Google has officially announced the rollout of a redesigned Google Play for Android smartphones and tablets.  The fresh new look of Google Play  updates the store to better fit with other Android features and services, including Google Now and Google Search.

The version gets many updates with a simpler and cleaner experience that makes it easier top buy apps and movies on the Google Play Store.

The update will be available to any phone or tablet running Android 2.2 or newer.

The update is available… you can download it from the links below….

Your comments are welcomed.



How to Access Gmail When It’s Down……

How to Access Gmail When It’s Down

Lots of folks are having trouble accessing Gmail today, and today’s outage is just onein a long series of outages in our favoritewebmail application. However, you don’t have to let that stop you from accessing your email and getting things done. Here’s how to get your Gmail even when you can’t access

Just because the Gmail web interface went down doesn’t mean that Gmail is entirely down—often you can continue to access your account using one of the alternate web interfaces, which often are still accessible even when the regular web interface goes down.Here’s a quick look at each alternate method, one at a time, from the simplest to the most complex. (The more complex solutions are often better long-term solutions, while the simpler solutions are probably the easiest if Gmail just went down and you haven’t already prepared for it.)

Your best bet is to bookmark the link for the Plain HTML version of Gmail (or just bookmark this post), so you can quickly switch to this alternate mode if Gmail is giving you trouble loading. It doesn’t have all the fancy features that regular old Gmail does, but it can do the job just fine in a pinch.

Use Safe Mode

If you use a lot of different Gmail Labs features, you might find that some of them will conflict with each other, or possibly cause Gmail to stop working. You can use the Safe Mode link to disable all the Labs features and hopefully get Gmail back up and running again. Just visit Some people recommend using the older version orbypassing browser checking links, but they won’t let you access the Labs settings.

Use the Mobile Version

You can access the mobile phone versions of Gmail from your desktop computer, although they are very stripped down and lacking features. You’ll be better off with the Plain HTML version, but in a pinch you can try the mobile version as well.

Use the iGoogle Gadget

We’ve seen numerous comments and emails from readers during Gmail outages recommending that the excellent Gmail gadget for iGoogle usually still works during a Gmail downtime. If you aren’t an iGoogle user, you can still use the gadget by simply browsing to this page.

Use Gmail Offline Access

If you haven’t already checked out theGmail’s new offline access, this is a must-use for anybody that really depends on Gmail access. You can continue to use your email whether Gmail is running or not, or even when your own internet goes out. It’s not perfect, since it doesn’t store every single email in your inbox locally, but it does store enough email to be a great solution.

Access Gmail Through IMAP / POP3

During the last Gmail outage, IMAP and POP3 access weren’t affected at all, so those using a desktop or mobile client to access their email were still able to send and receive without even knowing there was an issue. Even if you use the web interface as your primary method of email access, it’s a good idea to at least keep a Thunderbirdinstallation setup with IMAP access to your email in a pinch. 

 And Prepare For the Next Outage……. 😉

Gmail doesn’t have to go down globally for your email access to be cut off—your internet could go down, or your account could even be disabled. Whatever the case, it’s a good idea to have a backup plan just in case the worst should happen. 


-via lifehacker

You know that there are so many video formats in the first place? Is there a real difference between DivX and XviD, or MP4, and MKV? When you rip a DVD, or go hunting for downloads, which format is the best to use?

The world of video formats can be pretty confusing, but there are only a few things you reallyneed to know. First, it’s important to note that a video format is more than just its file extension. Extensions like AVI are not, in fact, video codecs—they’re containers. A container is the file format which can use multiple different codecs—such as DivX or x264—to compress a certain standard of video—such as MPEG-4 or H.264, respectively—into a hard-drive friendly amount of space. Here’s what you need to know about both codecs and containers, and what that means for the videos you rip yourself.

What Is a Codec?

Most of the video you’ll come across is compressed, meaning its been altered to take up less space on your computer. For example, a regular Blu-Ray disc usually takes up around 30 or 50GB of space—which is a lot for a normal person to download or store on their hard drive. So, we compress movies to make them more manageable, usually with some loss in video quality.

