Sunday, December 22, 2013

Disable Hibernate Mode....how to do it


How To Manage Hibernate Mode in Windows 7

If you don’t use the Hibernate option in Windows 7, you can save some disk space by disabling it. Here we will look at a few different ways to manage hibernate options in Windows 7.
Note: Hibernate mode is not an option on systems with 4GB of RAM or more.
Enable or Disable Hibernate Through Command Prompt
Using the Command Prompt might be the easiest way to enable or disable Hibernation. Click on Start and type CMD into the search box and it will be listed under programs. Right-click on the icon and select Run as administrator.
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The Command Prompt opens and you will use the following to enable Hibernation.
powercfg /hibernate on

Type in the following to disable hibernation.
powercfg /hibernate off

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Task Manager has no more tab choices! Fix it here....

If all you see when you open Task Manager is the process and a big white blank window then it is running in tiny footprint mode...

easy fix:

double click on the border of the window and viola....all tabs are back

Friday, December 13, 2013

How to adjust XBMC to fit your TV screen

  • Video calibration workaround that only works until you reboot: open menu “system” > “settings” > “system” > “video output” > “video calibration” and then adjusting the  image manually to fit the screen
  • Skin size workaround: open menu “system” > “settings” > “appearance” > “skin” and edit the “zoom” value to “-6%”
  • Reboot and enjoy your settings....if you need to adjust the percentage up or down just do it till it looks fitting and then reboot and it will stay there permanently.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Openelec on the Raspberry PI--issues with rebooting fixed....here's how

On the Pi you should always disable "Extract thumbnail and video information"

Settings>

Video>

File lists>

untick "Extract thumbnails and video information"


http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=Settings/Videos"

you won't have the reboot problems anymore...

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Server for XBMC issues

Ok:
Here's the scoop at this time

XBMC Hub is here:

http://fusion.xbmchub.com

XUNITY is here:

http://xfinity.xunitytalk.com

another server with XUNITY is here
but is basic plugin

http://easy.xbmctalk.us

The setup is through "file manager" in System


Thursday, October 31, 2013

XBMC Thumbnail issue and fix

HAVING ISSUES WITH THUMBNAILS NOT DISPLAYING CORRECTLY? IT’S EASY TO FIX!
Step 1: Navigate to the “File manager” tab under the “SYSTEM” heading within XBMC.
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Step 2: Open the “Profile Directory” on the left side of the screen.
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Step 3: Open the “Database” folder on the left side of the screen.
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Step 4: Highlight the “Textures13.db” or whichever “Textures##.db” has the highest number.
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Step 5: Toggle the Context Menu within XBMC (either by right clicking on your mouse, clicking with two finders on a tablet, holding the “MENU” button on your Apple TV remote) and then click on the “Delete” buttton.
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Step 6: Press “Yes” to confirm that you wish to delete the folder when prompted.
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Step 7: Reboot your device once complete, that’s it!

Courtesy HTG

PS...for some this did not work...if not try another users method:

I ended up having to go to “XBMC\userdata\Database\Textures13.db” and manually deleting the “textures13.db”. Make sure XBMC isn’t running, if so exit app. I ended up having to exit in the task manager.
Once I did this it worked

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Fresh Start- Give XBMC a clean-up..Here's how........

Screen Shot 2013 10 05 at 1.52.29 PM How To Factory Restore your XBMC Configuration with Fresh Start
Step 14: Click on the “plugin.video.freshstart-1.0.0.zip” to install the necessary addon.
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Step 15: Return to the main menu, and navigate to the “Add-ons” tab under the “VIDEOS” menu heading.
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Step 16: Click on the addon called “XBMC Fresh Start” to get it done.
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Step 17: When prompted, press the “Yes” button to confirm the process.
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Step 18: It’ll only take a moment and you’ll see the word “Done” displayed within the window once completed.
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Step 19: Return to the main menu and reboot your device in order for the changes to take place.
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Step 20: Relaunch XBMC and take a breath of fresh air in your clean installation of XBMC that’s as good as new.
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Step 21: Start using XBMC as if it was your first time ever. You’ll probably now want to go ahead and automatically configure it in less than two minutes with our XBMC HUB Wizard Addon tool which will preconfigure it with all the best goodies you want on your XBMC setup. The possibilities are endless!
Congratulations! You’ve now been introduced to the Doomsday Tool of XBMC addons. It’s definitely something very powerful that should be used with caution, although sometimes it could be just what your XBMC needs prior to reconfiguration, that way you won’t have any of the clutter in your way. If you enjoyed this addon, please help us spread the word so that others can enjoy it too! As usual, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to visit our Discussion Forums anytime you’d like.

