Oct 11, 2014

Windows 10 ISO Technical Preview is Now Available

If you are looking to see what the new Windows 10 has to offer, you can download the technical review ISO file which available on Microsoft Website: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview-iso
Windows 10 first look

 What you need to know before Installing Windows 10:

1. A technical preview simply is an unfinished project, which released to gain feedback from users.

2. It is for you if you know how to back up your data, installing windows from scratch, work with hard drive partition and troubleshooting problems.

3. It is better to install on a secondary computer, not you main or everyday computer. Do expect crashes and bugs, this is normal for technical preview release.

4. Mouse, keyboard and touch should work properly but touch screen user are expected to have few problems when interact with Windows and Apps.

5. Make sure you know how to work with ISO file, and how to burn disc image, or how to use disk image to create a bootable USB or DISC.

Oct 10, 2014

Run Two or Multiple Operating System at the Same Time

It is not impossible to run 2 or more operating system at the same time by just using one computer. This can be done on any computer which have the Virtualization Technology. Most current computers and laptops support this option and you can check if your computer support Virtualization Technology by using Microsoft Detection Tools.
Running Windows 7 and Windows 8 at the same time
This technology allow you to install any operating system and run multiple operating system at once by using Virtual Box. I use Virtual Box to run Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 8/8.1, Windows Vista, Mac OS - Lion, Linux Mint, Chrome OS, Ubuntu, Pearlinux and currently I'm waiting to install Windows 10 because Microsoft skip Windows 9.

For this tutorial we will install Ubuntu inside windows 7 by using Oracle VM Virtual Box.

STEP 1 : Install Virtual Box which can be downloaded from here: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads. Select the installer base on your current operating system.

STEP 2 :You need to download the ISO file for the operating system of your choice. In this tutorial Ubuntu ISO file can be found here: http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop

STEP 3: Now we will start to install Ubuntu using Virtual Box. Open Virtual box and click new, now select name, type and version base on your operating system, here are some references:

Name: Choose any name you like
Windows : XP,Vista,7,8,8.1
Mac OS X : Lion, Snow Leopard , Mountain Lion, Mavericks
32-bit and 64-bit Selection : Base on the ISO file you've downloaded.

STEP 4 : Choose the amount of RAM you want to use for this operating system, minimum is 512MB for Ubuntu, but it is strongly recommend to use 1Gb and above.  64-bit Operating system must use 4GB and above for the best result.

STEP 5: Select "Create a Virtual hard drive Now". Select VDI (Virtual Disk Image) . Select "Dynamically Allocated then select the maximum amount of disk space (for ubuntu  I set to 20GB).

STEP 6 : Now click create and you will see  it on the left panel. Right click and select start.

STEP7: Click on the folder icon and then select your ubuntu ISO file and click start.

From here you should be able to install ubuntu normally like you always did to install it natively on PC. If you are new to Ubuntu, just follow on screen installation instruction. You can use this method to install any OS of your choice.

Oct 2, 2014

Firefox - How to Turn Off/Disable Spell Check

Spell check could be annoying if you are using a lot of abbreviation, short hand writing style, or writing a specific terms which is not recognize by the dictionary. Spell check by default is enable, so whenever you are typing email, Facebook status or new tweets it will check your spelling and underline wrong spelling with a red line. If you are using Firefox here is a simple step to turn it off or on.

1. Click Firefox Button and select option.

2. Click advance and uncheck the box which say "check my spelling as I type".

 3. Click OK to apply this setting.

This option will permanently disable spell check until you re-activate it back again by using the same method. 

There is another way to do this and it is by changing Firefox configuration. Keep in mind that the first method I mentioned above is the best way to do this. Changing your Firefox configuration (advance setting) can be harmful to the stability, security, and performance of Firefox. Type "About:Config" in the Adress Bar and press Enter, It will prompt you t be careful, click I agree to continue. Look for "Layout.SpellcheckDefault" and double click to open. Set the value to 1 to enable spell check and set to 0 to disable spell check.

How to check Maxis Data usage

Maxis is one of the main Wireless Broadband Service Provider (ISP) in Malaysia. Each plan varies each other with different monthly data allocation. If you are a subscriber, you can check your data usage from time to time by:

1. MI Check Subscription Page (require internet connection)
MI subscription page is a portal where you can check your data usage by internet. Copy and paste or just click the following URL to check your data Usage:
http://m.maxis.com.my/?nodeid=1349421044111185682&aU=&aL=

The message will give you the following information :
Subscribed Plan: Monthly 4GB plan.
Your quota is: 4,096.0MB.
Current usage: 0.000MB.
Balance: 4,096.0MB.
Your plan will be renewed on: 00:00:00 24-10-2014.

