If you looking for a way to create a slideshow with your favorite music and different transition effects, then we have already covered two ways to do that – PhotoStage and Windows DVD Maker. So what is this post about?
Sometimes people don’t want to save slideshows, they simply want to show it to someone temporarily and then remove it. If you don’t want too fancy or complicated apps, then this is where Quick Slideshow Creator comes in. It is a simple-to-use app that mixes photos with any music to create great looking slideshows. It contains up to 160 different transitions, making it an excellent little app for creating professional slideshows. Read More
One reader, Wendy asked:
Is there any way to alter the title bar? I have a shortcut to cmd.exe and all the title bars come out as “Administrator: Command Prompt” . When I minimize several cmd windows, this left hand part is not helpful. I would like to have the path show in the title bar, so that I can at least always see the drive letter. Can that be customized?
This is quite an interesting question. Since most people work on command prompts, they often get confused because all of them have similar names when minimized. There are two ways to customize the title bar so that it shows a different name. Read More
If you are a twitter addict who can’t leave it alone even while working in office? Then you have a high change of getting fired, or not. Meet Quitter
, it is a free portable twitter desktop client that looks similar to MS DOS.
The most commonly used method to carry out the installation of additional packages in Ubuntu is the apt-get. The working mechanism of apt-get is very easy to understand, you specify the software package to install and it searches for that particular software from the Internet and if found, apt-get downloads it to your machine and installs it. APTonCD is a graphical tool which allows you to create one or more CDs or DVDs of all the packages you've downloaded via apt-get and thus it creates a removable repository that you can use on other computers. The main advantage of APTonCD is that you don’t need to download packages again if you are doing a fresh installation of your system, you can restore the previously installed programs easily. Lets see how we can install and use it in Ubuntu. Read More
Windows 7 XP
Mode provides you with the option to run some of Windows XP's productivity applications on your Windows 7 computer. These are the same applications that worked on Windows XP but did not work on Windows Vista. SecurAble
is a free portable tool that answers one of the most frequently asked question,"Is my system capable of running Windows 7 XP mode?". It analyzes the processor to determine the presence of all the required modules to run the XP Mode.
Do you know about those awesome Aero Shake and Aero Snap features in Windows 7? Now you can get them on both Windows XP and Vista. For those who don’t know what AeroShake and AeroSnap are, here is a small intro for them.
Minimizes all other windows, when one active window is shaken.
You can maximize, minimize, resize window by just dragging-dropping it to the side of the the screen or to the screen corners.
EASEUS Todo Backup
is a free backup utility that saves all the data including your operating system, programs, settings, etc. So you are safe in the case of any unexpected damage or loss. It provides features like backup, restore, and disk-clone, and it proves to be very useful if you want to replace the older hard disk of your computer by a newer larger hard disk without reinstalling the operating system and applications once again.
Ubuntu has the fastest boot time as compared to the other Linux based systems. Frankly speaking, the boot speed of Linux based systems depends upon different factors particularly the applications which we have configured to start on the system start up. Bootchart
is a tool for the analysis of the performance of the GNU/Linux boot process and boot performance.
You might have often seen that you need to press Ctrl+Alt+Del on your keyboard to unlock the computer before you can logon to Windows, this feature is called Secure Logon. It provides an additional security layer for your system by making sure that the authentic Windows logon screen appears, in this way it becomes very difficult for viruses or spywares to intercept your user name and password as you enter them. It is a common feature of business computers on a domain network. Its also very simple to enable/disable secure Logon in Windows 7.
Windows 7 task bar is also known as the super bar and offers cool features like larger icons, jump lists, pinning option and particularly improved thumbnail preview feature. Taskbar's thumbnail preview displays a small thumbnail preview of your minimized window or application when the mouse is hovered over it. But usually it takes some time to display the thumbnail, to reduce this time follow the steps below.
Most users believe that all cookies are evil, which is not true. There are some cookies that are useful while others are evil, this post will focus on removing the evil cookies only.
