Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Get Facebook Messenger for Windows Now

Facebook Messenger Logo

Some of you might have read a report back in November about Facebook working on a version of Messenger for Windows. The app itself is still in a private BETA, but the folks over at The Windows Club found a public link with which you can download and try it out.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

4 Great Tools for Distraction Free Writing

With all the social networking, video streaming and other entertaining sites, it’s insanely easy to lose focus of what you are doing writing. Thankfully, we have many options when it comes to creating ourselves a distraction free writing environment. After a bit of messing around, The following tools are really good at what they do. 

Friday, December 16, 2011

Get Access to Soluto’s new Remote Access Software

Soluto is a well-known anti-frustration software that helps users speed up their Windows PCs by cutting down unwanted processes in the background during boot-up. Although, it hasn’t been doing anything special till now, the user-interface and the information provided in the software has been extremely useful to amateurs and power users alike. Without resting on their past success, Soluto is now embarking on a new product that lets you provide remote support.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

List of Useful Windows Tools (from Scott Hanselman)

Not often do we find a list of awesome tools for Windows users at this point of time when everyone is focussed on writing more about tablets and smartphone apps. Scott Hanselman’s list of helpful Windows software is one of the best (and diverse) I’ve ever seen and I’m pretty sure you’ll discover something great for your needs even after casually skimming through it. Also, don’t forget to bookmark it.

Scott Hanselman’s 2011 Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List for Windows

Saturday, November 26, 2011

5 Tips to better use Safari on Windows

I’ve been using Safari as my default browser (on Windows 7) for exactly a month and frankly, I’ve got a lot of good things to say about it. Before we get started with the article, you should remember that the Safari browser for Windows gets a step-motherly treatment when compared to the mac version. Many extensions aren’t compatible with the Windows version (XMarks is one offender that comes to mind right now) and at times, the browser doesn’t really play well with pages that are heavy with flash content. Despite all this I loved the browser for certain features like reading list, reader, the sexy font rendering (I know you can get it on Windows but since Google Chrome runs on a sandbox it doesn’t really work), the clean UI; although a bit clunky.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Gmail Tells You If You Use An Old Password & it Isn’t Great

gmail-old-password-used

Techdows reported that Gmail gives you a notification if you use an old password when logging in. While this is a great thing if you haven’t logged into your account in months and someone changed your password, it opens up a new security breach for the normal user.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

List of Free Services to Send Large Files Online

Comic Credit: xkcd

Every now and then, we need to share a file with someone over the Internet that’s too large to fit a Gmail attachment. At that moment, it’s difficult to think of a service that lets you get the job done. In this post, I’ll be listing services in a descending order based on the maximum file size that they allow so that you can quickly take a look whenever you need to share a big file.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

How to fix your Hacked Facebook account?

Unless you don’t have friends on Facebook, you’d know that lots of Facebook users have become victims to a particular scam that hacks your account and posts really inappropriate images on your wall (which is totally visible to all your friends or even the public in some cases). If you are one of these victims, here’s what you have to do to get back access to your account and fix all the inconvenience that has been caused by your account to others.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

How To Get Desktop Notifications on Firefox?

As a Firefox user, if you’ve always envied the desktop notifications on Google Chrome, here’s some good news. An add-on will now let you replicate the same feature on Firefox. Here’s how you can get it.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Echofon for Windows is out!

 

Echofon for Windows

If you are looking for a Twitter client with clean interface and without much bells and whistles, Echofon is the one to go for. Previously, Echofon was available only for Apple’s devices and Firefox and now, they’ve just launched a beta for Windows users. Download the software and give it a spin. With multiple accounts and syncing with their iPhone app, chances are that you’ll fall in love with it!

Download Echofon BETA for Windows

Get Dropbox Download Stats with "300 Milligrams"

I used my Dropbox public folder extensively when sharing files with friends on Facebook groups, but one feature that I wanted was download analytics. Although a lot of users can live without it, some will really appreciate it.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Twitter Account Hacked? Here’s how you can fix it.

