Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Windows was unable to complete the format - error message

Sometimes when you get error you recognize the solution easily, and sometimes you don't even if the solution is easy.

"Getting error like Windows was unable to complete the format l" - looks like a piece of cake, but some people had sleepless nights because of this error."

This error occurs when you format a magneto-optic disk with your windows operating system as FAT. Just remember that whether you have formated this disk earlier with any other operating system or any disk utility. If yes then reformat this disk with NTFS and then with FAT and if no then you disk needs a change.

Unable to install Printer - Error Message

My friend purchased a HP printer for his home but when he was installing the printer he got error message stating -

"Unable to Install Printer. Either the printer name was typed incorrectly, or the specified printer has lost its connection to the server. For more information, click Help."

He called me as usual and got the answer, which I want to share with you. The answer is this the driver which he got with HP driver set was only compatible with Windows XP and he was installing it in Windows Server 2003. So he got to download the Server 2003 drivers from HP site.

This error occurs because some HP drivers come with .inf file supported only by Windows XP.

Unable to install Windows Update

In Windows XP sometimes users get problems in installing windows updates. This is a problem of a corrupted file called IUCTL.dll

To correct this file and troubleshoot the problem follow steps as given below:-

  1. Go to your system drive (in my case C:) and open WUTEMP folder
  2. Delete all the files inside it.
  3. Go to Program files
  4. Display all hidden file and folders
  5. There will be a folder named WindowsUpdates
  6. Delete all content inside it except the V4 folder
  7. Now open V4 folder and delete all the content except iuhist.xml
  8. Start run and type
  9. Restart Windows regsvr32 /u C:\WINNT\System32\IUCTL.dll
  10. Done


Thursday, 24 September 2009

Exchange Server 2007 Tutorial - New Features

Exchange Server 2007 has a lot of new features when changes when comparing it to the older versions of exchanges server like 2003, 2000 or NT 5.5. Below is a list of all features that are new to exchange server 2007.

  1. Exchange Management Console - Its the time to say good bye to exchange system manager. The lovely working days with exchange system manager are gone. Now its the time to welcome something called Exchange Management Console. This is a wonderful tool with some great looks helping us to manage the entire exchange organization just like exchange system manager
  2. Exchange Management Shell - If you are very excited to know about Exchange Management Console - here comes a bummer. You cannot create public folders in Exchange Management Console you will need powershell for that. Exchange Management Shell is a modified Powershell containing cmd-lets specially customized for Exchange Server Management.
  3. Unified Messaging - Tell me how many of you thought that unified messaging is something just associated with CISCO. I think all of you.. Now unified messaging comes to Exchange Server 2007 allowing users all over your organization to receive voice mail through various mobility devices.
  4. 64 bit only - Sorry to say but no exchange 2007 server on 32 bit from now. Only 64 bit versions of exchange server are supported by Microsoft.
  5. Availability - Gone are the days when we used to sit the entire day in the office to configure routing on exchange servers because some of our servers are down. Failover to other Exchange Servers (Hub Transport Server) is automatic.
  6. Security and Protection - Without any doubt with newer version of every Microsoft product the security is enhancing so with the case with exchange servers.
Their are additional Features of exchange server that I will be talking in future blog posts.


This post relates to Exchange Server 2007 FREE Tutorial and Training Series.

What is ADAM for beginners - Active Directory Application Mode Tutorial

Definition - ADAM or Active Directory Application mode is a mode of active directory provided by Microsoft in Windows Server operating systems to allow active directory enabled applications to work with the current Active Directory infrastructure without modifying AD schema or without storing data in Active Directory database.

Supporting Operating Systems - Windows Server 2003 -Family (except Windows 2003 web server) and Windows XP Operating System.

For Beginners: -Lets start the journey towards active directory application mode. (Before starting this tutorial it is assumed that the reader is having some knowledge of active directory).

Suppose your organization is running a domain example.com. Your company decides to implement a new application that will use active directory as the directory service and database. You tested that application and still you are not convinced about many features of that application. But still deploying that application is necessary.


Now the role of ADAM begins. You implement ADAM on a server named=appserver1 which is not connected to your domain example.com. Then you install the third party application your organization needs. The application which needs active directory as its directory service and database will now access the ADAM roll on appserver1 which will act as a Active Directory Server for the application.

ADAM
Conclusion - Because you were not convinced about the new application but you wanted to deploy it , providing access to active directory, you actually deployed the application in such a way that it interacted with the ADAM roll on appserver1 as Active Directory database. With this kind of configuration your main Active Directory Database remains unaffected when deploying any such third party or Microsoft application.

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Amazing USB Pen Drives

Here I got an amazing collection of USB pen drives. Looks like they are making huge money on ebay...

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Saturday, 16 May 2009

How to Connect Internet in Windows Vista

Connect to Internet in Windows Vista


This is a tutorial on how to connect to Internet when using Windows Vista. Connection to Internet in Windows Vista can be done by following some easy steps. All the softwares needed to create the connection are inbuilt into Vista Operating System. We need only a connection to out ISP in order to create an Internet Connection in Windows Vista.

There are 3 ways how you can connect to your Internet in Vista

Wireless
Broadband
Dial-up

What we need?
  • An Internet Connection to the ISP
How to Connect to Internet?

