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  AIO & Android Auto Uninstall Files
Posted by: MyTechLiving - 07-29-2017, 01:06 AM - Forum: Mazda & Android Auto - No Replies

The following files are provided for the uninstall of Android Auto and various Mazda Tweaks. Use at your own risk.

AIO 2.5
AIO 2.6.6

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Thumbs Up Site Redesign & Becoming an LLC
Posted by: MyTechLiving - 07-20-2017, 01:44 PM - Forum: News & Updates - No Replies

It's now official, MyTechLiving is a Limited Liability Corporation. Because of this I have been reorganizing the business and re-thinking it's purpose. I originally started MyTechLiving for the social media aspect, specifically YouTube, and the website was an add-on. Now it's changed to the opposite as the website is the primary means of business with YouTube being the add-on.
Because of the redirection of MyTechLiving I will outline below the services that will be provided.
The primary service will be WordPress based web design.
The secondary service, which is directly linked to my other company and LLC, A & P Photogrpahy, will be photography and videography services.
The third service will be IT Consultations and Hardware/Software installation and configuration.
The final service will be that of providing information through Youtube, this website and social media in general.

Cliff-notes: Re-evaluating MyTechLiving after becoming an LLC. 
Services to provide, in order from primary to secondary;

  • Web-Design via WordPress
  • Photography & Videography
  • IT Consulting; Hardware & Software installation/configuration
  • Social Media presence

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  Sony NEX-VG10
Posted by: MyTechLiving - 07-11-2017, 06:34 PM - Forum: Cameras - No Replies

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  Sutefoto S40 Stabilizer Unboxing & Review
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  Sony Picture Profiles
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  A6300 Low Light Performance
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  S-Log Explained
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  What is a smart home?
Posted by: MyTechLiving - 07-11-2017, 06:28 PM - Forum: Home Automation - No Replies

In today's day in age of the "internet of things" we are bombarded with ads of a smart home, but what is a true smart home? We now see ads of the smart refrigerator, the smart TV, the smart washer and dryer, the video camera, the thermostat; But do these things really make your home smarter? Sure, each of these devices on their own are smart and have their valid uses, but the issue lies when you look at them as a whole. There is no true communication between each device, rather each one has it's own controller, it's own interface, it's own "Internet". This is where the new concept of the Internet of Things(IoT) comes into play. The end goal of this is to create a standard for all of these devices to speak to each other, but is this a truly plausible outcome? 
Working in the Tech industry, let alone the AV industry, I see things differently than most consumers of this tech. I see the innovations that are being released regularly, but i see many of them fail or fall severely short because the consumers aren't ready, prepared, or just aren't interested in them. This brings me to my next point; can you convince the consumers that what you have to offer is what they need? Much of this tech coming out is expensive. Furthermore, most people just don't need many, if not any of it in their every day lives, especially when it doesn't always make things easier. Sure, If someone wants to control the temperature of their home they can purchase a Nest and be good to go, but then they buy that Newest 4K smart TV with the Nifty smartphone app, and then they buy that Amazon Fire TV, the list goes on and on. The common trend with all of these is they are to be controlled by a remote control, or often times your phone, and lets face it, people want that phone control, or else they wouldn't have gotten these features in the first place. However, how much is to much when you have to open the Sony app to change the channel and then switch to the Nest App to change the temperature, and then change to the Amazon app to change shows on Netflix(or the Netflix App). The moral of this story is a standardization is needed, but is it here yet?
For the average person a true smart home is not within reach. What I mean by a true smart home is a home that can be controlled by any number of devices, but is capable of controlling everything within the home. I work with Crestron and AMX. These two companies are two of the leaders in true automation systems, and when someone says their smart home, I can't help but laugh. To me, when someone says they have a smart home after installing a smart TV, a digital smartphone enabled thermostat, let alone anything else, it's as if they just ate French Fries and say they got their vegetables for the day; Sure, it Kinda makes sense, but in the true meaning, it just doesn't fit the bill.
I said earlier that these true automation systems are out of reach of the general population, and unfortunately, it's true. This isn't so much on the affordability front, although these applications are rather pricey, but rather on the knowledge needed to set the systems up, let alone program them with closed source programming libraries/environments. With that said, you just can't find a system out there utilizing the Internet of Things that can provide lighting/Shade control, TV/Projector control, Lighting control, Full Audio/Theater control, HVAC and any number of RS-232, Network or Relay controlled devices. 
But then again, The general population doesn't care about most of this which brings us here. How much is to much? Would you be willing to spend large sums of money to have a True Smart home/Automation system installed, or would you be willing to settle with just a few devices haphazardly working, albeit not together, to form your perfect smart home?

