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How to open folders just by typing their name in the run dialogue ?

I mentioned How to create shortcuts to folders in my earlier post .But many a shortcuts on your desktop might create a mess.So what if you can access the folders just by typing their name in the run dialogue ?

  • create a shortcut to the folder as I told in my earlier post.
  • Now rename that shortcut which will be like this "Shortcut to music" to some name like music etc.
  • Now move the shortcut to windows directory i.e C:\windows by default and you are done
Now go to run and just type the shortcut name and you can open the folder.

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How to creat shortcuts for folders and assign a hot key to them ?

Some folders like your music folder and movie folders are accessed a large number of times.It might not be that much easy to navigate through my computer every time when you wanna open that folder.What if you can create a shortcut of the folder or you have a hot key to open your common folder ?

Techbuzz has a solution for this question.Follow the steps below for doing it.
  1. Select the folder for which you want to create a shortcut.
  2. Now Create a shortcut, and place it on the desktop. (You can create a shortcut by opening the folder, pointing to New on the File menu, then clicking Shortcut. Drag the shortcut to your desktop.)
  3. Now Right click the new shortcut, and then click Properties.
  4. In the Properties dialog box, click the Shortcut tab, and in the dialogue box, enter a Control key combination [like Alt + s +Ctrl] which you want to assign to the folder and then click OK.

Normally I create a shortcut folder in my documents and I store all other folder shortcuts and my program shortcuts.You can select whats good 4 u :)


Orkut widget for your blog

I don't recommend this thing regarding its design as I didn't find it comfortable to my eyes.If you like it, it's ok.Im actually writing about this thing because it might be helpful to some of you when you edit the code like changing the images that are hyperlinking to make it more beautiful.If you do it tell me , Ill give your link here

Techbangalore has actually made this code.If you don't have a blog and you have some other webpage, you can use the code in this page

In the code available in the above link,you have to insert your profile URL , scrapbook URL message URL and all from orkut by searching and replacing in the code as the author did'nt work out on providing something more convenient to the users.After that you can put this on blog.Its not like some scripted widget , instead its coded just by hyperlinking with images.I'm lazy to upload each image on web and hyperlink.So I didnt make one.If you want you can make one by seeing the above code.

If you are blogger beta user, Go to Techbangalore ---> check the right sidebar---> In that below his orkut widget you can see "Add orkut profile to your blog ".Click on it and follow the steps to add the widget to your new blogger template.


How to get your orkut scraps in a RSS feed ??

Orkut , The Indian Myspace is increasing its share of market day by day.The feature which people use the most inside Orkut is scrapping.Scrapping is nothing but sending short messages to the friends in their profiles.But people are using them repeatedly for chatting these days when both of the users stay online.[ May be this might had sounded stupid but people do this to increase their scraps by refreshing the page. ].Refreshing your page again and again to check your scraps might be frustrating to most of you [ still I know you have to do that ].What If you have something which checks your profile page regularly for scraps ???

I think most of you might had heard about feeds and live bookmarks.For those who don't know , feeds help us in reading blogs and web pages without opening them by displaying the content in the text format by auto refreshing themselves.You need not open the web page every time to check the latest updates.Instead you just have to check your feed.Multiple pages can be checked using a feed reader like Google feedreader.

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So how to get your scraps in your RSS feed ???

NGcoders has written a small PHP script which allows you to convert your orkut scraps into a RSS feed when you provide a special URL.

All you have to do is to use the URL given below and replace the {uid} with your userid.{uid}

User ID is the parameter you see in the address bar when you click your scrapbook or other features in your profile as rouned in the fig.

E.g : best thing with this feed is you need not login every time into orkut to check your scraps.

Now subscribe to this feed and check you scraps through the feed.

If you have more tips & tricks , send me along with your link , so that I can link you.

How to add Yahoo ! online presence to your web page ?

Showing your online presence helps your readers to give you feedbacks or ask some questions.If you want to show your online presence, Yahoo ! has a feature for doing this.All you need to do is simply place a HTML code in your webpage.

Yahoo online presence HTML creator

Just change the default "dairyman88" with your's and copy the code.This code will display images which show whether you are online or offline. When the user clicks on this image, it will open a new chat window through which any visitor can send you a message. Even if you are not online,the visitor can still send a message and you will be able to view it when you sign in next time.

You can also use this code elsewhere where you want people to socialize with you online through yahoo like forums,discussion boards....Spamming increases with this kind of things normally.So I recommend you to use another Yahoo ! ID before you insert the code.

Thnx to Mr.Byte.


Crash :(

Argh !! my HDD crashed yesterday due to some unknown reasons.Looks like the SMPS gave some problem.Some transistors got burnt and fumes came out of it at one moment.Scared me , I attached my roomies HDD to my pc and thank god , other components are just working fine.

