iOS: how to detach Alarm Volume from other sound volume

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Normally my setting for Android devices are silent ringtone, loud wake-up Alarm with frequently adjusted Media volume. Android allow you to control these 3 Ringtone volume, Media volume and Alarm volume separately in an interface.

Apple iOS make it slightly tricky, all three volumes are tied into a single volume control by default, means if you turn down the volume, you might not be able to wake up by alarm because it sounding too soft. However, there is a way to detach them, thanks to the folks at Reddit discussed the problem: DETACH alarm volume from its dependence on phone volume in iOS 7!

In my case of silent phone call Ringer, turn-up Alarm and adjust Media volume without affect the other two. Here are the step,

Windows 10: Auto Power-On and Auto Launch Programs

Methods below will help to ease the slow start-up of computer and saved waiting time for Windows loading. Set-up the computer to start on time before you want, log-in and let it auto launch programs (ex: Firefox, Google Chrome, Affinity Photo, Adobe Lightroom).

i) Auto Power On

1) on or restart PC, press F2 to get in BIOS settings
2) switch to “Power” tab, locate “Wake system from S5” and Enable it.
3) at Wake up date, choose [0] for daily startup
4) at Wake up hour, choose time you want the pc to wakeup, time depend on computer setting, can be GMT+8 or GMT
5) at Wake up minute, choose time you want
6) Exit and save the settings

ii) Auto Launch Programs

1) click start (windows icon), type in Task Scheduler in “Search programs and files” and launch it
2) at Task Scheduler user interface, search for “Create Task…” in the right column
3) create Task will be prompt, under “General” tab, type in “Auto Start Program” for the name
4) switch to “Triggers” tab, click “New”, at “Begin the Task” choose At log on from drop-down menu, choose “Daily” under Settings
5) switch to “Actions” tab, click “New”, at “Action”, choose Start a program from drop-down menu. Browse program you wanted for “Program/script”
6) repeat steps from Step 3 to 5 to add more programs wanted to launch after logged in

iii) Auto Shut Down

since the Auto Power On function was set to daily, Auto Shut Down function will help power saving during off-duty days

1) click start (windows icon), type in Task Scheduler in “Search programs and files” and launch it
2) at Task Scheduler user interface, search for “Create Task…” in the right column
3) create Task will be prompt, under “General” tab, type in “Auto Shutdown” for the name
4) under Security options, tick “Run whether user is logged on or not”
5) switch to “Triggers” tab, click “New”, at “Begin the Task” choose On a schedule from drop-down menu, choose “Daily” under Settings
6) make sure the date started from the current date and time of your duty start, set Recur every: ” ” days as 1
7) switch to “Actions” tab, click “New”, at “Action”, choose Start a program from drop-down menu, type shutdown under Prgoram/script. For Add arguments (optional):, type in /S
8) switch to “Conditions” tab, tick “Start the task only if the computer is idle for:”, choose 15 minutes from drop-down menu, at “Wait for idle for:”, choose 1 hour, tick on both “Stop if the computer ceases to be idle” and “Restart if the idle state resumes”

Alcatroz: X-Craft Quantum Z7000 (USB Mouse) Owner Review

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Sold my Logitech G602 and get a Alcatroz X-Craft Quantum Z7000 as temporary replacement. The Logitech G602 is a very capable mouse with lots of features, especially the seemless profile switch between different programs makes me rely on it a lots just within few days. But it doesn’t solve my wrist ache problem since the size is still consider small and it is quite heavy although with single AA battery in it.

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Hands-on the mouse at Comic Fiesta, X-Craft Quantum Z7000 (wonder why the model name have to be this long) is a product that surprised me with such a price-tag, rubberized finish on surface is amazingly nice to hold and shape is very ergonomic.

How to: Set DuckDuckGo as Default Search Engine in Chrome

Want to tryout DuckDuckGo as search engine? Refer image above and follow steps below:

1. launch Google Chrome -> click on “Settings”
2. under “Search” session, click “Manage search engine”
3. scroll to bottom, then an input columns will be spotted
4. Add a new search engine, type “DuckDuckGo”
5. Keyword, type “duckduckgo.com”
6. URL with %s in place of query, type “https://duckduckgo.com/?q=%s&atb=v45-7__”
7. click off the entry, scroll up to “Default search settings”
8. Mouse over “DuckDuckGo”, click on “Make default” blue button and done.