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Optimizing images reported in Google PageSpeed Insights

by on Jan.31, 2017, under Techie

I’ve seen messages about being able to better optimize .jpg files from Google PageSpeed Insights and could never find a way to get the kind of reduction on .jpg file types they talk about. Today I found Compressor.io – optimize and compress your images and photos that did the job perfectly!

I used Lossy to get 60%-80% compression and really shrink the file. They support JPEG, PNG, GIF, and SVG.

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Network Users unable to login to Mac Machines after update to OS

by on Dec.15, 2016, under Techie

I have seen this a few times while supporting some Mac machines (mostly wireless, so I’m not sure if this applies to wired connections) at a local business. I find that after many major updates to the OS that the users report they are unable to login when the login is a Network User. In these cases you need to login as a local user (hopefully you have an admin or roaming account with a local copy of the user profile) and let it finish all the update/questions and once to the home screen, just log out and you should be able to login as your Network User.

NOTE: I first saw this in early 2016 and again just a few days ago. It doesn’t seem to effect every machine, but just randomly.

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Windows 10 Anniversary (1607) camera fix (Registry)

by on Dec.15, 2016, under Techie

If you are like me and found that Windows 10 Update 1607 (aka Anniversary) from 2016 broke your webcam, then the below registry setting should fix it. If you don’t know how to use the Registry Editor, please talk with someone who does as doing things wrong in the Windows Registry can cause several problems with your computer!!!!

ALWAYS BACKUP YOU REGISTRY BEFORE MAKING ANY CHANGES!

  • Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows Media Foundation > Platform
  • Right-click on Platform and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name the DWORD EnableFrameServerMode
  • Right-click EnableFrameServerMode and click Modify
  • Make sure the Value data field is set to 0 (Base is Hexadecimal – should be default)
  • For a 32-bit version of Windows 10 you are done, so just close out of the Registry Editor and reboot (you shouldn’t actually need to reboot, but it’s always a good plan IMO). If you are Windows 10 64-bit then go to the next step:
  • you need to go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > WOW6432Node > Microsoft > Windows Media Foundation > Platform and repeat steps 2-4.
  • Close out of the Registry Editor and reboot.
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    Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10 Winsock Fix

    by on Dec.15, 2016, under Techie

    Because of the recent issues with a Microsoft update to at least Windows 10 (and maybe 8.0/8.1) I am posting the “winsock” fix below…it’s mostly so I can find it online if people ask:

  • Start, Programs\Accessories and right click on Command Prompt, select “Run as Administrator” to open a command prompt.
    OR Windows 8 or 10: Right-click Start and select
    Command Prompt (Admin)
  • Reset WINSOCK entries to installation defaults: netsh winsock reset catalog
  • Reset IPv4 TCP/IP stack to installation defaults: netsh int ipv4 reset reset.log
  • Reset IPv6 TCP/IP stack to installation defaults: netsh int ipv6 reset reset.log
  • Reboot the machine.
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    Issues with Apps being tied to different Apple IDs than in use – MacOS X

    by on Aug.12, 2016, under Techie

    Below is a fix I needed to find after working on a MacOS X install where the person needed to change the Apple ID being used on the machine. While we could Logout and then Login, certain apps would still not update and would prompt for the password still showing the old Apple ID. This is apparently caused by a “receipt” file listed under the App causing the App to be “locked” to the old Apple ID. Follow the steps below to disconnect them.

    • Go to the App that needs to be updated with this issue (usually in the /Applications folder).
    • Right-click on the App and click “Show Package Contents”.
    • Browse into the “Contents” folder, then the “_MASReceipt” folder.
    • Delete the “receipt” file

    Now you should be able to App Store and update the App. You may need to reboot first though.

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