Open Links In Focused Tabs Or Windows To Increase Productivity

Usually when you come across an article, you might find several links in them, some of which you might want to click and read.

However the default behavior many of us follow is to open the link in a background tab or window and read it later, this works fine if you have a few links to open and read, however most of the times we pile up several background tabs which we need to read.

Now there are two problems with this that tend to make you lose productivity.

  1. At times, you tend to forget why you opened a tab in the first place while reading it.
  2. At a later point of time while reading something you might not find that information relevant or useful at all, wasting both time and energy.

As a good practice, whenever you come across links try to open them in the foreground window or tab and read the information right away, this will help as you know what and why you are reading the information.

It is always better to devour information while you are thinking about it and get done with it, rather than put it on the backburner, of course at times if you find something very interesting, you can create a temporary bookmarks folder and read it at a later time.

This is how I tend to deal with content and information, it works out pretty well for me, however it might not work out well for many others, so it would be good to hear how you deal with devouring information?

Do let us know about the methods you use to stay productivity while reading content.

Get Back Classic Start Menu in Windows Seven With CSMenu

Although the modern Windows Start Menu is widely considered to be better than its predecessor, I know a lot of people who continue to prefer the older Classic Start Menu. The bad news for them is that Microsoft has decided to completely abandon the Classic Start Menu. Windows Seven doesn’t even ship with it. The good news is that there are third party applications which can fill the void.

CSMenu is a freeware whose sole function is to bring back the Classic Menu in Windows Seven. In order to use CSMenu you will need to first add it to Startup Programs and Pin it to the Taskbar. CSMenu doesn’t replace the original Start Menu. Instead it adds another Start button, which is similar to (but smaller than) the actual Start Menu button. In case you want to get rid of the original Start Menu button you will need to resort to Start Killer.

Classic Start Menu for Windows Seven

CSMenu does have its own limitations. On my system CS Menu took a couple of seconds to appear while the Start Menu always appeared instantly. The other major limitation is that you can’t right click on any of the icons in CSMenu. However, it is a viable option if you prefer the familiarity and simplicity of the Classic Start Menu.

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Convert Images To Icon Files Using iConvert

We have previously mentioned a number of websites to download free icons. These resources include tons of high-quality free icons, but sometimes what you want is not readily available. If that is the case and you want to create your own icon, there is a web app that will come in very handy.

iConvert is an application that converts regular images into icon files, free of cost. Simply upload any image file with a PNG, JPG, TIF, BMP or any other commonly used image format, and iConvert will convert that into an icon file for you.

Once converted, you can download your icon as a .ico file which is a windows native icon file, .hqx or .icns files which are icon files for MAC OS or download them as simple .png to use with Linux.  The converted .png file is available for download in a number of different sizes.

Access Your Desktop Icons & Files In One Click With TinyDesk

Most of us usually use the desktop to store icons and shortcuts to important applications and files, however when you are want to access applications from the desktop you may have to minimize all windows using the show desktop icon or the Windows Key + D or Windows Key + M.

However we had told you about a easy way to access your desktop icons in the past using a inbuilt windows toolbar. We had also mentioned a tool called Desk Topmost which allowed you to quickly access desktop icons.

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TinyDesk is another useful that will allow you to access your desktop icons with a single click.

Once you launch the program it will create a new window that will contain all the desktop icons and files, top open any item just double click on it, though it does not perform a very big task, Tinydesk definitely makes it much more easier to access desktop icons without minimizing anything.

TinyDesk is a so you can use it from anywhere without having to install anything. 

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Boost/Increase P2P and Torrent Download Speeds

By default, Windows allows only 10 half-open connections at any time. Such a limit is imposed to decrease the chances of a worm spreading incase the machine is infected. This also decreases the internet connection’s speed by a certain level. But if you already have a good level of security measures applied, removing this limit does not pose any risk. Torrent downloading speeds are also affected by this limit. Nobody likes sluggish downloads, so P2P Turbo is here to our rescue.

How to Boost P2P and Torrent Download Speeds

P2P Turbo is a small utility that makes the task of increasing download speeds effortless. It increases the open connection limit and thus increases internet speed by a significant degree.

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Upon selecting the Torrent client you use and connection type, you’ll have click on the scan button which will scan your computer for the network settings that have been enabled. It will then tweak your network settings and create a better environment for p2p downloading. P2P Turbo supports many popular torrent clients like BitTorrent, Limwire, Bitcomet etc.

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Within the Advance Settings dialog, you can actually select how many open TCP connections you want, P2P traffic priority, connected peers per seed and lot more settings which not only affect your p2p downloading speed but also normal http downloading speed.

P2P Turbo doesn’t require any installation. Just run the exe file and go tweaking!

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Repair Corrupted Zip Files

Quite sometime back we told you about a on how you can repair corrupted zip files using the command line, however there were not many tools that allowed you to do in on Windows.

We came across a freeware that will allow you to repaid corrupted zip files on Windows, this can come in pretty handy when you have download zip files from the Internet, but it refuses to open by giving you a error message saying that the zip file is corrupted.

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This may occur even if there is just a minor corruption while downloading the file. DiskInternals ZIP Repair helps repair zip structure and extract the contents of the archive. Full automation of the recovery and a wizard-like interface make zip repair no more than a snap.

If you have downloaded a zip file and it seems to be corrupted just fire the zip repair tool and follow the wizard to repair it and save both time and efforts you will spend in re-downloading the file.

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All-in-one Network Monitoring Tool

How many connections is a application making from your PC to external sites? How many open connections are currently active from your PC to external sites? How many external sites are accessing your PC?

These set of questions are pretty hard to answer unless you are pretty familiar with tracking your network connections, there are tools that allow you to monitor bandwidth usage, but those apps do not show you detailed information.

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Axence NetTools Pro is a handy and all-in-one network monitoring tool, that will help you answer the above questions with ease, you can use the tool to monitor all your incoming and outgoing connections.

The tools provides users with the following network monitoring features;

  • NetWatch Monitors the availability of several hosts and their response times. You can set several thresholds so that NetTools will notify you by e-mail, message or sound in case of host not responding or slower connection.
  • WinTools – Lists exhaustive system information from Windows computers: running processes & services, registry, event log, disk, memory & CPU information, and much more.
  • NetStat – Displays all the inbound and outbound connections to your computer and lists all open ports. Additionally, NetStat maps open ports and established connections to the owning application.
  • Local Info – Displays several tables with important information about your local configuration: network statistics for TCP/UDP and ICMP, IP address table, ARP table, IP routing table, and network adapter info.
  • Network scanner – Just enter the IP range to check and you will quickly get a list of nodes and the services running on them.
  • Service & port scanner – Allows you to check for all open ports and running services (HTTP, POP3, MS SQL, Oracle and 50 other).
  • TCP/IP workshop – Provides you with the ability to establish low-level TCP and UDP connections to troubleshoot and test different networking services.
  • SNMP Browser – A full SNMP browser, so easy you can use it even if you don’t know a thing about SNMP.

Along with these there are also several other features like traceroute, nslookup for name server and DNS lookups and more that make this utility a must have for network monitoring and management. Thanks Madhur.

Please note even though the program is free to use, you will have to register on the site and get a activation key to use it for longer than 30 days, the activation key is offered free of charge.

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Cleanup, Customize & Speedup Right Click Context Menu In Windows

Many softwares you install add context menu options to the right click menu, though this is done to provide users with a easy way to access application features, however if you have a lot of context menu items it can considerably slow down the right clicks.

This can be quite a hindrance since finding applications and disabling the right click context items can be quite a pain.

Fortunately for every problem there is a solution, likewise to speedup the right click menu in Windows.

ShellExView which we had mentioned earlier is one such that will help you manage your right click context menu items, you can easily enable or disable the context menu items for all softwares from a single interface.

MMM is another freeware that will allow you to customize your right click menu, it classifies the context menu items into different categories.

Filemenu Tools is another freeware utility that will allow you to easily customize your right click context menu, it also allows you to add some in-build functionalities that can come in handy.

Do you use any other software or utility to customize your right click menu? Do let us know about them.

Create CSS Dropdown Menus Online

Back in the days when I worked for a popular Indian web portal, my work day included receiving designs from the design team and painfully converting them into HTML based pages.

And I did do it using tables and font tags and it took me several hours to convert a design into a workable HTML page, however coming back to the future, everything is so easy these days, you can build full blown websites online without even having to have any coding skills.

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In a similar way creating drop down menus usually required lots of coding and CSS skills, but thanks to Pure CSS Menu you can now create CSS Dropdown menus online for free without even having to know a single bit of CSS or HTML.

The website is dead simple, you can add items, parameters configure links and choose from pre-defined templates.

Once you are satisfied with the menu you can download it to your local PC and then add it to your own website.

For more information watch a tutorial video on how you can create CSS dropdown menus online using Pure CSS Menu.

Tutorial Video to Create CSS Dropdown Menus Online

Couldn’t get simpler than this could it? Thanks Mayur.

Recover Data From Damaged Media Using Roadkil’s Unstoppable Copier

Every storage media has a shelf-life. In most cases it is just a few years. Loosing precious data due to damaged media can be a devastating experience. But even if Windows File Copy fails, all hope is not lost. You can still salvage your data using tools like RoadKil’s Unstoppable Copier.

RoadKil’s Unstoppable Copier works on all media including Hard Disks and Optical Disks. Unlike Windows, Unstoppable Copier doesn’t give up when it encounters an unreadable bit. It will attempt to read the damaged portion multiple times. In case your media is badly damaged and the data can’t be read, it moves on to the next bit. Unstoppable Copier reads as much of your data as possible and then pieces them together. This technique works especially well with multimedia content. Even if some of the data is damaged beyond recovery, you would still be able to play the video or audio(with a few frame skips).

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Unstoppable Copier also provides a few other advanced options like Batch Processing mode and File Copy automation which advanced users will appreciate. You can use it as a daily backup software by creating a batch transfer and running it as a commandline script.

RoadKil’s Unstoppable Copier obviously has its limitations. It can’t recover something which no longer exists. However it works quite well on partially damaged disks (especially for multimedia files). Unstoppable Copier works on hard disks with bad sectors as well as scratched optical disks (CD/DVD) and is available for both Windows and Linux.

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