Home Media Center

mce01Enjoy your entire digital entertainment library in full glory on your PC or even on your TV with Windows Media Center. View your photos in a cinematic slide show, browse your music collection by cover art, easily play DVDs, watch and record TV shows, download movies, and project your home videos—then pass the remote to let friends and family join in the fun!

Today, Windows XP Media Center based-PCs are very popular all-in-one entertainment devices that you can access music, photos, TV, movies, and the latest in online media all from the comfort of the couch with a remote control.

Windows Media Center in Windows Vista features some great advancements over previous versions, including an improved user interface with easier navigation and breakthrough media visualization. Windows Media Center also offers built-in support for archiving TV shows directly to video DVDs, faster overall performance, and an improved platform for content owners to deliver new online entertainment services and experiences.U Most notably for U.S.-based customers, Windows Media Center offers support for digital cable service, by means of a digital cable tuner.

After starting Windows Media Center for the first time, you will be exploring your digital media in no time because the setup experience has been streamlined. In fact, Windows Media Center automatically checks your PC for media files during the setup process so you don’t have to waste a minute searching for your content.

mce02After you’ve started, you will notice that Windows Media Center is optimized for widescreen and HD displays-making it perfect for the living room. With the new on-screen layout of photos, music, and videos, you can see up to three times more content on a widescreen display compared to previous versions of Windows Media Center. The clean, simple look ties together with the Windows Aero desktop experience and features transparency effects and smooth animations, giving you a fun and visually stunning way to browse and experience your home entertainment. Designed for a wide range of displays and input methods, Windows Media Center is optimized for use with a remote control but also works well with other input devices such as a mouse and keyboard, touch screen, or even a Tablet PC.

So, with the Plasma, LCD and LED HD TV at home, is will be a good time to install Windows Media Center and enjoy time at home

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Love Your HEART

Love Your HEART
Adopt a Heart-healthy Diet
You really are what you eat because you are what you eat. If you dine on a steady flow of bacon and eggs, roti canai and teh tarik, mutton curry and chicken rendang, cheeseburgers, French fries and Twinkies, then you and your heart aren’t going to be in the best condition. Adopting a heart-healthy diet is the most important thing you can do to benefit your ticker. It will help you to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol and limit the amount of bad fat you take in.
Instead reach for that salmon to get a dose of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. As far as a broad approach goes, try to get as far away from processed foods as possible. The closer your four food groups are to their original, unprocessed form the better. It’s called a whole foods lifestyle. Include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and eat fish at least twice a week. Salmon is your best bet for supplying your heart with healthy omega-3 fatty acids that will help you reduce arterial plaque. Whole grains like oatmeal and whole wheat bread are a must as well.
Legumes like beans and lentils are loaded with protein, fiber, iron and calcium and are free of fat and cholesterol. Nuts are packed with antioxidants, omega-3s, fiber and vitamin E, among other things. The important thing is to not think of it as a diet, but as a lifestyle change. Stay away from boxed food, head for the fruit and veggie aisle, and you’re on your way to making sure there are no ambulances in your future.
Adopt a Heart-healthy Diet
fresh salmonYou really are what you eat because you are what you eat. If you dine on a steady flow of bacon and eggs, roti canai and teh tarik, mutton curry and chicken rendang, cheeseburgers, French fries and Twinkies, then you and your heart aren’t going to be in the best condition. Adopting a heart-healthy diet is the most important thing you can do to benefit your ticker. It will help you to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol and limit the amount of bad fat you take in.
Instead reach for that salmon to get a dose of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon happen to be Siew Jean’s favourite food. As far as a broad approach goes, try to get as far away from processed foods as possible. The closer your four food groups are to their original, unprocessed form the better. It’s called a whole foods lifestyle. Include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and eat fish at least twice a week. Many of us do not like vegetables but we have to eat it somehow. Salmon is your best bet for supplying your heart with healthy omega-3 fatty acids that will help you reduce arterial plaque. Whole grains like oatmeal and whole wheat bread are a must as well.
Legumes like beans and lentils are loaded with protein, fiber, iron and calcium and are free of fat and cholesterol. Nuts are packed with antioxidants, omega-3s, fiber and vitamin E, among other things. The important thing is to not think of it as a diet, but as a lifestyle change. Stay away from boxed food, head for the fruit and veggie aisle, and you’re on your way to making sure there are no ambulances in your future.
 
