Dec

29

Posted by : Arun | On : December 29, 2006

According to Reuters, The French space agency is to publish its archive of UFO sightings and other phenomena online, but will keep the names of those who reported them off the site to protect them from pestering by space fanatics.

Jacques Arnould, an official at the National Space Studies Center (CNES), said the French database of around 1,600 incidents would go live in late January or mid-February.He said the CNES had been collecting statements and documents for almost 30 years to archive and study them. It consists of around 6,000 reports, many relating to the same incident, filed by the public and airline professionals.

Let’s wait and see what they are.

 

Dec

29

Posted by : Arun | On : December 29, 2006

CNet reports that an e-mail worm disguised as a New Year’s greeting is making the rounds on the Internet. Worm-laden messages are titled “Happy New Year” and contain an attachment called either postcard.exe or postcard.zip. If the attachment is opened, malicious software is downloaded from the Internet and can infect computers running Windows operating systems (yet another proof to ditch Windows and use Linux).

Once a computer is infected, it looks for open mail proxies and begins spamming mail to infect other computers. The worm is already moving quickly across the Internet, at a rate of five e-mails per second on at least one large network, according to the iDefense Labs Web site.

Advice: Be careful when you open the attachments. If possible, move to Linux.

 

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Dec

29

Posted by : Arun | On : December 29, 2006

I finally got some time to write about Sun’s Project Looking Glass. You might have read my earlier article about installing Project Looking Glass on Ubuntu. Once installed, it creates an option in the login window as a session. Click on the image below.

Once you select looking glass as your session and logs in, you’ll get the desktop with the taskbar at the bottom. It has Main Menu and icons for terminal, Firefox, your CD collections (currently in demo mode only), help and launcher (which you can use to create a custom application launcher).

There are 2 types of file managers available now. One is LgScope 3D file manager. It’s more like setting My Documents, My Pictures to display as menu in the taskbar properties in Windows. It lists all the directories and files as shown below, which may not be easy to navigate.

There is another file manager available called fm3D file manager, which is more like Nautilus, but more transparent and 3 dimensional as shown below. This one is much more easier to navigate.

If you click on the help icon, you’ll see a screen shown below. There is nothing much in the help section except for some mouse tricks which you can use to move, rotate etc.

If you move the mouse to the java logo on the right side top corner and drag around, it’ll rotate the application in the direction you drag your mouse over the logo. See the screenshot below:

All the open and minimized applications are shown above the taskbar as icons placed sideways. The screenshot below shows the open terminal and the minimized help applications as 2 thumbnails facing sideways above the taskbar.

If you want to change the desktop background, you’ll have to click the icon in the taskbar that sits before the logout icon on the right. If you click on the icon, it shows the available wallpapers as shown below. you can scroll through the wallpaper and select whichever you want.

If you right click on the desktop background, it’ll park all the open applications sideways as shown below:

The main menu has Office, Internet, Media, Utilities, Games, Developers and Demo. There aren’t many programs available under those menus. It’s mostly proof of concept or demo kind. There are few applications like the file managers, Firefox, Terminal, some utilities and games.

If you want to logout, you have to click the skeleton (pirate) at the right end of the taskbar. It’ll ask you if you really want to exit looking glass. Once you select yes, it’ll log you out.

Conclusion: The idea/concept is pretty good. The problem is, since it’s based on Java, it’s awfully slow. Unless you have a state of art system, it’s going to be a pain using it. I have a core duo laptop with 2 GB memory and 256 MB video memory. The OS (if we can call it) was really slow even though it’s usable. Unless Sun really does something to make it fast, it’s not going to catch users heart. The keyboard worked fine most of the time and didn’t work sometimes. Ofcourse it’s not a final release, so we have to wait and see how it shapes up in the future.

Dec

25

Posted by : Arun | On : December 25, 2006

Girisoft has released AVG Anti Spyware few months back. I got a chance to install the free version on my old Windows machine 2 days back. AVG Anti spyware is available in both free and paid versions similar to AVG Anti Virus. The free edition offers Daily database updates, Heuristics to detect unknown threats, Automatic Cleaning Engine. What it lacks and available in the paid version are Automatic online-update, Real-time monitoring of the entire system, Self-protection at kernel layer guaranteeing gapless monitoring.

The installation was pretty simple and went smooth. The UI is neat and looks little Macish. The main screen shows the current status of the anti spyware. It shows the last update date, last scan, number of signatures, detected malwares etc. (Click the screenshot below).

The top level menu has the following options:

Status (Main windows as shown above), update (to check for updates), scanner (for system scan option), shield (showing what sheilds are active), infections, reports, analysis, tools and help.

