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my war on iTunes

Today marked the first day of being bored at work on my first day. I’m glad that I got the job, however playing chess can only amuse you for so long until the evil clutches of the internet grab you and your soul. I was pretty lucky because halfway through my shift the manager decided to go home, and that left me to my own devices.

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Enough about you…what do you think of Apple?

Well I’m a gamer so any non-Microsoft normally would cause me a lot of concern…although its gradually growing on me. I never thought I come to love this new subculture in the computer industry…but my knees get weaker everytime I see a Macbook. They just LOOK so damn sexy…something that Microsoft couldn’t achieve. Microsoft is a technician’s tool which is why I initially liked it. It made me look clever and smart, and I learnt to fix things that newbies struggled with. now I’ve reached the point, where I’m pretty tired of fixing things and just want something that won’t break in a hurry.

Let’s not forget my pet hate with mac…iTunes. When the iPod came along every teenager got a bit giddy and decided to give it a go. As a result they ended up crashing their Mum’s precious computers (non Apple ones of course) and spending tons of money of the next best iPod gizmo to hit the shelves. When the same teenagers turned around to their iTunes they realized that their music had gone, and they were now having numerous glitches with song names, albums titles, and album artwork. This was the first time that I really hated Mac. A friend of mine got all psyched about them and told me to use ITunes. After a while I realized the iTunes made up its mind that I was no good at organizing things and decided to move around my music.

Anyway I got a bit down in the dumps about the whole thing and decided to give up on Apple for a while. Now back in the deep end, and have to put on a valiant smile and tell customers that a Mac is the best thing since since brass door knobs. I think I should manage, just got to keep my focus on all the other great applications that Apple offers and bury iTunes in the back of my mind;)

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BoSD…One error you don’t want to see!

The Blue Screen of Death, or known as a STOP error is the last thing any user wants to see. For the unenlightened I simply talking about when your computer stops working and sooner or later you see a big blue screen pop up with an error script. It usually starts with about five to six zeros and turns into gibberish as it progresses. Below I’ve shown what this all looks like:

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Anyway, most people will simply sigh and go and take it into the nearest computer repair shop. Then there are those of us who are just not satisfied to leave it at that, and want to fix the damn thing our self! So here is how you’d go about it. The following information was taken from this link: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fixtheproblem/ht/stoperrors Hopefully you’ll also find it useful if you are technologically inclined.

  1. The most important STOP error troubleshooting step you can take is to ask yourself what you just did.

Did you just install a new program or a piece of hardware, update a driver, install an update, etc.? If so, there’s a very good chance that the change you made caused the STOP error.

Undo the change you made and test for the blue screen. Depending on what change you made, some solutions might include:

    • Startup with Last Known Good Configuration to undo recent registry and driver changes.
    • Use System Restore to undo recent system changes.
    • Rollback device driver to version prior to your driver update.
  1. Verify that a minimum amount of free space is available on your Windows partition. STOP messages and other serious issues, like data corruption, can occur if there’s not enough free space on your primary partition used for the Windows operating system.

I recommend that you maintain at least 200MB of free space.

Scan your computer for viruses. Some viruses can cause STOP errors, especially ones that infect the master boot record (MBR) or boot sector.

Important: Make sure your virus scanning software is completely up to date and that it’s configured to scan the MBR and boot sector.

  1. Apply all available Windows service packs and other updates. Microsoft regularly releases patches and service packs for their operating systems that may contain fixes for the cause of your STOP error.
  2. Update drivers for your hardware. Most STOP messages are hardware and driver related so updated drivers could fix the cause of the STOP error.
  3. Check the System and Application logs in Event Viewer for errors or warnings that might provide more clues on the cause of the STOP error.
  4. Return hardware settings to default in Device Manager. Unless you have a specific reason to do so, the system resources that an individual piece of hardware is configured to use in Device Manager should be set to default. Non-default hardware settings have been known to cause STOP errors.
  5. Return BIOS settings to their default levels. An overclocked or misconfigured BIOS can cause all sorts of random issues, including STOP errors.

Note: If you’ve made several customizations to your BIOS settings and don’t wish to load the default ones then at least try returning clock speed, voltage settings, and BIOS memory options to their default settings and see if that fixes the STOP error.

  1. Update your BIOS. In some situations, and outdated BIOS could cause a STOP error due to certain incompatibilities.
  2. Make sure all internal cables, cards, and other components are installed and seated properly. Hardware that’s not firmly in place can cause a STOP error so try reseating the following and then test for the STOP message again:
  3. Perform diagnostic tests on all hardware you’re able to test. It’s highly likely that the root cause of any given STOP error is a failing piece of hardware:
  4. Start your PC with essential hardware only. A useful troubleshooting step in many situations, including STOP errors, is to start your computer with the minimum hardware necessary to run the operating system. If your computer starts successfully it proves that one of the removed hardware devices was the cause of the STOP message.

Hope this comes in handy to some frustrated users! If there are those of you who are even more geeky and are interested in the error codes themselves, here’s a list of STOP codes you can download: bsod error code list

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