Stop Direct Group Invitation and Add-Ups in Google Groups

By default, Google allows group managers to invite and/or add you to their groups. This is annoying, causing spam, and you have to manually leave groups you didn’t want to join in the first place.

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Dell Inspiron Mini 10v (1011) Samsung SSD and Windows 7 x86 Upgrade

Last night, my brother bought our forth SSD—another Samsung SSD RBX Series 64GB MCCOE64G5MPP-0VAD1 SLC solid-state drive, disassembled from a Dell Latitude E Series—for $130. Having bought three of the same Samsung SSDs about a week ago from the same shop, the Dell dealer joked with my brother asking “do you have a research lab?!”

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My First SSD Installation Experience with Samsung MCCOE64G5MPP SLC

Yesterday I and two of my friends bought three Samsung SSD RBX Series 64GB solid-state drives for $130 each from a Dell laptop dealer. These fine SLC SSDs were disassembled from brand new Dell Latitude E Series laptops requested by stupid customers who preferred a 500GB slow, noisy, heavy, and power-hungry HDD over an agile, silent, light, and green SSD. All manufactured on 5/23/2008, the three of them revealed “Power On Hours Count” of less than 10 in HD Tune Pro. Dell OEM labeled MCCOE64G5MPP-0VAD1, they shockingly had around 40 reallocated sectors each, showing us how immature the SSD technology is, albeit for the moment.

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How to Properly Convert Video Files to Early-Nokia-Compatible 3GP (QCIF H.263 / AMR-NB) Using FFmpeg Komeil for Windows

Most of the converted 3GP videos have a wrong aspect ratio, not to mention the audio incompatibility issue with different mobile phones from time to time. The following article describes fastidious details you should know, often omitted by converters while converting media to 3GP. Continue reading

Setting Up Sony VAIO Event Service on Windows 7 x86 / Windows 7 x64 for Brightness (Fn+F5/Fn+F6), Mute/Volume (Fn+F2/Fn+F3/Fn+F4), and Monitor Switching (Fn+F7) Control

This article is a guide on how to enable Sony VAIO notebooks’ function keys to control audio volume level and muting, internal LCD monitor brightness, and monitor/projector switching. Continue reading

Windows Help Program (WinHlp32.exe) for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 x64 and x86

The Windows Help program or WinHlp32.exe is a Windows utility needed when you’re using old software containing “.hlp” help files. For example I was faced with this problem with the “.hlp” files when I first used Borland C++Builder 6 on Windows Vista / Windows Server 2008.

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Chortkeh Persian Keyboard Layout (kbdfa.dll) for Windows 10 x64 & x86 and Windows Server 2016

This article guides you through installing Chortkeh Persian Keyboard Layout (kbdfa.dll) on Windows 10 x64 and x86 and Windows Server 2016 x64, and also on older Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP and Windows Server 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2, 2008.

This old post describes why I needed to replace Microsoft Windows’ own Persian (Farsi) keyboard layout—kbdfa.dll.

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Fixing Poor Video Playback Quality and Jagged Edges in Windows 7 x86 and Windows 7 x64

Playing video on machines powered by Nvidia GPUs, Windows 7 x86/x64’s own Windows Media Player (WMP) video playback quality is just fine, but when it comes to any other player such as Media Player Classic – Home Cinema (MPC-HC) or VLC media player, jagged edges are annoyingly obvious, especially when the video is resized. Well, an MPEG-2 PAL video (DVD format) stored at 720×576 (4:3) is displayed at 768×576, that’s simply called resizing!

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How To Sign/Unsign Symbian Applications Using SISContents

The following article is a step by step picture guide on how to sign/unsign Symbian SIS/SISX package files with your own certificate signature using SISContents by Aquarius. Continue reading

FFmpeg SVN-r17988-Komeil for Windows

The latest FFmpeg for Windows compilation by Komeil as of March 15, 2009 based on SVN-r17988 is ready for download at Komeil’s FFmpeg archive.

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