Chill Out makes your heart and head happy

Everyone knows that being stressed out isn’t a good feeling. Turns out, it goes a little deeper than that — stress can actually have some pretty severe effects on your body. 
There’s an area at the base of your brain that sets off an alarm whenever you get stressed. This alarm sends a signal to your adrenal glands to release a surge of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. This is also known as the fight-or-flight response. Your heart rate increases, which elevates your blood pressure and boosts energy supplies. If you’re always stressed, then your body thinks it’s in a constant state of threat, not a good thing. Reducing your stress levels will lead to a reduced heart rate and ultimately help you to lower your blood pressure.
If you lead a stressful life, try to chill out by relaxing with friends over the week ends. Take a walk or give meditation a try. Exercise and the right amount of sleep also go a long way toward combating your stress level. If none of these tricks work and you still find yourself stressed, see a professional counselor or psychotherapist. It can help your head and your heart.

New iPhone 3.0 Features

Phone 3.0 OS, the next generation operating system for the iPhone, iPod touch, and whatever Apple device comes next. 
NEW IPHONE OS 3.0 FEATURES
Copy & Paste text. When you double-tap over text, you will get a “cut, copy, and paste” bubble dialog. Double-tap again and a “paste” bubble will appear if there’s anything stored in your clipboard.
This works across applications. You can expand your selection points using your thumbs and, if you accidentally paste something you didn’t want to paste, just shake your iPhone to undo it.
Copy & Paste photos. You can also copy and paste photos. Now you will be able to select multiple photos by tapping the action button, copy some of them, and paste them in an email, ready to send.
New Spotlight. iPhone OS 3.0 will allow you to search across the entire information contained in your device, no matter where, as soon as the information is supported it. If an application is written to support the new Spotlight, its data will also be available in the search.
Search in Mail, Calendar, and iPod. These Apple applications have specific search interfaces. The search in Mail doesn’t support the message content yet, but it supports searching in IMAP servers—that will save a lot of time logging into Gmail.
3G Tethering. This feature will allow you to connect your iPhone 3G to a laptop, to use it as a modem to access the internet. Carriers still have to sign-off on it, and probably charge more for it. None have announced it yet.
Landscape keyboard. Apple has added the landscape keyboard mode to other applications, like Mail, SMS, and Notes.
Multimedia messaging. A big one to send rich content to people without mail-enabled telephones: The new MMS function will allow you to include everything, from images to sound to vcards 
Support for new calendar types. In iPhone OS 3.0 you will be able to subscribe to calendars on the web using two protocols: CalDAV—supported by Google and Yahoo—and subscriptions via the .ics format—which is what Apple uses in iCal.
Improved stocks application. The stocks application now allows you to read related news, so you can enjoy yourself learning about the latest market scandals, stock crashes, and executives getting bonus packages from government aid while their companies sink into hell. Thank you, Apple.
Stereo Bluetooth A2DP audio. You will be able to pair your iPhone 3.0 with a stereo Bluetooth A2DP device, like headphones or speakers. This should be available in the first generation iPhone. Imagine listening to mp3 on mono.
Note syncing with iTunes.
Automatic login in Safari. The new version of Safari will remember login credentials, so you won’t need to introduce your username and password again while accessing Scoreland your work intranet.
Shake to shuffle music. If you are in your iPod application, you just need to shake it to start the shuffling mode. Hopefully this will be optional for sports people out there.
Wi-Fi auto-login. In case you have a subscription to a paid hotspot, your iPhone or iPod touch will autolog into it.
Anti-phishing. Mobile Safari now can warn you against malicious sites trying to scam you.
Extended parental controls. Adult content filters can now be applied to movies, TV shows, and applications, in addition to web sites and music .
iphone-3g-white-topThe New iPhone 3.0 OS, the next generation operating system for the iPhone, iPod touch, and whatever Apple device comes next. 
NEW IPHONE OS 3.0 FEATURES
Copy & Paste
Copy & Paste text. When you double-tap over text, you will get a “cut, copy, and paste” bubble dialog. Double-tap again and a “paste” bubble will appear if there’s anything stored in your clipboard.
This works across applications. You can expand your selection points using your thumbs and, if you accidentally paste something you didn’t want to paste, just shake your iPhone to undo it.
Copy & Paste photos
Copy & Paste photos. You can also copy and paste photos. Now you will be able to select multiple photos by tapping the action button, copy some of them, and paste them in an email, ready to send.
New Spotlight 
 New Spotlight. iPhone OS 3.0 will allow you to search across the entire information contained in your device, no matter where, as soon as the information is supported it. If an application is written to support the new Spotlight, its data will also be available in the search.
Search in Mail, Calendar, and iPod. These Apple applications have specific search interfaces. The search in Mail doesn’t support the message content yet, but it supports searching in IMAP servers—that will save a lot of time logging into Gmail.
3G Tethering
 This feature will allow you to connect your iPhone 3G to a laptop, to use it as a modem to access the internet. Carriers still have to sign-off on it, and probably charge more for it. None have announced it yet.
Keyboard
Landscape keyboard. Apple has added the landscape keyboard mode to other applications, like Mail, SMS, and Notes.
MMS
Multimedia messaging. A big one to send rich content to people without mail-enabled telephones: The new MMS function will allow you to include everything, from images to sound to vcards 
Calendar
Support for new calendar types. In iPhone OS 3.0 you will be able to subscribe to calendars on the web using two protocols: CalDAV—supported by Google and Yahoo—and subscriptions via the .ics format—which is what Apple uses in iCal.
Stock
Improved stocks application. The stocks application now allows you to read related news, so you can enjoy yourself learning about the latest market scandals, stock crashes, and executives getting bonus packages from government aid while their companies sink into hell. Thank you, Apple.
Stereo Bluetooth
Stereo Bluetooth A2DP audio. You will be able to pair your iPhone 3.0 with a stereo Bluetooth A2DP device, like headphones or speakers. This should be available in the first generation iPhone. Imagine listening to mp3 on mono.
Others
Note syncing with iTunes.
Automatic login in Safari. The new version of Safari will remember login credentials, so you won’t need to introduce your username and password again while accessing Scoreland your work intranet.
Shake to shuffle music. If you are in your iPod application, you just need to shake it to start the shuffling mode. Hopefully this will be optional for sports people out there.
Wi-Fi auto-login. In case you have a subscription to a paid hotspot, your iPhone or iPod touch will autolog into it.
Anti-phishing. Mobile Safari now can warn you against malicious sites trying to scam you.
Extended parental controls. Adult content filters can now be applied to movies, TV shows, and applications, in addition to web sites and music .

