Tuesday, June 28, 2016

CCTV Cameras and malware

Well I'm not surprise about this one. I tried upgrading the firmware on a dvr a while back that had some stuff that wasn't supposed to be on it only to find that the company didn't even update their software and just didn't have anything for it. Way too many dvrs don't have any updates and sometimes come with stuff that shouldn't be there. These things are probably some of the worst out there since you can't really update them.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016


I decided to add a forum today. I set one up years ago and thought I give this one a go. The other one was from freeforums.org and they were in china. Due to not using it much they basically deleted my forum. This one is supposed to be a little better in that they won't delete it, but I thought I play with it since I like how easy and fast you can get stuff on a forum. Not to mention they are much easier to find information much quicker. I also set up my own on a local machine and that seemed to have been a bit different. I think just changing the theme was a matter of clicking and choosing the right one. I had to do a bit more work on this one. Then again there are so many choices now that it shouldn't be hard to find something that works.

I don't host my own servers so I just used this one being hosted elsewhere and since it's free I am giving it a go again. I just used the forum for my own stuff that I may be working on and I may add more as time goes on.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Changing the 3d printed cover

It's been very hot here and my cd rom which I was using was having a few hiccups.  So I thought I modify the cover a bit more. I'm adding a few more cooling holes on the top to make sure all the hot air has more places to exit. I'm actually using the 3d printed case and keep improving it where I can. That's the neat part about designing and printing my own case. I can make as many or few changes as I need.

New Nissan leaf electric car coming


Apple airport wireless stations get a firmware update.


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Microsoft One Drive

I've been testing the one drive for a little while now. I figure what better time to do a small write up about it.Unfortunately they will be lowering the space given to users so I have decided to stop using it and back up my files so that they don't get deleted as you will see. Apparently I am already over the 5 gig limit that they will be lowering this to.

The pros:
- I found it very convenient to use for backing up my phone pictures. Unfortunately I sometimes forgot to change the size of the pictures so some of them can get pretty big. Not a problem for one drive, but I noticed the problem later when trying to use the files in the blog or download them.
-It uses the same outlook account so it's convenient.

-I like how once I moved the files to the correct folder and got them organized, it was much better to just choose the folders with the organized files and copy them to the right place for storage on my network. The files or folders you choose get zipped into one file and the download begins.

-It was convenient sharing some documents with certain people to view. For example if you just wanted to send or show your resume to someone for a job or maybe a document a bit too large to email that the other person could look at and download from the link. So this was pretty nice to use.

The cons:
-The interface is very weird. I was trying to organize everything like in a file manager, but the system doesn't quite work like that. Everything is sort of put in one place. I tried adding albums which I thought would move the files to it, but no, I had to go back and make different folders for these. I was basically trying to organize the pictures, but it took a bit longer than I would like.

-The other issue is that it is very slow to use to the point where it just takes too long to load. Hence the reason I wanted to just view the files in a file manager text feel for it to go faster. But the icons are like the windows live tiles. They keep changing and that's just annoying to me. Having things load like that probably doesn't help. I usually turn all those off.

-Deleting files takes a bit too. You have to wait for things to load.

-Downloading is also about the same as deleting them.

-There is no way to tell how long the file will take to download. It just says downloading.

Here's a screenshot of what I had used at the time I found out they would be lowering the space on there. I was already over that limit of 5 Gigs.

Here's a sample folder I was downloading with pictures to try and get this lowered. I already stopped using it and adding any files, but now it's just slow to get the files out of there so if you use it, I suggest you start backing up your files. I may just use it for some documents and small things like that, but not much else. It's just too slow and the interface could use some more improvements. Like a normal file manager without having to wait for things to load. I just find that annoying if you only want to see the file names and space for example.

Here's a link to their information about these changes.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Alternatives to youtube...

Every time I try to upload a small video and it's just past the 15 minute mark, youtube always says no. Even if the file size is actually small. Since this is getting really annoying without having to give them more access to my phone number for example or having to re-edit the video to be shorter, I thought I look into some alternatives. But instead of making a whole new list, I found one here that you can check out for yourselves. I'm sure there are many more out there. I don't upload many videos, but every now and then, it just so happens that it goes over time a bit and I always run into that problem.
Keep in mind that some of these are more ads than you really want. I just want something that works without being too restrictive and hopefully not as ad filled with so much junk.

Wendy's is the new victim of another data breach.


Sunday, June 5, 2016

Lan Messenger on windows 10

I wanted to play with messaging on the lan so I was testing this on a vm and my desktop.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Motorola cable modem super bright LED quick fix.

I have this cable modem that's practically pointing at my be and if I look towards my feet, the super bright blue LED's are pretty blinding at night, not to mention they literally light up the room. You would think someone would have caught that by now at the factory and used a slightly darker color so as to not blind you when you look at the front of this thing. I really didn't feel like taking it apart since it also looks like the LED's are smd type and not our old round type which I do have, so here's what I did, but I also found what one other person did.

I have some leftover window tint and just cut a nice rectangle that would cover all the LED's. The reason I did this is because some of the green LED's actually turn yellow, and the blue are also a different color which is why replacing them would not be a simple fix either. This is what it looks like without the paper.

I place the paper on the top just to get an idea of how this would work. I just added water to the back of it, then used a credit card to smooth it all out. It was a bit harder than you would think, just trying to get it straight, but that's where the water helps. Spray the film away from the modem, then apply it to the modem.

Here's the actual finish set up. It's a bit darker even though the light stills bleeds from the sides of the modem case since it has holes all over the case. This is fine since it sits next to a box and the side of the desk, but hopefully the front won't be as bright as before. My tint is the dark version so I know it should help a bit more. The light would be darker but I can still see all the LED's through the tint if I need to trouble shoot it. The first layer was fine, but I decided to put a second layer over the first one to make it even darker. I like it better now. The first layer did cut the room blue light quite a bit, but the second one should keep it even lower. I do like the tint since the icons are even more defined with it and I can put more layers if I really want it darker and still be able to see what each icon is. With this I also don't have to worry about tape falling inside due to heat. So I do like how this turned out.

In any case, people should know how annoying these super bright LED's are on things like these or TV's. It wouldn't be bad if they were dimmer, but they are not. I usually change these to something red that's just easier on the eyes. Then again, many of the new LED's are so bright it doesn't matter what color they are sometimes. So you may want to check the specs first before buying them.

This is the other option if you do decide to open it up. It's a different model, but it's the same annoying LED's.

Here's another.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Timing windows 10 start up and power off.

I thought I time my windows 10 to see how long it actually takes from power to desktop and then the time it takes to turn off. It takes about 50 seconds in total from initial power to login to the desktop. I just still felt slow turning off and I found that it is now taking 1 minute and 15 seconds. Now as fast as you would think.