Wednesday, March 28, 2012

PC Tips and Tuts' New Home

A good friend of mine suggested that I get an affordable hosting package plus domain registration at Tsohost thus I now have my very own domain:

Bibiano Wenceslao
The Wordpress setup was very easy and straightforward! If you still don't have a website and plans to own one, you should check them out!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

How To Use Laptop As Wifi Router

I started using my first ever Android smartphone a few days ago and thought it was lame not being able to take advantage of its internet connectivity-dependent features (browsing, video streaming, file syncing, data backup, app downloads, etc.) at home. I’ve been using cable-to-cable DSL connection even with the fact that my laptop came wifi-ready when I bought it more than a year ago.

This article was originally posted on my now-gone blog (ImageBurner) on March 12, 2012.  

While googling for information on a good wifi router, I luckily stumbled on a freeware dubbed Virtual Router by CodePlex. As stated on the project description, Virtual Router allows any Windows 7 or 2008 R2 computer to be turned into a wifi hotspot with the use of Windows 7’s Wireless Hosted Network technology or Virtual Wifi.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

The Art Of Scamming: Philippine Monitoring Company My Arse

"Hi, this is Rose Martinez from Philippine Monitoring Company. May I speak to the owner of this telephone number please?” said a feminine voice on the phone earlier this morning. "No, he's not here. He's at work. Why?" I replied, with a hint of scepticism. “I see. Maybe I’ll just call again later. Thank you for your time.” Or something like that. I can’t clearly recall the last words she said before dropping off the line.

This article was originally posted on my now-gone blog (ImageBurner) on March 03, 2012.  

"The heck was that?" I thought to myself afterwards. Philippine Monitoring Company. Sounds unfamiliar and iffy. Haven’t heard of that before. Hmmm. No one else in the family makes use of the home internet connectivity except me and the phone barely gets picked up daily, so I doubt it’d be directed to someone else.  Was she going to ask me something - like a survey? No, if that was her intention, she wouldn’t have hung up immediately.  It took a few minutes before the conversation completely scaled on my head. F---ing. Scammer.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Download Link - Which Is Which?

I was googling for a decent audio file converter this morning. After skimming through blog articles and user reviews, I came across Super ©, a free media file converter. The comprehensive documentation about the freeware on their site made the product seemed legit to me so I decided to go for it. What annoyed me a bit though was how they had to - for the lack of a better word - "partially cover" the real download link and instead made it look like the ads (which leads you to a different website that paid for the advertisement) were the actual download links.

This article was originally posted on my now-gone blog (ImageBurner) on February 27, 2012.  

As someone who happens to have some basic knowledge with online paid advertising, I understand why they had to use ads to profit due to the fact that they're not asking for any payments for the software they've created but then the way the ads were presented was just too misleading. From the landing page (the web page the Google result that you clicked directs you to), I had to scroll to the bottom until I see the "Start Downloading SUPER ©" link. To my surprise, it's just another page with somewhat the same documentation content and again with the conspicuous ads. I had to scroll down a bit again until noticing the "download and use" link and clicking on it. *sigh* Again, it's another page - now a some sort of an options info page - but where the actual f--- is the real download link? I had to scroll to the bottom of the page AGAIN, and thank heavens it's there - "Download SUPER © setup file". Just about a hundred pixels right below the ads. Well, so much for an unpleasant user experience. I know I'm not alone on this. *Heh* I'm yet to use the software and probably might make a tutorial about it.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Browse Faster With FastestChrome

"What's the fastest web browser today?" Google Chrome. Seriously, setting bias aside (because I'm a Google fanboy, and based on my personal experience), it's the best browser there is. Haters gonna hate, but I've tried other popular browsers before I ended up with Chrome. So why go Chrome? To answer that, here's a quick roundup of my personal (note the emphasis) displeasure with the other browsers.

This article was originally posted on my now-gone blog (ImageBurner) on February 25, 2012.  

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Password-Protect Your USB Drive In 2 Easy Steps

Today I learned something new - how to password-protect a USB flash drive without using any software/installations, or coding stuff (and it's free of course). As long as your PC runs on the Ultimate or Enterprise editions of Microsoft's Windows Vista or Windows 7 desktop operating systems (as well as on Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 server platforms), password-protecting your thumb drive is no rocket science.

This article was originally posted on my now-gone blog (ImageBurner) on February 23, 2012.  

The process is called BitLocker Drive Encryption - a drive encryption security feature introduced by Microsoft but ONLY comes with the aforementioned operating systems. Simply said, it provides protection against data theft or exposure on computers (drives, specifically) in case they get lost or stolen, or to avoid unauthorized alteration or deletion of data (see FAQ here).

It's been more than a year since I bought my laptop (runs on Windows 7 Ultimate) and it actually came as a surprise to me that the operating system includes this security component. The specific feature that we are going to make use of is BitLocker To Go since were performing the drive encryption procedure on a removable drive.

