Friday, March 27, 2009

How To Remove Shortcut Overlay In Windows Vista

icksWhenever you try to create a shortcut in Windows Vista its always brings up the " Customize Shortcut Overlay ".. There is a simple way to get rid of this annoying behavior of Vista and thats by download a simple software known as " Vista Shortcuts Overlay Manager ".. What this application basically does is that it changes the default icon behavior of your shortcuts in Windows Vista.. Click on the link at the end of this post to download..

In this application you will see that it has four options..


1> Arrow
2> Light Arrow
3> Custom Arrow
4> No Arrow
and there is another option right below these four that reads " Select here to remove “-shortcut” extension when new shortcuts are created "

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Note: You will need .NET installed in your PC and you will also have to restart your system or log out and in again..


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Google vs Gravity..

Today we will be coming across a very interesting link the proves that "What goes up, must come down " and also the fact that nothing can escape gravity.. Not even the world's best and most used search engine: Google..


Basically what you have to do is just throw around your the window a lil bit here and there and watch the world's best search engine become a victim of gravity..
Fool around with this page a lil and comment on it..
Google vs Gravity


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New Worm Infects Cable And DSL Modems

A new Worm called the Psyb0t or Bluepill is believed to have originated from Australia, unlike other worms, this one targets routers and DSL/Cable modems.. It is loaded with 6,000 common user names and 1,13,000 passwords which include the 2 most popular ones: Netgear and Linksys..
Since routers and modems are on 24/7 this worm has an advantage of having unlimited attempts at logging on making them the ideal target for hackers..

The good news is thatB0tnet functions appear to have been disabled and the bad news is that the worm is very hard to detect and has alredey infected more than 1,00,000 modems and still may be stealing personla information from your PC..

To stay protected, make sure that the user name and the password of your router/modem has been changed from the default to a strong username and password which should be a combination of alphabets and numbers which can get hard to crack..
So change your usernames and passwords immediately..


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Thursday, March 26, 2009

How To Make MS Word Print A Document's Background

Have you ever noticed that when you try to print a word document with a background image/colour, it always fails to print the background image/colour and the background remains white no matter what.. Even the Microsoft web-site states that user created backgrounds don't print by default..
The solution to this problem is very simple, just a few clicks here and there and you are done with it..
1> Click on the Office button and Goto the Word Options..


2> Within the " Word Options " Window click on the " Display " button on the left pane and then place a check next to the " Print Background Colours And Images "..


Note: This trick works with MS Office 2007 and if you do not want to print the background image for any document, make sure that you undo the changes you have currently made..


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How To Disable Autorun Feature In Windows Vista

The " Autorun " feature in Windows can be a great nuisance for those who prefer to have total control of their PC.. So for those of you who like to keep things under their control and don't like wasting their system resources on unwanted functions like autorun etc can just follow this simple tutorial..

1> Goto the control panel and open it..
2> Under the " Hardware and Sound Menu " click on " Play CDs or Other Media Automatically "..

3> Now you have to disable the first option that appears in the pop-up window which reads " Use Autoplay For All Media And Devices"..

Choosing this option will disable the Autorun feature on all devices including USBs, CDs and DVDs..
And for those of you who would like to have ultimate control over your OS.. you can click on the drop down menu on the right side of each option and set it according your your liking..


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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

iPod Shuffle's Functions

Many people who own an ipod shuffle know that its functions are quite confusing [No, we are not talking about the basic functions of Play,Pause,FF/RW or Volume +/-].. Its the other functions of the iPod shuffle that get people guessing..
For example: did you know that 1 green and 3 orange blinks of the iPod's light means : " Disable Buttons "..
So for all you people who dont want to keep guessing we have an image file for you to help you understand your iPod Shuffle better..


Note: The image used above is just for a preview.. To get a clearer view click on the download button right below..

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Speed Up Adobe Reader With Adobe Reader Light 9.1

Despite of being the world's favorite PDF Reader.. most of its users hate Adobe's PDF reader for one reason.. The damn thing takes ages to load!!! .. The unwanted features in Adobe Reader is what makes it take so long to load and is called the " Adobe Reader Bloat "..
Although Adobe reader has one major advantage over all the light weight readers ie it renders PDF documents in the most perfect manner where as many light weight readers fail to do so..
So to solve this problem of delayed loading times a few talented developers have removed the unwanted features and packed it into one small portable package that's now called Adobe Reader Lite..
The regular Adobe Reader 9 uses 204 MB of disk space while the lite version uses only 62.67 MB..

