Category Archives: Solutions to Problems

IE8: How to remove the ICQ “New Tab” Search

How to remove ICQ from “New Tab” search in Internet Explorer

How do I uninstall the ICQ “New Tab” Search from Internet Explorer 8? It’s easy to remove ICQ from your browser, you need to run an uninstaller. Find out how on the ICQ site.

How to remove ICQ default search in FF

How to remove ICQ default search in FireFox

I installed ICQ 7 the other (ICQ 7.2) and it took over my PC a little. It installed a toolbar for FireFox and Internet Explorer and also set itself as the default search engine. To remove it I went into my control panel, clicked on Programs and Features, removed the ICQ Toolbar. But ICQ was still the default search when I typed something in the address bar (instead of the search bar). So I searched and searched and found the solution here.

To remove ICQ toolbar from FireFox

  1. go to Tools->Addons and find the ICQ Toolbar and uninstall it.

To change the FireFox search back to normal:

  1. Open a new tab
  2. Type about:config in the address bar
  3. Type keyword.URL to find the entry
  4. Change that entry to to return to the normal google search. (keyword.URL currently shows

You can change the default search URL to anything you want instead of Google. Here’s more info about the FireFox keyword.URL

Windows Mobility Center is available only for laptops!?

I’m running Windows 7 on my laptop and I got an error today “Windows Mobility Center is available only for laptops” which made me go “whaaaaaaaaaaat?” because I am using a laptop. Well I found out the problem is due to the fact that I removed my battery from my notebook (or laptop, however you want to call it). You can also have this problem if your laptop is plugged into a UPS too. Here’s a quote from their site.

This issue may occur if the following conditions are true:

  • The computer is plugged into an uninterruptible power supply (UPS).
  • The battery has been removed from the computer.

When these conditions are true, the computer’s role may be set incorrectly in the BIOS.

Battling Teen Migraines

Below are some causes that might trigger teen migraines  and a handful useful steps on how parents can help their suffering teenagers. Migraines are painful and can last a long time while interfering with your day to day life. This is especially true for teenagers. Here are some possible causes and solutions to help your teenager through their migraine problems.

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Acne Medicine – A Look into Easy Treatments

You can find many over the counter acne cream products that contains benzoyl peroxide. It can be used in mild to moderate acne. They can be gel or cream and it is applied two to three times daily to the affected area for best result. You must use it consistently up to six weeks before seeing the full effect.

In addition to dissolving the keratin that clogs the pores, benzoyl peroxide in a 10% solution it also prevents new acne from forming. they can make lotions and soaps through this chemical and it’s one of the most popular acne products in the market. Continue reading

How to Clean a Bathroom

Cleaning the bathroom is the most important things that every person should know. Here’s what you need to do so you can have a clean bathroom.

Put the toiletries and all the items in the bathroom in their respective places o they are not scattered all over the bathroom. Close all the cabinets and take out the empty bottles out of the bathroom, especially those that does not belong on the bathroom. Put all the dirty clothes and towels on the hamper. Put on your rubber gloves.

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Strange text errors after MYSQL database transfer

I recently moved a database from one mysql server to another and ended up with some weird text. It seems that some characters were changed into some crazy text. Here’s what I found and here’s what I think they were originally. I did a massive find and replace using phpmyadmin to fix them.

One error appeared as this
I think the original one was a single quotation so I replaced it with this

One error appeared as this
I think the original one was a dash so I replaced it with this

One error appeared as this
I think the original one was a double quotation so I replaced it with this

One error appeared as this
I think the original one was a double quotation so I replaced it with this

It’s kind of crazy but now the text seems normal on the site. It looks like it could be some messed up language.
Guy #1 ” Soooooo…. ’ — “ â€?”
Guy #2 “HAHAH! ’ — “ â€â€™ — “ — “ †’ — “ â€!? You crazy…”

How To Tie A Tie

See these related posts: How to tie a tie (windsor knot), How to Tie a Tie Diagram, How to tie a scarf

Are you ready for your job interview? Did you know that tying your necktie is one of the important factors in applying for a job? If so, are you sure you tie it correctly? Check this out.

