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Upgraded my mid 2007 Macbook Pro’s hard drive

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Last week I was able to successfully perform a surgery on my old mid-2007 macbook pro. I replaced the 120GB Fujitsu hard drive that it came with, with a 500 GB WD Scorpio.

Here's how it looks inside. πŸ˜‰

I just followed all the steps from, basically removing all screws that get on the way. And slowly opened the top(keyboard) part and that’s it.

Before I swapped harddrives, I made sure to make the new HD a clone of my existing one. I used SuperDuper to make an exact bootable clone of my internal hardisk so that when I will swap them, I will no longer need to worry about installation and copying files.

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April 26, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Online Security

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Earlier today in the office a colleague of mine shouted out for help. He said he received an email telling him Β that his Facebook profile has been compromised. Someone was accessing it, and worse changed the Email for the user. With the help of another colleague who is an expert on online security and computers, they were able to sort it out.
We also had a similar experience from my previous company. However the email was a malicious one. First it says that your Facebook account has been hacked/compromised. And you need to click on a link, or download something. One guy opened it, and there a spyware was infesting his system. I was able to fix his spyware temporarily.
How to fix it using Registry Editor

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August 20, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Acer Aspire M3610 drivers

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I have been busy reformatting some pcs here in the office. They got infected with a spyware. Remember those “your facebook password has changed” emails a month ago? That was the culprit. That, and another sneaky email
pretending to be from UPS that comes with an attachment.

Anyway, both computers “got sick” so it had to be reformatted. Everything is fine except that on one machine the ATI videocard driver is not installing..

I tried searching from Acer’s download page but they dont have drivers for the Aspire M3610 model for Windows Xp. They have Vista drivers though.

I am wondering if anyone has a link i can go to. I tried AMD as well but it doesnt install.

When moving items (window) it drags like a snail!

Help anyone?

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April 6, 2010 at 12:15 pm

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iPad prices

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Wow. Before the launch of the iPad some people pegged it at $1000 USD but the actual prices it came up with was way lower!

Steve Jobs said they have “ambitious” design and engineering targets and “agressive” with the price limitation.. (or something like that)

so there.. the price for the iPad starts at $499 USD for the 16 GB Wifi..

Check out, they have updated their site to include the newest product, the iPad

On another note, some people it is a “name FAIL”. I heard one women said that she’s not very comfortable saying the word “iPad” because it always reminds her of feminine pads! I thought It was going to be called an iSlate or simply Apple Tablet. But then again the “i” should be there for Jonathan Ives (maybe?)

The functions? we shall review it on a different post.. But it seems like it is just a bigger brother of an iphone.

It will be available worldwide in 60days. Based on last nights unveiling of the iPad.. what can you say about it?

Check and or your favorite tech blog for more info.

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January 28, 2010 at 3:43 am

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How To Setup Emails: Leave a copy of messages in the server for POP

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Today I was asked by one of my colleagues how to setup his email in the office. He has already setup his email at home and in his blackberry, but everytime he opens the mails in the office, he cannot get a copy at home.

Why? The emails that are opened in the office are deleted from the server. Leaving a copy in the server is very important if you wish to access your POP3 account in more than one location. Here is the steps.

1.) Open Microsoft Outlook
2.) Click Tools from the top menu, then Account Settings.
3.) Double click on the account you want to edit.
4.) click the More Settings button
5.) Go to the Advanced tab
6.) Check “Leave a copy of messages in the server”

That should be it. This is for Microsoft Outlook 2007. For other versions it should be slightly different but, the important part is to get to “More Settings” and then the Advanced tab.


I hope it helps.

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November 8, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Japanese guy demo Win7 on touchscreen.

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Japanese guy trying to demo a multitouch screen with Windows 7. Unfortunately for him the touchscreen application apparently was not turned on? Notice the tech person trying to fix it. lol

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November 3, 2009 at 11:19 am

Installing Windows XP on hp compaq dx2390

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Last week I was able to install Windows XP from a clean HP Compaq dx2390. “Clean” meaning there is no OS installed in it, and no Auto-install on first startup things. Just plain Bios and DOS. πŸ™‚

I think it was a bargain getting them. We only got the HP Compaq dx2390 Microtower without a monitor and it costs us around $450.00. I went to our stockroom and found old Acer 19 inchers so I hooked it up. (ACER AL1916W)

Looking for drivers was very easy. I just went into HP’s Website which is, click on the Support and Drivers menu. And then you will go to a page where you will choose the model. It is very important that you get the Model name of your PC correctly.

So there, from the page I just downloaded the necessary drivers while Windows is installing the OS with default settings. Obviously when I checked the Control Panel > System some items have missing drivers. That’s when the downloaded drivers kick in. Luckily they are executable files, so I just have to click them.

We now have a happy working machine. πŸ™‚

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September 27, 2009 at 1:23 pm