My Blog Is Moving

Dear Surfers & Readers,

Hope that all of you are fine and thanks for reading this blog. Have not been writing much posts as of lately but I was busy making some new plans for my new place on the internet.

I had this place on wordpress for these last 5 years, 3 months and 4 weeks. It was nice writing posts on ciappara.wordpress.com but now the time has come to move and be independent. Don’t worry, I’m not going away. I’m just moving this blog to a personal web address. From now on you can find me and my new posts on www.ciappara.com. I had to do this a long long time ago, but now it’s time.

In this blog I write any problems that I face while developing applications and websites. The response from other people having these problems was amazing in that users started helping each other in the comments. I will update my new blog on a more regular pace and also have plans to start making some new fun stuff as well… but i will tell you more on this later on.

Hope to see you all on www.ciappara.com! Btw, what do you think of my logo… any suggestions?

Ordered my Nokia Lumia 800

And just like that, I just ordered my Nokia Lumia 800 on 12th December at exactly 9:00pm!! Today Amazon.de made a Cyber Monday sale where it slashed prices for more than 300 items, and the Nokia Lumia’s price slashing began at 9:00:00pm and ended at 9:00:20pm.. it only took 20 seconds for all the stock to finish!!! And I was one of the lucky to get one at a reduced price!!! Hussaahhh.

Now waiting for the delivery to take place!! 🙂 Hopefully it doesn’t take long!! 🙂 Btw it’s the Black one.. the blue one is still not available.. but the black will do just as good 🙂

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Leaked :)

Hey what do we have here? Is this the supposedly Samsung Nexus Prime with Google’s Android Ice-Cream Sandwich? It was leaked on Samsung’s US Website whilst searching for Galaxy Nexus.. you can see for yourself here.

Apparently the name changed to Galaxy Nexus. More details soon, as it will be unveiled in an hour, though I will not be seein it live.. as here in Malta it’s already 2am, and anyway I’m more into Windows Phone 😛 Let me know any info, as it gets revealed..

Happy Ice-creaming!

Steve Jobs passed Away!! :(

Just read some very sad news! Steve Jobs passed away. Apple confirmed the news on its Web site. He was a great visionary that led a mobile-computing revolution with wildly popular devices such as the iPhone! Jobs leaves behind his wife, four children, two sisters, and 49,000 Apple employees :/ Very unfortunate!!

Apple’s “Let’s Talk” keynote was Booring!!

Don’t get me wrong, they added some new features to iOS 5, but all together, it wasn’t much of a show. I expected a bigger screen (not the same old 3.5 inch one), some NFC goodness, and at least a different chassis, tinner like say the Galaxy SII. In a few months and even weeks, the specs on this phone will be outpaced by other smartphones. Read more specs after the break… Read the rest of this entry »

Installing Windows 8 Developer Preview

So I think that everyone heard that a New Windows is coming to town. This week, on Tuesday, which was also the Programmer’s Day, Microsoft showed the New Windows 8 OS during it’s BUILD Conference. And it was really a great present for all Programmers!! At least I’m really excited to try the new OS and start using the new Developer Tools. You can find more info on Windows 8 in the next links:

http://www.winsupersite.com/article/windows8/windows-8-developer-preview-140546

http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/13/windows-8-details-new-features-ui-enhancements-and-everything/

Installing

I’m upgrading my Windows 7 laptop to Windows 8, so it’s not a clean install. Up till now it’s 77% and it took about 25 mins. A clean install would definitely take less time.

The laptop is a bit old, in fact it was a Windows XP laptop. It’s a VAIO powered by 1.6GHz Single Core Centrino CPU and 1GB of RAM. With Windows 7 it was running fine for normal day to day use. We’ll see how it fares with Windows 8! I’ll keep you posted. Anyone installed the Windows 8 Developer Preview? What do you think?

UPDATE 1: And it’s ready installing. For an upgrade on a 1.6GHz Centrino laptop, with 10% of free hard disk space, it took around 40 mins.

UPDATE 2: Getting devices ready and now Applying User Settings from the Windows 7 installation!

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File Sharing between PCs without Password Protection

Sometimes you would need to share a file or a folder with another user and you would find it not so easy to do so, more and more if you or the other user doesn’t have a password for your account.

By default, in Windows 7, in order to share a folder, you would need that the Source PC being shared has a password and the Source PC owner would need to give you his password. There are two options to overcome this situation. Read the rest of this entry »