Saturday, June 28, 2008

Windows XP Prefetch Clean And Control

Windows XP monitors the files that are used when the computer starts and when you launch applications. By monitoring these files, Windows XP can prefetch. The prefetching data is the process by which data should be requested is read ahead in the cache. Prefetching boot files and applications reduces the time needed to boot Windows XP and start applications.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Show hidden XP utilities

Although Microsoft has released Vista to replace XP, 92,01% of visitors to this blog still using XP! No doubt, XP is still the most popular OS now. As an XP user, you may still don't know some usefull utilities inside your OS.
Hidden Utilities XP allows access to nearly 100 hidden utilities that are not normally accessible to the average user. System information, diagnostics, repair tools and more in both Windows and Command Line utilities are now easily opened. Hidden Utilities XP includes easy access to 53 Windows tools and 43 Command Line utilities.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Converts images to text art

This picture produced by PicTexter, converts images to text art and saves the result to a variety of formats. It includes a set of professional-quality effects that optimize images for this particular application.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Alternative text editor, Metapad

Metapad is a small, fast (and completely free) text editor for Windows 9x/NT/XP with similar features to Microsoft Notepad but with many extra (and rather useful) features. It was designed to completely replace Notepad since it includes all of Notepad's features and much, much more.

Metapad's enhanced feature set includes:

  • Persistent window placement
  • Dirty file notification
  • Intelligent Find and Replace
  • External viewer support (e.g. web browser)
  • Usable accelerator keys (Ctrl+S, Ctrl+N, etc.)
  • Dual customizable font support
  • Optional Quick Exit (Esc key)
  • Configurable tab stop setting
  • Auto-indent mode
  • Go to Line/Column
  • Seamless UNIX text file support
  • Block indent and unindent (Tab, Shift+Tab)
  • Recent files list
  • WYSIWYG printing
  • Snazzy status bar & funky toolbar
  • No file size limit! (under Win9x)
  • Hyperlink support
  • User interface language plugins

Download Metapad here

Friday, June 20, 2008

Yahoo! Messenger Message Archive

Who doesn't know Yahoo! Messenger? nobody.
But do you know that we can archive messages from anybody we get chatting with? Yes, you can store your chatting message in the computer.
  1. Sign in to your Yahoo! Messenger
  2. Go to menu Messenger - Preferences [or press Ctrl+Shift+P]
  3. In the category choose Archive and set to "Yes, save all of my messages" - OK

You can view your stored message later by clicking at View Archive button. Otherwise press F3 while you open Instant Messages box.

What do you think?

Thursday, June 19, 2008

How to round a number to the nearest multiple of significance

Here is the problem:
How to convert this list of number to nearest multiple by 100?

I want to round number by suffix >= 50 --> 100 and <50> 0 and place the result in column B

Here is the solution:

I used 4 functions of MS Excel:

I used this function:
Select B1, type the formula below
=IF(VALUE(RIGHT(A1,2))>=50,CEILING(A1,100), FLOOR(A1, 100))

PS: I was using MS Excel 2007, may there are little differences with another version. You may change the number of significance (100) to 10, 50, 25 etc.

What do you think?

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Useful Firefox Add Ons (at least for me ;))

Fast Dial
Fast access to your favorite pages through thumbnails

Execute various commands with mouse gestures (like Opera)

Display the Google PageRank and Alexa ranking with search-related tools Users Online Counter
Shows how many people are currently on your site.

What do you think?

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

How to assign folder as a drive

For your everyday task, you may want to assign a folder as a drive, instead of repartitioning the disk.
  • Open Notepad, write this script:
subst [drive letter] [folder address location]
e.g. "subst S: d:\my folder"
  1. Save the file as a batch file e.g. "Start.bat" (with quotion marks)
  2. Close the file, whenever you want to activate the batch, double click the file.
You can also make a shortcut of the batch file to startup folder so it will start in every system starts.

What do you think?

