Strange Deposit Transaction Showed Up On Bank Account 8/17/21 Labeled ‘GOOGLESETT PAToBank 081421 640888’ For $2.15

A strange deposit transaction showed up on my online banking account today:

08/17/21GOOGLESETT PAToBank 081421 640888$2.15
Online Banking Pending Transaction



Turns out this is from the Google Plus Class Action Lawsuit settlement: https://www.googleplusdatalitigation.com/

“Each of the 1,720,029 Settlement Class Members who submitted valid claims will be entitled to a settlement award payment of $2.15.”

So don’t panic. Instead you should start planning that wonderful vacation you’ve always dreamed of! You know – to the convenience store to buy yourself a Yoohoo! 🤣

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Wyze Cam Pan Stopped Working After Firmware Upgrade – How To Manually Downgrade The Firmware And Restore Function (with UPDATE 8/6/2021)

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I employ 3 Wyze Cam Pan devices in my home security system. I make sure to upgrade the firmware every opportunity and notification I get.

Recently Wyze released firmware 4.10.7.798 (July 21, 2021) which I promptly applied. Two out of my three devices upgraded perfectly and continued on their merry way. Unfortunately one device took the firmware upgrade, rebooted and connected to the network properly, but I was unable to connect to it for live or archived video streaming.

It turns out I had to manually re-apply the original previous firmware. I was not aware we could even do this, but we can. Instructions for obtaining the previous firmware versions are on the Wyze website:
Release Notes & Firmware – Wyze

With your desired firmware downloaded, you will need a MicroSD card to (a) copy the firmware .bin file to the root, and (b) insert into your Wyze camera to install.

The process for manually applying a firmware update to your camera is also on the Wyze website: How to flash your Wyze Cam firmware manually – Wyze

For my Wyze Cam Pan, I had to download the firmware .ZIP file, extract the internal single .BIN file to the root of my MicroSD card, rename the .BIN file demo.bin, then place the card into the unplugged camera, press and hold the setup tab on the bottom of the camera while plugging in the camera, watch for the light to turn blue indicating a firmware flash is in progress – took only 3-6 seconds and then release the button.

About 3-4 minutes later, the camera rebooted itself and came back online under the original firmware and was working once again! I had to know if it was just a bad flash for the latest firmware that caused the issue, so I tried once again to upgrade to the latest firmware, and sadly it failed once again. So clearly this firmware does not work on all devices. 😦

UPDATE! (8/6/2021)

I can only assume Wyze became aware that their firmware update was failing on approximately 1 of 3 devices (if my anecdotal experience holds elsewhere), as a firmware downgrade was seemingly automatically pushed/triggered on all my cams. My daughter mentioned earlier in the day that my camera rebooted and went through its power-up pan-range detection where it spins around left and right – it scared the dog, which had her laughing and trying to calm him down.
As a result, I connected to my cams and was once again notified on each individual cam – including the two I had already updated to the latest – that I was on previous firmware and the same 4.10.7.798 (July 21, 2021) firmware update was available.
I decided to give it a try once again, and amazingly this firmware (new delivery/build?!) works on ALL of my Wyze Cam Pan devices now.

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How To Replace the Battery in the Microsoft Bluetooth Universal Mobile Keyboard FBA_P2Z / P2Z-00001 / P2Z-00002 / P2Z-00029 (Out Of Production)

All credit to the original author.
Battery can be purchased here:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005002594496730.html?spm=a2g0s.imconversation.0.0.30e73e5fcOJWHc

Battery spec:
Model name: CA213060 PACK
Rating: 3.7vDC 300mAh 1.11Wh
Maximum charging voltage: 4.2VDC
2mm thick by 30mm wide by 65mm long
3.7V polymer lithium battery 300mAh with protection board

See the walk-through video here:
https://ruclip.com/video/O6YvaD8r0WE/how-to-replace-the-battery-of-microsoft-universal-mobile-keyboard.html

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How To Unlock And Access Your Files On Cell Phone With A Broken Display Screen

I recently had a dilemma where my Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus had a broken screen and I could not unlock it or even power it off. Naturally I wanted to get my data off the phone and reset it before selling it or donating it to a repair center.

