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Alarm No Longer Works on Google Home
Sun, 21 Oct 2018 20:28:21 +0000

Been having problems with Google Home alarms this past two weeks. Last night, I asked Google Home to set an alarm for 9 AM and another one at 9:30 AM. It confirmed setting the alarms. But this morning, the alarms didn't go off. When I asked it about my alarms at 11 AM, it said there were none.

Anyone else have this problem with Google Home?


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Does Elegoo Ender 3 Nozzle Have a White PTFE Tube Liner?
Fri, 19 Oct 2018 06:45:55 +0000

Elegoo responded to your message on Twitter:

"Hi Gab, PETG material print temperature is 230-250, bottom plate temperature is 80-120, our Ender 3 can print directly, no need to replace the nozzle. Hope this would help."


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idrive for TorqueMaster is Temperature Sensitive
Sun, 14 Oct 2018 00:44:31 +0000

I couldn't have written this story any better my self. Identical issues right down to the 40 degrees. Obviously has begun the same issue as last winter after working perfectly all summer. Just re-started acting up this week. I sure would like help from anyone with answers to the temperature sensitivity. Totally aggregating. Anybody have a workaround to solve the problem?


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Replacing the Filament on your FDM 3D Printer
Wed, 10 Oct 2018 02:25:23 +0000

I had been a FDM 3D printer newbie. Just got my Elegoo Ender 3 printer a few weeks ago. But I had already gone through a whole spool of PLA filaments. Like many of us 3D printer enthusiasts, I also gotten PETG filament and want to try a few others. But I had no clues about how to change filaments. And asking around and searching around gave me few results. My friend personally told me that it's a pain to change filaments. And so I've been sticking to the PLA filament this whole time. And when I used it up, I finally pushed in the PETG filament.

After using the PETG filament for only a week, I decided that it's just too much trouble. I'm able to get much stronger PLA prints. And playing around PETG settings gotten me no where. So I really want to switch back.

Today, a light bulb came on in my head. And I realized that changing the filament is really quite easy. I tried it and was able to swap back to the PLA filament in only a few minutes.

The trick really comes down to heating up the nozzle so that the filament can be easily pulled out of the print head and the feeding system. Prior to this method, the next simplest method was to cut the filament at the feeder, and print a small item to switch to the new filament. So this idea that finally came to my head makes the filament change almost instant.

On the Elegoo Ender 3, you go into "Menu" -> "Control" -> "Temperature" -> "Nozzle" and set it to a temperature that could melt the filament you had been using. So going from PETG to PLA means you set the temperature to something like 245 degrees. Then once the 3D printer is at temperature, just release the filament feeder and pull the filament back out.

When you make your first print with the new filament, be sure to clear out the previous filament that is in the nozzle. You'll have to print a really small item that can melt the previous filament.


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Netgear Arlo Camera Shows Low Battery Even with Fresh Battery Installed
Wed, 10 Oct 2018 01:28:49 +0000

Recently, I had let my back yard Arlo camera run low on batteries for weeks. I kept forgetting to change their batteries. Finally I did that a few days ago. But after putting in two sets of fresh batteries, the Arlo app still shows low batteries on the Arlo camera.

I tried removing the camera from the Arlo app, then tried re-sync the base station to the Arlo camera. But both devices just times out. I could not get either of them to recognize the other.

I tried leaving the battery out for a day or two and try again, but it doesn't work either. The same symptom persisted.

Finally, I decided to turn off the base station, wait two seconds, and turn the base station back on. The Arlo camera was still blinking blue to indicate sync mode. The Arlo base station took a while to boot up. Then all of a sudden, I see the Arlo camera blinking blue quickly (indicating syncing successful). I checked the app again and the camera's there!

I guess it was a base station problem when I assumed it was the camera's problem.


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How to Turn Off Notification for STAMINA Mode?
Tue, 02 Oct 2018 18:16:11 +0000

Following screenshot is from the battery setting page that has the STAMINA mode.


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Asus Notebook Power Supplies are Interchangeable... Maybe!
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 23:53:54 +0000

I have gotten my third Asus gaming laptop just recently... the Asus FX503VD. It's really a thin and light gaming laptop. But that's not the point of this post.

Previously, I have found that the power supplies for my two previous Asus gaming notebooks--G74SX and G46VW--are interchangeable. Although the power specs (I'll post them later in this post) are not exactly the same, I have found that the power supplies are interchangeable for most tasks. I have yet to bump up to the amperage limit of the difference in the power supplies.

After getting the Asus FX503VD, I have found that the power supply tip is exactly the same as the ones for G74SX and G46VW. And so far, I have been able to use the three power supplies interchangeably with the three different laptops. Though I have yet to run power hungry games on a substituted power supply.

