Archive for June, 2008

How to get Detailed Technical and Tag Information of a Video File

Video files have several properties which aren’t displayed by just right clicking and selecting display properties. Such properties include video file details such as codec, aspect, fps, bitrate, encoded date, chapters, etc. Such details are essential if you are using the file for a particular device like cellphone, PMP, or maybe for converting purposes, etc. There’s a software known as MediaInfo which shows technical and tag information of a video or an audio file.

How to Speed up Firefox3, a Quick Tip

No doubt Firefox 3 is the fastest browser at present. But since its open source there is always a room for improvement. Here’s a small tip which will help you to speed up Firefox3, follow the below instructions carefully:

1. Type “about:config” (without quotes) into the address bar and hit enter. You will get a warning message saying “changing these settings can be harmful to the stability, security and performance”. Just below the message click on the button “I’ll be careful, I promise”

Free Clock Screensavers for Windows

I usually like to set a screensaver for my desktop provided it’s not too funky or mesmerizing like pipe structures, bricks or something similar. I prefer a clock screensaver to any other. I was searching for some good ones over the net and I got hold of some, I thought of sharing them with you. So, here they are. Hope you like them.

How to Fix Choppy Scrolling in Firefox 3

Mozilla recently released its new version of the browser- Firefox 3. If you are using it, you might have noticed that the scrolling in Firefox 3 is not really smooth, it’s a bit choppy. Firefox hasn’t come out with a fix so far but it will fix it very soon. Well, instead of waiting for a fix from Firefox its better we do something for the time being to fix the problem. Here’s a small workaround which makes scrolling really smooth. Follow the below instructions carefully:

Download VLC Media Player Skins- Great looking ones!

I’ve been using VLC Media player for a long time and I must say it’s great. I play most of my videos using this player. It never had a problem playing videos but the only drawback I feel is the default skin of the VLC Media player. Whenever I look at the default skin I feel that it’s plain and dry. So, I searched for some good skins over the net and here are a few which I found, they certainly look way better than the default one.

Installing skins:
Download the skin and copy it to “C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\skins”
Start VLC player and go to Settings> siwtch interface. Now choose your prefered skin.

Download Presume

How to Make a Folder or File Super Hidden in Vista and XP

There are a few files in both windows XP and Vista which are super hidden. Such files cannot be viewed by changing the hide folder option to view all hidden files. I had previously written an article on viewing super hidden files over here. You can check it if you want to view super hidden files. Well, if we can view them can we make any file/ folder super hidden? Well, yes.

Create and Manage Keyboard Shortcuts to different Applications

Creating keyboard shortcuts to various programs in windows is pretty easy. To do so, we right click on the shortcut, go to properties and change the shortcut key. But doing this for every application is a bit time consuming and difficult to manage. If you have many apps with shortcuts you might end up forgetting the shortcut keys.

I came across awesome software- Keyboard Shortcuts which not only allows you to create keyboard shortcuts to applications but also allows you to manage them with ease. The program is hardly 500KB in size and is freely available.

How to use Custom Visual Styles in Windows XP SP3 using Modified Uxtheme.dll

Most of us like to change visual styles, we usually do it by changing the uxtheme.dll file and then applying different themes. But if you are using Windows XP SP3 (service pack3) then you need to use a different version of Uxtheme.dll. The previous uxtheme.dll doesn’t work with SP3. You need to download the uxtheme patcher in order to install new visual styles in XP SP3.

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