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Archive for August 4th, 2017

Remember when G+ search was useful? It again is.

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/08/04

The big G+ news this week was that they brought back search, years after they made the G+ search useless, so jokes like at [WayBackIkey Doherty – Google+ “Remember when G+ search was useful?” finally can be left behind us.

Now that they finally made it useful again, I’m happy with it.

A few example searches to get the hang of the URL syntax:

News sources:

  • [WayBackKristian Köhntopp – Google+: I would not have thought it possible, but after just several years of user feedback Google actually unfucked the search. It’s almost as awesome as their adblocker – absolutely essential, but too little, too late.
  • [WayBackJaana Nyström – Google+: WOOHOOOOOO! The Classic Google+ style search is back! Now one can again search their own posts, even hashtag search works better. Top post vs. latest function, too. ❤️
  • [WayBackRoderick Gadellaa – Google+: #thatsaplus
  • [WayBack] Anna Kiyantseva – Google+: …we’re rolling out a bevy of improvements to G+ Search — most visibly, you’ll find that typing into the search bar no longer interrupts your search attempts by taking you to Explore. That means that your results get to you that much faster!That’s not all…
    • A new, tabbed interface will make it easier for you to find the exact type of content that you’re looking for.
    • In the posts tab, you can filter based on the post author. Finally, you can look back at your many years of G+ posting without being distracted by everyone else’s Neko Atsume updates!
    • Popular Topics are now displayed in the search bar dropdown.As always, let us know what you think and we hope you enjoy!


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T568A and T568B termination – TIA/EIA-568 – Wikipedia

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/08/04

Note to self: looking at the various patch cables, it looks like most manufacturers prefer T568B over T568A. Not sure why. I adopted T568B to avoid any confusion.

As I always forget the images on FTP/STP/UTP wiring in both connectors and outlets and forget which standard is T568A and T568B: T568A and T568B termination – TIA/EIA-568 – Wikipedia:

Pin T568A Pair T568B Pair 10BASE-T 100BASE-TX 1000BASE-T Signal ID Wire T568A Color T568B Color Pins on plug face (socket is reversed)
1 3 2 TX+ DA+ tip Pair 3 Tip
white/green stripe
Pair 2 Tip
white/orange stripe
2 3 2 TX- DA- ring Pair 3 Ring
green solid
Pair 2 Ring
orange solid
3 2 3 RX+ DB+ tip Pair 2 Tip
white/orange stripe
Pair 3 Tip
white/green stripe
4 1 1 DC+ ring Pair 1 Ring
blue solid
Pair 1 Ring
blue solid
5 1 1 DC- tip Pair 1 Tip
white/blue stripe
Pair 1 Tip
white/blue stripe
6 2 3 RX- DB- ring Pair 2 Ring
orange solid
Pair 3 Ring
green solid
7 4 4 DD+ tip Pair 4 Tip
white/brown stripe
Pair 4 Tip
white/brown stripe
8 4 4 DD- ring Pair 4 Ring
brown solid
Pair 4 Ring
brown solid

Note that the only difference between T568A and T568B is that pairs 2 and 3 (orange and green) are swapped.

For cross-over cables (used less and less because of Auto MDI-X which is standard in 10000BASE-T) this is slightly different Appendix B: Ethernet Crossover Cables – Configuring and Troubleshooting Ethernet 10/100/1000Mb Half/Full Duplex Auto-Negotiation – Cisco [WayBack]:

Four Twisted-Pair Crossover Cable Schematics for 10/100/1000 and 1000BASE-T GBIC Module Ports



There are some nice colour coded wiring diagrams at Tech Stuff – LAN Wiring and Pinouts [WayBack] for both straight wiring [WayBack] and crossed wiring [WayBack]:

All work fine for CAT5, CAT5E and CAT6.


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Fix Apple TV No Sound Issue – AppleTV2

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/08/04

The first method I try for any Apple TV issue is to reset the device (Hold the Play & Menu button simultaneously on the remote for 6 seconds)

Source: [Wayback] Fix Apple TV No Sound Issue – AppleTV2

This usually works for me too and is easier/faster than fiddling with the solutions mentioned at Wayback: Apple TV: HDMI audio stops working – Apple Support (which now has moved to [WaybackGet help with audio, video, or power on Apple TV – Apple Support).

After releasing Play&Menu buttons, wait for the Apple TV to reboot itself and listen if your remote-buttons will give you audio-feedback from the Apple TV. If that works, then audio on multi-media works fine too.

This is way cheaper than putting additional hardware in the HDMI chain as described in [WaybackThe fix for AppleTV HDMI audio and video woes and HDMI problem solving | The Poor Audiophile

In my setup the [WaybackApple TV 3rd generation is hooked up to a [WaybackHarman Kardon BDS 580 receiver/blue-ray-player.


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