Monday, June 22, 2009

Returnil Virtual System 2008 Personal Edition

Returnil Virtual System is a software that be able to protect your computer from unwanted changes e.g. computer virus, Trojan, etc. So it can keep your computer clean and safe from those threats. It’s different from other protection software that need frequent update such as antivirus or antispyware.


Sunday, June 7, 2009

FlexTk Express – A Full Featured File Manager

FlexTk Express maybe not the best file manager you can find but it offers many features that no other file manager have. Here’s some feature that FlexTk Express has:

1. File Searching
You can search for files with matching criteria (by category, types, tag, attributes, filename, path, etc.). This feature is very unique because it offers more than 15 searching criteria so you can accurately find the files you want.
2. Files & Directory Synchronization
This feature can be used to sync files and directory from one to another directory.
3. File Classification
This feature can be used to classify the files by its type (images, archive, movies, temporary, music, etc.) so you can know every files you have by its type.
4. Storage Utilization Analysis
This feature will analyze used space in your drives so you can know which files that take much space or which files that take less space. The analysis is shown in percentage.
5. Find Duplicate Files
This feature can be used to find duplicate files in your drive so you can save more space by deleting the duplicates.
6. Drive Clean Up
This feature can be used to clean up the unused files (cookies, temporary files, deleted files, etc.) so you can free up more space.


AntiFreeze - Emergency Task Manager

Sometimes you may find that your computer locks up or become not responding. Then you may hit Ctrl + Alt + Del button to bring up Windows Task Manager to end the program that is not responding. Sometimes your computer doesn’t respond to your Ctrl + Alt + Del button so you cannot end the unresponsive program then you desperately press the reset button.

AntiFreeze is an emergency task manager that may help you recover your system from not responding state. It can be used as the last recourse before you decided to press the reset button so you can save your work. To use the AntiFreeze just hit Ctrl+Win+Alt+Home and all of the program that currently running in your computer will be suspended and you can end the unresponsive program and recover your system. AntiFreeze is not guaranteed to work in all condition but it’s a better solution than Windows Task Manager to recover your system.


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

No$GBA Additional Tools : No$Zoomer

You must be already know about No$GBA, a Nintendo DS emulator for PC. It's a good NintendoDS emulator but you may realize that the No$GBA window is relatively small for monitor with large resolution (1027X 768 >>). On the another hand No$GBA provide no window rotation feature that needed for some games. That’s why we need an additional tool for No$GBA.

On my last post, I already tell you about NOZ, an No$GBA tools that support that support both zooming features and window rotation. There are another No$GBA tools called No$Zoomer. No$Zoomer has similar feature to NOZ but with more features. The usage are the same, download the zip file, open the zip file with WinRAR or Winzip (if it’s zipped), extract the zip content and put it in the No$GBA root folder. Run No$Zoomer.exe and enjoy the show….

Here’s some NO$Zoomer capabilities :
1. Refresh rate adjustment (FPS setting)
2. Support window rotation
3. Window Scaling (scale up and bottom window size)
4. Screen filter
5. Fullscreen view
6. Window separation (separate the up and bottom window)
7. Mic support
8. Time & date change
9. Turbo mode
10. R4 cheat support
11. Rom Information


No$GBA Additional Tools : NOZ

You must be already know about No$GBA, a Nintendo DS emulator for PC. But you may realize that the No$GBA window is relatively small for monitor with large resolution (1027X 768 >>). On the another hand No$GBA provide no window rotation feature that needed for some games. That’s why we need an additional tool for No$GBA.

NOZ is one of No$GBA additional tools that support both zooming features and window rotation. You can download NOZ from the link below. After you downloaded the zip files, extract the content and put it in the No$GBA root folder. Run NOZ.exe and enjoy the show….

