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Top five things about Blackberry's new Blackberry 10

Summer fruit salad ingredients, blackberry and raspberryBlackberry’s new Blackberry 10 was unveiled yesterday. Top five things about that…

#5. Blackberry 10 is not itself a phone, it’s a proprietary OS that runs on their phones. Much like Ashley 7 herself is not a morning show, but rather an essential irreplaceable component of a morning show.

#4. The company that makes the Blackberry changed it’s name to Blackberry. Mainly because of all the toilet jokes associated with a company called RIM.

#3. Its not in stores yet. So you can’t actually hold one. Its kind of like the Manti T’eo of phones.

#2. They showed off two new phones called Z10 and Q10. Little known fact: Their working names were “Luongo” and “Schneider”.

#2a. It’s sooooo much better than the 9. 😉

#1. The new Blackberry will have its own $3.8 million dollar commercial for the Super Bowl. Well, that’s the plan, first the need to sell a little over 192,000 of them by Sunday morning.

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Top five signs someone at work might be reading your email

keyboardSurvey says, 38% of companies have at least one person who’s job it is to monitor employees e-mail.

Top five signs someone at work might be reading your email.

#5. Sometimes your internet connection seems really slow when checking your mail.

#4. You arrive at work and someone asks you “what did you think of the quality of Black Swan last night on Netflix?”.

#3. You tell your boss, you’re going to need a personal day and he says “no kidding…”.

#2. The sign on the door says “gone for lunch” but you’re pretty sure you hear clicking sounds and muffled giggling coming from the tech room.

#1. After you send your spouse an email complaining about the boss walking around shirtless while wearing chaps all day, he suddenly stops referring to himself as ‘Magic Ron’.

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Top five signs that an email is spam

I have been getting a lot of spam email lately. I’m getting mortgage offers, pills to make me bigger and faster, secret deals to help the Bolivia Finance Minister to get huge amounts of cash out of Bolivia, cheap watches and of course ‘earn thousands working for just two hours a week at home’.

To help you figure out what is legit and what is not, here are Mike’s top five signs that an email is spam.

#5. It starts off with ‘Dear Fool’.

#4. After clicking on a link you end up at a web site called ‘takingYOUforAride.com’.

#3. When you click reply to sender, the return address is Bernie Madoff 001 at hotmail dot com.

#2. The email asks you to provide very sensitive personal and confidential banking information in return for a handy, comfortable Snuggie!

#1. If it makes a tasty sandwich when thinly sliced and served with mustard and lettuce on a sesame seed bun.

Sidebar: Hormel Foods Corporation, the maker of SPAM luncheon meat, does not object to the Internet use of the term “spamming”. However, they did ask that the capitalized word “SPAM” be reserved to refer to their product and trademark.

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Dell Error Code 2000-0142


If this isn’t the specific Dell error code you’re looking for, here’s a link to the Dell ‘Beep Codes and PSA Diagnostic Chart’ LINK.


Oh oh… got the dreaded Blue Screen of Death and Dell’s infamous “Code 2000-0142” on my Dell Studio 17 Laptop. Diagnostics says my hard-drive has failed. The message is something like “harddrive 0 – self test unsuccessful = status 79″ UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME”. Instead of automatically replacing the HD, I Googled the error message and found this (below) at www.pcguide.com  (here’s the original thread)

This is what I did after piecing together snippets of info from multiple websites and hours of frustration. Insert your OS disk into your cd/dvd drive As the machine boots up – it should have an option to hit F2 or F12 Hit the F12 key This will give you the option of where to boot your machine from. Select boot from CD/DVD drive For me windows loaded some files and gave me an option to either install windows or repair. I selected repair I was then asked for the admin password — typed it in. It brings you to a command prompt : Type in CHKDSK or Type in CHKDSK/R Hit the ENTER key Once your machine has finished and repairing the hard drive, type EXIT and press ENTER to restart your laptop.

I have also found another command that could be tried if the above fails. Bear in mind, i didnt have to do it, but will post it here anyway.

After the command prompt – type in FIXBOOT

According to the DELL website the error code 2000-0142 is a Drive Self Test failed error code.

Update… October 20, 2012 Didn’t work for me. I couldn’t get to a command prompt to use CHKDSK. My machine kept hanging while booting and never made it to C. Note: bios was showing my HD so maybe my problem is elsewhere. Time to go to a pro… I’ll leave this posted just incase it does work for someone.






Here are my attempt routines. 1st. Power on. Laucnh windows 7. BS. “unmountable boot volume..” then BS goes way quickly and computer does re-start. 2nd. Power on, Launch start up repair, Default blue desktop wall paper loads (no icons), then nothing. Just hangs there. (Next message…coming) 3rd. Power on. f12. diagnostics. “error code 0142”. HD self test unsuccessful status:79 fyi -Can not get to a command line to run chkdsk -Bios does show HD is present..

Update… October 23, 2012 Techs removed the HD and found no sign of life. They replaced the drive and reinstalled the OS and the Dell is now running fine (fingers crossed). Though it didn’t work for me, let me know if this procedure works for you. tweet @bennydesk

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