Finding A Lost FitBit

One day last week I wasn’t feeling very well (turned out I had the flu) so when I got home I went to be to rest. A few hours later I got up to change out of my clothes and noticed that my FitBit One was missing. I immediately looked in the area of my bed and couldn’t find it. I continued to look in all points of the house I had passed between the front door and my bedroom and still couldn’t find it. I opted not to go out and retrace my steps as it was already late and I really wasn’t feeling well (did I mention I had the flu?).

Late the next day, after trying to rest as much as possible (because, like, I had the flu), I set out to find my FitBit One. I didn’t go out and retrace my footsteps because I really thought I had it when I got home the previous day. I opened the FitBit mobile app on phone and saw that it was connecting to the One so I knew it had to be in the house. I moved around the house a bit and re-synced the app with every move so I could see if I was still close to it. If the app detected it then I was within 30 feet of it (the distance limit of it’s Bluetooth signal). After doing this a while I narrowed the search back to the bedroom where a very thorough search turned up the One wrapped in the shirt I had been wearing the day before.

Though the description above makes it sound simple the search actually took a while. And while FitBit’s own help pages states “Many users find that their trackers wind up in the dirty clothes pile…” it still too me some time to get there.

When I first discovered it was missing I had tweeted how it would be nice if there was some kind of Find My FitBit app similar to Apple’s Find My iPhone app. What I discovered after I had found it (but wish I saw it before) was that someone had replied with a link to just such an app. FitBit Finder detects the signal of any nearby FitBits and displays it’s signal strength on a graph. Instead of knowing if you’re within 30 feet using this app will tell you roughly how close you are within the 30 foot radius. I wish I had found this app before.

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Deleting A Track From the iOS Music App That Won’t Delete

I had an odd problem with my iPhone recently when I had a music track on it that I don’t remember putting there and I could not delete it. The track was one that I had purchased on iTunes for my daughter a long time ago and I had no interest in having it.

After some research and trial and error I found the following solution worked for me:

  1. On the phone go to Settings->Music.
  2. Turn on ‘Show All Music’.
  3. Go to the Music App. You will now see a number of songs that have the iCloud icon next to them. These are tracks that you have previously purchased on iTunes that are not currently on the phone.
  4. Find the track that you couldn’t delete and touch the iCloud icon to download it to the phone.
  5. After the download completes swipe it to the left and the delete option will appear.
  6. Now go back to Settings->Music and Turn off ‘Show All Music’.

Though I only tried this on an iPhone (iOS 7.0.4) but I’d assume the steps above will work for any iOS device. Let me know if you’ve tried this on any other device and what your result is.

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Windows 7 Lock Screen Annoyance and Fix

I’m in the habit of locking my machine when I walk away from my desk. When I come back I just type in my password, hit enter and I’m back. But with the Windows 7 machine I’ve been using the last year or so I’ve had a recurring problem. The lock screen requires me to click an icon before the password field appears. A small action but annoying nonetheless. Even more annoying is that every time an update is pushed to my machine the fix I apply is wiped out and the problem comes back.

Every time this happens I find myself searching the web looking for the solution again. Not this time. I’m documenting it here.

  1. Open Regedit.
  2. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogon
  3. Change the dword setting “DisableCAD” to a 1. If “DisableCAD” doesn’t exist the create it and set it to 1.
  4. Reboot.

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Lessons Learned

As a parent I’ve had many situations where I’ve learned/taught lessons from/to my kids. Here are a few that I’ve found to be very valuable.