But the thing about them is that they need to be either copied on a CD or a flash drive, and you have to switch off your PC and boot from either of these devices in order to use the live cd.
Well this is what was required up until the awesome software called MobaLiveCD appeared. This application allows you to run your live cd image (.ISO) from within your Windows os!
It essentially creates a virtual machine for your live cd, but without any hassle at all.
You simply run the .exe and select your .iso live cd image and your live cd starts in a seperate window. Select Ctrl+Alt+F for full screen and the same to put it back in a window and select ALT+TAB to switch to another application!
You could also associate .iso files with MobaLiveCD and simply right click on the iso and start it this way.
Lastly you can run it from USB as well. Thus being able plug your flash drive into any machine and run a live cd from within Windows.
A truely awesome app. Try it.
The site's sounds are awesome, the graphics are addictive, the games are fun.
Not saying your little one should spend all their time behind the PC, but i cant see getting them PC literate at an early stage being a bad thing at all, and doing it whilst using a service like MINIMOPS makes it soo easy as they are having the time of their lives while learning.
Do take the time to visit this site, even youll find yourself having some fun with the music composition game :-)
There are two mayor competitors in the field of Windows Live CD recovery/diagnostics tools and they are Ultimate Boot CD 4 Windows and Hiren's Boot CD.
[Reminder that a live cd is a medium enabling you to run an operating system from a cd, thus not needing to be installed to be used and doesnt need any harddrive to work!]
Both applications are burnt onto a CD and booted from. (Remember to change your bios startup options so that it boots from CD first)
Once booted up Windows XP is then loaded onto memory and you are presented with a desktop with SOME of the functionality of the fully fledged installed OS.
These windows live CDs are not viable solutions for everyday use though, as the OS is a cut down version of the original and it doesnt carry the needed drivers for auto installation and it most of the time does not have the correct network drivers installed so it makes it a huge mission to get it on a network once booted.
(Youll notice that these are all the aspects that make the Linux Live Cd SLAX the perfect live cd for every day use cause it does all of these. )
No, Windows Live CDs are not tools that can replace your day by day operating system, it is instead an extremely usefull recovery and diagnostics tool for your Operating System!
Advantages of Windows Live CDs;
* Allow use of a PC even if the machine hdrive is faulty
* Although named "live CDs" both tools can be run from a USB flash drive as well
* Allow access to crashed hard drives when you need to recover data
* Allow recovery tools to save crashed machines
* Allow hardware diagnostics to save crashed machines
* Allow the reset of forgotten passwords
*Countless more tools and operations available.....
Both of these tools provide the option to not just boot the cd into a live windows os, but also run tools from a displayed text-based menu, and you will be able to select the tool you want to run. The selected tool actually boots off a virtual floppy disk created in memory.
Between the two Hiren's definately has my vote, it is better in so many ways;
*Hiren's is simply an ISO you download and burn to disk. UBCD4Win is a compilation tool that you need to use in conjunction with your own copy of windows xp and then compile the ISO to burn to CD!
*Hiren's has the boot option of booting to windoes live CD OR to go to text based menu and run tools from there. UBCD4Win does not have this option, you have to download Ultimate Boot CD (Non Windows) for this! Thus you need 2 UBCD CDs to do what the Hiren's disk can do!
So get over to Hiren's and get the tool, youre gonna need it one day and wont regret hanging on to it.
My passion is technology and the amount of time ive spent ont he phone since i got is is scary, i just want to know everything the phone can do and how everything works, i just have to :-)
Needless to say i have found quite a bit of applications available for the device and thought id share it with you, saving you the time to go find it yourself.
(copy cab files directly to phone and run on phone to install)
* Application cab files
- Skyfire - Better mobile internet browser
- pmClean - CCleaner alternative for windows mobile
- TotalCommander - File explorer alternative
* Device functionality cab files
- Batti - Battery monitor
- Ftouch - Improve touch screen functionlity
- OmniaSIP - Change default keyboard layout on startup
- softkeymanager - change the today screen buttons
* Network tools cab files
- vxutil - ipconfig / ping / network info app
* Remote tool cab files
- good ftp - ftp software
- WM6 RDP - remote desktop for windows mobile
- hamachi - vpn client for windows mobile
* SMS tool cab files
- Omniathread - change sms layout from thead to standard layout
(.msi and .exe needs to be installed from windows)
* Active sync 4 - Latest active sync for xp proffesional
* MyMobile - Allows you to see and work on your device from your pc!
