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Apr 3, 2018 3:22 PM by Discussion: Laptops

Having some problems with my laptop. I'll try to describe the issue in detail.

 

A couple of months ago, I noticed that the ac adapter cord had loosened from the power brick. It still worked fine, but I thought it may be a hazard in the long run. I decided to replace it. Found one on ebay which when arrived appeared to be a genuine Asus product.....ie identical to the original in every way.

Everything seemed fine for a while, but then I left the laptop off for an extended amount of time (2 weeks). When I plugged in the lappy and started it up, the message in the taskbar sated that the battery was at 0%, but charging. Nothing unusual there, I thought. I used the laptop with it plugged in for a while and left it to charge over night.

Next morning, however it hadn't charged at all and would only start with the ac cord plugged in. I tested to see if the computer would start with the battery removed and the cord plugged in and yes...that worked.

Ok, so I needed a new battery. Ordered that and 2 weeks later it arrived.

Today I put in the new battery and plugged in the ac cord. The battery light turned yellow but only for a couple of seconds. I power up the laptop (still plugged in) and now the computer is running on 100% battery power (what little the new battery had in it from the factory) Unplugging and plugging in the ac cord does nothing. I then removed the new battery again and tried to start the pc with just the power cord. NOW THAT doesn't work!

Ok, next I put the old battery in and plug in the power. When I start up the laptop now, we're back to 0% and charging....but never charges!

So the new ac power cord tries to charge the old battery, but can't and will not charge the new one.

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May 13, 2016 7:03 PM by Discussion: Life, the Universe and Everything

Here's a couple of things I do when I'm not skinning for windows.

 

I work on a passenger ferry for a company called Color Line (http://www.colorline.com/crossings/from_germany_to_norway).

My workplace is in the buffet restaurant which is the largest restaurant on the ship (we can seat up to 650 at a time) I'm the assistant head waiter which means that I'm in charge of the reservations and seating chart. Always the perfectionist, I couldn't stand the blurry, copy of a copy of a copy seating chart we were using so I decided to do something about it!

I went into Photoshop and redrew the entire thing and here's the result:

I also did one for the A la Carte restaurant:

 

I've also discovered this cool online program which you can draw the floor plan of f.ex. your house. It's call room sketcher (http://www.roomsketcher.com). After drawing the floor plan, you can choose the wall and floor coverings/color etc. add furniture, then see the result in real time . I'm using the free version which only gives you smallish low-res snapshots of the room, but if you pay the annual fee you can take a 1st person 3D walk-through of what you've drawn. I was quite straight forward and I didn't have much trouble learning the proggy.

Here's the drawing I did of my house:

This drawing reflects how our house WILL look after we're done with some remodeling. The deck in the front is as we have it now but the one out back is quite smaller than pictured here.

 

Anyway it was fun to do!

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Jan 13, 2016 9:29 PM by Discussion: Skinning

It looks like MS has put together another patchwork UI full of inconsistencies. They just can seem to follow their OWN rules when "designing" an OS UI!

 

Here are a couple of thing I have discovered in the short period I have had access to WB 10 and Sks 10.

 

1. Right click menus (desktop and taskbar) are now using the skin defined system colors to skin the background rather than the graphic image.

Controls are as follows:

Background = menu

Boarder = button shadow

The text mouseover and separators are still graphic based.

 

2. Start Panel flyout menus: Same applies for background as above but here the text mouseover is also color defined rather than graphics defined.

Center = Menu highlight

Boarder = Selected item

 

That's all for now, but I'll update if I discover anything else. Feel free to comment with tip of your own as well!

 

If anyone is wondering how to change the mouseover image for the task view, taskbar search and notification icon on the taskbar, you need to skin the pinned item. Oddly it's not visible when using category view in Sks.....change to tree view to find it.

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Nov 10, 2015 9:01 PM by Discussion: Community

 

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Oct 19, 2015 11:10 AM by Discussion: WinCustomize Site Issues

I just went into http://forums.wincustomize.com/myposts and saw that all but my last 6 posts have been locked!

 

1. Why?

2. Who decides what posts get locked?

3. Were we informed and I missed the post?

 

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Feb 27, 2015 9:29 PM by Discussion: Skinning

I had a passion for skinning at one time. So much so that it sometimes interfered with family life.

What has changed? It's very simple: Windows 8.

 

I know that programs like modern mix and start 8 make w8 seem almost like w7, but that's just it......almost, but not quite. Windows 7 was just perfect for a skinner! Just as skinnable as XP IMHO.

I feel very uninspired to skin for windows 8 because of the many hard coded fugly white areas that just stick out like a zit on a super model's face! I am a perfectionist to a fault (just ask anyone who knows me well) and these unskinned areas just piss me off and make any skin look half finished.

So for me, skinning is over.

 

I very much doubt that Windows 10 will be any better. If I know MS, they will do everything possible to make it harder and harder to completely skin the OS.

 

Wake me up when we can skin everything and I'll be there.

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Oct 25, 2014 7:46 PM by Discussion: Skinning

I'm trying out the additional menu icons for the first time. I need them to closely emulate the default windows 8 menus as closely as possible and have run into an issue. The "states" aren't showing correctly (or as directed in the help section of sks). Only the radio box shows. Not the check boxes.

 

The issue is illustrated here in this screeny:

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Happy Birthday, Jimmy!

Oct 16, 2014 7:26 AM by Discussion: Community

I want to be the first to wish a very happy birthday to my good friend Jim.

Hope you have a good one!

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by request

Sep 16, 2014 1:35 PM by Discussion: WindowBlinds

I have picked up on the fact that there are some people that would like a skin that mimics the windows 8 GUI for use on windows 7.

I've decided to take up the "challenge" since I'm currently not working on anything else.

 

Here is the first draft after a couple of hrs work:

I plan on doing 2 versions. One as shown and one darker with white fonts and titlebar glyphs. My goal is that it will recolor easily as well. I may perhaps make some discrete "artistic license" changes where necessary.

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......Zuby Zuby Doo where are ya?

Aug 21, 2014 7:00 AM by Discussion: Community

I would like to bet the first to wish my very good friend Aaron a.k.a. ZubaZ a very happy birthday!

 

You're only 2 years older than me, but twice as goofy lookin'

 

 

 

Happy Birhtday!

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