Thursday, October 21, 2010

Get 3D Computing On Your Windows Desktop

Break the 2D limitation of your Windows desktop. Try the 3D experience for a more comfy computing. T3Desk is one such tiny (841 KB) app that turns your Windows desktop into a 3D interface.
Download T3Desk and install it. Once the application starts all you need to do is right-click the minimize button of the window or hold SHIFT, CTRL and ALT key while clicking the minimize button. This will 3Dmize (minimize in a 3D) instead of simply minimizing it. To open the window again, double click the 3Dmized window. Double click the notification area icon to customize the tool to suit your needs.
T3Desk Window
It brings a nice soothing desktop experience staying minimal with its memory requirements. It can really help people used to work on a desktop overpopulated with windows and applications. The tool works on Windows 2000/NT/XP/VISTA/WIN7.
I really missed it on my dual screen. The 3Dmizing only happens to work on the main window. So if you use dual screen try 3Dmizing windows after bringing them into the primary display. Let us know how it worked for you.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

5 Excellent Free Websites to Make Animated GIFs

All of us love to have animated GIF images as your display pictures on our Instant Messengers, social network profiles and what not. However, very few can actually create their own GIF images according to their own liking. Today we present to you five of the easiest online tools which you can use to create your own GIF images and then use them wherever you like:


Probably the easiest tool to get hold of in order to make animated GIF images, Imator just does that and more. The great thing is that there seems to be no limit to how many images you can upload and convert them to GIFs. Also, you can create animated banners and avatars for use on blogging websites and forums to let everyone see your creativity. Images can be uploaded from your PC and/or any URL. The simple drag and drop interface easily lets you work and animation speeds of your images can be selected from a pre-defined drop down list.




Another great website which allows for creation of animated GIF images, Loogix helps you create your own animated GIF in just three steps. First you need to upload an image (PC or URL). Next, you are required to select the size and speed of the animation you want to apply and finally generate the desired animation and that’s it. Your GIF animated image is ready. Maximum pixel size which can be set is 400 pixels using Loogix.



The great thing about Gickr is that it allows you to upload images from YouTube as well, making it easy for you to make animated images out of video clips. Simply Specify a YouTube video URL and you’re on the go. There is a limit of 10 pictures maximum for Gickr which might be a turn off for many. Also a YouTube video converted will only contain a maximum of 45 frames. However, the ability to make animated images from YouTube videos is just amazing. Created GIF Images are downloadable to PC as well.



Picasion gives you the ability to resize your images before you actually turn them into animations and also lets you upload pictures from many services like Facebook, Twitter, Bebo, MySpace, Flickr etc. Moreover, you can also rotate the pictures and add color effects to them while turning them into cool animations.

picasion 5 Excellent Free Websites to Make Animated GIFs

Make A GIF

The best thing about Make a GIF is that you can add multiple images at the same time up to a maximum number of 12 with each image not being more than 1MB in size. Also, you can edit and resize the image before applying the animation and animation time can be set even in milliseconds for some more precision. However, one bad thing about Make a GIF is that it doesn’t provide the user with the ability to one-click download the created GIF and you have to manually save it from your browser.


How to lock your CD-Rom

Below are the tricks to Lock your CD ROM;

Go To;


Type; regedit

Find; allocatecdrom.

Change the Value from 1 to 0.


Now it is locked

then to Unlock Change It 0 To 1.

Play, Watch Youtube Videos in VLC by Network Streaming

The latest version of VLC supports network streaming which means you can download youtube directly into VLC media player and watch it or record it. Sometimes this also helps if youtube is blocked in your network but you have the link to the video.

Stream Play Youtube Videos in VLC

  1. Open VLC Media Player (download vlc).
  2. Go to Media > Open Network Stream.
  3. Paste the Link of any online video, For eg: I am using Chris Brown – Forever
  4. Click on the Play button.

