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Zune XP theme for Windows 7

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Introducing…

The Zune theme for XP now on Windows 7!

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Screenshots:

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Clubhouse Tags: clubhouse, taskbar, theme, themes, zune, xp, windows 7

Written by Andreas J.

May 16, 2009 at 1:41 pm

Posted in Themes

Remove shadows from Windows 7 borders

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If you don’t like the shadows under every Windows 7 window, or have to take screenshots for a book or a blog post and get confused about the shadows, I have the fix for you (other people do too, actually.).

Click the “Start Orb” then right-click “Computer” and click “Properties”.
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Next, click “Advanced system settings” in the window that pops up.
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Click “Settings” under “Performance”
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Then look for the “Show shadows under windows” entry and un-check the box. Click “OK”, then “OK”.
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Now there are no more shadows under any window!
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Enjoy!

Clubhouse Tags: clubhouse, how-to, Windows 7, shadows

Written by Andreas J.

May 6, 2009 at 7:28 pm

Posted in Windows, Windows 7

Change where Messenger appears

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Now that the new Windows 7 RC is out, I think I should write some blog posts on it. One of the more annoying features of Windows Live Messenger + Windows 7 is that Messenger no longer docks in the system tray where it’s supposed to be.
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No Messenger!

Instead, it puts itself where all of the other icons are, making the taskbar look more cluttered. Here’s how to fix that.
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Doesn’t that look a little cluttered and confusing?

First, before you do anything, close down Messenger by mouse-ing over the Messenger icon and pushing the redimagebutton.
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Then, open the start menu and type in “Windows Live Messenger”, then right-click on “Windows Live Messenger”, and click “Properties”.
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In the window that pops up, click “Compatibility”, check “Run the program in compatibility mode for:”, click the drop-down box, then click “Windows Vista”. Now you can click “OK”.
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Now start Windows Live Messenger by clicking the “Start Orb” then type in “Windows Live Messenger”. Click “Windows Live Messenger”.
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Now you can say good-bye to the taskbar icon! The icon is back in the system tray where it should be.
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Enjoy!
P.S. This technique can also

be used for Windows Live Mail and other applications that used to have their icons appear in the system tray.

Written by Andreas J.

May 6, 2009 at 6:49 pm

Posted in Messenger, Windows Live

Automatically backup to Skydrive

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Note: This post is now outdated and has been replaced with a newer one. Check it out: Automatically backup to SkyDrive 2.0

Finally, a way to backup to Windows Live Skydrive! Here’s what you need:

_ A Windows Live Skydrive Account
_ Gladinet (Read my post on how to install and configure it)
_ Comodo BackUp
_ At least 10GB’s of free temporary storage(I’m barely surviving 8GB’s of free storage)
_ DSL or higher(I’m using DSL, and it stinks. Dialup users: forget it.)

Now that Skydrive has 25GB’s of storage, you start to wonder why that there isn’t a free backup solution. Well, now there is. After hours of searching and testing, I can now say I have found an almost perfect solution(and yes, I do have a life). Put on your seatbelts. Let’s jump in.

Skydrive

First, if you haven’t already, sign up for a Windows Live Skydrive account(a Windows Live ID). After you’ve signed up/in, create a folder by clicking “Create Folder” in the toolbar on Skydrive’s main screen, and name it “My Backup”. Change the permission settings to “Just Me”, unless if you want other people to get your backed up files.
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If Skydrive wants you to upload stuff, click “Cancel”. That’s it for the Skydrive end.

Gladinet

Now it’s time to install Gladinet. Go here to get all of the instructions on how to download, install, and setup Gladinet to work with Skydrive. After you’ve finished reading the instructions and all, let’s move on to Comodo Backup.

Comodo

I’ve search long and hard to find a backup program that would work with Gladinet. I’ve finally found it. Let’s start downloading it.

First, click here to download the file. After the file has been downloaded, run it and follow the setup’s instructions. When the installation is done, restart the computer.

After your computer has restarted, open Comodo(It’s probably on the desktop), and click the image button.
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In the window that pops up, make a name for your backup, then click “Add Item” then click “Add Folder”.
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In the window that pops up, click the imageicon, then browse to the folder you want to back up, and then click on it. In this post, I’m going to use the “Pictures” folder. After you’ve clicked the folder you want backed up, click “OK”, then “OK”.
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Repeat the last two steps to add more folders. When you’re done adding all of the folders you want, click the “Destination” tab, then click the imageicon. Next, navigate(by clicking all of the arrows on the side) to “Computer”, “Resources [ip address]”, “Windows Live Skydrive”, and then “My Backup”. (Note that I couldn’t show “My Backup” in the picture below because there wasn’t enough room.) Click “OK”.
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After you’re done with that, click the “Schedule” tab, then set the time to when you want it to back up your files. I’m going to set my backup to “Selected Day Only”, I checked every other day, and set my time to 4:30PM. Click “OK”, unless if you want to play around with the advanced features.
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That’s it! You now have an automatic backup to Skydrive! Note that the first time you backup may take a couple of days, but the backups after that should be faster. Congrats! Enjoy!
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Note: To get even MORE storage, either get two Skydrive accounts, or sign up for ADrive with 50GB’s free.

Written by Andreas J.

May 2, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Updating Messenger and Facebook from Twitter

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If my last post about Twitter and Messenger helped you, this post should be even better. Let’s go over the list of stuff you need. (* = Optional)

_ Windows Live Messenger
_ Messenger Plus!
_ Twit2MSN
_ A Facebook Account*
_ A Public Twitter Account

Let’s start at the Windows Live Messenger end. First, if you haven’t already, go download Messenger Plus! from http://www.msgpluslive.net/ and install it. Then, download and run Twit2MSN(it should install automatically).
After it’s done installing, open messenger, click the image icon, then click ”Scripts Preferences…”
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Click “Twit2MSN” the click “Edit”
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On line 17, replace either “WARlrus” or “twitter” with your Twitter username, then click “Save All”. Then, click “OK”.image

Now for the (optional) Facebook side. First, make sure your Twitter account is public. After you’ve made that change, click this link to install the Facebook Twitter app.

Then, click the “Install Twitter in Facebook” button
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Then click “Allow”
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Sign in…
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Then click the big “Allow Twitter to update your Facebook status” button
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Make sure your name is selected, then click “Allow Status Updates”
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Aaannnndddd… Your done! You can now update your Windows Live Messenger and Facebook status from anywhere in the world!

Hopefully in a couple of weeks I’ll write another [fun] way to do this when I can actually do it myself. Enjoy!

Written by Andreas J.

May 1, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Lets skip to Windows 8

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In Windows 7, Microsoft is trying yet again to copy Apple. I think the new Windows 7 taskbar is pretty cool, but a little confusing. Anyway, looking at the way Microsoft is going with their UI design, here is what Windows 8 may look like:

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The really simple desktop

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The Start Menu

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Internet Explorer 8

And yes, this is just a joke 😛

Written by Andreas J.

April 22, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Posted in Tips & Tricks

Turn your Wii into a Media Center Extender(Well, kinda)

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Getting sick of hooking up cables to your TV from your laptop? Extender not working? Wish you had an Xbox? Have a Wii? I’m in the same boat. It’s not pretty having wires going along walls to the other room into the TV. But, if you have a Wii(or a PS3 for that matter), you can fix that problem. Here’s how.

On the computer side:
Go to http://www.orb.com and download and then install the program.
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Read the details if you want to, then click “Next”.
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As the screen says, click “Always Allow” or “Always use this action” when your Anti-Virus software prompts you. Click “Next”.
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Now you need to create an account. If you already have one, click “Already have an Orb account?”. (Tip: If you have a Winamp Remote account, you’ve already signed up for Orb) Click “Next”.
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Read, then click “Next”.
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The software will now check your system to see if you can stream media to other devices. Click “Next” when it’s done.
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On this screen, it will ask you if you want to stream your media to your TV using game consoles or other devices. Select “Yes,” then click “Next”.
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This screen will ask you how your console(s) connect to the Internet. Select your type of connection, then click, you guessed it, “Next”.
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Your done! Congrats! You can now click “Close,” and follow the steps below for setting up your Wii.
Note: A browser window may pop up showing you your Orb online media portal at http://mycast.orb.com. Close it.
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On the Wii side:
To make the magic happen, you will need the Opera browser for Wii. You can get it in the Wii Shopping channel for 500 Wii Points(5 US Dollars).

Once you’ve got the browser, load it up and click “Enter web address”. Type in mycast.orb.com, and click “OK”.

Enter your username and password, then click “Login”.
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And welcome to your new media center! You can now access your TV Tuner, Webcam, Music, Movies, Feeds, and more, right from your Wii!
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I recommend adding the Orb MyCast page to your favorites for easier access.

Enjoy!

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Written by Andreas J.

April 1, 2009 at 6:40 pm

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