Archive for August 2009

20 Snow Leopard Vs Windows 7 Reviews – Which Wins Overall?

Monday 31 August 2009
The battle of the next-gen OSs has commenced, and Apple Snow Leopard got an early blow in against Windows 7 in what should be a keenly fought war, by launching first last Friday.
Now, on this site we are ’slightly’ biased towards Windows 7, and because we aren’t rich enough to buy macs, we’re having to rely on other sites to let you know which OS is best. Here’s a roundup of the Windows 7 Vs Snow Leopard head to head reviews that we could find. Which OS came out top?

  1. Paul Thurrott’s Supersite: Draw Score: Windows 7 1 – 1 Snow Leopard
  2. OS News: Windows 7 Win Score: Windows 7 2 – 1 Snow Leopard
  3. mac World: Draw Score: Windows 7 3 – 2 Snow Leopard
  4. Laptop Mag: Windows 7 Win Score: Windows 7 4 – 2 Snow Leopard
  5. Draw Score: Windows 7 5 – 3 Snow Leopard

There were lots of other head to head reviews, but most reviewers bottled declaring a winner as they did not want to incur the wrath of various fanboy factions (including the linux boy brigade), but on the evidence we’ve found Windows 7 seems to be the winner so far.
1. Existing hardware. Windows 7 will work on existing PC hardware. Obviously a faster processor and more RAM will improve performance, but it only requires a 1GHz CPU and 1Gb of RAM- requirements met by the vast majority of systems in use now.
By contrast, Snow Leopard will only work on Intel-based Mac systems. That means that not only will Snow Leopard not work on the hardware most people use, it won’t even work on much of the hardware used by current Mac OS X users.
2. Incremental vs. Monumental: Despite the hype, Snow Leopard is not a new operating system. It is a performance update with some feature tweaks. Microsoft does those as well- they’re called Service Packs and they’re free.
Windows 7 is a new operating system. The “I’m a Mac” crowd might suggest that Windows 7 is simply a flashy update of Windows Vista, but Microsoft already provided Snow Leopard-like updates to Windows Vista- twice. Windows Vista Service Pack 1 and Service Pack 2 already addressed Windows Vista issues.
Windows 7 has a similar UI, but delivers a completely new operating system. Ask anyone who has used Windows Vista and hated it, but fell in love with the Windows 7 Beta and see what they think of comparisons between the two.
Snow Leopard has a significant number of feature enhancements and updates, but with the exception of the built-in support for Microsoft Exchange none of them is really blazing new territory.

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Microsoft Office’s biggest competitor? Office

Saturday 29 August 2009
Microsoft Office 2003 is still king when it comes to businesses. A recent TechRepublic poll shows that 58 percent of businesses still use Office 2003, even though Office 2007 has been available since the launch of Windows Vista.

Twenty-four percent of businesses are using Office 2007, which brought to the productivity suite a new “ribbon” user interface that possibly has hindered more widespread adoption. And 15 percent of businesses are using a version even older than Office 2003, such as Office XP.
Just 3 percent of respondents didn’t use Office at all, according to the poll of 734 businesses.
“One of the jokes in the IT industry is that the biggest competition for Microsoft Office is previous versions of Microsoft Office”


Courtesy of TechRepublic

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The underlying question here is whether businesses will upgrade to Office 2010, which is scheduled to launch in the first half of next year. As Hiner points out, many businesses skip major releases, such as Office 2007, to save on IT spending.
Office 2010’s big new feature is Office Web applications, lightweight online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote to compete with similar cloud-based suites like Google Apps.
Microsoft admitted Thursday that a technical preview of Office Web apps won’t be released by the end of August, as the software giant previously announced. Office 2010, without Web apps, went into technical preview in mid-July.
“At WPC we said the Office Web applications technical preview would tentatively be available in the August timeframe,” a Microsoft spokesperson said. “While they will not be available by the end of August, we are still planning to release them soon.”

