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Unfortunately I cannot claim credit for this really simple and easily performed fix.

I found it on an old forum thread. (Original forum thread on How to Mend It: http://www.howtomendit.com/answers.php?id=199139)

All the explanatory pictures posted over the years no longer work.

From reading the descriptions I pieced it together. Not that that was too difficult, but there is no standard way to explain oven door hinges in layman’s terms.

The reason the problem comes about is because either the springs tension in the hinges to keep it closed are no longer good enough , or the lip (this lip will become more apparently shortly) on which the arms of the hinge that extend into the oven rests, wears down with use.

While what I am about to describe works on Smeg oven doors, this fix apparently works for other brands of doors which have a similar mechanism.

Firstly remove the door.

1)Open fully. Undo small levers (catches) between the arms on both sides.

2)Half close door (45 degrees) and pull the door out.

This youtube video explains door removal as part of hinge replacement.

And the problem he has with the door at the beginning of the video (0:08) is the one this will fix.

The fix entails using tinfoil. I used standard thickness baking tinfoil. Nothing special.

Tear off  strip about 4 cm (you will probably need less) The roll I used was about 20 cm across.

Fold the foil in half repeatedly until its about 6-8 layers thick.

Cut this into two strips about a centimeter long and just wide enough to fit into the width of the opening into which the hinge arms of the door go on the oven.

Fold in half and place over the metal lip at the lower end of the opening on the oven. Press it down snugly with a tool so that it seats well and will not be easily dislodged.

Repeat for the other side.

Replace the door. The little notch on the lower arm of the hinge on the door (2:46 in the video)  fits/rests over the metal lip in the oven opening.

The idea is that there will now be multiple layers of tinfoil between the notch and the lip like this.

Smeg door fix

Don’t forget to close the levers (“catches” in the video). If the little levers won’t engage fully into the locked position, make sure the door is fully open (3:10 in the vid). I had this issue.

If this fix doesn’t work because your hinges are truly broken and not just slowly failing, it appears that replacing them is not too difficult if you have the spare parts. I might need to do this in the future.

Good luck!

 

You may need to uninstall the VPN client. Luckily I no longer needed it.
And if you uninstall, its best to use the uninstaller that came with the client.

I hade Checkpoint / Securepoint installed. I could not see the NAS via its setup client.
This did my head in until I saw a post about someone who found his VPN client interfering. Removed mine. No luck. Realised there were Launchagents still doing things in the background via error logs.
Used the uninstaller that came with the checkpoint/securepoint and now it works just fine. Hope this helps someone out there. This may problem may reveal itself as a timemachine backup that wont work after installing the VPN client. I bet the timemachine target is on a NAS!

My ageing macbook didn’t quite like the upgrade to Lion. Addittionally, the fact that rosetta is no longer supported is rather crucial when you have a specific piece of hardware that uses custom PowerPc software to run. Yes it may be old but, in my case, that would require replacement of a specific niche bit of hardware.

As long as you have a Snow leopard boot DVD and a time machine backup of your mac pre Lion installation, its actually quite easy.

On would assume you made a time machine backup just before upgrading to Lion?

Place the boot disc into the drive, restart and Press “C” during bootup to get the DVD to be the boot drive. Afterbooting up, before confirming a clean SL install it will prompt you for a restore from a time machine backup. Follow the instructions by reaching for the utilities tab in the menu’s.

After ensuring the time machine drive is connected you will be offered multiple restoration points. Luckily the version number of the OS is indicated. So choosing the last 10.6 version would have you selecting a snow leopard restore.

A few clicks further and a serious bit of a wait, and its all done.

She’s running much smoother again and I have my legacy apps.

With the Mendeley desktop installed you will find that an attempt to install the citation plugin for OpenOffice on your copy of LibreOffice will fail through the usual route of Tools>Install OpenOffice plugin. The prompted “manual” install alternative does not work either.

The way to get this to work in LibreOffice is to open the appropriate Mendeley supplied *.oxt (plugin file) with Libreoffice.

On Mac this would be right click Mendeley Desktop in Applications>Show package contents>Contents>Resources>OpenOfficePlugin> Mendeley*.oxt file. Right click>open with>LibreOffice.

Basically its a manual install of the plugin .oxt file by LibreOffice. Too easy.