The scanner setting under the scan menu has options for what to scan, when to scan etc. and options to generate reports. (Click the screenshot below to view).

If you choose the tools menu, you’ll see two tabs namely Antispy and Shredder. The Antispy allows you to disable privacy related options in error reporting, Windows Media Player and lots of miscellaneous options like disabling scripting, some file extensions, CD auto start etc. The Shredder tab allows you to shred important files. (Click the screentshot)

The anti spyware installs an option in the right click menu to scan files for spywares. It’s a pretty useful feature. If you download any file, you can scan for anti spyware before you install it. Overall I liked the product for the UI, features and most importantly for the price. I’m not sure how good it is in finding the spyware since I didn’t have anything in my system, but you can’t complain for that price.

 

Dec

25

Posted by : Arun | On : December 25, 2006

Wine HQ has released Wine 0.9.28.

Dec

23

Posted by : Arun | On : December 23, 2006

Ext2 Installable File System for Windows is a freeware that provides Windows NT4.0/2000/XP/2003 full access to Linux Ext2 and Ext3 file systems. This program helps you to copy file from and to Linux and Windows.
It installs a pure kernel mode file system driver Ext2fs.sys,
which actually extends the Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 operating system to
include the Ext2 file system. Since it is executed on the same software
layer at the Windows NT operating system core like all of the native
file system drivers of Windows (for instance NTFS, FASTFAT, or CDFS for
Joliet/ISO CD-ROMs), all applications can access directly to
Ext2 volumes. Ext2 volumes get drive letters (for instance G:). Files,
and directories of an Ext2 volume appear in file dialogs of all
applications. There is no need to copy files from or to Ext2 volumes in
order to work with them.

If you want to use the Ext3 file system, Ext3 is backward-compatible to Ext2 – an Ext3 volume can be mounted and used as an Ext2 volume. The Ext2 file system driver ext2fs.sys for Windows incorporated in this software package can mount Ext3 volumes as Ext2 volumes. Of course you do not take advantage of the journaling of the Ext3 file system if you mount it as an Ext2 file system. If you mount an Ext3 file system as an Ext2 file system and the file
system is not cleanly dismounted, (e.g. due to a system crash), you
have to run the e2fsck tool. You can read the FAQ about mounting the Ext3 file system here.

Ext2 File System
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Dec

22

Posted by : Arun | On : December 22, 2006

My office is closed for holidays starting tomorrow (23rd) until January 2nd. It’s a much needed break. I may not blog as frequently as I do now (Lots of cleaning to do), but I’ll try to blog as much as I can. I wish you all a Wonderful Holiday!!!

 

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Dec

22

Posted by : Arun | On : December 22, 2006

If you want to save/convert any file, whether it’s a word document or HTML or anything else, to PDF, then PrimoPDF is what  you want. I googled for some software that will allow me to save the documents in PDF format and I got PrimoPDF. I wasn’t sure if it has any adware or spyware in it, so I went and checked the review in CNet. There was nothing negative, so I downloaded and installed it. The installation process and using it thereafter was pretty simple. Once you install the program, all you have to do is select the print option from any application you are using and select primoPDF as the printer. It’ll then show you the screen as shown below:

Here you have options to save to a file, print, save as EBook etc. What I do is leave the default (Screen) as it is. The Save As field will have the directory location and the file name. You can click the small box next to the field with …, change the folder where you want to save it and you can change the file name if you want to. It then creates a PDF document at the selected location. It’s pretty simple and straightforward.

I didn’t write this review on anyone’s behalf nor was I paid to write this review.

 

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Dec

22

Posted by : Arun | On : December 22, 2006

Microsoft Security Center is closely monitoring the issue with the Client Server Run-Time Subsystem as proof of concept code is already released to exploit that flaw. The affected OSes are Windows 2000 SP4, Windows Server 2003 SP1, Windows XP SP1, Windows XP SP2 and Windows Vista. In order for the attack to be successful, the attacker must already have authenticated access to the target system.

 

Dec

22

Posted by : Arun | On : December 22, 2006

Microsoft has filed 2 patents with the U.S. patent and trademark office regarding web based feed readers. One patent covers the technology that Finds and consumes web subscriptions in a web browser and the second one relates to content syndication platform which manages, organizes and makes available for consumption content that is acquired from the Internet.

Typical Microsoft behavior to own everything even if it was invented by someone else. Let’s hope the patent office will be sensible (?) not to award those patents to Microsoft. I hope the blogosphere, newspapers and whoever use RSS will fight this.

 

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