Microsoft Notifies Users about Windows 10 being Free on July 29, 2015

Windows 10 is Free?

If you haven’t been looking at your Windows Toolbar lately, then it is high time you glance to the right Corner to check out that new Windows notification from Microsoft. I started seeing it last night but I didn’t have time to investigate it until today. It is legit and Microsoft has announced last week that it will be available July 29, 2015. I’m going to download the latest trial version of this Windows 10 and try it out again. The problem with it is that I have several questions that need to be answered before I even download it and change from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Some of the obvious questions are:

Dual Booting both Windows?

Since I will be having use the same Key for both Windows 10 and 7 (Presumably) will I be able to dual-boot both Windows just in case some programs don’t work with Windows 10.   This seems to be hurdle for some because once you install Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 you will then keep being asked to install Windows 10.  Which you’ll already have that installed on another partition.  It will be nice to have a way to say to Windows 7, 8, 0r 8.1 that I’ve already have it installed or to stop bothering me about it.  I however have found a way to remove that silly little notification and to prevent Windows 10 from being downloaded.   So I now know that it can be prevented.

You’ll only be able to upgrade for a 1 year.

According to Microsoft this will be a 1 year exclusive deal for those who want to upgrade to Windows 10 and thus the problem with this that I can see that needs to be address is quite simple.   What happens if you need to reinstall Windows 10 after that one year.   Will you be able to create a disk ISO with Windows 10 or do you have to now pay for it.   Will it be available for those who have reserved their copy and activated it after the year is up?  This seems to be another hurdle for me that I might not want to even use Windows 10.

Speed is my next question!

Will it increase the speed of the system if I upgrade to Windows 10?   I can’t be certain or know because the last version will decide what they do to the OS and I haven’t really played around with Windows 10 for a while so I couldn’t tell you for sure? but that is something that is a determining factor in upgrading to Windows 10.

Security is also on my mind!

Nothing has been set in stone with regards to Windows 10 and I’ve heard rumors you could just look at your computer and have it automatically unlock.   This seems like some are liking this but since this is something you have and not something you know then you could be compelled to unlock your computer by just sitting down which would leave your computer more vulnerable.   I will have to research this some more but that seems to be something I will not want to do!   I’ll get back on my findings as we get closer to the release date



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Libre Office and Scanner integration for Clients!

Let’s Face it!

You could easily go and do Microsoft Office 365 and pay a most of 69.99$ or 6.99$ a Month.   The problem with that is that you will always be having to pay them something a month to use their products and Microsoft Office 2013 is the last available copy to not get that and no telling how soon that will stopped being sold.   The problem now is that my client has Brother MFC-J430W and MFC-7360N Printers who can’t seem to be used with sending and scanning in documents.   So I’m left with getting both of the printers to work with the free Libre Office suite!

First things First!

Now since I know to use the printers the right way for any program that is on the system you should also go ahead and install the complete software package for the MFC-7360N Drivers.  I also did that for the MFC-J430W Drivers

I never start fixing a problem until, I get all the drivers that may or may not need to get the hardware to work the way it supposed to by the manufacturer!

More Free Stuff!

I know Office 365 and Office 2013 has their own little program to do an optical Character Recognition to put the documents onto a word or even a works digital format.   There lies the problem for me, I had to go searching for an alternative for my client to use to that could do that or more.   I’ve heard people complete about the Free OCR that uses the Tesseract Engine, I have not used it exclusively but I find that it does what I need it to for my clients that do not want to pay for an office suite.  The last problem is a simple fix for those who want to send faxes using Libreoffice 4.3 or higher!

The last thing!

I’m almost done but that will be for another blog post down the road.   The idea right now is to walk you through some of the necessary steps to get LibreOffice to work with any fax or printer that you might have.   It isn’t really that hard but once you set it up the  possiblities are endless.

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How you can support my site with Google Contributor!


Google Contributor Invitation

I don’t remember the actual invitation ask for this beta Test outlet.   I am however quite glad I did.   I got this site to take part in this new venture of theirs.   If your are a Google Contributor then you will see these when you visit my site or others.   I however am wanting to make sure I get the most amount of support for my site.   So I wanted to let you know about this service.   It is an attempt by google to help fund sites that visit most often or sites that you want to support anonymously without having to display advertising on that site.   I like the concept and you can show some nice support for my site and others that you visit often by Joining the waiting list for Google Contributor.   When you finally are a contributor to the web, you have several options available from giving 1$ to 15$ a month to Google to share among sites you visit that month.

