Archive for August 2011
After years of tormenting us with it’s inaccurate “time remainig” and overall information lack the copy/paste dialog is going under the knife for a remake, according to Microsoft the new dialog will appear in Windows 8 scheduled for release late 2011/early 2012.
The Windows team has implemented the ability to pause a copy and now you don’t get one UI (User Interface) for each copy/paste operation, they are now all in the same window.The Windows team has also given the users more info in the advanced information tab, it now shows the current copy speed in a visual graph with the current speed listed at the end.
On they’re blog the team has even linked to one particular joke about the “time remaining” in the earlyer versions of Windows being way off and explain that there is not a lot to do with the accuracy of the counter due to all the various factors that come into play when making the assessment like background running program, antivirus may interfere with the copy and also if the user start doing other things while the copy operation run they have rather consentrated on giving the user the info they have so they can see how things are coming along.
They have also remade the file name conflict interface, the older ones didn’t give users enough info on which file was which so the new one let’s you choose between keeping both copy’s, overwrite or choose your self, the choose self option gives you a new window showing both copy’s of the file and all info about each copy, it even let’s you click on a link to see each copy. This should make things allot easier.
Below is a video of Alex Simons explaining the new features
We here at Nordic-vikings.net are really looking forward to this feature built in Windows, but if you can’t wait for Windows 8 do like us, get Teracopy it’s a nifty little program that makes life with the old copy/paste so much better!
Source: Building Windows 8 Blog
Some of you know what the “Pause/Break” button on the keyboard does. But what is the actual function of the break command? And is it in use today?
Back in the -90′s while using command prompt, or the actual DOS, this button had a life saving feature as it allowed you to pause those long executed “dir” command inside a folder by pausing the processor. But what about the “Break” feature? This function was invented a loooong time ago and was designed to break the connection of a modem on older machines. If we go even further back in time, the break button used by the operators to start and stop a transmitting connection on telegraph lines.
I don’t own a telegraph line what good is it for me?
Well, it’s a long forgotten key, and the reason why it’s there today is because of the standard keyboard layout that still exists.
But Microsoft has given the key some function after all. If you press and hold the windows key and hit the break key you will actually see the computers system properties. It’s faster than right clicking the “My Computer” icon and hit properties. Also it’s much faster than entering into “control panel” and search up the system entry.
So as it is an old key function that has been with us for a very long time, Microsoft has been kind to blow some life back into it.
© 2011 Nordic Vikings
Are you one of those who is grateful for a new OS upgrade, but also hate it, because your Angry Birds save is deleted during the process? And you know if you could just get “Superuser” (SU) permission on your phone, you could go and take a backup. Now it’s easier than never before!
Warning: Please read this first!
Before you continue with this “How-to”, there is a couple of things you should know. This MAY damage your phone, swipe your SD card, and make it very useless!.
Okay, since the warnings have been said, lets begin..
A team called ShortFuse Production has created one of the simplest method yet to root almost ANY android phone with a simple click. Yet it is simple and with a simple click, there is a couple of things that needs to be done to make sure it won’t fail and kill your phone.
In this tutorial we used the “SuperOneClick v126.96.36.199″, so any newer or older versions might do the same, but we have not been testing it. We know there has been released a v2.1 of the software.
The first thing you need to do is to set your android phone into Debug mode, and tick of the “Allow Unknown sources”. This should be found under settings > Applications.
Then you need to make sure your phone has plenty of power on the battery. We don’t want to run out in the middle of the process.. Also make sure that the drivers for the phone has been installed on the computer. In most cases this means that you can access the phone (To be absolutely sure, just install the phones brand suit software)
- Connect the phone to the computer with the USB cable.
- Start up the root software SuperOneClick vX.XX.
- DO NOT CLICK ROOT YET!
- Make sure to NOT mount the SD card when it asks for it after connecting the USB cable. If it asks, either ignore it or click recharge option. Fail to do so your SD card has gone fishing!
- Now if you have made sure that all of the above warnings has been taken care of, you may click the “ROOT” button.
- The phone will go through a lot of changes, and the software on the computer will tell you what it does. If you do not understand it, don’t bother. If you really wonder, google it..
- During the rooting process the application will ask you two questions. Number one is to install a tool, just click yes on this. The second question is if you want the application to send a “SU” command to your phone. Click yes on this as well This will test your hone to verify that it has been rooted successfully. For all of you who use Linux should be familiar with this command.
- And that’s it! Your phone is now rooted! Also remember to disable the debug mode :)
Well, what you should do now is to restart your phone. When it has started back up again, go into the application list and look for the application “superuser” (it looks like a pirate icon).
Now if you see that, it is recommended that you go to the android market and download the busybox. Install this and run it. The next thing you should do if you want to make the most out of the root is to download a terminal client. It doesn’t matter which one. To use this you should be familiar with Linux as this is a Linux terminal window. (For those of you who did not know, Android is built on the Linux platform)
NB: Nordic Vikings do not host any of the requested files, but do a quick google search they should pop up. Be sure to find one that is clean from malware.
To point you in a right direction, try visiting the XDA-developers site. They do have download links..
Have fun, and don’t kill your phone! There is no limits to it now, and overclocking it may burn it’s brain! :P
Update 03.08.2011: You will not loose anything that is stored on your phone! Everything will remain as it is if you follow these steps correctly (and do NOT mount your SD card).