Of late, many of my friends on Twitter have been sending Direct Messages to me that goes like “found this bad blog about you” and other similar lines that’s bound to intrigue anyone. Clicking on the link takes you to a site that looks exactly like Twitter’s homepage requesting your login credentials. Innocent users believe that their session has expired and provide their login details after which the sham site redirects the user to the real site as if they just logged in.

After this incident, the user’s Twitter account will start sending out Direct Messages with a similar link to others while tweeting the infectious link as well. If you see this happening to your account, here’s how to fix it and make your account secure again.

8 Awesome Dropbox Services (Updated)

I’ve always advocated the use of Dropbox here at PC Geek and while the service itself is very useful there’s no way to put all that cloud storage work the way you want it to. In this post, I’ll be listing some interesting services that work with Dropbox to get the job done.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Windows 8 Release Date

I don’t usually publish news here, but this one was just too good to avoid.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Giveaway – WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

winX HD video converter deluxe

Digiarty software is giving away free licenses ($35.95 otherwise) to WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe, which as the name suggests is an all-in-one (HD) video converter. All you need to do is download the software from here and use the license key AF-TUTNTOZV-HQMMKP to activate and make sure that you do it before the 10th November 2011.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

10 Tips & Tricks for Google Docs

This is a guest post by David Lazar from PDFConverter.com

More and more people are flocking to Google Docs for all of their office suite needs, and it’s really no surprise with the way the service continues to evolve.

Now is a better time than ever to hop aboard the Google Docs bandwagon and check out all of the great new features that are being offered completely free of charge.

Google Docs does not have the restraints that desktop office suites have, in the sense that they need to wait a couple of years to introduce new changes once a new version of the suite is fully created. Google Docs continues to be a work in progress that is constantly changing and adding new features that are turning heads and making a lot of people switch completely from their desktop office programs to Google Docs.

Here are some of the latest and most significant features that Google Docs has added in its quest to offer the ultimate evolving office suite for all your needs.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Find Out How Long You’ve Been Using Your PC With PC On/Off Time [Quick Tip]

PC On Off Time

Ever wanted to know how much time your spending in front of your PC every day? Neuber has come up with a nifty little portable tool called “PC On/Off Time” that lets you find out how you’ve been spending time with your PC from the beginning (unless you recently cleared out everything to reinstall Windows). The best thing about this software is that it’s portable and does nothing to the system. You will also be able to get all the data accurately within seconds without having to install a solution and monitor everything.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Remotely Access Another PC With A Chrome Extension [Quick Tip]

If you’ve used a software like TeamViewer, LogMeIn or the Remote Desktop Connection that comes with Windows you’ll be familiar with remotely accessing someone’s PC.

Friday, October 7, 2011

6 Tips To Make The Most Of CCleaner

I’ve recommended CCleaner on multiple occasions in this blog and if you are a regular reader, you probably have CCleaner installed on your PC. Although the occasional cleaning that you do helps your PC, most users don’t dig deep enough into CCleaner. In this post, you’ll find out some stuff about CCleaner which your probably didn’t know about.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Facebook teams up with WOT to protect its users (Updated)

This post was originally published on May 15, 2011

Of late, we’ve been seeing a lot of spam on Facebook. There are malicious apps which promise you to reveal the names of people who are viewing your profile to forecasting how you’ll look like when you grow old. Although, savvy users don’t fall for stuff like this, we often see our walls full of spam posted by our friends and we end up reporting endless amounts of spam to Facebook.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Mozilla Firefox 7.0–Download Links

Firefox 7.0 is now moving to the release channel and the announcement will be official within the next 24 hours. If you are interested in trying out this stable release before it’s officially out, just click on the appropriate links after the break to download the browser from Mozilla’s servers.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Alternatives to Deck.ly

Deck.ly, the TweetDeck service that allowed users to tweet more than 140 characters by appending a link is no more and although many of us find it annoying to come across a deck.ly link, it can be very useful when you have to express a 140+ worded thought in a hurry. If you miss the service, these are some alternatives that you should check out.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

