Friday, April 11, 2014

Useful Microsoft Windows 8.1 Tips

With the upgrade from Windows 8 to 8.1, Microsoft has made several changes.

1. View Options From The Start Button : The Start button is back. It is similar to the Start button
   found on Windows 7. Left-click on the button (bottom left of the screen) and it will redirect you to the    Start Screen. If you right-click on it, it will show options for Run, Search, Desktop, Shut Down, and      many more.

2. Log In Straight To Desktop: When you start your computer, by default it will take you to the Start      Screen. There is a way to start your computer and go straight to the Desktop instead.

  • Right-click on the desktop toolbar > select Properties > go to the Navigation tab. 
  • Under the Start Screen options > enable the box "When I sign in or close all applications on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start".

3. Customize Home Screen Tiles : Now you can customize your home screen tiles on Windows 8.1.      To move and group tiles,
  • Go to your Start Screen > right-click on any of the tiles. After grouping your tiles, you can also name them by filling in the Name Group field.

4. Customize Start Screen Background: Windows 8.1 also allows you to customize your start        
   screen. Just swipe the Settings Charm menu and tap on Settings. Click on Personalize to change the      colors of the background as well as the accent.

5. Create A Lock Screen Slideshow: On Windows 8.1, you are able to create a lock screen slideshow    with your favorite photos. To do this, go to the Settings Charm menu, click on Change PC Settings,      select PC and Devices then click on Lock Screen. Enable the option On to create a lock screen       

6. Use Internet Explorer 11 Reading View: When you load any webpage using Internet Explorer 11,    a Reading View icon can be seen on the address bar. If you click on it, Internet Explorer will       
   automatically reload the page and display a clean version – free of ads. This makes it very easy to 
   read as there are no distractions. However, this feature is not available for the desktop version of      
   Internet Explorer 11.

7. Make Use Of 3D Printing Support: Windows 8.1 is the first operating system to provide support 
    for 3D printing! You can print from the Windows Store apps and desktop applications. For More 

8. Customize Privacy Options: Windows 8.1 offers you options to set what devices and data are used 
    by apps found in the Windows Store. You can allow or block apps from accessing your personal 
   information. You are also able to turn off your advertising ID so that advertisers do not use your 
   personal data to display personalized ads. To customize these settings, go to Change PC settings and 
   navigate to Privacy.

9. Smart Files: Smart Files is a new feature on Windows 8.1 that allows you to view your SkyDrive 
    files without having to download everything onto your computer. When you browse through your 
    SkyDrive folder in File Explorer, you’ll see a column called Availability.

   By default, all the files are listed as Online-only, which means that as long as you are connected to the    Internet, you can view the files without actually having them on your computer’s hard drive. If you  
   want a particular SkyDrive file or folder to be available offline, just right-click on it and select the
   Make available offline option.

10. Prevent Apps From Running In The Background: Previously on Windows 8, when you drag a
     Start Screen app down to the bottom of the screen, it will close the app. However, on Windows 8.1,
     this action will only make the app disappear – it is still running in the background. To close the app,
    drag the app down to the bottom of the screen but instead of letting it go, hold on to it. Wait until the
    app card flips over, and only now the app is closed.

11. Restore Libraries: By default, Windows 8.1 has hidden Libraries. If you want to get it back, open
     File Explorer and you will find the newly renamed This PC view. Here, select View, and click on
     Navigation pane. Lastly, enable the option to Show Libraries.

12. Delete Old Windows Installation Files:  When you upgrade from an old version of Windows,
     Windows keeps a C:\Windows.old with your old files. You can delete this folder to free up some
     storage space.
    To do this, Search for Disk Cleanup, and click on Free up disk space shortcut. Next,
    click on Clean up system files, enable the Previous Windows Installation(s) option, and run a
    disk cleanup. If this option does not appear, that means there is nothing to clean up.

New Keyboard shortcuts on Windows 8.1.