Thanks to tkeitt ‘s post on http://feedback.mendeley.com/forums/4941-mendeley-feedback/suggestions/1226271-plugin-for-libre-office

Me doing a security type post, here’s a first…Some of you will repost this, others won’t. No scaremongering here. Realistically, not enabling https access may not affect you at all, but if you use an unencrypted wi-fi access for FB, then you definitely should be. (Does anyone still have a non WPA2 encrypted home wi-fi network? I so so hope not!)

I am not going to get technical. Lets just say that gmail implemented it as default a few months back. I remember Charl B pointing out this issue with regards to gmail nearly 16 months ago and the opt in solution . Then they made it default a few months later.  Most gmail users probably never even noticed the change. It made no difference to the performance.

On facebook its still opt in however, not default, a year later!

https is the encrypted protocol that banks use for communication when you do your banking. You know, “the lock” at the bottom of your browser?
Firesheep is an add-on that runs in firefox that allows someone on the same unencrypted wi-fi network as you to basically log in as you to sites that don’t use https for the whole session. Before this, “sidejacking” was a bit more difficult.

Aston Kutcher, while at TED (TED is awesomeness!) must have used unencrypted wi-fi without https on his twitter and got firesheeped.
more background here:
Someone in DC cares about online security

It makes sense to turn it on. If it gives you hassles, turn it off. If you use unencrypted wifi bear with it!

in FB goto
Account>account settings>Account security and click Secure browsing (https)
Simple!

If you use firefox and facebook, you may notice (or may not actually) that the navigation buttons and added functionality options by way of “buttons” dont show up. These are the Nav buttons next to the facebook logo for Friend requests, messages and notifications. Then the button for settings on posts on your wall and even the forward and back buttons for the photos.

To get these back, while you have  facebook up, just

1. Right click screen
2. go to “view page info”
3. select “media” tab
4. uncheck “block images from static.ak.fbcdn.net”

(Source: A helpful post in the FB forums from M.Delhie)

A mouse is connected and I am not using the built in track pad on my macbook. Occasionally while typing I inadvertently touch the trackpad, the cursor moves to some random spot in my typing without me noticing and the new input is somewhere between everything else.

Going to the Trackpad tab in System Preferences has the Ignore accidental trackpad input box checked, but makes no difference for me.

The answer is to go to Mouse and track pad under Universal Access in System preferences. Click Ignore built in track pad when mouse is present.

It would be better if the previous solution actually worked as advertised (am I missing something here?) But this solution is the best I have found.

Sorted!

I found this very elegant trick from user ryanker over on macosx.com http://bit.ly/9MjfWN:

If you have your inbox open and wish to select all the emails listed on the page for an action (like delete), you may find that the option of clicking the first , while holding down shift and clicking the last email in a range, to select all intervening entries, will not work if you are using firefox/chrome on a mac.

If the ability to consecutively select is not available, no matter what combination of OS or browser you are using, just copy

javascript:var f=document.activeElement.childNodes[1].contentDocument;var c=f.all[‘MsgID’];var i;for(i=0;i<c.length;i++){c[i].click();}

into the browser address bar and hit enter. This will select all the messages. Then hit delete/move, whatever.

I was tying to clean out a few hundred emails spanning a year and clicking each one individually was not going to be the answer, till I found this.

Old school, very elegant.

So you have noticed that flash is not working on your new Firefox 4 beta install.

You have checked that the plugin is in place and you even updated it, but still no dice.

The answer is that you need to run FireFox in 32 bit mode and forego all the advantages of 64 bit.

To do this, close FireFox. Left click on the Firefox icon in the applications folder via Finder while simultaneously holding down <control>. Hit “get info” and tick the box “Open in 32-bit mode” Close that up and relaunch. It should work.

As for reasons why this is so…its a long story that you’ll need to google.

Not exactly possible. SATA2 drives, though apparently back compatible to SATA1 (1.5Gb/s), don’t always automatically default back on this m/board.

Look up your HDD manufacturers site and find the jumper setting to revert it to SATA1. My drive has a drawing on the drive cover 🙂

Ensure Onboard SATA is *enabled* in the BIOS.

The MB will then recognise the SATA drive. I just could not make this drive bootable.  So currently booting from the IDE drive.