Saturday, February 23, 2019

How to reset the Maint Required light on the 2005 Scion xB

The above forum link describes what is going on with the Maint Required light and the blue / red thermometer looking lights.

Assume that they are just on solid - you're due for the 5k service.

To reset on the 2005 Scion Xb, set the trip odometer to 'odo'. Power off car. Press and hold trip odometer reset stalk. Turn car to 'on'. Continue to hold the button down until both lights turn off.

Thanks to the Scion Life forums for this easy solution!

Will England

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Video Recording Time for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Lot of questions about how long you can record on a cell phone - DSLR's are limited to file size (4gb) or 30 minutes (European directive).

So I'm sitting here testing apps and chatting with the wife, so I put the Note 9 on it's Spigen kickstand and have it record the kitchen floor, with the occasional cat or dog wander by.  There is apparently no European limit to the recording -- we're at 39 minutes so far -- and no file size limit.  I have 128GB on board, and a 256GB chip installed; I think I have the video set to record to the 256 MicroSD chip.

In a nutshell, I haven't found a hard limit to how long you can record with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9; I got bored and shut it down before I hit a limit.

Monday, February 18, 2019

You don't need the brightest flashlight

When you are out camping, especially in durable high impact campgrounds, you will never need a 200 lumen super flashlight. It just fries your night vision and the vision of everyone else around.

"all you really need is a zipper pull-style pinch LED light."

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Thanks all,

Will England

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Conecting Windows 10 Laptop to USB connected network drive on an Apple Airport Extreme

I have had for a good while now the Apple Airport Extreme base station.  Yes, I know it's time to upgrade to a Nighthawk, but I'm lazy.  And have kids,

Speaking of kids, I rebuilt and lit up a refurbished Windows 10 laptop for my Dear Daughter to use going back and forth to college.  We keep all our backups, music,  movies etc on a pair of drives connected to the USB port on the Apple Airport Extreme base station.

So, I tried to map the base station shared drives using the typical UNC network protocol (\\\) in the Explorer bar.  No dice.  Tried the 'Map Network Drive' button in Explorer.  No dice.

Then I got around to searching and found a post in a long-dead thread that mentioned you should install the Airport Utility for Windows .  So I did.  And while it was installing, I noticed it was also installing Bonjour drivers.  Once it completed, I still couldn't connect.

Mapping a drive from the file explorer finally threw a useful error message - the Airport Extreme uses old SMB1 protocol, and that's blocked by default due to old insecure protocols.  Well, this is a home network and has nothing sensitive on the shared drives.  So, I found that you can enable SMB1 Sharing Protocol in Windows 10 by running 'optionalfeatures.exe'.
Hit Windows Key and R for 'Run Program' and run optionalfeatures.exe.

From there you get a nice dialog box with everything you can, and cannot enable.  SMB1 is disabled.  Enable it.  Restart the PC.

Now, from Explorer, you can connect to a Network Share or Map a Network Drive.  Easy, eh?

-- Will England

Friday, February 15, 2019

Will England on Tumblr

Some time back (five years back to be precise) I lit up a Tumblr blog on advice of my mentor to discuss technical stuff.  So I did, when I was a social media geek.  Then it got ghosted for 5 years.

Now I'm back with Analytics stuff going out there.  You can find me at Will England on Tumblr

and everywhere else to find Will England too!

Enjoy, be excellent to each other and be present!

-- Will England