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I have finally ordered a laptop!
2008-06-07 23:10:00
Since years people ask me why I do not use my laptop - so I always had to tell I have not any just because I want to avoid sitting in front of computers a bit too much. So I have found my solution to the problem: Simply by a laptop that needs a receptacle and has no internal battery pack so you cannot use it on the balcony or n the go! So my choice which should arrive here anytime is this:Commodore 64 SX. It will be the NTSC model! I hope it will give me a lot of fun! I never played Summer Games and Test Drive II! :)photo from Wikipedia article linked above Technorati Tags: Laptop , SX64----Wanna discuss this post? Then do it in my forum! :)----No more ICQ Support? Get active! Complain now!
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English in with 21 accents
2008-06-07 22:25:00
I found recently this very interesting video of Amy Walker speaking the same sentence in 21 languages! Very interesting, and the accents are real! I have heard all of them already speaking to people from all over the world (I however hope my accent isn't as strong as demonstrated in the video :P).I wonder wether the disturbance and annoying being in the last half is played or real :)There is also another video posted as a feedback to her posted by Miss Cupcake, but it loses a bit of its magic due to the fake name used.Enjoy!Technorati Tags: English , video----Wanna discuss this post? Then do it in my forum! :)----No more ICQ Support? Get active! Complain now!
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How to force TV detection!
2008-06-01 00:27:00
How To Force A TV Out On A Laptop / Pc - Click here for more amazing videosI have just found this video which demonstrates you how you can force graphics cards to detect even old TVs that otherwise wouldn't work on the TV out connector.The author of the video added the following comment:"HOW IT WORKS !!by YaVinchi, 1203178384Old sysytem was-->push TV out and it didNew systems CHECK if there is really a TV connected. HOW? by sending a signal from pin 1 and waiting to receive it back from pin 3. (Some pc's do it with 4 and 7)So the old tv's don't know this system, don't know they have to send a signal back AND YOUR TV STAYS UNDETECTED. With this method you send the signal from 1 back to 3."My personal opinion about this hack goes along with this one:"by iamdirtboy, 1202962462Basically, don't try out any hardware and software hacks that may destroy your valuables until they have been verified by the experts."Better anybody gets Nvidia/ATI to workaround it rather than playing with...
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Skype's new forum design: Skype worker Ike Roelfsema speaks about it!
2008-05-24 11:56:00
Ike Roelfsema - the long-time Skype blogger, Internet secreterian and Skype worker just posted about the new Skype forum design.Being a first day Skype user I remember how it will started with purple, then changing to cyan and how the Skype Team always had troubles to keep the Forum up and running.Even relaunches didn't make it long. And according to Ike's post there is just more trouble around the corner.Ike writes:"One thing amazed me. The forum users in their 50?s have most difficulties with the new way it is designed (I know, I am also a 50+!!) and the saying ?you can not learn an old dog new tricks? came to mind. But all these ?old dogs? are wonderful people with a huge Forum experience and therefore very valuable in their feedback.We listen, read, test and improve according the feedback where technically possible.Of course it is not only a ?design? thing produced by the mind of a few Forum enthusiasts.An enormous amount of web design skills from Skype?s web team are needed t...
More About: Design , Worker , New Forum
Windows XP Service Pack 3 endless boot fix available!
2008-05-24 11:21:00
If you have installed Windows XP Service Pack 3 recently on your AMD PC and you got an endless rebooting look then a Microsoft worker has the fix for you however it has to be istalled prior to installing SP3, so you will have to unistall it again beforehand, install the patch and run the SP3 installation again.Microsoft officially has confirmed the bug but not supplied a fix yet.Technorati Tags: Windows, sp3----Wanna discuss this post? Then do it in my forum! :)----No more ICQ Support? Get active! Complain now!
