Fixing ONKYO RC-710m Remote volume issues

January 21st, 2015 - Hardware, How To, Thoughts & Rants, Tinkering

I’ve got an ONKYO 7.1 surround sound home theater system, and in the past 6 months the volume buttons stopped working, well not stopped… they would periodically work if you mashed/held the buttons (up or down) but generally they stopped being responsive. After searching online, I almost bought a new remote on ebay just to […]

Fixing a Nexus7 if it is not Charging and only emits static noise

June 10th, 2014 - Android, Tinkering

If you’ve got a Nexus7 and one day discover that it will not turn on, refuses to charge and also emits a strange static burst of noise. Well you my friend have found what some people discovered is the Nexus7’s battery protection phase. The battery protection phase seems to stop the device from charging to […]

Updating ASUS TF101 from stock to Android KitKat (4.4.2)

February 2nd, 2014 - Android, Hardware, How To, Tinkering

So I’ve had the ASUS EeePad Transformer TF101 for almost 2 years now, and have been pretty happy with it, but it has gotten quite laggy and the input is always delayed. It could be a cause of the number of apps installed over that period of time, or simply that I’m used to using […]

Mounting remote SFTP/SSH shares on Mac OSX 10.9

January 13th, 2014 - Apple, How To, Linux, Tinkering

If you’ve always wanted a way to mount a remote SFTP/SSH accessible folder on your Mac OSX 10.9, well now there is a way to get you there! Basically you will have access to the remote share to access files. It will be SFTP over the SSH protocol and fully encrypted. Getting started Start by […]

Redirect user back after login using CodeIgniter

January 6th, 2014 - How To, PHP, Thoughts & Rants

So you’ve made your CodeIgniter app using PHP, you’ve made is safe, secure and skipped needing to use SQL in favor of Active Records. Well the one thing most people forget to do (or realize later) is a simple UX (user experience) flow of post login routing. Basically, you want users to go back to […]

Codeigniter keeping bots out of your sessions table or how I cleaned up my sessions

January 6th, 2014 - GitHub, How To, PHP

A few people have looked at ways to keep their CodeIgniter mysql sessions table clean on their apps, and the biggest culprit for ballooning session tables is due to the fact that your site gets indexed or scanned by web crawlers and various bots. Typically with CodeIgniter sessions, you would store them in a `ci_session` table […]

Replacing battery on a Syma S107 RC Helicopter

January 3rd, 2014 - Hardware, How To, Tinkering

I got this little Syma S107 RC Heli 2 years ago for Christmas, and a couple months back I picked it up and turned it on to see if it still worked. It turned on, lights flashed, but I noticed there was no lift