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Friday, July 31, 2009

Firefox Reaches One Billion Downloads!

From its earliest incarnation as a pared-down Netscape rewrite to its current browser share of nearly 30 percent, Firefox has come a long way. Today, it crossed another milestone: more than 1 billion downloads of the free, open source browser.

The recent release of Firefox 3.5 surely boosted the numbers, as more than 5 million downloaded the browser within the first week it was available, but 1 billion downloads is more an indication of a long-term movement than a sudden surge. Peering at StatCounter's numbers, Firefox 2, 3, and 3.5 are carrying somewhere above 27.5 percent of net traffic through their windows, which says a lot for a browser that started out in November 2004 at, effectively, zero.

Mozilla will soon launch an official page to commemorate 1 billion downloads, and has a place-holder at Spread Firefox. In the meantime, let's hear your own early experiences with the browser in the comments.

Windows Anytime Upgrade and Family Pack Pricing


Here are some new prices for windows 7 upgrade and the Family pack direcly from the windows 7 blog

Most people buy a PC preinstalled with the edition of Windows that meets their unique needs. However, for some customers their needs may change over time.

Windows Anytime Upgrade

With Windows Anytime Upgrade (or WAU), we make it super easy and convenient for the small number of customers who’s PC needs evolve to need a higher edition of Windows 7.

There are a couple of specific situations where we think WAU will prove useful:

Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Home Premium

Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Home Premium: $79.99

A customer may purchase a netbook thinking they would use primarily it for email. Over time, they find they are using that netbook as their primary every-day PC. That person decides they want their netbook to do more. If the netbook is running Windows 7 Starter (or Windows 7 Home Basic in select markets), WAU makes it super easy to upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium. Moving to Windows 7 Home Premium will allow that customer to take advantage of features such as Aero Peek and other enhanced functionality in the Windows Taskbar in Windows 7 such as Taskbar Previews. Desktop themes are also enabled and so is Remote Media Streaming.

Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Ultimate

Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional: $89.99
Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Ultimate:

* You’ll note that we’ve reduced the price of moving from Home Premium to Ultimate 12% in the US as compared to Vista pricing

Another case where WAU may come in handy is when a person wants the ability to connect to a business network (a “domain”). Using WAU to move up to Windows 7 Professional enables the customer to take advantage of the ability to join a domain and use Windows XP Mode to run older programs. When using WAU to move to Windows 7 Ultimate, you’ll get everything from the other editions plus BitLocker to keep your USB devices encrypted and secure and the ability to run your PC in any of 35 different languages (via Language Packs).

After Windows 7 is released to market on October 22nd, you will be able to buy a retail package that contains an upgrade key at a store near you for any of the 3 paths I highlighted above.

If you live in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK or the US (13 countries) – you will be able to purchase the upgrade from Microsoft online directly within Windows 7.

Whether you buy a WAU retail package from a store or online directly within Windows 7, the upgrade takes as few as ten minutes. This is because it only requires an upgrade key (no media). Your current programs, files, and settings will remain intact.

For a rundown of the Windows Anytime Upgrade experience, click here.

Now let’s talk about the Windows 7 Family Pack. Last week I confirmed we were doing a family pack for Windows 7 consisting of Windows 7 Home Premium for installation on up to 3 PCs.

Family Pack of Windows 7 Home Premium

Today, most homes have more than one PC in them. When you run Windows 7 on more than one PC on a home network, you can do more with features like HomeGroup. HomeGroup allows people to connect to PCs on their network and share files, music and photos with the whole family – easily. The Windows 7 Family Pack is an easy and affordable way to get all your PCs in your household running Windows 7 through licensing to install Windows 7 Home Premium on up to 3 PCs.

The Windows 7 Family Pack will be available starting on October 22nd until supplies last here in the US and other select markets. In the US, the price for the Windows 7 Family Pack will be $149.99 for 3 Windows 7 Home Premium licenses. That’s a savings of more than $200 for three licenses. This is a great value and we’re excited to be able to offer it to customers.

