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IBM’s POWER6 microprocessor May 22, 2007

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In an article by Jennifer L. Schenker on BusinessWeek.com, it can be found that IBM (International Business Machines) has revealed to the world, its new super processor; the POWER6.

“…[IBM] claims is the world’s fastest chip, boasting twice the clock speed of the previous generation while consuming roughly the same amount of power”

“The new product is the first to fit in with IBM’s announcement last week that it will redirect $1 billion per year across its businesses to increase energy efficiency in information technology under a program called “Project Big Green.” The plan includes new products and services to reduce corporate data center energy consumption.”


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

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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

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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

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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….

Downloading videos from Youtube.com (and other sites) May 1, 2007

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So, if you really like a video you found on Youtube.com or some other site just like it, you may have wanted to download. Of course, right clicking and saving does not work because that option is not even available with flash videos. So….

Go on to Keepvid.com. Then type in the URL of the video you would like to download and select Youtube in the drop-down box. Afterwards, just click download and shortly a download link will appear. Now, change the file extension to .flv (in this case, just add .flv at the end). Now, google FLV Player and download one. You can open the file downloaded from keepvid with this program.

Star Wars in DOS May 1, 2007

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I found this on the web a while ago…
If you are using microsoft windows:
Go to Start> Run, and then type in telnet towel.blinkenlights.nl
Here you will see a cool star wars video play in DOS. ALL IN ASCII!

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.

Protecting files. Making them only openable by you. May 1, 2007

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Sometimes, there are files which you just do not want anyone else to open. You could always hide it (more secure), or you could do this:

Change the file extension. This way, when someone clicks on it, it will come up with that “Choose program to run” dialog box, and the file will not open.

If you do not know how to do this…

1) You need to enable viewing of file extensions. You can do this by opening any random folder, and going to Tools>Folder Options. Then go under the View tab, and uncheck the “Hide extensions for known file types box”

2)Rename the file, changing the file extension to whatever you want(keep the period). However, be sure to remember the old file extension. Now when you try double clicking, this happens:

That’s it, your done. If you want just do the same this as step one (except recheck the box), to make it so that you can no longer see the file extension. Also, you still can open the file upon double-clicking. However, this can only be done if you double-click, and then choose the program that would normal open the file when it had the correct extension. When doing this, make sure that the “Always open files with this program” box is unchecked. NOTE: Even if this box is unchecked, choosing the correct program to open the file will place this file under “Reccommended Programs”

Invisible Folders (Better than just hidden, and with no software required) May 1, 2007

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So, if you ever want to hide a folder for whatever reason, you have a few options. You could:

  1. Make the folder hidden
  2. Purchase software to hide the folder
  3. Place the folder in a completely random location
  4. Do what I tell you here

So, if you chose option #1 then you would have done this:

Right click on a file/folder, and check the “Hidden” box next to attributes.

Doing this is extremely easy. However, at this same time, it is not very secure. A user can simply…

  1. Open My Computer
  2. Tools>Folder Options
  3. Click the “View” tab and select “Show hidden files and folders”

That was easy, and many people know how to do this.

Option #2 : Well, this requires you to give up the money that you have “worked so hard to gain” (Not applicable to everyone :0). Also, just getting the software takes time, as well as learning how to use it.

Option #3 : This option is not so bad. In fact, you could combine this with Option #1and it might be pretty secure. The downside to this is that you have to remember when you put the file in the first place, and you need to navigate all the way over there. This could require more than 5 clicks (omg).

Option #4: This is probably the coolest option, and the most secure. With this option, you put everything you want hidden into a folder. Then you make this invisible and hidden. What I mean by this is that even when you view hidden files, you still cannot see it…
To do this…

  1. Right click on the folder you wish to make hidden, go into properties, and check the hidden box in the attributes section.(See picture: Picture 1)
  2. Still in properties, click the customize tab. Under the folder icons section click change icon and change it to a blank one. Then click Apply.(See picture: Picture 2)
  3. Rename the folder to just a space character. You can do this by copying the space from the Character Map, or by just simply holding down Alt, and pressing 0160 on the numpad. (Using the spacebar does not work).
  4. Now you can move the folder to wherever you desire, and no one will see it unless the click that spot, or highlight everything. However, even then, the person still may not notice. This is all they see if they highlight the area where the folder is(See picture: Picture 3).

Resetting/Removing BIOS password April 30, 2007

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In BIOS (Basic Input/Output System), sometimes a password is set. This may have been done by a parent that is locking up your computer, or may have just been set by yourself. CMOS batteryNevertheless, forgetting your BIOS password, or not knowing it at all, can be a real pain. In order to reset this password, several scripts or programs may be found online. However, many people are not aware of the fact that this password can be removed by just removing a small battery from the inside of your computer. If you are going to attempt to do this, please do so entirely at our own risk. Whenever you open up your computer, be sure to discharge any static that may be held by you. You can simply do this by wearing an “anti-static band” around your wrist, or by simply touching the metal frame on the exterior of your computer. In fact, you may want to do this on a floor without carpet. Also, be sure to constantly discharge even while working inside. Anyway, before opening your computer, be sure to unplug it. Afterwards, go ahead and open it up. Now, look on the motherboard of your computer for a small coin-sized battery (See picture). Now, simply remove this battery for about 10-15 minutes. Afterwards, replace the battery to its original location and close up your computer. Now, when you plug in your computer and start it up again, you shouldn’t have any trouble with the BIOS password as it should have been removed.

-Thanks for reading

Blog is up. April 30, 2007

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So, this blog is officially up. Right now I am looking forward to posting things related to the computer which are not very well known.