Go to Control Panel --> Go to Network and Internet --> Go To Network and Sharing Center --> Click Set up a connection or Network --> click Connect to Internet

Unable to install Windows Vista SP1 ( Service Pack 1 )

Are you not able to upgrade to Windows Vista SP1

Windows Vista SP1 ( Service Pack 1 ) has been released is a story now. I have seen many guys not able to upgrade or install Windows Vista SP1. These admins face a lot of problems when installing SP1. I have listed out some reasons why these guys are facing such trouble when installing Windows Vista SP1.

  1. Disk Space Requirement
  2. The administrators must know the disk space requirements when installing the service pack.

    The disk requirements for SP1 depend on what method you use to install SP1.

    Installation methodRequired disk space

    Windows Update

    x86-based: 1,200 MB

    x64-based: 1,500 MB


    Downloading SP1 from the Microsoft website


    x86-based: 2,500 MB to 5,450 MB

    x64-based: 4,100 MB to 7,850 MB


    Integrated installation


    15 GB



  3. Check that no USB device is plugged into the system
  4. No service pack has been installed earlier into the system
  5. Laptop performing installation must be connected to AC Power
  6. Insure your system doesn't have any corrupted file. Check it with chkdsk.exe
  7. Be a pro and try not to install Windows Vista SP1 on a different OS like XP, 2003 , 95 and even on Linux.

BitLocker Multiple Partitions Lock not working

Unable to Lock Multiple Partitions in BitLocker


To improve local security access to a Operating System, System Admins do lock the hard drive partitions by BitLocker encryption. With Windows Vista , we were able to to lock only one partition of the hard drive but we were unable to to encrypt multiple partitions.

Have not you seen multiple partitions being locked by Bitlocker in Vista ? And of course you are unable to do so. The one point that you guys are leaving behind is Windows Vista SP1.

With Windows Vista SP1 we got an ability to lock multiple partitions on a system. Just check out your Service Pack and I hope this will help you out.

Unable to upgrade to Windows Vista

Upgrade to Microsoft Windows Vista


If you are unable to upgrade to Windows Vista Operating System, you must be performing any step wrong during the Windows Vista upgrade process. Before the upgrade of your Windows operating system you must check some prerequisite defined for Vista Upgrade. I have compiled a list of such prerequisite and hope its useful for you if you are unable to upgrade to Vista from Windows XP.

Prerequisite before upgrade to Windows Vista -

  • Check that you are upgrading the correct version. ie from Windows XP 32 bit to Vista 32 bit
  • Check the Hardware Compatibility when upgrading Vista- By running Vista upgrade Advisor
  • Make sure you have Windows XP SP2 installed on your system
Make sure that you have completed the above defined checklist before upgrading to Microsoft Windows Vista Operating System.

Automatic Device Discovery - Network Monitoring Tool

Tool which automatic discover device on network


The network monitoring tool about which I want to speak today is OpManager by ManageEngine. This tool helps system and network administrators to monitor their network effectively. One good feature that I liked about this tool was its automatic device discovery feature. With the use of the automatic device discover feature an admin can search for all active devices on a particular IP subnet.

Important-

A Point to note here is that, with OpManager you can discover a single device , multiple devices from an IP subnet or import devices in the form of a CSV file by determining the IP addresses in the CSV file.

This network monitoring tool is Multi platform and can be installed either on Windows or Linux. A feature which I know that you won't like about this tool is that its free only to monitor 10 computer and if you want more out of it , its gonna cost you a bit. But atleast you can automatic discover 10 computer or devices for free and monitor them effectively. Good if you have a small organization.

How to change log size in event viewer

Change log size in event viewer


When the event viewer log file is full, their is of course a need to change log size in event viewer. This log size determines how much data can be stored in the log files and whether the data should be overwritten or not.

View this tutorial to know how to change log size in event viewer

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Friday, 15 May 2009

How to change log file path in event viewer

How to change log file path in event viewer


Log file in event viewer contain logs relating to application, security, system, dns and directory service. These log files must be backed up properly in a corporate environment. The path of the log file is fix on all Windows Systems ie %systemroot%/system32/config/"filename"

To change the logging path of these log files all you have to do is to modify registry.

Here's a tutorial on How to change log file path in event viewer

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Thursday, 14 May 2009

Audio Playing Without No Video or Display error Troubleshooting

Audio Playing Without No Video or Display


Sometimes it may have happened to you after you might have downloaded any video file from internet but only the audio is working without no display or video playing. This Problem has a very simple solution.

People get into this trouble because of .avi extension file which they have downloaded from the internet and are trying to play that file into a media player without the support of that file extension. Just check out the file extension to solve this issue.

Now the next you need to download VLC media player, because it supports playing .avi extension files.

Sometimes it's so simple to troubleshoot a problem, right!


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How to send a console message from Computer Management Console

Send message from Computer Management Console


Many times we need to send a message to users who are logged on any other remote computer, for some maintenance issues or any thing else. There are many ways for informing a user like net meeting or any other chat software but these software doesn't solve the issue completely. Why? because either the user takes these messages lightly or sometimes doesn't even try to take any message.

So their must be a proper mechanism so that the message sent to the user must flash on his screen, to let him know about any issue.

To sent this kinda warning or information messages you will need to open your computer management console


Go to Start --> Administrative Tools --> Computer Management

In Computer Management Select "Action" from the menu bar and select "All tasks" --> "Send Console Messages"

Click "Add"
Type the name of the recipient computer
Click O.K

Type your message in your message box and click send.

