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Top sites to send text messages from computer for free

Is your mobile carrier charging you high amount for your text message plan? Are you hang around your computer all the day and don't have much time to look at your mobile? Or maybe you just want to save some bucks that you spend on text message service/plan. The simple solution of all these is to use online text message services. There are huge number of websites sites which provide online SMS Service. Each of them has some pros and cons like region availability, limit on number of characters, advertisement, sign up requirement, etc. I evaluate many of them and based on my personal experience I am going to share some of them with you.

send free text messages in computer

Sending SMS from your computer is very simple process. You just need to visit the SMS service provider’s site, fill in the details like recipient’s mobile number and text message and click on the send Button. Here are some top sites to send text messages from your PC.



send text online - sendsmsnow

This site is on top of the list because of its availability in many countries and simple to navigate interface. You need to register an account with SendSMSNow in order to user their services. The good thing about this site is you can also receive replies in your inbox. Addition to this, you can manage your Phonebook and groups. And no need to mention here again, it’s all for free. Using this online texting service you can send SMS messages in many countries like USA, Canada, Germany, India and many more. This website allows you to send unlimited messages and also tracks history of sent messages. The word limit is 130 characters which is more than other free services offer.


send messages free - onlinetextmessage

In order to send a text message from this site, you do not need even a mobile number. You can enter your email ID and response from your recipient will be delivered to your entered Email. Many carriers in all the major countries are supported by this service.


send messages from computer yakedi

If you are living in Australia, then Yekedi is the service you would love to use for sending SMS from your computer. But you need to Sign up first before using their service. They are able to provide free SMS services with the help of advertisements. So the recipient of your message may see your message with advertisement. The main downside of Yakedi is it is only limited to Australia.


send text online - textem

An USA based SMS messaging service which supports almost every USA carrier. You just need to enter recipient's mobile number, your Email ID and the text message that you want to send. It supports maximum length of 155 characters. Text’ em is restricted only for USA users.

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online text gateway txtdrop

Another online texting service which enable users in the United States and Canada to send text messages with instant delivery. Here, you need to enter your email (for receiving reply), recipient’s mobile number and your message. The User interface of this site is very simple and easy to use.



way2sms send messages free

This site claims message delivery time of 10 seconds. You need to register yourself by providing your mobile number. The registration process is very simple and user friendly. It offers you contact management and Email alerts options. The restriction of this awesome site is that you can send messages within India only.


SMSCity send messages

From SMSCity, you can send international SMS daily for free. Besides sending SMS, SMScity allows you to make phone calls via your PC from 1 cent per minute. The only thing you need is a microphone. It allows you to send free SMS messages in more than 20 countries.

So, next time you ran out of your Balance or your Text message plan is over, you do not need to worry. Just head over to any of the above sites and send free text messages all over the world.

What are other services to send text messages from computer? What service do you use? Share them with us in comments. Happy texting.

How to Repair a Corrupted SD card / USB Hard drive

If your PC does not detecting your SD card or USB flash drive and you are thinking of buy a new one, just wait and try this before spending bucks on the new one. When we inserted a corrupted flash drive into the USB port and try to access it, it shows an error like this:

                 You need to format the disk in drive before you can use it.

When you click on the Format Disk and start the format, it displays the following error:

                          Windows was unable to complete the format.


Windows was unable to complete the format

windows cannot format drive

If you also have similar kind of problem with your SD card or External hard drive or USB flash drive, then keep reading. I am going to demonstrate a method to fix corrupted storage devices. The windows was unable to format the disk because it has no specific file system (e.g. NTFS, FAT) associated with it. This drive is called RAW drive and it can be repaired by formatting the disk.

NOTE: Before moving further, please note that this will remove all data from your SD card/ flash USB drive permanently. If you have some important data, you can try some hard drive data recovery tools before trying this. There are many hard drive recovery softwares available for free which can recover data from USB drives and external hard disks. 


Before trying this method to repair your SD card, I would suggest you to try my previous method as it is easy and safe to perform. If that not work for you, you can come here and follow the below steps. Here is the link to my previous post.
Windows Was unable To Complete The Format-How to solve this

How to Format a Raw SD Card

If you are sure you do not have any important files on your drive and want to repair it by formatting, follow these steps:

1. Plug your drive into the USB port of your PC. Make sure only the damaged / corrupted SD card or USB flash drive is connected to PC and remove any other removable storage devices.

2. Then Open the Computer window and note down the drive letter. As you can see in my case it is D


corrupted sd card

3. Press Win Key + R to open Run box and type cmd. Hit enter and Command prompt window will launch. You can directly open command prompt by using the shortcut Win key + X and choosing Command prompt.

                                run command

4. Type diskpart and press enter. An warning message will show up, just click Yes and a new command prompt window will open with heading DISKPART. Now, you need to type all the commands in this window. 



5. Type list disk in order to list all the disk drives connected to your System. Detect your drive by its size as one will be of huge size(your Internal hard disk) and other will be your SD card/ USB flash drive. That’s why I asked you to remove all the other drives from your system.

                               
corrupted hard disk recovery

6. Next, you need to choose your corrupted disk drive. Perform this step very carefully because if you select the wrong disk number by mistake, it can remove all the data from your internal hard disk. Type select disk “your disk number” . As you can see, In my case it is Disk 2 of size 8 GB, so I will type select disk 2 and hit enter.


external hard drive recovery
7. Next type clean and a message will displayed that Diskpart succeeded in cleaning the disk.

hard drive recovery

8. Next you need to type the command – create partition primary and hit enter. A success message will be displayed.
                           
card data recovery

9. After this type active and hit enter. 

sd card data recovery

10. Now you need to execute the command select partition 1

11. Finally, we are going to format the drive with file system FAT32. So type format fs=fat32 and press enter.

external hard drive data recovery
                               
12. It will start formatting your drive. It will take quite a long. Just minimize it and wait for format completion.


When the format completes (100%), close the command prompt window and go to Computer in order to check the drive. Verify your drive by copying some data in it.
By this method, you can repair your corrupted SD cards, USB flash drives and even your External hard drives. Again, after performing above steps you will lose all your previous data. So, if you have some important data in your drive, try to recover it first using hard drive recovery software. Here is the summary of all the above performed operations in order:

-diskpart 
-list disk 
-select disk ‘your disk number’ 
-clean 
-create partition primary 
-active 
-select partition 1 
-format fs=fat32

Hope this help you in repairing your corrupted SD card, hard drive or flash drive. Let me know whether it worked for you or not via comments.

Read this If you want to become a Web Developer in 2014

If you want to become a web developer, you must know what you should learn now so that employers want to hire you in upcoming years. You might be curious about questions like- What it’s like to be a web developer? What do you need to know? What technologies do I need to learn to become expert in web development? I don’t why web developers not like to share all this information with beginners. In this post I am going to tell you what you need to learn, in which order you need to learn and from where you need to learn.

There are lot of web development companies which are hiring web developers and at very handsome salary. You just need to learn the right stuff and in right way. There are many web technologies and development frameworks, but you do not need to learn all of them. I am going to tell you what you should learn to become a professional web developer. Keep reading this as I am going to shortcut your way to learn web development. I am going to divide the web development into three stages or put simply, into three different categories.


· Basic Front End Development

· Front End web Development

· Backend Web development


Basic Front End Web Development:

No matter which path you choose and which technology you opt, there is a basic front end web development part that you must need to know. This includes the following technologies:

- HTML(HTML5)
- CSS
- JavaScript


This is your first step as web developer. Get comfortable with basics of these three because no matter which platform, you choose you have to deal with these three. These three are used to build front end (User Interface) in every platform like windows, mobile web development,  Android development, iOS development and so on.  Every web development department running these three technologies in browser. Learn HTML5 as it is much better and powerful than previous versions of HTML. Next, try to get comfortable with CSS. You don't need to be a super ninja CSS developer. Just know its basics and learn how it is used to style HTML elements. There is lot to learn in JavaScript and DOM scripting. First, try to learn basic things in javascript like client side validations and how javascript talk to a web server. Then, learn more advanced technologies like AJAX and jQuery and how to make AJAX calls to server. If you learn all this stuff, you are done with Basic front end part and ready to move to next phase.

