Fun: Design your own font

Design your own font. Whether you want to try your hand at creating each letter in Illustrator or attempt to create a font using letters you’ve found elsewhere, Birdfont is a free tool for Windows, Mac and Linux that allows you to create the vectors necessary and export ttf, eot or svg font file. Whether you want to create something elaborate – like a font made up entirely of birds – or scan your own calligraphy and build it into a font you can call your own. The program offers all the tools you need to make the vectors for individual letters. Paste in images and trace them or attempt to create vectors on your own.

One thing this tool can’t change, however, is that creating fonts is a lot of work. You’ll need to design an awful lot of characters, and you’ll need to make sure they all compliment each other. That none look out of place.

The interface can be a little confusing at first, but take some time to explore and you’ll figure it out. Create a new font, then you can start designing the individual letters. The statusbar at bottom explains what each button does, so take the time to read and you’ll be making fonts in no time.

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  • Open source software for designing your own font
  • Exports to ttf, eot and svg font formats
  • Works on Windows, Mac and Linux computers
  • Create vectors for every symbol, either by tracing images or importing from Illustrator
  • Similar tools: Font Capture, Fontstruct and Bitfontmaker.

Check out BirdFont @ BirdFont.org



Speed up boot and shutdown of Windows 10

A slow PC isn’t an annoyance, it’s an affliction. The upgrade to Windows 10 has been simple for some, but for others, the upgrade has led to serious problems. Some even report the upgrade to Windows 10 has slowed down their computer.

A slow computer is also a tough problem to troubleshoot. Many websites that claim to have the “best trick” or “top tips” to speed up your computer are peddling registry tweaks or cleaners that have no real effect. Instead, use these tried-and-true methods to instantly speed up your Windows 10 PC.

1. Windows Boot

No one should suffer from a slow startup. Now, you don’t have to. Windows 10 has a Fast Startup feature, which reduces the Windows boot time. It functions in a similar manner as Hibernation. In Hibernation mode, Windows saves the state of your computer, open programs and all, to the hiberfile. Then, it activates that state again when you power on. Fast Startup works by pre-loading your Windows kernel and installed drivers before your computer turns off. Powering on your PC normally reloads your Windows kernel, taking a longer time to start your computer.

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To activate Fast Startup, you first have to enable hibernation mode. To do so, right-click the Start Menu or press Windows key + X to launch the Power User Menu, select Command Prompt (Admin), and copy and paste the following line into the command prompt:

powercfg /hibernate on

Return to the Power User Menu (Windows key + X) and go to  Control Panel > (System and Security >) Power Options >  Choose what the power button does > Change settings that are currently unavailable. Here set a checkmark for Turn on fast startup and click Save changes. Fast Startup should now be activated on your computer.

Warning: When Fast Startup is enabled on your PC, your computer will not shut down as it normally does. This may lead to update issues. If you want to update your PC, or need to shut down your PC entirely, turn off Fast Startup, manually shut down the computer via the Start or Power User Menu (Shut down or sign out > Shut down), or perform a common restart. Restart is unaffected by the Fast Startup feature.

2. Boot Performance

Configuring which programs start up with your computer is a vital step in speeding up your PC. You can configure boot in many different ways. One is through your Windows 10 Task Manager. Right-click on your Taskbar and select Task Manager. You can also reach Task Manager using the keyboard command CTRL + SHIFT + ESC. Head to the Startup section and check to see which programs you’d like to activate or deactivate.

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The rule of thumb with startup programs is simple. If the program isn’t used every day, disable it. If the program is not for a hardware component like a keyboard or printer, disable it. Third-party software like CCleaner also features a startup configuration option. Open CCleaner and head to Tools > Startup. This feature will also allow you to enable or disable various startup programs.

