Hacking For Beginners

A Little Teaser Into Whats Coming

Alright guys, out next series of posts will be about Rainmeter. But what is rainmeter?


Rainmeter

Rainmeter displays customizable skins, like memory and battery power, RSS feeds and weather forecasts, right on your desktop. Many skins are even functional: they can record your notes and to-do lists, launch your favorite applications, and control your media player - all in a clean, unobtrusive interface that you can rearrange and customize to your liking. Rainmeter is at once an application and a toolkit. You are only limited by your imagination and creativity.

Why will I want rainmeter?

Rainmeter simply is the best way to make your desktop look good. That's why you want it. Just the plain Windows look is not what you strive for. Rainmeter skins allow loads of customization. Your PC will not look like a normal one.

Teaser

Alright, here are some awesome rainmeter skins for you to look at. Follow the next posts, and your desktop will look like this Click for full screen view.
Cool Rainmeter Skin
Soon you might have a desktop that looks like this
Cool awesome rainmeter skin

Now, looking at the complexity of these pics above might have given you a feeling that getting your computer to look like this is gonna be a tough job. Yeah, it should have been one, but it is not. Follow me along in my posts to come, and this is gonna be as simple as it gets.

How much technical skill do I need to use Rainmeter?

  • If you only want to download skins from the Internet and use them as-is, then the answer is "none." Rainmeter provides a basic user interface for managing your library of skins, saving and restoring layouts, and changing basic settings such as a skin's location, transparency, and "always on top" behavior. This is what you are mostly going to do. So you don't need any technical skills. Just click and install sort of thing, and you're done. But wait...
  • Some skin authors create their own controls for users to customize their skins. These controls may be included as a separate utility, or they may be created entirely within Rainmeter as another skin. If this is the case, then you will not need to know any code to customize these skins. In other cases, you may need to change some variables in the skin code. This may be scary if you are not a programmer, but usually, these "variables" are clearly marked labeled, located near the beginning of the file so that you don't have to do any searching, and are accompanied by helpful instructions and comments. But don't worry, the next few posts will make you good enough to deal with this.
  • Make your own rainmeter skins? Then you definitely need some skills.



What isn't Rainmeter?

Rainmeter is just one of many different tools that you can use to customize your Windows PC. It includes a powerful and flexible set of features, and we are continually surprised by the creative ways that those features are used. However, it is important to understand what Rainmeter does not do:
  • Rainmeter does not change your Windows visual style. It cannot change the appearance of your taskbar, Start button, desktop icons, file explorer, or other built-in Windows components.
  • Rainmeter is also not a window manager. It does not keep track of your open windows; it cannot maximize or minimize other application windows; and it does not enable "workspaces" or manage multi-monitor setups.
  • Rainmeter does not replace other applications that it interacts with. For example, an "iTunes" skin may let you pause, play or skip to the next track in your iTunes media player. But iTunes must still be running in the background for the skin to work.
In short, you cannot usually download and apply someone else's amazing desktop transformation in one click. Most customizers are courteous enough to provide links to the myriad programs, plugins, icons, wallpapers and other materials that they have used.
Note: The last line hit me hard. Now I have to include the link to the site where I got the matter and pics from..... Well here and here.
By the time, you can check out some WIndows 7 gadgets

Cool Background Pic

Cool Background Pics

Here are a few very very cool, beautiful, awesome, lovely, abstract and attractive background pics for you. Use them as your wallpaper. The best part is, you probably won't find them anywhere else on the net, I made 'em up myself, with my old Samsung Corby Pro's Picture editor.

Cool Awesome Desktop Background
This is the pic in blue. It will serve as a pretty amazing background for your pc.

Mystery cool 1080p square wallpaper
This is a pretty HD wallpaper. Sort of mystical too. Figure out what it is?? Huh. I myself don't know either, even though I made it.


Now how to download this, right click and click save (click for full screen enlarged view)
OR
Link1 Link2 (Some surveys you'll have to go through, pays for the efforts)

For More Wallpapers, go to bestwallpapers

Hide file in Windows

Everyone has some file he needs to hide. I won't ask the motive of doing so. But I'm going to help you in doing that. Now there are many methods to do so.