Here’s some NOZ capabilities :
1. Refresh rate adjustment (FPS setting)
2. Support window rotation
3. Window Swap (swap between up and bottom window)
4. Window Scaling (scale up and bottom window size)
5. Skinning support (Nintendo DS look on your PC)
6. Screen filter


Manage You Daily Task With Essential PIM

EssentialPIM is free personal information manager that can store, manage and encrypt data: day/week/month/year schedules, to do lists for keeping all your tasks up-to-date, notes (pictures, tables, any formatted text) and contacts. Offers Rijndael 128-bit encryption for protecting your database, MS Outlook import/export, Windows Address Book import/export, search capabilities, versatile print features and adjustable contacts storage with unlimited number of fields. You can download EssentialPIM here (

Here’s some EssentialPIM features :
• EPIM Today (for viewing your today activity)
• Schedule management (day/week/month/year)
• To-do list
• Contacts
• Notes
• Keyboard Shortcut
• Database autosave
• Backup feature
• Export and import HTML, RTF, CSV, TXT and TreePad
• Export and import from and to another program
• Database encryption with AES 128-bit key
• Multilanguage support
• Trash management ( for keeping your old tasks :) ) Read more...

Friday, April 10, 2009

No$GBA: Nintendo DS Emulator for PC

No$GBA is a Nintendo Dual Screen (Nintendo DS) emulator for pc. You can download it here. It can emulate most homebrew and commercial Nintendo DS Games. But on some games I tested (not many), there are some of them that are not emulated perfectly (or not supported). Actually there are other Nintendo DS emulators such as iDeaS or DeSmuME but I think No$GBA are the most compatible (and fastest) emulator for Nintendo DS Games so far.
Even that No$GBA is the most compatible emulator for Nintendo DS, it still lack of viewing convenience. The window is relatively small for monitor with high resolution (1027 x 768 >>), but you can use some additional tools to make the window look bigger with zooming tools such as NO$MOOZ, NO$Zoomer, NO$GBA2X, myZoom, NOZ and NDS2xGL2. (just go googling to find it….)
No$GBA still have no support for window rotation. Window rotation sometime needed for some games that are left-to-right oriented (normally Nintendo DS games are top-down oriented).
For you information, both iDeaS and DeSmuME already support window zooming and window rotation so you don’t have to use additional tools for these emulator.


WSSC (Windows System Control Center) ~ Tools for Hardcore Windows User ~

WSSC (Windows System Control Center) is actually only a front-end (launcher) for popular Systeminternals Suite and Nirsoft Utilities. Both Systeminternals Suite and Nirsoft Utilities are collection of windows utilites that are useful for windows advance user or system administrator. It’s free for download and you can download it here:

Since WSCC is only a front-end (launcher), it means that you have to download the tools first from the author website but you can also download the tools that you want to use directly in the WSCC window.
The advantage for using WSCC is that you can use systeminternals and nirsoft programs in categorized view (Process Utilites, Security Utilites ,etc.) so you’ll be able to find the tool you need easily. There’s also a built in search tool for your convenient.

Integrating Systeminternals Suite and Nirsoft Utilities with WSCC

After downloading the tools you have to integrate it first for use with WSSC. Here’s the steps :
1. Open the Options Window
- Click the Option button on the upper-right WSCC window.
2. Setting the Systemintenals and Nirsoft utilites location
- Click the software tab
- Browse for Systemintenals and Nirsoft utilites location on harddisk

Adding programs that are not yet downloaded
Just click the program name you want to download then the tools will be downloaded directly from the author’s website.

Searching for the Programs you need

Use the search tool provided in the WSCC window.


Are you looking for free multimedia file converter that supports many kinds of file format? Format factory may be the answer to that question. Format Factory is a free and full featured multimedia file converter. You can download it here. There are many file formats that are supported by this program. This is some file types that are supported by this software:

Supported convert to file extension:
- Video
MP4 | 3GP | AVI | WMV | MPG | VOB | FLV | SWF
- Audio
MP3 | WMA | FLAC | AAC | MMF |AMR | M4A | M4R | OGG | MP2 | WAV
- Picture

Additional tools that are provided by Format Factory:
  • DVD to Video File
  • Music CD to Audio File
  • ISO <--> CSO
- Advance tools
  • Video Merge
  • Media File Info


Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Lingoes is a free language translator software. It support many collection of free dictionary and support online translation via google translate, yahoo translate and other online translation resources. Branded dictionaries, thesaurus and encyclopedias are also provided free for download on Lingoes website. You can download Lingoes here

Features :
1. Translation over 80 languages
2. Capture word on screen for direct translation
3. Text to speech support
4. Free dictionaries and encyclopedias (Cambridge, Wordnet, Meriam-Webster, Oxford, etc)
5. Integrated small application (appendices)

Here’s the basic manual for using Lingoes

1. Translating a single word

Just type the text you want to translate on the text area on top of Lingoes window and hit enter.

