31 July 2011

Shutdown your PC remotely using Email / Mobile

               How Many Of You keep your PC on, for downloading, or other purpose, and after going out wanted to shutdown your PC. This post will help you to do the job using an email client. You can use your mobile to send an email to your PC to initiate shutdown. If you have any text to mail service, you can even send a text to do the job.

                If you don't have one, create a twitter account, go to notifications and check "Email Me [] When I'm sent a direct message". Activate twitter mobile. Use your mobile to send a direct message to your twitter with the shutdown key word which you gonna set in step 06. Your text message will be forward to your mail and the shutdown process will be initiated.

Steps to Configure the Outlook Express


01. Go to outlook express -> tools -> rules and alerts


02. Create a new rule


03. Check messages when they arrive under Start from a blank Rule


04. Tick the check box “with specific words in the subject”, but you can give different conditions which are available in the above list if you understand the conditions.

05. Click specific words link which is in bottom panel.


06. Now give the phrase for the condition, I gave “shutdown my pc”. In this case the rule will be activated when an email arrives with the phrase “shutdown my pc” in subject of the mail. If you have selected different conditions, you have to provide the appropriate key word.

07. Click OK, then Click Next..


08. Now, you have to create a batch file (.bat): To create open a notepad, type shutdown –s –f (Here –s denotes shutdown, if you want to hibernate give –h instead of –s –f or if you want to lock give -l) Save the file as shutdown.bat (here you can give any name to the file, but extension should be .bat)


09. Tick the check box start application, then click application link in the bottom panel which is highlighted.

 

10. Select the .bat file you’ve created and click open.

11. Now click Next, Next then Finish.


 That’s it, you’ve done..! Make sure your outlook express configured correctly and checks the mail automatically. If you don’t know how to configure the outlook express go here and read my blog.

If you want to shut down your PC, send a mail to yourself with the phrase “shutdown my pc” in the subject of the mail. Once that email arrives the inbox, your PC will be initiated to perform the shutdown process. To avoid, others sending mails to shutdown your PC, you can give conditions like “from people or distribution list” in step 04, addition to the word phrase condition, and define a fixed account which can initiate the rule.



Hope this will help you.. Feel free to comment or ask doubts, I’ll be here to help you..

30 July 2011

How to Shutdown/Hibernate your PC automatically when It is Idle?

How many of you fell asleep while using PC, I do. And PC will be on whole night causing power consumption and heating up, etc, etc.. So I was thinking how I can make it shutdown automatically. I don't want to do it only with the specific time, but also with a condition that I'm not using it at that time. So, I found the way to do it, and wanna share it with you..
First we have to setup a Task in Task Scheduler which perform shut down, and we must specify the rules so the computer should not be shut downed if we are using it.

01. Go to Start ->All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Task Scheduler
     or Just type Task in Programs search box to find Task scheduler :)

02. After Opening Task Scheduler, Just click create Task to create a Task for shut down.



03. Give a name to the task, tick the check box named Run with Highest Privileges(We need to do that because shutting down needs Admin privileges)

 


04. Click Triggers tab, click New, Give a time that usually you finish your daily work, Eg: In my case it is 12.30AM






















05. Now Click Actions tab, click New, and then enter shutdown /s /f into the Program box..




06. Click the Conditions tab, and tick the check box to only start the task if the computer is idle for more than 30 minutes, and choose to stop the task if the PC isn’t idle to prevent shutdown if you are on the PC.



















07. Now Click Settings tab, and choose to restart the task every 30 minutes or whatever time period you prefer if the task fails, so that if you are on the PC for a while longer than the usual time you have set in task, the task will be start up after 30 mins and shut down the PC.



















That's it..!!! You've successfully Configured the task and contributed to the Go Green Concept..  :)

Feel free to comment here, and subscribe if you don't wanna miss any tips..
 

Free Navigation App with Voice

Great News.. The free Navigation App WAZE moving to another mile stone, they've introduced voice last week.. Waze offers free apps for the iPhone, Android, Windows Phone 7, BlackBerry and other mobile platforms, that include turn-by-turn navigation for drivers, and at the same time, uses that user data to build out its own maps. If there are issues on the road, such as accidents, major traffic jams, all of that information comes in through the apps and can be sent to other drivers.

The company has announced a new iteration of its iPhone and Android app that includes text-to-speech voice guidance to allows drivers to receive voice alerts upon approaching potentially dangerous events on the road, as well as voice-based street, exit and highway names..

Waze is also adding a commuting widget to its Android app will tell users whether it’s a good time to leave or not, with red indicating heavy traffic, and green indicating that traffic is clear.
SO, anybody wanna get it for your android, iphone, windows mobile and nokia (Nokia got it's own already, but you can try this n compare), just go to this link and
download it..
http://www.waze.com/

Lock and Hide Your Folders with Notepad..

How can you lock a folder and prevent others from accessing it? You don't need any software for that. Just no of lines  typed in a notepad Will do that for you.
Lets Start..
1- Open notepad from your start menu.
2- Type or copy and paste this code


cls
@ECHO OFF
title Folder XXX
if EXIST "Computer.{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}" goto UNLOCK
if NOT EXIST XXX goto MDLOCKER

:LOCK
ren XXX "Computer.{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}"
attrib +h +s "Computer.{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}"
echo Folder locked
goto End
:UNLOCK
echo Enter password to unlock folder
set/p "pass=>"
if NOT %pass%== 12345 goto FAIL
attrib -h -s "Computer.{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}"
ren "Computer.{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}" XXX

echo Folder Unlocked successfully
goto End
:FAIL
echo Invalid password
goto end
:MDLOCKER
md XXX

echo Private created successfully
goto End
:End


3- save as lock.bat  (you can use any name, but extension must be .bat)
Replace that xxx with the folder name that you want to lock.
Replace 12345 with your own password for unlocking.
This will make your folder as my computer shortcut and if somebody try to open it, it'll directly go to my computer and show hard disks and dvd/cd drives.

Configure Your Outlook Express

Outlook is an email client for windows which makes easy to manage our emails in online and offline.. But It supports pop mail only. Fortunately Gmail provides free pop account..
So here is the steps to configure your outlook express..


1. First of all Create an Gmail account if you don't have already.
2. Open Microsoft Outlook Express from start menu.
3. Then in Outlook Express Window, goto Tools->Accounts->Add->Mail
4. In the new window type your name (e.g ANBU). Click Next.
5. Type your Gmail id (e.g anbu@gmail.com). Click Next.
6. Select "POP3" as your incoming mail server.
7. Type "pop.gmail.com" in the text box for your incoming(POP) mail server.
8. Type "smtp.gmail.com" in the text box for your outgoing mail(SMTP) server. Click Next.
9. Now type your login id( e.g anbu) in the text box for your Account Name.
10. Then type your password(e.g ***) and make sure you check the box named Remember Me.
11. Click Next then click Finish.
12. Now close all the sub window except the main Outlook Express Window.
13. Again goto Tool->Accounts. Click on the tab named Mail.
14. Select your account and click on Properties just on the right.
15. Click on the tab named Server, check the chock box name My server requires authentication.
16. Click in the tab named Advanced, type 465 and 995 in the text box named Outgoing Mail(SMTP) and Incoming Mail(POP3) respectively. Do not forget to check the two check boxes named This server requires a secure connection(SSL). Click OK.
17. Configuration complete. Now you can send or receive emails using Outlook Express.

Note: Don't hesitate to ask help if you have any doubt on this..

Reset BIOS Password without opening your computer Casing.

Guys,

Today I've come a cross with a situation which one of my friend has forgotten his BIOS password and he exceed the limit of trials with wrong password. His system was showing the message "System Disapled [876453]"
Now what's the solution, You have to go to the service center of the computer manufacturer. Unfortunately his warranty period was expired. So he has to pay for them.

I just searched in web and finally solved that problem. I just wanna share it with you so you don't need to spend lot of time for searching..
All you have to do is,


1- note down the number which is being displayed with the error message.

2- Go to Dogbert's Blog who is a reverse engineer and a genius who doesn't charge anything for the key generators.http://dogber1.blogspot.com/2009/05/table-of-reverse-engineered-bios.html

3. Download the correct key generator according to your brand of the system.

4. Just input the error code which you got, and you'll have your master password for your BIOS..

It's quite easy huh??? Well It wouldn't be without Dogbert's effort.. Thanks to him.. :)

Note- If you are having probs in doing this, don't hesitate to message me. I'll do what I can to solve it..