Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Citrix Indirect Display Adapter crashes external monitor

If are like me and finding that your external monitor crashes when browsing some websites, check that you have Citrix workspace installed. If you do, uninstall it and then reinstall it from the command prompt using 

CitrixWorkspaceApp.exe ADDLOCAL=ReceiverInside,ICA_Client,AM,SELFSERVICE,DesktopViewer,Flash,Vd3d,WebHelper,BrowserEngine

YAY no more citrix indirect display adapter






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Monday, September 14, 2020

Pixel 2 XL reboots when plugged into charger (or shortly after being plugged in)

So my trusty Pixel 2 XL started resetting whenever plugged into a charger. It would reset and then show the charging battery logo on the screen along with a small bunch of white lines at the top of the screen. 
It also turns out my phone would reset with any charger I tried, be it the one next to the bed, the one in the car, or the USB C power plug in the kitchen. So with every charger now being an issue, I suspected the phone was at fault. 

As always If you attempt this fix it's at your own risk. If you try this and break your phone further it's not my fault.

Here is what I did to fix this issue on my Pixel 2 XL: 
- Start by turning the phone off. We are going to clean the charging port. 
- Use a pin or a needle to remove the gunk jammed into the charging port. Get out all that lint from putting your phone in your pocket. Be careful not to break anything in the port as you'll then have other issues to deal with.
- Next, grab an alcohol wipe and gently use the needle and the wipe to clean the internal contacts inside the charging port. I had to use the needle very gently to push a small part of the wipe into the charging port and then used the needle to push the wipe around and clean the contacts. A surprising amount of black gunk was wiped off the contacts. 
- Allow your phone charging port to dry out before turning your phone back on. 
- When ready turn your phone back on and use it until the battery runs completely flat (0%) 
- Now put it on charge and leave it to charge for a full cycle (from 0% to 100%).  Turn your phone on and see how you go


two-week update, after two weeks the issue came back on a wet camping weekend. So I took the drastic step of backup and factory reset. This has seemed to work but I will monitor it again for the next few weeks. 


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Friday, January 31, 2020

How to move/switch XBOX's in the Google assistant

So you replaced an Xbox with a new one and now you can't get the google assistant to work?

1. Logon to your New Xbox and then go to settings > Devices & Streaming > Digital assistants  > Enable Digital assistants.
2. Now, set up a new device in Google home on your phone (link your Xbox service)
3. Profit.

How to remove the old device?
Turn your old Xbox back on, disable the digital assistant instead of enabling it.

What do I do if I don't have my old Xbox?
NFI? Pray to Microsoft? Call for support?


Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Possible scam - Consumer Projects Group Australia

Today received a call asking if I would like to be paid money for doing surveys from a Consumer Projects Group Australia. They wanted to send someone to my house to interview me and show me a matrix and ask for feedback on this matrix. they promised for 20 minutes of my time I would get $35.  They then asked If I was free to have someone come around within the next few days.

I agreed to today or tomorrow as a test and they asked for an address straight away. I then changed my mind and said I was busy on those days. The lady on the phone then said "in that case, I will call you back" then promptly hung up on me without a goodbye.

The number the call came from was
 02 7713 3179

If you call that number it appears as disconnected Optus mobile number. and there isn't a clear domain or business called 'Consumer Projects Group Australia'

as of now, I wouldn't trust this caller. it just didn't sound right.


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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Why is Powershell blocking scripts from UNC paths?

If you are seeing errors and warnings trying to execute Powershell scripts from UNC paths on Windows 2012 and you have the IE enhanced security turned on  Powershell won't' automatically execute your scripts.

You will get a prompt like so; 'Run only scripts that you trust'.


The reason for this is that Windows treats the UNC paths as being from the internet and therefore doesn't trust anything on the UNC path

There are two solutions to this issue.

1. Add the UNC paths to the trusted sites list (either Via Regedit or GUI)
or
2. Turn off the Enhanced security
As a side note; some sites recommend using the unblock-file cmdlet but I've found that it doesn't address the issue of trusting the UNC paths.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Why haven't we automated trains yet?

It seems it would be easier to automate trains before we automate cars. what's the holdup Sydney?

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