Thursday, November 8, 2018

Best Christmas Gift Certificate

Added a new Christmas gift certificate template to GiftTemplate, make the Best Christmas Gift Certificate just in time for the holiday season. Has a Christmas tree with lights and some gifts under it.

Make The Best Christmas Gift Certificate Template

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Different Resolution Cloned Display NVIDIA Setup

One of the more annoying problems that I encounter after updating NVIDIA drivers on a Windows system is my settings partly reset, specifically having to re-clone my 1920x1080 Monitor with my 1376x768 TV (which upscales to 1080p) in order to fix overscan issues. I also often encounter an issue that breaks video playback when switching between the Monitor and the TV after a driver update. So as a reminder for myself, I'll document the steps I use to properly setup display cloning for different resolutions. From what I remember AMD handled this much better.

First I'll be updating my NVIDIA driver from 399.07 to 399.24 as an example, I typically download the new driver and install it on top of the old one. If you are having some issues, it is sometimes recommended to use something like DDU to fully remove the old driver before installing the new one. I only select the Graphic Driver and HD Audio Driver, while GeForce Experience is useful for ShadowPlay, I don't like the fact that you need to create an account and login, so I don't use it. I also don't feel a clean installation is needed, unless you have issues, as it resets everything to default not just cloned display settings.

After installation is complete I restart. I then turn on my secondary display (TV) and open NVIDIA Control Panel. Quickly it is evident that the TV has overscan issues and no way to adjust it on this cheap TV or within the NVIDIA settings as everything is blanked out. In order to adjust it you must first reset the display to extended display, make all your changes and then clone the Monitor to TV.

Now if you go into Change resolution and on the TV you can change the resolution or apply it again to reset everything. Then go into Adjust desktop size and position and Enable desktop resizing and click Resize, this will show the Resize adjustment panel on your secondary display (TV) to adjust for overscan/underscan.

I also disable inverse telecine for both displays under Adjust video image settings, as that seems to cause some issues with video playback.

All that is left to do now is to clone your primary source (Monitor) to your secondary source (TV) under Setup multiple displays and hit Apply. I found that if by mistake your secondary source is cloned to your primary, you will experience video playback issues when turning on the secondary or primary device while the other is on. To test this I turn off one display and play a video in something like VLC and then turn the other display, the video should switch audio source but otherwise continue playing, if it doesn't work then it will freeze (but may or may not continue to play audio).

After everything is setup I typically run unigine valley benchmark to check for any performance difference between the old and new drivers. It seems pretty clear that DX11 performance is slightly better in the newer 399.24 driver, compared to 399.07.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Gift Template Birthday Gift Certificate

I've been learning Inkscape for the past week, I usually worked in photoshop with raster graphics, but I can now see the massive advantage that vector based graphics provide for design. Stayed up tonight and made a new gift certificate for Gift Template

Birthday Gift Certificate Template

I think I'll be using a lot more of inkscape in the future, while it has some bugs now and again, overall it's pretty easy to use and also completely free and opensource. Of course illustrator is the standard, but not sure if the cost/subscription is worth it unless you are using it professionally full time.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Bug: Chrome Logged Out From Most Websites Upon Being Closed

There is a major annoying bug occurring with Chrome Version 64.0.3282.119 (Official Build) which has not been resolved for nearly a week. The bug is related to Chrome failing to stay signed in with most websites. It appears to have something to do with cookies in newer versions of Chrome, in particular cookie creation. Some users may not have experienced it yet, as the cookies they have were created prior to the affected version and were migrated from version 63.

What is frustrating is there is very little information from developers about this Chrome logout issue. Further it is frustrating that due to the nature of Chrome, it is impossible to revert back to a previous version officially. In order to revert back to version 63, you must find the old installer and then force Chrome to prevent updating. It is unacceptable that no proper downgrade method exists and one must jump through hoops to make things work.

What makes this situation worse is that many websites are now using two factor authentication, in some cases each time you are logged out of your account, you need to follow the long and tedious process of authentication.

UPDATE #1: It appears that Chrome Canary Version 66 has fixed this issue.

UPDATE #2: Issue appears to be resolved in Chrome Version 64.0.3282.140 (Official Build)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Various Updates

Finally updated Gift Template & Energy Use Calculator to responsive design. Most interesting lesson that I learned is that a canvas element can be resized via CSS without affecting the pixel size of the given canvas, so simple but I never realized this until now.

Added a new simple Valentine Gift Certificate
valentine gift certificate

A new article on the best electricity usage monitor (within the lower price range), the P3 P4400 Kill A Watt. Extremely useful for testing electronics for power usage. Used it extensively to test many different devices in the past while. Recently made a new Ryzen 7 system and used it to determine energy usage for overclocking and such, power meters are very convenient & far more accurate than any software tools. In case you are wondering Ryzen 7 1700 overclocked to 3.7GHz @ 1.15V, with a GTX 1060, 16GB DDR4, system uses about 60-65W on idle and 130-180W on gaming & benchmarking, with a 24 inch LED screen system stays below 200-210W on the heaviest benchmarks.