Thursday, August 10, 2017

Electricity plans are just like Mobile phone plans from the early 2000's when data came along

Here you go, for the next 3 months use as much electricity as you want and then we'll send you the bill (and only give you 2 weeks to pay it). What if I want to see how much electricity I'm consuming per day? You can't do that.

Seems a little unfair to me.

I can look up my mobile data plan at any time and see how much data I have left. Why can't we do the same with our electricity plans?

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How to calculate percent increase

Increase = New Number - Original Number

% Increase = Increase / Original number * 100

For example;

So if your train journey takes 26 minutes and a slower train takes 42 minutes

Increase = 42-26
Increase = 16 / 26*100
Increase = 61%

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Friday, August 04, 2017

How to fix Google Nexus 6P microphone issues

My friends had been complaining that I sounded very distant or muffled when on calls on my  Google Nexus 6P. A quick google search later I found many posts with similar issues and various solutions that didn't work for me. Funny thing was that speaker calls were fine it was only when using the handset against my ear people complained.

On the first visual inspection, I couldn't see anything wrong with the mic. It wasn't until I put the mic under a strong magnifying glass and a bright LED light that found there are 2 very slender slots that were very clogged with gunk.

The 2 slots (each side of the mic bar located 5mm inwards from the right side of the mic area) are roughly 1 -2 mm across and could only be cleaned with a thin sewing needle. Once properly cleaned a few test calls showed that people thought I had bought a new phone.

I'll try to source some high res photos to explain what slots I mean.

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Update: 16/12/2017 I am no longer able to take photos of my Nexus as it was returned for warranty and has since been swapped to a new phone. If someone could take a photo and leave it in the comments that would be great.

I still maintain that the nexus 6P was one of the best android phones I've had so far. only let down by a crap manufacturer warranty.