iPhone 4 Activation Problems – How To Activate Early

So I got my phone 1 day early. I plugged it into iTunes, got it all synced up and setup. Then it gave me a short little message saying something along the lines of “Activation will take a little bit of time.” Thinking nothing of it, I set my phone aside and went back to work. An hour later, my iPhone 4 still wasn’t activated on the cellular network, and my iPhone 3GS was still working. A quick google search revealed that many users were having activation problems.

iPhone Activation Problems Plaguing Countless New iPhone Owners
Early release iPhone 4 activation problems

How to Activate Your iPhone 4

If you’re having problems with activating your iPhone 4, here’s the way to get the new one to activate. Turn it off, then back on. That should do the trick. If that doesn’t work, try the following: Go to http://att.com/Activations

Paths don’t match – Google Sitemaps Error

So I’ve been trying to setup my site with Google Sitemaps and I’ve constantly been getting an error: Paths don’t match. I’ve read a few posts and forum notes saying that this is due to the site being setup in Google Sitemaps as http://sitename.com and the URLs in the sitemap being submitted as http://www.sitename.com/ (or vice versa). Some of the suggestions that I’ve read stated that you should try removing the site from Google Sitemaps, then re-adding it with (or without) the www. prefix on the site name. The problem I am having is this, I have www. in all of my sitemap links and in my site in Google Sitemaps. I’ve even tried deleting the site and resubmitting it. What gives? See the screenshot below for more details… any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Has anyone else had this problem? What did you do to get around it?

Google Sitemap Error Update

After battling with the problem for a bit, I think I may have found a solution. Even though the input page already has a prefix such as http://www.sitename.com/BLANK – re-enter http://www.sitename.com/sitemap.xml in the BLANK field. I don’t know why Google would make it so unclear, but this seems to fix it. See image below:

Google Sitemap Error Update 2

The above “Update” solution didn’t work. Don’t try it.

Google Sitemap Error Update 3

I found a couple solutions where people mentioned going from a TXT DNS record to a META tag or uploading an HTML file. I just added a META tag to my site… stay tuned to hear if it worked or not. Thanks for the comment RickFu!

Google Merchant Center – No performance data is available for your account.

I recently updated some of my clients from Google Base to use the new and “improved” Google Merchant Center. I’ve got the feeds working and uploading to Google Merchant Center now, but I’m having a problem. Under the Dashboard, it appears that I have no products uploaded. Everything is zero. Active Products, Search Clicks, API impressions, etc. However, when I go into the My Products tab, I can click on Active and see 94 products. If I click on Performance Report, I get the following message: No performance data is available for your account.

Has anyone else had this problem of data not showing up in the account? I’ve waited a couple days and my Google Merchant Account Dashboard still remains empty. Any suggestions?

Error 807: The network connection between your computer and the VPN server was interrupted.

I have been trying to setup a VPN connection between my home and office computer to make for easier off-site backups (for both home and office) but I’ve been unlucky thus far. I’m using DD-WRT on my home router and I’m trying to connect to that as a VPN from my office. Each time I try to connect, I get the following error:

Connecting to xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx using ‘WAN Miniport (PPTP)’…

Error 807: The network connection between your computer and the VPN server was interrupted. This can be caused by a problem in the VPN transmission and is commonly the result of internet latency or simply that your VPN server has reached capacity. Please try to reconnect to the VPN server. If this problem persists, contact the VPN administrator and analyze the quality of network connectivity.

I found a couple different guides on how to setup DD-WRT routers and configure them to allow VPN access, but so far, those guides have not worked for me.

If anyone has had any success setting up a VPN using DD-WRT, is there something that I could be missing? Any suggestions would be helpful. Here’s the error screen that I’m getting:

Scheduled WordPress Posts Missed Schedule – Twitter Plugin

I’ve been using Twitter Tools plugin with one of my WordPress blogs to update my WordPress with tweets and vice versa. Over the past few weeks, I recently realized that many of the posts that are created from my Twitter feed have had a “Missed Schedule” note on them. Basically what has been happening is the day/time comes and goes and the scheduled posts do not ever get published, hence the term Missed Schedule.

