Tips & Tricks

Windows 7 Themes: Google+ Theme 

for Windows

Google Plus the new social network on the block and the latest attempt at social by Google. While earlier attempts have fared pretty badly, Google Plus looks solid and is quite awesome to use. Plus has seriously caught the attention of the internet users who love all about social media.
Though it is new, Google Plus has grown rapidly and the numbers are ever-increasing. It has also fired the imagination of artists and has generated a number of artworks based on the Google Plus theme and presentation. While minimalist in nature, they are a beautiful representation of the brand that Google Plus has become. Based on these artworks, here is a minimalist theme dedicated to Google Plus.



How to Download Facebook Videos 

for Windows

How to Download Facebook Videos

 Facebook started supporting video sharing and posting in 2007. Millions of Facebook users and music bands have taken well to sharing videos on their profiles.Facebook now supports high definition playback and longer videos. There are two types of Facebook videos, the ones posted by other users or friends, videos embedded into messages and wall posts.
There is no native support to download the videos on Facebook on to your computer, nevertheless you can download them with a few tricks and tweaks that are browser specific. Many third party extensions, scripts and software allow you to download and watch the videos posted on Facebook. Let us look into some of the ways to download Facebook videos.

Downloading Facebook Videos Using Browser Tweaks

Mozilla Firefox

You can use a Mozilla Firefox add-on to download a Facebook video. Follow these step by step instructions to download the file to your computer:
  1. Go to the Video DownloadHelper Firefox add-on page
  2. Click on Download Now
  3. Install the add-on for Firefox
  4. Restart your browser
  5. Go to the Facebook video you would like to download and click on the red arrow as shown in the picture below
  6. You have successfully downloaded the video to your computer

Google Chrome

The videos that you play on Facebook are saved in Google Chrome’s cache. You can access the cache and download the video on to your computer. Follow these step by step instructions to download the video:
  1. Go to ChromeCacheView download page
  2. Download and install the latest version of that software
  3. Open the ChromeCacheView software once you have viewed a video on Facebook
  4. Save the selected videos on to your computer as shown in the picture above
  5. You have successfully downloaded the video to your computer
The other methods to download a Facebook video using user scripts and redirection to other third party websites are risky. The above mentioned methods are browser tweaks to download the videos.


Windows 7 to Overtake XP As Most 

Popular OS

According to statistics shared by Net Applications, an Internet metrics company, usage of Windows 7 has accelerated in the past month, reaching 32.42% in September from 30.60% in August. Experts expect that in the next couple of months the number of users of Microsoft’s most recent product will increase in such number that it will manage to overtake the most profitable OS made so far, Windows XP.
The user numbers of XP have been dropping lately, mostly at the same rate as the number of Windows 7 users has increased. It’s also expected that the number of users of XP will drop under 50% in the next few weeks, effectively bringing it closer and closer to Windows 7.

Meanwhile, Windows Vista has also been losing users, but at a smaller rate than XP, decreasing from 9.40% to 9.09% over two months, users who most probably turned their attention to Windows 7 as well.
As Microsoft has released the Windows Developer Preview belonging to the Milestone 3 stage of thedevelopment last month, over 500.000 people rushed to check it out in the first 24 hours, curious to see what the IT giant has in store next.Although, as it was revealed in last month’s BUILD, Windows 8 is only a codename for the new Operating system, a branding strategy and a commercial name for the new Microsoft project have not been announced, increasing interest in the already hyped OS.


What Are Windows Live Essentials and 

What Do They Do?

Windows Live Essentials is a software suite released by Microsoft that works through integration with the operating system. Windows 7 has a handful of Live Essentials pre-installed, and you can download more from their web site.
Most users do not realize how much Microsoft contributes to the everyday use of their computer, and Windows Live Essentials is one of the ways they help consumers interact without having to find other software to use.
Windows Live Essentials have been released in four waves with the current wave – Wave 4 – having been released in September 2010. Windows Vista or 7 is required to take advantage of everything Windows Live Essentials has to offer.

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