Features of Adobe Reader Lite 9.1:
* Removed features and plugins not required by average users..
* Autorun and desktop shortcuts removed..
* Start menu shortcut converted to non-advertised..
* Removed Beyond Adobe and License Agreement popups..
* Removed all auto-update features..
* Removed AcroRd32Info.exe therefore no errors filling up the event log..
* Form filling allowed..
* Disabled the "make Adobe Reader better" dialog-box and "Create PDF using Acrobat.com" from the toolbar..
* Cosmetic changes and removal of some other " not needed " features..


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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

WORLD EARTH HOUR 2009- Save Mother Earth

Mother Earth has offered us all so many beautiful gifts from the air that we breath to the land that we walk on.. And what have we done for her? Just polluted her, cut down and destroyed her, each and every second of our lives we help deteriorate her in every possible way by using electrical appliances, burning fuel, dumping wastes into the oceans etc..

So how can you be a part of World Earth Hour..
Just switch off your lights on March 28th 2009 at 8:30pm[IST] for one whole hour..
Watch the count down and be ready..


MySpace Countdowns


World Earth Hour is coming real close, real fast.. The fight against global warming is in full momentum.. Be and stay a part of it, forever..
We have only one Earth.. We have only one Mother.. Save Her..


Video courtesy: www.youtube.com, this song by Michael Jackson from his History album has been used only for awareness and not for personal promotional purposes..

Support World Earth Hour 2009 by registering in the following links:
www.wwf.org [Just click on your country and you will be taken to the World Earth Hour page for your area]
www.earthhour.in [exclusive for India]
www.wwfinida.com[exclusive for India]


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Prevent Mouse And Keyboard Use When PC Unattended

Many a times you are reluctant to leave your computer unattended because you don't want people snooping around your private data..
Instead of leaving your PC on hibernate mode with password protection on, which consumes a lot of system resources.. Why not just temporarily disable all your input devices??
Today we will be discussing about a tiny software which will help you most when you are away from your PC..
It is called " Block Input " and as the name states it temporarily disables all input devices till the time you have specified..


Features:
* Can personalize the Hotkey which by default is " Ctrl+Q "..
* Can change the time out settings..
* Sits in the Windows System Tray..
* Consumes approx of 4MB memory for running..
* Compatible with most versions of Windows..

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Remove Icv.exe Trojan Virus

Trojans are dangerous to ones privacy and can assist in data theft.. To keep your PC clean its only best to have a good anti-virus and anti-spyware installed on your PC..
Icv.exe is an executable file that infect the " System32 " folder of your PC which has a moderate risk rating..

Type: Trojan Virus
Location: C:\WINDOWS\system32\icv.exe
Risk Level: Moderate

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Monday, March 23, 2009

How To Activate " Undo Send " feature in Gmail..

Many times when you are cross with someone and you have something on your mind that you really want to spit it out to the other person and you use your mail id to pass on your thoughts..
Only to realize later that you shouldn't have done so.. or may be accidentally sent your mail to the wrong recipient or made spelling mistakes while typing..
If you have been a victim of these silly lil crimes [i know i have], you might wanna try out the new feature in Gmail.. The " Undo Send " feature.. Gmail has many new features like video, smileys etc which are enabled by default its not the same with the " Undo Send " feature..
To activate this feature:
1> Login to your Gmail account..
2> Click on " Settings " and then click on " Labs "..
3> Almost towards the bottom you will find the " Undo Send " feature.. Just click on the "Enable" radio button..


4> At the bottom left of the page you will find a " Save Changes " button, click it and you are ready to use the undo feautre of Gmail..

Note: Make sure you click on the Undo button soon after your mail is sent that is if you don't want the recipient to receive it.. Its basically just a grace period offered by Gmail to its users..


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Hidden Music In XP x32??

