You must be familiar with Session Manager
, an extension which allows saving of current sessions to be opened for later use. TabCloud
is a Firefox and Chrome extension that not only saves sessions, but also allows synchronizing them with your Android phone with its Android app. To use this extension, a Google account is required. On one end this might appear to be a setback for people who do not have a Google account, however, this is meant to ensures security of the saved data and its synchronization.
Smart File Advisor
is an application that helps in identifying the programs that can be used to open an unidentified file. It collects information about the file type and provides appropriate history of the extension along with the names of programs that can be used to open it via the Filefacts.net database. If a file has an in-appropriate extension, it also identifies the right extension type to be used with it, based on the analyzed content. After installing Smart File Advisors another option is also added in the right-click context menu, that allows checking the integrity of a file. This can be greatly helpful in identifying the nature of downloaded files.
In one of our previous post we explained the functions of the Nslookup Comand Line
, which is used for querying the Domain Name System (DNS). DNS Performance Test
is an easy to use tool that tests the performance of your DNS server and displays the real-time result in chart across Windows, Mac and Linux based operating systems. This makes it easy to identify DNS server issues by the click of a single button.
A batch file is a text based file containing a series of commands that can be used to perform complex and lengthy tasks by executing the file. For example, if you want to shutdown 2 systems at the same time on a network, you can create a batch file. Double clicking on the batch file anytime, will automatically shut down both systems. This method is normally used by system administrators to shut down multiple servers simultaneously before maintenance. Likewise, batch files can be used to automate lengthy processes (e.g. shutting down several systems or downloading multiple files from an FTP server). Visual Command Line
is a tool that provides a graphical user interface to create batch files, by adding and editing commands (that can be executed from the command prompt).
is a multimedia conversion software for Linux based operating systems. It has an easy to use interface, which makes transcoding functions easier to execute when converting media from multiple devices. The supported devices include, Android, iPhone, iPod, iPad, Nokia N Series, DVD, gaming consoles, Web, etc. Just select an input, target device and file to save in order to quickly convert media files in the desired format(s). Arista Transcoder provides a real time preview of the conversion process which can be helpful in evaluating the quality during the conversion process. This application can also be used for ripping DVDs and preset updating. Read More
As a system administrator I have seen the time when despite the availability of 3-5 system admins at the same time, the management of end user issues can still become difficult to entertain. This is particularly true in the case of managing hundreds of users. In my previous job, me and my fellow admins used to resolve issues after receiving a ticket in our ticketing portal. Sometimes there were 15 tickets open at the same time, ranging from problems caused due to an unplugged power cable, to entire system crashes. In such a scenario it is not possible to run over to the server room each time you have to reset a password or unlock a locked account. To save time and resolve issues on the fly, we used to remotely login to the DC (Domain Controller), ADC (Additional Domain Controller), ISA (Internet Security and Acceleration) and Exchange (mail) Servers to resolve such issues. In many cases, we used the system of end users to complete these tasks with our DC admin accounts.
Now that we have talked about the basic scenario. In this post, we will tell you how to use Remote Desktop
in Windows Server 2008 for remote management.
Having a single Domain Controller can be quite risky because in case of any kind of hardware or some other technical failure, the entire network can be destroyed. Recently, we wrote a guide on How to create a Domain in Windows Server 2008
, in this post we will tell you how to create a backup Domain or an Additional Domain Controller (ADC)
. Having an ADC means that in case your primary Domain fails, it takes over the functions of the Primary Domain and keeps the network functional. Client operating systems in this scenario do not get disconnected and a complete network failure is hence, avoided. Moreover, one or more ADCs can help in balancing load of the Domain, fault tolerance and to improve the availability and reliability of network services.
Search On YouTube
is a Google Chrome extension that allows watching YouTube videos within a pop-up window. A video can be picked from the search result and played without leaving the web page. After installing this extension, click on the Search On YouTube button, next to the address bar and type the desired criteria in the search box (within the pop-up window).
VirtualBox is a free software that is widely used for managing virtual machines. Today we will review phpVirtualBox
, which is an open source AJAX implementation of the Virtual Box user interface written in PHP. It allows remote access and control of virtual machines from Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, Opera, Safari, or any other browser. According to the developer, this app was developed for those who prefer not to log in to headless VirtualBox hosts for virtual machine administration. phpVirtualBox is designed for Windows, MAC, Linux, BSD and Solaris platforms.
Rather than copying tidbits of important piece of information manually when browsing, you’d be better off using Chrome Clipper
. It is a feature-rich Google Chrome extension to save and manage small text snippets that you want to use in future. Being an efficient extension, it lets you instantly organize selected text into different categories and folders. Apart from allowing you to associate appropriate title with each selected text it also offers text management, you can filter saved information by different keywords, search clipped items, view all the saved text snippets, and import/export items.
is an ingeniously simple application for managing to-do lists in a classic yet intuitive manner. The application emulates a traditional notebook paper, enabling user to jot down tasks details and streamline to-dos which are to be performed. The developer worked more on setting user’s mood right and focus straight on task which has to be performed in future. Unlike other time management software, it requires nothing except a list of tasks to be specified. According to the developer, it will significantly improve the volume of work in short timelines while keep your focus on tasks which are important.
If you have installed Windows Phone 7 on your HTC HD2 and your country does not seem to have a call center for you to get the unlock key to enable Microsoft Live Services including XBox Live and Marketplace on your phone, you can now follow this easy guide to get it. Read More
XDA-Developers forum member Bauxite has successfully developed a kernel that overclocks Samsung Galaxy Tab to 1.2 GHz. It is called Bauxite Kernel
and is presently in alpha stage. More information, download link and installation instructions after the break.
Minimalist is a theme for the HTC myTouch 4G running Android 2.3 Gingerbread based CyanogenMod 7 Nightly Build 7. We have recently featured CyanogenMod 7 nightly build to myTouch 4G and this theme will compliment it by changing the UI to an attractive, elegantly minimalistic one. Read More
Telus Samsung Fascinate users rejoice – you can now get rid of the lag on your Android phone by installing this Voodoo Lagfix 5 enabled kernel on it. Read on for more information download link and installation instructions. Note:
This lagfix is for Telus Fascinate only and will not work on Verizon Fascinate.
We just featured the Incredibly Re-Engineered
ROM for the HTC Droid Incredible and now we are bringing you an awesome Tron theme
for the same ROM. If you are a Tron or Tron: Legacy fan and own the Incredible, this theme is a must-install on your Android device. Read on for download link and installation instructions.
Lately, we haven’t been able to show HTC Droid Incredible much love but that is about to change as we are about to bring you an awesome ROM as well as a killer theme for this Android device. The first one is the ROM called Incredibly Re-Engineered
which is based on the stock ROM with added enhancements. Read More
When composing an email, it can be quite embarrassing to make spelling mistakes. Moreover, a communication on a professional level (e.g. via LinkedIn) makes it even more important to carefully examine the content we send out. eType
is an application that auto completes, provides suggestions and translates words while typing anywhere, be it social networking websites, browsers, word processors, or desktop applications. It also helps us in preventing spelling mistakes and recommending words while writing a long research paper or thesis.
Gone are the days when separate user names had to be configured and used for logging into numerous servers for working on a network. For example, back in the early days a user might have to login to a mail server with a separate user name and password as compared to a data a UNIX server for managing files. With the advent of solutions such as the Active Directory, user authentication and management is much simpler now. For example, Kerberos authentication allows a user to easily manage mails, database related activities and access across multiple places on a network with a single user profile via the Active Directory in a Domain environment. In this post we will tell you the steps to create a domain in Windows Server 2008 and the things that you need to consider during this process.
is an Adobe Air application that not only opens eBooks from numerous formats (PDF, EPUB, XML, HTML, KBJ, etc) but can also download and manage them. You can download numerous ebooks from the koobits store (both free and paid) and also get a random free ebook each day by registering with KooBits from the Dropbox section.