I’m happy to report – specifically for Samsung Phones, but possibly for others too – there is a solution!

Samsung has a feature called DeX built into their phones which allows you to plug a monitor and keyboard/mouse into it via the USB charging port! See demo and explanation here:
https://insights.samsung.com/2021/01/14/the-beginners-guide-to-samsung-dex-6/
Other phones may at least benefit from being unlocked by use of a keyboard which Android supports natively across nearly all their smartphones.

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I ordered this QGeeM 7-in-1 USB C Hub to HDMI 4k, 3 USB 3.0 Ports adapter…
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QXMNF1X/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
…which accomodates ALL the aforementioned required accessories, essentially turning my phone into a desktop computer, and it worked PERFECTLY! I was able to see the lock-screen on my monitor, enter the passcode from the keyboard and navigate the entire phone using my mouse. Brilliant!

See the source image
Samsung Dex Turns Your Phone Into A Desktop Computer With Monitor, Keyboard and Mouse – Phone Screen Not Required!


The only thing this approach does NOT allow one to do is to hard (factory) reset the phone (Dex blocks it by design), but I was able to recover my data by pushing it up into Google’s DRIVE platform, which gives everyone with a Google account 1 terabyte of storage for free.

THANK YOU Samsung, for such a BRILLIANT feature on your most excellent smartphones!

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ChartJS And Angular – Solution For Chart Processing Clicks/Click Event On Individual Data Segments

It is a known issue that ChartJS provides native hooks for processing clicks upon Legend items, but does not easily provide the same for a user clicking upon segments in the chart itself – slices in the pie chart, for example.

There are a plethora of solutions offered upon Stack Exchange for doing this natively in Javascript, but I wanted a better solution that primarily leverages the Angular TypeScript code instead,

I managed to create that solution, and I offer it here for the masses. See my answer here on stack overflow (carlupq) or see embedded solution below:
https://stackoverflow.com/questions/65387729/chartjs-events-in-angular/65728003#65728003

TEMPLATE

(I added #chartCanvas and (click) event)

<div style="display: block">
<canvas #chartCanvas (click)="onChartClick($event)" id="radarChart" baseChart [datasets]="radarChartData" [labels]="radarChartLabels"
    [chartType]="radarChartType" [options]="radarChartOptions"></canvas>

 COMPONENT CODE

Add to your imports:

import { Chart, ChartElement } from 'chart.js';

Add to your class variables:

@ViewChild('chartCanvas') myChart;

Your event handler:

onChartClick(event) {
  let ActivePoints: ChartElement[] = this.myChart.getElementsAtEvent(event);
  // to do - check ActivePoints for undefined, return if true
  let idx = ActivePoints[0]['_index'];
  let lbl: string = this.myChart.data.labels[idx];
  let dat = this.myChart.data.datasets[0].data[idx];
  console.log(lbl,dat);
}
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Windows Remote Desktop Client / Terminal Failing To (stay or maintain) Connect On Windows 10 – Fixes And A Free & Open-Source Alternative

There is a well known and persistent issue with Windows 10 terminal aka Remote Desktop client. The client software runs, allows you to initiate a connection, but either fails to connect or drops the connection – sometimes right away or shortly after.

After many attempts to fix this using suggestions from various sources on the internet – turning off smart card and/or printers option for the connection, etcetera – none of these resolves the problem across the board for all users.

There is a very simple free, and in my opinion, FAR more versatile and robust alternative client available.

Meet mRemoteNG! https://www.mremoteng.org/

mRemoteNG  is an open source, tabbed, multi-protocol, remote connections manager. It allows you to view all of your remote connections (Windows, Unix, Mac, SSH, other) in a tabbed interface. mRemoteNG is free, open-source, versatile, easy to install and easy to use. In my opinion, mRemoteNG is FAR superior to the default client included in Windows, so it is an easy switch to make and to keep in your ongoing toolkit.

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Step By Step Instructions For How To Upgrade – Expand The Netgear ReadyNAS 102 2-Bay Marvell ARMADA 370 1.20 GHz 6 TB HDD (2 x 3 TB) 512 MB RAM RAID Supported 3 x USB Ports

It took a long time (7 years to be precise) for my Netgear ReadyNAS network storage 3GB to be permanently filled, but it has happened and has left me scrambling to expand it.

