Modern Windows OS’es can take a while to boot. My Windows XP Machine takes about 1min to boot up completely. Couple this with the fact Windows wants me to restart everytime I install an update or a driver a lot of time can be wasted just for restarting the machine.
Codejacked has an interesting solution to solve this problem by restarting windows but bypassing the BIOS reboot. This can actually shave of about 10-20 seconds of the boot time. Here is how can do this trick.
The trick is to hold down the SHIFT key when invoking the restart.
Windows Vista: Select Start, then hover over the right arrow that is to the right of the padlock icon until the pop-up menu appears that contains “restart” as one of it’s choices. Hold down the SHIFT key while clicking on the “restart” choice.
Windows XP: Select Start. Select “Shut Down…”. Change the drop-down combo box under “What do you want the computer to do?” to “Restart”. Hold down the SHIFT key while clicking on the “OK” button.
Alternatively for Windows XP you can even try an alternative method that restarts even quicker can be tried. This may not work all the time but it does work in most situations.
So you’ve done a registry hack or tweaked a Windows setting and you’re so eager that you can’t wait to check out the results. Hit Ctrl+Alt+Del (which should fire up the Task Manager) and go to the “Processes” Tab. Find “explorer.exe,” right-click it, and choose “End Process.” Don’t be afraid of the warning message. Trust me and click “Yes.” The taskbar and desktop icons should vanish, so don’t freak out. Now choose File / New Task (Run?) and type “explorer.exe” without the quotes in the new window’s text box. Click OK (or press Enter) and you’re done.
A Blogger is a person who is always on the search of something interesting and useful that is useful to his readers. This job can get a bit tedious if not done properly and without the use some special softwares made to make blogger’s life easier. Here are some of the softwares that a blogger must have inorder to get the best out of his blogging.
- Firefox Browser
Yes Firefox is the browser that I would suggest to all the blogger’s out there because of the presence of various addons and extensions to it and yes it is also Standards Compliant unlike IE.
- Del.icio.us Account
Del.icio.us is a social bookmarking tool that helps you share links in a easy and effective manner. But there is much more to it. You Can use del.icio.us to discover new content for your blog and also keep track of everything you’ve discovered in the past so that you can retrieve it later easily.
Yes OpenDNS is a very useful tool that not only helps you browse faster but also make it a lot more easier. For example you can create shortcuts to your most visited sites, and easily access them using OpenDNS. for eg. I use da to access this blog, gr to access google reader etc..
- An Offline Blog Editor
Yes I would recommend either Windows Live Writer or the scribefire addon for firefox. Offline Blog Editors make blogging much more easier and also allow to manage multiple blogs at the same time.
- A Feed Reader
A Feed reader is the bloggers best friend. A Feed reader allows you to keep track of your favorite blogs. Recommended feed readers are Google Reader or Bloglines.
- StumbleUpon Toolbar
This is one must have toolbar. StumbleUpon allows you to discover some great new sites to blog about. StumbleUpon is my biggest source of content for this blog.
- Digg Account
Digg is the posterboy of Web2.0. Aimed at providing the best Tech News, you can also use Digg to discover great content for your blog before everyone else blogs about it. Hat Tip use Digg Spy to discover stories that are worth a mention on your blog.
- Google Calendar & Google Notebook
A Calendar is a must have tool for any blogger out there who wants to make it big. You should have a schedule set so that you don’t waste time on unnecessary things and at the same priortise the things you need to do. Also a notebook tool where you can jot down important notes is also very important so that you don’t forget the next Killer idea. I Would reccomend Google Calendar and Notebook for this.
- Firebug + YSlow
This applies to all those bloggers who want to be Dugg. When you get dugg you’ll have huge burst of traffic and to make sure your blog does not go down fighting this mob you need to optimize your blog for minimal load times and server load. For this use Firebug and YSlow.
and last but not the least you definately need a blog to be a blogger right? Just Kidding. Hope this post will help you make yourself a much better and a productive blogger.
P.S This post is a part of Problogger’s 31Days to Building a Better Blog Project
Surfing on the internet can be boring at times. Its all the same everytime you view a website. The Same text, the same pictures, the same everything. Now if you are looking for a browser that brings back the fun in Browsing the Web then you surely need something like this..
