Category Archives: Windows 7

[How to] Remove the white block on the top left of desktop

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If you suddenly found that your desktop has an un-clickable, un-removable white block on the desktop, you might be in the right place. Check whether you installed Soluto (for my case, it is the culprit), if you did, just simply quit it and guess what? Problem solved.

It is apparently a bug in Soluto that is known by the developer, but it is not fixed yet in the latest version. Current workaround for this issue is to turn on the ‘Exit Right After Boot’ option for Soluto.

Hope it helps.

P/S: If you doesn’t have Soluto installed, but having the similar issue, probably it is caused by lack of memory, incomplete exiting of some applications such as IE, the installation of Double Twist etc. These are some common causes that I found during the searching. Good luck!

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[Review] wunderlist – A simple multi-platform task management tool

WunderlistLooking for a simple task management tool that you can access anywhere, either on your smartphone, Windows PC, tablets etc.? wunderlist might be just your thing.

A product from 6wunderkind, a Berlin-based company, wunderlist aimed to provide a simple and user friendly task management experience which can be synchronized across almost all of your mobile devices, and your computer, be it a Windows PC or an Apple Mac. Currently they have the wunderlist app for iOS devices (iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad), Android devices (1.6 above), Windows PC (XP, Vista and 7), and Mac (OSX 10 and above). They also have a web-based wunderlist, which is very useful especially when you are using a public computer, or using an unsupported operating system eg. Linux-based distro. No news for Windows Phone 7 and Blackberry yet, but don’t be disappointed, they are currently hiring now, so I am expecting some surprises in the near future.

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Resize image using right click? Image Resizer is your answer.

Image_ResizeIf you have a bunch of photos shot at a huge 10 Megapixels (and thus the huge file size) that you wanted to quickly share them to your friends and family via email, Facebook etc., and you are too lazy to fire up the slow-loading-and-complex image manipulation application, look no further, Image Resizer is possibly the best solution for you.

Image Resizer is an evolved product from the Image Resizer Powertoy Clone by BriceLambson, which allow the user to resize images with just a few clicks. Once it is installed, it sits comfortably in your right click context menu (only when you right click on images), and it is always ready for your resizing command.

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How to restore/format your Acer desktop/laptop without recovery disc?

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Update: While I have been trying hard to solve everyone’s issue with Acer Recovery System, I found that I am no longer able to help since there are too many different situations happen when using the Acer Recovery System. Therefore from now on, I will NOT answer any problem related to this, since my primary aim of this post is to made Acer’s user to aware of such recovery system, and doesn’t meant for solving problems with the system. If you have problem using Acer Recovery System, contact Acer or ask in related forums. I don’t have an Acer system and I can’t really efficiently help everyone. I am sorry and good luck!

If you owned an Acer desktop/laptop and you just found out that there isn’t any Windows or Acer recovery disc when you planned to do a system restore – you are not alone. Most, if not all, of their PC doesn’t come with a recovery cd at the time of purchase, though they will provide them if you specifically request and purchase from them.

So, without the recovery disc, what can you do, if say, you have a not repairable system, such as endless loop startup repair wizard (i just helped my friend to end this by restoring the system recently), or a bloated system that is slow and unusable, and you want to restore your system back to the original state? No worries, if your Acer computer hardware still in it’s original configuration, especially HDD, most likely you will be able to do so.

In the HDD that comes with the Acer computer (Windows Vista system, though I would think it’s the same for Windows XP and Windows 7, correct me If I am wrong), there are two visible partitions, namely ACER (C Drive) and DATA (D Drive), and also a hidden partition created by Acer called PQSERVICE. This hidden partition contained the original copy of your Windows and factory configuration, which is not accessible (at least not in a direct way) within Windows, and it will only be used by the Acer eRecovery System. So if you have replaced the HDD that comes with the computer unofficially (not via Acer) and it is not an exact copy of your old HDD, most likely you won’t have this partition available, and therefore you won’t be able to use the Acer eRecovery System.

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Increase Your Browser Loading Speed [How To]

speedometer0100_ffxInternet browsers have become one of the most important software on the computer, be it a PC or a Mac, and those big brand of browsers like Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Opera etc. are always working hard to add in tons of features into their browser to attract more users. Although new features are most welcomed (like HTML5, JavaScript speedup etc.), but I believe most of the usual browser users will still concern about the speed of the browser itself, either the startup speed or the loading speed.

Recently, there are a new trick which has been widely spread through the internet on how to increase the browser’s speed, by creating a virtual RAM disk from your physical RAM (Wikipedia: RAM Disk). As we all know, RAM (or Random Access Memory) is able to be accessed much faster by your computer compared to the hard drive, thus if the disk cache of the browser (which stores all the data, images from your browsing session) is located at the RAM disk, theoretically the browser’s loading speed should be faster, since the cached data are now accessed from RAM to the browser, instead of the hard drive. And I do find the browser startup a little bit faster with this method (might be different for different systems), so I think it should helps in browsing experience, given that you have a large amount of RAM installed (4GB is recommended).

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Firesheep Forced Internet User to Rethink the Security Issue of Web Services

internet-globeTwo weeks ago, or 24th October 2010, there is a new plug-in for Firefox being released during the ToorCon 12 (a hacker conference) and immediately the plug-in captured tons of media attention. What is this plug-in made for, you might ask? Firesheep, a plug-in for Mozilla Firefox that is developed to demonstrate the security issue in most of the famous web services, such as Facebook, Twitter etc., and this security issue (known as HTTP Session Hijacking) wasn’t a new one – it is already made known and discussed since year 2004, and still most of the web services are ignoring this issue. Most of the web services aware that they can do a fully secured website for their users by using HTTPS/SSL, but a big portion of them choose either not to implement it, or implement it at the surface layer only (like Facebook and Twitter), where you only have the full encryption and protection during the login, but not the session after that. This doesn’t do good for their user since the HTTP sessions are still easily being hacked, and certainly their new privacy settings doesn’t help in the situation at all.

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Giveaway of Daniusoft DVD to iPad Converter, Until Aug 31st [Windows and Mac]

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Have an iPad and wish to play some nice DVD videos on your precious? Looking for the converter that is simple and fast but most of them cost you some bucks? Don’t miss this great offer from Daniusoft as they are ready to giveaway their DVD to iPad Converter for free by just liking their facebook page, until August 31st 2010. Continue reading Giveaway of Daniusoft DVD to iPad Converter, Until Aug 31st [Windows and Mac]