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How To Check If Your ISP is Blocking The Download Speed of Your Internet Connection

Hate It or Admit It, We often download a lot of data from the Internet and that includes Movies and Music. and let’ s say that you have a good High Speed Internet Connection and when you are downloading from popular websites or file sharing sites like Rapidshare, Megaupload, HotFile, The download speed is great as the downloading is done via the HTTP Protocol method, But Alas! when you open YouTube to watch your favourite Music Video or you are trying to download a movie or software from Torrents your high speed Internet Connection no longer remains high speed and the connection slows down a great deal.

For eg – if your regular download speed is 100 kB/s, YouTube videos could be streaming at a speed of 30 kB/s due to rate limiting by the ISP.

Is your ISP is limiting your download speeds?

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Test Strength and Effectiveness of your Anti Virus Software Using EICAR Test File

Check The Effectiveness of Your Anti-Virus Software using EICAR Test FileMany People have different opinions regarding the best anti virus software, Many say Symantec, the others swear by Kaspersky and the rest by Avast, But Here is a simple but very effective Test by which you can check the effectiveness of your Anti Virus Software irrespective of any particular Anti Virus Software that you might be using, If your Anti-Virus software passes this test successfully than you can be sure its a good Anti Virus Software and will do it’s best to protect your PC from Viruses and Malware.

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How To Convert Docx to Doc, PPTx to PPT Without Installing or Using MS Office 2007

Convert DocX into Doc without Installing MS Office 2007 or Microsoft Office 2010With the launch of Office 2007 Microsoft changed the file extensions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The New Extensions added an “x” to the earlier Office File Extensions, thus an MS Word 2003 document which earlier had .doc extension, became .docx in the Newer versions of Microsoft Office namely Office 2007 and Office 2010.

Now If You are still using Office 2003 and receive a new Office 2007 or Office 2010 Word or Powerpoint or Excel File then MS Office 2003 will give you an error and you will not be able to open these new Office files.

What to do now? especially since you cannot simply log on to Microsoft’s Website to buy Office 2010 just to read 1 attachment or 1 presentation.

Here is a simple solution by which you can convert Microsoft Office 2007 Word, (docx), Powerpoint (pptx) and Excel files easily to older Office Versions so that you can open them in your MS Office software.

Just Log on to Zoho Viewer and convert MS Office 2007 files easily to Older formats, the best part about Zoho Viewer is that No Sign Up is Required and you can convert many file formats like Microsoft Office: doc, docx, xls, xlsx, ppt, pptx, pps; OpenDocument: odt, ods, odp; OpenOffice:sxw, sxc, sxi; Other Formats: rtf, txt, html, csv, tsv easily online.

Alternatively you can also try & Convert Docx File to Doc and PPTx to PPT without Installing MS Office 2007 or MS Office 2010.

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How To Use GMail To Call USA and Canada For Free From India or Anywhere in the World

Free Calls From Gmail To USA and Canada From Outside USAGoogle gave a Nice Christmas Gift for the US Citizens by announcing Free Voice Calls to USA and Canada throughout the year 2011.

But What if you live outside USA let’s say in India or UK or Australia and want to call your friends & relatives who are living in USA and Canada for free!! then how do you use this excellent service from Gmail  to make Free Calls From Gmail To USA and Canada From Outside USA.

Here is a simple tip which will help you in using GMail to make Free Unlimited Calls to USA & Canada From anywhere in the World.

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How To Enable Photostream Hack in Facebook Profile To Create Cool Custom Profiles

enable facebook photostream profile nowA lot of Techie WhizKid readers are sending emails asking us How To Enable Photostream hack in Facebook Profile so that  that even they can create their own cool facebook profile with their custom image just like the above pic.

Here are some simple Steps by which you can Enable Photostream in Facebook Profile

Method 1

Resize Images Using PicCut Online for Facebook Photostream Hack

Don’t even want to go through the trouble of using Photoshop? There’s an even simpler way to do it now.

First, you need to find a photo of you that is at least 700x395px in size.

Piccut is a new tool where all you have to do is upload your image and it cuts it for you. Then download the images and put them on Facebook. Really easy, that is. - Personalise Your Facebook Profile is also a good website which crops your selected photo in the desired layout & upload it to Facebook as the new Profile Photo. makes it extremely easy to arrange your photo in a manner that it displays the way you want on your Facebook profile. Just upload upload an image with a minimum dimension of 700 X 450. The photo would show up in an interface that’s a replica of Facebook’s new profile design. You can drag it to adjust, use the fit to screen button to reduce or increase the size and also adjust according to the lines of info-text you might have above it on the actual profile. It’s all really simple and easy.

Use Facebook Applications To Create the Photostream Hack in your Facebook Profile

Profile Maker is an application that can make your photos look like Oudin’s profile layout. You can quickly upload a new profile picture, move the photo around inside the frame(s), and then seamlessly “extend” the image across the row of recently-tagged photo.

This works best if you use a photo that either prominently features you, or an image with a panoramic view. Choose something that doesn’t fit either of these descriptions and it might look disjointed when put into the new layout.

It’s a pretty cool and easy trick, and the application easily guides you through the entire process. More and more of these photo apps are popping up, like Photo Magic and Oudinizer. Personally, I found Profile Maker the easiest and quickest way to get the job done.

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