Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Franklin Speaking Language Translator

Whether you're travelling for fun or business, Franklin's new 12-Language Speaking Global Translator is the perfect electronic hand-held to make worldwide travel easy for you. It features over 450,000 words and 12,000 phrases and you can also hear over 115,000 words and 12,000 phrases pronounced in recorded human speech. It translates to and from Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Also features an MP3 player to download and play MP3 files and a Voice Memo.

Insider blames overheating GPU for Xbox 360 failures

The high failure rate of the original version of Microsoft's Xbox 360 games console is principally due to the graphics processor unit (GPU) getting too hot and warping the motherboard, stressing solder joints on that and other parts and leading to failure in about 30% of cases. That is the claim of an anonymous - but apparently well-placed - source within Microsoft who has given an extensive online interview to a Seattle-based games blogger. The best way to avoid failure? Blow more air through the machine to cool it.

Jacob Metcalf of 8bitjoystick, who conducted the interview (at tinyurl.com/ytcd9j), said the source had worked on the Xbox 360 project "for many years". The source's knowledge of personnel details suggests they would have to be working very close to, or inside, the company. Microsoft called it "speculation".

The problem with the original Xenon design of the Xbox 360, launched in November 2005, is huge, the source said. "This quarter they [Microsoft] are expecting 1m failures, most of those Xenons." The failure rate is "around 30%, and all will probably fail early". With little fault tolerance, "a bad unit can fail in hours".

Although Microsoft itself has never admitted precisely what the problems with the original Xbox 360 were, last July it announced a dramatic extension of its guarantee, from one year to three, to cover every machine sold and took a $1bn (£503m) charge against profits (Where the Xbox 360 went wrong, July 12 2007). "There are a lot of different issues that eventually could all combine [to produce a failure]," said Peter Moore, then head of Xbox. "No [one] specific issue."

That is backed up by the insider, who says that the "Red Ring of Death" problem (when the power switch shows red lights) can be caused by any failure in the "digital backbone", including faults in manufacturing leading. But "the main design flaw was the excessive heat on the GPU warping the motherboard around it. This would stress the solder joints on the GPU".

The best way to lessen such stress is to blow air into the box from a fan that is not powered off the 360's USB hubs. Newer iterations of the design - the latest are codenamed Falcon - have a lower reported failure rate of about 10%, still higher than the industry average of between 3% and 5%.

Firefox Tweaks

Yes, firefox is already pretty damn fast but did you know that you can tweak it and improve the speed even more?


That's the beauty of this program being open source.
Here's what you do: In the URL bar, type about:config” and press enter. This will bring up the configuration “menu” where you can change the parameters of Firefox.

Note that these are what I’ve found to REALLY speed up my Firefox significantly - and these settings seem to be common among everybody else as well. But these settings are optimized for broadband connections - I mean with as much concurrent requests we’re going to open up with pipelining… lol… you’d better have a big connection.

Double Click on the following settins and put in the numbers below - for the true / false booleans - they’ll change when you double click.

Code:
browser.tabs.showSingleWindowModePrefs – true
network.http.max-connections – 48
network.http.max-connections-per-server – 16
network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-proxy – 8
network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server – 4
network.http.pipelining – true
network.http.pipelining.maxrequests – 100
network.http.proxy.pipelining – true
network.http.request.timeout – 300


One more thing… Right-click somewhere on that screen and add a NEW -> Integer. Name it “nglayout.initialpaint.delay” and set its value to “0”. This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it receives. Since you’re broadband - it shouldn’t have to wait.

Now you should notice you’re loading pages MUCH faster now!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Change the Storage Location of "My Documents"

Normally windows saves the "My Documents" folder on the current partition where you installed Windows. But when you right-click on it and go to properties, you can change the location where you want windows to save your Documents folder.

So if your Windows crash and you have to format the partition, you don't have to bother to backup your files or data on "My Documents" folder.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Chinese Porn Site

China shut down 44,000 websites and arrested 868 people for "unhealthy" internet pornography last year, according to state media.

China's Public Security Ministry said pornography had "perverted China's young minds".

Nearly 2000 people involved in internet pornography activities were also penalised, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

China's online population has soared to 210 million people and could surpass the United States this year to become the world's biggest, the official China Internet Network Information Center said earlier this month.

The Chinese president, Hu Jintao, said the country's sprawling internet posed a threat to social stability.

One of the sites shut down was selling real-time porn - 33 people were arrested, according to state media.

The live site, whose server was based in Taiwan, charged viewers to watch strip shows or other pornographic performances that were staged in China.

"This operation started up in the second half of 2006 and took in more than one million yuan [£71,000] in just three months," Xinhua said.

