Saturday, November 28, 2009

Undo or Recover Deleted Items in Outlook

Once a while you may somehow want to recover permanently deleted email in the “Deleted Items” folder in your Microsoft outlook, this tip will come handy.

To Enable “Recover Deleted Items” Option:

(1) Open Register Editor

  • You can run “regedit” command from the start “run” windows. The Registry Editor program will appear.

(2) In the registry editor, navigate to the following registry key:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Exchange\Client\Options

(3) Add the following registry value:
  • Value name : DumpsterAlwaysOn
  • Data type : DWORD (32-bit)
  • Value data : 1

(4) Click OK and close your registry windows.

(5) Restart your MS Outlook.
  • You will see the “Recover Deleted Items” option has been enabled under the Tools menu:
  • After you click the "Recover Deleted Items", a dialogue box will appear for you to select the email that you would like to recover. Highlight the email and click "Recover Selected Items" button on the top.

P/S: This is only applicable if your Microsoft exchange server has enabled this feature. Usually your admin will only enable this feature for the “Deleted Items” folder and the retention time is up to the admin to set. If the retention time is set to 7 days, you can recover hard deleted items up tot the past 7 days.

You can also try this for other folders such as "Inbox" or "Send" folder. It may work as well. Good luck!

Note: If you're lazy to manually fix this through registry editor, there is a simple way to just run the program to automatically fix it for you. Refer to this article Q246153 from Microsoft.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Best Useful Toolbar for Internet Browser – Google Toolbar

It has been quite some time ago that I was thinking to share this with you about the best toolbar that I've been using and I love it very much. Yes, that is the Google Toolbar.

These are the 2 most useful features in Google Toolbar which I use them everyday!

(1) Bookmarks
That is the most interesting and useful feature in Google Toolbar which you can bookmark you favorite links anywhere as you wish. For example, I bookmark a site in office and I can access my bookmark again when I am at home.

You can also organize your bookmarks by creating the label. Most importantly I can also open all my favorite links at once for all the favorite links in one label (i.e. Open in tab feature).

(2) Page Rank
Perhaps you don't have any idea of what page rank is. To make it short & simple, it is the ranking that given by Google Search Engine from 1 to 10. I use this to detect whether a website is a reliable or not.

You may want to be careful of any website that has page "0" or and the page rank bar is grey out. If the page rank is "0", it is at least telling you that this website is newly started so it may not be making sense for any official bank website or any famous big corporations.

My Recommended Google Toolbar Options

I only use these 4 features of Google Toolbar - bookmarks, pagerank, spell check and highlight of the search items. I disable the rest which I find it too crowded in my browser. So, it is up to you.

If you're Firefox user, you may want to "Replace Firefox Search Box" unless you don't feel annoying to have 2 search box in your browser. :)

Download Google Toolbar here.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Best BitTorrent Client Software - uTorrent

I have been trying both BitComet and BitTorrent and recently I tried the uTorrent. Giving me for about a month of experience, I would like to vote uTorrent as the best BitTorrent client software for the following reasons:

  • Installation files is very small – I just love it. It still serves exactly the same purpose as other BiTorrent client software with this tiny program.
  • Download speed is faster – It just beats both BitComet and BitTorrent by looking at the total downloading speed for the same torrent files. I don't really benchmark it by apple-to-apple comparison but this is my overall impression.
  • Very small memory footprint – It is a least still very responsive when I'm downloading a lot of huge files as compared to BitComet and BitTorrent which have a little bit of lagging. Big kudos to uTorrent, I really love it.
  • User friendly interface and ease to use – Most of user options and settings are self-explanatory. There are only 3 menus (i.e. File, Options and Help) which I found it very simple enough as compared to the rest.
  • No annoying advertisements – Some BitTorrent clients just have this annoying advertisement which I think that is really unnecessary. They're not spyware but I don't like them to be displayed at the bottom of the software.
  • Resuming is very fast - The resuming speed is really awesome every time I exit the uTorrent or restart my computer. It is somehow ways faster than the rest of the bitTorrent clients software and most importantly it doesn't hang.
Note: The only not so good about uTorrent is it only supports in Windows platform.