3.Conventional method


The conventional method. Make sure that "don't show hidden files, folders or drives" is selected.
  • Open any folder
  • Click on view->folder options.
  • Click on don't show hidden files, folders or drives.
  • Now right click any folder. Click properties.
  • Check the hidden button under attributes.
  • Done. If you want to show the folder again, follow the first 3 steps and check Show hidden files and folders.

2.Software Methods

  • Go to google.
  • Type - 'How to hide a folder in Windows'
  • You will see many results - tutorials and 3rd party software.
  • Download the software, read the instructions, and you are done. But wait, the best method is yet to go.

1.Special Script Method

Alright, now why is this method special?
  1. Your folder is password protected.
  2. The show-folder & hide-folder method does not show it.
  3. It's a one click method. Easy to do. Only the initialization(i.e. first time) is a bit complicated.
How to do it?
There are 2 methods to do it, one is long, other is short.
  • Easy one first.
    Go to the download link.
    Complete the survey, and download it.
    Copy the downloaded file and paste it into any folder.
    Run it.
    A folder named private will be created.
    Paste all the stuff you want to hide into the folder.
    Run the downloaded file again.
    Press 'y' (without the quotes)
    To show the files again, double click the downloaded file and type customize as the password.
    DONE!
  • Tough one
    So, you have to copy this code to a text document. Then you have to save it as a .bat extension file. Code is as follows-
cls
@ECHO OFF
title Folder Private
if EXIST "HTG Locker" goto UNLOCK
if NOT EXIST Private goto MDLOCKER
:CONFIRM
echo Are you sure you want to lock the folder(Y/N)
set/p "cho=>"
if %cho%==Y goto LOCK
if %cho%==y goto LOCK
if %cho%==n goto END
if %cho%==N goto END
echo Invalid choice.
goto CONFIRM
:LOCK
ren Private "HTG Locker"
attrib +h +s "HTG Locker"
echo Folder locked
goto End
:UNLOCK
echo Enter password to unlock folder
set/p "pass=>"
if NOT %pass%== customize goto FAIL
attrib -h -s "HTG Locker"
ren "HTG Locker" Private
echo Folder Unlocked successfully
goto End
:FAIL
echo Invalid password
goto end
:MDLOCKER
md Private
echo Private created successfully
goto End
:End

Now, once you are done copying it, your batch file is made. After that follow the instructions of the 'easy method'.

Note: The password can be changed from customize to anything else. Just change the word from the script.

If you have any doubts, please feel free to drop a comment.

Change Your Facebook Color Scheme

Ever wanted to change the color of your Facebook profile. This post is just for you. I have seen many people boasting about sites which change the facebook theme/layout/skin. But they are all scams. They ask you to like/share/comment on stuff, and then skin will change. But nothing happens. Here's a free app for you and a very detailed guide on how to use it. Just follow the instructions and your facebook layout will change within minutes.

Go to Colormyfacebook


Download the application


Follow the setup

(Option1 - Select advanced and deselect the 3 checkboxes. They are toolbars that will automatically get installed if you select Quick, and your homepage will change too. Follow the picture. Option2 -  If you want to support the developer (I'm not the developer, its someone else), then select quick. He gets paid for it. Help him keep the software free.)

As soon as the installation is over, reload or open your facebook profile. It'll look like this-


But pink is most probably not the color you'd want. So follow this picture

After clicking the button, you'll see a box like this. Enter the color code that you want. Have fun.

If you don't know the hexadecimal code for the color you want, this website can convert color into hex code - link

Now, in case you finally decide, I'm done with this, so here's a quick guide how to uninstall -
  1. Go to my computer
  2. Locate the Uninstall Programs button
  3. Find the FacebookColorChanger app, and click uninstall
  4. Follow this pic if something is not clear.

