If you need to post quick notes on your desktop, you have quite a few programs to choose from. My personal pick is hott notes. Hott notes has been around for a long time and has continued to improve with each version. This may or may not be the best sticky notes program, but it does have one feature that would make it my choice. Hott notes is now available in a portable version.
Here’s a screenshot from the website:
You can change the colors, fonts, titles, add pictures, to-do lists and more. Here’s a brief list of other features.
â€¢ Note types – Message, List, Scribble
â€¢ Scribbles draw your own images
â€¢ Wastebasket just like Windows Trash Bin
â€¢ Archive notes store them away
â€¢ Backup notes keep them safe
â€¢ Restore notes from Wastebasket or Archive
â€¢ Import notes from Backup files
I like the portable version, which I can take with me on a flash drive to use on any Windows PC. It’s offered as a ZIP file and can be extracted to any location.
Here are 11 more sticky note programs. If you need a sticky notes program that can be used on multiple operating systems, such as Mac or Linux, you might like to try GloboNotes, which runs on any computer with Java 6 installed on it. Another popular sticky program is called Stickies, and I’m still waiting for a portable version of it that actually works.
â€¢ Download hott notes
Techie Buzz Verdict:
Hott notes is a good way to keep track of small bits of information. Just like the real world sticky notes, they will keep you from forgetting important events or information. The only lack I’ve found so far, is that you can’t paste images into these, even though you can draw your own using the Scribbles note type.
Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)
Microsoft has been releasing freebies for Windows 7 users fairly regularly. However, that doesn’t mean that Microsoft has completely forgotten about users of older versions of Windows. The Windows team has released a new set of goodies for Windows Live, which are available not only for Windows 7 but also for Windows XP and Vista.
The Windows Experience Pack allows you to enjoy the beach, explore the city, go on a safari or experience the mountains without leaving your computer. It is mainly targeted towards Windows Live users and includes display pictures (static as well as dynamic), winks, emotions and messenger scenes. Windows 7 users will also get a new set of desktop backgrounds (wallpaper) and screensavers. The desktop wallpaper is personalized and features your online avatar.
The so called Windows Experience Pack is little more than a set of Windows Live goodies. If you don’t use Windows Live you won’t really find this exciting. However, one can’t really complain about something which is free.
I don’t check my Twitter very often. I was surprised to catch a tweet that I consider breaking news. The author of the excellent WinPatrol security software for Windows has gone a little crazy. Here’s what he says on his blog.
I’m curious and thinking a crazy single day experiment could be fun and may be worth the risk. So what the hell. If you want to upgrade to WinPatrol PLUS on January 29th, I’ll give you a lifetime WinPatrol membership for less than a dollar. (normally $29.95 USD)
I’ve used the free version of WinPatrol many times over the last few years. Last year we wrote an article telling you how to use WinPatrol to speed up Windows startup by delaying less important startup programs. That’s only one way to use WinPatrol. It’s been listed at Gizmo’s as a Best Free Intrusion Prevention and Detection Utility for Home Use. The PLUSedition of WinPatrol has some features in it that are going to be worth far more than a dollar to most users.
I’ll take a few moments here to tell you about some of it’s other important features.
As you can see, the program offers you 13 tabs full of information about the programs, services and settings on your PC. These include:
â€¢ Startup Programs
â€¢ Delayed Start
â€¢ IE Helpers
â€¢ Scheduled Tasks
â€¢ Active Tasks
â€¢ File Types
â€¢ Hidden Files
â€¢ PLUS Information
â€¢ WinPatrol Options
Each one of those tabs typically allow you to not only see what’s going on in your PC, but to also make changes to those areas. WinPatrol normally runs as an icon in your System Tray and notifies you when important PC settings are changed. Once notified, you are given the chance to deny those changes.
The PLUS section gives you access to WinPatrol’s exclusive information about the normally unknown processes that run on your PC.
There’s also a portable version of WinPatrol called WinPatrolToGo that can be taken with you on a flash drive or other portable media.
The 99 ¢ offer is available only on January 29th at:
Techie Buzz Verdict:
The free version of WinPatrol is a great addition to the security of any Windows PC. Adding the PLUS features for a small lifetime fee of 99 cents is a real bargain that many people should consider. Remember that this offer is only good on January 29th 2010, one day only.
Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5
I prefer to use a dual-monitor setup wherever possible. However, the alignment of the monitor is pretty important as I have to use the mouse on both the monitors, and having it in the wrong position is definitely a pain.
Windows Vista users had an option to change the alignment of the screen, from right to left or left to right in the Windows mobility center. However, Windows 7 does not have the same option. Quite curiously, I asked the question on Twitter, as not much info was available for it online, and thankfully @edbott replied to me with the answer.
So if anyone else is facing a problem with changing the dual monitor position on Windows 7, here is a solution for it. Please make sure that your external display is already connected and functional.
Step 1: Search for display and click on the “Connect to an external display” option in the results. Alternatively, you can also open Control Panel -> Display and click on the Adjust Resolution link in the left hand menu.
Step 2: To adjust the orientations of your monitor, just drag and drop the appropriate monitor and place it wherever you want. You could move it to the right, left, top or bottom position.
