Many of you download large files from the Internet, and in countries like India and Pakistan where we don’t have lightening fast Internet speeds, we have to keep our PCs on for long till the download finishes. My PC stays on whole night as I download a lot.
I have found this very small freeware that can shutdown your PC after a duration of specified minutes. EasyShutdown lets you instantly shutdown or restart your computer or you can delay it by a few minutes.
Transformation Packs are used to change the look and feel of your current OS and transform it into something else. In the past, I have written about Ubuntu and Windows 7 transformation packs, and this time I have another OS to transform your XP into.
Flyakite OSX is a very cool software that can transform Windows XP to Mac OS X. It will change the entire interface, themes, sounds and popular application skins of XP and will make it look exactly like Leopard.
Earlier this week, I wrote on 5 Windows 7 transformation packs, which was liked by many. And today, I have another cool customization pack. This one is for all the Ubuntu fans who want to have an Ubuntu-like interface in Windows XP.
Ubuntu Customization Pack is created by BlueTekk using different set of tools, which can transform your Windows XP look to Ubuntu with just a small setup.
Icon Hider is a free tool that allows you to hide or show your desktop icons in a click. Once this little application is executed, it sits in your taskbar and with a single click on its icon, you hide all your icons and shortcuts, and in another click restore them back. It does the job instantly without any flashing, or messing up the arrangement of your icons.
There are three ways in which you can hide/show your desktop icons.
- Click the tray icon
- Right-click the tray icon for hide/show icons menu
- Press Ctrl + 1
Windows 7 is the next upcoming OS from Microsoft. And for some reason, they are not letting out much details about this OS. So I don’t think we’ll be able to get our hands on it any time soon. But what if we get to enjoy its look and feel on Windows XP and Vista, eh? Since not much is known about the OS, this theme looks more like Windows Vista, but its nice to see some refreshing changes to the same old look.
Before you jump to the Windows 7 theme for XP, Windows Vista users might also like to check out Windows 7 theme for Vista that I had posted later.
Wondering another bug? LOL, yeah! Windows XP Service Pack 3 seems to be a never ending portal of bugs. A new bug again, this is simply crazy! One bug ends and the other begins. Previously, the reboot problems were enough for the AMD users, and Microsoft had no idea how to get rid of it, until HP came out with the fix. Phew! Now let’s begin with the latest bug that has been found in SP3.
It’s been reported that Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) ships with an out-of-date version of Adobe’s Flash Player that’s vulnerable to recently-spotted attacks, according to Microsoft’s support documentation. Windows XP SP3 includes Flash Player 126.96.36.199, a version released by Adobe Systems Inc. in December 2007, and was superseded by Version 188.8.131.52 on April 8, nearly two weeks before Microsoft decided SP3 was done by giving it a release to manufacturing (RTM) label and sending it out for distribution.
Google is everyone’s favourite, and the most popular search engine. People from all over the globe use it. Mainly because, it is fast, simple and always gives relevant results. But how about adding a little more in search results? Would you like if you could refine those results to match even more personal criteria?
Google Hacks is such application that allows you to filter search results by showing you exactly what you are looking for: applications, videos, books, song lyrics, torrents and other file types and applications. This is a complete tool to perform specific kinds of searches. The word “hack” is not what we really think. This word is usually taken as to cause harm to other computers and applications. According to Wikipedia:
“A Hack is a modification of a program or device to give the user access to features otherwise were unavailable to them.”
Who in the world has time to memorize all the search modifiers like “-inurl:(htm|html|php) intitle:”index of” +”last modified” +”parent directory” +description +size +(.mp3|.wma|.ogg)”? This is where this little magic applications comes in. You can use it to find exactly the kind of files you’re looking for on Google.
Simply select the desired format, type your search query and (pressing Enter does not work) click the Search button. The results will open in a new window.
This application is compatible with Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, Linux and Mac.
More download links can be found here.
I’ll leave the rest for you to explore.
Remember, use this application wisely. Don’t go searching for copyrighted files and MP3s using this tool. This tool is not intended for any illegal use.
In spite of all the problems that have come with Windows XP SP3, people are still using it. If you are also one of them, then you must have noticed that your 3rd party Windows XP themes have not be working after installing service pack 3. That’s because the uxtheme.dll has been changed.
To fix this, you will need the UXtheme Patcher in order to run any 3rd party themes on Windows XP. Download it from here [direct link] and run the EXE file. Press the Patch button, and wait for a few seconds for it to patch. Now restart your computer for the changes to take effect.
If you’re an AMD processor users, you must have been greeted by the Blue Screen of Death, after installing Windows XP SP3 on rebooting their computer. The error begins with something like this: STOP: 0Ãƒâ€”0000007E (0xC0000005 and contains the error text SYSTEM_THREAD_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED. And after this, the computers reboots again and keeps repeating this.
Windows XP SP3 apparently copies an Intel power management driver to the computer that was not there before the installation of SP3 and that is said to be the cause for the restart bug. But thanks to HP, a fix has been given for this bug.