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August 12, WordPress released another bug fixed update that required blogger attention as they discovered that an attacker could send a special crafted URL would allow attacker to bypass security check to verify user request for a password reset. It does not allow remote access but it cause annoying to the blogger admin.

Please update yours today and I’m going to update now.


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Synergy – Keyboard & mouse sharing

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I was looking ways to share 2 pc’s with a single keyboard & mouse, but not mean using the KVM switch that sharing the keyboard, mouse and monitor where still having 2 monitors. I need this because from time to time, we need to do workshop where I need to show something on the demo pc and slide on the notebook.

Currently what I do is, I VNC to the demo pc to control the keyboard & mouse movement. As you all know that when using VNC the screen resolution will affect the size of the screen where you need to scroll up and down or left to right thus very annoying. Previously I got to know a software call Synergy that works on multi platform but I’m having trouble configuring it end up giving up.

Today I try again to configure this piece of software and manage to get it up as the documentation was a bit confusing for the first time until you try it out then you will know. Here I wrote a simple steps to help out if you need to use this software and the current version that I download is version 1.3.1,

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Nokia XM5800 v30 firmware update

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Recently Nokia released the firmware version 30.0.011 on 29-06-09 and I just update my phone this morning. Not much changes that I notice on the interface or features added, below is the screenshot of the updated firmware version.


But I notice that the touch screen sensitivity does improve a lot and also the speed of application launching is much faster now. There are news that v31 will be going to launch quite soon with more features and enhancement and I would recommend to upgrade to this firmware release as i feel this release have much more improvement then previous version especially on performance and stability.

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Sorry to all readers as this month was very busy month so did not find any free time to updates on my blog.

I’ll try to find free time to do some updates to my blog, stay tune…

Disable DEP on Vista

Have you ever encounter Explorer, MSN and some other application crash due to unknown reason and it keep on crashing even you tried to restart few times. I encounter this on Vista after installed with SP2 but this happen to Vista Home as I was setting up 2 new dell notebook for my friends.

First I thought will be the MSN issue as it was the first application that crash then follow by others. So this could not be the problem with MSN and after checking is due to DEP that causing it, I try to disable on the My Computer but on Vista does not have that option.

Below is how you can disable DEP on vista :-

1. Click Start
2. Click All Programs
3. Click Accessories
4. Right Click on Command Prompt
5. Left click on Run as Administrator
6. Click the Allow button if it asks you for permission
7. Type or copy and paste this into the command prompt window:

    bcdedit.exe /set {current} nx AlwaysOff

8. Hit enter and you should see the confirmation: Operation Completed Successfully
9. Reboot and DEP should be off.


Would it be handy if you have torch feature on your phone where you have used it in-case there is power failure or car breakdown in middle of no where and you need torch to check something. Before I change to XM5800 I was using Sony Ericsson W810i where it have the torch feature but I can’t find it on XM5800, a bit disappointed as I frequent using the torch.

So i search around the net and found this software call PhoneTorch for Symbian where it program to use the built-in camera flash for the torch feature. Bear in mind that using this software might cause the flash light spoil in long hours using as torch, it can be downloaded from here.

It not just providing torch light but it have the option to create Morse code flashing for S.O.S incase you lost in jungle or strain in middle of ocean.


This is the screenshot of the PhoneTorch program, the switch color button is to change to red color flash.

Resetting Nokia XM5800 to factory default

Have you encounter problem installing application to your XM5800 where it prompt "certificate expired" or something, this happen to every application you tried to install. The only way to resolve this is by reset your phone back to factory default setting, so how are you going to do that?

I’ll provide the steps as follow and there is also a lot of guide available on the net and I just create my own for my reference as well. Rule of thumb before doing any factory reset or formatting, please do backup all your important data from your phone via Nokia pc suite and also remove your memory card from the phone slot before resetting.

1) Remove the memory card from the phone slot, press the power button and select "Remove E:" and on your left hand bottom there is where your memory card located. Remove the slot cover and press the memory card as this will eject the memory card out.

2) Now press on your dialer "*#7370#" this will prompt you "Restore all original phone settings? This will restart" and press "Yes" to continue.

3) Your phone will be reset and restart with original setting where you need to set some basic setting like time and date, language and so on…

4) You can plug back the memory card into the memory slot then you can install your favorite application without problem.

