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Friday, January 29, 2010

How do i upload photos onto my iPod Touch?


when your iPod is connected to the computer, click where it says the name of your iPod on the left.
Then it shows you a screen with all the free space on your iPod, how much your music takes up, etc.
at the top there is a series of tabs. one of them is "photos". click it
under that tab, you can choose what folders to sync with your ipod
with photos, you can't drag and drop like music
you have to sync a whole folder to the iPod
in other words, make a folder and put the pictures you want in there, and then sync it with the iPod.
problem solved!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Year 3026: The last working computer on Earth


This is a very short science fiction based story with a funny twist in the end that I had written some years ago… I kind of stumbled upon it, so I thought I would post it on my blog, just for fun!

Have a relaxed weekend…   -The ComputerBoom Guy


It is year 3026, and the Earth is in a bad shape.
After the 50 kilometer asteroid hit the earth, a global winter that lasted 200 years fell upon the Earth.

Hunger and famine struck, and then something worse.. War.. a devastating war for the little resources of the world. Who would have the little food left? What technology was left from the destruction from the asteroid was wiped out with the nuclear blasts that emitted electromagnetic pulses destroying all microprocessors.
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Humanity had lost almost everything, technology, knowledge, and the population was dwindling to only a few million.

However despite all despair some youth had hope for the future that a working computer will be found from the old days, and technology will be rebuilt. These dreams were soon to come true!

It seems that a submarine that had an onboard computer was trapped underwater when the asteroid struck the earth was frozen inside the ices that covered the earth… It seems that these heavy sheets of ice protected the computer from the neutron blasts and left the microprocessors intact!

Now after the 200 year winter was gone and the ice was starting to melt the submarine was rediscovered and the computer salvaged…. After 10 years of study… humans were able to reconstruct a power source so they can turn on this computer... at last they would be able to tap into the ancient knowledge of humanity before the catastrophy and rebuild the future…

In a stadium full of 5000 people the computer would be turned on. A gigantic mirror would show the image of the screen to all the people… and a new era would begin.

Jenop Pushed the power button, his hand trembling with anxiousness, he was the one who was chosen to turn on the computer! In fact he also was the one who found a few other parts for this machine that were missing.

After a few moments a green and blue screen showed with a round symbol… and music was heard throughout the stadium!

IT WAS WORKING!!!! 2 enigmatic Words appeared in front of Jenop’s eyes.. shimmering with beauty…


"At LAST!" Jenop thought.. "At last humanity would be saved, civilization would be rebuilt, people would start learning again, and there would be no more hunger and pain!!! "

Then suddenly an annoying sound honked, and strange message appeared.

"Error, your system configuration has changed. You cannot log in to Windows unless you activate your copy of Windows Vista"

"Do you wish to activate by the internet or phone a Microsoft representative?"


Friday, January 22, 2010

New kind of themes for Firefox 3.6: PERSONAS

What are Personas?

Personas are easy-to-install, easy-to-use themes that change the look of your Firefox web browser. There are thousands of Personas to choose from, with more added every day.


  • What is Personas Plus and how do I get it?
  • Personas Plus is a free Firefox add-on that gives you one-click access to the full Personas experience. Here are some of the things you can do with Personas Plus:

    1. Enjoy instant access to over 35,000 designs
    2. Choose your favorites and switch Personas anytime
    3. Create your own design for your computer
    4. Access the hottest new designs and features as they arrive

    To get Personas Plus, go here and click the green Get Personas Plus button. Once Personas are installed, you'll be able to choose and change your persona any time simply by clicking on the little fox mask in the lower left corner of your browser window or by visiting the gallery and selecting a different design.

  • What kind of computer and operating system does Personas work with?

    Personas work with any type of computer that has Firefox installed. This includes Mac, Linux and Windows platforms. (You must have administrative rights to add Personas to your Firefox browser.)

  • What's the difference between a Firefox theme and Personas for Firefox?

