Flickering after ALT-TABing out of game

You’re playing a game fullscreen and ALT-TAB to a web browser to look up something.  Suddenly the screen is a flickering mess.  What’s going on, and how can you stop it from happening? The particular flickering I am talking about is the type that looks like the graphical frames of the game and the graphical […]


AI Renders Artists Obsolete

I generated the following image of an excited kitten on a sleigh using Midjourney using a few descriptive terms and a couple of minutes of time.  It is amazing.  AI has rendered artists obsolete. Unleash the creative spirit within!

Mitre Angles for Gate Braces

A few years ago I posted an article about The Best Way To Brace A Wooden Door Or Gate.  Some folks wanted to know if there was a way to use trigonometry to calculate things like the mitre angle for the brace, so it could be just cut on a mitre saw without a whole […]

Netflix Error

Using Firefox?  Trying to watch Netflix?  Getting error message F7121-1331 for every single video?  You can probably blame Google for that. Pardon the interruptionThis title is not available to watch instantly. Please try another title. ­– 1044Error code F7121-1331 The above error message is what suddenly started appearing for me recently whenever I tried to […]

Repair JBL Creature II Speakers

Do you own a JBL Creature II speaker system?  Have you noticed that the satellite speakers aren’t as loud or balanced as they used to be?  Wondering if it is possible to fix them?  If so, here’s the answer. The JBL Creature II satellite speakers have a paper cone that wears out over time.  Even […]

Disabling Lawn Tractor Safety Switches (Part 2)

In the first part of this series we disabled the seat safety switch.  In this instalment we’ll bypass the safety switch that prevents you from starting the engine unless the brake pedal is depressed. The Brake Safety Switch is located under the hood on the left-hand side, near the brake pedal. The switch features a […]

How to Zoom the Steam Client

Are you trying to use the Steam Client but find that the text and controls are too small to read and use easily?  Are you dumbfounded why there are no settings or keyboard shortcuts to make everything bigger?  If so, then today is your lucky day… The above screenshot is what the default skin looks […]

Greasing Mower Deck Spindles

My lawn tractor has plastic shields that cover the mower deck spindles.  Those shields have small openings that are supposed to be used to access and grease the spindles.  They always clog up with grass and sand.  This makes accessing the grease fittings inside difficult.  Here’s how I fixed that. I have a John Deere […]

TP-Link USB Wi-Fi connection issue

TP-Link make a cool little USB Wi-Fi adapter called the TL-WN725N.  I’ve just discovered something that may explain some of the connectivity issues folks are having with it.  The same issue is probably affecting a variety of other wireless devices as well. A while ago, I needed a USB Wi-Fi adapter that would work with […]

Recovering from a freeze in Linux

Ever had your Linux system freeze on you?  The mouse either doesn’t move, doesn’t register clicks, or both?  The keyboard seems completely unresponsive?  Can’t think of any way to regain control of your system except to press the power button?  Worried you might corrupt the filesystem if you do?  Fear not. The Linux kernel is […]