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Windows 7 Search Advanced Query Syntax

Thursday 27 August 2009

Once you have Windows Search for Windows 7, you might be wondering how you can be even more efficient when it comes to finding files and e-mail on your PC. Advanced Query Syntax (AQS) can help you do just that. Using AQS, you can quickly define and narrow your searches for even more targeted results.
You can narrow your searches using a variety of keywords, or search parameters, which can restrict your query to specific locations, specific file types or properties within those types, or specific "file kinds." File kinds are displayed at the top of the Windows Search Explorer, accessible by pressing the Windows Logo key + F.
To match a specific string literally, without it being interpreted as a keyword, you can use double quotation marks. Words in a search query entered between quotation marks are matched exactly, in the order they were entered.
The example tables below give you an overview of syntax that can be used with Windows Search for Windows 7, including the properties that can be added to your search terms to narrow and refine your results.

Search syntax

Property Example               Function
author:name author:patrick Finds items with patrick in the author property.
author:(name) author:(patrick hines) Finds items with patrick in the Author property.
author:(name OR name) author:(patrick OR bob) Finds items with patrick or bob in the Author property.
author:name name author:patrick bob Finds items with patrick in the Author property and bob anywhere in the document.
from:name from:patrick Finds items with patrick in either fromName OR fromAddress, since "from" is a property name for both fromName and fromAddress.
before:date before:10/9/2007 Finds items whose PrimaryDate field contains a date before 10/9/2007.
after:date after:10/9/2007 Finds items whose PrimaryDate field contains a date after 10/9/2007.
has:attachment report has:attachment Finds items containing the word report that have attachments. Same as hasattachment:true
is:attachment report is:attachment Finds items that have attachments containing the word report. Same as isattachment:true

Numbers and ranges

To specify a date range, type the property followed by two dates. For example, type from:david sent:11/05/06..11/05/07. Windows Search recognizes all Windows date formats and also recognizes the following values:

  • Relative dates: Today, tomorrow, yesterday
  • Multi-word relative dates: week, next month, last week, past month, or coming year. The values can also be entered contracted, as follows: thisweek, nextmonth, lastweek, pastmonth, comingyear.
  • Days: Sunday, Monday … Saturday
  • Months: January, February … December

Size and date ranges

Syntax                               Results
size:>50KB <70kb Searches for files with a value in the Size between50 KB and 70 KB, excluding the end values.
size:>=50KB <=70KB Searches for files with a value in the Size property between 50 KB and 70 KB, including the end values.
size:50KB..70KB Same as size:>=50KB <=70KB
date:>2/7/05<2/10/05 Searches for a date in the Date property between the values 2/7/05 and 2/10/05, excluding the end dates.
date:>=2/7/05<=2/10/05 Searches for a date in the Date property between the values 2/7/05 and 2/10/05, including the end dates.
date:2/7/05 .. 2/10/05 Same as date:>=2/7/05<=2/10/05

Note: on Windows Vista and higher, search syntax supports dates in the user’s current calendar. A query can use any of the formats defined in their Regional Options.

Common file properties

The terms listed in the preceding table can be used with any of the following file properties. For example, to find e-mail from "patrick" that was sent in 2008, your query would look like this: kind:email author:patrick after:12/31/2007.

To restrict by file type Use                       Example
Communications communications kind:communications
Contacts contacts
E-mail email kind:email
Instant Messenger conversations im kind:im
Meetings meetings kind:meetings
Tasks tasks kind:tasks
Notes notes kind:notes
Documents docs kind:docs
Music music
Pictures pics
Videos videos kind:videos
Folders folders kind:folders
Folder name foldername foldername:mydocs
Programs programs kind:programs
Recorded TV tv kind:tv
Link link kind:link
Journal entry journal kind:journal

To restrict by file store

If you use multiple e-mail accounts and you want to limit a query to either Microsoft Office Outlook or Outlook Express, you can use the store: indicator to narrow your search scope.

