Mar 5, 2016

No Webcam? Use Your Phone Instead

Cellphones are very useful nowadays. Not only can you use it for texting, making and receiving calls, snapping photos, videos and facebooking. You can also use it as an accessory for your PC, specifically a web camera.

That's absolutely right. You can use your cellphone as webcam for video calls or chats on Skype, Google hangouts, etc. You can even use it as security camera. You don't have to worry about replacing a broken webcam or getting a new one. You just have to use a software and configure the setting.

There's a bunch of apps out there that you can use to set up your phone as webcam. The most commonly used ones are DroidCam and IP Webcam. I have tried and used both.
To begin with, download Droidcam app both in your pc and phone or tablet.
For Windows client, get it here. For your mobile phones, just go to Google Play.

Once downloaded and installed, you can now use your phone as webcam either via wireless connection or USB mode. However, configuration of the settings is required.
Here's how to configure both.

Configuring Phone as webcam via WiFi connection

When you open the app on your phone, the WiFi and browser IP settings will be displayed on the screen.

Open the app on your PC and copy the IP to the Device IP box.

Press Start to start streaming the video through your cellphone camera.
Or, you can use Chrome or Mozilla browser to stream the video. Just copy the URL link below the Browser IP Cam Access and paste to the browser.

Configuring Skype settings

To use your phone on Skype, you need to change the default camera first. Open Skype, click on Tools and select Options → Video Settings. Choose the webcam source. In this case, DroidCam.

Feb 29, 2016

A Quick and Easy Fix for Overheating NEO Laptop

Is your laptop screechy and overheating after a few minutes of using it?
Well, now is the perfect time for you to get that fixed. Otherwise, you’d see blue screens displaying on your laptop and it would just shut down by itself.

Forget about the "I'll fix this later" or "I'll pay someone to repair that later" mentality. Next thing you know, the motherboard gets burnt-out and you lost the data that you so dearly care about. You just have to deal with the overheating problem now. And, the good thing is, you can even do it yourself, like I did. 

I am not an expert of fixing laptops nor am I an experienced technician or repair man. But I do have a habit of researching for solutions and watching other people do the fixing on youtube.

When I opened the rear panel of the laptop, I found the culprit -- dust, a bunch of them.

Indeed, the most common cause of the overheating problem is the bunch of dust piled up in the vents and fan through the cooling channel.

If you're laptop has never been cleaned for years, then, expect a huge pile of dust obstructing the air flow of the fan.

This is exactly why the laptop overheated, made a squeaky noise and shut down by itself. Thus, you need to clean it out from time to time, even when you're busy. To do so, you just have to open the rear panel by yourself and, if necessary, take a photo of each step you take. You never know you might lose a few parts or misconnect a wire.

Let me show you how to do it.