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Extend Vista’s Activation Period

By default, Windows Vista can be installed, used and run without any license, product key or the need of activation for 30 days grace period, for purpose of trial or evaluation. Although Microsoft initially stressed that users should purchase a license with valid product key before the trial period expires, or else Windows Vista will lock into Reduced Functionality Mode. However, a “rearm” method has long since been discovered to be able to extend, or reset the remaining time for activation to another fresh 30 days, for up to 3 times.

Now Microsoft has confirmed that Windows Vista can be used and run for 120 days or 4 months (3 rearms), and extending the activation grace period is not a violation of the Vista End User License Agreement (EULA). All versions of Vista include Windows Vista Ultimate allow a 30-day free period without activation, except the corporate-oriented Vista Enterprise, which supports only a three-day trial.

To extend, reset or restart the initial OOB grace period of Windows Vista to another 30 days, use the following steps:

  1. Click on Vista Start button and key in Cmd in Start Search box.
  2. Press on Ctrl-Shift-Enter to open Command Prompt with administrative credentials (equivalent to “Run as Administrator”).
  3. In the Command Prompt, type the following command and press Enter when done: slmgr -rearm or you can use sysprep /generalize
  4. Reboot the computer.
  5. Rearm again when the remaining activation grace period timer counts down to 0 days.

Rearm option resets the computer’s activation timer and reinitializes some activation parameters.

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Google Apps Premier


Google today launched it Google Apps Premier, its subscription package of premium, hosted business applications in direct competition with Microsoft.


The following image shows a comparative analysis of what the earlier Google Apps service offered and what is being offered now.

IMDB Redesigned – Gets Better!

As I opened IMDB today I was in for a pleasant surprise. This movie site to which I have been accustomed to for years has changed! So I checked out the main page to find this message from the IMDB developers:

We’ve just launched our newly designed name and title pages, bringing a fresh look to your favorite movies and stars, with a new layout that makes everything easier to find. If you take a look at our page for Little Miss Sunshine you’ll see links to trailers, message boards, and more at the top, a “Quicklinks” dropdown on the left side so you can navigate directly to the info you want, and easy-to-read cast lists and movie details as you scroll down. On the page for Jennifer Hudson you’ll find a photo gallery for the lovely Oscar nominee, as well as another “Quicklinks” navigation box to the left. Got questions, comments, or suggestions? Check out our Redesign FAQ for all the answers.

One welcome addition that I have been looking forward to has been the Roll Over voting script. And it sure does work great.

Browser Tricks for Faster/Smarter Web Surfing

You spend a lot of time in your Web browser. So why not get the most out of what your browser has to offer?
The fact is, most Internet users just scratch the surface of the time-saving features built in to the two most popular browsers on the market – Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) and Mozilla Firefox. Learning some of those features, though, can save you a lot of time over the long haul, perhaps leaving you to wonder how you ever lived without them.

Quicker tabs:
Firefox’s original claim to fame was its tabbed interface. But now that Internet Explorer 7 has tabs as well, everyone can enjoy looking through multiple Web site without spawning a plethora of browser windows.
Most people use the slow way to open a new page in a tab. In In Internet Explorer, instead of clicking a new tab and then opening a Web page, hold down the Ctrl key and click a link you’d like to appear in a new tab. The page will open in a new tab while leaving focus on the current page. Hold down Shift and Ctrl at the same time while clicking a link to open the page in a foreground tab, stealing the focus from any page already displayed.
In Firefox, instead of righ-clicking a link and choosing Open Link in New Tab, click a link with your mouse scrool wheel button to open it immediately in a new tab. You can also use the Ctrl and Shift-Ctrl keyboard shortcuts that apply to IE7
Go smoothly:

You spend a lot of time scrolling up and down long Web pages, and both Firefox and IE7 make those trips less jarring with a feature known as smooth scrolling. Essentially, smooth scrolling makes moving up and down a Web page less jarring by smoothing out the transition when you press the PgUp or PgDown key or use your mouse to move the horizontal scroll bar of your browser.
In Firefox, enable smooth scrolling in the Advanced section of the options dialog box. In IE7, click “Use Smooth Scrolling” in the Advanced section of the Internet Options dialog box. In both browsers, the Options dialog is accessible from the Tools menu.

Shorthand searches:
Many people spend a lot of time typing the “World Wide Web” and “.com” of Web addresses. In both Firefox and IE7, that’s unnecessary.
Instead, just click in the Address bar of either Web browser, type the root of the URL – for example, just “microsoft” instead of – and and press Ctrl-Enter. Either browser will automatically insert “http://www” in front of the word and “.com” at the end, giving you the complete address you need to reach the Web site.
In Firefox, you can also press Shift-Enter to have the browser append “.net” to the word, and Ctrl-Shift-Enter will take you to “.org” addresses.

Nifty zooms:
Having trouble reading text on a Web page? Both IE7 and Firefox have handy zoom features with which you can quickly increase and decrease the size of text on a page.
In either browser, hold down the Ctrl key and click the plus (+) symbol on the numeric keypad of your keyboard to increase the size of text. Use Ctrl in conjunction with the minus symbol to decrease the size. To reset the text size, hold down the Ctrl key and press the zero (0) key.
In IE7, you can also do the same thing if you have a scroll wheel on your mouse. Hold down the Ctrl key and move the scroll wheel forward or backward to increase or decrease the text size. If you don’t have a scroll wheel.

Living with AutoComplete:
The AutoComplete features of IE7 and Firefox are great if you don’t want to retype data constantly into form fields and if you have no concerns about privacy on the PC you use. But plenty of people forego the advantages of AutoComplete for fear that their histories can be used against them somehow.
No problem. IE7 makes removing AutoComplete history simple. From the Tools menu, click Delete Browsing History. You’ll then have the option of which types of browsing history to remove. At any time in IE, you can press Ctrl-H to get see exactly which sites you’ve visited. Right-clicking any of them will present a pop-up menu from which you can select Delete.
Firefox is just as effective at helping you stay secure. To eliminate AutoComplete history in Firefox, open the Tools menu, and click Options, Privacy. Explore the options in the Private Data area to determine exactly which AutoComplete information and history data you’d like to remove – and when.

Happy Valentines Day!

I think Google could not come up with a better logo than this:

Looks like the letter ‘l’ from Google had to be dropped in the end due to design constraints 😛 I guess.

Orkut did a pretty Good job on the logo which it must owing to its popularity in the social networking community. There’s no count to how many people might have met online and fell in love through orkut. I know a few myself 😉 . Orkut’s log has a Mac’ish look or what you can call a web 2.0 look. Even the Orkut’s third anniversary logo was pretty well done.

Complete List of Google Holiday Logos