03.26.2016

iOS 9.3 on an iPad 2 == Bricked iPad

Tags: After Hours
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First it nagged me about the new update: My old iPad 2 kept popping up the dialog box informing me about the availability of the new iOs 9.3.

Then I gave in: Yesterday I finally gave in an started the update process. EVerything downloaded OK and seemed to install OK too.

Did it work? Unfortunately no - Everything when fine until when the newly updated iPad wanted to authenticate with Apple.

After several minutes I got this message;

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“Your iPad could not be activated because the activation server is temporarily unavailable. Try connecting your iPad to iTunes to activate it or try again in a couple of minutes.”

Well, this seems like an endless authentication loop.

Then you see it: When you start searching the net you pretty soon see a pattern. Loads of people have experienced the same problem, and loads of people now have a bricked iPad!

03.18.2016

Windows 10: I finally stopped Windows from hijacking my file assosiations

Tags: After Hours
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Rome wasn’t built on one day, and neither was Windows Smile

Albeit all the cool new ways to change default applications, most of them didn’t work for me - and Windows hijacked all my file assosiations again. I blogged about that here Super-annoying "feature" in Windows 10 - It keeps hijacking my file associations!

The following trick worked for me! Simply right-click on a file, and click the Change-button to change the default application for the file type.

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03.16.2016

The labyrinths of Bluetooth - or - how my Nissan Qashqai lost it"s audio (and finally got it back!)

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imageBluetooth is one of the small technological wonders that surrounds us. Connect almost everything together to enhance the “thing-experience”.

For example I have connected my car’s audio system (a 2012 Nissan Qashqai) to my iPhone 5s, and thus I can listen to audio stored on my iPhone. Great for learning a language when commuting!

A couple of days ago, the sound suddenly died in my car! The “head unit” (the display and all the buttons) with the navigation, radio and phone controls all seemed to work - albeit no sound!

Read on to see my endeavor to get the audio back Smile

03.05.2016

Super-annoying "feature" in Windows 10 - It keeps hijacking my file associations!

Tags: Thoughts
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Windows 10 is a great update in many respects, but one thing is really annoying- Windows 10 insists hard on using Edge as the PDF viewer, and it’s own Photo App as the photo-viewer.

Well, I like Acrobat to be my primary PDF viewer, and Picasa Photo Viewer as the photo-viewer - hence my default applications.

Why the heck does Microsoft even attemt to please me with it’s Default Apps like the one below and let me choose Picasa Photo Viewer as my default app, like this...

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... for then to reverting back to the old MS-choices approximately 5 minutes later!?!?!?!? (in fact I can launch Picasa Photo Viewer ONCE!!!).

Searching the net for answers brings up a bunch of hits where people have the same problems. Unfortunately nothing really authoritative.

Yes, I have seen the post with “w10_stop_reset-fileasso.reg”  which inject the NoOpenWith keyword into the Registry for a bunch of Microsoft applications. Worked OK for PDF but not for images.

Microsoft - here is my advice: let somebody older than 5 years do the programming of this for you Smile

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