Getting the Beurer KS 800 Kitchen Scale to pair with iOS 13 and up

5 years ago, when my old kitchen weight scale broke, I have found myself being fascinated of the Beurer KS 800 Kitchen Scale because it has a screen inside and it guides you graphical through the steps of a recipe connected via bluetooth to your iPhone and it’s Beurer recipe app.

Now the problem with iOS 13 is, that the way it handles bluetooth connection has been slightly changed due to many security improvements apple did to the bluetooth stack in its iOS.

Though luck considering the latest udpate to the app has been over a year ago.

After a bit of discussion with the Beurer tech support, a workaround has been found.

There is another kitchen scale of Beurer, the KS28 without bluetooth and hence the app requires activation since the last update (which causes the issue with the Beurer KS 800 in the first place, as before you could simply say “send to scale” in any recipe of the app) but since the KS28 has noo bluetooth module inside, the KS28 ships with a QR code one can scan to activate the app!

For your convenience, find that QR Code here:

This will force activation of the app. Now select any recipe in the app and on the bottom select “Send to scale”.
It will force a request to pair your KS 800 to iOS 13.x and voilla, the kitchen scale works again! 🙂

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Migrating from an installed Max Payne 3 to Max Payne 3 – The Complete Edition on Rockstar Launcher for free!

When you were among the first who installed the Rockstar Launcher, you’d get GTA 5 San Andreas for free.
But for some reason it would not detect my already installed Max Payne 3 purchased DVD of the game.

Reason for this is, the one in the Rockstar Launcher has a few more DLCs for free included and installs in a different folder name than what was used by the original installation.

This is how you can migrate your installation to the one supplied by the Rockstar Launcher:

  1. Find the installation folder of your current Max Payne 3.
  2. Rename the sub-folder to “Max Payne 3 Complete Edition
  3. Launch the Rockstar Games Launcher > Click on “Install” for Max Payne 3
  4. Please choose the install location as a folder that has Max Play 3 installed previously.
  5. Next, click Proceed. The Rockstar Games Launcher should now start the download, but the download bar will move fast skipping all the installed files. Any missing files will be installed.
  6. Please wait until it is completed as it may take about 30 to 60 minutes depending on your internet connection.
  7. Delete the .EXE files of the now obsolete non-complete edition
  8. You can now run Max Payne 3 – The Complete Edition” from the Rockstar Launcher
  9. It will ask you if you want to move the local savegame to the cloud, you can decide for “Yes” here.

Migration of the Seagate DiscWizard Advanced Capacity Disk to a normal GPT partition

I recently switched from Sagate’s OEM version of Acronis True Image called “Seagate DiscWizard” to Acronis True Image 2020. It resulted in the setup routine detecting the OEM version (which is according to Seagate’s Knowledge Base from 2013)

 VirtualDiskSetup.msi will work in Windows 10 yes, but according to Acronis support this driver is from Windows 8 and not officially supported in Windows 10 and end of life since 2013.

So how can this be resolved?

From an email to Acronis Support in which I described how I have done it:

so I have continued on this as circumstances changed a bit:

I decided to get an addtional SATA III controller to put in an empty PCIe slot I still had in my computer and put an SSD onto it.

So here is what I have done:

As the HDD in question was 6 TB, 4 spread across 2 partitons with the Seagate DiscWizard Extended Capacity Manager and the 2 TB accessible on the front of the HDD was the Windows 10 system disk, I have done the following steps so far:

1) I have tried True Image 2020 Clone Disk Wizard, but as the new SSD is 1 GB smaller than the HDD (due to the nature of SSDs), I got warning messages saying there might be the possibility that Windows cannot boot after the clone is done as the destination disk is smaller than the source.
Despite I answered twice to proceed anyway, after the 2nd confirmation, the Clone Disk Wizard window simply closed without any further message on the screen.

So I gave up on this and instead used the free version of EaseUs Partition Master and cloned the 2 TB Windows 10 partition of the 6 TB HDD to the 2 TB SSD.

2) After that, I added the cloned Windows installation on the SSD via EasyBCD manually to the Windows 10 boot menu.

