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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Force Vista to Defrag via the Command line (vebrose mode)


Are you fed up with the vista Defragmenter? You are not alone.. !

There is another way to defrag vista via the command line (prompt)

You can get verbose text output of the analysis and more defrag options using the command prompt.

Open the command prompt as an administrator,

You do this by going to start > Programs> accessories and right clicking on the CMD icon and selecting RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR

then in the window that will appear, type without quotes "defrag ?"

That will give you a list of options.

For eg "defrag C: -a -v " gives verbose analysis for the C drive.

“Verbose” just means that there will be text explaining what is going on

Do note that freeware third party utilities usually lack some of the useful features of commercial defragmenters (and some of Vista's as well!) such as online MFT defrag, automated operation, VSS compatibility

Speed up Your Windows Vista Computer with ReadyBoost


Windows Vista includes a new feature called ReadyBoost that lets you plug in a flash memory stick or SD card to store commonly used files for quicker access than off the hard drive.

Turning this feature on couldn't be simpler. Just stick the flash drive, SD card, or whatever flash device you want into your computer. You'll see this dialog pop up:


Click the "Speed up my system" link, and you'll be taken to the ReadyBoost panel for the flash drive:


Just select Use this device, and set the amount of space you want to use. Windows will create what is essentially a paging file on the disk, and will use it for faster access.

Note that this will only work with USB 2.0 devices or SD cards.

NOTE 2: The flash drive must be FAST enough for vista to use it as a readyboost drive.

So ask for a readyboost compatible one if you are going to buy a new one.

Also take a look at this hack to use any flashdrive, that may or may not product results for you:

Use any USB stick to ReadyBoost your computer



Got a USB stick that Windows Vista doesn't want to use for memory? Read how to use it anyway.

Sooner or later, everyone's computer tends to slow down. Call it old age or simply doing too much, but even the most cutting edge PC's seem to lag after a year or so of use.

For those who aren't keen on opening up their PC to put in more memory, Windows Vista has a handy little feature called ReadyBoost that can use USB sticks for additional memory. Unfortunately, Windows Vista doesn't take kindly to the slower sticks on the market and refuses to use them. Proving once again that we control the computer and not the other way around, here's four simple steps to get around this limitation and use any USB stick you have to increase your computers memory.

1. Setup

Properties of a USB stick

First things first. Plug the device in. Ignore AutoPlay if you have the enabled, and go to Computer in the start menu. When it pops up, right-click the USB stick and select properties.

2. Disable the stick

Disabling the stick

Click on the Readyboost tab on the properties menu and check Do not restest this device. Click okay and unplug the stick from your computer.

3. Edit the registry!

Editing the registry

Woah! Don't panic, it's not as frightening as it sounds. Firstly, you need to open regedit, by opening the start menu and typing regedit, then enter. The registry window should load up.

Using the left-hand pane, work your way through the following folders: HKLM (Local Machine) -> SOFTWARE -> Microsoft -> Windows NT -> CurrentVersion -> EMDgmt. You'll have a list of USB devices the computer has encountered, one of which should be your USB stick. Click on it.

Here there's a few details you need to edit. Double click on Device Status and change the value to 2, then ok. Do the same for ReadSpeedKBs and WriteSpeedKBs, changing their values to both 1000. Exit the regedit and breathe a sigh of relief.

4. And back in again

Putting the stick back in again

Now all that's left to do is put the stick back in and once again go to the device properties (Computer > Right-click on drive). If you look under the Readyboost Tab, you'll be able to now select Use this device. Success! Now enjoy your faster PC.


Source (see comments there):

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Change the LOGO in the SYSTEM properties window (windows XP)

In this tip you can learn how you can insert your own logo in the system properties dialog and complete it with your own contact information.

To invoke the system properties dialog, click the Start button, right-click "My Computer" and select "Properties".

This will open up your general system information dialog. On our Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pro laptop, the Windows XP System Properties logo looks like this :

XP System Properties logo

If you want to put your own graphic in there, you should create your image in a .bmp graphic file. It's also a good idea to create this bitmap image with the same background shade of gray (RGB: 192, 192, 192) used in the Properties dialog. Otherwise, you risk letting Windows make its own judgments regarding color contrast and background shading.

The next thing to consider is the image size. The system properties dialog only offers enough real estate for an image of about 180 (wide) x120 (high) pixels. Make sure that you can fit your logo in this area.

Once you have created your logo and saved it as a .bmp file, copy it over to the system32 subfolder of your Windows system folder. If you don't know where your system folder is :

  • Click the Start button and select "Run"
  • In the "open" field, enter "cmd" (without the quotes) and click ok
  • Windows will open up a dos command window
  • In the command window, type "set system" (without the quotes)
  • Look for the line that contains "SystemRoot", this is where your system directory is (generally, the Windows XP system folder is c:\windows)

Now that you know where your system folder is, copy your logo image file over to the system32 subfolder of your system folder. Then rename your logo image file to oemlogo.bmp

Additionally you can create a new file in this same folder and name the new file oeminfo.ini

In this file you can enter your contact information like in the example below :

Manufacturer=Windows Help Central

[Support Information]
Line1=" "
Line2=" For support, sales, upgrades or questions:"
Line4=" Some text to demonstrate the XP System Properties logo"
Line5=" Windows XP Tips and Tricks "
Line6=" yadayada"
Line8=" +1 (888) 888-888 (voice)"
Line9=" +1 (888) 888-889 (fax)"

Save and close the file and you are ready. From now on, if someone opens up the system properties dialog, your own Windows XP System Properties logo is in there.

XP System Properties

And if someone clicks the "Support Information" button :

XP System Properties logo

Monday, September 22, 2008



For Vista ULTIMATE and BUSINESS, (for Versions Home Basic and Premium read below)

If you accidentally delete or rename a file or folder, you can restore a
shadow copy of that file or folder, but you need to know the location that
the file or folder was saved to. To restore a file or folder that was
deleted or renamed, follow these steps:

Click to open Documents.
Click the arrow next to Folders at the bottom of the left pane.
In the Folders list, open the folder that contained the file or folder that
was deleted or renamed.

Right-click somewhere in the folder (without selecting a file or folder),
and then click Restore previous versions.
Double-click a previous version of the folder that contains the file or
folder you want to restore. (For example, if a file was deleted today,
choose a version of the folder from yesterday, which should contain the

In the folder, drag the file or folder that you want to restore to another
location, such as your desktop or another folder.
The version of the file or folder is saved to the location that you

If you don't remember the exact file or folder name or its location, you can
search for it by typing part of the name in the Search box in Documents.


