Saturday, January 31, 2009

Best Settings For Gaming - XP

Windows Xp has a bad habit of running all unnecessary services even when we dont use them.. Like windows checks for a media in the drive every few minutes and also if you dont have a printer connected to your PC, it still checks for a printer.. hence consuming system resources..

So in this tutorial instead of disabling hardware and services and then enabling them over and over again, why don't we create a profile for gaming???

Follow these steps carefully:

1> Right click on My Computer and select Properties..
2> Select Hardware Tab, then click Hardware Profiles..
3> Mark "Original Configuration", than Copy and then Rename to "Game"..

Now you have created a menu that shows up when you boot your computer. Set the properties for your boot option in the "Hardware profiles selections" You normally would boot with the Original Configuration.Never delete your "Original Configuration" if you boot in another profile. Reboot your computer to see that this takes effect..

Its recommended that you sort through the list and read the descriptions to decide if you need that service depending on what you want to do with your computer. Remember, you can always turn the service back on if you find that you need it in the future. Below is the procedure to turn off a service. .
1> Click the start button..
2> Select run from the bottom of the right column..

3> Then type
" services.msc " in the box and click ok..

4> Once the services window has loaded we are ready to turn off unneeded services.
5> For instructional purposes we are going to turn off the
Portable Media Serial Number service.
6> Find this service in the list and select it with the mouse.

7> Right click and select Properties.
8> Once the properties windows has loaded locate the
Start up type drop down box and select disable.
9> Then just click ok and the next time the computer starts the service will not be loaded.

Now, to disable different services for a Game Machine

Below is a list of windows services that we recommend you change to the manual setting..

1.Routing and Remote Access
3.Application Layer Gateway Service** (only if firewall is not used)
4.Application Management
5.Background Intelligent Transfer Service
7.COM+ System Application
8.Distributed Link Tracking Client
9.Distributed Transaction Coordinator
10.Help and Support
11.IMAPI CD-Burning COM Service** (only if do you not use the cd-rw xp record suport)
12.IPSEC Services
13.Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service
14.MS Software Shadow Copy Provider
15.Net Logon
16.NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing
17.Network DDE
18.Network DDE DSDM
19.Network Location Awareness (NLA)
20.NT LM Security Support Provider
21.Performance Logs and Alerts
22.Portable Media Serial Number
24.Remote Desktop Help Session Manager
25.Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator
26.Remote Registry
27.Removable Storage
29.Smart Card
30.Smart Card Helper
31.SSDP Discovery Service
32.System Restore Service
35.Uninterruptible Power Supply
36.Universal Plug and Play Device Host
37.Volume Shadow Copy
38.Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)
39.Windows Installer
40.Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Extensions
41.Wireless Zero Configuration
42.WMI Performance Adapter
43.Fast User Switching Compatibility ** (only if fast user shiching is not used or the machine have one user only)
44.Protected Storage
45.Windows Time
46.TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
47.Task Scheduler
48.Secondary Logon
49.Print Spooler ** (only if the pc do not have or use a printer)
50.Indexing Service
51.Error Reporting Service
52.Computer Browser
53.Internet Connection Firewall (ICF) / Internet Connection Sharing

Select each service to configure, right-click, select Properties, Choose "Log on" tab. In the lower part of this box select "Disable" or "Enable" dependent on which hardware profile you configure. If you configure for "Game" you choose "Disable" to free up system resources.
Note: Novice users please create a System Restore Point before you perform this XP tweak..


Friday, January 30, 2009

Best Free Anti-Virus-Avast

I have used many anti-virus softwares and many of them have claimed to be the best and what not.. but none of them have been able to convince me that they will keep my PC safe from all the latest threats out there..

I was never content with any anti-virus until i came across avast anti-virus.. And the best part is , its totally free.. just log on to the site and register with a valid mail id and download the home edition of avast.. Trust me.. Its more than enough to keep your system protected at all times.. Although it consumes slightly higher resources than other AV softwares [ but a lot less than Norton ] but it keeps your PC clean at all costs..

