Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Your Web Operating System

And we thought that OS on the web is not even in the pipe. Long time ago, we all heard about the GoogleOS, which was rumored to be the beginning of Web 3.0 i.e. fully functional web operating system. Just to refresh, WebOS is a virtual operating system that runs in your web browser. (franticindustries) Believe it or not, there are about a dozen emerging WebOS'es and its open for everyone to test. I previewed DesktopTwo; it was pretty impressive.

There is a whole list and reviews of the upcoming WebOS'es at FranticIndustries.com page. I must say that the reviews are excellent and its the first of such efforts i have seen on the web. Check it out and enjoy the latest revolution.

Source: Here

Monday, December 04, 2006

Online file conversion

Time and time again, we find ourselves looking for a free tool for file type conversion. Be it word to pdf, wav to mp3, mpg to avi, flv to wmv etc, we go on the web to download a tool and try several of those. So, here is a solution ... its the Zamzar free online file conversion service. Check their list of conversion types, its really comprehensive.

Source: Zamzar.com

Related Links
1. Media Converter
3. MediaCoder

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Portable USB Apps

One day we will carry a whole operating system on our USB Flash Drive. Until then, lets utilize what we've got.... there are many applications that have been hacked (for the better) for portable use. The PStart app is a must on those as it gives the list of the apps on ur usb drive. The links are as follows,

  1. Hear-Hear's List
  2. PortableApps.com
  3. InfoBox
  4. Lifehackers's list (thumbs up)

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Two words ladies and gentlemen - Gina Trapani

She has done it again

just check the screenshot below and tell me if you'd like it done..

Here is how to do it

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

SSH host on Windows machines

File sharing is one of the most potent functions in a network. FTP, Netbios and other means are widely used and they work great. The only problem is that they are not secure enough. I have used this OpenSSH server on windows for a long time for file sharing and today when i am installing this on a different pc, i thought i would share it here as well.

Complete instructions at http://pigtail.net/LRP/printsrv/cygwin-sshd.html

Basically, you install Cygwin and choose the ssh option in it. While you are there, check the other options as well. You may very well fall in love with this.

Source: PigTail

Friday, October 13, 2006

YouTube + other embedded video downloads?

Can we? If its the "can we" in moral terms, then probably not... but u r talking about the technology solutions, you bet.
another reason to switch to FF if you haven't already.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Vista Theme on XP

This is one of the neatest theme on WinXP -- the Vista theme..
I luved it... here is how you can install this on your PC
Download from this website

You also need to hack UXTheme.dll, here is how

Try the following if you go with the patch and it doesn't work... this solution is a bit manual, but guaranteed to work

sometimes the multi-patcher will not work and you will have to patch it manually. the best way to do this is to grab the appropriate uxtheme file from here: http://www.anti-tgtsoft.com/repository/uxtheme/

and download a copy of replacer: http://www3.telus.net/_/replacer/

extract the contents of replacer to an empty folder. run replacer.cmd and drag in the original uxtheme.dll, then drag in the modified uxtheme.dll that you downloaded, and let it replace the file. reboot when prompted.
(thanks to user "speed" from neowin)

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Remote support -- thank you

Being a comp. geek isn't an easy life style, especially if you also have the itch to solve problems. Sometimes, you just wish you had total control on the device that you are troubleshooting or atleast see what your friend/user at the other end is seeing. Its not very often that supply meets demand or the demand meets supply, but we've got a good case here. Our demand is for a free tool to control or see the remote machine. Here are two which are free, atleast currently.

1. LogMeIn.com
This one lets you control the machine. Control of a device gets very sensitive when it comes to its security, so here is a whitepaper for this technology; decide it for yourself. Check page 7 & 8 for some visual explanation. It does use SSL/TLS.

2. SkyFexFree.com
This one lets you see the live screen

Monday, October 02, 2006

Free Windows Apps under 2mb

They are free and they are small. Above all, they are nifty tools for everyday use.
Give 'em a go . The alarm clock, cleanup tools, , password repository, burning iso to disc tools etc

Link: http://revision3.com/forum/showthread.php?t=234

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

How to be a geek

well, don't get carried away by the title. If you feel hesitant being among the elite or atleast average tech. people, here is a guide that will get you to. This is the mother of all tutorials for the relevant stuff.... i simply loved it.

