Thursday, December 9, 2010

Download Chrome OS

Google had announced sometime back about building an operating system that would be light, powerful and more importantly a strong competitor to Microsoft's Windows operating system. Looks like those day are not far away.

Google has made announcements about selling Chrome Cr-48 notebook, its Chrome OS based notebook. Chrome OS is in its release candidate stage (just prior to retailing) and can be downloaded freely off the net. Remember that Chrome OS is ought to be free and not sold. This is Google's main challenge to Microsoft where they are offering a quality operating system for free while the later flogs the public for their piece of software.


Google Chrome OS Release Candidate Live CD can be downloaded officially at


How to install: Download the iso file and burn it into CD-R. Boot the computer from it and when Chrome OS is loaded, click Live Installer on the desktop. Follow the instructions.

User password: user
Root password: root

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Command and Conquer Red Alert Free Download

Command and Conquer Red Alert has been made available for free download too along with Command and Conquer Tiberian Sun and Command and Conquer Gold (full game.

Also of these downloads have been added in the Command and Conquer Classics collections and have been made available for FREE and LEGAL download to promote their latest offering from the hit series.

One can download Command and Conquer Red Alert and play from the Soviet side or the Allied side as both the downloads have been made available on the official site.

Download Command and Conquer Red Alert (Allied version) from Link
Download Command and Conquer Red Alert (Soviet version) from Link

Monday, November 22, 2010

Command and Conquer Gold Full Game Free Download

Command and Conquer Gold full game can now be downloaded for free, thanks to Electronic Arts who have added the game for free download officially on their Command and Conquer Classic collection.

This game had two options, the GDI and the NOD downloads. You can download whichever side you feel like playing.

Command and Conquer Tiberian Dawn can be downloaded for free at
GDI here and NOD here

Visit Command and Conquer Tiberian Sun Free Download to download the game for free and legally too.

You can additionally visit Command and Conquer Red Alert to download that version of the game for free!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Command and Conquer Tiberian Sun Free Download

Command and Conquer Tiberian Sun is a real time strategy game developed by Westwood Studies and released in 1999. This game was a big hit with the strategy based game players and had a huge fan following.

Command and Conquer Tiberian Sun is now available for FREE and LEGALLY on the official website. Electronic Arts, the publisher of the game had decided to make this game available for free download to the masses as a means of promotion for their latest in series.

Thus it is a good news for all Tiberian Sun lovers as they can now get this game for free! Command and Conquer Tiberian Sun is being issued along with its expansion named FireStorm.

You can also download download Command and Conquer Tiberian Sun and Command and Conquer Gold (full game) for free and legally too.

Download Command and Conquer Tiberian Sun + FireStorm from their Command and Conquer Classics collection at LINK

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Play Mafia Wars Atlantic City from PC

Mafia Wars Atlantic City which was launched for mobile play can now be played through your pc too. Atlantic City is costlier in terms of stamina and energy needed to play there but the advantages are many. You will get free boosts everyday(I got +200 energy on my 1st visit) plus the rewards are very cool ones.

Do give Atlantic City a visit. Now it can be played from your computer (pc) too. Use the following link to visit Mafia Wars Atlantic City page from your computer :

http://m.mafiawars.com/mobileweb


UPDATE:
Many people are complaining about Boardwalk (ie level 2) is not getting unlocked even though Uptown (level 1) has been mastered.

The thing is that Atlantic City implementation though computer is very buggy. Many people are unable to unlock successor levels, or they are not getting the completion rewards. For me it works just fine. Click on the image below and check out. I was on Boardwalk, I completed the bronze master and unlocked the next level. So it is working fine for me.

On doing a bit of research online and consulting my Mafia friends, I understand that its looks like a glitch from Zynga which is creating all such problems. The web interface for the above mentioned link was different and was later changed to what it is now. This new interface causes the unlocking problem for some. Not all players are facing this problem it seems.

We cannot do much about it. But try the following in case they work for you. No guarantees here friends.
1. Many players have reported that the link is working perfectly on Google Chrome browser. So if you are on Firefox, Opera or any other browser, just give Chrome a try. 

2. I found this online, contributed by a Mafia Wars player. Just try it and see if it works.

Found a workaround for the locked into uptown problem... Right click on the first job and copy link, paste it in your url address box and change the job number to 2001 and story to 10 like "http://m.mafiawars.com/mobileweb?xw_controller=StoryMobile&xw_action=dojob&iframe=1&job=2001&storyId=10" - your info that follows, the tracking id and such shouldn't be changed. The problem is they're sending you to storyId=9 and job=2019 to 2024 - which should be later in the mobile chapter... My guess is someone screwed up when they fooled around with the next chapters.
When you do this, you'll have to complete a different set of jobs for uptown and you'll have to do it every time you log into mobile until you can get to boardwalk then go back to uptown.
3. Go to this site : www.iphonetester.com
   Type : m.mafiawars.com in the address bar of the iPhone you see on screen.

These methods are not guaranteed to work for everyone. One could try and see his luck.

I would be grateful if people using the above techniques report here whether it worked with them.
Also, kindly report if http://m.mafiawars.com/mobileweb is working normally for you guys.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Development for Absolute Beginners

With the Windows Phone 7 already released and gaining a steady sales figure, there has been a scurry among developers and amateurs to develop applications for the Windows Phone 7. Microsoft has a big power when it comes to marketing and trade pundits believe that it will end up selling a larger volume of its phones than it is selling at the moment (which is not too flattering).

If you are interested in developing applications but do not know much about Silverlight or C#, then Microsoft presents a series of videos to help you through their Channel9 network on MSDN. These videos are for absolute beginners but could be used by professionals to brush up their knowledge.

