How to find your previous NVIDIA driver version (specially if I upgraded from a previous Windows installation)?

NVIDIA

NVIDIA

So I jumped on the Windows 10 wagon. Everything was working, fast, and great but honestly its not yet polished compared to Window 8.1 (especially the One Drive. Damn. That One Drive implementation in Windows 10 is such a big regression!). There maybe some quirks on this new Microsoft baby but I will not be discussing them in this post. So right now, let’s focus on the more important part of this post…

how to know your previous NVIDIA driver version (specially if you upgraded your Windows previous Windows installation to Windows 10).

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A comprehensive guide on downloading firmware files via a download manager and creating an FTF bundle for Sony Xperia Phones – Includes a guide on how to create a pre-rooted flashable zip for Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

So I recently upgraded my Z3 Compact to Android Lollipop 5.1.1. The upgrade went fine but the process of downloading the necessary files were a pain in the ass.

Why? Because downloading the firmware files using the XperiFirm is very slow (well, sometimes)!

Anyway, this post is not for me to rant about it but to teach you on how to avoid waiting for too long for the XperiFirm to download those firmware file updates. We will discuss the following topics in this post (seriously. I feel like a teacher right now):

  • How to download firmware files using a download manager
  • How to unpack firmware files
  • How to create custom FTF files (lets assume that you wanted a pre-rooted FTF)
  • How to create a flashable .zip file

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Excel now using semicolons (;) instead of commas (,) in separating formulas? Fix it. Now!

Comma as formula separator

Comma as formula separator (whaat?)

Semicolon as formula separator

Semicolon as formula separator (whaat?)

You may have wondered why suddenly Microsoft Excel is using semicolons (;) instead of commas (,) in separating your Excel formulas. I also experienced that and as a user that usually use commas in separating Excel formulas, this is quite annoying.

But fear not! We have a solution for that.

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Pentatonix Live! captured by Nokia 808 Pureview

Yes. I really love the Nokia 808 Pureview. It has a massive 41MP camera plus a rich audio recording to boot. Yes. It’s an old device but for me, it is a performer (well somewhat). Too bad it doesn’t have an Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and a low light mode built-in. Anyway, here is a Pentatonix concert  in Youtube captured by Nokia 808 Pureview (my concert video recorder of choice). Note that the concert was captured in 360p mode (for long-range zoom). Enjoy!🙂

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How to Play StarCraft II in “Scaled” High Resolution Mode (Fix that missing mouse pointer!)

Battle.net

Battle.net

The Intro

For some people, a high-resolution desktop is a must have. However not every one of us really wants it. One big problem with desktops with high-resolution is that everything is appears very small. So to fix that problem, Microsoft introduced the display setting which allows you make items in your windows appear bigger. This fix makes fonts, icons, task bar and other Windows controlled elements bigger. People call it “display scaling”, I call it a shitty zoomed in resolution. Why? Because it is not yet implemented very well. If you are wondering if you have a scaled resolution, you can check the display scaling settings in Windows and see the if bullet not set to 100% (see below). If it’s not set to 100%, congratulations, you my friend have the shitty zoomed in resolution care of Microsoft.

Display Scaling Settings Window

Display Scaling Settings Window

With that out of my system, lets focus on the real topic, shall we? Lets talk StarCraft II. If you are a fan of what I call an “epic” game series StarCraft, you might notice that playing it in a scaled resolution is buggy. In fact, it’s very buggy that you cannot even play it at all. Why do you ask? Because, you won’t see the mouse pointer if you are on a scaled resolution (well, most of the time). Continue reading