Alvin Poh

Month: April 2009

How To Convert Open Office document (.odf) to Microsoft Office Document Format With A Converter

If you have an Open Office document and want to convert it to Word or other Microsoft Office formats so that you can read it, then this is for you.

convert odf to microsoft office

Sometimes you might get a document in ODF format, which is the Open Office document format. This is a problem for some people because they might just have Microsoft Office, and not Open Office. The Open Office ODF converter exists because people don’t want to download and install the entire Open Office suite just to open one file.

You’ll need this handy program then. It converts from .odt to .doc and other formats.

How To: Fix iPhone Froze, Can’t Turn Back On

I wanted to reset all data and settings on my iPhone, so I went to the Settings >> General >> Reset Data function within the iPhone to do so, thinking that all would be fine. After I did that, my iPhone showed a moving progress bar for a long while, but then displayed the Apple logo when it was completed, and froze at that screen.

I tried giving it a reset by holding down both the power and home buttons, but that did not work. So I had to restore my iPhone in the end — here’s what I did:

  1. Launch iTunes
  2. Connect your iPhone to your computer
  3. Turn off your iPhone (by holding down both the POWER and HOME buttons)
  4. Turn on the iPhone while holding down to the HOME button
  5. CONTINUE TO HOLD the HOME button until the phone enters Recovery mode
  6. Restore your iPhone with iTunes. This will reinstall the OS.

That solved my iPhone problem for me, and brought my iPhone back to life.

Portable Ubuntu – Linux That Runs Like a Windows Application

If you’ve always wanted to try out Linux, but don’t want to leave Windows and meddle with dual boots and OS installations, then Portable Ubuntu is for you! Portable Ubuntu for Windows is a Ubuntu system running as a Windows application, so you can run it entirely within Windows.


This system is built with the Colinux Kernel, Xming X server and Pulseaudio server for Windows. Portable Ubuntu for Windows is great for testing out Linux, or when you have to use a Windows machine, but need Linux. Try it out now: Portable Ubuntu Website

The 100 Greatest Indie Rock Albums of All Time

Amazon MP3 has an exciting set of new MP3 album releases for music fans of any genre from rock to hip hop, country, jazz, and beyond. This month Amazon is celebrating indie rock with a well-crafted list of the 100 Greatest Indie Rock Albums of All Time and over 100 free songs from 12 Indie Label Samplers that are available only at Amazon MP3.

Loud Sony Radio Alarm Clock Review

I’m terrible at waking up, because I get so busy that I don’t have enough sleep. So I need really good alarm clocks that are loud and reliable. I used to have a super loud alarm clock that could wake up the entire house (think of a rape alert with an alarm clock), but it wasn’t reliable. Sometimes the alarm wouldn’t go off, or it wouldn’t keep time properly.

So I got another clock, the Sony ICF-C218 Automatic Time Set Clock Radio (Black). It’s a great clock because it runs on electricity (primary) and on batteries (secondary), allows you to choose between the radio and buzzer for your alarm, and automatically updates the time. Best of all, it costs only $11 with FREE SHIPPING!


My Sony Dream Machine alarm clock arrived from Amazon around 4 days after I ordered, and setup was absolutely painless.


I found out that the buzzer feature was horrendous and wouldn’t have a chance at waking me up because it was so soft. The radio function however was great. And my friend taught me a trick — it’s irritating as hell, but if you tune it to in between stations so that it’s a sort of static and mix of music, you would DEFINITELY wake up.

All in all, this is a great clock that works great and is a steal at $11. Grab one now if you’re looking for a good alarm clock – because this is it. Here’s the link to it: Sony ICF-C218 Automatic Time Set Clock Radio (Black)

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