3) I booted my PC into an old Windows 7 installation I still have and disabled the Extended Capacity Manager. then I went to the Windows own disk manager and removed the 2 TB partition and then used EaseUs Partition Master to remove the 495 MB recovery partition too as windows own Disk Manager would not because of “not enough free diskspace to perform operation”.

4) Then converted the undefined partition from MBR to GPT.

5) Opened the Seagate DiscWizard again. A notification window poped up stating “No Extended Capacity Partitions found, you can partition the disk using “Add New Disc” functionality.

6) “Add New Disc” —> Was able to create a full 6 TB GPT partition

7) Booted back into Windows 10 onto the SSD.

8) Opened Acronis , went to recovery, said disk from the previously backed up extended capacity “Disk” stored on my NAS, to the unpartitioned 5.55 TB disk. However after 40 minutes of waiting, no activiy on the disk even. So I aborted this try and now create 2 partitions with EaseUS Partition Master that are both 3 TB and try again but this time recovery from partiton to partition instead.

I hope this will work!

Not quite the way it was supposed to work and I still have no idea why the clone disk wizard of True Image 2020 left me hanging with no clue, but it is busy recovering now

You are doomed when you have to report a bug to Apple – Here is why.

As a product and software tester myself, I am aware that products have bugs. Apple is not left out of this problem.

It all started in 2017 when I got myself an Apple Watch Series 1. 4 weeks into using the Apple Watch, I noticed that the feature to auto unlock my Apple Watch when I put it on in the morning and lift my arm and turn my wrist, no longer worked. So instead of my notifications, it would ask everytime to unlock my watch, which meant I would miss all notifications which is kind of bad as this is the whole purpose of having a smartwatch. I have tried 3 weeks in resolving this issue together with support after initally sending a bug report. Mind you, no solution was ever found.

So 4 weeks into the problem I lost my temper and patience and decided to resolve it by totally disabling the feature totally. I knew since it was a problem the day I did after applying the latest WatchOS that it must be a software issue, not a hardware issue.

Disabling fixed it in the way that I had to enter the pincode of my Apple Watch to unlock it for the whole day. And each time I received a notification vibration, I tapped the screen and it would light up and show the notification.

Now let’s step into my momentary problem with iOS 13, since day 1 of the update, I ran into massive problems with the iPhone Mail app. I explained this to Apple support yesterday the following way:

Hi there. I Reported bug in support chat 100912882154 on sept29th: What happens since the first release of iOS13 is, that emails that are received and have the same recipient and sender email address, are now displayed in the receive AND the Sent mail folder in the iPhone email app. Which is a huge problem, since almost all Internet-of-Things-devices that send status reports via emails out, do not allow to set sender email address, only recipient email addresses.

I was given as a work around which is of course BS as this does not solve my problem AT ALL!

With iOS 12 and below, emails from my devices where only appearing in the received mail folder (aka Inbox) AND NOT as unread emails in the Sent Mail folder as well!

Please fix this issue ASAP!

The response from the Apple Supporter for Apple Germany (I know they sit in Ireland) was, that the dev team who does bug hunting sits in the Apple HQ in the US and they cannot communicate with them at all (I was asked in the chat support conversation in September, to report the bug via the form which of course I did! At the time of writing this, we are now at iOS 13.2.2 and nothing has been done about the different and nasty Mail App behavior. I have the same email address and setup since I first used an iPhone 3g in June 2008!
And unfortunately network devices do not allow you to setup a different sender address than the recipient, so both FROM and TO email addresses are always equal.

Whoever decided to change the behavior in iOS 13 did not take this into account.

Also, the filter suggested is not possible to set, even if it was, it would only change what would display in the iPhone Mail App once enabled via a toggle switch, but the dupe emails would still be stored on the IMAP mail server, stuffing up my email quota for no use.

Also, since AOL Mail does not support advanced filtering like GMail does, there is no solution here.

When I asked the supporter that I don’t want the bug report to be ignored and the bug fixed as it happened with my Apple Watch bug, he said if I think he lies to me, I can ask to talk to his supervisor. Not helpful at all. I ended the chat session then. No need to talk to an uneasy supporter who goes into the rude tendency.

