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How to Install Quicktime in Windows 10

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Microsoft says QuickTime is compatible with Windows 10, but Apple didn’t tell the QuickTime for Windows installer that it was. Here’s the workaround I used.

  1. Download 7-Zip so you can extract the files from the QuickTime application. You can get 7-Zip here. Install it.
  2. Download the most current version of QuickTime here.
  3. Open  File Explorer and navigate to your Downloads.
  4. Right-click on the file QuickTimeInstaller then extract with 7-Zip.
  5. Open QuickTimeInstaller folder. There should be four files there (AppleApplicationSupport; AppleSoftwareUpdate; QuickTime; QuickTimeInstallerAdmin)
  6. Double-click AppleApplicationSupport file and install it until it finishes.
  7. Double-click AppleSoftwareUpdate and install it until it finishes.
  8. In your Windows 10 search field (bottom left of every Windows 10 machine), type “Apple Software Update” (without quotes). Run it, letting it check for new software.
  9. Select the QuickTime update and install it.

You can run QuickTime using the shortcut created on your desktop or using Windows search in Windows 10.

As always: The information provided here is as-is and without warranty, express or implied. Any damage or loss that comes to your computer, your data, your state of employment, or anything else you value as a result of using this information is your responsibility and no one else’s. ~Steve

Review of the 2015 GoHuntPA Toolkit Mobile App

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

This app has nine features. Seven are clunky / unnecessary. Two are handy.

  1. GoHuntPA ToolkitThe AR Gameland Finder looks in a direction & shows Gamelands on the horizon. There’s no way to define the radius, leaving you to consult a map. Perhaps it would be good when walking through the woods, trying to find the gameland you wish to hunt, but the map would work for that, right?
  2. MAPS feature shows where gamelands are located. Combined with the GPS, this is useful to ensure you’re on state gameland. This is the best feature of the GoHuntPA Toolkit. I’m leaving it on my phone for this feature alone.
  3. The INSTAGRAM feature takes you to pics posted by MYGOHUNTPAMOMENT. This is useful if you don’t know how to use Instagram. But if you don’t know how to use Instagram, you probably don’t have an Instagram account. Still, you can browse pictures of other hunters. And, as I understand it, stalking is part of hunting, unless you’re hunting turkey.
  4. SEASONS & BAGS has an icon that looks like a calendar, but it doesn’t take you to a calendar. Instead, it takes you to the PA Game Commission website. And it’s not formatted for your cell phone. Does it seem strange to anyone else when data is loaded into an app for your mobile device and it’s hard to read because it’s not formatted for your mobile device?
  5. The LAWS & REGULATIONS is a PDF of “The PA Hunting & Trapping Digest” that is, once again, not formatted for mobile use.
  6. SUNRISE / SUNSET is handy if you don’t have a smartphone to ask. “OK GOOGLE, WHAT TIME DOES THE SUN SET TODAY?”
  7. WEATHER is good if you don’t have a weather app or web browser to give you the weather.
  8. The SOS function is very handy. Although most smartphones let you attach your location to a text, the GoHuntPA Toolkit does this for you. At your instruction, it will send a text or email asking your emergency contact for help, giving them your coordinates and a link to Google Maps showing them where you are. This is another good feature.
  9. TRACKER — If you don’t have location sharing with G+ this would be a substitute.

All in all, this isn’t a bad app for the price. (It’s free.) However, with the exception of the maps and SOS functiond, it’s unnecessary.

Why Does My Phone Keep Restarting?

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Although I’ve not experienced it with regularity since I stopped using my iPod touch and Droid 2, I know that phones — from my wife’s flip phone, to the iPhone, to the Android — restart, seemingly without cause. When I had my Droid 2, I complained to Tim about this and he said, “It’s supposed to, Dad. If your phone is rebooting, it’s doing what it’s supposed to do because you’re doing something you shouldn’t be doing.”

He then explained to me that deep within the firmware of every modern device is a circuit that nags the operating system. I call it the “Hey Circuit”. So when I was on vacation and my Droid 2 was…

  • playing a podcast
  • listening for calls
  • managing an alarm
  • being my calendar
  • monitoring my speed
  • recalculating my location
  • downloading data from Google maps
  • calculating my route
  • looking something up that Laurel was interested in
  • and on and on and on…

…beneath all that, there was a conversation going on inside the case:

FIRMWARE: Hey, are you still awake?
OS: Yep! I’m still here.

FIRMWARE: Hey, are you still awake?
OS: Yep! I’m still here.

FIRMWARE: Hey, are you still awake?
OS: Yep! I’m still here.

…and on and on and on…

If the OS of the phone doesn’t answer the firmware’s question in an allotted time period, the firmware assumes it went into never-never land — and that it’s never coming back. The only way to get it back is to reboot. So the firmware takes it upon itself to reboot the phone.

FIRMWARE: Hey, are you still awake?
OS: silence

FIRMWARE: Hey, are you still awake?
OS: silence

FIRMWARE: Hey, are you still awake?
OS: silence

FIRMWARE:  reboot OS now

It’s not broken. It’s doing exactly what it was engineered to do.

So what do you do if your phone is rebooting too often? SOLVED!

You evaluate the processes you have running. Many apps don’t just sit on your phone — they run in the background. That creates a load for your OS to carry. The likelihood of your phone rebooting is directly proportional to the load you have on your OS.

So the solution is easy, although not pleasant: Uninstall some apps. Don’t bother with an App Killer. Those apps will just restart, and the process of restarting will do nothing but add more load to your OS.

A couple miscellaneous thoughts:

  • This is why Motorola won’t upgrade the OS in my old Droid 2 to KitKat and why Apple won’t upgrade my buddy’s iPhone so he can use Siri. The hardware in those devices is not powerful enough to carry the extra bells and whistles. The companies aren’t being mean as they hold back those upgrades; just smart.
  • Most OSes shut down apps that are taking too many system resources. This is smart real-time maintenance, on the part of the system. However, some OSes shut down apps as you’re using them. It took me a while, when using the iOS, to realize that it wasn’t my klutzy fingers that were messing it up, it was that the OS was shutting down Safari.
  • I don’t have any hard evidence for this, but it seems that Android users experience more spontaneous reboots than other device users. I think it’s probably because they are more app-heavy users than users of other platforms. I, personally, love trying apps and pushing limits. The addition of a 64GB SD card in my phone just makes matters worse. 🙂
  • This also explains why, when your wife is speaking to you and you don’t respond in the allotted time period, she gives you the (re)boot. ……. seriously.