Unfortunately, Microsoft decides to support Previous Versions feature only in the Ultimate, Business, and Enterprise editions of Windows Vista. Windows Vista Home Basic and Home Premium editions are left out in the cold, probably to encourage sales and upgrade to Ultimate edition. However, the baffling point is that the Shadow Copy Service (VSS, also known as Volume Snapshot Service) is actually included in Vista Home Premium and Basic, up and running by default. The Shadow Copy Service is used by both Previous Versions feature and Vista’s backup utility, System Restore, which enabled in all editions of Vista.

The worst part is, although Previous Versions feature in not enabled in Vista Home Premium and Basic, but the snapshot backup of Shadow Copy actually includes all files including user data files, which is not necessary for System Restore function. This behavior eats up plenty of hard disk space and system resources, yet users cannot access the backups of these user data files in the event they need it most.


It looks like Microsoft simply remove the graphical user interface (GUI) of Previous Versions that allows users to recover restore lost or changed or altered files in Vista Home Basic and Premium editions, with all other background process running intact. This arrangement of saving and keeping backups of user files but hide the user backups probably is to ‘please’ users who decide to upgrade to Vista Ultimate edition using Windows Anytime Upgrade, where changes to older versions of user data files prior to upgrade can still be found. It can be also that programmers of Vista too lazy to ‘fine tune’ VSS to exclude users data files from backup.

Thus, to access the Previous Versions or Shadow Copy backup of user data files, users have the option to upgrade to Vista Ultimate, which is expensive. In this case, ShadowExplorer can come in handy.

Side note: From security point of view, it’s best to turn off Shadow Copy (include both System Restore or Previous Versions) if you’re not actually using it, especially in Vista Home Premium and Basic, since you’re not aware that copies of files have been saved as backup, nor can see, view, use, access, remove or delete them without advanced technical skill.

ShadowExplorer takes advantage of the Vista Volume Shadow Copy service and the backup snapshot copies that created by it to allow users to browse the shadow copies. ShadowExplorer can access the shadow storage, which often off-limit to novice users due to complex permissions and rights issues, and make the point-in-time copies accessible to the users. Thus, ShadowExplorer is especially useful for Vista Home Basic and Premium users who do not have Previous Versions feature, but need to recover or get back earlier version of accidentally edited documents, or retrieve lost deleted files. Shadow Explorer can retrieve all versions of files and folders saved by VSS.




Tell me if this helps!

PowerMenu a GREAT little application (free)


PowerMenu is a small application I wrote back in 1998 that some extra menu items to the windows control menu in addition to the standard "Close", "Maximize", etc options. The extra menus are: Always On Top, Transparency and Minimize To Tray.

Along with this new blogger-based website, I've created a simple one click installer for PowerMenu.

Download Installer

Download Installer-less Version (not recommended)

Be sure to donate $5 to the programmer that made this nice tool,

go to his site here:

What's the difference between Sleep, Standby, and Hibernate?

Standby puts your computer into energy-saving mode, where it uses very little power.

If you pull the plug or the mains power goes off then you will lose the data of the applications that were open before you when to standby. This means if you had a word document open and you didnt save it, it will be lost.

Hibernate saves your workspace (all your open windows), then turns the computer off.

The computer is totally of and you can unplug it and move it, or in the case of a laptop you can remove the battery.

The difference is that hibernate saves more energy because the computer goes off completely, but it takes longer for the computer to wake up from hibernation, so it's not as convenient.

Windows Vista (not available under XP). Sleep initially means Standby, but it switches to Hibernate if the battery level drops too low (laptop) or the computer has been sleeping for more than three hours (both desktops & laptops).You can change the 3-hour period to something else in Settings > Power Options.

  Energy Use Time to sleep/wake up
Standby 1-6 watts a few seconds
(if power fails you lose the open application data)
Hibernate 0 watts

30 secs. to 3 minutes

The computer is off and you can pull the plug (the more ram you have the more time in needs to read the GB of data from the disk and reload that image into the ram)

To change the settings in vista go

Control Panel > Power Options > Change Plan Settings > Change Advanced Power Settings

See image below:


Saturday, September 20, 2008

Installing the Ubuntu Studio Theme on UBUNTU!

EDIT> This also works with the new 8.10 version of ubuntu!

Ubuntu Studio is a multimedia creation focused distribution based on Ubuntu. It’s black and blue theme may appeal to you more the Ubuntu’s default brown. The Ubuntu Studio theme is easy to install in Ubuntu. Just run this command to install all the pieces:

(to run this commant go to Applications> accessories> Terminal and past it in there by going to edit> paste )

NOTE: The following is only ONE line, so copy paste all of it!

sudo apt-get install ubuntustudio-theme ubuntustudio-icon-theme ubuntustudio-wallpapers ubuntustudio-gdm-theme

Now open the Appearance Settings window (System->Preferences->Appearance) and select the UbuntuStudio theme in the Theme tab. Extra wallpapers are also included in the Background tab.

Ubuntu Studio theme

Ubuntu Studio theme

The Ubuntu Studio login theme will also be added to the Login Window Preferences

How to REMOVE the "Delete" command from Recycle Bin context menu in Vista


The Delete command from the Recycle Bin context menu in Windows Vista cannot be removed, but can be hidden by using a tweak. To hide the Delete command and replace it with a Search... command, use these steps:

  • Download the file Vista_recyclebin_hidedelete.reg  here
  • Save the file to your Desktop
  • Right-click on the file and choose Merge
  • If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation
  • Click Yes to continue
  • After applying the REG file, the Recycle bin context menu will appear as you can see below:

How to undo the above tweak?

To undo the above tweak, and to show the Delete option (default setting), download and apply the Vista_recyclebin_showdelete.reg file.

How to recover or restore a missing Recycle Bin icon in Windows Vista


PROBLEM: meant to hit "Empty Recycle Bin" but clicked on "Delete" instead. Now my Recycle Bin has disappeared from my desktop. How do I get it back? I'm running Windows Vista.

SOLUTION: To me this seems like a step backwards for Vista. On Windows XP, there is no "Delete" item when you right click on your desktop Recycle Bin. On Vista there is.

Not only is that potentially confusing, but even when you do understand the difference, you know what's going to happen.

•Right click on your desktop Recycle Bin in Windows Vista and you'll get this popup:

Vista Recycle Bin context menu

I've highlighted the menu items of interest here: Empty Recycle Bin, which permanently deletes the contents of the Recycle Bin, and Delete, the standard context menu item that deletes the Recycle Bin icon itself.

