Sytone's Ramblings

The occasional posts of a guy who plays with technology.

Service Fabric skeleton service

2021-01-04 3 min read Development
Taken from to conserve and update as needed as could not find it when I went looking for it. On Service fabric, you can either create ASP.NET Core API service or worker process. I’m going to create a worker service today Visual Studio Template Skeleton Right click on ServiceFabric project > Create a new Service Fabric service Choose “Stateless Service” for worker service, as Stateful is the new evil in cloud era. Continue reading

Changing the commit author

2020-10-14 1 min read Development
So, you made some commits and then realise you used the wrong author and email address. No problem, use the following command to update them all and then you can push with consistent happiness. This assumes you are doing this in PowerShell, if in bash you may need to escape the quotes differently. The GIT commit id is the one before the commits with the wrong author. For the Author use the format name <email@address. Continue reading

Getting a PI to update when on a network

2020-08-27 3 min read Technology
Now we have a RV I wanted the pi to copy media files over when it is on the network. I have a share for our DVR where the media files are placed (HD Homerun + Emby) and wanted to copy certain TV shows over automatically when the RV is home and I put it on the network. Now I can go down the BASH scripting route but I do not know that space very well. Continue reading

Taking Automation on the Road

2020-08-11 1 min read
So we pulled the leaver on buying a RV. However we want to be able to watch our shows on the road, simple idea however internet access is not everywhere we want to go. To to get the DVR recordings from our media centre I setup a Pi running jellyfin and then wrote a simple powershell script which runs on the Pi and when it is on and at home will pick up our main media centre ont he network and copy and shows with a file called . Continue reading

Make the Calendar in Microsoft Teams use the same keyboard shortcut as Outlook

2020-06-18 1 min read Technology
I use keyboard shortcuts a lot and in outlook I am used to the Ctrl+1/2/3/4 to go between mail, calendar, contacts, etc. In teams I found myself using Ctrl + 2 to go to the calendar which actually brings you to the Chat tab. I know I could use Ctrl + 4 but you know muscle memory… Then I found out you can reorder all the tabs on the left, so not I have Chat at the top just like my mail Ctrl + 1 followed by Calendar which means it is Ctrl + 2 which is now very similar to Outlook! Continue reading

Getting Night Light to work with a docking station in Windows 10

2020-06-03 1 min read
This comes from How to enable Night Light feature on DisplayLink devices in Windows 10. I have a Targus docking station and luckily it used DisplayLink, the key does not exist with the Targus drivers installed so… Go to and download the DisplayLink drivers. Install them. Start RegEdit Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\DisplayLink\Core Create new String value with name EnableGammaRamp and set the data to be: true Unplug and plug your DisplayLink device Enable Night light in Windows All your monitors should now be at the same gamma settings. Continue reading

Work at home and being a team

2020-03-13 3 min read General
Now that we are dealing with COVID-19, a lot of companies are getting their employees to work remotely. For some this will be great and for other who crave social interaction not so great. For me the key thing is making sure that my team feels like a team still. Keeping the routine going is pretty important. For yourself and your team. There are lots of great posts about this so I will just list the key points. Continue reading
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