Sunday, 31 July 2011

How To Create Your Own Fonts

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First of all i understand that most of us are not really not that crazy about fonts. And i am sure a lot of people use the basic preinstalled fonts for almost all their work. So the idea of creating your own font may not excite you..

But nevertheless its good to have some fun trying out new things and believe me its really easy to do and you will have a lot of fun doing it. Once you are done with it you can use it as your signature font or if you were able to create something extraordinary, you can share it with others and be famous. Read on to find out more.

fontstruct logo

How to create your own fonts??

We will use a cool website fontstruct to create the fonts. Its really easy to use and you can create some awesome fonts using this. Here are the steps:

  • First go to this website, 'Fontstruct' and sign up for a new account  

  • As soon as you sign in you will see a yellow box saying create new fontstruction, click on it 
     create new font

    • Then it will ask you to provide a name for the font. Name it anything you like
    • Now you are in the main page where you can create your fonts. Something like this will be shown
    font editor to create new font

    • The fun part starts here. Everything you see here is quite simple to understand. You can use the bricks available at the left side and draw whatever shape you want for the letter A. Click on preview to see how it looks.
    • There are 100's of bricks available and seriously your imagination is the limit when it comes to how you are gonna use them. 
    font struct bricks
    • When your are satisfied with the letter 'A' just click on the next letter and draw the next letter. When you are done with designing all the letters you want click on save to save all your progress.

    • After playing with it for some time i was able to create these weird looking first three letters. I am sure you can do way better that this:D
      the new font i made

      • Lastly click on download to download the font. It will download a zip file with your font in it. Extract the file anywhere and 'copy the font file'.
      • Now to install the font, browse to the directory  'C:/Windows/Fonts' and paste your font there and you are ready to go

      You can use this font like any other preinstalled font. In MS word or notepad just go to format-> font and then choose the font you created and have fun writing in your own unique font. And once your are done with that, you can share your fonts with others on fontstruct. Just click on the font you created and there will be an option to share that with everyone.

      So have fun creating your own fonts. I would love to see your fonts on the front page of fontstruct. If you have any doubts regarding this then you can ask that in the comments sections below

      And as always thanks for reading.. 



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      Thursday, 28 July 2011

      5 Things To Do When Really Bored

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      Are you really bored to death. You have nothing to do and are just sitting online trying to find something fun to do. I guess then you are in the right place. This is my personal list of 5 things to do when you are getting really bored. These are the things you can do online to kill your not so precious time. Some of these may be familiar to you, some may be completely new. So have a look:

      things to do when really bored


      1. Chat With God:

      Yes there is an online website where you can chat with god 24/7. Of course you won't be actually chatting to god. You will just be chatting with a program that thinks he is god. Such programs are very old. I remember the first time i saw such a program was like 5 yrs ago. And i doubt if something spectacular has happened in this technology in these 5 yrs. But still its really cool and the AI program behaves pretty nicely. At times you would doubt if you are talking to a computer or God. Here's the link:


      2. Look at Some Pictures

      There are a lot of sites online that are full of funny and weird pictures. Looking at such pictures still turns out to be one of the best ways to kill your time when really bored. I know most of you will be familiar with these so i will just provide the links:


      3. Watch Videos:

      If not pictures the next best thing you can do is watch some videos. It all depends on what type of videos you like but most people will look for videos in the funny genre when they are getting bored. Check out these sites to find some funny videos.



      4. Play online games :

      Games are considered the best way to pass your time. Believe me once you get addicted to any game you won't have any time left to do any other thing. But there are some games which are not that addicting and hence safe but you can still play them to pass your time. Most of the online flash games are really good and you will have a lot of fun playing them. Here are some online games site

      Recently i found a new way to play games via webcams. Yes you can control your game with your body through webcams. This looks really interesting and you may consider checking some of these out:


      5. Surf the internet:

      Just like you found this article while surfing the net, you may find a lot of other really great sites full of awesome content. And you may find some interesting sites too. According to me the best way to find interesting content is through stumbling. If you aren't on stumble yet then you should join right now

      StumbleUpon

      Lastly this is a list of some other interesting things i found out recently. Some of them are websites, some applications, some videos and some games:D Check them out..


      That brings me to the end of this post. Hope you found out something useful and interesting. And next time when you are really getting bored you will have a whole lot of things to do. And as always you can leave your opinions in the comments section below. Do you know of some other ways to pass time on the internet?? I will be glad to know:D


      Thanks for reading


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      Tuesday, 26 July 2011

      Google Plus One's For Sale!!!

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      Are you really disappointed that inspite of writing quality content you still don't get the fame you deserve. Your content doesn't get viral and you are obsessed with people that get 100's of +1's on every post they write. Well then why not buy them! You all must be familiar with sites that sell backlinks and they were doing really good. And now its the season of Google's Plus One sales. Read on..


      buy google 1


      Does Google +1's Really Matter?? 

      Apart from the fact that having +1's may make your site look good and respected there are some SEO advantages too.

