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Register/Signup for Office Web Apps Beta Invitations

Office Web Apps Beta went live today and people have already started to compare it with and Zoho. Though I have personally not used it yet expect a full review from the staff pretty soon.


In the initial period not everyone will be able to make use of the new office web applications. You will have to wait for a invitation to test out Office web Apps beta.

Invites will be sent out to users who upload documents to SkyDrive first.

If you do not do that, to get in the wait line for a Office web apps beta invitation go to the registration page and register yourself for the Technical preview of and office web apps beta.

Import Tumblr Posts to Posterous and Posterous Themes

Posterous is one of the simplest way to share and publish content to a website using emails. I have been using Posterous for quite sometime now to forward funny emails and share it with my friends.

However unlike other similar platforms like Tumblr, Posterous did not have themes which are considered which allows users to customize the look and feel.


But that was only until yesterday. In a new rollout Posterous has not added the ability to allow users to choose among different themes. You can choose between number of available themes, update headers or modify the HTML and CSS of the themes to suit your needs.

Import Posts from Tumblr to Posterous

Posterous has also added a new feature to import content from Tumblr and other blogging platform. To import posts from Tumblr visit and select Tumblr from the list.


Enter the details of your Tumblr blog and hit Save. Posterous will import all your posts from Tumblr and add it to your Posterous account, pretty cool considering that Tumblr is the biggest rival of Posterous.

You can also import content from other blogging platforms like Blogger, , Typepad, Movable Type and Xanga.

How Can I Change Windows Default Desktop Icons?

Here’s how to change the standard icons you normally see on your Windows Desktop.


These instructions are for Windows XP.

Scroll on down further to see how to do this in Vista or Windows 7.

Right click on an empty spot on your desktop and select Properties. Then choose the Desktoptab as shown.


Click the Customize Desktopbutton. Select the icon you wish to change and then click the Change Iconbutton.


You’ll see the location of the current icon and clicking Browsewill allow you to choose a new icon.


Here you can see that I’ve selected an icon from the shell32.dllicon library. Hit the OK button after you’ve selected the icon you wish to use.


You should now see the changed icon in the list. If you are done changing icons, you can hit OK to save your changes. You will have to hit another OK button after that to exit the Desktop properties.


Now you can see the changed icon on your desktop.


Instructions for Windows Vista and Windows 7

Right click on an empty spot on your desktop. Then select the Change desktop iconslink.


The rest of the procedure is pretty much the same as what I showed you above for Windows XP.

That’s all there is to it. Now you can make your Windows a little more personal.

Backup & Restore Wireless Settings in Windows 7

Quite sometime back we had told you about Net Profiles a network that allow you to port your network settings and connect to multiple networks without putting in much efforts.


But the beauty of is not just its looks, it has tons of features which eliminates the need for additional software. One such area is the ability to and export your wireless settings and re-import it again on the same PC or a different one.

This feature can definitely come in handy when you use Wireless protection and use a WEP or WAP key for it.

Also Read: Retrieve your secure Wireless WEP/WAP keys

The How-to-Geek blog has a step by step tutorial that will allow you to export your wireless settings and keys and use it on another computer. In the tutorial you will learn to save your Wireless key and restore it on the same computer or on a different one.

Pretty simple and easy, one more reason to love Windows 7.

Easily Backup & Import Your Wireless Network Settings in Windows 7 [How-to-Geek]

Configure uTorrent for faster downloading

The uTorrent speed can be optimized. This will help you do faster downloads while using uTorrent. Follow the simple configurational tweaks below to get your job done.

NB : Prior to doing any configuration changes please note down the values of the entries that you are changing .

  1. Open your uTorrent.
  2. Now go to Options > Preferrences.
  3. Now the window that opens, select Connection in the left pane. Now do the settings as shown in the image below.
  4. Now similarly go to the Bandwidth tab in the left pane. Now put the values as shown below.
  5. Now in the left pane select the BitTorrent tab & follow the image below.
  6. Click the Queueing tab in the left pane & do the following changes in the right pane.
  7. Now in the Scheduler tab uncheck the Enable Scheduler option.scheduler
  8. Now click Apply and enjoy faster download.