A codec compresses and decompresses data. It interprets the video file and determines how to play it on your screen. Your computer comes with many codecs pre-installed, though you caninstall codec packs for wider support, or a program like VLC or PotPlayer (which we prefer to codec packs). Some examples include:

  • FFmpeg (which includes formats like MPEG-2, the format in which DVDs are stored, and MPEG-4, which is the video format Apple uses in the iTunes store)
  • DivX, which works with a certain type of MPEG-4 file, and was often used to rip DVDs in the pre-HD era
  • XviD, an open source version of DivX, popular among movie pirates
  • x264, which compresses H.264 videos (Also known as MPEG-4 AVC), and is very popular for high definition videos

There are a lot of different codecs out there, and it can get really confusing with all the different versions of MPEG standards. These days, you really only need to concern yourself with a few—which we’ll talk about in a couple minutes.

So What Is a Container?

A container is, essentially, a bundle of files. Usually a container consists of a video codec and an audio codec, though it can also contain things like subtitles. Containers allow you to choose one codec for your video and one for your audio, which is nice—that way, you can choose to use the high-quality DTS audio, or compress your audio to something like MP3 for even more space savings. It just gives you a bit more control over how you record your videos or rip your movies. Popular containers include:

  • AVI
  • Mastroska (which uses the extension MKV)
  • MP4 (which has been popularized by Apple in the iTunes Store)
  • MOV (which was created by Apple)

The main difference between different containers is not only the codecs they support but what other features they support—like subtitles or chapters. These days, MKV is an extremely popular container, mainly because it supports nearly any video codec under the sun, as well as a ton of extra features (plus its open source).

So Which Should You Use?

What's the Difference Between All These Video Formats, and Which One Should I Use?These days, you’ll only really come across a few different codecs and containers as you browse the web for video. DivX and XviD (DivX’s open source counterpart) are popular for standard-definition videos, like ripped DVDs, but is mostly outdated, so I wouldn’t use it to rip your own DVDs. Handbrake, ourfavorite DVD ripper and video encoder, supports three video codecs (which you can see under the “Video” tab) and two containers (which you’ll find under “Output Settings”). H.264, which Handbrake uses by default, will give you the best quality, though if you don’t care about quality, MPEG-4 will probably compress faster. As for containers, both MKV and MP4 support high quality H.264 video, but in general we prefer MKV for almost everything, since it has a few more extra features, supports higher quality audio, and is open source. The one downside of MKV is that it isn’t as well supported by certain programs and devices. So, if you’re putting these videos on your iPad, Apple TV, or Xbox 360, for example, you’ll want to go with the more widely supported MP4. If you’re watching them in VLC, PotPlayer, XBMC, or another video player that supports MKV, then MKV is the way to go.

That’s a lot of information to throw at you in a few paragraphs, but like we said—despite how big and confusing the world of video is, a lot of those codecs are outdated, and you only really need to concern yourself with a few. If you want a more detailed comparison, check out Wikipedia’s Comparison of Video CodecsComparison of Container Formats, and its entry on MPEG for more info on all the different variations of the MPEG standards of video compression.

via- Lifehacker

Increase internet speed by editing the registry…….

If you want to increase the speed for windows and spyware updates then use following steps.
1. Go to Start-> Run-> and type gpedit.msc
2. Explorer the Administrative Templates
3. Explorer the Network button
4. Highlight the “Quality of Service Packet Scheduler”
5. In the right window pane double-click the “Limit Reservable Bandwidth” setting.
6. check the enabled box
7. Then Change the Bandwidth limit % to 0 % click apply and restart your PC.

After rebooting you should see your internet speed increase

A number of people have asked me how to enable the old Run dialog that existed on every other version of Windows until Vista, and is still gone in Windows 7. One of the nice features of the old Run dialog was that it saved the history of what you had typed in.   We should note first that you can always get to the run dialog by just hitting Win + R on the keyboard, which is the simplest way to do so, and would probably be worth getting used to.   Otherwise, you can re-enable the run dialog by right-clicking on the Start Button, selecting Properties, and then clicking Customize on the ensuing dialog window  .

You’ll be taken to the Customize Start Menu screen.  

Check the “Run command”

checkbox in the list, and you should now be in business:.

Note the addition of the Run… button….. your comments and ideas are welcomed…….

plz rate.



Windows: Searching for files in Windows can be easy if you know what you’re looking for and infuriating if you don’t remember a file name, path, or folder location. 7Files, a free file browser for Windows 7 systems, makes searching easy by highlighting often-used files, organizing your files by date, file type, and file extension, and showing you most recently opened or modified files together for quick reference.

While 7Files doesn’t explicitly allow you to tag files, it does give you common characteristics to use to organize and search your files. For example, the app allows you to quickly see all files you received or opened today, view only .png files created on a certain date, find all attachments you downloaded this week, and so on. The utility also integrates Windows search into every Explorer window.

7Files is in alpha, so keep that in mind if you choose to give it a try. It supports both 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows, and requires the .NET Framework prior to install. Have you tried 7Files already, or do you prefer another alternative file browser for Windows? Share your thoughts in the comments.

download here-


Using Windows 8 in a virtual machine…..

Posted: October 4, 2011 in Tech

There’s much hype about windows 8 developer preview….. so thinking to try it without worrying about messing up your computer? I suggest using any three of these virtualization apps to run the Windows 8 developer preview. Here’s how to install it and my experience running it on each of these apps.

Downloading the Windows Developer Preview

First download the Windows 8 Developer Preview ISO file from Microsoft. As mentioned previously, both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available, plus a 64-bit version with developer tools. Make sure you get the right build—otherwise you‘ll get errors such as “device drivers not found” halfway through the install process (yes, I learned that from experience). Not sure which version you’re running? Check out our guide to 64-bit vs. 32-bit operating systems. For this test I used the 64-bit preview (without the developer’s tools).

Talking about the three virtualization apps……

  • Overview: VirtualBox vs. VMware Fusion 4

VirtualBox: VirtualBox is the free, multi-platform (Windows, Linux, Mac, and Solaris) virtualization app from Oracle. I’m using version 4.0.4

You’re probably wondering what the difference is between these three programs if they are all meant to do the same thing—run a different operating system within your main OS—and why you shouldn’t just go with the free one. We’re going to do a more in-depth comparison soon, but just to answer your question about trying Windows 8 on a VM, here’s how it has worked out with these three programs: Windows 8 runs smoothly on both VMware Fusion 4 and Parallels Desktop 7 with just 1GB of RAM allocated, but for some reason even with 2GB of memory set aside VirtualBox just ran terribly, add-years-to-your-life slowly (in my experience, at least. Yours may vary, depending on hardware, operating system, and other conditions). Here are the details:

  • Installing on VirtualBox

VirtualBox did not—and still does not—play well with my system, an iMac (late 2010) with 4GB of RAM. It took several tries (wrong build user error aside) and many hours of waiting and frustration to finally get Windows 8 installed, but it did, finally, install.

To install the developer preview in VirtualBox:

  1. Click New to create a new virtual machine and type a name for it.
  2. For Operating System version, select “Other Windows”
  3. For memory size, enter 2048 MB, more or less. Microsoft recommends 2GB at least for the 64-bit version. I found that when I used 3072 MB I couldn’t use my computer at all. As you’ll see with the VMware Fusion and Parallels test, you can probably get away with using 1GB or 1.5GB of RAM here for better performance overall.
  4. Click continue through the next screen to create a start up disk.
  5. Click continue again to create a VDI file.
  6. Use a Fixed size disk, for better performance (especially since this is just a test virtual machine).
  7. A 20GB disk size is probably fine; that’s the minimum Microsoft recommends for the 64-bit version.
  8. Click Create and your virtual disk file will be created.

Then, you’ll need to go into the settings of the virtual machine you just created and check some options (thanks to these tips from AddictiveTips):

  1. Under System: Enable IO APIC
  2. Under Processor: Enable PAE/NX
  3. Under Acceleration: Enable VT-x/AMD-V and Enable Nested Paging

Go to Storage, and click the CD icon next to CD/DVD Drive, then choose the virtual CD/DVD disk file to browse to the Windows 8 ISO file you downloaded.

