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  • Making the Switch to a Standing Desk
    05/15/2013 9:31PM

    A few years back I had an office mate who used a standing desk.  He said that he had been using a standing desk for many years and that once he got used to it he liked it much better.  Since then, I have noticed a number of studies that indicate sitting for extended periods of time is just plain bad for you.

    For a while I have been wanting to make the switch, and today I took the plunge.

    I've still got a number of issues to sort out to get things right:

    • I've got to get the height correct for my keyboard and mouse
    • I've got to get another MicroSoft Natural Keyboard Elite (which looks like isn't in production any more but is the best keyboard I've ever used
    • Get a proper set of shoes for standing
    • Depending on the shoes, get a stress matt

    I will post some photos and a follow up once I've got everything sorted out.

    The Proper Shoes


    • http://www.bestshoesforstandingallday.com/work-shoes-for-standing-all-day/

  • Associating Eclipse .launch Files with the Eclipse XML Editor
    05/14/2013 1:38PM
    1. Open the Preference dialog and go to General/Editors/File Association.  Add a new file type with the *.launch suffix.  In the 'Associated Editors' box below, click on Add and assign the XML editor to the file type.
    2. In the Preferences dialog go to General/Appearance/Content Types.  Click on the + next to Text.  Click on 'XML' in the tree so that it is highlighted.  Click 'Add' in the box below and add the *.launch suffix
  • Sublime Text Editor
    05/14/2013 1:33PM
  • Some Handy Eclipse Preferences
    05/10/2013 4:10PM

    Changing the color of the block that get's displayed in the right-hand side-bar when an occurance of a variable, field, or method is selected: Eclipse > Window > Preferences > General > Editors > Text Editors > Annotations > Occurrences > Color

    Alias package names in the Package Explorer: Window > Preferences > Java > Appearance > [] Abbreviate package names

  • Couldn't sign in. There was a problem communicating with google servers. Try again later Error On Nexus 7 Tablet
    05/02/2013 10:51PM

    A couple of months ago I stopped being able to purchase anything through the Google Play Store on my Nexus 7 Android device.  There were a number of different errors that were displayed:

    General error messages:

    • Couldn't sign in. There was a problem communicating with google servers.  Try again later.

    From the Google Play app:

    • "Authentication is required.  You need to sign into your Google Account." 

    I tried everything:

    • Re-installing Play
    • Dumping the cache and disabling and re-enabling Play
    • Doing a factory reset on the device
    • Finding every post and page online that I could regarding the issue.
    • Checking my Google domain admin pages for anything that might be related.

    After about two months of on and off searching I finally contacted Google Support and got someone on the phone and they suggested that I try to login to my wallet account online.  When I tried, I was redirected to a page that indicated that I needed to 'Reinstate your Google Wallet online account'.  Huh?  Evidently, it had been suspended.  From that page:

    'Your account was suspended as a precautionary measure to protect your payment information because Google detected that an administrator at your organization initiated a password reset for your email address or you changed your own password.'

    I did change my password around the time that it stopped working.  Unfortunately, this is the first that I have read anything about a password change affecting the Wallet account and none of the error messages from the tablet even hinted at what the problem might be.

    On the page that indicated my account needs to be re-instated was a link to a form that I needed to fill out to re-instate the account.  On that page was the following:

    'To protect your data and privacy, your Apps Google Wallet / Payments account will always be suspended when your account password is reset by your Google Apps administrator. You will be required to go through this flow each time in order to regain access to your account. If you'd like to avoid these suspensions, please sign up for a Google Wallet account with a personal email address at https://wallet.google.com/signup (if you are a buyer) or a Google Payments account with a personal email address at https://checkout.google.com/sell (if you are a merchant).'

    It would have been incredibly helpful to know that when I reset my password.

    I ended up having to call the Google Wallet support number to have them reinstate my account because it had been so long since I purchased anything that I had forgotten what my last purchase was.

    As a result, I would recommend keeping a log of what you buy and when so that you can automatically reinstate your account whenever you change your password.

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