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Technology Tips

Upgrading From Windows 8 To Windows 8.1

A couple of weeks ago, i decided to upgrade my Windows OS from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1. Ordinarily, it does not sound like a big deal but it was.

Firstly, you will have to initiate the upgrade from within the Windows store. Perhaps due to the large number of early adopters it was almost an impossible task. It was even worse in regions were Internet speed is very slow.

Windows-8.1Secondly, the upgrade requires at least 3.5GB of download data. That is about half my monthly data allocation. For an incremental upgrade, it is definitely a whole lot of data!

Additional problems i also identified are;

1. I do a lot of Operating Systems installations (and reinstallation). Would i be going through the time and data wasting routine of an online upgrade, the only official route provided by Microsoft?

2. The finacial implication of the Internet data download for the OS download and setup is at least N4000 based on the rates from my ISP. It adds up quickly when you do a lot of installations like i do.

The ideal solution that would work for me would be;

1. Look for a “Once and for all” solution. By this, i would need to find a way to download an ISO image of Windows 8.1 which i can burn on a DVD and use repeatedly without a need for internet access to download a fresh install for every machine i need to install Windows 8.1 OS on. Also, I could easily share the DVD and save others the costly internet access and the stress of slow data downloads.

2. To save myself even the estimated N4000 for the Windows 8.1 OS download, i could wait till 12 midnight. My ISP gives its subscribers free internet access with no download restrictions from 12am – 6am daily. That way i could do a whole lot of post installation downloads. Very nice option that comes at a cost – your sleep!

A quick search on the Internet brought up this link here. With it i was able to generate an ISO image of Windows 8.1. Took me almost 5 hours to download the data for the 3.5GB ISO image but, like they say, all is well that ends well.

Please note that if you follow the process in the link above closely, it will only generate the ISO image and should not install the OS yet. You can easily install the ISO image on a DVD.

For the OS installation proper from the DVD, you may encounter a problem whereby the product key may be rejected. Thing is, your license only qualifies you for an upgrade installation via the Windows Store and not a Clean Install. To get around this, pick up a temporary relevant product key from here for your installation, depending on the Windows OS type you purchased a license for. Note that you will still need to use your Windows 8 key to activate your installation online.

Good luck!

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Technology Tips

Shutdown, Hibernate or Put To Sleep – Which Option Is Best For Your Laptop?

You probably may have been faced with this decision more than once; Hibernate, put to sleep or simply shutdown your PC. What option did you take? What option should you take?

Simply put, the choice is yours on the options to take. Your work schedule or purpose for use of these laptops should largely determine what option you should take.

Hibernating or putting your PC to sleep usually preserves your PC state, keeping your workfiles and applications intact for you to continue with whenever you choose to do so. Perhaps the major difference between these two options is that with Sleep, is a power-saving state that allows a computer to quickly resume full-power operation (typically within several seconds) when you want to start working again. Putting your computer into the sleep state is like pausing a DVD player—the computer immediately stops what it’s doing and is ready to start again when you want to resume working. (I quoted Microsoft there). Hibernate, on the other hand, puts your open documents and programs on your hard disk, and then turns off your computer. Of all the power-saving states in Windows, hibernation uses the least amount of power. .

Sleep is good for short periods while hibernate is advisable if your laptop will be away from a power source for a long time. Note that if you will be transporting your laptop in a backpack, hibernate is advisable because of the heat that would be generated from your laptop if put to sleep.

PC Hibernate Or PC Sleep ModePutting your computer to sleep is popular with pre-Windows 8 systems largely because of the long boot up time of the Operating Systems. Putting your PC to sleep shaves a lot of precious seconds, even minutes, off the boot up time. Things have, however, changed a bit with Windows 8 which has a fairly fast bootup time.

A class of people however prefer to leave their laptops on 24/7. While this has an advantage of giving you quick access to your PC whenever you need it, it can however be a security risk if it is left online – well, except it is being used as a server. Also, because of the heat generated by the laptop, its internal components and USB accessories also stand a risk of being fried.

Geek Recommendation

– Put your laptop to sleep only for very short periods; lunch breaks maybe.
– Hibernate for longer periods, especially if you have unfinished tasks or open windows you are working on.
– Nothing beats the good old shutting down of your laptop. Windows OS sure needs to reboot itself very often to keep it functional.

