So Microsoft unveiled Windows 8 Consumer Preview yesterday, making it available to the masses for testing and getting a taste of the new Metro UI and the OS in general. Amidst all the oohs and aahs, one frustration that many users came across was the (apparent) lack of the Computer icon on the desktop. Now, to be honest, that’s nothing new, since from the days of Windows XP, the desktop had been clear of any icons sans Recycle Bin. Where the problem arose this time around, was the fact that previously, you could’ve easily accessed Computer (or My Computer, if you prefer that) from the Start Menu. Windows 8, however, took away the Start Menu in its entirety, and even the infamous Start Screen didn’t present any shortcut for accessing computer, or exploring the contents of the hard drive. Even though nothing has changed with respect to brining the icons back to their place, and considering that you can still browse the directory structure by navigating through the Libraries (read: Windows Explorer) view, this post is just a summary of how you can bring the good old Computer icon back to your Desktop, or make it shine on Start Screen.
If you analyze your Ubuntu machine then you will be amazed to see that there is a long list of utilities and packages which you have never used or have no intention to ever use, but they are installed in your system nevertheless. Although they are not being used they are still consuming some resources in your system. You should clean up your system from unused packages so that you should get plenty of resources free for running applications.
Editor’s Notes: Sometimes it is better not to pay for a software. We at AddictiveTips do our best to find out ways to solve a problem for free without having to pay for a commercial software. One tool alone cannot quite accomplish a task, this is why we are going to use multiple tools to create our very own Computer Activity Monitoring Software. This method can be followed by almost everyone, since it does not require even a single line of code to be written. ;)
By definition, a computer activity monitoring software means a tool that can monitor the activity without the person knowing that he is being watched. Auto Clicker Typer is not a monitoring tool, but we will convert it into one by making some clever modifications.
Installing and Setting Up Auto Clicker Typer
To begin, first install Auto Clicker Typer
. Once done, open it and check the Record Cursor Movement checkbox.
Do you want to monitor the total time your server was ON? Or maybe you just want to keep track of the time you spend on the computer daily. So far Windows does not have any build-in feature to count the total time the computer remained on.
Counter is a free tool for Windows that counts the total time spend on the computer. It also counts the total time spend after restart, in the current day, in the current month, and the total overall time spend. It can also show a detailed view of time spend every day and every month, so that you can keep track of your computer activity. If you are a server administrator, this can be a good tool to track the uptime of your servers too. Read More
Do you want to record a demo of a software or do you plan to give a live presentation? Or maybe you want to help someone solve a computer problem? The whole blogosphere is talking about ScreenCastle, a free service let’s you record screencasts online without having to download anything. But have they forgotten about GoView?
If you are reading this post, there is a high probability that you have been stuck by an Autorun virus, or the so called autorun.inf virus
. It is a type of virus that spreads itself using the Autorun feature in Windows. The best way to avoid yourself from getting stuck by Autorun virus is to disable the Autorun feature, but disabling it will require some modifications to the Windows Registry. And what if you want to enable the Autorun again, later disable it again, and repeat this process frequently?
is a free portable tool designed specifically for the prevention of Autorun virus. It runs silently in the system tray, to disable the Autorun feature right-click the icon and select Actions and then select Disable Autorun For All System Drives
is a free privacy tool for Windows that deletes all internet activity traces and program activities instantly. With this tool you can easily remove your complete internet history, search history, windows history and chat history.
It supports Internet Explorer, Netscape, Opera, and Firefox web browsers. Apart from web browsers, it can also remove traces of Internet Messengers
(MSN/Live, Yahoo, etc), Multimedia software
(Winamp, Real, Quicktime, etc), File Sharing tools
(Azureus, Limewire, uTorrent, etc), Mail clients
(Thunderbird, IncrediMail, etc), and important 3rd party applications
(including Adobe and Google Desktop Search).
Run the tool, select what category and program’s traces you would like to remove, and click Scan. It will scan all that you have checked and display a list of files. To permanently delete traces of these listed programs, click Delete All.
Did you ever forget your wireless network password? Or maybe you want to recover the keys of the wireless network in the office or at your friend’s apartment.
is a free portable tool for Windows that allows you to instantly recover your lost wireless network keys. It has been developed by Nirsoft, the same guys that bought you OpenFilesView
, and Asterisk Logger
among many others.
Just extract the zip file and run the program, it will list all the networks and their keys in a simple list view.
