Remove “Shortcut” text from new created shortcuts in Windows XP, Vista and Seven

It’s annoyance for many users (including myself) that the “Shortcut” text is added to the name of any newly created shortcuts and you have to manually edit them to remove that text. Well, there is a easy registry hack that when you create a new shortcut to a program, the annoying text won’t appear anymore. Let’s see how we do that:

- open up the Registry Editor through the start menu search box (search for ‘regedit’)

- browse down to the following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

- on the right-hand side you should find a key called ‘link’ with the value: 1b 00 00 00


- open this key up (and change the ’1b’ to ’00′ instead; you should have now ‘with 00 00 00 00′
- restart the computer or log off -log in and you’re done, any newly created shortcut will be without the “Shortcut” text

Note: This will affect only the shortcuts that you create from now on.

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Configure Yahoo Messenger to save a history of all your conversations

By default, Yahoo Messenger doesn’t save your messages, alerts and conferences but you can enable this feature manually. Click the ‘Preferences’ option in the Yahoo Messenger menu, select ‘Archive’, select ‘Save all my messages’ and after that just hit the ‘OK’ button. That’s all, from now on, a history of all your conversations will be saved.

To view your conversations, just click the ‘Contacts’ menu in Messenger and select ‘Message Archive’. A new window will appear where you can select the desired archive folder that you wish to review.

You can also do this if you double-click the name of the contact you would like to view history from. Then, in the window where you usually see your IM conversations, click Show Recent Messages. If you want to view an earlier conversation, scroll to the top and click View Full Archive.

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Top 11 Tips to Increase Laptops Battery Life

Tip 1. Avoid using unnecessary programs
One of the main reasons of battery life reduction is the usage of unwanted programs on the laptop which only takes in more power from the battery. Hence use only those programs which you mostly work upon. Opening limited number of programs simultaneously can help increase your battery life as well. Also use applications which consume less power.
Tip 2. Clean your Laptop regularly

Any electronic devices gathering dust or dirt generates more heat as it blocks the air-vents and with devices such as Laptops or cell phones their battery life reduces fast. Cleaning air vents from time to time and working in an open space zone which allows the air vents to breathe will help reducing the battery life and heating of the devices.

Tip 3. Genuine Adaptors

The use of cheap quality adaptors can harm the battery life of your laptop. So make sure you use the adaptor of a better quality.

Tip 4. Reduce Background processes

Background processes which are not used much should be reduced. In case of the non usage of the internet stop the other programs associated with running on the task bar something like the anti-virus program as it will also use battery to keep itself running.

Tip 5. Unplug external devices

Make sure that various USB devices such as flash drives, Wi-Fi, data cables, Bluetooth, external speakers….etc should be unplugged when not in use as they use more battery power than any other device.

Tip 6. Check the appropriate levels of your brightness

on your laptop screen. Limit the use according to your tolerate levels as it is again one of the causes of power sink.

Tip 7. Sounds to be checked

Avoid using high volume sounds of your speakers and also try muting your speakers when not in use.

Tip 8. You do not require screen savers

Screen savers suck in more battery power and are totally useless for genuine reasons. So simply avoid using screen savers for effective battery coverage.

Tip 9. Control power options

You can turn off your hard-drive or monitor for a specific time duration using Windows XP and Windows Vista that already come with advanced power management features. This can further be checked by going to control panel and clicking the ‘power options’ feature available on it.

Tip 10. Choose Hibernation mode to Standby mode

Opting in the Hibernation mode will save the battery power as it will turn the computer off completely (saving of course the current state)than choosing the Stand by option where although being in the ‘sleep mode’ with monitor or hard drive turned off the memory still remains active and slows down the CPU.

Tip 11. Go for recent modern laptops
The modern laptops which have arrived in the market have Li-ion ( ‘Li’ stands for Lithium) batteries which doesn’t affect the memory as there is no problem of ‘partial discharges’ and recharge which very much exists in laptops having Ni-MH batteries. It is therefore recommended that you buy a latest one rather than going for an older version.

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Samsung Galaxy S gets Android 2.2.1 (I9000XWJS3) through Kies – build date 11 January 2011

I can confirm myself, this version of firmware brings with it not only general bug fixes to Froyo, but it seems to make the device move much faster without any lag fixes – I guess it just doesn’t need any.