And it works. Click on Delete and you get this message:

Remove Recycle Bin message

"...I frequently mutter to myself 'yeah, yeah, whatever' and press enter or click Yes without paying attention."

The problem of course is that we're so used to these popup confirmations we often fail to notice or read them. I know I frequently mutter to myself "yeah, yeah, whatever" and press enter or click Yes without paying attention.

Whoops. The Recycle Bin disappeared.

But as you can see, the message gives the clue we need.

So, we dutifully fire up Control Panel and click on the Personalization options:

Vista Control Panel - Personalization

With all the options on the right in the big white emphasized area, it's very easy to miss "Change desktop icons" near the top left:

Vista Control Panel - Personalization - Change desktop icons

Click on that and you'll get this handy little dialog:

Desktop Icon Settings dialog

Click the Recycle Bin checkbox as I've highlighted above, click OK, and your Recycle Bin should reappear on the desktop.


Also see this way (click link below) to REMOVE THE DELETE entry from the CONTEXT menu so it wont happen again!

Friday, September 19, 2008

HOW TO get TweakUI (XP version) working on Vista!


TweakUI is a popular system configuration utility made by Microsoft since late Windows 95, and it provides quick and easy access to configure certain features in Windows without resorting to reshacking, registry editing, or other more dangerous tactics. Its not the most brilliant piece of code ever created, but its a nifty tool to have. You can download it at these links for Windows XP/2k3 x64 and x86.
To get TweakUI working on Windows Vista, just download the XP version with the correct architecture (i.e. if you have Vista x64 download TweakUI x64, and if you have Vista x86 download the x86 edition). After setup is finished, right click the shortcut to TweakUI -> Properties -> Compatibility. Set it to run as an administrator and in XP compatibility mode. Close the dialog and run the app.

Download it from here:

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

New Windows Live Betas – Download Wave 3 Now!


(My comment:  I just installed the live suite, but not all of it. The movie
maker live seemed too limited to me and I didn't want the toolbar and
parenting program. But as far as I can see, live mail and the messenger and
writer are very good, stable etc. They also fixed the colors of the toolbars
in live writer and live mail, so that's a plus. The messenger seems a little
awkward, perhaps its not streamlined yet since this is still a beta. I will
use the new calendar for sure along with the new outlook plugin, in fact I
was looking for such a thing recently!!!)

With the Windows Live Wave 3 beta due to start today, we thought we’d provide our readers with a small headstart on the rest of the world. Here’s the download links for the new Wave 3 suite of applications, including Messenger v9, Windows Live Movie Maker, Mail with Calendar synchronisation, Writer, Photo Gallery, Family Safety and the Outlook Connector. For the paranoid amongst you, yes the files are hosted on (only downloads the applications you select)
image (downloads all the applications, you can chose which ones to install)

Enjoy, and stay tuned for our reviews of the Windows Live Wave 3 beta application coming soon. In the meantime you can check out our previous posts tagged Wave 3 regarding the new applications or subscribe to our RSS feed to be alerted to the new posts coming later today.

Here’s some sample screenshots just to wet the appetite!

messenger M2mail calendar

PS: If you have the Writer CTP or any other Wave 3 products installed, you should uninstall them first.

Update: Live Writer MVP Stephan Walcher has managed to find the installer links for some of the other languages:






If you find any more, please let us know in the comments.

source is :

Disable UAC for Certain Applications in Vista

If you are a Windows Vista user, there is nothing more bugging than the UAC in Windows Vista. UAC which was supposed to bring improved security in Windows, does it pretty well but at the cost of user friendliness.

There are lots of apps and softwares that I run on my Machine, and Vista bugs me everytime I open them. For quite some time I’ve been looking to disable UAC for select applications, rather than disabling it all together, as that could possibly create a security havoc. After some time looking around for a solution, I finally found a solution that was recommended by Microsoft, and even Worked pretty well for me.

If you are looking to disable UAC for certain applications in Windows Vista, then follow this guide, and once you are done, the UAC may not really be all that bugging as it used to be.

  • First download and install Application Compatibility Toolkit.
  • Find the shortcut icon for Compatibility Administrator. Right click it and click Run as administrator.
  • In the left hand pane, right-click on the database under Custom Databases and select Create New, and select Application Fix.
  • Enter the name and other details of the application you want to alter behavior on and then browse to it to select it. Click Next.
  • Click Next until you are in the Compatibility Fixes screen.
  • On the Compatibility Fixes screen, find the item RunAsInvoker, and check it.
  • Click Next and then Finish.
  • Select File and Save As. Save the file as a app.SDB type file in a directory you will easily find it.
  • Navigate to Start Menu, Right click Command Prompt and click Run as administrator.
  • Run the following command at the prompt :

    sdbinst <path>\app.sdb

    Where <path> is the location where you have saved the app.sdb file. For example, if you saved the .SDB file as app.sdb in the c:\Windows folder, the command should be like this:

    sdbinst  c:\windows\app.sdb

  • You should now get a confirmatory message.
  • Voila! You’re done, Vista will no longer prompt you with the UAC everytime you open your favorite app.

This one hack, has made Vista a lot more user friendly and a lot less nagging than it was before. I would recommend this method over, disabling the UAC altogether, because that would make your computer less secure.

Via Microsoft Knowledgebase

Monday, September 15, 2008

Setting advanced NETWORK sharing properties in VISTA


If you disable the Sharing Wizard, Windows Vista reverts to a process similar to that employed by earlier versions of Windows (except the aberration in Windows XP called Simple File Sharing—nothing before or after is similar to that). Without the Sharing Wizard, you configure network shares independently of NTFS permissions. (For more information about this distinction, see How share permissions and NTFS permissions work together at the end of this section.)

With the Sharing Wizard disabled, when you select a folder, and then click Share, rather than the wizard appearing, Windows opens the folder’s properties dialog box and displays the Sharing tab, as shown in the next illustration. Even with the Sharing Wizard enabled, you can get to the same place; right-click the folder, and then choose Properties.

NoteThe Sharing tab is part of the properties dialog box for a folder, but not for files. Also, when the Sharing Wizard is disabled, the Share button appears on the Command bar only when you select a single folder. Only the Sharing Wizard is capable of making share settings for files and for multiple objects simultaneously.

Screen shot of Sharing tab with Share button selected

The Share button summons the Sharing Wizard, but it’s available only when the Sharing Wizard is enabled

To create or modify a network share using advanced settings, follow these steps:


On the Sharing tab, click Advanced Sharing.