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Gadgets

3D TV Is Dead

At CES 2012, you couldn’t avoid 3D TVs, ugly polarizing goggles, and—because the viewer at home can not take part in the awesomeness that is 3D—those awful, so-realit’s-bursting-from-the-screen posters. At IFA 2012, the big midyear consumer electronics event in Berlin, it was clear that 3D TV was on its way out. Today, in the wake of CES 2013, 3D TV is dead.

Sure, there was still some 3D tech on display at CES if you looked for it, but the emphasis has now shifted to high-resolution 4K displays, OLED, image quality, and “smart” functionality. In short, Sony, Samsung, LG, Toshiba, and Panasonic have now decided to focus on actually improving their television technology. After three years of those companies pushing and peddling 3D TVs that are virtually devoid of any actual technological innovation, this is rather refreshing.

To the objective, cynical observer, 3D TV has always come across as a fad fabricated by TV makers and Hollywood to sell more TVs and Blu-ray discs. With box office receipts and DVD sales flagging, and LCD-based HDTVs reaching the saturation point, TV makers and Hollywood (understandably) decided that something had to change. And 3D was the perfect choice: It’s incredibly low-tech, but also a very strong differentiator. It took almost no effort on behalf of TV makers and production companies to make the jump to 3D, and yet consumers were forced to buy expensive, new TVs to enjoy the content—or, if you couldn’t afford a 3D TV, you finally had a reason to go to the movie theater.

Then there was the problem of actually convincing consumers that they wanted 3D content, that 3D content was inherently better than 2D, and that it was worth spending $1,500 on a new TV set. What followed was a massive marketing push, a lot of sexy 3D TVs, a slew of 3D movies (including re-releases of blockbusters such as Titanic), and the emergence of 3D TV channels. Despite all that, the growth of 3D TV has been slow. Most estimates peg it at just 20 to 30 percent market penetration as of the end of 2012—and there’s no telling whether those TVs are being used for 3D, or if they were purchased due to feature creep and/or consumer ignorance.

With Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, and LG barely mentioning 3D TVs at CES, it would seem that the fad is finally over. This isn’t to say that 3D TV won’t stagger onward for a little longer—but it’s certainly lost its place as the next big thing. Whereas its predecessor, HDTV, took the world by storm, 3D simply failed to gain traction. It will now be replaced by 4K, 8K, OLED, and other technologies that actually push the envelope of content creation and consumption.

3D TV

Hollywood, being the ancient, bureaucratic, litigious behemoth it is, moves a lot slower than the technology industry.

It will be interesting to see how Hollywood reacts to this shift. Hollywood, being the ancient, bureaucratic, litigious behemoth that it is, moves a lot slower than the technology industry; now that it’s on the 3D bandwagon, it won’t quickly jump off again. This could be an issue because, though theater intake still accounts for a large proportion of the movie industry’s revenue, it makes little sense to create 3D movies if there’s no TV at home capable of playing them.

One thing that might save 3D TV is that the tech will eventually become a commodity—3D will be just another bullet point on the box. In that case, it won’t really matter what format a TV show, movie, or game comes in, as long as you don’t mind wearing 3D glasses. Or, perhaps, the future of 3D TV lies in glasses-free 3D: Philips recently showed off a 60-inch 4K TV that can apparently display 3D visuals to up to ten people, without glasses.

In other domains, too, 3D is still finding its feet. I’m sure we haven’t heard the last of 3D smartphones or monitors, and technologies such as Nvidia’s 3D Vision. It will also be interesting to see how the upcoming class of game consoles pan out, as their specifications were probably hammered out in 2012, during 3D’s (fabricated) heyday. With the current emphasis on controller-free, movement-based input, the addition of a third dimension makes a little more sense. It is possible that 3D TV could be saved by next-generation consoles and glasses-free 3D, almost as a collateral afterthought, but it’s unlikely.

In the short term, however, 3D TV has lost its steam—assuming it had any in the first place.

In the short term, however, 3D TV has lost its steam—assuming it had any in the first place. Given the inherent inadequacies of glasses-on 3D—poor viewing angles, awful color and contrast, nausea and headaches—I don’t think this should really come as a surprise to anyone. It was only a matter of time until we woke up and realized that 3D TV was never more than faux innovation, foisted upon the ignorant masses in a cheap attempt to boost revenues.

Source : PCMAG

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Hack

Steganos Safe Genuine Serial Number For FREE

Steganos SafeSteganos Safe 2012 offers an easy way to create a virtual safe to protect your data. You can store any kind of files within the safe; Music, movies, pictures, documents, and well, naughty stuffs too, right on your laptop or external drives. The safe utilizes the latest encryption technology named Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) which is also used by US Govt. Without the right password, nobody can retrieve the contents of your vault, even you!

