November 8, 2010

Downloading mioTV Singtel BPL Highlights on your iPhone

If you happen to be subscribed to Singtel mio Stadium on your
mobile phone (a great service for its postpaid customers at $5 a
month) then here's a handy tip for you. This is extremely handy if you
wish to watch the clips again, or in places with low reception (such as the subway) or simply show them to your friends later!

You will need a few things before you get started:
  • a jailbroken iPhone
  • subscription (and therefore access) to Singtel BPL on mobile
  • Safari Download Manager (available on Cydia)
  • iFile (available on Cydia)
  • VLC (available on iTunes)
Navigate to Singtel BPL (on your phone)

Click on a highlight link to download it

Safari Download Manager should give you the following options:

Select Download

The file itself is not a recognisable media file and will
not be playable. As such you will need to rename it appropriately.

With iFile navigate to the correct folder (/var/mobile/Media/Downloads by default) and click on
the arrow next to the file to view its properties.

Delete the .do (JAVA servlet file) extension and add .m4v (MPEG-4 Video File) instead.

Click Done and you're good to go!

You can either view the files with iFile's native player or use VLC!

If you wish to easily access the files from VLC for later viewing
simply cut the file (using iFile) and paste it in


You might have to turn on Application Names in iFile's settings if you
have trouble finding the VLC folder.

NB: I've not tried this with the Safari Download Plugin but it might
still work.

October 13, 2010

You just might not notice the monkeys

I almost missed this YouTube error page myself.

September 20, 2010

.NET 3.5 causing problems in software installations

I've been trying to install ArcGIS 10 on Windows 7 and I kept getting this error. All day long! Frustrating stuff.

Some searching showed that people trying to install iTunes and other applications have also had similar issues.

So what I gathered is, it's a .NET problem. The error message can vary but what you need to look out for is "an error occurred during the installation of assembly..". This article gave me the required clues. The fixes in it are slightly back-dated, so I had to figure something out myself.

For some reason the .NET 3.5 or 3.5 SP1 standalone installer does not run, at all. (I tried running as Administrator etc too). Windows 7 comes with .NET 3.5 which you can remove and re-add (Control Panel > Programs and Features). This seemed to be the only way I could 'reinstall' .NET 3.5, which is required by ArcGIS.

I also installed .NET 4. I'm not sure if this had any effect or not, but after these last two steps, the installations finally completed!

February 18, 2010

Windows 7 Firewall blocks Windows Update by default?

So this seems to happen on some installations! It didn't happen at home, but it happened on my work PC. Weird.

Here's how to fix it:

Control panel -> Network and Sharing Center. Click "Change adaptor settings" (on the left hand side). Right click "Local area connection" and select "properties"

In the "This connection uses the following items" pane click on "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Don't untick it....just click on the line so it's highlighted Click "Properties"

Check the box "Use the following DNS server addresses" and input:

Preferred DNS server:
Alternate DNS server:

February 3, 2010

New Homepage test design by Google is a #Fail

Well in the above screenshot you can see that Google is testing a new homepage design. Personally I prefer the current minimalist fade in homepage. And I am not liking this design very much. Cause not only this new design has way too many words for my liking but also the words are repeated. The words "Privacy" and "Copyright 2010" are repeated twice. I see no reason for those words to be that important to be repeated twice. Whereas I cant find the link to perform "Advanced Search" and the link for "Language Tools".

On another note, I am not sure if anyone else is getting the same view. Feel free to leave a comment if you have anything to say on this new design.

January 21, 2010

Firefox Apostrophe Find As You Type Search Link Bug Solution

I had a problem with Firefox where every time I typed a ' it would open the search box, even when typing emails! If you have the same problem here's how you fix it.
Firefox Apostrophe Find As You Type Search Link Bug Solution