To get thumbnails generated in XBMC / Kodi

Go to Settings -> Video. Change Settings level to “Expert”. Go to Filelists. Enable.

via Settings/Videos – Kodi.

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sp – command line spotify

sp is a command-line client for Spotify’s dbus interface. Play, pause, skip and search tracks from the comfort of your command line.
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How to specify DNS nameserver offered to DHCP clients in OpenWrt

In RC6, the dns servers presented to the dhcp clients can be modified by adding the following line to /etc/dnsmasq.conf

dhcp-option=6,ipaddress1,ipaddress2

where ipaddress1 and ipaddress2 are the ip’s of the dns servers that you want to present to the clients.

These addresses will be presented to the clients even though the resolve.conf file will show different nameservers.

via How to specify DNS nameserver offered to DHCP clients (Page 1) — WhiteRussian — OpenWrt.

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Open Hardware Monitor – Core temp, fan speed and voltages in a free software gadget

The Open Hardware Monitor is a free open source software that monitors temperature sensors, fan speeds, voltages, load and clock speeds of a computer.

via Open Hardware Monitor – Core temp, fan speed and voltages in a free software gadget.

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Baking an AMD Radeon 6970M Graphics Card

My Clevo P170HM laptop recently had a problem, the screen would go black when booting, in either Windows 7 or Linux (Safe Mode was OK). This turned out to be down to the graphics card, an AMD 6970M.

As this card is very difficult to source & as Clevo didn’t properly support this laptop with BIOS upgrades so recent cards cannot be fitted I tried to “bake” it to fix it. The theory is that solder on the card gets “broken”, and putting it in the oven melts and refixes the solder. So here is the recipe:

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Ensure kitchen is well ventilated.
  2. Remove card from laptop. Remove everything from graphics card (fan, heatsink, thermal paste).
  3. Prepare tray with foil lining. Make 4 foil balls to sit card on.
  4. Pop in oven “chips side up” for 5-6 minutes until crispy!
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  6. Refit card (remember to reapply thermal paste, heatsinks etc).

This worked for me and I’m now typing on my revived laptop – for how long it will last I don’t know. This is a last resort – don’t blame me if you melt your card.

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Dell UltraSharp 24 Ultra HD Monitor – UP2414Q

3840 x 2160, 24″ – nice

Dell UltraSharp 24 Ultra HD Monitor - UP2414Q

via Dell UltraSharp 24 Ultra HD Monitor – UP2414Q.

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OpenELEC Mediacenter – OpenELEC 5.0 released

My Raspberry Pi running OpenELEC is fantastic, if a little slow on the menus – very tempted to upgrade to a CuBox

OpenELEC Mediacenter - OpenELEC 5.0 released

OpenELEC Mediacenter – OpenELEC 5.0 released.

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Panasonic KX-PRW120 Premium Digital Telephone and Answering Machine with Smartphone Connect

Looks like a nifty phone, can answer landline calls with your smartphone

via Buy Panasonic KX-PRW120 Premium Digital Telephone and Answering Machine with Smartphone Connect, Single DECT | John Lewis.

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Block keyboard & mouse in Windows – KeyFreeze

KeyFreeze is a FREE Windows application that blocks your keyboard and mouse without “locking” the screen. So your kids can safely watch a cartoon or have a videochat with their grandparents and bang the keyboard all they want.

via Block keyboard & mouse in Windows – KeyFreeze.

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Tomtom live traffic

TomTom have a website where you can check traffic conditions before setting off.

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