Top 10 Windows XP Tips

George Jones has listed down top 10 windows xp tips on TechWeb.

Following is the list, I liked the Tip 5:
Tip 1: Automatically log when and why shutdowns have occurred.
Tip 2: Recover lost data.
Tip 3: Stay on top of registry changes.
Tip 4: Set a custom resolution.
Tip 5: Automatically optimize your hard drive.
Tip 6: Force unresponsive applications to close at shutdown.
Tip 7: Run two displays on the same PC.
Tip 8: Scrub your hard drive clean.
Tip 9: Increase available disk space by scaling back System Restore.
Tip 10: Halt background services to improve performance.

Read out the complete article on Techweb
Top 10 Windows XP Tips Of All Time

Lekhini (??????) – Telugu Script Generator

Veeven has released a new telugu script generator tool called Lekhini which is based on Nagarjuna Venna’s Padma

The main tweaks he did in his words :

The following are the advantages of my simplification:

  • No need to scroll down in search of a text box to type in (The input box is right on top. Just type in after the page load.)
  • You do not see options and settings that you never use (You will see just what you need.)
  • The 3-window operation (type in one, copy in another, and paste in yet another) has been reduced to 2-window operation. (type and copy in one, and paste in another).
  • An RTS Translitelation Chart beside your typing area—easy reference (to know what to type to get what).
  • No more Yahoo ads

Please go to Lekhini site and give it a try.

Firefox 2.0 alpha 1

Lot of buzz going around the blogosphere for the last few days about the release of new Firefox version 2.0(Bon Echo). The Alpha 1 release is now official and is available on Mozilla site.

Some of the changes/features in the new version are :

- Changes to tabbed browsing behavior.
– New data storage layer for bookmarks and history (using SQLlite)
– Extended search plugin format.
– Updates to the extension system to provide enhanced security and to allow for easier localization of extensions.
– Support for SVG text using svg:textPath More information and download available on Mozilla site.

http://www.mozilla.org/projects/bonecho/releases/2.0a1.html

Windows Live search

I was just checking Windows Live search today and liked its user interface, it allows you to see all the results of a search in a single page and gives a scroll bar to scroll through all the results. As far as the search results are concerned, we can’t say anything now because it is recently launched.

Richard MacManus wrote review of Windows Live Search on ZDNet blogs.

The main features as per him are :

- An ‘infinite’ scrollbar that gets rid of the necessity for paging through results using “Next” buttons. It can deliver up to 1000 results and generates the page dynamically. Yes, all results are on one page! At Search Champs, Microsoft told us their stats indicate only 30% of users click to pg 2 on search results – which led to this innovation. Note: currently there are reports of this causing some performance issues, but I’m sure those are just teething problems.

- Choose your thumbnail size on images – you can use a ‘slider’ to adjust the size of image thumbnails, which is useful for focusing in on images. Or making them small so you can quickly scan them.

- Also hovering over any image displays more information – such as dimensions, file size, file name and location. The theory behind that is that it removes a lot of metadata from the frontend. There’s also a “feedback on this image” link, but note that you probably won’t receive a personal response if you send feedback!

- Click-through on an image result creates a frame for navigation in the left – also click “show image” to view full-size image as a pop-up. All done with AJAX.

Feeds are prominent in the Windows Live Search design:

- You can subscribe to results, with the “add to live.com” button (assuming you use live.com as a personalized homepage, which of course Microsoft is hoping you’ll do…)
– Subscribe to feeds, by clicking the “Feeds” tab. Again very useful for live.com users.

Additional tabs give you options to extend your search:

- News tab – similar to Google News, offers search results from selected media sources.
– Local tab – does a search using the Virtual Earth mapping technology.

Read the complete posting here

Ultimate Google Search Interface

This is a fantastic tool which comes very handy to every one who want to use the advanced features of Google.

This puts all the google advanced search options in a user friedndly manner on a single page and simpilfies the options like date ranges selection etc… check it yourself…
http://www.faganfinder.com/google2.html

On the downside, some of the features are only available if you browse the site in IE.

Get rid of unused device drivers from Windows XP

Techrepublic has a nice article about removing the unnecessary device drivers from Windows XP macines.

Here is how it can be done :

1. Press [Windows]+[Break] to bring up the System Properties dialog box.
2. Select the Advanced tab and click the Environment Variables button.
3. Click the New button below the System Variables panel.
4. In the New System Variable dialog box, type devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices in the Variable Name text box and 1 in the Variable Value text box.
5. Click OK to return to the System Properties dialog box and then click OK again.
6. Select the Hardware tab and click the Device Manager button.
7. In Device Manager, go to View | Show Hidden Devices.
8. Expand the various branches in the device tree and look for the washed out icons, which indicate unused device drivers.
9. To remove an unused device driver, right-click the icon and select Uninstall.
Read the complete article on Techrepublic
http://techrepublic.com.com/5100-10877_11-6017628.html?tag=nl.e101

Get rid of unused device drivers from Windows XP

Techrepublic has a nice article about removing the unnecessary device drivers from Windows XP macines.

Here is how it can be done :

1. Press [Windows]+[Break] to bring up the System Properties dialog box.
2. Select the Advanced tab and click the Environment Variables button.
3. Click the New button below the System Variables panel.
4. In the New System Variable dialog box, type devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices in the Variable Name text box and 1 in the Variable Value text box.
5. Click OK to return to the System Properties dialog box and then click OK again.
6. Select the Hardware tab and click the Device Manager button.
7. In Device Manager, go to View | Show Hidden Devices.
8. Expand the various branches in the device tree and look for the washed out icons, which indicate unused device drivers.
9. To remove an unused device driver, right-click the icon and select Uninstall.
Read the complete article on Techrepublic
http://techrepublic.com.com/5100-10877_11-6017628.html?tag=nl.e101

Firefox 1.5.0.1

Firefox 1.5.0.1 released.

Here’s what’s new in Firefox 1.5.0.1:

  • Improved stability.
  • Improved support for Mac OS X.
  • International Domain Name support for Iceland (.is) is now enabled.
  • Fixes for several memory leaks.
  • Several security enhancements.

Get it on Mizilla’s site…http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/releases/1.5.0.1.html

VNC Setup Tutorial

There is a very good tutorial on damagedintransit.com explaining about setting up VNC using RealVNC and the VPN service offered by Hamachi.

You can give it a try. It is secure and it will be useful for you if you are behind a firewall also.

Read the article here
Ultimate VNC Setup

VNC Setup Tutorial

There is a very good tutorial on damagedintransit.com explaining about setting up VNC using RealVNC and the VPN service offered by Hamachi.

You can give it a try. It is secure and it will be useful for you if you are behind a firewall also.

Read the article here
Ultimate VNC Setup

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