The site was said to have been the most widely visited pornographic site among those that were shut down as part of last year's clean up.

Human rights groups have said the government's internet campaign has been used as a thinly veiled pretext to crack down on dissent and round up online dissidents ahead of the Olympics.

China has attempted to stifle online criticism of the ruling Communist Party and discussion related to sensitive topics such as Tibet and Taiwan by ordering websites to register with authorities.

Authorities registered 199,000 websites last year, Xinhua said, but refused 14,000 for failing to get official registration or to apply for official approval.

China recently said it wanted to exert more control over internet videos and video-sharing websites.

The government employs tens of thousands of internet censors and a vast network of electronic filters to control online information.

Chinese websites also often hire their own censors to eliminate certain content.

The anti-pornography campaign would continue until September, Xinhua said, "after the Beijing Olympic Games end".

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Apple Launches Ultra-thin Laptop

Apple has already made waves with its iPod, iPhone and trendy desktop computers, but today the company threw out a new challenge to its competitors, unveiling the world's thinnest laptop and a new movie download system that it hopes will allow it to dominate the TV and movie business.

The secretive Silicon Valley company confirmed the launch of a new lightweight laptop, the $1799 Macbook Air, which measures just three quarters of an inch deep – thin enough to fit inside an envelope.

Also in his speech at Macworld in San Francisco, chief executive Steve Jobs said Apple would push to take control of the video industry with movie rentals and launch a revamped Apple TV product to stream films direct to television screens.

"On iTunes we've sold 125 million TV shows, and we've sold 7 million movies – it's more than everyone else put together, but it didn't meet our expectations," said Jobs. "I think we've got it right this time."

"Significant shift" in the film industry

Until now iTunes customers have only been able to buy movies outright, a business that has not been as successful as Apple's entry into music. Apple TV, which allows video to be streamed from a computer to a television screen, has struggled to make an impact – but Jobs predicted that a relaunch of the device would mark a significant shift in the film industry.

"We've all tried to figure out how to get movies over the internet and onto the TV – but we've all missed, no one has succeeded yet," he said.

"We tried with Apple TV, but it's not what people wanted. So we're back with Apple TV take two – no computer is required. You can rent movies directly on your widescreen TV and you can rent them at DVD quality or you can rent then at high-definition quality."

Costing $229, the system links into the company's plans to offer films to rent over the internet through its iTunes store, also confirmed today. Rumours of the plans had been widely reported in the past week, and the company said it would join with film studios including 20th Century Fox and Sony to allow iTunes users to stream movies live, direct to their computer or TV, for a one-off payment of between $3 and $5.

A thousand new titles

The system will launch with support from every major Hollywood studio, with a thousand new titles and back-catalogue films available by the end of February. The service will be launched immediately in the US, and is set to arrive around the world latest this year. "We're dying to get this international as well," he added.

It is similar in concept to the TV download services offered by British broadcasters, including the BBC's iPlayer and Channel 4's on-demand service, but using Apple's systems will make downloads watchable on TV, iPods and iPhones.

The excitement surrounding the secretive Silicon Valley company reached a high watermark last year as Jobs unveiled the iPhone, Apple's entry into the lucrative high-end mobile phone market. Since it launched in the US and Europe, the touchscreen handset has spawned a minor industry of competitors and copycats.

Jobs said that the iPhone had sold 4 million units already, meaning that it was well on course to hit its target of selling 10 million units by the end of 2008 and had already captured 20% of the US smartphone market.

Fevered anticipation

The excitement surrounding the iPhone had further increased expectations about today's announcements, with some Apple fans queuing up overnight to get a place at the event.

Since the success of its trendy iMac and iPod, conceived as fashion items by British designer Jonathan Ive, Apple has been resurgent. The company's share price broke through the $200 barrier for the first time this week as speculation cranked up ahead of the announcements, and this week's Macworld show in San Francisco is expected to draw its largest ever number of visitors.

Dual Boot After The Fact

I want to run both Windows 2000 Pro and Windows 98 SE on my computer. When I bought a new hard drive, I installed Windows 2000 on it first. But my subsequent research seems to indicate that I should have installed Windows 98 SE first and then Windows 2000 on a separate partition. How do I remove Windows 2000 from the drive so I can partition it and then install Windows 98 SE first and reinstall Windows 2000?


You don't have to remove Windows 2000. Start by installing Windows 98 SE in a different partition. When you're done, insert the Windows 2000 CD and reboot to start Windows 2000 setup. On the Welcome to Setup page, press R (for Repair). When you reach the Windows 2000 Repair Options page, press R again.


