Tag Archives: PC

A guide to surviving hacks

Justin Pot at makeuseof.com gives us the link of a guide wrote by Matt Smith called “Hackerproof: your guide to pc security” that includes “[…]

  • The history and types of modern malware
  • Which operating system is most secure
  • Good security habits that keep you safe
  • Software that can protect you
  • The importance of backing up your data
  • Recovering from a malware attack

[…]” (full article at http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/download-hackerproof-guide-pc-security/).

And here are the direct links to download or to read it in scribd.

Worth a read!


How to remove Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) from your PC

Tim Brookes at Makeusof.com writes a tutorial on how to remove Windows Nag protection.

For those who would like to understand the techie behind this kind of protection, the article is at http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/remove-windows-genuine-advantage-pc/; for all consider buying a genuine one.


Controlling PC from IPhone or IPod touch

The guys at how to geek wrote a good tutorial on how to interact and control a PC with an iPhone or iPod Touch through Logitech Touch mouse (full article at http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/29572/use-your-ipod-or-iphone-to-remotely-control-your-pc/).

Worth a try, though I found it a little bit complex.


Deauthorize computers in iTunes

How to geek writes a small tutorial for beginners on how to deauthorize PCs in iTunes (full article at http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/23974/beginner-deauthorize-all-computers-associated-with-your-itunes-account/).

Of course is very easy (you only need to go to store–>deauthorize and follow the instructions, while you can do the opposite for authorizing), but if you came here to find help on this, take a look at the step by step tutorial 😉 .


How to build a computer

Online tech tips starts the first of a series of articles aimed at building a PC (full article at http://www.online-tech-tips.com/computer-tips/what-parts-do-i-need-to-build-a-computer-part-i/).

This first article covers processors: worth a read and follow.


Computer overheat

Erica Ho at Lifehacker (http://lifehacker.com/people/ericamho/posts/), writes an article on how to prevent computer overheating (full article at http://lifehacker.com/5570909/how-to-prevent-your-computer-from-overheating-and-why-its-important).

Take a look at it, may save you pc from some unwanted crashes or damages.


Happy birthday Windows 3.0

The windows club reminds us that today is the 20th anniversary of Microsoft Windows 3.0  (full story at http://www.thewindowsclub.com/windows-3-0-turns-20).

Those like me that remember those “good old times” also remind that sort of religious wars between thos owning a Mac, an Amiga and a PC.

And when we read the System requirments:

  • 8086/8088 processor or better
  • 640K conventional memory, though 1 MB of extended memory recommended.
  • Hard disk with 6-7MB of free space
  • CGA/EGA/VGA/Hercules/8514/A graphics and an appropriate and compatible monitor
  • a little proud smile comes in my mind, wondering how much we were cratives doing what everyone of us did with those resources.

    Now we think that Teras, Gigas and Internet are the “normal” world. Yesterday we had kilos and megas. No it’s not a century ago, just 20 years.

    This post as a comment also at http://www.thewindowsclub.com/windows-3-0-turns-20/comment-page-1#comment-5273


    XMBC as a game console

    Whitson Gordon at Lifehacker (http://lifehacker.com/people/Gyroscope352/posts/) writes an article on how to turn popular Media center software XBMC in a gaming console, launching PC games (full article at http://lifehacker.com/5523672/turn-your-xbmc-media-center-into-a-video-game-console?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+lifehacker%2Ffull+%28Lifehacker%29).

    Seems cool, though for me is a little bit complicated for the average user.

    On the other side I think that having a one place for all for me is not so good, because personally I prefer being “faster” than having a single place but being slower.

    I use XBMC on my laptops and it does its job well, though sometimes it has some performance problems. I’m quite curious of this tutorial: I’ll give this solution a try and see what happens… 🙂

    This post also as a comment at http://lifehacker.com/5523672/turn-your-xbmc-media-center-into-a-video-game-console?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+lifehacker%2Ffull+%28Lifehacker%29


    On PC memory and good old times

    JFK (http://www.lockergnome.com/jfk/author/jfk/) at Lockergnome asks which is the memory installed and used in our PCS (full article at http://www.lockergnome.com/jfk/2009/08/20/how-much-pc-memory-do-you-have).

    I got 4 gigs of RAM in one PC (a Dell that in Windows sees only 3.2 of them, despite PAE activating) and 2 on another one. I use all of them up to the last bit.. 🙂

    And though (or because) one is a company laptop they are slower than ever 🙂 …

    I really smile while I remember those good old times when 48kb (Spectrum) of RAM or 512kb (PC) maybe with no or 20Mb helped you feeling working with a Supercomputer.

