Reboot Your Chromecast to Reset It

ChromecastIf you are having problems streaming to your Chromecast, here’s the fix.

Google Home and Chromecast outage ends: how to get the fix now

SlashGear – By: Brittany A. Roston – “As we reported earlier today, many Google Home and Chromecast users experienced an outage today that left them unable to use their devices. Google Home smart speakers warned impacted users that ‘there was a glitch,’ advising them to try again. When the user tried again, though, the same issue surfaced. Chromecast devices, meanwhile, failed to stream content to displays.

In the grand scheme of things, a smart speaker outage isn’t the end of the world. That said, many device owners were frustrated this morning to discover their routines disrupted and their connected items useless…without manual interaction, at least.

Users were quick to complain to Google, which had advised users to reboot their devices. That didn’t work, though.

Perhaps more frustrating was the Chromecast outage, which resulted in these streaming devices failing to stream content to displays. That was a problem for businesses and schools that utilize the devices for presentations. Fortunately, Google hasn’t left users hanging; an update is rolling out now.

Google announced the fix on its Made by Google Twitter account this afternoon, where it said that the fix is automatically deploying to devices ‘within the next six hours.’ That was at about 3PM ET, for reference, meaning everyone should have it within the near future. However, Google says owners can get an ‘immediate fix’ by rebooting their devices.

To reboot, device owners should open the Google Home app and head into the ‘Devices’ menu. From there, select your Google Home or Chromecast device, then tap the triple-dot menu button in the upper right-hand corner and choose ‘Settings.’ Once within settings, tap ‘More,’ then ‘Reboot.’ The device will reboot itself without having to be unplugged and should function properly afterward.”

Geek Software of the Week: Uniform Server!

Uniform ServerUniform Server Web Site

It is not often that I want to write a Geek Software of the Week review right up front, at the beginning of the show. But as I prepared for this week’s show, I discovered that this was the biggest thing that I’ve been looking at all week long!

The Uniform Server is a WAMP server that is very small, and very solid! The key features for Uniform Server are: comprehensive security… all applications are set to the highest security setting, assuming a live production server, it is “mobile”… meaning it can run right off of a USB stick, there’s no installation, or reliance on a Windows registry; updates are rolled out with the latest release of each application and component of Uniform Server. Settings can easily be changed to manage the server and logs are available preset both for access and error logs. And, there’s a great help and support community via a forum on their website.

Previously to this I had been using an Open Source project called WAMPserver, and had found it adequate, however, it was a bit hard to use, and could be a little picky. I also found that as they updated the editions of the software that made up the server, certain incompatibility issues crept in on some of my PHP applications.

I can’t say yet as to whether Uniform Server will solve these issues, as I’ve not yet used it over a long period of time, as I did with WAMPserver. However, I have high expectations based on my use of Uniform Server so far.

I’m really impressed with an application that allows me to run Apache, MySQL and PHP on a Windows platform as easily as this does! I’m looking forward to a long and productive use of Uniform Server in my production environment!

If you have a need to run an application suite like this under Windows, I can highly recommend Uniform Server!

Dr. Bill.TV #438 – Video – “The Fight Da Man Edition!”

Dr. Bill discusses recent issues with VLC, and how it led the GSotW: POT Player! Also VLC is back! Then, is your phone spying? A demo of Popcorn Time, Yahoo! kills its chat app, a box produces water! Microsoft buys GitHub! Adblock Plus blocks tracking.

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TechPodcasts Network

International Association of Internet Broadcasters

Blubrry Network

Dr. Bill Bailey.NET

The POT Player


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Dr. Bill.TV #438 – Audio – “The Fight Da Man Edition!”

Dr. Bill discusses recent issues with VLC, and how it led the GSotW: POT Player! Also VLC is back! Then, is your phone spying? A demo of Popcorn Time, Yahoo! kills its chat app, a box produces water! Microsoft buys GitHub! Adblock Plus blocks tracking.

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TechPodcasts Network

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Adblock Plus Will Now Block Social Media Tracking

Adblock PlusYep, I use Adblock Plus. I like this new announcement!