Downloading & Configuring uTorrent

(1) Download uTorrent from the official uTorrent website and run the installation and follow through the simple setup instructions.

(2) Uncheck the "Start uTorrent when Windows starts up" which I think is not necessary.

(3) Do Not Install Ask.Com Toolbar because it is completely useless. Uncheck all the check boxs at the last page of installation. Click "Install" to continue the installation.

(4) At the “Speed Guide” page, click on the “Current Settings” select the most appropriate download speed. It will then automatically decide the best settings for you (e.g. upload limit, connections per-torrent and etc.) You can also run the speed test at or check with your internet service provider for your maximum download speed. For simplicity, you can just.

Notes: 8kbps (bit per second) is equal to 1kBps (byte per second). 1 byte = 8 bits.

(6) Click on “Test if port is forwarded properly” to make sure the port has been forwarded properly. If that doesn't work try the following steps:
  1. Make sure you enable "Add Windows Firewall Exception" in "Option -> Preference -> Connection" menu.
  2. Restart your PC and perform the test again.
  3. Click the browser refresh button until you get to the successful one.

Some Useful Tips to Use uTorrent
  • DO NOT patch TCPIP.sys to allow more concurrent half-open connections - it doesn't help much so you can just save your time to do that. Installing this patch may possibly screw up your system too, so don't take the risk.
  • Enable Protocol Encryption - As you may know some Internet Service Provided purposely block the BitTorrent protocol traffic and limit the downloading speed. This is the most funniest thing I've ever heard. So we need to hide from them and you can go to Options -> Preference and set the Outgoing Protocol Encryption to Enabled.
  • Using Force Start to Better Efficiency - The maximum number of connections is determined by "Options -> Preferences -> Bandwidth -> Number of Connections" but I usually use the Force Start feature (i.e. right click the downloading file) to kick start the download even though it exceeds the number of maximum connections. You need to play around with this to get the optimum performance that you wish. Every different torrent files download could be different.
There are a lot of tweaks but I explained here are those most common and useful one. Hope you find those tips useful. Have fun! :)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

How to Format Storage Card in Windows Mobile?

Of course the most convenient way to format your storage or flash memory card (i.e. micro-SD card) is to use SD card reader which can be plugged into your PC through USB for example. Your PC or laptop will then detect this storage card as one of the disk spaces so that you can perform the format as like how you normally format a normal hard disk.

However, I don't have this SD card reader. Therefore, I was searching around to find a way to format my storage card (i.e. Micro-SD card) in Windows Mobile. Unfortunately, many of those are not working except I found this one – StorageTools by SoftWinter.

Note: For some reasons, the EXE doesn't work. It says I'm required to use the latest of active-sync software which is no longer necessary in Windows Vista. So, do NOT download the EXE from this website. Let's follow the following instructions:

Download & Install Instructions
  1. Click on the "More Download Options".
  2. Look for "Storage Tools for Windows Mobile"
  3. Download the appropriate CAB file (e.g.
  4. Copy the CAB file (e.g. to your mobile phone.
  5. Run the CAB file (e.g. ) and install the application into your mobile.
  6. In the StorageTools application, click on the "Format" tab and you will know what to do next. :)
Other Cool features of this StorageTools that you may also can try out is the “Scan” and “Defrag” features which I find it very useful.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Remove Empty Blank Space in Firefox

If you have this mystery empty blank space appears on your top of your Firefox browser, it is the Bookmark Toolbar that comes together with Firefox! You see the empty spaces at the top of the Firefox is because I don't have any bookmarks yet. I think by default it has something that it will be shown there rather than the empty space.

