Archive for the ‘Geek Stuff’ Category

‘To use the “java” command-line tool’ Message Under El Capitan: Here’s How You Fix It

Java error message under El CapitanMac OS X 10.11 “El Capitan” has been a great upgrade for my late 2009 27″ iMac. Not sure if it was due to disk cleanup that the pre-install utility ran or improvements to the Finder and Spotlight, but my computer is running much faster and more smoothly since the update. With 20Gb of RAM and the Quad i7 processor, even with this computer being 6 years old, I find the speed quite acceptable for web design, photo editing in Photoshop, and the 20+ browser tabs I have open at any given time as a web designer and social media manager.

However, one annoying bug that cropped up after installation is this pesky message, complaining about the java command line tool. It pops up at seemingly random intervals on my computer, more often when I am in a web browser. I did check, and Chrome no longer supports the standard java install, so the message seems to be coming at the system level. I do have java installed on my computer because there are apps that I need to run that require it. Continue reading “‘To use the “java” command-line tool’ Message Under El Capitan: Here’s How You Fix It” »


Really Cheap Android Wear OS Watch

LGW100KRB-1-1000If you want to try out a smartwatch to see if it works for you without forking out a ton of cash, check this out… I just ordered a factory refurbished LG G Watch for $59 from Free shipping too.

Here’s the link:

This is the cheapest you’re going to find an Android Wear OS watch. That’s cheap enough to be a stocking stuffer.

If you don’t like the cheap watch strap that comes with it, it takes standard 22mm bands and also also works with NATO straps.

BTW, with the latest OS updates, you can install the Android Wear app on your iPhone and use it with that as well.


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.

Continue reading “Fixing Facebook Mobile or Other Preinstalled Apps on Your Smartphone” »


No, a Yoga 2 Pro Is Not a Mac

So I just had a reminder that my Yoga 2 Pro is NOT a Mac.

I had noticed that when I flipped into tent mode or stand mode, everything, especially the video, got a lot slowed. I did a few minutes of research online and found a support thread on the Lenovo site suggesting to turn off the DPTF option in the BIOS. 2 minute fix, and now everything is working great. The problem has been going on for 3 years or more on Yoga models, but Lenovo hasn’t even acknowledged it.

Now, I have the technical background to know what the hell a BIOS is and how to access it, but I can’t fathom an everyday end user being able to fix things like that without expert help. And certainly you’d never had to do anything like that on a Mac.

Definitely a different world.  But I’m still very happy I switched from a Mac laptop to Yoga. I still can’t believe Apple hasn’t figured out that the 2-in-1 market is here to stay.