Try all of these, youll see it changes your user experience for the best! I cant believe som of these apps dont come standard with the handset!
p.s The disabling of sms thread view cant be done ANYWHERE in the phone settings! You have to use the app above provided or do some registry editing! Doesnt make sense.
But Excel always opens your second document as a worksheet of the first one and you can thus not seperate them and drag one to the extended montitor.
I found a blog on online tech tips that explains how to make two seperate excel instances possible and it works like a bomb.
Simply download THIS file. Extract it on your PC and run the file "Add Open In New Excel Instance.bat"
After this registry file has been applied you will be able to right click on any Excel file and select "Open in New Excel Instance" and you will have two seperate Excel instances!
I have 4 pcs on my network and if not all of them then one of them has irregular usage, and i was determined to find it! I needed a tool i could install on each pc to check the wan (internet) activity over a period of time and maybe this way find the culprit!
I found Networx and it does just this and a lot more. I installed it on all 4 pcs on my network and by the next day i found the PC that has the high usage and backed it up and reinstalled it and problem solved!!
Another use: If you have a cap on your internet line and want a warning when the cap is getting close, then you can use this tool to specifty the warning level you want and the software will alarm you at this time.
So it is with great anticipation that i announce that Yahoo search provider (owns 18% of internet search traffic) will join Microsoft search provider Bing (owns 6% of internet search traffic) to make a +-25% contender against Google Search. Any intervention to stop a monopoly in a market is always a good one, except for the monopoly holder affected by it. I'm routing for this joint venture to become a bigger market shar holder and give Google some good old competition.
I dont want to see Google fail, but i do want to see other providers keeping up with them so that i can use various online providers for my online activities and not be stuck with only one option.
Read this blog for more info on the venture
The Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder is a freeware open source utility that retrieves your Product Key (cd key) used to install Windows from your registry. It allows you to print or save your keys for safekeeping. It works on Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, Server 2003, Server 2008, Office XP, Office 2003, and Office 2007 family of products. It also has a community-updated configuration file that retrieves product keys for many other applications. Another feature is the ability to retrieve product keys from unbootable Windows installations.
Use this link to download the software - http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/
Or this link as an alternative - http://files.getdropbox.com/u/644061/keyfinder.2.0.1.zip
If you haven't heard as yet, Google has announced they will be entering the Operating System market and competing against the likes of Microsoft!
The two most interesting points i need to advise of off the cuff is;
- It will be a free OS, because it is based on a Linux distribution which is covered under the Open Source agreement!
- The OS will be predominantly Web Based! The PC will boot up and immediately connect you to the web where all your operations will take place.
I for one cant wait to test this os out! P.s. just started playing with Windows 7 and now it seems i will have another new os to play with soon! :-)
It is in all situations vital that the data being burned to CD or DVD be readable when needed, but i have only really found Nero that has the option of verifying the disk after burning to ensure the data integrity of the disk.
VSO-Inspector is a free utility that does just this.
Simply put the CD in your rom and run a surface scan and file test with the software. Once successful you can feel a little more confident in the CD working once it reaches its destination!
Also note all of the very interesting data the utility gives regarding the specs of your Optical Drive.
Hope this is useful. <via>
To disable the auto restart function;
Start / Run / gpedit.msc / Local Computer Policy / Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Windows Update / Re-prompt for restart with scheduled installations
BatteryBar is a simple, straight-forward, battery meter that monitors the status of your battery and displays your battery's status in the taskbar.
BatteryBar constantly monitors the status of your battery as you use your laptop. As it monitors your battery, it keeps historical data on your battery and provide you with a very accurate estimate of how much time is remaining on your battery.
BatteryBar is free.
