Saturday, September 27, 2008

iTunes 2131

If you have a Dell Laptop you may find that you cannot burn a CD using iTunes. You may get an iTunes 2131 Error when trying to burn a CD. I looked and looked online and found alot of people with Dell Latitude and Inspiron laptops who had this same problem. It appears to be an issue with the particular DVD or CD drive used in these Dell laptops. I found one site that had a solution for the iTunes 2131 Error involving an update to the firmware of the DVD drive. This worked for me on my Dell Latitude and I can now burn CD's using iTunes.

Switching Off Of Canidae

I've always appreciated Canidae dog food but recently they changed the formula for some of the dog food. The Canidae New Formula adds more protein but some of the changes in the formula may cause some minor side effects for your dog. There have been some reports of dogs having soft or light stools or diareah or vomiting. These are minor side effects and usually go away as the dogs digestive system becomes used to the new Canidae formula. Some dog owners however are not happy that the well known Canidae formula changed at all and have switched to other brands of dog food after performing more research. My suggestion is to try the new Canidae formula for a few weeks if you liked the old formula. Most dogs will accept this just fine after adjusting. If your dog is not adjusting then trying another brand may be necessary.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Is The GM Employee Discount A Good Deal?

I've often wondered if all these GM and Ford Employee Discount sales are really a good deal or just a scam or scheme. One way to evaluate the GM Employee Discount is to look at past sales. I'm lucky in that I buy the same truck every four years so I have something to compare to. In 2005 I bought a Chevrolet Silverado I paid $26,500 for it. It was an LS with the Z71 off road package. Now that the GM Employee Discount is on I see the quoted price in an ad was about $25,000 not a bad deal. Further however was a $5000 promotional discount that could be added to the deal reducing the cost to about $20,000 not a bad deal by a long shot. So if you are in the market for a new car or truck any GM vehicle from Chevrolet, Cadillac, Pontiac and GMC is going to be priced at a very good deal. Head to your Chevrolet dealer today to check the price on whatever vehicle you might want.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Watch That Gas Cap

Did you know that not tightening your gas cap sufficiently can cause your check engine light to come on? I recently learned this because mine turned on and when I hookeed up a trouble code computer to my Chevrolet it showed trouble code P0455 which indicates a leak in the emission control evap system. The leak was me being a bonehead and not turning my gas cap enough. This generates the P0455 trouble code because gas fumes can leak out and that's bad emissions wise. What was funny is that the P0455 Trouble Code means that you have a "large" emissions leak though a gas cap being loose didn't seem like all that big of a deal to me. After clearing the code my check engine light went off no more P0455.

Christmas Shopping At Minnesota Malls

One of my favorite times of year is quickly upon us which means I can visit many of our fine Minnesota Malls in search for that perfect gift. A few of my favorite Malls in Minnesota are Ridgedale Mall in Minnetonka, Rosedale Mall in Roseville and Southdale Mall in Edina. Surprisingly I didn't mention the Mall Of America as you might think. I find MOA just too large and it takes too much time to get what I need. That's why I choose to visit more of the smaller malls around the Twin Cities. Rosedale Mall has made many improvements and expansions in the past two years making it one of the best shopping malls in Minnesota.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Java Error Error Applying Transforms

Error Error Applying Transforms. Verify that the specified transform paths are valid.

Trying up upgrade or update your Java version on your Windows PC but getting Java Error Error Applying Transforms. Verify that the specified transform paths are valid. Follow the steps below to resolve this Java transforms error and update your version of Java.

Using Add/Remove programs, uninstall the current versions of Java runtime that are installed.

Download the offline version of Java and save to your desktop. Then try and install the Java update. You may be successful or you may still get the error applying transforms error. If you get the error keep going through the steps.

Browse to the folder below. Depending on the version of Java you are trying to install the exact name of the jrel.6.0_06 folder may differ with version number. For example if you had version 6.0_07 it would be java\jrel.6.0_07 Also the folder user may be called administrator or your username.

C:\Documents and Settings\administrator\Application Data\Sun\Java\jre1.6.0_06

Now look for an MSI file it will end in .MSI and double click it to run and restart the install. That install will likley be successful.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Java Runtime Environment cannot be loaded

Did you recieve this Java Error? Java (TM) Plug-in Fatal Error The Java Runtime Environment cannot be loaded and maybe even after that a Java error that goes Several Java Virtual Machines running in the same process caued an error.

Here's how I fixed mine. First click start, setttings Control panel and open up the Java icon. Then click the Java tab and under the Java Application Runtime Settings section click the view button. In my case I unchecked all but the latest 1.6 version, I think mine was Product 1.6.0_07 and then click ok. Now close the java icon thing and open your IE browser and just for good measure click tools, internet options and clear your tempoary internet files. Then retry whatever website you were trying to get at before.

