MPS Gathering Feb 2010

This time around the organiser Frida managed to bring a whole big bunch of us guys and gals together, for our reunion at Sakura Admiralty Park.  It was amazing being able catch us after 30++ years and seeing so many familiar, though a little aged faces! :lol:

Frida even got us all a memento for the evening! Thank you so much Frida! You’re an incredible organiser!

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The Organiser and me..

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Front of the memento

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Back of the memento

Juleslife@Tumblr

WORDPRESS Still Rules!  There are alot more controls and stuff in place.  Moreover the guys are constantly updating the site with upgrades and new stuff all the time.

Tumblr on the other hand makes it very simple to blog quotes, chat items etc.  So I signed up just to try it out…..I’d probably use it to blog light hearted stuff….

http://juleslife.tumblr.com/

*update 28 Feb*  I finally found a way to enable comments using a third party program. DISQUS is powerful and power packed with control and a variety of options for use.  It can even be used for other blogs such as wordpress etc. however for my WordPress blog  I’d just stick to what WordPress has to offer.

Win 7 – My Favourite Features

Well after playing around with it I’ve decided to list down some of my favourite features which I will group into Simple and Complex. 

SIMPLE

  • Maximise A Window – Just by dragging the window to the very top of the screen automatically maximises it
  • Windows Clutter – When you have so many windows open and want to just work on one while minimising the rest.  All you have to do is select the window you want to work with, hold the the left mouse click and shake your wrist.  If you have AERO running you can see the animation of the rest of the open windows falling nicely. ( Win+Home works too )
  • Windows Dock – You can dock windows by dragging them to the respective right or left edges automatically.  Keyboard shortcuts are ..
  • Win+Left Arrow and Win+Right Arrow dock;
  • Win+Up Arrow and Win+Down Arrow maximizes and restores / minimizes;
  • Win+Shift+Up Arrow and Win+Shift+Down Arrow maximizes and restores the vertical size.
  • The New Taskbar – Icons in the new taskbar are not fixed so it can easily be sorted/reordered according to you need.  You can then run instances of them simply by pressing Win+1, win+2, win+3 etc. depending on how you ordered them.
  • Right Click Everywhere – Right clicking practically anywhere gives you a lot more options.  Egs. Desktop – gives you resolution settings and more etc or at the Internet address bar you get history etc.
  • WordPad – Can now read and writed both Word 2007 compatible Office open XML and Openoffice.org files (ODT) aka OpenDocument fro Sun Microsystems.
  • Running With Administrative Rights – simply Ctrl+Shift and click a docked application.
  • Once Again Please – To run an instance of the same application just hold down the Shift key and click on the taskbar icon of the application.
  • Cycling Through Multiple Open Messages – If you have mulitple email messages open and want to quicky cycle through them simply hold down the CTRL key and repeatedly click the single Outlook icon to do so.  Works with other applications too.
  • <strongPin Your Favorite Folders.- If you’re always working in the same four or five folders, you can quickly pin them with the Explorer icon on the taskbar. Hold the right-click button down and drag the folder to the taskbar, and it will be automatically pinned in the Explorer Jump List.
  • GLADIACULATOR - At first glance the Windows 7 calculator looks just like Vista’s version, but explore the Mode menu and you’ll see powerful new Statistics and Programmer views. And if you’re clueless about bitwise manipulation, then try the Options menu instead. This offers many different unit conversions (length, weight, volume and more), date calculations (how many days between two dates?), and spreadsheet-type templates to help you calculate vehicle mileage, mortgage rates and more.
  • Sticky Notes -The Sticky Notes app is both simpler and more useful in Windows 7. Launch StikyNot.exe and you can type notes at the keyboard; right-click a note to change its colour; click the + sign on the note title bar to add another note; and click a note and press Alt + 4 to close the note windows (your notes are automatically saved).
  • Keyboard Shortcuts – Windows 7 supports several useful new keyboard shortcuts.

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Display/ hide the Explorer preview pane

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Display gadgets in front of other windows

Windows Logo++ (plus key)

Zoom in, where appropriate

Windows Logo+- (minus key)