Monday, June 16, 2008

How to Manual/Offline Update NOD32 Antivirus

For doing manual/offline update, first you must have the update files. You can download it from any server over internet. Here are steps I'm used to do:
  1. Start Google and search for phrase 'nod_upd' or click here
  2. Select one from the search result with 'Index of /nod_upd' on the title. Pay attention to the url or you may be back to this page.
  3. Download anything from the directory with extension *.nup and *.ver. You can use Free Download Manager to download multiple files.
  4. Save the downloaded files to usb flashdisk or cd.
Until now, you already have the update files then save them to the computer you want to update.
  1. Make a folder named 'nod_upd' (without apostrophes) in one of your harddrive.
  2. Copy all updates file you downloaded before to the folder.
  3. Select server location from Setup of Automatic Update box in NOD32 Control center. Point to where are your update files located.
  4. Try to run update by clicking Update now.
For NOD32 Antivirus version 3 (pictures below), there are little differences to configure manual/offline update.
  1. Make a folder named 'nod_upd' in one of your hard drive.
  2. Copy all updates file you downloaded before to the folder.
  3. Open NOD32 Antivirus main program and press F5 to open Setup.
  4. Go to Update below Antivirus and Antispyware section.
  5. On Update server click Edit…
  6. Define the ‘nod_upd’ folder address in your hard drive (For example: D:\nod_upd), click Add and OK. Click OK again.
  7. Run update from Update section by clicking Run virus signature database.

NOD32 setup window

NOD32 manual update

Whatever your result, please let me know by giving a comment. Read More...

Saturday, June 14, 2008

How to Automatically update NOD32 Antivirus

NOD32 Antivirus
Before running automatic update, you have to decide which server you want to update from.
  1. Open control center, point to update - update.
  2. Click setup on the pop-up window beside control center.
  3. On the location section, select server name you want to use for update.
  4. Click Ok and Run update.
Besides that, you may also add your own server by:
  1. Click Servers… on Setup of Automatic Update box.
  2. Click Add…, enter the server address then Ok.
  3. Select your server in the server location then Ok.
  4. Try to run update by clicking Update now.
Note: You can find NOD32 server location address, try googling by keyword "nod_upd" or you can click here. Read other post about how to manually update NOD32 antivirus. To check whether the server you choose is free or not, you'll prompted to input user ID and password every time updating from a not free server. Read More...

Friday, June 13, 2008

Free antispyware and antitrojan

Is your computer connected to internet continuously? Slowing process is one of signs that your computer may be infected with spyware, adware, or mallware. You need an antispyware. Spyware Terminator is a free software for protecting our computer against spyware, adware, trojan horses, keyloggers, browser hijackers and other malware threats. This protection (more point compared another free antispyware software) also equipped with real time protection. I think Spyware Terminator is suitable for advance user, because many of library procedure launching need our approval. Without any experience, it is quiet difficult to decide which process is harmful for your computer.

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Orbit, Free downloader

Orbit downloader is a free download program. Unlike another downloader (as far as I know), Orbit downloader specialize to download streaming media, social music (Pandora, Radioblogclub, Vox, iJigg, etc) and social video (Youtube, Myspace, Dailymotion, Metacafe, etc). Even from rapidshare! Special ability I like so much is Orbit downloader is able to download flash movie. (is flash categorized as movie?)

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Free registry and disk cleaner

Does your computer work at arm's length? Or how long you don't 'clean' it? May be CCleaner is one of many solutions for your computer. CCleaner disk and registry cleaner and also privacy tool. CCleaner is very simple application and easy to use. You don't have to configure any option for first run. It is able to handle many applications' junk such as Adobe Photoshop, MS Office, Flash Player etc. CCleaner armed with software uninstaller and startup program. Just try it, and don't forget to donate when you find it useful for you.

CCleaner - Freeware Windows Optimization

Friday, June 6, 2008

Free Burning Program, CDBurnerXP

It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs, as well as a multilanguage interface. Everyone, even companies, can use it for free. 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!
  • Operating Systems: Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista
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