Now you can watch the video inside VLC itself

Here is a video guide to the process I found on youtube.

Advantage : Record Youtube Videos in VLC by Network Stream

There is only one advantage of this method and ie, to download or save the streaming video in any format of our choice.

1. In the Open Network Stream page Click on the down arrow of the Play Button.

2. Select Convert. (see pic. right)

3. Add your desired Settings in the window as below.

After the streaming is complete you will get the full video saved in format you set.

This way, you don’t have to use any online youtube downloader, or install any app. to convert youtube videos to your required output. Enjoy !

Best Command Prompt Tricks & Hacks for Windows

Best Command Prompt Tricks & Hacks for Windows This is an excellent post which can really make your life easier in the *NIX world. But, for many, it is a Windows kind of life. So, for those of you out there, I have put together some Windows command line tricks that might make your life easier.

15 Popular Command Prompt Tricks & Hacks

Save A List of Files to a Text File by Extension

dir *.ext /s /b > files.txt

This command line will create a file called files.txt. When you open this file, there will be a complete list of all the files in that directory and all subdirectories with the .ext extension. You can then open up this text file in any text editor and work this the information.By changing the ext part, you can select different files. For example, if you wanted to list all of the PDF documents, you would type:

dir *.pdf /s /b > files.txt

Get Your IP Address Information

ipconfig /all

This will retrieve a pile of information about your network connection and IP information. From this command, you can get:

  • Host Name
  • Primary DNS Suffix
  • Node Type
  • IP Routing Enabled
  • WINS Proxy Enabled
  • DNS Suffix Search List
  • Connection-specific DNS Suffix
  • Network Adapter Description
  • Physical (MAC) Address
  • DHCP Enabled
  • IP Address
  • Subnet Mask
  • Default Gateway
  • DNS Servers

Get Installed Driver Information


It can be very useful when troubleshooting to know what drivers are installed on a system. This command will give you a complete listing of the drivers and when they were installed.

Copy Files Via Infrared Port

irftp filename.ext

This will fire up the Wireless Link dialog so that you can copy the specified file via an infrared port.

Find Files Opened By Network Users

openfiles /query

If you are running a system and you want to know who has files open on your computer, this command will provide you a list of those users and the files that they have open.

Note: If you get an error saying The system global flag ‘maintain objects list’ needs to be enabled to see local opened files, you can fix this issue by typing openfiles /local on. You will have to reboot the system but it will resolve the issue.

Monitor Port Activity

netstat -a 30

This will show you all of the TCP/IP ports that are being used on your system and what they are connecting to (or being connected from). It will continue to monitor these ports and refresh the information every 30 seconds. You can change the refresh rate by changing the number at the end of the command.

Recover Information From A Corrupt File

recover filename.ext

If you have a disk with damaged sectors, you can attempt to recover as much information as possible from the damaged file. Data that is not damaged can be retrieved but data in damaged sectors will be lost.

Defragment Remote Computer

rexec remotePC defrag C: /F

This command used the rexec command to force a defragment of the C: drive on the computer named remotePC. You can use whatever you want to for the command (I just used defrag C: /F as an example). This is very useful for remote maintenance.

Retrieve Detailed System Information


With this command, you can retrieve the following information:

  • Host Name
  • OS Name
  • OS Version
  • OS Manufacturer
  • OS Configuration
  • OS Build Type
  • Registered Owner
  • Registered Organization
  • Product ID
  • Original Install Date
  • System Up Time
  • System Manufacturer
  • System Model
  • System type
  • Processor(s)
  • BIOS Version
  • Windows Directory
  • System Directory
  • Boot Device
  • System Locale
  • Input Locale
  • Time Zone
  • Total Physical Memory
  • Available Physical Memory
  • Virtual Memory Max Size
  • Virtual Memory Available
  • Virtual Memory In Use
  • Page File Location(s)
  • Domain
  • Logon Server
  • Hotfix(s)
  • NetWork Card(s)

Automatically Defragment C: Daily

schtasks /create /tn "Defrag C" /tr "defrag c: /f" /sc daily /st 23:00:00 /ru "System"

This will set your computer to automatically perform a complete defrag of the C: drive each day at 11:00:00 PM (23:00:00). It does this by creating a scheduled task called Defrag C. It will run this command under the computer’s system account.

Map A Drive Letter to a Folder

subst W: C:\windows

Sometimes, your directory structure can get pretty deep and complicated. You can simplify this a bit by mapping a drive letter to commonly used folders. In the example that I have given, this will create a drive letter W: and map it to the C:\windows directory. Then, whenever you go into My Computer, you will see a W: drive and when you browse to it, it will automatically take you to the contents of the C:\windows folder.

You can do this with any unused drive letter and any folder that exists on your system.

List All Tasks Running On The Computer


It’s always good to know what is running on your system. This is the command line version of the processes tab in Taks Manager.

Kill A Program

taskkill /im programname.exe /f

If, when using the tasklist command, you discover that there is something running you just want killed. This is the way to do it! Just note the program name and use it in place of programname.exe.

Reboot a Remote Computer

shutdown -r -f -m \\remotePC -c "System will be rebooted in 20 seconds"

Sometimes, you just need to reboot a system. This will do it remotely and give the user a 20 second warning.

Tip : To open Command Prompt, click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.

How To Know Who Blocked You on Google Talk

GTalk 128x128 How To Know Who Blocked You on Google TalkIf you are curious to know that someone has blocked you on Gtalk then you can easily find the person who avoiding you and blocked you. Sometimes you noticed that your friends is not contacting you , even when you send messages to them they never reply back. It means either he/she avoiding you or blocked you in gtalk.Would you like to find out who are those people who have blocked you on GTalk?

Here’s an easy way to do that.This can be done using the chat client Pidgin. Pidgin allows you to chat across multiple networks simultaneously. It means that you can chat with your MSN, GTalk, Yahoo and other online buddies all at the same time from one single IM client.

Just follow the simple steps :

Step 1 : Download & Install Pidgin.

Step 2 : Configure Pidgin for Google Talk using the following steps :

a) Add Gtalk account to Pidgin, Go to Accounts > Manage > Add, this will bring a new window Add Accounts ;

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b) Enter you gmail account details as shown in the following image, Keep Protocol as XMPP , Domain as and Resource as HOME,

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c) Now click on Advance Tab in the same window; and make the settings as shown in the following figure.

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d) That’s it. You are done with Pidgin settings. Now lets find out who has blocked you on Gtalk.

Step 3 : Sign in to Pidgin with your Google Talk account, Go to Buddies > Show Offline Buddies.

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Step 4 : If someone has blocked you on Gtalk , then they appear offline just like other offline contacts who are really offline.

Step 5 : Select the contact from the list and then Right click, click on Get Info.

Step 6: Once you click on Get Info then it will show the some info about the profile of the person. But if the person has blocked you on Google Talk, you won’t be able to see his/her full profile. You can’t even see his/her profile name.

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So if you get the profile info like the left side image means this person has not blocked you. But if you get the blank screen like the right side image, it means this contact has blocked you and doesn’t wish to talk to you.

Download Pidgin | Gtalk

The Best Firefox Add-ons for E-Learning: 100 Firefox Add-ons For Students

Firefox Add-ons can now help you in everyday e-learning, no matter if you are a student or a parent who’s helping his/her children. Today we wanted to share with you a list of Firefox extensions that can help you out with your daily learning and studying sessions.

So here there’s a list of tools, from subject-specific tools to tools to help with research and productivity to tools that give parents control over the safety of the family computer, there are sure to be plenty of great options for you.

Here’s the list:

  • Math

    Download these add-ons to have access to everything from calculators to math encyclopedias.

    1. Open Mathematical Encyclopedia

      Find theorems, basic problems, and axioms listed in this great resource for students learning math.

    2. Wolfram MathWorld

      Search one of the biggest math resources available on the web with this tool.

    3. avzCalculator

      Use this tool as a calculator extension in Firefox.

    4. Simple Calc

      Here’s another calculator extension available for Firefox.

    5. Fire Cal

      This calculator suite provides specialized functions such as compound interest, temperature, wind chill, body mass index, and more.

    6. Graphing Calculator Toolbar

      Enter up to five equations with this tool and see results graphed.

    7. FireMath

      For upper-level students in math, physics, or engineering, this tool will help generate math equations.

    8. Converter

      Convert measurements, time zones, or temperatures with this tool.

    9. Forex Currency Converter

      Learn the current conversion for any currency in over 180 different exchange rates.

  • Science

    Help your children enhance their science lessons with these add-ons.

    1. Eccellio Science

      Use this tool when doing science research to get results from quality websites.

    2. Life Science Dictionary Tool

      Find definitions to 100,000 life science terms with this tool.

    3. i-cite

      This tool instantly recognizes results from sites such as PubMed and Google Scholar and creates a mash-up of available information.

    4. Science

      To broaden your student’s search for scientific research, use this tool to search by specific areas across Europe.

    5. Medical Terms Dictionary

      Perfect for students interested in pursuing a future in the medical field, this dictionary provides definitions to tons of medical terms.

    6. Labmeeting

      Locate journal articles available on PDF with this tool.

    7. hbar

      Search for physics information located at the arXiv repository.

    8. Weather Watcher Live

      This tool offers a great way to learn about the weather as it’s happening.

  • English Language Arts and Reference Materials

    Find everything from dictionaries to vocabulary builders to free online texts with these tools.

    1. Bibliomania search

      Search Bibliomania to find information from classic texts, biographies, reference material, and more.


      Described as part flash card and part dictionary, this add-on makes learning vocabulary fun.

    3. Shmoop

      Use this add-on to search for literature and US history study guides and teaching resources with

    4. Project Gutenberg

      Search by book title to get access to a completely free online version of over 30,000 books.

    5. Research Word

      When students use this tool, they can research any word that occurs on a webpage with results coming via Wikipedia, dictionaries, and other sites.

    6. Dictionary Lookup Extension

      Highlight a word and find its definition immediately.

    7. Thesaurus

      Quickly find a synonym for any word with this add-on.

    8. United States English Dictionary

      This tool is a spellchecker based on American English.

    9. Merriam-Webster

      Use this add-on to have access to the Merriam-Webster dictionary right on your computer.


      Have access to yet another popular dictionary with this tool that also includes a thesaurus, spellcheck, and translate function.

    11. WordIQ Toolbar

      Search for the meaning of a word among many dictionaries and other resources. There is even a family filter on this.

    12. Wikipedia

      Enhance your Wikipedia searches with this tool.

    13. SnappyWords Visual Dictionary

      Find definitions and synonyms with the visual display available with this dictionary.

    14. Dictionary

      Get more than just definitions with this dictionary that includes audio, phonetics, and usage information.

    15. Encyclopedia

      Use this tool to search Wikipedia, Encyclopedia Britannica, and other online encyclopedias.

    Foreign Languages

    If your children are learning foreign languages, then look into these tools as an aid to their studies.

    1. Alpheios Basic Libraries

      This tool is designed to give students access to tools to facilitate language learning. Use this with any of the specific language tools.

    2. Alpheios Greek Tools

      Learning ancient Greek just got easier with this tool.

    3. Alpheios Latin Tools

      Alpheios also provides tools for learning Latin.

    4. Greek spellchecking dictionary

      For students studying Greek, this tool will help them discover any spelling errors they may have made.

    5. Translate English to German

      This tool will help students learning German check their work.

    6. Translate German to English

      Students can see if they are progressing in their German with this tool.