Zoom out, where appropriate

Windows Logo+Up

Maximise the current window

Windows Logo+Down

Minimise the current window

Windows Logo+Left

Snap to the left hand side of the screen

Windows Logo+Right

Snap to the right hand side of the screen

Windows Logo+Home

Minimise/ restore everything except the current window

COMPLEX

  • CCTUNE.exe – Clear Type Text Tuning for calibrating a better text view.
  • Dccw.exe –  Display colour Calibration
  • diskmgmt.msc –  Create and mount VHD Files aka Virtual Drive. DISKPART utility has also been upgraded with tools to detach a VHD file, and an EXPAND command to increase a virtual disk’s maximum size. Don’t play around with this unless you know what you’re doing, though – it’s all too easy to trash your system.
  • ISO Burning - you can double-click on any DVD or CD .ISO image and you’ll see a helpful little applet that will enable you to burn the image to a blank disc.
  • Startup Repair – If you’ve downloaded Windows 7 (and even if you haven’t) it’s a good idea to create a system repair disc straight away in case you run into problems booting the OS later on. Click Start > Maintenance > Create a System Repair Disc, and let Windows 7 build a bootable emergency disc. If the worst does happen then it could be the only way to get your PC running again.
  • Installing from a USB Memory Stick – take a spare 4GB USB 2.0 thumbdrive, reformatted it as FAT32, and simply copy the contents of the Windows 7 Beta ISO image to the memory stick using xcopy e:\ f:\ /e /f (where e: was the DVD drive and f: was the removable drive location).
  • Get a power efficiency report  – If you have a laptop, you can use the efficiency calculator to get Windows 7 to generate loads of useful information about its power consumption. Used in the right way, this can help you make huge gains in terms of battery life and performance. To do this you must open a command prompt as an administrator by typing ‘cmd’ in Start Search, and when the cmd icon appears, right-click it and choose Run as administrator. Then at the command line, just type in ‘powercfg -energy’ (without quotes) and hit Return, and Windows 7 will scan your system looking for ways to improve power efficiency. It will then publish the results in an HTML file, usually in the System32 folder. Just follow the path it gives you to find your report.
  • Super Control Panel aka god mode – Windows 7 has changed Control Panel a little, but it’s still too difficult to locate all the applets and options that you might need. God Mode, however, while not being particularly godlike, does offer an easier way to access everything you could want from a single folder. To try this out, create a new folder and rename it to:

 

The first part, “Everything” will be the folder name, and can be whatever you want: “Super Control Panel”, “Advanced”, “God Mode” if you prefer. The extension, ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C, must be entered exactly as it is here, though, including the curly brackets. When you press [Enter] this part of the name will disappear, and double-clicking the new folder will display shortcuts to functions in the Action Centre, the Network and Sharing Centre, Power options, troubleshooting tools, user accounts and others – more than 260 options in total.

  • Bitlocker – USB flash drives are convenient, portable, and very easy to lose. Which is a problem, especially if they’re carrying sensitive data. Fortunately Windows 7 has the solution: encrypt your documents with an extension of Microsoft’s BitLocker technology, and only someone with the password will be able to access it. Right-click your USB flash drive, select Turn on BitLocker and follow the instructions to protect your private files.
  • GPEDIT.msc – to disable PC search Queries , go to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Explorer, double-click “Turn off display of recent search entries…” and click Enabled > OK.
  • RESMON – to find out why your system is sluggish -Click Start, type RESMON and press Enter to launch the Resource Monitor, then click the CPU, Memory, Disk or Network tabs. Windows 7 will immediately show which processes are hogging the most system resources. The CPU view is particularly useful, and provides something like a more powerful version of Task Manager. If a program has locked up, for example, then right-click its name in the list and select Analyze Process. Windows will then try to tell you why it’s hanging – the program might be waiting for another process, perhaps – which could give you the information you need to fix the problem.
  • PSR – Program Steps Recorder – When any app starts misbehaving under Windows 7 then all your friends need do is click Start, type PSR and press Enter, then click Start Record. If they then work through whatever they’re doing then the Problem Steps Recorder will record every click and keypress, take screen grabs, and package everything up into a single zipped MHTML file when they’re finished, ready for emailing to you. It’s quick, easy and effective, and will save you hours of troubleshooting time.

 

Well there are also some great links for tips and tricks which can easily be found via a google search.

Windows 7 (64 Bit) Wunderbar

Just finished installing it and I must say I am very impressed with it so far!  Loved that the wireless setup and connectivity bit was all done on the fly.  Also prior to the installation it automatically created a windows.old folder so that all my documents etc. was left intact there. I could also see what programs I had to reinstall from the same folder.  The OS setup and installation took approx 1 1/2 hours and everything else took me well almost 3hrs++ but it is well worth the effort.

So what’s so great about it?

Well as far as i can tell so far…..Speed, Reliability and it looks much slicker than Vista!  Still have to lots to play around with…..

The not so great bit is that it does not come with an email program but easily remedied by either using Outlook or downloading Windows Live Mail.  I also downloaded Windows Live Writer to see if it easier to do a blog post using it and well it’s looking pretty good.

*Update 25 Feb*

:lol:  What a joke! I already thought it looked so much sharper and crisp with Win 7! What I didn’t realise was that my graphic card drivers was not updated and it was only a generic driver being used.  It was only when I checked the Windows Experience index that I was shocked to find that it only scored a 1.0 and AERO was disabled as a result.  What! when I have the NVIDIA Geforce 8600m graphic card.  So I went to NVIDIA to download the latest Win7 64bit drivers ( 184MB) and Lo and Behold a breathtaking experience all over again! WOO HOO!

Oh and I had to search for the updated Drivers for my HP PSC 1310 Printer but found instead the compatible driver for the 1315 model.  HUGE File it turned out to be because it comes with the HP essential package. (300mb I think)

Going through the tips and tricks to see what I’m missing at this point…. ;)

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Berry Good 7X

A while back I wrote about the natural goodness of Elderberry .  Recently I discovered that Brand’s has a new product ( well new to me anyways) called Innershine Berry Essence which has seven premium berries all in one bottle! Blueberry, chokeberry, cranberry, blackcurrant, acaiberry, elderberry and strawberry.  I must say that it is great tasting especially when served chilled.

