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Google Gears launched; take online web applications offline

Google has just launched Google Gears, an open source browser extension that lets developers create web based applications that are accessible both online and offline.

Gears is a 700 KB plugin for Firefox 1.5+ and Internet Explorer 6.0+. Opera support is under progress. Gears will work on Windows, Linux & Macs.

According to Google, Gears will install 3 modules:
  • A local server, to cache and serve application resources (HTML, JavaScript, images, etc.) without needing to contact a server.
  • A database, to store and access data from within the browser.
  • A worker thread pool, to make web applications more responsive by performing expensive operations in the background.
Google Reader is the first application that uses Gears. To make Google Reader work offline, install Gears and login to Google Reader. A new green coloured icon will be displayed at the top of Google Reader. Clicking it will make Google Reader download the last 2000 items to your computer. These feed items can then be read without an internet connection.

Other applications like Gmail, Google Docs & Spreadsheets are also expected to be 'geared' up for offline access.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Thursday, May 31, 2007
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Make Your Personalized Game for Free using PlayMyGame

Another Web 2.0 site. But this one's kinda fun! PlayMyGame is a site that let's you customize flash games by adding your pictures inside them.

Upload your photo, adjust the picture with their online image editor and create the game. Three easy steps are all you need to get your game.
You can share these games with your buddies by embedding them in blogs, websites, MySpace etc.

Games include boxing, hideout, cake fight etc. Apart from games, customized e-cards and clips are other stuffs you can make.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Tuesday, May 29, 2007
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Type Website Addresses Quickly with these Firefox shortcuts

Firefox has some really nice shortcuts for quickly typing web addresses.
Normally, one would type 'www.google.com' to go to Google. How about typing 'google' and hitting a key combination to complete the address?

Check out the simple shortcuts below.

Complete a .com address : Ctrl + Enter
Complete a .net address : Shift + Enter
Complete a .org address : Ctrl + Shift + Enter

These combinations will work for Windows. Completion of .com and .org may also work on Linux.
Get used to this to make your web surfing that little bit easier. Do you know other similar shortcuts?

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Tuesday, May 29, 2007
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Undo last closed Tabs in Firefox and Opera

Accidentally closed a tab in Firefox or Opera? Don't worry! You can bring them back very quickly. Just use the ways listed below to re-open them.
Note: These shortcuts are for Windows only.

Firefox users have many choices. However, some of them may not work if you have addons installed.

Ctrl + F12
Ctrl + Shift + T
If you have a 3 button mouse, middle-click on the tab-bar (not on the tab)

Of the above three, only Ctrl + F12 worked for me although a lot of sites are suggesting Ctrl + Shift + T. I have Firefox 1.5.0.11 with certain addons like TabMix Plus installed.


Opera users will find it easy as the key combination is Ctrl + Z . It is also the default key combination for Windows applications.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Monday, May 28, 2007
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Check who blocked or deleted you on MSN with Blockoo

[Update Warning: Since the last few days this post has been receiving visitors from search engines with keywords like 'blockoo malware' and 'blockoo msn virus'. You can also read about this from here. Tech Xpress recommends you to exercise caution while using 'blockoo'. If you don't trust blockoo, do not use it.]

If you wanna see who blocked or deleted you on MSN or Windows Live Messenger, then Blockoo is for you!

The site has quite a user friendly interface and getting the list of people who blocked/deleted you shouldn't be a problem. I haven't personally checked the service as I don't have an MSN account.
The steps to use Blockoo are easy as well:

1. Go to Blockoo.
2. Type your MSN account and password and click the 'Get List!' button. That's all. Now Blockoo will connect to MSN server and display the list of people who blocked or deleted you.

A concern here is we are submitting our user name and password to Blockoo. Can we assume it is safe? Well, here's what Blockoo has mentioned in its FAQ.

Is it safe?
Yes. Some sites store you password in their database, however we opted to save it in your own computer in a cookie (a file containing you password), and the cookie is deleted automatically when you close you web browser.