I was out today to Nehru place to check out some stuff.A one and half hour journey in a delhi private bus in 40 degree day .You can guess whats my condition now !!

I found prices dropped down a lot these days.Everything has got cheaper.A 250 Gb Hdd is just 2930/- and a portable 80gb HDD is just 2300. I checked out some laptops also.Hp ones are looking affordable and best buys there.But the heat was scorching.No sunscreen is going to protect you from Delhi's heat.I was standing on a divider and a heat wave which might because of heat reflection came from the road passed by.That single wave took everything out of me and I was dehydrating in few minutes.I had to take a juice and some cold milk to get back to normal position.It looked to me that it's much hotter than south. I wondered How delhi government banned 30% tinting of vehicle windows ?I understood why people are scolding the new rules !

I completed the work as faster as I can and I returned again after a one hour journey.After such a hectic day , I tried to post something for readers.But I m not in a condition atleast to search for some content now.So , nothing technical for the day folks.Ill b back tommorow.

Goood night.Sayyonara.Bye Bye...


What else can you do with Google ??

I was just going through the front page of digg , and I found this article which is looking informative.So im writing about this.Apart from searching , what else can you do with Google ??

Use it as a calculator :

Google algorithms understand when your question is a mathematical one.They perform the arithematic operation and will give you the answer.You can perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and percentages in it by using the operators
  • + (addition)
  • - (subtraction)
  • * (multiplication)
  • / (division)
  • % of (percentage of)
  • ^ (raise to a power)
E.g : 10 + 20

Note it :

I already wrote about this Google service earlier.Check it out here.

Movie reviews :

Go to Google movies and type in the name of your favorite movie.
Google has something for techie junkers.It created some specialized tag links for Microsoft,Mac and Linux.

Predict the skies :

Get the latest weather report and the broadcast for the next 4 days by typing weather:”areacode” .It will also tell you about the humidity and the winds.

Know the markets :

Know the latest stock information of any company by typing "stocks:company stock symbol" .E.g stocks:msft gives the latest stock info of Microsoft.

Reveal the hidden Google :

There are other hidden pages on Google that you’ve probably never seen before. Here are just a few of them:

Google Moms - A tribute to Google moms for Mother’s Day.

Google Dance 2004 , Google Dance 2005 and Google Dance 2006. Yes, it’s hard to believe, but Google has their very own dance. They’re packed with plenty of food, drinks, games, product demos, and a hotspot where you can meet the engineers.

Google Holiday Logos - About the only thing that spices up the Google homepage are their cool logos. They’ve dedicated a special
page to commemorate all of the holiday logos dating back to 1999.

Dilbert and the Google Logo - Check out the first and last Dilbert cartoon on Google.

Apart from this Google has lot inside it.Ill keep exploring and Ill let you know if i find something.

For more features of Google, go to this page.

Adsense preview tool

I saw a post on Amit's blog , in which he talked about his new adsense preview tool , Adsense Sandbox.He launched a new online tool for Adsense publishers so that they can see the latest ads in the Google inventory for their keywords and URL's.Unlike the official Google Adsense Preview tool which is only available as an IE add-on, the Adsense Sandbox is available to all browsers through internet.It shows all types of ads including rich media ones.You even have the option of seeing what ads will appear on your webpages in other countries.Since the Adsense Sandbox tool uses random Adsense Publisher IDs, advertisers are not charged by Google for ad impressions or ad-clicks generated though this tool.

I tested this tool and I wondered it's showing exactly the same ads which Im seeing on my blog.I checked the ads from other country.I opened my blog through the proxy and I found the same ads as the sandbox tool is showing.I recommend this tool which is much better than Google adsense preview tool for previewing your ads for different keywords and URL's.


How to disable touchpad in laptop ??

If you a laptop user, you might find it frustrating when your finger brushes up against the touchpad causing a erratic movement of the cursor.It is annoying as the cursor jumps to some random location on the screen.

So , how to turn off this touchpad in laptop to prevent erratic movement of cursor ??
  • Go to control panel and click on Mouse properties icon.This appears directly only in classic view of control panel
  • If you are having categorical view,click on printers and other hardware and then click on mouse properties icon
  • Now click the device Select tab and check "Disable Touch Pad when USB Pointing Device is present.".
  • Now the cursor won't move from touchpad.

  • Alternatively, you can disable the touchpad of your laptop by clicking the "Disable Device" in the Touch Pad setting. You can even disable the touchpad from the BIOS setup [press F2 or del when the computer starts to enter BIOS settings].
There are no keyboard shortcuts available for this setting.Moreover some laptops coming now are having a button for locking the touchpad when needed.That might be much helpful as you cant go to control panel every time you type.You can create a shortcut of mouse properties somewhere in your quick launch or start menu for doing the above procedure in a faster way.
Thanks to Amit .

