Friday, 21 October 2011

Banned from 2 forums in 24 hours.

Here is one of my videos in which I talk about my being wrongly banned from both Seven Forums and Expert Law forums. For doing nothing wrong.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Banned from a forum again.

Yesterday I told you how I was banned from Seven Forums for doing nothing. Well,I have just been banned from a forum called Expert Law,which is an American forum.The offense- I started a new thread about how I was banned from Seven Forums. I got several replies from members,until a moderator came along and banned me from the forum. So now I am banned for life from the Expert Law forum as well as from Seven Forums.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Banned from another forum without warning.

It happened again I have just been banned from another forum. A few months ago I told readers how I got threatened with a ban from Linux Mint forums. And how C Net forums banned me,but reinstated me after I emailed a moderator about my ban. Well,it has happened again,about an hour ago today. This time Seven Forums have banned me for doing nothing.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Run Windows Movie Maker 6 alongside 2.6 on Windows 7.

Windows Movie Maker 6 is bundled with Windows Vista, just like Windows Movie Maker 2.1 is bundled with Windows XP.
But Windows 7 does not come with Windows Movie Maker, but you can install Windows Movie Maker 2.6 for Windows Vista,on Windows 7.

Windows Movie Maker 2.6 is made for Windows Vista computers that do not have the hardware to run Windows Movie Maker 6. But you can run both Windows Movie Maker 6 and 2.6 alongside each other on both Windows 7, and Windows Vista.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Run Windows Vista apps in Windows 7.

Windows 7 and Windows Vista are alike. In fact both operating systems look identical in appearance. But while Windows 7 is fast,Windows Vista is slower and takes up more ram than Windows 7 and Windows XP does. Also Windows Vista does not run well on a Netbook,although there are Netbooks with Windows Vista.

But because Windows 7 and Windows Vista are so similar to one another,you can run all of that great software,such as Windows Mail and Windows Calendar and more on Windows 7.

How to get the Vista sidebar back in Windows 7.

The Windows Sidebar that is in Windows Vista is not included in Windows 7. But you get back the Vista sidebar in Windows 7. Here is how.

There are many tutorials on the web that tell you to first take ownership of the Windows Sidebar program file in Windows 7. And then delete or rename the file,before installing Windows Sidebar for Windows Vista. But you DO NOT need to do this. As I have found that when I had deleted the Windows 7 sidebar program file,that I could not add gadgets to my sidebar.

Make Windows 7 look like Windows XP-sort of.

You have just bought a Windows 7 computer or have just installed Windows 7. But you miss the old theme and look of Windows XP. Well,as you know Windows Vista and Windows 7 are similar to Windows XP in a lot of ways,except that they both have the Aero transparent theme. Although you can switch from Aero theme to Windows Classic(Windows 98 look,)which is not transparent.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Run Windows XP and Windows Vista software on Windows 7.

In this video I show you some Windows XP and Windows Vista software that can run on Windows 7.

Make Windows 7 Look Like Windows XP.

Here in this video I show you how to get the Windows XP and the classic start menu used in Windows 2000,98 and 95 on Windows 7. Using a software called Classic Shell.

Windows Movie Maker on Windows 7-video.

Here is one of my videos in which I talk about Windows Movie Maker running on Windows 7.

Windows Movie Maker on Windows 7.

Windows 7 is a good operating system, but a lot of the software that was on Windows XP has been taken out of Windows 7. Windows Movie Maker is one of the software not included in Windows 7. But you can get Windows Movie Maker back in Windows 7.

Windows Movie Maker 2.1 is only for Windows XP so you won't be able to install it on Windows 7.

But Windows Movie Maker 2.6 for Windows Vista does work on Windows 7. Windows Movie Maker 2.6 is a clone of the ORIGINAL Windows Movie Maker 2.1 for Windows XP, and is the next version up from 2.1. Movie Maker 2.6 does all that Movie Maker 2.1 does and has all of the same features.The only difference is that 2.6 does not support web cam capture like 2.1 does. But apart from that, everything else in 2.6 is the same as in 2.1.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Re-my ban from a forum.

Last Monday I was banned from posting on C.Net forums. But the next day,on Tuesday the ban on me was lifted. Here is the story behind it.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Re-my ban from C.Net forums-update-

A few days ago I told you how I was banned from posting on C.Net forums.My account was blocked.So although I could log into the site and read the posts,I could not post on the forums. So I spent the past two days Monday and Tuesday emailing a moderator of the forum to find out why I had been banned from posting.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Using your laptop away from home.

Here is a video in which I talk about using your laptop or Netbook away from home such as in hotels or coffee shops. I also give useful tips.