Microsoft Windows might be very good at errors and hang ups but one thing is for sure.. Their choice of music isn't all that bad.. Wondering what i am talking about, well MS Windows XP has an amazing enigmatic track hidden within XP.. which doesn't actually come into use during any of the sessions in XP.. To access and listen to the track just follow the steps..
1> Click on the " Start" menu and then click on "Run"..
2> In the textbox provided in the "Run" windows type "System32" without quotes ofcourse..
3> Look for a folder named " oobe " and open it.. Within this folder look for another folder named "images "..
4> Within the " images " folder look for a audio file with the name " title " and play it using your audio player..
Check it out and comment on it..

Special thanks to Abhilash for letting us know that this trick works only on Windows XP x32 versions..

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Remove Wini32 Trojan Virus

eA new trojan horse which infects your windows " System32 " folder..
Although the risk level is categorized under moderate, still it can do enough damage to your PC and bring down your PCs security..

Type: Trojan Virus
Location: C:\WINDOWS\System32\wini32.exe
File Type: Executable File
Threat Level: Moderate

To remove this trojan just download and install STOPzilla to find and destroy this little pest and many more which might be in your PC..


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Note:The above mentioned software has a 5/5 rating by tocows.com and was on the Editor's Choice in CNET..

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Best Free Anti-Spyware

The internet is full of files that can infect your PC and if not detected on time can cause heavy damage to your data on your PC like making copies of files and filling up your HDD or just deleting all your data on the PC..

Its always better to keep yourself protected at all times as one can never know we a attack can take place.. A infected file might be a document you received from our friend via mail or a web page you visited which is obviously fake and can do some real damage to your PC.. What can you do about it?? Just download and install STOPzilla which has been given 5 Stars by the site tocows.com and is also on the list of CNET's Editors Choice..

Features:
* Real Time Advanced Protection [It detects, blocks and quarantines..]
* Advanced Pop Up Blocker
* Frequent Updates which means better protection against the latest threats..
* Very Simple User Interface..

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Internet Explorer 8 Released

Microsoft Corporation made an announcement today that it will release their final version of the Internet Explorer [IE] today noon EDT.. It can be downloaded now from their official Internet Explorer 8 website which is available in 25 different language editions.. [Link given below]
This attempt from Microsoft Corporation is to get back its market share from popular web browsers like Mozilla Firefox, Opera and Chrome..
Features:
Microsoft has taken up the challenge and added several new and improved features into its latest browser.. A few of the features are
* Private Browsing Mode
* Automatic Crash Recovery
* Cross Site Scripting [XSS]
* Smart Screen Filters
* Accelerators
* Web Slices
Most of these features are already in use by the new Firefox users into their browsers with the help of add-ons.. All these new and improved features still don't bring IE8 to the top of the list after all the performance tests.. So i guess still Mozilla Firefox will continue its reign as the best browser..
There is no information available at this point if Microsoft will add this version of the IE to Windows or will they include it as an update to their customers..
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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Increase Browsing Speed With Opera Turbo

Do you have a slow internet connection?? Does it take ages to load a single page?? Is your connecting speed real low?? If you are facing these issues while surfing the net we have a simple solution for you.. Change you internet connection.. JUST KIDDING.. We do have a solution for you and its real simple.. Just download and install Opera Turbo.. Basically it is a server side optimization and compression technology which not only increases your browsing speed but also reduces your usage if you are on a "Pay Per Usage Plan"..

The Working Principle Of Opera Turbo:

Opera Turbo increases your browsing speed by compressing the internet traffic so it can easily flow through your connection.. And according to Opera's video explanation it can compress a size down upto 80% of the original..

Since Opera Turbo uses a new technology which is Opera Web Optimisation Proxy web sites layout & text will look exactly the same, but the only draw back being image resolution may appear a little lower due to compression.. Also Web technologies such as Ajax and Flash are supported by this browser..

Privacy Issues??

With Opera Turbo encrypted traffic does not undergo compression that is the data is not sent via the compression servers, in such cases it bypasses the traffic and lets you communicate with the
SSL site directly.. So its quite safe to safe that Opera does not store any user information..
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Note: If you are using a broadband you will not notice much change in speeds but if you are using a dial up connection, Opera Turbo is the best choice for you..


