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Instructables Windows Phone App

I think that it would be really nice to see an instructables app in the windows phone store, with the windows phone platform growing and becoming more and more successful, I think that a lot of users would be really excited to see an app developed for the windows phone users! Hope this is a possibility because I would really love to see a windows phone app. If progress is currently underway and the app is being developed that would be great, but otherwise I hope that someone will start making one soon.

Topic by shotgunshane  


How can I make Acrobat 7 open a window the size I want?

Seems that every time I launch Acrobat 7 (no documents open yet) the size of the window is fixed (restore size). I can't find a preference in the application that will set the initial window size. When I launch Acrobat, the window opens real big (not maximized). I resize the window and quit. Then when I re-launch, the window is big again. AAAARG! I tried some reg edit solutions posted in other forums, but they don't work. I have a dual-monitor setup with the desktop extended to both monitors. My taskbar extends across. Windows 2000.

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Windows 10 Mail

Recently I've been having an issue with the instructables news letter in the windows 10 mail application.  The links in the body of the news letter don't all work.  The larger featured links and the contest links allow me to click through tot he intructables site.  The smaller individual projects don't do anything. It's almost like there is no link associated with them.  This issue seems to be limited to the windows 10 mail application. If I open the e-mails on my android tablet, or in the MSN web mail application I can click through all of the links.   I don't have any problems with any other messages in the windows 10 mail application.  This is a recent development for the last 4 or 5 news letters. I used to be able to click through all of the links.  It could have something to do with an update to the app but why do only some of the links work? Has any one else had issues with windows 10 mail and instructables? Thanks Frank

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are there any windows xp application emulators that work on windows 7? Answered

Hello i own a laptop that runs windows 7, and since obtaining it, i have found that alot of my applications are not working as they are incompatible with anything other than windows xp!  most importantly, i cant run my "the movies :stunts and effects expansion pack for my game without needing to change over my save file, because the newly updated "the movies" game , on windows 7, is incapable of playing without crashing if it uses more than 1bg of ram, even though it can do so on windows xp. i want to know, are there any windows xp applicaton emulators?, not programs that emulate the operating system, but rather, run a program the way it would on that operating system? ive tried using the compatibility mode, but it never works. i really need a good emulator. i dont know what to search to find it on google!, all my atempts just turn up with emulators of the operating system, and not for specific applications!

Question by oldmanbeefjerky    |  last reply


Windows Form app blocked by defender SmartScreen?

Hello. What can do if my Windows Form app blocked by defender SmartScreen?

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Wish Me Luck!

I'm applying for Tacoma School of the Arts. It's a huge deal. I've got to do interviews, auditions, make a portfolio, get letters of recommendation, and fill out a bunch of forms. I'm going for Filmmaking and Visual Arts. A lot of people have said I should apply, including the DIRECTOR of the school. I won't be here for a few days because I've still got to: A) Create a still life of three common objects, with statement.B) Create a two minute demo of one of my films, with statement.C) Select a piece that represents my best work of 8th or 9th grade from each of these:EnglishScienceHistoryMathematicsForeign LanguageAll this is due tuesday, when I go to my audition. Who knows what I'll have to do there, one kid said you have to do a 30 second quick draw in front of judges. Only 20% out of district applicants (me) make it in, so it's a bloody battle for domination. My Stress-O-Meter is off the charts.

Topic by Spl1nt3rC3ll    |  last reply


What's the coolest application for an Autovent?

Autovents are elegant, amazing wax filled pistons that expand when they get warm and contract when they get cold. They are used to automatically open greenhouse windows when they get too hot. I think they could be used in something like a solar tracker or a kinetic sculpture but I've never seen any innovative applications for them. Have you?

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Vacuum forming heat source

Hi! I am planning to build a vacuum forming machine that does not use a seperate oven to heat the plastic. For my 3D printing hobby I have come across many heated beds, also some on 230v. Could something like this (https://www.ebay.com/itm/30X30CM-750W-220V-Silicone-Heater-3D-Printer-Heated-Bed-Pad-30cm-Thermistor/401257671771?hash=item5d6cd22c5b:g:iVEAAOSwx6pYrp70) with a heat sink be used for such an application? Thanks!