I found that the bookmark toolbar in Firefox is pretty useless and it is completely waste of spaces especially if I don't have any bookmark. If you're like me who has never used this bookmark toolbar, you can just go ahead to remove it. Even if you use the bookmark feature from Firefox, I don't like the idea of using the extra spaces at the top of my browser. Isn't that easier for me just go to the Bookmarks Menu directly?

To remove this useless bookmark toolbar:
  1. Right Click the "Refresh" or "Stop" or "Home" button at the top. The funny thing is you can't right click the bookmark toolbar. :)
  2. Un-check or de-select the "Bookmarks Toolbar"
  3. Now this empty blank space is gone! :)

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Add Favorite Links in Windows Explorer - MS Vista

You may wonder how to add favorite link in windows explorer in Microsoft Vista. At least I do not get used to it when I'm switching from XP to Vista. The favorite links used to appear at the top menu but now it appears at the top left corner of your windows explorer in Vista.

Drag & Drop Method

  1. You can simply drag any folder that you want to put as favorite link and drop it to the upper left corner as shown below.

Copy &
Paste Method
  1. Right click to "Copy" the folder that you would like to add as favorite link.
  2. Go to "\Desktop\Your User Name\Links"
  3. Right click and click "Paste Shortcut" to paste the folder shortcut to the "Links" folder.

Note: You can NOT copy & paste to the Favorite Links directly.

To remove your favorite link, you can remove the link directly from the favorite link (i.e. upper left corner) or you can also delete the shortcut directly from the "Links" folder.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Best Media Player & Codec - VLC Review

After using VideoLAN Client (i.e. VLC) media player for few weeks, I have to admit that VLC is so far the best video player and codec. I would recommend everyone to use this media player. It comes together with the video codec itself.

What so cool about VLC?

  1. VLC can play RMVB format without installing real player.
  2. VLC can play MKV format (i.e. full HD video source).

What not so good about VLC?
  1. Moving the video progress bar is not very smooth and out of sync with the video playback. This is only for playing the real player video format file (i.e. RMVB). Playing other video format (e.g. mkv, mp4, wmv, avi and etc) files is fine.

This guy can play all my video format files unlike Storm Codec, some of the flash video (i.e. FLV) file cannot be played at all. Too bad the K-Lite Codec doesn't support MKV that leaves me no choice to vote VLC is the “Best Video Media Player and Codec”.

By the way, VLC is an open source software and it is completely free. Please give it a try and let me know your comments. I love it is simply I no longer need to install real player and also can play MKV files. :)

Download VLC media player here.

p/s: It looks like there are some other cool features (e.g. TV streaming?) in VLC but I don't have a chance to give it a try.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Storm Codec Review - Most Complete Video Codec?

Recently, Storm codec was introduced by most of my friends and they told me that so far the Storm Codec is the most complete video codec. Let's see how true it is...

K-Lite Codec was used to my best option BUT there are some disadvantages as below:

Disadvantages of K-Lite Codec

  • Doesn't support Real Player's files (i.e. RMVB)
  • Doesn't support MKV files (Full HD video source).
I'm still okay with the RMVB as I can install the Real Player but definitely not the MKV video format.

Perhaps you may have already some ideas the advantages of Storm Codec which are of course support RMVB and MKV Files but it is NOT PERFECT. Let's see...

Storm Codec is Still Not Perfect
  • Not all Flash Players Files (i.e. *.flv) can be played - at least those still can be played with the K-Lite Codec but not with Storm Codec.
  • It still hangs occasionally - not really hangs but just nothing happen when you double click the video file. To solve this, I will just need to kill the Media Player Classic in the task manager (i.e. mplayerc.exe) and restart the player.
  • Contains useless start-up command - “stormset" c:\Program Files\Ringz Studio\Storm Codec\StormSet.exe /S /opt”. It was blocked by my Windows Defender every time it starts up. It is no harm but I hate the fact that it slows down my Windows start-up time – you can still disable it through “msconfig” command.
  • High possibility contains Virus and Spyware – somehow this fella is full of viruses and spywares. There are many versions out there and a lot of people complains about it. You will need to get it from the reliable site.
  • No preview thumbnail and Icon - Perhaps there are the ways to fix this and I don't have a time to figure that out. But still, I just don't like the way no icon is displayed for associated video files. It seems like the video files are not recognized.

