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Monday, September 29, 2008

Geek Trivia: Firefox Credits

Do you want to know who the people behind Mozilla Firefox are?
Well, here's the trick:

1. Open Firefox
2. In the address bar, type "About:Credits" without the quotes
3. Press ENTER

Voila! A list of those geniuses behind everyone's favorite browser is displayed.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

G-Cube VGHotW: Hwoarang

Sorry for the delay, folks. I'm three days late in posting the Video Game Hunk of the Week! So now without further adieu, the week's VGHotW is the ultra-hot and sexy fighter from the famous video game, Tekken -- HWOARANG.

Hwoarang is first introduced in Tekken 3 as a Korean fighting character whose expertise is Tae Kwon Do. He used to gamble in street fighting. His fellow gang members would lose matches, then Hwoarang would step in and win. In one of those fights, he faced Jin Kazama and the match ended in a draw. Because of this, Hwoarang decided to train harder so that he'd never lose again.

Unfortunately, when he visited the dojang, he was frustrated when he found out that it had been destroyed by the Ogre. This drove him to enter The King of Iron Fist Tournament 3 to get revenge for the death of his master and to fight a conclusive battle with Jin.

Here are some facts about Hwoarang:
  • Hwoarang finally defeats Jin in Tekken 6, but is defeated by Jin's "devil form."
  • His famous moves are his Left and Right Flamingo stances
  • The original motion capture actor who plays Hwoarang in Tekken 3 is Su-Il Hwang of the 'Japan International Taekwon-Do Federation' (Japan ITF)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Geek Tips: Windows Notepad Log File

Did you know that you can actually create a log file using Windows Notepad without having to do coding, scripting, or all that programming thingamagigs software developers do? Here's how:

1. Open Notepad
2. Type .LOG on the first line, and then press [Enter] to move to the next line
3. Save your file on a directory you can easily navigate to.

The next time you open the file, you will notice that the current date and time have been appended to the end of the text you entered.

Sweet eh?

Source: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/260563

Monday, September 22, 2008

Geek Trivia: Hidden Text Generator

Our favorite document editor, MicroSoft Word, has a hidden function! This is called the RAND function, oftentimes called an Easter Egg, and sometimes feared as a virus. It is actually a Word function that's undocumented in the online Help, but documented in the MS Knowledge Base.

According to the article, this function:
Microsoft Word allows you to quickly insert sample text into a document. To do this, type =rand() in the document where you want the text to appear, and then press ENTER.

The inserted text is that hardy perennial: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog, which contains every letter in the English alphabet.

The first number is the number of paragraphs, and the second the number of sentences per paragraph.
Here's how to do it:

Open a new document file
Type =rand (X,Y) where X and Y are random numbers
Press Enter

Surprising, huh?
Source: http://word.mvps.org/FAQs/Formatting/DummyText.htm

Geek Trivia: Windows Secrets II

Did you know that you cannot create a blank folder in Windows?

If you rename it to [BLANK] (that is, delete the Folder Name), Windows will automatically rename it back to the Folder Name.

Even if you rename it to (' ') SPACE, Windows will still rename it back to its Folder Name.

But! Here's a technique I'll share with you on how to rename your folder to blank:
  • Highlight the folder you want to rename
  • Press F2, or Right-click > Rename
  • Hold [ALT]
  • Press the number keys: [2] [5] [5]
And you'll get a blank to use for your folder!
An alternative for this is also using [ALT] + 0160.

Why is that? Well, learn your Ascii, my friend!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Geek Tips: Windows Pinball Cheats

Do you want to beat Windows Pinball? There are two ways:

Infinite Pinballs:
  • Open Windows Pinball
  • Type bmax
  • Launch the ball.
No matter how many times you drop the ball, it will just come up again. That eliminates your problem of constantly falling off.

Control your Pinball:
  • Open Windows Pinball
  • Type hidden test
  • Launch the ball.
Click and hold on the ball. Notice that wherever you steer your mouse to, the ball goes with it. Now you can control the ball and hit wherever you like!

Friday, September 19, 2008

G-Cube VGHotW: Dante

Dante. What a sexy name. He is the main protagonist of the popular video game, Devil May Cry. He is muscular, has silver hair and is usually seen wearing red clothes. He is a mercenary whose primary purpose is to exterminate demons. And he is this week's G-Cube Video Game Hunk of the Week.

Dante's mission stems from his pursuit of those who killed his mother and corrupted his brother. He possesses superhuman abilities because of his demonic heritage -- he his the son of a powerful demon that rebelled against the Emperor and defeated His army. Here are some facts about Dante:

  • His personality was based on the titular character of manga series Cobra
  • One of his weapons is the "Ebony and Ivory", twin handguns that never have to be reloaded
  • He is able to enter the "devil trigger" state because of his demonic heritage. In this state, Dante possesses more speed, steady health regeneration, and further abilities with his equipped melee weapon
  • His twin brother's name is Vergil

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Geek News: World Of Warcraft Movie?

There's a lot of buzz currently among the WoW community because of the upcoming live-action adaptation of the popular PC game, World Of Warcraft.

Currently the movie is still in production but is scheduled to go live in 2009. The production company that will work on World of Warcraft the Movie is Legendary Pictures (Superman Returns, Batman Begins, 300). At the moment, the cast and crew have not been identified yet. The budget for the film will be at US$ 100 million and will be focused on what the essence of Warcraft is: Humans vs. Orcs.

Wow, I'm actually looking forward to this! Although I haven't really played the game, I have some pretty good idea about what Warcraft is all about (I played Warcraft I, II, and III, and I'm currently addicted to W3: Defence of the Ancients). Hopefully we'll get to see some kickass badass Warcraft film in 2009. :)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Geek Trivia: Firefox within Firefox

Is this even possible, you ask? Then check it out:
  1. Open your Mozilla Firefox
  2. In the address bar, type the following URL: chrome://browser/content/browser.xul
According to a colleague:
Mozilla has an engine for running thin-client window based application. It is called XUL. The cool part is you can create an XUL application in Windows and you can run it in other Operating Systems that support Mozilla, or vice versa. XUL apps have the ability to transact with a Webservice.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Geek Gadget: Headless Teddy USBear

If you want to scare your kids, then you have got to get a hold of this cutesy Teddy Bear USB Drive. At first glance, this furry stuffed animal is too adorable to be holding your precious data that you'd want to give it to your kids. In fact, your kids might just want to take it without your permission.

But beware, because this bear is not ordinary. Beneath this cute facade is something so dark that you'd never want your kids to see it. When it's time for the bear to perform its functions, make sure the kids are not around. The trauma might cause severe damage for the rest of their lives.

Why? Well, let's just say that people might scream in terror when they see a headless bear plugged to your laptop.

Features:
  • Hi-Speed USB 2.0 certified, backward compatible with USB 1.1
  • Plug and Play, Hot-Swapped capability
  • Mass Storage Device class compatible.
  • Support: Windows Vista, XP, 2000 and Mac OS
  • Dimensions: 8cm x 9.5cm tall (approx.)
  • Weight: 20g

  • Capacity: 1GB
    Price: US$ 17.00

    Buy From: USB Geek

    Thursday, September 11, 2008

    G-Cube VGHotW: Sephiroth

    The hottest guy in the Final Fantasy 7 (FF7) series is SEPHIROTH. Please, don't contradict me on this. You know I'm telling the truth. *wink*

    Sephiroth (セフィロス) is the recurring villain in Square/Square Enix's popular RPG series, Final Fantasy VII. He is characterized as a tall man with long silver hair (and dreamy sparkling eyes). Here are some basic information about him:
    • His character was also designed by Tetsuya Nomura
    • In FF7, he attempts to destroy the world by summoning a meteor to fall on the planet. He is the Final Boss of the game
    • He also appears in other games such as the Kingdom Hearts series, Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII, Ehrgeiz, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and in the animated movie Final Fantasy VII: Advent children
    • He carries an extremely long sword called the Masamune
    • Exact birthday and birthplace are unknown
    • He is also known as the "One-Winged Angel" due to his "fallen angel" connotation, a title given to those who have fallen from grace.
    For more information about Sephiroth, please visit this site.

    As seen in Final Fantasy VII

    So who says good guys always rule? With Sephiroth, I'd date a bad guy anytime.

    Geek Tips: Solitaire Cheat

    Playing Windows Solitaire has always been one of my past-time-games, especially when I have nothing to do, and I have my laptop with me, and I don't feel like playing other complicated games. I just hate it when I couldn't win the 3-card Mode. Hahaha. Well, for all ya cheaters out there, here are some Solitaire tricks to dominate the game:

    To turn one card at a time in a 3-cards over mode, hold down: [CTRL] + [ALT] + [SHIFT], and click the card.

    To instantly win the game, simply press [ALT] + [SHIFT] + 2.

    You Win!

    Tuesday, September 9, 2008

    Geek Trivia: Windows Secrets

    In addition to the Windows hotkeys from my previous post, there are more Windows secrets than we already know. Let me share some of them with you. (Sorry Linux users, I'm a total noob when it comes to your OS so I'll just make use of what I have =P)
    • Did you know, you can't create a folder named con anywhere in Windows? I don't know why, but I think it's supposed to be a command to the system. Weird. [Info given by Marc]
    • If you're too tired of right clicking your files to see its properties, one alternative is to press [ALT] + [ENTER] on the selected item.
    • Did you know that you can also rename multiple files at once? Select them all, right click and select Rename. Enter the desired name. They will be renamed using what you specified, with a number in parentheses to distinguish them.
    • To restore your minimized windows (through [Windows Key] + [M]), you can press: [Windows Key] + [Shift] + [M].
    • Did you know that you can invert your screen instantly (For Windows XP only)? Simply click the following:
    • [CTRL] + [ALT] + [Down Arrow]: to invert the screen
    • [CTRL] + [ALT] + [Up Arrow]: to undo the inversion

    Monday, September 8, 2008

    Geek Gadget: Wedding Rings

    I stumbled across this page and found the geekiest wedding rings ever! Haha. Take note, they are already sold out as of March 2008!
    The description of the rings on the page is:
    A wedding set for the unconventional! The female ring has a choice of four opaque colors: turquoise, white, orange or black. The male ring stands tall and dramatically transparent. Switch-up the sexes! Order two of the same! The world is your technological oyster.

    The price listed is for each ring.
    Check them out (Click the thumbnail to enlarge the image):

    Cat 5 Compliant Ethernet plug wedding rings. How Geeky can that be?

    Sunday, September 7, 2008

    Geek Trivia: Notepad Bug

    Did you know? Windows Notepad (our favorite Windows text editor) has a bug! If you enter a proper series of letters and words, you will get a weird (and I mean weird) result. The result I got was a series of Chinese characters. I'm not sure if yours will differ. Anyway, here's how to do it:

    1. Open Windows Notepad
    2. Type pats has the power (in small letters)
    3. Save the document, and close Windows Notepad

    4. Open the saved file (I saved mine as test.txt)


    Hehehe cool, ain't it?

    Well the reason behind that, says JOECOOL (vulcanlogic7@yahoo.com), is that:
    In notepad, any other 4-3-3-5 letter word combo will have the same results.
    It is all to do with a limitation in Windows. Text files containing Unicode UTF-16-encoded Unicode are supposed to start with a "Byte-Order Mark" (BOM), which is a two-byte flag that tells a reader how the following UTF-16 data is encoded.
    Sorry but I'm not an ultra-techie person and I absolutely don't know what that meant, so if anyone can care to explain that in layman's term, that would be great!

    Sources: http://bink.nu/Article7429.bink; www.eeggs.com

    Thursday, September 4, 2008

    G-Cube VGHotW: Zack Fair

    This week's VGHotW (shortcut for Video Game Hunk of the Week) is none other than the hero of the popular PlayStation Portable game, Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core - ZACK FAIR. He's the non-playable character in the Final Fantasy VII Playstation Game, and he had a cameo appearance in the Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children animated movie.

    Here are some background information about him:
    • He was Cloud Strife's best friend (Cloud Strife is the main protagonist of Final Fantasy VII)
    • The Buster Sword that Cloud uses on the FFVII game was originally wielded by Zack
    • He was the first love of Aerith
    • His name was derived from 'fair weather' and contrasted with Cloud Strife (according to creator Tetsuya Nomura)
    • Job Class: Fighter
    • Date of Birth: 16 years before the beginning of Crisis Core, exact date unknown
    • Age: 16 at the beginning of Crisis Core, 22 by time of death
    • Height: 6'3"

    Wednesday, September 3, 2008

    Geek News: Google Chrome

    Last Tuesday, Google's ultimate march for Web domination just took another step further with the launch of its first Internet browser -- Google Chrome. They claim that the new browser is better, faster, and stronger than the Microsoft's incredibly popular and most widely used Internet Explorer.

    According to their blog,
    We owe a great debt to many open source projects, and we're committed to continuing on their path. We've used components from Apple's WebKit and Mozilla's Firefox, among others -- and in that spirit, we are making all of our code open source as well. We hope to collaborate with the entire community to help drive the web forward.
    Isn't that sooo cool? Google is my favorite search engine/email host/past-time activity. Firefox is my favorite web browser. Combining them is just a dream come true! The only downside: only users with Windows Vista or XP can download and install Chrome. Oh well, so much for open-source (Linux/Mac-OS) users.

    Although the browser is still on its Beta stage, a lot of users are surely expecting a whole lot more from Google. I just downloaded a copy, and I have yet to try it on my PC.

    Tuesday, September 2, 2008

    Geek Trivia: The Firefox Joke

    1. Open your Mozilla Firefox
    2. In the address bar, type the following: about:mozilla
    You will see the following text (Sorry Spoiler =P):
    "And so at last the beast fell and the unbelievers rejoiced. But all was not lost, for from the ash rose a great bird. The bird gazed down upon the unbelievers and cast fire and thunder upon them. For the beast had been reborn with its strength renewed, and the followers of Mammon cowered in horror."
    - From The Book of Mozilla, 7:15
    It's up to you to interpret what it says. Mammon, Microsoft, Beast, Internet Explorer... Ladeedadeeda...

    Monday, September 1, 2008

    Geek Gadget: USB Humping Dogs

    USB thumb drives are the "in" thing nowadays. No need to worry about bringing a bulky CD or even the obsolete diskette, God forbid. All you need is a handy-dandy thumb drive (or sometimes called flash drives) that come in 1GB, 2GB, or 4GB memory. Just connect it to any computer through the USB port and you're good to transfer, copy, delete, or create new files.

    Through the years, USB drives have evolved. But apparently, it was two years ago when the Japanese introduced the dog that f*cked your computer. Introducing: the USB Humping dog.
    The USB Humping dog is from Japanese company Cube-works and here's a literal translation of the description of their product from Google Translate:
    When it points to the USB port of the personal computer, the waist is shaken with utmost effort. When one time you put, it does not stop anymore!

    Corresponding personal computer: The personal computer which can use the USB port.
    You do not question the type of OS.
    I haven't seen one of these, but it's the perfect gift for geeks who need to get some more 'activity' in their lives.