Saturday, October 22, 2005

Friday, October 21, 2005

Multibooting in Windows XP Made Easy

Correct Installation Order is Essential

Charlie Russel wrote:
The order of installation is critical if you want a successful multiboot installation. In general terms, install non–Microsoft operating systems and earlier versions of the Windows operating system first. This would mean installing UNIX or Linux operating systems first; then Windows 95 or Windows 98 or Windows Me; then Windows NT; and finally, Windows 2000 and/or Windows XP. (In the unlikely event that you're installing MS–DOS, you can install that either before or after UNIX– or Linux–based operating systems, and generally I'd opt for before.) It's also important to understand that, without using a third–party product to help out, you can't install non-Microsoft operating systems, or Windows 95 and Windows 98 on the same computer, and that you can install only a single version of Windows95/98/Me. But you can install as many different versions of Windows NT and later versions of the Windows operating system as you have available logical drives, with the sole caveat that you must install all Windows NT versions before you install any Windows 2000 or Windows XP versions.

Let's take a typical installation. Our target computer must be able to boot into Windows 98, Windows NT 4 Workstation, Windows 2000 Professional, and Windows XP Professional. We have a 2–GB partition to hold our programs and the whole thing must fit on a single 10–GB hard drive. No problem. First, we partition the hard drive into two partitions: a 2–GB primary partition, and an 8-GB extended partition using FDisk. In the extended partition, we'll create four logical volumes—D, E, F and G—to hold our remaining operating systems and our programs.

After the disk is partitioned, format the primary partition using the FAT16 file system and install Windows 98 on it. So far so good. Now, format your D drive with FAT16 as well. Eventually, you'll install your programs on D drive.

Next, install Windows NT 4 Workstation. You will install this on any of the logical volumes not already used (either E drive, F drive or G drive) and choose NTFS as your file system. Leave D drive alone, because your applications go there where they're visible to all operating systems. When you install Windows NT, it recognizes that you already have Windows 98 on the computer. Then it automatically sets up for dual booting between Windows 98 and Windows NT by creating a boot.ini file, which creates a menu of available operating systems. After you have Windows NT 4 installed, immediately apply Service Pack 6, before you install Windows 2000.

Finally, install Windows 2000 and Windows XP, each in its own logical volume. Again, choose NTFS as the file system. As you install them, they are automatically added to the boot.ini file on your C drive, which lets you choose operating systems at start up.


Source: www.Microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/expert/russel_september10.mspx

Friday, August 12, 2005

Where's Google

Google is down (again) and it feels like the whole world closed on us (well me at least) because we depend on Google so much, as it actually became our gate to the World Wide Web. A temp solution would be to use this address: http://froogle.google.com/webhp?hl=en&tab=fw&ned=us

Another workaround is to use the IP address: http://216.239.37.99/

Also you may want to use the Google Mirror.

Or how about Google.ca?

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Car Audio Plays Tunes From Flash Drives

Car Audio Plays Tunes From Flash Drives
Here's a cool idea: Why not use flash drives to carry your music with you while driving the car, and to listen to it all you need to do is to plug it in the sound system! It's called USB Car Radio.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

iTunes Never Finishes "Finishing"

I recently had a similar problem like the one below:

Scion_xA_Guy said:

"I've had a similar problem since upgrading to iTunes 4.8. When Burning an MP3 CD-R, the burn goes along just fine until it gets to the point where it says "Finishing disc burn," where it just stays there and never finishes. If I try to cancel the burn or exit iTunes, it then tries to "Cancel the disc burn," but again never stops. I have to close iTunes by shutting down its process in Task Manager. So far the disc seems to have burned okay, but it's never happened before the upgrade to 4.8..."
I found the above post in the iPod Garage Forums, and that's exactly my problem except that I tried Audio CDs instead of MP3 CDs.