Send mail from another address without "on behalf of"


A new option on Gmail but not exactly what we wanted! I'm talking about the ability that was available in Gmail to add your own email address (for example & send with Gmail as if you were sending from your own address… They had this functionality in place, and it was working… but there was a catch: each email said “on behalf of.. bla bla”. This caused problems with white-lists, and spam folders…..

It seems like they have now added an option to not have the “on behalf of” but you must use your own outgoing mail server….

This really is not much help since lots of people wanted to use Gmail's own outgoing mail server (many email servers do not allow to send from other locations”. I guess they didn't do it for legal matters, afraid perhaps that users would abuse the Gmail servers to send spam.

From the official google blog:"

Quite a few of you use Gmail's custom "From:" to send messages with one of your other email addresses listed in place of your Gmail address. Since these messages are sent by Gmail's servers but "from" a non-Gmail address, we have to include your original Gmail username in the "Sender" field of the message header to comply with mail delivery protocols and help prevent your mail from being marked as spam. Most email programs just display the "From" address and not the "Sender" field, but some (including versions of Microsoft Outlook) show these messages as coming "From On Behalf Of" which really annoyed people.
We heard your request for another option that wouldn't show the "on behalf of" text loud and clear, and now there's a new option that does just that. Instead of using Gmail's servers to send the message, we'll use the servers where your other email address lives. Since Gmail isn't the originating domain, we don't have to include "Sender" info in the header. No more "on behalf of."
Here's the difference. All custom "From:" addresses used to work like this:

Now, if your other email provider supports POP and/or IMAP access, you can choose to send your message like this instead:

To switch to this new method, go to the Accounts page under Settings, and click "edit info" from the "Send mail as" section. Then choose the option to "Use your other email provider's SMTP servers."
We recognize that your other address might not have a server that you can use to send outbound messages — for example, if you use a forwarding alias rather than an actual mailbox, or if your other email provider doesn't support authenticated SMTP, or restricts access to specific IP ranges. For this reason, we've kept the original method as well. Check out our Help Center for further details on these two "send mail as" configuration options.
If you use Google Apps Premier or Education edition and would like to send mail as another address within your domain or within an aliased domain, no sweat. We do all the work behind the scenes so your original username won't be listed in the "Sender" header, and your recipients won't see "on behalf of."


Workaround for Firefox 3.5 slow startups on Windows

If you find yourself with very long startup times after upgrading to Firefox 3.5 (from say 10 seconds to the order of minutes), you may be experimenting a bug due to a change in how Firefox 3.5 gets the randomness it needs for security purposes on Windows.

The procedure involves scanning some temporary folders looking for bits normally added by OS and other applications operations. Firefox 3.5 looks for more files and deeper (more subfolders) for increased randomness, but it has led to unexpected results for users with too many temporary folders or files resulting in slow startups.

Try builds are still being generated with fixes to this bug, but users report a noticeable improvement after deleting their temporary folders and  Internet Temporary Files (generated by Internet Explorer).

To clean temporary folders, check  and delete all files [you can, some may be in use] from these:

C:\Documents and Settings\*user*\Local Settings\History
C:\Documents and Settings\*user*\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files
C:\Documents And Settings\*user*\Local Settings\Temp
C:\Documents And Settings\*user*\Recent

On Windows Vista /7:

%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files

To delete Internet Temporary Folders, in the Control Panel., open Internet Options. In the Browsing History section, press the Delete… button, check all the options and press Delete.

IE 8 Delete Browsing History

Users report a significant improvement after doing this, even those who use Internet Explorer once in a while.

A fix to this bug should become available with Firefox 3.5.1, expected in a few weeks.


