Make Windows Translucent

You can make your program windows transparent in Windows 2000 or late versions, using a very lite freeware known as Glass2k. Transparent windows are helpful to me and gives a good geeky appearance to Windows Desktop.glass2k properties You can download glass2k from here, it does not need to be installed, you can simply double click to start it, whenever you’ll right click on any window, it will ask you to set its transparency. It is very easy to use software and it is also having a feature to set any windows on top, according to your choice.



Productivity Tip:- You can use glass2k in way to increase your productivity, as it will prevent you switching between windows, and you can do two works at time, like I keep browsing my computer by making explorer windows transparent and watching through my e-mail account. You can check out the screenshot below-

 

Transparent Window Example

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Organize your Desktop in 2 Minutes

I have not re-formatted my PC since last month and it is becoming amazingly messed by large amount of desktop. Some of you might have same problem, like me…. But today I’ve got the time to Organize all that Desktop mess, and I found it very easy to implement. It took just 2 minutes to Organize my desktop in much better way. Let me guide you through the process of organizing your Windows Desktop. Just follow the following steps-


  • Identify the type, categories in which you can divide your desktop.In my case, I’ve divided my desktop mess as Images, Applications, Games, and others.
  • Create new blank folders on desktop, and name them as categories of your choices.
  • Now just start sorting out files by type and move them into various folders according to their categories.Messed Desktop
  • Right click on Taskbar and go to Toolbars, click New Toolbar. This will open folder browsing menu. Select your categories folder, and add them on your taskbar, one by one.
  • Now, select the categories folder, and mark them as hidden, to make desktop more cleaner.
  • To make it more cleaner than ever you can also remove the recycle bin.

Now your desktop must look much cleaner than before… and something like as shown below.

Organized Desktop

Everything is under categorized menu. I’ve added my video of cleaning up my desktop mess. Check it out below-

Delete Recycle Bin from Windows Desktop

I do not use Recycle Bin at all, I use to delete files permanently by using shortcut Shift + Delete.Run So, Recycle Bin is just a kind of Desktop mess to me… If you are also the one who do not use Recycle bin and want to clear it out, the just follow the following steps to remove Recycle bin.

  • Press Windows Key + R.  This will open Windows Run Dialog box.
  • Write in regedit and press enter.
  • Navigate to following key-
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerDesktopNameSpace
  • Find and delete the following key in Namespace folder
    {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}
    Remove Recycle Bin

And…You are done, with deleting of Recycle Bin from Windows Desktop. Now, if you want to restore it back, then, just create a new key of the same name, you deleted earlier. Its very easy… Just give it a try… Try deleting your recycle bin, and be a starStar in your friends.
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Disable Annoying Windows Error Reporting

error-report Windows error reporting is made to support Microsoft to improve the bugs found in OS, but sometimes this error reporting causes annoyance. This problem I was facing for last so many days…, getting error report message whenever I exit from my favorite DOS based game Dave. It also happens with some soft wares too…. So, I got to remove this and used my ultimate tool “Google Search”Happy

I found that there are two methods of removing the Annoyance caused by error reporting, the one is Registry Editing Based (Advanced Method), and other is Non Registry based (Easy Method). I’ll explain the easy method first-

  • Right click on My Computer Icon on desktop. properties-page
  • Click Properties.
  • Click on Advanced Tab in System Properties page.
    advanced
  • Then click on Error Reporting.
  • Select Disable Error Reporting to Disable it
  • Do not select notify for critical errors if you do not want to see error reporting message, ever again…

Other method of getting rid of this Windows Error Reporting is use of Windows Registries directly, I’ve made a registry file, which when added to registry, will disable Error Reporting in Microsoft Windows XP, click here to download the registry file (ErrorReporting.reg).

Just double-click ErrorReporting.reg and click on yes to merge the registry information, and you will be free from Windows Error Reporting message.

click-yes

ErrorReporting.reg

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Create Dummy Folder and Protect Pen Drive from Viruses

The protection of pen drive from viruses,trojans etc. is a matter of utmost importance as they carry a lot of useful stuff in a small space. But if you are using your pen drive on public computers there are high chances that you can caught by viruses. So what will you do? Read this post for the best possible solution that I found while surfing on net.

Well the basic concept that why virus attack the pen drives is that they contain some amount of free space which makes the virus to attck and copy itself in the drive and harm the executable files. So we are going to use only this concept, that is, we will fill up all the space with a dummy file. To do this, you have to use a command known as fsutil. To know more about this command, click here.
                                       FOR WINDOWS XP USERS

  • Know the free space of your pen drive by right clicking–> properties.
  • The highlighted rectangle is your free space.
  • Then open the command prompt and write the following code

    fsutil file createnew J:Dummy 1440182272.

    (NOTE: You must change the drive letter and space according to you)

  • The file will be created and you will see the following in the command prompt.

                                              FOR VISTA USERS

If you are following the above steps then you are bound to get an error message that administrator privilages are required.


To avoid this just run the command prompt as an administrator by right clicking it.

Reduce your Typing Effort by Using Texter

Texter is an AutoHot key script made by LifeHacker.com. It is a very great tool for all bloggers and also good to try out for some of the people, who feels lazy about typing. You can get the download link and more details about how to use this software at LifeHacker website.
From here you can get its source code as well as an installation package.

I’ve made a short video on how to add a string to Texter, you can see that here.


As a blogger, it is very usefull for me to create a list of HTML codes or permalinks to automatically get prased whenevr I’ll type their corresponding abbrevations.
Links : Product Homepage | Using Texter | Installation File | Portable Texter

Convert an Ebook to Audio Book

Now in this Electronic going world, people are shifting towards E-books and Audio books, as they are portable and available Free on site such as Project Gutenberg. Recently , I was reading some E-book and found that it will effect my I eyes, as I was watching it on my PC. So, I thought of a way to convert an E-book to Audio book and Googled it out.
I found that a small utility “TextAloud” from NextUp will do my work, it is used to convert an eBook to an Audio Book and that can be put into mobile or a player and listened any where, the most portable way..


Links :- NextUp | TextAloud | Get Free eBooks

Change folder’s Background in Windows XP

I am going to post a trick, which many of you may be interested to know that how to change background of a Folder in Windows XP. After much Googling on this topic I’ve found two ways one is related to coding, so it is recommended to advanced users and the other way is by using a simple software which anyone can easily use.
I am posting the most convenient way over here. For this you need to get a software named “SodaBush Windowpaper XP”. It is a freeware and you can get it from its Official Web-site’s download page
Click Here to get it (4MB)
It requires .NET Framework 2. After getting this Software you can select the folder and change its background whatever you would like to have.

Preview




You can now be able to change from your old boring white background to your own Custom Background. The background image can be bmp , gif or jpg.
I’ve posted a short video which explains how the changes are done. Here is that Video . Enjoy!!

Now Video Chat through GMail

Google has recently introduced a new Video Chat service in GMail, using this service now users can nt only do voice chat but can also do video chat in GMail itself. For now this service is only released for Windows Platform. This is a free Web-based service.




A webcam and small web browser plug-in are required to use the video chat. Users who do not have a webcam will still be able to chat with friends by voice. To get the plug-in click here
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