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Despite Microsoft’s promise of Windows 8 full compatibility with Window 7, I have few compatibility issues.

Mainly:

– VMware Workstation unable to bridge host and VM’s network connection.
– TightVNC refused to work.

This two main issue has me reverting back to Windows 7 on my main desktop.
What a sad test.

EDIT: I managed to solve this 2 main compatibility issue. The quest to explore Windows 8 as my main workstation, continues…

If you are using Opera 11 (Google It) (Wikipedia), you might find this “Reload All tabs” button useful.
Works like normal “Reload” button, but when you click and hold the button, it reload all tabs.

Steps:
1) Go to this post (http://my.opera.com/community/forums/topic.dml?id=265206&t=1307669955&page=1#comment2969169)

2) Click on the link show as per below:
Click on the link!

3) Then click on “OK” on the windows below:
Click on "OK"!

4) You will see a windows as per below come out. Drag the button to your existing toolbar as per shown:
Drag it~!

5) Then as per shown below, right-click on your old “Reload” button, click “Customize“, then click “Remove From Toolbar
Remove old button!

6) Now you have a new, better reload button!
New button!

Surf intelligently~

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Risk: 0/5

For whatever reason that you need a detailed information on your computer (eg: before sending your computer to your personal and free computer technician to fix, you do not want to embarrass yourself by not even knowing how big is your hard drive, do you?), If you are using Windows 7 (Google It) (Wikipedia), you can follow a guide below and send the report generated to your poor personal and free computer technician to analyze the condition of your computer.

Type “perfmon /report” to your search box and press enter:

You will see something like this:

After a minute, you will see something like this:

Click on ‘File’ then ‘Save As’:

Save the file and then send it to the poor guy:

Help us to help you!

Difficulty: 1/5
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State when received:

Watafak happened: Cant load pass the Health Warning Screen.

Troubleshooting done: Used SaveMiiFree and able to see the version number, in this case, it’s v3.2U.

Early Hypothesis: Simple stuff, Banner bricked by the owner who think s/he can hack a Wii easily.

What is done to fix it:
– Used a LoadMii autoboot disc on a WiiKey modded DVD Drive.
– Load Any Title Deleter and delete the stubbed IOS16 and IOS36.
– Load Wad Manager on cIOS 249 and install IOS16-64-v257-prod.wad and IOS36-64-v1042.wad.
– Autoboot Nintendo Backup Disc v1.31 and select "Delete All" (Basically just format the whole Wii as I’m lazy to search which is the corrupted data, just delete all.)
– Installed bootmii and priloader (to protect the wii owner’s sorry ass from bricking it again!)
– Removed all stubbed IOS.
– Installed Hermes cIOS v4. (For forward compability with USB loading apps)

There, fixed!

What can be further done but I’m lazy: Update it to v4.3 with all the application updated to support v4.3. (A several hours process, it’s not my Wii so I don’t care! I’m doing this for FREE and I don’t even know who is the owner who think s/he is farken clever!)

-Pip_X-

I totally don’t understand why the movie is called The Karate Kid (Google It) (Wikipedia) when the fighting and the tournament is obviously Kung Fu (Google It) (Wikipedia). Ok the plot might be similar to the original 1984 movie, but can’t they just name it something like The Kung Fu Kid, like in China, just not to confuse the local audience? Anyway, this latest Jackie Chan (Google It) (Wikipedia) movie again shows that he is really getting rusty and don’t have fast reflex as he used to portray. Is he really going to retire soon? The kid hero in the movie look so weak; his punches and kicks is so weak that it’s really quite impossible for him to win against all those tougher looking opponents who hit people faces and bodies with DABUMMMM sound, can feel the pain just by watching it. Then there’s romance between the kid hero and a similar aged girl. I shouted to my friend in the cinema: "Dude, wataf’k they know about love and romance? They are just 12 years old! Doesn’t even have pubic hair yet!" ……. It’s the Hollywood elements like this keep on encouraging people doing stupid stuff and making mistakes because they thinks it’s cool to do so. I really hope movie such as this don’t get into the cinema often, but who am I to say so? There’s already a sequel in making.

Plot & Synopsis from moviefone.com:
When a 12-year-old from Detroit moves to China with his mother and incurs the wrath of the class bully at his new school, he makes an unlikely ally in the form of his aging maintenance man, a kung fu master who teaches him the secrets to self-defense. Upon arriving at his new school, Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) develops a powerful crush on pretty classmate Mei Ying. The feeling is mutual, although the cultural divide between Dre and Mei Ying makes a friendship unlikely, and romance impossible. When cruel classmate and kung fu prodigy Cheng learns of Dre’s feelings for Mei Ying, he harasses and humiliates the young outsider in front of the entire school. With no one to turn to for help, Dre confides his fears in kindly maintenance man Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), a kung fu master who knows that serenity and maturity — not punches and power — are the true keys to mastering the martial arts. As Dre prepares to face down his intimidating tormentor, he begins to realize that the real fight is just beginning.
Mutual feeling my S. Wataf’k 12 years old knows anything about love?

Adobe (Google It) (Wikipedia) has just released the updated final new version of Flash plugin (Google It) (Wikipedia) for web browser. This new version is not only more secure, it is also faster, leveraging your GPU resources to display videos, provided your GPU and it’s driver support it. GPU = Graphic Processing Unit = Graphic Card. To those who are not aware, Flash plugin is the component in a Web browser which allow it to view videos (youtube.com), play flash games (Farmville, Mafia Wars) and interactive content (various website, especially movies official site). This update is highly recommended.

Instruction:
– Download both file via the links below.
– Close all your web browser.
– Install both file.
– Restart PC if needed.

http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/licensing/win/install_flash_player_10_active_x.exe http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/install_flash_player.exe

*Mafia Wars LEVEL UP!*

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Risk: 1/5

For those who are really interested to try/use Windows 7 (Google It) (Wikipedia) but are too broke to buy it, there’s totally legal way to use the trial version of Windows 7 forever.

Microsoft have a trail version of Windows 7 Enterprise that you can install and use for 90 days before the trail expire. You can download it from Microsoft here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/cc442495.aspx (you need to sign via your Windows Live ID before you can download). Burn the disc image that you have downloaded and install from it. You will be able to use the full-featured version of Windows 7 Enterprise without any restrictions for 90 days. You will see the trail information watermark at the lower right part of your desktop.

Windows 7 Enterprise is the business-user equivalent of Windows 7 Ultimate for end-user. The differences between both version apart of the legal mumbo-jumbo is that you wont be able to find Enterprise at normal computer shop, as it’s only obtainable if your company have purchased Microsoft Software Assurance, and the preloaded games is not turned on by default. To compare to Home Premium version that comes with most of the recent new computer purchased, please click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_7_editions#Comparison_chart

Brief visual summary of Windows 7 Enterprise features.

For me, the biggest feature of Enterprise/Ultimate over Home Premium is the ability to run XP Mode and Multilingual User Interface:

Windows 7’s interface in Japanese.

Why not forever as per mentioned in the title? Once your trail of 90 days almost expire, search for “cmd.exe” then right-click on it and click on “Run as administrator”:

When you see the command prompt come out, just type “slmgr –rearm” without the quotes and then press enter:

You will then received a message saying that the command completed successfully, just press on “OK” then restart your computer. You will now enjoy another 90 days of Windows 7 free trail!

You can do this for like 3 times and Windows won’t allow you to do it anymore. Just follow the steps below to trick Windows to extend the trail period:
1. Press F8 repeatably after you started up your computer to display the Advanced Boot Options
2. Select Repair your Computer
3. Select the keyboard input method
4. Enter the Windows Login details
5. Note on which drive the OS is installed below Choose Recovery Option
6. Click on Command Prompt
7. Type driveletter:reset (example C:reset or D:reset) and press Enter
8. Click on Restart button
9. After logon, ignore the watermark & wait for a while till a Message Box is displayed.

There you go, free trail of full-featured Windows 7 forever!

Please be aware that you cannot upgrade this version of Windows 7 to a RETAIL version. It will stay in this state forever unless you format and fresh install another version of Windows 7

For more info: Windows 7 Enterprise 90-day Trial FAQ’s

Be a legal pirate.

Difficulty: 2/5
Risk: 2/5

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (Google It) (Wikipedia) has a very good storyline eventhough it doesn’t have many Computer Graphics (Google It) (Wikipedia) CG mumbo-jumbo like most of the recent movies have. I played a few Prince of Persia games before, the hero in the movie does not give me the same feeling as the hero in the games. Jake Gyllenhaal (Google It) (Wikipedia) is too…girly for the role? But still, the movie is good on it’s own, even without the name "Prince of Persia" on it.
 
