Murphy's law stuck again, just now, as I was heading out the door, grabbing my iphone from the cradle, as I recognized it was still syncing. I noticed Itunes had hung so I closed that and unplugged my phone only to find there was nothing on it. Obviously the hang happened during the sync. Regardless, here I am writing about it because I can't go anywhere until my phone is finished restoring. So, the next time you are asked just how tethered are you to your phone....
it made me realize I had no reason to get frustrated other then the fact it happened right when I was heading out the door, but there is always some reason because we always hate to have to wait for technology. Fact is, you may be able to 'live without it', truth is, you really just take it for granted, even the smallest form of technology. In any case I realized I hadn't even restarted or powered off my phone for--months?
So-note to self... perform a routine power down and restart of your phone maybe once a week. It can't hurt since that is also when you would reconnect to your network and quite possibly receive new updates as well.
If you are using web based email like Gmail and have Windows 7 which doesn't ship with an email program within the operating system, you will get an error that you do not have a MAPI client installed. This is where Affixa comes to your rescue.
Patch Tuesday and Microsoft doesn't disappoint with a 160MB Windows Live Essentials update. Noting it is in the category of "critical" which means those that have their automatic updates on are going to get the full pull. That is, until you go to install at which point you are prompted whether you want the entire thing or just the updates for the components installed. Of course everything is installed by default if you click through.. just one more thing to be aware of, especially considering the Windows Live Essentials was an optional update to begin with, it is no wonder so many people have so many problems with their computers, if they were to leave everything in automatic mode. My old rule of thumb was a computer could manage to go 16 months from the time it was purchased to the point when it would just slow down to a halt and/or crash if nothing was done to it other then the original 'default factory' configuration. This number is sure to drop to less than 12 months as more Windows 7 machines set for automatic mode start having problems. Considering an OEM install of Windows 7 with as little as 512mb of memory is a pretty speedy unit until you start plugging it up with crap and unless you are a true Microsoft fan whereas you are using the Windows Messenger, Movie Maker and Photo manager then odds are you would be quite safe to remove the entire Windows Live Essentials.
Don't worry however, I am sure it will find its way back on to your hard drive, given Microsoft's track record for pushing out the crapware. It's truly too bad they can't just leave a good thing alone.
Of course I posted my last note prior to clearing the cache of the Google Chrome browser and that solved the crash problem on the igoogle page. This is something CCleaner does automatically when you run this in the case you haven't utilized this valuable malware cleaning tool.
It seems all of a sudden Google's own "igoogle" page crashes my Chrome browser with the "aw snap" page. This is running Chrome on my MacBook Pro. I also tried it on my desktop, also using Chrome and it crashed the first time but on refreshing the page it corrected it. My Chrome for Mac is up to date so I am hopeful this will be remedied rather quickly with the amount of updates the Chrome browser is issued automatically.