Finally click Start to begin the installation and walk through the Windows 8 installation.

  • Experience on VirtualBox

Performance with VirtualBox is really abysmal within Windows 8, and running the virtual machine causes the iMac to crawl, usually to a standstill. The mouse is laggy just signing on. It’s pretty much unusable for me.

Because the software is free, however, and others like the folks at AddictiveTips, obviously, are able to use it, definitely give it a try for yourself. I’ve had severe performance issues with VMware Fusion 3 as well.

Luckily, VMware Fusion 4 and, even better, Parallels Desktop 7 work a bit better than VirtualBox with Windows 8—in my case. Your mileage may vary.

  • Installing on VMware Fusion 4

The installation for Windows 8 went most smoothly on VMware Fusion 4. Basically, you just:

  1. Create New Virtual Machine
  2. Click Continue without disc
  3. Select the ISO file and choose Windows 7 as the operating system (there’s no “Other” option)

Then the VM is set up for you with the defaults (60GB HDD and 1GB RAM) and you continue to the Windows 8 installation.

  • Experience on VMWare Fusion 4

In short, it’s a usable experience, good enough for playing around, though not optimal. The nice thing is you don’t have to tweak anything for the installation.

  • Conclusion

Because there’s a free trial for VMware Fusion  if you have the time and patience you could try. VirtualBox is free, so you could go with that as your first try, even though it didn’t work out for me.

You’ll definitely be able to use one of these apps, though, to see Windows 8 for yourself. Have fun

P.S. Have you tried Windows 8 on a VM yet? Share your experiences in the comments.

Whether it comes bundled with your computer, bundled with other software, or is just the go-to program for a specific task, the Windows ecosystem is rife with oft-used, yet craptastic software. We asked you what your most hated Windows apps are, and you gave us tons of shudder-inducing examples. We’ve compiled your answers into a list of our least favorite crapware, and the better programs you can use in their place.

  • Application to Avoid: Adobe Reader

Indictment: Slow as molasses, insecure, and runs annoying helper app at startup
Superior Alternative(s): We prefer SumatraPDF, though Foxit Reader and PDF-XChange Viewer are also popular alternatives
Notes: Adobe Reader isn’t great, but you may find that some PDFs—particularly those with watermarks, editable form fields, or other special features—work better in Adobe Reader than in other PDF readers. If you have to work with PDFs often, Adobe Reader might be unavoidable, but it’s a good idea to try something like Sumatra first just to make sure.

Superior Alternatives to Crappy Windows Software

  • Application to Avoid: Adobe Flash

Indictment: Slows your computer, causes frequent browser crashes, hogs resources, drains battery, makes laptops heat up, and much more.
Superior Alternative(s): None, sadly.
Notes: It’s pretty hard to go without Flash these days. HTML5 is slowly replacing it in some cases, but a lot of sites still require Flash. The best solution is to install something like Flashblock, available for both Chrome and Firefox, which will let you load Flash only when you need it. Alternatively, you can uninstall the Flash plugin entirely and use Chrome’s self-contained version when you need it. This has the added advantage of loading HTML5 on some sites, like YouTube, when using Flashblock would just block the original Flash instead of serving the new HTML5 content.

  • Application to Avoid: Norton, McAfee, and other premium Antivirus suites

Indictment: Pricey, Slow, Bloated
Superior Alternative(s): Microsoft Security Essentials
Notes: Ever since Microsoft Security Essentials came out, you haven’t had much of a reason to use anything else. MSE is lightweight, good at catching viruses, and does all of its work in the background without bugging you. If you really don’t like MSE, though, you have a few other solid options.

  • Application to Avoid: Internet Explorer

Indictment: Always stuck in the past
Superior Alternative(s): Google ChromeFirefox, Opera
Notes: IE isn’t horrible (in fact, version 9 has made a few improvements), but it always seems behind the times compared to every other browser in existence. Unless it’s the only browser that can load a specific webapp, it’s not worth your time. Use IE to download a more extensible, feature-filled browser and forget about it.