3 Great Ways to Permanently Delete Files

A lot of users tend to think that deleting a file makes it irrecoverable. While this is true to some extent, recovering deleted files using data recovery software is completely possible with a tool like Recuva. When you hit the ‘Delete’ option on your PC, the operating system only removes the file from its index while the actual components that make up the file are totally intact. The file is removed only after many write attempts over the same block in your Hard-disk and this could happen in smaller hard-disks naturally over a period of time (usually, many years). But, if you just deleted sensitive data and want to make sure that no one gets access to it you will need to use a tool that will overwrite the blocks on your hard disk many times, thereby rendering your data irrecoverable. This may sound sophisticated, but it’s pretty easy to accomplish. In this post, I’ll be listing 3 simple tools that will help you deleted your data, literally!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Non-Admin Chrome Frame is out! [Updated]

(Originally Published on June 21, 2011)

Google Chrome frame has long been the godsend for users who are stuck with corporate computers running IE6/7 as the only browser. Although Chrome frame has been successful there was one HUGE obstacle. Most of these corporate machines did not give administrative privileges to its users and the to install Chrome frame you need to be an administrator.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Offline Storage is back on Gmail…almost!

Offline storage for Gmail which was once provided with the help of Google Gears is no longer active at least on Chrome, but Google quickly set the wheels in motion to put the feature back into the market. This time, in the form of an app in Chrome’s Web Store.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Delete Entries from Context Menu with Context Menu Editor [Quick Tip]

A normal Windows computer goes through a lot of software installs and eventually, uninstalls throughout it’s life and although we remove a program from the computer, we find traces of the same left behind (unless you use Revo uninstaller) and the context menu is one of those places where you can almost find a list of software that were once installed in your PC.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Install Dropbox for Multiple users on Windows

Dropbox for everyone!

If you’ve been using Windows 7/Vista, you would’ve noticed that it isn’t possible to install Dropbox for a standard non-admin user and if you tried running the setup file from one such user account, UAC will jump in and ask for the admin password to let you continue. While Vista users have Dropboxen, the program isn’t compatible with Windows 7. Here’s how you can install Dropbox on any user account that you want.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011

Ignore SPAM mails with Filter [Gmail]

I’ve been reading tweets about people complaining that even though they’ve hit the ‘Mark as SPAM’ button for a particular email sender, they end up getting mails from the sender in their inbox. This isn’t a bug and hitting ‘Mark as SPAM’ doesn’t guarantee that emails from the person lands into the SPAM folder although Gmail learns about it. The SPAM system works based on crowdsourcing and if the particular sender is blacklisted by many users, he/she will end up in the SPAM folder sometime in the future, but until then if you are looking to prevent that email landing into your inbox, the only plausible solution is using the email filters (a very under-used feature) in Gmail.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Get back Mac-like font rendering on Safari for Windows [Quick Tip]

If you had recently updated to Safari 5.1 or installed it on your PC anticipating the Mac OS like font smoothing you’d be disappointed since Apple has changed the default font rendering on Safari to the one we see on Windows (Clear Type or otherwise). But, the good news is that you can always switch to font smoothing and make it look like you’ve always wanted. Here’s what you need to do.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

How to Automatically Shut Down your Computer? [Windows]

This is a guest post by Dominic Acito

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Google Plus Referral links are out!

Inviting people to Google Plus is a mundane task since you will have to key in the email addresses every time. To avoid all this and to make the process even more seamless, Google has announced referral links which can be shared among your group so that they can get into Google Plus.

Friday, August 5, 2011

How to get the Preview Pane on Gmail?

Gmail Preview Pane(Click to enlarge)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Download Windows 7 Bootable Image with SP1

Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 arrived back in February 2011 and most of us have either downloaded it manually or through Windows Updates. The Windows installation disk which we've been using till now does not have SP1 integrated to it. Here are links from where you can download a bootable ISO image of Windows 7 with Service Pack 1.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Grooveshark vs. Spotify - A Comparison

This is a guest post by Susan Wells.

How to Cross-Post from Google+ to Facebook & Twitter? (Updated)

Although Google Plus is a great service with millions of users already in, one thing that has been discouraging users from actively using it is the chore of cross-posting their links and status updates across all the networks separately. Google Plus doesn’t have a public developer API yet and this prevents software like TweetDeck or Hootsuite from adding Google Plus among their other offerings. In this post, we’ll find out how to automatically push your content on Google Plus to Facebook and Twitter.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Google Plus Huddle : Change these settings NOW!

