PS3 Error 8001003A and 8001002B “fix”

I was messing around with my Playstation 3. I replaced the harddrive with a bigger one and wanted to install a custom firmware.

What a headache! All the errors… And no one knows what to do. Nothing is working.
Errors like 8001003A and 8001002B among others…

I don’t think you can call this for a “fix” since it’s a bit messy but try it out. It worked for me after many tries.

PS3 error codes and headaches.

But I did manage to figure some things out. First of all, the USB port on the PS3 sucks!
That was the main problem.

You should not have more things than your USB stick in the USB ports.
I don’t know if it’s the lack of power to the USB ports or some compatibility issue.

Also, use the RIGHT USB port.

As you probably have read all over the net. The USB must be in FAT32 format and the partition MBR.
I don’t know if it matters but just use one partition on the USB stick.

If your PS3 cant find the USB stick, pull it out and try again. Over and over.
Sometimes it will show up for some unknown reason.
If not, try another USB stick.

Also, make sure you don’t use a extension cable to your USB stick, I did and it caused some problems.

If you managed to install a custom firmware but get errors like 8001003A or 8001002B when trying to install a pkg file then try to replace the firmware again with a “noBD” firmware and then try to install the pkg files with the package manager.

Auto Create Screenshots with VLC

This is a tip to help you create automated screenshots/snapshots with VLC media player from the command prompt.

Create a folder, for example: C:\OUT
Put the video file INPUT.mp4 in the root C:\

Then enter the following line at the command prompt:

This takes a snapshot of every frame:

 "C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLan\VLC\vlc.exe" --video-filter scene --scene-ratio 1 --scene-path C:\OUT C:\INPUT.mp4 

This takes a snapshot every tenth of a second in 30 frames/second video

"C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLan\VLC\vlc.exe" --video-filter scene --scene-ratio 3 --scene-path C:\OUT C:\INPUT.mp4

This takes a snapshot every second in 30 frames/second video

"C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLan\VLC\vlc.exe" --video-filter scene --scene-ratio 30 --scene-path C:\OUT C:\INPUT.mp4

Don’t forget the double quotes around: “C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLan\VLC\vlc.exe”

You can use another output path and filenames than “C:\OUT” or C:\INPUT.mp4 .
If the path or filename contains any spaces put double quotes around them.

After you enter the command VLC opens and starts playing the video and taking the snapshots.

If you pause the video, don’t forget to close the player at a certain moment or the snapshots will fill up you hard drive!

If you let the video play out, it will stop taking snapshots at the end of the video.

Add new features for cmd.exe and Powershell

At Microsofts website there’s a package named “Sysinternals Suite” that contains 146 tools that you can make to be usable in cmd.exe and Powershell.

The package contains lots of missing features/commands that is very usable if you’re running Windows on your PC.

For example you’ll be able to use commands such as “whois NordicNode.com” and other tools that can display all kinds of information about your computers hardware, software and currently active processes and even more cool things.

Add command tools for Windows for extra features

Lets get going with the HOWTO.

1: Start by download the package called “Sysinternals Suite” at Microsofts website.

Now, make a folder somewhere on your computer and extract the zip file to that directory.

2: Click on the Windows startmenu button and type “Edit environment variables for your account” and click on it.

In the top listbox there should be a line with the variable name “Path”, select it and click “Edit…”.

3: Now, click “New” and type the location the directory that you extracted the zip file to.

4: Done! Try out the tools in CMD.exe or PowerShell.

Stop WordPress spam comments with this trick

Are you also getting thousands of spam comments on your WordPress blog?
Then it’s time to do something about that.

Akismet is a really good plugin that’s doing a amazing job, you should really use it if you’re not, however it doesn’t stop all of the spam comments.

The following is a simple “trick” I use on some of my websites and it works pretty good.

Most spammers use software that sends spam comments to blogs automatically, so most of the time the spammer wont see your website at all.

Stop WordPress spam comments
Stop WordPress spam comments

The “trick” I’m sharing is a simple but effective one. Ok, lets get to it.

You should simply hide the URL text field in the comment form.
Most people wont mind.

And what’s the reason you should hide it? Because if someone posts a URL in that field when it’s hidden, you’ll know it’s a spammer bot posting.

Here’s how you make it work on your site. On WordPress admin page, go to:
Appearance > Customize > Additional CSS.

Now, add this bit of CSS code to hide the URL text field.

.comment-form input[type="url"] {
    display: none;
}

Then save it.
Hopefully it will work and you wont see the URL text field any more.

Now, go to Settings > Discussion.

In the Disallowed Comment Keys field, type “http” without the quotes and hit the save button.

Remember that users wont be able to write URLs in your comment field either and you might want to tell your visitors about that.

But in my experience, people that posts URLs in the comment text field is mostly spammers anyway.

Updated WordPress Blog Ping List (2021)

Have you seen a gigantic list of blog ping URLs or is currently using such a huge list of blog ping services?
I’m talking about close to hundreds of URLs.

Take a minute to look through them. I bet 90% probably are probably not working.

It will only take more unnecessary time for you to post your blog posts and it will also use more resources from your web server.

The screenshot below show my old WordPress ping list, there’s like 80 more blog ping services except the ones you see in the screenshot.

Too many old blog ping services.

You don’t gain much if you’re using the huge lists many other sites got.
They’re not updated anyway and contain a lot of 404 sites.

Instead, just use a few blog ping services that actually works in 2021. The following is a updated list of 8 ping sites.

Here’s the Blog Ping List for 2021 I currently use.

http://rpc.pingomatic.com
https://rpc.twingly.com/
http://blogmatcher.com/u.php
http://ping.feedburner.com
http://ping.blo.gs/
http://www.blogdigger.com/RPC2
http://pingoat.com/goat/RPC2
https://www.pingmyblog.com/ 

That’s all for now. 🙂