Thursday, November 30, 2017

Still can't save though.


Even if I don't change the name the file won't save...yup, I just verified this and even a blank document won't save. Something weird is going on with libreoffice because I still can't install open office either. Is it the Microsoft updates or office suite?
Fortunately there are many other options that you can use if these two programs are not working. This is the case here.

OpenOffice won't install either.



This is interesting, I can't even install open office either...I managed to get libreoffice installed again. Check the answer in the previous post.

Libreoffice spitting errors that won't allow install no matter what version it is.

This of course always happens when I need to use it.


UPDATE: Even after manually deleting any libreoffie reference, the problem persisted. I was able to finally get it installed by unchecking the create a link box at the beginning. After that, the install goes through without a problem. This should get you back up if you are having the same problem. I managed to do this, so I didn't bother trying to install openoffice again. I just came back from that to this.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Don't defrag your ssd. Microsoft will turn this back on again when they update your system.

I just started having a problem saving a document in LibreOffice. It's just kicking off some errors that it can't save the document. I thought I check the ssd since there were some Microsoft updates lately. Low and behold my settings have changed back to on. The manufacturer of my ssd recommends disabling defragmenting the drive. I have now changed this back to off and I may have to re-install the program again to fix that. Check your ssd drive manufacturer to see what they recommend since all of them are different. If they keep changing everything back on systems, this will be a nightmare to say the least if you have many computers with ssd's after every major update.


Firefox just downloaded an update, let's hope this fixed that memory hogging problem I mentioned earlier.





Well, that didn't fix the problem. Firefox just froze again and sure enough it's the same thing.


James bond has nothing on these guys. LOL

http://www.bbc.com/news/video_and_audio/must_see/42167619/daredevils-jump-from-a-mountain-into-a-plane

Another bad week for apple.

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42166438

Friday, November 24, 2017

This is what matters.

Today as I read the news about people fighting at a mall and reading about other things in the news, I came across this article. Many people seem to have forgotten what's really important.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/ambulance-crew-takes-dying-woman-for-beach-goodbye/ar-BBFyVdJ

Monday, November 20, 2017

This is insteresting.

https://www.icij.org/blog/2017/946/universities-colleges-offshore-leaks-database/

When people like Elon make some bold claims about their products.

Now don't get me wrong, he has done a lot, but sometimes even people like him say dumb things too. None of us are perfect, I'm sure we have all said something dumb at one point or another in out life time. Here's an actual retired truck driver talking from his experience. I was also thinking about something similar that he talked about in the presentation which is about the brakes lasting for the life of the truck. I say that was just another dumb thing he said, but I'm only saying this because I watched my father who is now a retired mechanic changed more brake pads on cars than I care to remember. I know that's pure hot air on his part. This is also what the truck driver talked about, stopping a loaded trailer. I guess it just amazes me when I see all these people go wow, wee, and get all excited about something new that's not even out yet, but many others have experience in those areas with or without the technology. Not to mention that jack knifing, tell that to black ice and a slippery slope on a very steep hill.
https://www.autoblog.com/2017/11/19/tesla-semi-trucker-questions/

Monday, October 30, 2017

Is your dentist ripping you off? Hidden camera investigation (CBC Market...

This video is from 2015, but it still applies today. I know this one will hit home with many people. I had my bad experience when I was a kid from a dentist that did more work than I really needed so now I take anything a dentist says with a grain of salt. I'm not saying all dentists are the same, but a lot of what I have seen here in the USA, even though the video is from Canada this is pretty much what you see in many places. It's sad when your health becomes just dollar signs to some dentists. But like any profession, there are good ones and bad ones.

