Category: Computers and Internet


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…

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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~

Difficulty: 1/5
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
Risk: 0/5

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!*

Difficiulty: 1/5
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

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

Introduction:
With the boom of netbook (Google It) (Wikipedia), Microsoft (Google it) (Wikipedia) has no choice but to make an OS that don’t eat resources for breakfast like what Windows Vista (Google it) (Wikipedia) is doing. While Windows 7 (Google it) (Wikipedia) did improves on resources usage, most of us will continue to install the latest super jumbo application just to do some simple stuff, making the effort of Microsoft with Windows 7 goes into drain. The objective of this series of articles is to introduce free software that use little resources but still able to do the stuff that we want to do using more mainstream or paid software, and also to let you know some useful yet easy to execute tweaks for Windows and some software for a fast and smooth computing experience. Some of us will replace Windows Vista or Windows 7 with the old but resource light Windows XP (Google It) (Wikipedia) on their netbook, and some still using Windows XP in their old computer. This series of articles will cater to both Windows XP and Windows 7 users. If you are still using Windows Vista, please do yourself a favor, upgrade to Windows 7. An article is belong to this series of articles if the title starts with “Optimizing netbooks and old computers to run faster, for free”

Web Browser

Undeniably, the second most important piece of software in our computer is the web browser. Most of us used to Internet Explorer (Google It) (Wikipedia) because it comes with Windows. Some of us who are more computer-savvy use Mozilla FireFox (Google It) (Wikipedia). FireFox was once a smooth and fast browser but over the years, the latest version v3.6.3 become so bloated and leaking memory that by just opening a single tab with main Facebook page in the “Most Recent” view left for 5 hours resulting it to occupying 620MB of my precious RAM. It’s no surprise that everyone is switching back to Internet Explorer or some other web browser such as Google Chrome (Google It) (Wikipedia). A company from Sweden, Opera Software (Google It) (Wikipedia) which is well-known for their web browser Opera Mini (Google It) (Wikipedia) and Opera Mobile (Google It) (Wikipedia) for mobile devices and also the web browser for Nintendo Wii (Google It) (Wikipedia) and Nintendo DS (Google It) (Wikipedia), do have a web browser for Windows too. It’s very fast and use very less resource compared to other web browser.


18 tabs with only 50MB of RAM usage (Click on the image to view full image.)

It’s highly recommended to try, if you want to try it but is hindered by the installation troublesome-ness, you can download the portable version at Opera@USB. Just unzip the file that you downloaded to a location you prefer (even on your thumbdrive!), then open the file opera.exe. If you like it, you can right click on the opera.exe file, then click “Create Shortcut”. You can then rename the shortcut and move to Desktop.



My renamed Opera browser icon.

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Recently, I have been bombarded with requests from many people to build them a sub-RM1.5k CPU (not including a monitor) for normal use. I have always told them that RM1.5k CPU is not only sufficient for normal use, but you can even watch 1080p videos and light gaming on it. Instead of repeating again and again, I decided to post up the components list to my blog in case I need to refer back. So below is my build of a sub-RM1.5k CPU that should last for 3 years if not 5, until it become obsolete. I referred the price from the pricelist from ViewNET (Google It) (correct at the time of writing), a computer shop based at LowYat Plaza (Google It) (Wikipedia). Their prices are among the cheapest but it’s not the reason I prefer them, it’s because their staff is the least sucky compared to all of the other shops in LowYat Plaza.

The components selected might not be the latest or the greatest available and have little to no upgrade capability, but rest-assured, it’s the best bang for bucks.

CPU – Intel® Pentium® Processor E6500RM234
Mobo – Gigabyte EP41-UD3LRM259
RAM – Kingston 2GB 800MHz DDR2 x2 – RM348
Display Card – Gigabyte GV-N220OC-1GIRM279
HDD – Western Digital 500GB SATARM139

All these amounts to RM1259, and with the reminder of the RM1.5k budget goes to your DVD drive, casing, power supply, keyboard and mouse of your choice. To fully utilize the computer computing capabilities, Windows 7 64-bits (Google It) is highly recommended.

Finally the long awaited final version of Microsoft Office 2010 (Google It) (Wikipedia) is released. Tremendous effort from Microsoft (Google it) (Wikipedia) to streamline the Fluent User Interface (Google It) (Wikipedia) across all Office application now. Yes, that’s include Microsoft Outlook (Google It) (Wikipedia)!

