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Friday, December 31, 2010

PS3 Device ID Key Generator

We all know that the PS3 is now broken into and the Master is know. Here is a small program which uses the Master Key and with a given Device ID (0x????), will generator the Device ID Key.

This is the linux version, so just untar zxvf to extract and run the ELF binary.

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Saturday, December 04, 2010

Uninstall Apple Crapware

At some point of time, I must be mad to install that Apple iTunes which is 300MB... Then I decided to remove it. And the crap it left haunts me till today. Every so and then, Apply Software Update still pops up, trying to connect to the Internet which my firewall had blocked. Why is there still Apple Update when Quicktime, iTunes and all other crap from Apple had been removed? Are they sending some information to Apple or downloading some adware to my PC. Its up to your imagination. To me, it is a total nuisance.

It does not pops up all the time shows that it is a scheduled task. Opening Scheduler will reveal a whole tab for Apple. Well, its simple enough to disable it here. But for my case, I want it out and clean from my PC. So, you should go look at the Program Features and locate the 2 Apple crapware. Use the search with "Apple" and you will find it. One of them is the Apple Software Update obviously and other Apple Support . Both should go to trash immediate (without passing recycled bin or collecting $100). 

Some more unfortunate people I heard had problem removing them because the uninstallation of Apple iTunes or Quicktime had screwed up and left the installation in a unclean state. In that case, we can always try Microsoft Windows Installer Cleanup at:

You should double check on your Scheduler to see if the Apple task had been removed. 

Autocomplete in Windows 7

It is sometimes so often that we forgotten the good stuff in Windows 7. UNTIL some other application decided to cripple it. Among those are the antivirus and the privacy tools. One of the very useful feature, well at least for a home PC, is the autocomplete. It certainly save time and typing to locate files and avoid typos.

Recently, I had one of my machine locked down to the state that this feature is actually gone. You won't miss it until you no longer have it. So poking around, I found a solution to re-enable it.

Simply open regedit (UAC prompt) and do this:

  1. Goto HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer > AutoComplete
  2. On the right, you will see 2 obvious options. But here is the explanation anyway...
    • Append Completion set to “yes” will automatically append or complete the file name as you type, if there is a file that match.
    • AutoSuggest set to “yes” will automatically suggest a list of files in the folder that match what you had typed so far in Save As Dialog box.

Simple enable one or both of the option to turn Autocomplete back on.

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Friday, December 03, 2010

One Night In Tampines

Yesterday, I went to Tampines, which I had not been to for quite a while. There were many changes that I did not know...

Firstly, my favorite beef noodle is not cooked by different aunties. I used to be able to get lots of beanstalk in an extra bowl of soup, but obviously the aunties cooking now are different and it is just the normal stuff. Not that it is not nice or anything, just nothing special. I did not try the prata there which I used to because I was quite full after the beef noodle and there were lots of people queuing for the prata. It looks like they made it big now.

I knew that Popeye Chicken is there in Century Square, but now even Texas Chicken had opened in Tampines Mall. This is something new to me. Looks like there is going to be competition. OF course, along the way, I had to get through a crowd with the 3 Pokemon stuff life size mascot. There were cute, but I did not have a camera to capture that moment. I took a quick visit to the Pet Lover Center in the basement and it had grow larger in space or at least they organize stocks in a much better way. I enjoyed my short stay, but did not buy anything because I could not find a suitable bath sand for Onee. However, I did saw quite some pudding for sale now. Looks like there are a big quantity of them now. I wonder if it would be the same in PetStation.

I tried to go to Old Chang Kee to see if they have my favorite Yam K8 snack, but if had already been sold out by the time I got there. I remember I need some of those microwave container and I managed to find them at Cold Storage. However, I guess I was unlucky to be on a queue with a trainee cashier. There were problem with a previous customer as there is no barcode and price. Then she had problem sweeping my card. Well, lesson learn, you cannot sweep it too fast. In any case, I finally got my stuff and made quite a few enemes behind me.

