Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Let Flux automatically adjust your monitor settings according to time of the day, for reduced eye stress!

This is one of the application that deserves to occupy your system tray space every hour you work! Flux is a nifty application that silently runs in the background and Capture_007keeps adjusting the temperature setting for your monitor for a stress free working environment! This is such a reliever application, which assists you while you work. Just enter your location information( latitudes and logis) with the help of a location guide button which helps you track your current location via a map, and you are ready for this application to assist you while you stare at that screen of yours!

This is good only while you are not playing games or doing any high graphics involving job. Best while you are surfing, writing a note entry or doing any textual work. This is a free application and promises to do the job well for you!  flux

Before you see this application work for you, just a setting needs to be adjusted as per your viewing comforts. just adjust the slider for “Night” time to a lower comfortable value. and there it goes “up-ready and running” for you! if you install this during night time…you’ll see that your screen went yellowish( if it wasn’t already set to high temperature setting! ) just adjust the slider and get ready to toll. you also need to set your location in the option provided, though it tries to get to your closest location and does fine. but still, the exact value will work better!flux2

just disable it for the time you play games or do any graphical work through a one click option in the system tray icon for one hour.

After using this application for a while, you’ll feel that this becomes indispensible for your work! it’s like having a personal guide every time you work, who takes Care of your eyes and viewing pleasures!

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Download FLUX[via stereopsis]

Monday, May 4, 2009

How to Divide Your computer screen into regions with “MaxTo” and go multi tasking!

You are surfing the web on your browser Capture_008and need to copy some content to your word file running in the background! How will you do it? Most people will go switching between the two soft wares by clicking in the taskbar. That’s such a pain to work out if you have a long assignment waiting to be finished and most part of it need you to work simultaneously on multiple applications. Wouldn’t it be great if you could divide the screen into two or more regions for you to keep your eyes on, at the same time? and in-fact to interoperate amongst multiple apps? Yes, it sound pretty cool and productive! all you need is a good screen size ( though it works on smaller monitors too, but for some, it may seem chaotic and all-messed-up!). The application is name MaxTo and according to the developer’s website,

“ MaxTo is a small Windows program that divides your monitor into regions. When you maximize a window, it will no longer fit the entire screen, but only the region it was maximized into. Your windows are neatly organized into the grid you have defined when they are maximized. MaxTo has been described as a tiling window manager. ”

Capture_007MaxTo is a very light-weight application which works on both 64-bit and 32-bit ver sions of Windows XP and Windows Vista. The .NET framework version 2.0 or higher is required for it. if you need full  screen space to work in an application, a simple shortcut of holding the shift key will disable it.

When you double click its icon in your system tray, it will display a screen to drag handles and divide the screen as you desire.its that simple. it has a multi monitor support and the best thing?? yes…it’s available Free for Download! Grab this tool and get more productive at work!download icon

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Sunday, May 3, 2009

500 GB on a DVD-sized disk! That’s what growing exponentially is!

WoW!!! That was the first words that sailed though my brain when i Capture_005first heard of it. Not because i was finding a solution to store my   collection of movies on, or making a backup of my system, instead it was because i was happy that the world had found seen something that actually was witnessing EXPONENTIAL growth over the years. optical storage media! Not many months had passed with the Blu-Ray coming into the reach of common people, and here we see another development in the storage media sector.

General Electric or GE has demoed an optical disc which can up to 500GB of data and possibly even more. The new disc has the same size as conventional DVDs, but it can hold the equivalent of 100 DVD discs or 20 single-layer Blu-ray discs. The micro-holographic disc developed by GE represents the next-gen in optical storage, however, the company says that their discs will soon be entering the market and users will use players similar to DVD or Blu-ray disc players.

GE experts are using holographic techniques to store data in a 3D format rather than the conventional methods of storing data into layers. Conventionally, the data is written in the form of Ones or Zeroes embedded on the layers. The telegraph reads and writes data the same way like today’s discs do with data burnt and read using lasers. Lately mass storage has been possible using shorter and shorter wavelength lasers.

