Friday, December 25, 2009

Download 3 Idiots movie legally

Producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra has announced that movie 3 Idiots, which is releasing today, will be the first Bollywood film viewers can download legally. "This is the first film ever that you can actually download and watch on YouTube after 12 weeks from now," said Chopra.

YouTube will allow users to download the complete movie at a fixed price. The download price has not been disclosed yet but it is expected that the charges might be equal to the cost of the DVD. If this happens, will the people still download 3 Idiots off YouTube or will they prefer to go to the nearest store to buy the DVD. Let us know your opinion by commenting below.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Withdraw Funds from Paypal to Any Bank in India

Paypal is the most secure way to do transactions online without revealing credit card details. The good news for Indian users is that they can now withdraw money to their Indian bank accounts within 7 days of submission of request. Paypal deducts a small fee of Rs. 50 if the total withdrawal amount is less than 7000 INR.

First, add a bank account to Paypal and then follow these steps to request for a fund withdrawal.

  1. Login to your Paypal account
  2. Click on Withdrawal under “My Account” tab
  3. Click the first option which says “Withdraw funds to your bank account
  4. Enter the amount to withdraw and select a bank account
  5. Click Continue to proceed to the final step
  6. Paypal will display the withdrawal amount in your local currency
  7. Click Withdraw to complete the withdrawal process

Generally it takes 3-4 days to get the fund deposited in your bank account. Be cautious to provide accurate informations such as account number, IFSC code etc, else the amount will be returned to your Paypal account and a return fee will be charged. Visit RBI's website to find IFSC code for your Bank.

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Fix GTA 4 DD3D30 (D3D) Error in Windows 7

GTA IV is a action-adventure video game with high quality graphics, sound effects, various stages and characters.It is the sixth 3D game in the Grand Theft Auto series. Grand Theft Auto IV has already received overwhelmingly positive reviews, becoming one of the highest-rated games of all time on Games review websites.

Officially the game is compatible with Windows 7 but some of the users get the following error when pressing the “Play” button
D3D Error – Please re-boot your system
This problem continues even after changing the compatibility mode to Windows Vista or Windows XP for the game or rebooting the system.

Here is a workaround to fix this by reducing the color quaility from highest quality of True Color (32 bit) to lower quality of High Color (16 bit). Right click on Desktop >> select Screen Resolution >> Advanced settings >> Monitor tab. and change the display resolution. Else you can also reduce the desktop display resolution to 800×600 pixels as GTA 4 runs properly at this resolution. Once you are in the game, change back to original resolution.

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Five Most Addictive Games On Facebook

Facebook is full of nice applications and some of the most additive online games. You will surely agree with me on it. Here I look at five most addictive games on Facebook which have millions of users playing them everyday.

#1 FarmVille
Farmville is the most popular game on Facebook by Zynga with over 11 million daily active users. FarmVille is a real-time virtual farming game released on Facebook in mid June.

In Farmville, you are given a land and some coins to start the game. You have to plow your land and plant crops to earn more coins and experience. When the crops are grown you harvest them to earn more coins. Use these coins to buy new seeds and other items from the market. As you progress through the game you collect ribbons yellow, white, red and blue ribbons for completing certain tasks. This earns you coins and experience.

#2 MafiaWars 
This is the second most popular game by Zynga, which was most popular before the release of Farmville. It has over 6.9 million daily users.

Mafia Wars

In MafiaWars you have to create your own Mafia from your friends on facebook. You earn money by doing jobs that can be used to buy better weapons. Doing these jobs and fights earn you experience and this experience helps in moving up to higher levels.

#3 Happy Aquarium
If you hate farming or Farmville, this game might interest you. With over 26 millions monthly users, Happy Aquarium by CrowdStar is one of the fastest growing games on facebook

In this game, you are given a fish tank and some coins to start your game. You can purchase your own fishes from the store and train them. The tank can hold 10 fishes initially but as you progress through the game, you can expand your tank by earning more coins. You need to feed your fishes daily. once your fishes become adult, you can mate the male and female fishes.

#4 Pet Society 
Pet Society

Pet Society is a game by PlayFish with over 22 million monthly users. Similar to other games in this category you have to create your own pet, feed it, earn coins etc. These coins can be used to buy food, clothes and furniture for your pet

#5 Texas HoldEM Poker
Texas HoldEM Poker
In Texas HoldEM Poker, various tournaments are offered to the players. You can join a tournament at any time and you don't have to exchange real money to play this game!