It will probably be like in the Apple Watch case, it will either be fixed with iOS 14 or never at all.

So, I implemented a workaround in Opera Mail, with a filter and every couple of days, I would delete the emails falling under the filter.

Now you wonder, what happened with my Apple Watch bug that I reported 3 years ago? They fixed the problem by simply removing the feature from the Watch altogether! when they released WatchOS 6.1 for the Apple Watch Series 1 😀

Finally fixing the navigation issues on my blog!

okay. I finally tried again after a year to fix the navigation issues on, worked out a solution and emailed it to the theme support guys, who helped me back in 2017 to fix one problem but then ignored me when I re-approached them in 2018 🙁

So here is how it’s done:

1) First set post page as home page:
2) Then add your old “home page” to the menu at Appearance -> Menus (e.g. in my case I renamed it to “About” before I did that)
3) Then add a custom link as described in the youtube video here: and post it to the home page
4) Trash the old blog page to avoid people who accessed in the past are not confronted by a white page but instead get re-directed to an actual blog post which is next closest to this!

Cheers! 🙂

New Windows 10 Soundblaster X-FI Xtreme Gamer drivers for 1903 aka 19H1 finally released

4 weeks ago, Creative Labs finally released a new driver package for their old X-Fi soundcard series finally.

(Myself having a Soundblaster X-FI Xtreme Gamer PCI sound card from 2007 myself) so finally the sound output for the analog output can be again selected in Windows 10 X64 1903 and the apps delivered with the driver work again, however some have been removed, so the package just only comes with the following tools:

-Creative Audio Control Panel
-Creative Software AutoUpdate
-THX Console

But better than nothing!

Info source and download URL

Soundblaster X-FI Xtreme Gamer PCI Soundcard & Windows 10 x64 Build #1903 (May 2019 Update)

So, now the new Windows 10 May 2019 update is out and unfortunately yet again the X-FI Xtreme Gamer PCI Soundcard is giving problem. For last build (1809), installing the drivers caused a bluescreen, so one had to uninstall the driver and program package before updating Windows 10 to the December 2018 update (#1809) and use the alternative package from Daniel K. which worked just flawless.

No such luck this year. The main problem is, that the analogue speaker jack is not detected and so not selectable as a sound output device (and the recording device “What u hear” is also missing as well).

A detailed description with screenshots can be found in the Microsoft Answer Forums here.

Since May 1st I am discussing with Microsoft Support via Twitter for possible solutions and reported it to their engineers via the Windows 10 Feedback Hub as well!

Lets hope they’ll find a solution soon!

They asked that I report it to Creative Labs as well, here is what they replied to me via email:

Creative Support (Creative Labs Pte Ltd.)
3rd Mai, 06:55 +08
Dear Joerg,
Thank you for contacting Creative Labs.
Regarding your query, as of this moment, there is no further development for newer driver/software for EOSL product such as the Sound Blaster X-FI series (except for X-Fi Titanium). It is true Creative releases driver for Win 7,8 and 10. However for Windows 10, it was released and intended for initial version of Windows 10. No further releases after that. Some users we’re still able to use it for subsequent Win 10 update and some are not or having some issue which we’re not able to support anymore, since there is no driver update available.
Rest assured that we will forward this as official feedback from one of our users.
If you require further assistance, please reply to this email and we will get back to you.
Creative Labs Pte Ltd
Worldwide Customer Response

Things you need to know to become MCSA certified

The MCSA is a mid-level credential that can be acquired between the MCP and MCSE credentials. The MCSA certification is intended for framework administrators and helpdesk support experts who execute, oversee, as well as troubleshoot existing Microsoft network and system infrastructures. The MCSA is a stepping stone toward a definitive objective of becoming an MCSE certified if that is your picked career path. One advantage of pursuing the MCSA certification first is that if in future you choose to go for the MCSE certification, all the MCSA exams will count toward the MCSE certification.