Step 3: Once you have placed the monitor in the position you want, click on the Apply button to apply the changes. It you are satisfied with the setup, click on the Ok button.
- If you place the primary monitor at the bottom, you will get a bottom to top orientation.
- If you place the primary monitor on top, you will get a top to bottom orientation.
- Left will give you a left to right, and right will give you the right to left orientation.
If you find this tip helpful, you can purchase Ed Bott’s book Windows 7 Inside Out, which sells for $31.49 on Amazon.
For those who like to live on the (tech) edge and prefer to use the developer builds of the Chrome browser on Windows 7 might have noticed the absence of Jumplists in the previous update. Jumplist is a Windows 7 feature that allows quick access to certain application features from the icon in the taskbar. The previous version had removed Jumplists altogether, however the latest update in the dev channel ver 4.0.295.0 brings back Jumplists and has added support for launching recently closed tabs, something that none of the other browsers support as of now. The addition is quite handy and might be introduced by newer builds of other browsers. Screen shot:
Chrome 4.0.295.0 still does not support tab previews for Windows 7.
Looks like Microsoft is planning for a rollout of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) a few months into the official release of the best ever operating system from MS.
Both Softpedia and Neowin have confirmed that the SP1 for Windows 7 is scheduled for somewhere in July. A set of leaked screenshots is doing the rounds of the internet, courtesy Muy Windows (translated to English). Here are few of the screenshots from a non-English version of the SP1.
Panda Cloud Antivirus is now officially compatible to be run on 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and have now received a compatibility certificate from Microsoft.
The software/hardware compatibility list, is a list of software that have been rigorously tested to work on the new Windows 7 platform. The list has been created and maintained by Microsoft.
Visit the Windows 7 Compatibility Center to view all the software and hardware that are compatible and have been tested to run on Windows 7. This list consists of both free and paid products. To view a list of compatible security software, visit this link.
Earlier this week, we took a look at the much hyped God Mode‘ trick and explained how it works and why it isn’t Godly after all. The God Mode trick simply uses Globally Unique Identifiers (GUID), which point to certain special folders.
Ed Bott provided the GUIDs for 39 useful Windows 7 and Vista shortcuts. Now, the folks at TheWindowsClub have created a free utility to easily create God Modes in Windows 7 and Vista. The utility contains 38 useful special folder shortcuts. Simply click on an icon and it will automatically create the respective shortcut on your desktop.
Techie Buzz Verdict
God Modes act as simple shortcuts to various special folders already present in your system. They don’t reveal any hidden settings and as such are only useful for providing quick access to frequently used options. The GodMode Creator is a straight-forward app, which simplifies this process by automatically creating the shortcuts for you. However, the main limitation of this app is that, the shortcuts are always created on your desktop. There is no option to specify the target directory.
Techie Buzz Rating: 2/5 (Average)
[ Download GodMode Creator for Windows 7 and Vista (32bit only) ]
If you have used past versions of Windows, you are probably familiar with the Windows Media Player taskbar toolbar (or taskband). The taskbar toolbar used to be triggered whenever Media Player was minimized and provided a quick and convenient way to control playback. Unfortunately, this feature was dumped in Windows Media Player 12, which ships with Windows 7. However, Justin from WinMatrix has found a way to enable Windows Media Player toolbar even in Windows 7.
- You will first need to get a copy of the %programfiles%\Windows Media Player\wmpband.dll file from a WMP 11 installation. You can obtain it from your friend’s system or you can use the download links provided at the end of this post. Remember that you must copy from a system with the same OS architecture (i.e. 32 bit or 64 bit).
- Paste this file in the %programfiles%\Windows Media Player directory.
- Type services.msc in the Start Menu and hit Enter. Ensure that Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service is stopped.
- Start command prompt as administrator by typing cmd in the Start Menu and pressing Ctrl+Shift+Enter.
- Type regsvr32 “%programfiles%\Windows Media Player\wmpband.dll” and press Enter.
- Restart the Windows Media Player Network Sharing service (if you had stopped it earlier on).
- Run Windows Media Player and minimize it. Right click on an empty spot in the taskbar and select Toolbars –> Windows Media Player. Ignore the warning and you should get the Windows Media Player taskbar toolbar.
If you already have a web server up and running, installing a FTP server along with it has many advantages. Using a FTP server, you can transfer files to and from your web server very easily.
We will show you, how you can install a FTP server in Windows 7. The FTP server installed in this way, will work perfectly fine with Windows IIS server.
Here are the steps you need to follow:
- Click and goto Start> Control Panel> Programs. Then click on Turn Windows features on or off.
- Now you will get a list of many features. Each feature can be installed or uninstalled. You have to locate the option for Internet Information Services (IIS), and select FTP server. Click on Ok and wait for the installation to complete; it will take a considerable amount of time.
- Now your FTP server will be installed. If you need to check that your FTP server is working properly or not, you can do so using a FTP client like Filezilla. To check, open your FTP client and try connecting to the server with following details:
Port no: 21
If you have repeated the steps mentioned above correctly, you will have an easy and working FTP server installed in Windows 7.
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