microsoft edge hassles and problems

It appears that my microsoft edge was never upgrading since I got my computer. the problem appears to have  been that a zero length file named "temp" (with no security) in the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge was causing the problem. added myself to the security (full control) and deleted it. ran the edge install and BAM I could update it. Edge installers and updaters were to retarded to tell me the exact folder name.

Then microsoft edge decided I needed to see ads and garbage on new tabs. I installed the add on/ extension Custom new Tab which edge immediately disabled. I then enabled it and set it to what I wanted. Then Edge decided that ALL attempts to open internet explorer would be redirected to edge I don't want that. the following fixed that issue.

You can stop Internet Explorer to Edge redirect by disabling the IEToEdge Browser Helper Object (BHO) from the registry editor. Here’s how.

  1. Open the registry editor.
  2. Paste the below path in the address bar and press Enter.
  3. On the right panel, double-click on the “{1FD49718-1D00-4B19-AF5F-070AF6D5D54C}” value.
  4. Change the Value Data from “1” to “0”.
  5. Click on the “Ok” button.
  6. Close the registry editor.

 all this for a browser I won't be using.

error messages I received when trying to update or install:

An error occurred while checking for updates: Check whether you have free disk space and permission to install software. We couldn't create a temporary directory. (error code 7: 0x80040902: 11 -- system level).

Check whether you have free disk space and permission to install software. We couldn't create a temporary directory.


Rsrteng DM-SCD405I5AP-V04-E IP PTZ camera RTSP stream not working with VLC

Rsrteng cameras are rebranded Huisun cameras. do not select english on the website, open in chrome and have it translate. If you select english you get a different website. Either way there are no useful downloads for this camera.
the rtsp stream URL for VLC is:

use your IP in place of the xxx's.

Issues with the cameras:

Will show your password sometimes when logging in from a browser (reboot camera to fix).

Unable to get NFS to work, unknown why no errors generated.

Be very careful handling the unit, very difficult to remove and install screws in cover over SD card. Can easily rotate and possibly mess up gears.

Iif you leave the video open in a tab and then go to another tab the video will stop and you have to click on something else and then back to live. click on sub then click back on live


slow network transfer rates copying or moving small files QNAP Synology

Do you have a QNAP NAS?

can you copy or move very large files with gigabit speeds like around 100+MBps? (megabytes per second).
but when you copy small files the transfer rate drops to 10, 5, 1, or even 0kbps (kilobits per second).
sometimes sitting at zero for minutes?
If you use the app CX file explorer on your phone and the transfer rates are way higher than on your computer them the problem is on the computer.
have forums been telling you that this is normal? WELL IT'S NOT! they just don't know what to tell you.
I'd like to be able to give you an exact reason why this is happening, but it may have multiple causes.

Here's what I suggest:
check all cables and devices support the speed you are trying for.
check your MTU, is it the same on all devices?
drivers, updates, lan card settings, yadda, yadda, yadda!
check SMB versions on all devices.
disable encryption.
disable any compression.
check share permissions.
disable server signing.
if joined to a domain is the device still joined (this was an issue for me).
disable anti-virus scanning the NAS drives by letter and UNC (also an Issue).
If .jpg transfers are slow are thumbs.db accessible and changeable?

I read somewhere that creating a new profile can fix some NAS issues. in my case I logged in to my computer as a user that had never logged in before and mapped a drive. then logged out and back in as me and suddenly the speed issue is gone.

I did all of the above to get my QNAP transfer rates to what they should be.
My synology was having issues but not as bad. disabling virus scanning fixed the issue for it.


Windows 10 Strange problems recently appear caused by microsoft ransomeware protection

 recently I had some strange issues crop up that made no sense, and if they generated errors at all they also did not make sense.

First was this one: https://robert.guildig.org/2023/03/nero-burning-rom-does-not-see-blank-or.html

the next one happened this morning. I was making a backup to blu-ray (which worked fine).
I (being a bit old school) went to a command prompt and attempted to issue this command in a folder the path of which is c:\users\username\documents\backup

command was as such dir /s d: > backup24.txt
simple right?
no! it comes back with file not found (I don't remember the exact wording).
What the heck! file not found?! it should just create the file.
now I think I'm losing my mind because I've been working on computers since dos 2.11 I've done this MILLIONS of times. after confirming I haven't suddenly developed dementia (by googling the command), I try creating the file in the GUI (which works) and run the command again.
the results:
not enough space on the disk
there's 759 gigs free!

Remembering what happened yesterday I go in to ransomware protection and sure enough CMD.EXE is blocked from accessing that folder and a bunch of other folders (most of which I never use).

I unblock it and the command works perfectly.

If the command had come back with "access denied" I would have dealt with it differently, but the unconventional errors that did not match the actions being prevented was not helpful.

I don't know when Ransomware protection was installed. my googlefu says possibly sometime in 2019, but that it was not activated by microsoft until recently (because I didn't activate it or even know about it). All this worked in september 2022.


Nero burning ROM does not see blank or any disks in burner

nero 10
problem started sometime after 9-23-2022 (last time I burned disks).
same Blu-ray/DVD/CD burner.
same media I have always used.
Reads all media just fine.
windows shows disk changes.
windows shows when disks are blank.
connect an external burner and same issue.

nero 10 suddenly stopped seeing the drives at all.
uninstalled nero 10.
purchased and installed latest version of nero 2023
Nero now sees the drives.
place empty disk in drive nero does not see disk, but windows does.
updated firmware on drive. rebooted, nothing changed.
uninstalled drivers for drive, rebooted, nothing changed.

tried burning with windows (never did that before always used nero) takes forever and doesn't complete because it says I need 816 PB and disk is only 4.7GB or 25GB. data is 4.3GB.

contacted Nero and they were no help. found this article but not by searching for the symptoms. 

windows 10 ransomware detection was the problem.
you have to go in and allow blocked nero apps.

there was no warning or popup that a block had happened it just suddenly stopped reading or seeing disks.

very frustrating.


Magix Vegas not responding when splitting or deleting video while it plays

I have vegas 18.0 build 527 every time I split while I am playing a video or hit delete while a video is playing vegas would freeze or be not responding.

what worked for me to make this go away was to go in to Options/preferences/file I/O and put a check mark on Enable Legacy AVC decoding. now I can split while playing or hit del without lock up.


Failure mode of an APC Back-UPS 1500

If you own an APC Back-UPS 1500 UPS possible model number BN1500M2 and have experienced a failure with Error F04 and possibly Error F02 with the sound of arcing coming from the unit the problem may be the transformer. It appears the units are shipped with transformers that have copper coated aluminum wire and the connections have failed or broke free. If you have unit and it is in some critical role you may want to take it out of service.

see this video for details.



Security First 5005 camera wire pinout

Security First (which seems to be no more) 5005 cameras use RJ11 6 pin connectors. Their pinouts are as shown in this diagram.

The wires in the connector and 100 foot cable are Red white black black. pin 5 may be yellow in the 100 foot cable. the colors in the diagram are from the camera.

the wires internally to the camera are Red white black yellow.

Information I can find states the red wire can accept 12-15vdc which means that it probably has a voltage regulator in side and is compensating for the massive voltage drop through 100 feet of very small wire.

I have no other information than what is presented here.


Sainlogic WS0835 weather station manual

Sainlogic WS0835 weather station manual

This is the manual (including calibration) for the above weather station. This version does not have a wifi connection. I do not know if that matters for the calibration.

When it asks you to login or create an account click X in the upper right.
Then Click Download in the upper left corner.


Omeprazole, Prilosec, Losec, and neuropathy

Several years ago I was put on omeprazole for acid reflux at night. The doctor never indicated any concerns for long term use of it, As usual I read the side effect.

After an unknown amount of time I began to develop a feeling in my feet like they were always dry. I didn't pay much attention to it because I could feel heat, cold, and touch just fine.

Eventually I went to the a neurologist after seeing a podiatrist over an unrelated matter.

It seems that I had neuropathy in my feet. How I got it was a mystery. After some testing it was determined that A. it was not genetic, B. it was not diabetes, and C it was a vitamin B12 deficiency.

How did I get a B12 deficiency? I eat foods with lots of B12.

I did some research on it and found that buried deep in the drug manufacturers website was that omeprazole should not be taken for more than 2 months. It did not say why. Well the reason is that omeprazole interferes with the bodies ability to absorb certain vitamins.

I am now on vitamin B6, B12, and folic acid supplements but I could have lost the use of my hands if this had gone too far.

I smell a class action lawsuit.


How to setup POP3 for microsoft 365 at godaddy

how to setup pop3 email hosted by office 365 and godaddy in office 2016 and probably other versions as well. these instructions might work for other providers and are meant for people that do not need precise step by step instructions. I cannot help you with them, and cannot help you with godaddy. click on pictures to make them bigger.

Sign in to https://productivity.godaddy.com/

find the user in question and click on Manage.


 on the next screen scroll down and click on advanced settings.


below that this should appear:





Turn on SMTP Authentication

If you get a spinning circle wait a bit, or reload the page and try again.

Now you may have to wait (how long I have no idea) it seems to take a bit of time to become active.

In outlook add an account put in your email address and select to setup manually. Click connect.

Choose POP from the list.

Your username is your full email address.

Enter your password in the password field.

The POP Server is outlook.office365.com port 995

Check "this server requires an encrypted connection (SSL/TLS)"

Outgoing SMTP server is smtp.office365.com port 587

Encryption method is STARTTLS

Check "my outgoing (SMTP) server requires authentication"

Use same settings as my incoming server

Complete the wizard.

