Mittwoch, 16. November 2016

Keyboard language keeps changing in Windows 10

What has happened, when sporadically the keyboard language in Win 10 has switched without purpose?

Probably you accidentally hit ctrl / shift, which is the default setting in Win 10 for switching the keyboard language and a lot of people are not aware of it and they think it's a bug of Windows. But there's hope because you can disable this function here:

Goto "Control panel / Language / Advanced settings / change language bar hotkeys / change key sequence / Switch keyboard layout" and change it to not assigned.

If this doesn't work, remove all the unwanted keyboard languages - even when it's English (e.g. for foreign people).

Mittwoch, 19. Oktober 2016

How to create an Automated Free (multi) Backup Solution with E-Mail Notification in Windows 10 (Life Hack)

How to create an Automated Free (multi) Backup Solution with E-Mail Notification in Windows 10 (Life Hack) 

  1. Download 2 things:
    1. FreeFileSync (Backup program) .... called 'FFS' later in this text
      2. Install the FFS
      3. Open FreeFileSync
        1. Select the files / folders to sync and the options (I'm using 'mirror' with 'trash bin'). All the options you will see only with pressing F8. Left side is origin - right side is destination
        2. Save the setting ('save as') and additionally save this 'as batch' (this is even more important for the execution). Copy or write down the batch-file-name because you will need it in the next step.

    2. Download the latest original VBS Script from here
      1. ... or you take the adapted version from me with the working Gmail options already included:
      2. Read through the VBS script and make the needed adaptions according the the description in the header (e-mail, FFS EXE location and as most important thing the FFS batch-file-name from the previous step ... and all other things.)
  2. Create a batch-file (with a text editor and fill in these lines and save as 'mybackup.bat')
    1. @echo on
      cscript //nologo "C:\bybackup.vbs"
  3. Now we have everything ready - we just need to get this automatically being scheduled
    1. Open the Windows Task Scheduler (Win Key then type 'task') and create a new basic task (using 'action' menu). Go through all the tabs and link the  'mybackup.bat' in the action tab (no arguments needed)

    2. You can wait till the time arrives or you can trigger the batch with right click / run in the task manager.
    3. Hence the task manager will start the mybackup.bat and this will call the VBS script and the VBS script will invoke the FFS with the setting from the mybackup.batch and at the very end you will get the e-mail with the report. 

Now it looks very easy, but this is a way, which:
  • is 100% free       
  • is 100% reliable (FFS is one of the most reliable backup programs)
It took me about 2 month to figure out this way, hence don't underestimate this combination. I've tested at least 10 backup-programs including paid software and the FFS was the only reliable, I had just to find a way to set it up to work automated and provides an e-mail at the end.

Hope it works for you too.

Good luck and have fun with it

Freitag, 14. Oktober 2016

How to rotate a video on Google Photos

How to rotate a video on Google Photos?

  • There is no option for this at
  • Sometimes it's also not working on the cellphone - why?

  • Select the video on your cellphone with the Google Photos App
  • open the menu (top / right) and select 'download' (or sometimes 'restore')

  • Wait till it has been downloaded, then push the 'pencil' button:

  • Now you have the 'rotate' option available, but before you start, please press the (i) button and write down the date / time of your recording - you will later need it to correct it. 

  • Don't forget to save this 'action':

  • And at the end goto, select your video, click on the info-button (i) and restore the original date / time (enter it manually). 

Sonntag, 9. Oktober 2016

Sony Smartwatch for Android 4.3 - Lime quick review (2016)

Sony Smartwatch for Android 4.3 - Lime quick review (2016)

It's not a brand new watch on the market, but since the price dropped dramatically it's almost a steal now. The functions are still great with standalone GPS and WiFi. Far beyond average and it's even waterproof as long as you keep the seal tight. Battery life is about good average and usually it's enough to charge it once a day, at least with WiFi and GPS off and only Bluetooth on, which is usually enough to get all the notifications and enable 90% of the functions.
I big plus are the standard Micro USB plug and the "always-on" display, but unfortunately the 'idle' watch-face is very dimmed and sometimes hard so see - especially when wearing glasses, but usually it's OK and you can switch to large letters on the screen which helps a lot.
Also great is the large available storage (about 4 GB). It's almost impossible to fill it completely.
It works grat with lots of very important apps, like WhatsApp, Shazam, Google Fit, GPS Trackers, Glympse, Hangout, Google Maps, Voice recorder and others. Unfortunately most of the apps are not working 'stand-alone'. Only a few like timer, alarm, calculator and so on. I also would like to have a 'stand-alone' sleep tracker, but it does not seem to be available.
Voice recognition to set timer, alarm, respond to text messages and so on works mostly fine, but not perfect.
Unfortunately the glass seems to be not very strong (no gorilla glass) and so you have to protect it with a screen protector. This is a must. Backside of the watch is stainless steel and way better quality than the no-name Chinese smartwatches.
The watch-band is very secure and flexible.
I only miss a camera, a speaker and maybe a heart rate monitor, but as far as I know, there is no Android Wear Watch with a camera anyway.

  • Summary
    • Good
      • currently very nice price
      • quite stable connection to the mobile phone
      • great performance (quad core and obviously enough memory)
      • always-on screen
      • above average battery live
      • WiFi (after upgrading to 5.1.1)
      • GPS
      • waterproof
      • very responsive touch-screen, but as far as I was able to soo there's no multi - touch - at least no app is supporting it
      • standard micro USB plug
      • sturdy
      • nice design
      • great viewing angles on 'active screen'
    • Bad
      • No camera (same on all other Android Wear Watches too)
      • No speaker 
      • Dim Idle 'Always-On' screen
      • somehow difficult to plug-in micro USB
      • no sim-card (same on all other Android Wear Watches too)
  • Bottom line: 
    • Best value on the Android Wear market in 2016

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Mittwoch, 5. Oktober 2016

How to get rid of One Drive / OneDrive?

 How to uninstall One Drive from Windows 10?

  1. Open Command Prompt in Administrator mode:
  2. Press key and type "cmd". Right-click on the icon and chose "run as administrator"
  3. Type in taskkill /f /im OneDrive.exe to terminate any OneDrive processes and hit Enter.
  4. Then type in either %SystemRoot%\System32\OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstallif you’re using 32-bit Windows 10 or %SystemRoot%\SysWOW64\OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall if you’re using 64-bit Windows 10 and hit Enter.

Montag, 3. Oktober 2016

Important Links for Sony Smartwatch 3 SW3

Important Links for Sony Smartwatch 3 SW3


Update / Repair Software / Firmware (5.1.1):

Sonntag, 25. September 2016

How to get your Windows 10 Product Key / Serial?

How to get your Windows 10 Product Key?

  • Win+X and then press A  (starts command window as admin)
  • Type "slmgr -dli" and press
  • Wait a few seconds till small window with Product Key will be shown like this:

... but actually you don't need it because Microsoft registers your has value on their database and will find your PC as soon as your (re-)setup again. 

That's it

Have fun