Logitech Ultrathin KB Cover can’t connect – How to fix it

This has happened to me a few times on several devices, so I thought I’d publish the solution that worked for me.

If your Logitech keyboard doesn’t connect to your iPad, or you get the message that “Connection Unsuccessful Make sure “Logitech Ultrathin KB Cover” is turned on and in range,” you may wish to try the following:

  1. Turn on your iPad
  2. Go to Settings
  3. Go to Bluetooth
  4. Under Devices, click the information icon (a circle with an i in it)
  5. Click Forget this Device
  6. Click OK to confirm
  7. You should now be back at the Bluetooth screen
  8. Make sure your Logitech cover is turned on (for me, I slid the switch to make it show green instead of showing orange) and the battery charged
  9. Press the Bluetooth button on your keyboard; if all is working well, you should see the device show up under Devices–it should say Logitech Ultrathin KB Cover
  10. Click on Logitech Ultrathin KB Cover. It should now connect and display Connected next to the information icon

That worked for me on two different iPads. Hope it helps someone.

What do you do when your bike tire explodes while riding?

Continental GP4000 exploded sidewall

This was scary–the tire went flat while I was riding. Nope, didn’t get hurt. Phew.

Yeah, some bicycle tires are light because the sidewalls are thinner than those on other tires.

Don’t want to single out Continental, as the GP4000s are my go-to tires (they’re pretty popular among a lot of road bicyclists) for longevity, rideability, and yes, weight. (Psst! Wait for them to go on sale online at places like ProBikeKit or other UK shops for about $35/each.) But I finally had one of the sidewalls go out on me on one of these tires. Fortunately, I was able to come to a quick stop before I lost control of the bike.

As a rule–while you’re riding, try to imagine the worst possible thing that could happen and be prepared for it. That car could hook a right right in front of you (even without indicating his intention to turn with a turn signal!), your crank arm could break, your chain could snap, you could hit a piece of glass or a thorn in the road, a coyote could run out in front of you, those School of the Arts kids waiting at the intersection to cross the street might actually walk backwards into the middle of the street without looking, and so on. So get ready to hit those brakes, take a fall, grab your bars, etc. (I try to keep my teeth clenched lest I wreck and bite off my tongue or lip or something.)

The life you save may be your own.

What 2,000 pounds looks like how

2000 lbs (4)Another “things you see while biking”–a truck in the Sunset with four 500-pound weights on its bed. I see this truck quite a lot, actually. It always occurred to me that this is the kind of thing you probably wouldn’t have to lock up, though I bet those weights are expensive.

Review of MyGradeBook.com

Things I don’t like.

First, while I was filling out the registration form, I wasn’t told whether I’d be able to change this information later if I wanted to.

I wanted to see information about whether I’d be able to edit the information later. I am sometimes a little bit suspicious of forms and websites because I know that many of them harvest your information so that they can market to you in the future.

One really appealing feature of MyGradeBook is the ability to link to its QuizLab site.

Emails sent to support:

How do I add a student to my school? I can’t seem to find a way from the Students tab.



Log into your MyGradebook.com account and choose a class from the drop down screen. Once you have selected the class you would like to add the student to, click on the “Students” tab. Next, click on the “add” button. Fill the student’s information into the blank fields. Make sure you click “save” in order to record your changes. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Have a nice day!
Colleen Slyne
Family Education Network

My response:

Yes, that’s what I was afraid of.

But I want to be able to enter the students into a master student list. From that list, I’d like to add them to classes.

The point is this–I want to reduce the number of errors that could occur by entering students’ names manually each time we add them to a class.

Problems and things I don’t like

The help section

The help section isn’t very helpful. The first problem is that the help topics aren’t searchable; the topics are organized by category. For example, if you want to , you need to use the following click sequence: Teachers > Class > Students > Student Names and Passwords

  • Passwords seem to be limited to 10 characters, although I can’t find this stated anywhere.
  • Students’ passwords and email addresses are entered on two different screens.


It would be nice if the attendance page showed the total number of students present in a class. I like to do a head count to double check the accuracy of the roll.

When you print the weekly attendance sheet, the sheet displays five days (Monday to Friday), even if the class doesn’t meet all five days. For example, I have a class that meets on Mondays and Wednesdays (i.e., only two days per week), but Monday through Friday are shown (i.e., five days). This is easy enough to fix, but a lot of teachers may get confused and may write the Wednesday attendance in the Tuesday slot, since it is the slot right after Monday. And yes, I can get the admin staff to manually cross out the days that class doesn’t meet, but again, this is an extra step that could easily be overlooked.

Dates are not displayed in the weekly attendance sheet; it would be extremely helpful to have dates displayed.

Student passwords: Students’ passwords aren’t true passwords. They are actually more akin to usernames. Let me explain. When students log in to see their grades online, they are asked to enter what MyGradeBook calls a “classword”. The classword is really just an identifier of the class; it’s like the name of the class. This classword has to be unique to the class; the name cannot be shared with any other classes. The student then needs to enter her password and click login. Using these credentials, MyGradeBook shows you your information. If you’d entered another password, e.g., the password of another student for example, you’d be shown different information.