But this is something else. Abandoning the traditional ‘pits and Hvd_discgroove’ method data is burnt in a holographic way that is 3D volumetric patterns using chemical methods. These discs are made of special polycarbonate materials and the material changes its chemical composition when bombarded by a certain type of laser. These discs are read by optical drives very similar to those for reading BluRay discs having special kind of laser. The company claims that these optical drives can be made compatible to read CDs , DVDs and BluRays.

A pair of laser beams is used to write data into discs of light-sensitive plastic, with both aiming at the same spot. One beam shines continuously, while the other pulses on and off to encode patches that represent digital 0s and 1s.

Gloss PNGKKMenu_3D At the points where the lasers meet, the intense light causes molecules in the disc's material to merge into chains, creating a physical pattern that locks the 0s and 1s into the disc. This pattern can be read back at a later date using another laser because the changed patches interact differently with light.

However, in the plastic normally used for holographic data storage, the s tructural changes caused by the laser also cause the material to shrink. Even though the volume change is tiny - around 0.23% - the distortion is enough to make reading the data from the disc tricky and means that the 1s and 0s can't be burned at the highest densities.

This also suggests that the disk without any protective covering, will be extremely prone to data loss due to minor scratches also.

Watch this video to understand how they developed something with such high storage capacities!

As they are determined to develop a disk with storing capabilities over 1TB, you never know when it lands in your palms, it might have already crossed the 1 Tibs bar.

Retrieve your forgotten windows passwords. [Tutorial For the month]

How many time have you had your windows logon screen staring at  Military wob you in hostility? Just ‘cause you forgot or mis-spelt your windows account password! Almost all of us have faced such situation where we throw our fingers at the keyboard relentlessly just to crack that password!

One walkthrough to this situation is if we have our Administrator account enabled(by default) and unaltered( without password ). It makes sense to hit ctrl+alt+Del a few times at logon screen where it asks for the password. This switches the welcome screen to classic style where you have to manually enter the username and password. Just type Administrator in the username and keep the password blank and hit enter. you’ll get in! then create a new administrator account from the control panel. but what in case you had password protected the administrator account earlier and now you don’t remember it???  There’s another workaround and very efficient one too! Ophcrack live CD 2.1.0

How to…?

Just burn the disk image you download from here onto a blank CD. ophcrack1It is bootable hence you need to boot your system using this disk. DO make sure you download the Live cd for the correct operating system you use.

To set your system boot using CD

Step 1. Just after you power-on your Pc, and while its starting up, hit DEL a few times. this should bring up a Blue screen with settings. This is your Bios(Basic Input Output System) setup screen.

Step 2. Just search for “Boot settings”( or related) on the displayed screen. Take your cursor to it using the directional key and press Enter.

Step 3. take cursor to the “First Boot device” and press “+” ( or refer to keys on the screen help) till you find your CD ROM. press F10 and press Enter.

Now, just insert the Ophcrack live cd you burnt earlier in Your drive and restart the system. The system will boot using the CD you burnt.

-You’ll see a simple desktop screen. Let it function automatically and a window will pop up which will show your Operating system password for every user account.

-Eject your disk and restart the system and now you can logon with the password the magical application just retrieved for you.ophcrack-4Note: At our Testlabs, we found that most of the password types were retrieved but it was unable to retrieve the passwords composed of only spaces. we mean that the password field was blank without any indication that whether the password has been retrieved or not. 

The Final verdict!

This is one of the most efficient tool over the years which retrieves passwords for a system by efficient implementation of Rainbow tables. The best thing about it is that it’s completely Free for download. This is a professional-like tool and works like charm. Hats off the the developers for releasing it to public for Free!3d warmblended

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Download[Ophcrack Live CD 2.1.0 for Xp]

Download[Ophcrack Live CD 2.1.0 for Vista]

Friday, May 1, 2009

Google streetview. Taking a virtual walk down the streets.

Google seems working hard adding feathers to its cap which contribute a good to bring it in world’s top most admired organizations’ list.

though it has been long since google made its streetview technology public but it has been improving over the time and this made us tell you more of it.

