I know it might come as a surprise to many of you, but Internet Explorer 10 is AWESOME. It is the fastest and the most standards compliant version of the most hated browser in the world. I always think if Microsoft had done this about 3 years ago it would have been the most popular browser in the world. Now getting to the point, if you are a web developer or designer  like me and are using Windows 8 and find that your latest work is being rendered properly in your version of Internet Explorer but not on your client’s ridiculously old IE7, and are sitting helpless, thinking of rolling back to Windows XP just for this reason, then worry not, this tutorial is for …

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These are the time in the PC era that many people are taking the radical and controversial switch to the much debated Windows 8. As with any OS update or installation there are many things that could go wrong and leave you stranded, customizing the new OS while you actual work gets piled up. Wouldn’t you love to have your essential work done in your previous OS environment while you continue to customize the new OS?  For Microsoft Windows disk2vhd is an application that will create a virtual machine clone of your existing OS. One of the best things about Disk2vhd is that you can run the VM created by Disk2vhd on a system that you have cloned it from. Creating a VM of your …

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Runing Virtualbox virtual machines in Windowless mode AKA headless mode has always a much needed option. You could do it from a command line in Linux. Starting from version 4.2.0, VirtualBox has added support for starting of headless VMs from the GUI. Running a virtual machine in headless mode is a better way to save and reduce consumption of resources on physical computer. To start a virtual machine in headless mode, select the VM you want to run and just simply press and hold SHIFT key, then press start. You can shutdown a VM which is running in headless mode by ‘ACPI Shutdown’ or ‘Power Off’ options. The ACPI Shutdown method is the best method to shutdown, which allows the guest VM to close down …

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Some of us might have read about Mozilla foundation coming up with a new mobile operating system which will be developed in HTML5, called Firefox OS. And we all thought that it will be one big HTML5 web page when booted up! Well its much more than that. Its a complete mobile operating system now. Mozilla now have a working emulator of the OS called r2d2b2g. The OS can be previewed on Firefox browser as an add on. Its a 61.2 Mb download and once done you can test it by selecting Tools > B2G Desktop. BTW b3g stands for ‘Boot to Gecko’. With the OS, Mozilla is targeting markets that cannot afford a smartphone like the iPhone or Android. The complete OS is written …

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Minimalism has become a common feature in the Web 2.0 world. Everything including forms have now become minimalistic. Putting labels alongside form fields has become too Web 1.0 ish. Most websites these days use watermarks or placeholders to provide hints to users on  how to fill a form field. Now if you have just migrated from the Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 and are still wondering how to place watermarks or placeholders in your forms, read on. Method 1 : Changing value of the text field based on events This method has been used by many websites as it is easy to implement and is the most browser compatible method. Basically you will be adding event listeners for the ‘onfocus’ and ‘onblur’ events of the …

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Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get the new and better Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 even though you have bought your PC before 2 June 2012. Well it is possible! I just got my windows 8 serial number. By the way I got it for $12.96 which was specific to my country.   To get the offer you will need to follow these steps. Get a computer which had windows 7 and an internet connection. (NOTE: I am not sure if the windows 7 in the computer I used was bought/activate after 2 June 2012 or an OEM version) Open Internet explorer. This is an important step because for program participation validation purposes, the site collects some information about a user’s machine at …

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When using Google Chrome you might have noticed that Adobe flash takes on some memory. There are instances when many of the flash player instances are just ads and each of them adds to the memory. It makes things worse when it becomes non responsive and have to be close via Chrome’s task manager or saves you the trouble and crashes itself. If this a typical scenario that you face in your everyday Chrome usage, then you might want to consider turning the Adobe flash player plugin off. There this cold way of completely disable Adobe Flash plugin by the following steps….. Type chrome:plugins in the address bar to open the Plug-ins page. On the Plug-ins page that appears, find the “Flash” listing. Click the Disable under …

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If you use a Samsung Galaxy smartphone you might have had this issue. This is a common problem and several Samsung Galaxy phones seem to have USB connection problems. Sometimes the USB connection stops working and even rebooting the phone does not solve the problem.  It is not a driver problem on the PC, nor some dust on the USB connector but really a software/configuration problem on the Android phone itself.  

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2012 has been a big year for the mobile and tablet industry. Release of iOS 6 , Android Jelly Bean and Windows 8 being the highlights of this year. Although Google released it’s first tablet, the Nexus 7, it is the Chinese who have been driving the Android tablet industry. Today I have with me Onda v712 dual core tablet which is the Chinese reply to Nexus 7. Can the Onda v712 really be an alternative to Nexus 7, especially with it’s $150 price tag ? Let us find out.

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Opening a VMDK file (Virtual Machine Disk, is a file format used for virtual appliances developed for VMware products) in Oracle VirtualBox is ridiculously simple! But when googled for this method I was surprised to find that there were no tutorials explaining this simple procedure. All of them wanted me to convert the .vmdk file to a .vdi file. To put it words you “You Just Need to Run it”.There is how it is….

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