28 October 2014

Temporary fix for OneDrive (SkyDrive) invisible icon in OS X Yosemite dark mode [updated]

I’ve had enough of the problem. Just a minute ago the app was updated but still the icon is invisible in dark mode of the Yosemite. It was just a quik dive into the app content and replacing the icon. I’ve changed the original one by replacing the color (black to grey). That’s enough for me as I’m too lazy doing someone elses job. I’m not bothered by the other states of the app. All I need is to see the app is running. The file you’re after is StatusIcon_signedin.tiff. So there you go: 

Update: Skydrive application is updated and fixed the problem.

1 February 2014

Designspark PCB on two machines under Windows 8.1

I use DesignSpark PCB on my main machine for designing schematics and circuit boards. Recently I’ve set up a new, small PC for use just in my workshop. The setup is exactly the same as the main machine, the user, paths, environment and so on. My documents and projects reside inside the SkyDrive folder. As soon as the account was created the entire folder synced. Then I installed the DesignSpark PCB. I also wanted it to use the same paths as the copy on the main PC. For some reason it could not overwrite the existing files. I pressed “Ignore” as the files already existed so it shouldn’t be a problem. The program launched OK but it refused to open my project files presenting an unknown error.

I was just about to give up with the conclusion that DesignSpark doesn’t like such environments when I remebered something what might be the cause.
Integrated with Windows 8.1 Skydrive uses offline files to save space on mobie devices. A file exists on the drive but the content is in the cloud until you open it. Then it gets downloaded. You can also force the download by selecting “Make available offline” option from contextual menu. After performing this step all the problems were gone.

17 January 2014

MPLAB X not launching

While the MPLAB X works great on my home desktop with Windows 7, it won’t launch on my company’s laptop with the same system. The most probable reason is that my account is regulated by my company’s group policies. To fix the problem I’ve found the solution that worked for me. It is to make it to use specified user directory by adding the following parameter to its short-cut target:

“C:\Program Files (x86)\Microchip\MPLABX\mplab_ide\bin\mplab_ide.exe” –userdir C:\Users[your account name]\MPLAB