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Most users stop their startup configuration at these two programs. Some tools, however, reveal additional startup programs. Microsoft’s Autoruns program — part of their official Sysinternals toolkit — does just this. Autoruns’ Logon tab showed double the startup programs as CCleaner’s startup feature. To disable a startup program in Autoruns, uncheck it. It’s that simple, and controlling your startup programs will undoubtedly speed up your computer.

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To finish optimizing your startup, make sure you disable the Background Applications present on Windows 10. You can access these settings in your Privacy window. Press Windows key + I to launch the Settings app and head to Privacy > Background apps (at the very bottom).

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Turn all of these applications off, except for your Settings.

3. Optimize CPU Usage

Certain programs love to hog your CPU power. These programs slow down others, or may prevent them from working altogether. It’s difficult to troubleshoot every single program that may hinder processor usage. A few, however, are readily avoidable.

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Certain unnecessary system processes hinder CPU performance. One such process is OneDrive. OneDrive syncs in your background, which is an issue when you’re not a OneDrive user. To disable it, open your Local Group Policy Editor. Press Windows key + R to open the Run menu, enter gpedit.msc and hit Enter. Head to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > All Settings > Prevent the Usage of OneDrive for file storage > Enable.

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Show me tips about Windows is another Windows process to avoid. It may seem harmless, but this process scans your computer to give your tailor-made Windows tips at the cost of performance. To disable, head to Start > Settings > Notifications & actions > Show me tips about Windows > Off.

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This small tweak offers a surprising performance boost for some users.

4. Optimize RAM Usage

RAM is a large factor in computer speed. Unfortunately, certain system processes hog RAM speeds and increase the amount of time it takes to open files. Such processes, like your default Windows 10 appearance settings, may have been dragging you down since installation.

You can optimize your RAM usage by lowering the visual quality of Windows. Access this option under Windows key + X > Control Panel > System and Security > System > Advanced system settings > Advanced > Performance > Visual Effects. Click on Adjust for best performance.

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Switch to the Advanced tab. Under Adjust for best performance of select Programs. After that, click Change… under Virtual memory. In the Virtual Memory window, uncheck Automatically manage paging file size for all drivers. Select Custom size and enter the Recommended number in the Initial and Maximum size entries.

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Click OK and your programs should open and run much faster.

5. Explore Files Faster

For the average user, the default Windows File Explorer works fine. For the power user, the Windows 10 File Explorer simply doesn’t cut it. Even more so with work that requires modifying multiple file types in multiple folders.

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You can use a custom file explorer to speed up the amount of time it takes to explore and manage your files. My personal favorite is Clover — a Chrome-like file explorer that allows you to open folders in tabs, rather than using multiple windows, or middle-click a folder to open it in a new tab. This tip won’t turn your computer into a speed demon, but I don’t know how I managed files without it.

6. Delete Bloatware

Congratulations, your new Windows 10 operating system is ready to go. Wait, what’s this?

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Unfortunately, Windows 10 is not free of bloatware. The issue with these types of programs isn’t just that they take up drive space. They also update on a regular basis. Some may run in the background, hindering your computer’s performance.

You can use the default uninstall program on Windows 10 to remove these programs. To open the default uninstall program, Windows key + X > Control Panel > Programs > Uninstall a program. If you see a toolbar or widget program, uninstall it immediately. If you don’t know what a program does, research it online to confirm or rule out its necessity.

I would recommend Revo Uninstaller as a third party option, which does a thorough job of uninstalling programs. It also has a Hunter Mode feature. If you have an annoying popup on your computer, activate Hunter Mode and click on the icon. Revo Uninstaller will find the program and uninstall it within seconds.

7. Faster Shut Down

There’s no end to speeding up Windows 10, including shutdown and hibernate speeds. Some PCs take a while to shut down because the running processes close slowly. To fix this issue, create a shortcut to quickly shut down your computer. These shortcuts not only allow for quick access to the shut down function, but hibernate, restart, and advanced startup as well.

