Saturday, December 30, 2017

Show your Image on System Properties!!



Show Custom Image on System Properties!!



Few years ago I showed you how to show custom picture on USB flash drive. That time it was a quite interesting trick among the PC users. Today I'm gonna show you another trick which will show your custom image on your Computer System Properties! Let's try . . .



Applies to - 


I'm using Windows 10. Hopefully it works with the previous versions of Windows too . . .


Necessary Tools - 

  • A USB Flash Drive
  • Your desired image - You've to convert it to Bitmap image (BMP)
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Minimum skills to work with the Registry Editor (regedit)


Before you begin . . . 

Press Windows + Pause or Right click on your Computer > Properties


Computer Properties on Windows 10


This window shows the basic information of your Computer. Your picture will be shown in the System section. 

Now look at the image below - 

Showing Custom Image on Computer Properties

After completing this task, your image will be displayed as mine. 


Procedure | 2 Stages

The whole task is to be divided into 2 stages. At first, we've to prepare your image. And then we've to work in Windows Registry Editor. You must be careful enough to finish the task properly. Cause if you miss any point this trick may not work . . . 


Stage 1 - Preparing the Image
  1. Choose an image that you wanna display on your system information.
  2. Open that image in Photoshop. Resize or crop the image to make it smaller.
  3. It shouldn't be too large. Keep the size within 200 to 250 pixels.
  4. Go to File > Save as > BMP i.e. Your filename will be like Munna.bmp

Your image is ready. Now copy and paste this image i.e. Munna.bmp to the following location of your Computer - 


C:\Windows\System32\oobe


After pasting the image it should look like the image below - 


Placing Custom Image to be Displayed on My Computer Properties


That's it. Now you're eligible for the next stage. 


Stage 2 - Working with the Registry Editor

  1. Press Start + R > Type regedit > Press Enter > Hit Yes
  2. This will open Registry Editor window
  3. Now go to this location step by step -  Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\OEMInformation
  4. Click right mouse button either over the OEMInformation or on the right side blank area > String Value > Rename the string as Logo. 
  5. Now double click on the Logo and input the following code into value data -   %systemroot%\System32\oobe\Munna.bmp  
    Editing OEMInformation String to Display Custom Image on My Computer Properties
  6. Press OK and get out of Registry Editor window.

Now press Start + Pause to view your system information or simply go to Desktop > Right Click over My Computer/ This PC > Choose Properties > See the magic! 




At a Glance - 

  • A Bitmap Image (BMP Format)
  • Image Location - C Drive > Windows > System32 > oobe
  • Registry Editor Location - HKEY_LOCAL-MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > OEMInformation
  • String Name - Logo
  • String Value - %systemroot%\System32\oobe\Munna.bmp


Inform me whether you've done this or not. Leave your comments below. Thank you.





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Microsoft Office 2019 is Coming Next Year!









Well I believe that this is gonna be a great news for MS Office lovers. Microsoft released Office 2016 around 2.5 years ago. And Office 2019 will be available by November, 2018. So you can celebrate next year. Till then stay with sweet 16! 


Microsoft announced about their next perpetual release of Office At Microsoft Ignite in Orlando. Mr. Jared Spataro, The General Manager for Office, wrote about its next version i.e. Office 2019 in its Official blog on September 26, 2017. This release is scheduled for the second half of 2018.



Apps that will be included  - 
  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Outlook
  • Skype for Business
  • Servers for Exchange, SharePoint, Skype for Business

Microsoft hopes that the previews of the new product will be ready to test in the mid of next year. 



New Features!
  • Improved Inking - Pressure sensitivity, Tilt Effects, Ink Replay
  • New Formulas & Charts for Excel
  • New Animation Effects for PowerPoint
  • Server Enhancements
  • Features of Office 365 will be included too!




Hope the next version of Office will be of great use for all. Thank you . . .



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Saturday, December 09, 2017

Meet Firefox Quantum - It's Lovely!!



Meet Firefox Quantum - Lighter, faster and smarter



When working on web I always prefer Google Chrome. But it's time to think about something else. Yes, the new Firefox. Mozilla named it Firefox Quantum - it's updated, improved and dashing! Let's give it a try . . .



About Firefox Quantum 57.0.2

Mozilla's CEO Chris Beard says that this new version of Firefox is blazing fast. This rebuilt brand new web browser will deliver a completely different experience to the users. It's modern, quick and efficient. 


About Firefox Quantum 57


Mozilla hopes that the Internet users will also agree with them. Now time will say what the reality will be . . .



What's new in this rebuilt?

  • Best Firefox ever - 2x Faster browsing experience
  • A powerful new engine for rapid performance
  • Better and faster page loading with less computer memory
  • Smart design for intelligent web browsing
  • 30% lighter than Chrome - less pressure on your RAM
  • Improved tab switching - more responsive 


Tips for the new users . . . 

If you're new to Firefox then I would like to share some basic tips that may enhance your experience with this browser. Before you begin make sure that you've got the latest version of Firefox i.e. Firefox Quantum 57.0.2.


Reader View

It's like Microsoft Edge's Reading Mode. If you're bored with the ads and graphics of a website, then you can enter into Reader view. This will remove ads and unnecessary graphics from web page and optimize it for better reading. 

You will find the reader view button 📄 at URL bar. Remember that some websites may not support reader view. In that case you will not see the reader view button. 


Screenshots

This new version of Firefox includes a nice screen capturing tool. Most of the available screenshot application can only capture the monitor view. But this one is capable of capturing a whole website. That means you can only capture and current view as well as the full webpage. 


Screenshot Icon in Firefox Quantum Browser


Follow the above image. You will get the screenshot option by clicking the action button which is located in the URL bar. 


Save your Favourite Article/ Video

This feature is called Pocket. If you need something to watch later, then you can save it in pocket. Later you can find it in your pocket list.

Pocket button is also available in URL bar. Don't forget to sign in to Firefox before using Pocket. 


Library

Firefox Quantum provides library facility for the users.  This is really a great feature to get all of your stuffs in one place. 


Books Icon


Your pocket saves, bookmarks, history, screenshots all will be available in library. You will get the library icon at the upper right corner of the browser. 


Tracking Protection

Need privacy? Choose New Private Window from menu button or press Ctrl+Shift+P for private browsing. This will take you to the private mode which is tracking protected. When you're in this mode your history, cookies, temporary files and search queries will not be saved. 


Tracking Protection in Firefox Quantum Private Browsing


Online trackers will be blocked by Firefox so that your information can't be leaked.



I think Firefox lovers are already appreciating its team for this great work. And hopefully chrome lovers will also think about Quantum . . .



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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Live Traffic on Google Maps now Available in Bangladesh





Google Maps shows live traffic status



Google Maps is a great application for the commuters. Google frequently brings changes to make this app more useful for the users. Recently Google started live traffic features in Bangladesh which is already available in many countries. 


Now we can enjoy the traffic status of the desired areas. This service has been started two weeks ago on November 10, 2017. 


Before you can continue, make sure - 

  • You're using the latest version of Google Maps
  • Your Phone's Location Service (GPS)  - is turned on 
  • Traffic Option is Turned on in your Google Maps App


How to Enable Live Traffic on Google Maps


Tap on the icon as shown in the above image. Now follow the next image. 



How to Enable Live Traffic on Google Maps


You can keep the Map Type as default. Choose the traffic option on Map Details. 



Google Maps Traffic Predictions


After turning on this service, you will be able to see the live traffic status in your area. This will show the traffic status of your route as well as the traffic status of the whole city. 