Useful Cookies: Contains information for automatically logging you in, contains important preferences that you might have set in any website, etc.
Evil Cookies: Tracks user activity and behavior. They are mostly from sites such as, Google, AOL, Yahoo, MSN, Webtrends, Omniture, Doubleclick, Intellitxt, Advertising.com and others. Read More
Suppose you want to open a file(any format) with a specific program but don’t want to open it with the default program, what will you do?
There are two answers to this question, either a user is going to select Open With option in the right-click context menu or either he will start the application, hit File > Open, and then choose the files. Remember that both methods can be time consuming if you want to open multiple files with the same application over and over again, but also don’t want to make it as default because you already like the default app as well. Read More
In this day and age, nothing is stable. If you are a webmaster, you would definitely sign up for web monitoring services that would let you know instantly when a server crashes. But the downside is that most people cannot afford to pay hefty monthly prices to afford these web monitoring services.
Luckily if you are using a good broadband connection and have a computer that is always-on, then there is a better solution. Check Host is a new server(and services) monitoring tool that will ping your server after every defined time. If it does not return any response, you can choose to select the following actions – desktop notification, email alert, or open an application(scripts can also be run). Read More
If you use Outlook to manage all your incoming and outgoing emails, it is better to add some additional layer of security to it. There are various HTML messages that are actually spam, opening some of these HTML message can directly infect your computer. Wouldn’t it be nice if you can scan the email before opening it? Read More
Windows has vast number of commands and features to perform various operations, such as, kill a non-responsive application or process, hide all desktop shortcuts, show device manager with hidden devices, and much more. Most Windows users aren’t aware of such commands and some are available deep inside Windows which makes it further difficult to access.
is one of the most promising features of Windows 7 and it lets you peek at the different application you've started. It is also used to view the desktop without minimizing all the open windows or applications. You will definitely find it useful when you just want to have a quick look at the desktop and you don't want to minimize all the open windows.
If you have experience of using Microsoft's Windows Vista, then you might have noticed that when you move the mouse over a tab of a window in the task bar, a thumbnail is displayed to show you the contents. This feature has been enhanced in Windows 7, it not only shows the thumbnails larger but every thumbnail also includes close button, you can directly close any application or window from here.
: It is fixed now. The problem arises when you don't disable plugins while updating, some plugins can interfere during upgrade. Also don't forget to remove wp-admin and wp-includes before updating to latest version.
This is a notice to all webmasters out there. If you are thinking of upgrading to Wordpress 2.8.3, then you should wait until Wordpress releases a fix. The biggest problem you are going to face is Widgets
You won’t be able to move the Widgets around and most people are having such problems, including me. As you can see on the right sidebar, all widgets have vanished. I can’t move the new widgets, nor restore the one that were lost.
Note: If you are reading from feed or email, you will need to click the link in order to visit AddictiveTips and see my sidebar.
The are a couple of ways in which you can install additional software in Ubuntu, you can either do so from a CD or from the Internet. Mostly these are installed from the Internet and you will usually install additionally required modules from command line or from Synaptic Package Manager. Whatever method you follow, Ubuntu downloads the software's package files from the Internet and installs it on your system. Now, if you want to speed up the download, then you will need to set the best server.
Windows Vista lets
you pin programs to the Start
menu for easy access, but Windows 7
provides you freedom to pin programs anywhere on the Taskbar. So once you have pinned the programs to the Taskbar, its very easy to open them since it requires a single click. No doubt it is very convenient and fast to launch your applications with it, but Windows 7 gives you more control over your system. If you don't want this feature, you can easily disable it.
If you are able to read and understand the system log files, then you can easily troubleshoot many issues with almost all Linux based systems. Linux saves almost every piece of information about different applications and processes in log files. You can find all the log files in /var/log
directory. Only a few out of many log files may be of interest to you, for example, one of the important log files is the messages
file which saves general system logs, so if you are having any problem with your system you can view this file to get an idea of the problem. Let me share two commonly used ways to view log files in Ubuntu.