So, use this service at your own risk.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Monday, May 28, 2007
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Paper-thin Video Display that Bends; from Sony

In a few years, you'll be able to fold and carry the TV in your pocket. And that may not be far away after seeing what Sony Corp has developed. (Those who cannot see the image, click here)


The image shows a hand squeezing a paper-thin 2.5 inch video display. Incredibly, the display is only 0.3 millimeter or 0.01 inch thick.
Sony had posted a video of its paper-thin display technology on its website last week. So what do you have to say about this break through technology?

You may also want to read the post on another thin display technology; 'Video display in your eye-glasses'.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Monday, May 28, 2007
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How Yahoo is online 24x7

Sometimes, even Yahoo employees use Google from inside Yahoo. May be not all or most of them, but one certainly used Google as you can see from the image below. The image is a statcounter screenshot I took two days ago. (Those who cannot see the image below, click here)


Apparently, someone was trying to find out 'ways to bypass megaupload restrictions'. Off course, one shouldn't be surprised if some one's using Google.
The interesting fact here is the ISP listed in the picture; Yahoo Bangalore Network Operating Center. Yahoo has two main NOCs or Network Operating Centers in the world; one in California, US and the other in Bangalore, India. These NOCs are the primary centers responsible for keeping Yahoo online, all the time.
Also, the Indian center takes over when the American NOC is done for the day, and that lets them take advantage of the time difference between them.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Monday, May 28, 2007
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Get BIOS information from Windows Command Prompt

BIOS or Basic Input/Output system prepares the computer so other softwares can operate on your machine. One method of viewing/editing BIOS settings is by pressing the Delete key (Del) on system startup. Yeah! It's that blue screen. Well, it is recommended you don't change the settings unless you know what you are doing.

An easy way is to use the Windows command prompt the view the BIOS settings.

Check out the steps below..
Go to Start >> Run. Type cmd and press Enter to open the Command prompt.
Type the command wmic bios get /format:list to view the BIOS settings.

To check what other parameters wmic supports, use the command wmic/?

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Friday, May 25, 2007
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Gmail Increases Maximum Mail Attachment size to 20 MB

Now you can send files up to 20 MB in size through Gmail attachments. Gmail has upgraded its maximum file attachment size to 20 MB from the older, but generous, 10 MB.

Only last week, Yahoo had announced roll-out of unlimited email storage to users. And this Gmail upgrade seems to be a direct result of that, although a trivial upgrade for users like me.

The problem now is the limited number of email providers which accept 20 MB file attachments. At the moment, Yahoo! Mail doesn't accept 20 MB email attachments, but that may not be far away considering they are in the process of upgrading their storage.
However, premium packages from Yahoo, like Yahoo Mail Plus and from other services can receive large mails. Off course, you can always send them to other Gmail accounts.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Wednesday, May 23, 2007
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Bizarre: Spyware maker sues Anti-Spyware maker

Zango, a spyware maker that installs software on computers of unsuspecting users without warning is suing anti-spyware maker PC Tools(Makers of Spyware Doctor) for removing Zango's software from computers without warning users. How weird is that?

According to Spamnotes.com, Zango is seeking $35 million in damages. The software in question is Spyware Doctor, which is a part of Google Pack.

So where does Zango go awfully wrong?
Based on tests conducted by Sunbelt Software Director of Malware Research, Eric Howes, Spyware Doctor clearly alerted users prior to deleting Zango's software.
So the accusation of removing Zango's software 'without warning users' may turn out to be invalid.

Zango, formerly know as 180solutions has been accused by computer users for installing software without warning and which is difficult to remove. Their software is known to serve unwanted pop-up ads on infected computers.

Zango's publicity stunt can easily turn out to be a costly one. What do you say about this?

[Update: Zango has lost in court to PC Tools]

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Wednesday, May 23, 2007
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Show Hidden files/folders in Windows (When you can't) using the Command Prompt

A collegue of mine once approached me with a simple yet strange request. "How do I view hidden files and folders in Windows XP ? ". The fact that he had been using Windows for years astounded me. Off course, he knew how to view hidden files & folders, but this was a unique case.

He sent me a screenshot of his folder options box. Take a look. (Those who can't view the image click here)


Strangly, both 'Do not show hidden files and folders' & 'Show hidden files and folders' were enabled.

[Update: This may really be caused by some virus or malware. Fortunately, I stumbled on a website that provides a way to fix this. Check it out here[Thanks to Ramesh]. After fixing it, scan your PC with an antivirus]

My initial reaction was it may be a virus, trojan, spyware or some malware. Scanning with various anti-virus and anti-spyware software didn't reveal anything. The funny thing here was all the hidden files were perpetually hidden; we weren't able to get the files in the hidden folders even with a Windows search. So using the command prompt to find hidden files was the best option. How to do it?
Let's say you want to see all hidden stuff inside the D:\Temp folder. Check the steps below:

1. Go to Start >> Run. Type cmd and press Enter to open the command prompt.
2. Now navigate to the directory from the command prompt.
[For eg. Assume you are in C:\Documents and Setting\Jose. and you want to go to D:\Temp; type D: and press enter. This will take you the root D:\ in the command prompt. Type cd Temp in the command prompt and press Enter. Now you'll be inside D:/Temp from the command prompt.]
3. Type the command dir/ah to list all the files under D:\Temp.

Once you get the name of the files, you can view or run them by entering the file path in the address bar of Windows (The address bar of Windows is similar to the address bar of Internet Explorer, where you type the website or folder address).
To delete files use the del [Folder Name] in the command prompt. This will delete the folder you specify under the current directory. Eg del Temp

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Tuesday, May 22, 2007
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Blogger adds much awaited Draft Auto-Save

Finally! What a relief. Blogger has added the much needed auto-save feature for Blogger blogs. No more tearing my hair over system crashes, power cuts, in the middle of writing a post.

Now when you create a new post, it will be auto-saved as a draft every minute. One must note that the auto-save will only work when creating a new post and not when editing an already published post. The auto-save feature was one of the reasons I loved Gmail, Google Docs & Spreadsheets. I was always a bit annoyed as to, why so much time to add this to Blogger. Anyways, better late than never.

Cheers Blogger team! You've saved me countless hours of frustration

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Friday, May 18, 2007
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Quick Gmail Tip: Delete mail using your keyboard shortcut

Using the keyboard to work through mail saves me a lot of time and Gmail actually did a good job of providing keyboard shortcuts. Since the key list is a bit long to remember at first glance, I'll only show the one's I use the most. Hope you too will find it useful.

Before using the keys, you'll have to enable keyboard shortcuts in Gmail by going to Settings >> General >> Keyboard shortcuts. Select Keyboard shortcuts on and click Save Changes.

Now you are ready to use the keyboard to manage your mails. Here are a few of my favourite ones:

# - Delete a mail.
k - Move to new mails in the list.
j - Move to older mails in the list.
x - Select a mail.
! - Report as spam.

An extensive list of keyboard shortcuts is available here. So, which keys do you use more often?

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Friday, May 18, 2007
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Stanford Students put Ebay in a soup with Firefox Addon

Some Stanford students have released an eBay Toolbar for Firefox even before eBay and Mozilla's jointly developed Firefox addon for eBay.

The Grooveking blog, which posted this information, further adds, the toolbar blocks external ads and let's users view thumbnail images of all search items on eBay including those which sellers did not pay for.

Well, this could just leave some ebay officials red-faced as the toolbar can grab some of eBay's revenues from ads and thumbnails. In any case, eBay should have developed some Firefox addons a long time ago.
Quite an appropriate situation for Firefox's slogan , 'Take back the web'. The power is with the eBay user.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Wednesday, May 16, 2007
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Online Virus Scan with Multiple Antivirus Software

Do you think you got a suspicious file? A scan with a single anti-virus software is sometimes not enough. Even installing multiple antivirus software isn't a great proposition, considering the fact that it will consume a good amount of your system resources. And then, there are chances of conflicts between different antivirus products.

If you still aren't sure after a successful scan, there are great alternatives available online. These sites can scan a single file with multiple anti-virus software. You only have to upload a file and it will be scanned by all of those antivirus softwares.
Lets take a look at some sites which offer these services for free.


VirusTotal
Virustotal is a free online virus scanner that scans files with a whopping 32 antivirus engines. You saw it right! 32. It scans for viruses, trojans, worms and malware with :
Puff! That's one big list. Virustotal claims their virus definitions are updated real-time.
They also provide a small tool called VirusTotal uploader which adds 'Send to >> VirusTotal' in the Windows right-click context menu. With this tool, you can just right-click a file to upload for a scan.


