Using a Samsung CLP-680ND for black & white printing when color toner is low

My Samsung CLP-680ND Color Laser Printer suddenly reported a low color toner alert, and it brought the whole printer down--I was unable to print even black & white prints using the black toner. To keep the printer working even when toner is low, disable the "TonerLow Alert" by going to (Menu) > System Setup > Maintenance > TonerLow Alert on the control panel…

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Enabling NVIDIA GPU for Adobe Premiere Pro in Surface Book 2

I've really been enjoying using my Surface Book 2, but it's Adobe Creative Cloud performance has been terrible. In Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Media Encoder, hardware acceleration (GPU) options were all disabled, which means that doing things like encoding video were being done on the CPU. My 15" Surface Book 2 has two GPUs: an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 adapter, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060. It seemed to me that Adobe products were defaulting to the Intel driver, which isn't able to be selected for hardware acceleration.

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How to migrate your old Oculus Rift application data to a new drive

Although Oculus Rift's newest updates allow the installation of game and content data on a drive of your choice, your existing data can't easily be moved. I found this article that describes how to do it, but I found that my folder locations were different, and I had to change the order of its instructions in order to succeed. If you're willing to open an elevated command prompt in Windows 10 (a command prompt that has administrator privileges), you can do this pretty easily using the following steps...

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Fix: Adobe Premiere Pro CC plays clip previews too quickly

If Premiere Pro is playing clips back too quickly, check your Audio Hardware settings. If I set my Default audio input to "Microphone (Rift Audio)" (I have an Oculus Rift connected), playback is about twice too fast, and I can't get play it at normal speed. If I set Default Input back to "No Input", playback returns to 1x real time.

I hate this stuff.

Making a shortcut to a folder on a NAS box in Windows 10

Tonight I learned how to make a shortcut to a folder on a NAS box in Windows. Happy Christmas Eve!

mklink /d "c:\Users\echeng\Desktop\picturesnas" "\\freenas\medianas\pictures"

... will put a folder called "picturesnas" on my Desktop that points to the "pictures" folder in the "medianas" share on my FreeNAS box. I'm frankly incredulous that you can't just make shortcuts of this stuff from the normal user interface. I assume "ln-s" would also work in Windows Bash shell, but Windows-mounted network shares don't show up in bash, and I'd have to mount them again.

After you do this, you can stick that symlink "file" in any folder and then drag it to your Quick Access area.

You really can't make this stuff up.