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Get More Battery Life

Monday, October 26, 2009 @ 3:17 pm

Aerofoil is a small tool that detects whether or not your laptop is plugged in. If you unplug your laptop, it can automatically change your power plan (e.g. from “High Performance” to “Power Saver”), mute your sound, and also disable Aero (the nice effects) and the Sidebar. Once plugged in again, it will automatically unmute […]

Using Custom Visual Styles for Windows

Friday, October 16, 2009 @ 4:31 am

To use the visual style mentioned in my previous post (and others that you find interesting), you’ll need to patch your uxtheme.dll file. There’s a manual process, but there are some tools out there that automate this. For Vista, I recommend vUXTender. For XP, I recommend UXTheme Multipatcher. If this doesn’t work, try UXTender. For […]

Windows Live Messenger in Windows 7

Friday, October 16, 2009 @ 4:11 am

By default, it doesn’t show up as a system tray icon. To fix this, exit Messenger, go to C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Messenger (in Windows Explorer), right-click on msnmsgr.exe, click on “Properties”, click on “Compatibility” (tab), and tick “Run this program in compatibility mode for:”, select “Windows Vista” in the drop-down list, then click on “OK” and […]