Ubisoft’s popular video-game series of the same name gets adapted for the big screen in this sweeping fantasy adventure starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton. The setting is sixth century Persia. A nefarious nobleman covets the Sands of Time, a legendary gift from the gods that allows its possessor to turn back time. Whoever owns the Sands of Time has the power to rule the world, and this villainous lord would use that power to enslave all of humanity. The only person capable of defeating this tyrant and saving the world is Dastan (Gyllenhaal), a youthful prince. Now, with plucky princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton) by his side, Dastan will attempt to prevent the Sands of Time from falling into the wrong hands. Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) directs a script penned by Carlo Bernard, Doug Miro, Jordan Mechner, and Boaz Yakin.
 

Nagasarete Airantou (Google It) (Wikipedia) is yet another a-loser-guy-with-a-bunch-of-girls anime. It’s not un-enjoyable though. Even if you are sick of the a-loser-guy-with-a-bunch-of-girls genre, you should check out this anime because the story set in a very different urban environment, that I have always dreamed to live at. All those character’s voice are in a way, cute and charismatic. Highly recommended if you need some good laugh.

Plot from wikipedia.org:
Nagasarete Airantō revolves around Ikuto Tōhōin, the main protagonist, who ran away from home because of a fight with his father. Due to a life-long dream of wanting to board a ship, Ikuto decides to take a vacation on a cruise ship; the ship is suddenly hit by a huge storm, throwing Ikuto overboard. He wakes up the next day to discover he is on an uncharted island populated by girls. Ikuto finds himself to be extremely popular on the island, due to the fact that no other men currently live there. As a result, nearly the entire island starts pressuring Ikuto to become their husband — all except a young girl named Suzu and her extremely old grandmother. Suzu’s grandmother decides that Ikuto will live with Suzu for the time being, but Ikuto initially finds it difficult to adjust, especially with the entire island population after him night and day. Meanwhile, Suzu does her best to protect Ikuto from the masses. However, Ikuto still does not want to stay on the island, and soon after arriving, he attempts to leave by boat, but discovers the island is completely surrounded by whirlpools and tornadoes, eliminating escape by sea or air, thus impossible to leave. With no other choice, Ikuto starts to settle into life on the island.

 

 

If you own a touch-enabled computer (computer with touch-screen), you will notice that beside Microsoft (Google it) (Wikipedia) first party application, almost all other third party application made by other software vendor do not support pan scrolling (scroll by holding finger/stylus on the touch-screen then move it up or down). One of the most used application on our computer is the web browser. Internet Explorer 8 (Google It) (Wikipedia) do support pan scrolling by default but some of us prefer to use other faster web browser, such as Opera (Google It) (Wikipedia). Opera do support pan scrolling but it’s not turned on by default and the option to turn it on is hidden quite deep in Opera configuration page. To show only that option, enter this to Opera’s address bar: opera:config#Scroll Is Pan . You will see a checkbox to turn on the “Scroll Is Pan”. Tick the checkbox then click on “Save” to save the setting.

The reason Opera do not have this option turned on by default is once this option is on, you cannot select text anymore. When you try to select text, it will just scroll instead. In order to select text, you will have to turn off this option. It’s very troublesome to always go to the configuration page to un-tick the checkbox and save it just to turn off the option. Fortunately we can create a button to temporary turn off the option. For that purpose, enter this to Opera’s address bar: opera:/button/Override%20Scroll%20Is%20Pan,,,,%22View%20flat%22 , then click on the address link to install the custom button.

EDIT: Opera 11 users must use the button found here: Toggle Scroll Is Pan Button Once you are in the website, click on “Scroll Is Pan” button.

You will see the “My Buttons” prompt come out. Just drag the icon to anywhere you like for easy access:

The icon will only temporary override the Scroll Is Pan setting, every new tab that you open will still be in Scroll Is Pan mode until you click on the button to override it. To permanently turn off this option, you will have to go to opera:config#Scroll Is Pan again, un-tick the checkbox and save the setting.

Happy touching your computer!

Difficulty: 1/5
Risk: 1/5