There are four ways to tie your tie; we have Four in hand knot, Bow tie knot, Windsor knot and half Windsor knot. But the most common used tie is the Windsor knot.

Let’s learn how to tie a tie:

  1. Place you neck tie under your collar. Make the right end of the color higher (the narrow one) at least 12 inches from the left (the wider side)
  2. Then, cross the left side going to the right.
  3. Then insert the wide part (left side) going up in the middle between the collar and the tie.
  4. Bring the wide one down in front. Then loop the wide one going to the right until the wide side reaches the front.
  5. From the front, pull the wide side again and loop it.
  6. Then bring the wide side down going to the knot in front.
  7. Make the wide side down and do a knot.
  8. Then lastly, you have to tighten the tie using your both hands going up to your collar.

Now, you’re done and ready to go for your interview. Good luck!

10 Ways to get Drunk for Five Dollars or Less

(this is meant as a joke – don’t take this seriously)

Top 10 Ways to get Drunk for Five Dollars or Less

Number 10. Be a frosh (freshman).

It’s not true that every frosh can be knocked into unconsciousness by waving a tom Collins under their nose, but as those of us who go hunting for frosh on “New Kids night” at the local dance holes know, the phenomena is not rare. Frosh are usually young, inexperienced, and sometimes even illegal to entice into your boudoir. If anyone can get drunk on five bucks, it’s them.

Number 9. Be female.

Chivalry is not dead! While you ladies can’t expect guys to risk their life, or miss an episode of star trek for you, you may still be able to get some alcohol out of them. Try standing around the bar, sipping water with a grimace on your face. Dress smutty. Smile at guys as they walk by, the drunker geekier the better. If you want to get more than one drink out of a guy start talking about how hot it is. Act intoxicated. Become even more friendly. At an appropriate time have a friend come by and “save you”, then move on to the next guy.

Number 8. Try Medication.

Sleeping pills. Allergy pills. If it says “do not take alcohol with this drug” or “do not operate a motorized vehicle while under the influence of this drug”, it must be good! Intelligent students such as ourselves, while not having a shred of pharmaceutical knowledge, can see that these statements are a plot by alcohol producers to keep us buying large quantities of booze.

Number 7. If it ends in ‘ol, drink it!

Alcohol isn’t the only intoxicant ending in ‘ol’. Methanol, Butanol and Propanol are all fine safe intoxicants, often available at bargain prices. Stay away from aerosol, cholesterol, and drool.

Everclear Alcohol

Number 6. Sleep Deprivation and Sickness.

For some reason, your body doesn’t want you to have any fun, and actively fights alcohol -enhancement. When you’re sick, and tired, your body’s defenses are at their lowest. This means its often one of the most cost effective times to get plastered! Best of all, if you puke, you can blame it on the flu.

Number 5. Try Antifreeze

Hey, ten thousand deranged alcoholic street people can’t be wrong!

Drink Antifreeze

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The benefits of a VPS and Linux

When it comes to web hosting there are a number of available options, but the most economically efficient option is the use of a Virtual Private Server (VPS) running the Linux operating system. The control and security benefits of a VPS server combined with the openness and scalability of Linux makes this a high performing and cost effective hosting platform.

A VPS is essentially a “slice” of a physical server. Multiple virtual machines can be installed on one physical server, allowing the hosting provider to rent out smaller portions of the servers resources without compromising security or limiting control to the end user. A VPS carries many of the benefits of a dedicated server, but at a cost closer to that of a shared hosting solution and even cheaper than colocation hosting.

Some of the major benefits of a VPS include:

• Performance: Due to the fact that the resources allocated for virtual machines are dedicated and static, heavy load on other virtual machines that may be hosted on the same physical server will not affect the performance of your virtual machine, as might happen with a shared hosting solution.

• Security: Aside from performance, the biggest issue with shared hosting is the security. Due to the fact that shared hosting servers host everyone’s hosting accounts on a single operating system, hackers might have easy access to your website through security flaws in another website that may be hosted on the same server. With a VPS, this is not a concern. Since each VPS runs its own dedicated operating system a hacker will not have access to your website by exploiting someone else’s security flaws.

