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Figured out how to export a timeline based on this by Nenad Trajkovski. This is a reminder to myself that the Timeline bar he’s mentioning is NOT the sidebar on the right.

It’s the calendar view bar on the top. /goes back to Timelining

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So today I was bitching all over Twitter about my connection. Or the lack thereof. It got to the point that poor Timothy from P1 called me and received quite an earful from me. The things that I know about my connection is thus:

Connection dies during school holidays
It’s a pattern that’s solidified over the months, but it’s rarely been this bad. The last time it was this bad, I actually more or less screamed at them. The problem went away around 2 WEEKS later.

Apparently it’s no longer a base station issue
Turns out that it’s not just high congestion, but also high data packet loss. I forgot to ask them what causes this.

So what’s a pseudo geek to do?

Troubleshoot of course! Note this applies only to Windows operating systems only. I just uninstalled Ubuntu, so I can’t check there, sorry!

First things first, the most important thing to do whenever you face a connection problem is ALWAYS run IPCONFIG. This is done by going through the Command Prompt.

The easiest way to do is to click on Start (the Windows logo on the lower left corner of your screen) > Accessories > Command Prompt. Note that if you are on Windows Vista or Windows 7, you should right click on the Icon to “Run as Administrator” before you proceed.

Once done, you should see a black window pop up. Now, type the following code:


Theoretically, you should see only 4 items there:

Windows IP Configuration
Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::d823:79df:2294:4620%11
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . :
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

If you see this PLUS something that looks like a tunneling adapter, then there *might* be a problem. Particularly if you see something like “Tunnel adapter Reusable ISATAP Interface” or something that says “Tunnel Adapter” in general. The closest entries I can find online regarding these items is that they’re used mainly to help transit BUSINESSES from IPv4 to IPv6. At this point in time, as far as I know, for the home user, there’s no reason to install this.

So if you’re not afraid, it’s time to get rid of them. You may want to do a System Restore point before we continue (google that one yourself :p).

Now, head into Device Manager. You can access this via Start > Control Panel > Device Manager. Click on View > Show Hidden Devices. Now, scroll down to Network Adapters. Double click twice to see the full list of adapters. If you see something along the lines of Microsoft ISATAP Adapter (especially if there are more than one!), and Teredo Tunnelling Pseudo Interface, then try disabling them. Restart PC and connection, and see if those works.

Otherwise, you might want to consider changing your DNS servers to OpenDNS (I know that P1 suggests Google DNS but I get a faster pingback with OpenDNS, and I was trying to ping Google!). This worked for me, but only for a short time. Right now I’m trying to disable IPv6 to see if that will solve the problem, but at this point in time I am highly doubtful.

So in other words, if after all this fails, go back to screaming at P1. x_x

Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

Brief update

Saturday, February 13th, 2010 12:17 am
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Tech update this week:

Office 2010 on Windows 7
Seriously beautiful piece of work. It’s not nearly enough to get me to buy Office 2010 when it comes out, but for now the free beta is awesome enough that I want to keep using it.

Google Buzz is fun
Now, to figure out how to set all my Buzzes to private by default.

Sansa is now Mort
He started out by being a girl, then somehow Ian convinced me that Sansa was actually a boy. That meant his name had to be a guy’s because calling someone Sasa (muscular in Malay) didn’t quite gel with me. In the end I sought inspiration from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and called him Morpheus. His nickname is Mort. Yes I do love Terry Pratchett too why do you ask? :3

New netbook wanted
Author’s note: Argh, sorry, I didn’t realise only half the section got posted. >>
I want a new netbook simply because of the battery life. Shiki’s been very tsundere since I named him such, and his battery life has been going downhill. It’s quite disconcerting, really. :S Am wondering what other netbooks I can get at below RM1000. Anyone has ideas?

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New family member!

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 11:05 pm
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Black Sansa Clip+ MP3 player in box, first was a girl, now is a boy named Sansa.

