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What can you do with Chaga fungus?

First off what is Chaga? Chaga is a fungus that grows mostly on birch tree's in northern climates. Its spread to new tree's through wounds in a tree, these can be broken branches, wood pecker holes, splits or cracks, etc. Once a tree is 'infected' by chaga it can continue to grow for many years without issue. Chaga will grow and 'fruit' into a black growth on the tree. Looks something like cracked lava rock.

When you harvest Chaga it does not hurt the tree, and the Chaga will continue to grow as long as the tree lives regardless of how much you harvest. It is however, best practice to leave at least 50% of the chaga on the tree for others to harvest in the future, since it is a very slow growing fungus. Many people believe that if you harvest too much it will not continue to grow which is not the case as long as at least a small bit is left on the tree and unless you are damaging the tree during harvest this will always be the case.

Here you can see what it looks like under the black 'shell' after harvesting some.

The inner part of the fungus has a cork like texture while the outside is relatively hard and crusty.

You should dry any chaga you do not use right away to prevent it from going bad or growing mold since it does have a high moisture content.

Chaga has several great uses including a healthy substitute to coffee, and many medicinal qualities. It can also be mixed with coffee or cacao.

My personal favorite is to simmer the chaga in water for a few hours, then mix with raw cacao powder, a little maple syrup and some cream for a wonderful drink. Perhaps not as healthy as just chaga tea alone which is also good and has a flavor almost like lightly sweetened vanilla. 

Used or spent Chaga once dried can be used as a fire starter in your outdoors kit so don't waste good chaga without making some tea with it first.

Rochester, MN Roofing Contractor: Ronningen Roofing | Updated Website

Launch of new website for Ronningen Roofing a southern Minnesota Roofing contractor located in Rochester, MN. The new design brings a new modern look & feel as well as streamlined client conversion process. The owner Eric Ronningen has been in business since 1998 providing roofing repair, new roofing, skylights, gutters as well as ice and snow removal.


Ronningen | Roofing Contractor: Rochester, MN

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NVMe bootable Raid array on Windows 10 Pro using AMD TRX40 built in raid controller

In order for this to work you must follow each step exactly or windows will fail to see your raid array as a bootable device and the setup will fail to boot from your raid array.

  • Enter your motherboard UEFI bios.
  • Go to Advanced > AMD PBS
  • Enable "NVMe Raid mode"
  • Go to Advanced > RaidXpert2 Configuration Utility (in some cases you may need to F10+save and reboot before it will show up as an option)
  • Warning! Going beyond this point will delete any data on your NVMe drives
  • Once in the RaidXpert2 management, go to array management > delete array
  • select the drives you want to use for the new raid array and choose "Delete Array(s)"
  • Now choose Create Array select enable for the drives you want to raid with the correct raid type and your preferred configuration, then click create.
  • Save.

Download the AMD Raid Drivers from here: AMD Drivers and Support for Radeon, Radeon Pro, FirePro, APU, CPU, Ryzen, desktops, laptops

extract the drivers to a usb drive, preferably the same drive that you use for installing windows 10 pro.

Now insert your windows 10 pro install media and start the setup process.

Now install raid drivers from the file you extracted to your usb in this order:

  1. \WIN10\x64\NVMe_CC\rcbottom
  2. \WIN10\x64\NVMe_CC\rcraid
  3. \WIN10\x64\NVMe_CC\rccfg

Once you do this you can install windows like normal and it will boot from the raid.

That's it now you're done.

How to solve: Page content blank when printing but works in InPrivate/Incognito view

This is an odd one and actually stumped me for a bit, in order to solve I used f12 developer tools to uncheck specific css attributes and tested the print function again. It ended up being a font-family attribute in the all css style.

Once removed the page printed all of the content on all browsers once again. I also tried adding a second font but that also did not solve the problem. It seems that the font was not being imported correctly or was corrupt. Replacing the font using the @media print solves the issue.

For example:

How to fix EthMiner when it just closes on Windows 10

With the current release of EthMiner you may need to update your start config from the old format to the new one.

It should now look something like this for AMD:

ethminer.exe -P stratum1+tcp://0x73f4bb52abd8233aaafe92c55e3654a94980a8b4.PCNAME@us1.ethermine.org:4444 -G -R 

In some cases you may receive the error 

No OpenCL platforms found
Error: No usable mining devices found

which is caused by a missing DLL file in the latest AMD drivers which is needed for OpenCL.

Go to 

C:\AMD\Radeon-Software-Adrenalin-2020-20.12.1-Win10-64Bit-Dec8\Packages\Drivers\Display\WT6A_INF\B#### Folder

then copy the amdocl64.dll file to your C:\Windows\System32\ folder.

Next open regedit and create the following key path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Khronos\OpenCL\Vendors then create REG_DWORD amdocl64.dll

or like this for nvidia:

ethminer.exe -P stratum1+tcp://0x73f4bb52abd8233aaafe92c55e3654a94980a8b4.PCNAME@us1.ethermine.org:4444 -U -R

You should be all set now.

If for some reason you are still having an issue add pause to the last line in order to see the error and prevent you cmd window from closing.