Thursday, April 16, 2009

How to read and write NTFS partitions while using boot camp on MAC OS X Leopard

Users running Mac OS X with Bootcamp Windows may struggle to modify or update your documents and files in the Windows partition - usually it is in NTFS File System format which you can read the drive natively in Mac OS X but not write onto it.

Recently Amit Singh, a Google employee, releases a implementation called MacFUSE which makes it possible to use any FUSE (File-system in USErspace) file systems in Mac. And the most useful FUSE is the NTFS-3G Read/Write Driver, which ables system to load NTFS with read and write capability. This is truly the greatest news for dual booting Mac OS X and Windows XP or Vista.

Without going into great deal of technical details and compilation of the source code, I found out users around Internet already came up with binary version (in DMG) of MacFUSE and ntfs-3g, ready to install (credit to ShadowOfGed at AppleNova). Here are the instructions on how to use MacFUSE and NTFS-3G. It does require a little of administration skills as it involves running commands in the Terminal.

MacFUSE/NTFS-3G works for me, but as this is an experimental software, so back up your data, and try it at your own risk.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Is your computer infected by Conficker??

The worm, Conficker, has infected millions of PCs all over the world and has turned into a nightmare for security experts. But here's a site developed by people at University of Bonn that lets you know whether your computer is infected by the worm just by visiting the site. Click here for the link.

Play CS through HAMACHI

This is a tutorial on how to play Counter Strike online with your friends using the Hamachi software.

1.Download hamachi by going to:
(Only 989 Kb)

To host a Counter Strike game:
1. Turn off or disable your firewall when you play using hamachi. If you are using the Windows firewall, remember to turn it off from the Control Panel.

If turning off firewall doesn’t work, try setting exceptions for ‘Half Life Launcher’ from within the firewall program.

2. Run Hamachi. Click the last button and choose Preferences. Then click Window and check the Show “Advanced…” peer menu item checkbox and click OK.

3. For every new player who joins your networks you have to do the following steps:
A. Right click the player’s entry in Hamachi
B. Click Advanced.
C. In the Peer VPN alias box enter the first three parts of your Hamachi IP address (example: 5.46.80) and add the last part of the player’s IP address ( example: .190) so that it makes a new IP address.
D. Click OK and then exit Hamachi. Launch Hamachi again.

4. Launch the game. Click Create New Multiplayer Game option and start the game. Other players can connect to you as long as you have set an alias for each of them.

To join a CS CZ game:

1. Download and install Hamachi. The free version is only needed.
2. Run Hamachi and click the Create or join networks button and choose Join existing network.

3. Enter the username and password of the network you want to join.

4. Turn off your firewall (or disable it). Remember to turn it back on after you finish playing.

5. Run CS.

6. Press the ~ key on the keyboard. It is to the left of the 1 key on the top row of the keyboard.

7. Type connect to connect if I am hosting the game. If someone else is hosting the game look at their Hamachi IP address and use that instead of mine.Or you can type the hamachi name instead of the ip address

8. The game will connect and you can start playing.

If you get a Class C error, the host has not set up Hamachi aliases correctly. Ask the host to read the section below. If you cannot connect to the game for any other reason it’s a problem with your firewall. Else open CS console and type "ip (your HAMACHI ip address)".