Thursday, January 19, 2012

Ebook: Tafsir Ibn Kathir - English Translation

This is an ebook of Tafsir Ibn Kathir, a complete commentary of Quran written by Abu Al-Fida, 'Imad Ad-Din, Isma'il bin 'Umar bin Kathir, Al-Qurashi, Al-Busrawi. This ebook contains original text and English translation, a complete translation of 30 juz(s) in 7.69 MB data.
Another Ibn Kathir grand work is Al-Bidaya wa Al-Nihaya. Here is a complete volume of Al-Bidaya wa Al-Nihaya, written in classical Arabic with harakat to help reading.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

How to obtain coordinate (latitude,longitude) using Google Maps

Knowing coordinate of a certain place can be quite useful to point to specific location. Google Maps offers a feature to obtain latitude and longitude of specific place instantaneously. 

To activate this feature, click Options in Google Maps page (gear icon in top right of Google Maps page) an choose Maps Labs. Scroll down and please enable LatLng Tooltip and LatLng Marker, then click Save changes to exit.
Now, every time we press shift key on keyboard, mouse pointer will show coordinate (latitude, longitude) it currently points. From low altitude, Google Maps shows accuracy of latitude and longitude until five decimal digits. Right click - Drop LatLng Marker to mark certain location with its coordinate.

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Notebook lock (Kensington Security Slot)

Theft of notebook, netbook, or even LCD Monitor is not uncommon. The motif is targeting data stored in hard disk, or commercial value of these items, the latter is common in developing countries in which such items highly valued. 

I recently use a notebook lock to avoid theft (I often enough meet colleagues whose notebook are lost stolen). This rope is made form metal wire, to ‘tie’ notebook to a table leg or other immovable items. This rope is strong enough that a large strong pliers is needed to cut it off. Every notebook has a slot to be connected to this lock, so does netbook (so does LCD Monitor).  This lock/rope costs $2-$5, far less expensive compared to value of items it protects, but it offers effective protection. 

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Friday, December 16, 2011

How to clean CPU heatsinks

After several months, CPU heatsink often accumulates dust. This may jam heatsink fan or block air circulation. If CPU overheats, we may have to replace it with a new one.

It is important to clean heatsinks in CPU or graphic card regularly. I had a broken graphic card because of accumulating dust in heatsink fins - blocking air circulation. My CPU once had dust accumulated in its heatsink. BIOS showed CPU temperature reached 71° C. But after I cleaned it, CPU temperature was always constant in 60° C.

Brush is OK, but we must remove CPU fan first. It is easier to use vacuum cleaner and plastic pipe. We just need to fasten this pipe to vacuum cleaner suction using adhesive tape. This pipe should be small enough to go between CPU fan blades. Vacuum cleaner suction is strong enough to suck and clean dust from a heatsink.

It is important to prevent dust accumulation in heatsinks (like in CPU and graphic card) and power supply vents, as disturbed cooling system may lead to damages to these components.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

How to open docx in MS Word 2003

Docx is a new format in MS Word 2007 and later, so by default MS Word 2003 is unable to open and edit documents in docx format. Personally, I am reluctant to use MS Word 2007 and later, because its design is far different compared to previous version of MS Word. Users should familiarize themselves to new design in MS Word 2007; this is my main reason not to use it as replacement.
There are two methods to open docx in MS Word 2003:
  1. I installed MS Word 2007 side by side with MS Word 2003. Afterwards, MS Word 2003 is able to open docx without problem. I still prefer MS Word 2003, but installing MS Word 2007 can make us more familiar with MS 2007. 
  2. Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint File Formats. This plugin enable MS Word 2003 to open docx (and MS Excel 2003 and MS PowerPoint 2003 to open xlsx and pptx respectively). Some windows updates are required to install this program. 

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Standalone installer of Yahoo Messenger, Google Chrome, and Skype

These are standalone installer of Yahoo Messenger, Google Chrome, and Skype. Usually, these three applications need online installation. Online installation can be a problem if we have slow or unstable internet connection, downloading these installers first and install can be a solution for the problem.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Autorecover in Microsoft Word 2007

A sudden blackout may interrupt works, especially when we are using word processor like Microsoft Word. If we haven’t saved a document we are working on, power loss may cause loss of entire work. There is Autosave feature in Microsoft Word to prevent data losses because of sudden blackout.
By default, Microsoft Word always saves opened document every 10 minutes. This means sudden power failure only makes a user loses data typed 10 minutes ago at most. To minimize loss, Autosave should be set to save automatically every 1 minute. To change this setting, click Office Button in Top Left window of Microsoft Word 2007 – choose Word Option – click Save tab. Change Save Autorecover information every to 1 minute. Now MS Word will automatically save document every 1 minutes.

After sudden power loss, MS Word will automatically open autosaved file, at most user only loses data typed 1 minute before power loss. This is autorecover data, and should be saved with another name to save it permanently.

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