Saturday, May 20, 2023

Using 18Tb Seagate SkyHawk AI surveillance drives in Synology NAS

These drives work fine on an RS2416RP+ running DSM 6.2, no issues.

Don't whine they're "surveillance" drives, blah blah.  They're hard drives, they work like you expect hard drives to work.

I don't know about DSM 7.x or newer NAS units, but I see no reason why they wouldn't work on them as well.

That's all.

Thursday, February 2, 2023

How to fix Lexus / Toyota "AWD system malfunction 2WD mode engaged"

May be associated with other errors, such as "Check Engine" light, ICS / backup system warning, etc.

 Simple fixes that may save you time/money:

1.  Check gas cap is tight.

Yes, it's stupid - damn stupid, in fact.  But it worked for me and others.

Note the old RX330s had a similar issue, in that it would throw error codes if the gas cap was loose.  Happened to me a few time when the weather got really cold.  It's all because the car is looking for leaks in the emissions control system and sees that the pressure in the gas tank is not holding steady.

2.  If codes do not clear themselves, disconnect battery for 5 min, then reconnect and start.

•  Open the door during that 5+ min, to ensure system is fully discharged.  Not needed but can't hurt.

•  Yellow ICS light (top right-hand corner on RX350) will flash on restart.  It will self-reset upon driving, don't worry about it.

3.  Recharge battery to full, then retry.  Worked for him and others.

It seems a near-dead or weak battery will cause the car to puke lots of codes.  If this is your issue, consider replacing your battery, as it's likely on its way out.

I recommend disconnecting the battery while recharging so you can get the benefits of (2) and (3) in one go.  Not necessarily required, though.


Some people say this occurs when the gas is low / very low., even to the point of claiming you're risking damage to your fuel pump.  

I call BS on this since automakers know people will run their car down past reserve, and a few people will inevitably run out of gas, and the car / fuel pump has to tolerate this gracefully.  Honestly, how stupid do you have to be to make a fuel pump system that will be damaged if you run low on gas?

Regardless, you can try filling up (and making sure your gas cap is TIGHT).

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Setting up OpenVPN server on pfsense with DNS-O-Matic DDNS (or other DDNS)

 First, follow this tutorial, it's awesome.

A few changes, as follows:

1.  If you can't install the OpenVPN Client Export package, update your pfsense.  (It's scary but the latest stable version is stable, and will work.)  Then the package will install.

2. When doing the Client settings Export (6:35), in "Host Name Resolution:, don't choose "", whatever it is, as DNS-O-Matic will not respond to this type of request.

Instead, choose "other" and type in the domain name associated with your dynamic DNS (i.e. "".

3.  Once connected on Windows, be aware that Windows File Explorer DOES NOT WORK over a VPN tunnel.

This means that stuff like "\\mynas\drive" typed into Windows will not work, and you will not see your NAS in the Network pane.

Quick fix:  run "net use x: \\ip.address.of.server\sharename" to mount the share to a Windows drive.

Example:  "net use h: \\\drive" will mount it to H:\.

Apparently there is some way to automate mounting the network share once OpenVPN connects, but it seems to rely on using some specific OpenVPN client software on Windows.  I haven't figured it out yet.

In the meantime, a good old batch file to run the above command will work.

Saturday, January 7, 2023

Quick reference list of all gluten-free items at Disneyland as of January, 2023

I could not find a current / simple reference, and the Disney app is tedious to page through, so I had to put a quick GF reference list together.  Hope this helps someone.

All info pulled from the Disneyland app Jan 07, 2023 unless otherwise noted. 


Disneyland only - not for Walt Disney World!  Breakfast menus, lounges and bars are not listed. All French fries listed here are gluten-free.  For those unfamiliar, a "Power Pack" is basically a kids snack pack, it's not a meal.  All items are "allergy-friendly", but I've never heard of anyone having any issues.  