Alternatively, the program offers a Pic-Pass feature. This enables you to use images to access the safe instead of password, which is a nice option for those who do not want to remember more passwords.

The unlocked safe seamlessly integrates itself in the system as a disk drive and can be used from any application. For example, you can save files you’re working on in Word directly to Steganos Safe 2012. If desired, you can even launch the safe directly from Windows.

 Some key features of “Steganos Safe”

  •     Highly secure encryption · The algorithm used for encryption, AES (Advanced Encryption Standard), protects your sensitive data with 256-bit encoding. Thanks to multicore support, it can do this in real time and it’s uncrackable!
  •     Vaults up to 1 Terabyte · Encrypted virtual safes protect documents, photos and videos on PCs and laptops. Each data vault – any number of which can be set up – holds up to 1,000 GB = 1 terabyte! The size of safes can also be modified at a later stage by using the practical slide control.
  •     Portable safe – the vault to take with you · The data vault you can take with you – on a USB stick, CD, DVD or BluRay disc. Practical: you don’t need any extra software to open a Steganos Portable Safe™ on another computer.
  •     Invisible. The hidden safe · Steganos Safe not only encrypt your data, but also inconspicuously hides it in a picture, piece of music or a video. So you can even file away highly sensitive data.
  •     Steganos Shredder · Personal data like your private documents, pictures or videos can get into the wrong hands if you send your computer off to a repair or sell it. You can prevent that from happening! Steganos Shredder permanently deletes the traces you leave behind on your PC – totally automatically if desired.
  •     Quick and easy· If desired, you can open and close your safe with practical keyboard shortcuts. Shortcuts to opened safes are created on the desktop. Data can then be easily copied to the safe with a simple drag & drop. Or automatically launch the safe upon logging into your computer. Applications can also be automatically launched after you’ve opened the drive.

System Requirements
· 100 MB of space on your hard drive for installation
· At least 256 MB of free memory
· At least Pentium or comparable CPU
· Internet connection (must-have for product activation and updates)

Giveaway

Get Steganos Safe 2012 v13 Genuine Serial Number For FREE. Open the following webpage from the developer’s website and just fill a short form only asking your email address. Finally press button “Abschicken”.
An email containing your GENUINE serial number and the download link would be sent to the email address you provided.
PS : Please note that this is not the latest version of this software but it does the job quite well. Hurry while the offer is still up!
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Gadgets

A Day in the Life of an iPastor

I have found that my iPhone is an invaluable aid in my work as a Baptist minister. This article describes a typical day in my personal and professional life.

6:45 a.m.—My iPhone wakes me up so I can take my son to school. On the way, we open the Mantis Bible Study (Free; mantis bible.com), a great little app that allows us to read a verse of scripture on the way to school. I really like the app’s daily Bible reading tracker, which reveals progress in your Bible reading. We are following the Daily Reading Plan 05, which divides the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs into 365 readings. Mantis Bible Study is free, and includes the full King James Version of the Bible.Mantis Bible Study is the best app I’ve found for tracking daily Bible reading.?There are a number of free Bible apps available for the ?iPhone or iPod touch. Check out BibleReader-Free (olivetree.com) and PocketBible Free (laridian.com). Both include the KJV Bible along with daily Bible reading and devotionals. However, Mantis does the best job of keeping track of your readings.

7:45 a.m.—After I drop off my son, I head to a local coffee shop for a bagel. The fifteen minute drive is just enough time to listen to iDevotional ($9.99; christianaudio.com/iPhoneApps), a great app with two of the world’s most popular devotionals: My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers and Morning & Evening by C.H. Spurgeon. If streaming over the Internet is not practical, go to the iTunes store and get a devotional podcast or audiobook.iDevotional lets me listen to morning devotions streamed directly to my iPhone.

8:15 a.m.—At the coffee shop, with bagel in hand, I boot up my laptop and fire up Twitter. It’s a great way to keep up with friends, family, and other ministries and to follow news from Bible study application developers. Finally, I use it to follow some of my denomination’s leaders. The morning I wrote this, there was a tweet from Rick Warren (@RickWarren), the author of A Purpose Driven Life. He always has inspiring things to say to preachers.??I use Twittelator Pro ($4.99; stone.com/Twittelator) to find people who are tweeting nearby and invite them to talk face to face. I have discovered a handful of contacts who are now good friends. I love the way it allows me to follow conversation threads and its ability to upload pictures that I tweet to my WordPress based blog.Twittelator makes it easy to follow conversation threads and upload photos to my WordPress-based blog.

