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Installing Elementary OS Freya on a High-Resolution Screen Won't Display Correctly

When I tried to install Elementary OS on my high-res laptop with a 3840 x 2160 display, the installer displayed only about 25% of the screen. I could see the upper-left corner of the pretty background page and just the upper-left corner of the first prompt.

It seems the installer was sizing the screen right (big), but only displaying a small portion of the actual display. This meant I couldn't continue with installation because I couldn't answer the questions.

There is a workaround, however...

RDP, Terminal Server, and 2 Annoyances

I use terminal server a lot with my clients. I was trying to set up RDP sessions to run a certain program and quit (rather than just opening up an RDP session and running the program from there). I do this so that I can run a program and get out. For instance, I have some web-based server management interfaces that are only available from inside the network (like for the phone systems) and if I just want to go in and fix something, I don't want to have to run a VPN session and I don't want to get a full desktop to start a browser, so I just fire off the browser as a program in an RDP session and I'm in and out!

However, I was running into 2 annoyances:

1) I would set up an RDP session to run one program, but the session would hang when the program exited. The session would stay hung so that when I came back and re-connected, I got the same hung desktop session back!

2) No matter what I changed in the RDP settings or on the server, every time I opened an RDP sessions file, my window would have scroll bars with my desktop bigger than the window that RDP opened!

Both were pretty annoying and had different solutions.

Java Installation Issues on Windows 7 64-bit; Error 1335 with Data1.cab

As most people now know, java being installed (and seldom updated) on nearly every system running Windows has created major security problems, what with all of the security holes being "day one" exploited.

The proper solution (as is the case with most security problems) is to remove something when it isn't specifically needed!

When I looked at my own system, I had disabled java from being activated by the browser (disabling the add-ins for chrome, IE, Firefox, etc.) so I was relatively safe from website/ad based attacks, but I also found that I was running three different installations of java including two for 32-bit and one for 64-bit.

I figured the easy thing to do was remove all of them, then add back the freshest version of one I needed for my Eclipse IDE to work.

Uninstall went fairly well, but I had problems when I tried to install the 64-bit version of java. Every time I installed it, I would get:

Error 1335: The cabinet file Data1.cab required
for this installation is corrupt and cannot be used.

I tried lots of different things from the googles, but it took a combination of things to get it to finally install...

Odd Excel 2003 Hanging Mouse Cursor

I had a system with an odd little problem. The user was using Excel 2003 and all of a sudden, it looked like Excel hung. Everywhere the user clicked with the left mouse button, nothing happened. The right button would select a cell an inch away from the cell that was clicked on and the pop-up menu would appear down and to the right from the point clicked. While Excel looked like it was hung, it really wasn't as even though it wasn't behaving, it was running...

Fixing the Apple iPad, iPhone, and Touch's Problem with Displaying Data as Phone Numbers

I had a problem with a data heavy website not displaying numbers correctly when accessing the site from an iPad.

Specifically, numbers in a table would show up as blank on the iPad, but look great on every other browser. I thought it was a css issue, but the problem was that Safari was "helping" me by converting these number strings into links that, when you touch the screen, would ask if I wanted to add a new contact. That was my first hint. When I said, yes, I did, it took the number and tried to format as a phone number.

It turns out there isn't a way to turn this off in Safari or the iPad, but you can fix it by creating a meta tag...

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