November 27, 2011

Google App Engine

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Windows 7 Control Panel

Action Center
  • Change Action Center settings
    • Windows Update = off
    • Network firewall = off
    • Virus protection = off
    • Windows Backup = off
  • Change User Account Control settings
    • Choose when to be notified about changes to your computer = Never notify

  • Use AutoPlay for all media and devices = no

  • Set custom text size (DPI)
    • Scale to this percentage of normal size = 125%

Ease of Access Center
  • Always read this section aloud = no 
  • Always scan this section = no 
  • Make the keyboard easier to use
    • Set up Filter Keys 
      • Turn on Filter Keys when right SHIFT is pressed for 8 seconds = no

Folder Options
  • View
    • Apply to Folders
    • Hide extensions for known file types = off
    • Hide protected operating system files = off

Indexing Options

  • Change desktop icons
    • Computer
  • Desktop Background
    • Picture position = Fill
  • Screen Saver
    • 3 minutes

Power Options
  • Balanced
    • Change plan settings
      • Turn off the display = 30 minutes  
      • Put the computer to sleep = 3 hours

Programs and Features
  • Turn Windows features on or off
    • Media Features 
      • Windows DVD Maker = off
      • Windows Media Center = off

Region and Language
  • Short date = yyyy-MM-dd

  • Advanced system settings
    • Performance 
      • Settings
        • Show shadows under mouse pointer
        • Show thumbnails instead of icons
        • Smooth edges of screen fonts
        • Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop
        • Use visual styles on windows and buttons

    • Startup and Recovery
      • Settings
        • System failure
          • Automatically restart = no

Taskbar and Start Menu
  • Taskbar
    • Taskbar buttons = Combine when taskbar is full
  • Start Menu
    • Customize
      • Default Programs = off
      • Devices and Printers = off
      • Games = Don't display this item
      • Help = off
      • Open submenus when I pause on them with the mouse pointer = no 
      • Videos = Display as a link
      • Number of recent programs to display = 10
    • Privacy
      • Store and display recently opened items = off

Windows Firewall
  • Turn Windows Firewall on or off
    • Home network settings = Turn off
    • Public network settings = Turn off

Windows Update
  • Only do important updates
  • Change settings
    • Important updates = Never check for updates

M83, Midnight City

November 23, 2011

MP3 Diags

In a few words, MP3 Diags is a GUI-based application that allows end-users to identify issues with their MP3 files, fix some of the issues and make other changes, like adding track information. It also lets you "look inside" an MP3 file.
Unlike some programs that are designed to deal with a single topic (like fixing VBR headers or adding cover art), MP3 Diags is a one stop solution that identifies more than 50 different issues in MP3 files and provides the means to fix many of them


November 18, 2011

Links Library

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!-- Save this to %appdata%/microsoft/windows/libraries/Links.library-ms -->
<librarydescription xmlns="">


November 17, 2011

RtmpDump, win64

Install MinGW MinGW Installer/mingw-get

It is important that you download mingw-get and not mingw-get-inst. mingw-get-inst installs x86 GCC

Build RtmpDump
:: for Windows
:: Install MSYS
mingw-get install msys-base
mingw-get install msys-wget
mingw-get install msys-unzip
mkdir c:/mingw64
sh mount c:/mingw64 /mingw64

:: Install GCC core
wget " 4.6 series/4.6.1-tdm64-1/gcc-4.6.1-tdm64-1-core.tar.lzma"
tar xfC "gcc-4.6.1-tdm64-1-core.tar.lzma" /mingw64

:: Install GNU binutils
wget " binutils/binutils-2.21.53-20110731-tdm64-1.tar.lzma"
tar xfC "binutils-2.21.53-20110731-tdm64-1.tar.lzma" /mingw64

:: Install mingw64 runtime
wget " runtime/GCC 4.6 series/mingw64-runtime-tdm64-gcc46-svn4483.tar.lzma"
tar xfC "mingw64-runtime-tdm64-gcc46-svn4483.tar.lzma" /mingw64

