Monday, 31 August 2015

Fullscreen toolbar bug workaround on Shotwell 0.22.0

In the fullscreen mode of Shotwell 0.22.0, the toolbar was pinned open, and would not respond to any clicking. I am using Fedora 22. I'm not sure whether this affects many people or if it is just something weird that happened to me, but here is the workaround:

1. Install dconf-editor.
2. Open dconf-editor.
3. Click 'org' on the left, then click 'yorba, then 'shotwell', then 'preferences', then 'ui'.
4. Click the checkbox 'pin-toolbar-state'.

Strangely, after using this workaround the toolbar began responding to clicking and working normally.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Fixing an LED headtorch

I purchased an LED headtorch that has an adjustable lens. When the lens was pulled out to focus it, a plastic ring would dislodge and block the LED. The fix was simple: glue the plastic ring in place with a hot glue gun.

The lens unscrews off, in the middle is the plastic ring. I'm not sure what the ring does, but I think it helps direct the light from the LED, and/or keeps the LED board pressed down at the right angle.

The ring glued into place.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Repair of a cheap chinese Ni-MH battery charger

The AC cord terminals on this charger were not soldered properly from the factory, and over time they came loose. The fix, of course, was to solder them back on.

The screws are hidden under a sticker.

Three screws and some plastic clips join the two halves of the case together.

The pins at the bottom left are the AC terminals. They are supposed to sit to the left of the yellow capacitor.

The reverse side of the board.

The pins after being soldered back in. Better than new!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014