Fixing SkyDrive slow speed

Since some time I was thinking of buying additional space on one of my cloud storage providers. Currently I use DropBox (got 5,4GB so far), SkyDrive (7GB out of the box) and Google Drive (5GB). My favorites are DropBox and SkyDrive. Personally, I think Google Drive is still not very well done.

Looking at the pricings, from DropBox you can get 100GB for about $99 per year, while in SkyDrive, you get 100GB for about $49 per year. And it is even 107GB, since you keep the 7 GB free on top of the 100GB you pay for. This was a winner for me, but I had a problem. The uploading/downloading in SkyDrive is WAY much slower for me, than Dropbox’s. I started digging and it turns out there is a solution for that. Still under the hood one, but it worked for me and led to me buying the 100GB storage.

Here is the article, describing how to fix it: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windowslive/forum/skydrive-sync/try-out-new-manual-configuration-for-improved/3e82447a-e852-4a5a-b06e-32dc8056a748#_self

My new gadget–Lenovo Yoga

Since I bought my iMac, I sold my Toshiba Qosmio and I did not have any portable computer besides my iPad. I thought that this is sufficient until I got to travel a few times abroad, with just the iPad. Yes, it is quite a great piece of hardware and I am able to do almost 95% of all my everyday tasks with it, but it is simply not enough.

I started researching the notebook/ultrabook/laptop market. I summed up my needs for a new portable computer to some basic guidelines:

  • It has to be thin – since carrying around the 8.8 mm thin iPad, getting some brick-like laptop was simply not going to be productive for me. So I knew I will be getting an ultrabook
  • It must have powerful processor – i5 at least! I know that most of my tasks that the laptop would need to cover, do not require so much CPU power, but in 20% of the cases, I do need it. Things like Photoshop and CorelDRAW, simply need to be running smooth.
  • It must have enough RAM – 6GB is my sanitary minimum. My iMac still has 4GB and that is killing me! I am planning to upgrade it in the near future. If you are interested how – here is a very nice tutorial.
  • It MUST be running Windows 8! Latest Windows, very cool, no need for more reasons.
  • Touch screen is very much appreciated – I believe this is the future of computers and Windows 8 is really much better with touch screen.
  • It MUST have SSD hard drive. I have spend way too long using traditional hard drives and suffering the killer slow performance they have.
  • Last, but not least is the price, of course. I don’t want to spend $2000-$2500 for a laptop (which is roughly the price of MacBook)

So, with those in mind, after browsing and after reading Scott Hanselman’s article about ultrabooks, I narrowed my search to only one ultrabook:

The Lenovo Yoga 13

This marvelous notebook combines all that I can desire in a portable computer. It has i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, Windows 8, touch screen and 256GB SSD. On top of that it looks great, it has a very sleek design and it is combination of ultrabook and tablet. I will give more details in the upcoming review, that I am writing, later this week. Best of all, it costs a little over $1600, including taxes and delivery.

All of this finally led to me, getting a new laptop. The astonishing Lenovo Yoga 13. So far I have been using it for 3 days and it is great!

UPDATE: Read my follow up review of the Lenovo Yoga 13

LaserJet 1020 Accessed Over Network Problem

Today I stumbled upon a problem with my printer at home. I have HP LaserJet 1020. Very nice and productive home printer. The problem was the following:

I have a Windows XP desktop PC, to which the printer is connected and shared. My girlfriend’s PC is running Windows Vista and my Notebook is running Windows 7 (quite a diversity, I know). It turned out that I cannot install the printer on the Vista and 7. Every time I attended to, my spooler service crashed and that led to an error and abort of the installation. After a little bit of “Google research” I found out this great article by a guy named “inanis”. Here is the link.

I will also explain the steps that “inanis” gave:

• NOTE: Do this on the machine connected to the printer.
• Run gpedit.msc
• Go to “Local Computer Policies\Administrative Templates\Printers”
◦ Set the setting “Allow print spooler to accept client connections” to “Enabled”
• Go to “User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Printers\”
◦ Set the setting “Point and Print Restrictions” to “Disabled”
• Close the Group Policy Editor
• Go into the Printers and Faxes control panel, right click on the printer and hit properties.
• Click the “Ports” tab
• Uncheck “Enable Bidirectional Printing”
• Close the Printer panels/windows
• Run a command line, type in “gpupdate /force”, and hit enter