Thursday, May 14, 2009

For SmartBro Users - How To Get Into Your Canopy Antenna Settings

Normally, you can enter the canopy configuration page by typing this address in your web browser's address bar: However, certain situations could prevent you from entering the page - either your canopy configuration page gets blocked or it's IP address gets replaced (happens when SmartBro technicians paid you a visit and tinkered with your connection). If that happens, you can still get into your canopy settings by using the following method:

  1. Open "Control Panel" then "Network Connections";
  2. Right-click a local area connection icon (one connected to SmartBro) then select "Properties";
  3. Double-click the "Internet Protocol TCP/IP";
  4. Check the "Use the following IP address" and set the IP address to, and subnet mask to then click "OK";
  5. Go to the "Start" menu and click "Run";
  6. Type "cmd" in the box and press "Enter" to open the command prompt window;
  7. Type "arp -a" then press "Enter" and take note of the IP address in this format: 10.x.x.x, which is your new canopy address (not by the way);
  8. Open your web browser then type the "new" canopy address in the bar then press "Enter".
After tweaking the canopy settings, repeat steps 1-3, then Check "Obtain IP address automatically", and "Obtain DNS server address automatically" then click "OK".

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

How to Hide Your Files Inside JPEG Images

Looking for effective ways to hide your sensitive files (porn, pdfs, spreadsheets, invoices, textfiles, etc.)?

There are actually several ways wherein you can hide files: you can put your sensitive files within a folder and apply the hidden attribute to that folder; you can bury your files deeply in subdirectories within subdirectories and hope that no one browses using a file manager; you can change the file name and file extension of a file to something unique and strange, so that no one recognizes it, or you can purchase a file hiding/locking software with password protection and encrypt your files with it; and many more.

But what if we compress our sensitive files in an archive, then hide the archive in a JPEG picture? Sounds interesting? It can also be combined with the above-mentioned methods for added security.

Here's how to do it in Windows (you need either WinRAR or WinZip for this):

  1. Create a folder on your drive and gather the files you want to hide in it including a JPG image where you will hide them into. Ex: I created a folder on my C: drive named "Projects" ("C:\Projects"), then put my sample files in there ("sample1.txt", "sample2.pdf", "sample3.doc"), plus an image file ("image.jpg").
  2. Select all the files in the folder except the image file, add them to a compressed ZIP or RAR file, and rename the archive to whatever you want. Ex. I added my sample files ("sample1.txt", "sample2.pdf", "sample3.doc") into a compressed zip file which I named "". My "C:\Projects" folder now has the following files: "sample1.txt", "sample2.pdf", "sample3.doc", "image.jpg", "" <-- the compressed sample files.
  3. Click the "Start" button, then choose "Run". Type "cmd" (no quotes) then press "Enter" on the keyboard. A command prompt window will open, type "cd\YOUR_FOLDER", i.e. "cd\Projects" to get into the folder you created, assuming it's located on C:, then press "Enter".
  4. Type the following: "copy /b YOUR_IMAGE_FILE.jpg + TARGET_IMAGE_FILE.jpg" (no quotes), then press "Enter". Ex. In my case, "copy /b image.jpg + twoface.jpg". My "C:\Projects" folder now has the following files: "sample1.txt", "sample2.pdf", "sample3.doc", "image.jpg", "", "" <-- the resulting image file with my hidden sample files.
  5. That's it! You can open the resulting image file just like any other image file. To access the hidden archive, just change the resulting image's file extension to "zip" or "rar", then double-click it. You can also right-click on the image file, the open it with either WinRar or WinZip.
To do it in Linux:
  1. Using the terminal, compress the files or folder to be hidden. "zip sample1.txt sample2.pdf sample3.doc". <-- target compressed file.
  2. Hide the compressed file into the image. "cat image.jpg > twoface.jpg". twoface.jpg <-- resulting image file with hidden archive.
  3. To extract the hidden files: "unzip twoface.jpg"
Enjoy! =)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Earn Money by Viewing Ads -

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from the FAQ:
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Find and Download MP3's through Google for Free

Finding music, videos, etc. on Google is actually quite easy. We just need to refine our search queries to get better results.

Method 1
In the Google search box, type the following (including the quotes):

?intitle:index.of? mp3 TITLE/ARTIST/ALBUM

(to search for the song "never say goodbye")
?intitle:index.of? mp3 "never say goodbye"
(to search for the artist "greenday")
?intitle:index.of? mp3 greenday

Method 2
In the Google search box, type the following (including the quotes):

"parent directory " MP3 -xxx -html -htm -php -shtml -opendivx -md5 -md5sums
"parent directory " TITLE/ARTIST/ALBUM -xxx -html -htm -php -shtml -opendivx -md5 -md5sums

(to search for the song "never say goodbye")
"parent directory " "never say goodbye" -xxx -html -htm -php -shtml -opendivx -md5 -md5sums
(to search for the artist "greenday")
"parent directory " greenday -xxx -html -htm -php -shtml -opendivx -md5 -md5sums

Have fun!!!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Learn How to Repair a Motherboard

Majority of dead motherboards I've encountered were caused by flawed electrolytic capacitors. You may not believe it, but bad capacitors are one of the main causes of defects for semiconductor-based devices like the motherboard. Electrolytic capacitors on motherboards (old or new) often make computers behave strangely if they fail such as: intermittent shutdown/restart, power turns on but no POST, random crashes, etc.

This guide will teach you how to breathe new life into your motherboard by replacing its electrolytic capacitors.

Make Your Kubuntu 9.04 UI Look Like Windows 7 with the Windows 7 Transformation Pack for Kubuntu

Here's a proof of concept showing the power and flexibility of Linux - that you can make it look and work like any OS you want. Tested on a fresh installation of Kubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope:

Screenshots (click on image for higher resolution)

  • Vistar7 Color Scheme
  • Vistar7 Plasma Theme
  • Redmond Vista - Normal deKorator theme
  • Win7 Icon Theme
  • Aero Mouse Theme
  • Windows 7-like Splash Screen
  • All Windows 7 Sound Themes
  • Windows 7 Wallpapers, Including Beta Wallpapers
  • Segoe UI, Calibri and Cambri fonts
  • Default Windows 7 User Picture
How to Install
  • Make sure you are online
  • Open konsole/Terminal and change (CD) to the Transformation Pack directory
  • Type "chmod +x" (no quotes) then press "ENTER"
  • Type "sudo ./" (no quotes) then press "ENTER"
Download Links

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Yahoo Messenger Support for Ubuntu - Gyachi

Gyachi is a Yahoo! client for Linux operating system which supports almost all of the features you would expect to find on the official Windows Yahoo! client: Voice chat, webcams, faders, 'nicknames', audibles, avatars, display images, and more. Yet, it remains very light-weight and memory-friendly.

gyachi_1.1.70-1~jaunty_amd64.deb (for Ubuntu 9.04 64-bit)
gyachi_1.1.70-1~jaunty_i386.deb (for Ubuntu 9.04 32-bit)
Source Package and Release Notes

Migrate from Windows to Ubuntu - A Tutorial

"This tutorial shows how you can set up an Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge."

Data Recovery Applications for Windows - for Free (as in Free Beer)!

Here's a list of some freeware files out there designed to recover your lost data:

click the title to download

Recuva - Slim (No Toolbar) 1.26.416
Recuva (pronounced \"recover\") is a freeware Windows utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer. This includes files emptied from the Recycle bin as well as images and other files that have been deleted by user error from digital camera, memory cards or MP3 players. It will even bring back files that have been deleted by bugs, crashes and viruses!

DiskDigger 0.8.1
DiskDigger is an easy-to-use utility for recovering lost files (pictures, documents, music, etc) from storage media such as USB flash drives, memory cards, and hard disks. Unlike "undelete" utilities, DiskDigger thoroughly scans the media for traces of lost files, allowing you to preview many of them while scanning.

DataRecovery 2.4.6
Undelete accidentally deleted files even from recycle bin.

EASEUS Deleted File Recovery 2.1.1
ASEUS Deleted File Recovery is a powerful and free file undeletion solution for Windows Operation System. It is capable to recover the lost files even after a deletion with the SHIFT key held down or the recycle bin has been emptied. It can undelete files on any valid logical disks visible by the operation system such as Hard Disk Drives, Floppy Drives, Smart Media, Compact Flash, memory sticks, and other types of removable media.

