Category Archives: Tips And Tricks

Listen To Your Favorite Movies On Your iPod

I sometimes get so facinated by the dialogues in a movie that I want to hear them over and over. Usually it requires watching the movie again but that is not always possible. So I gave it some thought and came up with a way to just listen to a movie. Here’s how to do it:

1. Find The Script:

Once you know which movie you want to listen to, try to find the original script for that movie. The best resource for finding movie scripts is www.IMSDb.com. IMSDB is the Internet Movie Scripts Database and contains scripts from hundreds of movies. You can search for a movie or browse by genre to find something like. It also contains transcripts from a lot of TV shows.

2. Save The Script:

The script is in plain text so you can simply copy and paste it into a text file. You can also edit the script to take out parts that you don’t like or delete any words like Cont’d. Once you are done editing, save it as a simple text file.

3. Convert To Audio:

There are a number of tools to do that with Spesoft and Zamzar being a couple of good ones. Just use them to convert the text file into an MP3 format.

4. Import into iTunes:

The MP3 files can be easily imported into iTunes, or better yet, you can convert them to the audio book format. Once imported into iTunes, you can listen to the movie whenever you want. If you import it as an audio book, your iPod will automatically remember your position in the file so you don’t have to remember where you left off.

This, ofcourse, would not be as fun as watching the actual movie since you won’t be hearing the dialogues from the original actors, but it can still provide a lot of entertainment value.

See The Actual Link Behind any TinyURL

We see hundreds of TinyURLs posted everywhere; comments, blog posts, Twitter. Sometimes you don’t fully trust the source and you don’t want to click the TinyURL blindly. There is actually a way to see the complete web address behind any TinyURL without clicking on it.

It is simple. Just add the word preview between http:// and TinyURL and paste it in your address bar to see the webpage it is linking to. So http://tinyurl.com/xxx would become http://preview.tinyurl.com/xxx.

The preview feature is offered by the TinyURL application and can also be enabled for your browser. Once enabled, you will be able to see the complete URL for any TinyURL by just clicking on it. If you don’t want it anymore, just disable it. This feature is enabled and disabled for your browser by actually setting a cookie.

Browse Internet Faster By Managing Your Cache

When you visit a website, your browser stores that information in the Cache memory so it doesn’t have to download all the content when you re-visit it. Managing your Cache is pretty important to browse websites faster and to properly utilize your space.

Here are some tips on how to achieve that:

1. Increasing Your Cache:

Every browser has a default Cache size but you can easily increase it to allow more content to be downloaded. If you regularly visit a website that has large size images, you probably would need more than 15-20 MB to store those images in your Cache. You can increase that size to whatever is appropriate.

Here’s how to increase your Cache size in Firefox:

Go to Tools >> Options >> Advanced:

On the Network tab, you will see the option to specify a size for your offline storage. You can set it to as much as you want for example 100 MB, 200 MB or even 500 MB.

2. Emptying Your Cache:

Unfortunately, some browsers like Chrome, do not offer you the option to increase your Cache size. The only way to manage it effectively in such cases is to empty it as frequently as possible so a lot of old stuff doesn’t sit there. If you have IE7 or IE8 you can actually set the option to empty your cache every time you close the browser. To do this, go to Internet Options >> Advanced.

3. Monitoring Your Cache:

How do you know what Cache size is appropriate? Well, in most of the browsers you can monitor your Cache usage by simply typing about:cache in the address bar. This will show you how much inactive storage you have and if you should increase/decrease the size of your cache.

4. Changing the location of the Cache:

In some cases, the location of your cache memory in your hard drive might not the most effective one. If you desire to change that, you can do it by following these steps:

  1. In Firefox, type about:config in the address bar.
  2. Right click anywhere in the preferences window and choose New >> String.
  3. Copy and paste browser.cache.disk.parent_directory as the new preference.
  4. Enter path of the directory where you want your cache to be.

These tips can help you smartly manage your cache and have a faster browsing experience.

Arrange Your Explorer Icons Neatly By More Filter Options

Most of the Microsoft Windows users often get messed up with their files because of the lack of grouping or categorizing of the newly added items to the computer. This creates a compete chaos in the system that it becomes too difficult to go through them. And at the end, after clearing this mess out, we end up with many important files deleted.

This can be prevented by proper grouping of the files and folders based on different filters. Unlike what you maybe thinking, there is no need of any extra software for this. There is a option in the Windows Explorer itself, which I am sure many of you have not noticed. So, I thought that I would introduce them to you people.

Go to any folder,

  1. Click on “view” button in the menu bar.
  2. Go to “choose details” option in that. You will get a list of options that have check boxes. These are the options that you get in your “Arrange Icons By” filter. For example, by default you have “Arrange icons by> name,   size, date, type and modified”
  3. Now by checking the option “Author” you will get an extra filter for you files i.e., “Arrange icons by> author”. These options depend on the files in the folder you have selected.

This is really good for people who keep on installing new softwares to their system and often get messed up with their softwares.

Delete Files and Folders Recursively Using Command Prompt

One of our readers recently asked a question with regards to deleting files and folders recursively using the command prompt.

I would like to delete all the folders and files in a folder. Like we have an option to delete all the files is "del *" but it will not work for deleting folders like "rmdir *"

The question is similar to a one asked to us earlier where a user wanted to know how to recursively delete certain file types from directories and sub directories using the command prompt.

However when it comes to deleting directories and subdirectories using the command prompt, the regular rmdirdoes not work with a wildcard.

In order to delete all files and folders recursively using the command prompt you will need to run the command;

rmdir /S directoryname

Replace directorynamewith the directory you want to delete.

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Once you run the command you will be prompted whether you want to delete the files or not, if you do not want to see this prompt you can pass the /Q switch to the command, which will then run the command in non-verbose mode.

However you must note that files and folders deleted from the command prompt do not go to recycle bin, they are permanently deleted, so make sure that you really want to delete those files, however if you do delete those files accidentally you can use one of the   to recover deleted files.

Twitter Hacker Teaches Us A Big Lesson

If you have not heard yet, the internal accounts at was hacked through a employees account and much of the private data that is definitely not for public eyes was exposed to the world.

Though twitter has already written a blog post about it, to explain that Google Apps was not in fact responsible for the lapse, it brings in a bigger question, how secure are our identities and how secure corporate culture is.

It is baffling that hacking of one account could lead to such a big lapse and yes we all are vulnerable to the same attacks, however we are not as famous as twitter and of course we all are all susceptible to some lessons here.

The first lesson is no matter what your corporate uses in the backend, one loose end can screw up the entire system, even if one of your employees uses a bad or easy password, your whole system could come down.

The second lesson is that, no matter how good email is, it is definitely not a place to store your confidential information, it is a very very bad idea.

The third lesson is that even if you are sharing confidential information over emails, make sure it is distributed, in the sense that do not share everything over email.

However as we conclude most email systems are pretty safe, the problem arises if users are lazy and use common or passwords that are easily crackable.

Phishing attacks are another way to crack passwords, so security has to be maintained by everyone around, not just the victim.

Customizing Views In Outlook 2010

Outlook 2010 has several options with regards to viewing your email and allows users to view messages in the form of conversations and also provides with many other options to the users.

The new views may look like overwhelming to many users, however it can be easily customized to suit your needs, in this post we will detail how you can customize views in Outlook 2010.

Changing Views Back to Show Messages By Date

Outlook 2010 has a new conversation view enabled by default, though not many people will be comfortable with it, if you are not comfortable with the conversation view, you can easily change it back to the default date view.

Select Date View Outlook 2010

To do that just click on the View tab in the Outlook Window and select Date from the available options.

Apply Current View To All Folders

By default different folders will have different views in Outlook 2010, however you can apply a single view to all the folders in a single step, without the need to customize each and every folder.

Apply Current View To All Outlook 2010 Folders

To apply a current view to all the folders, go to View tab and click on Change View, from the dropdown list click on Apply Current View to Other Mail Folders.

A new window will popup, just select all the folders you want to apply the current view to and save it.

Edit and Manage Views

Views provides users with several options, you can modify them to change which fields are displayed, the type of view and so on.

To edit or manage views, click on View tab and select Manage Views or to directly modify settings for the current view click on the View Settings.

Modify Views Outlook 2010

This should pop up a new window which has several options. You can modify the columns that are displayed, what options should the message be grouped by, sorting order of messages, filtering, conditional formatting and more.

Once you have modified the options click on Ok to save them.

Save Views For Future Usage

Once you have customize the views it may be good practice to save it somewhere, Outlook 2010 offers users with an option to save views.

Save Current View Outlook 2010

To save your views, go to View tab and click on Save Current View as New View, in the window that pops up, enter a name for the view and save it.

Once you have save the view it till appear in the change view options, you can easily click on it to apply your view.

There are many more tips like this to come in the future, we will be covering for all the products, so make sure to check back regularly.

Highly Critical Javascript Vulnerability Found in Firefox 3.5

Last week a critical bug was discovered in Mozilla Firefox’s JavaScript engine. Unfortunately, the details of exploiting this bug was released yesterday and is currently doing the rounds on the internet. This bug affects Firefox’s new JavaScript rendering engine(TraceMonkey) and has been termed as highly critical by the Secunia.com. Hackers can gain control of any user’s system by installing rogue software when they visit an exploited website.

Mozilla has confirmed that they are working on a fix. In the meantime there are a couple quick fixes you can implement.

  • This vulnerability only affects the new Just In Time compiler that is a part of Tracemonkey JavaScript engine. Hence, you would be safe if you disable the new engine.

    • Type “about:config” in the address bar and press Enter. Ignore the warning.
    • In the filter box type “jit”. You should notice an entry titled “javascript.options.jit.content”.
    • Change its value from True to False. You can change the value by double clicking on the line or using Toggle option from the right click context menu.
      This will force Firefox to use the older rendering engine which is slower, but immune to this exploit. Once a patch is released simply change the value back to true.
  • Another solution is to simply block JavaScript on all untrusted websites using No-Script extension.

Firefox : Config Screen

The critical nature of this vulnerability coupled with the full disclosure of the exploit is extremely worrying. Until a fix is released by Mozilla we would highly recommend that all Firefox users apply these quick fixes and stay on the safer side.

HELP!!! What Is TeaTimer.exe? Why Is It Running On My Computer?

Another distress help call came to us through the contact us form asking us about a weird task running on a user’s computer. The task in question is called TeaTimer.exe and has been running on the user’s computer.

TeaTimer.exe is not a virus, spyware or malware, in-fact it is run by a spyware defending software called Spybot Search & Destroy.

So if you have this spyware protector installed in your system, you will most like see it in running processes.

Here is a excerpt from the Spybot knowledgebase:

The Resident TeaTimer is a tool of Spybot-S&D which perpetually monitors the processes called/initiated. It immediately detects known malicious processes wanting to start and terminates them giving you some options, how to deal with this process in the future.

However there are certain variants of worms that use the same name, if you do not use the above software, you should definitely cleanup the worm.

To solve any spyware issues you might want to read a article which we had written earlier about removing spywares/worms from your computer.

To stay on the safer side don’t forget to read our articles on Detailed Instructions on Protecting Your Computer from Internet Threats and Online Security Tips Keep your computer secure and safe.

How To Upgrade Opera Manually?

Like other web browsers periodically releases updates which adds features and fixes bugs in the browser, however users are usually alerted about the upgrade after quite sometime.

If you want to keep Opera updated you can also check for upgrades and apply them manually, to do that, go to Help > Check for Updates.

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If there is a new version of Opera available you will be shown an alert and a option to upgrade the browser.

If you see an alert to upgrade, clicking on the Yes button will take you to the download page, unfortunately Opera 9 does not a option to auto-upgrade, however Opera 10 does have that feature built in.