Monday, June 30, 2008

Speedup your pc - PART-1

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You may have tried many tweaks like modifying windowsXP start-up applications, prefetches, unload DLLs
method,etc. And yes those methods do work for me.
I have just accidentally found out another way to give you an extra boost in windowsXP's boot
performance. This is done by disabling your unused devices in
Device Manager. for example, if you don't have input devices that are connected to one of your USBs or
COM ports, disabling them will give you an extra perfromance boost in booting. Go to Control Panel ->
System -> Hardware tab -> device manager Disable devices that you don't use for your PC and then restart.
Do Dis !!
1.Start Registry Editor (Regedit.exe).
2.Locate the following key in the registry:
3.Make sure you backup the keys by exporting them to a .reg file.
4.On the EnablePrefetcher value, change the setting from 3 to 5 (decimal).
5.Close the registry editor
6.Restart your computer

Stop the following windows xp services to boost your pc performance...
This service enables Windows XP to check the Web automatically for updates. If you don't want to use
Automatic Updates, you can disable the service. You can always check for updates manually at the
Windows Update Web site.
Computer Browser: If your computer is not on a network, you don't need this service. If you are on a
network, leave it alone.
DHCP Client: If you are not on a network, you do not need this service. If you are on a small workgroup,
you can still increase boot time by configuring manual IP addresses (which I explore later in this chapter).
DNS Client: If you are not on a network, you do not need this service. If you are, leave it alone.
Error Reporting and Event Log: You don't have to use these services but they can be very helpful, so I
would leave them configured as automatic.
Fax: If you don't use your computer for fax services, you can disable this one.
Help and Support: If you never use the Windows XP Help and Support Center (found on the Start menu),
you can disable this service.
IMAPI CD-Burning COM: This service enables you to burn CDs on your computer. If you never burn CDs,
you can disable the service.
Indexing Service: Your computer keeps an index of files but if you rarely search for files, the service is just
a resource hog. You can stop it and turn the service to manual.
Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing: If you do not use these features, you can disable them.
Infrared Monitor: If you do not use infrared devices, you can disable this service.
Messenger: This service sends alert messages on a local area network (it is not the same as Windows
Messenger). If you are not on a network, you can disable this service.
Print Spooler: If you do not do any printing from the computer, you can disable this service. If you print,
make sure you leave it as automatic.
Remote Registry: This service allows remote users to modify the Registry on your computer. If you are not
on a network, you can disable this service.
System Restore Service: This service allows you to use System Restore. If you have turned off System
Restore anyway, you do not need to turn off the service. If you do, you turn off System Restore.
Themes: If you do not use themes, you can disable this service.
Windows Image Acquisition: If you do not use scanners or digital cameras, you can disable this service.
Wireless Zero Configuration: If do not use wireless networking devices, you can disable this service.
You may have a number of other automatic services, depending on software and other configurations on
your computer. So it's a good idea to look through the services and learn more about them. If you
double-click a service, a Properties dialog box appears

Friday, June 27, 2008

5 top Security Registry tweaks

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1. Disable hidden administrative shares

Even if you haven’t shared any of your files or folders, an administrator (or anyone who knows a valid username and password for an account you’ve given administrative privileges) can remotely access your data by using the hidden administrative shares that XP creates by default. There is an administrative share for every drive on your system, but it doesn’t show up in the network browse list (My Network Places) because it has been marked as hidden by appending a dollar sign ($) to the end of the drive letter. You can delete these shares, but XP will just grow them back the next time you reboot. To prevent this, disable administrative shares by performing the following registry edit:
1. In your registry editor, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\lanmanager\parameters.
2. In an empty portion of the right details pane, right-click and select New | DWORD Value.
3. Rename the new value AutoShareWks.
4. Double-click the new value and enter 0 in the Value Data field.

2. Don’t show the last logon name
If you’ve elected to use the standard logon dialog box instead of the Welcome screen, or if the XP computer is joined to a domain, XP tries to be helpful by displaying the account name of the last user who logged onto the computer; you only have to type in the password. However, this is a security issue because it gives a hacker half of the information needed to log on. Why make it easier? Of course, you should already have renamed the administrator account and disabled the guest account so a hacker won’t have those account names to use. The next step is to disable the display of the last logged-on user. Here’s how:
1. In your registry editor, navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System.
2. In an empty portion of the right details pane, right-click and select New | DWORD Value.
3. Rename the new value dontdisplaylastusername.
4. Double-click the new value and enter 1 in the Value Data field.