How to connect to Google Talk on Pidgin.

The default server settings in Pidgin Messenger work without any problems on most home broadband networks. And they will work on most mobile broadband networks too. But if you are using public wifi you may find, as I have that Pidgin cannot connect to your Google Talk account. In my case,Pidgin works fine with the default settings on my broadband connection at home and on my mobile broadband. But I could not connect to Google Talk on Pidgin messenger at all on the hotels public wifi. Although I can when I use my T.Mobile broadband. So after searching the web,I found out how to change the server settings in Pidgin. So that it now connects to Google Talk on the public wifi. And I think that this information will be useful to anyone who is having difficulty connecting to Google Talk on Pidgin.

How to stay safe on public wifi.

I am on holiday at the moment and so I have taken my laptop,a Netbook with me. Many hotels and coffee shops have public wifi that you can connect to the Internet on. But there are steps that you need to take.As public wifi is less secure than your own wifi or wireless broadband at home. One alternative is to use your own mobile broadband. I have T.Mobile pay as you go broadband,which I can use when I take my laptop outside my home. But even with mobile broadband you still need to take the same steps, to keep your laptop safe. When using it in a public place such as an airport,hotel or a coffee shop. To do this you need to change some settings on your laptop or Netbook before you connect to public wifi.

Monday, 11 July 2011

I have just been stopped from posting on a forum.

Here is a video in which I tell that C.Net forums has blocked my account. Which means that I can log into their website and read the forums. But I cannot post in them. But I did not do anything wrong. And this is not the first time I have had problems with forums. As you will hear in this video.

Blocked From Posting On A Forum.

A few months ago I told readers of how I got a warning from Linux Mint forums. Telling me they would ban me if I continued to post,because they did not like my ideas about computing. So I did not want to give them the satisfaction of banning me and I just stopped posting on that forum.

Well it happened to me again on another computer software forum-on C Net forums. I have written a number of posts on C.Net forums and in addition to that I get a lot of my software from them. So I am a good customer and I also have my own ideas about computing. And I was posting on one thread that I do not believe in anti-virus software. And that would never install an anti virus program on my computer. A lot of people did not agree with me but I did not think that would upset anyone.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Internet cafe problems.

Here is another video in which I talk more about the problems with using Internet cafes.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Problems with Internet cafes.

Here in this video I talk about the problems with using Internet cafes. Which have a lot of rules. I got told off in an Internet cafe on Monday for downloading Safefox on the computer I was using. I was told by the cafe manager that they do not allow people to install web browsers on their computers.

Internet cafe does not allow you to install Safefox or other web browsers.

I was told off by the Internet cafe owner for downloading Safefox web browser on the computer I was using in an Internet cafe. I was told" you are not allowed to install any software on our computers. We do not allow it."

I was in an Internet cafe in Liverpool on Monday,and I was using their computers because I did not have my laptop with me. I left it at home and so while I was on holiday,I was using Internet cafes. A decision which I now regret.
Because they only had Internet Explorer and an old version of Firefox 4, so I downloaded and installed Safefox web browser on the computer I was using. Because I use Safefox at home on my computer and it is better. But to my surprise the manager of the Internet cafe came over to me and said"could you not install any software on the computer,we do not want you to break it."
I told him that I only installed Safefox web browser,which he had never heard of,because I have it on my computer at home. And that is what I use. But he told me that they do not allow anyone to download software on the computers,not even web browsers.

And I wanted to install Aim Messenger and Google Talk, so I could talk to my friends online, but the manager of the Internet cafe would not let me. And all they had was Skype and Yahoo Messenger,which I cannot use and neither can my friends. And I don't have a Skype account and my friends do not either. So I was not able to call my friends on Aim or Google Talk because,the staff at the Internet cafe would not let me install it. And the cafe owner knew that I had installed Safefox,because he saw me on the master computer. He has on his desk,which records everything you do on their computers.

I used to use Internet cafes before I got my first computer,a Netbook last April 2010. And when I used to use Internet cafes to do my blogging and write my websites and record videos on You Tube. I have had problems . Once I was turned away from an Internet cafe I had been to before by the shop keeper. Who told me that the computers were not working. But other people were sitting at the computers. I have websites about Hezbollah and Lebanon and media in the Middle East. And in Internet cafes the shop keeper records everything you do,and knows every blog post you write and every site you visit. And every forum you post on. So I am sure it was because he saw me writing my blog posts that,that was the real reason he did not want me in the Internet cafe.

But blogging sites and video sites like You Tube and My Space do not care what you write about, or make videos about,as long as it is not porn or obscene content.
But in an Internet Cafe it is a different story.