If you are using Google Plus, you probably would have heard about Huddles. The default settings related to Huddle aren't set properly and here's what you might want to change.

Clickatell and Mobango blocked in India [BSNL]

More sites blocked in India!

2 Exotic ways to send a Tweet

If you use Twitter, you’d obviously know about the various twitter clients that provide you with a totally different user experience. Although, the popular ones are very good most of us aren’t aware of the uncommon ones – that ones that can be really useful to certain users. Here’s are 2 very different ways to use Twitter.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Search through Google Plus [Quick Tip]

The best thing about Twitter is the real-time search and it's insanely useful when you are having trouble with something and you want to find out whether it's just you. Facebook on the other hand doesn't provide search, but Google Plus does!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Keep your PC updated with Secunia PSI

Keeping all the software updated can be pretty difficult and a lot of users I know skip them and you ultimately end up having a computer that is prone to a lot of security issues. We’ve already seen tools that help you with this, but I’ve recently started using Secunia PSI and feel that it’s the best one out there. Here’s why.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Find the devices connected to your WLAN with Wireless Network Watcher

The ever-awesome Nirsoft has come up with a freakishly simple portable tool to let you find out the various devices currently connected to your Wi-Fi network and if you think someone else is leeching on your broadband, this tool will be definitely helpful in confirming that.

Monday, July 11, 2011

5 Killer Chrome Extensions that work with Google Plus

Google Plus has been around for some time now and I’ve begun liking it although it’s still not ready to entirely replace Facebook or Twitter. In this short duration, developers have built super-awesome extensions to improve your experience with plus. Without much ado, let’s take a look at some of the best extensions that work with Google Plus.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Uninstall Programs from the Context Menu [Windows]

UninstallWhen you are on Windows, you need to go to the Control Panel > Programs and Features to uninstall something. This method requires more than just a few clicks and could make us put-off uninstalling something that we don’t need and we tend to leave it at that till the system breaks or otherwise. Here’s how you can uninstall something from the context menu.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Google Plus Tips You Should Know [A Virtual Exit]

Google Plus has been around for more than a week and it has garnered a lot of attention. But, the problem is  everyone signs up for the service and they don't really post/comment anything and this is because we're all used to Facebook and Twitter and Google Plus looks new to us.

Friday, July 1, 2011

How To Get The New Gmail THIS INSTANT?

The New Gmail

(Click to enlarge)

Google has been on a revamping spree this week and the newest service to get some love is Gmail. This new redesign of Gmail goes well with the new Google search page, Google + and the black bar (yes, it all seems appropriate now). If you are interested in trying this out, just follow the steps below.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

How to delete all your Tweets on Twitter?

Have you ever felt like you wanted to start afresh on Twitter? If yes, keep reading.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Get back the light Google NAVBar (instead of black)

For the last 2-3 days, we’ve been seeing a black NAV bar on top of Google’s pages instead of the light coloured one we are used to. The black bar isn’t really appropriate for light pages and here’s how you can fix it.

Get Office 2010 SP1 now!

Microsoft Office 2010 has been around from June last year and I’ve been seeing mostly positive opinions from people using it. Although, it didn’t bring anything ground breaking, it’s faster than Office 2007 and sports a good looking Interface. It’s now time for the first service pack!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Tips to Secure Email Accounts amidst all the Lulz

Of late, we’ve been seeing a lot of web services getting hacked and there’s no guarantee that you’ll always stay out of trouble.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Send files to Dropbox as an email

Dropbox is slowly becoming ubiquitous to most internet users and if you haven’t signed up for an account with them already, I urge you do.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Make the Les Paul doodle Immortal

Les Paul Doodle

[Google Chrome] Google managed to put up a really awesome playable guitar doodle on it’s homepage on Les Paul’s 96th birthday. The sad thing is that the doodle is no more live on Google’s homepage although it impressed a huge number of users. If you liked it, here’s how you can get the doodle on Google.com forever.

