Driver is software used to connect device(s) with the Windows® operating system, so that the device will work properly on your PC. Every device needs driver, such as: printer, mouse, keyboard and even your display card.
1. Windows® does not have the driver for the device. Sometimes or at least in most cases, Windows® already has the driver for particular device, so that if you plug the device into your PC then the Windows® will automatically install the driver. However, there are some devices, like VGA card and Sound card, which need to be installed manually whether running the installation from the CD that came with upon purchases of the device or either by downloading the driver from the internet.
2. Losing CD driver. When we purchase a computer device we usually also get CD driver with it. However, in some cases, you may forget where you keep the CD driver when you need it the most, like when you finished reinstalling your PC. Hence, it is strongly advised that you do a backup before reinstalling your PC.
3. Older PC. For most cases, it is hard to find the link to download the driver for older version of PC.
Downloading the Driver Manually
Searching and downloading the divers manually from the manufacturer’s websites will take some time to perform. Furthermore, you need to know in advance the model of the product and also the serial number. For me, this is quite troublesome especially for beginner and less-experienced users.
Why do you need to update the Driver?
The newest update of the driver issued by each manufacturer usually contains patches of known bugs from the previous version of the driver. With updating the driver, you can rest assured that your computer device can run well at its optimal rate.
Driver Booster 2 Pro Review
With the help of Driver Booster, some of the problems you encounter with regarding the driver can be easily coped with. It’s the best driver updater utility.
What Driver Booster?
Driver Booster is a utility tool which automatically runs and scans your PC to look for the outdated drivers, then downloads and updates them with a single-click. It is programmed in such way that may save your time to look for the link for downloading the drivers of each device one by one. The Driver Booster is safe to use, since it has backup driver and system restore feature.
Is Driver Booster Good or Bad?
In my opinion, Driver Booster is a good tool, in that it helps you on coping with some problems you encounter when installing the driver.
Here are some of the advantages of using the Driver Booster:
1. Driver is always up-to-date. The Driver booster will always check your PC and notifies you if there are outdated drivers and need to be updated. The up-to-date driver will make and keep your PC at its best performance, avoiding hardware failures and system malfunction.
2. No need to download the driver one by one. The Driver booster automatically scans your PC when you launch the program or when you connect the new device onto your PC so that you don’t need to download each driver one by one.
3. View the Driver’s Detail. This feature is used to compare and so know if the driver installed is the latest one. You can see which version your driver is and the issued date of your driver.
Driver Booster is safe.
If you ask: Is Driver Booster safe to use?
I personally have been using the driver booster pro for years, and until now I never encounter any problems related to updating the driver with the driver booster.
A few suggestions, if I may, make sure that you use the backup driver feature and the system restore before updating the driver, as to prevent if errors occur after installing or updating the driver so that you can easily revert the driver to its previous version.
The backup driver and system restore feature is now available for the pro version, hence, I suggest you to purchase the driver booster pro version.
Driver is usually needed after reinstalling your computer.
Driver Booster will be really helpful for those who want to install driver on older PC or if you lose your CD driver.
In addition, Driver Booster is also used to update driver to the latest version, this serves as to maintain your PC performance to its peak.
Make sure to always backup and create a restore point before updating your, as a precaution if errors occur on your computer after updating the driver. This feature, however, is only available in Driver Booster Pro.
The newest feature of Google Translate is the offline translation, which we can use it to translate words or sentences without requiring internet connection. This feature is really useful when you are travelling and there is no internet connection available. However, to be able to use the offline translation feature you need to download the offline language package in advance.
The offline language package is a file package containing database of words from certain languages that is used for translating offline, without internet connection. The offline language package already supports more than fifty languages available in the world.
At this moment, the offline translation is only available for Android-based platform and is not available for IOS-based device just yet.
How to Download and Install the Offline Language Package on Android
The offline language package has quite enormous size, ranging from 150 – 200 MB. Hence, you need to make sure first that your Android-based device or gadget has fast and stable internet connection in order to avoid downloading failure, preferably advised that you use Wi-Fi internet connection.
The steps are given below:
1. Open the Google Translate application on your Android device.
2. Click the MENU button (the one with three-dotted icon) on the upper-right corner, and then press Settings.
3. On the Setting option, choose Manage offline languages.
4. On the Manage offline languages, choose the language(s) that you would like to install. By default, the English offline language package has already been installed. For example, if you want to install Bahasa Indonesia, then what you need to do is just press on the pin icon right next to the Bahasa Indonesia option.