You have no control in an Internet Cafe. They can make what rules they like. They can block websites. They can stop you going in there and they can throw you out any time. And they treat us adults like children. They deny us open time. They tell us what we can and cannot do. And their computers are slow and not working good. If you went to most Internet cafes I have been to, you would hate it.

And the staff know nothing about computers. I am not a computer expert but they make me feel like a genius. When I used to make videos in Internet cafes before I got my own computer. Anyone who has made a video in an Internet cafe knows how difficult this is. You have to speak into the mic so quietly because everyone can hear what you are saying. And you worry who is listening and worry that you might disturb some one else on the other computers. And that they will tell you to shut up. You worry that the Internet cafe owner might not like what you are recording, or reading, or writing about.

It is possible to blog and make videos from an Internet cafe, but difficult. Some Internet cafes will give you open time.Where they put you on a computer, but don't turn it off until you have finished. But others will not give you open time,only set time. Where you tell them how long you want on the computer and pay before you go on. But set time is difficult, because you do not know how long it will take to write that blog or forum post. And you could be in the middle of doing some thing important and your time runs out. And by the time you have got to the till to ask for more time. They have cut you off. And all of your work is wiped from the computer.

And then there were the time when the person siting next to me was rude to me. And that upset me and I could not work properly. I did ask to be moved to another computer and they let me move. But I was still upset, and could not concentrate on my websites.

And one Internet cafe has this sign up and above every computer that says" anyone caught viewing sites that we do not approve of will be instantly barred from the shop." And in the Internet cafe owners eyes, that can mean going onto a website such as My Space because the owner in his ignorance thinks that it is an offensive site. When it is not. So then you worry that if you go to on You Tube or Facebook,that you might be breaking their rules.

That is why I got my own computer last year because I was fed up with all of the problems I was having with Internet cafes. But I could have had my own laptop a long time ago before last year. And saved a lot of wasted time and money and aggravation.

And my advice to anyone who has not got their own computer and is just using Internet cafes to do their blogging and forum posting is. That you need to get your own computer now. Because you will never have the best experience of the Internet from an Internet cafe. The computers in most cafes are slow,they are not looked after by the owners. The software that they have on there is out of date, and there could even be viruses on the computer. And you have got rules. And they record everything you do. Do you really want the Internet cafe owner to see your email address and maybe your password? And for him to see every site you visit?

But if you have your own computer-no one can tell you when to get on or off the computer. No one can stop you going on it when you want to. No one can tell you not to install software. And you don't have to ask anyone permission before doing anything on your own computer. And you have got your privacy. Where as in an Internet cafe you have not. And in an Internet cafe there are other people sitting next to you. Who can also see what you do,as well as the shop keeper at the desk.

So you need to get your own computer. And there is no excuse not to have one. As now most people own laptops and Netbooks. You don't need a full sized computer. A laptop or Netbook does all that a computer does and better. And they have come down a lot in price and are now very cheep. And so are the broadband contracts with Internet service providers,quite reasonable in price. And even if you are hard up,just get a second hand laptop.

And it is true to say that if you don't have your own computer, and are just using Internet cafes. You are not your own boss.

And I am going back to Manchester again on Friday. But I have bought a T.Mobile broadband USB stick. So I can get mobile broadband while I am away from home. And this time I am taking my Netbook with me. So this trip will NOT include a visit to the Internet cafe. I will use my own laptop,with my own pay as you go mobile broadband. And many hotels have public wifi you can connect to,if you have got your own laptop or Netbook with you. So I will have that choice as well.

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Windows Media Player 9 on Windows XP.

Images-left-Windows Media Player 6.4 one of the two hidden media players on Windows XP. Can be set as the default media player. Windows Media Player 5.1 cannot be set as the default player. But both media players can be run on the same computer,alongside Windows Media Player 9. Right-Windows Media Player 9 the current version on Windows XP.

Windows Media Player 5.1 on Windows XP.

Image- Windows Media Player 5.1 or mplay32 running on Windows XP.

Windows Media Player 6.4 on Windows XP.

Image-Windows Media Player 6.4 or mplayer2 running on Windows XP.

Use the two hidden media players in Windows XP.

Windows Media Player 9 (WMP 9 for short) is the default version of WMP bundled with all editions of Windows XP. But there are also two earlier versions of Windows Media Player. That can be used the same way you would use the latest version of Windows Media Player. These are Windows Media Player 6.4 and Windows Media Player 5.1. But they are hidden and so do not appear in the start menu with most other installed programs,but here is how to enable and use them.

