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Asus VG248QE Monitor Color Fix

If you have recently purchased an Asus VG248QE monitor you may be disappointed when you first fire it up. You may be asking yourself “why do the colors on my gaming monitor look so bad”. Out of the box this monitor appears “washed out”. The colors are too bright and have a yellow hue to them. This is very surprising as this is one of the top recommended gaming monitors with a 144hz refresh rate, yet only one old Reddit thread is detailing any information on how to optimize the color profile and settings of this monitor. This inspired me to create an updated post on how to calibrate the color/OSD configuration and display its true glorious wonder. Rest assured after following these easy steps your eyes will be jumping for joy from the vibrant and rich colors displayed on your monitor.

First off you want to adjust your OSD settings for your Asus VG248QE Monitor. This is done by using the button on the bottom of your monitor. Click to Menu >> Display, then use the following recommended settings to begin the process of optimizing the color and display of your new monitor.  This will give you a better balance for gaming and general work on your PC. You can experiment with these settings, but this will be a good place to start from.

Asus VG248QE Calibration Settings Value
Splendid Mode Standard
Contrast 78
Brightness 32
Color Temp User
RGB Red 96 / Green 94 / Blue 88

 

The next step is to a load a customer ICC profile for your monitor. First download either the NVIDIA or AMD ICC profile from the links below.

How To Activate The downloaded ICC profile (In Windows)

  1. From the Control Panel navigate to: Appearance and Personalisation  >> Display >> Screen Resolution.
  2. Click on Advanced Settings
  3. Click on the tab for ‘Colour Management” and press the button ‘Colour Management’
  4. Make certain the ‘Use my settings for this device’ check-box is checked.
  5. Click the ‘Add’ button, then ‘Browse…’, Browse to the ICC profile you downloaded from above. Click ‘Add’ then ‘OK’.

Last Step to Enable Gamma Correction Elements of the ICC profile.

  1. Click the ‘Advance’ tab in the ‘Colour Management’ screen
  2. Press ‘Change System Defaults’
  3. From here click the ‘Advance’ tab again
  4. Make sure the ‘Use Windows display calibration’ is checked.

 

You can now close the window and you have fully loaded and enabled the ICC profile. You can experiment with the calibration settings, but using the above settings will drastically improve the colors and display of your ASUS gaming monitor. Now go enjoy some 144 FPS gaming!

 

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AutoHotkey GTA 5 Macro Script Guide

GTA 5 AutoHotkey Macro Script Guide

This guide will show you how to use AutoHotkey to create and run macro scripts on GTA 5. Macros are assigned to hot keys. When you hit the hotkey, the macro will send a series of commands to your game to open your menu and automatically use items. This GTA 5 macro script will allow you to automatically eat snacks, put on armor,  and enable/disable passive mode. This will be a huge help to you and your team, by allowing you to stay alive in tricky missions and heists. As you probably know if you’re looking to setup macro hotkeys, the way the menu is set up in GTA 5 makes it almost impossible to play the game and apply health or armor simultaneously. This macro will allow you to play GTA 5 online with full efficiency.

  • To start, head over to ahkscript.org and click the Download button. Install the application on your PC.

GTA 5 AutoHotkey Macro Script Guide

  • After installing AutoHotkey, Right-Click on the Desktop, and click  New > AutoHotkey Script. This creates a new macro script on your desktop. Name the shortcut whatever you want. For the purpose of this tutorial I named the macro script “gta-test”.

GTA 5 AutoHotkey Macro Script Guide

  • Right click on “gta-test”   > Open With > Notepad.

GTA 5 AutoHotkey Macro Script Guide

 

  • Copy and paste the following code into the notepad and click “File > Save”

 

#NoEnv                          ; Recommended for performance and compatibility with future AutoHotkey releases.
SetWorkingDir %A_ScriptDir%     ; Ensures a consistent starting directory.
#IfWinActive ahk_class grcWindow  ; Disables hotkeys when alt-tabbed or GTA is closed.

;                                                               ———Assign Hotkey and Delay Values———

AutoHealthKey := “CapsLock”     ; Set keybinding for macro here. Automatic snacking. Eats 2 snacks from second snack slot.
HealthKey := “,”                ; Set keybinding for macro here. Open Snack menu.
ArmorKey := “F1”                ; Set keybinding for macro here.
PassiveKey := “F4”              ; Set keybinding for macro here.
RetCarKey := “F3”               ; Set keybinding for macro here.

IntMenuDelay := 120             ; Sets value(ms) for additional delay after opening interaction menu.
KeySendDelay := 25              ; Sets value(ms) for delay between send key commands.
KeyPressDuration := 5           ; Sets value(ms) for duration each key press is held down.