Google Street View is a feature of Google maps and Google earth that provides for many streets in the world 360° horizontal and 290° vertical panoramic views from a row of positions along the street (one in every 10 or 20 meters, or so), from a height of about two meters. It was launched on May 25, 2007, and has gradually expanded to include more cities, and in these cities more streets, and also some rural areas. These photographs are currently available for countries including United States, United Kingdom, Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. Coverage is shown by dragging "pegman" from its position, on a map of any scale. Pegman is an animated character which sails over the google maps as you navigate.

The google street View car, is the key element which mounts a special google_street_view_car_prius_gets_ticketcamera over its roof which records through its 11 eyes in different directions this provides you a very attractive 3d space view of the world to explore by the streets. This is an amazing technology. The quality of pictures you witness is extremely good and that forces you think how much amount of space might be required for their storage. During their scheduled times, these vans keep travelling round the famous cities and building their databases and capturing content.

The Street View camera  One of the many secrets behind the camera_headtechnology is a patented 11 lens camera system that simultaneously takes photos in 11 directions based on a dodecahedron geometry. They can capture 30 frames a second of high resolution photography. That's right - we're talking high resolution video in digital 360.

The Official video

Visit StreetView[Via Google Maps]

Know ‘bout the enabling technology.[ The immersive Media]

Click Here for a very amazing video that will leave you drooling.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Panda cloud Antivirus puts cloud computing to best use! Security!

Imagine how would it be if some of the world’s most powerful Capture_003computers come to rescue your poor “not so powerful” system from attacks of most malicious of the viruses and codes! That sounds extremely Empowering!! Well actually thats what the concept of Cloud computing embeds in! Using the processor clocks of the machines connected through a network to perform a power hungry task.  

Panda systems have now come up with a freely downloadable antivirus that is empowered by the concept. It uses the power of cloud computing to scan and eliminate viruses from your PC that can identify new malware in almost real time. Unlike traditional antivirus applications that relied on the power of the individual system for scanning and waited for an update to scanning definitions to be made available by the developer company on the parent site server, Cloud Antivirus uses their cloud system to do the work of classifying and scanning for new viruses, and is constantly updated with the latest virus information based on information from every other PC running the antivirpic

Currently available only for 32 bit systems, the client side application takes a nominal space of mere 16 mb and guess what? neither were the antivirus definitions bulky! just took some kbeees.

while it is one of the first products coming up exploiting the power of cloud computing to make your system more secure, we expect more developers putting it to use. The coming world expects to see more efficient uses of the concept. Till they arrive, this nifty but enormously powerful scanner will be worth a try.

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Download[Panda cloud antivirus]

Convert your document and music files online for free!

You’ve worked whole night and prepared a report to display to all in at your workplace. You plug-in your flash drive and try to open it, but to all your surprise, you fail to find an application that supports the format you saved your document in. All your seconds to fame and appreciation goes off in a whisk. Thankfully there are online apps that save you from the embarrassment of fiddling with the computer in hope that it plays the file!

Capture_002They’re called Zamzar , and they will convert your files from one format to another. (i.e. convert a word document into a PDF, or a .AVI file into a .FLV file.)

All you have to do is to upload your file to Zamzar’s servers, they will Capture_001convert the file into the designated format, and then they’ll mail you a link to download your converted file. The service is  dead simple and works well. The turnaround time varies between 20 minues and three to four hours. It seems to depend on what type of file conversion you are doing, as well as how much traffic they’re dealing with. Rumor has it that they are adding servers and working to speed up  those long delays. The list of file types users can convert from / to is pretty extensive and most of the time you’re sure to find your desired format. In situations where you have no access to offline means of conversion, just go for this nifty online application which will save you from panicking.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Microsoft with service pack 2 for office 2007. [Update]

According to many professionals, office 200office20077 was the most productive piece of software when it comes to rescue in tough times! all the pre designed templates and sleek work environment help a big time!

Adding a feather to the cap, Microsoft has released the service pack for the office 2007 suite! Microsoft claims that the 290 Mb update improves the performance of the suite to a high extent and fixes some bugs too. It includes major performance enhancements for Office applications, most notably Microsoft Office Outlook, as well as Microsoft Office SharePoint Server. One big benefit of SP2 is a boost to interoperability.After you apply this update, your office will support additional built-in file formats such as PDF and ODF. If you are an MS office user, it’s time to equip yourself with the update that will empower your productive box, all the way more!

