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Is there a way to remove a word from Chrome’s spell-check dictionary? 

Ever click a misspelled word and added it to your personal dictionary instead of correcting the misspelling? If you’re using Windows 10 with Chrome browser you may find the path to the Custom dictionary in the following location:

In Windows, try adding “default” to that path that Custom Dictionary.txt used to be (or maybe where an old version of the file still resides), i.e:

C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Custom Dictionary.txt

Source: (2) Is there a way to remove a word from Chrome’s spell-check dictionary? – Quora

windows cannot be installed to this disk mbr partition error

I had to replace my motherboard and after putting all the part in place, tried to repair windows 7 from the installation disk. It wouldn’t work. I kept getting an error about the disk already containing a master boot record. I tried a clean install which also didn’t work. Really glad about that, since the repair did work after following instructions from

I’m hoping that my easy fix will help some others who are Googling for answers.

When I dropped my Win7 disk into my Sony optical drive and re-booted, I had no way of knowing that the BIOS set up a second drive labeled “UEFI Sony Optical”. All I knew was when I reached the disk choice option I couldn’t install Windows.

During one of the re-boots, I realized that my boot order had changed. I saw “UEFI Sony Optical”, so I went into the CD-DVD Drive options and now saw “Sony Optical”, listed just under “UEFI Sony Optical”. All I did was change the drive in the #1 Boot Order field to “Sony Optical”, hit F10 to “Save and Reboot”.

This time when I hit the “choose disk to install windows” screen, there were no error messages, and I could install Windows on any of my drives, just as I had done for years.

I don’t know if everyone’s fix for the issue would be the same as mine. But it’s sure worth a try. Just make sure that you are not trying to run your Windows disk from any optical drive that says “UEFI”.

I hope this helps some one out there!

Thanks Hameister! You probably saved me days of work.

I was able to change motherboards and went from AMD to Intel with just a windows repair and adding the new drivers. So cool!!


AFDB (Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanie) Effectiveness

…and for the rebuttal:

A recent MIT study [1] calls into question the effectiveness of Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanies. However, there are serious flaws in this study, not the least of which is a complete mischaracterization of the process of psychotronic mind control. I theorize that the study is, in fact, NWO propaganda designed to spread FUD against deflector beanie technology, and aluminum shielding in general, in order to disembeanie paranoids, leaving them open to mind control.

via ZPi | AFDB Effectiveness.

Tin Foil Hats Actually Make it Easier for the Government to Track Your Thoughts – Matt Soniak – The Atlantic

Or so says “physics.”

Lets say some malevolent group — the government, powerful corporations, extraterrestrials — really is trying to read and/or control your thoughts with radio waves. Would the preferred headgear of the paranoid, a foil helmet, really keep The Man and alien overlords out of our brains?

a group of MIT students, prodded by “a desire to play with some expensive equipment,” tested the effectiveness of foil helmets at blocking various radio frequencies. Using two layers of Reynolds aluminum foil, they constructed three helmet designs, dubbed the Classical, the Fez, and the Centurion…

via Tin Foil Hats Actually Make it Easier for the Government to Track Your Thoughts – Matt Soniak – The Atlantic.

Towel Day Celebration

Don’t panic. Do you know where your towel is?

1. Don't Panic! 2. Bring your towel.If you do, then you must be a really hoopy frood.

Today is the day fans around the globe celebrate the works of science-fiction and comedy writer Douglas Adams. Adams was an English author responsible for several best selling titles, but his most well known book is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

via Douglas Adams Fans celebrate Towel Day |

Tim Hawkins, The Government Can!

Smile, you’re in good hands!

Updated site coming soon…

I found that, yes, you can use WordPress to create a web site, but maybe for us it’s not so great. Since this has become Barry’s blog and Barry isn’t even posting very regularly, the site will be updated to have more relevant information and this blog will continue as Barry’s eclectic and not so regularly updated place on the web.

New site coming soon…or at least soon after I finish up just this one more project….

Force PDF to download from web server

How to Force a PDF to download using Apache

Simple solution. Thanks for the help.

The light at the end of the rebuild

I guess four is the lucky number…I finally got a motherboard and power supply combination that seem to work together. At least, they’ve been running now for two weeks with only the occasional operating system lock up, which is actually better than before the “badness” happened. I’m glad now that I refrained from using that large hammer to “fix” the problem, even though it was getting very tempting.

Muffins only help marginally… Astrological influences suspected.

Seems I’m not the only one having a tough week. I can relate only too well to my friend Kerry’s views from her recent post. I tried “Muffin Therapy”…you know, eat muffins or other baked treats, add coffee, enjoy. It’s usually good for a short fix, but even that didn’t work this week.

Maybe this is some cosmic joke…

Mercury turned retrograde on October 28, that was the day I decided to plug in the new hardware that seemed to take my main computer into a declining, fatal spiral. I don’t usually think to check my astrology before updating the computer, as I don’t want to believe that planetary alignment can really have a significant effect on my reality. I can only hope that as mercury begins it’s forward transit today or tomorrow, that life will get back into a happy grove. I read it on the Internet, it must be true! mercury retrograde

Everything finally straightens out on December 5, 2006, as he [Mercury] passes the point where he first turned retrograde.

