Fix Red Ring of Death PERMANENTLY!

I’d like to share my thoughts on the 360 and its notorious problem that is the Red Ring of Death.

If you are having this problem, the best advice I can give you is to not follow the common advice from everyone else. That means:

  • Don’t open your XBOX up, get rid of the XCLAMPS, and replace it with bolts that put an unknown level of pressure on the fragile processors.
  • Don’t put a towel around your XBOX and overheat it. The XBOX shuts off at a specific temperature anyway. What the heat actually does is bend your motherboard. Bending the board causes damage to the tracings inside.
  • Don’t use a hot air gun because it’s difficult to focus the heat onto the chip.

Instead, use a service that specialises in repairing XBOX 360s. They will reflow the solder on the chip for you, and you won’t have the problem again.

Type XBOX 360 reflow service into eBay and you’ll see many services that do this for a nominal fee. A completely broken XBOX is much more expensive to replace than using a reflow service. Take my advice with no salt!

Zynga cancelled Space Wars – where’s the bad publicity?

I’m disappointed to see Zynga cancelling Space Wars. More to the point, without any warning.

Players of the game came online to play it one day only to find that it had been discontinued. Why was it discontinued? I speculate that it was likely because it was not bringing in profits, so it only makes sense that Zynga cut it. However, some warning would have been nice as it would have shown loyalty from Zynga to its customers.

Space Wars was in essence another clone of Mafia Wars – the basic concept game that has been cloned across 50% of Zynga’s arsenal of games.

Zynga also recently released a Plane into FarmVille, that flies above your farm and makes your crops grow INSTANTLY! However, the charge for this can be extortionate depending on the current state of your crops. And of course, you have to have real money to do it.

In my opinion, Zynga does not produce games of a high quality, and it won’t take much for another company to come along and push them out of the playing field. I found Google’s PacMan more addictive myself.

Use a free online organiser to keep your life organised

Scheduling applications are often a little complicated to use and are confined to a single PC. One application that isn’t confined to your local PC and actually goes wherever your Facebook goes, is Easy Schedule.

Easy Schedule:

  • Allows you to enter events in all weeks of the year.
  • Is easily accessible through your Facebook account.
  • Can be displayed on your profile so your friends can see what your schedule is for the next seven days.
  • Is incredibly easy to use.
  • Tallies up each colours’ hours through the week, so if you work multiple jobs you’ll know how many hours you’ve worked just by looking at your schedule.
  • Is FREE.

It has a 5 star rating so far, give it a try!

If you drop your laptop, back up your data.

Backing up data is something that many seldom remember to do, but it is one of the most important things we as computer users should do frequently.

Recently, my wife managed to grab her laptop before it fell off the side of the couch. The shock of her hand hitting the case went straight to the hard disk, and suddenly it was full of bad sectors. When it came out of standby, it was freezing constantly. And when we restarted it, it wouldn’t even try to load.

Luckily, I had backed the photographs up in January. However, it is now June. That’s several months of photographs lost. Right now I am copying the drive’s contents to another hard disk, in 3 days it has progressed 12%. It may take the whole month to recover the data.

Moral of the story: If you ever drop your laptop, or do anything to it that isn’t kind, let it be a prompt to back up your data. Yes it will take a few, but an hour plugged into an external hard drive beats 30 days of trying to recover valuable data that might be forever ruined.

Use eBoostr to speed up your computer

I came across a fantastic piece of software recently that I’d like to share with everyone.

eBoostr is a memory caching service. Allow me to elaborate on what it actually does:

When you load an application – for example, Internet Explorer – lots of files have to be loaded from the hard disk. The files are scattered all over the disk, and hard drives take a while to get to all the files. You’ll notice when the hard drve is loading files because the hard drive light will be flashing.

eBoostr takes the files that are accessed most frequently and stores a copy of them on a device that can read faster than the hard drive. You can use your computer’s physical memory / RAM if you have enough of it, or you can purchase a USB storage device (4GB USB key for example) and use it as your caching device.

Whenever your computer tries to access files, eBoostr will check to see if it has a copy available for quick access, and if it does it’ll speed up the reading considerably.

This is a very smart technology, and at less than $40 for the full version, it comes well recommended.

It is compatible with XP, Vista and Windows 7 32-bit editions. Download it here. The trial version works for 2 hours each time you boot up your computer.

Blogging posts produce ZERO AdSense clicks – PERIOD

After looking over my Analytics data for AdSense, I’ve realised that my blogging posts produce NO clicks. I won’t tell you how many impressions this is based on, but rest assured that my assumption is sound. This is clearly bringing my overall CTR down.

The ‘Computer Help’ category tends to be the only category that produces clicks, and so I have decided to only display ads on that category, as the ads offer no additional value to the user nor myself in other categories.

I’m going to be studying my Analytics data more closely to see if I can work out how to remove potentially useless impressions from pages depending on factors such as country, browser type, length of document. I recommend you all do the same, to avoid or remove smart pricing.

Fragile Allegiance – Classic DOS Game

Remember the game K240? Fragile Allegiance is K240, in the modern era of computing. Except, that modern has now become the past again, as does tend to happen in the world of computers.

Manage asteroids, dig ores, sell the ores for money, construct ships and missiles, destroy your neighbours. It’s all part of the game that is, Fragile Allegiance.

There is just something about this game that always keeps me interested. I go back every year and become addicted all over again. In fact, I love it so much, that I’ve been working on a Facebook game that takes some of its elements of game play directly from this.

Author: Gremlin Interactive
Year: 1996
Download: fragile.iso

Use System Restore to reverse viruses and other infections

Sometimes when you catch a virus, System Restore can present a quick fix.

To use System restore:

  1. Go to the Start Menu. In Vista, type System Restore and the program should appear. Otherwise, go to Programs, Accessories, System Tools, System Restore.
  2. When it has loaded, choose ‘Choose a different restore point’.
  3. Select a date where the infection wasn’t present.
  4. Click Next, then Finish.

Hopefully, this will remove the infection. Use an anti-virus/spyware application to clean any remaining files.

How to remove Antivirus 2010 (Spyware Removal)

It’s that time of the year again – the plethora of fake Antivirus applications is growing. Recently I’ve noticed many of my customers getting caught with this one.

Antivirus 2010 is usually caught from less-than-trustworthy websites. It disguises itself as a virus & spyware scanner. After it ‘scans’ your computer it reports many dangerous viruses that need to be removed. This year, the designers have gone a step further and introduced a fake blue screen of death, and security center alerts.

How to get rid of spyware.

To remove Antivirus 2010, simply follow these instructions:

  1. First, you can try System Restore to restore yourself to a day when the virus wasn’t present. In many cases, this works. Otherwise continue to the next step.
  2. Download and install Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware from here.
  3. Once installed, Anti-Malware should start. If it doesn’t, load it manually.
  4. Make sure you’re on the ‘Scanner’ tab. Select ‘Perform full scan’ and then click Scan.
  5. Sit back and have a cuppa!
  6. When it has finished, click the ‘Show Results’ button.
  7. Make sure everything in the list is selected, and click ‘Remove Selected’.

At this point, Antivirus 2010 should be gone. If it isn’t, leave a comment and I’ll try to assist further.

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