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Resistance Retribution Is Out For The PSP

PSP a name every gamer is aware of.. And for those of you who dont know about it yet, its Sony Corporations handheld gaming console, the PSP stands for Play Station Portable..
In the past few years many amazing games shave been realeased for the PSP like Final Fantasy Crisis Core, God Of War Chains of Olympus, Final Fantasy Dissidia, Tekken, Burnout, Transformers, and how can we forget the gae of all games " The Prince Of Persia Trilogy ".. Although they have failed to add in Assassin's Creed and the Devil May Cry series..

In this post we will be discussing about a new Sci-Fi Shooter game: Resistance-Retribution..
Retribution's success totally goes to the control scheme.. To move you use the analog stick.. The face buttons are for aiming.. The left and right shoulder buttons to fire.. and ofcourse the D pad for miscellaneous actions.. Though aiming with four separate buttons can become a very hactic task, so to help you out of this predicament Retribution features an aim-assist window which is a bracketed targeting area in the middle of the screen.. Look at the image below..
Image courtesy gamespot

The game comes no where next to easy.. The enemies are very aggressive.. The air is mostly filled with bullets or projectiles.. There are a variety of enemies from easy to tough and then the ones who need to be shot between the eyes which can be very challenging.. And also make sure that you maneuver in a very cautious manner or you could end up dead.. You are also faced with some exciting swimming and some mech piloting which slow down the pace of the game a bit..
Image courtesy gamespot

Ratings for this game too are quite good..
IGN gives it a 9.2/10 and Gamespot gives it a 8.5/10.. Overall its quite an amazing game..


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Apple Officially Launches iphone OS 3.0

Apple has just launched the iphone OS3.0 and its pumped up with many features and improvements that should have been available in in the previous versions of the iphone..
The OS3.0 claims to have more than 100 new features..

Below we will be listing the main features of the OS3.0:
* Copy n Paste Text:..
* SDK with over 1000 new API..
* Stereo Bluetooth..
* MMS[On the 3G version only] ..
* Push Notifications..
* Extended Search..
* Landscape Mode in mail, SMS and Notes..
* Record, edit and send voice memos via email or MMS..
* Send Multiple Photos At a time..
* Turn By Navigation..
* Tether Capability..
According to Apple, the public release will be sometime in summer of this year..
Need more details on the iphone?? log on to:Gizmodo


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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Automatically Delete Windows Temporary Files

Everytime you use your PC windows creates a temporary which is used during the process but still remains in the " Temp " folder even after its needed no more.. Accumulation of temporary files over a period of time can create alot of junk on your PC there by slowing down your system..
Its a good practice to delete your temporary files every once a week but many of us just forget to do so..
So why not have windows automatically do it for you? Here are the steps to be followed make windows delete your temporary files for you..

1> Click on the " Start " button and then click on " Run "..
2> In the "Run" window type " gpedit.msc "..
3> Next select Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Terminal Services -> and finally " Temporary Folder "
4> Once after you have double clicked and come to the contents of the "Temporary Folder" right click on " Do Not Delete Temporary Folder Upon Exit " and go to properties and select the " Enable " radio button.. And click "OK"..

There.. you are done.. now whenever windows puts a file int hat folder.. It will automatically get deleted once windows is done with it..
Note: gpedit.msc is only available with Windows XP


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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Prevay The Best Free Wordpress Theme

This new Wordpress theme includes all the little details the make alot of difference in your blog.. This theme also includes many new features that were previously unavailable in other Wordpress themes..

Features:
1> About the author section: A section that will be displayed at the end of each post that will display info about the author..
2> Featured Content Section: This area is for your highly viewed content and it also allows you to have images in with the content..
3> Search Engine Optimised: Helps in better detection by search engines..
4> Widget Compatibilty: Prevay is a theme with widget ready compatiblity which lets you customise the theme according to your needs..
5> Navigation Bar: At the top an navigatiop bar is available for the easy of going through your site..
6> Adsense Optimised: Its adsense optimised allowing you complete comtrol of your site and there by helping you to monitize your site better..
7> Three Side Bars:Side bars are on the right hand side of the theme which in turn includes a centre bar and two left and right sidebars..
8> XHTML Validated: The theme has been thoroughly tested and has passed Validated Markup..

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