Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category
Jul 13, 2021
How To Fix Windows 10 Icons Not Updating

How To Fix Windows 10 Icons Not Updating
By Chongchen Saelee

I found a link to instructions that actually works for Windows 10 icons not updating. Prior to Windows 10, the icons were stored in %userprofile%\AppData\Local\IconCache.db and all you had to do was delete that file and kill explorer.exe and start it again. At least, that seemed to work perfectly in Windows 7.

In Windows 10, you’re lucky if it updates the icons completely. You can follow the same steps, and it might work partially, but you’ll notice some icon sizes not updating. It’s associated to the filename and folder, so it’s cached somewhere else!

Well, indeed, Windows 10 stores multiple databases for all different icon sizes now, and in a whole different folder %homepath%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer. So you’re gonna have to delete all of those database cache files in order to properly update your Windows 10 icons!

This article gives you the details on how to do it properly:
https://www.windowscentral.com/how-reset-icon-cache-database-windows-10

Hope this helps anyone from pulling their hair out.

May 21, 2021
Symptom: Laptop Trackpad/Case Is Warped or Disfigured

WARNING: If your laptop case or trackpad is warped, disfigured or out of place all of a sudden, DO NOT IGNORE IT! (more…)

Apr 15, 2021
Using Now Patent-Free MP3 Audio Format For Your Indie Games

Originally published on December 12, 2020

I’m super late posting this, as the news happened THREE YEARS AGO and the media didn’t spread the word. Anyway, as of 2017, the MP3 audio format is now patent-free. It doesn’t mean that you can now pirate all the commercial songs you want. What it actually means is now that the audio format is patent-free, you can implement an MP3 encoder/decoder into your game engine! That’s sweet! (more…)

Jan 28, 2020
Solution: Laptop audio/video is slow, crackling, out of sync

Solution: Laptop audio/video is slow, crackling, out of sync
By Chongchen Saelee

If your laptop seemingly is slowing down in performance, you hear audio crackling, your video is sluggish and not synced with the audio, then make sure your laptop battery is in good condition. Odds are, your laptop is literally in its last breath of life, like literally only 10% health. Replace it with a brand new fully recharged laptop battery and see if this solves your problem! You’ll know your old battery is about to die if it is physically bloated. So time to throw it out and replace it. Hope that helps!

Dec 11, 2019
Troubleshooting: When Your PC Doesn’t Boot or Overheats After Cleaning


Troubleshooting: When Your PC Doesn’t Boot or Overheats After Cleaning
By Chongchen Saelee

If you’re lucky, you can go maybe a full year or two without cleaning your computer. But you have to be careful. You can’t just on a whim do a complete disassembly and cleaning. You need to have spare parts lying around just in case you break something or need things replaced like dried up thermal paste. So always make sure you have spare parts and supplies around before doing anything.

Anyway, I won’t get into how to clean your computer, but I will get into how to figure out why afterwards your computer won’t boot up or there is a BIOS warning that your CPU is overheating. Check for these:

  • Did you apply thermal paste on the CPU surface correctly? You should only apply a very small amount, some say the size of a pea, but I say the size of two grains of rice. Make sure that you are pushing down on the heatsink onto the CPU with balanced pressure so that no air pockets are in connected surfaces. Too much thermal paste could store heat, too little will not displace heat.
  • Did you make sure anything you disassembled, you re-assembled correctly? For example, if the cables aren’t plugged in completely, especially the motherboard or CPU’s power cable, then the CPU knows to throttle power or give a warning so that it doesn’t fry itself. If you ignore these symptoms, you’re looking for major malfunction.
  • If there is no video output, then make sure your graphics card is properly seated in its slot. Make sure the graphics card’s power cable is connected properly. If you replaced the GPU’s thermal pad or paste, make sure that it has complete contact between the heatsink and GPU chip.

The big no-nos when it comes to handling computer parts:

  • Don’t drop anything!
  • Don’t discharge any static or electricity on sensitive parts. Not only will you damage the hardware, if you end up electrocuting yourself, your hardware’s not gonna mourn for you.

For the most part, assuming you aren’t grossly incompetent or just plain don’t know what you are doing, then things should go smoothly. You’d have to really want to break your machine for it to not to work anymore. Most of the time when your computer doesn’t work even though previously it did, it’s because of simple human error.

Good luck!

Nov 10, 2019
How To Fix Locked CD Tray Caused By Cyberlink PowerDVD 17 for Windows 7

Stuck CD tray

How To Fix Locked CD Tray Caused By Cyberlink PowerDVD 17 for Windows 7

Copyright © 2019 By Chongchen Saelee

If you’ve previously used Cyberlink PowerDVD 17 (or previous versions) to watch your Blu-ray disc movies, you might encounter a problem the next time you use the program again when you seemingly cannot open your CD tray. The CD tray might eject partially and then quickly return into the slot. It’s as though gremlins have hijacked your CD tray and messing with you!

