X-MINI UNO -Miniscule speaker with a stylish design

X-mini Uno

The X-mini Uno is a cylindrical portable speaker with a unique minuscule footprint . Measuring just 60x47mm, it looks cute. To make the speaker durable, the X-mini has a brushed aluminium base, this comes in myriad colours. The product’s design has already garnered it some prestigious awards, including the Red Dot and the IF.

Channelling the sound is a silicon cylinder which connects the base with the top. Weighing just 112g, the Uno is feather light and is easy to carry around. It is available in six vibrant colours including blue, green, gunmetal, red, orange and purple. 

The X-MINI UNO blister pack,contains the speaker unit along with a hard copy manual, a cute sticker, a usb to 3.5mm cord and a silk bag for protecting the unit.All controls sit in a circle on the base of the unit, these include a 3.5mm port for connecting with a computer, a mini usb port to charge the internal battery, an on/off slider, a 3.5mm out, volume dial and a blue LED for indicating the status.Unfortunately, the unit doesn’t have a capability to connect to the source wirelessly. 

Connecting the speaker with any mobile X-MINI UNO device or computer is easy using the 3.5mm in/out port. The Uno uses a ceramic tweeter for better clarity, according to designers, ceramic tweeters have several advantages including lower distortion, wider frequency and better mid and low level output compared to aluminium tweeters.

The speaker produces decent output at mid and low levels without losing details.But in highs, it clearly lacks enough bass. Though you should not expect great bass and treble from such a tiny device, but considering the price a little more punch was expected. The 500mAh internal battery gives a long playback time. In our test, it lasted for 17 hours. The unique design, great built and attractive colour makes it an ideal choice for customers who are bothered more about looks than quality.

Free Softwares and websites to spend time On

Sunday, July 31, 2011 Posted by Aman Jain

There are many websites and softwares available on Internet who are not supported by any kind of fees or advertisements.Their only source of revenue is donations.

1. Donation wareSpybot

A malaware attack is every PC users worst nightmare. But many of us are often forced to forgo the protection because anti viruses are very costly.

However there is one alternative for users who wish to save their hard earned money, while doing something to protect the system from sudden attacks. The alternative is SpyBot ; However you can contribute to the cause by making small donations.

2. Socso

If you are deeply into music, then it is time that you had your own music server. Enter socso - the free Java based application , which will create a home based server for you in a matter of few steps only.After that your PC will become the medium through which music can be streamed , so that others around t5he world can happily tune in by using myriad web based technologies.The system also can prove beneficial when you have too many computer systems working at your home or office - you can have all the music files stored in one computer, while the other PC's and laptops can connect to it, when ever they7 need to groove to a tune.

That way you end up saving your valuable disc space. The system will support music files of the types -MP3 , OGG Vorbis, Flacand WMA.

3. Zemanta

For many of us blogging has now become a way of life. But coming up with coherent , informative posts and images turn out to be cumbersome chore. How about having your own assistant to help you with your blogging activities! Zemanta fulfils that.It is a software which is compatible with many of the blogging platforms such as Wordpress , Flickr , etc.

Once you have installed it, as a plug in to you favorite browser, Zemanta will work quietly in the background to ensure that you get easy access to relevant information pertaining to your blog post that you are creating.

4. Scratch

How about trying to create some animated cartoons , small video games or other interactive artworks! You can all do this even if you don't know a bit of flash and coding.

All you need to do is to visit this website :
http://scratch.mit.edu . Scratch has a Set of informative tools through which people without any computer programming skills can create animations. Just download the free software from the site and get started .

With its comprehensive menu based system , scratch is eminently easy to use.

You can either upload images from your own computer or you can use the ones that already exist In the scratch library.

5. Fast Stone

The advent of the digital age has surely made it easy for us to go on a image capturing spree.So how many of these images are really of good quality!You may not be able to shoot like a Pro, but there are other ways by which you can enhance the quality of you pictures.For instance , there is a software called FastStone which does do just about everything you would expect from an image viewer.

You can crop , resize, fix red eye, adjust image tone and do so much else.All this is available for free.

This website is having over 33000 e book editions of the books.You even don't need to register in the website and just need to open it and you can start downloading the books which could be read on you PC , notebook, ipad , iPhone or any other portable device.

7. Internet archive

Ah Nostalgia! Reminiscing the good old days is such an enjoyable way of passing time. Hoe about reminiscing the websites as they were a decade ago or what did Google look like 10 years ago, a period of time when the i9Internet was still in its stone age era?

Only internet archive has the answer.The mission of internet archive is to back up the entire internet.As of now it has more than 3 petabytes of information in its servers, that's 85 billion web pages. A mind boggling number you will have to agree.

8. Kiva

This is one of those websites , which re dedicated to letting you pick up the role of a good Samaritan.Out here you can do some micro lending of your own and contribute to the cause of alleviating poverty.There are so many people around the world who are in need of sums as small as 25$. Kiva introduces you to them. As of now the website claims to have a default rate of less than 3%.In 97% of the cases, the lenders got their money back.Kiva is a charity and not a broker, so you don't get any interest on the money you have lent; What you do is get the feeling of having done something help a fellow human being.
Till now Kiva has facilitated a loans of more than $100 million.

