Starting With Oracle SQL

Here in this post I am going to show you how to connect and start SQL using your command prompt. Actually you can use Run SQL Command Line from start menu but problem is that it do not support copy and paste commands which are generally required by most of the developers like you and me. So let’s see how to connect to SQL database using command prompt.

But of-course for doing this you will need Oracle SQL to be installed on your PC. If you are not having it, you can download from the following link.

Download Oracle SQL Express Edition 11g

Oracle SQL is a free to use software but while downloading you might need to login to your Oracle account. If  you are not having an Oracle account, then you can create it for free using sign up option.

The download is nearly 350MB in size. Once downloaded you need to extract to content of zipped file and then launch setup.exe. The setup options are quite similar to other setups. So you are familiar with them or else you can simply go on clicking Next Next ….

While setting it up, you might come across a screen shown below.

On this screen you are suppose to enter password for SYS and SYSTEM user. In oracle database this two are the users with administrative privilege. If you are going to use this installation for development purpose then you can choose ‘admin’ as password. Because admin is very simple to remember and also very simple to enter. You can use your own password also. Once you have chosen password click on next.

As soon as you click on next, the setup will begin to install Oracle SQL on your PC. Wait until setup complete.

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Folder Colorizer: Change Icon Color Of Any Folder In Windows

Folders actually used to store set of related files. Of-course if you are hardcore computer user then you will have a lot of folders on drive or in folders for a huge list of different purposes. While handling a lot of folders, it may happen that you might miss out important ones. Also the default Yellow color of folders (which is predefined by Microsoft) is looks boring after sometime. So here is a good tool for you. You may use this tool for customizing also.

Folder Colorizer is an application which enables you to change the colors of folders in Windows Explorer in just two clicks. You can download this application from link which can be found at bottom of this post. After installation this application will add Colorize! menu in your context menu. From there you can choose different colors, so that you can apply to your folders. To change the color of a folder, right-click it, open Colorize! menu and select the color of your choice. The choices available by default include Yellow, Lawn Green, Red, Blue, Silver, Violet, Sandy Brown and Aquamarine.

Folder Colorizer in context menu
Folder Colorizer in Context Menu

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Getting Started With Google Web Fonts

From writing document to designing a poster or a website, Font is an important thing unless you are an artist. Fonts have a big place in all. The attractiveness of any work depends on fonts itself. Some of the good known fonts are Times New Roman, Aerial, ….. blah blah. Some of them comes pre-loaded with your operating system while some of them comes with some apps, while the remaining one are download by yourself. But this fonts are seen everywhere and are common also. Many of the organization uses them. So if you look on them carefully, you will find nothing new in them. Sometimes of this popular fonts also looks boring many times.

Then what to do?

There are many options available. If you search on Google you may find some of them. But still the problem is that fonts are not free. Maybe you will able to find some free fonts but still you will say that they are not interesting. So here is a good, free and best collection for your fonts need and that’s the Google Web Fonts.

You can visit Google Web Fonts by clicking on following link.

google.com/webfonts

A quick introduction to Google Web Fonts…

Google Web Font Logo

Google Web Font is a font gallery hosted by Google with more than thousands of free web fonts which are 700+ MB in size & still growing rapidly. All of the fonts are open source that means you will not need to pay or take permission for their usage. As stated by Google you are free to download, distribute and use them anywhere you want. You many have already visited this gallery by clicking on above link and may be seen some of interesting web fonts.

How to use them?

OK. You might have seen some fonts and now you fall in love with them and now you want to use them in your documents and/or work. So here are some simple steps. What you have to do is

  1. Select the fonts which you want to download.
  2. Add them to your collection.
  3. Download your collection to your PC.
  4. Once downloaded unzip, open them and click on install.

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Customize And Tweak Windows Taskbar With Ultimate Taskbar Controller

Everyone wants to customize their PC for a good personal experience and here is again a tool which will help you to simplify this tedious task, Ultimate Taskbar Controller will help you to do tweak your taskbar as per your requirements. With Ultimate Taskbar Controller you can Remove Clock, Make space between Volume and Clock, Remove Notification Area and much more.

Ultimate Taskbar Controller Screenshot
Ultimate Taskbar Controller Screenshot

What you have to do is Just download this application by following this link then open this app. Just check the options which you wants to enable, or uncheck the option which you wants to disable & you will see changes immediately. If immediate changes are not seen, then you can Restart or Log Off and Log On Again on your PC, for changes to take effect. It is available for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Download Ultimate Taskbar Controller

UMPlayer: Play Anything

Windows Media Player, a player that comes build in with Windows cannot plays all the media format. That’s the reason, why many of you have shifted to a new and most powerful media player called VLC. VLC is a free media player and can play most of the media formats & and many of you are using it on your PC from a long time. But what to do if VLC cannot plays a media ?

So here is again a free and open source software or you can say a media player and that the UMPlayer. UMPlayer a universal media player. The most interesting thing is that, UMPlayer can handle With over 270 built-in Audio and Video codecs. It has nearly all media formats, including AAC, AC3, ASF, AVI, DIVX, FLV, H.263, Matroska, MOV, MP3, MP4, MPEG, OGG, QT, RealMedia, VOB, Vorbis, WAV, WMA, WMV, XVID and many more. UMPlayer is Portable also, that means you can install it in your Pen-Drive also.

UMPlayer
UMPlayer

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Page Snooze: Hide Tabs & Schedule Them To Open Later [Chrome Extension]

If you are a hardcore surfer then many time you may come across a situation that, many tabs are open on your browser screen and you don’t know which one is to be visited and closed first. This open tabs cause load on your system many times and results into crashing of browser. Sometimes due to system fault or say blue screen error or power problem you lose all this important open tabs. Or it may happen that you may not have time to read all the content from all tabs. Even if such things not happen usually, but still all those open tabs are quite irritating.

So if you are a Google Chrome User then here is the solution, there is an extension called Page Snooze which will help you a lot in this cases.

So What Page Snooze Do ?

Quite intersecting question. Page Snooze hides the tab for specific period and once when time is over the tab will be opened automatically on your browser window.

You can download this extension by following this link or by visiting Chrome Web Store directly from your browser.

Download Page Snooze

After installing this extension you will find a clock icon on your browser (at right side of address bar).

Page Snooze
Page Snooze In Action

Usage is very simple.

What you have to do is, Just right-click on the page which you want to hide, you will see Page Snooze option in that list (as shown in above screenshot). Select the proper timing and ta-da… that tab will be hidden. This tab will automatically opened again when the time ends.

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MetroTwit : Twitter Client For Windows In Metro Style

Windows 8 comes with a new UI named as metro, and here is a twitter client for your windows, inspired by this metro UI. MetroTwit is small in size ( Just approx 3.44 MB) but have an elegant and clean user interface that’s beautiful to look at and a pleasure to read (See the following screenshot). It is simple yet powerful.

Metrotwit Screenshot
Metrotwit Screenshot

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