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Theme For A Day . . .

Nothing much new at work today. I’m trying to find a new Zen Cart/Wordpress theme that I like, to use on the company website when I move the whole thing up to Godaddy and off our in-house server.

The old theme is no longer being supported and I never really liked it anyway. But so far I’ve looked at a bunch with no luck. Either I don’t like the way  they look, or they don’t have the features I want, or even worse, they have ‘features’ I don’t want that I can’t turn off.

Got a call from our buyer this morning telling me he was going to have a couple of guys at the house this morning and knew I had the Wyze cameras set up to monitor things. Guess he didn’t want me calling the police on them.

I was finally able to get in touch with our storage location and set up to get a 2nd storage room, hopefully right next door to our old one. I’ll go by there tomorrow and settle up and then maybe bring some stuff down from the house. Don’t want to wait until the last minute if they want to close earlier than the 24th..

Last week I was having trouble with the volume on my Galaxy S8+. The speakerphone worked fine, but the earphone was just barely audible. So the first thing I did was to reboot the phone.

When in Doubt, Reboot. Right?

When that didn’t work, I tried cleaning the earpiece out by pressing a piece of very sticky tape (I used Gorilla Tape) over it a few times and peeling it off. This helps pull any dirt or dust out of the tiny holes in the grill. Again, no luck.

So next up I tried booting up in Safe Mode. Knew your computer had a Safe Mode, but didn’t know your phone had one? Well, it does, both iPhones and Androids. And it’s easy to get to.

On an Android, just hold down the power button until you get the 3 button screen with Power Off, Restart, and Emergency Mode on it. Then hold down the Power Off button until you see the Safe Mode button.

Your phone will reboot and come back up in Safe Mode. This means any and all apps that you’ve downloaded are now disabled. Your phone will still work as a phone though. To get out of Safe Mode, just restart your phone again. This is handy when you think that a rogue app might be causing mischief with your phone. But that wasn’t my problem, either.

Finally I tried one last  thing. I powered off my phone and left it off for about 10 minutes. And when I turned it back on, it was now working fine. So why did powering it off work and restarting it didn’t?

Well, restarting doesn’t clear everything. It just reinitializes the system and then reboots. So it’s possible to still have data of  some sort buried in some wayward  memory location. And it sometimes can take a bit for all the memory to run out of juice. 5 minutes would have probably been fine, but actually I got busy on something else and forgot about it.

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Jan of course, is still up in Katy Landon-sitting, so tomorrow I’ll run a bunch of errands and check out the storage room.

Love You Sweetie!

The Headline of the Day:
  Sword-wielding man chased by rifle-wielding man after exposing himself…

Thought for the Day: 

Sometimes I wish my life had closed-captions so I could figure out what the heck was going on.



4 Responses to Theme For A Day . . .

  1. Adrian Jones says:

    Turning a computer off and waiting a bit for the trons to stop (actually waiting for capacitors or other temporary energy storage devices to drain) before turning it on again is called a “cold boot.” The Microsoft/dos three finger salute is a warm boot.

    I power off my s7 droid every few days so the battery will last longer. Something runs in the background that wastes battery power.

    • gregwhite says:


      Yeah, I try not to throw too many ‘buzz’ words out. I figured Safe Mode’ was about enough.

      Jan warns me about getting too ‘technical’ in the blog and that reader’s eyes will start to glaze over. Or a least hers does.

      Thanks for reading our blog. We appreciate the comment.


  2. Jerry Hayes says:

    Greg, you have mentioned it several times in your blog but I cannot find it now, what is the grease cutting solution you use that includes Awsome, Dawn and ????

    • gregwhite says:


      Normally it’s just Awesome, Dawn, and water. But if it’s really gunky, like caked on an engine, I’ll pre-spray the area with WD-40 Degreaser and let it soak for a while, and then spray it down with my mixture. Then I just rinse it off with water.

      That seems to work. Let me know if you need any other info.

      Thanks for reading our blog. We appreciate the comment.


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