SOLVED: Amazfit Band 5 Gold or Garbage? 2 Week Review

We needed by corporate Christmas presents and decided that it was enough of the chocolate and wine baskets.  It is time to encourage some healthly living.  Given the currently work-at-home requirements many of us have, our staff decided that a fitness bands / watches would be the best category.  After a thorough review of all fitness bands under $150, including the Samsung Galaxy Fit, Xiaomi Mi Band5 and various Fitbits and Honor Bands, we settled…

VIDEO: SOLVED: Intel Compute Stick Terryza W5 T5 Pro Unboxing Setup Benchmarking & Review

If you need a small PC to handle small tasks, like digital signage or extreme portability the Intel Compute Stick is something to consider. This tiny USB dongle sized all in one computer has 4GB of RAM, a real 4 Core Intel Atom CPU, 64GB SSD, WiFi, Bluetooth, 2 USB ports and more, but its real surprise is the price. It is just CDN$150 including a fully licensed Windows 10 Pro. Click to Expand The…

SOLVED: Application blocked by Java Security

We recently ran into a simple Java Security error that through off our techs.  The error stated JAVA APPLICATION BLOCKED: APPLICATION BLOCKED BY JAVA SECURITY and our techs thought this had to do with the Java’s browser integration. They spent time working though Chrome, Edge and IE11 security items but in fact the error had a simple fix inside Java itself. The solution is to open the CONFIGURE JAVA applet, click the SECURITY TAB and…

SOLVED: VIDEO: How to Remove the Mount on a Logitech Brio 4K Webcam

The Logitech BRIO 4K webcam is a very nice device but it ships with a mount installed you may need to remove. The procedure to remove the mount is not difficult but it is far from obvious so we show you have to do it. After it is removed you can see the serial number and /or put the camera on a different mount, like a tripod.

SOLVED: phpBB Errors Out With – mysql_connect function does not exist, is mysql extension installed

If you have a phpBB bulletin board and have recently changed host companies, upgraded your hosting package or changed your PHP level, you may see: General Error SQL ERROR [ mysql4 ] mysql_connect function does not exist, is mysql extension installed? [] An sql error occurred while fetching this page. Please contact an administrator if this problem persists. In this case the likely problem is that your phpBB is running a command the no longer…

VIDEO: SOLVED: Free Video Stabilization Software Compared and Demonstrated

In this short video we demonstrate two free stabilization tools to correct your shaking video, Wondershare’s Filmora and NCH’s VideoPad. Because Filmora’s “free” version puts an enormous banner advert across their output we stopped testing it. NCH’s VideoPad on the other hand did a good job with no customizations. We re-ran the video stabilization “de-shaker” on their Ultra High Quality setting and found the it took over an hour to complete on our i7 8…

SOLVED: How To Properly Shut Down a Web Site So You Don’t Loose All Your Visitors

There are several easy steps to properly shut down a WordPress site: 1 – Migrate Your Posts and Pages to a New Site You worked hard on those old posts and it would be a waste to loose them all.  Without loosing your content migrate the posts and pages using the built in WordPress import/export tool: 2 – Set All of The Old Pages To Draft On the old WordPress sit: click POSTS > ALL…

SOLVED: How To Redirect a Web Page After A Time Period

We had a WordPress site we were shutting down (www.ElectricCadi.com) and needed to redirect visitors to the new site (www.PartisanIssues.com).  However, we did not want to just bump people to the new site.  We wanted visitors to the old site to see an alert page telling them what we were doing before we performed the redirection. To make this happen we used the following script: <script> //redirect to www.PartisanIssuses.com new site after 6 second delay…

SOLVED: MySQL Error: Operation failed with exitcode 2

If you are using MySQL Workbench 8.x to export from earlier versions of MySQL databases (like 5.x) it will likely error out with Operation failed with exitcode 2 This is a known problem with older versions of MySQL Workbench and the solution is to upgrade to MySQL Workbench 8.2: Install the prerequisite Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015, 2017 and 2019 direct from Microsoft HERE. Download MySQL Workbench 8.2 (or newer) directly from Oracle…

SOLVED: Okta – Your Passcode Doesn’t Match Our Records OR Failed to Send Push Authentication

If you are using Okta Verify for multifactor authentication you may see either: Your Passcode Doesn’t Match Our Records, when using the ENTER CODE option Failed to Send Push Authentication, when using the SEND PUSH option The problem is most likely the clocks are not synchronized.  There are three clocks to consider: Your cell phone Generally you will want to set your cell phone to sync automatically to your cell service providers clocks which will…

SOVLED: Okta – Unable To Sign In

If you are using Okta Verify for two factor authentication and see the following “Unable To Sign In” message you likely have one of three issues. However, before you get too deep, you should check the error log.  Okta’s log is very easy to understand and read: log into Okta and click the ADMIN button (top right… assuming you are an administrator) click the REPORTS menu item at the top of the screen click SYSTEM…