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57 Habits of Highly Effective Gmail Users
2008-05-22 15:28:00
Fiona King of the blog CollegeDegrees just sent me an email letting me know about her recent post 57 Habits of Highly Effective Gmail Users .The article is indeed pretty interesting and describes even nice stuff like backing up your Gmail emails or using Gmail for instant messaging.Fiona links to the relevant posts even for further and more detailed reading inside her post.Well done, Fiona and thanks for your email! :)Technorati Tags: GMail, blogs----Wanna discuss this post? Then do it in my forum! :)----No more ICQ Support? Get active! Complain now!
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950 posts of crap
2008-05-18 11:44:00
Hooray, this is my 950th's post of crap!Time to celebrate! :)Also Mr. Dew's beconfused blog celebrates - 1800 posts of nonsense. We have so much in common maybe we should start doing a blog together! :PTechnorati Tags: Nafcom, blog----Wanna discuss this post? Then do it in my forum! :)----No more ICQ Support? Get active! Complain now!
More About: Blog , Crap , Posts
I have pushed my adrenalin - part 2
2008-05-18 11:24:00
Almost 2 years ago I wrote about the questionable experience with the game Adrenalin . Now I have found out how to get force feedback to work (but the force feedback effect sucks, believe me!)You want to know how to get it working? Take a look at the settings fix for Sega Rally Thrustmaster offers. I think Logitech should supply a fix if they didn't already as I got no way to get it working when I still had the Logitech Formula Force EX.But now anti-aliasing stopped working which means I probably means I have to reinstall the whole game (as I do not remember doing that) but I won't do any time now as it has the StarForce protection which is not really working for any of my drives... And StarForce only meant I have to purchase another drive, a new computr or I am using a piraced copy (which made me furious since I have bought a genuine!Thanks NOT to Gaijinent Entertainment, Frogster Interactive Pictures & 1C for either not replying to me or blaming Windows XP X64 for all the issues...
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Skype Newsletter: 3 Unlimited calls plans
2008-05-09 23:50:00
From the world of Skype Newsletter s: Today, they sent me one promoting to me unlimited calls to national, Europe or International.However there are a few interesting things about this offer, I have underlined them in the screenshot. However here a roundup:-They say "Unlimited calls to landlines" - not true! If you read the fineprint you can see this : "* The legal bit ? as part of our fair usage policy you?ll get up to 10,000 calling minutes per month."-"calls to landlines" - not only! Some countries also support mobile calls for the "unlimited" plan:Canada (incl. cell phones), Singapore (incl. cell phones), USA (incl. cell phones), China (incl. cell phones), Hong Kong (incl. cell phones)Technorati Tags: Skype, SkypeOut----Wanna discuss this post? Then do it in my forum! :)----No more ICQ Support? Get active! Complain now!
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Why updating?
2008-05-04 02:49:00
There are many users that never update their sysstem with new program versions or Windows udpates, patches and service packs.Here is a video of a recently discovered QuickTime vulnerability in Windows Vista and XPA manipulated .mov video file can run programs on your machine when playing. (In this example several instances of Notepad, Paint and the Calculator.As you can see, no biggie. Imagine you visit a homepage that takes advantage of this problem and so as soon as the site loaded, it will automatically play the video which will start the process of harming your computer.More about this can be read here.Enjoy also the nice music in the video :)Technorati Tags: QuickTime, video----Wanna discuss this post? Then do it in my forum! :)----No more ICQ Support? Get active! Complain now!
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Account spam in the Skype and ICQ network
2008-05-01 23:22:00
Today, I want to speak about something that appears to be a taboo topic for Skype and IM blogs all over the internet: Account spam. Account spam is a serious threat that neither Skype nor ICQ really manage to control.So, how can you see you are a victim of account spam on the two networks mentioned above?While ICQ spam accounts have sexy photos of girls, sexual orientated nicknames and URLs to cam sites or juicy fields of interests and appear in almost any search you run when searching for females with photos or special interests, Skype spam accounts are different. Let's say there is a Becky. Becky exsists 25 times in Skype, the same Becky magically lives many countries at once. Several countries are Becky's home and she has the same about me and homepage URL.Even if the account itself appears to be owned by humans, they are often not. You can notice this by writing to them and a robot replies to you, mostly pretty quicklyWhile ICQ allows you to report spammers to the ICQ Team, S...
