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8/31/2013


SummersTime for the week of 06/10/2013

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 2:56 pm

We’re back from the Cincinnati Nostalgia Convention - Kate spends twenty-four hours on A Day in the Life of Dennis Day, I initiate a Pursuit, she joins a great metropolitan newspaper in Big Town, and I play two shows from the funny papers on a dare - Popeye and Gasoline Alley!

SummersTime is the Radio Once More show hosted by father-and-daughter team Kate and Charlie Summers. Our goal is to pick some awesome Old-Time Radio shows that we want to hear or share with each other, and then play them for you, too! Be sure to listen to this week’s broadcast - schedule posted both at the SummersTime website and at Radio Once More!

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8/30/2013


Killing the “Microsoft Office Click-to-Run 20xx (Protected)” Q: Drive

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 10:57 am

I hate Microsoft.

No really, I do. They do stupid things, and always have (remember the days when they allowed Microsoft Word to format your hard drive via macro?), and most of the power-user’s time is wasted on trying to get Windows to stop doing something stupid.

Today’s issue: The dreaded “Microsoft Office Click-to-Run 20xx (Protected)” Q: drive label.

Do a search, and every solution tells you to uninstall the Click-to-Run version of Microsoft office. Problem is, I did that a long time ago. MS tells you to run their “FixIt” routines…did that, and it couldn’t fix anything, since Office isn’t installed. They tell you how to manually remove Office, but again, that depends on the thing actually being there.

And yet, every time I get enough drives installed to hit drive letter Q, and the flash drive/memory card/hard drive has no name, the d*mned system reports it as, “Microsoft Office Click-to-Run 2010 (Protected)” - and yes, I usually have buttloads of USB drives connected, so this is a relatively common occurrence. Understand, it doesn’t affect what’s in the drive, only the label displayed in My Computer and elsewhere. But it’s d*mned annoying, and today I decided to get rid of it if I had to install linux!

Turns out, there’s a simple reason and solution: the Office uninstaller doesn’t (or at least in my case didn’t) remove one tiny registry keyset: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\DriveIcons\Q

Create a System Restore point, back up that keyset for safety, delete from \Q\ down (under \Q\ is “DefaultLabel,” which was the frelling problem), and *poof* - no more Click-to-Run labels on that drive. Didn’t even need a restart to cure the problem.

Why am I posting something like that here? Because eventually someone else will become as frustrated as I was about all of the other solutions on the Net not working to remove the cosmetic disc label, and hopefully will stumble upon this post, delete the reg entry, and get a good night’s sleep.

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SummersTime for the week of 06/03/2013

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 10:06 am

Kate mounts up with Red Ryder, I play a Jack Benny-starring episode of Lux Radio Theatre, and she parties with George and Gracie on Burns and Allen!

SummersTime is the Radio Once More show hosted by father-and-daughter team Kate and Charlie Summers. Our goal is to pick some awesome Old-Time Radio shows that we want to hear or share with each other, and then play them for you, too! Be sure to listen to this week’s broadcast - schedule posted both at the SummersTime website and at Radio Once More!

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8/29/2013


AOL is blocking the Digest again…

Filed under: General, Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 7:34 pm

Yes, I know, this is an old story, but AOL has taken it upon itself to block the Internet OTR Digest yet again. There is nothing whatsoever I can do about this - apparently they statistically have received spam from some part of some netblock which includes the Digest server, and there is no one I can complain to about this.

If you’re on AOL, I would urge you to complain directly to them, letting them know you are not receiving copies of your opt-IN hobby mailing list. And, I must suggest again, consider another free email provider, as AOL routinely insists on turning the Digest into filtered spam. (*sigh*)

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SummersTime for the week of 05/27/2013

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 2:17 pm

This week, Kate rides with the Mysterious Traveller, I take two shifts with the Night Editor, she foils the bad guys who say Hello Sucker, and I ride down the range to Melody Ranch!

SummersTime is the Radio Once More show hosted by father-and-daughter team Kate and Charlie Summers. Our goal is to pick some awesome Old-Time Radio shows that we want to hear or share with each other, and then play them for you, too! Be sure to listen to this week’s broadcast - schedule posted both at the SummersTime website and at Radio Once More!

You may stream the show using the player below, or download it with the link. Remember, by subscribing to this blog with any podcasting client (Juice, iTunes, etc. - just add the the RSS link over on the sidebar or hit the button) the shows will be automatically downloaded to your computer or MP3 player!

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8/20/2013


Police: When cable TV breaks, a 911 call is bad

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 9:52 am

From CNN: Police: When cable TV breaks, a 911 call is bad

From the article: “A power outage knocked out cable service Sunday evening in parts of Connecticut, leaving Cablevision customers unable to watch television, including the hit show now in its final season. While most viewers chose to wait for service to be restored, others opted for a far less rational course of action: calling 911.”

Wow. Just wow. This country is losing its collective mind.

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8/19/2013


Rooting and Unlocking the Samsung Dart

Filed under: General, Electronics Disassemblies — Charlie Summers @ 12:24 pm

As I’ve discussed before when we fixed the “low-space” warning, the Samsung Dart Android phone is an entry-level device with an older version of the Android operating system which can, if properly managed, be a perfectly fine little phone for practically no money. And I also in that post mentioned that I’d someday get around to writing a step-by-step on how to root and SIM-unlock the phone. Well, today’s the day.

OfficeDepot had this little phone on clearance for under $40, so I couldn’t resist putting one together for the Mrs. who is currently using my old feature phone. And while I’m doing everything all over again, I figured I might was well detail the procedure so that anyone who bought one from OD this weekend could quickly root the phone, preparing it for the procedure described in my previous post, as well as SIM-unlock the phone so it can be used on AT&T’s network, or a network elsewhere in the world.

One thing before we begin; the whole “to root, or not to root” question seems to me to be silly. It is my humble opinion that it should be illegal to sell any device, be it phone, tablet, or computer, without the device rooted. Sounds ominous, but all “root” means is administrator; the “root” account is the account on a un*x-like device (linux, Android, whatever) that has administrator access to the device. It is exactly parallel to the Administrator account in Windows. Think about this for just one moment…if you were sold a Windows computer, but Microsoft refused to allow you administrator access which would mean you couldn’t install applications, control the hosts file, your networking, and pretty much anything else, wouldn’t you be furious? So how comes we all lay down and let Apple, Google, and yes, even now Microsoft do exactly the same thing? Without root, you do not own your device! You paid for it, but the company who manufactured it controls it completely, and you are forever at their mercy. You really want to trust any company that much?

So now that the whole “should I root” question is disposed of, let’s get started, right after the jump.
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