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Excellent Browser Address Bar Tricks

The browser’s address bar is not just for typing URLs, with new invention in browser it is definitely much more than that, for example we had told you how to use  Omnibar as a calculator & unit converter recently.

Amit from Digital Inspiration has put up a list of things that you can do with the browser address bar, the first thing is the Ctrl + Enter trick to directly load a .com domain, however we have also covered how you can load a .net and .org domain using similar .

Other than that Amit has shown how you can capture a screenshot using the address bar, download videos, shrink URLs, email a web page, share or bookmark, find information about a website, send notes to yourself, open mobile friendly webpage among other things.

Head over to Do more with your browser Address Bar to learn more.

Tr.Im Closes, Uhm Opens Back Again

There was a lot of hue over the announcement of tr.im the semi-popular URL shortening service to close down few days back, the major problems many saw with the closure was that, all the links that were shortened using tr.im would disappear forever, making hundreds of thousands if not millions of links go bust.

However one thing is for sure that the popularity of tr.im grew immensely after that announcement and they have now decided to resurrect the service and run it indefinitely.

We have restored tr.im, and re-opened its website. We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the popular response, and the countless public and private appeals I have received to keep tr.im alive.

We have answered those pleas. Nambu will keep tr.im operating going forward, indefinitely, while we continue to consider our options in regards to tr.im’s future.

One of the major causes of tr.im deciding to close down was because started giving preferential treatment to bit.ly another URL shortening service, which according to tr.im creates a monopoly.

Now it’s time to wait and watch which other URL shorteners decide to take the plunge to popularity.

Digsby Partners With MySpace and OneRiot, Gets Closer To Real-Time [Exclusive]

recently crossed 1 million users, however that has not stopped them from innovating and adding several interesting features into the already popular multi protocol instant messenger.

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In a few hours from now Digsby will be announcing a major update to, which includes several new features, which include.

  • MySpace: A completely MySpace newsfeed which now includes a full Activities Stream, status updates, and the ability to browse photos. An ability not available in any other IM program. 
  • Global Status: A new Global Status dialog which makes it easy to set your status across social networks and IM accounts. The Global Status dialog has spell checking built in and makes it easy to share links (via digs.by) and pictures (via pic.im)
  • URL Shortener: Digsby is launching a URL shortener just for Digsby users under the domain http://digs.by . In the future users will be able to access a history of the links they’ve shared and view other statistics like how many times they were clicked.
  • OneRiot: Digsby has also partnered with OneRiot to make it easy for you to search the real-time web to the desktop. Just hit Ctrl + Fon the buddy list to search.

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In addition to this the new version of Digsby will also sport a new and fresh skin, these changes look pretty good and definitely makes Digsby one of the best multi-protocol IMs available today.

Update: Digsby has made a official announcement, you can download the latest version to get all the new features.

InterfaceLift Wallpaper Downloader

InterfaceLift is a excellent free resource for downloading high resolution wallpapers, in fact we had even mentioned it in the 6 excellent places to download free HQ wallpapers.

Though InterfaceLift provides users with a nice interface, downloading wallpapers will require you to click on each of them and then find the resolution you want and download the wallpaper.

InterfaceLift desktop wallpaper downloader (unofficial) is a excellent   that will allow you to download wallpapers directly to your desktop in a easy to use interface.

Interfacelift Wallpaper Downloader Options

Once you download and install the utility, go to File options to setup the options for downloading the wallpapers. You can set the folder where you want to download images, along with the aspect ration and screen resolution that you want the wallpaper in.

Download Interfacelift Wallpapers

Once you have setup the options to download the wallpapers just enter the page numbers from which you want to download the images from, you have to visit the InterfaceLift website to get the page numbers.

Once you have entered the page numbers, click on the Download button to start downloading the wallpapers, the utility will automatically download them to the location you chose in the options. Simple right?

Download InterfaceLift Wallpaper Downloader

Google Experimenting With New Search Infrastructure

The one thing every user might have experienced with Google Search is lightening fast search results, most of that is possible because of the excellent infrastructure that Google has in place.

However that may change, Google is working with some new search infrastructure which they have made available through to public as the Google Search Sandbox, that makes searching much more faster than it is currently, yes you heard it write the search results will show up much more faster.

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The project termed as the next generation of Google search does not add visual features like their counterpart which uses more of graphics in their search results.

The most significant changes in both the version is speedier results and more indexed documents, as you can see from the image below.

Old Search Results Timings

New Search Results Timings

In many cases like the one above the search results are returned almost 4 times faster than current results, with an average of 2 1/2 times faster search results.

In addition to that there is a increase in the number of documents in the index, which may be irrelevant for quite a few people who seldom go beyond 10-20 pages while searching for keywords.

The results are definitely faster than they are with the current Google Search. Don’t believe us? Visit the Google Search Sandbox to try the new search for yourself :-), in the meantime we will keep a eye on it to let you know if they come up with any exciting features.

More information about this can be found on the Google Webmaster Blog.

[via Mashable]

Twitter for Command Line Junkies

Command line junkies if you shun having to use some fancy twitter clients, a like minded person has developed an application that you will definitely like.

Quitter is a handy tool for command line junkies that will allow you to access your timeline and update your status using the command line.

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Once you have downloaded the software, extract it to a folder and double click on Quitter.exe, it will open up a command prompt and ask you to validate your user using OAuth.

Once you have successfully authenticated your account, you will get a pin, just enter the pin on the command line prompt and you are all set.

