Please spread the message “Don’t Drive Drunk or Drugged!”

My letter to the Riverside County District Attorney:

I wanted to reach out and see what we are doing about the ongoing DUI problem in our state & specifically our area.

My uncle, George Mouratidis, was one of the people killed by a drunk driver on the 2019 Memorial Day weekend…one of 34 deaths and 1099 DUI arrests that weekend it seems.

A great family man…of all the people in the world I knew, was the least deserving of such a tragic, and abrupt, end. He leaves behind his two children and my mother to now fight a custody battle with their biological mother over the children she and my uncle were raising. We haven’t even the proper chance to grieve because of this Family Law mess, and wouldn’t even be in this life changing situation had it not been for a drunk driver that day. What can we expect to see served as justice to a person that has ruined the lives of multiple people…forever?

5/26/19 (Accident happened around 4:10AM Sunday Morning) -> My uncle worked 3 jobs on his way home from his last delivery that night. -> Drunk driver bailed out same day…with a court appearance 7/25 ?! Must be nice to walk free while my uncle is dead, and we’re dealing with an emotional and legal nightmare.

The statistics are scary, and many people are getting killed by careless DUI drivers. We punish other crimes more severely it seems…I don’t understand how people can get off with as little as 4 years when they clearly must be aware of the risks of drunk/drugged driving. There are multiple ride-share services, cabs, motel/hotel, sleeping in car, and so many other options (stay home and get smashed perhaps?). In 2019 – it’s simply a person’s clear choice to endanger their lives and of others. The justice served to these DUI criminals is unequal. I won’t list all of them…but here are a few recent ones that stuck out.

This person gets only 4 years? What about the lifetime sentence they give to the families of the person(s) they kill/injure? -> It’s called “DUI Gross negligent manslaughter here”. What makes it “gross negligence” vs “murder”? This lady was more innocent than the guy on meth from June 4th? Previous convictions appear to be required to try for DUI Murder…do we really want to WAIT and see these DUI killers end more innocent lives? I have read the legal definitions to be certain, but it seems the penalties these killers are getting away with are way too light.

Even more disturbing is that these people can bail out the same day! Who knows…go home and get drunk/high some more and drive because they are facing legal problems now..If they blew a .08 or above, it would seem like enough evidence to hold them until their trial at least. I can appreciate the “innocent until proven guilty”, but what part of a scientific test to determine BAC results can be disputed? Clearly they were intoxicated at, or above, the legal limit.

5/13/19: -> Hit and Run DUI killer -> gets out on bail same day.

5/25/19: -> Killed Frank Dominguez the day before another drunk killed my uncle the following day.

6/3/19: -> Killed 15 year old girl bails out in under 24-hours:

This guy gets lots of news coverage and they want to charge him for Murder though…(as they ALL should be). He killed one person and injured others. Why does his killing of a person while DUI get these charges vs others see lesser sentences because their cases aren’t on the televised news?

All of the above examples resulted in the death of 1 person. I hope we can see equal justice in our country against people that, frankly, have NO excuse for driving under the influence of anything. They all killed someone because of their lack of judgement. No different (in my opinion) if they randomly shot a loaded gun in to the sky, and it killed someone. Sure they didn’t “Mean to kill that person” – but it’s equally as stupid in 2019 that someone would do such a thing. It’s VERY obvious that the results are likely going to hurt or kill someone.

What’s the biggest kicker? It seems that NONE of the Drunks die, or suffer much, compared to the victims they hit. Most of them are barely injured (if at all like the case in my uncle – she “hurt her wrist” while my uncle was DOA in a flipped 2018 Toyota Tacoma with “Cardiac Arrest – Failed to resuscitate”).

Please help get these killers off the street. Nobody should have to suffer the loss of a loved one because of anyone else’s poor choices. Drinking/Drugged driving is 100% preventable = Zero Excuses. It’s 2019 with TV, radio, internet, schools, organizations (MADD + others) that spread enough information that nobody can claim ignorance to the effects of drunk driving.

Thank you for your time – I pray we can fix this issue…People are scared to drive around here now, especially after June 4th.