5. Then the notification will appear telling you the size of the chosen offline language package, take for example the Bahasa Indonesia’s size is 235.53 MB. It is advised that you download it by using Wi-Fi.
6. The download progress bar shows you the percentage of downloaded file. The time needed to finish the downloading process will depend on the internet connection speed.
7. To cancel the downloading process you just need to push the pin icon and choose the option Yes.
After the downloading process is done, Google Translate can be used without using internet connection yet only for the downloaded offline language package of your choice.
Problem with Downloading and Installing the Offline Language Package
Downloading the offline language package with android is very easy. However, some problems may occur, such as downloading failure because with the enormous size of the offline language package file ranging from 150-200 MB, you will undoubtedly need fast and stable internet connection so that the download process can be done swiftly.
Some of the problems that may occur when downloading and installing the offline language package are:
Unstable internet connection
Limited data subscription package of your internet service provider
No network or bad signal problems
There is no Wi-Fi connection
Those problems are commonly found if you live in developing countries, like in my country, Indonesia. The internet connection problems are complex, ranging from slow connection, the internet network coverage has not covered most area and the expensiveness of the internet subscription charge.
How to Download the Offline Language Package with PC
In order to cope with the problems of downloading and installing the offline language package directly on your Android-based device, alternatively you also can download the offline language package with your PC and then transfer it to your Android device.
lr=lang_af Afrikaans lr=lang_ar Arabic lr=lang_hy Armenian lr=lang_be Belarusian lr=lang_bg Bulgarian lr=lang_ca Catalan lr=lang_zh-CN Chinese (Simplified) lr=lang_zh-TW Chinese (Traditional) lr=lang_hr Croatian lr=lang_cs Czech lr=lang_da Danish lr=lang_nl Dutch lr=lang_en English lr=lang_eo Esperanto lr=lang_et Estonian lr=lang_tl Filipino lr=lang_fi Finnish lr=lang_fr French lr=lang_de German lr=lang_el Greek lr=lang_iw Hebrew lr=lang_hi Hindi lr=lang_hu Hungarian lr=lang_is Icelandic lr=lang_id Indonesian lr=lang_it Italian lr=lang_ja Japanese lr=lang_ko Korean lr=lang_lv Latvian lr=lang_lt Lithuanian lr=lang_no Norwegian lr=lang_fa Persian lr=lang_pl Polish lr=lang_pt Portuguese lr=lang_ro Romanian lr=lang_ru Russian lr=lang_sr Serbian lr=lang_sk Slovak lr=lang_sl Slovenian lr=lang_es Spanish lr=lang_sw Swahili lr=lang_sv Swedish lr=lang_th Thai lr=lang_tr Turkish lr=lang_uk Ukrainian lr=lang_vi Vietnamese
3. Copying the Offline Language Package from PC to SD Card of your Android Device
After the offline language package file has been downloaded, then transfer or move it from your PC to your Android gadget SD Card. For this, I use USB cable connection. Put the c.zip and language.zip files into the same folder to make it easier for installation process later on.
4. Download Trick
This download trick is used so that the Google Translate application would create temporary folder to save the downloaded offline language package files. Later on, these two files will be moved from the SD Card to this temporary folder. Here’s how:
Acivate your Android device Wi-Fi connection.
Run the Google Translate application, then download the offline language package you’re your android device, like the first step explained above. Wait for approximately 3 seconds, then turn off your Wi-Fi connection without cancelling the download process.
Open the ES File Explorer, copy c.zip from SD Card and paste (overwrite) in SD/Android/data/com.google.android.apps.translate/files/ol/v3r1/tmp/v3r1/zip folder at which the profiles.txt also is located in.
Turn on your Wi-Fi connection again and the download process of c.zip will finish in an instant.
Next, the Google Translate will download language.zip. Wait for 3 seconds and turn the Wi-fi off.
Open the ES File Explorer, copy language.zip from SD Card and paste (overwrite) in SD/Android/data/com.google.android.apps.translate/files/ol/v3r1/tmp/v3r1/zip folder.
Reactivate the Wi-Fi connection and the download process will finish instantly
Now the offline language package is already installed on the Google Translate. You may notice it by seeing the pin icon on vertical position with the blue background.
The feature of the offline language package really helps on using the Google Translate. Beside the capability to be used anywhere and anytime without internet connection, the translating process will be faster because you don’t have to be connected to Google server. It really is helpful feature.
Which of the Google Translate feature you like the most?
However, the offline use of google translate doesn’t support text to speech and voice input features.
The huge size of the offline language package inevitably becomes obstacles for Android users who have slower and unstable internet connection. This obstacle can be coped with by firstly downloading the files with PC and then transfer them to the Android device.
