Hack BSNL Broadband for Speed

June 22nd, 2010 | Posted in Technology Information

If you are a BSNL broadband user, chances are that you are facing frequent DNS issues. Their DNS servers are just unresponsive. The look up takes a long duration and many times just time out. The solution? There is small hack on BSNL for this. Use third party DNS servers instead of BSNL DNS servers or run your own one like djbdns. The easiest options is to use OpenDNS. Just reconfigure your network to use the following DNS servers:

Detailed instructions specific to operating system or your BSNL modem are available in the OpenDNS website itself. After I reconfigured my BSNL modem to use the above 2 IP addresses, my DNS problems just vanished! Other ‘freebies’ that come with OpenDNS are phishing filters and automatic URL correction. Even if your service provider’s DNS servers are working fine, you can still use OpenDNS just for these two special features. After you hack BSNL DNS servers, you will see a noticeable improvement in your broadband speed.

Tips For Upgrading Windows 7 Operating System

June 16th, 2010 | Posted in Information Technology

Installing operating systems (OS) like Windows 7 can present certain challenges.

* Tip 1: Get help from the pros. If you don’t consider yourself a techie person then you may want to call a technician to help you. It’s best to go through the support desk from the manufacturer of your computer or with Microsoft. If you decide to go it alone, then there are a few tips to help you get started.
* Tip 2: Back up all of your programs and files first before beginning the installation process.

Back up using an external hard drive. Depending on how you install a new operating system like Windows 7, it’s possible that all of your previously installed programs or files will be lost or get automatically deleted when installing a new OS. Get an external hard drive so that you can back everything up before changing operating systems.

You may choose to back up your files on the Internet using a company that specializes in protecting your data. Once you have installed the new operating system, you can then retrieve all your data from the Internet.

* Tip 3 Do you know what version of Windows 7 you will need to install? There is a 32 bit and a 64 bit version and it depends on how your computer is set up as to what version you will need. Not all computers are capable of using 64 bit so you need to find out if your computer has that capability.
* To find out what your computer is set up to handle, go to Start -> right click on My Computer->Properties. Here it will display what bit format is necessary for your computer. Most people will find theirs is 32 bit.
* Tip 4: You will need the original Windows 7 operating system discs and the PRODUCT KEY which is located on a sticker, usually on the DVD cover. It might also be in the email you received after purchasing the product. If you don’t have the product key, you won’t be able to complete the installation.
* If you are installing Windows 7 yourself then it is likely that you are upgrading either from Windows Vista or XP.
* Tip 5: It is entirely possible that your computer may not be able to handle Windows 7. Microsoft has a great tool called Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. It will look at your computer by scanning all of the programs and hardware you have installed to determine whether or not it has the capability of running Windows 7. This is the link for Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor.
* Tip 6: Windows 7 uses a lot of RAM so it’s important that before you use the Upgrade Advisor that you plugin all of the external devices like your printer, headset, microphone, of anything you use often with your computer in order to get accurate results.
* Tip 7: Locate and write down your computer name. You will need this information after Windows 7 is installed if your computer is part of a network
* To locate your computer name click on Start->Control Panel->System and Maintenance->System. All the information you need will be found there.
* Tip 8: If you have an antivirus program installed (and you should), do a scan and then disable it while you install Windows 7. You may choose to download the antivirus software that comes with Windows 7 or continue to use what you already have. Be sure to enable it again after you have finished the installation process.
* Tip 9: You can install Windows 7 while offline but if you are connected to the internet at the time of installation, the program will automatically check for software updates.

Optimize Windows 7

* Tip 10: Review the programs you have set to begin when your computer starts up and remove any unnecessary programs at Start-up
* Tip 11: Clean your Hard Disk
* Tip 12: Defrag your Hard Disk
* Tip13: Uninstall unnecessary programs. These will be the ones you hardly if ever use or ones you forgot you even had
* Tip 14: Use the Performance Troubleshooter, a computer self-check program that identifies and fixes problems that may affect computer performance.

In summary, when installing Windows 7, if you are unsure how to do this yourself, consider getting the help from an appropriate help desk. If you want to do it yourself, then the tips above will help you with the upgrading and installation of Windows 7.

The Shutdown Timer App for Your Computer

June 5th, 2010 | Posted in Technology Information

shutdown timer appThe Shutdown Timer app is perfect for you if you don’t have the time to worry about whether or not you shut off your computer or not. The timer will shut down or reboot your computer whenever you set it to perform such actions. You can set it to do this based on CPU or RAM utilization or even CPU temperature. You can either put your computer into sleep or standby mode. Shutdown Timer can really help to save energy when you aren’t utilizing your computer.

