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How to Flash Tasmota using Tuya-Convert onto a Arlec Smart Plug PC190HA from Bunnings

Here are my notes from the process of flashing this smart plug using Tuya-Convert – https://github.com/ct-Open-Source/tuya-convert This is the plug: https://www.bunnings.com.au/arlec-smart-plug-in-socket-with-grid-connect_p0135440 These are my notes: Arlec Model: PC190HASmart Plug-in Socket with Grid Connect Running on Ubuntu 20.04 Steps: Clone tuya-convert repo run ./install_prereq.sh edited the config.txt and set: WLAN=wlp3s0 rebooted for a clean environment run […]

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Brent Simmons – inessential – You Choose

Brent Simmons wrote a great post on his blog that I enjoyed reading: https://inessential.com/2019/10/29/you_choose You choose the web you want. But you have to do the work. A lot of people are doing the work. You could keep telling them, discouragingly, that what they’re doing is dead. Or you could join in the fun. Again: […]

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How to Play Age of Empires 3 on Ubuntu Linux using Steam Play – Solving the “Invalid CD Key – Error loading the PID Generator DLL”

This guide is based on one I found here: https://verybadfrags.com/2019/04/14/play-age-of-empires-iii-on-linux/ It was done with the following system: Date: 2019-04-20OS: Ubuntu 19.04Steam Play Version: 4.2-3Graphics: Nvidia GTX 860m with proprietary driver This is to fix the error that you get when trying to run Age of Empires III: “Invalid CD Key! – Error loading the PID […]

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Fix for Windows Server 2016 Stuck at “Downloading 0%” from WSUS server – UpdateServiceUrlAlternate Registry Key

I ran into an issue recently with our Windows Server 2016 servers not installing their updates. Instead, all our 2016 servers would get stuck with the message “Updates are available. Downloading updates 0%” however they would never actually download the updates. These servers were configured to our WSUS server, which was also a Server 2016 […]

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How to Opt-In and Detect to Microsoft Update for other Microsoft products using Powershell

Update 2018-03-25: Updated the script to make it more easily runnable from the command line (thanks Grant for the suggestion). I’ve also made the script available from on my Gitlab repo. To run the script from the command line, download it from the Gitlab repo, and then execute like this: # CMD Prompt powershell.exe -ExecutionPolicy […]