Category Archives: Information Superhighway

Convert Web Page into PDF

webpagetopdfIf you wish to save a certain web page into a PDF file and save it into your computer, simply head on to the link below:

http://www.web2pdfconvert.com/

Make sure to copy the URL of the web page before heading into the given link. This makes the process a lot smoother. After that, simply follow given instructions.

Source: web2pdfconvert.com

Share your computer’s internet connection with other devices

Having an internet connection is a nice thing. However, several of our gadgets at home also come with a WiFi chip built-in and these also can tap into a nearby WiFi signal. The sad thing is that only one person (one device) is capitalizing on a single connection making others (including other devices) in the dark. Moreover, internet routers are probably expensive to some because some internet providers demand additional charge for wireless internet connection sharing and/or the WiFi router itself.

The solution is very simple.

  1. First, make sure that your computer is running with stable LAN connection.
  2. If your computer doesn’t come with a WiFi chip inside, plug-in your WiFi dongle/adapter. Windows 7 or later will automatically install the needed drivers. If not, install the bundled software or download it from the manufacturer’s website.
  3. Click Start menu (Windows 7 and Vista) or press the Start button on your keyboard or touch panel (includes newer versions) and type “ad hoc”
  4. When you see the phrase that says “Create an ad hoc connection” on top, press enter or click it.
  5. Follow the prompts displayed on the screen. It’s up to you on how will you name your wireless network. You will also be given an option to save your network.
  6. If you want to make your wireless network to be secure, select WEP or WPA and enter your network password.
  7. WEP requires exactly 5 characters while WPA requires exactly 8 characters. Both can use letters, numbers, and special characters, and are case-sensitive.
  8. Before clicking “Finish,” click the one that says “Share this Internet Connection with other devices.” and wait for the progress box to disappear.
  9. Click “Finish” and get started.

That’s it, you can now use your devices to connect to your freshly made wireless network. Now everybody (not really, I mean those who know the network password) can now access your computer’s internet connection.

I use this method to share files between a PC and my iPod Touch (using file sharing) and it’s fast: significantly faster than Bluetooth 2.0 or connecting a USB cable.

What Doesn’t Work?

  1. Only use adapters that are “WiFi certified.” Otherwise, your network may cause interference with other devices or may damage the computer or the dongle itself.
  2. Devices which cannot use “Ad Hoc connection” cannot use this connection. i.e. some Android or Windows phones
  3. Connection don’t work if the host PC is always on. Otherwise, the internet connection will be interrupted.
  4.  A computer running a different operating system require different steps.
  5. Shared internet connection may not be as fast as the independent internet connection since the network bandwidth is distributed with the clients. A computer with two clients has faster download/upload speeds than those with several clients tapping the same connection at the same time.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave your comments below.

If LASER stands for…, what about MP3?

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Interestingly, we use some authentic english words found in dictionary which are unbelievably acronyms!

In fact, the word laser which you use during PowerPoint or Keynote Presentations is short for

Light Amplification by Stimulating Emission of Radiation.

However the word MP3 which is a format in which your music is compressed can be expanded into following notations:

MPEG 4 Layer 3

or

Motion Picture Experts’ Group 4 Layer 3.

So next time you listen to your MP3 player or having the power to point during presentations, try point out their expanded names.

-from TechStuff and Encarta Encyclopedia 2009

Can’t create a free iTunes account? There’s a solution for that!

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Have an iOS device but can’t get apps from its wide variety of 800,000 and counting apps to choose from the App Store?

There’s a solution for that. iTunes requires a credit card for a user to create an iTunes account to buy apps; however, free apps don’t need credit cards for a purchase to be taken place. Around 40% of the apps available in the App Store are free (9to5mac.com). That’s around (several) free apps available. So why not maximize your iOS device with that potential?

But why can’t I create that free account in the first place?

Apple has taken a marketing strategy to encourage users to buy apps from its store. Apple does this by hiding or moving its free account creation somewhere else.

Here’s why it don’t show up:

  1. Open iTunes application. If you don’t have iTunes installed, simply visit iTunes download then hit the download button.
  2.  Select iTunes Store on the left hand side of the display.
  3.  Click Sign In button on the upper right hand side of the display.
  4. Select ‘I don’t have an account’.
  5. Enter some personal user information then click Next.
  6. On the top of the display you see only three payment options namely Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Some may see different.

The fourth or last option which NONE is hidden.

So, how can I make the “None” option show up?

  1. Open iTunes application.
  2. Select iTunes Store on the left hand side of the display.
  3. This time, instead of clicking the Sign Up button, look for the Top Free Apps on the right hand side of the display. If you can’t see it, scroll down to see more.
  4. Choose from one of the free apps then click the free button.
  5. You will be presented with the Sign Up dialog box.
  6. Select ‘I don’t have an account’.
  7. Enter some personal user information then click Next.
  8. On the top of the display you will now see four payment options namely Visa, MasterCard, and American Express as well as NONE. Some may see different. Choose none.
  9. Continue entering some information on the required fields.
  10. When done, click Create Account. You have successfully created your iTunes account.

