Sunday, December 30, 2007

Position the object in the Center in Photoshop

Some people spend hard time in adjusting a part of graphics in the center when working in Adobe Photoshop; Pressing CTRL+T and adjusting it pixel by pixel after calculating the center from image size, monitoring the rulers and what not.

If you need to position an image in the center of the canvas, you don't need to calculate image parameters and reorganize the image accordingly. All you have to do is to cut the object and paste it back. It will automatically be centered in the image!

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Friday, December 28, 2007

techXtreme is not going anywhere!

I had expressed my eagerness to switch to WordPress as soon as I could, importing all the posts from this blog to (yep, that's the secret,revealed!) and I had almost accomplished that (with lots of help from Leo of, that I am thankful for.) But today, after some deep thinking about the whole process; what it was going to change, what had to be done in order to efficiently manage all the changes it could make across various systems, techXtreme has been indulged in; I have decided to keep techXtreme intact and normally running. I have reverted all the import-jobs at Inspirit Blog from techXtreme and kick-started it afresh!

There are many reasons behind why I have taken this step:

  • I am pretty much in love with techXtreme. I have created and then deleted many blogs till today, but this is the only one that I care the most about, the only one where I enjoyed writing at out of all, the only one that I have worked so hard on. Its the only one that has lasted for so long and has been so well.
  • Its the only blog that has given me real money! I have bought the domain from the money that I earned from this blog! The small though satisfactory success of techXtreme is one of the inspirations for InspiritBlog.
  • It would be messy to redirect the techXtreme page from blogspot to the new domain. The redirect will work fine on the techXtreme's home address, but any links to the individual posts won't work and hence would be lost. Such links to individual posts at techXtreme are spread far and wide on the internet and continue to help hundreds of readers regarding some issue or the other, that has been discussed here.
  • I would have to change the listing of techXtreme at many many services and it would be quite hectic and more of a head ache to do!
  • It would be a challenge to simultaneously maintain two blogs with exclusive content and to develop both of them to success. Community development, gaining and maintaining readership and most importantly learning from both, would be adventurous and fun!
Express your good opinion about it.

And do visit !

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Moving to Wordpress Very Soon!

I have been with Blogger/Blogspot for the last one year, and it has not been a bad experience in anyway, but very soon I will be moving to a self-hosted WordPress blog using my own domain. The popularity and versatility of the WordPress blogging platform has always fascinated me.

Everything has already been set up, though a few glitches still exist. Like the errors in importing the posts and comments from techXtreme in the new website. It is most probably to due to the fact that I am on a Windows-based server while WordPress is "most OK" with the LAMP package (Linux-Apache-mySQL-PHP). I am trying something round the simple and suggested default procedure to get everything right with my friend Leo {} and will kick start when everything is all set right.

I haven't started to publicize the new blog, even though the posts and comments till 25th of December are available, because I may need to flush the database as I have lost the access to administration panel and hence its impossible to manage anything like this. It won't be a good idea to ride a horse with no reins. That is why, I won't still be disclosing the site address.

I'll surely post when I am done with the development process or rather, I will redirect this to the new website. Till then stay tuned to techXtreme.

Update::: Alexa rank for techXtreme has jumped higher to 845,692 from 996,735

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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Google Toolbar Sucks!

Soon after the I noticed that Google Toolbar is illuding me as per the only function I use it for i.e. keeping a track of Page Rank, which is Google's measure of importance of a webpage. I have decided to remove it at once.

I was left thinking about what caused such abrupt fluctuations in Page Rank showed for techXtreme. After Liza dropped me a comment letting me know that she had checked the page rank for techXtreme at various websites and that it was not more than "0", I did a Google for analytical websites where I could ascertain myself whether she was right. A website that I came came across during the search operation had a Page Rank of 4 (PR 4.)

Alright, techXtreme was PR 0, but when I opened techXtreme from the same place, the Google Toolbar still showed a PR of 4! I checked again by visiting techXtreme from PR 2, PR 5 and PR 6 sites; the toolbar showed PR 2, PR 5, PR 6 respectively for many minutes after techXtreme was opened. RumblingLankan might have faced the same thing before he concluded that techXtreme is a PR 5 blog!

I never expected something GOOGLE would be behaving like this. It certainly doesn't take this much time to gather data for analytical purposes.

Before kicking Google Toolbar ass-out, I tried uninstalling the add-on, cleared the cache and re-installed it but the same problem persisted! No excuses to spare this thing now!

Besides using the toolbar for checking the Page Rank, I used it for bookmarking sites. But I believe, Firefox's in-built bookmark manager does the job equally well, if not better!

Good Bye Google Toolbar.
Merry Christmas!

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techXtreme is now a PR 5 blog !

RumblingLankan had talked about techXtreme in his post Want some link love ? mentioning about the Awesome Web List concept I have engaged with my readers in. Not before reading RumblingLankan's post, I realized that techXtreme was undergoing some hot development. techXtreme now enjoys a PR of 5. PR is acronym for PageRank which is Google's measure of importance of a page.

At the time that post was written, the Google Toolbar added on my browser showed PR 5 for techXtreme, but a few minutes after I wrote my next post, Google Toolbar showed PR 6. After another two hours, PR meter said, "No PageRank information available!" which was soon followed by PR 2!!!
Unsure of what was going on as per regards to the PR-fluctuation in a wide range, I decided to wait and watch without a mention on my website. Then again, at night Google Toolbar said,"No PageRank information available!" Today when I logged on I was again greeted by a Page Rank of 5. I have captured a screenshot:

I'd appreciate if you drop me a comment and let me know what does your Google Toolbar say about the Page Rank of techXtreme.

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Monday, December 24, 2007

Join the doFollow brigade: WordPress and Google(Blogger) users

What in the first place is noFollow?

In an attempt to minimize comment spam, the blogging platform you use automatically adds the
attribute to the comments template.
attributes work by not following back the links that a commentator might post in his comments!

SP@M !!! Then why doFollow?