The official website of Storm Codec is "" but it is always down and downloading the codec is unacceptable slow. It is a Chinese website and all words are written in Chinese. You can click on the following button to download (but it takes forever):

You can download the Storm Codec which I've already tested free with Virus, Trojan Horse and sSpyware from

Tips: Always uninstall the previous codec software before you try to install any new codec software to your system.


The most obvious advantages over K-Lite codec is very clear - support RMVB and MKV. Perhaps Storm Codec is the most complete video codec software, but honestly I'm still very concern on the source itself whether it is completely clean from Virus, Trojan Hourse and Spyware. I have heard a lot of complains either from my friend or online forum which makes me no confident on downloading this codec.

P/S: I'm currently reviewing the VLC (another famous open source codec) and will write about it in my next post. Hopefully it will be a better option. :)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Can’t Open Windows Media Player in Vista

I'm not sure exactly what happen the Windows Media Player is no longer can be opened after I created a new user account in my Windows Vista system. When using the original user account of my Vista machine, it still works fine. It is just that it doesn't work for the new user account that I created.

When I double-click the Windows Media Player, nothing comes out. When I double-click the videos and movies, it usually plays automatically with Windows Media Player but it just nothing happens. At first, I was thinking to reformat my whole drive and reinstall the windows but WAIT... Luckily, I found a solution to that.

To fix that, you need to perform the following steps:

(1) Open “Command Prompt” in Administrator Mode.

(2) Run “regsvr32 jscript.dll”

After the command, you will see the “DllRegisterServer in jscript.dll succeed” dialogue box. Now, you can open your windows media player! :) Hope this helps and works for you too!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Missing Trash Folder in Gmail

It is very funny that I have no idea why Google wants to hide the Trash folder in the Gmail. This is at least wasted me 10 minutes just to figure out where the heck the Trash has gone? I was really frustrated!

If you can’t find your trash folder or all of the sudden you realize that your trash folder is gone, what you need to do is to dig it out under the label “XX more” and just click on it.

For this example in my Gmail, what you need to do is click on the “72 more” beneath the labels. The Trash, Spam and All Mail and Chats folder will be shown.

What is Google mistake?

In my opinion, when you put “More” below the label which is a very common sense that it means “More Labels” because they’re now hiding the labels. The problem now is the “More” includes the Trash, Spam, All Mail, and Chats folders and as well as the labels.

I think this should be fixed. What do you think?

p/s: If you want to hide them, it is perfectly okay but please hide it correctly. :)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Best Way to Reduce Memory Usage for HTC Device

A very funny about Windows Mobile or probably due to the HTC device itself is that memory usage is damn high after using the device for sometimes. Is this a memory leak issue? Why don't you just fix it?

If you use HTC device such HTC Touch Pro, HTC Touch Diamond 2 or whatever HTC models, the memory usage always shoot up to 70% or 80%. So, what you normally do is to reboot your device back to the original memory usage which is usually 50%.

CleanRAM is so far the best product that I have used so far to fix this without rebooting your device. I'm using this very often especially when my memory utilization goes crazy. Therefore, I would recomend this tool if you use HTC products (especially with TouchFLo feature). I do not sure if this generic to Windows Mobile which I'm kind of suspect no. Let me know if this doesn't work on your windows mobile.

