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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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How to Root Samsung Galaxy SGT 5360?
Sat, 11 Aug 2018 19:11:54 +0000

can you root my android phone sgt 5360


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Alternative Transmission for 1998 Subaru Forester with Automatic Transmission
Sun, 12 Aug 2018 19:30:33 +0000

Hi

What alternative auto transmission numbers will work with a 1998 Auto Forester current transmission number tz103zr1aa.


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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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Replacing Campbell Hausfeld CC 2300 Portable Inflator Battery
Fri, 08 Jun 2018 23:22:33 +0000

Thanks for this post. It was a life saver. I have a 15-20 year old Campbell Haufield cc2300. I bought a newer version of this unit for another house and it never worked well so I bought a non-battery powered one instead. Then this old one started losing battery power and I was sad to see this unit go---until I read your post. I bought a replacement battery online for $14 plus $8 shipping. It took literally 5 minutes to replace and it works great. Maybe get another 15-20 years on this unit. Thanks again for giving us an alternative to replacement.


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Is It Really Beyond Your Control, Supercell?
Thu, 07 Jun 2018 18:15:07 +0000

Today, I saw an announcement in Clash Royale about "End of Support: iOS 8 and Below". The news says Clash Royale will not work on iPhones with older iOS after the June update. That doesn't really bother me, because I play Clash Royale on Android. But what really jabs my ribs is Supercell's claim that it is "due to technical reasons beyond [their] control."

No it's not. It is well within their control. For one, they can simply not release the June update. So instead of redirect the blame, they should be more transparent on why they can no longer support older version of iOS. Provide some good reasons. Or give us some background information on how it is beyond their control.

Right now, without good reasoning, this announcement is just a cock out.


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Monster High Smart Stylus + App
Thu, 07 Jun 2018 02:00:37 +0000

Attached is the MDA-14MH Quick Start Guide.


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Does LED Lightbulb Work without the Glass?
Tue, 05 Jun 2018 21:13:11 +0000

Just bought some clear LED lightbulbs from Walmart (see photo below). It has clear glass so you can see the inside of it. Traditionally, incadencent lightbulb would not work if the glass bulb is broken. So that makes me wonder about these LED lightbulbs. LED doesn't require the glass bulb to work. So will these LED lightbulbs still work if the glass bulb breaks? Very tempted to find out.


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Grow Stone - Random Avatar is Only 200 Rubies!
Fri, 25 May 2018 03:48:47 +0000

Are you aiming to collect all of the avatar skins in Grow Stone? If so, then let me direct you to the Avatar Skin Box in the Grow Stone shop (see screen shot below), which you can get a random avatar for 200 rubies! Each avatar sells for 890 normally. So you can actually get 4 random avatar skins for the price of 1 avatar. That means you can collect all of the avatars four times faster!


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Fortnite: Can't Purchase with PayPal
Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:20:19 +0000

Waited two days and no response from Epic Games? Do they even want to make money through in-game items?


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Belkin Nostromo SpeedPad n50 on Windows 7 vs. Windows 8
Mon, 09 Apr 2018 09:02:26 +0000

Made this process easier by creating a registry file. Download the attached to Windows. Double-click it to apply the new name to registry.


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Razer Synapse 2.0 Won't Launch
Fri, 06 Apr 2018 23:12:54 +0000

Set! Went along to Device Manager and click ߵRazer Naga' and taken out apparatus. Check out the box to take out the motorist, way too. Unplugged mouse put it straight. Detected as ߵHID-compliant Mouse'. Un installed Synapse 2.0 and rebooted. Re-installed Synapse 2.0 so if the Update Supervisor conducted, I'd Device Supervisor Open up. I watched this upgrade both the motorist along with ߵHID-compliant mouse' shifted to ߵRazer Naga'. Up date demanded the following re boot. Came upward flawlessly. My macros come settings and back revived by cloud. Woot! Hope this can help!


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