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I got added to the cycle of top-notch blogs!
2008-04-29 23:28:00
Some minutes ago I received an email congratulating me on my great blog - from Amy Liu of Blog ged - find better blogs.Here is what she wrote to me:"Dear Nafcom's Crap Blog author, Our editors recently reviewed your blog and have given it an 8.3 score out of (10) in the Technology category of Blogged.com.This is quite an achievement! http://www.blogged.com/directory/technolo gy We evaluated your blog based on the following criteria: Frequency of Updates, Relevance of Content, Site Design, and Writing Style. After carefully reviewing each of these criteria, your site was given its 8.3 score. We?ve also created Blogged.com score badges with your score prominently displayed. Simply visit your website?s summary page on Blogged.com: Click on the "Show this rating on your blog!" link underneath the score and follow the instructions provided. Please accept my congratulations on a blog well-done!! Sincerely, Amy LiuMarketingamy[at]blogged.comwww.blogged .com"I am feeling honored and flat...
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Skype for mobile phones - now available!
2008-04-28 19:48:00
Skype has released a beta version for their mobile client version.User feedback isn't so positive and according to various sources the client is based on the 3 Skypephone's client which is considered unusable for many.More photos and info can be found at the header's URL.Technorati Tags: ICQ, skin----Wanna discuss this post? Then do it in my forum! :)----No more ICQ Support? Get active! Complain now!
More About: Mobile , Skin , Skype , Mobile Phones , Phones
Windows XP Service Pack 3 is out
2008-04-27 16:40:00
Desipite being officially released to the public on April, 29th, since a few days it is already for download at serveral sources. For example here.More details about Service Pack 3 (only for 32bit XP!) can be found e.g. in these Windows XP Service Pack 3 FAQ.Technorati Tags: SP3, XP----Wanna discuss this post? Then do it in my forum! :)----No more ICQ Support? Get active! Complain now!
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Opera 9.5 Beta 2 - probably the worst beta ever
2008-04-25 00:23:00
The Opera Desktop Team has released Opera 9 .5 Beta which is probably the worst Beta ever, because the email client is majorily broken for many because of one serious bug listed (and unfortunately experienced by myself) in the Known Issues section of the Release Notes which reads:"[Bug 325677] POP mail download doesn't work on web.de (and some other servers)".My serious recomandation is to not download it and better wait for a nicer release!Betas with such major known issues shouldn't be released to the public on a dedicated site, especially not without listing or linking to the Known Issues!Technorati Tags: 9.5, Opera----Wanna discuss this post? Then do it in my forum! :)----No more ICQ Support? Get active! Complain now!
Vista Service Pack 1 doesn't install? Here is your tool
2008-04-20 23:42:00
If you are one of the many users having problems installing Service Pack 1, then here is the tool from Microsoft that tries to fix errors that avoid the successful installation of Service Pack 1.Microsoft calls it "Microsoft Releases System Update Readiness Tool for Windows Vista ".Technorati Tags: Windows, Vista, sp1----Wanna discuss this post? Then do it in my forum! :)----No more ICQ Support? Get active! Complain now!
How to firmware update the Ipveo SOLO Desktop Skype phone
2008-04-20 21:45:00
There have been several speculations about how to firmware update the Ipevo SOLO and shame on Ipevo there is no manual for this on their English homepage and shame on Ipveo but in half a dozen emails asking how to do this, Ipveo didn't manage to explain to me the exact procedure (instead they asked me what software version I have, wanted me to download an alternative firmware and their 3rd suggestion was to factory reset the phone!With the wonderful help of Howard Chang of Amperor Direct, I can present you English instructions.Here is what he said (and it works!)"[18.04.2008 21:20:32] Howard Chang says: Please go download it, unzip to an USB drive, plug the USB drive into Solo, and go Menu>settings>general>software updates [18.04.2008 21:21:08] Howard Chang says: You will see a question pop up on the screen asking if you want to update the system."Thank you Howard!Every Ipveo Solo owner should apply the update, as it fixes quite some nasty bugs! and adds compatibility for the WiFi...
