How to Lock Windows Keyboard and Mouse

There are times when you need to lock the keyboard and mouse of Windows. Yes, you can lock windows sessions by simply logging out from the user account but sometimes, you may need to lock the keyboard functions without logging out.

Some of the examples may be:

1. You are watching a movie on your laptop, suddenly one of the kids come from behind and starts hitting the keys at random.

2. You are using a shared computer in your office and there is a guy who knows the password of the system. You have to attend a phone call but can’t risk leaving the system open.

3. You are downloading something and logging out will pause the downloads. You want to leave your system for 30 minutes but fear that your kids may accidentally shutdown the computer.

In all these situations, you have to deactivate the keyboard and mouse from your system. Unplugging the keyboard and mouse cable is a solution but that’s not a good idea, because when you come back you have to plug it again.

You can use Kidkeylock – a simple utility that can lock mouse and keyboard in Windows. After the program is installed, run it and you will see something like the following:


Select the appropriate checkboxes for the mouse locks – you can lock all the three mouse buttons and the scrolling wheel as well.

There are two password fields – one for showing the program setup and another from quitting the application. When you want to lock the keyboard, simply hit OK and leave the program to do it’s job.

The mouse as well as the keyboard will not function – you can’t click anywhere and neither you can use the keyboard shortcuts.

To unlock the keyboard and mouse, type the password for showing the program setup. Once the setup loads, uncheck all the checkboxes and quit the application.

Relayed reading: How to resume Windows sessions using a USB stick

Techie Buzz Verdict

The program works perfectly in Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows7. No drawbacks as such.

Techie Buzz rating: 4/5 (Excellent).

How to Copy Clipboard Data Between Multiple Computers

If you use multiple computers at your workplace, you know how frustrating it is to copy Windows clipboard data across two computers. If both the computers are connected in a local area network, you can share the data by simply pasting the clipboard content in a simple text document. Then put the text file in the shared folder and copy the file from another computer.

But this is not the case if both the computers are not connected in a local area network. Consider a scenario: you have a desktop computer and a laptop in separate rooms – it’s not possible to get a big LAN cable and connect them in a home network. How do you share clipboard content in such circumstances ?

Enter – a nice web service which lets you copy and paste plain as well as rich text data across multiple computers. Works quite simple – just go to the home page and append any random string e.g

You will see a simple text box where you can paste the clipboard data or type whatever you want


The content is auto saved so you can simply browse to that URL from another computer and copy the data. Sweet!

The site also allows you to password protected the URL, just use the options button from the left sidebar and add   a password to the content, as shown below


This is very useful, you can share this data with anyone. There is nothing to install or download and you don’t have to email all the time, just to share some piece of code or clipboard data. Think CL1P as an online whiteboard where you can write anything and access it from any computer – just remember the URL. Thanks to Himanshu for the hat tip.

Techie Buzz Verdict

The service looks impressive, no registration nags or obstrusive advertisements. They also provide a handy bookmarklet, just clip the data, grab the URL and open it anywhere to access it. Nothing earth shaking, but these simple tools makes computing far more fun and easy to use.

Australia Announces Police Investigation Against Google, Thinks Google Street View is a Serious Privacy Concern

After Germany alleged Google for stealing personal payload data from open Wi-fi networks, Australia has followed suit and has announced a police investigation against Google.

The allegation is quite the same as previous one, whether Google stealed private information when using Google Street view cars to collect images of streets, buildings and landmarks.


When asked regarding the earlier allegation by Germany, Google officials acknowledged

It was an accident. It’s now clear that we have been mistakenly collecting samples of payload data from open (i.e. non-password-protected) WiFi networks, even though we never used that data in any Google products.

Australian investigators are concerned over the countries privacy issues and they are doubtful whether the street view photographs taken by Google, violated the countries privacy laws. Australian federal attorney general Robert McClelland said:

In light of concerns having been raised by the public, my department thought there were issues of substance that were raised that require police investigation

The investigators are now busy collecting data whether Google breached the countries telecommunication system act, which prevents people as well as organizations to access electronic communications without proper consent from the respective authorities.

Last month, Australian communication minister Mr Stephen Conroy said “It is the single greatest breach in the history of privacy”

via Guardian

A Woman Finds Her Kidnapped Kids Via Facebook

A woman from south California, whose kids were kidnapped 15 years ago by her husband, has finally tracked her kids via Facebook.

Faustino Utrera, the father of two kids is put behind bars by the district police and the kids are now with their mother.

According to a report from KCCI, Faustino vanished with the two kids – a small boy and a baby girl on 1995. The kids were 2 and 3 years old respectively and they barely knew whats happening. The mother reported the issue to the local police but nothing happened for 15 years.

The mother searched everywhere for her kids but sadly she never got any clue where her kids were taken by his husband, Faustino.

Meanwhile, social networking emerged as a powerful way of communication and finding your old friends. The mother thought she should try Facebook, thus searched for her daughters profile and hit “Find”.