3. Control what applications a user can run If you’re sharing an XP computer with someone else and you’re the administrator, you can restrict the other user(s) to running only applications you specify. This can be particularly useful when sharing the computer with a young family member or if your computer must be used by guests. Here’s the procedure:
1. In your registry editor, logged on with the account you want to restrict, navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer.
2. In an empty portion of the right details pane, right-click and select New | DWORD Value.
3. Rename the new value to RestrictRun.
4. Double-click the new value and enter 1 in the Value Data field. (You can modify this to allow all applications to run by changing the value to 0).
5. Create a new subkey named RestrictRun.
6. Create a new string value for each application you want to allow. Name each string value as a consecutive number.
7. Set the Value Data for each string value as the name of an application you want to allow (this should be the executable program name, such as explore.exe for Windows Explorer).
8. Reboot the computer to apply the change.
Don’t apply this policy to yourself or you may not be able to run the programs you need to in order to administer the computer—and if you can’t run the registry editor, you won’t be able to change the policy.

4.Disable saved password for dialup networking.

It’s handy for users not to have to enter their passwords each time they start a dialup networking session, but it can also be a security risk to have Windows save the password, since anyone else can start a session, too. To disable the saved password function for DUN, do the following:
1. In your registry editor, navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\RasMan\Parameters.
2. If the entry DisableSavePassword doesn’t already exist, right-click in an empty portion of the right details pane and select New | DWORD Value.
3. Rename the new value to DisableSavePassword.
4. Double-click the new value (or if it already existed, just double-click it now) and enter 1 in the Value Data field to prevent Windows from saving the DUN password. If you want to enable saving of passwords later, you can do so by setting the value to 0.

5.Prevent access to specific drives
You can prevent users from viewing and accessing the files and folders on specific drives using Windows Explorer, My Computer, or the Run command. They will not be able to map a network drive or use the DIR command to get a list of directories on the drive. This is a good way to add a layer of protection to a drive on which you store sensitive data. (You should also use access controls/permissions and encrypt the data if it’s extremely sensitive.)
1. In your registry editor, logged on with the user account you want to restrict, navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer.
2. Right-click in an empty portion of the right details pane and select New | DWORD Value.
3. Rename the new value NoViewOnDrive.
4. Double-click the value and set the view to Decimal. In the Value Data field, add the following number(s) to hide the corresponding drive(s): A: 1, B: 2, C: 4, D:8, E:16, F: 32, G: 64, H:128, I: 256, J: 512, K: 1024, L: 2048, and so on, multiplying by 2 to get the next numbers for the rest of the alphabet

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Royal Black windows xp theme

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Download Black theme Windows xp

Microsoft has released an aesthetic black skin named Royale Noir. The skin is refreshingly different to the traditional Windows XP theme named Luna.


Install instructions

Extract files to "C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\royale noir" and double click on "luna.msstyles". Select "Noir" or "Black Noir" from color scheme.

Updated: Simplify the install by using this package, which also includes the most popular mac-like desktop wallpapers and backgrounds.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Googles Great Products

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Google products and services.

Mention the word "Google" to most people and the only thing they will have heard of is, Google's search engine, Images, Video, News, Maps,and Google Mail (also called Gmail ) but trust me, Google has so much more to offer, and has products and services that could change the way you live your life forever!

Google products and services. All Google links open in new window.

GOOG-411 Search:for local businesses using your voice, from any phone, for free. Dial 1-800-GOOG-411.

iGoogle:Add information you care about to your Google homepage. Add news, games and more.

Google accessible Search: Accessible Web Search for the Visually Impaired.

Google AdSense: Generate revenue from your blogs and website with the most popular and trusted program on the web. Join the millions of other AdSense users who are having financial success making money online....AdSense alternatives.

Google Adwords:You create ads and choose keywords. Advertise to an audience that is already interested in your products..People can simply click on your ad to make a purchase or learn more about you. This service is not free.

Google Alerts:Specify a topic and receive email updates when news breaks on any news you want.

Google Analytics:has been re-designed to help you learn even more about where your visitors come from and how they interact with your site.

Google Answers: Currently not accepting any more answers..You can still search or browse their existing Google Answers index.

