Friday, January 28, 2011

Windows Update Shutdown Takes Too Long

If your computer is stuck on "Please do not power off or unplug computer..." "Installing update __ of __".

- Force a shut down by holding in your power button.
- Reboot to Safe Mode.
- "Run" (click Start and type msconfig in run or search box) msconfig to get to control menu where you can temporarily turn off all Non-Microsoft services. (you can check the box on the first tab to turn them off for you.) Apply (save).

Restart normally.

Then shut down again to install the pending updates. (shutdown will have a yellow shield on it)

This should help if you are running Windows 7 or Vista and have a slow, stuck, very long time or frozen shutdown update process.

- when complete (sometimes these updates happen in 2 or 3 shut downs) turn computer back and redo "msconfig" and turn on all services again (start normally / first button).

Windows 7 / Vista - Slow, Stuck, Long or Frozen Shutdown Update.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Announcing Amazon Simple Email Service

Dear AWS Customer,

We're excited to announce the beta release of Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES), a highly scalable and cost-effective bulk and transactional email-sending service for businesses and developers. Amazon SES eliminates the complexity and expense of building an in-house email solution or licensing, installing, and operating a third-party email service. The service integrates with other AWS services, making it easy to send emails from applications being hosted on services such as Amazon EC2. With Amazon SES there is no long-term commitment, minimum spend or negotiation required - businesses can utilize a free usage tier, and after that, enjoy low fees for the number of emails sent plus data transfer.

Building large-scale email solutions to send marketing and transactional messages is often a complex and costly challenge for businesses. To increase the percentage of emails that are successfully delivered, businesses must deal with hassles such as email server management, network configuration, and meeting rigorous Internet Service Provider (ISP) standards for email content. Additionally, many third-party email solutions require contract and price negotiations, as well as significant up-front costs.

Amazon SES eliminates these challenges and enables businesses to benefit from the years of experience and sophisticated email infrastructure has built to serve its own large-scale customer base. Through a simple API call, developers can now access a high-quality, scalable email infrastructure to efficiently and inexpensively communicate to their customers. You can be confident that Amazon SES will scale with your needs. A built-in feedback API provides the metrics you need in order to monitor the quality of your email, and to maintain good relationships with your customers.

As an Amazon SES customer, you don't need to build your own email solution from the ground up, or incur the costs of licensing, installing and operating third-party software. Instead, you can start sending messages in minutes using the AWS software development kits for Java and .NET, or code directly to our HTTPS interface using your favorite programming language.

Amazon is able to pass on the efficiencies of its scale to customers, and pricing for Amazon SES is only $0.10 per thousand email messages sent. Additionally, a customer can send 2,000 email messages for free each day when these emails originate from Amazon EC2 or AWS Elastic Beanstalk.

For more information on Amazon SES and details on how to start using the service, please see the resources listed below:


The Amazon Web Services Team

* A message is defined as a single email communication sent to a single email address. A single email communication sent to multiple recipients is considered to be a unique message to each recipient.

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

AccuRadio - Great Radio for iPhone iPad Touch

The best iPhone app for radio style music.
No login or signup needed. You can train your station, sort of like Pandora radio, but most stations don't need any.  You can skip songs and remove artists from your play list too.
Check out this iPhone iPad and iPod Touch application:

Suggested Radio App for iPhone

Monday, January 3, 2011

Best PHP Form Handler, Designer, Submission Manager!

1. RSForm!Pro revision 34 released

The new RSform!Pro revision brings improved functionality to its calendar, Submit and Continue buttons, Manage Submissions area and invisible CAPTCHA algorithm.

1. Calendar improvements
The RSForm!Pro calendar now includes year navigation for easy date selection and two new backend properties:
  • “Default Value”: you can set a default date that will be displayed when the form is loaded
  • “Min and Max Date”: you can specify the date interval on which the user can make a selection

2. Improved invisible CAPTCHA
We’ve improved the CAPTCHA algorithm for an increased spam protection for those of you that do not wish to add standard captcha images.

3. New options for advanced users:
We have added something special for our advanced users too.

Nook Color eReader from Barnes and Noble

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