Superior Alternatives to Crappy Windows Software

  • Application(s) to Avoid: Browser Toolbars

Indictment: I don’t even know where to start. They’ll change your home page, track your browsing habits, take up space, and offer you features you don’t want in return.
Superior Alternative(s): Not installing toolbars.
Notes: There are a few exceptions to this rule, but in general, you want to avoid browser toolbars at all costs. Toolbars often come packaged with other software and hijack the crap out of your browser, so any time you see a checkbox with the words “Ask Toolbar” next to it, do whatever it takes to keep that thing off your system.

  • Application to Avoid: Windows Media Player

Indictment: Lack of format support, crappy interface
Superior Alternative(s): VLC, KMPlayer, Media Player Classic
Notes: Windows Media Player isn’t all bad, but rarely is it preferable over simpler video players like VLC and KMPlayer.

  • Application to Avoid: iTunes

Indictment: Slower than a turtle with dumbbells on its feet, comes with the annoying Apple Software Update and the unnecessary QuickTime
Superior Alternative(s): Winamp, Foobar2000, MediaMonkey, Spotify, and tons of others
Notes: If you have to sync an iOS device, you might be stuck with iTunes. However, you can always use iTunes solely for syncing and use something different for actually listening to your music, which’ll help you escape iTunes’ bloat for most of the day.

  • Application to Avoid: QuickTime

Indictment: Unnecessary, comes with the annoying Apple Software Update
Superior Alternative(s): QT Lite, VLC, KMPlayer, Media Player Classic
Notes: If you use iTunes, you need QuickTime on your system, but QuickTime has some annoying habits (like taking over some of your file types). QT Lite is a great QuickTime replacement that’ll work with iTunes. If you’re not going to use iTunes, though, you can play QuickTime videos in VLC without a problem. VLC and Media Player Classic even come with a browser plugin on the off chance you come across a QuickTime-only format video embedded in a web page.

Superior Alternatives to Crappy Windows Software

  • Application to Avoid: WinZip and WinRAR

Indictment: Pricey, Unnecessary
Superior Alternative(s): 7-Zip, among others
Notes: WinZip is completely unnecessary on modern Windows machines, since it has ZIP support built-in. On the rare occasion ZIP isn’t good enough, RARs provide great compression, but WinRAR is shareware, and RAR isn’t that much better than 7-Zip’s 7z format. For more information on file compression, check out our rundown of the best way to compress your files.

  • Application to Avoid: Nero Burning ROM, Roxio Creator, and other bloated CD/DVD burners

Indictment: Pricey, bloated
Superior Alternative(s): ImgBurn
Notes: Suites like Nero and Roxio are certainly more advanced than their freeware counterparts, but the majority of users will never need their more advanced features—especially considering their cost (both in dollars and in bloat). Plus, between smartphones and thumb drives, how often do you burn optical media, anyway?

  • Application to Avoid: Paint

Indictment: Is it still 1995?
Superior Alternative(s): Paint.NET, GIMP
Notes: If you ever have to do any basic image editing, you’ve probably realized Microsoft Paint is an incredibly primitive (almost childish) program. Paint.NET will serve your basic image editing needs, while GIMP provides more advanced features.

  • Application to Avoid: AIM, Windows Live Messenger

Indictment: Only support one network at a time, filled with ads
Superior Alternative(s): Pidgin, Miranda, Trillian, Digsby
Notes: We can’t recommend Pidgin enough, though if you don’t like it, Trillian and Digsby are also feature-filled, multi-protocol options. However, both contain either ads or bundled crapware, which is the exact problem we’re trying to solve today. They’re certainly better than AIM and Live Messenger, just be aware they’re still dangerously close to being adware and crapware.

  • Application to Avoid: Windows Picture Viewer

Indictment: Doesn’t support every format, very basic
Superior Alternative(s): IrfanView, XnView
Notes: Windows Picture Viewer is okay, but if you want support for other formats and extra features like keyboard shortcuts, IrfanView is a great replacement.

