Yosemite keeps asking customer to install Java even after a restart

To view web content, install Java RuntimeCustomer writes: I upgraded my OS recently and am now getting this attached popup. It asks me to download Java for Mac OS X here, which I then do. I restarted my computer [but] the popup continues to appear throughout the day. Is there anything you can suggest I do to stop this message (To view this web content, you need to install the Java Runtime Environment) from appearing?

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Sometimes it helps to revert to an earlier software version

Man pulling his hair outIf you’ve been using the self-hosted version of WordPress for the past few years and have periodically upgraded the software program as new versions became available, you may have at one time or another encountered a rather aggravating error message that prevents you from saving posts or pages that you’re trying to edit.

“Connection lost. Saving has been disabled until you’re reconnected. We’re backing up this post in your browser, just in case.”

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iOS8 has a new health app that could save lives

iO8 Health AppIn iOS 8 for iPhones 4s and higher, there is a new app that is not well publicized but may save your life or someone else’s. Everybody should know about it, especially first responders and EMTs.

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They don’t make ‘em like they used to

Woman killing her computerInstant obsolescence is pervasive in the world of high tech. As soon as an electronics device or piece of software is out the door, on the drawing board is yet another product that is scheduled to replace it in due course.

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Advice when using a Mac to access the Slickdeals website

Slickdeals is a popular web portal offering a wide variety of product deals. This video explains why computer users running Mac OS X should use either Safari or Opera to access this site and not rely on either Firefox or Chrome.

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Canon USB scanner doesn’t work and generates lock switch error

Encountered a strange and cryptic error message (release the lock switch, detach the I/F cable and reconnect) trying to start my Canon LiDE 80 scanner in my Virtual Box virtual machine running Windows XP Professional. I was not aware that my 10-year-old scanner was equipped with any kind of lock switch and had never come across this error message before.

Release lock switch error

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Help! Parallels Desktop won’t start my operating system

From a reader: My Parallels Desktop program got messed up and keeps displaying the same error without giving me the chance to run Windows 7. I can’t get beyond this popup error: “The virtual machine was restarted. The virtual machine processor was reset by the operating system.” What can I do to fix this?

Virtual Machine was reset

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