More About: Hardware , Phone , Skype , Desktop , Firmware
Beware WIndows Vista X64 RealTek AC97 drivers from Windows Update!
2008-04-13 12:52:00
If you are having Windows Vista X64 and you are using the lovely RealTek AC97 on-board sound chip, then better use the older drivers from their website which are A4.04 2008/2/1 instead of the newer drivers Windows Update suggests to you (from 2008/4/4) since those have a bug in the 5.1 mode that causes the middle and the bass box to switch and the "swap bass/center speaker" speaker option doesn't work!Technorati Tags: Realtek, hardware, Vista, Windows----Wanna discuss this post? Then do it in my forum! :)----No more ICQ Support? Get active! Complain now!
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Adobe Media Player - want somethin cool`?
2008-04-11 22:50:00
If you are searching for something cool and love watching series like CSI then this is for you: Adobe 's Media Player - it has free series like CSI for your pleassure! And I can assure you it sure is! However the quality is not as good as Joost's oneTechnorati Tags: Adobe Media Player, videos----Wanna discuss this post? Then do it in my forum! :)----No more ICQ Support? Get active! Complain now!
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ICQ has got a new hoempage!
2008-04-11 22:42:00
ICQ has got a hoempage as of April, 1st and it looks a lot fresher now, by tradition, the ICQ Team changes the ICQ hopempage yearly!If you want to make a travel back in time and also want to see what was on ICQ.com before ICQ then take a look at the WayBack Machine entry of icq.com Enjoy! ;:)Technorati Tags: ICQ, homepage----Wanna discuss this post? Then do it in my forum! :)----No more ICQ Support? Get active! Complain now!
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Shockwave works in Vista officially now
2008-04-06 11:50:00
From now on it's no longer required to use a hack for Shockwave to work in Windows Vista . Infact, Adobe has updated the Shockwave player to work in Vista now.Technorati Tags: 64bit, Vista, Windows, Shockwave, Opera----Wanna discuss this post? Then do it in my forum! :)----No more ICQ Support? Get active! Complain now!
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Flashboy's Quickbot
2008-04-06 11:09:00
Flashboy has coded and released a veeery useful (!) bot called Quickbot which runs on a dedicated server 24/7 now. Features are talking, translating text and words, it can even insult you, calculate, etc. A full explanation can be found at the link above.The bot can be used in ICQ and Windows Live Messenger.Technorati Tags: ICQ, Quickbot----Wanna discuss this post? Then do it in my forum! :)----No more ICQ Support? Get active! Complain now!
Windows Vista X64 Service Pack 1 - The bugs it fixes
2008-03-30 17:27:00
Everybody only comments on how many bugs and problems the new Service Pack 1 causes, not about how many it fixes (it's mostly only regarding features).So here is the list:-The Red Bend Software extractor of ICQ 6 Setup doesn't crash anymore.-The Realtek AC'97 soundchip drivers work now.-I now longer get a bluescreen when doing certain file related actions.-Systray icons no longer sometimes fail to display on Windows startup-Windows Updatte no longer requires 5 mins just to find out there are no more updatesTechnorati Tags: Vista , sp1----Wanna discuss this post? Then do it in my forum! :)----No more ICQ Support? Get active! Complain now!
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Removing the backup files after Vista SP1 is installed
2008-03-24 03:41:00
If you have successfuly installed Windows Vista SP1 and now want to remove all the backup files see how to do this here.Technorati Tags: Vista, SP1----Wanna discuss this post? Then do it in my forum! :)----No more ICQ Support? Get active! Complain now!
