Office Hackery

Useful Hacks, Reviews, Tips and Tricks of anything under the moon and the sun.

How Unique and Traceable Is Your Browser

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When surfing the net, protecting your privacy is important. This is also true when your browsing at the office because your system administrator can trace your internet activities by merely checking your browser cookies. Don't be too confident that disabling cookies or opening a private browsing window can solve privacy issues. Panopticlick website can detect How Unique and Trackable your Web Browser is. Here is the result from my browser.



To test it for yourself, just Visit Panopticlick then hit "Test Me" icon to generate a report how traceable you are.

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Download YouTube Video Without a Software

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Usually if you need to download YouTube video, you have to download and install a software like TubeQueue. But if you don't want to install any software then here is a simple trick.

Download YouTube Video Without a Software

1. Get the URL of the video (from YouTube) you want to download. For example:

"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSGnfn8toQI&feature=related"

2. Now replace "youtube.com" with "kickyoutube.com".

"http://www.kickyoutube.com/watch?v=oSGnfn8toQI&feature=related"

That's It! you will be taken to KickYouTube website then from there look for the download links above the video. You can download the video in various format: MP4, FLV, HD, AVI, MPG, 3GP and a lot more. For most recent videos, take note that you have to wait for a day or two before it can be downloaded in KickYouTube.

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Password Protect Your Running Programs

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Are you in A.I.D.S mode? (As If Doing Something). If your using a program that is non-work related then the fastest way to hide it from prying eyes is to minimize it. But if someone tried to sneak to your computer and open the minimized program then your busted. To avoid this embarrassing situation, use LockThis!. It is a free windows app that will let you easily protect any open program, so that un-minimizing it requires a password.



To lock an application, you need to press CTRL while minimizing the window that you want to be protected. It will ask you for your admin password, and then keep the window minimized until you want it open again. Now whenever a user is about to restore or maximize a window, a dialog box will ask for password and if the correct password is not supplied, the restore or maximize request will be ignored and the window stays minimized.

Download LockThis! via [duriosoft.info]

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If Flickr Is Blocked, Use The Altenative URL

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Do you use flickr for hosting your photos online but cannot access it from the office because your admin block it from the firewall level? In situation like this, You have two options. The first option is to use proxy servers and the second is the easier one, use the alternate URL. If don't want to go through the complicated process of setting up proxy then you can access Flickr though this alternate URL:

www.flickr.mud.yahoo.com



If Flickr Is Blocked, Use The Altenative URL

The alternate URL will open the same page as the default url would open and users can browse Flickr normally.

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SpreadTweet, Use Twitter Like a SpreadSheet

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Another way to use Twitter discretely is to tweet as if your working on a spreadsheet application. SpreadTweet is a Twitter disguised as a spreadsheet so your boss will think that you're working on an Excel sheet while you are up there tweeting your heart out. With SpreadTweet, you will be able to send and receive updates, replies and manage direct messages inside an app that looks like exactly as Excel 2007.

SpreadTweet, Use Twitter Like a SpreadSheet

To Run SpreadTweet, You'll need The Adobe AIR runtime.

Download SpreadTweet via [elliottkember.com]

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Use Twitter Quietly, Tweet From Command Prompt

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No social media allowed policy at the office? Don't want to give your boss an impression that you are a Twitter addict? No problem you can tweet quietly from command prompt. Yes from command prompt, no one will ever suspect your tweeting. To tweet from DOS (command prompt) you need Quitter, a free twitter client that runs on command prompt. It allows you to read and reply to tweets, follow/unfollow people or even send and receive direct messages. There's no installation needed and it will run from a thumbdrive. Just download and run the single small EXE file (about 105k).

Use Twitter Quietly, Tweet From Command Prompt

First time use of the free app will require you to permit the app to interact with your Twitter account. It will automatically open the default browser to ask for Twitter's authorization PIN. Just follow the steps on Quitter to complete the process.

Quitter can run on Windows 2000/XP/Vista and requires Version 2.0 of the Microsoft .NET Framework or higher.

