July 2009


Well, just click on below link and take a look at the interview of Jon Frott, senior writer at Fortune

Why Microsoft got the best of the Yahoo search deal

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TweetMyPC is a free utility for Windows that enables you to remotely control your computer via SMS. How it can be done? well let us quickly come to the  procedure.

First of all you can download TweetMyPC(V 2, the latest version) free from Download TweetMyPC. Once you download TweetMyPC, double click on setup.exe to install the application. Its just a matter of clicking ‘Next’  few times.This application requires .NET 3.5 or higher installed on your system. Below is TweetMyPC’s screen :

tweetMyPC screen                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Now, you have installed TweetMyPC on your system and ready to use it. Following are the steps :

1) Create a Twitter account(say ControlMyPC, ths is just an example and you need to create your own account) on www.Twitter.com dedicated for your PC. This is because TweetMyPC only responds for updates. This account will be used by TweetMyPC to receive the tweets and act upon them.

2) Configure account  ControlMyPC to receive updates from your mobile. For this you can take a look at my earlier post Send updates to your Twitter account by using your mobile.

3) Double click on TweetMyPC icon on the desktop and provide you twitter log-on details. Then ‘Save and close’.Wait for some time for the application to verify your login details. 

4) Once your log-on details are verified,  you can send commands like shutdown, log-off, Restart, lock workstation, etc through your mobile to your twitter account and TweetMyPCwill act accordingly.

Caution : If you are using Windows Vista(32 bit) then you may encounter an error regarding un handeled exception when you click on ‘Save and close’. To avoide this, just run the TweetMyPC.exe file as administrator.

Below are some commands that can be used in latest version 2 of  TweetMyPC. Commands are not case sensitive.

1) Shutdown:For shutting your pc.

2) Restart:For restarting your pc.

3) Logoff :For logging off your pc.

4)  Lock:For locking your pc.

5) Hibernate: For hibernating your pc.  

6) Screenshot : Enalbes you to find out what is happening on your pc when you are not around. It takes a screenshot of your desktop and sends it to Twitpic.

7) Getprocesslist :  On reading this command, TweetMyPC will create a list of all the running process and emai the same to the gmail id which you have mentioned on its screen.

8 ) Getfile <filepath> : On reading this command,TweetMyPC will send the file as attachment to the gmail id which you have mentioned on its screen.

9) Custom commands: This is the most exciting feature which is present in latest  TweetMyPC V2. It was not there in version 1. This feature allows you to create your own commands. Just go to menu option ‘Settings’ –> ‘Commands’. Below is a screeen shot. You can create a command like WMPLAYER and select wmplayer.exe in ‘Select file’. So, whenever you send WMPLAYER through SMS,window media playes will start in your pc. I am using Windows Vista Home Premium and unfortunately this functionality is not working for me  😦 . As soon as I click on ‘Add command’ after selecting an exe file, it throws an error message  ‘Unable to open database file. Please try again.’. I’ll dig in further and try to search for solution of this problem.

Still, other more useful commands are working fine and I am happy about it :).

Custom command                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

In the end I would say that it  isa superb utilitiy and a must have for all of us.

Thats it for now friends.

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Let us come quickly to the procedure.

Following are the steps :

1) I assume you already have a twitter account. If not then create one on www.Twitter.com.

2) Login into account. Got to ‘Settings’ –> ‘Click on ‘Devices’ tab–> mention your mobile number and click on ‘Save’. You need to check the flag just below ‘Save’ button before you click on ‘Save’. As soon as you click on ‘Save’, you will be asked to verify your mobile number. Below are the screen shots. 

Save Mobile number                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Verification message :

Veryfy mobile no for Twitter                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

3) Now, your mobile number is verified and you can send text message to twitter via your mobile. Below are the numbers to which you need to send text messages to update your twitter, says Twitter

  • US: 40404
  • Canada: 21212
  • UK, Vodafone subscribers only: 86444
  • Germany: +49 17 6888 50505
  • Sweden: +46 737 494222
  • India: 5566511 (note: this short code is still in beta, so if you can’t use it, try our international number below.)
  • All other countries: +44 762 4801423

I tried sending SMS to 5566511 but it didn’t work. Therefore I used +44 762 4801423 and it worked fine. My twitter was updated with the text message instantaneously.

With this we come to the end of this post.

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Friends, I was just going through the settings of my Facebook account and came to know about a facility which enables you to set your status in Facebook via your mobile phone. For this you just need to register your mobile number with Facebook.

