[How To] Install Swype 3.5 on MIUI Android ROM 1.6

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If you got your MIUI-supported Android phone flashed with the latest MIUI 1.6 ROM, most probably you will find that it is impossible to get the Swype keyboard fully installed in your device; most likely the Swype installer is unable to license your copy of Swype, causing the keyboard running without license which have limited functionalities. The main cause is that in MIUI ROM, there is no way to disable Swype as required since that particular Settings page has been modified. But not too worry, it is still possible to install it completely, although it involved several extra steps.

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[How To] Solve the new MIUI Android ROM 1.6 reboot issues

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If you has been flashing your MIUI-supported Android devices to the latest 1.6.3 or 1.6.10, you probably found that some of the third party apps caused the phone to reboot automatically without any warning. No worry, you are not alone. It probably nothing to do with bad flash or bad download; it just the new permissions management system that is introduced in the new MIUI ROM.

In the new MIUI ROM, all the third party apps that require to access your SMS and Phone functions (and even ROOT) will be managed to prevent any malicious apps from accessing them. This permissions management system can be accessed from the System Tools, namely the Superuser. It is an app that manage your permission for the third party apps from accessing the SMS and Phone functions, and if the app does not have the permission, the phone will automatically reboot to prevent it from accessing them. As a result, you might be seeing some third party apps like Whatsapp cause the phone to reboot upon activating since it is trying to access the phone SMS function.

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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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[Giveaway] ZAGG Invisible Shield Screen Protector for Xperia X8

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Tips:

  • To upload screenshots, I recommend TinyPic or imgur.
  • Please leave a contact, either email address or Twitter handle etc., so that I can contact you to get your mailing address.

Good luck!

Weather code for Malaysia

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If you are using some desktop customization tools such as Rainmeter or Samurize, just to name a few, you might need to look for the weather code for the weather forecast plugin/gadget. If you are looking for the weather.com weather code for your plugin, you are in the right place. Below covered most, if not all available weather code for Malaysia:

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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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