Mar 19 2018

PlexPy is now Tautulli

image_thumb-4 PlexPy is now Tautulli

For those who run a Plex Media Server, you know that one of the weakest points of having a Plex server is not having statistics baked into the application. You don’t have information about how many users you’re serving up how many streams, how many transcodes and what are the peak hours of the day. The information you really want to know if you’re running a Plex server for more than just a few people.

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Mar 12 2018

Easy Media Server Storage Solutions

image_thumb-2 Easy Media Server Storage Solutions

If you’ve been running a media server for any amount of time (like Plex or Emby), you realize how fast your media library can build up and how much storage it can require. The good news is that storage space on hard drives seems to double on a very rapid basis. So finding a hard drive with ample storage space isn’t really going to be a problem, but upgrading from time to time should be a concern.

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Mar 07 2018

Using Mini Smart Sockets

image_thumb Using Mini Smart Sockets

Over the past year or so, I’ve been getting into using the Google Home (assistant). It’s nice to be able to turn lights on, ask general questions and set appointments just by talking.

But one of the most disappointing things about the Google Home habitat is the ancillary devices/switches. A lot of them are fairly expensive. Running around $40 per socket or device. From my view, it’s excessive.

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May 25 2017

Drone Racing – The Sport That Started An Entirely New Industry

image_thumb-6 Drone Racing - The Sport That Started An Entirely New Industry

Most of us know drones as a hobby and a great way to pass the time, but an entirely new industry surrounding drones is beginning to emerge. Drone racing is becoming the latest and greatest thing to turn into an industry and it’s gaining ground quite quickly.

Drone racing as a sport is the next fix for adrenaline junkies looking to tear it up. The Drone Racing League and the Drone Sports Association both have some major ambitions where this exciting new industry is concerned. They made deals with ESPN for signed broadcasting and have attracted some large sponsors for the purpose of gaining ground in hosting championships for big prize money.

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May 11 2017

Senate Intelligence Committee: Don’t Use Kaspersky Antivirus Software

image_thumb-3 Senate Intelligence Committee: Don't Use Kaspersky Antivirus Software

This morning (5/11/2017), in the Senate intelligence meeting, the committee asked the leaders of our respective intelligence communities if using Kaspersky antivirus software was a good idea. None of those individuals endorsed using Kaspersky antivirus software to secure the computers.  Kaspersky antivirus software is based in Moscow, Russia and has been recently mentioned/associated with the Russia spy effort in the United States.

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May 06 2017

Dragon Professional Individual version 15 not compatible with Skype for Business version 15.0.4900

image_thumb Dragon Professional Individual version 15 not compatible with Skype for Business version 15.0.4900

Since the time of me being able to download and install Dragon Professional Individual version 15, I’ve had continuous problems with using the software with Skype for Business version 15.0.4900. one of the advertising points of Dragon Professional Individual version 15 was that it was compatible with Skype for Business; version 13 and 14 were not. Version 15 was supposed return that functionality, but I have yet to see it.

Over the past couple of months, at least since late September 2016, I’ve been trying to work with Nuance support on a resolution. So far, nothing.

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Apr 23 2017

Using EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free v11

image_thumb Using EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free v11

In a time where everything is stored on solid-state drives, USB drives, SD cards and microSD cards, people tend to forget that the storage options can fail. Pictures and videos can be deleted by accident or they can become corrupted and you can lose them altogether. You would think that the respective operating systems would have this ability for recovery if something goes wrong, but most operating systems don’t have a robust ‘data recovery’ option built-in. Users are left to their own resources to find a good solution.

While there are a lot of options out there for data recovery wizards EaseUS has been in the data recovery business for a while and has a very good reputation, and thankfully they offer a free utility to cover data that’s been deleted, formatted or lost from most storage devices.

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Mar 30 2017

Review: GONGNIU – USB Car Charger

image_thumb Review: GONGNIU - USB Car Charger

This is a quick post about something I found on So, first I was looking for a car charger that would fix my problem where I use my GPS on my phone and unfortunately, my car charger would not charge my phone fast enough so as I’m using my GPS, my phone is also dying.

Previously, I purchased an inverter, but I found that the inverter was a little bit noisy and it took up more space that I wanted to offer.

On Amazon there was a car charger from GNCB that boasted about ‘blazing charge times, reporting that it’s compatible with USB-powered 5 V devices. The price to Amazon was only about 10 bucks and with free shipping, I thought it was an easy deal.

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Feb 09 2017

AI, Robotics and Automation vs. Human Worker

image_thumb-4 AI, Robotics and Automation vs. Human Worker

I don’t normally write stories about stuff like this, but it’s becoming strangely apparent that artificial intelligence, robotics and automation, and how it affects the human worker needs to be addressed; we need to talk about it.

I’ve been seeing a lot of stories about robotics, artificial intelligence and automation in general. The combination of those three factors are very strong indications that the human worker is not going to be able to contribute to the manufacturing world of the future.

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Feb 09 2017

Open Live Writer is available at the Windows Store

image_thumb Open Live Writer is available at the Windows Store

I’ve been blogging for a long time and my favorite application to use for generating my articles is/was Windows Live Writer, but Microsoft has since sunset that product. It’s been replaced by Open Live Writer. Over the past year, since the Open Live Writer team took over the development of that application, the development team on GITHUB has been busy in the background making small improvements.

The latest version of Open Live Writer can be found on the Windows Store. Just do a search for Open Live Writer. The application will be installed and should be available for automatic update as they’re issued.

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