Basics of VIN Check

For some vehicle owners and prospective owners VIN is much more than a standardized 17-digit code that includes a serial number, but rather a short overview of the full history of a car. If one knows how to use properly, obviously. In this article, we will explore the basics of VIN, its check, and relevance in the nowadays car market realities, as well as benefits of undertaking such.   Main Terms to Understand As one…

VIDEO: Garmin DriveAssist 51 Unboxing, Configuration and Review

Below is our Garmin DriveAssist 51 Unboxing, Configuration and Review: The three important things to do are: Connect the DriveAssist 51 to your WiFi Update the firmware and maps and from then on, they will automatically update when they are on your Wifi… like in your garage Connect to your cell phones Bluetooth To use the Garmin as a speakerphone and have it display inbound text messages SETTINGS > DASHCAM > CAMERA PLACEMENT Core configuration so…

SOLVED: 5 Things To Know When Choosing a Web Hosting Service

Many non-technical people run blogs and don’t know what to look for when deciding on a host.  Many simply choose the first reliable sounding service or choose one based on referrals.  Unfortunately these referrals are nearly always PAID referrals.  Being paid for a referral completely invalidates the purpose of a referral.  We have not received a penny for the content you see below. 5 Thing To Look For When Selecting a Blog / Wed Host…

SOLVED: How To Easily Ad Google AdSense Adverts Into Your phpBB

Now that Google has Auto Ads, you no longer need to struggle to get advertisements onto your phpBB bulletin board. To Add Google Adverts To Your phpBB: Login to your Google AdSense account and expand CONTENT > AUTO ADS > SETUP AUTO ADS (blue text link in top right corner), the copy the code snippet if you don’t have Auto Ads setup, set it up! Using your favorite FTP tool (we like FileZilla) download and…

SOLVED: phpBB Upgrade Errors: No input file specified and Fatal error fix_user_styles.php

I just finished struggling through updating phpBB 3.1 to 3.2 on a GoDaddy hosting plan which required me to get through two seemingly complex errors.  Before you get started there are three things you should confirm: Your PHP level is at or above 5.4 You can do this in the PHP section of your hosts control panel (likely cPanel these days), or you can just phone your hosts support line Inside your phpBB > ADMINISTRATIVE…

SOLVED: VIDEO: How To Easily Move Your WordPress Website To A New Server Host For Free

We recently migrated a dozen WordPress sites from one GoDaddy host to another GoDaddy host and then to a totally different host named InMotion.com.  As a result we had to put a lot of time and effort into learning efficient migration strategies.  We moves sites completely manually and using tools.  Below are the videos explaining what we found and how to use them. It turns out that a manual WordPress migration is quite doable, you simply…

SOLVED: GPO To Set Windows 10 or Windows Server 2016 To Not Update Automatically

If you want to set your modern Windows (Win 10, Server 2016, Server 2019…) to not download and install updates automatically, there is a simple Group Policy Object you can create: GPO To Stop Windows From Automatically Updating: Expand COMPUTER > POLICIES > ADMINISTRATIVE TOOLS > WINDOWS COMPONENTS > WINDOWS UPDATE Set CONFIGURE AUTOMATIC UPDATES to ENABLED and select a CONFIGURE AUTOMATIC UPDATING option from the drop down We like #3 AUTO DOWNLOAD AND NOTIFY FOR…

SOLVED: How To Remove a Server From Dell SAN Headquarters

If you installed the DELL SAN HEADQUARTERS ‘SERVER’ on a new server and are connecting to it from your desktop (or another server), you will likely want to get delete the old server in SAN HQ.  The problem is REMOVE SERVER is not an option.  Fortunately the solution is easy: REMOVE A SERVER FROM DELL SAN HQ Launch Dell SAN HQ Right click on your NEW server (not the old one) Select MAKE THIS DEFAULT…

SOLVED: GPO To Block Store On Windows 10 Pro

As you likely already know, because you have found this page, the GPO to disable the MICROSOFT STORE app was set to be ineffective on Windows 10 Pro after build 1511.  This annoying change meant that you could only block the store using a GPO if you were running Windows 10 ENTERPRISE or EDUCATION and that made admins cranky.  The solution was to block the store app through a SOFTWARE RESTRICTION GPO as we explained…

Dell Latitude 5490 Benchmark Comparison With M.2 PCIe Drives, Spinning Disk & SATA SSD

The video and table below clearly demonstrate that PCIe NVMe connected SSD’s run much faster than do conventional SATA connected SSDs or SATA spinning disks. This benchmarking was completed using a Dell Latitude 5490 laptop with Novabench free benchmarking tool.  For comparison, we also included some benchmarks we completed last year on a nicely configured Dell Optiplex 5050 and a Dell Latitude 5480 (the 5490’s predecessor). We explain that although the 5490 has a 2242…

VIDEO: Dell Latitude 5490 Unboxing, Review & Basic Disassembly

A few weeks ago we posted a video of the Dell Latitude 5490 Unboxing, Review & Basic Disassembly but we have learned a few things since then so we decided to update, enhance and re-record it.  Everything in the original 5490 video is correct, but this one is much more thorough.  It includes things like part numbers for the M.2 2280 SSD clip also provided in the picture gallery below this video which many people will…

SOLVED: Complete Guide To Cell Phone Acronyms

Below is a list of the common cell phone acronyms, their meaning and a brief description in plain english.  Note that each line is hyperlinked to a webpage to provide more detail, if you want it 🙂 CODE MEANING SIMPLE DESCRIPTION 1G First Generation cellular network analog on FM band just for phone calls 2G Second Generation cellular network some digital transmission with basic data using CDMA or GSM 3G Third Generation cellular network data…

SOLVED: What is an IMEI Code & Where Can I Find It?

IMEI is short for “International Mobile Equipment Identity” and is effectively the GLOBAL serial number of the cell phone / tablet / laptop.  We say ‘global’ because a serial number is specific to the manufacturer but the IMEI is a number that is guaranteed to be unique across all manufacturers.  This why your cell phone has both a Serial Number and an IMEI. To be more exact, there is one IMEI for every SIM the cell…

SOLVED: WSUSPool in IIS Stops Repeatedly

If you track the problem down to an IIS issue in which the WSUSPOOL keep stopping, you likely need to expand the memory limitation and the recycle time: Launch IIS Click on APPLICATION POOLS Click on WSUSPOOL Click ADVANCED SETTINGS (action pane on right side) Scroll down and increase the PRIVATE MEMORY LIMIT and decrease the REGULAR TIME INTERVAL. The screen shot below shows the setting we are using at one of our clients:  …