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Monday, January 1, 2007

Compare Bing And Google Search Results Together With Bingle

bingleI am a big fan of Google and I know that no one can be compared to it, but just read about a new service called Bingle that searches Bing and Google together and thought to share it with you all

You can easily compare and search the 2
search engines simultaneously. I just tried it and Google is really
fast as compared to Bing.


Have a look :


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So visit and enjoy this new service : Bingle

9 Most Important Tools For Your Hard Disk

I collected some freewares for you that will help you in analyzing the performance, space of your hard disk. All the tools are free to download and will give you a proper information about your drives. Some of them performs the same tasks but has got different features in one way or the other.

NTFSRatio

NTFS offers file based compression but the compression rate isn’t displayed anywhere. NTFSRatio shows the size and the compression rate of this folder and also of its subfolders.

TreeSize Free

It is a small software that shows you which of your files and folders are taking up most of the space in the hard disk. It tells you where precious space has gone to. It can be started from the context menu of a folder or drive and shows you the size of this folder, including its subfolders. Each folder can be expanded in Explorer-like style to see the size of its subfolders.

Xinorbis

It is a simple but powerful hard disk analyzer. Using a sophisticated mix of graphs, tables and tree displays, it gives the user a complete overview of the contents of a hard disk, folder, removable or network drive. Click here for more information about this tool.

Drive Cleanup Wizard

It is a free utility to permanently delete left-over Windows Temporary Files. It deletes all files, in all User Profiles, with extensions .bak, .~, .tmp. It can easily specify custom, multiple file-types to search and destroy. It can empty temporary Internet Files and the Recycle Bin

Note : This software is presented under the GPL and comes with no support and no warranties whatsoever. Use at your own risk

i.Disk

i.Disk counts the size of subdirectories including all their contents, and then lists their size in descending order. The program is simple, yet useful for tracking down where the space is being used on your hard drives.

Crystal DiskMark

It is a disk benchmark software that a) Sequential reads/writes b) Random 4KB/512KB reads/writes c) Text copy d) Change dialog design

Ariolic Disk Scanner

Disk Scanner is a tiny freeware utility to check the hard drive for read errors. It makes a read only scan of the disk clusters and shows results as an image with bad clusters marked.

AutoCompress

AutoCompress scans files evaluating their compressibility (or current compression ratio), and compresses them (or decompresses them) if they meet certain criteria; namely the date since modification, compression ratio, and file size.

Disktective

With Disktective you can find out the real size of your directories and distribution of used space inside them. Each directory may contain hundreds of subdirectories each containing many files. Simply run Disktective and let Disktective create a complete report displaying the real sizes of all directories and their containing subdirectories.



Top 10 Websites To Find Drivers For Your Laptops And Notebooks

Sometimes it becomes very annoying when we cannot find desired driver for our PC or Laptop. So, here is a list of top sites from where you can download free drivers for your Laptop and Notebook.

Laptop Driver

laptop driverA powerful website that contains all the laptop drivers of Acer, Apple, Asus, BenQ, Dell, Fujitsu, Gateway, HP, IBM, Intel, Lenovo, LG, MSI, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba. All the drivers are available free of cost.

Laptop Drivers

laptop driversA Wordpress blog that contains drivers of LAN, Wi-fi, Bluetooth, Audio, Video, WLAN and more

It includes drivers of Acer, Advent, Asus, Compaq, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony VAIO and Toshiba.

Open Drivers

open driversOpen Drivers collect notebook driver for one-stop download, update and installation service. All notebook for Winbook, vpr Matrix, Uniwill, TTX, Toshiba, Sony, Samsung, Sager, Rugged, Panasonic, MSI, MGC, Mecer, MALIBAL, LG Electronics, Lenovo, IBM, Hypersonic, HP, Gateway, Fujitsu, Everex, Eurocom, DURABOOK, Dell, Clevo, CHEM USA, BENQ, Averatec, AVAMOS, ASUS, ASmobile, Apple, ALB, AJP, Acer, ABS have been listed in Open Drivers.

Laptop-Drivers

laptop-driversAgain a Wordpress blog for Laptop drivers. It has a huge list of drivers in its database. You can also request a driver for free.

Notebook Driver Download

notebook driver downloadA place to download free notebook drivers of Asus, HP, Acer, Dell, Toshiba, LG, Sony Vaio. It even includes tutorials about laptop, Windows and other tech related stuff.

Laptops Notebooks Drivers

laptops notebooks driversIt claims to be the largest Laptop and Notebook Drivers database on Internet that provides laptop drives for free. It includes drivers of Acer, Apple, ASmobile, ASUS, BenQ, Dell, Fujitsu, Gateway, HP, IBM, Lenovo, LG, MSI, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba

Notebook Era

notepaderaIt contains all notebook drivers, notebook reviews of almost all the manufacturers. As a whole it contains 66158 drivers, and the quantity increases daily.

Notebooks Drivers

notebooks driversYou can download all drivers for free and can also scan for driver related errors. Has a huge list in its database.

They update their website daily and add latest drivers as they are released.

Laptops Notebooks Drivers

laptops-notebooks-driversThey update their driver list daily and contains all drivers for free.I have been using this website and I am quite satisfied with it. This is my first choice.