Steps to Install and Use the CleanRAM
  1. Install the application and use the default setting (i.e. Level 2 Purge).
  2. After installation, you will see 2 programs (i.e. cleanRAM and cleanRAM Config)
  3. Add clean RAM into your quick program lauch list.
  4. Run the "cleanRAM" program and you will see something like below:

Click here to download cleanRAM and have fun!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Network Not Available – CorePlayer

It used to automatically open up CorePlayer software and stream video when I try to watch video from YouTube. Until recently, it somehow errors out the message - “Network Not Available”.

At first, I thought it was due to the internet connection issue but it turns out is the setting in the CorePlayer software. The “Enable Network Access” option has been somehow disable without my notice.

Steps to Enable Network Access
  1. Goto Menu->Tools->Perference
  2. Select Select Page -> Network
  3. Check or tick the “Enable Network Access”
Once the “Enable Network Access” has been turned one, it solves the problem. Hope it helps you too if you encounter a similar issue.

P/S: CorePlayer used to be a freeware which is called TCPMP but now it costs around USD 30. For free YouTube mobile application, you may want to just visit with your phone. :)

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Most Useful Feature in Google Chrome – New Incognito Window

Althought I don't really like the idea that Google Chrome does not support Google Toolbar, the most useful feature in Google Chrome in my opinion is the New Incognito Window. At least this is true to me at this point in time. It is basically a “Private Browsing” mode. Basically you will see this guy when you’re in Incognito mode:

Steps to Turn Incognito Mode

If using short-cut key, you just need to press Ctrl+Shift+N or the following steps:

  1. Click the Spanner Menu on your top right
  2. Select the New Incognito Window

When you want to use “New Incognito Window”?
  • Protect Your Privacy. Especially if you’re not the only one use your PC or laptop and you would like to keep some privacy that you don’t want to allow others to track your browsing activities, this feature is the best for you.
  • Lazy to Clear Your Cache. As mentioned in the previous post that clearing browser’s cache is necessary to protect your confidential data for better security. If you’re using this “New Incognito Window”, you just need to close the window and everything is gone. You’re no longer need to manually clear browser’s cache.

To know about Incognito mode feature in Google Chrome, click here.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Use Clear Cache in Web Browser for Better Security

If you visit any confidential website such as accessing your bank account, it is recommended to clear the cache of the web browser after using it. I realize not many people practise this therefore I’m sharing this with you.

The reasons why we want to clear the cache in web browser is because the cookies or whatever temporary information that stored in the web browser may becomes a loophole for hacker to retrieve your login information such as your user name and password.

So to be safe or to be conservative for better security, we should clear the cache every time AFTER we use our web browsers to access the confidential website.

Let’s see how we can perform those steps from different browsers below:
If the browsers have options for you to choose what I kind of data to be deleted, I usually select all of them. Let’s see the following example:

Firefox (Clear Private Data)

In Firefox, it is better to check the following (default is unchecked) if you don’t want to select all of them:
  • Cookies
  • Offline Website Data
  • Saved Passwords

Internet Explorer (Delete Browsing History)

In Internet Explorer, it is better to check the following (default is unchecked) if you don’t want to select all of them:
  • Form Data
  • Passwords
  • InPrivate Filtering Data

Google Chrome (Clear Browsing Data)

It looks like Google is doing a right thing which by default is to clear all the browsing data including the saved password, cookies and etc. I believe that is the right thing to do. Again, if I were you, I will clear all the browsing data especially the following items is a MUST in my opinion:
  • Empty the cache
  • Delete cookies
  • Clear Saved Password

Having said so Google Chrome has one very amazing feature called Incognito mode. In Incognito mode, you no longer need to “Clear Browsing Data” manually. What you need to do is to open a new window in “Incognito Mode” and once you close the windows, all browsing data (e.g. cache, cookies, password and etc.) will be gone. I really love this feature. Cool isn’t it?

Note: As you can see, different web browsers like to use different name (i.e. Clear Private Data, Delete Browsing History and Clear Browsing Dat) for clearing their browser’s cache data. The default items what data to be cleared are also different among all these browsers.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Should I Quick Format My Drive?

Usually when you buy brand new hard disk from a computer shop, they will just perform a “Quick Format” for your hard disk.

The problem with the “Quick Format” it is completely useless. It takes less than 1 minute to format a 260G hard disk and if you perform “Normal Format’, it takes few hours to completely format the hard disk.

So next time if you buy a brand new hard disk, what should you do? You should REFORMAT the HARD DISK again. Check out what Microsoft says about Normal Format vs. Quick Format. 

Note: Normal format is also known as Default Format, Regular Format, Full Format or whatever you would like to call as long as it is not Quick Format.

You only perform Quick Format for the following reasons:
  1. You have performed full “Regular/Normal Format” before and now you would like to make clean hard disk.
  2. You want to quick erase all the data in the hard disk

Friday, May 1, 2009

Best Performance Web Browser – Google Chrome

Although I don’t like the idea the Google Chrome doesn’t support Google Toolbar, I can’t deny the fact that Google Chrome performance is really so far the best as compared to both Firefox and Internet Explorer.

At first, I don’t realize this until I pissed off with slowness while watching video in YouTube using Firefox. So, I just gave it a try with Google Chrome and surprisingly it loads way faster than Firefox. Perhaps I should change my mind? I really can't wait until the Google Chrome supports extension. When???

Let's see how Google Chrome rocks:


You can also benchmark your browser by your own at (which I believe it should be more accurate). I have done mine and here are the results:

As you can see, Google Chrome is still the best among all these 3 browsers. Wait, look at the IE – can you see how it really sucks? Have fun to benchmark them by your own!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Best Tweaking Methods to Increase HTC Performance

Although there are many ways available on the net to tweak the registry setting to improve performance of Windows Mobile for HTC Touch Cruise, I find that the most effective ways of doing this is to disable all the buttons of your HTC device.

To tweak the registy you need the register editor. You can use Total Commander or FdcSoft Task Manger to edit Windows Mobile's registry.

I find that a lot of these examples on the web such as the following are useless or do not really contribute a lot in term of the user experiences performance:

Don’t do This (No effect on performance):

(1) Tweaking TouchFlo setting (i.e. sensitivity and scrolling).

I have tested this and after disable the scrolling for example, it won’t save the memory consumption. Therefore no point disable the scrolling or change any sensitivity setting of TouchFlo

(2) Playing around with the font and file system cache.

I have tested and no effect.

(3) Disable HTC Task Manager.

This is a very useful feature therefore you shouldn’t consider to disable it at all.

Do This (it does improve the performances):

(1) Disable Large Start Menu

  • Go to "Start -> Settings -> Personal -> Large Start Menu"
  • Uncheck “Enable large Start menu”
(2) Disable ClearType of screen fonts
I personally do not do this because the font sucks after I disable the ClearType but if you don't mind, here you go:
  • Go to "Start -> Settings -> System -> Screen"
  • Select the "ClearType" tab
  • Uncheck "Enable ClearType"
(3) Disable keyboard input method that you don’t use
(disable=0 , enable=1)

For example, I only use one type of input method and disable the rest. You can do the same the following list out all the registry key for all the keyboard input types:
  • E.g. disable Transcriber: KEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{F0034DD0-2AD4-11D1-9CB0-E84BE8000000}\IsSIPInputMethod\(Default) = 0
  • E.g. disable Letter Recognizer: KEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{42429690-AE04-11D0-A4F8-00AA00A749B9}\IsSIPInputMethod\(Default) = 0
  • E.g. disable Chinese Star (CE-Star) HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{903D7A20-A2E9-11D2-9272-00A0C919143A}\IsSIPInputMethod\(default) =0
More registry keys as follow for your reference:
  • TOUCH KEYBOARD {62B00599-25D2-4E09-8C48-03BF26DB8517}
  • Letter Recognizer {42429690-AE04-11D0-A4F8-00AA00A749B9}
  • Block Recognizer {42429691-AE04-11D0-A4F8-00AA00A749B9}