If it fails either you entered something wrong, did not wait long enough after activating SMTP authentication, or something else that I missed or forgot about needs to be changed. Do not contact me I will not be able to help you. You can try calling your provider but godaddy did not know how to set this up and claimed it could not be setup. Yet I did and it does work.


Defrost board repair HK2EA001 or 1173636

Defrost board repair HK2EA001 or 1173636 This defrost board may be used in heat pumps made by these companies: Day & Night, ICP International Comfort Products, Bryant, Keeprite, Payne, and United Technologies. my heat pump model number nxh524gka100



Emerson 635 470501 RCA RP-168 45 record changer

if you have an Emerson 635 radio/record player the record player has part number 470501 this record player is also an RCA RP-168 45 record changer. Here is the service manual PDF for it.


increase font size in outlook 2016

it is not possible to do this in outlook 2016 (in the program itself).

most sites will tell you to do this in display settings and change the display ratio to 125%.

you could do that but it messes up a whole lot of formatting in windows and in other programs.

what works slightly better is to go in to settings - ease of access - make text bigger.

move the slider to the right in small increments until you get the size you like.

this may also mess up some other programs as well.


Longines Symphonette LTV-77 Schematic

 Longines Symphonette LTV-77 portable Black and White TV Schematic 3 versions very large files no compression. AKA Universum FK100R AKA CTV-14

also a link to a PDF of both. When it asks you to login or create an account click X in the upper right.
Then Click Download in the upper left corner.

I have no other info on this TV.


Posada Chimichanga steak and cheese burrito


I don't normally do reviews of food but I felt I had to in this case. this is a prime example of lies when it comes to truth in advertising.

We accidentally bought a bunch of these thinking they were something else. first lets describe a chimichanga. Chimichangas are a deep fried burrito (simple really). these are not deep fried or if they are it was for a millisecond as they sort of have an oily taste to the tortilla. The burritos claim to be 5 oz. I opened one up and all but around 1 once of that is tortilla. They claim to have "steak" in them. they often do have at least one chunk of utility grade "meat" in them, but I doubt it's anything I would call steak. tough and gristly. there is a small squirt of "cheese" and often the skin from a green chili. all in all these are a lie at best and nasty otherwise. they look nothing like the picture above.


T3 Time out no ranging response received Motorola SB6141 surfboard cable modem

 If you have a Motorola SB6141 surfboard cable modem and you are getting T3 Time out no ranging response received error messages a possible cause for this may be bad/swollen capacitors.

I've been having strange issues with my cable for a month now. had the cable company come out twice, the swapped out some splitters the first time, removed an un-needed MOCA filter, tested the lines and replaced one of the cable ends at the pedestal.

The strange part about this is that the problems occurred during the day starting about 7am (give or take 10 minutes) would be the worst till around 11am then be mildly annoying till 3pm where it would get bad again till about 8pm then be totally fine all night long.

I opened my cable modem and found this:

all the caps circled in red were swollen, I replaced them and all the other ones with the brand name of FOAI. so far as of 18 hours later my cable modem has been stable.

Not 100% sure what the cause was and maybe was multiple issues.


Firefox ignores disabled HTTPS only mode on local IP's

you have set firefox to Don’t enable HTTPS-Only Mode. you try to access a local IP and firefox changes it to

Firefox ignores disabled HTTPS only mode on local IP's specifically if the IP address does not respond firefox will change it to

type about:config in the address bar. 

respond that you know what you are doing.

search for 


double click will change it to false.

now firefox will leave the address as you typed it LIKE IT SHOULD HAVE ALWAYS DONE!


Collectible Teddy bears and why they are garbage

If you are reading this you probably were looking to find out how much those teddy bears you inherited from your deceased mother are worth.

They are worth less then she paid for them.

We inherited over 300 Raikes and Steiff teddy bears as well as many hand made one offs from random makers.

The above picture is just a tiny portion of what we inherited. The bears were originally priced at anywhere from $40 to $350 each.

We quickly learned that the market is flooded with them, and that nobody wants them. The people that do want them don't want to pay shipping for them.

we ended up selling some on facebook, giving many away and the rest went to an estate sale.

almost all the bears had warning tags that said they were not toys and not meant for children.

Never buy "collectibles" as an investment. If it says it's "collectible" it's not. Anything is "collectible" even dog shit if you are weird enough.


Sony BDP-S6700 fries HDMI

I have a Sony BDP-S6700 I bought in 2018 when my previous Blu-ray player was not able to play newer discs.

Starting soon after I got it I noticed popping and cracking noises when watching youtube from the youtube app on it. It did not seem to do it with discs, and it did not do it with all videos, so I though it was a quirk of certain videos. In December of 2021 the HDMI ports on my HDTV died. I ordered an HDMI to YPbPr+R/L Audio Converter, which seems to have died also due to the sony blu-ray player.

Unfortunately the circuit boards in the player and the converter are all SMD so not easy to diagnose or repair.

I have ordered a new player and converter.