Bring Back Desktop Icons That Are Gone, Missing or Disappeared

June 16th, 2008

Occasionally a user will accidentally click on wrong place and all their desktop icons will be gone. They won’t be able to find the icons anywhere on the desktop. All their My Computer and My Documents shortcuts will be missing and even their recycling bin will be gone. They will be left with a plain background or a wallpaper.

It is easy to bring them back! Simply right click on your desktop, go to Arrange Icons By and then select Show Desktop Icons.

Show Desktop Icons

Wait several seconds and your desktop icons will be back.

Install Windows Vista Cursors in XP

June 15th, 2008

Windows Vista has one of the best selection of cursors compared to other popular operating systems. Windows XP users can now have that same clear-cut cursors of Windows Vista on their system. Windows Vista’s cursors are anti-aliased, the edges are much more softer, and animated. The loading cursors changes to a cursor with an animated circle.

Popular Windows Vista Cursors

To install, download the Aero Cursors package.

Unzip the files, right click install.ini and select install.

Windows XP Cursor Install

Go to Start, Control Panel and select Mouse. Navigate over to Pointers tab.

Under scheme, select Aero Cursors (Alphablended).

Mouse Properties under Control Panel

Click OK and you are done. Cheers!

How to Delete a File That Won’t Delete

June 6th, 2008

Whenever you try to delete a file that is being used at the time, you will get this error in Windows XP: “Cannot delete [file name]: It is being used by another person or program. Close any programs that might be using the file and try again.” Below is a screenshot of “Error Deleting File or Folder”.

error deleting file or folder

Usually closing the folder or file you are using and then retrying to delete the file or folder works. But some files, for instance from Desktop, won’t delete no matter what you try. They will keep giving you the error telling the file or folder is being used by another person or program.

The solution is the Remove on Reboot Shell Extension which is a straightforward shell extension that will automatically remove the files you select after a reboot.

remove on next reboot

Simply download the application and install it. Then just right-click any file you want to delete, select the option “Delete on Reboot” and the file will automatically be deleted on the next system reboot.

How to Transfer Movies or Video files into iPod

December 28th, 2007

iPod Video ConverterSo you got a new Apple iPod that has the ability to play videos? That’s great! To transfer or load video files onto your iPod, you first need a converter that will resize and compress the video into a smaller size to fit into your iPod and have the best screen optimization.

There are only few free softwares out there that will convert the video files for you. My favorite is Videora iPod Converter. This software will do just about anything. You can rip a movie from DVD or simply take a video file from Youtube and then convert it in few easy steps. However, you will need DVD Decrypter to rip the movies from DVD first. It works for iPod Classic, iPod Nano, iPod Touch, iPhone and iPod Video. Once you get the converted file, you need to use Apple iTunes to transfer the compatible video onto your iPod.

Paid softwares such as DVDFab Platinum and Xilisoft iPod Video Converter offer more features and file formats but they are unnecessary in most cases. Videora converts the file just as easy and for free.

Apple iPhone Users Egilible for Free 5GB Storage Service

June 27th, 2007

The web service SeeFile, which is designed for sharing media files, unveils its service for Apple’s iPhone with a free 5GB storage service. The web site is specifically designed for Apple iPhone’s 480×320 touchscreen. The graphics and theiPhone Storage Service compact layout of the site is tailored to be easily navigable by Apple’s Safari web browser included in the iPhone. To ensure the highest compatibility, the service uses AJAX Web 2.0 recommendations for “iPhone-friendly” and it incorporates no Java code or Flash in the service.

The storage service hosts PDFs, Photos, Quictime videos and other file formats. It automatically generates a thumbnail of each and every file uploaded. Users can also order photo prints from the storage service with one-click ordering. SeeFile also supports multiple browsers from PC and Mac such as Firefox and Internet Explorer.

Users who want to run this service from their own computer can buy a software that is identical to SeeFile’s service. It offers the ability to access more media files such as videos, music, photos, and PDFs stored on remote location. You can buy both the software and compatible server to run the service from your own home for $995. The web service will go public on June 29th at 4PM Eastern Daylight Time.

How to Install Pidgin in Ubuntu

June 26th, 2007

On May 4, the developers of Gaim Internet Messenger announced Pidgin as a new name for Gaim because of the previous legal conflicts with AOL regarding naming conventions. The new release with the name change also offered new functionality and new features. The Pidgin project is now split into three ideas. The Finch text-mode client previously known as Gaim-text, the libpurple library which is the main component of this project and the Pidgin GUI client.

The latest version of Ubuntu, Feisty Fawn, released on April 19, 2007 has the older Gaim Internet Messenger Installed. To download the latest version of Pidgin, follow this instructions:

Open your terminal and type in:

wget http://download.ubuntu.pl/_Feisty_Fawn/pidgin/pidgin_2.0.0-1_i386.deb

Install .deb packages using the following command

sudo dpkg -i pidgin_2.0.0-1_i386.deb

You can access Pidgin by going to Applications and the Internet Category. Pidgin supports a total of 14 InstantPidgin Ubuntu Messengers which includes Bonjour, Groupwise, IRC, AIM, Gadu-Gadu, ICQ, MSN, SILC, Sametime, Yahoo!, QQ, SIMPLE, XMPP (Jabber), and Zephyr. Another one to join the list is MySpaceIM as it is on the Pidgin’s Google Summer of Code (SoC) projects.

Internet Explorer 8 Beta to be Released the Year End

June 26th, 2007

Internet Explorer 8 betaMicrosoft has hinted TheHotfix.net about Internet Explorer 8 Beta release later this year. No specific release date was given by Microsoft and very little is known about its upcoming enhancements and features. However, Microsoft reported month ago about its future releases will focus more on CSS, AJAX, microformats and RSS.

Furthermore, Microsoft announced its first release of Internet Explorer 8 Beta will be made available in conjunction with Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) which will be shipped by the year end. The specific release date of the Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) is also unknown.

Windows XP users will enjoy the continuing mainstream support for Internet Explorer 8 until April 2009. The release of the Internet Explorer 8 will be similar to Internet Explorer 7. A total of 2 versions will be released of which one will be built on security settings for Vista and the other will be built on the settings for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Service Pack 3 (SP3).

Microsoft Extends Xbox Warranty

December 24th, 2006

The original Xbox 360 video game console had 90-days U.S. and Canadian warranty limit. Recently Microsoft Corp. has planned to extend the warranty to one year which will make it consistent with warranty offered in other counXbox 360 Warrantytries and match the one-year warranty offered by other video game console companies: Wii by Nintendo Co. and the PlayStation 3 by Sony Corp.

Both the present and future owners of the Xbox 360 gaming console are eligible for the warranty. Xbox 360 customer can get reimbursed for paid repair bills given that they’ve owned the console for less than one year. This fall, Microsoft was sued since some Xbox 360 consoles were damaged from an online update.

Free Opera Browser for Nintendo Wii

December 20th, 2006

Nintendo Wii With OperaA free trial copy of the Opera Web browser will be available for Nintendo Wii console starting Friday. The full and final version of the Opera Web browser will be released by March 2007. Users can download the Opera browser for free until June 2007. After that date, a user can download the Opera Web browser through the Wii Shop Channel for 500 Wii points.

By introducing these kind bonus features, Nintendo hopes to promote its new console which has already sold over 100,000 units in United Kingdom. The new Internet Channel powered by Opera will accompany the Disc Channel, the Mii Channel, the Wii Shop Channel and the Forecast Channel.

Nintendo claims Wii is the perfect console for people of all ages and family since it offers excellent services and entertainment.

Microsoft Word Flaw Investigated

December 7th, 2006

Copies of Microsoft Office Word sold between 2000 through 2006 are infected with a contemporary security flaw which allows malicious hackers to seize control of users’ PCs through an email with a Word document attached.

On Tuesday, Microsoft Corp. issued a security advisory about the possible threat. Security “advisory” is considered less urgent threat compared to other security notification but the attacks are being investigated by the company.

Microsoft Word Microsoft Office Word 2007, currently designed for businesses, is not exposed to malicious attacks. The company has not released a patch to address the problem as of Wednesday. A user can be a victim if he or she opens a Word document attachment in the e-mail. It is recommended that users refrain from opening or saving unknown attachments, even if it is from a friend.