Thursday, July 30, 2009

How to Upgrade Windows 7 RC Beta to Windows 7 RTM Build 7600

Most of the users are still on Windows 7 Beta Build 7000 and Windows 7 RC Build 7100 since those were the two Windows 7 Builds which was distributed under Public Preview.

Windows 7 Beta users must upgrade to Windows 7 RC as after July 01, 2009 Windows 7 Beta has started Bi hourly shutdown and will expiry on August 1, 2009 whereas Windows 7 RC will expire on June 2010.

Windows 7 RTM build 7600.16385 is already singed off and handed to OEM partners as well as it has been leaked on popular torrent websites. If you are attempting to upgrade Windows 7 RC/Beta to Windows 7 RTM setup will give you an error message saying: You cannot upgrade this prerelease version of Windows 7. Go online to see how to install Windows 7 and keep your files and settings.

That’s because Windows 7 RTM was build to block all versions prior to 7233. Like we had published guide on how to upgrade windows 7 Beta to Windows 7 RC same guide is still applicable here,
How to Upgrade Windows 7 RC/Beta to Windows 7 RTM

1. Mount Windows 7 RTM Build 7600 ISO and Extract content to any folder or USB drive

2. Now go to Sources folder of Windows 7 and open “cversion.ini” file in notepad

3. Modify the “MinClient” build number to a value lower than your installed Windows 7 Build. For example, change 7233 to 7000 if you have Windows 7 Beta Build installed.




4. Save the updated file to the same location and then run setup.exe to start Windows 7 RC upgrade process.

That’s it, Now follow on Screen instructions and choose Upgrade option.

Nero 9 - Free version: WOW and thumbs up to Nero for this!


Nero 9 Free Version

I see this as a very positive step from Nero, giving a free version.

What’s better than free? Free forever! Nero offers you the chance to enjoy Nero’s world-renowned
data disc burning and copying features for an unlimited time, absolutely FREE!

Enjoy basic data burning and copying capabilities for your CDs and DVDs from the world’s most
trusted digital media brand, Nero.

This version of Nero 9 contains simply data burning and disc copying features for CDs and DVDs. Additional features and functionality are available with an upgrade to Nero 9 full version.

TIP: (optional) While installing it ask for you to install the ASK toolbar, I suggest you select to NOT install that…

DOWNLOAD FROM THE LINK BELOW (NOTE: they require you to ENTER YOUR EMAIL before you can click on the download button)

Release Date July 30, 2009
File Size55 MB (57.187.288 bytes)
MD5 checksum11c83041227b73c0c490ffe16a5d65c3


Monday, July 27, 2009

Vista tip: How to Share your root C drive on the network!


Windows Vista prevents users on the network to browse the C drive even if you have shared the drive on the network, here is a little trick I found here


CAUTION: Improperly modifying the registry can harm your system.

  1. Click start
  2. Type: regedit
  3. Press enter
  4. In the left, browse to the following folder: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\system\
  5. Right-click a blank area in the right pane
  6. Click New
  7. Click DWORD Value
  8. Type: LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy
  9. Double-click the item you just created
  10. Type 1 into the box
  11. Click OK
  12. Restart your computer

You can also download the above reg file here>>>>



ImgBurn (freeware)

ImgBurn is a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application that everyone should have in their toolkit!

It has several 'Modes', each one for performing a different task:

  • Read - Read a disc to an image file
  • Build - Create an image file from files on your computer or network - or you can write the files directly to a disc
  • Write - Write an image file to a disc
  • Verify - Check a disc is 100% readable. Optionally, you can also have ImgBurn compare it against a given image file to ensure the actual data is correct
  • Discovery - Put your drive / media to the test! Used in combination with DVDInfoPro, you can check the quality of the burns your drive is producing



Mirror fast download:

Thursday, July 23, 2009

RTM Build is 7600.16385 - Windows 7 Released to Manufacturing!!!



It’s time to bust out the champagne and give a toast to Windows 7’s future success; Microsoft has officially released Windows 7 to manufacturing, the build string being 7600.16385.090713-1255, as confirmed by a Microsoft spokesperson.

The signoff was originally set to be announced on the 13th, however for some reason they were unable to meet the targeted date, possibly due to some show-stopper bug present in the OS that they wanted to iron out before the big signoff.
Here are the Windows 7 availability dates as stated on The Windows Blog:
Windows 7 will hit the shelves on October 22nd.
OEMs will get the build on Friday, July 24th.
Microsoft Partner Program Gold/Certified members will get the build via the Microsoft Partner Network on August 16th in English only, with the other languages being available on October 1st.
Microsoft Action Pack Subscribers will be able to get the RTM in English beginning August 23rd with the other launguages being released October 1st.
Businesses needing Volume Licensing who have a Software Assurance licence will get the build on August 1st, while those who do not have an SA license will be able to snag it on September 1st.
Technet/MSDN subscribers will get the build on August 6th in English only, with the other languages being released on October 6th.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

ToolTipFixer 2.0 (free)



Ever since Microsoft invented the Windows Shell with explorer.exe back in the days of Windows 95, there's been a bug that's gone from one version of Windows to the next; and with each upgrade it became worse and worse - until Vista where it only rears its ugly head every once in a while instead: tooltips appear behind the taskbar, where you can't read them and they are of no use to you. And there's nothing you can do about it!

NST ToolTipFixer patches this bug for once and for all, doing what Microsoft hasn't been able to do in 13 years.




ToolTipFixer is a non-profit NeoSmart Technologies' project currently written and maintained by Mahmoud H. Al-Qudsi.
If this program helped you out or you just feel like supporting free software, please consider making a non-profit donation to keep NeoSmart Technologies free for everyone – every penny helps. This program, like all other NeoSmart projects, is provided absoloutely free of charge. See the included license for more details, or contact us with any license-related questions.

ToolTipFixer Links

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Initial Windows Theme Mockups for Firefox 3.7


Initial Windows Theme Mockups for Firefox 3.7

Initial Mockups for the Windows theme revamp.



  1. Embracing Glass: Toolbar and Tabs using Glass. Buttons translucent and slightly glossy to meld with the toolbar. Raised 3D lookachieve tactile "feel".
  2. Page Button: Connect the Page button to the left side of the tab area. Directly connected to the Page.
  3. Tools/Bookmark Bar: Connecting the Tools button to the side of the Window to emphasize the fact that it is used for customizing and changing the UI. Adding a button next to that to toggle the Bookmarks Bar which is turned off by default.



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Monday, July 20, 2009

Update: StarDock Fences version 0.98


Fences is a one-of-a-kind program, allowing you to draw labeled shaded areas on your desktop, which become movable & resizable containers for your desktop icons. These groups can help bring organization and consistency to your computer's desktop
This update brings a number of fixes and compatibility updates. Most notably we have drastically increased the support and performance of Fences on Windows 7. Regardless of which version of Windows you are using, Fences is the ultimate way to keep your desktop organized.
Fences can be downloaded for free via Impulse, or at the Fences website.

NOTE: for windows XP users you will need the Net Framework installed

Vista already has .Net framework preinstalled that this program needs. For xp you need to make sure you have framework 2.0 installed. If not, download it from here:


See video about how to use Fences Click here and press HQ on the bottom to see a high quality version)

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Update: Crossloop version 2.51



CrossLoop simplifies the process of securely working with friends located in
different physical locations and across different network environments. CrossLoop
enables you to see the screen and control the mouse and keyboard on a remote
computer. It is as if you are working side by side at the same PC.

You can get up and running with CrossLoop in under 2 minutes. Simply download
and install the application and it will automatically configure itself to your network

PC Requirements

CrossLoop requires Windows 2000 or newer, including Vista; 128 MB RAM or
greater; 2 MB hard drive space and a broadband internet connection.


When the CrossLoop installation begins, click “Run” in each window that appears.




Changelog will appear here when its updated:


Also it just so happens that Im a top helper on the crossloop site


you can find me here:

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Update: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.39


The best antispyware has just been updated.. free version available so go grab it!


Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware can detect and remove malware that even the most well known anti-virus and anti-malware applications fail to detect. Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware monitors every process and stops malicious processes before they even start.

Key Features:

  • Support for Windows 2000, XP, and Vista (32-bit only).
  • Light speed quick scanning.
  • Ability to perform full scans for all drives.
  • Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware Protection Module. (requires registration)
  • Database updates released daily.
  • Quarantine to hold threats and restore them at your convenience.
  • Ignore list for both the scanner and Protection Module.
  • Settings to enhance your Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware performance.
  • A small list of extra utilities to help remove malware manually.
  • Multi-lingual support.
  • Works together with other anti-malware utilities.
  • Command line support for quick scanning.
  • Context menu integration to scan files on demand.

Friday, July 10, 2009

How to fix rotated screen on windows


This is a common problem when people click a combo of keys by mistake.

Try this:

Press Ctrl, Alt and then one of the four arrow keys on your keyboard and will rotate screen on some drivers

Alternative solutions:

If you have an intel display adaptor try right clicking on your desktop, see screenshot below



Or Go to Control Panel => Intel GMA Driver (if your display adaptor is intel)


For NVIDIA go to Control panel and Nvidia control panel  (see screenshot below)


Thursday, July 9, 2009

VLC Media Player 1.0.0

VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols without external codec or program.
It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.vlc

  • Free, Open Source and cross-platform
  • Independant of systems codecs to support most video types
  • Live recording
  • Instant pausing and Frame-by-Frame support
  • Finer speed controls
  • New HD codecs (AES3, Dolby Digital Plus, TrueHD, Blu-Ray Linear PCM, Real Video 3.0 and 4.0, ...)
  • New formats (Raw Dirac, M2TS, ...) and major improvements in many formats...
  • New Dirac encoder and MP3 fixed-point encoder
  • Video scaling in fullscreen
  • RTSP Trickplay support
  • Zipped file playback
  • Customizable toolbars
  • Easier encoding GUI in Qt interface
  • Better integration in Gtk environments
  • MTP devices on linux
  • AirTunes streaming
  • New skin for the skins2 interface

Download: VLC Media Player 1.0.0
View: VLC Media Player Website

Possible early video of Google OS


I remember seeing this video of a gOS that worked on chrome browser…

From what i have been reading google OS will work with the chrome browser also.

So is this an early beta? See the vid for yourselves!

First impressions of Cloud the first real cloud computing operating system from gOS. Unfortunately i had no wifi connection available but i guess you are getting it. It's a beta version right now but it should be launched on CES 2009. Looks like it could be the Google OS

Opinion: Why Google Chrome OS matters already, on Day 1


This article is about the new upcoming operating system (FREE) from google, source:

Everyone who uses a computer already knows Google -- and most of them trust it


At long last, there's a real challenger to the Windows desktop, and its name is Google Chrome OS.

Why is Google Chrome OS going to be real trouble for Windows? After all, technically, desktop Linuxes like Fedora, openSUSE, and Ubuntu, long ago left Windows in the dust. Mac OS X Panther is also darn good and it and its upcoming successor, Snow Leopard, are easier to use than anything else out there. So, what's so special about Google Chrome OS? I'll tell you.

The most important single fact you need to keep in mind is that everyone who uses a computer already knows Google, and most of them trust it. Only PC power users know about Linux, and the ones who know what's what about such top-Linux desktop distributions as MEPIS 8 and Mint 7 are numbered in millions compared to the hundreds of millions who know Windows. Pretty much everyone knows Apple, but, even as Apple has gained some desktop market share, CEO Steve Jobs has never moved from his stand that Macs are high-end PCs. Apple builds sports cars, and it's not interested in selling you a truck, an SUV or, heaven forbid, a station wagon.

Everyone knows and can afford Google, though. They may not know much about Google Docs, but they trust Google for their searches and many of them are already Gmail users. You see, unlike the other alternatives to Windows, Google has the singular advantage of already being well known and well liked. That will make all the difference in the world.

That said, here's what else you need to know about Google Chrome OS.

  1. It's Linux-based. It is not a simple presentation layer that vendors could put on top of Windows 7. Google will be delivering a complete desktop software stack -- Linux foundation, graphical environment, and Web-based application stack.
  2. The whole package will be open source. Google isn't saying which, if any, existing distribution it will be using for its foundation. Google certainly has the chops to roll its own desktop Linux. The desktop interface is not going to be either GNOME- or KDE-based. I'm told by sources, however, that it will be using the Portland Project's desktop APIs (application programming interfaces), which will allow existing Linux desktop applications like the groupware program Evolution and OpenOffice to work with Chrome OS.
  3. That said, Chrome OS is not a traditional desktop operating system, like Google's own desktop and device operating system, Android. It's a new kind of operating system that sits halfway between the old desktop operating system model and the newer idea of a Web-browser based operating system.

    At first glance, the idea of a Web browser as an operating system looks silly. It's not. With HTML 5's adoption, it's functionality has made it possible for Google to create Web-based applications that can work both off and online.

    Here's how it will work in Chrome OS. When you launch an application on the Web, say Google Docs, Chrome will use Google Gears to not only provide the ability to do work offline, but also to cache your online data in the open-source lightweight DBMS Sqlite. As a user, you'll never see any of this. You'll just find yourself doing most of your work in the Chrome browser interface.

    Once Google has this working really well, you may not even be able to tell when you're on the net and when you're not. I'm told off the record by Google engineers that the goal is to make the desktop invisible. You'll be spending 99% of your time in the browser.

  4. This isn't Android, is it? No, this is a different take on the desktop. Android is much more like Symbian on a smartphone or XP on a netbook. With Chrome OS, the plan is to bring Google's strong points, it's unparalleled collection of Web-based applications, straight to the desktop.

    This isn't the first time we've seen this idea. GOS (Good OS) used it first. What's different from the forthcoming Chrome OS and gOS 3.1 is the level of integration. GOS is a Linux desktop with a lightweight interface that uses many of Google's applications. Chrome OS is a Linux desktop that has Google's local infrastructure programs, like Gears and Sqlite, built in.

  5. When will we see it? Vendors are already working with Google to deliver netbooks with Chrome OS by the second half of 2010. Can't wait that long? Don't sweat it. I'm told by sources that bootable beta Chrome OS images will be available by this fall.
  6. How much will it cost me? Nada. Nothing. This is Linux and open source. Where Google will make its money is where it does now: online advertising and, as Chrome OS takes off in businesses, subscription fees to Google Apps. So, for businesses, instead of spending several hundred dollars a year, on average per user, for Windows, Microsoft Office, security software, etc., etc., you'll be able to pay a flat $50 a year per user for the whole office desktop kit and kaboodle.

Take Google's well-known and respected name, combine it with an unbeatable price tag, toss in Linux's unmatched security and stability, and what do you get? The most serious competition Windows has seen this century.

Freeware: My Lockbox is a security software enabling you to password protect any folder on your computer.


My Lockbox™ is a security software enabling you to password protect any folder on your computer.

The protected folder (lockbox) is hidden from any user and application of your system, including Administrator and System itself. It is impossible to access the lockbox not only from the local computer, but also from the net.

The program is extremely easy to use. You can set the lockbox location and the password during the setup procedure. After the setup is done, lockbox will be hidden and locked until you enter the valid password.

My Lockbox Control Panel allows you easily change basic lockbox parameters: lockbox location, protection status, password.