If you have a router

  1. Press Windows key + R. Type   cmd & hit enter.
  2. Now type ipconfig in the resulting window and press enter.
  3. Note down your ip address and your default gateway that shows up there.
  4. Now open your default browser & type in the default gateway in the address bar & hit enter. A login panel will open both the fields are generally set to admin by default.
  5. Beneath Applications’ fill out one line for every p2p client that is used.
  6. You have to use ip address, the correct port range and set either tcp or udp.
  7. You can find ports in the actual p2p client’s settings. Those are editable, but be sure to make them same as in the router.
  8. Most p2p apps needs tcp & udp both checked, make sure of it from the FAQ..
  9. Save your settings.

For applying port forwarding for uTorrent consult Port Forward.

Some configurations that are shown here are applicable for my own personal bandwidth. Check your own bandwidth here.

On the ending note, I must mention that not all the settings will be applicable for you or may be the values will differ a bit. But those settings are the most common & works well with most of the lot, so lets hope it works with you too.

How to Totally Uninstall Applications

Recently Techie-Buzz published an article about Revo Uninstaller. It allows you to do a better job cleaning up the junk files, folders and registry entries that a typical Windows Add/Remove session often leaves behind.

The use of third party uninstall utilities like Revo is primarily based on the idea that software authors may not put much effort into uninstallers. Sure they provide you an uninstall option, but do they really care if they leave some garbage behind? In many cases, I’d guess that they aren’t very concerned. After all, you’ve already decided that you didn’t like their software, right?

Besides Revo Unistaller, there is a class of uninstall utilities that work a little differently. Sometimes they can do an even better job of removing unwanted files and registry keys. I’ll tell you about two that I use often.

One of my favorites is the last freeware version of Total Uninstall.


The other is Zsoft Uninstaller.


Today I tried the Seven Remix XP program. After using it’s built in uninstaller, I was still left with a strange Vista boot splash. Fortunately I’d used Total Uninstall to watch over the installation. I was able to run it and remove all the changes it had made. By the way, I really did like the Seven Remix program even though I decided not to keep it.

Both Total Uninstall (TUN) and Zsoft work by allowing you to monitoryour system during a program installation. Before you start the actual installation of a new program, you will run TUN or Zsoft to take a snapshot of all the system files and registry settings. Next they allow you to perform the new program installation. Finally, once the new installation is finished, they prompt you to take a final snapshot of the system files and registry settings.

The before and after snapshots are compared so that TUN and Zsoft can record the exact changes that the new program installation made to your system. Later you can fire up TUN or Zsoft to reverse all of the changes that were made. In other words, you have totallyuninstalled the program.

Here’s quick comparison of features. It’s not complete but it will give you a good idea of what to expect.



Lists all installed programs



Provides other cleanup tools



Lists programs it monitored



Outputs Installation log



Options to select monitored registry hives



Options to ignore selected registry areas



Options to ignore selected files and folders



Tree view of registry keys and files



Easy removal of sections of install log



Here are a few more details about these two programs.

Zsoft is a currently supported freeware program and continues to improve in speed and reliability. The version of Total Uninstall that I use is the last freeware version and it’s currently not supported. The author of Total Uninstall has a great shareware version that is considered to be one of the best around. I’d recommend it to anyone who can afford it.

Here are a few tips on usage for uninstallers that monitor (analyze) installations.

  1. These programs cannot track any changes made to your system after you’ve taken the last snapshot. They only monitor changes made between the before and after snapshots. They may not be able to help you recover from problems you encounter long after you’ve installed an application.
  2. Don’t expect these applications to do a good job of uninstalling an application that was not monitored with a before and after system snapshot. If you don’t use the monitor functions, they’ll only do as good as Windows Add/Remove does. In fact the freeware version of TUN will only list applications that it’s monitored. Zsoft will list everything installed on your system but you’ll have to go to the Analyzedtab to find the applications that it monitored.
  3. These programs are best used on software that you aren’t sure you want to keep. They work best if you can decide quickly if you want to uninstall. I’ve even used them to install adware and spyware programs for testing and then removal. The log files that TUN and Zsoft generate can be very valuable in finding out what sneaky programs have been up to.
  4. You can even use these programs to monitor guests on your PC. Log in as administrator then run a beforesnapshot. Close the program and log out. Now you can let other users have the PC. Later, you can log back in as admin and run the aftersnapshot to examine any changes they’ve made to the system and reverse them if you’d like to.

I hope this article has taught you a few more tricks for keeping your PC running more safely and cleanly. Be careful out there and have a nice day.

Download Total Uninstall or Download Zsoft Uninstaller

How to Restore Default File Extension Type Associations?

