Sunday, November 30, 2008

Buying Guide For Xbox 360

This month, I am writing an article on buying one of the most powerful and extreme gaming console present on the planet Earth right now. It is one the nex-gen consoles because of all power, graphics and the game play it possess. It is not only a gaming platform but also a Multimedia entertainment center having the capability of watching online streamed videos and storing your picture as well as music in the local hard drive.
The new Xbox experience dashboard adds more to entertainment portfolio of Xbox.
For more info on the new dashboard, visit:
http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=290745&page=1

In the past month, I have been searching all over the internet to buy a decent Xbox 360 which will fulfill all my needs and also give me the ultimate next generation gaming experience. Here is my summarized buying guide that will help all the noobs out there in buying this mega machine.

First of all, you have to get familiar with the different terminologies used Xbox. Some of these are packages, regions, power brick unit, mod, Lot No, motherboard aka mobo, RROD, HDMI etc.
First, let’s start with the different packages:

Packages:
Xbox 360 –Arcade Version
Xbox 360 –Premium Version aka GO PRO version (20GB & 60GB versions)
Xbox 360 –Elite Version

Regions:
There are total three regions for the Xbox console. Gaming industry release titles based for specific regions or free region. These regions are

NTSC-U: American Standard. If you are going to buy it from USA, then probably it is NTSC-U
NTSC-J: Japanese Standard. In Japan, consoles have this region
PAL: English Standard. Consoles in UK have this standard. Mostly in Middle East as well
Region Free: Games having this code can be run on any 360 console.

For more information on games belonging to different versions, take a look at the following link to find one:
http://www.play-asia.com/paOS-14-71-fc-77-11-49-en.html

Mobo:
Every year, Microsoft redesigns the Xbox 360 inner platform architecture. These usually involve changing the die size of the processor and the GPU unit to a smaller scale in order to control temperature and hardware failure. These architectures come with a code name. These names are as:

Xenon: 90nm CPU and 90nm GPU and no HDMI
Zephyr: 90nm CPU and 90nm GPU (most prone to RROD) with HDMI
Falcon: 65nm CPU and 90nm GPU (30% less prone than zephyr) with HDMI
Opus: 65nm CPU and 90nm GPU (no HDMI, only included in Repaired Xbox system cases)
Jasper: 65nm CPU and 65nm GPU (Completely overcoming RROD. [Citation required])

Power Bricks:
Power Bricks are the units that come with Xbox 360 console in order to supply proper voltage to the console. Notice: Make sure that purchased console from abroad country uses the same voltage level as your country of residence.

Xenon/Zephyr: 203W-16.5 A
Falcon/Opus: 175W-14.2A
Jasper: 150W- 12.1A

Some more info regarding different motherboards I/O:


Lot #:
One of most important aspect before buying an Xbox 360 is to view the Lot # which is mentioned on a white sticker on the back side of box.

My opinion is to get yourself a Falcon mobo and the way you can get it is:
Lot#: > 0734 and < 0821

Falcon was released in 2007 fall. So you can find the lot # combination with Sep07 onwards. These falcons are equipped with Benq drive that is quite easy to get modded.

For more information on the lot # and the drive, visit the b/m link to find out the possible combination:
http://www.360drives.com/list

DVD Drives:
Interpreting which DVD Drive Xbox console has is one of the tricky challenges. Xbox 360 comes with different drives which are as:

Hitachi GDR-3120L Xbox 360 DVD Drive: 46DH, 47DG, 47DJ, 59DJ, 78FK and 79FK

Samsung Xbox 360 Drive: Ms25 and Ms28

BENQ VAD6038 Xbox 360 DVD Drive

Philips VAD6037

LiteOn (Un hack able, the only way is to use a method termed as spoofing)

In order to detect which drive you have, please see the below picture


This comes at the end of the conclusion, I will be editing this article as much as I can, feel free to drop any comments, suggestions and even corrections 

Juniper Fast Track Program 2008

Here is a brief summary of the FAST TRACK PROGRAM:

Some few IMPORTANT points that i want to highlight about this program are:

First of all this program is valid for THREE TYPES OF Juniper Certifications:

1.Enterprise Routing (JNICA-ER & JNCIS-ER)
2.Enterprise Switching (JNCIA-EX)
3.Enhanced Services (JNCIS-ES)

Deadline line for this program is till 31st Dec 2008.Before that you can get 50% discount.Price of each exam paper is 125$
Study resources and guidelines can be accessed once you are registered with the FAST TRACK program.
After that just go through the Whole study material and appear in the PRE-ASSESSMENT paper online
Get the voucher,Register at Prometric at 50% discounted rates
Cram Pass4sure Dumps which you can find in the Shared Section
You are Now good to GO! Best of Luck for the papers!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Certificate expiry problem on Symbian Series60v3 handhelds

This problem is normally encountered on most of the Nokia N-series mobiles having Symbian Series60v3 when one tries to install sis files that are meant to run before a specific date.In order to resolve this issue you must change your date settings by going to tools->settings->Date&Time. Change one to two years behind and kaboomb!No more certificate expiry problems...

