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Simple Webcam Viewer Software for Windows 7 Updated to Version V2.2

October 29, 2015 Leave a comment

Since my post back in September 2012 Bust a Tech software have been releasing new versions of there great simple webcam viewer software click on the link below to be taken to V2.2 of the software

Webcam Viewer V2.2

And if you want to try the latest beta version you can find it at this link.

Webcam Viewer v3.1 beta 2

How to easily enter safe mode in windows 8

May 26, 2013 Leave a comment

windows-8-logoOne of the comments I received this week was

“How do I get to safe mode in windows 8 ?”

Now I have yet to enter safe mode on my test Win 8 virtual machine but I decided to investigate the problem to save people some time in future.

After a quick google search and testing with my Win 8 virtual machine the best way I found was proved by Microsoft themselves and can be found at the following link

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2809468

Which will show you how to add a safemode to the bootmgr which lets you gain access to the windows 8 safe mode.

See how to create a VPN server with the Raspberry Pi

May 19, 2013 1 comment

Raspberry'sTodays blog is using the Raspberry Pi to create your own VPN Server

The Raspberry Pi is an ideal VPN server as it is a low-power always-on computer

Check out the following link to see the guide created by LinuxUser & developer

http://www.linuxuser.co.uk/news/create-a-vpn-with-the-raspberry-pi

Chameleon Pi – run emulators for old computers on Raspberry Pi

May 12, 2013 2 comments

Todays blog is about a distro called Chameleon Pi for Raspberry Pi that will allow you to run older software by the use of emulators

The chameleon pi is a Raspbian remix without the X graphical environment that uses its own launcher to run emulators for old computers, arcades and consoles such as the following

Taken from Chameleon Pi website the software emulates the following

Included emulators (current list):

  • Sinclair ZX Spectrum (FUSE and Unreal Speccy)
  • Oric 1
  • Oric Atmos
  • Apple ][
  • Commodore 64
  • Vic 20
  • ScummVM
  • DOS/Win 3.x
  • Mame
  • Amstrad CPC 464
  • Sinclair ZX81
  • Gameboy
  • SNes
  • Atari ST
  • Commodore PET
  • Atari 800

The Chameleon Pi main website can be found at the following link – http://chameleon.enging.com/

And the Distro can be downloaded at this link – http://chameleon.enging.com/?q=download

Please note that the files at the moment are only available in torrent format.

 

 

Using AppAware to find software on Google Play

May 5, 2013 Leave a comment

This week blog update is about a little android application that I have been playing with on my test nexus 7 and has proved quite useful in suggesting other android applications I may want to use and displays applications that I would have never thought about using.

As you can guess from the logo on the right App Aware is the best alternative to the Android Market (Google Play Store) for finding the best new Android apps and games and it

AppAware suggests applications based on number of times downloaded by other people, applications that you have download or applications that your friends have downloaded.

You can install it on your android device by going to google play and searching for AppAware.

arctablet.com release Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) on the Arnova 10 G2

April 28, 2013 Leave a comment
Arnova 10g2

Arnova 10g2

Well the team over at http://www.arctablet.com have manged to create an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) for the old Arnova 10 G2 from the arctablet.com website.

“Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) on the Arnova 10 G2, it’s there, finally !
We have an improved an existing ICS firmware to add root, Google Play Store support, CWR Recovery, init.d like scripts, 2 GB storage space for apps and few bugs fixes to the Arnova 10 G2”

Please be aware that the  Arnova 10 G2 has limited resources, such as 512 MB of RAM and older version ARM chip and as such  is a bit too low to offer perfectly smooth ICS operation but is vast improvement over the gingerbread default O/S

Installing the new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) on the Arnova 10 G2

You will need to go to the following website

Go to the Arctablet.com Website and read the install instructions and download the custom firmware update and rockchip flashing tool

Arnova-10-g2-android-ics-custom-firmware

You also need to read the following guide about using the rockchip flashing tool

Flashing-arnova-g2-rockchip-2918-rockchip-flashing-tool

If the above does not work then to get the Arnova 10g2 in to recovery mode take a read of the following blog

Booting-Your-Arnova-10-G2-Into-Recovery-Mode

When I first tried this on my Arnova 10 g2 after I got the formatting system on the Arnova screen with the little android it then went to a graphic of a circle with CUSTOM arctablet.com FIRMWARE and then nothing happened this was because I push the upgrade button and not the restore button on the rockchip flashing tool.

Checking the speed of your Raspberry Pi SD Card

April 21, 2013 3 comments

Note that if you do a  read/write test on volatile memory such as USB or SD Cards then you will lose the data on them.

Having just upgraded the SD card on my Raspberry Pi from 4Gb to a 16GB, I was shocked to find that I was now getting a blank screen when running the start x for a good five minutes before the Raspberry Pi desktop would appear.

So I decided to run a program called HD_Speed from the team over at SteelBytes it measures both sustained and burst data transfer rates of your hard disks, cd/dvd-roms, flash cards/sticks, floppys, etc. in a realtime graphical display

The 80KB utility does not require installation and runs with a click. Select the drive and hit start. The read/write results show up as a graph and also as real values.

Which can be downloaded from the following location – http://www.steelbytes.com/?mid=20

It turns out that even though the  SD card for the Raspberry Pi was larger than the my previous SD card it was also a lot slower so it looks like I have to purchase a new faster SD card.

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