Password Protect Google Chrome
 
Simple Startup Password is an addon for Google Chrome browser that blocks unauthorized people from using your browser. Just go to the extensions gallery of Google Chrome and install the Simple Startup Password add-on for your browser.



After installing the add-on go to Settings -> Tools ->Extensions. There look for Simple Startup Password and click on Options. Set a password for your browser and done. Now every time you start your Google Chrome browser it will ask you for the password and if you fail to give the correct password your browser will be closed.

You can get this add on from Google Chrome’s extensions gallery.
Link : Simple Startup Password for Google Chrome

In case you forget your password there is no option to recover it. You will have to reinstall the browser.
Pin A Drive in Win 7 Taskbar

This is a really very useful but simple trick. Many of you might already be knowing this. Those who don’t know can read on. Follow the steps given below to pin any of your drives to taskbar.   

  1. Right click on your desktop and create a new folder. Name it as anyname.exe.
  2. Now drag and drop this folder to Taskbar.
  3. Right click on the new Taskbar icon. Right Click on the name of the folder. Select Properties.
  4. In the properties window, under the shortcut tab, change the target value with any drive you want. For eg. if you want to set it to ”D” drive and then type “D:\” and press ok.

Note : You can change the name in the General Tab.

Windows Media Player 11 Keyboard Shortcuts

Hey all you Windows Media Player users out there – looking for some keyboard shortcuts? Well, load up WMP 11, open a video and follow along, because here’s a bevvy of them to try out!

Switch to full mode – CTRL+1
Switch to skin mode – CTRL+2
Switch to the first view in a media category – CTRL+7
Switch to the second view in a media category – CTRL+8
Switch to the third view in a media category – CTRL+9
Play the previous item – CTRL+B
Move the focus to the search box in the library – CTRL+E
Play the next item – CTRL+F
Turn shuffle on or off – CTRL+H
Eject CD or DVD (won’t work on PCs with two or more CD or DVD disc drives installed) – CTRL+J
Show or hide the Menu Bar (full mode only) – CTRL+M
Create a playlist – CTRL+N
Open a file – CTRL+O
Play or pause a file – CTRL+P
Stop playback – CTRL+S
Rewind video – CTRL+Shift+B
Turn subtitles on or off – CTRL+Shift+C
Fast-forward – CTRL+Shift+F
Play faster than normal speed – CTRL+Shift+G
Play at normal speed – CTRL+Shift+N
Play slower than normal speed – CTRL+Shift+S
Repeat the playlist – CTRL+T
Specify either a URL or path of a file – CTRL+U
Close or stop playing a file – CTRL+W


Command prompt to reveal Hidden Files
Some viruses leave behind nasty side effects, even when your antivirus program has cleaned the actual virus from your computer. If your desktop icons are missing and your C: drive appears blank, don’t panic — your files haven’t gone permanently AWOL. Common viruses, such as the Windows 7 Recovery virus, will hide your files in an attempt to coerce you into paying for the virus’s removal. When you view your desktop or click on your C: drive, it may appear that all of your files have been deleted, but they haven’t — the virus has simply hidden them. You can restore them easily using a simple command prompt trick that works in Windows XP, Vista and 7.

Click the Start button in the lower left corner of your task bar. Type cmd in the search box at the bottom of the menu and press Enter. If you’re using Windows XP, click Run and type cmd into the Run box.

Type attrib -s -h -r c:/*.* /s /d and press Enter to execute the command. The command prompt window should look like this after you’ve typed the command:




Allow the command to finish executing (it may take a few minutes). When it’s done, close the command prompt window and check your desktop — your files, hidden by the virus, have been restored. You can use the same trick to restore files the virus may have hidden on other drives, including removable storage such as flash drives and external hard drives; just change the drive letter in the command above to the drive letter of the storage device with the hidden files.

How to Zip

Posted: December 1, 2011 in How to, Tips and Tricks, Vista, Windows, Windows 7, XP
How to Zip

Say you have many files that all need to be e-mailed, but you don’t want to add them one by one and you don’t think all of them will be within the recipient’s e-mail size limits.

What do you do then ? Why zip ‘em up, of course!

So….here is how to do it in a flick of a second ………

Browse to the folder where the files you want to zip are at. Now highlight the files by either drawing a box around them or by holding the Ctrl key and selecting each of them. Once you have all of the ones you want to zip up highlighted, Right-Click one of them, go down to “Send to” and choose “Compressed (zipped) folder”.



Like magic, your highlighted files will appear in one convenient package. If you don’t like the name Windows gives your zipped folder, just rename it!

If you don’t want to use the built-in Windows zip utility, there are also third-party programs like WinZip and WinRar, that have more features, like the ability to set the compression size and file extension.
Start Internet Explorer 9 in Private Mode


For all you Internet Explorer 9 users out there, how would you like to learn a quick trick so that every time you start IE, it runs in Private mode right from the start ?

What we’re going to do is create a desktop shortcut for IE and set a switch to make it start in InPrivate mode. So, right-click on your desktop, select New and choose Shortcut.



Now, if you’re using a 32 bit version of Windows, copy this text and put it in the path box:

“C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe” -private



For those out there running 64 bit windows, you have to change it a bit. Use this line:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe -private



Notice that in both cases we put -private after the quoted path.


When you’re done, hit Next, give your shortcut a name and you’re good to go.

Note: if you get an error while inputting this path, you might have a different version of windows and should try the other path.

Auto-Complete commands in Win 7 Command Prompt


Did you know that there’s a way to auto complete a path or file name in the Windows 7 Command Prompt? 
 
Here’s how!

Open a Command Prompt by clicking Start, then typing cmd in the Search Box. Right Click the Command Prompt icon in the results that appear and select Run as Administrator.



In the Command Prompt window, type in the change directory command, like this:



Now hit the Tab key.



*Poof* -the path is completed!

If you keep pressing the Tab key, the Command Prompt will put forth the next applicable file or folder that’s consistent with what you’ve typed so far.
 
Note: This may not work if you don’t open the prompt as Administrator
What are Pen Flicks in a Touch screen Laptop


I think the reason people love touch screens is because of how natural the hand gestures feel. For example, to scroll down a document, it feels better to just swipe down instead of pressing a little arrow key. If you’re looking to bring some of these intuitive gestures to your Windows computer, then might I humbly recommend that you enable Pen flicks.

To utilize pen flicks, your computer must be touch screen, or your laptop’s trackpad must support gestures. If you have a graphics tablet, then that will also allow pen flicks as well.

Begin by pressing the Start button, and selecting Control Panel.

Select the Classic view, and double click Pen and Input Devices.

Now choose the Flicks tab, and check the box labeled Use flicks to perform common actions quickly and easily.

Now you have two options: the navigation flicks, or the navigational flicks with editing. I personally prefer the latter, as it allows me to copy and paste with ease. Choose the option that best suits you, and of course, you can always change this setting.

If you select Customize, you can hand select what action a flick in a certain direction will perform. If you’d like to add a custom keyboard shortcut, just select the add option. For example. I made it so that a downward flick will close the program using the keyboard shortcut Alt+F4.

Finally, one last setting I’d like to bring to your attention is the flick sensitivity. If you find that you have to repeat a gesture several times before Windows recognizes it, then you should make the sensitivity more relaxed. However, if you find gestures are occurring by accident, than you should move the slider to the precise setting.

I hope this setting makes your computer feel a little bit more natural. Enjoy!

Network problems and Command Prompt


You don’t have to be an IT expert to troubleshoot pesky network and Internet connection problems. All you need is the Command Prompt utility. Any computer users familiar with MS-DOS and Windows 3.1 recognize it. Well, that utility hasn’t gone away; it’s still around, just hidden in the background.

Here’s how to access it, and how to troubleshoot basic network problems from your computer.

Press the Windows key on your keyboard. Type the text cmd in the search box – in XP this is called “Run” – and press Enter.

Basic rule of troubleshooting: always start with the closest possible source. You need to check your own computer for network connectivity first. Type ping 127.0.0.1 and press Enter. Your Command Prompt window should look like this if your computer’s network card has no problems:




You’ve just sent four requests for dummy data to your computer’s “loopback” IP address and it (hopefully) replied to each one. An IP address is a unique tag for your computer that tells the server where to send data; the loopback address is used for testing your computer’s network card. If there were intermittent problems or if your card were completely non-functional, the ping would have experienced some loss.

The next step up the chain is your default gateway, which is in most cases the network router. Any data entering or exiting the network has to pass through the router. To diagnose the router, you need to ping its IP address. Type ipconfig at the command prompt and look for the entry next to “Default Gateway.”



Now, ping your router the same way you pinged the loopback address: type ping . In this example, you’re pinging the default gateway at 10.0.0.1. If the connection between your computer and the router is strong and stable, all four of your data packets should get a response. If not, your router has connectivity problems. As a note, wireless connections are prone to drop signal, so keep that in mind when working with a wireless router.


Let’s say you’ve tested your computer and router and that everything checks out, but you still can’t connect to a webpage. So, perform the ping test on it. Let’s use Yahoo! for an example:



Yahoo! works. Just to be sure, do another ping test, this time to Google:



Google’s homepage checks out. If you were able to ping two remote sites successfully, you don’t have a problem with your network or Internet connection.

What is 32 Bit and 64 Bit – Explained

In one context, 32-bit and 64-bit refers to how a CPU (computer processor) handles information. These terms also indicate the number of bits that comprise a single data element (for example, a pixel in an image). In that case, when dealing with resource hogging data like images, audio, or video, there is a distinct advantage to a 64-bit system. However, when writing emails or text documents, the benefits of 64-bit may be less apparent.

What is a bit?

A bit (short for binary digit) is the smallest unit of digital information, represented by either 0 or 1. Arranging a series of bits in sequence creates a binary math language that the processing chips can understand. As a result, CPUs are identified by their ability to process these sequences (32-bit or 64-bit). Eight consecutive bits in such a sequence equals a byte (short for binary term). Large numbers of bytes are then combined to create kilobytes, megabytes, gigabytes, terabytes, etc.

Not confusing enough?

The terms, 32-bit and 64-bit indicate the width of the registers, which are storage areas within the computer. The registers can contain either the address location in the computer memory where data is stored, or the data itself. All computer data is processed using information represented in these registers.

Each instruction (the most basic computer command) can process the number of bits indicated in the registers. So, a 64-bit machine processes a 64-bit width register with each instruction. Likewise, a 32-bit machine processes a 32-bit width register per instruction. While it would seem that a 64-bit processor would naturally be faster, the number of instructions executed per cycle (the fundamental unit of time measurement in a device) indicates actual processing speed, so that may not always be the case.

It’s the combination of hardware and software elements which make up the computer architecture that determines processing speed. This will be discussed in part two of this series, where we’ll take a more in-depth look at processors, memory, and how hardware and software interact to improve (or–if not correctly balanced–reduce) overall performance.

Speed

Processing speed, referred to as clock speed, is generally measured in megahertz (MHz) which amounts to one million cycles per second, or gigahertz (GHz) equaling one billion cycles per second.

A computer’s architecture is a significant contributor to that processing speed, so CPUs (computer processors) with the same clock speed may not perform functions at the same rate. While a fixed number of clock cycles is required for each command (instruction), a faster clock will execute more instructions per second, and the machine will perform those instructions more quickly.

However, clock cycles (or clock ticks), like so many other terms in this bewildering lexicon jungle, is a term with multiple meanings. On one hand, a clock cycle is as described above, the relative speed of a processor, but it also refers to the internal system clock, which always runs at 66 MHz (66 million clock ticks per second). So, more powerful CPUs can execute instructions more rapidly than their less sophisticated counterparts, while still displaying the same number of units per cycle.

Memory

While the clock speed of the CPU is the primary indicator of processing capability, RAM (Random-Access Memory) also plays a significant role in performance. When a CPU requests information from the hard drive, it’s put into RAM, where it can be accessed with greater efficiency. But, if the memory (RAM) isn’t sufficient, the information may have to be returned to the hard drive before the next request can be answered, thereby slowing overall performance.

Hardware and Software

Hardware and drivers (the software that controls the hardware) must match the device’s system type, and this should be a primary consideration when upgrading a 32-bit system.

What all this means is that, with each operation, 64-bit processors can handle bundles of information that are twice the size of those processed by 32-bit systems, and the speed at which these bundles are delivered is determined by the overall balance of system resources (RAM, processors, etc.). In researching this article, I was directed to an analogy of a two lane highway that had been converted to a four lane highway to relieve bottlenecks. But, while that’s a good comparison, the benefit is more than just a method of efficiently moving traffic. 64-bit is not just an increased amount of data per bundle, it’s also higher quality data, as images, audio, and video files comprised of 64-bit elements are richer, with more depth and texture, than those made up of 32-bit elements.

The next and final part of this article, How to Determine if a System is 64-Bit Capable, will explain how to tell whether a system is 32-bit or 64-bit, and whether upgrades are possible (or practical).

I hope this has been as enlightening to read as it was to write.