I proceed to PetStation in Tampines One and sure enough, quite some pudding and winter white. They were cute of course. I took a quick look as time was critical and managed to buy the Delikate Snow White Sand. I can't wait to give some to Onee this weekend. Also, I pick up a packet of Delikate snack since I do not see them often outside. I hope he love it since I had not given him soft and sweet snack for a while.

On my way back, I saw TS playing Detective Dee and the Mysterious Flame in Cantonese... Oh man, I wished I had waited. But it is a great show. I went to the "hidden" food court there and pick up a pack of prawn noodle to pack back home. Of course, my sister took some of it. Poor thing to have wisdom tooth extraction. I already went through that luckily.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Ship from US and UK to Anywhere

So Amazon won't ship to you or some sites simply doesn't send stuff to your location. Well, that worry is over, at least for US and UK. If they ship there, then you can get your item via this mail forwarding service.

How good is it? I don't know yet. And I am also not encouraging you to ship illegal stuff since its illegal, its illegal anyway you ship it. Full stop. But maybe this will help you save some hair tearing woes for your Xmas shopping. Now, you do realized that Playboy just recently release a pretty good looking HDD...

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Facebook Disaster

This is probably old news, but I just needed to show somebody so here it is...

Alternative Route of Getting Home

Ya, for a while, maybe I should stop blogging tech. Anyway, I used what I learned from a recent class and ask myself some questions about how I used to get home. Actually I had tried pretty much all possible routes. OK, wrong assumption again, its more like pretty lots of routes.

Here are some of them:
1. Take company bus (Additional $0.80) to HarbourFront. The bus is fast as it is direct, non-stop. But it starts to jam at Pasir Panjang sometimes and by the time I reach HF MRT, its already 30 minutes gone. Then I have to take MRT to Outram Park and change another MRT to Bedok.
2. Same as above, but instead of company bus, take a public transport. But I will have to walk down a long flight of stairs and it is not the greatest idea in the thunderstorm as there are huge tall tree along this area. On the plus side, I save a bit on $$ because of the rebates.
3. Same as aboves, but instead of changing MRT at Outram, I change at Dohby Ghaut to Circle Line and change again at Paya Lebar to Bedok. I will probably get to sit a bit on this because Dohby Ghaut is the first stop on Circle Line. The down side is a lot of changing of train and of course a lot of waiting for train.
4. Another way is by bus only. I can try to take 30e Express which is about 20 minutes each. It takes about 55 minutes to reach Bedok. That is provided it doesn't get stuck in a jam on ECP. Which usually does if I am late.
5. Another yet even more stupid method is to take the normal 30 bus. Being non-express means more stop, the driver will drive slower etc. Take a long time to reach home. Only good point, I get to sleep all the way. If lucky, I can catch another 1.5 hrs of sleep. But do you really want to sleep on the bus, especially after work?
6. There are other routes to go further west, for example to Bukit Batok and then the super fast 506 Express... The cost and time is probably not worth it.'

I did not tried one of the methods which involve taking bus 200 to Buona Vista MRT. Well, that totally slip my mind and I always thought since Buona Vista is 5 stop further west than Outram Park, it will never be possible to be faster. I was wrong. And I question myself : why not? So I tried. And bus 200 is a super long wait if you missed it, but if you do catch it, the whole journey from 300 at LPxx (LampPost?) to my front door takes only about 1 hour.

Yes, that is amazing and all it takes was to ask myself : Why not? Just because I took a bus to a stop further West, does not mean I would reach my place later in the East. The secret is because of the jam. Taking 200 avoids all that and it is just a few stops to Buona Vista. Further more, I will no longer need to even change any train once I get on to Buona Vista. That save times. Both walking and waiting.

So, moral of the story. Ask youself : Why NOT? And try it. Hopefully you will find a better solution than me.

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