(4) Disable the Useless Cube
Honestly, the HTC cube is completely useless. You can disable it here by setting the EnableCube to 0 in the following registry:
  • HKLM\Software\OEM\TFLOSettings
This does not help much because the following application still remains in the memory:
  • APLauncher.exe
  • Biotouch.exe
  • MediaHubMini.exe
  • QuickDial.exe
You need to kill all these 4 application using the FdcSoft task manager and use the Total Commander Explorer go to the \windows\ directly and look for these 4 files. Delete these files or you can copy these 4 files to other folder for backup purpose.
Note: Default explorer does not allow you to make any changes in the \windows\ directory therefore, you need to use the third party explorer such as Total Commander.
You need to replace these 4 files with the empty files (i.e 0 bytes file size). Download and unzip it.


By doing all the above that I suggested, now my HTC boots up only with 39% used memory. :D

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Best Free Advanced Explorer for Windows Mobile – Total Commander

For some reasons the original explorer in the windows mobile disallow you to modify or delete some of the system files in ROM especially in the windows folder, therefore I’m looking for an alternative solution.

The best explorer so far in the industry (in my opinion) is the “Resco Explorer” but it is not a freeware! So, what should you do? At last, I found the free one and it is called “Total Commander” and I have been using for quite some times. I’m satisfied with it but may not be as good as “Resco Explorer” but it is still better than nothing.

Some common advanced features of Total Commander:
  • Zip and unzip (File -> Pack with ZIP )
  • Properties dialog, change attributes (File -> Properties)
  • Useful to hide files or folder that you don’t want to let other to see
  • Search function including text content (File ->Find files)
  • FTP client (Access through \\Plugins\ftp)
  • Registry Editor (Access through \\Plugins\registry)
  • LAN access (Access through \\Plugins\LAN)
It is not as user friendly as Resco Explorer but it is the best free advanced explorer that I have ever used so far.

You can visit the official Total Commander page and download Total Commander here for pocket PC or Windows Mobile.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Should I Install Safari Web Browser?

If you have installed “Quick Time Player”, most likely they will install the “Apple Software Update” tool as well which force you to download and install safari web browser. This is the thing I hate Apple, why keep popping up dialog box and force me to install your web browser? *sign*

Honestly, Safari is famous in screwing up its security and I would recommend you NOT to use it. In my opinion, there are only 3 options that you should only consider:
  1. Firefox
  2. Internet Explorer
  3. Google Chrome.
That’s it. Don’t install safari web browser because it doesn't safe. If you find the notification annoying, you can disable it from Edit->Preference... menu and in the schedule tab, choose never.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Best Free Multiple Monitor Software Solution – Synergy

If you have multiple computers and you would to share a single mouse and single keyboard, synergy is the best software that you can use. The amazing part of this software is, they can share a single mouse and keyboard from a different operating system because the sharing goes through the TCP/IP. I've personally used it between windows and Linux machine. Wow! I just love it!

You can download Synergy software from Click on the download link on that page and click the binaries package. In the binaries package page, the *.rpm is for Linux system and *.tar.gz is for the rest of the Unix system which doesn’t run on Intel’s x386 architecture. The *.exe is for windows platform.

Once you have installed Synergy, you need to configure your machine to act as a server. Usually the one in the center acts as an server and the machine besides it act as client. You will see this configuration screen and click on the “Configure…” to configure your machine on your left and right.

First, you need to add all the machines into the list and click on the "[New Link]" to configure how do we want to link all these machines together. Try to play around with the UI and you should be able to get it. The "+" is to add into the list and "-" is to remove from the list.

Once the server is configured, just click the “Start” button to start the server. Then the next thing to do is to install the synergy in your client’s machine (e.g. your machines on your left and right) and connects them to this server.

