Archive for the ‘Windows’ Category

Quick Tip on Safely Removing Hardware

Usually when a flash drive, digital camera, iPod, or printer is connected to you computer, you have to click on the Safely Remove Hardware then find the USB port, select it and click Stop. Here is a quick tip so you don’t waste time.

  1. Go to the Safely Remove Icon Tray (bottom right corner on the taskbar)
  2. Right Click it then,
  3. Left Click it  (one after the other)
  4. A list will show up of what you have connected to you computer
  5. Click on the one you want disconnected

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It’s a very simple tip, while saving you a lot of time. it will take you less then 5 seconds to disconnect the external device you no longer need.

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Find As You Type – IE Add-On

find.jpgOne of the reasons I love Firefox so much is because of its search bar that can be easily accessed through a short key. It’s very convenient when you are searching a long document, and you save a lot of time with it instead of clicking ‘Find’ the whole time. The whole interface of it being at the bottom of the page instead of external window on Internet Explorer is so much more convenient. That’s one of the reasons why I avoid using IE, but that was easily solved with the Find As You Type add-on for IE 6 or later.

Find As You Type is a integrated search bar with the same features as the Firefox search bar. They both use the ‘CTRL+F’ shortcut key for easy access. This toolbar is only compatible with Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 or Windows Vista (both x86 and x64). However, Find As You Type does not work on Windows 95, 98, Me or 2000. 

Windows System Error – “IP Address Conflict”

Few days ago at work, two of the computers from the office kept showing a Windows message “there is an IP address conflict with another system on the network”. Now this has never happened to any of the computers before, and there is a hand full of them. Also, they are all connected to a linksys router (not wireless).What the message means is that two or more computer have the same IP address, which has to be change. No computer can have the same IP address, and this was caused most likely by the router (either the company providing the internet having trouble or the actual router malfunctioned).

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To fix this you will have to figure out which computer is causing the problem, by trail and error.

  1. Pick a computer
  2. Click the Network Connection button located at the lower right corner of the start toolbar close to the clock ( or go to Start>Connect to*>Choose your connection).
  3. Click on the Disable Button.
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  4. Once the connection is disabled, re-enable it the same way.
  5. If it does not enable, and it can not assign an IP address to the computer go to the other computer
  6. On the other compute, follow Steps 1-4.
  7. With the 1st computer’s connection being disabled, this one will not give you trouble and should re-enable.
  8. Go back to the 1st computer and re-enable the connection.
  9. In the same connection window, click the Support Tab on the top.
  10. Compare the two IP addresses, they should be different.
    If they are not, restart the computer ( it shouldn’t be need to).

Note: Connect To* – If you do not see Connect To in the Start listed,

  1. Right click on Start
  2. Click on Properties
  3. Click the Customizable Button
  4. Click the Advanced Tab in the new window
  5. Scroll to Network Connection
  6. Check the “Display as connected to menu”
  7. Click OK and Close out of it.

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Software Updates

Unlocker v1.8.6– this freeware application just got a new version out replacing v. 1.8.5. It’s the best solution to delete, move, or rename files or folders when Windows will not let you with its famous message “Cannot delete file: Access is denied.”

Firefox 3 Beta 4 -as mentioned in the previous post, the new Firefox 3 beta came out with a lot of improvement in performance, memory usage, and protection. Before installing it be sure that you back up your Firefox 2 files since there is a chance for them to get deleted or replaced in the process.

SmartFTP Beta -This FTP client has an Explorer-like interface that is customizable. Has several features like: resume broken downloads, passive transfer mode, supports drag-and-drop functions, proxy support, and much more.

TrueCrypt v5.1 – “Free open-source disk encryption software for Windows Vista/XP, Mac OS X, and Linux.” The new features are: support for hibernation, ability to mount a partition without a re-boot, command lines for creating new volumes, faster booting, many bug fixes, and much more.

AutoHotkey

First I posted about automatically adding lyrics to your portable media player. Now I’m gonna tell you about a freeware that will automate the rest of your computer. AutoHotkey is an open source macro for Windows that lets you not only to have autotext, but hotkeys for your keyboard, mouse, and joystick. With just following the tutorials on their site, you can make simple macros that will help make everything much easier to access because of the hotkeys. The autotext also improves your productivity by finishing your sentences and saving you time. AutoHotkey has a Window Spy feature that records what site, programs, or applications you visit making it easier to make hotkeys for each and everyone of them based on the rank of usage.

