Monthly Archives: October 2008

Achieving Maximum Possible Compression in WinRAR

In today’s age of the internet, file transfer is a common practice. However, to speed up the transfer, we compress the files since smaller files get transferred faster. The most common format used is the ZIP file. Later, when WinRAR came out, it attracted many web users because of its better compression ratio than the former WinZIP. As a result, although ZIP files are still widely used, RAR files have a higher priority.

After searching for about an hour on Google, I still couldn’t find a better way to compress files to the max in WinRAR. So, I assume that until someone corrects me or gives me a better suggestion, I would use the following settings for WinRAR to attain the maximum possible compression. Here’s how to go about it :

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A Speed Tweak in Internet Download Manager (IDM)

Internet Download Manager aka IDM is one of the most popular download managers today. The best part about it which I like is that it reuses the available connection to start a new connection thereby avoiding excess memory usage. Now, consider a case wherein the server from which you’re downloading the file offers say 10 connections for segmentation purposes. However, if you see the download progress window, you see that only eight connections (numbered 0-7) are actually active. Why?? Because that is the default setting. However, if you’ve messed around with its settings, you’d probably know how to change this behavior. For those who don’t, here’s how you do it :

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Changing User Account Password using Hidden SYSTEM Account

OK now most of us must have already searched the Internet for changing the password of a User Account in Windows XP. The most common solution we encounter is using the " net user * " command. Although this method is the most preferred & stable one, it only allows you to change just the password. Now there’s one more method which exploits a bug in XP to access the hidden "SYSTEM" account which has no limits to the user rights whatsoever. Here’s how you go about it :

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Increasing Broadband Connection Speed (Win XP)

This tweak helps to speed up the Internet connection speed by configuring a special buffer in the computer's memory in order to enable it to better deal with interrupts made from the NIC or the USB modem.

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