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How to Start or Stop a service remotely

Start or Stop a service remotely


To start on stop a service on a remote computer you must be connected to the remote computer. When you are connected to the remote computer you can start or stop any service like telnet on that Windows machine. If you don't know how to connect to a computer remotely - read this (how to connect to a remote computer)

Why to start or stop a service remotely ?

Theirs no reason specifically for this , only why people do this is because they don't want to walk to the remote computer or the remote computer is quite far away or its a server sitting in some locked room.

After You have connected to a computer or server remotely through Computer Management Console

Expand Service and Applications

Select Services

Now in the right pane start or stop any service you want, on the remote computer.

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How to Connect a Remote Computer to Manage Remotely

How to Connect a Remote Computer to Manage Remotely



System Administrator or Computer Operators need to connect to remote computers running Windows to manage them. Connecting to a computer remotely saves time of the computer operator. Managing Computer remotely can also be a nice trick for some guys.


The process I am going to explain not only connect a remote computer to your local computer but also allows you to manage various services like event viewer, shared folders, users and groups, performance logs and alerts, device manager, disk defragmentation and start or stop any service remotely. Lets see how this is done -


Go to Start --> Administrative Tools --> Computer Management

In Computer Management Select "Action" from the menu bar and select "Connect to another computer"

Type the IP address of the remote computer you want to manage and select O.K

Now you are connected to a remote computer via computer management tool locally.

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What are Persistent IP Route - How to Add routes in routing table

Persistent Static IP Route in Windows


If you don't know how to add static IP route in windows operating system I will prefer you to read this tutorial. "How to add static route"

Persistent routes are needed because the routes which are not persistent are removed from the Windows operating system once the OS is rebooted. So in order to preserve the routes we have to add persistent routes in the system by a command.

#command
route add 192.168.1.5 mask 255.255.255.255 192.168.1.1 -p

The "-p" option denotes that this route is persistence in nature.


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Static Route - How to Delete Static IP Route

How to delete Static IP Route


To delete a static IP Route which either you have added or is previously defined type the following command.

#command
route delete 10.0.0.0

The command above will delete the static route "10.0.0.0" in your system.

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Static Route - How to add Static IP Route in Windows

How to add static IP route in Windows?


Static IP Route in Windows are those routes which are added manually into the system. To add static routes in the Windows Operating system is done by the use of a command "Route add".

#command
Route add 192.168.1.5 255.255.255.255 192.168.1.1


In the above example we have added a static route for 192.168.1.5 IP address via 192.168.1.1 gateway , 255.255.255.255 tell that its a host route (a route for a specific host)

Please note that the route added above are note persistent in nature they will be removed once the system is rebooted.

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Start Security Logging on a Server or Computer


I hope that you know what is security logs before reading further. In order to start security logging on your domain controller server, domain or client computer , you need to open the group policy object editor of the object(domain, dc , client pc) , where you want to start security logging.

The Path where you can edit or start securtity logging

In the GPO --> Computer Configuration --> Windows Settings --> Security Settings --> Local Policies --> Audit Policy

Now in the right pane you will find all the audit policies that you want to edit or start --> just double click them and change your settings

Don't forget to Refresh you GP (Group Policy in short)

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Security logs - What is Security Logs in event viewer

What is Security Logs in event viewer


People need to access various objects in a computer like printers, files or folders and many more. When this access is made on servers you need some mechanism to track your users access on the server. By password you can only authenticate a user but you might need to authorize a user to perform certain tasks in a computer or your server.What if the user is accessing more than what you are giving him.


That's why you need some mechanism to track that access and that's done by security logs. By default security logs are enable on your system, domain controller or you domain. But still you have to enable security logging of multiple objects in a computer via group policy.


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"Your Security log is full" error message solution

"Your Security log is full" Error message - a solution


The error that your security log is full occurs when the security log of your event viewer has reached its maximum storage capacity. In order to fix this problem you have to clear the security logs of your event viewer.

Make sure you have saved your security logs before clearing them.

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Security logs - How to Clear Security Logs in Event Viewer

Clear security logs


Why Clear Security Logs ?

Sometimes Security logs in event viewer have a fixed size, when this size is full further logging into the server or a computer is not available so in order to start relogging one needs to clear current security events.


To clear Security logs.

Go to Start --> Run --> compmgmt.msc

Select event viewer

Select security --> right click --> select "Clear all events"

Be sure that you have already saved your security logs in a file.

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Security logs - How to Save security logs in event viewers

Save Security Logs


Why to save security logs ?

All object access information in a computer,(better call it as a server) is stored in security logs of event viewer. This information is necessary when performing audit of your computer or server. So to save these objects is necessary because these events are needed when monitoring your server log.



To save security logs.

Go to Start --> Run --> compmgmt.msc

Select event viewer

Select security --> right click --> select "save security log file as"

Give the name and the path of the file to save

Click OK

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"The initial program cannot be started" error message

"The initial program cannot be started" error message



When using Remote Desktop connections sometimes users get an error message stating "The initial program cannot be started". This is a server side problem in Remote Desktop environment and is caused due to the missing file or program which was required to be started when initiating a remote desktop connection.


The Server Administrator many times define a file or program that they want must be started when the client initiates a Remote Desktop Connection.If the path of the file or program is wrong the above message will occur. So better if you check the settings of your terminal server on the server side.