To find Windows Media Player 6.4 open programs file on C/drive and look for the file Windows Media Player. Inside that file you should see a file called mplayer2. And it is this that is Windows Media Player 6.4. Then right click with your mouse and select send to desktop to create a quick launch shortcut. You should now have a shortcut icon on your desktop,(mplayer2)and you can rename this shortcut if you want to. If you cannot find the program file you can use Search Companion in My Computer. And this will find the program file and you can then create a desktop shortcut from there.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

ICQ no longer lets you log in with your Aim account.

I have not used ICQ messenger for quite some time as I have several Netbooks and have been using Aim Messenger. Well today I used one of my other Netbooks that has ICQ Messenger on it. Although I have an ICQ account I sign in with my Aim account, also Aol email account. But today when I tried to log in with my Aim screen name I found I could not do so. I got a message saying "incorrect log in."

So I tried to sign in with my other Aim account and the same thing happened. I could not sign into ICQ with any of my Aim accounts. And I also tried to sign into ICQ web Messenger with my Aim account and it also would not let me do it. And so I looked on the web and I found out that ICQ have changed their system.

Before, about a month ago you COULD sign into ICQ messenger using either your ICQ account email address and password, or your Aim screen name and password. But now you can only sign into ICQ using your ICQ email address and password. So that is the reason I could not sign into ICQ with my Aim account although I found that I could using my ICQ account.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Windows XP in 2011.

I have got three Windows 7 netbooks,all HP Mini 210 with different editions of Windows 7. That is Windows 7 Starter and Windows 7 Professional. And I recently bought another netbook with Windows XP Home Edition, service pack 3. Which I was very lucky to find. Because in England,they are no longer making Windows XP and Windows Vista computers and laptops,only Windows 7. So the Windows XP netbook I bought was the last one they had in the store. I only bought my first laptop a year ago,before that, I was using Internet cafes to write my posts.

Sunday, 8 May 2011

How to use Instantbird and Pidgin messengers for IRC chat.

Instantbird and Pidgin messengers are best known for talking to contacts on multi-networks. And they both support Google Talk,MSN,Aim and more. But did you know that you can also use Pidgiand Instantbird to connect to and chat on IRC networks? Until a few days ago, I did not know this myself.Until I searched on the web and found out that you can connect to multiple IRC networks on both messengers.

There are several IRC chat messengers, but they are not very user friendly,in fact several that I tried I could not use at all. And a lot of IRC clients are only free for a trial period. After which time you have to pay to carry on using it.

But Instantbird and Pidgin are both free messengers. And as well as supporting most email accounts,they also support IRC,where a lot of other ordinary messengers don't.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Flock browser to be discontinued.

I have just been browsing the web to see if there were any updates for my installed version of Mozilla Flock web browser. When I found out from their website that Flock is to be discontinued after 26th April 2011. And they will not be making any more versions, and all updates will stop for both Mozilla Flock 2.6.2, and Flock 3 beta. And there will be no further support for Flock after this date. And this has come as a shock for many users of this web browser.

A few years ago in 2008,the same thing happened with Netscape Navigator browser. Although it can still be downloaded from the web. And I am still using Netscape Navigator.Which is based on Firefox 2, without any problems.

It has been said that there is a risk of using an older version of a web browser, but I think it depends on which one.

Flock browser to be discontinued-video.

Flock browser is to be discontinued at the end of April 2011. Here in this video, I talk about alternative web browsers to Flock.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Beware of the forums-part 2.

Linux Mint forums have given me a warning that they will ban me from their forum. Because they don't like my ideas on computing. Here I talk about the disadvantages of joining a forum.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Beware of the forums.

It happened again. I was given another warning by a moderator.Telling me I would be banned from Linux Mint forums. For doing nothing. Here is my video about it.

The problems with a forum.

Last week I told readers how I was given a warning by Linux Mint forums telling me that I will be banned from their forum.If I continue,what they call hijacking topics on their threads. Which I did not do.

Well it happened again,on Saturday,I got another warning, my second one, from a moderator of Linux Mint forums.The offense-I just posted in a thread about Thunderbird on Linux Mint. And I answered another post about anti-virus software on Linux. That's all.

Free webcam software.

Most laptops have a built in webcam,although a lot of full sized computers don't. But you can use an external webcam that you can plug into the USB plug socket. But the problem is, that they don't come with desktop software to record videos or take photos with. If you want to record your own webcam videos to post on video sites, like You Tube or My Space. You can do this by going directly onto the site, and record from there.

But it is much better to be able to take webcam photos and videos from your computer desktop. And then you can edit them and save them in a file on your computer,and upload them to video sites, or your blog or website.

But a lot of the webcam software,which you can download from the Internet is not free or only free for a trial period. After which time you have to pay, if you want to carry on using it.

