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MeshCentral – Awesome, Lacking

I love MeshCentral. I’ve been using it for several years, across a variety of devices and platforms, both in the home and in business environments. It’s an immensely useful (yet simple) management tool, and features integration with Intel AMT.

The project is open source, developed by an engineer at Intel. It is, indeed, still actively developed. While the platform is offered as a (free) service at MeshCentral.com, one is able to host their own infrastructure if such isolation is desired.

Anyhow, one of (in my opinion, at least) the best features is the fact that the mesh agent is available for a large variety of hardware and software platforms. This list of platforms (at one point in time) included both Android and Chrome OS. Fantastic.

Unfortunately, the Chrome OS version has been missing for quite some time. And while the Android version still exists, it hasn’t been updated in 5 years, and isn’t compatible with only a (very small) handful of (mostly old) devices.

I’d love to see these platforms revived. The Android agent, in particular, has been incredibly useful for managing my young children’s (old) tablet. The link to the agent on the Google Play Store can be found below:

Google Play Store — MeshCentral Agent

Handling Bluetooth “dropouts” on Chrome OS

A handy script to easily reset the Bluetooth controller on Chromebook devices

I love my Chromebook, a Lenovo X131e.

I also love my Bluetooth mouse.

I do NOT love when the Bluetooth controller becomes inoperable on my Chromebook, preventing the use of my mouse (and any other Bluetooth devices, as well).

It seems that, sometimes, the Bluetooth controller “hard locks”; typically, the only way to recover from this scenario would be a total reboot. A full reboot is quite a pain, especially while working with a lot of open windows/tabs.

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Arduino MKR1000 Pinout Diagram

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Inspired by the beautiful pinout diagrams available for other Arduino products, such as the UnoMega 2560Due, etc. — I wanted one for the MKR1000 — but was confronted by the absence of any.

So I took matters into my own hands; I took the base image of the MKR1000 from the Arduino website, imported it into Microsoft Visio 2016, and went to town.

This is the result:

Arduino MKR1000 - Pinout Diagram

Download the PDF

Download the source Visio file