When you double click to open a file, you may find that it opens up in an application that you don’t want to use. Below I’ll point out some ways that you can change this, but first I want to explain a little bit about how it all works.

What are File Extensions and File Types?

As you may already know, the last few letters after the dot in a full file name are called the extension. A picture or photo file would often have a name such as family.jpg. In that case, jpg is the extension. You’ll often see music files with the extensions of mp3 or wma. A file type is a group of file extensions. In the above examples, the musicfile type may contain the extensions for mp3, wma and many others.

What are File Associations?

File type associations are settings that control what applications open your files and other ways that Windows interacts with them. The file type associations and protocols can accidentally be changed by installing and un-installing software or virus and malware infections.

How Can I Change File Associations?

Here at Techie-Buzz we’ve previously told you how to change file type associations. See the two following articles if you want to un-associate a file type in Vista or simply want to change the default application.

Un-associate File Types To Use Your Favorite Programs In Windows Vista

Reclaim your files to open in your favorite editor

How Can I Restore Windows Default File Associations?

If you wish to restore the file associations back to what they were when your copy of Windows was brand new, keep reading.

The settings for file associations are stored in the Windows Registry. Editing the registry or merging a .reg file into the registry allows you to change the defaults or restore them.

If nothing else works, the following links will lead to .reg files that can be merged into the registry to restore default behaviors. These are the settings that a new copy of Windows uses before any changes are made to it.

Here are a few of the file extensions that you can restore: avi, bat, bmp, chm, cmd, com, cur, dll, exe, gif, htm, html, ico, inf, jpe, jpeg, jpg, js, lnk, mp3, mpa, mpe, mpeg, mpg, msc, reg, rtf, scr, tif, tiff, txt, vbs, wma, wmv, wsf, xml, xps,   and zip.

Please be sure to read the instructions on these pages. Making changes to your Windows Registry can be hazardous unless you take precautions.

Normally, these .reg files will immediately restore the default behavior of file types. If not, you may have to reboot your PC before you see any changes.

Be sure to comment below if you have problems, questions or different solutions.

How To Disable/Block Loading Images in Firefox?

Images are the heaviest components on a webpage and they can eat up a lot of internet bandwidth. If you are on a low bandwidth connection you can easily reduce bandwidth usage by disabling images from loading in .

Disabling images from loading is pretty simple and you do not need to add any . Follow the simple steps to disable images in Firefox.

Disable Images from Loading in Firefox

Step 1: Go to Tools -> Options in Firefox.


Step 2: Go to the content tab and de-select the checkbox next to Load images automatically.

Step 3: If you want certain sites to still load images you can click on the Exceptions button and add the URLs of the sites that you want images to load for.

That’s it the images will not load in Firefox unless you load it explicitly by right clicking on the image. If you are looking to block images for only certain sites you can always right click on a image on the page and select Block images from domain name….

Or a better solution would be to use the Image Block extension which will allow you to selectively block images on certain sites.

Install Windows 7 From a USB Drive

Installing an OS usually requires a bootable CD/DVD. With you can skip using a CD/DVD for installing and instead make use of a USB drive, this is particularly helpful for people who use netbooks which do not have a optical drive.


If you are looking for a easy way to copy over the Windows installation files to a USB drive a handy called WinToFlash can come in pretty handy.

WinToFlash provides users with a wizard that will import the contents of a windows installation CD and copy over the files to a USB drive making it a bootable replacement for a optical drive. This application cal also be used to create a bootable USB drive from a LiveCD.

WinToFlash makes creating a bootable USB drive a piece of cake.

Download WinToFlash [via on10]

How to Test Websites in Different/Multiple Resolutions Without Changing the PC Resolution

Designing websites is a constant challenge for webmasters. One of the problems that they face is that computer users will be viewing their sites using any number of screen resolutions. As you can see from this list at Wikipedia, there are many common display resolutions on PCs.



There are a few simple solutions that may help webmasters with multiple screen resolutions as they strive to make sure their websites look good. Here are two free web services and one free application that I’ve used in the past. is a simple and quick way to view several screen resolutions.


Browsershots takes quite a bit longer to generate results, but it also allows you to select different web browsers and operating systems to be used for the results.


For those using a Windows PC, there is also a nice little freeware utility called “Sizer” which allows you to change web browser size quickly. This isn’t the same as changing the display resolution, but it works for me.

Once you launch Sizer, you can right click on the title bar of any application and set it’s window size.


Sizer Homepage

I’m sure that there are dozens of other solutions that allow you to view different screen resolutions. If you know of any that you’d like to share, please comment below.

Disable Windows From Restarting After Automatic Updates

We always advised our readers to activate Automatic updates in Windows as it will allow you to keep your PC safe and secure with the latest patches Windows releases.


However one of the most annoying things about Windows Update is that it automatically restarts the PC after a certain time. It does provide you with an option to delay the reboot, but if you are not near the PC it will force restart and you may lose unsaved data and open applications.

In order to stop Windows Update from automatically restarting/rebooting your PC, follow the simple steps given below.

Note: You will have administrative privileges to perform the actions below. Also the steps below will only temporarily disable the automatic restart, it may still show you the restart dialog though.

How to Stop Windows Update from Automatically Restarting PC

Step 1: Press Windows + R key and type in cmd. Press enter and a new command prompt will open up.

Step 2: In the command window, just type in net stop windows updatewith the quotes. This should stop Windows from automatically restarting.

Additionally if you do not want to follow the steps above, you can also download a software called Leave me Alone which will allow you to disable automatic reboots without changing any additional settings.

Restore/Revert Back Old Google Search Box and Font Size

Google recently rolled out new changes to the homepage where they increased the the size of the search box and the size of the font to make it a lot more larger.

The bigger font is definitely not appealing and I guess many of you might agree with me, if you are looking to revert back to the old search box and font size in Google you can do so by using a script.


Once you have installed the script it will revert back the size of the search box and font size to the one we are all so used to.

The script works in both and , but you will have to enable userscript support in Google Chrome before you can use it.

Download Google Search – un-S-U-P-E-R-sized [via gOS]

Create/Add Custom Libraries in Windows 7

Libraries in are a cool new feature that allow you to access frequently used folders quickly and easily in file open and save dialogs. A library is pretty similar to a regular folder, but a library can either contain references to a single folder or multiple folders, you can learn more about libraries by referring to a post from Windows 7 team.

By default Windows 7 contains 4 Libraries for Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos, but you can add your own custom libraries that will allow you to access your favorite folders quickly and easily.

Follow the simple steps given below to learn how to add custom libraries to Windows 7.

How to Add Custom Libraries in Windows 7

Step 1: Click on the Library icon in the task bar to open the Library.

create_new_windows_7_library new_library_name

Step 2: In the Library window, click on the New Library to create a new library. Give the library an appropriate name.

Step 3: Right click on the library you just created and click on Properties.


Step 4: A new window will popup showing you options to add folders and customize the library. Click on the Include a folder button to add folders to your library, you can choose to add one or more folders. Once your done adding the folders click on Ok.


Once you have created the libraries they will start appearing in file open save dialogs (you can change this behavior in the library properties). You can also access all your favorite folders by simply opening the library again, pretty simple and useful.

For Operating Systems like and Windows XP, we highly recommend you read our complete guide to Quickly and Easily access your Favorite folders.

Block Flash Animations In Google Chrome

Flash animations can be annoying at times and many of them use voice to alert users about something like Congratulations, you have just won a iPod, now when you are in a office these animations and sounds can put you into a spot of embarrassment.


If you are a user like me, there is no easy way to block flash animations, however a user script called BlockFlash Plus will allow you to block Flash animations in Google Chrome. You can play the animations by clicking a button on the flash object.

BlockFlash Plus Features

  • Based on the BlockFlash and FlashBlock scripts.
  • Supports both Flash and Silverlight
  • Uses two methods to block Flash and Silverlight elements to ensure they are blocked
  • Uses an icon to cover animations (complete with mouse-over effect)
  • Supports whitelist (add url to "var exclude")
  • Runs instantly.

This is a userscript, so the installation is a bit different, if you do not know how to use userscripts in Google Chrome read our tutorial to Enable Userscripts support in Google Chrome.

Download BlockFlash Plus

Watch Full Episodes of America’s Got Talent Free Online

Are you a fan of the popular America’s Got Talent? Missed a few episodes while you were busy doing something else? Don’t worry even if you have not recorded the shows you can still watch the full episodes of America’s Got Talent free.

americas_got_talent has full episodes of America’s Got Talent which you can watch online, to view the video you will need to visit NBC America’s Got Talent rewind, from there you can watch full episodes and individual performances for free.

So don’t fret that you missed an episode, go ahead and watch it online for free now.