2. Translating a paragraph

1. Click the Text Translation button on the right panel
2. Type or paste the paragraph you want to translate
3. Choose the translation engine (google, yahoo, etc)
4. Choose the translation direction (English => Japanese)
5. Click Translate

Make sure that you’re connected to the internet for translation to work

3. Capture word on screen

1. Select the word you want to translate
2. Press Ctrl + Right click (default)
3. The translation result then will pop-out on the window

4. Installing new dictionaries

1. Click the guide tab (the second tab on the left side of lingoes)
2. Click dictionaries
3. Click Install From Lingoes or click Install if you already downloaded one

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Let’s resume our lesson about PC Virtualization using VirtualBox. If you haven’t been in this class before, please follow this link. Okay if you’re ready, now open your VirtualBox window and follow the given instruction.
In this lesson we’ll try to install Windows XP in Virtual PC environment. Here’s the requirement for doing this tutorial:

1. A PC with VirtualBox installed and configured for Windows XP (if you don’t know how to do this, please follow this link)
2. A Windows XP Original CD
3. A snack, maybe……

Ok everybody, fasten your seatbelt and let the show begin…..

1. A New Beginning
- Open your VirtualBox main window
- Insert your Windows XP installation CD into CD Drive
- Start your WindowsXP Virtual Machine by hitting Start button
- If you received a notification about no bootable medium in your Virtual PC, click Devices menu > Mount CD/DVD-Rom > Host Drive (Your CD Drive:) then click Machine > Reset or Right Ctrl + R

2. A Good Start
- If everything goes right, you will see the Windows Setup window

- If you are ready for installing Windows, hit ENTER on your keyboard
- Select the partition you want to install Windows
- Follow the rest of Windows installation then restart your computer when asked

3. Adding Supplement for Your New Windows XP

- You’ll need to install VirtualBox Guest Addition for enabling advance features for your guest OS
- On Windowed mode, click Devices > Install Guest Additions
- The Guest Addition window will now appear, if not please run it manually from My Computer > CD Drive
- Follow the installation instruction, restart your computer when asked

4. Testing your Brand New Windows XP
- Try switching to Fullscreen Mode by pressing Right Ctrl + F
- Try Seamless Mode by pressing Right Ctrl + L. You’ll see the window that are displayed within virtual machine will appear side by side next to the window of your host.
- Try saving snapshot for your virtual machine, you can save state your current virtual machine state and revert it back to original state when needed. On the VirtualBox main window click Snapshots tab > Click Take Snapshot button (the button with camera icon). To revert it back to original state click “Revert to Current Snapshot”

- Press Right Ctrl on your keyboard if you want to get control of your mouse back from virtual machine window.

- Press Right Ctrl + L for activating Seamless Mode. In this mode you can have your virtual machine window appear side by side next to window of your host. (This mode only available if you already installed the VirtualBox Guest Addition)

- Installed RAM will be spared for the virtual machine so make sure your host operating system still have enough RAM for running properly or your virtual machine will be halted or maybe both of them will be crashed.

- You can manage your current Virtual Hard Disk, CD/DVD Image and Floppy Image by clicking File > Virtual Media Manager on VirtualBox main GUI.

- Don’t forget to install Guest Additions for your guest operating system otherwise your guest operating system wont work properly. (It will install mouse, VGA and sound driver for your guest OS).

This article concluded our tutorial of PC Virtualization Software. That’s all for now, see you on the next tutorial in my headquarters. I really appreciate if you spent your little time for leaving comments or maybe suggestion for me. Sorry for my bad English. ^-^

Monday, February 9, 2009


PC Virtualization software is application that can be used to make a virtual PC environment in your PC. You can run a Linux liveCD in your Windows without having to restart your PC, install new OS without having to partition your disk or maybe testing new software without messing your registry. PC Virtualization runs directly on top of your current operating system and runs like a normal application. PC Virtualization consists of two elements, the “host” or your physical PC (Real PC) and “guest” or your virtual machine (VirtualPC).
VirtualBox is one of PC Virtualization software. It’s free, run in many host operating system [Windows, Linux, Apple Mac OS and Solaris] and support many guest operating system [DOS, Windows, Linux, BS and OS/2]. You can download it here.