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Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Performing Network Assessment before voip deployment

Network Assessment before voip deployment


Many troubles are faced by system engineers when they integrate VOIP into the existing IT infrastructure. The basic trouble goes into finding whether the current IT or Network infra is compatible with VOIP deployment. Believe me, never always system integrators are right. Mostly some parts of the network are left without being analyzed, and the VOIP deployment is done, which is of course not perfect.

Fluke Networks has come up with NetAlly Voip Assessment Software version 7, which performs the task of analyzing the current network infrastructure before any Voip deployment and gives details regarding the networks assessment done.

NetAlly Voip Assessment Software Official Site

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Theirs a plugin in FireFox which has changed the way I search images. The name of the plugin is Image Zoom. This plugin has an outstanding capability of zooming images right from the browser. Not only it zoom in and zoom out an image but the browsing experience it provides while checking images is awesome , I highly recommend this plugin go ahead, download and install it now.


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Publish to Twitter automatically from your Wordpress blog

Publish to Twitter automatically from your Wordpress blog


Every blogger wants to publish his post on twitter and want them to go viral. The process of publishing of new blog posts on twitter can become automatic with a Wordpress plugin. This plugin is easy to install and cleanly integrates with your wordpress blog. To publish the blog post just you have to check a checkbox and that's it your post will be automatically published on twitter by shortening them via cli.gs url shortening service.

WordPress to Twitter Plugin


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How to Add Digg Stories to your Website ?


If you want the current digg stories to be embedded directly into your website. Their is a gadget on google gadgets which may help you out. To install this gadget, just get and add the code of the gadget on the web page where you want the digg stories to appear.

Download the Google Gadget for Digg here.


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“Your system is low on virtual memory” error message

How to fix “Your system is low on virtual memory” error message

The solution to “Your system is low on virtual memory” error message is very simple only what one need to do is to increase the systems virtual memory or pagefile. This can be done by following simple steps by step by step procedure given below.

  1. Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
  2. In the System Properties dialog box, click Advanced
  3. Click Performance Options.
  4. In the Virtual memory pane, click Change to increase the paging file.
  5. After you change the setting, click Set, and then click OK.
  6. The changes you have made require you to restart your computer before they can take effect.
  7. When you are prompted to restart your computer, click Yes.
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Thursday, 7 May 2009

Using Social Bookmarking to increase blog traffic

Using Social Bookmarking to increase blog traffic


Social Bookmarking is one of the most used method to build blog traffic. Its Free, easy to use and it works. Today I will be discussing various methods to promote your blog on social bookmarking websites and get traffic from them.


Why use social bookmarking sites to get blog traffic ?

The answer is "What's the reason for not using them? ". These sites get great traffic from around the world. People in search of good articles or tutorials come to social bookmarking sites directly or via search engines. Why not give these people "what they are finding", why not write some effective articles or tutorials which are in demand on our blog and just bookmark them, why not break a news online from our blog and bookmark it. The Question is "WHY NOT", and the answer is who is gonna trust you, who is gonna read an article or tutorial of a newcomer's blog. Now the Question has become "WHO IS GONNA", and the answer is , if you are good and write effectively, everybody is gonna trust you and read you, thus increasing your blog traffic.


Will my blog receive "huge" traffic from these social bookmarking sites?

NO, you wont be receiving "huge" traffic for your blog, unless you are being bookmarked by a huge number of fans, and that's a truth. Now the question is "HOW DO I GET "HUGE" NUMBER OF FANS OR BLOG READERS". And the answer is simple "social bookmarking". These sites are full of hungry readers for your blog, every time you bookmark your post you will find a small increase in your blog readership or following. That's not a direct traffic but an indirect traffic which can of course lead your blog to get huge direct traffic. This could be a slow process and some times its very annoying but it will work for long term, if you really serious to increase your blog traffic plus your blog readers.


How to use Social bookmarking effectively ?

Some people don't use these bookmarking sites effectively. Those who are not having a lot of blog readers need to use social bookmarking very effectively to increase blog traffic . The only method to implement an effective social bookmarking strategy is by writing very good content and bookmarking them in the right category. Writing good or new content is the best way to make yourself visible on these sites. And after getting visibility theirs not lot to be done, you get instant readers and good targeted traffic.

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Build Blog Traffic using 5 quick tips

Build blog traffic using 5 quick tips


Today I want to discuss 5 quick tips to build traffic for a blog. These techniques or strategies are absolutely free to use and also provide a huge stream of traffic to your blog.


Build Blog Traffic Tip #1


Social Bookmarking - Social Bookmarking is an awesome method to increase traffic to a blog. With social bookmarking one can easily make his blog visible to others and get free traffic.This strategy works for every one, but social bookmarking must be followed as a practice and must be followed properly if you need huge amount of traffic flowing to your blog. To implement this strategy not much has to be done just implement a bookmark plug in on your blog which is available for free and that's it. If your blog already has some readership or traffic you will see your blog being bookmarked by your reader to major social bookmarking websites like digg and stumbleupon. Bookmarking of your blog to social bookmarking sites will lead to more users on these bookmarking sites to know about your blog, thus they will either bookmark you or become your blog readers in turn giving you traffic again.


Build Blog Traffic Tip #2


Blog Comments - This is a proven way to get good quality targeted traffic to your blog. Always comment on other blogs as much as possible and always comment as good as possible because blog commenting provide you more visibility(try to comment on established blogs). This visibility could be wasted if you are not commenting properly, ie whenever you comment on any blog always comment as long as possible and as much specific to the topic you can be. This will of course give your blog a lot more visibility and a lot more traffic than before.


