The End of Windows XP

Windows Xp has been one of  the most successful as well as the most popular operating system ever made by Microsoft. Its popularity among its users can be judged by the fact that Windows  XP still has a 29 percent market share worldwide and the users are still hanging on to XP even after the release of windows 7 and windows 8. 

However Microsoft have recently announced
that April 2014 would be the end of Windows XP, which basically means that microsoft will stop providing support for Windows XP after 8th April 2014. Windows XP users who have elected to receive windows updates will receive an official notification on their screen informing that support for windows XP would end on April 8. 

This does not mean that users will not be able to use Windows XP anymore. Its just that microsoft will not provide additional security updates. So the computer would be more vulnerable to security threats.”

Additionally the popup notification would show up on 8th of each month unless the user clicks on ” Don’t show this message again“. 

For users who want to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8 Microsoft have partnered with Laplink to provide a free tool to help people migrate from XP to Windows 7 and above versions of Windows. This tool is  called PCmover Express and it will copy all the files and settings from the XP running computer to a new device running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. 

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This tool will be available on soon and will be available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish initially. Other languages would also be added soon.

5 Awesome YouTube Tricks

Being the biggest video sharing website in the world YouTube is very interesting and entertaining. However this Google owned video sharing giant has some super cool features that are unknown to most people.
I have previously written a short post “Weird Stuff to do with Google and YouTube” describing some of the features or tricks.
This is some more of this really cool stuff that’s worth checking out. So here it goes:

  • Use the force Luke – Type Use the force Luke  in YouTube search and you will be able to move the whole screen all around in a really weird way.

  • Now open YouTube in a new tab(unless you want to combine all the effects). Type “ Beam me up scotty” and hit enter. You will see some supercool effects.

  • / Geek week –  Type / Geek week  in the YouTube search and hit enter. It brings up a whole new geek version of YouTube.

  • Do the Harlem Shake – I have described this trick in my previous post also but this one is too cool to exclude from this one. Just Type “Do the harlem shake” in YouTube search and wait for a moment or two to see the dancing YouTube.

  • Doge Meme – Type Doge Meme  in the search and you’ll see YouTube in supercool new fonts.

If you find these tricks entertaining, please feel free to share the post Smile

Where Do The Files We Delete Go?

Really, where do the deleted files go? This is a simple question, the general  answer for which is almost  a lie.  The general belief is that the files we delete from our computers disappear in thin air like they it never existed.
Do the deleted files fly out of the computer or phone memory? Or does it gets erased like a pencil writing on a paper?

In reality, it does not work this way.  What if I, tell you “delete” does not actually deletes the data from your computer. Yeah, I know that the deleted data goes first in the “Recycle Bin” but even if you “delete” data from the recycle bin, the data is still on your Hard drive.
Now at this particular moment, many of the techie readers might be having thoughts like, “yeah yeah genius, I know the data is still on the hard drive, that’s what the Data Recovery Softwares are for.”  If you’re having this thought, you’re a 100% right. However some people do have another question coming to mind at this moment.
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If the data is still there on the computer hard drive, why the hell does it show empty space?

Answer: When you delete something from the hard drive, the computer does not deletes or erases the data. It just deletes the pointers that point to that particular data or file. Now as the data is removed from the index, the computer believes the space is free. 
For understanding easily you might think of this as the table of content of a book. If someone erases the name of one of the chapters of a book, the person reading (in our case the computer) the book will not know if any such chapter exists.
However if the reader digs in enough and spends enough time, he or she would ultimately find the chapter whose “pointer” or the name from contents was deleted. This is basically how the Data Recovery programs work.

  Okay, so if the computer only deletes the so called pointers to the data and not the “actual data” it means that data is taking up space on my hard drive, right?  What happens when I bring in new data and want to use up that space? Does the old data now finally goes away or is my hard drive bigger than I was told?

Answer: When you copy new files or data on the same sectors of the hard drive, the new data overwrites the older data. The older data is still there coexisting with the newer data.

Question: Doesn’t this corrupts data, making it complex to read as different information is stored on the same sectors?
Answer: Remember we talked about pointers? The computer has deleted the pointers to old data and now it only has the pointers to new data. So basically even if it’s a mess on the sectors with old and new data, the computers only pull out the newer information or data and simply ignores the older one(with no pointers).