Download Avast Home Edition[Free]


Saturday, January 24, 2009

Prince Of Persia 2008 Walkthrough

Heres the latest Prince of Persia[2008] walkthrough full with images during game play.. Some just know it as POP 2008 and some know it as POP Ghosts Of The Past, what ever it may be..
Follow this walkthrough as it is and you will have no confusion since the game is designed in such a way that no 2 players will have be at the same spot at the same time.. its the choices that you make during your gameplay that will change the face of the game.. So make sure to follow the walkthrough carefully or else you will soon end up in a mess..

Download Walkthrough


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Best Torrent Downloader- U Torrent

The best and most trusted torrent downloader is uTorrent..
A very light and efficient piece of software, just 263kb, very easy to configure [even for a newbie] and doesnt eat up much system resources and has a multitude of skins that are easy to apply.. And the best part is its free, so are the rest of the torrent downloaders but this ones always special.. And through my personal experience i
find that there is no other torrent downloader that can come up to it..
So what are you waiting for.. just click on the link below and download it asap..

Download For Windows
Download For Mac


Saturday, January 17, 2009

Intel Core i7 Extreme: The Fastest Processor Till Date

Intel Corporation has launched its most advanced desktop processor ever called the Intel Core i7 processor.. The first member of a new family of Nehalem processor designs, it speeds video editing, games and other Internet and computer activities by up to 40 percent without increasing power consumption..

Intel Turbo Boost Technology automatically adjusts the clock speed of one or more of the four individual processing cores for single- and multi-threaded applications to boost its performance.. The Core i7 processor more than doubles the memory bandwidth of previous Intel “Extreme” platforms, speeding the transfer of computer bits and bites in and out of the processor with Intel Quickpath Technology.. Intel’s Hyper-Threading Technology allows multiple computing threads to run simultaneously, effectively enabling it to do two things at once, so the Core i7 quad-core processor delivers 8-threaded performance.. AWESOME!!!!

Each Core i7 processor has an 8 MB level 3 cache and three channels of DDR3 1066 memory to deliver the best memory performance of any desktop platform. Intel’s top performance processor, the Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition, also removes overspeed protection, allowing further increase in the chip’s speed..

While Intel Core i7- 920 starts at around Rs 13000[approx], the top of the line Intel Core i7-965 Extreme Edition will cost around Rs 50,000[approx.]..


Retrieve Data From Damaged Or Scratched Discs

Most of us back up data on discs.. Weather its cd or dvd, its fragile.. and not a least bit resistant to scratches..

Anatomy of scratches
There are two types of scratches, perpendicular and spiral.. Data from perpendicular scratched discs can be retrieved easily but the data from spiral discs can but a bit of a problem..

Attempt To Recover Data From Scratched Disc

In my personal opinion, CD Recovery Toolbox always comes out on top..
Just insert the damaged CD, DVD, HD DVD or Blue-Ray disc and the software will show you the list of files and folders found on the disc..

Choose the ones you want to recover and click next. This process can be real slow, so just be patient.. It can recovers files larger than 4 GB and even detects lack of free space on the designated storage hard drive..

The next best option would be Raodkil's Unstoppable Copier.. A similar software thats capable of recovering data from damaged or scratched discs.. [DUH!!]

If the recovery is taking too long you also have an option to pause, save and resume sessions at some other time.. Convenient huh?
And of course the above two were for windows only..

And if you are a Linux user.. you stil can recover data.. try using DDrescue.. Its a command line tools offering plenty of options, check out the image below..

And if all fails.. there are a few do-it-yourself solutions:

You can try to repair those scratched discs to make them playable again.. The best way to do this is to use a whitening toothpaste or some polish [specially those used by opticians] although Brasso also works fine..

1> Clean the surface of the disc with a soft lint-free cloth.. You can also use a gentle detergent [or rubbing alcohol] if there are some grease spots.. Make sure there are no finger prints or dust particles and be sure not to scrub too hard as you may do more harm than good..

2> Now apply some toothpaste or polish on the scratched surface.. It is best to start with a minimum amount of either, or you will have your work really hard to buff away the remainder..

3> Now rub gently with a cloth moving from the center outwards..