You'll then be prompted to select a repair option. Press M for Manual. Then press the Up Arrow until Verify Windows 2000 system files is highlighted; press Enter to clear this selection. Press the Down Arrow to select Continue (perform selected tasks), and then press Enter.

The system will ask whether you have an emergency repair disk. Press L, indicating it should Locate your existing installation. Once it does so, press Enter to complete the repairs. This will establish dual boot for you. (This procedure also works for Windows XP.)

Get Unlimited Bandwidth from Your Host for Free

NOTE: This applies only to specific hosting companies, due to the specific setup needed and does have its drawbacks.

While setting up hosting space with a specific company I often deal with, I noticed that they used a shared IP. (IP shared by two or more websites/domains.) Well, the rates for unlimited bandwidth were around $50+ per month, which I found unreasonable. I didnt require much space, and didnt want to be limited to a mere 3 gig of traffic per month.

Back on track... When setting up the acct, the hosting company needs to know the domain name so that they can direct it accordingly. (example: 'http://www.123.4.567.890/~user1/ ,
'http://www.123.4.567.890/~user2/ etc)

At this point you can give a url that doesnt belong to you at all. As long as the nameservers dont change, that should have absolutly no negative effects on you or your site whatsoever.

How it works is this:
The host propogates you a certain amount space on its servers, and monitors the traffic that enters their space through the domain its registered under. Being that the domain isn't connected to the site at all, it registers ZERO traffic.

Zero traffic registered = can't possibly go over bandwidth restrictions can't possibly go over bandwidth restrictions = free unlimited bandwidth

Now the problems with this (besides the ethical ones) is that your host may offer X amount of mail addys with the acct (you@y...) and these will not work, as the name isnt on their DNS. However, some domain companies allow you to set it up regardless. Another problem seems to be strictly cosmetic, but can be highly problematic... Once you attach the domain you want onto the site, each page comes up/w the ip/UN the host propagated to your acct. Its at this point where you have to have a phenominal 10-15 character alphanumerical or better (#, &, etc) pw, or your site will be vulnerable to attack since the attacker already has your UN. This only gives attackers a slight advantage as the amount of time it would take to brute force a 10 character pw @ a rate of 1,000,000 per second is 10 years. Add numbers and case sensitivity to that and it
becomes approx 26,980 years. While I'm on it, I may as well add that if you use this method,
obviously you are going to be using the lowest cost hosting plan available, which in turn will offer the least amount of space. Thats why free hosts were invented.

Free hosts suck as a general rule. Who wants a site smothered in ads? However, if you upload all your programs, graphics and other large files (have a backup of course) to a reliable free host and target them accordingly from your site you have just freed up a signifigant amount of space. The only setback with this is having to keep an index card or file around with your password, as you should never use the same one twice, and want to use complicated ones.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Basic Networking

Well, many people have asked me "how do i use Telenet".."how do i use an outdial". Well i have decided to write a very basic file on telenet and how to get around on the networks.

Well Telenet and others are PSN's or (Packet Switching Networks) these nets are connected to many other networks around the world. You can do alot with just basic knowledge that i have (most of you will know this and way beyond what i know but some will benefit from it) i will start with some of the terms that are often used with these services.
  • Access Number- The direct number that you dial to access a network (duh).
  • Nua (Network Users Address) - An Nua is basicly a number you type in to access that particular service think of an Nua as a phone number sorta its not an actually phone number with an Acn country code or whatever because the service is connected to the network world wide. I hope that was fairly clear let me show this think of the planet earth as an network and to reach the services on the planet you call the phone number like the service is a persons residence or business phone or payphone whatever just like on a network an Nua is the Address to a system or outdial whatever on the particular network. I hope this is clear or atleast somewhat understood.
  • Nui (Network User Identification) - An Nui is like a Account and Password to the network like an account and password is to a bbs that lets you access the system. Some people use Nui for like anything like an Vax system Unix systems they are referring to an Nui as basicly a account on the particular system that lets you use the system.
  • DNIC (Data Network Identification Code) - The DNIC is like a 4 digit code that represents what Psn it is think of an DNIC like an AreaCode and the Nua the individual phone number.
  • Outdial - Is basicly what it says an modem port connected somewhere on the network that will allow you to dial out from and connect data only to a actually phone number not an Nua.
  • Pad (Packet Assemble Disassembler) - an x.25 pad is very useful an pad using x.25. protocal transmits at 9600 bps to an Nua. This may sound funny but i call them "Launch Pads" heh like with an x.25 you can usally access any Nua on the planet by usally typing the Dnic+Nua.

Now i will explain various things and give helpful ideas.

Let me start off with some helpful things for you to try and do.