Fear not, it’s not a virus. It’s definitely not gremlins. It’s because PowerDVD 17 has stored some data in it’s cache system thinking a disc is still in the CD tray. I assume it does this for DRM (digital rights management) purposes, to prevent users from copying the movies. Anyway, while that data is still in PowerDVD 17’s cache, you won’t be able to get that CD tray open. So you need to CLEAR THE CACHE. (more…)

Apr 10, 2019
Scientists finally photograph a black hole

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/10/science/black-hole-picture.html

Photo of Black Hole

Photo of Black Hole

It’s weird and a too simplistic. It looks like a solar eclipse. Maybe that’s how a black hole is supposed to look like, the inverse of the sun, the inverse of the giver of light.

Jul 20, 2018
How To Read Attacker’s Face In Fight

Here are some sketches I’ve done to show you the faces of attackers might have during a life or death confrontation. I’m not an expert, but it might help some.

Read Faces of Attacker in Fight

Read Faces of Attacker in Fight

 

 



1. The attacker is just puffing up his chest, showboating. If the attacker is armed, he might even fire some “warning” shots to show how tough and bad-ass he is. He wants you to think he means business. In actuality, he doesn’t want to hurt anyone. An attacker with the intent to kill would kill someone without hesitation without any of this macho theatre. Of course, I’m not an expert. Don’t go putting yourself in front of a bullet’s path.



2. The attacker is enraged, possibly preparing for actual fight or flight mode. A lot of fear at this stage. May even be the expression during the actual attack or fight.

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Jul 18, 2018
Green Lantern Corps: Lethal Weapon in Space

My sampling of what it could be:

Earth’s orbit

John Stewart and Hal Jordan are cruising along in a flashy vintage space speeder. Stewart is treating Jordan to lunch at a new satellite diner receiving rave reviews, just got a new shipment of cryogenic fresh food from “mother rock”. Somekind of newly genetically hybridized squid-pig.

Stewart: I hear ISS-F41 got a new shipment of goodies from mother rock. Somekind of new meat hybrid, squid-pig, or squid-cow, I think. Been looking to try it. What about you, Hal?

Jordan: Uck! What are they doing down there on mother rock? What happened to good ol’ hybrid land animals? The ida of mixing sea and land creatures together makes my stomach churn!

Stewart: Really? Remember that mystery meat we ate last week? The one you seemingly howled at the moon over?

Jordan: Yeah, what about it? It was cow-pig, right? Quite delicious.

Stewart: Haha. That was otter-jellyfish.

Jordan: Nah. I know my meats. It was cow-pig.

Stewart: ISS-F32 only gets shipments from the Pacific Coast. They don’t specialize in land hybrids. Ya sure?

Jordan silent. Then humiliated.

Jordan: God damnit. The servers on ISS-F32 were Asian!

Stewart and Jordan burst out in laughter.

Stewart and Jordan gracefully dock their vintage space speeder outside ISS-F41, a satellite diner that just opened. It used to be an international armory, but due to administrative corruption and becoming a hub for illegal drug smuggling, ISS-F41 was eventually shut down, bought out by the United Nations Space Reform Coalition, and converted into an international food vendor.

Stewart and Jordan inside ISS-F41, surrounded by other astronauts, servicemen, space lawmen, etc.

Stewart ordered the squid-pig, which came in a heated transparent pouch, looking like a pink human fetus lab experiment. But Stewart was smacking his lips with glee.

Jordan ordered the cow-pig, his favorite. He also enjoyed the green kale and gasoline smoothies. All the foods came in translucent pouches, looking like diarrhea or filled douchebags. But all around the space diner, the patrons were slurping it up, licking their fingers, wiping their greasy chins. Nothing unusual about the norm.

Jordan: Say, partner, did you hear about this new program they got building up over there in sector GL-88?
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Jul 6, 2018
How To Play MIDI music files on Windows 10 with VLC Media Player

If you missed being able to play MIDI music files on Windows by default, now you can play those tunes you remember again with VLC Media Player version 3.0+. Apparently, there was a security flaw in FluidSynth for VLC version 2.0.x, so MIDI support was dropped until version 3.0+. So download the latest version 3.0.3 (as of this post) along with the free soundfont file VLC recommends, configure Fluidsynth to point to the soundfont through VLC settings, and you’ll be listening to those old video game tunes in no time!

Follow the instructions here: https://wiki.videolan.org/Midi/#Play_.mid_.28MIDI.29_files_in_VLC