Ensure your uTorrent’s preference is set to show a windows that displays the files inside the torrent in advanced mode.

  1. At the menu bar, click Options -> Preferences (or press Ctrl + P).
  2. At the left pane, click on the UI Settings.
  3. Under When Adding Torrents’ category, ensure Show a window that displays the file inside the torrent in advanced mode is selected.
  4. Click OK button.

 

Download a torrent file and add it into your bittorent client (UTorrent).

  1. 1.       Download a torrent file and save it on your desktop (or anywhere which is convenience to you). (I am gonna download a One Piece torrent file and save it on my desktop.)
  2. Double click the torrent file (as for my case, it is One Piece[torrent.jiwang.cc]). This will open uTorrent’s Add New Torrent window.

Select file that you want to download and skip the rest. In this case I want to download everything but episodes 1 until 404. In other word, I only want to download episode 405 onward plus its OVA, Film etc.

  1. Under the Torrent Contents’ field, uncheck file or folders that you want to skip (don’t want to download).
  2. Click OK button.

Done.

 

 

 

My home computer has several user accounts. My wife, my kids and administrator. Since this home computer is also serves as torrent server, I want it to run utorrent regardless who login into their account (in fact, I want it to run even if nobody login into their account as well). I may solve this problem using ‘run utorrent as service’ but it is unnecessary complication.

Task scheduler could tackle this problem perfectly. This is how I did:

Initialize the scheduler:

  1. At start menu, type ‘Task Scheduler‘ and run it.
  2. Create a task by clicking ‘Create Task‘ (not the basic one). You can find this ‘Create Task’ link at the Actions pane (right pane).
General Tab:
  1. Assign it a name. As for my case, I named it as ‘uTorrentService‘.
  2. Click on ‘Run whether user is logged on or not’ radio button‘.
  3. Select ‘Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2‘. If you try this tutorial at Windows Vista, use Windows Vista instead.

Triggers Tab:

  1. Create new trigger by clicking New… button.
  2. Select begin the task ‘At startup‘.

Action:

  1. Create a new action by clicking New… button.
  2. Select ‘Start a program‘ as Action type.
  3. Browse uTorrent executable file. Normally found at C:\Program Files\uTorrent\uTorrent.exe. If your Windows is 64 bit edition, find uTorrent at Program Files (x86) instead of normal Program Files.

Settings:

  1. Uncheck ‘Stop the task if it runs longer than: 3 days‘.
  2. Click OK button.
  3. Enter administrator password.

Run the schedule:

  1. At the left pane, click at ‘Task Schedule Library‘.
  2. Click at your newly created schedule. As for my case, it is ‘uTorrentService‘.
  3. Click ‘Run‘ at Actions pane (right pane).
  4. Restart your computer.
  5. Check either the schedule is executed whenever the computer is boot-up regardless users’ credential or even if no one is log into. Hint: I check it using uTorrent web GUI which I access using different computer.

VMware can do this without any much problem. However, I kinda favor to VirtualBox due to its Linux (as guest OS) driver superiority. I have been reading several quite technical tutorials on how to achieve this. Without any doubt, those authors are amazing. Unfortunately, my hand is tight and I really need a simple and quick solution for this. Lucky for me, somebody has created a software for this purpose; VBoxVmService. A free ware and open source. Sweet.

While I have been tinkering with VirtualBox on Windows hosts, one thing I really wanted to do is to run VMs truely in the background. So that there are no console windows or anything left behind while the VM is running. VirtualBox has a utility called VBoxHeadless which you think would do the trick, but unfortunately it leaves a console window running, as far as I can tell, just to spew out a little information. This is even when you’ve selected to access the screen via VRDP.

Well, I just found this handy little tool called VBoxVmService. With this package, you can easily create up to 127 VMs and run them as a service is any flavor of Windows (I tried it with Windows 7 x64). The set up instructions are pretty straight forward, essentially unpack the software somewhere, edit the configuration file to add your VM(s), register VBoxVmService as a Windows service, and start the service.

The only odd thing for me was that initially the start up process complained that it could not find my VMs by name. After digging around a few posts on the VirtualBox forums, I found a workaround that fixed it for me. I had to add VBOX_USER_HOME as a System environment variable, and reboot. After which everything has been running great.

The VMs start up at boot, and I can access them with Windows Remote Desktop Connection client.

Credit: Mock @ Oracle

 

For ages, I used to use StaxRip to convert my video archives. But, VidCoder seem to steal the StaxRip thunder due to several reasons;

  • I can’t practically use current version of StaxRip,
  • VidCoder is more stable,
  • User friendlier
  • Doesn’t need me to install 3 to 4 third party software (manually) for it. Everything seem to be packed in 1 package.
VidCoder is a DVD/Blu-ray ripping and video transcoding application for Windows. It uses HandBrake as its encoding engine.

