If you were anything like for the last decade, you listened to a lot of music. I had the AudioScrobbler plugin for WinAmp, so that I could use their data tracking to help me discover new music. Then Last.FM bought AudioScrobbler and I got on board with their service, which used Scrobble data from thousands of users to help you discover other music you might like, long before services like Pandora or Beats tried to create a custom channel for you. But now that it looks like Last.FM is on the way out, and that data may still be relevant to you. You may be wondering how you can export your last.fm Scrobble history? Somebody made it quite easy for you. Continue reading
Outlook.com – firstname.lastname@example.org
Recently, my sister, a Bar-certified lawyer in the state of California, asked me a great question with regards to all of the recent talk about email privacy. She noted that the article says that, if these amendments take hold, that the government is supposed to notify you within 3-business days that they had snooped in your email. But she wondered, what constituted notification? This brought several other questions to my mind, so I did some digging. Continue reading
Strange as it is to say, I don’t know if I’ll ever “not be” NuAngel. As I mentioned a few years ago, I registered NuAngel@hotmail.com as an email address on February 8th, 1999. Now, it’s been another 3 years, making the name “NuAngel” over 16 years old. As I once mentioned, I may have used the name as a nickname on ICQ or a handful of other places before registering at Hotmail. But once it was my Hotmail address, it stuck.
I’ve used the name on every network I could register on. Social networks. Gaming networks. Forums. Comments sections on news sites. It didn’t matter. I have been beaten to the name a few times, sometimes I don’t mind, sometimes I wish I had gotten there sooner. Some people have commented that there is already a NuAngel, inc. in the world. Their trademark was registered before I came up with a handle on the Internet, that is true. But I don’t think I have ever tarnished their brand, and I don’t think there’s much chance of confusing our two purposes. In fact, when the time comes for me to have kids, I wholly intend to purchase an inordinate amount of NuAngel, inc. products!
But today is a milestone. As I mentioned, I began using the name, almost on a whim, in 1999. 16 years ago. I’m currently 30. I’ve literally gone over half of my life as NuAngel. I love this name. I love this identity. I’m proud of my public persona, glad to be a semi-public figure. My F-Level Internet celebrity has rarely been a curse, has really made things enjoyable. And I plan to jump back in to it in the near future. More updates coming later this year, but I have been happy to make this site an archive of my past. Don’t worry, even if another site comes online, content will be mirrored here! NuAngel.net is home.
A new tool has been released by a group of hackers that makes hacking things like your iCloud account VERY easy. You may not know you have an iCloud account, but if you have an iPhone, iPad, Macbook, or have ever bought a song from iTunes, you have an iCloud account.
The hacking tool includes a pre-made list of 500 default password it runs through in a fraction of a second. Continue reading
Frankly, I think I have posted this one before, but I’m glad to post it again. folding@home is something I’ve talked about before, but I really do think it would be great if we could get more people to join the project. Watch the video below to learn what it is all about.
If you’re interested, joining is easy. Just visit folding.stanford.edu and click the “Download” or “Start Folding” buttons. Download, install, enjoy. If you have questions about joining the stats ranking programs (fun, competitive point-tracking systems), feel free to leave a comment below, and I’ll go in to more detail!
There has clearly been an issue with Windows the Phone 8.1 Developer Preview and CDMA phones. The issue was discovered a while ago, but it wasn’t an issue you were aware of, typically, until it was too late. My issue was that, after having to “factory default” my phone, it refused to properly reactivate with my carrier, Sprint. I had texting and voice calls, but no data or picture messages. Some research suggested the APN data just needed to be filled in, but calling Sprint resulted in being told that they don’t give out APN information because they provision over NAI, and their support forum was painfully not supportive.
Complaints aside, there is a way to fix this. Continue reading
Update: Microsoft has confirmed that this patch is flawed, and has issued another fix to automatically uninstall KB3004394. Even more fascinating, our experience that this “Windows Defender” update somehow impacted display adapters and video drivers has been confirmed. Continue to read our original post below.
Just the other day, I had the chance to experience this one hands on. We had a computer that would report that Windows Defender could not start automatically, shortly after the computer had rebooted from recent Windows Updates. Windows Defender in Windows 7 is important because it acts as an anti-malware solution, not just an antivirus. So even if you have something like AVG, Symantec, or even Microsoft Security Essentials, Windows Defender should be allowed to run in the background.
If you’re tech savvy, you may have even tried to go in to the Windows Services menu and attempted to start Windows Defender manually. If you try this, you will receive an error stating that “The Stub received bad data.” It turns out, there was a flaw in KB3004394, so simply uninstalling that for now will resolve the issue. I will provide the steps for uninstalling that patch.
Update: Our theory from the bottom paragraph has confirmed. Microsoft has confirmed that a flawed Windows Update can impact video drivers, and has issued another fix to automatically uninstall KB3004394.
You may be able to hear sound effects, as though Windows is loading properly, but the screen shows two horizontal bars, and other artifacts and colors occasionally pop up. It appears to be a bad screen or, in the case of our laptop, we thought it was a damaged cable in the hinge. But it turns out this is somehow software related.
Tap the power key. For us, this shut the laptop down. If that doesn’t work for you, you may need to press and hold the power button until the computer shuts off. Once it is off, boot in to safe mode. You should be able to see the screen in this mode. To do this, follow these easy steps:
Press the power button, then immediately start tapping the “F8″ Key across the top of your keyboard. Tap it at least once a second, if not twice every second… about the time the computer would normally show the “Starting Windows” screen, you should receive a list of options. Stop tapping “F8″ then use the arrow keys to select “Safe Mode” (you do not need “Safe Mode with Networking” at this time) and press Enter. Scary text will likely flash up on the screen, but this is normal, eventually, Windows will load. Things will be off color and the wrong size, but this is normal for Safe Mode.
Now, to fix the Windows Booting issue, you need to remove your display adapter. Again, follow these simple steps:
Screenshot included for instructive purposes, our actual issue happened on an Intel-graphics based laptop.