Download Quitter via [CodePlex.com]

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Find Movies Or TV Shows Subtitles Using Subs.to

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There is a lot of international and non-english movies that are really good. Luckily sub title was invented for the purpose of understanding and enjoy these good movies without learning to comprehend the movie's local language. If the English subtitle is unavailable, you can get one at Subs.to

Find Movies Or TV Shows Subtitles Using Subs.to

Subs.to is a subtitle search engine. Type in the name of the movie or TV show (including the season and episode number) and the subtitle language you'd like to read. Hit the search button and Subs.to will return the subtitles in SRT or SUB format. For most media players all you need to do is copy the subtitle file in the same folder as the actual movie file and the movie player will automatically pickup the subtitle from the file.

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Use Bluetooth Device to Lock Your Computer

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If you want to add a bit of excitement on locking your computer then you may want to try locking it with a bluetooth device. BtProx is a opensource app that can lock your PC when the specified Bluetooth device moves too far away from the PC.

Use Bluetooth Device to Lock Your Computer

The free software makes sure that your PC get locked if you move away from it (as long as you bring your bluetooth device with you). Its definitely a more comfortable and fun way to secure your unattended PC. BtProx is available for Windows Only.

Download BtProx via [SourceForge.net]

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Run Only Specific Applications in Windows 7

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On Windows 7, you can allow users to run only specific applications such as Microsoft Office applications, browser and etc. Windows has a built-in Local Group Policy Editor where you can create the whitelist for these safe applications. Here is a step-by-step guide to set Windows 7 to run only specified applications.

1. Click Start and enter "gpedit.msc" into the search box and hit Enter.
2. From the Group Policy Editor, Browse to User Configuration>Administrative Templates>System. Then under Setting (right pane) scroll down and double click on "Run only specified Windows applications" as shown below.

Run Only Specific Applications in Windows 7

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Create Custom Windows 7 Jumplists With Jumplist Launcher

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Jumplists became one of the exciting feature of Windows 7 in terms of usability. They are designed to make it easier to find what you want and perform common operations associated with an application. It can be invoke when you right-click on an icon in the task bar. Jumplists are grouped by application or program so combining multiple programs in one icon is impossible without a 3rd-party tool like Jumplist-Launcher. It is a free and portable app that provides the means to create custom jumplists that act as a program and folder launcher in Windows 7. Upon execution, Jumplist-Launcher will display an icon in the Windows 7 taskbar. You can easily configure your custom jumplist on the app's main window. Here is a video to demonstrate.



Download Jumplist Launcher

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Visual Timeline of The Most Popular Electronic Gadgets of all Time

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Here is an interesting visual timeline I stumbled upon at Digital Inspiration. It features the 25 most successful consumer electronics beginning with the Pong, the first arcade video game.



View the image in actual size (right-click and open in new window or tab).

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Easily Block and Unblock Attachment File Types In Outlook 2007

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For safety concerns, Microsoft Outlook prevents user to open certain file type attachments such as executable and script files. However, there are times that you need to download these files. To Unblock it without going to some complicated outlook settings, try the Outlook Attachment Enabler which can enable or disable any attachment file types.

Easily Block and Unblock Attachment File Types In Outlook 2007

To see the list of blocked extensions, launch the tool and toggle the "Display Blocked Extensions" option box. To unblock a certain file, just select it and click the "Mark as safe" button. Outlook Attachment Enabler works on Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. Outlook 2000 and all newer versions including Outlook 2010 are supported.

Download Outlook Attachment Enabler

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Secret GodMode in Windows 7

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How to Enable Secrect GodMode In Windows 7Real Gamer don't use cheat... Yeah right. Once in a while, we all need secret cheats on games to make things easier or break problems on stages of the game that we cannot finish in normal mode. God Mode in Windows 7? Like those popular PC and video games, Windows 7 has its own godmode. This godmode provides windows users a shortcut to many Windows 7 functions via a GUI window. This article is going to be a brief tutorial that will allow you to enable the secret godmode in Windows 7.

