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Extend Vista and Windows 7 Notebook Battery Life by Aerofoil

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Aerofoil is simple software to extend battery life in Windows 7 and Vista Notebook, it has minimal CPU usage and minimal memory usage. Having the installer configure Aerofoil allows you to have it custom configured to your particular system. This software is Open source and free.You need not to configure file, everything is customised with the installer.


Features

# Allowing you to manually disable Aero Glass.
# Optionally managing Aero Glass user interface.
# Optionally managing sound muting (NEW!).
# Optionally managing YOUR chosen power plans (NEW!)
# Optionally managing Windows Sidebar.
# Optionally showing a quick hibernate button
# Changing icon colour to show your power type (NEW!)

Download Aerofoil 1.5.0

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7:04 PM

Fix for “Facebook Chat Hijacks the Firefox Session”

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If you are a Facebook + Firefox user, you might have come across this persistent problem whenever you use Facebook chat.

When I am typing to someone in Facebook chat and they send me a message, it cuts off what I am typing then it resumes typing with some letters missing. Also when I am viewing another page, off Facebook and someone messages me in Facebook chat it pops me back to the Facebook page with the chat window open.

Basically, your Firefox session will be hijacked by the Facebook chat till you read the latest chat message. I found it really annoying, so just avoided it by going offline from Facebook chat. I initially thought I am the only one facing the issue but was surprised to see few others having the same issue! So today, I wanted to find out the reason and a possible solution for this, so that I need not hide myself from Facebook chat. This is when I bumped onto this page on Facebook issues and found the possible solution.

The problem was with QuickTime plugin for Firefox. I disabled the plugin and the issue was resolved!

I am yet to know the exact reason behind this, but it solved the issue, and that’s what matters!

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7:00 PM

Repair and Fix Common Windows 7 Problems with FixWin Utility

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As a Windows Vista or Windows 7 user, you must have come across some small but irritating problems like Recycle Bin icon missing from desktop or Windows sidebar missing from the desktop. Most of the times you might just ignore it and try to live with it or might go to internet to look for a possible fix. But now, luckily there is a small utility to fix 50 such annoying problems, all at one place. The Windows Club has released FixWin v1.0 utility which is a 529kb portable application file to repair and fix common Windows annoyances and issues.

FixWin provides one-click fixes for Windows Explorer problems, Internet & Connectivity issues, Windows media player problems, system tools and some additional fixes for uncategorized items. The small size and being a portable app, makes it a must have for all novice and expert Windows 7 and Windows Vista users.

Go ahead and try out this handy tool.

Download FixWin v1.0

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6:54 PM

Monitor the Kids’ Mobile Usage with My Mobile Watchdog

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Are you a parent who is worried about your kid’s usage of mobile phone? If so, My Mobile Watchdog is for you. This is a new mobile application that logs and stores copies of all mobile activity, including text messages, phone calls, e-mails, picture messages and websites accessed. My Mobile Watchdog safeguards your child while using cell phones and immediately alerts you if he or she receives unapproved email, text messages or phone calls. It sends an email every time the child gets a call from an “unapproved” number.

Recent instances of violent cyber bullying and “sexting” has confirmed the need for greater supervision and My Mobile Watchdog is a way for parents to monitor mobile phone use and ensure their children are safe. The software is set to be launched in August 2009 and will be costing $9.95 per month.

Safety at the cost of Privacy?


Its true that many kids fall prey to sexting or other similar habits, but intruding the privacy in such big scale is taking it little too far fetched. They claim that the American police is already using it to catch the pedophiles, but letting it used by parents to keep track of their kids’ each and every activity, doesn’t it amount to human rights violation? What if your boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse start using it against you?

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7:05 AM

Checking if your PC is Windows 7 compatible

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After the Windows 7 RC was released to the public earlier this week, many users are unsure if their PC is capable of running Windows 7.

As per the official website, minimum system requirements for running Windows 7 is pretty light.
Minimum System Requirements for Windows 7

- 1GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
- 1 GB of RAM (32-bit) / 2 GB of RAM (64-bit)
- 16 GB of available disk space (32-bit) / 20 GB (64-bit)
- DirectX 9 graphics device with Windows Display Driver Model 1.0 or higher driver

But how to be sure if your PC is Windows 7 compatible?


Microsoft has released a beta version of the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. It’s simple and a no-brainer. This is a utility that you can run on your Windows XP or Vista machine to determine whether your system is ready for Windows 7. Basically, it checks your computer’s memory, processor, storage, and graphics hardware. It will also check for known software compatibility problems.

If your PC passes the test, the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor will tell you. If not, it will attempt to provide steps you can take to get your computer ready for Windows 7.

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10:09 AM