Google Search Tip: Searching Using Number Ranges

Searching on Google is a skill, and knowledge of your searching skills directly affects your productivity. Here’s a small tip when you are trying to search for a number, be it a dollar amount, a measurement or any other numeric figure.

Suppose you are searching for a number that you believe to be between 5000 and 6000 but are not sure exactly what it is. You can actually search for it by specifying a number range on Google. To do so, you would type:

5000..6000

The two dots in between tells Google that it is a range you are looking for. Google will then highlight all the numbers that fall between this range. Note that using other special characters like comma is going to mess it up. So instead of typing 10,000, type 10000.

A small example of how to use this is when I wanted to see what are the different zip codes associated with the city of Detroit. I Googled for “Detroit zip code 40000..50000″ since I knew the zip code started with a 4. Results displayed by Google were quite amazing.

Automatically Delete Unwanted Messages From Your Gmail

Going through tons of unwanted emails everyday has become a routine for each one of us. These may be mailing lists we are no longer interested in, annoying friends or family members or simply spam. You have tried unsubscribing and marking it as spam but nothing seemed to work. Here’s another way to make these messages disappear.

To set up automatic deletion for emails coming from a particular source, we first need to set up a filter so Gmail can identify that source.

  1. Open one of these unwanted emails.
  2. Click on the drop down arrow next to Reply and select Filter messages like this.
  3. Enter additional criteria if you want like subject and certain words that can identify these messages.
  4. Click on Test Search to make sure Gmail is identifying the right messages.
  5. Click on Next Step.
  6. Check the boxes Mark As Read and Delete It.
  7. Click on Create Filter.

That’s it. These messages will now be deleted as soon they are received. If you ever want to change this, you can go to Settings and edit the filter.

How To Upgrade From Windows XP to Windows 7?

Tomorrow is the D-day when Microsoft will be releasing RTM to TechNet and MSDN subscribers among other people.

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Windows XP users will not be able to directly upgrade to Windows 7 and they will require to perform a fresh install which will mean that all the applications will be wiped out and you will need to reinstall everything from scratch on Windows 7.

Nirmal from Life Rocks has written a excellent upgrade path for Windows XP users to Windows 7 that will help you all your user settings and data to a  external drive and then restore them back on the new Windows 7 installation.

Also most of users will be easily be able to upgrade to Windows 7, so you can download the ISO and burn it to a DVD and then install it on Windows Vista without losing your settings.

To check if your PC is ready to be upgraded to Windows 7 or requires a fresh install you can download the Windows 7 Upgrade advisor.

How To Embed Only A Part Of YouTube Video

If you want to embed a video but do not want users to waste their time looking at the irrelevant parts, you can skip that! Here’s how to do it.

When you receive the embed code from YouTube, add &start=30 to the URL part of the code. In this example, 30 means 30 seconds but you can change it to any desired value. This change in the embed code is reflected in bold in the example below:

<object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/R3XqTDgX4Us&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0&start=50"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/R3XqTDgX4Us&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object>

Due to adding a start string with a value of 50 seconds, the following video will now start from the 50th second and will go till the end.

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Cool Trick For Windows System Clock

This trick won’t bring you any functional optimization but will definitely make you popular among your friends!  It will allow you to display your name or any custom word within the system clock.

Normally your windows system clock looks like this:

However, the AM and PM sounded too boring to me. I wanted to know if I can tweak them to say something else and I found out that I can.

Here’s how to do it:

1. In your Vista search bar, type Regional and Language Options.

2.  Once you are inside the Options, click on Customize this format.

3. Choose the Time tab.

4. Click inside the AM Symbol and PM Symbol boxes.

5. Type your name or any other word you want and click apply.

How to Set a Timer for Automatic Shutdown Without Using Any Software

[Windows] Generally, while watching movies or reading an eBook, I fall asleep. This must also be a case with many of you, watching movies on your laptop and then lying asleep the next minute, with only ghosts left to watching your boring movie.

Many download junkies also queue files for overnight downloading. And in places where an uninterrupted supply of electricity is not present, these poor download junks have to wake up early to switch off their PCs and avoid data corruption.

As usual, we Techie Buzzers can’t see the plight of such poor souls. Batman is here to help, Gotham shall not worry!

How to Set a Timer for Automatic Shutdown

Setting up a timer for automatic shutdown is no big deal, in fact many people would already know about it, but if you don’t, read on.

There is no software to install and no tweaks to be made. An automatic shutdown is inbuilt into Windows and ready to be explored. Let’s check out how we can set a timer for automatic shutdown.

  1. Right click on the desktop. Select New → Shortcut.
  2. A New Shortcut dialog box will appear.greenshot_2009-08-02_01-17-12
  3. In the location box, this is how you will enter the details: shutdown.exe is for calling the shutdown executable. s is the command for shutdown. f is for performing a forced shutdown. If an application stops responding when shutting down, this command will force shut it. Using this command is not compulsory, but recommended. And next, the t command is for specifying the time the shutdown will take place. After you put the t command give a space and then enter the time in seconds. So in the above example, the computer will be shut down in 6 hours. Let’s put the whole command in one line:shutdown.exe -s -f -t seconds
  4. Click next and the shortcut will be created on the desktop. Give it a name and click it whenever you wish to initiate an automatic shutdown. If you want to change the time, right click on the shortcut, select properties and change the time from the dialog that opens.

Tip: This command can also be initiated from the Run box or CMD.

Tip 2: If you want to display a message that displays when the countdown is in progress, you can append a c command with a message attached. Like this:
-c Computer is shutting down

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Tip 3: If you want to restart the computer instead of shutting it down, replace the s with r. Similarly, if you’d like to logoff, replace s with l.

How to abort Shutdown

If you just woke up from sleep and feel like working on your laptop a bit more, there is no easy way you can abort the shutdown. The cross on the top will not work and you won’t be able to kill the process from task manager. But still there’s a way to stop the timer and stopping the bomb before it blasts.

  1. Click the WinKey + R
  2. The run dialog box will appear. Type shutdown.exe a
  3. A stands for abort. The shutdown timer will vanish.

So this was it, let us know how you make use of this feature in the comments!

How To Build Firefox Extensions?

are things that make a really good browser to use, and to be frank even though I like there are quite a few things that I need to depend on Firefox for.

Mozilla does allow users to develop Firefox extensions with Jetpack, however if you are looking for something more detailed, you can download a free e-book (limited time only) that will help you get kick started in developing add-ons/extensions for Firefox.

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The book is written by James Edwards and usually retails for $9.95, however for a limited time you can download it for absolutely free. Thanks Sandip.

The book covers several topics including;

  • Learning about folder structures and files in a extensions
  • Developing user interface with XUL and styling with CSS
  • Advanced features with JavaScript
  • Keyboard shortcuts and I18N features
  • Guide to publish your add-ons to Mozilla add-ons gallery

Download Developing Firefox Add-ons e-Book [ with 46 pages]

How To Boot Your PC In SafeMode Everytime

If you are trying to configure/clean/fix your PC and you want it to start in safemode, you probably press F8 and then select the safemode option. That is a perfectly fine method but can be a little time consuming if you want to start it in safemode the next few times.

Here’s an easy way to do it. Click on the Start button and in the text box labelled  Run (Search for Vista), type msconfig and press enter. This will take you to a configuration panel for the operating system. Now choose the boot tab, and under boot options, check the box for safe boot.

You can leave the optional settings on Minimal, or choose a more specific setting for booting in the safemode. Now click on apply and you are all done. Windows will now boot in the safe mode by default.

Start Chrome In Incognito Mode Everytime

If you find yourself using the incognito mode feature in Chrome quite often, this information can save you as lot of hassle. Instead of switching to the incognito mode manually, you can set up your browser to automatically start in incognito mode. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Find the Chrome shortcut icon (it would most probably be on your desktop or start menu).
  2. Right click the icon and select Properties.
  3. On the Shortcut tab, locate the text box called Target.
  4. Within the text box, you will find a path ending with …chrome.exe
  5. Click in the text box and type ”  –incognito”  at the end. Type it without the quotes and make sure there is a space between exe and
  6. Click Apply to save the settings.

You are done! Now every time you launch Chrome, it will start in incognito mode.

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: