10 Free Nokia Lumia Games for Kids that are Classic and Educational

We all know that it is impossible to ask young children stay still and silent for minutes. One trick I noticed that’s easiest yet most effective is — pass them a smartphone or tablet with game. In this article, you will found 10 free Nokia Lumia games that are classic and educational.

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Important Things You Need to Check Before Installing a WordPress Plugin [Flowchart]

face painting and plug
face painting and plug
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WordPress Plugins offer custom functions and features so that your site meets your specific needs. Currently, there are over 20K plugins available in WordPress.org Plugin Directory. Not every plugin is well coded, there’s risk of installing WordPress plugins.

It is not unusual that a bad plugin could bring down the entire WordPress site. I did installed some plugins that cause extreme high server load then brought down the web server. WordPress plugins that are poorly coded could also exposes your site to hacker attacks.

There are some questions you need to ask before you install a WordPress Plugin.

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Giveaway: 20x Colour iPhone Cables (Red, Blue, Green, Pink) [ENDED]

LiewCF giveaway colour iPhone cables

Update: The giveaway contest has ended. Winners are announced in the widget and have been contacted by emails. Thanks for your support!

LiewCF giveaway colour iPhone cables

I like this August 2012 very much. Malaysia won 2 metals in London 2012 Olympic Games, including  the first ever metal in Women’s Olympic Diving. Hari Raya Aidilfitri is on next week. Malaysia National Day on 31St August! Oh, my birthday is in this month too!

Gosh! I must be too excited that I go crazy and giveaway 20x colour iPhone cables for FREE!

The iPhone cables are in red, blue, pink and green. You can use it to charge and sync your iDevices (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch).

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OS X Mountain Lion: First Impression. Does It Worth USD$20?

OS X Mountain Lion

OS X Mountain Lion

In this article, you will learn the OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion upgrade process, my first impression about it, also the Mountain Lion features and my thoughts.

I downloaded and installed OS X Mountain Lion the same day it released. The USD$20 upgrade is a no brainer for Apple loyal users like myself.

However, some users are hesitate to purchase the latest OS X. Some worry about the installation failure. Some worry about incompatible hardware and software. Some worry that the new OS X is not worth $20.

After using Mountain Lion for days, here’s my first impression about the new OS X and you decide it worth your money or not.

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5 Steps Before You Install OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

5 steps before install OS X mountain lion

5 steps before install OS X mountain lion

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, the latest Apple desktop operating system, has been released and available for online download on Apple App Store now. I have a few pre-installation tips for you before you rush to upgrade OS X. These steps will ensure you have a smooth and stable upgrade, as well as future disaster recovery.

1. Check system requirements

First of all, make sure your Mac can run Mountain Lion. The latest OS does not have high requirements but if your Mac is 4 year or older, check Mountain Lion requirements before proceed.

Your Mac must be one of the following models:

  • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)

Don’t forget to check available disk space too! Mountain Lion installation needs at least 8GB of free disk space.

2. Repair disk

Mac OS X Recovery Utilities
Mac OS X Recovery Utilities

Save all your works, quit all programs and restart your Mac. Hold down Command + R to start Mac in Recovery Mode.

Run the Disk Utility to repair disk permissions and repair disks. This will ensure disk files and permissions have no error before upgrade.

I would recommend to run DiskWarrior to repair and rebuild the Disk Directory.

Restart Mac after complete the tasks.

3. Backup!

Backup! BACKUP! BACKUP!!!

Backup your important files to flash disk, online storage, etc. Backup everything to Time Machine. If possible, create a full bootable backup (external disk) using SuperDuper! or Carbon Copy Cloner.

4. Download Mountain Lion (Don’t install!)

Do Not Install OS X immediately
Do Not Install OS X immediately

After all the preparations, now you may launch App Store to purchase and download OS X Mountain Lion (App Store link). The download size is over 4GB. It took me hours to download using a 4Mbps broadband line.

After download completed, the “Install OS X” will launch automatically asking you to continue setup.

WAIT! Do NOT click the “Continue” button yet!

5. Make a copy of InstallESD.dmg

Copy InstallESD dmg file
Copy InstallESD.dmg file

InstallESD.dmg is the actual OS X installer. It is needed to create an bootable recovery disk that can be used to install OS X on multiple Macs you own and reinstall OS X later. It will be a Godsend when you need it.

Because InstallESD.dmg will be automatically deleted after OS X installation, it is important to make a copy of the file before you continue with OS X installation.

  1. Open “Finder”, navigate to your Application folder. Find “Install OS X Mountain Lion”.
  2. Control+Click (or, Right-Click) on “Install “OS X Mountain Lion” icon, select “Show Package Content”.
  3. Goto “Contents” folder ➤ “ShareSupport” folder
  4. Copy InstallESD.dmg file (4GB+) to somewhere you can remember, such as Desktop.
  5. Done.

After you have the InstallESD.dmg file, you can self-create a bootable recovery disk or use Lion DiskMaker free tool to create one.

Finally, Install OS X Mountain Lion

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

Now, your disk is fixed. Your files are backup. You have a bootable recovery disk.

You are ready to upgrade Mac to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion!

The installer will take a few minutes to copy files, then restart for installation. Then, it will restart again and boot into OS X Mountain Lion!

The whole installation process took me less than an hour. So far, everything is smooth for my old iMac (early 2008), except that few apps were incompatible with Mountain Lion (auto moved by installer).

Hope these preparation tips help you to have a smooth Mountain Lion installation. If you have any questions or want to add anything, please add your comment below.