PowerOff–Automatically and Remotely Shuts down, Restarts, Logs Off Computer

PowerOff is a lightweight software that controls automatically and remotely the power state of any computer and of any PC connected in a local area network (LAN). You can shut down, restart, log off, reboot, power off, standby, hibernate, lock, wake-on-LAN, and turn on/off monitor.

The software operates on Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7 without installing it. Just copy the executable file (168kb for version 3.0.1.3) on any folder and double click it to run the software.

I am using PowerOff version 3.0.1.3

I have only tried the version above on Windows XP but the writer of the software–Jorgen Bosman— thinks it would run on all Windows platform including Windows 2000, Vista and Windows 7. Nevertheless, you can download the latest version 3.1 at the official site. Download version 3.0.1.3 from The Box at the sidebar of this blog.

How to Use PowerOff?

First: Select “Local Computer” or “Remote Computer” to manage. Remote Computer refers to any computer other than the one you are using that is connected in your local network (connected to your router). To remotely control other computer, choose “Allow remote control” under “Options” and set the “Port number” to 3210 and set your password, as shown below. (Be sure that PowerOff is also installed on the remote computer and is also running.)

Second: Select the “Action” to execute on the selected computer.

Third: You can choose any “Option” to execute when the action is undertaken.

Choose “Warning Message” to send a message to the computer where the action is undertaken. The message would be like this:

You have also the option to give the user of the remote computer to cancel the action by selecting “Allow cancel“. Doing so, would make your action futile. 🙂

Fourth: You can set “When” you’re going to execute the action: Immediate, Scheduled,and After a process stops. Selecting “Scheduled” would open a dialogue box where you can set the date and time when to execute the action. Selecting “After a process stops” would open a dialogue box where you can select an on-going process on the computer.

That’s it. You’re done! Enjoy managing the other computers in your network especially the ones use by your children.

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The Box

   “The Box” has been there sitting on the sidebar of this blog for a quite time waiting for anyone to open it and hopefully get to download some interesting stuffs in it.

The Box is powered by box.net which provides me 5G of free storage and has so far 8 folders that categorized the files i am sharing. The Box is updated whenever there are new materials available that are worth sharing.

Feel free to download the materials and make use of it in your daily computing. I have some few details about the files in each folder to guide you:

ANTI-VIRUSES

How to Prevent Viruses from Intruding your Computer.doc

USB Drive Auto-Run

Virus & Others

AUDIO-VIDEO TOOLS

K-Lite Codec Pack 640 Full.exe (It’s an audio codec pack necessary for audio playback)

Digicart PC Set-up.exe (It resembles a professional audio digicart system where audio files can be stored and played instantly from the monitor screen.)

Audio Connectors.odt (List of audio connectors and its descriptions)

GAMES

Game Serials.doc (Key serials for various games)

Portable Games.zip (Games include the popular portable Nintendo games)

MUSIC

Batobalani sa Gugma.mp3 (Gozos to Senior Sto. Nino de Cebu)

OTHER SOFTWARES

iCafeClient Set-up.exe (https://juntariman.wordpress.com/2011/06/29/friendster-launches-gaming-platform/) ;  (http://icafe.friendster.com/)

3D 4-Desktops.zip (https://juntariman.wordpress.com/2007/10/31/3d-4desktops/)

PHOTOSHOP TECHNIQUES (https://juntariman.wordpress.com/myradio-shows-dyab/hi-tech-ta-bai/downloads-2/)

Photoshop for comics.pdf

Photoshop Tutorial.pdf

TUTORIALS

Reformatting your Computer using Windows XP.doc

The Windows XP Tutorials.doc

Laptop Troubleshooting map.gif

1000 Windows XP Tips.pdf

How to Speed XP & Vista.pdf

Computer Shortcuts.pdf (https://juntariman.wordpress.com/2008/05/20/computer-shortcuts-local-cooling/)

VGA Cabling Simplified.pdf  (Guide to extending the cable for VGA to LCD projector)

UTILITY TOOLS 

Combo Fix.exe  (https://juntariman.wordpress.com/2010/10/24/d-i-y-combofixing-your-infected-computer/)

