Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Setting up Google Talk using Gaim

If gtalk is not listed in the gaim protocol field there is an easy way to add google talk to gaim.

Select the Account menu > select Add
Choose Jabber as protocol
Enter your username at the screen name. You need not enter @gmail.com. If your email address is abc@gmail.com then you have enter abc.
Enter gmail.com at Server field
Resource field can be left empty or you can type anything you want. This field is unnecessary for our purpose
Enter your password
In the advanced tab
Leave Force old SSL" and Allow plaintext auth over unencrypted streams unchecked
Port should be set to 5222
Enter talk.google.com at Connect server field

Save this new account.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Convert web widgets into gadgets for Windows Sidebar

With Amnesty Generator you can convert millions of web widgets, games and videos – designed to live on home pages, blogs or MySpace – into gadgets for your Sidebar.
You can create your own gadgets from webgadgets without writing a single piece of code using this.



Source : here

How to find the UUID of device?

You can use the following command to find the UUID of devices in Linux
ls -l /dev/disk/by-uuid/

This works with Ubuntu. Not sure about other distros.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Install Fedora Core 5/Suse 10 without burning CDs

Burning 4-5 CDs to install any modern distro like Fedora Core 5 or Suse 10 is a big pain in the neck. This tutorial will teach you how to install FC5 or Suse or any other distro without burning a single CD!!! This method, however, will only work if you already have Windows installed on your system and want to dual boot with Linux.

1. The first thing you will have to do is copy all the ISO files to your hard disk. Make sure that you copy all the files to the root of the partition and the partition must be formatted in FAT32. If you do not copy the ISO to the root of the partition (i.e. keep inside a folder) the setup will not able to detect the files.

2. Now use winrar to open the first ISO file (disc1). Go inside the folder "isolinux" and copy the files initrd.img and vmlinuz to your c:\boot. You will need to enable viewing of hidden and system files in order to locate c:\boot.

3. Now download the file called grub4dos from here. Extract the folder "boot" and the file "grldr" from the downloaded zip file. Inside the folder "boot" is another folder called "grub"; copy this folder to c:\boot. Copy the file "grldr" to c:\

4. Then open c:\boot\grub\menu.lst and add these following lines.

title Fedora Core 5 Install
kernel (hd0,0)/boot/vmlinuz
initrd (hd0,0)/boot/initrd.img

5. Now you have to add grub to your c:\boot.ini file. Open boot.ini and add this line in the end:

C:\grldr=”Start GRUB”

6. You are now ready to install FC5. Restart your PC and from the boot screen select "Start GRUB". This will load GRUB.

7. From the grub screen select "Fedora Core 5 Install". The setup will now start and you can now select the hard drive partition where you copied the ISO files.

Now sit back and let it install. No more burning and wasting discs and even no more changing CDs during install. After the installation is over you can delete the folder c:\boot\grub as well as c:\grldr and also the reference to this file from your boot.ini file, as these are no longer needed.

I just installed FC5 by this method so I can guarantee you that it will work. Enjoy!!!


For Suse its a bit different. Instead of initrd.img and vmlinuz, you have to copy initrd and linux. So the changes to c:\boot\grub\menu.lst will be this

title Suse Install
kernel (hd0,0)/boot/linux
initrd (hd0,0)/boot/initrd

Also you have to type the full name of the first ISO when it asks for the path. So write it down before you begin installation.

source: here

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

How To Edit Right-click Menu in Windows?

A lot of programs you install will add themselves to the right-click menu of your files and/or folders. And most times, you have no choice in the matter and, as a result, your right-click menu can get very long with added items you don't even use. The last person I was helping with this had a right context menu so long that the Rename option was no longer visible!
Fortunately, you can easily remove those unwanted menu items, if you know the registry values to edit. And it's not at all difficult once you know the keys responsible for the additions.

