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GParted – Free Open Source disk partitions Tool

GPartedGnome Partition Editor is a free & open source disk partitions tool for creating, reorganizing, and deleting disk partitions. GParted works for mostly all file systems. With GParted you can accomplish the following tasks:Create a partition table on a disk device. Enable and disable partition flags such as boot and hidden. Perform actions with partitions such as: create or delete resize or move check label copy and paste Thanks to my colleague JH for sharing about GParted.

Vedic First Day of School - Grade 2 - Photos

Following are photos of Vedic’s First day of the school in Grade 2. 1: Ready for school, 2: School drop off – Papa I will miss you, 3: On the way to school

Craft Ideas – Making a Man – Craft By Vedic

Vedic got this assignment for his first day of the school where he has to decorate this paper man using crayons, color pen/pencil, old cloths, buttons etc. He did all imagination, planning, cutting of cloths etc. to make this craft man.

Friendfeed - Real-Time Search For Discovery

Last week there was a lot of talk about real-time search as Facebook bought Friendfeed and announced their plans for real-time search engine to compete with rival Twitter.
Friendfeed already have a real-time search engine. Friendfeed aggregate feeds in real-time and search within those feed in real-time. So you get most accurate & up-to-date results. The best part it automatecaly update your screen ever few seconds. Following are few screen shot for the real-time search for the keyword Discovery http://friendfeed.com/search?q=Discovery. These are around 10:00 PM on August 24, 2009. Really cool.

Windows 7 - Bootmgr Is Missing - Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to Restart

ISSUE: So much learning in one weekend. I reboot my machine today morning and encounter following error. Bootmgr is missing
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to RestartRESOLUTION: The above listed solutions did not work for me because of the same reason that cause Windows 7 install error. I have two hard disk in my computer. To resolve the issue 1. Remove all other hard disk but one where you have install the Window 7.2. Insert Windows 7 install DVD and reboot.3. It will load files and will show you welcome screen & language selection. Click Next on this screen.4. On next screen select Repair. It will detect the issue and try to fix it and will ask for reboot.5. After reboot, you will have to repair the process to come to this screen and select repair again. This time it will show you a screen with bunch of options. Select the option one “Fix the start up problems”. It will take few min and show messga that system is fix click OK to reboot.6. When reboot, remove the Windows 7 DVD and let Window…

Enable Remote Desktop (RDP) In Windows 7 Windows 2008

This is not a good idea to enable Remote Desktop Connections on your computer as it open security holes in your home network. If if you decide to do it then following are simple steps to enable the Remote Desktop Connections on your computer. Remote Desktop Connections is also called as RDP & TS (terminal services).
To enable Remote Desktop Connections
1. Select Computer icon on the desktop or in Windows Explorer –> Right Click & Select Properties. It will open the System screen. Alternatively you can also go to “Control Panel-> System and Security –> System”
2. Now click on Advance System Settings to open System Properties dialog box.
3. Select the Remote Desktop tab and select “Allow connection from computer running any version of Remote Desktop”. You can also select ““Allow connection from computer running with Network Level Authentication” if your other computer have Windows 7 too.
4. Click Apply & OK.

Windows 7 – Norton Internet Security 2009 (NIS 2009)

ISSUE: If you have bought the Norton Internet Security 2009 few months back then you will not able to install it using the CD it comes with. It will show a error message that “This product requires Windows XP or Windows Vista. Setup will exist.”RESOLUTION: Good news is that Norton has released latest version of the Norton Internet Security 2009 that works on Windows 7. You can download it from Norton website and it will work on Windows 7 with your existing Norton Internet Security 2009. To download the latest version go to following page and then select “I want to download my Norton product on other computers”http://www.symantec.com/norton/support/dtree.jsp?id=downloads_orders&selected_nav=1Which in turn will open following page where you can select Norton Internet Security 2009 (NIS 2009) to download. This page also have step by step instructions. http://www.symantec.com/norton/support/kb/web_view.jsp?wv_type=public_web&docurl=20090501124807EN&selected_nav=1&pvid=Dire…

Windows 7 – Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Drivers

I uses Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 4000 but the CD that comes with it display known compatibility issue warning.  Microsoft has released latest version of the drivers & software that is compatible with Windows 7 and available for download at http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/download/download.aspx?category=MK The keyboard software (IntelliType Pro) and mouse software (IntelliPoint) are available for the 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows® 7. Please use the drop-down lists below to get the appropriate download. Direct links to Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Hardware - Download Software » IntelliPoint 7.0 64-bit for Windows 7
» IntelliType Pro 7.0 64-bit for Windows 7BTW Microsoft claiming that their hardware are Windows 7 ready. You can find compatibility details at http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/windows7/support.mspx

Windows 7 – Samsung ML-2510 Printer Driver

1. Go to following link of Samsung website. Alternatively you can also search for Samsung ML-2510 Driver to find it in search engine.Samsung ML-2510 Printer DriverDirect Link: http://www.samsung.com/us/consumer/detail/support.do?group=printersmultifunction&type=printersmultifunction&subtype=blackandwhitelaserprinters&model_nm=ML-2510&language=&cate_type=all&dType=D&mType=DR&vType=&prd_ia_cd=06010400&disp_nm=ML-2510&model_cd=ML-2510/XAA&menu=download2. Select the Support & Download tab and then select the Driver tab.3. Select the “Win 2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008 - Univeral Print Driver (ver.1.0.0.0) to download.4. Once it is downloaded, then double click to install it. Then connect your Samsung ML-2510 Printer to the computer. 9. Windows & will detect it and configure it. Print a test page to confirm everything is working.

Auto Login in Windows 7, Windows 2008 & Windows 2008 R2

First thing I normally do on my test machines and home PCs is to enable Auto Login so that it does not wait for me to enter my login name & password. There are multiple option to do this but the simplest option is as below:1.  Open Run command window (to open it, press Windows+R keys)2. Enter control userpasswords2 in the run windows3. This will open user account windows4. Uncheck the option “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer” and click Apply. It will ask to enter the password for the account. Enter the password and click OK. 5.  Final screen will look like this. Next time when you will reboot your machine then it will not ask for username password.Disclaimer: Do not use this on your office & work computers as auto login expose the security issues in case of loss of your computer.

Windows 7 – Install Error - Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the Setup log files for more information

ISSUE: When I try to install Windows 7 on my home desktop computer (Compaq Presario SR2020NX) it show me following error message. “Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the Setup log files for more information.”RESOLUTION: After some search & research I found that this issue is because I have 2 hard disk in my desktop computer. To resolve this issue only option that works is to open the computer and disconnect the second drive. If you have more then 2 disks then disconnect all but one where you will be installing the Windows 7. So I open my computer and disconnect the 2nd hard disk. I run the setup again and everything work perfectly fine. Also after install I re-connected my 2nd hard disk without any issue.ALTERNATE OPTIONS: that did not work:1. Delete other partition on the hard disk where I wanted to install Windows 7. But I did not delete or format the 2nd hard disk.2. In the BIOS setup I verify and updated the boot seque…

Vonage World – Free Unlimited Calls to India China UK Italy

Vonage launched a new plan – Vonage World that will allow free unlimited calls to India, China, Canada, Mexico, and  60+ other countries*.  For India, China calls to cellular phones are also included.
Unlimited local and long distance in the US and Puerto Rico Free unlimited calls to India, China, UK, Italy, Mexico, Canada, and
60+ other countries*. For many countries like India, China, UK it also includes calls to cellular phones. 25+ calling features like unlimited Vonage Visual Voicemail®§, Call Waiting and Caller ID included Free shipping, free activation, includes a phone adapterRead complete details and sign up at - https://subscribe.vonage.com/plans

Ranjan Dash - 2009 Young Innovators Under 35

Ranjan Dash was a software engineer at Network Programs (I) Ltd., Noida, India when he decided to leave his job and join MS in Computer Science program at Dexter University, USA. Then he switched to MS+PHD program. He is recently named in 2009 Young Innovators Under 35 for his Y-Carbon. Y-Carbon, a startup based in King of Prussia, PA, is founded by him to commercialize the technique. http://www.technologyreview.com/TR35/Profile.aspx?Cand=T&TRID=780In India Today:http://indiatoday.intoday.in/site/Story/61928/LATEST NEWS/5+Indians+in+top+young+innovator+list.html?page=0

Indian Festival - Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) - 2009

Yet another year, August 8, 2009: Yashvi, Yash and Vedic on Raksha Bhandan festival. Also see A compilation of Raksha Bandhan photos of previous years.

Redesigned Blog of Yashvi Vardhan

Yashvi has redesigned her blog with a nice blog template found in internet.  It is looking great and we thanks to http://btemplates.com/ for this template. Her blog URL is http://yashvi.yashcon.com and RSS feed URL is http://feeds.feedburner.com/Yashvi.