Google Base: Post it on Base. Find it on Google. Simply describe your items on Base to make them as easy as possible for people to find when they search. You dont even need a website to put your stuff online.

Google Blogger. Free webpages-blogs you can build with no PC skills. Used by amateurs and pros.

Google Blog Search: Find blogs on your favorite topics. The index is continually updated, so you'll always get the most accurate and up-to-date results.

Google Book Search: Search the full text of books of all genres.

Google Calendar Organize your schedule and share events with friends. keep track of all the events in your life, coordinate schedules with friends and family, and find new things to do.

Google Code Search toSearch public source code:"regexp" Search for a regular expression..."exact string"Search for exact string..."file:regexp" Search only in files or directories matching regexp..."package:regexp" Search packages with names matching regexp. (A package's name is its URL or CVS server information.)...lang:regexp Search only for programs written in languages matching regexp..."license:regexp" Search only for files with licenses matching regexp.

Google Checkout: is a new service that makes online shopping faster, safer and more convenient. Buy from stores across the web and track all your orders and delivery information in one place and much more.

Google Custom Search: Create a customized search experience for your community. With Custom Search Engine, you can harness the power of Google to create a search engine tailored to your needs.

Google Dashboard Widgets for Mac:Google Mac Dashboard Widgets page. Widgets are mini-applications that you download and install into Dashboard to add new functionality. Have fun using these widgets!

Google Desktop: Find all your information, whether it's on the web or stored on your computer, from one convenient location.

Google Directory. The web organized by topic into categories.

Google Docs.Create basic documents from scratch. You can easily do all the basics, including making bulleted lists, sorting by columns, adding tables, images, comments, formulas, changing fonts and more.

Google Earth:The new Google Earth combines the power of Google Search with satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings to put the world at your finger tips. See your house from space!.

Google Experimental Search:See results on a time-line, map, or in context of other information types. With these views, Google's technology extracts key dates, locations, measurements, and more from select search results so you can view the information in a different dimension.

Google Extensions for Firefox:Extensions are small applications that you download and install into your Firefox browser to add new functionality.

Google Finance: Business info, news, and interactive charts

Google Gadgets: This has some very cool gadgets for yourweb-pages.

Google Global: Firefox Extension V2 Google Global now allows you to view organic and paid Google search results as they appear in almost any location on Earth.

Google Groups 2: What can you do with groups? Discuss online or over email..Create rich, custom pages..Customize your look and graphics.

Google Glossary: Find definitions for words, phrases and acronyms.

Google Health : puts you in charge of your health information. It's safe, secure, and free. Organize your health information all in one place. Gather your medical records from doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies. Keep your doctors up to date about your health.

Google Images: Search for images on the web.

Google Image Labeler:is a feature of Google Search that allows you to label images and help improve the quality of Google's image search results.

Google Mashup Editor: is an AJAX development framework and a set of tools that enable developers to quickly and easily create simple web applicationsis. It's a great tool for grabbing information from feeds and letting users see and manipulate it.

Google Mars:View some of the most detailed maps of Mars created by NASA scientists.

Google Moon :have teamed up with scientists at the NASA Ames Research Center to bring you this collection of lunar maps and charts. This tool is an exciting new way to explore the story of the Apollo missions, still the only time mankind has set foot on another world.

Google Maps:View maps, get driving directions, and search for local businesses and services.

Google Maps for mobile: View maps and get directions on your phone.

Google Mobile: Use Google on your mobile phone.

Google Mail. A fan-listing for the new webmail service,

Google Music:Trends:See what Google Talk users are listening to.

Google Notebook: Is a free service offered by Google that provides a simple way to save and organize clips of information when conducting research online.

Google News - now with archive search Search thousands of news stories.

Google Orkut. Social networking and discussion site.

Google: Patent: Search Search the full text of US Patents.

Google Pack: The most popular and essential free programs on Earth including, Google Earth - Google Toolbar for IE- Norton Security Scan - Spyware Doctor - Google Desktop - Picasa photo editor - Firefox with Google Toolbar - Google Photos Screensaver - Adobe Reader - Google Talk - Skype - RealPlayer - StarOffice (includes Java). All 100% free.

Google Page Creator: Create your own web pages, quickly and easily.

Google Product Search: Search for stuff to buy.

