The problem with Tekpub…

The problem with Tekpub…

I like Rob Conery. But he is the sort of guy who just seems to go out of his way to cause trouble…

A good example is a post I wrote a couple of years ago.

What’s funny is that Rob even commented on the post. But unfortunately he missed the point. Rob is a classic “Ready, Fire, AIM!” type of person.

Case in point, I recently purchased a 12 month Tekpub subscription. (Tekpub is an online technical education resource).

Now a 12 month subscription for a little under $300 is good value. It’s competitors are either Youtube videos or companies like Plural Sight.

Last week, Rob posted this tweet:
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Awesome! So why did I pay full price?

But that’s ok, Rob’s a good bloke! So I pinged him, asked if I could get a 29% extension, sent my Order Number (twice), followed him up…

And then? Well not much!

I don’t know what to make of it. Maybe he has updated my subscription? Maybe he hasn’t. Funny thing is that Tekpub doesn’t show when your subscription ends, just when you signed up.

I’ll keep you posted…

Home Theater PC

Home Theater PC

Recently Jeff Atwood of Coding Horror fame, updated his Home Theater PC. I had been thinking of doing the same, so below is my experience.

CPU Intel Core i3-2100
Motherboard MSi H67MA-E45
Memory Kingston 4GB DDR3

Standard case + power supply. I also added a 2TB hard drive + a Blueray writer.

Total damage: $800

Originally I installed Windows 7 Home Premium but had a few driver problems.

So I started again with Windows 7 Home Premium N and no problems.

How does it rate next to Jeffs’? 4.6 Windows Experience Index
Jeff managed a 5.1 – but I agree, take out the Aero desktop support and you have a 5.8 machine!

Interesting, Jeff got me all inspired when he started to talk about power consumption. He has been writing about this for sometime now. When I tested this machine, it was just under 40 watts.
Media PC Power Consumption
I have no idea how Jeff pulled off 22 watts, but he did say that he recycled old parts from a previous build.

I’m not too worried since a) this machine will be either in stand-by or turned off when not in use and b) a low power consumption device is going to increase the cost significantly.

For well under $AUD1,000 I’m only annoyed I didn’t do this sooner!

When a dirty job is a good job

When a dirty job is a good job

I was doing some research on Simon Sinek. He writes for AskMen.com and I came across their Top 10 TED Talks.

I came across this little gem. It’s a talk by Mike Rowe, from the Dirty Jobs show.

I won’t steal his thunder, just watch:

How great leaders inspire action – by Simon Sinek

How great leaders inspire action – by Simon Sinek

I love this TED talk!

Simon Sinek discusses how great leaders inspire action:

git, Windows 7 & error: error setting certificate verify locations:

git, Windows 7 & error: error setting certificate verify locations:

Very annoying!

I’ve been trying different version control systems for sometime now and I just couldn’t get git on Windows to work.

I was constantly getting:
$ git fetch “https://some.website.com”
error: error setting certificate verify locations:
CAfile: /bin/curl-ca-bundle.crt
CApath: none
while accessing https://some.website.com/info/refs

fatal: HTTP request failed
error: error setting certificate verify locations

I found the solution here.

  1. Open Notepad with Administrator privileges
  2. Open the file gitconfig. For me, this was in the folder:  C:\Program Files (x86)\Git\etc
  3. The line “sslCAinfo = /bin/curl-ca-bundle.crt” is using relative references. ¬†Change this to “sslCAinfo = C:/Program Files (x86)/Git/bin/curl-ca-bundle.crt”

Too easy!

Inside bars & pin bars

Inside bars & pin bars

(Unless you are trading foreign currencies, this post won’t make much sense. You should just skip this and move one…)

In the past few months I’ve been looking at trading foreign currencies. I’ll save some of the details of the mechanics (why, how etc) for another day.

For myself, one of the most successful entry indicators is an Inside Bar + Pin Bar.

I’m using FXDD, which is based on the Meta Trader platform. One of the benefits is that you can create your own indicators.

So, I created an Inside bar & Pin bar. Here’s the steps:

  1. Download the file Inside Bar.txt. You will need to rename it from .txt to .mq4. Save it in experts\indicators folder. If you have installed FXDD in the default location, this will be C:\Program Files\FXDD – MTXtreme 4\experts\indicators
  2. Click on Tools / MetaQuotes Language Editor
  3. On the Navigator window, expand the Indicator folder and double click ‘Inside Bar.mq4′. If you can’t see the Navigator window, from the menu, select View / Navigator
  4. Click Compile. In the results window (down the bottom) you should see 0 errors, 0 warnings. If not, then it is likely something you have changed.
  5. Click Tools / Trading Terminal, to switch back to your chart
  6. Select the chart you want to see the indicator on. Click Insert / Indicators / Custom / Inside Bar
  7. Repeat steps above with PinBar.txt

You can see in the examples above, an inside bar has a tick above the bar and the pin bar is a ^ below.

windows cannot automatically bind the ip protocol to the ip stack

windows cannot automatically bind the ip protocol to the ip stack

Uugh!

I’ve just spent 2 hours tracking this down.

My wife is running Windows 7 Home on a Compaq Presario and her wireless networking stopped.

When I ran the diagnostic, the only meaningful message I could get was:

windows cannot automatically bind the ip protocol to the ip stack

Not very helpful!

Googling provided many similar articles.

This didn’t help, but I did notice that “Kaspersky Anti-Virus” seemed to be the cause.

This was odd (the laptop has AVG). But I did notice something… AVG was constantly giving me a reminder that it had been updated and needed a reboot. After the 3rd reboot, I thought this was it.

So I tried to uninstall AVG, but got the message “AVG Error Code 0xC0070643″.

Some more googling suggested I restart in Safe Mode and manually delete the c:\program files\avg folders.

This seemed a little drastic, but I had nothing else to go by so I deleted the folders.

After a reboot, still no networking!

At this point, I think that AVG is the cause and that during the automatic upgrade, it didn’t uninstall the previous version. Not much help and still no networking. I also must add that the ethernet port didn’t work either.

Again this got me thinking that AVG might have some sort of intercept to networking level? A quick check under Control Panel / Network and Intenet / Network Connections, select the wireless network card, right click on Properties and what did I see?

Ugg! 2nd from the top, AVG network filter driver.

Disabled this and I was good to go!

I downloaded AVG and installed. AVG thought it was already installed, so I selected Repair and good to go.

Again it was odd, but AVG seemed to hang. It has been running for the last 20 minutes “repairing”. The progress bar is changing (so it hasn’t stopped). It just seems to be going very very slowly.

I hope this helps!

Rock on,
Christian