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windows xp death

My sister tried to log on her dell computer today but all she got is as far as the windows xp loading page then it it just froze all she has is a blue bar top and bottom of the screen and a light blue background like the screen where the user accounts pop up. anyway a friend tried recovery discs for xp but it kept asking for an windows administrator pasword and even though we typed i  the password for the administrator account we set up it says not valid  password entered,apparently the hardware is fine just needs software repaired.  how can i fix the software without the password and keeping the data on the system as i cannot get in to back it up and she has emails with her visa applications for her honeymoon on it. please help if you can

Topic by msc    |  last reply


Video game list and play application? Answered

Hey, guys. I am attempting to make my own console type-device. I need a program, though. It has to be able to list the video games currently installed on a pc and be able to execute them (start playing them from that program.) The program would initialize upon start up of the PC. It would be preferred if it had a nice GUI with cool graphics, but at this point, I'll take what I can get. Oh, and it will either be a Linux or Windows PC, so the program has to run on either one of those OS's. I am pretty sure I will have to write a program at this point, but I hope not. Thanks in advance for the help!

Question by Adum24    |  last reply


How can I make my arduino communicate with a Windows 10 computer with a C application?

Hi I was hoping someone could help me with this. I am very new to the C programming language and I am trying to write a  simple program with a button that when clicked sends my arduino a "1" so that my arduino knows to send me some sensor readings. My arduino is on COM5. if you know anything about this I would like if you gave me some example code that I can hack. Thanks.

Question by IsaacPierce    |  last reply


Windows XP Registry Repair

If your Windows XP has landed to a position where it has become nearly impossible to efficiently do any work, or it frequently crashes up or the system has obtained a habit of being hanged up in the middle of crucial activities. All these are symptoms that the registry has caused serious errors and the system requires registry repair. Occurring of registry errors is quite common in those operating systems which programs through Windows technology because as the system is being used, many programs are being installed and uninstalled, various hardware applications are added and removed, data files are created and deleted and various other such functions. A registry can be defined as the central point on any PC and is responsible to store the entire data which constitutes the core elements of the operating unit plus each and every other setting that is required during the course of using it. The time at which the data saved within the registry becomes corrupt, errors starts piling up in the back of the system which eventually surfaces with the passage of time. This can also be the main cause behind the slow startup of the Windows, random occurrences of Windows shutdown or several program errors that occur randomly and frequently. A Windows XP registry repair becomes necessary as the system ages because the quantity of programs and applications operated on it increases too. This increase in programming capabilities will create errors within the registry because of the accidents or mistakes made during the programming process. An example of this is that when the user is installing a new application and accidently the system turns off due to power failure or accidently unplugging of it. Since the downloading was still under process and was stopped abruptly, there are chances that some installation files are stored and incomplete configuration settings is now present in the registry because no way was provided to it to roll back to the application. These files, since are of no use for the system occupies not only space on the registry but can also create errors within it. In the course of performing a Windows XP registry repair, there are several options for doing this. The first way can be do it yourself by the use of primitive tools provided free of cost. The second option can be to buy registry cleaner software through which the registry will be cleaned automatically or the third way can be to render the services of a PC specialist and let him do the work for you. All the three options have some pros and cons in it. Performing a registry clean by yourself can be quite complicated as it is a very large area and fixing errors at your own might take a lot of time. Purchasing a registry cleaner on the other hand, is a good option if it has the features of analyzing and fixing the whole registry rather than certain area only. Rendering services of a specialist is also a good option but, it might be quite expensive touching to the limits of buying a new system in that price. About Author: This article is written by Jason Kelly, who also writes for www.registry-repair-tools.net, a site emphasizing on registry repair tool, windows registry repair, and windows xp registry repair.

Topic by franciscopmyers4  


Which movie maker version is it possible to...? Answered

In which version of windows movie maker can you put a video in the title overlay? I know it is possible because I did it with one of the old versions on my other computer, but when I threw it out I didn't remember to check. Any form of help would be greatly appreciated!

Question by earthquakegames    |  last reply


I need help writing a short Application for the Windows Phone in Microsoft Visual Basic/Studio.

Can anyone help me write an application in Microsoft Visual Basic/Studio for the Windows Phone so i can control an LED via Arduino through WIFI. Here is an example of what i am trying to do but in visual basic for the windows phone. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v;=ECWn22zKRBA#!