If your computer is taking too long to shut down,  right-click on your desktop and select New > Shortcut. Choose an action from the list below, copy and past the respective command (excluding the hyphen) in the following prompt, and name the shortcut after its corresponding action.

Shutdown - %windir%\System32\shutdown.exe /s /t 0  Hibernate - %windir%\System32\shutdown.exe -h  Restart - Shutdown -r -t 00  Advanced Startup - %windir%\system32\shutdown.exe /r /o /f /t 00

Would you like to access these commands even faster? Create keyboard commands to activate these programs. Right-click your file, select Properties, and place your cursor in the Shortcut key field. After clicking the entry, tap a key on your keyboard and Windows will create a CTRL + ALT + [Letter] command. I’ve chosen CTRL + ALT + H to activate the Hibernate feature, but you can use whatever key you’d like. You can also hide these programs so they don’t clutter your desktop: Right-click on Desktop, choose View, and uncheck Show desktop icons.

8. Consider an SSD / SSHD

No tweak you find on the internet will match the speed gained by switching from a hard disk drive (HDD) to a solid state drive (SSD), period. SSDs takes full advantage of a faster type of memory called flash memory, similar to random access memory (RAM).

Unfortunately, SSDs cost three times more on average — per gigabyte of storage — than HDDs. If the high price is an issue and you’d only like to run a couple of gigabytes on your lightning-fast SSD, solid state hybrid drives (SSHDs) allow for a large amount of HDD space and a smaller amount of SSD space in a single package.


 

Don’t Settle for a Slow Windows 10 Experience

You shouldn’t have to settle for a slow Windows 10 experience, ever. Although there are certain habits you can pick up which ensure your computer is running optimally, implement the tips above for a drastic, one-time performance boost.

What methods do you use to speed up Windows 10? Wish we’d mentioned your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

Sap Gui Interface Tips & Tricks

Some nice interface features you may enable in SAP GUI :

Tips & Tricks
Titlebar Menu Use the Titlebar menu to create a New SAP session or stop a troublesome transaction.  This menu is visible by clicking the small icon in the upper-left corner of the SAP window.  It looks like a square with an inset trapezoid.SNAG-001The “Create Session” will open a new window.
The “Stop Transaction” can be used to close a non-responding SAP window.
Transaction codes in the Easy Access Menu You can easily add transaction codes to your SAP Easy Access menu.

  1. In the screenshot below, you can see the Sales Order “Create” transaction:
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  2. Navigate to the Extras -> Settings menu:
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  3. Select the “Display Technical Names” box and click the Checkmark:
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  4. Now you see the transaction codes alongside the description:
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View List Keys SAP transactions have many dropdown boxes.  Many users find it quicker to select options by typing in the Key of the code they’re trying to select.SNAG-006For example, by default the SD ‘Billing Block’ dropdown (VA01) only shows the description of each block:To display the keys within SAP dropdowns:
(Note:  Screens may vary depending on SAP GUI Version.)

  1. From any SAP screen, expand the ‘Customize Local Layout’ button and select ‘Options…’:
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  2. Navigate to the Interaction Design à Visualization & Interaction node in the menu tree:
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  3. Select the “Show keys within dropdown lists” and then “Sort by keys within dropdown lists…” options in the ‘Controls’ section:
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  4. Click “Ok” to accept the changes.
  5. Now you can see the same list with the keys visible:
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View a summary of all open sessions If you routinely work in multiple systems with multiple sessions, it can sometimes be difficult to find the right SAP window.  However, you can see a summary of all open SAP windows sorted by System by right-clicking on the SAP icon in the Windows task bar.  In the example below, you can easily identify the four sessions open for ERD and the two for ERQ.  Details include the System, client, Transaction name and user ID.
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Comment below what your Tip or Trick is.

 

3 easy ways to make Touch ID more accurate

3 Easy Ways to Make Touch ID More Accurate on iOS

Have you ever attempted to use Touch ID on your iOS device, only to have it not recognize your fingerprint? It can be annoying, but you’re not defenseless! Here are 3 quick and easy things you can do to make Touch ID better at reading your fingerprint each time you want to unlock your phone.

