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  • Fix for Windows 10 continuously rebooting on MacBook Pro Bootcamp

    Fix for Windows 10 continuously rebooting on MacBook Pro Bootcamp

    I currently use an Apple Macbook Pro 2016 for my day to day. It's starting to push on a bit in tech years but for doing web dev it's still more than ok. I have Windows 10 running on it using bootcamp which for the most part has been rock solid.

    Last week I ran into an issue where Windows would constantly reboot itself after a few minutes of use. Initially I thought the OS had gotten corrupt after it ran out of battery power while updating during the night. I foolishly forgot to plug in the power cable before going to bed and putting the machine to sleep rather than turned off.

    I tried to use the Windows Repair tool to rollback to an image from last week which I knew was stable but this was failing to run in time before Windows would reboot.

    Next, I decided to run a scandisk on the hard drive to see if that would solve my issue. Unfortunately it didn't cure anything so I started to think a full reinstall would have to be done.

  • 2018 - My year in review

    2018 - my year in review

    This year I decided to try and get back to blogging a bit more in an effort to help track my own progress for things that I've learned throughout the year and also as a way to help others out.

    To help me focus on writing on a regular basis I picked 2 areas that I enjoy as a Web Developer. One area, was a monthly summary of the most interesting tech news I've read the last 30 days and the other area was a weekly 'tweet sized' dev tip.

  • How to fix MS Teams continuously trying to log in after you update your PC password

    fix for MS Teams login loop issue

    We use MS Teams in work and after using it for close to 12 months it really has won us over from Skype. It did take a little bit to get used to the idea of 'conversation threads' and not just random chats but once you get used to it, you'll never go back

    However, there is one issue that a few of us have run into where Teams would just keep showing the 'Logging you in' modal when starting up after we change our system passwords. This would happen even if you logged out of the current Windows session or rebooted the PC.

  • Mouse cursor disappearing over text fields when using Remote Desktop Connection

    Mouse pointer hidden over text fields

    I recently had an issue where my mouse cursor was disappearing over text fields when I would you a remote connection. When hovering over browser address bars, the body of an email or text editors if would just vanish.

    This was initially annoying but after a few minutes of trying to work like this I knew I'd need to seek out a solution.

    Luckily it's a very quick fix. I'm still not sure why this happened but to resolve it simply follow these steps:

    • Click on Start and go to the Control Panel
    • Select Mouse and this should open a new dialog box for you.
    • Select the Pointers tab and under the Scheme dropdown, choose 'Windows Black (system scheme)'

    The cursor might not look the best compared with what you had previously but I'd take a nasty looking cursor over an invisible one any day!

  • Please welcome Code Pixel Studios to the world

    Code Pixel Studios App Development Web Development

    I've been toying with the idea of setting up a business for a few years. I was always put off by the complexities of setting up a business in Ireland - registering business names, doing my own accounts, submitting tax returns, vat payments, PRSI, pensions, start up costs...the workload for running your own business is endless and extremely daunting. At the end of 2013 I decided to bite the bullet and go for it.

    I'm happy to say today that I've taken the plunge and setup a new company called Code Pixel Studios Limited. This company is in such an infant stage that I don't even have a website setup for it yet - just a logo!

    For the first few months things will be low key while I decide on the next steps I want to take the business in. I've accepted a new job offer with a company in Cork for 6 months which will focus on frontend technologies like AngluarJS and TypeScript and the plan is that this work will help fund some of the ideas I have to help carve out a niche for my little business.

    I'm sure it's going to be a rollercoaster ride but I can't wait to get started!

  • Outlook 2013 mark email as read

    Outlook 2013 mark email as read when viewing in reading pane

    I really like using Outlook 2013 but there was one niggly little issue that was annoying me.

    Everytime I viewed an email and it displayed in the Viewing Pane the email was still marked as unread. To mark it as read I had to either right click on it to mark it as read or click onto another email.

    I didn't like either of these solutions so I went looking for an option to mark an email as read as soon as I viewed it in the reading pane.

  • Don't go to Shanghai until you read ChinaDollAdventures.com first!

    Going to Shanghai. You need to read ChinaDollAdventures.com

    When I first visited Shanghai back in 2009 I was blown away. Making sense of this city can be a daunting process. There's so much to see and do that at first it can seem like an overwhelming task.

    Luckily while I was in Shanghai with my family we were fortunate to have our own personal tour guide, my sister-in-law, Stephanie FitzGerald-Smith. I'd have to admit that without Stephanie we would have been a bit lost. Having someone who can haggle with the locals, take us to the right markets and recommend where to eat was worth its weight gold.

  • Dragnet Systems is looking to hire a new Tech Support Developer

    new tech support developer role in Dragnet Systems

    Dragnet Systems is looking to hire a talented .Net developer for a new tech support role. This is a new role in the company that aims to help reduce the level of support that the top tier developers have to give. Full training of all the in-house tools will be provided but you must have the basics so that you can hit the ground running.

  • Need to do a word count from a Word, Excel, HTML, XML or PDF file?

    Count Anything

    I had to send on a word count to a customer recently. Nothing new there. Client's ask for word counts all the time, especially if they are getting content translated. Usually I copy the text into Word document and do a word count from there but this was proving too time consuming.

    A quick search online and I stumbled onto a small program called 'Count Anything'. It's a free program for Windows users that allows you to drag any supported file onto it and it lets you know the number of words and characters in the document. Very handy!

    I love finding programs like this. If you know of any other neat little programs you use day to day let me know.

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