How can you Help your Favorite Sites?

The problem so far is that you giving your money split up between thousands of sites and that means they will never get the largest amount of contributions from your visits.   The best way is to limit who gets the money.   This can easily be done by going into the Advanced Settings in the contributor dashboard.





As you can see you will need to change it to just having specific websites that way your money goes to the people who deserve the money or sites that you want to support exclusively with Google Contributor.   If you do not do this then you are support Millions of Websites and that means sites that you value will probably only get 10 cents or 50 cents per month from your visit.   When they could be getting 2 or three dollars by contributing to that site(s) that you want to support.   I do hope you put down my site as one that you want to support.   You can add as many sites as you like to support but remember the more sites you add the less other sites will get.   These sites like mine cost money to pay for hosting and domains.   So that is the one way you can support sites like this one without having to see advertising from Google Adsense.

Other Ways

Other ways you can support my site are:

Visit the my affiliate sites:

Thank you for supporting my site!

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Why I removed the Facebook App from my phone!

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Facebook Beachfront

Facebook No More!

On My Life View Phone, I’ve had to do some major fixing of the operating system.  When I finally got the phone working again.   I decided not to install the hack to get Facebook Messages back without Facebook Messenger. After getting my phone working again, I was somewhat tempted in re-installing all my apps.   I however have noticed several thing that I will talk about.

Battery Life!

Now I can go almost the day without having to put my phone back on charge.   I’m certain that Facebook was one of the culprits but I do know it isn’t the only one.   I didn’t install every app I had installed before.   I could give you a list of these but I won’t!

More Productive!

I am being able to be more productive at work and on my site without having to worry about what people are saying or doing on Facebook!  I however needed to opt out of several functions of Facebook.   Seems that if you aren’t using any Facebook app or aren’t visiting their site regularly then they will email you when someone comments about you or tags in you a Photo.   This can easily be fixed by hitting the Un-subscribe feature in the email and confirming it.  If you change your mind later on you can go back and change them in your Facebook Settings.

Less Annoyances!

I’m telling you the truth, it was annoying to see comments or posts that people thought you might want to read or see while your working or when your away from the Social Networking thing.   I’m pretty contented with just having Twitter and Google + on my phone for when I need to keep updated on major things.   I don’t need people telling stuff that I need to see right away.


I’m pretty sure I will install the Facebook app when I buy a new phone but I am uncertain to as how I will do it or if I will roll back to the earlier version.   I won’t be getting a new a phone for a while and I’m happy with that choice.   I just don’t see the need for the Facebook App to be in my life and blowing up my phone.   I’ll change those notifications later on too when I finally get a phone with the App on it!   This however is how I will be doing it for the next few months.   No need to Facebook me, But you can Tweet me or Google + me for the Time being and I’ll get it!


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How to disable Chrome’s Malicious Download Block!


This File is Malicous, and Chrome has Blocked it.

Chrome blocks Unsafe files!

I woke up this morning to go download a specific file that I wanted to install for me.   The TrueCrypt installation 7.1a from Steve’s Website this morning to find out that Chrome was claiming this was a Malicious file and that It blocked me from downloading this particular file from his site.  I’m sure this isn’t the first time there was a false positive when it comes to Chrome and Mozilla thinking a file or a filename was unsafe but since the creators made that statement a year ago.   I am guessing Google believes there statement and decided that it is now considered unsafe to download from any website especially with that file name.  I decided to try my luck and test this out.   So I went uploaded it to my Dropbox and changed the name to another filename other than what Google is looking for and it seemed to work.   So the work around right now is a simple one.

Uncheck Phishing and malware Protection!


You can easily disable this by going into the settings and hitting the Advanced Settings. Go down until you see this Check and remove it and restart your browser. You also might have to restart your computer. Some systems will not refresh that setting until you restart your computer so the best approach is to just restart the computer just to be safe. Once done you are free to download what ever you want but be careful of files you don’t trust and you can always test any file you download by going to to check to make sure the file you’ve downloaded is virus and malware free. You can also go back into the settings and enable that when you’re  finished downloading your files and want to feel protected again.

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How to use Virtual Box with Spinrite. The Easy Way!

Virtual Box and Spinrite

Virtual Box and Spinrite

Spinrite ISO is Needed!

If you haven’t purchased Spinrite or have a copy from a friend, then this tutorial will not help you. I have also included a bunch a batch files to help you with using Spinrite with Virtual Box.   Although the reason for this is that you need to have Direct Access to the hard drive in question.   If you haven’t download the Spinrite program or don’t have the ISO then you will need to download the Spinrite program.


