Will not be posting for some time  

Posted by Jaideep Walia

My dad has been admitted to hospital, so I will be busy. Will get back to writing once my dad comes home.

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Unlock your locked file (A Freeware)  

Posted by Jaideep Walia

You downloaded a lot of files from the NET and soon your monstrous hard disk space is filled up. Now no space for you to download more stuff, you decide to delete some of the older files to make space. Your deletion job seems to be progressing just fine when you receive this message

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This error can take many forms like:-


  • Cannot delete file: Access is denied
  • There has been a sharing violation.
  • The source or destination file may be in use.
  • The file is in use by another program or user.
  • Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.

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Rebooting and then trying to delete does not yield desired results. Re-booting in "Safe Mode" and again trying also does not help. Don't even think of formatting your hard disk to remove that stubborn file (I once did it long long back). A simple utility called UNLOCKER is there to rescue you. Installation is a breeze. Once installed it will sit in system tray and will be available in context menu.

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You just have to "Right Click" on the file or folder and select Unlocker from Context Menu. If the folder or file is locked, a window listing of lockers will appear


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If you want to Delete, Rename or Move then click on the drop down ("No action") and choose what you want and click Unlock All. That's it... job done.


I hope you will find this utility helpful and don't forget to thank the creator of Unlocker :- "Cedrick Collomb"


{ Download Unlocker }


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CD/DVD Writers.... Some really good Freewares  

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A long long time ago whenever someone said "Burn CD", people would invariably think of Roxio EasyCD Creator or NERO. And from a few MB, these "CD burners" are now more than a few hundred MB. And I just wanted to write a CD/DVD !!!

Now if you just want to "Burn A CD/DVD", then you might not need all the features you get in your normal "Paid" Software. In fact why to pay for something you you can get for FREE. No I am not going to give you ways to crack/hack/jack (whatever). Instead I have found a couple of freewares which can do the job for you just right and you don't have to pay!!

First candidate  CDBurnerXP

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From the site of CDBurnerXP:-

CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs, as well as a multi-language interface. It does not include adware or similar malicious components.


Key Features

  • burn all kinds of discs
  • audio-CDs with or without gaps between tracks
  • burn and create ISO files
  • data verification after burning process
  • create bootable discs
  • multi-language interface
  • bin/nrg → ISO converter, simple cover printing and much more!

An application which will take care of all your Burning needs.

{ Download CDBurnerXP }


And The Second one is :-DeepBurner Free

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The free version is a scaled down version of commercially available DeepBurner Pro. Some of the advanced features available in Pro version are not available in free version but still free version can do a lot of common burning tasks such as Burn data CDs/DVDs, Burn Audio CDs, Create and burn ISO images and create Bootable CD/DVD.

And the best part is that it has a free Portable Version.


{ Download DeepBurner Free }  

{ Download DeepBurner Free Portable }



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FireFox 3 Released  

Posted by Jaideep Walia in , , ,

Date - 17 June 2008



Time - 10.30 PM IST (Indian Stretchable Time)


A long wait for my favorite browser and that of millions of others is over. A few days ago I have written about my favorite browser Firefox 2. And I never knew that I will have to again write about a browser which is better than Firefox 2. Yes.... Firefox 3 has been released. I never tested betas or other release candidates as I have always preferred a stable version (Play Safe). So when I downloaded and installed Firefox 3, I was amazed by its speed.

This is the first thing you notice when you start browsing. With loads of new features and security enhancements even diehard Internet Explorer fans would want to switch to Firefox 3.


Some of the features I really liked at first glance (I have used it for just 10 minutes) is "Single Click Bookmark". When you visit a web site, a star is shown on extreme right hand side of the address bar as shown below.

 

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Click on this "Star" and your site will be bookmarked. Now just click to your heart's content and keep bookmarking those sites you always wanted to bookmark (Sounds like some sales pitch).




Another feature is called "Instant Web Site ID". Simply put it will show you the site's Identity overview when it's favicon is clicked.



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You can view only those site's information which have a security certificate (the ones which start with https://). But still you have another weapon to kick any scamster's @$$. Feels Good.




 

If you browse a lot then you search a lot. Though for many of us a Google or Yahoo would do the job. But it is always good to have some more search engines on the list to get more results.  Firefox comes with an "Integrated Web Search" where you can manage your favourite search engines.



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Normally you will first go to a search engine's page, then enter the keyword and then get the results. But when search using this "Integrated Web Search", just type in the keywords, select your search engine from the list and click "magnifying glass" to search. So easy and convinient.

 




And if you want to find some text in the page displayed, press ctrl+F and don't forget to click "Highlight All".


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This way whatever you are trying to find on the page will be highlighted, and you can simply scroll whole page to see what you are looking for. How does "Highlight All" helps? Well, you don't have to click "Next" OR " Previous" all the time.

 




Also I was one of the in 8 million who downloaded it on first day. Want Proof? 



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{ Download this wonder called Firefox 3 }



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Recover Your Lost Outlook Express Mails  

Posted by Jaideep Walia in , ,

Today one of my friend faced with a situation where his outlook explorer simply would not show him his Inbox. He closed and restarted his outlook express but of no use. Then he came to me for help. Though I am no fan of Outlook or Outlook Express (I use Thunderbird), I decided to have a look. PowerEmailRecoveryBoxThe first task on my hand was to close the Outlook Express, so that damage to the corrupted files are minimized. My second priority was to actually find the path of .DBX files stored on hard disk, take its backup and then start the RESCUE operation.After taking backup of the corrupted DBX files, I actually started to look for some utilities (freeware, Of course) that  can help me in my recovery operations. After some looking around, I found this utility called Power Email Recovery for Outlook Express.

Now this seemed to be my knight in shining Armour in the form of 1's & 0's :) After downloading and installing it, I was presented with a fairly simple and very intuitive interface.  Power Email Recovery0013

Then I clicked on Register and was presented with following screen.Power Email Recovery0014  Clicking on Free to Register Now! took me to Registration page where you just have to fill in Your Name, Country, City and E-mail address. Make sure you enter your Email correct as the registration code is sent to you on this E-mail address. Simply fill in the code and you will end up with a Registered copy of the software. It is important to register first as saving of recovered files can only be achieved by the registered version and I would suggest you register first as it will be smoother ride afterwards.

Now click on Load DBX file and simply point to corrupted DBX file and let Power Email Recovery work. Now select the mails to be saved and click Save and select the folder where these recovered mails will be stored. The recovered mails would be of .eml extension.

 


{Download Email Recovery}


{Register Here}


To import the saved messages into a required folder in Outlook Express , you just have to drag and drop the saved messages from Windows Explorer folder to required folder in Outlook Express.

Another day saved by Freeware. I hope this utility will continue to be freeware for a long time to come.

 

I am an Optimist, I see fertilizer in bullshit.



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FTP Client and Server - Freeware  

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Many of you have must have at one time or other used FTP (File Transfer Protocol). Though Windows® OS has built in command line version of FTP, for most of us it is useless and too cumbersome to keep typing commands. So an FTP client to with Graphical User Interface is what a normal user like me would like to have. There are a lot of FTP clients available and some of them are freeware also. Following two are such freeware FTP clients:-

CLIENTS

Though both these FTP Clients are good, My personal favorite is SmartFTP Client. SmartFTP Client is not exactly a freeware, it is Free for Personal and Educational use.

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Following screenshot gives you an idea of what to expect when you first start SmartFTP Client. The user interface is very well designed and easy to use. The one thing I like about SmartFTP Client is the fact that it supports Tabs which makes the life a little easier. It has got many features, a list is available HERE

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SERVER

Though a lot of people now have Flash drives, but these are not a very elegant solution to transfer files from on computer to another on a regular basis. Here a FTP server comes to the rescue. And a free one is Icing on the cake. FileZilla has a freeware FTP Server also along with the client.

When you first install the server and run it you are presented with a very basic User interface shown below.

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Click on User Icon or Edit => Users menu to create new users. Similarly you can create groups to enforce group level security settings.

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Add the Home or Root directory and configure the directory permission to each user or group.

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You can configure this FTP Server by clicking on Edit =>Settings. There are a lot of settings to make this server secure and perform according  to your preferences.

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{ Download SmartFTP Client }

{ Download FileZilla FTP Client }

{ Download FileZilla FTP Server }

 

Please leave comments so that I can improve. I Hope  :)

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SeaMonkey :- All in one Internet Application Suite  

Posted by Jaideep Walia

Is there a product that can meet all the requirements of all the PC users. Probably not, and following (altered) saying comes to my mind.

You can satisfy some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not satisfy all of the people all of the time.

Having said that, software developers do try to give us solutions and try to meet our requirements. When same company or group create different utilities to address these requirements, their next step invariably is to integrate them so that they "talk" to each other in a better way and provide the an enhanced user experience.  Microsoft's Office is one such example. SeaMonkey is one such all in one Internet application.

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From the SeaMonkey site:-

The SeaMonkey project is a community effort to develop the SeaMonkey all-in-one Internet application suite. Such a software suite was previously made popular by Netscape and Mozilla, and the SeaMonkey project continues to develop and deliver high-quality updates to this concept. Containing an Internet browser, email & newsgroup client, HTML editor, IRC chat and web development tools.

Download SeaMonkey

During a Custom Installation you would be able to select the products to be installed.

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After installation a familiar browser opens which reminds you of Netscape. It takes you to the SeaMonkey home page and here you can download lots of Add-Ons to customize it to your liking.

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I was a little confused while using this suite at first as I was not able to find other applications except browser as only browser opens up when I clicked SeaMonkey's desktop icon. After clicking all the menus in the toolbar, I found other application launchers under "Windows" Menu as shown below.

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I would have liked these shortcuts available in "Program Folder" tab as is the case with other softwares. Having these shortcuts on web browser means that I will always have to open my SeaMonkey browser first to start the Email client. If anyone has another method then do tell me as I have not explored this suite enough.

 

  • Navigator :- The browser
  • Mails & Newsgroup :- Email and Newsgroup reader
  • Composer :- Html Editor
  • Address Book :- Hmmmmm... You guess ;)
  • cZ (ChatZilla):- IRC Chat client

And for some of you it offers some more tools to help you in your web development projects. Following screenshot can point you in the right direction.

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Just by looking at above image you can very well guess the control and features it offers you. I hope you have found this article good enough and would encourage you try this suite. Am I sounding as their marketing person :). I just want to promote Freeware, wherever they are. Instead of pirating, use freeware.... they are as good as commercially available softwares and some times better than them. I hope one day you will appreciate my point of view.

 

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A tribute to freeware movement - Mozilla  

Posted by Jaideep Walia

The Best things in life are free.

First of all as a tribute to all the programmers, coders, designers and everyone giving us some really great Freeware, I will start my first post with one of the best Freeware (after Linux)

There are 80% chances that you are reading this blog on a browser called Internet Explorer (By none other than MS) . Though used by many, may I dare to say that it probably is full of compromises. You compromise on security, features, speed and then some more.

So are you satisfied by Internet Explorer. I am not.

And those of you, who are satisfied with Internet Explorer then WAKE UP, there is something called Mozilla Firefox (Yes, It's a browser and rest of the world knows about it). Use it and you will instantly fall in love with it. It's fast, secure, reliable and can be customized using Add-Ons. If you don't like a somewhat plain looking default theme, No Problemo. It is skinable and you can change/add to the appearance and functionality using add-on and they are available at Mozilla's Add-on Web site.


 

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My personal favorite Add-Ons are

  1. Noia (eXtreme):- is the theme I have been using since I started using Firefox
  2. Tab Mix Plus:- An add-on to manage the behavior of tabs.
  3. NoScript:- This one is a MUST. It can block a lot of malicious scripts that can harm your computer.
  4. SiteAdvisor:- From McAfee stable, to get this you have to go to www.siteadvisor.com and download the free version. (also available for Internet Explorer)

An other product from Mozilla that I use is Thunderbird, an E-Mail client. It is fast, easy to use, customizable views, intelligent spam filters and quick message search. For a consistent look try to find a theme that is available for Firefox and Thunderbird both. As you might already have guessed, I am using Noia for Thunderbird also. For the users of Outlook, you will be able to switch with ease to Thunderbird as its interface shares lots of similarities with Outlook. And just like Firefox you get lots of Add-on to improve your experience.

This makes my first, barely Informative post. Keep coming back for more interesting stuff.

I doubt you would be coming back to read my other posts BUT.....

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Start of a NEW beginning  

Posted by Jaideep Walia in , ,

This is going to be a new beginning. None of you know me. I am a person who love computers, I mean the challenge that XP operating system presents to us mere mortals. I love to damage my brain to make simple things work using this OS and curse those who made this. And No I am not geek enough to switch to Linux. And why should I let go of this Love-Hate relationship with Microsoft's Operating System ;) .

I also like to try lots of software just to see if they are of any help to my rather low productivity levels and help me speed my work. If I would have my way then probably I would want these machines to be controlled simply by Thinking (Yes, I THINK; I think so)

I am not a chatting or E-mail freak. I just like browsing and taking all the good things this weird network of madly rushing electrons through hugely priced equipments, know to all of us as Internet, has to offer. From now on I would be sharing whatever little I know about computers and what Internet has to offer.

In this blog I would try to post Tips and Tricks to make your computer WORK for you, try to share my experience when I bump into a problem and about softwares that can make your life a little bit easier.

Please do comment, even a thank you or !#$%*#%~ will give me a lot of encouragement.

I am an Optimist, I see fertilizer in bullshit.



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