First we should know why files get locked? this is caused by the Windows XP Shell Media Extension (shmedia.dll), which provides statistics and thumbnails for media files. Problem is, sometimes shmedia gets stuck on a file, and since it runs inside of Explorer, that file is effectively locked until you restart or logoff. And even that doesn't help, because after restarting, opening the folder causes it to lock the file again. Using Process Explorer from sysinternals.com is the easiest way to confirm that Explorer is holding the file open.
Deleting the file via the command-line, rather than navigating to the folder in Explorer, should work. If you're not a fan of the command-line and don't DEL the file that way, an alternative solution is to temporarily unregister shmedia.dll (regsvr32 /u shmedia.dll), restart, delete the file, and then re-register the extension (regsvr32 shmedia.dll). This is cleaner than hacking the registry to blow away the extension. I always just leave i…
You have seen custom icons appear on CDs of magazines. here's how you set ur own custom icon to show as image on a desired folder
paste the icon file (eg. TOD.ico) in the folder create a desktop.ini file with the contents [.ShellClassInfo] IconFile=< icon name >.ico [ eg. TOD.ico ] IconIndex=0 make it hidden to prevent its accidental deletion
with every misc CD you burn you can paste these 2 files.Whenever you insert the CD you see the icon in explorer (go on to burn a custom CD with your image as the icon)
KNOPPIX : ftp://ftp.cise.ufl.edu:21/pub/mirrors/knoppix/ : Knoppix is the best Live-CD out there in comparison to Ubuntu & a plethora of others because it is Debian so extremely user-friendly & the graphics blows you off. Those who are used to using Red Hat or Fedora Core can immediately see the difference. In comparison to Ubuntu it has a superuser mode. That is very relaxing cause you can now mount FAT32 file systems from HDD in RW mode (mount -t vfat -o rw /dev/hda1 /mnt/hda1). The superuser mode can be turned on by logging in as knoppix 2 at the boot: prompt
winlinux : ftp://184.108.40.206/d0/winlinux/2003/WinLinux2003FreeVersion.exe : Claims to run from within Windows. One word of caution. These guys might be purposely leaving out the layout.bin file so after downloading almost 350 MB you cannot install the thing. It might be a trick to persuade users to buy their product.
A powerful plugin for powerpoint has come around which enables to write mathematical and scientific presentations easily. No need to use "prosper" anymore because it is easier to write formulas in that. The softwares for writing equations in powerpoint presentations : 1> MathType. 2> Texpoint. 3> Tex4ppt. The first one is bogus, the 2nd one isn't free. The last one Tex4ppt is what we need. An excellent tool. Just have to do a google search to locate it. In case people reading this is as lazy as me it is: TeX4PPT It needs MilkTeX to be installed for it work though.
Thanks to tuhin (he found it out) and moumita (she informed me).