CAB

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    • Is my laptop charger done?

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      CAB

      Basically, my Dell N5110 took the express route to the floor, and landed directly onto the DC jack.

      The charge cable also was a little bit damaged, but it seemed superficial (the plastic lip around the drum cracked. I super glued this, then shaped it down with a needle file),

      However, as long as i played with it, it could still power and charge my laptop (although very unreliably). However, a few days ago, my laptop wouldn't charge, even if it was powering up. The plastic lip appeared to have broken off the end, and because the DC jack was very damaged, I'm worried that a pin might have shorted somewhere.

      I just replaced the entire DC Jack/USB/VGA assembly (mostly because it cost as much as the DC jack by itself, without all the soldering), but my laptop still won't charge. It still powers the lap top, but I've barely got any battery life to play wit it.

      It of course says it doesn't recognize the charger. This charger is not the original charger, but a new one that was working fine until the other day. It is an "Into-Circuit" PA-12 family 65 Watt charger, part # ADP-65JB.B (this is particularly frustrating, since its my 4th charger to do this to me, though at least this one seems to have an excuse of being hit).

      The center pin does not appear damaged. I can't see anything else that might make me think something is wrong.

      I was hoping that there might be a fix, or maybe there is a bug in my charger some place. My sister's charger will charge her laptop, but her batter was full. We let it drop a few percentage points, but it did not seem to charger her laptop.

      This charger is barely a month old, so i'm not really looking forward to buying another.

      Thanks for your help!

      Chris

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    • 7 years ago

      CAB

      Years later.....

      Well, I haven't been here in a while, and will probably fade into obscurity again. Its weird, that I used to be on here ALL the time. Now, not so much.

      Its been fun guys, maybe the site will be around in another 7 years.

    • World's cutest puppy

      10 years ago

      CAB

      This thing is still a pain in the ass. it eats EVERYTHING. I'm immune to it, but seriously, WTF? this is like, concentrated weaponized cuteness. Big perky ears, a curly tail, skinny funny twig legs (and matching trot-walk), and last but not least, the dreaded "puppy dog" eyes. No wonder my sister put down about $1500 on it. It probably used its hypnotic cuteness powers on her.

      Now to use it for EVIL!

      HAHAHAHAHAHAH!

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    • Layout Pictures

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      CAB

      Post pictures of your latest work here!

      First up, though not on my layout, is one of my most recent projects, a New Jersey Transit Arrow III electric multiple unit car. I also have a Married pair to build (rather than one double ended car, a married pair are two single ended cars that share equipment). I just need to finish paiting them, and add all the extra detail parts.

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      My new Conrail SD60I

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      My two Brass models, an E44 and a pair of Silverliner II EMUs run pans up under my recently installed scratchbuilt catenary.

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      Some of my best work, my E60MA project

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      I've also recently added new tracks on my layout. I made a new passing track (the middle track between the outer and inner ovals) so that i could operate easier.

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    • Introduce yourselves!

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      CAB

      Tell us about your interest in model railroading!

      I model HO scale, based roughly around northern New Jersey in the regions across from New York City. Since i was a child i'd always been fascinated by the electric trains or the Northeast Corridor.

      My layout right now is a 4x8, but i have plans for something bigger.

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    • This is not the end of me.

      10 years ago

      CAB

      I got bored, so i decided to type the following nonsense....


      The sky was gray, and the air was cool. the ground below me was dried and cracked, parched, flat. I lef behind the hills covered in evergreens that preceeded the moutains behind them, and continued across the barren valley, wandering towards my goal.

      It had been many moons since I left the comfort of my home to embark on this journey. My fellow men and women told me i was mad, pleaded for me to stay, or laughed at my "foolishness". They did not understand why I embarked on this perilous path. Their ridicule shattered upon my iron determination. I will make it to my destination. They will hear from me soon.

      This is not the end of me.

