Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Wifi Router Fixes for Actiontec and Zytel

I encountered a Verizon Actiontec home wifi box that would connect for hard-wired, a laptop, and a tablet.  It would not connect to a smartphone.  The security was WEP.  I changed the security to WPA2 and every device was able to consistently connect.

I encountered a CenturyLink Zytel PK5000Z wifi box that would not allow connections for transient devices.  Devices that were consistently at the store were able to reliably connect.  Transient devices would start to connect then fail to get IP address.  There was no WEP/WPA security.  Changing to WPA2 made no difference.  Removing NAT made no difference.  The firmware was up-to-date.  I changed the DHCP expiry from one day to five minutes.  This allowed all devices to consistently connect.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Tools for Website Maintenance

A friend asked for help with a website.  These tools have been useful.

Reference Guides
Font examples:

Color wheel:

PhotoFiltre Portable
Simple yet feature rich image editing suite.  Doesn't use Windows installer.

FTP client.

Text editor supporting many software languages.

Place syntax validators in page footers:
<a href="http://validator.w3.org/check/referer" title="This page validates as XHTML 1.0 Transitional"><abbr title="eXtensible HyperText Markup Language">XHTML</abbr></a> | <a href="http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/check/referer" title="This page validates as CSS"><abbr title="Cascading Style Sheets">CSS</abbr></a>

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Removing GoogleUpdate.exe

How to stop GoogleUpdate.exe from running on MS Windows.

With task manager, end the GoogleUpdate.exe process.

Run services.msc from a command prompt. Set the googleupdate entries to DISABLED.

Run taskschd.msc from a command prompt.  Delete the task.
Start --> Control Panel --> Scheduled Tasks
Delete the task.

Run msconfig from a command prompt.
On the "Startup" tab, uncheck "GoogleUpdate".

With these changes in place, over time the entries will return.  Now remove the actual program.
Remove GoogleUpdate.exe from the following paths.  Drive letter could be different on your system.  If you are administrator, go to your user name.
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator User Name\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Update