Category Archives: How-To

NAT Loopback on Xfinity

The current Xfinity routers (end of 2017) do not support NAT Loopback and have no options for enabling NAT Loopback. What is NAT Loopack? NAT Loopback or Hairpinning is when Device_A behind a router tries to access another Device_B behind … Continue reading

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Plex loading local subtitles

Plex tends to do a good job of loading local subtitle files (usually .srt) and it can even automatically load subtitles for you [2]. But sometimes, it will not load a file that is in your directory with your video … Continue reading

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Nextcloud Snap Installation

The Nextcloud installation page┬áhas two sets of instructions now: automatic and manual. Previously on this website, I have described the manual steps to setting up Nextcloud. It is a good learning experience and worth a try, but even better is … Continue reading

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Setting up the Etekcity WiFi Smart Plug with the VeSync app and 2.4 GHz connection

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 [1]. … Continue reading

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UPnP on Plex

Getting your Plex server to use UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) will increase speeds, along with allowing it to run on more clients. For example, one Smart TV’s Plex app did not work until UPnP was enabled on the server’s … Continue reading

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Best Nextcloud 11 Links

Getting Nextcloud ready is lots of fun, but getting it to a very stable state is tedious. I gathered the best of the best resources on the web from putting it up to backing it up. Installing LAMP server Follow … Continue reading

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Red screen at night on Linux

f.lux and Redshift are the two major players for making your laptop screen turn red. I had f.lux working on Linux Mint but recently upgraded to Linux Mint 18 and it stopped working. I cannot get the applet to show … Continue reading

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Have Linux access Windows hard drive again

In Windows 8 and 10, Microsoft added a “Fast Startup” feature that saves a state of the computer to disk. This is like Hibernation, which for a while has prevented Linux from mounting a Windows partition. This new feature makes … Continue reading

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Brother printing blank pages on Linux

The Brother HL 2140 is a good printer but getting it to work on Linux Mint is a bit of a hassle. There are many forums online with the problem of the Brother printing many blank pages. Finally, I found … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi OpenVPN Server

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

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