Bicycle firmware updates? Shimano Di-2

Does your bike have Shimano Di-2 components? Why not consider updating your firmware the next time you’re charging the battery? Shimano release updates to the full Di-2 component range on a regular basis. The updates deliver improvements in connectivity (SM-EW001 wireless transmitter module), deliver new capability (synchro shift anyone?), allow for new component inter-operability, and

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rachio smart sprinkler controller connections

Rachio smart sprinkler controller

The Rachio smart sprinkler controller has been on my purchasing radar for some time. It’s always a good sign when fellow IoT enthusiasts bring up the Rachio sprinkler controller in gadget focused conversations. I’ve delayed my own Rachio installation because of the many current and upcoming projects around my home. Irrigation has taken a low

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2 sonos one speakers in a jb-hifi bag

Sonos Playbar – Sonos One surrounds worth it?

Let’s just cut to the chase: The Sonos Playbar is awesome. When the Playbar is installed and accedes audio duties from your standard TV speakers, the jump in audio quality is measurably better. The clarity of high and mid tones rockets through the roof. Although lacking low tones (it’s not a sub-woofer after all) it

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nicehash you have no active workers

Nicehash – You have no active workers. FIXED

I’ve been mining cryptocurrency with NiceHash for 4 months solid – reliably! The process has NEVER gone down*. *However after updating to NiceHash to 2.0.2.2 beta, the mining process began going offline every day. When I logged into nicehash.com, the dashboard told me “you have no active workers”. And when I turned on my mining

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vr virtual reality with the htc vive

Virtual Reality – A revelation in gaming

I had tried a “Virtual Reality” experience before (with my old Google Nexus mobile phone stuffed awkwardly into a Google Cardboard “headset”). The experience was lacklustre. Google Earth looked ok. A Beatles concert demo that allowed me to look around the crowd and stage areas was mildly entertaining. Other than showing the demos to some

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Monero hardfork cryptonightv7 stops legacy miners

XMR-Stak – All pools are dead. Idling. FIXED

Monero has just hard forked to maintain ASIC resistance. I checked on my mining progress dashboard (supportxmr.com) and sure enough, my hash rate was 0 H/s. XMR-Stak on my mining rig was showing the following error messages: All pools are dead. Idling . . . SOCKET ERROR – PARSE ERROR: Unexpected call response This error

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samsung smartthings hub is now offline

SmartThings hub keeps going offline – fixed

I’ve had my Samsung SmartThings hub, 2 SmartThings motion sensors and 2 SmartThings arrival sensors for about 6 months now. Using routines created within the SmartThings app (and also IFTTT & Stringify) I’ve managed to achieve some very useful automation around the house: Motion sensors: Turn on the lights in the “Entry” and “Study”. Turn

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