Monday, 17 October 2016

Bit locker won't accept my recovery key.

Bitlocker would not accept my recover key...

I was mad! You probably are too if you're reading this, I imagine you are hoping you won't have to rebuild your machine and test the quality of your backups.You have backups right? There is hope. I did have the correct key, and I was not ready to give up yet. I knew my key was right as it was stored in the AD and was found searching for it in the AD as specified here the ID matched:

So Bitlocker would not accept my key no matter how many times I double check the numbers. Very annoying. One clue when searching for a solution was someone said it seemed to be in a loop it would accept the key bit not get any further.

I then found this wonderful link with a soloution listed as a work around.

It showed me how to disable bitlocker using the advanced options to get to a CMD window.

This route accepted my recovery key and I was able to disable bitlocker and get back into my surface pro 4. Phew.

You need these two commands.

manage-bde -unlock c: -rp <your 48-digit recovery password>

manage-bde -protectors -disable c:

Make sure you have manage- at the start of both the formatting on the link above made miss it on the second line until I checked why it wasn't recognising the command.

Good luck getting back into your computers/ drives.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

The worst collection of words I have ever seen.

"If I have to be able and the time and the time and the first thing I have to be able and the first thing I have to be able and the time and the first thing I have to be a few weeks and the time and the first thing I have to be" - Tim Jarram

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Sony xperia Z3 bends

I got the Sony Xperia Z3 the day it came out from Amazon. I pre ordered it and was quite excited to upgrade from my well used Samsung Galaxy S3. However I have to strongly recommend you don't by it.

The main reason is that as you can see below mine bent.

I was asleep when the damage happened I woke up trying to turn off my alarm and when I turned on the light my phone was bent in my hand. Unfortunately this wasn't a nightmare I had some how managed to bend my phone in my sleep.

Sony have made a flimsy phone which I am told isn't covered by warranty on twitter:

I was reasonably happy with the z3 until this but if you are still not convinced to avoid it here are some other reasons not to by the z3:

  • You can't remove the battery
  • The wireless charging port on the side is pretty useless. QI charging requires an expensive case.
  • The glass back makes it slide off anything.
  • Sony phones lose their resale value really quickly.

I used to be a huge fan of Sony. I have fond memories of my first Hi Fi, my treasured silver and orange portable CD player and of course the first Play Station! They have also made an excellent pair of waterproof headphones I really like with an MP3 player built in, until recently I was looking at upgrading them to the bluetooth version.

So I decided since the split with Ericsson and with the way they have adopted android I would take a risk on their new products. I excitedly purchased the z3 and as soon as I could I got the Sony Smart watch 3 to go with it. I'd love to be telling you it worked out great for me but I feel I've been burnt and I won't be buying anything else Sony any time soon after receiving such poor customer service.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

o2 access point details

If you have a modem for a SIM in your laptop this might help you, first connect to the network from area near the clock like you do for WiFi.

Then when prompted enter these details.

Access point name:
Username: o2web
Password: password

This is for o2 wireless broadband.

I was quite impressed windows can just handle this all by itself nowadays. Clever stuff.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Things I'm bad at part 1

Months ago I was inspired to write this blog by a youtuber who goes by the name of Jenna Marbles. Her videos are always pretty cude but they are very funny and she's quite creative about the things she decides to talk about. Anyway I've never got round to it yet so I guess this I could but blogging as one of my things, so to overcome this problem of putting it off because I don't have time to list everything I've decided to break it into parts.

Part one is going to be shopping. This is where is gets odd, because I think I'm brilliant at shopping. I love researching what is the best thing to get, the pros and cons whats the most efficient way of doing things and what should I buy to get the best results from product x with the least amount of effort when I'm using it. There is a downside to this because in many ways you get what you pay for and I convince myself that I should get something more expensive because it works so well, sometimes if I'm torn between things I get both so I can really know which one works best. Whats worst is I get so into research I get myself more excited about things than I should and I end up buying something I really don't need and this is why I'm bad at shopping.

What I do about it:
I've started to keep a list of bookmarks within chrome of thing I'd ordinarily just by on impulse and I catogrise them so I can go back later and buy them if I still want them, I'm not sure if this helps or not. Perhaps I'll end up going back and buying stuff I'd have normally forgotten about but when I have gone back most of the time I've just deleted things and been glad I didn't buy them.

I don't beat myself up about it sometimes it's nice to have nice things - I don't regret spending silly money on shirts because they are really well made, don't need iorning and look good. Other people spend money on things I wouldn't too much alcohol etc I just accept that this is something I'm bad at and I will try to get better at it.