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I'm a graduate

I'm sorry I wasn't able to post since the last 2 days as I was in the process of completing my graduation.Finally I became a Electronics and communications engineer after giving my finale examination today.I'm on the high now.Now I have some qualification to tell people.Moreover people like to read the content of educated people [:D] .I have a viva of my thesis on 27th after which Ill be going to my hometown , ongole , Andhra Pradesh.But don't worry guys where ever I go , my network follows me.Ill keep entertaining you always with my content.Just stay with five point some one .


How to covert word documents to pdf format in office 2007 ??

Earlier when office 2007 was in beta , there was an inbuilt option to save a file in pdf format.But due to some issues with Adobe, Microsoft had to remove it.So how to convert a word document to pdf format in office 2007 ?

There are two ways for this.

Microsoft plugin :
  • Just download the plugin save as PDF or XPS from Microsoft website.This download allows you to export and save to the PDF and XPS formats in eight 2007 Microsoft Office programs. It also allows you to send as e-mail attachment in the PDF and XPS formats in a subset of these programs.
  • Once you download the plugin and install it , you will see a option save as pdf in the main menu.
Acrobat professional :
  • If you have already installed Acrobat 7.0 professional ,you need not download the plugin I mentioned above.
  • Adobe acrobat 7.0 pro installs a printer in your PC . So go to print option in your office 2007 main menu and select the printer Adobe PDF as shown in the figure
  • Now print and it and it will save the file in pdf format.


How to open office 2007 files with previous office versions ??

Installed office 2007 ? You might be experiencing problems when you have to open or edit the file saved in office 2007 format e.g docx , in others computers who might be using earlier versions.As the new office increases its share , these problems might increase for you if you are still using previous office versions.So how to open , save and edit these office '07 files ??

The solution for this is quite simple. If you are an office 2003 and below user, go ahead and install the Office 2007 Compatibility Pack.

By installing the Compatibility Pack in addition to Microsoft Office 2000, Office XP, or Office 2003, you will be able open, edit, and save files using the file formats new to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007. The Compatibility Pack can also be used in conjunction with the Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003, Excel Viewer 2003, and PowerPoint Viewer 2003 to view files saved in these new formats

How to increase your Alexa rank ? : Alexa train

For increasing your alexa rank , Use Alexa redirection whenever possible to visit the sites. No matter when or where you provide a link to your website, you can always be sure to use the equivalent Alexa redirect URL For example, provides a link to my blog. If you copy this URL into your browser, it will take you to my blog. To know your Alexa Redirect link, just replace the name of my blog with your's.

Alexa Redirect for Fivepointsomeone
Alexa Redirect for Webtools
Alexa Redirect for Kuanhoong

Alexa Redirect for Byte of Technology
Alexa Redirect for News Blog
Alexa Redirect for Web 2.0
Alexa Redirect for Madhur’s Blog
Alexa Redirect for Technical Blog
Alexa Redirect for Life Rocks 2.0
Alexa Redirect for Shankar’s Tech Blog
Alexa Redirect for Brown Barron’s Blog
Alexa Redirect for Windows Tips
Alexa Redirect for Techlivez
Alexa Redirect for The Techie Blog
Alexa Redirect for Techchee

If you want to be a part of us , simply copy the list and include any 2-3 blogs of your choice and pass it to your fellow bloggers. But for ensuring success of this train , make sure to visit each blog with their alexa redirect which will help them in improving their Alexa rank.

How to open a Firefox inside a Firefox ??

I saw this funny trick on Techieblog , which enables you to open multiple Firefox's inside a Firefox.May be it's not useful for something , but its a simple tweak that looks kool.

Just paste the text below in you address bar and press Enter.


If you have any trick like this , don't forget to send me along with your link.
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How to increase your bandwidth utilisation by 20 percent in windows XP?

Windows doesn't use the your bandwidth fully as it limits utilisation to 80 % for windows updates , spyware checks and all that other stuff.If you want to utilise the remaining 20 % follow the steps below.
  • Open group policy editor [Start --> Run --> gpedit.msc ]
  • Now go to administrative templates in the right pane.
  • Now in the right side pane , click on network
  • Go to QOS packet scheduler now
  • There you will find the option " Limit reservable bandwidth "
  • open it and check enable
  • change the bandwidth limit from 20 % to 0%.
Click ok and you are done.Now restart your pc and enjoy surfing with increased speed.


How to save dailymotion videos ??

Earlier I made a post on How to save youtube videos ?? , but when I check my analytics , most of the times I find people coming here by searching for How to grab dailymotion videos ? .So I thought of giving some tools for saving dailymotion videos.Some of the tools in How to grab Youtube videos ? also works for dailymotion also.Im listing the tools and websites here.

