Windows 7 bug foundA new bug was discovered in Windows 7 , by us (shankee.com). This window 7's bug results in delayed/hanged start up. We disclose further details of the flaw in the latest release of Windows 7 and possible solution. Let me tell you it is not the blue screen of death on Windows 7 error it's a new error and has not yet been reported yet.

The Error

The error occurred when you would turn off your computer without shutting it down properly by going to Start menu>Shutdown.
And when you would restart the PC , windows 7's start up will be delayed for a very long time and would show a welcome screen saying "Please Wait"which would stay on for a very long time. I tested that for an hour almost and was so pissed off by that.Windows 7 welcome screen that hangs up

We really researched the error and it's existence has been confirmed . I have seen a similar error in Vista as well.

The Solution

We have discovered a solution to the delayed start-up problem.

  • Start your PC.
  • Go to the safe mode. As the PC would not have been properly shut down most computers would show a boot in safe mode menu.
  • If you don't see the Safe Mode menu press the "F2" key and the menu would show up. From the menu select "Start in Safe mode".
  • When you are logged in go to Start menu and select Restart from it.
  • The computer will Restart and you would get your normal screen.

This error was found in the latest updates Windows 7 RC version. There was one interesting thing about this error that it was found in some machines while some did fine with the turn off thing. Please comment and tell me if this error exists on your system as well.

Automatically Download from Rapidshare without Waiting Here is Script to automatically download files from rapidshare as free user. More advanced, deals with all possible errors and responds accordingly.

Rapidshare AutoWait - Greasemonkey Script for Firefox

This script can automatically download files from RapidShare.com. On the first page it clicks on Free Download, then it waits until the download is ready (this also deals with all possible errors - another download in progress, 15 minute limit, session expired, .. can be extended easily). Then it waits those few seconds during countdown and clicks on the download link.

Automatically Download from Rapidshare without Waiting

It means that if you set up Firefox to download rar files without asking and set up a default download directory, you really don’t have to care about anything else. You will still need to wait all those timeouts and countdowns, but you won’t have to sit in front of your computer to do that .

The script also displays status messages in the window title, so you can see how all your files are doing.

Link : Install Rapidshare AutoWait (for Greasemonkey)

The script also displays status messages in the window title, so you can see how all your files are doing.

Google has been trying really hard to improve its Google Chrome browser, and already it has been becoming a tough competitor for other browsers such as Firefox and Internet Explorer. Google released a latest beta version of its browser. Download it and have a sneak preview of how would it turn out in future.

As they said, the New Google Chrome Beta is faster than ever and also they tries to gave a new look to the browser windows. They have rearranged the tabs and other small stuff that show up in the first page. The best thing i love about is that Chrome is really fast not just it downloads webpages faster but when i click on that red-yellow-green Orb it opens in a fraction of second and not like Firefox and IE for which we have to wait for them to open up.

This new beta is fitted with a customizable New Tab page, an improved Omnibox and a few basic themes that allow you to deck out your browser with colors, patterns and images. We've also built HTML5 capabilities into this release, as well as a few other nifty technical improvements that will help Google Chrome make the most of your network connection.

Google Latest Beta version
You can learn more on the Google Chrome Blog, or download the beta version of Google Chrome to give these new features a whirl. Being on the beta channel gives you a sneak preview of things to come with occasional rough edges, but it's a great way for us to quickly churn out new features and get your feedback.

Please do comment on how you like the latest tech news from Google, do you love Google, and anything you want to tell us about.

Google has been really active over the past few months, buying something and selling something. The recent tech update is that they bought video compression technology company On2 Technologies for $106.5 million in stock. Though whether it will pay off remains to be seen, for On2 Technologies’ codecs are losing favor to H.264.

Its worth to notice how would Google utilize this new compression technology in their soon to release Operating system-"Google chrome OS" or if they use this in Android. Just look at On2’s mobile video arsenal: It owns technologies for embedded video for mobile platforms (Hantro) and On2 TrueMobile System, a mobile video system designed to send video across the networks — including 2.5G, Edge, 3G and 4G networks — using On2’s VP7 technology.

It also makes a lot of sense because most of its rivals have their own video technologies: Adobe with its market-leading Flash, Microsoft with its up-and-coming Silverlight and Apple with Quicktime. And On2 is behind many video codecs that it licenses to such aforementioned Google competitors as well.

Now let’s turn our attention to those delusions of grandeur. Back in January 2006., Google spent $102 million buying dMarc Broadcasting in the hope of becoming masters of the radio universe. “Google is committed to exploring new ways to extend targeted, measurable advertising to other forms of media,” said Tim Armstrong, then-VP of advertising sales. Armstrong is gone, and so is the radio advertising business. Today San Francisco-based WideOrbit announced that it’s buying Google Radio Automation Business, aka dMarc, for an undisclosed amount. But there’s no mention on Google’s web site about the sale. Instead it’s all about celebrating the acquisition of its newest, shiniest toy: On2 Technologies.

