Mar 10 2009

Please help me raise my goal of $200 dollars for the March of Dimes and research for premature birth in babies. You can learn more by visiting my donation page:


Donate what you can, and every bit helps, or if you don’t have anything going on April 25th sign up and come walk with me!!

Feb 12 2009

Some time ago I was having the worst time getting my Contacts and Calendar to sync with iTunes. iTunes would recognize my iPhone and back it up as it usually does first thing. Then it would always get stuck on “Syncing Chace’s Contacts”. If I uncheck the contacts to skip that step it would hang on “Syncing Chace’s Calendar”.

I tried multiple fixes, including exporting all contacts, calendars from Outlook and closing, then re-importing them. I restored my phone both by clearing it completely and using a backup to restore and just by restoring without clearing.

Finally I tried the suggestions from the following post:

Along with the suggestions in that post and uninstalling iTunes, Safari, Quicktime and any other software from Apple, then installing a fresh copy of iTunes 8 I was finally able to sync my phone again. I am not sure what happened exactly but hopefully this information will come in handy for someone else!

Dec 02 2008

Setting up at home wireless

Posted by: Chace in Categories: Networks, PC, Tips & Tricks.
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Within the last year or so there has been a large increase in the number of home wireless networks. Some of you might laugh at me saying “I have had wireless for 3 years already!”, but some of us less technically inclined folks are just getting up to speed with this technology. Several of my family and friends have requested that I help them setup their wireless networks and a majority of the time I go help, however the technology used now-a-days to do this is pretty straight forward and nine times out of ten they probably could do it themselves, and earn a sense of accomplishment in the process.

So here I am to help simplify the process of setting up your home wireless network. While this is not a step by step instruction guide since there are so many router types and models out there, it will help those of you willing to do this on your own, find references and tips to making it easier.

Instructions – The first thing that will be the most helpful is the instructions that came with the router. If you just purchased the router then almost positively there is a manual or CD with the manual on it. A majority of routers already come with an installation CD that you install and walk through on your computer to setup the router for you. Using the CD will most likely lead you through the setup without problems, but probably won’t show you any administrative type menus or options that you would get if you logged into your router and configured it that way. The manual is the best resource for getting this done correctly since it will have all the information pertinent to your router manufacturer and model. If this is a router that you didn’t just purchase and you have misplaced the directions or CD that came with it, you can look up the manual or needed setup instructions from the manufacturer’s website or sometimes a third party website. Your best bet in this case is to locate the Manufacturer and model on your router. The manufacturer for those that don’t know is the brand, i.e. Linksys, DLink, etc. The model will be a series of letters and numbers usually found on the front or bottom of your router. Put both of these into Google and search for “manual” or “instructions”. 99% of the time this will get you what you need to continue. Read the entire post…

Dec 01 2008

DBC Forums!

Posted by: Chace in Categories: Forums, Thoughts.
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Just recently a friend suggested that I add a place to add questions for me or for whoever wants to take a stab at answering them. Originally I figured that anyone with a question could just use the contact form on the page to e-mail me. However that could get fairly busy for me and there are plenty of qualified people out there to answer these things!

After all that I decided the best way for people to discuss these things with me and others is to open up a forum for the site. I will add categories and such as they are needed but for now things are pretty basic. There might not be a lot of traffic initially but I hope it will prove to be useful for visitors of this site.

You can visit the forums from a direct url here: forum.designsbychace.com

You can also navigate there through the More section of the site or on the footer navigation.