I tried the Apple Discussions where there was a topic about my problem exactly. There was this person called toonz who tried to help everyone with this problem, using the CD Diagnostics from the latest version of iTunes then working on updating the drivers/firmware. Unfortunately for me, there were no new updates for me whatsoever, so I thought I reached some dead end!

Then I got an e-mail message from a Technical Support Engineer (most probably toonz) from Apple asking me if I could download and install the "GEAR driver installer". Well, I did that of course and it worked real fine! So if you've updated your iTunes lately and had the same problem with burning CDs, then try this solution.

Boy was I happy with that! I mean I don't like Apple's prices, I don't like having less applications than what I'm used to have, and I certainly didn't like Apple's iPod Support when I had a problem ejecting my iPod Shuffle as I was stuck and not sure what to do but they simply didn't help me since I didn't buy my iPod from them directly as I bought it from some other dealer and the dealer was an ignorant when it came to knowing about what to do. So I didn't like all that but this message showed me that Apple and more especially the Apple community do care about the Apple experience and making sure it's as smooth as possible.

That brings the subject of the cult of Mac. I mean there's something special about being an Apple user, like the Switch Back flash or the Switch (to Mac) stories on Apple site. Well I can't wait to buy an Apple computer (well, I'm not sure which one to choose since all I have is a very little budget). Anyway, with all this Apple fever in me, how about if I make my hair like this:

Cover of Cult of Mac book

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Protected-WMA and iTunes

Here's what I would do to convert protected-WMA to AAC and add the songs to my iTunes library (and eventully to my iPod):

Note: I'm going to use Windows Media Player version 10 (you can download it if you don't have it already, or you can use some of the older versions with slightly different steps).

1. Go to Library.


2. If your songs are not in the Library already, you should add them to the Library by selecting File -> Add to Library -> Add Folder... or Add File or Playlist...


3. Right-click on My Playlists and select New...


4. Drag the songs to the right. Make sure your list will fit into one CD (for example: 70 minutes or 80 minutes depending on the media you're using).


5. After you finish making the list, click on Start Burn with a CD-R (or CD-RW) in the CD-Writer drive.



After finishing the CD(s), you have to import the songs back with iTunes, which is very easy:

Open iTunes and insert the CD that you just made, then click on Import.


There are softwares that gives you the ability to convert protected-WMA to AAC or MP3 Posted by Hello

Thursday, June 02, 2005

iPod Cannot Be Ejected

I left my iPod Shuffle connected for few hours, then I enabled the Disk-mode and replaced the current songs but then I couldn't eject it using iTunes as it gave me a message:
The iPod cannot be ejected because it contains files that are in use by another application.
I closed iTunes and tried to Safely Remove Hardware but couldn't do that either as it gave me another (yet similar) message:
The device ‘Generic Volume’ cannot be stopped right now. Try stopping the device again later.
Of course I wasn't using the device but something was wrong.

Tried to find a solution quickly, but couldn't, so I decided to restore my iPod Shuffle to its Factory Settings. I did restore it and had to transfer the songs again but it finally is working properly and as it's supposed to, no thanks to Apple's support (which directed me only to Apple's Discussion Boards).

Monday, May 30, 2005

Yet Another One

And more

Xasamail is a new mail service that looks like Gmail but they are giving you 4GB (I'll bet I'll get my Gmail up to 4GB soon) and you can register if you don't want an invitation from Gmail.

Monday, May 16, 2005

iPod Shuffle Fever!

Everybody now knows that I own an Apple iPod Shuffle and I'm fond about it. To Shuffle or not to Shuffle is up to you, and does Shuffle count as an iPod or not is yet a different topic, but apparently I'm not the only one in the world who adores Shuffle!

In a creativity competition called Make a Meatspace Shuffle hosted by the Mike Industries, you can see how much people love Apple's iPod Shuffle.




Did you catch any of the iPod advertisements on TV or maybe on some ad boards on the road? My favorite ad is called Pop-Lock with Daft Punk's cool new song Technologic, from their latest album Human After All (2005). But the other two ads, the iPod Shuffle Ad and Rollerskating aren't bad either! I absolutely adore Apple's banners of Shuffle (the text logos): Random is the New Order, Life is Random, Give Chance a Chance and Enjoy Uncertainty.

