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I had struggled for a couple of days while attempting to bill Sprint for a Google Play Store application (carrier billing). I would get error after error while trying to finalize the purchase. The error prefixes were "Subs ID not found : Root Exception is:".
I contacted Sprint using their on-line chat and was told the Sprint billing department was having issues with the payment processing system. After several Google searches for the error and browsing the Sprint Community forums, I realized the solution of waiting until 12PM the next day, as pointed out as the time of fix from the Sprint representative for the carrier billing issue to be resolved, was untruthful at best.
I happen to have stumbled across some unusual Google Voice SMS messages a couple of days after I had discovered the Google Play carrier billing error. In my Google Voice Texts folder their contained several messages from myself to the short SMS number 19210 with the prefix of the messages containing "DCB_ASSOCIATION:". The suffix of the text messages looked like a hash of some sort. It appears both authorization to use Sprint for carrier billing and authorization for app purchases at the time of checkout is done through SMS (text messaging). I had removed Sprint as a billing option in Google Wallet as a last resort therefor when trying to reauthorize Sprint as a billing option it would fail just as application purchases would.
If you have Google Voice integration and use the option to have your Google Voice number as the primary phone number for all calls, then all of these SMS authorizations and communications look as though they originate off network, and off of a cellular network in addition.
After disabling Google Voice temporarily I was able to reauthorize Sprint as a billing method and after doing so make a purchase using Sprint carrier billing from Google Play. Success!
With all of the complaints about these errors on-line, you would have thought Sprint could have had a fix in place at this point or at the very least make their customer support representatives aware of this issue instead of forcing the consumer to run around in circles. In any case, disabling Google Voice temporarily was ultimately the fix for my Sprint Carrier Billing errors and the Sprint Google Wallet authorized payment source.
A year ago I was writing...QEMU CPU References
The Sony Vaio VGN-SZ330P laptop uses an Intel Core 2 T7200 64-bit CPU that supports VT-x hardware virtualization, however it is disabled in the Phoenix BIOS and it does not provide an option for a user to enable this CPU capability in the setup menu.
This article will guide you through the process of enabling hardware virtual machine support. This guide is for the Sony Vaio model VGN-SZ330P ONLY and does not provide assurance of success. In other words, I am not responsible if you brick your laptop.
You will need to start by checking your Phoenix BIOS version. You can enter the BIOS setup by pressing F2 during start-up and choose the enter setup option. You will need the latest released BIOS version R0096N0. This version was originally released for better Windows Vista performance. This BIOS adds additional shared memory to both the Intel Mobile 945GM Express and NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400 video adapters along with other small tweaks. If you are using an earlier version, you will need to install R0096N0 available at http://esupport.sony.com/p/swu-download.pl?mdl=VGNSZ330P&upd_id=2709&os_id=29 Follow the instructions provided on this web page. Once completed, reboot, enter the BIOS, and reset to factory default.
After you verify you are using the BIOS version R0096N0, you will need to create a bootable DOS drive containing SYMCMOS.EXE, and EDIT.EXE from win98boot.zip using the HP USB Flash Drive Format Utility. First unzip and install the USB key drive boot utility from usbmemkeyboot.zip. Next unnzip win98boot.zip into any convenient location. Start the boot disk format utility as an administrator. For example, this may be done by right clicking on the application where it is installed and select run as administrator. Select the flash drive for the DOS boot disk, choose FAT32 as the file system, click "Create a DOS startup disk using DOS system files located at" and select the folder from the win98boot.zip archive. You may then proceed to start the format and boot disk creation.
Once the disk has been created, copy EDIT.EXE from the win98boot.zip folder onto the flash drive. Copy SYMCMOS.EXE onto the flash drive in addition.
Reboot into the BIOS and enable "boot from external devices". Save the settings and reboot the computer. With the USB drive connected, it should boot into a DOS prompt. You may need to select the drive to boot from in the boot selection menu at start-up if it doesn't.
We now want to dump the BIOS into a file. This is done by issuing the command "symcmos.exe -V2 -Lbios.txt". Use "edit.exe bios.txt" to open the file and search for 0399. Replace "(0399) " with "(0399) ". Save this as a new file, newbios.txt and reboot the laptop into DOS once again.
To apply the VT-x enabled change to the BIOS, issue the command "symcmos.exe -V2 -Unewbios.txt". You may now reboot the laptop and make any personalized changes to the default BIOS setup. Do the deal and save then reboot. Intel VT-x hardware virtualization should now be available to your virtual machine software.
If you at any time brick the laptop, you may be able to open the unit and remove then reinsert the internal BIOS battery, or so I had seen mentioned. Again, if it is a brick, I am not liable, so do thorough research before using this guide, as accuracy may vary.Technology  Software  Article & Comments
Posted to Facebook by French bank Caisse d'Epargne - “Because accidents don't just happen to others, insurance will also cover you for any temporary injuries”
After two hours of adverse Facebook reactions the bank pulled the plug on the evil four legged furry squirrel now missing a couple nuts and a bolt saying "We wanted to make use of the social networks but we made a mistake. It was a communication error. We've hurt Facebook followers and potential customers and we regret it...". via arbroath
A year ago I was writing...References For Getting Started With KVM Virtualization
Google has released 3 new tools to provide personal expression, protect the public from attacks which would hinder journalists and media, and provide free access to information for everyone no matter which country you may live in.
Project Shield: Google is now taking applications for a DDoS protection layer called Project Shield. A site and its host would sit behind Google, acting as an intermediary between the public internet and your news outlet, human rights services, or election data in hopes that Google's service is able to withstand a larger scale DDoS attack in reaction to a freedom of expression that would normally bring down a web site or media outlet of even large scale.
Digital Attack Map: Google is now providing a real-time (or close) analysis of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks flowing in and out of countries. Trends of DDoS attacks and current outages as a result of a DDoS are provided.
uProxy: A web browser proxy extension named uProxy is being developed. It is not an open proxy, but one you may share with a couple of friends in media restricted countries. While open and paid proxies are widely available, this is the first to address just a couple of restricted friends on a much smaller scale and of less complexity. Google is now taking applications for a public beta test.
The full announcement on Google's Blog may be found here.Technology  Software  Article & Comments
Seasons are changing as usual and cold air is flowing into many parts of the country providing a kick-in-the-ass reality check for northerly residents to perk up their speed of normal daily ventures. What Fall, Spring, and Summer provides, the cold and dry Winter dithers with difficulty. The drive to work now takes on an extra hour in some cases, and adds the cause for anxiety for those whom walk and take the bus – moving outdoors among snow with wind and cold pushing and prodding at any exposed skin.
Time goes by so very fast during the summer. Lists of activities often go unchecked. Months seem to turn like days. Winter is quite the opposite. Time flows more linear as we wake up to the same environment each day and we pay more attention to remember-able daily events that allow our minds to perceive time more sequentially. Maybe the daily cold and brisk snap of wind when first heading outside is the time stamp for which we lack during more pleasant seasonal days.
Winter is not all dreary, or so I was reminded by a stranger. Ski hills are often at capacity and sledding is always open on steep sloped hills. While some cannot find Winter alternatives for Summer like retreats, their is always a hot and comforting fire for hibernation when the cold season lacks any other possibility. For any susceptible meaning of Winter that may cross your mind on a below freezing day, the season provides only what we ask of it and of what we make of it.
A year ago I was writing...It is Squirrel Thursday! - Evil Squirrel Crashes Weddings