Getting Flash to run in Chrome

Despite the movement to kill it, Flash is still used by many sites. For me, Flash is particularly problematic when using Chrome. If you are having problems playing video and aren’t sure if Flash is the culprit, check the right side of the address box and look for an icon with a red X. Click it and a pop-up box will appear giving you the option to temporarily Run all plugins this time. Clicking that option should temporarily fix the Flash issue on that page.

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Canon Pixma MG5320 not compatible with Asus RT-AC88U router wifi

I have determined that my Asus RT-AC88U router is just not compatible with my Canon Pixma MG5320 over WiFi. I’ve read and tried several “solutions” I found on the net without any success. Honestly, the connection setup is not very complicated and as simple as connecting your phone to WiFi. Also, the printer works fine, if I connect using a wired USB cable.

From the printer’s side, things looked fine. The connection light was on and it seemed to acquired a legitimate IP address. However, from the router side, you could tell there were problems. The printer would usually not appear in the list of connected devices. After repeatedly powering the printer on and off, I could sometimes get it to appear, but you still couldn’t connect to it over WiFi from a computer.

I also tried setting up a dedicated IP address for the printer instead of using DHCP. Again, on the printer side, it acquired the proper IP address, but on the router side it still only showed up as a connected device intermittently. When it did show as connected, as before, you couldn’t actually connect to it from the computer.

Since it had been working before I got the Asus router, I tried a little experiment. I connected one of my old router’s normal ports–not the WAN port–to the Asus router. This way the old router would act as a switch/AP. Then, I connected to the old router’s WiFi. Voila! The printer appeared instantly as a connected device and I could connect to it from my computer.

I’ve got the latest firmwares installed on both devices. The only conclusion I can come to is that there is an inherent incompatibility between the Asus router and the Canon printer. I suppose that I really shouldn’t be too surprised since the printer is relatively old. Still, it seems kinda odd.

Oh well, the solution isn’t the cleanest and kinda kludgy, but it works.

Wacom Intuos Pro tablet (model PTH660) thoughts

I’ve had the Wacom Intuos Pro medium tablet (model PTH660) for a few months now and thought I’d post just a few thoughts.

First off, if you use Photoshop or Lightroom, the Wacom tablet is a game-changer. After you get used to using the pen, drawing is much more natural than with using a mouse. If you’ve ever tried to draw a circle or draw a selection around a person’s head with a mouse, you’ll appreciate the difference. Read more

Access shared folders on Synology NAS from Windows 10

I just upgraded from a Surface Pro 3 to a Dell XPS 13 laptop, but found that the XPS13 could not access any shared folders on my Synology DS212j NAS even though I had no problems doing the same thing on my Surface Pro 3–both PCs are running the latest version of Windows 10. Based on what I could find, it appears to be a problem with the Linux-based NAS and newer versions of Windows 10. I tried many “solutions” without success, but after a lot of futile effort, an idea popped into my head from decades ago and it actually worked! Read more

ASUS RT-AC88U Router fixes Slingbox connection issues and unexpectedly unlocks Internet speed!

I finally got fed up tolerating my frequent connection issues with my Slingbox M1. (Note this is using a LAN and not even going through the internet.) The most likely suspect was my cheap-ass router, flashed with DD-WRT, so I decided to roll the dice and pony-up for a high-end gaming router. I figured this type of router would do a better job of keeping a steady connection between my Slingbox and PC over WiFi. After a lot of research, I settled on theĀ ASUS RT-AC88U Wireless-AC3100 Dual Band Gigabit Router. Read more

Amiga continues to make subtle showings on Halt and Catch Fire

Back in the day, I was a total Amiga fanboy. The show Halt and Catch Fire–which is a must-watch btw–continues to tip it’s hat to the beloved computer that just never quite fulfilled it’s full potential. Often, the name Amiga is thrown into some off-handed remarks, but in season 3 episode 9, they went a bit further and showed a partial Amiga sign at the 1990 Comdex. There must be an Amiga fanboy on the show’s team somewhere. Thank you!

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Rediscovering the iPad Mini 2, thanks to iOS 10

When the iPad Pro 9.7-inch was released, I jumped all over it and upgraded from my iPad Air. Both the Air and my iPad Mini 2 were getting really sluggish and I figured I needed the faster processor.

Well, a funny thing happened, after ignoring my iPad Mini 2 for the last six months, I started using it again…and liking it! It seems that Apple has done a fine job tweaking the OS for the Mini 2 and iOS 10 made a huge difference. The Mini is no longer a sluggish anxiety-causing POS, but a pleasant joy to use! Wow. iOS 10 has breathed new life into it. Read more