nclüdr – The New Social Network

ncludr.pngA new social network has just been launched that resembles Fasd.jpgacebook a lot with its interface, and has the same features of uploading pictures, posting videos, adding friends, and most importantly your privacy. What sets Nclüdr apart from Facebook or Myspace is that it randomly generates your profile based on answering few easy to hard rated questions. Then you start of with 12.3 billion friends, one of them being Julius Cesar. I think you should definitely check this site out, you will get lots of laughs out of it.

This is their testimonial, it’s really funny. Nclüdr has also quite a few interesting applications for their site. Just click on every link you find because they all contain some funny and interesting things. Even their FAQs contain answers that are hilarious to the questions asked.

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Watch YouTube Videos in HD

A YouTube user (GoodyGian) was able to figure out a code that if added to the video URL it will change the video viewed into HD. The quote is “&fmt=18” (without the quotes). Here is an example:

Low Quality Video: http://youtube.com/watch?v=FQt-h753jHI

High Quality Video: http://youtube.com/watch?v=FQt-h753jHI&fmt=18

The video is a Bulgarian version of American Idol. This particular contestant doesn’t know English and tries to mimic a song from Mariah Carey, but fails miserably. However, it was so funny that she became a huge hit over the Balkan with her performance. I put this video as an example because you can see a big difference in the English subtitles of her sing the song, and to provide you with a good laugh.

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.

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.

Firefox 3 Beta 4 Released

Firefox 3 Beta 4 is out, and it a matter of time before the public can start downloading it. Early developers have the chance to download Beta 4 for many official mirror website holding the new version, and now so do you guys after reading my blog. There are no release notes so far with the update, but there have been a lot of bug fixes, performance increase, and better word search suggestions. Before you go rushing to download and test the new beta, be sure you back up all your bookmarks and Firefox in general, since there is a possibility you can lose all your data.

How to download:

  1. Click the link bellow to take you to the Firefox mirrors.
  2. Choose your area (Asia, Europe, etc.) and click the link below it (HTTP).
  3.  Click on the Firefox folder >Releases Folder
  4. Select Firefox 3 beta 4 version to download.

Update: The release notes for Beta 4 just came out. Here are few of the changes listed by the Firefox team:

  1. More then 900 improvements on preformance, security, and memory usage.
  2. Malware Protection
  3. Anti-virus integration
  4. Vista Parental Controls
  5. New Web Forgery Protection page
  6. Full Page Zoom
  7. New Download Manager
  8. Integration with Lunix
  9. Places Organizer
  10. Smart Bookmark Folder….and so much more.

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Gubb – Online List Maker

master_page.pngIf you are a list maker, GTD’er (Getting Things Done), collaborator,planner, mobile worker, shopper,teacher, bride, or a mom then you will find Gubb as one of the most useful online applications there are. “Gubb is a free web-based application with an easy-to-use interface that enables you to create, manage and share an unlimited number of lists.” It lets you do your daily lists with a click of a button. It’s even better then writing lists yourself.

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  • Picking colors or each note
  • Crossing items off on the list
  • Printing your lists
  • Gubb on your mobile,
  • Easily add items to your lists through your email
  • Move and hide your lists.
  • Designed for comfort to your eyes.

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…and so many more highly usable features for your convenience. Gubb is recommended by many well know services, including Lifehacker and USA Today. I think it’s one of the best applications for getting things done and better productivity. Also. there is no installation, just a simple registration for a profile of your lists.

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Social.Im

First off, I want to apologize for not updating the blog for quite a while now. I was sick for a whole week, and as soon as I got better I had a lot of exams crammed at the same time. I’ll try to update the blog more often, but I’m not making any promises since now it is the busiest time at school.

Anyway, moving on. This post is about Social.im, which is a social network instant messenger. The difference between Social.im and all the other instant messengers out there is that this one not only offers the regular MSN, Yahoo, Google Talk, or AOL, but it is specifically designed for Facebook. Once you have downloaded the Win/Mac version (it also runs on Lunix and Meebo) and installed it, you will put in your facebook email and password, allowing you to connect to all your friends on facebook. If you have friends that don’t have Social.im, you can send them an invitation to ask them to join you on Social.im. Social.im is a very simple im application with a friendly user based interface. It’s worth a try.

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Partitioning in Vista

Because programs such as Partition Magic don’t work on Windows Vista, some of you may be wondering how to resize partitions without losing any data. The good news is that you probably won’t be needing those programs because Windows Vista can manage your partition resizing.

To resize a partition with Windows Vista, follow these steps:

Be sure to back up any valuable information, because there is a slight chance that data can be lost when dealing with partitions.

1) Click on the Start menu

2) Right click on Computer and click on Manage

3) You may get a User Account Control dialog here; just click Continue

4) In the left pane, open up the Storage category and click on Disk Management

5) Here, you will find your partitions for your disks. Right click on the partition you’d like to modify.

6) Click on Extend Volume or Shrink Volume to extend or shrink the selected partition.