With Chromecast installed on Android and the latest TiVo 20.3.8 update a new option comes up when choosing which device to screen cast to, TiVo. Taking this option for a spin gives mixed results.
Looking into why my phone (HTC One Android 4.4) won’t go into deep sleep because of wlan_rx_wake locks keeping it awake led to many things to try with no good solution. After installing WireShark on my PC I determined that my network connected printer was flooding the network with SSDP UPnP broadcast messages that would cause my phone to come out of sleep, acknowledge and then try to go back to sleep. The problem is that happened every five seconds or so.
Both of my TiVo Premiere units updated to the latest fall update but the one connected via WiFi was having network problems.
It would pass network diagnostics and would connect to the TiVo servers but would not get account information from TiVo or go beyond that point. A reboot of the TiVo, the wireless N adapter and router did nothing to fix it. There were a number of error codes that the TiVo generated but they all seemed dubious. The bar at the top of the TiVo Central menu that normally shows ads and other thing they think you might like was blank or said that TiVo services were unavailable at this time.
The answer was to reset the wireless adapter and reconnect it to the WiFi network. Here is how to do that.
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Lately Twitter has been having some problems with broken avatar and background images in Firefox. I traced it back to a problem with OSCP validation of https://si0.twimg.com and https://pbs.twimg.com. The symptom is that random avatars, images and backgrounds display as broken. It looks like this:
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I picked up a 16GB Eye-Fi card and have really been happy with it. Good performance, reasonable capacity and the fact that it automatically transfers pictures to my computer is great. The only problem is that it really drags the battery down when not in connected to my network. That’s probably due to it constantly searching for the network. The simple trick is to turn off the WiFi connection when you’re going to be out and about and want the get the most out of the battery in the camera.
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The default fan that comes in the TiVo DVR is either noisy from the start or gradually gets louder over time. In an entertainment center in the living room you might not even notice this, but if you have it in a bedroom it becomes very noticeable.
A while ago I was having problems loading images from PhotoBucket. This was annoying since they are everywhere. The problem was reasonably easy to track down, though a bit mysterious. A maximum transmission unit (MTU) setting of anything other than 1500 will cause PhotoBucket images to fail. Strange, but changing the MTU has always been very easy. Well, easy unless you’re running Windows 7. Here’s how to fix it.
Upgrading to the latest NVidia driver has an interesting effect on the default view in Goolge Earth, it turns on stereoscopic 3D whether you want it or not. There is not option to disable this view in Google Earth, but here’s how to do it.
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If your Cisco Linksys router is spinning on “waiting” after you enter your username and password there is a fairly easy fix but it does require a few steps. Reset to factory defaults then setup your router from scratch. This is usually caused by switching to the Cisco Cloud Connect firmware from the original Linksys style firmware. Continue reading “Fix Cisco Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Waiting Hang”
Taqueria Tlaquepaque in San Jose’s Willow Glen neighborhood does not have their menus available online so I took these pictures to try to help. Sorry if they’re a little blurry, I’ll try to update them the next time I’m there.