November 26, 2008


The UIF Format

The UIF file extension stands for Universal Image Format. An UIF file contains a compressed disk image – basically it is an exact copy of a CD or a DVD. Just like the more common ISO filetype, the UIF format is typically used to create CD/DVD backups. The UIF file format also offers several advanced features that ISO doesn’t have, like the data compression I mentioned previously. The UIF image can also be encrypted and password protected, and it can be used to backup multi-session disks in a single file.

How To Open An UIF File

UIF is a proprietary file format used by the MagicISO software. At the moment it is the only tool that can open or extract UIF files. The full version of MagicISO costs money, but you can download a free trial that will be able top open UIF files just fine. You can get the trial from Once you’ve installed it, you can just double-click the UIF file to open it.

How To Convert UIF to ISO

Sometimes it’s very useful to convert the UIF image to the more popular ISO file type which is supported by most, if not all, CD/DVD tools. Luckily this can be done with the free trial of MagicISO (see above), but only for files that are under 300MB.

Update : Use my UIF to ISO converter GUI (freeware) to convert UIF files of any size.

Here are step-by-step instructions for converting UIF to ISO :

  1. Open the UIF file.
  2. Choose File -> Save as… from MagicISO menu. A “Save As…” dialog will appear.
  3. Choose “Standard ISO Image (*.ISO)” from the Format dropdown and enter the name for the new ISO file in the File Name textbox.
  4. Click Save and that’s it! Now just sit back & wait while the UIF is being converted.

Note : the above instructions apply to MagicISO 5.4, which is the newest version at the time of writing.

How To Burn UIF Files

When you need to burn UIF files to a CD/DVD you have several options :

  • You can use MagicISO to do it. Click Tools -> Burn CD/DVD With ISO…, choose the UIF image file, set the desired options and click Burn it!. There’s also a short tutorial on MagicISO site on how to do this.
  • You can convert the UIF file(s) to ISO (as described above) and use your favorite CD/DVD burning software to burn the disc. For example, ImgBurn is a popular freeware CD/DVD burning tool, though I personally prefer Nero.

How To Mount UIF Files

It is also possible to mount .uif files to a virtual CD/DVD drive. You will then be able to access the virtual disc as if it was a real CD/DVD. To do this you will need to install cialis generic price target=”_blank”>MagicDisc (freeware). Once you’ve done that, you can mount the UIF file by following these steps :

  1. Right-click the “MagicISO Virtual CD/DVD Manager” icon in the system tray.
  2. Select “Virtual CD/DVD-ROM”.
  3. Select a virtual drive. The drive names vary depending on your computer’s configuration. Generally it looks something like “J: No Media”.
  4. Choose “Mount…” from the submenu.
  5. In the new window select the .uif file you wish to mount and click “OK”.

You could also convert the UIF files to ISO and use a different CD/DVD emulator (e.g. DaemonTools) to mount them.

So, this is everything you need to know to get started using UIF files

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November 24, 2008

Free Commander keyboard shortcuts

Shortcut Command How useful(?)
F3 or Shft+F3 View selected file +       –
F4 Shft+F4 Edit selected file Create and edit a file +       –
F5 Copy selected files and folders +       –
F6 Move selected files and folder +       –
F8 or Del Delete selected files and folders +       –
Shft+Ctrl+F8 Wipe selected files and folders +       –
F2 Rename selected object +       –
Ctrl+Alt+V Compare files (see 'Settings') +       –
N/A Change case (lower / upper) of the selected files +       –
Alt+F5 Compress selected files +       –
Alt+F6 Uncompress selected archive +       –
Shft+Ctrl+I Split selected files into multiple files +       –
Alt+Enter Display properties of selected objects +       –
Shft+Enter Change date and attributes of selected object +       –
Shft+F10 Show context menu +       –
Alt+F7 Search for files / folders +       –
Alt+F4 Exit program and save settings +       –
Ctrl+X The selected folders and files will be moved into the clipboard +       –
Ctrl+C The selected folders and files will be copied into the clipboard +       –
Ctrl+V The folders and files from the clipboard will be inserted into the folder of the current window. +       –
Ctrl+A Select all files and folders in the current window +       –
+(Num) Select some of the files and folders in the current window. +       –
Alt++(Num) Select all files with the same extension in the current window. +       –
*(Num) Invert the selection in the current window +       –
Ctrl+*(Num) Invert the selection in the current window – only files +       –
Ctrl+-(Num) Deselect all files and folders in the current window +       –
-(Num) Deselect some files and folders in the current window +       –
Alt+-(Num) Deselect all files with the same extension in the current window +       –
Alt+Ins Copy the full path and file name into the clipboard +       –
Shft+Alt+Ins Copy file names into the clipboard +       –
Ctrl+Alt+Ins Copy the full path of the current window into the clipboard +       –

