Tip: Clearing Google Chrome DNS pre-fetching cache

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Google Chrome LogoWhile setting up the Sector 7e Blog site I ran into a problem with Google Chrome 23 that I would like to share my remedy with everyone.  During the initial setup of the 7e Digital blog the domain address changed a few times. Usually this in not a huge problem, you just wait a few minutes to or up to 24 hours and your domain will have made its way through the internet and to you DNS server.

Several minutes, hours and then a day passed and I was still unable to access my blog.  So I tried accessing it on my phone.  It worked…  I went back to my PC but still nothing.  I started up Internet Explorer*cringe*, and I was able to access my blog.  The same was true with Firefox.  Well then it must be Google Chrome then.

After some research I found that a feature in Google Chrome called DNS pre-fetching was the culprit. Most sites had the remedy for an old version of Google Chrome.  So below are my instructions for clearing the latest version of Google Chrome.

Google Chrome Settings ButtonStep 1: Click on the Google Chrome Settings Button and click “settings”. (Circled in red above)

Google Chrome Advanced SettingsStep 2: Click “Show advanced settings…”

Google Chrome Clear Browsing Data ButtonStep 3: Under Privacy click the “Clear browsing data…” button

Google Chrome Clear Browsing Data DNSStep 4: Select “the beginning of time” in the drop down menu, and uncheck all options except for “Empty the cache”. Click “Clear browsing data” and your DNS issue should be fixed.

All ReadyNAS devices receive a firmware update

Netgear ReadyNAS V2 ARM based NAS devices

Netgear ReadyNAS V2 ARM based NAS devices

RAIDiator firmware has been updated to 5.3.7 (ARM), 4.2.22 (x86) and 4.1.10 (Sparc)  on the  popular Netgear ReadyNAS line of devices.  The x86 and now discontinued Sparc product line received mostly just bug fixes as well as the new features listed below, while the ARM line was graced with several new features.

The fact that the ARM line with the latest generation of RAIDiator 5.x firmware was the only version to get any new features seems to point in the direction of Netgear getting ready to release RAIDiator 5.x on the x86 line as well.  This is needed to keep Netgear competitive against QNAP, Synology and Buffalo’s latest NAS server offerings.

x86 – RAIDiator 4.2.22

  • EXT4 format support for USB device
  • Bug fixes

ARM – RAIDiator 5.3.7

  • Enhance Genie Apps support
  • Enhance ReadyRemote & ReadyDrop support
  • Support .MTS video file searching for DLNA client
  • Support remote UPS and enhance local UPS settings
  • Support reset share permissions
  • Support DLNA rescan when enable other service
  • Bug fixes

Sparc – RAIDiator 4.1.10

  • Enhanced ReadyDLNA rescan process
  • Bug fixes

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HP Touchpad build of Cyanogenmod gets camera support

HP Touchpad with Cyanogenmod 9 nightly

HP Touchpad with Cyanogenmod 9 nightly

The Android developer Dorregaray at Rootzwiki.com has created support for the HP Touchpad camera in Cyanogenmod 9.  While the fix has not made it into the nightly HP Touchpad Cyanogenmod 9 builds just yet we can use the build from Dorregaray located here: http://rootzwiki.com/topic/34482-unofficial-cm9-with-working-camera/

The camera driver is still the original Android 2.3 gingerbread driver, but uses a wrapper making it compatible with the Android 4.0 kernel. This is great news for everyone that refuses to move on from their $149 fire sale WebOS tablets such as myself.

Cyanogenmod.com domain held hostage

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Visit Cyanogenmod.org for the latest builds of cyanogenmod.

The Cyanogenmod team lost control of there .com domain over when a team member was confronted for impersonating another for personal gain. The Cyanogenmod team refused to identify the former team member out of respect for his personal well being and future career.  According to the blog post a former unnamed team member had control of the .com domain and demanded a $10,000 ransom in return.  The Cyanogenmod team refused to pay the ransom, but instead began using Cyanogenmod.org as their primary domain.

The Cyanogenmod team successfully talked down the individual in question.  The ex-team member agreed to retain control of the .com domain, but instead 301 redirect it to their new .org domain name.  The Cyanogenmod team is insisting that there be no retaliation toward the ex-team member because of his actions.