Meet Sansan.* He’s a boy, a few years old, and I’m learning how to sync him up with his elder brother, Kuro. It’s funny that Windows 7 in the office picked him up very quickly, but Sansan decided to be a bit silly and not want to talk to Kuro until I forced him to. Now they’re playing nicer. :D I need to get him a new pair of headsets though. His current ones are good but not of the form I like. I’m looking for a Kanen headset- it’s a China brand but made exceptionally well.

Now to load up some audio books too. :3

*Haven’t decided on the name. Still waffling between Sansan, Sansa, Morpheus and Teleute.

Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

Windows 7 Launch

Sunday, November 8th, 2009 10:06 am
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Was fun fun fun! I have a picture or two, but am FAR too lazy to actually post them up. All I can say is that the launch was fun! Complete and utter fun. I now have two stickers on my computer table: a green Windows 7 and a very very pretty blue sticker (yes my favourite colour is blue). :D

The launch was officiated by the Business Group Director of Microsoft, a very unassuming guy. I mean, if I had met him outside of the launch I wouldn’t have given him a second glance, thinking him just an ordinary guy. But I had to admit, the launch for Windows 7 was quite a lot of hype.

They had a wushu dance and flag ceremony. I’ll admit, the wushu performance seemed to be less of a performance and seemed to be more of a ritual to drive away bad luck. When you consider just what a “disaster” Vista was…

Yup, they needed it.

Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

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As Leasara has pointed out in Google Groups, you’ll need to run the Q10 installer as Admin to get it to install correctly.

I’d also like to point out that I got Q10 to install by allowing Windows 7 to discover what was wrong with the installation.

Ok back to work.

Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

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I’m not ashamed to be using Windows 7 in the office. Can’t wait for the day to use Windows 7 at home and dual boot with Karmic Koala too (I admit this is mainly because I like tinkering with Karmic).

With the exception of my games (I’m not allowed to install games on the desktop in the office), I’m pretty much satisfied with my Windows 7 experience in the office. Can’t wait to go down to Low Yat next week to get my copy, since they are doing some hardcore launch there. I heard they might be selling off certain versions of Windows 7 (probably Ultimate) at 70% off. Yes I is kiasu. :P

So what do I like about Windows 7?

Movable programs in taskbar
Despite the fact that it’s not quite the same as in Ubuntu, I do love the taskbar. It’s much more streamlined and prettier than XP. That and I noticed that the programs opened in the order you set them on the taskbar. Cute!

Find documents in Start Menu
I know a lot of people have shouted out about this feature from the day it was introduced, but really, it can’t quite be overstated enough. I love this. It makes finding documents and programs so much more easier and faster. The only thing I have to be careful about is how I name my documents; I tend to be a very careless namer. XD

The preview windows feature is really helpful if you’ve got a lot of windows open. I didn’t use this much, but it’s been very helpful over the past few days as I handled more and more documents. :D Fun to play around with.

Despite me ranting about the themes being silly, I really do love the themes they have for Windows 7. I’m looking forward to having it on Kuro by middle of next month; it’ll be very inspiring, especially having all my inspirational quotes rotating is going to do wonders for my soul. It’s already done that in the office, and thus I look forward to seeing it on my own comp later.

Polite error messages
Just refer to this entry. I like Windows 7 for the way it tells me something has crashed.

Right side desktop button
Basically the show desktop button is on the right hand of the taskbar on the bottom, next to the clock. You can’t really miss it. It’s in a position that’s convenient and useful for me, not to mention out of the way of all my other programs. :D

Overall, I am looking forward to getting Windows 7. Wish me luck! [Joicie] and me are going to brave the KL evening crowds for the chance to get Windows 7. :D

Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

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Just something that occurred to me while I was trying to update Reach Into Your Soul this morning. It’s usually not recommended to run Windows XP without an anti-virus for fear that undesirables can come into your computer. Turns out that that could have been a reason why I couldn’t upgrade this morning; I think my AV must have caught a false positive and blocked the upload of one of WP’s files.

