Sunday, August 29, 2010

Have a power report for battery life efficiency

Do you want to know if there is anything more you can do to improve you laptop battery life span?

There is a hidden power usage reporting tool that you can tap on built-in windows that can provide you with things that you can consider to improve your laptop's battery efficiency.

All you need to do is run the Command Prompt as administrator and run the built-in reporting tool by:

  •  typing "cmd" in the search box, and when you get the command prompt on the list, right click on it and select "Run as Administrator".
  • In the command prompt, type "powercfg -energy -output %userprofile%\desktop\power_rpt.html" without the quotes
  • Finally, wait for 1 minute as the tools checks current power configuration setting, then double click on the "power_rpt.html" that will be on your desktop in a moment to see the report generated.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Edit Windows 7 Host file

I still see a lot of people that is having finding their way to be able to save Windows 7 host file.  You may see some people say, and these are those whom you would supposed to be in authority but would tell you, that it is not possible to edit the host file.

Anyway, here it is guys.  It's a rather simple thing to do.  Simply launch your notepad as Admin mode, and browse to the host file directory which most likely will be in this directory "C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc" unless you changed your windows installation folder.

After opening the host file, simply hit save and voila! Your changes to the file is saved!

Windows 7 Management from one location

Have you ever wondered how to manage most of Windows 7 configuration settings much more easily without having to go to the Control Panel folder, or hunting for a feature in the search box after clicking the start button (pearl button - its how its called under Windows 7), or going into the help menu and the like.

I came across an article posted by Bruce Tyson in and I thought I would want to share with you.  Credit goes to the respective author.

You can create a folder that organizes most if not all of Windows 7 management function from one location and arranged categorically which is really good.

To do this, simply create a new folder, and this can be anywhere in Windows (.e.g. Desktop or any folder in your harddrive) and name it "Your Desired Folder Name.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}."  They call it godmode but I'd rather not call it like that.  You can name it anything you want for so long as you make sure the dots (.) enclosing the curly brace are there.

My Apache server won't run using WAMP or XAMPP?

As a web developer myself, I have encountered a couple of times why my Apache server in either WAMP or XAMPP Server package all of a sudden stopped working when it was just the last time I was using the computer.

I notice that when Skype wasn't running, WAMP or XAMPP would load up fine but otherwise.

One thing I notice was by default is set to use ports 80 and 443 for incoming connection which are default HTTP (hyper text transper protocol)  ports and SMTP (simple mail transfer protocol) which are used by web browsers and email programs.

To fixed this problem, simply start up Skype and before signing in, click on the Tools menu
then click on Connection options...
By default, the check box for "use port 80 and 443..." are checked and the use port may be blank.

Simply type any available port, or using the port number shown above should be safe to use and unchecking the check box for "Use port 80 and 443.." check box, unchecked and that should do the trick.

I'm not sure with other apache,mysql,php package like lamp or mamp, but its worth trying for.  Let me know how they work on other platforms other than windows. :)

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