For Files, the secret lies in the "context menu handlers" under the shellex subkey for "All Files" which, in the registry, is nothing but an asterisk - like a dos wildcard, which means the values entered apply to all files. It is at the very top of the Root key, right here:


Click the the + sign next to the ContextMenuHandlers key, to expand it.
Now you will see some of the programs that have added items to your right-click menu. Simply delete the program keys you don't want.
Yup! It's that simple. If deleting makes you uneasy, just export the key before deleting it. Or, instead of deleting the values, disable them. Simply double click the default value for the program on the right hand pane and rename the clsid value by placing a period or dash in front of it.
ie; - {b5eedee0-c06e-11cf-8c56-444553540000}
Then exit the registry, refresh, and right click a file to see if the item was removed from the menu.
Some programs - like WinZip or WinRar - will add several items to your right click menu but all of them will be removed by deleting or disabling their one context menu handler.

Note that the above key only applies to the right click menu of files.
To remove entries from the right click context menu of folders, you need to navigate to the Folder and Drive keys:


All you have to do is follow the same procedure as for Files - either disable or delete items you wish to remove.
Adding Items
Adding Items to the right click menu of Files and Folders is also fairly simple using the Registry. It just involves the creation of a few new keys for each item you wish to add. You edit the same keys used for removing items. Let's use Notepad as an example of an item you'd like to add to the right click menu of all your files or folders.

For folders, go to this key:

Click the + sign next to Folder and expand it so that the Shell key is visible. Right click the Shell key and choose New>Key and name the key Notepad or whatever else you'd prefer (whatever the key is named is what will appear in the right-click menu). Now right click the new key you made and create another key named Command. Then, in the right hand pane, double click "Default" and enter Notepad.exe as the value.
Exit the registry, refresh, and right click any folder. Notepad should now be on the context menu.

For files, go here again:

Expand the * key and see if a Shell key exists. If it does exist, follow the same procedure as for folders. If it does not exist, you'll have to create a new Shell first. Just right click the * key and choose New>Key and name it Shell. Then right click the Shell key and continue on the same way you did for adding items to the right click menu of folders.
Once done, Notepad should appear as an option in the right click menu of all your files.

source: here

View all video files as thumbnails in Windows XP

Registry Tweak(A simple tweak)

While in thumbnails view in explorer of Win XP, we can see video's starting frame but only for some of the predefined video file's extensions like mpg, mpeg, avi but not for extensions like rmvb(Real media files) and 3gp & 3g2(Mobile video files)
Here we will just copy the settings of one extension to another through registry editor and we will be able to view their first frame in thumbnail just like as we are able with pre-defined files.
Note: Registry should be handled with care, I would recommend taking a backup before you do any changes in the registry. I don't take responsibility of any damage or loss incurred by users while implementing this tweak.
Steps For Doing It:
1> Open Registry Editor (By typing regedit at the Run prompt)
2> Select HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT and find .avi (any of the mpg,mpeg will do)
3> Export its registry settings (will be saved as *.reg)
4> Right click on *.reg file and select Edit
5> Now if you want *.divx files to be treated in the same way as *.avi files then just replace avi by divx in the file. Save it and execute it.
6> Repeat Step5 for various files of whom you want to change the behaviour.

Note:This doesnt work for *.vob files.

source: here

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Shutdown Windows XP quickly from Task Manager

Want to shutdown your computer quickly and safely??? There is an easy way using Taskmanager.

Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to bring task manager
Press the Ctrl key and select Shutdown>TurnOff
Keep the Ctrl key pressed for a few seconds, the System will turnoff and there is no harm done!!!