Well I'm thinking of buying some of those colorful cover packs for my iPod Shuffle soon, just to indulge it more!

Talking about colors, some Shuffle clone MP3 players started to appear recently, like LuxPro's attempt to clone our dearly beloved Apple iPod Shuffle.

PS. Just remember Apple's advice not to eat your Shuffle. Posted by Hello

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Firefox Fever!


Sounds like the Mozilla Firefox fever is not going to stop anytime soon! The download counter says:
EDIT: Counter removed. It no longer exists.

Google Friends and/or Superfans

The Google blog

http://google.blognewschannel.com/index.php/archives/category/search/google-images/

http://blog.outer-court.com/

Saturday, May 07, 2005

My Top Web Sites

Inspired by PC Magazine's Top Web Sites article, here are my top 10 sites:

  1. Google (www.google.com)
  2. IMDb (www.imdb.com)
  3. Google Gmail (gmail.google.com)
  4. Google Image Search (www.google.com/imghp)
  5. Wikipedia (en.wikipedia.org)
  6. Google Froogle (froogle.google.com)
  7. Amazon (www.amazon.com)
  8. Apple QuickTime Film Trailers (www.apple.com/trailers)
  9. Blogger (www.blogger.com)
  10. PC Magazine (www.pcmag.com)

Google Hacks #2

Looking for a serial number through Google?

Type your program's name and follow it with one of these:

GC6J3
GTQ62
FP876
D3DX8
94FBR

Example: if you're looking for WinRAR you'll type:
winrar GC6J3
or
winrar GTQ62
or
winrar FP876
and so on...

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Opera 8 released!

Opera Security

I've been using Opera web browser for a long time now. I used many versions and encouraged many friends to switch to Opera and abandon old stupid M$IE for good.

Opera 7.54 (you can still get it from the Opera archive) had many great features that I loved so much. I use tabs, manage my mail accounts (POP3), read RSS, chat and do many other cool things through one single window. I love the bookmarks and the integrated Google search everywhere. I can type 'g' in my address bar and follow it with a space then a keyword and Opera gets me my results from Google (for example: g movies) . I can even highlight any word (by double-clicking it) and using the right-click menu to do a search by Google. I set keywords in my Bookmarks so when I type my keyword in the address bar, Opera gets me to the site that I want (like when I type 'wiki' I get the english version of Wikipedia). Oh, and how much do I adore using the Slideshow to view pictures!

Now what's so cool about Opera is that power-users (the more knowledgeable people in the computers universe) will find many options available without even the need to install external extenstions. As I design webpages for hubby, I can really use stuff like the notes and "mouse gestures, option to continue with last session, even when the browser crashes, undo close tab... image show/hide," see more tips here: http://www.scss.com.au/family/andrew/opera/firefox/ or - http://firefoxopera.blogspot.com/

Today (Wednesday 20th of April, 2005) marks the release of the new version 8, which finally works fine with my Gmail account while I'm identifying my browser to be Opera, proudly. I still face many problems with other Google Services such as Google Desktop Search and even this Blogger account, but I'm working around these problems currently. The tabs changed its behavior to be a bit more similar to Mozilla/Firefox/Netscape but we still go through tabs in order of which tab you used first and which one second. Among the new Opera 8 features, The Preferences (Options) dialog been changed to look probably easier to newer users of this great browser. Visit Opera's official site for more information, screenshots and some tips and tricks.

Press . (period) or / (forward slash). A small search dialog will pop up in the bottom left corner and you can just type. F3 will take you to the next search result.

For more tips see this webpage: http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum21/10092.htm

Among my favorite Opera skins there is Marina, Avala, Fresh, Freestyle, Handmade, my_opera_colored, and Neo. You sure can pick your favorite from the Opera skins page.

