Friday, December 24, 2010

Windows Tricks - 1

Today we'll talk about two tricks here.
1) Virtual Diary
You want a quick diary on your pc, but dont want to install a separate program for this purpose. And writing notes in a word processor by giving date-time everytime isn’t a good idea.

Try this:
Type .LOG (remember .log or .Log wont work)

Save the file with any desired any name and close the notepad window.

Now everytime you will try to open this notepad file….the current date and time will be already placed there. So, this way it’ll become a virtual diary.

2) Windows Key + Arrows
Just try them out..
Windows key + Left: docks current window to the left side of the screen.
Windows key + Right: docks current window to the right side of the screen.
Windows key + Up: maximizes and/or restores foreground window.
Windows key + Down: minimizes active window.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Make pen drive bootable for Windows 7

Microsoft Windows 7 UltimateMany people generally go for WinToFlash for making bootable pendrive of Windows 7 but I would rather prefer the following few steps because using WinToFlash is very simple but not effective. There are some simple steps to make bootable pen drive which can be used for installing windows 7 in future as well. For this you need a pen drive having minimum space of 4 Gb and a Installation DVD of Windows 7(or ISO). Now just follow this steps:-

1. First off all you need to format the USB drive / Pendrive:-

Run the command prompt as an Administrator

Now to find the drive number of your USB Drive, you need to type this and press enter every time.

list disk

Here you can see the disk listed.Note down the disk number of your pendrive for the next step. Generally if we have one hard disk and only one pendrive attached to a system the it comes out to be disk 1. (it can be different). Lets consider disk 1 for this case.

Now type all these words to format the drive:

select disk 1
create partition primary
select partition 1
format fs=NTFS

(wait for few seconds)


Now the disk partition program will exit and you’ll have a formatted USB flash drive ready to be made bootable.

2. Now to make the bootable pendrive, follow this steps:-

Now insert the Windows 7 Installation DVD and to your DVD drive.

Now assume that DVD drive is F and Pendrive as H

Now type F:CD BOOT

Now type this command bootsect /nt60 H: to update your USB drive with bootmgr code.

Finally copy all the contents from the Windows 7 DVD to your Pendrive.

Here you have created the bootable pendrive. 

Now what you need is to make your BIOS to boot from USB. So follow this steps:-

Insert your pendrive to the PC and reboot the system.

Now Enter the Bios system accordingly by pressing the key delete.This is where you’re on your own since every computer is different. Most BIOS’s allow you to hit a key at boot and select a boot option.

Now select the USB/ Pendrive as the first boot driver.

Now save the settings in Bios and restart and you will be able to Install Windows 7 using that pendrive.

3. For those who want to use WinToFlash, then its a very simple procedure.

Download WinToFlash.
Install it.
Select Win PE option for Windows 7
Select appropriate locations.
Wait for few seconds and you are done with it.

Now I'll share my case with you people as I was able to make pendrive bootable Windows 7 in both cases and it was working on my PC, but whenever I tried to install using USB to my target laptop, WinToFlash method didn't work. So I would prefer the firist method

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Alienware M17x : Powerful Enough..!!

Alienware has updated its high-end, 17-inch M17x gaming laptop with some new components, and the result is an incredibly powerful machine. It's been dubbed the Alienware M17x for some time now, but this latest version adds Intel's Core i7 processor for even more power.

Oddly, the 17-inch wide-screen, which is usually a sight to behold on a gaming laptop, is one of the M17x's weaker points. It weighs 5.3kg and measures 406 by 51 by 321mm, so it's really far too big and heavy to move on a frequent basis, except possibly from room to room.

Despite the glossy display, our gaming experience wasn't ruined by annoying reflections, because the M17x's screen is very bright indeed. The M17x will crush your spine with its monumental chassis, and then make your brains dribble out of your nose with its performance.

Even though Alienware found the biggest battery (85Wh) available for the M17x, it couldn't keep up with its battery-guzzling parts, namely the processor and SLI graphics cards. Alienware M17x is the complete package, as its looks can stand in the spotlight with its parts.


Intel Core i7 620M 2.66 GHz (3.33GHz Turbo Mode, 4MB Cache)
Main Memory
4GB DDR3 1066MHz
Graphic system
ATI Radeon Mobility HD 4870 with 1GB of VRAM
17-inch Wide XGA+ 1440 x 900 (900p)
Hard Disk
250GB SATA 7,200RPM
Web camera
2.0 Megapixel
Optical Disc Drive
Dual Layer DVD Burner (DVD+-RW, CD-RW)
Internal High-Definition 5.1 Surround Sound Audio
Wireless Type
802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR
Input/Output Port
4 USB (2.0), 1 e SATA/USB 2.0 Combo, VGA, HDMI, LAN, Express Card Slot
Card Reader
Operating System
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
9-cell lithium-ion
11.68 pounds (5.3 kg)
1 year limited

Buy Alienware M17X

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Hacking Windows Password

Ophcrack is a free Windows password cracker based on rainbow tables. It is a very efficient implementation of rainbow tables done by the inventors of the method. It comes with a Graphical User Interface and runs on multiple platforms.

Well it follows three simple steps to hack someones password:
1) Download Ophcrack
2) Burn the ISO
3) Running Ophcrack

Password is hacked..!!

Check out this video..!!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Apple iphone 4 Released: Reaching Heights

After months of rumours and speculation, apple has released their latest mobile device, iphone 4.The Apple iPhone 4 will pack a front-facing camera and an app for Apple’s new FaceTime video chat network on its June 24 release, enabling two-way video calls with other iPhone 4 users over a WiFi network. Even within the home, where video calls have been largely confined to desktops and laptops, Apple’s device and others like it will finally put video calling at our fingertips.

Apple is great. Its what all these other little companies try way too hard to compete against. Apple has its faults just like any other business, and to me it's biggest fault is that its such a giant monopoly that once you get once thing in order to get the whole experience you have to buy everything else.

Not to mention the whole flash ordeal they've been having, but it is an exceptional company that clearly knows what they're doing because everyone buys their products. They've been in this business for a long time and has aided in progressing the technology world so give the company the respect it worked for and deserves.

The design of the device itself is made from a chemically strengthened aluminosilicate glass on the back and front with a stainless steel band all the way around. To me this actually looks a lot cleaner than their rounded out shape. Yes that style was different and cool but this is much simpler, cleaner, and more compact. Its a VERY good design in this day's age. The design of the phone isn't a setback. Its actually very wonderful. What I'm noticing is that only actual good designers seem to like the new aesthetics of this phone.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Pattie Maes & Pranav Mistry: Unveiling game-changing wearable tech

SixthSense is a wearable, gestural interface that augments our physical world with digital information, and lets us use natural hand gestures to interact with that information. SixthSense uses a camera and a tiny projector in a pendant-like device to see what we see, and visually augment the surfaces or objects with which we interact. SixthSense projects information onto any surface—such as walls and other objects around us—and allows us to interact with the information through natural hand gestures, arm movements, or with the object itself.


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Dual Boot - Ubuntu and Fedora

I have seen many of the people who wants to know the steps for creating a dual boot system with both Ubuntu and Fedora. Now its better to install Fedora first and Ubuntu second as Ubuntu has a better partition manager.
Installing Ubuntu

1. I installed Ubuntu 8.0.4 as built from the latest images.
2. Booted the Ubuntu install CD and selected “Guided, use entire disk”
3. You need to select a name and password
a. I used the same name and password for both installations.
4. Once the OS was booted I went into system preferences and setup the network proxy to enable network access from within the firewall. This step is necessary if you have a firewall, if you are outside your selections might be different.
5. Using the update manager, I installed updates just to make sure everything was current.

Modifying the Disk Partition information

1. To enable a second OS on the drive we need to make room for it.
2. Boot your system using an Ubuntu “Live” CD which runs Ubuntu from CD and not from your installed setup.
a. This requires your system to be able to boot from a CD.
3. Once the Live version is up, run the GNOME Partition Manager as found in: System – Administration.
4. Select to resize the primary drive
5. Enter values that create two equally sized partitions
a. Do NOT select ok yet as it will fail since the drive is mounted.
6. Bring up a terminal window
7. Type: sudo umount /dev/sda1
a. check to make sure this is the drive you are expecting by looking at the graphical UI
8. Now with the drive unmounted, go back to the GUI and select OK and then APPLY
9. It takes some time to resize and then gives a few errors as it’s unable to auto mount the drive since it was unmounted without the GUI app knowing.
10. The result is you should have your partition ½ full and ½ unallocated now.