That’s it, she found her daughter’s profile, added her as a friend and started chatting and exchanging messages. After some days, the mother sent the teenager a family photo but this didn’t worked. “I am not interested in a relationship. I have a happy life, leave me alone”, said the daughter.

This was quite normal, because the girl was never attached with her mom and why should she believe in a strangers words?

Out of confusion, the girl deleted her Facebook profile. The mother contacted the police and investigating authorities, they tracked the Facebook profile and eventually found the family in Orlando, Fla

Faustino Utrera, the father was charged for kidnaping his own kids and taken under custody.

“There is no relationship there,” said Carrie Hoeppner of the Florida Department of Children & Families. “You don’t have that immediate joyful reunification. If in fact that is what will progress, it will take time. These children will have to build a relationship, and that is something that will not happen overnight.”

via Msnbc

Webby Wednesday: Listen to Tweets, Get Answers to Your Questions, Set up Personalized Radio Stations

Welcome to Webby Wednesdays – a brief compilation of some useful web services which we found useful during the course of this week.

Twejay: Listen to Tweets

Twejay is a cool website which lets you listen to Tweets directly from the browser. There is nothing to download or install, just head over to the homepage and sign in with your Twitter account.

Once you are in, turn your volume up and wait for Twejay to fetch the recent tweets of your friends. The site will automatically pronounce the tweets and you can switch to another browser tab and listen to tweets as they appear in your timeline. Sweet!

There are keyboard shortcuts available, so you can just focus on the Twejay tab, use the shortcut key and listen to a specific tweet. The service can also be used to read out tweets from Twitter search pages.

This is useful, if you have a friend who is visually impaired and he never knew about Twitter – tell him to use Twejay and “listen” to your tweets.

Peerpong – Ask Questions, Get Answers

There are a lot of Q and A sites where you can get answers to your questions and answer other people’s questions as well. Peerpong is a similar Q and A site but it’s approach is a little bit different.

The site lets you login with your Facebook or Twitter account and then judges you on the basis of your past conversations. Then you are graded as an expert in some category – this may depend upon your past tweets, Facebook status updates, links shared and so on.

Once you are graded as an expert in some topic, you can answer the questions asked in that topic. There are a lot of categories out there – computers, beauty tips, education, sports, fashion, business, travel and so on.

The basic idea of the site is to encourage the users to ask questions, then send these questions to the “experts” so that the responses are accurate and adds value.

If you are fed up with other Q and A sites, it’s worth giving Peerpong a try. Who knows, you may earn the status of a guru by answering some typical questions.

Aupeo – Get a personalized Radio Station

We have earlier seen some useful websites which lets you listen to online radio stations for free. Most of these radio stations are very cool, but if you want a personalized radio experience, try Aupeo.

Aupeo lets you search for a particular artist and then the site scans it’s database of online radio stations to match with your search. You are then shown the radio stations which is currently playing your favorite artist.

This is cool, because I don’t want to hear the songs I don’t like – let me handpick the artists whom I want to listen to. No registration or sign ups are required to use the service.

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Google Employees Are Told to Quit Windows For Security Reasons

Looks like Google is planning to ban the use of Microsoft Windows for Google employees due to security concerns, according to a report from Financial times.

Financial times reports that several Google employees were told to move away from Windows PC’s and head towards MAC or Linux systems. We’re not doing any more Windows. It is a security effort,said one Google employee.

This can be a result of the recent China hacking attacks when Google had to leave China, sometime during early April of 2010.

Yes, Windows is more prone to virus or malware attacks and more susceptible to virus threats on the internet. But considering the fact that most of the Google employees use Windows as their primary operating system – a sudden switch was not expected.

Some employees said that the Operating system switch is also a part of the long term initiative to run the company on Google’s own products, not to forget the forthcoming Chrome OS which is expected to be a strong competitor of the Windows Operating system.

New recruits at Googleplex are given the option of using either MAC computers or PC’s using Linux. It would be interesting to see which operating system makes it place permanent at various Google offices, around the globe.

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Quickly Reopen Closed Tabs in Google Chrome with TrashCan

We have earlier seen some nice tricks to reopen accidentally closed tabs in Firefox and Opera. This time it’s Google Chrome but the extension which I am going to discuss here adds much more flexibility and choice to the accidentally closed tabs.

It’s called Trashcan and the way it works is simply superb. After installing the extension, you will notice a trash icon just next to the Google Chrome address bar:

Now keep browsing as you normally do and don’t worry when you accidentally close a tab and want to reopen it. Just hit the trash icon and the extension will show you a list of the recently closed tabs, as shown below:

Clicking an entry from the list opens the URL in a new browser tab. I Agree that Google Chrome has an in built feature to open the recently closed tabs from the new tab page. But the new tab page shows you a maximum of 5 suggestions and you have to open the browsing history (Control + H) to find the complete list of closed tabs.

The Trashcan extension is much better – you get choice as well as one click access to the recently closed tabs (much like opera).