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Alt+F1 Change drive in the left window +       –
Alt+F2 Change drive in the right window +       –
Shft+A,…,Shft+Z Change drive in current window to drive A: .. Z: +       –
Press and hold Ctrl and click on a drive in the drive bar Change to the root folder of the drive in the current window +       –
F7 Create new folder in current folder +       –
Shft+F7 Find folder in tree view +       –
Alt+G Go to folder +       –
Ctrl+F Alt+Scroll-Down Define a filter to hide/show a distinct group of files Display filter popup menu +       –
Alt+F9 Detail view: show size of subfolder +       –
Ctrl+F9 Detail view: show size of selected folder +       –
Alt+Down Show history of last 20 selected folders +       –
Ctrl+F3 Sort the files and folders in current window by name +       –
Ctrl+F4 Sort the files and folders in current window by type +       –
Shft+Ctrl+F4 Sort the files and folders in current window by extension +       –
Ctrl+F5 Sort the files and folders in current window by time +       –
Ctrl+F6 Sort the files and folders in current window by size +       –
Shft+Ctrl+F Define folder favorites +       –
Shft+Ctrl+1,…, Shft+Ctrl+0 The first 10 folder favorites Show popup menu for folder favorites +       –
Alt+Up Show popup menu for folder favorites +       –
Alt+V Compare files from active and inactive window +       –
Alt+S Synchronize folders +       –
BkSp Go one folder up +       –
Ctrl+Pos1 Go back to the root folder +       –
Alt+Left History – back +       –
Alt+Right History – next +       –
Ctrl+Y Go to quick filter field +       –
Alt+Y Deactivate quick filter +       –
Ctrl+F1 Change view in current window to: list +       –
Ctrl+F2 Change view in current window to: file details +       –
Ctrl+I Change view in current window to: thumbnails +       –
Ctrl+H Split horizontal +       –
Alt+T Show tree view for current window +       –
Ctrl+Shft+F1 Hide left window +       –
Ctrl+Shft+F2 Equalize size for left and right window +       –
Ctrl+Shft+F3 Hide right window +       –
Ctrl+R Refresh current window +       –
Ctrl+Shft+R Refresh all +       –
Ctrl+U Toggle windows +       –
Ctrl+E Same folder in both windows +       –
Ctrl+S Show only selected files +       –
Shft+Esc Minimize FreeCommander Window +       –
Ctrl+Alt++ Autoresize columns +       –
Shft+F1 Popup menu for views +       –
Ctrl+Q Quick view on/off +       –
Ctrl+T New folder TAB +       –
Ctrl+W Close folder TAB +       –
Shft+Ctrl+W Close all folder TABs +       –
Shft+Ctrl+S Settings +       –
Click with right mouse key into the status line Quickly change settings +       –
Ctrl+Y Define layouts +       –
Alt+1,…,Alt+0 Access the first 10 layouts +       –
Shft+Ctrl+Y Define program favorites +       –
Ctrl+1,…,Ctrl+0 Access the first 10 program favorites +       –
Ctrl+D Open DOS window +       –
F11 Connect network drive +       –
F12 Disconnect network drive +       –
DOS Prompt
Ctrl+Shft+Spacebar Toggle between command line and current window +       –
Ctrl+Spacebar Insert name of the current folder in the command line +       –
Ctrl+Enter Insert name of the selected file or folder in the command line +       –
Shft+Ctrl+Enter Insert path and name of the selected file or folder in the command line +       –
Ctrl+Up Go up in the list of command from the history +       –
Ctrl+Down Go down in the list of commands from the history +       –
Alt+Down Show list of commands from the history +       –
Enter or Alt+Enter Execute the command in the command line +       –
Ctrl+Left, Ctrl+Right Jump left / right in the command line +       –

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November 21, 2008

Windows has blocked this software because it can’t verify the publisher

Error “Windows has blocked this software because it cannot verify the publisher” when you try to access a website which tries to install addons or run executables like installation CAB files.

By default Internet Explorer disable running unsigned ActiveX controls. Unsigned activeX controls are programs that tries to execute a command on your PC, like CAB install files or a which do not have adigital signature.

While this is an important security measure on the Internet Explorer browser, if you are sure that the website is a trusted one then you can temporarily disable this security feature and later on re-enable the security.

To disable this feature,

1. Open internet explorer, click Tools – Internet Options.

2. Click the Security tab – Custom Level button.

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ActiveX Security

Under ActiveX ensure the following are set to enabled

Run ActiveX and plug-ins – Enabled

Download Signed ActiveX Control – Enabled

Script ActiveX controls marked as safe for scripting – Enabled

Set the following to “Prompt

Download unsigned ActiveX Control – Prompt

Initialize and script ActiveX controls not mark as safe – Prompt

3. Click OK and Apply and OK. Restart the browser.

You should now be able to run the ActiveX control on the website. As I said earlier, please ensure that you have the above to what it was before.

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November 19, 2008

Microsoft Outlook Keyboard Shortcuts

Summary: Find your way around Microsoft Outlook with these keyboard shortcut keys.