Installing Fedora

1. Boot your system with the Fedora install DVD
a. Select Install or upgrade an existing system
b. Skip the media test
2. GUI comes up now
a. Select Next (to continue installing)
b. Select English as the language
c. Select US English as the keyboard
d. Hostname – select Auto via DHCP
e. Root password – I used the same as I had for Ubuntu
i. Select OK if it’s a “weak” password
f. @ the dropdown box at the top, select
i. Use free space on selected drives and create default layout
g. Check the box that says you want to review and modify partitioning layout
h. I took the defaults and when clicking next was warned to write the changes to disk.
i. Accept the changes
i. You get a “Formatting file/system” message and it’s there for several minutes
j. Selecte to install a boot loader on /dev/sda
k. Add Ubuntu as /Dev/sda1 then NEXT to keep going
i. This will need some serious changes later on because Fedora doesn’t know enough about Ubuntu
l. Select to add software dev tools since you’ll be using this as a development system.
m. You can select to add a web server to your system too
n. If you want to add additional Fedora software, it requires a connection and there wasn’t a way to setup a proxy in this dialog, so I skipped that since it can be done through the software management application once the install is complete.
o. Start the actual install.
i. It goes through 1149 packages with the v9 DVD
p. Says congrats install is complete, press reboot
3. At this point when you reboot you get the Boot Manager and it shows 2 options. 1 for Fedora and 2 for Ubuntu. The Fedora option will work but the Ubuntu option needs some serious changes.

Modifying Fedora to support dual boot

As unlikely as it seems, Fedora doesn’t know how to run Ubuntu, in fact you can’t even see the Ubuntu hard drives from Fedora. So, when the Boot Manager installed to run Ubuntu, it didn’t get things right. The Ubuntu strings need to be added to the Fedora Boot Manager, here’s instructions for doing that.
1. Put the Ubuntu Live Boot CD in the system and boot it
2. Open the file /boot/grub/menu.lst
3. Once you have the file look for the section near the bottom that shows how to boot Ubuntu. It looks about like these 4 lines… YOURS will be different because the UUID info is different for each drive. You need to write it down exactly, all 4 lines (double check it too).
a. Title Ubuntu 8.04.1, kernel 2.6.24-19.generic
b. Root (hd0,0)
c. Kernel /boor/vmlinuz-2.6.24-19.generic root=UUID=63766a10-f196-47b2-b2be-2a057b4be170 ro quiet splash
d. Initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-19-generic
4. Re-boot your system and select Fedora from the boot manager
5. Inside of Fedora, bring up a terminal by selecting: System Tools Terminal
6. In the terminal change to root by typing SU
7. Then enter the root password as requested
8. Now type: gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst
9. Modify the Ubuntu entry to match what you just wrote down above
10. Save the changes
11. Reboot and check that both OS’s work now. If your Ubuntu doesn’t boot, check VERY carefully for typos as everything needs to be exactly right for this to work.

Now you have a dual boot Ubuntu-Fedora system for all your Linux development needs.

Source: Intel

Monday, March 1, 2010

Samsung's HDTV to come with Skype

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd and Skype announced last week that Skype will now come embedded on Samsung's LED 7000 and 8000 series models of high-definition televisions. The embedded Skype software allows Skype users to make video and voice calls through the TVs.

Samsung, the global market leader in televisions, will begin shipping TVs with Skype software in the Korean market today, and worldwide in the first half of 2010.
The Samsung LED 7000 and 8000 series televisions include Samsung’s free Internet@TV service, which allows access to select online content. Consumers who connect the TVs to the Internet can easily attach a FreeTalk TV Camera for Samsung provided by In Store Solutions (ISS), available at, making it possible to place and receive voice calls and High Quality Video calls. Voice calls will use Skype’s SILK audio codec, which enables super-wideband audio quality.

Samsung is not the first TV maker to announce the inclusion of a Skype client with its television. In the early January, LG and Panasonic revealed they would embed Skype in their latest generation of Internet-connected HDTVs. At the time, Skype launched high-definition video calling with the latest beta of its PC client.

It seems that the Skype client on the Samsung TV will also include Skype Out capabilities, meaning that not only can it make free Skype to Skype video calls (providing it has the relevant TV camera), but it can also allow for calls to mobile phones and landlines, at a much cheaper rate than other service providers.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Another Milestone Achieved : Google Buzz

Despite what the leaders of Facebook and Google say, lots of people still like privacy. That was the message many early Buzz users shouted in the days following the launch of Google's new social networking system. Google seems to have taken quick action to patch some of the privacy flaws people were complaining about, but why were these holes present at launch in the first place?

Google has just announced its new microblogging service designed to compete with established services such as Twitter with Google Buzz.

Google Buzz will be integrated within GMail and will allow for automatic contact and friend lists by email correspondence, public/private sharing and inline inbox integration with real-time updates and multiple source browsing in a single feed with photo browsing.

The service will also support @replies If you @reply someone, it will send a buzz towards an individual’s inbox. The service will also support geolocation by asking the user where their location is with choices automatically generated by triangulation.

Google Buzz also has a “recommended” feature that will show buzzes from people you don’t follow if your friends are sharing or commenting on that person’s buzz. You can remove it or change this in settings.

