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YouTube channels to learn Electronics and Hardware

Enjoy some of YouTube’s best educational channels run by “edutainers” and see for yourself how they can spark your curiosity for learning more online:

Electronics and hardware

Louis Rossmann
Louis Rossman https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCl2mFZoRqjw_ELax4Yisf6w Routinely shows bench scope detail of him doing circuit troubleshooting and replace of “no user serviceable parts” modern surface mount Apple stuff, but in the process shows good heart and entertaining moxie.

EEVBlog
EEVBlog (David L. Jones) https://www.youtube.com/user/EEVblog Likes to take things apart and people send him things, but he is a great teacher and gives an amazing does of theory and design practice, and (very rare!) his electronics design knowledge spans part and practice back to the early 1970s.

bigclivedotcom
bigclivedotcom https://www.youtube.com/user/bigclivedotcom/videos Famous for his teardowns of the most ludircous and trashy designs, he’s a maverick experimenter who plods along and pokes and prods and touches things he shouldn’t, just like you would.

AvE
https://www.youtube.com/user/arduinoversusevil General engineering

Strange Parts 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCO8DQrSp5yEP937qNqTooOw Interesting electronics

Electroboom
https://www.youtube.com/user/msadaghd/ Interesting electronics

Ben Eater
https://www.youtube.com/user/eaterbc Electronics, breadboards, computer logic.

bigclivedotcom
https://www.youtube.com/user/bigclivedotcom examines / fixes electronics

 

 

 

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Restart Application Pool in Powershell and write it to EventLog

Sometimes on Continuous Integration or other automated scenarios you want to restart Application pool in order to recycle everything clean. This can be done by calling Powershell command Restart-WebAppPool like this: “Restart-WebAppPool AppPoolNameHere”. But you might also want to write log entry to EventLogs so you know what is going on.

In order to write to the event log, one can use the Write-EventLog cmdlet but there are mandatory parameters needed to write the event log information. These are:

  • LogName
  • Source
  • EventID
  • Message

If you want to create an entry log message “Format was called” into the Application Log and store this into your custom source “MyScript” with a custom event ID like “3001”, you will need to type it as:

Write-EventLog -LogName Application -Source MyScript -EventId 3001 -Message "Format was called"

If you have not registered your custom event source, you will encounter an error. In order to register a custom event source, you will need to call the New-EventLog cmdlet like the example below:

New-EventLog -LogName Application -Source MyScript

After this you can call Write-eventLog as following:

Write-EventLog -LogName Application -Source MyScript -EventId 3001 -Message “Format was called”

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Restart Windows in 1 hour or certain time

tldr;

  • Open Powershell as Admin
  • Type: Start-Sleep 3600 ; Restart-Computer -Confirm:$false <enter>

 

I work on RDP a lot against Windows Machines and sometimes there are updates and downloads what I need to do and afterwards update. Or perhaps I need to restart in certain time.

Basically what start-sleep does is pause the process for the number of seconds that you specify. The semicolon is like having another line in the code so it will execute what is next, which in this case is restart-computer. Since you may not be logged into the server or it may be at a lock-screen, you will need to include the -confirm:$false otherwise it may not execute.

If you want to restart on certain time

  • shutdown -r -t ([decimal]::round(((Get-Date).AddDays(1).Date.AddHours(3) - (Get-Date)).TotalSeconds))

This will get the number of seconds between the time the script is ran and 3:00AM the following day (on the server time). It then passes the result to shutdown.exe. Obviously this is designed to be ran before midnight. Remember “-r” so it is actually restarting instead of just shutting down.

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Xcode 9 and Xcode 10 Side-by-side

I have been working on Ionic 4 project recently and I hit to wall because since Cordova has compatibly issues with the latest Xcode (10). After headaches with compiling the iOS project I returned to great Ionic documentation about iOS setup where it of course clearly says on the top:

We recommend using XCode 9. Xcode 10 support in Cordova is still a work-in-progress. See this issue for details.

So, yes. You need Xcode 9 if you want to work on Corova still (as writing in Feb 8 2019.) Luckily it is possible to run multiple versions of Xcode on the same machine. You simply need to copy additional versions to Applications with different name. Like this: