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View more in one page with Repagination

Often the contents of a website is spawned over several pages. Search engine results are arranged into groups of ten; long articles are broken down into several pages. While website pagination is intended to keep the sizes of the pages within acceptable limit, sometimes it gets irritating to keep clicking on the Next button to read an article even though the entire content could easily have been accommodated in one page (most websites use this silly trick to increase page view counts). An incredible Firefox addon called Repagination allows you combine or concatenate several pages into one single page. Just right-click on "next" or on a numbered list and you will see Re-Pagination. Then choose an action from the sub menu - all or a limited number of pages and it will automatically append the next pages into one long page. This is good for reading forums, articles, search results .. anything. This extension hasn't been updated since 2006. Thankfully, Andrei has hac

Extract music, movies and textures from games with Dragon UnPACKer

Often game files include game music, sounds, cut scene videos, images etc in a format incomprehensible to Windows. Sometimes they are embedded inside huge pack files. Dragon UnPACKer is an open source tool that can help you unpack such game files in an explorer-like interface and then extract the content at will. More than 80 games are directly supported, meaning, Dragon UnPACKer knows the file format used by these games and you can open these game files natively. If a game is not supported, a tool named HyperRipper, included in the software, will search for known patterns in unknown file formats. If it is successful in deciphering the contents, you can extract texture, sounds, music and more from the game. To extract any content from a game, you should know or at least have an idea of where that content like music and video could be. This means that you can't simply point the game's EXE file to Dragon UnPACKer and expect it to automagically reveal all contents within the g

Add extra columns to Windows Explorer with Aurionix FileUsage

Aurionix FileUsage is a plugin for Windows Explorer that adds a bunch of extra columns to Explorer's Detail View. The most useful ones include total size of a folder, total number of files in a folder and the percentage of disk space used by a particular folder. This plugin will give you the much needed information about folders which Windows Explorer fails to give. Aurionix FileUsage is particularly useful for folders containing media files, because it has a whole bunch of columns to display all sorts of information related to media files. Some of these columns are - Artist, Album Title, Year, Bit rate, Duration, Genre, Sample size, Channels and a lot more. Aurionix FileUsage is also useful for folders containing images taken by your digital camera for there is a column to display the date the picture was taken on. If you have more than one digital camera, then you can also turn on a column to display the camera model. The dimension of the images can also be displayed thro

Keep track of your printer's usage with PaperCut Print Logger

Do you know how many pages were printed by your last cartridge before ink ran out? Is somebody using your printer while you were away? It's odd that no printer manufacturer provides software with their printers that can keep track of the printer's usage. Such printer monitoring tool is essential, particularly in an office environment, where office resources are often misused. If you are wondering why the printer cartridge ran out of ink prematurely, you need to get a print logger. In any case, printers often lie about ink levels . So you should have your own tools for keeping track of the number of pages printed by the printer. PaperCut Print Logger is a free print logging application for Windows that provides real-time activity logs detailing the usage of all printers, local and networked. Information that are tracked includes: The time of print The name of the user who printed The total number of pages printed and copies made Document names and titles

How to run Windows applications as services

What are the advantages of running regular Windows applications as services? Plenty, particularly if your computer is shared by multiple users each having their own accounts. Turning applications into services will enable you to force these applications to run no matter who is logged-in into the computer. You will notice that critical Windows applications are always run as services; third party anti virus applications, firewalls, anti spywares etc are run as services too. Running applications as services has several benefits Services always start even before a user logs on to Windows, unlike startup programs that launch only after a user session has begun. By the time a user logins and gets to access the desktop, the services are already running. This is ideal for user monitoring applications like parental control software, keyloggers etc. Services can be executed with specified user rights and priority Services automatically launch themselves after a Windows crash or rebo

25 (most) beautiful Firefox Themes

Enjoy this collection of some of the best looking themes for Firefox. 1. Camifox 2. Kempelton    3. Phoenity Reborn   4. Strata Aero   5. ACE Safari Foxdie   : Comes in 6 different versions 6. Abaca classic   7. Abstract Zune   8. Abstract Classic   9. Just Black (A Cylence theme for Firefox 3) 10. Cavendish   11. iPox 12. Miint 13. Noia 2.0 (eXtreme) 14. Vista-aero : The best IE7 theme for Firefox   15. Office 2007 Black : The Office 2007 look 16. Firefox 2 theme for Firefox 3 : Get back that old look 17. GNOME   18. Mario Bros : Not exactly beautiful but cute. You will like it if you are a fan of the game 19. Aero Silver Fox   20. MidnightFox   21. Eternal 22. Urethane Light 23. Bister   24. Longhorn Duo   25. Dreamland

nHancer - Advanced Control Panel for nVidia cards

nhancer is a tweaking program for nVidia display cards that enhances the quality and performance of games by providing the user with a wide range of controls to fine tune every aspect of the card's rendering engine. nHancer co-exist with the default nVidia control panel and improves the features provided by it with an easy to use and intuitive layout, giving you access to a whole range of settings without getting lost. Each setting on the control panel is accompanied by extensive explanations which are directly shown in nHancer, enabling newcomers to immediately understand the effects of those settings. Experts, on the other hand, can use the advanced options to adjust every detail to their preferences. One of the most prominent features of nVidia graphic cards is the support for automatic profiles. By using those profiles it's possible to optimize the rendering for every game or application without the need to manually adjust all the settings each time before starting

