USB Mouse Causes Resume From Hibernate Failure

Windows 7, Dell Precision 7510 - When I resumed from hibernate, it would show the "Resuming" splash screen, then the video went dark, and it locked up. The problem did not occur on resume-from-sleep. The problem only occurred when the laptop was docked.

It turned out to be a USB mouse, plugged into the docking station, which was causing the problem.

Sudoku Strategies

Term * row - a single row * column - a single column * square - a single cell * 3Row - a group of 3 rows; rows 1-3, 4-6, or 7-9 * 3Column - a group of 3 columns; columns 1-3, 4-6, or 7-9 * 9Square - a square of 9 cells with a bold border

  • Pair-across

    • Find 2 rows in a 3Row with a shared value. Check the 3rd row of the 3Row in all its 3Squares to see if you can find a square for the 3rd instance of the shared value.
    • Repeat for all 3Row and 3Column.
  • 2 squares remain

Excel Won't Quit - Yes It Does

I was automating Excel, from Autohotkey, via CSCRIPT or WSCRIPT. I followed all of the best practices for object management, such as setting my objects to Nothing in VBScript, calling xlApp.Quit and then setting xlApp to Nothing.

EXCEL.EXE just kept showing up in Task Manager after I quit Excel.

Ha! But if I sat around for 45-60 seconds, it did quit.

How to Use Bluetooth Earbuds- Senbowe APTX + Siamesed Ear Hook Sweatproof Wireless Running Sports Bluetooth Earbuds

I bought "Bluetooth Earbuds Senbow APTX + Siamesed Ear Hook Sweatproof Wireless Running Sports Bluetooth Earbuds" from Amazon, on sale. The instructions are marked "Bluetooth Instruction Manual S01 Bluetooth Headset". The instructions are almost worthless.

"The BUTTON" - There is one button on the left earpiece. I refer to it as "the BUTTON". There are also 3 buttons mounted on the wire between the earbuds.

Power Control:

Internet Explorer - "This page can't be displayed" error

Sometimes, IE shows a "This page can't be displayed" error. This is IE's all-purpose "I'm sorry, I can't do that Dave" message. It can have multiple causes.

One cause I've seen more than once is an infinite redirect loop. This can be particularly difficult to recognize, if you have users trying to reproduce the problem, because they'll reload the page again and again, trying to produce the problem. That looks a whole lot like a redirect loop, reloading the page again and again.

HSA in Quicken 2014

Quicken 2014 does not include support for Healthcare Savings Accounts (HSA). You want to set these up as:

  • Brokerage Account
  • NOT Tax-Deferred

Using Brokerage Account will let you track investments made in your HSA.

Print Retirement Plan in Quicken 2014

I've seen Quicken print a comprehensive report on your retirement plan, but I can't make it work now.

This is NOT the way. It just prints a single header.

Wonky Mouse Behavior With VMware Horizon View HVD

When I'm using a VMware HVD (VMware Horizon View), sometimes the mouse pointer gets stuck in the HVD. If my HVD is maximized, the mouse will not move to the title bar (HVD tool bar), to let me minimize the HVD. If my HVD is not maximized, I can't move the mouse pointer out of the HVD window. The mouse pointer keeps jumping back into the middle of the HVD window.

I don't know how to fix the problem, but a work-around is to press control-alt, to release the mouse from the HVD -- just like you would do with VMware Workstation or VMware Player.

Google Maps Will Not Drag and Drop to Change Route (reroute)

Sometimes Google Maps will not allow me to drag-and-drop to manually change the route. It just pans the map around, instead of dragging the route from one road to another.

This happens when the written directions are expanded to show the details. To re-enable manual rerouting, get rid of the detailed directions. It won't let you change the route because it is displaying the specific roads and it doesn't want to re-draw that panel.

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