Tuesday, March 27, 2012

How to connect Linux box (O!Player) to Windows 7

If you have problem connect a Linux box (like most Media Player) to Windows 7's shared folders. Here is the trick:

1. Open regedit.exe on the Windows 7 machine

2. Make sure set the value to the following:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\LanmanServer\Parameters] "restrictnullsessaccess"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa] "LimitBlankPasswordUse"=dword:00000001 "everyoneincludesanonymous"=dword:00000001 

3. Restart Windows 7 machine

I have verified this with my ASUS O!Player.

iPad Apps - Zaker

Zaker Do you like Flipboard? You may like Zaker too. It is Chinese clone of the Flipboard. With lots of Chinese news resources, it is one of the best way to read Chinese news on iPad. It does not flip. Instead it just slide. Also, unlike Flipboard, all tiles are the same size.


Monday, March 26, 2012

Apple Text Books

It is only available in US iTune store. If you want to buy, you need to have an iTune account with US credit card.


Best iPhone/iPad Desktop Client

Help you management your application and resources.
Can also install third party apps if your iOS  device is jailbroken.



iPad Apps - PPS

Another great iPad app to watch Chinese TV program and movies. Connection is pretty fast. 

iPad Apps - PPTV

One of the best iPad apps to watch Chinese movies and TVs. Fast download and high quality.


iPad Apps - iBooks

A must have from Apple. Besides use it to read books you buy from iTune store, you can also add your own books (like PDFs) through iTune.
The animation of flipping pages is amazing.

Don't forget to get the free text book: Life on Earth (1G in size). 
You can rotate the DNS models using your finger in the book!

What I don't like is it takes a while to start this app. I don't know what Apple is doing during this time.


iPad Apps - GoodReader

Best PDF reader on iPad. Faster than iBook. Easy to manage files inside the app itself (like file manager).
It is easy to add PDF file. I use the following two method:
1. Through Dropbox. No need to connect to computer.
2. Connect to computer and use iTune to add the files.

It supports the new iPad retina display recently. Enjoy the crisp clear fonts!


iPad Games - Scribblenauts Remix

Scribblenauts Remix
Type words to find solutions for each level. My kids love this game. I love it too because it helps them to learn how to spell words.
It is amazing to find out there are many ways to solve a problem.


iPad Apps - FlipBoard

My favorite app to read news, technical articles and facebook posting. 
I like the way multiple articles are presented in tiles so you can quickly decide which one to read. I also like the way to turn to next page by swipe you finger (flip). 
It comes with lots of sources you may also add you own. 
It supports the retina display of the new iPad. 


My Favorite Android Apps (1)

iReader - for both phone and tablet. Similar to Apple iBook but can download free books in Chinese. 
Dolphin Broswer HD - for both phone and tablet. Can import your Google bookmarks.
ezPDF Reader - Best PDF reader I found so far. 
Dropbox - Easiest way to sync files
Duomi Music 多米音乐 - Free songs with synchronized lyrics.
搜狐视频 - for tablet Free movies and TV. Quality is pretty good.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Solve Internet Cable Intermittent Disconnection Problem

The intermittent disconnection happens several times a day. Each time, the internet connection is down for several minutes and then comeback without doing anything. I can see the Upstream, Downstream and Online lights flash during the down time. 

This problem happens several months ago. Before that it is never disconnected. I suspect there maybe some server software update on Rogers side which makes the firmware of the modem not fully compatible.

After 7 calls and couple of months, TekSavvy finally agrees it is Cable Modem firmware problem and replaced me with a new one. It is good that I bought the modem from TekSavvy. The modem I used is Thomson DCM475. The new one has firmware STAC.02.16. The old one is STAC.02.8.

After the replacement, the internet connection never get disconnected for a whole week.

Two thins I do not understand:
1. Why it is so hard to replace the modem since TekSavvy knows it is cable modem firmware issue.
2. Why user can not upgrade the firmware themselves. This save both the Cable company and customers lots of times and costs.

How to Jailbreak iOS 5.1 on iPad 1

Just upgraded my iPad 1st Gen to 5.1 and jailbreaked. It works like charm. 
Tethering jailbreak is not a problem for me since iPad seldom restart. 

Following is the link I follow:
The only problem I have is iBook does not work after jailbreak. It can be easily fix by following the instruction below: 

I also download the iBook free text book Life on Earth. It is amazing.