IE7Pro – The Best Add-On for Worst Browser!

image IE7Pro is an add-on for Internet Explorer which(IE) adds a lot of extra features to IE. It claims to make your browsing faster, more responsive and sleek.

First let me clear two misleading things, which may confuse you, from its 6 letters name…

  • Number 7 in the name does not mean this requires IE7. I successfully installed it on IE6.
  • Pro doesn’t mean you have to pay some bucks for it. Its completely free! No trail, No Demo!

Now comes its massive list of features… yeah its really something appreciable!

  • Tabbed Browsing with Tab History Browser
  • AD Blocker
  • Flash Block
  • Super Drag Drop
  • Crash Recovery
  • Save Page to Image
  • Proxy Switcher
  • Mouse Gesture
  • Inline Search
  • User Agent Switcher
  • Webpage Capture
  • GreaseMonkey like User Scripts platform
  • Spell Checker
  • Need more? Request it!

Beyond add-on it acts like a platform on which user can run there own scripts (like GreaseMonkey), styles like UserStyles) and plugins (like firefox extensions)

It also have a separate sister site named IE7Scripts which have maintains repository of IE scripts, styles & plugins!

Download Links:

It requires IE 6.0 & above. Works with Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista.

IE7Pro Useful Links: Homepage | Forum | IE7Scripts

Searching Search-plugin from Search-bar! [Firefox Trick]


I know the title is quite confusing! So let me quickly define terms in it…

  • Search-plugin – It provides the ability to access a search engine from a web browser, without having to go to the engine’s website first.
  • Search-bar – A browser toolbar which uses collection of search-plugins. (As shown in above screenshot)


Now if you use search bar at the top right side in your firefox then you might have used Manage Search Engines option atleast once for adding a search engine for sites like YouTube, wikipedia, etc.

The above option also gives link to the page where you can get more few search engines! That page contains link to a project called Mycroft. The Mycroft project provides a collection of  around 14377 (and counting) Search Engine Plugins for your web browser.

At Mycroft project you can browse/search the search-plugins of your choice. Virtually it has a search plugin for each famous website.

But wait, the real trick isn’t out yet! Does it make any sense to visit Mycroft project page to search search-plugins? NO. So I have added Mycroft search-plugin directly in my search-bar! Look screenshot below…



#So To ADD Mycroft search-plugin…

  • Go to this page
  • You will see a link "Mycroft Project – All" on that page. Just click on it! …OR…
  • Click on small arrow notch at search bar, and you will see "add Mycroft Project" option.



Links: Mycroft Project

Blogger To WordPress Traffic & Permalinks Redirection Plugin

Major Update: This plugin’s new version has been released with many new features like:

  • Zero changes requires on WordPress-side. Plugin handles everything automatically on WordPress.
  • New configuration wizard help you setup redirection without much efforts.
  • Supports importing from multiple blogs.
  • Add supports for “rel=canonical” & “meta-refresh” tags on which will speed-up redirection. This will help search engine update their index faster.

Link: Blogger to WordPress Redirection Plugin

Update: This plugin maintains permalinks but in case you want to preserve Google Pagerank and other search engine ranking, please read this new complete tutorial first.

If you have imported your blog from blogger ( then you might be redirecting visitors from your old blogspot blog to your new wordpress blogs HOMEPAGE. While this approach ensures that you get all the traffic redirected from your old blog to new blog, a visitor may feel lost! What if a person is referred to your old blog via search engine or other link listings?

So this plugin just takes care of this part. It checks for which post people were looking on old blog and then redirect them to same post but on new blog! See following picture which will give you brief idea about what you can accomplish using this plugin…


This plugin assumes following things:

  • You used wordpress blog importer while importing your blogspot beta blog.
  • You put redirection code in your old blogspot blog. An example of code is attached below. I strongly recommend using it only.
  • You have imported only one blog. In next version I will remove this restriction so that you can import (or say merge) two or more blogspot blog into one new wordpress blog.

