Friday, 28 September 2007

Workarounds if your XP can't remember folder settings

Some folder you want to view as thumbnails, for some you want to view as Tiles and for some you may want List, Icons, or Details. Your Windows used to remember all those settings for you and suddenly, your computer looks like it got brain washed. What is happening? Firstly, make sure you select Remember each folder's view settings in Control Panel -->> Folder Options as in the following diagram.

Even after that, if your XP still dumbs, the answer is that by default, Windows XP is limited to 200 local folders and 200 network folders, for a total of 400 folders. So that after it remembers for 400 folders, that's it. It's full.

How you can solve this?

First Method

This effect only to before Windows XP SP2. So the quick fix would be to download and install Windows XP Service Pack 2. What if you don't want to install Service Pack 2 for some reasons? Read the second way.

Second Method,

You need to edit registry. As always dealing with registry, use it with great caution and use at your own risk.

    • Go to Start Menu -->> Run

    • Type regedit and press Enter.

    • Browse to the following registry key.


  • You will see the registry value BagMRU Size in the following pic.


  • Double click on that and change the value to 5000. Make sure you select Decimal. After that click OK.

    • After that browse to another registry key.


  • Change the BagMRU Size to 5000 too.


After you've done editing the registry, make sure you restart your Windows to make change effective. Hey, Windows is not as dumb as you think!

Source : Microsoft

Thursday, 27 September 2007

How to Disable/Enable Windows default debugger Dr. Watson

If you haven't heard it before, you may wonder what is Dr. Watson? Here is a brief explanation:
Dr. Watson for Windows is a program error debugger that gathers information about your computer when an error (or user-mode fault) occurs with a program. Technical support groups can use the information that Dr. Watson obtains and logs to diagnose a program error.

So, that means this debugger will collect information and send to Microsoft for further analysis. But for your testing computer that don't have internet, or if you feel it's useless for you anyway, just follow these steps to turn off.

  • 1.Go to Start Menu -->> Run and type regedit.exe then press Enter.

  • 2.Browse to the following registry. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionAeDebug

  • 3.Click the AeDebug key, and then click Export Registry File on the Registry menu. Save the file and remember it.

  • 4.Then you can delete the AeDebug key.

That's it! Whenever any programs crash again, Windows won't ask you whether you want to send data to Microsoft or not.

If you change your mind and want to enable Dr. Watson back. It's easy.

  • Double-click the file you save in step 3.

  • And then go to Start -->> Run -->> cmd.exe

  • At the command prompt, type drwtsn32 -i

Have fun playing around Windows!

Source : Microsoft

Google celebrate their 9th birthday

I have been wondering when Google will celebrate 9th birthday since the beginning of this month. But today, as in their homepage Google officially celebrate now.

Why Google birthday is varying from year to year?
In September 1998, Google Inc. opened its door in Menlo Park, California. The door came with a remote control, as it was attached to the garage of a friend who sublet space to the new corporation's staff of three. The office offered several big advantages, including a washer and dryer and a hot tub. It also provided a parking space for the first employee hired by the new company: Craig Silverstein, now Google's director of technology.

Already, still in beta, was answering 10,000 search queries each day. The press began to take notice of the upstart website with the relevant search results, and articles extolling Google appeared in USA TODAY and Le Monde. That December, PC Magazine named Google one of its Top 100 Web Sites and Search Engines for 1998. Google was moving up in the world.

The exact date they celebrate their birthday will depend on their people appetizes for birthday cake. (See my previous post about When Google Birthday for details)

Well, anyway, Happy Birthday Google!

Firefox shortcuts I frequently use

I love Firefox. It's fast, sleek and secure. Right now, my main browser is Firefox. I can't use IE to browse internet anymore. It's too noisy. The reason Firefox keeps quiet is due to Adblock plus.

  • Home Page Alt + Home

  • Full Screen View F11

  • Refresh Page F5

  • Find / Find Again F3

  • Add Bookmarks Ctrl + D

  • Bookmarks Ctrl + B

  • History Ctrl + H

  • Page Source Ctrl + U

  • Tab New Ctrl + T

  • Tab Close Ctrl + W

  • Window New Ctrl + N

  • Window Close Alt + F4

This list is ordered by the frequency of my usage. Of course, I don't have any statistics about my usage. So it's just a guess.