The description on the website reads :

This video series will help aspiring Windows Phone 7 developers get started. We'll start off with the basics and work our way up so in a few hours, you will know enough to build simple WP7 applications, such as a GPS aware note taking application.  We'll walk you through getting the tools, knowing what an if statement is, to using the GPS built into the phone and much more!
Check out the videos, starting with the introduction video by clicking on the link below.
Windows Phone 7 Development for Absolute Beginners: Series Introduction

Friday, November 12, 2010

Life of a Software Engineer

Pays damn good. Life Sucks!….Software Engineer


Here is an story I had read quite long ago at AboutMyJob.com that interested me. The website is about a place where professionals can put up their job experiences, whether good or bad(though it is often the later!), for everyone to read. Most people you find here are complaining and this is no surprise. The article quoted below was written long back in the year 2001 and probably doesn't hold true in today's IT world. But it still makes for a good reading. Read it below...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Computer Virus Leads to $20 Million Scam Targeting Pianist Composer

A noted pianist and a composer in The United States has been duped over the years to a tune of $ 20 million by a computer technician citing virus problem! The musician had approached a New York based computer technician named Vickram Bedi and his girlfriend Helga Invarsdottir to get his laptop problem solved which he guess might have been caused due to virus. The technician duo manipulated the gullible musician citing some devious group being behind them and The U.S. Government.

The ridiculous thing is that the musician bought their stupid idea and allowed them to leech him for exorbitant amounts, which are now being touted to be anywhere between $ 6-20 million.

The culprits have been caught while they were preparing to leave on a trip to Iceland. If convicted (which they most probably will be), they will each get a jail term of 25 years!

More on Wired

Monday, November 8, 2010

Google Chrome Offline Installer

Google Chrome download can become a mess for people with very slow internet connections. This is because the chrome setup that you install from the official website is actually the online installer. The size of the file is very small too (~555 KB). Once you finish installing and run the setup, the application connects to the internet and downloads additional files which will then install the main application. For slow internet connections this may not be desirable. That is, downloading the full software(~23.3MB) using a download accelerator may seem a better option.

For such people, below is the link to the Google site for Google Chrome's offline installer. It is also called as the standalone package/installer.

Download it from here - Google Chrome Offline (standalone) installer

Breaking News - Michael Jackson's New Song

Michael Jackson's new album entitled 'Michael'
Sony has released a never before heard song from none other than the late Michael Jackson. This song is entitled as 'Breaking News' and is included in the official album due release next month. Sony has released this full song as a teaser to the album.

The album itself is shrouded in controversy as some members of Michael Jackson's family and close friends are claiming that the sound is not that of Michael Jackson's. But Sony claims that a lot many experts and artists have confirmed that the song is indeed authentic and that the vocals are indeed Michael Jackson's.

If you are a Michael Jackson fan you will surely like the song. The song is essentially a good one with beats and chorus that will get you hooked. The song somewhat reminds of  his 'Tabloid Junkie' from his History album as it has a similar overtone. The song has Jackson trademarks throughout the song but in these days of the digital world, it is possible to easily digitally modify any music.

What ever is the case, Breaking News will surely turn out to become a hit with the fans. Listen to the song and decide for yourself. The song will be on air on the official website for only a week. So hear it till you have a chance. I have already heard it over a dozen times!

Listen to the song at http://michaeljackson.com

Note : the image and the art work is the copyright of its owner. It has been taken from the internet and is not mine.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Web Browser Bookmark

If you are just interesting in knowing about only web browser bookmarks then skip to the later parts

In literal sense, bookmarks are page keepers that distinguish the page from others. In most cases, when reading a book, we put page markers/bookmarks as shown in the picture on the left so as to be able to easily come back to that page for future reference or to resume after a break.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Asia Pacific and MEA Cup 2011- IT Security for the Next Generation

Conference Objective

This conference brings together students, experts, scientists and researchers in a collaborative environment to present and discuss issues relating to cybercrime. It provides a platform for the next generation to be able to share their respective knowledge and experiences and to develop new ideas to improve the level of security in information technology.
The best submissions will be given awards and valuable prizes from Kaspersky Lab and the authors will be invited to attend the MEA and Asia Pacific Conference for Young Professionals to be hosted at the University of Technology MARA in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) on February 25 - 28, 2011. The authors will be given a certificate of participation.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Meet The New Fox

Mozilla is getting ready for the new version of the hugely popular web browser that will be called Firefox 4 and has released the first beta version for the new edition of the browser. There are a few aesthetic changes in the new version of the browser such as the tabs that have been pushed up where the Menu bar originally was, much like in Opera and Chrome browsers.  The Menu bar instead been transformed into a drop-down menu on the upper left corner of the user interface (UI) labeled as ‘Firefox’. This feature was first seen with Chrome having a single button for their drop-down menu and later Opera used this feature and put up their Opera button on upper left hand corner, an idea which the newest edition of Firefox has borrowed. These changes will surely help by neatly arranging the menu items in one place for quicker access, thereby reducing the clutter in UI and make the new version more visually enhancing.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Pirate Party to run The Pirate Bay from Swedish Parliament

After their former hosting provider received an injunction telling it to stop providing bandwidth to The Pirate Bay, the worlds most resilient BitTorrent site switched to a new ISP. That host, the Swedish Pirate Party, made a stand on principle. Now they aim to take things further by running the site from inside the Swedish Parliament.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Hard Drive Prices Dropping Again

Hard drive prices, about a year ago, had stabilized down after a period of sharp fall, due to shortage of hard drives. The depreciation in the price was very less or even negligible in some cases. A couple of months ago, I had gone to the wholesale market to get a few things and I noticed that the prices of hard drives had actually shot up by about 15-20 $. I certainly had expected the prices to come down but was surprised with the sudden rise in the prices.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Steve Jobs Stanford commencement speech(2005)

"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower," Steve Jobs.
And how well these words describe the man himself. For a man who takes home an annual salary of $1, it is surprising that Jobs regularly is in the list of the world's rich and powerful.
In his resume, Jobs says his objective is to look for a fixer-upper with a solid foundation. "Am willing to tear down walls, build bridges, and light fires. I have great experience, lots of energy, a bit of that "vision thing" and I'm not afraid to start from the beginning."

Using HijackThis to remove malware

HijackThis, a hijacker detector and remover was originally created by Merijn Bellekom and then later sold off to Trend Micro. HijackThis is a very popular browser hijacker detector used by majority of security analysers to identify the possible malware infections on a computer.

