How To Root Any Samsung Galaxy S I9000 Stock ROM

Samsung Galaxy S I9000 is one of the most popular Android devices out there. We have previously covered rooting guides for the Galaxy based on Froyo Stock ROMs. Then a few weeks back when the unofficial Gingerbread was leaked, it obviously removed all previous root privileges you enjoyed, hence a root for the Galaxy running Gingerbread had to be developed. While we don’t mind the different methods or tools involved every time, we wouldn’t mind one universal solution. Thanks to XDA-Developers, forum member nikademus has come up with a kernel that now allows you to root any stock Galaxy S ROM, from Froyo based stock ROMs, to Gingerbread based ROMs. For more on this, and how to use it, read on! Read More

Automatically Disable Android Lockscreen When Connected To Home WiFi Network

Keeping the screen of your Android device locked is a necessary precaution, but waking your device up, swiping across or along the screen to unlock it every time the display times out can prove to be quite a hassle, especially if your lockscreen is password-protected. And when you’re at home, said precaution becomes an unnecessary one. Presenting Unlock With WiFi for Android – developed by a senior member at XDA, this app automatically disables the lockscreen (whether password-protected or not) when your device connects to a user-defined Wi-Fi network. So when, for instance, you’re at home or work with your device connected to the specified WiFi access point, waking the device after a display time-out won’t take you to the lockscreen. The app also allows you to set a lock delay that determines the time the device would take to lock itself after it is disconnected from said network. Read More

Install NoDo Update On Windows Phone 7 (WP7) With ChevronWP7 Updater

The NoDo update for Windows Phone 7 is all the hype right now with people unwilling to wait out for OTA updates that have actually rolled out, but this seems like ages for those eagerly waiting for this miracle to happen. A few days back we covered a guide on installing the NoDo update on a WP7 device manually. While the prospects were quite exciting, the method itself was a shot in the dark for many. It worked for some perfectly while not so perfectly for the rest. This time around, Chris Walshie a WP7 software developer has put together a much easier to use tool that involves no internet disconnections while you play with a stopwatch. Read on to install the NoDo update on your WP7 phone! Read More

Get Google Maps On Windows Phone 7 (WP7)

So YouTube has been reported to be crummy on the Windows Phone 7 platform, and Microsoft blames Google for pulling a bully on the freshmen, just like any high school. That’s not it, imagine life without Google Maps on your phone? Perhaps, the missing of one of the most widely used and authentic navigation tools on one of the fast-flourishing mobile platforms of the world is not something that one can fathom easily. Well, that’s what Windows Phone 7 users feel like right now with no app made available by Google for that platform. But then again, necessity is the mother of all inventions. Thank you vrassouli for putting together this wonderful piece of app that allows us to use Google Maps on our Windows Phone 7 while Microsoft and Google argue it out. For more on this App, read on! Read More

Enable Or Disable Add-ins For All Microsoft Office 2010 Applications

Office 2010 native Add-In Manager, which is accessible from File menu of all the applications, allows you to enable, disable and remove the installed add-ins of the respective Office application. Since you have to open each Office application to either enable, disable or remove add-ins, it would certainly be a lot easier if you can manage installed add-ins for all MS Office 2010 applications under one place. The previously featured Topalt EnableDisable not only supports Office 2007 but allows managing add-ins for all versions of MS Office, including 2000, 2003, 2007, and the latest Office 2010. If you’ve been looking  for a simple Office 2010 add-in manager, you should give it a try to enable, disable, or manage installed and native add-ins for Excel, OneNote, Word, PowerPoint, and Word. Read More

Google Docs Notifier Shows Recently Updated And Unread Documents

Keeping a track of number of unread and last edited Google Docs documents is not easy, especially when you share a lot of documents among your friends and colleagues. Since Google Docs doesn’t notify you when any of your document is changed or updated, you might want to deploy a notification system which keeps an eye on all of your Google Docs documents and notifies you promptly whenever someone amongst your sharing list attempts to update the document. Google Docs Notifier, as the name implies, is an open source desktop notification application which notifies users about all the documents which were recently updated or replaced in Google Docs. It can also list the number of unread documents in Google Docs. Read More

LogExpert GUI Alternative of Unix Tail Command For Windows

LogExpert is a file analyzing software that brings powerful tools to review log files, analyze events by date and time, and bookmark important log file content in order to keep check on errors and other discrepancies that occurred with applications being observed. It enables you to open multiple log files side by side for comparisons. With MDI based interface, you can keep track of multiple log files, compare them, differentiate each opened log tab by colors, evaluate generated events, and analyze log files of one specific session. It is an open source GUI replacement of Unix based tail command for Windows which lets you easily apply filters and search log file content by using regular expressions. The bookmark feature is the best amongst others. You can comment out a selected portion of long log file in order to mark down important changes. As we all know that randomly generated log files don’t comply with one specific log format standard, it features Columnizer option to quickly split log lines into columns to fit one well-defined log format. Additionally, it is very flexible in terms of using third-party plug-ins to use advance log related functions. Read More

