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Drag and drop attachments in to Gmail

Starting today, Google Chrome and Firefox 3.6 users can drag and drop attachments into Gmail messages without hassling through the slow, kind of annoying manual file upload.

Drag-and-drop support allows you to simply attach a file into Gmail composition window by dragging the file from an open window into it. There’s not much to it beyond that, but it’s an incredibly handy feature to have.

A detail description you can find on the Gmail Blog from Google.

Windows 7, quick system analysis

Your computer will not work as intended and it is becoming unstable?

To get an overview on the current status of local hardware resources, processes and response times of the local system, just type the command “perfmon / report” into the search box in the Start Menu.

The tool analyzes the system and after about a minute you get a comprehensive overview of the system state.

How to start the Windows 7 Explorer in Computer View

If you start the Windows Explorer in Windows 7 over the icon in the task-bar / pin-bar , it will start by default in the library view.

If you want to see the usual computer view, you need to do a little modification in the properties of this shortcut.

Make a right mouse click on the Explorer icon, another right mouse click on “Windows Explorer” a left mouse click on “Properties” and the properties settings appear.

Now you just need to modify the “Target”, add to the %windir%\explorer.exe the additional string ::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} or just copy this string over the old one %windir%\explorer.exe ::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} and then click OK.

Any more questions how to use your Windows 7 as efficient as possible, just contact Phuket Hosting.

Online File Sharing Services

When you want to share a file with others but don’t want to hassle with email attachment limits or running a home server, use a fast online file sharing service. Here is a collection of some online file sharing services:

Megaupload

Megaupload, like other popular file sharing tools, has three options of service. You can share files with no sign up at all, they will be limited to 500MB in size, have a 45 second splash page when downloaded, and be given lower priority in the server queue. Signing up for a free account boosts your priority in the queue, raises your maximum file size limit to 2GB, and gives you 200GB of online storage.. for free!!. Premium accounts give you unlimited storage, unlimited file size, remove the wait time for downloading, and enable a host of features like batch downloading, password protection for files, and support for FTP and direct HTTP linking.

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MediaFire

MediaFire offers multiple options of file sharing. At the basic option you can upload as many files as you want, limited by a 200MB cap per file. Free accounts will hold files for 30 day from the last time they were downloaded. Premium accounts start at $7 a month and boost the file capacity to 2GB per file, enable site-to-site transfer to your MediaFire account, enable embeddable Dropbox folders, and offer direct file linking—no MediaFire splash page when you share a link to a file. The folder-based organization of MediaFire makes it simple to share entire batches of files with others, like project files or holiday pictures.

Dropbox

Dropbox got many users by combining online file sharing with local storage and synchronizing. You can use Dropbox exclusively as a web-based file sharing tool to upload and organize files in folders, easily sharing them with yourself or friends. Grabbing the Dropbox client, however, allows you to share any file from a folder on your computer. Files stored in a local Dropbox folder are automatically synchronized to Dropbox on the web—useful for all sorts of options like syncing your OneNote notebooks among computers or keeping your password keyrings up to date.

RapidShare

The RapidShare service has multiple layers of user accounts which can be quite confusing to a new user. Without signing up you can upload a single file of 200MB, and your file can then be downloaded up to 10 times—perfect for just sharing a file with a few friends. When you upload files, you’re offered the chance to set up a free “collector’s” account which gives you further options to store and organize your files. Collector’s accounts accumulate points, which you can convert into a premium account—but no clear explanation of the process is anywhere to be found on the RapidShare site. Purchasing a premium account boosts your storage to 20GB and raises your per-file-cap to 2GB.

Drop.io

The drop.io service is available in two options. The free service supports “file drops” which can consume up to 100MB storage. Premium services start at $19 a month and expand the available storage from 100MB to 10GB and up, depending on how much storage and how many drops you would like. Drop.io’s “file drops” are where it really stands out compared to other file-sharing services. File drops are active pools of files to which you can add batches of files, share with others, allow other people to add files and collaborate, and view the media directly from drop.io’s media viewer.

This options are no solution for you, contact us for other online file sharing solutions.

Windows 7 GodMode or a simple trick to get a useful Windows 7 folder

By creating a new folder in Windows 7 (On the desktop, within a folder or where ever you prefer it) and renaming it with a special text string at the end, you are able to have a single folder to do everything in your Windows 7 installation.

The trick will also work in Windows Vista, but be warned, that although it works fine in 32-bit versions of Vista, it will cause 64-bit versions of that operating system to crash.

To get to the “GodMode” you need only create a new folder and then rename the folder to the following:

GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

You can use whatever name you want instead of “GodMode” you also could use “Widgets” or “Secret Tools” etc.

Once that is done, the folder’s icon will change to resemble a control panel and will contain dozens of control options. It is a handy way to get to all kinds of controls.

It is even possible to create separate topic folders:

RegionSettings.{00C6D95F-329C-409a-81D7-C46C66EA7F33}
Fingerprint.{0142e4d0-fb7a-11dc-ba4a-000ffe7ab428}
PowerSettings.{025A5937-A6BE-4686-A844-36FE4BEC8B6D}
Tray.{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}
Credentials.{1206F5F1-0569-412C-8FEC-3204630DFB70}
NetworkInstall.{15eae92e-f17a-4431-9f28-805e482dafd4}
DefaultPrograms.{17cd9488-1228-4b2f-88ce-4298e93e0966}
WindowsAssembly.{1D2680C9-0E2A-469d-B787-065558BC7D43}
ManageWirelessNetworks.{1FA9085F-25A2-489B-85D4-86326EEDCD87}
Network.{208D2C60-3AEA-1069-A2D7-08002B30309D}
Computer.{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
Printers.{2227A280-3AEA-1069-A2DE-08002B30309D}
RDP.{241D7C96-F8BF-4F85-B01F-E2B043341A4B}
Firewall.{4026492F-2F69-46B8-B9BF-5654FC07E423}
Nothing: {62D8ED13-C9D0-4CE8-A914-47DD628FB1B0}
Performance.{78F3955E-3B90-4184-BD14-5397C15F1EFC}

How to run a Windows or Linux OS on a Mac OS X

If you want to switch from a PC to a Mac, consider this:

There are lot’s of ways you can virtualize Windows within OS X, and they all work very well.

But how to choose the right one?

There are three virtualization products for Mac, and at their core, they are all very similar. Each creates a virtual machine, which is to say a software implementation of a separate computer.

When you install Windows in a virtual machine, Windows thinks it’s installed on a PC with a generic set of hardware. In fact, the hardware it thinks it’s installed on is a software construct, and any time Windows utilizes what it thinks is a hardware component, its requests are actually being passed through to your Mac’s real hardware.

However! What is going on under the hood is basically similar among the most popular virtualization applications, but the ways they install, run and integrate Windows inside of OS X vary wildly.

Assuming you are ready to take the virtualization challenge, which application should you use?

  • Parallels?
  • VMWare Fusion?
  • Sun VirtualBox?

They are all different, but they have ended up falling out of direct competition… each one is right for a certain kind of user.

Let’s find out which one  is right for you?
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Do you…

• …want to run Windows 7 within OS X, and basically nothing else?
• …want to run Windows applications as if they’re part of OS X, visually and behaviorally?
• …think a virtual machine should integrate into OS X almost completely, rather than live
…..inside its own window?
• …want to play 3D games in your virtual machine?

Then Parallels is the right solution!

This is a paid solution, and while it’s a full virtualization suite—you can run Linux and other OS from within OS X as well, it’s the one solution most purely dedicated to making running Windows 7 as seamless as possible. Installation is almost completely hands off, and once you have got it up and running, it can actually be changed to look more like OS X.

This has the dual effect of making the OS look more natural when it’s running in windowed mode (where the OS is isolated to its own window, like an application), and making the so called “Crystal” mode, which lets you run Windows applications as their own windows in OS X, and which integrates Windows menus into Apple’s operating system, such that it’s barely even clear that you’re not running native applications.

Parallels strength is in how thorough it is in trying to make Windows integration seamless. Windows 7’s system wide transparency effects, powered by Aero, work fine out of the box with Parallels.

You can enable OS X’s multi touch touch pad gestures for MacBooks in the OS with a simple options menu; pulling an installation over from a Boot Camp partition is just a matter of walking through a wizard; sharing files and clipboard items between the OS installations is trivially easy.

DirectX support is legitimately good enough to actually run a game without terrible performance degradation.

Parallels cost’s US $80.

Then, in features beyond Windows integration: There are not a whole lot of appliances preconfigured packages that let you install other operating systems, like variations of Linux, as compared to VMWare Fusion, and there are stability issues.

If you’ve got a handful of Windows applications you can’t live without, or if you want to play recent games without booting into a separate partition, Parallels is a option.
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Do you…

• …want to experiment with more than Windows
• …need bulletproof performance with Windows
• …want to run Windows and Linux applications as if they are part of OS X?

Then VMWare Fusion is the right solution!

VMWare’s virtualization software is a reliable option no matter what you want to do. The way it integrates Windows into OS X is transparent, but not quite as aesthetically consistent as Parallels.

Gaming performance is not as strong as in Parallels, though 2D rendering like Windows 7’s Aero—runs a bit smoother in Fusion than in any other solution. As with Parallels, Fusion automates the Windows installation process to a degree, and makes importing a Boot Camp installation simple.

VMWare is a very solid virtualisation solution, and for most tasks like cross platform website testing, running Windows versions of Microsoft office, or syncing with a Windows only device like the Zune HD, it will not let you down.

Professionals will find a huge library of preconfigured appliances, so they can try out virtually any operating system they have ever heard of, as long as it’s freely available, with little more than a file download and double click.

