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Create rounded corners image in Adobe Photoshop- Very easy
August 26, 2007, 6:47 pm
Filed under: Tips and Tricks, Tutorials

 Prism 7900 rectangular image

Rounded corners images look very good and beautiful give an edge over rectangular images and very easy to create rounded corner image from a rectangular image. The only thin you need is Adobe Photoshop. So lets get started.

Open image in Adobe Photoshop. To create rounded corners select the Rounded Rectangle Tool from Tool palette.

Rounded Rectangle tool

Now go to the radius option and give radius in Pixels more the radius more will be the rounded corners and then select the shape layers option if it is not selected.Create rounded corners image in Adobe - Very ease Now draw the rounded rectangle on the image. You will see rectangle filled by color go to fill slider and make it zero to show beneath image.

Create rounded corners image in Adobe - Very ease

Now in Path palette and right click and choose Make Selection. In Make selection box let the everything default and click OK.

Now you will see that rounded rectangle turned in to a selection.

Create rounded corners image in Adobe- Very ease

Final step go to edit menu choose Copy Merged and press ctrl + N to open a new Adobe Photoshop document and increase the width and height of new document atleast by 3 pixels otherwise full rounded corners will not be visible this is happens because every time you open a document to paste something in it then Adobe Photoshop will open a new document of exact size of copied image, click Ok. Now you will see a neat and clean rounded corner image.

 Prism 7900 rectangular image

When Windows denies you to eject USB Drive
August 5, 2007, 4:47 pm
Filed under: Tips and Tricks, Tutorials, Windows

Problem Ejecting USB Mass Storage Device

It sometime happens When you click on the “Safely Remove Hardware” icon in the system tray to remove hardware, you may receive an error message ” can not remove it successfully “or “The device cannot be stopped right now. Try stopping the device again later “. The only option left is to shutdown the computer and eject the USB drive and then restart the system again but this process is lengthy. So why windows can’t eject the USB drive on some ocassions and shows an error message. Actually this occur due to open handles with any files in the USB Mass Storage Device are in use by another program which prevent the windows to eject the USB drive. There are two methods to eject the USB from Windows safely.

First Method:

Process Explorer: Process Explorer (Windows Vista compatible) is an advanced process management utility that picks up where Task Manager leaves off. It will show you detailed information about a process including its icon, command-line, full image path, memory statistics, user account, security attributes, and more. When you zoom in on a particular process you can list the DLLs it has loaded or the operating system resource handles it has open. A search capability enables you to track down a process that has a resource opened, such as a file, directory or Registry key, or to view the list of processes that have a DLL loaded.

The unique capabilities of Process Explorer make it useful for tracking down DLL-version problems or handle leaks, and provide insight into the way Windows and applications work.

Process Explorer
1 Download Process Explorer. Size: 1.5 MB

2 Click Find, Find Handle or DLL in the tool menu.

• Type the drive letter of the USB device in the Handle or DLL substring textbox, and press Search Button.
• Find the process and its PID in the following box.
• In system process tree view, find the process according to the Find Handle or DLL dialog box.
• Press Ctrl + H to show Handles in Lower Pane View.
• Find the File according with the drive letter , and right click it, choose Close Handle.

Second Method:

Unlocker: Unlocker (freeware/Windows Vista compatible) is a very useful utility which unlock the file or folder which is being used by the another progam(s). Here is some examples:

Unlock files and folders using Unlocker

Cannot delete file: Access is denied
There has been a sharing violation.
The source or destination file may be in use.
The file is in use by another program or user.
Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use.

Unlock files and folders using Unlocker
Procedure to eject USB through Unlocker:

1. Simply right click the USB drive icon and select Unlocker.
2. If the folder or file is locked, a window listing of lockers will appear.
3. Simply click Unlock All and you are done. Download Unlocker

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.

Control Mouse pointer by KEYBOARD
June 10, 2007, 6:45 am
Filed under: Tips and Tricks, Tutorials, Windows

It happens sometime while doing some important work on the computer some unexpected things happen which don’t want to occur at this point of time and harm your work progress such as your computer mouse goes out of order. Do not worry Microsoft’s Windows has nice utility that let you control your mouse pointer with your keyboard called ‘MouseKeys’ and its matter of enabling this feature and your work will be back on track. Now how to turn on MouseKeys ?

Press ALT key + Left Shift key + Num lock Key. A pop up box will appear with a system beep and clicking OK will enable the mouse keys and small mouse key icon will appear on left side of task bar. Now you can control mouse pointer by number keys and number 5 key will work as ‘Enter key’. You can change the default setting of MouseKeys by double clicking on the Mousekeys icon on the task bar such as speed of mouse keys or beep sound while enabling or disabling the mousekeys.

Control Mouse pointer by KEYBOARD
You can speed up or decrease the mouse key by pressing CTRL and SHIFT key respectively to speed up or decrease the speed of mouse key but first you have check the option ‘Hold down CTRL to speed up and SHIFT to slow down’ in mouse keys’ setting which is disable by default.

NOTE : I am using Windows Vista .

Handling and cleaning of laptop
February 11, 2007, 7:19 am
Filed under: Tips and Tricks, Tutorials

Sony laptop
Always try to keep your laptop in a well-ventilated, cool environment and ensure you don’t block the fan grills on the sides, back, or bottom of the laptop at any time.

Avoid touching or playing with your LCD screen.

Whatever you do, don’t drop your laptop. keep it safe inside a carrying case when moving around or traveling.

If you need to have a drink while working or playing, be careful not to spill it on the keyboard(assuming you’re not using spill resistance laptop).

Security wise, make sure you have installed an good antivirus program.

Once in a while, clean the screen and the keyboard with a soft, dry flannel cloth. Don’t use any kind of liquid cleanser to clean your laptop.

Related Post: Handling and cleaning of CDs/DVDs

Hide Images in FireFox
February 5, 2007, 2:36 pm
Filed under: Internet/Web2.0, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials

Today more and more people are adopting Firefox as their default browser than Internet Explorer due its tons of features like Pop-up blocker, tabbed browsing, page info, security, faster response, cleaner interface and thousands of Firefox add-ons provide the additional functionality to Firefox.

But if you are using limited data download plan or low bandwidth internet connection then it becomes necessary to hide the images on the web page in order to save the data download limit and load the web page faster. It’s easy to hide images in Internet Explorer, in case you’re still using Internet Explorer. Here are the steps to hide images in Internet Explorer:

->Open Internet Explorer (obviously)
->Under Tool tab, click Internet options, on the menu bar
->Select Advanced tab
->Scroll down to Multimedia section and uncheck the show Pictures option
->and click OK

If you want to hide images in Firefox, you have to install Image-show_Hide add-ons (size: 13 KB) available at add ons Mozilla site. Once you installed the Firefox add-on it will be added to toolbar (bookmark toolbar see image below) automatically and turn off and on images on all web pages either by clicking the icon or using keyboard shortcut “Shift key + Z” as said by author Dmitriy Altuhov. But this is not true according to me (as voiced by some other commenter s), you have customize toolbar (right click on the toolbar and choose customize to open customize toolbar) and drag the the image-show-hide icon on the bookmark toolbar (see image below).

Hide Images in FireFox
Hide Images in FireFoxHide Images in FireFox

Download Image-show-hide add-on for Firefox (size: 13 KB)

Handling and cleaning of CDs/DVDs
February 5, 2007, 10:40 am
Filed under: Media, Tutorials

Here’s a list of tips on handling and cleaning your CDs/DVDs.

CD DVD1 Always handle your CD/DVD by the edges. Avoid touching the shiny side of the disc, as this is the side that the laser reads the information.
2 Cheap plastic sleeves may seem like a good idea at the time, but if exposed to extremes of temperature, the disc and sleeve may adhere to each other.
3 Acrylic jewel cases provide good protection against dust, scratches, light, and rapid changes in humidity.
4 Don’t eat, drink, or smoke around your CD/DVD.
5 Never use a ballpoint pen to write on your CD/DVD.
6 Do not try to remove labels from your CD/DVD. The adhesive may pull off the foil on which the data is encoded.
7 To clean your CD/DVD, use a soft clean cloth and wipe from the center hub to the outer edge.
8 Never use solvents to clean your CD/DVD, as they may cause permanent damage to the disc. You may use Kodak Lens cleaner and a lens tissue or soft cloth to clean your discs.