Orbit downloader : Orbit Downloader is a great speed, super light,easy-to-use and free rich media downloader. It is based on p2p and multi-source downloading technology and supports HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, MMS and RTSP protocols

Video downloader : One of the popular Firefox extensions that allows you to download videos to your computer from dailymotion , Youtube and most video sites.You get file saved in format get_video.Rename it to some extension which you player supports.


1. Choose the site you want to download from.
2. Copy the link of the page with the video on it and paste it in the textbox in the page.
3. If you download an flv file, you need an FLV player.

Feeling Tea : works in the same way as keepvid.supports most of the sites like youtube , metacafe , ifilm ...

Flixget : same as keepvid and feelng tea.Also supports bolt , ifilm , myspace , and

grab video : one more link conversion tool which acts same as the above 3 tools.It supports 98 websites as written on their site.

If you any other website or any other great tool don't forget to post it as comment.

How to see your Gmail as a hard disk drive in you computer ?? : GMail Drive shell extension

GMail Drive is a Shell Name space Extension that creates a virtual file system around your Google GMail account, allowing you to use GMail as a storage medium. This extension is developed by Bjarke Viksoe.

GMail Drive creates a virtual filesystem on top of your Google GMail account and enables you to save and retrieve files stored on your GMail account directly from inside Windows Explorer.

GMail Drive adds a new drive to your computer under the My Computer folder, where you can create new folders, copy and drag & drop files to.GMail Drive shell extension is a tool that creates a virtual file system.

Ever since Google started to offer users a GMail e-mail account, which includes storage space of a 2.8 Gigabytes, you have had plenty of storage space to store your data in it.

With GMail Drive you can easily copy files to your GMail account and retrieve them again. When you create a new file using GMail Drive, it generates an e-mail and posts it to your account.

The e-mail appears in your normal Inbox folder, and the file is attached as an e-mail attachment. GMail Drive periodically checks your mail account (using the GMail search function) to see if new files have arrived and to rebuild the directory structures.

But basically GMail Drive acts as any other hard-drive installed on your computer.
You can copy files to and from the GMail Drive folder simply by using drag'n'drop like you're used to with the normal Explorer folders.

Because the GMail files will clutter up your Inbox folder, you may wish to create a filter in GMail to automatically move the files ( prefixed with the GMAILFS letters ) to your archived mail folder.

Please note that GMail Drive is still an experimental tool. There's still a number of limitations of the file-system (such as total filename size must be less than 40 characters).

Installation Guide
  • Extract the ZIP file to a temporary folder.
  • Run the Setup application.
post your reviews about this extension in comments.

Microsoft online file storage : Windows live folders

Software giant , Microsoft has released its online file hosting and sharing service , Windows Live Folders beta. Right now the site is not public for some unknown reasons.Windows Live Folder currently provides 500 MB of free storage space while individual files should be less than 50 MB in size.It was earlier announced with codename Live Drive.

One can upload a file in live folders and the file will be assigned a unique URL.You can upload your files through your browser.Right now they are not offering any desktop tool to upload the files like AOL Xdrive.You can share your files with others by provinding the URL of the file.

As per Liveside , "Windows Live Folders it not a difficult to use service, folder creation is straightforward, as it the uploading of files. Microsoft is aiming Windows Live Folders towards a large as market as possible, so the basic procedures need to be simple to promote adoption amongst the less tech-savy. The use of AJAX to create new folders is nice, though the rest of the site could do with a little too. As we've seen with Windows Live Hotmail though, too much of a good thing can be bad."

Microsoft has got ahead this time in releasing this service earlier than Google this time.Lets wait to see what Google is going to add in its Gdrive.I expect Google will surely shock MS with something more.

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How to make a widget of your blog ??

Got a blog ?? Wanna turn it into some widget to display on other sites ?? Im actually looking for this kind of thing since a longtime and I found it.So i wanna share this with you

Widgetbox , a widget providing website has got something in its cart for you.They call it Blidgets , i.e a blog widget.I put a sample of my blog widget on my proxy website , Many article.You can have a preview there.

The blidget is available in two different formats .one vertical sidebar and another square have a choice of colours also.You can choose the colour which suits with the site ,where you are going to install can list your blog widget in the widget box directory so that others can display it on their sites and rate thee widget.You have options of displaying just the headlines or even the articles.In my proxy site,I am just displaying the headlines.

All you need to do is register in widget box and go to blidget option in the rightside pane or through this link , and make a custom widget for your blog from the different options they offer on get widget once you choose the required options, and choose java script or flash based script from the dialogue box that pops up.Now paste the code in your website and you are done.You can also promote your widget using a badge which is shown in the about me column of this page.

Now make a widget of your website and get more traffic from other sites.If you want your widget to be displayed on My proxy website , you have to put my blogwidget on your blog.Once you are done tell me and Ill display your widget on my website.


What can make your internet connection slower than usual ??