The steps is quite easy and only problem you need to backup and restore all the data back, hopefully this problem does not happen all the times. Since after you have reset and not install much application, you can consider to upgrade the firmware as well if you don’t have the latest firmware. To check the firmware version on your phone, press "*#0000#" and you can see something like below:-


If your version is lower than the image above, you can update by pressing the "Options" button and press "Check for updates" this will check for updates and download the latest version into your phone. Then you have option to upgrade the existing version and will restart your phone. I did encounter that i need to power off and on few times to have successfully upgrade the firmware. Alternative you can download the firmware updater from Nokia website and upgrade via Nokia application updater using USB connection.

Uninstall apps in Nokia XM5800

You facing problem when you have tried many software’s or themes installed on your phone and taking up the memory disk space. Most of the time you will not bother to uninstall those unused application, this will cause slowness on the phone as well so better remove those are not used but how to uninstall software or themes from the phone?

Just few easy steps below to remove application

1) Press the white button to access the main menu

2) Click on “Setting” then “Application mgr”

3) Select “Installed apps” and you can see all the program and themes installed

4) Select the application that you want to remove and click on “Option” and “Uninstall”

That’s easy right, so takes some times to clear out as this can speed up your phone access.

Screensnap for Symbian S60

This is the best screenshot capture for your smartphone where you can defined your own hot key, so just press the desire key to screenshot. I just installed is recently to capture the Garmin GPS working on my phone and below is the sample screenshot of it.














This is the GPS navigation that I capture that day shown the location of me at that moment….just reach my office in the morning. Below is some of the features available on screensnap:-

  1. You can select one of 14 available hotkeys to make a screenshot.
  2. After the application makes a screenshot you hear camera click sound to notify you.
  3. You can save screenshots as true colour BMP, 256 colour BMP, and JPG. For JPG you can select the image quality (the worser quality the smaller the file size).
  4. Action: you can select action to be performed after taking screenshot. Save the image to disk or immediately send it via Bluetooth, Infrared, multimedia message or email.
  5. You don’t have to type the file name each time you take a screenshot, you can specify the base file name of the screenshot image files. application will automatically append a unique number to the base filename. E.g. src000001.jpg, src000002.jpg, src000003.jpg etc.
  6. Taken images are saved directly to your Images folder. That allows you to browse, view and delete taken screen shots with a built-in picture viewer application.
  7. The application allows you to select a folder in Images section where your screenshots will appear in order to differentiate your screenshots from other images like your camera photos, etc
  8. You can configure screenshots to be stored on the internal phone disk or on the memory card.
  9. Best ScreenSnap is FREE! You can download and use it absolutely free

Some drawback just found out yesterday when using GPS in landscape mode, trying to capture the screenshot but the image was truncated and it doesn’t really work in landscape mode.

Source : ScreenSnap

Garmin XT install guide for Nokia 5800

Everyone seem to like Nokia ExpressMusic 5800 as it comes with touch screen UI and rich features that made you keep in touch in every way. Since this unit comes with builtin GPS and the Nokia maps does not really works well, everyone are looking for alternate maps program like Garmin XT that works well with Symbian S60 that just release recently.


Here i wrote a guide on how to install the Garmin and make it works:-

1) First you need to download the following files

Download Garmin XT for Symbian S60 version 5.00.30

Download Malaysia and Singapore maps (this map is unlocked)

Download Support Files (sound files)

Download key gen

2)Extract all the download files into “c:\temp\garmin”

3) Connect your phone to computer via USB connection and select “PC Suite” connection on you phone or you can plug in the memory card direct to computer.

4) Copy the files from “c:\temp\garmin\Garmin Mobile XT v5.00.30 for Symbian\” folder into the root of the memory card.

5) Copy the map file into “\Garmin\” under the memory card.

6) Then you need to activate the Garmin software by using the key gen, you need to find the ID Card under the Garmin program “Setting” –> “System” –> “About”. Write down the ID Card in order to generate the code. Once you get the generated code, paste the code into a notepad and save the filename as SW.UNL. Copy the SW.UNL file into the memory card \Garmin\ folder.

7) Double check the GPS setting whether is used the “Attached/Built-in GPS” under the “Setting” –> “System” –> “Remote GPS”. You notice that you can’t change the setting right? Press on disable button and you will able to see what is the current setting enabled, if the setting is “Attached/Buitl-in GPS” then click enable to activate it.

Mission accomplish, you have Garmin Maps on your Nokia XM5800 so start explorer.


*Please make sure you backup your data with Nokia PC Suite before proceeding with the installation as you might required to reset your unit incase the installation failed.