In this article I’ll show you how to install a Windows operating system on your current Windows operating system (If you’re using Microsoft Windows) using VirtualBox. This first part of the tutorial will assist you in setting up a new virtual machine for your guest operating system.

1. Creating a New Virtual Machine (VM)

- Click Start > Programs > Sun xVM VirtualBox > VirtualBox
- Click New > Next
- Type the VM name
- Choose the Guest OS Type
- Click Next

2. Allocating RAM for your VM
- Move the slider as needed (Min. 128 MB for Windows XP)
- Click Next

Notes: Choose this setting carefully, make sure that the allocated RAM for your VM not exceeding your installed RAM.

3. Specifying a Virtual Hard Disk for your VM
- Click New
- Click Next
- Choose Fixed-size storage (recommended for better performance)
- Click Next
- Set the location of the Virtual Disk
- Specify the Virtual Disk size (Min. 1.5 GB for Windows XP)
- Click Next
- Click Finish,
- Proceed to next step by clicking Next then Finish

4. Advance Setting and Tweaks for your VM

- Click Setting on the main VirtualBox window (you will see the settings for your current VM)

- Tweaks
\\ On General > Basic Tab
> Specify the Video Memory Size (optional)
> Enable 3D Acceleration

\\ On Hard Disks Tab
> Enable SATA Controller
> Choose SATA Port 0 for your current Hard Disk
> Add new Virtual Disk for your secondary storage (optional)

\\ On CD/DVD Rom Tab
> Check Mount CD/DVD Drive
> Specify your Windows XP installation CD location (ISO Image or Host Drive) – this is will be used when installing guest operating system

\\ On Floppy Drive Tab
> Check Mount Floppy Drive (optional)

\\ On Audio Tab
> Check Enable Audio (for audio output support)
> Choose Windows DirectSound (enable audio)
> Choose Audio Controller

\\ On Network Tab
> Check Enable Network Adapter (for communicating with outside world ^_^).
> Check Cable Connected (plugged)

\\ On Serial Ports Tab
> Check Enable Serial Port (optional)

\\ On USB Tab
> Check Enable USB Controller
> Check Enable USB 2.0 (EHCI) Controller (for USB 2.0 support)

\\ On Shared Folders Tab
> Add new folder that you want to be shared with the guest operating system

- Click OK

5. Gentleman Start Your Engines!!
- Click Start to run your Brand New Virtual Machine

6. Installing Guest Operating System
- To be concluded …. [part 2]

The rest of tutorial will be concluded on the second part of this tutorial. That’s all for now, as always I hope this “short” explanation will be helpful for you. Don’t forget to leave comments okay? ^_^



Sometimes we’re working with many applications and windows. Opening many application and windows simultaneously will make your desktop and taskbar full and it will be difficult when we’re going to switch between windows. What if we’re able to use as many as desktop we want? Then this small but useful utility will help you out.
Deskpot is a virtual desktop utility. You can make a virtual desktop up to 20 desktops, switching between desktop, moving application from one to other desktop and assigning different wallpapers to each desktop. You can download Deskpot here.

Configuring Deskpot

1. The First Impression
- You can run Deskpot from Start Menu > Deskpot x.x > Deskpot x.x
(x.x = build number)
- Deskpot now will resident on the system tray

2. Configuring Deskpot Setting

- Right click on the Deskpot icon on the system tray
- Click Setting
- On the General tab, choose the number or desktop you want
- Check Start automatically with Windows (optional)
- Click Controls tab
- Choose the key combination for switching between desktop on the Switch desktop section
- Click Apply then OK

Notes: You can fine tune the settings to fulfill your needs. The settings above are the most used by me.

3. Configuring Desktop Appearance

- Right click on the Deskpot icon on the system tray
- Click Configure Desktops
- In this window you can assign different wallpaper and resolution for each desktop
- On the Properties tab, name your desktop and choose the desktop resolution you want
- On the Background tab, choose the wallpaper for current desktop
- On the Tools tab, you can hide desktop components and tweak the desktop appearance
- On the Start-Up, you can autorun an application when entering or exiting current desktop

4. Working with Multiple Desktop

- To switch between desktop, right click on the desktop icon on the system tray, choose the desktop you want to switch or you can use the hotkey that has been assigned in step 2
- To preview your desktops, right click on the desktop icon on the system tray, click Full-screen preview
- To move an application window to another desktop, right click on the application bar on the taskbar, choose Deskpot > Move > Desktop x
- To copy an application window to another desktop, right click on the application bar on the taskbar, choose Deskpot > Copy > Desktop x

Notes: You can also access this menu by right clicking the active window title. If the menu doesn’t appear, on the desktop setting window, click Appearance tab, give check on Add Deskpot entries to the system menus of all windows.

