Thursday, December 28, 2017

Dropbox - show folder size

The Dropbox web interface is not super intuitive but there is a way to show the folder size, it's just a little hidden.

- login to your dropbox

At the top click where it says Modified and in the drop down change it to Size

- After it's changed from Modified to Size click the check box next to the folder you're interested in.

- Now on the right hand side at the bottom should be a new link called Calculate Size

Note : if the folder is big it may take a while for it to calculate the size.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Houston Astos Chrome Theme

This theme uses the Houston Astos orange, blue, red color scheme.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Serious iPhone sync issue

Just got a new iPhone SE and have been making tracks in Garage Band for about a week.  Plugged into the PC and iTunes ask something about do I want to authorize the purchases on this device or something like that.  I cancel out, change nothing on the phone, then unplug. 

After this I notice several icons are missing, including Garage Band.  After re-installing it all 30+ of my Garage Band tracks are gone.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Windows 10 - Toshiba Satellite e55 running hot

In Win8 I watched my temps closely and was usually around 38 to 44 c under a normal load.  However since upgrading to Win10 I noticed my normal idle temps were around +45c.  Even if the computer was untouched for several minutes and the task manager said CPU usage was below 5% the CPU temps would remain high and the CPU frequency would remain high.

After installing some Toshiba drivers and switching the battery / power mode to the Toshiba's "eco" mode the temps and CPU frequency dropped immediately.  As I make this post my CPU ghz is at .78 and my temp is 40c.  Before changing to Eco the CPU mhz were constantly around 1.3+ ghz even at idle.  So even when the CPU was doing nothing Windows 10 was not scaling down the CPU freq the way it should.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Centos 7 trouble with Grub and dual booting Windows 7

Just installed Centos 7 and realized Windows is not in the boot menu. Searching turns up a lot of advice saying to edit this file
and to add some code, and then run this
grub2-mkconfig --output=/boot/grub2/grub.cfg
In my case this does not help. The Windows installation is still not detected even though I can see it on fdisk -l and have triple checked all of the commands and partition numbers. But the utility Grub Customizer is able to see the Windows partition!

 When trying to make the list I got an error about no such file, to fix this I clicked

File > Change Environment

and then changed the references to fedora to centos (confirmed via console).

 In summary :

 - for some reason sometimes grub2-mkconfig can't see Windows

 - but if you install Grub Customizer it can

 - if it gives you an error make sure the paths are right in File > Change Environment

NOTE : if you get the error and have to fix the file paths be sure to click check box Save Configuration, restart Grub Customizer, then try again

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Ubuntu / Mint : "error: symbol 'grub_efi_find_last_device_path' not found"

A few months back my working Ubuntu / Windows setup suddenly stopped working.  Ubuntu boots fine but trying to open Windows gave an error like this :
"error: symbol 'grub_efi_find_last_device_path' not found"
The cause here is a bug in grub2.  To fix force a downgrade to the previous version of grub2.

Some info here :

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

World of Warcraft won't open - rundll32 high cpu usage

Very recently WoW stopped opening for me. I click the icon, my CPU usage goes to 100% but the game never loads. When I check task manager it says rundll32 is what's causing the high cpu usage. Recently I installed "360 Total Security" with has a Game Booster mode. I tried to exit the AV but still had the same problem. After I uninstalled 360 Total Security and rebooted World of Warcraft opens fine again.