Adblock Plus now blocks social media tracking for Chrome & Firefox

TheNextWeb – By: Rachel Maser – “Adblock today announced it was joining the fight against social media tracking by allowing users to block what has become so ubiquitous on almost every site out there.

Specifically, the tracking which Adblock Plus now aims to thwart is that which originates from social media buttons. You might recognize them — there are some on this very article. Through these buttons, sites can track and build a so-called ‘shadow profiles’ on you even if you don’t click on them, even if you aren’t logged into any of the sites in question.

This tracking has been a sticking point for sites like Facebook. Among the many other questions posed to CEO Mark Zuckerberg at his Congressional interrogation earlier this year was about these profiles of non-users — the existence of which might violate a 2011 consent decree handed down to the company by the FTC.

To use the feature, Adblock Plus users subscribe to a button blocking list, either in Chrome or Firefox. The company is also considering whitelist options for certain social sites.

A company spokesperson listed Apple as inspiration — or at least an example — for the new security. Specifically, they mention the anti-fingerprinting measures announced at this year’s WWDC. Mac and iPhone users who update to Mojave or iOS 12 will have all social media tracking blocked by default, though they can enable it for certain websites if they choose. Adblock will patch the gap for those who don’t use (or currently have) the requisite Apple software.

The company behind Adblock, Eyeo, won a successful lawsuit in April against German publishers attempting to stop its adblocking services. The judgment handed down by the German Supreme Court deemed it the right of the consumer to block any ads they didn’t wish to see.”

Microsoft is Buying GitHub

GitHubHell continues to freeze over! Not only is Microsoft buying GitHub, the Linux Foundation actually approves of the move! A Slashdot poster says:

“The Linux Foundation has endorsed Microsoft’s acquisition of GitHub. In a blog post, Jim Zemlin, the executive director at the Linux Foundation, said: ‘This is pretty good news for the world of Open Source and we should celebrate Microsoft’s smart move.’

The Verge reports:
10 years ago, Zemlin was calling for Microsoft to stop secretly attacking Linux by selling patents that targeted the operating system, and he also poked fun at Microsoft multiple times over the years. ‘I will own responsibility for some of that as I spent a good part of my career at the Linux Foundation poking fun at Microsoft (which, at times, prior management made way too easy),’ explains Zemlin. ‘But times have changed and it’s time to recognize that we have all grown up — the industry, the open source community, even me.’

Nat Friedman, the future CEO of GitHub (once the deal closes), took to Reddit to answer questions on the company’s plans. ‘We are not buying GitHub to turn it into Microsoft; we are buying GitHub because we believe in the importance of developers, and in GitHub’s unique role in the developer community,’ explains Friedman. ‘Our goal is to help GitHub be better at being GitHub, and if anything, to help Microsoft be a little more like GitHub.'”

Yahoo! Kills its Chat App

Yahoo! announced that as of July 17 of this year, its chat app will be dead! The desktop version was killed off in 2016, so this comes as no big surprise. It was first launched in 1998, so it has had a long run. Back then it was called “Pager” (remember pagers?) No? I thought not.

Yahoo says, “We’re constantly experimenting with new services and apps, one of which is an invite-only group messaging app called Yahoo Squirrel (currently in beta).”

Popcorn Time for Cord Cutters!

Popcorn TimeThis one rocks! Check out Popcorn Time! Imagine tapping into all the best torrents, of all the best content. That is Popcorn Time.

Features:
VPN Built-in!

Great movies
Popcorn Time is constantly searching all over the web for the best torrents from the most important sites.

No restrictions
Watch any movie or TV Show as many times as you want. All you need to get started with Popcorn Time is a proper internet connection.

Awesome catalog
If the movie is out there, Popcorn Time will find the best version possible and start streaming it right away.

The best quality
Watch your movie or TV show instantly on Popcorn Time in HD and with subtitles. And then keep watching.

And, check out all the platforms it runs on! Android, Mac, Windows, iOS, Linux32, and Linux64

And, it has multi-language support!

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