BSF Lesson 18 Readings for the Study of Revelation

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Apple Bluetooth Keyboard on a Surface Pro 3

 

I have a Wireless Apple keyboard which I manage to connect to my Surface Pro 3 (running Windows 10).

However the volume function keys didn’t work. This bugged me to no end so I rolled up my sleeves and used my Google-Fu to figure out a solution.

Installing the keyboard driver

I watched the YouTube (above) and being (too) clever I used a more recent version of BootCamp. The version of BootCamp I used was from using the BootCamp Assistant on my MacBook Air.

The files you want are (after you unzip the BootCamp file) under BootCamp, Drivers, Apple. The two files that you want are the AppleKeyboardInstaller64.exe and BootCamp.msi.

Copy the two files into another directory. Then run the Command Prompt as an Administrator. Switch to the directory containing the two files. Then run the command “msiexec /i BootCamp.msi” (without the quotation marks).

Remember I said I was too clever? The latest version of BootCamp failed for me. The Play/Pause, Forward, Backward function keys worked but not the Volume function keys.

So now I had to uninstall them.

Uninstalling the keyboard driver

I uninstalled Windows Driver Package – Apple Inc. Apple Keyboard from Control Panel.

But when I tried to uninstall Boot Camp Services I couldn’t! The trick to that is to right-click on the BootCamp.msi file in the directory containing the two files, and select Uninstall. Whew!

After that I followed the instructions on the YouTube video more closely. It appears that the drivers on Apple’s website, though older (2015) works. The BootCamp drivers I used was version 5.1.5722 which worked perfectly with my Apple Wireless Keyboard 2011.

Hope this helps someone out there!

Stranger Things

Stranger Things is a Netflix Original TV show.

Stranger Things

It’s obviously a film targeted at people who grew up in the 80s.

When I look at the poster for the show, it is reminiscent to me of  Star Wars, the font of the LucasFilm logo. From the soundtrack by S U R V I V E, the various nods to Stephen King, to the bikes that the kids ride (so so reminiscent of E.T.) everything screams 80s nostalgia!

Ok, ok, the film is set in 1983…

I have to say, I liked it. Strong performances from Winona Ryder and David Harbour help alot. The boys are very credible too. The teenagers had pretty stereotypical roles so they did the best with what they had.

The storyline is somewhat cliched but serviceable. There’s the big bad G-Men, a slow reveal as various characters cotton on to what’s going on, teenage romance, pre-teen friends bonding, etc.

The ending is pretty cathartic and (some) people get what’s coming to them. Unfortunately some (one?) goes missing and obviously the threat is not completely eliminated – after all they have to have  something to go to Season 2 right?

The scares aren’t too scary and the “action” scenes are pretty mild. A throwback to the more innocent times of the 80s.

A good show to while away the time. Recommended.

 

 

OnePlus 3 equals four?

 

OnePlus 31. The screen

AnandTech had a bad review on the screen’s color gamut.  Which they subsequently reversed after OnePlus released a new firmware.

But for me, the fact that it’s a PenTile AMOLED display is a huge negative for me. Especially at this screen size (5.5″).

2 The camera

Some people think that it has bad low light performance. But AnandTech’s review gives it a glowing tick. They reckon it’s even better than the iPhone 6s!

For me low light performance is expected, so that’s another strike against the OnePlus.

3. The memory management

I had bad experiences with memory management with the HTC One X.

I would write a SMS, take a note in a text editor or in Evernote, or type an address in Google Chrome, swap to some other app for some reason or other.

When I returned, whatever I had typed in would have disappeared because of aggressive memory management. 😦

I haven’t been able to ascertain whether the memory management suspends the apps or closes them (and hence losing interim data entry) but I’m not going to take that risk.

4. No go

Adding up these 3 negative points, I’m leaning towards taking the chance on OnePlus 3 3 and buying it.