Sorry For The Trouble Guys, It Won’t Happen Again

Since launching AddictiveTips back in August, 2008 we have never taken a single day off, nor do we plan to do so. But sometimes a situation arises where there is no option left. We do our best to post tips every day and would continue to do so in future. When there is nothing left to report, we have always tried to at least post a single tip. Fortunately today is not that day.

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How To Merge/Combine Multiple RSS Feeds [Exclusive]

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Editor’s Notes: Since we have started covering various topics such as Ubuntu, News, Internet, etc apart from Windows Articles, most readers are not happy. Some want us to keep covering Windows tips like we did before and dump Ubuntu and other tips, but some want us to cover all tips since there is nothing wrong to learn about new stuffs. After reading various email feedback from my visitors, I decided it is time. PS…I will now be using the Exclusive tag with those posts that I believe are very important to my readers. If you visit any Category on this blog, you will find a separate feed for that category. Suppose you want to subscribe to Windows tips only, you can subscribe to the Windows category RSS feed. Read More

AddictiveTips Has A Brand New Re-Design

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If you are one of those people who read my blog frequently, you would have noticed the new re-design for the last 12 hours. This is the design I was working on for the past 3 weeks. This new redesign is rebuild around Thematic Theme framework 0.9.5. Thanks to Crisiti for understanding what I really wanted and doing an awesome custom work. For those who want to get their blogs re-designed, I would highly recommend going over to Cozmos Labs and contacting Crisiti. He is one heck of a great guy to work with! Read More

Reader Poll: Should We Cover Ubuntu 9.04 or Windows 7 Tips?

It’s been a long time since I held my last reader’s poll. So you must be thinking, why you should vote? By voting, we will know better which type of tips our readers love. So today I am going to ask you, Ubuntu 9.04 or Windows 7?
UPDATE: I want more votes to decide properly, so if you are reading this please don't forget to vote.
I understand that most of you are from Windows background, but Ubuntu is one great OS too. You can do things on Ubuntu that is not possible on Windows, and vice versa. Both have their benefits. Before you vote, have a look as to what I think about both operating systems. Read More

VueScan Is An Awesome Scanning Tool (We Have 5 Professional Licenses)

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Remember, a few days back I wrote about a software that lets you scan multiple pages of a document and then converts it into a PDF file. The biggest drawback is that it only worked with ADF(Automatic Document Feed) Scanners, and that too with a limited number of brands only. I wondered if there is a software, which we can use to scan multiple pages using a standard scanner and then it automatically converts them into a single PDF file. It turns out there is and its called VueScan. It not only scans documents and converts them into a PDF file, it can also convert your scanner into a photocopier machine. Whether you want to batch scan family photos or simply want to save an image, this tool does the job. You will find the details of few common tasks here. Read More

Dear Outlaw Bloggers, Please Use Common Sense!

Editor’s Note: This is not a computer tip, all views expressed in this post are my personal opinion. The original intention of this post is to foster debate among readers and webmasters.

Suppose you discover a new fish species(let’s name it X) and tell your friend about it. Your friend goes to a group of people and tell them about a new fish called X without stating that it was discovered by you. Will you like it? Is this fair? Does it make a bit of sense? The answers is NO.

Now suppose another situation where you discover a new software and review it on your blog. Now your readers(both Direct visitors and those coming from RSS feeds) which include plenty of bloggers, will read about this new software and write about it in their respective blogs without mentioning that it was discovered by you. Will you like it? Is this fair? Does it make a bit of sense? The answer again is NO.

So what is this all about? It’s about using a bit of common sense. I have always tried to find the reasons why bloggers fail to credit the original discoverer and here is what I found.

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Kumo Search Homepage Screenshot Leaked

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The first screenshot of Kumo’s homepage was accidentally leaked on Twitter, our friends at LiveSide got hold of it. For those who don’t know what Kumo is, it is a complete rebranding of Microsoft Live Search. Kumo is being internally tested by Microsoft employees before launching it to the public and according to some tweets it accidentally went live last night.

Update: According to some webmasters, they received 1-2 visits from Kumo. Perhaps it could be a bot.

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Ask Readers: Do You Like The New Design?

Lately I am not posting much articles because of my work related to the design of my blog. Today, I am delighted to say that my design is ready and the theme has been implemented. It took a sheer amount of hard work and could not have been possible without Cristi Antohe. He was responsible for half of this blog’s design and fully worked on the development of this theme. He is one of the most trusted guy to work with, he answered all my queries, helped me set up the theme and gave some important advices which I will never forget. I would like to ask my readers to take a minute and leave a comment. Let us know what you think about this blog’s new design. Do you like it? Should we add anything? If you are in a hurry and can’t leave a comment, you can take the poll on the  right sidebar which is going to take maximum of 2 seconds. ;) I am looking forward to hear from you.

AddictiveTips New Year Giveaway, Year 2009

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Update: This contest has ended. Winners will receive an Email. To celebrate a Happy New Year, I am giving away 3 MozyHome Yearly licenses to my readers. If you don't know what MozyHome is, check out my praises for this product here. These 3 yearly licenses have unlimited space allowing you to backup thousands of thousands(in fact unlimited) number of files. You must be thinking what’s the use of Mozy anyway? Well, It can come handy if any of the following happens with you,
  • Your laptop gets stolen.
  • Your Computer crashes due to a virus and becomes corrupted
  • Your Important Files or Family Photos/Videos gets accidentally deleted.
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Download Or Copy Music From iPod To Your Computer Instantly With iDump

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Do you love the the music playlist of  your friend’s or co-worker’s iPod? You can now copy the songs to your computer, and then later copy them to your iPod using iTunes if you have one. Almost everyone carry an iPod  these days, if you love someone's music playlist you can borrow his iPod for few minutes and copy his music to your computer instantly. iDump is a free little tool that lets you copy all music from any iPod to your computer.

There are  two types of files, one is a simple installer and the other is an executable file which you can download from here.

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Monthly Roundup November, 2008: New Poll, Plan For December, Increase In Feed Readers

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As more and more people are migrating to open-source operating systems such as Ubuntu(which is more user friendly as compared to any other free operating systems),  it compelled us to ask our readers if they want Ubuntu tips to be covered on this blog. Majority of the people responded to the poll, results can be seen below.

You voted, we heard. We are now gearing up to bring you Ubuntu tips alongside other tips starting January, 2009.

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6 Simple Ways to Avoid Email Scams And Website Phishing Attacks

You've probably been the recipient of one of those emails – an urgent message from your bank, telling you to login and pay your bill. It could be a message from eBay, informing you that your account has been suspended. The email looks real enough, the login looks the same as the real site, but they're not the real thing. These emails and sites are fake sites set up by criminals to get your login information to steal your identity, your money, and your credentials. Read More

Tip For Mavericks: How To Use IP Address To Find Out Where You Live

The first thing you are going to wonder is why I wrote Maverick in the title? Some are going to laugh and some are going to take it seriously. I regularly check what my readers are searching for before coming to my blog. And surprisingly “How to use IP to find where you live” was one of the question many people were looking an answer for.

I wondered who will type such a question in Google? Even the dumbest person in the World knows where he is living. Then something else stuck my mind, suppose you get kidnapped or get lost somewhere in a crazy way(don’t know which one), you will surely want to know where the heck are you? So maybe someone typed this question because he could be in this exact situation.

But to know he needs a computer and a internet connection, maybe he searched using his Kidnapper’s laptop (Yeah I am thinking crazy at the moment).

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How To Protect USB Drive From Virus When Attached To Infected Computer

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Have you ever attached a USB to a computer and later found out that the drive is infected by a virus? I have definitely faced this situation many times. If you attach your USB drive to the infected computer the virus is transferred to the drive in no time infecting all the important documents in USB drive too, depending on the nature of the virus you may loose important data from the USB drive and never recover them back. But there is a solution to protect your USB drive from virus infection when it is connected to already infected computer.

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How To Create A Free iPhone Application For Your Blog With AppLoop

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Do you own a blog? Do you want to create an iPhone application for your blog where users can read your latest post without needing to open their web browser? If yes, then AppLoop does exactly that. You just need to create an account, answer few questions, choose your logo and then choose the price at which you want to make it available. After all is done, they will create your application and send it to Apple for approval. Once approved, your application will be live and everyone with an iPhone can download your application and become and regular reader of your blog. Read More

How To Extract Audio From Movies And Video Files Easily

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Have you ever watched a movie with a fantastic piece of soundtrack? Like I did, when I watched “Into the Wild”, its soundtrack was awesome, Wouldn't it be great if we could make an MP3 file to play on our computer? As long as we don't infringe on copyrighted material, there's a great selection of audio extraction tools that we can use to generate digital audio files from video, for this purpose, AoA Audio Extractor is a powerful tool for video to audio file conversion.

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How To Recover Your Accidentally Deleted/Formatted Or Corrupted Pictures From Your Digital Camera

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Did you accidentally press delete or format button on your camera by mistake? Or you took a photo and later found that it was corrupted? Don’t fret yet, thanks to Ars Plus Digital Photo Recovery, now you can recover all accidently deleted and corrupted photos from your digital camera. This software is just 1.2MB in size and doesn’t need to be installed, just download it and run it, that’s all. Also it needs no technical knowledge beforehand, which means almost everyone can use it. Read More

How To Use Sockso As Your Own Personal Streaming Music Server

Do you want to share some music with your friend? Or do you want to hear to your favorite music playlist while you are away from your PC? Sockso is a free, open-source, personal music server for everyone! It's designed to be as simple as possible so that anyone with a mouse and some mp3's can get themselves and their friends listening to their music across the internet in seconds. Plus, it works Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. The only thing it requires is to have java installed on your machine, which is not a big problem.

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Blog Statistics For The Month Of September, 2008

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Note: This Blog’s statistics will be posted on monthly basis, they might not seem useful right now, but they will  come handy from January when I will start writing about blogging tips. If you hate such posts, you can skip it. :)

Update : I forgot to mention that the pagerank of this blog reached from 0 to 3 in just a month.

AddictiveTips has been alive for a month and our stats prove how loyal our readers are becoming. More and more people are looking for useful tips and we are working hard to keep up to your expectations. Before I start, I would ask you to first welcome our new author Muzammil Younus to our solid AddictiveTips team. Soon you will also find a short biography (with a picture) of every author, so that people can understand the team better.

Here are the detailed statistics for the month of September.

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