But, I think that all sensible bloggers visit and check out the link(s) posted by their readership. Sometimes it may not be that easy to tell what may be a spam comment but in the general scenario, a comment that is not relevant to the focus of the blog post or is just a link as for forced and undesired (by the blog admin!) promotion; is spotted easily! I believe everyone of us knows how to use the delete function! That is the very basic concept behind the doFollow movement. In these times that the brotherhood culture is spreading across the Blogosphere, help (& self help) and promotion has got entirely a new meaning.

How to gain an entry into the doFollow brigade?

BLOGGER users:

  • Click on Layout from the dashboard written against your blog.
  • Click on the Edit HTML sub-tab under the Template tab.
  • When you're shown your blog template code; check mark the Expand Widget Templates Field.
  • Press CTRL+F and do a search for
  • Remove any occurrence of
    from the template code.

You are now a doFollower!

WordPress users:

WordPress users enjoy far more convenience to be a part of doFollow movement than the Google Blogger users who have to tweak the template code to remove the noFollow attribute from comments/post templates.

  • Google for a large numbers of doFollow plugins available for WordPress,
  • or, download this doFollow plugin by Kimmo Suominen
  • To use this plugin, simply place this file in the wp-content/plugins directory of your WordPress blog!
  • Activate the plugin from the settings of your blog by logging into the wp-admin of your blog!

And voila! you are also a doFollower now!

(Tutorial at the request of RumblingLankan)

Don't forget to use anyone of the "U Comment I Follow" graphic logos on your blog by Randa Clay. Besides that they look cool on your blog, they let everyone know that you are a good blogger buddy!. See (and appreciate!) the one on my blog in the Readers are Valued section in the right sidebar!
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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Get free links to your blog in comments!

The Listing of 50 AWESOME blogs on the internet : PART 1 concept (If you don't know what it is! then follow the link stated above) is running successfully and I hope its giving the participants, the desired advantage. I have noticed that almost all of the bloggers have submitted the links to their blog in just plain text.
I would like to let you all know, that I am also a part of doFollow brigade and a strong supporter of the doFollow movement! I am giving you a place in the AWESOME BLOGS LIST upon submission and hence giving you a free link back to your blog.
Similarly, I have had "noFollow" attributes removed from my comments template. If you submit your link wrapped within HTML anchor tag, then you get an extra link back to your profile from the comments in my blog.

You may use anchor tag in this way :::
(a href="BlogAddressHere")BlogNameHere(/a)
Replace the round brackets () with <>

(a href="")techXtreme(/a)
on replacing () with <> will look like this :

So for more and more links to your blog, comment as much as you can and freely include the link to your blog. I'd love to do some promotion work for you for FREE!
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Saturday, December 22, 2007

RockXP : Rock Windows XP !

Very truly, the internet is a big treasure house! Today, I came across an ultimately useful freeware called RockXP 4.0 Beta.
This little freeware according to the developer's homepage:
- Allows you to get all Microsoft Software Serials
- Allows you to change your XP key
- Allows you to save you XP activation
- Allows you to retrieve you internet connection parameters (like passwords)
- Allows you to retrieve MSN login and password
- Allows you to retrieve XP login and HASH password
- Allows you to display system password (LSA)
- Allows you to generate random password

RockXP can also show you various username-password combinations that it can find in the windows registry!

RockXP uses a third party Open-Source-Software Pwdump2.exe to retrieve HASH password of Windows. So your installed antivirus software may detect this application as a virus. But it is actually not. I have safely tested it! and the developer ascertains it as well.

The nifty freeware comes as a (only) 732 KB ( !!!) download.
You can download it from HERE
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Blogoversary could be a cool blog-widget, BUT...

I installed the code for showing my "blogoversary" [] on techXtreme but removed it today! because it didn't show the correct number of days left to my blog's anniversary i.e. 26th January.
The little graphics button looks cool and promises to get you lots of wishes from the readers of your blog.

But, I have noted that the service is not flawless. The graphics button above is a screenshot that I took today on 22nd December. It shows that techXtreme's blogoversary is in 4 days, however there are still about 35 days to go.

Another bug in the service is that it doesn't know that there are only 365 days in an year (or 366 days in a leap year!). Blogoversary still generates a graphic image for you, if you enter the day in the month-field and the month in day-field !

I entered the following information (mm/dd/yyyy format) :::

and still I was able to generate a widget that went something like this :::

To my surprise, there is no "Contact" info on the website. I really wanted to notify them about this so that I could again showcase this widget on my blog!
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Friday, December 21, 2007

Listing of 50 AWESOME blogs on the internet : PART 1

In a means to spread some link love, I have thought about starting a list of AWESOME blogs on the internet. All those who feel that their blog is awesome and has the potential to rock the blogosphere, then they must submit their blog to the list! This gives you more exposure to the internet traffic and increases your chances to gain more readership and popularity.

Submitting to the list is very easy! Just drop a comment to this post with your name and your blog's name! It will be added to the list!

  • Made-for-Adsense blogs will not be added to the list!
  • Don't submit any referral links as they will not be listed!
  • Do not submit blogs that are already in the list
  • Do not submit blogs that haven't been updated from 2 months or more!
  • Stumble this post!
  • Talk about this on your blog. Speed Linking will also do. It may do good to your fellow bloggers! Promote the concept, next phase is going to arrive soon!
Initially, the list will only have 50 places! So hurry and reserve a place for yourself!
Stumble this post for maximizing the exposure to your blog!

The List Starts:::

The PHASE-I of AWESOME BLOGS ON THE INTERNET has successfully finished...

Keep watch for the PHASE II to begin which will have more places!

You may want to Get even more free links to your blog in comments! before submitting your blog to this list!

