Saturday, August 15, 2015

How to Force your Mac to Show the Log-in Page of a Public WiFi Hotspot

Most public Wifi hotspots requires you to sign in and register first using the supplied password. But if you're using a Mac this could be a problem because most of the time it will not show log-in page.

I recently experienced this when I went to Bangkok and had breakfast in McDonalds. They offer free AIS WiFi internet for 45 minutes, but the problem was the log-in page doesn't show even though I was connected. Tried different browsers (Chrome, Safari, and Firefox) but still no dice.

This problem is due to the DNS setting of you computer. Basically, you need to delete the current DNS stored on your computer so it will force to get a new one.

To fix this problem, follow these steps:

1. Connect to the public WiFi hotspot
2. Click on the WiFi icon on the top right side of your desktop
3. Click Open Network Preferences
4. Click Advanced
5. Go to DNS tab
6. Under DNS Servers, click on the first set of numbers (there are usually two on the list)
7. Delete the entry by clicking on the minus sign underneath
8. Repeat for the next set of numbers. You will noticed that it will give you another set of DNS after deleting the two entries.
9. Click Okay then click Apply on the next window.

You can now open your browser and try to go into any website and it will redirect you to the log-in page of the public WiFi you're connected to.


Hope this helps.

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

How to Change Google Language from Thai to English

Google giving you results in another language? This is one of the most annoying things when you migrate to another country. I am currently in Thailand and I encountered this problem. The Thai alphabet uses different characters, so it is quite hard to change the settings especially if you don't know how to read Thai script. It is okay if you are just for the holidays but if you are relocating indefinitely, you will find yourself longing for the results you are used to. Here's what you need to do, just follow the steps on the screenshots.

First, click the gear icon on the upper right hand side of Google results. Click on the first entry. That is the settings button.

Then, on the left side, click on the second entry, it is Pasa. It means Language in Thai.

Next, click on the language selection button and choose, Pasa Angkrit. It means English Language. Click on the screenshot for reference.

Now click the blue button at the bottom (Save) and that's it.


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Friday, March 2, 2012

Solved: Prefetching is not allowed due to the various privacy issues that arise

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I encountered this error while browsing new posts in I can't go to the second page of the result page. At first, I thought that it was because of a Google Chrome extension that I am using (Fastest Chrome). It auto-load the second page of a page you're browsing. But after researching, it seems that it was because I am behind a proxy here at my workplace. Refreshing the browser didn't work.


Just press Ctrl + F5 to delete cookie before refreshing the page.


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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Solved: iertutil.dll was not found error

After so many years, Microsoft started to phase out IE6 and started rolling out Internet Explorer 8 update. But many people experienced a problem after the compulsory IE8 windows update. Their Windows computers won't boot, instead it shows this error:
bcmwltry.exe/explorer.exe - Unable to Locate Component
This application has failed to start because iertutil.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem.
 The ordinal 681 could not be located in the dynamic link library iertutil.dll
This error is caused by an improper installation of Internet Explorer. You can try this solution to fix this problem:
1. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL when you see the error.
2. With the Task Manager running, click File then New Task, type CMD then press enter.
3. A black window will open, this is the command prompt. Type these commands (press enter after each command):
ren c:\windows\system32\dllcache\iertutil.dll iertutil.old
copy c:\windows\system32\dllcache\iertutil.dll c:\windows\system32
Basically, you're copying a copy of iertutil.dll from the dll cache folder to system32 folder where it should have been. Close everything and Windows will load up fine.

You can also try this one if you're not comfortable in using Command Prompt.
1. Press CTRL, ALT and DEL
2. From Task Manager, click File, New Task, then Browse.
3. Change the file type from Programs to "All Files".
4. Now navigate to c:\windows\system32\dllcache\ and find iertutil.dll and copy it. Then go back to c:\windows\system32 and paste the file in that folder.

Some technicians use a boot disc, either Windows PE or linux disc. Then, they boot from there and copy the appropriate files. You can also remove your hard disk and connect it to another computer and do the file transfer if you want to do something "adventurous".

If you are still experiencing a problem after the steps above, try to reinstall a good known copy of Internet Explorer 8.

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Dropbox error message: This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action

Actually this is not a Dropbox error message, rather Windows 7 autoplay problem. But I found out that it is related to Dropbox.

There is an ongoing beta test with Dropbox right now and if you join the beta testing program you can have a chance to get 4.5 Gb more space. I tried it and it worked for some of my device but it didn't work for some. It worked for my point and shoot cameras but it didn't work with my old SLR (Canon Digital Rebel) and my smartphone (Nokia 5800 XM) connected via bluetooth.

Then I tried the USB / flash drive technique but this error message appear every time I plug the device and choose to sync the pictures via Dropbox:

This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Please install a program or, if one is already installed, create an association in the Default Programs control panel.

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I tried several things to to fix the problem to no avail. I tried different settings in Default Programs control panel as the error message suggested. Didn't work. I tried formatting the drive, changing the drive letter, and making a DCIM folder but all of these failed.

In my frustration, I took several pictures using the point and shoot cameras and plugged it again to my PC. To my surprise, it didn't work anymore. So I figured that it is a problem with dropbox.

The last thing I did was to restart my computer and it do the trick. Why? I remember that I update the dropbox program to version 1.3.13. I started uploading photos using 1.3.12 and it turned out that you need to restart your computer for version .13 to work properly. It didn't require a restart if you upgrade from version 1.2 to 1.3.12 so I thought it was not necessary.

One more thing, this is a bug on version 1.3.12. I recorded it using Camtasia.

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