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Animate Windows Vista Menu Pictures
August 28, 2007, 12:50 pm
Filed under: Downloads, Technology, Windows Vista

Microsoft has introduced many new features in its latest operating system Windows Vista like 3D flip, Windows Aero, windows dreamscene, Cardspace ,one click search etc. In brief Windows Vista is multimedia rich. So what’s lacking in Windows vista still pictures in Start menu items ?

So its the time to animate these all in style. 3D User Picture is nice freeware utility which animates the start menu pictures. Download the 3D User Picture, Extract the files and 3duserpic.exe and then open the Start menu hover the mouse over the links…..Wow pictures are animating.

Note: 3D user Picture requires a DirectX 9 capable graphic card.


Buying a Good PC was never so easy
August 7, 2007, 6:54 pm
Filed under: hardware, Technology

Buying a Good PC was never so easy- My Right PC

If you’re planning to buy a new computer but has no basic knowledge about computer or feel stuck in computer terminology or can’t able to decide which Computer is best for your needs i.e. a office Computer, Personal computer or power packed computer for satisfying your gaming needs.

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Also not sure of where to buy it from and which brand to buy or go for assembled computer. Then the solution is just a click away to make buying a new computer a very simple task. Visit My Right PC.

This website has all the stuffs and information that one would needs when buying a new computer. Just surf the site and you can easily understand which is the right computer for you based on your needs and requirements. This site also suggest you the right hardware configuration and also helps you to locate reliable retailer in your area.

Once you done with the computer hardware configuration, site will send you an email with the hardware specification and right version of the Windows Vista and estimated cost. You can also choose to have the retailer contact SMSed to your mobile for easy reference and in case, you are too lazy to visit the retailer, you can leave your contact details and let the retailer of your choice call you.

Beware Credit Card fraudsters around
August 5, 2007, 12:59 pm
Filed under: Technology, Tutorials

Credit Card Skimmer

Be alert when you swipe your credit card or even flash it. A new menace is lurking around in the city – a small gadget that has the ability to copy your credit card details in a fraction of time.And even more the culprit may be the innocent looking cashier or waiter or petrol pump attendant or even the pretty girl sitting next to you.Police also got a shock when they came to know of the presence of this small three inch gadget called “SKIMMER” by ceasing from the Bangladeshi touts who duped a jeweler with a cloned credit card. The police fear that these touts are not the only ones using Skimmers to clone the credit card and take advantage of. Investigators have also warned that these Skimmers can also be used to clone the details from the PAN card, driving license, ATM debit card etc. The beauty of these skimmers is that they copy the details with precision that the owner doesn’t even come to know that the card has been copied till the time a huge bill is served on him for a purchase made in his home country or UK, US where he never visited in his life time.
Skimming is turning out to be a huge menace worldwide with Singapore, Japan and Indonesia recording a 45% spurt in such crimes. In the early versions of skimmers the credit cards had to be swiped in the gadget whereas modern versions are far more sophisticated. Now the fraudsters have to be in the arms length distance of the card being swiped to copy all the details without ever touching the victim’s card.
What’s more scary is that this gadget “Skimmer” is available in the market for only Rs.7000 to Rs.10000. This makes it pretty handy to buy.

What is Card Skimmer?

A Skimmer is a battery operated magnetic device, up to three inches long. The device is manufactured to copy the details of the magnetic strip on the credit card, driving license, debit card or PAN card. These details are then used to make a cloned card which can be used easily to dupe the original owner of the card. This device cost between Rs.7000 to Rs.10000 and can be purchased online as well.

Credit Card Skimmer
The device is used mostly at retail outlets: Bars, Restaurants, shopping complexes and petrol stations. It has been reported that sometimes the employees are involved in the racket of cloning the cards and duping the original owner.

The person who stole the information of the card using the skimmer may use the information on his own or sell the information to a bigger racket. This bigger racket may even use this information to make cards and use in the foreign country. A single skimmer can copy up to 12000 cards information.

How to safe guard yourself from Credit Card related thefts?

Credit card, debit card and related fraud are a multi million dollar industry throughout the world. It’s been reported that fraudsters in UK itself netted 504.80m pounds in 2006 through this crime.

Here’s is how you can safeguard your card:

1. Don’t let the vendor take your card out of your site such as in Petrol pumps where the attendant takes card and swipe it for the charge.
2. Always checks the receipts and bank statements after each transaction made by you. If possible verify by calling up the credit card help line for the recent transaction made.
3. Subscribe to the Alert facility, which comes for free. This will enable you to know the transaction and its amount made from your credit card whenever your card is swiped for any transaction.
4. Interestingly, a credit card receipt is enough to make a replica of the card you own. In US, customers are advised to shred the receipts after verification.
5. Keep changing the PIN number of the card. And never write it on any paper as anyone can access the papers and take advantage. Also don’t use date of birth, anniversary as these can be easily guessed.
6. Don’t use same PIN for all the cards you own.

That’s not enough, in case of ATM’s :

1. If you suspect the ATM has been tampered in any way or if you find any shady characters around, simply walk away and report your suspicions to the bank.
2. If you see a strange object/gadget near the card slot, don’t insert your card. Keep an eye out for the miniature camera (these records your PIN).

