Disable "Your computer might be at risk" Popup in Windows XP SP2

Disable All Notification Balloons in Windows Vista

If you find the popup notification balloons in the Windows Vista system tray to be too annoying, you might be interested to know that you can completely disable them. This would be an extreme option, of course… typically you can just turn them off in any offending applications, but if you want to disable them across the board, this is the solution.

Simply download, extract, and double-click on the DisableNotificationBalloons.reg file to enter the information into the registry. There's also an included EnableNotificationBalloons file that will reverse the change.

Downloadable Registry Hack

Note: I'm not necessarily recommending that everybody do this… you should only bother with it if you need to solve this particular problem.

Manual Registry Hack

Open up regedit.exe through the start menu search or run box, and then browse down to the following key:


Right-click on the right-hand pane, and create a new 32-bit DWORD with the following values:

* Name: EnableBalloonTips
* Value: 0

You'll have to logoff and back on in order to see the change… or to be more correct, you won't see any popup balloons anymore.
6:55 PM

Making the Most of Google Chrome


Google Chrome hasn’t been out for long (since September of 2008), and is still in its infant stages. However, it shows promise towards being a major part of the web browser market, already holding a 1% share on the entire browser usage charts. 1% isn’t bad at all for being brand new!

Chrome follows Google’s minimalistic theory that their number one search engine has always used. K.I.S.S. (Keep it simple, stupid) has always been the word to describe Google’s products. Despite their sheer power, Google believes that sometimes less really is more. Chrome is no different. With its sleek, modern lines, and an unobtrusive interface that stays out of your way, Chrome is a blast to use.

All the better yet, Chrome is open source - allowing any programmer or developer to donate time improving or changing the functionality and interface of the browser.

Being new and still under development, there isn’t a lot of tweaking around to do. Google has stuck with the simple design, and hasn’t packed it full with thousands of options for you to play with. It is already very fast, and will probably just get better “with age”. Beta versions are only somewhat like the fully released product, and new versions come out one-after-the-other when a product is brand new. Issues will be cleared up with later versions, and no doubt new ones will be introduced.

The first thing you might want to customize, is the location Chrome downloads files to. By default, this is the My Documents folder, which is fine for some people - but is an annoying place to store every single file you download. You can click the wrench icon (upper right corner), and select options to bring up the Options Window. Just click on Minor Tweaks, and select Browse to choose your preferred download location.

Back under the default Basics tab, you can select Chrome to be your default browser. Interestingly enough, Chrome is just about the only one that doesn’t try to force itself on you. IE, Firefox and Opera all try to make themselves default upon first use. The default browser is the one that is automatically deployed when you open an HTTP based “offline” link from a file, document, or third party program. For ease of use, you will definitely want to make your favorite browser the default one. If you’re not sure yet, you can wait to make Chrome the default browser until you’ve had a chance to try it out.

Another annoyance that is easily fixed, is the lack of a home button on the toolbar. Sometimes you just want to head straight to your home page, without having to repetitively press the back button, or manually type in the URL. Nobody is sure why Google didn’t include this button by default, but it is very easy to add. It will probably appear by default in a later version of Chrome. Under the same Basics tab, you can select “Show Home button on the toolbar” to bring this handy shortcut to the screen.

6:15 PM

Switching from Windows to Ubuntu v.8.10 - It’s Easy!


Whether you are fed up with your current operating system, you’re sick of paying money for an O/S, or you just want a powerful operating system to toy around with, Linux can be a lot of fun. Of all the hundreds of Linux distributions out there, Ubuntu is the king for those who don’t want to do a tedious, difficult, command-line install. Most would say that Ubuntu installs just as easily as Windows does, and only takes about 25 minutes to complete. Ubuntu gives the power of Linux, with unsurpassed easy of use.

Just like the operating system itself, updates are always free and readily available for download over the internet. Since Ubuntu is open-source, there are developers working around the clock who are volunteering their time to finding problems, and providing solutions to them. Since there are always so many people working on fixing issues and improving the code, the releases are fairly large and feature filled.

Ubuntu offers a complete suite of applications - everything from browsers, to word processors and 3D games. If you need a program that’s not included in the standard pack of applications, the application management tool has access to literally thousands of programs on tap to download as soon as you click OK. If you can think of a program, it’s available right there. And best of all - it’s all free! If you have a programming background, you can even customize any program or just about any aspect of the operating system. It’s very easy to write scripts to automate tasks and do your bidding for you.

To get Ubuntu on your own system, you can download the ISO (CD image file) over the internet. Ubuntu’s official website has links to several mirrors of their latest version. After obtaining the Ubuntu CD image (around 700 MB), you’ll need to burn it to disk using a somewhat powerful CD burning program such as Nero.

The finished CD will be the setup disk for the operating system. Don’t forget to label it with the version number and date it was burned for future reference. Since the disk you just burned is now bootable, you can simply place it in your CD drive and restart. Though by default Ubuntu doesn’t delete any files of yours, it’s always a good idea to make backups of all your important files before making any major system changes.

When your system finishes restarting, you should be at an Ubuntu install screen. If your computer ignores the disk and boots straight into Windows as usual, you’ll need to change your BIOS settings to allow the system to boot from CD before hard drive. From there, simply follow the prompts. Ubuntu’s included partitioning utility is very powerful, and can automatically handle dual booting your existing Windows installation and your new Ubuntu installation! When starting, you’ll be presented with a prompt, asking you which O/S you want to load. Then you just select one (or let it time out), and you’re taken where you want to be.

6:13 PM

Quick guide: Changing Name Servers

Let’s suppose that, one day, you decide to change the nameservers for your websites’ domain name. But because you haven’t dealt with such a task before, you don’t actually have the idea about how to do it. So, what can you do? First of all, you can try completing the change yourself. And if you read this short tutorial carefully, you should be able to succeed. So, here are the steps you have to follow, in order to change your domains’ namerservers…Well just follow this quick guide...

Nowadays, building and maintaining a website is much easier and cheaper than it used to be several years ago ( though, not all websites are cheap to maintain..but that's another story ). Basically, all you need for your webpages to be online are a hosting account and a domain name. Now, once you have them, it's all up to you to start uploading your site and promote it, in order to drive traffic and make some money.

Let's suppose that, one day, you decide to change the nameservers for your websites' domain name. But because you haven't dealt with such a task before, you don't actually have the idea about how to do it. So, what can you do? First of all, you can try completing the change yourself. And if you read this short tutorial carefully, you should be able to succeed. So, here are the steps you have to follow, in order to change your domains' namerservers.

*Step number 1

Before even starting this operation, you need to be logged into your hosting account. To do this, just type in your browsers' address bar the URL of your hosting company ( where you're currently having your website uploaded ). Then, look for the login page/function. Once you've found it, type in your username and password, then hit "Enter" on your keyboard and wait for the site to load and display the users' control panel, where you should be able to see all the domains you have registered so far.

*Step number 2

At this stage, you have to select the domain name you want to edit, from the list with the domains mentioned above ( in case if you have more than one domain registered ). Make sure you've made the right choice, so not to encounter any problems later on, during the nameserver change!

*Step number 3

After you've selected the domain name you want to work with, you should be able to see the control panel for it. If you do, then look for an option named "Change nameservers" ( or one similar to it ).

*Step number 4

Click on the link for the above mentioned option. Now, in front of your eyes, you should see the fields containing the old nameservers codes. Delete them and replace them with the new codes, making sure every data you have submitted is correct. Otherwise, the domain might not work properly.

*step number 5

This is important! Save all the changes you've made! Not doing so might result in the change not being completed. You have to know that this process won't happen in a blink of an eye. It might take up to 48 hours for everything to function ok.

*Step number 6

After a couple of days after doing the change, log back into your account and check to see if all the info you've submitted earlier are correct and if the process has ended successfully. In case something doesn't work, reenter the information once again or try contacting the registrar/hosting company, to assist you.

Some tips and warnings you should take note of:

- You might want to keep another tab or browser window open, in case you have to switch between them often, for checking instructions, entering various info etc.

- Make sure you delete the old nameservers, before entering the codes for the new ones. If you forget this, then your registrar company ( the place from where you've bought your domain name ) might think you've added 2 more nameservers to those already there. This can create confusion!

- When typing in the new nameservers, pay attention to how they're spelled! If you type in the wrong format, character or number, could result in your domain to revert to its original settings or not work at all.

6:12 PM

How to use Digg?


Everyday there are new websites that are being created & many of those do not get any visitors, as there is no promotion done for the same. While most of the people are aware of sites like Google, Yahoo, Rediff, there are sites like http://digg.com which people are not aware of. Here we would take a look at what this site is all about and how one can use it?

What is Digg? This website was started in November 2004. Digg is a website that includes everything under the sun from blogs, jobs, to general news and discussion boards. While this may seem like just another website, the feature of this site is that the content of the site is totally owned by the members i.e. the content of the website is contributed only by the members. The most read articles or blogs are featured in the top 10 articles of Digg. The rest are removed from the home page. Apart from this other members can view your profile and you can be invited to be their friends. To be able to use Digg, you need to join in as a member. There are no membership fees for the same. Once you join in, you will be sent a verification email and after the verification you can start looking at the stories.

Not only do you get to read the content, you can also express your opinion about the same. The stories are displayed on your home page and after reading it you can either click Digg it or bury. The more number of clicks or Diggs that an article gets, the more popular it becomes. On the contrary if you feel that there is a certain article which is not worth reading or is being posted again, then you can click bury and the same will be out of the system. This is another way of making Digg spam free. The flip side of this system is that if there is a particular article which is good but it did not get many readers, then this would just go out of the hot favorite list, which means that if someone wants to read that article they have to make use of Digg Labs where they can find these old articles. Sounds confusing, it is simple. The most popular stories will go up the order on the homepage and the less popular ones can be found in Digg Labs, which is like archive.

Within Digg Labs there are different options wherein one of them shows the visual representation of the stories, and then there is one option of showing stories in real time. Also there is an option of latest activity around stories and topics.

Furthermore, at Digg you decide the topics that you want to read and don’t want. You can customize your homepage according the topics that you want to read. If you don’t want to read about certain topics then you can even delete them.

You can also submit your own stories in Digg and see how many people view it. You can submit a news article or video or an image. To do so you need to click on Submit New on the homepage. It is advisable to submit articles on the topics of Digg. The stories that are being submitted are generally found in the upcoming section and the number of Diggs that the story gets determines whether the story comes up on the home page or does it get buried. While submitting the stories one needs to provide the link to the original source. Digg does not encourage duplicate stories.

If you thought that Digg is all about serious stuff then you are wrong. This is a site where you can also invite friends and share emails and photos. When you are on the home page you just need to click on add a friend. You can check if your friends who are with you on Google, Yahoo or Hotmail are already logged on in Digg. Each of these messengers will give you a prompt and you have to enter your user id and password and then the site will throw up the names of your friends from those lists, who are also members in Digg. Here you can also come to know your friends’ activity that they have done on Digg. A feature that is unique in Digg is the shout activity. When you want to get in touch with your friend quickly you can click shout on the friends’ profile and send a message. Likewise you can also shout an article to a friend. For this you need to click on share icon below the story and send the story to your friends. in the same way you can also get these shout messages.

For the regular users of Digg, there are another add on in Digg. The Recommendation Engine is a process where this engine observes the digging activity of its members. Based on the kind of stories that are being dug, the users are compared and a category is made which is called as Diggers like you. The benefit for the users is that the engine then highlights the upcoming stories based on this.

Digg doesn’t encourage Spam. To the extent that the system deletes the users who continuously send copied stories. Digg encourages only original stuff or stories, which have a link to the original work.

There are also sections on the meet ups that are organized Digg. it mentions the place and the time when the crew of Digg would be available. For those who are constantly on the move, Digg is also available on the mobile. The official mobile site of Digg is diggriver.com

Apart from all this, you have all the common things like ads at Digg and also a Digg store where you get T-shirts, Gift certificates etc. Gift certificates can also be redeemed for cash, and doesn’t have any expiry date. Also you can find job openings also, if you wish to work for Digg.

6:11 PM

Show Your Name In the System Clock


This tip is absolutely and completely useless, and will even make applications that depend on timestamps have issues. It's mostly just to be used as a cool trick you can show off to your friends, so we're going to show you how it works.

The way this trick works is by modifying the regional settings for the time format. Instead of using just AM or PM, you can put up to 12 characters of text in that field.


Start by opening Regional and Language Options from the start menu search box or the control panel.


On the Formats tab you'll see the "Customize this format" button, which you'll need to choose.


Select the Time tab, and then here's where we can make whatever settings we want.


I chose to set mine to "AM - Geek" so I could still see AM or PM, but you can choose any 12 characters for either field. Keep in mind that the PM symbol is only going to display during the "PM" hours.

This does change more than just the displayed clock, so I'd advise not using this on a computer you do actual work on. Using the F5 key in notepad shows the "Geek" text as well:


It's one of those things that's interesting to know… just not very useful. It does work in XP as well.

8:29 PM

What is ctfmon.exe And Why Is It Running?


You are no doubt reading this article because you are frustrated with the ctfmon.exe process that just won't stop opening no matter what you do. You remove it from the startup items and it just magically reappears. So what is it?

Ctfmon is the Microsoft process that controls Alternative User Input and the Office Language bar. It's how you can control the computer via speech or a pen tablet, or using the onscreen keyboard inputs for asian languages.

If you are using any of the above, you should leave it enabled. For everybody else, we'll get to the job of disabling this annoying service.


Depending on your system configuration, there are a number of different steps to disable it. I've tried to list all the methods below.

Step 1: Disabling in Microsoft Office 2003

We can remove the alternative text input from Microsoft Office 2003 by just removing that feature in the setup.

Note: I haven't figured out where the equivalent setting is for Office 2007 (if there is one), but we can also disable it a different way below.

Go to Add/Remove programs, choose to Change your installation of Microsoft Office and make sure you check the box for "Choose advanced customization of applications" before you hit next.


Find "Alternative User Input" in the list and change the dropdown to "Not available" so it looks like this:


Step 2a: Disabling in Windows XP

There's an additional step we can take to make sure it gets turned off in Windows XP, which really seems to be the best answer for XP users.

Open up Control Panel and choose Regional and Language Options.


Choose the Languages tab and then click on Details in the top section.


Now on the Advanced tab you can choose to "Turn off advanced text services", which should immediately close ctfmon.


You'll also want to take a look at the first Settings tab, and make sure that your "Installed Services" box looks similar to this one:


If you have more than one Installed service then ctfmon might come back… For instance on my system there was an input for my drawing tablet so I could use it as a text input… which I don't care about, so I clicked Remove on it.

Step 2b: Disabling in Windows Vista

The setting above for completely disabling text services doesn't seem to exist in Windows Vista as far as I can tell, but we can remove the additional input services using a similar method.

Open Control Panel, choose Regional and Language Options and then find "Change keyboards or other input methods".


On the Keyboards and Languages tab, you can select Change keyboards.


Now you'll finally be at the same screen as in Windows XP. You'll again want to remove the extra installed services in the list other than your default keyboard language.


Step 3: Remove From Startup

You won't want to perform this step before doing the others, because it will just be overwritten again. Open up msconfig.exe through the start menu run or search box, and then find the Startup tab.


Find ctfmon in the list and disable it by unchecking the box. Just remember that if you haven't disabled ctfmon through one of the other settings this won't help you a lot.

Step 4: If all else fails

You can just completely unregister the dlls that run the alternative input services by running these two commands from the run box (one at a time)

Regsvr32.exe /u msimtf.dll

Regsvr32.exe /u msctf.dll

If you perform this step, you should also use Step 3 to get rid of the startup entries.

Step 5: Reboot

Reboot your computer and then open a Microsoft Office application if you do have that installed. Verify that ctfmon.exe is not running.

8:26 PM

Install Windows XP on Your Pre-Installed Windows Vista Computer


Install Windows XP on Your Pre-Installed Windows Vista Computer

The question I am asked most often is "How do I install a dual-boot with Windows XP on my new Windows Vista computer?" The answer is that it's not that difficult, it's just very time consuming, and you need to own a copy of Windows XP.

Note that you should not attempt this if you aren't ready to troubleshoot any problems that might occur.

The first issue we encounter is that computers with pre-installed operating systems take up the entire drive. Luckily Microsoft included the Shrink volume feature in Vista, so we can easily shrink the Vista partition down to make room for XP.

Open the Computer Management panel, which you can find under Administrative tools or by right-clicking the Computer item in the start menu and choosing Manage. Find the Disk Management item in the list and select that.


Now we'll shrink our volume down by right-clicking on the main hard drive and choosing Shrink Volume.


Now you can choose the size that you want to shrink, which really means you are choosing the size that you want your XP partition to be. Whatever you do, don't just use the default. I chose roughly 10gb by entering 10000 into the amount.


The next step might be confusing, because we need to change the cd-rom drive that's invariably taking up D: at the moment, because we want to use D: for the Windows XP partition, but it's already taken by the cd-rom drive. If you skip this step than XP will install onto the E: drive, which isn't the end of the world, but it's not quite as tidy.

Right-click on the cd-rom drive in the list and choose Change Drive Letter and Paths from the menu. 


Now we'll change the CD drive to use E: by selecting that in the drop-down. 


Now we can create a new partition for XP to live on and make sure that the drive letter is set the way we want. If you do not create a partition now the XP install will do so automatically, but it's easier and cleaner to do it this way.

Right-click on the Unallocated free space area and then select New Simple Volume from the menu.


Follow through the wizard and select whatever options you'd like, making sure to use D: as the drive letter.

Now you will need to close out of disk management and reboot your computer. This is because we can't do the next step until we reboot. (you can try, but it won't work)

So we've come back from rebooting… open up Computer from the start menu and then right-click on the D: drive and select properties. Give your partition a meaningful name like "XP". It would be wise to name the C: drive to "Vista" at this point as well. 


Now you'll want to pop your XP cd into the drive and boot off it. You may have to configure your BIOS to enable booting off the CD drive, or if your computer says something like "Hit Esc for boot menu" you might want to use that.

Once you come to the screen where you can choose the partition to install on, then choose either the unpartitioned space or the new partition you created. Whatever you do, don't try and install onto your Vista partition! See how much cleaner it is now that we've labeled each partition distinctly?


We'll assume XP is completely installed at this point, and you will have lost your ability to boot into Windows Vista, so we'll need to use the VistaBootPro utility to restore the Vista boot loader.

Download and install VistaBootPro from vistabootpro.org

During the install you'll be forced to install the .NET 2.0 framework. Open up VistaBootPRO and then click on the System Bootloader tab. Check the "Windows Vista Bootloader" and then "All Drives" radio buttons, and then click on the Install Bootloader button.


At this point, the Windows Vista bootloader is installed and you'll only be able to boot into Vista, but we'll fix that. Instead of manually doing the work, we'll just click the Diagnostics menu item and then choose Run Diagnostics from the menu.


This will scan your computer and then automatically fill in the XP version.. click on the "Manage OS Entries" tab and then click in the textbox for Rename OS Entry, and name it something useful like "Windows XP"  or "The Windows That Works" 


Click the Apply Updates button and then reboot your computer… you should see your shiny new boot manager with both operating systems in the list! 


If you get an error saying "unable to find ntldr" when trying to boot XP, you'll need to do the following:

  • Find the hidden files ntldr and ntdetect.com in the root of your Vista drive and copy them to the root of your XP drive.
  • If you can't find the files there, you can find them in the \i386\ folder on your XP install cd

This is a critical piece of information: Windows XP will be installed on the D: drive, even in Windows XP… so you'll need to keep that in mind when tweaking your system.


You can share information between the drives, but I wouldn't recommend messing with the other operating system's partition too much… it might get angry and bite you. Or screw up your files. What I do recommend is that you store most of your files on a third drive shared between the operating systems… you could call that partition "Data".

I'm going to write a number of followup articles dealing with all of the issues with dual-boot systems, so subscribe to the feed for updates.

8:21 PM

Resize a Partition for Free in Windows Vista


Windows Vista includes a built-in functionality in Disk Management to shrink and expand partitions. No more 3rd party utilities needed!

To get to this utility, open up Control Panel, and type in partition into the search box.. you'll immediately see the link show up:

Shrink a Partition

In the Disk Management screen, just right-click on the partition that you want to shrink, and select "Shrink Volume" from the menu.

In the Shrink dialog, you will want to enter the amount you want to shrink by, not the new size. For example, if you want to shrink your 50gb partition by roughly 10gb so that it will now be roughly 40gb, enter 10000 into the box:

Extend a Partition

In the Disk Management screen, just right-click on the partition that you want to shrink, and select "Extend Volume" from the menu.

On this screen, you can specify the amount that you want to increase the partition by. In this case, I'm going to extend it back to the roughly 50GB size that it was before.

Note that the extend partition feature only works with contiguous space.

8:20 PM

Tips and Tricks to Get Your Concert Ticket Online


With most concerts are taking place in record times, more and more consumers have become upset with their efforts to see their favorite artist live. Even stadium with thousands of seats usually out of seats for the most popular artists. Besides going to ticket counter to buy ticket, as the alternative, you can also buy ticket through the internet. Here is some tips and tricks to get your concert ticket online:

The success key in finding concert tickets online is by using search engine. You can try keywords such as ‘buy ## ticket’ (replace ## with the concert name) or just type in the concert name in your favorite search engine (such as Google). There are many sites provide these service, one of them is TicketToGo. TicketToGo sells most popular ticket online, such as concert tickets, sports tickets, theaters tickers, and many others. The best way to find tickets with TicketToGo is to plan ahead. You can just type the event name in their search engine (with venue and city or zip code) to determine exactly when a show tickets goes on sale. You can also request for email notification for your favorite show, which allow you to buy tickets the exact minute they become available.

Another method to keep track of your incoming favorite show is to become a member of the fan club of your favorite artist. This can be done by simply registering at your favorite artist’s website. Some fan club notify their member about the incoming concert tickets before it go to sale for the public, while others allow you to subscribe to their newsletter, which allow you to receive notification on the incoming ticket sales. So, you will always know when your favorite artist is coming to your country or region.

If the concert tickets have already sold out, then another alternative is to look at the secondary ticket marketplaces, such as eBay. The advantage of this method is that you only bid for a ticket price that you can afford. However, make sure you monitor the auction so someone else did not outbid you.

In fact, there are too many options to find concert tickets online. The more website you discover the better chances for you to get the seats for your favorite artist concert. The good is buying ticket through these marketplaces is it does not cost you anything. You just need a moment to read their Term and Condition before buying your concert ticket. Once you understand how the website works, you can purchase your concert tickets based on your budget.

10:04 PM

Increase your RAM and so system speed


1). Start any application, say Word. Open some large documents.

2). Press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC to open Windows Task Manager and click Processes tab and sort the list in descending order on Mem Usage. You will notice that WINWORD.EXE will be somewhere at the top, using multiple MBs of memory.


3). Now switch to Word and simply minimize it. (Don't use the Minimize All Windows option of the task bar).

4). Now go back to the Windows Task Manager and see where WINWORD.EXE is listed. Most probably you will not find it at the top. You will typically have to scroll to the bottom of the list to find Word. Now check out the amount of RAM it is using. Surprised? The memory utilization has reduced by a huge amount.

5). Minimize each application that you are currently not working on by clicking on the Minimize button & you can increase the amount of available RAM by a substantial margin. Depending upon the number and type of applications you use together, the difference can be as much as 50 percent of extra RAM.


In any multitasking system, minimizing an application means that it won't be utilized by the user right now. Therefore, the OS automatically makes the application use virtual memory & keeps bare minimum amounts of the code in physical RAM.

10:00 PM

all apple iphone tricks and hacks


*3001#12345#* and tap Call: Field Mode (iPhone network and cellular information)

*#06# : IMEI number.

*777# and tap Call: Pre-paid account balance.

*225# and tap Call: Post-paid account balance.

*646# and tap Call: Post-paid minute balance.

*#21# and tap Call: Call feature settings (enabled/disabled) for voice, data, fax, SMS, sync, async, packet access, call forwarding.

*#30# and tap Call: Caller-ID display check (enabled/disabled)

*#76# and tap Call: Connected call display check (enabled/disabled)

*#43# and tap Call: Determine if call waiting is enabled.

