Archive for December, 2010

Skype Outage [Update: power on! sort of]

Skype apparently is having a widespread (read global) outage. So, don’t worry, it is probably not just you. No official ETA for restoration of power.

Update: Skype seems to have identified what caused the outage today, and they are working to restore full service for all Skype users. Skype explains more in their blog. Skype isn’t fully back yet, so sit tight!

[@Skype] via [Engadget]

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iPad and Roadrunner Email – a Problem

It’s stuff like this Steve, stuff like this.

Scenario – customer purchases a brand spanking new iPad, sets up his Roadrunner email, and, wait for it… doesn’t work, sort of. Apparently Apple implemented it’s email client slightly differently on the iPad compared to the iPhone (this problem was verified with Roadrunner national tech help). Setting up your RR account using the same settings you use in Outlook or Thunderbird or whatever, only works over 3G and not over your RR connection. Read the rest of this entry »

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My HP Printer Keeps Disappearing

For a couple of months now we have noticed a strange behavior with HP multifunction printers (ed. don’t all HP multifunctions behave strangely?) installed on Windows 7 computers – they randomly disappear. The only fix was to run the “add a device” function to basically reinstall the printer. No amount of troubleshooting was able to pinpoint the problem, and again HP left us waiting and hoping for a fix. And several days ago our prayers were answered and HP released an update which specifically “corrects an issue which causes network-connected printers to disappear from the system.”

If you have an HP printer set up as a network printer on your Windows 7 computer, run HP Update to, uh, get the update.

And of course you will be required to restart your computer to complete the update.

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4G Networks – What’s the Big Deal and Should You Care [Update]

“4G” is the new hot term among cell phone providers, and has recently been all over the media as the carriers vie for your money business. 4G is basically a reference to the next generation (currently 3G) of cell network technology, which provides greater bandwidth for mobile devices. The term “4G” is more of a marketing ploy than a technical reference since none of the networks offer true 4G bandwith capability. Each of the major carriers is expanding or will be launching their own versions of 4G over the next several months. Read the rest of this entry »

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