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Peter Chodyra
With over 20 years of IT Experience I still come across solutions that are not widely known or published. I hope to be able to bring them to the IT community through this blog. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

LimitlessLED Unboxing

by Peter Chodyra on Sunday, February 3, 2013 2:29 PM

I thought I would share some photos of the unboxing of the LimitlessLED, WiFi enabled LED lightbulbs controlled through the iPhone or an Android device. 

Limitless LED
LED Lights
Philips HUE

Kambrook RF3399 Detailed Photos

by Peter Chodyra on Friday, January 11, 2013 7:58 AM

Detailed photos of the controller's PCB components.

Smartening up the Kambrook RF3399 Power Point Controller

by Peter Chodyra on Thursday, January 10, 2013 12:36 PM

If you live in Australia and home automation then you must have come across the Kambrook RF3399 Power Point Controller. These come with a tiny RF remote and are great for switching on hard to reach power points or devices. Unfortunately its not Smart – yet.

I believe that by integrating this with the SmartThings ThingModule, this power point controller can become an inexpensive smart powerpoint.
smart home
home automatoin

Changing the iPhone ringtone length

by Peter Chodyra on Monday, August 13, 2012 3:23 PM

Is your iPhone ring time too long or too short? Here is a way to change then length of your ring tone.

DotNetNukGeneral Exception - AcquireWriterLockInternal Timeout

by Peter Chodyra on Thursday, January 13, 2011 3:27 PM

Have you been seeing this ERROR in your DotNetNuke 5.4+ EventLogs?

7/5/2010 8:58:08 AM General Exception
AssemblyVersion: 5.4.1
DefaultDataProvider: DotNetNuke.Data.SqlDataProvider, DotNetNuke.SqlDataProvider
InnerException: This operation returned because the timeout period expired. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x800705B4)
Method: System.Threading.ReaderWriterLock.AcquireWriterLockInternal

Created users in AD are not showing up in SBS2008 Console?

by Peter Chodyra on Thursday, October 1, 2009 8:31 AM

Have you just installed SBS2008 and rushed into AD to create your users only to discover that they don't show up in the SBS2008 Console? Yes I am guilty too ...

Configuring Windows Vista or XP, L2TP VPN connection to a server behind a NAT device.

by Peter Chodyra on Saturday, July 4, 2009 3:35 PM

You are probably wondering why L2TP VPN connection is not working when attempting to connect to a Windows Server? Is your client behind a NAT device, for example a router? Is your server behind a NAT device? Then read on this solution may be for you.

Sleep Problem with Laptop running Windows Vista

by Peter Chodyra on Saturday, May 30, 2009 3:33 PM


When you close the lid does your laptop go to sleep?

You've checked the Power Settings and under Power Settings -> "Power buttons and lid" you made sure you have sleep under lid close action?

Well then, there’s is one more option to check.

Apparently Windows Vista has a bug. Under the Power Settings, once again go to "Multimedia settings" and  
under "When sharing media" make sure you have "Allow the computer to sleep".

If that didn't help maybe have a hardware problem with the close lid switch.

Windows XP SP3 - Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) with NLA

by Peter Chodyra on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 8:29 AM

If you are trying to connect to a Windows Server 2008 through RDC (Remote Desktop Connection) you are probably getting this error message:

An authentication error has occurred (Code: 0x80090327)