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Black XP Theme

I have always wished I could have a black theme for XP and I stumbled upon something exquisite.

Use this link to download the Zune theme from Microsoft – Zune Theme from Microsoft

Install it on your system and voila your system looks totally funky!

Metacafe has a video demo of the whole procedure.
Watch Demo

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Enjoy your black XP! 😉

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Posted by on September 22, 2007 in Misc

 

Manually crash Windows XP

Manually Crash Windows XP (Source: The Straight Dope)


Windows-XP has a “feature” (???) with which it is possible to manually crash a system by simply holding the right CTRL key and pressing the “Scroll Lock” key twice. This feature can be turned on by the following steps:

1. Start regedit. 2. Navigate to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\i8042prt\Parameters
3. Create a new DWORD value and name it CrashOnCtrlScroll
4. Right-click on this newly created value and click on Modify
5. Enter 1 in the Value data field and click on OK.
6. Close regedit and reboot your system.
7. Now you can blue screen (crash) your system by holding the right CTRL key and pressing “Scroll Lock” twice.

Note:

Your system may reboot or show a blue screen whenever this crash is initiated. If your system reboots after initiating the crash, and you want to see the blue screen, follow these steps:

1. Go to Control Panel > System
2. Click on the Advanced tab
3. Under Startup and Recovery, click the Settings button.
4. Under System failure, uncheck the option Automatically restart.

Happy crashing…!!

Source: The Straight Dope

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2007 in Uncategorized

 

Google Talk Tips & Tricks

Some people say Google Talk is nice because of its minimalistic design, but they don’t want to use an Instant Messenger that doesn’t have smileys and font customization. Here are some tips that will make your work with Google Talk better.

Keyboard shortcuts

* CTRL + Mousewheel up/down: Change the font size in a conversation window.
* CTRL + E: Center text
* CTRL + R: Right justify text
* CTRL + L or CTRL+J: Left justify text
* F9: Open Gmail to send an email to the person you talk to
* F11: Start a call
* F12: Stop the current call
* ESC: Close the current window

Conversation

* Some smileys are converted by Google Talk: 😐 :-O 😡 😛 😀 😉 😦 🙂 B-) 😥 😐 :O 😡 😛 😀 🙂 😦 🙂
* To write bold text, type *your gtalk message*
* To write italic text, type _your gtalk message_

Startup parameters (go to Start/Run and type “c:\Program Files\Google\Google Talk\googletalk.exe” /one_parameter_from_the_list_below)

* /nomutex: allows you to open more than one instance of Google Talk.
* /register: write Google Talk settings in the registry.
* /checkupdate: check for new version.
* /factoryreset: revert to default settings.
* /mailto email@gmail.com: send an email with Gmail.
* /diag: start Google Talk in diagnostic mode.

 
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Posted by on September 11, 2007 in Uncategorized