TeleNet

The first thing your going to have to have is your Access number it is very easy to get your local access number. Simply call telenet at 1-800-TELENET that is thier customer service number and ask for your dialup the operator will ask for your area code and prefix of your phone number he/she will also ask your baud rate. There are many telenet ports across the country and internationly with varying baud rates from 110 bps (yuck) to 9600 (i wish i had) so you will want your maximum baud port most locations have atleast 1200 many have 2400 and not alot have 9600 ports like for big cities like Detroit and Los Angeles at the end of the file i will list some useful numbers.
Some things to do while online with Telenet and Tymnet. While at the @ on the Telenet system type "mail" or "C mail" or "telemail" or even "c telemail" this access's telenets mail system simple entitled "Telemail" from there it will ask "user name" or something like that type "phones" next it will prompt you "password" enter "phones". The phones service has alot of worthy information it will give you a menu to choose from the rest should be self explanatory. Along with the other information on the phones service there is a complete updated list of all Telenet access numbers which is conveinent. Once you have tried the phones service also on telemail enter "Intl/Associates" as the user name and "Intl" for the international access numbers. If you are calling from overseas somewhere connect with an telenet access number then type this Nua at the telenet @ prompt "311020200142" and enter the username and password.
You might want to pick up a sort of a reference booklet on Telenet simply again call the customer service number and ask them for "How to use Telenet's Asychronus Dial Service" and give them your address which is self explanatory.
Another tidbit of info you would like to know if you already didnt know that Telenet is owned by Us Sprint long distance service.


Tymnet

The same goes for Tymnet service you will first need an Access Number. Simply call Tymnet customer service at 1-800-872-7654 and ask them. Again you might like to get Tymnets reference booklet on how to use there system simply again ask them to send it to you. Once online with a Tymnet access number type "Information" at the user name prompt and you will be connected to another nice thing on tymnet which you have access to all thier Access Numbers also just like the "phones" service on Telenet. Tymnet is owned by "Mcdowell Douglas" corporation. Unlike Telenet where a long distance company owns the network. On Tymnet in the "Information" service there is a very cool option that will provide you with all the Dnic's (Networks) available from Tymnet. You may also want to get that on buffer but for your conveinience i will include a copy of that. The file "Basic.NetworksII" is the complete listing and i would like the Basic.NetworksII file to be accompanied by this file for the most part.


Outdials

Now i will discuss Outdials and tell how to use them. An Outdial on Telenet is an Pcp Port usally. It will enable you to connect data with a carrier. An Outdial is a modem connected up to the network to access the outdial spimply type the outdials Nua. Usally you will need a Nui or Pad to use an Outdial on Telenet just to let you know. Once connected to an Outdial on Telenet type "Ctrl-e" to get into the command mode of the Outdial or if your sharp on your Hayes modem AT command set just issue the commands thru the Outdial besure to type "Atz" when logged in to reset the modem parameters to default values. Outdials range from different baud rates just like what kind of modem is hooked into the Outdial port. This is the basic Telenet Outdial but there are many types a Tymnet Asychronus is a very good Outdial to use like i said there are many different types the above is for Telenet Pcp Outdials which are used most widely.


Scanning Telenet

Well now i will explain how to scan telenet and how to find Pcp outdials etc. When scanning telenet call your Access Number and at the prompt enter the Nua. Plan to scan a certain amount of Nua's in a session wether the number is up to you, usally when i scan i scan in blocks of 100 you can find alot of things while scanning. I will tell how to find pcp outdials, first if your looking for a particular area code for the outdial take the 313 area code for example usally an outdial is in the first 150 numbers scanned so i would suggest if scanning for outdials scan like this..the area code for which you want the outdial two 0's then a three digit number so the scan would look like this...31300001,31300002,31300003 etc.. im sure you get it...along the way you will probably find other neat things. Some things to know when scanning telenet is when you enter an Nua and it freezes like wont do anything send a break signal, for me i use Proterm for the Apple the break signal is open-apple b once the break signal is sent it should go back to a @ prompt again. If you try scanning another nua directly after you broke out from the frozen portion Telenet will give you an error message "Connection Pending" which means it is still looking for the Nua system from which you requested previously. To remedy this situation after the break signal is sent type "d" for disconnect it will then tell you the connection has been terminated. Proceed scanning the Nua continuing where you left off. (Note. you will get the freeze and have to repeat the sequence over and over again as of there are A LOT of Nuas that freeze) Well i bet your asking "how do i know when ive found an outdial?" usally Telenet will respond with a connect message and then nothing try to type "Atz" if it responds "ok" then you have a Outdial port where as Atz is the hayes modem command for reseting the modems paramaters to default settings. Ok now i will explain some things to look for and some wise things to do while scanning and also supply an response key explanations.
Whenever you "Connected" to an Nua write it down no matter what it is make notes of what you find and label them for instance if you encounter any of these messages.

