Open Live Writer

So, I am testing out Open Live Writer to create and publish posts to my blog.  I used to use Windows Live Writer, but they dropped development and support on that.  A group of interested developers took over the code and open sourced it as Open Live Writer. 

 

Setup Open Live Writer to work with BlogEngine.NET:

Open Live Writer does not automatically work with BlogEngine.NET.  It takes a bit of knowledge and effort to get it connected and working. 

For BlogEngine.NET, choose Other Services

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Enter in your blog information.  NOTE, include the “s” in HTTPS in the address.  This will cause an error and force the next page, but without, it will just error out.

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Here you need to choose the type of blog you have.  Choose Metaweblog API from the drop down list.  For the Remote posting web address, follow my example below.  Replace “http://<hostname>/<mw-script>” with the example I provided.

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Depending on your blog setup, you may also get this next screen.

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After this screen, click next and Open Live Writer will do the rest.  Depending on the “theme” of your blog, (or it’s background), you may need to turn off the theme inside Open Live Writer.  Clicking on the Theme button in the image below will turn on or off your theme background.

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I hope the details in this post are a benefit to you… or someone.

Fix: Nexus 7 Refusing to Charge

From time to time my Nexus 7 tablet battery will get drained so low that it can’t be turned on and plugging in the power cord will not wake it or even start it charging.  So now your stuck with a tablet that cant turn on, and cant be charged.  Trying combinations of buttons pressed prior and after plugging in the charging cord failed until I found the right combination.

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To charge a dead Nexus 7:

  1. Plug-in you dead Nexus 7 to a wall charger.
  2. Immediately after plugging it in, press Power and Volume Down buttons at the same time.
  3. It may take several attempts till you get the timing sequence just right.  When it works, 1 of 2 things should happen.
    1. The bootloader menu should load, use the Volume Down until you see “Power Off Device”
      • Choose that option with the power button.
      • Once the device is off, unplug the charger and then plug it back into the device
      • You should now see the battery meter (pictured above) showing it is charging
    2. You should now see the battery meter (pictured above) showing it is charging.

I hope this helps you with you dead Nexus 7.  In the future, we should all make sure to not our Nexus 7 completely run out of power.  When you see it get close to 10%, start charging it.

LG G4 Camera Review

I recently upgraded phone plans with a new LG G4 smart phone.  It was a toss up between Samsung Galaxy S6 and the LG G4, but there was a sweet deal to save $200 off the phone price if you trade in a used smart phone.  So, I have been quite impressed with the phone and it’s camera (the only smart phone at the moment that can take pictures in RAW.  The camera is quite responsive and snappy (my daughter managed to take 22 pictures in 2 or 3 seconds).

From indoor still shots with low light to outside daylight scenery shots, the camera does a great job.  It is after all just a phone camera, so keeping in mind what your light source is, and where it is in relation to your subject is still important.

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Just the other day I took some pictures outside at night (with a church light up) and inside the church (with dim lighting at best) and the camera (or rather its Auto HDR setting) really impressed me.  Sure there is noise in the picture, but wow it did a great job.  Adding the ability to capture images in RAW, allowing for greater tweaks and edits of the image, just makes this camera a little sweeter.

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