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ICQ feature: Zlango - when being bad at languages isn't just enough for you
2008-03-23 21:07:00
The latest build of ICQ 6 - Build #6043 has now a new feature called Zlango which is a sign language (homepage).Furthermore the fact that emoticons are transfered to the other party now, means the ICQ client is now more open and this is what the community often requested. It's obviously no longer required to have the same local emoticon set as in past.More emoticons can be found at http://download.icq.com/download/plugins/ emoticons/Technorati Tags: ICQ, Zlango----Wanna discuss this post? Then do it in my forum! :)----No more ICQ Support? Get active! Complain now!
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Safari 3.1 final is out!
2008-03-23 13:36:00
the final of the Safari browser is out and can be downloaded at Apple.What annoys me the most is that Swicki is still broken despite reporting the bug to Apple Eurekser. Nobody cares!Apple's Sofwasre Updater has been critisized for ticking Safari on Windows for "updating" eventhough it's not installed on the system. A typical move of Apple! Technorati Tags: Swicki, Safari----Wanna discuss this post? Then do it in my forum! :)----No more ICQ Support? Get active! Complain now!
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Windows Vista and Service Pack 1
2008-03-23 03:07:00
Finally, Vista works perfect again after big troubles I had trying to install Service Pack 1. Thanks to a friend who helped me a lot copying missing and broken files for me and searching for the cause, I finally could do it by first doing successfuly an upgrade installation (so installing Vista over itself) - a process that took aver 9 hours!!! - I finally could install Service Pack1 on it and all the problems like the crashinbg Red Bend software extractor of ICQ6 and others are gone!! The system is now even more stable and all the bugs I remember now appear to be gone and the system is more responsive now, well done Microsoft! Technorati Tags: service pack 1, Windows , Vista, sp1----Wanna discuss this post? Then do it in my forum! :)----No more ICQ Support? Get active! Complain now!
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Beware ebay sellers...
2008-03-17 21:23:00
Who tell you that Sega gamepads can be easily be used on a Commodore 64! Infact they can't! It will most likely fry your C64's keyboard/joystick controller chip!But there is a solution that has been published in the Commodore Format magazine #3 and thanks to the permission of the current copyright holder I am allowed to post this here including the scheme and the article.Copyright by CSW Publishing! Thanks!Scan and help supplied by my friend Andrew FisherTechnorati Tags: Old Computer Games, Sega----Wanna discuss this post? Then do it in my forum! :)----No more ICQ Support? Get active! Complain now!
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Using a 2nd router with USB port as a print server
2008-03-09 00:32:00
A friend gave me luckily his old router and was very happy to see that this little beast contains a print server functionality thankks to an USB port to connect your USB printer to it. ALso my Epson Stylus Color 980 is mentioned on the compatibility list. Also they offer a step-by-step manual with pictures on their product page on how to setup their print server printers. However what many do not know is how to connect a 2nd router to the primary router to let it work like an access point. A very nice manual for this can be found here. Highly recommended!I assigned the IP .66 to the 2nd router but didn't put it into the primary router but plugged it into the switch of the Ipevo SOLO Skype phone since I liked that the main devices were all connected to just one router, so sticked with it like that.A hooray on Ipevo for allowing this kind of network structure!Technorati Tags: Router , hardware----Wanna discuss this post? Then do it in my forum! :)----No more ICQ Support? Get active! C...
More About: Hardware , Port , Print , Server
C64 Ochestra and their CD on Swedish television!
2008-03-02 15:07:00
The C64 Ochestra and their CD RUN 10 has beeen mentioned on Swedish television! The report can be watched here. The C64 part starts at 7.31 minutes. Thanks to my friend Martina, here is the English translation: "C64 Orchestra is a Dutch symphony orchestra that interprets music from computer games of the 80's. C64 alludes to Commodore 64 , the biggest home computer at the time. I've put together a clip where you will first hear the original music to the game Commandos from '85, then we'll hear C64 Orchestra's classical interpretation, and to this we'll see images of the game Commandos. It's not an official video, we've done it ourselves, watch this. - And who shall get this as a Christmas present? People interested in TV games that are a little curious about history as well. It's pretty strange that people interested in TV games want to hear classical versions of old TV games music. There was a concert at Berwald hall for Halo 3, which was this fall's big game release...
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