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Elementary OS : A Sleek, Beautiful, Fast, Feature Rich, Secure, Free and Open Source Operating System

If you are looking for a fast, feature-rich, easy-to-use, good-looking Desktop Linux distribution for replacing Windows, Elementary OS is what you need. Designed from the ground-up as an free replacement for Windows on the PC and OS X on the Mac, Elementary OS comes bundled with everything you'd expect from an ready-to-go OS after install which includes an excellent suite of custom tailored apps like a fast web browser, an app store with thousands of apps, free security-updates for life, music-player and organizer, all-in-one Jabber, Facebook, Google Talk, AIM, IRC, Yahoo! etc. instant messenger, multi-account modern desktop email-client, photo-organizer-editor and much more.

Elementary OS Luna not only looks beautiful but has also been engineered from the core to be light on system resources. It boots-up quickly, logs you in instantly, and uses the bare minimum of resources so that your apps enjoy a speed boost as well. Do watch the introduction video posted ahead.

Elementary OS

Bypassing Youtube Age Restricted Videos Without Signing In

Since Youtube caters to a wide-variety of users groups all around the globe, it imposes several types of restrictions to filter out non-suitable content citing various criteria like users Geographical location and age. We have already shared tricks to bypass Youtube country specific geographic censorship and even how to watch videos deleted from Youtube (providing they are still on Youtube cache servers distributed across the globe).

Today we will show a trick on how to bypass the "Youtube Content Warning : This video may be inappropriate for some users." without signing-in or need to have a Youtube/Google account (which also avoids tracking and prevents similar type of videos being shown on Youtube front-page when signed-in).

Bypassing Youtube Age Restricted Videos

How To Compare Image And Video Quality Of Mobile Phone Camera's Online

If you have a decent smartphone purchased in last one year, one of the top reason to get a new one would be for better mobile-camera quality. Luckily we have a single online service from GSMArena which allows anyone to not only pitch-n-compare smartphone specifications across a lot of brands, but also compare their picture and video quality side-by-side visually taken at a professional setup providing multiple charts and scenarios (like Good and Low light) to get the best evaluation.

Photo Compare Tool

Get EaseUS Free Partition Manager for Home Users

Many people who have computers complain about the way their computer is partitioned. If your PC came with a faulty partitioning, you can get a partition manager to help you fix it. The EaseUS Partition Master is one of the best tools for the job. You don't have to pay anything either, because this is a free partition manager software. This partition manager works without having to reboot your computer. There is a single catch though, because you can only use this toolkit if you’re a Windows user.

EaseUS Free Partition Manager

An important feature of this partition manager is its ability to change the size of your partition without losing any important data. You won’t be losing any data is you choose to unite 2 adjacent partitions with Partition Manager. Countless other tools lose your data during the process. If you lost a whole partition by accident, this software has the power of bringing it back.

Configuring Network Folder Sharing On Radxa Rock

Radxa Rock - the cheap and powerful quad-core mini-computer has already receiving great success with majority of stock vanishing across all major online distributors. Luckily, I had received my Radxa Rock a while back and has now successfully taken over the job of my Wireless Network Attached Storage (NAS) from Raspberry Pi.

The process of setting up NAS on Radxa Rock is much more easier then Raspberry Pi as the external disk is automatically detected and mounted on every boot (Thanks to Ubuntu Desktop based Linaro image), but when using the folder sharing via Samba Share we need to add an extra line to smb.conf to make the data accessible over network.

Network Folder Sharing Over Samba

Fixing Java Error - "Missing required Permissions manifest attribute in main jar"

In a bid to beef up the security of Java applications, all versions of Java from v7 Update 51 will feature an enhanced security model making a user system less vulnerable to external exploits. This new security policy of Java will simply not allow users to run any java-application which is not signed (Unsigned), Self signed (not signed by trusted authority) or have missing permission attributes details in the manifest.

Since, this needs a fix on developers side users are simply blocked away from using Java applications which comes short in any of the above security considerations. I faced a similar issue where Dell's iDRAC 6 Virtual Console Client was denied execution by Java citing "Missing required Permissions manifest attribute in main jar" error. Since, there is no updated version of iDrac 6 Remote Console applet with fixed permissions we need to add an security exception for it as demonstrated below to let it run.

Why are Java applications blocked by your security settings with the latest Java?

Installing VLC or KM Media Player Voids Your Laptop Warranty !!!

A company denying warranty service for laptop speaker damage if VLC Media Player or KMPlayer is found installed sounds ridicules, but that's exactly the case with DELL where users are being denied repair of blown speakers if the above popular media-players are found installed on their laptop. The company's argument is - "When using VLC media player, volume can be increased to max output. This eventually distorts the speaker output. If audio/video playback is continuously done using VLC with max volume (100%) over a period of time then even if the volume is kept at a lower level sound would be distorted. This distortion is permanent. ". But as put forward by VLC's main developer (and shared below), that the media-player simply uses Windows officially provided API's like every other media-player and the problem lies with the fact that DELL is using inferior quality, cheap components where their sound-card is outputting at max 10W, and the accompanied speakers can only take 6W causing the damage. Don't miss the VLC's main developer answer to DELL shared at Hacker News posted after the "read more" link below.

Dell Vs VLC

Fixing The Horrible Windows "Unable To Access" Network Resource Error

Microsoft Windows has came a long way since the dreadful days of common OS crashes and BSOD's, I have been using my current install of Microsoft Windows 7 since past 2.5 years and never faced any major annoyance. Suddenly, few days ago my computer failed to connect to any shared network folder and greeted me with the error "Windows cannot access \\machine\sharedfolder, error code 0x80004005" every-time I tried accessing a network resource as shown below. Strangely, the computer was discovering other computers on the network and I was able to ping and SSH into them like my Raspberry Pi Network Attached Storage (NAS). After, trying everything from messing with firewall settings, completely uninstalling Kaspersky Internet Security 2014, enabling all sorts of networking services and changing security policies nothing worked. After 5 days of reading numerous articles on the internet I finally managed to nail this and solve this problem as shared below.

Unable to Browse the Network

Fixing dllhost.exe Constant CPU Usage And Memory Leak

A long ago we shared a solution for "Windows 7 Lock-up While Using Windows Photo Viewer" which involved dllhost.exe's incompatibility with Kaspersky Antivirus. I recently faced a similar issue where Microsoft's genuine dllhost.exe file was constantly using 25% of CPU with ever increasing RAM (a memory leak) consumption, this time it was not the Kaspersky incompatibility causing the issue but a Windows 7 bug how it handles thumbnail generation. The reason for the issue was a broken video download on my Desktop, Windows was trying to generate thumbnail for that broken/incompatible video file and failing causing the constant CPU usage - the solution was to simply delete the problematic file or move it to a inner folder in which case the problem will occur only when accessing that particular folder.

dllhost.exe causing high cpu and RAM usage

Jihosoft ISO Maker Free - Freeware to Create, Extract & Burn ISO Image Files

An ISO image is basically an uncompressed archive file of the digital media or the disk which is created by copying an optical disc, from sector to sector, into a file. Currently, many tools are available on the market to create, mount, and manipulate ISO image files. One such image tool is Jihosoft ISO Maker Free. This utility allows you to backup disk as ISO image, create ISO image from files and folders, extract contents of an ISO file, and burn ISO image to DVD disc. Here’s a look at the four main functions of Jihosoft Free ISO Maker.

Byte Backup - Backup Disk as ISO Image
From the detected drive list, select the disk or partition yow want to create a backup image file. Once you confirm the selection, the program will immediately take sector by sector image of selected region.

Byte Backup

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