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Monthly Archives: December 2009

How to use Thunderbird 3 as a Communication Center

You want to us Thunderbird 3 for more than for e-mails? Then read this tip….

As TB3 has the new Tab Function built in, you can use this tabs to add web sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google Wave etc. to it.

Click in TB3 on the menu bar Tools –> Error Console and than copy the code from below in the command line…

don’t forget to replace <URL> in the code line with the address you want to see in the new TAB ( f.e.: https://www.facebook.com )

NOTE: Code needs to be insert in one line!

Components.classes[‘@mozilla.org/appshell/window-mediator;1’].
getService(Components.interfaces.nsIWindowMediator).getMostRecentWindow(“mail:3pane”).
document.getElementById(“tabmail”).openTab(“contentTab”,{contentPage: “<URL>“});

iPhone don’t synchronise with Microsoft Outlook 2007 Calendar

The iPhone was not syncing properly with  Microsoft Outlook 2007 calendar. 

The solution and description to this error is set out below:

To fix this issue you can simply “Reset Sync History” in iTunes.

Don’t worry! This does not delete any data on either Outlook or the iPhone.

It merely, delete’s previous sync history and starts from scratch.

  1. Open iTunes….
  2. Click on “Edit” and “Preferences”
  3. Select the “Devices” tab and click on the button “Reset Sync History”
  4. Allow the new sync to complete.

How to start Outlook in safe mode

You can start Outlook in safe mode with

hold the CTRL key while clicking on the Outlook icon or

click on Start -> Run and type in outlook /safe

How To Format Your Mac Hard Drive

You want to do a clean system install of Mac OS X on your shiny new Mac?

Or perhaps you just need a larger drive to hold all the movies you’re been downloading?

No matter what the reason, before you can use a blank hard drive, you’ll need to format it first.

Luckily, formatting a drive is easy, but you do need to make some decisions ahead of time based on how you plan to use the drive. For example will your drive be used only in a Mac? Or if your drive is going to be used for storage, will you need to connect from Windows? Mac? Both?

Be aware that formatting your drive will erase **ALL** your existing data. Make sure you’ve backed up any existing files on the drive before you format!

  • BACK UP

    Remember, formatting a drive erases all the data on your Mac, so make sure you back up all your files before you begin!

  • USING THE DISK UTILIY IN MAC OS X

    To format an external or an extra internal hard drive on your Mac, just attach (or install) the drive and open the application “Disk Utility”.

    It’s in your Applications > Utilities folder. Select your new hard drive in the menu on the left, then choose the Erase tab in the main window.

    Now select a drive format. If you’re using the hard drive exclusively with Mac OS X, we recommend Mac OS Extended (Journaled). If you’ll be accessing the drive from Windows as well, select FAT32.

    Once you’ve selected a format, click the erase button and wait a few minutes for the drive to finish formatting.

  • USING THE INSTALLATION DVD OF MAC OS X

    If you’d like to format the system hard drive inside your Mac, the procedure is the same, but you’ll need to boot your Mac from an OS X install DVD or another Mac.

    If you’re using the install DVD, before you start the install process head to the menu bar and select the Disk Utility application. Once Disk Utility opens the process is the same as explained above, but be sure to choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled), which is the recommended drive format for OS X.

Google Public DNS Service

As we reported already about the alternative OpenDNS solution, here a brand new service from Google. Google Public DNS Service.

Those of you experiencing DNS issues or have trouble using OpenDNS, give these a try:

Primary DNS: 8.8.8.8
Secondary DNS: 8.8.4.4

The DNS protocol is an important part of the web’s infrastructure, serving as the Internet’s “phone book”. Every time you visit a website, your computer performs a DNS lookup. Complex pages often require multiple DNS lookups before they complete loading. As a result, the average Internet user performs hundreds of DNS lookups each day, that collectively can slow down his or her browsing experience.

All detail informations about the DNS service you will find here.

Confused Which Free Public DNS To Use, Here Is How To Benchmark The Fastest DNS Server From Your Location

If you are looking for a professional grade hardcore DNS speed benchmarking tool, multi-platform, open-source utility namebench would be the answer, capable of utilizing your web browser history, tcpdump output, or standardized datasets to benchmark DNS server speeds namebench provide well laid-out, easy to understand individualized recommendation.

However, if you are looking for something fast and noob-friendly free windows-only utility DNS Tester gets the job done but you will need to manually evaluate and compare the results.

Another free alternative would be DNSBench for fast, easy and comprehensive DNS Benchmarking on windows.