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Monday, October 24, 2016 4:42 PM: EVGA 600W 80 Plus Power Supply Installed into Computer

On October 13, 2016 while I was in the middle of playing EverQuest II my computer all of sudden shutoff and I heard a “fizz-pop” kind of sound. 8-O I about had a heart-attack! It would not turn back on. No fans would spin or POST code beeps generated. I was hoping the only problem was a fried power supply and not anything else.

The power supply that came with the system was HEC-550TEB 550 Watt 80 Plus Bronze model so I went looking for a replacement. In my rush to get a new power supply I first got the Apevia Jupiter ATX-JP600W 80 Plus Bronze power supply from Computer Connections. After I got home, installed it into the computer and reconnected everything. I then looked towards the heavens and hit the power button. WOOHOO!! Everything worked! Thank the Lord. :)

After a few days, however, the power supply was just making more noise than I would have liked. I went looking online and eventually settled on an EVGA 600W 80 Plus power supply from Best Buy that happened to be on sale.


I've been running it a few days now and am satisfied with the noise level and it's performance. :) I will keep the other power supply as a backup.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016 6:55 PM: New Epson XP-520 Printer for Computer

Well, over the past couple weeks, my Epson Workforce 645 printer failed to operate normally after replacing the black ink cartridge. The printer would keep displaying a generic “printer error” and all I could do was turn it off and on to retry which never worked. I had received this error before but this was the first time it never came back alive.¬† I even unplugged it for awhile with no positive results.¬† So, I went to the Epson support site and found the nearest authorized service center at AAMComp Computer Technologies in Oklahoma City. After a few days it was determined to be a bad printhead that would cost $185 to fix as the printer was 4.5 years old and out of warranty. Yeah.. uhm, no.

As it happens, they had an Epson XP-520 Printer that some other customer had given them that was still under the original warranty and in working order.  I decided to buy it for the reduced price of $74 (total). Here's what it looks like:

Epson XP-520 Printer

It seems to work well and the color print-outs actually look a little better than the Workforce printer did in standard/normal mode.  Scanning also works well.  I did lose the fax capability that the Workforce had but I never used it and had actually disabled the Windows services that controlled it a long time ago. Hopefully this one will last awhile.

I have updated my hardware page to reflect the addition. :)

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Friday, September 16, 2016 2:23 AM: How to Force Feedly to See Latest Posts in a Feed

I was trying to add a new YouTube feed into Feedly and noticed that what Feedly was seeing was not matching what my browser saw. In fact, the newest post Feedly displayed was 297 days old. The specific feed in this case was the one for Mike Zeroh's YouTube Channel whose most recent videos have been about Star Wars and theories concerning the latest movies.

In this instance, the feed URL I was using was: https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?channel_id=UCoe5Yk15NUniu1xEJ-ylOvQ which looked like this in Feedly:

Feedly Showing Old Posts in Feed

As you can see, the newest video it sees is from November 2015 even though I could see the most recent ones when previewing the feed in Firefox before adding it to Feedly.

After doing some research, I found someone with the same issue and a workaround: Problem with a Youtube feed not updating. It turns out, you just need to add an extra query parameter to the end of the URL to force Feedly to see the latest posts. So, I modified the URL to: https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?channel_id=UCoe5Yk15NUniu1xEJ-ylOvQ&xray=bob by adding &xray=bob to the end which did the trick! This was just the first thing that came into my head LOL. :)

Subsequently, while writing this post, I also realized that the following feed URL also works for his channel: https://www.youtube.com/feeds/videos.xml?user=drunkchickenTV .

Anyway, hope this helps someone who runs across something similar with Feedly! :)

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016 4:21 PM: Blog Updated to WordPress v4.6.1

A quick note to say I just finished updating my blog to WordPress v4.6.1 which contained a couple security and several bug fixes. As always, I backed up my files and database first. The update seems to have gone smooth and this is a test post to make sure everything else on this side is still working. :)

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Sunday, August 21, 2016 4:24 AM: Galleries Updated to Zenphoto v1.4.13

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Updated both of my galleries (mine, Mysstie’s) to Zenphoto v1.4.13. Followed their upgrade instructions and backed up the themes and zp-core directories as well as the database before copying over the new files.  I then used Windiff and code comparisons in PSPad to integrate any new changes in the default Garland theme into my custom Garland theme. The gallery.php and themeoptions.php files were the only modified files in this version from the previous.  So far everything seems to work great! :)

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