Black Screen and Lock-up Booting Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus

At some point, I started having trouble getting the Black Screen and Lock-up Booting Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus GUI to boot if there was no monitor attached. Then it seemed to start happening even if I had a monitor attached. I'd get a black, text-mode screen with a cursor blinking in the upper-left corner and nothing else. This fixed my black-screen-mid-boot problem:

  • sudo vi /etc/default/grub
  • Adding "vmalloc=256MB video=LVDS-1:d" to the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT
  • sudo update-grub

Turn Off the Alarms On a Casio Illuminator Five Alarms W213

Casio makes inscrutable watches. I suppose there's only so much U.I. you can do with 4 buttons. My Casio Illuminator Five Alarms W-213 started alarming at midnight.

In the course of pushing buttons, it is easy to accidentally enable an alarm. (e.g. If you get the digits flashing to set an alarm, it auto-enables the alarm, even if you don't change the time.)

It is much harder to disable the alarm. Here's how:

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.


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