Wednesday, 8 October 2008


Trip lang, hehehe (Photoshop practice).
Waaah hindi ako marunong gumawa ng peklat!

These sharingans of mine had finally awaken! :-)

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Detect Yahoo Invisible Users

Are you wondering whether your friends/contacts on Yahoo Messenger are really offline or just invisible? Wonder no more, I had found some web tools that check the online/offline status of anyone on Yahoo Messenger.

Detect Yahoo Messenger invisible users using any of the following:

Now, don't hate me if your girlfriend flames on you when she finds you cloaked after telling her that you can't chat with her due to connectivity issues. :D

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Vista vs XP

Though I had always been an advocate of free and/or open source softwares, the gamer in me can’t simply put Windows aside. I had recently bought a new development/gaming rig to replace my ancient one and I was torn between two choices whether to install Windows XP SP3 or Windows Vista SP1 as my main operating system.

You might ask, why not do a dual boot setup? Well, I could, but I don’t like it. This forces me to create multiple partitions and waste a lot of disk space and constantly switching between operating systems is a pain in the a$$. I had been a long time user of Windows XP and with Service Pack 3 released, like other people out there, I believed that this is Microsoft’s greatest operating system so far. But I finally give in to my curiosity and I installed Windows Vista SP1. I won’t be providing benchmarks or any technical comparisons of Windows XP and Vista here since there are already tons of them in the web but if you are thinking about moving to Windows Vista from Windows XP, as long as you meet the hardware requirements of Windows Vista, you’ll be fine. Windows Vista is not really that bad as what other people say when comparing it against Windows XP. Indeed Windows XP performs better but having an additional second in application loading time and a 5-point frame rate drop in games is not a big deal for me. Like you are going to notice the difference between 55 and 60 FPS (frames per second)! In PC games, to have a smooth gaming experience, you should try to achieve at least 30 FPS. My only gripe with Windows Vista is that some of my older applications are incompatible with it. Well, that’s one reason why I like virtual machines – to run older and incompatible applications. I think I should make a post about virtualization next time. :-)

Here’s my desktop buddy, currently running Windows Vista SP1. It’s not the best but it performs well.

dual monitor PC running on Vista
Specifications: Dual 19-inch LCD monitor, Intel Core 2 Duo E4600, 4GB RAM, GeForce 8600GT, 160GB SATA HD

For reference, my PC had a Windows Experience Index base score of 4.8.

A computer with a base score of 4 or 5 is able to run all new features of Windows Vista with full functionality, and it is able to support high-end, graphics-intensive experiences, such as multiplayer and 3D gaming, and, recording and playback of HDTV content. Computers with base score of 5 were the highest performing computers available when Windows Vista was released.

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Saturday, 29 March 2008

Minimizing CD/DVD Writing Failures

Today I wasted two of my blank DVD-Rs trying to write files. I never had this problem before. What I noticed is while writing the files, my antivirus icon on the system tray started getting animated. I guess the culprit here was the antivirus software. I decided to turn it off before attempting to do disc writing again. Taadaa! All is good.

If you occasionally experience failures in your disc writing activities, there are probably some background processes interfering with the disc writing process. One of them could be your antivirus software. Almost all antivirus applications have background processes that check files being accessed for viruses. Every time your disc burning software tries to read data from the files to be written, your antivirus software interrupts the process which might result in a ruined disc and a frustrated user – you.

To lessen the chance of having ruined discs, turn off antivirus software and other processes that could interrupt disc writing such as screensavers. Don't forget to turn on your antivirus again after disc writing.

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Wednesday, 5 March 2008

1st! 2008! yay! :))

I have been meaning to update this blog for the longest time, but you know the deal and how things get pushed aside. My life in the real world has gotten complicated in ways I didn’t expect. At any rate, I just finished the current web application I’m working on (I hope the payment arrives soon). So, I decided to post a little, just to say hi, and keep the lifeblood of this blog flowing. :-)
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