Store                    Use                         Example
Files file store:file
Offline Files csc store:csc
Outlook mapi store:mapi
Outlook Express outlookexpress store:outlookexpress

Properties for file type: All

Property            Use                                   Example
Title title, subject, about title:manager
Status status status:active
Date date date:lastweek
Date modified datemodified, modified modified:lastweek
Importance importance, priority importance:high
Size size size:>50MB
Deleted deleted,isdeleted isdeleted:true
Is attachment isattachment isattachment:false
To to, toname to:johnsmith
Cc cc, ccname cc:david
Company company company:adventure-works
Category category category:business
Keywords keywords keywords:sports
Album album album:greatest
File name filename, file filename:2006hits
Genre genre genre:jazz
Author author, by author:david
Folder folder, under, path folder:adminstration
Ext ext, fileext ext:.rtf
Tags tag, keyword tag:personal
Type type type:image

Properties for file type: Contact

Property                            Use                                Example
Job title jobtitle jobtitle:manager
IM address imaddress
Assistant’s phone assistantsphone assistantsphone:555-1212
Assistant name assistantname assistantname:roberto
Profession profession profession:accountant
Nickname nickname nickname:louis
Spouse spouse spouse:susana
Business city businesscity businesscity:redmond
Business postal code businesspostalcode businesspostalcode:98052
Business home page businesshomepage
Callback phone number callbacknumber callbacknumber:882-8080
Car phone carphone carphone:555-1212
Children children children:anna
First name firstname firstname:maria
Last name lastname lastname
Home fax homefax homefax:555-1212
Manager’s name manager manager:carlos
Pager pager pager:882-8080
Business phone businessphone businessphone:555-1212
Home phone homephone homephone:555-1212
Mobile phone mobilephone mobilephone:882-8080
Office officelocation officelocation:red/101
Anniversary anniversary anniversary:yesterday
Birthday birthday birthday:tomorrow

Properties for file type: Communications (e-mail, appointments)

Property                Use                                                    Example
From from, organizer from:simon
Received received, sent sent:yesterday
Subject subject, title subject:budget
Has attachment hasattachment, hasattachments hasattachment:true
Attachments attachments, attachment attachment:presentation.ppt
Bcc bcc, bccname bcc:michael
Bcc address bccaddress, bcc
Cc address ccaddress, cc
Follow-up flag flagstatus
To address toaddress, to
Due date duedate, due due:10/15/2008
Read read, isread isread:false
Is completed iscompleted iscompleted:true
Incomplete incomplete incomplete:true
Has flag hasflag, isflagged hasflag:false
Duration duration duration:>120

Properties for file type: Calendar

Property            Use                                  Example
Recurring isrecurring
Organizer organizer, by, from organizer:jonas
Location location location:calgary

Properties for file type: Documents

Property                         Use                            Example
Comments comments comments:excellent
Last saved by lastsavedby lastsavedby:josh
Document manager documentmanager documentmanager:jonas
Revision number revisionnumber revisionnumber:4a
Date last printed datelastprinted datelastprinted:yesterday
Slide count slides slides:>20

Properties for file type: Music

Propery         Use                 Example
Bit rate bitrate bitrate:>150kbps
Artist artist, by artist:U2
Year year year:1977..1987
Album album album:"greatest hits"
Genre genre genre:rock
Lyrics lyrics lyrics:"happy birthday to you"
Track #, track track:12
Year year year:>1980<1990

Properties for file type: Picture

Property                Use                           Example
Camera make cameramake cameramake:nikon
Camera model cameramodel cameramodel:eclipse
Dimensions dimensions dimensions:8×10
Orientation orientation orientation:landscape
Date taken taken
Width width width:33
Height height height:66
Flash mode flashmode flashmode:no flash

Properties for file type: Recorded TV

Property                 Use                      Example
Broadcast date broadcastdate broadcastdate:2005
Channel number channel channel:7
Closed captioning closedcaptioning closedcaptioning:tre
Date released datereleased datereleased:2007
Episode name episodename episodename:zeppo

Properties for file type: Video

Propery   Use            Example
Name name
Ext Ext

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Finding Files Faster with Windows 7 Search

Thursday 27 August 2009

Microsoft claims that Windows 7 provides better ways to find and organize files. In Windows 7, searching is faster and works better than ever before. This guide shows 5 handy tips that can help you find that file you’ve been looking for within minutes and get the most out of Windows 7’s search.