One of my reader Shern asked me this question yesterday

" hi expert, i need your advice. why is it that my pc internet connection is now slow like snail? previously it was fast. but now just to load a page is the time i take to make a coffee.
i'll spend you coffee,pls help me will you. thanks and good luck on your thesis. "

You need not spend me a coffee to answer this question dear..Being a reader of my blog is enough to answer your query.Thanks a lot for wishing me for my thesis , which I did well because of your wishes and for reading my blog.I would had answered your question yesterday only but told na ,I was busy with my report.Here is the reasons I think that would had slowed your net speed.

  • Over loaded PC : You might have too many programs installed in your PC and might be left with very less hard disk space. These programmes slowdown windows which might had affected your internet speed too. So just keep programmes you need and uninstall the rest.
  • Intruders : Most of the times this becomes the main reason for a hog in network speed. viruses, Trojans, worms, spyware, and adware might had crept into your PC. Try scanning it with some antivirus and anti spyware or you can try some online scanner like this if you don't have one.
  • Browser problems : You browser software might be giving you problem.Sometimes addons that you install in your browser eat up speed when you start your browser like live bokmarks or you might had installed some problematic add on.Here is the list of addons that are problematic with Firefox .
  • Startup : There will be some processes which might be getting started from the startup and decreasing the performance of PC.Find out the stray one and delete it from startup.
  • Ping : Sometimes my PC forgets to connect if i leave it idle for long time and when I connect it again it gets a bit slow.Try to keep continuous ping on your internet ISP server.It keeps you connected. E.g if your server ip is . go to run and type ping -t of the net speed boosters integrate this tool in them.I recommend you to use network tweaking softwares to change your network settings for getting better speeds.
Try using disk cleaner softwares to cleanup junk on your hard disk and keep your PC clean.scan it for spyware and viruses.You net connection will be back with high speed as usual unless the service provider has some issues.I hope this will help you a bit
People if you know any another solution to this problem , please post it as comment for baby shern


where am I ??

You might be wondering " why I'm not posting regularly since the last few days ?? " .Its not due to lack of content as some of my reader has asked.

I'm actually a bit busy preparing the thesis of my 8 months project for partial fulfillment as part of completion of degree.I designed a drowsy driver detection system as the part of project.Tomorrow is the finale date of submission and Im busy making my report and getting a hard copy of it.Ill return with a large number of posts once Im done with my project.Moreover vacations are going to start.It means more content to my readers.

Just stay tuned people.I'm never short of content.......


How to close your laptop lid without keeping your laptop in standby mode ??

Almost all laptops go into standby mode to save the battery charge,when you close the lid.Unlike desktop where you can switch of monitor and continue your downloads , Laptop has only one option i.e closing the lid and it takes the lappie to standby mode interrupting your download.So is there anyway to over ride this rule ??
Yes,by changing power options in your control panel you can do this.Follow the steps below.
  • Navigate as follows : Start > Control Panel > Performance and Maintenance > Power Options
  • Now click on the advanced tab as shown in the fig below.
Now you can choose any option you want here. “Do nothing” is recommended while closing the lid as shown in the fig. Now enjoy unlimited downloads in your lappie by opening and closing the lid.
Image source and courtesy : Techbuzz

How to speed up windows XP shutdown process ??

Sometimes windows takes longtime to just initiate the shutdown process.It might be because of applications which are eating a lot of resources or applications which are in non responding state.Windows shows a warning dialogue having a progress bar with title "end task".You have to click "End now" to end it or you have to go to taskmanager and kill the process.Wanna avoid all this stuff ??
A virtual Exit has got a solution for this
Note : Backup your registry before you do this.This is just a precaution if something screws up.

Follow the steps below :
  • Open you registry editor from start --> Run and then type Regedit and hit enter.
  • Now navigate in the following path,HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
  • In the right pane,Edit AutoEndTasks Key and change its value to 1 (by default the value is 0 )
Now, if you want to revert back, just reassign the value of AutoEndTasks Key to "0" or simply delete that key. Apart from this, you can also improve the shutdown/bootup speed by disabling unwanted services.

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How to restore desktop icon text transparency in Windows ?

Normally text of the icons on your desktop is transparent.Sometimes when you change your desktop’s settings, background or enable active desktop, the label texts of desktop icons lose their transparency, resulting in a nasty look.So what to do when your icon text lose their transparency???

Here’s how to restore the transparency of icon text:

* Go to Control Panel and click the Sytem Settings icon
* Navigate to the Advanced tab in the dialog and click Settings under Performance
* Check the option that says Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop

Now enjoy watching your beautiful desktop with no stupid background for text of icons.Thanks to Shankar.


How to do Google search from Command line ??

Are you a command line junkie who wants to do everything by typing a command in your keyboard ? Wanna go googling through your command line ?? Here is a website for you which has done this project and they made a online Google command line editor.


