Archive for July, 2006

Folders, Folders everywhere….

Morse Laws states that the bigger your hard drive capacity, the more the junk that will tend to accumulate on it. Well we either just leave all files in a single folder or arrange them according to some form of filing. Here’s a time-saving tip for those file & tuck type of arrangement to decrease the amount of time it takes to find the folder you re looking for.

Iconize Your Folders
For me, I tend to change icons for folders in my hard drive to speed up navigation of heavily populated folders, but if you prefer color-coding to icons, then futher down this post, iColorFolder offers an alternative.

Heres’ how to do it:
1. Right-click the folder you d like to change and select Properties.
2. Click on the Customize tab.
3. Click on Change Icon
4. Select an icon of your choosing and hit OK twice. Done.

Color Code Your Folders (with iColorFolder)
This is a open source application that lets you color any folder on your computer with the right-click context menu. This proggie can be downloaded here.

Another law to take into account is the law of diminishing returns and changing too many icons leaves you right where you started.

July 19, 2006 at 6:35 am 1 comment

Working hard or hardly working?

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Work shouldn’t consume our whole lives, but for many of us, it definitely does take up too much space.

July 14, 2006 at 6:54 pm Leave a comment

Change Windows XP Home to Windows XP Pro

Needless to say that the legitamacy of this hack is dubious and you won’t get any support from MS for doing it.

You can’t change an installed Windows but only your Installation CD (or even a recovery CD in case the manufacturer had not left out important parts). So here’s how it gets done.

1. Copy the root directory and the i386 directory of the WindowsXP CD
to your harddisk
2. Extract the Bootsector of your WindowsXP CD
3. Change 2 Bytes in i386\Setupreg.hiv :
a) Open Regedit
b) Highlight HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
c) Menu: File -> Load Structure -> i386\Setupreg.hiv
d) Assign an arbitrary name to the imported structure e.g. “Homekey”
e) Goto HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Homekey\ControlSet001\Services\setupdd
f) edit the binary key “default” and change “01” to “00” and “02” to
“00”
g) Highlight “Homekey” and select menu: File -> unload structure
4. Burn your new XP Pro CD
5. Install WindowsXP as usual. Your XP Home Key will work.

source: Gizmodo

July 11, 2006 at 3:33 am Leave a comment

EngNet World Time Clock

A small little clock that sits in your taskbar that displys world time of your choosing.

grab it here if you’re interested.

July 10, 2006 at 6:28 am Leave a comment

Tabbed Command Line

If it’s one thing I hate, it’s mutiple tabs in my taskbars, coz it’s scarce real estate down there for windows. Aside from my web browser which is opera for it’s tabbed browsing offering, the next thing I spend alot of time on is the command line. With the command line, it’s just as easy to end up with a taskbar and a desktop full of command line prompt windows as it is with web browsers. Well the answer to my silent prayer is Console beta 2.0 which is an open source software that basically a tabbed command line client for windows.

Aside from the tab functionality, it also eases copy & paste, has configurable shortcut keys-assignment and a couple of eye candy tweaks like color and transparency ala KDE’s Konsole.

Here’s a screenie as usual and as you can see i’ve got 3 command line windows tabbed.

So go grab a copy here if you’re interested.

July 7, 2006 at 6:52 am Leave a comment


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