How to access Secret God Mode in Windows 7
by Shane Zentz
A Cool Trick in Windows 7
I just learned a cool new trick in Windows 7 and thought that I would share it. It is called ‘God Mode’ and I suppose was suppose to be a secret, but the secret somehow leaked out. Basically what this does is creates a secret folder that contains all the controls that can be changed or manipulated by the admin user all combined in one place. I don’t think that this is like the ‘Super User’ in Linux. It’s just that it places all the controls into one folder, which makes it easier to administer Windows 7 from just one link. It is really easy to do, just create a folder somewhere on your harddrive (I chose the desktop), and rename it to:
and when you do, it’s icon will change from a folder to the ‘God Mode’ icon that you can see in this photo:
When you open the ‘God Mode’ folder, this is what you will see:
From this folder you will have access to Action Center tools which includes things like user account control settings. You will also have access to administrative tools, backup and restore, credential manager, date and time settings, default program settings, device manager, devices and printers, display settings, folder options, fonts, settings for internet explorer, network and sharing center, performance information and tools, program settings, account settings, and much more. So try out God Mode in Windows 7 if you like to have one central location for all of the administration options.
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How to Improve the Quality of Your Images with Photoshop
by Shane Zentz
If you use your digital camera for photography and also use Photoshop for editing images or creating graphics, then you can improve the quality of your digital photos with a few simple steps in Photoshop. So lets assume that you take a picture on a cloudy, fall day and the lighting is not so great. So that the photo is dark and the detail is difficult to see. Your picture could look something like this:
Well with Photoshop you can make this dull looking digital photograph look great with a few easy steps. So first open this photo up in Photoshop. Now to make it a little brighter with better lighting and better contrast, select Image->Adjustments->and then brightness/contrast from the menu. You will see a dialog box with two slider controls, one for the brightness and one for the contrast. For this photo I first increased the brightness a little and then also increased the contrast just a bit. And here is the result of this first round of improvements:
This digital photograph certainly looks better than the original low-light dull photo. But I think it can be improved still even more. So I select Image->adjustments->brightness/contrast once again and increase the brightness a little bit more and I also increase the contrast a little bit more as well. The more I play with the adjustments the more of a feel I can get for how the photo really should look and once I have what I feel are the correct settings, I save the image again. Here is the final result:
This looks so much better than the dull, low-light original digital photo, don’t you agree? So there you have it, a very easy way to improve the quality of your digital photographs with Photoshop. I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and that it helps you out.
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What’s New in Windows 8
A Breif Review of Windows 8 by Shane Zentz
Windows 8 Contains some New Features along with Familiar Windows Features
The first thing I noticed when first using Windows 8 was the new Tiled Start Screen. This is a little unusual in an Operating System and was a little unexpected, but after using it for a while I found it intuitive and kind of cool. At first I was at a loss as to how to find the traditional desktop, and I suspect that a lot of Windows users will have the same experience. Once I figured out how to get to the traditional desktop, I felt like I was using Windows Operating System again. Except for one thing. Where is the Start Button? Try as I might I could not find the Start Button. I have to admit that this is one feature of Windows 8 that I really don’t like, and I think that it is a mistake to leave out the Start Button that all Windows users will expect (and want) to see. Once you get past the missing start button and the new way of getting to applications and the new way of doing tasks in Windows, there are some cool new features that are worth a mention.
One cool feature is that now Windows 8 comes with anti-virus software built in. This used to be called ‘Windows Defender’ and in the past it had to be manually installed by the user, but now it is installed by default. This is really a good feature that any Windows user will appreciate. Another new feature is the Windows App Store, where Windows users can get both free and paid Windows Apps. I have to admit that I haven’t spent that much time looking through the App Store but I would assume that most popular Windows Applications could be easily found and installed through the App Store. I will post an update to this post when I have more time to check this Windows App Store out.
Another feature of Windows 8 that sounds promising is the ‘One Click Restore’ feature, which is now called a ‘Refresh’. This is just like the ‘Restore’ function of previous versions of Windows, except that now it can be performed in just ‘One Click’. Also ‘Windows Explorer’ has been redisigned, but still functions much the same as all the previous versions of Windows Explorer, but it does look better.
Windows 8 has promised performance increases which I would welcome and I think that most Windows users would like as well. The better start up times and shut down times are something that Windows has needed for a long time. Both Mac OS and any version of Linux OS will blow older versions of Windows away when it comes to start up times and shut down times, but Windows 8 should be faster. I noticed a slight increase in start up and shut down times, but not anything like what has been promised.
Overall, I like some of the new features of Windows 8 and I am taking a wait and see attitude to see if it will live up to the hype and expectations. I still feel the need to complain about the lack of the traditional start button on the desktop, but all in all there are some cool new features in Windows 8.