Create secret partitions of your USB Flash Drive

Creating partitions inside your USB drive is not possible because of
the nature of the hardware but Rohos Mini Drive application uses a smart
trick which lets you create partitions in your USB drive.  First let us
understand what it does before we talk about rest of the features :

  • First it claims part of your USB Drive Storage. So once you have the setup done it will have some percentage show as occupied.
  • Second,  For such partition on your USB drive it creates a virtual partition on your hard drive.
  • Number of Partitions = Number of such Virtual Drive = Number of USB i.e. For every USB you get a virtual drive.
  • This Virtual partition is linked with USB and is accessible using a password.

Did not get it ? Come back here when you finish reading the rest of the post.

Now lets start from basic. First download the application
and install it. Insert your Thumb drive and launch the application.The
plugged in thumb drive is automatically detected. Click on Setup USB Key
to start.

Here
you will details of How much Space is being taken to create the secret
partition on USB flash drive and where the image of the drive is kept.
Best is to keep it in your USB device so you can use it any where. Here you create password which will be required to open it later.

Once
this step is complete you will see the list of drives on top of the
application dashboard and virtual drive listed in My Computer. Whatever
you store in this drive is stored in USB.

Also in USB flash drive you will see few files of Roho which is required to launch when you are on a different computer.

Now Rohos Mini Drive application has two versions. One which is free and supports creating virtual drive
up-to 2GB and there is no limitation on the paid version.  This
application also comes along with few tools which lets you manage the
drive itself.  Here is the list :

  • Deleting the disk.
  • Expanding the size of the disk.
  • Check disk utility.
  • Change Password.
  • Create Password Reset File

The USB drive comes with a small utility Rohos Mini Drive (Portable). This is the browser tool
which you can use to explore any image created by Roho Application. For
example if you have saved images to somewhere else when creating it,
you can still explore it any time with this portable application.

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How to Change the Priority of Wired/Wireless Network Cards in Windows

Do you ever plug in your wired network card while your wireless card
is still enabled? Ever wonder how Windows chooses which one to use?
Here’s how to see the default priority—and how to change it if you want.

Note: there’s almost never any reason to change this, as
Windows does a good job of choosing the right connection. Still, if you
want to tweak it to work differently, this is how you would do it.

How to See the Current Network Card Priority

You’ll need to open up a new command prompt window and type in the following command:

netstat -rn | more

The | more part of the command will make sure that it doesn’t go
flying off the screen, requiring you to scroll backwards—speaking of
which, you should read our article about how to scroll backwards in the command prompt with the keyboard.

At the top of the output you’ll see the Interface List, and the
column on the left-hand side shows the metric of the interface. You’ll
notice that the loopback interface has the highest priority, followed by
my wired Gigabit card, and then my wireless card.

If you’re wondering what all the other cards in the list are about,
I’ve got some VPN software loaded, as well as VMware Workstation, all of
which create virtual adapters that show up in the list.

How to Change the Network Card Priority

To change the priority, head into Network and Sharing Center and
click on the Change adapter settings link on the left-hand side—or you
can quickly open the network connections list by typing ncpa.cpl into the Start Menu search box.

Now that we’re in here, choose the network card that you want to
change the priority for, right-click it, and choose Properties from the
menu.

Now select the Internet Protocol Version 4 item in the list, and click the Properties button.

Now click the Advanced button at the bottom of this window…. getting tired of clicking yet?

And now, finally, we’re at the place where you can make the change.
Uncheck the box for Automatic Metric, and then type a number into the
Interface Metric textbox. You can consult the list that we found in the
command prompt earlier to know what metric to assign—you’ll probably
want to assign it something higher than 1, since that’s used for the
loopback adapter.

You may want to go ahead and change the priority for your other card
as well, just to be sure that it is assigned the proper priority.

Create your own Run commands

Yes… you can create your own run command to open any kind of application. No more need to navigate start > all programes etc…

follow these steps to create your own command to open Firefox.

  1. Open registry editor by using Run box. Go to Start > Run, or press Win+r and type regedit.

  2. navigate to:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\App paths
  3. Right click on App Paths and select New > Key, title the key , Firefox.exe
  4. Right-Click the default string value and click Modify.
  5. Change the value data to the actual path of application which you want to run. C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
  6. Now right click anywhere in the white space and select New > String value.
  7. Name it as Firefox and set the value data to –  C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe.
  8. Exit.

Now you can open Firefox by using run command “Firefox”.

Close All of Your Open Applications in a Snap

You’ve been doing some serious work on your computer and have a bunch
of apps, browsers, spreadsheets, and documents open. You’re done for
the day, but closing each app and document individually is going to be a
hassle. Here we take a look at an awesome utility that will close all
of your running applications at once with one click.

Close All Windows

Close All Windows from NTWind Software is an easy to use utility that
doesn’t require installation, and will terminate all programs with a
single click. Simply download and extract the zip file, and when you
open it you’ll see the files that run it.

You can put this folder into a handy directory like C:\Users then pin
the executable to the Taskbar for easy access in Windows 7.

It will also work in XP or Vista and you could add it to the Quick Launch toolbar.

 

If you haven’t saved your work in a program or document, the app
will ask if you want to save your work, just like if you were to close
out of it normally.

If you need a way to quickly close out of all your open apps when done for the day, Close All Windows is a very cool solution.

Download Close All Windows

Change the User Interface Language in Vista or Windows 7

Would you like to change the user interface language in any edition of
Windows 7 or Vista on your computer?  Here’s a free app that can help
you do this quickly and easily.

