Friday, July 12, 2013

2013 IT Skills & Salary Report

The annual 2013 IT Skills and Salary Report is out from Global Knowledge. There are some encouraging signs in the report yet improvement is not as robust as I would like.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Dreaded Code 10 and 39 messages in Device Manager

You might have seen the dreaded error codes of 10 ("This device cannot start. (Code 10)") and 39 ("Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing. (Code 39)") messages. The solution is elaborated really nicely here: http://hateadub.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/code-10-device-manager-keyboard-and-mouse-not-working/

In my case, the issue was with the mouse and the keyboard which made it extra infuriating since I needed to use the On-Screen Keyboard and Mouse Keys (true nightmare). In particular, the issue was with the "upper filters" in the bowels of the registry where you just needed to keep 1 value (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E96B-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318} mouclass and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E96B-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318} kbdclass)

Once I retire, I will get back and take a look at windows documentation, in particular, how the devices are represented in the registry. That is quite a dark world. Waste of an hour, but the joy you get when things are working again is priceless.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Bye Google Reader

So sad!! Google Reader is officially closed. Really angry at Google for that.

Best Alternative I found so far is Feedly (btw I discovered the alternative finding site http://alternativeto.net)