Monday, April 11, 2011
While working on your own or others computers you may need to install additional programs, for commonly used programs, check out ninite.com it has a selection of popular programs that you can choose from then it will create a small (~250KB) .exe file that you can toss onto a flash drive. running this program will begin a completely automated installation of ALL of the programs you previously selected. all that is required is internet access, and enough space for the file to be installed. The way it works is it downloads the setup files for each program you selected, and automatically selects all the right options for you. it opts out of any toolbar or ride-along applications that are generally crap, and installs all of your programs automatically. I like to keep individual installation files on my flash drive at all times, as you never know when someone may need a program, and this makes it simple to install whatever is needed.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Learning to repair things is just that. Learning. You will never know if you are capable of opening a device, repairing it, and re-closing it without damaging it until you try. Such was the case with my first Nintendo DS. I had loaned it to my cousin so he could have something to play during the summer, and when i saw it, four months later, the hinge was broken. I've seen case replacements online, but this still worried me. which brings me to another point, if someone loans you something in good faith, and you damage it LET THEM KNOW! offer to do whatever you can to fix it, even if that means paying for a new one. Anyways, i went online to dealextreme.com to purchase a new one, and found a nice all black case to replace it with. Three weeks after i ordered it, it was in my hands (you'd think we could ship things from china faster these days...). The plastic was of lesser quality than official Nintendo cases, but it was stiff good enough for my purposes. I set to carefully unscrewing all of the screws and replacing the case, bit by bit i got it apart, and then got all of the new pieces into place. It took me just under two and a half hours. Fast forward one year, and the case is holding up fine, i didn't have to buy a new DS, and I'm able to repeat the process for my friends in a little over half an hour. Just take your time, and keep track of where everything goes, and you should do just fine.