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Month: December 2012

SOLUTION: 1215n Windows 8 Upgrade Causes Hotkeys to Stop Working (Missing Asus ACPI Driver)

I recently purchased an Asus 1215n equipped with Windows 7 64bit. The first thing I did was upgrade to Windows 8 since Microsoft is offering a promotional price of $15 until January 2013. Doing so led to some Hotkey driver compatibility issues though (missing Asus ACPI driver error + no working hotkeys), which were a pain to resolve to say the least. I was unable to find a solution on the web anywhere (one that worked anyways), so I had to figure things out myself. I’m posting my solution here in the hopes that it will be useful to others doing an upgrade to windows 8. I imagine that the solution would also apply to other 1215x models (1215b for example) that came with Windows 7 64bit. Im not sure if this solution is applicable to 32bit Windows 7 versions, though you should definitely still give it a try.

Problem Description:

After installing windows 8 and logging in for the first time an error message window popped up:

“Missing Asus ACPI Driver.”


When to use $_SESSION vs $_COOKIE


A critical feature in web programming is the ability to seamlessly pass data from one page load to the next. It’s used most commonly when dealing with user logins, but also for passing error messages, shopping carts, etc.

Storing data across pages using PHP is done with two variables in the global scope, called $_SESSION and $_COOKIE, and although accomplishing the same end goal, the both go about it in very different ways. The purpose of this article is to give a brief look into the differences between cookies and sessions, when it’s better to use one versus the other, and the pros and cons of the two.

The difference is in how each store data. Cookies store data locally in the user’s browser, while sessions store data on the webserver.


5 JQuery Infinite Scrolling Demos


Here are 5 demos which you could use as the barebones for your next infinite scrolling project. I’ve been playing around with infinite scrolling for one of my projects and I’ve tried a few jQuery plugins which can manage the “endless scroll” showing items, posts, rss feeds, tweets or anything really. The content can be generated dynamically from JavaScript but most commonly loaded from a server script using AJAX. Also I found that Firefox 8 only detects the scroll upto 99.85% of the screen which was strange.

Infinite Scrolling Demo 1

This demo uses the jQuery Masonry plugin together with the Infinite Scroll plugin. The Masonry plugin really is good for obtaining fluid layouts definately recommend it for that. The infinite scroll plugin by Paul Irish is good at loading pages which already exist such as page.html, page2.html, page3.html but it can’t handle dynamic generated content such as hitting the same page.php file with appended parameters page.php?data=xxx. Just bear that in mind if you go with this option.