SkyDrive web interface gets a Modern UI face-lift, jumps into Android territory with official app too

SkyDrive

I’ve been a SkyDrive user for a long time though I have not used the service much because of its limitations back then. I preferred Dropbox over SkyDrive because it allowed no file size limits and an easier way to synchronize files. I started to use SkyDrive more through automatic backups of photos and videos I took with my HTC 7 Mozart Windows Phone but not much else. Their web app was clunky and cross-platform syncing of files through an official app was missing so I stayed with using Dropbox as my main cloud-storage solution.

Things have changed for the better though as SkyDrive underwent a transition that I think makes it a better service than it was before. Microsoft introduced a Dropbox-esque Windows (Vista and higher) and Mac OS X Lion app – a feature I’ve been waiting for (you can grab them here). Apps for Windows Phone 7 and iOS devices were also introduced. Windows 8 has it integrated. Only two problems left: the web interface and Android official app availability.

Not anymore…

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Curiosity rover is going through a “brain transplant”

Mars Science Laboratory

Curiosity is currently updating her smarts with a new version of its software optimized for its surface mission. The software will be installed on her redundant computers which started last August 10 and will complete on August 13. One key capability in the update is image processing to detect obstacles in her path. NASA dubs it a “brain transplant” which seems appropriate. I can’t wait for the next set of information and images from Mars but until the update is complete I should wait patiently.

Read more about the update at NASA’s press release.

Update: Oops! Forgot the title! My bad!

Google Voice Search answers oddball questions, proves it’s awesome

Android eating apple

Someone decides to put Android Jelly Bean’s Google Voice Search to a test by giving it 47 questions with some being rather humorous and creative. Google Voice Searched seem to have answered them all quite impressively and yes, the image above is related. Now I wish I had a Jelly Bean device to play with…

Head beyond the break to watch the video.

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VLC for Android is available for download, still in beta

VLC Android

I was never a fan of VLC but some people might be happy to know that VLC is now available for download, albeit in beta. There are some limitations, such as the architecture of your device’s CPU for instance, but Google Play should be able to determine if your device is compatible.

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Connectify 3.0 Beta fixes BSoD issue with 3G modems, my wireless devices rejoice!

As an update to my previous post concerning blue screen of death issues with Connectify 2.2 and 3G/HSPA modems, I have now confirmed that their new beta (3.0) works swimmingly on my system! If you were having the same issues or if you want to try the beta make sure to drop by their Facebook note for the download link. The release note is there too pointing out the new features of the release and don’t forget to answer the poll for your experiences with the beta. Over and out.

Fixed – BSoD Alert: Connectify 2.2 Crashes when Connecting to the Net with 3G Modems

It’s been months since my last post. I’ve been really busy with some stuff but anyway, I’m here to talk about a problem with Connectify 2.2. Searching the net I found quite some having the same problem as I have but there’s a lack of information on how to fix it.

Connectify is a nifty program that can turn Windows 7 into a wifi access point. I use it… well, used to. Right now it causes my PC to go haywire!

I installed Connectify on my new PC with Windows 7 Professional 64-bit at work. We have a network at my workplace but it is exclusive for local services and email so I use my own ZTE 3G/HSPA modem to connect to the internet. After installing Connectify v2.2 I started getting BSoD (that’s BlueScreen of Death) whenever I try to connect the modem to the internet. Annoying? Yes! Totally!

So, being the technician that I am, I couldn’t help but search for the problem and try to fix it myself. My troubleshooting led to the Connectify network service which causes a really bad conflict and showing me that sad BSoD screen that I haven’t seen in a very long time. A temporary fix was to uninstall the Connectify network service driver. I’ll keep it this way until a new update gets released. Crossing my fingers that such an update would fix this annoyance!

If you’re getting the same problem here’s a rundown on how to stop the BSoD from happening. Take not that this will make Connectify unusable too:

  1. Open the Network Connections window. Simply type “network connections” in the start menu’s search box and hit enter.
  2. Right click on any local network adapter. They are normally labelled Local Area Connection or Wireless Network Connection unless you or someone else changed them. Click on the Properties option.
  3. In the list under “This connection uses the following items:” search for Connectify. Highlight it and click on the uninstall button. Follow the prompts, if any, and proceed with the uninstall. You should now be able to connect to the net for now.

Let’s hope that an update would fix this problem soon.

UPDATE:
Connectify 3.0 Beta fixes the problem. You may find the link to their Facebook note. I assume you may need a Facebook account and to like the Connectify page to access the note.

Backup Protected Video DVDs to your Hard Drive for Free

I love collecting nature documentaries and I have a number of them in DVD format. Since they are original DVDs I take real great care when handling them but accidents can happen which may end up with a ruined and unplayable disk. Also, taking DVD’s around when I’m traveling can be cumbersome and it makes me paranoid on the possibilities of losing the discs. To remedy that, I make backup copies/ISO disc images of my DVDs on my hard drive!

Unfortunately, copying a DVD requires more than just a DVD writer. Most video DVDs are encrypted to prevent piracy and to copy those the copy-protection mechanism must be bypassed. To do that we will use a freeware called DVD43. After cracking the encryption on the disk we will create a disk image using another freeware called ImgBurn.

Attention!
Please do not use this article as a guide to make illegal copies of copyrighted discs. Only make backups of discs that you own.

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