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Computer Electronics

When I went to College my major was Computer Electronics Engineering. The last year was geared to my TR. This is a project you build that is computer related. My TR (which won the TR of the year) was a remote control device over the phone to control devices. This was 1991. There were no Arduino, Raspberry pi etc. It was created with a limited CPU, RAM, EEprom, analog to digital device, telephone chip that can interpreted. I had at the time a new device that I could record my voice digitally and could just send a command to the device to play the recording depending on the address. I think this part made me win the award. There were other students that were building similar devices but no other had the voice part. The voice part helped the person on the call to control the device to hear “Press 1 to turn on device 1” etc. The others basically had to guess what the state of the device or had a high or low beep to tell the person what the state of the device. The biggest learning part at the time is this is how computers were built at the time. The programming of the device was all assembly. The issue back then was you do the program, send to an eeprom. Put the eeprom in the socket and hope for the best. This was the back bone of how computers were made.

Now you can do this with different hardware and software over the Internet in a very short time. I know because I built an Arduino with a wired shield to connect to the Internet. Connect a light to the Arduino and with a little website I could remote in from anywhere to connect to the Internet and control the Internet. I did not have the voice but did not need this since I had a website that told me the state of the device. It took me maybe 2 hours to create the program and get the website and Arduino going. It took me 4 months to get the TR project going in 1991. This is the differences of how computer tech has gotten better over the years!!

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Change IDE To AHCI Mode For Windows 10

Found this at the following post.

Basically follow these steps:

  1. Right-click the Windows Start Menu. Choose Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. Type this command and press ENTER: bcdedit /set {current} safeboot minimal
  3. Restart the computer and enter BIOS Setup (the key to press varies between systems).
  4. Change the SATA Operation mode to AHCI from either IDE or RAID (again, the language varies).
  5. Save changes and exit Setup and Windows will automatically boot to Safe Mode.
  6. Right-click the Windows Start Menu once more. Choose Command Prompt (Admin).
  7. Type this command and press ENTER: bcdedit /deletevalue {current} safeboot
  8. Reboot once more and Windows will automatically start with AHCI drivers enabled.
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Command To Disable Automatic Repair On Windows 10

Client PC will start the Automatic Repair on boot, fails and then restarts and does it again.

From this link describes how to stop the automatic repair. Basically you need to a elevated command prompt and type the following:

bcdedit /set {default} recoveryenabled No

Reboot and then it might give you a blue screen of death but with info that might narrow it down to what the cause of it is. In my case after running ADWCleaner it started the auto repair. Stopped the auto repair and the screen pointed to a corrupt or missing AVG file.

Found out how to remove it and started up OK.

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Firefox better than Chrome

I have used Firefox since version 1. Was not a big fan of Internet Explorer. When I had major issues of IE in XP and 7 and could not fix but Firefox was fine I really switch. What I really like of Firefox is its customize and its great add-ons. When IE was the dominating browser I still used FF. When Chrome is now the dominating browser I still use FF. I have used IE,FF,Chrome,Edge,Opera and Safari. I have not truly ran each for a long time other than IE and FF BUT what I feel and like and rely on in FF. Chrome may be the dominating browser but there is something with it I don’t like. One of the major issues with Chrome is the memory hog with many tabs. Chrome tries to make it more stable with separate memory tabs but for a PC with limited memory will not work. It may be more reliability with if one page crashes it does not affect the others BUT over the several years of being on the Internet I have rarely had pages crash. Sure in the early years they were more prevalent but lately they are fine. I don’t go to bad sites and I use ESET for my AV and usually blocks bad sites.

There are many sites that debate what is the best browser. Here is one that prefer FF over Chrome from Lifehacker

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Chkdsk Uses All Available Memory

For Windows 7 and 2008R2 (Have not checked on Windows 10). When you run chkdsk /r on a drive it will use all the available memory. Thats fine if you are running Windows 7 and thats the only app you need running but on a Windows 2008R2 server and you need to run a chkdsk while others are accessing the server this can be a pain. I found on the web that if you have 8GB or more memory then running the 32bit version of chkdsk will limit its use to less than 4GB. The 32-Bit version of chkdsk is found in the following location:

C:\Windows\SysWOW64\chkdsk.exe

Run this and it will help the memory hog!

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