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Monday, June 30, 2008

How to easily overcome the "Access Denied" Error / Warning Message in Windows Vista


Most of the times when we try to open a few windows folder like Document and Settings in Windows Vista you may get an error message as “Access Denied”. This is a common error message in Windows Vista and there is a very simple method to overcome this error.

The reason the error message pops-up is due to the fact that you don't have enough permissions to view the contents of the folder. Well, you will need to change ownership of this folder to gain access.

Here's how you do it:
  • Right Click on the Folder and Open "Properties".
  • In the Security option select the Advanced tab and click the Edit button.
  • Now you can easily change ownership to your account by highlighting your account and also selecting replace ownership to sub containers and apply changes.
Done. You'll have access to the folder. But the only catch here is that your account must have "Administrative" privileges to do the above operations.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

How to easily Install any Firefox 2.0 extension on Firefox 3.0?


Firefox 3.0 was launched recently - Incase any of you have missed on getting the faster and meaner Firefox, head straight to the Official website and download the 7.3 MB download.

Well, I recently did this and was surprised to see most of my Firefox extensions of 2.0 not working in the new Firefox 3.0. The only exception was DownloadThemAll (or DTa as it is popularly called). As usual, I have a trick on my sleave to get across with this problem. Though this method is not fool proof - but in my case it worked without a blip.

Here are the steps you need to follow:
1. Download the .xpi file of the extension (You can use Internet Explorer for this)
2. Rename the downloaded file .zip from the .xpi
3. Now open the new zip file using WinZip / WinRar or any other file compression software.
4. Inside the zip - Open the install.rdf in edit mode
5. Locate and Replace 2.0.0.* by 3.* in Mozilla Firefox section.
6. Save the .rdf file and rename zip archive back to .xpi
7. Now Install the extension.(Double click the .xpi file and open in Firefox)

It works as expected. All the very Best!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Now SysInternals tools available at an Internet Website near you


Well, if you're a fan of the Sysinternals tools like me - then you have great news. You can check out the beta of Sysinternals Live - a cool service that makes it easy for you to execute Sysinternals tools directly from the Web without hunting for and manually downloading them. That's simply wonderful as I use ProcessMonitor, FileMonitor , etc to maximum use and go hunting for it if I'm at a colleague's desk.

You can now simply enter a tool's Sysinternals Live path into Windows Explorer, or at the command prompt as \\live.sysinternals.com\tools\, or view the entire Sysinternals Live tools directory in a browser.

Now's that's what I call some wishful thinking for the Developer community.

Monday, June 16, 2008

How about running 27 Copies of Windows Vista Enterprise SP 1 on a single Windows Server 2008


Well, Microsoft to my knowledge has never - ever contested the fact that Windows Vista's hardware requirements made the latest Windows OS as resource hungry, but at the same time, on the contrary Microsoft did point out that, given the right system, the platform would deliver quite a performance.

And what is mean't by performance in the Microsoft World- Well Keith Combs a Microsoft IT Pro Evangelist has a good explanation and quite a lot of fun experimenting on the same. Combs managed to get 28 Windows operating systems running simultaneously on the same machine. The 28 Windows operating systems consisted of a whooping 27 copies of Windows Vista Enterprise Service Pack 1 on a single Windows Server 2008.

"Twenty Seven Windows Vista Enterprise SP1 Virtual Machines executing courtesy of Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V. All of this is running on a single laptop, Lenovo ThinkPad T61p with 8GB of Kingston memory," Combs explained.

That's really superb - Hope the guys over the fence are hearing too.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

List of Free SMS services in India


Today while chatting with my colleague I came across a huge list of FREE SMS services in India. When I say it FREE you will need to pay only for the First SMS that you send to 98453 98453.

The regular SMS updates that you receive from now onwards is absolutely free

» Astrology
sms START to 9845398453
eg. sms START LIBRA to 9845398453

» Bible
sms START BIBLE to 9845398453

» Love Tips
sms START LOVE to 9845398453

» Jokes
sms START JOKES to 9845398453

» Cricket
sms START CRI to 9845398453

» News
sms START NEWS to 9845398453

» Sensex
sms START SENSEX to 9845398453

» Bollywood
sms START BOLLYWOOD to 9845398453

» Gandhi
sms START GANDHI to 9845398453

» Gita
sms START GITA to 9845398453

» Manager
sms START MANAGER to 9845398453

» Sales Tips
sms START SALESTIPS to 9845398453

» Career
sms START CAREER to 9845398453

» Home
sms START HOME to 9845398453

» Mumbai Deals
sms START MUMDEALS to 9845398453

» Quiz
sms START QUIZ to 9845398453

» Word
sms START WORD to 9845398453

» Quotes
sms START QUOTES to 9845398453

» Buddha
sms START BUDDHA to 9845398453

Just in case you get bugged and want to stop the updates, sms STOP to 9845398453
Well, as said before this service is for Indian residents only.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

The new Desktop Quick Launcher - Winstep Xtreme 8.5 with new icon reflection effect has been released


The new version of Winstep Xtreme has been released recently and it is a complete integrated Desktop Environment, composed by the next generation of NextSTART ( skinnable Start Menu/Task bar replacement.), WorkShelf (desktop replacement, program launcher), NeXuS (advanced docking system), and a font browser - Sounds cool ain't it?. The new version also has the Weather Channel feed and brings Apple Dock style icon reflection to Windows.

Some of the cool features are as follows:

  • Provides a new optional and user configurable icon reflection effect on docks and shelves.
  • The weather feed is provided by the Weather Channel.
  • New customizable backgrounds for the in-shelf/dock CPU, Net and RAM meters.
  • Has a new Dock Manager to quickly manage and locate all your docks.
  • ... and much, much more!
Download it for free here.

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Adobe Finally enters the Online Application Market


Though a bit late - but Adobe seems to be in a state of "Better Late than Never" and has rolled out an online website at Acrobat. This website basically allows you to convert pdf and even store them online.

The other features are as listed below:

  • Buzzword: Well, it's Adobe's version of the online word processor same like Google Docs or Zoho.
  • ConnectNow: It's a very cool web conferencing tool that lets you share your desktop with others, chat, talk over a VoIP connection, or share files and mark up whiteboards.
  • Share: You can share files with other users using this feature. Adobe Share lets you send files to a list of contacts, and lets the recipients view PDF image, and video files online.
  • Create PDF: Seriously, do I need to tell you what this does?
  • My Files: Lets you Store and organize up to 5GB of files online.
On another front Adobe has also released Acrobat 9, an updated version of its desktop PDF reader with support for embedded Flash, which means you might start finding PDF documents with embedded YouTube videos or other Flash content.