Showing posts from July, 2008

Know the size of Folders using Folder Size For Windows

Don't we just love Windows with all it's glorious shortcomings. Some of the features that should have been built into windows were conveniently left out.  But that has proven to be a blessing in disguise. This lack of features has helped developer make utilities to make up for the shortcomings with just the right options to suit your taste. One of the feature I (like many of you) miss is the ability of Windows Explorer to show size of the folders. What stopped MS to include this wonderful little feature is beyond my comprehension. Any ways, I will tell you about this small freeware utility called Folder Size for Windows. Folder Size for Windows can show file as well as folder size (oh, really!!). So lets start downloading it from here. With just 224 KB in size, it is a very helpful little utility. After you have downloaded Folder Size for Windows, install it. To be able to see Folder size you need to open Windows Explorer in Details View as shown below. Now Righ

Download YouTube Videos

Do you visit YouTube often and wish you could download the videos? Have you been looking for a YouTube downloader or already using one? Well most of us have Downloader managers and most downloader managers have a feature to download videos from YouTube. Today I will tell you about a way to download YouTube videos if you do not have any download manager. For this to work you must have Java installed in your machine. You can download it here . Now for the fun part. Go to YouTube and click the video you want to watch/download. Then once the URL of video appears in the address bar, copy the url. For example I want to download Incredible India Video ( Now just add kiss before youtube. the final url would look something like Scroll down and click the download button to download the file. You will get get_video file. You can rename the file to any thing

IrfanView - The best Graphic Viewer

Got a lot of images? Still viewing them in Windows Picture and Fax Viewer? Or are you using Picasa (a photo manager & editor) or Gimp , Photoshop (these are Editors). A good graphics viewer should be light weight, fast and be able to let us flip, zoom, save to other formats and then some more. Enter IrfanView, the Most-in-one graphic viewer.   Apart from being a feature packed, lightweight viewer; it is FREE ( for non commercial use). Let me highlight some of the feature this beauty has for everyone to use. Interface:- A very intuitive and simple interface with almost no learning curve. In fact for most of the daily tasks like Zoom in/out, Next/Previous image, information about image, flip, rotate etc, you will start performing immediately. Supported file formats:- The amount of files supported by IrfanView is huge. In fact  the site has a page dedicated to the supported file formats . Though for some formats to be viewed; you need to have plugins installed.

Make changes in Aspire (a blogger theme) to show correct Date

First of all I would like to thank InfoCreek for providing their lovely theme- Aspire . A better solution is described in HERE . Now for all those who are using this theme with blogger and facing problem with date not showing. I also was faced with this problem but I liked this theme so much that I decided to make changes myself. After about just ten minutes I was able to fix the problem and the theme is now working perfectly. What changes did I make? Well, first let's see what parts of the theme are affected by this "Date Malfunction". If you have followed all the instructions then your post should look something like this. Above is the heading of the post you would get when you follow all the instruction. But a small problem remains. If you scroll to the end of the post you will see that instead of the line "This entry was posted on Saturday, July 26, 2008 at 8:20 PM ." You see the following line. Now if you select Time Format as shown above then you will

Chinese - A geek's favorite language

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ToolTips hides behind Taskbar

Tooltip appear when mouse cursor in hovered on to an item without clicking it. It is a very effective solution to provide helpful tips. But Windows has a bug where the tooltip hides behind the taskbar.   This bug had been there since Windows® 95 and has survived till Vista. This makes it the longest surviving bug, and Microsoft® only acknowledged it after the release of Windows® XP SP2. Their way to solve this is to Logout and Re-Login to the account or Reboot (What else !). But now I have found a utility that can be simply be run whenever this problem occurs.   { Download ToolTipFixer } It does not patches or permanently fixes it but at least you don't have to Logout-Login OR reboot your PC. Saves a lot of time for those who really want their tooltips to show correctly. Thanks to BikeMike who used AutoHotKey to create this.   For those who are a little enthusiastic do the following to create your own fixer:- Download AutoHotKey and Inst

CCleaner - Remove that junk

You have been browsing Internet and your browser is silently storing pages on your hard disk (called Cache). Your browser is also storing a text file known as cookie which is used by most of the sites to give their user an enhanced user experience. Your browser stores all the information of all the sites you have visited, files you have downloaded. You open documents and Windows creates a list of all the documents you have opened recently. I delete the files that I do not need, but always forget to click "Empty Recycle Bin". Windows saves the commands you give in "Run". Not to forget all the junk files Windows creates on a daily basis. Now that can take up some space on your hard disk. And try cleaning all these files manually. CCleaner is here for your rescue. It is a system optimization and privacy tool. It can delete almost all the junk files your OS so lovingly stores , and frees up that all used up hard disk space. Download, Install and run CCleaner. You wi

PeerGuardian2 - Premier IP Blocker for Windows

A new movie has been released and you fire up you favorite BitTorrent client to download it. Have you ever thought that some law enforcing agencies can actually get your IP addresses when you connect to their BitTorrent client. Sometimes fake torrents are there on the net just to get the IP address of the downloader, by those fighting piracy. I am the believer that piracy is bad but so is snooping around as to what you are doing without your consent. To save you from this constant fear some very good people at Phoenix Lab have created a very simple tool that can block all the IP Addresses which are known to belong to Government agencies/sites, sites fighting piracy or any such site that your P2P application should not contact. You would be able to download through your BitTorrent Client with a little less worry after the installation of this beautiful piece of software. Download it from here and install it. Start PG2 and go to "Settings" tab. Here you ca

CryptLoad - Download from Rapidshare

You have dynamic IP Address, that is, whenever you reconnect to Internet, you will have a new IP Address. You have plans to download a lot of files from Rapidshare. But you don't have a Premium Account, which means that you have to wait for some amount of time before your download can begin. Earlier you had to put Captcha code to start download, but now Rapidshare has removed captcha and have replaced it with speed limit. Though the waiting time remains. How you wish you had something that could do the downloading job for you. You could just paste the links and go to bed, knowing that your downloads would be completed. Look no further. CryptLoad has come to the rescue. This software does make downloading of files from RapidShare as if you had a Premium Account . The only restriction is that you won't be having Resume facility or blazing fast speed (as they have capped the speed for Free Users ).  Download and install CryptLoad and go to options. First of all

Will start resuming posting from tomorrow

Hi All, After almost a month of juggling between Hospital, home and work, I am back. It has been a very hectic time as my father was admitted to hospital and I was required to be there with him. So couldn't find the time. You see, I am not a Multi-Tasker (tusker). Now he has recovered and I am back to writing my Mind (heart is for poets).