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Speeding Up Windows 7: Everything You Need to Know In this guide, we will cover speeding up windows 7 and how to optimize your Windows 7 PC or Laptop in a safe manner. These steps do not involve any “hacks”, so you can safely use them without harming your system in any way. #1: Remove Unused Programs & Windows Features When you buy a PC or laptop, it usually comes pre-installed with a lot of demo-ware, trial-ware, try-before-you-buy kind of software. Also, from Control Panel > Programs ““> Turn Windows features on or off, uncheck any Windows features you don’t need. #2: Review Startup Programs The most common cause of slowdown are programs that automatically run when Windows starts and keep running in the background consuming precious system memory. The simplest way to detect which programs are running when you start Windows is to check the notification area on the taskbar. A better way to review startup programs is to use the System Configuration utility. #3: Adjust Visual Effects A pretty Windows is not the fastest Windows.

Custom Map Symbols in Google Maps October 18, 2007 by John Krygier Google’s My Maps allows the easy creation of pseudo map mash-ups, where you can map your own data as points, lines, and area symbols with Google Maps as the background. I wrote about My Maps – basic how-to and some of its limits – in another blog post, Allelopathic Maps & Google’s “My Maps.” To work with My Maps you need a Google account, and to use custom symbols (icons, as Google calls them) you need some server space to upload your symbols: you must provide a URL to the symbols. In Custom Icons for Your Maps, a posting on the official Google Earth/Maps blog, PNG files with transparent backgrounds are recommended, although JPG and GIF should also work. You can use or modify an existing symbol or create your own. 300 dpi PNG files of these symbols, annotated (376k) and unannotated (84k) can be downloaded. Many graphics software packages allow you to grab a single symbol and save it as a PNG file with a transparent background. Click on Save to My Maps.

Project Avalon - Klaus Dona: The Hidden History of the Human Race Click here for the PDF version of this interview (20 pages) Click here for the video presentation March 2010 **Ed note: Some transcripts contain words or phrases that are inaudible or difficult to hear and are, therefore, designated in square brackets.** BILL RYAN (BR): This is Bill Ryan here from Project Camelot and Project Avalon. Klaus is going to be doing an audio commentary on one of his extremely special, unusual, and fascinating slide shows about the artifacts and the various phenomena that he has been researching, discovering, investigating personally all over the world relating to what I think you could legitimately call The Hidden History of the Human Race. KLAUS DONA (KD): That's a very good summary, yes. BR: [laughs] So I'm going to step back here, and what follows now, just kick back and enjoy this slide presentation. What are we looking at here ? Ancient World Maps Ecuador Even the next one, [right, above] you can see how this statue is sitting. Bolivia Colombia Giants BR: Good!

Access Any Website Or Forum Without Registering Visit any forum or website to find something useful and they will ask you to register. Every time a forum asks me to register, I simply close the site. You would probably do the same. Before I begin, you should know how things work. First grab the add-on for Firefox called ‘user agent’ here and install it. Select User Agent from the left sidebar and click Add. and in user agent field type: Googlebot/2.1 (+ as shown in the screenshot below. Select Google Bot as your User Script by going to Tools > User Agent Switcher. Now browse any website or forum without registering. Advertisement

Location-aware mobile web apps using Google Maps v3 + geolocatio When hiring Engineers, I always look for evidence of pet projects, so recently I thought it was fair to create one of my own: GeoMeme, the fun way to measure and share real-time local twitter trends. Visitors to GeoMeme choose a location on the map, and two search terms to compare. GeoMeme then measures and compares the number of matching tweets within the bounds of the map, based on public data from a number of mobile twitter apps. As an example, GeoMeme can work out that ‘love’ beats ‘hate’ in Manhattan: GeoMeme is a desktop web application and also a location-aware mobile web app for iPhone and Android phones. Implementing the mobile version of GeoMeme as a web app has some advantages and disadvantages, compared to building native iPhone &/or Android applications. Native apps are great because they currently offer the deepest integration to the full capability of the phone, for example using device APIs to access Contacts, the Camera Roll, an Accelerometer, or the GPS chip.

mental_floss Blog & 18 Social Media Icons You Need to Know Sure, you know what those Twitter, Facebook, reddit and Digg icons mean at the bottom of most blog posts these days, but what about all those other funny-looking ones? There's a pantload of them - so many that it can be overwhelming and confusing. Allow us to break down our 18 favorites for you (click each icon to be taken to their Web site): 1. Delicious What started out as has evolved into 2. Like flipping through channels on the television, StumbleUpon allows you to surf the web but only hit the sites that interest you or fit the criteria you choose. 3. Use Squidoo to find or create useful posts, called lenses, on any topic. 4. Here's one of my personal favorites! 5. Both a research tool and a social collaborative community, you can use Diigo to organize your bookmarks, archive pages, and annotate each page. 6. 7. Currently invitation only, Gnolia is a community based on sharing and saving links and bookmarks. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. iLike 14. deviantART 15. 16.

Find Open Source Alternatives to commercial software Tiles à la Google Maps: Coordinates, Tile Bounds and Projection Click on a tile to display the numerical boundaries... Addressing tiles: same tile bounds with different indexes Google Maps, Microsoft Virtual Earth, Yahoo Maps, and other commercial API providers as well as OpenStreetMap and OpenAerialMap are using the same projection and tiling profile and tiles are therefore compatible. The extents of all tiles as well as the zoom levels (resolution in meters per pixel) are predefined for the whole Earth. Difference is only in the way how the equivalent tiles are indexed. MapTiler/GDAL2Tiles (the tile generator application) is following the TMS specification, because there is not any standard for tiling yet, OGC (Open Geospatial Consorcium) is working on the WMTS (Web Map Tiling Service) which is inspired by TMS. Spherical Mercator EPSG:900913 (EPSG:3857) and WGS84 Datum Links ... Video: Creating Custom Maps with John Coryat Spatial references, coordinate systems, projections, datums, ellipsoids – confusing? Source code for utility calculating tile bounds

How To Tell If Somebody Loves You & Thought Catalog Somebody loves you if they pick an eyelash off of your face or wet a napkin and apply it to your dirty skin. You didn’t ask for these things, but this person went ahead and did it anyway. They don’t want to see you looking like a fool with eyelashes and crumbs on your face. They notice these things. Somebody loves you if they assume the role of caretaker when you’re sick. Somebody loves you if they call you out on your bullshit. Somebody loves you if they don't mind the quiet. Somebody loves you if they want you to be happy, even if that involves something that doesn't benefit them. Somebody loves you if they can order you food without having to be told what you want. Somebody will always love you.