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The two best virtual machine player are VMPlayer by VMWare and VirualBox by Sun.
Both applications are free and can be downloaded from their websites.

http://www.vmware.com/
http://www.virtualbox.org/

How do they compare?
Well, both applications more or less perform neck and neck. But I wound say vmplayer performs slightly faster in terms of speed.

Out of the box, virtualbox has a snapshot feature where you can do a snapshot of our stable version of your preferred OS; and whatever happens to your OS i.e corruption or virus attack, you can always roll back to your previous snapshot. VMware player lacks this feature but if you upgrade to VM workstation, snapshot will be available.

VMware player has a cool feature called ‘Unity’ where your navi machine is visually merged with your virtual OS, but behind the scene they are both running independently.

Both applications can run several OS at the same time depending on your hardware. Each installed OS, can be allocated memory, hard drive space etc.

Give it a try!

Here is a tip how to sync all your iPhone/iPad contacts to gmail.

1. First of all you need to export all your contacts from your mobile to your computer i.e Outlook or whichever application you use to store your current contacts.

2. Next export address book as ‘csv’ file on to your desktop.

3. Login to your google account and go to ‘Contacts’ > ‘More actions’ > ‘Import’ and
Select the csv file from your desktop. Gmail will start to import all your contact lists… Gmail will later flag up duplications and will give you options to merge existing contacts, delete and compare. This is where you can clean up your contacts and get organised. This took me a couple of hours but it’s well worth the pain… You will see, believe me read on…

4. Once you are happy with your address book, do an export of all your contacts again to your desktop and keep this file safe. This is for backup, as you know you had spent hours organising your contact list; and you will hate yourself if you had to go through the whole process again.

5. Now here is the clever part… As you know you have backed up your contacts on your computer as peace of mind, you now need to delete all your contacts on your iPhone/iPad.
If you already have gmail set up on you iPhone and iPad you need to disable or delete. Don’t worry all email will not be lost as they are originally stored online.

6. Go to ‘Setting’ > ‘Mail, Contacts, Calendar’ and select ‘Add Account’ on your iPhone/iPad. This time instead of clicking on ‘Gmail’ tap the ‘Microsoft Exchange’.
Fill in your gmail account as shown below and tap ‘Next’. You may be asked to put in server name. If so here it is: m.google.com And presto!

You now have the options to sync Mail, Contacts and Calendar.

7. Finally if you scroll down to ‘Contacts’ under ‘Mail, Contacts, Calendar’. Be sure to set gmail as ‘Default Account’.

You’re Done! If you go to your contacts on your iPhone/iPad will see all your clean and organised contacts which automatically gets pulled down from your gmail account. The beauty of this setup, everything is sync with your google account… So if you have a new contact you like to add to your iPhone or iPad, new contacts or amended contacts will appear on all devices and online.

Enjoy all!

Here is my iPhone / iPad app of the week…

Goes to ‘Bambuser’. Bambuser is a live streaming app, which will show your event footage to the world in realtime! There is of cause a couple of second delay, but your audience wont know the difference.

The app is straight forward, you can choose to save video on to your iPhone or iPad whilst broadcasting or just broadcast and upload to your channel which, will save storage space.

Check it out, and it’s free!

Bambuser
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Here are my top 20 iPad2 apps.

To download to these apps from this page, make sure to install QRReader or Scan apps from iTunes first. Once installed open the app, hold and point camera to QR code on screen. Enjoy!

20. MetalStorm – Game
MetalStormqrcode

 

19. Sky News – News
Sky Newsqrcode

 

18. eBay – Shopping
eBay
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17. BBC News – News
BBC News
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16. Incredibooth – Photography
Incredibooth
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15. Flipboard – Entertainment
Flipboard
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14. PS Express – Photography
PS Expressqrcode

 

13. BBC iPlayer – Entertainment
BBC iPlayer
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12. Frisbee Forever – Game
Frisbee Foreverqrcode

 

11. Falling Fred – Game
Falling Fred
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10. Jenga HD – Game
Jenga HD
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9. Twitter – Social

Twitter
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8. SketchBook Express – Photography
SketchBook Express
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7. IMO – Social

IMOqrcode

 

6. 4oD Catch UP – Entertainment
4oD Catch UP
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5. iMovie – Photography
iMovie
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4. GarageBand – Music
GarageBand
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3. Samurai Vengeance 2 – Game
Samurai Vengeance 2qrcode

 

2. Angry Birds Rio – Game
Angry Birds Rioqrcode

 

1. RealRacing2HD – Game
RealRacing2HDqrcode

Here is an example of how to embed Omniture to your links.

Exit link

<a onclick="s.tl(this,'e','Exit-link-name-here');" href="#"> ...</a>

Download link

<a onclick="s.tl(this,'d','Download-link-name-here');" href="#"> ...</a>

Custom link

<a onclick="s.tl(this,'o','Custom-link-name-here');" href="#"> ...</a>

To view links in Omniture console go to:
Site Content > Links > Custom Links etc.

If you want to be more specific you can do this:

<a href="index.html" onClick="
var s=s_gi('rsid');
s.linkTrackVars='prop1,prop2,events,pageName';
s.linkTrackEvents='event1';
s.pageName = 'cnuk:show:generator-rex:games:augmented-reality';
s.prop1='Custom Property of Link';
s.events='event1';
s.tl(this,'o','Link Name');">My Page</a>

 

System Defragmenter / Windows Recovery is the lastest virus attack.

I have come across this virus on several computers… and so here is my findings how to remove this Malware virus and to recover all your valuable data…

1 . Download ‘RKill.exe’ here

Download and run it. This will stop all services relating to this virus. i.e stop all fake pop-ups and stop it from rebooting your machine randomly.

2. Download ‘Malwarebytes Anti-Malware’ here

Install the app and make sure you get the latest updates. After installation do a perform full scan, this may take sometime so my yourself a cup of tea or watch an episode of you favorite show. Once complete, hit Remove Selected’.

3. Finally download unhide.exe here

This should un-hide all files and folders which the virus had hidden on your machine… which you may thought you had lost.

Good luck all!