Question: Alright, now this is tricky. If the data does not get deleted for real and the Data Recovery Softwares can bring it back, how am I supposed to erase something permanently from my Hard drive so no one can find a trace of it. P.S  Destroying the Hard Drive is not an option.

Answer: The only way to delete data from your hard drive permanently is to overwrite  the data again and again till it becomes absolutely untraceable. This can be done easily with the help of Data deletion softwares. Some people believe 3-5 times of overwriting is enough while some believe 30-40 times.
Whatever might be the case, “deleting” never actually erases a file, overwriting does. Hope you enjoyed the article. Please do comment if you have any questions or suggestions Smile 

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5 Things About Cleaning Your PC, That You Probably Don’t Know

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·    Using a Vacuum Cleaner to clean the Pc can actually damage your Computer more than you would imagine. Vacuum Cleaners creates static current that would most probably damage your hard disk and other electronic components too. Using a soft brush is a much better idea.

·        Don’t disconnect the plugs from the motherboard to clean them as the pins connected tightly to the motherboard are most probably clean by themselves. You’ll only end up adding moisture or dirt particles to them.

·        Never use a spray of any kind to clean your PC. Instead, you can spray the cleaner or water onto a cloth and then clean the computer by rubbing that cloth. Use a cotton cloth preferably, if available.

·        Always make sure that the computer is turned off, when you are about to open the case for cleaning it. Touching the internal parts while they are working is extremely dangerous. You might get an electric shock or your PC might get damaged.

·        Prefer Alcohol over other liquids to clean the screen or other important parts. Rubbing Alcohol or Isopropyl alcohol acts as a disinfectant, which means it kills most of the germs living in your keyboard and other parts of the computer.

Can Macs Get Viruses?

Can Macs get Viruses like windows PCs or are they virus proof? Many people have asked me if you can get a virus on mac, even if they do not intend to buy an apple laptop or PC in a lifetime(There are reasons for that). Macintosh or Mac computers have such a reputation that there is a general belief that a Mac cannot get infected with a virus. 

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  • Most of the Mac users have never faced a Virus threat.
  • Mac is based on Unix, which is known to prevent any unauthorized software or program executions as it asks for permission(and admin password) for most activities.
  • The Strong permission structure of the Mac computers prevent most AutoRun programs unlike windows which is designed to run software’s by any possible way.
  • Mac users are very less, so most people are ignorant about its working. Ignorance can make us believe anything which might or might not be true.

So, with such a permission structure and safe image amongst both users and non users macs must be virus free, right?
The answer is NO, Macs are not virus free and any apple computer or laptop can be infected with a virus. There was a time when Apple used to boast that there have been no viruses made for mac yet. This was a true statement however the reason was not that Mac computers are immune to all viruses, the reason there was no virus made for Mac was simply that there were so little Mac computers in the market(when compared to Windows based computers) that no one bothered to write a virus code for Macs.
Another reason virus makers focused on Windows and ignored Mac computers was that writing the code for Mac PCs is comparatively difficult. Because of the complex permission structure and Unix Architecture of the Mac laptops and computers the virus writing is a twisted job. However it is not impossible.
Recently, Apple computers have removed a line from their website in which they claimed that Mac computers aren’t susceptible to the thousands of viruses plaguing Windows-based computers. After a few virus attack claims on Mac pcs they have realized that a Mac computers might be safer that Windows based Pcs but they are not 100% immune to viruses.
Every computer that runs programs or softwares can be affected with viruses as a virus is also a piece of program or software. The motive of a virus might be dangerous but it is still a piece of code or the computer.”

How to Test my Internet Speed

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The internet speed test checks the speed promised by your service provider by using a server that is geographically closest to you. It does not measure the actual transfer speed of a file over the internet as it depends on various other factors that are not under the service provider’s control, such as the content provider’s server load and bandwidth.


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The programs we use to test internet connection speed works in 3 steps.

  1. In the first step the speed checker program detects a server closest to your location and then PINGs it to check the latency rate. Latency is an expression of how much time it takes for a packet of data to get from one designated point to another.
  2. Small binary files(data packets) are downloaded on your computer, and the program measures that download to estimate the connection speed.
  3. Now to check the upload speed, speed checker program uploads multiple packets to the nearest server and calculates all uploaded bytes in a second then it converts them in Bits to show the upload speed in bps (bits per second).

Understanding the difference between kilobytes per second and kilobits per second.
Most service providers advertise their internet speeds in kilobits per second(kbps). However the internet speed checker programs measure internet speed in kilobytes per second(Kbps). There are 8 bits in a byte so you can find your speed in kilobits per second by multiplying your kilobytes per second by 8.

Weird Stuff to do with Google and YouTube

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  • Awesome Harlem Shake Trick for YouTube
  1. Type “ do the Harlem shake” without the quotes in YouTube search, wait for a moment and watch the page do it for you.
  • YouTube Missile Game trick 
  1. Open any video in YouTube.
  2. Pause it.
  3. Type 1980 and see the game loading Smile
  • Change YouTube Comments into Numbers
  1. Open A video in YouTube.
  2. Pause the video and scroll down to see the comments.
  3. Now select any text on the page.
  4. And just type 1337. Do not type it in the comment box, just press the buttons 1337 after selecting the text.
  5. See what happened to the text Winking smile
  • Barrel Roll Trick In Google
  1. Search “Do a barrel roll”.
  2. You will se the page doing exactly as you say.
  • Tilt the Google page a little
  1. Type “tilt” or “Askew” in Google search.
  2. You will notice that the Google search window has tilted a little.

All About Ubuntu

//           Ubuntu is a computer operating system based on the Debian GNU/Linux  distribution and is distributed as free and open source software with additional proprietary software available. It is named after the Southern African ethical ideology Ubuntu (humanity towards others”). Angel

Ubuntu is composed of many software packages, of which the vast majority are distributed under a free software license (also known as open source). The main license used is the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL) which, along with the GNU Lesser General Public License (GNU LGPL), explicitly declares that users are free to run, copy, distribute, study, change, develop and improve the software. Ubuntu is sponsored by the UK-based company Canonical Ltd., owned by South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth. By keeping Ubuntu free and open source, Canonical is able to utilize the talents of community developers in Ubuntu’s constituent components. Instead of selling Ubuntu for profit, Canonical creates revenue by selling technical support and from creating several services tied to Ubuntu.

Ubuntu focuses on usability.The Ubiquity installer allows Ubuntu to be installed to the hard disk from within the Live CD environment, without the need for restarting the computer prior to installation. Ubuntu comes installed with a wide range of software that includes, Firefox, Empathy (Pidgin in versions before 9.10), Transmission, GIMP (in versions prior to 10.04), and several lightweight games (such as Sudoku and chess). Additional software that is not installed by default can be downloaded using the package manager. Ubuntu allows networking ports to be closed using its firewall, with customized port selection available. End-users can install Gufw and keep it enabled.[30] GNOME (the current default desktop) offers support for more than 46 languages.[31] Ubuntu can also run many programs designed for Microsoft Windows (such as Microsoft Office), through Wine or using a Virtual Machine (such as VMware Workstation or VirtualBox).
System requirements The desktop version of Ubuntu currently supports the Intel x86, AMD64, and ARM[62] architectures. Some server releases also support the SPARC architecture.[63][64] Unofficial support is available for the PowerPC,[65] IA-64 (Itanium) and PlayStation 3 architectures (note however that Sony officially removed support for OtherOS on the PS3 with firmware 3.21, released on April 1, 2010[66]).
Recommended Minimum
System Requirements      CLI (Server)        GUI* (Desktop)
Processor (x86)              300 MHz              1 GHz
Memory                         128 MB                512 MB
Hard Drive (free space)   1 GB                    5 GB
Monitor Resolution         640×480              1024×768
*Note: If visual effects are desired, a supported GPU is required.
(Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Live Mode)
Installation of Ubuntu is generally performed with the Live CD. The Ubuntu OS can be run directly from the CD (albeit with a significant performance loss), allowing a user to “test-drive” the OS for hardware compatibility and driver support. The CD also contains the Ubiquity installer, which then can guide the user through the permanent installation process. CD images of all current and past versions are available for download at the Ubuntu web site. Installing from the CD requires a minimum of 256 MB RAM.
Users can download a disk image (.iso) of the CD, which can then either be written to a physical medium (CD or DVD), or optionally run directly from a hard drive (via UNetbootin or GRUB). Ubuntu is also available on ARM, PowerPC, SPARC, and IA-64 platforms, although none but ARM are officially supported
Canonical offers Ubuntu and Kubuntu installation CDs at no cost, including paid postage for destinations in most countries around the world (via a service called ShipIt).
A Microsoft Windows migration tool, called Migration Assistant (introduced in April 2007) can be used to import bookmarks, desktop background (wallpaper), and various settings from an existing MS Windows installation into a new Ubuntu installation.
Ubuntu and Kubuntu can be booted and run from a USB Flash drive (as long as the BIOS supports booting from USB), with the option of saving settings to the flashdrive. This allows a portable installation that can be run on any PC which is capable of booting from a USB drive. In newer versions of Ubuntu, the USB creator program is available to install Ubuntu on a USB drive (with or without a LiveCD disc).
Wubi, which is included as an option on the Live CD, allows Ubuntu to be installed and run from within a virtual Windows loop device (as a large image file that is managed like any other Windows program via the Windows Control Panel). This method requires no partitioning of a Windows user’s hard drive. Wubi also makes use of the Migration Assistant to import users’ settings. It is only useful for Windows users; it is not meant for permanent Ubuntu installations and it also incurs a slight performance loss.
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How to Install Windows With a Pen Drive or an External Hard Disk.