Installation (Blogger Blogspot Part):

  1. Log into your blogger account.
  2. Select old blogspot blogs template/layout. If you are using new custom layout, use “Revert to Classic Templateโ€ option on Edit HTML.
  3. Go to “Edit HTML” tab.
  4. Put following codes there with one important change and save changes.

(Important: Replace in following code with your wordpress blog URL)

<script LANGUAGE="JavaScript">
<meta http-equiv="Refresh" content="10; URL="/>
<meta http-equiv="expires" content="10"/>
<meta name="Description" content="301 moved permanently"/>
<title>301 moved permanently</title>
<h1>Devils Workshop</h1>
<p>has been moved to new address</p>
<a href=""> <h1></h1></a>
<p>Sorry for inconvenience... </p>

Installation (WordPress Part):

  1. Click here to download Blogger To WordPress 1-2-1 Redirection Plugin. A file to your PC. Unzip it.
  2. Upload rbBloggerToWordpress.php into ‘wp-content/plugins’ folder.
  3. Go to plugins option under wordpress’s Admin panel. You will see a “Blogger To WordPress Redirector” Plugin Listed there. Blogger_to_Wordpress_redirector
  4. WAIT! Do NOT click Activate. First Click Edit.
  5. On next screen put your old blogspot blog address next to $oldBlogURL variable! For ease search and replace it with your blogspot address. Sorry for this manual work, I will automate this step in next version.
  6. Then click Update File link their to save changes.
  7. Go back to plugins page and this time Activate the plugin!

That’s it! This plugin will now onwards map your old blogspot post to new wordpress posts on 1-to-1 basis.

Known Issues:

  • Popular desktop blogging client Windows Live Writer stops working if you use this plugin. But there is temporary workaround. Disable the plugin & paste following code into current templates index.php [i.e. Main Index Template] before everything else! [Path: Admin Dashboard >> Design >> Theme Editor]

#Code: [Note: Replace with your old Blogspot address]

oldBlogURL = "";
$refarr = explode("/", $ref);
if ($refarr[2] == $oldBlogURL ){
  $bloggerurl = '/'.$refarr[3].'/'.$refarr[4].'/'.$refarr[5];
  $sqlstr = " SELECT wposts.guid FROM $wpdb->posts wposts, $wpdb->postmeta wpostmeta WHERE wposts.ID = wpostmeta.post_id AND wpostmeta.meta_key = 'blogger_permalink' AND wpostmeta.meta_value = '".$bloggerurl."' ";
  $wpurl = $wpdb->get_results($sqlstr, ARRAY_N);
  if ($wpurl){
      header( 'Location: '.$wpurl[0][0].' ') ;

Example :: How this plugin works?

First note that,ย  there are two parts – blogger part and wordpress part.

Also for the sake of simplicity lets assume is mapped to

Now observe journey of a user…

  1. User requests old post –
  2. send user to
  3. Now at, second parts get activated as visitor is coming from
  4. Second part checks for HTTP Referrer information from where it finds URL of
  5. Using this information second part at wordpress finds and sends it to browser.

In fact, the whole process is so transparent that if a user have address bar disabled he will never notice any sign of redirection process. ๐Ÿ˜‰

About Javascript code at blogger end… its for non-standard browsers who don’t respect meta tags.

About NOINDEX FOLLOW, it tells crawler not to index blogspot page but FOLLOW redirect. Also NOINDEX will instruct crawler to drop already indexed version of page. We need to use NOINDEX because new wordpress post have same content as old blogspot post. This is to ensure that we explicitly handles duplicate content problem.

Let me know if I am missing something as this is my first wordpress plugin.

Credits: I am grateful to Charles and Live HTTP headers firefox extension for their help while coding this plugin!

[Updated: 2008, July 20 – After myย  Jimmy’s comment]

Getting ready for WordPress 2.3! List of Compatible Plugins!