Google is now speaking about using algorithms to help filter conversations, as well as mobile devices related to Buzz. Google Buzz will also be accessible via mobile in three ways: from Google Mobile, from and from a dedicated app.

Reference: Technews, Technewsworld

Thursday, February 4, 2010

How to Connect Port-au-Prince with a Wireless Network

As you can see from the network diagram above, Inveneo's long-distance WiFi links connecting NetHope member organizations is starting to be far-reaching. Inveneo engineers Mark Summer and Andris Bjornson have been able to bring high-speed Internet access - critical communication capacity - to eleven relief agency locations with minimal equipment and installation time

Our long-distance WiFi network has made huge improvements in connectivity for NetHope member organizations. Some had no connectivity before. Others had limited connectivity, like a 160 kbit connection that jumped to 1.6 Mbit. That’s like going from 3 dialup connections to a cable or DSL connection.

These leaps in access have immediate impact when 20-100 people are sharing bandwidth at each location. International staff are able to make high-quality Skype video calls when before even voice calls were next to impossible, cutting resupply and rebuilding times by weeks or months.

We want to do more than just build out physical infrastructure; we also want to build the human capacity of local Haitian companies. Eventually, we hope they can deploy these technologies themselves, expanding the benefits of ICT beyond Inveneo's direct reach.

While we're fundraising for long-term capacity development, we're going to start the process of knowledge dissemination with a primer on deploying long-distance WiFI links in Haiti

How to deploy long-distance WiFi links in Haiti

Inveneo has created a methodology for deploying long-distance wireless networks from our many years of work in Africa. So while Port-au-Prince presents it own set of logistical and communication challenges, we were able to install and manage a high-functioning network relatively quickly using these basic steps:

1. WiFi Network Design - make sure your nodes are visible to each other and pointing at the right location
2. Location Capacity Survey - confirming the location can support a network node
3. WiFi Hub Antenna Pointing - aiming the dish for the highest signal strength
4. Installation Trip Preparation - determining what you'll need before your 30ft up a tower
5. Node Antenna Setup - aiming and connecting the antenna
6. Disseminating Internet Access - networking locally for end-user access
7. Network Management - making sure everyone has equal access to bandwidth

If you've read this far, you'll want to read the full How to Deploy Long-Distance WiFi in Haiti primer and how we and our Certified ICT Partners can bring Internet access to rural and underserved communities in the developing world.

Reference: Wired

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Linux Battle: Ubuntu vs. Fedora

The userbase of Linux operating systems is growing rapidly. More and more people are venturing away from Microsoft Windows and finding their way to open source operating systems. Just as more people are using them, more and more Linux distributions are available. According to DistroWatch, there are more than 400 Linux distributions available and active, with many versions for each, which in turn gives you thousands of options. With large PC manufacturers starting to offer Linux based operating systems as an option for a new computer, which operating system will come out on top and dominate this industry? Among the open source operating system crowd, there are 2 main contenders: Ubuntu and Fedora.


First things first, the installation of Ubuntu was very simple and straightforward. No tricky, unfamiliar feats you must overcome. For the first time Linux user, Ubuntu is by far the easiest to start learning and also includes the most basic options which keep things simple. As you learn the operating system and desire additional features and options, they can be added separately which is great for those who are just new to the Linux scene. Most Ubuntu users are probably a little more computer literate than the average user but with a single disc install, anyone could set this operating system up. The set up process detects your hardware very well and things run smoothly. One of the driving forces to a Linux operating system is the unstable and hacker friendly Microsoft Windows. The biggest downside of Ubuntu is that there is no firewall on the system. There are solutions to work around this but this is one feature that should’ve been included. Another disappointment was the limited multimedia resources. You will probably have to look outside Ubuntu to find what you need in the multimedia department.


This open source operating system has a strong history and has been a strong contender for awhile. Fedora has been the most consistent with stability issues which have plagued other open source operating systems. The recently added network tools are a great addition to this product and actually include eight tools into one easy to use interface. Your multimedia options are expanded somewhat but Fedora doesn’t provide any support for non open source programs that are really common among other users. The included Helix Player is fairly simple and provides a satisfactory replacement for the average multimedia user. Fedora also lacks some of the bells and whistles and human friendliness of other open source operating systems. The security options exceed those of Ubuntu, which is a strong point for Fedora.

Up to this point, Ubuntu appears to be taking the lead in the open source operating system world with a strong backing from Dell Computers. Both operating systems are fully functional and have surprisingly strong features. If you are new to Linux operating systems, Ubuntu is probably the way to go but Fedora users have no reason to jump ship quite yet.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Microsoft Research: The Vision

You can imagine the next level of the world we are entering in..

