Verizon FIOS VOD_268 On Demand Error Message – 2013 FIOS On Demand Problems

Has anyone else had any problems trying to access On Demand on Verizon FioS? Every time I try to watch a show or movie, whether it’s free or I have to pay for it, it seems like I keep getting the same stupid error message code VOD_268 saying the content is unavailable! This especially happens more often during the late night hours, which is when I prefer to watch television and order movies or shows on demand.

So around midnight Eastern Standard time, it’s like I can never order a movie or TV show due to the VOD_268 error message. This even happens when I try to purchase a movie! I’m glad that is the case because I would be livid if only the “free” content was not available. But at the same time, Verizon FIOS is certainly losing money here by not allowing me to pay them money for a movie.

Perhaps it’s just my account? Or is anyone else having problems accessing their Verizon FIOS On Demand movies and TV shows due to VOD_268 or any other error codes?

iOS6 vs iOS7 Pictures & Side by Side Comparison

Apple just announced the latest version of their operating system for iPhones yesterday at the WWDC, and the new changes are lighting the web ablaze in controversy. It seems that the changes are so polarizing that there is still no general consensus on whether or not these changes will propel Apple back to the forefront of innovation or destroy all the momentum gained up to this point which ultimately could bring about the demise of Apple.

Now, people have been proclaiming “Apple is Dead!” anytime they release a brand new unfamiliar product to the marketplace, but oftentimes Apple products end up becoming the new gold standard despite all of the initial doomsday predictions. That being said, at the risk of being a complete hypocrite, it does feel that the release of iOS7 may not follow this trend and may actually set Apple back.

Here is a picture of the homescreens of iOS 6 and iOS 7 so you can see for yourself what the differences are between the two operating systems.

Printer Offline – How to Get Printer Online

Printers are the most frustrating machines of all-time. They never work as expected and each one has its own BS settings which must be configured. I am trying to print a document to the HP Color LaserJet CP1510 via wireless, but of course my laptop has it configured as “Printer Offline”. I Googled “printer offline” and came across thousands of results. The first page from the official Microsoft site suggested to right click the printer and set it to “online.” However, that is not even an option for me. Then Microsoft said to simply update the printer driver. Which I already have the most recent driver, so that’s of no help. However, one of the commenters suggested trying -

I fixed this for some networked printers by turning off SNMP under Ports>Port Configuration in Printer Properties.

Voila! My printer is now considered “online” so that worked like a charm. However, now I am seeing “Error – Printing” as my status, even for the test page. So W. T.F. Now I have to rely on Windows Troubleshooting to figure it out. Otherwise, I’m about to go all Office Space on this POS printer!

Timesheet Calculator – Time Sheet Calculators

Part of my job as a web designer/web developer is keeping track of my hours to provide to the client so we can bill them accordingly. We usually bill by 0.25 hour increments aka 15 minutes. Well, considering it’s extremely rare that every single task will take exactly an amount of time that can be perfectly broken up in 15 minute increments, we have to add up all of the time using a timesheet calculator.

We have a custom built time sheet calculator that we use on our projects. Basically, you plug in all of the hours and minutes, let’s say 54 minutes, 27 minutes, 3 minutes, 46 minutes which comes to a total of 130 minutes. Well you could probably already tell that it’s a little over two hours, but instead of having to manually divide the 130 minutes by 60 minutes to get the number of hours, our timesheet calculator already takes care of this. I can see that in this example it comes to 2.166 hours, which we would round up to 2.25  hour for billing purposes.

It all evens out over time, sometimes we round down, sometimes we round up. There are a ton of time sheet calculators out there but let me know if anybody wants to check out my custom made one since it’s very easy to use without the need for any extra bells and whistles.

HTTPS Canonical Tag for SEO – PHP Code to Automatically Detect Secure Version of Webpage But Block from Search Engines

I noticed one of my websites was being indexed and cached in Google with the HTTPS version of some pages, which is not good especially for duplicate content. I searched for various solutions and I came across this nifty PHP code to automatically detect which version of the URL is being accessed. If it’s the secure or HTTPS version of the URL, then it automatically inserts a rel=canonical tag so search engines know to only index the non-secure version of the URL. It works perfectly and I wanted to make sure I remembered it by putting on this blog.

Check it out -

<?php
$currenturl= $_SERVER['HTTP_HOST'].$_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'];

//Check if it is using the secure https port which is 443
if ($_SERVER["SERVER_PORT"] == “443″) {

//connected to secure port, formulate the http canonical version
$canonicalversion=”http://”.$currenturl;

//echo the canonical version to the HTML as link rel canonical tag

echo ‘<link rel=”canonical” href=”‘.$canonicalversion.’”/>’;
}
?>

<?php
$currenturl= $_SERVER['HTTP_HOST'].$_SERVER['REQUEST_URI'];
if ($_SERVER["SERVER_PORT"] == “443″) {
$canonicalversion=”http://”.$currenturl;
echo ‘<link rel=”canonical” href=”‘.$canonicalversion.’”/>’;
}
?>

VOD_140 Error FioS On Demand

Surprise, surprise, I’m having more problems with Verizon FioS. The latest error message I am getting is VOD_140 which says the issue is “temporary” and I’m unable to access that show or movie I want to watch On Demand. I’ve gotten so used to these kind of error messages that I just wait until the next day to watch the program. However, this time, I keep trying to watch Kalifornia on Cinemax On Demand and still can’t access it. I tried Thursday night, last night and now this morning. I am currently on hold with Verizon technical support but who knows how long that will take and I bet they won’t be able to fix it. So frustrating!!

