22 July 2009

Installing Windows XP using an external USB CD-ROM, DVD-ROM drive.

I just recently bought a new Panasonic external DVD drive for the computer lab since most of the old computers in the lab have no cd-rom. I was confident that I can already use it to reformat some computers. But I can't install OS from it. So How do we get the Windows boot CD to boot off from an external CDROM if the BIOS doesn't suppor booting from USB? Here are the steps I found that will save you a lot of time and frustration.

1. Download the USB DOS driver and Save the file to your hard drive.
2. Use Winzip to extract the file. If you do not have the Winzip program you may get a shareware version here.
3. Extract the file, then open the folder named USBboot and execute the rawrite2.exe.
4. When prompted for the image name, enter dosboot.img
5. Enter the floppy drive as your destination drive, which in general is the A:
6. When it is done, reboot with this disk to use the USB devices.
7. If everything went well, you should have a drive R: for the CDROM drive. You are now ready to copy the I386 folder from the Windows 2000 or XP installation CD to the hard drive.
8. Hard Drives will most likely be C: (the next letter available).
9. At the prompt, go to the CDROM drive (R:) and run “Xcopy *.* /s C:”
10. Now go to the I386 folder (C:I386) then type Winnt.
11. Installation should now start. Follow instruction from your Operating System manual on how to install the OS. (Installation will take some time, Please be patient)


21 July 2009

How to Configure Two Linksys Wireless Routers on One Network?

I was tasked to install the two new linksys wireless routers in our school yesterday. I really had a hard time how to configure the second router as an extension from the main router in the computer lab using one network. It was such a headache. I asked helped from friends who can give me an idea on how to configure it. I tried to change the IP address but to no avail.

This is what I did today. After I configured the main router in the computer lab, I used a cross over cable from the ethernet port of the main router to one of the ethernet port of the second router which is placed in the faculty room. Then I used a straight through cable to connect from one of the ethernet ports of the second router to the switch hub in the adminstration office. It worked!!!


15 July 2009

Google Chrome OS is Coming!

Google confirmed that they will be launching an operating system (known as Google Chrome OS) that will provide PC and laptop users with an alternative to Microsoft’s various Windows operating systems.

Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year they will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Because they are already talking to partners about the project, and they will soon be working with the open source community, they wanted to share their vision now so everyone understands what they are trying to achieve.

Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. They’re designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. And as they did for the Google Chrome browser, they are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don’t have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work.

Source: IneedHits


14 July 2009

Google Chrome: a new web browser for Windows

I am using google chrome now as my default browser for the past few days. It's really cool! Find more of its features and try it yourself!


13 July 2009

Set Explorer Multiple Homepages

Many web browsers like Mozilla Firefox but now Internet Explorer 7.0 also allow you to set the multiple home pages. You can open all home pages at the same time; this is great option to open your favorite websites with a single click. But you have option to set single home page according to your need.

Follow the given steps to set multiple home pages in Internet Explorer.

* First open the Internet Explorer 7 and go to the option Tools then click on Internet Options.

* Select the General tab, here you will get option "To create home page tabs, type each address on its own line" and type the URL in the Home page section.

* Type one URL in one line then press Enter to type another URL. Press Ok to finish.


10 July 2009

Half of Americans Use Vibrators, Study Claims

About half of American adults indicate using a vibrator, according to a new survey that sheds light on acts that take place beneath the covers and behind closed doors.

The survey was funded, however, by Church and Dwight Co. Inc., maker of Trojan brand sexual health products. It finds it's not just women taking advantage of the battery-operated tickle toy. Forty-five percent of men said they'd employed a vibrator, with most heterosexual men doing so during foreplay or intercourse with a female partner. About 17 percent of men said they used a vibrator for solo masturbation.

And while vibrators are often hidden in sock drawers or beneath the bed, the study results suggest their use is a sign of a positive and healthy sex life. In fact, female vibrator users were significantly more likely to have had a gynecological exam during the past year and to have performed genital self-examination during the previous month.