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Correct Google update installation failed with error 0x8004071c

Few of Windows 7 users, like me, can get the error while installing Google Chrome, Google Earth or any other Google product:
Google update installation failed with error 0x8004071c
The error means that your computer is currently in Windows Audit Mode and is conflicting with the installation. To solve the problem of Google update installation failed you need to modify your registry:

1. Go to Start->Run and type in the following and then press OK: regedit
2. Find the following reg key:

For Windows 7/Vista: The value of 'ImageState' in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\State
For XP: The value of 'AuditInProgress' in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\Setup

3. Right click the reg key and select Modify
4. Delete the value then press OK.

Now you can install your Google product without any error messeges.

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Install Windows 7 From a USB Drive

Windows 7 can run on machines with lower specs than required for Windows Vista. Infact, many users are actually finding it runs better than Windows XP on lower spec machines. Windows 7 is also ideal to run on newer netbooks, but unfortunately many of these do not include a DVD drive so here is a trick to install windows 7 on a machine without a DVD drive by using a USB Drive.

How To Install Windows 7 From A USB Drive

windows 7 usb1. Plug a 4GB USB Drive into your computer.
2. Press Win Key + R to open Run. Type cmd and click OK. Once cmd is open type diskpart and a new window will open
3. In the new diskpart window type:

* ‘list disk’ : This lists all the disk drives attached to your machine
* Look for your USB drive and note the number and then type: ’select disk #’, where ‘#’ is your USB disk number
* then type ‘clean’
* then type ‘create partition primary’
* then ’select partition 1′
* then ‘active’
* then ‘format fs=fat32 quick’

Once you’ve finished these steps you need to copy your Windows 7 files to the USB. To do this mount your Windows 7 ISO as a virtual DVD:

1. Install MagicDisk (free)
2. Once installed, right-click on MagicDisk in your system tray click on ‘Virtual CD/DVD-Rom’, select your DVD drive
3. then ‘Mount’ and in the dialog window that opens up, select your Windows 7 ISO
4. Now in windows Explorer, click on your DVD drive and you should see all the Windows 7 Files. All you have to do now is copy and paste all the files to your USB key and you have a Windows 7 USB Installation Stick!
5. Plug in the stick in the PC you want to install Windows 7 on and boot up by configuring BIOS to boot from USB Drive.

Experience the power and the features of Windows 7 on your computer!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Latest Mobile Category launched on

While I was searching for buying a LCD TV this Diwali,I came across a great website The website is an Initiative by 9.9 Media and provides comparison for Laptops, LCD and Plasma TVs. They have recently launched a Mobile section.

ConsumerMate is an excellent website which allows you to search for phones and get all the information about the product- prices, expert reviews, user reviews, technical description. has data for more than 20 different Mobile Brands like Nokia, HTC, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and others.

ConsumerMate is user-friendly and has a nice UI. You can simple drag the selector to specify your range and get results. Though I missed a Search functionality through which I could directly search for the mobile of my choice by specifying model number.

Other interesting features include:
  •     Ask Us(allows you to ask the gurus to solve your queries)
  •     Buying Guide(helps you to find the relevant features to look before purchasing a product)
  •     Hot Deals (Get the latest deals in a single click)
  •     Test Centre Ratings by Digit
  •     New Launches(Get all the information about the latest models launched in the market)
Users can get ratings for various specs & features of a product from Features, Build & Overall performance which helps a consumer a great deal in making the best choice.

Get Latest mobile prices and hottest deals on ConsumerMate. Do share your opinion about this website by commenting below.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Install Flash Player on Google Chrome

Google Chrome does not support flash based websites or flash contents. If you want to run flash files on Google Chrome, you have to manually configure it with flash plugin for Chrome. Here are the instructions for installing Flash Player on Google Chrome:
  1. Download flash player for Windows.
  2. Rename the downloaded file to
  3. Extract the Zipped file to a folder.
  4. Select and copy flashplayer.xpt and NPSWF32.dll from the extracted folder.
  5. Navigate to Google Chrome plugins folder. Normally, it is C:/Documents and settings/Local Settings/Application Data/Google/Chrome/Application/Plugins
  6. Paste both copied files in Google Chrome plugins directory.
  7. Restart Google Chrome.
You can now open and run flash contents on Google chrome.

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Download Harry Potter And Half-Blood Prince Movie

Harry Potter and Half Blood Prince

Don't be shocked seeing the title of this post, TechacK is not offering this movie for download. In fact, this post is to warn users about such titles being used by malware authors to cash-on the upcoming release of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince.

Cyber criminals are doing mass-level Search Engine Optimizations targeting Harry Potter fans. They hide their malicious codes inside fake downloads which offer full length pre release version of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie. Other websites lure users to click on a link which leads them to another website asking to install their streaming codec to watch the leaked version of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince online for free. But this streaming codes is actually a malware and opens your computer for trojans and viruses attack.