Knowing your iPhone UDID

iphone 3.0 globe of applicationsApple has given developers a way to beta test iPhone applications with i think up-to 100 iPhones. Some developers have already started using this to their advantage by giving their software out as free public betas. However, you must supply a developer with your iPhone’s UDID (unique device identifier) in order to install these “Ad-hoc” applications on your iPhone.

Here is how you find your iPhone’s UDID, just plug it into your computer and wait until iTunes recognizes it. Select your iPhone from the Devices list in iTunes. Click on the Summary tab. To see your UDID, click on the word “serial number” beside the picture of the iPhone. You should see the word “identifer” and an alphanumeric string – this is your UDID. If you click again, it will tonggle back to Serial Number.

To copy it, just press control + C in Windows (or command + C on  Mac’s). Paste it to a Notepad to save your UDID.

If you click on the Software Version, for example 2.2.1,  it will tonggle to Build Version like 5H11

Fastest Car on Earth – Brabus EV12

 

 
The Brabus High-performance sedan is powered by a 12-cylinder biturbo engine with 640 hp (471 kW). With its electronically limited top speed of 340 km/h it is among the world’s fastest automobiles. Brabus has started a small-series production run of the four-seater based on the current Mercedes E-Class of the W 211 model series.
The new Brabus E V12 follows in the footsteps of its legendary predecessor which opened the door to a new level of power and performance for sporty sedans: The first Brabus E V12 – based on the E-Class of the W 210 model series – gained entry into in the Guinness Book of World Records as the ‘fastest sedan in the world’ in October of 1996. Its top speed was 330 km/h.
765 ft lbs of Torque
The BRABUS E V12 of the model year 2004 is powered by the Brabus SV 12 Biturbo increased-displacement engine, which is implanted with almost surgical precision into the modified engine bay of the E-Class.
The displacement of the 12-cylinder biturbo engine, which normally resides in a current Mercedes S600 model, is increased from 5.5 to 6.3 liters. The increase is facilitated with the installation of a custom-designed one-piece crankshaft, larger diameter pistons, corresponding larger bore and precision-balanced piston rods. The BRABUS engine is further fitted with sport camshafts, precision-machined cylinder heads, a stainless-steel high-performance sport exhaust system with metal catalysts and four exhaust tips as well as newly programmed engine electronics.
With these modifications the engine of the BRABUS E V12 delivers a whopping 640 hp (471 kW) at 5,100 rpm and an even more impressive peak torque of 765 ft lbs (1026 Nm) available from just 1,750 rpm.
Thus equipped the new BRABUS E V12 delivers performance that places the sedan on a level with the world’s fastest sports cars: 4.2 seconds for 0 to 100 km/h, 12.9 seconds for 0 to 200 km/h and an electronically limited top speed of 340 km/h are the performance cornerstones of this exclusive high-performance sedan.
Chassis
The immense performance also necessitates the use of special tires: Brabus technology partner Michelin supplies the exclusive tires for this car: The multi-piece Brabus Monoblock VI light-alloy wheels in size 8.5Jx19 on the front axle and 9.5Jx19 in back are mounted with Michelin high-performance tires in size 255/35 ZR 19 in front in combination with size 285/30 ZR 19 on the rear axle.
The air-sprung suspension of the Brabus E V12 offers a sporty yet comfortable ride. The ride height is lowered by some 20 millimeters compared to the stock car. Brabus sport sway bars contribute to the sporty handling with large safety reserves and high ride comfort.
