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How to tile two windows with just two clicks

Windows is a graphical operating system, which can be used for multi-tasking. Each and every operation in Windows can be done with the help of a pointing device like mouse or touch pad. We are now so in habit of multitasking that seldom there is just one window open. We always have more than one window open in the task bar and we keep on switching between the windows while working on various applications. We might have Microsoft Word open along with a music player, and Internet Explorer. If we have to deal with the information in these windows simultaneously then we can try arranging these applications side by side so that we can have a look at both of them at the same time. This can be done by restoring the windows and resizing and rearranging them so that they appear next to each other. Windows has an inbuilt command to do the same in just two clicks.

In this post I will let you know how to arrange/tile two windows next to each other with just two mouse clicks.

Step 1: The basic requirement of tiling two windows side by side needs to have two windows open. So please open any two windows which you wish to arrange in a tiled position next to each other.

Once you open the windows you will get them listed in the task bar at the bottom. Now is the time to arrange them next to each other and to do so you will just need two mouse clicks – one right click, and one left click.

Step 2: Right click on the task bar to open the context menu.

Step 3: Click on the option called ‘Cascade windows side by side’

That would be all. Now you have successfully arranged the two windows you were working upon side by side in just two mouse clicks. Arranging windows this way makes them of the same size and nicely arranged from top to bottom. Please note that the option called ‘Cascade windows side by side’ which we get by right clicking the task bar may vary depending upon the version of Windows operating system you have, but it will have the command for this sort of arrangement for sure. Along with arranging the windows side by side you can also click to cascade windows or stack all the open windows. These three arrangements, of cascading, cascading side by side and stacking are available in almost all the versions of the Windows operating system by default, however, the names for these arrangements can vary.  Try doing the same with multiple windows and you will be amazed to see how smartly Windows will arrange all the open windows. The arrangement is neat and there is no need to keep on restoring and manually moving the windows.

Music Player to be included in Google™ Docs

Way back in July 2010, there was a lot of buzz around with the cloud music mobile app enabling owners to upload their favorite music tracks on Google docs. Although this was done in a rather questionable manner, when, Google added the upload function to Google Docs allowing users to upload files, and the iPhone app made facilities for audio files to be uploaded to Google Docs. Users would have to upload music using their computer’s browsers, allowing iPhone owners to access a large number of songs through the Google Docs cloud application. As of the last fortnight – mid January, 2011, we had some unofficial news and tips about Google adding preview pane and music player to their collection of Google Docs.

Cloud computing is making various features erstwhile unimaginable a reality. First we saw, SaaS, then HaaS, IaaS, PaaS, ITaaS, etc. Google has been able to introduce this feature of Google Docs on cloud computing with ability to even play video, changing their erstwhile positioning of Google Docs as a business service, inline or against Microsoft Office. Acrobat Pro has also included playability of audio and also audio and video. Although Google has been reluctant in providing information on the introduction of Music player in Google Docs, as a feature in the past, it is now much clearer that, with the addition of Video Player announced in mid January 2011, Music Player is not far away.

CNet announced long back, “store music in Google Docs. Play it on your iPhone.” CES 2011 and the Android success as also various Smartphones like Google Nexus I, etc. hitting the news with phenomenal favorable response worldwide, this consumer oriented feature of Music Player is something that Google can’t hold back too long. Of course, there is also the large growth of streaming music from cloud from various quarters and with Google Docs now allowing uploading of any file types, streaming music application is more than inevitable.

Somewhere in March 2010, the name Simplify Media, a popular music and photo streaming service besides suddenly shutting down its services, also pulled off its mobile applications from Apple’s App Store. A couple of months later the news broke out that Google had acquired Simplify Media and would use their technology to allow Android users stream music to their phones. One more strong indication that Google would use this facility available on their own “Google Docs.” Come November 2010 saw, Google Chrome with Google Docs Media Player as a Google Chrome extension.

This new feature supported various video formats, audio formats, still image formats, animation formats and other formats like KAR (Karaoke), MIDI, Quick Draw GX etc. With the history of Google playing around with different ideas and products, and with statements of product management teams of Google Docs personnel periodically, it is still not clear whether Google Docs will be an alternative to iTunes anywhere in the near future. Leaks on the web with so called codes for the music player, playlists and preview panes for the Google Docs – myth – mystery – reality. Keep guessing!

ARM and IBM® to collaborate of engery efficient Smartphones

ARM is a big name in the tech world and they are a leader in the microprocessor intellectual property. ARM is famous for designing low-cost, low-power RISC processors and other peripherals. ARM is also the number one architecture used 32-bit ISA. According to a report in 2007, 89% of the billion phones sold every year are using at least one ARM technology in their phone. This is due to their cost-efficient small microprocessors and microcontrollers.

IBM is also the famous x86 makers that dominates microprocessor market today.ARM processors are widely used in mobile phones, music player, digital devices, gaming consoles, calculators and also in computer hardware like hard disk drives. IBM is a big name incomputer hardware and software, and it also offers infrastructure, hosting and consulting services in areas like mainframe computers to nanotechnology. There is also one problem with Smartphones that they are not as fast as the laptops. So, these small processors will also increase the computing speed of Smartphones. As most of the consumers now prefer working on Smartphone rather than their laptops or desktop, it will also make them more capable of doing more work on Smartphones.

Recently ARM announced that they will continue their union with IBM, the computing giant and they are planning to work on low-power consuming processors for Smartphones. They are collaborating to create smaller, faster chip designs which won’t eat through as much power. They are also planning to cooperate with each other to manufacture chips and design processes from the earliest stages in order to achieve this dream.

The partnership between ARM and IBM will result in a 14nm manufacturing process size. If we compare with the current 40nm and 32nm that is also developed with the collaboration of IBM, it is minuscule. They have proven themselves with quality processors and now Smartphone manufacturer are excited about the ability to manufacture tiny, cheap, powerful chips with low energy consumption.

General Manager at IBM Microelectronics, Michael cardigan said, “We plan to continue working closely with ARM and our foundry customers to speed the momentum of ARM technology by delivering highly advanced, low-power semiconductor technology for a variety of new communications and computing devices.”

With the growing Smartphone users and the growing popularity, it is very important time to innovate new ideas like ARM and IBM is doing. There will be power-efficient and low-cost Smartphone available if they will be able to successfully develop this project. There is very high demand for Smartphones and tablet computers, the main advantage of using these devices are the tiny size and movable features. They run on batteries and it is always not possible to get it charged everywhere, so, this low-power processor will benefit consumers. Everyone is hoping some more innovations in Smrtphones not just on its outer looks but also in its processor speed and low-power technology.

How to configure Audio Input and Output Devices

Advanced operating systems and improved technology has proved its benefit in the world of computer manufacturing. The user is getting closer to the system with the help of technological achievements. Research in the field of computer hardware is making computers more useful and reliable. You can connect microphone for recording or online karaoke competitions to your desktop. You can connect your music player or iPod to computer to listen to your favorite songs. There are ports available on the front, back or side of your personal computer or laptops. These are known as jacks that connect inserted devices directly to the driver in the system.

Audio

When you insert microphone into the jack provided for the same, operating system establishes connection between microphone and sound card and thus produces required results. Many desktop computers have two common jacks. One is known as line-in jack. As the name suggests it is used to connect audio devices to the computer and other is known as line-out jack. It is used to connect speakers i.e. they give output of sound produced. One microphone jack may also be present in the front of the system. In case of laptops, they lack line-in or line-out jack. There are two jacks for microphone and headset which are located at the front side of it.

Audio Troubleshooting

Often when you connect an audio device in one of the jacks but cannot hear anything you must make sure that jacks are not muted. If you face any query while connecting the input devices, here are the solutions:

  • After plugging music player into link-in jack you have to go to control panel and search for sound button.
  • In recording tab, you have to go into the properties of Link-in tab.
  • Ensure that sound level is not set to mute and if it is so then change it to full or as per required.
  • In listen tab check ‘listen to this device’ and click OK.

As mentioned earlier, in laptop audio devices are connected to microphone jack. Perform similar steps as stated above. You have to perform changes in ‘microphone’ tab instead of ‘sound’. Check the sound coming out from speakers of laptop as microphone jack is designed to receive sound from microphone which is different from the sound of music player. You can attach microphone to the microphone jack to input sound. After setting up connection, you have to go into the microphone tab in control panel in order to ensure that the sound level is not zero. If so you have to increase it as per requirements.

Music player or many audio devices can be directly attached to the USB input port. When it is attached to USB, operating system tries to find out drivers for it and then you can access it or perform changes and actions you wish to. Connection like this does not connect the sound card with input device directly. It is more convenient to use as it doesn’t involve settings controlling the sound of the ports. Sound can be directly increased or decreased with the help of sound key.

iTunes Substitutes

Apple has necessitated the use of iTunes to add or modify the files on an iPod for reasons known only to them. Simply enabling the disk use functionality and adding songs as you would on an USB will not work. This is because the iPod only plays songs stored in its iTunesDB, a database for songs stored on the iPod. This is where iTunes becomes essential, it allows for songs to be added to the iTunesDB. The reason why Apple has chosen this method has never been officially expressed but tech gurus vaguely state speed and efficiency.

Many iPod users feel iTunes is way too bloated with unnecessary software and are in the search for other alternatives. For all such users here is an exploration on what else is on the offer as alternatives.

Media Monkey:

Developed by Ventis Media, MediaMonkey is offered in two versions, the Free version and the Gold version. The free version should suffice for the average user. The Gold version offers enhancements in Disk Burning, MP3 encoding and Folder Monitoring. MediaMonkey supports all versions of iPod Apple has ever sold till the very latest iPod Touch(3G). It also features a functionality for managing your podcast subscription. One of the fun features MediaMonkey incorporates is the Party Mode. In this mode song requests can be made without altering your playlist. There is also the Auto-DJ feature which automatically selects tracks once your playlist runs out. Fetching of ID3 tags for your huge collection of songs has never been simpler. MediaMonkey does all the hard work while it lets you lean back and enjoy the music. One drawback of MediaMonkey is that it requires iTunes to be installed on your system as it utilizes the same drivers. If you are looking for a player which plays almost anything and is also customizable with a fun interface, MediaMonkey is just the one for you.

Amarok2:

Amarok2 is a KDE based music player available for the Linux platform. It is widely touted to be as one of the best audio players available. It scores in the area of interface, where Amarok2 offers an interface to die for. Though for the latest versions of iPhone and iPod Touch to work they must be jailbroken.

SongBird:

Songbird is a very interesting, cross platform audio player on offer. It works fine on Linux, Windows and also on Mac. It is based on the same core architecture as Mozilla Firefox, the XULRunner framework. Thus it is not only an audio player but also an integrated browser. The browser and player features are well integrated to provide a rich experience. Just like as Firefox, SongBird too supports skins and plug-ins.

SongBird supports iPod once you install an extra plug-in. It seamlessly syncs all your music files and videos too. It can also sync your hard disk collection to your iPod. SongBird is a feature rich player with a strong developer base. The only drawback though is the fact that it almost uses as much resources as iTunes.

Winamp:

How can we ever forget the trusted media player which has become the standard for any Window- based system. It supports iPod functionality once the m1_ipod plug-in is installed. Music transfer is pretty much hassle free. Resource usage though is pretty heavy by Winamp. There is way too much bloatware included.

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