Digital Photo Recovery 3.0
Free Art Plus Digital Photo Recovery tool can help you recover lost images from corrupted or accidentally formatted digital camera memory cards.

MjM Free Photo Recovery Software 0.13 Beta
MjM Free Photo Recovery Software will recover jpg photographs from formatted memory cards, deleted photos or corrupt memory cards. It is unable to recover photos from memory cards that are not recognised by windows as a device.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Move the "My Documents" Folder to Another Disk or Partition in Windows XP

Moving your "My Documents" folder to another hard drive or partition has the following benefits:

  • isolates the folder from the system partition so that you won't have to worry about losing your personal data when re-installing Windows;
  • makes more room for your system files and personal data if you move it to a larger drive;
  • improves system i/o performance by reducing fragmentation on your system files due to constant file alteration on the "My Documents" folder.
By default, the target or actual location of the "My Documents" folder is "C:\Documents and Settings\user name\My Documents", where "C" is the drive in which Windows is installed, and "user name" is the currently logged-on user. You can change the target if you want "My Documents" to point to a different folder location.

To change the default location of the "My Documents folder," follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, and then point to "My Documents."
  2. Right-click "My Documents," and then click "Properties."
  3. Click the "Target" tab.
  4. In the "Target" box, do one of the following: (Type the folder location that you want, and then click "OK." Ex. "D:\My Files." If the folder does not exist, the Create Message dialog box is displayed. Click "Yes" to create the folder, and the click "OK.") or (Click "Move," click the folder in which to store your documents, and then click "OK" twice. If you need to create a new folder, click "Make New Folder." Type a name for the folder and then click "OK" twice.)
  5. In the "Move Documents" box, click "Yes" to move your documents to the new location, or click "No" to leave your documents in the original location.

Monday, May 4, 2009

A Look at my Linux Desktops - Screenshots

Ubuntu 8.04 - Hardy Heron

Ubuntu 8.10 - Intrepid Ibex

2-in-1 OS - Ubuntu and Windows XP SP2 Running in Virtualbox

Kubuntu 9.04 Beta

Kubuntu 9.04 - Jaunty Jackalope

A Last Ditch Effort to Save Your Data - Freeze Your Hard Drive!

Believe it or not, but you can actually recover some, if not all, of your data from a failing hard drive by freezing it! However, this method will only fix the the hard drive temporarily (long enough for you to extract your data before it gives up for good), and is best suited for drives that make tell-tale clicking/clacking sound due to overheated metal parts that have expanded. By freezing the hard drive, the expanded parts will shrink back into place, making the drive mount properly and run for a while.

Before you continue, you need to have a new drive already installed on your computer as "master" or another computer that's already setup and ready to go.

Step 1: Remove the defective hard drive from the computer;

Step 2: Place it inside a resealable plastic bag to prevent condensation then seal it;

Step 3: Place the sealed hard drive in the freezer for a few hours (the longer, the better);

Step 4: Remove the hard drive from the freezer and install it into the computer right away as "slave" and boot it up;

Step 5: If you can access the drive, begin data recovery right away.

Try again if the method worked but you're not able to recover all your data before the drive breaks again.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Watch Pacquiao vs. Hatton Live!
passcode: heat (High Quality)

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Improve Intel Integrated Graphics (GM945/965) Performance in Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope

I'm using ubuntu 9.04 64-bit on my lenovo xuri laptop with GM945. here's what i did...

open terminal

1. download the latest testing kernel ( - v.2.6.30rc3) and intel video drivers (debian sid repo). for 32-bit users, replace "amd64" with "i386".

$ wget -c

2. install the packages (my downloaded files are in the "home" directory and are the only files with "deb" extension. you can always create a separate folder for the packages).

this will install all files in the current directory with "deb" extension
$ sudo dpkg -i *.deb

3. edit your xorg.conf to enable the "UXA" acceleration method.

$ sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Section "Device"
Identifier "Configured Video Device"
Option "AccelMethod" "uxa"

4. reboot

if above solutions didn't work:

revert settings

$ sudo apt-get install libdrm2/jaunty libdrm-intel1/jaunty xserver-xorg-video-intel/jaunty

$ sudo dpkg -r linux-headers-2.6.30-020630rc3 linux-headers-2.6.30-020630rc3-generic linux-image-2.6.30-020630rc3-generic

$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg

good luck... =)

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