Software Review: MyPhoneExplorer

Let me introduce you to MyPhoneExplorer, a piece of software that allows you to smoothly transfer files between your computer or laptop and Android device(s). Perfect for someone looking for a more user friendly, less time consuming and powerful way to sync, backup and move files to and from your phone.

The software allows you to connect via WiFi, Bluetooth or your USB connection. There’s even extra features like screen mirroring (being able to see your phone on your computer, useful for projecting things to your screen). A powerful contacts management, backing up your SMS messages.

How does it work?

Once you install MyPhoneExplorer on your phone then the client software on your computer, the application asks you to set a PIN, this will later be used to match and allow your computer to gain access to your phone, so not anybody can use this with your phone, even when on the same network, a nice security feature.

You can go through your phone directories just as if you were going through your folders on your computer. Transfer files to or from your computer, delete things you don’t need on your phone, rename, etc.

You can set up synchronization jobs so a certain folder such as your pictures folder can be copied to your computer straight away, with one click once you connect.

Is it free?

In 2015, the developer decided to remove ads, it’s 2017 now as I write this and there is still no ads. The application is free, the only thing the developer has done is ask for a donation if you want to as you close the program on your computer – completely understandable and respectful, I think people should donate too so his hardwork is paid off and actually one of the reasons why I write this review, because he’s done a good job and does it for free.

Link to MyPhoneExplorer on Google Play.

Link to the website to download the software or more.

How to fast switch between resolutions using a batch file.

Here’s a quick way to switch between Windows desktop resolutions using a batch file and an executable file. I needed to do this in order to have a better overview in the game Age of Empires HD (on Steam). Let me visually show you what I mean. Have a look at the screenshots below, you can clearly see a more broader view as you up the resolution.

For some reason the viewing distance is different to the one in the original game.. A few years ago I tested to see if there is a difference in resolution compared to the old Age of Empires and there is so they have in fact made your viewing distance closer. As someone who’s played Age of Empires for a long time this was a problem for me. Now in the original you could change your resolution so simply enabling DSR Factor via your graphics control panel and changing the resolution in-game could resolve this issue for me, in this version the ability is not there (I assume poor development). Anyway, you will first need to enable DSR Factor, I currently prefer x1.75 as shown below.

Then you’ll need to download the file below. Tweak the resolution settings for what you prefer and run the game. If you have the option you can play around with the smoothing, essentially it’s anti-aliasing between the pixels so it doesn’t look pixelated due to the difference of your monitors resolution capability and what’s being scaled.

Now I was under the impression that a batch file can’t actually do this (on its own), I still think this is the case, but with simple help from a file you can still achieve it. The benefits of this way is you can change your preferred resolutions and simply run the batch file with as less clicking as possible, while an executable would require a bit of extra clicks.

At the time I could not find the source code for QRes (and I downloaded it from a separate site) so I did a virus scan on it – here’s the result. Secondly I used Sandboxie and launched the file in a sandboxed environment and looked at what – if any – files were executed along with it.. It left zero trace and the file size also indicates to me it’s pretty simple.

Now here comes the actual batch file.

QRes.exe /X 1920 /Y 1080

Yup, that’s it. So in the folder there is the ‘QRes.exe’ file, then there’s ‘RC 1920×1080.bat’ and ‘RC 2560×1440.bat’ files which I run to switch between the resolutions. All these files must be in the same folder for it to work and by the size of the QRes.exe file it looks to just simply run based on the resolution that’s provided in the batch.

Download Resolution Changer version 1.0 here.

 

My PC System Specifications for 2017

As of writing, this is my current PC system specs:

Type Item Price (Purchased)
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor £196.49 @ Scan.co.uk
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H170N-WIFI Mini ITX LGA1151 Motherboard £109.99 @ Amazon UK
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 Memory £89.99 @ Scan.co.uk
Storage Sandisk SSD PLUS 240GB 2.5″ Solid State Drive £39.99 @ Amazon UK
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive £62.99 @ Scan.co.uk (Today Deal Only)
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card £167.95 @ Scan.co.uk
PSU
Case Fractal Design Core 500 Mini ITX Desktop Case £43.99 @ Scan.co.uk(Today Deal Only)
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
Mouse SteelSeries Rival 100 Wired Optical Mouse £29.99 @ Amazon UK
Headphones Kingston HyperX Cloud II 7.1 Channel Headset £68.05 @ Scan.co.uk
Monitor LG 32LF580V http://www.lg.com/uk/tvs/lg-32LF580V
Total £809.43

You can check out my full list at PCPartPicker – https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/Vk9h2R

My PC System Specifications 2016

As of writing, this is my current PC system specifications:

CPU: Intel Core i7 950 @ 3.07 GHz
Motherboard: Asus P6X58D-E
Memory: 6GB Corsair
Storage: SanDisk SSD PLUS 240 GB Sata III 2.5 inch Internal SSD (£39.99 – Amazon.co.uk)
Graphics Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 460
PSU: Corsair HX850W
Case: LIANLI PC-8FI
Operating System: Windows 10
Monitor: LG 32LF580V
Internet: 80Mbits (Plusnet)

OLD (2015)

CPU: Intel Core i7 950 @ 3.07 GHz
Motherboard: Asus P6X58D-E
Memory: 6GB Corsair
Storage: OCZ 120GB Vertex 3 2.5 SSD (£169.34 – Scan.co.uk)
Graphics Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 460
PSU: Corsair HX850W
Case: LIANLI PC-8FI
Operating System: Windows 10
Monitor(s): 24″ Samsung SyncMaster 2493HM
Internet: 17Mbits (Plusnet)

RMS syntax support for Notepad++ (UDL)

So I wrote a guide on Steam on syntax colouring for Random Map Scripting for Notepad++, the scripting language to write random maps on Age of Empires. Essentially Notepad++ supports language syntax support, allowing you to make syntax easier on the eye.

So you’re writing a random map script, using standard default Notepad (that comes with Windows), it would look like this:
notepad

With Notepad++ and syntax colouring (User Defined Language Files) enabled, it will look like this:
notepad++

So you get the drift, basically giving you a clearer visual on your code and possibly preventing errors in them as well.

You can see the guide here:
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=439948511

Batch file – How to simply get yesterdays date (or any date) from the current computer date

Batch files are a nice and simple way on Windows to create one click solutions for tasks that you do on a regular basis. In my case, I wanted to find a quick and simple way to create a file I create on a daily basis and add the current date on it when I create it at the same time, of course as quick as possible.

I have a master file I want to copy it from, so with that I do:

@ECHO OFF
COPY “C:\Users\Savas\Desktop\Testfolder\masterfile.txt” /y
ren “masterfile.txt” “File1 – %date:/=.%.txt”

There’s obviously many ways to do this above so you can choose your way suited for you.. The result will basically be creating a file in the same folder as the .BAT file I created, it will name the file “File1 – date.txt” Because my computer date is set to 27/04/2015 standard (you can find this out by simply doing “echo %date%” and the result should tell you your date format. Simple!

Now what about yesterdays date, as far as I can find, there doesn’t seem to be a simple one line way to just do yesterday date.. So we have to set some variables and have the batch file get the date in DD format then minus off one day and then join the date back together.

set yyyy=%date:~6,4%
set mm=%date:~3,2%
set dd=%date:~0,2%

@set b=1
@set /a c=%dd%-%b%

COPY “C:\Users\Savas\Desktop\Testfolder\testfile.txt” /y
ren “testfile.txt” “File 2 – %c%.%mm%.%yyyy%.txt”

The %dd% takes the date and then takes off all, but the DD format. So instead of having 27/04/2015, we end up with just 27. Then “@set /a c=%dd%%b%” line simply takes the number 27 and minuses the number in the “@set b=1” variable, and in this case it’s “1” so we end up with the result in %c% declaration. Put the month and year and we have the date for yesterday!

Of course if you’re using these batch files on separate systems and these systems have different date formats, you’re going to reach some minor issues and that means you’ll need to be more specific with your date formatting. In my case, 6,4% takes a sub string, starting at position 8, and keeping 4, which is 6,4.

27/04/2015

In my case, I don’t have this issue, I don’t need my batch file to be some complicated and long winded method to pull the date and when I create my file, I will see if the date is wrong immediately. I hope this helped.

The Phoenix Legion

So this project started around Jan 24, 2013. A community based gaming website, mostly focused on the Steam game Chivalry: Medieval Warfare and the likes.The_Phoenix_Legion_-_News_-_2015-11-25_11.20.41 It may look like a full CMS (Content Management System), but it’s not – it is pretty much custom and in a sense integrated into the phpBB3 message board for obvious necessity reasons. The news feed, the roster page and some of its other pages are connected to allow its users to gain access on the content available and also moderate it based on the changing statuses, so basically a dynamic roster page, a news feed connected to the message board. So no need a web-master or administrator to make those changes needed.

You can check the website out here – http://tplclan.eu/