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Make Aero Fatter

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Or thinner, for that matter. I’m talking about the window borders. Yes, you can make them thinner or fatter. Here’s how.

Right-click anywhere on your desktop and click “Personalize”
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Click “Windows Color and Appearance”
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Click “Open classic appearance properties for more color options,” then click “Advanced”.
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Click the drop-down box and click “Border Padding”
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Now for the fun part! To make your borders fatter, increase the number in the box next to the drop-down.
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To make your borders thinner, just decrease the number in the box.
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When your done, click “OK” and then “OK”. You now have either thinner or fatter window borders!

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If you don’t like your new borders, just reset the number to “4”.

Enjoy!

Written by Andreas J.

March 31, 2009 at 3:13 pm

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Remove ads from Windows Live Messenger

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The ads in Windows Live Messenger can be really annoying, and can be inappropriate. I found some software that can remove ads, and some other stuff.

First, your going to have to close and exit messenger by right-clicking the Messenger icon and clicking “Exit”.
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After you’ve closed Messenger, you’ll want to download A-Patch from this link(I’m guessing you have WLM 2009. If not, download other versions here).

After you have finished downloading the file, extract it, and run the program.

On the first screen, check the settings you want(I suggest you keep the defaults) , then click “Ok” or “Next”. You will not get this screen again.
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On the next screen, you’ll see three options. Choose “Patch Messenger,” then click “Next”.
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On the next screen, check both “Remove Advertisement” boxes. You can also check anything else you would like(the “Remove Nudge Delay” was one of mine). Click “Apply”, and then click “OK” on the window that pops up.image

Wait…
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…and you’re done! Click “Exit” to close A-Patch and launch Messenger…without the ads!
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No ads!
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As usual, Enjoy!

Written by Andreas J.

March 28, 2009 at 11:47 pm

SkyDrive on your desktop

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I’ve always wanted to have Windows Live SkyDrive on my desktop, and i’m surprised that Microsoft still hasn’t created a desktop application. But, until they do, I have a solution. Introducing, Gladinet!

All you have to do is go to www.gladinet.com and download and run the installation file.

Note: This is a beta program, and may cause problems.

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Durring the setup, make sure you check the “Start WebClient if necessary” button.
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After the instillation is complete, run the program.
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In the window that pops up, click “Mount Disk Storage or Web Storage as Virtual Directory”
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Then click the drop-down box and then “Windows Live SkyDrive”

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Then type in your Windows Live ID and password, and click “Add.” You’re finished!

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To add more services, or if the window did not pop up, right-click the Gladinet icon in the system tray, and click “Start Page.” Now follow the steps above.

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And that’s it! You now have Windows Live SkyDrive(and a bunch of other services, for that matter) on your desktop!

As always, enjoy!

Written by Andreas J.

March 28, 2009 at 8:33 pm

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Netflix in Windows Media Center

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Media Center is supposed to be the one-stop place for all your media needs, right? The program is pretty much there, but all it needs is a way to get to your Netflix account so that you can watch movies and manage your queue. I’ll show you how to do that, with a simple plug-in called MyNetflix. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Download MyNetflix from the authors website here
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  2. Extract and Run the installation file(MyNetflix_Setup.exe) and launch the configuration(It should launch automatically).
  3. Type in your username and password and click “OK’
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  4. Launch Windows Media Center, and go to the Program Library in Online Media
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  5. Then click “MyNetflix”, and you’ve got Netflix on Media Center, and I think it works with Extenders, too!
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  6. As always, enjoy!

Written by Andreas J.

March 28, 2009 at 5:21 pm

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Shuffle your taskbar

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One of the new features in Windows 7 is the ability to move your taskbar buttons around, like so:

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It’s such a cool and useful feature, so why not have it in Vista? Well, I’m here to announce that you CAN add the feature in Windows Vista(and other versions of Windows, for that matter). To get this functionality, click this link to go to the download site. After it’s finished downloading, run and install it.

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When your done installing it, run the application(if its not already running), and now you can move your buttons around!

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Now, you can stop right here if you want to, but if you want to remove this [annoying] icon from the system tray(to clean things up a  bit), and still use the application, keep reading.

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First, right-click the icon and click settings

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Then un-check “Show system tray icon” and click “OK”

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Then click “OK” again

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And there you have it! A taskbar in Windows Vista that has buttons that can move around! Enjoy!

Written by Andreas J.

March 27, 2009 at 11:56 pm

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Get Storage Folders back in WL Mail

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If any of you noticed, the “Storage Folders” have disappeared in the new version of Mail. People have wondered how to get them back, and I now have a solution.

1) First, as usual, you have to open Windows Live Mail.

2) After Windows Live Mail is loaded up, click the “Menus” button in the toolbar
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3) Click “Layout”
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4) Click “Folder Pane”
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5) And then, last but not least, check “Show Storage Folders,” and your done!
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And now you have your storage folders!
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Enjoy!

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Written by Andreas J.

March 26, 2009 at 12:31 am

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Updating Twitter from Messenger

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If you want to save time and update Twitter from messenger, here’s what you will need:

__ Windows Live Messenger 2009

__ Messenger Plus!

__ Twitter PSM Pusher

__ A Twitter account

 

I recently got a Facebook account, and got tired of updating the status on WLM09 and Facebook separately. I didn’t have the time. So, I searched for a way to update them in one place(well, i guess I DID have the time). That’s when I got Twitter. At the time, I thought Twitter was a status syncing service. Even though Windows Live had just came out with support for twitter, it still didn’t sync Facbebook and Windows Live together. So, I kept on searching. Then I found the answer!

Today, I am going to show you how to update Twitter from your Messenger personal status. First, if you haven’t already, get Windows Live Messenger 2009. After you’ve installed it, download the latest copy of Messenger Plus!, install it, and configure it(the configuration window will automatically pop up). When you’re done configuring, download and install the Twitter PSM Pusher. Now all you need to do is open ANY chat window, type in “/twitterconfig”(do NOT copy it), type in your username and password in the window that pops up, and click “ok.” Now you just need to enter a personal message into the box(it’s right below your name), and push “Enter” on your keyboard. You are done! You can now enjoy the ease of updating your Twitter status right from Messenger(if you also want to update Facebook from Messenger, just install the Twitter add-in for Facebook)!

Written by Andreas J.

March 7, 2009 at 4:30 pm