Who Is NeNe Leakes?

Not just someone with an interesting first name, Nene Leakes is married to her husband Greg Leakes who is a successful real estate professional in the Atlanta Georgia area. More relavant is the fact that you can see NeNe Leakes on the upcoming season of Real Housewives Of Atlanta on Bravo TV. The first episode will air on October 7 2008 when NeNe Leakes joins her four friends in portraying the real life of the rich in Atlanta Georgia. Tune in for all the action this fall when The Real Housewives Of Atlanta makes it's third season debut with NeNe Leakes and friends.

Monday, September 15, 2008

New Housewives Show On Bravo TV

For those fans of Real Housewives Of Orange County and Real Housewives of New York your in for a treat this fall. In October Bravo TV will air the third season of the Real Housewives series called Real Housewives Of Atlanta. This reality TV show profiles 5 Housewives Of Atlanta who are wealthy, beautiful and talented. Early reports are stating that there will be plenty of drama to go around among these Real Housewives of Atlanta. One early controversy is that while the other shows cast members were residents of Orange County and New York all of the cast members of Real Housewives Of Atlanta reside in suburbs outside of Atlanta. This is an obvious disappointment for those Atlanta metro residents hoping to show off their downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. These women live in high end suburbs of Atlanta like Sandy Springs, Duluth and Alpharetta.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Who Is Tom Rukavina?

Tom Rukavina is a member of the Minnesota House Of Representatives and has been since 1986 I believe. A member of the DFL from a district up north, Tom Rukavina has an interesting voting record where he sides with the liberal Minnesota DFL in most cases but votes against traditional liberal policies when it serves the rural voters of his district. A good example of this would be his opposition to the Minnesota Smoking Ban. This would be a no brainer for most liberals to vote for, they love control and love controlling what business owners can do with their private property. Tom Rukavina voted against it because non-smoking bars in rural towns are bad for business. While i'd rarely agree with a liberal member of the DFL in Minnesota, for private property rights reasons, I can applaud this particular opposition vote cast by Tom Rukavina. Looking at his broader voting record however I find it hard to find votes that do not support the traditional liberal adgenda handed down by the DFL in Saint Paul.

Jared Allen A Welcome Addition To Minnesota

It's been two official season games and i'm very impressed with Defensive End Jared Allen. The Minnesota Vikings paid a steep price for Jared Allen and that investment appears to be paying dividends in an improved defensive line. After watching the highlight reel below, I can see why Minnesota Vikings fans were so jazzed to receive Jared Allen from the Kansas City Chiefs. This 2008/2009 season, watch Minnesota Viking Jared Allen number 69 and see if you agree. As I write this Jared Allen has just sacked peyton manning for his first sack of the 2008 Football season.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Aaron Rodgers Debut Against The Minnesota Vikings

Tonight Aaron Rodgers the new quarterback for the Green Bay Packers will square off against the Minnesota Vikings on national TV. This will be the first game of the official football season for the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings. This game is especially important for Aaron Rodgers as he's the replacement quarterback for Brett Farve and will either become a star in Green Bay or a cursed replacement player filling a spot until the next star can come along. If successful you can expec to see the Aaron Rodgers Jersey all over Green Bay and greater Wisconsin. Young Aaron Rodgers has a great opportunity to fill the very large shoes left wide open by the retirement of Brett Farve. Look for the number 12 on the Aaron Rodgers Jersey to make an impact against the defense of hte Minnesota Vikings starting at 6:00 pm Central time this evening.

Jared Allen Ready For Green Bay Tonight

Tonight when the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers square off there is alot at stake for both teams. Each team is a division rival and both have new star players who've yet to be tested. Jared Allen at Defensive End begins the official season as a high profile addition to the Minnesota Vikings defense and is poised to become a star of the team. If successful you can expecte to see alot of the Jared Allen Jersey being worn around the Metrodome and in public in Minnesota. The Jared Allen Jersey has already become very popular and if successful will make a great christmas gift for any Vikings fan.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Payday Loans In Minnesota

If you are a payday lender doing business in Minnesota get ready for a change. The Minnesota department of Commerce has determined that Internet Payday Loan lenders must register, be licensed and follow Minnesota State regulations for payday loans. This could add significant costs and time burdons to online payday loan lenders. The result could be that many online payday loan lenders will just stop doing business in Minnesota giving customers less choice in where they go to obtain a quick loan. Local payday loan lenders like Payday America stand to benefit from this new regulation as they were always required to be licensed and follow the regulations. In fact Payday America could see a significant explosion in business as a result of the changes in Minnesota Payday Regulations.