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Hide entire hard drives c: or d: or f: without regedit

1. Go to Start > run > type "diskpart".
A DOS window will appear with following discription.

2. Then type "list volume"

The result will look like : ------

Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
--------------- --- -------- ---- ------ ---- ------ ----
Volume 0 F CD-ROM
Volume 1 C Window_XP NTFS Partition 7000MB Healthy System
Volume 2 D Softwares NTFS Partition 8000MB Healthy
Volume 3 E Songs NTFS Partition 8000MB Healthy

3. Suppose u wanna hide drive E then type "select volume 3"

Then a message will appear in same winwods { Volume 3 is the selected volume}

4. Now type "remove letter E"
Now a message will come { Diskpart Removed the Drive letter }
sometime it requires the reboot the computer .

Diskpart will remove the letter .Windows XP is not having capabilty to identify the unkown volume.

Your Data is safe now from all unauthorised users.
To access the content of hidden Drive repeat the process mentioned above. But in 4th step replace " remove" to "assign"
i mean type "assign letter E"

source: here

Install Firefox Themes Offline

There are so many nice & beautiful firefox themes scattered all over
the internet. You install a firefox theme while you are online & later
loose everything when you have to reinstall your OS.

So you have to redownload those themes again. My purpose for starting this thread is to save & use those cool themes later when you have to reinstall your OS or your firefox & themes installation goes bad so that you donn't have redownload or reinstall those themes again.

Here We Go:

1. Download & save your desired themes (those are available in .jar files)
from firefox official website or any other website using opera, IE,
safari, Koqueror etc. (If U can use firefox to download & save those
theme ie .jar files no problem but donn't install)
Just remember download & save those files into your hard disk

2. Open the folder where U have downloaded those files & open Firefox. Go to
Tools > Addons > & click on Themes. now minimize firefox but keep the Addons window open.

3. Now keep open the folder on which you have downloaded those themes (if that folder
is not already opened) and the addon window side by side or keep maximize both.

4. Now drag and & drop your desired theme file into left pan of the theme manager. You will
be prompted to install that theme. Install that theme & restart firefox.

5. Now again go to Tools > Addon > Themes and on the left pan you should see your desired
theme. Select that & click use theme or double click on that theme.

6. Restart firefox & you are ready to go. ENJOY.


Tested with firefox on windows xp sp2

source: here

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Axel, Super fast download manager for Linux

Tired by the speed of ordinary download managers?? Try axel. Lightweight , fast and efficient download manager. It is capable of juicing every bit of your available bandwidth and that means you don't have to wait too long to finish download. For more details click here

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Batch download using wget

If I want to download all files in a directory of a website, i have to perform a long wget command, they is what I do at first:

wget -nd -r -l1 --no-parent http://www.foo.com/mp3/

This works fine, but sometimes it gives some silly index.@xx files that wish I do not want. To make your directory clean, if you knows the file format you want, you can do this:

wget -nd -r -l1 --no-parent -A.mp3 -A.wma http://www.foo.com/mp3/

I am going to explain briefly what is the meaning of the options I speficied.
-nd no directory, by default wget creates a dir
-r recursively download
-l1 (L one) level 1, download only of that particular folder, don’t go depth on it.
–no-parent I definately don’t want the parent’s files

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Using wget through proxy servers

To use wget through proxies.
Set the environment variable using the following command
export http_proxy="http://proxy.example.com:8080"

Similarly or ftp
export ftp_proxy="http://proxy.example.com:8080"

For proxies that require authentication use --proxy-user=proxyusename --proxy-password=urpassword switch along with the wget command.
For example wget --proxy-user=name --proxy-password=password http://somelocation/index.html

For Details visit this site

wget: Download entire websites easy

wget is a nice tool for downloading resources from the internet. The basic usage is wget url:

wget http://linuxreviews.org/

Therefore, wget (manual page) + less (manual page) is all you need to surf the internet. The power of wget is that you may download sites recursive, meaning you also get all pages (and images and other data) linked on the front page:

wget -r http://linuxreviews.org/

But many sites do not want you to download their entire site. To prevent this, they check how browsers identify. Many sites refuses you to connect or sends a blank page if they detect you are not using a web-browser. You might get a message like:

Sorry, but the download manager you are using to view this site is not supported. We do not support use of such download managers as flashget, go!zilla, or getright

Wget has a very handy -U option for sites like this. Use -U My-browser to tell the site you are using some commonly accepted browser:

  wget  -r -p -U Mozilla http://www.stupidsite.com/restricedplace.html

The most important command line options are --limit-rate= and --wait=. You should add --wait=20 to pause 20 seconds between retrievals, this makes sure you are not manually added to a blacklist. --limit-rate defaults to bytes, add K to set KB/s. Example:

wget --wait=20 --limit-rate=20K -r -p -U Mozilla http://www.stupidsite.com/restricedplace.html

A web-site owner will probably get upset if you attempt to download his entire site using a simple wget http://foo.bar command. However, the web-site owner will not even notice you if you limit the download transfer rate and pause between fetching files.

Use --no-parent

--no-parent is a very handy option that guarantees wget will not download anything from the folders beneath the folder you want to acquire. Use this to make sure wget does not fetch more than it needs to if just just want to download the files in a folder.

Source: here

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Password-less login with ssh

These instructions explain what to do in order to be able to use ssh for logging on a remote machine without entering your password. All our machines use ssh protocol 2, so please follow the corresponding instructions. However, for completeness, the instructions for protocol 1 are provided here as well. Please note that all instructions pertain to OpenSSH.

Protocol 2

On the originating machine, say
ssh-keygen -t rsa
Save the key in the default file (~/.ssh/id_rsa) and do not use a passphrase. This will create a file ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub. Add the contents of this file to the file ~/.ssh/authorized_keys2 on the remote machine (i.e., the machine on which you want to log on). Whereas the id_rsa.pub file is world readable, the authorized_keys2 file should only be readable by you. Use chmod to set the permissions accordingly.

Protocol 1 (less secure, so consider this obsolete)

On the originating machine, say
Save the key in the default file (~/.ssh/identity) and do not use a passphrase. This will create a file ~/.ssh/identity.pub. Add the contents of this file to the file ~/.ssh/authorized_keys on the remote machine (i।e., the machine on which you want to log on). Whereas the identity.pub file is world readable, the authorized_key file should only be readable by you. Use chmod to set the permissions accordingly.

Source : here

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Add Your Favorite Application Shortcut in Desktop Context Menu in Vista

Today I was doing some R&D in Vista registry as usual and I found that MS ppl hv also included "Open Command Windows here" option in desktop context menu, which is displayed while pressing the key (bcoz of the extended key). They put this option in following registry key:


Which was not present in XP or other versions of windows. So a wicked idea came in my little naughty mind.

I created another key under "shell" key and set its "command" value to WMP path and VOILLA, it worked. I got it in desktop context menu and it was working fine.

So here is the full tutorial to add any application shortcut in desktop context menu:

1. Open regedit and goto:


now under this key create another key with any name and in right-side pane set its value to the label, which you want to show in desktop context menu, like Media Player, Winamp, Firefox, anything else.

2. Now create another key under this newly created key with name command. and in right-side pane set its value to the exact path of application, like:

C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe
C:\Program Files\Winamp\winamp.exe

3. Thats it. Now you can check your favorite application shortcut in desktop context menu.

4. You can create as many shortcut as you want. Simply create a separate key for all the applications.

5. Following is a ready-made code:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

@="Windows Media Player"

@="C:\\Program Files\\Windows Media Player\\wmplayer.exe"
Just change the label and path to ur desired application and save with the name "vishal.reg" (including the quotes) and run it.

U can also set the application shortcut to show only when u press key by adding "Extended" String value in right-side pane of the newly created key:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

@="Windows Media Player"

@="C:\\Program Files\\Windows Media Player\\wmplayer.exe"

Now thats another benefit to use Vista.
I hv checked this in XP but it wasnt working...

source : here

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Vista Blinking cursor tweak

The blinking cursor in vista is really thin, and sometimes it can be very hard to find. In case you want it to be made a little more thicker, you can do it as follows Go to Control Panel>Ease of Access>Optimize visual display.towards the bottom of this page, you will see a "Make things on the screen easier to see". from here,you can make your cursor thicker. the default is 1. even making it '2' is good enough.


Creating Windows XP Live CD

See I Have Not Tried This
But I Got A Link To Create Windows Xp Bootable CDSource http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/
Requirements to build:
1. The files from your Windows Installation CD-Rom.
Supported Windows versions are:
* Windows XP Home Edition (must be slip streamed with Service Pack 1 or higher)
* Windows XP Professional (must be slip streamed with Service Pack 1 or higher)
* Windows Server 2003, Web Edition
* Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition
* Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition

2. PE Builder runs on Windows 2000/XP/2003/BartPE systems.

3. CD/DVD writer if you want to creat a bootable CD/DVD.
Getting started
This page will help you create your very first BartPE CD. It assumes that you are using Windows XP.
1. Make sure that your system has about 500MB of free disk space!

2. Download the latest PE Builder version (self-installing package) and install it.

3. Start PE Builder (pebuilder.exe). When you start PE Builder for the first time it will ask if you agree with the license agreement.

4. Now PE Builder will ask to search for windows installation files. If you don't have your windows XP setup/installation files on your system you must insert the original Microsoft Windows XP installation/setup CD at this point. The files you have at c:\windows are not installation files. They are your already installed files! Click "yes" to start searching. PE Builder will now search all fixed- and CD-Rom drives for Windows installation files. This will take some time. When more than one valid location is found, a dialog will appear where you can select which location you want to use.

5. At the main PE Builder dialog, select the "Burn to CD/DVD" option. When you are using an erasable medium, make sure that the "AutoErase RW" option is enabled. The "burn using" option should be set to "StarBurn". Select your CD writer device from the Device list.

6. Hit the "build" button. PE Builder will now ask you to create a BartPE directory, answer with "yes".

7. The license for your Microsoft Windows XP product is shown. Read it and agree to it to continue.

8. PE Builder will now start building BartPE. This will take a few minutes. You will see a lot of files getting copied and/or decompressed, the ISO image build and the data recorded to your CD/DVD writer. If the data verify was correct and there where no errors reported you can boot the CD/DVD!

DownloadLatest version:
Download PE Builder v3.1.10a - self-installing package - if you are unsure what you need to download, get this!
Download PE Builder v3.1.10a - zip package (3.23MB)

Post: View PE Builder v3.1.10a release postings on "The CD Forum"
Previous version(s):
Download PE Builder v3.1.10 - self-installing package
Download PE Builder v3.1.10 - zip package (3.23MB)
Post: View PE Builder v3.1.10 release postings on "The CD Forum"

Download PE Builder v3.1.9 - self-installing package
Download PE Builder v3.1.9 - zip package (3.12MB)

Post: View PE Builder v3.1.9 release postings on "The CD Forum"
Download PE Builder v3.1.3 - self-installing package
Download PE Builder v3.1.3 zip package (2.74MB)

If you have any problems or questions about PE Builder here is where you can get more information:

* Make sure you have the latest version, goto http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/ and check.

* Read the PE Builder webpage. Take special notice of the FAQ page.

* Browse the CD forum. Read/search the "Windows PE" and "PE Builder" forum and if you problem is not listed, become a "member" so you can post a question in the "PE Builder" forum.

*Please do not contact Microsoft for support on the preinstallation environment that has been created by PE Builder!Microsoft does not provide support for PE Builder or for the preinstallation environment created by PE Builder


Creating Windows Xp Live Cd - Digit Forum

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Create XML Documents in Vista

You can create XML documents in Vista. Create a document in the word processor. Print it via options menu choosing XPS printer.

