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Installing a OCZ Vertex 2 SSD in a Lenovo T60p

14th March 2011 - By Aaron Gadberry

Well I was very pleased to receive my 120GB OCZ Vertex SSD today, but disappointed when it didn’t fit in my Lenovo T60p. After doing some google searches I didn’t find anyone else with the problem. Isn’t it strange that when google has no results we assume we are doing something wrong?!?

Anyways I tried seating it about 20 times, and was finally able to get it to go all the way in. Don’t force it, just jiggle it. It will go. It may help to remove the bumpers and get it in with just the tray, and then try again with the bumpers.

Good luck!

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All Android Market Downloads Unsuccessful

2nd September 2010 - By Aaron Gadberry

Yesterday all of my attempts to download from the Android Market on my Samsung Moment were met with a nagging “Download Unsuccessful” message. The app ended up appearing in the Downloads list of the market, but was not installed. This happened for all apps across all publishers.

I reset the phone, I re-synced my primary google account (google apps), added my gmail google account, updated Profile, updated PRA, cleared the Market cache, turned the phone off and took out the battery for a few minutes, and still continued to have the problem. I called tech support and went through to 3rd tier pretty quickly only to have the guy suggest a reset to factory. I said I hoped that Google had more answers than Sprint and hung up.

Sure enough on Google this morning I found this page. Just so you don’t have to go read it all, what worked for me is below:

Applications–>Settings–>Applications–>Manage applications
Menu–>Filter: All
Download Manager–>Clear data

And what do you know…I get my ability to download back without doing a factory reset.

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Facebook Phonebook

9th July 2010 - By Aaron Gadberry

Yesterday I saw a status message set to:

*WARNING**Go to the top right of your screen, click Account & then click Edit Friends. Go to the left side of your screen and click Phonebook. Everyone’s phone # is being published. Please repost (sic) to let your friends know of this change in security, so that they can remove their phone numbers or change their privacy settings…

I went and checked out my Phonebook and noticed that all the phone numbers in there were from Facebook friends that had them listed in their profiles. I think it’s not so bad for Facebook to organize the information that people have made available to me already. Apparently this is a pretty old feature I had just never seen. False alarm. Nothing to see here.

Then I saw this message at the top of the screen.

To learn more about Phonebook or to delete any contacts imported from your phone, click here.

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My Top 20 Movies

20th October 2009 - By Aaron Gadberry

  1. Primal Fear
  2. American History X
  3. American Gangster
  4. The Professional
  5. Terminator 2
  6. Silence of the Lambs
  7. Empire Records
  8. The Shawshank Redemption
  9. Armageddon
  10. Braveheart
  11. Tombstone
  12. Super Troopers
  13. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  14. The Italian Job
  15. Real Genius
  16. Memento
  17. Fight Club
  18. Speed 1
  19. Matrix 1
  20. Princess Bride

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What to expect in the Housing Market

3rd October 2008 - By Aaron Gadberry

We are approaching a time of change in the United States. The $700 billion dollar bailout passed this morning and is being signed by Bush at the time of writing. For the past few days I have been considering what position this whole situation will leave me in. I’ve been trying to determine the best course of action for myself and my family, and I think I’ve found it.

First let me explain what I expect to occur and why. Predatory lending, naivety and irresponsibility on the part of the home buyer have led us to our current situation. Many people who should not have received mortgages did. Being already squeezed by their mortgage, rising oil and food prices left no way to make ends meet. In combination, a bubble on housing prices burst, leaving many actual responsible homeowners upside-down in debt, with seemingly no hope to recover.

The current result is an overreaction in the other direction. Lenders have all but stopped giving out mortgages. While requirements and qualifications will eventually become reasonable again, it will take time for an average American to be able to get a mortgage. Most importantly, no one will ever give out another sub-prime mortgage. This will reduce demand on housing drastically. With reduced demand comes reduced value. With an estimated 50-65% reduced housing demand I expect to see a 20-40% overall reduced home value. This is on top of any bubble burst experience some have already had.

At the same time there will be an inverse increased demand for rental property. Currently rent prices are just below mortgages, but that relationship will reverse. I expect to see rent prices stabilize around 150% of a standard mortgage payment.

These increased rental revenues will prop up home values, and perhaps even return them to their original position. Investors will pick up massive amounts of real estate for the sole purpose of collecting rent. I expect to see large firms build entire neighborhoods with the intention of renting out 95% of the property.

We will see a massive reduction in the percentage of home owners in the United States. Instead of paying a mortgage and trying to make ends meet while building equity, we will instead see people simply unable to afford rent. This forms a cycle of debt, leaving no way to work up the 20-40% cash soon required to put down on a house. Anyone who doesn’t already have a mortgage is in for a world of hurt.

Somebody wins here, and it can be you. Be ready to buy property when the price drops. Do your best to become a landlord. The more private landlords out there the smaller the impact will be.

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