326 – To protect our users from spam and other malicious activity, this account is temporarily locked. Please log in to https://twitter.com to unlock your account.

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Chances are you’re a developer and you’ve found yourself here by doing a Google search for the term ‘326 – To protect our users from spam and other malicious activity, this account is temporarily locked. Please log in to https://twitter.com to unlock your account.’

Turns out it looks like Twitter have made a change to their BotMakers algorithm and tons of accounts are getting locked because of this change, including a load of our own autopo.st customers.

At the moment there has been no official response from Twitter about this, but so far it is clear that something changed on their side on or around 21st March 2017.

From there, many of our customers are having their Twitter accounts locked due to this ‘malicious activity’ yet nothing has changed on our platform.

All that we can suggest at the moment is the following, as suggested on our autpo.st page here :

Please visit this link BEFORE resetting your password; https://support.twitter.com/forms/general?subtopic=suspended and from there, ask why your account has been locked and an explanation of what has happened, indicating that the traffic is legitimate and not malicious. From there, please proceed to reset you password by simply logging into your account at this page https://twitter.com/login 

We’ve got this entry going on the Twitter Community page here but there has been little response from Twitter other than a response quoting that it is not an API issue, rather it is an issue with individual accounts, which I feel is not strictly true.

It looks like this isn;t the first time this has happened (the algorithm went a little haywire) as reported in this post by website Tech Crunch

I’d be keen to hear from anyone that is suffering from the same issues to post here, or even better on the Twitter Community page here.

I’m hoping we can get some kind of response from Twitter as we’ve spent 3 years developing the autopo.st platform and at the moment it’s not looking great.

Installing the Eonon G2210 head end unit in a Mercedes W204

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UPDATE : DO NOT BUY ONE OF THESE! SEE BELOW

I’ve just bought myself this Eonon G2110 Head End unit to replace the default Audio 20 unit in a Mercedes Benz W204.

The Eonon G2210 offers a lot of flexibility and is Android based which means it can easily be customised. It offers all the benefits of a tablet with the advantage of being a double DIN head end unit.

I was initially looking at installing a tablet in the car but then realised that there was no need to try and re-invent the wheel when there was already this type of unit available, and at a decent price. The unit is currently available from Amazon UK at a very decent price of £265.

This isn’t quite a review yet, but I’m hoping that this post will show up in some Google searches for the same problem that I have encountered. My issue is that it seems impossible to connect the unit up to the CANBUS system (present in the Mercedes Benz, but also in a large number of other vehicles.

The manufacturer of the unit, Eonon, have told me that the unit is not compatible with the CANBUS system, but the unit has a steering wheel unit screen and I fail to understand what other purpose this learning screen does if it is not for decoding the CANBUS signals from both the steering wheel and the other items that would be handy (next/previous track, answer, hang up, vaolume up and down, etc…)

So, I am hoping that this post will get picked up for other people struggling to do the same and we can help each other out.

At the moment I have ordered these cables in a hope that I can get something working:

CTSMC005.2 MERCEDES C CLASS 2007 – 2013 STEERING STALK CONTROL ADAPTOR INTERFACE

If you come across this thread, and you have been able to find anything out, please let me know. Also, if you are looking for a solution, please leave a comment below and we’ll see if we can get this working!

EDIT : I managed to finally get this working. As soon as I can I will post the instructions and a brief guide on how I got it to work.

UPDATE : DO NOT BUY ONE OF THESE UNITS! I’m on my second unit and it is now unusable. They are utterly useless. The first one went back after a few months, it just died. I was sent an ‘updated’ replacement unit under warranty which laster a few more months and then the SD card slot broke and now it just factory resets itself when I turn it on. Eonon will not help as it is now out of warranty. AVOID THIS BRAND!

Installing RAID on an Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 with Windows 7 64bit

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Hello!

If you’ve found yourself here because you’ve Googled problems configuring or installing Windows 7 Professional 64 bit on a RAID on the Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 motherboard, then you’re probably wondering what you have been doing wrong, and why it doesn’t seem to work!

The symptoms are that once you have configured the RAID in BIOS, Windows 7 (64 bit) will not install and pauses asking for drivers.

After wasting hours on this, and trying to give it RAID drivers from the Asus website, it turns out it isn’t the RAID drivers it is looking for, it is the USB3 drivers it is looking for.

The easy solution is to not try and load Windows 7 via the USB3 slot, and just use any of the other USB slots to load the operating system from. This problem is badly documented here.

If you need help actually setting up RAID in the BIOS, drop me a message here.

Building your own 19″ server for a datacentre

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Hi all,

I thought I would document this server build as I went along. I hope it will be of use to you.

