Gmail SMTP error in Outlook solution;

If you get the error w hen trying to send an email through Outlook using;

“Your server does not support the connection encryption type you have specified. Try changing the encryption method. Contact your mail server administrator or Internet service provider (ISP) for additional assistance.”

In Google “My Account” setup, and “Sign-in & Security” scroll down until you see “Allow less secure apps to ON.



Install Windows 10 Technical Preview as a virtual machi

So you want to test-drive the new Windows 10 OS with the least amount of effort?
Test out the new Windows 10 “beta” this way
This entire procedure takes about 1/2 hour depending on the speed of your PC.
Here’s how:

1) Download the Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO . Click  through the page by answering the given questions (‘Get started -PC”)until you’re finally at the select mirror to download page.

2) Download and Install VirtualBox.

3) Once Virtual Box is installed – Open it – select NEW – give it a name – Type is Microsoft Windows – and the third drop box select Windows 10 – Depending on the ISO version you select 32 bit or 64 bit.
IF you don’t see 64bit – make sure ‘virtualization technology’ or “VT-x” is enabled in your Bios.

4)  Once the VM profile is created.  run the OS – a new window will appear – In that window select Devices, CD/DVD Devices – select Choose a virtual CD/DVD disk file – select the ISO you downloaded in step 1.
If you get an error 0x0000000A or similar – make sure ‘NX bit’ or “Memory Execution protection” is disabled or “No-Execute Memory Protection” is enabled.

5) You may need to restart the VM and the OS installation should start.  Run the installation as you would normally run any Windows installation.  It is very similar to a Windows 8 installation.  Make sure you select “Custom: Install Windows only” when the option presents itself.


Lenovo Superfish fiasco

Recently it was revealed that Lenovo packed a really bad type of malware on many Laptops. This malware installs a certificate (named Superfish or Visual Discovery) which in turn gives Lenovo (and/or whatever partner Lenovo is working with) access to your “online shopping experience”.

This allows the Superfish adware/malware to inject ads that they feel you would benefit from.Dong so  Lenovo gets a cut of whatever commission they might get from your purchase. This sleazy method of business blew up in their face.
The following Lenovo laptop models are affected;

  • Z-series; Y-series; U-series; G-series; S-series; Flex-series; Yoga; Miix; E-series

Here is the link from Lenovo to remove this adware automatically;

You can also manually uninstall this ‘bad certificate’ with the following method;
Click Start, (or Winkey-R) then Run mmc.exe
Go to File –> Add/Remove Snap-in
Pick Certificates, click Add
Pick Computer Account, click Next
Pick Local Computer, click Finish
Click OK.
Look under Trusted Root Certification Authorities –> Certificates
Find any certificates issued to Superfish or Visual Discovery and delete them.
Also check under Intermediate Certification Authorities -> Certificate

Here is the letter Lenovo sent out to it’s customers regarding this fiasco;

February 20, 2015 .. As you may have heard, select Lenovo consumer notebooks shipped after September 2014 included Superfish Visual Discovery software as a shopping aid to customers. Superfish is a TrustE certified third-party software vendor, with offices in Palo Alto, CA. User feedback on the software was not positive and we received some reports of security concerns. Please note that Lenovo has NOT loaded this software on any ThinkPad notebooks, nor any desktops, tablets, workstations, servers or smartphones. The only impacted models are the following consumer notebook series: Z-series, Y-Series, U-Series, G-Series, S-Series, Flex-Series, Yoga, Miix and E-Series. If you use any of these Lenovo consumer models in your enterprise, please refer to the Customer Support information below. While this software does not impact the models typically used by businesses, we wanted to let you know that we take user feedback seriously at Lenovo. We know that millions of people rely on our devices every day, and it is our responsibility to deliver quality, reliability, innovation and security to each and every customer. We make every effort to provide a great user experience for our customers. We recognize that the Superfish software has caused concern.

Lenovo has taken steps to address that concern.
Superfish has completely disabled server side interactions (since January) on all Lenovo products so that the software is no longer active. Lenovo has stopped preloading the software and will not preload this software again in the future.
Lenovo has provided instructions for uninstalling this software and will soon provide a software removal patch. For more information on this, or for instructions on Superfish software removal, please visit… []. We appreciate your confidence in Lenovo. Unsubscribe | Privacy Policy Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings or specifications at any time without notice. Models pictured are for illustrative purposes only. Lenovo is not responsible for typographic or photographic errors. Information advertised has no contractual effect. You are subscribed as To ensure delivery of Lenovo email offers to your inbox, please add to your address book. Lenovo and the Lenovo logo are trademarks of Lenovo. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Lenovo 1009 Think Place Morrisville, NC 27560 © 2015 Lenovo. All rights reserved.

Windows 10 to be FREE if you upgrade within the first year.

Current users of Windows 7, 8, 8.1 along with Windows Phone will be eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10.
A big question remains if Windows 10 will be subscription based much like Adobe did with the Creative Cloud.
“Once a device is upgraded to Windows 10, we’ll be keeping it current for the supported lifetime of the device,” said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Operating Systems Group.

Let’s hope this is the case.
A free upgrade to Windows 10 – especially from Windows 8 would be welcomed for many.
Search for “windows 10” and “windows 10 upgrade” in Google for more info!

Chrome Version 39 – Revert back to old profile Icon / Avatar menu

Since Chrome version 39.0.2171.99 (or so) – The profile change menu now requires 2-3 extra clicks – as opposed to 2 simple clicks at the top left.
To revert back to the old system, with the pretty Profile Icons / Avatars – follow these steps;

In the address bar of Chrome – type in the following and press enter;
Look for ‘Enable the new avatar menu’ –
Select Disabled and restart browser.

That should remove the new top right profile menu change system and switch it back to the old way of switching on the top left.

How to recover data from an Mac hard drive (HFS+ filesystem) in Windows.

In order to recover data from an OSX installation (MacPRO, OR MacBook), you can either plug the drive into another Mac or a Linux system and recover the data. However if these options are not availale, and you only have a Windows system to work with, the best and easiest solution I came up with is to use Paragon HFS for Windows.

This allowed me to simply connect the external drive using a Sata->USB adapter and the HFS+ drive showed up as any flash or external storage drive would in Explorer.

How to take a screenshot

IN Windows:
For Windows 8, click on the WinKey+PrtScn (windows key, usually to the left of Alt on the bottom left side of the spacebar) The screenshot will be saved in the Pictures/Screenshots folder.

in other versions of windows;
1) Press the PrtSc button on the keyboard. This is usually in the top right area of the keyboard.
Alternatively and preferrably you can get the active window screenshot by holding Alt then pressing the PrtSc button.
The Print Screen button can also be labelled as “PrtScn”, “Prnt Scrn”, “Print Scr”.
Once you take a screenshot, an image will be saved in the computers clipboard. AKA you copied the picture. Now it’s time to Paste it.

2) Open up PaintBrush. Click they WinKey then R (Winkey+R) or go to Start, Run and type in mspaint .

3) In PaintBrush, click on Ctrl-V or click on Paste from the top menu, or on older versions of Windows, Edit and Paste.

4) Click File and Save – you can save this picture as a JPG (or any other format).
now you have a Screenshot!

Capture theentire screen

Press Command (⌘)-Shift-3. The screenshot will be added onto the desktop.

Capture just some of your screen:

Press Command (⌘)-Shift-4, – drag the cross hair pointer to select the area. Then Hold Shift, Option, or the Space bar while you drag to resize the selection area. To cancel, press Escape (esc) before you release the mouse button.