A Free Tool to Convert Various Video File Formats


I had been asked by lot of readers to post a free tool to that converts various video file formats. Though there are lot of other potentially useful softwares available, users have to buy them and are very complicated to use. You wouldn't even require some of the additional features they provide with it. I found this free tool, with which a user can perform all the basic actions to convert a video file and is very easy to use.

So if you are one of these windows users who are looking for a free video converting tool with easy-to-use graphical interface, xFast Video Converter provides just that. xFast Video Converter supports iPhone, iPod, PSP, Zune, avi, mpg, mp4, wmv.

xFast Video Convert is a small, fast, useful, practical and powerful. It has a clean, simple interface. It will work with Windows 95, 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista operating systems.

xFast Video Convert is a completely FREE Software. It contains absolutely NO ADWARE, NO SPYWARE, NO REGISTRATION, NO POPUPS, NO MALWARE or other unwanted software.

You may need the .NET Runtimes in order to run those programs. Download Microsoft .NET Framework Version 2.0.

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How To Edit Right Click Menu and Main Menubar in FireFox


The more extensions and add-ons you install in FireFox the more the length is of a context menu (right click menu). It's then hard to operate when you have to perform an action which frequently require right click menu in firefox. Developers at Mozdev.org have develop a great add-on for firefox with which you can edit not only the context menu but the main menu bar (File, Edit, View etc) as well.

You can rearrange, remove menu items, and if require add back those menu items again. With firefox, all you have to do is press, CTRL+SHIFT+S on your keyboard and that brings up the Menu Editor Options dialog.

To install Menu Editor in Thunderbird, right-click the link given below, choose "Save Link As" and install the downloaded "menuedit.xpi" file using Install button in Thunderbird's Extensions window.

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Provide a Short Summary of Your Contents to eMail Subscribers


Lot of Blogging is going around these days. Everyone is sharing their unique views, knowledge and update news on their blogs. People subscribe to their email subscription to receive these details directly to their email address. If you are a Blogger and have a long list of people subscribed to your blog, you can tweak your subscription to increase your site's traffic. By providing just a small summary of all posts in a single email.

This way, people may find one of your posts interesting and click on it to read in full at your blog. It is very easy to activate this feature. Follow the steps given below.

Sign in to your feedburner account and move on to Optimize tab.
Now look for Summary Burner under Optimize tab and click on it.
When you open Summary Burner, you can set maximum length of characters and you can also paste a teaser. After this click on Activate to activate this feature.
Now your subscribers will receive updates as a Short Summary of your posts.

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Download Windows Automated Installation Kit For Windows 7 Beta


The Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) helps you to install, customize, and deploy the Microsoft Windows 7 beta family of operating systems. The Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) is a set of tools and documentation that support the configuration and deployment of Microsoft Windows operating systems.

By using Windows AIK, you can automate Windows installations, capture Windows images with ImageX, configure and modify images using Deployment Imaging Servicing and Management (DISM), create Windows PE images, and migrate user profiles and data with the User State Migration Tool (USMT). Source

Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7
Download Instructions :

WAIK English : KB3AIK_EN.iso
WAIK German : KB3AIK_DE.iso
WAIK Japanese : KB3AIK_JA.iso

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A Google Based User Friendly Search Engine - Search Cube


Search Engines are getting more and more advanced and user friendly. Search-Cube, is a new search engine which uses Google API as a main source for searching. It displays search results in a 3-Dimensional Cube which you can rotate through your mouse or keyboard. You can search anything just like you search in Google, and this one shows more than 10 results with a preview of a website and contents.

On one hand Search-Cube gives a user friendly interface and ease of previewing websites, on the other hand it gets little, but slower on displaying all the thumbnails of websites. You can see in below image where in I made a search for "Recession"
Some of the features I liked are:

  • You can search by rotating the cube
  • Displays images and web search results inside Cube
  • Easy to search with Search-Cube

Note: Hold Shift key and move mouse to rotate the cube or use arrow keys to rotate cube.