BlogCatalog users are invited to join in the AWESOME WEB LISTINGS group to receive updates about the present listing and the future phases of this concept!
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Thursday, December 20, 2007 for $300 Million

There is an interesting speculation that has hired a "small but influential" private investment firm to help broker a deal at an asking price of $300 million. VentureBeat reports
Allen & Company traditionally uses the event to do what it terms “direct research” on potential buyers and sellers, then inserts itself as banker.
You may want to read what has been talked about at various places:

Blog.Dahh.Net : for sale!!!!
VentureBeat : Digg hires bank, hoping to sell for $300 million or more
TechCrunch :Just Sell Digg Already, Jay

An interesting piece of speculation is that Google may be a potential buyer of Digg.Com !
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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Use advanced search operators in GMail

Searching through your mailbox can be a very tedious task for someone like me who gets more than a hundred or two mails or two, in 24 hours! GMail comes to my help with its advanced search operators that I use to filter out the messages that I don't care to read, like the ones from some mailing lists that haven't removed me from their system even after many mails requesting them to unsubscribe me! I call these, the not-spam spam!
And sometimes I need to look for some info in an old email from some friend! Out of my 23% full Inbox! And some times you have to scan for an email that has an attachment or for one that has none. Here's where advanced search operators come to the rescue.

Advanced search operators are query words or symbols that perform special actions in Gmail search. These operators allow you to find what you're looking for quickly and accurately. They can also be used to set up filters so you can organize your inbox automatically.

You can see all the search operators with GMail at GMail Help Center well organized in a table.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Chance to Win $20 with Blog.Dahh.Net

There is a contest going on at Blog.Dahh.Net in an attempt to increase there readers and revenue. Blog.Dahh.Net will randomly draw a winner for $20 out of the participants who meet the following conditions:::

1- Sign up for their RSS feed

2- Stumble the blog

3- Write a new post on your blog mentioning the contest.

The winner will be randomly selected in January 2. I am already in, and I think you may certainly want to join in.

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Initial Program Load !

Today was my Fundamentals of Computer Programming and Information Technology exam! And I am not passing, because of the little time for preparation and lots of syllabus thrust upon our class!
Going through a very simple topic told me something. Boot Process of a computer system is also known as Initial Program Load or IPL. It maybe common, but I never knew, that I may confess! I always thought of this term as something like when a software loads, it shows the splash screen and loads the necessary software files into the computer memory :D
For those students who don't know, you may memorize this nicely, for I was asked about it in viva-voice after the exam, and it really went very well as against how ruthlessly I am going to fail in the written test!
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Monday, December 17, 2007

No More Technicalities!

Finally, I have got a regular internet connection. Thanks to Mom's good-rough-scolding to the person on the other end of "Connect" customer care, the fixed line phone and the DSL connection was installed within 4 hours of that call. I hadn't expected them to show up on a Sunday! But it still happened, when I was thinking they would take other 3-4 days; Someone climbed up the stairs. I thought it was my bro back from his evening classes. But ... :D

Finally, after a long wait and so many calls to the service... For the better... I am now connected ! And I am loving it

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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Hidden Number Game in Spybot: Search & Destroy

There is a hidden number game in the famous anti-spyware utility, “Spybot: Search & Destroy.” The game can be accessed by clicking the tiny icon in the heading of any section that you open in the software, like the update, scan-time, recovery, etc. Clicking this little graphics also produces the neighing sound of a horse ready to ‘go lose!’

The game is a square of 100 blocks in which we have to open each square one by one, in a fashion the “Horse” moves in a game of chess. That is, two squares in any of the four directions: Up, Down, Left and Right; and one square to the left or right to the direction in which you moved! You have to open the maximum number of squares.

Below each of the 100 squares is one-hundredth part of the classical image of human anatomy! I played this game many times during the period of my online-inactivity. Just recently, I played this game up to opening 93 squares successfully.

Here, you may note the fashion in which I opened the squares. At the 93rd square, there is no move left; 2 blocks in any direction and a block to its left or right. Towards the top-right, there is 64, nothing to the top-left, 68 to the right-up and 92 to the right-down. There are no blocks below 93 at all. And you understand how you may play this game!

So there you go amusing yourself when a system scan is running or you are updating the program!

You can download this post in PDF format from HERE.

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Monday, December 3, 2007

No end to creativity! Grand Theft Auto : Punjab

Very! very! amazing! I must say... I love this form of creativity. Most of the times I mess up with any picture document, it mainly is all about my name somewhere there.
This one is awesome! Whosoever made this, is much appreciated...

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Dad's good to me now, but the other technicalities!

A few days back I wrote I want to be a Blogger, but the technicalities. And I mentioned dad wasn't allowing me to have an internet connection here. But this is my December. Dad's already sent some cash to get one connection but now! The other technicalities :::
  • There is no "Airtel" line in my area.
  • There is no "Reliance" line in my area.
  • I am myself worried about my results. Indian Education System has never been to my taste and I am not studying from quite sometime in classes. Its sick!
Though mom's here from 3-4 days and I have once again applied for a "Connect" connection (the verification failed when I applied for the first time all because of the silly Landlord!) I hope to be on the tracks soon. Lets see what happens

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Easter Egg in Adobe Photoshop CS2 ::: Merlin Li...

1. Open Photoshop.
2. Open the "Layers|Channels|Paths" window (chose any of them!)
3. Press the ALT key and hold it down. (Option Key on the Mac)
4. Click the right-arrow options button in the top-right of the Layers window, but hold the mouse button down or the menu will disappear.
5. Still holding down both the ALT key and the left mouse button, move your mouse over "Pallete Options", and let go of the mouse button.
6. And you see ::: Merlin!

Here's a screenshot :::

Friends have confirmed that this 'Easter Egg' works fine even on Adobe Photoshop CS3.
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Thursday, November 15, 2007

PinBall Easter Egg

When PinBall is running type "hidden test" without quotes and press enter. The ball will now be controlled by your cursor! Move it anywhere you want to, make as much score as you want to by completing missions by playing with the "Hypotized Ball"
Here's my game! Take a closer look at the score :D
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Pimp Your Garage : Garage Flooring

Is your garage floor bare old concrete? Is it beat up, cracked, and oil stained? We sell tiles to cover that floor and give you any pattern you can imagine giving your home a whole new look --
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What does your garage floor look like? What would you like it to look like?
Get your garage pimped with new garage flooring and get to own some bragging rights!

This is a sponsored post.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Whosoever made these hates Internet Explorer in a terrible way!

Here's an image I stumbled upon a few minutes ago. Its from some forums, which featured this in a post (Look what's there in the title bar!) :::

And this emoticon forms a part of the signature of the person who posted this!!

