LG G6 – Andriod 7.0 – Battery Draining Quickly

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I’ve recently noticed that my battery has been draining quite significantly over-night on my LG G6.

I typically have the phone connected to 4G and wireless with Bluetooth turned off. I haven’t installed many apps lately, in fact I have un-installed apps that I have not been using. A quick check of my battery usage did not provide any helpful indication as to why the battery would be draining quickly either.

The only solution that I could find that simply did not involve turning other features off (LTE, location, Bluetooth, Wifi, Background sync etc) was as follows:

  • Go to Settings, Storage, and then Internal Storage
  • Wait for everything to populate and then tap Cached data.
  • When prompted to Clear cache for all apps? tap Clear.
  • Power off and restart your phone.

 

This seems to have dome the trick for me so far …

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Windows 10 – Windows Spotlight Not Changing Picture

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Today I tried a handful of workarounds to try and get Windows Spotlight to change the lock screen images on one of our PCs. There are several solutions posted around the internet and this is the one that worked for me.

First open the Settings app, and then go to Personalization and then Lock Screen.

Change the Background from Windows Spotlight to either Picture or Slideshow:

Lock-Screen-Settings

Close the Settings app and open File Explorer. Browse to the following location (where yourusername is the username of the account you are logged in with):

C:\Users\yourusername\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\Settings

You should see the files roaming.lock and settings.dat. Change their file extensions to .bak to change them to backup files.

Reboot your computer.

Open the Settings app again and under Lock Screen change the background option back to Windows Spotlight.

At this point I could see in the preview that the Windows Spotlight picture had changed and I didn’t have to do anything else.

 

 

Installing LibreELEC Kodi in a VMware vSphere Virtual Machine

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I tried a couple of methods of installing LibreELEC in a VMware virtual machine before finding the solution. The first was to simply pass through a Jump drive with a bootable image to the virtual machine. This didn’t work as I discovered that vSphere virtual machines cannot boot from USB.

I also tried converting an image file to an .iso and booting from that – that also didn’t work.

I finally discovered the LibreELEC virtual appliance and simply deployed that to vSphere.

I would typically just post a link, but it appears that the LibreELEC mirrors seem to change so it is best to know how to get a link to the .ova file.

First head to the LibreELEC download page. What we are looking for is a link named info behind which is a mirror list.

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(info) link to LibreELEC mirror list.

On the mirror list page you can see that I have two mirrors available in the US:

 

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LibreELEC mirrors with path to URL highlighted.

Notice that I have the first portion of the path to a LibreELEC image selected. This URL takes me to the full listing of available LibreELEC images on that mirror.

 

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Mirror link to LibreELEC .ova highlighted.

Copy the link to the LibreELEC .ova file and then run the vSphere Client to start deploying the virtual appliance.

Click the File menu and then Deploy OVF Template.

Paste the LibreELEC .ova hyperlink and then click Next to continue through the rest of the deployment wizard.

 

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LibreELEC installed in VMware vSphere 5.5.

 

 

 

 

 

Recursive Find and Replace using Git Bash on Windows 10

In my previous post I setup virtual TV Shows in Kodi for a couple of YouTube channels that I downloaded videos from.

I copy and pasted a template file to create multiple .nfo files,  but I made a mistake – all of the files have 2019 in one of the text fields instead of 2018!

Fortunately I found a nice quick solution that used Git Bash on Windows 10.

I simply mapped my file share as network drive Y, opened Git Bash,  and issued a couple of commands:

$ cd Y:
$ find . -type f -name "*.nfo" -exec sed -i'' -e 's/2019/2018/g' {} +

Done!

A quick run-down of the commands:

  • change directory to Y: (cd Y:)
  • find
  • file (-type f)
  • named *.nfo
  • run sed (-exec sed)
  • edit in-place (-i)
  • add script (-e ‘)
  • substitute 2019 (s/2019)
  • for 2018 globally (2018/g)

Very nice to be able to use bash inside Windows 10!

 

Asus Chromebox – OpenELEC to LibreELEC Kodi Update

A few years ago I wrote a blog post detailing how to install the OpenELEC Kodi media center on an Asus Chromebox.

Recently though The Movie Database plug-in on my OpenELEC installation has become broken and will no longer retrieve movie metadata, posters and fanart.

After troubleshooting the issue a little and waiting to see if it would be fixed I decided to move on and discovered LibreELEC – a fork of OpenELEC.

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While I always liked OpenELEC I have to say that LibreELEC has already impressed me more since installing it. In my opinion the GUI and menus are much improved – everything is visually appealing and better organized.

I have encountered two minor issues though:

  • Close to 200 of the movies that were scraped upon adding their sources have the incorrect year of 1969 as their date. This can be fixed manually by refreshing the meta-data but is still a little annoying.
  • I created a 2nd profile for kids content and could not see the add network location option when selecting a content source. The fix for me was to toggle the unlock sources switch to on under the view settings.

Installing LibreELEC was very straightforward. While I believe that you can update an existing OpenELEC installation to LibreELEC I opted to simply install LibreELEC over it. If you are starting from scratch with a new Chromebox please refer to the first half of my original blog post here. Otherwise I would recommend an Intel NUC over the Chromebox because of the ease of installation. A NUC can much more easily be re-purposed should the need arise.

To install LibreELEC visit the download page and grab the USB-SD Creator for your PC, Mac or Linux box.

LibreELEC USB-SD Creator

For a Chromebox installation:

  • Select Generic AMD/Intel/NVIDIA (x86) from the select version drop down menu.
  • Click the Download button.
  • Select your USB drive from the drop down menu and then click the Write button.

This will erase your USB drive and create a bootable LibreELEC installation.

From here simply put your USB drive in your Chromebox and boot from USB. To do this press the Escape key on your keyboard while your Chromebox boots and then select option 2 to boot from USB.

Follow the prompts and LibreELEC will very soon be up and running!

Remove your USB drive once LibreELEC is installed.

 

 

Outlook.com – Windows 10 Shared Calendar Time Out

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So I have been having a couple of issues with shared calendars on Outlook.com using Windows 10.

The first issue is the regular reminders I get telling me that  I need to ‘fix my account’ settings for my wife’s shared calendar. When I try to fix this, and provide her password and PIN, I am told that the PIN is incorrect – despite resetting her PIN.

The second issue is that (all of a sudden) my wife can no longer see my shared calendar – so time to fix this!

Simply sharing my calendar again did not work – I just got a spinning circle next to the “Adding calendar …” status and nothing happened.

To resolve the issue I had to remove my wife’s PIN from all of her computers. After rebooting them I re-shared my calendar and it worked.

Refer to the steps below to see how to reset your PIN and share your Calendar.

How to reset your PIN

 

To remove your PIN click Start, then type Settings and open the Settings app. Navigate to Accounts, Sign-in options and then under the PIN heading click the Remove button.

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How to Share your Calendar

First access your Calendar here: https://outlook.live.com/owa/

Click Share from the toolbar and then select the calendar you want to share.

Share Calendar

Note: If you are already sharing this calendar with the intended recipient click the trash can icon next to their name to revoke their permissions.

Next, enter the email address of the person you want to share your calendar with then click the Share button and then Done.

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Hope that this helps someone else out there!