After adding a third camera (a Reolink RLC-520) to my Zoneminder server, I found that I couldn’t get all three cameras to come up at the same time. I would restart and 2 would successfully enter the “Running” state but a third (not always the same one, either) would not.
I then noticed that /dev/shm was red and at 100% in the status bar. After some research, I found that this is usually caused by the cameras’ resolution being set to high for the RAM the server has.
I lowered my resolution to 1080P on two cameras and 3MP on the third. This dropped the /dev/shm usage to what is seen in the screenshot above.
My server has 8GB of RAM, which I may upgrade soon. If you run into this problem, try lowering the resolution of your camera(s) in Zoneminder’s config for each one.
My second childhood is ruined. Thanks, ebay and bradlebon-5.
Missing the days of my youth and hours wasted playing Gameboy Color and Gameboy Advance, I decided to buy a Gameboy Advance SP. I foolishly sold my original GBA back in 2005. I also foolishly thought a new GBA SP would be $20 or something, right? Nope. You’re lucky to get a beat up specimen for $60. I paid $61 for this one:
And I thought games would be $5 to $10 a pop without boxes and manuals, right? I was wrong again. But I didn’t find that out until after I had bought Metroid Fusion (eBay), for $9.99 plus shipping. That’s your first sign, for those keeping track of tips on how to spot a fake Gameboy game:
If it’s too good to be true, it’s fake
Search eBay for “Buy it now” listings and compare prices. If everyone wants $55 for The Legend of Zelda: The Minnish Cap except one guy is selling it for $10… then the $10 one is fake. See the screenshot below and play “Spot the asshole selling a counterfeit game”:
Next step: What condition is it in?
If you’re simply looking for a game to play and not trying to collect cartridges in mint condition, then a little bit a wear on the cart is a good sign that it’s real. Take a look at this one that was for sale for $41 versus my $10 version:
See how the bottom one is worn and faded but the top one looks immaculate? It’s because the top label was printed in 2020 and the bottom was printed in 2002 and spent some time in a cargo pant pocket, most likely.
Check out the inside
Another dead giveaway is what the inside of the cartridge looks like, specifically the PCB (printed circuit board). Most current fake cartridges will have a big black spot that looks like dried tar. This is not there on authentic cartridges.
Now I’m all for reproduction games that the seller clearly tells you is not an original, authentic copy. This would help many of us get games to play in situations where we can’t afford the real version. However, it needs to be printed on the label and disclosed in the listing for games sold online. Something like “Reproduction Warning: This is not an original copy of this game”. But, the seller that duped me with Metroid Fusion did not say this. Now that I re-read the description, he seemed pretty guilty by saying “Game plays just fine!!!”. And the “Cartridge comes in factory plastic case…” is misleading. Yeah, it’s “factory” but not Nintendo’s factory!
With this purchase you will receive “Metroid Fusion” game cartridge for use in a Nintendo Game Boy Advance System. **U.S. VERSION** Cartridge comes in factory plastic case, but no other packaging included. Will ship in padded envelope and I ship only within the US… using First Class USPS only. Will ship within 2 business days. Game plays just fine!!! You may message me with any questions you may have before purchase is complete. Great way to stay busy while confined to the house. Takes you back to your younger days!!!
So good luck out there finding authentic Gameboy cartridges. The counterfeiters are getting more sophisticated every day. Let me know in the comments if you have any other good methods for determining if a game is a fake.
If you’re looking to get data working on Straight Talk’s AT&T MVNO network, use the above settings.
I switched from using Straight Talk’s Verizon network to their AT&T network and the APN settings on their website did not work for me. I finally found those, thanks to prepaidmobilephonereviews.com, and they work great.
Coming from Windows and Linux distros, I was used to using a tiling application with my desktop. This is a program that allows you to move windows to fill certain portions of your display with keyboard shortcuts. For example, in Windows 7+, holding down the windows key and pressing left or right will fill the left or right half of the screen with that window.
If you’re looking for this on Mac OS, check out Spectacle. It works great and it’s very customizable.
Update June 8, 2020: Spectacle is no longer supported so I have switched to Rectangle.