Another day in the life of… Erik Briones

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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

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

Disk Boot Failure. Insert System Disk and Press Enter

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We have a faulty PC on our office. It always has problems with the mouse, the video and sometimes it just restarts itself. Last time it showed a blue screen and an IRQ problem.

But now it has gone more crazy. It displays nothing but this phrase “Disk Boot Failure. Insert System Disk and Press Enter”

I tried putting in an XP CD, and tried to reinstall the OS. However when I was about to choose which drive to install Win XP into, it showed me that the drives C: D: and E: are missing. All I can see is 250 gigabytes of “Unpartitioned Disk Space”

I was really annoying to look at. And I cannot grab the harddrive and put it as slave in another PC

How do we fix this? Is this a SATA problem?

A bit of a history. These PCs with fault are bought with Vista Home on them, and we just downgraded them to Windows XP. I think there must be something wrong with the drivers.

Whatever it is, it still is a big problem. I hope someone can help me! 😦

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September 7, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Is it the Windows XP keyword? or Serial, CD key generator?

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Last week I blogged about how I was able to find out how to get the CD Key for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2). And my blog got hits 200% more than the average visit I get

So it got me thinking. Is Windows XP still the most widely used OS? Or is it the keywords “serial”, “cd key generator” that got them into my blog?

I have a Macbook Pro that is running Tiger OSX now. Yep, not even Leopard, but I did upgrade it to Leopard before. Not even Snow. In the office I use a PC. An Acer PC also downgraded, into a Windows XP OS. It came, along with 10 or so other PCs here, with Vista OS but we all downgraded them. Hopefully yo solve our problems.

Anyway. So is the Windows XP still the best OS out there? For the average, user perhaps?

That is subject to whatever is defined as an “average user”.


But yeah I already found out how I got the blog hits! It is not the choice of keywords. It was the link πŸ™‚

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September 6, 2009 at 9:43 am

Find your Windows XP CD Key!

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A friend of mine asked me to install Windows XP on her Vista-ready Toshiba laptop.

At first I encountered a couple of Blue Screens. However I was already able to fix it, by removing the SATA thingies. I will discuss later.

OK so I was in the part where I needed to put in the CD Key. Apparently the key that was written on the Windows XP CD that I was using was not correct!

I tried searching on the web, some keys, but it was not useful. Like the Magic Jelly Bean Key finder. I say it is not useful, coz I did not install it! lol πŸ™‚


I have moved the rest of this entry to my new domain:


You might also be interested in my tutorial on how to “Send to Multiple Recipients” using Microsoft Outlook. Technically using it as an Email Blaster

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August 31, 2009 at 7:10 pm