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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

[fix] Dell keyboard having 2 different layouts! - New (US-INTL) keyboard


My keyboard on my Mini 9 Netbook started having problems so Dell replaced it with a new one.

I then noticed that the new keyboard had a slightly different feel to it and when I i compared the two I found many changes!!!

It seems that this is a new keyboard called the (US-INTL) keyboard

Oh great now I have to relearn typing on this one.. lol it was strange enough the previous time! But hey… I must be adaptable shouldn't I?

Here are the two keyboards:

The OLD one:

The NEW one:

You will notice that some keys do not work!!! like the ~ for example. If you replace the standard US keyboard with the US-International keyboard, you have to follow this process to get the Mini9 to recognize it properly:

1.Shut down the Mini.
2.Disconnect the AC adapter.
3.Hold down the Fn and K keys.
4.Reconnect the AC adapter
5.Release the keys.
6.Now boot and you should be fine.

Friday, December 25, 2009

The True Story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

The True Story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

A guy named Bob May, depressed and brokenhearted, stared out his drafty apartment window into the chilling December night. His 4-year-old daughter, Barbara, sat on his lap quietly sobbing. Bobs wife, Evelyn, was dying of cancer. Little Barbara couldn't understand why her mommy could never come home. Barbara looked up into her dads eyes and asked, "Why isn't Mommy just like everybody else's Mommy?" Bob's jaw tightened and his eyes welled with tears. Her question brought waves of grief, but also of anger. It had been the story of Bob's life. Life always had to be different for Bob. Being small when he was a kid, Bob was often bullied by other boys. He was too little at the time to compete in sports. He was often called names he'd rather not remember.

From childhood, Bob was different and never seemed to fit in. Bob did complete college, married his loving wife and was grateful to get his job as a copywriter at Montgomery Ward during the Great Depression. Then he was blessed with his little girl. But it was all short-lived. Evelyn's bout with cancer stripped them of all their savings and now Bob and his daughter were forced to live in a two-room apartment in the Chicago slums. Evelyn died just days before Christmas in 1938. Bob struggled to give hope to his child, for whom he couldn't even afford to buy a Christmas gift. But if he couldn't buy a gift, he was determined a make one - a storybook!

Bob had created an animal character in his own mind and told the animal's story to little Barbara to give her comfort and hope. Again and again Bob told the story, embellishing it more with each telling. Who was the character? What was the story all about? The story Bob May created was his own autobiography in fable form. The character he created was a misfit outcast like he was. The name of the character? A little reindeer named Rudolph, with a big shiny nose.

Bob finished the book just in time to give it to his little girl on Christmas Day. But the story doesn't end there. The general manager of Montgomery Ward caught wind of the little storybook and offered Bob May a nominal fee to purchase the rights to print the book. Wards went on to print Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and distribute it to children visiting Santa Claus in their stores. By 1946 Wards had printed and distributed more than six million copies of Rudolph. That same year, a major publisher wanted to purchase the rights from Wards to print an updated version of the book. In an unprecedented gesture of kindness, the CEO of Wards returned all rights back to Bob May. The book became a best seller. Many toy and marketing deals followed and Bob May, now remarried with a growing family, became wealthy from the story he created to comfort his grieving daughter.

But the story doesn't end there either. Bob's brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, made a song adaptation to Rudolph. Though the song was turned down by such popular vocalists as Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore, it was recorded by the singing cowboy, Gene Autry. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was released in 1949 and became a phenomenal success, selling more records than any other Christmas song, with the exception of "White Christmas." The gift of love that Bob May created for his daughter so long ago kept on returning to bless him again and again. And Bob May learned the lesson, just like his dear friend Rudolph, that being different isn't so bad. In fact, being different can be a blessing!


Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

What's new in Google Docs?


