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How to restore a Lenovo IdeaTab K3 Lynx 11.6-Inch 64 GB Tablet?

You may try first automatic repair. 

If not, try to boot:

  • Press and hold the power button until the tablet turns off.
  • Press and hold the following buttons (in sequence) to boot into the BIOS: Power button > Volume Up > Voume Down. When done correctly, it will show you the BIOS screen.

But instead of booting from a “real” Windows bootable CD, you need either:

  • A repair disk provided by Lenovo (you need to contact Customer Support for this, but I failed in getting a CD from them).
  • A repair disk made previously in Windows 8, by following these steps (you should do this as a pre-emptive measure).

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Sfaturi despre credința ortodoxă

Sfaturi din ortodoxie la care ader:

  • Când te închini, să te rogi cu cuvintele tale. Roagă-te în termeni normali și uzuali.
  • Când mergi la spovedanie, să îi ceri lui Dumnezeu să te lumineze. Nu merge doar bazat pe tine, bazează-te și pe Dumnezeu, și cere-i ajutorul.
  • Când ești într-o dilemă / deznădejde, cere ajutorul. Nu lăsa să treacă timpul, nu te ruga generic. Ai o problemă, cere o soluție.
  • Când ceri soluție, fii generic. Roagă-te să fie bine, nu neapărat să se rezolve cum vrei tu. Poate ce îți dorești tu nu e în favoarea ta. Roagă-te, cu gândul la problema ta, dar specifică la modul generic, să fie bine în situația respectivă. Nu neapărat – “vreau să fie cum îmi imaginez eu că e bine”. Poți spune, mai degrabă că îți dorești să fie bine, sau să primești mila lui Dumnezeu. Ideea de bază aici e că uneori e nevoie și de lucruri care nu îți fac bine azi, dar pe termen lung, îți fac bine. Și într-o negociere, de multe ori, dacă nu se poate crește miza negocierii, o parte câștigă, alta pierde. Nu e neapărat bine ca tu să câștigi mereu, iar dacă nu se poate ca amândoi să câștige, în același timp, poate fi, uneori, de preferat să pierzi.
  • Să ai curaj și speranță sau nădejde. Principii generale în ortodoxie – curajul și speranța/nădejdea.
  • Frică, anxietate, supărare, tristețe – lucrurile astea sunt emoții negative, țin de dreapta, și pot face mai mult rău decât bine. În general, emoții care ar trebui să îți ridice un semn de întrebare dacă nu sunt de la diavol. Să fii fals smerit – “nu merit să merg la biserică, nu merit mila lui Dumnezeu, nu merit să mă mântuiesc”. Nu e OK. Dacă ești fricos, dacă ai temeri constante, dacă ești supărat sau trist, îți poți pune întrebarea de unde e starea respectivă. Nu cred neapărat că viața unui om e o veselie constantă, dar poți să te întrebi dacă starea negativă nu are o sursă ce nu e evidentă la o privire aparentă.
  • Mândria și deznădejdea sunt în opoziție, semi-paradox. Ai și mândrie și și deznădejde și lipsă de încredere în același plan. Și sunt chiar mai multe de atât. Dacă ai mândrie, ai și altele. Dacă ai deznădejde, ai și mândrie. Lucrurile sunt inter-conectate. Păcatele vin la pachet, iar o aparentă câștigare a unui plan poate duce la pierderi pe altele.
  • Dumnezeu nu se supără de “șantaj”. Insistă. Spune-i să te mântuiască pentru că ești creația Lui. Zi-i că e și în interesul lui ca tu să te mântuiești. Zi că ar fi chiar păcat ca tu să ajungi în iad, nu se cade.
  • Roagă-te să vrei să te mântuiești. Roagă-te să vrei să faci bine. Roagă-te să îți dorești să lucrezi mântuirea ta. Dacă ai avea măcar voința respectivă, lucrurile ar fi mult mai bune. Lumii de azi îi lipsește până și voința de a vrea să se mântuiască.

Heaven in cartoons

There is a monastery in Romania (I’m not sure about the name, I think Voroneț) in which there is a painting of the Last Judgement. The thing is, the hell is close to being empty, which reflects a belief of the Romanian people that God is going to let pretty much everyone to get to heavens.

I just had a conversation with a cousin of mine. I was telling him that I like to watch cartoons, because there’s almost always a morale, you learn something from a cartoon, you gain knowledge. Also, the learning is direct, very clear, no complicated things to guess and interpret. To me, in cartoons, there is a clear delimitation between good and evil.

He told me, though, that he sees things differently – at a very shallow level, yes, good is good and evil is evil in cartoons. But, in reality, the “bad” characters are not so bad. Who is evil, the guy who tries to get Bugs Bunny, and fails, and is, at times, hurt by this, or Bugs Bunny, who has superior intelligence and makes fun of the poor hunter? It’s not clear, he claims, in cartoons, which is the good and which is the bad character.

To me, this image is heaven- like: everyone in the picture is already in heaven, and all they do is have some innocent fun. Jerry never gets to die, he just gets to have lots of fun with Tom. Tweety the canary is never going to be eaten, and, even though he teases Sylvester, at a level you know everything is going to be fine.

In cartoons, thing bounce, you can fly in air, you can get serious burns which heal immediately.

You’re, pretty much in heaven, and you decide you can still have some fun in there. There’s no actual catch.

Memories (on paper)

I was going through some memories in school, and I thought of the following – what’s the ratio between costs & benefits of doing:

  • A group photo at the beginning / end of the school year / work year, given directly at the opening / end of that year.
  • A photo with the participants at an event, be it low profile (a meeting in town with friends), or high profile (school banquet, Christmas party, New Year party, birthday, wedding, baptism).

To me, the cost & effort is rather low, but the benefits are large.

Also, it’s important that the memory is physical (on paper, in my hands). Sure, digital is fine, also, but physical is much better.

There are options.


Why should you monitor your actions online?


I do this:

  • RescueTime monitors pretty much every action I take, and while the data is locked in there (you need a premium account to see your own data in full details), I am confident I can/will take it out sometime in the future.
  • Last FM records every song I listen to on my profile.
  • I have a keylogger which saves every keystroke.
  • I have a clipboard utility which automatically saves the clipboard into a log file.

Why is this helpful?

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How to revoke access to a delegated GMail address you own, after you reach the limit of 10 emails?

Gmail has a nice feature:

You can delegate access to your Gmail to another person so they can read, send, and delete messages on your behalf. For example, you can delegate e-mail rights to an admin in your organization, or you could delegate your personal email access to your spouse. The delegate can also access the other person’s contacts by clicking the Contacts link. Clicking the To,Cc, or Bcc links in the mail compose window will also bring up your contacts.

You won’t be able to give anyone permission to change your account password or account settings, or chat on your behalf. You can specify up to 10 users. Google Apps for Business, Education, and Government customers can specify up to 25 users. (source & details)

What happens when you get to 10 emails for which you have access? You can’t add other ones anymore.

How to solve this? 
Let’s say that emails,, … all give access to If you want to add, you can’t. The solution is to login as (or any other one in that list) and go to Settings => Accounts, and in there remove the granted access. In this way, you will be able to add, replacing the missing address.

Unlike granting access, which takes a while to process, removing the granted access is instantly done.


Love Actually (2003)

I just watched Love Actually (2003). Quite a nice movie. Good watch.

Some thoughts:

  • Love is universal. I saw the movie and thought of different episodes in my life.
  • It’s a difficult thing, not turning things into some cliché.
  • Most of the things we do in love are embarrassing, to a degree.
  • Actually, I’d go one step further and say that most things we do are embarrassing.
  • It is a realistic movie. At times, porn-realistic.

I also liked this song from the movie:


Let’s say you’ve got your WordPress web site hacked. What to do?

Today, one of my clients’ websites got hacked. The homepage was a simple text message, no page was accessible.

What are the steps to make it back again the way it was before?

  • Download WordPress from web site and put it again.
  • Update the database, if/when requested.
  • Recreate wp-config.php from wp-config-sample.php.
  • Temporarily set a different theme (you will put it back again, of course).
  • Check in admin if the widgets section of the web site has a malicious code (it was the case at my client’s web site).
  • Check the homepage / other pages for malicious codes.
  • If you have a database back-up, recover it from there.
  • If there is still a problem with the site being hacked, recover all the files in wp-content folder from a back-up.
  • Change the passwords of:
    • WordPress admin / other admin-class users.
    • CPanel.
    • (if different than CPanel) FTP users.
  • Install security plugins (more than one).