Category Archives: Tips And Tricks

How To Convert Video Files to GIF Animations for Free? [Reader Query]

Recently Sakib one of our readers from OpenGiga asked a question: How to convert a video file to a GIF animation? While researching for the answer, we did come across some solutions but those were not very good, this lead us to search Techie Buzz archives itself to see if we could find something we had written about.

And guess what, we did find a useful and free solution to convert video files to GIF animations from our own archives in the post, Top 3 Free Online Media and Document Converters.

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Disable BitTorrent Integration in Opera [How To]

has a very annoying feature, where it assumes the role of a BitTorrent client without giving the users any easy options to disable direct integration. This would mean that I would have to fire up another browser so that I can download and open the torrent in my favorite client uTorrent.

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The problem as I see it is that Opera’s BitTorrent client is OK for users who are still to discover torrents or are not heavy torrent downloader’s, for the advanced users Opera’s BitTorrent client leaves a lot to be desired with settings that look amateurish as compared to other powerful BitTorrent application. If you are annoyed of this in-built feature in Opera, here is a simple way in which you can easily disable direct BitTorrent integration and use your favorite application to open torrent files in your favorite application.

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How To View Stored Passwords In Firefox?

I tend to use a mix and match of browsers, including Internet Explorer 8, , , and Safari, but having used Firefox for quite sometime, I have stored passwords to numerous websites in it. Being so used to the Password manager in Firefox definitely has its own flaws, which includes having the liberty to forget them, since you never have to enter it over and over again.

Related: How to Import Passwords, Bookmarks, Search engines and History from Firefox to Google Chrome?

So now what if you want to sign in to the same account in another browser, rack your brains? Well, we would suggest otherwise, since here is a simple solution to view all the saved passwords in Firefox.

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How to Run IE8 Beta, IE7 and IE6 On The Same PC?

Coding CSS and HTML for Internet Explorer is definitely a hard task, with each version of IE following different standards. So a designers nightmare come true, is when they have to code for different versions of IE without being able to install all the versions on the same PC, so you would see people using a Remote Desktop, VNC client or any other solution just to test their websites in different versions of Internet Explorer.

Internet Explorer Collection is a handy freeware utility which will allow users to run multiple versions of IE on the same PC, it basically contains standalone versions of IE which can be run at the same time and runs independently of each other.

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Fix For Windows Cannot Delete This File / Folder And Windows Can’t Stop Your Generic Volume Device Because It Is In Use [File Unlocker]

Many times you may come across these errors while deleting a file / folder, moving a folder to another location or trying to eject a USB device which may be in use by a certain process. The error occurs due to exclusive locksprocesses acquire on the device or file which need to be released before Windows can perform any other action on it.

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Folder locks are not exclusive which simply means that you will get errors while deleting or moving folders only if a file within the folder is locked by a process. In programming these locks are widely seen in multi-threaded applications, where a multi-threaded object can only be accessed and modified by a single thread at a time.

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Beware of Citibank Credit Card Renewal Email Scam

In our constant endeavor to keep you updated about internet threats and scams, we have been telling you about different ways in which you can get scammed and how to avoid it. Here is another email scam that we want to warn you about, the recent email doing the rounds is about a Citibank Credit Card Renewal Scam.

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Read Emails In Gmail Without Using the Mouse

Quite recently we had written about using Caret browsing, a useful and productive way of surfing the web without using the mouse. Just came across another interesting article by a Googler who tells us how to surf emails in Gmail without having to use the mouse.

The keyboard shortcuts are not new, but the post is a definite way to start learning the keyboard shortcuts for Gmail. So if you are looking to start using the keyboard shortcuts, don’t forget to read it.

How To Fix go.google.com, go.yahoo.com or go.msn.com Redirect Virus?

Recently a friend of mine messaged me saying that one of her friends browser is always redirecting webpages to go.google.com and go.yahoo.com, these sites do not exist in real and throw 404 errors, which led me to believe that there was something wrong with the user’s machine and it was hijacked by a virus or trojan.

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Must Reads: Detailed Instructions on Protecting Your Computer from Internet Threats | Online Security Tips Keep your computer secure and safe

The malware in questions redirects all your web requests to the above said URLs, since it does not want you to download any fixes or visit sites to find what the problem is about.

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Surf Webpages Like A Text File Or Document In Firefox and IE 8

Surfing webpages always requires you to use the mouse to select text or click on links etc, now compare this with a text file or document where u can easily move around in the page using your arrow keys. The idea behind allowing users to browse webpages using keyboards is also known as Caret Navigation. According to wikipedia:

In computing, caret navigation is a kind of keyboard navigation where a caret (also known as "text cursor", "text insertion cursor", or "text selection cursor") is used to navigate within a text document. It is a fundamental feature for applications that deal with text, for example text editors, word processors and desktop publishing programs

If you would like to surf webpages the same way, you can easily accomplish it easily in Firefox and Internet Explorer.

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SweetCron | An Open Source, Social Blogging Tool

What is SweetCron

SweetCron, is a self-hosted automated life-streaming CMS / Blogging tool, which creates blog posts in an instant drawing content from your activities on various social sites like Flickr, YouTube, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Tumblr etc. You just have to add the feeds from these sites, do some customization and your posts are automatically created by SweetCron.

Why it is Great

Recently there have been few other applications something similar to it like Socialthing and FriendFeed, which also allow you to organize your lifestream, but they were closed source in nature. You have to share your data with them, and they had the control.

But not with SweetCron.

SweetCron is open source. You can download the complete package and host it at our own servers, thus giving you full control over your content. Since it is open source, you can experiment various things with it to customize it as per your wishes.

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Work In Dual Pane / Split Browser Mode in Google Chrome

Have you ever missed the dual-pane split browser add-on for while using ? That is one add-on that allowed you to work with two websites on a single page, increasing your productivity while allowing you to interact with more than one page at a time.

If you are missing the functionality here is a simple bookmarklet that will allow you to work in split-browser mode in Google Chrome.

Don’t Miss: Get Firefox add-ons for Chrome | Get Google Toolbar Features for Chrome

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How To Backup and Email Your Blog MySQL Database From Command Prompt?

are the way of keeping your data safe and secure from disasters, and those include your personal data as well your blog database where you have been writing for days, months or years.

We have always opted for hosting providers that provide us access to Shell interfaces using which we can use putty to manage our website, this not only puts us in a better and more comfortable interface but also allows us to use CLI (command line interface) which we are pretty much comfortable with.

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Run Internet Explorer on Linux With IEs4Linux and Wine

Internet Explorer has the highest market share as far as browsers are concerned, and it would be foolish to not make your website compatible with it, but what if you are a Linux user? Should you just switch to Windows for Internet Explorer or for that matter install a virtual machine for a single piece of software?

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If you are frowning hearing the alternatives, here is some reason for you to smile. IEs4Linux makes running Internet Explorer on Linux a breeze in combination with Wine.

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Gmail Could Not Scan This File For Viruses?

Gmail has been a pretty strong spam blocker so far, and I use it to route emails to avoid webmail spam for our other email ids too, but there have been some lapses on their part where International characters (non English)  are concerned.

Related: How to find if your Gmail Account is Hacked?

I received a email at my Gmail account, which had a rar file attachment, but for some reasons Gmail showed a message saying Gmail Could Not Scan This File For Viruses.

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Get Google Toolbar Features for Google Chrome

Sometime back we had introduced you to few bookmarklets that bring in features from Firefox add-ons into Google Chrome, to add to that here are few more bookmarklets that will let you add Google Toolbar features into Google Chrome.

To install these bookmarklets, drag the URLs and drop it in your bookmarks bar.

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