Monday, June 6, 2011

4 Nifty Browser Tools for the Bookmark Junkie

We all have lots of websites bookmarked, hoping that we’ll be able to reach them whenever we need them. To do this, you need to spend some time organizing your bookmarks into folders to avoid confusion when you are in a hurry. After you’ve categorized them for easy access, you can improve your browser by installing bookmark related extensions to make the experience even more seamless. On that note, let’s take a look at some really effective browser extensions which will make bookmarks even more awesome.
 

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Tips to Manage your Twitter Overload

When you are new to Twitter, you take a while to investigate the profile of users before you start following them. A little ways down the road, you would have accumulated a fairly decent list of people whom you follow and you begin to face information overload. This could become overwhelming and wasteful after some time; thus hampering your Twitter experience. Here are some tips to not just follow people, but also their tweets.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

How to Hide the Address bar in Chrome?

Of late, we’ve been hearing a lot about hiding the address bar/toolbar on Chrome. While the story has trended online, not many users actually experienced the feature since it’s restricted to the developer builds of Google Chrome. In this post, we’ll take a look at how to hide the address bar on Chrome/Chromium.

Friday, May 20, 2011

5 Lesser Known Tips for VLC Media Player

Almost everyone I know have started using VLC Media Player as their default application to play videos and music. In this post, I’m listing 5 tricks that’ll help you do more with VLC.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Revo Uninstaller Giveaway–Winners

Last week, we had announced a giveaway of Revo Uninstaller’s professional version and decided that we would choose 5 winners. So, here they are.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Revo Uninstaller PRO - Giveaway

We’ve already advocated the use of Revo Uninstaller here at PC Geek. Although the free version provides you with innumerable features that will help you maintain your PC; the premium version has more  like Forced uninstall which makes it a better choice.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Find the Tab you want with Tab Menu extension for Chrome

Chrome

When we have a lot of tabs opened in Google Chrome it’s almost impossible to find out a particular website since the tabs are all shrunken. Hovering your pointer over the tabs is the only way out if you don’t have the Tab Menu extension.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Manage movies on your PC with Movie Monkey

Movie Monkey2

If you have a ton of movies on your Windows PC, there’s nothing better than Movie Monkey to organize them. Sure, we all find it good enough to move through the folders manually and double-click to open them, but Movie Monkey does more than that!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Improve Internet Explorer with Google Toolbar 7

I’ve always felt that IE9 was hollow unlike the others. The add-on gallery of Internet Explorer was revamped recently, but the collection out there is still the same. Without much ado, let’s see what Google Toolbar can bring to the table:

Saturday, April 16, 2011

3 Lesser Known uses of Revo Uninstaller

Revo Uninstaller is a popular software that helps you completely uninstall programs from your PC, including registry keys and some residual files which are usually left behind by the built-in installer. Users generally install Revo to be able to *just* uninstall their software. But, in this post you’ll find out that it can do a lot more than just that!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

How to Force Aspect Ratio on VLC Media Player?

I’m a big fan of TV Shows and VLC Media Player is all I use to play them on my PC. Sometimes, the shows I download are in SD i.e. 4:3 aspect ratio and it looks bad on my widescreen (23”) monitor and every time I ended up changing the Aspect Ratio after the video started.

Opera Turbo lets you access some US-Specific sites

Opera Turbo

I’ve been fooling around with Opera for a while and just found that Opera Turbo – a mode that’ll serve your webpages after passing them through Opera’s servers to reduce their size to improve your surfing experience on a slow internet connection does one more interesting thing for us non-Americans. It lets you access certain US-Specific content online!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Blogs Similar to that of Download Squad [UPDATED]

It was sad to see the famous Software blog Download Squad shutting down. I have to admit that it was one of my favourite blogs and the reason I have been regularly reading blogs on my RSS reader is because of the presence of Download Squad. Although no one can match up to Download Squad’s potential, there are some blogs which are very similar and awesome as well! I’d recommend you check them out.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Flock Browser is Shutting Down!

flock

Flock, the social browser previously based on Mozilla’s Gecko engine and now on Chromium is shutting down.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Keep Track of TV Shows you watch with Seriesly [Screenshot Tour]

Seriesly Logo

If you love TV Shows and usually watch them online, it is difficult to find out when there’s going to be a new episode unless you keep checking their Wikipedia Episodes page every now and then. Adding to the misery, if you end up being a fan of shows that regularly go on a hiatus you’ll lose track and finally stop watching the show.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

How to get Hotmail Desktop Notifications on IE9?