In addition, skinned user interface lets you choose from different skins to select the most comfortable look and feel of the software.

Version: 1.4

Released: 03-Jun-2009

Supported OS: Windows XP, 2003, Vista

x64 Support: Yes!

License: Free


Version: 1.4

Released: 03-Jun-2009

Supported OS: Windows XP, 2003, Vista

x64 Support: Yes!

License: Free


The program is effective, easy to use and best of all - it's free.

Download Hide Folder XP now

Read Quick Start Guide

Features and benefits

  • Very easy in use
  • Almost any folder on your computer can be password protected
  • Instant protection - no file scrambling or moving to another place
  • Lockbox folder is inaccessible even by the system administrators
  • Lockbox folder is inaccessible both locally and remotely.
  • Lockbox folder can be protected in Windows safe mode
  • Windows XP x64 support
  • Hotkeys support - you can popup Control Panel with a simple keystroke.
  • Skinned user interface
  • Freeware

Friday, July 3, 2009

Freeware video to DVD converter!

Publisher's Description

Convert various PC video formats to a DVD that can be played on pretty much any standalone DVD player.

DVD Flick aims to be a simple but at the same time powerful DVD Authoring tool. It can take a number of video files stored on your computer and turn them into a DVD that will play back on your DVD player, Media Center or Home Cinema Set. You can add additional custom audio tracks, subtitles as well as a menu for easier navigation.
DVD Flick is Open Source, meaning that anyone can download and view or modify the program's source code. It also means that it is absolutely free of charge. Several external programs are used by DVD Flick to do the dirty work like encoding and combining of video material. All of these programs are free, some are Open Source too.
DVD Flick can read and use the following file formats out-of-the-box:
* AVI type 1 and 2 files (.avi)
* MPEG files (.mpg)
* MPEG audio files (.mp2\.mp3)
* MPEG-4 files (.mp4)
* Matroska files (.mkv\.mka)
* Vorbis files (.ogm\.ogg)
And any other format as long as the appropriate DirectShow filters are installed for it.
* Burn near any video file to DVD
* Support for over 45 file formats
* Support for over 60 video codecs
* Support for over 40 audio codecs
* Easily add a menu
* Add your own subtitles
* Easy to use interface
* Burn your project to disc after encoding
* Completely free without any adware, spyware or limitation
What's New:
* Added: buttonSubtitleMenuX and buttonAudioMenuX button types that jump to a title's audio or button menu directly.
* Changed: Removed "High" encoding priority setting. It is not useful anyway (no speed gain, only chokes other processes).
* Changed: Updated FFmpeg to revision 19276.
* Changed: Updated ImgBurn to version
* Changed: Removed "Enable menu" checkbox and replaced it by a "None" menu option.
* Fixed: Overflow error when loading large files.
* Fixed: Negative audio delays were not corrected.


Supported video codecs

All of the following video codecs are supported by DVD Flick. The ones highlighted in green are common video codecs.

4X Video
American Laser Games
Apple Animation
Apple Graphics

Apple QuickDraw
Apple Video
Asus v1 and v2

Autodesk Animator Studio

AVS Video
Bethsoft VID
C93 Video

Cin Video
Cirrus Logic AccuPak
Creative YUV

Duck TrueMotion v1, v2
DXA Video
Flash Screen Video

FLIC video
Flash Video
Fraps FPS1

IBM Ultimotion
Id Cinematic

Microsoft Video-1
Miro VideoXL
MPEG-1 and 2

MPEG-4 (DivX\XVid)
Id RoQ
Intel Indeo 3
Interplay Video

Lossless MJPEG

Microsoft RLE
MSMPEG4 v1, v2, v3
On2 VP5, VP6

Planar RGB
Renderware TXD

Smacker Video
Sony Playstation MDEC
Sorenson Video 1, 3

Sunplus MJPEG
TechSmith Camtasia
Tiertex Seq Video

VMD Video
VMware Video
Westwood VQA

Winnov WNV1
Windows Media **

MPL \ TrueHD
Motion Pixel Video

* RealVideo 3 or 4 support is not yet perfect
** Windows Media 9 is still experimental

Supported audio codecs

All of the following audio codecs are supported by DVD Flick. The ones highlighted in green are common audio codecs.

