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Taking a quick break

Dear Readers, I'll be out for a few days and there won't be any updates on Tech Xpress for the next 10 days. Oh yes! I'm off on a quick trip to my birth place, Kerala. Yup! Great place to relax and de-stress.

Tech Xpress will be updated as soon as I get back. Till then, Thanks & Take Care.
And off course, happy reading!
posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Saturday, September 29, 2007
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Merge Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail, Facebook, MySpace accounts with Fuser

Its always a good idea to manage one's stuff from one place, kinda like using a single email account for all your emails. With so many email services around, it is not uncommon for one to have multiple email accounts, and with that the possibility of forgetting the password of any one of those accounts.

So if you hate logging into multiple accounts for reading your mails, Fuser may be of some help. Fuser is a service that merges your AOL, Exchange, Gmail, Hotmail, SquirrelMail, Yahoo and Yahoo Beta email accounts. In addition to that, Fuser also supports the POP3 protocol.
Presently, Fuser supports popular social networking sites MySpace and Facebook as well.

In simple terms, Fuser lets you read, send/receive emails from all the above mentioned services in your Fuser Inbox.
I personally wouldn't recommend this service for any email account which is used to send or receive sensitive information (business plans, financial transactions etc). Well, I just don't want another party to manage my data.
Other than that, Fuser has the potential to free you from a lot of annoyance.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Saturday, September 29, 2007
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MS Word Tip - Quickly delete a word using a keyboard shortcut

MS Word never ceases to surprise users with the amount of obscure shortcuts it contains.
Let's consider a case where we have to delete a word from a document.
What we normally do is -
a.) Select the word and press the delete or backspace keys.
b.) Place the cursor at the beginning of the word(by clicking just before the word) and press, hold down the delete key.
c.) Place the cursor at the end of the word and press, hold down the backspace key.

Microsoft Word has a keyboard shortcut even for this trivial but annoying task.
Place the cursor at the beginning of the word. Press Ctrl + Del. That's it! The word is deleted.

Know any similar Word tips & tricks? Feel free to share them in the comments..
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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Thursday, September 27, 2007
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Learn Foreign Languages Online for Free at Mango

"oLAH. KOmo isTAH oosTED?". What does that mean? That's how you pronounce "Hello. How are you?" in Spanish!
If you are interested in learning a foreign language but don't know from where to start, Mango may be your answer.

Mango is a website where you can learn foreign languages for free. The best part; it is quite interactive where you can just hover the mouse cursor over words to see the pronounciations. And one only has to click on them to hear the words, again and again.

Mango is currently in beta and offers 12 language courses. Each course includes 100 lessons and each lesson has more than 70 slides.
Select a course and a lesson begins automatically. The instructions in the beginning of a lesson are followed by tests.

At present Mango offers courses in :
(Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Pig Latin, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Greek, German, French) for English speakers &
English for Spanish and Polish speakers.

So check the site and do write in your thoughts about it in the comments section. If you know any similar sites, feel free to share it with everyone.
Cheers and Happy Learning!

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Sunday, September 23, 2007
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Download - Open Office 2.3.0 & Winamp 5.50 Beta

Winamp 5.50 Beta Lite
Been some time since I last installed Winamp. A new version of one of the most popular audio software for Windows is out with some new features.
Oh! Forgot to mention, it's Free!
[Download Winamp 5.50 Beta Lite (2.31 MB)]

Open Office 2.3.0
Can't afford Microsoft Office? There's always the open source alternative, Open Office. Open Office 2.3.0 is slated to be released on 17 September, 2007, but has already been made available.
[Download Open Office 2.3.0 (105 MB approx)]

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Sunday, September 16, 2007
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Easily Keep your Software & Drivers Up-to-date

According to me, this surely is one of the easiest ways to update your computer. You don't have to do much. Just let RadarSync do it for you!

RadarSync is a free program that scans a computer and informs you if there are any updates available for the softwares & device drivers installed in the PC.

The application comes in two flavours. One is a browser toolbar which lets users scan for updates directly from the browser itself (Internet Explorer only). The other one is a desktop application meant for non-Internet Explorer users, but with more features.

RadarSync also provides two versions of the service given to end users - Premium & Free. What's the difference?
For Premium members, RadarSync provides direct links to download the update files. Free users will be provided with update information. However, non-premium users have to search and download the files manually from the manufacturer's website.
Premium users also have an option to roll-back an update among other features.

[RadarSync Website]

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Saturday, September 15, 2007
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IE Hack - Change or Modify IE Titlebar

Bored with seeing the same "Microsoft Internet Explorer" title in IE?
Well, not me! I don't use Internet Explorer much and even when I'm using it, I hardly notice what's in the title bar. Who does?

But if you want to brag about this stuff to your pals, here's what you got to do:

[Note: This trick involves registry editing. Any wrong step and it will cause problems. Be sure to take a backup of your registry before editing]

Tested with IE 6 on Windows XP.
1. Go to Start >> Run. Type regedit and press Enter to open Registry editor.
2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main.
3. Right-click a blank space in the left pane and create a new String value. Rename it to Window Title.
4. Double click the newly created item and set its data value to whatever you want. This data value is the title you want to appear in the Internet Explorer title bar.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Tuesday, September 11, 2007
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How Users Reveal Email Passwords Unknowingly ?

Long ago a buddy of mine came up to me and told how he received a mail that had the password of his email account!

Like a typical tech guy, I immediately replied his computer may have been infected with password stealing viruses, trojans or key loggers. But in fact, he had a pretty good anti-virus with the latest updates and no harmful programs were found in his computer.
So how did that email contain his password? Was the account hacked?

It became very clear after he said who had sent that mail! Apparently, the email was a spam mail sent from a third-party website (let's take xyz.com as an example), where he had registered as a user. The answer was right there!
While registering at xyz.com, he had used his Yahoo email id as his username at xyz.com and used the same Yahoo! Mail email account's password as the password for xyz.com.
So now, xyz.com had both his email Id and password. The user had disclosed his email id and password, although unintentionally.

What to do if I have committed this mistake?
Can this be considered a mistake in the first place? Oh yes! It should be when you have a lot at stake (personal mails, business plans..etc) in your email inbox. Moreover, there are thousands of new websites popping out each day only to disappear weeks later. Always better to be safe than sorry.
The very first thing one can do is to :
  • Change the email password immediately.
  • Always keep a separate username and password for registering at other sites.
  • Use the secret Question & Answer password recovery option for your email, in case someone changes your email password. Many still don't use it. This will only work if the person who logged into your account didn't change the secret answer.
Personally, I always keep a separate password just for registering at websites that I find interesting. Do you use your email password while creating accounts at other sites? Have you thought about this while registering at sites? Please let me know in the comments...

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Sunday, September 09, 2007
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Security tip - How to Scan Files for Viruses before Downloading

Haven't got an antivirus in your computer? Well! Dr Web may be just what you need.
Dr. Web Anti virus provides a small plugin which allows you to scan files for viruses/trojans before you download them to your computer.

In fact, Dr. Web will allow you to scan any file that you're about to download from Internet Explorer, Firefox or Opera browsers. This plugin has been integrated into the Mozilla Thunderbird email client as well.

How to install Dr Web plugin for-
Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/938
Internet Explorer: http://www.freedrweb.com/browser/internet+explorer/
Opera: http://www.freedrweb.com/browser/opera/
Thunderbird: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/addon/938

The plugin adds a 'Scan with Dr Web' in the right-click context menu. To scan a file online, just right-click the link of the file from your browser and click 'Scan with Dr Web'.

This plugin won't work on files that are private, for example, attachments in emails. Off course yes, Dr Web doesn't know your email account password.
However, if you don't want to install this plugin, there are other ways to scan files for viruses without installing an antivirus in your machine.

Although online virus scanning is an interesting technique, an anti virus on your computer is recommended and the safest available option. When it comes to free anti-virus products, I prefer and use AVG Antivirus. Which ones do you use?

via howtogeek
posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Tuesday, September 04, 2007
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