Question by NIkheel94    |  last reply


Sucsessful Forum Post From Windows 7

I am not sure if this is the first, but Instuctables has been viewed using Windows 7! For anyone not aware, the Windows 7 beta is free to download for the first 2.5 million visitors, and last I checked it was still available. This is a link to the download site.UPDATE: Microsoft has lifted the 2.5 million download limit and it will be available until January 24th Cnet Article

Topic by Ferrite    |  last reply


3D soldiers and aliens on your desktop ! - Augmented Reality

So for the past few weeks augmented reality has been in the news and all over the blogs quite a bit, with smart-phones getting more powerful augmented reality has become feasible.I get really excited about this kind of stuff, its geeky, techy and i love it.So obviously i really wanted to try this new "Augmented Reality" software,There are various applications for iPhones and Android phones but i have a blackberry with no internet so no joy for me there.There are quite a few different pieces of software for both Mac and PC But i don't have the latest Operating system for my mac so none of it worked for me.So then i started looking for online augmented reality, something where i wouldn't have to download an application.Finally i found a promotional website for the new movie "District 9" The AR (augmented reality) was on the website and you dont have to download anything to use it.All you have to do is print a marker and hold it in front of your webcam.This is not the best AR software and the applications you download run smoother, faster and have more features, but it is a nifty piece of of web design and marketing that will give you a taste of augmented reality.The first time the little 3d soldier pops onto your screen you will be amazed.The website can be found hereMulti-National United TrainingAnd you can download and then print the marker from that website. This is a video demonstrating how to set it up, and a demo of the AR if you dont want to try it yourself.Thanks for reading, Leave a comment saying what you think about augmented reality and how you would like to use it !

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i just got a new zune and i went to download the program for it, but after i downloaded it from the zune website... Answered

After i downloaded the file, i tried to install it...and when i did, an error messsage came up that said; "zunesetup.exe is not a valid win32 application" i have a brand new acer aspire one with windows 7 operating system. i also tried downloading it on another computer that had windows xp on it with the same error message appearing. this download ccame from THE zune website. seeing as i cannot put any music or anything else on my zune without this software, i need to know what is wrong and where (if there even is any place) i can download a good copy that will install on my computer. both the windows 7 and xp operating systems were on the list of qualified o.s.'s so i dont know what could be wrong...please help!!! ive had bad experiences like this before and i dont want to take it back to the store...ive heard zune is way easier to work with that ipod, so please prove my sources right if you can :-) thank you!!!

Question by jester_5123    |  last reply


Is it possible to create a branching path instructable? Answered

Since I do a tutorial supporting Windows mac and Linux, I would love to have a branching path solution within insctructables. This to separate out the steps per operating system. Is that in some form possible? I came up with named anchors so far, to jump to the correct section within a step. The draft I got so far

Question by FriedZombie    |  last reply


Constantly Test Variable in an HTML Application (HTA)? Answered

Hello I have a text area in an HTA form. I want to test if the area is empty, if so, disable a button using (run_button2.Disabled =True/False), if not enable the button. here is my section Script language is VBScript my big problem is that i dont know how to call a sub to repeat maybe i should you Window_onload with a loop but i dont know i that would slow the program down any PLEASE HELP

Question by animan1    |  last reply


Controlling multiple Arduino pins in VB or C#? Answered

How do I control different pins of an Arduino via VB or C#. Something simple, for instance; if I created 4 buttons. Button 1 would turn ON pin 13, button 2 would turn OFF pin 13. Button 3 would turn ON pin 12 and button 4 would OFF pin 12. I know that it works via a serial port, but I can only control 1 pin. Simple stuff, but I just can't figure it out. PLEASE HELP!!!!

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how to fill out a free sample form for electronics?

so i recently found some instructables telling me i could get free samples from electronic companies. but you have to fill out a form. which i dont know how to do. which i know sounds realllly stupid. it asks for things like job title, company,application, project name and so on. could someone please help me on this?

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How to build a computer cluster?

Does anyone know a good way to connect some computers together to form a computer cluster that I can use as a single computer. My goal is to add on to it to increase the speed/capacity of the unit.

