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Unpacking my Keweisi KWS-V20 USB Tester

I’ve started to taking out from storage some of my electronic related tools to start on some personal projects. Lately, I’ve had the need to measure voltages and currents on USB devices and it’s a pain to setup circuits just to test them.

After, searching the Internet to find a solution, I’ve found out about this small USB tester that allows easy measurement of a USB device’s voltage and current. It also has other features that allows a user to measure other parameters like milli-ampere-hours and the elapse time. This became very useful, for instance, in cases where I want to find out the charging capacities of lithium batteries.

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$1 Home Design 3D App for iOS/macOS

I’ve been using an iOS app called iDraw (now called Graphic when Autodesk acquired it). I use it for creating 2D vector graphics for apps and web site I create. It’s great since Graphic (iDraw) is available both on iOS and MacOS.

Recently, I’ve been trying to learn how to create 3D graphics on MacOS for some personal home projects using SketchUp. For personal projects, SketchUp is actually free. I started looking for an affordable 3D graphics app that runs on iOS (especially on the iPad).

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Automatically Turn on Android Hotspot

When I get out of the house, I usually bring along gadgets that need to connect to the Internet. In my case, I have an Android mobile phone that has the data subscription. I usually turn on the phone’s WiFi Hotspot feature so that my other gadgets will be able to connect to the internet. For me, it has gotten to a point that I decided to do something about this repetitive task of turning on and off my phone’s WiFi Hotspot whenever I leave or arrive my house.

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Publishing updates on Social Networks

Writing articles on a web site provides a way of communicating with others on the Internet. With the gargantuan amount of sites publishing information on the Internet, it is often times a big hurdle to have your voice heard.

One of the many ways in reaching others on the Internet is via social networks. As such, many writers will often post a message on their social network accounts about new articles they have written on their blog. Some writers, would use tools that automates this process.

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Buying an Android Phone in the Philippines

I’ve been an iPhone user for a while now. Been a while since I’ve purchased an Android mobile phone. I’ve decided to find a replacement for the old Sony Xperia smartphones I’ve been using. For starters, the smartphone needs to run on Android Marshmallow (6.x), has dual-SIM support, a fingerprint sensor and has a Bluetooth 4.x chip that has support for peripheral mode Android apps.

It also needs to support all the LTE frequency bands that are currently being used by the local telcos in the Philippines. In doing some research, I found out that in the Philippines, telcos use LTE Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 28 and 41.

After searching for available Android smartphones, I’ve decided to buy an Asus Zenfone 3 Max (ZC553KL model).

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Moving iGerry to SSL

This week, I’ve decided to convert my site, igerry.com, to HTTPS by using SSL certificates from Let’s Encrypt. Let’s Encrypt provides free SSL certificates to web site owners. Getting an SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt is just one part of the whole process of having a site support HTTPS connections.

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Since I’m running a WordPress site, I had to first convert URL references on my site which still use HTTP to start using HTTPS. I found a useful plugin called Better Search and Replace to help me find URL’s on my site and convert the links to HTTPS.

To make sure that visitors to iGerry use an encrypted HTTPS protocol connection, I’ve redirected incoming HTTP url’s to HTTPS url’s.

After I’ve got everthing working, I’ve finally updated my Google Analytics and Search Console configurations to start using the new HTTPS site.

Cheers.