How to get 100+ free 4″x6″ photo prints

I’m new to digital and recently took a lot of on a trip to France.  After processing and editing all my photos, I had about 260 photos that I liked.  I remembered I have a 100 print voucher that I got from Costco when I bought my Canon point and shoot camera (which I lost in a lake while kayaking soon after) and I got to wondering what other free photo print offers that I can get.   Here are some that I have found.  Yes, it does include some referral links, please use them!

Shutterfly

Not only do they offer free lifetime photo storage, upon sign up they give you 50 free 4×6 along with some other freebies.

Snapfish

Their sign up offer is 100 free prints, great deal!  On top of that, they have a promotion right now where if you download and use the Snapfish app on your phone, they give you 100 free prints every month for a year!  At 9 cents per 4×6 print, it’s one of the lowest costing options out there too.

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How to fix your Samsung Galaxy that’s stuck on a reboot cycle

I had this problem on a older Note 3 and didn’t put much thought in to it because it was already on a screen replacement.  I replaced it with a Note 4.  My 6 month old Note 4 started having the same issues and I decided to find a solution. Both phones are stock and unrooted, on the AT&T Network with no SDcard was being used on the Note 4.

Symptoms & troubleshooting steps on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4:

  •  First started happening after I took the battery out to swap out with a new SIM card that AT&T provisioned for me
  • Upon  powering on the phone, the “Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Powered by Android” splash screen appears, and shortly after that it reboots continuously about every 4 seconds
    This is not my video, but it looked exactly like this:
    https://youtu.be/zjj6sd2st_M?t=1m6s
  • Reboot cycle happens with or without the SIM, with the new and old SIM card
  • The only way to stop the is to plug in the AC adapter
  • Once the phone boots with the AC adapter completely, if I unplug the AC cord the phones shuts down again
  • If I allow it to charge 100% the phone works without AC power for a limited time but randomly shuts itself off and starts the reboot loop
  • After a few days, it won’t even work at all without AC power

I researched the web and there were many suggestions on how to fix it. Everyone had their “fix” to resolve this reboot issue. Based on responses it seems to have helped some, but it did not resolve my issues in the long run. If anything, because sometimes this issue is so random, removing the SDcard or turning off some wireless feature seemed to have helped, but my guess is that the problem came back in the very near future.  Some of the more popular suggested fixes were:

  • Bad SDCard
  • Issues due to rooting phone
  • Turn off “Always allow scanning” in advanced wifi settings
  • Turn off wifi or turn on airplane mode and back again
  • Take apart your phone and clean it thoroughly
  • Boot into recovery mode and clear cache
  • Boot into recovery mode and perform a factory reset

If you are having issues with your Galaxy phone stuck on a reboot cycle, try all those free suggestions above.  However, the issue for me was the battery itself.

 Replacing the phone with a new OEM battery resolved the issue for me.

There are some forums out there that confirms the same, and it seems to be a known issue on Galaxy phones.

Tracing back my steps, it seems to have happened when I pulled the battery without turning off the device first. It’s no excuse for Samsung, because I’ve owned over 10 smartphones and never had a problem with doing that, but it may have been the culprit that started this whole ordeal.  It’s just my educated guess.

I hope this helps out someone that is having the same issue.  I bought the OEM battery on Amazon in the link below.  Beware, the one on Amazon that’s $10 cheaper is a fake.  This one is OEM in retail packaging:

Standard Battery 3220mAh for Galaxy Note 4 – Black in Retail Packaging

Unable to use OneNote built in app | Windows 10

I recently upgraded my Surface Pro 3 to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1.  My experience has been great so far but one of things I noticed that broke was the built in Microsoft OneNote app.  My notebook does not appear and when attempting to create a new notebook, it shouts back saying “We were unable to create your notebook. Check your internet connection and try again.”  However, my OneNote 2013 Desktop app appears to be working okay.

I do sometimes prefer to use the built-in Onenote app in tablet mode.  The toggle on the surface pen opens the built-in app automatically and is convenient.  The first thing I did was log off and log on to my Microsoft Account within OneNote settings.  I launched the Windows Store and OneNote showed installed and up to date.

The only way to uninstall built-in apps is through powershell so I ran the command:

get-appxpackage *onenote* | remove-appxpackage

This indeed removed OneNote from my start menu and application list.  However, when going back in to the Windows Store it still shows the application installed.  I restarted for good measure.

I ran in to this article and ran a second command-let in powershell:

get-appxpackage *microsoft.office.onenote* | remove-appxpackage

I ran the second command but it failed with an error.  But it wasn’t needed apparently because this time when I open the Windows Store it allowed me to download and install OneNote!  Launching the built in app it automatically logged me in and displayed my existing notebooks.  I checked my desktop OneNote app and it was still in tact.  Hope this helps someone!

Cisco ASA enable password- Can it be cracked?

I work for an managed service provider and during a client onboarding process we found out the client does not have their ‘s enable password documented.  I did however, have access to their running-config.  Here’s a good article I found on the topic.

