What I wanted to do is that, after my computer has been idle for 3 minutes, it should lock itself. How to achieve this is one of the trouble for me for almost two days. I have been digging around the net, but no answer. I tried to find myself in GPO (Group Policy Editor), but I don’t find the option directly.
But many articles I read on the net pointed me that I can changed four options in GPO. But that is for screensaver. I tweak a bit to achieve what I want. Remember I have told you guys about how to create shortcut to lock computer. Well, I used that tweak.
Here are the steps that I took:
- First go to Start –>> gpedit.msc
- Go to User Configuration –>> Administrative Templates –>> Control Panel –>> Display
There are many options there, but you just need to change four of them as follow.
- For screen saver option, just choose Enabled.
- For screen saver executable, choose Enabled and then type “rundll32 user32.dll,LockWorkStation“
- For password protect the screen saver, choose Enabled.
- For screen saver timeout, choose Enabled and then type the amount of time you want to lock your computer in seconds. (For example, if you want to lock your computer after three minutes of idle time, type 180)
That’s it. Next time if you’re away, you don’t have to worry about some other would invade your computer.
BtoN’s Tips : I have tested this on Vista and should work on Windows XP too. For screen saver timeout, if I set value less than 60, it won’t work.
I don’t trust Cnet anyway. I have always doubted about their product reviews and ratings. I’m sure all of these reviews are clearly biased based on how well someone paid them.
You know what? Cnet just named Vista as top ten terrible technology of the year. Come on, I confessed that Vista has been out for almost a year and has got many resistance than XP introduction was. But this is because XP has been out for 5 years and as strong as a rock. When the time XP was introduced, everybody was sick with Windows 9x Blue Screen of Death.
I’m sure Cnet must be paid by Apple marketing guys behind the door. Just look at their pathetic sentence such as:
Windows Vista conforms to all of the above. Its incompatibility with hardware, its obsessive requirement of human interaction to clear security dialogue box warnings and its abusive use of hated DRM, not to mention its general pointlessness as an upgrade
Isn’t this funny?
RSS feed is a very convenient way to keep in touch with our favorite website. But what annoy me most is some of my favorite website don’t have RSS feeds at all. So that I have to manual check regularly whether they have updated their content or not.
One of my friend told me there are many websites that offer to keep you updated with our favorite website which don’t have RSS. After filtering through googling results, I found these two websites (Feedity and Feed43) suit my need.
By using these websites, you can enjoy the following services:
- Data syndication facility to web-based services and SMB’s globally.
- Web data integration with backend systems, databases, and mashups.
- Create a custom RSS web feed for any ANY webpage!
- Easily track and monitor changes to your favorite web sites.
How their service work is that they converts free-form HTML or XML documents to valid RSS feeds by extracting snippets of text or HTML by means of applying search patterns, and then joining these snippets together using output templates to form user-friendly content of feed’s items. The principle of extracting specific data from source documents is also known as “HTML scraping”.
Yes, I’m combining two of these web sites technique to explain it just like one website because basically these two web sites work the same way.
I wonder whether Apple marketing guys has got anything to do other than to attack Windows Vista. I mean Apple should tell their potential customers about how good their MAC is and why they should get it. Not simply making a stupid ads like below.
The only thing good about this ads is the idea of using two leaderboards to make one video ads. That’s it. Are you thinking to buy a MAC in the near future? Read my top 10 reasons why you shouldn’t waste your money on MAC.
If you’re a Windows XP user, you might have seen Thumbs.db file in some folders. It is a hidden file.
What is Thumbs.db file?
Thumbs.db is a file used by versions of Microsoft Windows that stores a cache for Windows Explorer’s thumbnail view. Thumbs.db is saved in each directory that contains pictures or photos.
In which Windows versions you can find it?
You can find it in Windows XP Pro and Home. I’m not sure about Windows 9x (Who would’ve used it anyway nowadays?)
In Windows Vista, Microsoft replaced thumbs.db files with a centralized thumbnail database thumbcache_xxxx.db located in Users[user name]AppDataLocalMicrosoftWindowsExplorer.
How much space could it take?
You may not believe it, but it could take a few hundred MBs.
How can you get rid of it?
- Go to Start –>> Control Panel –>> Folder Options
- Go to the View tab
- Remove the check box from Do not cache thumbnails
- Click the Ok
What is the advantages and disadvantages of removing it?
- Advantages are that you can save a few hundreds of your hard disk space and you’ll never see those annoying little hidden file here and there.
- Disadvantage is that if you browse a folder that contains many image files with moderate file size, it will take a long time for that folder to load because the thumbnail images have not been cached in Thumbs.db.
So next time if you see one of your friends is wondering about thumbs.db file, you can easily bossy him/her with enough confident.
Source : Wikipedia
Microsoft has introduced a new file format called the Microsoft Open Office XML Format (.docx) with their latest office suite, Office 2007.
But most people are still using Office 2003. The big problem is that this new format is incompatible with older Microsoft Office versions or any other Office alternatives such as Open Office or Lotus, StarOffice, NeoOffice. Before anyone blame Microsoft, they have already created a program called Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats. After you’ve downloaded this program, you can easily convert new Office format such as .docx to old Office format .doc and vice versa.
Or if you don’t want to install any program, you can try .docx online converter. Hope this advice help your incompatibility headache.
One of my friend ask me how to find MAC address for his notebook wireless card. I asked him why he want to do that and he told me it’s just a new policy at his office.
Having never think of that before, I just go to command prompt and fire a series of command what I think would be relevant. After a few tries, I’ve found out that ipconfig /all would solve this question. It is quite amazing that how ipconfig could show all the related infos about your all networking adapters.
Well, this is just a small and quick tip. But this would come very handy when you need it.
I’ve noticed that many webmasters become very obsessed with Tinyurl.com services. Of course, I can’t deny that tinyurl indeed provide very useful service for all of us. But there are many alternatives available too.
Why shouldn’t you rely on TinyURL?
Do you know that if you solely rely only on TinyURL.com for URL shortening services, if it faces technical difficulties, then all your links could become broken. If you google for tinyurl.com reported outrage, you can find it happened already.
Shouldn’t you use URL shortening services at all?
Of course not. URL shortening services help us a lot. Making our life a lot easier by not having to post longer url. Also keep our affiliate links save from danger hand. I’m not saying you shouldn’t use URL shortening services, but I’m suggesting that if you use URL shortening services, don’t use tinyurl.com for all your links. Try to make balanace with many alternatives out there.
Where are the alternatives?
Here are my favourites. You can google for many more.
I have no reason to be against Tinyurl.com. I am just giving you all to avoid disaster. Better safe than sorry!!
We are living in a world that is constantly revolving, aren’t we? Your iphone might worth $599 when you buy and only after three months the same iphone worth only $399?
Yeah, technology evolution is very fast. Now for the notebook (laptop) world, there are many new ideas popping up every day. How do you feel about dual-screen notebook? Huh? That would be like a real book-a-like.
Wondering where is the keyboard or mouse? There are not there anymore. That’s revolving indeed. When you want to type, the other screen will show you virtual keyboard and touchpad. As with all new ideas, we’ll have to wait and see whether this could turn into reality or not.
Reference : gadgets-reviews
I’m going to have vacation for about 3 days. This is a must go trip from our company. So that I couldn’t post for the next three days. Sorry for that! Hey, after I came back, I’ll make it up for that. It’s a deal, ok?