Sunday, December 21, 2008
Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options > Change Plan Settings > Change Advanced Power Settings
Now look for Power Buttons and Lid > Start menu Power Button and change the setting for both On attery and Plugged in to Shutdown
There that wasn't so hard !!!!
Monday, December 15, 2008
this will completely erase your computer and it will be in the same condition as when you bought it from the shop new. All your programs/photos, etc will be removed.
Many HP/Compaq computers have a recovery partition installed (most often you will see it as drive D: (e.g. PRESEARIO (D:) )
1. If you need to repair/restore from the hard drive, restart the computer and press f11 when prompted.
2. It may also be possible to run from the start menu
Start > All Programs > Recovery Manager > Recovery Manager
> Advanced options > System Recovery
-- To burn your own set of recovery disks --
Start > All Programs > Recovery Manager > Recovery Manager > Advanced Options > Recovery Disk Creation
** warning - I think this can only be done once - so use good quality CD/DVDs (and make sure you have enough)
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Bonus is that it can fix filters that are installed by some DVD programs (such as quicktime). The filters install Digital Rights management that can prevent other programs from burning when the installed software (like quicktime) is deinstalled.
ImgBurn (2008) The Official imgBurn Web Site/ Retrieved November 27, 2008 from http://www.imgburn.com/
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Purdy, K. (2008) Get Around Academic Paper Restrictions. Retrieved November 11, 2008 from http://lifehacker.com/5083065/get-around-academic-paper-restrictions
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
- Home page: http://mootools.net/
- Demos: http://demos.mootools.net/
- Ajax example downloads: http://speckyboy.com/2008/04/09/41-of-the-best-mootools-ajax-example-downloads/
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
On my IBM Laptop there is no windows key, so how to I create a quick link equivalent to [Windows]+[E] (open explorer) (in this example I will get it to open Drive D).
- Right click on the desktop and New > Shortcut
- In the "type the location of the item box type in...
- In the "Type a name for this shortcut" enter
- Test it by double clicking
- To change the icon, right click and click change icon button
- To add to your task bar (the one with Start at the bottom of the screen, just drag it (I delete my desktop one)
- To open a specific folder (eg. D:\myfolder\GoodStuff ) in properties:
Target : %systemroot%\explorer.exe /n,/e,D:\myfolder\GoodStuff
Start in: D:
.. easy aye...
By the way if you really want to create a shutdown icon in XP, the code for this is
shutdown -s -t 0 (the last character is a zero)
Monday, September 22, 2008
Paint program (like Photoshop/Paintshop) Retrieved September 22, 2008 from http://www.getpaint.net/
It started development as an undergraduate college senior design project mentored by Microsoft, and is currently being maintained by some of the alumni that originally worked on it. Originally intended as a free replacement for Microsoft Paint.
Image viewer Retrieved September 22, 2008 from http://www.faststone.org/
Animage browser, converter and editor that supports all major graphic formats including BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, GIF, PNG, PCX, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA. It has a nice array of features such as image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping, color adjustments, musical slideshow and much more.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
(pinched from Nancy White's Blog: August 25, 2008 from http://www.fullcirc.com/wp/2008/02/25/online-facilitator-humor/)
How many list members does it take to change a light bulb?
- One to change the light bulb and to post that the light bulb has been changed.
- Fourteen to share similar experiences of changing light bulbs and how the light bulb could have been changed differently.
- Seven to caution about the dangers of changing light bulbs.
- Seven more to point out spelling/grammar errors in posts about changing light bulbs.
- Five to flame the spell checkers.
- Three to correct spelling/grammar flames.
- Six to argue over whether it’s “lightbulb” or “light bulb” … another six to condemn those six as stupid.
- Fifteen to claim experience in the lighting industry and give the correct spelling.
- Nineteen to post that this group is not about light bulbs and to please take this discussion to a lightbulb (or light bulb) forum.
- Eleven to defend the posting to the group saying that we all use light bulbs and there fore the posts are relevant to this group.
- Thirty six to debate which method of changing light bulbs is superior, where to buy the best light bulbs, what brand of light bulbs work best for this technique and what brands are faulty.
- Seven to post URLs where one can see examples of different light bulbs.
- Four to post that the URLs were posted incorrectly and then post the corrected URL.
- Three to post about links they found from the URLs that are relevant to this group which makes light bulbs relevant to this group.
- Thirteen to link all posts to date, quote them in their entirety including all headers and signatures, and add “Me too.”
- Five to post to the group that they will no longer post because they cannot handle the light bulb controversy.
- Four to say “didn’t we go through this already a short time ago?”
- Thirteen to say “do a Google search on light bulbs before posting questions about light bulbs.”
- Three to tell a funny story about their show dog and a light bulb.
- One group lurker to respond to the original post 6 months from now with something unrelated they found at snopes.com and start the thing all over again.
The term Internet meme describes a catchphrase or concept that spreads quickly from person to person via the Internet.
An interactive view of the all the memes that swept across the internet and burrowed in our zeitgeist. Built from Wikipedia and Memelabs, open for you to add and maintain.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Microsoft Launches Free Photosynth for Combining Shots Into One Picture
Seattle Times (08/21/08) Romano, Benjamin J.
