Changing the Battery in a mid-2012 Macbook Pro

Some time ago, I detailed how to replace the hard drive in a mid-2012 Macbook Pro and, now, after 4.5 years of use, it’s time for the battery to be replaced.

Apart from the battery you’ll need 2 screwdrivers to do this – A Phillips #00 Screwdriver and a Y1 Tri-wing Screwdriver. Some kind of plastic “[wikilink]spudger[/wikilink]” will be needed as well.

The battery I purchased from Amazon came with both the required screwdrivers and I had a spudger from a phone repair kit.

Replacing the Battery in a Nexus 5

A few years since purchase, the battery in my daughter’s Nexus 5 was, shall we say, ready for replacement (it was fully draining within a couple of hours). Although without an officially replaceable battery, replacing it isn’t too difficult.

In preparation, I purchased 2 things – a new battery and a phone repair kit, the total costing less than £14.

Windows 10 Lose of Internet Connectivity

A few days ago my wife reported that her Windows 10 laptop had lost internet connectivity. This isn’t the first time I’ve had to deal with this – my wife’s older laptop and my eldest daughter’s laptops have all had issues in the past (in the case of my daughters, it actually involved rolling back to an older version of the driver software, as the band-N driver wasn’t working correctly).

Disconnected and reconnecting didn’t cure it and in the end I went for the trusty reboot. That didn’t work so I went for a reboot of my router (even though everything else was online it was, at least, worth a try). Finally, I turned to command mode and ran an IPCONFIG /RENEW. That worked but I never understood why.

Until now.

Clearing your Chrome Passwords

For some time I’ve been using LastPass to manage my passwords (other password managers are available!) but have never fully moved over to using it full-time, because of the ease of just getting Chrome to remember my password instead.

Well, I’ve decided, and there are very good security reasons for doing so, to move full-time to LastPass. But how to do it?

The first upgrade you should make to the PS4 Pro

Almost 2 years ago I posted about replacing the PS4’s hard drive with a roomier 2TB version. I also mentioned that SSHD drives are available, although these were only available in 1TB capacities and, to be honest, they added little benefit as the PS4 only supports SATA 2.

Now, though, things have changed.

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