Category Archives: tech tips

ZyXEL 35 default username and password

The ZyXEL 35’s default LAN IP address for accessing the web based ZyWALL interface is: 192.168.1.1 and the default password is: 1234 (no username is necessary) Make sure you access it from the LAN side and not the WAN side Ethernet port 🙂 NOTE: to reset these values to default, power on the XyXEL 35 and press and hold the physical RESET button for 30 seconds. At that time you will see all four LAN ports flash ORANGE and you

Exede Evolution

Intro and Thoughts: Exede has added a new offering in their satellite internet stable: Exede Evolution. This is the first satellite internet plan that I am aware of which offers high speeds and NO DATA CAP on PHOTOS and TEXT (web pages). That means you can view as many web pages and photos as you want. Downloads of programs or videos still count against the 5GB monthly cap, which can result in slowed speeds for non-text non-photos, but even if

Nexus 7 HDMI output adapter

If you want to connect your new Nexus 7 to a bigscreen LCD TV or monitor, the approriate adapters are now in stock and confirmed to work! Specifically, here is the Amazon product page for the TGOM SlimPort -> HDMI adapter that is confirmed to work with the Nexus 7 FHD 2013 model: TGOM SlimPort to HDMI for ASUS Google Nexus 7http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AT0WFEA?ie=UTF8&tag=pixensity-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00AT0WFEATechnical Details Connect ( SlimPort® or MyDP-enabled )mobile devices and tablets to any big screen. High Speed micro USB (male)

Determine if TRIM is supported and enabled on an SSD!

Today I was installing a Samsung 840 Pro 512GB SSD in a new server. Everything went smoothly, but I wanted to make sure that TRIM was actually working. This turned out to be slightly trickier than one might imagine! 😉 First Samsung’s SSD Magician Tool was of no use. CrystalDiskInfo reported that my SSD supported TRIM (which I already knew) but really gave no indication that Windows 7 and the SSD were working in concert to accomplish TRIMming. Nothing really

Bluetooth Keyboard Reviews: Logitech, Amazon, Anker (for iPad and Android)

I am in the middle of evaluating three new bluetooth keyboards: Logitech Tablet Keyboard for iPad, AmazonBasics Bluetooth Keyboard, and the Anker Ultra Slim Mini Bluetooth 3.0 Wireless Keyboard. The initial review will focus on using the keyboards with an iPad. A followup review will focus on Android. Conclusions to follow shortly, but here are photos to get things started 🙂 Initial packaging: Side views: Side-by-side Compared to an oldschool keyboard Amazon.com purchase links with free shipping Logitech Tablet Keyboard for iPad, iPad

Olympus FL-600R not working with XZ-1 [SOLVED]

Recently I tried using a nice Olympus FL600R flash on the hotshoe of my wife’s trusty XZ-1. Things were initially a no go, the camera would not fire the flash nor were any other commands/communication registered by the flash 🙁 Thankfully I got my FL600R to work with by downloading the latest XZ-1 firmware version: (link to OLYMPUS Digital Camera Updater) Screenshots of the firmware update process NOTE: requires the XZ-1’s USB cable to be connected to your computer) 🙂

Mastercard and Visa ban VPN providers

MC and Visa have begun to reject payment processing for VPN services. This is very disheartening news and I do not know what legitimate justification MasterCard and Visa could have for banning payments to VPN providers. Perhaps there is some trust to this analysis: “It means that US companies are forcing non-American companies not to allow people to protest their privacy and be anonymous, and thus the NSA can spy even more. It’s just INSANE,” Sunde says. via TorrentFreak. 🙁

Run a Java .jnlp file without installing JRE

NOTE: these instructions are tailored toward working with an IPMI remote console JNLP application called launch.jnlp, however, the same principles will work for other .jnlp applications as well 🙂 Some of my favorite Supermicro servers use IPMI for remote server management. Using a simple web browser interface the Supermicro servers expose a wide variety of configuration options. However, if you want to view the remote console (and thereby remote control the server), you have to use Java to launch a