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Mac OS X Lion is Now Live On Mac App Store, Download it Now!

Expected since a few weeks now, Apple has finally pushed Mac OS X Lion to Mac App Store with a price tag of $29.99. To download Mac OS X Lion, you must be on the latest version of Snow Leopard, that is, 10.6.8. It has been released in the form of an OTA update where a user need to download 4GB of data on the system. Apple already confirmed the release during Q3 earning call yesterday and it’s finally here.

Mac OS X Lion comes with tones of new features which includes full screen support for every application, Launchpad, Autosave, etc. Before downloading the new Operating system, you should backup all of your data currently on your Mac OS X.  In addition to Mac OS X Lion, Apple has also refreshed Macbook Airs with improvements in the internal hardware and a backlight keyboard. For all the information on New Macbook  Airs, you may want to checkout Apple Store. Quite a few Lion features have been inspired from iOS, bringing best of both the worlds to your Mac.

So who is upgrading?

Update: We have just got word that recent Mac buyers (as always) would get a free upgrade to Lion. This applies to ones who have made a purchase after 6th July. Details here

Free Partition Manager for Home

Although Windows Vista and Windows 7, 8, 8.1 does have its own disk management utility to create, resize and delete partitions, in some cases it is still pretty worthless.

I am using Windows 7 x64 Pro and I am facing this problem right now, as shown in the screenshot below.

Note that, my C: drive still has 57.81 GB of free space, but Windows 7 Disk Management tool isn’t allowing me to shrink the partition further. I was going to reduce the size of C: drive and increase the size of my Z: drive….and I am out of luck.

Prior to writing this post, I trusted Acronis Disk Director 9 or 10 to manage my partition. But since Acronis still doesn’t support Windows 7 x64, I often used Paragon. However, Paragon is more or less like GParted with a fancy and at times redundant partition manager, both are good open source partition managers, but they do take a long time to repartition a 1TB hdd especially if it full.

Hence, I moved on..and stumbled upon this nifty free partition manager for home (yes, guys you heard it right, FREE). It is known as Partition Wizard Home Edition v5.0.

This is the screen that will do everything. Pretty user-friendly.

My attempt to make the C: drive 50GB smaller. Just drag the slider.

And now moving on to create a larger Z drive,

Click yes…

and oops… it can’t resize C: drive while Windows is running..well..that is understandable. OK then…let’s click Restart Now. (owh..wait wait..better save this article first…phew..ok..lets restart).

Tick – tock – tick – tock…erm… after exactly 2 minutes and 51 seconds, it rebooted my PC.

And…holy crap of the cracker…

It successfully did resize my partition and that too in less than 3 minutes, where softwares like paragon and gparted take hours (yes, I am not kidding, hours. I had to let my PC run overnight and hope that there won’t be a power cut until my machine rebooted).

So, for those who are still looking for a partition manager that is free, has a small footprint, is light-weight but still effective (without any drama..owh..how i hate dramas when it does involve my hdd which literally contains my whole encrypted little world)
I do recommend this pioneer of free partition software.

How to download Win 7 SP1 ISO and verify its Hash Key

You bought a laptop with Windows 7 license (probably Home Premium or Professional). But the manufacturer did not provide you with the installation media (CD/DVD). Bummer. They did provide you with the recovery kit or recovery partition but you think that their installation has damn too many bloatware (yes brother! you are right, kudos !). You want to start anew with a fresh installation of Windows 7, SP1 all by yourself. Hold that thought….

  • You don’t have the Windows 7 <whatever version,build>SP1 DVD.
  • Since you already have the license, you don’t need to buy a new one. So, you just need to download the ISO file.
  • But where to download? (Stop scratching your head !) head out for a torrent site.
  • Then, you start nagging and wondering whether the ISO has been tampered by crackers / hackers or what not, waiting to exploit your computer to be their botnet minion. (Mind you, 99% of Windows 7 ISO that one downloads via torrent has been tampered with, which basically means that somebody has modified the original ISO and injected something (either a non-malicious software such as an unlocker, pdf reader,a new build OR an extremely malicious software such as a rootkit/trojan/etc. A big warning placard if you do use your computer for internet banking or often purchase items via credit or debit card).
  • So how to ensure that the ISO files have not been tampered with? Well, this is what you should do.

A few years back laptops usually surfaced with Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1.

  • You will find Windows 7 Home Premium x64 with SP1 in the ‘ISO NAME AND HASH KEY (RECORD) just below. From there,copy the file name,viz :
    en_windows_7_home_premium_with_sp1_x64_dvd_u_676549.iso
  • Search (Google) en_windows_7_home_premium_with_sp1_x64_dvd_u_676549.iso and download it. Hell yeah !! you found it at piratebay.
  • Download the torrent. {I believe that we are not breaking any cyber laws by downloading something that we have already paid for. We own the license after all 😉  }
  • Once the download is complete, you need to check whether the ISO is genuine or has been tampered with. Download MD5 / SHA1 Download Checker. [no sneakwares] Get it here from CNET.
  • Use MD5 / SHA1 Download checker and openen_windows_7_home_premium_with_sp1_x64_dvd_u_676549.iso. Get MD5 and SHA1 value.
  • Compare the MD5 and SHA1. Ideally, the one that is generated by the MD5 / SHA1 Download Checker should be identical with the record below. (Where did I get these? Refer to the ISO NAME AND HASH KEY (RECORD) Section.
  1. SHA1: 6C9058389C1E2E5122B7C933275F963EDF1C07B9 
  2. ISO/CRC: 4A182640
  • If they are identical, you are safe.

PS: Some tidbits for those who are feeling damn lazy…Scroll down to the end of this page. Mind you, please double check the hash. If you don’t trust the Hash record here, please check https://technet.microsoft.com .You can use your Live / Hotmail / whatever account to check the hash key, the only complication being you cannot download a legal copy yourself from there assuming that you are not their ‘special’ subscriber .

ISO NAME AND HASH KEY (RECORD)

Windows 7 Starter with Service Pack 1 (x86) - DVD (English)

File Name: en_windows_7_starter_with_sp1_x86_dvd_u_678562.iso

Date Published (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:43:48 PM

Last Updated (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:43:48 PM

SHA1: E1653B111C4C6FD75B1BE8F9B4C9BCBB0B39B209

ISO/CRC: C810B42C

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Windows 7 Home Basic with Service Pack 1 (x86) - DVD (English)

File Name: en_windows_7_home_basic_with_sp1_x86_dvd_u_676470.iso

Date Published (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:32:46 PM

Last Updated (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:32:46 PM

SHA1: 080EC1DE94B88B0F7E8D000690A4AAAA031E2719

ISO/CRC: FF5299DA

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Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (x86) - DVD (English)

File Name: en_windows_7_home_premium_with_sp1_x86_dvd_u_676701.iso

Date Published (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:33:58 PM

Last Updated (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:33:58 PM

SHA1: 6071B4553FCF0EA53D589A846B5AE76743DD68FC

ISO/CRC: 85B5EF4A

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Windows 7 Home Premium with Service Pack 1 (x64) - DVD (English) File Name: en_windows_7_home_premium_with_sp1_x64_dvd_u_676549.iso Date Published (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:34:16 PM Last Updated (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:34:16 PM SHA1: 6C9058389C1E2E5122B7C933275F963EDF1C07B9 ISO/CRC: 4A182640

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Windows 7 Professional with Service Pack 1 (x86) - DVD (English)

File Name: en_windows_7_professional_with_sp1_x86_dvd_u_677056.iso

Date Published (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:37:38 PM

Last Updated (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:37:38 PM

SHA1: D89937DF3A9BC2EC1A1486195FD308CD3DADE928

ISO/CRC: E8C2AD67

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 Windows 7 Professional with Service Pack 1 (x64) - DVD (English)

File Name: en_windows_7_professional_with_sp1_x64_dvd_u_676939.iso

Date Published (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:37:46 PM

Last Updated (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:37:46 PM

SHA1: 0BCFC54019EA175B1EE51F6D2B207A3D14DD2B58

ISO/CRC: AD44DB36

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Windows 7 Professional with Service Pack 1, VL Build (x86) - DVD (English)

File Name: en_windows_7_professional_with_sp1_vl_build_x86_dvd_u_677896.iso

Date Published (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:39:37 PM

Last Updated (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:39:37 PM

SHA1: D5BD65E1B326D728F4FD146878EE0D9A3DA85075

ISO/CRC: DB028749

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Windows 7 Professional with Service Pack 1, VL Build (x64) - DVD (English)

File Name: en_windows_7_professional_with_sp1_vl_build_x64_dvd_u_677791.iso

Date Published (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:39:30 PM

Last Updated (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:39:30 PM

SHA1: 708E0338D4E2F094DFEB860347C84A6ED9E91D0C

ISO/CRC: AAFC72AE

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Windows 7 Enterprise with Service Pack 1 (x86) - DVD (English)

File Name: en_windows_7_enterprise_with_sp1_x86_dvd_u_677710.iso

Date Published (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:29:50 PM

Last Updated (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:29:50 PM

SHA1: 4E0450AC73AB6F9F755EB422990CD9C7A1F3509C

ISO/CRC: E3586659
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 Windows 7 Enterprise with Service Pack 1 (x64) - DVD (English)

File Name: en_windows_7_enterprise_with_sp1_x64_dvd_u_677651.iso

Date Published (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:30:00 PM

Last Updated (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:30:00 PM

SHA1: A491F985DCCFB5863F31B728DDDBEDB2FF4DF8D1

ISO/CRC: CE09FA98

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 Windows 7 Ultimate with Service Pack 1 (x86) - DVD (English)

File Name: en_windows_7_ultimate_with_sp1_x86_dvd_u_677460.iso

Date Published (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:45:59 PM

Last Updated (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:45:59 PM

SHA1: 65FCE0F445D9BF7E78E43F17E441E08C63722657

ISO/CRC: 35511F11

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 Windows 7 Ultimate with Service Pack 1 (x64) - DVD (English)

File Name: en_windows_7_ultimate_with_sp1_x64_dvd_u_677332.iso

Date Published (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:46:21 PM

Last Updated (UTC): 5/12/2011 2:46:21 PM

SHA1: 36AE90DEFBAD9D9539E649B193AE573B77A71C83

ISO/CRC: 992B8FCD

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Linux Mint 9 Isadora

Linux Mint 9 is done. An official announcement is still pending; however, all the ISOs are now available for download.