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Is there a ceramic extruding head for a 3D printer application?

I have followed the evolution of the 3D printer and I can see its potential as a real tool for home use. Ceramic krafts have been a fairly easy home size cottage kraft for centuries. Now If you had a small kiln and you were able to model Items from house wares to mechanical parts to ceramic molds (ie Cookie or decrotive bread pans or a Ceramic motor block to an Air Motor). I thought if you Cure/ dry it (ceramic paste) as it was extruded on to the model with focused lasers (ready for deburing and then a bisque firing) as in using lasers for curing/ hardening of a polymer mediums. The variety of Ceramic Mediums/ materials that could be used to fuel a boon to the unemployed as a way to make money. Maybe printing out one use molds, to form cores to Graphite products that could be washed out after and have the mold material reused. If there was away for me to follow through with the possibilities. Extruding those oven cured clays, that could stretch its usefullness. I am trying to figure out a way to get out from under the pile and recycle as much as possible and use as many American made parts and electronics as I can. Graphite fiber empreganted ceramic material, is there such a product out there that could be utilized in 3D printed parts? Is there a Market for Products made of these types of materials? So many questions, so many possibilities.

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I need a start-stop button for Windows Media Player

New to the forum so if an inappropriate post i apologize in advance. I am looking for or to build a simple device that will allow me to start and stop windows media player. Right now I have a simple batch file that opens windows media player in the full screen modes and plays a single video in the playlist. When it is finished it runs taskkill and closes. I use a wireless mouse to access the desktop icon that triggers the batch file. I would like to have a device that is plugged in with USB or wireless and has two buttons. One to start the video and one to stop it if I need to end it before it is finished. Ideally they would be big buttons labeled Go and Stop or colored Green and Red. I want children to be able to operate this computer. Does anyone have a clue if this exists in some form already or if it would be difficult to create? Thanks nerdoboy

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pc wont connect to internet right

Hello,  more or less recently, i posted a forum topic stating that after a while, my pc would not let me connect to anything but skype, and that to fix it, i would have to reboot. now, rebooting is a pain, i have a myriad of things to close out of, deal with, etc every time i boot up. the answers i got were just telling me how to remove applications, which i know how to do (derp) and my pc stopped doing it, so i descided to give up getting an answer. its gotten WAY worse. when i boot up my pc, it will not let me connect to skype, steam, or anything else, it will let me view one or 2 web pages before requiring a reboot, and takes a LONG time to reboot. someone PLEASE help me, i cant do ANYTHING with my pc anymore! i have had the idea of replacing my wifi adapter with a direct connection, but my router is too far with too many walls in between. if anyone knows what to do, please tell me. also, no "just reinstall windows" crap, please. i REALLY need to not. TIA, Krayzi99

Topic by Krayzi99    |  last reply


Fix the stubborn airplane mode in Windows 10

Since I got a Microsoft Update on pc, I got my airplane mode stuck to ON. I tried every possible solution provided by the internet but it got me nowhere. I tried troubleshooting it through Windows default troubleshooter, I went on to edit the registry files through registry editor, tweaked network and sharing centre but everything brought me nothing but failure.I had to reset my PC which uninstalled all of my installed programs, games and applications that were too important for me just because I thought this would set everything straight and I'll have my wireless connection back but again I got nothing out of it. You won't believe what actually the solution was. It was just a combination of the Function key and the Print Screen key that solved my problem. Earlier than this I used to have a wireless receiver to use the wifi as the inbuilt wifi was not working but this key combination enabled it and now I don't need any external wifi receiver to access the internet.

Topic by DianeBell    |  last reply


Use my webcam to adjust screen brightness automatically for my windows computer. Answered

I have done a few google searches as well as some searching through instructables and have not found anything concrete about the application. There are apps that dim based on time of day (like Flux) but here in Florida, especially in the rainy season, it can get dark really quickly. There are a few apps for linux but my many forays into linux end up with me getting frustrated and removing the partition. I'm new to Instructables, but in the short time I have been a member I have seen that this site is undeniably the best on the web. If there were anywhere I would find what I'm looking for, it would be here. I have found a few interesting links: 1) Ambient Light sensors (ALS) are supported in windows 7: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/hardware/gg463470 2) A video by a Microsoft program lead back in 2008: Building Context Aware Applications: http://channel9.msdn.com/blogs/pdc2008/pc25 3) Here is a proof of concept for a contest. Someone has actually made a simple app. Unfortunately, it is constantly running and the UI is command line: http://sven.killig.de/BLUntrl/. It is hard to understand him as he seems to go in between German and English. I wish I knew how to program cause I would probably change the code and create a better UI. The best route to save power would probably to have the computer check every 10-15 mins or more (maybe even user selectable). So guys what do you think?