XML Documents are secure than regular text files and word processor doc files.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Split files in Linux

Split a file into pieces.


split [-linecount | -l linecount ] [ -a suffixlength ] [file [name] ]

split -b n [k | m] [ -a suffixlength ] [ file [name]]

-linecount | -l linecount Number of lines in each piece. Defaults to 1000 lines.
-a suffixlength Use suffixlength letters to form the suffix portion of the filenames of the split file. If -a is not specified, the default suffix length is 2. If the sum of the name operand and the suffixlength option-argument would create a filename exceeding NAME_MAX bytes, an error will result; split will exit with a diagnostic message and no files will be created.
-b n Split a file into pieces n bytes in size.
-b n k Split a file into pieces n*1024 bytes in size.
-b n m Split a file into pieces n*1048576 bytes in size.
file The path name of the ordinary file to be split. If no input file is given or file is -, the standard input will be used.
name The prefix to be used for each of the files resulting from the split operation. If no name argument is given, x will be used as the prefix of the output files. The combined length of the basename of prefix and suffixlength cannot exceed NAME_MAX bytes; see OPTIONS.


split -b 22 newfile.txt new - would split the file "newfile.txt" into three separate files called newaa, newab and newac each file the size of 22.

split -l 300 file.txt new - would split the file "newfile.txt" into files beginning with the name "new" each containing 300 lines of text each

source here

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Download Vista wallpapers from Microsoft contest

Suspension Bridge & Fullerton (Full size: 177 kb)

Microsoft recently conducted a vista wallpaper designing contest in Singapore. You can download all those winning wallpapers from here.

Preventing Autorun in Windows

You can temporary disable autorun in Windows by holding down the shift key while inserting CDs or plugging in USB pendrives.

This is useful in prevention of virus spreading through autorun CDs and USB pendrives.

Opening .chm files in Linux

Chm is a compiled html file mainly used for displaying help. It is a Microsoft format. .chm files can be opened in Linux by using gnochm, kchmviewer or even with outdated xchm.

To install gnochm or kchmviewer use

#apt-get insatll gnochm
#apt-get install kchmviewer

To view .chm files using this
$gnochm file

$kchmviewer file

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Install Packages using smart

Debian users have their favourite package manager apt-get and its graphical counter part synaptic download manager. RPM based system users have only limited options. Even though yum is good it is not as good as apt-get from my experience. I am using OpenSuse 10.2 and i found out a new package manager called smart. It is included in the suse 10.2 dvd.

Install smart and smart-gui packages

To run smart


To get its gui started use

$smart --gui

It supports parallel downloads. Resumes downloads. It stores the downloaded files in /var/lib/smart/packages

For more info click here

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Create autoyast file automatically in Suse Linux

Autoyast in Suse is a feature similar to kick start in fedora linux. It is used for automatic deployment otherwise called unattended installation.

Install Suse in one system in the final installation screen click on the button named clone this system for autoyast. The autoyast file with settings for that system is generated and placed in the home directory of root.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Track logins using last and who in Linux

last command displays the deatils of the last login sessions, users,time,date etc.
eg: $last

for specifying the number of entries one can use

$last -n5

To show five entries.

who shows the currently logged in users in the computer


Sunday, March 18, 2007

Wget Limitation

There is a limitation for wget prior to version 1.10. The maximum file size possible is 2.0GB. So downloading large DVD images with wget prior to version 1.10 causes error with a small erroreous file download.

All new distros have new version of wget

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Speed-Up Windows Vista's Start Menu Search

When you perform a search using the search box in the start panel, Windows Vista automatically searches the file index as well. The file index can be quite large because it includes all the files on your hard drive. One way to speed-up searching in your Start Menu applications is to narrow the scope of the search so that it does not include files on the hard drive:

Method 1: Registry Hack
1. Open registry editor using regedit.
2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer and select Advanced.
3. Find and right-click on Start_SearchFiles and select Modify.
4. Set the Value to 0.
5. Restart the Explorer.exe process or reboot the computer.

