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Convert .Xlsx (Excel 2007) files to .Xls (Older format) with Google Docs

It is still a pain when you get .xlsx files. For those who don't know, this is the default Excel file format that Microsoft introduced with Office 2007.

Google Docs can be used to open Excel 2007 format files. Not just that, it also lets you convert .xlsx files to the older .xls format.

All you have to do is -
1. Upload the .xlsx file to Google Docs.
2. Select the uploaded file and choose to save as Excel.
3. The file is then converted to the older format and downloaded to your machine.

Enjoy!

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Sunday, September 27, 2009
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Virtual Desktop In Windows

Linux has this. Windows users may not be familiar with Virtual Desktop Managers. Having a virtual desktop turned out to be quite productive for me.

So what is a Virtual Desktop?
A virtual desktop allows you to organize your work in more than one desktop at the same time. Lets say you have two of them. Open some applications in one of them. You can now switch to the other desktop, and this one won't have the applications opened by you in the first one. Switch back to the first desktop to view the opened applications. You can run any programs in the second desktop. Both of them have their own 'workspaces'.

How do I get a Virtual Desktop in Windows?
VirtuaWin is a free application that gives you virtual desktops in Windows. It is small and easy to use.
VirtuaWin in Action - Virtual desktop in Windows
Just download and install it. A small icon appears in the system tray. You can just right-click it and hit next/previous to move between your virtual desktops or use the default Ctrl + Alt + (Any of the arrow keys) shortcut to do the same.
A must have to improve productivity.

[Download VirtuaWin]

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Sunday, September 20, 2009
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Reduce MP3 FileSize

Want to make your mp3 files smaller without losing out much on quality? Here's a nice and small software to do it.
MP3 Quality Modifier is a free program to change attributes like bitrate, frequency etc of the file. In simple words, reduce the bitrate to reduce the size. So here's how to do it.

Change Mp3 filesize and quality by changing bitrate
1. Download MP3 Quality Modifier and unzip it.
2. Run the program (No installation is required).
3. Click the 'Add Files' button to select the files to modify.
4. Leave the settings to its default. Select a bitrate of your choice if you want; default is 130 Kbps.
130 is quite good for computer use. A thing to remember is, lower bitrate means lower quality. A bitrate of 164, 192 or 256 is almost as good as the original quality but that would also increase the filesize. So choose what makes you happy.
5. Hit 'Start Process' and that should do it.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Sunday, September 13, 2009
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Upload Files to many File Hosting sites together

Here's a nice and easy site to upload files to RapidShare, Megaupload etc together. It's called KiloUpload. All you got to do is upload your file to KiloUpload. It then sends your file to as many as 20 top file hosting websites.

After the file is uploaded, KiloUpload will provide a page with links to download the file for each of the file hosting sites. And finally, it is free!

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Sunday, September 06, 2009
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