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I have already written an article on MacHider, so the readers may ask why again? Well, in the previous one, I just pointed out a few basic features of MacHider, however, in this one; I am going to elaborate things as well. Let’s talk about a couple of advanced features of MacHider in this article that were not mentioned in the previous one.

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AutoHide Groups

When you run MacHider for the first time, you should notice the AutoHide Groups feature right then. For each of the individual custom groups that you have created, you can toggle the AutoHide feature on or off.

If you run MacHider, the groups with the AutoHide option enabled, will reveal the contained files automatically. However, as soon as you close MacHider, those files will get back to their hidden status. If you need to access groups of hidden files at a frequent basis, this feature can prove to be very useful.

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Security

It is advertised by the app that it doesn’t modify any of the files that it hides. Well, you don’t need to worry about file corruption as it seems. Now, let’s discuss a bit that how secure MacHider actually is. If you hide any specific file, MacHider then creates a hidden folder to which the file is moved with a reversed file name (This is probably done so that it doesn’t show up in the spotlight). There is a password feature which protects your files from being accessed by other users.

On a nutshell, I will suggest my readers to give it a try. The app is good at what it claims to be doing. It works well in keeping some of the sensitive files out of the intruders’ sights. Don’t think of it as a security tool, it isn’t. It works well to hide your files and for that, it is definitely top notch.

Do you want to be more organized, at least when you surf through your Linux system? Well, here is a simple Linux note taking app for you called GNotes which lets you to link one text to another, thereby turning the researching process into an inter-weaving database which you can easily reference at a later point of time. Doesn’t it sound like a personal desktop wiki?

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With GNotes, you can easily outline whatever thoughts you have and store those as well. The linking feature lets you to find these thoughts at a later time as well. If you often forget some of the best ideas that you ever had, GNotes is definitely an app that you should try out.

Once you launch the app, you will be able to see all of your notes. If you wish, there is an option to sort those into Notebooks. You can use the search feature to find the note that you have been looking for as well. If you wish to create a new note, just click on the “Create New Note” and you’re done. A simple note will appear in front of your eyes. Type whatever you want to inside the same and then click at the button at the top right corner for adding the same in a specific notebook. If you wish to link a note, highlight a phrase and hit the “Link” option.

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To be honest, I use the linking feature to create a type of personal database. Remember, that if you type name of a specific note in some other note, automatically, these two get linked.

The source code of GNote is available from Gnome Live and you can get it from distro’s package manager as well. The installation instructions are available in numerous distros too.

I have already talked about Windows 8 synching features. However, I have more information to share with all of you on this and below, I will do the same.

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A question that engulfs minds of most of the users is that what happens if a user logs into a new computer? Well, in those scenarios, Windows will automatically download the settings that are tied to your Microsoft account and set up your new computer accordingly. Sounds cool, doesn’t it?

Metered Connections

You can control synchronization process over the metered connections. The mobile networks are set as metered by Windows 8 by default. If you disable this option, you will not be able to sync on networks where you will be charged for the amount of data which you use. This will reduce the mobile data and thereby help you to save some cash.

SkyDrive

Whatever files that you store in the SkyDrive are tied to the Microsoft account you use and you can access all of those from the Modern SkyDrive app as well. You can even access those files right from your desktop, but for that, you need to install the SkyDrive desktop app. This does not come by default with windows.

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Sync Data Removal

The Windows 8 Personal Settings website of Microsoft will let you erase all of the synched settings. First of all, the sync setting has to be manually disabled in all of the Windows 8 computers that you use. Next step is to visit the website mentioned above and click on the Remove button to delete all of your personal settings from the Cloud.

According to preliminary reports, Windows 8.1 which will be known as Windows Blue will have more sync options such as open tabs in the internet explorer, layout of the pinned tiles on the Start screen etc.

Previously, I have talked about the basics of Razor Comms. Now, it’s time to discuss more on the same. As you know, it’s a voice chat program and here, I will focus more on how it manages contacts with channels and groups.

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I’ll call it a hybrid approach of managing chat channels. This is unlike the programs such as Mumble or Ventrilo which have a central server and individual channels within the same. On the other hand, for Skype, you need to have a central account and you can chat with different groups or users at the same time. There is no dedicated server as such.

Though similar to Skype, Razor Comms has a central account for chatting and you can create various channels and groups as your wish. A group is a collection of individuals. On the other hand, a channel can be defined as a subsection of a group. Only a few specific members of a group can use channels to discuss things. Creating a group or channel is pretty easy and anyone can create one.

Once you have created a channel and are into it, you can click on the headphones icon (You will see it at the top left side of the main window). This will enable the voice chat function for you. Once enabled, you will be able to voice chat with everyone else who is part of the channel and has enabled the voice chat feature, just like you.

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While using the voice chat feature, you have several options such as self-mute (Your microphone doesn’t register in this case), mute others (If you find someone annoying, you can make use of this feature) or self-deafen (You cannot hear what anybody else is saying after enabling this feature).

Razor Comms definitely has scope of improvement once we start to consider the performance of the same. It hung many times while I was using it and that gets annoying after some time. However, I’ll still let it go as the program is still in its beta version.

Multiplayer gaming has a fast-paced nature and voice communication is an awesome bit of technology which complements it to the core. With voice communication, you don’t need to type out the long messages and you don’t need to sacrifice the game play for real time chatting. Razer which is an established gaming brand already has a new offering for voice communication. Well, the best part is that the program doesn’t cost a single dime. Razer Comms is still in its beta version, but, it already boasts of good enough features to compete with its major competitors such as RaidCall, TeamSpeak, Skype, Ventrilo etc.

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Razer Comms User Interface

As soon as you open the software, the main contact window appears in front of you. This one lets you keep track of your friends, your groups, your conversations, the games that you are playing etc.

The software supports a multi-window layout rather than a single window for maintaining all the elements. It’s definitely convenient to have multiple windows for contacts, conversations, preferences; however, if you cannot manage things well, it can become bothersome for you.

Installed Games – Integration with Razor Comms

This is a high point for Razor Comms as it integrates with not only the newly installed games, but also with the ones which are already there in your system. Surprisingly, even if you don’t install the games in your C folder, the software is still able to look through the installed games. You can directly launch the games from the software itself.

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General Preferences

I didn’t expect much on this front, as Razor Comms is still a beta program. To my amazement, there are number of preferences to fit your requirements. You can get sound and popup notifications. Apart from that, the input sensitivity, volume, push to talk features can definitely be modified based on your requirements.

There’s lot more to talk of Razor Comms which I will do in a later article for sure. For the time being, I’ll conclude here. If you want to share any experience of yours with me and the other readers regarding Razor Comms or any other similar software, please use the comments feature.

Windows 8 has got a lot of synching features. There is promise that Windows 8.1 will have more, but, for the time being, let’s focus on the current synching features available. Make no mistake, each of this synching options can be disabled or enabled manually, depending on your requirement:

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App Settings

In this category, you will be able to sync settings of only certain apps and the purchases made inside those apps. This is limited to the Modern apps and you can only sync the ones for which the developer of the apps lets you to.

Personalize

Through this, you can personalize the settings for the new Start screen and the Modern environment as well. This includes account picture, background, colors and lock screen image. If you enable this, you need to set up the Modern environment only once. Your settings will appear on each of the other PCs where you log into. Similarly, the changes you made in one PC after logging in will appear in the rest as well. Through desktop personalization option, you can personalize desktop appearances such as desktop theme and taskbar configuration too.

Ease of Access

You will be able to sync accessibility settings through the same, including those for magnifier and narrator.

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Passwords

Through this, you can sync passwords for certain websites, networks and even for HomeGroup networks. These settings however only sync to the PC you use when you enable “trust your PC” option. This is like enabling a two-factor authentication on the website of Microsoft.

Browser

You can sync your Internet Explorer settings through Windows 8. The history details, favorites and other browser data can be shared between the Windows 8 computers. For other browsers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, you will have to use the built-in synching features of those.

Apart from the aforementioned ones, you can sync language, file explorer application, mouse settings and many more as well.

When you use the Window 8 computer of yours, Microsoft wants to you be logged in with a Microsoft account. Well, thereby, you get access to Windows Store and other modern apps. Not only that, but, it lets you sync the Windows 8 settings and even some desktop settings as well. This synching process can be completed with help of cloud and your settings will therefore be synched between all the various Windows 8 tablets and computers that you use. The settings will even be backed up with the Microsoft account you use and even when you buy a new PC, the changes will be refreshed for the same.

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If you have a local user account, synching will be disabled, but, not if you use a Microsoft account. You can synch everything or can choose to synch only a few types of settings between your tablet and the computer – the decision is yours.

Open the PC settings app and you should be able to find whether synching is enabled or not. Swipe in from the right or press the Windows key and C together for opening the Charms bar and then choose settings. Now, click on the PC settings option which you will find right at the bottom of the settings panel, that’s how you find the PC settings app.

