Aug 31

Favi Mini Keyboard FE02RF-BL (bluetooth)

I wanted a new Bluetooth keyboard to use with my Samsung Galaxy Note Pro tablet. I’ve had a Logitech Bluetooth keyboard for a couple of years, but after very light use, three of the keys have stopped working. The main thing I wanted to try is a touchpad or mouse on Android because I’ve never used any kind of pointing device on an Android device. I wasn’t even 100% sure Android supports pointing devices. I’ve only had it for a couple of days but I actually kind of like it already. It features:

  • A touchpad with dedicate right and left mouse buttons.
  • A backlit keyboard for dark rooms
  • A USB Bluetooth dongle for PCs not already equipped with Bluetooth
  • Presentation advance & reverse buttons
  • A laser pointer
  • A built-in rechargeable battery

fe02rf-bl_01_1024x1024The first thing that stands out to me is that, on Android, the mouse cursor (yes, there is one) is a little sluggish. Just to be sure, I also tested the keyboard with my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phone and encountered a similar problem. However, it works great on Windows 10.

My 6 year old PC running Windows 10 is not Bluetooth capable, but plugging in the USB dongle made the Bluetooth functionality start up with no action on my part. It was 100% plug and play.

Typing on the keyboard is similar to that experienced on pre-touchscreen smart phones – like a Blackjack. Getting accustomed to the keyboard layout is easy.

I was impressed that all of these features were available for $39.99.

I’ll update this article if I uncover any noteworthy pros or cons. Hopefully the keys won’t start dying out on me!

Aug 18

Windows Instant Search Doesn’t Search Emails After Upgrading to Outlook 2013

Update: Since writing this post my notebook has been upgraded to Windows 8.1. It turns out there are two potential problems with searching Outlook in my scenario. 

  1. Windows 8.1 simply DOES NOT index Outlook email.
  2. 64-bit operating systems can’t index 32-bit applications

So I have given up trying to fix this issue.

On my work notebook I recently enjoyed the Instant Search actually searching everything. Last week I upgraded from Office 2010 to 2013. Suddenly Instant Search no longer searched Outlook emails at all.

The Indexing Options screen claims it is searching Outlook, but no search result ever includes an email. To be clear: The search within Outlook works. I want to use a comprehensive search that includes the whole computer.

My internal help desk couldn’t help. I’ve tried deleting the index and re-indexing. No luck. One suggestion I found was to try to repair the Outlook OST file. Indeed, the repair tool found the OST file was damaged. I allowed it to be repaired and re-indexed the computer including Outlook. No improvement.

What would you do?!

Update:

I get different results under “Indexing Options” depending on how I navigate to that screen.

Start > Control Panel > Indexing Options Note Outlook is not listed. I cannot choose it under any of the options listed here.
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Within Outlook: Search > Search Tools > Search Options > Indexing Options. Note that Outlook is listed here.
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I can run a wizard that is supposed to fix search problems. It even lists the problem I am experiencing, but it doesn’t resolve the issue.
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Aug 16

Video Adapter in Windows 10

My PCIe video adapter is not recognized by Windows 10. I mean it does not even SHOW UP. It’s not like it’s in the Device Manager with some confusion. It just doesn’t admit the thing is installed. I had to go back to onboard VGA.

Update: This had as much to do with my BIOS settings as it had to do with Windows 10. Shortly after upgrading to Win10, the computer would not wake from sleep. I thought it was related to the video drivers because so many people have mentioned related issues in the new version of Windows. I unplugged DVI (I don’t have an HDMI monitor yet) and went back to VGA to make the computer usable. Unbeknowst to me, this action caused the BIOS to switch back to onboard video because my VGA port is built in to the motherboard. After over a week of this I unplugged VGA, reconnected DVI and this caused the motherboard to revert once again to the video card. That in turn allowed the device to appear in the Device Manager. Only then could I update my drivers.

I hope this helps someone else having the same problem.