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help! why can't i play DOOM on vista?

Okay so i downloaded doom at my friends house, cause i realized i had not played it for a while. So i played it at his house for a while then i saved it on my flash drive, when i got home i started it up and it says "This system does not support fullscreen mode. Choose 'Close' to terminate the application",the title of said window is "16 bit MS-DOS subsystem". My friends computer runs XP, while mine runs Vista Home Premium, I figure this is part of the problem. will someone please tell me how i can fix this? Please?!

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Automatic Bottle Filler, Seal and Capper and Label Applicator.?

HELP!!! OK, I have put together a awesome new group of liquid based products for a variety of uses (being vague bc it's to much to go over now). But before my investor group will commit to stage 3 of funding (stage one was a small infusion for the chemistry and product development, and stage 2 is on my own dime). Now I have 30 days to come up with plans and a protoype assembly line to produce the first 500K in units...it needs to be fully automatic, not semi-automatic...at least for each individual process. I have researched the net and there are alot of semi-auto systems i can fully automate, and the big boy systems are just out of my reach until I get stage 3 funding...i have to produce a min of this much product in an effort to get it on the shelves of the clients we have setup. I need to fill round bottles (2.5 and 4 oz and 12oz), fill flat sided quarts and gallons, and hopefully at some point round and flat sided 3,5,and7 gallon buckets. i know that this can be one machine with different run setups or 3-4 different similar systems. then I need a sealer, basically applies the pressure sensitive seal then heats it and seals it form spilling, tampering etc. then a separate system that screws the cap on finally and importantly applies either the peel and stick pressure sensitive pre-printed labels, or heat transfer label or silk screening... OK before anyone says a thing...i know its very complex, I know it's gonna cost some money, but I do know it can be done DIY style... so your thoughts, input, links to similar parts and pieces or ideas, etc...

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What is the code to create a pause-able download manager in VB.NET?

I want to create a vb.net application whose function is to download a very large file from the internet. The application must be coded in such a way that the download can be paused and the rest of the file can be downloaded at a later date. There will be only one URL of the file which is to be downloaded so there will be no need of placing a text box control on the application's form. i want the code or the source files of this type of application. Can any one provide it to me ? I will be really thankful to him/her who provides it to me. Contact email : soumyakantisar@outlook.com

Question by Soumya Kanti Sar    |  last reply


12vdc to 5vdc

Can anyone help me, I need a way to convert 12vdc from a vehicle battery to 5vdc for an application that I am working on. I need to do this in a way that it will not fail quickly, and also on the smallest form factor that I can.

Topic by janders223    |  last reply


Downloading PDFs

When I try to download PDFs my screen locks up, nothing is downloaded, and I have to Ctl-Alt-Del into Task Manager to kill the application (the browser.) I am using IE8 and Windows 7. Any suggestions?

Topic by Lazarus.Matova    |  last reply


Atmel AVR IDE/assembler won't run (Windows 8)

I'm trying to write some code for my AVR in assembly, but I cannot get either the Atmel studio 6.0 (with or without sp1) or AVR32 studio 2.6 to run. Studio 6.0 with the service pack states that it will work on windows 8 but consistently gives the error message "The application was unable to start correctly (0xc000007b)". AVR32 generates a Java error. This is consistent across all compatability settings and running as administrator. This is on a pretty much clean install of windows 8 pro x64, with all updates and the latest release of both 32 and 64 bit Java. All other software has installed and run without issues, including the equivalent software for microchips microcontrollers. I would appreciate any suggestions as to how to get this software to run, or any alternatives that may work. Thanks in advance for any help.

