April 19, 2014


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Drifting is a driving technique where the driver intentionally or unintentionally oversteers, causing loss of traction in the rear wheels or all tires, while maintaining control from entry to exit of a corner. A car is drifting when the rear slip angle is greater than the front slip angle, to such an extent that often the front wheels are pointing in the opposite direction to the turn (e.g. car is turning left, wheels are pointed right or vice versa, also known as opposite lock). As a motorsport discipline, professional drifting competitions are held worldwide and are judged according to the speed, angle, showmanship and line taken through a corner or set of corners.

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Asus Transformer TF101 not charging - SOLVED

IMPORTANT: A portable device must be turned off during charge.
Over-discharging Lithium-ion
Li-ion should never be discharged too low, and there are several safeguards to prevent this from happening. The equipment cuts off when the battery discharges to about 3.0V/cell, stopping the current flow. If the discharge continues to about 2.70V/cell or lower, the battery’s protection circuit puts the battery into a sleep mode. This renders the pack unserviceable and a recharge with most chargers is not possible. To prevent a battery from falling asleep, apply a partial charge before a long storage period.
Battery manufacturers ship batteries with a 40 percent charge. The low charge state reduces aging-related stress while allowing some self-discharge during storage. To minimize the current flow for the protection circuit before the battery is sold, advanced Li-ion packs feature a sleep mode that disables the protection circuit until activated by a brief charge or discharge. Once engaged, the battery remains operational and the on state can no longer be switched back to the standby mode.
Do not recharge lithium-ion if a cell has stayed at or below 1.5V for more than a week. Copper shunts may have formed inside the cells that can lead to a partial or total electrical short. If recharged, the cells might become unstable, causing excessive heat or showing other anomalies. Li-ion packs that have been under stress are more sensitive to mechanical abuse, such as vibration, dropping and exposure to heat.

Li-Ion battery packs have a microchip that controls the charge and discharge levels. When the system shuts down due to a low battery, never turn it back on until it is plugged in and charging again. The circuit in the battery will prevent the battery charging again if it's discharged too low as the batteries become unstable at low charge levels.You may never get it to charge properly again. But you can try bump charging to bring the levels up high enough for the microchip to allow regular charging. What you do is turn off the tablet. Plug the charger in directly to the tablet (don't use the dock if you have one) and wait about 10 mins. Then unplug it, wait a minute, then plug it back in for 10 mins. Repeat this cycle about 5-10x to see if it bumps the voltage/charge level up enough to reset the microchip's charge circuit. If it works, you will be able to recharge again normally (don't leave it unattended while fully charging the first 2-3 times).



[SOLVED] My tablet won't charge.

We often get questions such as " My tablet has stopped charging & I have ruled out the problem being either the charger or the cable. What do I do?". If this happens to you, then...

Possibly your battery has been allowed to become flattened to the point where it cannot accept a charge from the wall charger. the best thing to do is to try and trickle charge your tablet from a low voltage/amperage connection. Either a powered on PC USB port to the charging connector on your tablet, or from a low power phone charger (5v/500ma). It has been pretty well documented that lithium batteries do not like to be drained fully & it may be that the battery in your tablet has drained so low that it cannot accept a charge from the Asus a/c charger.

Try a trickle charge for 8-10 hours (or longer) on your tablet & see if that gets enough charge into your battery to enable it to recognise & accept a charge from the a/c charger.

The only other suggestion, other than contacting Asus to arrange for a hardware repair, is to face opening up your device (if it is out of warranty) & checking the cables are connected correctly & possibly replacing the battery.

A portable device must be turned off during charge. This allows the battery to reach the set threshold voltage unhindered, and enables terminating charge on low current. A parasitic load confuses the charger by depressing the battery voltage and preventing the current in the saturation stage to drop low. A battery may be fully charged, but the prevailing conditions prompt a continued charge. This causes undue battery stress and compromises safety.

March 8, 2014

Russian Federation military presence in Ukraine

Romania did not raise the level of alert for its national security structures following the situation in Crimea but will monitor very closely the situation in Ukraine as well as separatist evolutions in the Republic of Moldova, the Romanian Presidency said in a statement on Saturday evening.

Navy speed boat attack
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The statement came after a working meeting of president Basescu with representatives of national security structures in relation to the situation in Ukraine. Prior to the meeting, Basescu said that any Russian Federation military presence in Ukraine, without Ukraine's approval and beyond the limits of bilateral accords, would be seen as an act of aggression.

Navy Day Parade military speed boat
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Romania is a NATO and EU country neighboring Ukraine and access to the Black Sea. A close ally of the US, it is set to host parts of the US missile shield on its territory.

Following the national security talks on Saturday, the presidency said Romania was not affected directly by the situation in Ukraine and saw no immediate risks to its national security. It said Romania would remain active in connection with its allies at talks on the situation in Ukraine. (Hotnews.ro)

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March 4, 2014

What is a 1099-K Form?

If you’re a US seller who made sales through Direct Checkout in 2013, you might receive a special bit of mail from Etsy in the coming weeks. Tucked carefully inside, you’ll find a tax form called the 1099-K.

What is a 1099-K Form?
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