Category: Tips and Tricks

Install Emby Server on NetGear ReadyNAS Pro

While playing with Plex and Emby on different virtual machines, I thought it would be a fun exercise to install Emby on a NetGear ReadyNAS Pro. Emby is a media server designed to organize, play, and stream audio and video to a variety of devices. The problem was the ReadyNAS Pro firmware was 4.x.x and Emby server supports 6.8.0 or greater. ...Read More »

ReadyNAS Pro Upgrade Firmware from 4 to 6 (unsupported)

The NetGear ReadyNAS Pro can be a fantastic addition to any environment. Aside from a flaky power supply which wasn't too difficult to replace, (Another story for another time.), this box has been relatively descent. Well the power supply issue was big and annoying. The other annoying aspect to this NAS is it's dated firmware which displays this awful web page...Read More »

How to share a folder without password in Windows 10 home network

It seems like it would be very easy to share a folder on your Windows 10 computer to other Windows users in a home network by using your file explorer, right clicking on a folder, under properties, select sharing, then advanced sharing, and share the folder.  It doesn't work as one would expect.  This is particularly annoying as the home...Read More »

How to Update a Lenovo BIOS with USB

Lenovo provides an ISO for CD/DVD burning and an EXE for running the executable from within Windows.  There is NO support for an ISO booting from a USB.  Many modern laptops are ordered without a CD ROM and maybe an extra hard drive in it's place.  Most people use USB sticks for the majority of their effort when the need...Read More »

Add Root Certificates to a CentOS Linux Server

Adding a root authority certificate to a server that does not already have the cert may be added to the server manually. Install the ca-certificates package: Enable the dynamic CA configuration feature: Add it as a new file to /etc/pki/ca-trust/source/anchors/: Use command: CentOS 7 CentOS 7.0 and later include a shared store for certificate authorities. Read the manual for additional...Read More »
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How to Combine Multiple Images Quickly

If you have ever started an eBay auction and wanted to add your large picture collection to it, you will quickly realize that you can only add up to 12 pictures.  While it is true pictures can be added to the body of the auction and linked to an alternate sources, that is extra work. As a work-a-round to the...Read More »

Foxit Reader: Invert All Colors of Text

Foxit Reader is a fantastic alternative to Adobe Reader.  It is straightforward, not bloated, and offers functionality that I find useful.  Having used it as a replacement for several years from time to time there is something worth customizing.  The point of this article is one of those customizations, invert the text and background from black text and white background...Read More »

Lenovo T460s won’t boot from USB

A USB thumb drive which boots successfully on any number of other computers doesn't want to cooperate with the Lenovo Thinkpad T460s.  The T460s laptop simply refuses to boot to the USB drive. The resolution is remarkably simple. Boot the laptop to the BIOS and ensure the following two settings: Turn off secure boot Turn UEFI boot to both (meaning...Read More »