Microsoft recently announced a cool email notification feature for your Hotmail account. This works when the site is added to the Windows 7 Tab and we’re going to have a detailed look about how to do it right!

Monday, April 4, 2011

ALERT: Don’t authorize ‘Profile Spy’ app on Twitter

Profile Spy

There’s a Twitter app which claims to find out the number of times your Twitter page has been viewed by visitors and as expected it isn’t real. If you come across a link that asks you to grant access to you Twitter account for the ‘Profile Spy’ app, DON’T.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Disable Dynamic Views for your blog

This is Dynamic View

Blogger recently came up with Dynamic views for blogs hosted by them. This service enables your readers to read your blogger blog in many attractive formats and all they have to do is add /view with the URL. However, the dynamic view pages currently do not serve your AdSense ads and if you are concerned about monetizing you can disable this feature for your blog. Here’s how to do it.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Finding the list of About Pages in Firefox 4

The “about” pages in Firefox are very popular. In fact, savvy users totally dig the about:config that lets you configure and customize nearly every aspect of the browser.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Expect Chrome OS Netbooks to arrive by June

This is exciting news! Netbooks running on Chrome OS will debut by June this year.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hide YouTube comments with Extensions/UserScripts

YouTube is awesome, but it’s comments section is one of the worst-used parts of the Internet. Here’s how you can hide the comments and make sure that you don’t waste time *even accidentally* reading them.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Open Links in Text Only mode using Google Chrome

Ever come across pages full of flash and ads that make the actual content look insignificant? The Open links in text only mode extension for Google Chrome is here to help.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Get the new Google Chrome Icon

Chrome Icon

Get the new Chrome icon even on your Stable/BETA installation.

Monday, March 21, 2011

4 Start Page Extensions for Chrome

The Homepage of your browser can literally define what you are going to do for the rest of your session. In this post, I am listing some extensions that act as a start page to help you kick-start your browsing session on Google Chrome.

Friday, March 18, 2011

A Comparison between Chrome 10 and IE9

Chrome 10 and IE9 both debuted recently and this is the best time to take a look at what the browsers have in store for their users. In an article for Killer Tech Tips, I compare both the browsers on some categories that really matter.

Read the full article on KillerTechTips.com >>

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

How to activate HTTPS on your Twitter account?

Facebook recently announced the ability to access their website on HTTPS for everyone and it looks like Twitter isn’t far behind.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Get H.264 video support on Chrome 10

New versions of browsers usually get added features, unusually Google Chrome 10 (Stable) loses a feature – H.264 Video Support. Google has removed support for H.264 video to encourage web developers to use open standards like Google’s own VP8 video encoding.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

How to stop being mentioned by Paper.li? [Quick Tip]

Paper.li is service a that grabs links tweeted by the people you follow on Twitter and organizes them into a virtual paper for easy reading. This process happens pretty much every day and if you follow a large number of users, chances are that both your main and mentions timeline are totally spammed by the paper.li bot on behalf of users.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Upgrading through every version of Windows–DOS5 to Windows 7 [VIDEO]

A Software evolves over time and changes according to the user expectations of a particular period. You can definitely point out the differences between Windows 98 and Windows 7. In this video from YouTube user ‘The Rasteri’ (Andrew Tait), you will be shown how the upgrade process in Microsoft Windows works. He starts by installing MS DOS 5, applying a colour scheme and installing some standard software that can run on the ancient OS, then he keeps upgrading from one OS to another till he finally reaches Windows 7. The best part is that the games and other primitive apps installed in DOS 5 are still present in Windows 7, although the color scheme changed starting from Windows XP. The entire video takes about 10 minutes to complete, but it should have taken Andrew over 10 hours! I recommend you take a look at this video.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Windows 7 SP1 Installation Error Fixes & Precautions