Select the Share this Folder check box.

Screen shot of Advanced Sharing dialog box with Share this Folder selected

Use advanced settings to create or modify a network share


Accept or change the proposed share name.

NoteIf the folder is already shared, and you want to add another share name (perhaps with different permissions), click Add, and then type the name for the new share. The share name is the name that other users will see in their own Network folders. Windows initially proposes to use the folder’s name as its share name. That’s usually a good choice, but you’re not obligated to accept it. If you already have a shared folder with that name, you’ll need to pick a different name.


Type a description of the folder’s contents in the Comments box. Other users will see this description when they inspect the folder’s properties dialog box in their Network folder (or when they use the Details view).


To limit the number of users who can connect to the shared folder concurrently, specify a number in the Limit the number of simultaneous users to box. Windows Vista permits up to 10 concurrent users. (If you need to share a folder with more than 10 users at once, you must use a server version of Windows.)


Click Permissions.

Screen shot of Share Permissions tab with Read access to Everyone selected

The default share permission associated with a new share is Read access to Everyone

When you share a folder, you also make that folder’s subfolders available on the network. If the access permissions you set for the folder aren’t appropriate for any of its subfolders, either reconsider your choice of access permissions or restructure your folders to avoid the problem.


In the Group or user names box, select the name of the user or group you want to manage. The share permissions for the selected user or group appear in the permissions box.


Select Allow, Deny, or neither for each access control entry:

Full Control. Allows users to create, read, write, rename, and delete files in the folder and its subfolders. In addition, users can change permissions and take ownership of files on NTFS volumes.

Change. Allows users to read, write, rename, and delete files in the folder and its subfolders, but not create new files.

Read. Allows users to read files but not write to them or delete them. If you select neither Allow nor Deny, it is still possible that the user or group can inherit the permission through membership in another group that has the permission. If the user or group doesn’t belong to another such group, the user or group is implicitly denied permission.

NoteTo remove a name from the Group or user names box, select the name, and then click Remove. To add a name to the list, click Add. Enter the names of the users and groups you want to add.


Click OK in each dialog box.

Help: Vista won't let me write to my external hard drive


This is becoming a very common question as people move to Windows Vista. You have an external or extra hard drive formatted under Windows XP. In Windows XP you were running as a member of the Built-in Administrators Group, and you could write to it just fine. In Vista, you are also a member of the Built-in Administrators group, but now you can't write to it.

The reason is permissions, but the reason they become a problem is because of User Account Control (UAC). If you run whoami /all /FO list on Vista you get a printout of your token. It will have a few lines that look like this:

Group Name: BUILTIN\Administrators
Type:       Alias
Attributes: Group used for deny only

You are a member of Administrators, but your security token does not actually have the Administrators group in it in the normal way. UAC marks that group as a "deny" which means it is never used to grant access, only to deny it. If you now look at the Access Control List (ACL i.e. the permissions) for the drive:
C:\Users\foo>icacls d:\

The parts causing you trouble are the last two lines. The second line grants Administrators full control. You are an administrator, but because you are running under a non-elevated token, you do not have Administrators in your token, so that membership doesn't help you. The second line grants users read. You are also a member of users. Thus, when running in admin approval mode under UAC, your total rights to this drive is read.

To fix this, you need to grant Users modify privileges to the drive. Really simple to do. Option one:

  1. Right-click the drive letter in Explorer and select properties
  2. Click the security tab
  3. Click "Edit." You will be asked to elevate. Remember, until you do you are still in admin approval mode and for all practical purposes you are not an admin
  4. Select "Users" and check the Modify box
  5. Click OK enough times to get back to where you were.

The other option is to do it from an elevated command line.

  1. Click the Window circle
  2. Click All Programs: Accessories
  3. Right-click on Command Prompt and select "Run as administrator"
  4. Elevate
  5. Run this command: icacls d:\ /grant BUILTIN\Users:(OI)(CI)(M)

Substitute whatever drive letter your external drive is mapped to for d:\. OI means "let objects (files) inherit this ACE". CI means "let containers (directories) inherit this ACE". M means "modify". An ACE is an Access Control List Entry, in other words, the entries in the ACL that grants or denies someone permission to the object.

Once you do this regular users will be able to read and write to the drive. As long as you have not broken inheritance somewhere along the directory hierarchy of the drive you will not need to modify any more ACLs on this whole drive.

If you want an ACL that mirrors the default ACL in Windows Vista, that turns out to be a bit more complicated. I'll address that another time.

BTW, I should mention that this is all going to be mentioned in the book.


Save MHT files from FIREFOX! AT LAST!!!!


There was an extension that worked up until version 1.5 of firefox called MAFF, and could save as MHT, however the developer stopped working on it. I used to be able to install it though using the nightly developers tools to override the version problem. Here is the link for historical reference (

BUT NOW there is a new extension for firefox 2 and 3, its called UnMHT and works great!

Grab it here:

Ver.4.8.0 unmht-4.8.0.xpi (232,512 バイト) [2008/09/08]

the current version up to this day is 4.8.8 and works great, faster than Internet Explorer can create the MFT! LOL!

SOLUTION: Hibernation function missing in VISTA and how to restore it


If you have used the Disk Cleanup Utility and utilized it to clear the hibernation file, you may be surprised to find that the Hibernate option is no longer available. You can restore the hibernate option by following these instructions:

1. Click the Start button.

2. Select All Programs.

3. Select Accessories.

4. Right-click on Command Prompt.

5. Select Run as Administrator.

6. When the UAC prompt appears, click Continue.

7. Type powercfg /hibernate on and press Enter on your keyboard.

8. Close the Command Prompt window.

9. Reboot your PC.

Tell me if this helps!

YouTube search engine on Firefox


This is for those who want to add a YouTube search engine to their Firefox. It's very easy, here are the steps:
1) Click this link: Install YouTube Search for Firefox
2) Select 'YouTube' from your search engine list in Firefox.
3) Search

That's it. Enjoy!



KDE 4.1: Better Than Any Mac Or Vista

KDE 4.1: Better Than Any Mac Or Vista

KDE 4.1 has some of those cool features that make Vista and Mac look like kids!

This is going to give a hard time to any Vista or Mac. KDE brings to GNU/Linux the cool and bling factor with a complete arsenal of applications and tools with which you can conquer even Mars. While Windows enjoys the rich ecosystem where third-party players sell applications at a heavy price for the platform, in the world of Linux, everything is being created by a huge community which may outnumber the entire workforce of Microsoft. And all these applications and tools in Linux are available for free (free in terms of cost as well as freedom to modify it the way you want).

Several years ago, people used to complain that Linux was not much user-friendly. But today they find using Linux to be as simple as taking a walk in a park. For a non-Linux user, KDE or GNOME is a desktop environment which he actually uses to interact with programs. In layman's terms, for example, XP's desktop environment is different from that of Vista or Mac. This desktop environment typically consists of icons, windows, toolbars, folders, wallpapers and desktop widgets. In addition, it also includes full set of applications like movie player, Internet browsing, music player, word processors and many more.

Now, let's come to the KDE 4.1.0 release. This release is the second feature release of the KDE 4 series, sporting new applications and newly developed features on top of the pillars of KDE 4.

KDE 4.1 is the first KDE 4 release to contain the Personal Information Management suite, KDE-PIM, with its E-Mail client KMail, the planner KOrganizer, Akregator, the RSS feed reader, KNode, the newsgroup reader and many more components integrated into the Kontact shell. Furthermore, the new desktop shell Plasma, introduced in KDE 4.0, has matured to the point where it can replace the KDE 3 shell for most casual users.

While KDE 4.1 aims at being the first release suitable for early adopting users only, some features you are used to in KDE 3.5 are not implemented yet. The KDE team is working on those and strives to make them available in one of the next releases. While there is no guarantee that every single feature from KDE 3.5 will be implemented, KDE 4.1 already provides a powerful and feature-rich working environment.

Now, for those who have already been using KDE, while stabilising the new frameworks in KDE 4.1, more emphasis has shifted towards end user visible parts. Read on for a list of improvements in KDE 4.1.

The new features include the return of KDE-PIM which contains the applications necessary for your personal information and communication. It also includes Dragon Player, an easy to use video player enters the stage; Okteta, the new well-integrated and feature-rich hexeditor; Step, the physics emulator makes learning physics fun and easy; KSystemLog, which helps you keep track of what is going on in your system; New games such as KDiamond (a bejeweled clone), Kollision, KBreakOut and Kubrick make taking a break from your work irresistible. That is not all. There is now Lokalize which helps translators make KDE4 available in your language (if it's not amongst the 50-odd languages KDE4 already supports) and then KSCD, the resurrection of desktop CD player.

OpenSolaris support in KDE is currently straightened out. KDE mostly works on OSOL, although there are some showstopper bugs left. Windows developers are able to download previews of KDE applications for their platform. The libraries are relatively stable already, although not all features of kdelibs are available on Windows yet. Some applications already run quite well on Windows, others might not. Mac OSX is another new platform KDE is entering. KDE on Mac is not yet ready for production use. While Multimedia support through Phonon is already available, hardware and search integration is not finished yet.
For KDE 4 series, it is just the beginning of the journey, currently it is for those users who want to use bleeding edge technology or experience, but we hope soon KDE 4 series will take on the world.

For full list of features, please visit:
To download your free copy of KDE 4.1.0, check
-- Swapnil Bhartiya, assistant editor,
[Note: KDE 4.1.0 is not recommended in production level or other critical working environments. KDE 3.x series should be used in those environments, until KDE team recommends so.]



Thursday, September 11, 2008

Vista, Outlook and indexing

Vista, Outlook and indexing


Do you have trouble with Outlook 2007 and other programs running slowly under Windows Vista? We have some theories about the problem and some possible workarounds that might help you.

Do you have trouble with Outlook 2007 and other programs running slowly under Windows Vista? Opening Explorer windows, saving documents and even simple typing can make you wait and wait. Looking around the internet, there are plenty of people with similar problems.

We've had more reports of excruciatingly slow running Windows Vista, especially with Outlook 2007, and given that Peter's main computer has the same problem, we've spent some time working on the problem.

There's nothing on the Microsoft web site to help, which figures because to admit a problem of this size would affect sales of both the operating system and Office suite.

We have some theories about the problem and some possible workarounds that might help you.

What's the problem?

The problem seems to be the Windows Vista indexing service when used with a lower level of physical RAM (in this context 'low' can mean 2GB!) and a lot of items to be indexed (documents and especially emails in Outlook).

Our informal tests suggest the Vista indexing services grabs more and more resources (especially RAM) as the number of indexed items grows. For most people the majority of indexed items are in Outlook.

Vista runs fine when there's little to be indexed but once you put any kind of reasonable load on it, the indexing system starts bogging down the entire works. Once you get a few hundred thousand indexable items, the Vista indexing service drags the entire system down.

Adding RAM will speed things up a bit but, over time, the problem may return as the number of indexed items rises.

Regardless of the indexing status, the operating system should not slow down to this degree. Apologists for Microsoft have said that the problem is having 'too many' emails in Outlook - which is a typical 'blame the customer' response from Microsoft. Outlook, by design, can cope with extremely large data files (ie PST / OST files of many gigabytes). Microsoft went to the trouble of revamping the data file format to provide for much larger data files than are currently in use.

Now the Vista indexing service is undoing that work. Vista indexing was supposed to make finding things easier, instead it forces you to reduce your Outlook data to suit the limitations of the operating system.

In this important respect Windows Vista is a backward step. Instead of technical advancements to deal with the accumulation of data put on computers, Vista's indexing service put effective limits on what you can store and retrieve on your computer.

It is a bug in Vista, for the operating system should be able to cope with much more data than is currently common. Instead it can deal with less than usual or it forces the user to trim their information storage to cope with Microsoft's failure.

Other desktop search products like Google Desktop Search and Copernic Desktop Search can index large quantities of data without slow-down on a Vista computer. You would expect Vista indexing, as part of the operating system, to be able to perform better than third-party products - not worse.


While we wait for Microsoft to acknowledge the indexing problem and then fix it, what can you do to get on with your life? Here are some suggestions, some of which aren't great compromises but may have to do until Microsoft fixes the problem.


Even more so than Windows XP, Vista loves RAM. Specifically, the Vista indexing service loves RAM.

We've noticed a significant difference in performance between a 2GB machine and a 4GB machine (with the same Outlook data and document folders) - the 4GB machine runs faster even though it's a two year old computer with a much slower processor than a new 2GB notebook.

However keep in mind that Vista 32bit edition (which is what most people have) is limited to a maximum of 4GB physical RAM. Only 64bit machines with Vista 64bit edition will make use of RAM over the 4GB mark (from 8GB to 128GB depending on the version of Vista).

In our opinion, the Vista recommended system requirement of 1GB of RAM is preposterous for anything but the most minimal of use. Adding more RAM is an option and recommended for anyone running Vista in less than 2GB.

