View-Master Model E

Over the last couple of years I’ve been buying a few View-Master items as time permits. I have one of the old Bakelite types from the 50’s to 60’s and another of the red, white, and blue from the 60’s. The older model E was somewhat grimy so I finally summoned enough courage to disassemble…

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Mac X High Sierra and exfat

So, Mac OS X has exfat file system support built in. I spent about an hour trying to repair and otherwise fix my nearly full 2TB external drives before I decided to simply wait. Turns out if you have lots of files, it takes Mac OS X a long time to parse through them all….

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Ubuntu and Steam

Steam was giving several errors when attempting to install relating to c++ / gcc. Try this from Steam’s forums… http://steamcommunity.com/app/221410/discussions/0/350542683198244989/

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LinApple and Xubuntu 17.10

bzip2 -d to Working folder, followed by tar xvf switch to Working folder and src folder make should first return sdl error sudo apt-get install libsdl1.2-dev (may also need libsdl2-dev) sudo apt-get install libcurl4-openssl-dev sudo apt-get install libzip-dev Other libraries may be necessary but these seem to fulfill the needs on my system (I allow…

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VLC Audio okay but no Video in Xubuntu 17.10 amd64

(this probably applies to various other distros as well) Reinstalled Xubuntu 17.10 and found that VLC (VideoLAN) playback for at least 1 MKV file was resulting in audio only with no video. One possible resolution: Go to Tools -> Preferences and enable Advanced. In the resulting tree, go to Video -> Output Modules then select…

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CentOS 7 and WebTrees 1.7x

So I finally started getting the new web server up and running with CentOS 7. First step once running was to install a LAMP configuration (php7.1) and to get WebTrees running. Rather than hang WebTrees directly off /var/www/html/webtrees or similar, I chose to place it at /var/www/wt. I basically unzipped it into a working directory…

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Windows 10 and SQL Server 2016 Installation

If SQL Server 2016 is giving errors when attempting to install on Windows 10 (relating to C runtime, etc.), you might find some Google articles that recommend running SFC /scannow, then when that faults out on a message relating to the service not running, you run: net start trustedinstaller or similar, only to find it’s…

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Brother HL-2270DW and NetGear WNDR3400V2

So, moved my printer to a different location in the house and somehow wiped the configuration. Using a MacBook with Sierra, I tried for a couple of hours to get the WPS functionality of the router (which basically sucks as a router) to work with the printer. It was generally an exercise in futility, resulting…

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