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Gmail Soap And Vista Toilet Paper! It's true

Seems like some of the software and web brands are getting into our restrooms. Weird, isn't it?
Check it out!

The image above is that of a Windows Vista toilet paper which is now sold in Japan. This paper comes with printed text about the features in Vista Service Pack 1.
Oh! They really hate Vista.
[Via WelshView]

Even the Gmail Soap images above are true. No! They aren't the ones used inside Google. These soaps are being made and sold by some company in Russia.
[Via Digital Inspiration]

What do you say?
posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Tuesday, March 25, 2008
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Find And Remove Duplicate Files To Save Space

Duplicates! They are all over the place, especially when there are too many audio/video files in your PC, duplicates of some of those will exist elsewhere (May be because you Copied[Copy and Paste] them from location to another instead of Moving[Cut and Paste]) .
Hard Disk storage getting cheaper and size bigger only compounds the problem. More the files, more the chances of their clones.
And the biggest problem is finding those duplicates, forget removing them. Windows Search is anyway out of the picture here.

There are a lot of software tools available to find duplicate files. What I was looking for was a free and simple utility to find duplicate files that gives me the option to delete them easily. And I think I got one.
It's called Duplicate File Sweeper.

Using it is very easy. To scan a location for duplicates, add that path by clicking the Add Path button. Browse and select the folder you want to scan.
Click 'Start Search' and the program will scan for duplicates in the folder provided by you.
Duplicate files, if found, will be listed below from where users can choose to delete them.

Duplicate File Sweeper works with Windows XP and Vista. It is Free!

[Download Duplicate File Sweeper (927 KB)]

posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Thursday, March 20, 2008
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Launch Programs With a Few Keystrokes

Sick of using the default Windows Start Menu? I am! It's just too slow for me. Besides that, not many people like to navigate all the way just to start a program.
The Run box is a better alternative, but one would have to remember the exact names of the applications to launch them; type a wrong character and boom! Windows display the error box.

This is why application launchers have become so popular. Application Launcher! What is that? Well! It is a software that helps you to launch other softwares/documents, quickly and easily, with just a few keystrokes.

Key Launch is one such program. After installing, start it and type the name of the application you intend to launch. While typing, a list of programs are displayed in a small window. For example, if 'word' is typed, the list displays programs which have the letter 'word' in its name. 'WordPad' and 'Microsoft Word' are two examples. To open programs or documents, just click the program from the list.

Key Launch stays in the System Tray. Pressing Ctrl + SPACE open its window. This tool is Windows only (XP/NT). Best of all, Key Launch is Free!

[Download Key Launch]

posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Monday, March 17, 2008
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Save And Restore Desktop Icons To Original Positions

One of the things I always found missing in Windows was the ability (or lack of it) to 'remember' the positions of Desktop icons for the currently used screen resolution.
If your PC is shared by others who change the resolution set by you. Boom! The icons on the desktop get misplaced; even if the settings are changed to the default resolution.
This gets very annoying if there are lots of icons spread over the Desktop.

How to Save and Restore the position of icons on the Desktop?

Use DesktopOK. It is a small and easy to use tool that saves the positions of Desktop icons for each screen resolutions. And restoring it is as easy.
All you have to do is run it and click the Save and Restore buttons for the respective actions.

During the tests, the restore feature didn't place all the icons in their original positions (when first clicked). One or two were misplaced, but it worked when restore was clicked again.

[Download DesktopOK]
posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Sunday, March 09, 2008
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Show Your Name Alongside Windows Time Display

Want to customize how Windows displays the Date in the system tray? Here's a nice trick to display your name alongside the date in Windows. Just check out the few steps below -

1. (In Classic View) Go to Control Panel >> Regional and Language Options.
(In Category View) Control Panel >> Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options >> Change the format of number, dates, and times.

2. In the Regional Options tab, click the Customize button. This opens another box.

3. Click the Time tab and type the text you want tot display in the AM and PM symbol boxes. Click OK to change the settings. That's all!

Tested on Windows XP.
Have fun!

Change display of Internet Explorer Title bar
posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Monday, March 03, 2008
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