Category Archives: Technology

Programming, software, hardware, and electronics.

Using PowerShell To Change File’s Created/Modified/Access Timestamps

File timestamps can be modified on Windows using PowerShell. Command Syntax: (Get-Item YourFilePath).CreationTime = “mm/dd/yyyy hh:mm” Time can be specified using a 24-hour clock, or using am/pm. There are three settable timestamps: CreationTime will affect the Created timestamp. LastWriteTime will … Continue reading

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USB Charger/Hub Comparison

GaNFast, which appears to be a site intended to promote Gallium Nitride devices, happens to have one of the best charger + hub product lists out there. It gives power, type and number of prts, and overall size, all in … Continue reading

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Visual Studio Theme Pack Broke My Visual Studio 2022

After installing the Visual Studio Theme Pack from the Visual Studio Marketplace website, my installatio of Visual Studio 2022 was completely broken. The error messages I was getting included: The ‘MEF Service Broker Package’ package did not load correctly. The … Continue reading

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Thinkpad T420 IPS/PLS Screen Upgrade

Tired of the awful OEM screen on your T420? Want FHD (1920×1080) resolution with the full colors and deep blacks of IPS screens? Having a hard time deciding which to order? Then this page might help you. There are several … Continue reading

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Microsoft Symbol Server Configuration for WinDbg

Since I always forget how to configure a symbol cache on a new machine, here’s my configuration. Setting this environmental variable will download symbols from Microsoft’s servers and cache them at E:\symbols: _NT_SYMBOL_PATH=srv*E:\symbols*

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Far Cry 5: Only 32 Hours of Story

I finished Far Cry 5’s main story with only 32 hours of game play. I spent a fair amount of time doing side missions, too. I generally see 50 – 70 hours of game play in AAA titles, so I’d … Continue reading

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It’s 2017 and Windows 10 Notification Sounds Are Still Obnoxiously Loud

Back in August of 2015, I wrote about how System Notifications in Windows 10 were deafening and ignored System Volume settings. It’s 2017, and the problem appears to still be there. In fact, it’s even worse, since Dropbox has to … Continue reading

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Lenovo Thinkpad T420 – Removing Whitelist from BIOS 1.49

I wanted to install an Intel 7260-N WiFi PCIe card into my T420. For this to work, I had to flash a modified BIOS that removes the hardware whitelist. Unfortunately, I had just upgraded to BIOS 1.49, which ostensibly cannot … Continue reading

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PPTP on Lubuntu with PureVPN

I was having problems getting PPTP to work with PureVPN on a Lubuntu VM. I followed PureVPN’s directions, but only one of the four VPNs I created actually worked. The configuration appeared to be identical, based on what the user … Continue reading

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Installing Electron under Ubuntu – “node: not found”

I was trying to install Electron on Ubuntu using this command: npm install electron-prebuilt -g It would run for awhile, then fail with this error: sh: 1: node: not found Several online sources said to install “node-legacy”, but this never … Continue reading

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