VMware Workstation Graphic Settings

If you experience a video problem, e.g. intense flickering, after some system updates to a guest OS in VMware Workstation, try disabling the “Accelerate 3D graphics” option under Virtual Machine Settings –> Hardware –> Display –> 3D graphics. This may resolve the problem. If you use Media Player Classic (Home-Cinema) in VMware and cannot play videos, disabling this setting may also help too.

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Fade-in / Fade-out using FFMPEG

The following examples show how you can use FFMPEG to do fade-in fade-out for audio and/or video.

ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -vf “fade=t=in:st=0:d=10,fade=t=out:st=10:d=5” -c:a copy output.mp4

The example above applies both fade-in and fade-out effects for video, but not for audio.

ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -af “afade=t=in:st=0:d=5” -c:v copy output.mp4

The example above applies fade-in effect for audio, but not for video. The parameters are pretty much self explanatory. A combination of different parameters can be used to meet your editing requirements.

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Migrating WhatsApp Data

WhatsApp is one the most widely used messaging software that becomes part of a core set of apps for many people. Migrating existing chat messages and multimedia to a new phone is normally not much of a problem unless they are on different platforms. For example, there is no easy and free way to migrate WhatsApp data from an iPhone to Android, and vice versa. A number of third-party apps will come in handy which are not difficult to be uncovered through a Google search. iTransor for WhatsApp from iMyFone is one of these software that will do the job with a simple interface. The solution has been tested and proved to work.

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Filebin

Convenient file sharing on the web, without registration. Simply upload files and share the URL. The files will expire automatically 1 week from now.

  1. Click Upload files, or drag and drop the files into the browser window.
  2. Wait until the file uploads complete.
  3. Distribute the URL to share access to the files.

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Left Mouse Button Fix (2)

There is another solution to the problem described in the previous post, i.e. a mouse click registers as a double-click if though you only click once, using AutoHotKey which is an all-purpose utility that runs scripts to achieve whatever objectives they may be. The following script will disable double click if it is detected within 100ms.

LButton::
If (A_TimeSincePriorHotkey < 100) ;hyperclick
Return
sendinput {LButton down}
KeyWait, LButton
sendinput {LButton up}
Return

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Left Mouse Button Fix

The mouse is one of the most touched and used parts of any computer and you can attest to this fact and because of this it is very easy for it to get damaged very quickly. Most times on a mouse, the left side usually develops a fault before any other part after a few months of use and this is a common hardware problem but it can be resolved and made better with this handy tool for the left mouse button.

The left mouse button fix app is an application that is designed to help you fix the hardware problem of always double clicking when you actually clicked only once, it is designed in a way that makes it very easy to tamper or to interact with the hardware components of your mouse and to restore its normal functionalities. You no longer have to always consider buying a new mouse first when your mouse develops this fault, all you need to do is download this app and you are good to go. Problem solved!

Left Mouse Button Fix is licensed as freeware for PC or laptop with Windows 32 bit and 64 bit operating system. Click here to download.

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Batch Renaming of Files using PowerShell

Windows PowerShell is a very powerful tool for many tasks. The following are two examples using it for batch renaming of files in a folder.

1) Removing the first character from the existing filename, and

2) Replacing a special character with another character in the filename. Adjust the parameter value for your specific requirements.

get-childitem *.txt | rename-item -newname { string.substring(1) }

Dir | Rename-Item –NewName { $_.name –replace “+”,” ” }

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Uninstall Stubborn Programs

When you don’t need certain a program and try to uninstall it, sometimes a problem may occur preventing it from cleanly installed. In other cases, some programs may even refuse to be uninstalled perhaps because of compatibility when Windows had been upgraded. The following free program may do the trick in a very respectable way. Give this a try.

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Install Windows on USB Flash Drive or External Hard Drive

AOMEI Partition Assistant

You probably have heard of Windows 8 to Go, which allows you install a portable version of Windows 8 on a Microsoft certified USB flash drive. If you are addicted to the old operating system (OS) Windows 7, you may wonder is there a way to install Windows 7 on USB removable storage device?

With Windows 7 on a USB flash drive or external hard drive, you can take it with you wherever you go and run Windows7 on any PC.

Windows Setup can detect USB hard drive, but when you select the external drive as the target location to install Windows 10/8/7, you will get the error “Windows cannot be installed to this disk”. Luckily, there is a workaround for this, and it is quite simple. Even those who does not know how to install Windows from a USB drive can follow this guide to get it done. (read the whole story)

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How to delete large folders super fast

The two commands that users require are Del, for deleting files, and Rmdir, for removing directories.

  • Tap on the Windows-key, type cmd.exe and select the result to load the command prompt.
  • Navigate to the folder that you want to delete (with all its files and subfolders). Use cd path, e.g. cd o:\backups\test\ to do so.
  • The command DEL /F/Q/S *.* > NUL deletes all files in that folder structure, and omits the output which improves the process further.
  • Use cd.. to navigate to the parent folder afterwards.
  • Run the command RMDIR /Q/S foldername to delete the folder and all of its subfolders.

The commands may require some explanation.

DEL /F/Q/S *.* > NUL

  • /F — forces the deletion of read-only files.
  • /Q — enables quiet mode. You are not ask if it is ok to delete files (if you don’t use this, you are asked for any file in the folder).
  • /S — runs the command on all files in any folder under the selected structure.
  • *.* — delete all files.
  • > NUL — disables console output. This improves the process further, shaving off about one quarter of the processing time off of the console command.

RMDIR /Q/S foldername

  • /Q — Quiet mode, won’t prompt for confirmation to delete folders.
  • /S — Run the operation on all folders of the selected path.
  • foldername — The absolute path or relative folder name, e.g. o:/backup/test1 or test1

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