Windows 7 SP1 came out last week and I’ve already seen a lot of users vent their anger about the error messages during installation and how it paralyzed their Windows activation status even if they had properly licensed copies of Windows. In this post, I am going to guide you towards a hassle-free installation of Windows 7 SP1.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Get Safari’s Reader function on Google Chrome

When Safari 5 came out, everyone was crazy about the Reader it offered. If you came across a heavily ad-filled, cluttered page you can simply click the reader button to be able to view just the article. This feature had become quite common among a lot of users. Now, If you are using Google Chrome and want to stay away from AdBlockers for ethical reasons, the TidyRead extension is perfect! It offers the Safari’s reader feature on Chrome. Let’s see how it works after the break.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Chrome gets a LinkedIn Extension

Google Chrome has always had a dearth of extensions working with LinkedIn but not anymore. LinkedIn for Chrome is the newest (Unofficial) LinkedIn extension that lets you post updates, and do most of the common interactive stuff. It also lets you easily share pages in a click. If you are a LinkedIn fan, this extension is a must-have.

Monday, February 21, 2011

How to get Priority Inbox on Microsoft Outlook?

I am a big fan of Gmail’s Priority Inbox feature and to be frank it really saves a lot of time if you receive many emails regularly. Now, If you are fated to use Microsoft Outlook in your office here’s how you can get the Priority Inbox feature into outlook (even for non-Gmail accounts) to stay more productive!

How to Read QR Codes using your Webcam

QR Code

QR Codes are being increasingly being implemented these days, thanks to the smartphones that have amazing apps to read them. Recently, I found an advertisement in a newspaper that mentioned just a QR Code and nothing else. Many basic cell phones can be configured to pick up these codes but the software that’s being used is pathetic and they end up giving inconsistent results. Now, If you don’t have a cell phone that can read QR codes, you are pretty much stuck.

Friday, February 18, 2011

HTC Desire- Love, Hate [RANT]

I just bought the HTC Desire this week and have been playing with it for awhile now. Here’s my opinionated love-hate about this handset.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Protect your Short URL with a Password

Have you ever wanted to share a short URL that needs a password in order to redirect the user to the actual web page?

Saturday, February 12, 2011

How to use Goo.gl URL Shortener with TweetDeck?

Goo.gl with TweetDeck

TweetDeck supports a lot of URL shortening services, but if you are in love with Goo.gl you are left with no love. Find out after the break about how to use Goo.gl with TweetDeck Auto URL shortening.

IE9 - Get some Extensions already! [RANT]

Internet Explorer 9 has been a very good browser considering it’s BETA tag. Although, it tries to ape Google Chrome, IE9 has been very good in it’s own way, specially when it tries to block your toolbars (and sadly some extensions) in order to speed up the browser.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Autorun removed in 2000/XP/Vista with Update 967940

Versions of Windows older than 7 were prone to infections due to one major reason – AUTORUN! Whenever you insert a USB flash drive that has an infected autorun.inf file, your computer gets infected. This, however won’t happen from now on thanks to an update from Microsoft.

Monday, February 7, 2011

List of Wikipedia Browser Extensions

Wikipedia has become a very integral part of our lives, so much that we can’t imagine a day without it’s presence. In this post, We’ll be having a look a Browser extensions that make Wikipedia easily accessible and fun to use.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Panda Cloud Antivirus hits v1.4 [Giveaway]

We’re fans of Panda Cloud Antivirus here at PC Geek. Both the Free and the PRO versions provide decent security. Version 1.4 brings in minor changes to the software.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Google Voice in India

Looks like Google Voice is now in India. When I logged into my Gmail Apps account in the morning (5th February 2011) I was able to see an option called ‘Call Phone’. Clicking on it showed me Google Voice.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Roundup & Some Statistics of January ‘11 at PC Geek

We’re back with another edition of our monthly roundups to present you with the best of PC Geek during the previous month. Let’s have a look at how January was.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Get Windows 7 Ultimate features on your Home Basic

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Windows 7 Ultimate retails at $220 according to Microsoft’s website and not everyone will be able to afford it. In this article, we’ll take a look at getting some of those features on your Windows 7 Starter/Home Basic or Premium.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Why can’t I use the Hard Disk Space as RAM?