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To get help using the application, press ? and you will be shown a list of options, for example to read all tweets you just need to press the enter key, to post a tweet you have to press the P", key to reply to a tweet press the Rkey and so on.

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In addition to that Quitter also allows you to organize your followers into groups and only read tweets from the group, filter tweets that contain certain #hashtags, use URL shorteners for tweeting URLs, opening links posted by your friends in your default browser without having to copy paste it, send and receive direct messages and more.

For a command line tool, Quitter packs in a ton of exciting features. Quitter is definitely a non-obtrusive and useful client for everyone, go ahead and give it a try.

Quitter is a , just download the handy and run it from wherever you want.

Download Quitter

Best Windows Task Manager Alternatives / Replacements

Lets be honest, the default Windows task manager is too trivial and does not gel well for advanced needs, yes it is useful to kill tasks see running processes and simple information, but for a advanced user it is a bit of a dampener.

But is that the only option available to users to manage tasks and processes? Well not exactly, there are tons of utilities and software that do a much better job than the default windows task manager.

In this post we will take a look at some of the best Windows task manager alternatives/replacements that are worthwhile to download and use.

Sysinternals Process Explorer

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This is by far one of the best tool to manage tasks and processes on Windows, in fact it was so popular that Microsoft eventually bought out the whole company and their suite of tools.

With Sysinternals you can monitor processes, memory usage, CPU usage and lots of other information that will be useful to advanced users.

The best part about this tool is that you can easily suspend memory hogging tasks without having to completely kill it, this can be pretty useful when a particular application is using too much memory and CPU and you may want to just suspend the task till you finish other important work. Read more on how you can suspend memory hogging tasks instead of killing them using Process explorer.

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Process explorer also shows a tree based view of processes, so you can easily identify which process was started by whom.

Process Explorer is a and does not require any installation.

Download Process Explorer

Yet Another Process Monitor

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YAPM is yet another process monitor that is similar to process explore but with much more features.

The good thing about YAPM is that it provides users with a tabbed interface to navigate through different things.

Another interesting aspect of this tool is that you can also use it to monitor processes, threads of another PC in your network. YAPM is portable software and does not require any installation, just unzip and use.

Download Yet Another Process Monitor

AnVir Task Manager Free

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Anvir Task Manager Free is another alternative to the Windows Task Manager, this tool allows you monitor the processes, services, startup programs and more.

Please note while installing the software it will show you an option to install a toolbar, make sure to uncheck that if you don’t want install it.

Download Anvir Task Manager Free

These are some of the best task manager replacements/alternatives we have come across, do you use any other tools to manage tasks and processes? Do let us know about them.

uTorrent 2.0 Beta Released, Adds UDP Trackers Support

uTorrent the popular BitTorrent client for downloading and managing torrents has released uTorrent 2.0 Beta 16081 which adds several functionalities to this already popular client.

One of the most interesting features in this release is the addition of UDP trackers, it is well know that UDP based trackers are more efficient than HTTP based trackers and the addition of support for UDP tracker will definitely cheer up uTorrent users.

Also Read: How to Speedup Torrent Download Speeds

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New Features in uTorrent 2.0 Beta 16081

  • We’ve added UDP tracker support!
  • uTP has been improved significantly over the previous alpha, with many bugs fixed and performance improvements. It’s no longer hidden in Advanced settings.
  • The setup dialog has been overhauled to make it much easier to use and with a built-in speed test. It’s still not quite complete yet, but this will give you a good taste of what we’re up to with it!
  • Transfer caps are now configurable, with usage tracking and graphs.

You can download uTorrent Beta 2.0 by visiting this forum announcement post, it also includes information about the latest changes available in this version.

Please note, this software is in Beta, only install it if you are ready to test it out, it is not yet ready for production use and may have several bugs.

[via]

Get Classic Menu in Office 2007 & 2010

Starting with Office 2007 Microsoft started using a new ribbon menu to provide easy access to several tasks and features.

However most of the times change is difficult and not many people like seeing new things, so if you are one of those who want the plain old classic menu in Office 2007 and , UBitMenu can be quite helpful.

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Once you install the utility you will a new menu item which will display the old interface to you in a menu item called Menu, it will not change the other items in the original menu.

This will help users to get accustomed to the ribbon menu or totally dump it for the classic menu without decreasing their productivity.

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NameCheap, Dreamhost, HostGator, GoDaddy, BlueHost, MediaTemple Coupon Codes

Buying your own domain and web hosting is pretty cheap these days, but hang on you can still get more discounts on the already low prices offered by the big companies like Namecheap, GoDaddy, Dreamhost, Bluehost, HostGator, MediaTemple etc.

Most of these companies usually come up with coupon codes that give users discounts on several packages including web hosting, domain names and more.

So where do you find coupon codes for Namecheap, Dreamhost, GoDaddy, Bluehost, HostGator, MediaTemple or other popular providers?

The answer is simple at Retailmenot.com which is a user contributed site to save you some money before you buy anything using the internet or otherwise. The success rates of the available coupons are usually high, however some do come with a expiration so you have to use them before that date.

Here are some coupon codes for the most popular web hosting and domain registrars.

If you are looking for coupon codes for some other providers or domain registrars, head to retailmenot.com and search for the domain name of your provider, most of the times you will find coupon codes you can use for discounts.

As a bonus if you are looking for really cheap web hosting using the coupon code TECHIEBUZZor TECHIEBUZZ1while registering for DreamHost to get a $75 discount for the first year. Enjoy.