What do you do when loads of data on your computer needs to be cleverly hidden away from inquisitive family members or office colleagues? Software such as folder lockers, encryption utilities and othershttps://i0.wp.com/www.chip.in/images/content_images/may2010/HIDE%20YOUR%20ENTIRE%20HARD%20DRIVE%20STEPS.jpg do a decent job, but is a costly method and leaves traces. We will show you a simple trick with which you can hide your data easily from others. This trick is very simple works against casual snoopers, but will not prevent a skilled spy from finding it! To do it, all you need is a separate partition to store all the data you want to hide.

Step 1: Create an additional partition and format it. Windows Vista and 7 users can use the Shrink Space option from the Disk Management Utility to create a new volume without repartitioning the hard drive. Windows XP or older users can use third party partition manager utilities to create a new partition. If you already have an additional partition or drive, then you can skip this part. Once you have created the partition, format it and transfer all your data to this new drive.

Step 2: Now let’s assume that you have your sensitive data on drive ‘D’ and want to prevent it from showing up in the Windows Explorer. To do this you need to start the Group Policy Editor utility. Click ‘Start | Run’ and type ‘Gpedit.msc’ and press [Enter]. Here scroll down to ‘User Configuration | Administrative Templates | Windows Components | Windows Explorer’ on the left pane. Double-click on the ‘Hide these specified drives in My Computer’ on the right pane. In the following window, select ‘Enabled’ and choose the ‘D’ drive from the drop down list under ‘Options’. Apply the settings and exit.

Step 3: The drive letter ‘D’ is now hidden from Windows Explorer. In order to access this drive in future, all you need is to enter ‘D:’ in the ‘Start | Run…’ dialog box nor in the address bar of Windows Explorer. Your drive will be accessible for your work since only you know it exists. Note: This is not a fool-proof method and the hidden drive can even be targeted by viruses. Also, remember that this is not an encrypted partition. The lists of recently opened files in each program can also expose the hidden drive’s existence. Use a utility such as Ccleaner or Window Washer to wipe out these tracks.


Google Buzz Widget for Android


Well, the official Google Mobile blog also shares the introduction of the Google Buzz widget for Android. The newfangled tool is intended to make the sharing experience on Android faster and easier.

With a single tap, users can now post text and photos thanks to the new widget. Keeping in lines with other mobile access points for Google Buzz, this new widget too enables users to tag their posts with a location. Users can post buzz about a load of things.

For example, users who’ve just had a great meal can choose to share photos of the new restaurant without really waiting to get back to their scrumptious dessert. They save time as their posts will upload in the background

Initially available in English for Android phones running v1.6 and above, the widget can be downloaded from the Android Market. Post installation, users can add it to their home screen. All they have to do is tap ‘Menu’ while they are on the homescreen and then choose ‘Add > Widgets > Google Buzz’. Support for other languages is expected to be added soon.

Microsoft announces service packs for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2

While the announcement has been made, no release schedule has been disclosed. If the timelines of previous Windows SP1 releases are anything to go by, you can expect them both – Windows 7 SP1 and and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 – to arrive by the Q4 2010. They will probably be launched simultaneously, as they both share a single code-base.

The Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is said to contain “minor updates” that include hotfixes and patches which will also be delivered through Windows Update in the months before the its release. One new feature will be a new Remote Desktop client that will work with RemoteFX, a remote-access platform which will be part of the Windows Server 2008 SP1. Apart from RemoteFX and other minor updates, another new feature will be introduced in the Windows Server 2008 SP1 called Dynamic Memory, which will allow administrators to adjust their users’ virtual memory on a real-time basis.

In the past, administrators and enterprise users had always waited for the SP1 of a new OS to arrive before migrating their businesses to it. However, in a recent survey conducted by Dimensional Research of 900 IT administrators, 46% said they will not wait for SP1 before migrating. Kudos to Microsoft for launching such a stable release.

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Opera Mini 5 beta for Android released

opera-androidOpera Mini 5 beta is now available for Android based mobile phones. Opera software claimes that Opera Mini 5 beta for Android brings a fast and cost-efficient Web experience to any handset built on the Android platform.

Opera Mini offers a desktop-like Web browsing experience on a mobile phone, with features such as Speed Dial, tabbed browsing, password manager and bookmarks. With  Opera Mini optimized for Android, more people will be able to get a PC-like browsing experience on their mobile handsets.


“Android users should not have to compromise when it comes to surfing the Web on their phones. Opera Mini will give Android users a fast and cost-efficient access to their favorite Web sites and services,” said Dag Olav Norem, Vice President of Products, Opera Software.

To download Opera Mini 5 beta visit m.opera.com/next with the Android browser or search for Opera Mini 5 in the Android Market.

