Fix – Dual Shock 4 No Longer Connects To PS4

Ren And Stimpy Angry DadI like my PS4, but damn does it cause me headaches. Here is a problem I came just across, My DS4 controller that I use exclusively with my PS4 decided it didn’t want to connect to the PS4. I plugged it in via USB, pressed the reset button, but it still wouldn’t connect. I even got my spare that I use for multiplayer and streaming to my Mac and even that wouldn’t connect. I searched for an answer and found bits and pieces of what to do but nothing that worked in whole.

Here is how I eventually solved the problem.

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Apple iPad Retina Wallpaper Guide

I am posting a simple guide for creating custom wallpaper for Retina iPads. This contains references for the Portrait and Landscape dimension as well as locations of various home screen landmarks (page indicator, dock, and status bar). Just download and make your image right on top of the template.

Retina Guide

Retina Template (Click to view full image)

Farewell Google Reader

RSS Feeds

Google Reader is officially dead. So what are you going to do now? Here are a list of some good free RSS readers.

If you want a full drop-in replacement, you can’t go wrong with Feedly. It’s a browser-based application that exists as an plugin or as an app for Apple iOS and Android. As a Webapp, it is synced across your devices, just like Google Reader.

If you only have one device or would rather just have a strait up RSS client here are a few of my personal favorites. For Windows, there is RSSOwl (PC). It is a basic RSS reader in written in Java. Vienna is probably the best reader for MacOS X. It features a “river of news” style feed that is customizable with various themes. On the linux front, there is Akregator on KDE and Liferea for GTK based Desktops such as Gnome and XFCE. These are both pretty capable readers and, if they aren’t already installed by default, are probably just an apt-get or yum command away.

If you want some more alternatives, here is a nice comprehensive list courtesy of GigaOM.

Don’t forget to subscribe to this feed in your new reader!

Fix – Chrome Audio Bug.

I recently went to play a video on Youtube and I noticed there was no sound. I doubt it was the video as I have played it a few times before. After some searching, I found that other people were having the same problem. It turns out that Chrome was recently updated and with it was a bug that affects Windows users who do not use stereo sound (My computer was set to Quadrophonic).

Until this bug is resolved users can go into their audio manager and set their speaker setup to Stereo.

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Whiteboards, Lube, and Me (Or How to Restore A Dry-Erase Board with WD-40)

I love whiteboards. When my whiteboard stopped erasing, I figured I would have to pitch it and buy a new one. Because I like large writing surfaces, that isn’t exactly cheap. What I found was that WD-40 will not only clean the un-erasable markings on the board but will help to restore the surface. Assuming the board isn’t physically damaged, it works wonders.

All you really need is a can of WD-40 and a roll of Paper towels.

  1. Clean the board as best as you can with your erasers
  2. To clean the board, spray some WD-40 on the dirty parts of the board. You don’t need to soak it, just coat it.
  3. Scrub with the paper towels. Depending on how big and dirty the board is, it could take a while and a lot of paper towels.
  4. Once the board is clean, spray the entire board with WD-40 and spread it evenly with the paper towels.
  5. Not exactly required but I recommend you take this time to clean your erasers. Dirty erasers aren’t going to clean the board, just smudge it.

iTunes Windows 7 Icon Fix

OK, as a Mac and Windows user, iTunes on Windows has always bugged me for how buggy it compared to the OS X version. One of the more nitpicking complaints involved the taskbar icon. My problem didn’t just involve a double icon, but also the icon wasn’t the iTunes image (being some generic program icon). Plus, on top of that it had the label of iTunes(4). What was up with that? Well I managed to fix all these problems with one simple solution.

  1. Close iTunes and Unpin all iTunes icons from the Taskbar
  2. Open Explorer and go to the following folder: %appdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\TaskBar
    1. Note: %appdata% is a soft link that typically refers to “C:\Users\<User Name>\AppData\Roaming\” Try this folder if %appdata% doesn’t work
  3. Delete all iTunes shortcuts in this folder
  4. Run iTunes either from the Star Menu or by running: "C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe"
  5. Right Click the iTunes icon on the task menu and click “Pin this program to taskbar”

By doing this, iTunes should only use one icon and will now have the iTunes picture.