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Enabling TELNET in Windows 7   Leave a comment

Do you need telnet on your Windows 7 box?

Follow these simple steps to add the telnet command to your command line tools.

Click on “Start Button”

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Click on “Control Panel (menu item)” in “Start menu”
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Click on “Uninstall a program (link)” in “Control Panel”
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Click on “Turn Windows features on or off (link)” in “Programs and Features”
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Click in “Windows Features” box and find the “Telnet Client” check box
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Allow the system to install the appropriate files – should take only a few seconds to a minute or so.

To test the functionality:

Click on the “Start button”
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Click on “Search Box” in “Start menu”
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Type “cmd” in the “Search box” to bring up a command prompt
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Type “telnet” and hit “enter”. You should now see the Microsoft Telnet> prompt
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There you go.  Easy enough.

P.S. If you can’t find the “Telnet Client” check box in your programs list, you may need to upgrade your version of Windows 7 to get these features.

Posted November 26, 2012 by paras91 in Windows 7 tweaks

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is Released: But Should You Install It?   Leave a comment

Microsoft has just released the final version of Service Pack 1 for Windows 7, but should you drop everything and go through the process of installing it? Where can you get it? We’ve got the answers for you.

If you’ve never installed a service pack before, it’s just a big collection of fixes and changes for your operating system, bundled into a big fat download to make it more convenient if you reinstall—if you’ve kept Windows updated, it should have most of the fixes already installed through Windows Update.

Answers to Questions You Should Be Asking

Whether you were going to ask these questions or not, we’re giving you the answers that you really need to know.

  • Where Do You Download It?
    While you can download the service pack manually from the Microsoft Download site, you should probably just go through Windows Update and select the optional SP1 update from there, since it’ll only download exactly what you need. More on this below.
  • It’s in Windows Update? Will I Get it Automatically?
    Nope. It’s an optional update (at this point) in Windows Update, so you’ll only get it if you choose to install it.
  • Does This Make You More Secure?
    If you haven’t installed anything off Windows Update in a while, first, shame on you! It’s important to keep yourself updated! Also, this release is essentially a big fat roundup of all the security fixes and bugfixes since Windows 7 was released, combined with a few extra bits of functionality. If you have Windows Update set to automatic, the service pack will not make you more secure.
  • How Long Does It Take to Install? 
    The installation time isn’t terribly long, about 30 minutes, but depending on your internet connection, it’ll take quite a while to download. Your best bet is to start the install and then walk away for a while.
  • Should I Drop Everything and Install it Today? 
    Not unless you’re bored or you haven’t run updates in a long time. There’s very little in terms of new features, and you’d be better off waiting until the download rush is over. There’s also the possibility of problems, so you might want to wait.

If you do want to download it directly, you can do so from the Microsoft Download site.

New Features in Service Pack 1

There’s not a ton of great new stuff in SP1, at least from the perspective of the end user. Here’s the quick list of stuff that might maybe matter to you:

  • Improved HDMI audio device performance: there’s a small update that helps reliability of HDMI audio devices after rebooting. This is listed as a feature in the release notes, but really feels like a bug fix.
  • Corrected behavior when printing mixed-orientation XPS documents: If you’re trying to print XPS documents that have landscape and portrait pages in the same document, now they will print correctly. All 5 of you can now rejoice.
  • Change to behavior of “Restore previous folders at logon” functionality: If you used the “Restore previous folders at logon” feature in Folder Options, the folders would restore into a cascaded set of windows. Now they will restore to where they were.
  • Support for Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX): supports a newer processor extension that improves performance for floating point intensive applications.
  • Improved Support for Advanced Format (512e) Storage Devices: hard drive manufacturers are transitioning to a new 4KB physical sector size, and now Windows 7 supports this better.

There’s a lot of other bugfixes and security fixes, but these are the most notable onesaccording to Microsoft’s documentation.

Installing Windows 7 Service Pack 1

Head to Windows Update through your Start Menu search box, and then click on the “Important updates are available” link. If you don’t see this link, click the “Check for updates” on the left side, and it should show up.

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You should see Windows 7 Service Pack 1 in the list, and you’ll need to check it (it’s unchecked by default).

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Click the OK button, then click to install it, and then just wait. It’ll take a while to download, and once it finishes downloading, it’ll force you to reboot.

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After some more time passes, you’ll be rebooted, stuff will happen, and then you’ll see the dialog saying that it’s installed.

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There’s a lot of white space in that dialog. Seems like they could have put a picture there, or made it smaller.

Posted November 25, 2012 by paras91 in Windows 7 tweaks

Well here is my list – The top ten countries not to be missed in 2013.   Leave a comment

Sri Lanka

Cut-price paradise back on the map

Best for: Culture, off the beaten track, value for money

Statue of Hindu deity at Koneswaram Hindu temple, Fort Frederick.

Battered tragically by the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami and wracked by civil war from 1983 to 2009, many areas of the country have remained off limits to even the most intrepid traveller. Now the bitter conflict is over, investment is fuelling the tourism industry, and visitor numbers are steadily increasing. Prices are affordable, and with low-cost flights from the convenient travel hub of Bangkok, Sri Lanka is emerging as one of the planet’s best-value destinations.

Read More : wikitravel.org/en/Sri_Lanka

http://www.srilanka.travel/

South Korea

Geared up for the Great Outdoors

Best for: Activities, events, off the beaten track

People trekking on Mt Halla.

Without fanfare, South Korea has quietly developed into an outdoor recreation destination with untapped potential in golfing, hiking and fishing. Though not quite undiscovered, few people outside the country know about it. That anonymity will likely fade away in 2013 as it bursts onto the world stage hosting a series of major sporting events.

Read More : http://wikitravel.org/en/South_Korea

India :

The New Seven Wonders: Taj Mahal, India

It is one of the biggest countries. It is the second largest populated country of the world. The country is famous for its ancient beauty and architecture. Taj Mahal, Kutub Minner, the caves of Ajenta and Elora are the main tourist sports of this country. Millions of tourists are come in this country every year.

Read More : wikitravel.org/en/India

Have a look at this : http://www.incredibleindia.org/

http://www.indiatravel.com/

Montenegro

Emerging superstar with wild beauty

Best for: Activities, adventure, off the beaten track

Old church on rocky mountain above town of Kotor.

Nature has been prolific and creative in Montenegro, producing such iconic draws as the bewitching Bay of Kotor and the buzzy beaches along its Riviera. But be sure to pack a pair of hiking boots along with your swimsuit, for Montenegro’s beauty is no less intense in the wild and rugged interior. A new – and steadily growing – network of hiking and biking trails and improved infrastructure is making this glorious quilt of nature ever more accessible, while creating new employment for locals.

Read more: wikitravel.org/en/Montenegro

And this : http://www.visit-montenegro.com/

Iceland

Strange land inspires devotion

Best for: Activities, off the beaten track, value for money

Hikers on the Thosmork-Landmannalaugar trail near Landmannalaugar.

Ask any tourist during your trip to Iceland and you’ll quickly see that everyone develops an unconditional love for the little island nation, whether it’s for the mind-bending scenery, the platefuls of delicious lamb and fish dishes, or the sincere local hospitality. The currency crash – which effectively devalued the króna by 75% – also helped make a trip much more favourable to the wallet. As the global economy starts to heal, prices are climbing once more. The spoils of Iceland are no longer a secret, but they’re still yours for the taking – and in 2013 you’ll still be well ahead of the curve.

Read More : wikitravel.org/en/Iceland

And this : http://www.icelandtravel.is/

Turkey

Step off the beaten path

Best for: Off the beaten path, culture, food

Aphrodisias Tetrapylon.

New low-cost airlines are opening up the southeast of Turkey, and excellent bus services make getting around easy. Explore the historic old towns of Mardin and Midyat, feast on fantastic food in Gaziantep and see the recently uncovered ruins of Göbekli Tepe near Sanliurfa. Experience the Turkish section of the recently inaugurated Abraham’s Path walking trail, where accommodation is in simple Kurdish homestays, a long way from the tourist buzz of the coast or Istanbul’s Old Town.

Read more: wikitravel.org/en/Turkey

This : www.travelturkey.com/

 

Dominican Republic

The Caribbean’s ‘Next Big Thing’

Best for: Activities, value for money, events

Fishing boats on beach.

In the first quarter of 2012 the Dominican Republic saw an 8.4% increase in tourism. With more airlines offering stops to the country’s eight international airports, as well as cruise ships adding the DR as a major port of call, more people are escaping to the land of sun, sand, and surf comparable to anywhere else in the Caribbean.

Read more: wikitravel.org/en/Dominican_Republic

Malaysia :

 

Around 2005, the Malaysian government made a decision to push tourism, in order to make the economy less dependent on exports.  It worked, as tourism became the country’s third largest source of income, and it climbed into the top ten most visited countries.  Most of the visitors come from Asia, overwhelmingly nearby Singapore.  However, the country also receives about 500,000 UK citizens a year.  The main attraction is the capital city of Kuala Lumpur, which is home to the Petronas Twin Towers, the largest twin towers ever built.  The city also has many huge shopping malls, which draw many visitors.

Read More : wikitravel.org/en/Malaysia

And this : www.tourism.gov.my/

 

Slovakia

Makeover for cultured corner of Europe

Best for: Culture, adventure, off the beaten track

Town of Nizne Ruzbachy by river.

Two decades on from the Velvet Revolution, Slovakia has galvanised to form one of the continent’s fastest-growing economies, joined the EU and ranks right up there in Google searches for bargain ski packages and stag weekends. Now the tourism industry is keen to distance the nation from being all cheap pistes and piss-ups. The image overhaul has been overdue but it’s here, and in time for the inevitable party in 2013.

Read More : Read More : http://wikitravel.org/en/Slovakia

And this : www.slovakia.travel/

 

Ecuador

Reborn railways open up rainforest

Best for: Food, off the beaten track, activities

Domes of Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion on Parque Calderon.