Google Ride Finder: Find a taxi, limousine or shuttle using real time position of vehicle.

Google Sets:Automatically create sets of items from a few examples.

Google Scholar: Search scholarly papers.

Googles Site submission. submit your URLs free to their index and get your blogs or sites onto the seach engines. They make no guarantees about when or if they will appear.

Google SketchUp: is a powerful yet easy to learn 3D software tool that combines a simple, yet robust tool-set with an intelligent drawing system that streamlines and simplifies 3D design. From simple to complex, conceptual to realistic, Build and modify 3D models quickly and easily.

Google Special Searches: Search within specific topics.

Google SMS: Use text messaging for quick info.

Google talk: is a new addition to the Google pack. Features of the Google Talk Gadget on your desktop are emoticons, group chat, Desktop notifications from the following services: Gmail-Calendar (with a new snooze option) and Orkut.

Google Translate: View web pages in other languages.

Google Video: Search for videos on Google Video and YouTube.

Google Web Search: Search over billions of web pages.

Google Web Search Features: Find movies, music, stocks, books, and more.

Google Web Accelerator: Speed up the web. Easy to use - Simply install and enjoy faster web browsing in seconds.

Google WebMaster tools.helps you with your crawling and indexing questions, introduce you to offerings that can enhance and increase traffic to your site, and connect you with your visitors.

Google web history: With Web History, you'll be able to View and manage your web activity. Get the search results most relevant to you. Follow interesting trends in your web activity.

Google's Youtube: View some of the best videos on the web with the biggest and best collection of videos . Submit your own videos.

Google TV is coming soon.!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

10 top tips for better image search

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Google Image Search could be used in many ways.

1. If you want to know if a person is a man or a woman and the name doesn't help, do a search for the name.

2. If you don't know the meaning of a word, the pictures may help you.

3. A better search for Flickr. Google uses information from other sites that link to Flickr photos, so you may find Google search better.

4. Find what's interesting about a site, by looking at the pictures included. For example:

5. Find a new wallpaper for your desktop by restricting your search to large images. You can automate this using an application.

6. Find random personal pictures, using standard file names from digital cameras.

7. Type the name of a painter and you can take an art class.

8. Install a Greasemonkey script so you can view the original version of the image directly by clicking on the thumbnail.

9. Find the color of a word. "Word Color is a windows program that uses Google Image Search to determine the color of a word or string of words. It goes out there, retrieves the top 9 images and loops through all pixels, calculating the average hue, which is later converted to a color."

10. If you want to grab search results, GoogleGrab is a tool that downloads images from Google Image Search. It even supports batch search.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Ultimate Golden Mega E-Book collection

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Pocket PC Network Programming

IP Storage Networking: Straight to the Core

Neural Networks: Algorithms, Applications, and Programming

RTP: Audio and Video for the Internet

Wi-Foo: The Secrets of Wireless Hacking

TweakProofing Your Network Second Edition

Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking

Networking for Dummies 7th edition

Network Security Assessment

Network Security Hacks

master in GMail

master in for dummies

master in Wireless Networks For Dummies

Mission Critical Internet Security

master in attack and defense

master in GoogleMaps and GoogleEarth

A Hands-On Guide to Relational Database Design

The Concordance Database Manual

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 For Dummies

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services For Dummies

MySQL Pocket Reference

Creating your MySQL Database

Sams Teach Yourself MySQL in 10 Minutes

SQL for dummies 5th

SQL for dummies 6th

Professional SQL Server 2005 Programming

Flash Remoting: The Definitive Guide

Macromedia Flash 8 for dummies

Macromedia Studio 8 All-in-One

Macromedia Studio MX All-in-One

Beginning Visual Basic 2005

MFC Programming with Visual C++ 6 Unleashed

Visual C++6 for Dummies

Schaum's Outline of Visual Basic

Visual Basic 6 Black Book

Visual Basic 2005 express edition for dummies

Visual Basic 2005 For Dummies

Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition For Dummies

Visual C++ 6 for Dummies Quick Reference for dummies

Programmer's Guide to JavaĆ¢„¢ Certification

Effective Java Programming Language Guide

Java All in one desk Reference for dummies

Java Game Programming for dummies

Java Thread Programming

Java Extreme Programming Cookbook

Java Puzzlers: Traps, Pitfalls, and Corner Cases

Java language specification 3rd

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