If your native language is not the one most spoken in your area,
you’ve likely purchased a PC with Windows preinstalled with a language
that is difficult or impossible for you to use.  Windows 7 and Vista
Ultimate include the ability to install multiple user interface
languages and switch between them. However, all other editions are stuck
with the language they shipped with.  With the free Vistalizator app,
you can add several different interface languages to any edition of
Vista or Windows 7 and easily switch between them.

Note:  In this test, we used an US English copy of both Windows 7
Home Premium and Windows Vista Home Premium, and it works the same on
any edition.
The built-in language switching in the Ultimate
Editions lets you set a user interface language for each user account,
but this will only switch it for all users. 

Add a User Interface Language to Windows

To add an interface language to any edition of Windows 7 and Vista, first download Vistalizator (link below). 
Then, from the same page, download the language pack of your choice. 
The language packs are specific for each service pack of Windows, so
make sure to choose the correct version and service pack you have
installed.

Once the downloads are finished, launch the Vistalizator program. You
do not need to install it; simply run it and you’re ready to go.  Click
the Add languages button to add a language to Windows.

Select the user interface language pack you downloaded, and click Open.

Depending on the language you selected, it may not automatically
update with Windows Update when a service pack is released.  If so, you
will have to remove the language pack and reinstall the new one for that
service pack at that time.  Click Ok to continue.

Make sure you’ve selected the correct language, and click Install language.

Vistalizator will extract and install the language pack.  This took around 5 to 10 minutes in our test.

Once the language pack is installed, click Yes to make it the default display language.

Now, you have two languages installed in Windows.  You may be
prompted to check for updates to the language pack; if so, click Update
languages and Vistalizator will automatically check for and install any
updates.

When finished, exit Vistalizator to finish switching the language.  Click Yes to automatically reboot and apply the changes.

When you computer reboots, it will show your new language, which in
our test is Thai.  Here’s our Windows 7 Home Premium machine with the
Thai language pack installed and running.

You can even add a right to left language, such as Arabic, to Windows.  Simply repeat the steps to add another language pack. 

 

Vistalizator was originally designed for Windows Vista, and works
great with Windows 7 too.  The language packs for Vista are larger
downloads than their Windows 7 counterparts.  Here’s our Vista Home
Premium in English…

And here’s how it looks after installing the Simplified Chinese language pack with Vistalizator.

Revert to Your Original Language

If you wish to return to the language that your computer shipped
with, or want to switch to another language you’ve installed, run
Vistalizator again.  Select the language you wish to use, and click
Change language.  

When you close Vistalizator, you will again be asked to reboot.  Once
you’ve rebooted, you’ll see your new (or original) language ready to
use.  Here’s our Windows 7 Home Premium desktop, back in it’s original
English interface.

Conclusion

This is a great way to change your computer’s language into your own
native language, and is especially useful for expatriates around the
world.  Also, if you’d like to simply change or add an input language
instead of changing the language throughout your computer.

Download Vistalizator

Schedule Updates for Windows Media Center


If you use Windows Media Center in Vista or Windows 7, it can
sometimes be annoying when it decides to download updates and waste
bandwidth while you’re working on other things. Here we take a look at
scheduling the updates for a specific time.

You may have noticed the icon in your system tray telling you Windows Media Center is updating.

To schedule the updates for a specific time, open Media Center and go
to Tasks \ Settings \ General \ Automatic Download Options. Then
schedule a start and stop time for downloading updates.

It’s annoying having WMC downloading updates if you’re working online
and have a slower connection. This will allow you to still get the
updates without interfering with your online activities.

MeeGo (Netbook Operating System)


MeeGo
is an open source, Linux operating system based on Moblin (by Intel)
and Maemo (by Nokia). Its aim is to merge the efforts of Intel on
Moblin and of Nokia on Maemo
into one project. It is hosted by the Linux Foundation. According to
Intel, MeeGo was developed because Microsoft did not offer
comprehensive Windows 7 support for the Atom processor.

MeeGo
is intended to run on a variety of hardware platforms including
handhelds, in-car devices, netbooks and televisions.All platforms share
the MeeGo core, with different “User Experience” (“UX”) layers for each
type of device.

MeeGo provides support for both ARM and Intel x86 processors with SSSE3 enabled [6] and uses btrfs as the default file system.

MeeGo for netbooks comes in two versions: one with Google Chrome (closed source) and one with Chromium (open source). For a media player, MeeGo comes with Banshee 1.0 for MeeGo (which has just been released):

(Banshee 1.0 for MeeGo)
As an email client, MeeGo is using Evolution Express, a new Evolution interface especially designed for small screens:

(Evolution Express)
For
VoIP, IM, and presence functionality, MeeGo uses Telepathy. Telepathy
is a D-Bus based framework that unifies all supported protocols of real
time communication, including, but not limited to, instant messaging,
IRC, voice and video over IP, and cellular calls.
(Meego File Manager)

Other useful technical info: MeeGo uses BTRFS
as the default filesystem (but you can use a different filesystem if
you want), PackageKit for package management, Tracker for indexing,
meta-data extraction, and search capabilities for a variety of data
types, including media files, and documents and PulseAudio for the
sound.

(MeeGo Network Panel)
ConnMan (which is sponsored by both Intel and Nokia) is used for connection management – application which Ubuntu will also use for its 10.10 Netbook Edition, as well as Telephony APIs (oFono) for telephony services.

Users who want to download it themselves can obtain the disk image from the MeeGo website. For additional details, see the official release announcement and release notes.