10:30 a.m.—I’ve been studying at the coffee shop and working on a sermon for nearly two hours and I need a break. I check my e-mail on my laptop and use the Kindle For iPhone (Free, amazon.com) app on my iPhone to read a chapter of a book that I’m going through. I find that if I stop and think about something else for 30 minutes, I can go back to my sermons and Bible study, refocused and more productive.

11:45 a.m.—After a morning of study, my iPhone reminds me that I have to go to a meeting of the officers for our local ministers’ group.

12:10 p.m.—I make it to the meeting a little late, so I reset my calendar reminders on the iPhone to 30 minutes before the meeting instead of fifteen. Thanks to Google and my iPhone’s syncing capabilities, all my appointments are sent to my Google calendar and appear in all my calendars.?At the meeting, I open Evernote (Free; evernote.com) on my iPhone and check last month’s meeting notes to see what we have to cover this month. Evernote not only lets me create text, photo, and audio notes, it makes it easy to sync them with my account on evernote.com and, through that, with the Evernote program on my laptop. It’s also a great way to record expenses; I simply take a photo of a receipt and sync it..

1:15 p.m.—I head for the home of one of our church’s shut-ins. She is not closely tied to the church and I haven’t visited her before, so I enter her address into MobileNavigator North America ($69.99; navigon.com/iphone). The app is accurate, easy to use, and much safer than Maps. The GPS signal drops out on occasion, but so far this hasn’t been a problem.MobileNavigator is an accurate and simple GPS navigation program that provides audible, turn-by-turn directions.?While visiting with this dear lady, I want to encourage her. I remember the verses I read with my son that morning and thought they were appropriate for her situation. I open Olive Tree’s BibleReader and read them to her. She asks what one of the words means, and I’m not entirely sure about it. Fortunately, I have Olive Tree’s Greek and Hebrew Bibles installed on my iPhone. This app, GNT and BHS for BibleReader ($46.99; olivetree.com), has a pop-up dictionary that gives you the root meanings of the Greek and Hebrew words used in the oldest versions of the Bible. I open the Greek text in a second reading window and tap the word to look it up and clarify the meaning for her. The verses encourage her and I want to remember them so I bookmark them in BibleReader for future reference and add a note in Evernote so I can easily come back to them later.

3:30 p.m.—I have an appointment to meet with a couple in need of some marriage counseling. I require some information about them, which I store in a database about each church member. I could not remember the names of their grown children so I access the database using a church management program called iChurch ($49.99; (slingandstaff.com).?iChurch lets me access my church management software database from the iPhone.?iChurch lets you connect to your church management system. The latter is software that runs on your server and tracks members, attendance, giving, and other activities. I open iChurch on my iPhone and find the names of their children. I also notice that the husband’s birthday is tomorrow, so I quickly scribble a note on a blank birthday card. (I keep a number of them in my desk just in case.) When they do arrive, I hand the card to the husband and wish him a happy birthday.Olive Tree’s Greek and Hebrew tools make studying the Bible easierI counsel the couple for about an hour, and during the meeting I share with them a helpful passage from a book on marriage entitled For Men Only (the companion book is titled For Women Only). Before the appointment, I downloaded the book onto my iPhone Kindle app and bookmarked the spot I wanted to read to them. I also want to share some scripture verses with them, so I open Laridian’s PocketBible to find them—it’s the quickest Bible app. Finally, I use Evernote to take notes during the meeting. I’ll review them before, and have them available during, the next meeting.

5:00 p.m.—It’s Friday, and I have a date with my wife. While we’re getting something to eat, we review possible movies using Flixster (Free; flixster.com). It’s a great app that provides movie reviews and the location and show times for theaters in our area. You can also watch trailers of the movies that interest you. It even lets me add movies to my Netflix account so I can get them in the mail later. Tip: If a movie hasn’t been released to DVD, add it to your Netflix list anyway. When it finally comes out on DVD, it becomes active and Netflix sends it out right away.

10:00 p.m.—It’s late and I’m tired. I check out Twitter one last time and post about the movie we just watched. I respond to an e-mail I got from a church member while in the theatre. I open My Prayer List to pray for the people on the list and read a portion of scripture using Mantis.

