Category Archives: Work Like It’s Supposed to

404 Error and 504 Error: When a Webpage Won’t Load

You’re browsing online. Everything is going smoothly. And then it isn’t: you get an error message and suddenly you’re outta luck opening the webpage. A 404 or 504 error stops you dead in your tracks. The fact is, these web-based errors aren’t likely to be your fault. It’s usually a result of an error on the back-end, that is, on the server that’s hosting the webpage.  That being said, it’s still frustrating.

In the case when the problem does have something to do with your system setup, you wanna know how to fix it. And in any situation, you want to know where the root of the problem is.  Use this article to learn about the 404 and 504 errors: what they are and why they happen.  And then learn how to troubleshoot the problems, getting to the heart of the matter and finding out how to tackle the errors without going crazy.


A 404 error can appear in many different ways. Some cheeky websites even make 404 errors into a sort of joke. But sarcastic error messages aside, you’re still up against an error.


Basically, you get a 404 error if the page you are looking for isn’t on the website’s server any more. You can get the error in two ways. One, you may have simply typed in the URL wrong and send your browser to a bad location. Two, the website you’re trying to work with may have deleted or moved the page you’re looking for without redirecting the old location to the new one. Continue reading

The Sharing Economy & the Cloud: Top 5 Services that Come to You

Our modern economy is a collaborative economy. Websites and companies are springing up to bring empty houses and travelers together, empty seats and riders together and even empty parking spots and cars together. It makes sense that websites would be developed that bring individuals with specific skills together with those who are in need of the skills. From babysitters to tech gurus, you can find just about anything you need in our modern world of cloud services.

Here is a top 5 of the sharing-economy’s most notable names in the arena of in-home help. While there are lots of peer-to-peer driven services out there, these are examples of how the cloud delivers the potential expertise of millions of people, right to your door.


stock_using_laptop3Sometimes your knowledge is what sets you apart. Knowing how to do certain things can be powerful, especially if others are anxious to learn what you are willing to teach. This is the premise behind, a website designed as an elaborate learning or tutoring center.

At Skillshare you can take virtual classes in photography, hand lettering, search engine optimization, algebra, film production, auto repair and much, much more. If someone knows how to do it, they are teaching it on Skillshare.

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Java Does Not Have Permission to Run: Get it Working

The message says your version of Java is out of date or that your Java security certificate is unrecognized or outdated.  What the heck does that mean, and more importantly, how do I fix it … like, now!

Because you’re trying to run that online game, or you’re trying to register for classes before the deadline, or you’re trying to initialized that mapping tool.  Java online platforms are still a prevalent medium on the web, enabling interactive tools and media.  Prevalent that is, unless it’s not working.

What’s an Applet Again?

Let’s say you’re trying to sign up for classes online. Simple, right? Every university seems to offer this sort of convenience these days. So you pull up the website and click on the link to start the special program the website uses to pull up your account.

That special program is a Java applet. When you click on the “My Account” button (or whatever your university has decided to call it), a new page pops open that allows you to login and then click and select all of the various things you need to click and select.  It’s a special program that is based on the webpage but runs on your computer.

And if it’s the night before a midnight deadline, it naturally locks up. You click on the account button and nothing happens. Then you get a message.


The application is blocked. If you’re lucky you get another message telling you why.

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Can’t Restore a Device in iTunes: Fixing Apple Restore Errors

So there’s a problem with your iPhone, iPad, or other Apple device.  What happened? Maybe you download unauthorized apps that don’t work right, deleted something that shouldn’t have been deleted, or just got some bad luck –  a glitch in your device that you had nothing to do with.

The universal fix for Apple-brand bugs is first and foremost a reset.  This is simply turning the iPhone/iPad off and on again.  But when a reset doesn’t work, it’s time to back up your stuff and do a restore.  A restore has two parts.

  • • One  is when you literally restore the device to its factory settings – basically to the way it was when you first got it.
  • • And the second is when you – well – restore that backup you made. 

iCloud vs iTunes

Apple Devices are designed to work wirelessly.  You can back up your data, settings and media (including app profile) via iCloud, the cloud-based user service provided by Apple that connects your account with all your purchases and media stores.

Why Use iTunes to do a Restore?

But you can also do all of this from iTunes.  Why would you?  Well, for a lot of people iTunes offers a more visual interface than that provided by a wireless service.  It allows you to see a backup be made, view the backup profile and what’s included and restore it the same way.  So even in a world of wirelessness, there’s still good reason to use iTunes to backup and restore an Apple device.

What do Restore Errors Look Like?

What if you try to restore it and you get these strange error messages, like “Device not recognized” or “Can’t Restore or Update.” Basically, something is wrong with the iTunes setup on your computer.  The essential error is 1603 or 1604, a code used to designate a range of communication problems, mostly installer errors.


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Work Like It’s Supposed to: Fix a Slow Boot-Up

Nothing is more tooth-grind-inducing than a computer that takes forever to boot up. You turn the computer on, you sit down, you get ready to work…and then you wait. And wait.

It’s a sad truth that the longer we have a computer, the slower it seems to boot up. This is due to a few things, and old computer age is not one of them strangely enough. The first major problem that your computer is likely having is that it is bogged down with too many programs trying to start up all at once when you initially boot up the machine. The second problem may simply be an overabundance of programs and their associated drivers and files.

Managing Startup Permissions

When you turn on your computer, a lot of programs try to kick in immediately. Some are absolutely necessary things like your antivirus software and all of the various Windows mechanics. But others are a bit less than necessary and they can drag your computer down as it kicks into gear.

Fortunately you can check out the program that are all starting up at the same time and control them in a single location. In Windows 7, search for MSCONFIG in the search bar of the Start menu. In Windows 8 open the Task Manager.

You’ll see a menu labeled Startup. This is the long list of programs that are currently working immediately when you turn on your machine.


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