Reinstall Windows

I reformatted my operating system around twelve hours ago after more than one and a half year. The old Windows was far too slow and did my system wrong. It did not help no matter how many registry cleaners and anti-spywares software I tried since windows systems were designed this way.

I left the computer running while I went to sleep and when I woke up at eight AM, starting to configure everything before realising I had two operating systems. Immediately, I realised what had gone wrong and had to reinstall the windows again, but I made sure I did a clear reformat before that. I went back to sleep but it was not easy even though I was very lack of the rest. Many weird dreams accompanied me throughout the two hours of nap.

The new operating system looked cool with many preinstalled software even though I was quite afraid that they might slow the system down; but everything seemed to work well.

The only problem I faced was the MSN Live version 2009, which I had tried a few days ago could not work after the reformatting. Everytime after I logged in, it would display error and if I were to close that window, MSN would log me off.

After surfing around, I realised there were some bugs with this beta version of MSN. There was no luck with solving despite downloading some updates stated in forums. When I tried to switch back to MSN 8.5, I realised the groups that I had set were messed up, probably because the latest version had its own “favourite” and “group” categories.

The most tedious software to install were PHP, SQL and Textpad and that was the main issue I did not want to reformat the system since half a year ago.

Reinstallation of Mozilla Firefox was not so bad with the use of the add-ons, FEBE and Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer, and things were back to usual.

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Long Weekend – Deepavali

I spent the long weekend better than previous weeks; more things were done although the efficiency level was still too low. I did not even know about the Deepavali’s holiday until Daniel told me on last Friday morning.

I managed to update two blogs:
Chinese Dramas
Hey! Are You Joking?

My upcoming directory site had moved to another era with the confirmation of the design and layout, such that I could go ahead with the remaining coding without fears of amendments.

I added four Chinese songs to my collection:
吴英仔 – 双手的温柔
(Wu Ying Zai – Shuang Shou De Wen Rou)
吴宗宪 – 留心
(Jacky Wu Zong Xian – Liu Xin)
李玖哲 – 想太多
(Li Jiu Zhe – Xiang Tai Duo)
薛之谦 – 黄色枫叶
(Xue Zhi Qian – Huang Se Feng Ye)

The meet-up with Irwin, including golfing, was great except for the fact that my flu and cough had not recovered.

I also managed to spend some time trying out the add-ons for Mozilla Firefox to enhance my surfing experience.

If only the weekend was longer…

Firefox 2

A recommendation from Ah Chang to download Firefox 2 delights me.

Clicking on the “Check for Updates” menu in Firefox 1 does not show updates for Firefox 2 and this is the reason why I do not know about it earlier.

However, please note that Firefox, though accepting standard HTML codes, does not display my websites perfectly; you have to use Internet Explorer. It is my fault for the incapability to script them properly.

Firefox still rules over other browsers.

RSS makes reading easier

With the bloom of blogging, I have many friends who start to blog. As there are many links to click each time to view their sites, the work load becomes a hectic, especially when some sites take very long to load or have popup advertisement banners. Moreover, not everyone updates their blog site daily, thus my effort is wasted often.

With the invention of RSS, I am therefore able to know who have updated their blog sites and only then I need to go in so as to find out more about their recent lives; sometimes, I do not even need to go in when I am able to view the whole entry.

To be able to accomplish this, I entrust the use of Bloglines.com to retrieve and gather all the updated links. Thus, I would log in everyday or even hour, and refresh it for new updates from all my friends. Other than Bloglines.com, there are other sites which provide the same service, including the Mozilla Firefox browser, which I have not tried.

There are of course some cons. Firstly, the RSS might not be updated immediately, perhaps, Bloglines.com might be overloaded at that time; it is a free service after all. Secondly, some photos might not be viewed as the blogger’ webhost like for example Blogspot.com has file restriction that the photos can only be loaded from its sites most of the time. Lastly, I am not able to view the latest updates of the tagboards.

The reason for me to stick on with Bloglines.com is that it is the first free service provider I have tried and I do not like to change environment. I could have used the Firefox browser but since it is installed in the computer itself, I will not be able to retrieve the updates when I am not using my own computer; I prefer an online service instead.

However, I am not able to do this for every site because not every of them provide RSS (example Diaryland.com). Whereas, for Blogspot.com users, they have a choice whether to enable or disable the site feed. For most users, the default is set enabled; nonetheless a few of them have it disabled.

Eventually, I have been bugging some of my friends who use Blogspot.com to enable their site feed.

There are just a few simple steps.

1. log into Blogspot
2. go to “Settings>Publishing” and choose “Yes” for the “Notify Weblogs.com and click “save settings”
3. go to “Settings>Publish Site Feed” and choose “Yes” for the “Publish Site Feed” and click “save settings”
4. click the “Republish” button on the “You must Republish your blog to see the changes” prompt