Sync your Thunderbird lightning Calendar with Google Calendar

Provider for Google Calendar is a Thunderbird add-on that let’s you synchronize your events in Lightening with Google Calendar in both directions.

First step is to Install the Provider for Google Calendar add-on second we need to obtain the Private feed address of your Google Calendar, for this Login to your Google Calendar account and click on Settings option located at the top right beside your email address


Click on the Calendars option


Find the Calendar that you want to sync with under My Calendars and click on it, In my case I have only one calendar.


Scroll Down to the Private Address field and click on the XML button there


You should now see the Calendar address window, this is the address that we need to sync the Lightening calendar with


Open Thunderbird Lightening and go to File –>New->Calendar


Under Create New Calendar Choose On the Network option and Click Next


Choose Google Calendar and enter the feed address obtained from Google Calendar in the Location Field


Click on Next , give the newly created calendar a nick name and specific a color for the events and click on Finish.

You now have all your Google calendar events perfectly synched to Thunderbird and viceversa.

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Tag your Entire Music Collection with just a few clicks using Winamp player.


Winamp’s newest version Winamp 5.5 has a Cool new feature called Auto-Tag  it basically tags the tracks in your music collection with the right artist and album name and other details by queering the grace note media database

It not only tagged all the music in my English collection perfectly with the right artist and album name but also songs from other languages like Hindi and Telugu, quite Impressive.

Here’s a Visual walk through

First You need to have all of your music collection in the Winamp Library, if you haven’t already done that during the setup of Winamp on your machine here’s how to do that

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Click on Library at the Bottom in the Expanded mode, you can also access this option by clicking on File at the top left of the Winamp window and select Add Media to Library , you should now see a window


Browse to the Parent folder of your Music collection and select it and also check the box Scan folder in background and click on Add, all the tracks would be added to the library making it also easier to search and find a particular track.

Once all the songs have been imported to the Library select all of them by pressing ctrl+a, right click on them and select send to –> Auto-Tag


You should now see Auto Tagger window


Wait till the Status of all the songs shows up as Done (this would take some time depending on the size of your collection) and then click on Apply Changes and your Done.



You now Have a Perfectly Tagged Music Collection.

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How To Access your Linux Partitions / Drives In Windows

If you dual boot to Linux and Windows Operating Systems regularly then you might have come across this Issue of not being able to access that Imp file you have saved on a Linux Partition from Windows.

Though Linux supports accessing of windows file systems like Fat 32 and NTFS the same is not true for Windows, Windows does not support accessing  Linux ext 2, ext 3 file systems natively but It’s possible to access Linux Partitions or Drives from Windows using other applications.

There are a lot of free software out there but the following three are the most prominently used ones and out of these three my vote goes for Ext2 Installable File system.

1.Ext2 Installable File System installs to the Operating system kernel giving windows the ability to read and write to it directly, you can access the Linux Partitions from with in Windows Explorer as you would access any other file on a windows partition unlike the other two software's below which use a separate interface to access the Linux Partitions and save files.


During the Installation it scans for all Linux partitions on your hard drives and asks you to assign a Drive letter to each of them, once you have assigned a drive letter you are good to go and use it.

It also provides access to Ext 3 file system but does not support journaling.


2.Explore2fs comes as a simple executable file in a zip folder, double click the executable and allow to Run the file whenever you need access to your Linux Drives, it launches a separate window with all the Linux partitions.



Right click on a file that you need access to and click on Export file option this launches a window from which you can select the location where you want to save the file to.

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Note: It doesn’t have the capability to write to a Linux Partition.

3.DiskInternals Linux Reader Installs as a separate program on your computer , run the program whenever you need access to your Linux partitions.

It scans your Hard drives each time you launch the program and displays all the available partitions on your Hard drives.



You can also access Linux images by mounting them using the option Mount Image marked by the red arrow in the above pic.

To copy a file to your windows partitions right click on the file and click on save-> Next


Browse to the Location where you want to save the file to


Click on Next –> Finish and you are done.

Note: It doesn’t have the capability to write to a Linux Partition.


Know of any other good software's other than these, do let me know in the comments, I would love to try them all.

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4 Essential Thunderbird Extensions


Mozilla Thunderbird The Desktop Email client from the makers of Firefox comes with the same USP of Firefox, that's Customization.

