Saturday, December 31, 2011

Dell Ink Management Solution - Refurbished Ink Cartridge Low InkWarning Troubleshooting

There have been numerous incidents where Dell injet printers will not properly recognize re-manufactured ink cartridges.You will get the warning that the cartridge is "low" or "very low" on the black and/or color ink. The Dell solution is to purchase genuine Dell replacement cartridges. Of course these are the highest priced cartridges out there and there are cheaper alternatives such as the remanufactured to OEM spec cartridges. These cartridges are not only cheaper but they are good for a healthier environment.

This is a software issue. To solve the conflict for once and all without spending hours browsing forums, blogs and posts, the solution is to uninstall your Dell printer software, and then reinstall the software using the custom option. When using the custom option, but sure to NOT chose or check the option to install anything to do with ink level tracking. On the Dell V310 that this was just tried on, there was no "custom option" but the first window that came up displayed  the choice of three programs that could be installed and all three were checked. The first one was for Ink we simply unchecked that box and reinstalled the software. This solved the pop up error message saying that the newly installed re-manufactured ink cartridge was low or very low on ink.

The next step we took was setting the printer itself back to factory default settings. This was done after rebooting the p/c and the printer.

Okay, so you lose the option to "know" what your ink levels are, however, just keep an extra black and color refurbished cartridge on hand as backup, and when you run out of ink, install the backup and order one to replace your backup.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Updating your Antivirus, Malware and Adware software. Be prepared!

I was out on a service call today troubleshooting a small network. One of the things I mentioned to my client was that the antivirus software should be updated on all his machines. His response was that all his software was set to auto-update. Now this would be just fine if they always auto-updated. But, from my experience, I can not count how many times I have clicked on "update" or "update now" on various programs that had previously been set to automatically update, only to learn that there was one or more updates sitting there needing to be downloaded.

A very strong warning to all who are online..take the time once a week to simply check for updates on your software..mainly your antivirus/malware/adware software as well as Microsoft Update if you are running a M/S system. Even that has failed to auto-update on my machines. These all deal with security issues, and that is a big concern...either from getting malware, viruses, or other unwanted things taking over your machine, to a hacker finding a way in to catch what you type and learn your passwords and such to other places you may visit online.

Update, update, update..... very important...and a few minutes a week of your time could save you a chunk of change from NOT having to call me out to remove such things off of your machine that have slipped in due to not keeping updated.

An addition to this post that I would like to make is don't be secure just running your antivirus software. There are things out there that are not viruses that will get past your antivirus software...this is called Malware. Now, true, malware does encompass viruses, but there are other things out there besides viruses that will attack your machine.

What I have done is added Malwarebytes to all my machines... my main laptop, all my lab machines and my wife's p/c. This was after we lost two systems to malware attacks and we had to replace both. I was introduced to Malwarebytes by McAfee, when they could not clean my machine even by using remote access...they installed the free version of Malwarebytes to find what McAfee could not locate.. It found it and eliminated the problem. This was well over two years ago, and all my machines have not had problems since then. I liked it so well that not only do I run the free version on my lab computers, but on my main machine and my wife's machine, we purchased a licensed version. You can download the free version here, securely from a well known and trusted safe download site, cnet: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware . Be sure to use the green download button on the LEFT side of your screen.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

How To Smudge - First Nation's Style

There are times that you need to cleanse yourself and your environment of negative energies as well as for healing and protection.  One of my favorite techniques is smudging to accomplish such things.  It is based on intent, as with all magic(k) and spellwork and is relatively easy to implement.  I was going to write an article to cover how this is accomplished by myself, however, I found a video that shares the concept of how I smudge myself.  I hope this helps.  Any questions, feel free to ask in comment, and I will get back with you as soon as possible.

Magic spell to ease pain and/or renew hope

Take away pain/renew hope with the below magic spell

I have had various requests for such a spell, so I have decided to post it here to share with those who have asked and for those who are seeking such a spell.  One thing to remember, is that a spell that I may list can be adjusted to fit your circumstances.  The overall spell is basically an outline but can also be used as it is presented here.  The main work with any magick and spellwork is that the outcome is based upon your "intent" at the time of performing or casting.

This spell can be performed to ease the pain of a broken relationship, divorce, death of a loved one or other painful circumstance and to build and renew a sense of hope in the future.

The ingredients needed are:
  • One Black Candle
  • 3 Pieces of Amethyst
  • Vetivert Oil
  • One White Candle
  • 3 Pieces of Rose Quartz
  • Lotus Oil
At Sunset on the night of the Full Moon, take the Black Candle and inscribe with a short description of your problem, i.e. divorce, break-up, death, etc. Annoint the Candle with Vetivert oil and charge it. Set the candle in a holder on your altar. Take the three pieces of amethyst and hold in your hand. Visualize your pain and pour it into the stones. Place the stones in a circle around the base of the candle holder and light the candle. Visualize the pain leaving you. Allow the candle to burn down one third of the way and then extinguish.

Take one of the pieces of amethyst outside. Hold it into your hand and again see and feel your pain transferring to the stone. Then take the stone and throw it from you with all your might. Never take this stone up again. Repeat this spell for the next two nights, until the candle has completely burned down, and the amethyst stones are gone. Take any remaining wax from the candle and bury off of your property.

At Sunrise on the morning of the New Moon, take the White Candle and inscribe with the word "hope". Anoint the candle with Lotus oil and charge it. Set the candle in a holder on your altar. Take the three pieces of rose quartz and hold in your hand. Visualize a positive future for yourself. See yourself living, laughing, and enjoying life. Place the stones in a circle around the base of the candle holder and light the candle. Visualize and feel a strong sense of hope and expectancy coming to you. Allow the candle to burn down one third of the way and then extinguish.

Repeat this spell for the next two nights, until the candle has completely burned down. Take the rose quartz pieces and place one in your purse, pocket, medicine bag, or amulet to be carried with you. Place another by a window sill in a sunny room. Take the last piece and bury it by a tree in your yard as an offering. If you don't have a yard, you may bury it in a flower pot or plant in your home or place outside the entrance of your home. Be takes time for pain to come to an end, but this spell will set you well on your way.

Ready to do some spell work