High-tech car theft: How to hack a car (CBC Marketplace)

I wanted to to show you the new way thieves are getting into cars. I remember watching the news when those guys were caught on camera in long beach, California. Most alarm companies still haven't kept up with their alarm technologies, but here's the proof that they still need to get with the program. Most people don't even think about their cars when they leave them. The holidays are around the corner which is why I wanted to remind everyone about this.  Keep in mind that any car can be stolen, it doesn't have to be a new high tech car, but taking any precautions that you can won't hurt anything. Also, don't leave anything of value just sitting in a car if possible. We have had things stolen from our cars, and even had cars stolen. So I know what that's like and it's why I got interested in security in general.

8 NEW Drone Inventions That Will Blow Your Mind

Monday, October 16, 2017

Internet krack, as in cryptography. These names just get weirder by the day.

https://blog.cryptographyengineering.com/2017/10/16/falling-through-the-kracks/

Cool your pie. Sorry, I just couldn't help it. :)

https://microsoft.github.io/ELL/tutorials/Active-cooling-your-Raspberry-Pi-3/

Here's a very good example of why you shouldn't believe or rely on many reviews online. Keep in mind that this article is just about mattresses.

https://www.fastcompany.com/3065928/sleepopolis-casper-bloggers-lawsuits-underside-of-the-mattress-wars

Well, this is one way to make 10 million dollars.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/10/14/have-dirt-that-could-impeach-trump-larry-flynt-will-pay-you-10-million/?utm_term=.bcbd74b16a22

SSD mirrors

Well, at least now you know which mirror ssd may go first. This is very interesting either way.

https://utcc.utoronto.ca/~cks/space/blog/linux/UnbalancedSSDMirrorReads

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Equifax, the site that keeps on giving. My suggestion is to stay away from their site for a while and just keep a close eye on your stuff yourself.

This is also the reason you don't allow ads or any other web services to run on your website that have nothing to do with the site. I have noticed these in some company websites.. Why does a company need ads on their site is beyond me if they have nothing to do with that.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/10/equifax-website-hacked-again-this-time-to-redirect-to-fake-flash-update/

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Xen, no local iso access.

I just ran into this. I downloaded some isos and since they're on my local machine I thought I install them. Interestingly, I can't access the isos from my local machine. This is the first time I try doing an install from the local machine and sure enough, you can't do it, at least not from here. So I either have to burn a disk or usb stick if it works and try that or boot up the nas and move the files there which I didn't want to do since it's late at night. Very interesting but annoying since I'm doing it on my own server. I guess it's time to go to bed for now since I'm tired anyway. Always listen to your tired self when things don't work.



If you are a gambler, here's a reason not to gamble, well at least in certain casinos because they just won't pay you even if you win according to the article.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/10/1-4-million-jackpot-is-voided-because-bingo-machine-malfunctioned/

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Former bank teller steals the customers money.

Here's also a very good example of how scammers try to send you to another page using a page from an actual company or organization. The link below is fine, but if you try to go to justtice.gov, you will get a different warning about that site. Just adding an extra t in justice is enough to send you elsewhere. I mistype this at first and actually found this out by accident. My router just screamed at me with a big NO letting me know that the website contains malware, you don't want to go to this site called justtice.

https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/pr/former-bank-teller-pleads-guilty-federal-charge-stealing-more-185000-homeless-customer

A mini C64 is coming in 2018.

At least that's what the site states, but lets see what happens or if it's not just going to be another NES classic edition debacle since there is not much information. Will it just be another rpi or an actual tiny motherboard, we'll just have to wait, but I have learned not to hold my breath for these things anymore. Specially when companies announce things so far ahead with nothing else.
https://thec64.com/

Thursday, September 28, 2017

The american red cross asks for help from ham radio users, and they got it.

Although ham radios seem like very old technology, this is apparently the one technology that won't die, specially during times of emergencies. I should really start learning to use one of these radios, they are affordable and looks like fun too. You can check for more information at the link below if you are also interested.

http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-s-force-of-fifty-answers-the-red-cross-call-in-puerto-rico

Hugh Hefner passed away yesterday, he was 91.

http://fortune.com/2017/09/28/playboy-hugh-hefner-dies/

Sonic drive-in burger chain data breach.

http://fortune.com/2017/09/27/sonic-stock-credit-card-data-breach/?iid=sr-link2

When the network decides to take a break, things just stop working. In this case, the airline check-in software used at airports around the world.