But adding RAM can be expensive and not always possible on a notebook computer.

Release memory

There are some options for releasing RAM to make it available for the indexing service to gobble up. This might help if you're desperate or waiting for more RAM to be delivered.

Both the fancy Aero screen display and the Windows Sidebar take up a significant chunk of RAM. Personally I like the Sidebar but can live without the Aero eye-candy.

Disabling Aero can be done in various ways. The 'Aero' look is controlled by dwm.exe (aka 'Desktop Window Manager) - look in the Processes tab of Task Manager to see dwm.exe take up around 36,000 K of memory.

Some people suggest going to Control Panel | Personalization | Windows Color and Appearance and turning off 'Enable Transparency' but that still leaves Aero (ie dwm.exe) running and using as much memory as it likes.

If you go to Control Panel | Personalization |Theme you can choose 'Windows Classic' which reverts to a Windows XP look. Desktop Window Manager is still running but drops memory use to a mere 2,000 K.

You can stop dwm.exe entirely and stop the service starting automatically (from Administrative Tools | Services ) and that seems to work OK in our tests. However it may have unexpected consequences and isn't recommended.

To disable the Sidebar you have to do more than choosing the 'Close Sidebar' option from the right-click menu. In our tests, 'Close Sidebar' simply made it disappear but leaving sidebar.exe running and using 12,000K of memory .

To turn it off completely, right-click on the sidebar and choose 'Properties' then uncheck the 'Start Sidebar when Windows starts' option. Next time you start Windows, sidebar.exe won't use up any memory.

Reduce Outlook data

You can choose to move older data out of Outlook into another data file. You can do this using Outlook's AutoArchive function or do it manually by making a new data file then moving selected older items (eg from your Inbox or Sent Items).

Doing that makes the older items unavailable to Vista search and rather defeats the purpose of having so-called 'instant' search at all. While some people remove older messages, many others keep them as a useful source of information and tips from years gone by.

The advent of desktop search tools made it very convenient and easy to find a message or document from times past - it seems silly to make information inaccessible just because the operating system can't cope with your reasonable needs.

Disabling Vista indexing

The obvious option is to disable Vista indexing, at least until Microsoft comes up with a solution. This does disable one of the main selling points of Vista but if your machine is running slowly there's little point in having such a feature. Outlook 2007's so-called 'Instant' search is hardly that on a machine bogged down by Vista indexing. The severe performance hit of Vista indexing (for some users) isn't worth the cost in time and lost productivity.

Stopping the indexing service will stop you finding items in Outlook and partly in Vista Explorer, however there are alternative products that will fill the gap without the performance hit.

As with the Aero interface there's various ways to disable the indexing service.

Our preference is to leave indexing running but reduce the indexed locations to a minimal list.

Firstly, stop Outlook 2007 data being available to Vista indexing. Go to Outlook 2007 Tools | Options | Preferences | Search Options and uncheck the data files listed.

Outlook 2007 - disable indexing
Outlook 2007 - disable indexing

If you have multiple Outlook profiles you'll need to do this for all profiles or, at least, disable indexing for the larger data files. Shut-down Outlook entirely to enforce the change.

Then go to the Indexing configuration at Control Panel | Indexing Options. You should see Outlook listed but with the mailboxes you selected, now listed in the 'Exclude' list.

Vista - indexing with mailboxes disabled
Vista - indexing with mailboxes disabled

You can click on 'Modify' to uncheck other folders from indexing. Our preference is to remove all indexing except for the Start Menu item - but the choice is yours. Click on 'Show all Locations' to see all the indexed folders.

You can also disable indexing for an entire drive by right-clicking on the drive icon in Explorer, choose Properties then UNcheck the 'Index this drive for faster searching' option.

The aim is to reduce the amount of indexable material to a small level. The indexing service should now not have much to do and should be able to complete its work quickly. After de-selecting folders you might decide to be left with the Start Menu only.

Finally click on Advanced button and click on 'Rebuild' to remove the old index and start a new one.

Vista - indexing with only Start Menu
Vista - indexing with only Start Menu

Ideally the new index won't take long to make. For example it might show "175 items indexed" and then importantly show "Indexing complete".

The Full Monty

You can totally disable the indexing service, though this might have unexpected consequences. We're inclined to prudence and leaving default Windows services running.

But if you want to kill indexing entirely, go to Control Panel | Administrative Tools | Services and scroll down to 'Windows Search'. Right-click on it and choose 'Properties' then change the Startup type from 'Automatic' to either 'Manual' or 'Disabled'.

Then click the 'Stop' button and OK. On the Services list, Windows Search will change status from 'Started' to blank.

Despite our caution, there is a distinct advantage in totally disabling the Windows Search service ... it is not as debilitating as you might think.

What happens if you disable Vista indexing

With Vista indexing disabled or reduced to a tiny role you won't be able to do 'fast' Vista searches, for example from the Search pane in the top right of the Explorer windows.

If you try to do a search, you'll get a warning that indexing isn't on (ignore it). The search will proceed anyway.

Outlook 2007 seems entirely dependent on Windows Search technology, at first blush you'd think no searches in Outlook 2007 can happen without it.  If you exclude indexing Outlook data you'll get a warning note in Outlook whenever you try to do a search.  The Outlook development team had a misplaced trust in the Windows Search system and paying Office customers are bearing the pain of their corporate loyalty.

But an interesting thing happens if you turn off the Windows Search service entirely - Outlook 2007 will let you search without the indexing service.   This seems to happen only if you totally disable the Windows Search service as mentioned above.

OneNote 2007 is also heavily dependent on Windows Search and most third-party products don't support OneNote data. The data stored in OneNote is rarely large so you might want to retain OneNote data indexing in the reduced Vista indexing list.

Thankfully there are alternatives to Windows Search ...

Replacing Vista Search

We like Copernic Desktop Search because it indexes the entire content of a large document, not just the start.

Google Desktop has some nice options and more extensibility plus some integration into Outlook 2007.

Both services are free and work well - certainly they handle larger amounts of data smoothly and without the problems of the troublesome Microsoft Vista offering.

Windows Vista Service Pack 1 promises to let users replace Windows Search as the default indexing tool with a third-party product. Given the current status of Vista index and search, that change can't come fast enough for us.

USB Disk Ejector


Current Version: 1.1.2 [Download Latest] [Read the Readme]

A program that allows you to quickly remove USB devices in Windows. It was originally designed to remove only USB pen drives but will now eject any USB device. It can be run as a non-visual command line program or a normal gui program. Its very useful if you have a USB flash/pen drive, especially if you use a menu such as PStart or the Portable Apps launcher.

