Scroll Smoothly in Google Chrome with Mouse Wheel or Arrow Keys

May 2, 2010

Scrolling through pages when browsing any web site is something that a web surfer does all the time. The user can either use the scroll wheel that is on the mouse, or the arrow keys on the keyboard and finally the page up, page down, end and home keys to scroll the page. If you didn’t notice, all of the web browsers that includes Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, Safari and etc doesn’t scroll smoothly by jumping through a paragraph of a few lines when you scroll once using the scroll wheel on the mouse.

Although this might not seemed to be a problem, it would be nice to have a smooth scrolling so that the pages scrolls smoother. For Google Chrome users, they can use SmoothScroll extension which automatically smooth the scrolling.

After installing SmoothScroll, there is no icon at the address bar but you can access the Options from the Extension menu. It is possible to set the frames per second, animation time in milliseconds, stride size per scroll in pixel, pulse scale, pulse normalize, and even activate the keyboard support with its own scrolling values.

Scroll Smooth

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KillProcess Automatically Terminate Multiple Process

May 1, 2010

Windows operating system comes with a Task Manager where you can check what process are running, how much memory it takes also also giving you the ability to terminate it. Problem is there are some malwares that are hard to terminate from Task Manager because it spawns two or more process which autoruns whenever it is being killed. For example, malware has 2 process which is process A and process B. When you kill process A, the process B monitors if process is running or not and will auto run it if it is killed. It is impossible to be fast enough to manually kill both process.

With KillProcess application, we can create a kill list which is a list which determines what process that would be auto terminated. Normally if you try to terminate a critical Windows system process using Task Manager, you will get a Unable to Terminate Process window with the error “The operation could not be completed”. However with KillProcess “Vicious mode”, you can quickly and painlessly terminate any process including Windows system ones.

Batch Terminate Process

If you encounter any malwares that requires multiple process to be killed instantly, you will need to enable Vicious Mode in the Preferences at General tab. You will first need to create a Kill List, then start adding the process to auto terminate by right clicking on it from the list and select Add to List. Clicking the first button on the bottom left will kill all the process in the kill list. KillProcess is free and compatible with Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008 and 7.

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Enable XP Network Connections in Windows 7 Control Panel

May 1, 2010

In Windows 7, you cannot find the good old classic Network Connections in Control Panel anymore. Basically the XP Network Connections lists all the network adapter you have on your computer and you can easily configure them by right clicking on the items and select Properties. When it comes to Windows 7, it has been replaced with Network and Sharing Center. Although Windows 7 is developed with a mindset of making everything easier but in fact the enhanced Network Connections seemed to be more confusing.

Fortunately Microsoft did not really remove the Network Connections from Windows 7 but merely just hid it from being displayed. One easy way you can open Network Connections in Windows 7 is by pressing WIN+R to bring up the Run window, type ncpa.cpl and hit enter which will instantly open the Network Connections just like what you get in Windows XP.

If you find it troublesome to manually type it or even remembering the weird file name, you can show the Network Connections icon in Windows 7 control panel by following the steps below:

1. Type regedit in Search Programs and Files bar at the Start Menu and hit enter.
2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Control Panel\don’t load
3. At the left pane, right click on don’t load folder and select Permissions
4. Click Advanced button, go to Owner tab, select the current logged in user and click OK.
5. At the Security tab, click on the username that is logged on and then check the Full Control at the Allow column and click OK.
6. At the right pane of don’t load, right click at ncpa.cpl and select Rename. Add a .bak at the end of the filename which makes it ncpa.cpl.bak

Now go to Control Panel and you should be able to see the Network Connections icon.

Mouse Configuration in Windows 7 for Left Handed Users

May 1, 2010

By default, Windows assume that you are a right hand user because the forefinger or index finger is used for left clicking and middle finger for right clicking. Moreover the mouse cursor is pointed to the left. There are left handed mouse which gives a more ergonomic feel to let the user enjoy the comfort and control of a mouse without compromising their natural work style. However there are some changes that needs to be made in order to fully be compatible with left handed users.

First of all, you should make the most basic change which is switching the primary and secondary buttons. Go to Control Panel and select Mouse to open the properties window. At the button configuration, click on the checkbox for “Switch primary and secondary buttons” to enable the option. Now left handed users are able to use their index finger to left click and middle finger to right click like the right handed users.

Left handed mouse configuration

The mouse cursor will still point to the left. To change the cursor for left handed users which points to the right, you can download the mouse cursor and animation file from MSDN. There is an instruction file that has step-by-step information on how to use the MSDN left-handed mouse pointers.

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Free Paragon Drive Backup 9.5 Professional Product Key and Serial Number

May 1, 2010

One of the best way to make a complete backup of your system is by using drive imaging. Making an image of a hard drive or partition allows you to restore it back no matter how corrupted Windows gets due to virus or accidental deletion of critical Windows system files. Windows 7 comes with a built-in drive imaging feature which is very basic. With Paragon Drive Backup Pro, you can have much more control over the full backup.

Paragon Drive Backup 9.5 Professional allows you to backup your hard disks or partitions, email, media files, documents or custom files/folders. You can save the backup image to a local or network drive, physical partition, FTP or burn the data to CD or DVD. If Windows is unbootable, you will need to use a Rescue Disk to boot up the machine and run Drive Backup to restore your computer.

Free Paragon Drive Backup Pro Key

Paragon Software has recently released Drive Backup 10 and for a limited time only, they are offering the previous version of Drive Backup 9.5 Professional which normally cost $49.95 for free. This promotion ends on 4th of May so get your license as soon as you see this.

1. Visit http://www.paragon-software.com/registration/db95pro_eng.html
2. Fill up the form and check your email after submitting the form. You should instantly get an email from Paragon with your product key and serial number.
3. Download Paragon Drive Backup 9.5 Professional and run the db95_prof.exe which will start extracting.
4. Click Drive Backup 9.5 Professional Edition and then on the right pane, select to install either 32 or 64 bit version. Enter the product key and serial number when prompted to.