Unlock Secret God Mode in Windows 7 [How To]

God Mode is not a special mode in Windows 7. God Mode in simple words, is a folder packed with shortcuts to just about every settings change and administrative function in Windows 7. Everything you will find in the Action Center, Backup and Restore, Autorun, Desktop Gadgets, Devices and Printers, is all stored at one central location, in God Mode folder. God Mode folder is one central location for easy access of all the features in Windows 7.

We will show you here, how to unlock and create a God Mode folder in 2 easy steps, in WIndows 7. Follow these steps:

  • Create a new folder anywhere (in any partition and inside any folder)
  • Rename the folder and paste in the following text: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

That’s it ! Now you will have a new folder named “GodMode”, with control panel icon on it. This folder is very handy for easy access. You can access shortcut to every feature in that folder by typing a few letters into the search box on your start menu.

[via JKOnTheRun] [Tip via Windows 7 Themes]

SnagIt for Mac (Beta) is out, Looks Impressive

SnagIt for Mac
SnagIt for Mac

There are many screen-capture applications for Mac like Skitch, but Mac users have long been waiting for a screenshot app for Mac, which match the capabilities of SnagIt for Windows. SnagIt is basically a screen-capture application program, that creates an image of what you see on your computer monitor.

SnagIt for Windows, is undoubtedly the most advanced and user-friendly screen-capture software application. SnagIt has officially unveiled the Beta version of SnagIt, for taking screenshots on a Mac. The interface is very different from the Windows counterpart, but that is understandable considering that the Windows version uses the Office 2007 Ribbon UI that Microsoft has not made available for Mac applications.

You can download free Beta version of SnagIt for Mac from here.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

It offers an all-in-one capture mode that tries to detect whether you want to grab the full screen, a window, a specific region, or even a scrolling area. Many small things are worth appreciating, like the small magnified window when capturing a region. The awesome thing about the magnified window is that it does not actually appear until your cursor isn’t moving much on the screen. That makes sense because when your cursor is only moving a few pixels at a time is when you are probably trying to get a pixel-perfect screenshot, and that is when you need the magnified area.
Overall, there are a lot of nice touches in the app. You can use keyboard shortcuts, the Menubar icon, or the hide-away window to initiate a capture. SnagIt for Mac is not full-featured yet though, and you will notice that as soon as you click on the Effectstab where all you will see is a Coming soonmessage. The things that are available work very well though.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 3/5

Nexus One “Google Phone”, From Rumor to Reality: The Complete Coverage

We, at Techie-buzz, were doing an evaluation of all the significant tech events that happened in 2009. Authors had different opinions about the biggest and most influential event we witnessed this year. But everyone agreed the biggest showdown of the year, surrounding rumors, was the much hyped Google “Nexus One” phone.

We chased Nexus One, right from the beginning, till its official announcement. Here are the events on how the Google “Nexus One” Phone was born out of rumors and went on to become a reality.

December 1, 2009

As soon as the rumors surfaced by Gizmodo that Google is secretly building a phone, that will also be branded by its name,   we were one of the first to report it on Techie-Buzz. People had various guesses like: it will be manufactured by Samsung and it will be running Chrome OS.

There were many fake aka “leaked” pics and videos, that surfaced similar to these:

Google Phone
Google Phone
Google Phone
Google Phone
Google Phone
Google Phone
Google Phone
Google Phone

These rumors did not surface on their own. Google had long pending plans about this phone. Google first developed Android: the hottest and one of the best OS for portable devices that the open source community has to offer, and then Google voice: which filled the long pending dream of users about the ideal VOIP (voice-over-internet-telephony). What was the next product expected from the company? Maybe one high-end phone with all the bare basics for today’s power user: a fast processor, bluetooth, bigger ram, wi-fi, camera, touch enabled UI, and yes, one that can compete with the killer iPhone, that overshadowed the cellphone history of this decade.

Chinese Pirates Hacked Ubuntu to Look Like Windows XP

Infamous Chinese software pirates were not much happy with just copying Windows XP, so they moved their interests to hacking Ubuntu to look like Windows XP. With a Windows XP look-alike we do not mean just a theme or a shell replacement, going by what we experienced, Ylmf OS is a pixel-perfect copycat of Windows XP, but based on Ubuntu Linux.

Ylmf OS
Ylmf OS

Ylmf OS is the closest Windows XP look, that Linux can ever get to. The link that we have provided, to the homepage of Ylmf OS, is converted from Chinese to English. This OS is based on Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala. Most of the Chinese fonts are integrated into Ylmf, so an English language user cannot expect to use it right away.

If you want to download and install Ylmf OS, you can download it from here.

Some of the Screenshots

(Yes even we were surprised !) :

Ylmf OS
Ylmf OS
Ylmf OS
Ylmf OS
Ylmf OS
Ylmf OS
Ylmf OS
Ylmf OS

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

As we have already stated, Ylmf OS is the closest look Linux can get, of Windows XP.   Ylmf OS also integrates the latest and stable OpenOffice 3.1, for complete portability with MS Office. It also integrates classic Windows theme, so that users can feel more close to Windows user interface. It also integrates stable version on Wine emulator. It has SMplayer for media playback. For internet browsing, it has latest version of Firefox. aMule, Filezilla and Pidgin are also integrated. If we put all of these features together, it is a complete and stable Linux distro that is perfect for use, even for a Windows user. We looked at Ylmf OS from two viewpoints: 1. As a Linux distro: Perfect, as it is based on stable architecture of Ubuntu Linux, plus it provides users with Windows XP look and feel. 2. As pirated/ripped Windows XP: As far as we know, Microsoft cannot sue the developers of Ylmf OS, as it is completely based on Ubuntu Linux, which itself promotes modifications and copying. But, if the developers have ported/hacked some code from Windows XP, to bring such a close look to Linux, they are in trouble. Earlier as reported in Clonedinchina, a developer had landed in jail for 3.5 years for Tomato Garden Windows XP, a pirated version of Windows XP. We at Techie-Buzz, never promote Piracy.

Techie-Buzz Rating:4/5

Achievements of Open-Source Products in 2009

Open Source
Open Source

From the launch of Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala, to the continued improvements in Firefox, open source products achieved a lot in 2009. While established products like OpenOffice continued to flourish, we saw the emergence of new and promising contenders like Chrome OS. Here is a highlight on what open source community, as a whole achieved this year:

Drupal

Drupal
Drupal

The Drupal content management system runs Whitehouse.gov and dozens of other high-profile Web sites. Acquia, a startup in charge of commercializing Drupal, has received more than $18 million in venture capital to date, which is testimony the success of Drupal.

Ubuntu

Ubuntu
Ubuntu

In October, Canonical released Ubuntu 9.10, code-named “Karmic Koala,” which enables companies to build their own cloud computing environments on their own servers and hardware. As it has done with desktop and server Linux, Canonical aims to take a pioneering role in cloud computing, and this release is the first step in that direction.

Git

Git
Git

Git, a distributed version control system created by Linus Torvalds to manage the Linux kernel, has very quickly entered the mainstream since its creation less than 3 years ago. The documentation that comes with Git describes it as “a fast, scalable, distributed revision control system with an unusually rich command set”.

SUSE Studio

SUSE Studio
SUSE Studio

Novell launched Suse Studio in July as part of its Suse Appliance Program. So far, Linux users and developers are impressed with what Suse Studio brings to them, in terms of simplicity and functionality.

Chrome OS

Chrome OS
Chrome OS

Unveiled in July, Chrome OS, an open-source system that initially will be targeted at netbooks, is Google’s bid to offer a fast, lightweight and secure way to find information online. Google released Chrome OS to open source in November and revealed its intention to partner with as-yet-unknown hardware vendors to bring Chrome OS-powered netbooks to market in time for next year’s holiday season.

OpenOffice

Open Office
Open Office

In October, OpenOffice.org proudly declared that more than 100 million visitors had clicked on the Web site’s ‘Download OpenOffice.org’ button since version 3.0 of the software was released in October 2008. OpenOffice is being adopted by more and more users because of its increased interoperability with Microsoft Office.

Firefox

Firefox
Firefox

Mozilla’s Firefox Web browser passed the one billion download. No need to talk about its speed and performance, which always continues to be better.

XMBC media center updates to 9.11 Camelot

XMBC is a cross-platform, open source media center for Windows, Mac, Linux, Apple TV and related platforms. The developer team of this application has released XMBC 9.11, introducing a whole new look and feel.