Here is the list of commands that can be used for Google.You have full list of commands on the above link for other google tools also like Google news,google maps,google local and all.Here is the sample list of google commands listed on the website
/google string
Searches string using google's default web search.
/lucky string
Searches string using google's default web search and redirects to the first result.
/img string
Searches string in Google Images.
/title string
Searches for pages which contains string in its title.
/directory string
Searches Google's Webpage Directory for string.
You have to type this commands only on the bottom text box of the link given above as shown in the figure.They are not intended for Google homepage.It can be used by you from anywhere at anytime.

How to resize icons in Windows Vista ?

Looks like Windows Vista has got great love for mouse wheel.They used it for zooming everything in Windows Vista.For resizing icons follow the steps below :
  • Just Click on the icon you want to resize .
  • Press the ‘Ctrl’ button on the keyboard and scroll the mouse wheel to resize icons while keeping the ‘Ctrl’ button pressed .
You can use the same trick for Zooming in and out in internet exploreror in MS word 2007.

If you have any tips & tricks, dont forget to send me with your link , so that I can link you back.
Source : Madhur


How to set multiple websites as homepage in Internet Explorer 7 ??

Earlier I talked about "How to set multiple websites as homepage in Firefox ?" , I thought there may be something for this in IE also and Googled about this.Yes there is an option in IE also to set multiple homepages.Follow the steps below for doing that.
  1. Go to IE---> Tools -->Internet Options and now go to the General Tab. Now you can create multiple home pages by hitting enter after you type each URL as shown in the fig below
  2. Internet Explorer will open all of your home pages when you start Internet Explorer next time , or when you click on the Home button on the toolbar.
I think doing this in IE is a lot easier task than firefox.You can find more details and tricks of IE7 on IE vista.


How to restore your browsing session in Internet Explorer ?

Whenever you close Internet Explorer with multiple tabs will be prompted to close all Tabs (unless we have disabled the option) as shown in the figure.
Click on the Show Options button to reveal the options.Once you see this option "Open these the next time I use Internet Explorer" , just turn it on by checking the box infront of it.Now click on close tabs and the next time your IE is started , it will open all the normal home pages plus all tabs that were open when IE was last shut down. Internet Explorer's home page settings will not be changed.

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How to set multiple websites as homepage in Firefox ??

There may be some sites which you want to open every time you launch your browser.You might be looking to set them as homepage.But is it possible ???

"Yes it does,this trick from Lifehacker makes it possible.Follow the steps below for that."
  • Go to tools ---> Options in your Firefox.
  • Now in the main tab , There will be a text box for setting homepage link as shown in the fig.
  • Now Enter the links of the sites which you want to set as homepage separating them with ' | ' as shown in the figure.I set Google and my blog as home pages there.

Now restart your Firefox.From next time ,you open the firefox you can see multiple websites loading as your homepages.

If you have any tips & tricks , send me along with your link so that I can link you back.

How to show your archives in a drop down menu in blogger ?

Archives are links showing the dates or periods in which you had earlier posted.As number of days increases,your archives also increases.In the past 3 months, I posted almost everyday and that long line of archives appeared to be messing up my homepage.So I removed it.Two days before I received a mail from one of my loyal reader [ admin of techblo ] asking me "How to navigate to my previous posts in the last month as I don't have any links for my archives ??"
So I thought about it and then this idea of drop down menu struck my mind as that wont mess up my homepage.So how to introduce drop down menu of archives in your website ??
Just paste the code below in place of default archive code in template.If you are interested in modifying the look of your drop-down menu, you can alter the background colour and text colour by changing the hexidecimal values in style="background-color:#FFFFFF; color :#000000", using either different hexidecimal values, eg: #FF0000, or simply names of colours, e.g. green.

Code for showing your archives in drop down menu - Archive drop down menu script

Thanks to Roveberg for providing this code.You can also check my post on "How to post Adsense ads in blogger posts ? "

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Student gets suspended for creating custom counterstrike map of his school

Counterstrike may be a addiction to most of the teenagers today.Even I was a addict once.I talked about this earlier in my article Video Game addiction.You can create any custom map in this game using map editors available on the internet or you can download from other gaming websites.But things went wrong for a student when he has been suspended from his school for creating a custom map of the school itself.
The whole story came just after the Virginia shooting as a cautious parent called the Clements High School to inform that his child was playing a video game which involved killing and took place inside an animated map of Clements High School. School authorities then found a website which had that map for download, but unfortunately the creator of the map was a student at their school.
Law enforcement authorities were informed and they questioned the teenager. According to the police, the teenager never intended to cause any violence or to kill someone. His locker and computer were searched, but they found nothing illegal.
But suspending a student for this cause is not a good thing as he did nothing to hurt the schools reputation.Instead of suspending the student which might cause the fury in him,they might had warned him and told him to use his knowledge for other good and better things.Many guys cant create custom maps at college levels and he did it in school level.He should be appreciated rather than punished.Am I right ????

source : techbuzz


Free mobile push email to Everyone

Aaah !! Don't envy that you are not able to have a blackberry now.Now you can convert your regular cell phone or smartphone into a Blackberry like push mail devices for free.Yesterday I received a mail about this product.Now when I checked its features and all ,I thought its something useful for my readers.

