20 December 2011

Change windows7 login background

Hello all readers,
Today at i'll show how to change your , windows login background in windows 7,without hacking your logonui.exe as was the case for xp & vista! It uses a simple registry entry and a .jpg file which is to be the new background i have automated the process in a batch file , check it out  yourself .........
 [ Download Here in the zip file]


  • Extract the files from the zip 
  • Double click on install.bat 
  • Click allow if you have UAC turned on
  • Then follow onscreen instructions 
  • Press ctrl+alt+del to see the new login
  • To change the image simply edit/replace the backgrounddefault.jpg and repeat the process 
  • if it wont work then just double click the *.reg file and then try it out :)
Remember that the image needs to be a jpeg smaller than 256kb in size
That's it, have fun with your new custom logins :) , i will wait for your responses in the comments section......

15 December 2011

Youtube to mp3!

hey der! , i know i have been a little inactive these days so i thought i would do a quick post ,
 we all ,at some point of time, have thought that ,  "man this song is nice and i want in my phone/shuffle/i-something "
now we can download programs for it OR use this simple webtool to do it
ofcoure the latter seems better , first go to any of the following sites
 (these do not require java so may work on phones aswell)

[Edit: adding only those sites which do server side conversion]


then simply paste the url , wait for the mp3 to convert & then download  :D
happy mp3 listening

08 December 2011

Rogue touch-Pocket watch

The limited edition Kisai Rogue Touch Pocket Watch is a futuristic take on the traditional.
Featuring an LCD display with touch screen technology, dual time, date and alarm, it brings a new dimension to the classic pocket watch.
Available in four display colors, the Kisai Rogue Touch Pocket Watch has a hybrid LCD/LED interface giving you the best of both worlds;
the LCD display is always on so the time can be read at a glance and the LED backlight function means it will light up on demand.
The touch screen display has four hot-zones (top, bottom, left, right). Simply touch with your finger to change mode; time, date, alarm, light up.
Holding your finger in place for a few seconds allows you to customise; hold your finger over the alarm zone to set the alarm, hold it over the time zone to set the time. It's intuitive, simple and fun to operate.
After 60 seconds the screen will lock to prevent accidental input, however the LED light up function can always be operated. To unlock the display, simply swipe your finger across the screen from left to right.

and dude i got only one word for these babies "AWE-fantastic-SOME" :D hehe....
nd i can onl thiink of "gotta catch em all" -pokemon lol

06 December 2011

6th sense

from the official website :-
'SixthSense' is a wearable gestural interface that augments the physical world around us with digital information and lets us use natural hand gestures to interact with that information.
The SixthSense [prototype] comprises a pocket projector, a mirror and a camera contained in a pendant like, wearable device.
The projector projects visuals enabling any physical surfaces, walls and objects around us to be used as interfaces/screens ;
while the camera recognizes and tracks users' hand gestures and objects using computer-vision techniques.
The software program in the computing device in user's pocket  processes the video stream data that is  captured by the camera and tracks the locations of the colored markers at the tips of the user’s fingers.
The movements and arrangements of these markers are interpreted into gestures that act as interaction instructions for the projected application interfaces.
SixthSense supports multi-touch and multi-user interaction.

The current prototype implements several applications that demonstrate the usefulness, viability and flexibility of the system. a few examples are ,The map application , The drawing application

 SixthSense also recognizes user’s freehand gestures (postures). For example, the SixthSense system implements a gestural camera that takes photos of the scene the user is looking at by detecting the ‘framing’ gesture.
The user can stop by any surface or wall and flick through the photos he/she has taken.
 SixthSense also lets the user draw icons or symbols in the air using the movement of the index finger and recognizes those symbols as interaction instructions. For example, drawing a magnifying glass symbol takes the user to the map application
 The SixthSense system also augments physical objects the user is interacting with by projecting more information about these objects projected on them. For example, a newspaper can show live video news or dynamic information can be provided on a regular piece of paper. The gesture of drawing a circle on the user’s wrist projects an analog watch.

as per the official website , The current prototype system costs approximate $350 to build. Instructions on how to make your own prototype device can be found here

the maker , also an indian, is pranav mistry he has made this really nice gadget on windows platform in C/C++
the instructions to make your own , do not yet, have the software but let us wait for it :D
this really makes me think of what is possible in the future where we can interact with our friends not in a screen but on a real-sized wall projection! all in all a great projects there are a few remakes done by aspiring people but none of those that i saw were seriously comparabe to the original
here's a vid.

enjoy the vid and  Happy Geeking  :D

28 November 2011

Android 4.0 – codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich

ok so how do i put it , well , android is back in action and it's better than ever
with android 4.0 [Ice Cream Sandwich] we are getting the real smart phone
"Galaxy Nexus"
HOT!!! yes that's all to it , sleek hardware smooth interface nice features everything in 1

let's get to the point , new features ? hell yeah ,among others the ones i really liked are :-
  • Virtual buttons in the UI , that means no buttons on front panel
  • Improved visual voicemail with the ability to speed up or slow down the messages 
  • Data Usage section in settings that lets users set warnings when they approach a certain usage limit, and disable data when the limit is exceeded cuz, i can go 3G'ing whole Day long, way exceeding my free data limit 
  • Built-in photo editor 
  • Resizeable widgets – which is already part of Android 3.1 for tablets, but new for cellphones. 
  • hardware acceleration employs the GPU to render animations and graphics, meaning your Android experience will be smooth , so smooth that Once you see what hardware acceleration does for the user experience you’ll probably never want to leave Android.
  • now the bad news , (quoted from wikipedia)
    A few days after the UK release, some users started noticing a glitch with the volume rocker, where the phone would lower the volume seemingly at random. Cnet UK also reported that the phone in their review "dropped the volume when we were using 2G. This means it was almost impossible to make calls over 2G. We missed calls and texts due to not hearing alerts." As a consequence, they could not recommend buying the phone at the time of the review.On the 22 November 2011, the UK retailer Handtec temporarily stopped Galaxy Nexus shipments after confirming that there was a problem with its stock of devices.Soon after, both Google and Samsung confirmed the issue, saying they already had a fix and the phones would be updated "as soon as possible"

    18 November 2011

    Nokia s40 hack for internal browser

    Nokia X2-00 hack for internal browser
    ( works on other s40 nokia models)
    two ways to reach the trick are present let us look at them

    1. The true "hack" (a bug left out ) (may work on other models)
    2. The html file loader (may not work on other models)
    The first, true hack
    steps are

    • Go to media player's now playing screen  (pic1)
    • go options>>more>>downloads>>go to address  
    • you will get a box with "rtsp://" in it 
    • replace that with "http://www.google.com" or (other address you wish)
      but, http:// is mandatory as it defines to use http protocol 

    address box

    Final result

     Second, if you want a more quicker way to access this internal browser
     (that has great support for css and javascript and html )

    1.create an html file with the following html code in it 

    <title>Internal browser </title>
    <script type="text/javascript">
    function delayer(){
    window.location = document.getElementById("url").value
    <body >

    <hr>This and many other tricks @ http://gadget-geek-prashant.blogspot.com<br>please don't remove this link
    Enter the url to browse the web using internal browser <hr>
    Enter Url: <input id="url" type="text" name="url" value="http://www.google.com"/>
    <input type="button" value="Go" onclick="delayer()"/>

     2.save and transfer that file to your phone
     3.browse to it in gallery and open the file
     4.go options>>add to web services
     5.select "Internal browser " for the shortcut on the shortcut bar (in the category web services)

    Enjoy the better html rendering of the internal browser ,
    but remember it will take a little while to load files of large resource size (>300kb)

    03 November 2011

    windows a few tricks and hacks

    Here are a few Windows tricks that i find handy
    Trick I
    (works in xp)
    The "Take ownership" hack
    Most mods in this windows world require full access to files
    this hack comes in handy in such situations
    All you need to do is to create a registry entry  and you can get the option in the context menu
    Step  I
         copy the following into a notepad window

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\runas]@="Take Ownership""NoWorkingDirectory"=""
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\runas\command]@="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F""IsolatedCommand"="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F"
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas]@="Take Ownership""NoWorkingDirectory"=""
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\runas\command]@="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" /r /d y && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F /t""IsolatedCommand"="cmd.exe /c takeown /f \"%1\" /r /d y && icacls \"%1\" /grant administrators:F /t"

    and save the file with the name "take ownership.reg" (with quotes to save as a Registration Entry file)
    step II
     open and allow the file to merge
    then right click a file  and you have the option in your context menu as "Take Ownership" use it
    and you get the full rights to a file or folder
    Trick II

     how many times have you wished you could open a folder  in a new window like a link on a website ?
    this trick does exactly that (works in xp)
     The "open in a new window"
     step I
     copy the text in a notepad window (blank)

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\opennewwindow]@="Open in New Window"
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\opennewwindow\command]@="explorer %1"
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\opennewwindow]@="Open in New Window"
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Drive\shell\opennewwindow\command]@="explorer %1"

    and save the file 
    with the name "open in a new window.reg" (with quotes to save as a Registration Entry file)
    step II
     open and allow the file to merge
    then right click a folder  and you have the option in your context menu
    Trick III
     (works in xp
    Edit any file in notepad

    step I
    create a registry entry file "edit in notepad.reg" just as you did for above two tricks with following in it

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\edit in Notepad]
    [HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\edit in Notepad\command]@="notepad.exe %1"
     step II
     open and allow the file to merge
    then right click a file  and you have the option in your context menu as "edit in Notepad"
    (Trick IV)
    Windows7 only
    Change Login Screen Background" trick
    create a registry entry file "enable login.reg" just as you did for above two tricks with following in it
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 
      step II
     open and allow the file to merge 
      step III
    create the following folder structure 
     step IV
    any image in this folder with file name "backgroundDefault.jpg" and filesize limit of 256KB 
    will be used as Log-in background  image

    however i personally recommend the file dimentions be a factor of your screen dimentions 

    thats all for now have fun using these tricks

    life of a geek

    a Geek is a person who has a deep passion for things that are too complicated or too unimportant  for the so called "common" people , it can be for basic sciences or it can be for astronomy , it can be for gadgets (like yours truly ) it can also be for some form of art, the term is not definite it changes it's meaning from person to person ,but as the technology starts entering every field this term has been getting a more commonly accepted meaning ,a computer expert or a enthusiast , which is not that broad and in my opinion rather limits the meaning down too much ....... geeks can be too involved in their passion and just ignore the outside world, as something that just 'Exists' ,unimportant to the day to day life of a geek , we can spend hours and hours in doing something we love , not realizing it has been long as such, and it is that drive that makes us different , it is that force inside us that makes us geeks so hungry , we want to know it all , we want to do it all but above all we enjoy doing it all over and over without a slightest tinge of regret , being a geek is not easy , as many people assume , while most geeks are, many geeks out there [ including me ] are not the sharpest at the head. But ,we strive to learn what appeals to us , we be the ones who are many a times left out of the 'normal people , as well , but , we are not satisfied until the geek in us gets all the details to a concept or a thing we find interesting being a geek is not something that we want to do ,it's just that we can't resist to the hunger that lives inside us ,the hunger for knowledge , wanting to know more and more This blog is dedicated to that same hunger in me, in you , because ,
    when we share we grow,
    so, here i am sharing my life as a Gadget Geek