How to activate iPhone 4

I just bought an iPhone 4 but at first I didn’t notice that I need to activate it before I can use it. My question was how I can do that? I’ve done a little research and to my surprise, it’s really simple and easy. There’s software that you can use to activate your iPhone. Just follow the simple rules found in the iPhone 4 software.

Here are the steps on how to activate your iPhone 4:

  1. To get started in using your iPhone 4, you should register and get an iTunes store account. iTunes will recognize the iPhone. Then you will be able to add your contacts, music, etc on your iPhone.
  2. You will now have to transfer your existing contact numbers to your iPhone 4.
  3. Then you will be ask if you are an AT&T existing costumer, if not just click the button, just new to AT&T. Then you will be asking to transfer your existing. If you don’t have one just skip and then continue.
  4. Then you need to select a plan for you new iPhone 4.
  5. The software will ask for your Apple ID, enter it and it will be confirmed.
  6. Fill up all the necessary questions.
  7. Read the iPhone terms and condition and accept it. And then the AT&T service agreement.
  8. Then your application will be process by AT&T.
  9. An activation note will flash your screen and welcome your iPhone to AT&T.
  10. Now, you will be given a new phone number, since you don’t have existing AT&T account. But if you have one, you can use it to transfer to your iPhone.
  11. Now your phone will light up and you will see on the screen that it is in activation process.
  12. Then, set up your iPhone. Then you will be introduced on sync screen of your iPhone. Sync your iPhone 4, it may take you up to 25 minutes to wait for the process to finish.
  13. Now you can use your iPhone 4 and enjoy.

How to set up a Firefox Sync Account

You create an account online, but here’s how to set up your Firefox Sync account in your Firefox browser. Also if you already have an account but lost the  key, here’s how you can get a new one if you lost the Firefox Sync key.

Firefox Easy Navigation to Options

Click on the orange Firefox menu button. Click on Tools. Click Options.

Firefox Tools Menu and click Options

OR... if you hit the Alt keyboard key, or if you have the menu in Firefox that looks like this. Click Tools and then click Options.

Options screen click Sync and Setup Firefox Sync

In the options screen click on Sync and then click Setup Firefox Sync. Follow the instructions they give you after that.

How to stop full screen video on a second monitor

I have a Dell Inspiron with a Nvidia 6800 video card. I hooked it up to an external monitor and whenever I view video it takes over my entire 2nd monitor and shows it in full screen mode. So to stop the video from autoplaying and displaying fullscreen on my second monitor I went into the GeForce settings, “Full Screen Video” and changed “Full Screen Device” to disable instead of the default Auto-select.

So there you have it. If you have the same full screen video problem I hope this helped you. If you have another solution I’d like to hear about it in the comments section.

How to protect your skin from the sun (5 Tips)

During your next trip to the beach while you’re lounging around on the sand, sunbathing, and swimming in the warm ocean, remember that the sun can be damaging if you don’t take the necessary precautions.

There’s nothing wrong with covering up or taking breaks inside during the Sun’s peak time. Here are some simple precautions to help protect your skin from the pleasant, but possibly harmful sun.

sun bathing getting tan wearing sunblock

sun bathing getting tan wearing sunblock

  1. Sunscreen – You should purchase a sunscreen protection lotion with a high level of Sun Protection Factor (SPF), the higher the SPF the better it can protect you from the harmful effect of sunlight. You must know how to apply the lotion properly, read the label from the bottle, and apply the lotion to the exposed area of your skin. Click here to find the most popular sunscreens available.
  2. Put your sunscreen lotion at least 20-30 minutes before going outdoors to ensure that the lotion work on your skin already. And about your lips, you should also protect it by using a lip balm that offers protection from the sun.
  3. Don’t forget the most sensitive part of your skin like feet, ears, neck and hands. Neglecting them can result in sunburn.
  4. Don’t expose yourself especially during the hottest part of the day from 11am to 3pm. You should get some extra shade. This is when sunbathing can increase the chances of damaging your skin.
  5. Don’t be afraid to cover yourself, wear something that can protect you from the sum. A big round hat will do and a loose long sleeves. Any protection will be good.

Candice Swanepoel in a pink bikini

Even sexy Candice Swanepoel wears proper sunscreen when getting her natural tan poolside.

How to add a new IP to your server

Need to add a new IP to your server? Here’s how you can do it easily.

Add new IP to server by adding it to your httpd.conf file using the following. First launch the conf file in a text editor like this

vi/etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf

Save that conf file. Then restart the service using this command

service httpd restart

And… BOOYA! Finished.

How to fix Windows logon interface error

The Default Windows Logon Interface May Not Appear After Installing Third-Party Programs in windows. Also there might be errors with the shutdown screen. Here’s how to restore the fancy windows xp logon screen:

Fix Logon/Restore Welcome Screen:
Click this link for details

This should reset the default GINA in registry. To set it manually, see the following KB article:

The Default Windows Logon Interface May Not Appear After Installing Third-Party Program
Click this link for details

Note that you will need to delete the “GinaDLL” entry rather than assigning a blank data to it.

How to repair scratched DVDs

I did this as an experiment and it worked!

