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The weather is quite unpredictable nowadays; very hot and sunny in the morning, then it's suddenly raining cats and dogs in the afternoon. It’s times like these that you should have the right bag to protect your electronic gear, and the Targus Dash backpack is just what we would recommend.
It features more then enough compartments to keep everything organized, and provides ample padding to keep sensitive equipment such as your laptop protected at all times. There’s even dedicated wet compartment where you can store your umbrella or towel after a heavy downpour so that you won’t have to worry yourself about getting your other stuff wet.
There’s also a hidden rain cover that you can pull out to add that extra protective layer when the need arises. A built-in cable, security pocket, contoured padded backing and ergonomic shoulder straps provide that balance between security and comfort that is essential in the bags of today.
The Targus Dash backpack will set you back P3800 and comes with a lifetime warranty. It might seem a bit expensive for a bag, but think of it as an investment as it’ll surely protect whatever stuff you put in it from the elements. Targus products are exclusively distributed by MSI-ECS in the Philippines.
Here's a step-by-step of the cleaning process: Step One: Remove all power sources. Unplug your laptop and remove its battery pack/s. This is because you're bound to hit your power button several times over during the course of cleaning, and you wouldn't want your laptop doing hiccups now. Step Two: General cleaning. Give your laptop a general rubdown. The nice thing about MC cleaning cream is that it's so cheap and safe that you could smother your device in it and not worry much. With the soft cloth, apply the MC cream throughout your laptop, even on the LCD screen, and use a dry part of your cloth to rub it clean. Dirt lifts off easily. Step Three: Clean the keyboard. This is perhaps the most challenging laptop component to tidy up. Unless you have one of those new MacBooks, your keyboard is bound to have deep recesses that do a good job of sucking in dirt and grime. Warning: this step will take a lot of time. The good news is that you could still use MC cream here, applying liberally on the keyboard itself and rubbing the keys clean. The cream would also go into the recesses, but don't worry. We'll take care of that next. Here's the tedious part. In order to clean the recesses of your keys without having to disassemble your keyboard, do this: (1) Press down on adjacent keys; (2) Slip the edge of your cloth underneath your target key; (3) Press down on your target key so that it will push your cloth against the keyboard's base; (4) Slide your rag out so that it cleans the base; and (4) repeat for all your keys. Agh! (If anybody has a faster way of doing this, let me know!)
Step Four: Touch up hard-to-reach areas. Use the edge of your cloth, or use cotton buds, to clean areas that are difficult to reach, including laptop edges and grooves. It took some time to clean it up, but my laptop feels fresh again. Phew! I hope I need not do this again for another year and a half...
It's hard to test the signal strength. When buying a new phone, make sure there's a SIM card (or whatever if its CDMA) inserted and ask permission if you could walk into an enclosed area to see if the signal seeps through. If you can't do this then you could ask for user feedback. Some of the newer phones don't have a very good signal indoors, like the N90. Those fancy built-in antennas can be a pain. Ask how many contacts the phone can accomodate. Sony Ericsson has that annoying problem of only being able to store 510 contacts despite their huge memory capacity, which is not allocated to phonebook memory. How tragic, how irresponsible. Find out if the phone can do multiple fields per contact. Motorola phones for instance don't this (like the E398). Nokia and Sony Ericsson can have just one contact with several entries for FAX, Home, Mobile and Email. My gosh, if you could drop the phone to test its durability then do so. Some sales people actually do this. I remember a Samsung guy opening a clamshell and getting a mallet. He pounded the hinge where the screen and keypad were connected really hard just to prove how durable it was. I almost fainted.
The software giant said a key part of the XCP copy protection system counted as malicious software under the rules it uses to define what Windows should be protected against. It plans to include detection and removal tools for parts of XCP in its weekly anti-spyware software update. The news came as Sony BMG suspended production of CDs that use XCP.How exactly does XCp destroy your CD-ROM drive?
Sony's anti-piracy program installer pops up when you drop one of these content-protected CDs into your drive. If you agree to install it, there is no "uninstall" feature. Russinovich was able to use his knowledge of rootkits and the Windows operating system to zero in on the offending driver files needed to run the software. Unfortunately, he found that removing the program also erased the system files that power his CD-ROM drive, rendering it useless.c/o Brian of Security Fix (Washington Post Blog) There is a partial list here and here of albums that contain this XCP copy protection. These albums include titles such as Foo Fighters' In Your Honor and Switchfoot's Nothing Is Sound. Sony claimed that these copy-protected CD's number no more than 20 titles but from indie surveys and blogger counts, the number is in the 50's. It has to be noted that the XCP protection scheme was only used in CD's sold in the United States. Is this a preview of things to come? With the bad publicity the XCP DRM has generated, Sony might have to rethink their overall strategy for world domination as well as make several apologies suspending the DRM technology bundled in their CD's.