Kudos to the Cyanogenmod team for their cool heads in such a outrageous situation.  They have stated they learned their lesson and will restructure the team to prevent one person from having full control of any one asset.  In addition they advised the members on the Cyanogenmod community to not take any action toward the ex-team member, as they are pursuing all legal avenues to regain control of all their domain and email systems.

Android Code name guesses

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The logo for Googles' open source mobile operating system, Android.If your a fan of Googles’ open source mobile operating system I’m sure you have always wondered what the next code name will be.  So have we! We have is our list of current and potential android code names that Google may use.
 
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  • Android 1.0 – Didn’t have an official code name
  • Android 1.1 – Petit four
  • Android 1.5 – Cupcake
  • Android 1.6 – Donut
  • Android 2.0 – Enclair
  • Android 2.1 – Enclair
  • Android 2.2 – Froyo
  • Android 2.3 – Gingerbread
  • Android 3.0- Honeycomb
  • Android 4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Android 4.1- Jelly Bean
  • Android 4.2- Jelly Bean (Current Version)
  • Android 4.3 or 5.0- Key Lime Pie (Next Version)
  • Lemon Marange Pie
  • Muffin
  • Nougat
  • Oatmeal Cookie
  • Pecan Pie
  • Queen of Pudding
  • Red Velvet Cake
  • Strawberry Short Cake (Snickerdoodle?)
  • Truffle
  • Upside Down Cake
  • Vanilla Ice Cream 
  • Wafer Cookie
  • X – ?
  • Yogurt
  • Zebra Cake

Tesla Model S wins Car of the Year

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  Tesla won the 2013 Motor Treat Car of the Year, making it the first electric car to win this prestigious award.  This a a step forward for Electric Vehicles becoming mainstream vs standard combustion vehicles or even hybrids.  What is that made this the first major EV success?

Styling

Lets start with the Model S styling.  The Model S looks like its gas powered counterparts,  and does not suffer from the typical form before style that EV’s, hybrids and even your standard eco-cars do. The Nissan LEAF being the worst most recent offender here.  The Model S style is on par with all of the luxury sedans that it is intended to compete with.  Most people are shocked to hear that this is an all electric car.

Performance

So the Model S looks fast, but what is the real world performance like?  Lets start with the raw numbers first.  The base(signature) Model S has 362hp, 325 ft/lbs of torque and a range of 300 miles, while the performance model model pushes 416hp and 443ft/lbs of torque.  To put those numbers into perspective the 2013 Ford F150 with a 6.2L V8 outputs 411hp and 434ft/lbs of torque, making the Model S more powerful then a V8 Ford F150 pickup.  Yeah, wrap your head around that one!

Watch the Tesla Model S drag race a BMW M5...

Concerns

Now what about the downsides of electric vehicles?  Isn’t long distance travel going to be difficult, if not impossible? The Model S gets 300 miles on a charge with the 85kWh battery pack and Teslas’ free Supercharging stations will give owners of the Model S free long distance charging for the life of the vehicle.  The superchargers are capable of charging your vehicle with 150 miles of range in 30 minutes.  A 30 minutes break after 300 miles of driving seems like a well deserved break.

What about the high cost of the Tesla Model S?  The Model S is intended on competing in the luxury sedan market, so we will use the BMW M5 as the baseline example.  The BMW M5 starts $89,900 for the base model, which provides 560hp and 500 ft/lbs of torque.  The top-tier performance Model S pushes 416hp and 443ft/lbs of torque for $97,900, yet with what seems to be a power disadvantage for the Model S it still smokes the BMW M5 drag race(as seen above).  The secret sauce is the fact that in the Tesla Model S, and all other EV’s, 100% of their torque is available at 0 rpms making this think the 1/4 mile king.

Conclusion

In conclusion the Tesla Model S is the style and functionality benchmark for all future EV’s to be based on.  The Model S is the first mass production EV to show the world that EV’s are efficient, fast and can look just as good as a standard ICE vehicle, while in many cases superior to gas powered vehicles.  Let’s hope the next vehicle after the Model X crossover, the rumored sub $30,000 Telsa BlueStar, has the same polish for a price that most people can afford.  If Tesla can pull this off we may have to start referring to the US automakers as the “big 4.”

         Watch the Motor Trend Car of the Year announcement