Well the process is quite simple and following are the steps :

1) Login to your Facebook account. 

2) Click on ‘Settings’ –> ‘Mobile’ tab –> ‘Register for Facebook Mobile Text’. Following is a screen shot :

Facebook mobile                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

3) Now, just follow the instruction on above screen which says, send letter ‘f’ (without quotes) to 9232232665. Once you send letter f to the mentioned number, you will receive an activation code.

4) Click ‘Next’ and following screen will appear. Here you need to give the code which you have received and click on ‘Confirm’. You canuncheck ‘Add my cell number to my profile’ if you want.

Facebook activation code                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

5) Once you click on ‘Confirm’, you will receive an SMS on your mobile something like

      Confirmed! Text 9232232665 (92FACEBOOK) to set your status.

In simple words, if you want to set your status to, say Setting status in Facebook then just type Setting status in Facebook as a text message and send it to 9232232665.  

6)Apart from the above SMS, a screen will be shown to you in Facebook where you can customized your preferences pertaining to what, how , when and from whom you want to receive updates via SMS. Save your preferences and its done. 

I have already tried and its working. So, use this facility to update your status on the run. The best thing is that you can Set your status from any mobile that can send text message. Well, you don’t need to have an expensive handset with facebook application.

Thats it for now friends.

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BatteryCare is a software to optimize usage and performance of your laptop’s battery. It monitors the battery discharge cycles and helps increasing its autonomy and improving its lifetime.

Battery care 1                                                                                                                                                                                 

Following are the features :

1) Battery’s discharge cycles monitoring : The advanced algorithm accurately records when a complete discharge cycle is performed. When the configured number of discharge cycles is reached, a notification balloon pops up to remind that a full discharge is required.

2) Complete battery information : It calculates the statistical remaining time in laptops that don’t support the battery time left information and only list the charge percentage. Shows all the detailed information about the battery, such as wear level, capacities, consumption, manufacturer, etc.

3) Notification area information : In battery mode, the notification icon shows the remaining time and percentage of battery.

4) Automatic power plans switching : Depending on the power source of the computer, BatteryCare can automatically select the power plan you prefer.

5) Control over Windows Aero and demanding Services : Automatically disable the graphics accelerated theme in Windows Vista and/or demanding services that degrade battery lifetime. Once the laptop stops running on batteries, the theme is re-enabled and the stopped services are restored. Just click on ‘Option’ on the top left corner of BatteryCare window. Below is the screen shot.

Battery care 2                                                                                                                                                                           

6) Auto-updates : No need to trouble in downloading new installers, when a new version is available, the program updates itself.

7) Lightweight in the system : Given the concern about the battery optimization, BatteryCare does not interfere with the system performance. It requires only a mere 0,1% of Processor and Memory resources.

Stay tuned for more.

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Defragging individual file(s)! Well it is possible to defrag single or multiple files by using free utility called DefragglerDefraggler enables you to quickly and simply defrag the files you want to, without having to process the whole drive. Simply run it, select the file and defragment in seconds. No more struggling with the Windows defragmentation tool!

You can download Defraggler from Download Defraggler. After download it is just a matter of clicking a few ‘OK’ and ‘Next’ to install the tool.  The tool supports Windows 2000, 2003, XP and Vista(32 and 64 bit) and both  NTFS and FAT32 file systems.

Once you install Defraggler, it is quite easy to use. 

1) Just double click on the icon present on your desktop and following screen will appear :

Defraggler screen                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

2) Now select any of the drive and click ‘Analyze’. It doesn’t take much time to analyze. My C drive is 30GB and it took Defraggler a few seconds to analyze it. 

3) Afterwards click on ‘File list’ tab to view fragmented files. Now you can select a single or multiple files and click ‘Defrag checked’. This will do the job.

You can also check a drive for errors and defrag free space via  Menu option ‘Actions’–>’Advanced’.

Well, wasn’t too difficult to use.

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Friends, yesterday I was searching for website that offers facility to select seats in plane. I opened Google and mentioned search term ‘select plane seat’. The first result that I got was a website named http://seatguru.com .This was the first time I came to know about this website. I opened the website and found the services quite useful. SeatGuru provides you with a detailed layout of any plane and help you to find best seats in terms of legroom and convinent nearby power outlets. The layout of the seating arrangement of your selected plane is displayed very clearly with different colours so as to let you find your preferred seat easily. For  example good seats are shown in Green colour, standard seats in White, poor seats in Red etc.  

It seems useful and you can give it a try.

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