Repairing a dead TP-Link TL-PA211 Powerline Ethernet Adapter (Part1)

I’ve been using a pair of TP-Link Powerline TL-PA211 Ethernet Adaptors for about 18 months and they’ve been brilliant; far superior to using a wireless signal to bridge the house sized gap between the ADSL modem and my computers.

TP-Link PA211 Powerline Adaptor

My TP-Link TL-PA211 At Home

Within the space of about 6 weeks the adaptors died in the same way, both suddenly not powering on, showing no signs of activity whatsoever. I bought some new devices and went to throw the TP-Link ones in the recycling but, unable to throw them away without knowing why they had stopped working, I decided to open them up and have a look inside. Continue reading

Sharing your Minecraft data folder on a dual boot system

I finally made the move to Windows 7 recently but have left my old HD connected so I can boot into it my old XP set up. Sometimes I like to play games that don’t work well with Windows 7. I can also get more from my gaming with XP as the OS has a smaller footprint leaving the RAM free for the games.

The problem is that Minecraft expects it’s data to be in your Application Data folder which is specific to your profile. I had Minecraft installed on both systems and therefore had two different data folders. I could just copy over the data folder to the New HD to continue playing n the worlds I had already created but I’d then have to copy it back if I played when playing in XP.

Initially I tried creating a standard shortcut to the minecraft folder on my XP disk but Minecraft didn’t recognise it and created its own. If only I could make a proper symbolic link to the data folder like in Linux….. Wait a minute…. I can! 🙂 Continue reading

Changing the address bar search default in Firefox

I just reinstalled my OS and the first thing I did was install Firefox. After my recent post extolling the virtues of DuckDuckGo (DDG) I wanted the search box in Firefox to use the site. No problem! A quick search on the Firefox Addons site and the DuckDuckGo search plugin was ready to use.

I assumed that using the URL bar to carry out quick searches would also use the same settings as the dedicated search box. Nope! It defaults to Google despite me not having Google set as a default anything.

A quick Google search* and I found out how to change Firefox’s default behaviour. Continue reading

LibreOffice 3.5.2 install error on Windows 7 / Vista

Error 1935: An error occurred during the installation of assembly ‘policy.9.0.Microsoft.VC90.CRT,publicKeyToken=”1fc8b3b9a1e18e3b”,
version=”9.0.30729.6161″,processorArchitecture=”x86″,
type=”win32-policy”. Please ref…

What does it mean? I don’t know but I kept getting it when trying to install the latest LibreOffice on a freshly installed Windows 7 Pro.

Firstly make sure your download is good and hasn’t been corrupted on its journey down the intertubes.

If your download is fine then you’ll need to try this fix. The problem is linked to the Microsoft Visual C++ runtime components. Microsoft have decided not to fix but I did find a work-around: Continue reading

GooGone? DuckDuckGo!

Or “How I’m trying to reduce my exposure to Google”

I’ve decided to reduce the amount of exposure I have to Google. I simply don’t feel comfortable with how much of my life is tracked and analysed.

I already run a few Firefox addons that should cut back the online breadcrumb trail but it’s still not enough. I found some Firefox addons (NoScript, RequestPolicy) were excellent at what they do but broke many websites due to the site’s reliance on third-party scripts. It’s not the addon’s fault but I don’t have the time to tailor different profiles on a per website basis. I now use Ghostery, Adblock and TACO to reduce the ability for ad networks to track me. But it still wasn’t enough. Continue reading