Visit Search-Cube Here

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Google Introduced New Sitemap Generator


Submitting Sitemap is a very essential part in indexing your websites to the search engines. Lets talk about Google search engine. Google sometimes doesn't crawl through each and every page of your site, and so those pages may not be indexed in Google search engine. If you submit a sitemap of your site/blog, all of your pages are automatically crawled and indexed by search engines. But lot of people do not know how to make a sitemap of their website.

Well Google has come up to help you out with it's new tool - "Sitemap Generator". Google Sitemap Generator is a tool installed on your web server to generate the Sitemaps automatically. Unlike many other third party Sitemap generation tools, Google Sitemap Generator takes a different approach: it will monitor your web server traffic, and detect updates to your website automatically.
Google Sitemap generates sitemaps as:

  • XML Sitemaps - for Web Search
  • Mobile Sitemaps - for mobile-friendly websites
  • Code Search Sitemaps - for source code that you make available to use

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Block a Specific Website on Your Computer With URL Blocker


My friend's sun is very addicted to Social Networking sites. Once he starts surfing on the computer he doesn't even move his eyes off the computer screen for more than 4 hours. I suggested my friend URL Blocker. It specifically blocks a particular website, for days or for hours etc. Not only it helped my friend to restrict his sun from accessing Social Networking sites, but he also restricted his nephews playing online games all the time.

URL Blocker is developed by Computer Help. The URL Blocker program is 100% free to download and use. It does not feature any ads and does not collect any of your information from you. The URL Blocker is a very small file that downloads and installs in less than 30 seconds. They also have an uninstaller you can download as well if you would like to uninstall the application.
Some Key Features:
  • Easy to block particular website for particular time or days
  • You can set password for URL Blocker software tool
  • Easy to setup block and can be viewed how many websites are blocked etc.
This tool can also help your child and family members to restrict access to pornographic or unwanted websites. Download this software by clicking a link below.

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Antivirus Programs Adopting New Technology


Security products like Antivirus, Internet Security Suites are all made on the base of Virus Signature Database. This database is actually a collection of mechanism and algorithms of the malicious programs. Antivirus recognizes a malicious program depending on this database and accordingly it identifies, delete and block the malicious program. Howerver, this method of detecting and removing Virus programs have become questionable.

Since everyday new virus programs are written, it is not possible to update their algorithm in the Virus Signature Database, and so most of the Antivirus cannot deal with such threats. Such threats are referred to as Zero-Day Threats. Furthermore, even Antivirus programs have themselves become so complex enough that they can be easily exploited by hackers. It becomes easy for them to make Virus then.

To overcome this situation, a New Age Antivirus is adopting a new technology called Behavioral Engines. As name explains itself, these engines detect malicious programs by their behavior. Infact these new antivirus are going to come up with both, Virus Signature Database & Behavioral Engines. This seems a perfect solution for the new series of security products.

According to Network World, “AVG has completed a deal to acquire Sana Security, which specializes in detecting malicious software based on its behavior. The behavioral technology will be integrated into AVG’s antivirus and Internet security products by the end of June, Smith said. The new feature will not be included into AVG’s free product, but the company could consider doing that in the future”

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Why GMail is Different Than Other eMail Services?


Many people who use GMail find some of it's features different and unable to understand it. May be because they have old traditional eMail accessing habit. You don't find Folders (To Move an eMail from inbox to a specific folder) option, instead GMail uses Labels. GMail uses Archive to simply remove and not delete an eMail from Inbox. To make labelling automatic that sorts your incoming messages, you can use Filters in GMail. gravi_t, explains all the features in a great manner, that make Gmail different. gravi_t has written this knol here.

Labels Vs. Folders:

There are no folders in Gmail, there are labels instead. Labels are better than folders, because they save up space in your account. How? Lets say, you have one email that you want in 3 or 4 different folders. All other email services would make 3 to 4 different copies of the same email and save it in 3 to 4 different folders. But Gmail simply applies 3 to 4 Labels to the same email.

  • Each email is a piece of paper
  • Labels are post-it notes, sticky notes
  • There are default labels, like "Inbox", "Sent items", "Trash" ("Bin"), "Spam"
  • Yyou can also create labels (i.e. sticky notes)

This means that - unlike in other email services - you do not put the emails into folders. You actually attach labels to the emails.