  1. First I use an optical cloth (purchased for $3-5 at a glasses store like Pearle Vision) and the optical cleaning spray. I spray the DVD with a light mist, and then use the soft optical cloth to clean off the DVD surface. You should pull it away from the center toward the outer edge of the DVD. This will reduce any further damage. Pull in a straight line, never go around in a circle to clean the DVD. Once dry, try to see if the DVD works now. If it doesn’t, move onto step 2.
  2. Once clean I take some regular toothpaste (YES! Toothpaste!). You’re using this as a polish. I put some toothpaste on my finger and rub it on the scratched surface area. I usually end up covering about 1/5 of the DVD surface. Then I let it dry.
  3. Once the toothpaste is dry, take the optical cloth and wipe the toothpaste in a circular motion. Repeat this with clean parts of the cloth until you can no longer see the toothpaste. Then I take the cloth and pull from the center of the disc to the outer edge in a straight line similar to step 1.

Once dry and buffed give it a shot. This has worked 75% of the time for me. If this does not work you can start over… clean the DVD again and use a few drops of Brasso polish instead of tooth paste. Let it dry, then rub it off with the clean optical cloth.

Here’s another method to try:

How to use System Restore to save you from spyware

A friend of mine installed some software the other day which included some nasty spyware. We couldn’t figure out what was going on and why the computer had popups and issues with internet. Our last option was Windows System Restore. Do you know about it? I learned that a lot of people don’t! Well here’s a summary of what it is, what it can do, and how to use it.

I found the following from Microsoft’s site under Using Windows XP called: Use System Restore to Undo Changes if Problems Occur

Every time you download or install a new game, application, or software update, you make changes to your computer. Sometimes that change may make your system unstable. Have you ever wanted to go back to the way it was? With System Restore, you can.

System Restore works a lot like the Undo command in Microsoft Word. You can use System Restore to remove any system changes that were made since the last time you remember your computer working correctly. System Restore does not affect your personal data files (such as Microsoft Word documents, browsing history, drawings, favorites, or e-mail) so you won’t lose changes made to these files.

How does System restore work?

Windows XP periodically records a snapshot of your computer. These snapshots are called restore points. Windows XP also creates restore points at the time of significant system events (such as when an application or driver is installed) or you can create and name your own restore points at any time. If you’ve installed a program that has made your computer unstable, you can open system restore, choose a restore point, and return your computer to its previous stable state.

When you run System Restore, a calendar is displayed to help you find restore points. If you don’t use your computer every day, some days might not have any restore points. If you use your computer frequently, you might have restore points almost every day, and some days might have several restore points.

Use System Restore to undo changes you’ve made to your computer

Before you open the System Restore console, you may want to save your work and close all programs since System Restore requires you to restart your computer.

There are two ways to access System Restore > through Help and Support or through your All Programs folder.

  1. Through Help and Support:
  2. Click Start, and then click Help and Support.
  3. Under Pick a Task, click Undo changes to your computer with System Restore.
  4. Follow the instructions on the wizard.

Through the All Programs menu:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Point to All Programs.
  3. Point to Accessories.
  4. Point to System Tools.
  5. Click System Restore.
  6. Follow the instructions on the wizard.

Creating a restore point can be useful any time you anticipate making changes to your computer that are risky or might make your computer unstable. If something goes wrong, you select the restore point you just created and Windows XP undoes any system changes made since that time.

  1. Create a Restore Point
  2. Open System Restore. (See step-by-step instructions above.)
  3. Click Create a restore point, and then click Next.

In the Restore point description box, type a name to identify this restore point as seen in Figure 1 below. System Restore automatically adds the date and time that this Restore Point is created.

Read the rest, see screen shots, or bookmark Microsoft’s help pages Right Here!

How to fix the command prompt that disappears (Windows)

I had a problem. My Windows XP Command Line (aka CMD aka Command Prompt aka MS Dos Prompt) disappears when I try to do things. I try to ping and it starts disappearing. I try to run reg edit, it disappears. It wouldn’t do anything. And then I got an error.

NTVDM CPU has encountered an illegal instruction
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

NTVDM exe has generated errors and will be closed by Windows

NTVDM.exe has generated errors and will be closed by Windows. You will need to restart the program. An error log is being created.

I did some searching and came up with this very very helpful thread titled, well you know it, NTVDM CPU has encountered an illegal instruction

Here’s the solution that was posted:

Step 1

Download Killbox from here to your desktop.
Double-click killbox.exe
Click on Tools > Delete Temp Files and click ok.
Select the option “Delete on reboot”.
Now highlight and ‘copy’ (Ctrl + C) the entire list of filepaths below:

C:\Program Files\MsConfigs\MsConfigs.exe
C:\Windows\system32\p2pnetwork.exe
C:\Windows\system32\CMD.COM
C:\Windows\system32\netstat.com
C:\Windows\system32\ping.com
C:\Windows\system32\regedit.com
C:\Windows\system32\tasklist.com
C:\Windows\system32\taskkill.com
C:\Windows\system32\taskmgr.com
C:\Windows\system32\tracert.com
C:\Windows\system32\bt.exe
C:\Windows\system32\z.tmp
C:\Windows\system32\bszip.dll

Click ‘File’ on the killbox menu at the top and choose ‘Paste from clipboard’

The entire list should now be in the “Full Path of File to Delete” field.
To check, click on the dropdown-arrow next to that field.
If you expand it, these lines should all be there.

Then press the red button with a white X in it.
Killbox will tell you that all listed files will be deleted on next reboot, click YES
When it asks if you would like to Reboot now, click YES
If you get a “PendingFileRenameOperations Registry Data has been Removed by External Process!” message then just restart manually.

I reposted the solution from the forum I found it in case it ever goes down and somebody needs this helpful information. I did it, and now everything is back to working as normal. Thank God!