PC Repair System.zip (https://juntariman.wordpress.com/2007/10/26/pc-repair-system/)

Pwroff30.zip (http://hitechtabai.wordpress.com/2011/10/28/poweroff-automatically-and-remotely-shuts-down-restarts-logs-off-computer/)

RARepair.zip (https://juntariman.wordpress.com/2010/06/16/remote-access-repair-tool-for-error-720/)

XP Fixlogon.zip (https://juntariman.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/cdr-kings-usb-wi-fi-adapter-dongle-disable-the-windows-fast-user-switching-welcome-screen/)

Unlocker 1.9.1 (https://juntariman.wordpress.com/2008/05/14/deleteng-undeleteable-files/)

My PLDT DSL Experience

I have reserved for PLDT Telpad upgrade but have my application hold in abeyance after I 
learned that the tablet unit available in Cebu area is not the upgraded 2.3 Gingerbread
unit but the old one--2.2 Froyo. Check here for the complete specs.



Instead, i have applied this week for bundle upgrade--from P990 landline + DSL to plan
P1,299 with twice the speed-- 768kbps. My PLDT DSL has been slowing for two months now
and that made me decide to upgrade.I am expecting the upgrade to effect today or 
tomorrow.



I've tried checking my internet speed this morning using speedtest.net and the reading
shows that my subscription's performance is within the promised speed of 384kbps
(Left: Seoul, South Korea; right:Singapore). However, this is not the normal speed
since most of the day the connection is erratic and the speed can go down as low as 
about 100kbps download and less than 100kbps for upload.


Then i compare the two readings with the global average speed connection (left: 
download; right: upload) which show that our internet speed is far below the global
average (yellow line: Global Average; blue line: PLDT average for my 2 speed tests.)


The National Telecommunication Commission is requiring all Internet Service Providers
to maintain its Minimum Service Reliability at 80% of their specified subscription plan.
(Check the copy of the NTC memorandum below for the definition of Minimum Service 
Reliability and the required specification on their subscription plans.The memorandum
took effect since August 2011 after its publication.)

However, how do we know that the ISP has gone below the 85% of their specified speed.
Are they going to accept our own internet speed test (using speedtest.net readings) as
evidence in our complaint? Or is it the NTC's responsibility to check the Minimum
Service Reliability?
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REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
COMMISSION ON INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY
NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

MEMORANDUM ORDER
No. 07-07-2011

SUBJECT: MINIMUM SPEED OF BROADBAND CONNECTIONS

WHEREAS, the 1987 Constitution fully recognizes the vital role of communications in nation building and provides for the emergence of communications structures suitable to the needs and aspirations of the nation;

WHEREAS, the promotion of competition in the telecommunications market is a key objective of Republic Act No. 7925 (RA7925, for brevity), otherwise known as The Public Telecommunications Policy Act of the Philippines, which mandates that “a healthy competitive environment shall be fostered, one in which telecommunications carriers are free to make business decisions and interact with one another in providing telecommunications services, with the end in view of encouraging their financial viability while maintaining affordable rates;

WHEREAS, RA7925 further defines the role of the government to “promote a fair, efficient and responsive market to stimulate growth and development of the telecommunications facilities and services”;

WHEREAS, RA7925 mandates the National Telecommunications Commission (Commission) to promote and protect the consumers of public telecommunications services;

WHEREAS, it has been observed that the service providers are offering broadband/ internet connections specifying only the maximum speed;

WHEREAS, customers/ subscribers/ users have the right to be informed of the quality of the broadband/ internet connection service being provided;

WHEREAS, fixed, fixed wireless and mobile broadband/ internet access differ in transmission characteristics;

WHEREAS, mobile broadband/ internet access suffer from signal fading more than fixed and fixed wireless broadband/ internet access;

NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to RA7925, Executive Order (EO) No. 546 series of 1979, and in order to maintain and foster fair competition in the telecommunications industry, and promote and protect the rights of broadband service customers/ subscribers/ users, the National Telecommunications Commission (the Commission/ NTC, for brevity) hereby promulgates the following rules:

1. Broadband service providers shall specify the minimum broadband/ internet connection speed and service reliability and the service rates in their offers to consumers/ subscribers/ users in their advertisements, flyers, brochures and service agreements and service level agreements. The minimum service reliability shall be 80%.

Service Reliability is measured over a period of one (1) month and calculated as

[(Hours in a day x Days in a month) – (Time internet connection speed is below minimum)(Hours in a day x Days in a month)

The service offers shall specify the service rates for a minimum broadband/ internet connection speed and the service reliability. For example: a broadband service provider can offer PhP 900.00/month for 512 kbps minimum connection speed and 80% service reliability, or PhP 1,000.00/month for 512 kbps minimum connection speed and 85% service reliability, or PhP 1,000/month for 1 Mbps minimum connection speed and 80% reliability, etc.

2. The subscribers/ consumers shall be properly informed of the broadband/internet connection service being offered to them.

3. Service providers offering committed information rate (CIR) shall comply with NTC MC No. 12-19-2004.

4. Failure on the part of a broadband service provider to comply with this Order, the Commission shall file appropriate administrative case against said broadband service provider.

5. Any circular, order, memoranda or parts thereof inconsistent herewith are deemed repealed or amended accordingly.

6. This Order shall take effect fifteen (15) days after publication in a newspaper of general circulation and three (3) certified true copies are furnished the UP Law Center.

Quezon City, Philippines, 15 July 2011

(signed)
Gamaliel A. Cordoba
Commissioner

(signed)
Carlos Jose A. Martinez
Deputy Commissioner

(signed)
Delilah F. Deles
Deputy Commissioner

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In between our monthly billing cycle are disruptions in the service which should be
deducted from our monthly bill. Personally, i've received a rebate from PLDT after i
complained the 4-day interruption of my connection last July. Check my post about 
it.

DOWNLOAD: Super Converter 2011

I’ve been using Super Converter since 2008 because of its superb features. It can convert almost, if not all, audio-video formats to various formats including hardware formats (home players.)

Now, i’m updating my copy of Super Converter for the first time to the latest version– v2011.build.48 time stamped on April 23, 2011. The latest version has the capability to embed watermarks on your video files. More of its features can be found here.

Here are some screen shots of the installation process:

If you have a previous installation of Super Converter just like mine,the set-up wizard will force you to uninstall the previous version. Here, my current version of Super Converter was installed on March 22, 2008.

 

 

 

You have to choose which drive you shall install the Super Converter. In my case, i’d installed it on my Drive E since my system drive’s space is diminishing.

 

 

 

While following the set up process, Super Converter also suggest you to install its recommended player–Real Player.

 

 

 

Just click Next, unless you have to choose another folder where your shortcut will be created.

 

 

 

 

You may opt to have a Quick Launch Icon and a desktop icon.

 

 

 

 

You’re done! Reboot is recommended to complete the installation process.

 

 

 

 

 

This is now the latest version of Super Converter. Take note of the minor additions in the user interface.

 

 

 

You may download the set-up file of the latest version of the Super Converter at its official site . Happy Super Converting!

Facebook Newspaper

PostPost converts the news feed from your contacts on your Facebook’ s home page into a newspaper layout.

It saves you time scrolling down for earlier updates hence updates are arranged like your daily paper where you can read the items side-by-side.

It’s not only text but also pictures and videos are on the same page. You can even play two video feeds at a time (Left frame is Dante Luzon’s feed and right frame is an NBA feed).

Aside from it’s easy to navigate PostPost FB news feed, it has bigger image sizes. By the way, PostPost page will open in a separate tab/window outside FB.

The only drawback for PostPost FB newsfeed page is that you’ll open another tab and the page will not automatically refresh for new feeds. You’ll have to refresh the page to check for updates from your contacts.

Of course, you’ll have to allow PostPost for the app to work for your FB account. Check the video introduction of the PostPost app on this blog’s homepage. Go to PostPost to open your FB newspaper.