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Get your genuine Windows 8 Pro activation key for just $14.99

Here is an opportunity, every Windows user should benefit from. Microsoft is offering existing Windows 7 users an chance to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $14.99. The catch is even users with pirated copies of Windows 7/XP are able to grab this promotional price and upgrade to Windows 8 at this super-cheap price of $14.99. The WindowsUpgradeOffer registration website and the associated Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant utility is not doing any validation and anybody can use the PromoCode to get an genuine activation key for Windows 8 pro directly from Microsoft at this price.

Windows 8 Key

Now, you should not miss this opportunity because MRP of retail Windows 8 Pro version is $169.99 and under this promotion users can grab it for just $14.99 until Jan 31st 2013. Even if you don't have any plans for an immediate migration to Windows 8, users get to download the ISO and create Windows 8 bootable media for later usage.

FatRat - The Best Download Manager For Linux

fatrat logoIn my ongoing quest to get an free, lightweight and fast download manager with remote access ability for Raspberry Pi. I settled for Transmission to get torrent downloading and pyLoad for ftp/http downloading, however both of them have issues under limited resources of Raspberry Pi and had frequent crashes now and then.

After, a lot of research, tweaking and testing - I had finally found the best option for a perfect lightweight download manager on linux as "FatRat". Despite the name being FatRat, this open-source download manager for Linux is written in C++ and is slim on requirements, fast on performance and comes with all the bells and whistles one would need from an modern download manager including Segmented HTTP(S)/FTP downloads, FTP uploads, torrents and a super-fast web-ui for remote access.

What is FXSAPIDebugLogFile.txt in your temp folder and how to delete it ?

If you try to delete all the files and folders inside the Windows "Temp" folder (located at %temp%), you might end-up encountering a few files which cannot be deleted as they are being used by some open Windows application or user. The solution for this is to use an file-unlocker utility like "Unlocker" to disable all file-open handles and delete it. However there are some "invincible" files which will recreate even after forceful deletion. One such file is FXSAPIDebugLogFile.txt, luckily it's no malware and just a log file associated to Windows Print and Document Services - and if you don't use Windows printer and fax network sharing features, can be safely disabled as shown ahead.

The invincible FXSAPIDebugLogFile.txt

3 Excellent Free Utilities to Access Linux Formatted Partitions On Window Computers

Linux file-systems like ext2, ext3, ext4, reiserfs, jfs and xfs are used both for compatibility and performance reasons. To access these Linux formatted partitions on other platforms like Windows and Mac, we can easily setup an Networked File Storage Server (NAS) as we did using Samba share on Raspberry Pi running an Debian image.

However, in-case you need to directly plug and read/write onto these Linux file-system formatted disks on windows computers - you will need help of third-party utilities as Windows does not natively support these file-system formats.

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Installing, Configuring and Using Raspberry Pi as a Torrent Downloading Server

BitTorrent is without a doubt the most popular file-sharing method out there, Peer-2-Peer (P2P) torrent downloading requires a computer which runs a torrent downloading client to fetch content from other users sharing it. Torrent downloading can be slow as speeds depends on swarm sharing the content, this means you need to have your computer powered-on consuming electricity. Luckily, we can now use our ultra-cheap Raspberry Pi to get the job done 24x7 - consuming just 5w of power.

After completing the basic setup of the Raspberry Pi, networking it to internet, attaching an external HDD and configuring it to work as an Network Attached Storage (NAS) we all all set to install the cross-platform Transmission Torrent Client of the RasPi to get our cheap seedbox working.

Transmission torrent cleint web-interface from Raspberry Pi

Solution for iTunes firmware restore error 3194 and 1600

Apple blocks users from restoring older iOS firmware's, while this is a good security feature and a method to avoid OS fragmentation. This also prevents users from using jailbroken and carrier-unlockable software versions.

This practice makes iOS upgrade difficult for users relying on software unlock like ultrasn0w which is supported on older basebands only, If you are trying to upgrade an Apple device to an non-supported iOS version even when using TinyUmbrella - the iTunes restore process may throw up error 3194 and 1600 as shown below.

iTunes firmware error 3194
itunes error 1600

Here are solutions to get past these errors and flash custom, snowbreezed IPSW files to your Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod's.

How to shutdown and reboot the Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi does not feature an power on/off button, if it's receiving power it's ON and if not OFF. However, it is required to do a graceful shutdown or reboot as to prevent any operating-system corruption. Rebooting and Shutting down Raspberry Pi can easily be achieved by using "sudo reboot" (sudo if not using the root account) and "sudo shutdown -hP now" at the terminal. These commands can also be used over SSH terminal if you are running your RasPi headless (without a screen attached) or remotely over network.

sudo shutdown -hP now at RasPi terminal

Fixing SMTP connection error when connecting to Google Servers from PHP

Google offers an excellent free email service to website owners where they can use custom domain names (yourchoice@yourdomain.com) to offer full-fledged Gmail styled email service with personal customization's and branding to their users.

To use Google's SMTP servers for sending emails, webmasters must configure there servers and application/scripts to use it instead of the default SMTP server configured on the system. While configuring the same for this drupal blog using SMTP Authentication Support Module, the following errors were shown resulting in repeated failures.

Warning: fsockopen() [function.fsockopen]:
unable to connect to ssl://smtp.gmail.com:465 (Connection timed out) in SMTP->Connect()

SMTP Error
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