Interesting fact: Tutorials compiled by a female... hmmm

Some of my favorites

-Tech support with UltraVNC SingleClick
-Improve your web site with Google Analytics
-Mastering Wget
-The art of asking
-Intro to CygWin

Its all here

Source: LifeHacker.com

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Windows Command Line Guru

Browsing to programs and utilities in windows shell (explorer) takes several clicks and a lot of wasted seconds...whereas running those utlities from Start-->Run is quite convenient.
Well, you probably know how to get to the command prompt, calculator and may be even internet explorer from Start-->Run. Here is a guide that can get you to other places quicker.

Authors Page: http://home.iitk.ac.in/~sansor/commands.html

Some of my favorites

regedit - For Registry Editors
control folders - Folder Properties (where u get "view hidden files" option)
ncpa.cpl - Network Connections
notepad - google it :D
rsop.msc - Try it for yourself (especially if u r on a domain)
services.msc - Services management
eventvwr - Event Viewer

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

The Dude Network Monitor

Notes: You will simply love this tool if you've ever wished that you get the breakdown of your network with a click of a button. This is sheer brilliance. If you run in as a windows admin account, you will have significant control on all devices it finds..

Author Notes: The Dude network monitor is a new application by MikroTik which can dramatically improve the way you manage your network enviroment. It will automatically scan all devices within specified subnets, draw and layout a map of your networks, monitor services of your devices and alert you in case some service has problems. Supports SNMP, ICMP, DNS and TCP monitoring for devices that support it

Download Link

Monday, July 31, 2006

KeePass - the password manager

Yes, you can click on "Forgot your password" links on the forums or sites that you are registered with... but hey, this could be used for some other secrets too. If you forget ur Social (which i donno why u would) ok , bad example.. Well, lets say, you wana remember the VIN# of your car, here is a safe place, or if u wana have quick access to ur Credit card number, its pin, expiration, etc... u've got a savior... Happy KeePassing !

Website link

Download Link

Friday, July 14, 2006

Tool to check difference in files

My notes: Excellent/to the point utility to check the difference in two files.

Author notes: WinMerge is an Open Source visual text file differencing and merging tool for Win32 platforms. It is highly useful for determing what has changed between project versions, and then merging changes between versions.

Winmerge homepage
Download Link

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Ethereal Packet Filters

Here are a few tips and tricks to get the best results with Ethereal. The link below contains many filters that can narrow down the network sniffing results per your demand.


Thursday, June 29, 2006

Vista beta 2 Installation Screenshots

Check out the screenshots for the complete installation at http://flickr.com/photos/jibran/sets/72157594180393363/show/

Notes so far: Its on a virtual machine, memory is 512mb. The graphics are fabulous, but the performance is still a little slow... may be its still settling in.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Firefox ABCs

Source: http://lesliefranke.com/files/reference/firefoxcheatsheet.html

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Simple MD5 checker

My Notes: To check the validity of the install package, here is a freeware.

From the Developers:
DiamondCS MD5 presents an easy and highly secure way of verifying file integrity. Single-line text, multi-line text and file contents are all supported inputs. The resulting MD5 hash is displayed in a textbox for easy clipboard copying. MD5 takes a message of arbitrary length and outputs a 128 bit fingerprint of the input, frequently called a hash, checksum or message digest.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Windows Secure Copy

Use this for LAN file transfers for security. If you have ssh running on a linux machine, you can use this to send and receive files, it works like a charm. If you are having hard time configuring Samba on linux, then this is your tool to share files -- Blessing in disguise :)

From the author:
WinSCP is an open source freeware SFTP client for Windows using SSH. Legacy SCP protocol is also supported. Its main function is safe copying of files between a local and a remote computer.
For full features, please click below

Download Link

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Best Rootkit Defenders

Source: http://blog.tech-security.com/?p=16

- Rootkit Revealer [info] | [download]
- BlackLight [info] | [download]
- IceSword English [info] | [download]

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Long time no see

No, I didn't quit the blog. I was preparing for CCNA all that time ; finally took the exam and passed it. So, what about the time we missed on the tools and utilities.. Well, here is something to compensate

List of Tools --- great list

Cool Clock

Cool 404 Error