This method is very useful when the CD DVD drive is not working. Here are the detailed steps:

Step 1:  Open the Command prompt in Administrator mode. (Go to start, search for command prompt, right click on it and click on “Run as Administrator”)
Step 2: Write the command Diskpart in the Command prompt. (This will open the Disk Management Utility.)
Step 3: Type list disk. (It will show all the connected drives to your PC or Laptop. Note the number written before your pen drive or External Hard drive you are using. It would be something like Disk 1, Disk 2 or Disk 3.) We will assume your disk is Disk 2.

Step 4:  Assuming your disk is disk 2, type select Disk 2 and press enter. (This command will select your pen drive or External hard disk for further actions.)
Step 5:  Type clean. (This command will erase all the data of your drive.)
Step 6: After it completes the cleaning, type create partition primary. (This command will create a bootable partition.
Step 7:  After you see a operation successful message, type select partition 1.  (This will activate the newly created bootable partition.)

Step 8: Type format fs=fat32. (This will format the partition in Fat 32. It will take a few minutes.)
Step 9: Type Assign.  (This would assign a drive letter to the flash drive you are using.)
Step 10: Now you just need to copy the installation files of the operating system into the usb drive. Please note that you need to copy the files directly into the usb drive and not into a folder inside it.

Step 11: Make sure you set the usb drive as the first boot device in the BIOS. Reboot the PC with the USB Drive plugged in and you are good to go.

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How to make a Remote Desktop Connection?

A Little Intro of the Concept.

Remote Desktop Connection basically is a means of taking the desktop of a computer on another one. You can access all the files on that PC and all the devices connected. 

Why is it useful? 

If you have more than 1 computers, you might have felt the need to work on both of them at the same time. Of-course you can work  on them individually by moving from one PC to another or you can do things smartly.
You can also copy and paste stuff from one PC to another with this connection.
If you connect them through a remote desktop connection, you would see both the desktops on a single screen as below.
You can toggle between both the screens as simply as you maximize and minimize any other folder

Now the “How to do it part?”

Step 1: Make sure both PCs  are connected. You can connect them by an Ethernet cable or a wireless router or simple WiFi.  

Step 2: The IP Addresses of both the Computers should be of the same class. You can simply use the following configuration. PC 1= and PC2 = If you have a router then you do not need to change the IP Addresses as it would automatically give them both the same class IPs. In that case you just need to know the IP Address of both of them by using the ” IPCONFIG” command.

Step 3:Now that we know the ip Addresses of both the PCs, go to START on any one of them and search for ” Remote Desktop Connection”.

Step 4:Enter the IP Address of the other PC and press ENTER.

Step 5: Now if you get an error message then you need to Turn Off Windows Firewall or add this network as an exception and try again.
Step 6: You will now see the option to enter the username and password for the other PC.(Please note that the PC you are trying to take the remote of should have a password in the account you are using or it would not work.)

Step 7: Tadaaa you’re in! If you have successfully performed the above steps then you should now be able to work on both computers without moving an inch from you seat.

If you have any questions about the above steps, please feel free to post a comment and I will try my best to help 🙂