But I have found some software which I am using myself which is free and works. MyCam is a free webcam tool that lets you take photos and videos with your webcam. As well as letting you save them on your computer and upload to video sites. But MyCam is only available as a zip file install,not as a normal download.
To install a zip file program,go to your downloads folder and then open the file. Then select extract all files and then choose where you want to extract the files to. In most cases this is desktop but with MyCam the installation is sightly different.

To install MyCam,open the file and select the destination of the file as C/drive,programs and then select,create a new folder, and then extract the files.Then go into your programs file on C/drive and you should now see a file called New Folder. The program is now installed on your computer, but at this stage it is not yet on your desktop. So you have to go into programs on C/drive and then look for the file that says, New Folder,then rename it MyCam. So that you know what it is, and then open the file and look for the icon. Than right click with your mouse and select, send to Desktop. You should now have the shortcut icon on your desktop, and you can just rename this,MyCam.

I know this is a bit of a performance, but you need to do this.Otherwise you will have to keep going into the file on C/drive, and search for the quick launch icon,every time you want to use the program. But this way,you have direct access to the program from your desktop. MyCam is very easy to use and takes both webcam photos and videos. And saves the videos as an avi file,which can be uploaded to site on the web. But that is the only format it will save the video as.

Another free webcam software is SM Recorder,which like MYCam,takes webcam photoes and videos but can also record the whole of your computer desktop as well. The videos are saved as WMV(Windows Media View) and avi format. SM Recorder also have a free video converter which can be used to convert videos to different file format. Which is a separate installation but is made to work with SM Recorder.

Also there is Splitcam 3,which is another free tool,which allows you to use your webcam in multiple applications. For example,you can use your webcam in Aim Messenger and Windows Live Messenger,as well as on different sites across the web. All at the same time. And also Splitcam is very useful for testing your webcam and adjusting the settings. It is also a fun tool, and takes ordinary photos, and you can also add your own special effects to them as well.Such as photos with a pink tint,blue tinted photos. But it does not record videos,although it will play avi video files. And in addition to that. Splicam can take snapshots of your computer desktop. And it works on Windows 7.

There is a new version of Splitcam that was brought out a month ago,which does record videos and upload them to You Tube. But when I tried it I found that it records videos,but without sound. So I uninstalled that and I went back to the old version of Splitcam.

As well as my built in webcam,I also have an plug in USB webcam,Logitech,which in my opinion works better. And Logitech also has free webcam software which can be downloaded from their website.With this,you can take photos and videos and upload them to,You Tube and Facebook. It also saves the videos in WMV format.But the disadvantage is that this software only works with Logitech webcams only, not any other software or built in webcams.
So I can use it to record videos and take photos with my Logitech webcam,but not with my HP built in webcam. But if you do have a Logitech webcam, it is worth trying the free desktop software.

Webcam software is very useful as it enables you to record and save videos on your computer.

Download links- MyCam-click here.

Splitcam 3-old version-click here.

SM Recorder-click here.

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

The email that nobody can use.

Here is a video in which I have an open chat with my friend about email clients,such as Outlook Express,Thunderbird and others. They are impossible to use for most computer users.

Should you post on a forum?-video.

Here is a video in which I talk about the problems of using computer software forums. And I talk about how Linux Mint forums threatened to ban me. Because they did not like my ideas about computing.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Pale Moon 4 is here.

Firefox 3 has now been discontinued a few days ago and has been replaced with Firefox 4. And now Pale Moon have released their version-Pale Moon 4,which is available for download.

I tried Firefox 4 and I was not very impressed with it or it's rather bland appearance.But Pale Moon is different. Pale Moon is an open source version of Firefox that is made only for Windows. But it is much faster than Firefox and I have been using Pale Moon 3 for quite some time now.

And I have tried the new Pale Moon 4 and although it is based on Firefox 4,it works much better than Firefox 4 does.And is faster than Pale Moon 3. The tool bar in Pale Moon 4 is similar to Firefox 4 but is not exactly the same. As I think that it looks a lot nicer in appearance than Firefox 4s toolbar, as the layout in Pale Moon 4 is slightly different.

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Should you post on a forum?

I got my own laptop last year,which is my first computer,a Netbook. And since that time I now have three Netbooks,all Windows 7. And so I have started to take an interest in computer software. And I tried Linux Mint 9 for a short time but it did not work out for me. So I uninstalled it, and I now have just got Windows 7 only, on my computer.Which I am very happy with.

But it was my interest in software that led me to join a computer software forum. The most well known computer software forums are Windows 7 forums and Linux Mint forums as well as many others. And I have joined several of these forums, but now I am sorry that I did, and I now wished that I had not bothered to.