Courtesy xbmchub.com

Friday, October 4, 2013

Microsoft Security Essentials is no longer good for antivirus...here's another option.....

Here's the best option on my recommendation at this time for 2013:

Bitdefender Antivirus

Antivirus Free Edition

A free antivirus that uses #1 ranked technology and is feather-light.

FREE DOWNLOAD
 
They only ask that you create a login and it is spyware free (obviously) and then it runs virtually unknown to you and keeps you safe!
 
 


XBMC Imposters....beware of spam coming into XBMC software!

There have been some imposter XBMC HUB sites that have been opening lately which put your privacy and security at risk. Please beware of imposters and remember that XBMCHUB.COM is the only site you should trust for all your third party addon needs!

My Advice:   Go into Fusion Server via "Install from a zip file" and run the newest Hub Wizard....you may want to uninstall XBMC first and do a fresh install and then run the Wizard....to be safe....it reinstalls all the plug ins that are safe to run and they work great!
It will overwrite all the code if you run it without re-installing but some fragments remain....
these imposters are installing things without your knowing it and some are getting pop-ups etc...

Please be safe in the web world!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Keep Your System Drivers Up To Date With This Free Software!

DRIVER BOOSTER LINK


Driver Booster relies on a huge online device database
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Keeping drivers up to date is a chore for most of the users. This activity is rarely carried out by beginner and average users; even more experienced ones, though aware of the benefits of this procedure, forget about installing the latest revisions.

The performance of the entire system can be noticeably improved by adding the latest drivers to the system.

Driver Booster from IObit has been designed as a simple solution for detecting outdated drivers, downloading and installing them. Everything works automatically and the user has to click only a few times in order to complete the operation.

The application is available free of charge, but a paid variant ($28.95 / 22 EUR), called Pro, also exists. Users of the latter are treated with priority and should receive the files faster.

Installing Driver Booster is straightforward as the product does not require additional resources for proper functioning and no third-party software is pushed onto the system in the process.

Looks are pretty simple, with the main screen displaying in a clear manner whether there are outdated drivers present on the system or not. In case of the former scenario a large “scan” button can initiate the detection procedure.

Also available in the main application window is an assessment of the driver performance, which, as far as we could tell, relies on the version of the installed driver: the older it is, the worse the performance.

During our tests, the detection process took under 15 seconds to complete, even on an older test machine.

With a database currently holding 35,862 devices, it is quite difficult for Driver Booster to lack the necessary details about a hardware component.

When the scan finishes, you are displayed the drivers that have a newer version available for download. One click on the “Update All” button starts the process of downloading and installing the necessary files.

By default, everything is carried out automatically in the background so you do not have to go through additional wizard windows or dialog boxes. This can be disabled in the configuration panel of the program, though.

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For safety reasons, a restore point is created before replacing anything on the system; thus you can return to the previous configuration should something go wrong. Some drivers require restarting the system for all the changes to take effect.

IObit’s product can offer details about the currently installed version of the file and the newer one available for download, as well as the size of the update and its release date.

The configuration panel features options for tweaking the application to work the way you want. You can set it to start with the operating system and perform a scan immediately or it can search for outdated drivers at user-defined time intervals: twice a week, every day or on a monthly basis.

Since it downloads the files locally, it offers the possibility to define a specific location to store all the files. Some of the data may be quite large so in order to preserve disk space, it can delete all the files automatically after installing them.

The “Settings” panel is also the place where you can disable the creation of a restore point, although we strongly recommend against it.

While the drivers are installing, you may experience some strange behavior, such as flickering of the display or the monitor turning black altogether for a few seconds.