We are not sure what Google is up to , may be not to rule the world but may be capturing the whole Internet World.

How you liked this post from the Indian tech blog "Shankee.com". Please do comment and tell us what you feel of this.

Links- On2 official site

Lene Hau has already shaken scientists' beliefs about the nature of things. Albert Einstein and just about every other physicist insisted that light travels 186,000 miles a second in free space, and that it can't be speeded-up or slowed down. But in 1998, Hau, for the first time in history, slowed light to 38 miles an hour, about the speed of rush-hour traffic.

Two years later, she brought light to a complete halt in a cloud of ultracold atoms. Next, she restarted the stalled light without changing any of its characteristics, and sent it on its way. These highly successful experiments brought her a tenured professorship at Harvard University and a $500,000 MacArthur Foundation award to spend as she pleased.

Now Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and of Applied Physics, Hau has done it again. She and her team made a light pulse disappear from one cold cloud then retrieved it from another cloud nearby. In the process, light was converted into matter then back into light. For the first time in history, this gives science a way to control light with matter and vice versa.

It's a thing that most scientists never thought was possible. Some colleagues had asked Hau, "Why try that experiment? It can't be done."

In the experiment, a light pulse was slowed to bicycle speed by beaming it into a cold cloud of atoms. The light made a "fingerprint" of itself in the atoms before the experimenters turned it off. Then Hau and her assistants guided that fingerprint into a second clump of cold atoms. And get this - the clumps were not touching and no light passed between them.

"The two atom clouds were separated and had never seen each other before," Hau notes. They were eight-thousandths of an inch apart, a relatively huge distance on the scale of atoms.

The experimenters then nudged the second cloud of atoms with a laser beam, and the atomic imprint was revived as a light pulse. The revived light had all the characteristics present when it entered the first cloud of atomic matter, the same shape and wavelength. The restored light exited the cloud slowly then quickly sped up to its normal 186,000 miles a second.
Communicating by light

Light carries information, so think of information being manipulated in ways that have never before been possible. That information can be stored - put on a shelf, so to speak - retrieved at will, and converted back to light. The retrieved light would contain the same information as the original light, without so much as a period being lost.

Or the information could be changed. "The light waves can be sculpted," is the way Hau puts it. "Then it can be passed on. We have already observed such re-sculpted light in our lab."

A weird thing happens to the light as it enters the cold atomic cloud, called a Bose-Einstein condensate. It becomes squeezed into a space 50 million times smaller. Imagine a light beam 3,200 feet (one kilometer) long, loaded with information, that now is only a hair width in length but still encodes as much information.

From there it becomes easier to imagine new types of computers and communications systems - smaller, faster, more reliable, and tamper-proof.

Atoms at room temperature move in a random, chaotic way. But when chilled in a vacuum to about 460 degrees below zero Fahrenheit, under certain conditions millions of atoms lock together and behave as a single mass. When a laser beam enters such a condensate, the light leaves an imprint on a portion of the atoms. That imprint moves like a wave through the cloud and exits at a speed of about 700 feet per hour. This wave of matter will keep going and enter another nearby ultracold condensate. That's how light moves darkly from one cloud to another in Hau's laboratory.

This invisible wave of matter keeps going unless it's stopped in the second cloud with another laser beam, after which it can be revived as light again.

Atoms in matter waves exist in slightly different energy levels and states than atoms in the clouds they move through. These energy states match the shape and phase of the original light pulse. To make a long story short, information in this form can be made absolutely tamper proof. Personal information would be perfectly safe.

Such a light-to-matter, matter-to-light system "is a wonderful thing to wrap your brain around," Hau muses.

Details of the experiments appear as the cover story of the Feb. 8 issue of Nature. Authors of the report include graduate student Naomi Ginsberg, postdoctoral fellow Sean Garner, and Hau.
In a practical manner

You won't see a light-matter converter flashing away in a factory, business, or mall anytime soon. Despite all the intriguing possibilities, "there are no immediate practical uses," Hau admits.

However, she has no doubt that practical systems will come. And when they do, they will look completely different from anything we are familiar with today. They won't need a lot of wires and electronics. "Instead of light shining through optical fibers into boxes full of wires and semiconductor chips, intact data, messages, and images will be read directly from the light," Hau imagines.

Creating those ultracold atomic clouds in a factory, office, or recreation room will be a problem, but one she believes can be solved. "The atomic clouds we use in our lab are only a tenth of a millimeter (0.004 inch) long," she points out. "Such atom clouds can be kept in small containers, not all of the equipment has to be so cold. Most likely, a practical system designed by engineers will look totally unlike the setup we have in our lab today."

There are no "maybes" in Hau's voice. She is coolly confident that light-to-matter communication networks, codes, clocks, and guidance systems can be made part of daily life. If you doubt her, remember she is the person who stopped light, converted it to matter, carried it around, and transformed it back to light.