In summary to my letter from above:


If you are so inclined – Please check

Anything (especially prayers) would be greatly appreciated.

UPDATE (Dec, 2019):

The drunk driver is still free and waiting on trial…it’s been months since my uncle’s death and no justice has yet to be served. The kids are gone with their mom (permanently), and life has completely changed for me. Can’t believe this is how our justice system works while criminals walk free :/

How to fix broken install button phpBB 3.2 with Nginx

It looks phpBB 3.2 is no longer super friendly with Nginx unless you put a specific entry in your server block…And by not super friendly…I mean you can’t even install the damn thing anymore with a standard server block configuration!

However, All you have to do is add this after one of the locations in there:

        location /install/app.php {
                 try_files $uri $uri/ /install/app.php?$query_string;

This took me a while to find, so hopefully it helps you! After adding this, I finally was able to get the Installation to appear after clicking the “Install” tab 🙂

Found it here:

Thanks battye!

Merry Christmas!

Been a while since I’ve provided an update. Crypto has taken a dive for the most part, sites have been hacked, and the Holidays are upon us. So…I’ve added an x86 emulator to the site for some fun. Check it out and…

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

(Originally Posted December 18, 2018)

Best Crypto Staking Pool

Still doing crypto? Well you’re probably shying away from mining with GPU/Asic because the electricity is not on par with the profits. If you are still using ASICs – well then…you need even more staking to offset the costs!



I’ve been using them for a couple of months and I’m impressed! They seem to add new coins here and there (they tend to avoid low value coins and add higher value coins).

They even have their own coin (StakeCube Coin – SCC) which is doing pretty good!

(Originally Posted October 6, 2018)

UPDATE – I knew these sites are prime targets for hackers…and they DID get hacked. However, I respect that they are trying to repay all the users and continue operations. I’ve received some funds back and will continue to stake with these folks!

FIX For Android “Out of Space” error when installing APK

OK…So this issue had really pissed me off and I had finally found a fix for it. Anyone that has a rooted phone has possibly heard of APPS2SD or Link2SD…you most certainly have heard of it if you have a rooted phone like the Samsung On5 with extremely limited (FFS!) Internal Memory space.

Well have you “All of a sudden” began having errors when attempting to install APK files? I was able to install (most) apps from the Google Play Store app with no issues. However, I was not able to install any APK of any file. I wanted to mess around with LuckyPatcher, so I thought perhaps it was being blocked by KNOX or something…nope – It will warn you about the installation when it’s successful. Otherwise “Out of Space” errors galore.

To fix this you need to go in to APPS2SD (or other) and set the default location to “Auto” vs the default “External”.

In Apps2SD:

  • Click “Link apps to SD card”
  • Press the Menu button on the upper right (the three …)
  • Set Install Location
  • Set to Auto and press OK
  • Exit out of the app
  • Try to install your APK again 🙂

Links2SD has a Menu -> Settings -> “Install location” option where you can do the same thing. However, if you initially used Apps2SD like me…(or possibly vice-versa though I haven’t confirmed this) – you will have to use the original app that you used to set the default location. At least…I had to as it wouldn’t let me do this in Links2SD

I can not take credit for this fix – and I’m a person who gives credit where due:

(Originally Posted June 2, 2018)

All HYIP Crypto Programs Are SCAMS

Don’t do them…I’ve been screwed over on multiple scams!

Prior posts have been removed after I rebuilt the site (upgrade failure…had to recover…long story). But here are the scams I can confirm as they ripped me off:

Bitconnect ( (
Dioxen ( (
Laser.Online ( (

There are LOTS more that existed, exist, and will likely appear. If it sounds too good to be true, it IS.

Even some that are not scams are prime targets for hackers to take you down…or get “hacked” and exit with your coins…

Be Careful 😉

Easy WiFi Reception Fixes

Many people wonder what they can do to improve their Wi-Fi performance and coverage. It usually comes down to:

  • What Wireless Channel it is (and those around you) using?
  • What device you are actually using, and is it too old?
  • Does it have external antennas (so you can add a bigger one!)?

