jueves, 10 de diciembre de 2015

Cloud Exclusive Hardware

Today we can see a lot of hardware that is being sold that only (exclusively) works only against a cloud service.

There are many examples, like the Belkin NetCam HD+ (wifi webcam) that only works if you run it against their service (by seedonk / iSecurity+) and if you don’t want to use their cloud, this hardware is useless. 

This is happening with a lot of new hardware and it does mean that you get the device cheap for being locked to their cloud, you are paying full price for this devices. On the internet there are just little groups trying to hack some of this hardware, but the consumer does not seems to care that if the manufacturer discontinue the service the hardware will be useless. 
  • Why there are no complains against this kind of hardware on the internet?  
  • Is it useless to fight “cloud exclusive hardware”? 
  • Should we care about it? 
  • Are we so used to disposable hardware that we don’t care anymore?
I'm scared that someday Sling goes out of business and my "Sling Box SOLO" will be turn into a useless piece of garbage... or even worst, that Sling just decide to cut support of that model. 

The same with Belkin NetCam HD+ (wifi webcam), what if iSecurity+ just want to drop support for this camera?

Is that the future of hardware? to be turn into something that the manufacturer decides when it stops working so you are forced to buy a new one?

miércoles, 28 de octubre de 2015

TrackPoint / Touchpad Configuration ScreenShots

ALPS Trackpoint / Touchpad - 2015-10 Driver

ELAN Touchpad

martes, 27 de octubre de 2015

United Airlines Satisfaction Survey

So, I just got a survey from United about the flight I recently had:

On the next field I just stated the truth of my flight:

"One flight attendant move me from the back of the plane to the middle, because I was seated beside a woman with one baby on his arms and other small child with a car seat. He moved me so we both had a better flying experience (that was good).

After moving me, other flight attendant came to me and asked my why I was seated on Economy Plus, while I was from Economy, I told her that other flight attendant moved me here, but she insisted that it was not possible and said something like "Nobody on this plane will ever moved you here, since this seats are more expensive that the one you paid for" so I must be lying.

So I tell her to ask the other fly attendant and stop bothering me. After validating that, the fly attendant told me that it was no problem and stopped bothering me for the rest of the fly.  [sarcasm] I want to thank that fly attendant for the embarrassment that provided me with the rest of the passengers.[/sarcasm] All the people near me on the cabin was looking at me like "this bastard paid Economy and is trying to "cut-in" to Economy Plus".


(Corrected some misspellings from the original submitted version) 

After that, United´s surveys does something "Bold": 

 Sure, I want to recognize the flight attendant that didn't believe on my word. 
What??? Employee ID ????
I'm sure if I complete the "Physical Description" of the flight attendant I will get sue on the US.

Physical Description: The one that acted like a bitch !!!

sábado, 3 de octubre de 2015

USB TV Box 5.0 - TV Tuner Software

I just found this software while searching for some driver for an USB Video In device. It worked on Windows 10 x64.


We don't know the author of this software for sure. It will even shows up, I will ask him to turn it open source :)

There is a decent setting configuration when you can set the source of the video input and the standard that it uses. 

Also very interesting button for recording, change video input source, etc. 


Tested Hardware

Cheap from China: EasyCAP Video input device - USBTV007 EasyCAP

I replaced the old EasyCAP device with one that I thought it was the same, but the hardware ID is different. According to what I read there are four different EasyCAP device that looks the same.

So, don't be fool by these pictures:

Hardware ID

The first thing to do it "check the Hardware ID", be sure which device it is because there are four devices that looks the same.

Win Hardware USB ID: USB\VID_1B71&PID_3002
HardwareID:  1B71:3002

Check it on Windows on the "Device Manager", on the name of the device click "Properties":

Windows 10 x64

Working: On Windows 10 x64 this device gets recognized as "USB TV Tuner" without any special driver, it just get the one from "Windows update".

 I used to have some problems

Software Tested:

  • Nero Video on Windows 10 x64

  • USB TV BOX 5.0 on Windows 10 x64

USB TV Box is include here: ZEB-UP2012.zip  (Alternative Link on the Wayback machine)

Note that there is a button on this program to change the Video Source to AV and that you can change the configuration to switch it to "NTSC_M" according where you live.


lunes, 21 de septiembre de 2015

Cheap From China: EasyCAP USB Video Capture

Note: This text was recovered from the Archive.org since I lost a lot of files in some server HDD crash. 

I also got this device from an ebay seller in China. Very cheap, it was like $6.00 with shipping included.

The device description say it is not supported under Windows 7 64 bits. But I had tried it successfully with some drivers available on the internet.

Hardware Information

Win Hardware USB ID: USB\VID_EB1A&PID_2861
HardwareID:  EB1A:2861

Note: It is very important that you check the hardware id of this device, since it has been reported that there are four different device that looks the same.

Windows 10 - 64bits

Not tested: I no longer have this device to test in on other OSes.  

