How to Disable Steam Notifications by Creating a Custom Skin

I also hate this and don’t know why we don’t have the option to turn them off. I got fed up with it and found a way to get rid of all notifications. This means all group notifications, friend status, and probably achievements. If you want to use any of those, do not do this. You can reverse it easily though by just deleting the file you create.

What you have to do is create a skin for steam and disable the notifications through the skin. This sounds difficult, but it is very easy.

Open the steam folder on your computer and then open the skins folder. Now create a new folder here and name it whatever you want the skin to be called. I used the name (Remove Notifications). Then inside of that folder create another folder named “resource”. Then inside the resource folder create a folder named “styles”. On windows XP the location would look like this:

C:Program FilesSteamskinsRemove Notificationsresourcestyles


Now leave that folder open and go to this folder:

C:Program FilesSteamresourcestyles

There is a file in this folder named “steam.styles” (you may just see a file named steam, that is it). This is the skin for steam, but if you edit it here it will be replaced with the original the next time you start steam. Copy this file and put it into the empty folder I just had you make above.

Now you can edit this file in the new folder you just made to get rid of the notifications. Open the file in a text editor (notepad). Scroll down until you see these settings (or press “control F” to search) and change them to what I have shown here:

Notifications.SlideDirection “none”
Notifications.FadeInTime “0”
Notifications.FadeOutTime “0”
Notifications.DisplayTime “0”

Fade in and out time must be set to 0 because the display time does not take effect until the notification has faded in.

Save the file. Now open steam, click settings, go to the tab called “interface” and in the drop down box on the right select the skin you just created. Restart steam. Done.

You can look through that file and change other things if you feel like it. If you mess anything up, just delete the file you created and it will go back to the default.


Credit to : AllTracTurbo

Windows 7: Could not find this item – when deleting files

Here’s how i fixed it:


i had this problem with a folder that had an incredibly large name and i think some files were inside of it that had the same filename..

i couldn’t delete or rename or do anything with it. i couldn’t even go into it to see if anything was inside.

so i tried the advice here and none of it worked either.

but i got it eventually.. and here is what i did:

since i couldn’t move that folder, i renamed and moved the folder that held it (parent folder) to the number “1” and moved it to the root of the drive and it let me.. thus making the total filename/directory structure a little shorter.. I dont know if that was needed but thats what i did.

Then i tried to delete that problem folder again and it still didn’t work.. and still couldn’t rename it to something shorter.. so then i tried something else.

I ran “cmd” and in DOS i went to the directory “1” that was holding the problem-folder and then i typed “dir/x” to get the 8.3 format of the folder.. and tried “del <foldername>” and it didn’t work.. Then i tried the rename command.. 

“Ren <8.3foldername> <new shorter foldername>” 

and guess what? it worked!!!!!

it actually let me rename it and then i closed DOS and went back to explorer and now it’s acting like a regular folder that can be deleted or whatever again.

from http://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/27924-could-not-find-item-when-deleting-files-2.html

How to Extract & Back Up All Your Text Messages & Picture Messages from Your iPhone to Your Mac

NSA aside, Apple makes it difficult for users to extract and download text messages from their iPhones onto a computer. For whatever reason (legal, devious, neurotic, etc), we’ve all found a time where we’d like to save backups of certain meaningful, important, or perhaps incriminating conversations (including all MMS or iMessage pictures and videos).

While there are a handful of third-party applications that can help with this process, the majority of them cost money and implement certain techniques that could be shady (ex: requiring you to upload a full iOS backup to a website).
Now, thanks to chelseybaker, you can easily extract all of the text messages on your iPhone and keep them on your desktop using his open-source Perl script.
If the thought of working with an open source script sounds scary to you, don’t worry. I’m no coder and it’s pretty easy. Even if you’ve never seen a line of code in your life, I’ll hold your hand through all the steps.
UPDATE: Step 5 has been updated, since many of you were having trouble with the PERL script not running successfully. Thanks to Newell Jones for the tip!

Step 1: Back Up Your iPhone

Using iTunes, back up the iPhone with the conversation(s) you want to download. Just Right-Click on your iPhone in iTunes and click Back Up.

Step 2: Find Backup Folder

Once the backup is done, you’ll need to find the folder where the backup was stored. To do this,—
  1. Open Finder
  2. Press and hold the Option key
  3. Click Go on the Menu Bar
  4. Choose Library
  5. Select Application Support < MobileSync < Backup
  6. Right-Click and arrange all of the folders by Date Modified. The most recent one will be your latest iPhone backup.