Now Click Create the ISO or IMG File


Save the Boot ISo or IMG to directory of your choosing!

Virtual Box

Now if you haven’t downloaded Virtual Box, now is the time to do it and install it.   I will not talk about how to install this on Windows.   This is going to be a Windows required for my Batch files.  Once you have that installed you are most of the way there.   You should create a Spinrite Virtual machine:


It gives options such a 64 megabytes of Read Only Memory (RAM) but I prefer to go 512 if I have the memory that I can use.   I wouldn’t suggest anything under 256 Megs of RAM but that is just me.  I’ve heard others who have used 128 Megs of Ram for this experiment but it is totally up to your preference.   Then hit next,  it will want to know if you want to create a Virtual Hard Drive.   I recommend just saying no to this option you will come back to this later anyways.   Unless you have already done the batch files then you should select using existing Virtual hard Drive.

Once you created the Virtual Machine, then you will need to Right Click on it and select Settings.   You will then click on Storage and remove the Floppy drive and then click on add attachments


You will then Click on ADD CD/DVD Device.  The other option is ADD Hard Drive which will be used for The VIRTUAL BOX direct access file, see below.  This will open up and you will then find the Spinrite.ISO and open that file!  Close out of Virtual Box!

All Set for Spinrite

Now that you have Spinrite virtual machine all set up.   You next step is go download my batch files and put them in:


it has everything you need to use with Virtual Box plus More.   Once you have extracted these batch files to that directory you will see a cmd shortcut link.   This link is what you will use to get to that directory.   Right Click that link and select RUN as ADMINISTRATOR.   The reason for this is the Virtual Box will need that access to have direct access link for the hard drive you are wanting to create the access for.   It is all technical but basically it won’t work unless this way.

Your First batch file that you should run is


(This will simply show you which drives are on the system.)  You will want to take note on the drive numbers and figure out which drive you are wanting to Spinrite.   The one that you want to Spinrite is the one that you will want to use on the next step.

VB_DISKS.bat [filename] [Drive #]

You shouldn’t use any extensions with the filename.   It will automatically add the VDMK extension that states that is a Virtual Disk file.   It is primarily used for VM and is a good choice for direct access files.

You should see Virtual Box pop up and you will want to go back and then add the drive to the Spinrite virtual machine.   See above for details.   The directory that the direct access file is going to be in C:\VM_DISKS, so look there for the link file.

*update 5/12/15*

I’ve updated this batch files to no longer need to know the drive before hand.   All you have to do is add the filename.   You will be asked if you know the drive # and if not it will display it for you.   So you will skip a few steps that were previously mentioned.   The diskpartlist.bat file has also been added to this batch file.

Run Virtual Box Session and you should be set.   Once done you then need to run:

VB_Restore.bat [Drive #]

If you get to many files in that directory and you want to clean up the directory you should then just run:


It will delete all VDMK files and restore it to what was there before hand.    Two Other batch files that you might want to use are:

amazon.bat [browser]  (IE, Chrome, and Firefox)

Donate.bat [Browser] (IE, Chrome, and Firefox)

If these are useful and want to help support my efforts, I strongly recommend using one or both to help support me.   Using the amazon.bat file for every time you buy something from amazon gives me a commission but cost you nothing.   Donating via Paypal is also an option for those who wish to tip my efforts.   Thanks again!

I will be updating the shared folder for future edits and putting even more stuff in the file so keep watch and come back often!

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How to Watch your DVD movies without getting of the couch!


We’ve all Heard about Copying DVDS!

The problem with that is that some people take it way to far and start to sell the copied DVD’s at flee markets or on the black market!  This is unacceptable to me, I however will warn people that it is illegal in some if not all countries and shouldn’t be tried, unless you own the DVD in question.   If you do not own the DVD than You do this at your own risk!

That being said, I will talk about how I can play all my DVD’s that I own on my Hisense 32″ LED HDTV 32K20DW [Amazon Affiliate Link].  I must say it was unexpected to be have DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) and it allows my TV to connect to my Windows 7 / Linux Mint  computer.   I have a dual boot situation on my Laptop, because of what I do with my computer!   I must say that the Linux Mint isn’t bad and comes with a lot more options than you normal get from any Linux distro.   It comes with full multimedia support and some really good applications that I do not need to download already!

