5 Ways to Know your Systems Uptime

Posted by Shailendra Doke | Mar 31, 2008


Uptime is a measure of the time a computer system has been "up" and running.

The system uptime is very important for system administrators. Many times normal users like to keep the track of their PC.

Here I am showing 5 ways (Some Commands and Some Very Small and Free Utilities) to know How long has Your System been Running without Reboot.

  • Using systeminfo command

The systeminfo command tells us all about a computer system. Here you can get the system uptime as well as the original date and time of the OS installation. This command works on Windows XP Pro. Not tested in XP Home (Some users said it wont work in XP Home).

  1. Click on Start > Run
  2. Type CMD (Will open Command Terminal)
  3. Type systeminfo
  4. Find system uptime there, you will also get install date and time above the uptime

System Uptime

In the above screenshot, you can see the format of the system uptime is Days, Hours, Minutes, Seconds.

  • DC Uptime

DC Uptime

DC uptime is a simple and very small utility command line tool designed to view how long your computer has been running, accurate to the second.

This tool support almost all Windows OS.

Download Here

  • Easy HR Computer Uptime

Easy HR Computer Uptime is a simple tool designed to show you the computer name, and how long your computer has been running (uptime) since it was last rebooted. Easy HR Computer Uptime also tells you the current user name and the current running Operating System.

This tool supports Windows 98, Me, XP

Download Here

  • System Uptime Monitor

System Uptime Monitor

This is a small GUI tool which shows the System Uptime, the System Startup Date and Time. This tool has another feature that you can schedule any task like Shutdown, Logoff, Restart, Hibernate, Alert or any specific task you want to execute based on the System Uptime.

This tool supports Windows 2000, Server 2003, XP, Vista

Download Here

  • System Uptime

System Uptime2

This small GUI utility will display your current System Uptime in Weeks, Days, Hours and Minutes. There is no install/uninstall. Download XP_SystemUptime.zip and extract the EXE file to your hard drive. Create a shortcut to XP_SystemUptime.exe in your Startup folder, or anywhere you desire. To remove System Uptime, simply delete the EXE file and any shortcut you create. This application is freeware.

Windows XP (may run on Windows 2000). Requires VB6 Runtime Library (installed on XP by default).

Download Here

If you know more utilities for System Uptime please let us know. You can send it through comments.

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Make your Friends Fool by creating a Harmless Virus

Posted by Shailendra Doke | Mar 30, 2008 1 Comment

How To Make A Little Virus (this Isn't Actualli A Relay Virus Bu - Funny blooper videos are here

This is not a real virus, you are going to create just a shortcut to shutdown.exe file. When someone clicks this file, the computer start the shutdown process and display the text message in a window. You can give any message while shutting down the pc. You can also specify the delay time in shutdown process.

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The Redesigned Mozilla Add-ons website is now Live!

Posted by Shailendra Doke | Mar 28, 2008 Leave a Comment

Great news from Basil Hashem, Mike Morgan and Madhava Enros: the refreshed, redesigned and ready for interaction Mozilla Add-ons web site is now live!


Here’s what Basil had to say:

The AMO team has been hard at work for the last many months on a major site redesign and is pleased to announce the availability of the new AMO site. This is a significant release and chock-full of goodies for end users and add-on authors alike. The focus has been predominantly to provide a visual refresh, simplify navigation and rework the add-on developer tools area. But that doesn’t quite capture just how much effort has gone into this release. So, here is a full rundown of all the changes.

The site that’s served over 600 million add-on downloads is now even more useful for more people than ever before.

[Mozilla Blog]

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World's Lightest Cell Phone

Posted by Shailendra Doke | Mar 27, 2008

ModuThe Guinness World Record has named the tiny and sophisticated cell phone Modu as Worlds Lightest Cell Phone. It weighs a mere 1.4 ounces and is .3 inches thick.

"The phone, as you'll remember, works as a standalone mobile device or fits into different “jackets” that basically take control of the mini core and can act as smartphones, game phones, or music phones. Expect Modu to hit the US late this year or early next."


Related: Motorola's concept Cellphone with Dual Camera

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Microsoft Released another Version of Windows XP SP3

Posted by Shailendra Doke | Mar 26, 2008 1 Comment

Microsoft on Tuesday released another version of Windows XP Service Pack 3, but the software remains in the testing phase.