Question by The Skinnerz  


Looking for someone in NYC who is savvy with electronics & physical construction for a window display project

Help Remedies has envisioned three window displays at a prominent beauty and health chain retailer in NYC. We're looking for someone to realize the ideas into physical window installations including sourcing the materials, building the various components, and installing the elements. The three different displays contain the following elements: 1. an interactive window wherein passersby initiate the activity by pressing a sensor on the window. This activates two small objects to release from the ceiling and fall into a receptacle. 2. two monitors or displays of some sort (could be a projection) which display two Facebook pages with live updating. 3. a large-scale printout with attractively merchandised objects. This is a contract/short-term freelance opportunity. Applicants should have relevant experience in electronics and physical construction. Email melinda@helpineedhelp.com if interested. Thank you.

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Why is WinRAR a blank file?

I opened up Application Data on Windows XP,and I saw a file named WinRAR. When I opened the file, it was blank. I thought WinRAR was a program for processing RAR and ZIP files; so why is it just blank?

Question by ~KnexBuild~    |  last reply


Desktops of September - Finished for this month

Thats all the patches for this month! Get working on your set ups for next month!Happy September, since Joe Martin filled in for me last month, I realised its time I did this months, if a few days late...Me and Han have been at a friends wedding this last weekend, I realise now its only a couple of months till our wedding...I have decided that these desktop show off topics have actually been doing really well. So I am pleased to up the stakes.Free Patch for every submissionThe screenshots have to be different to last monthsThey have to have a description of whats going on (geektool, objectdock, etc)They have to be listed as a new comment below!To take a picture of your desktop on a windows machine use the printscreen key on your keyboard, Open up paint, Edit, Paste and then save this as a png. then upload this onto Instructables.To take a screenshot on a mac use the apple key, Shift and 3. This will save the picture to your desktop then you can upload it to Instructables.To take a screenshot in Linux go to Applications>Accessories>Take screenshot. If this doesn't work blame Lithium Rain ;-)I have a nice new set of wallpapers this month.My main screen is running a Leopard Vector reboot wallpaper, I also have the following running..Geektool, in a range of Helvetica NeueTinkertool, which is keeping my dock in a different style, and puts the eject button in the menubar.My second screen is running a favourite wallpaper of mine, one that I rejigged to fit portrait.Finally, my third screen is running a picture of me and my Fiance Hannah from when we were in Durham.I have added an extra picture of my current screen set up, so you can make more sense of my screenshots!So, get your Desktops and wallpaper screenshotted and sorted, and collect your Patch! (5th picture)- gmjhowe

Topic by gmjhowe  


Desktops of Oct & Nov - Creative Patch Addition

Want to get another patch? Last months desktop wallpaper thread did excellent, it would seem you loved the idea of getting some patches for your work. This month I am going to ask you to work harder for your patches! I want to encourage your creativity, so dig out one of your best digital photos, whip open photoshop, or show off a great new interface. All unique, creative and personal desktop screenshots will get a patch! Unique, creative and personal means we are looking for something new and fresh, not just a wallpaper grabbed off deviant art! Whether its a custom interface, or a home made wallpaper, just something that is unique to you. This month I have a couple of home made wallpapers to show off, I created both of these from scratch. By scratch I mean I actually cut up those bits of card, and glued those bits of marble. Both wallpapers were then accented and grunged up in photoshop. I then used geektool to match the type already on the card to make the date and time blend in. Tinkertool adds a few extras, including the modded dock, and menu bar items. Little Snitch runs in the menu bar, keeping an eye on what programs are doing. 3rd screen has a picture of my Fiance - as always :D 4th pictures shows my crazy screen set up! What are you waiting for? Post your most creative desktop set up, and claim you patch! Be sure to explain any fancy programs you have running also. To take a picture of your desktop on a windows machine use the printscreen key on your keyboard, Open up paint, Edit, Paste and then save this as a png. then upload this onto Instructables. To take a screenshot on a mac use the apple key, Shift and 3. This will save the picture to your desktop then you can upload it to Instructables. To take a screenshot in Ubuntu go to Applications>Accessories>Take screenshot. If this doesn't work blame Lithium Rain ;-) PS, I know this is like 28 days late, but I have been busy (I get married on the 7th of Nov!), also doing a joint two month edition means I will be able to check back and dish out patches!

