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Disable Javascript in Adobe Reader

Adobe has recommended users to disable javascript in Adobe Reader and Acrobat due to a vulnerability in versions 9.1, 8.1.4, 7.1.1 and earlier. Adobe plans to fix this with updates for Windows, Mac and Unix platforms in the future.
Till then, just follow the steps below.
1. Launch Acrobat or Adobe Reader.
2. Select Edit>Preferences
3. Select the JavaScript Category
4. Uncheck the ‘Enable Acrobat JavaScript’ option
5. Click OK

Via Adobe

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Wednesday, April 29, 2009
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Download High Definition Videos from YouTube

Since the last few months Youtube has been showing some HD videos to users. How about downloading some of those? KeepHD does just that!

KeepHD allows to download HD vids from youtubeGo to KeepHD, enter the Url of the Youtube video and hit the download button. It then generates a few links that allows you to download videos in High Definition 720p quality, 3GP, FLV and MP4.

KeepHD also gives another way to get stuff -
Just change http://www.Youtube.com/watch?v=wgS0KgT5APc
to
http://www.KeepHD.com/watch?v=wgS0KgT5APc
More:
Download Streaming Videos from any Site

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Tuesday, April 21, 2009
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Use Twitter from 'MS Excel like Screen'

Don't want to be caught tweeting in front of your boss? There's a really cool way to use Twitter from MS Excel...not the real Excel, but something that looks very similar to it.

It's a free tool, called Spreadtweet. What's different about it? Well, it looks like MS Excel and it allows you to send and view tweets. That's all there to it. Have fun!

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Friday, April 17, 2009
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Online To-Read List

How many times have we come across a great article while surfing the web but could'nt get the time to read it?
The first thing I do is bookmark it to read later. So I have different sets of bookmarks on my home pc, office etc..Not a great way to organize stuff (unless those bookmarks on different PCs are synched together).
This is why I found I Need to Read This very useful. That's quite a name for a website! This site is kinda cool. You can put articles for later reading by adding them using bookmarklets or entering the url direclty. Many sites do that, but here's the best part - 'I Need to Read This' allows you to publish a feed of your unread articles.
So, your to-read list is now saved at one place and can be accessed from anywhere. And all this is free! Enjoy.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Wednesday, April 15, 2009
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Better Flickr Search Tool

I love Flickr. My only issue is it's really slow search. This is where compfight fills in.

Compfight is a website that you can use to perform a search for images on Flickr. The results are displayed as small thumbnails in a grid layout.
Because of the small size of these thumbnails, the results are relatively quicker than Flickr's default search tool. Clicking on the small image will open them in a new window.
Quite a nice way to find stuff on Flickr for a change. Check it out.

Visit Compfight (a Flickr image finding tool)

More tips -
How to Download Photos from Flickr

posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Thursday, April 09, 2009
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Open Windows File Properties Dialog [Alternate Method]

Normally, I would right-click and hit 'Properties' to view information of files, folders and drives in Windows. This is quite easy indeed.

However, there's an even quicker option. Just press and hold the ALT key and double click a file or folder. This brings the box.
If you are a heavy keyboard user, try ALT + Enter.

posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Sunday, April 05, 2009
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