Category: Misc

Are you a robot? Epic Fail!

That age old and yet annoying reCAPTCHA question, “Are you a robot?” is one that must be answered before you, a human, can continue along your merry way.  As one would expect, the reCAPTCHA process evolves.  The other day, I had to navigate through intentionally blurred and obscured images; but today’s image is a new one for me, Select all…

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CheapSSL is NOT so cheap anymore!

I don't remember the specific dates or versions of the applications, but what I can state is that somewhere in recent years, Internet browsers and search engines, specifically Google, Google Chrome, and Firefox started to enforce the use of SSL certificates on websites. Websites will have higher page rankings with an SSL against those who do not. Chrome and Firefox...Read More »

Verizon FIOS Actiontec MI424WR Rev I router supports the 50/50 MB bandwidth

A recent experience with Verizon has prompted me to write this article. This is only part of a larger request for service changes with Verizon.  This seemingly simple request, to upgrade from the ancient, however, extremely effective 25/15 MB plan to a more current 50/50 MB plan.  To do so, I was under the impression from their advertisements, their sales,...Read More »

Manually update the Garmin nuvi 1100

For one reason or another a Garmin nuvi 1100 would not update. It kept rebooting itself repeatedly to where it would not be recognized by the computer long enough to perform the simplest of tasks. I tried the Garmin Express, Garmin WebUpdater, and the GarminMapUpdater for PC. With the Garmin WebUpdater, there was enough time to update the system from...Read More »
Plex Media Server

Plex Web without Port using a Reverse Proxy (CentOS 7)

Using a CentOS 7 box running a Plex Media Server and an Apache reverse proxy on the same box without a domain name and only an IP address and after much trial and error, a working Apache configuration file finally materializes. The goal was to eliminate the need of typing the port number to access the Plex Media Server web…

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Radio Shack EC-4019 Calculator Problem and Solution

The Radio Shack EC-4019 is a great calculator. I have had it since the late 1980s since it was new. It has worked flawlessly up until about 2012, when a new battery was needed. Yup, it took over 20 years to finally have the need to replace the battery. Not to suggest that it is being used on a daily…

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Powerline Network Adapter Kit vs. DD-WRT Linksys Wireless Bridge

The Powerline Network Adapter uses the existing home electircal wiring as a wired network cable. A wireless bridge is used to connect two LAN segments via a wireless link. The Powerline network Adapter is sold as a kit and offered by several companies. However, for this test, the Actiontec Powerline Network Adpater Kit (SKU # PWR511K01) is used to compare…

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How to wipe a Blackberry 9530 and unlock it to prep for sale

There are several steps to preparing the BlackBerry 9530 phone prior to resale. Remove the old phone number from the phone, factory reset, wipe, unlock, remove the SIM and SD cards. After reviewing many resources, YouTube videos, and finally a couple of interesting utilities, this is all possible. Requirements 9530EastAsia_v5.0.0.1041_P4.2.0.456 Operating System (optional) BlackBerry Swiss Army Knife (“BBSAK”) BlackBerry Reader…

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