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How to change the control of a Somfy RTS roller blind from 2 to 1 remote – Projectionscreen.net

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/01/20

This procedure works for Somfy RTS motors to:

  • removing an additional channel
  • removing an additional remote

The trick is to have one remote/channel that you want to keep working as you need that one to initiate the deletion process:

  1. On the channel/remote you want to delete
    • Test with the up/down button that it is indeed the one you want to delete
  2. On the channel/remote you want to keep
    1. Test with up/down button
      • The Somfy RTS motor show now work
    2. Press the  small button with a pen
      • The Somfy RTS motor now should “wiggle”
  3. On the channel/remote you want to delete
    1. Press the  small button with a pen
      • The Somfy RTS motor now should “wiggle” again
    2. Test with up/down button
      • The somfy RTS motor should now do nothing
  4. On the channel/remote you want to keep
    1. Test with up/down button
      • The Somfy RTS motor show still work

Via: [WayBack] How to change the control of a Somfy RTS roller blind from 2 to 1 remote – Projectionscreen.net

Videos below the fold:

–jeroen

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XW6600 WOL – stopped working on Windows 10 – my trusty APC PDU to the rescue

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/01/17

A long time ago I wrote in Mac/PC: sending Wake-on-LAN (WOL) packets « The Wiert Corner – irregular stream of stuff “I’ve succesfully woken up these machines: HP XW6600 running ESXi 5.1 ThinkPad W701U running Windows 7”.

The XW6600 have now been demoted to Windows 10 machines that I only need every now and then, so most of the time they are shutdown.

However, with the installation of Windows 10 however, they stopped reacting to WOL (Wake on LAN).

Per web-search results, I’ve tried all the permutations of the below settings to no avail.

Luckily, my trusty APC PDU AP7921 (and little sister AP7920) helped out: when setting the “Reboot Duration” to 30 seconds or more (so the power fully drains), it can be rebooted.

Note that since I bought these a long time ago, they have been replaced by these:

Firmwares:

Power usage:

  • an XW66000 with 32 gigabytes of RAM and one hard disk takes between 0.6-1.2 Ampère of current, which at 230 Volt is 140-275 Watt.
  • over one day that is between 3.4 and 6.6 kWh

Settings tried

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Posted in Ethernet, Hardware, HP XW6600, Network-and-equipment, Power User, Wake-on-LAN (WoL), Windows, Windows 10 | Leave a Comment »

How Douglas Engelbart Invented the Future | Innovation | Smithsonian

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/01/15

Two decades before the personal computer, a shy engineer unveiled the tools that would drive the tech revolution

Don’t read this as a historic piece, but as the potential we are still going to experience what was not just sketched by a true visionary in 1968, but also demonstrated back then: [Archive.isHow Douglas Engelbart Invented the Future | Innovation | Smithsonian.

I am including one of the pictures below by Christie Hemm Klok that shows how far Engelbart was ahead of his time: not his initial invention of an input device (the mouse) “chord” kind.

After that, read about his 1968 presentation: The Mother of All Demos – Wikipedia

Finally, watch the video below, well worth watching the more than one and a half hours.

–jeroen

Via:

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Some people still don’t know they should apply the Crucial Firmware Update For Crucial m4 SSD BSOD

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/01/10

Luckily I was watching over the shoulder of a friend when his hung as it was a while ago I had encountered issues like that.

Sometimes the system would get in trouble without warning: the machine would just hang. No Windows Event log or other place where we could trace back the origin.

I suspected failing hardware because it was similar to other machines I had seen: memory, loose connectors or power issues came to mind first.

After about a week of trial and error I decided to check SMART status. HDTune did not warn of anything special. SmartCtl however did:

This drive may hang after 5184 hours of power-on time:
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Crucial-m4-Firmware-BSOD,14544.html
See the following web pages for firmware updates:
http://www.crucial.com/support/firmware.aspx
http://www.micron.com/products/solid-state-storage/client-ssd#software

The relevant links (I prefer the WayBack links as at times the site is very slow) are below.

After upgrading the firmware, the problems were gone.

version compatible products download
070H Crucial m4 2.5-inch (7mm & 9.5mm) SSD Windows® 7 Updater Application

[WayBack] download firmware

[WayBack] instruction guide

Windows® 8 Updater Application

[WayBack] download firmware

[WayBack] instruction guide

Manual Boot File for Windows and Mac®

[WayBack] download firmware

[WayBack] instruction guide

Release Date: 04/02/2013

Firmware 070H is recommended for anyone currently running 040H or previous firmware releases. It includes incremental improvements and refinements over these versions which may improve the overall user experience.

Like recent firmware versions, version 070H has improvements over versions 000F which are specific for Windows 8 and new UltraBook systems, although systems running Windows 7 and other operating systems may also see improvements. Any m4 firmware
version will function normally in Windows 8, even without these performance improvements.

The following is a summary of changes between 040H and 070H, which are independent of operating system:

  • Resolved a power-up timing issue that could result in a drive hang, resulting in an inability to communicate with the host computer. The hang condition would typically occur during power-up or resume from Sleep or Hibernate. Most often, a new
    power cycle will clear the condition and allow normal operations to continue. The failure mode has only been observed in factory test. The failure mode is believed to have been contained to the factory. This fix is being implemented for all new
    builds, for all form factors, as a precautionary measure. The fix may be implemented in the field, as desired, to prevent occurrence of this boot-time failure. To date, no known field returns have been shown to be related to this issue. A failure
    of this type would typically be recoverable by a system reset.

Additional details can be found in the firmware guide

–jeroen

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Brilliant device: iPazzPort Wireless Mini Handheld Keyboard with Touchpad Mouse Combo for Android TV Box and Raspberry Pi 3 and HTPC and XBMC KP-810-19S – Black: Computers & Accessories

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/01/03

Brilliant device: [WayBack] KP-810-19BTT Mini Bluetooth Keyboard with touchpad – Unisen Group iPazzPort

I got it via Amazon USA ([WayBack] iPazzPort Wireless Mini Handheld Keyboard with Touchpad Mouse Combo for Android TV Box and Raspberry Pi 3 and HTPC and XBMC KP-810-19S – Black: Computers & Accessories), but Amazon in Europe has it as well (this is the German link:[Archive.isiPazzPort Mini Wireless Handheld Tastatur mit Touchpad: AmazonSmile: Computer & Zubehör; replace .de with .fr, .co.uk, to find your local link).

There are this one is 2.4 Ghz, includes a USB dongle in the battery compartment and requires 2 AAA batteries.

There are Bluetooth and back-lit versions too which cost slightly more.

Via: [WayBack] Raspberry Pi Cluster – Software Team Lead

–jeroen

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