Archive for June, 2015

Fixing Facebook Mobile or Other Preinstalled Apps on Your Smartphone

Once in a while, Facebook mobile gets fouled up on my smartphone and stops working correctly. I've had it happen both when I had an iPhone and now that I have an Android LG G3.

The symptoms vary, but usually the problem involves repeated crashing when trying to do a specific task. Today, my symptom was that I was unable to post a comment on an existing post. The app would either crash, or it would fail to post and switch back to the home screen.

The Facebook app stores a database on your phone that keeps track of all of your settings and also caches information from pages and profiles you've visited to speed up access. Once in a while, this database becomes corrupt, and that is usually to cause of odd behavior. Sometimes this is triggered after an update to the app, but other times is just happens from use. Regardless, it can be very frustrating.

Most often, the solution is to delete/remove the app from your phone and reinstall it. When you delete a smartphone app, the operating system knows to delete all of the associated files that go with the app. When you reinstall it, the app should create new, clean database and preference files. However, in some cases, residual files are left behind, which can prevent the reinstall from helping to solve the problem.

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Crock Pot Chili Is Healthy Food

Chili in the slow cooker is nutritious and easy to make. Saw this chili recipe on MyFitnessPal and it reminded me… this is one of my favorite healthy foods. I make a big pot in the slow cooker and pick away at it for a couple of weeks. I don't follow a recipe — I usually just grab the base ingredients at the store and throw them in the pot. I vary the beans I use to give it a little different taste and texture each time. It's kind of high in calories, but it's all "good" calories — high in fiber, vitamins and protein. I do use ground turkey, like this recipe does, because it's low in fat. Slow cooker cooking is great because you literally just dump everything in there, turn it on, and come back 6-8 hours later.

Here is their recipe, but if you're creative it's really easy to embellish or modify from the base ingredients.