Additionally, we noticed that at times that some peripherals would temporarily fail to respond. This is normal behavior and as soon as the new files are on the system, everything will work just fine.

Generally updating drivers is not an activity that can be carried out too often, but having Driver Booster check for new releases automatically not only is one chore less, but it also ensures that the system benefits from the latest developments that more often than not results in better hardware performance.

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The Good

Outdated drivers are listed first. There is little to configure as the default setup is suitable for most users.

Before installing anything on the computer, it creates a system restore point and each of them can be managed from inside the application.

Scans can be scheduled to run with specific frequency.


The Bad

When trying to upgrade, the application informs of a number of drivers that require frequent updates (in our case the alert was for 43 of them on one test system and about 90 on the other), only as an incentive for placing the order. In our few days’ testing, no drivers required an update except for the initial ones.

The Truth

By far, one of the greatest features, besides the ability to download and install drivers in the background, is creating restore points that can be accessed from the System Restore applet in Windows.

Driver Booster worked fine during our tests and the problems created by incompatible drivers were eliminated by reverting the system to a previous state.

Friday, September 20, 2013

10 more GB from Google.....here's how and do it now before the offer expires!



 
Google is adding 10GB of free storage to your Google Drive account when you log into your Google account with the new Google Quickoffice before September 26, 2013. The official statement can be found here.
Here's our you can get your free 10GB storage:
  1. Get the Google Quickoffice app from the app store.
  2. Run the app after installing it.
  3. Log into your Google Account and you'll get the 10GB extra storage.
  4. You can log into your other Google accounts by tapping on the profile picture and then "Change Account" and log into the other accounts one by one.
Now for some caveats. Google says the "extra 10GB of Google Drive storage will be added to your account for two years (look for it in the next few weeks)." The question here is, will Google offer the extra storage for company accounts hosted by Google? It's going to be hard to say given the additional storage will only be added over the next few weeks. But Google does differentiate between Google accounts and corporate Google accounts. Personal @gmail.com accounts are called 'Google Accounts' while your company's Google hosted accounts are called 'Google Apps Accounts'.
Nevertheless, it doesn't hurt to try. Do it soon if you don't want to miss out on 10GB of extra storage in your Google Drive account.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Wisestamp for Safari Browser

If you are having difficulty with the Wisestamp plugin for MAC here is the page for you and
the followup will happen once you install the plugin...

GET IT HERE

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Get back to Classic Gmail InBox

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Email inbox gimmicks keep popping up. First Google introduced Priority Inbox, and now it’s using category tabs. Dropbox purchased Mailbox, which turns your inbox into more of a to-do-list. Microsoft’s Outlook.com has a Sweep feature that automatically cleans your inbox.
All of these are attempts to manage your email inbox for you. These gimmicks are never as smart as you yourself are, so you can make your email much smarter by taking a more active role.
We’ll be using Gmail here, but the principles should be similar for any email client.

Use a Classic Inbox

First, we’ll get rid of whatever gimmicky inbox Gmail is using today. These inboxes never get the categories and prioritization perfectly right. They force you to go through all your email to ensure you don’t miss anything and encourage you to keep getting spammy useless emails by sweeping them under the rug.
To use a more classic inbox in Gmail, click the gear icon and select Settings. Click over to the Inbox tab, click the Inbox type box, and select Unread first. All the tabs and priority options will vanish.




gmail-disable-inbox-tabsCourtesty HTG

Monday, August 19, 2013

Team Viewer-what is it and why you should be using it

TeamViewer

TeamViewer is the remote support tool of choice for many geeks. It can be used in several different ways. You can direct your partner to download the TeamViewer QuickSupport application, which can run without administrator access or any system configuration. It will give them a session ID and password that they can give to you, allowing you to easily remotely connect from your TeamViewer program. There’s no setup process here — just download the appropriate program and double-click it to launch it.

You could also opt to set up unattended access after installing the full TeamViewer client, giving you permanent remote access to the computer without the remote user having to give you any passwords or confirm anything. As long as their computer is on, you’ll be able to access it remotely. If you want to do preventative maintenance or fix their computer while they’re not around, this is a convenient option.

