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Category Archives: Hardware
When trying to set up a new Overhead CodeDodger wireless keypad (with buttons for “SET” and “PRGM”), it is very important to understand what the instructions mean by an “open” case. This is best seen at night when the buttons … Continue reading
A 4K monitor that is running at 30Hz is choppy and jumpy. Everyone wants the full 60Hz for the smooth mouse scrolling. But 4K 60Hz is so much data that needs to be transferred so quickly that every hardware and … Continue reading
When I plugged in my external hard drive that was on Windows to a Linux machine (Raspberry Pi 3), it was automatically mounted at /media/brian/Brian-HD, but the permissions were drw- — — 1 brian brian. I needed Plex to be able … Continue reading
The Nexlux LED Strip Lights sold on Amazon have a confusing set of “How to restore factory settings?” instructions First, to add a device, install their app (Magic Home Pro app on Google Play or Magic Home WiFi on App Store) and … Continue reading
I recently received a rather new Lenovo Thinkpad Ultrabook for free because the machine running Windows would shut down after 30 minutes exactly. It was running Windows and I thought it was a problem with Windows, well… Installing Linux, it … Continue reading
Since the Amazon Fire TV is a device that runs Android, you can install any Android app onto your Fire TV, but to varying degrees of success. How to To get apps onto your FireTV, you can do it the … Continue reading
The Etekcity WiFi Smart Plug Mini Outlet with Energy Monitoring (2 Pack), Works with Amazon Alexa Echo, No Hub Required, 1 Minute to Set Up, White is a good smart outlet. It goes for about $30 for a pair . … Continue reading
I heard about the Raspberry Pi VPN on the Security Now! Podcast, but I found it a few months later when looking how to set up a VPN on (you guessed it) a Raspberry Pi. The set up is almost … Continue reading