Calling directly into the HandBrake library gives it a more rich UI than the official HandBrake Windows GUI.

Feature List

  • Multi-threaded
  • MP4, MKV containers
  • H.264, MPEG-4, Theora video
  • AAC, MP3, Vorbis, AC3 audio encoding and AAC/AC3/MP3/DTS/DTS-HD passthrough
  • Target bitrate, size or quality for video
  • 2-pass encoding
  • Decomb, detelecine, deinterlace filters
  • Batch encoding
  • Instant source previews
  • Creates small encoded preview clips
  • Pause, resume encoding

How to fully utilize your iPad (2).

Posted: September 22, 2011 in Hardware, iPad

Note; This mini tutorial is written to someone who

  • just bought an iPad and want more from his/her iPad
  • old user but getting sick of his/her iPad restriction
  • iPad user who never jailbreak his/her iPad
  • just bored and need something to read.

Your iPad is a very fantastic mobile computing device. However, due to Apple weird approach and thinking (they always assume they know what is best for their user…. Bummer), the true potential of iPad is remain locked and hidden. Apple want you to use it the way they imagine average consumer use itt. If you are totally an average media consumer, you definitely have no problem with this restriction. If you are an Apple’s user (MacBook or Mac computer user) you are blessed with this issue. But if you are a PC user or Androids user and you try to do something that you used to do with your PC or Android devices, you will be very stressful and disappointed. Sorry folks, no direct drag and drop like USB drive, no out of the box multi format media player, no default file explorer (you have to Jailbreak your iPad and install iFile for this) and no this and that. Very restrictive is the only word I can think for this standard vanilla iPad 2.

But still, we can’t deny that iPad is one of the best (if not the best) tablet computing device available today. USD500 for the base model is relatively cheap especially when we consider other Apple products’ price which always more than USD1k. Furthermore, the competitors’ tablet computing devices are not dramatically cheaper and arguably don’t has the build quality and finish as good as iPad too (with exception to Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1). I personally fall in love with iPad overall user experience. It’s UI, fluid transition animation, applications, battery life, build quality and dimension. But I hate its dependency to iTunes and restriction. (Note: I am Samsung Galaxy S2 – Android 2.3.3, Windows 7, Linux Mint and Symbian S60 users).

So, how to blend the advantage of iPad with Android’s flexibility?

Answer: You have to Jailbreak your iPad and add crack repositories into Cydia.

So what are we waiting for?

Step 1, let’s break the jail….

So you can have root access to your iPad. (In lay man term, jailbreaking your iPad grant you full Administrator access to your iPad operating system).

  1. Using Safari, go to www.jailbreakme.com
  2. Ensure that your iOS’s version is compatible with jailbreakme (4.3.3 is good to go).
  3. Tap ‘Free’ icon and let it do its magic to jailbreak your iPad. Complete instruction : http://iphoneism.com/2011/07/06/how-to-jailbreak-ipad-2-untethered-ios-4-3-3-using-jailbreakme-3-0/
  4. If you successfully jailbreak your iPad, Cydia icon will appear in your iPad’s home screen.

If you can’t jailbreak your iPad using jailbreakme, kindly visit : http://www.howtojailbreakipad2.net/

Step 2; let’s add ‘special’ repositories in your Cydia…..

So, you can have 2 one stop centers for your cracked application need.

  1. Open Cydia
  2. Click at Sources (bottom bar)
  3. Add these URL for new repositories (source)
    1. http://cydia.hackulo.us
    2. http://repo.insanelyi.com
    3. http://cydia.xsellize.com
  4. Click at Search (bottom bar) and search these applications and install. Make sure, the results you found are from the repos I mention in no. 3 above.
    1. Installous : This will serves as your secondary AppStore (cracked version)
    2. OpenSSH : This will allow you to send files from your computer to iPad using SFTP.
    3. AppLinks : This will ease your life figuring out where your application’s store your files (book, video, media etc)
    4. iFile : This will allow you to browse your iPad disk drive (well, SSD).
    5. Terminal : This will allow you to enter Linux like command to your iPad. You need this in order to change default OpenSSH password (username: root, password: alpine)
  5. Reboot your iPad.

    Open Installous, and install whatever you want. Be thankful to those underground coders. Remember, you are solely responsible with your act by installing cracked application. I definitely discourage you to do so due to several reasons, namely; security, potential backdoor and virus, legal issue and the original software writer deserve small amount of money for their hard work. I assume that you tried the cracked software to fully evaluate its true capability and potential. Frankly, if you like the software….. purchase it.

