My child is covered in magic marker, how do I get it off?

Question: My child has covered themselves in permanent marker, how do I safely remove it from their skin?

Answer: Generally rubbing alcohol on a clean cloth or paper towel will work. The biggest downside to this is that it may dry the skin out if over used. Also, if there are any cracks on the skin it will cause stinging but no cuts there should be no pain. Further, a 2nd cleaning with soap and water can add to the effectiveness. If drying or irritation occurs afterwards use a hypoallergenic lotion to help remoisturize the skin.

Poor sound quality on JBL E40BT headphones in Windows 11


On Windows 11 the sound quality on my bluetooth headphones has degraded quality.


Bluetooth headphones that come with both a mic and headphones sometimes load a profile that have both the mic and the headphones turned on. In some scenarios this can degrade sound quality. If you are just using your headphones for listening you can turn off the mic. On Windows 10 you would see two bluetooth profiles for the headphones, one with a mic and one without. On Windows 11 you need to go to Sound Settings -> Manage Sound Devices and change the Input to a different microsphone

. Upon doing the quality of the sound from the headphones output will return to a higher quality output. You can also reach this menu by click the sound icon in the notification area, then clicking the right arrow, then clicking More volume settings.

Minecraft: How to download a realm in v1.17.10

In version v1.17.10 Mojang changed the screens you use to manage your realm worlds. As part of this change they allow you to upload three worlds. The one issue is that it’s not clear which world is the one you previously had loaded. Instead of having the name of the world the previously loaded world defaults to ‘My World’. You will be able to click on that tile and download the world / change the settings as you previously could.

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Choose realm within the realms subscription (Note your previously named realm might be listed as ‘My World’)

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Download World Button

How do I close the game Dragon Quest XI on the PC version

After saving and exiting the game in Dragon Quest XI you are brought back to the intro screen but the game is still in full screen mode with no clear way to close the program and return to Windows.

In order to exit the game can Press the Windows key on the keyboard which will show the task bar, then right click on the Dragon Quest Icon and choose ‘close window’. At this point, Dragon Quest will prompt you with a dialog box that asks if you really want to close the game, choose ‘Yes’.

How do I find copper in my older world?

With the release of Minecraft v1.17.2 a number of new blocks have been introduced, copper being one of them. These blocks will spawn in old worlds but they will not spawn in areas that have already been loaded.

In minecraft, blocks are organized into chunks and only has a number loaded at a time. When you enter a coordinate at a previously unexplored chunk all of the blocks are created for the first time using the algorithm for your seed. Once these blocks have been rendered the chunk will always be just that minus any changes YOU make to it.

In order to find new blocks, including copper you must adventure to a biome that has them that is in a previously unexplored chunk which might require you to venture far. Copper is most often found in the Boreal Forest biome, the Taiga biome or the snoy taiga. Previously, drowneds dropped mainly gold as an ore but now also drop copper.

Simple Inverter

Minecraft Bedrock: How to build a simple inverter

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A simple inverter in Minecraft will allow something like a lever to output power to one item but not another.  An example of this would be  a lever that turns one redstone lamp on while turning another off.

You will need the following items:

  1. Redstone Lamp (2x)
  2. Redstone Torch (1x)
  3. Redstone Dust (1x)
  4. Cobblestone (1x)
  5. Lever (1x)

Note: that the cobblestone can be replaced by any block that conducts redstone power.

Refer to the following screenshots for specific item placement.  The lever is placed next to a redstone dust which connects to the cobblestone.  The cobblstone has a redstone lamp on top of it and a redstone torch off the side.  One block away from the redstone torch the second redstone lamp is placed.  That is it!  When the lever is toggled one lamp will be on and one lamp will be off.

A practical use for this would be at a minecart station where the direction the track is heading at an intersection could be indicated by one of two redstone lamps.

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This technique was tested on Bedrock edition 1.16.221.

Minecraft Bedrock: How can I get unlimited dye?

There are a handful of dyes of which you can farm an unlimited amount. Traditionally he most common was green dye which is smelted from a 0 tick cactus farm. However, there are ways to farm unlimited amounts of certain flowers and then create dye from those.

The four flowers that can be farmed for unlimited amounts are the Lilac, the Rose Bush, the Peony and the Rose Bush. You will note that these flowers are all two blocks tall. Most flowers will grow in grass or dirt blocks. The trick in this instance is to create an enchanted hoe with the the Fortune enchantment on it, preferably Fortune III. When the double tall flowers are farmed with a Fortune III hoe double and sometimes triple the amount of the same flower are reaped as the reward. This in effect will allow you to quickly plant the flower, harvest it, plant the multiples you farmed and quickly expand your harvest to hundreds or even thousands within minutes. With all of these flowers you can create more dye than you’ll know what to do with. If you can’t find uses for all of the dye then you might get lucky finding a villager who will buy your dye for emeralds (some villagers will grade for dyes such as lime which can be made from combining green dye and white dye on the crafting table).

To create unlimited green dye you can create a 0 tick farm that produces cactuses (cactus). The cactus is then smelted into green dye. This has the added bonuses of serving as a limitless XP (experience) farm. Not only will limitless XP help you with enchanting your gear it can also serve as the fastest way to repair your gear if you are lucky enough to have the mending spell enchanted onto your tools, weapons and armor (mending enchantment books can purchased from some villagers, if you’re lucky enough to find one).

Cactus Farm / Green Dye Farm / XP Farm Tutorial

The following is an excellent YouTube tutorial for how to create the green dye farm.

EASY 1.16 XP FARM TUTORIAL in Minecraft Bedrock (MCPE/Xbox/PS4/Nintendo Switch/Windows10) – YouTube

Can I use a Synology NAS with only a USB flash drive

Synology produces a number of NAS products.  These products provide 1 or more bays for hard drives and generally 2 USB ports for adding an external hard drive or using a USB hard drive.

Although the Synology NAS can be expanded with USB flash media it still must have a physical hard drive installed to operate.  Without a hard drive the NAS prompts you with a screen to install a hard drive and will not let you continue without one.  In short, you can’t use a Synology NAS with only flash media.

It should also be noted that the flash media cannot operate as a RAID or mirror option and only as free standing space.

Borders on WPF on 4K high resolution monitors

The issue is that when you view your WPF application on a normal 96 monitor everything looks fine, but once you view it on a high resolution monitor edges don’t seem to line up right everywhere and sometimes there are issues with the borders rendering and lining up correct.

The two key settings to try to fix this can be set at the page or window level and these are `UseLayoutRounding` and `SnapToDevicePixels`.

    UseLayoutRounding="True" SnapsToDevicePixels=True"

These features should work on both the classic .NET Framework and the new WPF running on .NET Core.