So you have a wireless network connection at home but is quite slow for some days? There are so many ways to hack inside the wireless network router that anybody could be using your connection without permission. So how would you know if someone is using your wireless network connection? Read More
Many software leave their traces in the Windows registry even through you have properly uninstalled them. When your registry is full of such traces(junk keys), your Windows performance is effected. Wouldn’t it be great if you could see what has changed in your registry and then take proper measures to remove the junk keys?
Back in February, I mentioned few ways to reinstall trial software when trial period has expired
. One reason the trial software cannot be reinstalled is because during the reinstallation process it detects the previous key from Windows registry and deny another installation. Wouldn’t it be great if you could see which key was added in the registry and then remove it more easily?
What is Problem Steps Recorder
While using an application or software, you may face an issue which is hard to describe. Its frustrating, isn't it? Microsoft feels your pain and they have now come up with a solution which is available in Windows 7. The Problem Steps Recorder
is one of the perks of windows 7 which lets users record their interactions with an application and provide a detailed screen-by-screen view with accompanying information. From now onwards you won't need to share your desktops or enable remote access because the problems can be easily explained with Problems Step Recorder. It is a type of screen capture software that captures every screenshot, mouse clicks, key strokes, etc and saves it in MHTML format.
If you need to include an image without its background in Word document
or Powerpoint presentation
and are not familiar with Photoshop or any other image processing tool, then there is no need to fret. Background Removal Tool
in Microsoft Office 2010 can do it for you. Among the long list of enhanced features in Microsoft Office 2010, there is Background Removal Tool
. Removing the background of any image is now only a couple of clicks away.
Suppose you want to share a quick screencast with your friend or co-worker, what will you do? Search a screencast tool, download it, install it, learn to use it, record the actual screencast, name it, save it, and send it. Woah! that’s a long lists. Instead you can simply grab TinyTask
So you have an office or home setup where you receive all calls on your PC, you have a TAPI capable hardware installed such as ISDN card and use Outlook contacts? If yes, then you are missing SmartCallMonitor. It is a free phone monitoring software for Windows that gives you complete information about the caller. Read More
I have reviewed two different tools before to extract text from various popular formats – Text Mining Tool
and OCR Terminal
. These tools allow you to extract text from various image formats, PDF and HTML format, etc. If you are looking for a much broader tool, a utility that can extract text from more formats, then teXtracta will come handy.
It is a tool that works on the principle of IFilter. A COM interface developed by Microsoft for it’s indexing service so that it can index files of various formats. These indexed files are then used in Windows 7/Vista Search, Windows Desktop Search, and so on. You must have appropriate IFilters installed on your computer before you can extract text from various formats using teXtracta. To install the appropriate IFilters, go here
If you are really conscious about your system's performance then it is necessary that you should monitor it regularly. All versions of Microsoft Windows has Task Manager utility which let you identify the processes and applications which are consuming the most system resources. Windows Vista offered Resource View which became very famous because it added some more functionality to Task Manager utility. Now what's new in upcoming Windows 7? It's Resource Monitor
. You can say that Vista's Resource View
is a cut down version of Windows 7's Resource Monitor. Resource Monitor lets you keep an eye on CPU, Memory, Network status and Disks status of your system.
You can use Windows 7 Credential Manager
to save important credentials like user name and password so that you can easily login to different websites or secure computers. Once you have saved your credentials, Windows 7 will automatically log you in to websites or other computers when you access them. These credentials are saved in Windows Vault.
Credential Manager is not a new concept, Microsoft has already used similiar feature in Windows Vista, but for Windows 7 Microsoft has added the ability to back up & restore your credentials. You can add Windows credentials
, Generic Credentials
and Certificate-Based Credentials
If you don’t have your Windows account password protected then there is a chance that everyone will use the computer without your permission. If you want to keep a tab on when somebody logged in and logged out of the computer, then MLL
will come handy. Otherwise you can always create an activity monitoring software yourself
to monitor all activities happening on the computer while you were away.
Now there is no need to install additional programs or utilities to capture screenshots, you can use Microsoft Office 2010's Screen Clipping
Tool. Adding screenshots to your documents and presentations in only a couple of clicks away. It is one of the important features of Microsoft OneNote that has been added in both MS Word 2010 and MS Powerpoint 2010.
is a service which manages and operates its own weather network. It pin points the weather conditions in your area. One feature that makes it stand out from other similar services is that it provides live weather information, other weather services never provide live data and their data is usually one or two hour old. Lets see how we can install it in Ubuntu.
Editor’s Notes: This post will mostly help those who are running their website on Ubuntu Linux Server. It is interesting nevertheless and gives insight into the reality behind managing the server.
During the last two weeks my database has been crashing constantly at almost the same time during the day, daily. I ignored it at first and thought it to be a short-term problem, but then it never went away. In fact, with time it became a huge problem and crashed my database multiple times during the day, for me, it became a battle to keep the server alive and kicking.
When I asked for help on forums, some calmed that my database is corrupt, some said that my apache configuration is not correct, and so on. But after looking over and over again at all configurations, there seemed to be no problem at all. “So what the hell is taking down my server daily at almost the exact same time during the day”, I ask my hosting provider(SliceHost
) team during a live chat. I share a few lines of my Apache error log just before my sever went down and guess what I hear back from them, “This pattern in the error log seems like a Brute Force Attack to me
As you all know that System Restore
is one of the important components of Microsoft Windows, it allows you to roll back(restore) system files, registry keys, installed programs, etc to a previous state in case of any disaster. Although Windows Vista provides the enhanced System Restore functionality, the upcoming Window 7 is aimed to improve it more. Now, get ready to experience the System Restore features of Windows 7.
So you want to talk with your friend who is connected to the huge LAN in your office or simply want to talk over the internet but do not want to install skype, complete registration, wait for confirmation, and so on, what other methods do you have? Sure, there are lots and lots of voip software out there, but isn’t there a software that allows a quick connection between two computers without any fuss? Read More
If you have used Microsoft's Windows Vista, then you will be definitely familiar with Security Center where you can find useful security information, this feature has been enhanced in Windows 7 and named as Action Center
. It is one place to provide you useful information regarding system maintenance, security and troubleshooting. It provides you different types of notifications, reports you about any issues in your system, and lets you troubleshoot any problem. It is being considered as one of the perks of upcoming Windows 7. Lets explore more about it.
Everyone is conscious about keeping his/her system up-to-date and secure. But its always hard to find the latest updates and fixes of your operating system and once you have installed some particular update, a reboot is often required to make it work. Ksplice Uptrack
is a tool which keeps your Ubuntu secure and up-to-date without rebooting your system every time an update is installed. Isn't it interesting and worth using?
VLC Media Player 1.0
gets launched after years in development, you download it instantly and launch it up. “Huh! There seems to be nothing new”, you proclaim. This is exactly what this post is about, showing you eight new useful features of VLC 1.0 that your faint eye can’t see otherwise.
If you are looking to batch compress files and folders or decompress archives without installing a software, ArcThemAll
will do the job. It is a free portable tool for Windows that can compress(also decompress) files and folders to three important formats, upx, zip, and 7z.
Do you use Windows Mobile and are jealous of your iPhone friends using GPS location based services? If you use Yahoo’s Fire Eagle
service to share your location with the world, then you have a good chance to show off as well. Hineini
is a free app that runs natively on Windows Mobile and allows you to send your location in almost real-time.