Embed A CountDown Timer On Your Website

If you are a webmaster, there are a number of reasons you and your visitors might be counting down to a specific day. It might be a contest that is getting over soon, it might be a festival you are looking forward to or anything else that is worth anticipating.

Now you can make that anticipation more fun and collective by embedding a cool countdown timer on your website or blog. The process is simple. Go to this website, and start customizing your timer with options like text color, background color, countdown date and a caption describing what your countdown is about. You can also customize the size of the countdown timer.

Once you are done, you will be provided with an HTML code that you can paste in to any website or blog. Here is a sample countdown timer we generated for the upcoming new year 2010.

Created by OnePlusYou

How to Share Network Files with CopyShell

I have a nice list of free applications that save me tons of time while I’m at work. Here is one of my favorites.

At my office, we have millions of files across a network of hundreds of PCs and servers. When I need to email someone the locations (paths) of some of those files, I’ve found that the best way to do that is to use Neil Wightman’s CopyShell extension.

CopyShell allows you to right click on any file, folder or shortcut and grab the full path to it. The path is copied into the Windows Clipboard and you only have to paste it into your email or document to show others where to look for the files. Users of Windows Vista or Windows 7 will already have this feature available in the Shift+Right Click menu when they select files.

In the case where you are right clicking on a shortcut, CopyShell grabs the path to the “target” of the shortcut. When you have multiple files selected before you right click, CopyShell allows you to “Copy All Paths” at the same time.

I’ve also used CopyShell to create M3U playlists for my MP3 players. To do that, simply select a bunch of MP3 files, then right click and “Copy All Paths”. Now open up Notepad or some other text editor and paste all those paths into it. If you save the file with a .M3U extension, most media players will recognize it as a playlist.

Have fun with CopyShell, and be sure to comment below if you have a problem or a different solution.

CopyShell home pageC++ source code for CopyShell

WINE : Myths and Facts

You might have heard a lot of “WINE is a software which lets you play windows games on Linux”, or “WINE is an emulator which lets you run windows games on Linux” and so on…

Linux Wine
Linux Wine

Well, to some extent, they might all be correct and for some reasons wrong altogether.

WINE is an emulator, but actually it is not.

I like the contradiction in that. Considering the layman’s English, by the definition of emulator’, WINE can be called an emulator as it does work pretty much like an emulator running windows applications on a platform which has no support for native Microsoft Windows API, maybe like a software emulator. But, in Computer Science, we have a better definition of emulators with clearly defined premises and WINE does not fall under that. WINE is not a software which can emulate the windows environment as a whole. All it does is translate the native windows system calls to a Linux recognizable call. WINE does not create a new virtual x86 environment for use of windows applications, which is pretty much what VMware does.

WINE is slow, because it can be fast.

WINE is slow if you are trying to run a software which makes too many system calls, there are many more translations, and you are running WINE at full potential+ the software. That is slow. If you run a software with no system calls, it runs equally fast on Windows and on WINE, no more, no less.

WINE lacks many API’s, so Windows applications on it will never look good.

Wine has all the base API’s required for most of the applications. A missing API, if any, is one which is used in much smaller fractions in UI development. WINE can currently support over 90% of all calls from Windows API. That is a huge number for an API which runs it’s own version of the closed source DirectX API.

WINE can never be equal the development of windows APIs.

WINE has an easy way of adding new APIs of DLLs. Also, some windows softwares which support backporting of APIs can run easily on WINE with very slightly reduced functionality.

I would rather use VMware or VirtualBox.

Well, you can but you’ve got to pay for it, both in cash and system performance. Even Sun VirtualBox is slow enough. WINE is not as slow as these because, they emulate a whole new processor for use with the guest OS, WINE does not do that. It only emulates the system calls and the API.

Use WINE. IT supports a wide list of windows applications. It is an excellent piece of software for people translating over to Linux from Windows.

Windows 7: Ten Awesome Win Key Shortcuts You Probably Didn’t Know About

Windows Seven HotkeysWindows Seven features tons of hotkeys. Some new and some old. If you wish you can go through the full list available over here. Here are our favourite hotkeys which utilise the Win Key.

  1. Display Projection : If you are tired of messing around with your Display Driver utility to simply get your laptop working with a projector, then you would be relieved to know that Windows Seven has an inbuilt Projection utility. Press Win+P and choose the kind of display setup you want (projector only, laptop only and both projector and laptop.
  2. Windows Mobility Center : The Windows Mobility Center puts all commonly used Notebook (laptop) settings in a single convenient location. The Mobility Center allows you to change brightness, adjust volume levels, switch power plans, setup additional displays and projectors, setup Sync Center and toggle Wi-Fi. You can trigger the Mobility Center by pressing Win+X.
  3. Taskbar Navigation: Pressing Win+T switches the focus to the taskbar and allows you to use the Arrow Keys (Left and Right) to cycle through active windows.
  4. Application Launcher : Windows Seven allows you to pin applications anywhere on the taskbar. You can launch new instances of the first five applications by pressing Win+1-5.
  5. Aero Snap : One of our favourite new feature in Windows Seven in Aero Snap. Simply drag any window to the edges and it will automatically get resized and dock to that edge. You can achieve the same thing using Win+Left Arrow (dock to the left edge) and Win+Right Arrow
  6. Maximise, Minimise and Restore : Win+Up maximises the active window while Win+Down minimises or restores the active window.
  7. Zoom In and Zoom Out : Pressing Win++ and Win+- launches the Magnifier and increases or decreases magnification levels.
  8. Minimise All Background Windows : Aero Shake is another feature which is new to Windows Seven. Unfortunately triggering it involves vigorously shaking an window. A simpler option is to use Win+Home to minimise all background windows.
  9. Aero Peek : Aero Peek allows you to get a quick look at your desktop (including any installed gadgets) without minimising any window. You can trigger this feature using the keyboard by pressing Win+Space.
  10. Device Manager : Press Win+Pause to directly launch the Device Manager. This shortcut has been present in Windows for ages, but is still incredibly useful.

Do you use hotkeys? If so which hotkeys do you use most frequently? Don’t forget to share your opinion via the comments box.

via Gizmodo

How To Uninstall Google Chrome Extensions? Where are Extensions Installed?

Though we have already told you about a excellent Google Chrome extension manager, for the past few days I have been getting questions from people on how to uninstall extensions.

I did point out many people to the manager but you can still uninstall extensions in Chrome without having to use a additional tool.

Here are some of your questions answered with regards to using extensions in Google Chrome.

Where Are Google Chrome Extensions Installed?

Google Chrome installs all extensions into the user profile, you can find it under the default installation folder. Once you are inside the installation directory, go to User Data folder and then to your profile directory, if you don’t have any profiles it will be the Default folder.

You will find all the extensions inside the Extensions folder inside your profile folder, deleting will delete the extension.

Uninstall Extensions in Google Chrome

To uninstall extensions in Google Chrome follow the steps listed below.

Step 1: Open a new tab in Chrome and type in chrome://extensions/without the quotes in the Omnibar, this should open the inbuilt extension manager in Chrome.


Step 2: On this page you will find options to uninstall extensions that are installed for your profile, click on the Uninstall button to remove the extension you want to.

As easy as it gets once you know where to look :-), hope this helps you out.

Create your Custom Linux Distro with Remastersys

This is strictly for Debian based systems.

Remastersys is a free and open source application which lets us create custom distributions of our system. Many websites list it as a backup tool, but it is actually far from being just a backup tool.

So, Remastersys lets us create a custom distribution of Linux. The custom distribution created includes all our installed softwares, and user data. Similar applications are available for other distributions. We have mklivecd for Mandriva and remasterme for PCLinuxOS.

The software has been developed by one lone developer Tony Brijeski.

There are many Linux distributions which have been created with Remastersys. One of them is Klikit.

To install Remastersys,

  1. Add the deb http://www.remastersys.klikit-linux.com/repository remastersys/ repository to your /etc/apt/sources.list file.
  2. Update your source, using sudo apt-get update.
  3. Install the software usingsudo apt-get install remastersys

The interface is easy to work with and the software is pretty much self explanatory.

Analyse Windows Boot Performance With Microsoft Windows Performance Toolkit

Last week we showed you how to analyse your Linux system’s boot performance using Boot Chart. Windows users need to feel left out because Microsoft provides a little known free utility for doing the same (and more). Microsoft Windows Performance Toolkit (WPT) consists of several utilities – one of which is xbootmgr. Xbootmgr is an On/Off Transition Trace Capture tool that collects information during bootup, shutdown, hibernate etc.

Once you have installed WPT creating a trace and analysing it is very simple. To create a boot trace type in the following command in the Command Prompt (or Start Menu Search box) :

xbootmgr trace rebootCycle noPrepReboot

The above command will automatically reboot the computer and run a Boot time trace. -noPrepReboot prevents any additional prepatory reboots before the trace and is ideally suited for running a quick single trace. By default the Event Trace Logs are saved in the current directory (by default c:\Windows\System32). If you wish to specify the directory use

xbootmgr trace rebootCycle noPrepReboot -resultPath C:\mydir

Xbootmgr supports multiple command line arguments. If you wish to learn more about them check out this guide by Microsoft. The MSDN Quick Start Guide is also a good place to start off if you want to explore the options offered by xbootmgr in greater details.

Once you have created an Event Trace Log (.etl) you need to open it using the Windows Performance Analyser GUI. Type xperfview in the Command Prompt (or Start Menu Search Box) and open the *.etl file using it. Windows Performance Analyser is an advanced tool that displays among other things CPU Utilisation, Disc I/O and Services loaded during Windows boot process. This allows you to quickly find and eliminate bottlenecks.

XperfView - Performance Analyser

Windows Performance Toolkit offers a wealth of information which advanced users would appreciate. If correctly used Windows Performance Toolkit can help in diagnosing hard to detect system problems and reduce bottlenecks.

[ Download Windows Performance Toolkit for Vista and Seven ]

Xbox 360 Elite All Set To Replace Xbox 360 Pro

The recession has hit the game console industry hard. The gaming console companies have not been coming up with good sales figure recently, though still the cheapest gaming console, Wii leads the sales chart. Rumours are floating that Microsoft is all set to replace Xbox 360 Pro with the Xbox 360 Elite with the help of a price cut. The attached picture (Source: Dailytech) with this post shows the price tag of the Elite version to be 299.99$. 11838_large_504x_300pro

Microsoft may be cutting prices of its console, but Sony is not at all interested in doing so. Though again there have been rumours that Sony may launch a “Slim” PS3 on August 18 along with a price cut announcement, but till now nothing has happened. Even Microsoft has not confirmed anything, so readers should take this post with a pinch of salt.

How to Create Psychedelic Wallpapers?

Take a look at my wallpaper today. If you stare at it for a bit, does it appear to move around on it’s own? Isn’t that creepy … or maybe it’s just me?


If you’re interested, I’ll show you how to create an infinity of wallpapers like this one using only the MS Paint application which is included with every copy of Windows.

* Open Paint
You can usually find it in your Start Menu under “Programs” then “Accessories”. If not, go to Start > Run, then type “mspaint”.

* Set the size
In Paint’s menus, go to Image Attributes.


Then set it to 8 by 8 making sure you’ve selected the Pixels radio button as well.


* Zoom in
The normal zoom setting is too small to work with. You can adjust the zoom settings by choosing “Image”, “Zoom” then “Custom” in the Paint menus.


Once the Custom Zoom dialog appears, set it to 800%


Now you can see blank square which is 8 x 8 pixels.


* Show the Grid
I recommend that you turn on the grid setting so you can see each pixel easily. Select “View, “Zoom” and “Show Grid” to see the grid display.


Now you can see each pixel.


* Fill the background
Pick a color on the color box.


Then choose the fill icon.


Click anywhere on the grid and the color you’ve chosen will fill the entire square. I’ve chosen black in this case.


* Create a pattern
Pick the pencil icon …


… then choose a few different colors and fill in your own crazy pattern. Here’s one I’ve finished.


* Save as bitmap
Once you’ve finished, save the pattern as a bitmap (*.bmp) by making sure you’ve got this selected in the “Save as type” pull-down box. I’ve found that the next step is easier if you save the .bmp file in your “My Pictures” folder.


* Set as Wallpaper
Right click on an empty area on your Windows Desktop, choose properties, then choose the “Desktop” tab. Now select the bmp file you’ve created. If it’s in your “My Pictures” folder, it should already be listed. Before you hit “Apply” or “OK”, be sure to also pick “Stretch” in the “Position” pull-down box.


It looks blocky before you hit the OK button, but Windows will smooth out those rough edges when it stretches the little bitmap to cover your desktop. If you’ve chosen to “hide” your desktop icons, this bitmap will still appear blocky and you’ll have to “Show Desktop Icons” to get the smeared effect in a stretched bitmap.

If everything goes well, you’ll have a great looking psychedelic wallpaper like the one I showed you at the top of this article. Once you get the hang of this, you can play with the size of the BMP and different colors to create your own weird universe of color.

Have fun!

How To Change the Fonts Of Websites To Your Desired Font In Firefox

Ever wanted to read a webpage with the font you like?? Ever   wanted to change the font of a webpage you visited? Here is the solution..

This is a inbuilt feature in FF. Here is the simple illustration of how to carry out this.

  1. Go to the Tools>Options.. in from the Firefox menu bar.
  2. Move to the content tab in the dialog box.
  3. Under the “Fonts & Colors” option, click on the “Advanced” button.
  4. Uncheck the option “Allow pages to choose their own fonts instead of my font selection above” option.

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  5. Then, select the desired font you want from the above lists and your job is done.
  6. You can now select the font of your own interest and check out how it looks on any website yo visit.