If you have done a good job with it.. you will see the scratches diminishing or if it was a minor scratch it will totally be wiped out[literally].. This is a hit and miss process so the results may vary..

Few Tips:

1> Try recovery in a CD/DVD writer as opposed to a reader.. Writers are generally more precise and can see the tracks better..
2> If possible try recovery on the same drive that was used to create the disc.. Chances of a good read have been found to increase if you use the same drive or at least the same manufacturer..
3> If nothing helps you can go to music stores and show them your disc. Such stores usually have a CD refinishing machine and may be able to do a better job..
4> Buy good quality media..

And after all this if nothing helps.. use it as a coaster.. Cheers!!

Note: Try these remedies at your own risk


USB 3.0- The Fastest USB Till Date

Its been ages since we started hearing about it and now its finally here..
The latest version of USB, the USB 3.0.. and it's going to be ten times faster than its predecessor.. The good news is that it's backward-compatible with our old buddy, USB 2.0. You can see the two new plugs , with the one on top the standard USB 3.0 plug that will fit in current USB sockets, and the smaller one pictured underneath destined for portable devices such as cell phones and music players..

You can plug these cables into old USB devices, of course, you won't get that blazing speed unless that device's innards have the new USB 3.0 hardware inside.. Expect computers and other gadgets to be equipped with this new system very soon.. Other than faster speed, the new protocol will feature better power management, and optical cabling inside, too.. AWESOME!!!

How fast can it possibly be???

Well if you are transferring a 25GB HD movie from one place to another with USB 1.0, it takes about 9.3 hours.. And with USB 2.0, just under 14 minutes but with USB 3.0???
It takes just 70 seconds..

Now thats fast..


Friday, January 16, 2009

WI-Fi?? Not Any More-- Its Mi-Fi Now..

Yeah thats right.. Mi-Fi..

Its a portable wireless router that will deliver wireless 3G data network access to multiple users in a small area. Much the same size as a credit card, the sleek looking MiFi will let users select access to EVDO or HSPA high speed data networks..

This "cloud" of high-speed Internet connectivity that MiFi offers can be shared not only between users, but between devices such as laptops, cameras, gaming devices and multimedia players. Perfect for carpooling and relieving boredom in the back seat during that long road trip with kids - think Nintendo DS or Sony PSP - the MiFi will support up to five users simultaneously..

The MiFi has an onboard Linux processor capable of hosting software applications and additional content storage capabilities via MicroSD adn also claims to have 40 hours stand by and 4hrs of active usage..

The Mi-Fi should be available in the first quarter of 2009..


ScribeFire- A Powerful Blogging Add on For Firefox

ScribeFire is a full-featured blog editor that integrates with your browser and lets you easily post to your blog..
You can drag and drop formatted text from pages you are browsing, take notes, upload images, and post to multiple blogs..

Here's this list of blogging services it works with:
1> (
2> LiveJournal (
3> Xanga (
4> Windows Live Spaces (
5> Performancing (
6> Jeeran (
7> Tumblr (
8> MySpace (
9> b2Evolution (
10> Splinder (

ScribeFire also supports custom blogging platforms which are usually blogging software hosted on your own server.

The currently supported blogging platforms are:

1> WordPress (
2> Movable Type (
3> Drupal (
4> Textpattern (
5> Roller (
6> Blogger (
MetaWeblog API (Any blogging software that implements this API)..

Any blogging software or blogging platform that implements the MetaWeblog API is implicitly supported by ScribeFire.

Works with Firefox 2.0 – 3.1b3pre



Power Twitter- A Twitter Add-on For Firefox

Yeah.. its here.. twitter add-on for firefox.. Dont you just love it when a powerful browser like firefox has more to offer ever single day.. This time its good news for twitter and firefox lovers..

Power Twitter adds features to the Twitter Web interface including:

1> Search
2> Search scoped to a specific user
3> Status history peeking on mouseover
4> Facebook status updates
5> Inline YouTube, Flickr, and TwitPic
6> Url expansion
7> Url translation to page titles
8> Open web update [news feed] mapping..