      First of all i want to make it clear that i am not an SEO expert and i won't even pretend to be. Now with what i read some SEO experts are saying that social exposure i.e facebook likes, google +1's and retweets etc will also play a major role in ranking of websites in google. There is no official statement by google about google +1 affecting rankings although. 

      A good reason why search engine's may consider this is that people are really selective while sharing something. If they don't find anything useful then forget that they will even move there mouse anywhere near the share or like button. 

      So if a post has 100's of likes, shares etc it will act as a seal of approval that the content is really good. And we all know how much google loves unique and useful content, it wants to get rid of all the spammy sites from its search results. So you may start seeing +1's affecting your site ranking in the near future.


      How to Buy Google +1's??

      A site called Plussem.com is all into this and is selling google +1's for a moderate price. Plussem is probably the first one to offer such a service. It is run by a site SEOshop.biz. Here are the prices..

      Buy 50 Google Plus One for 20$
      Buy 250 Google Plus One for 70$ 
      Buy 2000 Google Plus One for 360$  



      buy google 1


      So how does Plussem Work??

      They say that each +1 apparently comes from a real person with a verified Google account and is given manually by visiting the buyer's site. All +1s trace back to different IP addresses, and are distributed over a number of days to make them look more natural. That means that they will make sure that google finds these +1's legitimate.

       
      Lastly no i do not recommend buying social fame through such sites. I also wouldn't ever buy backlinks although that is quite common. I believe in doing these things the hard way, i.e by hard work. But there are a lot of people that do everything they can to rank in Search Engine's. Be it buying backlinks, buying SEO softwares and what not. So if you are one of them go ahead try this you may get some benefits right now or in the future.



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      Sunday, 24 July 2011

      Navigate In Firefox Using Mouse Gestures!!!

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      I know navigation in browsers is not a problem to most of us, as we are used to the old basic style of moving our mouse to different positions and then clicking at different places to accomplish different tasks. Not hard isn't it.? But recently I came across this firefox plugin which takes navigation to a completely different level. With this plugin installed you can switch between tabs, open or close any tab, bookmark any website or open your favorite websites etc. with just a mouse gesture. 

      With mouse gesture I mean moving your mouse in a specific pattern. For ex: to go back just right click your mouse draw a line backwards and you are then on the previous page. I hope you get the point. Sounds interesting?? Read on to find out more..

      Firefox

      The plugin used to enable this function is called 'All in One Gestures'. There are some other plugins too which promise the same result but this one is my favourite. Here are the steps to use this.

      Step 1: Install The Plugin

      • First download this plugin from here.
      • Click on Add to Firefox to start the download. And remember to click on allow when asked to download. 
      • Once downloaded restart your browser and you will see that your extension is ready to use.
      • To test this, hold the right click button anywhere on the page, draw a line backwards and release the mouse button. As soon as you do this you will see that you are taken to the previous page.

      Firefox


      Now once the plugin is setup, its time to configure it to suit your needs.


      Step 2:  Configure

      • Go to Tools>Add-ons. In the Add-ons manager go to the extensions tab and choose 'all in one gestures' and click on options.
      Firefox
      • Now you will see the options menu and under it will be four tabs. Leave all the other tabs for now and click on the Gestures customizations
      • Here you will see a long list of functions with their corresponding gestures. So now you can choose which functions you want and the corresponding gestures to get that function done.

      Firefox

      • You will notice that the gestures are written in terms of combination of up,down,left and right. For ex: the gesture for the next tab function is up-right. So to go to the next tab you have to right click anywhere, draw a line upwards and then move it in the right direction. 
      • Now to customize your gestures find the function for which you would like to use the gesture. See the default gesture for that if available. If you don't like the default one you can edit the gesture to something which you can easily remember. 
      • To edit gestures just click on the edit gestures and you can type the combination you want or you can draw it yourself.

      Firefox
      • Finally when you are done with the customization just click on 'Ok' and get ready to test out your new gestures.

      It may take some time in the starting to get used to this but believe me after you do get comfortable with these you won't look back. I primarily use this to move backward, forward, open new tab, close tab and bookmark. And lastly if you are looking for such plugins for Google Chrome then you can find that below. It will be pretty similar in use.. 


      So hope you like this. Thanks for taking out some time to read this. And as always you can share your opinions about this in the comments section below...



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      Saturday, 23 July 2011

      Charge Your Laptop By Typing!!!

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      A team of researchers at Australia’s Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) have successfully demonstrated a new, “nano-scaled” piezoelectric film’s capacity for turning mechanical pressure into electricity. I know this sounds weird but you can now charge your laptops by typing. Well not right now, it would take around 3 yrs to realize this technology on commercial basis. But nonetheless this is really a big achievement which can change the way we use our laptops. 