1. Search Where Your File is Most Likely to Be

There’s no point of searching the whole of “My Documents” when you already know that the file is somewhere in the “Work” folder. So if you’d like to make searching faster, try reducing the number of places to search in by specifying the file’s location. How? Simply open the location in Windows Explorer and use the ”Search bar” on the top right of the window.
Windows Explorer Search bar
The location you search in doesn’t have to be very precise. The aim of this is just to avoid searching in places that you know for sure that the file can’t be in.

2. Use Wildcards in Your Search

This was available since Windows XP, yet a lot of people don’t really use it. A wild card is a character that is used to represent one or more unknown characters. The most common wildcards are the:

Asterisk (*) Represents any number of characters in this part of the filename. Windows * Back-up could give: Windows Vista Backup, Windows XP Back-up, Windows 8 Backup, Windows ME Backup,…
*ology could give: histology, biology, geology, physiology,…
Question Mark (?) Represents one character only in this part of the filename. Windows ?? Back-up could give: Windows XP Backup, Windows ME Backup,…
??ology could give: biology, geology,…

The asterisk (*) represents any number of alphanumeric characters, while each question mark (?) represents only one alphanumeric character.

3. “Search Filters”, a Very Powerful Feature

This feature is what (I believe) makes Windows 7’s search better than search engines in previous OS. Search filters allow users to search for a file using its details such as its size, date created, etc. These details can vary from one type of file to another. For instance, you can search for an MP3 file using the artist’s name or album. While search for a document by its author or tags. The following is the syntax of search filters:
For instance, if you’d like to find music with the genre (genre is the property) jazz and contains the word ’can’ in its filename, your search would be: genre:jazz can. There are MANY properties that you can use. For a full list of properties you can use, I strongly recommend you check Windows Search Advanced Query Syntax.
Also, operators can help you obtain more precise results. The following table shows the list of common operators that you can use in your search:

Operator What it does Example
AND Search results must contain specified terms together car AND race could find car in a race, race car,…
OR Search results can contain either one of the terms specified car OR race could find car in race, car, race, race car…
NOT Search results should not contain the term(s) specified *car NOT race could find car, sportscar (but not car in race, race,…)
Quotes (”) Search results must contain the EXACT term specified “car” could find car, car in race,

4. View before Opening

Let’s assume that you want to search for a document and know its location, but can’t remember any of its details. Thus, you type in the search bar kind:docs and Windows Search returns a list with all the documents in that location. Let’s say 20 search results are returned. You obviously don’t have enough time to go on opening each and every document until you find the one you’ve been looking for. Hence Windows 7 provides a panel called the “preview panel” to make life easier. The preview panel views the contents of the file when selecting it.
To show the “preview panel” simply click on the second item at the right top under the search bar as shown in the screen shot below:
'View Panel' button

5. Group the Search Results

After Windows 7 has finished displaying the search results, you might want to group the results found according to their details (such as their type, tags, date created, etc.) by right-clicking anywhere inside the window (without highlighting a search result) and then clicking on “Group by” to select the how you want to group the search results. If you’d like more details, click on “More…”.
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Customizing Windows 7 Using The Windows Registry

Thursday 27 August 2009

This guide shows some ways to customize Windows 7 using the Windows Registry Editor by modifying settings that can’t be changed from the “Personalization” window. Since these tweaks modify the Windows Registry, it is advisable to perform a backup of your registry first
To open the Windows Registry Editor:

  • Click on the Start
  • Type “regedit” in the search bar
  • Choose “Yes” if a “User Account Controlâ” message appears

To go to a specific key in the windows registry:

  • Click on the arrow sign next to the key’s name to expand it.
  • For example if you want to open “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software”: Click on the arrow next to “HKEY_CURRENT_USER” then click on “Software”

To create a new value:

  • Right-click anywhere on the right side in the Registry Editor
  • Choose “New”
  • Click on the type of value that you want to insert

To modify a value:

  • Right-click the value
  • Choose “Modify…”

The following tables contain information about the values that need to be added/modified to apply the tweaks:

Windows 7 Task Switcher

The task switcher allows users to switch between open windows using the keyboard shortcut: ALT+Tab

Cool Switch (32-bit)

Cool Switch (32-bit)

Go to : HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

Value Type What it does affects Data
CoolSwitchColumns String Sets the number of columns of the cool switch NUMBER
Default= 7
CoolSwitchRows String Sets the maximum number of rows in the cool switch NUMBER
Default = 3

Windows 7 Desktop Slideshow (64-bit)

The desktop slideshow automatically changes the wallpaper after a set time interval. The user selects the images he/she wants to use in the slide show, the time interval and whether or not to shuffle their order. All this can be modified through the “Desktop Background” window, however the following can’t:
AnimationDuration – In 64-bit versions of Windows 7, there is a ‘fade’ animation that occurs as a transition between the images. This animation takes about 1 second.
Go to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Personalization\Desktop Slideshow

Value Type What it does affects Data
AnimationDuration DWORD (32-bit) Sets the time taken by the animation in milliseconds NUMBERRemember: 1000 gives 1 second

There’s another DWORD (32-bit) value called “Interval” that sets the time at which the images change, however it seems to only work when data entered is the same as those available in the “Personalization” window. If a value given is “1000″ for example, which means the desktop background has to change every second (crazy! I know), it still takes 10s to change. I think this is deliberately done by Microsoft, because if people were able to set the time interval to a very short period of time (below 10 seconds), it would overload the computer’s memory.

Slow Motion Aero (64-bit)

Slow Motion Aero

Slow Motion Aero

This tweak shows the aero animation, such as the transition that appears when minimizing a window, in slow motion when a user holds the SHIFT key. It works with Windows Vista as well.
Go to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM

Value Type What it does affects Data
AnimationsShiftKey DWORD (32-bit) Whether or not to show aero animations in slow motion when the SHIFT key is held 0 = Disabled 1 = Enabled

After changing the data of the DWORD value, the “Desktop Window Manager” has to be restarted for the tweak to take effect. Here’s how:

  • Click on the Start
  • Type “cmd” in the search bar
  • Under “Programs”, right-click on “cmd.exe”
  • Choose “Run as administrator”
  • Choose “œYes” if a “User Account Control” message appears
  • Type in the Command Prompt window: “net stop uxsms & net start uxsms” (without quotes)

PLEASE NOTE: For this tweak to work, animations should be enabled.
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Bring the Old Windows Taskbar to Life in Windows 7

Thursday 27 August 2009

Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 7, brings a slew of tweaks and improvements. While most adjustments are under the hood, the graphical user interface has received a facelift as well. One of the first changes you will notice is the revamped taskbar. Unofficially dubbed the “Superbar,” this new feature is essentially a mash-up of the traditional Windows Quick Launch/taskbar

Windows 7 Superbar
As it’s often the case with any significant change in the way we use software, opinions will vary. While many like to stick to the “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” philosophy, I happen to like the new taskbar a lot. Unfortunately for the those of you who don’t, defaulting to the ways of old isn’t as simple as unchecking Superbar in favor of Quick Launch, so you’ll have to get a little hands-on. Keep reading to bring back the taskbar you’re familiar with.

Start by right clicking the Superbar, mouse over Toolbars and click New toolbar. When prompted to enter a folder directory, paste the following string of text:

%userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

Then click Select Folder.

A labeled Quick Launch bar should appear near the clock.
To configure the Quick Launch bar to how it was in previous versions of Windows, you’ll have to make a few swift changes. Start by right clicking the Superbar and unchecking Lock the taskbar. You should see a few dotted lines appear near the Quick Launch bar.

Next, right click on the Quick Launch bar, uncheck Show text, and Show title. Then you’ll need to right click on all your Superbar icons and unpin them.

Grab the dotted lines near the Quick Launch bar and pull it all the way to the Start button. By doing so, the bar where your applications load will be bumped near the clock – so pull those dotted lines back to the left near your Quick Launch bar.

Now, your open applications will still be using Windows 7’s small collapsed buttons instead of the long text-filled ones. To change that, right click on the Superbar and head into Properties.
Click the drop down menu next to Taskbar buttons and choose either of the last two options. When you’re done, click Ok and recheck Lock the taskbar.

The finished product should look something like this:

Windows 7 using the traditional taskbar with quick launch buttons 
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Add “Never Combine, Hide Labels” to the Win 7 Taskbar

Thursday 27 August 2009

Yes! It is possible,

And here’s the proof. In fact the hack is nothing more than a simple registry fix.

Add a string called “MinWidth” to “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics” and set to 54 then restart.

You’ll need to set your taskbar to the “Never Combine” option, but now the program names will always be hidden.
This is a feature that a great many people, myself included, have been calling for ever since the first of Windows 7 arrived. People found the way the new Taskbar handled multiple instances of programs awkward, especially when wanting to switch between them. This hack proves just how easy it would have been for Microsoft to give the users what they wanted.
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USB 3 Makes External USB RAID

Wednesday 26 August 2009

Symwave’s SOC will take advantage of USB 3.0 and provide RAID support for external drives.

Symwave, one of the first companies to design silicon for USB 3.0, is claiming that its new USB 3.0 SOC (system on a chip) can be used with external storage devices and provide transfer data rates up to 500 Mbit/sec. USB 3.0 is actually designed to handle transfers of up to 5 Gbit/sec, a huge increase in throughput when compared to the 480 Mbit/sec limit seen with USB 2.0. As an example, a 25 GB HD movie would take 13.9 minutes to transport over a USB 2.0 connection, just 70 seconds over a USB 3.0 connection.

“You’re pretty much communicating through a straw,” said Gideon Intrater, Symwave’s vice president of solutions architecture, referring to the 2.0 limitations. “USB 2 was good as long as you had 100GB on your hard drive, but now it’s just way too slow.”

Symwave’s new SOC, developed for external storage devices including HDDs and SSDs, supposedly offers performance beyond the top speed of SATA. According to Intrater, the chip will allow speeds as high as 500 Mbit/sec because it supports RAID 0 configurations. System builders can take advantage of this feature by installing two external drives that can be addressed at the same time, offering faster data reads. In another scenario, the second drive could mirror the first USB drive.

Intrator also said that USB 3.0 can carry as much as 900 milliamps, making it easier to power a portable RAID array of two drives; USB 2.0 currently only provides 500 milliamps.

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How To Modify Hidden Settings of Windows 7 Screen Savers

Wednesday 26 August 2009

One of the things that users liked in Windows XP was the ability to modify configurations of screen savers that came with windows. However, Microsoft has removed the interface that allows users to alter their settings in Windows Vista and Windows 7. So when users click on ”Settings” in the “Screen Saver Settings” window for Bubbles, Mystify and Ribbons, they receive a message saying: “This screen saver has no options that you can set.”
The settings are still there, however they can’t be changed from the normal Windows interface. Hence, we have to use the Windows Registry to do so. 🙂
Here’s how:

Open the “Screen Saver Settings” window

  • Right-click anywhere the desktop
  • Select “Personalize”
  • Click on “Screen Saver” at the bottom right

Now leave this window open as we are going to need it to see the changes we make to the screen saver.

Open the Windows Registry

  • Click on the “Start”
  • Type in “regedit” in the search bar
  • Choose “Yes” if a “User Account Control” message appears

We are going to use the Windows Registry to alter the settings for the screen savers: Bubbles, Mystify and Ribbons.

Modifying the Settings

  • Go to the location: “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Screensavers” by clicking on the arrow sign to expand each ‘key’.

