It’s been a while since the last time i update this blog. As you can see from the last post before this, I use Sony VAIO VPCEA16FG notebook for work and gaming. It’s performing great for 15 months now. But then, recently, the left part of the keyboard felt rather hot than it was.
So I download HWMonitor (64bit version) and checked the CPU temperature of my notebook. The result is 48 – 51 Celsius at 5 minutes after I start it up, and leave it idle. And after I run MS Flight Simulator for around 10 minutes, it jumps to 85 – 88 Celsius, and the fan starts roaring that reminds me of an airplane getting ready to take off. It’s trying it’s best to cool down the hot temperature by spinning faster. But it failed. The CPU temperature is still around 85 – 88 Celsius.
After googling here and there, I found that many people have this problem too. This is caused by thick dusts on the fan. Blocking the airflow that supposed to release the heat. The cure is, of course, by cleaning up the dusts. So I gathered my guts to disassemble my VPCEA16FG by myself, and took some pictures I to make a little documentation. I hope this guide can help people with their overheating VAIO notebook.
A few months ago, I was a happy Sony VAIO VPCEA16FG user. It has everything I want and need. One feature that I like is Battery Care. What this Battery Care does is limiting the battery charge to a certain level to extend the battery lifetime, and in the end will slow down the battery degradation. It comes with 2 presets. 80% if you usually use the computer with battery power, and 50% if you usually use the computer with the AC adapter. So basically if you set it on 80%, then whenever the battery charged to 80%, it will say it’s full. Same thing with 50%, it will say the battery is full whenever the battery charged to 50%.
This Battery Care can be found inside VAIO Control Center application. And after tons of VAIO software updates, windows updates, install / uninstall a lot of software, one day I found out that my battery says it has 100% power. What the…? It was supposed to be limited at 50% since I mostly use it while on AC adapter. So I opened up VAIO Control Center, and *boom*. I got this ugly window saying VAIO Control Center has stopped working.
I Googled it and got no solution at all. And after days of headache, I fixed it by myself. This is how I did it.
Once restarted, I can run the VAIO Control Center again to set the Battery Care feature on, and set it back to 50%. Now I’m happy once again…
I hope these steps may help you dealing with the VAIO Control Center has stopped working problem.
When MHP3rd game is started, it will randomly load 1 table from 15 charm (also known as talisman) tables available, and keep using it as long as we do not exit the game and return to PSP’s XMB. To keep the long story short, if the charm we want to get is in table no 1, and the game is loading table no 5, then we will unlikely to get it. The best way is to exit the game, return to PSP’s XMB, then restart the Monster Hunter Portable 3rd game, and pray the game will load the right table this time. But how to tell which table is loaded by the game? This is what MHP3rd Charm Mining Analyzer does. MHP3rd Charm Mining Analyzer is a software to analyze and determine if the game is currently loading the right table, that will eventually give us the charms we want to get. MHP3rd Charm Mining Analyzer will analyze the charms we obtained after mining at Volcano map (note: currently only supports High Rank Volcano charms), and give us advice whether we should exit the game to XMB and restart the MHP3rd, or just keep on mining until we get the charms we want.
(file password: thelivedevil.com)
There are some skills that have alias name. I’ll list them here:
Employees in my office, like most of us, use Yahoo Messenger (besides email) to communicate between each other. Especially to communicate between different buildings and cities. So, Yahoo Messenger is somehow a must in almost all computers in my office.
Today just like everyday at office with my routine activities. Sending files and giving IT support to the users. Suddenly one of the supervisor in Medan (north Sumatra) outlet sent me a message that looks like this picture.
The first time I see it, I know his computer has been infected by a Yahoo Messenger virus. So I ignore the message, close the window, and continue doing my work. I thought I’ll deal with him later. But only a few minutes after that, I received another private message from another staff in other building, which looks like this picture.
OK, this is another infected computer. But were those two computer hit by the same virus? I don’t have a clue that time.
From the three pictures above, we can tell that the link or URL in the messages are different. But they have the same similarity. All the three of them, open the same file image.php file. It looks like a social engineering to me. The creator of this virus know that people tend to be curious when someone send him / her a link to their pictures. It is a bait to draw more people to click that link and get their system infected by this virus for doing so.
Like prior variants of Yahoo Messenger virus before this, when one clicked those virus links, his/her yahoo messenger will silently start to broadcast these kind of messages to all the contact in his/her yahoo messenger. This is really annoying and endangers your friends computer when they don’t know that the message (with the evil URL), and curiously clicking them.
This is the list of the message that this virus broadcast
I have contacted the PC Revive and found out this: if you get a message from your friends or families, with any of the link listed above, tell them to sign out from their yahoo messenger and sign in to http://webmessenger.yahoo.com, then download ComboFix and run it immediately in their computer. They only need to click I Agree, and then keep click next until it finish scanning. Then after that, they must restart their computer. Done. No more annoying yahoo messenger virus.
As we already know, vampires most of the times have cool names. Browsed around and found a website where you can generate a vampire name from your real name. “A vampire name? I am not a vampire. What is it for?”, I hear you asked. Well… Here’s the answer quoted from the original website.
The Vampire Name Generator is designed to be used for gothic role playing games like White Wolf’s Vampire: The Requiem, and Vampire: The Masquerade, and also the Buffy the Vampire Slayer RPG.
I myself don’t play any of the games mentioned above. But if you do, this might be useful for you. Or you can use it for your new alias in chat rooms. Some people that gets the same last vampire name (uhm… vampire family name) even create their own clans and social groups. Oh, by the way, this is my vampire name…
The Great Archives determine you to have gone by the identity:
Known in some parts of the world as:
Morpheus of The Underworld
The Great Archives Record:
Of the world below, creeping amongst the catacombs and sewers of the city.
Raphael Shakespeare a.k.a. Morpheus of The Underworld. Not bad huh?
So… What is your vampire name? Get yours now at The vampire name generator
Lately I became addicted to papercraft. And a few weeks ago, I tried to join a Korean online papercraft community. I was surprised that my browser cannot display the Korean characters (Hangul CMIIW) properly. It only showed up as squares with small numbers. As far as I know, I already installed the files for East Asian languages. I tried to open some random Chinese and Japanese websites. They all showed up fine. My system only can’t display Korean characters properly! Although I can’t read any Korean character, at least I can tell the difference between words in that Korean web, if my browser can display them properly.
This of course troubled me a lot.
So I googled and read something about installing east asian language problem (sorry, I forget to note the site).
It says something about intl.inf file that contains the settings for windows to display foreign languages. It is located in C:/WINDOWS/inf/intl.inf. So I compared the intl.inf file in my notebook, to the one in my desktop computer. Surprisingly they have different file sizes. 443 KB in my notebook, and 830 KB in my desktop computer. So I uninstalled the East Asian Language pack in my notebook, renamed my original intl.inf file to intl.inf.bak (just in case I need it later), copy the intl.inf file from my desktop computer and paste it into my notebook. After that I restart my notebook, reinstall the files for East Asian Languages. Last, I restart my notebook once again. Voila! This time it displays Korean characters properly. Then I browse to Chinese and Japanese websites too. Just to check if they would showed up without any problem. Well, everything seems to be perfect. Happy me…
The source of the problem is the corrupted intl.inf file in my notebook. For some reason, the file size is smaller than the one in my desktop computer. For your information, they’re both running on Windows XP SP3. So, If you have this problem too, you can try this trick too. Check the screenshot below…
This is my first papermodel design. A 1:1 replica of “lem FOX STIK”. A PVAc base glue that many papermodelers in Indonesia use to build papermodel. The idea of modeling this glue container popped up in my head some times ago. There’s no particular reason though. I just think it’s not a complex form, and I think I can model it myself. I don’t think I should start with a mecha or a tank. I’ll just start from the simple one.
I have a plan to model all tools I use to build papermodel. But of course this plan depends on my spare time, courage, and willingness.
By the way, if you look carefully in the picture, my model is slightly different from the original one. It’s on purpose. I modify it that way, so it is easier to build. There’s no use to design a realistic model, but very very hard to build, right?
Anyway… I wish you enjoy building it as much as I enjoy designing it!
Download : Lem Fox STIK papermodel
Password : thelivedevil.com
Lem Fox STIK is a product of P.T. Dynea Indria. This model is for educational and art use only. This model is FREE.
Greetings to all Paper Replika Indonesia a.k.a. PERI members.
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Whoa.. No update for several months. My job as an ‘all-in-one’ IT staff has kept me busy everyday. They really know how to keep me busy
Several weeks ago, I got a new activity, which shortly after that, becoming my new hobby . It’s called Papercraft or Papermodel.
Papercraft or papermodel is a replica or model of the real world (and or virtual) objects, such as vehicle, building, certain characters from video games or movie, etc, which is built by using paper as the material. There are various kinds of papercraft, from the simplest to the highly detailed one. From the unscaled miniature model, to the precisely scaled model.
These models are designed by skilled people which is called papercrafters or papermodelers. There are 2 methods in designing papercraft. One is called ‘Scratch and build’ (also known as SB in papercraft world), and the other is by using 3D softwares to design and unfold (transforming the 3D model to printable 2D patterns) the model. Both methods require some skills, creativities, and efforts to be able to design a good papermodel.