Step 3: Create an iOSBackup Folder on Your Desktop

Create a folder on your desktop and name it iOSBackup. This is where we’re going to save everything to make running the script easy.

Step 4: Make a Copy of Your Backup

Copy the backup folder you found from step 2 into your new iOSBackup folder on your Desktop. This lets us work on it without conflicting with iTunes.

Step 5: Download iOSMessageExport Files

UPDATEThis step has been updated.
Download the iOSMessageExport script from Github (or use this direct link to the iOSMessageExport zip file) and open the zip file. The downloaded script includes the following 6 files:
  1. backup.pl
  2. iOSContacts.pm
  3. iOSMessages.pm
  4. iOSSMSBackup.pm
  5. README.md
  6. style.css

Copy all six files into your iOSBackup folder you created on the desktop during Step 3.

Step 6: Use Terminal to Execute the Script

Now you’ll need to open up Terminal (which you can find by hitting Command+Spacebar and typing “Terminal”).
Type the following Command to change to your iOSBackup folder:
  • cd ~/Desktop/iOSBackup
Now you’ll need to enter one more command to execute the script. Using the command below, replace the “<folder>” part below with the name of your backup folder (the long string of letters and numbers):
perl backup.pl –directory_path <folder>/
Note: Be sure to include the forward slash at the end of it and press enter, as seen below:

After pressing enter, head back to your iOSBackup folder.

Step 7: Open Text Messages

In the iOSBackup folder you created, you will now see an _export folder.

Open it and you’ll find folders for all the conversations you’ve had, each one consisting of HTML files that make up the text messages and images. You’ll find multiple HTML files in each folder, as the text messages are grouped by days. Next to certain HTML files you’ll see corresponding folders containing any pictures you were sent with that text message.

If you click the HTML file your web browser will open up, showing your text message conversation with pictures included. Note that Emoji will only show up if you open the html files in Safari.

And there you have it. All your raw text message data. Backed up and organized. You can now use spotlight to search them, or make copies of any of the images or videos. If you’d like, you can print-to-PDF to convert them to an easier-to-share format.

If you are still trying to do this, you will need ‘perl’, which does not come with MS Windows. Download a copy by going to http://strawberryperl.com/ and installing it. Pick either 64 or 32 bit (you likely have a 64 bit)…if in doubt, just pick the 32 bit version. The rest of the instructions are similar. To get to a terminal in step 6, hit <windows>-r and type cmd and press <enter>

Apple iPhone 5s iOS 7.1.0 : When ever I send a text message, the message disappears

This is NOT a carrier issue.

 First if all, there’s no way the carrier can delete messages from your messages app. Second, after a reboot the messages come back. So please stop with the take it up with the carrier nonsense. This IS an iOS problem.

 Secondly, I’m having the exact same issue but it happens with BOTH (gasp!) iMessage and SMS.

 My text messages would show up for a split second and then disappear; Green bubbles for SMS and Blue bubbles for iMessage would quickly vanish after I sent them. This problem started happening after my phone lost sync with date/time (I changed the date to 2012 accidentally). I reset the date and time and now messages don’t disappear anymore.

There were also problems loading webpages, I would always get “Safari Can’t Verify the Identity of the Website” This occurred because the system clock and date was not the current date, so SSL certificates were being considered invalid. These messages stopped after I fixed the date/time.

Here is a guide I followed:
Confirm the System Time is Correct
·        If you’re still having the problem, your time settings may be off. Yes, time, as in the clock on the computer. If that’s the problem, it’s quite easy to resolve:
·        Be sure the iPhone has active internet access, this is necessary to retrieve accurate date and time info from Apple servers
·        Quit Safari
·        Open the iPhone settings menu and go to General
·        Choose “Date & Time” and check the box for “Set automatically”
·        Relaunch Safari
You should be good to go with no more verification errors. This works for situations where the system time is reporting as vastly different than what is expected from the remote server, like if a computer is reporting itself from the future.

How to bypass trial restrictions with vmware thinapp (Use it forever)

Disclaimer :- I don’t support cracking/bypassing any software in any way. The information is for educational purpose only, use at your own risk. 
This post will explain how we can use vmware thinapp and run any trial application forever with little hassle and outside help. 
You will need Vmware Thinapp (and Vmware Workstation/Player for using this). There me be other free alternatives but i have not explored them as of now. I’ll give example of using SSH Explorer  for demonstration.Please see disclaimer, and buy this software if you like, it will help fund many software engineers around the world.
I have windows 7 installed in Vmware Workstation, with Vmware thinapp installed on the same.
Although you can see guides for Thinapp for Virtualizing SW, i l illustarate settings for ssh explorer here in Section 1. you can off course modify many stages using other tutorials on thinapp.
The applications are tested on Vmware workstation as well on the real system, I’ll show the illustration on workstation only.