The command line options are very flexible, they can be used to:

  • Eject the drive that the program is running from.
  • Eject a drive by specifying a drive letter.
  • Eject a drive by specifying a drive name.
  • Eject a drive by specifying a partial drive name.

When run as a ‘normal’ GUI program the tools enables USB devices to be quickly ejected through a mouse click or keyboard press. It’s especially useful when dealing with multiple USB devices and for Vista users who don’t want the ‘now safe to remove this device’ dialog box to appear.

The program was designed for and has been tested on Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Vista. It does not work on Windows 98 (this may change in a future release).

USB Disk Ejector




Fixing Quicktime Error 46: Could not load or find the QuickTime ActiveX control



You install QUICKTIME on VISTA but you keep getting the annoying

Error 46: Could not load or find the QuickTime ActiveX control


The solution is to properly set the permissions on certain registry keys.   

So how do I fix the problem?

You can do it manually or you could use the Windows Resource Kit tool to help. 

To fix it with the resource tool (6 steps):

step 1: download and install the Microsoft resource tool from here

step 2: Download the quicktime.cmd file here

OR copy all the text below and paste it in a new notpad txt file, and then rename the file as quicktime.CMD

subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTfile/grant=administrators=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QuickTime.QuickTime /grant=administrators=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QuickTime.QuickTime.5 /grant=administrators=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOLibrary.QTUtils /grant=administrators=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOLibrary.QTUtils.1 /grant=administrators=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOControl.QTControl /grant=administrators=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOControl.QTControl.1 /grant=administrators=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOControl.QTControlPropPage /grant=administrators=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOControl.QTControlPropPage.1 /grant=administrators=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOLibrary.CFObject /grant=administrators=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOLibrary.CFObject.1 /grant=administrators=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOLibrary.QTMatrix /grant=administrators=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOLibrary.QTMatrix1 /grant=administrators=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOLibrary.QTUtils /grant=administrators=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOLibrary.QTUtils.1 /grant=administrators=f

subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTfile/grant=users=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QuickTime.QuickTime /grant=users=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QuickTime.QuickTime.5 /grant=users=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOLibrary.QTUtils /grant=users=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOLibrary.QTUtils.1 /grant=users=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOControl.QTControl /grant=users=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOControl.QTControl.1 /grant=users=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOControl.QTControlPropPage /grant=users=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOControl.QTControlPropPage.1 /grant=users=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOLibrary.CFObject /grant=users=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOLibrary.CFObject.1 /grant=users=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOLibrary.QTMatrix /grant=users=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOLibrary.QTMatrix1 /grant=users=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOLibrary.QTUtils /grant=users=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOLibrary.QTUtils.1 /grant=users=f

subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTfile/grant=system=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QuickTime.QuickTime /grant=system=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QuickTime.QuickTime.5 /grant=system=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOLibrary.QTUtils /grant=system=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOLibrary.QTUtils.1 /grant=system=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOControl.QTControl /grant=system=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOControl.QTControl.1 /grant=system=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOControl.QTControlPropPage /grant=system=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOControl.QTControlPropPage.1 /grant=system=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOLibrary.CFObject /grant=system=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOLibrary.CFObject.1 /grant=system=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOLibrary.QTMatrix /grant=system=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOLibrary.QTMatrix1 /grant=system=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOLibrary.QTUtils /grant=system=f
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\QTOLibrary.QTUtils.1 /grant=system=f

step 3: move that file you just made to THIS directory (folder) >>>

C:\Program Files\Windows Resource Kits\Tools

step 4: On windows,  Go to start> Accessories > and right click on the Command prompt icon and select RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR

step 5: in the command line type this:     cd C:\Program Files\Windows Resource Kits\Tools

in order to navigate to the folder you placed that file

step 6: type quicktime.cmd inside the command prompt window and press enter to launch the file you just created before...

you will see lots of lines scrolling in the command prompt fixing the registry permissions.

Quicktime should work from now on.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Burning Rights on Vista or XP and Nero 8.x. Cannot burn via remote desktop with NERO!!



I'm trying to burn a file on my Laptop running Windows Vista Home Premium x86 from my work.
I can login fine and but when I click on Nero I get the message "If you are running Nero burning software via Windows Remote Login, you might not be able to access your drives for burning. This is a security restriction from Windows" or " ask your administrator to install burn rights... bla bla"
And sure enough, I can't burn. I have also tried WMP11 and it gives a similar error.
Obviously there is a security restriction in place, is there any way to change this (assume it has something to do with Policies) so that I can burn via Remote Desktop.



1) fast temporary fix, just right click on the nero icon and select RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR

2) Long term fix:

Vista ultimate or XP

Start Group Policy Editor -on vista ultimate Go to the Start menu and type in, gpedit.msc

Or on XP click on run and then type gpedit.msc and press enter

In the left pane of Group Policy Editor, navigate to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> Removable Storage Access.
In the right pane of Group Policy Editor, change the value of the Setting, All Removable Storage: Allow direct access in remote sessions, to Enabled.
Exit Group Policy Editor and you should be able to burn a DVD over Remote Desktop now

For other versions of windows without gpedit.msc there is a way to change this via the registry,

but I have not researched it further since I use XP pro and Vista ultimate. If someone needs this, post a comment and Ill research it further

Add a persistent GO button (arrow) on firefox 3.x


One thing that irritates me about firefox 3 is that the arrow GO button is not always visible, rather it shows or hides according to whats going on at the time you are using the browser.

In firefox 2.x you always had a go button (or arrow) whatever the circumstance.

There are users that are more keyboard men and more mouse men, well Im more of a mouse man and I prefer to click on the go or arrow button than press enter.

There are 2 ways to add a persistent arrow or go button.

1) AUTOMATIC, with this extension :

Description : Disappointed or lost now that the go button is no longer always shown? This extension will make sure the go button is always shown...not just when you type the location bar.

2) Manually editing the userChrome.css file of firefox.

Tip can be found here, below is the contents of the tip:

One of the big changes in Firefox 3 is the fact that the Go button only shows up when you’re typing in the Location bar. What do you do if you want it to be there all the time? Thanks to someone at Mozillazine I have a hack for you that’s safe to use (as long as you put it in the right place) and is actually really easy to use. This is only for Firefox 3 and should not be used in Firefox 2.

First you have to find the folder that holds your current profile. If you don’t know where that is you can read this page in the Mozillazine Knowledge Base. Once you’ve opened it in your favorite file management program look for a directory named chrome. If the directory doesn’t exist go ahead and create it and drill down so you’re looking at the directory’s contents.