You should see 4 other keys: Bubbles, Mystify, Ribbons and ssText3D. These are the names of the screen savers that we are going to modify their settings. You will then find same names in the “Screen Saver Settings” window, except for ssText3D. ssText3D refers to “3D Text” screen saver. We don’t need to change it since its settings can be easily changed through the “Screen Saver Settings” window.
The following tables show the information we are going to use for each screen saver. You may want to skip this until we need it.

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We are going to create a DWORD value for the option we want to alter using the Name of DWORD Value column for its name and the Values to enter column for its value.

  • In the Windows Registry, click on the name of the screen saver you want to modify.

You should see “(Default)” on the right side.

To create a DWORD value

  • Right-click anywhere on the right side of the Windows Registry Editor
  • Choose “New” and then “DWORD (32-bit) Value”
  • Enter the name of the DWORD value using the tables above (e.g. “NumRibbons”)
  • If you would like to change the name of a DWORD value: Right-click it and choose “Rename”

Refer to the table of the screen saver you’d like to edit…

To edit the value of the DWORD value

  • Double click the DWORD value (or right-click on it and choose “Modify”)
  • Select “Decimal”
  • Enter the value you want using the tables above in the textbox under “Value data” (e.g. “30″ for “RibbonWidth”)
  • Refer to the table of the screen saver you’d like to edit…

To test the screen save

  • Go to the “Screen Saver Settings” window
  • Select the screen saver’s name
  • Click “Preview” every time you want to see how it looks
  • After you’re done and satisfied, press “OK” to apply and exit

Additional Tips

If you’d like to save your screen saver settings to apply them another computer:

  • Go to the Windows Registry editor
  • Go to the location: “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Screensavers” by clicking on the arrow sign to expand each ‘key’.
  • Right-click on the ‘key’ with the screen saver’s name
  • Choose “Export”
  • Browse for the location you want and press “Save” after giving it a filename

To install the screen saver settings on another computer:

  • Go to the location of the file you exported before
  • Open the file
  • Choose “Yes” if a “User Account Control” message appears
  • Choose “Yes” again to the warning message

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50 Fantastic Bing Tricks

Wednesday 26 August 2009

Bing has made quite an entrance in the Internet search world. This new way of searching provides quick and easy shortcuts that don’t always require reading through lists of websites and clicking on each one to find what you want. Check out the following tricks to see how Bing can help students and librarians find the information they need in a snap.
Finding Information
From doing math without a calculator to getting definitions, use Bing to find this information quickly and easily.

  1. Use the background image. Hovering over different locations on the background image provides an opportunity to learn facts about the image or related topics.
  2. Do math. Enter a math calculation directly into the search box to compute anything from simple math to trig functions.
  3. Ask questions directly. Type a question into the search box and if the answer is located in Encarta encyclopedia, you will get an answer directly.
  4. Get definitions. Enter “define” or “definition” along with a word to find a definition of that word.
  5. Look up IP addresses. Type in IP: [IP address] (substituting [IP address] with the actual IP address) to find a list of domains associated with that IP address.
  6. Find statistical information. Find statistical information by typing what you want to know, such as “population of Texas” or “number of bald eagles in America” to get the answer.
  7. Locate area codes and zip codes. Enter an area code or zip code into the search box and find out with what location the number is associated.
  8. Find business contact information. If you have ever tried to find a phone number for a business with little success, then try typing the name of the business in Bing’s search box. They frequently provide contact information even for companies with hard-to-find phone numbers.
  9. Get used car information. Simply type a car’s VIN into the search box to get history on that car.
  10. Get stock quotes. Add “stock” or “quote” to the name of the company or their stock quote symbol to find stock quotes and other financial information.
  11. Find holiday dates. Enter the holiday and year to find out what date that holiday will occur.
  12. Get sports information. Get scores, stats, game times, and much more quickly and easily by searching for your team only or adding specifically what you want, such as “Mariners score.”

Research and Collaboration
Bing is great for Internet research and sharing that research for others. Find out how with these suggestions.

  1. Save search results. Save your search results to a local folder online to have access to them without having to remember how you performed the search.
  2. Share search results. If you have found important information you want to share, email your search results or share via Facebook.
  3. Find specific types of files. Use a keyword and “contains: file type” (with file type being the file type you are seeking) to find PDFs, MP3s, and other files.
  4. Get results from a specific region. Type your keyword and loc:US (or any other location) to get webpages from specific countries.
  5. Restrict search to titles. If you want to find your keyword in a title only, use intitle: to search.
  6. Disable search suggestions. If you don’t want Bing’s search suggestions, just click on “Turn off ” at the bottom of the suggestions. To turn them back on, follow these directions.
  7. Show more results. If you want more than 10 results per page, change your Preference to get up to 50 results per page.
  8. Get search results as RSS feeds. Get your search results sent to your favorite reader where you can access them later or share with others.
  9. Use related searches. When searching for a topic, use the related searches located in the left pane to more easily find what you are seeking.
  10. Control search history. Learn how to turn off the search history or clear the search history here.

Images and Videos
Use images and videos easily and more quickly with Bing to find the information you need.

  1. Easily find images. The image search on Bing provides many images that are easily scanable.
  2. Preview videos. Get a whole page of video thumbnails, then just hover over each to start it playing.
  3. Preview websites. Get an image of the website from your search results just by hovering over the link.
  4. Find videos of a specific length. Whether you are searching for a full episode of your favorite show or a quick overview of a how-to, find the length video you want by following these instructions.
  5. Specify the size image. When looking for an image, you can specify what size image you want, whether small, medium, large, or wallpaper.
  6. Search for color or black and white. While performing an image search, specify if you want only color or only black and white images.
  7. Ensure your images are safe for everyone. This blog post from Bing tells you how to ensure your image previews don’t show adult content.
  8. Save Bing’s background images. If you want to keep the background images from Bing on your desktop, follow these instructions.

Whether you are going home for the holidays or traveling to the next big conference, use these tips to help facilitate your travel with Bing.

  1. Find low air fares. Enter “flights from x to y” (with x and y being the cities of travel) to find low air fares as well as predicted fare trends.
  2. Get flight status. Enter your flight number along with “flight status” to immediately find out the status of your flight.
  3. Plan your stay. When you enter a place name, you will receive links for attractions, weather, nightlife, tours, and images of that location.
  4. Find a hotel. Get star ratings, reviews, a map, and more details to help you find the perfect place to stay.
  5. Eat out. Get maps, menus, and reviews easily for restaurants in the area.
  6. Find directions. When you enter an address, you will get a map and directions powered by Microsoft Virtual Earth.
  7. Get real-time traffic information. The traffic map has routes highlighted in red and green to designate which roads are having problems and which are good.
  8. Find out the weather. Weather forecasts are easy to find and easy to read when you select “weather.”
  9. Convert currency. Type in “1 x in y” (with x and y being the currency abbreviations) to get an automatic currency conversion.
  10. Take advantage of local search features. From detailed business listings to business scorecards to one-click directions, take advantage of the Bing local features.

Just because you stepped out of the library or away from class doesn’t mean you can’t still access the benefits of Bing. Find out what you can do with Bing and your mobile.

  1. Use their mobile site. The Bing mobile site is specially designed for mobile phone usage.
  2. Download the app. From your mobile phone’s browser, go to to download their mobile app.
  3. Get mobile with a text. Visit Bing for mobile to enter your phone number and receive a text with the link.
  4. Download Bing Tones. Download these free MP3 ring tones for your cell phone from Bing.
  5. Try Bing 411. Call 1-800-BING-411 to get information via text message or to contact a business directly–for free.
  6. Get turn-by-turn directions. Save both home and work starting points to get turn-by-turn directions over your phone from Bing 411 if you don’t have a phone with GPS.
  7. Get walking directions. If you are on foot, don’t rely on directions down highways, instead, get the step-by-step walking directions on your phone.
  8. Get weather by phone. Bing 411 also delivers very detailed weather for your specific location over the phone.
  9. Find movies. Locate theaters, find show times, and buy tickets all from your phone.
  10. Go shopping. Not only can you locate products, but you can also do a price comparison to ensure you are getting the best deal.

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