Activate your account

9. Go to your email client or website where you have entered your email address during the account creation.
10. Enter your log-in information.
11. Open your inbox and locate the email Apple has sent you. If you can’t find that email, it is either that email has not arrived yet or it was moved to the spam folder.
11. Open that verification email.
12. Simply click on the verification link found in the email. You will be redirected to another site.
13. On that site, enter your log-in information you have just entered during the registration process then click Verify.
14. You will be redirected to iTunes.
15. Log-in to iTunes if you are not logged in yet.

And you’re done.

With your new account, you now have access to 120,000 free apps available through the App Store. Just choose the app you like then click the Free button. iTunes will automatically download the app for you and is ready for syncing for your device.

What if I would like to buy an app?

If you find any app you would like to pay for, just enter your payment method in the Account Settings. It is found by clicking your email address on the upper right hand of the iTunes Store window.

Does your mobile phone always connect to the internet unnecessarily?

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Incurring unwanted prepaid/postpaid credits due to unnecessary internet connection is one of most people’s headaches. Most smartphones’ applications connect to the internet to retrieve or send information without requesting user’s approval. Some of these activities include push email, push notifications, location tracking, email fetching and messenger/social updates. Every connection attempt takes toll on credits as well as battery life.

How should it be done?

If you don’t need internet connectivity temporarily, you can disable your device from connecting unnecessarily with a simple hack. You can enable it later if you need internet connectivity and then disable it when you’re done.

Simply change your Access Point Name by adding or removing a character from the predefined access point string.

For example, if your access point name is “http.globe.com.ph“, simply delete the last character or add something into it. The resulting string will be “http.globe.com.p” or “http.globe.com.php“. This way, an error will occur when an app attempts to connect thus preventing unnecessary and unattended internet connection. It is recommended to add a letter instead if you tend to forget which letter you have removed.

You can locate this setting by going into Internet connectivity settings of your device. The location of this setting vary from one device operating system to another.

For iOS users:

    1. Go to Settings, General, Network, Internet Settings
    2. Remove the last character from the access point string or add something into it.

If you want to save power and extend battery, you may turn off 3G. Most phone calls and text messages can still work without 3G turned on.

If you want to connect to the internet, go to that setting and add the letter or character that you have removed. Turn on 3G to enable faster web browsing as well.

For Symbian users:

    1. Go to the settings menu
    2. Choose Connectivity, then Destinations, Internet, (access point)
    3. Select Access Point Name
    4. 4. Remove the last letter of the access point or add something into it.
    5. 5. Select Ok.

If you have a different phone, please refer to your manufacturer’s manual.

Transition from USB Flash Drive to Online Cloud Storage

Which of the following scenarios have you ever experienced?

  1. I keep on getting viruses on my USB flash drive and my computer.
  2. I occasionally lose my important files.
  3. My flash drive is not enough to carry all my files with me everywhere I go.
  4. I don’t like the feeling of plugging and unplugging my device especially to untrusted computers.
  5. I don’t want my sensitive data to get into the hands of an strangers.
  6. I want to save and retrieve my files to and from the internet anytime and anywhere there is internet connection.

If that is the case, it’s time to move “To The Cloud”!

What is “the cloud”?

Technically, when we hear the word “cloud”, we can think of masses of tiny water droplets floating in the sky. In terms of computing, it refers to the servers in the back-end of the internet which allows you to access and retrieve your e-mail, applications and data from their servers.

How does it work?

If you recall what have you learned about water cycle back then, you might come into conclusion that Cloud Computing actually works like that!

First, water vapour from the streams, valleys and oceans including the one that evaporates when you dry your clothes under the sun evaporates in to the atmosphere. These tiny water particles join to form clouds. As the cloud gets heavy enough, it condenses to make rain. These water particles go back to earth in the same or different place. Finally, same process repeat itself over and over again.

Similarly, cloud computing works similarly. Imagine your files can be compared to water in a basin. This files break into smaller packets as it is being uploaded into the cloud server. The cloud server then joins these packets together to form the original file. As the need arises, you can download the same file. The server breaks again the file into packets which will be sent into your computer. Finally, your computer collects these packets to form the original file. You can download the same file over and over again.

How do I store my files into the Cloud?

First of all, you need create an account from a service provider. There are a lot of cloud services in the internet you can choose from. These services range from individual user to small business to large enterprises. Prices vary according to your needs from free to a monthly or yearly fee. Some popular cloud storage services are Dropbox, Box.net, SugarSync, GoogleDocs, MobileMe and Windows Live Skydrive.

Where do I start?

It depends on your choice and needs. In this article, let’s start with Dropbox. It is one of the most popular on-line cloud services besides of its easy to use interface, convenience and price which is free.

How do I start?

  1. First of all, you need to create an account. Visit http://www.dropbox.com to get started.
  2. On the upper right corner of the screen, click Log-in.
  3. From the drop down menu, choose Create an Account.
  4. Enter your personal details on the boxes provided for like First Name, Last Name, Email and Password. It is recommended to create a hard-to-guess password to protect your data and your online security.
  5. Once done, hit the Create Account button  to continue.
  6. You will be asked to download and install its desktop companion but it is optional.
  7. You will be directed to its main interface to help you get started.