Monday, 24 September 2007

Digg-clone netscape is gone

Now if you go to, you'll get suprised that there are no longer what-so-called digg killer is there. Now, aol realized that their social networking site is gradually killing them. So they get rid of that into another domain called

Now the old is back. Even though it is quite a shame to see big company like aol have to take a step backward, I congrats them for making a right decision. Yeah, that's right, in the Web 2.0 world, you can't kill digg, it's as simple as that.

Create self-extract zip file with Windows built-in tool

We all like the zip feature. Especially when I transfer a lot of .doc and .xls files, compression of zip save me a ton of space. But sometimes, I want to create exe to uncompress itself due to destination computer don't have zip software install or I'm just too lazy to open WinZip.

What most people don't know is that Windows has built-in tool to create self-extract compress files.
  • Go to Start Menu -->> Run
  • And then type iexpress.exe
You will see the following wizard.
iexpress wizard

  • Click Next, then Choose "Create compressed files only (ActiveX installs)"
  • Then Click Next, Add the files you want in your package.
  • Then Click Next, click browse and choose the path you want and give any name you want to the package.
  • Then Click Next, you can save the setting for creating your package. For now, select "Don't save".
  • Then Click Next and your package is ready to distribute to anywhere you like.

It is quite amazing that Windows have provided such an amazing small program for free.

Thursday, 20 September 2007

How to allow users to remote desktop in Windows 2003

In Windows 2003, I've created an ordinary user account and then I've add that account in to Remote Desktop Users group already as in the following picture.

But when I login remotely, I've got the following error.
To log on to this remote computer, you must be granted the Allow log on through Terminal Services right. By default, members of the Remote Desktop Users group have this right. If you are not a member of the remote desktop users gruop or another group that has this right, or if the remote desktop user group does not have this right, you must be granted this right manually.

I'm sure if you got this error you'll feel frustrated like I did. How can you manually grant this user right to remote desktop? Okay, it's not that difficult.

  • First Go to -->> Administrative Tools -->> Terminal Services Configuration

  • And then Choose Connection and in the right panel right click on RDP-tcp

  • And then choose Properties. In the Permissions tab, add the users you want.

That's it! Now enjoy your server remotely.

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

How to fix NTLDR or NTDETECT.COM not found error

In the old Windows 9x days, we have seen "NTLDR or NTDETECT.COM Not Found" error quite too often. Nowadays, modern Windows XP era, these errors become less frequent, but still there. For me, normally, I've no idea how to fix these and I used to format my computer.

If you have FAT32 partitions or Windows 9x, it is much simpler than with NTFS.
Just boot with a Win98 floppy and copy the NTLDR or NTDETECT.COM files
from the i386 directory to the root of the C: drive.

But for NTFS or Windows XP, here are the steps:

  • Insert and boot from your WindowsXP CD.
  • At the first R=Repair option, press the R key
  • Press the number to choose the location for the installation of Windows you want to repair.
  • Typically this will be #1 unless you have dual-boot.
  • Type in the administrator password. (If no password, just press Enter)
  • Enter in the following commands (X: is drive letter of CDROM drive)
  • COPY X:i386NTLDR C:
  • Take out the CD ROM and type exit

Source : Microsoft

Windows Control Panel applets

Windows Control Panel is great way of accessing windows administrative features. Some of those features are not available in traditional interface. Those features are hidden from normal GUI. The only way to access is from command line only. For example, control userpasswords2 is the only way to access from Run command.

To access these lists, go to Start Menu -->> Run and type the commands you want.

Control Panel applets

Applet nameType at the Run command
Add Hardwarecontrol hdwwiz.cpl
Add or Remove Programscontrol appwiz.cpl
Administrative Toolscontrol admintools
Appearance Settingscontrol color
Audio Devices and Sound Themescontrol mmsys.cpl
Date and Timecontrol timedate.cpl
control date/time
Display Settingscontrol desk.cpl
control desktop
Firewallcontrol firewall.cpl
Folder Optionscontrol folders
FontsExplorer "windowsfonts"
control fonts
Game Controllerscontrol joy.cpl
Infocardcontrol infocardcpl.cpl
iSCSI Initiatorcontrol iscsicpl.cpl
Internet Optionscontrol inetcpl.cpl
Keyboardcontrol main.cpl Keyboard
control keyboard
Mousecontrol main.cpl
control mouse
Network Connectionscontrol ncpa.cpl
control netconnections
Pen and Input Devicescontrol tabletpc.pcl
People Near Mecontrol collab.pcl
Phone and Modem Optionscontrol telephon.cpl
control telephony
Power Optionscontrol powercfg.cpl
Printers and Faxescontrol printers
Regional and Language Optionscontrol intl.cpl
control international
Scanners and Camerascontrol sticpl.cpl
Windows Security Centercontrol wscui.cpl
Task Schedulercontrol schedtasks
Text to Speechcontrol speech
Systemcontrol sysdm.cpl
User Accountscontrol nusrmgr.cpl
control userpasswords
control userpasswords2

These commands will not only make you access more efficiently but also save you a lot of time.

