Monday, January 30, 2012

Solution for Error: Enable bi-directional support | Canon Printer iP2770

Screenshot of the error message:


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Overview:

You try to print on a Canon network printer, it will start printing but it wouldn’t finish. An error will occur saying that you need to Enable bi-directional support on your printer.

Solution 1:

Enable bi-directional support on your printer properties.

How to enable bi-directional support:
  1. On Windows 7 go to Devices and Printers.
  2. Right click on the printer and select Printer properties.


     3. The printer properties window will open. Click on Ports tab at the top.



     4. Put a check mark on Enable bidirectional support.


Most of the time this will work. But in some cases the Enable bidirectional support option is greyed out. If this is the case, it is most likely a driver issue. This error occurs if you are using Windows 7 and then you connect to a Canon printer on a network that is connected to a Windows XP box.

Solution 2:

Go to Canon website and manually download the latest driver for your Canon printer. Install it to the host computer.

After installing the driver, go to printer properties again and double check if the bidirectional support is enabled.



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Sunday, January 29, 2012

A Scare-tactic Domain Scam

I received this email regarding my "trademark", and it looks like a scam to me.

Subject: About Trademark(Brand Name) Registration-No.2011101332
(It's very urgent, Please transfer this email to your CEO or appropriate person, Thanks)

Dear CEO/Principal,
I'm sorry to disturb you so abruptly.This is Leo Yang.We are Trademark(Brand Name) registration and solution center in shanghai,china, which mainly deal with the global company' s domain name and network brand registration and internet Intellectual property right' s protection in Asia. Currently, we have a pretty important issue need to confirm with your company. On October 13 2011, we received an application formally. One company named "TKM Investment S.A" wanted to applied for the Network Brand "edmartechguide" and some relevant domain names through our body.
Now we are handling this registration, and we found that the keyword of these domain names and network brand is identical with your company's. So we have to confirm with you at two points:
1. If your company consign "TKM Investment S.A"to register these domain names and network brand, we will send application form to them and help them finish the registration at once.
2. If your company have nothing to do with
Now we are handling this registration, and we found that the keyword of these domain names and network brand is identical with your company's. So we have to confirm with you at two points:1. If your company consign "TKM Investment S.A"to register these domain names and network brand, we will send application form to them and help them finish the registration at once.2. If your company have nothing to do with "TKM Investment S.A", they maybe have other purposes to register these domain names and network brand.

We haven't finished the registration of
 We haven't finished the registration of "TKM Investment S.A" yet, and we have postponed this application of this company temporarily already. In order to deal with this issue better, please contact us by telephone or email as soon as possible.
Waiting for your reply ASAP.


Best Regards
Waiting for your reply ASAP.

Best Regards

Leo YangGeneral AdviserExecutive Department
AnHui Office:Phone: 0086-5515120117    
   Fax: 0086-5515123308
Postal Code:230022
Address:Room 807,Building 17,AnGao World Cities,No. 99,WangJiang West Road,HeFei,AnHui Province,China
ShangHai Headquarters:Phone: 0086-2168247379    
   Fax: 0086-2168247376Postal Code:201315Address:Room 1303,No.11,Lane 788,Xiupu Road,Nanhui District,ShangHai,China2011-10-13 


The email looks legit and if you are gullible enough, you will fall from this guy's tactic. I believe if you reply to this email, he will offer you to register domain names bearing your site name with unknown TLDs. I was thinking about sending a reply to confirm my suspicion but I hold myself back thinking that I should use my time to something else. 

A Ridiculous Copyright Claim in Youtube - Music Publishing Rights Collecting Society

Two days ago, I uploaded my first Youtube video to further utilize social media. I thought that it would be a good idea to branch out and start to establish my online brand and presence. It will drive more traffic to my site and add some passive income. So I got out of my comfort zone and record the video and uploaded it to Youtube. 

Guess what, a day after, I got a RIDICULOUS copyright claim on my first Youtube video. The entity that is claiming copyright infringement  is Music Publishing Rights Collecting Society. The claim say that my content type infringe a Musical Composition


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I say ridiculous because my video doesn't even have background music to begin with. It's just my voice and a single error wav file from windows. I didn't know that my voice is now considered a musical composition. For those of you who are curious, here's the video:


I started my research and I found out that this same entity flags youtube videos deliberately even though they don't have the copyright on certain music. It looks like they do this to get compensation from Youtube. Nice modus operandi. They have a Facebook Page and there are several hate comments there. This is written on their About Page: "You get the pleasure of posting videos. We get the pleasure of making money from your videos. It's a win-win situation :)". Very classy.

What should you do?

So what should you do if you experience this situation? I disputed the claim and you should too. Even though Youtube said that it will not affect my video, it also say that ads may appear next to my video. I believe this is where Music Publishing Rights Collecting Society makes money. 

Here are the steps to dispute a claim in Youtube:
1. Go to Video Manager of your account and click on the Matched third party content. 

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2. At the bottom of the page, click on I want to learn more about the dispute process.

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3. On the bottom-right side of the page, click on I have a valid reason to dispute this claim. Take me to the dispute form.
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4. Fill out the dispute form. It will be two steps.

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5. After that click on Submit Dispute.

Here's a video for those of you who wants to see the steps visually.