Okay, that’s all for now. As always, I hope this “short” explanation will be helpful for you. Don’t forget to leave comments okay? ^_^.


Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Tired looking for your files/mp3’s in your CD-DVD collection? If must be a hard work checking your disc one-by-one especially when your collections are huge. CD-DVD Cataloging software will come handy for this job. Some examples of CD-DVD Cataloging software are VisualCD , InsideCAT and OfflineCDBrowser. Some of these software can also be used to include file contents in ZIP files, MP3 information (ID3 Tags), video information, picture Information and also thumbnails in their catalog. So you can easily find your files/MP3 or even your files that compressed in ZIP files.
I would recommend VisualCD for CD/Disk cataloging because the features are complete enough for cataloging purposes and also the indexing speed is quick. InsdeCAT offers more features but the indexing speed is rather slow. OfflineCDBrowser (OCDB) lack in features and it’s can only be used to index your files structure but it’s the quickest of them all.


Step 1. Run VisualCD from Start Menu

VisualCD GUI

You know how to do this one…

Step 2. Configuring VisualCD

Configuring Visual CD

- Click Options > Configuration
- Click Catalog tab
- Select the information you want to be indexed (ID3 Tag, Picture Information, etc.). If you include many options, it will slow down the indexing process. I recommend disabling some features to speed up indexing process.
- Click Apply then OK

Step 3. Begin cataloging your CD

Creating New Catalog

- Insert the CD you want to be indexed in CD/DVD Drive (you don’t have to insert anything if you just want to index your hardisk contents)
- Click Files > New
- Browse for files you want to be indexed
- Insert the catalog filename
- Set the catalog location
- Set the volume label (e.g MyBackup001)
- Add the catalog description (e.g My First CD Catalog)
- Click OK

Step 4. Searching for files in the catalog

Searching Files in Catalog

- Click Search > Files in Catalogs ..
- Type the information you want to find on Search Bar (e.g filename, ID3 Tags, etc.)
- If you want to include other catalog files, Click List > Add Catalog
- Set the Search Option (As needed)
- Click Seach Now
- View the Result in Search Results tab

Tips :
- You can update your catalog files by clicking Tools > Update Catalog ..
- You can password protect your catalog files by clicking Tools > Change Password

Okay, that’s all for now. As always, I hope this “short” explanation will be helpful for you. Don’t forget to leave comments okay? ^_^.

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Nokia Symbian S40 vs Symbian S60

Mungkin banyak diantara kita yang memiliki handset (mobile phone) bermerek Nokia, namun seringkali kita tidak tahu sistem operasi apa dan yang mana yang digunakan pada handset Nokia tersebut. Kebanyakan handset Nokia yang beredar menggunakan sistem operasi Symbian S40 atau Symbian S60 meskipun ada handset Nokia yang menggunakan sistem operasi Symbian seri yang lain. Namun dalam bahasan kali ini saya hanya akan membahas perbandingan antara sistem operasi Symbian S40 dengan Symbian S60 karena kedua sistem operasi ini yang banyak dipakai oleh kebanyakan handset Nokia.

Perbedaan OS Nokia Symbian S60 dengan OS Nokia Symbian S40 :

1. Nokia Symbian S60 memiliki tombol menu sedangkan Nokia Symbian S40 tidak.

Mari kita mulai dengan membedakan secara cepat mana handset dengan sistem operasi Symbian S40 dan Symbian S60.
Mengenali handset Nokia Symbian S60 cukup mudah ditandai dengan adanya tombol menu khusus untuk masuk ke menu utama. Pada handset Nokia Symbian S40 tidak ada tombol menu melainkan hanya softkey kiri dan kanan. (maaf, belum ada gambarnya untuk saat ini.)
Kedua perbedaan ini dapa anda gunakan untuk membedakan secara cepat ketika anda melihat suatu ponsel Nokia apakah ia menggunakan sistem operasi Nokia Symbian S40 atau Nokia Symbian S60.

