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

PC/laptop overheating issues

Many of my friends and myself have faced this problem sometime or the other. And this is a common problem with people using laptops and and also with those having old pcs. What usually happens, is that we are working on our computer and then suddenly it shuts itself down (sometimes it restarts too but generally its made to shut down). This happens more often when playing a game on the computer or while doing some resource hungry work.

I have inquired about this with many people and mostly they face this problem while gaming and the computer shuts down. They get confused and some even get worried. People who know how to format a pc generally do that followed by a clean install, thinking that it would solve their problem. Others, who don't know how to do it, call up their technician and get it done for about 500 Rs (approx. 11 $).

What they don't realise is that a little self diagnosis can solve this problem most of the times. It's a general misconception that viruses/malware cause such problems and therefore the formatting and all that follows. Virus is not always the reason for computers to start behaving oddly.