To create labels:

  • Either open the "More options" drop-down list after you selected an email
  • Or go to Settings --> Labels, and type a name in the "Create a new label:" field.
  • You can see a list of all of your labels in the green labels box on the left.


To make labelling automatic, you can set up filters to sort your incoming messages. Here is how to create filters:

  • Either click on the "Create filter" link at the top, to the right of the "Search the web" button
  • Or go to Settings --> Filters, and click on "Create a new filter" at the bottom

The headings on the left of your Gmail page (Inbox, Starred, Chats, Sent Mail, Drafts, All Mail, Spam and Bin) are also filters, preset by Gmail. When you click on them, Gmail gives you a filtered view of all your existing emails based on the name of the heading.


To "remove" an email from the Inbox:

If you want to remove a message from your inbox, DO NOT delete it! You can remove the "Inbox" label from an email - like you take a post-it note off a piece of paper. This is called archiving in Gmail. Select the email and click on "Archive". After this you can find it in All mail or under the label(s) you attached: just click on the name of the label in the green labels box on the left.

Just note that, you cannot remove the Sent mail label. This means that you cannot archive emails from Sent Mail.

Removing a Lable:

To "remove" an email from a label:

You actually remove a label from an email, and not an email from a label. Don't forget, labels are not folders. If you want to remove a label from an email, DO NOT delete the email!

  • Select the email
  • Use the "More actions" drop-down list to remove labels from emails

Deleting eMails:

ONLY emails in Trash and Spam are automatically deleted (after 30 days), all other emails will stay until you delete them (i.e. you put the Trash or Spam label on them). Note that you can also delete emails by accident with your filters, auto forwarding, POP settings or via an IMAP connection. And don't forget, you only have ONE actual copy of your email! If you delete it, it will be removed from all views (Inbox, labels, Sent Mail, All Mail).

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Add Frequently Used Text Phrases into Any Application With a Single Click


The other day I and my cousin were talking about the MS-Word's Macro function that lets us use text phrases anywhere in a Word document with single shot. But it's got many limitations. You can not use that function in any other application/software than Word (Cannot apply in PDF Reader, Wordpad, Notepad etc). Also it doesn't recognize frequently used text phrases automatically. We have to manually enter the details. But today I came across with a software that not only overcomes these limitations, but provides with a bunch of other utilities.

PhraseExpress - No more typing common phrases again. It organizes frequently used text snippets. It also expands abbreviations as you type, say for example, "Sig" for a signature. It not only expands it as "Signature" but also puts in an actual signature with greetings (You have to enter signature at least in advance). The interesting thing about this software is that, it can launch programs/softwares with text shortcuts.

Like in MS-Word, PhraseExpress also Auto-Complete repetitive phrases and correct spelling mistakes, but yes, in any application. You can quickly access to the Windows Clipboard History as well. And all these great features cost you nothing. PhraseExpress is a FREEWARE.

All Features are listed below:

Text Snippets
Spelling Correction
Clipboard Manager
Program Launcher
eMail Signatures
Macro Automation
RSI syndrome prevention

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Confused on Creating a Strong Password?


It is certain that you and everyone else are very much concerned about your security, and your wish to keep your password unbreakable. Most people keep their passwords relating to their personal information. That is strongly not recommended. But now you can, keep your passwords based on your personal information with the help of Password Bird.

Password Bird is one of the many online services which lets you create strong password by jumbling the personal information you give it. It takes your Name, favorite word, Date of birth and then creates a random password by taking prefix or suffix of them to give you a perfect password.

Here is an example:
Enter Your Personal Details and Press "Create Password!" Button.
It Generates First Suggestion, If You Don't Like It Click "Click here and I will make a new one!"
It Generates Another Suggestion, and So You Can Go On Until You Find The One You Can Remember Easily.

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Now Convert Your Blog Using Google Blog Converters


Blogger earlier started to allow users to export/import all contents of their blog. Now you can even convert between your Blogger based Blog and WordPress, LiveJournal, MovableType. You can simply switch over from your current blog platform to another. This new Open Source project easily moves blog posts and comments from one service to another. In addition to this, the source code includes templates for hosting these conversions on Google App Engine.

