3 Important Things To Do Before Selling Your Old PC

Computer and their models keep changing, so as humans keep changing their desktops to the latest version along with latest configuration. Many of us might be having a 5 to 10 years old Configuration Computer which might have been kept in Store Room or might be wondering somewhere else without any use. If it’s not in use for you, then probably its time to sell so that it can make some worth of money. You can sell your old PC and laptop to many places like eBay, your local computer store and other online stores.

 

Along with that, the selling cost can also give you some additional cash for purchasing new computer. Now most of the people just resell it or sell as crap to someone else without being checking some of the few most important things. As the PC looks like a crap, but still it poses some of your important data which has to be clear before it is sold. While you can also make your old PC as new one with respect to removing all sorts of unwanted data so that you might get some more rewards as well.

3 Important Things To Do Before Selling Your Old PC

Now if you are sure that you want to sell up your PC, make sure that your clear all your information related to personal and professional work.

1. Backup your old data

This is one of the most important step, before selling out one should always copy the old backup data of hard disk into an external harddisk to avoid loss of data. As well as you can also scan for data which has been left out to take, thus preventing you to be on safer side on protecting and getting safe all your information.

2. Format the hard disk (full format)

Once you are done the backup of your old data, you can also format your complete hard drive(All Hard Drive) in order to be always sure that your information has been completely removed from that particular system. This is very much required since some of your files and folders might not get deleted when you try to delete them and at that particular moment you would forget to have a recheck on them.

3. Time to Scan again

Its time now to scan again for some small virus and malware in the new installed Operating System. You might go for installing some of the best anti-virus tools like Kaspersky Internet Security or K9 Protection along with some Anti-spy software available from a list of free antivirus available programs. You can download any one of them and get your system fully scanned with the free or paid tools as per your requirements.

Once these process are done, you can go ahead with selling up the Computer at your nominal cost.

5 Must Have Windows Software for any Computer

This is a guest post by Yousuf Khan who blogs at HaveFunForever. If you wish to write for CallingAllGeeks, check our guest posting guidelines.

There are millions of apps available for PCs but most of them are useless. In this post I going to share 5 must have windows apps which you may use daily.

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Fences

Fences is the first app which comes in my mind when I hear the word organised. Fences is a very good app to keep your desktop organised. You can hide icons when you don’t need them. You create sizable shaded areas and add icons to them. <Link>

Internet Download Manager

Internet Download Manager or IDM is the best free download manager with speed limiter and resume capability. It automatically integrates with all the popular browsers. You can also create different folders for different types of file formats and they will be automatically downloaded to the desired folder. <Link>

Winamp

Winamp is a cool music/video player which I have used on all of the PCs. There are many equalizers available so you can choose the one you like. You can easily organize songs by making different playlists. It has an integrated browser so you can easily search and download songs within the music player. <Link>

Unlocker

Most of the time when you try do delete a file, you get an error that the file is in use. Unlocker can be used to delete such files. All you have to do is right-click on a file and click on unlock.  <Link>

Winrar

Winrar is a good file compressing software which can compress files very quickly. Simply click on a file to be compressed and click on add to archive. Give the archive a name, select a format between zip/rar and click on Ok. <Link>


This is not all, there are many essential software’s like Antivirus, messengers and other softwares which can be included in the list of must have software’s. We will keep you updated with the latest software’s, don’t forget to subscribe to CallingAllGeeks, to keep getting latest updates.

RedSn0w to Get A Major Update, Jailbreak Without IPSW

Redsn0w, the most famous jailbreaking tool on planet Earth is about to get a huge huge huge update that’s going to make it even easier to jailbreak an iDevice. Earlier, if you had to tether boot your iPhone, you’d have to point Redsn0w to the respective iOS firmware it’s running on to successfully boot, same case with the new iOS firmwares. The new firmwares are even difficult to jailbreak and hence require you to point it to a previous firmware to identify and jailbreak.

iPhone developer, MuscleNerd, made an announcement today that Redsn0w will soon be getting a huge update, which will make jailbreaking real simple and provide more/advanced options.

So what is it that the new Redsn0w do? Well, for starters, it’ll automatically download everything that is required for a successful jailbreak. It’ll browse the internet and find what jailbreak is available for your iDevice, then download the required files and perform the jailbreak. You don’t have to do anything, but hit the GO!! button.

Of course there’s no Go!! button, although there are many new and useful buttons that you can use. Check out the screenshots that MuscleNerd posted, below.

Look at all those new buttons and options. Wonderful don’t you think? This is going to be a treat for any new jailbreaker. It’s all laid out in a simple manner, just connect your iDevice to the computer and hit the Jailbreak button.

According to MuscleNerd, this update could be out as soon as next week. So don’t worry, we’ll update you as soon as it goes live, just to help all those budding jailbreakers.

Top 3 Websites to Download Free & Discounted eBooks for Kindle

Amazon is undoubtedly becoming a major contender in the eBook world and with the news of company planning to launch a tablet/e-reader shortly, Amazon is surely getting big in the eBook readers world. Though a lot of other companies have launched their version of e-readers but Kindle is according to the statistics still the highest selling e-book reader on the market. So my today’s post is for those readers who recently have purchased Kindle and are looking for web sources from where they can download eBooks either for free or on a discounted rate. Here are some of the noteworthy websites you should definitely explore if you are an avid eBook reader user.

eReaderIQ

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eReaderIQ website offers a lot many things apart from cheap deals on eBooks, this website houses features like providing email alerts whenever there is a drop in price on eBooks. It also has a website that is entirely optimized for Kindle plus it also intimates users whenever a book is made available on KINDLE. The good thing about this website is that it houses international support as well.

Pixel of Ink

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This website is a perfect spot if you want to search for free of cost eBooks, it offers some quality deals for both Nook and Kindle that will definitely fascinate eBooks readers. Users can browser books either by genre and tags and navigation is pretty simple. Users can also sign-up for a Pixel of Ink newsletter, it lists bargain on eBooks and other stuff.

Books on the Knob

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 Another eBook finding and exploring source, the website offers eBooks on discounted prices and other special offers for Kobo, Nook and Kindle. The website is functional since 2008 and it quite rich in terms of resource. Books on the Knob also offers deals on music and games apart from eBooks.

Do try out these websites and I am sure that you will find some pretty cool deals on Books over here.

2 Best Online Website to Play Piano for free

There are lot of people in this world who falls in the category of Seekers and lovers in our day-to-day life. While most of the people face with some or the other problem in their life which maybe mainly due to crises of money in daily life which is always letting them down. But people who loves music and Piano, plays it to get their hard feelings out and get refreshed, while most of the people can’t buy a Piano due to its huge cost.

There are several sites where the lyre can be tuned to but how to play and get the finer ones who knows. Here are some of them which can help you get some fine tone Piano music for free.

1. Piano Machine Online Game

This piano is fun to play with and have a nice time to move away the bore hours. The piano enables every particular feature enormously to make a player get every tune in a nice shape and lend it nicely to the ears. The piano can be installed within your system and enjoyed with playing it.

3 Best Online Website to Play Piano for free

It has all online features enabled within it to make user practice his or her songs, gather the wording are in a proper tune or not. It can also be used as a playing within online and keyboard functioning are all present within online itself and make it easy for user to initiate every type of it relevantly.

2. Play a Synthesizer or Piano or Oscilloscope

Tunes can be of any form put up through the piano presented within the website. The synthesis of songs the user can do not only by learning the tunes sync through the keyboard but also with the amplitude and frequencies presented with the waves represented as a image of the tune.

3 Best Online Website to Play Piano for free

The tune can also be played by the piano according to some virtual keys within the keyboard.

Do you know more such sites which let you play Piano or any other instrument for free? Meanwhile don’t forget to check out other useful resources:

 

 

How-to Create Windows 8 Bootable USB Flash Drive

In under 24 hours, the Windows 8 developer preview operating system was downloaded more than 500,000 times. Even though it’s only a developer version, an OS in beta, regular users still want to try it out on their system. You can download Windows 8 preview iso and try it out yourself, but before that, you’ll have to know how to get started. What are you going to do once you get hold of the iso?