TeamViewer is also cross-platform, so you can use it to troubleshoot a Mac or troubleshoot your parents’ Windows computer from your Linux PC. You can even remotely connect from an Android or iOS device. We’ve taken an in-depth look at TeamViewer in the past.

Courtesty HTG

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

See if you can run a game you want on your system-Here's how!

                   Click Below--Follow Instructions-Easy


Sunday, July 14, 2013

Easy way to take a screenshot of your webpage view

You don't need a special program to make it happen:   Here's how:

Need to show something computer-related to a distant friend or family member? Want to capture an error code for tech support? A screenshot is the solution.
As the name implies, it creates an image of your screen. And it isn't hard to do.
The easiest way to do this is with keyboard shortcuts. In Windows, just hit the Print Screen button on the keyboard (sometimes this is abbreviated as Prnt Scrn or in other ways). This saves the entire screen to the Windows clipboard. You can then paste it into an email or a graphics program.
On a Mac, Command + Shift + 3 takes a screenshot of the entire screen and saves it to the desktop. Command + Shift + 4 does the same thing, but you can select what area of the screen is captured.
Of course, sometimes you need a bit more control. Or perhaps you want to annotate the screenshot for the person receiving it.
In Windows Vista and up, go to Start>>All Programs>>Accessories and select the Snipping Tool. Click the upside-down triangle next to the New button to select Rectangular Snip. Then click and drag the red box over what you want to capture.
This will save a file you can edit, or you can paste the image right into an email.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Scanners? the quick way to do it!

Android’s integrated camera app doesn’t have any OCR capabilities. You could snap a photo of your document with the camera app and call it a day, but if you want to store that document as a PDF and perform OCR on it so you can search and understand its content, you’ll want to use a specialized app.
Google Drive is one such app that’s made by Google. It has integrated document-scanning and OCR capabilities. Snap a photo of a document and a PDF copy of the document will be saved to Google Drive. It will also use the power of Google’s servers to perform OCR on the documents, making it searchable in your Drive.
To do this, open the Drive app on your phone, open its menu, and tap Add New. Tap the Scan option in the list to scan and upload a document. Note that you could also add the Drive widget to your home screen and tap the camera icon on it to quickly open the Scan interface — this is useful if you frequently want to scan documents.

You’ll now see the scanner interface. Point your camera at a document and tap the button to scan it into Google Drive.

The great thing about this sort of app is that it’s not just a photo — Drive will extract the document part from the rest of the photo so it can be saved separately as a PDF file. You’re free to rotate and crop the document before saving it to your Drive.

Evernote

If you already depend on Evernote to organize your brain, you’ll be happy to hear that Evernote has this feature integrated. It can snap a scan of a document with your phone and save it as a PDF to your Evernote account, where you can access it from anywhere. Evernote’s OCR features will allow you to search through such scanned documents.
From within a note, tap the plus-sign button and select Page Camera.

Just center a page in the frame and tap the button to scan it. The nice thing about Evernote’s interface is that it makes it easy to scan multiple documents and attach them to a single note without ever leaving the scanner interface, while Drive is focused on saving each document as a PDF file with a separate save process.






Courtesy HTG

Friday, May 24, 2013

Check if a website is up or down...here's how







"Is It Down Right Now" monitors the status of your favorite web sites and checks whether they are down or not. Check a website status easily by using the below test tool. Just enter the url and a fresh site status test will be perfomed on the domain name in real time using our online website checker tool. For detailed information, check response time graph and user comments.

 Click on the image and it'll take you there to check...you can also add a bookmarklet to your toolbar to have it available whenever you need it!  Very handy...

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

How to hide Labels in Gmail that you don't want to see (IE Spam etc)

  • Click the label you want to hide.
  • Hold the mouse button while dragging the label to the More link beneath the list of visible labels.
    • The list may expand and More turn into Less as you do.
  • Release the mouse button.
Gmail can also hide labels that do not contain unread messages automatically.
To make a hidden label visible in Gmail:
  • Click More below the labels list.
  • Now click the desired label, holding down the mouse button.
  • Drag the label to the Inbox link under Compose Mail.
  • Let go of the mouse button.

