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How to factory reset your windows 8

If you did not know how easy it is to reset your windows 8 in case your having problems with it, here are the steps on how to do a factory reset. We will be using a samsung ativ smart pc pro in our example.

Step 1: BACKUP! it is always safe to backup your important files. Sync your settings and apps with your microsoft account for quick restore after reset.

Step 2: Go to your Charm bar -> Settings -> Change PC Settings


Step 3: Go to PC Settings -> General and scroll down near the bottom of it. Choose between two types of re-install. Refresh your pc without affecting your files or completely Remove everything and re-install windows.


Step 4: A summary of what will happen to your PC base on your selected settings will be shown and ask you if you want to proceed to reset your PC. Click next.


Step 5: Select if you want to clean your drive which means it will be almost impossible to recover your data in case you lose your laptop to some hacker or just remove files. It will take a long time if you choose to clean your drive.


Step 6: The waiting time….. Done….. Restart….. Windows 8 will start like it is brand new.


Step 7: After your initial setup, make sure to update again your drivers/apps with the pc’s included SW update app. Name of the app may be different on other brands.


Step 8: Another long waiting time due to numerous update available.


Step 9: Install your apps, games and softwares. Copy your files in your backup. Done!

review – super mushroom by gameday for iphone – pinball meets pvz

When we are not programming, we are playing games (Hobby Corner).

If you enjoyed Plants vs Zombies and pinball, you’ll love Super Mushroom. Similar to Popcap’s popular tower defense game, the objective of Super M is to protect your base from intruding bacteria using mushrooms with super powers and left & right wooden pinball kickers. You can use upto 8 mushrooms at a time. As the levels advance, you get more trees and stones that block the way.

The game is challenging and just frustrating enough to want me to close it for now and try again later when there is a certain stage that i can’t seem to finish.

The background music is not bad. I wish the developers could make the loop more seamless. The bacteria’s voice is repetitive and a bit too annoying.

The cartoonish graphics is cute and appropriate. I love that the mushrooms change appearance when I upgrade them.

This is the first game that I downloaded without reading or hearing anything about it and got hooked. It is currently free on itunes but I wouldn’t mind paying a little for it.



perfect 3 mushroom score for all levels!


Super mushroom bacteria!


review – jetpack joyride for ps vita is the ultimate version of them all


When we are not programming, we are playing games (Hobby Corner).

I never thought i would be playing Jetpack Joyride again and i mean spending a lot of time collecting trophies with it. I never really like the original version from other platforms like the android and ios version. One of the big game changer here is the additional control option. In the ps vita version of the game, you can now use the rear touch pad instead of touching the front screen. This control scheme completely removes all the frustrations i have on barry dying because my finger is blocking my view. Using the rear touch pad seems more natural and makes everything else feel right. It is the perfect control scheme for this kind of game and that’s why i think this is the ultimate version of Jetpack Joyride.

There are no changes in the graphics department. It is still the same retro style look and everything is beautiful on the ps vita’s 5 inch oled screen. The frame rate is perfect with no lag unlike in some mobile devices and the colors are vibrant. The gameplay is super simple, fly without getting hit. If you are a trophy hunter, this game packs 12 trophies. Sorry guys, no platinum trophy here but i think it has more than enough trophy for this type of game. The sound is nice but not so great. And the the price is FREE which is rare on this type of console. You can buy golds in the playstation store with real money for a cheap price but it is completely optional. I would suggest that if you like the game and want to support the developers of jetpack joyride, buy some coins. You must download this game if you have a ps vita.


Game Tips


The ” Good Work, Woody ” trophy does not have a clear description on how to get it. It says “run into the bottom obstacles 3 times in a row”.  You can easily get this trophy by just running on the ground and dying from any bottom zapper 3 times in three consecutive game.

good work woody
Good Work, Woody Trophy