VLC on ChromeOS

VLC is considered by many as the swiss army knife of video players is finally coming to ChromeOS users. As you may well know, you can pretty much run VLC on any platform, from the PC, to Mac and Linux and to practically every mobile device. The last frontier was ChromeOS. The VideoLan team just made the popular player available now to ChromeOS users.

Stolen APs

I have two access points stolen from one of my clients, a mid-size hotel somewhere in the Bay Area. Six days later, the thief decides to connect one of the access points to his network. Of course, the access point reconnected to my cloud controller giving me complete access to the stolen unit. Just to mess around with the dumb thief, I decided to change the Wi-Fi password of the access point. I also changed the SSID to “Stolen from xxx hotel.” I’m sure his neighbors are delighted to see such a unique SSID. And one more thing, I turned on the “locate” feature causing the access point to blink every second. I hope the thief sleeps through fine with a blinking blue light at night.

Jetpack Infinite Scroll

Just wondering if you have noticed lately. I have implemented WordPress Jetpack plugin’s Infinite Scroll. So, no more pagination. Just endless scroll down. In fact, you can scroll all 1628 posts if you want. I’ve tried other infinite scroll plugins, but none of them work, but Jetpack worked out of the gate. I did have to make some modifications to the footer section. Due to the nature of infinite scroll, you’ll never get to see your original footer, unless you reached the last post, which could take a while depending on the number of posts you have. Jetpack gives you this generic footer which I ended up editing by adding this code in my functions.php file.

/**
 * Customized Jetpack Infinite Scroll.
 */
add_filter( 'infinite_scroll_credit', 'urr_my_footer_text' );
function urr_my_footer_text() {
	$this_year = date('Y');
	$footer_text = 'Copyright © 2003-'.$this_year.'. All rights reserved';
	return $footer_text;
}

The code above resides in functions.php. It inserts a customized footer containing the copyright notice which spans several years and displays the current year using the PHP date function. In addition, I also had to uncomment the underscore pagination from several templates, namely archive.php and search.php so that the navigation links don’t show up in the middle of your infinite scroll page.

<?php //framework_numeric_posts_nav(); ?>
<?php //framework_paging_nav(); ?>

Arris SB6141

If you’re looking for an alternative to the standard cable modems provided by Comcast, look no further than the Arris SB6141. It’s a Docsis 3.0 cable modem with download speed up to 343 mbps. It supports both IPv4 and IPv6 protocols. It’s perfect complement when viewing HD movies, online gaming, shopping and surfing. In addition, it also has excellent reviews at Amazon.

sb6141

Sabrent USB 3.0 SATA Docking Station

I recently replaced my old Acomdata SATA hard drive enclosure with a new enclosure. The Acomdata is no longer working. I replaced it with the Sabrent USB 3.0 SATA Hard Drive Flat Docking Station. The docking station can accommodate both 2.5 and 3.5 inch drives. It works on both PC and Mac with transfer speeds up to 5Gbps. It support hard drives over 3 TB.

Here’s how the docking station looks like:

sabrent

Auto Playing Videos

I was just browsing CNN and opened up a new article to read. In the background, on another tab, I have a YouTube video playing some jazz music to go along with my morning coffee. Then the unfortunate happened. CNN decides to play a video on the same page while I’m reading. One click and that CNN tab was gone. So, a strict warning to websites. Don’t over interfere with my music. I just want to read your article. That is all and nothing else. Don’t play videos that I didn’t want to watch. At least, mute it unless I hover it. In fact, I do not prefer to have it auto play. So, companies take note. No one likes auto-playing videos.