Logged into Ubuntu and no such problems. Yup, I’m looking forward to the day when I don’t have to download another AV/Firewall product anymore. ._.

Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

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Author’s note: This is probably going to be all over the place. And as of two days into writing this, it’s over 1,000 words. Whoops!

So I decided that I couldn’t wait anymore and decided to go the dual boot way with Kuro. For those who don’t know, dual boot means you can choose which Operating System to boot into, instead of the usual Windows-only or OSX-only environment.

My weapon of choices has always been Ubuntu. I feel in love with it two years ago when Ubuntu didn’t have any problems keeping my computer running the whole night while Windows XP had a problem with overheating the components.

Still, that’s not to say that Hardy Heron and Jaunty Jackalope haven’t been without their fair share of fun troubleshooting. It’s usually solved by common sense, but common sense is a lacking commodity nowadays.

So I’ve been using Windows 7 for about 2 weeks now (I think, feels like I’ve been using this OS forever) and I decided to log back into Jaunty yesterday for sheer fun.

Things I noted immediately:

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Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

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So, today’s my third day of using Windows 7. So far, it’s been a very pleasant experience, with a few hiccups along the way. I’m not sure whether this is due to the OS, or whether it’s something else completely.

Here’s some thoughts:

Q10 not installing
Q10, a full screen word editor I use to write without distractions, won’t install on Windows 7. Every time I try to install it, it comes with an error. Probably something I’d have to look deeper into before installing. For now I’ve reverted back to Notepad for format-free writing.

Yes, I’m aware that I *can* use XP mode for this, but I’d rather not. I’m going to do a bit of digging when I’m free and NOT on my lunch hour to figure this out.

Insane mouse is insane
I’m pretty sure this is very much a hardware issue, and not with OS itself. Basically my mouse went nuts. Instead of detecting as a single click, the mouse kept depressing itself, so the OS keeps detecting a double mouse click instead of a single one.

I’m pretty sure it’s the mouse, as I had funny incidents with the mouse even on XP before this. Ah well. Ironically, it happened while I was working on articles for Google and NVidia. XD

Weird Pidgin behaviour
I thought the era of weird OS behaviour was over, but apparently I was wrong. Pidgin kept crashing this morning, and then suddenly it was fixed. I have no idea what failed and what worked. I didn’t change anything of the program since I installed Pidgin a few days ago, so this is very @.@ for me.

That said, Pidgin is working fine now.

ReadyBoost doesn’t work on Jemima
Jemima’s my Kingston 2GB Data Traveller. Apparently she doesn’t have enough requirements to be a Booster. I really do have to wonder.

PEBKAC error
It took me until this morning to figure out how to get my Pidgin notifications to appear in the taskbar. Also took me this morning to realise hey, I’ve got access to my DropBox, so I can get extra wallpapers from there too!

This is kinda lost when you consider that I work 85% of the time behind a full screen. The only time I’m in my desktop more than 5 seconds is when I’m looking for a document on my desktop.

Comparison with Ubuntu
As some will know, I still use XP at home, and I’m waiting for Karmic Koala to come out before I finally install Ubuntu again. I’m not looking forward to both, as I’ve gotten used to clicking on the Show Desktop button at the bottom right next to the clock in 7.

Navigating to Desktop has been made much easier, and I appreciate it.

Pity I can’t test games in the office. XD

Pretty good and solidly built OS. Minus ReadyBoost (which I will be investigating later, this is a worthy successory to XP.

Let us never mention the one before 7 and after XP.

Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

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If I needed any proof that my colleagues and their acquaintances are eeeeeeevil people:

Me: fuwaaaaaa so far so nice! #win7my is looking pretty on my comp. Still working out the kinks though. :D

[Joycie]: Pray don’t kena BSOD ;P RT @geminianeyes: so far so nice! #win7my is looking pretty on my comp. Still working out the kinks though. @lohhw3

Joycie’s acquaintance: @joycescapade @geminianeyes i’d put #win7my is simply more gracious in serving us BSOD. it’s more polite in a sense ;)

Me in reply: @lohhw3 blekkk! So far so good! *touch wood*

The reply? @geminianeyes lol getting a BSOD on Win7 is harder, u know? :)

That said I’ve already managed to crash Pidgin once while using Windows 7. It’s not surprising; Pidgin is unstable even on Windows XP, but I was impressed by the way Windows 7 handled the crash. It was very reminiscent of the way Ubuntu does it, which is to white out the program area, have a dignified-looking circle counting down, and telling you politely that your program has crashed. Windows 7 took it a step further than Ubuntu though, and asked me if I minded sending information to Microsoft for them to see what the problem was.

I like that. It’s polite and nice.

The feature I am most in love with though, is something that’s long overdue. Way too long.

Open a folder. Pull it to one side of the screen. Watch it expand to take up half the space of your monitor. Now, do the same with another folder. Voila! Instant comparison. As someone who likes transferring files from one place to another and having a lot of folders open most of the time, you can imagine what a godsend Aero Snap is.

Ok, will end this first preview here for now. Sleepy di. Nites~

Original entry as appearing at Reach Into Your Soul.

Windows 7: GETTO!

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009 06:40 pm
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If you can’t already tell, I’m on Windows 7 in the office. So far, I’ve noticed that I’m pretty much reverting to default Windows XP behaviour, but I’m discovering that Windows 7 looks and feel much snappier than my old comp (I think it’s more of the hardware that does that instead of the actual OS, but I’m nitpicking).

So far things I love: Sticky notes. Yes this is very useful to me.

Things I’m getting adjusted to: Darling multiple program windows, will you divorce from me? Like I told Marauderz, it’s not a deal breaker for me, just a psychological thing (Windows 7 will group your program windows together, which isn’t something I’m fond of cause I prefer my windows to be separated by another program in between).

Falling in love with: Search in Start Menu. LOOOOOOVVEEEEE I TELL YOU!

Ok back to work.

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Just saw this on a colleague’s computer:

To make icons on your desktop smaller (his default one was quite huge), hold Ctrl and use the scroller on your mouse to adjust the size of your icons.

It reminds me a lot of the way Firefox adjusts the screens on text. :D Ok back to work for me.

/random info

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I’ve been looking at Windows 7 information and news over the past few days, in anticipation of getting a Windows 7 upgrade for my office computer. I’ve been informed by my HoD that I should be getting the upgrade soon, and really, it can’t be too soon.

Hey, you try running Windows XP on a 512MB comp with 2 Firefox windows with about 10-20 tabs each open, Google Chrome for the Flash pages that are being idiotic in FF, 3 MS 2007 Word documents, Twitterfox, Thunderbird, and Pidgin running.

And don’t even get me started on the new Windows Live Messenger. It’s a resource hog on my comp. T_T

As you can guess, what I really, really wanna try out with the new Windows 7 is ReadyBoost. Was looking through the list of the Bloggers on Windows and I realised that yes! I can has ReadyBoost in my new system.

It’s one of the few features I actually liked about Vista. :D But I don’t want Vista! I want Windows 7, and I want it now!

Ok la, I’m stop the childish ranting. Why am I ranting?

Because after 3 days, there’s still no sign of Windows 7. My colleagues all have Windows 7. *pouts* Yes, I’m sulking because I want Windows 7 now! /spoiltbrat

Just spoke to technician and it looks like I’ll get Windows 7 next week! Whopee! And it looks like it’ll be another desktop so… *evil smile*

But that’s just for the office! Being the cheapskate that I am, I’m also aiming to get the Windows 7 ULTIMATE installation for my darling Kuro. Yup, it’s time to go legit!

Windows 7 Malaysia is having a Twitter Contest. You need to tell them why you deserve Windows 7 with the hashtag #win7my. I want Windows 7 cause I wanna go legit and speed things up with ReadyBoost!

What about you? 8D

PS: Yes Shaun, this means no spamming for you. Try to think of creative reasons why you should get Win7, mmkay? *flees from her bro*

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