This Video Gives A Whole New Meaning To “Paper Cut”

Who hasn’t at one time or another get a paper cut? The idea that paper — that is easily crumbled or torn into tiny shreds — can cut anything never seems to generate more thought than an “Ouch!”

John Heisz of the I Build It YouTube channel took a large piece of regular printer paper, cut a circle out of it, replaced his tablesaw metal blade with this paper “blade” and proceeded to cut other pieces of paper and even wood. Well, a thin piece of balsa wood. A thicker piece resulted in the paper blade crimping and shredding.

Here, he tries again with foam, hard maple and plastic:

So, besides light (in the form of a laser) and water (in a high-pressure stream), now we know that a fast rotating paper blade can also cut other objects.


No (or Limited) Internet Connection When Upgrading to Windows 10

A couple of weeks ago, I upgraded my HP mini 110 netbook from Windows 7 to Windows 10. The upgrade went smoothly. However, when it was all done, though Win 10 ran beautifully, I had unfortunately lost Internet connection.

Today, I got it back on and I hope this post will help those still struggling to get their Internet connection back after installing Windows 10.

After trying countless suggestions from the Web: download new Wireless LAN adapter software (which REALTEK did not post for Win 10), delete and recreate the Ethernet connection, ditto with the WiFi connection, change the Registry values, etc., etc., I finally stumbled upon a solution from one person: he actually reverted back to Win 8.1 (on his laptop), uninstalled CISCO VPN, then reinstalled Win 10.

So, I decided to give this a try, though I did not have CISCO VPN, but did remember that I saw a couple of CISCO services running.

Here’s what I did that got me successfully connected back to the Internet:

1- Reverted back to Windows 7 (you have a 30-day window to do that).

2- Uninstalled all CISCO services. I had three: EAP, LEAP and PEAP (?).

3- Reinstalled Win 10.

Win 10 is running and Internet connection is back on! I am in the process of updating Windows Defender and installing Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit. I really hope that Microsoft steals a page from Apple and updates Windows Defender regularly so it can boast, like Apple does, that it now has no viruses.

Windows 10 runs much faster than Win 7 on my two netbooks (the older, less specsed Acer had no problem installing Win 10 earlier. Where performance was barely tolerable with Win 7 HE, now both netbooks literally purr on Win 10.

Well done, and hats off to the software engineers at Microsoft!

Download failed. There are no HTTP transports available which can complete the requested request.

I suddenly started getting the following error when I tried to update my WordPress plugins and themes:

“Download failed. There are no HTTP transports available which can complete the requested request.”

A search on the Internet revealed that cURL may well be the problem. However, I have CURL installed. Turns out, CURL with SSL support is needed.

Thanks to this site, I was able to enable cURLSSL (I am no expert in this and it worked for me but it might not for you, so try at your own risk):

To Enable cURLSSL Using EasyApache on WHM:

1. Log in to WHM as the ‘root’ user.

2. Either search for “EasyApache” or go to Software > EasyApache (Apache Update). A screen displays and, at first, I thought it was just an information screen. Turns out, you can select and click options.

3. Select Previously Saved Config.

4. Click the little icon “Start customizing based on profile”

5. Select the version of Apache (or just accept the default) and click “Next Step”.

6. Select the version of PHP (or just accept the default) and click “Next Step”.

7. Chose additional options (or select nothing) within the “Short Options List”

8. Click Exhaustive Options List (this is important, otherwise you will not find the cURLSSL option).

9. Find and select the option for cURLSSL. (When you click cURLSSL, it will warn you that it will disable cURL. That’s OK, since cURLSSL is cURL with additional SSL support).

10. Click Save and build. (Very important: let it run for about 20 minutes until it tells you it’s successful or you might have to reinstall manually).

DISCLAIMER: I post this as information only, not as expert advice. I searched a lot of posts before finding this one, tried it and it worked for me, but it might not for you.

I Ain’t Complaining About The DVP Anymore

Yes, the DVP (Don Valley Parkway) is sometimes derisively referred to as the Don Valley Parking, but a nine-day traffic jam….

The other day, there was some kind of problem on the Hwy 400 and cars were backed up. I saw cars going up the entry ramp at Rutherford!??? Anyone else saw that? I couldn’t see any news about that. Anyone know what it was all about?

How to turn Bluetooth ON using the Keyboard of a Mac OS

If you are reading this, you have turned bluetooth OFF on your mac and are wondering how to turn it back ON using your keyboard — since your magic mouse uses bluetooth to connect and Apple does not give you an elegant way to reconnect by simply turning the mouse OFF and ON again.

Or, you need to navigate the mac using keyboard only.

Or, you need to access the Menu using keyboard. Or access the dock.

Here’s how:

CTL-F2 will give you access to the Menu.
CTL-F3 will give you access to the Dock.

To turn Bluetooth back ON:

  1. CTL-F3 to access the Dock.
  2. Use the Cursor Keys to navigate to System Preferences and press SPACEBAR (here, you can also press ENTER, but better get used to pressing the SPACEBAR on the Mac).
  3. Press TAB until you highlight Bluetooth. Press SPACEBAR (pressing ENTER won’t work here).
  4. Press TAB to highlight “Turn Bluetooth On” and press SPACEBAR.