Big and small companies are getting into the business of building an intelligent web of linked data

SOME new ideas take wing spontaneously. Others struggle to be born. The “semantic web” is definitely in the latter category. But it may have found its midwife in Reuters, a business-information company.
The semantic web (or “web 3.0”, as some people are trying to re-brand it), is the name given to the idea that the pages of the world wide web ought to carry more than just the meaning they are intended to convey to the human reader. They should also, the thinking goes, be tagged and flagged in ways that machines can make semantic sense of, as people make semantic sense of language. That way, machines could make instant connections that would take serious amounts of time for people to see, or might even elude them altogether.
To this end, the web's ├╝bergeeks, the World Wide Web Consortium, have approved all sorts of snazzy acronyms that are supposed to help. The Resource Description Framework (RDF), for example, is supposed to standardise keywords, important dates and so on in a machine-friendly manner. The Web Ontology Language (OWL) will then pick these up and make sense of them. And if those don't work there are hCards, hCalendars, hReviews and other so-called microformat flags that will wave themselves to indicate where to look for various types of data.
It sounds a mess and it is. As a result it has been hard to persuade those who post web pages to include all the semantic-web stuff in their postings, too. Such marking up, as it is known, goes against the whole spirit of the web, which succeeded where similar ventures failed precisely because it was easy to use.
Reuters, however, believes it has overcome this problem. It recently launched a service called Calais that takes raw web pages (and, indeed, any other form of data) and does the marking up itself. The acronyms can then get to work. That promises to imbue the streams of unstructured text and data sloshing around the internet with almost instant meaning.
The idea is that any website can send a jumble of text and code through Calais and receive back a list of “entities” that the system has extracted—mostly people, places and companies—and, even more importantly, their relationships. It will, for instance, be able recognise a pharmaceutical company's name and, on its own initiative, cross-reference that against data on clinical trials for new drugs that are held in government databases. Alternatively, it can chew up a thousand blogs and expose trends that not even the bloggers themselves were aware of.
The system is free to use, for Reuters' objective is to create a “clearinghouse of meaning” that financial-service companies will be able to exploit as a new type of search engine. How the firm will make money has yet to emerge, though selling insights gained from applying the system's own methods for Reuters' benefit is one possibility.
Reuters is not alone, of course. Yahoo!, desperate to gain a technological edge over its rival Google, recently endorsed a set of machine-readable formats that will make better sense of the information streaming through the vast universe of web sites it searches. But, perhaps more significantly, a lot of smaller companies are trying to make the breakthrough, too. A back-of-the-envelope calculation suggests that more than $100m has been invested in new firms operating in this area during the past 12 months.
Radar Networks, based in San Francisco, is one example. Radar has launched a service called Twine, into which users can stuff any link, document or e-mail message they want and hope for some organising principle to emerge. If Twine fails (and reviews of the usefulness of its experimental “beta” version have been mixed) other small firms such as Powerset and Metaweb (also both based in San Francisco) and Hakia and Adaptive Blue (both from New York) stand ready to fill the breach.
Perhaps the quaintest idea, though, is that of Qitera, a German firm. While it agrees that machines should do the heavy lifting in this as in so many other applications, it also recognises the need for the human touch. Its users will therefore be able to add connections of their own to the mix, in case the software has failed to spot them. Cute.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

How to Resolve Show Hidden Files Option:


I am hearing a lot of complains regarding a new virus attack in Windows XP which disables the Show Hidden File function,Well i dont know the exact name of this virus/trojan, but i know how to resolve this kind of issue.

First of all, you have to install Kaspersky Antivirus or any other one just to insure that your computer is now virus free.I have mentioned Kaspersky because i have mainly used the antivirus to resolve most of my virus issues.This virus basically changes the registry settings of the HIDDEN variable known as Checked value to zero.The path to this registry value is

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced\Folder\Hidden\SHOWALL

DELETE the value CheckedValue in the right window. (Its type should be REG_SZ and data should be 2.)

Now create a new DWORD value called CheckedValue (same as above, except that the type is REG_DWORD). Modify the value data to 1 (0x00000001).

This should let you change the "Hidden Files and Folders" option.

*Note: If you still encounter problems,one way to counter check is that you check the Show hidden files option and then apply it.If the hidden files are not shown, Go the folder options again to ensure whether the radio button is checked or not.If it returns to Dont Show Hidden folder then you most probably have viruses that are residing on your HD.Install an antivirus to overcome this problem.

Recommended Antiviruses are:
Kaspersky antivirus - Light and efficient
AVG professional antivirus - Medium CPU usage and efficent
Bit Defender Antivirus - Strongest virus definiton database.
NOD32

A welcome message

Hi all,

I created this web blog in order to help all those who get stuck often when dealing with computer and hand held devices.So, it means you can post your query relating to operating system issues, smart devices and other portable systems.I will try my best to resolve your queries or redirect to you some forum or a person.More-over any suggestions or comments will be greatly appreciated pertaining to the fact it remains in the domain of the discussion.

Mentioned below are the categories for which i will be mostly dealing with.I will edit this limit as time passes and i get expertise in some other devices..
Operating Systems:
Windows XP- most experienced
Windows Vista
SUSE SLED 10.0 - Novice

Smart Devices:
Nokia N-series Symbian S60 V3 - Intermediate

Handheld devices:
Playstation Portable - eXpert
Ipod Nano - Intermediate

Computer Hardware:
You get my suggestions if you are having difficulty in choosing a computer with a limited budget.
I can tell you the Pros and Cons, all the tweaks and power you can get from the hardware/