Topic by gmjhowe    |  last reply


Windows - Monitor turning itself off after a few minutes.

Today I faced a problem that according to my internet research on the tablet is quite costly and annoying. First off my specs for the computer in the basic form: Windows 7 on 32GB of RAM with a decent Nvidia graphics card. Problem: After a few minutes of use the screen suddenly goes dark, like when going on standby but Windows itself still runs as normal. Quite often when it happens the screen brightness goes up to max right before the screen goes dark. Taking out the monitor cable and pluggin it back in usually gives the screen a few seconds until it goes dark again. Official solution as suggested in many forums and knowledgebases: Take check if the problem is the same when using a different video port on the card - checked and it was for me. Check it the fan is working as it could be the card shuts down from heat problems - checked and cleaned the heatsink while at it. Replace the graphics card if problem persists - Why the hell would I do that???? My solution: Take the card out. Clean it with some air, especially the heatsink and fan. If have and old school office using paper and pen you might have one of these fancy easers with a blue part that is really coarse and has some fine particles in it. They were used to remove ink or pen writings instead of pencil marks. If you don't have one take some aluminium foil and crunch it to a small ball. Use the eraser/foil to clean the contacts of the card. The gold plating should come out nice and shiny, if it still looks dull keep working it a few minutes longer. Just rub from one side to the other over the contacts. Once fully shiny remove all debris by blowing it off - pay special attention to the tiny gaps between the contacts!! If in doubt use an old toothbrush (dry and clean of course) to clean between the contacts, a cottum bud works too if you are desperate. Put the card back into the computer and you have a really high chance the monitor stays on and will work fine from now on.

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I'm having increasing incidents where the right hand side of comment text is covered over by the right-hand-side Advertisements. Usually this happens when there are lots of indented replies, where it is sort-of understandable, but in this example it is happening on a top-level comment: https://www.instructables.com/community/Howto_choose_RGB_leds_/It is particularly annoying that if I make my browser window widerl nothing moves to the new window margins. Surely the left part of the Instructables banner should be all the way at the left of the window, and the ads should be all the way on the right?I see this with both Firefox 3.0.4 and Safari 3.1.2 on Mac OSX 10.5.5 (although in Safari, the ads are "transparent.")

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How do I Create a Second set of Recovery Discs in Windows XP ( where a previous set was already created ) ?

A Friend gave me his old Gateway Desktop Model "MFATXPNT NMZ 500SE" with Windows XP Home, and I would like to restore it to OUT Of THE BOX condition. Unfortunately, he already made a set of Recovery Discs, but then misplaced them or accidentally threw them out in the trash. My Question is: Is there a REGISTRY Tweak that can be done to RE-Enable the RECOVERY Application on the Gateway? Any help would be appreciated!

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Waiting for my iRobot Create ...

Log Entry 0001: I just purchased a Create and a BAM (but not received it yet). The plan is to use my Windows XP laptop as a bluetooth-tethered brain and write a C++ application that creates a virtual map of any room in which the Create finds itself; I'm not sure what the challenges are yet - I'm guessing there will be some latency in getting real-time information from the robot via the BAM module ... Step 1: read manuals on Bluthooth protocol, the Create command set; design the "brain" (a multi-threaded GUI windows app )... - Cheers.

Topic by Technophilia451  


eMachineShop prototyping? Wudja know?

Hello Citizens of Instructables Land, Has anyone had any experience in dealing with eMachineShop? How does it compare to other forms of prototyping services? How easy is their custom CAD application to learn? How much do the parts tend to cost? Is it worth the effort to get involved?thanks,Randy

Topic by randofo  


Solar powered outdoor outlet???

Hello, we are trying to figure out how to install some solar powered lighting for the outdoor porch overhang, something with soft pleasant lighting for enjoying our back yard at night. There are no outlets available and we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to do something green. For this application we are considering mounting 18 ft of rope lighting in the eves of the poorch and were wondering if there is an inexpensive way to solar power this type of lighting to charge during the day and come on at night that would provide enough energy to power it throughout the night, possibly in a mountable outlet form. This must be an outdoor application that is fairly easy to contain and may be mounted on the outside end of the porch where it can recieve the most sun exposure. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated, especially if there is a product already on the market for this application.?

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how can i transmit analog video signal?