Build Blog Traffic Tip #3


Forum Marketing - Forum marketing is a great tool to get huge blog traffic, because you find like minded people in forums who can turn into targeted traffic for your blog. So creating a good forum profile in order to get huge blog traffic is not a bad idea. The rule of writing better blog comments applies here too and always try to write something useful in forums. Writing helpful topics in a forums creates a good profile giving you good visibility and thus increasing your blog traffic. A point to be noted down here is that a forum is run by humans , so don't spam it or you will be banned or your ip will be banned, because these forum guys hardly care about web traffic.


Build Blog Traffic Tip #4


Article Marketing - Some people will agree to me that article marketing works and some don't but let me tell you that article marketing does work if done properly and can provide huge traffic to your blog. If you are ignoring article marketing to get blog traffic then let me tell you that these article sites have a very high page rank in google and of course which your blog needs. Writing an effective article in these article directories can get your article and blog to the first page of google without much effort thus indirectly giving your blog some traffic.


Build Blog Traffic Tip #5


YouTube Marketing - Really effective method to get huge traffic to the blog but doesn't works for everyone. Uploading Videos on YouTube and sharing it with the world can get you a huge traffic if any of your video get a lot of hits. One really needs to know some good marketing strategy before going for YouTube marketing because many people who try never get more than 100 views annually. Some blogs who deal in categories like movies or TV show this marketing strategy to get blog traffic is a must, other must also try it but not make it the main stream marketing strategy for building traffic for your blog.

Increase Twitter Followers with Increase Retweet

Increase Twitter Followers with retweet


In this article we will be discussing about the benefits of retweet in twitter and how retweet can be used to increase twitter followers.


Every one wants to be visible online everyone wants their tweet and posts to be viral on twitter. But only few big guys or some big news are able to make this big on twitter. But what is the meaning of making big on twitter. Their is only one meaning to making big on twitter and that is a question " How to use twitter to increase followers ".

Their are 2 categories of people who are currently involved in finding the answer of increasing twitter followers first category is of those people who are already successful are having a huge following on twitter and they have no interest to increase their twitter followers and second category is of those people who are having a very small twitter following and want to find an effective way to increase them.

Now I want to bring to your notice, people having few followers on twitter are also divided into two categories the first category is of those who retweet and the second is of those who don't retweet.

Those who retweet are again divided in two categories first using twitter only to retweet in order to get an increase in their twitter following by those, who's tweet they are retweeting and the second category is of those who are retweeting in order to build a better twitter profile, which can lead them to a increase in their followers.

Retweet can increase the visibility of your profile because when you retweet you are also communicating with the people who tweeted the original post. With your retweets you are taking the full advantage of viral power of twitter and of course building a good twitter profile both of which can lead to increase in your twitter profile visibility and followers. Lets see how -
  • Viral Power of twitter with retweet- when anyone tweets , and someone retweet his tweet, than the person who tweeted the post is benefited because the followers of the one who is retweeting are actually getting to know about the tweet, thus it leads to increase in his profile visibility for the one who tweeted the post and eventually leads to an increase in his twitter followers.

  • Building better twitter profile with retweet - the person who retweet gets the benefit of building a good profile because people on twitter like to follow those, who tweet about the topic they like. With a good profile the retweet guy gets a good chance to increase his twitter followers not only directly but also indirectly because the more targeted followers he gets on twitter the better chance of his tweet to get a retweet , thus again giving him more targeted followers.

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Sunday, 3 May 2009

Create Custom Emotions for yahoo messenger

How to create custom emotions for yahoo messenger

Creating customized emotions or emotes or emoticons for yahoo messenger is a very easy process. First let me start this topic by describing what are emotions?

Emotions, the word speaks itself. Emotions are text or graphic images used in order to send a message to your friend just explaining them your current state of mind.

Yahoo messenger is full of emotions and also gives you the ability to create more customized emotions.


How to create yahoo emotions ?
All emotions of yahoo messenger are stored in a file called emote.dat . This file contains all emotions one entry per line. The path of this file is "c:\program files\yahoo!\messenger\emote_user.dat". If you are unable to find this file with this path just search your computer with the file name and open emote.dat in notepad.

The format of emotions in this file is given below -

Title\ What the emote will say by itself\ What it will say when it interacts with another user

Just edit the file as you need and restart yahoo messenger you will have all your custom emotes inbuilt your yahoo messenger.

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Why Autosave is not working in blogger


Before getting in detail you must know what is autosave. When you create a post in blogger.com, before publishing it you do save it , what if your browser corrupts in the middle of editing or power goes off. At this time a feature called autosave comes into play which automatically saves your post on the blogger.com server.

Many times bloggers face problems -

autosave feature is not working
blogger autosave is corrupted
autosave not saving
or
autosave gone bad

Their is only a simple solution to this problem. Just check out that you are connected to the network and you are not editing a post that's already published.

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How to check feed size

Feedburner doesn't supports burning feed more than 512 KB at this time. Burning feed more than 512 KB can will lead to feedburner not updating your feed. That leads to a question "how to tell the size of your feed ?"

web-sniffer.net is the solution to this answer. With this tool just type the address of your feed in the text box and press Submit. This tool will show you the size of your feed along with your feed details.



Send Fax Using Skype

How to send Fax using Skype


Pamfax is a software for windows and MAC OS which enables you to send fax using your skype account. The software is very handy, easy to download and install. The best part about Pamfax is it is free to use, but sending fax with this software using skype service just need few pennies.

