport management.

Convenience is a must when you travel, as the great majority of travelers can attest. If you can find a way to combine your air travel and hotel along with necessary parking facilities then your trip has just become less stressful and therefor more enjoyable, unless you're in town for stuffy business meetings. There isn't much anybody can do about that until you get back to the hotel and Sheraton has many amenities to ease and soothe your tensions. It isn't often that a hotel can provide that middle ground for it's visitors between the room and the plane, especially when it saves you money as well! I wish there were an option like this for when I go up to Boston so at least I know before I get there where I need to go and where everything will be. Instead, I'll be sitting in a traffic jam in East Boston waiting to go through the tunnel to get to my hotel. Talk about getting stressed after a long flight.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Animal Reacts to Emergency, Humans Just Watch

I guess animals ARE more caring than humans! At least they don't just hang out and watch a baby animal struggle, they take action before it becomes a tragedy. Give a person a camera and they let things go bad for the sake of capturing it for others to see how awful something was, that could have been prevented, if they took action themselves. Fortunately, for this pup, the older dog didn't own a camera! If you happen to notice, nobody even went over to even praise the dog or even shout out "good dog", or something.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Logitech MX Revolution Wireless Mouse Issue Solved

I own the MX Revolution Laser mouse and I have to admit that this has been the best mouse I've ever owned. Let me first point out that I'm not trying to sell or market them in any way. What I want to do is to keep you from throwing yours away to end up in a landfill somewhere when you can make it work as good as new instead! I've owned mine since they came out for sale at my local Best Buy store. I don't like ordering a mouse online because I want to feel it in my hand and if I really like it I'll just go ahead and buy it then and there, instead of waiting for a delivery and maybe second guessing my choice.

To the problem at hand, no pun intended. I've gone the customer service route and the web search route trying to find out why my mouse was over-clicking. I'd click and item to delete and it would delete, along with the next item that appeared in front of the pointer. It happened about 90% of the time and was getting extremely annoying. Software updates and driver re-installs did nothing to alleviate the problem, until. I did some additional searching and broadened my search parameters and came across this bit of information.

The answer to the problem was simple in relation to all the issues presented and the useless solutions offered before. The micro-switch inside the mouse must be contaminated, thereby preventing it from operating properly and causing the resultant 'bounce' of the mouse click. Sounds simple enough, I guess. In actuality it was simple. I just wasn't prepared for what I saw when I opened the mouse up to the light of day. To get inside you need to first remove 4 screws that are found under the black skid pads on the bottom of the mouse.

Step 1 turn off the mouse(switch to off on bottom),

Step 2
carefully remove the long pad at the top and just the 2 smaller pads on the bottom (the pad off to the side can stay where it is),

Step 3
remove the 4 screws carefully and do not let the two main sections fall apart when the screws are out, there's a ribbon cable there that can break if it all falls apart!,

Step 4
carefully separate the two halves and examine the switches(located on either side of primary wheel. They're black rectangles with white squares on them, those are the switches)

Step 5
here's where I was surprised. My mouse was full of dust bunnies! They must have entered from the top between the left and right buttons. I blew out all the dust and treated the switches to a good cleaner sprayed right into the switches. Let it dry thoroughly before reassembly.

Step 6
reassemble the mouse and put the pads back on. So long as you didn't drop them on the floor they should go right back on. Do not over-tighten as you could crack the housing!

Step 7
turn the mouse back on and re-enjoy your NEW old mouse!

Note to those people that don't like to throw money away. Do Not Buy the sprays the electronics stores want you to buy! $11 for 2 oz? Ridiculous! Go to stores like(in the US) Auto Zone, Advance Auto Parts, or Pep Boys, etc. They all sell CRC products made for the car such as brake cleaners, battery cleaner, battery protector, etc. They come in a red spray can with white highlighting and I'm sure most of you have seen their products somewhere like an auto repair shop or where ever. They also make what's called CRC QD Electronic Cleaner for sensitive electronics and is plastic safe. I bought an 11oz spray can for $7.49! I can use this on high-end audio components, car stereo, even my computer where needed.

My mouse works like it did when I purchased it and I'm happy again!