      The path to my goal was among the less traveled routes. It soon wound its way deep into the wilderness, until only the occaisional marker constructed by some trailblazer long lost to history was the only sign that these woods had ever been disturbed by man. The wind whispered through the trees, to turn back. I continued, and the weather worsened. The skies turned dark as the old trail lead me into the hills towards the mountain. Heavy rains made the hills muddy and slippery. Water rushed down through a ravine. The raging water faintly scoffed at my constant trek. "You will not survive this journey over my mountain..." I kept climbing.

      The spirit of these lands grew more intensly angered as i continued to ascend up it's mountain. It brought snow, rocks, washouts, and other impediments, yet they could never stop me. As I reached the top, scooting across its jagged rock face, the spirit through its worst at me. A blizzard of razor shards of ice sheared into any exposed flesh. Lightning struck all around me, shattering boulders. The spirit's curses were broadcasted by the thunder. "Have you no end!?" the spirit of the mountain cried in a single thunderous roar. I looked out into the dark boiling skies with and replied calmly.

      "This is not the end of me."

      With that, the spirit cursed again, and again. The winds died down, the blizzard turned to a sprinkle, and then ceased. The clouds however continued to churn, as the spirit continued to mumble curses in it's distant thunder. I continued down the other side of the moutain and found going downhill to be atleast as challenging as going up hill, but onward i marched, down into the foot hills, my boots crunched through the litter on the forest floor.

      And so i made my way down to this point, from the edge of the forest to this barren, rocky and harsh valley. I pause to check my bearings and to take a sip from my cantene. I am making good time, and soon i will be able to be reunited with--- a dark figure across the valley catches my eye. It is strange for anyone to be out here, for there is not civilization in these parts.

      It approaches me, and i approach it. As i get closer, i can make out parts of the obscure figure. It is tall and thin, with a worn black robe. A dark voice called to me.

      " You have come far," it said. "That is truely impressive. No man should have been able to endure those harships, but you did." It continued to approach. It carried in one hand a scythe, and as it got closer it motioned to my flanks, continuing his one-sided conversation. As he points, it reveals its ivory skeletal hand.

      "I am sorry that your efforts have gone to waste..." death says apologetically.

      "I wouldn't be so sure they have been yet. I'm still standing," i said with cool defiance. "I have come to recover her who is dear to me. I know she is out there. And you will not stand in my way"

      "Fool, she is gone! She has been taken, abused, corrupted! Even if you ever find her out there where her captors have taken her, she would only look upon you with dull expressionless eyes. Her body is but a shell! Everything she was has been erased from her mind. She is a slave to pleaure and to the wills of her new owners, she is now only a puppet performing for their titilation. Her smile is a facade, the glimmer in her eyes, her sweetness, her angellic innocence, is gone. She is just as dead as if i had taken her myself!"

      Death seemed to suddenly relax despite his explosive episode.

      "I have come to collect you. You should have known better than to come this way. You should not be afraid, perhaps in death you shall find your fiance when the time comes. You will die anyway, you will never make it to the land of her captors before they hunt you like a dog and string you up by your entrails. You do not want your last sight in life to be your love mindless throwing herself upon your executioner."

      "I must respectfully decline," i replied "I cannot go with you. I will save her."

      Angerly, death thrust out his hand "You have no choice".

      His cold icy grip closed upon my rist. His bony fingers held firm. Perhaps if any flesh remained on death's skull, it would have displayed disbelief. I pulled my hand from his grasp, standing firmly in place and looked death in his hollow eye sockets, and told him very simply

      "This is not the end of me."

    • Hah! I broke common knowledge!

      10 years ago

      CAB

      Alright, first of all, so to not incur wrath upon me, i most note that the following journal is a theory on women. If you girls still want to think guys can't figure you out, then don't read this, because I just did. However, I suspect most of you will find it interesting, and not care anyway because the results are the same.

      Anyway, it would seem common knowledge applies two things about women. One is that girls have a "Woman's intuition". The other is that girls mature at an earlier age than boys.

      If you want to be logical about it, you could easily write this off by saying "statistically, its possible for people of either gender to be intuitive, or more mature at an earlier age".

      This is true, but there have been many psychological tests and studies, and the numbers don't lie. It would in fact seem that these ideas are true. Girls supposedly do mature faster then boys.

