One of the most common issues I see on the internet in relation to the Surface Pro 3 is the dreaded "Stuck on the Surface screen at boot up". This can be a real problem or at a minimum a big PITA. There are many workarounds to this problem and not all of them will work for everyone. As in this case I am sure this will not work for everyone out there who has this issue also. You can however give this a try and see if it does fix your issue.
For the past 6 months I was using a Surface Pro 3 with an i5, 8GB RAM and 256GB Storage. One of the biggest issues I had with this tablet was it was sticking at the Surface screen at boot up. Many people had suggestions how to "fix" this problem but none of them were permanent or even worked every time. The fixes ranged from holding down the power button for 30 secs, holding vol up + power for 15 secs or removing the firmware and rolling back to an older version(Not sure how this was done). I found by holding the vol down + power at boot would allow me to boot into windows the first time without having to power down again. Since this key combination is used to boot from the USB drive I figured I would try and set the boot order to USB >> SSD. This has worked for me so far with one caveat, it takes 30 secs or so, did not time it, for the tablet to boot into windows. While the boot time may seem a bit lengthy, if you want to install software that requires multiple boots this will allow you to walk a way for a while. A good example is upgrading to the new version of windows 10.
IF your having an issue booting and stuck on the Surface screen give this a try, it just may work for you.
The latest version of Inventory Cultivation has been released. Head over to the Download page to see the new features, bug fixes and for the download.
The latest revision of Inventory Cultivation has been released. Go to the download page for the download and what is new.
The latest version of my Inventory app has been release, V0.08 Alpha Build 10. This release has squashed yet more bugs that were in the app causing everything from the app crashing to missing data. The direction of this app has taken a turn for what I think is the best. Future updates will bring additional features that are more central to what I have been striving for, better support for the Ebay, and further down the road Amazon. My vision is to make an Inventory app that makes sense for using with these two selling platforms and perhaps even further down the road expand into other platforms. As the application stands now I have begun using it for my company's inventory and will continue to add features that make my life and hopefully yours easier.
This release will require a database wipe/drop for it to work if you were using a previous version. You may also create a new database and work off of that.
In the near future I will be releasing an online manual how to use the app.
For now hope you enjoy and I look forward to releasing future versions.
I've been busy developing my business finding new technologies to use, applications o help improve process, turn around time and keep track of everything. One application that is absolutely critical in my line of business is an inventory tracker. If I do not know what I have then selling it can be a problem and many issues can occur. To that end I set out to find the ultimate inventory application to help improve my business efficiency and also keep track of my goods. There are many good inventory applications out on the internet but none that satisfy my requirements. To that end I decided to code an inventory app of my own, Cultiv-Inventory, it is currently in the Alpha stage and will be available in the Downloads section of this site when I feel it is fit for general consumption.
Some of the features you will find in Cultiv-Inventory are:
Over time these features will improve and additional ones will be added to expand the usefulness and value of this product. With out further delay see some screenshots below of Cultiv-Inventory.
Today I reset a notebook I am selling running Windows 10. First I wiped all of the free space on the drive using the built in command cipher /w:<drive>. This took a couple hours on a 500GB drive with a default 3 pass wipe. After wiping all of my personal data I then rebooted the computer into the EFI interface and initiated a complete reset including deleting all of my data and programs with a partition format. This is where the fun began, after a few hours have gone by, the reset was in the install Windows phase. As usual I left for a few hours so I am not staring at the clock and the computer in an impatient gaze. Came back and noticed the reset was at 64%, a few minutes later it increased o 67% then rebooted. Coming back an hour later thinking it would be done to my surprise it was still at 64%. Thinking there is a problem I restarted the computer and made some changes to the EFI, the install then increased to 98% and then rebooted. Thinking the install was now working, I left for an hour to do other things. As you may have guessed when I came back the install was at 64%. Watched the computer to see what it does and it went to 98% and rebooted again validating what I assumed. I then went to the Internet to hopefully find a solution but didn’t find anything useful. There was a smattering of useless tips like, run a command in Windows, when I was not able to boot into Windows. I then started to search for other solutions on my own and found something that I thought would work.
Booted into the EFI and went into the Recovery option, I however did not select to reset the computer as I did before. Needing to try something different I selected to initiate the HP recovery option which is different than the Windows 10 reset. The HP branded recovery started and took quite a long time, 4 hours and some change. The install seemed to stall a few times but I stayed steady on the course. After the four hours and change I was back at the initial setup of Windows.
In short, if the reset does not work and is stuck in a boot loop you may be able to use the computer branded recovery to save your install.
Until next time………….
Many people may not realize this, when a file is "deleted" it is not actually removed, it is simply marked as free space but the data still exists. This can be problematic for a slew of reasons, corporations may have sensitive data sitting on a hard drive that can retrieved by someone who know how. Selling a computer to someone that has been previously used and may contain bank information or other personal information you do not want to leak out.
