May 18, 2010

Boot Windows XP Fast

Follow the following steps
  1. Open notepad.exe, type "del c:\windows\prefetch\ntosboot-*.* /q" (without the quotes) & save as "ntosboot.bat" in c:\
  2. From the Start menu, select "Run..." & type "gpedit.msc".
  3. Double click "Windows Settings" under "Computer Configuration" and double click again on "Shutdown" in the right window.
  4. In the new window, click "add", "Browse", locate your "ntosboot.bat" file & click "Open".
  5. Click "OK", "Apply" & "OK" once again to exit.
  6. From the Start menu, select "Run..." & type "devmgmt.msc".
  7. Double click on "IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers"
  8. Right click on "Primary IDE Channel" and select "Properties".
  9. Select the "Advanced Settings" tab then on the device or 1 that doesn't have 'device type' greyed out select 'none' instead of 'autodetect' & click "OK".
  10. Right click on "Secondary IDE channel", select "Properties" and repeat step 9.
  11. Reboot your computer.

May 17, 2010

Things to do to keep your job

by Romelo Jimenez Itong
www.ROMELO.com

Hopping from one job to the other. Here are some helpful tips that might help you retain your job longer.

1. Avoid coming to work early. Coming to work early creates suspicion from malicious minds that you are doing things other than your work.

2. Work very, very slowly. Infact take your time. Do not finish projects ahead of schedule. Finishing very much ahead will leave you with nothing to do. This will open a window where your peers or co-workers accuse you of doing nothing and wasting time.

3. Never ask for additional tasks. If you finished a task early pretend that you are still working on it or on other things. Asking for more work might anger some of your peers or co-workers because you're making them look bad and they don't want to look bad eventhough it's true.

4. Only accept work that falls under your job description. Accepting work beyond your job description will open a door that your managers can use to abuse you.

5. Never suggest improvements. Keep your ideas to yourself. Your peers might see it negatively and they might get back at you. They want all good ideas to come from them not you. So that they won't loose favor from the boss.

6. Never work beyond your hours. They might percieve this as stealing company time eventhough you're working hard on something important.

7. Never give your company or bosses favors. If asked to stay and work overtime, just decline. They may say they appreciate your hard work but that ain't true.
8. Never smile back when your boss smiles at you because his mind is pondering ways to terminate you.

9. Never report a co-worker who have done you wrong, especially those that are kiss ass and are close to the boss. Why? It is just a waste of time. Your boss won't take notice of it.

10. Never trust anybody. Especially those people who wears glasses and sit besides you. You'll never know when they'll have the opportunity to print some documents right of your machine and use it as evidence against you.

Follow this rules and you're boss will keep you longer and not fire you.

8 Web Graphic Tips

Tips for making Web graphics small, fast, and smooth. Here are a few quick tips to get you started on the road to Web graphics wizardry.

TIP #1 - Avoid Background Color Shifts
If you try to code the background color of a Web page to match the background of an image placed on the Web page, the colors may not exactly match in all browsers or on every monitor. To help avoid color shift problems, create a small GIF (16x16 pixels or so) of the desired color and use it as a background tile.

TIP #2 - Avoid Halos
Avoid halos by working with images in a layer above another layer that matches your Web page background. Anti-alias the image to the background, then cut away as much of the background as possible.

TIP #3 - Anti-Alias
Smoothing the edges of images or text by blurring or blending the edges into the background is known as anti-aliasing. Most bitmapped images, with the exception of very small text, require anti-aliasing to get rid of jagged, rough edges. While most graphics programs will have an anti-alias setting, experiment to get just the right amount -- too much and your images will appear blurry, too little and they will appear jagged.

TIP #4 - Touch Ups
Pixel-level touch-ups can improve the appearance of bitmapped images and make them compress to smaller file sizes. (Vector images can be enlarged or reduced without loss of sharpness or quality.) Zoom in on images in a graphics program to work at the pixel level. Clean up the image by getting rid of off-color pixels. Use smudge or blur tools to smooth out rough edges.

TIP #5 - The Right Size
Always resize images using a graphics program. Never resize images by setting the HEIGHT and WIDTH attributes of the IMG tag to size that is different from the actual dimensions of the image.

TIP #6 - Optimize & Compress
Understanding how file compression works will help you create images that compress to smaller file sizes. In general, blurring reduces the size of JPEG files; decreasing the number of colors used and making each color area as large as possible will reduce the size of GIF images.

TIP #7 - The Right Format
Save images in the right file format. Images with large areas of solid color (such as vector graphics or illustrations) should be saved as GIFs. Images with lots of shading or gradients (such as photos) should be saved in the JPEG format. Very small photos are the exception, as they are often smaller when saved as GIFs.

TIP #8 - Only Save a JPEG Once
To avoid deterioration of a JPEG image, avoid re-saving it. Every time a JPEG file is saved, it loses information and, therefore, quality. Save JPEGs in a lossless format (such as TIF of PSD). Then, if you need to make changes to the image later, you can work with the non-JPEG file, saving it as a new JPEG when you're done.
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