User Name = a Vax System
Login = a Unix system
Primenet = a prime system
Password = something worth noting

Basicly anything that connects take note of this is very useful for finding systems to hack on even though most or all of Telenet has been scanned at one time or another there are always somethings to do! that is a FACT! Be sure to write down all "Refused Collect Connection" also because we must not forget that when we request an Nua that we are asking for a collect call all Nuas inputed on Telenet without an Nui are being paid for by the particlar system requested that is why when an Outdials Nua is requested without any sort of Pad,Nui etc. it will not excecpt the call in all cases i have encountered

Here is a list of Network Messages that Telenet will respond with remember these are for any type of Telenet access the following may appear and a completed explanation.

@ is the network command prompt

? the last entry was invalid

Access Bared - Your connection request does not allow you to connect to this system

Access to This Address not permitted - Your Nui is not authorized to access the address you typed

Attempt Aborted - You enterd the disconnect command (as we said before when it freezes when scanning)

Busy - All the ports,destinations are in use try again later

Collect Wats Call Not Permitted - Collect Wats calls not permitted by your host or authorized by your Nui

Connected - Your terminal has been connected to the Nua system you requested

Connection From - Your terminal has been called by another computer or terminal

Connection Pending - The Network is try to establish a connection with the Nua you requested (enter the d command or "bye" to disconnect the attempt)

Disconnected - Your terminal has been disconnected from the terminal you called

Enhanced Network Services System Error - Your call couldnt be validated contact customer service

Enhanced Network services unavailable at this time - Serivce is temporarily unavailable try again later

Illegal Address - enter the Connect sequence again whether it be an Nua or a system name

Invalid Charge Request - your payment selection is not valid

Invalid User Id or Password - The Nui you entered is not valid

Local Congestion - Your local Access number is busy try again in a couple minutes

Local Disconnect - Your Terminal has been disconnected

Local Network Outage - A temporary problem is preventing you from using the network

Local Procedure Error - Communication problems by the network caused the network to clear your call

Not Available,Not Operating,Not Responding - Your Computer cannot accept your request for connection try later

Not Connected - You have entered a command thai s only valid when connected to a system type "cont" to be brought back into the connection

Not Reachable - A temporary conditon prevents you from using the network

Password - This is the prompt which apprears after youve entered an Nui

*** Possible Data Loss - connecton has been reset

Refused Collect Connection - Your payment selection must be prepaid

Rejecting - Host copmputer refuses to accept the call

Remote Procedure Error - Communication problems forced the network to clear our call

Still Connected - You requested another service while your online to another

Telenet XXX XXX - Network Port you are using

Terminal - This is the terminal type prompt

Unable to validate call - Your Nui has been temporarily disbaled

Unable to validate call contact admin - The Nui has been permently disabled

Unknown Adress - Your Nua may be invalid

Wats Call not permitted - Telenet In-wats calls are not permitted by your host or your Nui

Well that is the end of the Telenet messages and this is the end of our file only left is the numbers i have and some other usual stuff

Telenet Customer service 1-800-TELENET
Tymnet Customer service 1-800-872-7654
Telenet Access # 313/964-2988 1200 bps 313/963-2274 2400 313/964-3133 9600 bps
Tymnet Access # 313/962-2870
Global Outdial at 20200123

How to Make a Good First Impression with Your Blog

Blogs are a lot like people in that a good first impression goes a long way. In fact, a visitor will know in the first 30 seconds whether or not she or he finds your blog interesting enough to stay. There are several factors to consider when keeping folks interested in your blog. One of the most important is how to make a good first impression.

Create an Eye-Pleasing Design:

Keep your blog clean and uncluttered. Too many obtrusive ads and blinking widgets can be a turnoff. Visitors should be able to find the sections they want at a glance. Your contact information, your "About Me" page, the different categories and your blogroll should appear in plain view in your sidebar and not hidden by quizzes, polls and buttons.


Create Catchy Titles and Great Opening Paragraphs:

While it's important a title is optimized for search, you also want to be able to draw your readers in. Your title should give a clue of what's in store. Confusing or cutesy titles don't always go over too well. Your opening paragraph should also draw people in. If the first sentence rambles or doesn't create an interest, your readers will most likely disappear. Draw them in with your title and first paragraph and they're likely to stay until the bottom line.


Friendly Engaging Content:

There's no better way to make a good first impression than with engaging, friendly content. Writing for the web is for shorter attention spans. Your posts should be to the point, but you should also write with the community in mind. Engage your readers. Ask questions and encourage comments.


