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.