Works with Firefox 1.5-3.0*



Monday, January 12, 2009

ASUS EEE Keyboard

Without any doubt, this is one the most impressive keyboards i have ever come across.. The " Eee Keyboard " stuffs a PC with respectable notebook-like specs into a keyboard. Flat and a 5" [inch] touchscreen display sit on top a very thin keyboard frame with a host of connections on the back - even unwanted ones.
Asus’ new take on the all-in-one features Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n along with wireless HDMI and Bluetooth 2.0 meaning that short of a power cord, users can connect wirelessly to any and all required peripherals including a high definition display or HDTV.

The features on this innovative keyboard are as follows:

1> Self-contained PC / keyboard combo with integrated 5-inch touchscreen display
2> OS: Windows XP Home Edition
3> 1.6GHz Intel Atom microprocessor
4> 1GB of DDR2 DRAM
5> 16GB or 32GB SSD
6> Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
7> Bluetooth 2.0
8> Ultra Wideband HDMI

9> USB 2.0 x2, VGA, HDMI, headphone and mic ports
10> Weight: 2 lbs

What more could you possibly want in a keyboard??


Friday, January 9, 2009

How To Speed Up Windows XP-Display Tweak

Windows Xp looks real cool with all its graphics and themes. But that too has a down side, you guessed it.. Its consumes a lot of memory to look pretty..

So you want a balance between being pretty and performance??
Just follow this display optimizing tweak and watch XP perform faster..

1> Click On Start
2> Click Settings
3> Click Control Panel
4> Click System
5> Click Advanced Tab
6> In the " Performance " tab click " Settings "

or u also can,

1> Right Click on " My Computer " and select " System Properties "..
2> A System Properties will pop up. Click on the " Advanced Tab " ..
3> Under Performance click on the " Settings " button..

By default, all the lil boxes will be checked, now what you have to do is..

Uncheck all the Li'l Check Boxes except:

1> Use a background image for each folder type
2> Use common tasks in folders
3> Use drop shadows for icons labels on the desktop
4> Use visual styles on windows and buttons

Mostly these should be the last four in the list.

Note: Please read carefully before unchecking any of the boxes.


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Microsoft Team- 1978

Well, i got nothing to say 'bout this.. Except..


26 Must Have Applications For Nokia N95

If you are looking to Pimp your N95, be sure to go through the list of 25 must haves for the Nokia N95..

1. Fring: Free mobile VoIP app with Skype, Google Talk, ICQ, MSN Messenger and Twitter support
2. SlingPlayer Mobile: Stream and control your SlingPlayer
3. The Filter: Navigate your music in style and create on the fly playlists
4. Emoze: Full Outlook push sync - who needs a crackblackberry?
5. Nokia Sports Tracker: Keep track of your training schedule
6. WWIGO: Webcam Wherever I Go - works both ways, using the N95’s camera
7. Movino: Collection of open source for broadcasting/streaming to smartphones
8. Calcium: One of my personal favs, the best calculator for S60 handsets
9. Lifeblog: blog and share your photos on the move
10. Shozu: Post your photos and videos to multiple sites
11. Gizmo: Make calls over WiFi to save money
12. Jaiku Mobile: Alternative to twitter
13. MyStrands: Great music player and discovery tool
14. Handy Taskman: Adds several useful toos to your Nokia phone
15. RotateMe: Give the iPhone a run for its money with this cool screen orientation tool
16. Screenshot For Symbian: Save your screenshots in popular image formats
17. EMTube: Another fav. Improve the way you watch YouTube videos on your phone
18. Opera Mini: Great browser for smartphones
19. Flip Silent: When a call comes in, go into silent mode just by flipping your phone!
20. Shutup: Another silence/flipping service
21. Wavelog: Blogging service for S60
22. Dr Kukka’s Inclinometer: No practical use other than to show off to mates. Tells you when you are tilted….
23. QIK: Stream videos from your N95 to the web
24. Nokia Internet Radio: A….radio service
25. EXTGPS: Use the N95 GPS with your laptop via bluetooth

And last but not least..
26> Speereo Voice Translator, according to Mike who had commented earlier to this post..
" Speereo Voice Translator is a talking phrasebook that supports bi-directional translation for 16 languages: English, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, Italian, Finnish, Russian, Turkish, formal Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Korean, and Japanese.