Noteworthy changes include a revamped user interface via the new default skin Confluence, DirectX support by default for the Windows platform, a complete reorganization of the settings menus, automatic video information extraction, and smoother video playback and codecs have been updated for more reliable playback.

XMBC Camelot
XMBC Camelot
XMBC interface
XMBC interface
XMBC
XMBC
XMBC
XMBC

You can read the complete changelog on their blog, but some of the highlights include:

  • Better support for multi-monitor setups.
  • High Definition, Surround Sound, and Subtitle Flagging and Filtering in Video Library
  • Performance improvements to SQLite (database) queries
  • Ability to scrape and scan TV Shows into the video library by air-date via TheTVDB.com

If you are an XMBC user, this update is a must have. You can also browse and download many more themes for XMBC, from here .

You can download XMBC media center from here.

SUSE Studio: Build a Custom Linux OS from Scratch [How To]

Even if you do not have much knowledge about Linux, you can very easily build a custom Linux distro, which you can boot from a USB stick or CD/DVD, run inside a virtual machine program or install on your computer.

SUSE Studio is a simple and fast appliance builder, which provides you an easy to use, web-based user interface which runs inside your web browser. It lets you build your own custom Linux distro based on OpenSUSE. The best feature SUSE Studio is “Testdrive”, using which you can boot, configure and test your custom Linux distro in a web browser, without downloading.

SUSE Studio
SUSE Studio

SUSE Studio is free to use. It is currently in beta phase, and to use this service you will need an invitation and an account. You can request an invite through the login page of SUSE studio. Once you get your invite, you can sign into SUSE Studio with your Google or Yahoo account, or any OpenID provider. Read more about OpenID here.

SUSE Studio
SUSE Studio

SUSE Studio calls each bootable system you create, an “appliance”. Once you are logged in, goto your “Home” screen and click on “Create new appliance”. You can select your “base template” as either KDE or Gnome, or if you are good enough to build your own desktop and login manager through command line, you can choose command line-only option.

In the next step, you can choose your favorite software applications to be added to the custom distro. For example, if you want to add Firefox, search for it in the search bar, and then click “+add” to load it into your system, with dependencies and any other packages needed.

SUSE Studio
SUSE Studio

Once you have added all your software applications, you can tweak the eye candy of your distro, and determine how your system will boot up.   Also, in the General sub-section, you can change your username to other than “Tux”, and other password than standard “linux”. In the personalize section, you can add your own logo and background to your custom Linux distro. “Overlay files” and “Scripts” settings can mostly be skipped, unless you are a power user of Linux.

SUSE build
SUSE build

In the build section, you can specify the format in which you would like to download the custom distro, whether an ISO for CD/DVD burning, a disk image for USB, or a ready-made virtual machine file for VirtualBox or VMWare. If you do not have the time or patience to burn a CD/DVD or install a new virtual machine, SUSE Studio lets you run your custom-built appliances on their own virtualization servers, for up to one hour, for free. Hit the “testdrive” link on one of your builds, and wait for it to boot up.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

We were fairly impressed with the performance of the virtual machine we created entirely online, running on servers on a different continent and controlled entirely through a browser. We have shown here just a glance of what you can do with SUSE studio. The possibilities are endless and are limited only to your imagination.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 4/5

VLMC: Free Video Editing Software from VLC Coming Soon [Leaked Pics]

The Creators of the famous cross-platform VLC media player, are going to release a new video editing program named VideoLAN Movie Creator (VLMC).

VLMC
VLMC

On the VLMC home page it states:

VLMC will be available very soon in a pre-release version for Linux, Windows and Mac, stay tuned !

The official announcement of VLMC will take place at the VideoLAN dev’days 2009 in December.
Once the pre-release of VLMC is out, there will be full instructions on how to install it, and we will have all the details. Until then, you can fetch the current working tree using Git:

git clone git://github.com/VLMC/vlmc.git

What we know upto this point:

VLMC will be a free video editing software program, which will offer features that allow you to make professional quality movies. It will be as user-friendly and simple, as the original VLC media player.

Here is a video preview of VLMC:

Stay tuned for more updates on VLMC.

