I upgraded to a (hand me down) Dell Latitude E6530 not long ago. I loaded it with Windows 8.1 (and Classic Shell, because one must). I kept having wireless trouble – dropping off of networks. It wasn’t isolated to my home. What I believe I’ve determined is that, in a nutshell, Windows handling of N networks kind of sucks. I disabled N and since then have been rock solid.
Navigate to your network adapters, right click on the wireless and choose Properties. Beneath the adapter description choose Configure:
Choose the Advanced tab, then locate 802.11n Mode. Switch the Value to Disabled and OK your way out of all.
The things I’ve held onto over the years. Here’s what I think is the 2nd edition of Gwar’s handmade origin comic. Looks like it’s from 1988. I’m sure I got it from one of their shows at Atlanta’s Metroplex back then. Download it here.
I had installed and configured a trial of a web analytics package for my day job and had the server put through the wringer. Among the issues found was a redirect buried deep in the code to cornify.com, “…the #1 unicorn and rainbow service worldwide, spreading sparkly happiness around the world.” I added it to my list of concerns for the products developers and shipped it to them. They responded that the cornify link was an “Easter Egg” put there by one of the coders and wasn’t a security concern.
My immediate thought was this: What if cornify becomes something else? What if it stops being the #1 unicorn and rainbow service worldwide? What if someone buys the name, or hijacks it, and it instead leads to an unsavory site? How will you explain to your paying customers that you’re rushing out an update to the web app they’ve paid you handsomely for, and that their administrators need to burn their time updating it ASAP, because a redirect you added on a whim now points to something lawsuit inducing? Less dramatically, and more likely, why would you want to deal with that inevitable customer who gave you thousands of dollars for your product and doesn’t have a sense of humor? The one who thinks it’s completely unprofessional and a poor reflection on them that your product did what you think is a lighthearted redirect? Is being clever (and let’s be fair – it’s not all that clever) worth that risk?
And that’s when I realized I’d stopped being the Young IT Guy and I’d become the Old IT Guy.
My host finally set up the ability to upgrade PHP. I’ve been running on 5.2 for roughly forever. I host for clients, and most upgrades went without a hitch. A couple, however, barfed a bit thanks to undeclared variables, generated errors the likes of:
Warning: Creating default object from empty value in \wp-content\themes\hybrid\library\functions\core.php on line 27
Thankfully, it’s a pretty easy fix: just declare the variable! for example,
In a stroke of genius the original owner of our home poured a huge cement stoop right up against the house. By right up against I mean right up against. What separates the house siding from the cement stoop? Not a damned thing. That’s right – it’s poured against the hardiplank siding. Brilliant!
Unsurprisingly over the years water from rain and, more likely, snow has sneaked its way between cement and siding, and then between siding and OSB. I tore out the siding and tore out the effected OSB. Thankfully (amazingly?) the rot has not penetrated further than the first layer of OSB. The dream is to either tear the cement stoop out and replace it with a deck or deck right over the stoop (and in the process redirect moisture correctly). There’s no money in the budget for this sort of fancifulness right now, so a repair job was in order.
Cleaned it all out, cut out all the rotted siding, trim and underlying OSB and replaced with new, and installed flashing in the affected areas down to the slab.
Sided, sealed and caulked. Ready for paint. Those pillars remain on my to-do list.