SOLVED: Bad Handshake – MySQL Workbench Failed To Connect To SQL

If you see FAILED TO CONNECT TO MYSQL – BAD HANDSHAKE in MySQL Workbench, your database is likely unsupported.  MySQL Workbench only supports MySQL databases version 5.1 and newer. Fortunately there is an easy way around this.  Use the old MYSQL ADMINISTRATOR tool as shown below.  In my case I was trying to open a MySQL 5.1 database for a clients WordPress installation with MySQL Workbench 8 and that did not work out :). You…

SOLVED: Backup Database Greyed out in MySQL Administrator

MySQL Administrator has been replaced with MySQL Workbench but many people still the Administrator and if you are one of them and find that the BACKUP or RESTORE options are greyed out, you need to either : Click the NEW PROJECT button at the bottom middle of the Window and then enter a PROJECT NAME, OR Select a project from the bottom left list of existing projects. As you can see in the screenshot below,…

VIDEO: Why You Can’t See 4K, Why 8K Is Nearly Pointless & Why Refresh Rate Is All That Counts

In the world of 2019, 4K screens (which also have HDR and other image enhancing technologies) cost only slightly more than 1080P (aka. 2K) screens so that is what most people should buy but don’t expect too much from it unless you are: sitting a few inches in front of it (like in a boardroom), or, the screen is massive Why You Can’t See 4K Most humans can see only a very minor improvement in…

SOLVED: What is NETWORK SIGN-IN & IVE LOGIN, and How To Remove Them

If you see a NETWORK SIGN-IN option at the bottom right of your Windows 10 login screen, it is giving you the option to sign in to your corporate network by connecting to the VPN first.  If you click NETWORK SIGN-IN you will see a gold lock icon with an IVE LOGIN prompt. The idea here is that you have some VPN software installed on the PC and so you can launch the VPN right…

VIDEO: How To Download Install & Configure MySQL on Windows 10 or Server 2016

If you are new to databases or open source software it is easy to get lost trying to get software running on your systems.  In this short video we explain and demonstrate how to download Install & Configure MySQL 8 on Windows 10 or Server 2016.  We also briefly show how to create a database using the command line and see the databases and tables in MySQL Workspace GUI. This demonstration shows the free version…

How to Choose a WordPress Theme & Should You Pay?

If you have considered writing something online in the last decade, you have likely considered WordPress.  If not, you should skim through our short article: Which Content Management Tools Should I Use, WordPress, Joomla, Drupla, Shopify…? Below is a list of the slightly more obvious things you should consider when selecting a theme: Overall: Does the theme look like what you want?  There is no point in trying a theme that does all the things you…

Which Content Management Tools Should I Use, WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Shopify…?

If you have considered writing on the web in the last decade you will know that good old fashioned .HTML and .ASP editors have died because they only built web pages.  A web site, however, is much more than just pages of content.  There are: menus formatting advertising e-commerce feedback security comments email lists and so much more to look after.  All of these things need to be kept current to keep up with today’s…

Dell Endpoint Security Suite Enterprise ESSE Review

Dell Endpoint Security Suite (ESSE and ESS) looks like a fantastic product I was very excited to play with it.  ESSE should not be confused with your ordinary security tools, or perhaps it should, because it includes most of them. Dell ESSE provides: An awesome encryption suite that includes everything from Full Disk Encryption to Bit Locker management and ‘removable media’ encryption.  As a differentiator, ESS offers Policy Based Encryption so you can apply encryption only…

SOLVED: Simple Explanation of What is ADS.TXT How to Create ADS.TXT and Do You Need ADS.TXT?

WHAT IS ADS.TXT? ADS.TXT is a very simple text file placed at the root of your website that tells advertisers which companies can sell advertising space on your website. ADS is an acronym that stands for Authorized Digital Sellers. It can be used by any advertiser but in practice today it is used by advertising networks like Google Adwords and Taboola to help their customers verify that the ads the are bidding to place on…

VIDEO: Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Shows Off LA Clippers Court Vision Amazing Augmented Reality

Today former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer showed and explained the LA Clippers Court Vision Augmented Reality.  Courtvision allows the viewer to see estimated probabilities, predict player moves, change cameras, add computer generated highlights, overlay play by play audio and explain plays all in real time as the game is being played. If you want more detail on how Second Spectrum applies machine learning to create context (difficulty, probabilities, …) in live sports, watch this 9 minute…

SOLVED: VIDEO: Easy Fix For Dirty Prints on Samsung Printers By Cleaning or Replacing the Transfer Belt

If you have ‘dirty prints’, (i.e extra carbon on the paper), you likely have a dirty Transfer Belt. This video shows how to easily disassemble a Samsung C460 printer and clean the belt. This is the same process for all modern Samsung Printers and LP-360, CLP-365, CLX-3300, CLX-3305, SL-C410W, SL-C430, SL-C460, SL-C480, Xpress C460, Xpress SL-C460 as they use the same transfer belt.

SOLVED: How To Easily Convert Old Video Formats (Like DVD & VOB) To MP4 For Free

If you want to convert old DVD’s (like family movies) or VOB files into modern formats like MP4 this is the place for you.  The video below shows how to source and use a free video conversion tool named Handbrake.  You need virtually no technical skill to run this simple tool which you can download directly from Handbrake.fr HANDBRAKE INPUT FORMATS: FLV, H.265, M2TS, MP4, TS, VOB and any unencrypted DVD (i.e. no Disney movies) HANDBRAKE…