Microsoft Live Labs has released Photosynth, a free program that creates three-dimensional virtual environments, or synths, from overlapping photographs. Dozens of synths are available for viewing on the Photosynth Web site, including some from National Geographic, which assigned photographers to document wonders of the world such as Stonehenge using Photosynth. Photosynth group manager David Gedye says if the project is successful, then the researchers have invented a new form of media that is halfway between photos, computer games, and video that offers rich detail, user-controlled navigation, and cinematic qualities. Microsoft suggests that people create synths using from 10 to 300 photos taken specifically for Photosynth. The photos should cover the subject from all sides and from a variety of perspectives. A moderately powerful computer can calculate a synth from about a dozen photographs in about five minutes by matching elements they have in common to reconstruct the subject.
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Thursday, August 14, 2008
- Background to what is an ico file
- A post with a plugin to photoshop
- A list of downloadable icon editors
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Interesting to get a web page and listen to how the page is read back.
WebAnywhere: A Screen reader on the go. Retrieved July 24, 2008 from http://webanywhere.cs.washington.edu/
Monday, July 21, 2008
|World Mosaic Created From 1001 Web 2.0 Logos(n.d.). Retrieved July 21, 2008 from http://www.appappeal.com/web-2-0-application-world-mosaic|
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Mosquito ringtones - download the original mosquito ringtone from Teen Buzz. Retrieved July 3, 2008 from
You could theoretically design an alarm clock that wakes everyone else (younger than you) up!!!
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
so...trying to isolate the error....
When I upload as a .zip I can download via my web page, but when I either upload as a zip or upload as a zip and rename the file it will not download correctly.
Download the xpi file then rename as zip. Then opening gives a file corrupt error.
One possible suggestion ( http://support.on2.com/flixpublisher/faq/) was
You are using Microsoft IIS as your webserver, but the MIME type (also called "Content-type", or "Internet Media type") for XPI files has not been added to your IIS configuration.
To fix this problem, add the following to your IIS MIME types configuration:
Mime Type: application/x-xpinstall
Brinkster added this to their IIS server and all is sweet now.
CNet (2008) CWShredder - Free software downloads and reviews - CNET Download.com. Retrieved July 2, 2008, from http://www.download.com/CWShredder/3000-8022_4-10301587.html
Really wish I had my APA reference generator extension ready for Firefox.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Microsoft (2008). Guides to the 2007 Office system user interface. Retrieved June 12, 2008 from http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/training/HA102295841033.aspx
Saturday, June 7, 2008
I'm playing around creating a Firefox add-in (as well as looking into an IE plug-in). These pages describe how to do it (it shows how you can use Visual Studio to help). Lots of ads which is a bit annoying but shows how it is done.
Mueller, J. (2006) Creating Your Own Firefox Add-in with Visual Studio. Retrieved June 7, 2008 from http://www.devsource.com/c/a/Using-VS/Creating-Your-Own-Firefox-Addin-with-Visual-Studio/
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Campbell, C. (2008) Creating a Custom Scroller in Flash . Retrieved June 5, 2008 from http://www.oman3d.com/tutorials/flash/video/customscrollbar.php
Adobe (n.d.) An example of using styles with XML -- Flash CS3. Retrieved June 5, 2008 from http://livedocs.adobe.com/flash/9.0/main/00000919.html
Kipupa (2008) Displaying XML Data in Flash - Page 2. Retrieved June 5, 2008 from http://www.kirupa.com/developer/actionscript/xmldataflash2.htm
(simple helps understand XML in flash)
Kipupa (2008) XML to TextField - Page 2. Retrieved June 5, 2008 http://www.kirupa.com/forum/showthread.php?t=13697&page=2
(Not easy to follow but extensive)
LearnFlash (n.d.) How to use AS instead of motion tweens to animate objects (Tween, Bounce and Elastic Classes). Retrieved June 5, 2008 from http://tutorials.learnflash.com/tutorials/flash/bounce_class.html
Experst Exchange (2008) How Do I Use a Flash Button to Open an Email Client and Pre-fill Subject and Body? Retrieved June 5, 2008 from http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Photos_Graphics/Web_Graphics/Macromedia_Flash/Q_23051210.html
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
So de-installed the existing virus program and installed Avira AntiVir ( http://www.free-av.com/ ) a free antivirus program which deletes as opposed to quarantines viruses. If found and destroyed the virus, but on startup 2 dlls were trying to find their code.
Eventually found that they were in the registry so used regedt to remove (be very careful here). JJ pointed me to a utility that could do this AutoRuns (below).
Then I de-installed AntiVir and downloaded and ran AVG ( http://free.grisoft.com/ )
Another set of viruses were detected and removed. Last I heard the machine was still running (whew!!), have left AVG on.
Another program you can try to remove common viruses is a utility from McAfee called Stinger ( http://vil.nai.com/VIL/stinger/ ), which you can try before going through the steps above.