I had a need to have a server colocated at a data centre and needed not only processing power and RAM, but also hard drive space. To buy the power I needed in a new machine as going to cost quite a large sum of money so instead, I have decided to build my own.

I had initially understood that the main way that datacentres calculated the cost of colocating servers was by 1U spaces in their racks, with this in mind I went of in search for the most powerful server I could get in a 1U space. I did look at second hand servers which, on initial inspection, seemed to be reasonably priced, but I soon discovered that if I needed anything decent, it was still going to cost quite a bit.

Parallel to searching for a 1U server (at this stage I believed it had to be 1U because the main pricing for datacentres was all about rack space per 1U) I was getting quotes for rack space at datacentres. It was at this stage that I realised there was a new item to throw into the mix… Power consumption! I always thought that as long as I could get my machine into a 1U space the only other thing I had to worry about was data transfer. Wrong! Not only did I now have to consider the power consumption, some datacentres were quoting in miliamps! Yes, in miliamps!

I now had a whole new problem…

Not only did I have to get all my processing power into 1U, I also had to get it to have a mains rating of less than 0.4A! Just to be clear, there are many other power ratings available, but the price soon starts to go up after you go over the maximum of 0.4 on the basic entry level and don’t forget, I’m on a budget here!

It’s at this stage I decide to do some measurements on a machine I have at home to get an idea of how much power I can get away with. At home I have a desktop with Asus M5A78L-M USB3 Motherboard with an AMD Quad Core 4.2GHz Bulldozer FX-4170 processor. This should give me a good indication of how much power I am going to use… Here’s a pic of the motherboard:
motherboard

 

 

 

 

 
I’ll try and do updates every week with how it’s all going and include some pictures on the way too!

As they say, stay tuned!

If you want, you can subscribe to updates on this item by entering your email address below, or follow me on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

UPDATE 11/03/2014
So, it’s been a while, lots has happened but I haven’t had time to do any updates at all!

Here is the 1U server case that I bought


And the 2 SATA 2TB hard drives that I am going to RAID up:
2013-12-09 17.34.551

 

 

 

 

 

Well, unfortunately, the 1U server case didn’t work out! So, despite all attempts to squash everything into my pretty new 1U server rack (which I did manage!) the fan that I bought was unable to dissipate the heat from the powerful processor fast enough and within a matter of seconds of being switched on it ramped up to way past the 61C maximum temperature that this particular processor can run at. So that was the end of that.

Here’s the 1U fan:
fan

 

 

 

 

 

This meant that I was going to have to find not only a 2U server case, but also a datacentre that had decent prices for housing a 2U rack instead of the 1U that I was hoping for.

So, back to the drawing board and buying a 2U server rack! Oh, and a bigger CPU fan too, since that was the main problem.

Well, the 2U server rack turned up, as did the hefty AM3+ CPU cooler and all was fitted into the rack and tested again and guess what?? The fan was again incapable of dissipating the heat from the processor. Within just a few minutes of starting up the server and stressing it, the temperature again reached over 61C (although it took longer and didn’t go much above the 61C) so I was left with little option to find a server case that would accommodate the original fan that came with the processor. This would mean ditching the 2U case and going or a 3U case which was going to cost much more money (per month) at the datacentre. Remember they charge per U of rack space and per 0.1A of current used. All of a sudden, this was getting expensive!

Here are the pics of the 2U server case:

I spent what seemed like an eternity searching for CPU fans for the AM3+ processor that would not only fit in a 2U server case but would also be able to disipate enough heat from the processor to keep it under 61C but ended up with the same one that I had already bought, so resigned myself to the fact that I could do no more in 2U.

Time to buy a 3U server case! Unfortunately, as this was getting a little expensive now (first the 1U case, then a 2U case), I had access to a 4U case rather than having to shell out on a brand new 3U server case so I decided to grab the 4U case and start installing all the bits in there.

Here are some pics of the box going together:

Of course in the background to all this, I had the concern about finding a datacentre that could offer me a decent deal on a 4U server! This turned out to not be ‘too’ much of a problem, and I am currently in negotiations with a datacentre in the UK.

More soon!

How to fix your IBM Lenovo T60 laptop with 4 beeps

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Hi there,

You may have found yourself here through a Google search because you have an IBM Lenovo T60 that will not boot up (appears dead) and has a sequence of 4×4 beeps (four sets of four beeps).

The symptoms are:

– 4 sets of 4 short beeps
– Nothing on screen
– No access to BIOS

This is what I did to fix my problem:

There was a lot of talk on the Internet through searches about it being a problem with the security chip on the motherboard and the motherboard being toast. Fortunately I ploughed on and was able to fix it without throwing the machine away.