This page was sent to me by my friend Bruce, and it seems very interesting so I am sharing it with you…   the pages original source is


We're still working to make Google Docs a better place, and we're listening closely to your suggestions. If you have anything you'd like to tell us, don't hesitate to let us know, and keep checking back for additions and improvements.

Just launched!

  • Shared folders
    Now you can simultaneously share a group of docs with your friends, coworkers, or family, by sharing an entire folder with them. Learn more

  • Bulk upload
    Upload multiple files quickly to your Docs list. Learn more

  • Drawings improvements
    Choose 'Insert Drawing' in any document, spreadsheet, or presentation to check out these new features.

    • Snap to guides
      Snap to guides helps you easily align objects with the drawings canvas and other objects. Learn more

    • Polylines
      Create continuous lines or even enclosed custom filled shapes composed of multiple segments. You can close shapes, fill them, and even move around points on a line by double-clicking the line. Learn more

    • Draw multiple lines
      It's now easier to quickly draw a sequence of related lines. Now when you finish drawing a line, arrow, or scribble, you stay in line drawing mode so you can start a new line immediately. Learn more

  • Translate and detect languages in Google spreadsheets
    =GoogleTranslate("Hola, ¿cómo estás?","es","en") gives "Hi, how are you?" (or leave out "en" and we'll automatically choose the default language of your spreadsheet) What if you don't know the language? =DetectLanguage("Hola, ¿cómo estás?") gives "es". Learn more

  • Forms: Add pages and allow navigation to a specific page within a form
    Whether it's showing a different set of food questions for vegetarians and meat-etarians or building a Choose Your Own Adventure game, Google forms can take care of it all. Add page breaks to your form and let people fill out only the sections that are relevant to them. Learn more

  • Print footnotes as endnotes
    Choose to print your footnotes as endnotes through the 'print settings' page. Learn more

  • Dictionary translation
    Find the definition of a word in a given language and then translate the word and the corresponding definitions into an alternate language. Learn more

  • Equation editor
    Insert and edit mathematical equations and symbols in documents. Learn more

  • Forms improvements
    We've added a new question type (grid), support for right-to-left languages in forms, and a new color scheme for the forms summary. Also, you can now pre-populate form fields with URL parameters, and if you use Google Apps, you can create forms which require sign-in to access. Learn more

  • Translate document
    You can now translate an entire document into over 40 languages. Learn more

  • Solve improvements
    Now your target cell can include the =sum() and =sumproduct() functions. Learn more

  • Export images into .xls files
    Description: Now you can export images from spreadsheets when exporting in .xls format. Learn more

  • Email as an attachment
    From the share button you can now email your Google Spreadsheets workbook out directly as an attachment in .xls, .csv, .ods, .pdf and other popular formats. Learn more

  • Snap to grid
    Auto-align text, images, shapes, and tables within your slides. Learn more

  • Insert images
    Insert an image into your drawing and add scribbles, shapes, lines, arrows, and text boxes on top of the image. Learn more

  • Tables
    You can now add tables to Google Docs presentations. Learn more

  • Automatically cycle through slides
    You can automatically cycle through slides in presentation mode and enable time delay, autostart, and loop. Learn more

  • Solve
    With Solve, you can easily optimize linear equations by specifying a target cell for the result and adding constraints to help you reach your answer. Learn more

  • ROMAN function
    Converting numbers into Roman numerals as easy as I, II, III. Learn more

  • Forms improvements
    We're adding section headers to allow you to divide your form in sections and provide more information for your respondents within the form. Learn more

  • DOCX Import
    You can now import Word 2007 files (.docx) into Google Docs. Learn more

What's been keeping us busy

  • New publish dialog for spreadsheets
    We've improved the sharing dialog to make it easier for you to publish your spreadsheet into different formats! Using the new publishing dialog, it's easy to get an html snippet, pdf file, or published link and share it with your friends, family, or colleagues. Learn more

  • Themes for forms
    Add a splash of color to your surveys and questionnaires. When you create and edit a form, simply apply one of the 70 themes. Learn more
    Themes for forms

