Fixing The ‘N8106-152’ Issue With Netflix In Plex On OS X

I admit that I hadn’t made extensive use of the Netflix plug-in for Plex until the recent birth of my son. While I was never a huge fan of the idea of plopping the kids in front of the TV, letting the box act as an ersatz babysitter to the young-uns, actual parenthood gives you a different perspective on things. My son Talon seems to like watching our large-screen plasma, and since it gives me a few extra minutes during the day to handle chores and whatnot, I’ve found myself using Plex ad Netflix much more often than I used too.

Unfortunately, I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Plex as a media player. It works… most of the time… but there a far more bugs than I’d prefer. The Netflix plug-in is a case in point; while it works, most of the time, it also has an annoying tendency to crap-out now and again. Today, for what seems like the hundredth time, I ran into yet another problem with the Netflix plug-in, this time the dreaded ‘N8106-152’ error.

Fortunately for me, the problem turned-out to relatively minor and was easy to fix — I simply logged-out of Netflix in Safari, then tried the Netflix plug-in via Plex, and that resolved the issue. The quick Google search that helped me identify the problem also revealed a couple of other possible solutions for the issue, which I thought I’d post here for people with similar problems:

    Delete the Plex cache folders:


    Note that these folders are in your home account; in OS X, you may want to access the Caches folder via Finder by typing:


    In the ‘Go’ –> ‘Go To Folder’ drop-down from the Finder’s top menu.

    Disconnect Devices:

    Login to your Netflix account via a browser and choose ‘Disconnect Devices’ from the Netflix account settings. Note that this option will require you to reconnect your Netflix-enabled devices first, so you may want to try the solutions above before trying this solution.

Cool Quote

I saw this on Slashdot today… I don’t know if it’s an accurate quote or not, but it’s interesting nonetheless:

“If I’d asked my customers what they wanted, they’d have said a faster horse.” – Henry Ford

First Day

So I’ve finally done it — today marks the first day I’ve commuted from home to work by bicycle. By the clock it took about 35 minutes, 15 minutes more than Google says it should, but what do I care? Score one for the lard-ass geek!


Let’s face it — I’m a fat tub o’lard.  This is not because I particularly want to be that way, more so because it’s often been the path of least resistance.  However, I’ve resolved to do better.  Last week, I visited my doctor for a physical and, while examining me, she asked if I’d like to see a nutritionist.  “Sure,” I said, “I can do that.”  Prior to my appointment next month I agreed to chart what I eat for an entire week.  Here’s what I’ve had so far:

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I Am Such A Frakin’ Geek!

Nothing annoys me more than reading an article where someone has gotten their basic facts wrong, but I think I’m even more with myself today for the spotting an error only a true geek would notice in this article on nano technology.  Sigh…

For those of you not in the know, the error I’m talking about is the exact amount of energy needed to power the flux capacitor in your modified DeLorean.

Why Hollywood Makes Me Cry

It’s strange — by not owning a television, I sometimes find myself behind the curve on some things that everyone else seems clued-in on.  Movie previews are an excellent example of this curious TV-less lifestyle effect. Earlier today, my girlfriend happened to mention that she’d seen trailers for a remake of the science fiction classic The Day The Earth Stood Still, a movie I count among my all-time favorite flicks.  As this was the first time I’d heard about a remake, I rushed to go find an on-line copy of the trailers currently airing on television (try YouTube if you haven’t seen any of the trailers). Needless to say, as in the case of most movie remakes, I wasn’t exactly thrilled with what I saw.

If you’ve never seen the original movie, stop what you’re doing now and go buy or rent a copy of this classic film.  Trust me — you won’t be disappointed.  The Day The Earth Stood Still is a landmark in early sci-fi cinema.  Neatly avoiding the usual ‘monster from space’ theme common in the early days of science fiction films, the original 1951 movie stood out by offering movie-goers an insightful and often disturbing look at what first contact with an alien race might really be like.

In director Robert Wise’s feature film, the most terrifying monsters we see on-screen are the frightened Earthlings surrounding the newly-arrived spacecraft — there are no bug-eyed monsters eating human brains in this thoughtful film.  What we do see is a fearful public and a legion of soldiers quickly encircling the silvery flying saucer as soon as it touches-down in Washington DC.  Guns, bazookas, tanks and artillery are brought in and readied to fire, seemingly at the slightest provocation.  The moment the alien descends from his ship his first words are, “We have come to visit you in peace and goodwill.”  In the crowd of men and women surrounding the ship we soon see soldiers lifting their rifles and cocking their pistols, as if in response to these words.

Seconds later, a shot rings out as an over-egger solider fires his gun when the alien pulls-out a vaguely cylindrical object from his spacesuit.  Just then, an 8-foot tall robot lumbers out of the spaceship and begins firing what looks like a disintegration beam, reducing the guns, tanks and artillery — but curiously not the men holding them — into piles of molten metal.  The wounded spacefarer recovers from the initial attack and soon calls-off the robot’s assault.  At the end of the brief battle, no one has died but blood has been shed.  It’s an ominous sign and all-to realistic depiction of mankind’s first meeting with an ambassador from outer space.

It’s hard to imagine how Hollywood expects to top this classic film.  I have no doubt we’ll see new and improved special effects, but the most dramatic moment in the movie, reflected in the title, requires not a single FX shot from the studio.   There’ll likely be spectacular explosions this time around — there were none in the original film — but eye-popping death rays were never the point anyway.  The original film’s central message, that human beings haven’t yet come to grips with the power of our weapons vs. our propensity towards fear and violence, still rings true more than half a century later. I’m of the opinion that Robert Wise nailed it the first time around in the original movie; no remake is liable to change that fact and I’m dubious that today’s Hollywood will improve upon this classic story. Keanu Reeves may deliver a stellar performance reprising Michael Rennie’s role as Klaatu, but in the end I predict we’ll have little more than a cheesy retelling of an already exquisitely well-told tale.

So You Say You’re Not A ‘Ho

Now matter what an anonymous writer to the New York Times wants to call it, getting free rent, an unlimited line of credit and a “company car” in exchange for a “mutually beneficial arrangement” is what I call prostitution.  You may pretty-up the job description by throwing in terms like “sugar-daddy” or “benefactor”, or, dare I say it, “employer”, but the end result is the same — you’re exchanging money for sex, and that’s clearly the common definition of a prostitute.  I’ll save the deeper ethical questions for another day, but let’s not kid ourselves about what’s going on here.  I realize that times are tough these days and it’s hard to make ends meet as a college student.  Still, if you’re going to school for a career in journalism, you ought to at least be willing to admit that if you look like a duck, walk like a duck and, yes, quack like a duck than guess what — you’re a duck.  A journalists’ first duty is always to the truth, and if you’re not willing to admit the truth about yourself, how can I expect you to tell the truth about someone else?

When Marketing Gets Nervous…

According to this article from CNET, it took Apple less than a day to change their tune after posting a note on their support web site that yes, maybe it’s a good idea for Mac users to run anti-virus software. Considering that the Mac isn’t invulnerable to software viruses, it’s strange that Apple would back-pedal like this.  Still, immunity to the multitude of Windows-based malware and software viruses is a big selling point for Apple.  With the busy Christmas shopping season now upon us, one can only wonder if Apple’s marketing team might have had something to do with this abrupt about-face.