New Open Cart 2.0 Module: Allowed by Country, State / Region or Geo Zone

This new access-restriction module is intended to allow only visitors from desired regions access to your storefront.

Now, if you want to block a specific country or zone, try our zone blocking module instead.

Both modules are limited to 1,000 unique IP requests per day or less. We have taken measures to ensure unnecessary geo-location requests do not occur for the same IP/browser-session. Once geo data has been obtained, it will not be checked again for the same browser/device for 30 days.

AST Refurbished Computers and Internet Explorer Crashing

Just a quick heads-up for anyone who purchases AST refurbished computers (ours came from Staples.com). The last few we received were “Revived by AST” and each came with unexpected issues.

The first unit had memory problems. Which is still sitting here waiting (nearly two weeks) for a call-tag to be issued so we can send it back.

On 2 out of 3 so far, Internet Explorer (IE) crashed every time you tried to load most pages. This prompted a memory diagnostics check on the first one which luckily pointed to a more serious issue.

On the second one, we decided to scan memory for faults before getting to far into the initial setup (eg: installing programs). No errors, so we figured this one was probably fine. That is until we tried opening the IE browser. Same issue as the first machine.

Without a glaring memory problem this time, we had to dig further to figure out why IE keeps crashing. So I downloaded Chrome installer to flash drive and installed so I could started searching from the machine in question.

Here is how to find and fix the problem if you are encountering the same issue… Continue reading AST Refurbished Computers and Internet Explorer Crashing

Installing Updates for Older Adobe CS Suites

If you’re like me, every once in a while you decide to reset  your computer (format & reinstall everything). This means downloading the updates for all your (new and old) software.

Some software like Adobe Application Updates however, simply refuse to install with little or no explanation for older versions of the applications.

The cause? An internally coded expiration date. That is the only thing keeping your updates from installing. Continue reading Installing Updates for Older Adobe CS Suites

Disable Windows 10 Upgrades and Hide GWX (for Good)

I recently wrote a guide for removing GWX (Get Windows 10) and preventing the update from downloading again. Microsoft is however being very persistent and pushing the upgrade again via higher-priority updates.

Microsoft labeled another update (which includes the GWX.exe) as a recommended update which means most of us end up downloading it without even knowing (convenient for most, annoying for many).

The easiest way to get rid of the latest nag screen/icon is to apply the following registry patch (save text as “DisableWIN10.reg” then open the file)… Continue reading Disable Windows 10 Upgrades and Hide GWX (for Good)

UltraTax by Thomson Reuters Finally Working With Latest Internet Explorer

I finally decided to try again and installed the latest updates and patches for IE… with my fingers crossed, I opened UltraTax. Low and behold, it finally works as expected! I can finally roll out office-wide security updates and version upgrades for Internet Explorer. I’m not exactly sure which UltraTax update finally fixed the problem or when, but rest assured, it works now 🙂 Continue reading UltraTax by Thomson Reuters Finally Working With Latest Internet Explorer

Get Windows 10 (gwx.exe) Uninstall / Removal

Many are plagued by Microsoft’s shameless promotion using their own distributed adware disguised as an important Windows update. package

Many are not anxious to jump on the subscription-based software band-wagon and be forced to pay annual fees later (most don’t read that far).

Don’t be fooled by that “free upgrade” offer. It’s only free for the first year, after which you are paying as long as you continue using the software. They are giving it free for the first year to saturate the user-base thereby increasing profit margins exponentially the following years.

Follow these simple steps to remove the “Get Windows 10” task-bar icon… Continue reading Get Windows 10 (gwx.exe) Uninstall / Removal

UltraTax Errors Caused by Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer

The error message that eventually pops up (if you wait long enough) is displayed below. I called UltraTax support today to find out why this was stopping (luckily) one system in our tax office.

ultratax-script-error

Web Browser: Stop running this script? A script on this page is causing your web browser to run slowly. If it continues to run, your computer might become unresponsive. Yes – No

Continue reading UltraTax Errors Caused by Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer

Send SMS Text Messages via Email

Ever need to send a LOT of information via text? Are your thumbs getting tired? If you know the recipient’s mobile network, use the list below to send them a text via email.

Note: Replace “#” with the actual mobile number 😉

Alltel: #@message.alltel.com
AT&T: #@txt.att.net
Boost Mobile: #@myboostmobile.com
Cingular / Consumer Cellular: #@cingularme.com
Cricket: #@sms.mycricket.com
Metro PCS: #@mymetropcs.com
Nextel: #@messaging.nextel.com
Ptel: #@ptel.com
Qwest: #@qwestmp.com
Suncom: #@tms.suncom.com
Sprint: #@messaging.sprintpcs.com or #@pm.sprint.com
T-Mobile: #@tmomail.net
Tracfone: #@mmst5.tracfone.com
U.S. Cellular: #@email.uscc.net
Verizon: #@vtext.com
Virgin Mobile: #@vmobl.com

This list may be updated occasionally.

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