This is a good example that always having a way to go back to doing something the old way is still needed. Going back to pen and paper is not something you'll want once you're computerized, but being able to do it even for a few moments at a time will allow things to continue moving along. It may be almost impossible in some areas, but not others. Staff having radios to communicate would be one aspect. 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/28/worldwide-airport-chaos-check-in-computer-systems-crash/

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Naps2 (Not another PDF scanner 2)

I need to scan some papers and I got tired of using the brother software that came with my scanner. It's an older all in one but still. I need something that will let me do this a little bit faster. You can take a look at the video below so see what I mean.

When you think you have deleted all those old posts on tinder, or anywhere, think again.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/sep/26/tinder-personal-data-dating-app-messages-hacked-sold

Sunday, September 17, 2017

This is what can happen when your identity is stolen. Lets hope these companies will stop using social security numbers for everything.

Let's also keep in mind that too much security can also be a bad thing, to a point in some instances. A perfect example is I had to return an item to Costco. I used my dad's Costco card to make the purchase with my own credit card back then. The girl at the counter told me she couldn't process that because my dad, the card holder had to be there. So now I had to go back home, ask him to go with me, drive around the parking lot looking for a parking spot for the second time, then I had to make a line again and wait for my turn. Well now you can see how this would upset any law abiding citizen. I had the original receipt that she could have just looked at. I cancelled my Costco card a few years ago and I'm fine without one.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-13/my-three-years-in-identity-theft-hell

Obesity in Brazil and all over the world.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/09/16/health/brazil-obesity-nestle.html

Western digital ships 12 TB Gold hard drives that can be purchased by everyone.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/11842/western-digital-ships-12-tb-wd-gold-hdd-8-platters-helium

Friday, September 8, 2017

Scotty brings back the headphone jack to the iphone.

It's always interesting to see his work. Although I thought it was more interesting that I just got my BT headphones to watch TV. I later found some other smaller BT headphones at the local 99 cent store that costs a couple of dollars and they actually work pretty well. Although you don't really need the jack from what I'm seeing in terms of what is now available, just the whole process of what he does is very interesting in itself. Then again why change something that really works well.

https://strangeparts.com/bringing-back-the-iphone-headphone-jack-in-china/

Dual screen car stereo anyone?






Sunday, July 23, 2017

Here's another 4 bay case I just ran into.

This is just a four bay case. For a bit more you can get the eight bay norco I built mine from, if you don't mind the noise. This is not my video but it's a good video about this case. This one definitely looks nicer than the four bay norco because of the removable motherboard tray and more room for the cpu. It's been out for a while, but I hadn't seen it myself. And if you don't even want to built anything, you can also check out the hp microserver Gen10 I posted before.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

My 3D printed USB to SATA case

I have been working on making a simple usb hard drive case since I have a usb to sata cable and hard drive. I figured I could make a simple case that I could use with this if I really needed something portable without having to mess with screws. Here's what I came up with.

Cover





Case
I put a lot of holes to make sure the drive is kept cool. Even small drives tend to warm up a bit if the enclosure doesn't have any cooling which is never good for any hard drive.

 After about 5 or 6 revisions here's the final case. Top. I wanted to be able to just snap the top on and off. It works but it's still a bit hard to remove which I guess it's good because it won't just come off, I really have to pull hard on it to get that off. So it works as intended.

 Here's the bottom where I added more cooling and a hole so I can push the drive out since it sits just snug. I also added some screw holes for a more permanent install if I want.

 Here's the cable and drive installed.


 Here's the inside of the bottom half.


And here are all my test prints before I finally got it working.