What am I talking about ??
Consilient ,(former partner of RIM) today entered the Indian market with their free push e-mail service that will bring your GMail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail or any other POP3 / IMAP mail right on your cell phone screen.You can also send and receive photos using this service.You can even read attachments in your phone like MS word and PDF.

Features of the product :

* Free Push Email on your mobile phone
With Consilient Push, you don't need an expensive new device or phone for mobile email. All you need is your regular mobile phone and a data plan from your mobile operator.
* MP3s and Personal Themes
Set your favorite MP3 for new email notification or choose your own personal picture as a backdrop for your email accounts.
* 5 email accounts on One Phone
Now you can get email from as many as 5 of your favorite email accounts. All you need to do is decide which ones! (Please note: Windows Mobile & BlackBerry devices do not support multiple accounts at this time.)
*Customize your email and Lock down your Phone if lost
Create your own email signature. Also if the unthinkable happens and you lose your phone, you can lock it down and keep your email from being read.
supported networks :
Any data network like
Airtel, Reliance, BSNL, Hutch, IDEA and Tata Mobile.

Supported phones :

So what you have to do ??
Consilient has provided a user guide for its new users with proper screenshots on its website
Help guide for Consilient push
In brief,All you have to do is to supply your mobile phone number on the Consilient website. They'll send you a confirmation SMS with a link as shown in the fig to download a small application from your mobile phone browser.Do it and you are done.

How to translate messages in other languages in instant messengers ?

You might be a person who can speak English , but you new contact on the IM may not know your language.Then how can you chat with him ?? I have found something which can translate messages to other languages in instant messengers.

IM tranlator : IM Translator is a tool that provides instant translation of messages and other texts in major European languages. With IM Translator you can chat with your friends on ICQ, AIM, MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger and other messenger services even if you don't speak each other's language. All you have to do is to select a message and with one keystroke you will get its translation.You can also translate your own messages and send them to your friends.

The following translations are presently supported in IM Translator right now :
  • English <-> French
  • English <-> German
  • English <-> Portuguese
  • English <-> Russian
  • English <-> Spanish
  • French <-> Russian
  • German<-> Russian
  • Italian <-> Russian
  • Spanish <-> Russian
More and more languages to be added soon.
The official page on IM translator

Download IM translator from here

The unique feature of IM Translator is that it includes a transliteration module for Russian language. This will allow you to represent the Russian text with Latin characters in order to facilitate the transmission of Russian messages via the Internet.If you don't know whether the other party is able to receive and read a Russian text, IM Translator offers you an additional language pair RussianуTranslit you can find in the list of available languages. With this language pair you can convert your Russian message into a transliterated text (and vice versa) and send it out.
I didn't try it as I don't have Russian ,German and spanish friends.If you have one try it and tell howz it in your comments.If you know any other tools that serves the same purpose ,please post them in my comments for my readers.


Huge user revolt on Digg by its users

World's most famous Social Bookmarking site Digg is all over the blogsphere now after it removed a story featuring the HD DVD Processing Key. HD DVD is a Digg sponsor and told Digg to remove the story.Digg did remove that and that caused the fury of its users making them revolt against it.

The Digg key :

This key caused all the mess.On their request Digg removed the story and in very short time,1000's of stories featuring this key popped up all over the blogsphere making the situation worse.Digg threatened its users to ban them if they continued to write about this key.This made Bloggers start claiming their freedom of speech all over the world and the situtation became serious for digg
Different titles of this key on the Digg pages are
"Give’em hell diggers! Mr. Dirt is behind you! Digg revolt! Internet History!!"
"Omittance of 16-bit key sparks violent protests"
"How a 16-bit code changed the internet? "
Not only this I just did a search in technorati about this and I found 1300 results :
Technorati Results

Some bloggers even report it's a kevin Rose game plan.Check this article
Some bloggers claim that they will digg any article showing this key now. Johnchow also wrote about this key.

Seeing all this mess,Digg has put a update on its blog as follows :
Today was an insane day. And as the founder of Digg, I just wanted to post my thoughts…

In building and shaping the site I’ve always tried to stay as hands on as possible. We’ve always given site moderation (digging/burying) power to the community. Occasionally we step in to remove stories that violate our terms of use (eg. linking to pornography, illegal downloads, racial hate sites, etc.). So today was a difficult day for us. We had to decide whether to remove stories containing a single code based on a cease and desist declaration. We had to make a call, and in our desire to avoid a scenario where Digg would be interrupted or shut down, we decided to comply and remove the stories with the code.

But now, after seeing hundreds of stories and reading thousands of comments, you’ve made it clear. You’d rather see Digg go down fighting than bow down to a bigger company. We hear you, and effective immediately we won’t delete stories or comments containing the code and will deal with whatever the consequences might be.

If we lose, then what the hell, at least we died trying.

Digg on,


That's the greatest news of the day so far.I think you should digg my post now because I also wrote about 09-F9-11-02-9D-74-E3-5B-D8-41-56-C5-63-56-88-C0

Adsense Tools : Notifiers

Adsense never shows you your earnings in the form of graphs.Also its a bit frustrating to login into your adsense account every hour to check how much you have earned ?? You might be looking for some desktop notifier which will show you your earnings by automatically refreshing itself ??I'm listing some tools here which can help you in getting notified about your earnings and display them in proper graphs.

Sysense : SysSense is your personal desktop Google AdSense monitor. It keeps your current Google AdSense information in the Windows system tray. You can monitor an unlimited number of Google AdSense accounts. A sound and/or system tray icon balloon can be configured to alert you when your statistics have changed.Its just a 1 Mb download.Go and get it.

Adsense Alert : Adsense Alert is a desktop client version of the Google Adsense System with many extra features added.You now have instant access from your desktop to your Adsense information, you can set the update interval and Adsense Alert will automatically download the latest information available.Trial version has got all features except printing results and saving options.So you can consider it free.

AdsenseLog : It will help you in monitoring, tracking and analyzing your adsense account.You can set the interval in which it can refresh.It notifies you when there is change in your adsense earning.It shows your earnings information in proper graphs.It helps you in analyising your impressions,CTR and all.Its free for those who earn below 100$ per month else it will cost you 50$.A crazy offer I think :)

Adsense notifier browser Addons :

Adsense Notifier for Firefox : Adsense Notifier simply shows your adsense stats on the status bar and updates the stats automatically. This is wonderful for anyone who needs to check their stats every three seconds to see if they have gotten any more clicks or whether there is a change in their earnings.It shows your earnings just beside the progress bar in the right bottom part of Firefox.

Enough for these windows users.Let me provide something for the Mac's.I got a good tool for you.

Adsense widget for OSX dashboard : This widget from allows you to view your Google AdSense™ reports directly from your OS X Dashboard.It shows you your earnings of last 6 days in tabular form.Reports for the current day are downloaded even if your Dashboard is not reloaded (or your computur is put to sleep).It has also got automatic refreshing for intervals ranging from 5 min to one hour.

Google and Yahoo Adsense Widgets :

Adsense yahoo widget : The Google Adsense Widget is designed for the Yahoo Widgets engine and will Windows, and should work on Mac OSX [ Tell me if it does ] .You can download the widget from here.It can also be downloaded through Yahoo widgets gallery.

Adsense status gadget for Google desktop :View earnings information from your Google Adsense account in the Google Desktop sidebar. Available information: page impressions, clicks, page CTR, page eCPM, and your earnings.

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How to run VLC player in Windows Vista ??

VLC , one of the best multimedia players these days supporting almost every type of file.I love this player because it even plays files which are not fully downloaded.If the avi file has some problem,it even repairs the avi index also automatically.But when you try to run VLC with Windows Vista , some incompatibility issues may raise with some file extensions.So how to deal with the incompatibility issues ??
Note : Im talking about VLC 0.8.6.b ..You can get it from VlC website.

  • Go to Settings --> preferences in VLC as shown in the figure below.
  • Expand the Video option and Click ‘Output Modules
  • No select the advanced options by checking it.A new option "Video Output Module " will get activated.
  • Now from the drop down menu as shown in the fig , try using either ‘DirectX Video Output‘ or ‘Windows GDI Video Output‘.

If the above option don't work for you ,try other options like dummy output video function and all which are in the dropdown menu.

Check my other articles on Windows Vista .
Originally taken from : How to geek.
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How to increase the number of simultaneous downloads in Internet Explorer 7 ??

Internet Explorer 7 ,the latest IE version from Microsoft, will allow you to download only two files simultaneously. This limitation can prove to be a inconvenience for those who downloads quite a lot on the Internet. But a bit of tweaking of registry can remove this limitation.Here is how to do the tweak.
  • Go to your registry editor by typing "Regedit" in start --> Run and hitting Enter.
  • Once the registry editor opens,Navigate as shown below.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings
  • Right click in the empty space, and create a new DWord (32-bit) value with name:
  • Double click this entry and modify the value to 3.
  • Now create one more Dword MaxConnectionsPerServer just like above and modify its value also to 3.
  • If you have Internet Explorer open, just restart it and you should be able to have an unlimited number of simultaneous downloads running.
But I Still recommend Firefox for better and secure browsing.

Originally taken from : Vista wired.