Google Maps now with bicycle-route planning


Expanding the worth and appeal of its popular mapping tool beyond just motorists and pedestrians, search titan Google has this week begun adding dedicated bicycle routes to Google Maps.

Starting from today, Google Maps users looking to plan a leisurely bike ride in their spare time or perhaps simply avoid heavy traffic while commuting will be able to access trails and paths tailored specifically for pedal-powered transport. Users can even select routes that avoid calf-tearing hills.

“This has been a top-requested feature from Google Maps users for the last couple year,” outlined Shannon Guymon, product manager at Google, in a Wired report. “There are over 50,000 signatures on a petition.”

Although the new cycle path feature is only presently available in around 150 cities across the United States, Google has said it plans to steadily add more geographical content – much in the same way it does with other Google Maps features such as Street View.

Google has indicated that a Google Maps bike-route feature for mobile devices is already in the pipeline.

Google Chrome: Tips & Tricks

Google Chrome is another milestone in Google’s grand plans of world domination — and they are finding very few people who complain. Chrome is an extremely fast and lightweight browser. It packs in a ton of features in a minimal interface, and introduces some novel ideas to the whole idea of browsing. The top bar and the menu bar have been omitted completely, leaving a rather large space for browsing.

Inspect Memory Usage

Chrome has some advanced options for inspecting memory usage. Right-click on the browser tab in the start bar select ‘Task Manager’. You will get a window showing how much memory is being used by each tab in the browser. Now click on ‘Stats for Nerds’ and a new tab will open in the browser, with a process ID, name of the site, memory and virtual memory usage. The great thing about this feature is that if you are using other browsers at the same time, then the tab shows the memory usage by that browser as well.


To bookmark a page, click on the star icon next to the address bar. To access the list of bookmarks at any point of time during browsing, key in [Ctrl] + [B]. To make it disappear, use the same shortcut again.

Incognito Mode

Chrome has a secret mode that allows you to surf the Web anonymously. On the top right corner of the browser, to the right of the address bar is the page control button. Click on it and select ‘New incognito window’ or [Ctrl] + [Shift] + [N]. The sites surfed using this mode will not appear in the history, and the cookies they store on the system will be deleted as soon as the tab is closed.

Make Google Chrome Your Default Browser

Click on the ‘Customize and Control Google Chrome’ button to the right of the address bar, click on ‘Options’ and under ‘Default browser’ click on the ‘Make Google Chrome my default browser’ button.

Navigation Tips

Right-click on the back and next buttons to go through a recent history of visited Web sites. Drag and drop any tab from the browser into the desktop to start a browser with just that tab open. To open a tab you have just closed by mistake, use the keys [Ctrl] + [Shift] + [T]. Use [Ctrl] + [1] to [9] to cycle through tabs from the keyboard.

Expand Text Boxes

This is a very useful feature for use in any kind of site that requires you to fill in text in a text area. When you come across a text area in a forum or a form in a Web site, just click on the bottom right corner of the text area, click and drag it as per your requirements.

Inspect Memory Usage By A Site

Right-click on any empty space in the Web page, click on inspect element. This is, by the way, how you view the source code of a site on Chrome. Once here, click on the first line of the HTML code, which will effectively select the entire site. Then click on resources. This shows up the usage of memory by each element in the Web page. You can sort the elements by time or by size. If you reload the page, every image and script on the page shows up in the graph and gets plotted in real time.

Opera 10.50 Browser Released

Opera has released the final version of Opera 10.50 web browser for Windows platform. Looks like Linux and Mac users will have to wait for a while. Boasted as the fastest web browser, Opera 10.50 features the new Opera Carakan JavaScript engine that claims to make the browser load pages faster. Opera 10.50 for Windows obviously supports all existing innovations of Opera – Opera Unite, Opera Turbo, Opera Link and Private browsing.

Download Opera 10.50 for Windows from this page – http://www.opera.com/download

Opera’s Carakan JavaScript engine is claimed to be the faster when clubbed with the Presto 2.5 rendering engine that supports HTML5 and CSS3. The new “O” Tab menu in the revamped slick user interface that still supports Visual Tabs and customizable Speed dial. Windows 7 users will have gala-time using Opera 10.50 since it supports the operating system’s eye-candy features like Aero Peek, Aero Glass, and Jump lists.

Other cosmetic changes come in the form of the new Zoom interface overlay menu in the right hand corner that gives a bar like control for zooming a web page to maximum three times the original size. Even the Address fields have been made smarter.

For security while browsing, Opera 10.50 offers Fraud Protection and Extended Validation certificates. Opera also brings a Private browsing option with this version of the web browser wherein users get an option to open up a private Tab or Private window. Get more overview of all changes made in this final version of Opera 10.50 here.

Opera 10.50 Mac and Linux version are expected soon.

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