Monday, August 17, 2009

How to open Microsoft Office 2007-09 documents with earlier Microsoft Office versions

Someone sent you a word document that was created using Microsoft Office 2007-09 but you cannot open the file because you have an earlier Microsoft Office version. This can very very frustrating especially if the document needs to printed or edited right away.

Microsoft Office versions from 2007 to present uses the .docx extension by default, and earlier versions uses .doc extension. Though you have the option to save or open the document as .doc format, earlier versions cannot open .docx format.

But don't worry, here are solutions to your problem.

1. You can download and install the free Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack. This will help you open, print edit, and save .docx files in Office 2000, Office XP, or Office 2003 (much like an advanced Word 2007 File Viewer).

If you are on Mac, you can get the Microsoft Office Open XML File Format Converter for Mac - this converts .docx to rtf (rich text format) files which can be viewed in Office for Mac and other Mac word processors.

It is also possible to open and edit a .docx file in OpenOffice or StarOffice using the free Open XML Translator from SourceForge which converts .docx Word documents to .odf and vice versa.

2. There are also free online tools that you can use. Unlike the Microsoft Compatibility Pack, these docx to doc conversion services do not require copy of Microsoft Office.

Some of these sites are:

Docx2Doc is a web service which offers free conversion of docx documents to doc format.
Zamzar is another service which offers document conversions. The advantage of Zamzar is its capability to convert not only office documents, but also images, music, archives and videos as well.
TDS Converter offers free conversion of docx to doc.

In fact, there are a lot of free online conversion tools available in the net. All you have to do is google your desired keyword for the file you wanted to convert.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Sony Ericsson Z770i

Just got this phone a couple of weeks ago. I am really a sucker for clamshell phones. I feel that the act of flipping your phone when you answer a phone call is so damn cool!

This phone model was announced 2008, February and is 2G/3G network capable. 93 x 48 x 16 mm in dimension and weights really light at 91 g. Camera is descent enough for me at 2mp, memory is expandable (Memory Stick Micro (M2), up to 8GB). Mp3 and video player, and also with cool applications for editing photos and making videos. Phone also have blueetooth connectivity and can be connected to a PC for file transfer using USB connection.

Overall, this phone is what I am looking for. I am not really after the advanced features like high resolution camera, wifi bla bla bla. Since I have every devices for each tasks (digicam, notebook computer etc). Phone is also cheap (got it at Php 7,000, and I dont have enough money for an iPhone, someone might be generous enough to send me one so I can also review it. ^_^)

I would definitely recommend this phone. Not only does the phone look good but it is also easy to use.

Know the full phone specs:

Beginner's Guide to Heroes of Newerth

Alright, so you've acquired your Heroes of Newerth beta key through whatever means you've deemed necessary (coercion no doubt!) and you're now ready to hop right into the beta and lose your first game, extremely painfully! While that does sounds like a really solid plan and all, there is a smarter way to go about playing your first game. Hopefully it won't involve pissing off nine other players as you crash and burn your entire team single-handedly.

Without further adieu or poor attempts at humor, I present to you the Noob's Guide to Newerth! Here we will cover all the basic things a greenhorn like yourself absolutely needs to know before you can hope to succeed in a game and hopefully show you how to learn your way to the top.
Heroes of Newerth, 101

Hero: The main unit controlled by the player and the other players.

Creep: A creep is an AI controlled unit. "Lane" creeps are creeps that patrol down one of the three lanes while "Neutral" creeps are those you will find scattered in the forests.

Lane: There are 3 lanes in a map - the Top, Middle and Bottom. There should never really be more than two heroes in a single lane unless one team is 'ganking' or 'pushing'. There are three Towers per lane.

Ganking: The act of ambushing an opposing player.

Pushing: The act of attempting to destroy enemy towers.
Defensive Towers: Usually just called Towers. Killing the enemies' towers gives your team a large gold bonus and gets you closer to their throne.

Throne: If this building dies, you win!... or lose, depending on which one just bit the dirt. It's a large structure, flanked by two Towers and located right in front of the Healing Fountain.
Healing Fountain: This is the place where you start out at the beginning of the game. You will heal rapidly while standing in the waters.

Shop: It's where you buy items. There is one located right next to your healing fountain and another four 'hidden' shops around the map. You will see them as white squares on your minimap. Certain items can only be purchased from these shops.
Barracks: There are two types of Barracks - Ranged Barracks and Melee Barracks. You will see one set of them at the end of each lane. If you destroy your enemy's ranged barracks, more powerful ranged creeps will spawn. Likewise, if you destroy the melee barracks, more powerful melee creeps will spawn.

Lesson One: Last-Hitting and Denying.

This is quite possibly the most important aspect of gameplay. Last-Hitting and Denying are used to describe the act of using your hero to always achieve the last hit, or 'killing blow', on an enemy or allied lane creep. "Why would I want to kill my team's creeps?" you may ask. Well the answer is simple. Creeps give gold and experience. So when you kill or "deny" an allied creep, not only does your opponent get 0 gold - as he might have had he killed the creep - but he only recieves 1/3 of the experience for that creep. A skilled "laner" can easily out-level and out-farm his opponents.

Lesson Two: Playing intelligently.

At this point, you know what to do in a lane against the only constant factors in the game, the Creeps. But what about those pesky heroes? Well you don't really know what every enemy hero does do you? The best thing you can do until you get a basic understanding of every hero is to stand back and play defensively. Try not to make yourself look like a juicy steak for the hungry lions of the opposing team. Communicate with your allies. Ask them your questions: "What does this guy do? What does your hero do? What is the best skill build for my hero? What is the best item build for my hero?" and so on. If you don't know, it's better to ask and receive a helpful answer than give your teammates a nasty surprise when you turn up with the definitive word in fail, now in a handy hero form.

Lesson Three: Reading makes you smart.

There is a wealth of information to learn. While it may not seem like fun, I recommend you start a game with just you in it and take your time to read all of the hero descriptions, then choose the hero that most interests you. Once you get in the game, take a few minutes to read all of the item descriptions and learn where they actually are and what they do. You won't have time to read them during an actual game. You might also choose to take this time to practice your last-hitting and denying abilities.

Conclusion: Practice makes perfect!

If at first you don't succeed, try try again! Don't make me keep listing cliches please. You can't realistically expect to be a superawesomepro Heroes of Newerth player by your 10th game but keep chugging along. Shrug off those "NOOB!"s, "OMG U SUK"s and "LEARN TO PLAY"s and keep getting better!

(Oh, and once you do get really good - be sure to go back and beat the snot out of everyone who talked smack to you!)

- The Beginner's Guide to Heroes of Newerth By Simba (gamereplays.oeg)

Friday, August 14, 2009

Heroes of Newerth Beta Key Giveaway!

Good Day!

Thank you for participating in "Find the Heroes of Newerth Beta Key!" All 10 keys that I put yesterday were already found. I see that there are many people who really worked hard in finding the keys. All right then, since most of you are lazy, I am gonna give keys for free. All right? First come first serve.

Here are the keys, try to register as soon as you get the keys. OK and please don't ask me if the keys won't work, it will not work if someone have already registered the key before you do. Finders Keepers.


To register, click here

For those who will get the keys please send a comment or leave a message so that other people will know. Thanks.