You can customize the look and feel of thunderbird by adding themes and Icon packs and many extra features through extensions.

Let's look at some of those essential Thunderbird Extensions:

1. Minimize to Tray & Minimize to tray enhancer

2. Contacts Sidebar

3. Zindus


Minimize to Tray:

This thunderbird extension does what it says, it minimizes thunderbird to the System tray freeing that precious Taskbar real estate every application in your machine fights for.

You need to use the key combo of Ctrl+Shift+M to use it or click on File -> Minimize to tray Or Get the minimize to tray enhancer add-on which adds a blue Icon to minimize to the tray and other useful configurable options like Always minimize to tray instead of to the taskbar, which can be accessed by going to Tools-> Add-ons->Options

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Contacts Sidebar:

The Contacts Sidebar add-on moves the contacts to the sidebar providing easy access to the contacts.

You can compose an email by a simple double click on the name in the sidebar.

It also add’s some Pretty Useful search options to search with, by a word it contains or Begin’s with making it easy to locate that elusive email address you use regularly but can’t seem to remember.

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Zindus : logo zindus

Zindus is a add-on that let’s you Import and synchronize your Gmail contacts with your Thunderbird contacts list.

It has a few glitches under certain conditions when syncing with Gmail contacts but works well most of the time , if you come across any issues then checkout this FAQ for Thunderbird contact sync page at Zindus, it has very well written explanations with examples.

Lightning :

Lightning converts Thunderbird into a full fledged organizer by adding a Calendar application which makes it easy to organize and schedule your daily tasks.


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How To Login To Multiple Google Talk Accounts Simultaneously.

Do you have friends or colleagues on different Google Talk accounts that you need to chat simultaneously or you have different Accounts of Google Talk for Personal and Professional use and need to login to both of them simultaneously.

One way to do the above would be to use the Chat feature in Gmail for one account and Google Talk client for the other.

What if you need to login to more than two accounts or You have the chat feature in Gmail turned off and don't want to use it, in that case you can use the below methods to login to multiple accounts at once.

Method one:

Assuming that you have Google Talk installed under C drive in the below location,
Go to Start->Run and type "c:\Program Files\Google\Google Talk\googletalk.exe" /nomutex and click ok, repeat this to open any number of Instances that you may want.

Method two:

Create a shortcut of the Google Talk icon on your desktop if you don't have one.
To create a shortcut, right click on the Google Talk icon in your start menu and click on send to-->Desktop(shortcut).

Right click on the Google Talk messenger icon and select the Properties option.


Modify the text in Target location to "C:\Program Files\Google\Google Talk\googletalk.exe" /nomutex (replace startmenu with nomutex) and click OK.

Now you can use that shortcut to launch multiple Instances of the Google Talk Client.

Let me know in the comments if you have any Issues implementing the above methods.

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How To Open Google Talk Gadget In Your Firefox Sidebar

A Cool Trick to open Google talk gadget in your Firefox sidebar.

You can use this trick to browse on the web and keep track of what your friends are saying simultaneously.

To get the gadget in your Firefox side bar bookmark the following link http://talkgadget.google.com/talkgadget/client
and in the bookmark menu right click on the bookmark and select properties, check the option Load this bookmark in the sidebar and click ok, now click on that book mark to open it in your sidebar. Now you can enjoy chatting with your friends no matter which page you are in.

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Google Talks Keyboard Shortcuts

The following are the Google Talks Shortcuts and tips that can be used to achieve a variety of tasks:

* F9: Open Gmail to send an email to the person you are chatting with.
* F11: Start a call.
* F12: Stop the current call.
* ESC: Close the current window
* ALT + ESC: Minimize the current window
* TAB: Switch between multiple chat windows.(gadget)
* SHIFT + TAB: Same as TAB but in reverse order.(gadget)
* CTRL + Mousewheel up/down: Change the font size in the chat window.
* CTRL + E: Center text
* CTRL + R: Right justify text
* CTRL + L or CTRL+J: Left justify text

Google Talk Tips:

Adding * or _ before and after a phrase will make it bold or italic.

Adding ^ before anything that you type would capitalize it, ^hi would result in HI.(will work only in Google talk gadget)

Adding ^ before and after a word or a sentence will capitalize,bold and color that text.(will work only in Google talk gadget)

Happy Browsing.

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