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Download office 2007 SP2 update[Via Microsoft]

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Reduce Thumbnail size to load faster in Explorer. (XP tricks)

Thumbnail view provides and easy way to explore through all theclicknrun images & pictures contained in a folder in a single go, but if you have low system memory then using this feature can become a bit of a drain on your system. For faster exploring, it is possible to lower the thumbnail size and quality by a simple registry trick. Just Follow the simple tricks!

Step 1: Go to start and click on RUN.

Step 2: Type “REGEDIT

Step 3: This will Open the registry. In the left pane, navigate to :

“ HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft \ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Explorer “ 

Step 4: Create a new DWORD value called ThumbnailSize, and set the value between 32 and 256. ( This reduces the size of thumbnails in Explorer. Something around 45 will be fine)

Step 5:And/or create another DWORD value called ThumbnailQuality, and set the value between 50 and 100. ( This sets the quality of thumbnails! )

This simple Editing will reduce the load on the system while you browse in thumbnail view.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Use your USB 2.0 storage device as RAM in XP system!! ( Download of the month: April ‘09)

What could be more interesting for a XP system than the title of the Dancer-07-junepost? Xp systems are not very resource hungry boxes, but with time, you tend to feel an urge to upgrade the RAM of your system! sometimes due to the installation of antivirus softwares and the other due to huge bulky image/video editing applications that you feel are greatly productive but also, too heavy for your system to run properly, your system feels the need of more memory! Isn't there a solution to the memory problem for the system at a lower expense than buying a new RAM chip?

Microsoft has supposedly provided a solution to the users, in windows vista where they can plug in their USB 2.0 compliant storage device and use a part of its memory as RAM. The technology is named Readyboost and is publicised as one of the new efficient feature of the system. But what if you only have a XP system and have no plans to upgrade to vista just to taste what Readyboost is all about? and neither do you have enough cash to spend on a new memory chip? Is there a way out???

off course there is! The application is named Eboostr and it proved to be very efficient in increasing system performance and accelerating applications in our tests at WB testlabs! 4-24-2009 12-34-10 AM


If you have a high speed USB flash drive, then it will be very good in accelerating apps. If you manage to get your hands on a dual-connector Portable HDisk then you PC will be flying in no time! Do not forget to reboot your system after installing it

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How To Initialize the Product

  1. Plug-in your flash drive.
  2. Run the "eBoostr : Control Panel" application;
  3. Click the Add device button to open the dialog;
    • Select your flash drive from the dropdown list;
    • Select the size of the cache to be allocated (the recommended size is 1GB);
    • Click OK button to close the dialog and enable the selected device.
  4. Wait until the cache file will be allocated;
  5. Click the Build Cache Now button to initialize the cache and fill it with the needed files;
  6. Wait until the process will finish (system status becomes Active.)

    Product Highlightseboost5

      • Vista’s ReadyBoost and SuperFetch benefits on your Windows XP PCs;
      • Smart caching of frequently used applications and files for maximum performance;
      • Supports both USB and non-USB removable media devices (CF, SD/SDHC, MMC, xD and other memory cards), as well as additional hard disks;
      • Allows up to 4 devices for simultaneous smart caching;
      • Cache file size of up to 4GB on each device (NTFS has no limit on the size);
      • Compatible with all “Enhanced for ReadyBoost” devices.

    System requirements

    • Microsoft Windows XP, 2000 or 2003;
    • USB 2.0 port version or external card-reader;
    • USB flash drive or flash card with at least 256 MB free space and 2.5 MB/s random read speed.

Out n Out, this is extremely good and efficient product which enables you to get the most out of your system! Although the application is available for a fee. But the trial version is good enough for testing the application and the limitation it levies is that the trial version only works for 4 consecutive hours, After which you have to reboot the system for it to work again! Highly recommended!!!

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Check if your pet username is available at hundreds of popular sites in one click!