These experiences makes me wonder if all Asus laptops uses the same power plug. The following are the power supply specs:

PA-1121-28 (Asus FX503VD)
Input: 100-240V 50-60Hz 2.0A
Output: 19.5V 6.32A with positive tip.

FA180PM111 (Asus G46VW)
Input: 100-240V 50-60Hz 2.5A
Output: 19.5V 9.23A with positive tip.

ADP-150NB D (Asus G74SX)
Input: 100-240V 50-60Hz 2.0A
Output: 19.5V 7.7A with positive tip.


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OBS Studio Can't Keep Up with My Games
Sun, 09 Sep 2018 03:44:07 +0000

My game computer failed recently. So I configured another replacement to play my games. But after installing my games and OBS Studio, my recording couldn't keep up. I tried all sorts of OBS Studio setting combinations to try to speed it up, but nothing helped. In the end, the option that allowed me to finally record my games is to change the Encoder from "Software (x264)" to either "Hardware (QSV)" or "Hardware (NVENC)".

The second hardware encoder provides better video recording quality. But you'll need a graphics card that supports it. Most graphics cards today supports the QSV hardware encoder.


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Subaru Transmission Chart
Wed, 05 Sep 2018 23:27:19 +0000

A chart like this including AUDM & EUDM transmissions would be great. The updated PDF has no low range info!


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NVIDIA GPU Activity Window Can't Be Moved!
Tue, 04 Sep 2018 07:12:49 +0000

I just found a work around. You can press Alt-Space to bring up the window menu. Then select "Move" to move the window with the cursor key. Not the most desirable method, but it works.


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Host Name Became Case-Sensitive
Sun, 19 Aug 2018 05:06:50 +0000

A strange problem started about a month ago. I have an Ubuntu Linux host that is named, "penguin". For the past ten, twenty years, I've been able to access it on numerous computers using that host name. But starting a month ago, several of my Windows 10 computers can no longer find that host computer. Ping reports:

"Ping request could not find host penguin. Please check the name and try again."

WinSCP reports: "gethostbyname: unknown error". PuTTY reports: "Unable to open connection to penguin gethostbyname: unknown error"

What's even more strange is that, this past week, I found if I capitalize any of the characters in "penguin", or capitalize the entire word, the Windows 10 computers would be able to find it again. Isn't this weird? What's causing this problem?


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DNS Server Destination Host Unreachable Intermittent
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 09:45:56 +0000

Ok. Have more data on the symptom now. Once a connection is established, the connection will continue to work. For example, if I have a SSH session with a remote server, then I can still use the remote connection while this problem occurs.

When the network problem occur, I can't ping any outside server. And outside server cannot ping my gateway.

What could be the cause of this problem?


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NuVision TM800W610L Windows Tablet Won't Charge Nor Turn On
Sun, 12 Aug 2018 19:29:24 +0000

Forgot to update this post. But yah, after it charged, it powered up as normal.


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Troubleshoot Random Laptop Shutdowns, Reboots, and Crashes
Sat, 11 Aug 2018 19:20:20 +0000

It's rather common for a computer to glitch, causing a shutdown, reboot, and/or crash. But it should only happen once in a while. On the other hand, if you start seeing problems on a daily basis, then your computer is most like having a hardware failure. Usually the failure is easy and inexpensive to fix, if you can determine the failure.

If your computer has been working for years, then there is only one likely culprit: the hard drive. The traditional hard drive is an electrical, mechanical device with moving parts. Other than the fan, it is usually the only device with moving parts in today's computers. After years of service, it's bound to failure.

Almost all hard drives today have S.M.A.R.T capability. It basically monitors itself and provides health status to your computer. Surprisingly, Windows doesn't warn users about the hard drive health status. In my experience, I can only determine SMART failure manually by running a SMART utility after my computers show failure symptoms.

So the quickest way to determine if your hard drive is failing, after you start experiencing random shutdowns, reboots, and crashes, is to run a SMART utility on your hard drive. To solve my own hard drive failures, I found the CrystalDiskInfo recently (see "Related Links" below). It's a free, open source SMART utility that can determine your hard disk health. As soon as the utility determine that your hard disk is in a caution or failure state, it's imminent that your hard drive will fail. Replace the hard drive as soon as possible.

Once you've determined that your hard drive have failed, it's time to replace it. Laptop hard drives are relatively cheap. You can find all sorts of them on Amazon (see "Related Links" below). You can even choose a solid-state drive (SSD) over a traditional mechanical hard drive. And it only takes a few screws on the bottom of your laptop to replace. After replacing the hard disk, it's likely your computer will run for years to come.


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George Foreman 2-Serving Basic Plate Grill GR136B
Sun, 08 Jul 2018 21:07:12 +0000

Use and Care Manual for George Foreman 2-Serving Basic Plate Grill GR136B.


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