      Charge laptop by typing


      How's this possible:

      The technology used to convert mechanical energy(typing) into electricity(power) is pretty simple. I mean simple to understand. They used piezoelectric materials i.e the materials which produce electricity when some pressure is applied, to accomplish this task. Now if we put a piezoelectric plate underneath our keyboard, the pressure generated by typing can be converted to electricity which can then charge our laptop. Sounds legit to me.


      So why wait 3 yrs:

      To clarify this, Dr Madhu Bhaskaran, who led the research told ABC News in Australia said "Currently the energy levels we're able to generate is around ten times less than what's required, so that's the next step, to amplify it by ten times, so we can produce an everlasting battery or replace existing batteries.

      Now to do this it will take atleast 3 yrs. Once they are able to amplify it, i guess the technology will get commercially available pretty quicky. And i am sure this will become quite a selling point for the companies that will be able to incorporate this technology first.


      What's next:

      Apart from using piezoelectric materials to charge your laptop, scientists are looking at some other applications too.These include running shoes which can power up your cell phone and a pacemaker which is powered by your blood pressure. Also scientists are looking for a way to power touchscreen devices with the swipes of our fingers using the same technology.


      Some alternatives:

      When i read about this research i was sure that there would be some other ways too by which we can charge our laptops. So after doing my bit of research i found these:


      So what you think about this?? I mean i am really excited about this research. It could be really useful for bloggers like me. And who knows, some day you may be able to charge your laptop by moving your mouse or maybe with the blink of your eyes:D



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      Friday, 22 July 2011

      Some Cool Internet Facts!!!

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      These are some of the cool internet facts which I hope that you didn't knew already. Of course these are not discovered by me but as always I did a full research to find these. So hope you like this and some of these are able to amaze you.....


      Cool Internet Facts


      Internet Traffic :

      1. Only 22% of world population surf the internet. 

      2. Sweden is the country with the highest percentage of net users at 75%.

      3. 35.6% of internet users are Asian!!!
       

      4. Of the 247 BILLION email messages sent every day, 81% are pure spam. That sucks... 


      Domains :

      5. Every single 3-character .com domain name has long been registered!!! These include all the 50000 possible 3-character .com domain names.

      6. A single individual owns over 200,000 domain names! His name is Dr. Lieven P. Van Neste.

      7. Every .com domain name from 1 to 63 characters long, consisting entirely of the letter "a", has been registered.

      8. The highest amount of money paid for a domain name is for business.com, $7.5 million!!!

      9. The first .com domain name that was ever registered was Symbolics.com. 


      Websites :

      10. There are over 200 million websites, 74 per cent are in the commercial or .com domain.

      11. There are more than 100 million blogs.

      12. One in five bloggers update their blogs daily, that includes me:D

      13. Twenty hours of video from around the world are uploaded to YouTube every minute. 

      14. You would need to live for around 1,000 years to watch all the videos currently on YouTube.

      15. The average Facebook user has 130 friends.

      16. People spend over 500 billion minutes per month on Facebook.


      Google:

      17. Google comes from the word 'googol', which is 1 followed by a hundred zeros.  'Google' resulted from a spelling mistake made by the original founders who thought they were going for ‘Googol’.

      18. Google estimates that the Internet today contains about 5 million terabytes of data (1TB = 1,000GB), and claims it has only indexed 0.04% of it all! To fit the whole Internet you would need just 200 million Blu-Ray disks.

      19. Only 10% of all the pages on the Internet make it to the search engines.

      20. 57% of American kids say ‘Google’ as their first word. Lol??? 


      So what you think about these??? If you know some other cool internet facts then you can post that in the comments:D



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      Wednesday, 20 July 2011

      Google To Fight Malwares Now!!!

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      Google today announced that it will now warn people if it finds any malware activity on your computer. That's a big step by google, for the first time a search engine will issue warnings about the state of your computer if it is infected or not. Of course its still in its initial stages and can't detect 100% of all malwares. I doubt that it will ever be able to do that. But nonetheless this adds another unique ability to google and will surely be helpful to a lot of people.


      google malware


      So How Will Google Detect Malwares :

      It all started when google was conducting its regular checks and found some unusual search traffic. After conducting some more tests google found that the computers exhibiting this behavior were infected with a particular strain of malicious software, or “malware.”

      So basically google will warn people whose traffic is coming from these malicious proxies.

      What If Google Detects Malware :

      First of all google will issue an warning in a yellow box saying that you computer may be infected. The warning  will also contain a link having information on how to get rid of that malware. It will also provide links to AV softwares to scan your computer.

      So Can I Uninstall My Antivirus Software Now :

      No. Don't even think about that. Google is in no way a replacement to your AV softwares. It can detect only certain type of malwares. And as you may be knowing that there are thousands of other virus available for free download on the internet so it won't be a good idea:D

      So if you see a warning while searching for something in google don't ignore that. Just click on the link that show the information on how to get rid of that malware. If that doesn't help do a full scan with your your favourite antivirus program. You can also use malwarebytes to scan your computer for malwares.

      So what you think, is it a good step taken by google??