  • Sheet Protection
    Spreadsheet owners can use the sheet protection feature to lock sheets so they can only be edited by collaborators the owner chooses. Learn more
    Sheet Protection

  • List View and Mobile View Improvements
    Now you can see your spreadsheets with all their formatting in List View and on your mobile device, this includes background/foreground colors, borders and text formatting! Learn more

  • Drawings and diagrams
    Create your own drawings and diagrams in Google Docs and use them in your text documents, spreadsheets and presentations. As with the rest of Google Docs, your drawings are auto-saved and you can edit them collaboratively. To get started, open a document and select Insert > Drawing. Learn more
    Drawings and diagrams

  • Find and replace toolbar for text documents
    The "Find and replace" feature in the text document Edit menu has gotten a makeover and an upgrade. Now it's a slick toolbar that sports case matching, whole word matching as well as regular expression-style matching. Learn more
    Find and replace toolbar for text documents

  • XLSX import
    You can now import supporting cell data, formatting, formulas, font style, background color, named ranges, frozen panes, and horizontal merges from Excel '07. Learn more

  • Google Apps automatic identity in Forms
    This feature enables the collection of the user's email address when filling out a form on a Google Apps domain. Learn more

  • Form summary page
    The form summary page can now be printed. Learn more

  • List view in the desktop version of Google spreadsheets
    You can now use list view's simple design and powerful filtering and sorting on your desktop or notebook computer. Learn more

  • Google Tournament function
    The GoogleTournament() function allows users to query NCAA data (including team names, records, scores, seedings, game times, etc) in a Google spreadsheet (ideal for creating automatic brackets). Learn more

  • Data Validation
    With two levels of validation, strict and lenient, you can now control what you and your collaborators enter into a spreadsheet. Learn more
    Data Validation

  • List View
    This 'lightweight' version of Google Spreadsheets will allow you to do quick edits when you are accessing Google Spreadsheets from select mobile devices (Android, iPhone and Nokia S60), when you are on a slow Internet connection or when there are more than 50 people accessing your spreadsheet at the same time. Learn more
    List View

  • Form Summary for your collaborators
    You can now let your collaborators or form respondents see a summary of the form responses. Learn more

  • Offline access in 40 languages
    You can now view & edit text documents offline and view spreadsheets, forms, and presentations offline in 39 more languages. To get started, you'll first need to enable offline access for Google Docs.

  • Print preview
    Need to see how many pages your document is or check on how your footnotes look at the bottom of the page? Go to File > Print preview for quick look at how your document will appear when printed.
    Document print preview

  • Forms in the templates gallery
    We've added 13 spreadsheet forms to the Templates Gallery under a new document type "Forms". Browse the new forms.

  • Footnotes for your school assignments
    You can now annotate your documents with footnotes. Use Insert > Footnote to add a footnote into the right margin. When printed, the footnotes will appear at the bottom of the page. Learn more.

  • New UI for spreadsheets!
    Just like our other editors in Google Docs, spreadsheets now has an updated interface. Menus make it easy to find all of our great and unique spreadsheet editing features.
    Sharing spreadsheets has also been updated. Now, it's simpler to invite people and manage access. As always, stay tuned as we continue to make this all-important action of sharing as simple as possible while giving you complete control over who sees and edits your content. Learn more

  • Add a table of contents to your documents
    Use the heading styles to title sections of your document (from the format menu, select Minor Heading, Sub-Heading, Heading). Then add a table of contents that will refer to those titled sections (from the Insert menu, select Table of contents). Learn more.

  • "Look up word" (U.S. English only)
    Select any word in your document, then go to the Tools menu to look up the word in your choice of U.S. English dictionary, thesaurus or encyclopaedia. Learn more.

  • Google search integration
    Again via the Tools menu, search the web for the word or words you have selected - either a regular text Google search or a Google image search. Learn more.