Once you’re in the chrome folder in your current Firefox 3 profile look for a file called userChrome.css. Again, if you don’t have a file by that name it’s ok, just go ahead and create a blank text document (text file for the Windows users) and call it userChrome.css. Open the file in a plain text editor (Notepad, Gedit, Geany, or whatever you prefer to use for editing text files, as long as it’s not a word processor like Word, WordPad or Word Processor). Once the file is open put this in at the end of it:

#urlbar[pageproxystate="valid"] > #urlbar-icons > #go-button {  visibility: visible !important;

Save the file and restart your Firefox 3  and voila! The Go button should always be in your Location bar, ready for your use at any time.



ALSO for those who hate the whole new bar of firefox 3.0 (called AwesomeBar)  and would like to change it to the old style of firefox 2 you can install the OLDBAR extension here

Monday, September 8, 2008

360desktop FREE desktop enhancement

360desktop (FREE) gives your desktop a life!

Get almost unlimited desktop space; make desktop widgets from your favorite pieces of the web, plus create & share 360° interactive wallpaper.

More room for everything you like to do

360desktop transforms your desktop into a panoramic workspace - with more space for everything. Slide around your new workspace quickly and easily between all your open applications, windows and widgets - it'll spin you out.

Easily make desktop widgets from your favorite parts of the web

See something that you like online? You can now clip it and put it right on the desktop: any part of any webpage or grab your favorite web widgets, RSS feeds, games, videos  - whatever you like - it's totally up to you!

An endless selection of stunning 360⁰ wallpaper

Bring your desktop to life, with an endless selection of stunning 360⁰ wallpaper. Incredible web enabled 360's, that can be inspiring, entertaining, branded, useful or just plain fun - whatever your interest, work or play.

And what's coming next ...

Create your own interactive 360's

Think of the desktop as an "interactive canvas". Create simple 360's from your favorite images, photos, or online albums such as Flickr, or transform the desktop into a multimedia mash-up, with web content integrated into the photo background.

Share your creations and favorite 360's everywhere

Share your favorite 360's and your own creations with your friends. Publish any 360 as a web widget that you can embed within MySpace, Facebook and your other blogs and social networks.

Download 360desktop


Application popup: : \SystemRoot\System32\RDPDD.dll failed to load . Remote desktop doesn't work without warning!!!



This problem seems to exist only on XP.

After getting a new pc and installing XP pro SP3 on it, I noticed that I could not log into it from a remote computer using remote desktop. I went to the event viewer and saw this message:

Application popup:  : \SystemRoot\System32\RDPDD.dll failed to load For more information, see Help and Support Center at

After searching online for a while I finally found the problem. At first I thought it was the new display adaptor drive (nvidia 175.19 drivers), but then it seems to be a more general problem.

Since I dual boot with vista (on the same machine of course), I was amazed to see that with the same drivers nvidia 175.19, I could connect normally to the remote desktop.


This problem is not specific to any one graphics company. It can probably happen with other drivers too.
The root of the problem is that the session image space is too small and it can't load any more drivers into it. The session image space is shared for the display driver drivers and printer drivers.  rdpdd = remote desktop protocol display driver.

You can fix this bug by increasing the size of the session image space via a registry key. Add the following key:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management]


0x20 == 32 MB worked on my system.

MAKE A SYSTEM RESTORE POINT BEFORE YOU DO THIS!!!! (just a safety precaution)

If you don't want to do it manually, you can download the reg file here and double click it, and it will be entered in the registry.

(rapishare is a free hosting servers that you may need to wait and enter some letters in order to download the file)

Or you can copy-paste the following text into a notepad file and save it with a .reg extension:

indows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management\PrefetchParameters]


Tell me if this works for you also...

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Google has released the very first beta of their new web browser, Google Chrome


Google has released the very first beta of their new web browser, Google Chrome. Chrome is a browser that, for now at least, is focused on offering a full browsing experience within a minimalistic user interface. To skip past the P.R. phrasing, Google Chrome is designed to be simple to use without sacrificing any of the features required for daily web browsing.
To get a little more in depth, Google Chrome uses the same rendering engine as Apple's Safari browser, named Webkit. In recent history, the developers of Webkit have made great strides in creating what is, as of today, the fastest browser engine in terms of rendering speed. Google Chrome, currently version, seems to use a slightly older build of Webkit (version 525.13, to be precise), however, so some of the recent Webkit development gains will not have made it into the first release of the browser.
Other features of Chrome include a dynamic tab system which allows you to drag and drop tabs inside and outside of the browser window, an "incognito mode" in which the sites you visit are not added to your browsing history, and feature similar to Opera's Speed Dial, in which you are presented with your nine most visited websites, in thumbnail form, when opening a new tab.
If you wish to give Google Chrome a try, click the download link below. It's an early beta, though, so don't expect it to be perfect.


Link: Google Chrome


Download: Google Chrome

Running System Restore from the command line (XP)


Applies to windows XP (does not work with vista):


Running System Restore from the command line is often the only way to get a system back up and running. I'll describe it from the initial boot.

    1. Restart your system
    2. When the system first boots, type F8 to bring up the boot menu
    3. Select the Safe Mode with Command Prompt option
    4. Log-on as administrator if needed
    5. At your command prompt type


    6. Hit Enter
    6. This will open the system restore wizard...

Monday, September 1, 2008

Adobe Bridge, CORE 2 QUAD CPU, "This application may perform poorly" ERROR


Question: I just got a new Computer with a very fast 4 CORE QUAD CPU, when I ran adobe BRIDGE I got the following message:

"This application requires an Intel Pentium 4, Intel Celeron, Intel Core Duo or Intel Core 2 compatible processor. (0/6/5894) This application may perform poorly. Are you sure you want to continue?"

What is this and how can I fix it.


error illustrator

Answer: You basically ignore it. The message is erroneous and has no effect on performance, Bridge will use the CPU as it should.

See ADOBE site below >>>


Permanent Link:

----- contents of above link -------

Error stating Bridge requires an Intel compatible processor occurs when you open Adobe Bridge CS3


When you open Adobe Bridge, you receive the error message: "This application requires an Intel Pentium 4, Intel Celeron, Intel Core Duo or Intel Core 2 compatible processor. (0/6/5894) This application may perform poorly. Are you sure you want to continue?"


Click OK.

This error message is erroneous. Neither Bridge nor your processor will be affected.

TechNote Details

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  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP

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