Quartet Dry Eraser Board In Vedic Room

Today we bought a 36*48 inch “Quartet Dry Eraser Board” from Staples. Good-By to my plans to paint Vedic’s room wall using the “Rust-Oleum Dry Erase Paint”. I already bought the paint from home depot but then could not decide on whether it will be a good idea to really do it. I think I was afraid due to Rust-Oleum Dry Erase Paint mixed review over the internet. Anyways, this board is looking great and below are few pictures of the Dry Eraser Board board and Vedic’s room .  One day we will decide on the colors for his room and will paint his room :).

Hotwheels Track Video – Playing With Hotwheels

This Hotwheels track is a tremendous fun. It has many attachment that produce a sequence of actions.

Vedic And Soham In Video Chat

Vedic & Soham had very good time together in India during our vacation. They are now in touch with each other over the Video Chat.  In this Video Vedic just woke up to talk to Soham.

Taekwondo Green Belt Testing – Vedic

Vedic is Green Belt now. He took lot of time in breaking wood as for some reason he was afraid but eventually he made it.

Soham As Krishna On Krishna Janmashtami

Soham dressed like Krishna for the Krishna Janmashtami program in his schoolhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krishna_Janmashtami

MSDN Download Link Disable Grayed-Out – For Windows 7 Windows 2008 R2

Some people are complaining that their Download link for Windows 7 & Windows 2008 R2 is disable (grayed out) and they cannot download it anymore. The problem is that they might have MSDN subscription but going to the Microsoft Technet subscribers site – http://technet.microsoft.com and not to the Microsoft MSDN subscriber site – http://msdn.microsoft.com. This happens when you click at the download links available at Microsoft sites and even MSDN site. Some of these links go to the TechNet download site.This happen to me because I clicked at Windows 2008 R2 download link but that link is for TechNet subscribers and will take you to the TechNet download site. Surprisingly you can login and view all the download available as shown in below screen shot but download links are disabled.Following is the screenshot of TechNet subscribers site at - https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/securedownloads/default.aspxFollowing is the screenshot of MSDN subscribers site at - https:…

Windows 2008 R2 - 180 day evaluation

Microsoft is providing Windows Server 2008 R2 180 day evaluation for the general public. You can Register to download Windows Server 2008 R2 for 180 evaluation using following options.Register to download Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows 2008 R2 Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, and Web which is available in the following languages: Chinese (Simplified), English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. Register to download Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-Based systems
Available in the following languages: English, German, French, JapaneseRemember that Windows Server 2008 R2 is available in 64-bit (x64) only. Check out the Windows 2008 R2 System Requirements at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/system-requirements.aspxYou may also want to see this website:  Convert your Windows Server 2008 R2 to a Workstation!.PS: Windows 2008 R2 Logo - Copyright Microsoft

Windows 2008 R2 RTM Released

Microsoft has released Windows 2008 R2 RTM for the TechNet and MSDN subscribers. Windows Server 2008 R2 is available in 64-bit (x64) only.Microsoft is also providing Windows Server 2008 R2 180 day evaluation for the general public. Check out the Windows 2008 R2 System Requirements at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/system-requirements.aspxDespite the name Windows 2008 R2 (Release 2), it is a whole new operating system. It has all new features and functionalities and not just the enhancements. For web people it has IIS 7.5. You may also want to see this website:  Convert your Windows Server 2008 R2 to a Workstation!.PS: Windows 2008 R2 Logo - Copyright Microsoft

WordPress On Windows – A Step By Step Install Guide

Following steps are based on my personal experience of installing WordPress and other required software on Windows Vista Enterprise. But based on the documentation I referred and reference in this post, these steps will work on Windows XP, Windows 2003 Server, Windows Vista and Windows 2008 server.  These steps are so easy that anyone can follow whether regardless of any past experience with Apache, PHP, MySQL or WordPress. I am a .NET developer and never used Apache, PHP, MySQL before. So if I can do it then anyone can :).I use XAMPP for my installation. XAMPP  provide an easy and one step installation of Apache, MySQL which are needed by WordPress.  There are two type of packages that you can download. XAMPP and XAMPP Lite. XAMPP comes with an installer while for XAMPP Lite you will have to run some batch files to install and run/stop services. I chose to install XAMPP (installer version).Step 1: Download XAMPP from http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp-windows.html#646. The current…