      This has always been frustrating to me, since i'm relatively certain (both now and in hindsight) That i've been ahead of the curve of both genders as far as maturity and intuition go (Yeah, thats right! i developed a MAN'S Intuition. I call it a "mantuition". Its a beautiful thing...). I figure to myself, "well, why on earth am i where i am? how did this happen? when will the space time continuum collapse?".

      I think its simple. You could again argue (but i'm not going to) that this is all just in the development of a person's brain, and you could say maybe mine developed in such a way to be better. While i'd love to claim superior brainpower (128 IQ for the win!), but I'm betting that all these people studying our brains haven't been looking at what our brains have been doing...

      Many Psychological studies have proven another "common knowledge" fact, and this one i think may hold water. Studies have shown that when searching for advice, the person in trouble will more likely go to someone of the female gender. This is because of preconcieved notions of what a female's role is.

      I mean, you usually don't ask a guy for advice, because why? You know the answers right now. Guys don't have the reputation for being caring, or deep thinking individuals who are capable of understanding complex problems.

      And so, whenever we have a problem, we ALL go to our girlfriends. What does this have to do with a women's maturity and intuition? Everything.

      Both of these things become more powerful with expirience. As any person encounters a new situation, they learn and (hopefully) mature by it. They also now recognize another possible chain of events and what that result is even if not consiously, leading to that strange sensation we call a hunch, the basis of intuition. The more we dump our problems on those poor girls, the more they learn, and the more their brain develops from our mistakes and events.

      And so, i think if a young guy made an effort to just sit down and listen to people (instead of playing out society's stereotypical roles), and made themselves available to give advice, then they would also expirience these things, and so give them the maturity and intuition previously thought to be unique to women.

      Its not a big deal to me, I just think that maybe society's roles for a person have unintended and unexpected consequences. These are not bad traits, but perhaps there is more than just physical differences that make genders so different from eachother.

    • Too Unconventional?

      10 years ago

      CAB

      I always find it ironic how everyone likes to be different. Thats great and all, but is everyone really different? For the most part, not really. everyone has their own variation of a common thing, and i think that is probably the ideal "difference" and uniquness that people go for.

      Sure, there are some different people out there, but for the most part, people fall in.

      That leads to me. I find myself in a strange spot. I don't try to be different, nor do i particularly desire it, but i don't fall in to any particular place. This is true of me at many levels.

      I am an unconvential guy. I am different from the rest by miles.

      You could look at it at the simple level of just my hobby. When you look at the average teenager, what hobby do they do? I garuntee you most of them don't have a hobby at all (although they'll try to pass any activity they do as one, they don't have a true hobby). Even so, I think you'll find very few among them who are into the Model Railroading.

      Already, one of my favorite activities is a best slightly interesting, and at worse, impossible for anyone else to understand. Even among those who do have a hobby, it is rarely something so involved or requiring the need of so many different skills as model railroading (there artistry, engineering, electronics, wood working, physical dexterity, research, not to mention model building, etc).

      The average teen's hobby (being generous in the definition of what a hobby is), is what? Video games (is that really a hobby?), photography, scrapbooking? Drawing/painting?

      *off track* skip past this paragraph if you don't want to hear me rant about my hobby

      Oh drawing/painting is one where i get really upset with. You look at a good drawing, and you say, "damn! thats very good!". However, one looks at my layout, and for some reason, their only thought is "wow, that kid has gone to far...?". Can no one appreciate it? I don't care if you don't know about trains. The whole point is that there is a little slice of the world in scale with a little story every few inches. There is so much meaning in what goes on, yet no one catches it. I'd wager my layout says more than the average "good drawing/painting" made by my peers.

      *back on track*

      Of those hobbies, some barely translate over. Most don't even have a hobby, and i don't know what they do with themselves.