Brabus equips the new E V12 with a custom high-performance brake system. The system is calibrated to match the electro-hydraulic SBC brake system of the E-Class and consists of 375-mm ceramic discs and 12-piston aluminum calipers on the front axle and 6-piston calipers and 355-mm vented and cross-drilled steel discs in the rear.
Body / Interior
Aerodynamics play an essential role at the extremely high speeds so effortlessly attained by the new Brabus E V12. That’s why Brabus conducted extensive wind tunnel testing with the E V12: The brabus front bumper with integrated spoiler and additional carbon lip looks absolutely striking. But that’s not all – it also reduces lift on the front axle thus improving directional stability at high speeds. Its aerodynamic counterpart in the rear is the custom-developed Brabus spoiler lip for the trunk lid, which produces downforce at high speeds.
Brabus side sills give the exclusive sedan a longer, sleeker appearance. They also offer another interesting feature: Pushing a button on the keyless-entry remote or pulling on the door handles activates entrance lights integrated into the underside of the sills. They illuminate the ground next to the vehicle, making entering an exiting the car safer.
The strikingly styled Brabus rear apron rounds out the sporty yet elegant body design of the E V12 harmoniously.
A special ambiance is found in the cockpit of the E V12: The four-door comes equipped with an exclusive fully leather interior crafted from a combination of especially soft yet durable Brabus Mastik leather and Alcantara.
Story by Brabus, Edited by ong.R

 

Brabus_EV121 front     Brabus_EV122 rear     Brabus_EV123 wind    

The Brabus High-performance sedan is powered by a 12-cylinder biturbo engine with 640 hp (471 kW). With its electronically limited top speed of 340 km/h it is among the world’s fastest automobiles. Brabus has started a small-series production run of the four-seater based on the current Mercedes E-Class of the W 211 model series.

The new Brabus E V12 follows in the footsteps of its legendary predecessor which opened the door to a new level of power and performance for sporty sedans: The first Brabus E V12 – based on the E-Class of the W 210 model series – gained entry into in the Guinness Book of World Records as the ‘fastest sedan in the world’ in October of 1996. Its top speed was 330 km/h.

765 ft lbs of Torque

The BRABUS E V12 of the model year 2004 is powered by the Brabus SV 12 Biturbo increased-displacement engine, which is implanted with almost surgical precision into the modified engine bay of the E-Class.

The displacement of the 12-cylinder biturbo engine, which normally resides in a current Mercedes S600 model, is increased from 5.5 to 6.3 liters. The increase is facilitated with the installation of a custom-designed one-piece crankshaft, larger diameter pistons, corresponding larger bore and precision-balanced piston rods. The BRABUS engine is further fitted with sport camshafts, precision-machined cylinder heads, a stainless-steel high-performance sport exhaust system with metal catalysts and four exhaust tips as well as newly programmed engine electronics.

With these modifications the engine of the BRABUS E V12 delivers a whopping 640 hp (471 kW) at 5,100 rpm and an even more impressive peak torque of 765 ft lbs (1026 Nm) available from just 1,750 rpm.

Thus equipped the new BRABUS E V12 delivers performance that places the sedan on a level with the world’s fastest sports cars: 4.2 seconds for 0 to 100 km/h, 12.9 seconds for 0 to 200 km/h and an electronically limited top speed of 340 km/h are the performance cornerstones of this exclusive high-performance sedan.

