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Use Hidden Themes in Windows 7

Windows 7 provides with quite a few default themes. It also provides some themes depending upon the location and the language you select while installing it. This theme can be obtained when you right click anywhere on your desktop and select Personalize. However other than these themes based on your location, you can also activate other themes provided to different locations.

To activate these themes :

Click on Start.In the Search box, type C:\Windows\Globalization\MCTA Windows Explorer window will open and show you Themes available to Australia, Great Britain, Canada, etc. Click on the them and inside the Themes folder click on the particular theme.Thus your new theme is activated.

Nokia's Anna

Nokia has nothing to do with the recent fasting of Anna Hazare in India. However, the Finland based Cellphone manufacturer announced that "Symbian Anna" is their latest software update for their Symbian smartphones. Nokia N8, C7, C6-01 and E7 owners will get to download the new Symbian Anna OS.

Prominent features of Symbian Anna are :


Portrait QWERTY keyboardSplit screen viewing while you typeFaster BrowserSimple searching in the Nokia Maps and Transportation RoutesSharing of your location via email or SMS

Update Facebook Status from Google+

Although Google+ is new in the Social Networking space and is miles behind Facebook, it has definitely started to make waves in the Social Networking space since its launch sometime back. Here's a way to update your Facebook status from Google+.


For this first you need to have your individual Facebook Mobile email address. You can get it from https://www.facebook.com/mobile/

Once you have your personal Facebook mobile email address, open your Google+ account and type in the status update. Now in the share with box, type the Facebook mobile email address and share the post. The status update will reflect on Facebook.

Run Linux as a Software

If you want to try out Linux without creating another partition for it, then I would recommend you use Ubuntu. It is one of the most popular flavor of Linux. And the best part is, you can use it without giving it an extra partition.


All you have to do is to download a tiny tool called Wubi. This will help you to install Ubuntu within your current system. It is an officially supported Ubuntu Installer for Windows users. It'll download the necessary iso from the Internet and will install on your computer. Once the iso files are downloaded, all you have to do is provide a Username and Password for your Ubuntu and click Install.

Note that this may take some time as the file size is about 700MB. Once it is done, click Finish and reboot your computer. You'll see Ubuntu in the boot menu.

Post Status Updates Longer than 420 Characters

Facebook has a limit to which you can write characters in your status
update. One cannot write more than 420 characters as a status on
Facebook. However, there's a trick.Upload a photo (any photo) which you would like to accompany with your
status update.Once you upload a photo, you can write any amount of characters you want.Enjoy!

Check the gender of your Computer

To check whether your computer is Male or Female :Step 1 : Open NotepadStep 2: Type the follolwing lines CreateObject("SAPI.SpVoice").Speak"Hello"Step 3 : Save the file as computer_gender.vbsIt'll read out the text that you have written in the file inside the
"". I have written Hello, so it'll speak Hello either in male or
female tone.

Independence Day logo on Google

The default homepage in my Google Chrome is www.google.com and was happy to see the Google logo showing Red Fort in Delhi where the speech is delivered by the Prime Minister of India.


On clicking the logo it searches for "Independence Day India". Good to see this from Google.

Resize whole folder of pictures with Picasa

With Picasa you can easily decrease the size of multiple pictures or a full folder of pictures you clicked with your high resolution digital camera.

Here are the steps :
Step 1 : Import the folder in Picasa. The Import button is found on the top left corner of the screen.


Step 2 : Now click the Export button in the photo tray which is in the bottom of the screen.


Step 3 : Once you click the Export button, Export to Folder window pops out. Select the Export settings like export location and export folder name.
Step 4 : Also you can customize the image size and quality.


Step 5 : Finally click on Export.
The exported images will be stored on your hard drive at the location you specified. Also those images can be found in the Exported Pictures collection in Picasa.

Manipulate your Gmail address in different ways

I have been using various free email services for years. Started with Yahoo Mail and Hotmail and then finally the big daddy of free email services arrived from Google. Since then most of my email communication is done with Gmail. Although I have the Yahoo and Hotmail accounts still active, I check them just once a week. Using Gmail is far more advantageous compared to other services.

2 ways I like to use the Gmail address :
You can insert any number of dots in your address as Gmail discards the dots. So either you give your address as firstname.lastname@gmail.com or firstnamelastname@gmail.com or f.i.r.s.t.n.a.m.e.l.a.s.t.n.a.m.e@gmail.com - All of them end to the same address. Also Gmail doesn't recognize any number of characters or numbers appended after a "+" sign at the end of your username. This helps in organizing emails. So if you are a college student and want that all the mails coming from your college should end up under a different label you created for you coll…

The Google+ Song

Now Google+ has its song too...