Manage Startup Programs on your PC

Posted on May 14, 2011

A lot of startup programs slowing down your PC’s booting time? Here’s a simple trick to speed up your PC’s startup.

Windows has a built in special tool called the “Microsoft System Configuration Utility” or simply “MSCONFIG.” It helps you manage the programs that loads up whenever you turn on your computer, giving you the option to turn off programs that are set to automatically load up whenever you start up your computer. You can turn off some of that programs at startup to help speed up your computer.


Its actually very simple, just go to Run -> type msconfig -> Enter -> then click on the “startup” tab.

From there you can uncheck the programs you do not want to automatically load up whenever you startup your computer. You should be careful not to uncheck any essential programs that windows need to be running to avoid crashing. Make sure you know what programs you will be disabling at startup.

So you have been around the inter-webs, you know how to utilize the awesome power of search engines, you know how to find every website, any file, any song lyric, any mp3 file or any movie clip as long as it exists in the internet somewhere. You know how to find it.

But did you know that the popular search engines also has tools built in to their search engines to help you narrow down your search results to help you find what you are looking for?

Here’s a list of the more popular and more widely used search operators.

Google Search Operators:

Google search operators

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Still no idea on whats going one with the recent PSN outage? Sony has been slow on releasing information to its subscribers about what has really happened to the psn network and why it has already been a week since the psn outage.

PSN/Qriocity Network Outage FAQs

Here we get a more detailed Q&A post released by Sony that tries to clarify some things about the recent PlayStation Network Qriocity outage:

PSN/Qriocity Network Outage FAQs

1. When did the PSN/Qriocity become unavailable?
PSN/Qriocity services have not been available since April 20 (US time) in all regions.

2. Why did the PSN/Qriocity become unavailable?
An external intrusion on our system has affected our PlayStation Network and Qriocity services.

3. Why was Sony not prepared for a compromise of its network?
We are currently conducting a thorough investigation of the situation. Since this is an overall security related issue, we cannot comment further at this time. Continue reading “PSN/Qriocity Network Outage FAQs from SONY” »

Qriocity music streaming for PSP

Posted on April 27, 2011

You can now access Music Unlimited Powered by Qriocity while on your PSP anywhere there’s a Wi-Fi signal. Your PSP can now access Qriocity’s streaming music service which claims to offer “more than seven million songs” to its paying users, and it also offers two tiers of playlist customization, whatever that means.

Sony has announced that the PSP app for Qriocity is now available in the US and UK, notable countries also include Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Australia and New Zealand. And if you wanna try Qriocity, Sony is currently offering a 30-day trial to PSN members here.

Via [Playstation Blog EU]

Ragnarok Online SRPG for PSP announced

Posted on April 24, 2011

Ragnarok Online is one of the longest running anime-inspired MMORPG in the world, has announced that it is once again coming to the handhelds. GungHo Online Entertainemnt has announced that it will be making a PSP version of the game following the DS-exclusive Ragnarok Online DS. The Ragnarok Online DS was designed to be a single-player version of the original Ragnarok Online MMORPG.

The game is reported to be titled Ragnarok: Hikari no Yami to Koujo, will be an entirely original version with only small ties to the original storyline from the original MMORPG. Although Hikari no Yami to Koujo does not have a release date yet, and an English version also has yet to be confirmed.

Ragnarok: Hikari no Yami to Koujo is currently being developed by Apollosoft and Chime. SRPG means Strategy Role Playing Game.

Just a quick heads up, after SCEJ’s confirmation of its termination of the PSP Go’s production in JAPAN. SCEA reports that the production of the PSP Go will continue in America.

News from indicates that even though the PSP Go maybe finished in Japan and in Europe, Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) reports that it’s not yet done with the UMD-less handheld console. And as for more clarification about the recent events, the guys from Joystiq were reportedly told by Sony that: “We are continuing production of PSP Go for North America.”

Maybe the PSP Go is still going strong in the US. Ending the production of the PSP Go in Japan maybe is just a sign that Sony is now going to start focusing on the NGP which is expected to be released this year.

Earlier, Amazon has updated its the product page of the PSP Go noting that the device was “discontinued by manufacturer.”


Posted on April 20, 2011

Tech4idiots just got news that the PSP Go is Dead. =(


Report confirms the Sony handheld has been put to rest. A report from IGN reveals that Sony Japan (SCEJ) has officially announced that it has ceased the production of the PSP Go and that the only ones that can still be for sale will be from the current available stock.

Here’s qoute from the IGN report:

A Japanese report from Phileweb (translated by Andriasang) says the company has formally announced it is ending production of the digital-only handheld, confirming a rumor that surfaced yesterday from an alleged Sony Store employee. This will allow Sony to shift its focus to the NGP, which is expected to ship in at least one territory by the end of this year.

The PSP Go was released on January 11, 2009, originally sold at 26,800 yen in Japan and at $250 in the US market. With the absence of a UMD slot, it attracted some attention to adopt a new style for downloading games while utilizing a built-in memory but it never really got off.

Via [IGN]

PSP Firmware 6.38 now available!

Posted on April 19, 2011

Sony has released a new official firmware update for the Playstation Portable. You can use your PSP’s Network Update feature to download firmware version 6.38 via wifi.

This new update does not really include any exciting features. The only thing Sony said about the update is that it’s just an improvement on the system’s software stability. This just a small security update by all means. For the PSP-1000, 2000, and 3000, you can download the US update here and the EU updates here. And for the PSP Go, you can get your update here.

And if you want to keep your homebrew on your PSP and since there’s really nothing new in this update except for some small security patches, you might to skip this update.

Video Game Death Montage

Posted on April 3, 2011

We know you’re used to seeing training montages, so here’s a video game death montage for you. The guys at Boingboing are the ones responsible for compiling these game death for your viewing pleasure. The games are old so its a bit nostalgic so why not try if you can name every single game featured in the video. Prize? Freedom from eternal damnation from bad video games. Lol

Check out the video after the break.

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Sony Ericsson has finally ended its long streak of information leaks and stupid ads with a series of, uh, new ads for its “PlayStation Certified” Xperia Play phone.

Comedian and now seemingly the spokeswoman Kristen Schaal presents you some of Xperia’s strongest features in a series of 5 ads. So far it presents that the Xperia Play is the perfect phone for downloading apps, looking at kitten pictures, editing spreadsheets, and watching YouTube? Who knew!

Watch it all after the break

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