Women who used vibrators also reported better sex, including higher sexual desire and arousal, as well as orgasm. However, there was no significant difference in general sexual satisfaction between female vibrator users and non-users.

"The study about women's vibrator use affirms what many doctors and therapists have known for decades — that vibrator use is common, it's linked to positive sexual function such as desire and ease of orgasm, and it's rarely associated with any side effects," said study researcher Debby Herbenick, associate director of Indiana University's Center for Sexual Health Promotion.

The new results are based on two studies, one surveying more than 2,000 women and the other more than 1,000 men (ages 18 to 60), both of which are published this week in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
Some other findings included:

- More than 50 percent of women participants had used a vibrator, with nearly one in four having done so in the past month.

- More than 70 percent of women reported having never experienced any side effects associated with vibrator use. (Those side effects that were reported were typically rare and of a short duration, including mild genital numbness, irritation, or inflammation.)

- About 45 percent of men, both gay and heterosexual, reported incorporating a vibrator into sexual activities.

- Of men who have used vibrators, 10 percent had done so in the past month, about 14 percent in the past year and about 21 percent more than one year ago.

- Men who reported having used vibrators, particularly those with more recent use, were more likely to report participation in sexual health promoting behaviors, such as testicular self-exam.

- Men who had used vibrators recently also scored themselves higher on four of the five factors used to measure sexual function (erectile function, intercourse satisfaction, orgasmic function and sexual desire).

Source: LiveScience


How to insert YouTube movies into PowerPoint slides?

You can insert the YouTube movies into your PowerPoint slides to express your idea or better way to communicate something. You can convey these ideas in more effective ways, if you are using movie files with your simple slides.

Follow the given steps to add YouTube movies into PowerPoint slides:

First of all download the YouTube.com movies and then save on your computer hard drive. Mostly movies are available in flash video file format on YouTube site. You can convert also the downloaded movies from YouTube into any common format, for example, windows media video file (wmv), windows video file (avi) and movie file (mpeg).First of all open the presentation in which you want to insert movie file.

Now click on "Movies and Sounds" option from the Insert" menu and choose the option "Movie from File".

Now select your movie that you want to insert into slide and click on Ok button.

Here now you are asked "Do you want your movie to play automatically in the slide show? If not, it will play when you click it."

Recommend choosing Ok button to play automatically even if you want the movie to play when clicked.Finally save your PowerPoint presentation and run it for test.


Papaya Juice: Cure for Dengue

You may have heard this elsewhere but if not I am glad to inform you that papaya juice is a natural cure for dengue fever. As dengue fever is rampant now, I think it's good to share this with all.

It's believed one's body would be overheated when one is down with dengue and that also caused the patient to have fever papaya juice has cooling effect. Thus, it helps to reduce the level of heat in one's body, thus the fever will go away. It's also good when one is having sore throat or suffering from heat.

Get raw papaya leaves, 2pcs just cleaned and pound and squeeze with filter cloth. You will only get one tablespoon per leaf. So two tablespoon per serving once a day. Do not boil or cook or rinse with hot water, it will loose its strength. Only the leafy part and no stem or sap. It is very bitter and you have to swallow it like "Won Low Kat". But it works.

It's great if such natural cure could help to ease the sufferings of dengue patients.Furthermore it's so easily available. Blend them and squeeze the juice! It's simple and miraculously effective!!


Mosquito trap (Dengue prevention)

It's just a mix of water, brown sugar and yeast.

1. Cut a plastic bottle in half, keep both parts. Can be Coca Cola / Pepsi bottle.
2. Take the lower portion of the bottle. Dissolve the brown sugar in hot water. Let it cool down to ~70 degF. 3. Add the yeast. Carbon dioxide will form (This will attract the mosquitos)
4. Cover the bottle with a dark wrap and place the top portion upside down like a funnel. Place it in a corner in your house.
5. In 2 weeks you will be surprised by the number of mosquitos killed.