    But on a most serious side, I think we have been going towards a way of building applications and OSs are not optimized at all, having as a prerequisite the fact that memory is widely available (both as RAM and disk space).

    Just one question: wasn’t a little bit more challenging building an application in 200kb?

    This post as a comment at http://www.lockergnome.com/jfk/2009/08/20/how-much-pc-memory-do-you-have/#comment-594


    Geekness inside

    Anton Olsen at Wired built a list on 100 essential skills for Geeks (full article at http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2009/07/100-basic-geek-skills-for-geeks/).

    My comment “Really great.
    Seems perfects also for engineers 🙂
    Mmhhhh!? Why me that I’m an economist do I fit quite an all of these?”

    My answers.

    1. Properly secure a wireless router.  Yep.
    2. Crack the WEP key on a wireless router.  YEP!
    3. Leech Wifi from your neighbor. Yep, also if I don’t need this and because I’m polite 😉
    4. Screw with Wifi leeches.  Yes.
    5. Setup and use a VPN.  Too much VPNs in my life.
    6. Work from home or a coffee shop as effectively as you do at the office. Yes, but coffee at home is free
    7. Wire your own home with Ethernet cable.  Did it twice in two different homes, much better than Wifi
    8. Turn a web camera into security camera.  Yes.
    9. Use your 3G phone as a Wi-Fi access point. Yes, where’s the challenge?
    10. Understand what “There’s no Place Like 127.0.0.1” means. The best kept secret in the world after area 51.
    11. Identify key-loggers. Yes
    12. Properly connect a TV, Tivo, XBox, Wii, and Apple TV so they all work together with the one remote. Yes, thanks to my universal remote for existing
    13. Program a universal remote. Took a little bit, but also macros are supported
    14. Swap out the battery on your iPod/iPhone. Never tried.
    15. Benchmark Your Computer. Yes, and benchmarked with my office one
    16. Identify all computer components on sight. Tricky, but ok.
    17. Know which parts to order from NewEgg.com, and how to assemble them into a working PC.  YEP!
    18. Troubleshoot any computer/gadget problem, over the phone. Yes, sometimes people abuse of this..
    19. Use any piece of technology intuitively, without instruction or prior knowledge. Yes.
    20. How to irrecoverably protect data. And how to revover irrecoverrably protected data
    21. Recover data from a dead hard drive. Unfortunately I did it once. What I cannot manage is when electric motor is gone 😉
    22. Share a printer between a Mac and a PC on a network. Never tried
    23. Install a Linux distribution. (Hint: Ubuntu 9.04 is easier than installing Windows). Long live to Linux.
    24. Remove a virus from a computer. Did it. Not funny but working.
    25. Dual (or more) boot a computer. Dual boot is enough forme. Better virtualizing.
    26. Boot a computer off a thumb drive. Did it, now I’ll try different fingers (LOL 🙂 )
    27. Boot a computer off a network drive. Yes.
    28. Replace or repair a laptop keyboard. Yes. Time has passed since my first laptop with external keyboard.
    29. Run more than two monitors on a single computer. Easy one.
    30. Successfully disassemble and reassemble a laptop. Did it. Depends how deep you dissassemble
    31. Know at least 10 software easter eggs off the top of your head. Taking notes is permitted?
    32. Bypass a computer password on all major operating systems. Windows, Mac, Linux Win and Linux done, Mac not available.
    33. Carrying a computer cleaning arsenal on your USB drive. Yes. Thanks God for external usb drives.
    34. Bypass content filters on public computers. Yes, with some restrictions.
    35. Protect your privacy when using a public computer. Yes.
    36. Surf the web anonymously from home. Yes, but who really knows ho much are anonymous?
    37. Buy a domain, configure bind, apache, MySQL, php, and WordPress without Googling a how-to. Never tried, but as a project seems not much complicated 
    38. Basic *nix command shell knowledge with the ability to edit and save a file with vi. Yes.
    39. Create a web site using vi. Nope. This is really Geek next level.
    40. Transcode a DVD to play on a portable device. Yes.
    41. Hide a file in an image using steganography. Yes.
    42. Knowing the answer to life, the universe and everything. And where is this little thumb drive gone….
    43. Share a single keyboard and mouse between multiple computers without a KVM switch. Never tried
    44. Google obscure facts in under 3 searches. Bonus point if you can use I Feel Lucky. And double points if you have access to Google voice.
    45. Build amazing structures with LEGO and invent a compelling back story for the creation. Yes. The only problem is my quite 3 years daughter stealing my bricks… 🙂