*#61# and tap Call: Call forwarding number with service (no-answer)

*#62# and tap Call: Call forwarding number without service (no-ring)

*#67# and tap Call: Call forwarding number when busy
*#33# and tap Call: Check outgoing services for call-barring (enabled/disabled)

After playing with your new Apple iPhone awhile, you are certain to discover tips and tricks that are very useful. For those who are not fortunate enough to own your own iPhone, after reading about some of these iPhone tips and tricks, you will probably run out and purchase one today. Here are some of the iPhones tips and tricks.

1. This tip will save you a little bit of your valuable time. When you are connected, tapping once at the very top section of the iPhone’s touch screen will bring you back to the window. It isn’t necessary for you to scroll to get back there.

2. By putting the RSS address into the iPhones reader you won’t have to post the compete address of the sites you’ve bookmarked as your favorites. Doing it this way saves your bookmarks. In that way it can lead you to the address. As an added benefit, it also saves you from having to download the entire webpage.

3. By putting your iPhone font setting to the smallest size possible, it will allow you to be able to read more of what is written in the net window. The advantage is by clicking on the link, you can expand that and the link will make it easier for you to click as well.

4. If you are anything like me, then there are certain words you often misspell? The iPhone has a great feature that will help you remedy this. If you’ve misspelled the word, you can let your iPhone flag it. By canceling this three times, the word will be automatically indexed in the iPhone’s dictionary. The next time you misspell that word, walla! Your iPhone will correct the misspelled word automatically.

5. If you are writing a letter or composing an email and the magnifying glass tool isn’t very helpful because it is too small to be of any use, try tapping it once and then hold. When you do this, the magnifying glass icon will show you how far you can zoom in order for you to get a better view of the letter or email you are writing. As an added benefit, you will find it also makes editing quite easy.

6. If you want to restart your iPhone, press the right button for about 6 seconds. If you want to turn it back on, push the button located at the very top.

7. Do you drag the icons around on your home screen in order to organize them? An easier way to tidy your iPhone up is, go to iPod, click on More, then click on Edit
9:47 PM

how to clean motherboard to save

Motherboard is the main part of your computer that contains all hardware components. Your computer motherboard could fry, if you do not keep it clean on periodically basis. Dust is the main cause to heat up your system and heat link to hardware failure. You can save your computer maintenance cost if you clean your computer on the regular basis. This will improve the cooling and performance of the motherboard components.


To clean your motherboard first unplugs your system power from the electrical outlet.

Using the screwdriver remove the side covers of your computer case and put them to one side.

Check all data and power cables connections. Inspect all motherboard PCI and AGP slots.

Remove all add-on card of your motherboard for example RAM, modem, VGA, sound card and LAN card.

Now blow the air around all the motherboard sides and keeping away your blower nozzle 4 to 5 inches away from main board components. You can use vacuum cleaner also for this purpose but compressed air is the better solution to clean a system.

At the end assemble back all cards, cables and side covers of your system.

I recommend you doing this after every three months if you want to save your system life
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mozilla firefox and gmail shortcuts

Ctrl + Tab or Ctrl + PageDown: Cycle through tabs.
Ctrl + Shift + Tab or Ctrl + PageUp: Cycle through tabs in reverse.
Ctrl + (1-9): Switch to tab corresponding to number.
Ctrl + N: New window.
Ctrl + T: New tab.
Ctrl + L or Alt + D or F6: Switch focus to location bar.
Ctrl + Enter: Open location in new tab.
Shift + Enter: Open location in new window.
Ctrl + K or Ctrl + E: Switch focus to search bar.
Ctrl + O: Open a local file.
Ctrl + W: Close tab, or window if there's only one tab open.
Ctrl + Shift + W: Close window.
Ctrl + S: Save page as a local file.
Ctrl + P: Print page.
Ctrl + F or F3: Open find toolbar.
Ctrl + G or F3: Find next...
Ctrl + Shift + G or Shift + F3: Find previous...
Ctrl + B or Ctrl + I: Open Bookmarks sidebar.
Ctrl + H: Open History sidebar.
Escape: Stop loading page.
Ctrl + R or F5: Reload current page.
Ctrl + Shift + R or Ctrl + F5: Reload current page; bypass cache.
Ctrl + U: View page source.
Ctrl + D: Bookmark current page.
Ctrl + NumpadPlus or Ctrl + Equals (+/=): Increase text size.
Ctrl + NumpadMinus or Ctrl + Minus: Decrease text size.
Ctrl + Numpad0 or Ctrl + 0: Set text size to default.
Alt + Left or Backspace: Back.
Alt + Right or Shift + Backspace: Forward.
Alt + Home: Open home page.
Ctrl + M: Open new message in integrated mail client.
Ctrl + J: Open Downloads dialog.
F6: Switch to next frame. You must have selected something on the page already, e.g. by use of Tab.
Shift + F6: Switch to previous frame.
Apostrophe ('): Find link as you type.
Slash (/): Find text as you type.


