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How to enable SMB1 on Windows 10

I have been bitten by this too many times, so note to self: If you are unable to connect to a network share on a new installation of Windows 10, and getting "Unspecified error 0x80004005" with a "net view \\REMOTESHARE" command, but "ping REMOTESHARE" works, then the issue is because the network share is using the ancient SMB1 protocol, and Microsoft has chosen to disable it by default on Windows 10 starting with the April 2018 Update.

There are 2 ways to re-enable SMB1:

1. GUI way
2. PowerShell way

Yes, I know SMB1 is deprecated for security reasons, but when you have working devices at home (eg. memory card on that Epson XP420 printer) that you want to get to over the network, you have very little choice!

Every time I hit this problem, I foolishly spend a few hours testing network connectivity and googling for the solution, which drives me crazy. Hopefully I remember this blog post the next time I inevitably hit the same problem again...

3D Printed Universal Tablet Grip/Stand

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I looked around for a gizmo that will let me hold my 10" tablet with one hand. These are my criteria:

1. Lightweight and portable

2. Easily detachable and re-attached

3. Effortless to hold

I didn't like any of the ones I found online, so I designed my own using OpenSCAD. It's a small handle with 2 holes for the index and middle fingers to slip though, and uses 3M Command Picture Hanging strips (medium size) to attach to the tablet.
You can hold the tablet securely with one hand in portrait or landscape position, or use it as a tablet stand. It is simple to detach and re-attach, and small enough to put int the pocket. It can also be adapted for both lefties and righties (or both, if you want to alternate between them).



One additional advantage is that the 3M strips can be removed from the back of the tablet without leaving a trace.

Print time is quite short and should not take more than an hour.

Find this project on Thingiverse.

Waterpik Flosser Leakage Repair

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A common complaint about the Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser is the leakage at the bottom of the handle where it connects with the flexible tubing, typically after warranty expiration. Look at the list of 1-star reviews of the product on Amazon, and you will see what I mean.

Fortunately, if you own some kind of gutter silicone sealant (I always have a tube of Selley's 1-hour Roof and Gutter Speed Seal Silicone lying around the house for small patch jobs), this is easy to fix.. Simply empty the water tank and make sure everything is dry, then mold a generous dab of sealant around the joint area. Then wait a few hours for the sealant to cure, and you are good to go.


In fact, I reckon anyone who owns this product should reinforce the joint with the sealant right from the get-go. Yeah, I wish they had adopted a more durable design in the first place, but having a few kids tugging at the thing every morning and evening, I am surprised it lasted that long (over a year).