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Now, choose the Synch your settings option and then you will be able to customize the synching configuration. If you wish to disable the synching of the settings, just slide the Sync settings at the top of the screen to off. If you wish, you can disable only a few types of settings as well and let the others synch as you wish.

Windows 8 synching and de-synching is a rather large topic and it may not be possible to define everything in a single article. Hence, this article will end here, but, I will soon come back with further information on Windows 8 synching procedure.

 

This is the final installment of my write-ups explaining the file systems. In this one, I’ll explain FAT, NTFS and HFS+.

FAT

File Allocation Table; more popular by its abbreviation FAT, is one of the most common file systems in the computing world. This file system, developed by Microsoft, has been in existence for quite a while and has seen  a few updates along the way as well, in form of FAT16 and FAT32. According to me, this is the simplest file system of all and supports file size up to 4 GB. A linked list structure is used by this and removable Medias such as SD cards and USB drives use this more often, rather than a general hard drive.

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NTFS

New Technology File System is a product of Microsoft and is often termed as the next generation file system. The structure is more complex compared to FAT and starting from Windows XP, Microsoft incorporated this file system into their operating systems as well. It keeps records of all the operations and hence is known to be a journaling file system. It easily detects errors and knows the relevant recovery process as well. Some errors it can easily recover from are: Power Outage and Drive Failure. Each file size can be as much as 16 TB with NTFS, the maximum volume size being 256 TB. NTFS is not universal as FAT, however most of the operating systems provide support for this. Unlike FAT, this is suitable for the hard drives, but not for the removable Medias.

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HFS+

This has been developed by Apple for the MACs. Just like NTFS, this is a journaling file system as well and it supports easy recovery in case of serious issues. Both Linux and MAC OS X operating systems are compatible with HFS+, but not Windows.

With this, I finish my 3-part series on file systems here. I hope it was entertaining and informative. If anyone reading these articles has any questions for me, feel free to shoot them through the comments section.

YouTube gets more visitors everyday than population of some of the biggest nations. The biggest video sharing website in the online world has good enough videos to keep one intrigued for an entire day. Well, the internet connection is not fast for everyone and many users like to download a YouTube video first to the system and then watch it.

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Today, I will talk about one software which works amazingly well for downloading YouTube videos. I know there are other similar apps, but, I will mention this software here because it is pretty well organized. The name is 4K Video Downloader and I just loved using this.

The software is free to use, but unless you actually want it, don’t end up installing the Oople toolbar. While installing the software, you need to click on Custom Installation and then unselect all of the checkboxes.

The application is pretty simple look wise. It’s nothing but a box which you can place on the screen. It is ready to accept the videos from almost any site in the world from where you wish to download videos for watching at a later time.

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The only two tasks that you need to complete are highlighting the URL present in your browser and copy the same. You can also copy the URL that your friends may have shared in Facebook or other similar social networking websites. Now, just right click anywhere inside the 4K Video Downloader box and then select the option Paste URL. 4K Video Downloader will now automatically detect any available video in the webpage mentioned by you. You can save the video in numerous available formats.

The download process will automatically launch inside the center pane and it will continue in the background. There is also a Smart Mode available through which you can select a resolution and file format. All the videos will get downloaded in the resolution and format you select in Smart Mode by default.

There are so many features of Linux that have made this operating system so popular among the users, but, the fact that it makes the system so secure, is definitely a plus point for the same. Well, through the permission system of the same, Linux is able to secure the machines. It is possible for you to have control over all the files present in your system and assign permissions to groups, users and everyone else as well. There is a terminal utility known as “chmod” available in Linux. This helps you to control all the various types of permissions in your Linux based system. Through this article, I’ll try to help you understand how the permission system in the Linux operating system works:

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To understand the mechanics of the Linux permission system, there is a lot of information which you’ll need to know about. If you are a starter, you should go through the 40 terminal commands to make yourself familiar with all these before you actually dive in to understand things in a better way.

The file and directory permissions can be assigned to three different categories: the group, the user and everyone else. A file or a directory is thereby owned by a particular user or group and you cannot leave these fields empty. If a user owns a file, the group name is generally same with the username of that user.

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There are 3 different permissions that you can assign and those are: read, write and execute:

Read (4 – ‘r’)

Write (2 – ‘w’)

Execute (1 – ‘x’)

The letters r, w, x and the numbers 4, 2, 1 make the different ways through which you can assign permissions to a category.

With read access, one can read content of a file and even copy the same if they wish to. If it’s write access, a user can overwrite the content of the file partially or completely. With execute access; it is possible for a user to execute that file, no matter what the file type is.