This is problematic because I’m starting to see people who are entering similar passwords–password, imcool, testmagic, etc. The system won’t accept duplicate passwords, and the chances that two people in one class share a password are pretty low. I am therefore checking passwords when students give them to me; if they are too easy to guess or are not unique enough, I’m asking them to choose another password.

Also, students aren’t able to change their passwords; of course a student can always ask his teacher to change his password for him, but I believe it’s important for people to have control over their own login information.


  • If you can’t find something in the help section, check out the knowledge base that you can access when you click the contact link.
  • It took me a while to find out how to set the Meeting Days for classes. After a while of hunting and clicking, I found the link: Meeting Days

(Link: https://www.mygradebook.com/secured/days_of_week.cfm Navigation: Attendance > Meeting Days)

How to create a Master Student List

Wow, this is turning out to be quite a challenge.
Log in as a Group Manager: https://www.mygradebook.com/secured/authenticate_group_account.cfm
Click to enable District Integration: https://www.mygradebook.com/secured/group_integration.cfm?enable=Y

1st attempt to create a workaround

  1. Go to Add students’ contact information
  2. Problem: If I copy a student from the ALL CLASSES class, the two students aren’t ‘linked’; in other words, the information doesn’t appear to be pulled from the same field in the database. So if I need to update the student’s information, I need to do it manually in all places the student appears. Also, the student will get a new Student ID when her or his account is copied to the new class. Worse: I tried the District Integration feature, and I have the same problem. I can create a new student with the Group Manager tool, and a teacher can import that student. However, when the teacher imports the student, MyGradeBook appears to do the same thing, i.e., create a new database field for that student. I tested this by entering new information for the students as a Group Manager (specifically, I added hyphens to his phone number, and I shortened his first name so that only the initial of his first name would show). I then logged off, and logged in again as a teacher. The information was not updated.
  3. Problem: I cannot enter the passwords and email addresses on the same screen.

Questions sent to support

Question: Is there a limit to the number of students I can have in one class? I want to enroll several hundred people in one class and use this as my Master Student List.

Answer: The MyGradebook.com program allows a teacher to have up to 30 classes with up to 150 students in each class. We apologize for the inconvenience, but if you’d like to have more than 150 students, you will have to set up multiple classes. Have a greta day!

Just an ATM on the side of the road

ATM on the side of the road

Just an abandoned ATM

Anybody who bikes a lot, or for that matter runs, walks, or otherwise spends enough time outdoors will tell you that you see a lot of things on the side of the road that you might not expect.

Here we have an abandoned ATM on the side of the road. You can see other stuff with it as well. My best guess is that somebody tried to steal it and then crack it open, but that is really only a guess.

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Congratulation from Monoprice! (Why do I get only one?) #grammarfail

Yeah, bad English (aka Engrish) is low-hanging fruit, but it’s fun nonetheless.

I ordered a connector to connect my iPhone to a projector (to add multimedia to our classes) from a Shen Zhen-based company. They included this thank-you note.

The text of the note for screen-readers:

Congratulation! Your account now had been validated. You can now login to your account.

It’s been said a million times before, but why don’t these companies spend $10 on getting someone to proofread?

I’m going to try an experiment. I’m going to email this company with my corrected version. (Yes, I’m making this up as I go along.)

Here’s the email I’ve sent them:

Hi there! I’ve just confirmed my email address and noticed a couple of English grammar mistakes on the confirmation page. I would like to offer you a corrected version. I’m actually an English teacher, and I have done translations and corrections in the past professionally.

Here is the incorrect text:

Congratulation! Your account now had been validated. You can now login to your account.

Here is the corrected text. (Please note that I have simply corrected the grammar, but have not changed the content.)

Congratulations! Your account has now been validated. You can now login to your account.

Just wanted to let you know. Hope that helps.

Best regards,


Monoprice is a pretty big company that provides good service and good products. Wonder how hard it will be to make that change.

Life in Rio: Don’t feed your children spoiled ham, Escola Americana


A Pile of Dirty Dishes in a Kitchen Sink

English expression: Many hands make light work. Let’s all pitch in and clean this up.

This news story reminded me a lot of a book I’m teaching now in one of my English classes, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair.

The Escola Americana do Rio de Janeiro (The American School of Rio de Janeiro), one of the priciest and most prestigious private high schools in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil (tuition is approximately $2,300 per month), was fined by the Procon (Programa de Proteção e Defesa do Consumidor or Program for the protection and defense of consumers) about $2,400 for selling expired food (ham, cheese, and snacks) to its students.

Life in Rio–motorcyclists shut down the Linha Amarela

This doesn't look like Brasil. Oh well.

This doesn’t look like Brasil. Oh well.

I miss Brasil a lot sometimes,  and lately I’ve been using the awesome TuneIn Radio to listen to some radio stations in Rio de Janeiro, where I spent a few years in during the years of hyper-inflation of the early 1990s. It’s been great for my Portuguese, but it’s also good just to catch up on the news of Rio and Brasil.