Moreover, there are papercraft builders. Builders does not design the papercraft or papermodel by themselves. They just download the patterns from internet, and then build them. Like designers, builders also require some skills. Cutting the patterns, scoring (make the lines easier to bend), and glueing the patterns altogether according to the instructions (sometimes they have no instruction at all ) needs some patience and time to get a good result.
I myself, as a newbie builder who just get into this activity, found papercraft as a very good way to spend my spare time. Building papercrafts, trained my brain, my patience, and my concentration. It makes me happy when I see my finished model which costs me many hours and efforts. Currently I’m learning to design my own papercraft too. Hopefully I can make my own papercraft design in the near future.
I think everyone should try this too. It’s a cheap and fun hobby! I hope you are inspired to try build one for yourself.
These are some pictures of my first finished papercraft.
About 30 minutes ago, I was talking with my co-worker in my office room. Suddenly I heard cracking sounds. I said to my co-worker, “Earthquake!”. He was still not realized and said, “errr… what?”. I looked at the water dispenser. It was shaking quite hard. Immediately I locked up my room and rushing down to get out of my office.
Arrived outside of my office, there were a lot of people already got out of their office. The ground was still shaking that time. Making some of us felt dizzy. Heard in the TV news, it was 7.3 richter scale on the center of the earthquake, which located in Tasikmalaya, and probably may generate tsunami. But thanks God there’s nothing damaged here in the place I work. Called my dad, and other family members. Everyone’s alright. But still worried for more earthquake. I hope no earthquake any more, and of course… No tsunami please!
Most of us have heard about computer virus, computer worms, or trojans. They are simply a (usually) small sized computer program, specially designed to damage other people’s systems. Once this virus or worm successfully infects a system, it will try to spread out to other systems to create greater damages. They corrupt files, slows down the system, clone themselves as much as possible, steal data or password, etc. Scary! Millions of losses have been caused by these malwares. In this article, I’d like to share my tips and tricks to help preventing your system from getting infected, or worse, damaged by these malwares.
Malwares evolutes rapidly every day. They got more and more features to get more success rate infecting the target systems. The creators of these malwares also find more and more creative ways to increase the chance to spread around their malwares. One of them, is to trick users with little knowledge of computer systems. The trick is by arming their malwares with the innocent look. Yes, they made them looks like the files or directory people would click everyday. They will try to mime many common files found in everybody’s computer, ie. image files, spreadsheet files, directories or folders, etc. All by simply using the same icon the system used to display our files or directories. If people clicked these “innocent looked” malwares, then they are going to be executed in the system. Which will trigger the infection. But what if we can identify these impostors just by looking at them? It would be cool right? Errr… no?
There are some points we must remember to prevent ourselves from being deceived by these kind of malwares.
There is a saying that says, “Preventing is better than recovering”. This is very true. By preventing the malwares from infecting our system, we will save ourselves from the trouble fixing an infected system. Not forgetting the trouble of losing our important data. So here is my trick to help you identify malwares amongst your files and directories.
The idea is separating the look of these malware. As I said earlier above, these malware tries to make themselves looks the same as our common real files or directories. So we are going to reverse the method by making our common files or directories different from the default ones. Which will make you say, “Ah ha! Gotcha! I can see you…”
Install iColorFolder simply by clicking next until it’s finished.
After setting Windows XP folder options, installing, and setting the iColorFolder
Now I can easily spot the malware by looking at it’s icon. Since all my real directory icons have been changed into Mac OS X’s style, whenever I see an ugly yellow directory like icon in my drive or memory card, I can instantly tell that this is a malware that try to deceive me and delete this at once.
If you see the image above, there are malwares that tries to mime MS Excel’s icon, and even Windows XP default image icon. How to tell which is the fake one and which is not? We can answer this question by looking at the file extension, file type, and the file size.
Real directories or folders will never show any size (always blank), while the impostor will have a size.
Typical common file impostor’s file types will be either Application, Screen saver, MS-DOS Application, Windows NT Command Script, or MS-DOS Batch File.
To change the image icons like the above picture, I simply install XnView and set to associate all the image file to be opened with it. This will change the default image icon to one given by XnView. Download XnView here.
From this point, the malware removal will be much easier, since we can spot them instantly before they even attack our system. This can be done by deleting them right away. Of course if you have an updated Antivirus you can just scan the whole disk. But sometimes these malwares are so new that our Antivirus still don’t have any data of them. Therefore it can not detect these malwares. Or even worse there is no Antivirus installed on he system. Perhaps on your “noob” client’s system? This is where the method above comes handy.
We have learned how to analyze and identify the impostors by :
The very basic way to keep our system clean is to identify these malwares using this method. The sooner we identify the malwares, the easier and faster we can remove them. Because we already know who we’re dealing with. Hope this article would be useful for you.