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Itunes Plus –> DRM free! May 30, 2007

Posted by ronandi in Applications, Cool, News.

The important stuff:

Apple launched its DRM-free music tracks from EMI’s digital catalog on its iTunes Plus site Wednesday, keeping its promise that it would offer the music files in the month of May.

The DRM-free songs, which feature high quality 256 kbps AAC encoding, are offered at $1.29 per song; iTunes will continue to offer its five million-plus songs in 128 kbps AAC encoding at 99 cents a song. Consumers can upgrade previously purchased EMI songs to iTunes Plus tracks for 30 cents a song and about $3 for an album.

Apple noted that iTunes Plus songs can be played on iPods, Mac and Windows computers, and widescreen TVs outfitted with Apple TV technology. The company said the songs can also be played on the Apple iPhone, which is scheduled to launch in late June.

This is great news for Itunes users like me who currently have to take “a long way around” to bypass DRM and play their files on other platforms. Sure its a bit more money, but I may end up buying a couple and see if its really worth it.

Thanks for reading!


How to Make Windows XP Startup Faster & How to make applications start more quickly May 23, 2007

Posted by ronandi in Applications, Cool.

Do you get frustrated while you wait around for your slow Windows XP computer to startup? Windows XP will automatically load and startup any program that is in the startup folder whether you intend to use it or not. This article will show you how to speed up the bootup process of your PC by removing the programs that bog it down.

What to do….

1. Close all currently open applications.
2. Click Start->Run, and enter msconfig. This will start the system configuration utility.


Turn off your computer from a cell phone. May 22, 2007

Posted by ronandi in Applications, Cool.

Power I read about this online a little while ago, and found it really cool. Using this simple method, a user can shutdown, restart, hibernate, etc. his or her computer, just by sending an email from his or her phone. I know, sounds really cool. To do this, all you will need is Microsoft Outlook which should come with Microsoft Office, which most people have. This will need to be on the computer wish you wish to shutdown. So, this is how you do this:

Before I start, I would just like to note that I found where I think I read this. Original Source here

  1. First, you will need the batch files that will be needed to perform the shutdown, hibernate, etc. You can either make these yourself, or download this zip file found on the original source: Download the files here. Extract it to the C Drive so that its extension is : “C:\sms_functions\”
  2. Open up Microsoft Outlook. Make sure that you have already configured it for your email.
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Google Talk + TalQer. Calling landlines with Google Talk May 7, 2007

Posted by ronandi in Applications, Cool, News.
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Google TalkThis might be old news, but I am sure that not everyone knows about this…
As most of you guys should know, Google Talk is Google’s instant messaging and VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) client. With it, users can make file transfers, voice calls, get Gmail notifications, and even voice mail for people that have called them online. It can do lots of things, and for many people, it does almost everything they need it to do. However, there is that one great thing that it just does not have. This is the feature of making calls to actual landlines, a feature that Skype does have (free for US and Canada). Now, although this may soon come to Google talk made by Google’s developers, another company, Vozin Communications, has already integrated it. According to hotvoipnews.com,: (more…)

Sync your ipod with Windows Media Player May 7, 2007

Posted by ronandi in Applications, Cool, Hardware.
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If you own an ipod, then you know how annoying it is to try to transfer music onto your ipod from two different computers. Itunes simply does not let you. One must either try to use a .m4p conversion program (that probably doesn’t work), or they have to burn to the music to a cd, and then rip into mp3 format to be imported. However, I have found a really handy plug-in for windows media player, that simply allows you to click and drag music files, or a whole playlist. (more…)

.MKV , .OGG and other files types all in Windows Media Player May 3, 2007

Posted by ronandi in Applications.
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For people that watch Anime in Japanese with English subtitles, the different file types can sometimes be a problem. Without proper software installed, Windows Media Player cannot always play the file format in which these videos are encoded to. With this setback, users usually download VLC Player, “the one player to play them all”. The media player is known for being able to play pretty much all video and sound formats. However, VLC player is not perfect. Subtitles in video can sometimes overlap and build on top of one another. When this happens, subtitles become either very hard to read, or downright impossible. I myself experienced this when watching Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 1st GIG. To solve this problem, I just installed some codecs/software to allow me to play the .MKV (Matroska) files in Windows Media Player. So, here is what you will need to do the same:

  1. Download & Install the Combined Community Codec Pack(CCCP). You can do so here
    • Just so that you know, CCCP is “… a DirectShow filter pack specifically built for playing anime. It has been assembled by some of the most knowledgeable people in online anime distribution, and one of the primary design goals is to play as much as possible with as little as possible.” – Wikipedia
  2. Download & Install AC3Filter. Link here
    • This is necessary because many files you download may use AC3 sound. If you do not do this, then upon opening files which use AC3 in Windows Media Player, the sound will be very dim in some parts and extremely annoying.

Now you should be all set. No restart should be necessary, and you should be able to begin watching immediately. Just remember, if you are going to watch with Windows Media Player now…

  1. Right click on the video file you want to watch
  2. Select Open With.
  3. Select Windows Media Player
  4. DONT FORGET to check the box making this your selection everytimeHave fun….

Speeding up firefox. May 1, 2007

Posted by ronandi in Applications.

Found this while browsing. Many of you probably already have seen this/done it.

Ok, open up firefox and type about:config in the address bar. Now scroll down until you find network.http.pipelining (boolean/list is in alphabetical order). After doing this, change the value from false to true. Same thing with network.http.proxy.pipelining.
Now, find network.http.pipelining.maxrequests and set the value to around 30. If you cannot find it…Right click on the screen and select New>Integer. Type network.http.pipelining.maxrequests and set the value to around 30.
Next, create another Integer naming it: nglayout.initialpaint.delay. Set this value to ZERO. This last bit was found on Clipmarks.com
Also, see more information here http://www.speedguide.net/read_articles.php?id=156 on changing your config to broadband through the registry.