Here is the list of few New KB Shortcut for Windows 8.1

Windows Key + SOpen Search Charm to search Windows and Web
Windows Key + QSearch within the opened app
Windows Key + FSearch files
Windows Key + ZGet Commands and Context Menus within an app
Windows Key + . + Right ArrowSnap app to the right
Windows Key + . + Left ArrowSnap app to the left
Ctrl + Plus (+)Zoom in on Start Screen
Ctrl + Minus (-)Zoom out on Start Screen
Windows Key + Down ArrowClose an app
Windows Key + Start TypingSearch your PC
Windows Key + OLock the screen orientation (portrait or landscape)
Windows Key + Ctrl + SpacebarChange to a previously selected input language
Windows Key + PChoose a presentation display mode
Windows Key + XOpen Start Button options
Windows Key + HomeMinimize all but the active desktop window

Sunday, March 16, 2014

"The value you enetered is not valid. A user has restricted values that can be entered into this cell"

This is the error you will receive if any cell is have Data Validation is activated. To fix this issue do the following:

1) Select the cell in question

2) Data > Validation

3) Make the necessary change or click on 'Clear' to remove the Data Validation

4) Click OK

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Build an Applications folder for quick program launching from the Start screen or Desktop in Windows 8

There is a quicker way to access all your apps, whether you're on the Desktop or the Start screen:

Create an Applications folder to Hold them all.

First, Run File Explorer Navigate to the Desktop and create a new folder.

After you create it, rename it:


On the Desktop and in File Explorer, the folder will be called Applications. Double-click it to see a list of all your applications, including Windows 8 Store apps, traditional Desktop applications and many system apps such as Control Panel. To run an app, double-click it.

There's still one problem, though: The folder doesn't show up on the Start screen. 
To put it on Start Screen : Right-click the folder on the Desktop or in File Explorer and select "Pin to Start." It's now pinned to the Start screen, it may not be immediately visible there.
To find it, scroll all the way over to the right, and you can find it there. Click it, and the folder opens with all your apps.
If you want, you can move it to a more prominent location on the Start screen by dragging it to the left.

"God Mode" in Windows 8

Here is the tips for customized Start menu . It  will show you how to use so-called "God Mode,". This will help you to find them in one place.

  1. Make sure that you can view hidden files in File Explorer, previously known as Windows Explorer. 
  2. Run File Explorer > click the View tab > check the boxes next to "Hidden items" and "File name extensions" in the Ribbon at the top.
  3. Then right-click the Desktop and select New --> Folder. That creates a folder on the Desktop named "New folder." Rename the folder: GodMode. {ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
  4. The folder icon will changes, and it will have the name GodMode.
Double-click the icon, and you'll be able to launch a folder filled with many actions, tools and tweaks, from "Change Automatic Maintenance settings" to "View update history." They're organized by category. Expand or shrink each category by clicking the small triangle next to it. Each category displays a number next to it, showing how many settings there are in it.

To start any action or tweak, double-click it . In some cases you'll follow a wizard, in other cases you'll need to fill in dialog boxes, and in yet other cases you'll be sent to the Control Panel or another Windows location to do the work.

Log in without a username or password in Windows 8

If you want to speed up the log-in process by disabling the username and password log-in screen.

You can do so by opening the Run window (press the Windows key + R) and typing in "netplwiz" to access the User Accounts dialog box.

Uncheck the box near the top that says "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer." Click OK, and enter the username and password one last time to confirm your choice.

It is done you are all set for easy access to your system.

Running two apps side by side in Windows 8

You can pin any Apps to the left or right-hand side of the screen. For example, open any app and then press the Windows Key + . (period) to move that app to the right-hand side of the screen, pressing the same keys again will move it to the left-hand side, and pressing the same keys again will make it full screen. While an app is pinned, any other app or program can be opened and loaded into the available space on the screen.

Any open app can also be pinned by using your mouse by clicking at the top of the tile and dragging it to the left or right-hand side of the screen.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Real Innovative Smartphone Oppo N1

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The innovative Oppo N1 has been released. Introducing the world’s first smartphone with a rotating camera of 13-megapixel.


