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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nicehash vs xmr-stak

nicehash mining profitability comparison

Please take the volatility of the crypto market into account when considering the 180 day mining time-frame of this blog post. Bitcoin reached almost $20k USD in late December 2017, then dipped to a low of $8k USD and is now trading at just over $11k USD. The alt-coin market had a similar bumpy run.

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upn fix powershell script

AADConnect sync – local AD UPN cleanup

Prior to embarking on the synchronisation of any local AD user or group accounts into the office 365 cloud, it is essential to ‘clean up’ the objects. 2 key cleanup items spring to mind: It is best practise to match the user account name to the user e-mail address Run the idFix tool over your

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efergy engage energy monitoring package

efergy engage wireless power monitor

I’ve always wondered how much energy my solar panels are producing at any given time. Occasionally, I’ll look at the tiny LCD read-out on my SMA Sunny Boy SM1700 solar inverter, and wait for the PAC (power actual in watts) and daily outputs to show on the scrolling menu. Same applies to reading my current

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mining crypto in summer

Low Monero hashrate with xmr-stak? Read on

Recently I wrote about miningĀ and compared the hashrate of all my computers/servers at home (CPU and GPUs). My current goal is to mine 1 whole monero coin, and two weeks into the project, I’ve mined 0.134 of a coin. Yesterday I noticed a discrepancy between two very similarly equipped mining computers. One of the hash

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