Some Features of Pamfax are -

  • It supports multiple file formats to be faxed
  • You can fax multiple file at once
  • send multiple files fax merged into a single file
  • tightly integrated with MS office 2003 and 2007
  • additional toolbar is embedded in Ms office suit products to fax from the current document
  • send fax to one or multiple recipients
  • integration with google map show all recipients on maps
  • fax cover page selection
  • fax notification like skype chat , sms , email
  • pre payment and post payment option available
  • software available in different languages


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Saturday, 2 May 2009

Windows 7 is much more than graphics

According to me, Windows 7 the latest operating system from Microsoft will stand out to be a major performer in the desktop client operating system market. Till yet we have seen a lot of operating systems of Microsoft. We have also witnessed a lot of hype in the market about Microsoft operating systems every time a new operating system is launched. Do you remember the launch of Windows XP, the launch of Windows Vista and now of course you are witnessing the launch of Windows 7.

Being a technology enthusiast and a System Engineer I study a lot about operating systems. I don't know why everyone today is just busy blogging and telling people about Windows 7. Their are only graphics is this OS and nothing else. Don't you think so ?

If yes then you are wrong Windows 7 is much more than graphics. I don't say this because I am a big supporter of Microsoft, but yes as an engineer I will of course appreciate the effort made by Microsoft in creating this operating system. This OS is not only about graphics "Loud and Clear".

Let me give you an example, if you are a tech geek you will understand it quiet easily. Just the Technology VPN has been revived in a manner in Windows 7 operating system with the integration of Windows 2008 server that it could change the way we look at VPN. I won't speak much but in future if the word VPN is completely gone from Microsoft Operating System than it won't be a surprise for me.

Not many times we see Microsoft innovative. We know Microsoft because of the copy cat behaviour of their business. Yes Windows 7 is something which is making us , at least me to restructure the image of Microsoft in my mind. Microsoft is innovating not in some but in many technologies.

The open source lovers may find this article as something very weird and the writer a crazy person. Yes this is also a truth that how much good a paid technology could be on the other side people and companies trying to lower their cost, do go for the free versions. But as you know that Microsoft operating system dominates the client side OS, I think this time it will much easier for Microsoft.

Friday, 1 May 2009

open .xls spreadsheet files without using excel

open .xls spreadsheet files without using excel



How to open .xls files , when you don't have Ms excel installed on your computer. There is a easy and a better way and free too, to access your spreadsheets without installing Ms-excel. I prefer to either use Google Docs or Zohosheet , when I don't have ms excel installed.

Both these services are free to use , but zohosheet do charge if you use it for a corporate account but its free for indivisuals. With these services you are able to access office online which helps you not only creating a document but also sharing it with your friends.

Anytime if you don't have ms excel installed on your system do give these services a try. It also provides you an extra level of security because these services require your username and password for login and accessing the required spreadsheet or any other document.

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Backup Browser Cookies

Backup Browser Cookies


Recently someone asked me what are cookies, I gave him a full hundred page explanation from browser login sessions to writing cookies. The next question that guy asked me "How to backup browser cookies", and I want to share my answer with you all.

Browser cookies can be backed up by the use of a software called CookieMonster. This tool doesn't only help in backup of browser cookies but also is useful in managing them like saving or deleting specific cookies for future use. One more wonderful thing about this tool is that it can be use as a cookie backup tool for Internet Explorer, Mozilla FireFox , Chrome, Opera and Netscape.

How to Backup Browser Cookies



Download Cookiemonster
Execute the Application
Select the Cookies that you want to save
Select Refresh List Drop down menu
Select Export

Backup of cookies of any above defined browser can be done with few mouse clicks.

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Synchronize Google Calender With Outlook

Synchronize Google Calender With Outlook


If you have used Microsoft Outlook Calenders, then you must be already knowing what are the uses of a calender. You better would be knowing the benefits of using Ms outlook calender in your organization. Google Calender is a way to schedule your time online and that too for free.

People who use Ms Outlook calender and google calender both want to find a better way to synchronize both the calenders. This synchronization is possible. This means that after google and outlook sync all the schedules between these calenders will be synchronized. And you can access any calender either on your PC or internet.

Their are 2 ways to Sync google calender with Outlook



Manual method to sync


  • First you need to export the calender in to .ics format. google calender will export files in zipped format,
  • extract them Go to outlook
  • File --> Import --> Select "Import icalender or vCalender file" , select the"ics" file, it will import all the schedules to your calender.

Automatic Method to Sync


  • Download this software
  • Install the download software
  • Give your google username, password
  • Set the option whether you want one way or both way sync
  • Set the Sync interval
  • Its done, now you can switch off or on the tool from your Windows Taskbar.

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Windows XP vs Windows 7


Windows 7 is the latest operating system released by Microsoft but still the major market share is ruled by Windows XP. Windows XP which was till yet dominating the Client Operating System Market was given a push back by Microsoft Windows Vista. As Windows Vista was not a major success in the market,that's why Microsoft is bought a new OS Windows 7.

Although their could be thousand of differences between Windows XP and Windows 7. I found some major differences between both the operating system which are listed below.

Differences between Windows XP and Windows 7



1. One of the major difference between both the operating system is User Access Control. Where Windows XP doesn't have any UAC on other side Windows 7 enables the UAC feature which was introduced in Windows Vista.

