When did I get this old?

Thursdays are the days you get to know me a little better – I never know what I’m going to write about… although it’s usually tech related, some times I still use this as a personal blog and reveal a little more of who I am. I write my articles on weekends and at night. If you think I’m up at 5 writing these so they’ll publish at 6 AM, you might just be off your rocker! If I’m up past midnight, then I get a bad night’s sleep, I’m cranky. I’m out of shape. I hate going out. I don’t like loud music (unless it’s my own). I’ve become my father, and I’m only 27!

My friends and I called my father Red when I grew up. The parallels between what was happening in That 70’s Show and my life weren’t just relatable moments, they were frighteningly accurate. So when we all got a little older, we called my old man Red. Which is who I feel like, already.

Surely that can’t be. I’m not married; have no kids; I don’t have a mortgage or a car payment; my only real debts are student loans; I have no family drama; no particularly scarring events from my childhood that really ruined me for life… so what’s my problem? Why am I so much more content with staying in and watching something on Netflix with my girlfriend, rather than hanging out with a group of people? Why couldn’t I care less what everybody else is in to?

Perhaps this is just a phase and I’m being a rebellious in my own way, since I wasn’t particularly rebellious as a teen. Maybe this is my rebellion. I am going against the norm by being so placid! Well, whatever it is, it needs to change. At least some of it. I’d like to get out of this funk. A night listening to an orchestra is a fine way to spend an evening, or around a fire with friends. Perhaps it’s time to get myself in to some form of better shape, too? Maybe I should take advantage of my health insurance and see a General Practitioner for the first time in several years… maybe I can involve the few loyal readers I have to somehow light a fire underneath me and start to turn things around. I’ll find a way to involve you all, yet.

Windows Mobile Marketplace Closes May 9th

It’s a bit of a sad App Wednesday for me. A few months ago I got this notification from Microsoft. A week from today, on May 9th, 2012, the Windows Mobile Marketplace for Windows Mobile 6.x devices is going away. Now keep in mind that this does NOT have anything to do with the Windows Phone Marketplace for Windows Phone 7 devices or the upcoming Windows 8 Marketplace. As an old Windows Mobile 6.1/6.5 user & Developer, it’s sad to see this day come. So get your updates now, because in 7 days, finding apps for your Windows Mobile devices is going to be just like it was in the old days! Read below to see the full press release from Microsoft. Continue reading “Windows Mobile Marketplace Closes May 9th”

One or more parameter values are not valid (Outlook error) Solved!

Recently, I came by an error message I hadn’t seen before in Outlook 2007 & 2010. Upon hitting the “send” button, immediately the computer would pop up an error message, which reads: “Could not complete the operation, one or more parameter values are not valid.” You didn’t even have time to see if the message sent – it wouldn’t send at all. It turns out, what had happened, was that the address in Outlook’s address had book had somehow become corrupted. I won’t pretend to know what caused the problem, but I will provide you with a quick and easy solution.

  1. Start a new email message.
  2. Begin typing the address of the person you’re sending to.
  3. When it appears in the drop down, highlight it using the arrow keys on your keyboard.
  4. So you don’t forget it, I advise WRITING DOWN the email address now.
  5. Press the DEL (DELETE) key on your keyboard.
  6. Now RE-TYPE (do not copy and paste) the email address you are sending to.
  7. Enter a message and send it!

You shouldn’t have ANY problems when you click the send button after that!

2012 – Electric Guest – Mondo


I’m not going to go in to much detail about this week’s Music Monday post, because, frankly, I’ve only just heard the album myself. I’ve Electric Guest’s Mondo twice, and haven’t listened that closely – but my copy is in the mail on its way to me right now. I stumbled on to Electric Guest by chance in the last few weeks and heard the album once and immediately liked it. I listened to an MP3 download of it one more time and ordered my hard copy right away.

If absolutely nothing else, Mondo reminds me of the first MGMT album. It’s carefree, it’s fun, and it can be background noise at a party (the kind where you want to talk with your guests). It’s easy to relax to and doesn’t distract from anything else you may be doing. Maybe that doesn’t bode well for some artists, but that’s just the kind of music I’m in to these days. I’ll be completely honest – I haven’t concentrated much on the lyrics during either of my play throughs, but the vocals themselves are easy to listen to in a Dr. Dog or Mumford & Sons kind of way. The stand out signle looks like it’s going to be This Head I Hold, which may come across like Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, or a Cee Lo Green track, with a certain level of funk to it that I you can’t help but enjoy.

You had better strike while the iron is hot, though: Electric Guest really seems to know their audience. They don’t need to wait until their popular to target the crowd who knows what they want: Mondo just came out a week ago, is available in vinyl, and as of the time I’m writing this, there are only six vinyl copies left on Amazon.