• Stability: Since each VPS runs its operating system, a software or configuration issue caused by another hosting customer or maintenance being performed on someone else’s server will only affect that server and not yours.

• Flexibility: Similar to a dedicated server, with a VPS you have the ability to choose what operating system you would like to use. In additional, VPS servers can be expanded or shrunk to fit your specific budget and performance needs.

Linux is one of the most widely used operating systems in the world. Running the Linux operating system on your server yields a number of benefits over other available options, many of which are due to the fact that it is free and is an open source software platform. The fact that Linux is open source means that it is to develop, update and maintained by individual programmers and enthusiasts working together for the greater good of the technology industry as a whole. Due to this, Linux has an extremely large support community available to assist you with any questions or issues that you might encounter. Linux is an extremely flexible, scalable, versatile and secure platform for almost any type of server that you may want to run. An example of the flexibility of Linux is the ability to load the operating system on either low-end cheap servers or more expensive high-end servers.

Get Dropbox for Online Backups and Data Sharing

I have a few laptops. One for working… one for the home… and one for traveling. What I’ve been using lately is Dropbox to do some online backups of important files, and also to do some data sharing such as sharing work docs with coworkers through Dropbox and even sharing some photos with family. I love being able to access remote files instantly. You get a free 2 GB account so it’s worth checking out. Get Dropbox right here, check out the video! Free is sweet. I wish I started using this service earlier! A climate mangles a rush myth.

My iTunes Skipping Problem

I install iTunes and it’s some good software however I’ve been having an issue. iTunes skips, it’s not skipping songs, but it’s skipping through the song as if the sync was off. A skipping MP3 is pretty weird. So I’ve been researching solutions and trying new things. Defragging didn’t help, actually nothing really helped until I found this solution. I’m glad I found a solution because it’s driving me nuts and I’m pretty hung over today. I don’t need my songs skipping while working and trying to ignore my headache.

I have Quicktime 7.0.4 installed right now. So the solution is based on that version.

iTunes Skipping on Windows XP Solution:
1) Close iTunes and Quicktime
2) Click the start button
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How to Clear & Clean Qmail Queue Quickly!


Clear / clean / empty the qmail queue

Solution to this problem as noted from back in 2004, scripts in the post are currently hosted at a new site to ensure this post stays live and active to help others.

Want to know more about Qmail and the annoying qmail queue? I recommend this book – Qmail Quickstarter: Install, Set Up and Run your own Email Server: A fast-paced and easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide that gets you up and running quickly

At the following site you’ll learn a quick and easy way to clear all email from the queue from your web host.

This will not remove anything it should not remove. The script just clears all email from the queue safely and this is ONLY for qmail. ( Note: This is not for use with any other email programs ). Find more here at the link for qmail.

Samsung N140 Can’t see full screen

Here’s a problem I had with my Samsung N140 Netbook. I’m not able to see the entire full screen when I install apps or run some apps. What this means is that the agree check boxes, cancel buttons, and ok/accept buttons are off the screen! I can’t see what the hell I’m clicking if I hit the tab, tab, tab, enter.

I asked a friend about this, he has a Samsung N130 and he had no clue. It’s been bothering him too. I figured out a solution by accident. If only I would have read the manual! But I threw it away without noticing. Oops!

So all you need to do is rotate the screen on the Samsung N140 to view all of the buttons, options, and check boxes on any installation or application that you’re running. To rotate the screen you hold down the fn button and the alt button at the same time, then click the arrow buttons (up, down, left, right). Whatever arrow you click, that’s where the top of the screen will be.

So example: fn + alt  + arrow left
This will rotate the screen so the top of the screen is on the left of your monitor.

If you click fn + shift + arrow key, you’re going to end up changing your resolution to something funny. If you do this click fn + shift + arrow up (and if that doesn’t work, keep pressing other arrows) and you’ll return to your native resolution. fn + ctrl + arrow keys do nothing.