sabato 16 luglio 2011

How to Run Google's Chrome OS from a USB Drive

How to Run Google's Chrome OS from a USB Drive

To make a Chromebook of your own is fairly easy and involves just a few simple steps.

1. Download Google’s latest Chrome OS Vanilla build for USB HERE.

2. Use Winrar or 7zip to extract the ‘tar.gz’ file into ‘.tar’, then extract again to view the folder with the Chrome OS image (.IMG) file.

3. Download Image Writer 0.2 HERE.

4. Insert USB stick.

5. Open Image Writer and select the extracted Chrome OS .IMG file. Also make sure the selected “Device” is the one for your USB stick (should be automatic).

6. Select “Write.”

7. Restart the computer and change initial boot drive to USB so that it boots in USB mode.

8. Finally, log in to Chromium OS with your gMail username and password or “facepunch” for both if you don’t have one. I recommend setting up a gMail account if you don’t have one already so that you can maintain and save your settings, documents, etc..

Google News Badges

Google News Badges: "Google News added a feature that could encourage users to read more: collectible badges. 'The U.S. Edition of Google News now lets you collect private, sharable badges for your favorite topics. The more articles you read on Google News, the more your badges level up: you can reach Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and finally Ultimate. Keep your badges to yourself, or show them off to your friends,' informs Google.

Google created more than 500 badges, so it's very likely that you'll collect at least one of them if you visit Google News frequently. Badges reward people that constantly read articles on a certain topic, so you're more likely to receive a badge if you read 3-4 articles a day about Google than if you read 10 articles about Google every 3-4 days.

While this feature could encourage users to visit Google News more often, the main purpose is to find people that know a lot of things about certain topics. 'Your badges are private by default, but if you want, you can share your badges with your friends. Tell them about your news interests, display your expertise, start a conversation or just plain brag about how well-read you are,' suggests Google.

Instead of manually adding your favorite topics to your profile, you could add Google News badges. It's one way to show your expertise and it could be useful if Google plans to integrate Aardvark with Google+ and launch a social Q&A service.

Badges also help you find your favorite Google News topics and add customized sections to the homepage. Google News now uses sliders to let you fine tune your personalized hompepage.

If you don't like badges, there's an option in the Google News settings page that lets you disable this feature.

{ Thanks, Jason. }


giovedì 14 luglio 2011

Installing new Android Market 3.0.26 on Archos Gen8 devices

Installing new Android Market 3.0.26 on Archos Gen8 devices: "

Google has recently announced a major 3.0 update for their Android Market. This new version gives you new ways to find great applications and games , purchase books and rent movies.

This update will require Android 2.2 devices and will be deployed in the coming weeks.

No need to wait with Arctablet, we are offering the 2 ways to install the Market:

- you can download Android Market 3.0.26 APK and install it yourself.

- or follow the installation procedure using ArcTools (prefered method)

Installation procedure using ArcTools

This part goes thru the procedure to install latest Android Market 3.0.26 on Archos Generation 8 devices. Please note that this is valid only on Archos Gen8 devices (Archos 28, Archos 32, Archos 43, Archos 70 and Archos 101 Internet Tablet). It has been tested on stock devices and does not require a specific firmware or root access to your tablet.

Installing the Market using this method does not void your warranty
and should not cause data loss or system problems.


Detailed procedure

  • Step 1: This procedure is valid for devices having an existing Android Market installed (version 2.2.7 and up) thru ArcTools or other ways. Please refer to ArcTools Market installation procedure

  • Step 2: Start ArcTools from the Applications list

  • Step 3: Select “Default Apps & Market v3.0.26” from the list (it should be selected by default)

  • Step 4: Press Download button

    The application should now start to download the installation archive, it will take a few seconds

    When finished you should see the message “Download complete, please now press ‘Install Apps’ button

  • Step 4: Press Install Apps button

    After a few seconds it should display “Install complete, please reboot

  • Step 5: Reboot your device

  • Step 6: Start Android Market

Enjoy your new Android Market 3.0.26

Please comment this article to let us know how it went for you.



martedì 12 luglio 2011

Wireless Network Watcher, Find Out Who Is Connected To Your Wi-Fi Network

Wireless Network Watcher, Find Out Who Is Connected To Your Wi-Fi Network: "

Wireless network connections have become popular in past years, thanks to an increasing number of devices that utilize wireless connections. But there is a problem associated with it, or more precisely with the securing of wireless routers and devices to block unauthorized access: The device needs to use proper encryption to block third parties from accessing it. Many users do not know the differences between WEP or WPA encryption, or which of the encryption schemes they should select for best security.

That could leave their wireless routers open for unauthorized access, especially if no encryption or weak encryption is configured.

The best option here is to use the strongest encryption possible. That however may not be always possible, if devices that need to connect to the wi-fi router do not support that.

Wireless Network Watcher is a free software program that scans a wireless network for connected computer systems. It displays all computers that are currently connected to the network in its interface, making it dead easy to identify unauthorized access to the network.

wireless network watcher

Each connected device or computer is represented with an IP address, device name, MAC address, company that created the network adapter and device information. These information can be exported and saved to various formats including html, xml and text files.

The program is fully compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the Windows operating system. It supports all Windows versions from Windows 2000 to Windows 7, including Windows Server versions.

The program can only scan the wireless network the computer it is running on is connected to. Users who want to scan a network that they are not connected to need to connect to it first before scanning it.

It can happen that the wrong wireless network adapter is identified by the program. It is possible to select the right one under Advanced Options (F9).

Wireless Network Watcher is a portable program that will start the scan automatically right after it has been started. It can take a few seconds before the list is populated.

Windows users can download the program from the official website over at Nirsoft.

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sabato 2 luglio 2011

Edge HD2 Mini PC is an HTPC that hides behind your TV

Edge HD2 Mini PC is an HTPC that hides behind your TV: "

Edge HD2 mini pc is an HTPC that hides behind your TV

When it comes to home theater PCs, size matters -- and it doesn't get too much smaller than Sapphire's original Edge HD mini PC, pictured above. In fact, Sapphire saw no reason to fiddle with the Edge's diminutive form factor when designing the HD2, and instead poured itself into improving the HTPC's specs. Not only is the updated mini-rig small enough to mount behind your HDTV, but it also packs a 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Atom, 2GB RAM, and a 320GB hard drive. All this (and 1080p VGA / HDMI out, of course) at 30W, '20 times less power than a typical desktop PC,' according to Sapphire. No word on price (or pics, for that matter), but feel free to jump past the break for an official press release with full specifications.

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