A few details about this firmware…

Firmware: I9000XWJS3
Firmware build date: 11 January 2011
Swype version: 2.6.47
Swype languages: UK/US English, Deutsch, Francais, Nederlands, Svenska, Dansk, Suomi, Norsk, Hrvatski, Romana, Srpski, Slovenscina and 2 more.
Quadrant score: 1216

Ok, let’s see a few improvements:

- doesn’t need lag-fixes
- no wireless issue
- no gps issue
- 26 apps thought Samsung apps
- no battery bug
- there are more, I’m sure, but this is what I noticed

If you want to update your firmware to this version you need to:

- install the latest version of KIES, or update it.
- remove all lag-fixes from your phone
- backup your phone contacts and calendar
- use Kies Registry Patcher to spoof your phone product code as: NEE
- update your phone through KIES
- factory reset your phone
- restore lost data, contacts and calendar

You can get the latest version of Samsung Kies from: here.

Note: this update is available only if your phone product code is NEE (Dutch CSC). Otherwise, you can update only if you spoof your product code to NEE using for example Kies Registry Patcher v.1.7 – however, this will void your warranty and can brick your device (actually, the update procedure itself can do it), so use the spoofing metod on your own risk.

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Ten Hot Tips for Utilizing Facebook and Twitter to Boost Company Images on the Web in Business

In an interview taken by Business Review Australia Nicole Smith of Blue Fish Social Media offers ten tips on how to make the most of the cheapest, fastest and most effective advertising available—social media.

While concentrating on Facebook and Twitter, Smith says it’s imperative to be authentic when sharing with your audience. “Make sure you share information in a way that shows you’re a human. Humor is a wonderful tool here! People want to get to know you, so a layered approach of business and personal content is good,” she says in the article.

As an experienced director of a marketing group, Smith believes that the convergence of social media has become the norm and will continue to be so. “Make life easy for yourself—link everything! If you have a blog, make sure each post automatically goes to Facebook and Twitter as well. This saves you time and brings people back to your website,” she says.

Read the full article

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Create a desktop icon that can trigger a quick Windows 7 Shutdown

If you have many programs running, there’s a chance that you’ll see a nice looking screen shown after you’ve chosen to restart or shutdown your computer. This screen lists the programs that are still open, and they fall off the list as they are being closed by Windows.

Well, sometimes if an application doesn’t close and holds up the process, a dialog box will be displayed where you choose to force or cancel the shutdown. Well, this is great when you forget to save something that you were working at (e.g. a document in MS Word) but it can be also very annoying when you want to shutdown the computer in a hurry and the computer lingers on.

Ok, there is a nice trick to force the computer to shutdown without having to press the “Force shut down” button when it’s displayed. We will create a desktop icon that will perform a Windows 7 Shutdown with the “-f” parameter which means force shutdown.

Right-click any unused area of your desktop > New > Shortcut > type (or copy and paste) the next line:

shutdown.exe -s -t 00 -f

Click Next > type a name for the shortcut > Finish.

From now on, when you want to shut down your computer without any further intervention, simply use this shortcut. You can actually use it always, just make sure you save what you’re working on before you hit the shortcut.

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Prevent Windows Update from forcibly rebooting your Computer

Ok, we’ve all met the annoying pop-up dialog of Windows Update telling us to reboot the computer. When? Well, you guessed, when we are most busy, of course!

At the beginning, you can easily close the reminder but after some time he gets tired of reminding us and says that the computer will reboot in a couple of minutes! Well, personally, I prefer to temporarily disable the obnoxious reminder and restart when I’m ready to do so, not forced by the OS!

How we do that? Simple open the Command Prompt (if you have Windows XP: Start > Run > cmd ; if you have Windows Seven or Vista: type ‘cmd’ in your Start > ‘Search programs and files’). Then, type the following command: sc stop wuauserv

This will temporarily disable Windows updates and you can restart the computer when you’re ready to do so. After the restart, you’ll keep getting Windows updates as you did before entering the command so, no worries.

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How to write an Audio CD from music files using ImgBurn

Lately, I’ve only purchased music online, meaning I’ve bought music albums in MP3 format. Clean and easy. However, I realized that I’d love to listen to these tracks on my car CD player. Since I own a simple radio CD player, I’ve been scouting for a solution to write my MP3 collection onto CDs (in CDA format).

You can call me cheap, but I like to look for free applications to fit my needs. Here’s what I found: a comprehensive tutorial to help me write audio CD from my MP3 tracks using ImgBurn. Read full tutorial.

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