In Windows, you can enter the server’s name in the configuration screen:
“Use another computer’s shared keyboard and mouse (client)”
In Unix, you can run the following commands to connect to the server:
synergyc –f "server_host_name"

I love this software because I can have 3 monitors in front me (each monitor is from different machine or even different operating system) and I can control them using only one mouse and one keyboard. Cool, isn't it?

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Games Explorer in Vista is Useless

I don’t aware there is a "Games Explorer" in Vista until I read some article about Vista. Not really a big deal but surprisingly some people just love it. They must be kidding me? What so special about this feature? I just don’t get it. Is the big icon really that impressive? I even have a difficult time to find where this “Games Explorer” is located. In case you also have no idea where it is located, it is located at:

  • Start->Programs->Games->Games Explorers

Games explorer automatically adds a link to each game that you have installed. If some games those don’t appear in the Games Explorer, you can just drag and drop the game shortcut. Do you think that is useful or necessary?

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Fastest Way to Speed up Windows Mobile – HTC Touch Cruise

There are many ways to speed up windows mobile and particularly to HTC Touch Cruise (I’m not sure if this is generic to every other mobile devices, but you can give it a try), I found that to disable all the button contributes the biggest speedup. So this is what I do in the Start->Settings->Buttons:

I disable all the buttons and set all the buttons to "None". Once it is done, I found that the speedup is tremendous. The only most useful button in my opinion will be the Button 3 - Camera which you can still enable it for convenient purpose while you're taking photo. Hope this tip helps.

p/s: One of the things that I’m VERY NOT satisfy with PDA is the slowness in the software. Disable all the button seems really speedup for at least HTC Touch Cruise device and I hope it is applicable to your mobile device too.

Is TMC.exe a Trojan Horse in MapKing?

If you have been using MapKing 2007 or the later version in Windows Mobile, most likely your anti-virus will detect a “TMC.exe” file as a Generic Downloader.x - Trojan Horse. It is located at:

“Program Files\MapAsia\MapKing2007\TMC.exe”

Apparently it is NOT a Trojan and it stands for Traffic Message Channel which is used to deliver traffic and travel information to drivers. However, if you do not use the traffic service or no such traffic services provider available, you can safely remove this TMC.exe. I personally do not use it, so I will just delete it.

p/s: MapKing is the very popular GPS mobile software in Asia (i.e. Singapore, Malaysia, China). It is not a freeware.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Best Free Video Conference Call Software – Windows Live Messenger

Although I seldom give credits to Microsoft but this one I can’t deny it because I’m an independent honest reviewer. :D

Honestly, Microsoft really screws up in branding. At first, it is called “Windows Messenger” (now still available). Later, it is called MSN Messenger and now it is called “Windows Live Messenger”. What the heck? I think the MSN branding is the most successful branding name. Who the hell people want to call “Windows Live Messenger” instead of MSN? *Sign*

I have been testing Skype, Yahoo Messenger and Windows Live Messenger and it turns out that Windows Live Messeger is the best. At first, I thought Skype is the best among these 3 as it used to be an industry leader in VOIP technology but it doesn’t seem so. I tried Yahoo Messenger too and surprisingly it is not as smooth as I expected. At last, Windows Live Messenger is the smoothest in both voice and video. Perhaps you have different experiences?

I recommended to use Windows Live Messenger for video or voice chat. In fact, I'm thinking if I should totally remove Yahoo Messenger since now we can link to Yahoo Messenger's friends from Windows Live Messenger. This probably saves up some of the resources.

You can download Windows Live Messenger here.

[Update: 20 March 2011]
I received a feedback from a reader that video conference is in fact many to one and video call is 1-to-1. So technically speaking, this windows live message only supports video call but not video conference.

P/S: My testing was performed on December 2008 and I have been using Windows Live Messenger for Video Conference call since then and do not encounter any major issues until now.

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