Thursday, January 31, 2008

Tips on defragmenting your hard disk

What is defragmentation?

Defragmentation is a process that reduces the amount of fragmentation in file systems. Fragmentation occurs when the operating system cannot allocate enough contiguous space to store a complete file as a unit, but instead puts parts of it in gaps between other files. Frequent installation and un-installation, creation and deletion etc of files are the main causes of file fragmentation. The defragmentation process reorganizes the contents of the disk to store the pieces of each file close together and contiguously. It also attempts to create larger regions of free space to prevent further fragmentation.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Recover deleted files with Handy Recovery 4.0

Did it ever happen to you that you threw away stuff you thought you would never need and then later wished that you haven't? I bet you did. The same thing can happen to data on your hard disk. You might delete files thinking it to be unnecessary and then ... oops!.. that was your client's business contract! Mistakes happen, they always do. Avoiding such accidental deletion might be a little difficult, but keeping a data recovery software close at hand isn't.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Configure the Open With menu with OpenExpert

OpenExpert is an application that makes it easier for you to configure the Open With menu that you get when you right click on any file. Normally, under Windows the Open With menu provide you a list of application that you can use to open a particular file. If you want to open the file with another application not given on the list, you can click Choose Program and then use the desired program. You can also check "Always use this application" to make it the default program for that type of files. If you don't check the always use box, chances are that you might have to again select that program the next time you try to open the file.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Use Process Lasso to prevent your computer from freezing

When Windows freezes it usually happens for one single application or process taking up all the cycles of the CPU thereby denying other running processes their share of the CPU. The result is that the whole of Windows and all applications become unresponsive and we say that the computer has frozen. One offending application can bring the whole system down because there is no way of monitoring and restricting how much CPU cycle a particular application can consume.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

How to calibrate your monitor

The images that you see on your monitor is the result of an illusion - an illusion created by the juxtaposition of tiny dots of red, blue and green. These three colors called the primary colors alone can create all the colors of this universe, thanks to the insensitivity of the human eye. Monitors exploit this to create all the 16,777,216 shades of colors supported by an operating system. However, they can rarely display the true colors of the real world. Instead they try to represent these colors as truly as possible. How close the monitors represents colors and brightness depends on how well the monitors are calibrated.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Add thumbnail support for image formats not natively supported in Windows

ThumbView is an open source application that enables image thumbnails support in Windows Explorer for filetypes that are not natively supported by Windows. Windows supports thumbnail view of only a handful of image file formats like JPEG, BMP, GIF and some others. Other image file formats which are not supported do not show a thumbnail preview in Windows Explorer. ThumbView will add support to a total of 19 image types - directly inside any Explorer window!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

JargonFish - the new in-text content and advertising widget

JargonFish is a widget that combines in-text search along with advertising that can be used by website publishers and bloggers on their sites. JargonFish has a different concept. Unlike most advertising programs where a widget displays only ads, JargonFish displays helpful information from Wikipedia, YouTube, Technorati etc along with the ads.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Use and adjust ClearType to improve font display

How do the fonts on your screen look like? Are they broken and ugly? If yes, then you might have Windows font rendering technique ClearType turned off.

Here is a description of ClearType from Microsoft's website:

ClearType is a technology for displaying computer fonts so that they appear clear and smooth. ClearType makes on-screen text more detailed and, therefore, easier to read for long periods of time without experiencing eye strain and mental fatigue. It works especially well when you're using LCD devices, including flat-panel monitors, mobile PCs, and smaller hand-held devices.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Keep favorite folders at your fingertips with FileBox eXtender

FileBox eXtender is one of those softwares that makes you say Wow!

FileBox enhances Windows by adding several advanced functions to the standard Open File and Save File dialog boxes. FileBox adds two handy buttons to these standard dialogs. These appear on the right side of the Windows dialog box title bars. These buttons appear next to the minimize, restore, and maximize buttons. FileBox eXtender has a nifty option to display these buttons on Windows Explorer folders too, and this can greatly speed up navigation through today's huge hard disks.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Monday, January 14, 2008

Create your own font online with Bitfontmaker

Bitfontmaker is a helpful tool using which you can easily create your own fonts online. You can build your fonts from a scratch by drawing the alphabets on a grid. Once completed you can save it and download the fonts which can then be installed on your Windows or Mac computer. The editor is pretty basic, but you can get some impressive results with it. Give this one a shot when you have nothing else to do.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

FeedDemon goes Free

NewsGator has decide to make FeedDemon, their most successful and very popular Windows RSS reader free.  Subscriptions of FeedDemon formerly cost $19.95 or $29.95.

From the publisher's site:

FeedDemon bring the power of RSS right to your Windows desktop.

• Get your news and information instantly.
• Customize the way you read and organize feeds.
• Download podcasts to your iPod or Windows Media Player.