Watch this video:

Saturday, January 23, 2010

How Google Could Have Changed the World With Nexus

If you thought that the world would change with the release of a Google-branded phone this month, be assured that sadly it did not.

At least not yet. It just got one more cool phone.

You can buy the Google Android OS phone, dubbed Nexus One, unlocked directly from Google. But in the United States the only place you can really take it to is the country’s fourth largest carrier, T-Mobile. Or you can buy it through T-Mobile for a hair under $200 and pay about as much per month as a Palm Pre owner and about $20 a month less than an iPhone user.

What would something revolutionary have looked like?

How about a smartphone starter plan, deeply subsidized by ads, that offered a cheap data plan to entice the “I don’t need a smartphone” crowd into joining the revolution? Even better, would have been an order form where you could buy the Google phone and then choose from three or more carriers who are competing to provide you with a data and voice plan — just as you do when you buy a laptop. Instead, there’s just the one option — T-Mobile, which costs basically the same as all the other smart phones.

Google clearly wants the mobile-phone world to look different, it’s just not clear that this phone or its current manufacturing strategy will actually bring about the changes in the telecom world that Google is looking for.

Now, getting on par with Apple (and in some ways past it) is no small feat, especially when Google made this phone in partnership with HTC, a business model that rarely leads to the hardware that the design team really wants. Compare the Nexus One, for instance, to the first Apple phone, which the world has seemingly forgotten — the Motorola ROKR. That phone was limited to having 100 songs on it, couldn’t buy songs over the air and was full of compromises. With the Nexus One, Google managed to make a device that Wired magazine’s Steven Levy called “curvy,” “classy” and “impressive.”

And that’s important, because Google has recognized that mobile computing is a massive part of the net’s future — and thus its own.

With the recent $750 million purchase of mobile-ad provider AdMob and its reported overtures to buy the popular local-business–rating site Yelp, Google is showing it clearly thinks that mobile (and local) is the next place on the net to mine for riches. But what it doesn’t like is all the ways that users could get detoured, from the time they pull the phone out of the pocket until the time their search travels to a Google server.

Remember that the more people use the internet and the faster the internet works, the more Google makes money. Low-cost, uncontrolled devices with low-cost connections equals more people using Google software and seeing Google ads, even if that phone is made by Motorola, Nokia or even Apple.

That’s why it’s pushing hard to break down barriers between the average user and an online Google ad, by finishing the mobile-computing revolution that Apple started, but didn’t finish because of Steve Jobs’ fanatical need to control the iPhone.

Google’s created the mostly open source Android OS, which manufacturers can and are using for free. That’s pushing Microsoft out of the market, and keeping carriers from doing stupid things like forcing a user’s browser home page to divert to its software store in perpetuity, no matter how hard they try to change it. And third-party-app developers can write programs for Android devices without getting permission, a stark contrast to Apple, which must approve every iPhone app and controls the only way to add programs to the device.

Google bet more than $4 billion in an FCC wireless auction in 2008 just to make sure that openness rules would adhere to new spectrum, which led the eventual winner — Verizon — to sue the feds. Google’s won a battle in D.C. to make the wireless companies subject to the same FCC rules that force cable and DSL companies to treat all online content similarly.

In short, Google wants to transform the phone market with its complicated charges, long contracts, bizarre fees and bundling of devices with service plans and make it more like how you buy a television or a computer: Buy the device. Then find the service. That’s even as cable and satellite providers look at the wireless companies and decide those contracts look like a mighty good way to keep customers.

But the question becomes how far does Google have to push, how much capital must it invest, how many devices must it design and regulators must it convince, before it can back out of the mobile hardware business and simply focus on software and advertising?

Here’s the scenario that might get us there: Google convinces HTC that it’s not suicide to create a phone that can be used on any U.S. 3G network (maybe two phones — one for GSM and one for CDMA) and then sells it unlocked. It’s a great phone, and lots of people want it, and there are lots of great apps that run on it.

Users then could then take it to whichever carrier they like, and get a data plan a la carte. The carriers will hate this, perhaps create unfairly high prices and very annoying “device registration fees” — trying to protect the money they make offering phones at an initial discount in exchange for a two-year contract.

But the FCC will have passed a rule forcing carriers to accept any device that doesn’t hurt their network — much as Ma Bell was forced to open its lines after 1968 — and Google, regulators and consumers will break down those barriers. Or the market could simply take care of it, with a desperate Sprint breaking ranks with the other large U.S. telecoms and accepting a Nexus or any other device with no registration fee and a fair price for users.

And that’s when Google will stop making phones, and you’ll know that the Nexus One actually meant something.

Source: Wired