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The 5 best fixedByVonnie articles in 2014 - fixedByVonnie

The 5 best fixedByVonnie articles in 2014

In a few hours the year is done!  Goodbye 2014!

What resolutions are you planning to make (and break) in 2015?

Man, 2014 flew by.  But, you know what?  I’m used to that.  It seems like the older I get (currently 32 years old) the faster time passes and the harder it is to keep my resolutions!

Is it just me or do you feel that way sometimes?

Anyway, 2014 was an interesting year.

As I look back on the articles I published there were five that you seemed to like the most.  Interestingly enough, 60% of those articles were related to mobile devices – which means I’m definitely going to focus on crafting high-quality mobile articles for you in 2015.

What were your highs and lows of 2014?

Before I give you my top 5 articles, I want you to think over 2014 as its affected your own life.  Everyone has highs and lows:

  • You get married or you get dumped.
  • You get hired or you get canned.
  • You get leaner or your get fatter.
  • You learn something new or you forgot something you knew
  • You start a business or you fail to follow through
  • You get promoted or you get demoted
  • You buy a house or you lose your house
  • You buy a car or you wreck your car

The list is endless.  Let me tell you what’s going on in my life.

I told my subscribers this last month but I think it’s apt to share it now:  My wife and I just had our first kid last month so I’m officially a daddy.

Being a dad is interesting because it’s the first time I’ve loved someone other than myself unconditionally.  If I’m honest, even the love for my wife is conditioned on something but my love for my son is unprecedented.  If you have kids you know what I mean.  It’s not that I love my wife less it’s just that I love him without any prior conditions.

That’s great and all but everything isn’t always so great.

I also had some inexplicable injuries which are about as perplexing as they are annoying.  It’s one of those things where you feel like you should have a battle story behind the wound but really it’s something stupid like, “Yeah, I was typing on my computer and my wrist jammed, now I can’t use it”.

I feel like my body is breaking even though I’m only 32!  I don’t work out (I should) but my point is that I have no substantive excuse for breaking anything.  That’s why it’s so vexing!

Let me start with a big thank you!

Ahh, anyway – let me start by thanking you for visiting my site.  I’ve been keeping a tech diary since the first day I purchased the domain name and I’ve got to tell you that a lot has happened since I started this site two years ago.

Over the past two years fixedByVonnie has really climbed the ranks.  Traffic has been growing month over month at a mature and healthy pace, you guys are subscribing to my list and joining my team and I’m starting to feel a connection with my audience.

One of the things I’m avowing to do in 2015 is to read your comments more regularly and reply with substantive answers quicker.  I admit that I did an atrocious job in 2014, so I’ll work on that.

A look back on 2014

As I keep ruminating over my life this year I’m starting to recall some of the biggest news items from the media that seized my attention.

In 2014, I saw an incipient consumer lust for wearable tech and Chromebooks.

I saw the best athletes in the world slice through the “vanilla frosting” of Sochi, Russia.

I saw paranoid pedestrians walking around subway platforms donning N95 masks because the Ebola threat was too close to home (I was one of them!)

I laughed at the world as the Flappy Bird Mania got out of control, envied those in the world with the money to buy remote controlled consumer drones and hated the world for not giving me a HD GoPro camera.

Ha! I can’t wait to see what we accomplish in 2015.

For now, let me leave you with what you came here for: my five most popular articles of 2014.

The best fixedByVonnie articles of 2014

Let’s go!

5. How to repair the EFI bootloader in Windows 8

How to repair the EFI bootloader in Windows 8

The EFI bootloader is the program that slaps the operating system and says: “Work!”

It runs after power-on but before the Windows splash screen emerges.  Usually the bootloader works great; however, when it throws a temper tantrum it can really ruin your day.  In this article I show you step by step on how to repair the EFI bootloader – all with a healthy injection of my personality.

4 How to install Kit Kat in VirtualBox

How to install Android 4.4 Kit Kat in VirtualBox

Believe it or not I finished a Kit Kat for lunch today.

My top two favorite candy bars of all time are:

  • Milky Way Dark
  • Kit Kat

Kit Kat’s are a classic.  It’s so snappy, so light and so damn delicious.

And this article about installing Android 4.4 in VirtualBox is just as mouthwatering.  In this guide I lead you through copious screen shots showing you exactly how to get Google’s famed OS running on your Windows box.


3. Unfortunately your app has stopped working

Unfortunately your app has stopped workingAll error messages suck but some suck less than others.

I can deal with an arcane hexadecimal error code like 0x12345yousuck6789 because I can toss it at google and get reams of results back.

What I can’t deal with, what I can’t tolerate is why any company would permit bafoonish errors like this one:

“Unfortunately, your app has stopped.”

It’s almost as funny as it is pissworthy.

The app crashes and then sprouts an indescent message telling you what you just discovered a second ago.  It’s like getting your tooth knocked out and then having the dentist tell you that someone knocked out your tooth.

No shit the app stopped working!  How about an error telling me why?  I’ll even take something as enigmatic as Guru Meditation or Error code: 42!  Ahhh… anyway, in this article I show you how to fix this error when your apps unceremoniously quit on your smartphone.

I also show you how to avoid committing suicide because it frustrated you to the point of chronic depression.

2. How to install Android apps to your SD card

How to install Android apps on your SD card by default

You have a fancy, fast phone but one thing isn’t right.

One little thing irks you…

You have voluminous storage on your SD card but your built in memory size is tiny.

Tiny.  Tiny.  Tiny.

Is there a way to make better use of your storage?  Can you apportion space to your apps so that new apps save to your larger SD card instead of your smaller on-board memory?

That’s what this article is all about.

1. How to fix limited wi-fi connectivity in Windows 8.1

Limited or no wi-fi connectivity in Windows 8.1

Let’s take a moneyless bet (because I’m broke).

I bet you either experienced the limited connection problem in Windows, or know someone who has or have heard of the error in some capacity before.  It was a huge fiasco in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

One day your Wi-Fi works, the next day, it says the connection is limited and consequently, you can’t get online.

Men with calm personalities are suddenly incensed and men who already had a bellicose temperament are now ready to wage a full scale war against their computers.

This error will have you blowing your top and when it happened to me I vowed to fix it. In this article I arm you with 4 weapons to assail this error.

The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line is I hope I can keep delivering value for you in 2015.

I’ve received numerous emails thanking me for the stuff I publish (and also emails with people cursing me out, which I find hilarious by the way)  It’s stuff like this that motivates me to keep this thing going.

I have a lot of big things planned for you in 2015.  One of which is a huge project that I have under wraps but which I’m planning to reveal to those who have joined my list.

The intelligent guide to using Google ChromeIf you haven’t joined my team, drop your name and email in my sign-up form in the right rail of the page (or visit my dedicated signup page) and I’ll give you my 40 page eBook called “The Intelligent Guide to Using Google Chrome”.

I’ll also periodically send you tips and original content that I don’t send to non-members.

Signup is 100% free and you can unsubscribe at anytime (I don’t bury unsubscribe links like some sites).

Anyway, that’s it.

It’s been a great year and I’m excited about the content I have in store for you in 2015.



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