Using Netgear WN111v2 USB Wireless Adapter in Windows 8 (Driver Info)

So when someone leaked Windows 8 Enterprise N Edition (Build 9200) on file sharing site, I thought it was a good opportunity to try the final version of the OS ahead of most of people. Although thus far, no work around is available for the product activation, but even a 30 days of trial period is worth it.

First problem I encountered is that my Netgear USB Wireless Adapter WN111V2 did not work. Official driver for Windows 7 downloaded from netgear’s website won’t work. It keeps saying that waiting for me to plug the adapter, even the adapter is already plugged.

I am so glad that I did not completely wipe my Windows 7 (I am using dual systems now).

With couple searches on google and previous experience in installing drivers. I found this method to fix the problem. Here are steps you need to take.

1. If you still keep your Windows 7 or any previous version of Windows, go to the system drive (for most of people, that is C Drive), find “Program Files” (If you are using a 64bit Windows, that will be “Program Files (x86)”, find “Netgear”, find “WN111v2”, a “Driver” folder should be under the folder. Copy the folder to somewhere where your Windows 8 system can access.
(If you have completely wiped your previous version of Windows, then you need to find any PC, install the official driver downloaded from netgear’s website, it should generate the Netgear folder under the “program files” folder. Of course, you can try this process on your new Windows 8, but I am not sure whether the contents under the “netgear” will work properly.)

2. Now, back on your Windows 8, press “WinKey” + R, on the dialog box, type in “Control Panel” (without quotation marks). Now the control panel should be up in your monitor.

3. Find “Hardware and Sound” –> under the “Devices and Printers” icon, you should see the “Device Manager”, just click it.

4. You should see the hardwares that are not functioning properly have marked with special signs. Your wireless adapter should be one of them (If you have more than one). Right click the Wireless adapter, select “Update Driver Software”, select “Browse my computer for driver software”, then point to the folder where the “Driver” folder you’ve copied from the “Netgear” folder previously. Click next.

5. Now it should work fine.

Please let me know if there is simpler way of work this out or if there is a problem with my tip. Enjoy your Windows 8. Now I am awaiting the work around for the activation.

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Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard 6000 on the First Generation iPad

Summary: I like the price, but the keyboard almost has no shortcuts can use on iPad 1.

08/10/2012 Update: If you are looking for a decent iPad wireless Keyboard, theVerge.com has a good review on various keyboards. Click here to Read.

Carrying a laptop computer during the summer in Northeastern China is itself a pain. Its weight plus with that of backpack, and its heat plus with that of weather. It kills productivity by not wanting to carry it and not wanting to use it.

Therefore, I’ve been looking for a solution. An iPad plus a wireless keyboard will save much weight and heat.

So, I purchased this Windows Bluetooth Keyboard in Chinese version of eBay for around 20 dollars. It is not your regular retail package gadget, but unknown-import-route type of …… But keyboard itself is decent.

Pairing to the iPad first Generation
Because it does not have a instruction manual contained in the package, so you will have to pair them by guessing how to do it. Let me tell you how.
1. In your iPad, turn on the bluetooth sensor by going to “Settings” –> “General” –> “Bluetooth”. Now you iPad is ready to discover any bluetooth enabled gadget that is in “Discoverable” mode.
2. Make your Bluetooth Keyboard discoverable by pressing long the bluetooth icon under the keyboard. When you press long the BT key, LED indicator in the keyboard will turn red color. It means that your keyboard has entered the “Discoverable” mode.
3. Attempt paring in your iPad. By now, the “Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard 6000” should have appeared in the iPad’s discoverable item’s list. Just select it.
4. Shortly after, iPad you will give you a four digits number that will be used to pair two.
5. Enter these numbers and hit enter.
6. You are good to go.

From next time, whenever you turn on the keyboard, the iPad and keyboard will be paired automatically, as long as the bluetooth sensor of iPad is in “on” status.

Impact of Battery Life in iPad
If you concern about the battery life of your iPad, you might just want to go back to turn off the bluetooth sensor after finished using the keyboard. But, I leave that all the time. So far, I have not seen any occasion where battery life has decreased significantly just because of the bluetooth.
(Rather than the iPad, the two AAA battery of the keyboard is the one I am worrying.)

Shortcuts and Key Functions:
So, if you are a type of person like me who are so attached in using shortcuts, I just want to tell you that this Keyboard with first generation iPad almost not offering any shortcuts. I do not know whether it is just for first generation iPads or in all models. I would appreciate if anyone has different information. I have seen users with Apple keyboard has much better luck.

The only shortcuts I have discovered is
– switching of international keyboards by pressing Winkey plus space key.
– jumping to the end/beginning of the line by pressing Winkey plus forward and backward arrow.
– jumping to the previous/next word by pressing Alt key pluse forward and backward arrow.

Other than that,
– Volume increase, decrease and mute keys will work.
– Fn key is in the right, between right Alt key and right Ctrl key.
– PgUp and PgDn do not work, maybe is because there is no need to do so.
– Del key will delete one previous character not subsequent character (Same as Backspace key.)

Other Comments:
1. Keyboard itself is designed with ergonomic consideration, so have no problem in typing for a long hour.
2. Keyboard is quite. Just like your regular laptop keyboard. (But the keyboard is not an island styled.)
3. Chinese input method with keyboard is horrible, although it is not the problem of the Microsoft Keyboard. Chinese IM is slow to load, and not very convenient with an Keyboard. Sometimes, you type faster than Chinese IM can recognize.

Overall, it is a good keyboard. Your iPad plus actual keyboard makes a perfect writing environment. It is like a typewriter. Because it is very annoying switching between Apps, so I am almost in a single task mode when I work. So this helps your concentration.

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Nicholas Carr’s Speech about his Book “The Shallow” at the Clark University

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Quick and Dirty Tips for Verb Tense in Research Articles (or Academic Writings)

One of the most annoying thing in the academic writing is to keep the verb tense consistent and appropriate so that your writing may appear to be more formal and objective. Here are some tips I’ve found on the Internet. (I am pretty sure that the recent edition of Publication Manual of APA contains following information in full length.)

Use Past Tense

  1. To describe your methodology and report your results. (Because you have already completed your study.)
  2. When referring to the work of previous researchers. (Because a previous researcher’s research activity is finished and is not still being done.)
  3. To describe a fact, law or finding that is no longer considered valid and relevant.

Use Present Tense

  1. To express findings that continue to be true. (Because these findings are believed to be always true.)
  2. To refer to the article, thesis or dissertation itself. (For example: Table 3 shows that…)
  3. To discuss your findings and present your conclusion. (For example: These findings suggest that …)

Source:

http://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/current/dev/newsletter/GradConnections-201002.pdf

Book Mentioned:

Publication manual of the American Psychological Association.

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