lørdag den 6. juli 2019

You can't even trust big brands anymore!

Normally I write about tech and technical problems, but this time its something from real life and has nothing to do with tech.

Last year in July I bought a pair of Adidas Originals, in Denmark, from Spartoo.dk and 4 months after the buy I saw that the sewing were going apart on the left one, and realized there were no sewing, it was glued together. The sewing showing on the shoe - is FAKE.

Well, I needed my shoes and a small thing like this were not going to stop me, so I gave it a small drop superglue and it worked fine, until yesterday where the rest of the glue gave up - and not only on one shoe, both of them now.

So, lousy work Adidas!

After a bit more investigation, it turns out Adidas got these shoes made in India. Not saying that is bad, but they do have cheaper labour and less quality control than we do, and some fake items come from there.

In Denmark we have 2 years reclamation right, meaning that the company has to compensate you if factory error - and you could argue that shoes with FAKE sewing and only glued together, were the glue gives up just 1 year after purchase, is factory error.

So lets see if I can get Spartoo.dk to send me a new pair, without first sending in the ones I wear everyday - yeah they can still be worn, though not so water resistant anymore - See photos.

I will follow up with an update to this on what is happening in the case.

Ordrenummer: 1050024450924128

Update: The dealer Spartoo.dk has chosen to ignore the case and I have asked Adidas to change the shoes to a new pair which should hold more than 1 year - waiting for response from Adidas. 

tirsdag den 2. juli 2019

What's wrong with OPPO, Vivo, One Plus, Cherry Mobile, Huawei, Lenovo, Samsung and other flagship phone manufacturers products?

As the title states, there is something totally wrong in the tech world - Super great Smartphones from worldknown brands, with quality components and STILL with inferiour battery life - This is 2019, not 2000!

These days we don't really drag the laptop or tablet with us everywhere we go, we use our mobile phone for most of the things we used to use the laptop or the tablet for.

So here comes the million dollar question: Why is companies like OPPO, Vivo, One Plus, Cherry Mobile, Huawei, Lenovo, Samsung and other flagship phone manufacturers, still are making SMART phones with inferiour battery life?

These products don't even last a full day on normal use, I'm not talking what the company claims, but actually consumer use.

And the problem even extend to their flagship models.

There are companies, not so wellknown in the western part of the world, that actually deliver their phones with nice big capacity batteries and some even replaceable - so why is it the other major brands can't do the same?

This is a very good question, and you as as consumer should ask yourself this too before buying a branded phone where you only get 1 year warranty, inferiour battery, and at best low class support.

Why not buy some of the not so known chinese brands instead, and save some money, and most of the time get a better product with better battery life. You still only get 1 year warranty, (some actually offers more), but a lot better experience.

I'm writting this from a Xiaomi REDMI NOTE 7 with 4000mAh battery. How much battery was on Samsungs newest flagship model?

A couple of reasons why you should NOT buy Firefly or Cherry Mobile phones

A couple of reasons why you should NOT buy Firefly mobile or Cherry Mobile products:

1. They seldom reply to support questions or resolve these, especially after sales support.

2. Their products are made from known manufacturers - Some times those parts are 3rd grade and discarded by the manufacturers for their own products, but bought by companies making cheap cellphones.

3. The battery can't be replaced, but that is true for many phones. Then again the ones I have had, seemed to get not so good to hold power after the warranty had expired.

4. You can't get repair by 3rd party repair shop, because there are no service parts! Example: The company made 100.000 phones, sold them all, should any fail and they have to replace them they have to make a new phone  every time. The don't make service parts to do repair, replacing the phone is cheaper than repair. But out of warranty, then you are screwed as they are not going to make a new phone just to replace yours - they just don't reply to your after sale support request!

If that is not enough reason for you, then go ahead and buy a phone from them. They do make good(not so good quality) products, they just don't last that long time, could be the 3rd grade parts reason.

I bought a super great phone Intense Desire, until it were NOT.

The screen died 2 years after I bought it. Most other known brands last a lot longer than 2 years.

It started with 1mm in the left side of the touchscreen, that didn't react to touch, then spread to half the screen - this after the suplied tempered glass overheated the screen. So again another good advice, don't apply the tempered glass as it is of such quality that it overheats the screen. Nice job Firefly!

So the reason its cheap, is most likely inferior parts,which cost a third of what 1st grade parts cost.

I worked 33 years as an IT Consultant, so this is not news to me, I`ve seen it in Compaq, HP, Dell, Neo, Cleo, Cherry Mobile and other products before!

You would just think that some of these companies would learn, and make cheap, but good quality products instead, and then make a good name for themselves.

Next time: What's wrong with OPPO, Vivo, One Plus, Cherry Mobile, Huawei, Lenovo, Samsung and other flagship phone manufacturers products?

fredag den 16. november 2018

Change Orage Clock preferences

Rightclick on the Orage clock, then choose Properties.

