Thursday, November 26, 2015

A Starcraft Font For All

If you've ever been looking for a theme for Starcraft, you've come to the right place right here. You should be able to use this with Windows or Mac, and to install it is easier than slicing a cake.

You just download it here, and click on "Install", and then it will show a loading bar, and after that you just close the window, open your popular word processor, and it will be down the list of your fonts. For a Mac tutorial on installing fonts, check this. For all Linux users, check this link.
I actually used this font to add some finishing touches to the header of this blog. I probably wouldn't of used any other font if it wasn't for this font.
It's a great font for use in anything Starcraft related, so share it with all your Starcraft buddies if they need it too.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

ASUS X455L Review (Is It Worth $800?)

The day I needed a powerful laptop was the day I was in the big city. I was near a big box electronics store. So, after looking around at 50 different kinds of laptops with different specifications, I knew I needed something good, that would run my games and stuff. Specifically Starcraft II: Legacy Of The Void, since I preordered it. According to the salesman, the ASUS X455L fit into what I was looking for because of it's price point and it's specifications.

Unfortunately though, it didn't have the glossy gun metal finish I wanted, but that's really hard to find on demand when just walking into a store like the one I was in. I noticed when I bought this one that the lid had a nice finish, and that was all that I could ask for.

Coming with Windows 10, I was deeply satisfied. I do find bugs like, when pressing the power button I get no screen sometimes, but I fix that by force shutting it down and then pressing the power button again. OR, I close the lid all the way down and re-lift it up. I still think Windows 10 is a bit buggy, but good enough for my needs. Another interesting thing I noticed is that the back of the screen is kind of like sand paper. Seems like ASUS's style after seeing other products they sell.

The specifications are the reason this laptop is for you. take a look below (and try to read the french). 

What you get:
  • OS: Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 5500U
  • HDD: 1TB
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Video Card: 2048MB Intel HD Graphics 5500
  • Logic Board: ASUS!
  • Optical Drive: DVD Burner

It only comes with 3 USB ports, but that is enough for my needs. 

And with the standard VGA port and HDMI port, there isn't anything you can't do with it. It's  just like any other laptop you can buy on the market today, but it's specifications are what throws all the other cheap laptops out of the water. 

It almost looks like a unibody MacBook Pro. But really, this is ASUS we are talking about. For the price, it's half the price of a lower-end-model MBP. 

This cat seriously gets in my way, all the time. 

The only annoying part is the power cord sticks into the laptop in a stiff fashion. I think it should be a little bit more loose so that the power cord does not drag the laptop off an edge. Most laptops have really loose connections for this reason, but since I am really careful with laptops, this shouldn't be an issue. 

It's always good to buy a powerful laptop that will stand up to all your daily needs, and will last you a long time. So for the price, this laptop is sufficient for my needs. I have changed my wireless router to an ASUS one, because a Tech Support agent over the phone said they were the best. ASUS is also known for making quite reliable motherboards if you build a custom PC. 

So, that's what led me to buying this laptop. They are making new things all the time, like phones, tablets, and much more. I would say I prefer them over Samsung for many different devices. But the only thing that was mentioned by the salesperson that I was dealing with when I bought this, is that the ASUS RMA service for laptops is verrry slow, which is great to know.

If I was to buy this for someone that has a bad history with laptops, or even phones, or anything, I would recommend them to buy the extended warranty, one that specifically covers drops, or water damage. If it comes out to the same price of the laptop over a period of 1-3 years, then just go without it and save your money. 

Should I install iCloud on my Windows computer?

Should I download and install iCloud for Windows?, do I really need it?.
It's pretty much a thing that iTunes won't stop asking you upon launching iTunes in Windows. Do you really need it?. Well, I would say, to stop the annoyance, just install it, because it won't do any harm if you install it and don't use it, and it's free.

Same with Quicktime, except, that is a program that is required for viewing specific formatted-videos on your Windows computer, so yes, install both, tick both boxes, just do it, you won't regret it. With iCloud, you get:

  • 5GB free storage.
  • Notes can be stored in the cloud.
  • All of your music can be stored there.
  • Mail, Calendar, Contacts, and Reminders.
  • Find My iPhone is accessible from iCloud. 

And much more, but there are competitors of iCloud that offer even better deals. I personally, always use Google Drive, because you get up to 15GB's free storage for all the same things that iCloud has.

In Windows, you should just install iTunes first, then after it finishes installing, just go to your desktop search bar and search for Apple Software Update, and then launch it, and install iCloud and Quicktime 7 from there.

Reinstalling Windows 10 Home Cleanly After Upgrading From Windows 7

As this is something I did myself already, the only issue behind this is that I originally purchased Windows 7 Pro.

But I lost the original product key for it during one of my house moves, so I didn't write down the key and put it somewhere safe.