There are two ways paths that you can choose from here, well three actually, but the third one is something not advisable. After you’ve downloaded the iso, either 64-bit or 32-bit, you’ll need to burn it on to a disc or write it on to a USB flash drive. The easiest is to create a Windows 8 bootable USB flash drive. It doesn’t require much knowledge of things and there are free softwares available. Before you begin, make sure you have a working USB flash drive lying around, preferably 8GB or more.

Step by step guide to Create Windows 8 Bootable USB

The first thing you’d want to do is download a tool called Windows 7 USB/ DVD download tool. After downloading, install it and then run it. You’ll be presented with something like this.

Windows 8 Bootable USB

Click on Browse and select the Windows 8 iso that you downloaded. Once you’re sure that the selected file is the iso and not some other file, click on Next.

You can also click on Start over to roll back everything in case you aren’t sure that you selected the right iso. In the above screen click on USB device, because that’s what we are going to use as our Bootable device.

In the next screen use the drop down menu to select your USB flash drive and then click on Begin Copying. After this, your flash drive will be formatted and the copying process will begin. It will take some time, say 5-10 mins for the process to complete.

That’s it. You’re done. You now have a Windows 8 Bootable USB flash drive!! You can check out my full review of Windows 8 and be inspired to install it on your system too.

You Could iMessage Your iChat Contacts in the near Future

Apple unveiled it’s very own instant messaging service called iMessages during the iOS 5 keynote. It’s more or less like BlackBerry Messenger, as you can only text, share photos etc with your iPhone buddies only. That is the only limitation with iMessage, apart from the fact that it will only work on iOS 5. What use could it be if you couldn’t text someone who’s not got an iPhone or an iPod Touch or the iPad.

There’s some good news for Apple users now or in the near future at least. According to a report by Mac Rumors based on findings of peculiar code in Mac OS X Lions version of iChat, which could mean that iMessages will also be available on them. Being able to text or share images, videos with your Mac friends and vice versa is pretty cool and useful. Also the fact that you don’t have to pay anything to share them is delighting. You cannot text your PC friends using WhatsApp or BBM or other free SMS services. You can use Google Talk of course, but that’s a completely different thing.

Mac OS X’s iChat messenger client is used by everyone who owns a Mac, it’s simple and works with almost every chat service. How awesome would it be if you could iMessage your iChat friends. A certain developer, while snooping around the latest version of iChat being shipped with Mac OS X Lion, found some interesting lines of code.

“@interface IMMessage : NSObject
{
IMHandle *_sender;
IMHandle *_subject;
NSAttributedString *_text;
NSString *_plainBody;
NSDate *_time;
NSDate *_timeDelivered;
NSDate *_timeRead;”

iChat has nothing to do with Timedelivered and timeRead, that is something related to iMessages. So could this mean that iChat will soon be getting some iMessage love too? Well, only timeComingSoon will tell.

Sony PlayStation Vita to Hit Japan on December 17, UI Showcased

Sony officially launched the next generation portable gaming device, that they call the PlayStation Vita, at E3 2011 few months back. And since then, gamers all over the world have been waiting for the official availability of the Vita in stores, but Sony did not give any exact pricing or date. However, yesterday Sony officially announced that the portable gaming device will be available in Japan beginning December 17.

The PlayStation Vita has some real good hardware and features, some of which were showcased at the recent event held in Japan. Lot of new things were shown, including the simple user interface of the gaming device and the SmartAR augmented reality feature that it uses to make games more realistic. Engadget got to test some of those features at the conference yesterday and you can check out the videos at the end of the post. The augmented reality feature is eye-popping and could change the way we play, make the world your game area.

The UI on the PS Vita is very simple, like that of a mobile device and doesn’t need much expertise to set up. The huge touchscreen certainly helps in easier navigation and with the game titles that were showcased at the event it sure looks like it’s going to turn a lot of heads. We have no idea as to when and how much the Vita will be priced when it hits shelves elsewhere, but people in Japan still know when to expect it. Also with the launch in Japan, Sony plans to provide Prepaid 3G services by NTT DoCoMo for $13(25 hours) and $65(100 hours). The PlayStation Vita will be available for pre-order starting from October 15 and we’ll update you with the how and where. For now check out these videos:

How many of you are eagerly waiting for the PS Vita?