Linux-Mint-9

Mint is an operating system

designed to be completely functional out of the box. Linux Mint 9, which is based on Ubuntu 10.04, is in some ways, a refined version of an already excellent distro. Check out the videos embedded below to see Isadora in action.

Linux Mint boasts of a host of new & improved features including a new software manager, backup tool, tweaked interface, improved update manager and Mint4Win.

CD as well as DVD images for Linux Mint 9 are available. The DVD version is just about 100 MB larger than the CD version and simply includes additional wallpapers and packages such as Sun Java, Samba and ttf-DejaVu, which could not fit into the CD.

[ Download Linux Mint 9 ]

50+ FTP Sites to Download Softwares, Games, Music, Movies and e-Books

Internet definitely has several unheard places of also known as underground websites, few of these website offer users 100s and 1000s of softwares, games, movies and music for downloads, though these sites are pretty tough to find, we were able to unearth more than 50+ FTP sites that allow users to download softwares, games, movies and music for free. Here is a list of 50+ FTP sites that will allow you download content for free.

FTP Sites to Download Softwares, Games, Music, Movies and e-Books

  1. ftp://ftp.freenet.de/pub/filepilot/
  2. ftp://193.43.36.131/Radio/MP3/
  3. ftp://195.216.160.175/
  4. ftp://207.71.8.54:21/games/
  5. ftp://194.44.214.3/pub/music/
  6. ftp://202.118.66.15/pub/books
  7. ftp://129.241.210.42/pub/games/
  8. ftp://clubmusic:clubmusic@217.172.16.3:8778/
  9. ftp://212.174.160.21/games
  10. ftp://ftp.uar.net/pub/e-books/
  11. ftp://129.241.210.42/pub/games/
  12. ftp://193.231.238.4/pub/
  13. ftp://207.71.8.54/games/
  14. ftp://194.187.207.98/video/
  15. ftp://194.187.207.98/music/
  16. ftp://194.187.207.98/soft/
  17. ftp://194.187.207.98/games/
  18. ftp://ftp.uglan.ck.ua/
  19. ftp://159.153.197.74/pub
  20. ftp://leech:l33ch@61.145.123.141:5632/
  21. ftp://psy:psy@ftp.cybersky.ru
  22. ftp://130.89.175.1/pub/games/
  23. ftp://194.44.214.3/pub/
  24. ftp://195.116.114.144:21/
  25. ftp://64.17.191.56:21/
  26. ftp://80.255.128.148:21/pub/
  27. ftp://83.149.236.35:21/packages/
  28. ftp://129.241.56.118/
  29. ftp://81.198.60.10:21/
  30. ftp://128.10.252.10/pub/
  31. ftp://129.241.210.42/pub/
  32. ftp://137.189.4.14/pub
  33. ftp://139.174.2.36/pub/
  34. ftp://147.178.1.101/
  35. ftp://156.17.62.99/
  36. ftp://159.153.197.74/pub/
  37. ftp://193.140.54.18/pub/
  38. ftp://192.67.63.35/
  39. ftp://166.70.161.34/
  40. ftp://195.161.112.15/musik/
  41. ftp://195.161.112.15/
  42. ftp://195.131.10.164/software
  43. ftp://195.146.65.20/pub/win/
  44. ftp://199.166.210.164/
  45. ftp://195.46.96.194/pub/
  46. ftp://61.136.76.236/
  47. ftp://61.154.14.248/
  48. ftp://62.210.158.81/
  49. ftp://62.232.57.61/
  50. ftp://212.122.1.85/pub/software/
  51. ftp://193.125.152.110/pub/.1/misc/sounds/mp3/murray/

5 Software Replacements For Broken Hardware

Computers aren’t that expensive any more but why spend money buying a new one when all you have is a broken keyboard or dis-functional power switch for your monitor. Here are great utilities that can serve as replacements when specific hardware goes haywire:

1. Monitor Off:

If the power button on your monitor doesn’t work any more, don’t fear. MonitorOff is a simple utility that can turn the power of your monitor off when you rub it. To turn your monitor on again, simply move your mouse or press a key on your keyboard.

2. Optical Drive Tray:

So your CD Rom drive works but the little button thingy on it is moody? Use this handy utility to open and close the drive tray with a simple slick. The great thing is, it supports up to 4 optical drives at any given time.

3. Touch It (On Screen Keyboard):

If you think your keyboard is a piece of junk, ditch it for an on-screen keyboard that can be customized. Touch-It is a great utility for this with extended features like task switching and multi monitor support.

4. DK:Keyboard:

If the LED light indicating the status of your CAPS LOCK and NUM LOCK keys is broken, use this great tool to have an on-screen bubble indicate their status.

5. J-Mouse:

Your mouse just broke but you do have an old joystick lying around? Use J-Mouse to turn a joystick or game pad into a mouse.

Hardware Replacement

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