9 . Moodturn
When you are totally stressed about the one thing or the other, a tryst with MoodTurn might go a long way helping you calm down.This is a website that promises to turn your mood by playing soothing music , which conjures visions of sublime nature , while visuals of nature scenes are playing on the screen. MoodTurn has already become a source o9f succour to thousands of employees.

10. Craigslist

The classifieds out here are divided into different categories.So if you are looking for a job in Bangalore , then you go to the Bangalore section of the website and there you have to browse though the jobs category.Much of the service that you get here is free of cost, and the website is not averse to receiving donations from users.

11. Zwaggle

The truth is that most of us own items which might not be of much use to us anymore .However, we have no idea how to donate these items to people who are in need . That is where websites like Zwaggle comes in. Out here you can log in and find ways of giving away your superfluous items to needy denizens of the world.

What is Google Analytics

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 Posted by snehlata tripathi

Google Analytics is a free service offered by Google that generates detailed statistics about the visitors to a website. The product is aimed at marketers as opposed to webmasters and technologists from which the industry of web analytics originally grew. It is the most widely used website statistics service

Google Analytics can track visitors from all referrers, including search engines, display advertising, pay-per-click networks,
e-mail marketing and digital collateral such as links within PDF documents.

Google Analytics approach is to show high level dashboard-type data for the casual user, and more in-depth data further into the
report set. Through the use of Google Analytics analysis, poor performing pages can be identified using techniques such as funnel
visualization, where visitors came from (referrers), how long they stayed and their geographical position. It also
provides more advanced features, including custom visitor segmentation

High profile sites using Google Analytics
Google Analytics is used by 57% of the 10,000 most popular websites (as ranked by Alexa Internet) ordered by popularity, as reported by (now defunct) BackendBattles.com

* twitter.com
* myspace.com

* dailymotion.com
* answers.com

Google Analytics Usage TrendsGoogle Analytics offers a host of compelling features and benefits for everyone from
senior executives and advertising and marketing professionals to site owners and content developers.

This chart represents Google Analytics web usage trends over a historical time period on a large selection of website homepages queried by BuiltWith.

Google Analytics is a free service that offers users up to 5 million hits per month. If your site generates more than 5 million hits per month, you will need to link it to an active AdWords account in order to avoid interruption of your Google Analytics service.

Google Analytics currently defines an active AdWords account as an AdWords account that has at least one active and running Campaign, with a minimum budget of $1 per day (or the equivalent amount in a non-U.S.currency).

Power supply unit PSU Troubleshooting Tips

Sunday, July 24, 2011 Posted by Aman Jain

The PC powers on after the second or third try

The mostly likely problem is that the power_ok (or power_good) signal is sent before the power supply has stabilised. Get a better quality PSU.

In modern PCs, the power switch is a logic device that tells the PSU to supply full power to the motherboard. The power_ok signal tells the motherboard that the power supply is available and stable.

If the signal is sent too soon the motherboard does not recognize it and stays off to protect itself. This can happen in lowerquality PSUs. Booting more than once is not recommended, and you will be better off getting a better PSU.
The PC powers on but nothing happens after that (no beep)
1. This may be due to the addition of new hardware that is overtaxing the power supply. Remove the last hardware component installed and check again.
2. A defective hard disk or one that is not plugged in correctly: Check the power cable to the hard disk. Sometimes it may not be fully plugged in. Check the hard disk on another system.

The PC powers on, beeps and stops. No Power On Self Test (POST) messages.
This may be a motherboard problem and not related to the PSU.

The PC powers on and runs POST but there is no display
This may be a display card problem and not related to the PSU. Check the display section of this guide.

There is a squealing/whistling/whining noise when the PC starts
This could indicate either a problem with the fan, which has accumulated dirt over time, or one of the internal components of the PSU. Switch on the PC and listen carefully to confirm that it’s the PSU fan and not the CPU fan or the hard disk.

Usually, the noise will stop once the fan picks up speed, and you can ignore it temporarily. It’s a good idea, however, to clean out the dirt around the PSU fan using a PC vacuum.

This will increase the working life of the PSU fan as well as the PSU itself. If the fan stops working, the PSU will generate heat and cause more trouble.

So a little prevention will save you a lot of headaches later. If the sound is not from the fan but from within the PSU itself, then you may be able to service it.

A PSU has no ‘user-serviceable’ parts, and it’s best left to a competent technician, although in most cases of component failure, you will have to replace the PSU.

The PC freezes or reboots suddenly
1. This could indicate a failing PSU that is not supplying power correctly to the motherboard. You may be able to get the PSU serviced but in most cases you will be better off getting a new power supply.
2. This could be due to overheating of the PSU or CPU: If the PSU is overheating, the metal cabinet may be hot to touch or you might get a shock. Shut off immediately. Check if the PSU fan is working, clean or replace the fan if not working or spinning very slowly. If it’s a faulty PSU you may be able to service it. If the PSU seems normal it might be due to an overheating CPU.

Help !! The PC power doesn’t come on !!!! - Troubleshooting Power Supply Units

Sunday, July 24, 2011 Posted by Aman Jain

Troubleshooting Power Supply Units -PSU's

1. No power from the wall socket: Use a live power outlet. In rare cases, the power cable may be defective and may require replacement. Check the power cable on another working PC. Plug in a lamp or any other electric device to see if you have a live outlet.

2. Incorrect voltage setting on the PSU: Select the proper voltage setting (220-240V) on the back of the PSU. WARNING: If you have switched on the PC with the voltage set to 110-120V and with a mains supply of 240V you may have blown your PSU beyond repair at worst or blown a fuse at best. Be careful!

3. The front panel power switch’s connector to the motherboard is not fixed correctly or has come off or is defective: Check the motherboard manual and fix the lead (wires) from the front panel switch to the motherboard correctly. If there is still no power, try a different lead.

4. The front panel power switch is defective: Replace the switch. In case you do not want to get a replacement, one option is to use the reset button. The only problem with this is that to cut the power to the system in case of system hangs etc., you will have to switch off the power from the mains wall outlet rather than from the front panel.

5. The power supply connections to the motherboard are not correct: Check the power connections from the PSU to the motherboard. Refer to the motherboard manual and identify the correct connection points.

6. Not identified; non-PSU related problem: After attempting all the above, if the system still doesn’t power up, it is time to look elsewhere.

Disconnect all the drives and see if it is powering up. (Note: Pull out the power cord when removing or disconnecting something.)

If the system is powering up, then start reconnecting the drives one by one to identify which is defective drive. If the system is not powering with all drives disconnected, remove the other adaptors one at a time and checking to see if it is powering up.

Leave the video adaptor for the last. If you are able to isolate the problem to one of the adaptor cards, verify that the slot and the adaptor cards are compatible. Then try plugging it into a different slot and see if the system powers up before discarding it and going for a new one.

If the system is still not powering up, then you either have a defective PSU or a defective motherboard. If there is a burnt smell, then most probably either one of them has been fried. Look for burn marks on the motherboard. Sometimes the PSU and motherboard may be incompatible. If the motherboard looks fine, replace the PSU, since it’s cheaper!

How To Create an Event on Facebook

Sunday, July 24, 2011 Posted by Aman Jain

Sending an invitation to your next party via Facebook is an easy way to invite some or all of your friends, and track who will or won’t be coming.

Step 1: Go to your Events page in Facebook
Log on to Facebook. Access your Events from your homepage, or search for events using the search function.

Step 2:
Choose to Create an Event
Click on the icon that allows you to create an event.

Step 3:
Create a name for your event; enter basic information
Create a name for your event. Add your location information, the start and end times, and any other invitation text you’d like to include.
If you list a complete street address, invitees will be able to view a map and directions to the event’s location by clicking “View Map” below the event’s location.

Step 4:
Select a privacy setting
Select the privacy setting. Decide whether you want the event to be public, which means that anyone can see your event and RSVP. Then, choose whether the guest list will be visible on the event page.
If your event is public, you can still block people from seeing the invitation by selecting the “Block People” link from the guest list, entering the person’s name, and blocking their profile.

Step 5:
Add a photo and description to your event information
Select guests, and add an image to the event page. Then save the event.

Step 6:
Invite friends to the event
Add invitees after you’ve created the event by choosing “Select Guests,” or by editing the event.

Step 7:
Add admins
As the creator of the event, you can add admins that can invite additional guests, appoint other admins, and edit the event invitation. To add an admin, edit your guest list, choose a guest who has already RSVPed yes, and press the Make Admin button.

Whoa ! You have created an event on Facebook

Import friends from facebook to google+

Sunday, July 24, 2011 Posted by Aman Jain

You can transfer all your Facebook buddies to Google+ .You cannot do it directly but via their partnership with Yahoo from where you can get all of your friends list over to Google Plus.Lets get started:-

1. First Sign up for yahoo if you dont have an account .
2. Go to Yahoo Mail. Go to the contacts Tab.

3. Go to import Contacts.You will see Facebook Logo Next to it. Click on Import Conatcts and then click on Facebook Icon which implies that you want to share your contacts to Yahoo.

4. This would import all your contacts to Yahoo.After which you select them all and Go to Actions --> Export All . The contacts would be exported as Yahoo CSV file which would basically put all your contacts names and email addresses in a spreadsheet.

5. Now , switch over to Gmail and log in.

6. Go to Contacts Tab and then Go to New Groups and make a group called " Facebook". Then we would click on Facebook Label--> More Actions --> Import --> File --> "Choose the Yahoo File you just Exported"--> Select the Facebook Label in the Dropdown--> Click ok

You will find all your contacts would be displayed there.

7. Now you just have to login to google Plus account.

8. Go to the Circles tab and pick on your circles and Click on Friends and Invite.You will see all your friends lovely faces that are not on Google Plus as yet.

You can still add them to your circles and the google will send them an invitation mail and once they sign up for Circles you can follow up with them.

That is how to get all your facebook friends on to Google Plus.