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.

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.

2005 Honda VFR800 motorcycle

How to change the oil of a 2005 Honda VFR800

2005 Honda VFR800 in the garage

Getting ready to change the oil.

Note: I will try to keep this post updated with more information and photos.

Specifications from the owner’s manual:

  • Oil weight: 10W-40
  • Oil capacity: 3.3 quarts (3.1 liters)

Tools and supplies you will need

  • 4 quarts of oil
  • Oil filter
  • Oil filter wrench (On older cars with lots of access, you could often gorilla the filter off with your hands or a chisel and hammer, but the VFR puts the filter tucked away tightly, so I don’t recommend doing this without an oil filter wrench.)
  • 5mm hex key (also called a hex wrench, an Allen® key, or Allen® wrench; they’re all they same tool)
  • 17mm wrench or socket
  • Optional: Various socket wrench extenders to make the job easier. As mentioned, the oil filter is a bit recessed, so an extender (3″ or so) might help reach it.
  • Torque wrench (Sort of optional; if you’re a pro, you can estimate the correct force.)
  • Sealing washer (You may be able to get away with reusing the one on there; the manual specifies replacing the washer every other oil change.)
  • Container to catch the old oil. Please, never, ever throw oil away in the trash or down the drain. Doing so will harm the environment and could poison or kill animals or fish. Find out where to recycle used motor oil.

Detailed steps to change the oil

  1. Obviously, make sure that you have the proper tools, enough oil, an oil filter, and something to catch and hold the old oil.
  2. Make sure that you can unscrew the oil filler cap. No point of getting all set up only to find that the oil filler cap is stuck or something.
  3. Now, park the motorcycle on firm, level ground. Put the motorcycle up on the center stand.
  4. Start the motorcycle, and let it run for a few minutes (3 to 5 minutes should do the trick; longer if it’s cold outside, shorter if it’s warm) to warm up the oil so that it flows out more easily. Be careful with parts of the engine and exhaust that may now be hot.
  5. Remove part of the fairing so that you have access to the oil filter and oil drain plug:
    1. From the left side of the fairing, remove the three hex bolts.
    2. From the underside of the fairing, remove the two plastic clips that secure the left and right sides of the fairing. (See the video below for a close-up.)
    3. From the left, inner fairing, remove the two bolts that connect the inner and outer sections of the fairing.
    4. Now pull the fairing away a bit, just to make sure that you will have access to the oil drain plug and oil filter.
  6. Place an oil pan under the oil drain plug to catch the old oil as it comes out.
  7. Unscrew the oil filler cap. Unscrew the drain plug (also called the crankcase drain bolt) and sealing washer, making sure not to drop the plug or washer. Put the plug and washer aside.
  8. Remove the oil filter. You may need to use a filter wrench, or just unscrew it backyard-mechanic style with big locking pliers, or other tools. But it’s generally better to be gentle so that you don’t strip or stress any of the parts.
  9. Prepare the new filter by rubbing a thin coat of oil on the new gasket.
  10. Install the oil filter by screwing it on by hand. Tighten firmly by hand. Now tighten the oil filter with a wrench to 20 lbf-ft (26 N-m or 2.7 kgf-m).
  11. Screw the drain plug back in. Tighten to 22 lbf-ft (29 N-m, 3.0 kgf-m)
  12. Add approximately 3.3 quarts of oil. You may need more if your filter is larger (Remember, oil goes into the filter.).
  13. Wait a few minutes and check the oil inspection window to make sure that the oil is between the upper and lower marks in the window. Be sure that you check the oil with the motorcycle on the center stand, not the side stand; if you check it on the side stand, the oil will slosh over to one side and appear to be almost empty.
  14. Screw the oil filler cap back on firmly.
  15. Start the engine and let it idle for a few minutes.
  16. Stop the engine and wait several minutes.
  17. Check for leaks. If there are leaks, double-check everything to make sure it’s tight.
  18. Re-install the fairing.
Video of the how to remove the clip in the fairing of a Honda VFR800

iTunes 11

iTunes 11 can’t import folders. How I fixed the problem

TL;DR: Delete the .m3u, nfo, cue, and pls files in your directory. They  files cause iTunes to freeze when you import folders of music files. Update: I have discovered that nfo, cue, and pls files cause iTunes to choke, too. Delete those as well. (FLAC files don’t seem to cause any problems.)

After I updated to iTunes 11 (a huge update!), I was unable to import folders as I had been able to in the past. I have a couple thousand CDs that I’ve been ripping for the last few years, and suddenly, things stopped working. After a lot of trial and error, I have fixed the problem–iTunes was choking on the playlist files (m3u) that were in the folder.

Relevant info
  • Operating system: Windows XP and Windows 7 (the same thing happened on two different computers)
  • Location of files to import: External hard disk drive. Letter was J:\ or so.
  • iTunes version: iTunes
  • Keep iTunes Media folder organized: Checked
  • Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library: Checked
Duplicate the problem: iTunes crashes when it imports folders
  1. Start up your Windows 7 computer
  2. Make sure you have a folder with at least one .mp3 files and one .m3u file in it.
  3. Open iTunes 11
    1. Make sure this option is selected: Keep iTunes Media folder organized
    2. Make sure this option is selected: Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library: Checked
  4. Click File > Add Folder to LIbrary…
  5. Navigate to the folder listed in Step 2
  6. Click on that folder
  7. Click Select Folder
  8. iTunes, at least on my computer, starts the import, but freezes
  9. To force iTunes to close, do a quick CTRL+Shift+ Esc (CTRL+ALT+DEL doesn’t work in Windows 7 as it did in earlier Windows version)
Solution: How to search for all .m3u, files on an external drive in Windows 7

Simply delete the .m3u files. In my case, I actually moved them to a different folder for later use. The easiest way to do this is to use Windows search. Just enter *.m3u in the search box. You can also specify a location as well, if you don’t want to search all of your drives. Here’s how:

  1. Start your Windows 7 computer
  2. Click the Start button or the Windows key
  3. In the search box (which says Select programs and files) type *.m3u
  4. Right above that, you should, in a split second, see an option that says See more results Click on that. A new window should appear.
  5. At the very bottom of the window, you’ll see some options. If you don’t see the options, try scrolling all the way to the bottom.
  6. Click on Custom…
  7. Click the locations you’d like to search. In my case, to search an external drive, I just click the little triangle next to Computer, which will expand more options right below. Check the box to the left of the drive you’d like to search.
  8. Click OK
  9. Wait for your results.
  10. Update: Repeat for nfo, cue, and pls files.

That’s it! You should now see the files you were searching for.

Hope that helps someone.


bad encrypt dictionary

For a few days I’ve been trying to figure out why an Adobe Acrobat document I created on one computer wouldn’t open on another computer. When I tried to open it, I’d receive an error message that said simply “bad encrypt dictionary”. That’s it.

I created the document in Acrobat 7.0, and encrypted it with 7.0 encryption (the program offers options for different levels or versions of encryption). I tried searching with Google for the error message, but there were so many posts about DRM (digital rights management) that I couldn’t see the fix quickly or easily. (With so many students applying to the UCs and Stanford, it’s been a very busy week, so I couldn’t spend more than a few minutes searching.) It turned out to be a really simple thing–the 6.0 Reader I was using couldn’t read 7.0 encryption, so updating this version of Adobe Acrobat Reader solved the problem.

When will software companies realize that creating user-friendly error messages will certainly result in greater usage, sales, and satisfaction for their products? For example, why couldn’t this error message read something like this: Continue reading