How to Find the MAC Address on the Lenovo Smart Display

I, among many it seems, became quite frustrated when I discovered the MAC address on my Lenovo Smart Display wasn’t listed anywhere. It isn’t on the unit anywhere, it isn’t found in the Google Home App (now Google Nest app) and according to Lenovo support, it isn’t listed anywhere!

Well, I have a workaround that is going to seem obvious to many, but just the same, it works and I figured it was worth sharing. It is also a mobile-based alternative to a similar solution found here.

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Solution: Windows 10 Calculator app focus fail

This post is in reference to this forum thread in Microsoft’s Community that is now closed but lacked a decent solution (from what I could see).

I had the exact same problem and it was driving me to distraction while doing my monthly bookkeeping; at which time the calculator is used 60 or so times.

Requirement: install the latest edition of Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center.

The Solution

The solution, in my situation, was as follows: Continue reading

Rogers Wireless is Great at Pissing Off Its Customers – Updated

Update as of Sept 16 at 1:36 PM: Thanks to my readers and Facebook friends this article got enough social play to earn the attention of the Office of the President of Rogers which contacted me and resolved the entire issue within a couple of hours. They also extended to me a $100 credit for my trouble. I now have my new phone and I love it… despite the mess required to obtain it. This does nothing to excuse the amount of effort this took to get the appropriate attention but I did appreciate their efforts and will continue with Rogers for now; if simply for the convenience of not having to switch. I hope this experience and its ultimate conclusion assists others if they encounter the same situation.

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Rogers Wireless, you are GREAT at pissing off your customers!

I hope anyone reading will share this article to warn others of the service they can expect. Even after being with Rogers for over 12 years!

Rogers Wireless sucks

I chose to upgrade my Rogers Wireless phone by calling in rather than risk a long line up in the store… HUGE mistake. I have faced nothing but ridiculous excuses around the upgrade of my new phone and its lack of arrival. Apparently it is back-ordered and they can’t cancel my order so I can pick it up at my local store which has stock.

They told me the phone would arrive in 5-7 business days, it is now the 9th business day, I have no phone and I have been told it will take another 5-7 business days for them to figure out how to cancel my original order at which time I can then go and spend more time at the local store to finally get my upgrade (if it isn’t out of stock by then). Complete and utter incompetence laden with bureaucracy. I am now seriously looking at Telus for my cell phone needs… not that it is going to be that much better I expect but perhaps a lesser evil.

But it isn’t nearly that simple… you should see how badly they dicked me around. Continue reading

The Best Tools to Free Up Disk Space on Your Hard Drive

If there is one thing I cannot stand it is how quickly my Windows computers pile up with garbage files that eat away at computer performance. In fact, I dare say I am a bit of a fanatic about how fast my computer runs – it must be speedy!! As a result, I have wound my way through a number of crappy programs over the years to find these few nuggets that really save me from pulling out my remaining hair. I expect over time this list will grow but here are a few tried and true programs I have used.

I feel it is important to note that here and there I have used affiliate links when linking to programs I recommend. This does not take away from the fact that I do 100% recommend each program; I simply figure I needed to link to the products anyway so why not make a dollar or two?

Favourite #1: WinDirStat (Free)

WinDirStat is a small program that, when run, will read all of the files on whatever drive you select and then provide you with a number of ways to find files that are taking loads of space on your hard drive. Continue reading

Best Price Qi Charger for Nexus 4

An image of a cheap Qi charger for the Nexus 4I got my Nexus 4 the other day and I am totally fascinated with the idea of a wireless charging station which is why it irritated the hell out of me to see the pricing of such technology; $50 and up because of the demand. Well, I came across a beauty of a deal on today! Just $33 with shipping included for a Qi-certified wireless power pad for the Nexus 4It is available on Feb 15th but you can pre-order it now. I did!

Additionally, here are some other non-standard (i.e. not like the most commonly referenced  Duracell Qi Inductive Charger) Qi-charging products I found while doing my research. Continue reading