Note: Must have "keyboard shortcuts" on in settings.
C: Compose new message.
Shift + C: Open new window to compose new message.
Slash (/): Switch focus to search box.
K: Switch focus to the next most recent email. Enter or "O" opens focused email.
J: Switch focus to the next oldest email.
N: Switch focus to the next message in the "conversation." Enter or "O" expands/collapses messages.
P: Switch focus to the previous message.
U: Takes you back to the inbox and checks for new mail.
Y: Various actions depending on current view:
Has no effect in "Sent" and "All Mail" views.
Inbox: Archive email or message.
Starred: Unstar email or message.
Spam: Unmark as spam and move back to "Inbox."
Trash: Move back to "Inbox."
Any label: Remove the label.
X: "Check" an email. Various actions can be performed against all checked emails.
S: "Star" an email. Identical to the more familiar term, "flagging."
R: Reply to the email.
A: Reply to all recipients of the email.
F: Forward an email.
Shift + R: Reply to the email in a new window.
Shift + A: Reply to all recipients of the email in a new window.
Shift + F: Forward an email in a new window.
Shift + 1 (!): Mark an email as spam and remove it from the inbox.
G then I: Switch to "Inbox" view.
G then S: Switch to "Starred" view.
G then A: Switch to "All Mail" view.
G then C: Switch to "Contacts" view.
G then S: Switch to "Drafts" view.
7:40 PM

Golmaal Returns[2008]


7:11 PM

Google search tricks -latest tricks with google search.

I have came across some amazing google search tricks which can change the way you look at google today. There are about millions different searches which are hidden in google. If you know the exact syntax then you can use it. Many people fail to reach their destination even though they enter exact keywords related to their requirement. It is little bit difficult to get our required data with in a short time. It can be made efficient by using few cheats and tricks.. Google itself provides quick search by using few operators. It is not legal to use these tricks. google itself is providing these search tricks. You can save your time by using these google search tricks. Right now i am using all these tricks. These google search tricks are working 100%. Here’s a few of my favorite hidden Google search tricks that you can whip out to impress your friends.

1)Find any album:In this trick you no need to struggle for long keywords entering in google search. Following google search trick will takes you to your destination.
Open www.google.com
Put the string as shown below in google search :
?intitle:index.of? mp3
Your job is add song/album/artist/singer
For example :
?intitle:index.of? mp3 justin timberlake

2) Find Key for any software, games etc:
Well this is a cute google search trick. Just enter the code below in google search.
94FBR : your software name
In place of “your software name “ enter the software or game name which you have required.

3) Open www.google.com
Enter the string which is shown below
inurl:Mcft filetype:iso
Now change the string in search to exactly what you desire. for example Mcft to Ad@be, ISO to zip/rar and so on.

4)How to open hidden links in google?? Well google will not display few links even though they are indexed in google.
Just enter the strings below which can open hidden links in google search.
“parent directory ” Gamez -xxx -html -htm -php -shtml -opendivx -md5 -md5sums

“parent directory ” MP3 -xxx -html -htm -php -shtml -opendivx -md5 -md5sums

“parent directory ” Name of artist or album -xxx -html -htm -php -shtml -opendivx -md5 -md5sums

“parent directory ” /appz/ -xxx -html -htm -php -shtml -opendivx -md5 -md5sums

“parent directory ” DVDRip -xxx -html -htm -php -shtml -opendivx -md5 -md5sums

“parent directory “Xvid -xxx -html -htm -php -shtml -opendivx -md5 -md5sums
Now enter search phrase for every parent directory? change, and you can use whatever phrase or word that suits you and a lot of otherwise hidden links will turn up.

5)Open secret sites which you desire:
Many search engines will not allow hidden files and articles. These websites can be seen using robots.text This is a great trick which you can open hidden websites and articles.
Open www.google.com
Just enter the string as given below
“robots.txt” “disallow:” filetype:txt
You will find the robots.txt file from sites that uses disallow command in it.
Now you can open hidden texts in few websites.

6)Google calculator:
Every operating system has calculator which is inbuild. Some times you feel lazy to open your inbuild calculator. This is a simple google search trick where you can do calculations by just entering what you required. This is simply amazing stuff accomplished by Google.
for example : open www.google.com
type in google search as 100 + 500 - 100 = and press search button.

7)Logarithm Functions:
To calculate logarithm base 10 values, type log (100) in search box and press search button to show the result.

8)Currency Conversion
To convert the 100 USD in British pounds, type 100 USD in British pounds and press search button to show the result.
Google can do all the below calculations.
(simple Arithmetic function, Trigonometric, Inverse trigonometric, Hyperbolic and Logarithm functions).

9)Definitions: Frankly speaking there is no need to open dictionary or dictionary websites. Google itself acts as dictionary. Well you can search definitions as just shown below.
define: keyword
in place of keyword enter the meaning which you required.

