Check in on your pets with Skype when you’re away

We keep hearing about the many things you can do with an older computer, here is a cool fun project that your pets will love.

Have you ever been away from home and wanted to check in with your pets to see what they were doing or be able to give them some attention without having to come home?
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Google Voice and Pixel2 XL

I’ve been using Google Voice for a while now and recently upgraded to the Pixel2 XL on Verizon … No, I won’t do a coverage as there are many out there that are pretty awesome; I will say tho that the issues people are talking about have not plagued my phone at all.

Back to the post, after the switch from my Note5, my Google Voice stopped working with inbound calls and I could not for the life in me figure this out. I was just about to give up when I came across a solution that was way easier than I expected and thought I’d share it here should someone else need it.

Once I had Google Voice setup and connected to my phone (several times 🙂 ), all I had to do was dial *71[Google Voice number] from my phone. example: *710123456789

Some other things you can do :

  • To Activate Busy Transfer, dial *90[Your Google Voice number]
  • To Activate No Answer Transfer, dial *92[Your Google Voice number]
  • To Deactivate the Call Forwarding, dial *73 [Send]
  • To Deactivate the Busy Transfer, dial *900 [Send]
  • To Deactivate the No Answer Transfer, dial *902 [Send]

Deleting an EFI System Partition on Windows

The EFI system partition (ESP) is a partition on a data storage device (usually a hard disk drive or solid-state drive) that is used by computers adhering to the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI).

An ESP contains the boot loaders or kernel images for all installed operating systems (which are contained in other partitions), device driver files for hardware devices present in a computer and used by the firmware at boot time, system utility programs that are intended to be run before an operating system is booted, and data files such as error logs ref. An EFI system partition is usually protected and locked by the Windows operating systems to prevent and avoid accidental deletion of these partitions. That’s why you can’t delete EFI partition using Disk Management tool.
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I got a new Mac, now what?

So you just got a new Mac computer, what are the first things you should do after unboxing and relishing in that new computer smell? Here are some of the basics you should do before you even connect to your social life …
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AT&T Wants White Box Routers with an Open Operating System

AT&T says it’s not enough to deploy white box hardware and to orchestrate its networks with the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) software. “Each individual machine also needs its own operating system,” writes Chris Rice, senior vice president of AT&T Labs, Domain 2.0 Architecture, in a blog post. To that end, AT&T announced its newest effort — the Open Architecture for a Disaggregated Network Operating System (dNOS).

“If we want to take full advantage of the benefits of white box routers and other hardware, we need an equally open and flexible operating system for those machines,” writes Rice.

DNOS appears to be in the visionary phase. “Our goal is to start an industry discussion on technical feasibility … and determine suitable vehicles (standards bodies, open source efforts, consortia, etc.) for common specification and architectural realization,” according to an AT&T white paper, introducing dNOS.

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Linux Lite on older CPUs with PAE

On machines with older Pentium M ™ and Celeron M ™ processors, there is an extra requirement to get Linux installed, I’ve encountered this mainly with Linux Lite as that is the OS of choice I use for older systems.

Important: This only works if your installation is failing with this error kernel requires features not present on the CPU: PAE

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Net Interface not loaded in Debian

I had to build out a Debian server for a project I was working on at home and my internet went down just as I started the build, deciding not to wait until it came back up; I went ahead with the build and finish the configs, upgrades and whatever else would be needed once the interwebs started working again.

The major issue I had was that networking was not able to be configured due to no connection found, that in turn left my software config to use the install media alone. Continue reading Net Interface not loaded in Debian