Other advantage of downloading the files with PC first is that the zip file of the offline language package can be transferred and used in different Android devices that you have without re-downloading them.
Do you find any troubles on installing the google translate offline language package?
Do you know that Facebook addiction will drop not less than 50% of your productivity rate in doing work or other important activities? In addition, for children in the school-age to spend more time on facebook means less time for studying and doing their homeworks.
Besides having the possibility of dropping employees productivity rate at work, facebook also poses threats for children.
Despite facebook puts limitation on minimum age upon registration, a minimum of 17 years of age, to be able to register yet without further verification children still can fake their date of birth to fulfill facebook registration requirement.
Advice for Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook Team: Facebook needs to think of and develop a feature to make sure and to verify that the date of birth given upon registration is not bogus thus children who are under legal age of 17 may not join and register on Facebook.
Some of threats for children posed by the excessive use of Facebook are:
Adult explicit content such as language, photos and videos.
Those threats cause negative effect for children both mentally and may impair their thought and idea creation.
In addition, some children really like to use the facebook games features, which evidently may cause them to be indolent of studying and choose to have more time to play games on facebook.
With the threats of facebook addiction and negative impact on children, as parents or teachers you may concern about the children safety. As precaution, facebook blockading on your computer needs to be done, or you may also supervise your children activity on their smart-phone with software spy.
Smart Ways of Using Facebook:
Despite some negative effects and threats posed by facebook, there are of course still many positive effects that you can get if you use facebook wisely.
Here are some smart ways of using facebook:
Put limit on your maximum time of using facebook in a day. Two hours per day seems to be adequate.
Make friends only with the person you have already known.
Before accepting any friend requests, check their profile in advance.
Do not post and upload all of your everyday activities on Facebook.
How to Block Facebook on Your Windows-based PC with Hosts File
One of the easy ways blocking facebook in windows-based PC without any help of software needed is by adding codes to the Hosts File.
What is Hosts File?
The hosts file is a computer file used by an operating system to map hostnames to IP addresses.
For Windows OS, these files are located in %SystemRoot%\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
Blocking Facebook with Hosts File
To be able to edit the hosts file you need to have Administrator rights in windows.Here’s how.
1. Open Notepad as Administrator. From Start menu → type “notepad” (without parentheses) on the searching form. Then Right-Click on the notepad and choose Run as Administrator.
Notepad Run as administrator
2. Open Hosts File. After the Notepad is running click File → Open File → C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc → ( All Files) → Choose hosts and click Open.
Notepad Open Hosts File
3. Code for Block Facebook. Copy and Paste the codes below in the Hosts File, then save them.
If you do not do the blocking on IPv6, then facebook can still be accessed with the use of prefix https://
The Code Explanation:
When we type URL (Universal Resource Locator) on the browser’s address bar like: http://facebook.com, then the system will check whether the site has already got its IP address defined in the hosts file.
Apparently, the IP address of Facebook is 127.0.0.1 or commonly called the localhost. It means that the system will not load Facebook from its original IP address, rather just show a blank page of the localhost IP address.
These codes may also be used on different operating systems like Mac and Linux.
4. Restart your computer.
Now try to open facebook.com on all your internet browser, and now facebook has been blocked.
Blocking with Hosts File: The Pros and Cons
Easy to Use and Practical. You don’t need to install any software that may overload your windows performance. All you have to do is just edit the codes in notepad.
Blocking on all browser. You don’t have to install the Mozilla® Firefox Add-Ons or Google® Chrome extension which also may consume your RAM usage.
Blocking various websites. Beside can be used to block facebook, you can also block other websites, such as sites with adult content or sites which promotes gambling. Just add “127.0.0.1 URL of the sites” without http://.
The File Hosts can be easily edited if someone has administrator right on the computer.
This, however, can be solved by making two users on the computer, Administrator and User. Give the access right as user for your employees or your children so that they will not be able to edit the hosts files.
Using the facebook wisely and then you can gain benefit from it, such as as communication media and also build good relationships with relatives, friends, and colleagues. Nonetheless, if you spend more time on Facebook, this may well be an indication that you are addicted to Facebook.
Facebook addiction can cause the productivity rate of your employees to drop. It also poses threats for the children. So, one of the many ways of preventing the addiction and protecting your children from the cyber-crime is by blocking access to Facebook.
The easiest way to block facebook access is by using the hosts files. It is easier and simpler since it does not use any additional softwares, especially for windows beginners.
Are you a facebook addict?
Do you have other tips to prevent anyone from having facebook addiction?
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