Tip

Deregister iMessage

“You may need to turn off iMessage if you are now using a non-Apple phone and can’t get SMS or text messages someone sends you from an iPhone.”

Go to this link, https://selfsolve.apple.com/deregister-imessage

Follow the instruction on the page.

Hope this helps,
Ricky


Source: http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT6397

Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 and Sleep mode in Windows 7

Recently I upgraded my system to LGA2011 CPU and used Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 F20 motherboard. I used to have problem with sleep mode in Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit and I tried everything with no luck at all.

All the sudden, I think my PCI sound card (Audigy ZS2) may cause the sleep problem?!? Yep, I took it out and the sleep mode is now working like it should.

If anyone has the same problem like me, you can try to take some add-on cards out 🙂

Remember, before you do anything, check the Gigabyte’s website for latest BIOS update.

Hope this helps,

Ricky

Disable Ads in uTorrent

If you have downloaded something from P2P website, you might come cross the uTorrent application, it’s a tiny P2P client for most of operating systems. I’m running uTorrent 3.3.2.

Originally, it doesn’t come with ads. Now, it does have ads and sometime you just hate them.

This will show you how to disable them. This guide is for Windows users but it may work for Mac users as well (need to confirm).

1st, Open uTorrent application

2nd, go to Options > Preferences > Advanced

3rd, you will type the following, one by one, in the empty box next to Filter:

offer

then look for,

offers.left_rail_offer_enabled — set value=False

offers.sponsored_torrent_offer_enabled — set value=False

utorrent-spon

Next, type:

upsell

then look for,

gui.show_plus_upsell — set value=False

utorrent-upsell

Click OK when you finished.

Close (X) all the windows, make sure you right-click on the uTorrent’s icon on Taskbar and select Exit.

Open uTorrent application again. Woah, no more ads.

Hope this helps,

Ricky

Source: LifeHacker

Read/write info to Asset Tag in BIOS (Lenovo Thinkpad Laptop)

For some reasons you want to remove the Asset tag in BIOS of a laptop (in my case, it’s the Lenovo and I’m on Windows 7)

First, you go here to get the utility to read/write information to the Asset tag

http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/detail.page?LegacyDocID=MIGR-75237

Then download,

Utility to Read and Write Asset ID Information — 6iaw03ww.exe — it could be a different file name.

Make sure you know where to save the exe file (eg. save on the Desktop)

Run the exe file to extract the utility. You can extract to your preferred drive (C, D or whatever) or its default directory.

In my case, I just use the default location (C:\Drivers\WINAIA)

Now it’s time to edit the Asset Tag.

Click Start button and type cmd into the box, right click on cmd.exe and select Run as administrator, click Yes if you see a confirmation

cmd.exe

cmd.exe

Type the following commands on ONE line and end with the Enter button.

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cd\

cd drivers\winaia

Now you should see, C:\Drivers\WinAIA\

To see the current Asset tag info, type

WinAIApackage.exe –get  [an window will pop up and show you the current info on your Asset tag, Click OK on the pop up to close it]

winaia

Example of Asset info

To set the Asset Tag, type (including the quotation marks)

WinAIAPackage.exe –set “USERASSETDATA.ASSET_NUMBER=this_could_be_anything” [click Yes to confirm if any]

That’s all I need to change but there are more if you want to play around with this.

This is the full list of commands you can use from Lenovo

All options, group names and field names are case-insensitive, except for the USERDEVICE group and the prefix value.

If no options are specified or an incorrect option is specified, then the help text for the utility is displayed.

Here is a list of the valid group names and their associated fields:

USERDEVICE [field1] – These fields are defined by the user.
: Maximum number of user fields is five.
[fieldn]
PRELOADPROFILE IMAGEDATE
IMAGE
USERASSETDATA PURCHASE_DATE
LAST_INVENTORIED
WARRANTY_END
WARRANTY_DURATION
AMOUNT
ASSET_NUMBER
LEASEDATA LEASE_START_DATE
LESE_END_DATE
LEASE_TERM
LEASE_AMOUNT
LESSOR
OWNERDATA OWNERNAME
DEPARTMENT
LOCATION
PHONE_NUMBER
OWNERPOSITION

 

Best,

Ricky

Sources: Lenovo Support

Verify TRIM Command is enabled on Windows 7

Open the Command Prompt (Start > type in the search box “cmd” > right click on the cmd.exe and left click “Run as Administrator”)

To verify the TRIM command is enabled, type the following and press enter in the Elevated command:

fsutil behavior query disabledeletenotify

The results will be as follows: DisableDeleteNotify = 1 (Windows TRIM commands are disabled) DisableDeleteNotify = 0 (Windows TRIM commands are enabled)

To enable the TRIM command, type the following and press enter in the Elevated command:

fsutil behavior set disabledeletenotify 0

To disable the TRIM command, type the following and press enter in the Elevated command:

fsutil behavior set disabledeletenotify 1

Hope this helps,

Ricky

Source: Kingston Tech Support

Adobe Camera Raw 8.1 Standalone for Mac & Windows

Direct links for Camera Raw 8.1 for Mac & Windows

Camera Raw 8.1-Mac

Camera Raw 8.1-Windows

Bugs Corrected in Camera Raw 8.1

  • Occasionally the Fill Light adjustment introduced artifacts. This only occurred when processing an image using the PV2010 process version.
  • When using the Red Eye removal tool, setting red eye darken to 100% would lighten the adjustment instead of darkening it.
  • Reduced the default amount of sharpening applied to images taken with the Fuji X100s camera.

New Camera Support in the Camera Raw 8.1

  • Hasselblad H5D-60
  • Olympus PEN E-P5
  • Olympus PEN E-PL6
  • Phase One IQ260*
  • Ricoh GR
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G6
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LF1

Hope this helps!

Ricky

Source: Adobe’s Blog, Article: Keeping Photoshop Up-To-Date, Release Notes

 

Simple way to remove oil/shiny face in photos

You need: Photoshop and patience.

1. Select the oil area on the photo, usually on the faces (use the tool you like to select, ie. magic wand, quick mask,..). Make sure you adjust the Feather around 5px (Right click on selected area > Feather)

2. Copy the selected area to a new layer and Ctrl-V (paste)

3. Select Eyedropper Tool to pick the color near the oil area

4. Select Brush Tool (Opacity = 20%, size = your preferred size) and use it on the new layer. Make sure you set Mode = Darken on new layer.

5. Start brushing the selected area slowly so you can see the changes.

6. Save as to new file and you’re done!

Hope this helps someone,

Ricky