How Cheeky, yes and thats a screenshot of the Browser called uBrowser. uBrowser was made by an employee of Linden Labs better known as the makers of the Virtual World Second Life. uBrowser renders multiple pages at the same time that makes Internet browsing a fun experience.
Right now uBrowser isn’t that stable so you can just play around with it, but not use it as your regular browser for the time being. uBrowser is able to render any pages that renders fine with Mozilla Firefox 2+, because it uses the same rendering engine Gecko.
Here are some more screenshots of uBrowser for you
Download uBrowser right away from here
Have you ever had the software that you always wanted to have, but unfortunately it was a trial software that would expire after a specific period of time. Did you ever wish to take the trialware to last till anyday you want, and not the generic 30 days trial.
Well there you go.. A Freeware called Date Cracker 2000 allows you to just that. It allows you to extend the trial of your favorite software to virtually any date in the future.
Having said that, Date Cracker is the program that the Software industry doesn’t want you to know about. Well using Date cracker is as simple as making a cup of Coffee. Just follow the instructions and in a few moments you will be using favorite trial software for as long as you wish.
- Install Date Cracker and open it up from the Start Menu
- Click Add
- Add the description for your program.
- Click the […] Button at the bottom of the window.
- Search for the executable of the file that you wish to crack.
- Set the Simulated Run Date to any date you wish.
- Click Run.
Well that was easy wasn’t it. Here are a few things I suggest you keep in mind before using Date Cracker.
- Run the Software you wish to crack via Date Cracker when you first run it.
- Date should be entered in the format : YYYY/MM/DD
Well that is it. Try it on stuff you have lying around in your Hard disk. Let me know if it works for you.
Download Date Cracker 2000.
Disclaimer : This tutorial is meant for educational purposes only. I don’t recommend break laws to use the softwares. Cracking is Illegal!!
Well If you have read my previous Hack Attack on How you can download Windows Vista SP1 through a Hack and it worked for you then here is another Hack that will allow you to download Windows XP SP3 RC1 directly from Microsoft. Windows XP SP3 will be the final service pack that we will see for the World’s biggest Operating System from Microsoft. SP3 will bring a host of bug fixes and some new features borrowed from Vista.
Well here is how you can download SP3 straight from Microsoft. Follow the instructions carefully and you’ll be running Windows XP SP3 in no time. Grab yourself a cup of Coffee as you do this..
Don’t fret too much, this won’t take much time. I can assure you that..
- Download this file ( WindowsXPSP3Hack.cmd ). Once you have downloaded the file, login as administrator and run the file by double clicking it. Wait for the Confirmation Message on screen.
- The Above file adds a few entries to the Windows Registry that makes Microsoft think that you are a part of the Private beta program.
- Check for new updates on Windows Update. You should now see Windows XP SP3 listed in the available updates.
- Download and install it. Reboot whenever necessary.
Please note this hack is the exact way Microsoft expects its beta testers to try Windows XP SP3 out, so you don’t have to worry too much about Microsoft catching hold of you.
I tried this on Windows XP Machine and this hack worked like a charm. Let me know if this works for you.. If you can’t wait for Microsoft to release SP3 officially then this hack is for you.
Spread the word around, so that many more people can download the 3rd Service Pack.
Change the Browser Title
This tweak Customize the Title of the Internet Explorer.
1. Click Start > Run > Type gpedit.msc
2. Click User Configuration > Windows Setting > Internet Explorer Maintenance > Browser User Interface
3. Double click on Browser Title
4. Click on Customize Title Bars
5. type in whatever you want
6. Click OK
Now you changed the title of your browser and you sure see what you wrote when you
open a New Widow.
Better Easy IP Check.
This tweak was based on the Easy IP Check tweak posted by icthacker
. Use this if you just want to display your IP address and not the extra information (default gateway / subnet mask)
Simply copy and paste the following into notepad@echo.@ipconfig /all@echo.@pause
And save as IP.BAT (save to your windows dir if you want to be able to access it anywhere)
Now when you type IP you will see:
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : x.x.x.x
Press any key to continue . . .
(information about the code: @echo. produces a blank line, @ipconfig /all causes the output of ipconfig to be piped to the find command, which looks for the line containing "IP Address", find then outputs your IP address, @pause causes the terminal to wait for user input before continuing. The @ before each command tells the terminal not to echo the command being typed.)
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