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Enable/Disable AutoPlay For Individual Drives

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Windows’ Autoplay is a neat feature – the moment you pop in a CD/Drive or a Removable drive, autorun.inf file is read, and any executable file mentioned in there is executed. While this seems as a good idea, say, for automated setup installers, Autoplay has gathered some infamy as a virus distribution centre.

With default settings, you can only disable or enable Autoplay totally, not for individual drives. So is there a way to enable Autoplay, say only for individual drives, say, CD Drive? Yes!

For that you’ll need Tweak UI, grab it from here. After installing, launch it.
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Change your Yahoo IM Status to What You Are Currently Listening to

While on IM, one of the most common question everyone asks is – How do you show what song you’re listening to? Well it’s a no-brainer really, quite a few plugins exist which allow to do so, but most of them are buggy, don’t work with one version or the other, or just don’t work at all!

Well after doing a bit of research, I found an ideal plugin for Winamp – Yahoo Messenger 9/8/7 Now Playing v4.3, which works for Yahoo Messenger versions 7, 8 and even the beta version 9. You can grab it from here.
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For those using Windows Media Player, there’s a Messenger Data Plugin v1.1 which you can download from here

For those using Pidgin for all your IM needs, fear not, the MusicTracker plugin will send the now playing satuts to all of your Pidgin accounts. Even better, MusicTracker supports Winamp, Windows Media Player, iTunes and Foobar2000! Grab the MusicTracker plugin from here.

So what’re you waiting for? Go grab those plugins and let people know, what you’re listening to!

How-to: Change the themes and icons of Sony Ericsson P1i

The p1i by default comes with a rather drab theme, and the default ones are no good either. So, to spice up the phone’s look a bit, you can always download new themes(my current one is the PSP original theme from Themebin). While changing the theme is a no-brainer – just download (or beam) the theme(.utz) file to your memory card(or phone memory), use file manager to browse to the location where the theme is saved, click on it and just apply! The new theme – including wallpapers, sound schemes will all be applied. Most themes also come with icon replacements, which replace the original icons with new ones. To check if your theme has icon replacements, Just check if there’s a folder called “resource”, present in the skin archive. IF it’s there then your theme comes with an Icon pack.

For that we’ll have to do a bit of tweaking. No, don’t worry, it won’t cause you P1i to go berserk. First, connect your p1i to the computer via the USB cable(Bluetooth won’t do) in file transfer mode. Once the memory card is detected,  browse to it. Just copy the “resource” folder from the theme folder over to your memory card. When asked to replace or overwrite, just say yes.

This is how my P1i looks, with the PSP original theme.

P1i Main Menu          P1i Standby Screen

Overclocking a NVIDIA 8600m GT

Requirements

  • Latest nVidia drivers
  • ATiTool 0.26/RivaTuner 2.06
  • A bit of patience

1. Getting the latest drivers.
Unfortunately, the drivers from nvidia’s site won’t work for a laptop, as they don’t recognize the mobile versions. What you need are drivers from http://www.laptopvideo2go.com Also do note that NOT ALL drivers support OC’ing. The latest that I tried were 171.16.

Grab the latest drivers from here. Also, pick up the modified inf files from the same thread. Now extract the downloaded drivers to a folder(the .exe is a self extracting 7z compressed file). Next, goto the folder where the drivers are extracted. Replace the inf file with the modded inf file you have downloaded. DO NOT run the setup.exe file. You will have to update the drivers manually, using the Have Disk Method.
To do this, goto Control Panel, Double click the System, Click on Hardware Tab and Choose the Device Manager. Expand Display adapters, right click on the 8600m GT and Click on Properties. Click on Driver tab, and Choose update drivers.
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