Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Labor Day!

I'd like to take the time to thank all of the laborers in the U.S. for helping to make our country better.  By "laborers" I mean everyone who does a dirty job, everyone working in a factory, everyone working on garbage trucks, the postmen, the delivery guys, road workers, construction workers, mechanics...

You get it done, and you do it well  Thank you.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Daily Ramblings: August 27, 2014

Last week, I learned of two different Hollywood stars who basically did good just because they could.  In the midst of all the bad news, I thought I'd share this with you today.

Last Wednesday Chris Pratt, star of the movie "Guardians of the Galaxy", arranged for a special screening of the movie at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles.  He then went around in costume, visiting the children who were too sick to go to the screening, letting them try on his coat, giving away toys, and generally being an awesome person.

Aaron Paul also earned an awesome person award for his response to Aaron Hill's beating and #JusticeforAaron.  In the beginning of August, police in Okeechobee County, Florida, found a 16-year-old autistic boy named Aaron Hill lying by the side of the road.  They took the poor child to the hospital, where he received medical treatment and the police gathered evidence because he was obviously beaten.  As the story unfolded, we learned that the accused is an 18-year-old named Andrew Wheeler, who admits he beat Aaron.  Of course, he posted a video of himself beating Aaron Hill which went viral and that, according to witnesses, he asked to be recorded.  I guess he wanted to watch himself beat up a relatively helpless kid.

Anyway, Aaron Paul heard about this and offered to take Aaron Hill and his family to Disneyland once the kid feels better.

Wordless Wednesday: Steampunk Tendencies Costume

Monday, August 18, 2014

Removing Windows Updates

Last week, Microsoft released new updates to Windows 7 and 8 in their monthly Patch Tuesday.  Sadly, five of the updates can cause problems, including the famous Blue Screen of Death.  To fix the problem, Microsoft wants you to remove these updates.

That begs the question: How do you remove updates from Windows?

To help out, I'm providing you with hopefully detailed enough instructions for Windows 7.  If you need help with Windows 8, let me know and I'll do some research.

Fig. 1 - Control Panel Close-up

  1. Open up the Start Menu.
  2. Click on "Control Panel."
  3. Click on the "System and Security" heading. 
  4. The fourth heading down is "Windows Update".  Under that heading, there is a list of options.  Click on "View installed updates".
  5. Now you are on the screen that lists all the installed updates.  In the upper right corner, you will find a search box with "Search Installed Updates" in grayed out text.  Click in the search box and enter the following:
    • KB2982791
    • KB2970228
    • KB2975719  (Windows 8 only)
    • KB2975331  (Windows 8 only)
  6. After you find the correct update, right click on the update and select "Uninstall".  Windows will ask you to reboot after each uninstall, but I suggest you  wait until you finish with all the uninstalls before rebooting.
Figure 2 - Screen shot of the page where you view installed updates.