Understanding the Signals - 
  • Green - No Traffic Delays
  • Orange - Medium amount of traffic/ Busy Road/ Slower Movement
  • Red - Traffic delays. The darker the red, the slower the traffic movement
  • Darker Red - Heavy Traffic/ Almost no movement




Traffic Incident Symbols - 


Traffic incidents include these types of delays:

  • Crashes
  • Construction
  • Road closures
  • Other incidents



If you notice any of these icons on your route, simply tap on it to see details about what happened. 



How does Google shows/ predicts traffic?

Well this question may knock you again and again if you're not aware about GPS technology. Almost every smartphone includes GPS sensors. And modern vehicles also include GPS. 

When you move from one place to another with your vehicle or smartphone, it sends signals to the server. Google collects and analyzes your movement data. And remember that you're not the only person moving with GPS. There might be thousands who are also having a car or GPS enabled devices. 

Google gathers data from all of you and then determine whether the road is busy or free. 

Besides in developed countries, they have traffic sensors installed by the roadside in many cities. These traffic sensors can provide more accurate data about live traffic. 



How Accurate the Google Maps is?

Well it depends. The accuracy may vary depending on -
  • How many vehicles have GPS 
  • How many smartphone users are using Google Maps
  • How many users keep their location service turned on
  • Whether people are really in traffic jam or passing free time somewhere

But my last opinion about Live Traffic is - 


I depend on Google Maps Live Traffic - You can also rely on it . . .




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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Backup your App using Android Assistant . . .



Assistant for Android Device



More than 80% Smartphones are now operated through Android OS. And all the necessary applications are found on Google Play. But you can also backup your applications if necessary. And later you can share them with someone or restore on your phone when necessary.


Android Application File Format

The file format of Android applications is known as APK (Android Package Kit). Where in Windows OS we use executable (.exe) files. You can easily backup your installed applications and store them as APK file. 


About the App

  • Name: Assistant for Android/ Android Assistant
  • Category: Productivity
  • App Rating: 4.4
  • Age Rating: 3
  • Size: Around 1 MB



  • Offered by: AA Mobile


How to Backup Android Apps?

There might be different ways to do this task. But I would like to recommend you Android Assistant for this purpose. However it includes many other effective tools which are really helpful to operate your phone smoothly. 




Download the app from the above link and install it on your phone. Now follow the steps below to backup your apps - 

  1. Run the Android Assistant.
  2. Move to the Tools > Backup & Restore.
  3. Now you will see the list of apps.
  4. Select the apps that needs to backup.
  5. Finally tap on the backup button from the bottom. 
That's it. The following screenshots may help you. 




Android Assistant Screenshot



Backup Applications using Android Assistant



Backup APK files of your android applications



Restore APK using Android Assistant





APK restore option in Android Assistant



After taking APK backup, you can store this file or share with your friends. Later you can restore these applications from APK. 

Remember, to install application from APK, you may need to allow unknown source application from your phone settings. 


Hope this post will help you. See you on my next post . . .


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Microsoft Edge can Read Out your Contents!



Microsoft Edge can Talk



Well this feature is available in Adobe Reader since long. But I didn't notice it in a browser until Microsoft has added this feature to its Edge browser. If you're using the latest version of Windows 10 then your Edge browser can talk actually! Yes, it's tested and true! Let's see how . . .


Before you can start your edge browser to read aloud, make sure you're using the latest version of Windows 10. 


Microsoft Edge can read aloud your web contents, E-book and any other PDF files. If you wanna listen to the contents of a web page, then - 
  1. Run Microsoft Edge from your PC.
  2. Now visit a web page i.e. www.markspcsolution.com
  3. After loading the page, click right mouse button somewhere and choose Read aloud.
  4. Now your browser will start reading the page word by word and line by line till the end!

Microsoft edge can read out lout your contents



It can read out PDF files and E-books too! 

Not only web page, this newest browser can read your e-book and PDF files too. 
  1. Locate your PDF file or e-book first.
  2. Then right click on it and choose Open with Microsoft Edge.
  3. After opening the document, right click on it and choose Read aloud.
  4. And then enjoy listening! 

When your browser starts reading, you can control it from the toolbar that appears when the reading starts - 
  • You can forward and backward between paragraphs
  • Change the voice (You can choose between 3 voices)
  • Control the speed
  • Pause the reading or cancel it

The pronunciation is almost accurate except some words and shortcuts. 




Do the Same thing in Adobe Reader! 

Adobe reader has also this reading feature. Simply open a PDF file using Adobe reader and then - 
  1. Go to the View Menu
  2. At the bottom choose - Read Out Loud
  3. Select Activate Read Out Loud


Hope you will enjoy listening to your browser . . . 




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Friday, November 10, 2017

Monetize your Bengali Site with AdSense!



Monetize your Bengali Contents with Google AdSense



Dear Bangladeshis! If you have an Account with Google AdSense then probably you got a message last month - AdSense now understands Bengali that means you can publish AdSense Ads on your Bengali blog or website and start earning. It's really a great news for webmasters who publishes contents in Bengali . . .


It's been more than a decade since AdSense started their Journey. Google AdSense is a worldwide advertising platform that supports both the publishers and the advertisers. Depending on the market trend AdSense is stretching its range. Inclusion of new languages, Ad formats and Sizes is a part of routine development of AdSense. 


Now the publishers 0f 41 languages can monetize their contents using Google AdSense. 



Who are the Actual Gainer?

I think the publishers of my country (Bangladesh) are the actual gainers. There are more than 150 million people whose primary language is Bengali. And there are more than thousand publishers who generates Bengali contents. 


Besides Bengali is one of the prime languages in some parts of India i.e. West Bengal, Tripura, Assam, Jharkhand etc. Around 10% of Indian people talk Bengali. So the publishers of these areas will also be benefited by the inclusion of new language in AdSense. 


And I feel really unlucky that I've no Bengali site yet! Cause when I started blogging AdSense didn't understand Bengali that time. 



The Challenge of Bengali Publishers

It's true that a large number of world population talk in Bengali. But it's not an International language and it's not well known worldwide. So catching visitors worldwide for Bengali contents is not that easy. 

But luckily there are millions of immigrants in different countries whose primary language is Bengali. So the publishers will get some International traffic for their contents. 


So the publishers it's time to leave. Wish you all for a better luck with mother tongue . . .


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Play Fidget Spinner on Google Search !!!



3 Transparent Fidget Spinners


Maybe invented years ago but the product has caught our attention very recently - this year. It's claimed that fidget spinners are helpful to calm people down who are suffering from anxiety and neurological disorders. These devices are also used for the treatment of Autism and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) even though it's not scientifically recognized. 



About the Device

Fidget spinner is a very simple device. It's basically a toy made for little kids. Though invented more than two decades ago, it's been popular in this year - April 2017. The funny thing is that the extreme popularity of this device has led some educational institutions to ban it during the classes. 


Red Transparent Fidget Spinner PNG


A good quality fidget spinner may spin up to few minutes! When spinning it may take different forms and that attracts the kids. 



Physical Structure

You may find various types of fidget spinners available in market. They are available in different shapes, colors and prices but I will talk about the most common type. 



Transparent Fidget Spinner White


This is the basic shape of fidget spinner. It has 3 lobs. There are 4 bearings in this device. 3 bearings are in 3 lobs and the other one is covered at the center. The price varies depending on the shapes, colors and performance of the device. 



Virtual Fidget Spinner

Let's come to our point! You can play fidget spinner virtually from your Smartphone or computer browser.

Simply go to your Google Search and type - Fidget Spinner and see the magic!



Fidget Spinner on Android Phone



This shot is taken from Android Phone. You will get the same from your desktop web browser too. 



Fidget Spinner on Web Browser


After loading the page it will be spinning automatically. You've to tap on it to stop spinning. Again if you wanna spin then hit on the Spin button or tap and drag one of the lobs. 


Look at the upper right corner. You can also change the lobs to numbers. Simply change the option Fidget to Number. 


Hope you enjoyed the topic. See you in the next one . . . 



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Friday, October 13, 2017

How to Convert Excel Contacts into vCard (.vcf)?



Convert .xls file to .vcf



Exporting and Importing Contacts of your Smartphone is not a big deal. You can easily do this from the Settings option of your Contact App. But you will get it really challenging when you've to convert a simple excel file into vCard (.vcf) format and import them as your phone contacts. 


If you don't have any third party tool or if you don't know the tricks then you may require few hours to save contacts on your smartphone one by one. 


Just few hours ago I faced the same challenge and hopefully you will be glad to know that I've done the job! Of course it costs me nearly 2 hours to discover the trick. But you don't need to wait that long. If you face the same need, you can do this within few minutes. Let's see how . . .


Convert Excel Contacts into vCard Format | 3 Steps
  1. Convert the Excel file (.xls/ .xlsx) into CSV (.csv) 
  2. Import the CSV file using Contacts - It's a default Windows Application in the previous versions of Windows. But in Windows 10, Contacts is considered as a folder. 
  3. Export the contacts as vCards (.vcf) using Contacts. 


Convert the Excel file into CSV - Step 1
  • Open the Excel file where your contacts are stored that you wanna convert. 
  • Now Save the file as - CSV (Comma delimited) (*.csv)


Save file as csv

  • Now you will get a message like this. 

CSV Saving Warning Message


  • Simply hit the yes button and step 1 is done!



Import CSV File using Contacts | Step 2
  • Press the Start button and type Contacts. Choose the Contacts app from the search result as shown in the image below.

Windows OS Contacts Application


  • Now you will see the Contacts folder in the screen. Hit on the Import button as shown in the image below

Contacts folder Import Option



  • Choose CSV format as shown below and hit on the Import button.

Import CSV file to Windows Contacts



Choose files to import



  • Hit on the browse button, locate your CSV file and select it.



Importing CSV to Windows Contact



  • After selecting, hit on the Next button. 



Import CSV to Windows



CSV Import Mapping



  • Now you've to mark the fields which you wanna include. Choose the field type as shown in the image below. 



Change Field Type while importing



  • After mapping the fields properly, hit on the finish button. And Close the dialogue box. 



Fields to import



After pressing the Finish button, all of your contacts will be stored in your Contacts folder. To see these contacts, again press Start button > Type Contacts and then you will see the Contacts window as shown in the following image - 



Windows Contacts sample



Here you can see that all contacts are stored with .contact extension. This format is quite useful for your Windows PC. But if you wanna get these contacts on your Smartphone, then they should be converted into vCard format. I mean Step 3 is unlocked. We've to get there now . . .



Export the Contacts as VCF  | Step 3


Make sure you're in Contacts folder or Press Start > Type Contacts > Go to the Export option > 



Windows Contacts export option



  • Now choose vCards option and hit on the Export button. 



Export contacts as VCF



  • You must choose a separate folder for exporting. Or you can choose your Contacts folder. Never choose desktop cause your desktop will be full with these contacts files.



Choosing a location to export

  • Press OK after choosing the export folder. 




Converting contacts to vCards




  • Within few moments your contacts will be exported and you will see the following message. 



Exporting process finished



Contacts with contact and vcf extension


That's it. Now you can see both type of contacts side by side. If you need to import these contacts on your Smartphone, then simply select the .vcf files and copy them in a separate folder. Then copy this folder to your phone memory or SD card. 
  • Then go to your Phone Contact application
  • Find the Import option from Settings
  • Choose your Import location i.e. Phone Memory or SD Card
Finish! 



Hope this will be of great use if you are in trouble to copy your excel contacts to your Phone. 



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