Windows 7 Gadgets

In this post, we'll take a look at the best gadgets around that can be used with Windows 7 (and 8 too).


Hanging Note


This gadget does what it says, nothing more, nothing less. A cool interface to store some text. Just click and type. Use to mouse to re-size. Simple as that. Nothing too complicated or spectacular, but it will serve your needs.

Gadgets Pack

:bulletorange:This is standalone version of the author's previous gadgets pack.

:bulletgreen:Instructions :



:bulletblue:Install with setup.

:bulletblue:It may take some time to start as there are no. of gadgets.

:bulletgreen:Requirements :



:bulletblue:Windows XP/Vista/7



Aero Gadgets

Three gadgets in four colours. 
:bulletblue:instructions:
-just drag/drop the folders of the gadgets in "program files\windows sidebar\shared gadgets


In the next post we'll talk about rainmeter and rainmeter gadgets.

Does your PC need a dock

What is a dock?

Now what is a dock. If you've got no idea, I am gonna tell you about it in simple words. So, its a cool alternate to start menu for Windows, if you prefer to look at it that way. Wikipedia prefers to call it an application used to switch between applications and launching them. What I call it is a cool thing to have on your desktop. 



Which dock to use?

Now the second question obviously is, which dock to use. Now that is actually a tough question, keeping in mind the vast varieties of docks available in the market. I'll give a list of completely free docks for you. Just check which one you love the most.



List of Docks--


Winstep Nexus
The Winstep Nexus Dock is a FREE professional dock for Windows.
With Nexus, your most frequently used applications are only a mouse click away - and Nexus turns working with your computer into a fun and exciting experience.
Nexus Ultimate is an enhanced version of the free-to-use Nexus dock which is available stand-alone or as a component of Winstep Xtreme (a single easy-to-install package featuring all of Winstep's popular desktop enhancement products for Windows). 

(Quoted from their website)









Objectdock-

ObjectDock is an animated dock for Windows that enables you to quickly access and launch your favorite applications, files and shortcuts. ObjectDock can also automatically hide itself when not in use and will reappear when you move your mouse to its position.
How it works

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Features


  • Access your shortcuts and applications from an animated dock
  • Add as many docks as you wish
  • Drag and drop application launching
  • Robust dock customization options
  • Windows 8/7 Support
  • And more!

Rocketdock

What is it?

RocketDock is a smoothly animated, alpha blended application launcher. It provides a nice clean interface to drop shortcuts on for easy access and organization. With each item completely customizable there is no end to what you can add and launch from the dock.
Now with added Taskbar support your minimized windows can appear as icons on the dock. This allows for better productivity and accessibility.


Features:
Minimize windows to the dock
Real-time window previews in Vista
Running application indicators
Simple drag-n-drop interface
Multi-monitor support
Supports alpha-blended PNG and ICO icons
Icons zoom and transition smoothly
Auto-hide and Popup on mouse over
Positioning and layering options
Fully customizable
Completely Portable
ObjectDock Docklet support
Compatible with MobyDock, ObjectDock, RK Launcher, and Y'z Dock skins
Runs great on slower computers
Unicode compliant
Supports many languages and can easily be translated
A friendly user base :)
And best of all... its FREE!!!



Snowy day

Snow is falling to the ground 
Piling up in enormous mounds
School is cancelled for the day
Children run outside to play

Snowballs are thrown in the air
No one has any care
About school-only fun 
Because the day is a snowy one

Snowmen are stacked very high
Their top hats almost skim the sky
To make them round they must pat
Then finish off with mittens and hat

As the weather gets cold
The children are told
To come inside and eat
Hot chocolate with a couple treats

Once the kids are done 
They put on their gear for some more fun
Some of them play around
While other kids just lay on the ground

Another kid makes snow angels
Until the dog named Bojangles
Ran through his masterpiece
But then the owner yelled cease

After Bojangles 
Ruined all the snow angels
Kids slid down the hill
‘Til they were bitten by a chill

Almost over is the day
The children start to walk away
As snow falls, so does the sun
Time to go in, the day is done.




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