:: Install zlib
wget " binary packages (Win64 hosted)/Binaries (64-bit)/"
unzip ""
cd "zlib"
cp -r * /mingw64

:: Install PolarSSL
wget ""
tar xf "polarssl-1.0.0-gpl.tgz"
cd "polarssl-1.0.0"
make CC=gcc APPS=
make DESTDIR=/mingw64 install

:: Build RtmpDump
wget ""
tar xf "60218d0.tar.gz"
cd "rtmpdump"
make SHARED= SYS=mingw CRYPTO=POLARSSL LIBZ="-lz -static" VERSION="2.4-git-60218d0-20110930"

:: Optional, build librtmp.dll
make SYS=mingw CRYPTO=POLARSSL LIBZ="-lz -static"


Custom Windows 7 Taskbar

Resource Hacker I use 64-bit

Change taskbar button font color
the default is white i wanted to change it to black
1. go to C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\Aero

2. make a copy of aero.msstyles, that way you can work with the copy

3. open aero.msstyles in hex editor

4. go to hex address 35840 and change the color from FF FF FF to color of your choice, i did black which is 00 00 00

Change taskbar date/time font color
1. go to hex address 39D78 and change the color from FF FF FF to color of your choice

2. save and close

Change taskbar color
the color of the taskbar is determined by a PNG file located inside of the aero.msstyles file. before you can edit the file you need to extract the file from aero.msstyles

1. open aero.msstyles in Resource Hacker

2. go to IMAGE\841\1033

3. Action > Save [IMAGE : 841 : 1033]

4. the file should only be 3 pixels height by 1 pixel wide, its only the bottom pixel that needs to be changed (i changed the color to silver C0C0C0)

5. after editing the picture right click on the original resource inside of resource hacker and choose "Replace Resource..."

6. Resource Type is "IMAGE", Resource Name is "841", you can leave Resource Language blank, then hit "Replace"

Apply the Custom Theme
1. rename C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\Aero\aero.msstyles to aero-old.msstyles

2. rename new file to aero.msstyles

3. log off and back on

4. right click on desktop and choose "Personalize"

5. choose "Windows 7 Basic" under "Basic and High Contrast Themes"


November 11, 2011

Blogger Authorship, Google Search

Dashboard > Design > Page Elements > Add a Gadget > HTML/JavaScript





:: for Windows
:: Recursively remove hidden and system attributes
:: on files and folders
cd "%localappdata%/microsoft/windows"

attrib -s -h /s /d


November 10, 2011

Amon Tobin, Deo


# Cross platform
# Print tags
atomicparsley video.mp4 --textdata

# Remove all metadata
atomicparsley video.mp4 --metaEnema --overWrite

# Set thumbnail
atomicparsley video.mp4 --artwork frame.png --overWrite

# Remove thumbnail
atomicparsley video.mp4 --artwork REMOVE_ALL --overWrite


November 8, 2011

Multi Links

Multi Links lets you open, copy or bookmark multiple links at the same time rather than having to do them all individually.



November 7, 2011

Blogger Custom Navbar

This all started when I decided to change the URL of my blog. The problem comes with searching the blog. I know these methods to search a Blogger blog:

1. using the Navbar
2. using Search Box Gadget
3. using Google Custom Search
4. Google Search Form


When you change the URL of your blog, older posts are no longer searchable. Some have said that only the last 26 posts are searchable. I have found that any existing posts or Imported posts with date earlier than the URL change are not searchable by the Navbar. A workaround is to go to each post and change the date to Automatic, but this is not feasible for large blogs.

Search box gadget
This is similar to the Navbar, but allows for some customization. It suffers from same search problem as the Navbar.

Google Custom Search Engine
This is similar to the Navbar, but allows for some customization. It suffers from search problems as well.

Google Search Form
go to
Design > Add a Gadget > HTML/JavaScript
and add the custom Navbar


Google Homepage Background

Make your Google homepage feel more like, well, home! Choose your own image or photo to appear as the background to your Google homepage. You can choose an image from your Picasa Web photos, your computer or a Google public gallery.