Thoughts of a relentless mind

New browser from Google – Chrome

Google has come out with a new browser – Google Chrome. Click here to go to the download page.

Finished the installation just a few minutes back. One feature that really stands out is that the browser occupies a major part of the screen. This means that you’ll be able to see more content at a stretch when compared to other browsers.

The installation was plain easy. It did a good job by importing all the bookmarks from Firefox. Even the bookmarks on the toolbar were imported, which is a welcome addition. Also the stored passwords in Firefox seemed to work in Chrome.

Another interesting feature is that you can create shortcuts to your favourite pages on to the desktop, Start menu or QuickLaunch bar (titled ‘Google Gears’). I personally won’t be using this feature, ‘coz there’s no point in cluttering your desktop with shortcuts to web pages when you can directly open them from the Bookmarks tab in the browser.

There’s an option for safe browsing, called ‘Incognito’. This launches a new window. Looks like this feature has been copied directly from Safari’s stealth mode. This keeps no trace of your browsing history or offline saved data. This can be really helpful in cyber cafes.

However this App is still in its Beta version. Looks like IE has got another major competitor here. Goodbye IE.

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03/09/2008 Posted by | Software | , | 1 Comment

Watch movies in Paintbrush !!!! Weird yet true

Today I found out a strange fact…..It’s possible to watch movies and any video file in Microsoft Paintbrush.

To do this, just open any video file from your favorite player, then press the ‘Print Screen’ button on the keyboard. Now open Paintbrush and paste this screenshot. You’ll now see a motion picture. Isn’t this amazing???

You can even save this file anywhere in your file system. Just save the paintbrush file on desktop. Now open that file and you’ll see the video being played right on your desktop. No need of a video player!!!

I went on to research about this, and found out that the software was designed such that it won’t be possible for anyone to capture a screenshot of a video easily. However it’s possible to take a screenshot of the video file being played by using the VLC player.

23/11/2007 Posted by | Software | , , , | Leave a comment

K-Lite Codec pack : Tips and tricks

K-Lite codec pack is undoubtedly the best codec pack for playing video and audio files in any format. Here are a few tips and tricks:

It’s normal to see the black horizontal bar at the top and bottom of the screen when watching a movie. This can be quite irritating sometimes, especially if you have a small monitor. Fortunately, K-Lite codec pack has an option called “Pan & Scan”. What this basically means is that you can expand and shrink the video files you are playing. This is quite handy for those people who have small monitors. To use this monitor, play the video in full-screen mode. Then keep pressing the key 9 after activating the NumLock. This expands the screen size of the video file being played. To shrink the video, press 2.

This software also has a feature that boosts the audio volume. To use this, go to view->options. Select Audio Switchers under Internal Filters. Tick ‘Normalize’ and ‘Regain Volume’ and set the ‘Boost’ scroll bar to max. Now get ready to rock n roll. You’ll now get the best audio output, no matter what kind of speakers you have.

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19/11/2007 Posted by | Software | , | 1 Comment