There are new sources of files coming from every direction: digital cameras, e-mail, cell phones, portable media players, camcorders, PDAs, and laptops. Increasingly, computer users are using different folders, drives, and even different computers (such as a laptop and a desktop) to store and retrieve files. Yet managing hundreds or thousands of files is still largely a manual operation. In some cases it is necessary to get copies of files from one place; in other cases there is a need to keep two storage locations exactly in sync. Some users manage files manually, dragging and dropping from one place to another and keeping a mental card catalog in their heads. Others use one or more applications to provide this functionality for them.
Now there is an easier way. SyncToy is a free PowerToy that provides an easy to use, highly customizable program that helps users to do the heavy lifting involved with the copying, moving, and synchronization of different directories. Most common operations can be performed with just a few clicks of the mouse, and additional customization is available without added complexity. SyncToy can manage multiple sets of folders at the same time; it can combine files from two folders in one case, and mimic renames and deletes in another. Unlike other applications, SyncToy actually keeps track of renames to files and will make sure those changes get carried over to the synchronized folder.
Yahoo! has made a couple new major updates to its Yahoo! Mail application that enables people to connect in a few more ways.
The new version of Yahoo! Mail now includes some intuitive communication features that make it a little easier for contacts to stay in touch. The first is the ability to send instant messages from Yahoo! Mail to mobile phone numbers. Mail users can now choose to send IM’s to mobile numbers in the US, Canada, India and the Philippines without leaving Yahoo!’s web mail interface. Users simply enter a mobile phone number, type a message and send it.
The second Mail integration is the ability to send instant messaging straight from Yahoo! Mail to Yahoo! Messenger and Windows Live Messenger users. This opens up chatting to millions of other IM users, straight from the Yahoo! Mail interface possible. These new features make it easier to connect with friends by converting emails to instant messages to text messages.
Yahoo! Mail IM and mobile feature enhancements will begin rolling out to users worldwide today. And if you are into adding a few new colors to the interface to spice things up, there are six customizable color themes available.
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Microsoft has finally killed off it’s old anti-Linux “Get the facts” website that had been spreading lies about Linux for years. However, don’t think that anything has changed, the site is being replaced with another, more insidious site called “Windows Server Compare.”
This amazing pool table was brought to Detroit’s Woodward Dream Cruise over the weekend, and it’s a fully-functional setup built inside of a first-generation VW bus. It’s unclear how many hippies go in for bar room games, but regardless, this is probably some of the coolest automotive furniture you’ll ever see.
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Star Office is the basis for the free and open source OpenOffice.org application suite. Unlike OpenOffice.org, Star Office requires the Java runtime to use. So why would Google choose Star Office over Open Office for the Pack?
Beats us, but since launch a couple of their app choices left us shaking our heads, like Adobe Reader and RealPlayer. (With the exception of Firefox, they seem to be open source-o-phobic.) Other Google Pack choices include Google Earth, Google Toolbar for IE, Spyware Doctor, Google Desktop, Picasa, Firefox with the Google toolbar, a (neat) Google Photos screensaver, Google Talk, and Skype. Happily you can choose which apps you want before you download.
If you bought your printer and scanner separately, free, open source application iCopy combines the two to create a one-click copy machine through the magic of software. After you install iCopy, you need to select your scanner, printer, and set whatever copy settings you want. Then just place the document you want to copy in the scanner and click the blue button to make a copy. iCopy is free, requires Windows, .NET 2.0 or above, a TWAIN-compatible scanner, and a printer. I had trouble setting up iCopy on my computer, so if you give it a try, let us know how it worked in the comments.
You can switch users from the Windows Command Prompt without logging off—if say, you need to access folders or files for another Windows user account. Reader PiE writes in explaining the process.
- Quit explorer.exe
- Open Command Prompt
- Navigate to c:\windows\system32
- Enter the following command: runas /user:*computer_name*\*account_name explorer.exe
Make sure you are cognizant of which user is logged in because this process will not change the Windows theme when the user changes.
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A modern PC with Vista Home Edition takes about one and a half minutes to boot. An older machine with XP is about the same. That’s 30 seconds for the PC itself (the BIOS) to boot up, plus a minute for the Windows operating system to boot. Sometimes, you need to reboot Windows (e.g. when installing new software), but there is no need to restart BIOS, too. However, the default is to reboot both. (That’s called doing a “cold boot,” rather than a “warm boot.”) There’s a trick that works on both XP and Vista to get it to do a warm boot instead, thus saving you 30 seconds per cycle.
The trick is to hold down the SHIFT key when invoking the restart.
Windows Vista: Select Start, then hover over the right arrow that is to the right of the padlock icon until the pop-up menu appears that contains “restart” as one of it’s choices. Hold down the SHIFT key while clicking on the “restart” choice.
Windows XP: Select Start. Select “Shut Down…”. Change the drop-down combo box under “What do you want the computer to do?” to “Restart”. Hold down the SHIFT key while clicking on the “OK” button.
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