The combination of seven berries is an excellent source of antioxidants, which neutralize harmful free radicals in the body and prevent degeneration of eye cells. It contains Zinc and is fortified with Vitamin A, C & E, providing the required nutrients to benefit ocular health.

A natural extract, it contains no artificial colouring and preservatives!

Brand’s Essence of Chicken is practically a household item here in Singapore that I actually thought Brand’s was a Local product. *smacks head*  It actually originates in the UK way back in 1820 when royal chef Henderson William Brand first developed it for King George IV to boost his health.  At least we should be content to know that we were the first port of call for Brand’s entry into Asia way back in 1920.

What I like best about Brand’s Innershine Berry Essence is that it not only taste great, it is affordable!  Try it!   ( And NO this is not a paid advertisement for Brand’s, just a note from a consumer….but hey if they ever read this and well you know…. :D )

Light Bulb Thoughts….

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  • Spotting Large Visible Tattoos Dratically Reduces Your Employment Opportunity Window but opens many smaller ones
  • Why do parents of children who lead highly sheltered lives question why their children are socially inept?
  • Isn’t it ironic when a person so often says “Do not let your left hand know what you’re right hand is doing” all while his/her right hand is listening in attentively?
  • Why do some people who tend to use superfluous words, diagrams, or even formulas when all they simply want to ask is, “where shall we go for lunch today?” ( If you know someone like this, recommend they read ‘The Completed Plain Words’ By Sir Earnest Gowers first published in 1954 )
  • When I was 20 I longed for the wisdom of a 40 year old. Now that I’m 40, I long for the energy and strength of a 20 year old. Ain’t like funny…..especially since such wishlists are lengthly.
  • I lead a contented life…….when I’m asleep!
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    Wireless Charging Hmmm

    Imagine placing 3 to 5 separate gadgets on a pad and charging them simultaneously!  The convienience of it all is just amazing! Well all good things comes with a price…….Good news is that in so far as I can tell there are now two major players for this and so it is not a monopoly.   

    For now it is wait and see ….i.e. which garners the most positive feedback before I decide once again if it is a ‘Nice to have’ or a ‘Must have’.

    POWERMAT

    This is the charging station you always dreamed of. One cord, one mat, one place to charge all your handheld devices. The Home & Office mat uses magnetic induction and Powermat proprietary technology to charge your handheld devices quickly, efficiently, and wirelessly. Connect your device(s) to a Powermat receiver — either the Powercube or a dedicated receiver — and place it on the Powermat surface to start charging.

    WildCharge Pad

    The WildCharger Pad is 8 by 6 inch in size and can simultaneously charge as many as five WildCharge-enabled devices such as cell phones or portable music players.

    PureEnergy Solutions gives a better picture as to how their product works…

    extract :-The WildCharger Pad is flat and thin with a conductive surface. Our breakthrough highly efficient and green technology provides confidence – as you can see, hear and even feel how it works. Because the for WildCharge characteristic metal contact points (e.g. integrated into a cell phone skin) are magnetized, the device is attracted to the Pad’s conductive surface and solidly held in place once it touches down in any configuration with a satisfying clack. WildCharge technology works instantaneously on metal-on-metal contact. The Pad transmits electricity to the adapter element’s exposed contact points, charging the device. It is that simple. This technology is the direct evolution of your electrical plug in the wall.

    Enabling a portable electronic device with WildCharge technology is simple, too. There are four ways to outfit a mobile phone or other gadget for wire-free charging:

    • WildCharge Adapter Skins – protective gel covers custom designed to slip snuggly over the back of popular phone and music player models such as the iPhone, iPod touch and BlackBerry Curve and Pearl smartphones
    • WildCharge PowerDisc with PowerLinks – the ultimate adapter offering the broadest compatibility for cell phones, Bluetooth devices, GPS units, e-book readers and more
    • WildCharge Universal Adapter – the adjustable swing arm attaches to the back of the phone and comes with a tip (i.e. Nokia 2mm, Sony Ericsson or mini-USB) that fits right into the devices charge port
    • WildCharge Cellular Phone Adapter – the replacement backs perfectly fit in place of a respective model’s existing battery cover (currently available for Motorola RAZR V3 with more models coming soon).

    Each WildCharge adapter option is based on integrated wire-free charging technology with a four-point contact module that establishes an electrical connection the instant it touches down on the WildCharger Pad. Nothing else is required. The geometries of the charging surface of the Pad and the tiny metal “bumps” on the adapter guarantee that, regardless of where the device is placed on the Pad, a closed electrical circuit is formed between the surface and the device.

    What’s more, a mobile device will be wildcharged even when it is turned off. And the charging time and rate are the same as they would be with a conventional clunky adapter plugged straight into an outlet – but without the adapter proliferation and the clutter!

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