How to avoid your email account from getting hacked

A large number of internet users are finding their email and other online accounts hacked or cracked as it should be called. More often than not, it's due to their own lack of knowledge and awareness. Protecting your email account, or for that matter, any account isn't that difficult. All you have to do is remember the following points.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Make your PC sing lullaby for you

If you are in the habit of listening to music while in bed, then this is a software for you.

Goodnight timer reduces the sound volume of your computer in a given amount of time and speed, as you fall asleep, and then shuts down your computer. You can set the shutdown time by timer or at a specific time. The volume reduction has two profiles - a linear and an exponential profile. The linear profile will reduce the sound volume linearly with time, while the exponential profile will reduce the volume sharply which is useful if you tend to fall asleep quickly. You can set when the volume reduction process will start and the duration for which it will continue. The start and end volumes can be freely chosen.

Friday, January 11, 2008

The most beautiful web designs

Who doesn't like a good design? We love to look at things that are beautiful. We strive to design and own a site which is beautiful yet very simple to navigate. If you own a site and looking for good designs, then you must visit Screenalicio. is the web's new premier source for showcasing excellent websites and inspire artists all alike to create spectacular work of their own. They have the largest collection of websites you will ever lay your eyes on, and it keeps on growing every day. On last count they had over 9600 most amazing desgins. If you feel your website is beautiful too then you can even submit your own site.

Another site that you should definitely visit is Web Creme. They have a collection of over 2500 designs.

All you got to do is start browsing. Go on. Get inspired, and create your own designs.

Get 1 year license of Webroot Spy Sweeper for free

Webroot Spy Sweeper is a tool to stay safe from dangerous spyware, worms, and Trojans. Install Spy Sweeper on your PC, and use the Internet without fear of infection. Powerful Smart Shields block threats before they reach your computer. New Email shield scans incoming and outgoing emails. Spyware attacks can wreck your computer making it impossible to use. Spy Sweeper quickly and effectively provides maximum protection with minimal interaction. With an easy-to-use console and customizable options, Spy Sweeper makes maximum protection a snap. You won't have to scan and restart your PC over and over with Spy Sweeper one sweep and your PC is clean. Version 5.5 includes inbound and outbound e-mail attachment scanning and enhanced real-time threat protection capabilities.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

How to open Microsoft Office 2007 files using Office 2000, XP or 2003

Office 2007 Compatibility Pack from Microsoft is a free extension for MS Office 2000, Office XP, or Office 2003 that enables users of those versions of Office to open, edit, and save files using the new file formats used by Office 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.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

How to get 100 email accounts at your domain for free

When you buy a domain at any registrar like Yahoo Small Business or Godaddy, you usually get only one email account. Some provide 2 or 3 depending upon the price. If you want to get more than that you will have to buy them. Now, one email account is too less. You might want to have addresses like, or or simultaneously. But that can't happen when your mail is stuck with your domain provider. Now I will show you how to break free and create up to 100 email accounts at your own domain for absolutely free. All you need is a domain name and the ability to modify DNS records.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Essential Windows shortcuts you should never forget

Without a doubt, the graphical user interface (GUI) along with the mouse is the best way to interact with your computer. But some routine work like copy-paste, minimize, maximize etc can be executed faster with the help of keyboard shortcuts. If you do a lot of typing, then switching between your keyboard and mouse can greatly slow down your work. Once you start using shortcuts you can immediately see the effect it has on your operating speed and your geekiness. Windows has hundreds of keyboard shortcuts. If you do a Google search you will be overwhelmed with the amount of results you will get. Of course, you can't remember all these. Nobody does, or shall I say, very few does. But you can certainly remember a few dozen, at least you should try for it can greatly improve your speed of using your computer. Here are some basic keyboard shortcuts that you should definitely commit to memory.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Upload videos to multiple websites at once

If you are a fan of video sharing sites like Youtube, Metacafe etc, then you will love these tools. Instead of uploading to different video sharing sites individually which is both time consuming and bandwidth wasting, you can take help of some free services that does the job for you. Just upload the video to one site and it will submit the video to several websites.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Aerogel - The most amazing material on Earth

What is Aerogel?

Aerogel is a low-density solid-state material derived from gel in which the liquid component of the gel has been replaced with gas. The result is an extremely low density solid with several remarkable properties, most notably its effectiveness as an insulator. It is nicknamed frozen smoke, solid smoke or blue smoke due to its semi-transparent nature and the way light scatters in the material. Aerogel is said to feel like Styrofoam to the touch.

10 freeware alternatives to WinRAR and WinZip

A utility that handles compressed files like zip and rar is an essential requirement for every Windows PC. The softwares that are most popular in this area are WinZip and WinRar. Both of these are paid softwares, so some of us are even running cracked version of these tools. But there are some freeware tools that does the same thing as WinRar and WinZip and some do it even better. Here are some of the best freeware application that you can use instead of WinZip and WinRar.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

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