Electronic Arts Sim City is slow and unplayable

I want my money back.

Sim City is unplayable in its present form. Electronic Arts has no provision for a refund. DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE, PURCHASE THIS GAME.

Electronic Arts Sim City, in its present form, is unplayble from my location. Electronic Arts DOES NOT give refunds.

In my opinion, this is a giant ripoff to people who have purchased the game.

there are no refunds for products or services purchased on our Websites -Electronic Arts

Since you have to set up an account and log in, that is unforgivable and an obvious ripoff. I want my money back.

SanDisk Secure Access USB drive software sucks

SanDisk Secure Access USB drives suck. Buy something else.

SanDisk Secure Access software sucks. It won’t run from the USB drive, even though it ran a few days ago on the same computer, in the same USB port.

Even with current updates to the SanDisk Secure Access USB software, it won’t run. Buy something else.

Not only that, but the SanDisk Secure Access forum HAS NO ANSWERS!

Don’t buy SanDisk trash. You’ll lose access to your data.

Logitech Setpoint missing mouse and keyboard tabs fixed

Be sure to check the comments. Your particular setup may be covered there.

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Thanks to feedback from Jonathan On December 10, 2016:

Your trick worked for me, but then I found a newer software called Logitech SetPoint Options (https://support.logitech.com/en_us/software/options) which worked as advertised for me. You might consider adding a mention to the top of the post to save lots of people lots of trouble.

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August 25, 2016: And, for those of you (myself included) wrestling with the Logitech double click problem, I solved mine with Scotch® Brand tape. View the simple fix video here. It seems that those stupid sons of bitches at Logitech engineering can’t even design a push-button that functions for a reasonable amount of time.

I added one layer of Scotch tape at a time, rather than use drywall tape. It’s such a simple fix that I decided to go that way. We’ll see how it goes.

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I must admit that I no longer use the Logitech mouse software that those stupid sons of bitches at Logitech distribute. My Logitech mouse works just as well and is just as functional without the software that those stupid sons of bitches at Logitech publish. So long, you Logitch useless sons of bitches that write your software. It’s been good to know ya as a punching bag.

The Windows 10 mouse controls in Settings / Devices / Mouse & touchpad / Additional mouse options (at the bottom of the screen) are more than adequate for the average user. A similar mouse control is contained in all earlier versions of Windows.

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UPDATED June 21 2015: I’m running a pre-release version of Windows 10. SetPoint appears to be working as it should. Ditto Windows 8.1 with the patch Tuesday updates earlier this month.

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UPDATED July 2014: Those stupid sons of bitches at Logitec™ have come out with an update to their SetPoint software (6.65.62). But don’t worry, folks. Those stupid sons of bitches at Logitec STILL DON’T HAVE A WORKING VERSION. They’re still in beta. Go figure.

Note to those stupid sons of bitches at Logitec: Why can’t you stupid sons of bitches at Logitec get a version of your SetPoint software that actually WORKS? Why can’t you, you stupid sons of bitches at Logitec, PRODUCE a version of your SetPoint software that works? Furthermore, why can’t you stupid sons of bitches at Logitec hire a Chinese or Japanese kid that could bring your SetPoint software into the 2000s? I mean, really, you stupid sons of bitches at Logitec have had since around 2007 to produce a product that actually works.

Finally, a query: What do the stupid sons of bitches at Logitec do all day in their little cubicles?

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Logitech has had a problem since at least 2007 with mouse and keyboard tabs disappearing/missing from their Setpoint software. The tabs will randomly disappear after an install. Trust me on this, and don’t bother with the google, because those stupid sons of bitches at Logitech don’t have a meaningful, clued-in response that doesn’t include removing and reinstalling the software. Even then, Logitech can’t get their Setpoint software to run with mouse and keyboard tabs.

Here’s how I solved the problem with Windows 8 (if you’re running Win7, give it a try and let me know if it works):

  1. Open Task Manager with CTRL-SHIFT-ESC and select Processes.
  2. Right click on Logitech KHAL Main Process and Logitech SetPoint Event Manager (UNICODE), select End task to close each of them in turn, and then close the Task Manager.
  3. Go to c:/Program Files/Logitech/SetPointP.
  4. Scroll down to SetPoint.exe.
  5. Right click on it.
  6. Select Run as administrator, and

Voila! Problem solved – for a while, at least, probably until one needs to complete the routine all over again.

Update:

  1. If you create a desktop shortcut to SetPoint.exe like I did, you won’t have to continually drill down into Program Files. All you have to do is right click and select Run as administrator after exiting the SetPoint icon in the Task Manager.
  2. I have discovered that if I select Show hidden icons on the Taskbar, right click on the Logitech icon and select close, then all I have to do is the first bullet point, above. There’s no need to go into the Task Manager at all.

