Top 5 Free Desktop Photo Editing Tools

We all edit our photos in one way or the other. Either simple cropping, resizing, touching up or red eye removal. Almost all computer users do it. But you don’t always need to shell out big bucks for such functionality. There are many free desktop photo editing tools that match the functionality of paid commercial software. We’re going to take a look at what we think are the top 5 free desktop photo editing tools available for Windows. Read More

How To Recover Data From Scratched Or Damaged Dvds/Cds

One of my favorite TV shows is The office. I love that show but it also takes up a lot of the hard drive space, with each episode of 350MB. I clutter my hard drive space due to this show, and that’s just this one show, not including other shows like Grey’s Anatomy or Supernatural. So, naturally I burn the shows onto DVDs, as it’s a cheap and easily accessible way to store data. But the only problem is the fact that CDs or DVDs aren’t invulnerable to all types of damage, and in fact, even a small finger print or scratch can make a DVD/CD player not able to read the disk. If you try to copy/paste the file on the damaged disk onto a computer, you usually get an error saying the file is corrupted, or damaged. But I found some really handy programs that can solve such problems, which I thought I’d share with you all today. Read More

How To Change The Default Location For Installing Applications

Windows uses the System Disk for installing any new applications, That is, if your Windows is installed on the C Drive, the default folder where all the applications you install would automatically show up as C:\Program Files , unless of course you change it manually while installing the application's locations. If you almost always prefer to NOT install on the System Disk, but instead on another partition, say, the D drive, then rather then changing the default location every time, you can change it just once,.

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How To Encrypt Your Data Easily

Everyone has some private data that they don’t want other to see. It may be a document consisting of all your login passwords, your bank account information that you want to keep out of  your family or some stalker’s sight. In case you are wondering how to encrypt the files/folders/entire hard drive and keep it safe from prying eyes, here is an easy method.

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5 Useful Firefox 3 Hacks And Tweaks You Shouldn’t Miss

You may have installed countless add-on in Firefox to enhance the user experience, but if you want to get the most out of Firefox, you really have to hack your way into the about:config. The about:config page contains most of Firefox configuration options. It is the most effective, and the most powerful way to tweak and enhance your Firefox performance. Here are 5 the most useful tweaks you should know about.

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How To Enable Spell Checking In ‘All Text Fields’ In Firefox

Firefox has its own in-built spell check, but this spell check is available only in text area and one thing you may have noticed is that Firefox only checks the spelling on large text fields. Many times blogging titles have spelling mistakes which built in spell checker miss out, but a simple trick can activate spell check in text fields as well. If you want Firefox to check the spelling in all text fields, you just have to tweak one of the settings.

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Top 5 Kickass Online Video Editing Tools

There are plenty of websites that allow users to edit videos online within their browsers without the need to install a specific software. These video editing sites are generally characterized by a great ease of use, which makes it a breeze to do both basic and advanced editing. Most of these websites allow users to publish their edited videos on any web page, embedded in a video player. In this post I have collected for you the best, most popular and useful sites that allow users to edit videos online. Read More

Top 5 Useful Windows Vista Sidebar Gadgets

Windows Sidebar is a pane on the right side of the Microsoft Windows Vista desktop where you can keep your gadgets organized. It makes great use of the space on widescreen monitors and also works smoothly on standard displays. Gadgets are mini applications with a variety of possible uses. If you don't want to keep your gadgets docked on the Windows Sidebar, you can simply move them off, hide the sidebar, and place them anywhere on your desktop. They can connect to web services to deliver business data, weather information, news updates, traffic maps, Internet radio streams, and even slide shows of online photo albums. Windows Vista comes with an essential set of gadgets to get you started, and you can easily download more. Here are some useful gadgets handpicked just for you. Read More

How To Sync Your Nokia Phone With Mac Easily Over Bluetooth

All Nokia devices supported by iSync can connect to your Mac through Bluetooth. However, selected Nokia device models can also be synchronized through a USB cable in addition to using Bluetooth. If iSync supports both Bluetooth and USB connections to your Nokia device, you can choose whichever connection method you prefer for the initial setup. Follow these simple steps to connect your Nokia Phone with you Mac. Read More

Access Hulu, NBC and ABC Videos Outside the US !

Hulu is one of the most popular video sites nowadays, and hearing from my US friends that they watch all their TV shows online doesn’t help to relieve the pain that it’s a region restricted website. The same is the issue with NBC, ABC and also Internet TV in Windows Media Center. While I may never understand why they have to restrict access to users outside of the US, I have understood a way to access them easily. Read More

Browse Faster and Anonymously with Toonel

Most of us know how annoying it is when you’re unable to open Facebook, update your antivirus, download any file, or use your IM application behind a corporate or university firewall. Although there are many ways to bypass them, most of them require you to find fast proxy servers or use unsecure tunnel websites. The problems with these alternatives is mostly the insecurity and slow browsing speed. And finding fast proxies isn’t an easy job itself as well. Read More

5 Best Free Remote Desktop And Screen Sharing Applications

Remote desktop sharing applications are the ones which sometimes save the day of a developer (specially the freelancers) or anyone who is working as a distributed team and need desktop collaboration, supporting a remote web application that you had built or need to manage the work computer from home. There are great free remote desktop applications which helps to build this remote connection. Read More

How To Resize Desktop Icons In Windows 7 or Vista

Do you find the icon size on Windows Vista desktop too big or too small? The effect of visual appearance on shortcuts and programs icons, is more stark when users adjust and change the monitor screen resolution or font size in DPI scaling, where the icons size becomes bigger and smaller to an uncomfortable level. Users can easily resize Vista desktop icons or change the size of icons on Vista desktop. There are four methods to resize the desktop icons, depending on your preference and also the ’size’ that you want to change the icons to. Let's delve inside and see what they are. Read More

How To Disable Error Reporting In Windows XP

Does your program keep crashing your computer every time and then ask you to report this error to Microsoft? Once my Opensource Photo Editing Tool crashed, I got a pop-up message from Windows asking me to report this error to Microsoft. Let me be straight here, I don’t understand how Microsoft will help improve this software which it has no idea about. I find such error reporting totally useless.

For the past 2 years I have been reporting such errors to Microsoft every time they popped up, and still they didn’t improve anything(I think error reporting feature has been made to make people believe that Microsoft is listening to everyone). If you are sick of such error reporting messages just like I am, it is time to turn it off.

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Tips And Tweaks For The New Windows Live Writer Beta – Part OF Windows Live Wave 3.0

Windows Live Writer (WLW) is a visual blog editor for Windows. It integrates with most blogging platforms (WordPress, TypePad, Movable Type, Blogger, and others), allowing you to see how your posts will appear in your blog's theme, even when you're offline. It isn't just another text editor. As a former Notepad coder, I was drawn to WLW as I began to use more photos and embedded content in my WordPress blog. In this post you will get a glimpse of  some new basic features and ‘tips and tweaks’ to make a better Windows Live Writer experience. Read More

How To Hide Or Show Application Icons On Your Windows Taskbar

Is your Windows taskbar just like mine which is full of different programs? Do you want to add or remove some programs from the Windows taskbar so that it can suit you better? Maybe you use an application from your Windows taskbar and it just vanished away? Or maybe you want an application to display permanently and not hide away?

If you have any of the above problem, then this is how you can solve it. By the way, removing the application from the taskbar does not delete the application, which means that it just gets removed from the taskbar, but the application can still be accessed by going to its original location.

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How To Autorun Programs From USB Flash Drive And Add Custom Icons

Do you want that a certain program should run when you insert your USB flash drive? Or do you want to add a custom icon for your flash drive? If the answer to any of the question is yes, then you have come to the right place. It is possible to auto run the programs and applications from your removable USB flash drive like the autorun feature in CD/DVD drives. The autorun.inf file is the key to getting your USB drive to perform certain actions automatically and customize it’s look in My Computer. The purpose of this article is to shed some light on how this can be done.
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