Fix Disabled or Greyed Out System Restore

I checked my system restore settings (in windows 10 just type in search “System restore”) and tried to to turn on System Protection by going into System Properties and clicking the “Configure” button. But my “Turn on System Protection” option was disabled and I was unable to select it :

This puzzled me for a while until I realized I selected a non-system drive and if you do that Windows won’t let you turn on system restore. So I went back to System Properties, System Protection tab and selected my system drive: 

Then when I clicked “Configure” the option to turn on system protection was available:


Simple, but not immediately obvious and wasted some time. The strange thing is also is that once I enabled it for the C drive it then allowed me to enable for non-system drives. Weird. Hope this helps someone.

Extend the Life of Your Micro USB Cable and Fix Your Loose Android Connection

Here’s a quick fix if you have a loose micro USB connection (for example of the type that is commonly used to charge Android phones).

Have you ever noticed the 2 prongs on a micro usb connection ? These prongs are used to tighten the hold when that end is inserted into the phone. Thee prongs wear out or bend over time so they no longer serve their intended purpose, resulting in a loose and no longer working connection to your phone.

As a quick fix you can raise the surface of the micro-usb end by applying a drop or two of super glue to create a bump or raised layer which will tighten the fit.

Squeeze a a small drop of superglue on the side of the micro usb end where the prongs are:


Be VERY careful not to let the superglue drip into the phone. Your goal is to have the superglue dry into a “bump” on the surface of the micro usb just enough to tighten the fit into the phone as a substitution for the worn prongs. Do the same to the edges of the micro usb but only a small bit.

Let it DRY for at least one hour. You don’t want wet super glue in your phone! When it is thoroughly dry, reinsert. You should now have a supertight connection!

I have done this several times with success. The same method has worked to fix a loose AC adapter plug on another device (raising the surface with a thin layer of superglue to tighten the fit). Note that this won’t last forever but I’ve found it is good for at least several months and almost as long as the prongs lasted.

WARNING: DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK. You could damage your phone if the superglue gets in your phone or inside the micro usb. All liability is disclaimed!!

Break Out of the Virtualbox Jail: Run Linux Graphical Apps On Windows Using Putty, Xming, and VirtualBox

I use Virtualbox to run linux. But the terminal Virtualbox uses is awful so I ssh in when I want to use the command line. I recently discovered you can also do this for the graphical desktop so you don’t have to put up with the lousy Virtualbox console which fits all the linux elements in a hard to scale box. You can have your graphical linux desktop run right along Windows just as it was another MS Window Window. Follow thiese steps:

  1. Download and install Xming Server on Windows.
  2. Setup your VirtualBox running say debian and boot up your virtual box ( I won’t go into that here but check this tutorial out).
  3. At your debian command line edit /etc/ssh/sshd_config and make these lines “yes”:
     

    If this doesn’t work, on some older versions of SSH you may also need to set “X11UseForwarding yes”. To make sure if you need this check “man sshd_config” if that option is available. If it is, either set it to yes or upgrade sshd (which is really what you should do!). If you use X11UseForwarding option and ssh refuses to start then you should delete it from the sshd_config.

  4. Restart your ssh server if X11Forwarding was previously set to no. On debian/ubuntu this would be
  5. If you don’t have a graphical desktop installed, install some sample programs:
     

  6. Now on your Windows desktop fire up Putty. Add a profile to ssh into your debian virtualbox machine (hint: if you haven’t already, you’ll need to get your virtual machine’s ip address and you can’t get that until you make sure your debian virtual machine’s network setting is set to bridge so it has an ip address on your local network. Follow the steps under Selecting Bridge Networking)
  7. In your Putty profile Go to X11 and make sure forwarding is turned on. Save your profile.

  8. Now, ssh in to your Virtualbox machine and start an x-windows app.
  9. You should see the eerie “xeyes” program staring at your right on your Windows desktop!:

    That’s right, a Linux program running right on top of your local Windows desktop (actually the graphical elements are being forwarded by your virtualbox session to xming). Really cool and the Windows resizing and movements are unlimited by the Virtualbox Console. Try moving the window around – acts like any other Windows program.
  10. For programs that require sudo you have to use the “-E” option:
     
  11. Now you should see something like this – completely cool. I’ve labeled all the windows so you can appreciate the fact that the gparted GUI is running separately from the Putty and Virtualbox consoles:

    And here’s a video: