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So I noticed recently when I ran ps -edalf on my mac that there were a ton of processes that look like this:

 

I'm struggling with a peculiar little problem.  My old faithful windows 10 computer will never eject the USB thumb drive.  It doesn't ever show any errors.  Its quite puzzling.  I have several usb devices currently working including a 4TB usb hard drive, usb keyboard and mouse and a Fujitsu USB scanner.  When I plug in the usb thumb drive, Windows makes the familiar boing noise and I can view the contents of the drive, but when I click the bottom right icon to eject, all goes well but explorer still sees the drive.  I can manually remove the thumb drive from the usb port and Windows remains

I recently purchased a cool new 4 TB external WD hard drive for backups.  When I plugged it in and rebooted my computer, I got a black screen and never saw windows boot up. I spent some time looking at various posts but never found anything useful so I thought I'd post my solution here.

Note.  the drive worked fine when I plugged it in.  I only found a problem when I rebooted the computer.  This is a problem as I plan to leave the drive plugged in so my system can make a daily backup each evening to the external drive.

BatLab Digital Art + Technology Forum Presents: Daedelus

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Fri, 02/17/2017 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Very excited to announce the BatLab Maker Space Digital Art + Technology Forum will begin this semester at ACC Highland campus. Our first guest presenter will be Alfred Darlington, also known as the brilliant electronic artist Daedelus. Alfred will be presenting on February 17th from 7-9 pm at the social staircase - Highland campus. Stay tuned for more information and feel free to share this! We hope to see you there!

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I use a device called an OBI100 with google voice to make and receive phone calls when at home.  This allows me to use the same phone number for voice/cell/texts etc. It only cost me about $30 btw. Recently, I hit a snag. 

When I tried to make a phone call, after I dialed the number, a voice reported: "no service error please login to obitalk and configure your device"

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My eight year old recently got his Mbot robot from http://makeblock.cc Unfortunately there are pretty much no docs so this is my first effort to document what I learned.

 

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Recently, one of my clients let their subscription to AVG anti-virus lapse and all 8 computers on their network were complaining about the subscription having expired.  I purchased a new license key and went about putting it into the AVG's that were running. Strangely, the field for the license number was grayed out so I couldn't paste it in. 

If you check Drupal 7 module updates and you get messages indicating no available releases found for modules that you know are legitimate.  It usually looks something like this.  The URL is ../admin/reports/updates  There is a quick fix:

What a great utility Drush is.  If you don't know, it is a command-line utility for use to do all sorts of amazing things to a Drupal system.  You can easily make a quick database backup with the following command:

drush sql-dump >dbdump.sql

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