Posts Tagged ‘pc’

Old Intel D915GEV PC given it a new lease of life

Friday, August 16th, 2019

At some point, I wanted to disposed my ageing desktop Intel D915GEV PC sitting quietly in a corner. With blue screens happening while running Windows 7 when I fired it up seems like it was the end of its usefulness and time to clear up some space. In one of the blue screen of death moments, I finally figured out it wasn’t a hardware issue but rather a misconfiguration of two installed hard drives with the master and slave settings. Since Windows 7 will lose support by early 2020, may as well delete the OS and experiment with multibooting of Linux and other OS. (more…)

Using Aluminum Foil for Extending my WIFI Signal Coverage

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Trying to get wired and connected should have been a easy thing to do. Not so if your home or office has blind spots where the WIFI signal coverage is so poor you get zero connection!

I decided to find a way to extend the WIFi signal coverage in my house. Being a 3 storey house it wasn’t an easy thing to do. My fiber optic UNIFI broadband connection was placed right at the top of floor in a corner of my computer study room. Granted it was not the best of the location for a router and WIFI placement as there was no way the signal could reach from the top floor all the way to the ground floor.

Using aluminum foil to extend WiFi coverage

Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3V Quick Review

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

This Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3V motherboard was a quick purchase decision without much checking as my old Gigabyte board burnt out on me while doing some file transfer. After 4-1/2 years of faithful service with one hiccup on the BIOS, my old GA-MA69G-S3H was now a souvenir piece. I probably won’t keep it for long as it takes up space though I would keep the AMD CPU and DDR2 RAM for souvenir keepsake.

I decided to hop back to Intel based PC. AMD was not too bad. Although AMD positioned itself as a lower cost alternative with more features, I found that despite the AMD CPU being cheaper, the motherboard was not. And somehow the marriage between Microsoft and Intel seemed better for routine day to day usage. Not being a gamer, I suppose this pairing would be far more suitable for me.

Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3V with Intel Core i3

Outlook Live Hotmail vs Gmail, which webmail is best?

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

With the official launch of Outlook from beta in early August 2012, already more than a million users has signed up for the new Microsoft Outlook webmail. Between the Outlook Live Hotmail vs Gmail, which one do you think is best? Granted Gmail user based has just recently overtook Microsoft webmail, so it was time for Microsoft to get back its webmail market share.

Outlook Mail Panels

Multi Boot USB Linux with Pendrive Linux Yumi Software

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Multi boot USB Linux comes in really handy and recently I just discovered this Yumi software by Lance of Pendrive Linux website that can be used for booting multiple live distros of Linux! Previously my linux project was to install linux itself into my SanDisk Ultra 64GB flash drive, however I could only limit myself to boot 2 linux flavours in the thumb drive namely Ubuntu for its productivity suite and Puppy Lupu for its small size and speed. (more…)

Dual Boot Ubuntu and Puppy Linux in USB Pendrive

Monday, November 14th, 2011

How to dual boot Ubuntu and Puppy Linux in USB pendrive. It was actually rather easy although it took me a long while to figure it out. All along I was carrying two thumbdrive, one with Ubuntu Linux installed and the other with Puppy Linux. Why bring along so many Linux distros? Well, each has its own pros and cons. Ubuntu is more complete with its software and GUI interface plus other heavy duty application, but it runs a little slow in my SanDisk 32GB flash drive. Puppy Linux is blazingly fast for its small size distro, and perfect for those times when you need to do quick fixes to your PC.

Dual boot Ubuntu and Puppy Linux in your thumb drive


Online Bookmarks Service for Synchronizing between PC and Browsers

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Store your bookmarks online and you can also synchronize between browsers and several PC including your mobile devices like iPhone, Android phone and Symbian enabled phones. Also no need to worry about losing all your bookmarks whenever you reinstall your PC. (more…)

Livescribe Pulse Smartpen

Monday, June 13th, 2011

I bought myself a Livescribe Pulse Smartpen recently when All IT had a promo for the 2GB smart pen version. The Livescribe pen was in my mind for quite some time, but the price tag sort of put me off. The idea of digitizing what you wrote as well recording notes while writing your notes is an intriguing idea.

When the offer price of RM399 for the 2 GB Livescribe Pulse Smart Pen came about, I decided to do a bit more research before plunging into it. I found that the smartpen is also offered in Amazon and at a much cheaper price too! Even if I were to include the shipping cost all the way from USA to Malaysia there is indeed a huge cost savings! Especially if I were to go for the Livescribe Echo Smartpen with 4GB memory storage the savings were very substantial.

Livescribe Pulse Smartpen

I didn’t order it via Amazon was due to the warranty issue. Since nowadays digital products defect rate is rather high. I can attest to the fact of the many warranty claims that I have gone through for the various IT and electronic products. The defect rate is hovering between 5 to 10% so a 1 in ten chance that I might get a defective unit. So better pay more for locally sold product. Would have like to get the Echo 4 GB smart pen though! But the price wasn’t very attractive at RM699! Besides, I’m not too sure whether I would be able to fully make use of it. (more…)

Installing a portable Ubuntu Linux in a USB Thumbdrive

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

I couldn’t wait for the price of 32GB USB thumb drive to come down and decided to get one. I think the current size of most USB drive is way more than enough for the average Joe’s but not for power users like me! It seems like Moore’s Law don’t seem to apply for the USB thumb drive anymore if there is a lower demand for more storage space in USB drive. It now takes ages for the prices to come down for USB drive and if you compare with say a portable hard drive, it sure is lagging behind!

SanDisk Cruzer - micro and standard.

Solution to slow data transfer of WD MyBook using Firewire 1394 with Windows 7

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Earlier this year, I upgraded my AMD Gigabyte PC from Windows Vista to Windows 7, 64bit. Although I was pleased with the nicer to use W7 and the better memory management using base 64 rather than the 32 bit thereby using up the entire 4GB of RAM memory efficiently. I noticed while transferring large files as well as large number of files (>1 GB) between WD MyBook external storage drive via Firewire 1394, it took ages to get the job done. (more…)