Friday, November 24, 2017

Amaysim Energy

I thought this might be a good deal until I saw the price fact sheet.

https://www.amaysim.com.au/energy/energy-price-fact-sheets/ausgrid/solar-2/2

My bills would go up around 30% if I took this offer. What a rip off.  TOU Peak, Shoulder, Off Peak, CL1, supply charges are all higher than what Red energy currently offer (best offer so far for me has been Energy Australia)

This is a great example of you don't do the sums you'll be worse off.


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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Pixel 2 XL - Boot loop issue

My wife's brand new Pixel 2 XL (2 weeks old) decided it would be really fun to get itself stuck in a boot loop. Wife looked down at phone to see it rebooting and thought that was odd. left it alone for an hour while stayed stuck on the 'G' boot screen with a scrolling progress bar.

About an hour later I got to look at it and talk to google support. they just advised to get into the recovery screen and try a 'shutdown'. This didn't fix the issue. Google then offered to replace the device saying there was a hardware issue.

I ended up resolving the issue before having to replace the phone. I had to wipe all the user data and do a factory reset from the recovery bootloader and this allowed the phone to boot correctly.

Total damage:
- Lost some photos and videos from that day
- Had to reload EVERYTHING again.
- Major pain in the ass.
- Confidence has been lost in this google product. Will this issue happen again?

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Thursday, November 02, 2017

SQL Reporting Services (SSRS) prompting for credentials when using a service account

I found what might be a bug in SSRS when using a service account and a custom installation folder. I found that when loading report builder is would prompt for credentials trying to connect to the web service URL. doesn't matter what you put in, it wouldn't let me through.

Looking at the security logs would show that the authentication was successful but then looking at the application logs I could see an issue with  ASP.NET 4.0.30319.0 when trying to read the 'ReportService2010.asmx' file in the SSRS installation folder.

Turns out the service account was missing rights to 'read' files in the SSRS install directory. It couldn't read the folder or the files within the folder. 

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Right to repair: Should we tolerate hard-to-fix devices for better phones? | AndroidAuthority

Right to repair: Should we tolerate hard-to-fix devices for better phones? | AndroidAuthority: "



But what do you do when the manufacturer refuses to acknowledge the issue? 6 of the 7 Nexus 6P's I've come across have failed batteries within a year or two of purchase. yet the manufacturer will continually tell me it's a software issue, not a battery issue.



BTW of the 7 Nexus 6P devices I've seen 4 had a replacement battery fitted that addressed the issue 2 were returned for a refund and 1 is still working (although it had not been used for at least 6 months in between the purchase and recent use)



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Monday, October 16, 2017

Nexus 6P battery issue

I had two active Nexus 6P's that were used daily and then over a course of about two weeks the batteries started dying and the phone would turn off at 70% and then wouldn't turn back on until a charger was plugged in. a quick google search for the issue showed I wasn't the only one.

I returned both phones for service only to be told that the phones are fine and that it's a software issue, not a battery issue. I was told the next update would fix the issue. I hardly see how the next SECURITY update is going to address a physical battery defect.  Especially since this phone was at the end of it's supported update cycle from google.

I ended up using my consumer guarantee to get full refunds because the batteries only lasted a year and bit.

The funny things were this had been the best phone I'd ever used. They were perfect for my use and just worked and worked until the battery issue.

I'd put this down to a case of a great product with crap company service.

Now I'm on to the search for a new android phone

RIP Nexus 6P where you end up. (probably resold after someone manually changes the battery)

This is also a perfect case for why we should have user changeable batteries

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Going back in time in Android

So my Nexus 6P crapped out with the same fault all other nexus 6P's have been having (battery dead). This means I had to borrow a loaner phone from someone to stay connected over the weekend.  I've now switched to a Samsung Note 1

Things I miss or that have improved since the Note 1:
- Fast 4G.
- A notification light
- Camera night photos
- The speed of the phone (it takes 2 minutes to load Google Maps)
- Being able to say OK Google, do my bidding.
- Being able to load several apps at a time without the phone slowing to a crawl.
- Newer OS
- NFC
- USB C
- Fingerprint reader

After 3 days with the Samsung Galaxy Note 1, I am ready to microwave the damn thing.

3G is very slow and the phone was even slower.


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Friday, September 15, 2017

Could we land a Raspberry PI on the moon?

There you go. Don't just launch it into space hit the big cheese the sky. Land a fricken Raspberry PI on the moon.

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