1. Click on timezone to set the timezone to the one you are in right now, when finished continue to the next.

2. Set what you want in Line 1 and Tooltip - changes take effect immediately.

Example: In Line 1 %R %S sets the time to be shown as 12:07 01 where %R shows the hour and minutes and %S shows the seconds. If you want 12 hour clock with AM and PM then just only use %X in Line 1

For the Tooltip which is shown when you hold the mouse cursor over Orage clock, an example is:

%A %d %B %Y

%A shows the weekday
%d shows the current date
%B shows the current month
%Y shows the current year

So it looks like this: Friday 16 November 2018

You can set it to how you would like it to show.


%%   a literal %
%a   locale's abbreviated weekday name (e.g., Sun)
%A   locale's full weekday name (e.g., Sunday)
%b   locale's abbreviated month name (e.g., Jan)
%B   locale's full month name (e.g., January)
%c   locale's date and time (e.g., Thu Mar  3 23:05:25 2005)
%C   century; like %Y, except omit last two digits (e.g., 21)
%d   day of month (e.g, 01)
%D   date; same as %m/%d/%y
%e   day of month, space padded; same as %_d
%F   full date; same as %Y-%m-%d
%g   last two digits of year of ISO week number (see %G)
%G   year of ISO week number (see %V); normally useful only with %V
%h   same as %b
%H   hour (00..23)
%I   hour (01..12)
%j   day of year (001..366)
%k   hour ( 0..23)
%l   hour ( 1..12)
%m   month (01..12)
%M   minute (00..59)
%n   a newline
%p   locale's equivalent of either AM or PM; blank if not known
%P   like %p, but lower case
%r   locale's 12-hour clock time (e.g., 11:11:04 PM)
%R   24-hour hour and minute; same as %H:%M
%s   seconds since 1970-01-01 00:00:00 UTC
%S   second (00..60)
%t   a tab
%T   time; same as %H:%M:%S
%u   day of week (1..7); 1 is Monday
%U   week number of year, with Sunday as first day of week (00..53)
%V   ISO week number, with Monday as first day of week (01..53)
%w   day of week (0..6); 0 is Sunday
%W   week number of year, with Monday as first day of week (00..53)
%x   locale's date representation (e.g., 12/31/99)
%X   locale's time representation (e.g., 23:13:48)
%y   last two digits of year (00..99)
%Y   year
%z   +hhmm numeric timezone (e.g., -0400)
%Z   alphabetic time zone abbreviation (e.g., EDT)

Change Orage week day to start with monday

It has annoyed me for a while that the starting week day in Peach OSI's Calendar App Orage, is shown as sunday - it might be like that in biblical terms, but the first day of week in business terms is monday.

So in order to change it, I went on google to find a solution - to my surprise it's not even on Orage own webpage, so I had to put it together by reading tips many different places and collect them in one solution(there are a lot of misinformation on the net) - this works:

1. Go to Settings then click on Language Support
2. Drag English (United Kingdom) to the top of the list, and click Apply system-wide

3. Restart you computer

If you want to change how dates and number are shown, then click on the tap Regional Formats and change it there.

fredag den 2. november 2018

To be or not to be LTE/4G!

This information could change your internet connection for the better, and not only apply to Denmark but could be used in your country too: 
For years now I have only been able to get 3G where I live in Denmark, eventhough I'm surrounded by Mobile towers. Even after an extensive troubleshooting with my ISP(Internet supplier) they said that I lived too far from the tower.

It turns out, that is not always the reason for the problem - If you like me, have had the same Sim card and phone number for many years, then you Sim card may not be LTE/4G enabled!

This is something that support don't usually think about when they try to find the reason that you can't get LTE/4G.

You will need a new LTE/4G enabled sim card - if you are on Postpaid plan, then you can get one with the same number for free, but if you are Prepaid you might have to pay for a new Sim card and thereby get a new number. 
Please be aware to backup your contacts before swapping out the simcards.

You can get APP's for making backup to your SD card or copy all your contacts to the phone, there is also an option to upload all your contacts to Google if you use an Android phone, just be aware that Google use a strange format for contacts so they might look a bit strange when restored(not always) - and you will need an internet connection for this.

Hope this helps someone.

torsdag den 18. oktober 2018

Linux with Thunderbird 60 and newer - how to add google to search list!

This is the solution to get Google Search working in TB 60 and newer - I followed the exact instruction here: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/add-search-engine-open-search#thunderbird:linux:tb60

But Google never showed up in the search list and the search.json.mozlz4 just gets regenerated when TB starts.

So for linux users, shut down Thunderbird and go to your home folder and find .thunderbird. Open it and open the profile folder - it may be named something like /home/xx/.thunderbird/xxxxxxxx.default/ Where the xx is your username and xxxxxxxx.default is the profile folder.

Now delete search.json.mozlz4

Then rightclick on http://bwinton.latte.ca/Work/google.xml. Save link as a file called google.xml

Then open Thunar or your favorite filemanager in sudo mode and copy the google.xml to


Start Thunderbird and Google should now be in the list of search engines. It work on my system which run TB 60.2.1 on Peach OSI TW 16.04 LTS (which is a modified version of Xubuntu - alot more stable).

A pitty that mozilla can't figure out to update their own solutions, when they make major changes to their products!

Hope this help someone else, and you then help other people!

JBJ also known as insomniacno1