Shutdown Timer runs on both Windows Vista and Windows 7. With the program, you are able to install a sidebar app that gives you single-click access to view Shutdown Timer, and you are able to use a portable version that can be dropped on a USB flash drive to be downloaded on a different computer.

Once Shutdown Timer is installed, you are given the ability to set a scheduled computer shut off time for every day of the week. You also may set it to reboot every day at a certain time or lock on its screen at certain points throughout the day. This is a great feature if you want to make sure that your computer will be turned off when you aren’t at home.

As mentioned before, you can set your computer to shutdown or reboot when certain conditions occur. For example, you can set your computer to shutdown or reboot when you reach a certain point of CPU or RAM utilization. Also, you can do the same thing if your computer is overheating because of something that you are not there to monitor. This can help to safely power down your computer without any possible damaging effects.

The Shutdown Timer app is a very handy tool. It can do more than just turn your computer on and off when you need it to, it can monitor your computer while you are not utilizing it. Another great thing is that its free! If you’re looking for anything like this for your computer, then you should definitely check it out.

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2 Million iPads in 2 Months

June 1st, 2010 | Posted in Technology Information

2 Million iPads in 2 MonthsWhile most people were gathered around their barbecues and remembering fallen soldiers, Apple was proclaiming the iPad the greatest computer in the world, ever! OK, not really, but they did announce that since its launch about two months ago, they’ve sold over two million iPads. The iPad, which shipped on April 3 of this year, hit stores in Europe, Canada, Australia, and Japan just last Friday. Crowds lined the streets in those countries, while the Apple online store has been swamped with purchases – a seven to ten day wait is being placed on new orders.

Steve Jobs talked about the shortage in a statement, “We appreciate patience, and are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone.” When announced in January, Wall Street analysts projected the iPad would only sell anywhere from 175,000 to 778,000 units a month. You can bet Steven Jobs is thrilled to prove them wrong.

While the iPad hit stores in April, technically, they could be pre-ordered as early as March 12 in the United States. That was eleven weeks ago. Apple’s numbers break down to show that in those eleven weeks, 181,818 iPads were sold per week. If they keep that up for the rest of 2010, the company will sell over 7.6 million of the tablet computers.

But could that number grow even larger? You betcha! Now that sales have expanded to other countries, with nine more countries being added in July and even more later in the year, sales should be a lot higher. Apple is no stranger to these kinds of sales numbers. Last summer, the iPhone 3GS sold over a million units in the first three days they were on the market.

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Intel Launches Core i3/i5/i7 Chips for Ultra-Portable Laptops

June 1st, 2010 | Posted in Technology Information

Intel Core i3/i5/i7 ProcessorsDespite promises of a laptop with an all-day battery life coupled with an inexpensive price, Intel’s ultra-low voltage processors, otherwise known as CULVs (Consumer Ultra Low Voltage), haven’t exactly been living up to the hype. Part of the reason is that Intel hasn’t updated their mobile line of processors with its new Core technology, instead their CULV line has simply been based on Core 2 Duo technology. That is until now.

The chipmaking giant Intel has released their new ulta-low voltage versions of its 32-nm “Nehalem” Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors. This means that Intel’s premiere mainstream processors have been slightly downsized so they can now be installed inside power-sensitive ultra-portable notebook computers. These new chips not only pack a significant performance punch, which Intel says is about 30% faster than their previous ultra-low-voltage offerings, but also use 15 percent less power in the process. The new chips will be identified from their larger counterparts by their part numbers which will end with the letters “um” (i.e. Intel Core i5-430um or Intel Core i7-640um).

“Consumers crave laptops that offer style and performance, and the new 2010 Intel Core Ultra-Low Voltage processors for ultra-thin laptops delivers both, in one sleek design,” said Intel PC Client Group VP and general manager Mooly Eden, in a statement. “Not only are laptops becoming ultra-portable, but with the new processors inside, users will see faster response times and less waiting.”

Like their bigger brethren, ULV versions of the Intel Core chips will feature Turbo Boost and Hyper-Threading technologies enabling the processors to dynamically overclock themselves and devote resources to a single processor core. In addition, the new processors will have a thermal envelope of 17W, which is at least twice as energy efficient as their standard volt Core processors. However, Intel will not be converting its ultra-thin processor offerings completely over to the Core line. ULV versions of the Celeron and Pentium processors will continue to be available to manufacturers and will still be a mainstay among many laptops in the future.

