Showing posts from 2013

Windows Live Mail stuck in offline mode / won't go online

From time to time my Windows Live Mail will get itself confused and prompts me with:

"You are currently working offline. Would you like to go online now?"

No matter how many times I manically and repeatedly click "Yes" the prompt just keeps reloading. Disconnecting from the internet and restarting the PC has no effect.

Thankfully there is a solution, and it's found within Internet Explorer (no really!). It seems that Windows Live Mail takes its on/offline status from IE. So, to resolve this issue you need to:

1. Open Internet Explorer and press ALT-F to open the File menu.
2. Towards the bottom of the menu, there is Work Offline which you need to untick.

Do this and the go back to Windows Live Mail. This time, when you get the "shall I go online prompt" - click Yes and it works. Hopefully this is useful for you (if so, leave a comment!). I found this solution courtesy of the Windows Live forums

Using Windows: iOS provisioning files, private key and push certificate

While working on a project that involved a white-label (BYO) version of the Tapatalk app, I discovered the issue of trying to get the various iOS files you need in order to launch an app. The problem is that all the instructions from Apple are, unsurprisingly, based on the assumption you are using a Mac.

Thankfully others have been here before me and have kindly posted their solutions online.

Firstly, there is this YouTube video that takes you through the basics. Just take note of the comments, and in particular if you get an error message when trying to run the commands shown in the video then do use these tips.

1. Run CMD as administrator (right click on it)

2. Type in:
set OPENSSL_CONF=C:\OpenSSL-Win32\­bin\openssl.cfg (you may need to edit the path) Then press Enter on keyboard, then type in:
set RANDFILE=.rnd And press Enter again. Then try the video instructions again and it should work.

To create the .p12 file, first download your iOS Distribution certificate file from the Apple …

[Solved] "No service currently available" on Blackberry

A couple of days ago I mislaid my Blackberry. Unfortunately I'd also left it with call divert enabled which meant I couldn't ring it and run around the house / car / garden listening out for the ringtone. So, having turned the aforementioned places upside down, I came to the conclusion I must have completely lost it. I called Orange and reported it lost, which led them to block the SIM card and blacklist the IMEI number. Long story short, I found the phone a few hours later and called Orange to lift the blocks.

Fast forward a few days later and I tried to make a call, but got "No service currently available". Strange, as I had full reception, so I put it down to a temporary network error and used another phone. Next day, the same thing - regardless of what number I tried to call, I got the same error. What's really strange is that I could happily browse the web via the phone, I just couldn't make calls or send/receive SMS messages.

The SIM card was fine, I te…

W7 cannot access Vista files (error 0x80070035)

I needed to access some files on my laptop (Vista) from my desktop (Windows 7). I set up file sharing and it worked well, but only in one direction: Vista could access files on W7, but not vice-a-versa. The error code I got was 0x80070035. I spent hours searching for a solution, before stumbling across a fix.

My two computers are named as follows:

GB-PC (Windows 7)
GB-LP (Laptop, running Vista)

When I created a test shared folder on my Vista laptop, I noticed it assigned it the address of \\GB-lp\test rather than the address of \\GB-LP\test - i.e. the 'lp' bit was in lowercase. I suddenly wondered if this was the cause of the 'path not found' (0x80070035) error.

To test it, I returned to my W7 deskop and opened up the My Computer folder. In the address bar, where it  says "Computer  >" I deleted this and typed in \\GB-lp. All of a sudden I was prompted for my laptop's login details and it worked! So, my recommendation is to create a test shared folder …