  • New UI in presentations!
    Google presentations now has a completely new interface, increasing the size of the slide during editing and visibility of thumbnails.

  • Slide Zooming
    Zoom in and out of your slides to see your content in detail. Learn more.

  • Create forms in a jiffy
    Choose New > Form to create new forms straight from Docs Home. We've also improved form editing, starting with drag-and-drop to reorder questions. Learn more.

  • Autosave for forms
    You don't have to lift a finger to use this new feature. Now, your form edits are automatically saved.

  • Find and replace
    Use Ctrl + F to search for and replace text across your entire spreadsheet. Learn more.

  • Two powerful new functions
    IMPORTRANGE() can reference data from any of your spreadsheets. SPLIT() cleans up text in a cell by splitting it into multiple cells at any delimiter you choose. Learn more about the importrange() function and the split() function.

  • Bullet and Object Reveals in presentations
    Pace your presentations with the new reveals feature. Set objects to appear in a certain order and advance through them by clicking. Set textboxes to reveal one bullet/paragraph level at a time. Learn more.

  • New! Templates
    Create professional documents, spreadsheets, and presentations in Google Docs. Get a jump start with one of hundreds of templates. Browse the templates gallery or learn more. Google Apps user? Learn how to use templates in your Apps account.

  • Analytics tracking on published documents
    You can now track how much traffic a particular published document is getting through Google Analytics. Learn more.

  • "Form" tab
    A new "Form" tab gives quick access to tools for creating, sending, and embedding spreadsheet forms. Learn more.

  • Scientific Notation Format
    Use Scientific Notation to represent bigger numbers - for example, enter 1.23E+15 when you want 1,230,000,000,000,000 or format large numbers ending in 000's explicitly in this format using the new option on the Format dropdown. Learn more.

  • Expand gadgets to a full sheet
    Give your gadgets more love. A whole window's worth of love. Now, you can use the "Move to own sheet" feature to give a gadget as much breathing room as it needs. (You can publish this separately, too!) Learn more.

  • Engineering Functions
    We've finally added functions to convert between decimal, binary, hexadecimal and octal - known as dec2bin, dec2oct, dec2hex, and, well, if you know these, you know the rest. Learn more.

  • Custom colors in presentations
    Can't find that specific shade of blue you need for your presentations? Now you can define colors in the color picker, creating your own palette for backgrounds, text and shapes in your slides. Learn more.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Solution: How can you change view that outlook opens up word documents?



Currently when I open up word documents that I attach to an email they open up in book view. I want to change it to print view but I don't know how.
I have tried changing the but that didn't fix the problem on the outlook attachments



Office 2007 Method:
in Word click the Office button then click word options at the bottom. On the first screen uncheck the option to open email attachments in Full Screen Reading view.

Office 2003 (and earlier versions) Method:
Open Word's Tools, Options, General tab and uncheck the option to start with the reading layout.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

114 Windows Antivirus to Avoid at All Costs

This year alone they will be responsible for infecting in excess of 25 million computers worldwide, but they could come close to compromising as much as 30 million machines.

At the root of this epidemic lay simple social engineering tactics designed, through various methods, to convince victims to pay for peace of mind. Responsible for the actual infections are pieces of malicious code that the software industry refers to under a variety of monikers, including rogue antivirus, fake antivirus, scareware, etc.
Microsoft has put together a list containing no less than 114 AV rogues which are detected by the company’s antivirus products, including Microsoft Security Essentials, Forefront Client Security, etc. It is important to note that the list contains only the official label provided by the software giant. Each of the items featured below come in a variety of packages and under a plethora of brands, which actually makes the number of fake antivirus in the wild much larger.
Users that have doubts related to a security solution that is being aggressively advertised to them should first check to make sure that the offering is indeed genuine. Microsoft, but also additional members of the security industry, constantly update information on threats posed to end users, including rogue antivirus, and publish it on websites that are available to the public. These details are available to the public, and are essentially no more than a search away, at any given time.
“On page 100 of our Security Intelligence Report volume 7, we observed that rogues remained a significant threat even though they trended down to 13.4 million infected computers in 1H09 from 16.8 million in 2H08. (Internet Explorer 8 SmartScreen Filter, a browser-based security feature, contributed to part of the decline),” revealed Scott Wu, from MMPC.