    Themes change the appearance of Firefox. A Persona is a special type of theme that changes the look of your browser without changing the navigation buttons, toolbars, and menus. Until now, to apply a theme you needed to install it and restart your browser, like with extensions and other add-ons.

    Now, with Personas you can instantly preview a design and install it in one click without needing to restart. All original themes are still available through Click here to learn more about using Themes and Personas.

  • Firefox 3.6 was released today


    You can install this ontop of your existing installation and it will be upgraded. Beware of some possible addon incompatibility. I get around this using the nightly tester tools that makes older addons work with newer versions of firefox see here

    I like the new theme…. and themeing engine… heh

    What’s New in Firefox 3.6

    Firefox 3.6  is built on Mozilla's Gecko 1.9.2 web rendering platform, which has been under development since early 2009 and contains many improvements for web developers, add-on developers, and users. This version is also faster and more responsive than previous versions and has been optimized to run on small device operating systems such as Maemo.

    Notable Firefox 3.6 features include:

    • Available in more than 70 languages - get your local version.
    • Support for a new type of theme called Personas, which allow users to change Firefox's appearance with a single click.
    • Protection from out-of-date plugins to keep users safer as they browse.
    • Open, native video can now be displayed full screen and supports poster frames.
    • Improved JavaScript performance, overall browser responsiveness, and startup time.
    • The ability for web developers to indicate that scripts should run asynchronously to speed up page load times.
    • Continued support for downloadable web fonts using the new WOFF font format.
    • Support for new CSS attributes such as gradients, background sizing, and pointer events.
    • Support for new DOM and HTML5 specifications including the Drag & Drop API and the File API, which allow for more interactive web pages.
    • Changes to how third-party software can integrate with Firefox in order to prevent crashes.

    Developers can find out about all the changes and new features at the Mozilla Developer Center.



    Wednesday, January 20, 2010

    Avast free version… a huge new update to ver. 5.x!


    I just downloaded and installed the latest version of avast home free version.

    It has a far better interface than the previous version which was 4.7

    I will post some screenshots below so you can see… they even changed the voice announcements of updates from male to female (which I prefer.. hehe)

    Get it here:


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    Monday, January 18, 2010

    How to enable firefox to spell check on facebook posts

    How to enable firefox to spell check on facebook posts, and other online forms like blogs and etc.

    Step 1) Open the Firefox browser. Type about:config in the location bar and press Enter to display the list of user preferences. In the filter box type spellcheck  (now to go step 2 below)


    Step 2) double click the entry called layout.spellcheckdefault as shown above, and change the value from 1 to 2, restart your browser and you should be able to use the built in Firefox spellchecker for posting in forms, boxes and of course facebook


    If you liked this tip please post a comment!



    Friday, January 15, 2010

    Update: Adobe Reader 9.3


    The last version was 9.2   Grab the update!

    Adobe Reader software is the global standard for electronic document sharing. It is the only PDF file viewer that can open and interact with all PDF documents. Use Adobe Reader to view, search, digitally sign, verify, print, and collaborate on Adobe PDF files.

    Monday, January 4, 2010

    Changes in the limits of excel 2007 (the excel 2003 limit of 65,536)

    As part of the Excel team’s work to increase the number of rows and columns in Excel 12, we also increased a number of the other “limits” in the product.  This work falls into a two categories.

    First, we increased a number of limits to support our “big grid” work.  These are limits that we increased to make sure that all of Excel’s features could scale to handle more rows and columns.  A lot of folks have already asked about these sorts of limits in comments to my first post, in emails, and in comments on other blogs and websites.  For example, we increased the number of rows allowed in a PivotTable from 64k to 1 million (2^20 to be precise), we increased the amount of memory that Excel can use from 1GB to the maximum allowed by Windows, and we completely eliminated the limit on the number of rows of a column or columns that can be referred to in an array formula.

    Second, we took the opportunity to increase a number of other limits that our customers had asked us to increase over the years.  For example, we increased the number of colours allowed in a single workbook from 56 (indexed colour) to 4.3 billion (32-bit colour), and we increased the number of characters that can be stored and displayed in a cell formatted as Text from 255 to 32k.  We increased the number of levels of sorting possible on a range, and the number of conditional formats possible on a cell.  Some of these limits – like the number of levels of sorting possible on a range – obviously require UI changes; I will discuss those in later posts when I cover the other work we have done in those areas.

    Here is a list of all of the major changes we made to Excel 12 in the area of limits.

    The total number of available columns in Excel
    Old Limit: 256  (2^8)
    New Limit: 16k  (2^14)

    The total number of available rows in Excel
    Old Limit: 64k  (2^16)
    New Limit: 1M  (2^20)

    Total amount of PC memory that Excel can use
    Old Limit: 1GB
    New Limit: Maximum allowed by Windows

    Number of unique colours allowed a single workbook
    Old Limit: 56 (indexed colour)
    New Limit: 4.3 billion (32-bit colour)

    Number of conditional format conditions on a cell
    Old Limit: 3 conditions
    New Limit: Limited by available memory

    Number of levels of sorting on a range or table
    Old Limit: 3
    New Limit: 64

    Number of items shown in the Auto-Filter dropdown
    Old Limit: 1,000
    New Limit: 10,000

    The total number of characters that can display in a cell
    Old Limit: 1k (when the text is formatted)
    New Limit: 32k or as many as will fit in the cell (regardless of formatting)

    The number of characters per cell that Excel can print
    Old Limit: 1k
    New Limit: 32k

    The total number of unique cell styles in a workbook (combinations of all cell formatting)
    Old Limit: 4000
    New Limit: 64k

    The maximum length of formulas (in characters)
    Old Limit: 1k characters
    New Limit: 8k characters

    The number of levels of nesting that Excel allows in formulas
    Old Limit: 7
    New Limit: 64

    Maximum number of arguments to a function
    Old Limit: 30
    New Limit: 255

    Maximum number of items found by “Find All”
    Old Limit: ~64k (65472)
    New Limit: ~2 Billion

    Number of rows allowed in a Pivot Table
    Old Limit: 64k
    New Limit: 1M

    Number of columns allowed in a Pivot Table
    Old Limit: 255
    New Limit: 16k

    Maximum number of unique items within a single Pivot Field
    Old Limit: 32k
    New Limit: 1M

    Length of the MDX name for a Pivot Table item; also the string length for a relational Pivot Table
    Old Limit: 255 characters
    New Limit: 32k

    The length at which fields’ labels are truncated when added to PivotTable; this also includes caption length limitations
    Old Limit: 255
    New Limit: 32k

    The number of fields (as seen in the field list) that a single PivotTable can have
    Old Limit: 255
    New Limit: 16k

    The number of cells that may depend on a single area before Excel must do full calculations instead of partial calculations (because it can no longer track the dependencies required to do partial calculations)
    Old Limit: 8k
    New Limit: Limited by available memory

    The number of different areas in a sheet that may have dependencies before Excel must do full calculations instead of partial calculations (because it can no longer track the dependencies required to do partial calculations)
    Old Limit: 64k
    New Limit: Limited by available memory

    The number of array formulas in a worksheet that can refer to another (given) worksheet
    Old Limit: 65k
    New Limit: Limited by available memory

    The number of categories that custom functions can be bucketed into
    Old Limit: 32
    New Limit: 255

    The number of characters that may be updated in a non-resident external workbook reference
    Old Limit: 255
    New Limit: 32k

    Number of rows of a column or columns that can be referred to in an array formula
    Old Limit: 65,335
    New Limit: Limitation removed (full-column references allowed)

    The number of characters that can be stored and displayed in a cell formatted as Text
    Old Limit: 255
    New Limit: 32k

    For those of you that read this far, thanks.  Next post I will step back a bit and review all the areas where we have made feature investments in Excel 12.  It is a pretty big list, and I am excited to share it with you.