    46. Understand that it is LEGO, not Lego, Legos, or Lego’s. It’s LEGO and it’s Danish like butter cookies.
    47. Build a two story house out of LEGO, in monochrome, with a balcony. Yes. Tried once with more than two stories. Collapsed.
    48. Construct a costume for you or your kid out of scraps, duct tape, paper mâché, and imagination. Yes.
    49. Be able to pick a lock. Depends on lock type. Then thungsten carburum drill comes.
    50. Determine the combination of a Master combination padlock in under 10 minutes. On 4 digits.
    51. Assemble IKEA furniture without looking at the instructions. Bonus point if you don’t have to backtrack. Yes. Double points if don’t use provided tools.
    52. Use a digital SLR in full manual mode. I love reflex, but old styled ones.
    53. Do cool things to Altoids tins. Yes, when tins are available.
    54. Be able to construct paper craft versions of space ships. Difficult one: can I do only a little, stilized boat 🙂
    55. Origami! Bonus point for duct tape origami. (Ductigami). Really complex does a little stilized boat count?
    56. Fix anything with duct tape, chewing gum and wire. Yes, including curtains.
    57. Knowing how to avoid being eaten by a grue.  Run baby run… 🙂
    58. Know what a grue is. This big furry….nope bald……..nope little….mmmh what is a grue?
    59. Understand where XYZZY came from, and have used it. Is it a sharade?
    60. Play any SNES game on your computer through an emulator. Easy one.
    61. Burn the rope. Yes.
    62. Know the Konami code, and where to use it. Yes.
    63. Whistle, hum, or play on an iPhone, the Cantina song. Mmmmmh I’m disadvantaged on this, because I don’t know the song
    64. Learning to play the theme songs to the kids favorite TV shows. Yes.
    65. Solve a Rubik’s Cube. Never mastered without removing stickers.
    66. Calculate THAC0. Nope.
    67. Know the difference between skills and traits. Yes.
    68. Explain special relativity in terms an eight-year-old can grasp. Yes, but never tried.
    69. Recite pi to 10 places or more. 3.1415926535 no more.
    70. Be able to calculate tip and split the check, all in your head. Yes. Easy one.
    71. Explain that the colours in a rainbow are roygbiv. Yes.
    72. Understand the electromagnetic spectrum – xray, uv, visible, infrared, microwave, radio. Yes.
    73. Know the difference between radiation and radioactive contamination. Yes. Chernobil and 3MI teach.
    74. Understand basic electronics components like resistors, capacitors, inductors and transistors. I stop at transistors.
    75. Solder a circuit while bottle feeding an infant. (lead free solder please.). I assume I can. At next baby I’ll try.
    76. The meaning of technical acronyms. YEEEEEEEEEES!
    77. The coffee dash, blindfolded (or blurry eyed). Coffee <brew> [cream] [sugar]. In under a minute. Yes. As fast as my coffee machine is.
    78. Build a fighting robot. Yep
    79. Program a fighting robot. Nope
    80. Build a failsafe into a fighting robot so it doesn’t kill you. I’m dead!
    81. Be able to trace the Fellowship’s journey on a map of Middle Earth. Yes.
    82. Know all the names of the Dwarves in The Hobbit. Nope
    83. Understand the difference between a comic book and a graphic novel. Yes.
    84. Know where your towel is and why it is important. Yes.
    85. Re-enact the parrot sketch. Yes.
    86. Know the words to The Lumberjack Song. Nope
    87. Reciting key scenes from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Yes.
    88. Be able to recite at least one Geek Movie word for word. Yes. Depends of which is considered a geek movie
    89. Know what the 8th Chevron does on a Stargate and how much power is required to get a lock. Nope
    90. Be able to explain why it’s important that Han shot first. Really important.
    91. Know why it is just wrong for Luke and Leia to kiss. Incest is enough?
    92. Stop talking Star Wars long enough to get laid. Yes.
    93. The ability to name actors, characters and plotlines from the majority of sci-fi movies produced since 1968. Nope.
    94. Cite Mythbusters when debunking a myth or urban legend. Yes.
    95. Sleep with a Cricket bat next to your bed. Nope.
    96. Have a documented plan on what to do during a zombie or robot uprising. yes, but I won’t share the plan, in case some zombies are around
    97. Identify evil alternate universe versions of friends, family, co-workers or self. Everybody.
    98. Be able to convince TSA that the electronic parts you are carrying are really not a threat to passengers. Hey! give me back my HD….
    99. Talk about things that aren’t tech related. Yes. And it’s the best part.
    100. Get something on the front page of Digg. Never mastered.

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