09 July 2009

How to back up your Yahoo!, MSN, ICQ Messengers?

MSN, Yahoo and other messenger that you can use to send message to other people who are online. Your message delivered immediately to other person, when other give you response then it is just as in a face-to-face conversation. With the help of messenger you can do much more than send text messages to other people. You can send audio and video files and conversations, place a phone call from your computer all over the world, hold an online meeting, play games, share programs that are installed on your computer, and more.

But interesting thing is that you can backup copy of your text message, audio, video conversation and your messenger's contact list, to be able to recover your contacts after a computer crash, a virus or system re-installation. Backing up your messenger data can be quite a challenging task. But the important thing to remember when you install your messengers is that always install it on other drive than system drive like on D:\ or E:\ drive, because most messengers usually keep its data either under the folder they are installed in or under one of the user profile folder subfolders. Typically, your computer will offer you path like this.

C:\Program Files\
C:\Documents and Settings\User Name\

But you change your messengers installation pate like


08 July 2009

Speed up your Broadband internet connection

You can increase the speed of your broadband internet connection, if you are using windows XP on your computer. This is built-in feature of windows XP to reserve the 20 percent of bandwidth of your internet connection, but you can override of this default setting. By enabling these setting, you can use this reserve bandwidth and enjoy your speedy broadband internet connection. You can set reserve able limit from 0 to 100 percent, but if you want to enjoy 100 percent bandwidth of internet connection, you should configure bandwidth limit 0 percent.

Follow the given steps to configure bandwidth limit:
* First click on Start button then type "GPedit.msc" in Run option and press Enter.

* Under "Local Computer Policy" expand the "administrative templates".
* Here in right side window expand the "Network" then highlight the "QoS Packet Scheduler"
* Now again in right side window, double click on "limit reservable bandwidth".
* Under the "Limit reservable bandwidth properties" dialog box check "enabled"™ then change the "Bandwidth limit %" to zero.
* Now close the Group Policy editor and restart your compute, after any changes to go into effect.


How to convert word files into PDF?

You can convert your reports, spreadsheets and any word files into Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf). There are many free and paid software’s available to convert normal files into .pdf, for example you can download “Universal Converter Software” free trial. Using this converter you can convert your web pages, emails, books any others important documents into .pdf.
Benefits of .PDF

PDF files are platforms independent, for example if you are creating your resume in Microsoft windows, and you obviously wants that your resume look the same on all platforms, whether computer has Mac, Linux and Microsoft windows. PDF is the great way to send your important documents to others in same and secure ways.

PDF can not be modified in text or formatting in new style without your permission. Internet users prefer the .pdf format because they can download it easily in Adobe Reader.

Follow the given steps to convert word file into PDF.

* First download the “Universal Converter Software” and install onto your computer.
* Now open any word document and press the File and then click on Print option to open printer dialog box.

* Here select the “Universal Document Converter” from the printer list and press Properties button to select the “Document to PDF, Color, and Multipage” profile.

* Now press the Ok button to start the converting process into PDF.


06 July 2009

Top 10 Causes Your Computer Slows

1. System Start-up packed with too many applications (Start-up overload)
Over time, as you add more and more programs to your computer, many of these applications automatically add themselves to your Windows Start-up folder. Additionally, these applications can add themselves quietly to a hidden area of your Windows Start-up system (accessed via the MSCONFIG run command). In extreme cases your PC will appear completely frozen.

2. Spyware
Malicious programs that stealthily embed themselves into your Windows Registry and core file system are the number two most common cause of a slow PC or poor PC performance.

These applications are usually installed without your knowledge or consent during the installation of a “free” application you’re trying out, or pushed out automatically in the background when you visit websites that engage in this practice without the user’s knowledge.
These spyware programs must be removed as soon as possible to return your PC to top running speed, and before they damage your file system.
In some cases they can be removed by manually editing the Windows core file system and registry or by using an automatic spyware remover like XoftspySE, our favorite pick for spyware removal and cleaning.