    7. Translate English to French

      Use Google Translate to help find French words from English.

    8. Translate French to English

      Students can use this tool as a companion to the English to French version.

    9. Translate English to Italian

      If Italian is the target language for your student, then give this tool a try to boost her language learning.

    10. Translate Italian to English

      Again, this works as a companion tool to the English to Italian tool.

    11. FoxLingo Translator

      This tool helps with anything from language learning to web page translation and supports 71 languages.

  • Productivity

    Keep kids and parents on track with these productivity tools.


      Use this tool to take notes on your computer.

    2. Google Shortcuts

      Get all your Google shortcuts displayed easily anywhere you like on your computer.

    3. Procrastato

      If you like to spend a little time doing fun stuff on the Internet, use this tool to remind you to get back to your schoolwork.

    4. Smartsheet Quick Add

      If you use a Smartsheet to-do list, then this add-on will make it easier to keep it updated.

    5. MyStickies

      Put virtual sticky notes anywhere and even organize them by tabs.

    6. ColorfulTabs

      This add-on makes all the tabs a different color, thereby making them more distinguishable when you have several open at once.

    7. TooManyTabs

      Another tab management tool, this one adds extra rows of tabs instead of keeping them tiny and all on one row.

    8. Google Calendar Quick Add

      Effortlessly add an item onto your Google calendar with this tool.

    9. Google Calendar Notifier

      Have an entire day’s worth of tasks displayed for students to stay on track of each day’s assignments.

    10. TabAlarm

      This tool schedules tabs to open at specific times throughout the day. Assign lessons on websites that occur when you want them to.

    11. TimeTracker

      This tool tracks how much time is spent on each website so you can track productive time, play time, or see how long a task is taking.

  • Research

    These add-ons are sure to boost online research for any project.

    1. Trailfire

      Leave notes on websites, then organize any way you want and even share them with others.

    2. Wordpot

      Use this tool to discover search terms based on a keyword you choose. This is a good way to boost Internet research.

    3. Zotero

      Collect, manage, and cite all the research sources you find online with this add-on.

    4. note-o-rama

      Students making notes on web pages and journal articles will find this tool helpful with both marking and citing references.

    5. Diigo

      Add highlights and sticky notes to websites to help with your Internet research.

    6. Yooper

      Quickly and easily highlight and share information with this tool. It even has a memory tester.

    7. TextMarker!

      Use up to three different highlighting colors to keep track of important information on websites.

    8. Notefish

      You can save, organize, and share information from the Internet with this add-on.

    9. Great Summary

      Summarize any website to quickly determine if it holds the information you need.

    10. QuickWiki

      Look up information from Wiktionary and Wikipedia quickly when this tool is installed.

  • Parental Controls and Computer Security

    Make sure your computer is safe for the entire family with these great tools.

    1. Fox Filter

      This add-on is a filter for parents to put in place to keep out unwanted and inappropriate websites.

    2. KidZui

      This tool makes Firefox searches safe for kids ages 3-12.

    3. Yahooligans

      Another kid-safe search engine, this one is appropriate for children and teens.

    4. Glubble for Families

      Turn your browser into one with games and websites safe for your family.

    5. brOOzi

      Parents set which websites are safe for their children with this add-on.

    6. Menu Editor

      Eliminate menu items your children don’t need to streamline their computer usage.

    7. Clean Screen

      This tool allows parents to set parameters that will clean up what is seen on webpages to correct spelling errors, eliminate foul language, and more.

    8. SkipScreen

      If you would prefer your children not be bombarded with unnecessary ads while surfing the net, then download this add-on.

    9. LastPass

      This password manager allows you to create strong passwords and manage them all with one master password. It even autofills passwords for you.

    10. iTrustPage

      Prevent children from accidentally filling out suspicious forms with this tool.

    11. Viral Threat Level

      This tool adds an image to the toolbar that indicates the level of threat at any given time from malware, viruses, and more.

    12. Certificate Patrol

      Stay on top of certificate updates to ensure your children’s websurfing is done among legitimately authorized sites.

    13. BetterPrivacy

      Non-deletable longterm cookies can compromise your family’s privacy, but not with this tool in use.

    14. Adblock Plus

      Stop pop-up ads, banners, and ad tracking malware with this tool.

    15. Flag-N-Trust

      This add-on puts a flag on each website visited to indicate the country in which it is being hosted. When you click on the flag, you can learn about the trustworthiness of the site.

  • Search Engines and Web Browsing

    Find specialized search engines and help for web browsing when you use these add-ons.

    1. SweetSearch

      When using this search engine, only trustworthy sites will appear in search results. This is great for student research projects.

    2. search games, homework research and more

      This tool provides a safe place for children to surf the net with hand-picked safe sites.

    3. GoodSearch

      Use this add-on and 50% of the revenue from your Internet searching goes to a charity of your choice.

    4. SchoolTube

      This add-on will provide results from SchoolTube to your searches.

    5. FastestFox

      Speed up your web browsing experience with this tool.

    6. DeeperWeb

      Enhance Google searches with this tool that uses a tag-cloud technique.

    7. termBlaster

      Now you can perform searches within over 110 websites just by right-clicking your mouse.

    8. Similar Sites Search Provider

      Use this tool to help you find sites similar to the one you are currently searching for.

    9. 100 Search Engines for Firefox

      Don’t rely on just one search engine when you can use this tool that pulls from all the major sites plus plenty of others.

    10. deliGoo

      Search through all the sites you have bookmarked through Delicious to refine your searches by the sites you choose.

    11. Web Search optimized for TeacherTube

      TeacherTube offers tons of great educational videos, and this tool will help you search it more efficiently.

  • Miscellaneous

    Take a look at this collection of add-ons that provide everything from research in art to discounted textbooks to a homeschooling resources toolbar.

    1. Eccellio Arts

      From photography to fine arts, this search engine will help you find exactly what you need from the world of art.

    2. Web of Knowledge

      Find and share information in the sciences, social studies, arts, and humanities.

    3. Evidence Scribe

      Use this add-on to help find and manage evidence used for debating.

    4. Addictive Typing Lessons

      Students can learn touch-typing with this add-on.

    5. Numpad Typing Drills

      Once typing skills are beginning to set, try these drills to motivate faster and more accurate typing.

    6. Textbook Search

      Find textbooks at big savings with this tool.

    7. OpenBerg Lector

      Read etexts or ebooks within Firefox with this tool.

    8. Compare Books Prices

      If you are seeking new or used books, use this tool to find the lowest price from major sites such as eBay and Amazon.

    9. Homeschooling Resources Toolbar

      This toolbar is a great addition for homeschooling families and includes lots of great links and tools.

    10. Tutit

      Keep all the tutorials you may be using in one place with this add-on.

Share Keyboard and Mouse among Two Computers Connected Via LAN

I use two computers at my desk – an HP 520 notebook running Windows vista along with an Intel P4 desktop on Windows XP. Both the computers are connected via LAN using an Ethernet cable and I share internet connection between them using an ADSL router.

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The problem comes when I get confused between the keyboard and mouse pairs. Sometimes, I move the mouse of my desktop computer thinking that I am moving the mouse of my laptop. Another disadvantage of the above setup is “Desk clutter” – caused by wires, cables and peripheral devices.

With InputDirector, you can remove the extra keyboard and mouse if both the computers are connected across a network (LAN or WAN). You can operate both the computers using a single mouse and keyboard as described below:

How to Share Keyboard and Mouse across Computers connected in a Network

Let’s assume you have two computers at your workplace – computer1 is the host or “Master” while computer 2 is the client or “slave”. Both the systems are connected through a Local area network connection and you can share files, documents etc. Following are the steps involved to share mouse and keyboard across multiple computers:

1. Install Input Director on both computers.

2. Open InputDirector in the “Host computer”. The computer whose mouse and keyboard you will use to operate both the computers is the “Host Computer”. The other computer is called as “Slave system”.

3. Go to “Global Preferences” and select the option “On Start, Input Director is Enabled as Master”. Also, select the checkbox “Share Clipboard”. This will allow you to quickly copy files across the two systems.

Master configuration for Inout director

Master Configuration

4. On the Slave System, right click “My computer” from the start menu and select “properties”. Switch to the “Computer Name” tab and note the name of the Slave system.

Find Computer Name of Slave system

Find Computer name of Slave System

5. On the “Host” system, open Input Director and navigate to the “Master configuration” tab. Click “Add” and add the name of the “Slave” system.

Add Slave system in Master computer

Add Slave System in Master computer

6. On the Slave System, open Input Director and navigate to the “Slave configuration” tab. Enter the name of the Master computer and select the option “Allow any computer to take control”.

Set up the Slave computer

Slave computer settings

7. Hit “Ok” and you will see a system tray notification saying “The Slave system is now available”.

System tray notification of Input director setup
This means that you are ready to share the keyboard and mouse of your master computer with the slave computer.

Sharing the mouse: Just move the mouse of master computer around the edge of the screen and it would appear in the monitor of the slave system. You can then operate the slave system with the mouse of the master system and do all kinds of work – even shut down the slave system. Move the mouse to the edge of the slave screen, and the cursor returns to the master computer.

Sharing the keyboard: To share the keyboard, first move the mouse in the monitor of the slave system. Then start typing in the master computer’s keyboard and the words would appear in any application window of the slave computer.

Watch the following video demo to learn how Input Director works:

The application also lets you share clipboard data. Suppose you want to copy a file from the slave computer to the master computer without using “My Network Places”. Copy the file in the slave computer, move the mouse to the master computer and hit “Paste”. Done!

Remove Copy and Regional Protection from Blu-Ray DVD

In Blu-ray discs, there are some restrictions which prevents copying / reproducing of the movies. Yes, you cannot copy such movies from DVDs and restriction may also be of regional type which means it can be played in specified regions only. For example, DVD bought in US may not play in India. These restriction has to be removed from the protected Blu-Ray DVD in order to play it.

DVDFab Passkey is a program that handles just that and helps us to remove all types of protection on the disks. This programs helps you remove protection from DVD and Blu-Ray so we can make backups or play the disc in a different region for which it was designed.

Pass key DVDFab

When you run the program, it runs as a driver in the background so just notice it’s presence. This way you can access the drive contents without many problems. DVDFab Passkey has some advantages and benefits that may be helpful:

  • Remove all DVD copy protections such as CSS, CPPM, RC, RCE, APS, UOPs, ARccOS, RipGuard, fluxDVD, CORE X2, etc..
  • Remove copy protection from Blu-Ray as AACS and BD +. It also removes blockages by geographic areas (regions) BD-Live and UOPs.
  • Allows you to play any DVD / Blu-Ray regardless of the region where you are and the area of the disc. This program generates an image that can be read on your player or computer.
  • Blu-Ray allows you to see even without HDCP compliant hardware.
  • Allows use of any application to access the unencrypted data on disks.

Passkey DVDFab is a program that is in beta, and is now completely freeBut for the final version is expected to be a paid software but do not know the price at which they would be selling.

Compatible with Windows (XP, Vista and Windows 7), both in 32 bits and 64 bits.

Download Passkey DVDFab

Find Drivers For Devices With Yellow Question Mark Shown In Device Manager

There are times when you upgrade the operating system on your computer or just did the fresh install of OS after a long time and then you realize that you don’t have the drivers for all the hardware connected to your computer like sound card, Ethernet card etc.

device manager

So, you see many devices like these in device manager unrecognized without any drivers. In such a case you can follow our tips on drivers like how to locate and download drivers for unrecognized devices, search for device drivers with hardware ids, update your drivers and how to backup or restore device drivers.

Today we tell you about another free application for the same purpose, which helps you find what those unknown devices in Device Manager really are and then you can better lookout for its drivers. It does this by checking Device Manager for unknown devices and extracting information from it.


This program is portable in nature, so it does not require installation it can from CD, USB drive or placed in any folder of your computer. The program contains no adware, spyware, malware, popups, or whatever is the latest name for junk software.

Note: It works Win95, 98, 98se, Me, 2k, XP and 2003 but not for windows 7 now, if you are looking for tool like this for windows 7 then check out unknown device identifier.

Download Unknown Devices

How to Completely Block Websites In Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome

You can completely block a certain website in your computer using the Windows hosts file. But this isn’t one of the easiest techniques to block a website, you have to repeatedly open the Windows hosts file from My computer > Windows > System 32 > drivers >etc > hosts.

This is how the default hosts file of Windows look:

Windows Host file

To block a website, simply append at the end of the hosts file and the site is blocked in your computer.

Using the hosts file to block a website has it’s advantages as well as disadvantages. The advantage is that the website(s) is blocked and won’t open in any browser. The disadvantage is that to unblock the website, you have to find the host file again and remove the line manually. This can be tiring, because you may not remember the location of hosts file that easily.

Another good idea may be to block websites from your browser, this includes Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome to name a few.

How to Block Websites from Internet Explorer

You can block websites in Internet explorer using Internet explorer content filters. Following are the steps:

1. Open Internet Explorer, click Tools from the menu bar and select “Internet options”

Block websites in Internet Explorer

2. Switch to the Content tab and click “Enable” to enable the content advisor.

Internet Explorer Content Advisor

3. This will open a pop up window where you can add a list of sites to block or unblock in Internet explorer. Switch to the “Approved sites” tab and add the sites you want to block, as shown below:

Block websites in Internet Explorer

In the above example, the blocked site is shown by a red symbol whereas the allowed site is shown by a green symbol.

To block a site in Internet explorer, enter the full address in the text box and hit “Never”. To allow a site to be opened in Internet Explorer, enter the web address again and select “Always”.

5. In the next step, you will be asked to choose a password for the IE content advisor system. This is to ensure that no one else can remove the block from Internet explorer, in your absence.


Using the content advisor in Internet explorer can be useful, when you want to block or allow specific websites to be viewable. If you have kids using your computer, it will be a good idea to block pornographic or vulgar content using the IE content advisor tab.

Note: The website which has been blocked in Internet explorer will open in other browsers. However, blocking the site using the host file will block the website completely and it will not open in any other browser installed in your computer.

How to Block Websites From Firefox

Unlike Internet Explorer, Firefox does not have a default option to block or unblock websites from the options panel. However, you can install the Blocksite Firefox add-on to completely block specific websites in Firefox.

After the extension is installed, go to Tools > Addons >Blocksite > options and enter the list of websites which you want to block in Firefox.


The best thing about the extension is that you can import a list of URLS from a text file. So if you have a large number of sites to block, you can simply import all the URL’s using a text file rather than typing them one by one. The list can also be backed up using the export feature.

The extension supports password protection, hence no one else can override the your settings.

How to Block Websites in Google Chrome

You can completely block a website in Google Chrome by using the Blockit extension for Google Chrome. After the extension is installed, head over to the extension options and you will see a login screen as shown below:

Block websites in Google Chrome

For the first run, leave the password as blank and hit the Login button. You will enter the extension options, where you can add the websites you want to block in Google Chrome.

The extension makes it dead easy to block or unblock multiple websites in Google Chrome with a single click. You can password protect the extension options and choose to display a custom message when anyone tries to open a blocked site. (related: create password protected user profiles in Google Chrome)