Fixing Iconia W700P WI-FI unstable connectivity (losing connection)

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After my laptop died I was forced to work on Acer Iconia W700P tablet which is great piece of hardware (I wrote about it here) and after fresh installation I come to the problem that WI-FI network adapter was losing connectivity every 10 minutes. It was a real frustration so I searched for solution and found in one forum that you should try to do these two things:

  1. Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center > Change adapter settings > Find your WI-Fi network adapter > Right click > Properties > Configure > Power Management > Turn off “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power”
  2. Control Panel > Power Options > Change plan settings (of your current plan) > Change advanced power settings > Wireless Adapter Settings > Power Saving Mode > choose Maximum performance (or not to turn it off)

These two advices didn’t help me so I went to Acer website and found the latest WI-FI driver for my model, unistalled previous driver in Device manager, restarted the machine, installed new driver and it is now stable and steady. Finally!

Have a good weekend!

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Problem with SEPA payments and standard

SEPA means Single European Payments Area and includes countries in the European Union and some other countries where payments in EUR are enabled. Within the region, SEPA payments basically work as a domestic transactions, as they are carried out in the single currency (€).

Talking from the view of programmers that will need to implement this standard…

The idea of standardization was good and it should make life easier but in implementation they failed. While searching for XML standardization of SEPA payments I found too many different sources, and no official standard for SEPA XML exchanging and it seems that every country (or a bank) add something that is specific only for them. It means nightmare for standardization and simplification.

So questions that need answers are:

  • Why is it done in so complicated way?
  • If you make extra long XML for this why don’t you invest few hours of time to name XML nodes better (more human friendly)?
  • How is it possible that there isn’t final agreement on exchange standard for payments? This will be processed by machines and programmed by skilled professionals – why are you unnecessary complicating simple things?
  • These tutorials are written in a bad way like someone wanted to piss off the reader or the person that will implement payments by this tutorial.

Conclusion is that living in EU where “we are all connected” seems like one big illusion because every country is doing things in their own way and officially saying that they follow the standard. Victims are as usual common people which don’t know anything about how many people got their salaries for months (or years) of some work that will not benefit to others as it should.

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