October 19, 2017

Installed Dot Net Framework Security Patches Repeatedly Prompts After Reboot

Recently my Windows 7 windows update kept prompting me to update dot Net framework security and quality rollup patch. It started off with KB4041083 for September 2017 and then later included KB4043766 for October 2017. No matter how many times I install, it will always show successful in "View Update History" but upon next boot up, I will get prompted again to install the same patches while other patches that I apply do not show up anymore.

I initially tried to download KB4041083 from Microsoft Update Catalog, which gave me 4 separate patches to download:


September 24, 2017

How to share a Xiaomi webcam/video camera to multiple Mi accounts

Update 11/12/18: After a short conversation with peterherman in the comments regarding how to control sharing permissions, I realized two things. One, if you see different layouts, our versions are probably very different and its not just application home screen difference. Even the settings screens have changed, for example the screen caps below were from Mi Home IOS 3.19.0 but step 6 is no longer required if you are using a later Mi Home app version; Two, different Xiaomi web camera models may not have the exact same functions. So, these may explain why you would see different things from the screen caps below.

Update 12/9/18: Some readers have encountered issues with receiving invites, and solution given by ML and verified by Tan JJ suggests that both your source account and the account to share to needs to have the same region set to receive the invites. I now recall doing that step because initially the Xiaomi Home Security Camera that I wanted to register could not be found in the other regions except China, but it seems that now the device list is similar across different regions, so let me know if other regions works for you in the comment, otherwise try "Mainland China".

Recently got a Xiaomi Home Security Camera 1080p, needed to add it into 2 different Mi Home accounts. The setup process suggested that each device can only be tied to one account, so I had thought it was not possible. But after tinkering around a little, I found the "Share" function which does the job I need. This should also work for other Xiaomi video camera products like Mi 360 Webcam (Xiao Bai), Mi Home Security Camera 360, Xiao Fang Webcam 1080p, Yi Smart Webcam. Apologies that I have to link to the Chinese Xiaomi website, as the US and International websites do not seem to have any information on the Xiaomi webcam products.

By the way, side track and a little cool tip, if you have a Xiaomi TV and you install the Xiaomi app and log on to your account with the cameras, you can actually stream 4 cameras at the same time. Pretty cool feature that I found out. 

Back to topic, here's a pictorial guide on how to share your cameras across Xiaomi accounts:

July 30, 2017

Google Adsense Violation for Malicious Software

I recently received an email from Google Adsense, complaining of new violation on another website of mine.

In the last 24 hours:
  • New violations were detected. As a result, ad serving has been restricted or disabled on pages where these violations of the AdSense Program Policies were found.

I was confused to say the least, as I have not been making any new posts or changes recently. Logging into my Adsense account to check "Policy center", (Adsense > Left Panel > Settings > Policy center), it shows:

"Violation: Malicious Software"

with a funny web address containing a random and unrecognized "proxy9747.my-addr.org" plus one of my post links. This left me with even more ???.