Twitter Acquires Mixer Labs: Now Geolocation is the Future

Twitter just announced that, it has acquired geolocation service, Mixer Labs. Mixer Labs is the company behind GeoAPI.com.

GeoAPI is a service that allows developers to add geolocation data to their apps. With geolocation features enabled, an app can tell the current geographical location of the user. Twitter just launched its geotagging API a few weeks ago. Even though a number of mobile and desktop Twitter clients like Seesmic Web, already support Twitter’s geotagging API, only a small number of users are currently making use of it.

According to the Twitter founder Ev Williams:

The company will be looking at how to integrate the work Mixer Labs has done with the Twitter API in useful ways that give developers behind geo-enabled apps like Birdfeed, Seesmic Web, Foursquare, Gowalla, Twidroid, Twittelator Pro and other powerful new possibilities.

The important thing to note, is that the Mixer Labs GeoAPI, is not tied to Twitter. GeoAPI offers tools, that can take GPS (global positioning system) coordinates and turn them into human readable form. It also offers a service that can find status updates, related to specific places on Flickr, Twitter or YouTube.

After the acquisition, the GeoAPI will continue to work while Twitter figures out how to integrate its geotagging API with Mixer Labs’ GeoAPI in the best way.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

Recently, several features have been introduced by Twitter, like Lists, Retweet and so on, which made their way into desktop and mobile apps too. But the biggest and most anticipated one is the geolocation service, using which anyone using twitter, can come to know, the exact location of his friends and other people on his network. With the geolocation service fully integrated over the social networking sites, it won’t be necessary for me to update my location with each new activity. I can upload pics to Flickr in New York, post video of my birthday party in the Bahamas, or post my status updates from Mexico, with no extra effort.

In the future, we will see a full integration of all these services (Twitter, Flickr and others) with Google Maps and other related services, and we will be able to know the current location of any of our friends, while we are using a GPS enabled cellphone. Yes, Geolocation is the future.

Ubuntu Studio: The Perfect Distro for All Your Multimedia Needs

Ubuntu Studio
Ubuntu Studio

Ubuntu Studio is a multimedia flavor of Ubuntu. This distro is aimed at audio, video and graphic enthusiasts as well as professionals.

As the official website says:

We provide a suite of the best open-source applications available for multimedia creation. Completely free to use, modify and redistribute. Your only limitation is your imagination.

It is an officially recognized derivative of the Ubuntu Linux distribution, which is geared towards intensive multimedia production. The real-time kernel which was introduced first time in Ubuntu 8.04 was modified for audio, video and graphics work. The new distribution based on this modified kernel became known as Ubuntu Studio.

Ubuntu Studio includes custom artwork and a blue-on-black theme, as opposed to Ubuntu’s default brown and orange theme. There is no Live CD version of Ubuntu Studio, and consequently, no graphic installer. Ubuntu Studio 9.10 (Karmic) DVD image is 1.28 GB in size, which can be downloaded from the official website. Ubuntu Studio can also be installed on a pre-existing Ubuntu installation by installing the “ubuntustudio-desktop” package from apt (advanced packaging tool).

Various packages included in Ubuntu Studio are:

Audio :

Ardour: a hard disk recorder and digital audio workstation application.

Audacity: a digital audio editor.

Creox: A real-time guitar effects program.

Hydrogen: An advanced drum machine.

Jack audio connection kit: a sound server deamon.

Video:

PiTiVi: a video editing program.

Stopmotion: a movie creator.

VLC media player: a free media player.

Graphics:

Agave: a color scheme generator.

Blender: a 3D animation program.

Enblend: an image composition program.

Fontforger: a font editor program.

Inkscape: a vector graphics editor.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

The most amazing thing about every distribution of Ubuntu, is the incredible choice of programs which are geared towards activities that we perform in our daily lives. There is an Ubuntu distro for nearly every type of user, and for all kinds of machines he works on. This one is specially crafted and optimized for hobbyists and professionals, who can use the best   open source software available, to achieve the maximum in their applications. All the applications are free, plus when you report a bug, it gets fixed, and when you request an extra feature, it gets implemented. Now all the musical bands, singers, studio editors and photographers can also enjoy the freedom of a free and open source Operating system.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4.5/5