I’ve also got me a 4 bay Drobo with 4 X 1 TB hard drives.  I found a place that sells the bad Hard Drives for 5$ each and I take them and repair them with Spinrite to use with my Drobo

Let’s Handbrake This!

I must say the Windows Version seems to be really buggy, so that is why I used the Linux Mint and installed Handbrake on it. I actually had no major problems installing and using the software as long as you know how to use Linux. It can be difficult because the file system and commands are strictly uncommon from Windows. There is a curve learning curve to use Linux but once you figure it out, it becomes almost second nature!  Handbrake can be used on IOS, Windows, Ubuntu, and Other Linux distros depending on the availability of the kernel being used in the Linux OS!

You will need to provide the source DVD or file.   You can point the location to:

/media/username/” or “/dev/disk/by-label/

This will work with most Ubuntu systems but it might not on others.   So you will need to search for it on your local system.

Now depending on which system you will be using to stream this video to your multimedia TV, you will need to select either Universal or if your have an Apple TV, you will want to select that.   A Fair warning that the High Profile setting will take much longer to copy and takes more space on your local hard drive.  So be mindful of that.    You only have one options to use the MKV format and it works just fine on my Hisense HDTV.   So if your having trouble with streaming from your local system to the TV, I might add just change the file name extensions to ones that Window Operating systems can stream like an MP4, AVI, or m4p extensions to allow Windows to see it and be able to stream it.   I use that little trick to get Windows to share the MKV file to my TV, which I did test and could do the MKV file without any support.   I also can plug in a USB Stick to use to play Videos, Pictures, or Music on my TV.   So I know it can do all this!

Streaming Videos

When I started this project, I was having trouble with the Windows Media Player.   I decided to go searching for a better DNLA Media Server that could do what I wanted to.   I finally went to the TVersity which does a far better job at sending the Videos and being a Media Server.   You can also try the Universal Media Server which does some of the things that you might want but I found that to be a little to complicated for me.   The TVersity was much simpler to use for my needs!  I have been streaming my DVD’s to my TV with no problems since I started the project but it just depends on how hard you try or how long it takes you to encode all the DVD’s to the Hard Drive

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Straight Talk changes their stance on Unlimited!

Straight Talk changes the rules!

When the FTC slapped Tracfone, Straight Talk, Net10, Simple Mobile and Telcel America with a 40 Million fine for the unethical practices of “Throttling Speeds” when they were advertising that it was “UNLIMITED”.   This is a win for the customers,  It seems the FTC believes if you claim unlimited, it should be unlimited and not with a catch.   So I also found out that I might be entitled to a refund from Straight Talk.    You can head over to: to find out how to get your refund from Straight Talk and other such Mobile networks.

The New looks!

Straight Talk has started to change their look to meet with the FTC rules for advertising unlimited.


On their homepage, at the bottom of the page we now see the words:

*30 day Unlimited Plans include 3 GB of high speed data per 30 day cycle. After 3 GB, your data speed will be reduced to as low as 64 kbps for the remainder of the 30 day cycle. If your data speed is reduced, the reduced speed may impact the functionality of some data applications, such as streaming audio or video or web browsing. Straight Talk reserves the right to terminate your service for unauthorized or abnormal usage.

As you can see they are still going to advertise the unlimited aspect of their service but I’ve found a disturbing little problem with their unlimited plan now and I will talk about it soon.  It isn’t as it seems to most but I’ve found a problem with the service and I will talk about soon!

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The Invalid IMEI Renovation! Fixing those Silly Numbers!

Androids by Martin Linkov

Androids by Martin Linkov

What is IMEI?

IMEI stands for “International Mobile Station Equipment Identity” and it basically helps to identify for every phone out their.   To help with theft of phones and stop phones from accessing the network.   Thus when you have a phone that have two different SIMS on the phone, you end up with two different IMEI numbers which can be anywhere from 15 to 17 numbers for each and it is sometimes not written down anywhere on the phone itself.   You have to go into the settings to find both IMEI numbers and write them down for later references.   This was where I went wrong, I never wrote those two numbers down for backup purposes.  I however will go into detail about this later on in the post.   I am going to go through 2 different ways to change the IMEI on certain types of phones.   Each phone is unique and thus it might not always work for your phone.   You can try all three steps to see if it works for your phone but ultimately, you might still not be able to fix them with these three ways and you will have to do even more homework to find out other ways to fix your problem.