* = Info from internet

** = Info from last known menu, see bottom of post for copies




Alien Pizza Planet

  • GF Pepperoni Pizza
  • GF Cheese Pizza
  • GF Astro Antipasto Salad
  • GF Satellite Salad

Bengal BBQ *

Blue Bayou (Reservation only) **

  • House Salad
  • Pan-Seared Pork Loin
  • Surf & Turf
  • Pan-Seared Salmon
  • Portobello Mushroom and Louisiana Popcorn Rice

Cafe Orleans  (Reservation only) **

  • House Salad
  • Seasonal soup (subject to availability)
  • Shrimp and Grits
  • Bourbon Street Chicken
  • Steak and Potatoes
  • Nicoise Salad
  • Muffuletta Chopped Salad
  • Vegetable Bolognese

Carnation Cafe  (Reservation only) **

  • Walt's Chili
  • House Salad
  • Romaine Salad with Shrimp
  • Spinach Salad with Grilled Chicken
  • Roasted Turkey Sandwich
  • Main Street Cheeseburger
  • Bacon Cheese Melt
  • Fresh Catch of the Day Fish
  • Ice Cream

Docking Bay 7

  • Endorian Roasted Chicken Salad / Roasted Endorian Tip-Yip Salad

French Market Restaurant

  • Jambalaya
  • Cajun Roasted Half Chicken
  • Cajun Chicken Caesar Salad
  • Chicken Breast with Rice

Galactic Grill

  • GF Hamburger
  • GF Cheeseburger
  • Chopped Salad
  • Side French fries
  • Power Pack
  • Strawberry Fruit Bar

Golden Horseshoe

  • No known options; consult restaurant in advance.

Harbour Gallery

  • Fresh Fruit Plate
  • Power Pack

Hungry Bear Restaurant

  • GF Hamburger
  • GF Cheeseburger
  • GF Impossible Cheeseburger
  • Side French fries
  • BBQ Chicken Salad
  • Power Pack
  • Strawberry Fruit Bar

Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

  • Toasted Cheese Sandwich
  • Oven Roasted Turkey Sandwich
  • Turkey Sandwich
  • Side Soup (subject to availability)
  • Jolly Holiday Combo (GF Toasted Cheese Sandwich + Tomato Basil Soup)
  • Jolly Holiday Salad
  • GF Chocolate Chip Cookie
  • GF Chocolate Blueberry Muffin

Oga's Cantina (Reservation only)

  • No known options; consult restaurant in advance.

Rancho Del Zocalo

  • Fire-Grilled Half Chicken
  • Trio Street Tacos
  • Kids' Chicken Taco

Red Rose Taverne

  • GF 1/3 Angus Cheeseburger
  • GF Cheese Pizza
  • Chef's Chicken Chopped Salad
  • Power Pack

Refreshment Corner

  • GF Hot Dog Basket
  • GF Chili Cheese Dog Basket
  • GF Hearty Chili
  • GF Blueberry Muffin
  • GF Chocolate Chip Cookie

River Belle Terrace (Reservations recommended) **

  • Becky Thatcher's Vegetarian Chopped Salad
  • Aunt Polly's Chicken Chopped Salad
  • River Belle's Sirloin and Cheddar
  • Messy Mississippi BBQ Pork
  • Plantation Chicken
  • Kid's Paste Marinara
  • GF Chocolate Chip Cookie
  • GF Brownie

Ronto Roasters *

Stage Door Cafe

  • No known options; consult restaurant in advance.



Award Wieners *

Carthay Circle Restaurant (Reservation only) *

  • GF options are reportedly available but not listed on any menu; consult chef.

Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill

  • Street Tacos: QuesaBirria, Carne Asada, Pollo Asado, Al Pastor, Dorados de Papa
  • Kids' Tacos: Pollo Asado, Carne Asada
  • Lime Cilantro Rice
  • Frijoles Charros
  • Horchata Agua Fresca

Flo's V8 Cafe

  • GF Impossible Burger
  • GF Ka-Cheeseburger
  • Ramone's Low and Slow Club
  • Kids' Micro Burger
  • Flo's Classic Shake (Vanilla, Chocolate or Strawberry)