Virusscan.jotti.org
Virusscan.jotti.org is similar to VirusTotal, except that it uses 18 virus scanners as compared to 32 used by the former.
The scanning engines include:
A-Squared, AntiVir, ArcaVir, Avast, AVG Antivirus, BitDefender, ClamAV, Dr.Web, F-Prot Antivirus, F-Secure Anti-Virus, Fortinet, Kaspersky Anti-Virus, NOD32, Norman Virus Control, Panda Antivirus, Rising Antivirus, VirusBuster, VBA32.

The virus definitions are updated hourly. They also have a limit of 10 MB on the size of files you can upload.


Off course with online scanners, there are the cons too. Scanning may take time as there are multiple engines involved. Sometimes you'll have to be in queue due to the heavy amount of processing that takes place. Also, this may not be the best choice for people who don't have a dedicated and fast internet connection.

And above all, a clean scan from any of these sites doesn't really mean a file is free of any virus or malware.
If there are other similar services I missed, please let me know in comments.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Tuesday, May 15, 2007
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Yahoo! Mail to offer Unlimited Storage from Today

1Yahooooo...! After its announcement nearly six weeks ago, Yahoo has started to roll out its unlimited email storage to all Yahoo! Mail users from today, claims John Kremer, VP Yahoo! Mail, in Yodel Anecdotal.

So when your account goes unlimited, the storage meter will be gone once and for all. However, the transition won't be instant; it will be a few months before every Yahoo! Mail account goes unlimited.

With this, Yahoo has inched ahead of Gmail, its closest competitor, in terms of email storage. Remember Gmail was the one which popularized the concept of gigabyte email storage at a time when Yahoo used to offer 4 MB and Hotmail 2MB. Yahoo's unlimited storage clearly dwarfs Gmail's present 2.6 GB.
Wonder what Google's got next up its sleeve?

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Tuesday, May 15, 2007
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Make Feedburner show your Feedblitz subscriber count

Feedburner is a popular choice with most web sites offering RSS feeds. And as many of you already know, Feedburner also lets readers subscribe by email.

There are many bloggers like me who have used Feedblitz to offer email subscriptions prior to using Feedburner's email service. Because of this, I had certain number of subscribers in my Feedblitz account, which I would love to show in my Feedburner metrics.

And it's really easy! You only have to make Feedblitz point to your Feedburner feed and the rest is taken care of automatically. Check out the steps below:

1. Login to your Feedblitz account and click on Active Syndications.
2. Now click on your Syndication and select Syndication setup >> The Basics; a new page is displayed.


3. In the Article Source Address box, type your Feedburner address. [A Feedburner address looks like http://feeds.feedburner.com/TechXpress]
4. Click Update Publication.

Done. Now just wait for about a day and Feedburner will start reporting your Feedblitz subscriber count as well.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Monday, May 14, 2007
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Delete/Rename locked Windows files with Unlocker

"Cannot delete File4.mp3: It is being used by another person or program".


You may have come across the above message quite a few times. This happens because Windows locks files or folders that are currently used by other applications or shared by other users.

In comes Unlocker! What is that?
Unlocker is a small freeware which will help take instant action when you encounter similar situations. Once installed, Unlocker will be available from the right-click context menu.


If you get a message when trying to delete or rename a locked Windows file or folder, just right-click the file and select Unlocker.
Unlocker will open a window displaying all the processes that are locking the file or folder. Select some of them and click Unlock.
You can now proceed with you task.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Monday, May 14, 2007
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How to Control Mouse Pointer using your Keyboard

You're nearing deadline and got important stuff to complete; your mouse stops working! Well, the first thing to do is to stop worrying.
Windows users can control their mouse pointer with the num keypad (The numbers from 1 to 9 on the left side of your keyboard).
You just have to turn on the mouse keys.

How to Turn ON MouseKeys?

1. Hit Left ALT + Left SHIFT + Num Lock (Press and hold both the left ALT and left Shift keys, and hit the NumLock key). This opens a small Mousekeys box.


2. Click Ok to keep enable MouseKeys. Once enabled, a MouseKeys icon is displayed in the system tray. You can also increase/decrease the speed of the mouse cursor by clicking Settings.

