Windows 8: Stop your PC from waking up automatically

I’ve installed Windows 8 weeks ago and recently my PC started to gain intelligence. It found a clever way to annoy me where normal people can’t do that so easily. I prefer sleep mode instead of shut down because I have a lot of programs open and this saves me time. I was putting my computer to sleep mode and then immediately was waking up. I thought it was a wireless mouse that I have as I enabled USB devices to be able to wake my system. I removed that and I tried again, the same issue, then again until after few tries it stopped waking up. Then again the next day but this time it was worse and after few minutes that I manage to put it to sleep it woke up again. This was obviously an issue that had to stop and because I like to fix things, here we are.

Windows 8: Disable Maintenance Tasks

Microsoft has default maintenance tasks running without you even knowing about them. One is running when the system is idle and the other by default every day at 03:00. This second one is very annoying and it causes many strange problems and behavior. If your computer is waking up is because of this scheduled task and another setting that I will tell you in a next post how to disable. In this post I will explain how to disable those maintenance tasks for those who doesn’t like them.

France Dreams of Free Software Digital Age

Phone security

France has so much respect for its cultural industry, including the ones produced in this digital age. In order to further improve and preserve the works of its artists, the government has made various steps as forms of protecting their culture. One proposal that is receiving so much attention is Mission Lescure, a study commissioned by the government and led by Pierre Lescure, the former CEO of the French broadcast group Canal+. This study aims to fight commercial counterfeiting and protect French cultural works, including music. It also suggests CSA as the new watchdog that will replace Hadopi. Its task will be to enforce antipiracy regulations and serve as vanguard for all “cultural and audiovisual media, linear as well as non-linear.”

Far Cry 3 cheats: GodMode and Unlimited Ammo without trainer

I liked Far Cry very much, the story is very good and it is not only about shooting and killing. It has similar features with Assassin’s Creed like liberating outposts and killing animals to get their skin and use it to craft other objects. In order for you to read this it means that you already played it so I will get to the point. Follow the following simple instructions and you will have God mode and/or unlimited ammo (for PC).

Serious Sam 3 BFE issues and fixes

First of all I would like to say that I don’t support piracy, I am a software engineer and I know how much effort is needed to create a game or a software in general. If you like a game you should purchase it to support its developers. This way you can enjoy future releases of the game you like and love to play. On the other hand, there are many reasons why someone might use a crack. I have met several gamers that don’t use their DVDs to play their games, some told me that they are collectors, some don’t like using the DVD. For any reason, not anyone that uses a crack pirated it, at first it sounded very strange to my ears but now I am one of those people.

How to downgrade WordPress in 5 steps

Most of the times we upgrade WordPress to newer versions to get new features and fixes. Some times when we do that, something in our website breaks, either a plugin or a theme and we need to downgrade to maintain website’s functionality. This happened to me recently and I decided to write this post to help others that have the same issue. This can be done in several ways, in this post I will describe how to do it in 5 simple steps.

Windows 8 logo and old Greek flag

Windows 8 logo

Microsoft spent time and effort to design the new logo of Windows 8. I assume that they wanted something simple because someone can create it in minutes. The result is not something new, it is a very old design from Greece and they used it as a flag between 1822 and 1978. To be fair enough, it is not exactly the same but the similarities are very obvious. The cross is thinner and there is a rotation, it is more like a redesign than a new innovative logo. There are variations of the flag of Greece that have similar color with the Windows 8 logo, thumbnails are not very good for the comparison, you can click on them and see the full size.

Computer Software and Casino Games

Since the beginning of the Internet we have seen the number of casinos providing online games increasing very fast. Online casinos will keep increase in numbers because Internet users like to gamble and they do it in the comfort of their home. Online casino games are created using several technologies including Java applets, Flash, HTML5 and native computer programs connecting to a casino server. There are casino games created in almost any programming language available. Programmers are choosing to develop casino games for several reasons, one of them is that because are very popular and a second one is because they strictly follow specific rules.

A simple solution to Eight Queens Problem

I play chess occasionally but I don’t know what happened and made me remember this problem. The 8-Queens problem goes like this. You have an empty chessboard and you have to place eight queens on it in a way that no two queens can attack each other. This simply means that each row, column or diagonal has only one queen. It is a well known problem and it is used in Artificial Intelligence courses. The eight queens is the real example for the generalized problem, the n-queens on a nxn chessboard. There are solutions when n equals to 1 or be greater than 3. This problem is also known as the eight queens puzzle and it was proposed in 1848 by Max Bezzel.

Learn about ACTA

If you don’t know anything about Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) then you should watch at least this video. It doesn’t matter why you are using internet or you think that it doesn’t affect you, it does. It appears that SOPA and PIPA were just distractions to the real enemy of the internet, ACTA. They have created ACTA in the name of intellectual property rights and to create international standards to protect them. ACTA gives access to everything you do or say over the internet, everything. They will have access in everything that you send and receive over the internet even you emails and chats. And they do this to check if anything you send or receive has to do with intellectual property rights.