Dirty volume error in Windows 7

dirty volume

I plugged in a thumbdrive into my Windows 7 laptop yesterday and got an error I hadn't seen before. Error 0x80071AC3: The operation could not be completed because the volume is dirty. I tried copying and plugging and unplugging a few times and finally gave up and used another thumb drive. This could have been a real problem though so I thought I would research it a bit today and find out what this was all about. It seems this is the … [Read more...]

How to replace a failing hard drive


In this age of ipads, tablets, and even chromebooks we don't seem to have as much trouble with failing hard drives. rouble is it does still happen on desktop computers and I ran into this yesterday. My son has a desktop computer with a fairly small 160 gig hard drive and over the last few weeks it has been locking up, running the chkdsk on startup and performing inconsistently. When I went to the system management (right click my computer and … [Read more...]

5 iPhone Photo Tips


Apple users are well aware of the benefits that they get in owning an iPhone iPod and iPad. All these devices are fully capable of capturing good pictures. The picture quality is so good that it can easily replace a digital camera, as these devices are portable as well as easy to use. Additionally the Camera app facilitates in capturing good shots. However to utilize it to your benefit you need to know the tips to apply for capturing better … [Read more...]

New Features in IOS7

I just finally got my iPad upgraded to IOS7 and was poking around to see what was up. My initial feeling is that this looks a lot different but the features are all under the hood. Here is a list I got from a CNN article New Features in IOS7 A new time-saving control center slides up from the bottom of the screen for easy access to basic settings such as brightness and Airplane Mode. It has shortcuts for the flashlight, timer, calculator and … [Read more...]

Software Update Failed


No the sky is not falling. Today IOS7 is being released by Apple and it seems to have overloaded their servers. I am getting a message on both my iPhone 4 and iPad 2 that my Software Update Failed. This is not new. We see these errors everytime there is a major update to the IOS and with an ecosystem that Apple has in many houses and at businesses this is an issue that Apple just can not avoid. In my house we have 5 IOS6 devices so multiply … [Read more...]

Windows 7 Keyboard shortcuts

Most programs also provide accelerator keys that can make it easier to work with menus and other commands. Check the menus of programs for accelerator keys. If a letter is underlined in a menu it usually means that pressing the Alt key in combination with the underlined key will have the same effect as clicking that menu item. Pressing the Alt key in some programs, such as Paint and WordPad, shows commands that are labeled with additional keys … [Read more...]

Smaller iPad?


Looks like Apple is about to release a smaller, sleeker iPad to compete with the devices being pushed out and selling well for Amazon and Google. October 17th seems to be the latest rumor for the announcement of a new 7.85 inch inch iPad mini that will be a taller but thinner device and from the pics I have seen will be a bit more comfortable to read a book on. There are lots of questions remaining though. I would be interested in seeing or … [Read more...]

Is the iPhone 5 Good?


Well I just watched the live Apple announcement for the iPhone 5 and it certainly looks really good. There are a lot of new features but a couple bad features so lets look into these now. Apple iPhone 5 new Features Better Processor - The processor in the iPhone 5 is an A6 processor and is roughly twice as fast as the old processor. If you are moving from an iPhone 4 and jumping all the way to the iPhone 5 it is going to be a substantial change … [Read more...]

First Windows 8 Experience


Well Windows 8 is out soon and wow is it going to change things. I just finally got a chance this weekend to check out the Windows 8 Preview from within a VM on my computer and here are my initial thoughts. Log on with your Live account - I logged in with my throwaway Hotmail account when it asked me too. This should be interesting as hopefully we can link our email to our Windows account just like a domain will bring policies and save … [Read more...]

Easy Ways to Get IT Training


As the world becomes increasingly computerized, the need for tech support grows with it. Because of this, IT training is now a major industry in itself and such education is easier to get than ever before. What is IT and IT Training? Information technology is what the communications network businesses and people rely on to stay in touch. It can be as simple as a telephone system in a building or as complex as the worldwide Internet. For most … [Read more...]