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      Tuesday, 19 July 2011

      Gary Vaynerchuk - Motivational Video!!!

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      Hey guys check out this video if you are into blogging or some kind of online business


      Who is Gary Vaynercuk??

      Gary Vaynerchuk is the founder of Wine Library Tv website. If you don't know about that, it doesn't matter. He is a millionaire businessman and a great video blogger. But that doesn't matter too:D What matters is that he is a great person and an awesome speaker. If you are feeling a bit low and losing  motivation to do something you love or what you are doing doesn't make you happy take 15 mins out of your busy life and give this man a try.

      This guy changed my way of thinking. I watch his video whenever I feel that i can't reach my goal(to be a great blogger) or feel impatient. And it sure helps. Of course that doesn't mean you will like him too. But if you do, then you can check out his other videos. He is having 100's of videos on youtube..

      So what you think about this guy???


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      Monday, 18 July 2011

      How To Fix Dll Errors In Windows

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      DLL errors occurs in windows when you try to run any application and for some reason the dll file it requires is not present in your system. You may have been familiar with this error message "filename.dll was not found. Try reinstalling the application". Note that by filename, i mean it can be any name, it depends on which dll file went wrong.

      Now reinstalling the application may or may not correct this error and it can make us go crazy at times. But you may have noticed that it tells the name of the dll file in the error message so an easy quick fix to this problem is go to any site that offers these dll files and download your missing dll file. Sadly microsoft doesn't provide such files. But there are thousands of other site that do. Here are the steps to fix dll errors in windows:

      windows dll errors

      How to fix dll errors :

      • Click on download a file on the left.
      • Now choose which version of windows you are using. You can also have a look at the the commonly requested dll files first.
      • Now you will see a list of all the dll files available. You can download any of them by just clicking on them.
      • If in any case you weren't able to find the dll file you needed you can always request a file and they will update it in some days.
      • Once downloaded, copy that file in the windows/system32 directory of your main drive where your windows is installed(by default its C).
      • Then go to start, run and "type regsvr32 filename.dll" without the quotes where filename is the name of the dll file thats missing.
      windows dll errors


      And that's it, now run your application or game and it should work fine. In case if you are wondering what the heck are dll files, dll files are basically class library files that contains a set of classes which can be used by anyone. On a personal note i am learning asp.net these days and i will be using dll files in the project to store the classes and all the coding:D

      So now you know what to do when you get that stupid dll error in windows. If you have any doubts or you need some dll file which you weren't able to find just mention it in the comments. I will find it for you..

      Thanks for reading...


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      Sunday, 17 July 2011

      How To Protect Your Laptop From Theft

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      Laptops are one of the most portable devices around and that makes them an easy target for thefts. So what if the worst happens and your laptop is stolen, in that case wouldn't it be amazing if you can track your laptop, find its location, click a picture of the person using it or delete or modify all your personal data. This all can be done using this free software called preyproject. Read on to find out more.


      stolen laptop


      How to Use Prey Project:

      Prey Project is a free open source software although there is a pro version too which isn't free.  It works on all platforms which means that all versions of windows, mac, and even linux. Here are the steps on how to use this to track your laptop:

      1. First go this website, Prey Project, and click on download now(5.4mb)

      2. Once downloaded run it and install it

      3. After installation it will ask you to setup a new account. Choose setup reporting method click next, then choose prey+control panel. Then choose new user and then fill in the details username password etc 

      stolen laptop


      4. After that go to start->All Programs->Prey->Configure Prey and here you can configure your settings like automatically connect to a wifi etc 

      stolen laptop

      5. Once setup, check your email to activate the account.

      6. After that just follow your email to login to the preyproject control panel

      7. You can then choose if your laptop is missing and choose a lot of actions to perform, like find location, click a photo, erase data etc.

      stolen laptop

      8. It will then start reporting these things to your email address. You will get your first report within minutes. 


      Its always better to be prepared for the worst. So set up PreyProject now and you will be ready to track your laptop if it gets stolen.  What's even more exciting is that you can use this to track your android phones too. And if you have some money to spare you can get some paid tracking softwares. If you have any doubts you can share them in the comments section below..
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      Friday, 15 July 2011

      Latest Google Search Engine Improvements

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      Did you know Google recently added some new features in its already great search engine to save some more milliseconds when we search for something. These include instant pages, google search by image and google voice search.

      Instant pages caches pages even before you open any link. With google image search you can just drag and drop any image onto the search bar and and it will find similar images. And lastly with voice search you can search by just speaking the search keywords.

      These are some of the latest google search improvements. Looks interesting? Read on to find out more....


      1. Instant Pages:

      This is based on Google instant. which searches for results as you start typing and provides suggestions side by side. With google instant, google predicted that it will save 2-5 seconds while searching for something. Recently google introduced another addition to this feature, now google will predict the link users wants to use and begins fetching its data and caching it before user clicks on the link. This can save another 2-3 seconds while searching which is great. 

      To test out this new feature you can download google chrome beta from here. I did notice some improvement in speed when i tried this..

      Google improvement
      Image Source - http://www.buzzingup.com

      2. Search By Image

      I know this may sound a bit weird but you can just drag and drop any image from your computer to the search box and google will search for related images. Understanding you request, google then goes on a quest for similar images. It worked pretty well when i tried to use this feature by uploading an image related to computer. You can try this by visiting Google image search and then dragging any image to the search box. See image below..

      Google improvement

      3. Google Voice Search :

      The last addition is the google voice search. As is clear from its name with google voice search you can search with google by just speaking the search keywords. Only english vocals are accepted right now. You can try this by visiting, Google voice search. I am not sure if it is supported in browsers other than google chrome right now. There is an android app too with which you can use this feature on your mobile..

      Google improvement

      So what are you wating for!!! Go ahead and try these new features and share your opinions here...
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      Thursday, 14 July 2011

      Listen To Free Music Online - Computer Tips

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      If you love listening to songs, like me, then you will love this. Just sign up with Last.fm and you can listen to practically any song on earth for free. Just sign up with them and enter your favorite artist and you are ready to go. You can listen to random songs of your favourite artist or you can search for any song and listen to it directly. If you have been looking for such a site which allows you to listen to free music then this is your last stop..


      Listen to free music online

      Full Control Over Music

      With last.fm you can play, pause, shuffle or skip any song from right within your browser. If you like some song then you can add it in your favorites with just a single click. And you can also use keyboard shortcuts to play any song. 

      Find other songs which follow your taste

      The best thing about last.fm is it also scrobbles the songs, which means that the songs you listen too gets added to your play count and add to the building of your musical taste which in turn lets you discover even more great music.  

      Scrobbling is the main way, but adding artists/tracks to your library also does it, as does loving/banning/skipping/listening to tracks on the radio. Pretty much anything you do on the site is taken into account when it tries to figure out what you'll like.

      This is great to discover new songs which you can then buy if you want. Finally there are some other sites too which allow you to listen to free music but this one is the best.


      Try this and share your thoughts about this great site in the comments section below..

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      Wednesday, 13 July 2011

      Hide Secret Messages In Twitter, Facebook Updates!!!

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      Today i am gonna show you a technique called Steganography to hide secret messages in plain text. Sound cool, isn't it?? But before that, as always, lets understand what steganography means....


      What is Steganography : 
        
      According to wikipedia, "Steganography is the art and science of writing hidden messages in such a way that no one, apart from the sender and intended recipient, suspects the existence of the message". This is pretty much self explanatory so i wont waste any more time discussing this.


      hide secret messages in twitter


      How to hide secret messages using Steganography:


      To hide secret messages in plain text i am going to use a program called 'Unicode Steganography'. What it basically does is encode your plain text along with the secret message in an almost similar looking unicode text. So once you encode it and post it on twitter or facebook, the message looks pretty usual but you can be assured that your intended recipient will get the message by decoding it. Lets see the steps to do this:


      • First go to this site, Iron Geek, scroll down and click on 'Download tools and get Source code'.
      • Once downloaded extract the zip file anywhere you want.
      • Now open 'unisteg.exe' from there and a window like this will open.
      hide secret messages in twitter

      • Enter your secret message in the first box(input to encode decode).
      • Enter your plain text(regular message) in the second box(cover text).
      • Click on encode.
      • Now it will provide you with the output. You can use this to post on your twitter, facebook status and no one will be able to see your secret message.
      • Now to decode that message, paste the encoded message in the cover text box again.
      • Click on decode.
      • And you will be able to see your secret message in the first box.
      Sadly this didn't work on my pc running windows xp. But i tested it in my friend's pc and it worked fine. Also note that your cover text has to be pretty long to hide even a small message. Apart from that the program works pretty well. If in any case you want to hide long messages than you can use another free program called 'imagehide' to hide secret data in an image.

      This is the only method i found out by which you can hide secret messages in text. If you know of any other such ways you can provide that in the comments section below. 

      And before i forget, i added commentluv plugin in this blog to share my love with you all:D All posts from now on, including this, will have this feature enabled.

      Thanks for reading...

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      Tuesday, 12 July 2011

      How To Restore Deleted Files!!!

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      What happens if you accidently delete some files. Of course they go to the recycle bin, but what if you empty the recycle bin too. Now most of us will think that the file is gone and there is no way that we can get that file back. But this is not the way windows works. When you delete something from your pc, windows makes that space available, which the file was occupying, so that new files can use that space but doesn't erase that file.

      restore deleted files

      If you have a lot of hard disk space chances are that the file you deleted is still available even after months of deleting it. Of course if its been years since you deleted that file chances are pretty less that the file is still not overwritten. Still there is nothing wrong in trying. I will show you in this tutorial, how you can restore deleted files by using a free program called 'restoration'. It works in all versions of windows( xp,vista and7). So lets begin with the steps...

      How to restore deleted files:

      • First download restoration from here(229kb)
      • Once downloaded, open it, select the location you want to unzip it to, then click on 'Unzip'.
      • Now go to the location where you unzipped this and open 'Restoration.exe'  file
      • Then choose the drive from where you deleted the file and click on 'Search Deleted Files'
      • Now hope that it finds your file, once it does choose that file
      • Click on 'Restore By Copying' and choose some other drive where you want to restore it..
      • Now open your restored file, it will be ready to go.

      I tried this on a video i deleted 2 weeks ago and it worked fine. In most cases you will get your file back if it is deleted recently. Now if you want to do the reverse of this i.e delete and erase a file completely from the hard disk then you can use some 'file erasing' softwares which are commonly available.

      That't it for now. Hope it helped you in some way or it can be useful to you in the future. Thanks for reading...

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      Monday, 11 July 2011

      Okozo - Interactive Wallpapers Are Fun

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      Well this is not the first time am talking about this great software. In the post How to transform windows 7 to windows 8, i showed you how to use this software to get some interactive wallpapers so that windows 7 looks more like windows 8.

      Okozo interactive wallpapers windows 7
      Interactive polaroid wallpaper available in okozo


      At that time i didn't have any time to test this software. But yesterday i tested this out and i was amazed to see how cool this software is and i highly recommend it. So i decided to provide a full review of 'Okozo'. Lets begin...

      OKOZO REVIEW :

      Okozo is a free software that enables you to change your boring image backgrounds to something interactive, something fun. It uses flash to provide this functionality. And currently it supports windows vista and windows 7 only.

      Now before i provide any download links and ask to install it, i want to show you what is okozo up to.You can just go to their website and see how each wallpaper looks and feels.  I have tested almost every wallpaper available on the Okozo website and these are some of the wallpapers i liked the most.. Click on them to see how they look(behave)..


      The falling leaves wallpaper from okozo

      You may have noticed that there is a similar gadget in this blog too. You can see that at the right side:D Now that you know how great or how bad this software is you may be either extremely excited to download this or may be not. Well i am sure you are pretty excited, and here is the download link, Okozo download(lmgtfy link:D)

      The installation is a bit lengthy, it downloads quite a lot of things once you start it. Once you are finished installing this you will see that there aren't any wallpapers available by default(except the okozo one). So next you have to go to okozo's site and from there you can download as many wallpapers as you want. Once downloaded just open the downloaded wallpaper and after that click on reload in the okozo software window. Next click on apply and you are done.

      I highly recommend that you try this right now, am sure you won't be disappointed. If you have any questions or you didn't understand anything you are always welcome to leave your precious comments here, and i will respond as soon as possible.

      Thanks for reading:D
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      Sunday, 10 July 2011

      7 Coolest Google I'm Feeling Lucky Tricks

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      Here is my collection of the 7 coolest I'm feeling lucky tricks. I am sure most of us are familiar with such tricks. If not then try them, they are really amazing..

      Google im feeling lucky tricks

      First you should know that when you click on I'm feeling lucky button in google search it opens the site corresponding to the first result that your search found directly. So in short these tricks use keyword optimisation to rank first in google. So without wasting any more time lets start................

      1.Google gravity

      This by far is the coolest google trick ever. Type "google gravity" in google search box and click on I'm feeling lucky and see for yourself. Everything will start falling under the force of gravity:D All the links and buttons are still working. You can even use the search button.. Try searching something..

      For all the following tricks the procedure is same, just type that string in google search and click on I'm feeling lucky and get ready to be amazed.

      2. Google sphere

      See all the buttons and links forming a sphere around the search box. Wow???. Thats not it. Type anything in the search box and press enter and..... You should try that:D

      3. Google lmgtfy

      Type anything in the search box. Click on search and it will provide a link below. Press go on that link and see..

      4. Google x4

      Opens a site googlegooglegooglegoogle.com:) Whats amazing is that it provides 4 google search box in the same window. Try searching different things in different google search bars.. Try writing google x4 again in one of the search box and click on I'm feeling lucky.

      5. Elgoog

      If you didn't notice it is the word google typed backwords. Try this with I'm feeling lucky button and you see a google search with everything reversed..

      6. Find Chuck Norris

      You should try this yourself:D

      7. Google Gothic 

      A gothic version of google search for all the gothic fans


      Update: 3 other Cool Google Im Feeling Lucky Tricks:


      1. Do A Barrel Roll:

      Type this in Google and your screen will do a 360 deg barrel roll. Go try it

      2. Tilt:

      Type tilt in Google Search and your screen will tilt. It doesn't tilt a lot but this is permanent until you reload Google

      3. Recursion:

      What's the meaning of recursion?? Don't worry you will find it as soon as you enter it in Google demonstrated by Google in its own way. Don't get it? Look at the Did You Mean thing:D


      Some other cool strings which you should try:


      • Google Loco 
      • Google Easter Egg 
      • Who is the Cutest  
      • Google Guitar
      • Google God
      • Google l33t 
      • Google Pirate

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      Saturday, 9 July 2011

      Windows 7 Godmode - The Truth!!!

