How to Bring Back Windows 7 Start Button to Windows 8 Consumer Preview?

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How to Bring Back Windows 7 Start Button to Windows 8 Consumer Preview?

How to Bring Back Windows 7 Start Button to Windows 8 Consumer Preview?

Microsoft ditched the start button orb in their next iteration Windows operating system, Windows 8 Consumer Preview, that was released last week. For those who suffered from the great loss, fortunately, there is a solution to get back the traditional Windows 7 Start menu. Thanks for Gupta from Askvg fro providing this solution:

  • Download ViStart – this is a free tool to bring Windows 7 like start menu
  • The setup bundled with other tools so make sure to opt in/out the installation of such tools.
  • After installation, the Start orb and menu will return instantly.
  • But there is an issue, the start Orb will overlap with Taskbar button.
  • To fix this problem, you have to add a new blank toolbar in Taskbar.
    • First create a new folder anywhere. It might be on Desktop, in C: drive or in any other drive. We have created a folder “test” in C: drive in our example.
    • Now right-click on Taskbar and select “Toolbars -> New toolbar…” option.
    • It’ll open browse dialog box where you’ll need to select a folder. Select the new folder which you created in 3.a. step and click on “Select Folder” button.
    • It’ll immediately add the new folder toolbar in Taskbar. It’ll be added near system tray (notification area) as shown in following screenshot:
    • Right-click on Taskbar and uncheck “Lock the Taskbar” option. It’ll show a placeholder to drag the folder toolbar.
    • Now you need to drag-n-drop the new folder toolbar to the start of Taskbar. Simply click and hold on the folder toolbar handler, drag the handler to the start of Taskbar. It’ll put the new folder toolbar to the start of Taskbar and you’ll see a huge gap between folder toolbar and program buttons.
    • Now right-click on the empty area between folder toolbar and program buttons and uncheck both “Show Text” and “Show title” options.
    • Now you can drag-n-drop the program buttons handler near start Orb to remove the gap.
    • Lock the Taskbar again and now start Orb will no longer overlap program buttons and you’ll get a working start ORB and start menu in Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

iOS 5.0.1 Untethered Jailbreak for A5 iPhone 4S and iPad 2 Using Absinthe Guide

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This is a tutorial on how to perform an untethered jailbreak of your A5-Powered iPhone 4S or iPad 2 running on iOS 5.0 or iOS 5.0.1 using the newly released Absinthe. For Mac, Linux and Windows

Note: Make sure to do a backup of your device in iTunes because you may lose you Camera Roll during this process.

Do it at your own risk.
Step One Download the latest version of Absinthe. Links below. Step Two Double click to extract/launch the Absinthe application. Step Three Connect your iPhone 4S or iPad 2 to the computer via USB. Step Four Click the Jailbreak button to begin Step Five The application will take you through several steps. Step Six On your device, locate the Absinthe icon and press it to complete your jailbreak

If the server is down and you get an Error establishing a database connection message then tap the Settings icon on your springboard and turn on VPN.

You will get a configuration error; however, after about a minute your device will reboot with Cydia on the Springboard!

Download Links:

  • Download iOS 5.0.1 for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

Absinthe: The Untethered Jailbreak Solution for A5 iPhone 4S and iPad 2 Released

Written by Gradly on . Posted in Apple, blog, Download, How To, iPad, iPhone, Jailbreak, News

The jailbreak community just released an untethered jailbreak solution for A5-powered devices, iPhone 4S and iPad 2 running iOS 5.0 or iOS 5.0.1. In a blog post, the French hacker Pod2g revealed the name of the tool as Absinthe.



Now, the hacker p0sixninja tweeted that the tool is ready and the updated greenpois0n tool is now available for download. This means that iPad 2 and iPhone 4S owners can finally jailbreak their device without the need to tether it to a computer after a reboot.

Download the new Chronic Dev Team’s Absinthe tool from here for Mac

How to Access Wikipedia During the SOPA and PIPA Blackout

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Today, Wikipedia, along with others like Mozilla and Google, is joining the virtual strike against Internet censorship to raise awareness of US Congress legislation that could fundamentally alter the Internet we know.

This harmful legislation, Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate, will be voted on as early as January 24th in the Senate.

Wikipedia has blacked out their web site in protest. But what if you were in need for that urgently? There are several methods to use and access Wikipedia during the SOPA blackout:

  1. Use Mac OS X’s built-in Dictionary app
  2. Disabling Javascript
For Safari:
  • Open Safari Preferences/options
  • Click on “Advanced” and check the box next to “Show Develop menu in menu bar”
  • Pull down the “Develop” menu and select “Disable Javascript”
  • Load Wikipedia and browse as usual
For Chrome:
  • Open Google Chrome’s Preferences/options
  • Click on “Under the Hood” and then “Content Settings”
  • Find Javascript then click “Manage Exceptions”
  • Type “” into the box and pull down the contextual menu, selecting “Block”
  • Load Wikipedia as usual

Why should you join the fight against SOPA to stop internet censorship? What makes this legislation so bad? Here is the catch:

  • Communication platforms – from YouTube to Facebook to Amazon – could be shut down if a single rights holder alleges a violation.
  • It would make the Web less stable and less secure.
  • Social networking sites, like Twitter or Facebook, could be forced to track and control user behavior, stunting innovation and undermining free expression.
  • Your Internet provider could be required to inspect all of your traffic and browsing.

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