Sunday, May 30, 2010

Removing the “Shortcut to” prefix when creating shortcuts in Windows 7

  1. Open the Registry Editor. Click the Start button, type regedit, and press Enter.
  2. If a User Account Control dialog box appears, click "Yes".
  3. Navigate to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer
  4. On the right hand pane, double-click the value link, changing its value to 00 00 00 00.
  5. Restart the computer (or just explorer if you know how) and no more “Shortcut to” prefixes XD

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If you’re the lazy SOB i know you are i made a registry entry to double click on and it will do it for you XD

Download: - "Shortcut to" Prefix remover

Cheers biches ^_^

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Remove the “Me Menu” In Ubuntu Lucid Lynx 10.04

Alrighty people, the new Ubuntu is out and oh damn it’s fast!!! Moreso they actually integrated social right into the top menu bar with their new “Me Menu” which interfaces with the Gwibber and Empathy IM and Social clients allowing you to broadcast to multiple social networks simultaneously.

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However, there are some of us who like a minimal interface or just don’t care for social features like Facebook, Twitter and what not.

  1. Hit Alt+F2 to bring up the Run command
  2. Enter this: sudo apt-get remove indicator-me
  3. Select the Run In Terminal option below and hit OK
  4. Type in your user password if prompted
  5. You should be asked to choose Y/N, choose Y and hit Enter

It will run the command and then then you will need to reboot afterwards.

Once back up, the Me Menu should be gone.

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Chhers PPL!!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Why are there so many icons in your system tray?

Holy FUCK!! Dude there are like 15 icons in ur system tray!!

Don’t you hate turning on someone else’s computer and watching all those lovely icons load up…one..by one…by one? Well, if you are this post is for you.

All the tech guys out there know about bring up RUN and typing ‘msconfig’ in there and disabling startup applications from there but even for us, its a bitching pain in the ass. Its a small box that cannot be resized and there in so little room to do anything other than read the name of the launch app and the first 3 letters of the location column…. it suck i know.. hence the post.

After a bit of digging, i found what’s in startup… nonono not what’s in your start up, i mean the name of the program i found is called What’s in Startup Yes you can click on it and it will take you to the download.

This program is the closest thing to viagra for ur PC. There is no install, just extract and run as administrator. Its that simple XD

image The programs are listed there in a nice simple list in a resize able window with a tonne of extra info to help u determine if the said app u want to disable is important or not… image

HA.. lemme’ see Microsoft's built in utility do that HEHE.image Simply select the programs that are hogging resources on start up, right click and hit your choice of Delete or Disable. I typically use disable in case i need to re-enable them, but if you want to de-clutter your registry then Delete may be for you.

Nice simple and no install needed. Simply keep on your flash drive and you can do an instant tune up on anyone’s PC and speed up start up significantly by disabling all those useless programs running on Startup.

Typically the best way to do this is to go into the individual program’s options panel and manually disable it’s “Run On Startup option” but in the case of programs like Norton Ghost there really is no option other than to use an app like this and disable it form the registry directly as the programs built in option does nothing more than remove the icon from the system tray but not remove it from startup.

Cheers pplz!!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Batch Album Art Resizing

Going back a couple years to when i had a Sandisk Sansa E250, was when i first started putting some effort into my music collection trying to make sure all my songs had at least an artist and song title embedded in the song tag.
I initially used Windows Media Players built in features for appending song data along with album art, and that worked fine for a while, that was until i got Windows Vista and saw how crappy and low resolution all those album art were, and that they were never actually embedded into the music files themselves. After that I turned to Mediamonkey and MP3TAG, two excellent apps for finding and embedding beautiful high resolution album art in the songs tags.
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It was about then i noticed all the songs with nice high resolution album art embedded weren’t showing their album art on my Sansa. In an attempt to find out the reason, i did a little experimenting and found out the Sansa could only read album art that was smaller than 300x300 resolution. But i decided not to downsize my albumart to that because that was what I had before and it was just too low quality for me.
Fastfoward to 2010, i have a PS3 and i am using Playstation 3 Mediaserver to stream my music collection to my PS3, and one advantage it has over Windows Media Player’s streaming function is it also streams the album art, however it wasn't seeing all the album art in my songs, after more fiddling this time, i realised that album art over 500x500 resolution was a bit of a problem for PS3MS to send, so i had to find a way to resize all album art over 500x500 in my collection… (now 40 gigs) to a compatible size. After a bit of googling, I in a ironical twist of fate, found a program called Sanse MP3 Art Sizer which was designed back in 2003 to resize album art in MP3’s to a size compatible with the Sandisk Sansa. However, that size was too small for me even then. I managed to find a small workaround never the less to make this program resize the album art to a size i wanted 500x500.
  1. Download and install the program, and make sure you have a shortcut on the desktop. image
  2. Secondly, right click the shortcut to the program and choose Properties
  3. Look for the box labelled Target
  4. Append this text to the right end of the text already in the box SanseMp3ArtSizer.exe /500/100 Now the numbers at the end can be changed to your needs, the ‘500’, can be any value from 100 to 1000 and represents the resolution you want to resize the current album art to. The second number 100 represents the quality of the resized image and can be any number from 50 to 100. (Make sure there is a space between the original text and the new text you are adding in)image
  5. Now run the program.
Now in the actual application itself, is an option in the menu that lets the program ignore album art that is already smaller than the resolution you want to resize to. It can be found under Options in the menu bar at the top and is called Skip if original smaller than resize make sure it is selected and it will save your computer from having to do extra work for no reason.
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