Harry Potter and Half Blood Prince

Just wait for the release of the movie and go and watch in at a theater near you, instead of getting infected by viruses and trojans.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Samsung NC20 netbook review

Samsung had announced the launch of Samsung NC20 netbook, the successor of the NC10, in early 2009 and finally it has hit Indian markets. The Samsung NC20 is larger than NC10 yet the design is quiet similar (view the image and judge yourself).

The netbook has 12.1 inch LCD providing 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. The screen is brighter and crisper than most netbooks in the market and it will surely make your Web browsing experience and casual gaming an absolute joy. Other feautres of the NC10 is the use of the more powerful 1.6GHz VIA Nano U225 processor and VIA Chrome 9 HC3 Graphics. It means that Samsung NC20 netbook can play Full HD (1080p) video without any problems. Another striking feauture is the high capacity battery. The company claims that once fully charged, Samsung NC20 can last for upto 10 hours, making it an ideal netbook for my next long flight. This has been possible due to the use of power efficient Nano processor.

Samsung NC20

However, I was a bit puzzled seeing the Windows button on the right as well as the size of the arrow keys and the function keys being slightly smaller than the rest.

Thanks to its full-size keyboard with optimal key spacing, the Samsung NC20 is a highly portable device that blurs the line between netbooks and laptops. In short, all these features at an attractive price makes Samsung NC20 one of the best all-round netbooks.

If you own this product or have seen it at a dealer's shop, do let us know your thoughts on Samsung NC20 and your experiences with it by commenting below.

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Windows Live Planet by Microsoft

After Bing, Microsoft has launched Windows Live Planet which is a new social networking site designed primarily to take on Orkut and Facebook. Windows Live Planet is similar to most of the other social networks, but is totally different in design and the User Interface as evident from the screenshot.

Windows Live Planet

Most of the features on Windows Live Planet are fast due to the use of AJAX. You can invite your friends from other social networks or directly email the invite. You can sign in to Windows Live Planet using your Hotmail / Windows Live. Windows live messenger is integrated with Live Planet, similar to Google Talk being linked with Orkut, and you will automatically get signed in to your messenger as soon as you login on this site.

The Scribble Pad is similar to Scrapbook feature in Orkut but each scribble can be up to 150 characters in length. It means they are even incorporating Twitter's features. So,

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Google Chrome OS What to expect

Google has already announced that it is going to build Google Chrome OS. This Operating System is being designed especially for small netbooks and notebooks. I don't think that one should expect it to be a Windows killer straight away. Possibly, not in the next 5 years. Here are some features you can expect in Google Chrome OS:

    Google Chrome OS
  1. Pre-Bundled with Google Desktop Search and other Google products.
  2. Serving contextual ads in every folder. :D
  3. Presence of the “I am feeling lucky”button. (How can you forget it!)
  4. All the Microsoft product will be marked as suspicious. :P
  5. Google Chrome OS will be in Beta stage till 2020 (or maybe even more) =))
    What features do you think it will have besides those mentioned above? Let us know via comments.

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    Saturday, July 11, 2009

    Download Norton AntiVirus 2010 and Norton Internet Security 2010 Beta With Activation Key

    Norton Internet Security 2010 And Norton AntiVirus  2010 is now available for public downloading, the new version is much faster and lighter then previous versions.

    New And Improved Features In NIS / NAV 2010 Public Beta includes:

       1. Performance Enhancements.
       2. Improved Norton Insight - Norton Insight now also provides information on prevalence, age, and runtime performance data.

       3. Now supports Windows 7 including Teredo and Home Groups.
       4. Download Insight is a new line of defense against the introduction of untrusted applications on your system. Download Insight monitors new application or installer downloads, automatically analyzes and classifies the application using the Quorum technology, and provides you with a trust rating for the application before allowing the application or installer to execute.
       5. Completely re-written SONAR behavioral protection technology.
       6. Power saving options are available that helps conserve battery power by only running non-critical when on AC power.
       7. Improved Silent mode now detects automatic detection of CD/DVD burning and media recording applications with options for user-defined applications that will trigger Quiet Mode.
       8. New Anti Spam engine now uses world’s leading Symantec Brightmail technology.

    Download Norton Internet Security 2010 And Norton AntiVirus 2010  public beta with 14 day free trial activation registration key here. You will receive your trial key by E-Mail.