Next, you need to choose your destination. You can choose either front end web development or backend web development. Employers hire people who know front end development or who know backend development or people who know both. But I Suggest you to go with one of these. Front end development is more related to application’s user view and how user interact with application while back end development is all about dealing with servers and databases.You can easily get job if you learn any one of these. Next, I am going to tell you which technologies you should learn in each of these. But before jumping to real web development, you need to know few other things. These include:


- Basic Terminal Usage/ Command Line
- Github
- FTP
- Basics of Web services/API’s
- Client-Server architecture
- How Internet Works


Many people avoid to use command line. They are afraid of it because they do not know the basic set of commands. Once you practiced basic commands, using command terminal is not much difficult. If you are interesting in Ruby on Rails, you have to launch many Ruby commands through the terminal. Next, you need to know about Github. Don’t panic if you haven’t listen this word before, it is just online repository for version control system. Just google it and learn more about it. You surely heard about FTP. You need to know about FTP as it is the most common way to upload your project files to the hosting server. Next thing you want to learn is Web services(also called API’s). You do not need how to write a web service, just get familiar with them and understand how they work. I know it’s getting too much but the last thing you need to learn before starting with real web development is working of Client Server architecture. Learn how browser(front end) send requests to server(back end) and how server respond to them. When you have idea about all these, you can move to either front end development or backend development for which the web development companies are actually hiring people.

Are you confused which way you want to go? Gone are those days when front end means simple static HTML and CSS. Things have changed a lot and front end is now more interactive and more functional. On the other hand if you are curious about server management, database management,etc, you should go for back end development.

Front end Web development :

Let’s say you decided to go with front end web development. You first need to learn one of the MVC Javascript frameworks. There are plenty of them, but you need only to master one of them. 
Few of them are:

- Knockout.js
- Backbone.js
- Angular.js


If you want me to get straight to the point, learn Angular.js .There are lot and lot angular.js jobs. People hire both backbone and angular Developers but angular is going to dominate the web development industry in next few years. These are very powerful javascript frameworks as you can developed single page web applications(like Google Gmail) with these. 
                             Next, learn some CSS tools. These are more like tools and not languages and they are very easy to learn. Learn stuff like SAAS, LESS and Stylus and CSS frameworks like Bootstrap.These things are very easy to learn and you can master them in few weeks.

One thing I want to mention specifically here is Responsive web design. A responsive web design is one which adjust itself according to the dimensions of viewing screen. It is not much difficult to understand and you can learn building responsive web designs in just couple of weeks. Working in JavasSript frameworks involves hundreds of code files and in order to manage them you need to learn few tools. I suggest you to get comfortable either with Grunt or Gulp. These both runs on command line and that’s why, in the beginning, I emphasis learning command line.

So, that is the stuff what employers are looking in front end developers. I know it is lot but things will getting easy as you learn and move ahead step by step.

Back End Development:

Now talk a little bit about back end web development. Choosing this means you want to be server guy who loves to works with databases. Generally, a backend server is running one of these languages:

- Ruby on Rails
- Node.js(javascript)
- PHP
- Python/Django
- .NET (c#)

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If you are talking about number of jobs, there are tons of Ruby on Rails jobs out there. There are lot of PHP jobs but PHP developers get paid little less as compared to others. If you are very good in JavaScript, then choose Node.js. ASP.NET MVC is also good option. It will be good to get comfortable in more than one of these technologies but one will also work fine. You also need to learn about databases like Mysql, MangoDB, etc.

Well, there are lot of other advanced things to learn in web development like Dev Ops and server management. But the stuff I discussed so for is more than enough to get a good paying web development job. These are the technologies people are using now and these are not going anywhere in upcoming years.


Where to learn Web development

Now you know which technologies you need to learn, but it is more important to know from which resources you need learn. You don’t need to attend web development classes at some university. I learnt and currently learning web development by taking online web development program at Treehouse. Of course, you must know the basics of web development before start learning. Currently they are offering huge discounts on their all plans.
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 They are charging very fair amount for providing such valuable online web development courses. There are many other web design and development courses available online, but I highly recommend you to go with Treehouse.

Happy learning. I wish you all the best.
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How to pin recycle bin to taskbar in windows 7 / Windows 8

I like my desktop clear and clean. I like to have only one or two icons/folders on my desktop. In fact, I love to have no icon or folder on my desktop. So I moved the frequently used programs to the taskbar and delete them from the desktop. But when I tried to move the Recycle Bin to the taskbar, it refused to move to taskbar. You cannot directly move the recycle bin to taskbar by simple drag and drop. Also, you get no option of Pin to taskbar by right clicking on the recycle bin icon.

You need access to the recycle bin many times and so you cannot afford to remove it from desktop. Similar is the case with My Computer Window. But You can open the My Computer window by using the Shortcut Win key+E. Unfortunately, no such shortcut is available for the recycle bin.

How to move recycle bin to taskbar

Hold on, there is workaround to pin the recycle bin to taskbar so that you can enjoy your desktop wallpaper without any icons. If you are using Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, you can pin the recycle bin to taskbar in few steps. Let’s pin the recycle bin to taskbar. I am using Windows 8, but this will work similar for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

1. Right click anywhere on desktop, Select New and then shortcut. 

recycle bins

2. It will ask you to type the location of the item. Copy the following code and paste it in the box. Click Next.

move recycle bin to taskbar

3. Name it Recycle Bin or Trash or anything you like. Click Finish

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pin recycle bin to taskbar windows 8.1

4. You will see a shortcut created for Recycle bin. Double click on it to confirm whether recycle bin is opening or not. The Shortcut is not looking like recycle bin so let’s change its icon.

                                           pin recycle bin to taskbar windows 7

5. Right Click on the shortcut and select Properties. Click on Change Icon and select the icon for Recycle Bin. If you are unable to see the appropriate icon for recycle bin, type the following path in the box and click Ok. Now you will be able to see all the icons.


                                          move recycle bin to taskbar in windows 8

6. Select the icon for recycle bin and click Ok. Again, click on the Apply and Ok.  

                     changing the icon

7. Finally, right click on the created shortcut and select Pin to taskbar. You will see Recycle Bin has been moved to taskbar.

                                         recycle bin

pin recycle bin to taskbar

8. Further, you can drag and drop in order to change its location on taskbar. I placed it at second position after the explorer so that I can open the recycle bin by simply pressing Win Key + 2 .

pin recycle bin to taskbar windows 7

Now you can free your desktop from all the icons and folders. In order to hide the icons, simply right click, select View and unmark the option- Show desktop Icons. If you want to remove recycle bin from the taskbar, right click on the Icon and select Unpin this program from taskbar.

unplug recycle bin from taskbar
For any suggestion or problem, let me know via the comment box. 

How to find your lost Windows Product Key

What is Product Key:

When you buy a new software, generally, it come with an alphanumeric code that you need to enter at time of installation of software. This code is used by software vendors in order to verify that your copy of software product is legal and original. This code is known as Product key. Microsoft windows Operating systems like windows 7, windows 8 and Windows 8.1 also come with Product Key which is used to activate windows. Here is the syntax of the product key that comes with windows:
                                      xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx
                                                   
windows 7 product key

In the actual product key, the crosses are replaced by numbers and alphabets.

Find Windows Product key:

Windows product key usually written on the cover in which Windows disc is packed up . If you got pre-installed windows in your laptop, then you can find it written at the bottom of laptop. In case of desktop PCs, product key can be found written somewhere on the CPU. But what if you lost or misplaced your product id? Do not worry. You can easily find your lost product key without any product key finder software. This works for Windows XP, Windows vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 . You should know your product key as you need it when you are re-installing windows.

1 . Press Win key + R to launch Run in Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 . For Windows XP, go to All Programs and Find Run.

2. Type regedit in the box and click OK. A warning message will show up, click Yes

                                  windows 7 registry editor

3. Windows Registry will open. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE>MICROSOFT>WINDOWS NT

windows 8 registry editor

4. Expand the Windows NT folder(by clicking the arrow in front of it) and select CurrentVersion to see your Product ID. In the Right pane, look for ProductId. The code in front of this, separated by dashes is your Product ID. Make a note of it and keep it safe. You can copy it by double clicking on ProductId and copy the selected code.

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windows product key

There are many software available that can find the product key but this mrthod requires no extra software.

Note: You are accessing your Windows Registry, any changes to which can make your system unstable and can produce unexpected result. So please do not make changes to any value.

Fix Firefox 29 Crashing problem: Make it Work Better

I am not fan of Mozilla Firefox and normally avoid using it, especially, after launch of Google chrome. But Now I need to use it as I have to test my websites and web projects in different browser. I updated the Firefox to version 29 and its looks surprised me. Mozilla finally leave behind its traditional look and adopt the new lovely User interface. This new look of Firefox is inspired by the chrome.


Although, it is not fastest browser available out there, I like the new interface of Firefox. Also its load time is decreased and now things look more organized. While using it, I found few problems associated with the Firefox. The major issue I found with Firefox is - It Crashes constantly and freezes a lot. But you can fix this problem easily by changing Firefox’s default cache value. Here is how to make Firefox work better and avoid crashes. I am using the version 29 of Firefox but I think it should works for other versions also.

Fix Firefox Crashes

1. Type about:config into the Firefox address bar and press Enter

firefox crash

2. You will see a warning – This void might void your warranty. Click the button – I’ll be careful, I promise!. This warning is shown because you are accessing the part of browser which is normally accessed by developers. 


firefox warning

3. Next , In the Search bar type browser.cache.use. 

firefox - browser.cache.use

4. Double click browser.cache.use_new_backend and change its value from 0 to 1 . Click OK. 

firefox - browser.cache.use_new_backend

5. You can see the changed value.

fix firefox crash

6. Close the tab and continue browsing.

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After making this change, Firefox has not crashed a single time and it also feeling little faster than before.

Let me know if this small tweak worked for you. Happy Browsing.

How to remove Shortcut Virus from USB Flash Drive

USB Storage devices are best for transferring data from One PC to another. But this also makes them most vulnerable to malware and virus attacks. When you plug in the USB flash drive/ Pen drive into a system which is infected from malwares and viruses, the malwares automatically gets transferred to your device. This way they spreads from one system to another.

One of the virus/malware from which many USB drives are infected is shortcut virus. This virus turns the files and folders on your drive into shortcuts. You cannot open the files and folders as this gives you error. You cannot manually remove this virus as your data will also be removed. One way to remove the shortcut virus from your USB flash drive is to format the drive. But you do not want to do this if your drive contains some important data. I faced the same problem and searched over the Internet for the same. I found a very easy method to get rid of shortcuts from my flash drive without losing the data. In this post I am going to share it with all of you.

Removing the Shortcut Virus

I able to completely remove the shortcut virus from my USB storage drive (without losing my data) with the help of small software called USB Fix. Here is the step by step guide.


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1. First you need to install the USB fix software. It is of very small size(about 3 MB).You can download it from their website or from the link provided below. This worked on Windows XP, Vista, windows 7 and windows 8.
                                                        USB FIX

2. Once downloaded, run it. You do not need to install it in order to run it. It will ask you for the Admin privileges, just allow it.
Note: Some antivirus programs do not allow running this tool. I recommend you to disable your antivirus protection before running it.

3. Click on the Clean Button and follow the instructions. Just Click No when it asks for the forum assistance. Before Clicking Clean make sure that your infected flash drive/ pen drive is connected to the PC. 

                                 remove shortcut virus from pen drive

usb fix

4. It will start scanning all the External storage devices (your pen drives, flash drives,memory cards, etc.) and your PC’s hard disk. It will stop some windows processes and your running programs will close (save your work before running it). Don’t panic and let it finish the scan. 

remove virus from usb storage without format

5. On the completion of the scan, you can see the number of threats that are removed from your system. It will also show you the Log file which contains the information about your system and removed viruses.

usb fix log

6. Open your USB flash drive and you can see that all the shortcuts have been removed. Also your data is safe and intact.

7. Here I attached screenshots of my USB drives before and after scanning with USB Fix.

remove shortcut virus from pen drive
                                    Before Scanning (Drives Infected with shortcut virus)

shortcuts in usb flash drive

remove shortcut virus
                                     After Scanning (Drives free from shortcut virus)

In addition to removing viruses/malwares, it also fix other problems related to removable drives. There exists other methods for removing the shortcut virus from pen drives, but this one is the most simplest and easy to use method that works.

You can use USB Fix to completely remove shortcut virus from your pen drive, memory cards, External Hard disks and even from your PC’s Internal hard drive. Have any problems, let me know by commenting below. Worked for you, share it to help others.