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Thursday, 12 April 2007

How to Make Windows Start Up Faster

got it from yahoo!

I don't know about you, but I love spending the first 10 minutes of every workday watching Windows start up. It's like a Zen thing. If you'd rather get right to work, though, the following tips should help you make Windows start much more quickly.

Lighten the Load

A typical PC loads a lot of programs every time it starts. Each of the icons in your system tray (the area near your clock) represents an auto-start application. And there are probably other programs on your machine that start automatically but don't make their presence known so easily. Each autoloading app slows your boot time--a little or a lot. And because most of them continue to run in the background, they rob you of a little performance.

Before you start eliminating autoloaders, though, make sure you can undo your changes. In Windows XP, Select Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, System Restore. Select Create a restore point, click Next, call your restore point something like before removing autoloaders, and choose Create. Click Close once you've created the restore point.

In Windows Vista, select Start, Control Panel, System. Under 'Tasks' on the right side of the window, click System Protection. In the System Properties box that comes up, click Create at the bottom of the window.

XP users should now select Start, Run, type msconfig, and press . (In Vista, select Start, type msconfig into the Search box, and press .) Click the Startup tab, and you'll see a list of all your autoloading programs, each with a check box. Uncheck an item, and it will no longer load at startup.

Choose Your Autoloading Apps

Which applications should you leave checked so that they continue to autoload? First and foremost, you don't want to operate without your antivirus, firewall, and other security programs. Yes, these programs slow your PC's boot-up and shutdown, and they can even cause conflicts, but the cost of not having them running is too high to bear.

For any other program in the list, use your judgment. Don't ask yourself "Is it a good program?" but "Does it need to be on all the time?" For instance, I unchecked Adobe Elements' Photo Downloader, a program that I use whenever I download photos from my camera, because it serves no purpose when I'm not downloading photos. On the other hand, I allow Copernic Desktop Search to autoload because it needs to index my data files continually.

After unchecking the programs that you don't need to autoload at startup, click OK and reboot. Windows will load with a very wordy message box that might look like an error message. Just check Don't show this message or launch the System Configuration Utility when Windows starts (the wording is slightly different in Vista) at the bottom of the dialog box and click OK.

Windows Dusting and Cleaning

If an autoloader diet doesn't sufficiently accelerate your boot-up, try these tweaks:

Clean out the Registry. The larger your Windows Registry, the longer the OS will take to boot. My favorite Registry cleaner is ChemTable's $30 Reg Organizer, which is both a powerful Registry editor and a general Windows maintenance tool. If you don't want to pay to put things in order, try the less-powerful EasyCleaner from ToniArts.

Use fewer fonts. Loading hundreds of system fonts takes time. If you have more than 500 fonts on your PC, remove a few. Sue Fisher's free The Font Thing utility will help you whittle your font selection down to size.

Add RAM. Faster hardware means faster boots (and shutdowns, and everything in between). There's no cheaper, more effective way to improve your hardware's performance than by adding RAM.

Friday, 6 April 2007

DXN trip

23-25 March 2007
Kedah Darul Aman..
(LUv the paddy fields...!)
Well, it went well..puas hati la dapat ikut trip nie..
DXN ni ialah sebuah syarikat ubatan alternative-herba yang my mum sangat suka akannya..Malaysian product..that’s the spirit. DXN ni low profile n sempoi je..tapi dalam senyap2 dah masuk ke 90 negara..tak caye?
http://www.dxn2u.com tengok kat cni..
Ummi saya suka berniaga dan die suka sangat DXN ni sebab sambil berniaga dia dapat tolong orang..supaya kekal sihat insyaAllah..

Kilang DXN ni terletak di Kedah..bukit wang,HQ DXN kat alor setar..
Since I’m a biologist, this trip meant a lot since I was exposed to all kinds of herbs..and industrial-scale proceses to produce all this product in a very sophisticated way..
Kalo ikutkan canggih, rasenye DXN boleh jadi lebih canggih daripada yang ada sekarang maksudnya boleh guna machine 99.9% tapi tu mcm selfish la plak kan..at least kalo semi-depended ni ada banyak la peluang pekerjaan dapat diwujudkan..