"Windows XP SP3 RC2 Refresh was made publicly available today via Microsoft Download Center," Microsoft said in a statement. "We've made this release candidate available in order to receive further user feedback prior to the release of Windows XP SP3."

[via: CNET]

Related: Windows Vista SP1 available to Download

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OS X turns VII

Posted by Shailendra Doke | Mar 25, 2008 1 Comment

"A lot can change in just a few years: take OS X, for example. On March 24, 2001, Apple released OS X 10.0, code-named Cheetah. It was the first ground-up overhaul of the Mac OS since its introduction in 1984, and it brought with it design changes that would shake the platform for years to come: BSD-based underpinnings, true preemptive multitasking, and, of course, the Aqua interface. Not only did it usher in the era of computing in which we now live, but it brought Apple along for the ride." - Read Full on Macworld

Related: Happy Birthday Orkut!, Orkut turn 4 years old.

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Search more than 360 iGoogle Themes using New Search Box

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Two months ago, by lunching the iGoogle Themes API Google increased the iGoogle themes. With the help of this API anyone can Now design iGoogle theme.

The Themes API lets you create custom designs for iGoogle. Themes are visual designs that personalize iGoogle pages for millions of users. Themes are not just static designs--they can change throughout the day to reveal a visual storyline, message, or anything else.

Now over 360 iGoogle themes are available to users. Now you can actually find some beautiful themes using the new search box: for example, searching for [dynamic], you'll find themes that change throughout the day.


[via: GOS]

Related: Now design your iGoogle theme yourself

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Upload and Share Data upto 5 GB with File Dropper

Posted by Shailendra Doke | Mar 24, 2008 1 Comment


FileDropper.com is a file hosting site which allow user to upload and share files upto 5 GB. Yes, you read it right. You can upload video files, audio files or any data upto 5 GB. This is one of those free hosting site, which are giving large space to users for uploading there data.

FileDropper.com was created as a fresh alternative to sites like MegaUpload and RapidShare. Unlike those sites, it do not reel the user in and make them wait for annoying countdown timers.

Your files are kept forever as long as they are being downloaded. This site don't have a very important feature that is upload progress notification, which is a very big deal when uploading large data files.

FileDropper.com via Lifehacker

Related: Now rediff.com is also providing unlimited storage space

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DIY: Make a Homemade Lie Detector

Posted by Shailendra Doke | 1 Comment

Here's how to make a fun, cheap lie detector that really works! Find out if your friend or spouse is lying. This Homemade lie detector machine is just for your fun. You will need some electronic knowledge to do this. The video explains how to assemble the circuit with a block diagram.

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2 Ways to Rename Recycle Bin in Windows XP

Posted by Shailendra Doke | Mar 23, 2008

Recycle Bin

I have told you about How to Hide/Un-Hide Recycle Bin Icon on Desktop in XP. Most peoples don't want that annoying Recycle Bin Icon on there Desktop. But some of you, like me, want to leave (give it a chance) the Recycle Bin Icon on Desktop but don't want the traditional name Recycle Bin.

Here I am listing 2 ways to Rename the Recycle Bin Icon. You can rename the Recycle Bin to what ever you want like Trash, Garbage, Dust Bin etc.

To rename the Recycle Bin all you have to do is to make some changes in the registry (regedit.exe) file. It is highly recommended that you should backup your registry. This Blog's Author will not be liable if any damage occurs.

1) This is the first way you can rename Recycle Bin

1. Click Start
2. Click Run
3. Type regedit and hit ENTER
4. In the registry editor go to the following key:


5. Find and Double click on the following value:

Change Recycle Bin

6. Change the value to whatever you wish.
7. Click OK and close out regedit
8. Click on a blank area of the desktop and select refresh from the context menu.
9. After the screen refreshes, you recycle bin will be renamed to whatever you decided.

[via Tech-Recipes]

2) Here is the second way to Rename Recycle Bin

This trick is somewhat rough, hence it is optional. I used this trick and found my Recycle Bin renamed. If the first trick fails, you can do this at your own risk. This Blog's Author will not be liable if any damage occurs. It is highly recommended that you should backup your registry.

1. Click Start > Run
2. Type regedit
3. Press Ctrl+F to open search box and type Recycle Bin and search
4. Change what ever you found (Value/Data/Key) with Recycle Bin to Desired Name
5. Press F3 to continue searching for 'Recycle Bin'
6. Repeat step 4 until you have finished with searching and changed all values to its new name.
7. Close regedit and refresh desktop, You will find the Recycle Bin is Renamed.

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BarCamp Mumbai 3 at IIT Bombay

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BarCamp Mumbai 3 plans are underway

It is a free unconference focusing exclusively on blogging, organized by bloggers for bloggers. This is going to be an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction between attendees. Any blogger who wants to contribute is welcome and invited to join.

BarCamp Mumbai 3 will happen on 29 March 2008 at A cluster of rooms/open spaces in and around School of Management (SOM) at IIT Bombay. Its a chance to meet the most popular Indian bloggers.

Register Here | Topics | BarCamp Mumbai Blog

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Download Windows Vista SP1 Product Guide

Posted by Shailendra Doke | Mar 22, 2008 Leave a Comment

A comprehensive feature-by-feature guide to Windows Vista with Service Pack 1. With contributions from people who actually worked on the product, this is the definitive resource to learn about Windows Vista. The Windows Vista Product Guide is available in XPS and PDF formats.

Download the product guide in the file format of your choice. It is available as an XPS (25.0MB) or PDF (18.9MB). If you want to use XPS format you will need to install the XPS reader first (which is included in Windows Vista)

Download Windows Vista SP1 Product Guide [via Winbeta]

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Newest Gmail features for Google Apps users

Posted by Shailendra Doke | 1 Comment

Google announced one new update which is now rolling out to Google Apps users who haven't already opted in to get the latest improvements. Employees, students and other Google Apps users will soon start seeing useful features like -

Google's new RSS feed will help users to stay up-to-date to latest Google Apps Improvements, so you can learn about changes to Google Apps as they happen.

"If you're a Google Apps administrator and you'd rather start getting new features right away instead of waiting, you can change a setting in the control panel to automatically get future features as they're released."

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Shup - Capture and Upload Screenshots to Several Storage Services like Flickr, Imageshack, Photobucket, Stashbox

Posted by Shailendra Doke | Mar 21, 2008 1 Comment

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There are so many tools available to download images from storage services like Flickr. For instance you can get FlickrDown - A Flickr Mass Downloader to download images from Flickr. But some useful tools are available to upload images to storage services like Flickr, Imageshack, Photobucket, Stashbox.

Shup is a great way to capture and upload Screenshots to several Storage Services. It is a small memory resident app that can upload files to several online storage services straight from Windows’ right-click context menu. Shup is great for uploading all kinds of files, especially when combined with the included Windows shell extension.

Shup About Window

Shup can upload files to these Storage Services

  1. Flickr
  2. ImageShack
  3. PhotoBucket
  4. Stashbox
  5. REAPER Resource Repositorium
  6. Waffle Images

You can also create custom site profiles and upload to your own web server; they even provide a sample PHP script to get you started.

Shup keeps track of all your uploads in a searchable database, as well as a local archive of uploaded images (optional). The history window displays information such as the local filename and URL of the uploaded file.

Built-in Image Editor

As a Shup user, most of your time will likely be spent in the image editor, as it is designed to make creating/editing and uploading images as easy as possible. The image editor provides a paintbrush and a highlighter pen for drawing, as well as a rectangle tool for flood filling and cropping your images. And it supports unlimited-ish levels of undo, so you can roll back changes if you like. You can also upload your image as many times as you want, directly from the editor (known as checkpointing around Shup HQ).

Screenshot Capture

You can use Shup's system-wide hotkeys to capture your desktop or a specific window into the image editor for manipulation or upload. The hotkeys are customizable and optional, even, for those who like to live outside the box.

Operating System Support

Shup supports Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista.

Download Shup v0.22 (656kb)

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Add your business to Local Search on Google India

Posted by Shailendra Doke | Mar 20, 2008 Leave a Comment

Here is a simple and free way to promote your business on Google India Local Search. Google is inviting business owners from India to add their business listing in Google India Local Search. By adding your business free to Google India Local Search you will get noticed all over the country and will help your business to boost as it will help people to find you easily.

- Do you own a restaurant in Delhi and wish more people knew about your delicacies?
- Are you an insurance agent seeking new clientele?
- Would you like more tourists for your travel agency in Goa?
- Are you a custom apparel merchandiser in Bangalore seeking to expand your customer base?

There are three ways, Google provided to the business owners to add their business listing in Local Search.

1) You can call Google at 1-800-419-4444 (in India only, for your Indian-based business)

2) You can SMS "register" to 09900800000

3) You can add your listing yourself by filling a form.

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Motorola's concept Cellphone with Dual Camera

Posted by Shailendra Doke | 1 Comment


Motorola developed a concept mobile phone which is having two camera's. This is not like other cellphones having one camera on front and another is at back. This model is designed by Paris-based Lysandre Follet.

Motorola claims, you can use multi-tasking functionality on it. While shooting with one camera user can take pictures with the another one.

What is even more interesting about this handset is its ability to create 3D images. Users can actually create 3D images with the help of special transparent gels to be applied on the lenses of both cameras; for instance, red transparent gel over one lens and blue over the other.

With these uncommon features, it includes the regular features like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi connectivity, email, multimedia player, and a wide display. There is no chance for the availability of this phone in the market anytime soon.

[via Techtree]

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Find out Is Your Computer Secretly Connecting to Internet

Posted by Shailendra Doke | Mar 19, 2008 1 Comment

Use this simple DOS command from Digital Inspiration to know Is Your Computer Connecting To Websites Without Your Knowledge. There is always a risk to download and install any third party software from Internet because they may contain malware or spyware programs which gathers your personal data and when you connect to Internet it send out the data by connecting to Internet without your knowledge.

Using this command you will be able to track down such suspicious activities. You will see which program is connecting to Internet, If you found this program suspicious you can uninstall it then.

Use the following steps -

  1. Type cmd in your Windows Run box.
  2. Type "netstat -b 5 > activity.txt" and press enter.
  3. After say 2 minutes, press Ctrl+C.
  4. Type "activity.txt" on the command line to open the log file in notepad (or your default text editor)

The file activity.txt will have a records of every program that has connected to Internet within last couple of minutes. This file also show you to which website the process has made a connection. With this command you can track down chatting programs, email programs and download managers.

I am not sure about this command can track down the OS update process.

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Windows Vista SP1 available to Download

Posted by Shailendra Doke | 1 Comment

Today, Microsoft has released the Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista. You can download standalone installers for x86 and x64 systems. Both updates will be in 5 languages English, French, Spanish, German, and Japanese.

For those people who happy to wait - The SP1 will start arriving to their PCs automatically in mid-April. The second release of Windows Vista SP1 will be available in the remaining 31 languages. The second release of Windows Vista SP1 is scheduled for later in April.

What Microsoft say about this release -

"Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) is an update to Windows Vista that addresses feedback from our customers. In addition to previously released updates, SP1 will contain changes focused on addressing specific reliability, performance, and compatibility issues; supporting new types of hardware; and adding support for several emerging standards. SP1 also will continue to make it easier for IT administrators to deploy and manage Windows Vista."

Download: Windows Vista SP1 Five Language Standalone (x86) (x64)

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How to know if a website is down for all or just for you?

Posted by Shailendra Doke | Mar 17, 2008

Engadget is UP!

The incident happened with me is "On Feb 24 I was accessing Youtube, after sometime I was unable to access Youtube. I thought it might be my connection problem, but when I tried other websites they were working fine. So I searched dig and I found YouTube was down for nearly half-an-hour."

Many people's are facing this problem, so Down for every one or just me gives you a service to check the given site is Down for all or just for you. Type a URL, and you'll find out if the whole world is seeing what you're seeing.

If you provide such a site which has big traffic surge, it might show you wrong result. For instance if you provide Youtube or Digg it will show you following wrong results.



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Access hidden Firefox settings with Configuration Mania

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Mozilla hides some of the options provided to users, to access these option user have to type about:config in the address bar. Many users don't even know about about:config, and once you discover it, it's still not clear what all of the settings do.

Configuration Mania is a Firefox add-on that organizes and displays many of the options which are normally only available through about:config. Here are just a few things you can manipulate with Configuration Mania.

  • Location bar auto-complete behavior
  • Default domain guessing behavior (should Firefox add www or .com when you type a word into the location bar?)
  • Tab behavior (where to display the close button, default tab width, etc)
  • Hide the Go button next to location bar
  • Change your user agent
  • Adjust cache settings

Configuration Mania is available for both Firefox 2 and Firefox 3 beta.

[via: DownloadSquad]

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USB Bomb: Weapon of Mass Storage

Posted by Shailendra Doke | Mar 15, 2008 Leave a Comment


This bomb shaped data storage device is designed by Mexico City industrial designer Joel Escalona. The USB bomb should keep your data safe, since its design is likely to deter to anybody who might have thoughts of stealing it, lest they might get blown to smithereens. The device looks like one of those bombs that Wile E. Coyote might have purchased from the ACME catalog, or maybe from those old Spy vs. Spy cartoons in MAD magazine.

[via: Technabob]

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NewsGlobe - Visualize Breaking News on a Rotating 3D Globe

Posted by Shailendra Doke | Mar 14, 2008 1 Comment

Yahoo! NewsGlobe

Lucas J. Shuman an engineer of Yahoo!'s Media Innovation Group has created a new way to browse Yahoo News top stories. He used latest Adobe Flash Player and ActionScript 3 to create this tool.

The Yahoo! NewsGlobe represents the information or breaking new in a virtual environment. It consist of basic pieces: a Yahoo! News Top Stories RSS feed, a geo-encoding web service from Yahoo! Maps, and a free, open-source library of 3D classes for ActionScript 3 called Papervision3D. The application loads the Y! News RSS feed every few minutes and extracts the dateline for each story. It sends this descriptive textual information off to the Yahoo! Maps service to find a matching location, and return latitude and longitude coordinates for it. The rest is simply a matter of using the 3D classes in ActionScript to create a visually engaging experience that's either automated or interactive.

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How People Count Cash in Various Countries

Posted by Shailendra Doke | Mar 13, 2008 Leave a Comment

A man in the following video, showing various tricks used to count cash in various countries.

How People Count Cash? - video powered by Metacafe

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Facebook Founder: One of the Worlds Richest Man

Posted by Shailendra Doke | Mar 12, 2008 1 Comment


Mark Zuckerberg the founder of social networking site Facebook. He spends most of his time in front of a computer. But he is no ordinary 23-year-old he’s officially the world’s youngest US billionaire.

Many of you might not recognize his name but I am sure most of you are using his platform to keep in touch with your friends. Mr Zuckerberg created social networking site Facebook because he wanted to stay in touch with mates he made at Harvard – but it has made him $1.5billion.

He is so rich he has been named Forbes magazine's 785th wealthiest person in the world.

[via: Metro]

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Save Your Google Calendar as PDF

Posted by Shailendra Doke | Mar 10, 2008 Leave a Comment

Those people who use Google Calendar sometimes want to send their schedule to others. Google Calendar itself provides this facility with print option, but many people ignore this option.

Google Calender Print

Following are the simple steps to Convert your Google Calendar to PDF

  1. Just Login to Your Google Calendar Account
  2. Go to the view you wish to share, whether it is a given day, week or full month.
  3. Click the Print link (on the left side of the top, see the screenshot above)
  4. When the Calendar Print Preview window appears, use the dropdowns to adjust the Font Size and Orientation. If you want the calendar to not be in color, check the Black & White checkbox. When you are finished, click the Save As button. Google Calender Print Preview
  5. Save the created file to your computer and email the file to those you wish to share the calendar with.

So, now sending schedule to people's is just a Email away with this PDF file attachment.

Thanks to Digital Streets for unveiling this Save Google Calendar to PDF trick.

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Music Created using Windows XP and 98 Sound Effects Only

Posted by Shailendra Doke | Mar 9, 2008 Leave a Comment

This is a music video created by a guy. This video is made up of Windows XP and Windows 98 sound effects only. The video is 2.29 in length. It is divided into two parts. The first part contains music, 1.35 in length and another part shows how he created the music.

The program he used to combine all the sounds together in the respective manner to form this music is MODPlug Tracker.

The MODPlug Tracker is free, powerful software that enables you to easily create music on your Windows-based PC using instruments freely available on the internet.

The music sounds something like a Arabic Video Game to me. Which I used to play in my childhood. What do you think.

[via: Geekologie]

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Watch Live Streaming of nearly 250 Indian TV channels, News, Sports, Tech, Weather, Music and Regional Channels.

Posted by Shailendra Doke | Mar 8, 2008

Channel Haven Logo

I found this site channelhaven on which you can Watch Live Streaming of Nearly 250 channels. All Indian TV Channels, News Channels, Sports Channels, Tech, Weather, Music and Regional Channels. You can watch Live Streaming of Cricket Match also.

Here, I am listing the main categories of channels

Sports Entertainment Music News Educational Business Lifestyle Tamil Malayalam Telugu Weather Shopping Religious Kannada Punjabi More Channels (United Kingdom)

Channel Haven

Here at ChannelHaven you will find most popular channels like Star Plus, Zee. Sports Channels like ESPN, Star Sports. News Channels like Aaj Tak, NDTV, Aljazeera, BBC Headlines, CNN, Fox News. Many other channels like National Geographic, Discovery (my most favorite) etc.

I think there is no other site like this, which provides users various types of Live Streaming channels.


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Blue Screen Of Death screensaver from Microsoft

Posted by Shailendra Doke | Mar 7, 2008

photo by blue98xp

What is BSoD

BSoD - Blue Screen Of Death is a error screen, totally blue colored. This screen pop-ups on an NT system whenever something has gone terribly wrong. That's why people say One of the most feared colors in the NT world is blue.

Bluescreen is a screen saver by Microsoft that not only authentically mimics a BSOD, but will simulate startup screens seen during a system boot. Virtually all the information shown on Bluescreen's BSOD and system start screen is obtained from your system configuration - its accuracy will fool even advanced NT developers.

This Bluescreen runs on Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows 9x (it requires DirectX).

So, use Bluescreen to amaze your friends and scare your enemies!

Download Bluescreen

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The Gmail Soap

Posted by Shailendra Doke | Mar 6, 2008 Leave a Comment

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Its quite funny!

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Internet Explorer 8 is available to Download

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Microsoft has released the public beta of their next-generation browser Internet Explorer 8. On this release Chris Wilson, IE Platform Architect says

This release contains some great advances in Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and layout, programming model, performance, reliability, usability and service integration. We are eager to ensure that the transition to Internet Explorer 8 is seamless for you and your audience, and to give you a head start on using many of the new features with your sites and services. We encourage you to test your sites and services, and our platform implementation, and give us feedback!"

The beta is now publicly available for download.

Download Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1

Click on the above link, choose your operating system and that's it.

IE8 supports Microsoft Windows Vista® Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows Vista, Windows XP® Service Pack 2 (SP2), Windows Server® 2008 and Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2).

IE8 Beta 1

Here is the screenshot of Digital Passion on IE8 Beta 1

DP on IE8 Beta 1

Websites doesn't appear accurate, nearly all websites has some problem with it. In the above Digital Passion screenshot, you can see the search box is not appearing properly and the bottom of this site is also missed its background.

The Internet Explorer Crashes so much when I try to open my blog, but the new feature Automatic crash recovery recovers it immediately. It stops loading my blog. If you face any problems handling Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1, If you handled it, share your experience with us.

I will be in touch with you about latest release of Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1.

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2 Secret ways to get more from your Gmail Address

Posted by Shailendra Doke |

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After revealing the use and benefits of Personal Level Indicators in Gmail nearly two days ago. Robby Stein, Associate Product Marketing Manager of Gmail recently discovered some little-known ways to use your Gmail address that can give you greater control over your inbox and save you some time and headache.

Below tips will teach you how to make use of your gmail address beyond you@gmail.com.

Here are the two secret ways you can modify your Gmail Address and still get emails.

  1. Append a plus ("+") sign and any combination of words or numbers after your email address. suppose you are having gmail address you@gmail.com, you could send or receive emails on you+friends@gmail.com or you+business@gmail.com.
  2. Insert one or several dots (".") anywhere in your email address. Gmail doesn't recognize periods as characters in addresses -- it just ignore them. Again suppose you have gmail address you@gmail.com, you could tell people your address as y.o.u@gmail.com or y.ou@gmail.com you can add wherever you want the dot in your username.

You will receive all emails sent to your modified gmail address at your original email address.

The most useful feature of this is to filter out emails very easily and quickly. Robby Stein explains it as

For me, the real value in being able to manipulate your email address is that it makes it really easy to filter on those variants. For example you could use hikingfan+bank@gmail.com when you sign up for online banking and then set up a filter to automatically star, archive or label emails addressed to hikingfan+bank. You can also use this when you register for a service and think they might share your information. For example, I added "+donation" when I gave money to a political organization once, and now when I see emails from other groups to that address, I know how they got it. Solution: filtered to auto-delete.


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Taskbar Shuffle - re-arrange Taskbar Buttons by Dragging

Posted by Shailendra Doke | Mar 5, 2008 1 Comment

Taskbar Shuffle

Taskbar Shuffle is a small program which allows you to arrange your buttons in the taskbar by just dragging and dropping. This program is freeware and it provides two functions.

It allows you to rearrange the buttons on your Windows taskbar by dragging and dropping them. It also allows you to rearrange icons in system tray, just you have to press 'CTRL' key while dragging and dropping the system tray icons.

In the option window it has options like start with Windows, Show System Tray Icon etc.

Taskbar Shuffle Setting Window

To set with which hotkey you want to drag and drop the system tray icons, I repeat system tray icons. The last option Enable tray icon shuffling by holding down this key is used.

You don't need to press 'CTRL' key while dragging and dropping the taskbar buttons.

This tool supports XP/Vista/2000/NT/95/98. And is only for WINDOWS users currently.

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Personal Level Indicators in Gmail

Posted by Shailendra Doke | Mar 4, 2008

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Gmail again revealed a new feature called "Personal Level Indicators" which will help you to prioritize your gmails. When you enable this option, it put arrows next to messages in your inbox so you can tell if an email was addressed to you, a group, or a mailing list that you're on.

To enable this option

Personal Level Indicators

Click on Settings located at upper right corner. In General tab find Personal Level Indicators option then select it to Show Indicators and click on Save Changes.

You will see little arrows next to your emails.


A single arrow ("›") is automatically placed next to emails sent to you and others, and double arrows ("»") next to emails that are sent just to you. No arrow indicates this email is from mailing lists.

Give it a Try, I found this very useful.

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Download Youtube video with IE7 PRO

Posted by Shailendra Doke | Mar 3, 2008

IE7 Pro is a must have add-on for Internet Explorer, which includes a lot of features and tweaks to make your IE secure, customizable and more useful.

Most peoples use Internet Explorer and want to download video from Youtube, this tool provides them the ability to download video from Youtube directly. This add-on is also compatible with Internet Explorer 6 and can download videos from video sites like Google Video, Metacafe, Myspace, Break.com, Putfile, Dailymotion, Sevenload, MyVideo.de and Clipfish.de.

Just follow these steps below and you are ready to download videos.


  • Download and Install IE7PRO
  • In Internet Explorer, goto TOOLS then IE7Pro Preferences
  • You will see a window, Select User Scripts
  • In the right side box select (check) Download Video From YouTube
  • Click OK, you are done.

When ever you view a YouTube video page you will find a Download Video link.


Click the Download link, and save the video file as .flv file. IE7 will try to save it as "get_video", you need to change the file type to .flv type, and change the name to whatever you prefer.

Now you need to download a media player if you don't have, that can play .flv file types. or you can download a program that converts .flv file types to other media formats.

I highly recommend you to use VLC Media Player. Download VLC Here.

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IE7 Pro - Add Firefox features to Internet Explorer

Posted by Shailendra Doke | Mar 2, 2008

logo IE7 Pro

If you like Firefox add-ons and wish if you could do these tasks in Internet Explorer then this IE7 Pro add-on is for you. This is a must have add-on for Internet Explorer lovers who just want to work with IE. This add-on includes lots of features to make your IE browser more secure, customizable and useful.

The main problem I don't like in Internet Explorer is, when I open many of tabs or windows it crashes immediately. The Firefox is much better than IE. It gives much better speed, it provides security and is customizable. With themes you can change the way it looks plugins and add-ons extends it's usability.

IE7 Pro offers some features in Internet Explorer so you can make you can make your browsing secure and fast.

Tabbed Browsing Management

Spell Check
IE7Pro Spell Check will check any text you enter and alert you to possible errors by adding a red underline to any potentially misspelled words.

Inline Search
Adds the inline search bar like firefox has, finds as you type, use the F3 and Enter Key to cycle between multiple results, highlight all results.

Super Drag Drop
With Super Drag and Drop enabled, you can open new links by simply dragging and dropping the link on the page. You can also Drag and Drop to search selected words with the default search engine or save the selected photo when Shift is held down.

Crash Recovery
Crash Recovery automatically restores all opened pages after a crash happened.

Proxy Switcher
Different internet connections do often require completely different proxy server settings and it's a real pain to change them manually.

Mouse Gesture
Mouse Gesture allow the user to execute commonly performed tasks (open/close a tab, go back, go forward , print , scrolling page etc.) by drawing a simple symbol on the screen.

AD Blocker
Blocks all forms of advertising, including Flash ads, rich media, fly-ins, slide-ins, pop-ups, pop-unders, spyware and adware ads, and messenger ads.

Greasemonkey like User Scripts platform
IE7Pro Script is to Internet Explorer7 as Greasemonkey is to Firefox. It lets you remix the Web via scripts.

Webpage Capturer
Flexible and easy-to-use tool that converts html page from any URL to image. It captures the whole web page's content into JPG, BMP , GIF , PNG or TIFF on the fly.

Tab History Browser

Web Accelerator

Flash Block

User Agent Switcher

User Plug-ins and many more power packed features.

This add-on is compatible with Windows NT /2000 /XP /2003 /Vista. Supports IE 6 & 7. IE7 Pro is also available in many languages. I think this tool is worth a try, what you think.

Download IE7 Pro | IE7 Pro Blog

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Top Posts of February 2008

Posted by Shailendra Doke | Mar 1, 2008 Leave a Comment

Digital Passion February 2008

From now, I decided to make a special post on 1st of each month, this post will contains all the top posts from previous month. New readers to Digital Passion may have missed the most interesting (according to stat) posts of the previous month. Here they can view and enjoy those posts. The other benefit of doing this is Search Engine Optimization.

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EOL - Encyclopedia of Life goes Live

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Encyclopedia of Life is officially launched. It is an fantastic project to organize and make available via internet all information about life present on Earth. This site was so popular in its first few hours that the it crashed quickly. According to EOL blog "there were 5.8M hits in the span of 3 hours."

In the first 24 hours (minus the approx. 3-4 hours we were completely down) there were: 18.5M hits, 13.3M page views, and 940GB of data transferred.

EOL launched the information of first 30,000 species (pages) and 25 species with full profile.

The EOL dynamically synthesizes biodiversity knowledge about all known species, including their taxonomy, geographic distribution, collections, genetics, evolutionary history, morphology, behavior, ecological relationships, and importance for human well being, and distribute this information through the Internet. It serves as a primary resource for a wide audience that includes scientists, natural resource managers, conservationists, teachers, and students around the world. We believe that the EOL's encompassing scope and innovation will have a major global impact in facilitating biodiversity research, conservation, and education.

EOL Website | EOL Blog | Video Tour


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Picasa Tip: Super-Fast Full-Screen Preview

Posted by Shailendra Doke | 1 Comment


Here is a secret keyboard shortcut to fullscreen view of your images in Picasa. When you are in Library View, Move your mouse over any picture thumbnail, Hold down the 'CTRL' key, and then press 'ALT' key. You will instantly get a fullscreen view of that picture.

As soon as you take your finger off the 'ALT' key, you will be returned to the regular library view. This trick helps you to view the current picture in detail. This trick also works on the current photo when you are in Edit Room.

If you're looking to quickly compare a few adjacent thumbnails with the benefit of a full-screen view, simply scroll the mouse wheel when using the ctrl-alt key combo. (This is especially handy if you've just imported a clump of similar photos and want to quickly decide which to keep.)

Related: Picasa Web Albums Now on the iPhone

[via: picasa blog]

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