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Tabs for windows explorer

Posted on December 1, 2007. Filed under: tabs, user interface, vista, windows, XP |

QT Tab Bar is a new software that I have come across that alows you to have tabs on windows explorer.

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It integrates very well in the windows interface and adds features that are normally associated to a web browser like firefox. When you middle click on a folder it opens in a new tab, middle click opens a tab and it also stores a history for tabs.

You can optionally make many more changes to the explorer making more usable and easier to navigate.

The download link is on this page.

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Periodically changing desktop wallpaper using Ruby

Posted on November 27, 2007. Filed under: ruby, software, vista, windows, XP |

Here is small ruby script that picks up a random image from a given folder and sets it as the desktop wallpaper.

   1: require 'Win32API'
   2:  
   3: SPI_SETDESKWALLPAPER = 20
   4: SPIF_SENDCHANGE = 0x2
   5: SOURCE_FOLDER = "C:\\Users\\Gaurav\\Pictures\\Best\\"
   6:  
   7: files = Dir.entries(SOURCE_FOLDER) - [".", ".."]
   8: file = files[rand(files.length)]
   9:  
  10: systemParametersInfo = Win32API.new("user32","SystemParametersInfo",["I", "I", "P", "I"],"I")
  11: p systemParametersInfo.call(SPI_SETDESKWALLPAPER, 1, SOURCE_FOLDER + file, SPIF_SENDCHANGE)
 

The constant SOURCE_FOLDER can be changed to point at the folder which contain all your wallpaper and the script then randomly chooses a wallpaper from the collection.

You can also set your task scheduler to run this script automatically after a fixed interval so that your desktop wallpaper keeps changing.

Here is the pastie.

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Windows XP SP3 boasts speed boost, testers claim

Posted on November 27, 2007. Filed under: software, vista, windows, XP |

According to this link http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=printArticleBasic&articleId=9048658 SP3 has made XP significantly faster.

Like users needed another reason for not migrating to VISTA.

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