It seems the direction that Intel wants to take its new chips is towards a strange middle ground between very affordable and highly portable, yet slower-performing netbooks and even full-size traditional laptops. The MacBook Air is an example of an ultra-thin laptop that offers powerful portability but is simply too expensive for the average consumer. On the other hand, there is the Toshiba T135 series of ultra-portable laptops which seem to attract far more interest than the Macbook Air for its more reasonable price tag despite being less powerful.

Then there are ultra-thin laptops which tout enhanced performance, such as dual-core Atoms, which offer negligible performance improvements for their cost. It appears that consumers are more interested in average and smaller sized laptops which deliver on affordability. Intel promises that systems will start appearing in June equipped with their new ULV processors, so we’ll see soon enough just how they stack up. Already Intel says more than 40 designs based on the chips have been confirmed and are already in the works from makers such as Acer, Lenovo, Asus, and MSI.

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How to Remove Windows Genuine Advantage From the Registry

May 28th, 2010 | Posted in Technology Information

If you’re sick and tired of receiving the Windows Genuine Advantage warnings on your Windows XP operating system, you’re in luck. By following a few fairly easy steps, you can wipe out the program and its annoying pop-ups using a quick registry fix. Just remember to follow the directions exactly as given, because registry errors can wreak havoc on your PC.

Removing Windows Genuine Advantage From the Registry
Step 1
Click on the “Start” button and then the “Run” icon.
Step 2
Type “regedit” without the quotation marks in the “Run” text field and click “OK.” Your register editor program will now display.
Step 3
Navigate to the following registry file: “My ComputerHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogonNotify.” You can find that key by first clicking on “My Computer,” then “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE,” then the “Software” folder, followed by the “Microsoft” folder, which brings you to the “Windows NT” folder, then the “Current Version” folder, followed by “WinLogon” and finally the “Notify” folder.
Step 4
Find the “WgaLogon” folder inside the “Notify” folder and right-click on it. Choose the “Delete” option and left-click on it. You have now removed the program files from the registry.
Step 5
Restart your computer for the changes to take effect. The program should now be removed from your registry.

Tips & Warnings:
The steps above will not delete the entire Windows Genuine Advantage program; it will, however, remove the program from your registry, which will stop the program from functioning and inundating you with those annoying pop-up reminders.
Do not delete the wrong files from your registry, as this can lead to catastrophic system failures in some cases. If you are not sure about performing the process listed above, you may want to contact a PC support company for further assistance.

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Onkyo’s E713A9B All-In-One PC

May 25th, 2010 | Posted in Technology Information

Onkyo All-In-One E713A9B PCOnkyo, famous for their construction of numerous iPod docks, has just stepped up their game another level with their newest creation, an all-in-one PC centered around, you guessed it, an iPod dock. The newest PC, just announced today, has been dubbed the E713A9B. The PC is powered by an Intel Core i5-650 CPU at 3.20GHz. The E713A9B also comes in with 4GB of RAM upgradeable to 8GB, 1TB of HDD, a 23-inch LCD display and full 1920×1080 full HD resolution.

But the E713A9B isn’t done there, the PC also comes with a Blu-Ray disc drive, the DTS Premium Suite Audio Codec, 2×5 watt speakers, 1.3 megapixel webcam, 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1 eSATA port, 1 HDMI port, b/g/n Wi-Fi, digital TV tuner, an SDXC memory card slot, Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit and, of course, the iPod docking station which slides out of the right side of the screen.

The iPod dock is specifically designed to accommodate the iPod Classic, the iPod Nano and the iPod Touch. For those observant ones of you out there, you may have noticed that I did not mention the iPhone. That is because the all-in-one E713A9B’s iPod dock is apparently unable to house the bulky frame of the iPhone. It seems strange that an “all-in-one” PC would exclude one of Apple’s biggest and most popular products.

Nevertheless, the specs for the E713A9B are intense and seem to be most everything you would want in a desktop PC. The desktop has great memory, an excellent hard drive and some other really good specs and the iPod dock is the cherry on top. For those of you that live in Japan, you will be able to get your hands on the E713A9B next month for a price of ¥99,880, or $1,100 U.S. All of us over here in America, however, will have to wait as Onkyo has yet to announce an America release date.

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Mega-Collaboration Power with MultiMouse

May 22nd, 2010 | Posted in Technology Information

multimouseBartels Media has developed and recently released a program that allows up to 50 different Windows users to all control the desktop of one central computer. This can be extremely useful for collaborating, training, brainstorming, and document building.

