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LED Monitor Review: LG FLATRON E2041

My Old AOC CRT Monitor began to show signs of dying. It would occasionally black out for a few seconds. Sometimes lightning streaks  would run across the screen.

I bought that monitor way back in 2006. It served me well for 5 years. It was very durable and AOC is a good brand.

And so I had no choice but to buy myself a new monitor. I would have preferred another CRT Monitor but they were no longer available. Even the more recent LCD screens are being phased out in favor a the newer LED monitors.


(This was not my first choice but it was the next best thing available in the computer store I visited).

1600 X 900 Resolution (16:9 Aspect Ratio)
Contrast Ratio: 5,000,000:1
Brightness: 250 Cd/m2
Dimensions W/Stand (WHD): 17.44" X 13.78" X 6.54"

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This monitor comes with two connectors VGA and DVI.

It comes with a CD that is supposed to contain the manual and monitor drivers. However, when you install the monitor driver contained in the CD it will alway…

Privacy and Your Digital Identity

If someone had access to everything you have posted all over the internet they will know who you really are - perhaps even more than many of your close friends.

Imagine me as this person. I know who your elementary, highschool, and college classmates. I know who your former and current officemates are. I know your preferences and your interest based on the websites you visit.

I know your hobbies based on the photos that you shared and the organizations and clubs that you've joined. I know your favorite hangouts based on the statuses that you posted.

I know your Social Security Number, your Bank account, and your Credit Card information – every data about you.

I could use this information for something harmless as giving them to commercial companies so they could send you offers that you will probably like because they are based on your personal data.

Or this data could get leaked to individuals who have more malicious intention.

What are the bad ways your personal data can be us…

Firefox 4 vs IE 9 vs Chrome vs Opera 11

If you download Internet Explorer 9, Firefox 4, Google Chrome, and Opera 11 you will find out that they all look the same. It feels weird really that find myself confused which internet browser I am currently losing.

The differences of course is under the hood and they are very subtle.

For me Opera is the best when it comes to downloading large files. It allows you to resume downloading from where you left off when you turned off your pc or logged off the Internet.

Firefox is the best when it comes to add ons. My favorite is Firebug. It is a very good add on if you are a developer.

Chrome is of course the original clean browser.

Internet Explorer 9 recently followed the interface design of the other internet browsers. It boasts a feature that will prevent advertising companies from tracking your surfing behavior. The only browser to have this feature at the moment.

But as I have said earlier, they all now look the same. It’s kind of funny. I never thought I would see this happen.

Upgrading Oracle's VirtualBox

As I have posted earlier, VirtualBox is a virtualization software. What it does is allow you to install multiple operating systems in one PC or server.

An update, VirtualBox 4.0.4 was recently released on February 17, 2011. To upgrade VirtualBox 4.0.3 to the latest version:

1. Download VirtualBox 4.0.4 from the official website.

2. Uninstall your existing VirtualBox. Don't worry this will not erase your currently installed Operating Systems.

3. Restart your computer. You will be asked to restart your computer after uninstalling the existing software.

4. Install VirtualBox 4.0.4. Your previous OS installations should still be there.

MySQL Log File Location

MySQL log files can help you track warnings and errors as well as optimize slow queries.

To find the directories where MySQL keeps them, just type the SQL statement:


This will show where your MySQL server keeps the log files.

Running Multiple Operating Systems in One Computer

For a long time I was unable to brush up my skills in Linux because there was no available computer to install it. I did not want to make my PC dual booth since in the past it proved to come with a lot of hassle. Sometimes if something goes wrong with one OS it also affected my other OS. That is why I did want to do that anymore.

Fortunately, I recently stumbled upon VirtualBox. I was helping a friend create a forked process in her program and we needed to do it in Linux. And instead of installing Linux on a separate partion, we decided to use a virtual machine software instead.

VMWare is the most popular virtualization software but I wanted to look for something that is opensource and free. Luckily there is VirtualBox.

VirtualBox is the only free and opensource virtualization software. It is licensed under GPL 2. Development is currently being spearheaded by Oracle. It works with Intel and AMD processors.

I am currently using it to run Ubuntu 10.10 and Kubuntu 10.4. I am hoping to us…

Firefox vs Opera : Downloading Large Files

When it comes to rendering web pages, I think Firefox is the best. Sometimes when I am using Opera or Chrome Browser there are some javascript codes that does not function correctly but seems to work fine when I am using Firefox.

But if you are going to download large files, I would recommend using Opera. Opera is able to continue from where it last stopped after you paused the download. Firefox, on the other hand would often restart the whole process.

Windows 7 Media Player

One of the things I like about Windows 7 is the new Media Player. The interface has been simplified so you get more screen space when you are watching a movie. As you can see from the above picture, the program does not display the controls when you don't need them.

But if you need the controls simply hover your mouse over the program.  It will display only the most essential buttons that you will need.

If you want to see the more advanced controls, just right click over Media Player. You will see the option to chance the Visualization or Enhancements like in the previous Media Player versions.

Another great thing about Windows Media Player 12 is that it supports more video and audio format like Divx right off the bat.