Addendum: Really? Uninstall and re-install and restart the computert? Logitech can’t be serious about that, can they? Because IT DOESN’T WORK!

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ADDENDUM Mouse wheel stops scrolling – December 27, 2013: I turn my Logitech Anywhere MX mouse off to save juice. When I turned it back on, it wouldn’t scroll. To solve that problem, I turned it off again, removed the batteries, and put them back in. That appeared to fix the scrolling problem.

WizMouse: auto-activate a window without clicking

Did you forget to click on your window and now you’re annoyed it doesn’t scroll right away? Fed up with your windows not scrolling? Forgetting to click on a window to activate scrolling? You didn’t know you had a problem, did you?

Well, if you recognize that you in fact do have a problem, then I have a little gem for you. It’s called WizMouse. Install this little beauty and you can scroll any window, whether it’s active or not. If you usually work with multiple open windows, you’ll really like it.

Yeah, okay, so maybe I’m a tad overenthusiastic. Try it. You’ll like it.

Get it from CNET’s download.com or from Antibody Software’s page.

WizMouse

Polar Electro straps and wrist bands are cheap trash

The T31 transmitter on my Polar Electro has broken at one end and is now unwearable. After dutifully trolling the internet for this cheap trash POS, it is apparently a common problem, not only for the heart transmitter, but also for their cheap trash POS watch bands.

Rather than pay prime replacement rate for a Polar Electro T31 cheap trash POS, I have decided to fix this cheap trash POS Polar Electro T31 myself.

Good luck getting me to ever purchase another cheap POS manufactured by Polar Electro.

Should you ever need to replace the battery in this thing, there are plenty of videos covering instructions on how to replace the transmitter battery. It’s a heck of a lot cheaper than paying for a new heart transmitter, considering the battery is only a couple of bucks.

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Scrivener for Windows

I’ve been waiting ages for Scrivener to come out with a viable Windows product. I’m happy to say that my wait is now over. I’m plugging away on their latest version, 1.0.3, and it’s working flawlessly. It doesn’t yet have all of the features of the other computer company at version 2, but it’s coming along nicely.

I’ve plugged three projects into it, and plan on using it from now on. I find the software extremely useful for story planners such as myself. If you’re a pantser, perhaps not so much.

A trial version is available for 30 days of actual use. Like the ad copy says, if you use the trial for two days a week, it lasts 15 weeks. Try it and buy it, right away. I did. Once you get past the learning curve, you’ll not go back to Word. The price can’t be beat either.
Scrivener for Windows

Weather Center Gadget

Weather Center Gadget

Update March 14, 2014: How to add Windows 7 gadgets to Windows 8.1

Update November 18, 2013: Fix for Gadget display issues after IE11 Installation on Windows 7.

Update for Windows 8.1, October 18, 2013: Following the install of the Windows 8.1 update, I had to completely uninstall and then re-install 8GadgetPack‘s v8.0 to get the sidebars to show. No big deal, because they now work just as well. Remember, though, that these gadgets are for the Windows 8.1 Desktop. They are NOT for the Windows 8 Start Screen.

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Update January 11, 2013: Looking for gadgets for Windows 8? Look no further. 8GadgetPack has a 3-page collection that can be loaded onto the Windows 8 Desktop. I’m using some of them, and they work perfectly, especially the exact same weather gadget that’s on this page.Yes, that’s right. This weather gadget can be loaded onto the Windows 8 Desktop.

No, they’re not for the Windows 8 Start screen. They’re for the Windows 8 Desktop. If you spend the majority of your time on the Win 8 Desktop, as I do, then these gadgets are for you, too.

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I like having a weather gadget on my desktop. When the simpleton Windows 7 weather gadget stopped showing me the little sunshine icon in the top left for the city in which I live, I was annoyed. I experimented with every city in the world and discovered that mine was the only one without the little sun shining brightly down upon me, even when the sun was actually shining brightly down upon me.

Obviously I searched for the solution to the problem. If you’re having the same problem, don’t bother searching. The morons that write about these things in blogs (for example, this one) and forums don’t have the foggiest notion why the OEM Windows 7 weather gadget has stopped shining down upon us all. Furthermore, they all have absolutely no idea how to get it working again!

But don’t despair, dear reader. I have the solution. It’s called Weather Center gadget. You can obtain the latest version here.

Don’t look on the official Windows Gadget page. It’s not there.

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To change the number of days that show up:

  • click on the gadget and then use the scroll wheel to choose the number of days that are displayed.

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Note that this gadget is NOT a solution to the “Cannot connect to service” that sometimes appears on the Win7 weather gadget.