Update: Finally WordPress 2.3 is released !

Few hours down the line coming to blogsphere is WordPress 2.3! Yes its Monday, September 24 now (in India atleast) and bloggers here are waiting for this feature packed release! To kill some time in waiting let me tell you about features which excites me…

  • The one simply best and could be standalone reason to upgrade is automatic plugin update feature! In WordPress Teams own word, “Enjoy the last time you have to check for plugin updates manually, as 2.3 will do it magically behind the scenes.”
  • Also coming built-in tag support, which means you don’t have to go through the pain of using complex Ultimate Tag Warrior plugins! By the way I never dared to use that personally, as I felt it wasn’t worth the pain! (Read more about How To Add WordPress 2.3 Tags To Your Current Theme)

Finally if you are worried about compatibility of your favorite wordpress plugins with 2.3 version you can check this list of plugins that have been tested for compatibility with Version 2.3. The page maintains three separate lists…

Also if you never upgraded wordpress before following is list of resources you may find useful…

Thats it for the day I guess as rest I will be spending playing with new WordPress! ๐Ÿ™‚

Related Link: 10 Things You Need to Know About WordPress 2.3

How to get list of plugins installed on any wordpress blog!

Editors Note: This article reviews Plugin Meter. Unfortunately the site reviewed in this article has stopped functioning.

Plugin Meter - Devils Workshop

If you are a wordpress blogger or just for some other reasons if you want to know which plugins are installed on your favorite wordpress blog then just go to Plugin Meter!Just click on following link and you will see list of plugins installed on Devils Workshop! You may need to check following link in Internet Explorer.

You can change bold part in above URL with any wordpress blog address to see its plugin list.

This newly launched service is still in beta. Its directory index have 14371 WordPress blogs covering stats about 3239 plugins. You will be lucky if the blog you are looking for is already indexed. Which is the case with almost all famous blogs. Even if the blog is not in the list you can submit its URL to get it indexed soon!

Additionally what I like is list of Top 20 plugins worldwide, which is displayed on its homepage! As the stats are real time, you can consider plugin meter as a good place to find really top plugins.

Problems in Beta…

  • You may find few pages messed too much in Firefox. No-No don’t blame firefox as its responsibility of web-designer to insure site works properly in different browsers. Atleast major browsers like Firefox, IE, Safari & Opera.
  • I also noticed it dumps just list of all plugins found on blog. I guess it would be better if atleast they differentiate between active and inactive plugins.
  • Also there are small tweaks can be performed in user interface.

I wish I could come across a service like this when I was new to wordpress. I still remember testing really bad plugins in the beginning which wasted my lots of time as well as efforts!

Links: Plugin Meter Homepage | Devils Workshop Plugin List

Apple iPhone Launch Gallery – Day ONE Pics, slides, videos feat. Steve Jobs

I wish this should be last one in iPhone launch series! I never taken any launch so seriously. But no matter how much I try to get rid of this iPhone thing it keep coming back to me. In fact I am feeling that getting rid of a girlfriend is easier than getting rid of iPhone fever ๐Ÿ˜‰

Well sticking to the title, here comes todays menu…

#Slideshow of DAY ONE Launch pics

#Gallery uploaded on Picasa
If you are having problem viewing above slideshow you can check out following link to Picase Web Album of same…

#Videos from YouTube
Here are some video I liked from YouTube

Steve Jobs is in the Palo Alto store!

First iPhone sold in Chicago

Activating the iPhone

Macy Gray at Apple LA iPhone Launch – Extended

Into iPhone’s live streaming webcast of iPhone launch event

iPhone Launch – first one out of SoHo Store

The Countdown at the Irvine Spectrum

Apple iPhone Mania – St. Pete Florida

iPhone launch Pasadena Apple Store 6/29 (iSicko)

Related: How To Download Videos from YouTube

DISCLAIMER/Credits: Content of slideshow is property of Apple and copied from here. YouTube video belongs to respective uploaders and/or YouTube.

Google’s Cricket fever: Contest, Live Scores, Images, Videos, News & More

Contest For bloggers: As its Cricket’s World-Cup 2007 time, People are suffering from cricket-fever all over the Indian subcontinent as well as other cricket playing nations! To cash the event, Google had started contest for all bloggers who is cricket addict!
So if you have a blog dedicated for cricket, then get paid for your addiction by winning contest started by Google!

Click here to participate in How to get crowned India’s undisputed cricket blog king” contest.

If you are first time blogger then its less likely that you will win the contest still, you can get paid by displaying ads on ur blog using adsense! (Read more…)

(Note: This contest open for only Blogger blogger, i.e. for blogs hosted on Google’s blogspot domain.)

Google Gadgest for ALL Cricket Addicts:
Well if you are not a blogger still Google has something for you. You can try Google Gadgets to get latest (live) scorecards, cricket videos, images & news right on your desktop!

You need to have Google desktop for this, which comes with Google Pack! Needless to say, Google Desktop is free!

Live Cricket Scores: Get Live Cricket Scores updated every moment on your Desktop. You can toggle between simultaneous matches by using the next and prev buttons. A cool gadget that provides you with the latest Cricket Scores

Cricket Scores: Displays the scores of current cricket matches. To view the full scorecard for a match click the ‘see full scorecard’ link. Also displays schedule of next match.

Cricket Videos: This gadget fetches the latest videos related to cricket matches from and displays on the desktop.

Cricket Images and News: Displays cricket news headlines and images as a slideshow. Click on the article/image to open the original article in the browser.

Downloading free music from napster using loophole in winamp plugin!

Using a loophole in a winamp plugin, you can download and burn music from Napster for free.


  1. Download and install Napster, sign up for 14 day free trial.
  2. Download and install Winamp
  3. Download and install the Winamp Plug-in Output Stacker
  4. Open Winamp Options->Plug-ins->Output->Dietmar’s Output Stacker->Configure
  5. Add out_ds.dll from Winamp/Plug-ins folder
  6. Add out_disk.dll from Winamp/Plug-ins folder
  7. Select out_disk.dll in the Output Stacker->Configure
  8. Set the output directory and output file mode to Force WAV file
  9. Exit preferences
  10. Load downloaded Napster protected WMAs into your Winamp playlist
  11. Press play and each file will be converted to WAV as it plays
  12. Burn WAVs to CD with your favorite burning programs.


  1. This is not tested (due to lack of time)
  2. Found this in a text file on a public PC. (so email me if u know its real source)

Hidden "about:" Pages in Mozilla Firefox!

If u r a web developer or know HTML somewhat then u might have come across a about:blank address/parameter. Actually the developers need to include some more about: addresses for various reasons. These about: addresses are most of the time browser specific and they refers to internal or say hidden pages.
What follows is a list of such about: pages for mozilla firefox!

about: A simple prompt without any parameter will display the Mozilla about information. Since it’s accessible from the top menus as well, it’s not quite a hidden feature. (This is equivalent to using Help >> About Mozilla Firefox option.)

about:blank A blank page. Useful for setting as your homepage.

about:buildconfig Obviously, it will show the build platform configuration and parameters. Well if u r not a programmer then u may find only junk! ๐Ÿ˜€

about:cache Displays cache statistics and disk cache directory location. This has following two options.

