Problem with HTC Phone and Sync

I have a HTC Inspire phone that I use all the time. It is “my phone”, I have no land line. One thing I try to do is keep it and my Outlook contact list in sync. The problem is that frequently, the phone does not see the computer or vice versa.
I tried all sorts of things to get it to work reliably, but no luck. I did find that some cables worked and others did not. I would have thought that all mini USB cables were wired the same, perhaps they are. It could be the connectors on the cables or the USB port on my phone is defective.
However, if you are having issues syncing your phone, try a different cable or two or three. Once you find one that works, label it. I also found cables that would charge the phone, show the phone as a disk drive but not sync. Save those for your car or the USB charger and again label them.
If it is truly not the cable then it might be the USB port on your computer or you might need to remove and reinstall the latest version of HTC Sync. Get it from here ( ).

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 29,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 7 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

Some Great pictures of RIO

Randle's Photo Blog

Wander near any of the beaches in Rio de Janeiro and you’ll be quickly reminded why expats recently voted their favourite aspects of Rio 1) the beaches, 2) the people, 3) the weather, and 4) the quality of life.

The beaches personify Rio – sun, fun and sport abound at every turn. Whilst the beach promenades are dotted with numerous outdoor multi-gyms, home to rippling muscles, and palm trees form improvised pegs to a network of tightropes. The adjourning cycle path acts like some mass conveyor belt of joggers, skate boarders, skaters, cyclists and walkers.

Spot Capoeira





Beach promenades bustle with sporting activities


Improvised tumbling entertains the more sedentary






Whilst on the water


Local colour abounds



Fut volley raises the bar on more traditional beach volleyball



Beach volleyball dominates



From the early morning work-out


To a mid-week play in the sea


Making sand castles


To a more crowded affair



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How do I record an Error in Excell

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Microsoft PowerShell Source File -- Created with SAPIEN Technologies PrimalScript 2011
NAME: ErrorView.ps1
DATE  : 5/18/2012
COMMENT: Ping does not return an Error
 Use Test-Connection instead

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               $ErrorView = "CategoryView"
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                $ws1.rows.Item($row).Font.ColorIndex = "3"
                $range = $ws1.usedRange
                $ErrorView = $null