Programming Hex-code on an Attiny85 with the Arduino

To get a HEX-code in your Attiny85 it is possible to use the Arduino as a programmer, but as you cannot load hexcode  in your IDE, it involves using avrdude. First of all, we need to get the Attiny85 clocked to 8Mhz. Open up your Arduino software and upload the Arduino ISP sketch to your board. Disconnect the board from  your computer and attach the Attiny as shown  here. Also make sure you download and install the Attiny core files as described in that

How To Trace an Email

Have you ever received an email several days after it was sent? Have you ever gotten an unwanted email with a fake “From” name, and wished you could find out where it came from? Read on to learn about some free tools that can help with both situations... How to Trace the Source (or Path) of an Email There are times when it’s useful to trace the path that an email took to get to your inbox. The most common situation is suspected spam, when yo...

XIAOMI MI-3 – how to hard reset my phone

Hard Reset XIAOMI MI-3 At the very beginning hold down the Power button to switch off the device. Afterwards press and hold the Volume Up + Power button for a couple of seconds. When the Mi Logo appears  on your screen release only the Power key. Keep holding the Volume Up key until the Recovery Mode appears. In this step select English using Volume keys to browse and Power rocker to select. Then select "wipe data/factory reset" by using Volume Down

Stop Skype Automatically Starting Up on Windows 10 Boot?

Stop Skype Automatically Starting Up on Windows 10 Boot?
Whether you’re on a Windows system or a Macintosh, there’s little more frustrating than the parade of apps that seem to start up every time you boot your computer. Worse, many of them are hidden behind-the-scenes, little “helper apps” that enable certain functions, listen for incoming queries, etc. For some, it’s almost impossible to figure out what they do and some of those might well be malware of some sort of another. It stinks! Even benign programs lik

Chrome Browser Crashes On Startup After Last Update 45.0.2454

Chrome Browser Crashes On Startup After Last Update 45.0.2454
It just happened at our company, 2 of the PCs including mine. After much troubleshooting and reading online forums I found out the culprit to be Comodo Internet Security, specifically one of its component HIPS. Here is the solution to this which I found out and personally applied on both my systems and Google Chrome is working now. To solve the problem follow this steps: 1- Open the COMODO; 2- Click on HIPS; 3- In “HIPS Settings” the last option “Detect s

Stop Worrying and Start Living

These are the excerpts from one of my favorite book by Dale Carnegie RULE 1: If you want to avoid worry, do what Sir William Osier did: Live in "day-tight compartments". Don't stew about the future. Just live each day until bedtime. RULE 2: The next time Trouble-with a capital T- comes gunning for you and backs you up in a corner, try the magic formula of Willis H. Carrier: a. Ask yourself, "What is the worst that can possibly happen if I can't solve my

Activate the Facebook See First Feature

Activate the Facebook See First Feature
By Dave Taylor The Question: I never want to miss a Facebook post from my husband, whether I check five minutes or two days later. I heard that there’s a “see first” feature now for setting someone as important in my Facebook news feed? Good! How do I use it? Dave’s Answer: Facebook hasn’t been super transparent about exactly how its new See First feature works in your news feed, but it is clearly something intended to help you identify those people you’

Use Windows 7 Event Viewer to track down issues that cause slower boot times

Greg Shultz shows you how to use some of the new features in Windows 7's Event Viewer to investigate a slow boot time. Overview Windows 7's Event Viewer includes a new category of event logs called Applications and Services Logs, which includes a whole host of subcategories that track key elements of the operating system. The majority of these subcategories contain an event log type called Operational that is designed to track events that can be used for...

Code Purple — The Compaq/HP Booby Trap

I did a full restore, reformatting the hard drive and reinstalling Windows Vista on a HP system. Everything went like clockwork… Until I rebooted the machine. Then I got an error that there was a “Configuration error” and that I should call “Customer Care” with “Error Code Purple.” T that point, I could only power off the machine. What in the world was “Error Code Purple,” I wondered. A quick search on the net revealed that this was a booby trap placed i