Many users compare Opera with other M$IE-alternatives. The comparison between Opera and Mozilla/Firefox will constantly be drawn (check out Luoma's comparsion page). I like Mozilla Firefox, like many do, but I'd much prefer to use my Opera by far, like I always did. Call me an Opera Lover, and I'm not the only one out there, because "Opera users are as loyal as the Mac users!" Just read Nuno's comment on David Naylor's blog post:
At 1:43 AM, Nuno said…

hey...

first of all I'm an Opera fan...

well, Opera 8 is really good!! The toolbars take time to arrange because you probably aren't familiar with the way opera let's you customize it.
I, that consider myself as an advanced user, take about 5 minutes to put the interface the way I want... well... in FFox i use 4 or 5 extensions... I have to find, grab and configure them... it takes me about 30 mins...

I use both regularly (Opera as main browser and mail client) and FFox to check browser compatibility on some of my web pages, to enter a page Opera doesn't render well (sometimes it has to be with IE....)

In my opinion, it isn't expensive... 20$ - student version (34$ standard, but you can install in every computers in your house) and they offered Opera8 to people that have bought Opera7 (released in 2003) so... if Opera8 stick arround for two years more, it would have cost 5$ per year for me... that's a price of a meal for me...

don't forget that almost every extensions to FFox are copies of features opera has for a long time... mouse gestures, option to continue with last session, even when the browser crashes, undo close tab... image show/hide, notes(very handy for me.. copy text to it with one click, insert a note in a text area...) see more here - http://www.scss.com.au/family/andrew/opera/firefox/ or - http://firefoxopera.blogspot.com/

and lots of things... real full-screen (I mean the whole screen! - F11), real page zoom (not only the fonts)...

Opera is a whole sistem, with these tools well integrated, and that makes you save money...

For instance, spartial navigation (when you link 2 tabs and put them tiled, side to side, and when you click the first, the resultant page opens always in the second one) have saved me a lot of time in my researches!! I do a lot of them...

I consider Opera the best browser for those that need internet as a tool for their work and really understand it's concepts. It isn't easy since it has so many things!! and more... and more... I use it for about a year and a half and i still get surprised with some features that i didn't know of... so generally to regular people (that want to see their webmail, check some sites...) I recommend FFox because it's similarity with IE and simplicity. For experienced users, that need internet about all day, that breed internet, Opera is much more better, since it can save you a lot of time!!! It consumes more time to learn... but it worth every dollar (or EURO :P) you pay....


To get started using Opera check out Opera's tutorials and Tim Luoma's 30 Days to becoming an Opera8 Lover (I suggest you start with the Introduction and Acknowledgements then go by the days order).

Download Opera

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

AAA grade discs

I've been using various types and brands of CDs/DVDs and I just started recently using few of the colorful SmartBuy CDs/DVDs. I always go after the best (as in quality) but when in need, anything would do the job. This time it was for work and 'when boss gives you something, you take it'. I've been reading bad stuff about those SmartBuy discs and all the reviewers hated their experience with this brand. What amazed me is that on the cover it says: AAA grade. But only now that I figured out what that meant: An Absolute Ass!

PS. Some say I'm not funny, so bite me!!!

Monday, April 04, 2005

Google Hacks #1

"Google Hacks means using Google for something fun or interesting in a way that Google was not designed for".

This Google Hack called Google Battle. I first found this Google Hack on Douwe Osinga's site.

What does it do? "[It] use[s] Google to determine which of two terms is more popular on the Internet. Who is the more popular painter, Van Gogh or Rembrandt? The Beatles or the Stones?" Go check it out now!

