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Fixing the Lenovo BIOS Update Utility “Driver Loading Failed. The Utility cannot proceed.” error

I just recently moved from a Lenovo Thinkpad T440 to a T470. Both great pieces of hardware and Windows 10 has been great along with the Linux subsystem. The T470 had a BIOS update I needed to run, but every which way I tried to run it, the ThinkPad BIOS Flash Update Utility would dish me the annoying: Driver Loading failed. The Utility cannot proceed.  This made it impossible to run the BIOS...

Fixing the intermittent pause or delays with Bluetooth mice

  For a long time, native Bluetooth mice were tough to come by. Apple’s Magic Mouse was all that was really being sold as a native Bluetooth mouse and you could use it for OSX and Windows machines. I used it for years. But, it could have a little delay every once and while no matter what laptop I used with it. I recently bought a couple of new native Bluetooth mice and noticed even...

Fixing Outlook 2013 “Outlook is unable to connect to the proxy server” errors on Windows 10

  Out of nowhere, I started to get some weird proxy server errors from Outlook 2013 to our Exchange on-prem servers. We knew the SSL certs were fine, it was just me getting the error and I’m running Windows 10 Insider Builds, so I figured it was just something stupid that changed.  “There is a problem with your proxy server’s security certificate. Outlook is unable to...

Microsoft Excel Trust Center and File Block Settings Craziness

Just spent far too long on an issue with a user on Excel. The Trust Center and File Block settings in Office 2013 can be quite confusing. No matter what we did we had issues saving an older excel file format and all alerts kept pointing us back to Trust Center and File Block Settings. The mistake that we kept making was around checkbox and leaving boxes unchecked in there.    If you...

Android Pay on OnePlus One with Resurrection Remix

  Still running with my old OnePlus One (bacon) and now running Resurrection Remix but ever since moving to Nougat ROMS, I’ve been unable to get tap and pay with Android Pay operational. But, some devs over on XDA have figured out the issues with the nfc files and have provided a flashable zip to flip the settings on the libnfc_nci_jni.so files to enable it. After flashing post...

Cyanogen OnePlus One Refugees

Many OnePlus One owners still love their phone and have no need to upgrade outside of having a relatively current version of Android for security and stability. OnePlus has released a handful of new models since the original One release, and updates, although pretty delayed, were still coming to get the official shipping OS up to snuff. Sure, OnePlus and Cyanogen parted ways in 2015 and OnePlus...

Countries of the World List

There are lots of sites listing the countries of the world, but nothing that provides a quick list view for insert for use in application development. Here is one I just did based off the current list towards the end of 2016.  Download .CSV Format Download .XLSX Format Afghanistan Albania Algeria American Samoa Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba...