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Vista at it again

back-lit Vista orb wallpaper bears a striking resemblance to Apple’s “First 30
years” picture displayed earlier this year. hmmm what a coincidence 🙂

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March 8, 2007 Posted by | Windows | Leave a comment

Bill Gates Keynote @ CES

From Las Vegas, Nevada, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates keynoted the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and demonstrated Microsoft’s new generation of connected experiences. Bill was joined by Robbie Bach, President of Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division, in announcing several new offerings from Windows Vista, Xbox 360, Microsoft TV and more.

View Webcast:

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January 8, 2007 Posted by | Web, Windows | 2 Comments

Windows Vista system sounds

Windows vista final system soundes have been released. But if u ask me for one thing they are not loud enough compared to the xp soundes and everyting seems to be toned down or if i may say so feminne versions 🙂 of the xp soundes (no offense  to our other halfs).  So checkit out for yourselfs.

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November 10, 2006 Posted by | software, Windows | Leave a comment

Windows Media Player 11 finale is out

WMP 11 can be downloaded and is the best to date.This release seems to take less memory, and runs at 10-14MB while playing, which is a bit better than the beta. Not bad.

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October 31, 2006 Posted by | software, Windows | Leave a comment

IE 7 vulnerability discovered

According to security firm Secunia, the just-released Internet Explorer 7 contains a “Redirection Information Disclosure” vulnerability,
which allows one site to fetch data from another site through the
browser, which opens it up to all kinds of cross-site scripting (XSS)
attacks. Interestingly, the same vulnerability has been known and unpatched in IE6
since April. It’s one thing not to patch an old browser, but seems
quite another to release a brand new browser with the same
vulnerability that you’ve been aware of for six months

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October 20, 2006 Posted by | Browsers, software, Web, Windows | Leave a comment

Internet Explorer 7 is Out

Microsoft has a lot riding on this one. Bill Gates has promised a
revamp of the market leading browser, and everyone is expecting
something big from IE since it has been so long since the last release.
Browsers like Firefox are gaining ground, and IE7
better prove something to users, or it could face a steady decline as
it has in the past few years. So needless to say, the browser wars are
back on. IE7 is out, and Firefox is just waiting to pounce on the new
Microsoft browser in the next few days with Firefox 2 (In both Mac and PC formats).
but the thing is i dont like this message that much, im litlle chickeny still maybe ill install it latter….

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October 19, 2006 Posted by | Browsers, software, Windows | Leave a comment

Network bandwidth monitoring

NetMeter is a small, customizable network bandwidth monitoring program
for Windows 95/98/98SE/ME/NT4/2000/XP. Its a free softwaer as well.

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October 4, 2006 Posted by | software, Web, Windows | Leave a comment

Explorer Breadcrumbs

If you have tried Microsoft Vista you may have used the new Breadcrumbs tool bar and liked it, so much so that you want to have it on your existing XP box. Then you will love Explorer Breadcrumbs by minimilistic.

Rather than navigating step-by-step through your folder hierarchy — view your folders
quickly and go directly to any location with a single click.

Explorer Breadcrumbs is an add-in for Windows Explorer which contains a contextual
series of buttons that allows you to quickly see and
navigate through the entire folder hierarchy without leaving the current window.

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October 4, 2006 Posted by | software, Windows | Leave a comment

Watch FLV files on your media player

ohhh you may be wondering what .flv are. They are the kind of files you find on youtube, Google video and the likes. You can download those files using either Firefox extensions or various bookmarklets available…
After downloading using these few steps you can enjoy them on windows media player rather than various apps build for FLV playback which aren’t that good at all… so enjoy

First step :
Download and install ffdshow

Then :

  1. Download the packed binary file (build by “Celtic Druid”)
  2. Extract the filter file ( from the archive
  3. Copy the file to your “windows/system32” directory
  4. From the Start menu choose “Run” and enter: regsvr32

If you intend to uninstall the filter at any time run regsvr32 -u and remove the file.

Still didn’t understand how to do it, then watch this video on how to do the whole thing.

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September 9, 2006 Posted by | Firefox extensions, Scripts, software, Uncategorized, Web, Windows | 1 Comment


is an awesome little app. For a while, I was sick of video files I
would find and then try to play on my PC, so much so, that my chagrin
was overloaded. If you have a video file that only plays audio, or
won’t play at all, Gspot will tell you what type of file, what codec
you need, and whether you have it currently installed or not. It lists
just about every other video file detail you can imagine including
meta-data, bit-rate, fps, video dimensions, even the codec or test it
thinks will fix your playing problem. Most of the time, you can just go
download a codec and the file will play. It is very nearly brilliant (I
can hear the Guinness guys in the back of my head, Brilliant!), and
takes the frustration out of trying to get the bleeping thing to
play.Here is another portion of the Gspot window. The level of detail
is great for finding out what works to play your file.

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September 7, 2006 Posted by | software, Windows | Leave a comment