Tuesday, April 28, 2009

talisay,tagaytay funrun with ethan

last april 27, ethan and i had an unplanned road trip. after going to tagaytay, we decided to push it all the way to talisay, batangas. here are some of the pics...

here's a shot from the peak of people's park in tagaytay

shot from talisay public market

a stopover between talisay and tagaytay named laeuna de taal

all 24 images can be viewed at photobucket

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

task manager: before clicking end process - part 2

continuation of the 1st part

1. igfxpers.exe - is a process installed alongside NVidia graphics cards and provides additional configuration options for these devices. "This program is a non-essential process, but should not be terminated unless suspected to be causing problems."
processlibrary.com says its not a critical component. so there's nothing to worry about

2. igfxsrvc.exe - is a process associated with Intel(R) Common User Interface from Intel Corporation. It is installed with graphic card drivers with Intel chipsets. This program is important for the stable and secure running of your computer and should not be terminated.

from processlibrary.com

i wouldn't want to terminate this.

3. igfxtray.exe - is a process which allows you to access the Intel Graphics configuration and diagnostic application for the Intel 810 series graphics chipset. This program is a non-essential system process, and is installed for ease of use via the desktop tray.

also a non-critical component says liutilities.com

4. jqs.exe - uses about 1.5 Megabytes of computer memory and 2 Megabytes of virtual memory while running. It also initiates I/O processes frequently if those columns are activated in the Task Manager.

Now, if you want to disable the Java Quick Starter process you can do that in the Windows Control Panel. You find a Java entry there which will open the Java Control Panel.

A click on Advanced and the selection of Miscellaneous will display the activated Java Quick Starter entry. Uncheck the box to disable the process. This will be visible in the Windows Task Manager immediately.

source is ghacks.net

5. jusched.exe - If you've looked in Task Manager and wondered what on earth the jusched.exe process is and if you can turn it off, then you are in luck. This process is the Java Update scheduler, which is a process that wastes memory all the time just to check once a month whether there are new updates to Java.

that's according to howtogeek.com
also check their instruction how to disable it

6. LClock.exe - this is for the LClock program copyrighted to ying han last 2004

source file.net

7. lsass.exe - Local Security Authentication Server by Microsoft, Inc

liutilities.com recommendationis that lsass.exe should not be disabled, required for essential applications to work properly.

from liutilities.com

8. NBService.exe - It is a process required by Nero BackItUp for backup functions.


9. Notepad.exe - obviously for windows notepad

10. Photoshop.exe - for adobe photoshop

Sunday, April 19, 2009

task manager: before clicking end process - part 1

pc's get a little slow most of the time. so what do you do first? free up the memory. but before you click the end process button, you might want to check out what those processes are. here's mine:

1. alg.exe - Application Layer Gateway Service

The alg.exe executable allows applications (such as IM clients, RTSP, BitTorrent, SIP, and FTP) from a client computer to dynamically utilize passive TCP/ UDP ports in communicating with known ports on a server. This allows software to access applications that reside on another computer even if there is a firewall.

read all about it liutilities.com

i guess this means its good and you dont want to end this process

2. avgrsx.exe - This avgrsx.exe file is from the free antivirus AVG security software. This is part of their antivirus and resident shield software and it helps protect your computer from viruses and outside attacks. This file is considered safe and is not virus or spywrae related.

read it what-is-exe.com

we'll, i have installed their free antivirus so i guess ok.

3. avgtray.exe - i guess it's also from avg. and, it has something to do with their icon on the system tray

4. avgwdsvc.exe - it's service display name is AVG8 WatchDog and is a valid program that is required to run at startup.

details bleepingcomputer.com

5. csrss.exe - Client/Server Runtime Subsystem is a component of the Microsoft Windows NT operating system. It provides the user mode side of the Win32 subsystem and is included in Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista and Server 2008.

from wikipedia

6. ctfmon.exe - activates the Alternative User Input Text Input Processor (TIP) and the Microsoft Office Language Bar.

if your pissed about it and want to turn it off, there's a way and it's simple.

go to Control Panel>Regional and Language Options>Languages>Details>Advanced,
and check the box that says "Turn off advanced text services."

that's thanks to pcpitstop.com

now, we just need to know what it stands for

7. explorer.exe - i guess this is self explanatory to windows users

8. flock.exe - this comes from the browser i use and its name is flock. it shares its platform with firefox although, i would say flock is easier to use

get the flock browser

9. hkcmd.exe - Intel's Hotkey Command Module which gets installed by the drivers for onboard VGA cards based on the Intel 81x graphics chipset and which enables you to configure keyboard hotkeys (shortcuts) so that you can access specific programs at the touch of a function key (e.g. Email, Word, Excel, etc...).

read all about at answersthatwork.com

and here's how to disable it, from tomshardware.com

10. hpqwmiex.exe - is a process associated with HP ProtectTools security manager from Hewlett-Packard Development Company

from processlibrary.com

end of part 1. so watch out for the next part.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Mitsubishi recalls Lancer/Outlander in Australia

from caradvice.com.au

There have been no reported incidents of the problem within Australia and the national recall is precautionary.

The official recall posted on the Federal Government website says that “after starting, if the vehicle is only driven at low speed with minimal or no throttle opening, an increased brake pedal effort may be required on the first braking application because of the possibility of the brake booster check valve sticking.”

MMAL is to write to owners of all affected vehicles although the company says there have been no reported incidents in Australia of problems with the brake valves.

The 20,989 cars affected were all manufactured before December last year an the company will replace any defective parts at no cost to the owners.

recalling 20,000 mitsubishi lancers and outlander because of brake problems is both very disappointing and satisfying for a lancer enthusiast like me. not to mention a mitsubishi fan.

simple brake problems like this whould not happen at all. cars from show rooms should be what they are - functioning. that's because it's brand new.

on the other hand, its's nice to know that mitsubishi is taking care of their customers. thats customer service for you ford people. and kudos to mitsubishi for that action