Lamplight Lounge (Reservations recommended) *

  • Lobster Nachos
  • Potato Skins
  • Carne Asada Roll
  • Grilled Chicken Salad
  • Spinach Salad
  • Ratatouille
  • GF Cheddar Burger
  • GF Vegan Burger (Off-menu item)
  • GF Kids Burger Slider
Lucky Fortune Cookery
  • Teriyaki Chicken
  • Spicy Szechuan Chicken
  • Chicken and Rice
Magic Key Terrace (Magic Key holders only)
Pacific Wharf Cafe
  • No known options; consult restaurant in advance.
Paradise Garden Grill
  • No items listed; consult restaurant in advance.
 Pym Test Kitchen
  • GF Pym-ini Sandwich 
  • GF PB3 Superb Sandwich
  • GF PB&J Flavor Lab
  • GF Kids' Teeny Pym-ini Sandwich 
Smokejumpers Grill
  • GF Double Base Camp Burger
  • GF Double Cheeseburger
  • GF Impossible Double Cheeseburger
  • GF Grilled Chicken Sandwich
  • Grilled Chicken Salad
  • Crinkle Cut Fries
  • GF Shake (Vanilla, Chocolate) 

The latest menus I have are shown below.  THESE MAY BE OUT OF DATE.


Lucky Fortune

Flo's V8 Cafe

Cocina Cucamonga

Village Haus

River Belle

River Belle Lunch

Rancho del Zocalo

Rancho del Zocalo

Pym Test Lab

Pizza Planet

Jolly Holiday (Winter menu)

Jolly Holiday (GF menu)

Jolly Holiday (Fall menu)

Hungry Bear

Galactic Grill

French Market

Docking Bay 7 (menu 1)

Docking Bag 7 (menu 2)

Docking Bay 7 (breakfast)

Carnation Cafe

Cafe Orleans

Blue Bayou 1

Blue Bayou 2



Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Only one of Word, Powerpoint or Excel is using a French-language (or other language) keyboard

 Problem:  One of these programs is incorrectly using an alternative-language keyboard layout (French, German, etc.).  The system keyboard is set correctly and all other programs work as intended.

Possible solution:  Press ALT-SHIFT to make the (probably hidden) Language Bar feature switch back to English.

Sunday, August 14, 2022

P.I. Engineering Macroworks: Sudden and repeating "Unit ID Conflict" errors

Problem:  Macroworks suddenly and inexplicably starts coming up with the "Unit ID Conflict" error / screen, claiming one or more Xkeys has a unit ID conflict that was never there before.  Happens on a previously stable system.

(OK, maybe it's not exactly "Unit ID Conflict", but it's close.  I didn't write it down.)

In my case, I had a bad label printer that was causing my USB hub to reboot over and over.  This confuses MW and makes "see" the same Xkeys device over and over, making it think there are multiple identical devices plugged in when there is, in fact, only one.  

Removing the offending printer stopped the hub reboots, which stopped the Macroworks error.

Monday, August 1, 2022

Wind / Freedom Mobile Samsung Galaxy S9+ working without 3G / LTE Roaming in United States - 2022 3G shutdown

Per the Freedom Mobile Compatibility Checker,  my Canadian-model Galaxy S9+ (SM-G965W) should no longer work in the USA.  3G shutdown has taken effect, and phones without "LTE Roaming" - which is somehow different than LTE "calling" - are no longer functional.

So I went to a shit-ton of work to get alternative phones lined up - an S22 and an S10+ - for my upcoming business trips.  (The S10+ was the last model with a headphones jack.)

However, two separate trips from July 23 to August 04, 2022, to Philadelphia, PA and Denver, CO, show that my S9+ still works just fine on T-Mobile in the USA - even though according to Freedom, it shouldn't. 

I tested the Samsung Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S22 5G as well.  They both work too.

For reference, the S9+ did show LTE when calling, so it's not likely picking up on some leftover 3G kit that hasn't been decommissioned yet.  It did initially have a touch of trouble - the T-Mobile signal was weaker, so I think it tried AT&T first - but really had no issues beyond that initial hiccup.

It will register on AT&T but won't call/text, and won't register on Verizon at all, both of which are to be expected. In areas where you can't call, it's probably because T-Mobile coverage is bad, not because the phone is no longer working.

I am quite happy with this since the S22 felt like a downgrade: no headphones jack, a poorer fingerprint sensor, and a smaller screen than the S9+ or S10+, yet it does nothing that I need better than the older phones.  And I'm bloody not well paying $1200+ for an S22+.  I will be selling the S20 and using either the S9+ or S10+ depending on how well the S10+ fingerprint works.