HP Spectre x360 Automatically Turns Back On After Shutting Down

A friend/coworker of mine had power issues with his Spectre x360 – 15t notebook. His laptop would not turn off even if he had issued the Shut Down command from Windows 10. It would just reboot or stay powered on.

His research had found that resetting his CMOS helped.

This typically means you have to remove the coin cell battery and reconnect it.

HP has a support video on how to remove it. I believe his model was the 15″ model but similar concept. Remove the bottom, remove the main laptop battery, then remove the coin cell.

Boot up the machine with both batteries disconnected. Do so by connecting power source through USB C.



We use an ERP system Deltek Vision. In its most recent release 7.1, there was added functionality for Expense Reports; the ability to attach receipts. In order for this to be enabled, FILESTREAM must be enabled. I follow their instructions and encounter the following error.




Enable named pipes, started SQL Server Browser.

Restart MSSQLSERVER service. FAILS


To do the same using a vb script, see  the following blog entry for the script published on SQL engine community to do that.





Also, this blog entry describes a known issue in SQL Config Manager UI when configuring FILESTREAM.


FILESTREAM Configuration Option in Management Studio 

Using T-SQL Script: 

Use the FILESTREAM configuration option to change the FILESTREAM access level for this instance of SQL Server. For example:

·         In SQL Server Management Studio, click New Query to display the Query Editor.

·         In Query Editor, enter the following Transact-SQL code:

EXEC sp_configure ‘filestream_access_level’, ‘[level_value]’


·         Click Execute.

Here, [level_value] can be:

0 Disables FILESTREAM support for this instance.

1 Enables FILESTREAM for Transact-SQL access.

2 Enables FILESTREAM for Transact-SQL and Win32 streaming access.


Using the UI:

Right click on the SQL instance and select properties, Advanced and change the FILESTREAM access level.


Before this option has any effect, the Windows administration settings for FILESTREAM must be enabled. You enable these settings when you install SQL Server or by using SQL Server Configuration Manager.

iPhone 11 and Accessories

So, I recently bought an iPhone 11 after many years using my trusty iPhone 6S. Battery issues, slowness, and reaching space capacity finally made me bite the bullet and purchase a new phone.

I didn’t want to spend too much money on an iPhone 11 Pro because the feature-set wasn’t worth it to me: additional camera and better screen were not deal breakers for me.

I am satisfied with my purchase and the no-hassle trade-in with Apple shaves a bit of that cost down also.

Next thing is screen protector and case. I typically use Tech Armor Ballistic Glass. It doesn’t cover the whole screen because of the curved edges but that doesn’t concern me.

I also have been satisfied with Spigen’s thin cases in the past. I chose the Spigen Thin Fit. If I’m nitpicking, I don’t like that it’s totally open on the top and bottom of the frame but it will do.

Spigen Thin Case

Windows 10 Preview Pane Could Not Create the Work File Issue

A user recently came to me about this error after having a new machine set up for him. The preview pane would not show a Word Doc and throw and error.

After Googling, it led me to this forum thread:


Preview pane does not work with 32 bit office.

Open regedit.

Backup the CLSID

Delete keys:

This may also help but I have not tested:

Windows 10 and Outlook 2010 Identity Switch Canceled Issue

A common issue I’ve found when installing Office 2010 on workstations is that an error message will pop up if Office 365 is preinstalled.

For whatever reason, the identity doesn’t get properly registered in regedit.

The way to resolve this issue is to copy the string of characters in

Computer\HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-(Random Number)\Identities\{(Random String)}

Copy the key that’s blurred out above.

Create a new String and call it User ID by right-clicking the right pane, New>String Value. Double-click the User ID and paste the value in {} and click OK.

Right-Click>New>String Value
Screenshot of User ID String created

Paste the key for the value and click OK.

You may need to reboot the device but sometimes I’ve found that closing Outlook 2010 and re-opening will work.

Edit: Rebooting seems to erase the registry key… so the error message will appear again. Will have to revisit again some day… or never.


If You Build It, They Will Complain (repost)

Stumbled upon this article from an email I subscribe to. Pretty funny and similar to some experiences I have.

Sometimes you build something for someone that’s not perfect but will help save a ton of time. But training, documenting, and providing help when he/she forgets how to use it, personnel change, and fixing bugs is always troublesome.

It’s a dated post but still relevent today:


Came from me reading an email from this site: https://www.sqlservercentral.com/forums/topic/the-ongoing-costs-of-building-software

Mac OS Bluetooth Issues

I had been having issues re-connecting my Bluetooth Mouse on my 2013 Macbook Pro. Following the article in the link below resolved my issue. I’ve copy + pasted the article below. It’s been driving me crazy for the past few weeks but this did the trick.

Previously, I had tried removing the device and reconnecting. It would show the spinning wheel and Connect/Disconnecting and then finally give up. I tried removing other Bluetooth Devices which also didn’t fix the issue. But hurray! Google-fu and MacRumor to the rescue.


How to Reset Your Mac’s Bluetooth Module

Before proceeding, bear in mind that if your setup relies exclusively on Bluetooth for communicating with your keyboard and mouse, then you’re going to temporarily lose connection to them using the following methods, so you might want to have a backup wired input device option just in case. 