Something amazing happened! We got our first reader question on PC Geek. Without much ado, let’s get started.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Verify Senders on Gmail with an Authentication Icon [Tip]

Phishing mails have become very common and I’ve received a lot of them (until I recently changed my email address). Gmail Labs has a very nifty feature that will allow you to easily differentiate between a phishing email and a scam mail.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

6 Simple Tips to be More Productive on Gmail

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Gmail is an excellent approach to email from Google, but just having an account will not make you stand apart from the crowd. In this post, I am going to mention 6 simple Tips to be more productive while using Gmail. The tips aren’t something spectacularly innovative, they are just about features which were present all this time.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Find Out if a Page uses HTML5 [Opera & Chrome]

HTML5 is pretty new to the web and not all sites use it. Finding out whether a website uses HTML5 is not always obvious. If you are interested in Web Technologies, you’ll dig this extension called HTML5 Powered.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Get Analytics for your Public Files on Dropbox

If you have been using Dropbox for a while, you’d be aware about the hot linking feature which allows you to let people download the file in your Dropbox Public folder with a link provided by you. This feature is pretty useful and we’ve seen posts from the blogosphere about using it to power one’s blog images, templates and the like. If you offer downloads on your website using this service; you may be interested to find out the number of people who downloaded a file. Dropbox does not offer analytics, but there’s a workaround to get statistics without much difficulty.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Never Miss a DM on Twitter… again!

The New Twitter works fast and scores on almost every other category over the Old Twitter. But, there’s one huge flaw! There’s absolutely no way to be notified about a DM (Direct Message) you receive.  In this article, we’ll have a look at a workaround (in Google Chrome) which will make sure that you’ll never overlook another Direct Message on Twitter.

Friday, January 14, 2011

A Guide to Making the Most out of your Capped Internet Connection

Not all of us are fortunate enough to have unlimited access to the Internet. In some places, unlimited plans are synonymous with SLOW transfer rate and you inevitably have to settle for a plan with a ridiculous bandwidth cap. In this post, I’ve put together some methods in order to save bandwidth and make the most out of your Internet connection.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Enable Auto-Sync in Evernote and Stay Ahead of your Notes

The desktop version of Evernote isn’t really sync-friendly. If you write something and close the program; the stuff you just wrote won’t be on Evernote’s cloud which means you won’t find it anywhere else other than your computer and if you are really forgetful like me, this can be a big problem.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Enable Keyboard Shortcuts in Skype [Quick Tip]

If you use Skype regularly, you will definitely miss the keyboard shortcuts. By default, keyboard shortcuts are not enabled in Skype, but you can set them up in a few minutes.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Open Chrome Web Apps in Context Menu

There has been a lot of extensions featuring different ways to open web apps instead of  using the ‘New Tab’ page. Here’s one more in that line; Apps list from Context Menu allows you to open an installed Chrome Web App by just right clicking on a web page and choosing Apps > App Name. The App opens in a new tab (as expected).

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

How To Use Selective Sync in Dropbox

The latest version of Dropbox includes a nifty feature called ‘Selective Sync’. It allows you to choose the folders which are to be synced to your computer while the rest stays only on the Dropbox cloud. This is very relevant for users with a low disk space. In this post, we’ll see how to get started with Selective Sync on Dropbox. Make sure that you have upgraded to the latest version, since Selective Sync is not available for versions older than 1.0.10.

5 Easy Ways to Share a File

Sharing files effortlessly is one thing everyone must be able to do online. People tend to be desperate although there are a slew of amazing services offering file sharing. In this post, I will be listing 5 services that make this simple.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

UEFI: The Next-Gen BIOS [A Complete Walkthrough in Plain English]

Have you been hearing about UEFI coming into PCs this year? If yes, you’d probably be excited about it. If you don’t have the faintest idea about UEFI this article should get you started.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Roundup–December 2010

December has been quite a busy month with over 35 posts on PC Geek. Check out the list below for some of the highly read/re-tweeted posts. Also, December was full of posts pertaining to Google Chrome, so if you are a fan of Chrome I am sure you’ll enjoy reading the list after the break.