2. Nokia Symbian S60 dapat menjalankan aplikasi Symbian sedangkan Nokia Symbian S40 tidak.

Memang aneh karena meskipun mengusung nama Symbian, Nokia Symbian S40 hanya dapat menjalankan aplikasi Java (.jar) dan tidak dapat menjalankan aplikasi Symbian (.sis). Sedangkan Nokia Symbian S60 sudah barang tentu dapat menjalankan aplikasi Symbian (.sis). Hal ini menjadikan Nokia Symbian S60 memiliki lebih banyak pilihan aplikasi untuk dijalankan.

3. Nokia Symbian S60 dapat terinfeksi virus sedangkan Nokia Symbian S40 tidak.

Benarkah demikian? Memang ternyata Nokia Symbian S40 tidak dapat terkena virus (sepanjang pengetahuan penulis sih begitu ...) karena Nokia Symbian S40 hanya dapat menjalankan Java sedangkan Nokia Symbian S60 berpotensi terinfeksi virus dari aplikasi Symbian. Hal ini menjadi nilai plus bagi Nokia Symbian S40 karena imun terhadap segala jenis virus ponsel sedangkan Nokia Symbian S60 harus diimunisasi dengan antivirus khusus Symbian agar tidak terinfeksi virus.

4. Nokia Symbian S60 dapat melakukan multitasking sedangkan Nokia Symbian S40 tidak.

Salah satu kelebihan lain dari Nokia Symbian S60 adalah kemampuannya untuk melakukan multitasking (menjalankan lebih dari satu aplikasi dalam satu waktu) sehingga memudahkan mereka yang sering berpindah-pindah antar aplikasi tanpa menutup aplikasi yang sedang berjalan. Sedangkan pada Nokia Symbian S40 yang notabene hanya dapat menjalankan satu aplikasi pada satu waktu maka anda harus bergantian ketika akan menjalankan aplikasi yang lain.
Sebagai contoh bila anda menggunakan handset Nokia Symbian S40 dan anda sedang chatting di eBuddy kemudian anda ingin browsing melalui Opera Mini anda hanya perlu meminimize aplikasi eBuddy dan menjalankan Opera Mini tanpa harus menutup eBuddy, namun bagi anda pengguna Nokia Symbian S40 maka anda harus menutup aplikasi eBuddy ketika akan menjalankan Opera Mini.

5. Aplikasi pada Nokia Symbian S40 tidak perlu di Install hanya di Copy-Paste-kan sedangkan pada Nokia Symbian S60 sebaliknya.
Ada lagi kelebihan Nokia Symbian S40 dari kemudahannya dalam menginstall aplikasi yaitu semua aplikasi yang berjalan di Nokia Symbian S40 dapat langsung si Copy-Paste-kan ke dalam handset bila anda menginstalasikannya dari PC. Sedangakan pada Nokia Symbian S60 ada proses instalasi ketika ingin menginstall aplikasi seperti layaknya sebuah PC.

Nah, anda kini telah mengetahui perbedaan antara handset Nokia Symbian S40 dengan OS Nokia Symbian S60 (bagi yang belum tahu ..). Kini anda mungkin menanyakan mana sistem operasi yang lebih baik apakah Nokia Symbian S40 atau Nokia Symbian S60.
Jawabannya tergantung dari selera dan kebutuhan anda. Bila anda tak ingin repot dengan urusan virus dan ingin kepraktisan dalam menginstall aplikasi maka Nokia Symbian S40 pilihannya. Sebaliknya bila anda ingin handset Nokia dengan kemampuan multitasking dan pilihan aplikasi yang lebih banyak maka Nokia Symbian S60 pilihan anda.

Baiklah, sekian untuk sekarang, jangan lupa bila anda berkenan tinggalkan sedikit komentar, kritik ataupun saran pada kolom komentar dibawah. Semoga artikel ini bermanfaat.


Friday, January 23, 2009


Sometimes you need to write something in japanese character (kana) but most of us use english keyboard layout (QWERTY Keyboard). But you don't have to buy a new keyboard with japanese layout because you can use Windows XP features to write japanese character in your QWERTY keyboard.
Writing katakana or hiragana in WindowsXP can be done by configuring your keyboard layout to Japanese then you can type hiragana-katakana with natural input ( WYTWYG --> What You Type Is What You Get n_n).