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  Configuring a Cisco Router (3825)
Posted by: MyTechLiving - 07-11-2017, 06:25 PM - Forum: Networking - No Replies

After about a year of using my server as a PFSense box I have finally purchased a proper router. My server, at any given time, was handling DHCP, DNS, IPS and IDS for my house, along with being a dedicated Firewall. Unfortunately, at it's worst, the CPU usage was at 4%, and the Ram was even worse at a staggering 2%... Needless to say my server was being under utilized and has much more potential. Currently, at work, I am configuring two 1941 routers; This got me thinking about getting my own and setting it up. The search on eBay started and I soon realized how cheep second hand Cisco networking equipment is. Now, don't get me wrong, I have looked in the past, but the prices never seemed this good. I decided on getting a 3825 Router. The price was right being below $50 and the performance is WAY overkill for what I want to use it for. Now we're only left with configuring it. 

The configuration of this is done through the Console/Serial port and some sort of terminal emulator. For my purposes I use Putty; I also use a Serial to USB converter to connect to my computer. I have created a video documenting the entire configuration

A few commands that will come in handy when configuring things through Cisco IOS:

enable which can be shortened to "en" enables the router and logs you into a usable state.

configure Terminal which can be shortened to "config t" logs you into the configuration mode used to make actual changes to the IOS device.

interface, or shortened to "int" followed by the interface name allows you to edit the interfaces properties.

FastEthernet or GigabitEthernet, or shortened to F or G (F0/0 or G0/0 would be refering to FastEthernet0/0 or GigabitEthernet0/0).

show running configuration, or shortened to "sho run" will show the current running configuration.

show version, or shortened to "sho ver" will show the version or ios and the router information that you are running.

write memorywrwrite memcopy running-config startup-configcopy run start - All of these do the same thing and copy the running configuration(the config stored in the ram) into the non volatile memory. If power is lost before running one of these commands, the configuration will be lost and will need to be started over again from scratch.

show interface, or sho int will show the status of the interfaces. Specific interfaces can be specified after this as well. Example: sho int g0/0.

show inventory, or sho inv will show all of the installed Hardware modules and extensions.

I hope I was able to help out at least a little bit.

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  Building your own Minecraft Server
Posted by: MyTechLiving - 05-11-2017, 03:18 PM - Forum: Servers & Enterprise - No Replies

Years ago when I first got into playing Minecraft I had contemplated setting up my own server and letting others play on it. Fast forward a few years and sadly I never got around to doing it due to limited time. After purchasing the mobile and Console version of Minecraft I found myself enjoying playing with others more an more. Now, sure I could have joined into someone elses server, but I just couldn't find any that I really enjoyed. 
And thus, the thought of building and running my own server continued. 

So, With this blog post and the below video I will show you the process of how to go about doing exactly what I have done. The video goes into more detail, but i'll keep the instructions on here nice and short and more of an outline.

1. Download the above file and extract the contents into a folder on your desktop.
2. Copy the contents within the folder to the location where they will stay(I provide a dedicated Partition/Hard drive).
3. Run "JaveVersionCheck.bat". 

  • A Command prompt will pop up. Enter the letter "Y" and press enter.

  • If you are prompted with a message stating Java is not a recognized command, you will need to install Java. The installation file is included. 

  • If you receive a message stating the version of Java Installed, you are safe to move onto step 4.
4. Open the file "eula.txt". On the last line you will need to change "eula=false" to "eula=true". Save and exit.
5. Open the file "server.properties" in a text editor. You can change whatever settings in this file that you would like, otherwise, leave it alone and it will build using the default settings.

6. You can now run "MCServerStart.bat". If you receive any errors, please look below for troubleshooting.
You may need to open and edit MCServerStart.bat and modify the script. Here are a few examples of what you may want to use.
This allows 1GB of ram, but no more to run McServer. This is for either a 32bit or 64 bit OS.
  • java -Xms1G -Xmx1G -jar minecraft_server.1.11.2.jar
This is what is included in the batch file. It allows up to 4GB of ram and is for a 64bit OS. This will not run if you are running a 32bit OS.
  • java -Xms1G -Xmx4G -d64 -jar minecraft_server.1.11.2.jar
Any other questions, Leave a comment here o rsend 

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