How-To: Set multiple homepages in Firefox.

Firefox

Firefox allows you to set multiple home page’s using a special delimiting character notation. If you wish to set two or more homepages using Firefox, follow the steps mentioned below:

  • Click on Tools menu.
  • Select Options.

Multiple Homepages

  • In the main tab there is a textbox with a label called HomePage
  • You can fill in as many URL’s as you wish by seperating them with a | and a space.
  • For eg, if you wish to set Technofriends blog and Gmail.com as your home page; enter https://technofriends.wordpress.com| http://gmail.com this in the HomePage textbox.
  • Press OK.
  • Restart Firefox.

Cheers

Vaibhav

How-To: Improve Swapfile Performance

If you run Windows operating system, this tip can be of use for you. Using this trick, Swapfile performance can be increased considerably leading to a faster PC.

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Most of the programs we run require a lot of memory. In such a scenario, running more than one or two programs can certainly make Windows Operating system suck out all of your RAM. When such a phenomenon happens, Windows starts using space on your Hard Disk called “Swapfile” which certainly is very slow as compared to RAM. This in turn leads to poor performance.

Often Windows starts using Swapfile even before the critical mark. The below mentioned steps can be used to make the Swapfile usage wait till the last moment.

Swapfile

  • Click Start, then Run.
  • Enter msconfig in the space provided to enter command.
  • Click on the tab name System.ini
  • Click on the plus sign (+) next to 386enh.
  • Click New, then type “ConservativeSwapfileUsage=1″ (enter without quotes) in the box that appears.
  • Click OK.

Other Performance related reads:

Microsoft Windows: How to Process Idle Tasks

Windows XP: Speed up Folder Browsing.

The Mystery of Thumbs.db

Use Update Checker to Keep your Softwares UPDATED

Cheers

Vaibhav

Bangalore Barcamp 5 on 17th and 18th November 2007

After a successful Barcamp Bangalore 4 which was held in July, its time for Bangalore Barcamp 5.

Bangalore Barcamp 5 is happening on 17th and 18th November 2007.

This post is basically to make you a little familiar with the concept of Barcamps and also to give you the details with regards to Bangalore Barcamp 5.

Barcamp

BarCamp is an international network of user generated conferences — open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants — often focusing on early-stage web applications, and related open source technologies, social protocols, and open data formats.

Details regarding Bangalore Barcamp 5

When: 17th and 18th November 2007

Where: IIM Bangalore

Participant registration is now Open BCB5 Registrations

Related Reads: Barcamp Bangalore 4

Be there…
Cheers

Vaibhav

RSS in Plain English

If you happen to be one of those who finds it difficult to understand what RSS (Real Simple Syndication) is all about, the below embedded Youtube video is a must watch for you. The video explains in plain English what RSS is about and how it can be used to stay ahead in the fast changing internet world.

The video also demonstrates step by step procedure for subscribing and reading RSS Feeds using Google Reader.

Have a look…its worth it.

Cheers

Vaibhav

How-To: Exclude Chat from Gmail Search Results

Rahul Gupta from Delhi asks this simple question in his email about chat results in Gmail search.

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Whenever i do a search on my Gmail Inbox, i get all the chat results also in the search result page. Is it possible to exclude the chat results in the search?

Yes. It is possible to exclude Chat from Gmail Search Results. In order to do so, all you need to do is type in -label:Chat in the search string typed in the Gmail search box.

-label:Chat in the query string filters and removes all the chat conversations from search results.

+label:Chat in the query string ensures that search results only from Chat conversations are shown in the search results page.

Related Read(s):

Gmail gets IMAP Support

More Gmail Space coming for all

Tutorial: Find the IP Address of sender in Gmail.

GMAIL TOOLBOX: 60+ Tools For Gmail

Redownload GMAIL Messages

Cheers

Vaibhav

Google Search and Cricket Scores

Not many people know that Google Search has a feature which lets you have a look at the LIVE cricket score(s) of the matches being played on that day.
The scorecard is brief one but a single click to the link gives a full scorecard as well.

In order to do so, just enter Cricket in the Google Search.

Google and Cricket
The resulting results page has the first entry of the current score and other details.

So from next time on, you know what to do when you wish to have a look at the latest scores.

Cheers

Vaibhav

How-To: Display two time zones in Microsoft Outlook

Often, we work with two time zones in mind. The meetings or the calls that we subscribe to, are fixed based on the time zones of the clients/vendors or for that matter, the prospective attendants.

Mahesh Moorthy writes in his mail “I usually work with my German counterparts who sit in another part of the world which has a different time zone. While scheduling meetings using my Outlook calendar, I fix up meetings after calculating the time differences. Is there a tool or some way out to get rid of this problem of mine? “

Mahesh, the answer to your problem exists in Microsoft Outlook itself. This problem can easily be solved by making your Microsoft Outlook calendar show two time zones as shown in the picture below.
2 TimeZone in Outlook

This post discusses the process of displaying two time zones in Microsoft Outlook.

The steps mentioned below need to be followed in order to setup two time zone

1.) In your Microsoft Outlook client, click on Tools menu and then on Options.

2.) Click Calendar Options.

3.) Click on Time Zone.

4.) Select the Show an additional time zone check box.

5.) In the Label box, type a description. Usually, this is filled in with the name of the place.

6.) In the Time zone box, list the time zone you want to add.

7.) If you want your computer clock to automatically adjust for daylight saving time changes, select the Adjust for daylight saving time check box. This option is available only in time zones that use daylight saving time (DST).

In future, if you ever wish to clear the second time zone and wish to have only your parent time zone being displayed;  Clear the Show an additional time zone check box.

Cheers

Vaibhav