Respond to Your Comments:

No one wants to attend a dull party. Comments encourage more comments. If your readers know you'll respond, they'll keep checking back. Others will also see you as friendly and engaging and join the conversation. Newbies will see your blog as a thriving community instead of "just" a blog. Besides, it's great to acknowledge the people who stop by. You only get one shot at making a first impression. If you're not sure your blog is making a good impression, enlist a trusted friend or fellow blogger to stop by. Ask about his first impression. Sometimes a second eye does wonders.

16 Things You Need to Make it as a Successful Blogger

Think anyone can blog? Think again! While it's true that anyone can start a blog and throw one into cyberspace, the fact is very few people can successfully pull it off. If you want to truly make it as a blogger, you need to have several things. I'm not talking laptops and software, indeed those are important. Most of what you need to become a successful blogger can't be found in stores, or even blogs about blogging.

1. Passion for Your Topic

If you choose a topic you love, your passion will show through. If you choose a topic you don't know much about only because of the high paying keywords, that will be apparent as well.

2. Creativity

You're going to need to update your blog, at the very least, several times a week. A successful blogger is creative enough to come up with fresh, engaging content every time.

3. A Good Idea

Not the same idea as everyone else. Not a copycat of someone else's blog. But your own unique, good idea. If you want to make it as a blogger, you have to have great content and a fresh idea.

4. A Good Work Ethic

If you think blogging is just writing a quick five minute post and forgetting about it until next time, you couldn't be more wrong. You're going to spend hours on your blog designing it, writing it, promoting it and more. Most bloggers spend two to five hours on each blog every day.

5. The Ability to Work Alone

Most bloggers work alone. You have to be able to shut out all of the distractions of home or the coffee shop and concentrate on creating a good post.

6. A Notebook

You're going to come up with ideas at the oddest times. What if you're not close to your computer? It's helpful to have a notebook or PDA handy so you can jot down ideas.

7. A Thick Skin

You're going to be flamed, you're going to be trolled and people are going to pick your blog posts apart and call you names. You can let it get to you or you can develop a thick skin.

8. A Thriving Social Network

It helps to have people to talk to, network with, and shoot ideas off of. This will not only help to eliminate the loneliness some probloggers experiences, but by interacting with others you're sure to come up with fresh new ideas.

9. Motivation

What keeps you motivated? Passion for your topic? Advertising revenue? The adoration of your public? Whatever it is, channel it and use it to keep you driven.

10. Longevity

Blogging isn't a fly by night operation. If you want to succeed, if you want your readers to trust your name, you'll want your blogs to last through the ages. The most successful blogs have been around for a few years. It's the people who cut bait and run after two months of blogging that fail.

11. Long Term Vision

Do you have a plan? Where do you see your blog two years from now? Five years? Ten? A successful blogger has the ability to see into the future. I'm not saying you know exactly what you're going to blog about, but you'll need to think about how your blog is going to succeed for years to come.

12. The Ability to Work Odd Hours

Blogging isn't exactly a 9 to 5 gig. Ideas hit at any time. Many probloggers even work well into the night or the wake at the crack of dawn to fit blogging into a busy day.

13. A Willingness to Learn New Things

As a blogger you want to continue to feed your readers new information. This means you'll have to set a portion of your day aside to read other blogs, books, magazines and websites in your niche.

14. An Open Mind

Sometimes bloggers need to completely change their line of thinking. What might have worked a year ago, doesn't work now. Tools and techniques become obsolete. Keep an open mind, don't be afraid to admit defeat and always be on the lookout for new trends and ideas.

15. The Ability to Teach

Blogging isn't about talking about yourself. It's about sharing what you know with someone else. Many bloggers are teachers, not story tellers. Though the ability to tell a story is also something a successful blogger must possess.

16. Patience

It's been said here many times, patience pays off. Blogging isn't instant gratification. It takes time and patience to build up a successful blog. If you want an instant pay out, stick with copywriting.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Disable The Send Error Report to Microsoft

To disable the feature in WinXP which tries to send a report to Microsoft every time a program crashes you will have to do this:

  • Open Control Panel
  • Click on Preformance and Maintenance.
  • Click on System.
  • Then click on the Advanced tab
  • Click on the error reporting button on the bottom of the windows.
  • Select Disable error reporting.
  • Click OK
  • Click OK

Disable Compression On Xp (NTFS Partition)

On an NTFS partition, Disk Cleanup can compress old files
to save space. But calculating the savings and performing
the compression often take a long time, and on some systems,
Disk Cleanup hangs during the process. If that happens, or if
you don't care to wait, use this Registry tweak to disable the
compression:

Delete the key HKEY_ LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Explorer\VolumeCaches\Compress Old Files.