Testing a sata cable

I needed to do this for a cable on my computer since I started having some crashes. I have a new ssd and it was working fine so I knew that was not my problem. Needless to say, everything seems to be working now. Anyway, this is what I came up with in order to test sata cables. I just ordered some of these adapters from ebay and they did the trick. An actual cable tester would be nice but I haven't seen much for something like this. My small network tester has usb ports so I can test those. Now that I think of this, there aren't many cable testers out there so your multi meter is your best bet for now.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Cell phone text spam

I have been getting a lot of text spam lately and thought I look into my options. Spam is just one of those very annoying things no matter how you get it.
There are two things you can do...
1: block whatever number is sending the texts. I have been doing this a lot as I was also getting random calls in the middle of the night. So this works but you just have to keep adding the number there.

2. I got from the article below which is a bit old but still works just the same now in 2017. You can forward the text to 7726 which is for spam. This let's the carrier know that that is a spam text. I just sent the spam text I got and this still seems to work.
Are these perfect, no but at least they won't annoy you as much. Spam is bad enough, but now getting that on your phone is just beyond bad.

http://www.abc15.com/news/let-joe-know/how-to-stop-scam-text-messages-from-getting-to-your-cell-phone

Thursday, June 8, 2017

I don't know what's worst, ads or the fact that fb tracks everything.

In case you didn't know. If you ever want to delete a photo or video from Facebook, they won't allow you to delete more than one at a time. So if you want to delete anything guess what, you can't​ delete your own stuff at once, even if they are just a bunch of old food pictures unless it's an album. It's nice to have something to keep in touch with some people you wouldn't normally see or who are very far away. Everything getting tracked nowadays, no so nice.
https://tenplay.com.au/news/national/june-2017/facebook-wants-to-spy-on-you-through-webcam-and-smartphones

Monday, May 29, 2017

Uninstalling Groove Music in windows 10

I wanted to listen to some music and kept hitting the groove music icon which requires and account and well, it's not what I want to use. I just wanted the simple windows player. Unfortunately there was no uninstall icon for it anywhere. After creating a restore point, I deleted all the registry keys for it but it was still a no go. I didn't want to spend another day trying to get rid of this thing which I don't use. I finally found this link to uninstalling it through the windows shell. The only thing I had to do is use the version on my computer since it's been some time since this was posted. My version was different so make sure you scroll up on your list to make sure that you copy and take out the version on your computer. It may just not work if you type a different number. In short, this got rid of it and it's now gone from my start as well. There's nothing more annoying that not being able to get rid of a program that you don't use. Specially with everything tracking what you use or don't use nowadays.
http://www.thewindowsclub.com/uninstall-groove-music-windows-10

Saturday, May 20, 2017

I was on the computer earlier when I got this nice message from windos 10.


I wasn't doing anything special but windows 10 seems to always be doing things in the background.



Friday, May 19, 2017

Smb and cyberattacks

http://www.biztechmagazine.com/article/2017/04/5-reasons-why-small-businesses-are-targeted-cyberattacks?cm_ven=SocialMedia&cm_cat=Facebook&cm_pla=MKT18831adu0000P0000&cm_ite=cdwcorp&psoc=1

Some good news in the quadcopters and hobby land.

I think this is great. I liked this hobby because it got me out of the house if only for brief moments. I think this hobby has been taken way off base. Granted there are those that will do stupid things no matter what but for me, this was just a hobby until all the nonsense started with these laws. You can't enjoy yourself without someone making a big deal out of say flying in circles in front of you for example. Well at least when I used to go out for a bit. Heck even flying my small helicopter used to be fun but I stopped using them because who knows what someone may say or do. I used the park when no one was around but one day the ranger woman said I could not ride my bike at the trail because it was for horses. I only went out for a bit and since I was out of shape there's no way in hell I could run over anyone. Not to mention I was there only briefly each time. It was alright for the horses to crap all over the trail which I also walked through. I guess a lot of things are so backwards in the city that you just don't bother going anywhere. Even the baseball field was locked because it was only for when teams played and no one else could use it.
https://www.recode.net/2017/5/19/15663436/us-drone-registration-rules-faa