First of all, I reseated the RAM as four beeps ‘could’ be RAM related. This did not help and the fault remained.

I then decided to do what I would do with any PC which is reset the BIOS and get everything back to basics.

To reset the BIOS, follow these steps:

– Unplug the AC mains adaptor.

– Take out the main battery.

– Take out the CMOS battery as shown in this video

– With no power (mains, battery, CMOS battery) press the power button 10 times and on the 11th press, hold it down for 30 seconds.

– Reconnect the CMOS battery.

– Insert the main battery.

– Reconnect the AC mains adaptor.

– Press the power button to start the laptop.

– Enter BIOS by pressing the blue ‘ThinkVantage’ button and correct al lthe settings you need to.

Hey presto!

This worked for me, I hope it helps you! If it did, click below and buy me a coffee!

Thanks!




‘Network Audio Player’ project completed!

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Well, I’m very pleased to say that I’ve just finished off a project for Instore Radio which involved designing a low cost audio streaming device. I’ve spent a few months on and off coding the device and then recently spent some time designing the case and we now have a finished prototype!

 

The device is designed to work on Instore Radios audio streaming platform and is fully configurable online via a purpose-built web front end so that users can log in and configure the unit via the web. The configuration is then pushed to the device. This is what the front-end web interface looks like:

Instore Radio Control Panel 2-2

The main purpose of the device, apart from being a low cost option for their clients, is to be permanently connected to their audio streaming servers. The device constantly monitors the audio stream and if required, then connects to a backup audio stream. The idea is that the unit will always ‘self-heal’ in the case of any network disruption.

The unit includes an LCD screen which gives out periodic information of the status of the device.

Instore Radio display

There is much more information on Instore Radios website here.

Toshiba S2450-101 Satellite Pro with 2GB RAM

Toshiba S2450-101 2GB RAM
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Well, I have still have my trustworthy Toshiba S2450-101 Satellite Pro laptop! I forget when it was purchased, but all I remember is that it was one hell of a machine for its time. An Intel 2.6GHz processor, 256MB RAM and a DVD player! Wow… Even now 2.6GHZ is a good processor speed, imagine what it was like years ago…

Anyway, you’ve probably come across this post from a search because Toshiba say that you can’t have 2GB of RAM in this machine and the maximum RAM is 768MB. There are a lot of questions asked about this on the Internet so I thought I’d go ahead and give it a go.

The first thing to do was see if the machine would go above the 768MB advertised maximum RAM. I already had 1GB in it as I thought that was the most it could take, in the form of 2x512MB RAM modules. The laptop only has 2 slots, so they were both full.

I purchased what seemed like quite an expensive 1GB PC2100 266MHz memory module from Amazon (link here for the one I used) for just under £20 here in the UK, they are cheaper from China, check Ebay. I popped it in the machine alongside the 512MB I already had and it worked just fine showing a whopping(!) 1.5GB of RAM.

Time to see if it would take the full 2GB of RAM, I waited until I could find another 1GB module which I did here and it arrived this morning so I popped it in to see what happened.

Toshiba S2450 laptop with 2GB of RAMThe machine booted up normally and hey presto, it is running with the 2GB of RAM! 🙂

 

 

So, Toshiba appear to be wrong, as do many others preaching on the Internet that this laptop will not take more than the advertised 768MB of RAM as I have carried out the test myself and can confirm that it will indeed take 2GB of RAM.

This is a link for the exact type of RAM that I used, the reason I point it out is that I was quite selective about the exact type of module I used. I’d grab them up as they are getting harder and harder to get hold of, maybe given the age of the machines.

Good luck!

 

When will someone at airtelbroadband.in get a grip?

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Enough is enough!

The administrators of airtelbroadband.in must be more than aware of their network being used on a constant basis to SPAM people. Yet day after day tons of SPAM turn up from their network. When will they do something about it?

Ever heard of these characters:

Stella Fair
Ivan Ballard
Donna Gabriel

There are more, but these are the most common ones…

Are there any genuine users of this network or has it been set up with the only purpose of spamming other Internet users.

If you run any kind of network that is connected to the Internet, do yourself (and your users) a huge favour and just block this whole range of IP’s. NOTHING good comes from them:

182.64.0.0 to 182.79.255.255

They are all operated by the same network, Bharti Airtel Limited, and all that comes from them is SPAM on a daily basis.

I fail to believe that they are unaware of what is going on and they are FAILING to do anything about it and get control of their network.

ACT NOW! Before more and more people block your whole network for spamming and then the little amount of genuine users you will have left will suffer because of it. Thats said, with the few genuine users you have, they will be getting a poor service due to the amount of spam being transmitted over your network clogging it up!