Modus Operandi
“Rogue security software—software that displays false or misleading alerts about infections or vulnerabilities on the victim’s computer and offers to fix the supposed problems for a price—has become one of the most common methods that attackers use to swindle money from victims. These are programs that masquerade as legitimate security programs offering protection from malware, spyware, and other threats, but actually use social engineering to obtain money from victims, and offer poor or nonexistent protection,” the Redmond company reveals in SIRv7.
Fake antivirus will take it upon itself to run a scan of computers belonging to unsuspecting users. Of course that the scan itself and the results offered are both fake. Rogue AV doesn’t actually analyze machines, nor is it capable of detecting any malware, or to remove it. It’s all smoke and mirrors, a show put on to trick users into thinking that their computers is infected with malicious code.
“Rogue security software programs typically mimic the general look and feel of legitimate security software, claiming to detect a large number of nonexistent threats and urging the user to “activate” the software to remove them. Some families emulate the appearance of the Windows


Security Center or unlawfully use trademarks and icons to misrepresent themselves. Rogue security software spreads through familiar malware distribution mechanisms, like spam and exploits, and through customized tactics, like a fake Webbased security scanner. After installation, some rogue security software families take other actions to evade detection or to frighten the user into paying,” Microsoft explains.
Once installed on a Windows PC, fake antivirus programs will attempt to scare the user into believing that various infections were detected. Rogue security solutions are designed to look very similar to genuine AV products, often copying at least elements of the graphical user interface, if not the whole UI, as well as using brands and labels mimicking, or even plagiarizing valid security offerings.
And integral part of the social engineering tactics deployed is to convince the user that the rogue AV is a genuine security solution, when in fact, much to the contrary, it is only masquerading as such. The fake AV will bombard users with alerts, and annoying, repetitive, incessant notifications, reporting inexistent infections.
At the same time, the rogue AV advertises the possibility of removing the fake infections, provided that users buy the software. Once a license is acquired, the fake AV ceases from delivering fake reports, creating the illusion that whatever malware had compromised the computer, was removed. Obviously, in this scenario, the users have been scammed into paying for protection against an inexistent threat.
“Though fooling users into paying for worthless software remains the primary goal of most rogue security software, several recently released families have begun to branch out and exhibit behaviors common to other threats, such as downloading additional malware to a victim’s computer. Win32/Winwebsec has been observed to download Win32/Koobface— which itself sometimes displays pop-up advertisements for rogue security software. Win32/InternetAntivirus, which was added to the MSRT in June 2009, downloads the password stealer Win32/Chadem,” the company added.

