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Delete Flash Cookies

Its no big secret that websites use flash cookies to track your internet surfing activity. As flash cookies are less 'glamorous' than browser cookies, most users don't know about them and never delete them. So now that you know about those nasty flash cookies, here is how you delete them -

1. Navigate to the folder %appdata%\Macromedia\Flash Player\#SharedObjects
You can just open up explorer and type the above path  in the address bar.

2. You'll find those flash cookies within the containing folder. You can just delete them.

Clear DNS Cache to remove Internet Surfing History

posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Sunday, November 29, 2009
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F.lux Protects Your Eyes from Computer Screens during the Night

Are you the type who puts in long hours in front of the computer screen, especially during the night? If yes, your eyes become fatigued and tired when you're done. Not good before that well deserved sleep!
Well, here's a really nice piece of software that will make your life a bit better. Its called F.lux.

F.lux is a free software that automatically adjusts the color of your screen depending on the time of the day. Especially during the night, F.lux  significantly reduces the strain on your eyes.
All  you have to do is install it. Select your location by latitude and longitude or zip code (You can find your latitude/longitude from F.lux through a webpage).
Once its done. F.lux does the stuff automatically. It is available for Windows, Mac and Linux
Enjoy and Get a Life!

Did you find this software helpful? Your comments are appreciated.

[Download F.lux]

posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Monday, November 23, 2009
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Completely Remove Internet Surfing History by clearing DNS Cache

Clearing your browser cache removes your internet surfing traces, but there are some places where history is preserved. An example is a DNS cache in Windows. So here's how you deal with it. Open the command prompt and use the commands mentioned below.

How to view DNS Cache
The cached dns entries can be viewed with the following command.
ipconfig /displaydns

How to clear DNS Cache
Use the following command to clear the cache
ipconfig /flushdns

posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Monday, November 16, 2009
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How to Open .ISO file ?

.ISO files are basically image files usually meant to be burned on a DVD or CD. You can also mount iso images with tools like WinMount. But what if you want to open them directly like zip or rar files?

Yes, .iso files can be opened directly. It's quite simple.

1. Just install 7-Zip. Its free.
2. Once installed, start 7-Zip file manager.
3. Go to Tools - Options.
4. Check the iso box in the system tab. Click Ok.

Enable opening iso images in 7-Zip

Now you can open iso files like zip or rar files. Enjoy!

More tips -
Extract from Zip, Rar and Iso files online

posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Monday, November 09, 2009
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Customize 'Send To' Context Menu in Vista and Windows 7

The 'Send To' menu is accessed through the Right-Click menu. Here's how to modify it according to your needs.
Lets just take a small example to see how Notepad can be added in the Send To menu.

Adding Notepad in the Send To menu in Vista

1. The first step is to open the SendTo folder in Windows. To do it, click the Start button and type shell:sendto. Press enter. This opens the SendTo folder.

Access Send-To folder in Windows Vista

2. Inside the SendTo directory, right-click a blank area and select New - Shortcut. In the box that appears, type notepad.exe. This makes Notepad to be added in the Send-To context menu.

Notepad added in Send-To menu

Similarly, you can add shorcuts to other applications like MS Word, Excel etc. You can also remove unwanted items from the Send To menu. This may also work for Windows 7, although this needs to be confirmed. So if you have Windows 7, please check and let us know. Cheers!

Update: This works in Windows 7 too. Via comment.

More reading:
Open Command Prompt from the Right-Click menu in Windows
How to Copy the Filepath in Windows Vista

posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Sunday, November 01, 2009
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