10) Few important syntax are shown below:
Open www.google.com and type
Population country name
In place of country name type which country you required.
For example [pouplation india]
[governor california] The governor of california.
[location India] Rough idea of where india is located.
[flag india] This is indian flag.
[1Z9999W99999999999] direct link to UPS tracking information.
[790187289080] direct link to Fed Ex tracking information.
[fcc IHDT5ZG1]direct link to information about the product with that FCC id number.
[movie: Sarkar Raj] Will display pages about sarkar raj.
7:06 PM

Home Office: Latest Tricks for Fighting Spam

I thought I'd finished writing about spam. But I've had a flood of e-mail from readers complaining that, like California's new actor-cum-governor, it's back.

In this week's newsletter I'll show you some new spam fighting tricks, point you to an inexpensive e-book with innovative spam bashing ideas, get you up to speed on spam news, and report on what the lawmakers are doing to reduce spam.
Spam Hits the Fan

The stats on how people are responding to in-box clogging junk mail are astonishing. Almost half of the people surveyed for a recent report said that they actually have trouble finding legit e-mail because it's buried in so much spam. Man, I can relate to that. A third of those surveyed find their in-boxes filled with almost 80 percent spam. There's lots more about the survey results in "Could Spam Kill Off E-Mail?"

Some good news: ISPs, the companies that supply you with bandwidth, are beefing up their attacks on spam. For instance, EarthLink has added SpamBlocker to its arsenal of spam fighting tools. While not every subscriber knows about it (I didn't), SpamBlocker is a "challenge-response system" that grabs the lapels of every message you receive, checks to see if the sender is in your address book, and rejects it if the answer is no. E-mail can pass into your in-box only if the sender is able to answer a simple question. Take two minutes and read "ISPs Rev Up Antispam Efforts" for details.

Quick aside: I use Trillian for instant messaging. My IM list is short, maybe twenty people (and no, you can't have my IM name). It's spam-free and secure, with the ability to encrypt IM messages. That's because I installed IMSecure, a relatively new product from Zone Labs that works with most IM programs. If you have kids, it's ideal--you can control features such as file transfers, voice, and video chats. Read more about what IMSecure does in "Zone Labs Unveils Messaging Security," then grab a trial version of the $20 IMSecure Pro. You could also try the free version, IMSecure 1.0.

Dig This: It's too late for Halloween pranks, but there's plenty of time to prepare a delicious Kitty Litter Cake for your Thanksgiving guests. Among other things, the recipe calls for Tootsie Rolls. My wife, Judy, nixed the idea until I helped her visualize Aunt Sally's reaction--so we tried a test batch in the Bass Int'l kitchen.
Legislating Against Spam

You can probably guess which way I lean politically, but no way is it going to interfere with cheering on the Washington politicos who are going after spammers. The very good news is that the U.S. Senate is putting new pressure on spammers. It's approved--unanimously, no less--letting local governments and ISPs sue junk e-mailers who try to sidestep new antispamming restrictions. This is a big deal, folks, and I encourage you to read about it in "Senate Squashes Spam."

Funny thing is, it's not only U.S. politicians who are finally taking action again junk e-mail. The Brits are also kvetching; they've taken their complaints to Parliament. But things between the two countries get a little sticky because the UK prefers an opt-in approach while we in the colonies want an opt-out approach. There's more to the story, but you're going to have to read "Britain Urges United States to Can Spam" to find out.

For some disheartening news, read "Antispam Activists Win (and Lose) in Court," in which Dan Tynan explains how antispam activists got nailed in court trying to put the brakes on alleged spammer EMarketersAmerica.org. It's not a pretty story, but one I think you need to read.

Dig This: Are you stuck cutting down a few backyard trees and want to get through the job quickly? Try a V8 chain saw. (The MPEG video is 4MB.)
Spam Fighting at its Best

Does the word phishing mean anything to you? It's the art of baiting an e-mail hook and reeling in details about you that can lead to identity theft. Tom Spring, aka Spam Slayer, is PCWorld.com's white-hat spam expert. In his weekly column he shows you the latest ways to make mincemeat of spam. For instance, in "Spam Slayer: Outsmart Scammers," Tom tells you about e-bogus mail that can take you to the cleaners and how to authenticate messages to protect yourself.

The most intriguing article I've read on spam recently comes from our Internet Tips guy, Scott Spanbauer. Scott's excited about SpamBayes, an open-source, aggressive spam fighting plug-in for Microsoft Outlook 2000 and 2002. Scott says, "If you use Outlook, drop everything and get SpamBayes." The product's free--and if Scott likes it, it's got to be good.

Some of you may want to attack spam from another angle. Brian Livingston's downloadable e-book, "Spam-Proof Your E-Mail Address" ($10), explains how you can reduce spam substantially with a little fiddling. I think Brian's chapter on debunking spam myths and his detailed, step-by-step instructions for making clickable links that are encoded in such a way that harvesters can't decode are worth the price of admission.

credits:Steve Bass
7:04 PM