      On a deeper level, i seem to have transcended anyone i know. People just don't match my crazy introspectives and my philosophical contemplations. No one else wonders "why?" like i do, at least not on the same level. I realize that i don't just feel alone in that i have few close friends, but i feel alone in that i can't relate to anyone. Nobody cares about the things i care about. few seem to have the same values as i do.

      who cares to listen to what the heart/mind wants to say? If i met a girl like me, who talked about such things, i'd have no problem listening and thinking about it with her. but the truth is, most girls i've met don't even come close. I get simple answers, like "yes, thats so true!", which doesn't really add to anything, or I get the "why do you care so much?" response, showing me the person just doesn't get it. and maybe they are right, maybe i do think to deeply about things, but still.

      Maybe i'm not totally different from anyone else. I'm still going through the same expieriences as everyone else. I still play video games, i still deal with all the same problems my peers do. However, just the way i am, i think, isolates me from others in its own right, before we even get into things like cliques and that.

      In the end, i'm not even sure what i want. Do i even want friends who are like me? Do i want a girl who is like me in this way? It would seem, that i never really am all that attracted to the girls who are the intellectual sort. I mean, thats not entirely true, but in the end, I can confidently say they aren't for me. I suppose its probably got a lot more to do with the subject matter. I can't stand politics, but thats the only thing most "smart" kids look into these days.

      When i look at Amanda, a girl i was crazy about for a good portion of my post-puberty years, and then the few other girls i may have liked, I liked them because they had bright smiles, and were happy and energetic, and they made me feel calm, and at ease. Interestingly enough, they (especially amanda) would almost totally stop my mind from its rampant thoughts, She'd silence my constant thoughts, I'd feel at peace. I realize that, (again continuing with amanda as my example), she wouldn't really probably put the kind of thought into things i do. I could see a blank expression on her face, and her saying "Okay....". She might sit there and think about it, but it probably wouldn't interest her to much unless it specifically dealt with a problem she may have been expieriencing at the time.

      I am curious then, is she even what i would want in the end? Would i have been really happy with her if things had went favorably? I truely value that peace of mind more than i think anyone can understand. At the same time, i need to be with people who can understand me to an extent.

      Either of these kinds of people are surpisingly hard to find. I don't even think there exists a combination of the two types in a girl at all. I have yet to find a sweet happy fun loving girl who does the serious thinking as i do, and i have not found a serious thinker who can be so fun loving and bright smiles and giggly-carefree as my heart would like.

      And this is just one of my many contradictions. Maybe the reason i'm unconventional is not by my choice, but rather do to the rationalizations of these contradictions. There are so many things where equal parts of me are for a different plan that contradicts the other. What do i really want? who should i be? Too many questions already.

    • Here goes one...

      11 years ago

      CAB

      Here is one picture i tried taking with the web cam. I had a "better" picture taken with my camera, but when i uploaded it, everything was purple. Unless you like seeing the world in a rose tint, you probably wouldn't like that one. Here is the best one i thought i had through the webcam. I look better than i usually do. Don't make me post the scary pictures of me, lol!

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    • What? profile change?

      11 years ago

      CAB

      Thats right! I slightly changed my profile. I always hate making profiles on internet sites, because what i thought was cool 4 years ago in 2004 may be very different now. I'm so notorius for leaving crap up on my profiles and never updating them.

      and so, just over a year later, you get a new journal entry! hooray! *throws confetti*

      True, its probably nothing more spectacular then it was, but whatever! I think i get clicked enough that i should type in this journal more, only that i have nothing to type here about.

      But i can always find something. Worst comes to worst, i'll invent something.

  • Comments (235)

    • Project89

      9 years ago

      Australia seems to have things working. If you can figure out how to make the US a better country then great. I don't have the answers and I don't think I ever will. You have some views I disagree with and some I do agree with and that will never change. Maybe I should stay out of the political forums from now on :S

    • Project89

      9 years ago

      I don't see what Australia does as being radical, that's just what people have said to me. I only just realised our right most party is actually still left wing. I have worked in the community welfare industry (Youth Work degree) and I see how some people's sacrificing helps give teens with seemingly no future a chance at breaking out of the cycle. I've seen it work. Not all the time but it was still worth it for the few who make it in life.