From time to time, I get a service call asking me to break into a Cisco

If you have the password in encrypted format, you might luck out if it is a commonly-used value such as 8Ry2YjIyt7RRXU24 (password is blank) or 2KFQnbNIdI.2KYOU (password is “cisco”). You can try to brute force it with John the Ripper, or Cain and Abel, or some precomputed rainbow table. The time required to brute force a complex password will depend on the character set used in the password, the length of the password, and the speed of the computer that is running Cain & Abel. Might take an ice age to brute force it. Would it be worth the time?

 

A former Google exec on how to make tough decisions quickly – Quartz

I’ve long believed that speed is the ultimate weapon in business. All else being equal, the fastest company in any market will win. Speed is a defining characteristic—if not the defining characteristic—of the leader in virtually every industry you look at.

In tech, speed is seen primarily as an asset in product development. Hence the “move fast and break things” mentality, the commitment to minimum viable products and agile development. Many people would agree that speed and agility are how you win when it comes to product.

What they fail to grasp is that speed matters to the rest of the business too—not just product. Google is fast. General Motors is slow. Startups are fast. Big companies are slow. It’s pretty clear that fast equals good, but there’s relatively little written about how to develop the institutional and employee muscle necessary to make speed a serious competitive advantage.

 

 

Sprint internal communication: Stagefright Megabug

Received the below email from my contact at Sprint today.  If you are an user, are you concerned?

From: <– omitted –>
Sent: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 6:51 PM
Subject:

95% of devices can be affected, they have to receive the malicious text before anything would happen to their device.   I would not forward this information out to any customers as it would most likely just create panic.   A fix is in motion and most customers will probably never have a problem.   Please let me know if you have any questions.   Thanks!

 

What is the Android “Stagefright” Megabug?

The Android “Stagefright” Megabug is the nickname of an Android flaw found in the open source code of Google’s Android operating system for Multimedia Message Services “MMS”.

Hackers have discovered a vulnerability in how MMS messages are interpreted and may infect a device by simply sending a malicious MMS message.  . Continue reading Sprint internal communication: Stagefright Megabug

Time to renew CCNA certification

In about 12 hours or so, I sit for my ICNDv2 exam to renew my .  I first obtained it in 2008 and when it came to renew after 3 years in 2011 I sat for my CCDA.

Another 3 years has already passed and what I didn’t realize that a lot has changed.  CCNA has specialization tracks such as routing & switching, voice, wireless and security.  It also has a brand new test number and includes several new topics that wasn’t covered before.

Now I’m cramming to refresh my memory on old topics and get familiar with new ones.. I better get back!

First, let’s discuss why changes were made to ICND 1 and ICND 2 v1.1. ICND1 and 2 v1.1 were released in 2007. During this short time, technology has changed drastically, which in turn has shaped the face of IT in the workplace. For example, the proliferation of smartphones and consumer devices in the workplace has caused IT to shift the way it does business and secures devices. Several years ago it was common for IT departments to provide end users with company issued cellphones and computing devices. However, we have seen a large move towards Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), cloud technology, and a larger shift towards telecommuting. These changes have not only increased the number of devices requiring IP addresses, but changed the way IT departments secure devices and placed a greater demand on networks, both wired and wireless. Never before has the network become so critical to the way we live and do business.

 

 

Navy re-ups with Microsoft for more Windows XP support | Ars Technica

The US Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) has closed a $9.1 million contract extension with Microsoft that the agency originally announced in April to further extend custom support for the venerable Windows XP operating system, as well as the Office 2003 suite and Exchange 2003 e-mail. According to a Navy contracting announcement, “Across the United States Navy, approximately 100,000 workstations currently use these applications. Support for this software can no longer be obtained under existing agreements with Microsoft because the software has reached the end of maintenance period.” Continue reading Navy re-ups with Microsoft for more Windows XP support | Ars Technica

It’s official: North America out of new IPv4 addresses | Ars Technica

ARIN, the American Registry for Internet Numbers, has now activated its “IPv4 Unmet Requests Policy.” Until now, organizations in the ARIN region were able to get IPv4 addresses as needed, but yesterday, ARIN was no longer in the position to fulfill qualifying requests. As a result, ISPs that come to ARIN for IPv4 address space have three choices: they can take a smaller block (ARIN currently still has a limited supply of blocks of 512 and 256 addresses), they can go on the wait list in the hopes that a block of the desired size will become available at some point in the future, or they can transfer buy addresses from an organization that has more than it needs.

Continue reading It’s official: North America out of new IPv4 addresses | Ars Technica

Startups Serving The 99 Percent Will Be the Next Billion-Dollar Companies | TechCrunch

Many fast-growing companies in Silicon Valley have one thing in common: they cater to a small, affluent, urban population — the 1 percent. Residents in high-cost cities like San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles can order an array of goods and services from their mobile phones. Continue reading Startups Serving The 99 Percent Will Be the Next Billion-Dollar Companies | TechCrunch