Here’s to December! I’m looking forward to my world getting back in line.

That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!

Rebuilding the computer…again

When I upgraded computers at the beginning of the year, I thought I wouldn’t have to be working on computers for a few years. I thought the new hyper-threaded AMD processors were stable enough to make a reliable workstation. While I didn’t think it was good, I’d even gotten used to turning on the computer and restarting it before logging in so that it wouldn’t hang shortly after starting.

Well, after the episode with the new flash drive (see previous post), things got worse.

The strange 15 minute “warm up” time needed to start the computer just didn’t make sense. I had a spare power supply, (an extra I bought when the original broke after only four months) and decided that the power supply was the best place to start troubleshooting.

New PSU installed, I power up the computer. Excited that it starts up immediately, I quickly lose enthusiasm when none of the hard drives are recognized and windows fails to start.
I take the power supply down to the computer store to test, it tests as good. I find an enclosure that allows me to take my SATA drives and convert them to USB drives so the old computer can read them. This gets an A+ for useful devices! (All the drives work, even the one that I broke unplugging the data connection. Note: SATA drives have more delicate connections than the older ATA drives).

Maybe it’s time for a new motherboard. Sigh…

A New USB Flash Toy
or SanDisk Cruzer (now without U3 technology)

A friend told me how she was having trouble using the browser that was provided on her school’s computers. I thought, “there must be a way to use a public computer and still get your work done.” That got me looking into Portable Apps for USB Flash drives and started my latest obsession.

I knew I would be visiting my wife’s parents soon and it’s one of the only times I’m away from my regular computer, so I was on the look out for an inexpensive usb flash drive to test out these new apps. It’d be great to be able to leave the lap top at home and still be able to work if I want. BestBuy had a deal on SanDisk Cruzer Micro 1GB USB Flash drives. For $25 it seemed like a great bargain.

Happily, new toy in hand, sitting in front of my computer, I proceed to plug the drive into an available port. Software starts automatically and before I know it, the U3 launcher is running asking me if I’d like a tour. The software installed with the drive is nothing I really need, but idea seems interesting. I go to the U3 applications website and find there were other apps I could buy. That’s great, but I’ve already found a bunch of free portable apps with the programs I already know I like to use. After playing with the device for a few hours and adding the programs I want to it, I decided to remove the device and turn off the computer. That’s when I got a little worried…

Programs hung during shutdown and I eventually just turned off the whole system by powering down my UPS battery backup. (Note: I have never turned off the computer this way before).

When I went to turn on my computer this morning, nothing happened.

Turn on battery backup, push computer power button…nada.

This never happened before, so I’m not sure what to do.

First step, make coffee.

Seems like it could only be a Power Supply problem, maybe it was just a coincidence that I had plugged in a new device that started programs that I hadn’t previously inspected before they were run. I have a new power supply an hand, so I figure I’ll spend the morning replacing the power supply and take it from there.

Coffee made, and a little more awake, I try the power button again*, and this time all the usual things happen and my computer starts up. (Note to self: Do not turn off the computer by simply shutting down the back up power supply). I wait for the log in screen to come up and restart the computer. (This is my normal routine…If I don’t restart the computer before I log in, it locks up…yes, I’m running windows…yes, you can get used to all sort of nonsense).

Before I incapacitate anyone else’s computer, I better find out what kind of trouble other users are having with this flash drive. Top of the list on my Google search is Krista Grothoff’s post where I found everything I needed to remove U3 and all it’s programs from my new drive. I needed to use the uninstall program from U3 because SanDisk’s uninstall program thought I had two drives attached.

I’ll be more careful about what I plug into my computer next time!

Here are a few of the other sites and apps I found if you’re looking for portable programs to add to your new flash drive:

* Val and I worked at Bed and Breakfast for half a year. The owner of the property had the philosophy “When in doubt, Wait.” He used this for just about everything. It used to drive us nuts…and it often worked out beautifully. While I don’t use, or even remember, this philosophy as regularly as he did, when I have a problem that I don’t have an immediate answer, I like to apply it.

Food Bandits Found!

Racoon Food Bandits Found in Hole-in-the-WoodsVielen dank Martina! …for locating the elusive midnight raiders, who appear to be making extra money posing for puzzle card letters for tourists. Although they were found, they were not very remorseful about their actions. They did however, express their appreciation for the goodies and even requested more sent to their address:

Fam. Racoon
Hole-in-the-Tree Nr. 1
Somewhere in the Woods
United States

Sadly, I was not able to locate the appropriate postal code to ensure proper delivery, so they will probably have to pilfer from the next camp visitor if they want cookies and chocolate.

Bandits Wanted

Small beady eyed, masked bandits wanted for the theft of two bars of chocalate, oatmeal, and chocolate chip cookies and general camp area disurption. Last seen at Woodside Campground in Salt Point State Park. Turn yourselves in now! We have your prints!

Bandit Prints

Feldenkrais Functional Integration Lesson

Wow! I received an FI (Functional Integration Lesson) from a student of the Sonoma II Feldenkrais Training yesterday. Thanks Diane! And yes, my life really is perfect now. I even have more flexibility in moving my back and looking behind me. I’m so excited to have more range of movement and I never even knew I was missing anything. (Visit Diane’s website here:

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