  • Application to Avoid: Skype

Indictment: Difficult to quit, runs at startup, horrible interface
Superior Alternative(s): Google Video Chat
Notes: This one’s a little harder to escape, since everyone else you know probably uses Skype. But it’s such a pain in the butt, it’s worth trying to get all your friends to convert, since Skype probably annoys them just as much as it does you.

  • Application to Avoid: Microsoft Office

Indictment: Pricey, painfully slow, difficult to use
Superior Alternative(s): LibreOffice, Google Docs
Notes: Office suites have never been the poster children for blinding speed, but Microsoft Office is one of the worst offenders. It feels like you stare at that splash screen for hours before you actually get to start working. If you don’t absolutely need Microsoft Office, LibreOffice is a great, free replacement that can handle most users’ needs, though Google Docs’ll also get the job done for more adventurous users.

  • Application to Avoid: Notepad

Indictment: Severely lacking in features
Superior Alternative(s): Notepad++, Notepad2
Notes: It’s fine for one-off text edits, but if you ever spend any time in text editors, you know how painfully basic Windows’ Notepad is. Notepad++ is is packed with useful features that make it stand out over Notepad. If you really want to complete the transition away from Notepad, a few system tweaks can make sure you never have to deal with it again.

  • Application to Avoid: Windows Command Prompt

Indictment: Annoying interface quirks, lacks real power
Superior Alternative(s): Cygwin + Console2, PowerShell
Notes: If you rarely visit the command prompt, Windows’ built-in offering is probably fine. But if you’re a heavy command line user, you’ll want something a bit more advanced. Users familiar with Windows commands will love PowerShell, which is bundled with Windows 7, while UNIX veterans will love the Cygwin shell coupled with a better terminal program like Console2.

It’s hardly an exhaustive list, but these are certainly the most annoying pieces of crapware you’ll find on a given machine. Got another program that I didn’t mention? Tell  about it (and its superior alternative) in the comments.


If there’s one thing everyone dreads, it’s rebooting their computer……..It may only take a minute or two, but it can seem like forever. Here are our top 10 tweaks that’ll make your computer boot a little faster

This is a pretty controversial topic, as there are a lot of startup-tweaking myths out there. So, we took to the streets (of the internet) and searched for as many easy, well-supported tips as we could find. There may be others, some of which are controversial, but these 10 things are almost sure to get you a faster-booting machine.

10. Tweak Your BIOS

Top 10 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer's Boot TimeWhen you first set up your computer, your BIOS is set up to make things a bit more convenient for you, but once you’re all set up, those things can be disabled. If you hold the DEL key when you start up your computer (or whatever key your BIOS tells you to enter setup), you can turn on the “Quick Boot” option and move your hard disk to the top of the boot priority list. The Quick Boot setting will turn off the tests your computer runs when it first turns on, and the boot priority tweak will tell your computer not to look for CDs, thumb drives, or other media when it first starts, which will get you booted into your OS quicker. If you ever need to boot from CD though, you’ll have to go back into the BIOS and change this again before you do.

9. Clean Out Programs that Launch at Startup

Top 10 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer's Boot TimeOne of the most tried and true ways to speed up your boot process is to keep unnecessary programs from starting up with your computer. You can do this by runningmsconfig from the Start Menu’s search box, and going to the Startup tab. This applications list will tell you what each of those applications does, so you know which ones you can disable and which ones you don’t want to. Previously mentioned Soluto is also a fantastic way to clean up these programs, and these days it’s got a bunch of other handy features that make it worth a download.

8. Delay Windows Services That Run at Startup

Many people argue that disabling Services from msconfig will also speed up your boot time, but we’ve found that this is more problematic than anything. However, you can delay certain startup services so that your computer boots quickly and then worries about them later—after all, you don’t need all those services the minute you start up your machine.

7. Change Your Boot Menu’s Timeout Values

If you’re dual-booting your machine, then your boot menu probably has a “timeout value”, meaning the amount of time it waits for you to make a selection before it just boots into the default OS. On Windows, this timeout value is often 30 seconds, which is a long time to wait if you aren’t looking directly at your screen. To change this timeout value, head to msconfig and click on the BOOT.INI tab, and change the number in the timeout box to something lower. If you’re dual-booting with Linux, you’re probably running the GRUB boot menu, and you can change the timeout on that too.

