MR.OMAR on January 26th, 2018



Quick Day apps
Update Version 1.1
Now results will include the Zodiacs from Chinese zodiac calendar and the western zodiac.



QuickDay version 1.1 new feature - Added Chinese and Western Zodiacs

Original posts:

After numerous testing and tweaking, finally decided to put this new apps on the Apple AppStore – Quick Day.

It’s a simple yet useful especially for user who interact with calendar and planner or just for normal user who sometimes need to know when/how long it has been/how long will it takes from certain date.

The features has been expanded from the original purposes which i personally use to check on the exact date for what day of the year, into a full featured apps.

Features:

  • get the date for day-of-the-year, eg.: get exact date for day 115 of year 2018
  • get the first day of the week for the particular week-of-the-year, eg.: get exact first date for the week no.32 of year 2018
  • check how many days/months/years it has been or will it take to the new date which you can set by changing the date-scroll
  • in the case you prefer a different date as the Referral date, just tap the Change Referral button to change it.
  • for a quick dates comparison, just tap the “Date Range” button.
  • all action will generate Instant results, whenever you change something – like the day of the year, week of the year, or the dates scroll – the results below will be calculated without you needed to tap on any more button.
  • v1.1: Now the results will include the chinese and western zodiac
  • new features will be added as required/requested (if applicable) in the future.

I hope you will find this neat simple apps useful for your daily tasks. feels free to suggests any additional feature that you think might be useful for others too. I will try my best to include that in the future version.

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MR.OMAR on January 25th, 2018

Since iPhone X is still new and due to the price, not many of individual developer can afford that. Thats makes it a bit hassle to produce a proper video size for the App-Preview video for the AppStore as the iPhone X video size is 886×1920.

After numerous searching on the internet looking for a solution to re-scale my normal size App-Preview video to meet the iPhone X size, we found this solution:

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/25797990/capture-ios-simulator-video-for-app-preview/33797439#33797439

I have tried it, but i still got the normal 750×1334 video size, maybe i didn’t follow correctly. So, back to the internet looking for a good Video Editor to re-scale the video from 750×1334 to 886×1920. Don’t have plus can’t afford the FinalCut-Pro, although thats the best editor to do that job – you can actually just get the Trial version and do the job, but i’m looking for a more long term solution.

Then i found this great Open Source Video Editor apps – ShotCut – Open Source Video Editor

It’s quite easy to use, since i will only be using it for re-scaling video size this time. Run the ShotCut apps, then drag and drop your App-Preview video, there you should be able to see your current video size/resolution and aspect ratio, like sample below:

Original video size

Then you select the new required size – which is 886×1920, another thing is, that size doesn’t have a proper “standard” aspect ratio, so in this case i will have to put the same as the size – 886 and 1920.

App-Preview new size

After that, just click the “Export” to start the process.

The new video file will have the exact size that you requested.

New video size info

What it does is actually added a blank padded on the top and bottom of the video, like sample below:

blank padded added.

Another option is to create a blank video file with size 886×1920 using editor like FinalCutPro, then import your video inside it then export it to MP4 format.

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MR.OMAR on January 24th, 2018

One of my works involved in going through log files, either for troubleshooting or just a plain system checking. one of the system is using quite a unique filename to represent itself. It’s a data file for one of the system which will store every 10 minutes of proprietary data.

The filename will looks like this: 114_066_12_11, where the 114 represent the year 2014, 066 is the day of the year and the rest are the hour and minutes. In order to get the exact date of file, i will have to browse around looking for online converter to convert the 066 into actual date of that year.

So i decided to write a simple mobile apps to do just that, and it started to grow into an idea to make it a fully functioning with some added features… and then the rest are history.

This is how i use the apps to get the actual date for Day 066 of 2014
Get day 66 of 2014 using the About The Day apps

Now with this apps, i can just use it for that purpose, or other related with finding week, compare date duration, checking how old am i now, how long i have been married, etc.

The Quick Day IOS apps is now available on the Apple AppStore.

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MR.OMAR on March 2nd, 2015

Update [1-may-2015]

New in Ver1.13 (paid)

  1. New icon
  2. Now the paid version produce three output instead of two – the percentage amount, the balance and the mark-up amount (total amount + percentage amount)
  3. New two Extra tools
  4. minor UI tweaks

New in Ver1.12 (lite)

  1. New icon
  2. minor UI tweaks

Original posts:

it’s been awhile, been slightly tied up with daily routines, but managed to start back into development worlds – especially since Apple introduce the Swift programming language on middle 2014.