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    Free upgrade to Windows 7 by HP and Lenovo

    Windows 7 is promising to be a much better update over Vista. Windows 7 is scheduled to ship October 22, 2009. Lenovo and HP, world’s biggest computer makers have started offering free Windows 7  upgrade to those who buy new PCs.  Lenovo will provide upgrades to Vista installed PC newly bought between June 26, 2009 and January 31, 2010 whereas HP recommends to visit their site for eligibility

    Otherwise, People with Vista or XP have to pay $119 and $199 respectively to upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium and Professional editions.

    HP's term and conditions for free upgrade to Windows 7 include:

    Your PC must be purchased between June 26, 2009 to January 31, 2010
    One of the following Windows Vista versions must be factory-installed on your PC:
        * Windows Vista Home Premium
        * Windows Vista Business
        * Windows Vista Ultimate
    Your PC must be on the Eligibility Models list

    Visit for more details,
    Lenovo website
    HP Website

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    Wednesday, July 08, 2009

    Google Chrome OS

    It has been just nine months since Google launched its web browser Google Chrome and here is another exciting announcement from Google. Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010.

    They even comment on Microsoft as:

    “However, the operating systems that browsers run on were designed in an era where there was no web.”
    Google Chrome OS is built to run on both x86 architecture chips and ARM chips, like the ones increasingly found in netbooks. It is also working with multiple OEMs to get the new OS up and running next year. Chrome OS will definately be lightweight and fast just like the browser itself and probably far better than Windows Vista, atleast!

    Chrome OS will be all about the web apps and no doubt HTML 5 is going to be a huge part of all of this. A lot of people are still wary about running web apps for when their computer isn’t connected to the web. But HTML 5 has the potential to change that, as you’ll be able to work in the browser even when not connected, and upload when you are again.

    Personally, I don't think Google Chrome OS will be a threat to Microsoft at the moment as Microsoft is already a big player in the market. But who knows what will happen when it is launched. Wake up Microsoft!

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    Monday, July 06, 2009

    Use Twitter to control PC

    With the increasing popularity of Twitter, it is finding many uses. Here is a complete new use of Twitter through which you can remotely control your PC. All you need for controlling your PC via Twitter is TweetMyPC.

    Installation and Usage
    • Download the setup file and Install.
    • Go to and create a new Twitter account for your PC (This is optional as TweetMyPC only responds for updates). This account will be used by TweetMyPC to monitor for new tweets
    • Start TweetMyPC and then fill in the login details. Wait for some time for the application to verify your login details.

     Here are some of its main features:
    # You can shutdown, lock, hibernate, or put the machine in standby.

    # Get a screenshot of your computer screen, and have it posted to Twitpic so that it can easily be viewed.

    # View and kill running processes.

    # Download files so that they are there when you get home.

    # Get a list of files inside of a directory on the computer.

    # Have it email you a document on your computer by providing the path. This only works with Gmail at the moment.

    TweetMyPC is a must have utility for any geek who wants to put their computer to work from the comfort of their phone.
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    Beware of Michael Jackson Virus

    After the death of the biggest pop artist Michael Jackson, the search for the term 'Michael Jackson' or 'Michael Jackson songs' has greatly increased on the web. The spammers are taking advantage of this and spreading malware and viruses over internet to capitalize on this trend.

    michael jackson

    Security researcher at Sophos have warned people against Jackson spam and viruses. This virus is spreading via email containing the subject line “Remembering Michael Jackson”. The email contains zip file claiming to have secret songs and photos of Michael Jackson. People download the file and their PCs get infected. The e-mail claims to come from

    This malware also spreads via USB devices. There is another email spreading viruses which claims to have the exclusive YouTube video of the last work of Michael Jackson.

    All the readers of TechacK should be very cautious and not open such kind of E-Mails.

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    Saturday, July 04, 2009

    Windows 7 Welcome screen for Windows Xp

    Windows XP users can now use this great looking Windows 7 Logon screen as their Welcome screen.

    • Go to C:\windows\resources
    • Create new folder and name it as Logon.
    • Now extract the Zip file in this folder.
    • Now go to widescreen or narrowscreen and copy the file “logonUI.exe” to Logon Folder.
    • Now run the setup.reg file and just logoff to see the effect.
    • Enjoy

    Download Windows 7 Logon Screen for XP

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    Friday, July 03, 2009

    Compare Google and Bing

    It has been just over a month now that Bing, the search engine from Microsoft was launched. You all must have given a shot to Bing. If you want to compare results from Bing and Google here are two websites which allow you to do so.

    Bing and Google

    Compare results from Bing and Google

    With you can have your search on both the search engines, Bing and Google, at a time and the results will be displayed side by side. This helps to compare the results and then you can decide which search engine you want to use.



    Compare results from Bing and Google

    Bingle allows to see both search engines results side by side and also switch to either of them with one click.

    Visit Bingle

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    Thursday, July 02, 2009

    Send Free Unlimited SMS from iPhone and iPod Touch

    iPhone and iPod Touch users can now send free unlimited SMS and group text messages. If you want to send free SMS worldwide without paying anything for this to your mobile service provider, you need to install TextPlus. TextPlus is a free application that connects your iPhone or iPod Touch with any available Wi-Fi network and allows you to send SMS for free.

    Free SMS for IPhone

    Another great advantage of TextPlus is that you can send SMS to anyone, they need not to use Apple products or install TextPlus. A must have app for all iPhone users.

    Download TextPlus and send free SMS from iPhone and iPod Touch

    Tuesday, June 30, 2009

    How To Open Files With Unknown File Extensions

    Many a times you might have received files with unknown file extensions or downloaded the files with extension for which you don’t have a corresponding software.

    A filename extension is a suffix to the name of a computer file applied to indicate the file format of its contents. While many file extensions like .txt, .doc, .xls, .png etc. are quite common on windows, many may not be aware of files with extensions such as .gan, .abt, .mpp and others.

    When you double click such files, it bring up the unknown file dialog box, where you can choose to pick a program from a list, by choosing the radio button “Select the program from a list” and clicking “OK”. But if none of the appropriate programs to open the file are listed, use which is extremely useful. is a database of free programs to open such unknown file extensions. It provides a desktop client that lets you search for free software that you can download, to open files of unknown file types.

    Download desktop tool

    After installing this tool, whenever you right-click on a file you’ll  find, “ – How do I Open This?”. Click that and the tool searches for a suitable free program to open it. An active internet connection is required. If the program you want to use isn’t already installed, click on the Download link and voila! The program will be downloaded.

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    Download iPhone 3.0 Firmware (Direct Links)

    Apple released the new firmware 3.0 version for iPhone and iPods few days ago.This newer version OS has been designed to add some extra features which makes it worth to upgrade to iPhone 3.0 Firmware.

    This firmware can be installed on all Apple iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch mobile phones.

    Key Features of Apple iPhone 3.0 Firmware

    • MMS integration
    • Copy paste functionality added
    • Search contacts, emails, music, notes, SMS using Universal Search feature
    • Voice memo feature to record anyone’s voice
    • Improved calender feature with (calDAV)
    • Autofill username and password fields on iphone Opera browser
    • Share internet connection with your laptop or PC using internet tethering
    • A2DP support added
    For a full list of features, check out the 100 new features in iPhone 3.0.

    Download iPhone 3.0 Firmware

    iPhone 2G OS Firmware 3.0
    iPhone 3G OS Firmware 3.0

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    Saturday, June 27, 2009

    Websites to find more Twitter friends

    Whether you are searching Twitter to find more people to follow or you want to search for your friends, whom you might have missed especially if they joined later on, these websites will surely be of great help:-

    twitter followers 1

    Many of you might have used it and would agree with me that using Twubble is very easy. Just visit Twubble and click "find some friends". Input your login details and Twubble will begin fetching a list of friends. The friends are ranked by how many of your friends are following them. You can follow your newly found friends rite from Twubble interface!

    Twits Like Me

    twits like me

    Twits Like Me helps you find other Twitter users who share your interests. Just, enter your username in the box provided and click "who is like me?". The service searches for other users who tweet about the same things you do.

    Twitter Local

    twitter followers 2

    Twitter Local is a nice service that helps you find people using Twitter in or around a certain area. TwitterLocal is an Adobe AIR based application that allows you to filter Tweets by location. Just enter a city, state or zip and the range of miles around the area to search and Twitter Local will display the latest tweets from that area. TwitterLocal AIR Client requires Adobe AIR version 1.5.

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    Download wallpapers

    As a follow up to my previous post on the images archive of here is a software which allows to you to download the high resolution wallpapers Bing.

    Bing wallpaper download

    Bing downloader is a small (~10K) application written in C# which can download images from and store in your local PC. All you need to do is just execute it everyday. In order to use Bing Downloader you need to have .NET Framework 3.5 installed.

    Download Bing Downloader

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    Wednesday, June 24, 2009

    Remove Orkut and Myspace Advertisements

    Most of you must be a regular user of Orkut and / or MySpace. From the past few weeks, you may have noticed that Orkut has started showing ads on top of the pages. If these advertisements irritate you a lot, here is a ultra-light plugin for Firefox that removes the advertising banner from Orkut and MySpace.

    Install Orkut and MySpace Advertising Remover! 1.0 (Firefox Only)

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    Track mobile number india

    The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has divided India  into various cellular zones. The first four digits of the Mobile number is called MSC code. MSC stands for Mobile Switching Centre which is the equivalent of a Exchange in Fixedline. Telecom Authority allocates MSC to each operator according to their requirements.

    You may want to track a mobile number just to know the operator and state name as some mobile operators offer Free Calls on the same network. Just visit wikipedia's webpage on Mobile telephone numbering in India to track any mobile number upto the level of its mobile operator and state (or zone). Alternatively, you may visit this website which claims to search over 76 crore Indian mobile number details and is frequently updated.

    Let us know your thoughts too on such services and other frequently updated website which offers tracking mobile number in India.

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    Monday, June 22, 2009

    How To Upgrade Windows 7 Beta To Windows 7 RC

    All Windows 7 Beta versions are expiring automatically on July 1, 2009 at 00:00 hrs. If you have not already upgraded it to Windows 7 RC, it’s time to upgrade quickly. Make sure you have downloaded Windows 7 RC ISO image. Here are the required steps for upgrading from Windows 7 Beta To Windows 7 RC:

    1. Extract the Windows 7 RC ISO file. You can use Winrar for this and save the extracted files on your hard disk. There is no need to burn the ISO file to any DVD.
    2. Navigate to the extraction folder and search for cversion.ini file.
    3. Open cversion.ini in notepad or any other text editor.
    4. Change the value of MinClient to a lower one. You can change it to 7000 from 7100.
    5. Save the changes and close that notepad file.
    6. Run the set up file and upgrad to RC without any problems.

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    Upload Files To The Multiple host For Free

    Gazup allows to upload your files to multiple file hosts simultaneously. Gazup provides three options of uploading your file:

    1. You can upload the file of maximum 100MB to their server directly.
    2. You can also remote upload service (maximum of 5 files each of 100 MB). If you want to upload Rapidshare files, you need to have your own premium account.
    3. You can upload the file via FTP server ( port 21).

    Once your file is uploaded, their server rapidly mirror your file to other file hosts. On completion it will provide you the links to all other webshost. files up to 200mb files up to 400mb files up to 400mb files up to 300mb files up to 100mb files up to 400mb files up to 400mb files up to 400mb

    Gazup even pays you for every unique upload. Try Gazup - Upload your files to Multiple hosts for Free

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    Sunday, June 21, 2009

    Remove Software Not Listed Under Add/ Remove Program

    It may happen many a times that you install a program and it doesn't show up under Add/ Remove Program in Windows XP. This problem can occur if the program you installed creates a registry key name that is longer than 60 characters in length. Add/Remove Programs only lists program names it locates up to the point it encounters this situation. Follow the steps given to solve the problem:

    1. Go to C:\Windows\Inf folder. In the right pane, scroll down to sysoc.inf. Open it with notepad. It will look like…

    2. The word "HIDE" in an entry hides that application from your Add/Remove Programs dialog box. To add Pinball to the Add/Remove menu, delete the word HIDE from its entry. Leave the commas that surround it.

    3. Save the file. Check for the new entries in the Add/Remove Programs dialog box after you restart your computer.

    Alternate Method (when the programs are not in sysoc.inf file)

    1. Right click the Program's shortcut/ Properties to gain the target path where the application folder is located. Delete the folder.

    2. Go to Start/Run/Msconfig/Startup and make sure it is not listed or checked there. If so, uncheck it.

    3. Remove the program listing from registry by going here: Start/Run/Regedit

    For items that were in the Start menu, Programs, Startup folder:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\MSConfig\startupfolder. You'll find a subkey for each disabled item.

    For items loaded from the Registry HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\MSConfig\startupreg. Again, you'll find a subkey for each disabled item.

    Again while in Regedit, navigate to this key:
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Applications. If the program is listed, right click, delete.

    4. Go to Windows Explorer/Tools/Folder Options/File Types. If the program file type is listed, either use Change or Delete.

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    100 new features in iPhone 3.0 has compiled a large list of over 110+ new feature in iPhone 3.0 software. Some of the new features of 3.0 firmware includes:


    1. Cut/Paste
    2. Copy/Paste
    3. Shake to undo/redo typing
    4. Text selection for easy mass deletion
    5. MMS
    6. Landscape keyboard in Notes
    7. Landscape keyboard in Mail
    8. Landscape keyboard in Messages
    9. Forward texts or picture messages
    10. Delete individual texts or picture messages

    11. Sending progress bar in Messages app moved to title instead of over the keyboard area (allows typing new message while the first one is sending)
    12. USB tethering
    13. Bluetooth tethering
    14. Stereo bluetooth (A2DP)
    15. Spotlight search (searches all app titles, mail, media, contact details, and calendar appointments)
    16. Search in Notes
    17. Search in Mail
    18. Search in iPod
    19. In-App purchases
    20. Option to have double clicking the home button go to the Spotlight Search

    You can read the full post Top 100 new features in iPhone 3.0 here.
    Let us know your thoughts too on this new features!

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    Saturday, June 20, 2009

    Twitter vocabulary for newbies

    Twitter has been popular for a long time but if you have joined in recently, you might be wondering what is RT, what are hashtags etc. as you see that people use them. Actually, there is a need to learn a whole new set of vocabulary in order to fully take advantage of the service. Here are a few terms which will guide the new tweeters.


    Someone who posts a message on Twitter.

    FTW - For the win
    Known more for a celebratory remark left at the end of the tweet, the acronym “FTW” is basically saying that something rocks, a person has come through in a clutch, or someone or something has saved the moment/day.

    RT - Retweet

    A retweet is basically tweeting someone’s previous tweet with @ symbol and his/her username. RTs are done because you find it interesting that you would like to share with your friends and followers. Attribution of the tweet to the original tweeter is needed.


    Hashtags are phrases or keywords that can be used to monitor who is saying what about a particular topic. Standards for hashtags are one word (#Conference) or multiple words strewn together without any spaces (#EventConferenceTheme).

    DM - Direct Message

    Direct messaging is the way on Twitter for you to send private messages. The only way to send DMs is if the recipient is following you & for them to respond with a DM, you would need to be following them.


    Fail is the slang term that can be used to mean that something or someone has failed to meet expectations. For example, going to see a movie or to an event with lot of expectations only to be disappointed? You might tweet your disappointment followed by the word “Fail”.

    Twitter handle

    This is the name that designates someone on Twitter. When someone asks what your Twitter handle is, this means they are asking for your username. For example, my twitter hand is techack.

    URL Shortener

    Since Twitter only allows 140 characters, every single character counts. URL Shortener allow you to post weblinks more efficiently and some will even offer tracking capability that you can see how many twitter followers click on the link. TinyURL, and are some famous URL Shorteners.

    If you have few other Twitter terms in your mind, do let me know via comments.

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    Download Microsoft Security Essentials (Morror) Anitvirus

    Recently Microsoft announced Microsoft Antivirus which is a free antivirus employed to fight against virus, trojans and malicious worms populating your Windows Computer. Though Microsoft didn’t release this security essentials (Code named as Morro Antivirus) but, there is a free download available for everyone – though not on the Microsoft website!

    Here are the links to Download the Morro Antivirus:

    Windows Vista and Windows 7 64-Bit: Download [Rapidshare] | Download [Direct Link]
    Windows Vista & Windows 7 32-Bit: Download [Rapidshare] | Download [Direct Link]  
    Windows XP 32-Bit: Download [Rapidshare] | Download [Direct Link]

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    Friday, June 19, 2009

    Mozilla Service Week

    Mozilla is celebrating the first ever Mozilla Service Week from 14th to 21st of September, 2009. The theme of the service week is to make a difference by using the Web for the betterment of the community. Mozilla believes that everyone should have the opportunity to know how to use the Internet and use it well.

    The goal is to empower people to:

  1. Teach senior citizens how to use the Web.

  2. Show a non-profit how to use social networking to grow its base of supporters.

  3. Install a wireless network at a school.

  4. Create Web how-to materials for a library’s computer cluster.

  5. Refurbish hardware for a local computer center. 

  6. Visit Mozilla Service Week Website.

    Bing Image Archive

    Long Zheng of istartedsomething has created an archive of the photographs that are used as Bing’s backgrounds. They are some of the best looking photos you’ll see.

    Created like a calendar, it archives the daily images from the United States version of Bing as well the international images. The US images also show the hotspots that are shown on the Bing homepage.

    A must website, if the photos used for Bing interest you or if you are a Big Bing Fan. Do check out the funny footer on the website  too!

    Visit Bing Image Archive

    Wikipedia As A Printed Book

    The English edition of Wikipedia Encyclopedia contains around 3 million articles as of now and if someone were to print the entire Wikipedia encyclopedia into a book, the size of that book would roughly be equivalent to 952 volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica.

    Rob Matthews, a student in UK has actually converted 0.01% of the Wikipedia encyclopedia into a printed book. See some pictures below:

    This Wikipedia book has some 5,000 pages and it’s a compilation of 400+ featured articles all picked from Wikipedia. The height of this book is about 1ft 7in.

    Thanks to Amit for the pictures.

    Thursday, June 18, 2009

    Unstoppable Copier recovers scratched CDs DVDs

    Unstoppable Copier is a nicy and small utitlity that recovers files from disks with physical damage. It allows you to copy files from disks with problems such as bad sectors, scratches or that just give errors when reading data. The program will attempt to recover every readable piece of a file and put the pieces together. Using this method most types of files can be made useable even if some parts were not recoverable in the end. The program is tiny, and it needs no installation.

    Download  Roadkil's Unstoppable Copier 3.56

    Update Portable Firefox

    HowToGeek has a nice tutorial telling how to update Firefox portable version using the regular .exe file from Mozilla.


    Double click the .exe file to get the install process started and click “Next”.

    Once the second window appears, you will need to select “Custom” and deselect “Use Firefox as my default browser”. Click “Next”.

    The third window will show the default install location for Firefox. Here you will need to click “Browse” and locate the home folder for your portable browser.

    Once you locate your portable browser’s home folder, you will need to browse deeper into it to find the location to install to. Look for and select the folder named “Firefox” located in the “App” folder. Click “OK”.

    The next window shows the options for shortcuts, deselect all three and click “Next”.

    The final window should only display the install location for your portable. Now you are are ready to install and have your portable Firefox updated to the newest version.

    Once you have finished installing the update, make certain to deselect “Launch Firefox now”. Click (or double-click) your portable Firefox shortcut and have fun!

    You can read the full post here along with the screenshots.

    Sunday, May 24, 2009

    Alternative Search Engines That Find What Google Can’t

    Kabir Chauhan has made a nice post mentioning 13 alternative Search Engines that can find information more efficiently than Google. Google  has become the standard search engine of virtually every web user today. In fact “to Google” is pretty much synonymous with “to search”. But that certainly doesn’t mean that other search engines can’t do a decent, if not better, job and this list has been compiled for just this reason.

    The three genres or categories are:
    • Music & Video
    • Files & Others
    • Recipes & Cooking
    Read the full post here

    Download Windows 7 IT Pro Guides

    Windows 7 IT Pro Guides is now available for download. These documents include:

    1) A What’s New in Windows 7 Guide, covering many new and changed Windows 7 features of interest to IT professionals, including DirectAccess, BranchCache and other networking technologies, VHD boot and other deployment technologies, and AppLocker, Biometrics, and other security technologies

    2) A Windows 7 Manageability Overview Guide, covering the manageability improvements that can reduce total cost of ownership by helping to increase automation, improve user productivity, and provide flexible administrative control to meet compliance technologies.

    Download Windows 7 IT Pro Guides [<1 MB]

    Sunday, May 17, 2009

    Download all Vodafone Zoozoo Ads

    Zoozoo ads have become really popular here in India. Such is the craze with Zoozoo that Vodafone ads are among the most watched videos on YouTube  and there are over 50,000 Zoozoo fans on Facebook.

    Vodafone has an IPL microsite for quizzes and contests where one can know the kind of Zoozoo he or she is as each Zoozoo character has a unique set of characteristics and traits allotted to it. Fans may also download wallpapers and screensavers from the Zoozoo microsite.

    Here is a link to download 24 Vodafone Zoozoo ads

    Download all Vodafone Zoozoo Ads

    Monday, May 11, 2009

    Enable Equalizer in Windows Media Player 12

    Windows 7 Beta or RC release come preloaded with Windows Media Player 12. Windows Media Player 12 has an enhanced graphical user interface and comes with some more built-in codecs. If you try it out in detail, you will notice that the equalizer and other enhancements settings have been repositioned.

    1. Open Windows Media Player 12 in Library View (Default View).
    2. Press Alt to get the menu, and navigate to View > Skin Chooser.
    3. Select ‘Revert’ skin from the skins list (left side) and press the “Apply Button” button.
    4. You can now see the “Graphic Equalizer” button at the bottom right of the skinned WMP12.
    5. Set the default equalizer options to whatever you like.
    6. In the Skin mode, just go to View-> Enhancements to get the enhancements.

    Wednesday, May 06, 2009

    Download Windows 7 RC

    Windows 7 RC is finally available for download from official Microsoft website for free. Though you can freely use Windows 7 RC (Release candidate) till March 1 2010. This gives users enough time to test drive Windows 7, which is surely looked forward to as a good Vista Replacement.

    Minimum system requirements
    • 1GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor
    • 1GB of RAM
    • 16GB of disk space (or 20GB for 64-bit users)
    • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
    If you want to run the Window XP mode in Windows 7, Microsoft recommends a PC with a minimum of 2GB of memory and 15 GB of additional disk space.

    Download Windows 7 RC