Fixing a jumpy cusor/pointer on your optical/laser mouse

Minutes ago, I started to use my Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 (v2.0)…and the pointer was jumpy…kinda jittery…whenever I moved it left to right. Up and down was fine though. I resynced the mouse, replace the batteries, and even restarted…still it was jumpy. I’ve long since lost the receipt to this mouse (which I really like…would hate to replace it) - so did some searching for others who may have had this issue. Found this great post: http://www.pluralsight.com/community/blogs/keith/archive/2008/03/05/50374.aspx . Basically - the little diode under the mouse can get dust or hair on it and cause this problem. Don’t throw away your mouse, just blow some air on the diode! Fixed mine right up…

And here I was dreading going to Best Buy…

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Jon can cook...

Sushi!

Tonight I tried my hand at making one of my favorite eat-out foods. This is my second try…the first ended up in the trash can. And which roll did I make? The classic Americanized sushi - the California Roll.

Where did I get my inspiration? Youtube videos. Search for “how to sushi rice” and “how to california roll” and enough instructions will appear that even the slowest of cooks…ahem…can figure it out. I must say that the sushi I made tonight, while not tip-top restaurant quality…was really close to it. For the amount of sushi I can make for $5…I’ll be eating at home for a while :)

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Lenovo T61 Speakers popping

I was fortunate to get a new laptop at work recently. I took my time on a long weekend configuring it to my satisfaction, but was annoyed by an annoying “pop” noise coming from the speakers after every sound. A little further testing showed that this was only when the machine was on battery power. This post on notebookreview and this post on the OpenSuse forums point to incorrect power management settings for the sound hardware. There really isn’t much out there about this, until you start searching for SoundMax popping issues. This led me to a new driver for the T61 - which has fixed the popping noise. This is my first experience using Lenovo’s site for drivers and downloads… and it’s great. I didn’t have to read through any readmes to clearly see what had changed in each driver revision - and that a “clicking noise” had been fixed in a past driver revision.

Is this news? No. I’m a happy guy though and will look at Lenovo laptops in the future from this experience. Keep it up Lenovo!

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Code Memories?

Every once in a while I’ll start thinking of long-past written code. Lately I’ve been thinking of C/C++… This isn’t a language I wish to make a language coding. In fact - many parts of my C/C++ education were /very/ lacking. However, there are times when I think back to things that I could have done better, things I really enjoyed coding (Blackjack console app with ASCII cards..heh), and things I just plain didn’t understand or care to.

Quick Google search brought up http://www.cplusplus.com/doc/tutorial/ for relearning some of that forgotten knowledge. I make a quick run through and got as far as classes before taking a breather- which means I learned more syntax in an hour than in my entire High School programming courses (and almost as much as 2 semesters of Computer Science….ug).

Amazing what our brains will bring back up when we least expect it. :-/

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Active Directory homeDrive (Home Folder)

If you’re using an automated tool to create your user accounts and assign a Home Folder (a mapped drive pointing to shared location on a server) - make certain that the property has a colon after the drive letter (e.g. Z: not Z). Without the colon, the drive will not be mapped on user log on. How do you know if this property is set correctly? Active Directory Users and Computers won’t show you. Use ADExplorer. This tool will show you the properties, value types, and actual values of any object in your Active Directory structure…very helpful for writing scripts and apps that interface with LDAP.

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