Give Me File

give me file logoWant any driver of any manufacturer, GiveMeFile is AIO solution for it. It contains laptop drivers of every manufacturer.

Lost My Drivers

lost my driverUpdated daily and contains 1091 drivers in its database.



View RSS Feeds On Screensaver In Windows

Today I have great screensaver to share with you all. Now you can
view/read RSS feeds in your screen saver.Its is a free product and
allows you to subscribe to any number of RSS/XML feed. Have a look








Some quick features


  • You can create folder and subfolders
  • Add background images
  • Loops through the list of feeds and shows the items and their contents in transparent text boxes over your background images.
  • Click/browse any news headlines directly from the rss feed screensaver.

Download Instructions


Click here to download the screensaver from the official website.

5 HTML Tips to Create a Fast Loading Free Website

My HyperText Markup Language (HTML) skills are rusty for certain, but perhaps that qualifies me for this article. Back in the day when Friends was still on TV and AOL was sending out free coasters and mini-frisbees daily, I was creating websites to load on dial-up modems. As time went on, I had the nerve to think that there are plenty of people still out there with non-broadband (dial-up) connections and continued to design web sites based on that.

Finally, I gave up web design and development when quality of content started to get pushed to the side by quantity of content. Flash sites, lots of images, pop-ups, pop-unders, sliders, etc. Trust your quality content and you don’t need this fluff. Trust your content and you can make your website blazingly fast.

With a website that is hosted on a free service, faster is definitely better. Why? Because ‘free’ tends to attract a lot of people and the server has to dish out your page plus thousands of other peoples’ pages that aren’t optimized. It’s like trying to pass a convoy of Kenworths pullin’ logs with your Jimmy haulin’ hogs. But if you have a small Porsche, that gets a lot easier to do.

Here are some tips to trim the fat, in no particular order.

1. Use Tables Sparingly

Tables are a catch-22. In the beginning, they were used to lay out design as well as put content into table format. As the design layouts got more complex, the tables got bigger and nested deeper, and that always means a slow down on load time.

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) came along and really helped the problem of using tables for layout. Unfortunately, the browser makers couldn’t seem to wrap their heads around the idea of standards – and still can’t. What looked great in CSS in Firefox looked like a dog’s breakfast in IE and possibly didn’t even render in Safari. Don’t get me started on IE5 on a Mac. I’m still in therapy over that.

Please only use tables to layout content that must be in a tabular format – like a price list or hockey stats. That reduces the number of tables, and depth of nesting, which means speedier load times. Learning CSS will make a big difference, if you must have a fancy layout.

2. Use HTML to Create Colour

Yep, I’m Canadian, so it is colour with a ‘u’ to me. I know HTML is America-centric so the attribute is ‘color’. Learn your hexidecimal color codes and use them to to liven up content instead of images.

Try adding the color attribute to your HTML elements to spice it up. This works especially well in tables, or the body tag, like such:

<body bgcolor=”#FF00FF”>

If you were a browser, would you be faster at loading a simple 7 characters of #FF00FF or a 10×10 pixel image of the colour fuschia a few thousand times? That’s a rhetorical question, you in the back row. Put your hand down.

3. Link To Scripts/Style Sheets

If you use a certain JavaScript (JS) or CSS repeatedly throughout your website, think about creating their own file and calling it, instead of putting it on every page. Since a browser tends to cache a file and call that file first before checking with the server, your browser will already have that script or CSS ready to use. That means less HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) calls which means a faster loading page.

How to Call an External JavaScript:

<!–
<SCRIPT SRC=”my_script.js”>
</SCRIPT>
–>

Why did I put those comment tags around the call for the JavaScript? Because not every browser is set to read scripts. Adding the comment tags makes the browsers with scripting disabled just skip over it, instead of giving annoying error messages.

How to Call an External Cascading Style Sheet:

<link href=”my_style_sheet.css” rel=”stylesheet” type=”text/css”>

It’s that simple. The attribute href is where you set the location of your style sheet. The rest of the attributes tell the browser what that file is, so it knows what to do with it.

Some developers may use the @import method to call a stylesheet. In Internet Explorer, this is like having your <link> tag at the bottom of your file, causing it to load the whole page and THEN render the styles on it. Not good.

4. Combine Your Commonly Used Scripts in One File

Many web developers will use the same scripts over and over again. Perhaps there’s a clock script and a calendar script and maybe some sort of special effect script that they’ll use on every page. Instead of having 3 separate files, with 3 separate HTTP calls, put the scripts in one file and call it once. That cuts your HTTP calls by 66% and it gets cached as well. You speed demon, you! Before you raise your hand again, yes, you can do the same thing with CSS files.

5. Do Not Use HTML to Change the Size of Your Images

If you want to use an image that is 1000×1000 pixels on your web page, but you want it to be only 250×250 pixels, change it in an image editor. Some people will ’shrink’ the image using HTML like such:

<img src=”BigPicture.jpg” height=”250″ width=”250″>

If that 1000×1000 pixel image is 2 MB in file size, resizing it with HTML doesn’t make the file size any smaller! In fact it may take longer to load, because now the browser has to put 10 pounds of poop in a 2 pound bag, so to speak. Not an easy task.

Hopefully these tips will help you. Give me a shoutback in the comments if you use them or have some other HTML optimizing ideas to share.



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