VMWare Fusion costs $80.
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Do you…

• …need Windows emulation
• …don’t want to pay anything for your virtualization software
• …don’t want to do any serious gaming
• …don’t mind rougher integration of Windows into OS X

Take a look at Sun VirtualBox!

While the other two options before are paid, and not really cheap, VirtualBox is totally free.

This means that, if you have got a spare Windows license, you can install Windows to run within OS X without spending extra money, and without suffering too much of an inconvenience as compared to VMWare or Parallels.

VirtualBox doesn’t have the same level of DirectX support as Parallels or Fusion, so while gaming is theoretically possible, it is probably not worth your time.

There is a “Seamless” mode for minimizing the Windows desktop and running Windows applications as if they are native OS X application’s, but it is neither as seamless nor visually integrated as in Parallels or VMWare Fusion.

But these are minor complaints. If all you want to do is run the normal Windows applications, try virtualization or configure or access some Windows specific peripherals, VirtualBox will get the job done.

It is not looking that nice as its paid competitors, but the point is, we are virtualizing an operating system.

All solutions are by definition going to be less than perfect. VirtualBox will do approximately 80% of what Parallels or VMWare Fusion can do, in terms of running Windows applications or booting into alternative operating systems, at 0% of the cost.
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If you need more help and advise in using a virtual solution on a Mac or PC, please do not hesitate to contact us and make an appointment.

Always download full items in IMAP mode / MS Outlook 2003 – 2010

You are using your account as an IMAP account and noticed that it will only download the message when you actually click on the message.

This can be very annoying when you are not connected to the Internet at that time.

How can I configure it so that it will directly download the message in full without clicking on it first?

Up until Outlook 2007, by default an IMAP account will indeed be set to “Download headers only”.

With Outlook 2010, this default has changed to “Download complete item including attachments”.

You can change these default settings in your Send/Receive settings.

Send/Receive settings

To edit your Send/Receive settings, press CTRL+ALT+S and press the Edit… button.
Another way of reaching this dialog is through:

  • Outlook 2007 and previous

    Tools-> Options…-> tab Mail Setup-> button Send/Receive…-> Edit…

  • Outlook 2010

    File-> section Options-> section Advanced-> button Send/Receive…-> Edit…

If you have multiple accounts configured, select your IMAP account in the left column.

Configure download behavior

How to configure the download behavior depends on your version of Outlook and your desired settings.

  • Outlook 2003 and previous

    In the Folder Options section, select a folder and change the option from from “Download headers only” to “Download complete item including attachments”.

    You’ll have to do this for each individual folder, there is no way to change this for all folders at once.

  • Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010

    Under “Receive mail items” you can change the download method for all folders at once.
    If you want to control it on a per-folder basis, then you’ll have to select the option “Use the custom behavior defined below”.

If you need any help in do a proper set up of your MS Outlook or other Microsoft products, please contact us and we will assist you.

Outlook Stuck on continuous loop in Send and Receive

Outlook stuck in a continuous loop in Send/Receive at around 50% to 60%.

It seemed to be downloading / sending mails byte by byte but could not complete the task.

Also, the application itself was constantly hanging and bringing the computer to a standstill.

There are lots of repair instructions to find in the internet like: removing the extend.dat file, recreating the mail profle, etc.

The only solution that usually really works in the end is a repair install of Microsoft Office.

Follow this steps:

1. Click on Start and go to the Control Panel.
2. Add/Remove Programs.
3. Look for Microsoft Office 200x.
4. Click on Change and follows the prompts to run a repair install of the application.

The problem still exists after this?

Please do not hesitate to contact us and we try to help you ASAP

Novel Spam filter guarantees to detect any spam e-mail

U.S. researchers are working on new method for spam detection

U.S. researchers have allowed themselves to come up with a method to detect guarantees any spam sent from a botnet e-mail. Falsely classified as spam e-mails are a thing of the past. There remains the problem, faster than the spam bot networks to operate.

Identified as an effective method for Spam detection, researchers at the International Computer Science Institute at Berkeley and the University of California at San Diego, the templates from Spam bot nets, reports New Scientist. According to the observations of the researchers are using certain template bot nets to distribute Spam in all the world, which is not detected by conventional Spam filters, without further ado.

Through the analysis of Spam, the system of U.S. researchers tried to determine by reverse engineering the appropriate Spam template. Once this is determined, all Spam e-mails of one bot net accurately detected. The researchers promise that not a single e-mail is mistakenly identified as Spam.

As an effective Spam protection but the system would work much faster, because in the experiment was the analysis of the Spam messages for ten minutes, then the presentation of the Spam filter was known. Another problem is the amount of different bot nets, all of which must be recognized in order to be able to offer effective protection.

Anti Spam services from Phuket Hosting already recognize nearly 98% of Spam Mails as we use the filters of Cloudmark, SpamAssasin and anonymous human adjustment of Spam filters on our mail relay-server farm.