To become an MCSA certified you need to have a thorough comprehension of the following:

  1. Creating, Configuring, Maintaining, Securing, and Troubleshooting File, Print, and Web Resources:
    You ought to have the ability to distribute different sources into Active Directory and manage file systems, authorizations, and disk quotas. It is imperative to know how to make virtual directories and servers, start-stop administrations, and execute encryption (SSL). You should likewise know how to troubleshoot Internet browsing from client PCs and manage and design an FTP site.
  2. Configuring, Administering, and Troubleshooting the Network Infrastructure:
    You have to successfully troubleshoot routing issues utilizing different diagnostic utilities including Tracert, Ping, Pathping, and IPconfig. You ought to comprehend TCP/IP and how it is associated with servers and clients on the OSI model. Since you’ll presumably need to troubleshoot and fix DHCP on servers and client computers in many cases, the MCSA requires that you know how to recognize unapproved DHCP servers on the system & network and troubleshoot, configure, and maintain DNS, WINS, and NetBIOS protocols.
  3. Managing, Securing, and Troubleshooting Servers and Client Computers:
    You should have the ability to install and configure server and client computer hardware and troubleshoot servers and workstations that won’t boot. You have to comprehend what Safe Mode, the Recovery Console, and parallel establishments are and how they can enable you to recoup a framework that won’t boot. As an MCSA, you should know how to manage and install Windows 2000 updates. You should likewise have the ability to rapidly install service packs, hotfixes, and security flaws that Microsoft posts.
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    You should be able to create, oversee, and troubleshoot client and group objects inside Active Directory (AD). When working with the AD, you should know how to oversee object & container authorizations and analyze AD replication issues.
  5. Configuring, Securing, and Troubleshooting Remote Access:
    You should know how to appropriately configure and troubleshoot remote access and virtual private network connections (VPN). With Windows 2000, Terminal Services is currently accessible as by default, and you should have the ability to execute and troubleshoot Terminal Services for remote access. Moreover, you should know how to install and configure Terminal Services and comprehend the permitting ramifications you may experience.

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Learn skills to Administer Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014 Databases

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Microsoft offers Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014 Databases: 70-462 certification exam. This certification is designed for the professionals who install, maintain, and configure tasks; set up and operate database systems; store, back up, and secure data from unauthorized access. Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014 Databases certification validates the expertise of candidates to install and configure SQL Server, maintain instances and databases, optimize and troubleshoot, manage data, implement security, and implement high availability. Earning a Microsoft SQL Server certification qualifies you for a position of a database developer or database analyst.

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So how is it when you switch from digital to physical game card version of a Nintendo Switch game?

There are only a lot of guesses of what happens when you switch from a digital to physical game card version of a Nintendo Switch game, e.g. at the Nintendo forum here:



That is correct. Simply enter the System Settings screen from the Nintendo Switch Main Menu, head down to Data Management, then “Manage Software”. When you scroll through the options regarding managing the software in question, you should see an option which states that the software and the game icon will be deleted, but to delete the Save Data, you’ll have to access another section of the Data Management screen.

Created 12/29/2017 05:33 PM

Now, here is what exactly happens:

1) You have the digital version already.

2) You select to “Archive”. Then on the home screen in the game selector, the game icon will be marked on the top with the “Cloud” icon. When you then insert the Game card, it will ask if you wanna do an update download maybe (Say yes) then the game will start loading from the Game Card and the icon above the game change from the cloud Icon to the”Game Card icon”

3) When you remove the game card again, the icon will change to the cloud icon again. Means you can switch between game card and cloud version all the time. 🙂

Using the Logitech C920-C webcam on Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

Welcome and Happy New Year 2019!

So, a few years back, I have bought the C920-C which is the business version of the C920 HD consumer version. The main difference is, it was not coming with software of any sorts and is also reffered to as “Logitech C920-C Webcam for Cisco”

While the consumer version was supported in Windows 7 and up, the business version was relying on the codec support built in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 to work.

I found out by checking it again that Logitech changed this. on December 18th, 2018 they have released the new “Logitech Capture” software which adds support for Windows 7 and adds the software you previously did not have for this model:

In my case, I had to restart the PC afterwards and let the device manager search for drivers automatically for the camera and it found the driver shipped with this software package for Windows 7 x64! 🙂

Nice move, Logitech!