Method 2: Start Button
1. Right-click on the Start Button and select Properties.
2. Click on the Customize button.
3. Uncheck Search Communications.
4. Set Search Files to Don't Search for files.
5. Click OK.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

SabayonLinux , Linux Distro with Beryl

SabayonLinux is the only current distro which comes built in with beryl for desktop effects. It also has nvidia ati drivers, dvd playing software; may not be legal in US.

Check it out at

and for downloading

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Curl alternative for wget

You might have heard about wget, the download manager. curl is good alternative for wget .

$curl -v [url]

try man curl for more options

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Show File extensions in Vista

Turn on File Extensions
a) go to any folder, e.g. Documents
b) Layout > Show Classic Menus
c) Tools > Folder Options > View Tab
d) Untick "Hide Extensions of Known File Types"
e) close, return to Layout and put it back as it was

Showing file extensions are helpful for finding virus. A double extension will be most propably virus.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Create and check MD5 checksums in Linux

You can use md5sum command in linux to generate and check md5 checksum values. It is particularly useful to check integrity of downloads especially ISOs

$md5sum SLED-10-x86-CD1.iso

generates a value. Check this against the download providers value. If it is same then download ok; else redownload.

Delete Hibernate file in Vista

Delete Hibernate File
When you use hibernate in Windows Vista, it creates a file called hiberfil.sys. This file can grow rather large and you may want to remove it. A simple way to delete it:
a) log on as the Administrator
b) start Command Prompt then type: powercfg -h off
c) hit enter

Enable Autologin in Vista

Enable Auto-Logon in Windows Vista
a) click Start and type 'netplwiz' or click that name on the Start menu
b) in the GUI window that comes up, uncheck the "Users must enter a username and password to use this computer" box
c) click 'Apply'
d) in the new dialog box that opens type the name of the account you want to auto-logon by default (if the account is not normally passworded then it blank)
e) click OK and exit

Disable enable task manager in Windows XP

Start > Run .
Type regedit. Then modify the values. Create if it already not there.

Key: Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System
Name: DisableTaskMgr
Value: 1=Enablethis key, that is DISABLE TaskManager
Value: 0=Disablethis key, that is Don't Disable, Enable TaskManager

OpenSuse 10.2 introduction

Well enabling 3D Graphics in Linux was never so easy........

All hats off to Novel.......

You first need to install your Graphics Card Drivers…

Click Yast

Click Installation Source

Click ADD

Select HTTP

Under SERVER NAME, place an entry:


Provided you have an Nvidia Graphics Card, as I am having 6200 Turbocache GT Nvidia

Under DIRECTORY ON SERVER, place an entry:


Or just place an entry


under the SERVER NAME.

When you add the above address and click next, a warning message about an unknown GPG key will come up. Click the checkbox next to Do Not Show This Message Again and click Yes. The next screen will ask if you'd like to import the aforementioned GPG key. Click Import.

Apply the changes & and exit Installation Source application

Under the Application YAST, click Software Management and search for:

Install these drivers and reboot the machine.

Go to Desktop Effects under control panel and enable 3D graphics…..

Bang you are done with the settings …Enjoy the highly optimized 3D revolution..


Well all MP3s can be played using Helix Banshee Audio Player. It’s installed by default.

Using YAST change the installation source to:

Using Yast and Soft Management search for the video player Xine and w32 codecs.

Install the video player xine and win32 codecs, using which you would be able to play all videos.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

MP3 better than WMA???

MP3 is better than wma atleast for a portable media player. 
Wma causes your player's battery to drain fast than mp3.
That is because the complexity of algrothm in wma decoding is more than that for mp3. 
In other words wma takes more cpu cycles to decode.
That means more pressure on battery.
The difference is as much as 25% experts say.