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Rename a Subst/Virtual Drive In Windows

and previous OSs provide users with a handy tool which allows users to create virtual drives from folders. This is pretty handy when you want to access your favorite folders quickly. If you aren’t aware of this feature yet, you might want to read up about subst on Wikipedia or use a simple tool to mount your folders as virtual drives.

Virtual Drives in My Computer

Subst is definitely a cool tool, however, it does have a problem. If you have named your parent drive (in which the folder resides), you will not be able to give a meaningful name to your new drive. If you have created many virtual drives, your computer drives will end up looking like something in the screenshot above.

renaming_virtual_drives_error

This certainly defeats the purpose of creating the virtual drives since it becomes more confusing as to which drive is which, unless you have a very good memory at remembering which drive names you assigned to which folder. The problem occurs because the Virtual Drives created using Subst will inherit the name from the parent drive. Renaming the virtual drives will give you an error as shown in the screenshot above.

Rename Virtual Subst Drives

So how do you fix it? Well the fix is simple enough to implement and will stick even if you restart the OS. All you need to do is remove the label from the original drive you are creating the subst drive from. Once you have done that, you will be able to rename all the virtual drives you created without getting an error.

Of course you cannot add a label to your original drive anymore, but that is a sacrifice worth it if you add many folders as virtual drives.

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Completely Repair Windows XP Without Losing Files

winFour years ago, when Windows XP was still king, and Vista was only a jester, I ran into an article by Fred Langa, which told me how to fix XP without losing personal files. I’ve been using this fix ever since to repair computers that have been crippled by spyware and trojans.

There’s one requirement that is a show stopper. You must have an official Windows XP installation CD. Sometimes computers either don’t come with one, or they come with a Restore CDfrom the manufacturer. The Restore CD may not work, or it may work differently.

If you don’t have an official Windows XP CD, you might be able to borrow one from a friend, but you’d better have the Product Key from your PC. It should be listed on a label which was placed somewhere on your computer. If you can’t find your Product Key, there are a few ways to recover the Key.

Another way to get an official CD is to buy one. A few years ago, I bought two copies of Windows XP from Ebay.com. Just be sure to get your copy from a trusted seller.

windows-xp-cd-on-ebay

Assuming you have a valid Windows installation CD, here are the steps to fix Windows XP. This should be done only if you have no other options to fix it. There are no guarantees that it will always work.

1. Insert the Windows Install CD and reboot.

Disable/Turn Off Group Notifications in Facebook

announced Groups feature yesterday, which would allow you to create and communicate with a small set of people. However, as of today, I am finding groups a bit of nuisance because of the number of notifications I have been receiving for it.

facebook_group_notifications

The problem is that, anyone can add you to a group, so whenever that happens you receive a notification. To top that you receive notifications whenever someone adds a post to that group.

In order to stop group notifications, first of all go ahead and click on the "Unsubscribe" link available in the group. Secondly, on top of the Groups page, you will find an button to "Edit Notifications".

Click on that button and select the radio button next to "Never notify me". In addition to that you may also want to disable Email notifications to your account.

Disable Facebook Groups Notification

To completely disable Group notifications, go to edit your account notifications or click this link and scroll down till you see the Groups section and uncheck the boxes next to the options you do not want to receive notifications for.

Facebook should definitely have these notifications as opt-in rather than shoving it down your account. This is definitely going to create quite a privacy nightmare once again for Facebook.

How To Export or Download Data/Information From Facebook

recently announced that they would allow users to download their data from Facebook to their computers. This feature will be really useful since it will allow you to download your data and back it up or have a copy of it before you decide to delete or deactivate your Facebook account.

Download Facebook Information

In order to download your information from Facebook, you will need to visit you Facebook account and click on the “Account Settings” link under the Account menu option. On this page, click the “learn more” link next to the
Download Your Information” item.

download_facebook_data

On the next page, click on the download button to start the download process. Facebook will then queue the download and send you an email when the data has been archived for download. Once you receive an email from Facebook, you will have to verify your password and/or your security information before you can download the file.

The data will be contained within a zip file which can be unzipped to a folder to access your Facebook data. The data is contained within a HTML file, with easy access to your Profile data, Wall information, Photos, Videos, Friends, Notes, Events and Messages.

That’s it, with one click you can now liberate your data from Facebook and store it with you. For more information on this, watch the detailed video guide embedded below.

Please note that this feature is not yet available for everyone but it should gradually rolled out to users in the next day or two.

Find When People Unfriend You On Facebook

and are both great social networks to find friends and communicate with them. However, both these networks do not notify users when someone unfollows or unfriends them.

Facebook Unfriend Alert Notifications

Twitter does have several options to know when users unfollow you, however, what about Facebook? How do you figure out when someone unfriends you on Facebook? Turns out there is a way to do that too.

Unfriend Finder for Facebook is a script which tracks your Facebook friends and then notifies you whenever someone decides to unfriend you on Facebook.

Facebook Unfriend Menu Notification

The script tightly integrates within Facebook and sends you notifications whenever someone removes you from your list. It also alerts you when someone ignores your friend request.

The only problem of the script is that it is browser specific and only works on , , Safari and right now. There is no support for Internet Explorer yet, but you can read up some tips on running Greasemonkey scripts in IE.

You can download the script or add-on for your browser from here.

This post answered a question our reader asked us, if you want to get your questions answered use the contact us form or post it on our forums.

Find When People Unfriend You On Facebook

and are both great social networks to find friends and communicate with them. However, both these networks do not notify users when someone unfollows or unfriends them.

Facebook Unfriend Alert Notifications

Twitter does have several options to know when users unfollow you, however, what about Facebook? How do you figure out when someone unfriends you on Facebook? Turns out there is a way to do that too.

Unfriend Finder for Facebook is a script which tracks your Facebook friends and then notifies you whenever someone decides to unfriend you on Facebook.

Facebook Unfriend Menu Notification

The script tightly integrates within Facebook and sends you notifications whenever someone removes you from your list. It also alerts you when someone ignores your friend request.

The only problem of the script is that it is browser specific and only works on , , Safari and right now. There is no support for Internet Explorer yet, but you can read up some tips on running Greasemonkey scripts in IE.

This post answered a question our reader asked us, if you want to get your questions answered use the contact us form or post it on our forums.

Download Unfriend Finder

Automatically Turn Off the Touchpad When Using a Mouse

[for Windows and Mac OS X]

Do you use a laptop or netbook? How many times have you accidently hit your touchpad while typing? When it happens, you end up typing somewhere else or not at all. It’s aggravating, but it’s not something you need to put up with if you listen to our advice.

Last year, Keith wrote about a free little app that lets you disable the touchpad while typing. That application is called TouchFreeze (Windows Only), and it does a good job of keeping your cursor on track. Whenever you start typing, your laptop’s touchpad is automatically disabled.

I recently decided that I’d try TouchFreeze, but first I figured it would be a good idea to investigate my options. The first place I looked was in the mouse pointer options. Any Windows user can normally access the mouse settings by going to the Control Panel and double-clicking on the Mouse icon. Below you can see those Mouse icons as they appear in WinXP and Win7.

control-panel-mouse-winxp

control-panel-mouse-win7

Mac users with a Trackpad can access their settings by clicking System Preferences, selecting  Keyboard & Mouse, then switching  to the  Trackpad category.

I’m guessing that 99% of the time I use my laptop, I already have a mouse attached to it. I’ll admit that I’m still hooked on using a mouse. I’ve never gotten comfortable using a touchpad all the time.

I found out that my touchpad is a Synaptics device. Apparently, Synaptics touchpads are used on many major brands of computers, such as Dell, Samsung, Acer, HP, and Toshiba. The surprise for me, was that Synaptics already has a good solution for keeping my touchpad disabled when I don’t need it.

You can find the settings for your Synaptics touchpad in the Mouse settings on the last tab. The Synaptics settings include the option to turn off the touchpad whenever a mouse or other pointing device is attached.

This setting is labeled Disable internal pointing device when external USB pointing device is attached.

synaptic-settings

You may also be able to access the Synaptics settings by double-clicking on the Synaptics icon in your system tray. The Synaptics icon may look like one of these two icons below.

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For the Mac users with a Trackpad, the same setting exists. Here you can see it at the very bottom of this image (from Apple.com). It says “Ignore trackpad when mouse is present”.

apple trackpad

That’s my solution to the problem. I like it because I don’t have to load any additional software on my laptop. TouchFreeze is great, but I don’t need it most of the time.


Fix Syslinux No Default or UI Configuration Error While Booting from USB

Quite recently my laptop’s backlight stopped working and I had to start using an older laptop whose HDD no longer works. I created a Live CD USB drive using Pendrive Linux’s utility for Linux Mint.

However, while booting with the pendrive I got an error saying:

SYSLINUX 3.85 2010-02-20 CBIOS Copyright (c) 1994-2010 H. Peter Anvin et al
No DEFAULT or UI configuration directive found!
boot:

This error kept happening no matter what I did. I tried to use another USB drive to create a new bootable drive, used different flavors of Linux but had the same problem. I searched around several forums but the solution for it wasn’t easy.

However, I did find the solution and wanted to post it here so that other users who face this problem can find it easily. In order to fix this problem, you will have to plugin the USB drive into another computer and then rename the “isolinux” folder to “syslinux”. In addition to that also rename the “isolinux.bin” and “isolinux.cfg” files in the same folder to “syslinux.bin” and “syslinux.cfg” respectively and try booting with the USB drive again.

If the above solution does not fix your problem, you can try formatting your drive as FAT instead of FAT32. And by the way, I would be getting a Dell XPS Studio 1645 soon, so you can expect a review of the monster laptop soon :-)

SYSLINUX 3.85 2010-02-20 CBIOS Copyright (c) 1994-2010 H. Peter Anvin et al

Create QR Codes With Goo.gl

Google just launched their for public along with providing stats and more on link clicks. However, it looks like Google’s URL Shortener also has a hidden feature where you can convert a URL to a QR code which can then be read by a mobile device.

QR codes have become quite a norm with newspapers, websites and magazines where people are asked to click a picture and read the QR code to perform certain actions. Now you will be able to do the same without having to worry about using software to create the codes.

To create a QR code with Goo.gl, just shorten the URL and add ".qr" to the end of it. For example http://goo.gl/InvA is the shortened URL for http://techie-buzz.com, adding .qr to the URL (http://goo.gl/InvA.qr) will display the QR code which you can then download and add to your webpage or application.

techie_buzz_qr_code

Go ahead, try this out. Scan the above QR code to see some nice things Winking smile

(Source: TechCrunch)

How To Migrate Windows Live Spaces to WordPress

Microsoft recently announced that they would be shutting down Windows Live Spaces and moving all users to WordPress.com. If you are a Windows Live Spaces user, Microsoft has made it very easy to move your data elsewhere, so how do you move it to WordPress.com? Take a look at the steps listed below.

Step 1: Login to your Windows Live Spaces account.

Start Windows Live Spaces Migration

Step 2: When you view your Spaces account, you might see a notice which will prompt you to Upgrade your blog, click on the "here" link to start the migration process.

Live Spaces WordPress Migration

Step 3: Read the information on the page. Once you are done click on the "Get started. Upgrade my blog to WordPress.com!" link. Read the agreement on the next page and click on the "Confirm" button to continue.