3. Corrupted/Bloated Windows Registry
The Windows Registry is the master control center for your operating system and applications it runs. Corruption or overload registry issues can cause all sorts of pc performance problems, including poor application startup times, slow Windows start-up, extremely slow shut down, inability to resume from computer sleep and more.

Cleaning, compacting, and optimizing your Windows registry can go a long way to dramatically speeding up your computer’s performance, start-up and shutdown speed.

4. Badly Fragmented Hard Drive
The sixth most common reason for a slow PC is hard drive and file system fragmentation. Over time, your computer’s files can be scattered into bits and pieces located all over your hard drive. This is called fragmentation. Windows has a built in tool to help you with hard drive defragmentation:

* Open My Computer,* Right-click once on your C: Drive and go down to “Properties”* Select the “Tools” tab and choose the “Defragment Now” option and follow the step by step instructions.

5. Poor Security Software that is stealing system resources
Unfortunately, a large number of security software programs and suites out there demand a huge portion of your system resources and memory. This can lead to sluggish performance from the rest of your PC while your security software is constantly scanning and monitoring your computer for threats.
While threat detection is essential, some security vendors go overboard with their approach and drag your PC down with them.

To see how much memory and system resources your security software is using, press and hold CTRL+ALT+DELETE and choose the task manager.

Once the task manager is open look at the “processes” section to see how much of your system resources are being used by your security apps.

6. Remnants of uninstalled programs
Uninstalling an application either via the control panel or the application’s start menu folder has been known to leave behind remnants of the uninstalled program. These remnants can slow down your computer while Windows tries to figure out what to do with them. Additionally, residue of old program stays behind in your system registry, clogging up your PC’s core.

7. Pagefile
The Windows page file is a temporary area of memory that your computer uses to move files around while it processes functions. Basically, it’s a buffer that your computer uses for wiggle room. If your Pagefile is too small, your operating system won’t have enough room to move and you could end up with poor performance and error messages.

To increase the size of your Pagefile:
* Right-click on “My Computer” and go down to “Properties”* Click the “Advanced” tab* Click “Settings” under the “Performance” section* Click the “Advanced” button* Click “Change” under “Virtual Memory”

8. Hard Drive getting full and too many internet temp and windows temp files
If your hard drive has less than 10% free space, you will experience a dramatic slowdown in the performance of your PC. To improve this, free up some space by removing old documents you no longer use or programs that are no longer needed.

9. Virus
Closely related to Spyware, viruses can wreak havoc on your system’s performance and severely limit your PC’s ability to do what you ask it to.

Typically, viruses get onto your computer via infected email or instant messages, although they can also be installed via applications or files that you download from file-sharing networks and other non-trusted web sites.

10. Hardware Problems
The fourth most common cause of a slow or freezing computer is gradually dying internal hardware components. These can often show up in the form of slow boot and shut down, as well as poor program launches riddled with errors.
There are very few hardware diagnostic utilities out there, so we recommend careful removal of any newly installed pc components to see if they are causing a problem or incompatibility. Other than that, taking your PC to a certified, trusted hardware repair shop is usually a good idea.

Source: PC Tips Box


Windows Repair Installation

Sometimes windows missing the startup files due to the power failure, virus's attack and any illegal action by user. You can solve the windows startup problem by running the windows repair installation. Almost all windows serious problem can be solved using windows repair function. For repair windows XP, you should have the bootable windows CD.

First boot your computer using bootable windows XP, CD. To boot from CD, first change the booting order setting in your system BIOS.

When first blue screen will appear, do not choose any option here; simply press the Enter button to go for next option.
Next you will get "Windows License agreement" page, simply press F8 button to accept this agreement.

Now in second blue screen press the R on your keyboard to repair the windows XP installation. This recovery function repaired the all-missing windows features.

In half an hour windows will complete all recovery process. This recovery process will not disturb your Desktop and My Document data. Maybe some windows setting will change after the process has been completed.