Return to Innovation

 N1 is the first Android smartphone to use six physical lenses, giving you a clearer image while eliminating any distortion. The latest generation stacked CMOS sensor, upgraded type 1/3.06 imaging module and f/2.0 wide aperture lets more light in, so you can take great photos even in dark environments.

The full metal aluminum alloy frame is produced over a 20-day period. During this time it undergoes a 14 step polishing process involving more than a dozen suppliers. Strengthening the core of the phone, the frame adds an air of toughness, firmness and style to the OPPO N1. The phone body is made with a smooth, delicate material for a ceramic-like elegance, designed to keep your device free of fingerprints and eternally soft to the touch.

O-Touch is an entirely new way of using your smartphone. A 12 cm2 rear touch panel makes one handed use for the large OPPO N1 screen comfortable and easy. With O-Touch you can scroll, tap, or snap photos – all without your fingers blocking the display.

O-Click lets you remotely operate the N1 camera even when you’re away from the device. Simply position the N1 and step back to include everything you want to capture. If you misplace your device, find it by setting off an alarm on the phone. O-Click fits on your keychain and supports a range of up to 15 meters, staying connected to your OPPO N1 via Bluetooth (BLE).

Basic parameters
Color White
Dimensions170.7 x 82.6 x 9 mm
Weight213 g
Operating systemColor, based on Android 4.2
Processor1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Quad Core
GPUAdreno 320
Storage16 / 32 GB
Distance sensor
Light sensor
4D Gyroscope
Battery capacity3610 mAh
Resolution1080p Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 377 PPI
Colors16 million colors
TouchscreenMulti-touch, capacitive screen, Gorilla Glass 3
Slide up or down, left or right, tap, double tap and long press for different functionality
Sensor13-megapixel sensor with dedicated ISP
FlashDual-mode LED
Scene modesNormal, Panorama, High Speed, Rewind, Beautify, and Slow Shutter
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
WCDMA: 850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz
Bluetooth 4.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Wi-Fi Direct
Wi-Fi Display
In the box
O-Click Bluetooth Remote Control
In-ear type earphones
Micro USB cable
SIM ejector tool

Friday, November 1, 2013

VMware ESX and ESXi 4.0 Comparison

VMware ESX and ESXi 4.0 Comparison

VMware ESX
VMware ESXi
Service Console
Service Console is a standard Linux environment through which a user has privileged access to the VMware ESX kernel. This Linux-based privileged access allows you to manage your environment by installing agents and drivers and executing scripts and other Linux-environment code.
VMware ESXi is designed to make the server a computing appliance. Accordingly, VMware ESXi behaves more like firmware than traditional software. To provide hardware-like security and reliability, VMware ESXi does not support a privileged access environment like the Service Console for management of VMware ESXi. To enable interaction with agents, VMware has provisioned CIM Providers through which monitoring and management tasks – traditionally done through Service Console agents – can be performed. VMware has provided remote scripting environments such as vCLI and PowerCLI to allow the remote execution of scripts.
CLI-Based Configuration
VMware ESX Service Console has a host CLI through which VMware ESX can be configured. VMware ESX can also be configured using vSphere CLI (vCLI).
The vSphere CLI (vCLI) is a remote scripting environment that interacts with VMware ESXi hosts to enable host configuration through scripts or specific commands. It replicates nearly all the equivalent COS commands for configuring ESX.

  • vCLI is limited to read-only access for the free version of VMware ESXi. To enable full functionality of vCLI on a VMware ESXi host, the host must be licensed with vSphere Essentials, vSphere Essential Plus, vSphere Standard, vSphere Advanced, vSphere Enterprise, or vSphere Enterprise Plus.  
  • VMware vSphere PowerCLI (for Windows) and vSphere SDK for Perl access ESXi through the same API as vCLI. Similarly, these toolkits are limited to read-only access for the free version of VMware ESXi. When the host is upgraded to vSphere Essentials, vSphere Essential Plus, vSphere Standard, vSphere Advanced, vSphere Enterprise, or vSphere Enterprise Plus these toolkits have write-access and provide a scriptable method for managing ESXi hosts.

