Ask A Techie 20 Questions – Bitz Leon – Software Developer

Ask A Techie 20 Questions – Bitz Leon – Software Developer

How would you define a techie?

As the name suggests, anyone who is interested in technology- may it be hardware or software.

Tell us about yourself (short bio).

I will call myself Bitz Leon- as it is the name I have always gone by. I am from Trinidad and I have had an interest in tech since I was 6, only getting into any kind of development at the age of 12. Went to DeVry University and graduated with a BSc in Computer Information Systems and Systems Security.

How has tech improved your life?

To me, that feels like asking a person “how has breathing improved your life?”. Tech is so inherently a part of my life that I cannot define myself without saying that tech is a part of my life in the most inclusive ways.

How can technology be used to improve Trinidad and Tobago?

So many government run systems would benefit from modernization and computerization. For example, most consumer facing facets such as Public Transport and Public Utilities and Health Care would benefit from being modernized. Also- education. Though, some schools have been taking the initiative to actually have an online presence beyond a mundane web portal.

How did you end up studying and living in US?

Studying abroad was always my goal after Form 6. I had no interest in going to UWI to get a standard education by UWI’s standards. (This was around the time when I was helping my step-dad with his Access Database Project for his Masters). Plus- I knew the job market would be much larger in the US. Affording myself a chance to work here gave me a chance to improve my standard of living.

Do you think a country should tax online shopping?

Yes- though the % Trinidad’s government settled on is absurdly high.

Is CES becoming too mundane?

It’s becoming less about something “new” and more so about innovating the same old products. It’s a consumer based show- and consumers are predisposed to getting the shinier newer version of what they already have. So, by nature, that is what everyone will try to showcase. So, in short- yes. But only because it is what it is.

What question would you ask yourself and how would you answer it?

What do you want to learn next? AngularJS and App Development. It’s been on my mind but I can’t find some time.

What has keys but no locks, space but no room and you can enter but you can’t go in side?

Keyboard? Though technically a keyboard has (caps)locks…

What tech would you like to own?

I really want to build a tower PC- but I really have nowhere to put it and no time to use it.

Would you choose a million dollars or a year with Bill Gates?

Bill himself isn’t front facing anymore. Not much I can learn from him, and I don’t think he would match that 1 mil in cash himself, so I’ll take the cash.

The best advice you have received?

Drink lots of water

Mouse or touchpad?

Mouse.

What sports teams do you support?

Uh. I don’t follow any. Yankees I guess?

What tourist things must I do when I Trinidad?

Go buy a doubles. That’s all. Buy your doubles and leave.

What tech event would you like to attend?

CES. The shiny lights tho.

How would you invest a million dollars?

Neural Net Research or companies that specialize in Neural Computing. Once Quantum computing becomes more viable, I can see computer learning becoming explosively viable as well.

What future technology interests you?

Neural networks and computer learning.

If you had to start a tech company what would you call it and why?

BitzNet. Don’t know, already decided this like 6 years ago.

How can you use technology to help benefit your community?

Introduce online shopping. Man, I would love if more stores acknowledged the rapidly growing market.

What question would you ask the next techie?

Do you think there should be more focus on improving hardware or software systems?

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Installing CloudReady (version of Chrome OS) on HP Mini 210-1010NR

Installing CloudReady (version of Chrome OS) on HP Mini 210-1010NR

Several years ago I had bought this netbook because it was small and easy to carry around and it was cheap. It would mean less wear on my main laptop. It came with Windows 7 Starter and worked ok but it got hot especially under stress. I tried different OSes on it and even wiped my recovery partition in the process. I mostly didn’t use it. I had to do some testing this week and I resurrected it. Getting back my Windows 7 product key seems like a pain. @Wickedboy_007 had reminded me that CloudReady was a good option for (older) machines with limited specs. What is CloudReady? From the website, CloudReady is an operating system based on Chromium OS, the same open-source architecture as Chrome OS.

I headed over to the CloudReady website and downloaded the 32 bit Home Edition. This version has a certified models list but my particular HP Mini was not there. I followed the instructions to create the USB installer. At first my trackpad (and I have no mouse in this house) was not working but in hindsight I probably needed to wait for it to be detected because when I rebooted and tried again I was able to use it. You can run it off the USB or select ‘Install CloudReady’ from the lower right pop-up menu to wipe and install on the device hard drive (or dual boot).

It took about 10 minutes to get CloudReady installed. Don’t get scared if the screen goes blank during install, it might just have gone to sleep and a touch of the trackpad will wake it up. You can use as Guest or log in with a Google account. Maybe you will want to use a “throwaway” Google account for testing purposes. All of my hardware works, trackpad, keyboard, screen, speakers, camera and WiFi. The camera flash does come on startup. I’m hoping this is just part of a test sequence and not a photo being taken and sent to the cloud somewhere. I’ll probably ask this question on the forum. Which brings me to another point. There is a forum.

Wish there was an easy one-click performance test I could do to put a number to how my netbook is performing. It’s not fast but it is useable and much more than when I installed Windows 10 on it. I am guessing I would get about two hours of battery life. Overall I am happy to be able to able to get some use from a device that was just sitting there doing nothing. Share your thoughts with us in the comments below and enjoy the below screenshots.

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Windows 10 VPN – Cannot Ping or Connect to Shared Folder

This will probably help with similar scenarios. This is the scenario. VPN host setup in Windows 10 professional through Network Connections > Create incoming connection. Static IP address and port forwarding and I connect to VPN beautifully. I can see that 1 user is connected to host but I cannot ping host IP address or see network from remote machine when connected to VPN. I start troubleshooting and changed a few things to see what gives. Then I start Googling for help. Ended up on a forum where it was suggested that the firewall on the host could be the problem. Turned off the firewall and problem solved but not really. What I really want to do is make an exception or add rules to the firewall (Windows built-in firewall btw). What I noticed is that I had no problem pinging the machine and accessing the shared folder when I was directly connected to the LAN so yes the firewall but how come? I eventually found out that the VPN connection was coming in under ‘RAS (Dial in) Interface’ and by default this was classified as a public network by the firewall.

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I also found out that I could change this behavior through group policy. RAS stands for Remote Access Server by the way. Follow these steps as shown in screenshot.

[Windows key] + R
gpedit.msc
Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Network List Manager Policies > RAS (Dial in) Interface > Location Type > Private

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It took me about two hours to get to this and hopefully this blog post saves someone the headache and troubles. Another by the way. One way you can keep using your internet connection while connected to the VPN is to uncheck ‘Use default gateway on remote network’ when setting up your VPN connection. Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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Tip : Clear PowerShell History in Windows 10

Tip : Clear PowerShell History in Windows 10

So I was using Power Shell in Windows 10 and realised my command history was being saved across sessions. Clear-History did nothing for me. I found out that I could do either one of these two things (at least)

Run the following command, [Microsoft.PowerShell.PSConsoleReadLine]::ClearHistory()

But the above only clears it for that session and commands come back next session (via the up arrow) Or find the ConsoleHost_history file and clear it

C:\Users\[Your Username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\PowerShell\PSReadline

That permanently deletes the commands across sessions. Also, it occurred to me that I should indicate what version of PowerShell I am working with. The command I used was $PSVersionTable.PSVersion and the result

Major Minor Build Revision
----- ----- ----- --------
5     1     14986 1000

Sharing on the blog because it was not so easy to find this information. Hope this helped you if you came searching and found this.