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As with any other user with digital cameras, I too have built over the years tons of Digital photographs. Now for the last 1 year, after my Son was born, the photos have increased by leaps. After downloading from the camera I keep them organized in Folders (Family, son, Travel, Business, Friends, Presentations & Venkatarangan). When I last counted, the Photos folder on my laptop was about 1.8GB!. The problem I have is not with storage – with the ever decreasing cost of Hard-disks, this is not a problem. The problem is on sharing this with my friends. Since I…

While Windows Explorer makes basic file handling like copying, moving, deleting very easy through its intuitive GUI, it leaves much to be desired when it comes to advanced tasks. For doing Advanced file handling tasks, I generally turn to DOS…

Today, after you have your base Operating Systems setup, Antivirus has become the first application to be installed. In fact, most manufactures now ship PCs with pre-built A/V programs in them. At workplace, we have been using Symantec AntiVirus Corporate…

When reading emails in Hotmail, I dislike the idea of hyperlinks in the message opening up in a framed browser window. One problem is that it eats up browser space and the other being I cannot add it to my favourites or email the URL. Look at this, a simple hyperlink to www.venkatarangan.com in a Hotmail message, is turned into a URL beast: http://64.4.16.250/cgi-bin/linkrd?_lang=EN&lah=09127ba509d5e08eae29a46ded62cadd&lat=1075044828&hm___action=http%3a%2f%2fwww%2evenkatarangan%2ecom%2f On an evening where I had nothing else to do, no India Cricket Match, no calls, no reading; I sat down to write this tiny program that solves this problem. Just right click and copy shortcut on the Hyperlink in Hotmail,  switch to this application,…

I believe if not for the sweeping wave of HTML in the mid 90’s, the document management world today will only be of Adobe Acrobat (PDF). PDF supports lots of interesting features, but not limited to Cross-Platform, wide availability, Ability…