3. When keying in your PIN cover your hand with the other palm. This way you can hide the PIN number details.

How TV works on Mobile Phone ?
June 26, 2007, 5:31 pm
Filed under: Mobile Phones, Technology

The small screen is all set to become even smaller. Television broadcasters are eyeing ways to reach mobile phone users. For sometime now, downloads of video clips of TV programmes/serials have been available in India, both for mobile phones and computer screens. Soon, it will be possible to view entire live telecasts of programmes on mobiles phones. It’s just the beginning and while the technology part has been more or less ironed out, broadcast and content strategies need to be worked out.

How TV works on Mobile ?

1 A head-end on the ground (a transmission centre with one or more dish antenna) captures digital TV signals from a satellite.

2 The signal are processed and then, through a 200-300 m tower, these are transmitted to surrounding areas within a radius of 30 Km.

3 A DVB-enabled cellphone handset receives the signal and a subscriber to the service is able to see live TV programmes on his mobile.

4 The set up also allows a reverse path flow from handsets to the transmitter, sending information on usage patterns, audience voting messages, etc.

Is this the end of road for Hard Disk Drive ?
June 22, 2007, 1:15 am
Filed under: News, Technology

Is this the end of road for Hard Disk Drive ?

This might well be the beginning of the end for the hard disk drive. In May, Dell became the first manufacturer to market a laptop using flash memory instead of a hard drive and other manufacturers will be joining the company before the year’s end with Solid State technology (SSD) of their own. This is a very good news for users.

Hard drives use “ferromagnetic” storage media to record data. The surface of special metal plates is magnetised. On the other hand Solid State Disk works purely digitally. The fundamental difference between Solid State Disk and its other flash storage and Hard Disk drive lies in the fact that flash technology has no moving parts. Solid State Disk is already in use in cell phones and MP3 players.

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Technology unplugged: Experts beam electricity without wires
June 15, 2007, 4:26 am
Filed under: News, Technology

Experts beam electricity without wires

Scientists have sounded the death knell for the plug and power lead. In a breakthrough that sounds like something out of ‘StarTrek’, they have discovered a way of beaming power across a room into a light bulb, mobile phone or laptop computer without wires or cables. In first successful trial of its kind, the team was able to illuminate a 60 watt light bulb 7ft away.

The team from from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who call their invention “WiTricity”, believe it could change the way we use electricity and do away with the tangle of cables, plugs and chargers that clutter modern homes. It could also allow the use of laptops and mobile phones without batteries.

The inspiration came when the lead researcher, Marin Soljacic, was standing in his kitchen at night staring at his mobile phone. “It was probably the sixth time that month that I was awakened by my cell phone beeping to let me know that I had forgotten to charge it. It occurred to me that it would be so great if the thing took care of its own charging” he said. To turn this dream into reality. Soljacic needed a way of transmitting power wirelessly. Scientists have known for nearly two centuries that it is possible to transfer an electrical current from one coil of wire to another without them touching.

The phenomenon, called electromagnetic induction, is used in power transformers and electric motors around the world. However, the coils in motors and transformers have to be close for power to pass from one to another. Attempting to transfer power over distances is impossible.
The breakthrough came when Soljacic realised there was another way of transferring energy through the air. Rather than sending power from transmitter to a receiver as a conventional electromagnetic wave the same form of radiation as light, radio waves and microwaves he could use the transmitter to fill a room with a “non-radiative” electromagnetic field.

Most objects in the room – such as people, desks and carpets- would be unaffected by the electromagnetic field. But any objects designed to resonate with the electromagnetic field would absorb the energy. It sounds complicated, but the result demonstrated by the American team this month was a dramatic success. Using two coils of copper, the team transmitted power 7ft through the air to a light bulb which lit up instantly.

The Scientists say the technique works only over distances of up to 9ft. However, they believe it could be used to charge up a battery within a few yards of the power source connected to a receiving coil. Placing one source in each room could provide enough power for an entire house. The receiver and transmitter would not have to be in view of each other.

The researchers believe there is little to worry about on safety grounds. saying that magnetic fields interact weakly with living organisms and are unlikely to have any serious side effects. [Article Source: Times of India]

Run Windows on Interl Powered Macs using Apple Boot Camp
June 13, 2007, 4:14 am
Filed under: Apple, Free Softwares, Technology

Run Windows on Interl Powered Macs using Apple Boot Camp

Apple released a Boot Camp beta version that let you installl and run Windows Vista on Intel Powered Macs. Boot camp will be the integral part of future Mac OS X Leopard. Boot Camp provides drivers for Windows to support the Mac keyboard and various hardware and peripherals from within Windows. Apple said that Boot Camp runs Windows completely natively.

Once you’ve completed Boot Camp, simply hold down the “alt” at startup to choose between Mac OS X and Windows. After starting up, your Mac runs Windows natively just like a PC. Simply restart to come back to Mac OS X.

Requirement for running Windows on Intel Powered Mac :

Mac OS X Tiger v10.4.6 or later

The latest firmware updates

10GB free hard disk space

An Intel Powered Mac

A blank recordable CD or DVD

A printer for the instructions (You’ll want to print them before installing Windows, really.)

A bona fide full version of Microsoft Windows: XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2, WIndows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, or Ultimate. (No upgrade or multi-disc versions)

Download Boot Camp beta [Size: 274 MB]

Run Windows on Interl Powered Macs using Apple Boot Camp

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