The main point that enables use trial SW for ever is that Thinapp allows us to store all the information that the application needs, wither registry/programfiles/settings etc in single directory. It is in a way similar to trick application that its still running in past by changing system date/using SW that makes it run in particular date. But many SW which synchronize with internet wont work in this fashion.

Section 1: Make the Single EXE for application using Thinapp.I’ll illustrate for SSH Explorer only


  1. Using Thinapp, do a prescan of the system, please keep the installer of your application in the OS before doing prescan. As thinapp compares prescan and postscan to package the data into single exe (you dont want your installer to be included in package as well 🙂


  2. Install the application (in this case ssh explorer), don’t close the thinapp window. 
  3. Do a post scan
  4. Select the entry point, off course for simple application you only want the application itself not the uninstaller and stuff. Entry point is the Exe that will be run when click the generated EXE. For products like adobe CS 4, you’ll use multiple entry points. Here i use only one.

  5. Enable all groups to run package (Or use a particular group if you want to).

  6. You dont want your application to write data here and there (offcourse for using trial unlimited), so use restricted write access.
  7. Now select same directory as application, this is again for the same reason, you will delete the application data folder as illustrated below (after saving settings).

  8. Helping Vmware or not, is your choice (Popup to send data to vmware on usage pop)
  9. Inventory name is the folder were the generated Exe will be stored, and the application specific data will be kept of the final generated exe. Choose accordingly.

  10. Primary data container is read only file, so keeping it within exe does no harm. MSI is not generated in this case neither the package is compressed (might affect later performance also).

  11. Warnings are usually for files that are not copied (like log files etc, you can skip those or retry if the application fails in the end) (click next here)
  12. Click build to generate  final single exe of entire application.
  13. Click finish to open folder to see the generated application and other files if you choosed them (here only single exe is shown).

  14. Copy these exe for using the SW forever 🙂 See Section 2 for how to

Section 2:  How to make the application run forever 

Now each application has its own data (like personal preferences, connection settings etc). You will need to look for the generated folder for the settings.

In this case settings are stored in the folder SSH Explorer%ProgramFilesDir%SSH Explorer

Copy the files conn.ini ,settings.ini and snippets.ini for later use (you dont want to reconfigure the SW again). 

Delete the folder “SSH Explorer” , the folder you provided for Inventory name. All the registry and other settings will be erased. 


Start SSH Explorer again and you will have your folder recreated, replace the files we copied earlier. and voila you are done :). 

Similar procedure is to be followed for all other SW. 

Download Files from Scribd for Free Without an Account

 In this article we will be seeing how to download PDF documents from Scribd without having an account, paying or uploading documentsScribd is considered to be one of the best place of resource containing valuable documents and files covering almost all fields. It allows user to view documents online with the need of any account. But at times you might prefer to download docs for later or offline access. It does provides you an option of downloading files in PDF format but with some restrictions like you need to have an account to login or should connect via Facebook ,then to download the file you should either pay subscription fee or upload some document. Previously you can by pass this restriction by printing files using virtual PDF printer and saving it to your disk. But now Scribd changed the way in which you can print, as of now you have to download the document to get it printed hence the download restriction automatically comes into picture. When you are in a hurry these restrictions are sure to bring you frustration. So lets see how to by pass them.
download from scribd without paying or uploading

How To Download Files from Scribd for Free Without Having an Account or Uploading Documents:

You can use any of the following methods
  • Greasemonkey Scribd Downloader Script:

  • 1. If you are a Firefox user, first install Greasemonkey add-on on your browser. If you are a chrome user you need not install this add-on you can proceed to next step.
    2. Install this Scribd Downloader Script .
    3. Now as usual view the documents in Scribd and click the download button available at the bottom right. You will be prompted to open or save the file, rename and save it as you wish.
  • Scribd Mobile Site to Download Documents:

  • If you are not comfortable with installing scripts use this manual method. Actually above script internally does this.
    1. Note down the unique ID of the document from the url.
    Eg:
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/60232123/abcdef
    2. Go to Scribd mobile optimized site.
    3. Enter the ID you noted down and click search.
    4. Now save the file by clicking on Download Now button.
    [Update- May 05,2012]
    One of our reader’s Tony has mentioned that his browser is being redirecting back to original URL of the eBook on clicking Download Now button. This is probably because of late Scribd has changed it’s way of handling different user agents. So here is a new fix for it.
    1. Install User Agent Switcher add-on and restart your browser.
    2. Follow the above steps till step 3. Just do a search and keep, don’t click the download button.
    3. Now go to Tools-> Default User Agent-> iPhone 3.0. Now click the button. You will be able to download as usual again.
    Changing user agent in Firefox
    [Update- May 28,2012]
    Biblio has mentioned that the updated user agent fix has stopped working. Here is a new fix. Just an additional step to the latest fix. This time you need to change form method attribute to get rid of the error message.
    1. Install Firebug add-on and restart your browser.
    2. Follow the above method till step 2.
    3. Press Ctrl+Shift+C to open Firebug HTML inspect mode.
    4. Hover over the download button. You will find that form tag is highlighted in the code section below. Click post and change it to get i.e. method=”post” to method=”get”
    Change scribd form method attribute
    5. Now as before change the user agent and click download.
    [Update- July 08,2012]
    Yet again there has been an update to existing system. Here is the updated version.
    1. First change the user agent string to Android then go to mobile site and search for the doc using the unique ID or directly go to the concerned document.
    2. Now directly hit the download button.
    [Update- Sept 29,2012]
    This time after a long wait, I was able to find a workaround. Here’s how it goes.
    1. Download and install any PDF printer. For e.g. PrimoPDF
    2. Go to the appropriate document you need. From URL note the unique ID as usual.
    3. Right click on the page and select View Page Source. And search for access_key and note down the string which is between the quotes.
    E.g. key-13davbcdewnewn9m5w02
    4. Now modify ID, access key and replace it with one’s you have noted down. Then paste it in address bar and hit enter.
    http://d1.scribdassets.com/ScribdViewer.swf?document_id=108992419&access_key=key-13davbcdewnewn9m5w02
    5. Click on the print link in top left corner. In the pop up that comes up select print which is under standard quality.
    Download from scribd for free by printing
    6. Now you need to select primo as name of your printer. And click OK.
    7. In the PrimoPDF window that comes up, click create PDF then select a location and save it.
    *Note: Above trick is not guaranteed to work against all documents though.
    [Update- March 01,2014]
    1. Go to the concerned document and click Download or Print button on the right.
    2. You will be redirected to a page which asks you to pay or contribute to get the document.
    Download from Scribd for free by uploading new files
    3. Click on upload and select any valid text file with some content in it. Preferably type your own content, because the system checks for duplication. Or if you have some helpful document which might be useful to others, well and good you can upload that.
    5. Give some title, description and click on save and continue. You will be getting a success message as below.
    download from Scribd for free by uploading documents

Download Embedded HTML5 Scribd Document with access key

    Biblio has mentioned that the updated user agent fix has stopped working. Here is a new fix. Just an additional step to the latest fix. This time you need to change form method attribute to get rid of the error message.
    1. Install Firebug add-on and restart your browser.
    2. Follow the above method till step 2.
    3. Press Ctrl+Shift+C to open Firebug HTML inspect mode.
    4. Hover over the download button. You will find that form tag is highlighted in the code section below. Click post and change it to get i.e. method=”post” to method=”get”
    Change scribd form method attribute
    5. Now as before change the user agent and click download.
    [Update- July 08,2012]
    Yet again there has been an update to existing system. Here is the updated version.
    1. First change the user agent string to Android then go to mobile site and search for the doc using the unique ID or directly go to the concerned document.
    2. Now directly hit the download button.
    [Update- Sept 29,2012]
    This time after a long wait, I was able to find a workaround. Here’s how it goes.
    1. Download and install any PDF printer. For e.g. PrimoPDF
    2. Go to the appropriate document you need. From URL note the unique ID as usual.
    3. Right click on the page and select View Page Source. And search for access_key and note down the string which is between the quotes.
    E.g. key-13davbcdewnewn9m5w02
    4. Now modify ID, access key and replace it with one’s you have noted down. Then paste it in address bar and hit enter.
    http://d1.scribdassets.com/ScribdViewer.swf?document_id=108992419&access_key=key-13davbcdewnewn9m5w02
    5. Click on the print link in top left corner. In the pop up that comes up select print which is under standard quality.
    Download from scribd for free by printing
    6. Now you need to select primo as name of your printer. And click OK.
    7. In the PrimoPDF window that comes up, click create PDF then select a location and save it.
    *Note: Above trick is not guaranteed to work against all documents though.