Interesting story from yesterday–traffic on the Linha Amarela (is that new-ish? I remember the Linha Vermelho, but not the Linha Amarela. Edit: Wikipedia to the rescue! The Linha Amarela opened in 1997, well after my stay) was at a complete standstill. According to the radio, about 30 motorcyclists were protesting the shooting of a fellow motorcyclist by the police. The police claimed that the motorcyclist was breaking a law (a drug dealer, perhaps?), but the protesters weren’t buying it and staged a protest by blocking all traffic going to Barra (on the outskirts of Rio–there aren’t many ways to get there). Traffic was completely stopped, and some people were taking advantage of the situation by harassing drivers and passengers stuck in cars.

No judgments here. Just the facts.

How to cancel myFICO Free Score Trial

Keeping this quick: I wanted to find out my FICO score, and used the free offer from myfico.com. I decided to cancel, but had a bit of trouble doing so.

I will tell you what worked, and what didn’t. But here’s the quick answer: Call customer service directly at 1-888-577-5992.

How to cancel your “Score Watch® 10-Day Free Trial”

  1. From a U.S. phone, call 1-888-577-5992
  2. Prepare to wait on hold; remember, Mondays are generally the busiest days for this sort of business and request. I called on a Wednesday and was on hold for 23 minutes. I use Google Voice with a cheap but comfortable headset for a lot of my calls, so I don’t really mind waiting on hold.
  3. Have your personal information ready–Social Security Number, correct address.
  4. Give them the information.
  5. They will then give you their spiel to keep you from cancelling. Ignore it. You can say “No thank you.” Note: The fine print of my service agreement said that there was a minimum of 3 months of usage of the service, meaning I would have been charged almost $45 had I kept the service! (“What are the terms of the trial? You may cancel at any time during the 10-day trial period of Score Watch and pay absolutely nothing. Continue your subscription at only $14.95/month for a minimum of 3 months.” Um, why not just say $44.85, since there’s no way to pay less than that?)
  6. Get your Question Reference number.
  7. Check your email to make sure you received confirmation.
  8. In your next two credit card billing statements, make sure you weren’t billed.

How not to cancel your “Score Watch® 10-Day Free Trial”

Yeah, who needs to know how not to cancel the free trial? Well, if you follow the instructions you receive from myFICO, you probably won’t be able to cancel. And if you follow the click sequence of the myFICO.com website, you’ll just get the run-around.

Here is the information from myFICO about the terms of the agreement:

* About your 10-day free trial: You will not be billed unless you decide to keep Score Watch® beyond your 10-day free trial period. Your credit card information will only be used if you do not cancel prior to the end of your free trial – you can cancel at any time during your 10-day free trial. To cancel the trial offer, go to the Support Center and follow the instructions in the “How do I cancel my free score trial?” topic. IF YOU DO NOT CANCEL PRIOR TO THE END OF THE TRIAL PERIOD, YOU WILL BE BILLED AT THE THEN-CURRENT PRICE OF THE PRODUCTS OR SERVICES WITHOUT FURTHER NOTICE.


If you click Support, that will take you to the “Support Center”. From there, if you search for “cancel score watch”, you’ll see this result: How do I cancel my Free Score Trial ? Updated. (The “” makes you think you’re onto something!) So you click. And you get:

This, students, is a perfect example of the word disingenuous.

This, students, is a perfect example of the word disingenuous.

And here’s the text of that image for screen readers:

Thank you for my Free FICO Score. How do I cancel?

Please keep in mind before you cancel:

· FICO® offers this FREE FICO® Score & Credit Report to customers once in a two year period

· After you cancel, your monitoring and alerts will be terminated and you will not have online access to your score or credit report

· A true FICO® Score is the only one used by over 90% of banks in lending decisions. This is important because your scores will change as your credit report changes.

· If you continue to monitor your credit score with Fico® Score Watch® , you’ll be alerted when your score changes for any reason and you’ll know if unwanted or fraudulent activity shows up on your credit report so you can take action.

Learn more about ways that you can manage and improve your credit score

Was this answer helpful? Yes No

I clicked No, of course.

Finally, I clicked around and finally noticed this bit on the myFICO contact page:

You hid that well, myFICO.

You hid that well, myFICO.

You’ll notice that it says:

To cancel your product please call customer service at: 1-888-577-5992

Success! That’s it! As noted above, that’s what I did–called that number, waited on hold for 23 minutes, cancelled, declined appeal to keep the service, got confirmation number, checked email.

Email didn’t work, either

I saw a post online in which someone said emailing myFICO from the myFICO contact page would get the account cancelled. So I tried. I 2013-03-16, and now, five days later, I have yet to receive a reply.

Free credit report (for real)

By the way, don’t forget that you can get a free credit report from this company. Don’t use other services with stupid TV commercials; they’re not really free–they lure you in with a free trial, after which you’ll be billed.