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Activating Photoshop CS6

Posted in How to, Software with tags , , , , on October 31, 2016 by Sirusdark



Another very quick tip to start off the week for those, who like me, prefer normal, standalone versions of their software instead of wonderful monthly membership fee like Adobe’s new CC (Creative Cloud)

I was installing Photoshop CS6 last night and I kept entering the darn license key, but it wouldn’t activate… Until I restarted the application. Only then did Photoshop communicate with Adobe’s licensing servers. lol


Enter license > close Photoshop > re-open it again > Joy!

Finally, in case someone has other rleated issues, I’ve added a link to Adobe’s help page on its activation process.




How to save your Windows Run History!

Posted in Computer, How to, Windows with tags , , , on August 20, 2016 by Sirusdark


Hello dear visitors!

Today I thought I’d torture upgrade my laptop with the latest Windows 10 version. You know, that Windows 10 Anniversary Update everyone’s complaining talking about? Click the link if you want to install it today! It’s great! :D

Before upgrading though, I really had to find a way to save my Windows Run history… As most of you may already know, I extensively use Win+R to open like, everything in Windows and upgrading clears the history. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I urge you to read my quick post on how to launch anything from the Run prompt!

RegEdit me!

In just a few clicks, I was able to backup my Run history and after upgrading, restore it back! Here’s how:

  1. If you’ve never played in your Windows registry, always make a backup first.

  2. Go to the key : HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RunMRU

  3. Right-click RunMRU and select export.

That’s it! After you’ve done whatever is it you’ve done, double-click that .reg file you just created and it’ll restore your run history!




P.S.: If you have any specific topics you’d like to see in my upcoming YouTube channel(s), let me know!

How to – Export iPhone’s iMessages images and camera pictures

Posted in Apple, How to with tags , , , , , , , on August 8, 2016 by Sirusdark


Today I wanted to export all the pictures I had received in an iPhone (not mine… long story) via iMessage (Apple’s SMS App/system) and all the pictures I had taken with the camera. Since I’m not super familiar with iPhones, I did a quick online research so I wouldn’t waste any time

You wouldn’t believe all the crap solutions out there for such a simple operation. I’ve seen everything from scripts hack to PAID third party applications and even people bricking their device using such solutions.

Take my money!

So as usual, I figured out how to do it the easy, free and simple way for you! I hope you find this useful, ’cause I sure did!!

iPhones stores 2 types of images: pictures taken with the phone’s camera and pictures received in iMessage. Unless you save those images to the phone’s storage space, you won’t be able to access them directly and easily.

3 Steps

First, you’ll need: an iPhone, an iPhone USB cable and a Windows PC or Laptop.

1. Open the iMessage conversation and click “Details” at the top right. Then, scroll down, then press & hold your finder on the first image (or just any, doesn’t matter). A pop-up will appear, tap “More…” Then select/tap all the images you wish to save and press “Save Image“. This will save all the selected image and copy them alongside the pictures taken with the phone’s camera.

2. Plug the iPhone to any USB port on your Windows PC or Laptop.

3. Navigate to your iPhone in Windows File Explorer (Shortcut: Windows Key + E). Path example: This PC\Apple iPhone\Internal Storage\DCIM\100APPLE. Copy & paste everything. Done!

Now, you wanna go home and rethink your life…



-None – But there’s a movie reference hidden somewhere in this article. Did ya found it? :D

How to – Screenshots with mouse’s cursor!

Posted in Computer, How to, Software Tools, Windows with tags , , , on March 10, 2016 by Sirusdark

Hello dear readers!

Here’s a very, very, very useful tip on how to take screenshots of your screen(s) AND include the mouse cursor!

Usually, it cannot be done natively in Windows, but if you have IrfanView installed,you’re good to go! Oh? What’s that? IrfanView is just the best free Image viewer out there. Nothing less.

BTW, if IrfanView is NOT your default image viewing application… my sincere condolences.

Okay! Open IrfanView, press C, choose the options you want and make sure to select the “Include mouse cursor” checkbox. That’s it! Dead simple.

irfan_capture_001Here, my preferred settings highlighted in green.




P.s.: I’m actually thinking of starting a series just on IrfanView; it does so many things!


Lost & found – My ThinkPad’s UltraNav TouchPad app! (Blame Windows 10)

Posted in Computer, How to, Windows with tags , , , , , , on December 19, 2015 by Sirusdark


I was super mad (again) at Microsoft yesterday: a new update/upgrade for Windows 10 came out and after installing, it trashed my ThinkPad’s TouchPad settings and removed ThinkPad’s UltraNav app icon from my system tray…

That’s what I initially thought, since the same thing happened to my Lenovo Power Management app because it apparently was incompatible (yes, Windows 10 uninstalls stuff on a whim, just like that.) but, it didn’t! And I managed to find where it got hidden and luckily for me, it had only disabled the tray icon’s visibility and reset settings to default.

Also, what contributed to my initial panic is that the UltraNav utility is not listed in the installed programs (aka Add & Remove Programs) since it’s consider a driver and made me think Windows had uninstalled it.

So, here’s where to find TouchPad settings or ThinkPad’s UltraNav settings under Windows 10!

Start > Settings > Devices > Mouse & touchpad

Then, on the right, the last section called “Related Settings“, click that “Additional mouse options” link. This will open ThinkPad’s UltraNav TouchPad utility!


Once it’s opened, make sure to check the “Show UltraNav icon on the system tray” check-box again.

VoilĂ ! Now if you’ll excuse, I’m leaving to see that new Star Wars: The force awakens movie EVERYONE is blabbing about… :D



Firefox issues (v.42+ ) – How to access JavaScript Advanced Settings again

Posted in Browser, Bug, How to with tags , , , , , , , on October 15, 2015 by Sirusdark

Firefox‘s new options menu is good looking, sure. But it’s now incomplete, as some options are unavailable. JavaScript’s advanced settings is one of those “gone” settings from the new interface. In case you’re wondering what the heck it’s all about, you might wanna install that Firefox SettingSanity extension I recommended some time ago.

Configuring da configs

Here’s how to switch back to the good ‘ol menu and access those beloved Advanced JavaScript Settings:

Simply set the browser.preferences.inContent to false in Firefox’s settings, about:config (only works in Firefox).


Back in business

Once it’s turned to false, you’re good to go!





Outlook How-to – Forwarding e-mails AND attached files

Posted in E-mail, How to with tags , , on October 5, 2015 by Sirusdark

Hello readers!

Today’s tip will be very useful for all of you users of the popular e-mail manager Outlook. I noticed that when forwarding e-mails that had attached files, they were NOT parsed along. Pretty frustrating. After changing some crappy default settings, it now works!

Here’s how:

Start Outlook > go in FILE > Options > Trust Center > Trust Center Settings > Attachment Handling > in the section “Reply with Changes” check the box “Add properties to attachments to enable Reply with Changes“.