Monthly Archive: February 2013

Feb 28 2013

Disabling Subtitles in Raspbmc

When playing back certain files (such as MKVs) under Raspbmc you may notice that subtitles may appear on screen. Whilst having subtitles enabled by default may be thoughtful on the part of the developers for those with hearing difficulties (or perhaps those who watch a lot of movies in foreign languages) some of us may …

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Feb 26 2013

Booting from a USB Flash Drive in Microsoft Surface

Recently, I provided the instructions on how to copy the backup partition in a Microsoft Surface on to a USB flash drive. Obviously, it’s also worth knowing how to use the backup if you do wipe the recovery partition from your tablet – so here’s how: Power off the Surface, Plug in the USB flash …

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Feb 25 2013

Printed Decal Skin for Microsoft Surface

Since obtaining my Microsoft Surface I have gone without a screen protector and case which is in contrast to what I had in place for my aging, original iPad. The Surface has held up well despite a lack of case apart from a minor chip in the finish on one corner. That said, I figured …

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Feb 24 2013

Turn Off Bluetooth on Microsoft Surface

Another quick tip for Microsoft Surface owners. By default, Bluetooth is enabled on Microsoft Surface devices which can take its toll on battery life so if you’re looking to improve battery life then this is worth turning off. It’s fairly simple to do as follows: Swipe in from the right of screen to get the …

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Feb 23 2013

Quickly Finding the Time on Windows RT

Here’s a quick tip for those getting into Windows RT and Windows 8tablets out there. One common complaint with Windows RT is when you run full screen apps or you are on the Start Screen you are unable to view the time. The only apparent place to see the time and date is on the …

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Feb 22 2013

Check Your Router for Universal Plug and Play Vulnerability

In the news recently, it was discovered that a whole stack of consumer routers have copied and pasted Intel’s UPnP reference code into their router firmware. Unfortunately, the UPnP protocol was designed to be used on private networks in order to allow for the automatic configuration of port forwarding thus avoiding the need for regular …

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Feb 21 2013

Consider Switching to Wi-Fi in Larger Venues

On the weekend, I went along to see a presentation from Martin Seligman about positive psychology which actively encouraged the use of Twitter for the duration. This was hoped to encourage discussion inside and outside of the venue which happened to be the Sydney Opera House as part of the Ideas at the House presentation series. In …

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Feb 20 2013

Backup the Recovery Partition on Microsoft Surface

If you want to create a backup of the recovery partition on your Microsoft Surface to protect against it becoming corrupted on the device or if you want to free up the space used by the recovery partition then this quick guide may be of interest to you (as far as backing up the recovery …

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Feb 19 2013

Get Tux the Penguin in Team Fortress 2 on Windows

With Steam now officially available on Linux, Valve is celebrating with a free promotional for Team Fortress 2 in the form of a Tux penguin. If you use Windows then you might feel left out but if you really want a Tux penguin then you could always do the following: install Oracle VM VirtualBox, install …

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Feb 18 2013

Choosing the Right Power Socket When Multiple Voltages are Present

Here’s a quick tip. Hotels in some countries can offer power sockets of varying voltages in the same room which may leave you scratching your head as to which one to use before you’ve even cracked out the adapters. Well, it’s pretty simple – use the socket that provides the maximum voltage compatible with the …

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