Hatred is not healthy, dude! :D
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Microsoft Powerpoint Annoyance: Automatic Layout for Images, Text and AutoShapes

I have got another assignment from my "Fundamentals Of Computer programming & Information Technology" to make a presentation about 'Introduction to Windows and Windows Interface'. Now this is more than easy stuff but I don't like Powerpoint messing with the images that I insert in the presentation. I cut the windows screen shots according to what I think will fit best, but this Auto-Correct feature bugs me! OK, Microsoft don't know it bugs me or maybe it ain't such a problem for majority of Microsoft base, but for those for whom its nothing more than an annoyance, Here's how to set it right :::

  • Choose Tools, then Auto-Correct Options (you'll need to have a presentation, that is a .PPT file, open for this to work.)
  • Navigate to "Auto-Format As You Type" tab.
  • Un-check "Automatic layout for inserted objects"
  • Un-check "Auto Fit title text to placeholder" and "AutoFit body text to placeholder" (unless you prefer to have PowerPoint adjust your text size and line spacing as you add more text to your slides).
  • Click OK

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Extend into the Extensions :

A file extension is nothing more than the last characters after the period in the name of a file.

You sure might have come across several unknown file types in your day to day life. Such file extensions, that you have never seen or heard of before. That you don't know, what application or program to open with. Extensions that you don't know serve what purpose.

FILExt is a large database of file extensions and the various programs that use them. All you have to do to know about a particular extension is just to type those pro-period letters into the search box and the database will return what the extension stands for, what it is used for, what utilities/applications use it, etc.

An easy alternate to searching for the extension would be to use the alphabetical listings. Select the list that represents the first letter of the extension. Select the number list if the extension starts with a number (0...9)and the symbol list if it starts with a non-alphanumeric character ($#&@!()-{}'`_~). Scroll down the list until you find the extension of interest. If there, a summary line of information will appear by each instance of the extension. The extensions themselves will be linked to the same page that would have appeared had you searched as described above. Click on the extension to bring up that page. And there you go!

Resourceful. Ain't it?

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

I Am In A Big Mess! Help Me Out!

I am in a big mess with my new wordpress installation! I still haven't told you it's up?
Okay, it is up and working(I still won't tell you where before I have finished off with EVERYTHING!), but I am unable to find a suitable theme for my blog. I am looking for something with a lots of space, such as tiga but I don't like its color scheme. I want gradients and shades of blue. You can say what I am looking for is aesthetically colored, broad design with plenty of space. Kind of one as Untwisted Vortex uses. Please, everybody, help me out, let me know of any place where I can find such a theme. If you have one then e-mail it to me.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

I Want To Be A Blogger. But The Technicalities!

The consistent blogging that I engaged in, in the last 10 days, gave me immense content with my work(but, I want more, still), many more readers than I ever had before(almost none :grin: ) and a chance to interact with many established personalities in this field, and lot more knowledge about what is going on around the web. I wrote about 2-3 posts everyday during this time (and I want to be able to continue with this, like, forever... But Ah! The technicalities!)

How did I manage to do this? I haven't done it any time before except in January when the excitement of starting a new blog and getting readers is over-powering and you do anything even if you have no time to die! And then in July, when I was done with all of my engineering entrance exams after completing my XII [10+2] Class.

Actually, I didn't do anything this time for being a consistent blogger these 10 days. Its all because of playing cricket. No, there's no direct connection of playing cricket with consistent blogging, and the indirect way is that I got hurt in the right hand while playing and had to skip the skip the sessional exams at college that I'd have otherwise appeared for. I couldn't (and still can not!) hold a pen and write, so I applied for leave at college and came back home (from Chandigarh to Hoshiarpur.) Believe me, I can type at good speeds using both hands & only right hand as well as only left hand. So, as I have literally and practically nothing else to do at home, I am engaged with this stuff seriously.

The Technicalities:::

  1. The wi-fi at college s*cks in a bad way. It never seems to work when I have a free lecture. When it works in a lecture that I plan to use my laptop in, the lecturer [read : Bugger!] always comes up with something that (he/she thinks) is of utmost importance and the demeaning glances they give me force me to shut it down and listen to them even if I don't want to and even if they don't want me to listen to them! When they don't want me to listen to them, it's the concentration of the rest of the class that I have to take care of! It's technical.
  2. I want to be a blogger, but my dad don't want me to be one! According to his theory of dumbness-of-elder-son, he firmly believes that I should not be doing anything that he don't understand. Inclusive of all the frenzied surfing, reading and writing I do on the system for all the time that I find. He's now allergic to the word BLOG, 'cuz its always some form or the other, of this word that he sees on my screen. And for this, I am not even getting a regular internet connection at Chandigarh. Not even when he knows I need Internet for sources and resources for preparing projects and working on assignments.
And this is how, that all the time I am at Chandigarh [where I always am, because that is where I live and where I study!] all I can present myself when I publish 'a post or two' in 'a week or two' is as a MORON experimenting hopelessly and uselessly rather than as a serious blogger, that I want to be and try to be!

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Chosing a subdomain. With or Without dashes?

Netvestor shares a nice trick that you should use while getting yourself a sub-domain. Many free hosting services like tumblr and bravehost offer you a sub-domain for use rather than a domain name[example].

In this case, suppose you are developing a new site on one such platform and suppose your niche is webdesign then most probably you would want your address be something like . By this I imply that you'd like thaat your keywords be the subdomain for you. That helps with Search Engine Optimisation[SEO] and brings you higher in search results.

But sometimes it is hard for a search engine to split your keywords if they are written all together. Although google says they can split your words pretty good, you are still not sure. Adding dashes (or hyphens) will sometimes be necessary to help out the search engine with your words. However, dashes lengthen your website address and also make it harder for users to remember. So you want to use dashes only if you really have to. How can you tell?

