Friday, July 21, 2017

WhatsApp For Desktop now available

This was something that wasn’t share anywhere in my circle of news or anything… maybe is not that relevant, I guess… but anyway, is relevant to my, so here it is.

WhatsApp released their Windows version and it works pretty well. It’s exactly the same as the web version, but now you don’t need a web browser or anything like that.

That's Rak as my profile picture.

It’s really fast to open, use, and everything, way faster than using the web version. And way to much lighter. Check this out.

On Chrome the session wasn't even open

Of course, this was done in Chrome, I have no idea how much RAM it would consume in other browsers, but the fact is that is half the memory, that’s a lot.

In the setting area, we found pretty basic stuff, of course, the one I would love to see is the possibility to add WhatsApp to the tray area (because I can hide icons there).

Simple as fuck.

So, go and download the app, you won’t regret it.

Download | WhatsApp

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

StarCraft Anthology is now Officially free

Yes, you heard it, or read it, Blizzard just released a new patch for StarCraft, making some few changes and fixes, and releasing it completely free for anyone who wants to download it and play it.

Sadly, I finished it a long time ago

Here’s the official post from Blizzard.

Now go, play it.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

How to customize your Office 2016 installation

So, after a few searches I finally found a way to customize the Office 2016 setup, just like the previous versions. Here’s how.

Make sure that you have Office already downloaded; it can be as an .iso file, zip, or anything, just make sure that you have it locally, not online… like that crappy deployment tool.

You can delete the readme and autorun if you want.

Now, on the left side, press SHIFT + RIGHT CLICK, then click on “Open command window here”.

Remember to press Shift. Many users miss this.

In that command prompt, you’re gonna run the following command:

setup.exe /admin

Don't close it yet.

It will open the Microsoft Office Customization Tool. Pick the first option and hit Ok.

I didn't even know this was a thing.

In here you’ll modify your installation. You can take a few minutes to do it if you want, but here are the two things I recommend.

1. Accept the license agreement.

Does anybody read these anymore?

2. Pre-customize your installation

Office and Skype. Nice.

Now, go to File > Save. Choose ANY name and SAVE IT IN THE OFFICE SETUP FOLDER.

This is the easiest part.

In the command prompt do the following:

setup.exe /adminfile FILENAME.msp

Yes, I'm lazy and use random numbers.

And presto!

This is the first screen.This is the second one.

NOTE: Although I edited the file to remove some components in my final installation, the one I use here is a previous test I did, but it’ll work, trust me.

To make things easier to technicians, you can create a bat file with the following command:

setup.exe /adminfile FILENAME.msp

Save it, and run it from the Office installation folder, that’s way you won’t need to open the command prompt and type it.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Can you really record your Android phone calls?

YES… and NO.

Let me quickly explain.

Turns out there are apps to record your side of the conversation, and ask you to use the speaker to record from the microphone… which is not what users want.

It also turns out that there are Android distributions that can do this natively, my old ZTE Blade 4.2.2 did this without any app, but so far I haven’t been able to found another app or distribution that works that well.

So, to recap.

Yes, you can record your side of the conversation.

No, you can’t record the other person with most apps… or distributions.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

YSK That Google has a Color to Hex converter

If you’re a web designer, graphic designer, or a designer of any kind, changing from color to their hexadecimal counterparts is something part of the job... is like breathing. So, Google is making things way to easy allowing you to search colors and find their Hex code.

RGB to Hex

Although, as anything, this has some rules and limitations. For example, you can’t search “red to hex” or “color to hex”, this won’t work. But you can do “rgb to hex” or “#f00000”, this will work.

But no matter that, try it out and see how it is. I know that it will save a lot of time to a ton of users.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

How to Disable or Lock your Keyboard

I tend to be lazy to a lot of stuff, and one of them is unplugging cables from my PC. Nobody likes to do that, and that’s something required for cleaning your keyboard. So I decided to do another thing, disable it for few minutes, and here’s how I did it.

Thanks to HowToGeek I found this portable app called KeyboardLocker. What it does in disable all the inputs coming from your keyboard.

Easy to lock, easy to unlock.

It’s really easy to use, press Ctrl+Alt+L to lock/disable, and then type “Unlock” to enable it again. Easy as hell. This is nice if you don’t want people using your keyboard also.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

AdBlock Plus starting to sell ads, time to switch to uBlock Origin

In recent news, AdBlock Plus will be starting to bypass certain ads if these comply with some criteria that the company sets. Since we don’t know what they consider as “criteria”, we better switch to something else right away.

And that’s when uBlock Origin comes in. I read about it a lot before this news, but I made the change recently due to being lazy.

I like it.

Main differences? Well, mostly the interface, and some RAM and CPU improvements over ye olde ABP. Also, the way that it allows you to block elements in the webpage reminds me a lot of how ABP worked on Firefox, that allows you to block elements in real time, instead of setting rules and stuff.

Anyway, switch to it as soon as possible. You won’t regret it.