05 July 2009

New Site for Filipino Wii Users

By Alexander Villafania

FROM PinoyPSX to PinoyXbox, now comes a new forum site that is hoping to tap into Filipino lovers of the new Nintendo Wii, simply called PinoyWii (http://www.pinoywii.com/).

Incidentally, the forum owner, Christian De Vera, is residing in the US. He started the forum, which is actually a blog, in the hopes of getting Filipino Wii owners to connect to Wii channels, the Wii’s main interface and serves as an Internet browser if connected online.

In an e-mailed interview, De Vera said the site was launched on December 6, 2006 and said it already has a few members, mostly Filipinos but are located in the US. “The Wii isn't widely available in the Philippines but many of the comments are from the Philippines.” De Vera also said that PinoyWii.com is part of a network of Pinoy sites under KissNewMedia.com (www.kissnewmedia.com) and will be cross promoted.

However, the KissNewMedia site is almost completely empty of other sections and so far does not even have a link to PinoyWii.com. On the other hand, De Vera said he is working on a gallery to collect console numbers and Filipino-made “Miis” or virtual avatars for online gaming. So far, there are a few Miis of Filipino Wii owners and even a Mii of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo can be viewed from the site. He said he hopes to finish the site’s architecture and get contributors. With these, he hopes to better entice Filipino Wii users to log in.

De Vera said that the Internet has brought a lot of awareness about the global online video game community to Filipinos. Consequently, he hopes that video games would also be considered spectator sports in the Philippines, though it could take a while. “I would also like to see a 100-percent original game developed in the Philippines hit it big time,” De Vera also said.

Most surprising, though, is that De Vera claims he is not a hard core gamer and said he plays less than five hours a day. The Wii is the only game console that he currently owns though his reason for owning it is largely due to the Wii’s motion sensitive “Wii-mote” controller.

“My last console was a PS1. I got turned off by the complexity and stress some games can give you. I have an outside life and use games to relive stress. They shouldn't add to it…. The Wii has made video games fun again for me,” De Vera said.


How to detect viruses in a computer using multiple antivirus engines?

Virus detection and its removal are made through an antivirus program which finds out viruses in a computer and then possibly removes or repairs the virus problem. But today an interesting tip, how to scan your system without any installed antivirus program. You can scan any specific file for viruses, malware, worms and trojans on your system without any preloaded antivirus protection.

VirusTotal is a free service that facilitates you for quick scan to detect viruses, malware, worms and trojans. VirusTotal will analyze your system files using multiple antivirus engines. VirusTotal is not a proper substitute of installed antivirus program, because this service works only when you will be connected to internet.

Now open the VirusTotal site to start scan process.

Now under the "Upload the file" section, click on browse button to select the virus affected file and press "Send File" button.

Here VirusTotal will takes some time to upload file (depends upon the file size and internet speed).

Now scanning process will be started to scan affected file.

It will again takes some time to scan affected file using latest antivirus version and gives you detailed results from each antivirus engine with statistics.


02 July 2009

Stick Figure Fighting

Since after I attended an Animation Training, I got interested with stick figures already. Below is a video of stick figure fighting.


01 July 2009

How to send a voice mail to your friend using Windows XP?

E-mail is a most popular and effective way to communicate with others through the internet. You can send documents, pictures and other types of files to any destination but the interesting thing is that you can send also your voice in a mail by attaching the file with e-mail. In windows XP, you can record your voice using Sound Recorder and a microphone options.

Follow the given steps to record your voice in windows XP:

To use this feature, you will need to be logged into your computer with administrative rights.

To start recording process, first make sure you have attached a microphone to your computer.

First click on Start button> All programs> Accessories> click Entertainment and then click on Sound Recorder option.

Now a small "Sound - Sound Recorder" will appear, go to File menu and click on New to start a new file for recording.

Click on Record button to start recording process and start talking then click on Stop button to stop the recording.

Now again click on File menu to save this file with .wav extension to a folder of your choice.

Now send this voice file as an attachment via e-mail message to your friends.


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