Step 3; let’s change your OpenSSH default password…..

So, other can’t access your iPad disk drive (everything in your iPad) once they know your iPad IP address. Compulsory if you install OpenSSH.

  1. Open Terminal
  2. Type “su root”
  3. Type “alpine” as password
  4. Type “passwd”
  5. Enter new password and re-enter it for verification.

From now on, username is root and the password is <whatever you tube in no 4 and 5>.

Step 4; let’s install some applications that are pretty essential to your not-so-plain-vanila iPad2.

So you can send your files using various ways; over Wi-Fi, thru FTP, open office documents (including PDF) and watch your favorite video regardless its format and container.

  1. Open Installous.
  2. Install these applications
    1. Buzz Player: Multi format media player that capable to play almost anything (75 file types) and have network browser, ftp and etc.
    2. GoodReader: Arguably the best iPad documents (PDF, legacy office document files and standard iPad reader). Definitely better than Adobe PDF reader.
    3. QuickOffice: At least, you can be productive and continue/review your work on the go. Support legacy and current office document format.

Step 5; let’s automatically create a list of shortcuts to your application’s ‘default’ directory.

So, you don’t need to scratch your head wondering where your applications store your files such as books, video, picture and etc when you transfer them without using iTunes.

  1. Open AppLinks
  2. Click on refresh icon.
  3. Open iFile
  4. Navigate to “var/mobile/AppLinks”
  5. Notice that all your application’s name is here. Click on “BUZZPlayer.app”. You should see several folders in here. These are not the actual folder. They are the shortcut to the folder that BUZZPlayer uses to store your media file. By default, BUZZPlayer store your video in “Documents” folder/shortcut.
  6. You can do the same to other application as well.

Why this is important you may ask? Well, without this technique, it is almost impossible to know where to transfer your video files using Wi-Fi or FTP to your iPad and let BuzzPlayer know where to open it. (Or to transfer your document to your iPad and let GoodReader know where to open it as well). This is not like Android which automatically scan every media we dump into it or Windows based application where we can open any files from any location (browse). iPad application generally not smart enough to open files that are not in their ‘default’ location. So, AppLinks basically scan all our applications and creates a list of shortcuts to those ‘application default’s folder’ in /var/mobile/applinks/…

Step 5: Let’s transfer your files into your iPad using FTP.

So you no longer need to deal with iTunes to transfer various kind of files especially videos that doesn’t compliance with iPad native video player (We got BuzzPlayer to handle all kinds of our multimedia need….duh. Note to Apple: Even if your native player incapable to play it, don’t blindly restrict user from transferring video files to their iPad). Remember, BuzzPlayer and GoodReader (and many others as well) capable to download files from various sources including internet based services such as your email, FTP server, web server, DropBox, Box.net etc. What I am going to show you here is one of the method that I normally use to transfer my files to my iPad using Wi-Fi.

  1. Turn on your iPad’s Wi-Fi and check your iPad IP address. Let say 10.0.0.100
    1. Setting / Wi-Fi /
    2. Select your network’s name
    3. Tap on more button (blue rounded with > icon)
  2. Download and Install WinSCP : http://winscp.net/eng/download.php
  3. Open WinSCP and enter these information:
    1. Host name    : Your iPad’s IP address (for eg, 10.0.0.100)
    2. User name     : root
    3. Password     : whatever your type in step 3
    4. Private key file    : just leave blank
    5. File protocol    : SFTP
    6. Allow SCP fallback: Checked.
  4. Click on Login (or Save if you want to save this configuration)
  5. If you do everything correctly, WinSCP will open a new window showing your PC’s files and your iPad files (on the right). By default, it will shows you … /private/var/root
  6. Click on [up one level] icon and open mobile/AppLinks (actually, we want WinSCP to open /private/var/mobile/AppLinks).
  7. Now you can see a list of shortcut pointing to your application directory.
  8. Click on BuzzPlayer / Documents
  9. Create a folder if you want.
  10. Then, drag the video you want to transfer from your PC to Ipad.

And, you are done. Open the video using BuzzPlayer.

Note: You can use this technique to your GoodReader and other application as well.

Special appreciation to my mentor; owner of JomPHP.com.

iPad 2 Manual:

Official Manual : http://www.ipad2manual.com/download/ipad2manual.com.pdf

Download: http://www.mediafire.com/?8al66jd91jb7j2f

Hint: Ipad help could be accessed using Safari (default bookmark). Open help.apple.com/ipad/4/interface

Another good place to go:

Some tips and tricks: