Monday, January 16, 2017

Connect and sync ASUS Zenfone 3 to windows 10 on PC

  1. Connect phone to pc on 64 bit windows 10
  2. Check phone for any prompt
  3. Run ASUS System updates on phone
  4. Reboot phone
  5. On PC go to specific drive in explorer, run setup.exe and install ASUS Remote Link and ASUS PC link for ZenFone 3
  6. Reboot PC

Friday, November 25, 2016

How to plan for a grant or scholarship to fund your education

Getting into college is very important to young students and anyone that reaches that level of education needs to figure out how their education will be paid for.  Although the options are multiple, most of them imply a loan that has to be paid back. In order to fund their education online at the chosen university, students search for scholarships to achieve this.
Degrees and online certifications
Since there are so many degree programs available online, students have a lot of possibilities to choose from. Skills acquired through remote online education serve as leverage for getting a promotion or open  up a whole range of superior career options. If one follows the right steps, identifying suitable scholarships should be fairly easy:
  • Identify which  online universities best match your interests and decide at least upon one to pursue.
  • Study exactly what  online degree programs are offered by the university.
  • Make sure that the university of choice has scholarship programs in their offering
  • Make an assessment regarding the requirements of any online degree that  you are taking into consideration
The secret of achieving the desired success, is to find a scholarship that pays for your education  and in the meantime also offers opportunities for growth. A lot of schools have programs that n financially support students, and in order to minimize education costs, one has to find as many such offers as possible. After doing the necessary research, applying for the majority of sources for financial help, is relatively straight forward. When sending the submission application files, be sure to check that all the requested documents are enclosed in the packages, according to each institution's requirements.
Reaching the goal of academic achievement
Be aware that although free money is still the best way to pay for your college education, it comes with a cost. You will sign a contract in which you agree and take it upon yourself, when utilizing granted academic awards to help pay for education, to maintain acceptable grade point averages. Failing to meet these conditions could place the grant in danger of being annulled and the student or even his/her parents would have to assume part of the responsibility.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

What are the effects of sleeping with an alarm clock ringing next to your head?

I noticed that some people set their alarm clock very early like 3:00-4:00 a.m. The intention is to get up early but what happens is that they consistently sleep through all alarms set and wake up around 6:00 a.m. They think that if they set it earlier, they will gradually wake up, because if they don't set the alarm, they would wake up at 8:00 a.m.

The logic behind this strategy seems to be better applied for activities during theday,  day, when one is awake, but I am wondering about other effects this type of exposure to repetitive sound while sleeping might have, similar to the snooze effect that is already demonstrated as being stressful to the mind and body.

When waking up in the morning and noticing that they slept through their set alarms, people get stressed and the next time they go to sleep they think that maybe placing the alarm clock, which today is mostly replaced by a smartphone, closer to their heads, even under the pillow, so that it's closer the the ear and maybe they will hear it better. This of course has no real effect on them actually reacting to the sound of the alarm and really waking up.

The body is most probably in some stage of deep sleep and the brain has the auditory system paralyzed to some degree or maybe involved in other functions of dreaming, because obviously hearing does not have much effect, in the sense that it does not complete its function of sending the audio signals to the brain or maybe the brain receives the signal but does not always react to the sound of the alarm. The question could be at this point if the brain perceives the sound. I am pretty sure that the cells in the ear, responsible for sound processing react. I remember seeing a documentary on how they work and they are passive and just react to different frequencies of sound and there are a whole range of such cells, called cills, that depending on their size react to different frequencies. So the sound gets sent to the brain and is transformed into electrical signal because sound is not something really voluntary. And you notice this sometimes when you dream and sounds in the surroundings, like TV, alarms and even peoples voices get slightly integrated into the dream.

I think the body has a way of dealing with sounds disturbing sleep and learns to ignore them in order to rest regardless of the intentions set by you using your mind. It is very important also what type of motivation lies behind needing to wake up. It could be, as it so often is, that you must wake up to go to work or school, which is in large an external set motivation which one internalizes to various degrees and becomes responsible in regards to it, and trains himself to respect hours when waking up.
It could also be that you want to wake up to do something for yourself or you are on a vacation and are more eager to explore new things and can barley sleep and are excited and wake up even before the alarm rings.

The scenario discussed here however is a repetitive one from Monday to Friday between 10:00-11:00 (falling asleep interval) p.m.  and 3:00-8:00 a.m. (alarm ringing interval) the next day. The classic modern workweek sleep schedule of city people.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Locuri de munca pentru elevi si studenti in Bucuresti

Ce poti munci ca elev sau student in Romania? Ce job s-ar potrivi unui tanar student(a) sau absolvent de bacalaureat in Romania 2013.

  1. Joburile in publicitate si marketing direct sunt prima varianta la care ma gandesc, pentru ca o incearca majoritatea tinerilor romani. 
  2. Urmeaza joburi de call center si operator pc la stransa competitie cu joburi in restaurante si terase sau magazine si hipermarketuri
  3. Mai sunt joburi de vanzari de cosmetice si alte produse prin retele tip MLM formate din prieteni si cunostinte, colegi si rude
  4. Dar mai sunt si alte joburi mai interesante si mai educative cum sunt joburile de bone si babysitter sau meditatoare de muzica si desen sau limbi straine si dans.
  5. Pentru pasionati de calculatoare sunt pe piata joburi pentru posturi de tester jocuri si aplicatii mobile sau web, designer, programator, administrator de site, asistent programator, copywriter de articole si poate multe altele.
  6. Ingrijire de animale si ajutor in casa pentru curatenie si intretinere in casa si gradina. Supraveghere copii si casa pentru concedii.
  7. Intuiesc ca ar fi si joburi pentru studenti cu pregatire tehnica in firme de specialitate sau unitati de productie si depozite de marfuri.
  8. ...
Cred ca am mai putea enumera diverse categorii de joburi pentru tineri studenti si elevi in Romania.

In acest sens va invit pe pentru publica sau pentru a cauta un job. Daca aveti idei pe aceasta tema, sau puteti oferi un job potrivit pentru tineri, sau sunteti in cautare de job, sau chiar ati gasit jobul ideal pentru studenti sau elevi, va invit sa comentati si sa construim impreuna un loc de intalnire pentru acest segment de varsta si aceste tipuri de joburi.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

How to avoid infection with searchqu toolbar and prevent change of your default search setting?

As I write this, I am looking at a "Notification" window from the Searchqu Toolbar, that looks like this:

when you click the ballon you get:

Searchqu Toolbar Notification about detection of an attempt to change your default searchsetting
Searchqu Toolbar Notification
The full text of the searchqu notification message is:

Searchqu Toolbar has detected an attempt to change your default search setting.
The default search setting applies to searches made via your browser.
What would you like to do?
  • Keep my current default search setting
  • Disable default search protection and replace my default search with (6A1806CD-94D4-4689Searchqu Toolbar option disable search protection chinese)

If you click settings, you get this window:

Searchqu Toolbar Settings Window Option to enable searchqu toolbar default search protection
Searchqu Toolbar Settings
The full text of the Searchqu Toolbar Settings dialog window is:
Searchqu Toolbar SettingsSearchqu Toolbar protects your default search setting from being automatically changed by different applications
Checkbox: Enable Searchqu Toolbar default search protection
I did not know what this was at first, but now, after a few searches, I know that the Searchqu Toolbar is a sort of malware/adware browser hijacker that takes over your browser default search engine settings and uses the searchnu search engine instead.

I am still looking at the notification and it is very clear that whatever I choose, I am very likely to get infected.
I searched for ways to prevent or avoid the toolbar from even installing, but I only found ways to uninstall the toolbar.

There are a lot of articles and tutorials on the web about how to uninstall the searchqu toolbar and I don't really know which one to follow or to trust. Excuse me for being paranoid with the virus half way in my system, but out there it looks like an industry of tutorials and how to's for removing searchnu, which makes me suspect that they are in it somehow. They might be in it for the benefits of traffic I guess, as I am also using this article to attract some traffic. And maybe some are just helping and some are just riding this wave of searches for other marketing purposes and why not, even other scams.

After understanding that I have to remove the application form Windows via the control panel, I checked to see if the toolbar is already installed in program files. Although I haven't yet clicked on OK or X the Searchqu Toolbar is already listed in programs and I can uninstall it. The default browser, Google Chrome, has apparently not been affected, yet, while Firefox is definetly already infected and loading

I have yet to check the windows registry with regedit but since one browser is compromised, I am pretty sure it is too late to prevent getting the searchqu/searchnu 'virus'.

I am wondering though, how, why and when did it happen. When the notification appeard I was working on a laptop that I dont use very often, on which is running Windows 7, with protection form Microsoft Security Essentials active but to my disappointment not updated (now running a quickscan).

I was involved in a few activities using the following programs on Windows 7:

  • Editing pages online on a Wordpress blog with the theme Tungstenation installed using Google Chrome
  • Editing files via FTP using Notepad++
  • Copying tungstenation.pot file  via FTP using Total Commander
  • Editing tungstenation.pot file with Poedit (that had just updated)
Now that i had a better look at the programs installed i see that the toolbar was installed since 11.11.2012?!.

If there is any way to prevent this form happening pleas comment and leave a useful message for others to find.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

How to link image to pdf file in Drupal 7 using fields and views

I recently had a request from a client regarding the display, structure and behaviour of their webpage. Euro Issa is a company in Bucharest that supplies steel drill bits, metal cutter tips, tools and equipment for metal fabrication. They want to have a page with an overview of product categories, displayed in a grid with three columns, where each category has title and thumbnail image with rounded colored borders linked to a pdf file.

To do this, I set up a content type like "Category Datasheet" with the fields: title, image field, file field and term reference as category field. I also created a new taxonomy vocabulary for the node type so that i could filter them later in views.

At this point I also started to wonder how I would later link the image with the pdf file attached to a node of type category datasheet. In Structure / Views I created a view and followed the drupal 'wizard' steps deciding what type of nodes to show and in which structure and style to display them.

After some research into how to link an image to an attached file I installed a few pairs of modules which did not solve the linking of the fields image and file. Link formatter, PDF Preview etc.

The rewriting options of each field selected in the view, allow you to output the image as a link to the pdf file, using pattern replacements form other fields of the filtered node. You can then easily choose from each field settings in views, whether or not to display them. In my case I only left the title and the image with an added CSS class for borders visible, excluding from the display the pdf file field and term reference category field and just using their data/url to rewrite the output of the visible fields.

If this helps you, feel free to donate and help by visiting some of the businesses on the right. There are more details to getting this to work and settings to take into account but I hope I will find the time to update this post.

"Please stop hotlinking my easing script - Start using a real CDN" Warning

One of my clients has a website for his car coating business in Bucharest, running on WordPress with Clockstone theme installed. The theme is using the slider plugin  Accordion slider that in turn uses a javascript function for easing. The author of the script, as I found out on this zen cart forum thread, is getting a lot of traffic and complaints from his hosting service, and he decided to make a pop-up appear on any page using the script remotely, that looks like this:

Please stop hotlinking my easing script — use a real CDN instead. Many thanks
Please stop hotlinking my easing script — use a real CDN instead. Many thanks

To solve this issue, one has to first download the jquery easing script (choose same version as one used currently remote ) and place it in the js folder of the plugin, in this case:
Next, the reference for this script must be changed, so that it's no longer called in the header directly from:
instead you should have it load from your server:
<script type='text/javascript' src=''></script>
 To do this, first locate which file loads the remote script. In my case the call was being made from the file:
in the first lines, I changed:
wp_register_script( 'jquery_easing', ''); 
wp_register_script( 'jquery_easing', WP_ACCORDION_URL.'/js/jquery.easing.1.3.js'); 
 I noticed afterwards that the jquery.easing.1.3.js was already provided, although not in the minified version, but the reference was not updated. I presume this would have been the responsibility of the theme or plugin developers.

Feel free to donate by visiting our sponsors on the right ;) and I hope this helps you get rid of the warning "Please stop hotlinking my easing script - use a real CDN instead".