I was stumped for an hour or so this morning as I was trying to figure out how to get Sketchup to render drawing edits, as opposed to simply rendering geometric or camera views.  But then I hit on this video after using the search, 'way to include model edits in scene animation sketchup'.  This video actually doesn't describe exactly what I was looking for.  Nevertheless it describes a neat trick to rendering a drawing into a presention that involves section planes.  But it was the key to another trick involving copying and pasting components as well as hiding those components successively as required in each scene.  Neat. 




Construction Sequence Animation in SketchUp Tutorial

SketchUp Trainer

Uploaded on 2 Feb 2010

How to use scenes and section cuts in SketchUp to create an animation sequence.

If you're wondering how a Hisense smart TV would work fine one day and then stop connecting to Netflix for no apparent reason whatsover the next, you're not alone.  This was the case with our relatively new Hisense TV just a few days ago. 


Actually, the problem first appeared longer ago than that.  But the brain sometimes refuses to engage the issue when the issue first appears and other problems are much more pressing.


But I finally found the motivation, or nerve, to tackle the problem.  And as usual, the problem is not ours alone and there is a faithful crowd of complainants to draw on from the online community.  In this case, we're of course looking for the Hisense TVs not connecting Netflix community.  And a search using that exact term did not let me down.


It certainly helps that there are plenty of others who have experienced the same problem who also voice their experience online in some way.  But it's gold when you find someone who has taken the bull by the horns and wrestled it to the ground decisively.  Because that's apparently the only way one would ever know why a "smart" TV would suddenly stop working with Netflix - aside from wrestling the bull oneself.


So this person went to the trouble of calling Hisense and asking for support.  What a novel idea!  Actually, I'd still rather read through the posts of others experiencing the same problem looking for the solution.  But that's by the by.  The answer this person got is one of those solutions that thankfully works, but still leaves you scratching your head.  So what is it?


Are you ready for this?  Here it is.  If your Hisense TV will not connect to Netflix for some unfathomable reason, the solution is...


Go to menu-audio-balance.  Then push 1969 on your remote.  Go down to factory options.  Go down to clean all.  After it gets done doing that, unplug your TV for one minute then turn it back on.

And who should I thank for this, who had the patience and sense (sorry for the pun) to call Hisense and wait for an hour?  This person here at AskMeFast


It has been my experience that the most important discoveries are born out of necessity.  Take the latest technological snafu presented by my daughter.  I found her crying in utter despair over having just unintentionally deleted from our camcorder ALL of our family videos of the last 3 years.  She realized immediately what she'd done and there was no amount of consoling I could offer to ease her mind, until I - perhaps foolishly - promised I'd look into a way to recover the deleted files. 


Now this comes on the heels of a recent disaster where my wife lost ALL of her files when her external hard-drive died.  In that episode, we'd found out that recovering those files would potentially cost somewhere around $2,000 dollars - upon hearing which, my wife did not even bat a eye while I nearly lost my lunch.  So it was to my great relief that the computer store called back to report that the drive could not be saved, as in fact, one percent of these cases cannot.


I bring that up to show that I was not hopeful of any kind of recovery, which is why I felt kind of foolish making that promise to my daughter. 


A couple of days go by in which my daughter repeatedly asks me if I'd saved the camera videos.  By then I knew I wasn't going to get out of this easily.  But I was also growing more and more curious about finding some solution to this conundrum.  And curiousity finally got the better of me.


I was browsing no more than a few minutes when I found the answer graciously and generously provided by another person who was immersed in a similar type of data disaster.  And I'm not talking about one of those "coulda, woulda, shoulda" type of answers that you frequently find online.  This person did their homework and FOUND the answer.


Thank God they did do their homework too.  Because this statement could have easily applied to me too:  "[the program] runs through the terminal with a basic user interface so my initial reaction was ‘ugh – this looks too hard’ and I forgot about it."  But after taking a second look and realizing how simple operating the software program was, she could report with me, "what do you know, it recovered everything!"


And I can tell you too, truly, this thing works.  I went from having almost no hope that any of the videos deleted from the camcorder would ever be recovered to having a folder sitting on my computer with every last bit of those deleted files intact.  I was ecstatic!


So now, while reveling in this latest discovery of mine, that's not really mine but a person named Fuzzy14 here, I now resolved to record this discovery here under things that work.  Because there's nothing more inspiring than discovering things that work.


The program is PhotoRec and it can be downloaded from cgsecurity.org, the website that produces it, here.  I really can't say enough about how amazing this program is.  But I need to say that the risk is all yours if you decide to use it.


And another thing that bears emphasis if you decide to use PhotoRec, is that you need to follow the instructions that are provided on cgsecurity.org carefully and diligently.  The instructions are not hard or complicated.  But if you're someone like me who is not that comfortable around a terminal interface that PhotoRec operates by, you could miss it altogether, or - worse - make matters worse (as in do some permanent damage to your files).  For example, I would not let my daughter or an average nine year-old try to operate this program.  But if you're a Dad or Mom who is comfortable on a Mac or Windows machine, this should not be a problem for you.


With that, have at it!


Additional Note:  This program comes together with another program called TestDisk which is possibly the more weighty data recovery program.  I'm going to have to dig into this program shortly to try and recover some files that were "lost" when my external Seagate drive had the biscuit some time ago.  Most indications are that there is no hope of recovery outside of some high cost forensic data recovery service.  However, I will give it a try.


TestDisk is available under the same link for Photorec above.  But here is the direct link:  TestDisk


On a further note, I recently found a good YouTube describing how to use TestDisk for recovering files from a "dead" hard drive.  That video can be found here or you can view it above.

For the average computer user like myself and my wife, there is probably nothing more annoying and disruptive than having a browser hijacked by a piece of rubbish called Trovi.  I have no hesitation naming names because of the maliciousness of this company and the sheer nerve they've displayed towards those of us who don't appreciate what they're doing.  This "little" browser hijacker came up about a month ago on my wife's computer.  The effect was Mozilla's Firefox opens with the web site whose name starts with a T, which is followed by an R, and then an O, followed by a V, and ends with an I - even if the Home Page in Firefox Options is anything but [name redacted].  Not cool.  Not cool at all.


When you type [name redacted] in Startpage, you'll find out that this is known as a 'Browser Helper[???] Object'.  Lavasost here says, "It is able to become the startup page of your web browser via modifying browser settings. No matter which browser you are using (Internet Explorer, Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Opera), you can see the browser is occupied by it completely."  They also name the company responsible.   


But who cares.  We just want to know how to get rid of it.  Well, even if evil is as evil does, there are thankfully those who practice the exact opposite in the computer world. 


Thank God for the good geeks!  And there are even those who go the extra mile to help out a fellow internet user in pain.  And it's good to know that for every [name redacted] that threatens the general workflow of the computer world, there is another who hasn't joined the dark side.  Stelian Pilici is one of those good guys who saved the day for my wife and me when we followed the steps he gives here.  Another, slightly more in depth, description of steps to get rid of [name redacted] is also here.  However, the Stelian's description did the trick right off the bat for us.


I would add that the key for us was the recommended program in step 3, AdwCleaner.  That's because we had already tried Malwarebytes on our own before finding Stelian's solution and the offending rubbish was not removed.  So if you do nothing else, try downloading AdwCleaner and running this piece of software which can be found here.