Wireless Channels

The most important (and common issue) is conflicting wireless channels. What? Your wireless communicates on either 2.4Ghz (Typically 1-11) and/or 5Ghz channels (Between 50-144). If you, and everyone around you (Especially Apartments & Condos) have the same channel in use – you may be fighting each other’s signals! First, check what wireless CHANNELS your neighbors are using (Your Computer’s WiFi Scan should help, Android can use Wifi Analyzer and iPhones are a pain…but if it’s jailbroken try WiFi Explorer or WiFiFoFum from Cydia). If everyone is on the same channel (common default is Channel 6), you should try changing yours to one that’s different than theirs. Even if you’re not able to figure out how to do the scan…you can still change the channel you are on. Try 11, or 1, to see which one gives you better performance/coverage. Sometimes the channel conflicts is why you suffer from wireless problems. (NOTE: You will probably have to rescan/reconnect your wireless device each time you change the channel!)

Your Wireless Modem/Gateway or Router

The second most important is to have a decent Wi-Fi device. This may be what the internet provider gave you (a Wireless Gateway Modem), or you might have your own Wireless Router (Asus, Netgear, Linksys, D-Link, etc). If it’s over 5 years old, you probably want to upgrade it! But…you don’t necessarily have to if you happy with it’s overall performance except for the farthest reaches of your home/office.

You can get a cheap replacement that will do MUCH better with wireless coverage and speed (Asus RT-N66U for example or the Asus RT-AC66U for AC wireless!). If your home/office is over 2000 Square Feet, you probably want a bigger model like the Asus RT-AC87U (what I use right now for 2000 Sqft+ coverage). If you want to get the best model (looks like a spaceship lol) it’s currently the Asus GT-AC5300. All of these are great routers and have strong wifi AND external antenna ports.

If you are using a Wireless Gateway from your internet provider, these generally do OK with small to medium size coverage. You can call them to get an upgrade (possibly free) to your current wireless gateway. I DO recommend using your own router, but a free option is available to try (though the ISP devices sometimes don’t have external antennas..).

External Antennas

If you have a router with external antennas, then you may be able to do the “Cheapest Fix” possible…and that is buying a big antenna! Generally you need to make sure the screw size of the antenna will match the ports on your router. There ARE wireless routers that DO NOT have external antenna ports…and you obviously CAN NOT do this with those. However, if you do have the ports (you only need to really use one, but you can hook up more if you want), you can easily get different sizes of antennas to meet your needs.

There are two types: Omni-directional, and Directional. Omni goes in all directions, while Directional ones point in one direction only (yep – it’s that simple!). The strength of the antenna is determined by how many dBi it has.

Here is a great 9dBi omni-directional antenna with a wireless cable and magnetic base that I use with my Asus RT-AC87U:

Here is a great little indoor 9dBi gain directional antenna:


There are many options out there, with various dBi “gains” (the higher the more powerful). These two are pretty strong for most people’s needs. My current setup does great for high performance bandwidth (I get 100Mbps Down/Up with FiOS), and 50 devices on the network which quite a bit of streaming. All of my mobile devices have strong clear coverage in and around the home.

Wireless Repeater and Other Considerations

If you are considering a wireless repeater…I would only suggest those to get around any interference you have in your area (like microwave, cordless analog phones, lead/concrete walls, etc). However, antennas and wireless repeaters may not even do in these situations. Sometimes the only solution will be to install another wireless router (or access point) in the bad coverage area. And yes…that does require you run a network cable to it, unfortunately.

I hope this helps you get the best wireless performance possible 🙂

(Originally Posted January 12, 2017)

How to fix AT&T U-Verse VoIP Issues with an Edgemarc

Working with VoIP for over 8 years…I’ve come to really dislike AT&T U-verse. If you have just one phone, you may not have (that many) issues. However, if you are trying to run a business with multiple phones…that’s when you can run into problems. The fix is easy…but it comes at a price if AT&T is the only Internet Service Provider (ISP) in your area (if it’s not…change ISP’s silly! Anything but wireless internet is usually better).

