I traded my Samsung SCX4200 forÂ my parents old Canon LaserBase MF5650 as its not supported under Windows 7/10 and the Samsung is still supported.
I had hoped that my Ubuntu Xenial Linux desktop would have drivers and it would all just work, unfortunately the Canon MF* series of printers are not supported as they use a different communication protocol for printing.
Luckily someone on Internet has reversed the protocol and written drivers for Linux (and possibly other OSes that make use of CUPS printing)
Usually I use a SSH connection forwarded through my ADSL router to one of my home servers for remote access to my network.Â The server in question though had become un-responsive so I had no way remotely into myÂ network.
For fun I nmap’d the public IP of my ADSL router and found the following interesting port open:
80/tcp Â open Â http
I thought I had switched off all the “remote” control methods on my router but clearly not, visiting the page gave me the following (scary) login screen. Continue reading
Quick initial notes on hacking the “Aprica” CCTV 8 Channel DVR as sold in kit form on Takealot in South Africa. (Was on special at one point for R 2650 but now no longer sold) Continue reading
A colleague at work had a problem on her HP ProBook after applying the HP Updates.
When attempting to logon to Windows youÂ would get a message saying “Invalid Pointer” and then be taken back to the login screen, just pressing enter at the login screen (blank password) would do the exact same thing.
All my Googling showed that other people had the same problem and the recommended solution was to re-install Windows, which seemed overkill.
I’ve found a different way to fix the issue that is a little less drastic but will take a few minutes and some registry editing to fix. It appears to be the HP add-on/plugin that is wired into the login processÂ to support the Finger Print reader that was failing.
These are the steps I followed to fix this issue:
Please be careful, this requires registry editing and other tasks that should only done by someone who knows what they’re doing.
- Boot into Safe Mode (During bootup press F8 and then select Safe Mode or Safe with Networking)
- Login normally using your password. (You’ll see that this login screen looks different and works correctly.)
- Follow these steps to allow uninstalling of applications under Safe Mode.
- Open Programs and Features in Control Panel, find the HP Client Security Manager application and select it. Then select Uninstall/Repair and perform a Repair following the onscreen instructions.
- Reboot the laptop and it should allow you to now login again.
I was a backer of the original OUYA Kickstarter campaign and got my OUYA over a year ago (July 2013). Since then my console has been sitting in amongst the dead DVD players, wires and other junk in my TV cabinet collecting dust.
That is until now when I found a new use for it.
By default Ubuntu is configured to load the floppy kernel driver on start-up, if you don’t have a floppy drive though this can be annoying because the icon will appear asÂ a un-mounted drive on your system. In Xubuntu on my machine the icon and entry in thunar (the file manager) looked like this.
The fix is to unload the floppy driver from memory, thankfully on Ubuntu its a module so you canÂ unload the module with the following command:
sudo rmmod floppy
If you want to permanently stop it from loading on boot you can blacklist the driver as follows:
echo “blacklist floppy” | sudo tee /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-floppy.conf
sudo rmmod floppy
sudo update-initramfs -u
This week I received my CubieTruck and have been having a few issues getting it up and running. I hope this info helps some one else out there.
Ever heard of the Google Web Fonts API? Stumbled across this while looking for something else.
Could be useful when trying to find that “perfect font” for your new website. Oh and the new font selector website is pretty cool.
I’ve read about it before countless times before, but I haven’t had a phone capable of running it. This morning while drinking my tea I read yet another post about Google Goggles and decided to install it on my HTC Wildfire.
I have only one word to explain it… “AWESOME”.
It reminds me of the handheld gadgets they use in shows like CSI where they take a photo of something (fingerprint, shoe print etc) and then click a button and the phone magically does some recognition and comes back with the info. It’s not perfect… and doesn’t recognise all the logos I had in the office but it does a pretty good job none the less.
And now with Google Images supporting reverse searches (search for an image using an image) it could only get better.
Found this on the Make Zine site, more info on Geek.com site or the Raspberry Pi Foundation site.
Awesome little machine with rather impressive specifications.
256MB of SDRAM
OpenGL ES 2.0
1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode
Composite and HDMI video output
SD/MMC/SDIO memory card slot
Open software (Ubuntu, Iceweasel, KOffice, Python)
I?wish I could get a device like this in South Africa for R 250.00 ($25.00 estimated price in the article.)
I wonder if the hardware is good enough to run XBMC…