Okay let's begin .....

Step 1. Journey to the Center of the Computer
Click Start > Control Panel > Regional and Language Options

Step 2. Installing Supplemental Language Support
- Go to Languages tab, give mark on Install files for East Asian Languages then click apply
- Insert Windows XP CD to CD Drive when asked

Step 3. Enabling Language Bar
Right click on the Taskbar > Choose Toolbar > Language Bar

Step 4. Adding Keyboard input for Japanese
- Right click on the Language Bar > Click Settings..
- Go to Settings Tab
- Choose Japanese
- Click Add > Keyboard Input/IME > Microsoft IME Standard 2002 ver. 8.1
- Click OK

Step 5. Writing Hiragana-Katakana with Natural Input
Natural Input --> WYTWYG (What You Type Is What You Get)

- On the language bar left click [EN] (English) button (if you’re using English keyboard layout)
- Choose Japanese [JP]
- Click Input Mode > Choose whatever you want (Hiragana/Katakana)
- Begin typing …

e.g if you want to type SAKURA in Japanese, then all you need to do is begin typing SA-KU-RA 「さくら」in you keyboard then it will be converted automatically in Hiragana/Katakana.

Extra Notes :
- If you unable to see extra button of the language bar, click on [EN]/[JP] button then click Show the Language Bar.
- You can press Left Alt + Shift to change between languages.

Okay, that’s all for now. I hope this “short” explanation will be helpful for you. Don’t forget to leave comment okay? ^_^ (Sorry, no pictures yet).

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Thursday, January 22, 2009


There are many disk partitioning tools e.g Partition Magic or Paragon Partition Manager but if you are looking for free and gpl licensed software, Parted Magic is your choice.

Parted Magic is a special linux distro for disk management and partitioning. You may download it from here.

There is other Linux disk management and partitioning OS like System Rescue CD or GParted but Parted Magic is more user friendly and easy to use.

After downloading Parted Magic you will get an ISO file and you need to burn the ISO file using CD burning software e.g Nero , Ashampoo Burning Studio or Deepburner or you can make a Live USB Bootdisk using syslinux utility (included in Parted Magic ISO). You can extract the files from ISO file using Winrar or ISOBuster.

Screenshot 01 – Parted Magic Menu

Step-by-step harddisk partitioning using Parted Magic:

Step 1. Set Your First Boot to CD or USB Disk

Set your First Boot from BIOS to CD (if you’re using CD) or USB Disk (if you’re using Live USB Bootdisk).

Step 2. Parted Magic Startup Menu

Select “Default settings” for running Parted Magic on RAM/Ejects CD or select “Do not eject CD” if you don’t want to remove the CD when Parted Magic is running.

Step 3. Parted Magic GUI

Select Gparted from Menu or Parted Magic Desktop for starting the Gparted Partition Manager.

Step 4. Partitioning the Disk



Screenshot 02 – Creating New Partition

- Select the disk that you want to be partitioned

- Click New

- Input the new size of the partition.

- Set the partition type (Logical or Primary Partition)

- Set the filesystem (FAT16, FAT32 or NTFS)

- Enter the label for the partition (optional)

- Click Add

- Follow the instruction above for remaining space of the harddisk

Notes: You have to make an Extended Partition if you want to make a Logical Partition.

Step 5. Executing Pending Operations

Screenshot 03 – Applying Pending Operations

- There will be pending operations on the bottom of the parted window. If you are ready to partition the disk, right click on the pending operations and click Apply All Operations.

Step 6. Finishing

- Make sure that every partition has been created successfully.

Screenshot 04 – List of Completed Operations

- Click close to close the notification window.


Extra Notes:

If you just want to resize or convert the existing partition on your harddisk, right click on the partition that you want to edit then click Resize/Move to resize/move your existing partition or click Format to to convert your partition to other filesystem. Just make sure that you backup your important data before doing this. Nobody knows if something bad happened to your data right? :p

Screenshot 05 – Resizing/Moving Existing Partition

Okay, that’s all for now. I hope this “short” explanation will be helpful for you. Don’t forget to leave comment okay? ^_^

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