Did some simple apps for IOS using Swift – Quick Percentage. The purpose is very simple, during shopping or working or anywhere else, and suddenly you need to get quick percentage from some amount and doesn’t feels like opening the calculator just for that simple tasks – then it’s a job for this app “Quick Percentage“.

One major advantage are the apps will automatically provide both the requested percentage value and the remaining value – for example if you want to calculate for 35%, the result will be provided for both 35% AND 65% (the remaining/balance value). And the result is updated real-time whenever you change any of the value – Total Amount or the Percentage.

It should be available on the Apple App Store by now, comes with normal version and lite version (with iAds). The links are available below..

Quick Percentage
Quick Percentage apps
Quick Percentage Lite
Quick Percentage Lite


Hope the apps will comes handy whenever required.

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MR.OMAR on April 2nd, 2013

I normally use Google Chrome because it has the feature “Print to PDF”, and I used it almost everytime during my works. It helps a lot reducing my printing costs, although some might argue that I could just copy and paste it into Microsoft Words and Save-as PDF, which is what exactly I did before. But since Google Chrome already have the feature’s built-in, so it’s far more convenient to produce the PDF with a few mouse click.

Unfortunately, creating a PDF from the “Print” option also brings another issues, it’s also includes all the unnecessary items from the webpages like the advertisements, menus item, and other stuffs that are normally included in the normal webpages.

The work around is to just select the contents that we required and use the “Print” option. Below are the steps.

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Currently the DNS services are hosted outside using Hosting services from other company, so the main target is to bring back the DNS services inside our office and using our own server.

We choose OpenBSD 5.2 for its lightweight and secure by default. Since we only have one machine at this moment (or maybe for quite a long time), we will be using the same machine to be our Web Server, and also our DNS server (which will acts as our primary and also secondary DNS server – by using alias on the network interface). This machine will be located in the DMZ zone behind the firewall – which we use Fortigate-60M firewall appliance.

The overall basic setup will looks like diagram below.

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MR.OMAR on February 4th, 2012

I am using Mid-2010 13″ MacBookPro. When the new Lion update 10.7.3 released, without any doubt I straight away installed the update, without doing my backup to TimeMachine… after the reboot, the boot process looks OK, until I try to check the “About This Mac” to verify the version… it crashed and bring me back to the login screen.. sadly all the other apps too… the MacBookPro was hit by the “10.7.3 CUI error” !

Did a Google on “10.7.3 CUI error fix”, I found this very informative website: http://9to5mac.com/2012/02/02/heres-the-fix-for-intermittent-cui-errors-following-the-10-7-3-update/, just my problem is, I didn’t have the latest TimeMachine backup and I do not want to lose my 5-days work (I was outstation and the TimeMachine disk was not with me).

I was planning to follow the guide from the website on using the Lion recovery USB and applying the MacOSXUpdCombo10.7.3.dmg Combo Update.
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MR.OMAR on December 4th, 2010

Got a request to repair/fix a PC running WindowsXP last week, as expected it was due to viruses and malware attacks. The viruses and malware has already been clean-up but the damages left the windowsXP in quite a bad condition. Although the the owner doesn’t mind re-formatting the PC, but it is better to try to fix it first.

Below are the damages detected when I first check the PC:

  • Several Pop-ups during start-up looking for a non-existing file (virus?)
  • Internet browser point all google and yahoo to http://www.searchweb1.com/
  • Windows Explorer start automatically during start-up
  • Regedit and msconfig command will appear in notepad application
  • defrag command also will appear in notepad application when executed
  • “Folder options” missing from Windows Explorer
  • Task Manager was disabled

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MR.OMAR on October 20th, 2010

I have previously used the www.photobook.com.my services to produce Photo book using their Photobook Designer application on windows XP. On windows XP the application works fine. Now I’m using the MacBookPro with SnowLeopard. After downloaded the Photobook Designer application from the website, I straight away execute the application (Photobook Designer.dmg), the installation is quick, just drag and drop it into the Application folder. Once done, just go to the Application folder, and run the application.

First run, I received this error:

Error #1

PhotobookDesigner Err1


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MR.OMAR on October 11th, 2010

A user came the other day with a notebook running Windows7 Home edition. He asked me if we could recover the login password. The first thing (as I normally did) is to google for “recover windows 7 password”. Among the first page entries, was this website: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/toolsofthetrade/tp/passrecovery.htm – a list of “Top 6 Free Windows Password Recovery Tools”, then I remember I did used one of the tools last time to recover windows2000 login password, which is “Offline NT Password & Registry Editor, Bootdisk / CD” – http://www.pogostick.net/~pnh/ntpasswd/bootdisk.html

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