Additional services include:
Online Flight Timetable and Flight Status, Online World Weather, Travel Guides, Size/Measure/Currency converters.. "
And mike also states that it works fine on his N95..
Thanks loads Mike for your feedback..


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Fake Anti-Virus Applications-

Lately there have been many fake anti-virus and anti-malware softwares releasing onto the internet..
These fake anti-virus applications etc all not only pose as a threat to security but also compromise on the safety of sensitive personal information..


How To Remove Windows Sticky Keys-Windows Tweak

Microsoft has an annoying habit of stuffing many unwanted facilities into its OS..
By default a feature called " Sticky Keys " will be enabled on your PC..

To check if your PC has sticky keys enabled just press the " shift " key FIVE times in a row.. If it is enable a "Sticky Key" window will pop up..

To disable Sticky Keys, follow the steps given below:

1> Press SHIFT 5 times consecutively. The Sticky Keys window will pop up..
2> Click Settings. Then accessibility Options pops up.
3> On the "Keyboard" tab click the "Settings" button in the "Sticky Keys" section..
4> Uncheck the items in this window and click OK..
5> Click Apply and OK on Accessibility Options.

There you have it.. No more Sticky Keys..


How To Remove Hibernation In Windows XP- Speed Up Windows XP

If you do not use hibernation, make sure you do not have it enabled, which reserves disk space equal to the amount to your RAM on your system. .
So if you have 512mb RAM, it will use up 512 MB disk space too..

To disable hibernation, do the following:
1> Start
2> Control Panel
3> Performance And Maintenance
4> Power Options
5> "Power Options Properties" window pops up and then click on the hibernate tab and UNCHECK the " Enable Hibernation Box "..

Thats it.. now you have saved a good amount of disk space..


How To Speed Up Windows XP- Error Reporting Tweak

Windows has an annoying habit of reporting errors which in turn slows down your computer, although not by much but still manages to use up system resources..

So if you don't want to be reporting to microsoft corp about these errors.. just follow the simple steps to disable them:

1> Start
2> Control Panel
3> Performance And Maintenance
4> System
5> The "System Properties" window will pop up. Now click on the " Advanced " tab and there you will find the "Error Reporting" button right above the " Cancel " button.
6> Click on " Error Reporting " and select the " Disable Error Reporting " radio button.

Note: It is recommended to keep checked the " But notify me when critical errors occur " button


How To Speed-Up Windows XP- Indexing Tweak

If you do not do a whole lot of searches on your hard drive then I suggest turning this feature off..
Windows XP always keeps a record of all files on the hard disk, only to make your search faster..

Follow these steps:
1> Click On Start
2> Click On Control Panel
3> Click Performance And Maintenance
4> Click Administrative Tools
5>Double Click on Services
6> A new window pops up .. now scroll down and find "indexing services" and- Right click on indexing services and select properties and then from the "start-up type" drop down menu select " disable " and click "OK" and close the window[s]..

Keep in mind that there is also a downside to this and because the computer has to index all files, it will slow down normal file functions like open, close, etc..


Monday, January 5, 2009

Phishing On Twitter

When you want to login to twitter.. its always best to type in into your address bar rather than searching for links over the internet.. and of course, you can bookmark the page for later for " ease of use "..
Even if you want to login using search engines like Google or Yahoo.. make sure your address bar displays and not
The latter being a fraudulent site will most probably be on the prowl for sensitive information like passwords, credit card details etc..
This could be received via mail too..


Friday, January 2, 2009

How To Change Your Stumbleupon Password

Its a Simple 3-Step Guide on How To Change Stumbleupon Password:

1. Go download the StumbleUpon Toolbar

2. Install the toolbar and look for the Tools drop-down menu

3. Select Change Passwords

Then in the pop up window, type in your old password, then your new one and then again,confirm your new password..

You should receive a mail from stumbleupon confirming that your password has been changed..


Almost Every File Format In the World

Heres a list of all almost all the file extensions and their description:

A - Z

Symbols And Numbers

If you find any missing, please feel free to comment..

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