I will try to explain this with as “minimum-techie talk” as possible and let you decide. If you don’t care about all the details (hey some people want to know why they are spending the extra money for this thing hehe), skip to the bottom “Picking The Right Edgemarc” before just buying one!

Why the heck isn’t every ISP the same?

Well…not all Modems and Routers/Firewalls are created equal. It’s not just the hardware itself which restricts you (too many phones on a small cheap modem or router for example)…it’s also the software (firmware) that is on there AND how it’s configured…The problem with AT&T (and many others) are they don’t let you use your own modem. You are stuck using whatever they provide.

Many ISP’s would let you “Bridge” (reconfigure to work as a plain modem) your Gateway Modem (Modem & Router combo device) so you can use your own router. But, you may already know that AT&T doesn’t really support this EITHER. They say “DMZ Plus” mode is the best you can do…BUT that’s still not good enough.

Ok…So AT&T restricts what Modem I can use…so what?

By now, many people have heard of “SIP ALG“. There are various names that this can take form (i.e. SIP Helper, SIP Fixup, SIP transformations,etc)…BUT, they all do the same thing! They look at SIP (VoIP) traffic on your network (UDP/TCP but usually it’s UDP), and try to make sure it gets back and forth to the right places. The main problem is there is no IEEE standard for this, so every company can implement their own version of this. So, it tends to break VoIP (See the SIP ALG link above) more than help it. You almost always prefer to have SIP ALG OFF…but some devices require it ON to let VoIP work (generally good to avoid these devices…but keep reading!).

The OTHER problem with this is when ISP’s use SIP ALG to ensure their phone service (with is now more commonly VoIP service too!). So, basically, it affects 3rd party VoIP and you can NOT turn it off.

So what are my options?

Well, if AT&T isn’t the only option in your area, I’d switch to Cable internet, or another land line internet connection. DO NOT use wireless, microwave, satellite, 4G, etc…while they MAY work, they typically are not consistent enough to work as well as a land line internet connection for a BUSINESS. You can ask the wireless providers, and usually they will say “Of course VoIP works”…again it MIGHT (or you might have only problems on a few days out of the month)…but if you want a stable VoIP – NEVER use wireless.

OK…so AT&T is the ONLY option in my area…WHAT NOW?!

There is hope! I ran into this by coincidence one day (honestly!). A customer had a Motorola/Arris NVG AT&T gateway, and was setting up VoIP. Hooking up a D-Link DIR-655 to it in any configuration (DMZ Plus, “Bridged”, Double-NAT,etc) would NOT allow VoIP to work right. It had one-way audio at best, with no audio in most configurations.

However, he had an Edgewater Edgemarc router connected earlier with NO issues. What I thought?!?! YES it worked PERFECTLY in a PLUG AND PLAY setup. Sorry – a bit of nerd talk here – Double NAT with the Edgemarc in place, and VoIP worked PERFECTLY!!!

But HOW?!

Edgewater has a special operating system on their Edgemarc routers for VoIP. It’s called a VOS (VoIP Operating System). This basically implements an “Intelligent SIP ALG” which actually WORKS! It appears to look at the source and destination traffic, and correctly fix any issues with the VoIP traffic to make sure it works correctly. Not only does it do a great job ensuring your calls do NOT drop, and fix any One-way (or no) audio issues…it does a great job ensuring your call quality is crystal clear too!

You might be able to conjure another setup which works, but it most certainly will not be plug in play unless your phones “Just Work” when you plug them in.

Edgemarc can fix AT&T VoIP Issues?!

YES! But there are a few gotchas…

  • They are a bit pricey for small businesses (average 10 call licenses are around $500-$600 and go up from there!).
  • Limited concurrent maximum VoIP calls based on purchased licenses you have.
  • AND…Most models do NOT offer Wi-Fi (Though, this is easily resolved with a cheap Wi-Fi router connected to it).

