Change Dual Monitor Position in Windows 7

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.


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, does not have the same option. Quite curiously, I asked the question on , 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.

Few Notes:

  • 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.

Experience Longest Solar Eclipse on 15th January, 2010

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon comes directly between the Sun and the Earth, producing a shadow on the Earth’s surface where the Sun is completely or partially obscured. Solar eclipses are rare because the moon seldom comes in the direct path between the Earth and the Sun.

The solar eclipse of 15th January, 2010 will be the century’s longest eclipse, having a totality duration of 11 minutes, 8 seconds (visible in India for 10 minutes, 24 seconds). It starts at 10:44 AM IST (5:14 AM GMT) and ends at 2:29 PM IST (8:59 AM GMT). This is an annular eclipse, that is the apparent diameter of the Moon is slightly smaller than the apparent size of the Sun. Thus at totality (when the entire disc of the Moon covers the Sun), the Sun forms a bright ring (or annulus, hence the name) around the Moon.

The eclipse can be best seen in India in the town of Dhanushkodi at the southern tip of Rameshwaram. It is reachable by fish boats or 4×4 SUVs.

Here is how the eclipse will look at totality near Dhanushkodi:


Following this are the scenes of maxima in the major cities of India:






Word of warning: Do NOT stare at the eclipse (or the Sun, for that matter) with naked eyes or through run-of-the-mill sunglasses. Your eyes will be put at risk. An even louder word of warning: do NOT look at the eclipse with unshielded binoculars or telescopes. You will definitely burn your eyes if you do that. Please wear adequate protection. Specially designed solar eclipse goggles are available which will protect your eyes from the brightness of the Sun.

Baidu: A Day Of Criticism, Soaring Stocks and Hacked Website

A lot of people knew about Baidu already, but last 48 hours have put the Chinese search engine in some serious limelight. Baidu is suddenly the talk of the day after Google announced their new approach to China and indicated that they might even close down their business in China. However, being talked about is not the only thing Baidu enjoyed recently, they also had some other interesting developments:

Rising Stock Price:

Firstly, Google’s exit from the Chinese market, leaves Baidu as the top and only serious search engine available in China. The stock market understands this and responded with a 13% rise in Baidu’s NASDAQ share prices. On the contrary, Google saw a 12% drop in their stock price.

Site Hacked:

A lot of reports show that was hacked for around 3 hours on Tuesday by the Iranian Cyber Army. People going to saw the Iranian flag and the words “Iranian Cyber Army” along with some other symbols. It isn’t yet clear why the Iranian Cyber Army would want to hack Baidu, but reportedly Chinese hackers responded by hacking a number of websites registered in Iran.


With Google being praised on one hand for its ethics and integrity, Baidu is naturally getting all the heat in terms of negative criticism. Twitter and blogs are full of people criticizing Baidu for compromising with the Chinese authorities and abandoning “freedom of speech”.

Experience Baidu Censorship Firsthand:

Baidu also got some heat from the international community when tweets about how to experience censorship on Baidu surfaced. Simply go to and search for anything. Now search for and you will be banned.

Good or bad, it seems like a lot is happening for Baidu in a very short time.

15 Awesome Tools To Share Images On Twitter

With millions of tweets everyday, Twitter is one of the most popular social network on the web. People use it to share everything including their media. Here, we bring to you 15 great tools to share your photos/images/pictures on Twitter without any hassle:

1. Twitter2Press: A sleek WordPress plugin to share your images on Twitter. Your images are hosted on your WordPress blog and are hence advertisement free.

2. TwitterGram: Send your Flickr photos to Twitter automatically. Just provide your Flickr username and Twitter credentials, and TwitterGram will scan your Flickr feeds every 10 minutes and post new photos to your Twitter account.

3. TwitPic: One of the most popular image sharing tools for Twitter. Just upload an image from your computer or phone and easily post it to Twitter.

4. PictTweet: Upload hand written pictures on Twitter using your iPhone/iPod Touch.

5. Sign in with your Twitter or Facebook account to share pictures securely on Twitter. You can also edit titles, descriptions and other options. Maximum allowed size is 10 MB per image.

6. TwitPaint: Feeling creative? Paint a graffiti and share it on Twitter. You can also browse and edit graffiti created by other users.

7. TweetPhoto: Share your photos on Twitter and Facebook. Log back in any time to see the images you have shared.

8. FlickToTwitt: Announce on Twitter as soon as you post an image on Flickr. A very simple yet useful tool to sync your Flickr and Twitter account.

9. SnapShack: A simple photo sharing tool for Twitter that lets you resize pictures before sharing.

10. Pikter: Share your photos on Twitter via email or MMS. Just send your photos to Pikter and they will automatically be posted to your Twitter account.

11. PixaVid: A very simple and to-the-point tool that lets you share images on Twitter.

12. Found an interesting image on the web? Share it on Twitter using this great Firefox extension. Also lets you save and organize images.

13. Upload pictures on Twitter via web or email. Twio also lets you comment on other photos. Maximum allowed size is 3 MB per image.

14. Tvider: Share your pictures, audio and video on Twitter. Record from your webcam or upload from your computer. Tvider also has mobile apps for iPhone, Symbian and BlackBerry.

15. TwitBooth: Take pictures with your webcam and share on Twitter. A no-hassle tool.

Liked Windows 7 God Mode? Here Are 39 More Delicious Shortcuts for Windows 7 and Vista

Windows-7-God-ModeEarlier this week, we had shared with you an intriguing Windows 7 tip called God Mode. Of course, its not as phenomenal as it sounds. In fact it isn’t even new. What it does is create a folder (rather a shortcut) containing an exhaustive list of Windows 7 options. The trick itself is extremely simple and all the user needs to do is create a folder named “GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}“.

The shortcut is basically a globally unique identifier (GUID) which points to the Control Panel. The first potion of the key (i.e. portion before the period) is totally inconsequential. In fact “Test.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}” would work just as well (but obviously Windows 7 Test Mode doesn’t sound as juicy as Windows 7 God Mode).

Windows Vista (32 bit only) users can achieve something similar by creating a folder named “Master Control.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}“. This trick was discovered by Ramesh Kumar and is popularly called the Master Control Panel.

Windows Guru Ed Bott has now come up with a fairly large list of useful GUID shortcuts for Windows Vista and Windows 7. Some of them are:

Windows 7 and Vista (GUIDs)

AutoPlay: {9C60DE1E-E5FC-40f4-A487-460851A8D915}

Computer Folder: {20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

Default Programs: {17cd9488-1228-4b2f-88ce-4298e93e0966}

Get Programs: {15eae92e-f17a-4431-9f28-805e482dafd4}

Performance Information and Tools: {78F3955E-3B90-4184-BD14-5397C15F1EFC}

Personalization: {ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921}

System: {BB06C0E4-D293-4f75-8A90-CB05B6477EEE}

Windows Update: {36eef7db-88ad-4e81-ad49-0e313f0c35f8}

Wndows 7 only (GUIDs)

Action Center: {BB64F8A7-BEE7-4E1A-AB8D-7D8273F7FDB6}

Backup and Restore: {B98A2BEA-7D42-4558-8BD1-832F41BAC6FD}

Biometric Devices: {0142e4d0-fb7a-11dc-ba4a-000ffe7ab428}

Display: {C555438B-3C23-4769-A71F-B6D3D9B6053A}

Recovery: {9FE63AFD-59CF-4419-9775-ABCC3849F861}

Speech Recognition: {58E3C745-D971-4081-9034-86E34B30836A}

Troubleshooting: {C58C4893-3BE0-4B45-ABB5-A63E4B8C8651}

Remember that you need to create a new folder and name it according to the format “FolderName.GUID“. While, these shortcuts won’t provide any new functionality, using them you can create your own version of Control Panel containing the most frequently used options. You can find the full list provided by Ed Bott over here.

Lost: Seasons 1 to 5 available for Free in Hulu


(For users in the United States only) Hulu, the premier internet TV distributor has released all the 101 episodes of Lost, the TV show detailing the trials and tribulations of plane-crash survivors in a mysterious South Pacific Island, completely for free. This is in anticipation of the spike in demand for season 6 which will air on February 2nd. And considering that they have released it for free, there will be a mighty spike!


From this Hulu page you can start your journey into the Lost universe right from the first season’s pilot episode. The entirety of the episodes are available without any ads and can be viewed at your pleasure. Although ABC had released the full episodes some time ago, they had not released all the episodes (even now only the last season can be viewed – again only for US users).

Note: Although there are many proxy-faking softwares available around the net (for example, Anchor Free’s Hotspot Shield) most do not work with Hulu. Hulu automatically detects that you are using a proxy-faking software and does not stream the show for you. Although earlier it used to be possible currently it is not possible. So do not try it.

Addendum: However, if you do find that such a software works, you are welcome to tell us about it in the comments!

AnyBodyOutThere lets you Start Online Discussions and Interact In Real Time

Do you want to start a quick discussion online? Do you need some information and want to see how people react to your idea? Do you want to share your thoughts on a subject and see what others feel about the same? Meet Anybodyoutthere – a new online discussion board which allows people to start quick discussions and interactin Real time. You can post a question and the site will find out the people who are interested in the same subject.

To get started with the service, visit the homepage and post your question.


There are no registrations or signups required to use the service. However you may sign up for an account which lets you createa personal profile of yours. The site also lets you sign in with your Facebook account to keep things simple.

Now that you have posted a question, the site will return a list of people who may be interested in your question. Click the “Talk” button and you will be prompted to choose a nickname.


Now comes the interesting part. The service will open a chat room and send a chat request to the user with whom you want to start a chat. Start the chat and you can discuss and interact. Cool !


In their own words:

We believe that although the web is filled with all kinds of information, you still can’t replace real-time human responses. You just need to know how to find that someone to share your thought and ideas with. And that’s something we can do for you.

You can also see what problems other users are facing and offer your advice, if you want. The impressive thing about the service is that you can integrate your IM client and reply or ask questions from the IM client only.

Techie-Buzz Verdict

Anybodyoutthere is great for real time conversations and for people who need help from a human and not from a search engine. If you register for an account, you can interact with people from your IM client only. In brief, it’s a great service to start online discussions and take feedbacks or suggestions.

Techie-Buzz rating: 4/5( very good).

Enable Aero Effect in Windows Vista and Windows 7 Home Basic

Aero was one of the most celebrated additions to Windows Vista. The snazzy new Aero effects brought Windows on par with modern GUIs. Windows 7 further refined Aero and succeeded in delivering an attractive yet intuitive interface. Unfortunately, Aero is disabled in cheaper editions of Windows Vista and 7 (Home Basic and Starter editions). Aero is also locked on lower end systems.

AeroEnabler is a simple utility which unlocks Aero in Home Basic and Starter Editions. It can also be used to disable Windows hardware check. This makes it possible for everyone to get a taste of Aero, without upgrading the hardware or software.


Techie Buzz Verdict

AeroEnabler does what it promises. However, one must be careful while forcefully enabling Aero effects on lower end configurations. The hardware check was included in the first place because, running Aero on systems which aren’t powerful enough, may lead to major performance issues. If your hardware doesn’t satisfy the Windows Display Driver Model specifications, then you would probably be better off without Aero.

Techie Buzz Rating: 2.5/5 (Average)

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Google Password Decryptor Helps You Recover All Google Passwords

Google uses a centralized account for all its services. While this can be useful in a way, it is also equally troublesome. If you forget your Google account password, you cannot access other accounts, such as Youtube, Picasa or any other service provided by Google.

Google Password Decryptor serves the need here. This is a simple tool that helps you to recover all the Google account passwords within a fraction of a second. It can extract passwords from various Google applications. Some of them are listed below:

  • Google Talk
  • Google Picasa
  • Google Desktop Search
  • Gmail Notifier
  • Internet Explorer
  • Google Chrome

There is no need to install this application either. Just extract the files and start running it. All you need to do is click on a button that says ” Start Recovery” and it gives you the password list of all applications.


It also has a feature for exporting the password list either as an HTML document or a text document for future reference.

Techie-Buzz Verdict

Nice little tool. No bad points with this. It meets expectations. It gives out the result too fast. A very needed tool for everyone. Did I mention anywhere that it is freeware? Yes, this is   freeware.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Is the Windows XP Search Doggie a Spy?

The other day, while I was reading my friend Terry’s Newsletter, I was surprised to see this question from him.

Did you know that every time you search, Windows Explorer talks to Microsoft?


I did some research, he was right. I found several forum posts concerning this. Most of them had titles like: Windows Explorer Search tries to contact Microsoft.

Proof of Espionage

I won’t go into too many boring details, but I found out that when you open up a search window to find files, Windows Explorer does contact Microsoft’s IP address. This is caused by the default use of the Search Assistant, which you normally see as a little dog. Here’s a screenshot from my copy of Currports showing that connection.


If you are curious about Currports, read my article telling you how to find out who is spying on you.

According to one post I found, Microsoft promises that no personal information is taken or kept. They claim that it’s an update feature. This leaves me to ask, Do you trust the little doggie?

The solution to this sneaky little dog is to turn off the Search Assistant, which changes the search to Classic Search. However, MS does not provide a simple way to do that. If you click the preferences in Search, you can make the Search Assistant hide, but it really is still working. An article at MS TechNet tells you how to hack the Windows Registry to completely kill the Search Assistant. May he rest in peace.

Hack Your Registry

I’ve tried their solution and it works. For those who know how to use a .REG file, here’s the text of a REG file which works. Copy and paste it into a text file, then save it with a .REG extension. Double-click it to install the fix.


“Use Search Asst”=”no”

For those who don’t want to muck around in the Windows Registry, there is a better solution. You can download a copy of Tweak UI from Microsoft.

Use a PowerToy

Go to the Windows XP PowerToys page. Once there, locate the Tweak UI download on the right side bar as shown here.


Once downloaded and installed, you’ll find the entry for Tweak UI in your Start / Program Files menu under Windows XP PowerToys. Open the program and navigate to the Explorer section. You’ll see the tweak for the Classic Search as I show here below.


Search Assistant Post Mortem

Once that’s done, you’ll never see your furry little friend again. I realize that some of you may miss seeing him do tricks, but I don’t think you’ll miss the silly questions that he asks you every time you do a file search.

Here’s a side by side of   the Windows Search panel with and without the Search Assistant.

search_phone_home_little_dog search_phone_home_no_doggie

If you’ve succeeded in burying the doggie in the back yard, you may want to go one step further and add a faster file search to Windows XP.

More Tweaks to See

Be sure to check out all of the other tweaks that Tweak UI can give you on your Windows XP system. My favorite is removing the Shortcut Toprefix which gets added every time you create a shortcut.

The Other PowerToys

Also check out the other PowerToys at the Microsoft page that I linked to above. Here’s a quick list of some of them.

Techie-Buzz Verdict: Guilty

Yes, the little dog is a spy, but you can muzzle him with a registry hack or the TweakUI PowerToy from Microsoft. No animals were harmed in the making of this article.