That's all! Move the mouse pointer using the keys on the numpad of your keyboard.

Off course! If you don't remember the shortcut, there are other ways to enable/disable this feature :
Go to Control Panel >> Accessibility Options. Click on the Mouse tab and check Use MouseKeys.
Click Ok. Just uncheck MouseKeys to disable it.

This won't be of much help while surfing the web. To surf the web without using the mouse, read the quick guide to mouseless surfing.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Saturday, May 12, 2007
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Hide Folders in Windows, Without actually Hiding them!

Yup! We won't be hiding files or folders, but make them invisible to users. Not completely invisible, but still good enough.

This is basically a two part trick. First, we'll create a folder with a blank name. Once that is done, the second step is to make the icon of the file/folder invisible.

How to steps?

1.
Create a folder. While naming the folder, hit ALT + 0160 (Hold down the ALT key and press 0160 on the num keypad of your keyboard). You can also use ALT + 255 to create a 'nameless' folder.


2. Now right-click that folder and select Properties. Hit the Customize tab in the properties window and click Change icon. Select a blank icon from the list of icons given to you(image above). Click Ok.

You now have an invisible folder. Use the folder like you normally do.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Friday, May 11, 2007
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Enqueue music files in Winamp by default

Learnt about this from a forum. When you double click a music file associated with Winamp, it directly plays that file.
Some music buffs tend to be more selective; they don't play the files right-away. They select multiple files and enqueue it in Winamp before playing.

Wouldn't it be better if you could just double click a music file to enqueue it in Winamp?
Yeah it can be done! But how?

In Windows,
1. Start Winamp. Hit Ctrl + P to open the preferences window.


2. Now in the left pane, select File Types and tick the 'Enqueue files on double click in Windows Explorer(default is unchecked)' checkbox.
3. Click Close to close the preferences window.

From now onwards, double clicking a file associated with winamp will enqueue it in winamp and not played by default. To enqueue any file, just double click it.
Hope you have fun.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Wednesday, May 09, 2007
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How to Quickly Ping blog services using Bookmarks

Updated blog! Got to ping..
That has been my routine since some time now. Those who are not aware, pinging here means to tell other blog services like Technorati, Google Blog Search that I have updated my blog.
It's sort of "Hey, just wanted to tell you that I have updated my blog. Now you can update the changes on your side".

Instead of pinging each and every blog service out there, many use services like Pingoat or Pingomatic which lets you ping many blog services simultaneously.
Even here, you have to enter details like your site name, url, feed url besides selecting the services you would like to ping, before sending the ping with a button click.
Once you click the button a new page is loaded which shows the response from the pinged sites. This is an important page! Bookmark it! Yes, bookmark the response page i.e the second page.

The next time you update your site, just hit the bookmark and you are done. No need to enter any data.
I personally ping use Pingoat and Google Blog Search Ping service.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Wednesday, May 09, 2007
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Convert Site Feeds to PDF using RSS 2 PDF

Those who are still on dial up or don't have a dedicated Internet connection may find this useful, particularly if your want to read stuff from your favourite websites.

Just provide the website feed address to RSS 2 PDF , which is a free online RSS, Atom, OPML to PDF generator, and it will create a PDF file having the updates from the feeds.
The pdf file can then be saved to your computer.

At the moment, they don't support images in PDF files, but hey, it ain't a big deal when you just wan to read the latest stuff. Oh! And by the way, you can also supply your site's feedburner address for a quick conversion.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Wednesday, May 09, 2007
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Find Font Names from Images with WhatTheFont

WhatTheFont is a web based font recognition service, a part of MyFonts, which finds font names from images. It can also be called a font identification service.


When or why anyone would use this?
If you ever find a picture containing pretty fonts and you don't know its name, WhatTheFont will help you find the name of the fonts used in the picture.
Just provide the image url and it will be processed. Alternatively, you can even upload images from you computer.
After uploading is complete, WhatTheFont tries to retrieve the closest matches from their database.

Visit WhatTheFont
I got to know about this thanks to the font enthusiast who posted this at Gecko & Fly.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Wednesday, May 09, 2007
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OperaTor: Surf Anonymously and Bypass Internet Censorship

This is a piece of software bundle that could help folks bypass Internet Censorship, particularly in China (They call it Great Firewall), Iran, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates etc. Off course, anyone can use it to surf anonymously through the web.

