Enable Hidden Boot Screen in Windows Vista

by on April 30, 2007
in Tips and Tricks, Windows

Tired of the usual bootscreen of Vista? Well, I have found a cool hidden bootscreen :).

To enable it, follow the simple steps below:

1. Open ‘Run’ and type ‘msconfig’ (of course, without quotes)

2. Click the Boot tab and check the “No GUI boot” check box.
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Download YouTube Videos Online

Well, there are two best ways why which you can download videos from YouTube. There are many sites and applications which also allow you to download videos from YouTube, but most of them have problems such as you have to convert them first before you can see them.

I have found one great site which lets you download videos or only audio from YouTube. It automatically converts the video into your desired format and then give you the download link. Simple, isn’t it? Well, yeah. It is. It is an all-in-one solution :).

Click Here to Download Videos From YouTube

Continue reading below to read about the cool Firefox extension which also allows you to download videos from the web.
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Top 10 Most Popular and Must-Have WordPress Plugins

by on April 29, 2007
in Tips and Tricks, WordPress

Ok, peeps. Here, I bring you the top ten most popular useful WordPress plugins.

WordPress is one of the best and most popular blogging platforms. It has a huge community with a large number of free themes and plugins available. It provides most of the features out of the box, but still some extra plugins are needed to enhance and optimize WordPress blogs. I have listed below some of the most popular WordPress plugins.

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How to Optimize WordPress Blog

by on April 24, 2007
in Tips and Tricks, WordPress

As you use WordPress, you may notice that page loads are taking longer and the site seems to grind along.

It turns out that junk data may be piling up and slowing down your site, right? Well, to get rid of these problems, I have found just the topic needed. According to Sizlopedia, this because of activating and deactivating plugins, making changes such as new categories etc.

Check out this post for some tips and plugins that can help you clean up and speed up your blog.

Connected Internet also has a list of links to articles that explain how to speed up your site.

This is not all. There are other number of tips/tricks and other resources available online to optimize your WordPress blog for faster load times, better SEO and a more secure installation of WordPress.

Top 10 Most Popular and Must-Have WordPress Plugins

Automatically Close “Not Responding” Programs in Windows X

by on April 24, 2007
in Tips and Tricks, Windows

There have been a number of times when a program or software must have crashed and it gave you the Not Responding error message. Well, to get rid of that completely, you can automatically force exit those programs which have crashed.

When an application fails to respond during shutdown a dialog box is displayed prompting the user to either end it now or to wait. Enabling the value AutoEndTasks will take care of the non-responding application without user intervention. This is often referred to as”Force Exit”.

Now, the tutorial.. :)

To Implement for All Users

[Start] [Run] [Regedit]

Registry Key: HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop

Data Type: REG_SZ [String Value] // Value Name: AutoEndTasks

Modify/Create the Value Name [AutoEndTasks] according to the Value Data listed below.

Value Data: [0 = AutoEndTasks Disabled / 1 = AutoEndTasks Enabled]

Exit Registry and Reboot

To Implement for Individual Users

[Start] [Run] [Regedit]

Registry Key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

Data Type: REG_SZ [String Value] // Value Name: AutoEndTasks

Modify/Create the Value Name [AutoEndTasks] according to the Value Data listed below.

Value Data: [0 = AutoEndTasks Disabled / 1 = AutoEndTasks Enabled]

Exit Registry Editor and Reboot.

This works well in Windows XP, but I’m not sure about Vista.

If there is a better way, do let me know about it. :)

How to Create Your Own Google Logo

by on April 24, 2007
in Google, Tips and Tricks

This tutorial will teach you how to make the Google logo. The final result is shown below.

1. Create a new document; 300px x 120px.

2. Use the text tool and type Google onto your document. This tutorial uses the font catull, but if you don’t have it on your computer, you can use Times New Roman which also works fine, and looks very similar.

3. Now we need to add colours to Google. Highlight each letter, and change its colour as state below.

G #1645AE
o #D62408
o #EFBA00
g #1645AE
l #007D08
e #D62408

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Remove Shortcut Arrow from Desktop Icons in Windows XP

by on April 24, 2007
in Tips and Tricks, Windows

Here’s how you can remove those shortcut arrows from your desktop icons in Windows XP. This is a simple, neat trick. You need to know how to use Registry Editor, and you are done :)

Just follow the simple steps below to remove the arrow:

1. Start regedit.
2. Navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTlnkfile
3. Delete the IsShortcut registry value.

You may need to restart Windows XP for the changes to take affect.

Enjoy! :D

Login with Multiple Accounts in Google Talk: Multi GTalk

by on April 15, 2007
in Google, Tips and Tricks

If you’ve got many Gmail accounts and don’t want to keep logging on and off them every time you switch, a simple command line parameter in the Google Talk shortcut can solve your problem.

Doing this is very simple. Create a new Google Talk shortcut on your desktop, leave the original intact.

  • Right click on this shortcut and choose Properties. The Target box will show you the path of the EXE for Google Talk – something like “C:\Program Files\Google\Google Talk\googletalk.exe”
  • Change this to: “C:\Program Files\Google\Google Talk\googletalk.exe” /nomutex

and click OK.

Now you can login with as many Gmail accounts as you like.

Enjoy! :D

Fast Windows XP Shutdown

by on April 15, 2007
in Tips and Tricks, Windows

Whenever you shut down your computer, it takes a lot of time in closing all the running applications.And worse, if they stop responding, then you have to click either end task or wait for windows to shut it down.

To get rid of this problem, use the following registry hack to fix this :). This hack automatically shuts the non-responding, annoying applications instantly and without any interruption.

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