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DIY Chinese Visa Photo

Here is a How-to guide to DIY Chinese Visa Photo.

The requirement of it is 33mm x 48mm, a little bit smaller than 2 inches.

Here is a sample picture from official China embass website.


So just take a picture by yourself and use any photo editing tool you like.

1) Make it 300dpi.

2) Crop the pic per above

3) Change the image size to 470 pixel width,  600 pixel height.

4) Prepare all pictures of your family.

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Fix the broken usb cable for ipod shuffle

I have an ipod shuffle. Most of time, I play Xiangsheng on it.

It uses an usb cable to charge the battery and also connect with itunes to tranfer data.

The cable I have is not that sable. I have to put it in a particular position to make it conneted. So, I think there is a broken ponit fo one wire.

I decided to fix it by my soldering skill

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A very handy tool set from Dremel to make a case of Raspberry Pi

When I received the Raspberry Pi board, I thought I will make a case for it.
So, first I made a paper case here to have a little idea. Then I am looking for the box or case with similar size.
I went to Daiso, called as Toonie store, everything is two dollars.
I found paper clips with box. The box is perfect right. I bought it and gave all clips to my daughters. They need it for homework.
It is a box, need to be cut the hole or opening for ports of Rasperberry Pi.
To do this job, I need the tool for cutting.
After two days research and comparison, I decide to buy Dremel 3000 tool. Today, I went to Canadian Tire and paid $78.39 with Tax.
It is a set.

The blue small case is to store the accessories. There is a big gray box to hold all these staffs.

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DIY: Make a Barbie Dollhouse

My daughters, Grace and Gloria, have more than forty barbies. I am always thinking about a Barbie dollhouse.
I don’t like the one from Toys R US, which is made by paper or very thin wood.
I like wood one. Maybe I can make it by myself. One day, I dream it like this.
Google the dollhouse and found some link as below:
Free Plans for Doll Houses and Sources for Dollhouse Plans in Several Scales
Barbie Dollhouse Plan Traditional
barbie dollhouse plans

Barbie Dollhouse Plans Book One

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Replace rear turn signal bulb of Montana SV6

It is the first time that I replace rear turn signal of Pontiac Montana SV6. I am not a handy man. I just like to play computer only.
OK. The situation is right rear turn signal issue. It is not working. If I send it to car dealer to fix it, it may cost $50.
How to DIY replace it? Which lamp is it to replace?
I do not want to give my whole story. Only valuable information is worth to record here.
1) Tool.
T screw driver. It is T-30, you need it.

2) Lamp
The original one is WAGNER 3057KX bulb.
I bought a Sylvania Long Life Lamps 3057LL. Two lamps a pack.
It is about $3.50 at Walmart.

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Replace Faucet Seat

I have an 2 Handle Shower faucet. I am familar with replacing the washer. Actually I did it before.
Now I managed to fix the leak faucet again last Saturday.
I change the washer of hotwater faucet. When I test it, still leak, even I make it very tightly.
Later I feel the faucet Seat may not good. I checked it. It is really bad with break edge.


So, just a small part of faucet. I replaced it and all done. The faucet can be turned off easily.
I am not handyman. I got help from the building caretaker, Bill. Thank you bill for you help and advice.

Christmas gift is a set of Hardware

I bought the new hardware to upgrade my Desktop. Actually it is not an upgrade. It is almost brand new one.
I ordered them online with
Let me show you what I got.
31195 Palit Radeon HD 3870 512MB GDDR3 PCI-E DVI-I HDMI Video Card 1 $109.99 $109.99
24129 Antec Earthwatts 500W Power Supply ATX12V V2.2 Active PFC 80-PLUS 80MM Fan 1 $59.99 $59.99
19337 OCZ Platinum XTC REV.2 PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL4-4-4-15 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit 1 $44.99 $44.99
33181 Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200 Dual Core Processor LGA775 2.5GHZ 800FSB 2MB Retail Box 1 $99.99 $99.99
30574 Gigabyte EP43-DS3L ATX LGA775 P43 FSB 1600 OC 1PCI-E 2PCI DDR2 SATA2 HD Sound GBLAN Motherboard 1 $99.99 $99.99
Subtotal of these five items is $464.75.
And two days later I got one Harddrive $77.27 including tax.
I build my new desktop with six PC hardware parts. Total cost is $542.02

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Logitech EX110 Mouse problem

I have a set of Logitech EX110 keyboard & mouse set at home. I used it about 20 months.
From last month, I have a problem with the mouse.
When I make a single click on the left button, it works like double click. Not always, but very often. And also it happens randomly.
So I have nothing to do with it. I find a wired mouse to replace it.
Later I read a post has similar situation in Chinese.
OK. I have a small screw driver and sewing needle.
I open the mouse with screw driver.


Open the cap of the micro switch with sewing needle.
Clean the contact points by a copier paper. Cut a small piece of paper, fold it and put it in between of the points. Just rub couple times.
Assemble it and it works.

Remove Adware.roogoo

The office computer always displayed a Symantec warning, which said Adware.roogoo is found and removed last week. I trust this virus is not removed, because this warning window poped every day.
I search Symantec site.
Adware.Roogoo is adware that installs a Layered Service Provider that monitors network traffic. The risk reports Google search terms back to its controlling domain and may display pop-up advertisements.
A lot of Ad popup windows every day.
I have to fixit by myself.
The steps as below:
1) Download LSPFix.exe

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