AC3 \ E-AC3

Apple lossless
Apple MACE 3, 6

Creative ADPCM
DSP Group TrueSpeech


FLAC lossless
Intel Music Coder

Interplay DPCM
Microsoft ADPCM
MPEG layer 1, 2, 3 (MP3)

Musepack *

Real COOK **
Shorten lossless
Sierra Online DPCM

True Audio (TTA)

Westwood Studios IMA ADPCM
Windows Media 1, 2


* Only SV7 is supported
** 5.1 surround version is not supported

Supported container formats

All of the following container formats are supported by DVD Flick. The ones highlighted in green are common formats.

ADTS AAC audio
American Laser Games

Bethsoft VID

Creative VOC

EA Multimedia
FLIC format

Id Cinematic
Id RoQ
Interplay MVE

Macromedia Flash
MPEG audio
MPEG-1 systems

Nullsoft Video (NSV)

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Westwood Studios VQA/AUD
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DVD Flick relies on the very powerful FFMPEG project to decode the many file formats and codecs it supports. FFMPEG is also used to provide audio and video encoding functionality in order to produce the final DVD.

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Ad-hoc wireless networks limited to 11mbps!

There are basically 2 types of wireless networks. Infrastructure and ad-hoc (also known as peer to peer). Infrastructure is when you have a wireless router and all computers “talk” with the router. Ad-hoc is when one computer talks directly to another.
I was fiddling with some wireless networks, and discovered that indeed the ad-hoc type of wireless networks have a maximum speed of 11 mbps!


Ad-hoc wireless connections limited to 11mbps

Reader Ian Longdon has drawn our attention to a little-known limitation of ad-hoc (peer-to-peer) wireless networks, typically used between two or more notebooks with Wi-Fi adapters. The IEEE 802.11 standard specifies that performance in ad-hoc mode must achieve 11Mbits/sec, but no more, regardless of whether the adapter is 802.11b or 802.11g. There's no requirement for manufacturers to exceed the 11Mbits/sec specification, and as Ian found with his D-Link cards, some don't.

We asked D-Link and the Wi-Fi Alliance about this problem. D-Link replied:

"Unfortunately we only meet the standard and don't exceed it. D-Link wireless products follow the IEEE 802.11 standards. The 802.11b and 802.11g standards specify that Ad-Hoc mode only needs to support up to 11Mbps. For best results, use an access point or wireless router and set your adapters to Infrastructure (station) mode."

The Wi-Fi Alliance told us that as the standard only specifies a maximum of  11Mbits/sec performance in ad-hoc mode, testing above this speed is not performed as part of the Wi-Fi certification procedure.

While it's arguably unfair to criticise vendors for not exceeding a standard, they certainly don't go out of their way to let users know about this. Some products do appear to connect at higher rates in ad-hoc mode, but it's certainly not advertised and it's very much a 'suck it and see' process to find out. Netgear is one of the few companies with a public statement on the issue.

We'll certainly be keeping an eye out in future when products come through the labs. Thanks again to Ian for informing us about this.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

vista: an error occurred while internet connection sharing was being enabled



Problem: You receive the above message from Vista whenever you try to enable ICS on a network adaptor.


Solution: This worked for me: I first set manually the ip number : on my SECOND adaptor. Mask

When I say second adaptor I mean the one through which other computers will connect and not the primary one that receives the internet.

I gave the settings by opening control panel> Network and sharing center then on the left sidepane click on MANAGE NETWORK CONNECTIONS, then right click on the connection> properties> select TCP/IP 4 and then click on properties