5 Windows Apps to Quickly Disable Stuff

Every so often, you   might want to disable something on your PC. However, you’ll need to dig deep down in the Control Panel settings to make that happen. Here are five apps that let you disable everything from your Aero Glass effects to your keyboard at the click of a button.

1. Disable the touchpad with TouchFreeze


Changing specific settings to automatically disable the touchpad when typing could be cumbersome, so TouchFreeze comes to the rescue. You needn’t fiddle with the Control Panel settings anymore – just install the utility and you’re done – the touchpad will not be active during typing if TouchFreeze is running.

2. Disable Aero Effects with Aerofoil


Aerofoil is a simple utility that runs from the system tray and lets you disable all snazzy Aero Glass effects in Windows 7 with a single click. You can also use it to switch between multiple power plans you’ve created.

3. Disable the keyboard with Kid Key Lock


Kid Lock disables standard and special keys on your keyboard and mouse buttons. Pretty useful when you’re going to clean your keyboard or if you have kids or pets in your home. The program runs from the system tray.

4. Disable the CapsLock key with Handicapslock

If you find yourself hitting the Caps Lock key often when you shouldn’t, chances are you want to disable it. A Lifehacker reader created an AutoHotkey script that activates the Caps Lock key only when it’s pressed twice, and you can download the same as an .exe from here.

We haven’t tried this ourselves, but give it a go and let us know.

5. Disable UAC Prompts with TweakUAC


If you never want to get annoyed by those User Account Control notifications that often pop up, download TweakUAC and just hit Leave UAC off. The UAC is completely disabled, so you’ll never get to see those again.

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How to enable NumLock Key to be ON when Linux Boots

If you’ve tried Linux before, chances are you found this frustrating. The NumLock key on your keyboard is by default OFF when Linux boots. There’s a way to enable NumLock key stay in the ON state when Linux starts up.

Here’s how to do it if you’re in Ubuntu:

Using the shell, install NumLockX by typing this command

$ sudo apt-get install numlockx

Otherwise you can download the tarball from here, compile and install it by executing the following set of commands from the directory where the tarball was extracted:

make install
make xsetup
make xinitrc

Reboot, you should see that the NumLock key is on by default.

How to customize the fonts used in Winamp

I recently switched to Winamp, thanks to a friend’s recommendation. One thing that’s been keeping me away from this player is the fact that it looks ugly (well, atleast to my eyes). There are lots of skins, I know, but they aren’t professional looking.

But I really loved Winamp because it’s very customizable. I tried a few skins. They are pretty, except for the fonts displayed. The default fonts and fonts sizes used in Winamp aren’t that good, and most of the time are really annoying and unreadable.

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First Look at SpiceBird Beta

SpiceBird is a new application that aims to integrate Instant Messaging, Email, Calendar and Task Management, and also RSS reading under one wing.

I just downloaded it and gave it a try, and thought of posting my initial thoughts on this over here. First, it’s a beta version FYI. I had no problems with installing SpiceBird on Windows, it went smooth.

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Download Miro 1.1

Miro, a free open source video player that brings Internet TV to your desktop has gone to version 1.1 with lots of new features. Miro 1.1 has been officially released for download.

What’s new in Miro 1.1?

The most noticable change in Miro 1.1 comes in the improvements in torrent downloading speeds, along with more control over torrent downloading.

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Best tools to access Linux Partitions from Windows

If you dual boot with Windows and Linux, and have data spread across different partitions on Linux and Windows, you should be really in for some issues.

It happens so sometimes you need to access your files on Linux partitions from Windows, and you realize it isn’t possible easily. Not really, with these tools in hand – it’s very easy for you to access files on your Linux partitions from Windows:


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How to find if your computer is compatible with Vista

Want to get your PC installed with Windows Vista, but not sure of whether your computer is compatible with it? Vista requires some decent hardware configuration to run on. So how do you check if your computer hardware is compatible with Vista? Can your computer run Vista or not?

There’s a way to find out if you’re on XP.

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