F.lux is a free cross-platform tool that adjusts your computer’s display with time of the day. You will have notice that a computer’s display usually looks better during the day,t he problem arises at night when the screen is too bright. The developer sums up the problem in a simple sentence,
During the day, computer screens look good—they're designed to look like the sun. But, at 9PM, 10PM, or 3AM, you probably shouldn't be looking at the sun.
Once installed, it will automatically start in the system tray and your display will change according to the time of the day. Just tell this program the type of lightning you have and the place where you live, then forget about everything. It will do the rest automatically. Read More
is a free utility that lets you check which USB devices are currently connected to your computer and also you can see which devices were connected before
. This is the first thing to do when you feel that your data or information has been breached
. It can be helpful in many ways, if you have an office computer and feel that someone might have accessed and copied some data from your computer, you should install this tool and find out the complete details.
You must have heard of Google Earth where you can explore cities, streets, locations anywhere in the world. But do you know about Worldwide Telescope, a software made by Microsoft that can turn your computer into a virtual telescope allowing you to explore galaxies, starts, planets, etc. It is a powerful visualization software that brings together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes for a seamless exploration of the universe. Read More
All computers are trackable but monitoring them requires expensive and clunky software. If you are looking to find history of a user activity on your computer but don't want the hassle of having to search them manually in all places, you will find Super Winspy
to be a nice little tool that gets the job done. It is a computer activity monitoring utility that is both powerful and free. It has some basic features that lets you monitor your computer’s basic activity such as URL history, Address Bar, Recent Documents, Search History, and more.
Is your computer restarting itself more than often or is shutting down without any notice? One of the reasons might be that your computer has overheating problem. One of the best ways to monitor is to install temperature reading software that might help you actually know if the problem is causing by overheating. Coretemp is a tiny application which is low on resources
and is surprisingly accurate. Intel and AMD's new technology known as DTS(Digital Temperature Signal) let these applications help monitor the temperature accurately.
Are you working on a shared computer and don’t want anyone to shutdown or log off your computer? If you’re looking for a way to prevent other users from shutting down or logging off your Windows XP machine this is the right place for you to learn.There are several ways In Windows XP to shut down a computer which includes, clicking on Start and Shut Down or Turn Off, pressing CTRL + ALT + DEL and choosing Shutdown, opening up the command prompt and type in the simplest shutdown command, the computer can also be turned off by installing a third party application that shuts down the computer automatically at a given time. Read More
The advantage of Windows 7 / Vista over Windows XP is that it features a good set of troubleshooting tools so that you do not have to buy third party tools or you don't need a computer expert to tell you what is wrong with your system, you can easily check the health of your system, all you have to do is to use Reliability and Performance Monitor
which is included in Windows Vista to generate a detailed health report to inquire the problem if any in your system.
Are you fed up of reinstalling your Windows due to Malware or Spyware? Or you think that your computer might have gotton hijacked? This is where HijackThis
comes in, it will Scan Your Registry
and various other files for entries that are similar to what a Spyware or Hijacker Program would leave behind. Interpreting these results can be tricky as there are many legitimate programs that are installed in your operating system in a similar manner that Hijackers get installed.
In TrendMicro's own words,
HijackThis lists the contents of key areas of the Registry and hard drive--areas that are used by both legitimate programmers and hijackers. The program is continually updated to detect and remove new hijacks. It does not target specific programs and URLs, only the methods used by hijackers to force you onto their sites.
Editor’s Note: After lot of comments from the users, I have now changed this post’s tile and made some changes in the content. And I will have to agree that saving hard disk space does not increase the computer’s performance. So my readers have won after a short protest :) Just kidding.
I will now(in a few days) write about how to increase performance that will in fact focus on two things, CPU and RAM.
Did you ever get tired of your hard disk that is always full? Do you want to increase space on your hard disk by removing any useless junk? Read More
There are many ways to speed up your computer without purchasing more memory or upgrading your CPU.The following easy steps are simple to follow and almost guaranteed to increase the hard disk space of your computer!
iPhone/iPod Touch users will know that while it is easy to sync music from iTunes to your iPod, it certainly does not work the other way round. It may be a great security feature by Apple, but it has definitely caused lot of inconvenience to its users. Luckily, there are lots of easy way to get this done.
Does you computer takes hours to complete just a single task or request ? If yes then there is no running away from deteriorating PC performance. You can change this situation and boost the performance of your PC by following a few simple maintenance activities. In this post we are going to discuss the top PC maintenance methods that you can use to not only speed up your PC, but also keep it free from troublesome system errors.