For some application i need to transmit an analog video signal without cables, maybe through sound? or light/laser? is there some way that i can do it? i saw this instructable doing a similar thing: https://www.instructables.com/id/Transfer-Sound-on-a-Laser/ is the circuit capable of doing it with analog video signals? also, i know that when i transmit it in its analog form, losses will be significant. is it possible to transmit it in digital form and convert it back to analog? how?

Question by codestroy7  


Photo to Stencil without Photoshop or GIMP

I dont have photoshop and im kind of freaked to download off the internet for fear of slowing my computer even more than it already is (im running windows 98). all i have of a graphic application is the corel programs. anyways, i was just wondering if i could use the same methods of converting a picture into a stencil as on photoshop or GIMP. any experience on this would help.

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Instructables I have in the works

Just wondering if there's any need for these. I'll probably publish em anyways, I've just been procrastinating.Mass Automatic Deletion of Empty Folders and Sub-Folders - WindowsI'm cleaning up my computer, so I Googled "search for empty folders" to find an application or something to do the dirty work for me. Instead, I found an article with a command prompt how-to. It automatically searches for empty folders, and looks in all subfolders too. Then it deletes them. Simple and easy, no other software needed.created on May 16, 2007How to Edit the Look of of Anything in Halo PC! Even n00bs Can Do It! - Bitmap EditingHave you ever wanted to change the look of something in Halo for Windows? Maybe give ol' Mister Chief a smiley face? Well, you can, and it's as easy as editing images in Photoshop.Created on Apr 30, 2007How To Use Mousekeys - Manipulate Your Mouse Cursor with the Number PadMousekeys is a utility built into Windows XP. It lets you control the mouse cursor with the Number pad. It can be useful when you don't have a mouse.Created on April 19/ 2007Some other Instructables I have:Set Your Camera to Automatically Transfer Pictures to Your Computer, Sort By Date and More! (Windows XP)Play Flash Games Offline! (Copying From Browser Cache) - WINDOWS

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My Moleskine 2.0 Competition UPDATE

Moleskine's haing a contest where you can win a lifetime supply of Moleskines for your idea of how to hack them. In case you're wondering, a lifetime supply is 5 a year for 50 years. From the contest page: My Moleskine 2.0 Competition celebrates the intimate relationship between life hacking digital nomads and the Moleskine notebooks.It looks like any idea is a possibility and even if your hack doesn't work you'll at least have your Moleskine to write and draw on and that's always a good thing. My Moleskine 2.0 Competition via Make BlogUPDATE: After checking out the application form I found that all you need to do for the first part of the contest is submit your idea and email it along with the rest of the application form. If your idea is selected, then you will need to make the hack and mail it to them for an exhibition where the public votes on them. Everyone who does this will get three Moleskines.Contest closes May 31.

Topic by fungus amungus    |  last reply


green

Need help form you green people. I would like to take my garage door opener off the "grid" and use my solar charged battery instead. I have a AutoCommand remote starter for an auto to turn the inverter on/off as needed. Tech support first told me this could be done.(Supported by Radio Shack). But their instructions over the phone where very vague. I phoned again this morning and they said, "they would not support a non automotive application for their product." Can anyone out there help me. ldl

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Instructablesss... Come Out and Play!

The Come Out and Play, a massive festival of urban gaming, is back again! And not only that, they are looking for people to submit ideas for urban games. Check it:THE MISSIONThe Come Out & Play Festival seeks to provide a forum for new types of public games and play. We want to bring together a public eager to rediscover the world around them through play with designers interested in producing innovative new games and experiences.Oh yeah, and we want to have city-size fun.We are extremely excited to announce that Come Out & Play will be returning to New York City this spring. The festival will run from June 6-8. The excellent bookstore Blue Stockings will play host to the festival and serve as headquarters. The festival will spread across the Lower East Side of Manhattan, bringing the streets to life.Games will take place in locations around New York, but will be centered around Blue Stockings and the Lower East Side.We are now accepting applications for this year's festival. - Submission deadline: April 15- Notifications: April 30- Festival: June 6-8APPLICATION :: To apply, visit www.comeoutandplay.org and download the application form.Download directly at: www.comeoutandplay.org/submissions/COAP08Submission.doc

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