I then descovered other similar hacks too. GoogleBATTLE.com does the same thing and probably is easier for you to remember. GoogleFight.Com is a bit cooler. A third site: GoogleWhack.Com

Here are some interesting/funny results posted on Osinga's site:

wow
by kamal
men:8
women:8

We didnt need google battle to tell us...
by Stratz Sfear
i love google : 10
i hate google : 0

ignorance vs. knowledge
by whatsername
ignorance : 0
knowledge : 8

Articles
by meeegahr
Hurray for nouns that start with consanants
a : 9
an : 6

comment_47
by
i hate microsoft : 9
i hate linux : 1

linux : 7
windows : 4

i hate bill gates : 6
i love bill gates : 3

i love microsoft : 0
i hate microsoft : 10

Well, that should be clear :D

What's better?
by Nun ov ya bis
pop music : 3
rock music : 4

hip hop music : 2
rap music : 6

rap music : 1
rock music : 7

Rock music rocks and you know it.
\m/ (><) \m/

Alien vs Predator
by KC
alien : 8
predator : 0

The age-old question...
by Pants Magee
batman : 6
superman : 5

Looks like it's open season on Longhorns fans
by Okla-ho-man
mess with texas : 10
don't mess with texas : 0

cool people vs nerds
by YOUDONTKNOWITHAHA
Cool People 0
Nerds 10
how did that happen?

O.O
by Aki
69 : 3
666 : 4
WTF?!

And few of my own:

ipod : 5
iriver : 1

nicky hilton : 1
paris hilton : 8

Sunday, February 13, 2005

I Google (a lot!)

I remember eversince I started using the World Wide Web I got to use search engines, and they were very different than today. It wasn't as easy as it is today to find the page you're looking for very fast. I've been a fan of Altavista in the past, because it was the first search engine to act intelligently when I do a search. I could use a basic form question and I usually get my results right.

Now there is no competetion when it comes to search engine, because Google simply rules, despite M$N trying to copy every new idea from Google. They got M$N spaces (their version of Blogger.com), the Desktop Seach and they have a toolbar with popup-blocking and all like Google's toolbar. Anyway, my point is that now days Google's the popular choice.

Google Logo by LegoI love Google and love Googling. I use it everytime and everywhere and for everything and anything. I love how fast the results come and how many people depend on the 'feeling lucky today' button. I've been using Google Suggest recently and I love it even more. I love Blogger and I love Picasa. I love Hello and how it makes it easier for me to pick a picture from my ever-so-simple Picasa and put it right here in my blog without going through a headache! You know how the Google logo changes for particular days of the year? Well, I started collecting those logos! I'm crazy, I know! I just love Google. Did you know someone who loves Google more than me? Please let me know!

I love the special searchs such as the FreeBSD Google, the Linux Google and the Apple Macintosh Google.

Another Google feature that I can't live without is the Google Image Search, as I'm usually satisfied with the results that I get.

The new beta Desktop Search feature is so cool that M$ couldn't resist stealing it into their M$N crap. The M$ Winedose search isn't bad but it's slow unless you intentionaly turned the file indexing feature on, which is a feature that no one use like Bill Gates himself said, plus it's not that useful anyhow. Once I lost track of a saved web page, so I searched for it using Google Desktop Search and found it in the results, except that when I tried to open it I found that I deleted it long time ago! I used the cashed version and it worked perfectly to save me lots of time and work!! Thanks a lot!

Then there's the language translation page which is really good and totally replaced Altavista's Babel Fish Translation to me.

Picasa is so cool, easy, smart, and with all the many times my ACDSee crashed (no matter what I try to fix this, it still crashs!) so it's like the only way to go

You can easily submit your site to google: http://www.google.com/addurl/?continue=/addurl

Some people prefer Yahoo! Well I don't. But some people like both! I've stumbled upon this once: a Google + Yahoo! search engine (see http://www.gooyaglehoo.com or http://yagoohoogle.com)

If you think that Google couldn't be this much important, well you're wrong because Google changed lives! Micro$hit are scared from Google.

Last week the server of Google was down for sometime and I paniced, so did many others apparently. It was such a dark day! GOD bliss Google.

To conclude, Google is the Outstanding Search Service. I'd die to work for Google inc.!