      I'm talking about free education from age 5. You can't. Expect the world to run if the population can't read or write. I wouldn't mind free university either, although I think the UK has the best model for uni loans.

      Maybe the reason Obama can't get anything done is because his race prevents some people from supporting him. Just a thought.

      I would rather be middle class than a rich upper class prick with no friends. I think our different cultures have given us different values. I am finding I am much better off here in Australia than I would be in America. If I get sick I get free (or very cheap) treatment. If I pay a little extra for health insurance I get it even cheaper and quicker. Money isn't everything. As long as I still have my family and friends I consider myself rich. I would determine my success by how many people turned up at my funeral. I determine stability in how my friends, family and government help me out when things are tough. I got through high school and the year after on government money on top of the money I earned at Maccas. I value friendship and loyalty over cash. I think for that reason we are not going to agree on much politically. I think I'll keep my head down in the Political forums from now on

    • Project89

      9 years ago

      I do agree with that. I'm pretty happy with Australia's government. Our 2 preferred parties are Labor and Liberal, both left wing parties. When Labor is in government they spend all the money making things a little fairer for everyone (free education, world class healthcare, the stimulus package that kept us out of recession), and when Liberal is in they pay off all our debts. I've always seen Liberal as a right wing party (because they are compared to all the other parties here), but after looking a little bit into other countries, we're so radical.

      I am pretty happy to say our Prime Minister has been reasonably open with his personal views.

      Also, everyone in Australia wants to be middle class, even upper class people class themselves as middle class. One of my guitar student's dad owns the company that supplies meat to the top 2 supermarkets in Australia. He drives a Lexus 4WD, lives in a 3 storey house in an expensive suburb, and he calls himself middle class. This mindset helps keep money secondary to family and mates.

      There's a saying in Australia: "keep the bastards honest" Don Chipp, exAustralian Democrat leader.

    • asianeyes

      9 years ago

      You over-analyze things way to much. I assume that he already has a casual relationship with this girl because first of all, the girl has already given him a nickname and secoond of all already asks him for advice. That's why I said, "Be causual." It is completely appropriate in his given situation.

    • asianeyes

      9 years ago

      I am curious now. What is this crazy theory you are concocting?

    • asianeyes

      9 years ago

      ... I stick with my answer.

    • asianeyes

      9 years ago

      Yes.. but only because I try to be. From years or child abuse and being the oddball in the group I became very quiet and withdrawn. I was finally able to come our of my shell a couple of years back and found that people were genuinely interested in what I had to say.

    • Weps

      9 years ago

      CAB! What's going on man?

    • JGreggors FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      9 years ago

      yay! to NJ and its bipolar weather-ness o.O

    • Husk

      9 years ago

      I'd just like to say that I found it very interesting to debate with you, and I look forward to any future discussions we'd have.

    • Trubo

      10 years ago

      ugh, i just realized i can tell what year that picture is by the paint. i need to find a hobby that does not involve trains.


      No you don't, that's an awesome hobby.

    • asianeyes

      10 years ago

      Basically just wanted to say sorry for being a general ass.

    • ravensrain

      10 years ago

      No its just a short line rail. And it carries wheat.

    • ravensrain

      10 years ago

      After reading your post I decided to look up some info on the tracks going through town and it turns out that it only passes our town 4 or 5 times a year. So that probably explains why I haven't seen it.

    • My_Vision

      10 years ago

      take " ask the opposite sex a question" off watch. It's dead. Trolls....

    • My_Vision

      10 years ago

      So good to hear from you again. How are you?

    • fnbitch

      10 years ago

      That was hilarious! smiley0.gif Very wrong, but hilarious... smiley8.gif

    • My_Vision

      10 years ago

      what happened to that thread I met you in? What was that called? ask the opposite something....

    • dustergirl

      10 years ago

      hon nomal in whos eyes

    • LostRaccoon

      10 years ago

      Thanks for the image comment! ^_^

    • DivaLindsey

      10 years ago

      hi! ^_^

    • ariencel

      10 years ago

      hey man. sorry it sucks its been so long, but maybe i'll be getting on more often. i've just been so busy. we've been liquidating my store, and now circuit city is closed forever!
      hope you're doing well!