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Sync Your Toys

Today most of us connect our digital cameras, cellphones, PDAs, portable media players, etc. to out laptops or desktops. Microsoft has made SyncToy, a freeware, to help Window users for a quicker way of moving, deleting, copying, and renaming files between computers and folders. SyncToy is able to manage the usage of multiple folders at a time, which saves a lot of time in the long run compared to going back and forth your taskbar to change folders. It also combines files from different folders into one with a simple click, while it can delete or  rename other files in a completely different folder. Its a must for your computer, which will save you a lot of time and frustration in the end.

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SyncToys v2.0 Beta 

Free, Open Source Windows

Open Source Windows is a site that offers free, open source programs for Windows platforms. Some of the software you already know and use daily that has been listed on Open Source Windows. The website has been categorized by the use of each software, including: browsers, e-mail providers, rss readers, video player and video podcasting, P2P filesharing, instant massaging, and much more. It’s worth checking out, since it gives you all the best and free software in one place. You can save a lot of time rather then wasting it by going to different websites looking for each software that you want to download. Also, if you are a developer by following few simple steps in their guideline you can have your own software posted on their site so they public can use it.

Free and open-source software is good for you and for the world. This is the best Windows software that we know of.
No adware, no spyware, just good software.

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How-To: Get Rid of the Annoying Security Notifications in Windows

This can be done both in Windows XP and Vista without to much work. It’s very simple and easy to do, just follow this few, quick steps.

Windows XP:
1. Go to Control Panel from the Start Menu.
2. Click on the Security Center Icon.
3. In the new window you will see the ‘Resource Section’ on the right.
4. Select “Change the way Security Center Alerts Me.”
5. Choose from the choices that best fits you.

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If you don’t want to be notified that’s fine, but I would at least keep the icon because you can forget about having your firewall disabled, which leaves your computer a target to hackers. It’s the same process for Vista, you just have to go to the Security Center and it will say it at the bottom “Change the way Security Center Alerts Me.”

CD/DVD: Cycling Redundancy Check Error

What is CRC? The CRC error shows up when your CD/DVD driver can not read the data on the disk. This happens because the disk could be damaged, have scratches or smudges, or it’s bad quality. It can also mean that there is a problem with your CD/DVD driver. I’ve been trying to back up a DVD for the last two days without any success. I started of by trying to clean the DVD with several different methods. When that did not work, I tried AnyDVD, Nero, CloneDVD, and many other programs to make a copy of the DVD, and I also tried just coping the files to my hard drives with out any prevail. Let me move on to how to over come this error.

First Method: Cleaning Your CD/DVD (YouTube video)

(If this method doesn’t work, then you can check out the other videos on the Related Video section to try other methods to clean it).

Second Method: Software (Freeware) Programs
SmartRipper – a freeware program that’s outdated, but it does a really good job in DVD ripping. SmartRipper is a Dvd Vob extractor, and its last and final version is 2.41.

Doom9 – This site offers a great and easy to follow tutorial on SmartRipper. It also lets you know where to download an ASPI layer, which is essential to use SmartRipper.

DvdFab Decrypter – a freeware software that lets you copy the whole DVD, while removing all the protection. It comes with full HD-DVD and Blu-Ray support.

It really depends on how much data of the disk is damaged. If you have lets say 5% data damaged, most likely SmartRipper will skip it and be able to put it on your hard drive. Unfortunately, most of my DVD is damaged ( approx. 85%), so I won’t be able to back it up.

Best Freeware Adventure Games 2007

I’ve been looking to find free and interesting games, and that’s when I came across IndieGames. IndieGames.com has piled up a list of the best adventurous games of 2007 that are free. You go from being a detective and solving crimes to a person stranded on an island after losing your ship. If you have free time or teenagers then it’s worth checking out this list of freeware games. The games are not only available in Windows, but Mac and Lunix as well.

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The list of the games:
1. Fedora Spade
2. Covert Front
3. Anika’s Odyssey
4. Rorschach
5. The Infinity String
6. Fate by Numbers
7. Masq
8. Dr. Lutz and the Time Travel Machine
9. A Tale of Two Kingdoms
10. Ben Jordan Case 6
11. Nelly Cootalot: Spoonbeaks Ahoy
12. Passage
13. Soup ver 0.9
14. Rückblende (Flashback)
15. The Adventures of Cagney
16. What Makes You Tick
17. Stranded 2
18. Menulis and Miestas
19. Thule Trail
20. Fighting Fantasy Project

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