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Jun 30, 2011

Mass Google Plus Invite

Here is a neat little trick to bring everyone from your Facebook account’s social graph into Google Plus account:
  1. Sign up for a Yahoo! Mail account, and import all of your Facebook contacts. Click “Contacts” at the top, and then “Import Contacts”. Authorize Facebook access to your Yahoo! address book.
  2. Log in to Google Plus (http://plus.google.com) and navigate to your “Circles” (https://plus.google.com/circles).
  3. Click “Find and Invite”, and then click Yahoo! Import your Facebook friends to the “Suggestions” section.
Drag everyone into the appropriate “Circle”.

Jun 19, 2011

How To Make Your YouTube Videos Load Faster

YouTube is one of the most used site in the world. But if you do not have a nice internet connection then your YouTube experience can be a bad one as it takes time to load videos on YouTube. That is why, many people download YouTube videos too to watch them online. But now, here is an easy solution for all these slow video loading on YouTube.

YouTube Feather is a new feature of YouTube which let the videos load faster on your web browser. This is an opt-in beta for "Feather" support on YouTube. The "Feather" project is intended to serve YouTube video watch pages with the lowest latency possible.

YouTube Feather achieves this by severely limiting the features available to the viewer and making use of advanced web techniques for reducing the total amount of bytes downloaded by the browser. It is a work in progress and may not work for all videos

Click Here To Join YouTube Feather

Jun 17, 2011

Change Alt+Tab Thumbnail Size in Windows 7

                When Microsoft released Windows Vista they had a lot of great innovations in it despite the constant complaints people had with the OS. One of the best things that came out of Vista is Aero, which is what powers the Flip 3D (Windows Key + Tab), the Taskbar thumbnails, the blurred border around all the windows, the thumbnails used in Alt+Tab, and more. Those things are all great, but I’ve always felt that the thumbnails in the Alt+Tab popup are sometimes too small to even be useful. I mean if you have multiple Windows Explorer windows open it’s hard to distinguish between them using a thumbnail that’s barely bigger than a postage stamp.

How To Extract Audio from Videos

            In the past I’ve had people ask me how they can extract the audio from a video they have on their computer. Most of the time it’s because they have a video of a live concert performance (one that’s professionally recorded) and they want a way to put it on their iPod without needing to throw the whole video on there.
There are all kinds of ways you can accomplish this, and there are even some web services that will do it for you. The downside to the web services is that they normally have a size limit as to how large the video can be, and so you may be better off with a desktop app like Pazera Free Audio Extractor. It’s simple to use, can handle a wide array of video formats, and is pretty fast at the conversion. Here’s a list of supported input and output formats:
  • Supported Video Formats (Input): AVI, FLV, MP4, MPG, MOV, RM, 3GP, WMV, VOB and more
  • Supported Audio Formats (Output): MP3, AAC, AC3, WMA, FLAC, OGG and WAV
Since this app supports FLV files you could technically find YouTube videos or most other online videos, download them, and then extract their audio. The only downfall to this is that the audio quality may not always be the best, but it may be worth a shot since the app is free.

>>Pazera Free Audio Extractor Homepage<< (Windows only; Freeware)

What Is The Bitrate? What You Should Know About It.

With the term “bitrate” we face at the mention of audio and video formats. To understand this term, you must master the process of compressing and encoding files. German scientists have laid the general principle of file compression with minimal loss. On the example of coding the original MP3 sound file is cut into fragments, the duration of 50 milliseconds, each of which is analyzed separately. In the analysis of the fragment is decomposed into harmonics of the Fourier method, of which, in accordance with the theory of sound perception by the human ear thrown those harmonics that people perceive worse than the rest. These are quieter harmonics on the back of the higher ones. As a result, emitted sounds are masked due to the inertia of hearing. The information about the harmonics left after filtering and recorded in the MP3 file, which results in a much smaller than the original WAV.
WAV-file contains detailed information about the original sound, digitized and quantized with a frequency of 44kHz. This information is stored on ordinary audio-CD. When playing there is the inverse transformation, in which the remaining harmonic is re-converted into sound waves. Some of the information about the original signal was lost, because the sound is not identical to the original. But throwing irrelevant sounds, so the human ear cannot distinguish the signal from the original order, which was packed to MP3.
Bitrate is the amount of information per unit time. Its essence – how much information about every second of recording we can spend. Naturally, as it is smaller, the smaller the size of the files have the same length of time, thus will have to throw more “extra” harmonics. Bitrates are units of measurement – kilobits per second (Kbps) and megabits per second (Mbps). MP3 audio compression algorithm is often used with 128 kbps compression. They are of two types: fixed and variable. For example, when a video compression is used with a constant bitrate a fixed amount of data is used to encode a second film. In the case of variable bitrate the codec installs eigenvalue bitrate depending on the scenes of the movie. For example, when encoding to mpeg the gain in compression is mostly obtained by retaining only the difference between adjacent frames. During a slow scene change the difference between frames is small and thus can reduce the amount of a bit rate required for playback of these scenes. However, with the abrupt change of scenes in the film, the differences in staffing increase dramatically in size and require more bitrate to play such scenes. In contrast to the constant bit rate, at a variable one cannot predict the size of the output file, it depends on the ratio of “fast” and “slow” scenes in the film.
Regarding to radio online, the downloadable sound quality of radio stations with the network also can be analyzed by bitrate. The choice between 48kbps and 128 kbps bit rate, I hope, will introduce you to a long meditation.
Your PC can get into serious troubles if you do not pay attention to the regular update of the drivers. And this is where driver updater can save you much time.
We would like to give you a final piece of advice – today the web technologies give you a truly unique chance to choose what you need at the best terms which are available on the market. Funny, but most of the people don’t use this chance. In real life it means that you must use all the tools of today to get the information that you need.

Kill Unresponsive Apps: Super F4 Hotkey

Windows only
It’s always annoying when a program becomes unresponsive where you have to pull up the Task Manager to kill it, but it can be even worse when some of the fullscreen games start to freeze. That’s how one developer felt, and so they decided to do something about it.

SuperF4 creates a keyboard shortcut (Ctrl+Alt+F4) that will forcefully close any foreground program, including fullscreen games. Why is this so annoying with games? Well some games prevent you from using shortcuts (chiefly Ctrl+Alt+Delete) when in fullscreen mode. That can be extremely painful since the only action you may be able to take is to shutdown your computer by holding the power button, which is generally a last resort for most of us.

The app also has a secondary mode that is accessed by pressing Win+F4 keys. Your mouse cursor will become a skull, and all you have to do is select the window/program on the screen that you’d like to kill. It sure beats digging through the Task Manager!

>>SuperF4 Homepage<< (Windows only; Freeware)

Test Your Boot Time

        You know when someone tells you their computer takes 20-minutes to boot up, and you roll your eyes because you know they are just exaggerating. Well, there is a way to find out. All you have to do is install BootRacer on their machine, and then restart it. The application will keep an eye on certain events such as how long it took the user to login and how long it took for their desktop to finish loading, and it will report back.
One of the cool things is that BootRacer actually displays a window in the lower-right corner of the screen after you’ve logged in showing how long it has taken to startup thus far. It will continue incrementing the timer until all the startup apps have finished loading, and will alert you once it has completed.
Here’s a rundown on some of the features pointed out by the developer:
  • Automatically calculates your Windows boot time.
  • BootRacer uses minimum of computer resources.
  • Runs under the non-administrator accounts.
  • BootRacer logs all the results to the history report and to standard event log. You can check events using Windows Event Viewer.
The history report feature may not seem all that useful, but with it you may be able to pinpoint when some sort of change was made to the machine that significantly slowed it down. You might even be able to salvage some time by simply rolling the computer back to a restore point before the slow-down occurred.
BootRacer is free for non-commercial use, and can be helpful when fixing someone’s computer. If you run it before and after the optimizations you’ll actually be able to give them real-world numbers as to how much faster their computer is thanks to your magical tweaks.

>>BootRacer Homepage<< (Windows only; Free for non-commericial use)
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