Tuesday, 18 September 2007

Show Start Menu Faster

This is just minor and very easy tweak. If you think your start menu don't show up fast enough when you click, you can remove any delay from menus sliding out.

To do this, you can simply edit registry value.

  • First Go to Start menu -->> Run
  • Then type regedit, press enter
  • Browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop
  • You will see the key, called MenuShowDelay, with the value 400.
  • Double click and change the value to 0.

start menu delay

Just like any other registry change to take effect, you need to restart your computer. That's it! Your start menu will show faster.

Monday, 17 September 2007

How to keep NumLock on for every boot

Every time you boot your computer, you observe that NumLock is off. But from your office or another computer, it boot with always NumLock is on. So you may want to make your computer to boot up with NumLock on too. How to make it?

Go to Registry Editor by
  • Click Start Menu-->> Run -->> Type regedit
  • And then go to this registry key.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelKeyboard
  • -Double click on InitialKeyboardIndicators
  • -Type 2

After that you restart your computer and you will see the NumLock as the way you want it.

Source : Microsoft

Sunday, 16 September 2007

How to create Desktop icon shortcut

Some of you may accidentally delete Desktop icon shortcut from Quick Launch. Don't sweat it! You can easily recreate it. Follow these steps.

  • 1. Open your Notepad.
  • 2. Type the following :
  • [Shell]
  • 3. Save the file as Show Desktop.scf on the desktop.
  • 4. After that, just drag and drop to the Quicklaunch bar.

That's it! It's easy.

Source : Microsoft

Saturday, 15 September 2007

How to delete undeletable files

error undelete message

How many times have we been annoyed by that messages? Oh yeah, there are many alternatives of above such as :
  • Cannot delete file: Access is denied
  • There has been a sharing violation.
  • The source or destination file may be in use.
  • The file is in use by another program or user.
  • Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.

I've got two ways to solve this problem.

First way : If you're not tech buddy, you should go to second way.

  • Go to Start menu -->> Run -->> type cmd and press enter (this will open command prompt)
  • After that press Ctrl+Alt+Del to bring up task manager
  • Go to Process tab, find explorer.exe, then click End Process.
  • Your Taskbar will disappear.

end explorer process
  • Go back to the Command prompt you just left opened.
  • Browse folder or file you want to delete.
  • Delete file with del command and remove directory with rmdir command.
  • After that, in the task manager, choose File -->> New Task (Run..)
  • Then type explorer.exe.
  • Your taskbar will appear again.

Second way : I recommend this. This is really easy. Just download and install Unlocker, which is very useful freeware especially for this purpose. After you installed the program, all you have to do is simply right click the folder or file and select Unlocker. You can do Delete, Rename, Move at your finger tips.

Frankly speaking, I really recommend you guys to follow Second way. I intend first method for those of you who just want to know workaround or who don't wanna install any extra programs.

Microsoft Windows 95 commercial

After I've enjoyed Pirates of the Silicon Valley, I was looking for Windows 95 commercial. I thought that commercial would be quite interesting as what I've seen Apple commercial for Mac is too self-arrogant and frankly, I feel funny.

Besides the facts that all those data in that movie is accurate or not, I've enjoyed the movie and I liked this commercial too.

Sometimes, we should know the history. History made us who we are today.

Friday, 14 September 2007

Hide your Windows from Network Neighborhood

Using computer in public places is unsafe anyway. If your Windows show up in Network Neighborhood or My Network Places, other users in your office LAN or public LAN can access your share files. So, how I can you share your files without showing up in Network Neighborhood?

It's very simple. Just follow these steps.
Go to Start menu -->> Run
Type cmd, then press Enter
In command prompt, type net config server

If you see "Server hidden" is "No", that means other users can see your share files in My Network Places. You can change it by typing the following command.
net config server /hidden:yes

So from now on, the only way the other users can access your share files is via your ip address. In DHCP environment, other users wouldn't know it unless you gave them.

Find related artists in visual

We all have our favorite musicians. But sometimes, our favorite singer release new album once in three years or more. We want to listen music quite similar. We have to look for related artists from online store such as Amazon.

I have found this very interesting website, Music Map, that let us search similar artist to your favorite one. They will return the search in the draft map. The closer the artist name to your favorite (which is in center), the higher probability that you'll like that artist too. See the following screenshot that I search for Eminem alike.

Obviously, for my instinct, I know that 50 cent, DMX, D12, Nelly, Dr. Dre and 2Pac are rapper, I don't think there's any reason Celine Dion should be related to Eminem. I mean I've never heard of her rapping. Okay, nothing is perfect.

Even though, it's not sure bullet proof, it's enjoyable.

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Internet Search

I know internet search become one of daily routines in our life. All people use major four search engines such as Google, Yahoo, MSN (Windows Live) and Ask. Actually, most people search internet in that order. First they try Google, after that Yahoo, after that MSN (Windows Live) and then Ask. We all know that Google is the king of the king in search engines market. But wouldn't it be nice your search terms to search simultaneously on all four major search engines.

You should try Dogpile. It will search your keywords in all four and then return you with results and even where that result come from.

For examples, my search for bridge to nova returns at No. 9 and only from Google (Yeah, that's why I said they are the king).

You should try it too. It's really fun to see which one return what. By the way, if you wanna know more about Google search, don't forget to check out my Google search tips article.

Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Microsoft BlueScreen Screen Saver

Microsoft has been famous and criticized for their BlueScreen of Death(BSOD). Most people of Windows 95, 98 era scariest nightmare is they saw BSOD.

But since Windows XP, Microsoft has greatly improved their OS and at Vista, I have been using for six months, I have never seen BSOD again.

As BSOD become a thing in the past, now Microsoft even made fun of it by releasing BlueScreen Screensaver. First time I know Microsoft has a sense of humor.

What's this screensaver?
Bluescreen cycles between different Blue Screens and simulated boots every 15 seconds or so. Virtually all the information shown on Bluescreen's BSOD and system start screen is obtained from your system configuration - its accuracy will fool even advanced NT developers. For example, the NT build number, processor revision, loaded drivers and addresses, disk drive characteristics, and memory size are all taken from the system Bluescreen is running on.

Use Bluescreen to amaze your friends and scare your enemies!

Monday, 10 September 2007

Command Prompt Options most people don't know

If you haven't known it before, I know you're wondering are there any options exist in command prompt or not? Well, they do exist. To access,

First Start Menu -->> Run -->> Type cmd and press enter.

Command Prompt Configurable Options

After that left click on the top corner of command prompt dialog box as below :

Click on Defaults and you will see the following dialog box.

Let me explain you about the Edit Options. There are three Edit Options available : QuickEdit Mode, Insert Mode and AutoComplete mode.
QuickEdit Mode : If you select this one, you can copy the text in the Command Prompt window with your left mouse button, and then right-click to paste either at the command prompt or in a text file.

Insert Mode : This mode is same function as keyboard key insert. If you select this mode, you can insert text at the point of the cursor, if you don't select this option, the text will be override.

AutoComplete Mode : This option is available from the Windows XP and later version only. It allows you to quickly complete available commands when you type Tab or if you don't type anything and just start pressing tab , it will cycle through the available items in the current working directory.

You can select and unselect that mode as you desire.

List of Commands you typed

Most of you may probably know that you can get to the last few commands you typed by pressing the up arrow key. Well, I believe only a few of you know that you can view and select command you typed earlier by pressing F7 key to bring the following dialog box.

These command prompt options exist as early as Windows 95 (maybe even Windows 3.1 but who cares?). Most people are not aware that these options even exist. By knowing these things, you can brag your friends smiley cool or speed up your work.

Reference : Microsoft

Disable Autoplay in Windows for better security

Windows default setting comes with Autoplay turn on. This feature is useful until one day you've got hit by usb worm or virus. To protect you from infecting all sorts of worm or virus from usb, you should disable the autoplay feature.

Follow these steps for Windows XP

  • Go to Start -->> Run -->> Type gpedit.msc

  • In the Group Policy Editor, go to Computer Configuration

  • Select Administrative templates -->> System

  • You will find Turn off Autoplay in the right column setting list.