Locate32 - The fast free alternative to Windows Search

Locate32 is a search tool for Windows that can perform searches at the blink of an eye. This is possible because unlike Windows' default search application, Locate32 does not search the hard drive in real time. Instead, it first scans your hard drive and builds a databases to store information about the files on your hard drives and the directory structures, and then uses these databases to perform searches. Actually, this technique of indexing and using the index to search is used by all desktop search applications like Google Desktop Search and Copernicus Search, with one exception. Other search applications run continually in the background to index files. Locate32 on the other hand, has a scheduler to update the database and runs only at specific time. The updating is fast and takes just a couple of minutes for indexing a few tens of gigabytes of stuff. Locate32 is ten times better than the Windows search. If you use the search features, which I guess you do, I don't

Earth Alerts - Not just another weather program

Personally, I don't see what is so great about weather programs and why people use it, unless you are a meteorologist or something. Sure, I like to know what's the temperature or humidity outside but I don't understand why it should sit on my desktop or sidebar at all times. So when I heard about Earth Alerts , I was a little skeptical. But as it turned out, Earth Alerts isn't just a simple weather program telling you how hot the day is. It's much more. Earth Alerts provides you with reports and satellite imagery on various types of natural phenomenon that are occurring real-time around the world, and that includes earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, tornadoes, thunderstorms, floods, wildfires, landslides and so on. Earth Alerts retrieves these information from different organizations such as the National Weather Service, U.S. Geological Survey and numerous other agencies. The program also integrates with Google Earth to provide high resolution

Enable/Disable Windows hibernation on demand

Hibernation is a wonderful feature. Not only does it allow you to power-off your computer with all programs running and unsaved, it actually speeds up the process of switching ON and OFF your computer. However, one downside of hibernation is that Windows creates a hibernation file (HIBERFIL.SYS) on your C drive which is exactly equal to the size of the physical memory or RAM on your system. If you have 2GB of RAM, the hibernation file on your hard disk will be of 2GB. This 2GB is huge if you are low on disk space. The other downside of hibernation is that this HIBERFIL.SYS file is stuck on the C drive and there is no way of moving it to another partition or hard drive. So the space occupied by that HIBERFIL.SYS is space wasted, a sort of, since you only require it at the time of hibernation. To deal with this problem we will create a batch file, two actually, that will enable Windows hibernation only when you need to hibernate and then disable the hibernation file once you resume f

HitMeLater: A Snooze Button For Your Email

Adbrite's co-founder Philip J. Kaplan has started a new service specially for procrastinators. Called HitMeLater , this brand new service, the only one of it's kind, allows you to delay your emails by up to forty-one days. It works this way: whenever you get an email that you don't feel reading at the moment, forward it to [email protected] and it will send it back to you 24 hours later, putting it on the top of your inbox. Of course, you can just flag your mails and read them later but then you have to search for it and if you get dozens to hundreds of mails per day, it can easily get lost. You can delay your mails by any number of hours up to a maximum of 1000 hours, which is a little more than forty-one days. For example, forwarding your mails to [email protected] will send you mails back 12 hours later. Alternatively, you can put in a day like Wednesday@hitmelater and it sends  back the mail the next Wednesday. If you send it something it doesn’t understand, HitMeL

Learn how to install Windows XP with a mock installation

Even though Windows XP is now nearly seven years old, many people are yet to learn how to install it. Many users, usually the non technical ones, are afraid of installing Windows because they fear that they would mess up something and Windows would fail to work, or worse, lose their data. If you are one of such kind then Windows XP Setup Simulator is the perfect tool for you to start learning. Windows XP Setup Simulator creates a mock up of the installation procedure so that you can practice on it before going into the real thing. It simulates the procedure right from the booting of the computer (your computer isn't really booted) to the end of installation. Every step of the installation process is convincingly recreated. You can interact with the setup process just like the real one - create partition, select partition, format it, set usernames and passwords, set date and time and so on. All these steps are fake, of course, and causes no change to the system. The whole process

The Shepard Scale: An Amazing Auditory Illusion

A Shepard tone, named after Roger Shepard, is a sound consisting of a superposition of sine waves separated by octaves. When played with the base pitch of the tone moving upwards or downwards, it is referred to as the Shepard scale. This creates the auditory illusion of a tone that continually ascends or descends in pitch, yet which ultimately seems to get no higher or lower. To experience the illusion, play the clip and then play it again and again. After you have heard it a couple of times, you are surely going to question your sanity. [via Geeks Are Sexy ]

Preview contents of archive files before downloading on Firefox

Every now and then I come across a Firefox extension that makes me say Wow! This is one such extension. The addon ArchView makes it possible to preview the contents of a zipped file without downloading it, online, right inside the browser! That's not all. You can even selectively download the contents within the archive file without having to download the whole thing. It even works with archive files uploaded to Rapidshare. Imagine how useful can that be. Viewing the contents of a zip file without downloading it ArchView currently supports RAR, ZIP formats and ISO CD image; HTTP, FTP and file protocols. Limitations - Can't open SFX file. - Not support multi-volume archive. - Not support RAR decoding, need third-party software. - Can't open encrypted file in ZIP. - Can't show RAR comment.

Grouped, Multi-row tabs on Firefox with Tab Kit

Tab Kit is a powerful tab manager for Firefox that packs a wide variety of tweaks and features for managing tabs. With Tab Kit you can move the tab bar from the top to the left, right or bottom of the browser. When moved to the sidebar, the tabs take the form of a tree which is resizeable with a splitter. Tabs can also be arranged in to multiple rows and grouped by domain or by opener; the groups identified by different colors. When you group them by opener all tabs that originated from a particular website are grouped together. These groups can be further collapsed to just a single tab which can save a lot of space. Tab Kit also has a sorting feature which can be used to sort tabs by address, last loaded, last viewed, order of creation, origin or title. Other useful features like duplicating tabs or groups, copying, dragging between windows etc are supported. A few mouse gestures like using the scroll wheel to switch between tabs are supported too. Tab Kit brings the funct