Ecuador‘s railway network is scheduled to radically revamp in 2013 with new lines linking increasingly cosmopolitan Quito and the coastal port of Guayaquil. Tracks will also connect Ecuador’s famed 5900m-high volcano Cotopaxi and the Nariz del Diablo (Devil’s Nose), claiming the steepest (and most hair-raising) stretch of railway in the western world. Developers believe the gamble will pay off and pull in unprecedented tourist numbers.

Read more: wikitravel.org/en/Ecuador

And this : www.ecuadortravels.ec/

Add GPEDIT.msc by =hackSkillz on deviantART   Leave a comment

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Add the Group Policy Editor to Windows 7 editions that normally don’t have it, such as Starter Edition, Home and Home Premium.

I did not make this, I spent an hour turning the web upside down to find a way to add gpedit.msc to Windows 7 Home Premium. I finally found this installer.

It was apparently compiled by “davehc” on the Windows 7 forums. He says in the forum “There is no copyright on it so feel free to use and distribute!” So thats what I’m doing, hopefully it will make it easier to find for someone.

Thanks and all credit to “davehc” , [link]

Windows 7 x64 Users:
You must go to the SysWOW64 folder and copy the GroupPolicy, GroupPolicyUsers folder and the gpedit.msc file into the System32 folder.

Posted November 17, 2012 by paras91 in Windows 7 tweaks

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  • Helltown

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The History

The Northern part of Summit County in Ohio is known by the eerily blunt moniker, Helltown. In the 70’s, Boston Township was the site of a government buyout, and subsequent mass eviction of citizens. The houses were intended to be torn down and the land used for a national park, but the plans never quite manifested. Legends spawned wildly, and who can blame the legend mongers? Driving through the dark, wooded landscape was enough to give you chills even when it was populated, let alone when you have to drive by boarded up houses standing next to the burnt out hulks of others (the local fire department used some buildings for practice).

The Terror

Whether based on a kernel of truth or cooked up in the heads of creative visitors, the persistent legends of Helltown add to the creep factor. The steep Stanford Road drop off, immediately followed by a dead end, is aptly named The End of the World. If you get stuck at this dead end for too long, according to ghost story enthusiasts, you may meet your end at the hands of many members of the endless parade of freaks patrolling the woods. Satanists, Ku Klux Klan members, an escaped mental patient, an abnormally large snake, and mutants caused by an alleged chemical spill proudly march in this parade. And if you stray from the roads, you may find Boston Cemetery, home to a ghostly man, grave robbers and, the quirkiest of all, a moving tree.

Posted November 13, 2012 by paras91 in Horror places around the world

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  •  Catacombs, Paris, France.

Is this a real Paris Catacomb Ghost Photo asks Harold Grant Ghost Picture from his recent trip to Paris 2008.

Is this a real Paris Catacomb Ghost Photo asks Harold Grant Ghost Picture from his recent trip to Paris 2008.

Long ago, as the city of Paris grew, it became necessary to provide more space for the living. To do so, engineers and planners decided to move the mass of humanity least likely to protest: in this case, the dead. Millions of Parisian dead were quietly disinterred in one of the largest engineering feats in history and their remains were deposited along the walls of the chilly, dank passageways lying beneath the City of Light. They lie there to this day, in the eternal darkness, an Empire of the Dead.

The Paris Catacombs are infamous and much has been written about their history and purpose. A million visitors a year are said to walk the dank corridors and to stare at the bones and gaze fixedly into the empty eye-sockets of the long dead. Many of these same visitors, and some of their guides, have encountered more than just the silence in the catacombs: they have had encounters with ghostly inhabitants that roam the empty passageways and mutely follow the tour groups around.

Ghost Photos and erie feelings or often reported through out the internet from the many visitors to the locations. Ghost are often said to be felt more the witnessed eye to eye. Many have reported to us that they have been grabbed or have felt ghost touching them even grabbing their hands and clothes.

A Real Paris Catacomb Ghost Photo sent to us by Brian Lundsguard

A Real Paris Catacomb Ghost Photo sent to us by Brian Lundsguard

Several report seeing a group of shadows in one area of the catacombs; as the living walk along, the dead follow in complete silence. To some the experience is completely overwhelming and tours have been cut short by the growing sense of unease. Photos have revealed orbs and ghostly apparitions, and EVP’s have been recorded throughout the vaults. And many, many ghost photos happen all the time.

The catacombs were first cleared in Roman times, with succeeding generations of Gauls and Frenchmen perfecting the Roman engineering. Now the catacombs are a veritable rabbit’s warren, and though many boldly enter without a guide, to do so puts one at risk of being lost there forever. There have been many reports of rash individuals who wandered into the catacombs for a laugh and who have never been seen again.

Ghost Photo of Paris Catacombs sent to us by Linda Graham

Ghost Photo of Paris Catacombs sent to us by Linda Graham

This, and many chilling tales of experiences in this Empire of the Dead, put the Paris Catacombs on our list of most haunted places.

Posted November 13, 2012 by paras91 in Horror places around the world