Ethernet cables of different colors

📡 Wi-Fi or cable seems to be connected properly, but you just can’t get online. Or maybe Windows even recognizes the issue and shows an exclamation mark ⚠️ close to the Wi-Fi icon but troubleshooting doesn’t do the trick. The first time I ran into this issue was a decade ago on Windows XP. Lately I have experienced the same problem multiple times on Windows 10. And I am not the only one. Even my dad called me the other day with the same issue. Luckily, the solution is simple. 😊

Manual solution

1) Press Win+R buttons simultaneously on your keyboard. This will open Windows’ run dialog.

2) Type cmd and hit enter. This will show you a terminal window. Don’t be scared of the black window, though.

3) In the terminal type ipconfig /release and hit enter. This will release IP addresses on all network interfaces. Some of them might fail, but don’t be alarmed.

4) Now, write ipconfig /renew and hit enter. This will renew your local IP. Once the command is finished, you’ll be connected to the internet.

Automatic solution

Sometimes, when this problem starts to occur, you might run into it every time you boot your computer. That’s why I made a nice automatic script to solve the problem that you can download and place on your desktop. Double-clicking on it will do automatically the very same procedure described above. The only thing you have to do is to sit back and enjoy the show. 😎

 

Hopefully this fixed your network issues. ☺️

Pikachu standing in front of a pink Nintendo 3DS

Lately I have been putting a great deal of my free time to Pokémon Sun for Nintendo 3DS. So much so that I thought that writing a review was the way to go. 👍

What makes Pokémon Sun so special is that it’s a perfect mixture of old and new. Old in the sense that it has surprisingly many old Pokémon from the previous generations. On the first island, you can bump into a Growlithe, Zubat, Slowpoke and so on. This is cool, because you don’t feel too lost with the game and all of its new Pokémon. Some old Pokémon have a slightly different form in Alola region to spice them up. (more…)

Train tracks and a full moon

My name is Tom and I am a TCP packet. I was created by the User’s request. My life’s goal is to serve the User, or at least, that’s what they taught us at the school. All my life thus far has been school at my native server, where I was created. I was made to memorize by heart the content I was to deliver to the User. My whole life I’ve just been waiting for the moment to get out of this hole. I have dreams. I want to see the world and serve the User in doing so.

“All packets ready”, I heard the operating system say. I was put a fancy shirt on that had an IP written on it. It’s important to put a lot of clothing on, because the world outside is a cold one. I was already wearing a shirt stating HTTP and another one on top of it saying TCP. Personally, I don’t like that we all have to wear similar shirts that put us into categories. I would like to think that all packets are born equal, so why do we have to broadcast our own type, TCP, so vocally?

I saw the port opening; I was sent to the connection. I started to run. All my class mates were running too. We all have a piece of a website to deliver to the User and we all want to be there on time. We ran and we ran, until we hit the first router.

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A Star Wars family with stormtroopers and Darth Vader

Today I’m going to discuss how we become a part of the society. When we are born, we have quite a different moral code we follow, as I described in my earlier post. Other aspects in us are in a continuous development as well, we are dynamic beings who develop over time. And this development doesn’t take place in a vacuum. We are what our surrounding world makes of us, but then again we have the power of influencing in what surrounds us. It’s a two-way street. 😊

We people are inherently social. When we define ourselves the first things that pop into our minds might be that we are of a certain gender, nationality, occupation and so on, and so on. All these labels through which we identify ourselves are social groups. For it is the social that gives us the sense of who we are. I’m like these people, not like them, and so on. (more…)

Using exposure and avoiding flash to enhance your photos

I am not a master photographer myself 🙄, but back in the days before I started to study at the University, I was very interested in photography. Enough so to read a great book, 101 Top Digital Photography Tips, about the topic.😊 I really enjoyed the book because it’s full of nice tricks for better photography and it’s suitable even for those who have no knowledge of photography whatsoever.

