The nightmares of MacBook Air data recovery

This is an on-going story but I’ll update you as I get pieces of the puzzle solved. The beginning… Before 2017’s year end I was given the job of data recovery from a old MacBook Air that stopped charging, and then it couldn’t power back up because obviously the battery was flat. I accepted the…

Unity Game Development: The horrors

Time for a change of pace from my regular blog posts and just to get a few things off my chest regarding Unity. Firstly, don’t get me wrong. I hold Unity in my books as probably the best engine I’ve used so far. Before using Unity, I used Multimedia Fusion 1.5 and 2 to make…

Thoughts: duinotech Yun WiFi Shield for Arduino-based devices

I have a little fleet of IoT things that are well, Internet of Things. Right now the latest addition to my fleet is a $80 koala buck duinotech Yun WiFi Shield, which looks like the one on the right. Basically, this seems to be a rebranded Dragino under Jaycar’s “duinotech” brand, and while the photo…

Adware in Software Installers – Quick Thoughts

Adware. Software designed to try to pop up and mess with your normal computer activity, and/or inject advertisements at random intervals, or when told to do so by a master server. Some applications I use like the cleaning software from Wise¬†and ImgBurn now come with annoying “offers” that the author is trying to make some…

Windows To Go: Actually, it’s not too bad

Just thought I’d throw it out there and comment on my experiences of running Windows 8.1 from a USB Hard Disk. The USB Hard Disk is a WD Elements Basic that supports USB 3.0 (SuperSpeed). Using GImageX, I deployed a vanilla copy of Windows 8.1 Professional – which was actually a hackish way of doing…

Howto: Rescue Windows 10 from a Hibernation Loop in 7 Steps

I had to rescue a Windows 10 laptop that somehow got stuck into a hibernation loop, where it would hibernate and instead of it resuming normally from disk, it would resume and then go back into hibernation mode. Windows 7 or 8.1 doesn’t suffer from this, so it’s a Windows 10 quirk. The Windows 10…