Here’s what I did to quickly and effectively expand the storage with SSD as opposed to mechanical drives:

1 – purchased 2 ADATA SU800 1TB M.2 2280 SATA 3D NAND Internal SSD (ASU800NS38-1TT-C) at $100/each.
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MR7FVM9/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

2 – purchased 2 FIDECO USB 3.1 Gen 2 to M.2 NGFF SATA SSD Enclosure Adapter, External SATA Based M.2 Solid State Hard Drive Enclosure Reader for M.2 2230 2242 2260 2280 SSD with B Key/B+M Key (SATA Based) at $12/each.
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07W4YMVQJ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

3 – Assemble each of the two external enclosures with one SSD and proceed to format each SSD to NTFS, leaving the SSD as a maxed-capacity single active partition with no files.



4 – Add each of the SSDs to your ReadyNAS 102 being careful to plug them into the top two USB3 ports (one is USB 2 – obviously we don’t want to use that one).



5 – Now we need to allow anonymous access for your network-attached streaming and DLNA players (your smartTVs and/or VLC on FireTV, Firestick or Windows for example) to access these drives via SMB without having to log in.
Go into your ReadyNAS 102’s web-based admin by browsing from a machine on your network to http://nas102. From the SHARES button on the main page, you should now see two USB volumes present under the MEDIA navigation node named USB_HDD_# where # is the number sequence of the USB volumes that have ever been plugged in. If this is the first, it will be USB_HDD_1 and USB_HDD_2.
Hover your mouse over the EVERYONE text at the right for the volume under PERMISSIONS column. This will make the + icon (Add Permissions dialog) appear – click it to pop up the Permissions dialog. Add the Anonymous access, then click APPLY. Do this for each volume.



That’s it! You’ve successfully expanded your ReadyNAS 102’s storage with an inexpensive high-speed solution! (yeah – that’s about 3 years worth of dust 😛 )

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RARBG Torrent Hover-Images Stopped Working – How To Fix

The popular bit-torrent site RARBG is known as one of the better sites out there, but at a cost of aggressive and intrusive advertisements.
As a result, many of us have deployed the use of ad blockers to maintain the user experience at tolerable levels.
One such ad blocker – Ad Block Plus – recently received and updated “EasyList” filter pack which inadvertently broke the hover-images that pop up when the mouse cursor is over a torrent.
To fix this, I just deactivated that specific filter list in the ADVANCED options of Ad Block Plus.
Hopefully there won’t be too many negative side-effects of this, but until I can pin-point the specific filter in their pack which broke the images, it is a risk I am – for now – willing to take.

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Best Overlay & Ad Blocking PERIOD – NoScript

Tired of whiny websites complaining with their intrusive overlays that “We see you are using an ad blocker” and disabling scrolling and their content from you?
Fear not – if you are a Chrome or FireFox user, NoScript comes to your rescue! (sorry IE /Edge users)

Now be prepared – this is a POWERFUL and fantastic tool that puts you back in control of your browsing experience, but it WILL require a fair amount of tuning on each new website you peruse. Over time, it will become a GODSEND to you and you will not understand how anyone gets along without it.

https://noscript.net/logo

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How To Use AdBlockPus Rule To Stop RARBG Overlay Pop-Up Pop-Under Ads

RARBG recently started allowing pervasive and aggressive ads again which exceed the acceptable level of frequency and pervasiveness. Here’s how to stop them using a free brwoser add-in and a manual rule update (both are required).

  1. Install AdBlockPlus in your browser: https://adblockplus.org/
  2. Click the new AdBlockPlus icon in your browsers system notifications area and select the gear-icon/settings icon.
  3. Click the ADVANCED menu item and scroll if necessary to the MY FILTER LIST section at the bottom of the screen
  4. Add the following two items to the list by typing them into the ‘Search or Add Filters’ input header, then click the +ADD button:
    https://dyncdn2.com/static/20/js/showads*.js
    https://dyncdn2.com/static/20/js/expl*.js

 

This did the trick for me in Chrome as it was where the overlay DIV html element was being derived with a random-generated ID making the normal block-element feature insufficient.

Good luck! And if this worked for you, please comment and share!

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