Wally: A Perfect Wallpaper Rotating App for Your Desktop

I always prefer wallpaper rotating applications for my PC because they tend to give a new look to my virtual desktop after small instances. I have tried a few of them but always found majority of these applications a bit lacking on the features front. But recently I came across an amazing Wallpaper rotating application that is a definitely worth trying. Get to know about it after the break!

What is Wally?

Wally

Wally is basically a cross-platform wallpaper centric application that is solely designed for wallpaper rotation, the application automatically downloads wallpapers from various online sources and then automatically switches them. Wally not only grabs wallpapers from local folders, it also squeezes images from remote online folders and FTP servers. But the best part is that Wally can also rotate and download wallpapers from online photo sources and communities like Flickr, Picassa, PhotoBucket, Google, Bing, Pikeo and Panoramio. Enter a keyword and Wally will return images corresponding to that keyword from multitude of online sources. Wally is basically a Qt4 supported application and boasts more features then any other desktop wallpaper application available.

Wally Features

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Wally have the built-in options for preferences like setting criteria for desktop area, disk space allocated for images to be downloaded, wallpapers size and also the image history.

How Wally Works?

After the installation, Wally will reside on the system tray and can be launched from there directly. Plus users can also configure the application, set the wallpaper rotation, and explore online image sources or access image history from the Wally icon in the system tray. The settings option is also quite simple, users can set things like image rotation interval or image position (tile, center or stretch) or can even select the border color. There is a Available Modules pane as well from where users can select that whether what online sources they want to be included for wallpaper downloading.

Using the application is quite simple, you just have to select a source (local or online like Flickr) and punch-in a keyword so that Wally can fetch wallpapers. There is an Adult filter as well which ensures that no explicit images are downloaded.

Though the images will rotate according to the interval you will have set but if you want to manually change an image then you have to double-click on Wally system tray icon.

Wally is no doubt an amazing application and is something you should definitely try. It works fine on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. You can download Wally for free.

Where to Download Windows 8 Developers Preview [Update]

Microsoft has finally launched the first developer preview for their code-named operating system Windows 8 and it will be available for download later today. Remember the preview of this amazing operating system that was showcased at the D9 conference earlier this year. Windows 8 is a completely redesigned and cross-platform operating system that will change Windows forever. The whole user interface is based on the Metro UI, I’m sure you’ve heard of it or even used that before.

Earlier today, on September 13, Microsoft unveiled this operating system to developers, bloggers, journalists and the media at their Build conference. We’re going to write a complete review on all the features later today, so stay tuned for that. Here are few screenshots of the latest build will look on your desktop if you plan on trying it out.

For now, all you have to be excited is ‘ where to download the Windows 8 developer preview ‘ from. All the attendees of the conference were also presented with a Samsung built Tablet PC running on the developer preview, you know, so the rest of the world can be jealous about it. It runs on an Intel Core i5 processor, has a 11.6 IPS display from Samsung, 64GB SSD and lots of RAM. So Jealous!!

Well, don’t worry folks. So what if you were not presented with a tablet, you can still check this out on your own system. Be sure that you make a new partition, just in case you blow up your dear computer.

You can download Windows 8 developer preview from Microsofts developer website dev.windows.com and then install it on your system. It will be available for download in a few hours. Be sure to keep an eye on the website. Also, no activation required. If you were wondering how to watch the Windows 8 keynote online, you can do the same by visiting www.buildwindows.com.

UPDATE: As promised, the Windows 8 developer preview can now be downloaded from dev.windows.com.

You can also download Windows 8 preview by using these direct links.

Windows Developer Preview with developer tools English, 64-bit (x64) – 4.8GB

Windows Developer Preview English, 64-bit (x64) – 3.6GB

Windows Developer Preview English, 32-bit (x86) – 2.8GB

Have fun with Windows 8.