Penghasilan besar-besaran kulat ganoderma nie sangat menarik..aku ni selalu jugak tengok kulat ni..nak tahu katne? Kat contaminated culture media..hahhaha!!! sila rujuk gambar di bawah ye..besar kulat nie..kulat merah aka ganoderma..media kultur die habuk kayu+kapur (organic) pastu media nie akan jalani pembasmian kuman aka sterilization. Autoclave machine tu sangat la besar..bole masuk 5000 beg kultur sekali proses.panjang betol…kat lab tu kan bese nye kecik je..besar mesin basuh..yang ni panjang cam 2 gerabak keretapi..haha..

Haa..ni tempat pengeraman/kultur…tempat di mana kulat2 ni akan membesar dengan sihat dan gumbira..Kulat yang kami boleh lawat ni hanya akan menghasilkan produk kegunaan luaran eg: sabun, syampu.. kalo yang nak digunakan untuk makan, tempat tu takleh masuk..lagipun lokasi nye berbeza..jauh daripada manusia..

Satu fakta menarik tentang penghasilan kulat ni ialah media kultur tadi bila dah harvest kulatnya akan dibuat baja..haa..rupenya siap ade usaha menghasilkan baja kompos..siap bela cacing tu..tapi masalah yang belom dapat diatasi ialah plastic pembungkus tu..plastik kan susah nak degrade..erm..maybe I can help them on producing this biodegradable plastic..in the future laa…hehe..i like this environment-friendly effort, at least they have the awareness to save the planet, not like other selfish companies..ikut suka depa nak buang hape2..eiiii..geram!

Then, kitoang melawat tempat penghasilan kopi..wah..sedap baunya..bau kopi..n I like DXN coffee very much..sebelum ni aku tak minum kopi pun, tapi kopi ni berjaya menambat hati..hehe..gambar takde la sbb takleh amek gambar dalam tu..
Then lawat kilang penghasilan RGGL..dalam tu siap kena pakai uniform khas..yang tutup badan, muka, siap dengan sarung kaki..haha..kat ctu dapat tengok cara ubat masuk kapsul, ubat jadi tablet, packaging proses..n it is interesting to see that every country has their own packaging..contoh, kalo kopi tu, Malaysian suka dalam kotak, org Filipina suka dlm plastic, indo pun same..pastu kalo ubat2 ke UAE-arab botol besar-besar..ade packaging warna gelap..terang..macam2..

Pastu singgah gudang untuk export kopi plak…bangga plak tengok phrase “PRODUCT OF MALAYSIA”. Besar gak gudang tu..penuh..dan tour guide tu kata 55% KOPI yg dah tersedia tu untuk ke Filipina..suka btol, orang Filipina nie..bagus..bagus..

Then we spent the night at SERI MALAYSIA alor setar..

Esok tu singgah Bukit Kayu Hitam,, nothing much..until I found this duty free chocolate heaven..haa..borong la ape lagi..then beli buah2 skit..citer pasal buah..ni ade skit gambar buah mangga yg sangat besar..cuba tengok gambar mangga yg kecik tu..haa tu saiz mangga yg kite bese tengok..pastu buah kundang..wane oren..sedap btol..manis.. buah kundang ni tak same species dgn mangga tapi sedara level genera..kome paham ke idak..naseb le..aye maleh nak translate ke bahasa awam nie..

Kesimpulannya trip ni amatla bermanfaat..bole kenal lebih ramai orang..belajar banyak benda..fahami banyak perkara…yg paling penting dapat jalannnnnnn2 dengan mak saya yg memang cantik lagi sporting..luv u ummi..mmuuuaahhhhsss!!!
ade sesape nak melawat?? just give me a buzz ok..