1. Create a new folder (right-click and click "New Folder" on the context menu).
2. Right-click on the folder and click on rename then copy and paste this string:
GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

Windows7 will automatically convert it to a shortcut to the Windows 7 godmode that allows you to quickly access many Windows 7 functions in one Window.

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Download Tagged Photos of You from Facebook

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One feature of Facebook that made it successful is Friend's Photo Tagging. This feature let your friends tag a photo of you on their album and then it will automatically appear on your profile. If you want a local copy of these tagged photos you can either download it one by one from Facebook or download it all automatically using a free app called Photograbber.



After installation, Photograbber looks at your friends' Wall posts for any pictures they've tagged. Choose which photos you want, click download, and viola! the app will throw the selected photos on your chosen folder.

Download Photograbber via [Google Code]

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Use Email to Browse Any Blocked Sites by Firewall

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Use Email to Browse Any Blocked Sites by FirewallIsn't frustrating if you can't access your Facebook at the office because of a network firewall? Already tried complicated method involving proxies or tunneling softwares but to no avail? Then try a simpler way. Surf blocked websites using your email! Yes you read it right! you can now surf internet through your office email using Flexamail web service. The service can also help you update your Facebook and Twitter when the firewall you're behind won't allow you to access the actual sites. To avail of the free service, just sign up for an account, register an email with Flexamail, and then begin surfing the internet by sending commands to Flexamail by using special email addresses and subject line commands.

For Example, to browse officehackery.com, type www@flexamail.com on the Recipient field and www.officehackery.com on the subject field then click the send button. Wait for a few seconds and Flexamail will reply with the page you requested. You can click any sub link from the email and it will automatically send to Flexamail for browsing.

Take a peek of this cool firewall workaround by watching this demo video.


Additional information such as how to videos and guides are available at Flexamail.com.

Visit Flexamail to surf the internet through your email.

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How To Record Your Skype Call

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Long distance call using Landlines are almost the thing of the past. Voice calls over the Internet is now dominating the voice communication technology. Aside from being free (free-of-charge), it has additional features such as instant messaging, file transfer and video conferencing. Leading the way are Skype and Yahoo Messenger. For Business environment, conversation recording is being practiced for customer support value. If you need a free recording software either for business or personal use then you can try Skype Recorder.

How To Record Your Skype Call

Skype Recorder is a free call recording app for Skype that can manually or automatically record Skype conversations. This app will search for Skype upon launch and if found display a notification to allow access to Skype so that calls can be recorded. Skype Recorder is compatible with most Microsoft Windows operating system versions.

Download Skype Recorder

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App to Take Ownership Of File/Folder In Windows 7

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The upgrade to Windows 7 comes with more security enhancements and the most noticeably feature is the permission denied error on folders or files that you don't have rights to access. For you to access these system folder/files, you have to take the ownership. By default, Windows allows you to take ownership but the process is too tedious. To make it easier, you can download and install Take Ownership Shell Extension. This app provides you Take Ownership option in the Windows Explorer right-click context menu.

App to Take Ownership Of File/Folder In Windows 7

Take Ownership is light and portable app that you can bring along with your USB stick. Aside from Windows 7, it also supports Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 2003/2008 Server.

Download TakeOwnership via [www.rizonetech.com]

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Count The Number of Words In a Document

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Here is my first post for the year 2010. There are times that we need to count a certain word inside a document and manually counting is a dumb way to go. Ofcourse you can create a macro to do it automatically or you can download a free software instead to save you some time. Word Frequency Counter is an opensource app that calculates how many times a word appears in a document and in a list of given documents.

Count The Number of Words In a Document

Here are the features of this great tool.
- The user may specify whether letter case will be ignored.
- The user may specify a list of stopwords to be omitted.
- Data can be copied either as plain text or as HTML and MS Office Excel format.

This app requires .NET Framework 4.0 and works on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows.

Download Word Frequency Counter via [Codeplex.com]

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