There’s a bunch of lists of what’s new in Office 2010 around the internet and I have posted a few of them below that I think you should check out. Home user might not really care about the “enterprise & developer” features of Office 2010, such as InfoPath (Google It) (Wikipedia), Visio (Google It) (Wikipedia), Project (Google It) (Wikipedia) and SharePoint Workspace (Google It) (Wikipedia) (new name for Groove (Google It) (Wikipedia)). But all those other new features really make it worthy to upgrade from Microsoft Office 2007 (Google It) (Wikipedia). Check out those links below and you will know what I mean. Office 2010 now comes with both 32-bits (Google It) (Wikipedia) and 64-bits (Google It) (Wikipedia) version. The 64-bits version can only be clean-installed (no upgrade) on 64-bits version of Windows Vista (Google it) (Wikipedia) and Windows 7 (Google it) (Wikipedia), but there’s no any real reason you want to install the 64-bits version instead of the 32-bits version anyway. Most plugins for Microsoft Office such as ODIR (Google It) and UBitMenu (Google It), will not even work on the 64-bits version (although I installed the 64-bits version, just for the kick…).

Here’s few links you should check it out:
Office 2010: A Complete Overview of What’s New
Office 2010 Beta: A Visual Tour of What’s New

As I now own a tablet with a 2 points capacitive multi-touchscreen (that I will put up a post about it soon), one particular application I want to highlight: Microsoft OneNote 2010 (Google It) (Wikipedia). Check out the screenshots below:

Besides Windows Journal (Google It) (Wikipedia), OneNote has now become my favorite note taking application.

Introduction:
With the boom of netbook (Google It) (Wikipedia), Microsoft (Google it) (Wikipedia) has no choice but to make an OS that don’t eat resources for breakfast like what Windows Vista (Google it) (Wikipedia) is doing. While Windows 7 (Google it) (Wikipedia) did improves on resources usage, most of us will continue to install the latest super jumbo application just to do some simple stuff, making the effort of Microsoft with Windows 7 goes into drain. The objective of this series of articles is to introduce free software that use little resources but still able to do the stuff that we want to do using more mainstream or paid software, and also to let you know some useful yet easy to execute tweaks for Windows and some software for a fast and smooth computing experience. Some of us will replace Windows Vista or Windows 7 with the old but resource light Windows XP (Google It) (Wikipedia) on their netbook, and some still using Windows XP in their old computer. This series of articles will cater to both Windows XP and Windows 7 users. If you are still using Windows Vista, please do yourself a favor, upgrade to Windows 7. An article is belong to this series of articles if the title starts with “Optimizing netbooks and old computers to run faster, for free

Anti-Virus

Let’s start the the most important piece of software in our computer – an anti-virus (AV) software to protect ourselves and our computer. The best free AV for Windows will be from the maker of Windows themselves: Microsoft with their Microsoft Security Essential (MSE) (Google It) (Wikipedia) is not only light weighed and use less resource but it also offer real time protection and have good detection rate too. Unlike other free Anti-Virus such as AVG Free (Google It) (Wikipedia), Avast Free (Google It) (Wikipedia) or Avira AntiVir Personal (Google It) (Wikipedia), MSE is less cumbersome, less nagging, almost zero configuration, you don’t even notice it once you installed it, until it detected a virus and needs your attention. It update itself silently via Windows Update (Google It) (Wikipedia).

You can download this piece of fine and free AV at the official website.

If you have other free AV installed into your computer, please uninstall it first before you install MSE.

Support link to clean uninstall other free AV:
Avasthttp://www.avast.com/uninstall-utility
AVGhttp://www.avg.com/my-en/download-tools

To uninstall other paid AV (You don’t really want to replace the software that you already paid, do you? But just in case…):
Bitdefenderhttp://www.bitdefender.com/KB333-en–How-to-uninstall-BitDefender.html
Kasperskyhttp://support.kaspersky.com/faq/?qid=208279463
Mcafeehttp://service.mcafee.com/FAQDocument.aspx?id=TS100507
NOD 32http://kb.eset.com/esetkb/index?page=content&id=SOLN2289
Nortonhttp://service1.symantec.com/support/tsgeninfo.nsf/docid/2005033108162039
Panda Securityhttp://support.us.pandasecurity.com/retail/Templates/uninst.htm
Trend Microhttp://esupport.trendmicro.com/Pages/How-do-I-uninstall-my-Trend-Micro-Home-and-Home-Office-program-if-the.aspx

 

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