I’ve found a “fix” for this problem… actually, it’s much more of a workaround for this problem. Here’s what you need to do if you’re dealing with the same problem of your posts Missing Schedule:

  1. Open up any of the posts that have the Missing Schedule note on them.
  2. On the right hand side, in the publish window, change the Status from Scheduled to Draft.
  3. Click Publish. You’ll get a “Post draft updated” message.
  4. Click Publish again. You’ll get a “Post Published” message.

This workaround will work if you don’t have too many scheduled posts, or if you don’t mind a long tedious process. Luckily, I only had about 5 posts that were Missing Schedule, so I just went through and adjusted them manually. If you have more, I have read a few words about plugins that fix this problem, but I was a bit hesitant to try them.

Windows 2008 Server Update Error 80070490 – Windows 64-bit – KB967723

When trying to update my Windows Server machines using the built-in Windows Update I had noticed that there was a single update that had erroring out time and time again. I finally decided that I should do something about it to resolve the problem so I began searching the internet and Microsoft’s site to see if there was a solution to the Windows Update error 80070490. Turns out, there was a problem with the Windows Update system installing the error. The quick and easy work-around was to download the update individually from Microsoft and install it singularly.

Here is the link to the download page (this is for the 64-bit version, if you have a 32-bit system, you’ll need to find and download the file for your 32-bit system):
Security Update for Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition (KB967723)

Cannot Print PDF Files From Quickbooks in Windows 7 – Printer not activated, error code -20

I finally updated my machine to Windows 7 and for the most part, everything has been seemless and has worked great. Even though I’m not one of the many people who had problems with Windows Vista, I still decided to upgrade to Windows 7. Partially due to all of the hype about Windows 7, and partially to satisfy my urge to have the newest and latest software. 😉

Anyways, all of my programs work great, but the other day when I logged into Quickbooks to do some accounting, I got an error message when I tried to print some invoices to PDF.

Printer not activated, error code -20.

After doing some research, I found that I needed to “Repair” my Quickbooks installation, so I started to do that. In that process, I got another error:

Error 1334. The file ‘Ilxact3res.dll’ cannot be installed.

Insert the QuickBooks CS and retry or note the error and type this in a web browser:

I’ll be posting more, but in the meantime, I’m going to try to completely remove my Quickbooks installation and try to reinstall a new one.

Run Homesite on Windows 7

I’ve recently installed Windows 7 on my office computer and I’ve just realized that Homesite doesn’t run. I get an application error when Trying to open Homesite on Windows 7. The specific error is:

Application Error
Exception EOIeError in module homesite45.exe at 000803AC.
Error creating system registry entry.

Has anyone found a workaround to allow Homesite to run on Windows 7 without having to enter Windows XP mode? I’ve downloaded the XP mode that allows me to open Windows XP as a virtual terminal within Windows 7, but I’d prefer to run Homesite natively when opening it, rather than having to open a Windows XP terminal then having to open Homesite within that window.

If you’ve have any success, please comment below as Homesite has been a favorite for a long time.

Runs Not Syncing to Nike+ Plus from iPod/iTunes/iPhone

If it wasn’t for Nike+ Plus, I wouldn’t run at all. The fact that I can have some sort of geeky tech toy with me when I run makes all the difference in the world for me. The only problem is that recently, my runs have not been syncing with nikeplus.com when I connect my iPod or iPhone to iTunes after going for a run.

I haven’t changed the way that I do anything, I always used to just plug in my iPod when I returned from a run, and the run data would be automatically sent to nikeplus.com, but within the past few months, I’ve noticed sporadic problems with run data not being sent/synced to nikeplus.com from iTunes.

Has anyone encountered this same problem? Here are some of the specs of the hardware and software I’m using:

  • I’ve had the problem on both my PC and my Mac computer.
  • I’ve had the problem with both my iPod Nano and my iPhone.
  • I use Firefox on both my PC and my Mac, however, I still have the same problem when using Internet Explorer on my PC and when I use Safari on my Mac. I went as far as changing my PC’s default browser to Internet Explorer and my Mac’s default browser to Safari. Neither seemed to fix anything.
  • I have the most recent version of iTunes on both machines – iTunes 9.1