How to Fix Broken IE

So one of your friends, “not you of course”, has managed to nuke Internet Explorer and they are unsure how they did it. You’ve eliminated the possibility of viruses and adware, so this just leaves you and a broken IE. Before you begin to even consider running a repair install of the OS, let’s try to do a repair on IE instead.

THE REPAIR PROCESS

Start the Registry Editor by typing regedit from the Run box. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Active Setup \ Installed Components \ {89820200-ECBD-11cf-8B85-00AA005B4383} and then right-click the “IsInstalled value.” Click Modify. From there, you will change the value from 1 to 0. All right, go ahead and close the editor and reinstall IE from this location. /http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/default.mspx

IF SOMETHING GOES WRONG

If messing with the registry and something goes horribly wrong, you can use “Last Known Good Configuration (F8 Safe Mode)” or a Restore Point to get back to where you were before, with your settings. Then you can try again, this time taking care to watch the portion of the registry you are changing.

Your Home Page Never Being Changed

Some websites illegally modify your registry editor and set their website as default home page, for stop this,

1. Right-click on the Internet Explorer icon on your desktop and select "Properties".

2. In the "Target" box you will see "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE".

3. Now by adding the URL of the site to the end of this it overrides any
Homepage setting in internet options:

"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE" www.shareordie.com

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

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Digital Camera Guide

So, it's time for a digital camera huh? Well, buying one can be more than a little difficult. What types of features should you look for? Well, this guide will tell you that plus get you a little more familiar with what these cameras are capable of.

Megapixels
When it comes to megapixels, the more the better. I recommend a minimum of 2, but 3 or 4 is great. We did a test to see if a camera with 2.3 megapixels (actually 1.92 - 1600 x 1200) could produce a good quality 8x10.Turns out it can, if you have the right paper and printer. We used HP Premium Plus photo paper with an HP 970 series printer and made a fantastic 8 x 10. Remember, I was a professional photographer before I got into computing, so I know a good print when I see it :-)The resolution at 8x10 (we had to crop in to make the picture proportional to 8x10) was only 150 DPI. Most printers would not make a real good 8x10 at that resolution, but this one did. So, if you want to be sure you can get good 8 x 10s, you may want to go with a 3 megapixel camera or better (that gives you around 200 DPI at 8x10 size, still not quite the optimum 300 DPI, but it looks good with the right printer).

Optical vs Digital Zoom
You've probably noticed that most digital cameras have both a specification for digital and optical zoom. Pay the most attention to the optical zoom.The optical zoom magnifies (zooms in) using glass. The digital zoom basically crops out the edge of the picture to make the subject appear closer, causing you to lose resolution or to get an interpolated resolution (i.e. the camera adds pixels). Neither of which help image quality.Finally, make sure you get enough (optical) zoom. A 2x zoom isn't going to do much for you. A 3x is the average you'll find in most digital cameras will probably be good for most uses. More on lenses later.

Connection
How does the camera connect to your computer? If you have a USB port in your computer, you'll want a camera that can connect via USB as opposed to a slow serial connection.On the other hand, if your computer doesn't have a USB port, is there a serial connector available for the camera you're looking at? If so, is it a special order and how long does it take to get it?

Storage
What does the camera use to store images with? If it uses a memory stick, make sure you consider buying additional sticks when you get your camera. A typical 8 meg memory stick that comes with a 2 megapixel camera only holds 5 or 6 images at the camera's best quality.Some cameras use a 3.5 inch disk for storage. Be careful of these!Although it may sound like a good idea, a 3 megapixel camera at high resolution produces 1 meg file (compressed!). That's only 1 picture per disk.Here's a few more things to look out for when trying to make your digital camera purchase.

Picture Formats
When you're trying to decide on which digital camera to get, check and see how many different picture formats it supports.You want something that can produce both uncompressed (usually TIFF) and compressed (usually JPEG) images. I personally use the high quality JPEG setting on my camera for most of my shooting. TIFFs are just too big and the difference in quality is not ascertainable by mere mortals.You also want to be able to shoot at a lower resolution than the camera's maximum. That way, If you're running short on memory, you can squeeze a few more shots on your memory stick.

