Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Signs that there is something wrong with your PC

See if your computer has already caught some cyber - "flu."

No Display in Monitor.
The common problem with a monitor is when you can't see any images even if the CPU is turned on. Double check if you have properly connected all the the plugs and wires of your monitor. If you have properly connected all the wires and plugs, try using another monitor and see if anything shows. And if the other monitor works, then, your monitor is broken. Better replace your monitor than have them repaired.

However, if there is still no display in the other monitor, there could be a problem in your video card. Before replacing it, you may want to check if your video card is installed properly on the motherboard. There might also be a problem in your memory card (RAM) or with your hard disk. There are beeps you will hear when you turn on your PC that will determine if your memory card or hard disk has no problem. Check the manual of your PC for the guidelines.

Power Problem.
Your computer won't turn on, even if it is plugged to an electrical outlet, then, there must be a problem in your PC's power supply. Another indication of ailing power supply is that it restarts the computer without any warning.

Check the metal box located in the top and back your PC, held in by screws and connected to the power cable. You can disconnect the power supply from the computer by yourself to save time and money instead of getting a technician to do this. Study where the wires are connected and disconnect all the wires from the power supply. Take the power supply to a computer shop and find a replacement, then, reinstall the power supply and the wires connected to it.

Blue Screen.
A blue screen appears in your monitor with several texts, including the text that says physical dumping of memory, there might be a problem in your memory card (RAM).

Take note of the messages on the screen and you can browse the internet for possible solutions to the problem. Defrag your computer regularly and perform reformat in your PC to lessen the possiblity of occurring of this problem.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

How to get Gmail on iPhone or iPod touch

Here is a step-by-step guide on how get Gmail on iPhone or iPod touch.
  1. Enable IMAP in your Gmail settings using your web browser. Sign in to Gmail and click on the Settings at the top of any Gmail page. Then, click Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab and select Enable IMAP. Click Save changes.

  2. On your iPhone or iPod Touch, click Settings, then, select Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

  3. Select Add Account and choose Gmail from the list.

  4. Enter your Gmail account information and click Save button. Now, you can retrieve Gmail.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

How to create strong passwords

We used passwords to access personal information in our computer and in our online accounts. If someone steals our passwords, they can easily use your credit accounts or change your password in online applications like Yahoo Messenger, Facebook, etc. You will not notice this until damages have been done.

What should you do? One thing you must do is to create a strong password. Password strength is measured on how effective the password in resisting guessing and brute-force attacks. The strength of the password is a function of length, complexity, and randomness.

Microsoft has published an article regarding password creation entitled Strong passwords: How to create and use them.

Coming up with a password which is both easy to remember and safe is no easy task. I found an article that will help you create a password that you can easily remember.

After reading the tips on the articles I sited, you now know how strong your password is. Check if your password is good enough, read “500 worst passwords of all time".

But remember that this is only our first line of defense against hackers. The most important thing that you must do is to change your internet browsing habits. Log out when you are done with any transaction and clear the cache so there will be no traces of your log in account. Make sure that you installed anti-virus and your firewall is on. Also, when you are using a computer in an internet cafe, check if an anti-virus is installed. And avoid downloading malicious softwares from the internet because this might contain a program that will check on your passwords.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

How to open a DMG file in Windows

What is a DMG file? A DMG file is the MAC equivalent of ISO file in Windows. .DMG files are created by Apple to be used with a MAC operating system.

To open a .DMG file in a Windows environment, you need a converter like the UltraISO program. You can download the program in this website UltraISO is a CD/DVD image file creating/editing/converting tool, it can directly edit the CD image file and extract files and folders from it, as well as make ISO files from your CD-ROM or hard disk. It can convert many image format to standard ISO.

After you have downloaded the program, install it in your PC and follow the steps below to convert the .DMG file to .ISO.

  1. Open UltraISO.

  2. Select File > Open.

  3. In the Open ISO file dialog box, select the .DMG file you want to convert then, click Open.

  4. The files compressed in the selected .DMG file will be displayed.

  5. Go to Tools and click Convert.

  6. In the Convert dialog box, you can choose where will the converted file be saved. Just change the output directory by typing in the destination address or by browsing. You can also select the output format of the converted file. Since we are going to convert it to .ISO file, select Standard ISO(.ISO) and click Convert. Converting process will start.

Now, you're done.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Essential Michael Jackson

I just bought an album of the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, entitled The Essential Michael Jackson 3.0 . This is a compilation of his greatest hit songs from his days at Motown Records with the Jackson 5 in the late 1960s to his 2001 hit "You Rock My World".

I had goosebumps as I listened to each of his song . You can hear his voice evolves from a beautiful high-pitch little one to a pop-soft vocal. This album is a must-buy for all MJ fans. It contains 3 discs, the third one as the bonus CD. Below is the track listing of the album.

Disc one

  1. "I Want You Back" (The Jackson 5)
  2. "ABC" (The Jackson 5)
  3. "The Love You Save" (The Jackson 5)
  4. "Got to Be There"
  5. "Rockin' Robin"
  6. "Ben"
  7. "Enjoy Yourself" (The Jacksons)
  8. "Blame It on the Boogie" (The Jacksons)
  9. "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" (The Jacksons)
  10. "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough"
  11. "Rock with You"
  12. "Off the Wall"
  13. "She's Out of My Life"
  14. "Can You Feel It" (The Jacksons)
  15. "The Girl Is Mine" (With Paul McCartney)
  16. "Billie Jean"
  17. "Beat It"
  18. "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"
  19. "Human Nature"
  20. "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)"
  21. "Thriller"

Disc two

  1. "Bad"
  2. "I Just Can't Stop Loving You"
  3. "Leave Me Alone"
  4. "The Way You Make Me Feel"
  5. "Man in the Mirror"
  6. "Dirty Diana"
  7. "Another Part of Me"
  8. "Smooth Criminal"
  9. "Black or White"
  10. "Heal the World"
  11. "Remember the Time"
  12. "In the Closet"
  13. "Who Is It"
  14. "Will You Be There"
  15. "Dangerous"
  16. "You Are Not Alone"
  17. "You Rock My World"

Essential 3.0 bonus disc
  1. "Can't Get Outta the Rain"
  2. "Say Say Say" (with Paul McCartney)
  3. "Jam"
  4. "They Don't Care About Us"
  5. "Blood on the Dance Floor"
  6. "Stranger in Moscow"
  7. "Butterflies"

Hello Word!

"Hello world!" - this is the phrase used in many introductory tutorials for teaching a programming language. Every programmer starts with a simple "Hello World" program. So what does this program do? It is simply a computer program that prints out "Hello world!" on a display device.

I am a programmer and I just want to pay tribute to this famous and most loved phrase
by displaying it on my first blog entry.