;                                                                       —-Hotkey Code Section—-

Hotkey, %AutoHealthKey%, AutoHealth     ; Assigns above value to hotkey. Do not change this line.
Hotkey, %HealthKey%, Health     ; Assigns above value to hotkey. Do not change this line.
Hotkey, %ArmorKey%, Armor       ; Assigns above value to hotkey. Do not change this line.
Hotkey, %PassiveKey%, Passive   ; Assigns above value to hotkey. Do not change this line.
Hotkey, %RetCarKey%, RetCar     ; Assigns above value to hotkey. Do not change this line.
Return

setkeydelay, KeySendDelay, KeyPressDuration             ; Sets delay(ms) between keystrokes issued. Arguments are delay between keystrokes and press duration, respectively.
; They might be able to go lower but these values are pretty fast and work reliably.

;                                                                         —-Macro Code Section—-

;                                                                            —-AutoHealth—-
;                                                                       Eats snacks automatically

AutoHealth:                     ; AutoHealth Macro

Send {m}                        ; Opens Interaction Menu
sleep, IntMenuDelay             ; Necessary delay to allow interaction menu to open properly while keeping keystroke delay short.
; Try to keep this value + the keystroke delay at least 80 ms for proper function.

Send {Down}{Down}{Enter}{Down}{Down}{Down}{Down}{Enter}   ; Keystrokes to open snack menu
Send {Down}{Enter}{Down}{Enter}{m}    ; Keystrokes to eat 1 of second snack

return                          ; Separates Hotkey Entries

;                                                                            —-Health—-
;                                                               Opens up snack menu for manual selection of snacks

Health:                                 ; Health Macro

Send {m}                        ; Opens Interaction Menu
sleep, IntMenuDelay             ; Necessary delay to allow interaction menu to open properly while keeping keystroke delay short.
; Try to keep this value + the keystroke delay at least 80 ms for proper function.

Send {Down}{Down}{Enter}{Down}{Down}{Down}{Down}{Enter}    ; Keystrokes to open snack menu

return                          ; Separates Hotkey Entries

;                                                                            —-Armor—-
;                                                               Equips super heavy armor and exits menu automatically

Armor:                          ; Armor Macro
Send {m}                        ; Opens Interaction Menu
sleep, IntMenuDelay             ; Necessary delay to allow interaction menu to open properly while keeping keystroke delay short.
; Try to keep this value + the keystroke delay at least 80 ms for proper function.

Send {Down}{Down}{Enter}{Down}{Down}{Enter}           ; Opens Armor Menu
Send {Down}{Down}{Down}{Down}{Enter}{m}         ; Equips super heavy armor and exits automatically. This line can be changed to pick different armor types.

return                          ; Separates Hotkey Entries

;                                                                         —-Passive Mode—-
;                                                                       Enters and exits passive mode

Passive:                        ; Passive Macro
Send {m}                        ; Opens Interaction Menu
sleep, IntMenuDelay             ; Necessary delay to allow interaction menu to open properly while keeping keystroke delay short.
; Try to keep this value + the keystroke delay at least 80 ms for proper function.

Send {Down}{Down}{Down}{Down}{Down}{Down}{Down}{Down}{Down}{Enter}{m}         ; Toggles passive mode and exits automatically
return                                                                  ; Separates Hotkey Entries

;                                                                     —-Retrieve Personal Vehicle—-
;                                                                   Requests delivery of personal vehicle

RetCar:                         ; Vehicle Request Macro
Send {m}                        ; Opens Interaction Menu
sleep, IntMenuDelay             ; Necessary delay to allow interaction menu to open properly while keeping keystroke delay short.
; Try to keep this value + the keystroke delay at least 80 ms for proper function.

Send {Up}{Up}{Up}{Up}{Up}{Up}{Up}{Up}{Up}{Up}{Enter}{m}                         ; Requests vehicle and exits automatically
return                                                                  ; Separates Hotkey Entries

  • When you want to run the macro, right click on the “Gta-test” script file on your desktop and choose “Run as Administrator”. The macro will run in the background and enable you to use the following hotkeys while in GTA 5. You will see a green H in your task bar to indicate that the script is running. If you want to stop the macro script you can right click the task icon and Stop Script.GTA 5 AutoHotkey Macro Script Guide

GTA 5 Macro Script Hotkey Commands:

CapsLock: Automatically open menu and eat snacks.

F1: Automatically equip new body armor

F4: Enable/Disable Passive mode

 

Enjoy the script! This has been updated to work with the newest GTA 5 Online Update (Dec 2015 Bodyguard/Yacht update)

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Building a Resume That Will Get Noticed

Is your resume holding you back from getting your dream job?

You can use this guide to create a resume that will get you noticed, and called in for an interview.

The Good.

What makes a resume a “good resume”? Every resume should contain the following information.

  • Your name, a phone number and email where you can be reached. Leave off your home address.
  • Education— Detail when you went, what degree or certificate you received, and where it is from. If you’ve graduated more than 10 years ago, put education under your previous employment.
  • Previous employment- List relevant work experience to the job that you are applying for. 3-5 places is perfect. Detail when you worked there, what the highest position you held was, and where you were employed.
  • A list or graph of your skills and your proficiencies.
  • Use numbers to quantify your accomplishments whenever possible.
  • Use keywords to amp up your resume—If you’re a web designer, make sure that you’re including keywords like HTML, CSS, etc. If you’re applying online, mimic some of the keywords in the job posting.

The Bad.