Before diving in, here's what you need you need to know about BitLocker To Go:

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Earn Money Online at oDesk (Work-from-home Jobs)

Howdy! In this post, I'll be talking about how to earn money online through work-from-home jobs at oDesk. To better understand how I ended up with my wonderful job right now, I'll spill some things about myself:

I'm a graduate of a bachelor's degree. I have passed the licensure examination for teachers. My recent employment is in some (if not most) ways unrelated to how I've had my four years in college. People who initially didn’t know about my academic background would often ask if I’m an IT graduate, or if I took Computer Engineering in college. But then no, I majored in Math – with a obvious inclination for professional education. Recently though, the analysis aspect of the subject proved to be very useful in the practice of my profession even if I was then trained to become more of a teacher than be a marketing analyst.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Infographic: How To Get The Most Out Of Google

This is just one of the more infographics I've scrape from all over the web that I'll be sharing here. Now, you've probably been using Google Search ( since the first time you've laid your hands on a computer keyboard. What you don't know though is that you haven't actual utilized Google Search's full functionality which would have really saved you time and headaches in the past. The image's quite lengthy so I had to truncate this post to avoid filling up the blog's home page. Just click on "Read more" to proceed to the post.

This article was originally posted on my now-gone blog (ImageBurner) on February 08, 2012.  

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Top Google Chrome Extensions

Being an internet buff myself (let's just say my Google Chrome browser is always up for at least 8 hours daily), I've always valued the art of automation and keeping everything at my fingertips (and mouse cursor) - shortcut keys, form auto-fillers, bookmarks, etc. It could be a case of OCD. *lul* Or maybe I just can't deny this need to have things well-organized thus avoiding waste of time, unnecessary effort and headaches. Trust me, looking for one life-changing-and-needed-at-the-moment needle in a haystack is an absolute nightmare and an impending frustration. Been there. Done that.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

1Password - Best Password Manager Software

Worst Passwords

Last November, leading smartphone applications provider SplashData rolled out a list dubbed as the "25 Worst Passwords of the Year" for 2011 - all compiled from files containing millions of stolen passwords that hackers have posted online. This was to provide awareness among online users and to encourage them to adopt stronger passwords. You might want to check out if your password is on the list below:

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Dropbox - Best Free File-Sharing (File-Hosting) Service - Free Online Data Storage

Ever wished there was a way that you could easily share any file (send files for free) from your computer with your friends just by placing it in a specific folder and automatically they'll have the same file on their computers? Uh, yep! That sounded a bit confusing. I mean, what if you and your friends have this specific folder or directory that only those you authorized can freely access from any desktop PC, notebook, or phone, wherever and whenever? Alright, admittedly, I'm the worst at making explanations so here's a rage comic I made up to visually elucidate on what I was trying to convey:

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Best Free Antivirus Software Download for Windows 7

The issue has always been an undying topic for debates on the web. Before the previous year ended, there had been a lot of "Best Free Antivirus Software 2011" articles and forum threads popping out everywhere. You may have been very loyal with your Win 7 virus protection software for years now, but are you actually using the best virus protection program in existence? The question's clear: what is the best antivirus software for Windows 7 then?

Monday, January 23, 2012

Facebook Chat Emoticons (Smileys)

Plain text is boring - one good reason why Facebook have integrated smiley faces for Facebook Chat. If you still haven't familiarized yourself with all Facebook smileys, let's take them one-by-one while I drop some personal comments about these cool emoticons for Facebook.

Highlight-then-Search a Term Browser Feature

Ever been on a situation where you're reading an article on the web and suddenly there's this one word that's apparently new to you? By instinct, you'd highlight-and-copy the term, go to Google and paste it in to search for its meaning.

Here's a tip: if you're not using it yet, or haven't really noticed it at all, you're in luck (well, if you consider making minor tasks like this less tedious, *heh*). It's the Highlight-then-Search a Term feature of most, if not all, browsers.

The process is rather simple: Highlight. Right-click. Search. 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

PC - Sleep vs Hibernate vs Shutdown (Windows 7 Power-Off Options)

I've been often asked on how I turn off my Windows 7 PC after use. For most of the time, I'd let it Hibernate. At the end of the day, I’d mostly opt for the Shutdown button. Windows 7 Sleep? I barely use it, though I've always set my PC to sleep after being inactive for 30 minutes. When I'm downloading big files, I'd skip on that option as it pauses or stops the process. The question is which option would I recommend?

IMHO, it depends on the user. Let me further dissect on each power-saving mode.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Guitar Basics - Easy Guitar Lessons For Everyone

If anyone tells you that playing the guitar is a gift, an innate talent that you will never ever learn because you are not born with it, well, it’s time to prove them wrong. Famous guitarists weren’t born with a Les Paul attached to their umbilical cord. Long before there was Jimi Hendrix with his insane sweeps, or Maimsteen’s jaw-dropping guitar shreds, or you trying to google about them, here’s a certain fact you should realize --- every guitarist went through the guitar basics. This is what these easy guitar lessons are for.

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