So how exactly does this work? Well, MultiMouse uses a wireless or Ethernet connection that transmits each user’s mouse movements and text inputs. Other than having one of these two connections, no other additional hardware is necessary for MultiMouse to be completely functional. Also, so as to avoid confusion, each users cursor has a nametag so everyone will know who is sharing what.

This program is available at a starting price of $139. This version includes a five user license, but versions of the program can be purchased to accommodate up to 50 users. Teacher’s are even given an educational discount. To learn more about MultiMouse check out the trial version that can be downloaded the MultiMouse website.

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Gateway Upgrades Their ZX Series

May 20th, 2010 | Posted in Technology Information

gateway zx seriesOn Wednesday, Gateway updated their ZX series that includes mid-ranged and high-end all-in-one desktop computers.

Now Gateway is offering their ZX4300 line with the option of AMD’s Athlon II X2 processor, and their ZX6900 with either Intel’s Core i3 or Core i5 processor. The ZX6900, which is one of Gateway’s high-end PCs, can also be equipped with a Blu-ray reading drive. Both of the series also offer touch-screen technology that works perfectly with the included Windows 7 Home Premium operating system.

The Gateway One ZX6900-01e now comes standard with an Intel Core i3-530 processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 640GB hard drive, slot-loading Blu-ray player/DVD burner, integrated Intel GMA graphics, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and 23-inch widescreen touch panel that features 1,920 x 1,080 resolution. Also included are HDMI and eSATA ports that allow for more connectivity options. This PC is available from Gateway for $1,019.99.

The Gateway One ZX4300-01e is more of a mid-ranged desktop compared to the ZX6900. It features an AMD Athlon II X2 235e processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 640GB SATA hard drive, DVD burner, integrated ATI Radeon HD 4270 graphics, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and 20-inch touch panel widescreen monitor with 1,600 x 900 resolution. This model is available through Gateway for $749.99.

Both of these desktops from Gateway include webcams and a variety of free software. They are both excellent PCs. The upgrades from Gateway are certainly a welcome change.

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The Apple iMac 27-inch (Core i7)

May 17th, 2010 | Posted in Technology Information

apple imac 27-inchDesktop computers have been forced to change their faces in order to not be considered obsolete. They are constantly being outdone by the convenience and speed of laptops, notebooks, and netbooks. The Apple iMac 27-inch (Core i7) is a fantastic example of an multimedia, all-in-one desktop computer. In many ways, it resembles its predecessor, the Apple iMac that featured a Core 2 Duo processor, except this iMac 27-inch (Core i7) is much faster.

The Apple iMac 27-inch (Core i7) is designed very much like the rest of the iMac line from Apple. It features brushed aluminum which surrounds a black glass frame. Also included is a sturdy metal arm, that tilts in a variety of different directions and angles, that suspends the screen over your desk for a sophisticated look. The back of the iMac is described as “clean.” Helping this “clean” look is the fact that the iMac 27-inch (Core i7) comes standard with a wireless keyboard and mouse. The MagicMouse that is included with this desktop has a multi-touch surface that allows for clicking and swiping. The back panel of the computer has audio in/out jacks, four USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire 800 port, the Mini Display Port (in/out), and a Gigabit Ethernet port.

The iMac 27-inch (Core i7) features a vibrantly lit screen with 2,560 x 1,440 resolution. This allows for easy spreadsheet editing and presentation of projects. You can also simply plug in an external monitor to give you more screen space. This can be done by utilizing the Mini DisplayPort to hook up another monitor or device.

On the side of the iMac there is a slot-loading DVD player/burner. Unfortunately for some reason, Apple does not allow for the option of Blu-ray. This was one of the very few disappointments to be found with the iMac 27-inch (Core i7).

Included with your iMac is the iLife suite that is comprised of iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, and iTunes. These are some great programs that allow for immense creativity. The system comes standard with 4GB of DDR3 memory and can hold up to 16GB. To replace the hard drive it is necessary to take apart the iMac, so external expansion is the best way to go.

The iMac 27-inch (Core i7) runs on an Intel Core i7-860 processor with 2.8GHz that can be boosted up to 3.46GHz when it is necessary to provide more computing power. The Core i7 processor also supports HyperThreading which allows you to compute eight streams of data at once. This is a great computer for multimedia purposes. This iMac is also great for gaming. It features ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics that allows for smooth gameplay.

The Apple iMac 27-inch (Core i7) is an extremely powerful multimedia desktop computer. It is fast, sleek, up-to-date, and feature-filled. The only possible drawback for most people would be the price tag. It is listed at $2,199 direct from Apple. That may seem like a lot to put out for a desktop computer, but for those that have the cash for such a purchase, they will be getting everything they could ever want from the iMac.

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