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How to Use Btaccel(Cloud Bitorrent Client) and Optimize Firefox to Get Over 1GB Speeds For Your Torrent Downloads!

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Revisions:

*8/7/09- Initial release (more to come)

*8/14/09-stressed the fact that this great online bittorent client should only be used for legal downloads


Before this tutorial gets any deeper, I want to personally thank Hail for taking the time to write this tutorial, because I would have done it myself but I am so in love with Tunngle that I don’t have the time to work on this article.  Btaccel is for legal downloads only.  Freeware and shareware downloads are welcome. DO NOT USE this great sevice as a pirate of torrents.  Since we don’t want this great online bitorrent client disappear cause of the few that abuse it. Thank you and respect our wishes. ~ Versatile

The Underground’s rating of this great btaccel online client is definetly a 10 out of 10

In this tutorial I will teach you how to use this great online bitorrent client called btaccel and how you can get your torrent download speeds up over 1gbs.  Read ahead to learn how to never wait long again for the torrent you want…..

What is btaccel you say…

Btaccel is an online bitorrent client that downloads whatever torrent you want into their cloud servers much like a gmail account, which means that you can get a direct download once the torrent has been available.  Getting a torrent this way is alot faster because you no longer have to worry about getting seeds for a connection, it just tells you when the download is available to you.  Better yet btaccel will email you once your torrent is available for a direct download.

How do I sign up for btaccel?…

To use Btaccel all you need to do is register for an account(which is free) and login much like you would a normal email account. Go to http://www.btaccel.com and register for an account.  Now you may have to wait for a couple days to get an confirmation email so just be patient.  Then after using the confirmation email you’ll be able to login.  To learn more and register for a btaccel account click the link>         <Take me to btaccel.com>

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The New iPhone 3.0. Update – Unlock and Jailbreak…Windows…2G/3G/3GS

Its been a really long time since I last posted here. But I feel it’s my duty to keep the ‘Underground Community’ informed about the information I have access to. Personally, I feel that the ‘Underground’ has lost its true meaning, its sense of presence – after 3 WordPress bans and removing of  ‘Objectionable’ Content on the blog. I still believe that V1 i.e. this blog is a better way to communicate with the community rather than V2 as this blog is better known. Also, I feel that this ‘ban’ has limited my potential in terms of a writer here.

iPhone 3.0 Explained

Now to move on to the topic for which this post was actually written. I’m sure that most of you have heard of the new 3.0 update from Apple to the iPhone; and the subsequent release 3.0.1. If you have not, then let me give you a brief expansion:

The iPhone 3.0 update came out with the iPhone 3GS on June 17, 2009. It can be compared to the Windows 7 release: much awaited features were added which increased stability and enchanced user experiece. Apple finally incorporated many of the features we asked for 🙂 Among them, some are:

  1. Copy and Paste Text
  2. Copy and Paste Photos
  3. Search Spotlight – Search your iPhone for anything
  4. Search in mail, Calendar and iPod
  5. Landscape Keyboard in SMS, Mail and Notes
  6. Multimedia Messaging or MMS
  7. Support for new Calendar types
  8. Improved Stocks Application
  9. Connect iPhones/iTouches with bluetooth
  10. Notes syncing with iTunes

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[How To] run your high-requirement game without those graphic glitches

Some newer games, such as PES 2009 and GTA 4 require a lot of system resources and a higher-end PC to run. Even when your PC meets those requirements, sometimes the games run slowly and the graphics shows glitches because of some other resource hungry processes interfering with your game. The post will introduce a solution to this problem.

Every program you run, and some that automatically run in the background, create processes that may consume memory that interferes with your gameplay. To terminate those processes open Windows Task Manager by pressing CTRL-ALT-DELTE.

After the Task Manager shows up, click on the “Processes” Tab. If you have not previously cleaned some unused Terminatable processesstartup items using STARTER or another startup manager, you might find there are a whole lot of resource hogging processes. Now sort the processes according to “User Name” by clicking on the header of the “User Name” column.

All of the processes belonging to your user name except “explorer.exe” can be ended by highlighting the process and clicking “End Process” at the bottom-right corner of the Task Manager. Click yes to confirm.

Now, run your game. Afterwards, pause the game and use ALT-TAB to return to the desktop. Open Task Manager again using CTRL-ALT-DELTE. Go to the “Process” tab again, and find your game process. The name should be same to the game executable. For example, Pro Evolution Soccer 6 would be “pes6.exe”.Set process priority

Right click on that entry, then “Set Priority” and click “Real Time”. That should make the game run as fast as possible that your PC can allow. Enjoy playing your games faster!

Note: If you terminate the wrong process(es), just do a force reboot, and the processes will rerun themselves.

Optimizing Firefox Speed

There are several ways to make Firefox run faster. It’s all done by tweaking. I’ll be giving you a list of different tweaks, which will all count for something. Please note that I’ve done all of this on Windows XP Professional OS, and it may have different effects on other OSs.

This is the most popular way to make Firefox’s pages load faster, and no doubt you’ll come across this when you Google how to make Firefox faster.

1.

  1. In the Firefox browser, type about:config.
  2. You’ll get something asking you to be careful. Click the thing which is I’ll be careful, I promise!
  3. You’ll find a filter bar. Type network.http.pipelining under the preference name column.
  4. You’ll normally find the default value of this to be false. Double click it and change it to True.

Effect: For most (at least the ones I’ve all seen) websites, you’ll notice a http:// before the address. This is for something called the HTTP 1.1 , a protocol, this is so that you can send numerous requests before your computer actually receives them. It’s also known as pipelining. Pipelining can reduce page loading times over connections, but not all servers support it, which is why it will have no effect for some websites. For this to work, you need pipelining to be enabled.

2. In the filter bar, type network.http.proxy.pipelining  and its value to True.

Effect: Pipelining does not work when you are using a proxy. This is why you need to change this value to True, so that it is enabled if you are using a proxy.

3. Now type in network.http.pipelining.maxrequests. Right click and go to Modify. The default value is 4, change it to 8.

Effect: This determines the maximum requests your computer can send out at once. 8 is the maximum, so don’t change it to 100000 thinking you can send that much requests out.

4. Go to the normal about:config page, right click in the blank space and choose New/Boolean. Name this network.http.pipelining.firstrequest and accept. Then set its value to true.

Effect: This tweak isn’t normally recommended, but it hasn’t screwed my FF up in any way. It’s meant to aid in making your page load faster.

5. Now this time, right click and choose New/Integer . Name it nglayout.initialpaint.delay then accept. Then set its value to 0.

Effect: The initialpaint.delay is the length of time (in milliseconds) after the server response before the browser begins to paint, or create, the page.

6. Make another Boolean and call it content.notify.ontimer and set its value to true.

Effect: Normally, a page would load when each part of it has fully been downloaded. Instead with this, it will make FF display whatever has been downloaded and thus, reducing page load time.

7. Again, create a Boolean value and call it content.interrupt.parsing and set the value to False.

 Effect: This determines whether an application will “interrupt” a page being parsed so that it can react to the UI. Setting to false is so that the parsing cannot be interrupted, and the app will be unresponsive until all parsing has been completed.

There is another tweak for Windows XP and Vista users (except Windows XP Home Edition). This can be used for Internet Explorer and Firefox, or any other web browsing program. You’ll find this commonly over the internet.

  1. Go to Start
  2. Go to Run
  3. Type in gpedit.msc
  4. Expand the Local Computer Policy branch.
  5. Expand the Administrative Templates branch.
  6. Expand the Network branch.
  7. Open up the QoS Packet Scheduler.
  8. Double click the limit reservable bandwidth setting.
  9. Check the enabled item.

10. Change the limit to 0.

11. Close and restart your computer. 

This has your computer connect to your Internet faster as it has no limits to how fast you can connect to it.

 

 

Any questions, suggestions or comments, please leave one!

 

-Guide was requested by Seb aKa Sandi

[How To] Provide E-Mail Subscriptions For Your Blog Or Site

Description: This post aims to describe a way to provide Email subscriptions (daily) for your sites/blog’s readers using Google FeedBurner. The site used is my Blogging buddy’s blog, SoccerMatch. He asked me for advice on this topic, so I decided to write this tutorial in parallel to setting up subscription service for his site.

Firstly, new bloggers or site-owners might need to know what is a “feed”. There are several kinds of popular feeds on the Internet today, namely RSS (most commonly translated as “Really Simple Syndication” but sometimes “Rich Site Summary”) and Atom. These provide postings and updatings information for a “feed reader” that which can interpret can show that data as site content to the subscriber. These feeds need specific “readers”, either desktop-based, e.g. the Windows Vista “Feed” sidebar widget, or online-based, like My Yahoo! or Google Reader. FeedBurner can convert those feeds into emails so that the subscribers need not use a feed reader. To set up a email feed, follow the steps mentioned below.FeedBurner homepage

First, set up an account at FeedBurner, or you can log in with your Google Account since FeedBurner is a subservice that Google acquired in 2006. After you login, type in your blog/site home page (including the slash “/” at the end) in the box provided (see screenshot on the right).

Click Next and the “initial options page” is shown. You can type in your feed title (i.e. the title Initial settings pageshown in every email update sent), and the feed address, which is added to the end of “http://feeds.feedburner.com/.&#8221;
In our example, I typed in “soccermatch”, so the full feed address will become http://feeds.feedburner.com/soccermatch. After you’ve finished, click next again.

You can click next again to additional services. This will be covered later, so let’s click “skip Feed completed pagedirectly to feed management”.

Here you can do anything you want with your feed, but, as to make it simple, we’ll just set up a sidebar widget on the blog for feeds. Different blogging platforms will make Feed management homepagedifferent methods to install a link, but we need to get the code first. To do this, click “Publicize” on top of the page.

Publicize page

Then, click “Email Subscription” on the side of the page (see screenshot for link location). Click “Activate” on the next page.