2. Windows 7 supports DirectX 11 where Windows XP support Directx 9.

3. One major difference is regarding the graphics , where Windows XP lacks them on other hand Windows 7 is known for its visual appearance.

4. Their is a difference in speed of both the operating system where Windows 7 boots quicker than Windows XP

5. Networking features like Direct access and VPN reconnect which were not available in Windows XP but are introduced in Windows 7 also adds a point to this list of differences between Windows XP and Windows 7.

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Facebook phishing attack

Facebook phishing attack


Facebook the biggest social networking site is facing a phishing attack these days. Facebook stopped a phishing attack on Thursday which was said to be carried out with the name of FBStarter.com. On Wednesday the phishing attack was carried out by a name of BAction.net. These attacks are made in order to steal personal information of the users. The method of attacking is of classic nature. The attack is spread within the site via a Worm which unsuspectingly sends a message to the member from his friend to "check this out" and includes a link to the phishing site.

When the link is clicked the users are asked for their facebook login information and when the member types his user name and password is account details are stolen and a same message is send to the infected member friends.

To protect this phishing scam facebook has told its members that always use facebook.com as the url for login and after logging in the website will never ask for a relogin.


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Thursday, 30 April 2009

Winamp Password Policy Changed

Winamp Password Policy Change


The authentication policy in winamp has undergone some changes because of which now the users will need to have a password between 6-16 characters long. This password as you know is required to access your winamp account. If any user is having a password longer than 16 characters than beware because winamp will send an email to change to password before May 6 2009. If unable to do so your account will be disabled. One more thing that Winamp team clarified was that this password policy change will not affect the accounts at Winamp Forum or Developer Network.

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Automatically Copy Selected Text


Autocopy - How many times do you need to copy text while you are online, whether you are browsing or you are blogging,whenever you see something nice you want to tweet it or blog about it. How bad experience it can be for anyone to select and copy the text again and again. Autocopy is a a firefox addon or plugin which automatically copies the selected text to clipboard while browsing. Because this is a firefox addon that's why it can not be used offline. I am quite happy with this automatic text copy addon and having fun browsing and copying.

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Design Your Twitter Background



Want to get rid of the old twitter background, yep I know that you can select a new background from the settings of your twitter account but what if you were provided some amazing professionally designed twitter backgrounds for free.

Twitterimage.com is currently providing some of its professionally designed twitter backgrounds for absolutely free. You can also purchase twitter background image from twitterimage.com for an amount of $100, but I don't think, that people are going to give money to redesign their twitter background.

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How many time do you face problems in retweeting any tweet from the web. Their are many desktop clients which actually make this entire process of retweeting absolutely easy. But agree or not their are not enough web based client which make the process and experience of retweeting great.

A tool twubs is a well know twitter tool used for many of its features but I like this tool because of the absolutely wonderful retweet function that is embedded into the tool. With this tool, you can retweet any tweet easily but the only condition is that you will have to search for the tweet first by using hash.

In other sense its a tool which enables you to search twitter and retweet those searched tweets.

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A service called Tweetmart enables you to sell your stuff right on twitter. The service is absolutely free. All you need is your twitter username and password. Just login to with your twitter credentials and after logging add the item you want to sell. The item and its description will be tweeted to all your twitter followers and if someone is not a member of twitter still he can communicate with you via email. So keep tweeting and keep selling your stuff for free.




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Monday, 27 April 2009

How to increase Squidoo lens PageRank

How to Increase Squidoo Lens Pagerank



Squidoo lenses are the hottest Internet property now. Squidoo lens are said to have a higher PageRank but not every lens has a higher PageRank. Lens PageRank is decided on various factors among which I will be discussing today one of them that is "Good Content".

squidoo seo secret
Squidoo is more than a social networking site , its a site full of good content. That content is written in the form of as lens. The better you write content in your lens the higher your lens PageRank will be. Squidoo not only gives you a place to write your content but it also ranks you lens. Every lens is ranked differently in Squidoo. Their are various ranking factors such as quality of content, updated frequency of content and your squidoo account activity. The more you follow the factors to increase your squidoo lens rank, the better rank your lens will get.

Why to have higher Squidoo lens rank



When your lens in squidoo is ranked higher , that lens is automatically linked on the pages that have a higher page rank. Next, the lens with higher rank get a good visibility and other users mark that lens as their favorite or bookmark that lens or just link to that lens from their blog or lens, again giving your lens a higher PageRank.

So the moral of the story is keep writing good content on your lens and you will see a lot of links coming into your lens giving it a higher PageRank that too for free.

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How to use Squidoo in SEO Strategy ?



Squidoo is a tool which can help in implementing an absolute SEO strategy. Using Squidoo as a part of your SEO marketing strategy can actually get your website a higher PageRank. Higher PageRank with the use of Squidoo is possible because Squidoo itself has a higher PageRank in all Search Engines. Their was a time when this higher PageRank of Squidoo was reduced by many search engines because of the irrelevant content in Squidoo. But now the entire Squidoo team reduces the number of lenses which contain irrelevant content leading Squidoo for an ultimate portal for implementing SEO Strategy.

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Tips for Squidoo SEO Strategy #1


How to increase Squidoo lens PageRank ?


The Lens in Squidoo is your content what you write. Each and Every lens has its own rank in Squidoo. The more content you write in your Squidoo Lens the better it is. Because best ranked squidoo lenses get a higher PageRank . Why? , because those lenses are featured on pages who have a higher PageRank. How squidoo ranks its lenses depends on various factors, like your squidoo activity , how often the lens is updated , how big and good is lens and much more. The higher your lens will rank , more it will be visible and when people will visit your lens they will do mark it as their favorite , again giving your lens a higher PageRank. Thus doing SEO for you.

