A Charger Option for the Panasonic DMW-BLG-10PP Battery

The DMW-BLG-10PP is a 1025mAh, 7.2V, lithium-ion battery that Panasonic uses in a few of their newer cameras (including the GX85). In the case of the GX85 kit, Panasonic opted to not include a battery charger. Instead, the battery is to be charged in the camera body through the micro-USB port. This is slightly annoying as the flap protecting the micro-USB port is not as easy to deal with as the battery hatch.

For those who want a standalone charger, Panasonic sells it as part of a battery and charger accessory kit. However, if you have a DE-A99(B) lying around (the charger from the GF5 and a few other older kits), it will work for charging the GX85’s DMW-BLG-10PP battery pack. The battery physically fits into the DE-A99B, and the electrical interface is the same (4 pins: -, D, T, +). Despite the capacity of the DMW-BLG-10PP being larger than what the charger was originally designed for (940mAh), the DE-A99B will still charge it.

-John Havlik

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Breadcrumb NavXT Polylang Extensions 1.5.1

Announcing the immediate availability of Breadcrumb NavXT Polylang Extensions 1.5.1. In 1.5.0, a bug was introduced which caused the updater to believe the install was not up to date. Breadcrumb NavXT Polylang Extensions 1.5.1 fixes this issue.

Users with valid and activated license keys should receive an update notification within the WordPress dashboard and be able to use the update mechanism to update (just like with any plugin in the WordPress.org repository).

-John Havlik

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Alcatel LINKZONE 4824 and Linux

After almost 4 years of service, the time has come to replace my Netgear AirCard 340u. While it works great with my IdeaPad s405, it has problems with newer Intel systems (the AirCard falls into a cycle of infinite boot loops). Since I’m retiring the s405, it was time to find a new mobile data device. Unfortunately, the market for USB broadband modems has not advanced in the last 4 years (the AirCard 340u is still the most capable). So, I had to settle for a wireless hotspot.

The Alcatel LINKZONE 4824, at the time of writing this, is the latest wireless hotspot for T-Mobile USA. It supports 802.11b/g/n and emulates an Ethernet adapter over USB via RNDIS. On the data network side, it supports LET band 12 (T-Mobile USA’s 700MHz spectrum)—a significant advantage over the AirCard 340u in areas where band 12 has been deployed.

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Breadcrumb NavXT Multidimension Extensions 2.5.1

Announcing the immediate availability of Breadcrumb NavXT Multidimension Extensions 2.5.1. Two bugs were fixed in this version. One issue relating to the erroneous inclusion of a root breadcrumb for the page post type when calling bcn_display_list_multidim_children(). Additionally, a bug that caused the $force parameter to not work for both bcn_display_list_multidim_* functions (and throw a PHP error), has been fixed. Note that this also affected the widget’s “Ignore breadcrumb cache” option.

You can grab Breadcrumb NavXT Multidimension Extensions from the WordPress.org plugin repository.

-John Havlik

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Breadcrumb NavXT Polylang Extensions 1.5.0

Announcing the immediate availability of Breadcrumb NavXT Polylang Extensions 1.5.0. This version features a few behavior changes from the previous version and improved compatibility with Polylang 2.1+.

Breadcrumb NavXT Polylang Extensions now automatically performs the translation of the Home link (result of get_home_url()) for breadcrumbs. Previously, Breadcrumb NavXT Polylang Extensions did not do this as it was believed to be something Polylang should handle itself for the result of get_home_url().

Additionally, the translation edit field for all Breadcrumb NavXT settings that accept HTML (e.g. breadcrumb templates) was changed to a textarea. Previously, this was a normal text input, which was not user friendly when using Schema.org BreadcrumbList compliant templates. This change echos recent changes in the Breadcrumb NavXT setting page.

Lastly, due to changes present in Polylang 2.1+, some text elements in Breadcrumb NavXT’s widget did not show up in the strings translations page. This was fixed in Breadcrumb NavXT Polylang Extensions 1.5.0.

Users with valid and activated license keys should receive an update notification within the WordPress dashboard and be able to use the update mechanism to update (just like with any plugin in the WordPress.org repository).

-John Havlik

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