- It, Checks for Missing Attachments
- Checks for Blank Subject Line before you send a mail
- Allows Printing of Selected Portion of Mail (Outlook 2003 had this feature)
- Upgrade to XP SP3
- Or download Windows Hotfix KB917021 - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=2726f32f-d52b-4f84-ace8-f7fc20195769&displaylang=en&Hash=dAhqvqQ1GtpvOsvHDe%2b28NkNlK4x9/Ob7BtljPbqEui/mE0XLXc6d0eVW/aq%2bPVuRPKF9QXfRvkhxy%2b5VhfihQ%3d%3d
What is myVoice?
myVoice enables you to record, hear, share and search voice messages with your friends or private/public social groups using your mobile and its Internet data connection. myVoice enables a new world of personal social and business networking without the need for texting or reading – at a fraction of the usual cost!
During the month of June 2009, they are allowing a test group of individuals to use myVoice for FREE. This period will be used to test the myVoice system, and to iron out any bugs that may surface.
You can become part of this exclusive group, by signing up to participate in the Pre-Release Program (see below). Once signed up, they will SMS you where to download the myVoice application on 1 June 2009.
All they request from their pre-release users, is that they report back on any bugs they might find, and complete a survey every once and a while about their experiences with using myVoice.
All pre-release test users will automatically get 100 FREE Kudos when myVoice goes live, for their efforts.
Follow this link for all the drivers for this notebook, which include;
- BT (Bluetooth)
- Mouse Touchpad
- Quick Launch Buttons
Below I list the tools and their respective websites, take the time to follow this link to a download a copy of each of the utilities, i have thrown them in my Dropbox account for you to use. Theres a link to download each individually or one compressed archive that includes all.
(Those wondering how im sharing a public link from Dropbox that lists more than just one file in the link, please checkout my post Sharing multiple private files on one Dropbox link)
The categories and software in my list:
- Antivir - Free Antivirus Application
- Audiograbber - Free CD MP3 Ripper
- Quintessential - Free Audio Player
- Audacity - Free Audio Editor
- Media Monkey - Free Audio Organizing
- Firefox - Free Browser
- CDBurnerXP - Free CD/DVD Writer
- 7Zip - Free Compression Tool
- Defraggler - Free Defragging Tool
- Desktop Search
- Google Desktop - Free Tool
- Truecrypt - Free Tool
- FileZilla - Free FTP Client
- OpenOffice - Free Office Suite
- CCleaner - Free OS Optimisation Tool
- Jing - Free Screen Recording and Capturing
- Spyware Terminator - Free AntiSpyware
- DropBox - Free Online Storage
- Media Player Classic - Free Video Player
I love Dropbox and use it religiously for online storage as well as public file sharing (Their photo sharing and folder sharing for collaboration purposes are two other very good services offered by Dropbox)
But one issue ive found is that your public link sharing only gives you a url to share for each file, and not for a whole folder. So if you want to share 100 files in a public Dropbox folder, currently, you need to share 100 individual public urls!
Some clever guys from Dropbox have come up with a workaround and it solves this problem effortlessly and makes the Dropbox experience complete. Its not a feature included in the solution available for download but im sure it will be soon. Heres what you do,
- Download and install Python
- Download the following file pyndexer.py
- Copy file to any folder you want to share in your Dropbox Public folder
- Double click pyndexer.py
- Right click and copy public link if the index.html file created in your public folder
Note - You will need to re-run pyndexer.py whenver the contents of the folder changes, so that the html files are generated again to show the changes.
Imagine if you had access to all your stuff, everywhere...
That’s what ZumoDrive does. Just install ZumoDrive on each device, and it’s like all your stuff is on all of them. Plus it’s all backed up. Laptop stolen? Don't worry, just install ZumoDrive, and your files will be restored in minutes.
TweetMyPC lets you shutdown/restart/LogOff your windows PC remotely. Simply;
- Download the setup file and Install.
- Go to www.Twitter.com and create a new Twitter account for your PC (This is optional as TweetMyPC only responds for updates). This account will be used by TweetMyPC to monitor for new tweets
- Start TweetMyPC and then fill in the login details. Wait for some time for the application to verify your login details.
- When ever you want to shutdown , restart or logoff your PC. Just login to your PC's Twitter account and post a new Tweet (Shutdown, Restart, Logoff) Note: Commands are Case Sensitive_
- TweetMyPC checks for new tweets every 1 minute. (via)
present.io is a dead simple rich web-presentation functionality. no registration, no downloads, no installs. You can upload your presentation files (documents, pictures, video, audio, and more) and be giving your demo or walkthrough in seconds. With a free conference call line and rich chat functionality, you have just what you need.