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“_” in host / domain name

June 26, 2008 8:57 am

Don’t try to use a “_” in your host / domain name.   Internet Explorer has issues with _ and will not generate cookies for sites that have a “_” in their host name.

SEO - Search Engine Optimization

September 24, 2007 8:48 am

Prior to 2005 if you typed in Gary Lau into a major of search engines, the results was usually about me.   In the past few years I’ve been losing ranking on the search engines.  It’s interesting to see what the people with the same name are up to.

The Gary Lau’s I’ve seen so far are:

I’ve been trying to get for years.   It’s currently redirects to google, so the person is not using it actively.  It is set to expire April 2008.  Hopefully he fails to renew the domain.

So now the goal is to gain back top position on the Search Engines.

Need to Access your Computer

May 24, 2007 12:05 pm

Do you need to access your computer at work or at home?   This can be extremely difficult if you are behind a router / firewall that does not allow external connections or if you are behind a device that shares an internet connection.  My friend recommended that I use a software called Hamachi and I swear by it now.     It is a VPN application that adds your PC to self-created private (and protected) networks on the Hamachi Network.  As part of being on their network you get your on 5.x.x.x private IP address which you can access from any machine runing Hamachi as long as you are both in the same self-created private network.  There is an authentication processes required to join the private network.  

Once an connection is established you have a network tunnel going to the other machine so you can access all the ports like you were on the same network.   Whola you now have access to Windows File Sharing / Remote Desktop Connection / etc.   The best part is Hamachi will use conventional ports to build the tunnel, which means you have the possiblity to get out of most firewalls and routers.   

Give it a try.  You can download hamachi from


Samsung SCX-4216F Owners - Tech Menu

March 18, 2007 11:00 pm

I have been refilling the toner cartridge in both my printers for a long time.   Refills can be ordered on ebay for $8.00 a bottle (shipped) compared to buying a new OEM cartridge for $70-90.  That’s a huge saving.   For the SCX-4216F Multi-Function printer the new refill kits also come with a fuse which is used internally (in toner assembly) to reset the internal counter for the printer.   If the counter maxes out the printer will display TONER EMPTY message and it will not work.  It will not FAX, PRINT or SCAN.  It pretty much forces you to go out and buy a new toner cartridge.

Searching on Google on how to access the fuse I found a page that showed you how to reset the counter without replacing the fuse.   It was simple, access the TECH menu and select NEW CARTRIDGE.   Here are the instructions:

[menu] - [#] - 1934 - [menu]

Then select “NEW CARTRIDGE”

Restart Printer to get out of the TECH menu.

SCX 4216 F

Hope that helps all the SCX-4216 printer owners out there.

Boycott FujiFilm

December 16, 2006 11:50 am
Fuji S2 Pro

Got news from FujiFilm Canada that green lines going across a picture is normal. That it has happened with many of their S2 Camera’s. I’m not talking about a $200 Point and Shoot Camera but rather $3,000.00 Professional Camera (2002). They said they will not warranty the camera of this known sensor problem as too many camera’s have it. This is already the 2nd sensor in the camera as the first Camera had failed completely. You think with a known inherent problem they would cover the repair of this problem. They told me they can repair the problem for me at a cost of $1200.00 and I was blown out of my mind as a new camera with newer technology could be obtained for less than $1200.00. I thought they would at least offer to fix the problem at cost.

Oh well, the only solution is to ask everyone to boycott FujiFilm products. Go buy something more reliable. Go get yourself Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Olympus, anything other than Fuji. Too little too late.