Chassis

The immense performance also necessitates the use of special tires: Brabus technology partner Michelin supplies the exclusive tires for this car: The multi-piece Brabus Monoblock VI light-alloy wheels in size 8.5Jx19 on the front axle and 9.5Jx19 in back are mounted with Michelin high-performance tires in size 255/35 ZR 19 in front in combination with size 285/30 ZR 19 on the rear axle.

The air-sprung suspension of the Brabus E V12 offers a sporty yet comfortable ride. The ride height is lowered by some 20 millimeters compared to the stock car. Brabus sport sway bars contribute to the sporty handling with large safety reserves and high ride comfort.

Brabus equips the new E V12 with a custom high-performance brake system. The system is calibrated to match the electro-hydraulic SBC brake system of the E-Class and consists of 375-mm ceramic discs and 12-piston aluminum calipers on the front axle and 6-piston calipers and 355-mm vented and cross-drilled steel discs in the rear.

Brabus_EV124 interiorBody / Interior

Aerodynamics play an essential role at the extremely high speeds so effortlessly attained by the new Brabus E V12. That’s why Brabus conducted extensive wind tunnel testing with the E V12: The brabus front bumper with integrated spoiler and additional carbon lip looks absolutely striking. But that’s not all – it also reduces lift on the front axle thus improving directional stability at high speeds. Its aerodynamic counterpart in the rear is the custom-developed Brabus spoiler lip for the trunk lid, which produces downforce at high speeds.

Brabus side sills give the exclusive sedan a longer, sleeker appearance. They also offer another interesting feature: Pushing a button on the keyless-entry remote or pulling on the door handles activates entrance lights integrated into the underside of the sills. They illuminate the ground next to the vehicle, making entering an exiting the car safer.

The strikingly styled Brabus rear apron rounds out the sporty yet elegant body design of the E V12 harmoniously.

A special ambiance is found in the cockpit of the E V12: The four-door comes equipped with an exclusive fully leather interior crafted from a combination of especially soft yet durable Brabus Mastik leather and Alcantara.

Story by Brabus, Edited by ong.R

Upgrade iPhone firmware to 3.0 beta

iphone-3-logoPlease be informed that it is an advanced level hack so only proceed if you have a good understanding of what you are doing. It is strongly recommend for users with unlocked iPhones to wait till the iPhone Dev team releases a patch for the new firmware. Or if you are a risk taker, then you may proceed at your own choice. I am not responsible in anyway.. haha

Following procedure is applicable for those with a AT&T locked iPhone and all iPod Touch users.

Installing iPhone 3.0 beta on the iPhone

  1. Make sure to have downloaded the iPhone 3.0 beta firmware that relates to your iPhone (2G or 3G). You need to register as a develpor with Apple to do so.
  2. Extract the firmware IPSW to a folder.
  3. Connect the iPhone to your iTunes.
  4. Get the UDID registered on the iPhone Developer program. (Google it).
  5. Open iTunes and click Restore while holding the Shift key (for Windows).
  6. Browse to the firmware IPSW.
  7. Wait for iTunes to automatically unpackage and install the firmware.

WARNING: Attempting to do this upgrade on a unlocked iPhone can make it useless forever.

Please note that after upgrading to iPhone 3.0 beta, you might not be able to downgrade to firmware 2.2.1 later on so it is always a wise choice to wait for the official release. It has been found that iPod Touch users are always safe but I have clearly warned the iPhone users to proceed at their own risk.

What can your VIN reveal

For all Mercedes Benz owners, and for those who do not know yet. You may be able to know more about your car information by typing your Vehicle Identification Number in this SITE 

To give some idea about what those numbers mean

WDB – Werk DaimlerBenz
WDD – Wek DaimlerBenz Rastad (A-Class/B-Class)

WDB 211 033 2J 123456

First set of 3 digits relate to type 211 – E-Class

Second set of 3 digits relate to model 033 – 200 Petrol

Now the middle two differ depending on country. Usual the first number relates to which side the steering wheel sits on 1 – Left Hand Drive and

2 – Right Hand Drive.

The second digit used to relate to transmission

1 – Manual Gearbox

2 – Automatic Gearbox.

I have a feeling that DaimlerChrysler have changed the numbers to letters as my A200 is 2J and my E320 is 2A, the A200 is manual and the E320 is Automatic!

The final 6 digits are just the production serial number.

Dave