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Creating a clean windows ‘ghost’ image

by on May.08, 2011, under technology

I still use the word ‘Ghost’ due to the success of Norton Ghost many years back, which was one of the only choices then to create a Windows image so that you can ‘Unghost’ it to get back a clean image. The fastest computer is always when it’s ‘clean’ before you start installing various software and when you start using as various files will be written into the system which will slow the system down.

Thus the trick is to partition the harddisk into 2 parts (C: & D:) drive.. have windows running in C: drive and our data in D: drive. I tend to save the setup at different stages as images in D: drive. So that I can choose to revert to the clean images when my system slows down.

I took a look at the various notebook offerings in Singapore and found the Samsung notebooks well configured for this process. The partitioning process is built-in and cloning mechanism is provided as Samsung Recovery which saves you the first 2 steps. Neat :)

Basic Setup

  • Partition Harddisk in to C: & D: (with Easeus Partition Master)
  • Install System Cloning software (ie. DriveImage XML or Easeus Todo Backup)
  • Install Google Chrome or Firefox
  • Uninstall Norton software (Trialware installed, rather use a good freeware anti-virus)
  • Install Avast Anti-Virus or Avira Anti-Virus
  • Turn off Windows Defender (Replacing with Avast or Avira)
  • Turn off System Restore in Computer>System Properties (Replacing with a Imaging software)
  • Move C:\users\[username]\folders to D:\[username]
  • Clone System (I call this the ‘Clean’ image)

Optional Setup

  • Install FastStone Image Viewer
  • Install TeamViewer (You can try the portable version)
  • Install Wacom drivers for my tablet
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Social Doodle 1

by on May.18, 2010, under social media, technology

Just one of those social experiments I do from time to time.. :)
Go ahead to add on your creative strokes via Google Docs

You can post this on your own blog too by embedding this code

<img src=”http://docs.google.com/drawings/pub?id=17fIOA6MxYIMoqU9CoEIa8d6Rdukj7G7ZnzevuaMY4S4&amp;w=480&amp;h=360″>

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How fast are USB 3.0 Hard Disks?

by on Apr.28, 2010, under technology

I was browsing South Asia Computer at Funan Centre one day and saw an ExpressCard for USB 3.0 and wondered if USB 3.0 devices were available already.
It turned out that  Buffalo had a USB 3.0 DriveStation that was paired with the expresscard adapter since USB 3.0 notebooks aren’t available yet.

Bought them back and did a transfer.. (continue reading…)

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Google Earth view now available within Google Maps

by on Apr.27, 2010, under technology

Check this out.. now I don’t need to install the standalone Google Earth. It’s available as a plug in instead.

New York in 3D

Take a look at the Niagara Falls.. (you may have to install the plug-in first to view)


View Larger Map

How about Singapore?
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Creating the Facebook ‘Like’ button on your website/blog

by on Apr.23, 2010, under marketing, technology, wordpress

It’s much simpler than I expected! I originally wanted to leave it till i’m back home but did it in less than 5 mins..

All you need to do is to fill in the boxes to generate the code at
http://developers.facebook.com/docs/reference/plugins/like

My code looks like

<iframe src=”http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php?href=http%3A%2F%2Fwillyfoo.com&amp;layout=standard&amp;show_faces=true
&amp;width=280&amp;action=like&amp;colorscheme=light” scrolling=”no” frameborder=”0″ allowTransparency=”true” style=”border:none;
overflow:hidden; width:280px; height:px”></iframe>

If you’re using WordPress, just go to Widgets and create a text widget and paste it in! Simple as that!

Update (27th Apr) : If you want to add the ‘Like’ or ‘Recommend’ button to individual blog posts, just add a plug-in.
There are a few available, I’m using http://blog.gunnjerkens.com/2010/04/facebook-like-plugin-for-wordpress/

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Collaborative Project Management via Google Docs

by on Feb.20, 2009, under technology

Here’s an example of how the new tools provided can help make our lives easier.. a few of us are planning for the Singapore Photographers 1st Anniversary.

At 3.37pm, I sent a message to the core team members via facebook if anyone had time to do up a proposal.
At 4.25pm, another message sent to say I’ve created a google doc so we can work on it together
At 4.43pm, we have 4 persons working on the same doc simultaneously adding in info, asking questions etc.
By 6.30pm, we have brainstormed on most aspects already.

Within just 2 hours with no prior planning, we were able to achieve what would have taken days to organise a brainstorm session. We’ll be working on the same document in the next few days…

You’re welcome to see the work in progress at
http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dh3kwmb_49cbxrp63c

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Mobile Blogging: WordPress for iPhone vs WPhone

by on Jan.02, 2009, under technology, wordpress

WordPress for iPhone (hereafter called the ‘Native App’ )allows creating and managing blog posts and pages offline and sending the update to the server when ready. You may also choose to save as a local draft or save the draft on the server.

This first part is composed on this native app.

 * Insert with WPhone *
Seems like I can’t scroll down so I have to insert this edit onto the top of the post.

WPhone is a wordpress plugin that formats the admin pages for the iPhone. (Gosh it’s too frustrating not being able to scroll around that I’ve to switch back to the native app now)

Navigating around is slower than the native application as it has to load each page from the server.

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* Editing via native app*
All your blog posts are listed out in the familar iPhone style lists and editing it is simple. I do wish I could upload images in the iPhone photo library like the Facebook for iPhone app. (Update: Just saw the option to upload picture option).

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* Editing via Browser *
In summary, the WPhone has more options available than the native app. But the native app is probably a much better choice if you want to write and edit a blog.

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