Monday, 15 October 2018

Thames water collapsed drain cover

After fixing our sewage drain cover, there appears to be a mini sinkhole occurring around our Thames Water meter cover. We’re wondering if this is being caused by a leak underground perhaps
Some images are like this, and the exact location is here

Team 1 have been out to dig up the road today. Apparently this will take 3 teams, 1 to dig, 1 to replace and 1 to fill in and make good.

Friday, 9 February 2018

How to replace the watch battery in Logitech K750 solar power keyboard

  1. Buy this battery
  2. Open the battery cover on the back of the keyboard, you’ll need a small screw driver to get the cover out
  3. Take out the old one and fit the new one
  4. Leave the keyboard in the light somewhere to fully charge up the new battery

Watch this video if you want to see this done…


Friday, 5 January 2018

How to fix blurry images in Google Chrome

When browsing sites with thumbnail images, those images appear blurred in Chrome, but not in other browsers such as Internet Explorer
Uncheck the use hardware acceleration option in chrome settings.
  1. Open Chrome
  2. Navigate to chrome://settings
  3. Scroll to the bottom, and expand the Advanced options
  4. Near the bottom, uncheck the Use hardware acceleration when available option, and then click the RELAUNCH link that appears after you change this option.

Problem 2
When browsing google maps, image and text appears blurred in Chrome, but not in other browsers such as Internet Explorer
  1. Open Chrome
  2. Navigate to 
  3. Press F12 to open Developer tools 
  4. Click on the Application Tab, and then select Clear Storage
  5. Check Local and session storage,  Cookies, Cache Storage and Application Cache
  6. Click Clear site data
  7. Relaunch Google Chrome

Saturday, 14 October 2017

How to by pass the Jaguary X-Type enter security pin screen after changing battery

How to bypass security code on Jaguar X-Type touchscreen Satellite Navigational units.

Just hold the skip track, AMEM and PTY buttons together...

Friday, 15 September 2017

Inline Images not showing for Work Items in Visual Studio with 401 unauthorized error

To fix this, right click the broken image link from the Visual studio work item description pane, then copy the link from the properties dialog (it looks like a label, but you can select all on it by right mouse clicking).


Then simply copy and paste that into Internet Explorer bar, and when prompted enter your credentials.

Next, back in Visual Studio, just click the refresh work item button on the header of the work item window, and do this once for each in line image in the description.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

How to fix battery drain issue on Samsung Galaxy S5 G900F

DO NOT DO FACTORY RESET, just wipe cache partitions.

Turn off the device.
Press and hold the following three buttons at the same time: Volume Up key, Home key, and Power key.
When the phone vibrates, release the Power key but continue to press and hold the Volume Up key and the Home key.
When the Android System Recovery screen appears, release the Volume Up and Home keys.
Press the Volume Down key to highlight wipe cache partition.
Press the Power key to select.
When the wipe cache partition is complete, Reboot system now is highlighted.
Press the Power key to restart the device.

Thanks to

Monday, 26 June 2017

Android mediaserver process killing battery life

If this happens to you, then do the following

  1. Force stop on Settings, Applications, All, Media Storage.
  2. Clear Cache and Clear Data, for the Media Storage application
  3. Unmount SD card
  4. Take out your sd card and put it in computer
  5. Find the LOST.DIR folder and delete it from the card
  6. Put the card back into the phone
  7. Reboot the phone
Got this from here...

Solution 1. Clear media storage data

The simplest solution is to clear media storage database and let it restart the process from scratch. Chances are this will fix most of the issues with Mediascanner/Mediaserver. Do the following, and it should help ease-out the pain:
Settings > applications > Media Storage > clear data, force stop and reboot.

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Friday, 2 June 2017

Visual Studio Work Item Images broken

The case of the missing image…


Turns out this was due to my old windows credentials being cached on the tfs server credentials cache.

To fix this, I logged onto the tfs server directly via my admin account and updated the credentials there in the windows credentials manager.

Also ran fiddler in the background and cleared the winnet cache as well

Then it refresh a few times on the work item ticket back in visual studio, and hey presto they are all showing again.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Megaflow draining instructions

If your megaflow overflow (d2) pipe starts leaking water then this is what you do…


Scanning Tesco receipts via Canon MG5751

  1. Use Canon IJ Scan Utility (start, scan, top result)
  2. Choose Document, with settings 300dpi and png, filename tesco
  3. Scan each page individually
  4. Then use irfanview to combine the images into one tif file, (options, create multi page tiff, compression ccitt fax 4)
  5. Upload that as single receipt option to shop and scan

Thames water collapsed drain cover

15/10/2018 After fixing our sewage drain cover, there appears to be a mini sinkhole occurring around our Thames Water meter cover. We’re w...