Anybody else have any problems with Verizon FIOS on demand or more specifically VOD_140 error message?

Dreamweaver CS5.5 vs Dreamweaver CS6

I am currently using Adobe Dreamweaver CS5.5 and am thinking of upgrading to CS6 because I don’t really like CS5.5. But I’m not sure what the main differences are between 5.5 and 6 so I’m not sure if it makes sense to pay hundreds of dollars to upgrade. Here are my problems with Dreamweaver CS5.5 -

FTP - The entire FTP functionality in Dreamweaver has always been incredibly slow and oftentimes completely worthless. It’s so incredibly frustrating that Dreamweaver’s FTP has always sucked, and 5.5 didn’t improve it at all.

New Site Manager - I miss the simple site wizard interface of Dreamweaver 4, now it’s a little complicated to get a new site set up.

Checking Cache Files - When you create a new site via the site manager, CS5.5 automatically checks thousands of files, oftentimes locking up my entire computer for a minute or two when there are no files to check since they don’t exist!

Hidden Notes File - Why the heck does Dreamweaver always create those hidden notes files everywhere?

Enable Cloaking - I hate how Dreamweaver CS5.5 automatically enables cloaking, meaning I can’t see the .htaccess file.

.htaccess File - Dreamweaver still does not consider .htaccess to be a valid file extension so it will never open it up!

And tons of other stuff that I can’t think of. Anybody know how Dreamweaver CS6 compares to CS5.5?

 

You can’t add dynamic text to your ad until you’ve finished creating your campaign or ad group – adCenter Problem

I am in the process of setting up a new pay-per-click campaign on Microsoft adCenter to run my ads on Bing & Yahoo. However, when I was creating a new text ad, I was alarmed by this error message:

“You can’t add dynamic text to your ad until you’ve finished creating your campaign or ad group.”

So I had to delete the dynamic keyword insertion parameters in order to save and activate my campaign. As soon as I pressed Save, I went back and edited the Destination URL in my text ad to include dynamic text to capture the keyword data in my analytics software. It’s not a huge problem, just a little annoying and frankly I think it’s completely unnecessary. I mean, if you think about it, they had to actively program the software to block this functionality in order to serve this error message, which makes no sense to me whatsoever!

VOD_212 FIOS Error Message – Video on Demand Error 212 – FIOS Outage

VOD_212 FiOS Video On Demand Error Message is Driving Me Insane

I have Verizon FiOS for my internet and cable TV provider and for the most part, the service has been amazing. Comcast screwed me many times before in the past and I swore that I would never return to Comcast or XFinity. However, the past few months, I’ve had nothing but problems with FiOS, especially when trying to watch shows on demand. Oftentimes, I will try to watch a show that I pay to subscribe to or even a movie that I had purchased only to get an error message prompt saying that the video was not available at this time and to please try again later. Most recently, I have been getting the error message VOD_212 which does not provide any kind of insight whatsoever as to what the problem is or when the service will be restored. I tried Googling VOD_212 and FIOS VOD 212 error messages and it appears that I am far from the only person this is happening to. There are tons of threads and posts on the official Verizon FIOS forums from people all over the country experiencing the same problems. If you check out the official FiOS Facebook page, you will see tons of people complaining about outages of their services all throughout the country. I’ve also gotten the error message VOD_123 in which I have no idea what that means.

It appears that the VOD_212 error message occurs most frequently alongside a “planned outage” in which Verizon is updating the programs available on demand and during that time, on demand access is completely unavailable. The problem is that these so-called outages constantly happen right around midnight and last for several hours, as was the case last night when I tried to watch the AMC show The Killing. Instead, I was going insane trying to troubleshoot my Set Top Boxes and using the Verizon In-Home Agent to diagnose the issue so I could finally watch a show I wanted to watch. But apparently, there is no solution for how to use on demand whenever Verizon decides they want to block you from using it.

This is a big problem because I am paying over $200/month for TV, Internet and Phone service and we actually only watch TV a few hours a week, but when I do, I want to be able to watch shows of my choice anytime I choose. It is simply unacceptable for huge companies like Verizon FiOS to be able to provide lackluster service and even worse customer support but yet still can manage to charge hundreds of dollars a month without any repercussions. I am seriously considering contacting the Federal Trade Commission to see if the FTC can help resolve this VOD_212 mess once and for all.

Otherwise, I may actually switch back over to the other dark side, Comcast XFinity if Verizon FiOS does not fix these VOD 212 error messages!

Messi 5 Goals Video – Lionel Messi Scores Five Goals in Barcelona’s Win Over Bayer Leverkusen

This is incredible for soccer fans in the U.S. or football fans all over the world. Lionel Messi scored 5 goals today for Barcelona against Bayer Leverkusen, marking the first time a soccer player has scored 5 goals or more in a Champion League game. Watch the video below for all of the highlights today.

Lionel Messi 5 Goals Video

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