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      I recently came across a video showing this astonishing sounding windows 7 Godmode. After watching the video and doing some more research and then finally trying it out to see how it exactly works, i found it pretty useful. Without explaining you what it does let me first tell you how to get this to work. Its easy just follow these steps:

      • Right click on your desktop and create a new folder.
      • Rename it to "GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}" without the quotes. You can use any name instead of godmode.
      • Press enter. And now you will see that its icon has changed.
      • Go ahead and open it(am sure your pc won't explode:P)

      windows 7 vista godmode


      What you see now is the collection of all the settings that you ever thought of applying to your pc. The very fact that you can change any settings from here i.e from a single place makes it pretty useful, especially if you love playing with your settings everyday:) . I think this feature should have been available by default in windows 7 but still we know it now. Godmode is just a name that was used to create the hype..

      Recently microsoft accepted that such strings were available even before windows vista was released. Here is the list of other strings you may want to try. The steps are the same just use these strings instead of the one used above...

      Some other strings that creates folders with similar functionality:

      1. {00C6D95F-329C-409a-81D7-C46C66EA7F33}
      2. {0142e4d0-fb7a-11dc-ba4a-000ffe7ab428}
      3. {025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}
      4. {05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}
      5. {1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70}
      6. {15eae92e-f17a-4431-9f28-805e482dafd4}
      7. {17cd9488-1228-4b2f-88ce-4298e93e0966}
      8. {1D2680C9-0E2A-469d-B787-065558BC7D43}
      9. {1FA9085F-25A2-489B-85D4-86326EEDCD87}
      10. {208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
      11. {20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
      12. {2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}
      13. {241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B}
      14. {4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423}
      15. {62D8ED13-C9D0-4CE8-A914-47DD628FB1B0}
      16. {78F3955E-3B90-4184-BD14-5397C15F1EFC}

      Note- Don't try this on windows vista 64 bit, it may cause some problems. On other versions it works fine..

      And i know its been months since someone(cnet) found it. But i think not many people know this, i too didn't knew of this trick until recently. So hope this helped. Thanks to CNET for this great trick.

      Thanks for reading:D



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      How To Remove The Autorun Virus Explained

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      Ever encountered the famous autorun virus, I am sure you have. Removable medias are the most common ways by which such virus spread. When you insert any infected pendrive to your computer the first thing it does is infect your drives with itself i.e autorun virus. So that it executes the virus everytime you open your drive.

      The next time you turn on your pc and right click on your drive's icon and see something called autorun in the menu, then you can be assured that your drive is already infected with this virus.In some cases a menu like the one shown below is displayed with some weird language.. This is again a type of autorun virus (you just learned a new language:D)

      autorun.inf virus removal

      So how to remove this virus???

      The best way to remove this virus is by using cmd(command prompt). Why?? Because it changes its attributes to system,read only and hidden. In some cases it even disables the "show hidden files and folders feature" in the folder options so that it becomes impossible to delete. Nonetheless you can still delete it easily using cmd. Here are the steps to delete this virus..
      1. Go to start, run then type cmd and press OK or you can alternatively press windows key+R.
      2. Then type "cd \" without the quotes. It simply changes the directory to the root directory
      3. Now type "dir /a:-d  /w" without the quotes. It displays the list of all files in the directory. You will see something like this..
      autorun.inf virus removal


      4. Find out the malicious(not delicious:/) files : 

      The main culprit behind infecting your drive is the autorun..inf file. See autorun.inf is present above. Autorun.inf file is executed automatically when you open your drive and your drive opens in a new window(you may have noticed this). Lets see how it works...

      autorun.inf - Opens another malicious file *.pif. "pikadu.pif" in my case..
      pikadu.pif - Creates the *.exe virus file. "qwrtsta.exe" in my case. And then executes it
      qwrtsta.exe - Does all the damage to your pc. disables task manager, regedit, hidden files and folders etc

      So the malicious files are autorun.inf, pikadu.pif, qwrtsta.exe. They may have some other names in your case but the autorun.inf will be always there.

      5. Delete autorun file:

      To delete the autorun.inf file follow these steps:
      • First type "attrib -s -h -r autorun.inf" in cmd without the quotes. It resets the attributes so that you can delete it.
      • After that type "del autorun.inf". And it should delete the autorun.inf file.

      Note- If it says “Cannot delete autorun: It is being used by another person or program". Then you have to first   end the process which is using it in the task manager. In most cases it is the same which you found in the cmd (qwrtsta.exe). If its not then you have to do some research to find it..
      Else delete the *.exe and *.pif file and restart your computer. Then delete autorun.inf. It will be deleted without any problem.

      6. Delete other virus files:

      Now that the autorun.inf file is deleted. Now delete the .exe and .pif files too using the same way. 
      • First type  "attrib -s -h -r pikadu.pif". And then "del pikadu.pif"
      • Then type  "attrib -s -h -r qwrtsta.exe". And then "del qwrtsta.exe"

      Repeat the steps for all the infected drives.