I have been writing several post on Windows 7 forums and Linux Mint forums and some others. And the Linux Mint forums has threatened to ban me from the forum because it does not like my posts.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Adobe Flash player.

When you first get your computer it only has one web browser,Internet Explorer. So you install a different web browser,Firefox or Google Chrome or another. Then when you go onto a video site in for example, Firefox or Chromium,you find you cannot play videos.

Gom Media player.

Last week I wrote about how I uninstalled Windows Media player on my laptop and replaced it with VLC media player. But if you are planing to get rid of Windows Media player,you don't have to replace it with VLC player,as there are many other video players for Windows you can use. There is another very good media player that is a lot like VLC and works just as good on Windows. It is Gom Media player,so if you do not fancy having VLC player, you could use Gom player as a replacement for Windows Media player.

I have two laptops and on both of them I have uninstalled Windows Media player. On the first laptop I installed VLC media player only as the replacement for Windows Media player. And on the second laptop I installed Gom Media player only as the replacement for Windows Media player.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Miro video player.

Here is one of my videos in which I talk about Miro video player.Which downloads videos,in it's own web browser,saves them as well as play them in it's own video player.

How to uninstall Windows Media player.

Here is one of my videos in which I explain how to uninstall Windows Media player and replace it with VLC Media player.

How to uninstall Windows Media player and replace it with VLC player.

I have broken many Windows rules in terms of computing and will probably continue to do so. One rule is that you are not supposed to remove Internet Explorer web browser because it is bundled with Windows. So if you remove it you could damage Windows or Windows could stop working.

But a few months ago I did uninstall Internet Explorer and I have also deleted the IE registry files. And both my two laptops are still working. Now I have uninstalled Windows Media player and have replaced it with VLC player instead.I have not had any problems with Windows Media player and it is an excellent video and audio player. But because I already have VLC player and Miro video player,I never use Windows Media player. So I did not see the point in keeping it if I am not using it. So I have uninstalled it.

This post explains how I uninstalled Windows Media Player and replaced it with VLC player. But I must warn you,this will permanently remove Windows Media player from your computer. And you will not be able to install it again as Windows won't let you do it.And as long as you have another media player on your computer,such as VLC player or other. Removing Windows Media player should not effect anything and you will still be able to play videos and record them with your web cam and save files. So if you are sure you want to uninstall it,here is how.

Windows Media player is bundled with Windows. For Windows XP and Windows Vista it is Windows Media player 11 and for Windows 7 it's Windows Media player 12. Windows Media player cannot be uninstalled through programs or updates menu like other programs can be. It can only be removed by deleting the file in programs on C drive or on your computer hard drive. This removes the program as if you delete the file you delete the program. But there is one problem-the Windows Media file like Internet Explorer is owned by Trusted Installer. Which means you cannot delete it,as it will not let you do it.

So first of all you have to take ownership of the file,that is transfer the ownership of the file from Trusted Installer to your administer or user name on your computer. To do this you have to edit the file or like I did the easiest way is to use Unlocker,which I downloaded from the Internet.

Unlocker will delete any kind of file on your computer without the need to edit it. And so I was able to delete the Windows Media program file using Unlocker,which deleted the whole of the file. After this you can go one step further like I did and delete the registry keys for the program. To do this type regedit in the stat menu and this then opens the registry. Then delete the the keys for Windows Media player. But you don't have to do this as just deleting the file on your hard drive is enough. And you should not alter or delete anything in the registry if you don't know what you are doing as this could cause problems on your computer. So deleting the registry keys is only for the very experienced computer user.

I deleted the registry keys of both Internet Explorer 8 and Windows Media player because, I did not want Windows update to try to reinstall both IE8 or Windows Media back onto my computer.Which is what Windows tries to do when you install updates.Even if you have turned Windows update off and only install updates manually as I do. And it's true that Windows Media player does not have any components in it that is used in Windows. So it is safe to delete the keys. Now restart your computer.

Windows Media player is now completely uninstalled from your computer.And your other media player will be replaced as the default program for playing all video and audio files. The best program to replace Windows Media player with is VLC player. I chose VLC player because it is most compatible with Windows.

VLC player is very much like Windows Media player in many ways but the difference is that VLC player plays videos in wide screen and high quality and it is a better player. It also has additional features that Windows Media does not have. You can save a video from a web page and play it directly in VLC player and you can also save that same video on your computer. And although you cannot upload a video saved from a web page or video site onto your website. As VLC will save the video in a file but does not convert videos into the correct format. So you can watch the video but cannot upload it as video sites only except video files in wmv,flv or mp3 format. VLC player will also play music and audio files including voice mails from chat programs like Google Talk and others. VLC player is also open source and is free to install and use. It will also play videos recorded with your webcam and save them in wmv (Windows Media view) just like Windows Media player did. There are other players you could use to replace Windows Media player but VLC player is the best one for this purpose as Windows will automatically recognise this as the default program.

