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DELL XPS 15 (L502X) Change HDD to SSD

I have a five years old DELL XPS 15, L502X model.  I have an SSD, Crucial BX200 240GB 2.5-inch SSD. I have a 2.5-inch HDD SSD External Enclosure.

Now it is time to change HDD to SSD. I want to keep the system, data, everything on the HDD.

The original HDD on XPS 15 is Hard Drive 750GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive.

The very first step is to clean my laptop.

Remove some useless programs and movies. Move one of the users’ data to NAS. Delete this user. Just keep one user, which is my daughter.  The purpose of this step is to reduce the data to less than 240GB.

The second step. Install SSD into Nexstar External Enclosure.

ssd-in-enclosure

The third step. Clone the HDD to SSD.

I connect the enclosure to my laptop through USB cable. Install the cloning software, or migration software, which is shipping with SSD.

Acronis TrueImage.

When the cloning process finished, turn off the laptop. disconnect all cable and power.

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[Fixed] OBi110 is not working with Google Voice

Just a few days ago, my OBi110 device does not work with my Google Voice. I can not dial out, and no incoming call, until today, I fixed it.

Sometimes it said some configuration error. I sign in my OBiTalk account at https://www.obitalk.com/obinet/

Normally, the device OBi110 can do the firmware update through the OBiTalk account dashboard. but it did not work this time.

When I sign in my account, then go to the device configuration page. I can setup Google Voice account by clicking the gear icon beside the account. But, now it is shown a warning or error without setup.

obi110-not-updateThe error displayed is Authentication error.

Now, let me show you haw to fix this error. the most important part is to upgrade the firmware of the device.

The latest firmware is 1-3-0-2886, the current one on my OBi110 is 1.3.0 – 2872

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Upgrade to Calibre 2.58

It is almost one year since I posted the update of 2.31 on June 20, 2015.

There are a lot of updates during these days.  So I just put the major new features for this period.

 

 

  • Edit Book: A new tool to transform book styling using easy to create rules. [2.53]

    For example, you can create rules to change colours in the book or to double the font size of all text in the book, etc. For details, see https://manual.calibre-ebook.com/edit.html#transforming-css-properties

  • A new tool to easily export and import all calibre data — books, settings and plugins [2.47]

    Right click the calibre icon in the main calibre toolbar and choose “Export/import all calibre data” to run this tool. It is useful if you want to move to a new computer or duplicate your calibre setup on a second computer, with minimal effort. This tool is very new, so if you run into problems, please report bugs. You can always use the old manual method of copying library folders as a fallback.

  • Implement tag mapping to automatically filter/transform tags when adding books or downloading metadata [2.39]

    Now you can create simple rules that will filter/transform the tags when adding new books or downloading metadata for books. To setup the rules, go to Preferences->Adding books and Preferences->Downloading metadata

  • Icon themes: Change the calibre icons easily via icon themes [2.36]

    You can now change the icons calibre uses easily via Preferences->Look & Feel->Change icon theme. Several icon themes are already available for calibre

 

 

Upgrade Curcial BX100 SSD Firmware

It is almost two years old of my Crucial BX100 256GB SSD. Now, I upgraded its firmware from MU01 to MU02. Then I did the benchmark test. The result is very clear that new firmware improve the performance.

The original test I did in 2014 shown as below:

sata3 ssd benchmark

AS SSD Benchmark test Result on Crucial BX100 256GB SSD with MU02 Firmware

The new test I did ten minutes ago.

ssd mu02 new firmware benchmark test

All test results are better than before. Same PC, Same SATA driver. Just different firmware.

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Kindle Touch firmware upgrade to 5.3.7.3

Just upgrade my Kindle Touch to 5.3.7.3 by OTA.

First turn on WIFI on settings.

Then Wait, about 5 to 10 minutes. It will download the update firmware file to Kindle, which is about 116MB.

Then follow the instruction below:

  1. From Home, tap the Menu icon, and then tap Settings.
  2. Tap the Menu icon, and then tap Update Your Kindle. This option will be grayed out if the most recent update has already been installed or if the file transfer was not successful.
  3. Tap OK to perform the update. You will see Your Kindle Is Updating.

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Piwik upgrade to 2.14.3 from 2.14.0

Upgrade my installation of Piwik from 2.14.0 mto 2.14.3 directly.

http://piwik.org/changelog/piwik-2-14-3/

http://piwik.org/changelog/piwik-2-14-2/

http://piwik.org/changelog/piwik-2-14-1/

These are all minor release. Fixing bugs, adding small improvements.

 

Piwik has self-hosted program and cloud program. If you want, you can download the self-host program and install it on your own server, all free. Or, you can pay to get the cloud program, it is actually a paid service by your traffic.

piwik-screenjpg

 

Upgrade Piwik to v2.14.0

Piwik announce the new release of its Analytics software to latest 2.14.0.

It is a major release. and This release is rated critical.

There are more than 130 tickets closed and a lot of changes or improvement on it.

In this release we have focused on improving the usability and design of Piwik. Several screens were redesigned, including the installation, administration screens and forms, data tables and buttons, the websites manager, the visitor log, and more. Performance has been slightly improved and you can now install Piwik with HHVM and TokuDB (useful for high traffic Piwik services). In terms of quality, we have made many improvements to our automated test suites.

 

Look at the details of the release notes of Piwik 2.14.0.

 

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