  1. Holding the Shift + Option (Alt) keys on your Mac’s keyboard, click the Bluetooth symbol in the top-right corner of the macOS menu bar. (If you don’t see it there, you need to check Show Bluetooth in menu bar in System Preferences -> Bluetooth.)
  2. Locate the revealed Debug submenu and hover your mouse cursor over it.
  3. Click Reset the Bluetooth module.
  4. Now, restart your Mac.

You’ll notice a couple of other potentially useful options in the Debug submenu. Factory reset all connected Apple devices does exactly what it says – forces any Apple-branded Bluetooth accessories back to the default settings they came with out of the box. It’s a reliable fallback option if you’ve tried everything else to fix a connection issue, including resetting the Bluetooth module. 

Lastly, the Remove all devices option might prove useful if you’re moving your Bluetooth mouse and keyboard to another Mac, for example. However, you can also remove devices on an individual basis from the macOS menu bar, as long as you hold down Shift + Option (Alt) before you click the Bluetooth symbol. 

Removing devices in this manner means you’re not also banishing a whole bunch of other established Bluetooth connections like speakers and so on that you might want to keep.

User Receives Multiple Notifications About Meeting Acceptance

Office 365 iOS 9x recipients report getting multiple meeting-related messages.

Screenshot of Meeting Acceptance

I’ve pulled this information off of a website I found after Googling a strange issue. A user reports an issue that they are either receiving repeated notifications that an invitation was accepted, or a contact they accepted a meeting request to is receiving repeated email acceptance notifications. This article is dated (January 2018) but the issue appears to persist even in 2019.

In summary, there has been ongoing issues for awhile with Activesync (Microsoft’s technology) and iOS (Apple’s technology) devices. I’ve found this issue pop up over the years with a handful of users. Unfortunately, this is a sad way to resolve the issue. But at the moment, I have not seen a better solution.

“Office 365 users report getting multiple meeting response messages.

This issue is caused when iOS 9x users accept meetings on either their iPhones or iPads with the native iOS Exchange Active Sync.

In order to fix this issue, the iOS user (who is sending the meeting acceptance messages) needs to turn off mail and calendar syncing on their mobile device and then turn it back on to stop the flow of the acceptance messages.
On the iOS device – go to Settings – Mail, Contacts, Calendar – Select the account – turn Mail and Calendar Sync Off – Choose “Delete from My Phone”.
Wait a few minutes then turn the Mail and Calendar Sync back On.  Note: It will take a while for everything to sync again.

Our general recommendations are:

When you receive a meeting invite wait a few minutes before accepting or processing it.  Allow time for all your devices (phone, desktop, home) to get the message synced to them.

Do NOT accept/respond to meeting invites and updates from your mobile phone or device.  Wait until you are at your desktop or log into the web client at office365.uiowa.edu to respond from there.

For a person doing the scheduling:  do not create meetings on mobile devices (personal appointments are ok just don’t invite others).   Use a desktop client or web client to schedule meetings.  When an occurrence of a recurring meeting needs to be moved or updated, it is best to cancel the occurrence and create a new one time meeting on the correct date.  Also, don’t schedule recurring meetings for longer than 6 months.  Start a new series instead.

For more detailed information on Calendar Best Practices see these articles:
Exchange Calendaring Issues:   Best Practices for Outlook and Mobile Device users & their DelegatesBest Practices for O365 Calendar Users.

You might consider using the Outlook mobile app instead of the native calendar app as it is reported to fix the calendaring issues between iOS and Office 365.”

Original article: https://its.uiowa.edu/support/article/104133

Using Macrium Reflect to clone Samsung SSD instead of Samsung Data Migration.

I was doing some Hard Drive Upgrades to Solid State Drives in our office and all was going well until I tried doing three computers simultaneously. I would repeatedly get errors even after defragmenting, clearing hibernation, page files, etc. It just became too time consuming to try and troubleshoot. So I read some forums and found out about Macrium Reflect. It is a free hard drive backup/cloning software that has worked really well when the Samsung Data Migration would not. ssd01 Here’s a link to Macrium’s Site: http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx After installing Macrium Reflect, these are the steps I did to successfully clone. Your mileage may vary but I have had more success with this than with the Samsung Data Migration as of late. 1. Open Macrium Reflect. Shortcut on desktop: ssd02 2. Click Clone This Disk… 3. Click Select a disk to clone to…ssd03 4. Click Select a disk to clone to…then select the disk – in this example Disk 2 ssd04 5. Click Copy Select Partitions and it will copy all partitions from your existing drive. Note that if your drive is not larger, your partition will be shrunken as noted.Click Next. ssd06 6. Click Finish. It will take some time for it to clone depending on how much data you have and the connection type you used (SATA v USB, etc). ssd07 Once complete, shut down your computer. Swap your old hard drive for your new SSD. Boot to BIOS and change/verify your SATA Operation is AHCI. I install Samsung Magician and set the OS Optimization to Max Performance or Max Reliability. This typically requires a restart. You can Over Provision or run maintenance. Using RAPID Mode is nice as well but I’ve run into failures there too.

Adding Additional Route on Synology NAS

I have two subnets connecting to one another through IPCOP.

Some notes to self:

The green interface allows you to connect to the blue interface but not vice-versa – unless you explicitly allow it.

Additional steps for connecting these two together.

  1. Set persistent routes from one subnet to the other on endpoint (PC, NAS, etc). You must know IP range and Gateway to set route.
  2. You must set persistent route on both sides
  3. If you want to add access from Blue to Green, add as host under Firewall>Address Filter and add IP or MAC Address.

Sources that helped me: