Herbalizer Hacks

Anyone who owns this overpriced, plastic, clam-shaped corded vaporizer knows what a PITA it can be. The pieces come apart far too easily; e.g.:

  1. the rubber sheathing on upper chamber pulls/twists off easily since the sheathing-chamber mating design is seriously flawed. The attempt to use a tooth-and-groove design here fails.
  2. the rubber sheathing is too thin to provide adequate protection from heat.
  3. the whip-chamber connection breaks easily when the whip is moved from one side of the unit to the other side or pulled up with little force. This causes the built-up, resinous material on the whip’s connector to spread along the surface of the unit, thus requiring clean-up.
  4. the cord detaches from the back of the unit with little force. The user must reattach the awkwardly positioned power connector.
  5. the chamber’s upper and lower pieces unscrew easily via movement of the attached whip causing loss of vapor pressure and leakage.
  6. the bag requires vertical-alignment assistance while being filled which is taxing to the user.
  7. the bags rapidly begin to deteriorate and leak vapor.
  8. the lcd screen’s auto-dimming is hardly effective at minimizing excess glare while on in a dark room.

Finally, all these troubles may be mitigated if one is simply inventive AND resourceful.
For tips to maximize the pleasurable leisure from your device, leave a comment.

Hint: rubber bands are more versatile than duct tape for this fix-it.


Connect PS3 controller to Win 8.1 via USB

I have Win 8.1 so the following tutorial will explain my successful process of getting the Dual Shock 3 with SixAxis PS3 controller to work with the Windows 8.1 OS.

You’re going to get the Microsoft XBox 360 controller driver from the Microsoft website:

You’ll need to disable digital signature verification: http://www.howtogeek.com/167723/how-to-disable-driver-signature-verification-on-64-bit-windows-8.1-so-that-you-can-install-unsigned-drivers/

Go here for full instructions and links for downloading and using the two gaming device emulator programs:

Download Better DS3.exe and MotioninJoy.exe and follow the instructions for using them on the aforementioned website.

Open task manager and ensure you have persistence module (aka igfxpers.exe) running. This will make sure your controller settings persist in the game.

You may “need to restart the computer to apply changes.”

You can verify that it’s working by clicking on the control panel button in the Better DS3 program. The status of the controller should say “OK,” and, if you click on “properties,” you can see your computer respond to the buttons and joysticks that you manipulate.

You can now use your PS3 controller on a Win 8.1 OS computer. Happy gaming, buds!