Separate Entries per Finger

This one is real easy to do. Just take the finger you want to use to unlock your device, and create a second entry for it. Follow the process again, taking special care to hit different parts of your finger than you did the first time.

This way, when you scan that finger, the phone will have two different fingerprint scans to pull from, thus increasing the chance that it gets it right.

Take a Damp Scan

If you use your phone at the gym, you’ve no doubt experienced an issue with unlocking your phone while your finger is sweaty. To fix the problem, create a fingerprint scan while your finger is damp.

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Don’t soak your finger in a bathtub before you scan it and say that Dave from MakeUseOf told you to slather a wet finger all over your phone. Just a tiny bit of moisture to simulate how wet your finger would be during a workout will do the job.

Scan Your Cold Finger

Some users have reported issues with their device reading their fingerprint when it’s cold. If this happens to you, make your finger cold (stick it on some ice, hold a cold drink, go outside in the cold, etc.), and then create a scan.

This will help the phone get the feel for your finger when it isn’t at your normal body temperature.




How to enable Google Prompt 2fa

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How to Set Up Google Prompt

Here’s how you can enable Google Prompt for your Google accounts:

Before enabling Google Prompt, first enable two-step verification for your Google account and you have already enabled two-step verification, you can skip this part.

  • Go to myaccount.google.com and sign in to your Google account.
  • Select ‘Signing in to Google,’ using 2-Step Verification.
  • Click on ‘Get started’ and enter your password once again.
  • Now provide your phone number you want to use for authenticating, and choose either an SMS or phone call for verification, and click on ‘Try it.’
  • Enter the 6-digit code from the SMS or phone call and select ‘Next.’
  • For setting up two-step verification, click ‘Turn ON.’

Now, once you have enabled two-step verification, follow these simple steps that will just take a few second. All you need is an Android or iOS device nearby.

  • Under ‘Set up alternative second step,’ click on the Google prompt option
  • Add phone and click Get started.

Then just follow the on-screen instructions and you’re all set to go.

If you have an iPhone, you are required to download the Google Search app first and sign in before using Google Prompt. But, if you are an Android user, just update your Google Play Service.

Two-step verification has become so easier to use, so what are you now waiting for?

How to troubleshoot performance issues

You have your new Windows 7 system up and running, but suddenly you realize some things are not running as smoothly as they once did. Today we take look at using the hidden but useful advanced system tools in Windows 7 to troubleshoot a problem.

Advanced System Tools

There is a very handy collection of system utilities that are included in Windows 7 and Vista that can help you troubleshoot problems that may arise. For some reason Microsoft felt the need to bury them in the OS so they’re not immediately apparent to most users. Here we take a look at accessing the diagnostic tools and briefly cover some of what’s included.

click through to Control Panel \ All Control Panel Items \ Performance Information and Tools \ Advanced Tools…see what I mean by buried?

What’s Included

It opens up a list of different tools you can use to monitor different aspects of the system performance. From here you can do several things like defrag the hard drive, check Event Viewer, and even re-rate the Experience Index score.

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Notice there is a column for Performance issues you can click on to get additional details on how to correct the problem. In this example it shows a driver interfering with Sleep mode and that changing visual settings will improve performance.

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In additional details it tells us turning off the Aero feature will improve performance. I find it odd that MS would alert you to turn off Aero as it’s a hyped feature to the interface since XP. At least they’re honest in telling you Aero can slow performance, especially with under powered video cards.

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Even Viewer is a great tool used by administrators that records event errors that happen “behind the scenes” so to speak. The information in these logs are meant for admins and advanced users to help determine why certain errors are occurring. Most users won’t need to worry about this section, but you may need to access it while receiving tech support.

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Resource Monitor is like the Task Manager on steroids…it’s a great tool to monitor what apps and services are using up your system’s memory, processor, disk usage, and network activity. If you find a service or program that is frozen or taking up too many resources you can close it out.

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A very handy tool that is not well known about is the ability to generate a system health report.

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Wait while an analysis takes place and the information is collected…

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The report takes about a minute to create and then you can go through a very detailed analysis of virtually every aspect of your system.

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You can also export the report to HTML format so you can share or save the report for future comparisons and troubleshooting.

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If you’re experiencing problems with your Windows 7 machine, using the included advanced system tools can help a lot, without the need for installing 3rd party utilities.

WatsApp: How to use bold,Italic and Strikethrough text

1. Bold

To write in bold text, all you have to do is add an asterisk to either side of the chosen word. For example *bold*


2. Italics

This formatting option also follows a similar rule. Simply insert an underscore before and after your desired sentence or word.  For example _Italics_

3. Strikethrough

If you’ve sent your message too fast or want to show a change of mind,a  squiggly dash is your best bet. For example ~strikethrough~

How does Hypertreading work ?

This very well explained in the next video :

 

 

How to have chrome like tabs to windows explorer

Windows: Tab management in Chrome is great, and if you wish Windows Explorer had tabs that look and work like Google Chrome, Clover is the app for you.
Once installed, Windows Explorer will have tabs that work almost exactly like the ones in Chrome work. Ctrl+T opens a new tab, Ctrl+W closes it, even middle-clicking to close a tab works. There’s even a new tab box to click for a fresh explorer tab—just like in Chrome. If you right-click on a tab, you even get the same contextual menu options, including the option to re-open a closed tab, duplicate an existing tab, or pin a tab to the back of the list.

Clover is completely free, and supports Windows 7 and higher (including the Windows 10 .) We tested the app in Windows 7 and it works great. The tabbed interface is snappy and fast, and the tabbed interface compliments the stock explorer UI. The developer’s site is in Chinese, but he has an English page on his site (linked below.) To download the app, hit this Google Translate link for the front page and click “Download” (you may have to leave Google Translate to start the download.) update: Softpedia has a mirror of the app if you can’t get to Ejie’s site.

 

Clover – Wings for Your Windows Explorer!

How to stream from VLC to Chromecast

Since February of 2015, VLC has promised to add support for Chromecast but the feature has yet to be implemented. The stable version of VLC still doesn’t support casting to the Chromecast but support for it has been spotted in the nightly builds of  VLC 3.0. The release date for a stable build of version 3.0 hasn’t been given yet and for all we know it might not drop until the end of this year (or even early next year) but VLC is indeed adding support for the Chromecast just as it promised. If you aren’t too bothered with bugs, you can download the nightly build yourself and use it to cast to your Chromecast. Fair warning: it’s very buggy.

Install VLC 3.0 nightly build from the links at the end of the post. We’ve linked to both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions. These builds are only available for Windows so macOS users are going to have to wait longer.

Make sure you’re Chromecast is running properly and that your Windows desktop and the Chromecast are on the same network. Open a media file, preferably an MP4 or MKV file and not an AVI file which the app isn’t playing nice with at all at present. Right-click inside the playback frame and select Tools>Render Output from the context menu. Alternatively, just hit Ctrl+Shift+R.

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This will open the Render Options window and your Chromecast will be duly listed here. Select it and click ‘Ok’.

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VLC 3.0 is buggy and the team is hard at work fixing bugs so while it’s entirely possible you never manage to cast to your Chromecast with the current build, you might be able to do so with future nightly builds. We had to make numerous attempts ourselves to get it to cast to the device in question.

VLC adding support for Chromecast is huge not only because the app is one of the most popular media players today but also because it plays just about every media format there is which means a lot to Chromecast users who often have to find an app that can convert a file into a playable format for the Chromecast.

Download VLC 3.0 32-bit Nightly Build

Download VLC 3.0 64-bit Nightly Build