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Peek at Windows 8

Microsoft's "re-imagining" of Windows 8 is focused very heavily on a new, Metro-style touch-based interface. However, they make a big deal of saying that it's just as usable with a mouse and keyboard—and  no matter what device you're on, you can switch between the simple Metro interface and the traditional Windows desktop  to fit whatever your needs are at that given moment. Performance One of the issues that's been on our minds since they  previewed this new interface  was whether this will keep bogging Windows down with more running processes, and whether running a full Windows desktop on a low-powered tablet was really a good idea (after all, we've seen Windows run on netbooks). Performance was the first thing they addressed today: Windows 8 actually has better performance than Windows 7, even with this metro interface running on top of a desktop. Tablet users and netbook users should notice a fairly significant performance increase with Wind


  Disk Cleanup is a wonderful yet somewhat basic tool for carrying out disk cleaning activities on Windows machines. We sometimes may feel irritated to use this tool. Instead we switch to other alternatives. But we can extend its functionality a bit by following a few tips and tricks. At a Run dialog, type:  cleanmgr /sageset:1  Up will come the Disk Cleanup, select the drive, then select what you wish to keep and what you dont. Then click OK. Next time, type:  cleanmgr /sagerun:1  Then the cleaner goes to work to clean whatever you selected. You can assign another number for another type of cleanup if you want. E.g.  cleanmgr /sagerun:2 might be more or less agressive about cleaning, depending on what you chose with cleanmgr /sageset:2  You can even create shortcuts for the different lists of destroyables you have. But always make sure to use sageset before applying its settings to sagerun.  Thanks to PrairieMoon for this tip. 

Clean a Dusty PC

Cleaning your machine regularly is very important. We all know that. If we allow our PC's case to be dirty over time, grime will clog the fans of that keep the internal parts cool. If this blocks the airflow, the internal components will overheat. So now I will tell you how you can clean your PC. What you will need? Enough Zip or cable ties, depending on the amount of wires you have. Blower Straw (Yes! A cola drinking straw !) A Blower with compressed air will be great A screwdriver Steps First unplug your system completely. Ensure your PC is completely disconnected from any power source. Including your UPS, if you have one. Ground yourself firmly, so that you dont get a residual shock. Ground the PC case. You can simply connect the metal part of the cabinet to the ground, that will take care of eliminating any static discharge. So now, taking all electrical precautions, you can proceed. Now you can open the PC case. You will get instructions from your system

Control Hotkeys

Image Credits VNAMedia This weekend I plan to learn coding hotkeys and sending them to Winforms, basically for fun. I was testing the Control + N hotkeys and came up with some really useful text book material. This particular code was made to test things and worked great. I was happy and posted it here to ease the work for you. Public Const MOD_CTRL As Integer = & H2 'Control key     Public Const WM_HOTKEY As Integer = & H312     <DllImport ( "User32.dll" ) > _     Public Shared Function RegisterHotKey ( ByVal hwnd As IntPtr, _                         ByVal id As Integer , ByVal fsModifiers As Integer , _                         ByVal vk As Integer ) As Integer     End Function     <DllImport ( "User32.dll" ) > _     Public Shared Function UnregisterHotKey ( ByVal hwnd As IntPtr, _                         ByVal id As Integer ) As Integer     End Function     Private Sub Form1_Load (

Cool Sites for the Week

This week I will share with you some of my favorite sites. All of these sites are really cool and informative. In this post I will shoot straight to the topic. Codeproject A simple website with lots of code. Starting from C and C++ to Java and Visual C#, sample codes and projects can be found here aplenty. The simplicity of the entire site appeals to me the most. iGyaan This is an Indian review based site mainly for various gadgets. Laptops, netbooks, mobile phones are unpacked and compared one next to the other. Excellent videos are available to you for viewing as well. They also have some neat news items and interesting hacks. Check them out! Instructables Ah!, one of my favorite DIY sites. Staring from home improvement, to making supercomputers, robots etc – almost every guide you can have on your mind, you will find it here. Scores of categories, lots of pictures for demonstration, its DIY made easy. S

Simple Site Building with Webmatrix

Microsoft WebMatrix is intended to serve the website creation, customisation and publication needs of designers and amateurs, and not as a substitute for Visual Studio or other professional development tools. As a professional developer, I can see why it might appeal to its target audience, but I can't stand to use it myself for more than 15 minutes at a time. Rick Grehan's  preview of WebMatrix  in November covered most of the product features well, so I won't repeat his descriptions and analysis. Since then, a few features and gallery items have been added, which I'll discuss as I go along. I've included a handful of screen images at the end of the article. Rick picked on the weakness of the editor and the lack of a debugger, and until I worked with the product myself, I didn't understand how kind he was in the way he phrased his objections. After spending time with WebMatrix, I know otherwise. By choosing the WordPress framework, for example

A Pale Moon Brightens The Sky

If you find the latest version of  Firefox is not up to the mark, you may as well try out the new Pale Moon Browser. Now for all the Firefox purists out there, I must mention here that this is actually Firefox on steroids, as per speed that is. Firefox is an open source project, meaning which, you can actually change the code any way you want and release it. This allows for more customization. You can keep the features you like and trash the rest. Actually when Mozilla releases a version of Firefox, they keep maximum compatibility in their mind. Which means it is made to work on very low end machines, thus sacrificing speed and efficiency.Pale Moon tries a slightly different approach. Instead of trying to create a browser for everyone, they try to build a Windows optimized browser. At this point of time, Pale Moon has completely discontinued the Firefox 4.x and 5.x versions because they were largely similar any way. Their main development centers around the Firefox