First Way

This one isn’t reliable as others said.   It never really worked on my US based phone but it might work on yours.   You first will dial “*#*#3646633#*#*” on your phone when you finally get to the last # you will then be taken to the secret Android menu engineer menu.   You can also get there with the MTK Engineering Mode.   This does the same thing as the dial code.   So you just have to decide which method you will want to use to get to the screen.  I followed the steps from both Dailytwocents and Protechlover’s website(Thanks to for the Webpage display) to put new IMEI numbers for your phone.  I used the free IMEI Number Generator to create new IMEI for my phone, since I didn’t backup those numbers in the first place.   I couldn’t actually backup those numbers when I was have the Android Loop Problem.  Unfortunately this didn’t work for my phone, but it might work for your phone.

Second Way

I then tried The MTK Droid Root Tools that I had to search around to find out.   This method seemed to work well with my phone.   I can change the IMEI from being ALL “0’s or 1’s” to the generated ones that I got off the IMEI Number Generator and got the Phone to see my Dual Sim card and I was able to once again use the BYOP plan.   I didn’t have to have Straight Talk send me a new sim which probably would have been the same.   If you follow the instructions provided by the XDA Developers Forum.   The program worked rather well for what I needed it to.   I also used the tutorial from Youtube to help me understand how to replace the IMEI using the MTK Droid Root Tools.   It was rather helpful, for me to see how the program was used to fix the Invalid IMEI problem.   This seemed to work best for my situation and I didn’t have to try an other possible solutions to the problem.

Did this help you find the information you need?  I’d like to know how you fixed your problem!   Just leave a comment and help others find the best way to fix their problems!

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The Unconventional Guide to Android Boot Loops!


The impossible becomes reality!

I was at work when this happened. Phone was just acting up and I thought it was high time for a reboot of the system. So I told the system to reboot and I waited for it to reboot but it just kept on seeing the screen with the Blu Products (Amazon Affiliate Link) display and it would just vanish and then it would just reboot again. I knew I couldn’t pull the phone battery because there is no way to get to the battery. So I knew about holding down the power button to force the phone to shut off, just like pulling the battery.  Holding the Power button does the same thing when you want to force shut down a Laptop.   I was told that I probably would have to buy a new phone and that the Phone was toast.   I just smiled and said we’ll see!  I was stuck at work with no phone, but I intended to go home and research this.

Starting Off!

I knew how to get into the recovery mode in Android.   So I started playing around with my Unlocked Phone to figure out how to get into recovery mode for the Life View because it was a little different than usual.   You have to Press both Power + UP + DOWN then hitting the up button when you see Recovery hit UP and Factory Mode hit the Down volume key.  I was able to get into recovery mode with the Android laying on it’s back with the Exclamation and seeing “NO COMMAND”.   I had several options Like Wipe/factory Reset and Wipe Cache.   I also had “Sideload with ADB”, and several more options.   So I went searching about ADB Sideload and I even tried to side load boot.img and other such image files in hopes to fix the boot record to stop the infinite boot loop that it was doing for me.   It kept saying that it aborted installation.   I knew either I am doing this wrong or that wasn’t the way to do it.   I tried uploading the Zip files a ROM that seemed like the STOCK ROM for The Life View.

 How I Fixed it!

I must iterate that If this BRICKS your phone permanently then I am not at FAULT.

  • Download the Preloader MT65XX Driver For the Life View By Blu and Install it on your System.
  • Download the STOCK ROM for the Blu Life View(which is already ROOTED)
  • Download and Extract the SP Flash Tool (Get the newest Version)

On a side Note, the Flash Tool maybe consider a trojan to some antivirus programs.   So you may have to white list this program to use it.   I’ve not had any problem with this program after use and it seems to be working just fine.

The Scatter File is already with the STOCK ROM, so you just use that with SP FLASH Tool.   You must first hit Download and then plug the phone in.   If your phone doesn’t turn on but you hear the chime from Windows every time you plug it in.   This tool will also solve that problem .  It is call a Soft Brick because the device can still be access through the flashing tool and be re-installed.   Once it has been download unplug and then you will want then want to do the FIRMWARE > UPGRADE button and plug the phone back in.   You may have to just unplug and plug the phone in until it starts.   I had to do that several times because Windows was being picky.

  • You may also need to download the MTK Partition APK for the Life View.   I am sure I caused this but you will want to make sure you put it back to what it was before.   4gb for Phone and 12Gb for Storage, because mine was a 16gb Size.   I put it back to what it was before this happened.

On my next post, we will discuss the issue of the having an “Invalid IMEI” and how I solved that with this device!

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