“As we have done in the past, we again encourage our readers to run a complete, up to date AV product such as Microsoft Security Essentials to protect their computers from these rogues, especially if located in English speaking countries - the regions where these rogues appear most active (as highlighted in the SIR). MSRT is a baseline tool we provide for the ecosystem to remove prevalent threats such as high profile rogues. With Security Essentials, on the other hand, you get the benefit of the complete AV signature set from the MMPC and you get the essential protection features an AV solution needs – real time, kernel mode detection, scheduled scan, complicated cleaning functionalities to address the emergent threats, etc.,” Wu stated.
114 Windows “antivirus” to avoid at all costs
1. Win32/FakeXPA – Aliases: Win-Trojan/Downloader.56320.M (AhnLab), Win32/Adware.XPAntivirus (ESET), not-a-virus:Downloader.Win32XpAntivirus.b (Kaspersky), FakeAlert-AB.dldr (McAfee), W32/DLoader.FKAI (Norman), Mal/Generic-A (Sophos), XPAntivirus (Sunbelt Software), Downloader.MisleadApp (Symantec), XP Antivirus (other), Antivirus 2009 (other), Antivirus 2010 (other), Antivirus 360 (other), Total Security (other), AntivirusBEST (other), GreenAV (other), Alpha Antivirus, other), AlphaAV (other), Cyber Security (other), Cyber Protection Center (other), Nortel (other), Eco AntiVirus (other), MaCatte (other), Antivirus (other), Antivir (other), Personal Security (other).
2. Trojan:Win32/FakePowav– Aliases: Win Antivirus 2008 (other), SpyShredder (other), WinXProtector (other), Rapid Antivirus (other), Security 2009 (other), Power Antivirus 2009 (other), WinXDefender (other), SpyProtector (other), SpyGuarder (other), MSAntiMalware (other).
3. Program:Win32/MalwareBurn
4. Program:Win32/UnSpyPc
5. Program:Win32/DriveCleaner – Aliases: DriveCleaner (McAfee), W32/WinFixer.NU (Norman), DriveCleaner (Sunbelt Software), DriveCleaner (Symantec), Freeloa.8F4CBEAA (Trend Micro).
6. Trojan:Win32/DocrorTrojan
7. Program:Win32/Winfixer – Aliases: DriveCleaner (McAfee), W32/WinFixer.NU (Norman), DriveCleaner (Sunbelt Software), DriveCleaner (Symantec), Freeloa.8F4CBEAA (Trend Micro), Win32/Adware.WinFixer (ESET), not-a-virus:Downloader.Win32.WinFixer.o (Kaspersky), WinFixer (McAfee), Adware_Winfixer (Trend Micro), Program:Win32/DriveCleaner (other), Program:Win32/SecureExpertCleaner (other).
8. Trojan:Win32/FakeScanti – Aliases: Windows Antivirus Pro (other), Windows Police Pro (other), Win32/WindowsAntivirusPro.F (CA), FakeAlert-GA.dll (McAfee), Adware/WindowsAntivirusPro (Panda), Trojan.Fakeavalert (Symantec).
9. Program:Win32/Cleanator
10. Program:Win32/MalwareCrush


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Solution: Sony visual communication camera NOT working with SKYPE!!!


PROBLEM : The sony laptops like vgn-fw21m or Sony VAIO VGN-Z21VRN ( and many others) give erroneous messages like “default Bluetooth Video" and skype crashes when trying to engage the web camera


The Solution of the problem is easy, but surprisingly strange.

You have to search for the following file: C:\Windows\system32\BtwVdpCapFilter.dll
than you have to rename the file into: C:\Windows\system32\BtwVdpCapFilter1.dll

Then you can try skype again and you will notice that all your webcam problems have magically disappeared!!!

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Finding drivers for the notebook MSI A5000-026US and A6000-029US


I dont know why these companies do this, but it seems that their goal is to make it difficult as possible to find support for their products…

after digging on google for a while here are some links I found

It seems that MSI renames their products (like many other companies do) according to the country its sold at… the machine is exactly the same, they just go ahead and change the name. This is unbelievable….

Here is the link to the Product page.
MSI Product Number: 9S7-168324-029

Clicking on the DRIVER link rolls you over to the CR600 page as noted by Stu above:
Link #1 Europe (eu.msi)


Thread on SlickDeals which has alot of info on A5000-025US
(Note there are sister threads on the A5000-026US version (Same as A5000-025US) and A6000-029US that might prove useful.)

Touch Pad sticky by Stu:

A6000 /A5000, CR600, MSI 1683 barebones /whitebook Assemble Guide and Video Guides


see also this link for the A5000-025US that when you click on the drivers link it sends us to the cr600 page


this is totally insane…. if techs are having problem locating the drivers, i can imagine what the simple users are going through.