01 December, 2009

How to Switch to a Solid-State Drive - PCWorld Business Center

How to Switch to a Solid-State Drive - PCWorld Business Center

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30 October, 2009

Change the Default Picture Editor Program with Windows 7 - Vista - XP

You probably wanted to change your default picture editor application to something else then "Paint", which comes with all versions of Windows OS and is usually the default picture editor program. Yeah, but what is "Default Picture Editor?"... It is the default program that lunches, when you "right" click on a picture file, and you choose "Edit" from the drop down menu that appears. Or, when you are just looking at your pictures with Windows Picture Viewer and you click on "Edit", the default Picture editor application must start...

To use a program of your choice as a default editor, all you have to do is change a registry key in the Registry of your computer. Follow these steps to do that.

1- "Run" (windows key + r) and type "regedit"

2- From Regedit, browse until this branch


3-At right pane of the registry, you will se the "default" key with "%windir%\system32\mspaint.exe".

4- Double click on this key and change the value to the exact path of your application. In this example, I'll set my application to "Paint.Net" and it's already installed on my computer. My main .exe file which starts the program is "C:\Program Files\Paint.Net\PaintDotNet.exe" "%1"


5-Click on OK after changing the registry key value to the one that you want to set up. And you are all set to go.

Try to right click on a picture file and choose "Edit" from the menu and tell me please... What is yours? :)

Have a good one people...

Happy 40th Birthday, Internet!

Happy 40th Birthday, Internet!

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14 October, 2009

10 tips for improving your wireless network


"Wireless networks never reach the theoretical bandwidth limits. 802.11b networks typically get 2-5Mbps. 802.11g is usually in the 13-23Mbps range. Belkin's Pre-N equipment has been measured at 37-42Mbps."

Firefox 3.6 Detects Screen Orientation

Future iterations of Mozilla's browser, starting with the upcoming version 3.6, will be capable of detecting your computers orientation; Firefox will then use that real-time positioning information to impact how the browser displays applications and webpages.
The new feature, which was revealed by Mozilla's Christopher Blizzard on Monday, was originally developed for mobile browsers but has now been made available, via an API, for a range of devices including Macbooks, Thinkpads and Linux machines. Achieving the desired tilting effect is made possible due to the hardware being equipped with accelerometers, such as the Macbook Pro in the video below:

This new feature is just one of several ways Mozilla is taking Firefox beyond its typical application and exploring how its software can be used in a wider range of instances. Orientation technology could be seen in a number of situations such as on a tablet device, or in a range of browser based games.
More details, including how to make use of the API event, can be found over on Mozilla's Hacks blog. Firefox 3.6 is due for release later this year.


WSXGA and WXGA+ are non-standard terms referring to computer display resolutions. Usually they refer to a resolution of 1440x900[citation needed], but occasionally manufacturers use the terms to refer to other resolutions (for example, [1]). The Standard Panels Working Group refers to the 1440x900 resolution as WXGA(II)[1].

WSXGA and WXGA+ can be thought of as enhanced versions of WXGA with more pixels, or as widescreen variants of SXGA. The aspect ratios of each are 16:10 (widescreen).

WXGA+ (1440x900) resolution is common in 19" widescreen desktop monitors (a very small number of such monitors uses WSXGA+), and is also optional, although less common, in laptop LCDs, in sizes ranging from 12.1" to 17".

For more : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WSXGA_Wide_XGA%2B

08 August, 2009

Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.5.8 - by Dan Moren, Macworld.com


Windows 7 on BootCamp Sound Problems related to the Sound DRIVERS!!

I recently installed the Ultimate version of Windows 7 RM in English on my MacBook using the BootCamp of Apple. I already had too many experiences with installing Windows XP on a MAC, so i was quiet sure that i knew what i was doing when i all started the Windows 7 installation.

So, once i got the Windows 7 installed, i used the first Mac OS Installation CD to install all the necessary Apple drivers. When i ran the setup, first i got the incompatibility message but i choose the "continue anyway" (or something like that :) and everything went great... except the sound!Actually, i could see that the sound drivers seems to be ok in the Computer Management of Windows.
After a little Google search, i finally found that solution and i can guarantee you that this one is working...

- Install the latest Sound Drivers for Windows 7 ( DOWNLOAD FROM HERE )
- Sound Card Model : ALC5621

WinClone - Free Backup Utility For Apple's BootCamp Partitions

New Machine Setup a breezeIf you are in charge of setting up a bunch of machines with both Mac OS X and Bootcamp, Winclone will make your job a breeze. Simply create an image as you would for a backup, and Winclone will create the Windows partition and restore the OS and data onto the new partition.

Quick Lab DeploymentDeploy images with ARD: Using the included script and the image created with Winclone, you can easily send a new winclone image to a group of Intel Macs, imaging the entire lab in minutes.


Requires Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) New
Clone either FAT32 or NTFS partitions New
Mount images in the Finder New
Fixes boot issues automatically New
New preference window to fine tune your cloning New
Source partition is not changed when cloning (except for removal of pagefile.sys) New
Clone Windows XP or Windows Vista with ease.
Clone to your Bootcamp partition either on a separate drive or on the same that contains your Mac OS X partition.
Creates image documents that can be stored on any media and double-clicked to open in WinClone.
Verbose logging so you know what is going on
Built on the open source ntfstools
Fast: Restore a 10 GB image in less than 10 minutes.
Create a Bootcamp partition from within Winclone.
Do it all from the boot drive: You don't need to boot from a Firewire drive to clone the Windows partition.
Clean and uncomplicated interface

Totally FreeUse it for as long as you like, without any pesky reminders about paying fees. Share it with your friends. Be nice to one another.