To find out if you need dashes in your subdomain name or not go to google and type your keywords (allconnectedtogether). If you get a "Did you mean?" hint from google with your words split up, you are safe to use it without dashes. Otherwise dashes might be necessary.
Neat and Handy.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Can you resist the click? Don’t Click It! is a cool project by Alex, from Germany that has now developed from an experiment into an interface. This is a whole-flash website though it’s lighter than most of the full flash based websites I have come across and uses MySQL database for storage. The interface is designed in a way that you navigate the contents in a different way. There are no buttons or items to click on except for the only one that you can click before entering the project. The menus and options are activated just by hovering over the menu or options. After a few seconds that you have stayed on the project, the system asks for your feedback, by putting a question that do you miss the CLICK? Before you

The project is actually a research based on developing new hassle free way of navigation in which you don’t have to use clicks. Various mouse gestures have been tried like sweeping the mouse over a button or circling it around a button to activate it, though these methods are not without their own limitations.

The coolest thing with it is that the 1st 20 seconds of your movement at the project are recorded. These can then be replayed from the Auto-Pilot section that you can easily find navigating step by step through the site. There were as much as around 5630 recordings at the time I wrote this [in last 5 minutes, which implies.]

Do give this project a few minutes. You may then also post your opinion about it in the crowd-shout section and see what others have to say about it.

Comment for a Digg or a Stumble or a Technorati Favor

On this Diwali, I am going to be very generous [Too Much !?! :p ]...

The idea is simple. Leave a comment with a link to your story or post that you want to submit to digg or have already submitted to digg or some other story that you have dugg and feel like promoting. I will digg it for you [for FREE] as soon as I find it.

Same for a stumble, Just leave a comment with a link to your story or post and I will stumble it.

There is also an offer about Technorati Favorites, that I would like to make. If you favorite me on Technorati, I'll fave you back.


  • Of course,I won't be doing this blindly. I'd read and review it personally and then submit and/or digg,stumble it.
  • I don't require you to do anything in reciprocation. Nothing at all! Any reciprocal support is your personal wish[And I'd appreciate that!].
  • If I personally find any of your content to be offensive, baseless flaming or just spam, I won't be supporting and promoting it in any way.
  • Do not spam! Comments that don't link to a valid user or have invalid links will be removed without notice.

You get a valid link back to your blog or other kind of website when you put your URL in the comment form because I use "dofollow" policy.
[noFollow attributes have been removed from this blog]

Besides, those who spread this word around through a blog-post, get a place in my BLOGROLL, just leave me a comment to let me know!

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Happy Diwali : Here are some gifts for you!

First of all, I'd like to wish all of my readers a very happy festival of lights. May this Diwali bring you lots of joy and happiness. Enjoy it to the fullest, but yes, make it peaceful and play it safe.

I am not bursting any fire-crackers this time, just as I didn't for the last 2 years. They cause both noise and environmental pollution. Besides, they also cause a lots of accidents, so I avoid them. I am going to light only candles around the house.

By this time even, We have received a lots of gifts from friends and relatives. Mom n Dad are leaving to give away gifts, while my younger brother is going to celebrate with his friends. I too feel like giving away so many gifts to my friends, but with an injured right hand, nor can I ride my bike nor drive the car [but yeah, I can type as much as you want me to ;) ]

So, what do I do? Give away gifts here on the internet? Yes, that sounds interesting to me!

So,here are your gifts:

  • Free Diggs on Digg
  • Free Stumbles on StumbleUpon
  • Free Faves on Technorati
All you got to do is leave me a comment to my next post named " Comment for a Digg, Stumble or Technorati Favorite" ! So as a a diwali gift from my side, I'll promote you for free and the icing on the cake is that this offer is not going to close any day!


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Thursday, November 8, 2007

μTris: Tetris in μTorrent

There is an Easter Egg in μTorrent that I got to know of today from a forum I was surfing.

open μTorrent >>> Goto Help >>> Click About >>> now press 't'

And you'll see this Tetris game called μTris !

So next time you have a movie or song for download, you don't really have to be very free.
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Firefox 3 Beta 1 Leaked Before Release

There are still some days to go for the official release of Mozilla Firefox 3 beta 1, and but someone, who probably has had a strong affinity for this browser-update, leaked out the appearance of the last of the Firefox 3 Beta 1 release candidate builds on Mozilla's public FTP. The word is spreading as a crazy forest fire around the internet when this was (as Mozilla puts it) mistakenly reported on Digg as the official release of the first Firefox 3 Beta.

The release candidate builds have yet not been thoroughly checked by the Firefox QA team, and the updated version of the popular browser is not even ready for a beta release as yet because the process of a beta release is still not anywhere near completion. Mozilla reports that the following steps still need to be finished off before an official beta release (as said here):

Before a release candidate is released to the public we let our Quality Assurance team put it through a bunch of tests (if you’d like to participate in this activity, by the way, you’re absolutely welcome to join our Firefox Beta Test Day on Friday), write release notes, and put together a page that appears when someone first runs the beta to help them understand what’s new and how they can give us their feedback. At the same time, our localization teams make the final translation fixes, and our build team generates versions in as many languages as we have ready to go. The final step is to “sign” the builds digitally, authenticating that they came from Mozilla.

So, if all this needs to be done before a release candidate can actually be handed out to users, why do we put these “release candidate” builds on a public server? Well, because we’re an open source project, and we put all of our builds on public servers.

As of now, the access to the builds has been blocked by HTTP meaning that if you click through the DIGG link, you will be pointed to this page instead of the builds. However they are still on the public FTPs and can be had from here. We can expect the final beta to be out in about a week's time.


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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

I bought a Domain Name !

It was always so strong a desire that was realized today. I bought a domain name from WhoIs just a few minutes back. What it is? I am going to keep you in suspense for some time. What is it going to be? OK, no more suspense. It is going to be a blog. I'll be importing the entire techXtreme there. It won't be just a tech blog but a place for me to vent whatever I comes to my mind, of course worthy of being written.

Its about 11.30PM now, and mom is shouting. I must sleep now.
Good Night


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StumbleUpon updated to ver 3.15

I just restarted my firefox after taking a short "Counter Strike : Condition Zero" break and my lovely browser detected the Stumble Upon update. The version is now changed from 3.12 to 3.15.

StumbleUpon Changelog lists the following updates:

  • Enables SearchReviews opt-in and configuration options for all users. See:
    toolbar -> Tools -> Toolbar Options -> Configuration tab -> Web Search.
  • Improves Facebook integration.
  • Updates button tooltips
  • Fixes a bug where Yahoo SearchReviews decoration does not appear for some users.
  • Fixes a bug where only the first ten links get SearchReviews decoration on Google News pages.
  • Fixes a bug that could cause the 'Send to' menu to be empty for some users.

integration gives me some more ways to time-pass and the rest of the updates, are clearly useful and welcome for the users facing problems with the previous versions.

Happy Blogging and Happy Stumbling.


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CoolText Logo and Graphics Generator

Spending some free time (Read : killing few hours aimlessly!) sure helps you discover new interesting stuff online.

Cool Text: Logo and Graphics Generator

Cool Text is an online logo and graphics generator for web pages or any other use you would like to put these logos and graphics to. You can create stylish logos using text and buttons for your website. And they are, indeed COOL. The text can be stylized using any of their 1200-fonts gallery which are also available for download.

This one came from Cool Text:

Like it ?



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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Feedest : RSS & Atom Social Feed Reader and Directory

Its a dusty day today as Diwali, the festival of lights is just two days away and paint jobs and repair-cum-maintainence jobs are going on around the house. It has kept me busy since the morning because dad's in the office and I have to get all the material to the painters and other workers.

After Lunch (About 4 hours ago), I came across Feedest through MyBlogLog. Feedest is a RSS and Atom Social Feed Reader and Directory. You can submit your site's or blog's feed for listing in the Feedest directory. While submitting you select the category your site/blog best fits in(Tagging.) The top tags , just tagged and just added feeds are listed on the homepage. They appear when you click the title-head in a drop-down fashion.

The homepage says that Feedest is still in its beta. The layout is quite simple. There are three small buttons placed below the header image for submitting the site to, Digg and StumbleUpon. You can register for this service from the top-right corner of the site and login from the same place after you have registered once.

My Feedest shows you your own feeds that you have submitted to the directory. Feed 2 JavaScript, XML Dump and (the best of all) Autodiscovery Tag Generator are (their) feed tools of great utility. You can search through feeds, view feeds tagged in your favorite categories and subscribe to them immediately if you like them.

Another good feature about Feedest is that they show you how many members tagged/bookmarked/saved a particular feed. It also shows how many times a feed has been visited (under facts) lists the latest entry in the feed.

Overall, a very good site that I recommend you to visit and join. My feed has been viewed 10 times since the time I submitted it. Do save/tag/bookmark it when you join.


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Monday, November 5, 2007

Blog Review : FreeNewTechnology

Writing about the Fair Review Project I had decided to review the first blog that strikes me in my favorite stream : Technology. I came across FreeNewTechnology in the directory and decided to change my decision when I visited the blog. But then, whatever it takes. I should be doing this, so that the blogger JRG1392 comes to know what I as a visitor have to say about his blog. Not having a good blog and not having anyone to point out why it is not good is harsh, for I have felt it at some point when techXtreme has also been as dead as FreeNewTechnology but for lot fewer days than this blog.

The template is a one out of the blogger defaults with no modding at all. The profile hardly lets us know anything about the blogger.

The way Mr.JRG1392 writes about New Technology in this post clears his kind of blogging. Irrelevant or Immature, I don't know how to put it. "Help support my site" is seen 4 times on the blog, like asking donation for a rehabilitation camp. The very first "Help support my site" carries a digg-this-blog button. I need superpowers to understand who is going to Digg this one and what for! The rest of the "Help support my site" are static bidvertiser ads.
Technorati has been also experimented in this post about Fair Review Project.

In entirety, the worst blog I reviewed. At least, I least liked to do it as my 100th post!

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Fair Review Project: Growing Blogs Together

Because I am having an injured right hand and hence cannot appear for the sessional exams going on at college, I am back home and quite free with nothing to do at all. So, in all the time I am free and taking full advantage of the unlimited internet access at home, I have started making attempts to grow my blog : techXtreme. In the process of doing so, I came across this site called Fair Review Project with the tagline "growing blogs together".

The concept is simple and interesting. Rather than one blogger getting all the links from your hard work, whilst only giving a link back to the post that mentions them, Fair Review Project gives you a link to your blog, plus the opportunity of being reviewed yourself.

All you have to do to be a part of this project is review a blog within their directory, and then submit a listing request. This project is a brainchild of Rhys Wynne. Soon after posting this, I will get to reviewing a blog already in their directory. I think I will review the very first blog that strikes me in my niche : Technology. Lets see what it is going to be.


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Proper Tagging is Important for StumbleUpon Traffic

Submitting a post or a website to StumbleUpon can be a real traffic boost, if done with proper tagging. The Guru did an interesting experiment to understand the role of using proper tags with his wallpaper site. He submitted two pages from the wallpaper site StumbleUpon as a test. They were wallpapers of the same exact person, just different backgrounds, stance, clothing, etc.He submitted the first page with the tag 'photograph', the second with the tag 'technology'.

The wallpaper under the photo section got 2,378 hits on its first day, the other got around 600. Clearly, Stumblers do not like coming across irrelevant content and give it a thumbs down. So you lose valuable traffic that you could have otherwise got if you tagged your stuff right.



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Sunday, November 4, 2007

Holiday Cheer, through out the year!

The holiday season is just a few months away! First Halloween, then Thanksgiving, and before you know it, you'll be stuffing stockings! Don't worry, is here for you. offers some of the bet deals on the internet with their coupons and coupon codes for many established stores with whom you can shop with trust and confidence. I am preparing to gift my younger brother a watch from Gap or Amazon. That would be so lovely and amazing.

You may also want to check out American express coupons or Target coupons and coupon codes. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Coupon Chief, Inc.

At Coupon Chief, they strive to provide a one stop coupon deal and discount resource for their Web site visitors. The best part of their service is that they focus on customer support and providing up to date coupon codes and promotional deals and discounts is unparalleled in the online shopping e-commerce industry.

So, Forget Santa, CouponChief is here to help!

Ultra Useful : LightBox and VideoBox

Lokesh Dhakar back in May released this updated version of an ultra-useful and ultra-cool script LightBox 2. Lightbox is a simple, unobtrusive script used to overlay images on the current page. It's a snap to setup and works on all modern browsers. Lightbox 2 uses the Prototype Framework and Scriptaculous Effects Library.

This can be understood as something like LAYERS that you might have heard of or seen if you have ever been involved in anything that used Photoshop or Flash. This saves you from distraction as the image loads because no new tab or window opens separately for the image to load. The image loads as a new layer over the same page. Lightbox 2 is hence very useful if you want to use thumbnails of pictures on your web page.

LightBox just like for an image can be used for a set of images also. So you can use it with your photo album or picture gallery also. With automatic centering and smooth transitions, LightBox is an eye-candy.

Inspired by this concept, is another 6kb script called the VideoBox or The LightBox for Videos which is capable of showing your videos in the page with an overlay. It's written for the mootools library and uses SWFObject [SWFObject is a small Javascript file used for embedding Adobe Flash content. The script can detect the Flash plug-in in all major web browsers (on Mac and PC) and is designed to make embedding Flash movies as easy as possible.] If you prefer to show the video in thumbnails format, VideoBox is the best solution.

The developer is Faruk Can 'farkob' Bilir, a high school student in Turkey.


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Loans at NationsFinance

Loan literally means the temporary provision of money which is usually provided at interest. Legally, a loan is a contractual promise of a debtor to repay a sum of money in exchange for the promise of a creditor to give another sum of money. My last involvement with this thing was a discussion with my dad when he had to pay my semester fee for the college back in July.

Today, I came across NationsFinance which is a resourceful site where we can Compare loans and also seek expert advice on when and why, to or not to, go for a loan. I found it all in their Loan News section at

Detailed description about Unsecured loans & Homeowner loans can be quite useful for those who don't have a clear idea of secured and unsecured loans.
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Saturday, November 3, 2007

Unlocking your Apple iPhone is legal !

We see Apple letting no stone unturned to sack anyone who unlocks their iPhone for use with any other network than AT&T. A Belfast-based company that claimed it had developed software to circumvent the locks that prevent the iPhone from being used on networks other than AT&T's was threatened legal action by AT&T somewhere around the end of August.

But it actually comes out that 'unlocking your Apple iPhone' is perfectly legal. Under a 2006 exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, unlocking iPhone so that you can use it on another network is legal and valid but this exemption does not apply to software or software tool distributors. So the question that remains is whether a software tools distributor and softwares used for unlocking are illegal under the DMCA.

Tim Wu, a slate columnist, states

Unlocking Apple's superphone is legal, ethical, and just plain fun

I don't know what part of it is Fun exactly, but anyway.

DMCA,1998 made it illegal to break digital locks to get at copyrighted works. But last year, the librarian of Congress issued an exemption for unlocking for personal use:
As the librarian wrote, the locks "are used by wireless carriers to limit the ability of subscribers to switch to other carriers, a business decision that has nothing whatsoever to do with the interests protected by copyright."
Apple with AT&T may continue "killing-before-they-are-born" their competitors like many other giants, but the seekers will always find a way around. It is that way. Lets wait and see what comes out.

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I Never Knew It Was There With Blogger: Subscribe to Comments

While commenting at a blog I discovered on Blogger, I noticed a check box "Email follow up comments to". I never knew it were there before, or was it just added. Well, its none of my concern that when they added this nifty feature to blogger, but I am glad that they some way and some day did!

I had once commented and also shouted in the shout box of a blogger, just passing by, and I didn't remember the Blog URL to check if there were any replies, till the blogger shouted back in reply to my shout. The shout box service notified about the reply (I don't know what was the name of the service!) but the comment did not. I found out that the comment had been replied to much earlier. I would have probably never seen the reply to my comment had not the shout-back taken me back to the blog.

Thanks and Appreciation!, Google ;)

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Make A Fight With GoogleFight

There are not just a few things to kill time on the Internet. Here is one out of many. is a cool concept, that compares the number of Google search results for two keywords and the keyword returning more number of results is the winner.

Its fun [ ?!~!? ] making a fight between 'Bill Clinton' and 'Monika Lewinsky' or 'Michael Jackson' and 'Janet Jackson' :D. The results are displayed after a brief matrix style animation. I tried comparing Microsoft and Google. Whom do you think might have won?

Google,of course. Here's a snapshot :

Note what the footer says : This site is not affiliated with or sponsored by Google. Atleast some such stuff not by any of the giant corporations.

Have fun making fights here.

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Friday, November 2, 2007

Yahoo! Messenger IM annoyance

While chatting on Yahoo! Messenger, pressing the 'Up' arrow button in an IM window shows the previously sent message in the send message box. That is such a nightmare for those who chat on their laptops. At least, it is one nightmare for me. The 'Up' arrow key is located just next to the shift button. I hate it when the arrow key gets pressed when I press it by mistake instead of shift button in hurry to start a new sentence in sentence case. The new message that you are typing isn't restored back if you type over it after pressing the arrow key. And that is what always happen when you are typing fast. Otherwise it gets restored.

I think I can try to take care of my mistake that I make in a hurry. But I very much want Yahoo! to take care of this. When you have already sent a message what is the need of showing it up again on pressing the up key!

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Hotel Reservations

Hotel Reservations is a nice place to check out when you want to book a travel to the some of the most beautiful places across various countries. My country, India, is not currently there in their list but I hope to see it there soon. Hotel Reservations guarantee the lowest prices for booking hotels. For the convenience of users, the home page is offered in four different languages: Spanish, French, German and Italian. Hotel reservations provides Toll-Free service for guidance and booking in US and Canada and various European countries like UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, Switzerland and apart from this in Australia.

The worldwide helpline and reservation number is : (1) 817-333-5105. I dialed them to test their service and got immediate response, though I didn't book a holiday with them because of my exams. Besides booking by dialing, you can also book a travel with them online at their website. Various plans are neatly categorized and flights and cars on offer are also listed under respective tabs. $100 rebate offer running currently is an awesome promo offer. I believe you must try it out at once.All this comes from their vast experience over a period of 6 years in this field as For more than 6 years has been providing travelers great prices on the places you want to stay for both leisure and business travel. They make planning and booking your trip easy through the expert lodging website and through their certified hotel experts available 24/7 at 1-800-447-4136.

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ShanKri-la Diwali 2007 Giveaway

K at ShanKri-la is giving away

  • 1GB Kingston DataTraveller USB Flash Drive
  • 1GB Kingston PhotoLoader SD Memory Card - comes preloaded with software to allow automatic transfer of photos to your PC & upload to Shutterfly
as a gift to the winner of this giveaway contest for Diwali 2007. I feel you should check them out here for details and participate. Their linking back to you may do you good.

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Description of all commands in DOS

Here is a brief description of all the commands in DOS, that I listed as an index earlier.

A :::::::::::

Defines functions that change display graphics, control cursor movement, and reassign keys.
Causes MS-DOS to look in other directories when editing a file or running a command.
Displays, adds, and removes ARP information from network devices.
Assign a drive letter to an alternate letter.
View the file associations.
Schedule a time to execute commands or programs.
Lists connections and addresses seen by Windows ATM call manager.
Display and change file attributes.

B :::::::::::

Recovery console command that executes a series of commands in a file.
Recovery console command that allows a user to view, modify, and rebuild the boot.ini
Enable / disable CTRL + C feature.

C :::::::::::

View and modify file ACL's.
Calls a batch file from another batch file.
Changes directories.
Supplement the International keyboard and character set information.
Changes directories.
Check the hard disk drive running FAT for errors.
Check the hard disk drive running NTFS for errors.
Specify a listing of multiple options within a batch file.
Clears the screen.
Opens the command interpreter.
Easily change the foreground and background color of the MS-DOS window.
Opens the command interpreter.
Compares files.
Compresses and uncompress files.
Open Control Panel icons from the MS-DOS prompt.
Convert FAT to NTFS.
Copy one or more files to an alternate location.
Change the computers input/output devices.

D :::::::::::

View or change the systems date.
Debug utility to create assembly programs to modify hardware settings.
Re-arrange the hard disk drive to help with loading programs.
Deletes one or more files.
Recovery console command that deletes a file.
Deletes one or more files and/or directories.
List the contents of one or more directory.
Recovery console command that disables Windows system services or drivers.
Compare a disk with another disk.
Copy the contents of one disk and place them on another disk.
Command to view and execute commands that have been run in the past.
A GUI to help with early MS-DOS users.
Enables overwrite of original device drivers.

E :::::::::::

Displays messages and enables and disables echo.
View and edit files.
View and edit files.
Load extended Memory Manager.
Recovery console command to enable a disable service or driver.
Stops the localization of the environment changes enabled by the setlocal command.
Erase files from computer.
Exit from the command interpreter.
Expand a Microsoft Windows file back to it's original format.
Extract files from the Microsoft Windows cabinets.

F :::::::::::

Displays a listing of MS-DOS commands and information about them.
Compare files.
Utility used to create partitions on the hard disk drive.
Search for text within a file.
Searches for a string of text within a file.
Writes a new boot sector.
Writes a new boot record to a disk drive.
Boolean used in batch files.
Command to erase and prepare a disk drive.
Command to connect and operate on a FTP server.
Displays or modifies file types used in file extension associations.

G :::::::::::

Moves a batch file to a specific label or location.
Show extended characters in graphics mode.

H :::::::::::

Display a listing of commands and brief explanation.

I :::::::::::

Allows for batch files to perform conditional processing.
32-bit file manager.
Network command to view network adapter settings and assigned values.

K :::::::::::

Change layout of keyboard.

L :::::::::::

Change the label of a disk drive.
Load a device driver in to high memory.
Recovery console command that displays the services and drivers.
Load a program above the first 64k.
Load a device driver in to high memory.
Lock the hard disk drive.
Recovery console command to list installations and enable administrator login.

M :::::::::::

Displays the device name of a drive.
Command to create a new directory.
Display memory on system.
Command to create a new directory.
Modify the port or display settings.
Display one page at a time.
Move one or more files from one directory to another directory.
Early Microsoft Virus scanner.
Diagnostics utility.
Utility used to load and provide access to the CD-ROM.

N :::::::::::

Displays protocol statistics and current TCP/IP connections using NBT
Update, fix, or view the network or network settings
Configure dynamic and static network information from MS-DOS.
Display the TCP/IP network protocol statistics and information.
Load country specific information.
Look up an IP address of a domain or host on a network.

P :::::::::::

View and modify the computers path location.
View and locate locations of network latency.
Command used in batch files to stop the processing of a command.
Test / send information to another network computer or network device.
Changes to the directory or network path stored by the pushd command.
Conserve power with computer portables.
Prints data to a printer port.
View and change the MS-DOS prompt.
Stores a directory or network path in memory so it can be returned to at any time.

Q :::::::::::

Open the QBasic.

R :::::::::::

Removes an empty directory.
Renames a file or directory.
Renames a file or directory.
Removes an empty directory.
View and configure windows network route tables.
Enables a user to execute a program on another computer.

S :::::::::::

Run the scandisk utility.
Scan registry and recover registry from errors.
Change one variable or string to another.
Enables local environments to be changed without affecting anything else.
Change MS-DOS version to trick older MS-DOS programs.
Installs support for file sharing and locking capabilities.
Changes the position of replaceable parameters in a batch program.
Shutdown the computer from the MS-DOS prompt.
Create a disk cache in conventional memory or extended memory.
Sorts the input and displays the output to the screen.
Start a separate window in Windows from the MS-DOS prompt.
Substitute a folder on your computer for another drive letter.
Remove add functions from MS-DOS.
Transfer system files to disk drive.

T :::::::::::

Telnet to another computer / device from the prompt.
View or modify the system time.
Change the title of their MS-DOS window.
Visually view a network packets route across a network.
View a visual tree of the hard disk drive.
Display the contents of a file.

U :::::::::::

Undelete a file that has been deleted.
Unformat a hard disk drive.
Unlock a disk drive.

V :::::::::::

Display the version information.
Enables or disables the feature to determine if files have been written properly.
Displays the volume information about the designated drive.

X :::::::::::

Copy multiple files, directories, and/or drives from one location to another.

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