Auxiliary Lens / Flash
This was a biggie for me. While a 3x zoom may work for the "average" user, I needed something that allowed me to do some wide angle work as well as have a good telephoto lens.So, the camera I purchased a few months back was a Nikon Coolpix 990 (note that this isn't the only camera that can accept lenses). It has auxiliary lenses that screw into the filter ring on the front of the lens. I now have an ultra-wide fisheye lens plus a nice telephoto.In addition to lenses, I wanted a good flash. The flash that is built into most of these cameras gives you a top range of 15-20 feet - at best. I wanted a camera that could take a powerful auxiliary flash (again, the Nikon isn't the only camera that fits this requirement, but I liked it better than the rest). If you need more reach than the small built in flash can deliver, then make sure you can attach an external flash to any camera you consider.As an added bonus, if you get a camera that can take an external flash, you can place that flash on a bracket and eliminate red-eye.

Flash Distance
Speaking of flashes, make sure you check the distance the built in flash is good for. You don't want a camera with a wimpy flash that only travels a few feet (well, unless you can get an external flash for it as described above).

Battery Type
This may not sound important, but it is. Anyone who owns a digital camera can tell you they eat batteries the way a sumo wrestler eats at a buffet.Make sure the camera can run on regular (or rechargeable) "AA" type batteries. You don't want a camera that eats through expensive lithium batteries every 10 shots or so.One thing to remember about digital cameras, they do eat through batteries. I recommend getting some Nickel Metal Hydride rechargeable for it. I have some for mine and they have saved me a fortune.

Final Notes
Choosing a digital camera isn't easy. There's a huge selection out there and only you can determine which features you need.For instance, if you shoot wildlife photos, a small 3x zoom probably isn't going to cut it (unless you can attach auxiliary lenses to it). If you shoot lots of close-ups, make sure the camera has some sort of macro capability. If you shoot big group photos indoors, an external flash may be necessary.My advice is to make a list of things you want to be able to do with the camera then go to somewhere that can help you make a good purchase decision.Finally, buy the BEST camera you can possibly afford. Or wait until the price drops on one with the type of features you want.

Delete An Undeletable File

Open a Command Prompt window and leave it open.
Close all open programs.
Click Start, Run and enter TASKMGR.EXE
Go to the Processes tab and End Process on Explorer.exe.
Leave Task Manager open.
Go back to the Command Prompt window and change to the directory the AVI (or other undeletable file) is located in.
At the command prompt type DEL where is the file you wish to delete.
Go back to Task Manager, click File, New Task and enter EXPLORER.EXE to restart the GUI shell.
Close Task Manager.


Or you can try this

  • Open Notepad.exe
  • Click File>Save As..>
  • Locate the folder where ur undeletable file is.
  • Choose All files from the file type box
  • Click once on the file u wanna delete so its name appears in the 'filename' box
  • Put a " at the start and end of the filename (the filename should have the extension of the undeletable file so it will overwrite it)
  • Click save, it should ask u to overwrite the existing file, choose yes and u can delete it as normal

Here's a manual way of doing it. I'll take this off once you put into your first post zain.
  1. Start
  2. Run
  3. Type: command
  4. To move into a directory type: cd c:\*** (The stars stand for your folder)
  5. If you cannot access the folder because it has spaces for example Program Files or Kazaa Lite folder you have to do the following. instead of typing in the full folder name only take the first 6 letters then put a ~ and then 1 without spaces. Example: cd c:\progra~1\kazaal~1
  6. Once your in the folder the non-deletable file it in type in dir - a list will come up with everything inside.
  7. Now to delete the file type in del ***.bmp, txt, jpg, avi, etc... And if the file name has spaces you would use the special 1st 6 letters followed by a ~ and a 1 rule. Example: if your file name was bad file.bmp you would type once in the specific folder thorugh command, del badfil~1.bmp and your file should be gone. Make sure to type in the correct extension.

Delete Files From The Recent File List In Windows

This tip requires a change to the Windows Registry. Before you do this please Backup Your Registry if you are new to the Windows Registry.

Windows Media Player (WMP) is a built-in application that allows you to play multimedia files. Like many other applications, WMP remembers the most recently played files and displays them in the Recent File List under the File menu. This feature is useful if you regularly play certain files, but you may want to clear the list if you share the computer and a user account or create archives and CDs.

There are two ways you can clear the list:

  • The ClearMRU.exe Utility is available for free in the Windows Media Player Bonus Pack from Microsoft, but Microsoft does not support this tool.
  • You can also manually delete the list through the Windows Registry:
  • Start the Windows Registry Editor, regedit.exe, by typing regedit in the Windows Run Command Line.
  • Go to
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\MediaPlayer\Player\RecentFileList.
  • Delete the RecentFileList subkey.
  • If you've also streamed content from the Internet, you can delete the RecentURLList subkey.
  • Exit the Registry Editor.
  • Restart the computer.
To keep certain files in the list, don't delete the entire key. Deleting individual entries within the key will get rid of the files that you no longer want in the Recent File List.

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