The problem with today’s malware is that they are very difficult to detect due to the advanced protective mechanisms used by them. Because of this, even a thorough scan by the latest updated anti virus or an anti spyware/malware  may miss out on the latest variants of a particular malware. In such cases, to make sure even the last traces of the malware is weeded out, security analysts suggest using HijackThis logfile through which they can analyse the registry and other program settings on a computer and based on the log, they can pinpoint towards the malware entry (and thereby their removal too) with greater accuracy.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Download GTA game for free

Grand Theft Auto (commonly abbreviated as GTA) fans have something to cheer about. Rockstar Games, the developer of the famous game series has decided to offer the classic GTA , GTA 2 and Wild Metal games for free download on their website. "These games, each available free of charge and optimized for play on modern PCs, offer a nostalgic trip back in time to the early days of the Rockstar legacy."

One can download the games from this link - Rockstar Classics

Note that, after clicking on the icon of the game one wants, he is required to fill up a small form and then the download link will be sent to their email address.

P.S. : for people who loved GTA Vice City and its sequels, I suggest you give these classic games a try. They are the real basis for these popular games that we have today. I had played GTA 2 when I was a kid and I had loved it even then!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Things you didn’t know VLC media player can do

For most people, VLC is the favorite media player because it plays everything they throw at it without hiccups. No hunting for codec. But VLC can do a lot of other things as well. Find out how many of these listed below you knew, and how many you did not.

1. Rip DVDs: VLC includes a basic DVD ripper. You probably would never use it when there are better DVD rippers available, but it helps to know that you can in fact, get a decent quality DVD rip with VLC. To rip a movie follow these steps:

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Hollywood says NO to Steve Jobs

 The Apple vs Adobe fight drags on with several large media companies going Adobe’s way by not relenting to Apple’s directives on changing their Flash based media content to the ones supported by Apple’s iPhone and iPad.

According to a report by New York Times, “several large media companies, including Time Warner and NBC Universal, told Apple they won’t retool their extensive video libraries to accommodate the iPad, arguing that such a reformatting would be expensive and not worth it because Flash dominates the Web.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

IObit Advanced SystemCare PRO Free Giveaway

IObit is giving away their popular system maintenance software Advanced System Care PRO free as a part of limited time giveaway to commemorate their 5th anniversary of Advanced System Care.

Friday, May 14, 2010

The Chinese find use for cigarette butts

HONG KONG, May 13 (Reuters) - Chemical extracts from cigarette butts -- so toxic they kill fish -- can be used to protect steel pipes from rusting, a study in China has found.

In a paper published in the American Chemical Society's bi-weekly journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, the scientists in China said they identified nine chemicals after immersing cigarette butts in water.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Infinite USB Ports ?

Yes, that's right. A Chinese designer and inventor has made something that most of us would think, "why didn't someone think of this before!" Gonglue Jiang, the man behind this innovation has made this attractive little contraption that may be of great use to computer users.

These days, we see a lot of USB devices and for a person like me who uses too many devices at once (2 external drives, a pen drive, a USB mouse, laptop cooler and a USB mobile phone charger), such a thing could be a boon. At the moment, I use a 4 port USB hub on one of my USB ports on my laptop (out of the total three) and that's how I manage my USB devices. But most of the times this becomes messy and irritates me a lot. A good alternative could be such a device as shown in the picture which would allow me to add any number of USB devices I would want to use.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Facebook's virus spreading Email

I had earlier written an article on malicious emails being sent to Facebook users telling them that their password have been changed and that the new details are enclosed in the attachment. Any one then downloading the attachment will get infected with the malware present in it. You can read more about it here.

Things to look for when buying a new Laptop

The need for computers have been changing ever since its inception as personal computer. Be it programming, gaming, surfing the net, watching movies or just listening to music, the personal computer has evolved and so have the demands.

In the current scenario, the demand for mobile computing has seen a huge surge in demand as against the decreasing market share of desktop computer.

A person must fully understand his needs before he can decide whether to buy a laptop, a netbook or may be a tablet pc. These days, with so many brands and their subsequent models, it has become difficult for the average user to decide on which type/configuration of laptop to buy.
Just give a visit to the Dell website and you will be bombarded with details like Sata, 7200x, HD5770, Level 2 or 3 Cache and other similar computer related jargon. This gets confusing for many average users wanting to buy a new laptop computer.

This quick reference guide will help one look through and understand the basics before they can make sense to all the information that is fed to them. The following are the few things can one must attend to before deciding on their choice.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

New password stealing virus targets Facebook

(Reuters) - Hackers have flooded the Internet with virus-tainted spam that targets Facebook's estimated 400 million users in an effort to steal banking passwords and gather other sensitive information.

Microsoft IE9 Platform preview available for download

Microsoft today launched the Platform preview of their latest browser Internet Explorer 9. Platform preview basically means that it is a browser without the user interface which you would normally associate a browser with. It is basically a developer version released for them to take a look at the latest features of this new IE9.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Foobar2000 - best alternative to Winamp

For those who are still sticking around Winamp  (or any other media player for that matter) to play their audio files should seriously have a look at Foobar2000. "Foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats."

Monday, March 8, 2010

How to enable the secret Windows 7 GodMode

Since the past few months of Windows 7's release, there has been a sudden interest in something that people are calling the Windows 7 GodMode. Don't know how it got the name GodMode; probably the kind of GodMode cheats that allow gamers to play the game without any vulnerability. But there is no such thing here. All Windows 7 GodMode does is, give you a folder where users can access all of the operating system's control panels from within a single folder. All kinds of modifications you may ever need to do, you will find their links here. It is a 2 step process needed to create such a GodMode folder in Windows 7 and it works on both 32 and 64 bit versions.
Here is what you need to do

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Auslogics Disk Defrag

Disk defragmentation has become an important procedure in computer maintenance. It not only optimizes how data is stored on the hard disk, but it increases overall performance of the computer by making it faster.

Auslogics Disk Defrag is one of the tools that has recently been acclaimed by many expert sites and individuals. It does its work very efficiently and its completely free for home users! And surely, it's a much faster and better alternative for the default Windows Disk Defragmenter.

Opera 10.50 final release available for download

Opera has finally come up with their stable Opera 10.5 browser after weeks of beta testing. It promises a lot of improvements over its predecessor and is supposed to be blazingly fast. Infact, many experts are already claiming the latest Opera to be faster than both Firefox and Chrome. Seems like there's stiff competition brewing up there.
Key features:

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Facebook Mafia Wars hack

Facebook has gained a lot of popularity in the last couple of years and that is mostly due to its famous apps and games that keep users glued to this site. One of the most famous games on Facebook currently is Mafia Wars made by Zynga Inc. This game is a browser based multiplayer game that has won many awards since its inception. There are many people who want to keep up with the leveling stuff and all but can't be sitting in front of their computer the whole day, or maybe someone has just got bored enough to keep playing that game monotonously. As you know, most games have cheats that help people to bypass difficult portions of the game with ease. But unfortunately, this game doesn't have any cheat codes to apply. Instead there are some hacks for this game that can make your gameplay in Mafia Wars a breeze.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Changing the default save format in Microsoft Office 2007 appplications

Microsoft(MS) Office is one widely used office applications around the computing world. With MS Office 2007, the file formats of its applications changed. That is, for eg, powerpoint files were earlier saved as .ppt format while it became .pptx now. Similar with other office applications whose file formats changed with the new version.

It's a common notion that latest is always better but in this case it was not so. People who had saved their office files in latest 2007 format found their files incompatible in computers running 2003 office applications. Thus, it put many a people under inconvenience. So it is better to use the 2003 office file formats till everyone is familiar with 2007. While saving, we may select 'save as' and then select 'type' as 2003 file format(ppt, doc etc) and click on OK. That will work but many of us are careless to remember doing that all the time, or worse still, many new users don't even know about selecting the type and all that stuff. So it's better to keep 2003 file format as default rather than the 2007 one.

I will show an example using MS Word 2007. I will change the format from docx to doc. The images below show step by step procedure.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Changing colour scheme of Microsoft Office 2007 applications

 2007Many people have been asking me frequently how to change the colour scheme of MicroSoft(MS) Office applications. By default it is silver in colour like the one shown below.

I have posted stuff using MS Office applications on various forums and many people have asked how did I make mine Black instead of the default silver(I think so). Actually it is very easy and no big trick is involved. Just that most people overlook the settings required to make the changes.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Firefox memory leak problem solved

I had talked about computer starting to lag after sometime when using Firefox over a long time. The reason is that Firefox has a problem of memory leaks. Read here for more. And I have also posted a couple of solutions for those facing this problem. Other than the link given above, you can check easy solutions here and here. This was a problem for those on Firefox versions 3.5 and earlier. Yes, you heard it right! That was a problem and it has been cleared off in their current Firefox 3.6.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Flash, a CPU hog?

Apple messiah Steve Jobs has recently been on a criticism spree for the graphics company Adobe Inc. While Steve had said that he won't be using Flash for his iPad just like the iPhones calling Adobe as "lazy" and offering "lousy" software, he recently reaffirmed that consumers won't be seeing any flash content on iPad even though competitors may be doing so. According to Steve Jobs, Adobe's Flash is a big time CPU hog and running a flash based content on iPad could reduce the battery life from estimated 10 hours to a meagre 1.5 hours.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Auto Power On and Shut Down

There can be variety of reasons why we may need to shutdown and start the computer at certain times without the need to do it manually.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Google for hackers

Did you know there was a Google search engine version for hackers too? No? Here it is then.
Open your web browser and type the following in the address bar (or copy paste the following)

Friday, February 19, 2010

AntiFeatures are taking your digital freedom away

Did you just say that you got a huge bill for overshooting your download limit on your 'unlimited' to use internet connection? You too are a victim of antifeatures then. Antifeatures, as in 'anti - features' are a very irritating and unfortunate prospect that many people are facing, some even without knowing about them. Antifeatures are some special limitations set by the vendor/company on your use of digital equipment. For eg, many people in India, who have unlimited internet connection get an extra charges section on their bill for overshooting their download limits. Now what the heck does "overshoot the download limits" mean in an unlimited connection?

Monday, February 15, 2010

Get ready for a Crazy revolution

Revolutions have taken place throughout history. Some were in the field of science, some in the industrial arena, while some were just political in nature. But the result was always the same; a wild turn around of things signaling growth and prosperity for all mankind. But what is all these revolution stuff doing in this tech blog? Incase you have got that question in your mind then let me clear it out. The one am talking about, is not one of those backed by political or financial heavy weights, but one which was brought about by a single man, just like James Watt and Newton did in their respective fields, ages before him. The guy am talking about may or may not become a hero like they did, but has the potential of becoming one of them. Wondering what all this babble is all about? Here's the story.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Top 500 worst Passwords of all time

These are the top 500 worst passwords you could possibly use. The following list is from Mark Burnett's 2005 book Perfect Passwords: Selection, Protection, Authentication, where he has compiled the most commonly used passwords by people all over the internet. Though the compiled list is now old, considering that it's the year 2010 now, a full five years on, this list still has got a lot of importance. Though the trend might have shifted a little, with internet users becoming more aware of all these security issues, but even today most people still use some of these passwords.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Making Windows Genuine using registry crack

In most of the client computers I attend to, I have seen that many are still using Windows XP and are either using pirated copies or have been duped by then software vendor by paying for pirated ones. The problem arises when Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage tool (WGA) declares that you are using counterfeit version of Windows and that you need to buy a genuine one. And then on you will be getting that ugly WGA pop up irritating the hell out of you, before blacking out everything for you(as in Windows Vista) and making it unusable.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

1 Gigabit per second internet connection ? Yes, Google has got it!

Looks like Google is out there to capture everything that is internet! First they got the world under its control through its flagship www.google.com and subsequently coming up with a slew of other services that has capitulated the company into one of the biggest players in the world computer market. Google's plan, now, is to setup a no of ultra high speed, fibre based, internet connection that will reach 1 Gigabit per second or even more on an experimental basis at the moment.

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 RC

I do some casual programming in c++ and vb.net and I use Visual Studio 2008 for it. Recently I wanted a copy of that software to install it on my home computer and found that the dvd had caught a lot of scratches and it won't install the software completely. I had heard weeks ago, that Microsoft (MS) had launched a new version of their Visual Studio software and that they were giving it out for free at the moment, but didn't pay much attention to it until now.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Need a fried hard drive?

Did you ever fry a hard drive? I did one a few weeks ago and learnt an important lesson. It was a small issue and hardly worth noting but it did cost me a hard disk(in replacement). Here's what happened.

Schoolboy gets a stripper as his birthday present!

Here's a picture I found by mistake in Google's image search. It's truly hilarious. The picture? No the text inside the picutre. Check out the picture below for details.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

How To Print Pages In Order with Ink Jet Printers

I found a nice informative (and helpful) article while reading over the net and it was on How to avoid the ink jet page shuffle to put your printouts in order.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Website Edit Hack ?

Just try the following step.
  1. Go to any website, say www.google.com
  2. Paste the code given below into the address bar, i.e. where you just typed www.google.com, and press enter.
  3. Now have fun editing the elements of the site!

The Code:
javascript: document.body.contentEditable= "true"; document.designMode= "on"; void 0

Note: this will work only for javascript enabled websites. This is not a serious hack. What you are doing is that you are editing web elements on the client so it wont be affecting the actual web server. So it's safe to try! I tried with Google and Rediff, it worked. You can find this all over the internet. Got this one from Digg.

Optimizing Windows Registry

In my previous post, we saw how to backup and restore Windows registry easily by using ERUNT tool. In addition to backing up and restoration, the registry requires optimization too. Registry optimization keeps the registry hives healthy and increases overall performance. Just like we need to defragment our hard drive, registry too needs to be done the same. And NTREGOPT does that for you. NTREGOPT stands for NT Registry Optimizer and it works for Windows 7 and Vista too.

Backup Windows Registry

Anyone who has been working for sometime with computers having Windows as its operating system, will be knowing how important a Windows registry is.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Best Antivirus Software

Yes, the topic is about the best antivirus software available in market. Why? Definitely if one would know that there are thousands of new viruses and malwares being made everyday, he would be worried about the health of his computer and will try to get the best protection suite for it. But this is also true, that there is no such thing as 100% protection for a computer. Unless, of course, your computer is never connected to the internet or exposed to any kind of external media.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

How to install Windows from USB Drive

Does this picture say something? Are you one of those trying to install Windows from your flash drives but don't know exactly how to do? Or are you one of them who know a certain method but want to know which is one of the most efficient ways to do so?
If, at all, you belong to any of the above (others are equally welcome!), then this post is what you should definitely read up. More and more people these days are trying to leave the traditional way of booting into Windows setup using bootable CDs. It's more of a necessity because people with netbooks do not have an optical drive or may be a person's optical drive has gone kaput.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Install Windows XP

Until I come up with my short guide on making pendrives bootable, here is a quick tip on how to install Windows. Though am using Windows XP as an example, it can be applied to almost any version of Windows from 2000 and later. This guide is basically meant for both new, inexperienced users as well as those who know how to do it.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

How to block a website

You may want to block a particular website on your computer. May be you do not want your brother or sister to visit a particular site, or you just do not want your room mate to keep orkuting all day and so you want the website blocked. No matter what the reason be, there are many ways to block a website. One can block a website from a browser, a software or within a computer itself.

Unlocker alternative for x64 Windows - LockHunter

In our earlier posts we have seen about deleting undeletable files using Unlocker and also about deleting undeletable files manually using command prompt. Doing it manually is actually a hectic job and using Unlocker is fast and a sure shot way. But the problem is that Unlocker is only for the 32 bit platform and more and more users these days are moving to the 64 bit version of Windows. Thus, for them, there's another nifty tool named LockHunter that comes in both 32 and 64 bit versions.

Deleting undeletable files manually using command prompt

In our earlier post, we have seen about deleting undeletable files using unlocker. That's a nifty tool for sure and is a must have for all computer users. But one friend of mine asked me if we could delete files manually without using any software. So just to share with those who don't know, I am putting up few lines on how to do it manually.

Deleting undeletable files using Unlocker

Many a time we have come across a situation where we try to remove/delete, move a file or a folder and we get this message.
Sometimes it just says 'Cannot delete file: access denied,' or may be 'Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use'. Most of the times it is true that the file mite be being used and that's why this warning can be a boon to some people. But it also happens that even though it is 'really' not being used anywhere, these kinds of messages pop up and hamper our computer activity.

How to use mouse gestures !

No! Am not trying to lecture on mouse gestures techniques used in Opera or any future versions of Windows. What I want to share with you today is something I accidentally found a couple of years ago.
It's a group of people who are trying to play around with and research the scope of using only mouse gestures for all our computational work. Yes ! You heard it right. Whatever we need to do in a computer can be done 'without' the use of mouse clicks. According to their research, clicking on any item requires an action period of 700 milliseconds but a gesture would take only about 150. So, which is more efficient huh!
They have given a lot of onsite activities that you can enjoy and make sure you don't click by mistake!
Visit the site at www.dontclick.it.
Now, that's a nice domain name isn't it !

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Steve Ballmer signing a MacBook !

 
PIC : Steve Ballmer signs a student's Macbook during his visit to Trevecca Nazarene University. (Nashville, TN - 01/20/2010)

Well, I know it's an old news and that many of you must have already heard or read about it. I too heard about it earlier but a friend showed me the video and I did find this a worthy collection to my blog :)
Check it out the video and see how Ballmer reacts when a student asks him to sign his Mac.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Remove Antivirus 2009

NO! This is not any new antivirus product in the market, in fact it's a problem caused by one 'supposed to be antivirus' of the same name. A lot of people, mostly novice users, are facing this problem of Antivirus2008, Antivirus 2009, Antivirus 2009 PRO or even Antivirus 2010. They are all from similar family and just have different names. What happens, is that all of a sudden the user sees a pop up saying that the computer contains a number of viruses and they are risking their computers. When they try to click on the Clean button, it tells the user to buy the software and clean their system.
See some examples below.
 

Friday, January 29, 2010

Suicide attempt by a student

Here's a silly suicide attempt by a student. It's a student in Pillai College in Panvel,India.
I think its funny with those people trying to save her using that green cloth. Don't think that cloth will hold on to that student's weight. Anyways she gets saved in the end. Made a fool out of herself, that noob.
Youth these days get carried away by small and irrelevant things and end up doing such things. I don't understand what makes a person so desperate to end his precious life. Failure shouldn't mean and end to life, rather learn from it and carry on.

Check out this youtube link.

Optimizing Firefox

We have seen how to optimize Firefox to reduce Firefox memory usage the manual way and to speed up Firefox automatically using FireTune. There is one more nice little application that will optimize both Firefox as well as Firebird and is therefore named as Mozilla Optimizer.

This software is good enough to be used on latest Firefox. Just select your browser and the action you want to do and its done. Easy and quick!

Its made and maintained by the guys at www.computerbase.de
You can download it from their site. Alternatively you can also download it from the link given below

Click here to download

Incase you want to try FireTune, a similar software you can visit here

Speed up Firefox

We have already seen how to reduce Firefox memory usage in our previous post. That can indeed solve the memory hogging problem of Firefox, but it involves manually tweaking about:config settings and that can be quite a complicated job for a novice user. Also if you have noticed, that configuration page is similar to the windows registry and tweaking them wrong can certainly be bad for your browser. Therefore for faster and easy optimization of these settings to speed up Firefox, we have a small but efficient software named FireTune. The version we have here is FireTune v 1.2.0 and it works with all versions of Firefox.
 

Reduce firefox memory usage

Firefox has been gaining popularity by the day and it holds a considerable market share when it comes to the battle of the browsers. They key to Firefox's popularity is its speed, security, ease of use, and of course the ever useful add-ons. While Firefox has made tremendous improvements in terms of features, security and speed, it has repeatedly failed in addressing a major issue, that of memory leak.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Apple iPad launched !

The wait is over! Apple's new tablet pc which has been speculated over and over for past few weeks or even months, has finally been launched by Apple's iGod himself. Terming it as "a truly magical and revolutionary product" Steve Jobs showed the gadget to an enthralled audience, what he called the iPad. This iPad is unarguably an ultraportable device that does the work of a netbook but giving the user a "revolutionary" experience. According to Steve, iPad is the company’s “most advanced technology in a magical & revolutionary device at an unbelievable price.”

Pop up blocking

Everyone of us has faced those often nasty new browser windows opening up automatically when surfing online at some point or the other. During the early days of the internet, surfing through the web was a peaceful journey. When the internet revolution really began, the marketing guys went online too. And guess what! Pop up adds became their nuke weapon.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Free Windows driver download


Do you want to download drivers for your computer but don't know how to ? Or may be you are just unable to find them ! Today we will see how to download driver free of cost for your windows running computer without any hassles.

Many of us use Windows as their default operating system and for Windows XP and earlier versions, it is necessary to install the drivers of the hardwares being used, for them to work. Unless we do it, we will see these yellow question marks in device manager (Right click on My Computer>Click on Manage> Click on Device Manager on the left hand side menu. Alternatively, press Win key and R to get Run command.Type devmgmt.msc ) which means that the device drivers are missing.

Drivers, for each of these hardwares, are missing and they need to be installed for them to function properly.Also outdated or wrong versions of drivers can cause problem in the operation of the computer. (Note: In Windows Vista and presently Windows 7, the drivers are automatically loaded so there's no need to install them separately for most  hardwares).
Now we have got 3 main options with us.
  1. Install drivers from the motherboard and/or CD that we got with the respective hardware, or
  2. Incase the motherboard/hardware driver CD is not available, then go to the manufacturer's site (if the hardware manufacturer is known to us ), or
  3. Use the method I am going to show below.
If we do not have the first two options with us then we have to go for the third i.e. updating device drivers through special softwares. Many of the cases I have seen about missing drivers, the user doesn't usually have the driver cd with them (mostly in case of laptop owners who didn't get a separate cd from the manufacturer) or they have lost them. So ultimately they are left with no other option but to download them from the internet. People who are adept at using the internet find it easily locating the particular driver with the correct version but people who aren't so sure end up messing up their computers.

One of the simplest and least time consuming ways is to use the wonderful freeware Device Doctor.
Device Doctor is basically a freeware windows driver updater that is extremely easy to use and very efficient. According to the site www.devicedoctor.com "Device Doctor is a freeware Windows application that scans your computer hardware and checks to see if there are new driver updates available for your devices. It also locates drivers for "unidentified devices" in the Windows Device Manager."
It is very simple to use too.The basic interface looks like this -
Click on 'Begin Scan' and the software starts scanning your devices. Once that is done, it will start searching for updates for the devices from their online servers.

Once scanning for updates is over, it will display the drivers available for download as shown below

Now you will see all the downloads available listed as shown. You can click on Download Update and get the drivers updated one by one. Finish up with a restart and your computer is now updated with the latest device drivers.

Note that the most important aspect of this software is its huge and regularly updated library of drivers and its ease of use. Even a newbie can sit and update his pc using this software. Its a recommended software for all pc users to have.

This software is free and comes in two types, the normal installable version (4.6 mb) and the other portable version (5.1 mb) for use in multiple computers using a usb drive.

You can download them from the original site
Free Driver Update Software

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Making URL short

Step by step tutorial on making URL shorter.
For those who don't know, URL stands for Universal Resource Locator which is basically the address of the website you want to visit. Just like every house has an address to it, so does a website which has a unique address assigned o it. It is typed on the blank space on the top of the browser. See the example given below. Click on the images to make them larger.

I wanted to post URLs of my blogs on my mobile networking group but they were too long. Most sites like twitter or other free messaging services allow upto 140 characters to be typed. But my blog URLs stood out at an average of 70 characters which I could hardly afford. I tried a lot shortening my message but still could not make the entire message short enough to append the URL of the blog article. In the end I had to give up till I found a solution to it.

Honestly speaking, though I am in touch with the internet since around 1998 I am relatively new to blogging stuff. I did not ever try maintaining a blog or a website by my own, I was just happy to read out the universe of knowledge that the internet gave me. Thus I was thinking on how to cater to this problem of mine about making the URLs of the blogs shorted so that i could use them in messages through Twitter and elsewhere. Thinking on it, I dug my memory and realized that I have seen other blogs and websites use something called 'tiny url' which contained oddly twisted but relatively small links. Though I wasn't sure about what it exactly was , I had an idea of what it did. So I googled out tiny url and found its site - www.tiny.cc
Note that there are many such sites but I got this one 1st in my head so I ultimately ended up using it. 

According to Wikipedia "URL shortening is a technique on the World Wide Web where a provider makes a webpage  available under a very short URL in addition to the original address. For example, the page http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=TinyURL&diff=283621022&oldid=283308287 can be shortened to http://tinyurl.com/mmw6lb".
Instead of writing much about what it does, let me show you step by step on how to make original URLs shorter.

Let's take the example of one of my earlier posts on PC/Laptop overheating issues
The URL of this post was 70 characters long and I wanted to make them shorter. Thus I browsed over to www.tiny.cc , the home of TinyURL.

Now you can see "Enter a long URL that you want to make tiny" followed by a blank space. Type out the original URL that you want to make small. In my case it was http://babbleona.blogspot.com/2010/01/pclaptop-overheating-issues.html .
I put it in the appropriate place

The original URL has been copied into the box and now we click on 'Tiny It' . You can see the results below.

As you can see my original website link or the URL was 70 characters long and now it has been brought down to just 20 characters thus saving me 50 precious character space. It really is important if you are into mobile networking as the space is really limited, being 140 characters in most cases.

The real positive thing is that it makes my URL way shorter and I can now use it in a more efficient way for networking or other purposes. These links are permanent so there's no problem about the link getting expired et al.

One small problem that I noticed in this is that the shortened URL is case sensitive. Take this example again.
My original URL : http://babbleona.blogspot.com/2010/01/pclaptop-overheating-issues.html
Shortened URL : http://tiny.cc/DtL1g
Problem here is that its fine if these links are put up on webpages or hyperlinked on some webpage but if you are sending them as text message then there's a fair chance that the user might type all characters in small case and may end up getting an error. For a serious blogger or those wanting to make their presence even such small chances can be fairly harmful.

Thus to evade that problem we can use the customize option given to us. This option lets us put the keywords we want into new short URL. Thus to remove the problem of upper n lower case of characters we may put up some keyword in small case letters (note that if your given keyword is already used up then yours will be appended by some random number.).
In my case I put 'heatpc2'. I added the number beforehand cause 'heatpc' was already present and the site was allotting me some weird random numbers I did not like.
And I got this new link with my keywords all in small case.

Now, finally, I was happy and satisfied with the link that I could easily use for my networking purposes.

The keywords have a big role to play which many people do not use unfortunately. 1st of all any experience blogger would know the importance of the right set of keywords - they are very important in terms of Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Along with that I believe that the URL we get using keywords look sensible rather than the ones that are auto generated.
Thus we have seen how to make shortened URLs out of long ones.

Kindly note that there are many other such sites doing the same thing but TinyURL is one of the most popular ones out there. The most notable ones have been listed below
There are of course some more available but these are renowned ones. As these short URL serve good purpose as you have seen above, these can also be potentially harmful.
Spammers use these nonsensical URLs to camouflage their originals URLs and may redirect the internet user into harmful websites.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Giveaway of the Day - Platinum Guard 4.0.0


www.giveawayoftheday.com is giving away this windows cleaning and tweaking type software named Platinum Guard 4.0.0. According to the site "Platinum Guard helps you to remove any unnecessary files from your computer, allowing Windows to perform faster, while freeing up some valuable hard disk space, which otherwise would have been lost.
Apart from that Platinum Guard is also an excellent utility to protect your privacy."

Though we do have popular cleaners such as Tuneup Utility, ASC and Ccleaner out there, this is being given off as free as part of special promotion. Try this out it might turn out to be better. Who knows !!

We have added the Giveawayoftheday ticker on the right side. It will keep updated about the daily offering by that site so we won't be publishing it everyday. If there's something really good or helpful , then we might chip in a post about it.

You can download today's give away at www.giveawayoftheday.com

Giveaway of the Day - History Killer Pro 5.0.1


As I have already mentioned in earlier posts that www.giveawayoftheday.com puts of paid versions of software for free download as a part of promotional initiative. Today's give away is "History Killer Pro erases EVERYTHING you do on the computer that may put your privacy at risk – the websites you visit, what you search for, the passwords and credit card digits you enter into forms, the pictures and video you download, the documents you open, the programs you launch and much more. In just a few mouse clicks, you can wipe away every detail of your Internet activity and computer usage, so that there is NOTHING personal about you that can tell snoops or cyber criminals about your private computer habits."
 Though these days we have pretty decent history cleaners inside our browsers itself, but for some paranoid geeks out there, here's one software that will definitely do your work of cleaning up your mess. Grab the software till time lasts as these are free for one day only.

Download the software

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Giveaway of the Day - Crave World Clock


www.giveawayoftheday.com gives out paid softwares for free as a promotional initiative giving users to try out softwares which otherwise they might not have tried at all.

Today's give away software is Crave World Clock, which "is a nice looking clock for people who wish to keep in touch with friends, colleagues and clients around the world. The current date and time will be displayed for all major cities and countries on a real world map which shows day/night effects and real-time imagery provided by NASA. You can quickly add multiple cities of your choice on the World Map using Add/Remove City tool."

Remember these are free full versions of the same paid type but the offer is for 1 day only. So grab it before it expires.

Visit site for download

Corsair® Dominator™ GT DDR3 Memory Hits 2533MHz, Sets World Record for DDR3 Memory Frequency


Corsair's new ram named as Dominator GTX 2333MHz has been certified as the world's fastest XMP RAM by the Intel. Corsair beat its own previous record of scoring 2000MHz with its Dominator GT series of rams.

These rams are XMP certified by Intel meaning that they are overclocked enhancement of the standard DDR3 type of memory that are specifically beneficial of gaming rigs running on Intel technology.

According to Corsair, "the Corsair Dominator GTX1 modules are individually screened and tested on multiple high-performance Intel P55 chipset platforms to ensure that they operate at the incredible frequency of 2400MHz at timings of 9-11-9-27 at 1.65V," thus targeting it clearly towards overclockers and extreme gamers. But these rams won't be cheap either. They will cost around 200$for each 2gb kit you buy but they surely are the best offering in terms of memory kits.

These kits can be only only from official Corsair online shop. You can check them out here.
Corsair Online Store

Friday, January 22, 2010

Give away of the day

www.giveawayoftheday.com has launched an unique initiative wherein they give away full versions of paid softwares for free but for a limitated duration. This site gives away paid softwares for free ?? Then how are they or the software developers profiting from this ??
Yes , the softwares given away are definitely free for that given day. The software developers are giving off their software so that people would try their 'FREE' software which otherwise they wouldn't have tried because of their price tag.
It gives the developers an excellent opportunity to distribute and advertise their software. Also for the consumers, it'a an excellent opportunity to get their hands on full paid versions of software without the need to pay for them. For some adventurous type who prefer cracked versions of softwares for trials, this is an excellent opportunity to use those softwares in a legal way.
Is there any catch in this promotion ?? Yes, there's one small catch about users not being able to use their technical support though ofcourse their technical forums will always be available.
In all, its a win-win situation for both the developers as well as the consumers.

For more, check out their website www.giveawayoftheday.com

Today's Give away of the day is

JPG To PDF Converter


JPG To PDF Converter is a windows utility that quickly convert multiple images into a single pdf document. With JPG To PDF Converter users can create pdf files from image formats like JPG, GIF, BMP, TIF, PNG and PSD.

 Download Here



Remember that these free downloads are for one day one after which a new software is put up for promotion. So get the software soon. You can check the official site everyday for latest updates though we too will post regular updates on available softwares.

 

Free personal diary software for windows

People use books to maintain their thoughts which they call as their personal diaries. While many others resort to blogging which has become a fad in this digital age. But they do possess some limitations and disadvantages too.
How good would it be if one could write anything they wanted yet keep them secret from others without the fear for getting them leaked. Well, we have this software called 1-abc.net Personal Diary which is essentially a password protected personal diary which can save different entries with different passwords.
This software costs 19.99 $ but the company is giving away free serial keys as a part of promotional offer. so grab it soon!!
Click here for the promotional offer
 
Download Personal Diary
Publisher’s description :
In times when many people like to publish their thoughts and ideas in so-called web blogs that can be read by everyone, no-one seems to care about the normal meaning of diaries and the words and stories that are written in it. The general sense of diaries is to keep all these things private. Maybe the author wants to make it available to an external reader from time to time, but most of the time the content is not meant to be seen by anyone.
1-abc.net Personal Diary was designed especially for this need! This fast and easy-to-use product allows you to write down your thoughts every day to a password-secured file that is saved with a special encryption engine so that definitely no-one but you can open and change it without the knowledge of your password and without your permission.
Besides many useful functions like a very easy navigation, export functions for a single day or the whole diary, date and day of the week auto detection or the absolutely unique 1-abc.net encryption engine it is a very nice feature that this program can be installed on USB sticks, floppy disks and nearly all other re-writable media too. This function allows you to edit and add new entries to your personal diary on every computer in the world – even without the program installed on it.
Write down what happens on a journey, write down how your business is developing each day or write down all your private thoughts and feelings about your family, your friends, your love or your life! 1-abc.net Personal Diary brings the real idea of a diary how it was meant for centuries and millenniums back to the IT age.
For Windows® XP/Vista, Download size: 573 KB
Download Personal Diary

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Changing MAC address of a computer

As the title says, we will see how change the MAC address or id of the computer. But before we do that lets have a overview of what MAC is basically and what it's used for.

MAC or Media Access Control address (MAC address) is a unique idenifier assigned to most network adaptors or network interface cards (NICs...more specially what's known as LAN card or ethernet card) by the manufacturer for identification purposes. Now the question is why do we need to change it ?

These days many ISPs(internet service providers) lock their internet connection to a particular MAC of their subscriber. It is perfectly fine for most people but for people (am one of them) who have more than one computer/laptop and want to use internet on all of them as and when required, it can be quite a hectic job calling the call centre and setting the MAC for the pc they want to use it on every time you want to access internet from a different computer. The ISPs may lock MAC with their connection to safeguard their connection against malpractices or even for push sales for selling wireless solutions to be used on multiple pcs sharing a same connection.

I have a pc and a laptop. I use the net mostly on pc but need it on my laptop for updating it too. Calling the call centre every time is not an impressive solution as some times their service can be down too. Instead a found a very easy to use and simple solution for overcoming this problem.

AnalogX solutions have deveoped a software called anonymac which can solve the above problem by changing the MAC id of the computer.
Consider my situation, where the MAC lock is done with the MAC id of my pc and I want to use internet on my laptop. Thus I need to change the MAC id of my laptop and make it similar to my pc's.
To do this, I first need to check the MAC of my pc. So i need to run this software on my pc first. On the opening window click on local network and then you can see the info out on the software window. Under MAC address section the one on the active is the current MAC id of the pc.

Another way to check the MAC id is to go to start>click on run>type cmd>and then type ipconfig /all

once you do this, you will get a lot of info on the command prompt.Out of that check the physical address under Ethernet Adaptor local area connection. That is the MAC id.

Now once we have got our target MAC id,

open the software in the other computer, Click on local network on the upper most window.
Go to Modify MAC address section and type out the MAC address we got before and click on Apply new MAC. Refresh the network adaptor by disabling and enabling again or simply restart your computer. Now you are done. Both the computers have the same MAC and the internet connection can be used freely on any of them as needed.

There are many such software out in the internet but Anonymac is one of the smallest (only 523kb ) and best one available. For more information on this software check their site by clicking on the banner below.
You can download Anonymac from the link below:
Developers Site