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Tips for Squidoo SEO Strategy#2


Join Squidoo Groups as SEO Strategy


Groups in Squidoo play a major part in SEO and PageRank. When you use squidoo and create a lens always join the lens with some group. Check that whether that group homepage has a higher PageRank or not. The better the PageRank of a group the less SEO efforts you will have to make. Join as many relevant groups as possible. This will definitely increase your lens PageRank and provide SEO.

Tips for Squidoo SEO #3


Promote Squidoo lens with Tags


Tags in squidoo increases the PageRank of your lens. How? , Squidoo uses tags in order to define which lens is best for related pages section on other lens. use tags appropriately according to the lens you are making. This will link your lens on other similar lenses, with SEO backlinks giving your lens a higher PageRank.

Follow the SEO strategy defined above and you will definitely see a change in your Search Engine PageRank. The last thing I want to tell and warn you is that all squidoo lenses are manually reviewed . So please, the more professionally you use squidoo , Free SEO is what you get.

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Remote Desktop to Server 2008 from XP

Remote Desktop to Windows Server 2008 from Windows XP Service Pack2


Logging into Windows Server 2008 via remote desktop from Windows XP is a task which many administrators are unable to perform. Accessing Windows Server 2008 via Vista Operating System is quite easy because the Network Level Authentication module inbuilt in Vista. But to access it via Windows Xp needs an administrator to follow step by step procedure:-

Step by Step Procedure

Step 1. Start Routing and Remote Access service on Server 2008.

1. Start --> Programs --> Administrative Tools --> Services.
2. Right-click Routing and Remote Access service (RRAS), and then click Start.

Step 2 . Disable Network Level Authentication

  1. Server Manager --> Configure Remote Desktop.
  2. Choose Allow connections from computers using any version of Remote Desktop (less secure).
  3. Click OK.
Step 3. Login with the following format domain/username

Step 4. It will work.

Convert pentium 4 to pentium 9

How to change the processor name and type ?



Yes you are reading right Pentium 9 has launched and it has been launched by me. Let me tell you how you can install Pentium 9 processor in you computer system.

Step 1 Go to start --> go to run --> type regedit.exe --> press ok



Step 2 In registry editor --> Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\HARDWARE\DESCRIPTION\System\CentralProcessor\0


Step 3 On right Pane Select ProcessorNameString and change the value to Pentium 9



Step 4 Refresh the Screen

Step 5 You are done


Dual boot Ubuntu with XP

Dual boot Ubuntu with XP



Dual Booting Windows XP with any Linux Operating System is always looked upon like a miracle or a magic trick for beginners like me. And when talking about Ubuntu I am not the only person who gets exited. One of my friend Imran has posted a wonderful post regarding dual boot ubuntu with XP. Last thing I want to tell you that he has made all the steps really easy. A must read for everyone.

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What is the use of Registry Cleaner

What is the use of registry cleaner



Registry cleaner is a software which is used by users in order to rearrange the entire registry in Windows Operating System. Let look at the use of Windows registry cleaner in detail. Suppose you installed a new software which you thought is going to be of some use to you, but at what you found the next moment was that the software is of no use. What is the use of a software which is of no importance to a user. So you decided to remove the software. After removing the useless software, it doesn't removes all its registry settings , which makes your computer slow.



Now here is what registry cleaner is all about. The registry cleaner will be used by the user in order to clean all the registry settings which are not currently utilized by the operating system. Thus making the operating system fast.


5 Mistakes by Twitter Beginners

5 Mistakes by Twitter Beginners


Referring to my previous post on "How to get more Twitter followers" , this is the next in the series. If you have not read the previous post do read it. In the last post I told to tweet nice topics regarding a single category and be regular in order to increase your twitter followers.

Twitter as you know is much more than a micro blogging website. Its better to call twitter a social networking micro blogging site. Its not the same as other social networking sites like facebook or others, its a lot different. What makes it different is that only some use twitter for personal purpose, while everyone uses twitter for their professional reasons. Let me focus today on what mistakes are made by beginners in Twitter.

Common mistakes by Twitter beginners



Mistake 1

If you look upon twitter you will find a lot of people who are actually beginners in Internet marketing not using twitter as it is. They actually don't know what they are doing. In order to increase the number of followers in twitter these guys make a common mistake and start spamming twitter with all they articles the find in the article directories, hoping to attract everyone. But actually they end up attracting beginners and no professional as their follower. I always suggest to tweet absolutely wonderful tweets, according to the audience you have.

If you have a tech blog please don't tweet about cooking, you will not get any new followers but also end up loosing your existing ones.

Mistake 2

Beginners when tweeting also make a common mistake in twitter, they tweet a lot. A lot means hundreds of time in a day. This actually makes their existing twitter followers angry, and this also comes to their notice that they are following a beginner.

Mistake 3

Always Follow your seniors, this brings you to the notice of already established bloggers and site owners. Always reply to the established bloggers whom you follow regarding their recent posts. But this custom is still missing in twitter.

Mistake 4

Beginners are not consistent and that's truth with not all but with most. You have to be consistent in your tweets about the topic you are posting in.

Mistake 5

The last mistake a twitter beginner can make is not to follow the above tips.