The extension is in it’s early stages of development and the developer claims to add more enhancements in the near future. This could mean saving tabs between sessions, support for multiple windows and saving closed tabs in the incognito mode as well. Thanks to DownloadSquad for the tip.

Here are some more tips on Google Chrome tabs:

1. Manage open tabs in Google Chrome with Tabjump
2. Lock open tabs in Google Chrome
3. Bookmark all open tabs in Google Chrome

Techie Buzz Verdict

The Trashcan extension is a must if you have the habit of opening a large number of tabs. If you forget to bookmark the URL or to copy the link of a webpage, you can quickly reopen the particular tab from the Trash list.

Techie Buzz rating: 4/5 (Excellent).

Webby Wednesday: Know the Technology Used by Websites, Create Email Aliases and Know What Your Facebook Friends are Liking

Welcome to Webby Wednesdays – a brief compilation of some web services which we found useful during the course of this week.

W3TechSites – Know the Technology used behind a Website

If you are a blogger or a webmaster, you would like to know the software and technologies used in various websites and forums. Normally, we look into the source code to find the name of the software used – whether it be WordPress, Joomla or may be Phpbb for forums.

However, there is an easy solution – just head over to W3techsites and enter the URL of any website, blog or forum. You will see a detailed report on the various technologies used by the website.

TempAlias – Create an Alias of your Email Address

Getting too much junk emails from spam sites? Why not create an alias of your email address and use this alias to perform temporary sign ups at download pages, forums or in sites where you will never visit again.

An email alias works just like a URL shortening service. You create a “masked” version of your real email address and use this masked version for temporary sign ups.

This is not a fake email address- any email sent to your email alias actually lands in your real email inbox.

To create an alias of your email address, head straight to and enter your real email address in the text box. Hit “Generate Alias” and it’s done, you have your email alias up and ready to be used.

You can also set an expiry date on the alias or set an upper limit on the number of email addresses received. After this limit, your email alias will stop working. – Find What your Facebook Friends are Liking

If you have a lot of friends at Facebook, it becomes really difficult and time consuming to keep an eye on the never ending pool of updates. Some of your friend “likes” a story and an update is thrown in your wall.

If you want a daily digest of Facebook “likes” of your friends, might help. The site aggregates all the stuff liked by your Facebook friends on different sites like YouTube, CNN, blogs, News sources, forums and other popular sources on the web.

It’s a nice way to know what pages your friends are reading, what videos they are watching and you can use the categories from the sidebar to narrow your searches to a particular topic.

On each Wednesday, we will come up with a brief roundup of new web tools which provide value and add something extra to your daily technology. Stay tuned!

Adsense Team Finally Disclose Revenue Shared With Adsense Publishers

Until today, no one had even a wild guess on how much revenue the Adsense team shares with it’s publishers. Today the Adsense team announced the exact percentage of revenue shared among Adsense publishers.

Among the most popular Adsense products are Adsense for content and Adsense for search. Adsense for content publishers earn 68% of the revenue made on their websites. This means, the Adsense team pays you 68% of the total money that they collect from the respective Adwords advertisers whose advertisements appear in your websites.

The revenue shared with Adsense for search is however on a lower number. Adsense pays you 51 % of the total revenue earned from the search ads that appear in your websites. The Google Adsense program started way back in 2003 and the revenue share has been the same from the start.

Google has not revealed how much revenue it shares for other Adsense products. This include Adsense for feeds, Adsense for domains, Adsense for mobile content etc. Google says that the revenue they keep is used to compensate for Google’s costs for continued investment of the Adsense program, for further development and for building features and products that improve the overall “Money making” experience.

I think Adsense is the only network which has shared this kind of information. Do you think   68% is okay or should Google share more revenue with Adsense publishers? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

How to Enlarge Facebook Photos in Firefox and Google Chrome For Quick Viewing

There is one problem with viewing Facebook photos or albums – you have to repeatedly click on the profile or album links, open the album and click the photos one by one to view the full sized image.

Consider a scenario – one of your friend shared a bunch of pictures and you spot the update in your Facebook lifestream. You click the album link and go to the album page to view the photos. So far so good, but now you have to click an image to view it, hit the back button, click another image and so on.

Let’s face it – this is certainly not a productive way to view Facebook photos. And when you have lots of images in an album and you want to view only selected images, you need a better technique.

What if we can use a browser extension and load the full size of an image with just a mouse hover?

Enter Facebook Photozoom – a very useful browser extension for Firefox and Google Chrome which lets you quickly view Facebook photos by a simple mouse hover. Works simple – just hover the mouse cursor on any image and the full sized version of the image loads instantly.

This is very useful when you are browsing albums containing a large number of photos. You can use the extension to view only selected images and skip those you don’t want to see.

Techie Buzz Verdict

The extension is very handy but there is just a little issue – you can’t save an image while hovering it. You will have to load the image separately and use “save as” from the right click context menu to save the image.

Techie Buzz rating: 4/5 (Excellent).