Opting out of Google Cars drive-by wifi snatch AND Microsoft’s Windows 10 Wifi Sense at the same time

September 10, 2016

To opt out of Google worldwide wifi collection you must add _nomap at the end of your wifi SSID

To do the same for Microsoft Wifi sense your wifi SSID must contain _optout somewhere.

So if your current wifi SSID is mysuperhomewifi it is highly recommended you change it to mysuperhomewifi_optout_nomap

Now, I hope there won’t be another “friendly” provider that will require its optingout string at the end of the SSID…

More info here :

https://support.google.com/nexus/answer/1725632?hl=en&rd=1

https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-10-about-wifi-sense


Only show unread mail in the primary inbox from Gmail

August 9, 2016

category:primary is:unread

 


Handbrake settings how-to guide

May 5, 2016

Very detailed, clear and concise guide on the various options available in Handbrake when converting a DVD/BlueRay to MKV file :

https://mattgadient.com/2013/06/12/a-best-settings-guide-for-handbrake-0-9-9/

 

My settings :

Video Codec : H.264
Video : CQ (20)
Variable Framerate
Encore options : Tune (Film), Profile (Main), Level (4.0)
Picture settings Filters : Detelecine (Default) / Decomb (Default) / Denoise (Off) / Deblock (Off)
Picture settings Size : Anamorphic (Strict) / Cropping (Automatic)


GodMode in Windows 10

January 17, 2016

In order to access all the settings and configurations in Windows 10 in one place, create a folder and rename it GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Then, simply double-click it and feel like a Windows God


Sonos configuration options

April 13, 2015

I have a couple of Sonos products that I chose to replace my ageing wireless hifi configuration (see Synology DS Audio and JBL Wireless speakers). The primary driver was the Room feature allowing me to link Sonos speakers together and have them play the same music : when I throw a party, it’s great to have a musical continuity everywhere in the house, from the garden to the kitchen.

The engineers at Sonos have done a superb job of making the setup completely flawless and super easy. However as it is often the case what you get in user experience you sacrifice in flexibility (any resemblance to a real company, living or dead, is purely coincidental. I am not talking about Apple😉 ).

So it was a real pleasure to see that they created user-accessible hooks to their hardware so that we can control a lot of the settings by simply issuing HTTP requests to the various devices.

Benoit Steiner wrote 2 great posts listing a lot of the options accessible through the Web APIs.

Both are must read for anyone inclined to (re)gain control of their Sonos components :

http://bsteiner.info/articles/hidden-sonos-interface

http://bsteiner.info/articles/disabling-sonos-wifi

 

Have a look at the wealth of info you can obtain here (replace sonos_ip with the IP address of any of your Sonos gear) :

http://<sonos_ip>:1400/support/review

 

I immediately disabled the wifi on those of my speakers that are only connected through wired ethernet : http://<sonos_ip>:1400/wifictrl?wifi=persist-off

Here’s the command to put the wifi back on : http://<sonos_ip>:1400/wifictrl?wifi=on

 

 


Asus RT-AC66U router and Tomato

September 21, 2014

I’ll write a longer post sometime but as a reference I flashed my Asus RT-AC66U router with the Shibby mod of the great Tomato firmware project. This allows me to use lots of very nice features not available from the stock firmware.

I downloaded the firmware from : http://tomato.groov.pl/download/K26RT-AC/

I chose the newest directory (121-en at time of this writing) and in there chose the AIO (All In One) version of the file : tomato-RT-AC66U_RT-AC6x–121-AIO-64K

Update April 2015. I just upgraded to the latest release and it worked like a charm. I simply downloaded the version from the newest directory (128-EN) and chose the upgrade option from the menu : http://router-ip-address/admin-upgrade.asp.

A really well-done implementation !

On top of that Shibby is super reactive on the linksysinfo forum and answers most of the questions users ask : http://www.linksysinfo.org/index.php?threads/tomato-shibbys-releases.33858/

This is such a great example of the superiority of opensource software : we do live in great times, long live the share economy !!

Update September 2016: I once again upgraded following the procedure and it worked great.
This time however I wanted to erase the NVRAM so that I could reclaim some of the memory as only 4% was left available.
I used the following commands to capture the settings I did not want to re-enter by hand (go to Tools / System commands and copy-paste the results in Notepad for example) :

  • QOS Settings : nvram export –set | grep qos
  • Access restrictions : nvram export –set | grep rrule
  • DHCP Rules : nvram export –set | grep dhcpd

Then once the upgrade was finished I restored the settings using the reverse commands :

  • nvram set qos
  • nvram set rrule
  • nvram set dhcpd

I finished with a NVRAM COMMIT

Lots of great info on this on http://www.linksysinfo.org/index.php?threads/using-qos-tutorial-and-discussion.28349/page-3#post-138676
Great, great stuff….


How to avoid stuttering when listening to online radio thru Synology and USB speaker

February 2, 2014

I use a Synology DS213 server as my main multimedia box. It holds all of my music, videos and naturally I use it also to stream online radios. I have a USB Speaker plugged into the NAS and hooked up to my AV receiver.

I decided to subscribe to the excellent TraxxFM feed (http://www.traxx.fm) after having tested their free offer. The subscription brings 20+ channels of excellent curated music. They have everything from Classic to Rap, Deep, Classic Hits, Trance etc. Enough to satisfy the various moods I may be in during the course of a day. Anyway, something interested happened when I switched from free to paid radio : the streams were all in better quality and with no ad but after 20 mns or so of streaming, the sound would start to stutter, stopping for a few milliseconds and restart again. It quickly became super annoying and nearly made me regret the free offer which didn’t suffer from this.

First I thought it had to do with my Internet bandwidth being shared by a download or someone watching YouTube or a general network issue. So I made sure my QoS settings were correct and that the online traffic for the radio was correctly prioritised : it was. The strange thing was that the stuttering occured after 20 mns or so of streaming, sometimes more but never less than 20 mns. It seemed like the Synology couldn’t keep track of the amount of network traffic that Traxx was sending, but I looked at the various stats in the control panel everything was normal (DSM up-to-date, no overheating, LAN ok,…).

I Googled far and wide but nothing… nobody reported anything similar. I nearly gave up and even thought of dedicating an old Android phone to Traxx streaming until I decided to check every single setting available in the Synology control panel and stumbled upon the Hardware option. In there there’s and HDD Hibernation setting that was set to… 20 mns ! Hmmm…. interesting. There’s another option underneath : “enable advanced HDD hibernation to minimize power consumption” which was checked. I changed it the Hibernation time to 5 hours and unchecked “Enable Advanced HDD….”. I launched Traxx FM and this did it ! No more stuttering and lag !

I confirmed this by reenabling both settings and setting the Hibernation to 10 mns and… the stuttering reappeared.