  • Double click on Turn off Autoplay and you'll see as Windows below.

  • Select Enabled and Turn off Auto play on drop-down menu, choose All drives.

autoplay xp

For Windows Vista, things got simpler.

  • Just go to Start Menu -->> Control Panel -->> AutoPlay

  • And then uncheck for Use AutoPlay for all media and devices

  • And then click save. See the following screenshot.

autoplay vista

That's it! Now your computer is less likely to get infected by usb viruses or worms anymore.

Adblock plus companion : Filterset G updater

I have shared with you guys about Firefox great plugin, adblock plus. I have enjoyed Adblock plus plugin so much that, I can't browse without it anymore.

Now I have found a great companion called Adblock filterset.G Updater. That will automatically update the block list for Adblock plus. This tool is really cool.

If you want to notice a big change, visit before you installed that extension and after. It adds to the whitelist so you can see the option for advertiser to login. Go ahead and install that plugin, because it will update your list every 4 or 7 days.

Sunday, 9 September 2007

Windows store your username and passwords

Sometimes you're using IE or even from Windows Explorer ask for websites username and passwords, you accidentally click save username and password. Actually that is not your computer and you don't want it to save your infos. How can you delete?

Go to Start Menu -->> Run
Type Control keymgr.dll and press Enter
You will see the following dialog box

windows stored user

It will show server name. Click properties and if you see your username, you should remove that entry. Those with (Passport) means it is for Windows passport website such as MSN or Windows Live. You can delete your username.

That's it! I hope this helps. This tip works on all version of Windows.

Saturday, 8 September 2007

Duplicate file finder

One thing that bothers me with my computer is that as I have collected my collections of mp3s, there are numerous songs that are common in some albums. For example, 50 cent - Candy shop will be in 50 cent The Massacre album also in Various Artists album, Top Club Hits, and so on.

But now I found a program called duplicate file finder. This program will find all the duplicate files in your computer or your selected folder. You have the final say whether to delete duplicate file or not.

What so good about this program?
Unlike other utilities that only check file names, Duplicate File Finder performs a binary comparison of file contents and can locate files that are alike regardless of names.

I like this program. You can download shareware version for using 20 times. For me, I run only one time and almost all my duplicate files are gone. If you need to use more than 20 times, you will have to purchase for $15/single user. Still a good deal, isn't it?


Small secrets for Windows

Do you that when you open volume control the default is large size, you can change it to small size by pressing Ctrl+S. Pressing again will change back to large size.

When you have multiple windows open, you can close many windows you want by pressing Ctrl and clicking windows at the taskbar, after that right click and close group.

If you want Notepad to automatically insert date and time for you, you can press F5. If you want Notepad to insert date and time every time you open the file, you can write .LOG at the first line and save.

Even though these tips aren't that useful in my daily usage, I'm quite surprise to find these tips and happy to share with you all.

Thursday, 6 September 2007

How to find problematic svchost

Sometimes, WinXP got slow down extremely and barely respond. After you open the Task Manager you found that one of the svchost.exe is eating all CPU resource.

The difficult thing is that svchost.exe is used by Microsoft Windows Services and run many instances simultaneously. Sometimes, malware also run with the same name too. How can you differentiate which one is malware or which one is legitimate.

Ok, after you open Task manager,
Go to View-->>Select Columns -->> Check PID (Process Identifier)

You will see the Task manager as below:

task manager pid

Record the PID no. of the svchost process. After that, go to command prompt.
Type Tasklist /SVC


You will see the svchost with the PID. So that now you've got an idea of which process are actually associated with that svchost instance. If you want to know more info of that process you can google it. For example if you suspect CryptSvc, you google it and you'll know that cryptsvc is a module associated with Cryptographic Services from Microsoft Corporation. Ok, that's legitimate, you can try next one and hopefully you'll spot the spyware if there's one.

Reference : Microsoft

How to make multiple homepage in Firefox

We all love Firefox and most of us are using Firefox. The reason I love most is because of Adblockplus plugin. I have got many websites that I want to make my homepage. One of my workmate teaches me how to do it.

It's very easy.

Go to Tools-->>Options-->>Main
Type all the web addresses you want separated by |
For example :||

Every time I start Firefox, it open three tabs automatically with three of my favorite web sites open. I love Firefox.

When is Google birthday

Have you ever wonder when is Google birthday? It's somewhere around in September. Here is the official explanation.

Google opened its doors in September 1998. The exact date when we celebrate our birthday has moved around over the years, depending on when people feel like having cake.

While we are waiting for Google celebration of their 9th birthday, you can enjoy Google Corporation history. It's really interesting.

How I speed up my Vista

I have noticed Windows Vista built-in indexing service eat up my computer resource from time to time. Usually at night, while my computer is idle. It is ok to use all the resources while the computer is idle, but my computer has got extra cooling fan that turn on when CPU usage over around 70%. So that Vista eating resource really bothers me at night.

But thanks GOD! Not anymore. From 10 vista speed tweaks, I've used only one and turn out my Vista performance very great.

Disable Unnecessary Windows Features

You can view and disable features that you don't need.

  • Click Start Menu then Control Panel
  • Select Programs and Features
  • On the left panel, select Turn Windows Features on or off
I uncheck these features as I won't use them:
  • Indexing Service ( I took risk by assuming I won't need search feature badly)
  • Remote Differential Compression ( At home, I don't have any network)
  • Tablet PC Optional Components ( I am using PC, not tablet)
  • Windows Fax & Scan (I've got broadband, no need to use fax modem)
  • Windows Meeting Space (Nah, I prefer Skype Video conference)

That's it! Up to now, I don't hear annoying CPU fan running while sleeping at night anymore.

Wednesday, 5 September 2007

Google Calculator

In case if you still don't know, this tip could make you WOW! Did you know that Google search box can also use as a calculator? For example, if you type 3+2 in the search box, it will give you the result 5.

There are many functions Google calculator can do. Starting from simple function such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division to advanced calculation such as square root, sin, cos, etc.

See? That function is definitely complex. That calculator can handle it on the fly. Even more, you can use it as a converter too. For example, if you type 4 miles in kilometer, it will give result as follow.

If you are very curious to know all the functions you can do with the calculator, you can check here. (link) You don't have to carry your calculator all the time with you as long as you've got internet access. Nice, huh?

How to create and delete invisible folder

Before I'll explain you this trick, I want to warn you that in my Vista, I've got sweat to find way to delete that's invisible folder. So that, if you don't want to mess with your computer, please don't try this trick.

For all those daredevils, here is the procedure:

  • 1. Create New folder.

  • 2. Right-click on it, then choose rename.

  • 3. After that delete the name New Folder and press Alt+0160

  • 4. That'll create invisible space in the folder name, press Enter.

  • 5. Right-click that folder, choose properties, then go to Customize tab

  • 6. Click Change Icon and then choose invisible icon as in below screenshot.


That's it. It's done.

BtoN's Tips : The drama part is that if you want to delete that folder, it won't work in some Windows. For my Vista, it doesn't work. So I have to use DelinvFile to get rid of that stupid invisible folder. That's why I warn you before I start.

Via : Metacafe

The truth of Bush hid the facts

If you don't know what is "Bush hid the facts", let me give you a brief explanation. This instructions work on all windows except Vista.

  • 1. Open your Notepad

  • 2. Type "bush hid the facts" without quote

  • 3. Save the file with any name

  • 4. Open the file again

What you see isn't what you typed. This is an easter egg. Or maybe even Microsoft's programmers hate Bush. That's what we knew.

But the truth is that all 4-3-3-5 strings work. So if you type "this app can break". The same results. It appears to be bug from Microsoft which has been fixed in Vista. Here is someone from forum explanation:
Whenever we open a text file in notepad, it determines whether the text is ASCII or Unicode.. But actually there is no way in the world to exactly determine whether the text is ASCII or Unicode.. There is a function called IsTextUnicode in windows API.. The function does some tests on the text based on statistical data.. This is what MSDN says about the function..
"The function uses various statistical and deterministic methods to make its determination.. These tests are not foolproof. The statistical tests assume certain amounts of variation between low and high bytes in a string, and some ASCII strings can slip through. For example, if lpBuffer points to the ASCII string 0x41, 0x0A, 0x0D, 0x1D (Anr^Z), the string passes the IS_TEXT_UNICODE_STATISTICS test, though failure would be preferable."

Okay enough is enough. I hope now you get the idea of what's really going on.

Reference : Digg

Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Digg and Reddit users have higher moral and ethics than Shoutwire?

After I have found out about Google Flight simulator, I have noticed that Marco submitted his story to four community based sites : Digg, Reddit, Shoutwire and Slashdot, at the same time. As Slashdot is editorial based, I won’t discuss about that here.
Here are the screenshots for the other three.

Oh My GOD! 352 views and only 2 shouts?
Come on, this article definitely deserve to be shouted. It is impossible that all those 352 people have already known about this easter egg before Marco.

When you compared with Digg and reddit, all the community users gave Marco the diggs and points he deserved.

Why all these Shoutwire users are so mean? Maybe they can't shout anymore as their voice are running out? Come on shoutwire, you can be a lot better than this. I don't mean to offend anyone, just sharing my thought.

Google Earth flight simulator

Last month, I have told you guys about Google Earth closeup photos. But there are many things Google Earth can do. You can even use as a flight simulator. Yeah! that's hidden feature (or easter egg, you named it) in latest version of Google Earth.

First start the program, then you can press Ctrl+Alt+A and then you'll see the flight simulator screen. You can choose two planes. For a place, you can choose Google's given airports or you can start anywhere on planet.

You can press Ctrl+H for the list of commands or you can check here.

Enjoy your flight!

BtoN's Tips: If you can't start flight simulator by using Ctrl+Alt+A, you can try Tools-->> Option -->> General tab --->> Check Send usage statistics to Google. If still doesn't work, you can add new registry dword value in HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareGoogleGoogle Earth PlusFlightSim
New DWORD value and then IsEnabled. Set the value to 1.

Congrats go to Marco for this great discovery.

Monday, 3 September 2007

Microsoft hackers blog

Surprisingly, Microsoft has just started hacker blog. As of now, they still don't have any post yet except welcome post.

According to welcome post from the blog,
Microsoft does have hackers, and its time to introduce you to some of them and show you what it is, exactly that they do.

Generally most of the content you'll read and people you'll meet on this blog will be somehow related to security but not all by any stretch.

Okay, let's wait and see what Microsoft hackers are doing.

How to enable telnet in Vista

When I try to use telnet feature in Vista, I couldn't use it. After scrolling through Microsoft help, I learn that you need to enable it in Vista first.

Go to Start -->> Control Panel -->> Programs and features -->> Turn Windows features on or off

After that, check Telnet Client and click ok.

That's it. You can use telnet in Vista from Run command or Command prompt now.

Favourite one time email services

Last month I posted about how to avoid spammer by using 10minute mail. Even though 10minute mail service is great, some websites already start blocking their addresses.

So, here are my favourite one time email services. They are really helpful if you want to sign up for stranger websites.

Getonemail : This service is very similar to 10minute mail and no one can accidentally get your email as it randomly assign from server. Updated: They've gone out of business

Mailinator : You can use autogenerated address and record it, use whenever you need again. The cons is that whoever know that email address can access your mailbox too.

Spamavert : Very similar to Mailinator. You can use any usernames to check the email. So be aware that whoever knows the email address can access your emails.

Guerrilla Mail : This is the same concept as 10 minutes mail, but this service gives you the address for 60 minutes. You can choose to extend it or let it expire. This is a bit more secure as you can't access any other usernames.

OneOffMail : Same as mailinator services. Updated: They've gone out of business

Enjoy these services and keep your real email address from spammer.

Updated : I've updated with two new services as Getonemail and OneOffMail are no longer in the business.

Saturday, 1 September 2007

Add your favourite folder to Send To

Having your favourite folders in the Send To menu can be a real time saver. Whenever you want to copy/move, just right click on something and select Send To, then you can choose your folder just like the following screenshot.

To do this, go to C:Documents and SettingsYourUsernameSendTo and simply add your own shortcuts to what ever folders you want to appear.

Note : SendTo folder is hidden folder, so you need to make show all in folder options.

Minesweeper Secrets

We all love this Windows built-in games, don't we? But sometimes, it is fun to know all tricks you can use in this game.

To Reveal Mines
With your cursor inside the minesweeper window type "XYZZY" then press Shift-Enter and Enter. A white dot should appear in the upper-left corner of the screen. If it turns black, your cursor is resting on a mine.
Note : A white dot is so smalll. This trick works best if your Windows background is black

To freeze timer
Start a new game and then hit the Windows key and the D key at the same time to minimize the game. (How quickly you press Windows+D will be your high score)cool-smiley Then, maximize the game again and the clock will be permanently frozen.

Source : CCG