Links-Unlocker tool for deleting files like Internet Explorer,Windows Media player and other files that cannot be deleted in the normal way. Download link-click here.

VLC Media player-download link-click here.

Photo-VLC Media player in action.

Miro-an alternative to Real Player.

There are a few programs on the web that can download and convert videos into wmv,flv and mp3 format. Such as browser plug ins like Downloadhelper and Download It All. And also Real Player,which is a media player with a built in web browser that downloads and converts videos from the web,and saves them in files on your computer. I have used Real Player to download and save my own videos from the web. But Real Player is not without it's problems and Windows users will know that Real Player often crashes and it is slow and some times does not work.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Using Wine in Linux-part 2.

Here is another one of my videos showing more ways to use Wine in Linux Mint.

Using Wine in Linux.

Here is one of my videos showing how to run Windows software on Linux Mint using Wine. Which is a software that lets you install and run Windows web browsers on Linux.

How to use Wine in Linux Mint to install Windows software.

It is possible to install and run Windows software on Linux by installing a software called Wine. This allows you to install Windows web browsers on Linux. The Mozilla based web browsers such as Safefox and Comet Bird install and run fine on Linux. But Wine does not work for Internet Explorer engine based browsers like Green browser. Which installs but will not run on Linux.

Linux Mint.

Although I am not ready to give up my Windows operating system for Linux and to be honest I think that Windows is better. But other Windows users may be looking for an alternative and while Linux is very different from Windows.Some brands are quite difficult to use and master. But Linux Mint is made for windows users in mind and so the start menu and desktop is set out similar to Windows. But the operating system is quite different. Linux Mint is also more user friendly than Ubuntu. Here is one of my videos explaining more.

Linux installed alongside Windows.

A lot of people want an alternative operating system to Windows and many are turning to Linux. Which unlike Mac it is open source and free. But is it really better than Windows? And more important,should you give up Windows and replace it with Linux? While it is possible to replace Windows completely with Linux there is another option.

And that is to keep Windows and install Linux alongside of it. I have tried several Linux operating systems on my laptop, a Netbook. And installing Linux alongside Windows is the best and safer option as then it is installed either with a Windows installer or mounted on a removable CD drive or CD Rom.

Then if you do not like it you can then uninstall it the same way you would in the programs menu on Windows. Linux can also be installed alongside Windows booted from a live CD inserted into the CD drive.But if like me you only have a Netbook this is not an option,unless you plug a CD drive into one of the usb sockets,where you plug your mouse in. I have tried out several Linux operating systems on my Netbook and these were installed using a program called Virtual Clone Drive. Which I downloaded from the Internet and it installs a removable CD drive on you computer. There are other programs like this but Virtual Clone Drive is the best one to use. I then downloaded the ISO file from the website of the Linux operating system I wanted to use.For example from Ubuntu or Linux Mint website,and then mounted the ISO file on the clone drive.

The operating systems I tried were Ubuntu,Kubuntu,Xubuntu,Linux Mint,and Jolicloud. Ubuntu,kubuntu and Xubuntu comes with Wubi installer,which is a Windows installer. But for some reason it would not install it this way on my computer. So I mounted the ISO files on the clone drive to install instead but the only system that did install without mounting on a clone drive was Jolicloud,which has it's own Windows installer. Here is a review of all of the Linux operating systems I tried, installed alongside Windows 7.

UBUNTU- Installation method-ISO file downloaded from the Internet and mounted on virtual clone drive.

First of all I could not connect wirelessly to the Internet as it could not find my Wifi drivers and would not install them. So I had to stay on wired broadband which was not in the least convenient. And it was not user friendly at all as the start menu was not clearly visible,you had to click in the corner. So I uninstalled this right away.

KUBUNTU-installed by mounting on ISO file on clone drive.

This was not any better and I could not even find the star menu or connect to wireless broadband. So another uninstall for this one.

XUBUNTU-installed by mounting ISO file on clone drive.

This was not any better than Kubuntu either and I had all of the same problems as with Ubuntu.

JOLICLOUD-installed downloaded as a Windows program is, with a Windows installer.

This was the only operating system that found my wireless network and connected me right away. But the rest was not so encouraging as I found this system very slow and did not like the black desktop theme. Which was ugly and I could not change. Also what is different about Linux from Windows is that on Linux you have to have a password to log on every time you start your computer.

Although I was able to avoid this by enabling automatic log in. But you have to enter your password every time you install software from the package manager or make changes to your computer on Linux. Where as on Windows you do not have to have a password if you do not want one. So on Windows you don't have to enter a password every time your computer starts or when you make changes to your computer. But not on Linux. And there was no way to disable or remove the password feature like there is on Windows and that is one thing that put me off of Linux. Also on Linux if you want to install software you have to do it through the package manager list. Although you can download it from the Internet unless it is included in the packages,you have to extract the files yourself. Which is not the same as extracting a zip file on Windows and some times you have to install using commands in the Terminal. Which the average computer user will find complicated.

So basically if the web browser or software you want is not in the packages,you can not have it. A lot of the web browsers on Jolicloud were broken and did not work and also I could not even find the software I wanted in the package manager. And most of the software apps. was just shortcuts to websites in a web browser. So this was another system I did not want to keep.

LINUX MINT 9 KDE-installed by mounting ISO file on clone drive.

Linux Mint is designed for Windows users who are changing to Linux and so it's start menu and settings are set out the same way that windows is. With a task bar or panel at the bottom of the screen and start menu on the left with listings of settings. In fact Linux Mint looks like Windows at first glance. And although I had to start off on wired broadband it found my wireless drivers and installed them for me. So I was able to connect wirelessly when I re started my computer and a lot of the software was working unlike on Jolicloud. Also I was able to find the items I wanted in the search bar of package manager. I was also able to repair and update broken packages in recovery mode. The blue desktop theme,which could not be changed except for the log on screen was attractive.

The operating system however was not so attractive, as after I logged in again it would not let me install additional software. As I got a message saying "you are starting without administer privileges you cannot make changes." Which was ridicules as I had entered my password and when I checked my account,I was the administer. Also the built in microphone on my web cam did not work on KDE,and there was no way or settings to fix this. So although I could play videos and hear them,I could not record any with sound. Which is no good to me as I need the microphone to do voice chat on Google Talk. And also I found this system slow compared to Linux Mint 9.But I found that I could out items of software onto my desktop as shortcut icons,like on Windows. I would have kept this system if it had not been for these problems.

LINUX MINT 9,GNOME-installed by mounting ISO file on clone drive.

This was the only system that I was able to use with the least problems. To start with I had to plug into wired broadband but like Linux Mint KDE it found my drivers and installed them. So from then on I was able to use Linux Mint wirlessly. Also I was able to find my user account on Linux Mint and change it to administer. On KDE there was no such setting. And I was able to change the desktop theme to one of my choice but not the log on screen. But I was quite happy with the green theme it had. Linux Mint 9 and all it's other editions have the task bar and start menu set out the same way as in Windows. It was easy for me to navigate most of the settings. And like KDE I found I could put items of software from the start menu onto my desktop as shortcut icons. And on this system the built in microphone worked. But compared to Windows there are still limitations. Linux Mint is all right for browsing and writing your blog posts but you cannot customize it the way you can with Windows. And a lot of software is only compatible with Windows not Linux.

CONCLUSION. Out of all the brands of Linux I tried,Linux Mint 9 was the only one I could use.But Linux Mint 9 KDE came close. But having said that I could browse the web and watch videos with it but I could only do basic things. But that is not enough for me, as I like to choose which software and web browsers to install. And a lot that I wanted was not compatible or was not in the packages and could not be installed. And then there is the settings,for a start, I hated having to enter a password every time I did some thing on my own computer, and I could not change this. On Windows you do not have to have a password if you do not want one and also it is easy to install software. You just download it from the Internet and most software is compatible with Windows. And on Windows you control how your computer runs not the operating system. But on Linux that is not the case. And also you cannot just download the software you want like you can on Windows.There are some web browsers on Linux that can be downloaded from the Internet but most can only be installed through the package manager.On Linux you do not control the operating system,it controls your computer. But on Windows you have full control of how it runs. I have never had a password on my Windows account as I am the only one that uses my computer. So I don't have to enter any passwords at all when my computer starts or when I change the settings. And I can install whatever web browsers and software I want to.

But on Linux you cannot customize it to run the way you want it to like on Windows, and it is much slower than Windows in my opinion. Also Linux takes up a lot of space on your hard drive,remember, it is another operating system. It is safe to install it alongside Windows, as if you do not like it,you can uninstall it in programs menu. But if you are thinking of replacing your Windows with Linux as your only operating system. My advice is don't. Stay with Windows. You are better off.
Links-Virtual Clone Drive download link.
Linux Mint download link.