Today I am going to share with you what I have learned about using flash and exposure in photography. (more…)

Morning sun in the tree foliage in strong fog

Today’s post is all about what good means.😇 Normally, one would take evil into account as well, but since this blog is ought to be about positive subjects, the evil has only little room here. 😉

When a friend does something good to you, let’s say gives you a gift, how do you know it is a good deed? Why is it a good deed and is it universally good?🤔Whether something is good or not is part of the social layer of the reality (see more here). As Nietzsche nicely put it: moral is only in our judgment – actions aren’t good or evil per se. (more…)

A plate of gazpacho with bread

This week I’m going easier on the blog than in the last week’s philosophy filled post. Today I’m going to share with you my favorite Spanish dish, gazpacho.😋 If you follow this recipe, you’ll get an authentic taste of Spain in the form of a healthy gazpacho. In case you don’t already know what gazpacho is, it’s a cold tomato soup.🍅 Purely vegetarian and full of vitamins! Nam, Nam…

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 kg tomatoes
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 dry roll of white bread
  • olive oil
  • (apple) vinegar
  • salt

Preparation

Start by cooking the onion and garlic in a pan. They don’t need to be fully cooked, but if you add them raw to your gazpacho, their taste might be too dominating. If you are in a rush and willing to take a risk, this step can be omitted. 🙂

Cut the stem and seeds off of the bell peppers. Blend all the vegetables, oil, vinegar and salt with a blender. I’m not giving any exact quantities for olive oil or vinegar, but my opinion is that there can’t be too much olive oil in gazpacho.😄 You should also add vinegar and salt quite generously.😉 Gazpacho is supposed to be a little chunky, so don’t over blend the vegetables and turn your gazpacho into a smoothie!😮 When you have finished this step, tear the roll into small pieces and blend it into the gazpacho with a blender. Note: the bread should be dry, but you can also toast it in a toaster if it’s not.

And that’s it! ¡Que aproveche! 😃

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Autumn forest with sun

This week’s topic is the social layer of the reality. I like to think that there are different “layers” in the reality we perceive. For instance, there’s the physical reality that exists out there regardless of us humans, there will be atoms, molecules and so on. Another layer is what our perception adds to the physical: we perceive colors, we hear music and so on, although all this is just light or sound waves in the physical layer. The reason why I’m writing about the social layer is because understanding its existence and how it works really changed fundamentally the way I see the world.😊 This discovery also convinced me to study more social psychology which has been a journey of growing as a person. I strongly recommend it!👍

To open up my idea of different layers, let me give an example: Color red. First of all, colors don’t exist in the physical world, different physical objects only reflect light differently and these differences are interpreted by our eyes 👁 and brains as colors. So the concept of red only starts to exist once we hit the layer of perception of the reality. Then again, red can have different cultural meanings. It might be linked to love 💗, Christmas 🎅🏻 or stopping 🚦 in case that we see it in traffic lights – these all depend on the culture and conventions. It wouldn’t be too hard to imagine a culture in which the light making cars stop would be a blue one. I.e. what red means to us is already part of the social layer of the reality. Hopefully this example illustrates well the point I’m making. (more…)

A MacBook Pro with a photo editing software open

This post will include a tutorial for making tiled images by using Photoshop in addition to some of my own tiled images that are free to use. But first, I’ll give some background why this tutorial ended up in the positive blog. 😃

When I was a kid 👦🏼, I made games using a code-free tool called Clickteam Fusion. What games require is, of course, graphics and one way of getting them is by taking photos. 📸 Photos don’t usually make good game characters, but you can use them as background or texture for 3D objects. In such a use, you don’t usually want to use an entire picture but only a part of it, like the wooden material of your kitchen floor for instance. Then it would be nice that the same part of the picture could be repeated endlessly so that you could cover the floor of an entire 3D house with the picture of your own floor in such a way that it looks natural, i.e. that it is tiled. (more…)

people by the Eiffel tower in Paris

Today’s topic will take this blog a bit further away from the language geek theme established in the first posts.🤓 This won’t be an in-depth review of the finest classical compositions made in France – not at all. Instead, I’ll highlight here two of my favorite French singers.😃

It’s also worth mentioning that I found these artists by listening to NRJ French. I like that particular internet radio station because they only play French songs.🎵 What could be a better way of improving French than that? (more…)