04 August, 2009

Use your WebCam as a security CAM

Software can offer a definite piece of mind over browser-based solutions. Most of these apps can run quietly in the background, and can save footage to your hard drive for archiving. High-end Webcams often come with their own security software, so in the spirit of this guide, we're going with generic software that should work with any model:

Yawcam (PC) Yawcam is free and PC-only. It's a complex program but not too complex to set-up. The app lets you set whether you want to capture all of the motion within the frame or just a part of it. I used it to track motion in a specific part of my workplace: CNET colleague Rafe Needleman's office door. Any time he came in or out of his office it took a photo. At home this is more useful if you point it toward something like a door or entry way, which can keep it from picking up one of your pets moving around.
The app does an exceptional job at letting you pick various ways you want to be notified. You can have it upload screen shots to an FTP site or as an e-mail. It can also play any sound on your computer, or start another program (such as a lock-down or keyboard locking application).

I set mine up with Gmail, which was a snap. You just have to have plug in the outgoing settings on Google's help page and it will send a high-quality screen shot of whatever motion it's captured just a few seconds after it happens. Using this with your phone's e-mail address will give you a live alert and a saved copy of all the shots in Gmail's sent folder.

HomeCamera (PC) This software runs a streaming video client that can be accessed from any computer with a browser. You can view either live video or snapshots that can be taken at intervals or on-demand. HomeCamera's secret sauce is being able to e-mail you when you're not there. You can have it send you an SMS alert, or an e-mail--both of which can link to the video or a snapshot. You can also set it to record video or take sequential shots on a precise schedule.

Apple tried to silence family over exploding iPod

Father of an 11-year-old girl in the U.K. said Apple tried to keep him from speaking about his daughter's iPod after it exploded last month.

Speaking to The Times in the U.K., Ken Stanborough said after he dropped the iPod Touch, it began hissing and started to get hot. As a precaution, he threw the iPod outside and "within 30 seconds there was a pop, a big puff of smoke and it went 10 (feet) in the air," he said.

Apple agreed to give Stanborough a refund, but only if he signed a confidentiality agreement, agreeing not to disclose any information about the incident. Stanborough said he found the letter "appalling" and refused to sign it.

To be fair, letters from companies in situations like this are most likely standard procedure. However, this isn't the first time Apple has been accused of trying to stop people from reporting on faulty iPods.

Reporter Amy Clancy of KIRO-TV in Seattle said it took her more than seven months to get documents from the Consumer Product Safety Commission on iPods that mysteriously burst into flames. She said she had filed a Freedom of Information Act request, but Apple lawyers filed "exemption after exemption" with the commission to stop her from getting the over 800 pages of documents.

Clancy said the documents show 15 "burn and fire-related incidents" that iPod owners blamed on the device.

Apple declined to comment for this story.

30 July, 2009

RAM Choices - DDR2 or DDR3 ?

The memory market is in the process of transitioning from DDR2 memory to the more efficient and higher density DDR3 technology; this process will be underway until the end of the year. DDR2 is available at 800 and 1066 speeds, while DDR3 reaches from 800 to 1333. Faster products are still enthusiast-class premium products, as no platform offers official support for 1600+ speeds yet.

Both technologies are based on the double data rate principle, which means that they transfer data twice per clock cycle: during the rising and falling edge of the clock signal. Each new DDR memory generation is based on smaller transistors, decreased voltage levels and higher memory density. While the internal clock speeds don’t change, the clock speed at the interface (I/O buffer) has been increasing due to an increasing level of what is called prefetch. DDR3-1600 memory works on a physical memory clock of 200 MHz, but at a prefetch of eight. The interface runs at 800 MHz, but thanks to double data rate mode, this equals a 1600 MHz frequency. DDR2-800 also runs at a 200 MHz base clock, but with a prefetch of four.
As already mentioned, performance shouldn’t be the primary reason to switch from one memory generation to the next. Memory densities, however, are more interesting. While 1 GB DIMMs (1 Gbit ICs) can be considered mainstream in the DDR2 market, DDR3 memory will be the dominant technology once 2 GB DDR3 DIMMs become affordable, and once AMD has switched to it as well, later this year.

Which Memory Should You Buy?
However, the best deals on memory can clearly be found in the DDR2 mainstream. If budget is an issue, any 2x 1 GB DDR2 brand memory kit at DDR2-800 speed will do the job perfectly well. As you will see in the benchmark section, only significantly faster (and significantly more expensive) memory can deliver a tiny performance advantage. We don’t even recommend going for DDR3 motherboards, unless you’re purchasing something in the high-end. When you’re looking at several hundred dollars for a motherboard, and similar price points for a Core 2 Quad processor and decent system components, it is acceptable to spend some more on the memory. For anyone with a limited budget, though, it’s not.
2 GB memory kits offering two DDR2-800 modules start at approximately $75, which can be considered a bargain given that 2 GB of main memory is enough to run all sorts of mainstream applications and games. More memory, meaning 4 GB, requires a 64-bit operating system, because Windows XP and Windows Vista will only be able to handle 3 GB RAM when the 32-bit versions are used. Although the 64-bit versions are equally reliable, almost equally fast, and driver support has improved a lot, be sure you double check if your devices and applications will work in a 64-bit environment.