2. Using MI Code (without Internet connection)
Dial *1007*1# and then choose check status option to view the usage details. You will see a message like this:
"Thank you for using Maxis backup service, trial period is expiring 1 day time, rm 2 will be charged to renew your subscription."

Fix iCloud account disabled for security reasons

iCloud is one of the services that notify you whenever your Apple ID has been disabled or locked. You might get the same alert whenever you try to use other apps or services (Itunes,MobileMe etc) that requires Apple ID. If you were about to buy a used Iphone or any Apple product from e-Bay or Amazon, make sure to ask about this. But now let's get your iCloud back.

What you need to do is to reset your account and restore access to the disabled services. use iForgot  - iforgot.apple.com , remember for iCloud user you need to type full email address  in the apple ID form.
Enter your Id to start the reset process

Your Id is disable due to security reason and for your own protection, if you incorrectly entered your password many times you will get one of this alert. There are other reason such as the phone is reported stolen or lost or the previous owner forgot their log in to iCloud.
  • This Apple ID has been disabled for security reasons
  • Too many attempted sign ins
  • You can't sign in because your account was disabled for security reasons
  • This Apple ID has been locked for security reasons"
 Remember that if the alert was your Apple ID has been disable - this mean your account is in a serious security issue in which resetting your account will not work. You need to contact Apple directly for this issue and it would take more than 1 or 2 days to get back your account.

Can I activate iCloud without resetting the account?
There's no way you can bypass this and apple added this feature in the new 7.0 OS. If you create a new account, you will not be able to link back with the old disable account.

If you want to buy it from the online store, make sure to read the description/advertisement carefully. If you buy it from Amazon and the iCloud is locked, ask the reseller for the login or if he doesn't want to co-operate or does not remember, ask for a refund. If you unable to get a refund from the reseller, dispute the case to Amazon for a refund from them.

Oct 1, 2014

How to play and convert m3u8 video file

If you are looking for m3u8 Video player will not be able to get one, because this extension in most cases classified as a Audio File and not a Video File. If you are looking to play the m3u8 audio, you can use Windows media player for Windows and iTunes for Mac. If it is a video you need to convert the file first.

Convert m3u8 file into Mp4
First of all, if the m3u8 file you want to open is a video file, you cannot use software like KMPlayer or VLC to open it. If you do you will only have the audio playing with a blank screen. So first you need to convert it into mp4 file. Here are the steps you need to convert the m3u8 file extension into mp4 Video file:

1. Download and Install format factory which is a free video converter.
2. Now open format factory and drag the m3u8 file into program.
3. After that it will ask which file type you want to convert. Expand the Video and select mp4.
You can use format factory to convert any video/audio file into any format

4. Now click start and wait until finish.

Now, you will have the mp4 file after the conversion and able to play the video file using any supportd Mp4 player such as VLC, Kmplayer and Windows Media Player. Mac Os user would be able to play it using Quick Time player.

Reading photoshop format takes too long Solution

There are several factor that make Photoshop takes a very long time to open your PSD or any other related files. Sometime your Photohshop will not responding, hang or freeze. This problem not only occur for a low spec PC but also could happen to a high end PC.

What you need to do is to change your printer preferences.
Use local printer as a default printer, and do not use a network printer. Beside that you can also delete your network printer instead of setting the local printer as default.

Re-install and Update Your Printer.
Sometimes the problem is your printer software is outdated and need to be updated with the latest software. Your printer driver could be corrupted so re-installing could help to solve the problem.

Fix corrupted PSD file
Download the recovery tool from here for both windows and Mac OS: http://www.telegraphics.com.au/sw/product/PSDRecover
This plugin lets you grab image layers from any PSD/PSB file. It's faster than opening the whole PSD in Photoshop, if you just want a layer. Most importantly, it can usually recover image layers from corrupted PSD files that Photoshop won't even open (if Photoshop opens with damage, this plugin recovers a more intact image).

Other basic Diagnosis
First thing fist, basically we just need to close Photoshop and reboot. Next is to uninstall and re-install which is the best way to reset your Photoshop Program. Make sure your system is not overload with many program which will used up your RAM usage. Close any unwanted application.