Install CyanogenMod 7 With Honeycomb Features On Android Tablets

We previously covered a bottom status and notification bar for the Nook Color running the Gingerbread based CyanogenMod 7. The tweak was much needed, especially for a tablet, and well that was one need, there was always room to address more concerns. You can thank XDA-Developers forum member, mad-murdock for fusing together some much needed tablet features inspired by Google's flagship tablet OS, Android 3.0 Honeycomb with the much famous CyanogenMod 7 for the Viewsonic G-Tablet, Nook Color and Advent Vega. For more on this ROM and how to install it on your devices, read on! Read More

Fix Android Market From Hanging During Downloads & Installation

Many people using Android devices, especially Froyo based devices, have stated experiencing hangs in the Android Market during app installation or even during downloading the apps. It’s said to be due to a certain folder that can easily get corrupted, thereby posing problems for your downloads and installations. However, there is an easy fix for those who are facing these problems and want to rid themselves of it for good. Read on for a complete guide. Read More

How To Reset Windows 7 To Original Factory Settings [Complete Guide]

We all know that the next version of Microsoft Windows OS - Windows 8 will have an immensely handy option to reset Windows to original state, also referred to as, restore system to original factory settings. Many Windows 7 users feel that it'd be better if there is any tool or system recovery utility which can effortlessly revert the system running Windows 7 back to its original state (provided you have not made a recovery disk). As far as Windows 7 is concerned, there are lot of methods available online, claiming to bring back the original settings of Windows 7 with default set of pre-installed programs, application compilers, and software packages, but sadly, all the contrived methods seem tiring and require a lot of effort, leaving user with no other option than to manually reset Windows to original settings. In this post, we will look at to what extent a Windows 7 user can bring the original settings back to achieve super fast processing speed and best system performance. The process of resetting Windows 7 back to factory settings will ensure that Windows doesn’t contain any invalid Windows registry entries, superfluous Windows shell components and right-click context menu options, files and folders which were created by Windows for processing different kind of operations, bloated Temp folders, empty folders filled with junk files, application cache files, and other libraries which got registered in Windows System32 folder. Read More

DiskBoss Is Rule-Based File And Disk Management Software

We have reviewed some disk analysis and management tools like FolderVisualizer and DiskFerret Lite. Although these are good tools for analyzing and managing your hard disk, how about a tool that can provide many additional functionalities? DiskBoss is an advanced file and disk management tool which can provide disk analysis, detect and remove duplicate files, organize files according to defined rules, work as a trace eraser, synchronize disks and directories, remove junk and duplicate files. Disk Boss has both a free and paid version. The above tasks can be done with the free version, whereas the latter provides some additional plugins to further sort and classify your hard disk files and view disk changes in a graph. Read More

Filter And View Windows And SCOM Event Logs With Log Smith

Log Smith is a tool to easily sort and view Windows event logs and events from System Center Operations Manager 2007 and 2007 R2. SCOM or System Center Operations Manager provides end-to-end service management IT environment. This enables easy identification and resolution of issues affecting the health of affected IT services. With Log Smith, you can organize Windows and SCOM event views and export them to a file for review. Therefore, it can be used as a utility to easily sort and review Windows Events and/or SCOM events. It contains filter, sort and search options that allow dissecting the available data for easy understanding and micro analysis. You can also save and manage credentials for your views and protect them with a master password. Read More

Perform DNS Benchmarking With Domain Name Speed Benchmark

The Internet is based on IP addresses. Every time you use a domain name, a DNS service must translate the name into the corresponding IP address. For example when you type www.addictivetips.com, DNS translates it in relation to 78.46.99.12. DNS (Domain Name System or Service or Server), translates domain names into IP addresses. As the human brain is far likely to remember a word or phrase such as addictivetips.com instead of an IP address. DNS saves us from the impossible task of remembering hundreds of thousands of IP addresses. DNS name servers can have performance and timing issues. DNS resolution either works or it doesn’t. DNS benchmarking tools test the performance of DNS name servers and have the ability to determine whether a particular DNS name server is available, can compare response times of a specific DNS name servers (against publically-available DNS servers), can create a chart (which ranks DNS name servers according to their response times), number of timeouts, and other important parameters. Read More