Fix Skype's cloud-based group chats

Since Microsoft introduced Skype's cloud-based group chats which replaced the previous peer-to-peer group chats, you may sometimes find yourself in a situation where you are unable to send messages to those cloud-based group chats.

The source of the problem remains unknown but it appears to be limited to the cloud server that your Skype client is configured to use. Luckily, this can be changed.

Grand Theft Auto V has stopped working

Grand Theft Auto 5Imagine you just spent about 60 bucks on a computer game. Imagine said game kept crashing seemingly randomly without any sign of warning with a generic error message such as "Grand Theft Auto V has stopped working".

Now imagine you were presented with dozens of search results on Google with seemingly helpful "tips" what might cause it and how people managed to fix it. Sadly, those tips mostly read like this:

GTA V used to crash for me all the time. Then I fed my cat and it never crashed since then. So I suggest you all get a cat and feed it.

Unsurprisingly - even though cats can be evil - they are not responsible for GTA 5 or GTA online crashing.

Update:
It seems that Rockstar Games addressed most of the crash issues and some others in the latest patch for GTA V.
Read more about the various fixes in the official patch 350.1 release notes.

Minecraft - Beach Hotel Loop

It's time for a relaxing day and night cycle at "Hotel Random", a beach hotel located on the (invite-only) Random-Host.com Minecraft server.

The hotel which was originally built in the early days of the Minecraft Beta recently received a major Minecraft 1.8 overhaul.

Can you feel the sea breeze?

Enable "Media device (MTP)" USB mode on Android 4.4 (KitKat) and 5.0 (Lollipop)

"Media Device (MTP)" mode notificationSince I only wanted to charge my new Nexus 5 at work rather than having my phone content exposed to company hardware, I disabled "Media device (MTP)" USB mode there. This is actually easy since there is a shortcut in the notifications which let's you do just that.

The tricky part is to turn that back on when you are back home and want to connect your KitKat phone to your private computer. The system won't find the phone unless "USB computer connection" on your Android is either set to "Media device (MTP)" or "Camera (PTP)". The notifiction which used to be there in MTP mode is gone so there is no shortcut to get back to that setting.

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