Outlook is Microsoft's mail, diary and contacts program supplied with Microsoft Office or as a standalone product. If you don't have the exact version of a particular program then it may well be, that some or all of the shortcuts for a

particular program can still be used with different versions of the same program.

General Outlook shortcuts


Shortcut Key

Send Message

Ctrl + Enter or Alt + S

Reformat an email message from RTF to plain text

Ctrl + Shift + O

Delete Message from message window

Ctrl + D

New Contact Dialog

Ctrl + Shift + C

New Office Document

Ctrl + Shift + H

Read Warning Header

Ctrl + Insert + W

To Save Non-Email Item in Current Folder

Alt + S

Cancel the current operation

Escape Key

Move up current level of treeview

Up Arrow

Move down current level of treeview

Down Arrow

Collapse current branch of treeview

Left Arrow

Expand current branch of treeview

Right Arrow

Launch go to folder dialog

Ctrl + Y

Save unfinished item in Drafts folder

Ctrl + S

Move selected item to Deleted Items folder

Delete Key

Open print dialog box

Ctrl + P

To delete current item

Ctrl + D

Mark as unread or read

Ctrl + Q

Select all

Ctrl + A

Copy highlighted items/text to clipboard

Ctrl + C

Cut highlighted items/text to clipboard

Ctrl + X

Paste items/text from clipboard

Ctrl + V

Open application menu (to maximise, minimise etc)

Alt + Spacebar

Create new item

Ctrl + N


Ctrl + Z

Move cursor to top of email list


Move cursor to end of email list


Move edit cursor to top in new email message window

Ctrl + Home

Move edit cursor to end in new email message window

Ctrl + End

Check Names

Ctrl + K

Move cursor to Menu Bar

Alt + or F10

Launch Advanced Find

Ctrl + Shift + F or F3

Move to next Window pane


Launch spell checker


Move directly to Inbox

Ctrl + Shift + I

Move directly to Outbox

Ctrl + Shift + O

Copy selected item(s) to a folder

Ctrl + Shift + Y

Create new folder dialog

Ctrl + Shift + E

Move selected item to folder

Ctrl + Shift + V

Create a new email message

Ctrl + Shift + M

Create a new appointment item

Ctrl + Shift + A

Create a new contact item

Ctrl + Shift + C

Create a new task item

Ctrl + Shift + K

Create a new note item

Ctrl + Shift + N

Message options (from a new message window)

Alt + P

Open address book

Ctrl + Shift + B

Launch flag for follow up dialog box

Ctrl + Shift + G

Reply to sender

Ctrl + R

Reply to all

Ctrl + Shift + R

Forward message

Ctrl + F

In calendar week view


Shortcut Key

Go to today’s date

Alt + D

Go to a date

Ctrl + G

Move to next date

Down Arrow

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Up Arrow

Move forward one week

Page Down

Move backwards one week

Page Up

Move to appointments on current date

Tab (hit enter twice to open item)

Main Jaws keystrokes in Outlook


Shortcut Key

Say Line

Insert + Up Arrow

Say All

Insert + Down Arrow

Say Selected Text

Insert + Shift + Down Arrow

Move focus to attachments list

Insert + A

In spellchecker read misspelled word and suggestion

Insert + F7

Read Header Field One

Alt + 1

Read Header Field Two

Alt + 2

Read Header Field Three

Alt + 3

Read Header Field Four

Alt + 4

Read Header Field Five

Alt + 5

Click Cc Button

Alt + Shift + 4

Click To Button

Alt + Shift + 3

Launch Global keystrokes listbox

Insert + F8

Close Office Assistant

Ctrl + Insert + F4

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John’s Background Switcher

I love WorldStart's wallpaper, but every month, I’m faced with a huge dilemma: which one to use as my desktop background. Do you know what I mean? After all, it’s the photo I’ll be staring at every time my computer boots up. Luckily, I recently found a program called John’s Background Switcher and I haven’t stopped using it since! Not only does it change your background periodically, but it also allows you to use photos from Flickr, Picasa and even RSS feeds. Cool, huh? Here’s how you can get it!

1.) First, click here to go to the Web site.

2.) Next, click on Run (for Internet Explorer) or Save and double click on the file (for Firefox).

3.) Now, simply go through the installation.

4.) To start John’s Background Switcher, right click on the icon that appears in your system tray (where the clock sits) and choose Settings.

5.) To get WorldStart's wallpaper on  John’s Background Switcher, you’ll have to save the ones you want first. To do that, go to and click on one of the backgrounds you’d like to include in your rotation.

6.) When you get to the image’s page, right click on the photo and select Save Image As (it could also say Save Picture As).

7.) Do that for all the images you want to place in your rotation. When you’re done, go back to John’s Background Switcher’s settings and click on Add.

8.) Once you’ve chosen the folder with all your rotation pictures intact, you’re done! Just sit back and enjoy the show. Happy background changing!

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