What makes for a bad resume, that gets passed over time and again?

  • If you’ve held a variety of jobs in different fields which have only lasted a short amount of time, only list the jobs that relate to the one you’re trying to get. You may have gained a lot of valuable experience, but constantly changing jobs creates questions as to why, and you may be passed over for someone who has a more stable work history.
  • Anything negative about a company or boss. You should not have to provide any reasoning as to why you left your previous positions on your resume—leave those questions to be answered in the interview.
  • Using empty words like “go-getter” or “self-motivated”. Everyone says that—be different and set yourself apart from the crowd.
  • Obvious spelling/grammar errors. Take your time, proofread your work, have someone else read through it. Read it backwards and forwards.
  • Leave your hobbies at home unless they directly relate to the job you’re applying for. A sports company probably won’t really care about your house plant collection, but they’ll be interested in your adult soccer league.
  • Not saving your file in a .PDF, or using fonts that are not standard. Your resume may look gorgeous with a Lato Narrow font, but if the person opening your resume does not have the font, your resume is going to look like a jumbled, unformatted mess.

Tricks to Discern Your Resume From the Rest.

  • Instead of using a Microsoft Word resume template, use business newsletter template in Microsoft Publisher
  • Bring the eye to the parts of your resume that you want noticed, with color, bolding, italics, etc. Just be tasteful, and don’t let the formatting take over.
  • Be yourself, be professional, but show that you’re creative and that you’ve taken the time to make your resume look its best.

Resume Template

Click the image below to download a .pub of the template. Edit your new resume, using the tips and tricks we have outlined in this article. Did you get called into the interview? Let us know in the comments!

 

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Toyota Tacoma Buzzing Interior Noise Fix

Toyota Tacoma Passanger Size Buzzing Noise Fix

I am the proud owner of a 2015 Toyota Tacoma. This was my first brand new vehicle, so I was a bit alarmed when I started hearing a buzzing noise coming from the passenger side at low rpm (1500 – 2000). It was hard to pinpoint where the noise was coming from.  I was at first describing it as a rattling noise, but I now realize it was more of a buzzing or humming caused by vibrations. You may never have a more maddening experience than hearing a buzzing in your brand new truck. New vehicles cabs have become very quiet in general, so hearing an out of place noise will be hard to not hyper-focus on. If you are having an issue with buzzing coming from the dashboard and glove box area in your Toyota Tacoma, I highly recommend you try this simple fix. It will take you 5 minutes and help you to reclaim your sanity! I have found that dealerships are not very helpful in fixing these type of minor annoyances, plus everyone hates wasting one of their days off hanging out at a dealership while they try to figure it out. Save time and the hassle, and fix the noise yourself!

 

The buzzing noise is coming from near the blower motor behind your glove box. If you are a smaller person like me, you can just lay under the glove box to fix this issue very easily. If you are larger or will have a problem laying on the floor of your truck, you will want to remove the glove box first.  There are two different places where the buzzing and vibration may be coming from, and because they are both next to each other and easily fixed, I fixed both. By doing the following two fixes, I have completely alleviated the buzzing noise coming from the Toyota Tacoma passenger side near the glove box. The noise would come and go and would seem to stop once my truck had warmed up, most likely because the plastic had warmed enough to cause the buzz to subside.

Toyota Tacoma Passanger Size Buzzing Noise Fix

Remove this clip from the bracket and wire. You may also stuff  insulation inside of the clip to stop the vibration/buzzing.

First is this wire clip, pictured above). You can see to the left of the clip there is some foam, that I assume was created to go INSIDE the clip to prevent noise. It seems this foam was applied to the wrong spot, as it has no use where it currently is. Since the clip is not very secure, it causes a vibration. You can either remove the clip entirely (which I did) or try to stuff some foam or insulation inside of the clip. I suggest just removing the clip as doing that with the following step completely stopped the vibration caused by low 1500 rpm acceleration. When I tried to place foam inside of the clip, it did not solve the issue. Removing the clip along with the following step fixed the vibration completely.

Toyota Tacoma Passanger Size Buzzing Noise Fix

Here I have highlighted where I removed the first clip, as well as the bundle of wires, which is wrapped in plastic sheathing. You can see where I removed the first clip, as well as the area I used zip ties to tighten the bundle of wires encased in plastic sheathing.

The next problem area is the bundle of wires wrapped in plastic.  Below you can see where I applied zip ties to tighten the plastic sheathing. You will notice it is loose and pushed against the steel bracket to the right. This is what is causing vibration noises in the new Tacoma’s. By firming it up with the zip ties, and moving it away from the steel, there is nothing loose to cause the vibration.

You can choose to do just one of these fixes at a time and then test to see which issue is causing your noise. I decided to do both and the noise is now 100% gone. I love this truck but to be honest, the buzzing was driving me crazy. Fixing this issue has made me very happy, and it is what has inspired me to write this guide on how to get rid of the Toyota Tacoma interior passenger side buzzing noise. If this fixes your issue please leave a comment below!

This has been confirmed to also work on the new 3rd gen 2016 Tacoma trucks.