The Great War Series I

A potrait of a 505th Paratrooper. Initial sketch was done on with Kpaint on my trusty Dell Latitude D610 and it’s Dell-issued mouse. Colors was done with GIMP also on my trusty Dell Latitude D610 and it’s Dell-issued mouse. First-time experimenting with layering in GIMP and the results don’t seem to shabby.

April 13, 2009 at 1:18 pm Leave a comment

Back up again

After a long haitus, I’ve finally had time to write again. It’s been a busy year for 2007/08 of learning the system of the “other” company and I’ve gotta admit, it has been a wonderful experience in terms of knowledge gained. It’s now almost hitting Q2 of 09 and I’m at the tail-end of the resource project lifecyle bell curve of the migration/deployment/intergration exercise.

Things looks much better with the single domain allowing single-sign-on (SSO) and making things better to administer and troubleshoot (replication between AD/MIIS/HRIS/ADAM/LDAP). Hopefully as more services move over to the new domain, things will be much better for support staff WW.

April 13, 2009 at 1:17 pm Leave a comment

2 Spherebox Tutorials & 2 Spherebox Reviews

Two of my tutorials only available at the site:

1. Securing VNC over the Internet
2. Securing UltraVNC over Internet with DSM Plugins

Two Reviews also only available at the site:

1. Multicomp – Verifiying CDs/DVDs after burning.
2. HP iPAQ rx4540 Review

July 6, 2007 at 1:15 pm 3 comments

Any Video Converter

Any Video Converter is an All-in-One video converting tool with easy-to-use graphical interface, fast converting speed and excellent video quality. It allows you to effortlessly convert video files between every format, for FREE! It can convert almost all video formats including DivX, XviD, MOV, rm, rmvb, MPEG, VOB, DVD, WMV, AVI to MPEG-4 movie format for iPod/PSP or other portable video device, MP4 player or smart phone. It also supports any user defined video file formats as the output. Any Video Converter makes it easy for anyone to enjoy the any format video with your iPod, PSP, mobile phone or MP4 player.

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Freeware. Download from here.

July 6, 2007 at 1:06 pm 1 comment

PortableApps Suite 1.0

Short post coz I’m super damn busy*. The guys at PortableApps.com has outdone themselves with the launch of their PortableApps Suite 1.0 which has the ability to stock your USB drive or any portable media in fact, with a full complement of software that’s ready to run wherever you plug it into any windows computer. Gone now are the days where you had to customize your own autorun.inf file (and also my post on a how-to tutorial) or use pStart to launch the portable applications you’ve copied to your thumbdrive/external harddrive. 

The standard edition of the suite is about 89.5Mb (extracts to 250Mb) and a 30.4Mb Lite version (extracts to 100Mb) is also available. Just download and plug-in your portable media and double-click to install to the root directory of the device.

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Plugging your portable media device should now run the autorun.inf which in turn should launch StartPortableApp.exe that’ll present you with a menu-driven UI (looks like Vista’s Start Menu) in which you use to start the various portable applications that come with the suite.

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Download from here.

November 24, 2006 at 9:52 am 2 comments

Print Conductor + PDFCreator – mass convert files to pdf

This hack is useful when you wish to mass convert many documents (doc, excel, txt, etc) into pdf. Why would we want to do this is covered by Shockw@ve in his article at Spherebox, but I’m sure you all have your own reasons. What this does actually is use Print Conductor to take advantage of the virtual postscript printer installed by all pdf creating applications to print-out pdf files.

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Print Conductor
My past article about Print Conductor which enables you to print many files without the need to open them. Download from here.

PDFCreator
While there are many PDF creator programs available. I’m using this simply because it’s the one deployed in my company. Download from here. It should work with all other PDF creating applications like PrimoPDF, novaPDF, et cetera.

1) Download and install application. Launch Print Conductor and select the files you want to ‘print to pdf’.

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2) Make sure your file names are appropriately named and to stop PDFCreator from prompting you with the ‘Save-As’ dialog box for each document you convert, make sure that Auto-Save is turned-on in the preference.

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3) Select your postscript virtual PDF printer from the printer list.

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4) If you should convert many files at once, you’d notice that the Print Conductor will look like it gets cranky, but that’s should just be the printer spooler in the background. You should be able to get back control once that task has ended. Excel’s ‘always-present-save-changes-even-though-no-changes-are-made’ are also the cause for concern.

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samurai1337 notes that on pdf995, it loads an advertisment everytime you print.

November 7, 2006 at 7:22 am 4 comments

System Monitoring Processes & Threads

Process Explorer from SysInternal is a Task Manager on steroids. If you ever wondered about program libraries, dll processes and all those background running applications and services then Process Explorer might be able to help you. PE shows you information about which handles and dlls processes have opened or is loaded. PE gives you a running processes hierarchical display that shows detailed information on how certain applications work and maybe provide a little insight into the way Windows and applications react. PE is more gung-ho than Task Manager so you have to be careful as you can now kill a process and more so if you end the whole process tree.

Unless you’ve very well versed in all the inner workings of windows, you’d most probably not know what each process is. PE helps you along by providing by including a built-in search function that is tied to Google and MSN search (why on earth MSN? I don’t know). If you have no idea about the function of a certain process, right click the process and select Google and you’d be sent on your way to sites that explains what that process is all about.

Another nice feature of PE also shows what TCP/IP connection a process opened. particularly useful for looking out for rootkits, spywares, trojans that try to call back home. PE also has a performance monitor which has all the trapping for a GUI charts and graphs freak. Seeing how much more powerful PE is, the authors included an option to replace your Task Manager with it by Options | Replace Task Manager and will now launch instead of Task Manager.

Download from here.

November 1, 2006 at 10:30 am 1 comment

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