10:02 p.m.—My iPhone starts to chirp. I have set it to go off at 10:02 to remind me to pray Luke 10:2, a passage that asks God to “send out people into the harvest,” meaning to send out believers who will help meet the real needs of the world. It makes me think about doing a sermon on that subject, so I open up my fourth favorite Bible app, Logos Bible (Free; logos.com/iphone). This app is a powerful Bible study tool that lets you access and search 30 free Bibles over the Internet. You can access more books by signing up for a free account. I particularly appreciate Logos Bible’s search feature. It lets me enter the topic in which I’m interested and search my entire online library for references to it. You can read them on your iPhone and access them later using Logos 4, the desktop version of the program.?It has been a full day and along with my iPhone’s battery, I am spent. It’s time for some rest so I make sure my iPhone is set to go off in the morning so I can do it all over again with the help of the best electronic assistant a pastor could have.Logos Bible has a great search feature but requires Internet access.

Source : iPhone Life Vol. 2 No. 2

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Linux

Free Linux DVDs

For those that have not received their free Linux DVD offer, i apologise, chances are that i have not sent it at all, it is more difficult than i thought. No, it’s not the funds to mail them, but the inavailability of a Post Office in my neighbourhood, most times i have to get to Lagos Mainland before i can post them. Can be very tasking at times. All outstanding orders will be dispatched on 5/10/2010. Sorry for the delay.

For now, orders will be restricted to hand deliveries and you will have to do the pick up either in Ogba or Ajah. Sorry about that.

There is always a never ending supply of new DVD distros so i will not bother listing them all,  just mention your preference and i will confirm if i have it or not. The joker i have at hand now is Linux Magazine’s Complete Linux Magazine Archive on DVD! The magazine’s monthly publications for the last 10 years, containing tons of tutorials, articles and reviews, all on 1 DVD! Please indicate your interest but note that this item is billed for Hand Delivery ONLY.

Gracias!

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Linux

Free Linux DVDs – New Arrivals

Still in the spirit of everything free, we have in stock some new Linux DVDs, free for those who are ready to test the proverbial waters.

Top on the list is UBUNTU 10.04 SIXPACK (MULTIBUNTU)

Ubuntu recently rolled out the new version 10.04 “Lucid Lynx” release. Today we bring to you six great Lucid Lynx variants on a single-sided, double-layer 8.5GB DVD.

Boot this DVD to experience its Live Boot functionality, have a feel of the classic Gnome based Ubuntu without installing anything on your PC. Double-click on the Virtualbox icon on the Live Boot environment to have a feel of the KDE based Kubuntu, the Mythbuntu PVR system or the legacy hardware friendly Xubuntu.

If you are still looking for more from the Ubuntu siblings, ISO images of Lubuntu and Ubuntu Studio are included in the DVD.

ALTERNATIVELY

Each of the six great picks included in the 6 Pack DVD could be obtained as seperate DVDs;

Ubuntu : Named after the Southern African ethical principle “humanity towards others”. It is a computer operating system based on the Debian GNU/Linux distribution and is distributed as free and open source software with additional proprietary software available.

Ubuntu Studio : ?A multimedia editing/creation flavor of Ubuntu. It’s built for the audio, video, and graphic enthusiasts or professionals. It contains a suite of the best open-source applications available for multimedia creation. Completely free to use, modify and redistribute. Your only limitation is your imagination.

Kubuntu : An official derivative of the Ubuntu operating system using the KDE Software Compilation instead of the GNOME graphical environment. It is part of the Ubuntu project and uses the same underlying system. It is possible to run both the KDE desktop (kubuntu-desktop) as well as the Gnome desktop (ubuntu-desktop) interchangeably on the same machine. Every package in Kubuntu shares the same repositories as Ubuntu. It is released regularly on the same schedule as Ubuntu.

Lubuntu : A lighter, less resource hungry and more energy-efficient non-official variant of Ubuntu, using the LXDE desktop environment.

Xubuntu : An officially recognised variant of Ubuntu, using the LXDE desktop environment.

– Mythbuntu : A media center operating system (OS). It is based on Ubuntu and integrates the MythTV Media center software as its main function, and does not install with all of the programs included with Ubuntu.

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Hosting Tutorials

Virtualization Part 3 – Configuring Virtualbox

STEP 1
Read Parts One and Two of this series if you have not.

STEP 2
Ensure you have the Linux DVD/CD in your DVD Drive. We are using Ubuntu 10.04. Get one for free if you don’t have one.

STEP 3
Launch the Virtualbox icon from your desktop or the Start menu.