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[How To] Temporary Solution to the Slow/Laggy Facebook in Malaysia (Windows only)

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Update 1: Fix updated for those concern about security issue.

If you are staying in Malaysia and have recently found that your Facebook has been loaded quite unbelievably slow, you are definitely not alone. The author of this post have the same issue, especially during the photo viewing, it is pretty laggy.

Luckily there is a temporary solution for this. It is being a temporary solution because I believe eventually the problem will be solved by Facebook themselves, plus if there are more people know about this workaround, it might cause congestion as well, therefore the temporary.

Basically it requires a minimal changes in your Windows file, and you can start to feel the difference in loading times. So let’s get started!

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Get Extra 768MB Space in Dropbox for Free [How To]

Dropbox is a service that allows you to store documents or media files to their server, and synchronize them to all of your other devices easily. It is also meant to use for sharing easily where you can generate a quick link to your file, and monitor any changes to your file, which is very helpful in work collaboration; they also offers client in smartphone. If you are new to Dropbox, you can log on to their site for more information.

Although Dropbox team do offers some Pro account (50GB and 100GB) with monthly fee or annual fee for heavy users, but the free account from Dropbox which has a 2GB storage is most likely adequate for most of the office users, to synchronize their documents between home and workplace, or even home users, which can use it to store quite a number of medias such as photos, digital songs, documents, either for sharing or backup purpose.

Once you have your account signed up in Dropbox, you are readily to make the full use of the given 2GB capacity. Dropbox is so kind that they offer you and your friend (good thing meant to be shared together) a free 250MB for each invited friend that registered themselves, up to 8GB. However, unless you have a relatively large network, you might find it is a little bit difficult to get yourself free spaces in Dropbox (some of them doesn’t need Dropbox at all), here’s another way to do it.

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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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Solve slow Steam client update issue [How To]

Ultimate solution updated below!

steam_logoStarting up your Steam client, and you see that there is some auto update upon launching, but it doesn’t seems right as the update progress seems to be EXTREMELY slow and stuck at certain percentage (or proceed at the very slow rate even the internet connection seems fine) – most likely you are not going to have your Steam client updated anytime soon. The culprit (highly possible) is the incorrect and slow server chosen by the client for update and hence the ridiculous slow downloading.

If you have the similar issue, you can try this solution and see if it helps (you might have to do this for a couple of times before the download speed back to the usual one, for my case, I did about 10 times):

1. Navigate to your steam installation folder (most likely it’s in C:\Program Files\Steam), and look for a file called ClientRegistry.blob

2. Shut down the running client which is updating at snail speed (Cancel the updates).

3. Either rename it (eg. ClientRegistry.blob_old) or delete it straightaway.

4. Restart the Steam client and the update will be restarted. If the right server is picked up by the client and your internet connection is fine, you will notice the update being downloaded at a nice speed.

Hope this solution help you from the frustration of slow Steam client update. A little bit of searching in the Steam forum shows that there are also some other possible reasons that causing this, but most of the time using the solution above will solve the issue. Good luck and happy gaming!

Update 1: Once again, I am having the same issue next restart. A couple of times of deleting the file doesn’t help much, always stalled at certain percentage. Then, I just try my luck to enable the Steam client to access my network through Windows Firewall in both connection types (Home/Work and Public), Voila, the update smoother than butter after that.

Update 2: Another similar issue happened to me after the next restart. Windows Firewall exception doesn’t do the job this time, and finally I decided to restart my modem router to get a new IP from my ISP – Everything solved. Probably my previous IP doesn’t like the Steam client, or vice versa. Anyhow, if you have an ISP that provide you dynamic IPs, try to get another IP address, most probably it will solve your Steam update issue.

Ultimate Solution: This should work for anyone. The main problem of this update issue is due to the slow download from bad steam server. Therefore changing the connection to good steam update server is the solution for this.

How to do this? Download TCPView application, then run the application while the Steam updating. In the TCPView, look for Steam.exe, right click on it and choose Close Connection. Check the update dialog to see if the update speed increases. If it’s not, close connection again. Do it for a few times (I tried doing it around 15 times) to get the good update server and Steam will be updated!

Do share your experience on how you solve the problem to everyone via comment below, thanks!

‘Reverse’ drag-and-drop, now in Google Mail

If you are a Gmail user, I’d suggest you to use Google Chrome as your primary browser. Besides both are services offered by Google, but when there is new features in Gmail, most likely Google Chrome user will be the one who enjoy it first (for a few months. at least). The Gmail team has found drag-and-drop is so useful in emailing that they starts to implement it into Gmail, starting from drag-and-drop attachments onto messages (which works in Firefox as well), then the drag-and-drop images into messages, and now, the reverse drag-and-drop – dragging the attachments from the messages into your desktop to save. Of course, if you have a large number of attachments, most probably you will consider to download all of them in archive form (which can be done in Gmail too), but if you are downloading the attachments selectively, and you might want to save a few clicks, this new feature is for you. Continue reading ‘Reverse’ drag-and-drop, now in Google Mail