Picking The Right Edgemarc

If you NEED Wi-Fi:

  1. Buy another 3rd party router and use just for Wi-Fi (like an Asus RT-AC87U or cheaper Asus). Recommended!
  2. If you have 10 or less concurrent call needs, you MIGHT be able to find an old Edgemarc 250w. Beware…these are a bit old, not too powerful, and 8×8 branded models must be factory reset to use them with other VoIP providers. Option 1 is much better!

If you DO NOT care about Wi-Fi:

The choice comes down to price and how many concurrent VoIP calls you need. That means…how many total active calls do you have at your busiest times (think of ad campaigns, busy seasons, etc). For many small businesses 10 calls will suffice. However, your concurrent call maximum will vary based on how heavy your phone call usage is.

They have MANY models. Your results may vary depending on YOUR specific internet usage. However, here are some general recommendations to help you make a decision. These devices can handle more than what I state below, but I recommend using my guidelines vs the datasheet 😉

Small Business 1-25 device (less than 100Mbps Internet Speeds)

Edgemarc 4550
For most businesses with less than 100 Mbps ISP Bandwidth Speeds.
1-15 Phones with 1-15 Computers = 30 devices.
Good for up to 15-20 Concurrent Calls.
Lowest Model for Lowest Price – I’d recommend the 4700 for best performance though!

5 or 15 Concurrent Call Licenses (Please verify licenses)

Small-Medium Business 25-100 devices

Edgemarc 4700
For Business with 25-100 devices with up to 1000 Mbps (Gigabit) ISP Bandwidth Speeds.
50 Phones with 50 Computers.
Good for up to 100 Concurrent Calls.

5, 15, or 50 Concurrent Call Licenses (Please verify licenses)

Medium-Large Business 100+ devices with up to 500 concurrent calls

Edgemarc 4800
Best for Medium to Large Call Centers with up to 500 Concurrent Calls.
Make sure your U-Verse Bandwidth can handle this many calls!

15 Concurrent Call Licenses (Please verify licenses)

Huge Call Centers with 1000 and 2000 concurrent calls

Edgemarc 7301 or 7400
7301 can handle up to 1000 concurrent calls!
7400 can handle up to 2000 concurrent calls!

If you’re getting 1000+ calls and have 1000’s of devices…you’re going to spend tons of cash on one of these – But…WHY are you on U-Verse?! I doubt they even offer the speeds you need to run this much VoIP, you should look at Fiber Circuits or other business class connections. However – if you want the best – these two models are it!

7301 – 100 Concurrent Calls (Please verify licenses)

7400 – 50 Concurrent Calls (Please verify licenses)

SO Many Options! What Should I Do?!

Licensing can be increased after the fact…BUT you get the best savings on the router when you buy it with the licenses upon initial purchase. SO, you want to do your best to figure out an accurate amount of licenses before you buy your Edgemarc. Afterwards, you can always buy more licenses!

A good start is to find out how many maximum calls your VoIP service even allows. There is certainly no point in buying more than that! It’s also not guaranteed to mean you need that many either. Check your call logs (if you have them) to see how many calls you get at your busiest times.

I still don’t know what to get…

I’d recommend the Edgemarc 4700 with 15 Concurrent Call Licenses for a good starting choice. It supports fast internet speeds, and up to 100 concurrent calls (which is a lot more than most business do!). It’s never a bad thing to have more power than you need, but it IS bad to not have enough!

For the setup…it’s usually plug and play unless you have a static IP. I personally have setup 4 of these so far with ZERO additional configuration 🙂

If you plan to purchase an Edgemarc thanks to this information, please consider supporting this site by purchasing through the links in the article (It costs you nothing additional).

We appreciate your support – Thank you!

(Originally Posted January 8, 2017)

Using Alexa with Kodi – Chrome Launcher with FireTV Fix

I have been working on getting Amazon’s Echo (Alexa) working with my Kodi home theatre. It’s been a very fun project so far using this cool plugin with Kodi and Alexa by rsummer816:

It takes some work to get it setup with Amazon’s Developer stuff, but it’s worth it (when it works right…it’s a Beta and going under changes per the dev right now). It will be super awesome when it works all the time, but even the current stability is pretty impressive to folks when it works.