Retrieving the data is relatively easy, there are many programs out there that will do the job for you both paid and free. All a person needs to know is this process is possible, download the app, and run it to locate retrievable files on the drive in question. As stated previously this can be a problematic issue however, if you are running Windows 7 or later there is a built in function to help with this similar to the OS X wipe free space feature. If you want to wipe all of the free space on your Windows 7 or later computer so the data cannot be retrieve then simply run the following command, replace <drive> with the letter of the drive you want to wipe the free space on:
In recent days I decided to start up an online re-seller business. This wasn't a spontaneous thought but in fact a carefully thought out plan to become independent. This thought has been growing, nurtured and encouraged for months now. In my quest to figure out the requirements, Licenses, laws, income and sales tax, keeping track of my sales and assets, setting up a domain and e-mail to match among other things I have learned a great deal what it takes to start a business. Since I am going into the re-sale business knowing how to describe a product is key. You want o grab someones attention in the title of the item. This is where the heart of what I am writing about begins:
If you are trying to sell something in one of those online garage sale apps like LetGo or OfferUp then there are a few things you need to know. Posting an ad for selling any kind of electronic the minimum you need for a description is the model of the device. Posting something like black notebook doesn't make me want to look at the ad, in fact having to ask every person what the model and specs are for a notebook becomes frustrating and many people will just skip over it. The description of the ad is meant to provide more detail, not less. Listing something like clean notebook, or not putting anything at all in the description is again the wrong way to go about this. Sometimes I am looking at what I think is a chromebook and I think to myself, is this person trying to hide what this actually is in an attempt to get more money. Regardless, contrary to popular belief, not putting in any information is more likely to frustrate someone rather than intrigue them into looking. If you really want to wet there appetite then try providing a tantalizing description. If you know nothing about computers and are not sure what to put, look up the notebook online or on a stores website and copy their description and specs. You might be surprised how many more people actually take a look at your ad and query you about more information and lead to a sale.
All of this brings up another topic, the Iphone. There have been a rash of Icloud locked Iphones popping up in the online garage channel as of late with people trying to sell them for parts or acting like it isn't a big deal. I have found a number of sites claiming they know how to remove Icloud lock from the Iphone. My guess is these are just completely false or only partially work, haven't tried one out to see what happens.
Like many people out on the internet and beyond I would like to add a 2nd drive to my notebook. The problem is many notebooks only allow for a single drive due to limited space. Fortunately if you have a CD/DVD drive you have an option. Depending on what your requirements are you may be able to replace your optical device with another HDD or SSD. In my case I want an SSD to help speed up my system, in this instance to reduce boot times, improve writes and access times while surfing to reduce stutter and other issues to make my system all around smoother. I also want to keep my mechanical HDD for storage to help reduce wear on the SSD and keep the larger storage capacity of the mechanical drive. I do many things on my notebook that write small amounts of data frequently. These small writes many times are what will quickly wear the SSD and cause it to fail much sooner than would be expected. The solution that I found is to remove the optical drive and replace it with an SSD. This is done by removing the optical drive and finding an appropriate adapter for your notebook. There are adapters for 9.5 and 12.7mm optical drive bays. These adapter basically hold the HDD or SSD, and fit in the optical drive bay. They can easily be found on Amazon.com, click here for a search om Amazon.
The first thing you need to do is decide if you are able to live without your optical drive. If you need the optical drive but do not need it to be portable then you may be able to procure an external CD/DVD option to fill your needs. In my case I am perfectly happy to remove the optical drive, anything I need can be burned to a USB drive for installation and use.
The second part if you decide to replace your optical drive is to figure out what size your optical bay is. I had to do some searching on the internet to find the drive bay for my notebook.
The plan is to put all of my OS's on the SSD, these will be Windows 10, Ubuntu 16.04 and Remix OS 2.0(Android X86 for desktop and notebook computers). The reason for putting the OS on the SSD drive is to speed up basic functions like booting the OS's, and improve overall performance. Its important to remember you want to limit the number of writes to your SSD to preserve the health of the drive. For this reason you want to put things like the pagefile(swap for Linux), hibernation file and data files on the mechanical drive.
6 months ago I moved over to the Iphone to see how the phone has progressed since owning the 2g and 3g versions. Originally I switched to Android because it simply has more customization and supported the standards I wanted to use without waiting 1 or 2 years. Some years later the Iphone has improved in this area but is stll lacking compared to the Android platform. One of the features the Iphone had early on is the visual voicemail app. It provided a convenient and easy way to see what voicemail's you have, listen to your voicemail's and create a custom greetings. Recently my voicemail notifications and quite frankly my voicemail's altogether have not been showing up. If I happen to reboot my phone the voicemail's will show up as unknown and the length of time is at 0 seconds. This is a serious issue and has caused me to miss quite a few important phone calls so I set out to find a solution to this problem.
Scoured the internet to see if anyone has found a solution to this problem. There are many people offering advice how to fix the issue however none of the suggestions worked for me. I reset my network settings on the phone, this fixed the problem temporarily but is not a valid solution. Having to reset my network settings every few days and re-entering my WIFI credentials is just a pain and not something I am willing to do. As mentioned earlier rebooting my phone brought the messages to the light but having to reboot my phone just to see what voicemail's I have is silly. I suppose I could simply dial voicemail from the phone app but this would defeat the convenience of the visual voicemail APP. After trying the potential solutions to fix the issue none of them were a permanent fix so I set out to find an work around. This prompted me to find Youmail, a visual voicemail alternative for the Iphone and other cell phones. Youmail functions similar to to the Iphone voicemail but also has additional functionality. For me seeing the voicemail popup allowing me to conveniently click on the message and listen is all that I needed. There are other voicemail alternatives out there for example Google Voice but this didn't quite provide the functionality I was looking for. I really do like the Iphone visual voicemail and the way it works so I wanted something that would replicate or exceed the functionality.
In conclusion the Youmail voicemail APP exceeds the functionality of the Iphone voicemail and also adds the bonus of actually working. Not sure if I will remove the Youmail APP if and when apple decides to fix its voicemail application but one thing is for certain, Youmail is a good alternative to the Iphone visual voicemail APP while it is not working reliably.