Now you have your code in the next page! There are two options. You can choose to insert a form or a link to Copy Codesubscription page. Inserting a form causes some problems with some themes, so you’d better choose link (the latter option on the page). Now copy that code, and paste into a new HTML/Text widget in WordPress. If you don’t know how to do this, see this page.

For other sites, you just have to copy the code on any site template, it’ll automatically show up.

After you add your code and widget, a link to subscribe to your site/blog will appear in your sidebar. Click the link and Completed Linka form will appear to allow readers to subscribe to your blog/site. There are also a lot of additional features that FeedBurner provides. You can investigate yourself, or check back later to see a new article about the features of FeedBurner. To see what the resulting email looks like, subscribe to your own blog!

[How To] Create Your Own Autorun CD/DVD Disc

Revisions:

6-28-09:  Initial release.


What did I do this weekend?  I easily spent 3+ hours talking to a fellow youtube watcher on MSN explaining how to create an autorun Microsoft Office 2k3 disc so that when his uncle puts the disc into his PC, the autorun will automatically run the setup.exe file and everything will be good.

God, why is something so simple take so long?

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False Twitter Invitations Leading to Spyware?

I’m sure some of the people who read this post follow “Welcome to the Underground” Blog and maybe other blogs  by Twitter. However, did you know that some hackers send false Twitter invitations to lure people into installing spyware or downloading viruses?

Ever since Twitter became the major channel for information spread by Iran presidential election protestors, its popularity has rocketed upwards. Even the news of the Phoenix discovering ice on Mars was first announced on Twitter. However, all good things have a bad side. Cyber criminals are now sending false Twitter invitations to prompt installation of Trojans and virus worms!

From the format and content, the false invitations looks like that it’s a real one sent by the Twitter official site. However, if you look at it closely, you’ll find that the false invitation does not have the “inviting” link in contrary to the real invitations. In its place is a link that downloads a file called “invitation.zip” in the background that you cannot control, and lures the people who are considering joining Twitter into downloading the virus contained in the “invitation.zip”.

The virus in that zip file has been identified as a worm” W32.Ackantta.B@mm” by ESET nod32 antivirus (it’s definitelyNOT an email address!). This worm earlier appeared in February’s invitation card attack, which collects email addresses from the infected computers, and copies itself to those multiple addresses (this is how it’s supposed to work, but it’s usually blocked 90% by stronger av programs such as ESET or AVG).

I remind readers to upgrade their antivirus and communication software to prevent getting infected.

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Mistakes = Learning Opportunities

Last night was an excellent night in the Versatile household.  Here I was in the basement with my brother, and there we were drooling over the computer screen.  What did we see?  Before us, we had ourselves a fully flashed Lite-On DVD drive from our Elite Xbox 360.  Significance?  The flashed drive will now let our XBOX 360 play all of our backed up, retail bought games.

Why is this significant?  Xbox 360 games can range as high as $60 dollars. I know some people who are hardcore gamers, and nothing is worse than having your favorite game that you play daily suddenly crap out on you due to scratches or other scenarios that cause the game to be malfunctioning.

To combat this, users can make copies of their own XBOX 360 games (remember, owning a backed up copy of a game that you do not own is illegal) to preserve the original state of their retail purchase.  It was surely a joyous occasion.  How could it get any worse?

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[How To] Use Emerge Desktop – A Novice’s Guide to Greatness

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Revisions:
5-9-09:  Initial Release. More rev’s to come to do into more specifics, screenshots, and third party tools!


Are you a PC enthusiast?  Does the thought of customizing your PC the way you want it to appear give you shivers down your spine at the mere thought of it?  Of course!  Why do you think websites such as customize.org, deviantart.com, and interfacelift.com exists?  These type of websites can give you themes, wallpapers, and additional items to trick out your desktop.

As a Window’s user, I am getting sick of my Windows XP desktop.  There are programs called Windows Shell Alternatives, in which they replace the entire GUI of Windows with a different interface.  For some, this might be disorienting in the beginning, but after a while, you get used to it.  In today’s guide, I show you one of my favorite open source Windows Shell Replacements – Emerge Desktop!

Learn how to use Emerge Desktop

Tangent Conversations – Annoying!!!!

Foreword:  This is by far my favorite post of 2009 so far.  It will give you insight into how I work and engage myself with others online.  If you see yourself being pestered by me, or you see me irritated, it is because you are trying to engage yourself into a tangent conversation that I want no part of.  Remember that. ~ Versatile

This post will be easy for me to write, compared to the various tutorials I like to put up on this blog from time to time.  So what is on my mind this time?  Being a blog author, and an Internet enthusiast, as well as a person who loves to game and chat online, I meet a lot of interesting people online.  These people come from all walks of the Earth, whether it is a random occurence from hamachi, from this blog, e-mail, forums, Garena, and other social type networks.

I may not know the thousands of people that visit this site, but I”m sure they recognize who I am.  Are you one of these people?  You must be if you are reading this post. :0

Let’s hear the juicy rant!