Biggest issue folks run into is “Server can’t communicate with Kodi” or similar error. That’s usually your AUTH key being wrong so make sure (triple check) you entered it in ALL CAPS and 100% accurately like it appears in the Alex App on your phone. Once you have the Alex Service Plugin installed on Kodi, and you have your key entered – RESTART KODI.

In Kodi 16 (Using latest KodiMaster v3 Build) I just searched for Chrome Launcher in my addon repos and installed it. You may have to find the repo to install this if you don’t already have it in your repo sources (Google it!). I left the Chrome Launcher configuration for “Chrome install location” to default (tried to browse to find Chrome but I failed…so the default worked magically after restarting Kodi…lots of trial and error initially for me here!).

The key is to install the GooglePlay version of Netflix and Chrome (Pandora too maybe but I’m still testing that). FireTV (and FireStick should be the same) currently uses an Android version based on Lollipop 5.x…So, I found the compatible ARM Android APK’s to install via sideload. You can sideload apps in several ways, but I recommend adbFire (I use my Mac for this stuff vs Windows).

After sideloading these applications, make sure you RESTART Kodi again (or the whole FireTV/stick if you run in to issues).

If all works right, you’ll see Chrome launch the Netflix link and you’ll have to log in (typing in info was glitchy but keep trying…it works! Check the box to keep you logged in). If you don’t have the GooglePlay version of Netflix installed, it will tell you that you need to install the mobile Netflix App. If you have that installed already, you’ll have to now log in to your account IN the Netflix App (the Amazon Netflix app should be fine still, but the Alexa stuff will use this version).

The tricky part is getting Alexa service to work right. I’ve been creating entries in the utterances for each move/tv show that I’ve added to my library.


Tv Shows:
PlayTVIntent play {Rick and Morty|MediaName}
PlayTVIntent play {Rick and Morty|MediaName} Season {SeasonNum}
PlayTVIntent play {Rick and Morty|MediaName} Season {SeasonNum} Episode {EpisodeNum}

PlayTVIntent play {Avatar|MediaName}
PlayTVIntent play {Bladerunner|MediaName}
PlayTVIntent play the movie {Avatar|MediaName}
PlayTVIntent play the movie {Bladerunner|MediaName}

KODI TIP: Any app that lets you “Add to Library” (i.e. Specto – Fork and others), will work with this Alexa “local library” function 🙂

If you don’t already have an Amazon Echo/Dot, or FireTV/Fire Stick…please consider purchasing one from these links (It helps support this site and does not cost you anything additional!)

(Originally Posted November 26, 2016)

Windows and Linux together?

Yep…It’s true. Microsoft and Ubuntu have teamed up to make a Bash prompt for Windows 10 (64-bit).

Check it out:

You have to be on the right version of Windows (Dubbed “Anniversary Edition”) to install Bash.

Non MSDN and Enterprise editions can easily upgrade now to the desired version. They will either get the update automatically (or you can check for updates). It’s rolling out, so if you don’t have it yet, you can get it manually from here:

MSDN and Enterprise editions must download the new ISO, and do a Windows update in order to upgrade to the required version that can install Bash. I thought that sucked…but whatever. You’ll need Enterprise Build 14393.

If you’re on the right version, you can get updates and find the “Windows Linux Subsystem” under Add/Remove Windows Features.

What to expect? A Beta…some stuff works but core functions are still being developed. the command “ifconfig” doesn’t work yet, and some devices aren’t being detected quite well (as simple as I can put it).

If you run in to issues running ping, dig, curl, etc – Run BASH as an Administrator. That solves a lot of errors.

I’ve also heard Bitdefender, and other firewalls, can cause lots of issues with Bash. Disable them and test. AVG even seems to have a spot specifically for Bash somewhere in the advanced settings.

Happy Windows BASHing ;D

Want to buy Windows 10 Pro or Home (64-bit links provided)? Please consider purchasing from these links (It helps support this site and does not cost you anything additional!)

(Originally Posted August 23, 2016)

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