So after upgrading to Windows 10, I was forced to reinstall Windows 10, leaving me with no key to use for Windows 10. I did a clean install, which I really should of used the built-in reinstall feature which you get at boot, I got it after force shutting down twice, you just click "Reset your PC".
If I was to do this,  I'd click "Remove Everything", because... of course... the reason why I had to reinstall in the first place, is because Windows 10 was freezing at the login screen. I could not explain what was happening. I guessed it might have been a virus. I tried a few times to login, but no cigar. Windows 10 is still a bit too new maybe?, this is the time where things tend to be a bit buggy still because it's still really new . 
So, after downloading Windows 10 (the ISO) on my laptop and burned it to a DVD, I at the same time recovered my files on my desktop using Tails (the Live USB):

The best thing to do in this situation is to have a second HDD for media, which I luckily had alongside my 240GB SSD which I used for my main OS drive, and P.S. you can find 500GB HDD's here for around $50. A new 240GB SSD is about $150 too. 

So, after installing Windows 10, I just plugged in my second 500GB drive and pointed iTunes to it for my music, and launched my games from it, which is Starcraft II and GTA V. Those are the two only games I actually play. 

Only problem is, Starcraft II works on a second drive, but not GTA V. So, I have to basically run the installer to install the game on the second drive manually, by selecting the path during installation, then just a little bit into installing the game, you drag your old files from the old installation, and drag them into the new one, and you save yourself alot of downloading, the installer will notice the files. 

Now, I am left with no serial to use, so I have to look into what I am going to do about that. If it was free to upgrade from Windows 7, I could just get Win7 and upgrade from that. But for now, I am just going to use my computer until I feel like spending $150. Ideally, with most versions of Windows, you have to pay for your own copy. Upgrades in the past have usually costed money. So, I will just wait a bit. 

So, if you want to donate some money to me so I can afford Windows 10, donate to me here!:

If you are just building a computer and are looking for an OS to buy, I was just dive right into Windows 10, and so far I see no limitations in the Home version, just make sure the copy your downloading is 64-bit. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

What Is ASUS GIFTBOX?, And Do I Need It?

I just bought a new laptop, and am not sure why I have a program called "ASUS GIFTBOX" preinstalled, do I need this?, or can I uninstall it?.

That's funny because, I just got myself an ASUS laptop, and that was preinstalled too. Well, it seems that all it does is recommends other programs to be installed, that are basically suitable for your computer. Basically, its recommended that you remove it as soon as possible, because the functionality of the laptop will not be affected, and you will see a performance increase on your ASUS computer in the 1%-2% ball bark range.

It's recommended that you use Revo Uninstaller to remove the program, and once you do, use the "Moderate" option for uninstalling it.
It will also ask you to close the "ASUS GIFTBOX" program to remove it, so just go CTRL+ALT+DEL to open Task Manager, find the program down the list, and remove it. 

It takes a bit longer to remove the program using this uninstaller, but once it's done, you don't have to worry about anything, it's fully removed after this. 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Kingo Root Stuck At 40% While Rooting Samsung Galaxy S4? (SGH-I337M)

Why is my Samsung Galaxy S4 stuck at 40% while being rooted by Kingo Root?.
There really is no explanation for this, unless someone can leave a comment to provide a fix for this problem. While I was doing this, I noticed, maybe it was just stuck temporarily, but really, it's stuck at 40% and isn't going up higher any time soon. 

So, the solution the some other people found was ignoring the warning and rebooting the phone, and it appeared to be okay to do, while a normal boot did not reveal a rooted phone, of course because it didn't finish. The user that last posted in that link, was considering just to leave it unrooted. But if you don't give up easily, then go ahead and keep trying!. 

But maybe before you even do that, try leaving the software running overnight, and if it does not finish, you may just be getting the "get the exploit from the server", and it just may not be able to connect to the home server for some weird reason. It may not have actually done anything to the phone yet, and it could of just read it to know which exploit to use. 

Friday, October 30, 2015

SC2: "Two conflicting actions happened at the same time. Please wait a few minutes and try again".

Why does Starcraft 2 give me the message "Two conflicting actions happened at the same time. Please wait a few minutes and try again".

This is an error I am receiving when trying to click "Update", Starcraft 2 on my Windows 10 PC. I get the exact same message. I have tried ending all tasks in the Task Manager, and relaunching the application, THEN trying to update, but it just doesn't do the justice. 

I tried restarting my computer, just for the hell of it, and that did nothing for me either. This issue seems to be common, just like when a new update comes out the first day for any game, usually the problem is resolved after either a few hours, or a few days by the developer team of the game development company. 

So, yes of course since I cannot answer this now, I will get back to you guys when a fix is found, I just posted this because I knew it must be a problem for other people, and Google reveals nothing to me yet, so I will wait for a light at the end of the tunnel to appear for now.  

So far it's still doing the same thing to me, so I can't really predict what the problem is, so I will just try installing SC2 on my new laptop next week, see if the same error occurs. If so, then I'll know that it's definitely an across-the-board problem. Leave a comment if you have found a fix for this!.