    • The_Lady_Fey

      10 years ago

      Oh....I dunno about that. I think men really get excited when they see I am intimidated by the serpent.
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    • The_Lady_Fey

      10 years ago

      possibly. But to me she looks unafraid.

    • dustergirl

      10 years ago

      dude long time no talk. where have youb een.

    • MxMassacre

      10 years ago

      HEHE::
      You have nothing to fear then::
      For my insanity will make you fear other things::
      :}
      ::grins evily::
      You have no idea what you got your self in to mister.::

    • MxMassacre

      10 years ago

      You wanna test my insanity?::
      Not a good idea::
      ::laughes::

    • 1Trevor1

      10 years ago

      i got red alert 3

    • stuff_typed

      10 years ago

      Hey man...
      Whats up?How are you?

    • LungieII

      10 years ago

      That would be the wreckage of Whaler's Bay on Deception Island in Antarctica. It's got a good story; you should look it up.

    • bahari

      10 years ago

      Hey! Been a while. :o)

      But you're wrong... they're actually green. But yes, they will make you do as I say...

    • DivaLindsey

      10 years ago

      hi, you ok? sorry for what i say. are you ok????

    • DivaLindsey

      10 years ago

      hi! miss me and my sexy body? lol ^_~

    • ariencel

      10 years ago

      i became interested in vampires and Vlad the Impaler when i read The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. That is by far one of the best novels I have ever read - I can only hope to one day be able to write half as well as Ms. Kostova, and as she is a scholar herself (and this being her first novel), it was filled with actual facts about Dracula. It was a genius blend of history and myth. anyway, that's what made me interested in vampires and Dracula.

    • abbay

      10 years ago

      Woah, I swear that's not alcohol.
      No way, I wouldn't even go near that stuff.
      We were even on a church mission trip to Virginia.

    • ariencel

      10 years ago

      nah you made no sense. no sense whatsoever. just like always.

      ha kidding.

      i found a writing prompt on writer's digest, and i think i'm going to follow up on it. i'll post it if i do, and if i'm happy with it.

      hey that's what i should do. i should give writing prompts for myself and others. hey.

    • DivaLindsey

      10 years ago

      hi! how are you?

    • DivaLindsey

      10 years ago

      awww. i sorry.

    • Kazick FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      True, I could do that.

    • Kazick FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      I think only admins can upload stuff. I just wanted to load op a few shots form my TRS06 routes.

    • Kazick FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      As you can see, I joined. Is there any way members can upload images?

    • shadow13

      10 years ago

      Pirate Cat! ARRRGH!

    • jadegalixia

      10 years ago

      You're a talented writer. It was easy to form a mental image.

    • S1apSh0es

      10 years ago

      Nice! You should take a pic from afar of your entire layout. I'd like to see it.

    • ariencel

      10 years ago

      that's great! i'm so proud!

    • ariencel

      10 years ago

      guess what? i took a quiz and it told me i have a northern accent, native to new york and the great lakes area. how funny is that. i guess the only signs of a southern accent on me are when i become lazy and am not paying attention, and i say "saan"instead of "sign".

      well, at least i thought it was interesting.

    • destruction3

      10 years ago

      Burlington?
      But I pretty much just live in Boston now, college and such

    • shadow13

      10 years ago

      Yeah but I just don't want to spend the money and I really don't have much time for it all. I wish that I did but then if I had more time I would be only doing more homework and work more often.

    • jadegalixia

      10 years ago

      Not if I bite you first... smiley8.gif

    • ariencel

      10 years ago

      and the same goes to you, sir. I think far too much as well. my stepmom was just saying to me yesterday that i surprise her, the way i "see things". that "what i'm thinking is more real than what's in front of me." But i think that she is mistaking my spoken thoughts as naivity, when what i really always do is analyze, analyze, analyze. and see? You're already a writer. That's good.

      deep, ya know, "think deep", " we're in deep shit," "damn, that's a deep hole," ya know, deep! lol nevermind

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