Customize Nokia S40 Themes

Now you can easily modify Nokia S40 themes which have .nth as their extension by using a simple trick. To do this, you will need an unzipper, which can unzip zip files, like WinRAR. The trick is very simple, firstly check if your phone comes under Nokia S40 platform or not. Check in the list of mobiles that come under Nokia S40.nokia

Now, get the .nth (theme file), you want to edit:

  • Rename .nth file to .zip extension
  • Extract the contents of the file
  • You will get number of files, some of them are images, some of them may be ringtones and one “theme_descriptor.xml” file, which contains the information, that how theme will work in phone.

Now, you can easily merge any number of themes by selecting good features of them. You can replace wallpaper of some theme to other, or you could also customize ring tones, swf files etc.

All you need to take care is of that you have to replace the original file, with same dimension image (for good clarity) and replaced image should also have the same name as of the previous one.

If you are a computer geek, you can also try out editing “theme_descriptor.xml” file, for advanced features. You can also use Carbide.UI to create and edit S40 and S60 themes.

Links: List of S40 Phones | Carbide.ui

Diffrence Between Actual “Size” and “Size On Disk”

actualsizeMany of you might have noticed that while you see the properties of some folder their are two sizes shown over there in properties window. Those sizes are labeled as “Size” & “Size on disk”. You can also notice that size on disk is always greater than actual size. So, here is the explanation of these two terms.size

  • Size – It is sum of sizes of all containing files and folders in it, in raw form (count of number of bytes).
  • Size on disk – It displays the effective size which they occupy in disk.

It is the file system of hard disk which determines the “Size on Disk”, where as “Size” will remain same, irrespective of file system (like NTFS, Fat32, UDF, etc.).

The disk is further divided into tracks and sectors, file system determines how many tracks or sectors to be included in one cluster. So, if the disk is having a cluster size of 16KB (generally in case of FAT file system). Any file on that disk will have size on disk in multiples of 16KB. So, a file size up to 16KB will occupy 16KB as disk space and file from size 16 to 32KB will occupy 32KB on disk space and so on.

In this way a large volume of disk space gets unused. So, there is a need of file system having smaller cluster size. This is one reason Microsoft came up with a new file system NTFS, after windows millennium.

Related: Accessing Linux partitions from Windows OS


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Extract Audio from Video [Free Windows Software]

If you are wondering that how you can extract audio track from a video file, then here is a way that you can use to get your videos to be converted to an audio format. We often find music tracks we like on YouTube. Many time we are just interested in audio part of such videos.

I used a freeware software for this purpose – AoA Audio Extractor. It is very easy and simple to use. You just need to add files, select them and click Start button. You can also play with advanced custom settings.

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This will help you encode your video songs to audio and then you can also transfer them to your iPod, music player or mobile phone. Here is a hint to make  productive use of it.

Download videos from Youtube and get them converted into audio and transfer to your mobile and enjoy! ;-)

Links: Product Homepage | Download Product

Related: 21 Ways to Download YouTube Videos


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Share Information Using Google Noticeboard

Google Notice board is another new service from Google Labs India, started from 6 March 2009. It is just a kind of digital notice board.

Using this Google service one can create and share text and voice messages on Google Notice Board. Google notice board comes as a Firefox extension and requires it to be installed on every computer where you want to get Google Notice Board updates. A 17 pages Google notice board instruction guide is available here, a simple three steps guide (as given on Google Labs India) is shown below

1. Click Create Message and pick one or many recipient Noticeboards from your contacts.

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2. Record your audio message and select an icon to denote the subject of your message. Click Send to post message.
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3. The message posted is delivered to the recipient’s Noticeboard. Click on the Play button to listen to the message
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Links: Google Labs India | Google NoticeBoard Firefox Extension | Manual


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Remix Your Photos Using PhotoFunia!

Many of us want to learn Photoshop for many reasons, but of course we do not have that much of time for such things, there are lot of other things to do. So if you want to create amazing effects without use of Photoshop, then here is a site that has a big list of pre-defined backgrounds and effects to add in your pictures. PhotoFunia.com, which was formerly known as photofun.od.ua, offers a free online service to remix your pictures. This service has following features-

Photofunia Features:

  • No need to sign-up
  • Tons of special effects, from artsy to fun
  • Very fast service, available right in your browser
  • Works on Mac, Windows, and Linux
  • No download required, nothing to install
  • Create Effects Using Face Detection Technology
  • Most importantly, it’s all free ;) !

Check out preview of some cool effects below-

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If you are looking too, to remix your photos, but don’t know much about photo editing tool or cannot do so keeping in mind time constraint, then PhotoFunia is for you. :-)

Link: PhotoFunia.com


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Get your Home’s Exact Geographic Co-Ordinate

Now you can get Latitude and Longitude of any place on this Earth by using Wikimapia, which is an online map and satellite imaging resource that combines Google Map to view whole Earth without any need of Installing any Software. Its very easy to get any position’s Exact Latitude and Longitude using Wikimapia, and its Fun trying it out. Here is Explaination how it works out:-

  • To find your Exact Position, Open Wikimapia (It does not require any login).
  • Now Search for the Location whose Cordinates you require.
    Like here in Example I’ve Searced for India Gate
  • Now check the URL of Place you are looking for. It’ll be very easy to point out Longitude and Laitude. The URL (in address bar) will look something like as below-

    http://wikimapia.org/#lat=28.6129602&lon=77.2295147&z=18&l=0&m=a&v=2

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  • Here lat=28.6131627 means that Latitude is 28° 36′ 47.3868″ and Longitude is 77° 13′ 50.9658″.
    You can know convert Degree (in points) to Degree Minute and Sec by using this tool.
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To get co-ordinates of your home just search the nearest popular place and see if you can find your homes co-ordinate.Enjoy!

Link :- WikiMapia
Also Read :- Locate your Friends with Google Latitude

Ever wondered about “autorun.inf” file in CDs/Pen Drives!

While opening some optical drives (CDs) or pen drives you might have noticed that they contain autorun.inf file in it. Some people assume that it is some Virus/Malware which might infect their computer. But actually autorun.inf is just a script for invoking any event when some CD or Pen Drive is Inserted in PC. This feature is actually a part of shell32.dll.

You can set your own custom icon and your own custom file to start when media is inserted in computer. If you are a geek, then you can accomplish much more and impress your friends with some smart autorun scripts while burning CDs for them!

A sample of autorun.inf file looks like as shown below:
[autorun]
open=autorun.exe
icon=autorun.ico
label= My Thumb Drive(98XXXXXXXX)

Taking above examples I’ll explain functions of commands here-

  • Open – Specifies which file to start when media is Inserted.
  • Icon – Specifies the Icon to appear in Windows explorer
  • Label – The Volume of Drive to Appear in Window Explorer

If you are lazy at writing this codes you can try a free tool, Autorun.inf Maker.

Autorun Maker

You can bypass events written in autorun.inf by pressing shift key while inserting Pen Drive or CD. This is useful when you are unsure about what Pen Drive or CD might contain. However, I recommend you to use some good antivirus like AVG or Avast which takes less load on system and detects any unwanted threats. There is also an antivirus Program which is made for this purpose only which is mentioned here.

Link : Download Autorun Maker
Also Read : Special Virus Scanner for USB

Change Folders Background in Windows XP

I am going to post a trick, which many of you may be interested to know that how to change background of a Folder in Windows XP. After much Googling on this topic I’ve found two ways one is related to coding, so it is recommended to advanced users and the other way is by using a simple software which anyone can easily use.

I am posting the most convenient way over here. For this you need to get a software named SodaBush Windowpaper XP. It is a freeware and you can get from its official website. It requires .NET Framework 2. After getting this Software you can select the folder and change its background whatever you would like to have.

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You can now be able to change from your old boring white background to your own custom Background. The background image can be bmp , gif or jpg.

I’ve posted a short video which explains how the changes are done. Enjoy!!

Link: SodaBush Windowpaper XP


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