Thursday, 4 November 2010

Fix when Android Market cannot download

On my G1 running Android 1.6, I started to have problems with the Android Market. Any application that I tried to update or install resulted in an error message saying that the download was unsuccessful.

Luckily with a bit of googling, this is what I did to resolve the problem

1. Open Settings
2. Select Applications
3. Select Manage Applications
4. Select Market and the select Clear Cache
5. Repeat step 4 and clear the cache for Google Apps, Google Talk and Checkin Service.
6. Restart your phone

When you open the market it will ask you to login to your google account with your username and password. Once logged in , you will be able to download  and update apps.

These instructions are based on:

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Install Flash in Google Chrome Portable without Admin Rights

If you need to install Chrome and you don't have admin rights on your windows machine, then the best thing to do is to use a portable version, available from :

You can put this anywhere on your machine or even on a usb stick.

However if you want to use sites like youtube or google streetview, you will need Adobe Flash Player. As you don't have admin rights you will not be able to run the standard abobe installer.

This is what you need to do instead:

1. Download this file from Adobe:

2. Rename the file extenion from .xpi to .zip

3. Use an unzip program like winzip or 7-zip to extract the contents

4. Copy the files flashplayer.xpt and NPSWF32.dll from the contents of the zip to the folder \App\Chrome-Bin\5.0.375.55\Plugins

This will be where you installed Google Chrome and the 5.0.365.55 folder might be named differently.

5. Restart Chrome and enter this in the address bar: about:plugins . You should see Shockwave Flash listed as a plugin.

6. Try out

These instructions are kind of based on:

Friday, 23 July 2010

Run a command and read console output in VB6 / VBA

Needed to run a command line program from code and read the input. Found this useful code to do it:

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Official Skype Install for Acer Aspire 1 (aa1)

Just got Skype running on my aa1 running Linpus Linux. There are a few blog posts out there with instructions, but I found an official download from Acer which is a lot more straight forward and worked for me where other methods didn't.

Just follow the instructions at:

There are also instructions too on how to install support for 3G USB sticks (Huawei 3G dongles) which I haven't tried out , buy let me know if it works for you:

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Half of LCD Monitor is Yellow

I have a 19" LCD Monitor from LG . A little while ago the right half of the screen had a yellow tint to it. I played around with the cables for ages but it was no use.

I considered buying a new monitor cable or even returning the monitor for repair until I tried out one thing. I went into the Monitor menu, went into settings and selected Factory Reset.... once I selected this, after a few seconds the screen was back to normal... yipeee ... hope this helps somebody else out.