The software bundle I'm going to write about is called OperaTor, which is a combination of the Opera browser, the anonymous TOR network(Onion Router) and Privoxy which lets you surf secretly.


First of all, it is easy to setup (no installation required). Just download it, unpack the file and use. At present, OperaTor is Windows only.
According to their website, OperaTor can be easily installed on a portable memory (pendrive, usb stick, hard drive) .
So you can copy OperaTor in your pendrive or usb stick, go to a cyber cafe, library or any other public computer and surf anonymously. No data will be stored in that public computer.
You just have to use Opera as you normally do and the other two applications will run in the background.

Torpark is another browser that is very similar to OperaTor and which supports anonymity on the web using the same Tor network.

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Tuesday, May 08, 2007
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How to download Flash Games from game sites

The are loads of websites that provide flash games and animations.
How about downloading a few of them? And that too using only your browser. Oh yes! Firefox can be used to easily download flash games and animations from your favourite websites.
If you don't have Firefox, scroll to the bottom of this page to download it.

How to download games with Firefox?

1. Open the webpage containing the flash game in Firefox.

2. In Firefox, go to Tools >> PageInfo. In the PageInfo box select the Media tab.


3. Here you'll find all the media files associated with the web page. Now look for files with the type 'Embed' and 'application/x-shockwave-flash' values.
It would be great if you get a file with the .swf extension. The .swf file is the one that contains the game.
Also, if the cache source value is Disk cache, then the file is already present in your computer.

4.
Now use the 'Save As' button to save the file to you computer.

That's all you have to do!
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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Tuesday, May 08, 2007
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Hide Files & Messages inside Images

Nothing new here, really! Hiding messages inside images has been around since ages. The digital era has greatly simplified this for us, and we will be doing exactly that; hide files in images.

There are numerous ways to hide messages and files in images. So let's take a look at two of them; the first one to hide files and the second one to hide text messages.


Using the command prompt in Windows
This one's quite easy. Create an archive file (i.e a Zip or Rar file) which contains the files you want to hide.
Our aim is to hide this archive file inside an image. Let's assume secretfiles.zip is the archive file and mypicture.jpg is the picture file which will be used to hide the archive.

Now open the command prompt and use the following command:
copy /b mypicture.jpg + secretfiles.zip new.jpg

The above command will create a new image file named new.jpg, which contains secretfiles.zip.
Opening new.jpg will only display the image from the original mypicture.jpg file, so the zip file stays hidden. However, to access the archive, you'll have the open the new.jpg file with programs like Winzip,Winrar,7-zip etc.

This trick can also be used with other image formats like png, gif, tif etc. Additionally, the zip or rar archives can be encrypted(password protected), thereby making it difficult to retrieve even if one knows an image contains these files.


Hide messages using ImageHide
Well, ImageHide 2.0 is a software which is capable of hiding messages in images. However, unlike the previous method, you can't hide files in a picture with ImageHide. Only messages!

As I found out, this isn't the best user-friendly software. It felt awkward sometimes. So I created a quick guide below for using ImageHide.

Hide a message with ImageHide:
  • Click 'Load Image' to load an image, enter your message in the bottom pane, click 'Write Data' and then hit 'Save Image' to save the image.

View a hidden message with ImageHide:
  • Click 'Load Image' to load an image and hit 'Read Data' to view the message.

To Encrypt a hidden message:
  • Create a message as shown above.
  • Click Encrypt to open an new window. Click Encrypt again in the new window.
  • You'll be prompted to enter a password. Type in a password and close.
  • Now click 'Write Data' and hit 'Save Image' to save the image.
  • Remember the password. It is used to decrypt the message.
Download ImageHide

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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Monday, May 07, 2007
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Start Firefox with Multiple sites using the run window

LifeHacker's got a nice post about this. Just start the Windows Run dialog box (Win + R) and type Firefox followed by your favourite sites (see image below). Hit Enter and Firefox will be loaded with different tabs for each of the sites.


[If you're not able to see the image above, click here.]

Via LifeHacker [Gina Trapani]


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posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Saturday, May 05, 2007
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