Hide Preset Gmail Labels Such as Starred, Drafts, Sent, Trash or Spam

To hide system labels in Gmail:
  • Click more under the list of labels in your Gmail Inbox.
  • Now click Manage labels.
  • Click hide for any label (except Inbox) you do not want to be visible all the time.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Try a new hat-Fedora 18 Linux distribution is out...amazing

Get the .ISO HERE

Get LIVE USB creator HERE

Have at least a 4GB USB stick to install and run the Live Installer and give it a whirl

Read the "how to" on each of these pages if you are in doubt how to get it going but
you will be hooked on Linux after this.....



Friday, April 26, 2013

Tweaking with your custom Android rom

I recommend you get the Trickster Mod app from the Play Store....of course you have to
have a rooted Android phone....but this app will tweak both CPU's ..unlike most other tuners which only do one....plus many other awesome features...the ONLY one you will need!

Great app....get it HERE

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Your Music- Your Way

iTunes can’t sync your music library to an Android device, and Google doesn’t offer an iTunes-style desktop app. However, there are several ways you can easily transfer your music collection to your Android smartphone or tablet.
Google’s Music Manager application even integrates with your iTunes music library, automatically copying your music to the cloud so you can stream it from anywhere and easily download it to your Android devices.

Upload Your Music to Google Play Music

Google Play Music is Google’s “music locker”-type service — like Apple’s iCloud. Google provides a desktop application known as Google Music Manager that can be installed on Windows, Mac, and even Linux. Google Music Manager scans your computer for music and uploads it to your  Play Music account. The application also functions similarly to iTunes Match — if it finds songs it knows about on your hard drive, it will automatically “match” the songs with its own copies in Google Music, saving you bandwidth and time by avoiding uploads. If it finds music it doesn’t know about it, it will upload your copies.
In addition to watching folders, Google Music Manager can also watch your iTunes or Windows Media Player library and automatically match and upload your music. (Music files with DRM are not supported.)
Note that Google Play Music is only available in certain countries. You can have up to 20,000 individual songs in your Play Music account.
To get started, install the Google Music Manager application on your computer. Tell it where you store your music — either in iTunes, Windows Media Player, or custom folders. It will automatically scan the locations and upload the music to your Google account. The Music Manager application starts automatically in the background and remains running, automatically uploading new music to your account.

Once it’s uploaded, you’ll find your music in the Play Music app that comes installed on many Android devices. If it’s not on your device, you can install it from the Play Store. You can stream your entire music collection from anywhere, assuming you have data or Wi-Fi access. Tap the header at the top of the screen to switch between All Music and On Device.

To store music offline so you can play it without connecting to Wi-Fi or using any precious data, long-press an album or song and select Keep on Device. Android will download a copy or your music, allowing you to play it anywhere. You can put music on your device and even listen to your entire music library when you have an Internet connection — no messing with cables or transferring music back and forth required.

Uploaded music is also available at Google Play Music on the web, where you can stream it from anywhere. If you want to download your music, you can use the Download my library button in Google Music Manager.

Copy Music Files Over Manually

While the above method is Google’s preferred method of putting music on your Android device, you can still do it the old-fashioned way. Connect your Android to your computer using a USB cable. Use Windows Explorer to copy your music files to the Music folder on your device.
You can also use the excellent AirDroid to copy songs and other files over Wi-Fi without even connecting your phone to your computer.

You can then play music on your Android device. The included Play Music music player will pick up music you’ve copied over manually, as will a wide variety of third-party music player apps.

Use Other Music Services

There are many other music services you could choose to use instead. You could store your music in Amazon Cloud Player and use the official Amazon MP3 app to play it on your device. You could subscribe to a music service like Spotify or Rdio for access to millions of streaming songs and the ability to download anything to listen to offline. You could use a streaming app like Pandora or TuneIn Radio to listen to music anywhere you have an Internet connection.
You could even use a third-party desktop app like SnapPea or Synx to sync your desktop music collection to your Android device, if you’d like an iTunes-like desktop syncing experience.


Android may not have iTunes, but iTunes is a clunky desktop application that many iPhone users who use Windows don’t like, anyway. The future is wireless.

Courtesty HTG