Sunday, December 28, 2008

Change Windows Live ID to Gmail Address

Update: I managed to change my windows live ID to my gmail address as of 3/4/2009, therefore the post below is no longer relevant. However, the verification e-mail from windows live to my gmail was filtered into the spam folder. I'm not sure who to blame for that.

Can you? I can't. I failed in several attempts to change my windows live ID through the following link: although I had been using my own email address as a Live ID.

The fact is I couldn't change it to a gmail address as I'd like to. Below is the screen shot of the results after I click on the Save button. It always complains that "There's a temporary problem with the service. Please try again. If you continue to get this message, try again later." (highlighted in pink). The actually email addresses were masked for privacy reason.

Note it's quite interesting that the green text says The Windows Live ID for my gmail address is available when I click on the Check availability button.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Dnsmasq config

Add into file /etc/dnsmasq.conf
If the dnsmasq is running at the router/gateway, add the following into file /etc/dhclient-enter-hooks
make_resolv_conf() {
echo "doing nothing to resolv.conf"

if [ -n "$new_domain_name_servers" ]; then
[ -n "$new_domain_name" ] && echo search $new_domain_name >$CUSTOM_RESOLV_CONF
for nameserver in $new_domain_name_servers; do
echo nameserver $nameserver >> $CUSTOM_RESOLV_CONF

Othewise add the following into file /etc/dhclient-enter-hooks
make_resolv_conf() {
echo "doing nothing to resolv.conf"

Thursday, December 18, 2008

dumppo rocks

My dell PE 400SC had a problem of being unable to enter S3 sleep state although I selected S3 in the BIOS. I didn't know that's a problem of MS windows until I read this article.

I downloaded the recommended tool called dumppo from this site (right click on dumppo.exe then click Save Link As...).

When I checked my system by running the command dumppo ac
Min sleep state......: S1
Max sleep state......: S1
Reduced latency.sleep: S1

No wonder it doesn't enter S3 sleep state. Then I ran the command dumppo admin minsleep=s3 and checked again with dumppo ac
Min sleep state......: S3
Max sleep state......: S3
Reduced latency.sleep: S1

After that, it enters S3 like a charm and its power consumption at standby is reduced to 4W from 52W (what a difference). Now it will only wake up by pushing the power button.