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Create Files without Names in Windows

Seems weird! Isn't it?
Its actually possible to create nameless files in Windows.

I've successfully tried this trick in Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
Following are the steps required to pull off this nice piece of trick.

1. Select any file you wish.
2. Right-click the file and click Rename or just press the F2 key to rename it.
3. Press and hold the ALT key. While still holding the Alt key, type the numbers 0160 from the keyboard.
(Note: The numbers nust be typed from the numpad of your keyboard. i.e the number keys present on the right side of the keyboard and NOT from the number keys present above the top of character keys.)
4. The file will be without a name.


What happens here is, the file is named with a single space.
If you want to create a second file without a name in the same directory as the first one, the above steps will not help you.

So how do you create a second "nameless" file?
1. Follow the first 3 steps mentioned above.
2. Release the ALT key. Again repeat the first 3 steps.
3. Now the seond file will be created with two spaces.

Similarly, repeat the procedure thrice to create a third file without a name.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Thursday, November 30, 2006
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Publishing documents from Google Docs and Spreadsheets

Google has recently launched a publishing feature in Google Docs and Spreadsheets that will give you a URL address linking to your spreadsheet or document.

You can use this address to share your documents anywhere in a website or a blog.

To publish a document:

1. Click the icon besides the required document (Picture shown below).
2. A dropdown menu will appear where some options are available.
3. One of the options in the menu is "Publish". Click Publish.


4. A new page is displayed from where you can generate the URL by clicking the Publish document button.


5. Apart from publishing, a document can also be posted directly to your blog.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Wednesday, November 29, 2006
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Restore Desktop icon in Quick Launch Bar

The following tip will help you to restore your Desktop Icon in the Quick Launch Bar, if it is not present or has been deleted by mistake.

The Quick Launch Bar is located near the Start button in Windows and is used to access applications quickly.


This is a pretty straightforward trick.

1. Open a new text file in Notepad and copy the following lines into it.

[Shell]
Command=2
IconFile=explorer.exe,3
[Taskbar]
Command=ToggleDesktop

2. Now save this file as "Show Desktop.SCF" (Don't use the quotes in the file name).
While saving the file , type the above mentioned file name in the File Name box and select "All Files" in the save as type box.
Click Save.

3. The newly created file will look like the Windows Desktop icon.

4. Copy this file and Paste it in the following directory
C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
(Note: username is the name of the current user. This will differ in different machines)
You can also copy the shortcuts of other applications in this folder.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Tuesday, November 28, 2006
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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Tuesday, November 28, 2006
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Trick Megaupload to Download Files

These Megaupload tricks are particularly useful for those who receive the message "All slots assigned to your country are in use", when you try to download a file.

I'm still not completely sure if this will work all the time, but its worth a try even if it works 60% of the time. Below are five different methods you can try.
If you would like to make any other suggestions, feel free to leave a comment..84

For RapidShare:
If you have a ADSL connection with dynamic IP address, just restart you ADSL router/modem and clean your browser cache, especially cookies. This should be enough.
Method 4 listed below may also work for Rapidshare.

Method 1:
Go to http://upandup.freehostia.com/accelerator.html85 to easily bypass Megaupload download slots. Just as a precaution, clean your browser cache before each attempt, even though I don't think this is necessary.


Method 2:
If you can't get those country slots, you can read the post about a new version of a Firefox extension called Megaupload S.X3.286 for megaupload.


Method 3:






1. Go to the Google Translate tool. Here you'll find two sections : Translate Text and Translate a Web Page.

2. In the Translate a Web Page text box, paste your megaupload download link. Select the translation of your choice and hit the Translate button to load the megaupload file download page.
If you have anything to say about this method or you have some other trick, please let me know.


Method 4:
This method involves browsers that use the anonymous TOR network. XeroBank (formerly know as Torpark) is one if the browsers and OperaTor (check the post on OperaTor) is the other. XeroBank is a modified version of Firefox with TOR and OperaTor is a combination of the Opera browser, TOR and Privoxy.

Setting these browsers can be quite a headache. So be prepared to do some extra reading to get them started. Also, my guess is since these browsers use the TOR network, breaking limits may be possible in almost any services like Megaupload, Rapidshare..etc


Method 5:
87For Firefox users:


1. Install the Firefox addon named User Agent Switcher88.

2. Once installed, go to Tools >> User Agent Switcher >> Options >> Options.
The User Agents Switcher Options window is displayed.

3. Select User Agents from the list in the leftmost part of your screen.

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4. Click Add to add a new user agent and type these details in the resulting window:
a. In the Description box type : MEGAUPLOAD
b. In the User Agent box type : Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; Alexa Toolbar)

5. Click OK twice to close the two windows and finish adding the new user agent.

So how do you use it from here? Just before you download a file from Megaupload, go to
Tools >> User Agent Switcher >> MEGAUPLOAD.
You can always set the user agent back to default after your download is complete.

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Update for Firefox 2
Someone has commented90 the same thing can be done without using the Firefox User Agent add-on :

Type in the address bar this: about:config
Then search for this key: general.useragent.extra.firefox
Double click on it and add this: MEGAUPLOAD 1.0
So at the end it will look like this: Firefox/2.0 MEGAUPLOAD 1.0
Restart Firefox and now you have infinite slots.
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Method 6:
91For Internet Explorer users:

IE users will have to edit settings in the Windows Registry.
(Caution: Please ensure you backup your registry before proceeding. Read this post92 if you don't know how to backup the registry.)

1. Go to Start >> Run.
Type regedit and press Enter. This will open the Registry editor.

2. IE 7 (IE 6 users can also try this ) users must navigate to the following :
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet
Settings\User Agent\Post Platform.

3. Other IE users must go to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet
Settings\5.0\User Agent\Post Platform.

4. Now right-click the Post Platform folder and go to New >> String Value.
Type Alexa Toolbar as the name and click Ok.

Enjoy downloading...
If any of the above tricks aren't working, there is one more way. I couldn't classify it as a method for downloading from megaupload. In fact, megaupload is not even in the picture in this case. Well, it is a site named DivShare. For those who aren't aware, it is much BETTER THAN Megaupload. Unlimited downloads, unlimited uploads, files stay on DivShare forever..
Check out our review about DivShare..and you'll forget megaupload.


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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Sunday, November 26, 2006
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Sony: Donate Playstation 3 power for Medical research

Here's a development that has the potential to change the way medical research or, for that matter, any research, is conducted.

According to Sony, Playstation 3 gamers can contribute by donating the enormous power of their consoles to aid Stanford University researchers study the behaviour of proteins in human cells to hopefully find a cure for Cancer, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and other fatal diseases.

To take part, gamers(volunteers) would have to download a program which will make the PS3 chip accessible to researchers. The PS3 will be used when the gamer is not playing and the processed data will then be sent back to the researchers.

The project is dubbed by Sony as cure@Playstation3 and will roll out only when the PS3 goes global.

Stanford already uses this technique of distributed computing involving PCs for research.
But the pure processing power of the PS3, which can be easily compared to a supercomputer, will speed up the process significantly.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Saturday, November 25, 2006
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Use special characters from Windows

This post is intended to help you understand the process of using special characters in Windows.
Infact not just in Windows, but anywhere including the Web.

Notice that, I used the UK pound symbol in my
previous post .

So how to use these special characters ?

Symbols like £ (UK Pound), © (Copyright), ¥(Japanese Yen) can be easily used by following a few simple steps:

1. Firstly, these characters are not provided as keys with the keyboard. So stop staring at the keyboard.

2. Go to Start >> Programs >> Accessories >> System Tools >> Character Map.
This opens the Character Map as shown below.


3. This window displays all the possible charaters you can enter.

Click on any of the symbols to get an enlarged view.

Then, click on the Select button to select a character.

To copy the selected symbol, press the Copy button (the symbol is actually copied to the clipboard).

4. That's it! Now you can paste the character where you need it.

Also notice the lower-right corner of the Character Map screen. This displays the keystroke required to produce the character you want.

In the figure above its Alt+0163. This means if you Press and Hold the ALT key and type 0163, you will get the UK Pound symbol.

( NOTE: the numbers must be typed from the keys to the right of your keyboard and NOT from the keys above the character keys).


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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Friday, November 24, 2006
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£ 750,000 worth Xbox 360's Stolen.

A truck containing Xbox 360 consoles worth £ 750,000 has been hijacked near a depot in Staffordshire.

The gang of thieves, which included 3 men indicated to the truck driver to slow down. The driver pulled the vehicle to a halt believing the men were informing him that something was trapped under his truck.

The men then attacked the driver and took off with the truck.
The truck was later found but without the Xbox consoles.

This robbery comes a week after a trailer containing Xbox 360's worth £ 260,000 was stolen.
Incidently, the first robbery was at the same depot, operated by Hellmann Worldwide Logistics.

Obviously, the consignment was to meet the expected Christmas demand for the Microsoft gaming console.

Read full story here

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Thursday, November 23, 2006
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Google Transit : Let Google plan your trips

So for the umpteenth time Google has come up with a new and exciting product.
And this one surely has a lot of potential.

Well, its called the
Google Transit Trip Planner.

What's its use?

Off course it will give you directions, but directions using Public Transportation services.
And that too the most efficient ones.
Google will also display the costs involved if you take a particular route.

How will I use it?
The following
FAQ gives a nice bit of information of its usage.

Google Transit is in Beta and now supports only a
limited number of regions.
Plus, even you can submit your city to Google.

Links:
Complete FAQ
News source:
Official Google Blog

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Thursday, November 23, 2006
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Install new Fonts in Windows

Hello Readers!
"How to install a font in Windows ? ". Sounds easy, isn't it ? And believe me, it is really very easy.

Fonts are usually distributed as a package. So before installing them, you have to first extract the font files from the package ( i.e if they are inside one).
If the fonts you got are not in a package, there is no need to waste time. You can directly proceed to install them.

1. To install a Font, you must first go to the Fonts directory in Windows.
There are three ways to reach the Fonts directory:
a. Through the Control Panel, where the Fonts folder is present.
b. Type "Fonts" (type without the double quotes) in your Start >> Run menu and press Enter.
c. Manually go to the Fonts directory, i.e "C:\Windows\Fonts" (assuming your Windows directory is in drive "C").

2. Once you are inside the directory, go to Files >> Install New Font.

3. A box will appear which allows you to browse and select the new fonts.
So select your fonts and click Ok.

That's all you have to do. Your new fonts are installed in the system.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Wednesday, November 22, 2006
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Get Last Updated Web Page Date and Time

You may have come across a Web Page thinking you are reading the most current article; Only to find it was 3 years old.

This is a common problem many surfers face. Sometimes it helps when the last updated time is displayed just before the content on the web page.
But not all sites do it.
So, what is the solution?

Just go to the desired web page of your choice and paste the following code in your address bar:
javascript:alert(document.lastModified)

A message box pops up (figure below) showing you the date and time when the page was last updated.


However, for this to work, javascript must be enabled for your browser. This piece of trick will be useless with dynamic web pages which are updated very frequently.

A much better way to use this trick is to save the script as your bookmark or favorite.
The bookmarking process cannot be achieved directly.
Follow the steps given below to proceed:

For Internet Explorer
1. Open a blank page.
2. Go to Favorites >> Add to Favorites.
3. A blank Favorite is added to your Favorite list.
Right-Click the Favorite you just added and click Properties.
4. Now, in the URL box, Paste javascript:alert(document.lastModified) and click Ok.
Internet Explorer will show a message box. Ignore it by clicking Yes.
You can also rename your favorite to something like "Last Updated".
5. To use it, go to a web page and click the newly created Favorite.

For Firefox
Before you proceed, it is important that javascript is not disabled. Some Firefox extensions like NoScript automatically blocks javascript.

1. Open a blank page.
2. Go to Bookmarks >> Bookmark this Page.
3. A new bookmark is added to your bookmarks.
Right-Click the newly created Bookmark and Click Properties.
4. Paste javascript:alert(document.lastModified) in the location box and type a name of your choice as the bookmark name.
5. Click Ok. To use it, go to a web page and click the bookmark.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Tuesday, November 21, 2006
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Read blogs and sites from your Mobile Phone

Mobile phone Feeds! Yes, you heard ( or saw) it right.
And whats more, it's 100% Free.

Atleast that's what the PhoneFeeds website claims as of now.

PhoneFeeds allows you to read blogs and stuff directly from your existing mobile phone.

To create a "Phone Feed", go to the PhoneFeeds website and enter the URL of your blog, rss, rdf or atom feed in the box provided and click the GO button.

The "phone feed" url returned for Tech Xpress was http://pfeeds.com/1bfb.

On submission of the url, PhoneFeeds.com converts RSS, RDF or ATOM feeds into WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) content.

The generated "phone feed" URL is truncated to minimize the amount of typing from your mobile device.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Monday, November 20, 2006
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Video: Playstation 3 smashed into pieces

After the iPod, Xbox 360 and PSP, its Playstation 3's turn now.
It has happened again in America.

Some guys have purchased a brand new Playstation 3 and smashed it into pieces.

And as expected, it has been filmed and posted on the Internet.

The clip shows a man purchasing a PS3 and holding it aloft before another guy with a sledge hammer takes control of the console and smashes it into bits in view of all those who lined up to get a hold of Sony's latest gaming device.

View the video from this site

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Saturday, November 18, 2006
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Hotmail goes 1 GB

Finally, Microsoft has announced that it will upgrade all of its more than 260 million hotmail accounts.

The upgradation will include more storage for Hotmail users, 1 GB to be precise, and an extension for the expiration period for inactive accounts from 30 days to 60 days.

The expiration period perk will apply to only those accounts that are more than 2 years old.

The upgradati0n process has already started in Asia.

Via Techtree

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Saturday, November 18, 2006
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Rename Multiple Files Simultaneously in Windows

You can rename more that one file simultaneously in Windows.

The trick is to select all the files you want to rename. You can also select any files in a folder by using the CTRL key.


Now, right-click any one of the selected files and select rename.
Type a name for the file.
You can also use the F2 key to rename files.


Once the process of renaming is complete, the names of the selected files will also change to the typed value, except that numbers will be appended to that name.


You can also control the starting number in the series. To achieve this, type a number you want to start with in parenthesis after the filename, while renaming a file.

For example, if you type "Vijeesh(7)" as the name, the other files will be numbered from "Vijeesh(8)"..... respectively.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Friday, November 17, 2006
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Google introduces "Click to Call" in Google Maps

Google has introduced a calling feature in Google Maps that lets you connect to a business without even dialling a number.

All you have to do is search for a business on Google Maps and click the "Call" link next to the phone number of the business. Now, enter your phone number and click "Connect for Free".

So what does Google do now? Well! Its calls your phone number and automatically makes a connection between your number and the destination number.

Read Full Story from the Official Google Blog.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Thursday, November 16, 2006
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Quickly Convert Text Case in Microsoft Word with a Shortcut

Microsoft Word allows you to change the case of a text typed in it.
Offcourse you can always delete and retype the text. But why waste time when there is a much better way to do it.

So what do you need to do?

To change the case of a text, select the text, and Press Shift + F3.
You can toggle the different case modes by pressing the F3 key repeatedly while still holding down the Shift key.
The three case modes are "lowercase", "UPPERCASE" and "Title case".

So if you select a word "name", the three modes will give you:
"name", "NAME" and "Name".

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Thursday, November 16, 2006
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Create a Table in Microsoft Word without using the Mouse

Microsoft Word lets you create a table with rows and columns by typing, JUST by typing.
You just don't have to use the mouse . Here's how its done.

1. Open a Word document.

2. Start typing a row with a single "Plus" (+) sign followed by a string of "Minus" (-) signs.
Now type a single "Plus" sign followed by "Minus" signs. Continue in the same sequence.
Make sure the last character is a Plus sign.
It should look somewhat like the figure shown below.


3. Press Enter and Word will create a table with a single row (figure below).


4. To create additional rows, go to the last column (use Tab key to jump to the next columns) and Press the Tab key.
An easy way is to just Press and Hold the Tab key.
You can always Undo (Ctrl + Z) to reduce rows or come back.

(Note: If this tip dosen't work...
Go to Tools >> AutoCorrect Options
Click the AutoFormat as You Type tab and check the Tables checkbox. Try again..)

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Wednesday, November 15, 2006
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