Ethernet Adapter for Chromecast

Google is now selling $15 dollar ethernet adapter specifically for Chromecast. It’s for people who have unreliable WiFi connections, which is big damper if you’re streaming movies. The ethernet adapter comes with a power supply and a USB port where you connect the Chromecast device. In addition, the ethernet adapter will also provide power to Chromecast. At the moment, the ethernet adapter is only available in the USA, and is already sold out. Will you get one when it becomes available?

Online Radio Ads

I don’t have a stereo receiver at home. On occasion, I like to listen to a local radio station online via iTunes. My biggest gripe are the ads. Do radio stations really need to play 15 minutes of ads before I hear the actual show? The only reason I stuck around was to find out how long the ads would run. 15 minutes of ads! You got to be kidding me. No one has that kind of patience just to hear a radio show. So now, I have this policy. If I hear ads, I simply switch stations. I know radio stations have to make money, but 15 minutes. Annoying if you ask me.

Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela

Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela was released June 30, 2015. It comes with Mate 1.10.

Linux Mint 17.2 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

Resetting your keychain in Mac OS X

I had a couple of weird issues on my MacBoook Air for several weeks now. Every time I tried to use iTunes, it keeps spitting out an error saying, “iTunes can’t verify the identity of the server.” In addition to iTunes, I also had an issue with the App Store. I can’t login, and it’s displaying a blank page. I tried going to an Apple Store, but the wait is 7 hours, so I called Apple Support. Since my laptop is 4 years old, Apple wants me to purchase one-time support fee of $29. I said no thanks. After a couple of hours of googling and troubleshooting, I finally found a fix. All I needed to do was reset my keychain. If you have the issue I had with iTunes and the App Store, try resetting your keychain. I’m glad I didn’t cough up $29 for a simple fix.

11 Attacks on Fiber Backbone

The FBI is investigating 11 attacks on Internet Fiber backbone in the San Francisco Bay Area this past year. The cutting of the fiber cables resulted in the disruption of Internet access to local businesses, as well as residential areas. Is this an act of vandalism or something more sinister? The attacks reveals the vulnerability of the Internet infrastructure. How do you exactly protect hundreds of miles of fiber optic cables? You can’t put up thousands of security cameras as a deterrent. That would be impractical. In this particular incident, the attackers were able to get to an underground vault. Why aren’t these vaults secure? Why aren’t there any surveillance cameras?

Windows 7 and Windows 10

When Microsoft decided to make Windows 10 a free upgrade, it pushed many people that were still on Windows XP to purchase Windows 7, since Windows 7 gets them to the promised land, which is Windows 10. It’s a brilliant strategy by Microsoft to get people who were reluctant in purchasing another Windows product, to actually spend for a new OS. It might be a free upgrade, but you need at least Windows 7 to upgrade to the new OS. We just hope Microsoft delivers on Windows 10, because they have had a spotty record with regards to releasing Windows OS.