Archive for the ‘Software’ Category

Delete files in Windows 7

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Even if you install windows 7 on another partition the old data of previous operating system still present on your hard drive which becomes undeletable or inaccessible from Windows 7.
Usually this problem of undeletable files and folder is because of Access control list of these object is associated with SID of old operating system user accounts and these users are not present in your windows 7, effectively data is owned by nobody or non-existent user.
In order to access the files and folder for manipulation, modification or deletion, we will need to take control of the files under Windows 7. Here are two command line syntaxes to instantly take ownership of such files,

For Files:
takeown /f file_name /d y
icacls file_name /grant administrators:F
For Directories (will perform action recursively):
takeown /f directory_name /r /d y
icacls directory_name /grant administrators:F /t

From the Tips Box: International Gmail Calls, Standing Desks, and Dropbox Drives

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Manage Dropbox as a Virtual Drive

There is subst.exe utility in windows which creates virtual drives of paths associated with them.

You need to make a cmd or bat file with the these 2 lines:

subst /d X:
subst X: “C:\Users\[user]\Documents\My Dropbox”

and put the file in your startup folder (“Start”- type “shell:startup” in the search field) as the command file mounts the folder into a virtual drive. The first line deletes a substituted virtual drive. Youll see a drive X: in this case in My Computer which has Dropbox folders. Thanks to this thread.

Note: the command shown will work on Windows 7, for Windows XP the command has to be “C:\Documents and Settings\[user]\My Documents\My Dropbox”

via From the Tips Box: International Gmail Calls, Standing Desks, and Dropbox Drives.

Fantastic Video Processing Software

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

VirtualDub is a video capture/processing utility for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows platforms (98/ME/NT4/2000/XP/Vista/7), licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). It lacks the editing power of a general-purpose editor such as Adobe Premiere, but is streamlined for fast linear operations over video. It has batch-processing capabilities for processing large numbers of files and can be extended with third-party video filters. VirtualDub is mainly geared toward processing AVI files, although it can read (not write) MPEG-1 and also handle sets of BMP images.

Best Music Tagging software

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

This is the best Music Tagging software i’ve found.

Multiple Skype Accounts on one computer

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Install or upgrade to latest Skype version.
open c:\program files\skype\phones (or whichever folder skype is installed in)
right click skype.exe, send to -> desktop
now right click the newly created shortcut , click properties
in target , append /secondary
i.e “C:\Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe” /secondary

apply the change.
now you should be able to open multiple skype login windows using normal skype shortcut and this new secondary shortcut.

if you face any problem with this try creating a new local user on the same computer

Mindjet mmap viewer

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Its a pain that the Mindjet website doesnt have any obvious links to their free viewer.
had to go into forums and search to get the link

Mouse and Keyboard Sharing

Monday, February 22nd, 2010
Synergy2 is an excellent software that allows you to share a mouse and keyboard between multiple computers over the LAN.

Duplicate File Cleaner

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Found this excellent free software to find duplicate files on the computer and delete them.
* Find Duplicate Files by content
* Cleaner hard drives means faster performance
* Fast Scanning and accurate duplicate comparison (Uses the MD5 Hash algorithm)
* Deep scans music – locate duplicate music formats (MP3, iTunes, etc)
* Flexible search parameters
* Intelligent Selection Assistant
* Search home or networked drives
* Search multiple locations
* Export / Import results in CSV format
* View Path,Size and Date of files
* Large, resizable list window
* Image preview window
* Delete duplicate files to the Recycle bin
* Move duplicate files to a new location
* Turn duplicate file into hard links (NTFS file systems only)
* Protection for Windows and system files
* Supports multiple languages
* No Spyware,Adware or any other rubbish
* Free!

Microsoft Windows Registry Cleaner

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Little Registry Cleaner is an open source tool for fixing microsoft registry.

How to Find All Unread Messages in Gmail

Friday, January 8th, 2010

To view all (and only) unread messages in your Gmail account:

– Type “label:unread” (not including the quotation marks) in the Gmail search field.
– Click Search Mail.

If you do this search repeatedly or generally appreciate brevity, you can use “l:unread” or even “l:^u” instead of “label:unread”.

Of course, you can combine the quest for unread messages with others:

– “l:^u from:tim” finds all unread messages from “tim”,
– “l:^u l:^t” finds all unread starred mail, and
– “l:^u l:^k subject:hi” finds all unread messages with “hi” in the subject that are in the Trash.