But, as always... don't let your virus software one run out. If you want either renew your subscription, or replace with AVG or AntiVir
This utility, which has the most comprehensive knowledge of auto-starting locations of any startup monitor, shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup or login, and shows you the entries in the order Windows processes them
Monday, May 19, 2008
Mark-o-meter: (Assessment x): 3/19 :::................
If you set the background color to the same as the foreground a bar graph will be shown.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Vodafone (2004) Future Site. Retrieved April 18, 2008 from http://www.vodafone.com/flash/future/application/index.html
A site illustrating how vodafone see the future of wireless communications.
Monday, March 17, 2008
From The Web standards project: http://www.webstandards.org/action/acid3/
An interesting way to see how good your web browser ( it produces a rating out of 100%) is it to open
The page "should" look like...
IE rates around 13% Firefox around 50%
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Sketch Cast (2008). Retrieved March 11, 2008 from http://sketchcast.com/
- allows you to create flash based sketches online with audio
Common Craft (2007). Retrieved March 11, 2008 from http://www.commoncraft.com/
- lots of neat flash videos explaining things like blogs, wikis etc.
Saturday, March 1, 2008
In moodle (eitOnline) thats easy as its on the toolbar, in WordPress (eduBlog) you need to go into the code, locate the font tag around what you want to hide and make it look like...
*<font color="white">Your answer </font>*
and add some instructions.. for example..
To do that click and drag your mouse from star to star.
* Hello ... *
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Free software downloads for desktop publishing, image editing, graphic design, 3D animation, and web publishing.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
For those who like coding in ActionScript (if you're not into programming you will probably want a converter).. let me know if you can find a good free one.
Adobe (2008) ActionScript 3.0 from the ground up. Retrieved February 27, 2008 from http://www.adobe.com/devnet/actionscript/articles/as3_tour.html
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Associated Press (02/21/08) Odriscoll, Sean
Despite their sophistication, computers are still often confused when an apostrophe appears in a name, which can cause problems for users when they to vote, schedule appointments, rent a car, book a flight, or take a college exam. In addition to names with apostrophes, names with hyphens and names with surnames such as "van" can also cause problems.
EIT 4:05 /1.30pm
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
- Click on the image (Well thats pretty obvious :) and resize by dragging corner handles - dragging on the top and side ones will usually give you short fat bunnies or long thin ones).
- Click on the Format tab (Office 2007). On the top left you will see Compress Pictures.. click it and if you click [Ok] all your images will be shrunk.
- You may like to check the file sizes before and after using windows explorer.
- Thanks to Joyce for pointing this out...
Sunday, February 10, 2008
The simplest way is to
- insert the image using the upload below the editor, then
- insert into the Post
- change the tab from visual to code
- find the img tag with the picture and inside the tag add align="left"
Another way (a little tricky) is to use the picture icon on the Post editor (there is a wee bug!).
- Insert the picture into the editor.
- Click on the image then click on the picture icon, this will bring up a dialog box
- Change the alignment to what you want, but.. before you save
Note that the dimensions are blank **this is the bug** if you save at this point the image will vanish (actually it becomes an image 1 pixel wide by 1 pixel high!)
- So here's a trick..
- highlight the Image URL (click in the Image URL text box and go Ctrl+A).
- Cut it out (Ctrl+X)
- Click in another of the text boxes (like image description)
- Then click in the inage URL one and paste the URL back! then..
- Click in the Image description one and the dimensions will magically appear!
- .. so you click Update and the image will appear as you wanted it to.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Allows you to track how busy your blog really is. And its free!
How do I do it?
- Surf to http://www.google.com/analytics/
- Sign in (if you are already have a gmail account this is real easy!)
- Analytics: New Account Signup
Enter the URL (in my case this was virtualmv.edublogs.org, and the account name was automatically created). Fill in the other stuff.
- Analytics: Tracking instructions
Read if you want to but take note of the number that starts with “UA-######-#” that’s the number you need to type in later.
And that’s all for google … now eduBlog
- Login to your EduBlog account as administrator (duh!)
- On the dashboard choose Plugins and scroll down (unless you have a large screen), and click Activate on Google Analytics
- A new tab appears next to Plugins (near the top of the screen) called Google Analytics, so click on it!
- In the Analytics User Account box type in the number you wrote down in set 4. (UA-######-#) and click Update UA String
.. and that’s it… Go to http://www.google.com/analytics/ and login to get the statistics…(There is a checker here to make sure it is actually working)
Monday, February 4, 2008
Solution: Un-install Flash Player 8 and plugins
This is a quick (well depends if you have 40 minutes) fix that worked on my WinXP machine.
1. First the problem (for me) were installed Flash 8 player and plugins. Trying to de-install did not work as apparently they needed a network deinstaller.
2. Microsoft to the rescue (it does happen!). Went to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290301 and downloaded the Windows Installer CleanUp Utility.
3. Ran the utility and deinstalled the Flash 8 players!
4. re inserted the CS3 DVD and asked it to repair my existing installation.... amazing ... it worked!! Really slack programming from Adobe though and I know it will cause a lot of unnecessary work for lots of people.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
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