    Certain COS commands have not been implemented in the vCLI because they pertain to the management of the COS itself and not ESXi. For details, please see the
    vSphere Command-Line Interface Documentation.
Scriptable Installation
VMware ESX supports scriptable installations through utilities like KickStart.
VMware ESXi Installable does not support scriptable installations in the manner ESX does, at this time. VMware ESXi does provide support for post installation configuration script using vCLI-based configuration scripts.
Boot from SAN
VMware ESX supports boot from SAN. Booting from SAN requires one dedicated LUN per server.
VMware ESXi may be deployed as an embedded hypervisor or installed on a hard disk.  

In most enterprise settings, VMware ESXi is deployed as an embedded hypervisor directly on the server. This operational model does not require any local storage and no SAN booting is required because the hypervisor image is directly on the server.

The installable version of VMware ESXi does not support booting from SAN.
Serial Cable Connectivity
VMware ESX supports interaction through direct-attached serial cable to the VMware ESX host.
VMware ESXi does not support interaction through direct-attached serial cable to the VMware ESXi host at this time.
VMware ESX supports SNMP.
VMware ESXi supports SNMP when licensed with vSphere Essentials, vSphere Essential Plus, vSphere Standard, vSphere Advanced, vSphere Enterprise, or vSphere Enterprise Plus.

The free version of VMware ESXi does not support SNMP.
Active Directory Integration
VMware ESX supports Active Directory integration through third-party agents installed on the Service Console.
VMware ESXi does not support Active Directory authentication of local users at this time.
HW Instrumentation
Service Console agents provide a range of HW instrumentation on VMware ESX.
VMware ESXi provides HW instrumentation through CIM Providers. Standards-based CIM Providers are distributed with all versions of VMware ESXi. VMware partners include their own proprietary CIM Providers in customized versions of VMware ESXi. These customized versions are available either from VMware’s web site or the partner’s web site, depending on the partner.
Remote console applications like Dell DRAC, HP iLO, IBM RSA, and FSC iRMC S2 are supported with ESXi.
Software Patches and Updates
VMware ESX software patches and upgrades behave like traditional Linux based patches and upgrades. The installation of a software patch or upgrade may require multiple system boots as the patch or upgrade may have dependencies on previous patches or upgrades.
VMware ESXi patches and updates behave like firmware patches and updates. Any given patch or update is all-inclusive of previous patches and updates. That is, installing patch version “n” includes all updates included in patch versions n-1, n-2, and so forth.  Furthermore, third party components such as OEM CIM providers can be updated independently of the base ESXi component, and vice versa.
VI Web Access
VMware ESX supports managing your virtual machines through VI Web Access. You can use the VI Web Access to connect directly to the ESX host or to the VMware Infrastructure Client.
VMware ESXi does not support web access at this time.
For licensing information, see the VMware Sphere Editions Comparison.
For licensing information, see the VMware Sphere Editions Comparison.
Diagnostics and Troubleshooting
VMware ESX Service Console can be used to issue commands that can help diagnose and repair support issues with the server.
VMware ESXi has several ways to enable support of the product:
  • Remote command sets such as the vCLI include diagnostic commands such as vmkfstools, resxtop, and vmware-cmd.
  • The console interface of VMware ESXi (known as the DCUI or Direct Console User Interface) has functionality to help repair the system, including restarting of all management agents.
  • Tech Support Mode, which allows low-level access to the system so that advanced diagnostic commands can be issues. For more information, see Tech Support Mode for Emergency Support (1003677).
Jumbo Frames
VMware ESX 4.0 fully supports Jumbo Frames.

VMware ESXi 4.0 fully supports Jumbo Frames.