  • about:cache?device=memory Lists memory cache entries.
  • about:cache?device=disk Lists disk cache entries.

about:config GUI for modifying user preferences (prefs.js). The most complex and meaningful of them all. Careful on what you plan to change here, your browser won’t run properly after if you play with the wrong things.

about:plugins This option will display detailed information about all the plugins installed for Mozilla Firefox. (Note plugin is different from extension)

about:credits It’s time to give the credit to whoever deserves it. There’s an alphabetically sorted list of all the people that gave their contribution to the development of Firefox.

about:Mozilla This is a weird thing. It will display the so-called Book of Mozilla. Something similar was present in Netscape too. There’s actually no real book although the quotations might give you that impression.

about:license Shows the Mozilla Public License and the Netscape Public License for the piece of software.

Well moreover some extensions add their own about: pages like:

  • about:chrome
  • about:language
  • about:tmp
  • about:flashblock


p style=”font-weight: bold”>Wait its not over yet! We love firefox for many reason and one of them is availability of extensions for everything! Well there is a MR Tech About:About extension for this. It adds the following “about:” options to the Help menu:

  • about:
  • about:config
  • about:plugins
  • about:about
  • about:buildconfig
  • about:cache
  • about:cache (Disk)
  • about:cache (Memory)
  • about:credits, about:license
  • about:mozilla

Here are some more contributed by different users from comment form below…

  • about:robots (added by S & tjwoosta)
  • about:rights (added by Jan G)
  • about:crashes (added by okkie)

If you know more, please let us know via comments. We will keep adding them! ๐Ÿ™‚

Review: Multi-protocol Messengers (PC Based)

Hey pals,
In this post I’m posting reviews about different multi-protocol messengers. Multi-protocol messenger is different from normal messenger in a way that you can connect to all your IM buddies using one single messenger. This means you can log in to multiple accounts on multiple IM networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on AOL Instant Messenger, talking to a friend on Yahoo Messenger, and sitting in an IRC channel all at the same time.
As usual, there are many in the market and posting here review about three – Pidgin, Mirinda IM, Trillian. I don’t think I need to tell you explicitly that all three are freeware as its part of my policy to write only about free things.

1. Pidgin
Homepage | Download | Screenshot
This is my favorite and I also use this personally. This is open-source and available for Linux, BSD, MacOS X, and Windows. It is compatible with AIM (Oscar and TOC protocols), ICQ, MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, IRC, Jabber, Gadu-Gadu, and Zephyr networks.
Pidgin supports many features of the various networks, such as file transfer, away messages, typing notification, and MSN window closing notification. It also goes beyond that and provides many unique features. A few popular features are Buddy Pounces, which give the ability to notify you, send a message, play a sound, or run a program when a specific buddy goes away, signs online, or returns from idle; and plug-ins, consisting of text replacement, a buddy ticker, extended message notification, iconify on away, and more.
2. Mirinda IMHomepage | Download | Screenshots
Miranda IM is designed to be resource efficient and easy to use. It uses very little memory and requires no installation. Just unzip and run! This also makes it ideal for users that want to run their messenger client from a removable storage such as an USB memory stick. It can even be stored on a floppy disc if not too many plugins are used.
The powerful plugin system makes Miranda IM extremely flexible. Only the most basic features are built in, but there are currently more than 200 plugins available for download that allows users to extend the functionality in Miranda IM. Plugins can be installed to add support for ICQ, AIM, MSN, Jabber, Yahoo, Gadu-Gadu, Tlen, Netsend and other protocols.

3. TrillianHomepage | Download | Screenshots
Trillian is a chat client for Windows only, that allows you to simultaneously connect to AIM, ICQ, IRC, MSN and Yahoo! Messenger.
It supports docking, multiline edit boxes, buddy alerts, multiple connections to the same medium, a powerful skinning language, easy importing of your existing contacts, skinnable emoticons, logging, global away/invisible features, and a unified contact list. It has a direct connection for AIM, support for user profiles, complete type formatting, buddy icons, proxy support, emotisounds, encrypted instant messaging to ICQ and AIM, AIM group chats, and shell extensions for file transfers.

Summary:- Pidgin is best as its available for many platforms.
Mirinda IM is good for people using pen-drive.
Trillian is quite popular.