Here are the direct access links for you to convert your blogs:

Kindly note, it accepts only 1MB file size.

To convert from Blogger to Wordpress you have to export the blog from blogger and import into blogger2wordpress.appspot.com. Same applies for all blogs.

Since it is an Open Source Project, You can Contribute to the project, so check out the source code (download, 2.7 MB zipped). You can also give your feedback in the discussion group.

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FBackup - A Complete Backup and Restore Software for Windows


FBackup is a complete backup tool for Windows Operating Systems (Windows Vista, XP, 2008/2003/2000 Server). This tool not only can backup Windows Files but also Microsoft Outlook profiles, Outlook express data, MS Sql server data, backup without zip compressions. FBackup has a simple interface and guides you through the process of defining a backup job using a friendly wizard that asks you:

  • Where do you want to store the backup (the destination).
  • What do you want to backup (the sources).
  • How do you want to run the backup (using full backup that zips the files, or mirror backup that doesn't zip them).
  • When do you want to run the backup (you can schedule it to run autmatically or run it manually).
Once a backup job is defined you can run it manually by pressing the Backup button, or if you added a scheduler it will run automatically. What makes it more powerful is that, it can easily back up sources from local drives (including USB connected drives) to destinations such as USB/Firewire connected devices or mapped network locations. It creates either standard zip files (when using the full backup type), or exact copies of the original sources without any compression.

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Install Ubuntu Without Partitioning Hard Disk


It's a great news for all Windows users to try your hands on Ubuntu. Now you can install Ubuntu without interrupting your Windows Operating System, even without partitioning your Hard Disk. For starters, it is to be noted that Ubuntu is a computer operating system, that has consistently been rated among the most popular of the many Linux distributions.

It is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. Whether you use it at home, at school or at work Ubuntu contains all the applications you'll ever need, from word processing and email applications, to web server software and programming tools.

Steps to install Ubuntu Without Partitioning Windows.

1. Insert your Ubuntu 8.10 CD and select install inside windows as shown below picture.
2. Now Ubuntu setup opens as show below picture .
3. Enter user name, password and select the drive for installation.

4. The image files will be copied to selected drive and while rebooting you can get new boot menu with both windows and Ubuntu.

5. To uninstall Ubuntu, boot into windows and go to add/remove programs in control panel, uninstall Ubuntu Os.

Note: If you have any other versions of Ubuntu, install it via wubi tool

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You Can Download Your Twitter Archive


Twitter has been around on internet since long now. With a database reaching back to December 2007, one may require to download full Twitter Archive. This is now possible through TweetScan. Most people reviewed Twitter search engine TweetScan irrelevant after competitor Summize was acquired by Twitter. But today Pete Cashmore from Mashable, discovered a little-known (but long-standing) feature of the service that' incredibly useful.

You can easily download your Twitter archive at a page called TweetScan Data. The benifits, according to TweetScan are listed below:
  • Archive past exchanges
  • Publish links and quotes
  • Follow up on past projects
  • Access offline
  • View and reconnect with contacts
The only downside: like most Twitter apps, you need to enter your Twitter username and password to access the service. We consider TweetScan to be reputable, but there’s growing doubt about whether this is really the best means of Twitter authentication. Source

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Popular Blogging Platform - WordPress Founder Turns 25


Founder of Wordpress, popular open-source blogging software, Matt Mullenweg turned 25 today. After quitting his job at CNET, he has devoted the majority of his time to developing a number of open source projects and is a frequent speaker at conferences. In addition to developing massively popular Blogging Software, Mullenweg was named among the 25 Most Influential People on the Web in 2008 and one of the Top 30 Under 30.

It is kind of funny to write Matt turns 25, since most founders normally turn old . Mullenweg attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts where he studied jazz saxophone. Matt is also a Dvorak Keyboard user.

At his blog, Matt says: “If you had asked me 7 years ago where I would be today I couldn’t have imagined all of the amazing things that have happened, the incredible people I’ve met, and the communities that I’ve become a part of.”

Happy Birth Day Matt!!!

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