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Did you know that, back in the Windows 3, 95, and 98 days, you could simply type in your password to log into your computer? It sounds crazy, I know, but it’s true. Since Windows XP, the process has become steadily more convoluted — picking your avatar from a list, or hitting Ctrl+Alt+Del before being allowed to log in (this was actually a security feature, believe it or not). Windows 8 is the worst offender yet, positively spitting in the face of keyboard users — but fortunately, it’s quite easy to disable the new Windows 8 lock screen.
In essence, the new Windows 8 lock/login screen is meant to act as a dashboard, flashing up notifications for new email, IMs, and so on. On a tablet, where you swipe the lock screen away and then begin typing, this makes perfect sense. On a desktop PC, though, the lock screen is clunky (you might say this is a bit of a recurring theme in Windows 8). Yes, theoretically you only have to tap a key and it slides away, but for some reason Microsoft introduced a delay so that you can’t immediately type your password. As a result, you often end up losing the first few letters of your password, waiting for Windows to tell you that your password is incorrect, and then typing your password in correctly.
gpedit.msc, and press Enter. This will open the Local Group Policy Editor.
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization
Enabledfrom the dialog that pops up. Click OK.
The change is immediate. Go ahead and press Win+L and admire your new, minimal lock screen.
In addition, if you’re feeling really sassy, you can also tweak your computer to boot straight to Desktop, either with Windows 8′s built-in Task Scheduler, or by using a third-party Start menu replacement, most of which include this functionality as a configurable option. This way, the Desktop will be the second screen you see, instead of the fourth.
Read more Windows 8 tricks at ExtremeTech
Volkswagen launched a modified version of its small hatchback, Up! Dubbing it the Eco Up! In Europe yesterday. The modifications carried out on the Up! include the addition of two CNG tanks with a total capacity of 72-litres, long with a 10-litre reserve petrol tank for backup. The car is powered by a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder engine and according to VW, it will provide an astonishing mileage of 34.5kmpl.
Now, while there is no mention of the new Eco Up! coming to India, Volkswagen may want to consider that option. India may not be as technologically advanced in terms of the electric or hybrid car technology, but CNG based cars are potential sales chart toppers for a market such as ours.
The Eco Up! Engine, despite its coversion to CNG, can generate a healthy 67bhp along with a peak torque of 90Nm. The car is priced at Rs. 9.09 lakh in Germany.
A French designer has developed with a digital bonsai tree, which can charge gadgets like smartphones and tablets. Designer Vivien Muller has named the bonsai tree ‘Electree+’.
The digital bonsai tree features 27 high-quality amorphous silicon square solar panels, each measuring around 3.7-inches. The solar panels are designed similar to trees and are placed at the end of branches – very reminiscent of a bonsai plant.
“Nature has selected over millions of years the most efficient structures to capture solar energy. The tree’s shape is thus the best means to take advantage of solar energy. While studying fractals, I realized that one could draw a tree by repeating and transforming a basic pattern,”Vivien Muller is quoted by Kickstarter.
The website claims an electric tree charger was first conceptualized way back in 2008 by the same designer. The idea didn’t incite much then. The Electree+ charger is considered to be an improved version of the predecessor. The designer claims the Electree+ comes with adjustable solar leaflets to maximize sunlight absorption.
The Electree+ comes with a battery with a capacity of 14, 000mAh. The Electree+ takes 36 hours to get fully charged. Fully charged, the device can charge an iPhone 5 nine times over and an iPad 2 twice without exposure to light. The Electree+ comes with two USB ports, one for smartphone that need less power and another for the tablets that need faster charging. There’s an NFC chip as well to enable wireless device charging – the new technology gaining popularity among smartphone makers such as Nokia and Samsung.
The device is priced at $199. The company behind the Electree+ project are planning to launch the Electree+ Charger globally by May 2013 if everything goes according to the plan.
The concept of Electree+ will certainly please the green enthusiasts as the device is expected to reduce carbon footprint, and inspire more green initiatives such as stress on renewable energy sources.