Remove The Delay That Is Caused While Opening “My Computer” Considerably

If you are using a slow computer you might have experienced that “My Computer” folder opens a little slow compared to other folders. This can be overcome to a great extent by following this process.

Why Does My Computer Open Slowly?

The reason behind this slow opening is that the My Computer searches for some network drives on your computer before getting opened. Check out the tips given tip and your “My Computer will open up a lot faster.

The Solution

Go to “Tools” in menu bar, there click on “Folder options…”. Select the “View” tab and uncheck the option “Automatically search for network option and printers”. This will increase your My Computer speed considerably.

Here is the illustration of what to be done:

Get Automatic Drive Icons On Your Desktop With Desktop Media

One really cool feature in Linux distros as well as Mac is that they automatically display any plugged-in removable media on the desktop. This is a rather handy feature as it saves you the trouble of opening up (My)Computer .

Desktop Media is a freeware which brings this feature to Windows. It works with all sorts of removable media including CD/DVD drives, USB Drives and network drives. Additionally it gives you the option of adding shortcuts to Fixed Drives (hard disc partitions) and even Ram Discs on your desktop.
For removable media such as CD/DVD drives, the shortcut will be displayed on the desktop only if a disc is present.

Desktop Media also provides a couple of other handy features including the ability to remember the icon positions, ignore specified drive letters and create Symbollic Links instead of Shortcuts. It effortlessly integrates with your Windows installation and even works with Icon Packs. This is definitely going to be appreciated by those who like to have a pretty looking desktop.

Desktop Media - Get Automatic Drive Icons On Your Desktop

Desktop Media is a tiny download (354 KB) and has an extremely small memory footprint(less than 4 MB). I love it because it performs a specific task and performs it well.
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Get Instant Access To Your Desktop With Desk Topmost

Windows allows you to instantly minimise all open windows and view the desktop through the keyboard shortcut “Win+D” or the “Show Desktop” in the Quick Launch Bar. However, this is a far from ideal solution if you have a dozen open windows and want to access an item on your desktop. Windows Seven contains a new feature called Aero Peek which allows you to quickly view your desktop by simply hovering over the Aero Peek button (extreme right end of the taskbar). However, this feature is of little use since you can not actually interact with any of the elements on the desktop.

Desk Topmost offers an elegant and effective solution to this problem. Instead of minimising all open windows, it displays your desktop on top of them in a translucent overlay mode (transparency is available only in Windows Vista and Windows Seven). Desk Topmost can be triggered through a hotkey (Ctrl+Alt+D) and dismissed when no longer required with a simple right click.

Desktop Topmost - Desktop Overlay in Windows Seven

Desk Topmost solves various issues like temporary slowdowns you may encounter while using the default “Show Desktop” option. Unfortunately, Desk Topmost has a weird problem with Dual Monitor systems which makes it useless if you use more than one monitor. However on single monitor systems Desk Topmost works really well and boosts productivity. It’s a must have for heavy multi-taskers.

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How To Run Android OS inside windows

With so many new phones coming out in market every single day, I’m sure most of us are confused with which phone to go for. LiveAndroid gives you a chance to try out Android OS even before buying any Android based phone. LiveAndroid, a LiveCD for Android running on x86 platforms.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to run Android OS on your PC.

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  • Name the OS android and select OS type/version as unknown/other and click on Next’.

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  • Assign memory. Usually even 64MB is fine but i just allocated 128MB just in case. And then neglect the next few steps and keep on clicking Next’.

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  • Once its done, you will see a new virtual machine Androidbeen created inside your virtualbox. Highlight it and click on settings. Go to CD/DVD ROM and mount your LiveAndroid cd location. Click OK.

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  •   Voila!! done! Now click on start and enjoy Android

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Recover Stolen Laptops with Prey

There are quite a few laptop recovery software available in the market. Unfortunately, most of them are expensive and often require installation of additional hardware. Recently, we came across a possibly viable alternative called Prey.

The concept behind Prey is really simple. Basically, Prey works by monitoring a specified URL (such as http://stolen.techie-buzz.com/prey.txt). If it exists, Prey assumes that your laptop has been stolen and starts its sleuth activities. It collects a wide range of data on the user including

  • Status of the computer
  • List of Running Programs
  • Active Connections
  • Network and Wi-Fi information
  • Screenshot of the Desktop
  • Picture of the Thief (if the laptop has a camera)

Recovery Stolen Laptops with Prey

The data is collected at regular intervals and sent to you via email. In order for this to work you also need to set up a SMTP server. Don’t worry if you don’t have one; you can simply use Gmail.

There is a big downside to software based laptop recovery solutions like Prey – they become useless if the thief simply formats the system. However, many thieves tend to dig around the stolen system in search of private data like credit card numbers before formatting – giving Prey enough time to do its work. Prey can’t compete with hardware based laptop recovery solutions, but is worth a try because it consumes minimal system resources and if you are lucky it may just save the day.

[ Download Prey for Windows, Linux and Mac ]

Smart Multi-Tasking With WinSplit-Revolution

If you are an average computer user, chances are you have multiple windows open at any given time. Switching back and forth between these windows become a hassle and decreases productivity. What if you could arrange all your open windows in whatever way you want and look at all of them simultaneously? Now you can do this with a freeware called WinSplit-Revolution.

WinSplit-Revolution allows you full control over how to display your windows. You can have 2 small windows on the left and 1 on the right, you can have 6 equally sized windows, a mosaic of 5 screens of different sizes or any other scheme that suits you well. You can re-size the windows for each position by choosing one of the many pre-defined sizes.

Another excellent feature WinSplit has is the Hotkeys. For example, just press Ctrl +Alt + Left to move a window to the left or Ctrl + Alt +Right to move it to the right. Pressing Ctrl +Alt + M would bring up a mosaic of all the windows open and Ctrl + Alt +C would close all windows. However, hotkeys are not the only option to move windows around. You can also just drag and move them. You can also configure the hotkeys according to your requirements.

WinSplit-revolution is only available for Windows right now. You can download it here.

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Virtualization Added To Lower Spec’ed Intel Processors

All the high-end processors of Intel came with Virtualization support but Intel never really equipped there lower end processors with virtualization whereas AMD on the other hand had added virtualization support to most of their processors in their line-up. Virtualization allows a user to run an operating system from within an operating system. Processors that supported Virtualization at hardware level provide better performance when/if a user runs an virtualized Operating system. Most of the users did not care for Virtualization since not many people require it and since the lower end Intel Chips were terrific overclocker, most of the people used to grab Intel’s lower end CPU’s, but all this is going to change with Windows 7.

Windows 7 supports virtualization natively and also has a feature to run *only* an application in emulation mode under a different operating system. This basically means all the people who brought the lower end Intel Processors are going to face performance issues’ when Windows 7 is officially released to the public. The shocking thing here was that even the low end quad cores from Intel did not support virtualization. Intel have finally realized there mistake and have now added Virtualization support to all their lower end processors. Here is a small image which compares the various processors from AMD and Intel on the basis of support of virtualization.

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Free Software To Enable Or Disable USB Storage In Windows

I recently wrote an article on how To Enable / Disable USB Removable Mass Storage Device Pen Drive Access in Windows. In the article, I pointed the registry changes that need to go, in order for you to be able to enable or disable a pen drive / removable mass storage device.

Also, for those who are not comfortable editing registry files, there were respective registry (.reg) files uploaded.

But with InteliAdmin’s USB Drive disabler, the whole process of handling registry editors is out of scope. You can download USB Drive Disabler, a free software from IntelliAdmin, that will help you disable or Enable USB drives. Internally, this software runs a process which will make changes to your registry file. No human intervention required.

This tool works on Windows server 2000, 2003, 2008, Windows XP and Vista. If you have Windows Vista, remember the extra (unwanted according to me) protection they’ve put in – you’ll   have to run the program as an administrator.

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Select if you want to Disable or Enable USB drives and then apply the settings. Changes will be made to the registry keys accordingly and will be effective immediately.

This will Disable or Enable only USB storage, and not the USB port itself, so you’ll still be able to use other USB devices like USB mouse, web cam, printers, scanners and such.

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Microsoft Windows Goes Open Source

In a startling revelation that took the Microsoft employees by surprise, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that Microsoft would be making the source code of all Operating systems they manufacture open source.

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This announcement was certainly not expected from a company whose engineers working on the code themselves didn’t have full access to it.

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Download Windows Vista SP2

Microsoft periodically releases new patches for bugs and vulnerabilities every Tuesday, however they also release something called as Service packs which offer a cumulative update for your computer.

If you are a user, you can download the latest service pack, Windows Vista SP2 which is now publicly available to users.

The new build is a release candidate which should make the update more stable, however you will have to have Windows Vista SP1 (Service Pack 1) installed before you can install the SP2 on your computer.