Life & Technology

Handful lessons in different areas of technology and life in general.

Monthly Archives: March 2010

ISO Recorder and Virtual Drive

ISO Recorder

Nowadays, I am on a habit of converting my installers to a single file which I could easily convert/burn it to a CD/DVD in case someone needs it. And with that, I already accustomed myself to using the lightweight but powerful MagicISO utility to do the conversion for me. This utility is pretty amazing and it cost very cheap and it does the function well and integrate nicely on my context menu. But recently, I discovered this free tool named ISO Recorder that quickly “record” and convert your files into an ISO format and its context menu is what makes this tool very very handy.

ISO Recorder is a no-fuss, direct to the point utility and proves to be very very versatile and handy for all my file to ISO conversion needs. Any novice user will become quickly familiar with the tool in no time with its wizard-like user interface.

iso_recorder

Currently on ver 3.1 for Windows Vista and Windows 7 and can be installed in 32 or 64 bit. By visiting the site of the creator, Alexander Feinman, you will also find other utilities like CreateCD that you might find useful in the near future.

Virtual Drive

So, you got the ISO file stored in your hard drive or in your backup drive but how do you actually use it without extracting the files again and running the installatio/setup or without making/wasting a CD/DVD in your disposal? There are 2 alternatives, (1) By using the freeware MagicDisc and (2) By using Virtual CD driver by Microsoft. By using either of the two utilities, you are making your ISO file accessible via a newly created “virtual” drive that will act as a normal non-physical drive on your computer. Personally, I prefer using the first alternative because of ease of use and integration with my context menu, features advanced functionality and most of all, it is free! The second alternative is also free but lots of steps to do in order for you to create a new virtual drive but very useful and reliable nonetheless.

MagicDisc is available here
Virtual CD for Windows XP is available here

Advertisements

Globe Tattoo Firmware Update

Today, I updated my Globe Tattoo E1552 model firmware found on the Globe Tattoo website. According to the website, “The upgrade process replaces the existing firmware in the USB device with a new one that allows you to call and send texts”. But I think my device is already capable of sending text messages using the software application embedded on it, I just don’t know if older models do not have this capability. I am interested on the call part of the upgrade that’s why I went and tried it on my device.

Downloaded the Firmware for E1552 Model and executing the first exe, E1552Update_11.608.14.11.158.B416.exe and the next is the UTPS11.300.05.18.158_MAC11.301.06.08.158.exe. The upgrade is freaking easy and takes no more 5 minutes of your time. After the upgrade finished, I opened up the Globe Broadband application to verify if the new feature is installed.

New UI of Globe Broadband

As we can see on the image above, the Globe Broadband is now sporting a new icon with text “Call” on it on the top menu bar and the UI to dial a number. I switched on my speaker and start test dialling the number 222 and immediately I heard the response voice! This is very very good news to me as it simplifies and maximizes the usage of my Globe Tattoo! I also noticed the carrier name is being changed from WCDMA GLOBE to 3G GLOBE. The rest looks the same and unchanged.

And I verify if my firmware is changed:

globe_fw_update

There I have it, the Firmware version is the same as to the name of the file above.

Without having to look at Sun Cellular website, I think this update is also applicable to the USB sticks provided by Sun Cellular as they carry the same brand and differs in model.