3D Printing and I – Where is everything moving to and a huge thank you!

Hello everyone!

I am sure a lot of you have noticed that I have been posting a lot of 3D printing related posts here as of recent. This is something that I took up in late 2016 as a hobby that has blossomed into not only a hobby that I enjoy but now a side venture that is quickly overtaking my IT side of things. It is for that reason I have decided to move the 3D printing related things under it’s own site and brand so that this site can go back to an IT focused site.

The new brand is called TH3D Studio. You can check it out here: www.TH3DStudio.com

I will be leaving the existing articles up on here since there are many people that still use them. I have added redirects for most other links for downloads, products, the store, and other items on the 3D printing side to redirect to the new brand. All existing customers will need to re-register on the new site if you want to purchase additional products but your orders have been retained and moved to the new site so I can track warranty and other information.

Most importantly I just wanted to give a HUGE thank you to the CR-10 Facebook Community for supporting me and giving me the encouragement to turn something that was a little hobby into a blossoming business. I hope that it keeps up to the point where I can do this full time in the near future. I want to keep bringing things that are usually limited to advanced users due to their complex nature and making them into products that even beginners can use. My focus is also on providing great service, documentation, and support to everyone (not just customers). I genuinely enjoy helping people out online with things that seem simple to me but can feel complex to them.

I also want to give a huge thank you to my fiancee Samantha who has been not only supportive but extremely helpful with getting things going and packing orders. I also want to thank my friends that have come over to help out when we need to get a bunch of kits completed.

All in all everything is going well and I am looking forward to what the future brings. I will still be doing IT things as this is my original and still one of my passions but 3D printing is here to stay in my life and I truly believe it is the future.

Sincerely,

Timothy Hoogland

TDH | EZABL Installation Guide – Updated 8/3/17 V1.2

This is the installation guide for the EZABL kit that is sold here. This is for customers only. To get the password check your order confirmation email and if you cannot find it please email [email protected] with your order number and the password will be provided to you free of charge.

Revision History:

  • V1.0 – Initial Retail Release
  • V1.1 – Usability changes based on feedback from Prototype customers and retail kit customers.
  • V1.2 – Added in Z Axis Step, Updated Images for Sensor calibration and mounting, Added new Direct Wire Diagram for 2 pin power version (current as of 6/1/17), updated M48 directions for CR-10 Use.

[TTT] PSA – EVGA Nvidia GTX 1060, 1070, & 1080 Cards Exploding – Non-Reference Boards

I just wanted to put out a PSA of sorts since I keep seeing reports about these EVGA cards that are actually exploding. The issue is that EVGA failed to properly cool the VRM’s on the board and they are overheating causing them to pop. This will kill the card itself and even damage other system components.

Here is a video of the card dying LIVE on a Twitch stream: https://www.twitch.tv/aerosimgaming/v/101518948

JayzTwoCents video on the issue. Do note that there have been failures for people with the thermal pads installed.

What do I do?

EVGA has released a BIOS patch that lowers the power draw and they also have a VRM thermal pad kit that you can self install. You can also send in the card to have them replace it but you will likely get a DIFFERENT card that is refurbished. The latest post (Here) shows that this is STILL happening even with the new thermal pads installed. My professional recommendation? STAY AWAY from EVGA 1060, 1070, & 1080 series video cards.

You can check if your card is affected here as well as download the updated BIOS: http://www.evga.com/thermalmod/

Affected EVGA Card SKUs
Affected EVGA Card SKUs

EVGA’s service has been hit and miss. The unfortunate part is that a user on Reddit had it completely kill his PSU and motherboard but EVGA is NOT replacing these even though their product damaged them. That alone is enough to take a long time EVGA customer like myself to look at other companies in the future.

Here are the reports that I was able to locate on these cards exploding and/or catching fire:

Images of cards after they failed:

Verizon LG G5 Issues – “Like-New” Devices, More like Russian Roulette

UPDATE (6/10/16)

After digging around it looks like I am not the only person having issues with this device. There is an entire section of Reddit’s LG G5 forum that are having problems to the point of them making a survey for people to fill out.

Unofficial LG G5 Issue Report
Results from the Survey

Opening/Background

In March, I pre-ordered the LG G5 and received it on March 31st, 2016. I setup the phone as normal and used it as my main line. After about 2 weeks I started noticing that the signal would tend to drop down to 1X and/or 3G mode quite frequently. I also happen to carry an LG G4 that is for my work line with me so whenever this happened I would compare the signal type and strength of the devices. Every time when the LG G5 fell back to 1x or 3G my LG G4 had a 2-3 bar LTE signal.

Begin the Russian Roulette of “Like-New” phones!

Phone 1  – Original New LG G5

Replacement #1
Replacement #1

I called Verizon about the issue and they immediately cited that I had over 90 applications installed on the phone and that was the issue. They told me that I needed to factory reset the device and then see if that fixed the issue, it didn’t. The signal issue persisted. The Verizon tech even had me do a low-level software reset with my PC before they would go forward. It took me over 3 hours on the phone and a total of 5 phone calls to get this device replaced and numerous resets. This went on until May 5th, 2016 when I was finally able to get Verizon to send me a replacement. Add on 2-3 hours to get my apps loaded on the failing device so I could still use it and then again on the new device.

 


Phone 2 – “Like-New” Replacement

Replacement #2
Replacement #2

Fast forward to around May 15th when I started using my GPS for directions more I noticed that the phone would not get a signal from the GPS reliably. Again I pulled out my LG G4 and it immediately got a lock. Repeat the same steps, except this time I made a backup of the phone with the LG Backup and set it to factory defaults. I called in and got the same runaround. I explained that it is doing this without any application installed but they still made me reset it AGAIN and then demonstrate it to them. This took another 3-4 hours between reinstalling my applications and 3 phone calls. The replacement phone was approved and sent out on May 31st, 2016.

I am not the only person that has this issue either: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wb28Z-bd5dk

 


Phone 3 – “Like-New” Replacement

Replacement #3
Replacement #3

Immediately when receiving the 3rd phone it was malfunctioning (rebooting during the setup phase) out of the box and I ended up having to do a factory reset. This seemed to work so I figured it was fine, I was wrong. The phone has been restarting at random the entire time. I even ran it for 2 days without anything on it but the stock applications and it still reset. I put my apps back on and then dealt with it for a few more days. Unfortunately, the restarts are getting more common and happening at the worst times (like when trying to pay with my phone at a store).

 

LG G5 Phone 3 - Display Corruption
LG G5 Phone 3 – Display Corruption

I called Verizon today about the issues and explained that this is the 3rd device and I am getting tired of dealing with them failing. I explained the troubleshooting steps that I had taken already to verify that it was not any applications I have installed. It didn’t matter, the rep yet again blamed the applications and required me to do a reset. I did this and of course, the phone didn’t lock up that time. I explained to her that it is random and it may not do it again, she couldn’t do anything and transferred me to the “LG Support” department. I spent 25 minutes on hold until I was offered to have them call me back, I entered the other line I have for the callback number. 5 hours later still no call from that department.

 

I decided to send out some tweets to Verizon Customer Support and a rep got in touch with me. Doesn’t matter that I have a picture of the crash taken with my other phone I got the same runaround. In addition to that, they told me that other than leaving them or buying another phone (outright or extending my contract) my only option was to keep swapping them out. After arguing with the rep for about an hour and resetting the phone AGAIN it finally happened, it crashed during the setup process. They approved the replacement and it won’t be here until Monday.

Concerns, Thoughts, and App List

At the end of the day, I am having to go out of town with a non-functioning device that I usually would rely on to make calls in emergency situations and navigate when I am in an area I am not familiar with. In addition to that, I will have to spend another 2-3 hours getting the replacement phone setup with my applications and accounts yet again. Even worse, I now am stuck with a string of refurbished devices when not even 3 months ago I purchased a new phone. Their support literally just follows the “blame the apps approach” no matter the issue.

I have completely zero faith that the replacement device will have no issues and that I will be stuck dealing with this asinine process yet again. They would not give me a new device despite all the issues with the refurbished ones, they did offer to “upgrade” me to a Droid Turbo or a Droid MAXX for “free” if I send back the LG G5, I am just insulted. I am honestly ready to just go out, buy an unlocked phone, and move to a BYOD carrier like StraightTalk after all this.

Verizon also does not follow their “Like-New” guidelines since all the phones I received from them did NOT have the latest OTA software installed and required a patch shortly after taking them out of the box. I am also not the only person who has had issues with these devices: Verizon Wireless: Our ‘Recertified’-Used Phone Replacements Are Better Than Factory Fresh Phones

Just for the record here is a list of all the applications on my phone:

List made using List My Apps

MAJOR Security Breach – TeamViewer Has Been Hacked

A friend of mine sent me the below info from a Reddit post online. There are many other sources reporting that there is a major breach happening.

The Register: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/06/01/teamviewer_mass_breach_report/
TripWire: http://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/featured/teamviewer-hack-pc-hijack/

This issue is not getting enough attention, please spread it.

Users are reporting breaches, and thousands of dollars have been stolen with the client, all over /r/teamviewer and at their support Twitter account. TV is blaming users with reusing passwords, yet users with 2FA and unique very long generated passwords were hacked.

Some also suggest that their DNS servers were hijacked and the clients believed the fake server, being the method of the attack.

One of the main problems are that they are not taking responsibility: (quoted from /u/rich-uk )

Teamviewer is being used as a vector of attack. This has happened on other sites where they had no critical information and within 48 hours everyone’s logged in sessions were logged out, an email went round saying you had to click the link in the email (to verify ownership) and set up two factor auth as they knew they were being targeted. Teamviewer must know they are being targeted, and the stakes are high as the software allows complete access to a trusted machine – it’s basically a master key – and there hasn’t been a single response with teeth from teamviewer.

Update: TV still denies a breach even with this thread linked.

A few links:

Alternatives:

  • LogMeIn– Now non-free, and had a bad reputation since “Microsoft Support” phone scammers used it. Trials available.
  • Chrome Remote Desktop– You may be not able to control remotely if the user is not logged in (for unattended access).
  • RealVNC– Free only for non-commercial use.
  • TightVNC– Free for any use, open source.
  • UltraVNC– [AdBlock blocking] uvnc.com is their site, ultravnc.com seems to be redirecting to RealVNC – domain squatting?
  • Remote Desktop Connection – Built-in, only for Windows, third party clients available.
  • GotoMyPC– Paid with trial.
  • ScreenConnect– Paid with trial.
  • Bomgar– Paid, seems to be more aimed at enterprise users.
  • Other remote desktop software on Wikipedia

Source: Reddit