6. Disable Unused Hardware

Your computer loads a lot of drivers when it first starts up, some of which you might not even use. Head into the Device Manager from the Start Menu’s search box, and look for anything you aren’t using—Bluetooth controllers, modems, and virtual Wi-Fi adapters are common culprits. Right-click on the entry you want to disable and hit “Disable”. Remember to only do this with things you don’t actually use—if you use Wireless Hosted Networks, you’ll need to keep those virtual Wi-Fi adapters enabled. It’s also worth mentioning here that keeping all your drivers up to date will help this portion of the startup time, too (which you can do with the help of a program like previously mentioned Device Doctor).

5. Keep Your Antivirus Running and Up to Date

Top 10 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer's Boot TimeThis should go without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: install some antivirus software, keep it up to date, and run a regular scan. This is more of a preventative measure than an actual boot-speeding tip, but if you everdo get malware, it’s sure to slow your computer’s boot time. With a good antivirus around like Microsoft Security Essentials, you’ll be more protected against that happening. Don’t like MSE? There are somegreat ones out there too, so there’s no reason not to have one around.

4. Remove Unnecessary Fonts

Top 10 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer's Boot TimeSince the dawn of time, Windows has loaded fonts at startup and slowed down the boot time. This is less of a problem than it used to be, but it can still slow you down a bit. Windows 7 loads over 200 fonts at startup; even more if you’ve installed Microsoft Office. Chances are, you use very few of those fonts, so you can hide them to speed up that process. In Windows 7, open up the Fonts folder from the Start Menu’s search box, and check off all the fonts you don’t need. Then click the “Hide” button in the toolbar. This way, if you ever want them, you can bring them back, but Windows won’t load them at startup. Note that just removing a few fonts probably isn’t going to make a noticeable difference—you’ll probably need to get rid of a few hundred. That said, you might have hundreds more fonts installed than you realized, so that isn’t as ridiculous as it sounds.

3. Upgrade Your RAM

Top 10 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer's Boot TimeInstalling more RAM has always been an effective way of speeding up your computer, and that hasn’t changed. RAM is pretty cheap these days, so if you’re running low, there’s no reason not to stock up and make your computer run a little smoother. We’ve gone over how to replace it in both a desktopand a laptop, and even for the inexperienced, it’s a pretty simple procedure.

2. Give Your Computer a Static IP

When you first start up your computer, it spends a significant amount of time asking the network for an IP address. You can get rid of this process altogether by giving your computer a static IP address that never changes. Not only does this make your network easier to manage (since each computer will always have the same IP address), but it can shave a bit more time off your startup. Here’s how to do it in different versions of Windows.

1. Install a Solid State Drive

These days, your hard drive is probably the biggest bottleneck in your machine. One of the best upgrades you can make to your computer is to install a solid state drive, which has super-fast read times that can speed up your startup considerably. They’re certainly not a cheap upgrade, nor are they without their own maintenance requirements, but if you want to speed up your computer and its boot time, you can’t go wrong by installing an SSD. The difference will be shocking.

Again, these aren’t the only ways to shorten your computer’s boot time, but they are some of the most well-known, trusted methods that we’ve found. If you have any of your own favorite tweaks, share them with us in the comments, but beware of myths and snake oil—there are a lot of tweaks out there that do more harm than good.

–via lifehacker


So nowadays tabbed browsing is common with all of us. Sometimes we’re browsing along the web and  want to open a page but not bother to look at it right this second. Usually you  right-click the link and choose “Open Link in New Tab” but this little keyboard shortcut can save you from the trouble and even save some time. The easier way is that all you have to do is hold down the Control key (on Windows) or Command (on Mac) and just click the link you want to open. This will open a tab in the background and you won’t have to deal with it right away. You can also do this with bookmarks and bookmark folders that are sitting in your toolbar. Some Windows browsers will even save you a step and allow you to “middle click” (this generally refers to pushing scroll wheel on your mouse) to perform this action. Either way, it’s a handy trick when browsing the web……..