Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Here's a trick which allows you to use any folder as a drive in Windows. This trick comes very handy when you use a particular folder often, and want to quickly access it like in Command Prompt. It actually adds a new drive in My Computer with your specified drive letter(whatever you specify) and that drive actually points to your designated folder. Once you open the drive, you can access the folder.

The DOS command SUBST is used to create a virtual drive allowing you to add any file path and used as a drive.

SUBST [drive1: [drive2:]path]

drive1: Specifies a virtual drive to which you want to assign a path.
drive2: Specifies a physical drive and path you want to assign to a virtual drive.

For example, to create a virtual drive with a specified path:

  • Find a folder you want to use as a drive and remember its path. For demonstration i will be using ‘H:\sd’ as the path.
  • Open Command Prompt and type “subst drive-letter path
  • For example, type “subst z: H:\sdand press Enter.

Article idea: http://system-hacks.blogspot.com/2008/08/converting-folder-into-drive.html

Monday, March 2, 2009

How many times you have tried to give a Username and got "This Username already exists" message? I guess if you are reading this post then surely you must have faced this, now usernamecheck is an online which allows to check the Username availability of various popular sites at one go.

Currently the site allows you to check from 68 popular sites and more sites will be added soon. So all in all a good tool, so before creating an account on your desired Site first check this site out.

If you are writing a novel, or if you will be writing a novel or even if after reading this post you want to write a novel then here's a very good website Fortychapters .

Forty Chapters can be termed as ‘A Novel Writing Wizard’, you move one step at a time, defining each attribute of your novel, starting from the name, then characters (their name, their characters and all), later you define the acts, and finally you start with the chapters.

Once you are done with your writing, or at any point of time if you feel like exporting your work, as shown in the animation, you can download your manuscript in any one of the available formats, namely text, PDF, Word.

Apart from this, one of the biggest issues with beginners is, they write something, and next time when they want to get back to writing, they somehow fail to get in the same scenario again, and I think Forty Chapters has the ability to remove this block, as you have saved your work with every fine details about your Novels’ scene and environment, you can anytime easily get into it again, to express yourself further.So good luck for the novel.

It will be very useful for budding novel writers. I am writing my third novel Final Fiasco using this site!

Google Knol!

The site,knol.google.com,is the rival to Wikipedia and was recently launched by Google to compete head on. They use knol because they consider a knol to be a unit of knowledge written by and expert on the topic. It's a fun, free, user friendly site with lots of great information on lots of topics. I was surprised to know about this from the magazine Computer Malar, googled about this site and found it to be pretty useful! You have to definitely try it out!