Windows 7 SP1- 64bits

Windows 7 (64bits) will recognize by default this device partially fine.
With this driver Windows 7 will recognize it as:
  • USB 2861 Device (the USB video capture) – It will install the device from “windows update”
  • USB Audio Device (recognized by default), But it may be wrong recognized by “windows update”
It may happen that by mistake Windows recognize the Audio USB input as “USB EMP Audio Device” and will not work.

On that case
1) unplug the EasyCap
2) Go to Windows “Device Manager” and right click the USB EMD Audio” and select “Uninstall”.

3) Select “delete the driver” and select “OK”

4) Plug again the EasyCap and quickly click on “Skip obtaining driver software from Windows Update”

This will force Windows to search for the driver on his hard driver and will recognize it as “USB Audio Device”, that will work.

Recording Software

This is Nero Vision under Windows 7 64 bits working with EasyCap USB to capture video.

(remember to select the correct input audio device too, Line (USB Audio Device))

sábado, 19 de septiembre de 2015

A Keyboard Dream

Keyboard !!! Why..... Why... Why !!!!

A keyboard may not be hot and sexy today, companies want mobile, cloud or big data. Sure a keyboard will not create the "disruption" on the market that marketing people and salesmen wants, but sometimes I got the strangest dream of a unified "Latin America Spanish", "Spain Spanish" and "English US" keyboard layout.

Latin America Spanish

Spain Spanish

US English

Issues, Problems and comments

  • Spain and LA keyboard has 62 keys
  • US Keyboard has 61 Keys.
  • Spain and LA keyboad has the same number of keys but a different symbol distribution.
  • English keyboard has a smaller "Enter" key.
  • Spain and LA has a bigger "Enter" key because the key get narrow on the bellow side, because Spanish language needs the "ñ" key on the keyboard.
  • Spain and LA has a smaller "Left Shift" key to allow the extra "<, >" button.
  • When you use a US English keyboard with a LA Spanish layout the thing that you miss the more is the  "<, >" button.


  • Will it be possible someday to have the same number of keyboard keys and key distribution (physical keys) on all the keyboards?
  • The culture is changing due some globalization, maybe they "symbol location" on they keyboards can eventually change to new standards that are shared by more languages... like for example is absurd to have one symbol distribution for Spanish LA and Spanish Spain. 
  • I only have experience writing in English and Spanish, so it can be good to have some company make an study about all languages keyboards. 
...maybe someday. 

viernes, 18 de septiembre de 2015

Hardware: Lenovo Wireless TouchPad K5923

HardwareID: HID\VID_17EF&PID_6046&REV_0109&MI_02
HardwareID: 17EF:6046


There is no driver needed. Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 just recognize it with the default Microsoft's drivers. 

On Windows 10, 64 bit, it get installed with the Microsoft default mouse drivers.

Windows 8.1 Gestures.

This are the gestures that works as default on the Windows 8.1 OS.



sábado, 12 de septiembre de 2015

Note to Self: How to create an Impress Template on OpenOffice 4.1.1

This is for me not to forget one way to create and modify a template for OpenOffice Impress 4.1.1.

Create a blank presentation:

Go to the "Master Pages":

Edit Master...

Right Click to add the background image:

Create a second page to have other master alternative too:

Insert any pictures to the masters using "Insert-Picture-From File..."

 Close the Master View

Create slides to test the Master Template

Select "Properties" to view the Layout that you want to apply  to that page. 

Save the File as OTP

viernes, 21 de agosto de 2015

Pizza Hut Express Ecuador - 2x1 - Oh Por Dos! - ¿Publicidad Engañosa?

Nota: Esto representa mi opinión personal y me apreciación personal de lo que creo que son las matemáticas.  Si no te gusta, cambia de canal.

Hace poco estuve en Pizza Hut del Mall el Jardín comprando una pizza y encontré esta publicidad:

"Oh Por Dos!" 2x1 - Todos los días desde las 18:00 horas. Muy Bien !!

Así que iba a pedir una Pizza en esta promoción, me dieron el menú.

Esta bien, voy a pedir una Pizza Suprema Familiar por $28.99.

Pero antes se me ocurrió  ¿y si no quiero llevar dos? Me imagino que solo una pizza me debería salir lo mismo, por algo es dos por una.

Pero simplemente levanté la mirada y vi cuanto costaba una sola Pizza Suprema Familiar.

Esto me dice que una sola Pizza Suprema Familar cuesta $15.50. Ojo que son el mismo producto "Pizza Suprema Familiar" en ninguna parte dice que la "Suprema del menú" es distinta que la "Suprema del cartel".

Por lo tanto con la misma Pizza Suprema Familiar:
  • Promoción 2x1 = $28.99
  • Una sola Pizza =  $15.50
  • Dos Pizzas sin promoción =  $31.00
  • Diferencia entre Promoción 2x1 y Dos pizzas =  $1.01
Así que usando la matemática $28.99/$15.50 = 1,87032258

Por lo tanto la Promoción 2x1, debería ser 2x1,87032258

Le dije al gerente del local ... "Avísele a sus jefes que esta promoción esta equivocada" y me respondió, "Ya les dije pero no la quieren cambiar". 

¿Califica esto como "Publicidad Engañosa"?
¿O es que ya ha cambiando la matemática desde que me gradué del colegio?