Do you always use same Username to register at all your favorite  websites?? Do you have a pet username which continues to potray your identity at popular sites such as Facebook, Imageshack, E-blogpic##001bay,Daily motion and many many more? Then you might get annoyed to know if it has already been taken by somebody at those sites before you! Atleast now you need not to go to every website and check for username availability. A website named NAMECHK has brought all your favorite websites at one place for you to check your name availability. just enter your desired username in the box given at the top of the page and hit chk. Now namechk will query hundreds of websites for the name you just entered and will tell where it is available so that you can act and register yourself with it before someone else does!blogpic##002

Guess wazz more? Page of the site serves even better as a bookmarked page containing all the links at one place, just a click away. Go find yourself a new online place to hang-out.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Eliminate delay While BSNL ADSL modem is connecting . (Broadband tip)

If you are a BSNL broadband subscriber, then you might have seenbroadband that before your PC connects to internet, the Yellow light in your ADSL (stands for Asynchronous Digital Subscriber Line) modem needs to stop blinking and come to a stable state. Sometimes this process of being stable takes a lot of time i.e the yellow light keeps blinking and does not stops.

Here’s a simple trick to eliminate the delay. Just pick up the handset of your landline for 2-3 seconds and keep it back again. You will notice that the light stops blinking and net connects.

modem_01If it still doesn't connects, pick up the handset and keep it aside, off course, you wont get calls on your landline then but your net will connect for sure.  

Watch live IPL T20 matches on your PC.

blogpic##005IPL ‘09 shifted to south Africa and Indian Fans had no other option to get glued to their television sets to watch their favorite players go hammering! yet, BCCI has used everything it could to make it a grand success, bigger than the first season. Ranging from press statements by chairman Lalit modi about IPL teams emerging to rival EPL( English Premier League) premier division teams such as Manchester United and Arsenal in popularity to developing 3d computer games specifically for IPL season 2, BCCI has done it all. blogpic##003

BCCI has now made provinces so that the broadcast can reach even the most rural part of the world, where a PC and an internet connection has already reached. The official website of IPL T20 is streaming the matches live( as it is played ).  

Watch the matches here.

Switch Fm in motorola phones without Headphones. ( Mobile Tricks)

Most Cell phones with FM feature ask for the insertion of headphonesSmartphone sdsdsdsdsdsds  to switch the FM on! But if you have a Motorola phone and u ‘re lucky enough and you phone allows this hack, you will be able to listen to FM without headphones. though the signal reception was not as clear. this trick has been tested to be working on Moto W series phones!
on your Moto phone, dial
*#**372# or  *#**376#

and you will see the FM can be switched on without the headphones. Hello Moto!! 


Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Use special emoticons in yahoo messenger!

Many people go chatting in their leisure time and yahoo messenger seems to be loved by many! and yahoo too, continues to strive for being in the most loved messenger and mailing service. while Gmail completely overrun the yahoo mail in popularity, yahoo doesn't want to loose at the messenger level!

Hence it keeps adding stuff such as emoticons, call computer, send file feature, Audibles etc. to keep users hooked-in! Here are some of the emoticons that usually do not show up in the drop down list but can be used by some key combinations!

      EMOTICON       SYMBOL       DESC
I don't know :-?? I don’t know
pig :@)
puppy dog eyes :o3             puppy dog eyes
not listening %-( not listening
cow 3:-O cow
monkey :(|) monkey
rose @};- rose
chicken ~:> chicken
good luck %%- good luck
pumpkin (~~) pumpkin
flag **== flag
idea *-:) idea
coffee ~O) coffee


some more…

      EMOTICON       SYMBOL       DESC
bug =:) bug
alien >-) alien
skull 8-X skull
praying [-O< praying
money eyes $-) money eyes
whistling :-" whistling
frustrated :-L
feeling beat up b-( beaten up
peace sign :)>- peace sign
shame on you [-X
shame on you
dancing \:D/
bring it on >:/ bring it on
hee hee ;))

hee hee

chatterbox :-@
not worthy ^:)^ not worthy
hiro o-> hiro
oh go on :-j
oh go on
star (*)
transformer* [..] transformer
april o-+
yin yang (%)
yin yang
billy o=> billy
bee :bz

So the next time you chat…amaze your friends with these cool emoticons and express urself better on yahoo’s little box!