      7. Clean startup items :

      Now go to start, all programs, startup and delete any malicious file from there if present. The files present in the startup folder are executed everytime your pc starts so deleting any virus file from there is important.

      Optional: Some virus spread on other places in your drive too. Although they are not that dangerous, running a free malware scan wont hurt, Download malwarebytes and run a full scan to make sure your computer is disinfected completely.

      8. Restart your pc : 

      Now that you have done all the hardwork its time to restart your pc. After you restart your pc your drive should be disinfected and free from the epic autorun virus:D

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      Thursday, 7 July 2011

      Mark Zuckerberg On Google Plus!!!!

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      Yes you read it right facebook founder mark zuckerberg is on google +. If you are not aware Google +(PLUS) is a new social networking site made by Google which is a direct rival to Facebook. Its less than a week old and still not available to everyone..

      So who is the most popular person on Google +??  Not just Mark Zuckerberg is there on Google +, he is the most popular person on Google + right now. With more than 35,000 followers his fan base is greater than that of Larry Page, one of the founders of Google. 




      mark zuckerberg google



      So what is Mark Zuckerberg doing on a rival site?? Apparently he signed up to Google + to check out how good Google + is and keep tabs on his new adversary:D This proves that the social networking wars are reaching a new height.

      In a recent interview Zuckerberg explained why Facebook is the no.1 Social networking site and will remain so forever. Zuckerberg said "Facebook is strictly a social network, people don't want to manage groups, everyone is already on Facebook, and Facebook's video chat is more appealing". He also said that "Companies doing one thing will always do better than companies doing a million things". We all can see what he is trying to point out here:) Lets see if Google can prove him wrong....


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      Wednesday, 6 July 2011

      Cloud Computing - The Future Is Here

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      You must have heard about cloud computing?? Haven't you?? Cloud computing is what i believe the future of computing. Five yrs from now and we will see everyone using cloud computing to store their important files and access them from anywhere..


      cloud computing os


      But i have no idea what cloud computing means???

      According to wikipedia "Cloud computing refers to the use and access of multiple server-based computational resources via a digital network (WAN, Internet connection using the World Wide Web, etc.)". What this basically means is that it is an Internet-based computing solution where shared resources are provided like electricity distributed on the electrical grid. In cloud computing resources are allocated dynamically depending on the requirement.

      Cloud computing is now agrressively used by companies so that all their employees can work on the same software simultaneously. I don't want to go into any further details because cloud computing is very complex and knowing how it works is not useful to most of us. I am here to tell you how you can be benefited from cloud computing by using online operating system which are based on this technology..

      Whats an online operating system now???

      This one is easy to explain. An online or web operating system is something like a website which you can access through your browser and it presents a full operating system which you can use without needing to download anything. You can upload files through your browser in such an os and can access it from anywhere around the world, even on a mobile phone. In this post i will provide a preview of  eyeOS 2.5. Lets start..

      eye OS 2.5:

      Not to be confused with iOS it is an web operating system which you can access by visiting this site eyeOS. An updated version of this os i.e eyeOS 2.5 was released today(6th july 2011) and you can test it for free. You just need to register with a new account and you will be taken to the home page which will look like this...

      cloud computing eyeOS


      If you are using a web os for the first time i am sure you will be surprised to see how much has the technology advanced in time. It looks almost similar to your desktop os. You will see a documents shortcut and a home shortcut. 

      When you double click on the home it will open your file system and you can see different directories like my music, my files etc. These folders will be empty by default. You can upload any file by right clicking on the open area and clicking on upload. Then you can select the file you want to upload. Now that you know how an web OS looks like lets see some of the features of eyeOS.

      eyeOS features:

      • Various versatile applications like word processor, pdf reader,calculator, calender, chat etc
      • Upload files directly and access them from anywhere
      • Mobile phone support, you can access and download any files which you uploaded to your os from the mobile
      • Fast, efficient and stable
      • A program which you can download and make use as a server to access files on your hard disk directly from anywhere as long as it is connected to the internet

      Although eyeOS is great but some apps are missing in 2.5 version right now like a browser which were present in version 2.0. Imagine using a browser within a browser, inception:D Am sure these apps will be updated and available soon..

      So is it safe to store important files and photos online using eyeOS???

      The answer is yes. Actually it is safer to store your files in online OS than on your hard disk. When you upload a file it is sent to different servers worldwide in pieces and when you require to access any stored file the OS retrieves it back. This process ensures that no one can access your files while they are stored online...

      Some other web OS to look out for:

      • OOS - Online Operating System that provides windows os like interface and features
      • CloudO- Another great web os. Very fast and stable..
      • iCloud - Cloud computing service from Apple Inc, coming soon
      • Ghost- Not available for free right now

      So go ahead and try it for free before you are late and tell me what you feel about it in the comments section below:D

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