cat /dev/brain | grep thoughts > Blog

Friday, October 06, 2006

Alert: Yahoo messenger Virus is out there, Beware!

Today I was one of the poor fellows who got infected by W32.Imaut.A
worm. I recieved a link from one of my friend in Yahoo messenger and
innocently i clicked the link. Thats it, my IE got affected and
Registry editor was disabled! And the virus sent the link to all my
friends list before my eyes! I couldnt even stop it. Iam slowly
recovering from the virus, hope the following link helps you if you get
infected by the same virus and it was helpful for me,

Symantec Link

Fortunately this virus doesnot do a fatal damage. But unfortunately if
you are in Yahoo messenger list of infected person,then you are bound
to recieve the virus link. Dont click that suspicious link, If you
click then you are dead! Beware!

PS: I posted this message in couple of groups and forums. So dont think im copying and posting it everywhere. The intention is to spread the world about my bad experience so that others can be cautious.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

3d Desktop!

Its amazing to see the 3D desktop! In my opinion its going to be the next generation desktop. 3D desktop is available in next version of Windows Vista. Microsoft uses its own DWM to provide 3D desktop in Vista.And its already availabe in Linux. In linux XGL is used to provide the 3D desktop. The above shown video uses XGL in Linux. According to me, I dont see a necessity of 3D desktop today, but i strongly believe that its going to be a desktop of the furure due to its rich user experience!

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Yahoo Phishing Alert !

Beware there is a forward mail around the web which has a phishing link. You might recieve this phishing link saying that your friend wants to share his recent photos with you. This phishing site is hosted in Geocities and If you click this link, you will be taken to Yahoo Photos like phishing site and if you enter your ID and pasword, your Yahoo ID is lost!

What is Phishing?
Phisihng is an fraudulent activity to acquire some sensitive information like passwords, PIN numbers etc. Phishing site is a website which looks like a genuine website and fools the user to enter the sensitive information.

How to prevent Phishing?
1) Dont enter sensitive information in a website unless you are sure that it is a genuine website.
2) Use phishing prevention methods provided by sites like Yahoo.
3) Dont click a link which you recieved from a complete strager.
4) Be aware about the current news about Phishing sites in the web.
5) Use antiphishing softwares.

Worst case Schenario:
If you are a victim of the Phishing and you lost your Yahoo ID and password, follow these steps,

1) Try to change your password ASAP (If your password is not changed after a phishing attack)
2) If your password is changed then try to recover your password by providing the necessary information like DOB in this link.
3) If you dont remember necessary information to recover your password then contact Yahoo to reset your password. Send an email to And Try calling 866-562-7219
4) If none of the above steps worked then report it to and say "bye bye" to your Yahoo ID and learn from your mistakes. Spread the world so that others will be wary of these kinds of Phishing links.

Related Link:

Monday, September 18, 2006

Linus Torvalds Usenet post for releasing Linux!

Many of you might know that Linux Torvalds used the comp.os.minix usenet group to release his Linux operating system.For couple of days I was searching for his post which announced the birth of Linux. Finally found it in comp.os.minx usent group. Read the post which revolutionized the world with Linux!!.The link for the Usenet post is here
Take a look at the post which made history!

Monday, September 04, 2006

Why not try Linux?

One fine day I had this question in my mind.... Why not try Linux??? I have been using Windows Since 2000 and I really got bored. So I thought Linux is worth a try.

Being a newbie to linux there were many surprises for me. One of them is the Live CD. Live CD was pretty new to me (May be for you too!). And explored further and found many live distros. Some of them are Damn Small Linux, SLAX, Puppy Linux, Ubuntu etc. Also I was exploring other unix like systems BSD(DragonFlyBSD) and Solaris. Belenix, It is the Live distro based on OpenSolaries created by an indian(In SunMicrosystems, Bangalore). So i couldnt resist myself from trying it out. Out of the all the live distros i liked SLAX due to its good look and feel(Yes, I didnt learn much of the linux yet, but started learning).

What is Live Distro?
If you are wondering what a live distro is then here is what you want. Live Distro is a OS which runs directly from CD! You need not install any of the above OS. Instead put the OS CD and boot directly from the CD!! I always had a hard time installing linux in my windows machine. I always screwed up my windows when i tried to install linux! So if you know the trick please let me know... Still I find it difficult. Surprising thing for me is most of these disros, after booting they can run directly from RAM!!!!

Its not just these Live Distros surprised me. I found that Linux can be run inside Windows using some Virtualisation softwares like VMWare! And also some Linux emulators are available. Some of the popular Linux emulators are Boscs and qemu.

Are you a Linux Newbie??
If you want to learn Linux then I highly recommend one of the above mentioned live distros. Most of them can even boot from a Pen Drive(Lessthan 128 MB)!. So download it and start learning. Do you need learning materials? Dont worry, visit LearnLinux. Linux Documentation will also be useful for your linux adventure. Join me as a Linux newbie, I will keep you posted about my findings! Lets have fun!

Sunday, September 03, 2006

New generation AntiVirus

* Are you a Home user OR Small Enterprise??
* Do you want to keep your computer free from Virus, Worms, Trojans, Malwares, etc without paying any one?
* Do you want to keep your computer safe and secure without installing an antivirus??

If you answered YES for any of the above questions, then you have to take a look at new generation of online Antiviruses! These oline Antivirus doesnt require any installation and you can scan for virus from the browser itself! Most of these Antivirus were written for Windows users and some of these are available for Linux, Solaris users too.

The notable Online Antivirus is Trend Micros HouseCall Antivirus. The Panda ActiveScan is another popular one in this category. HouseCall antivirus requires Java Runtime Environment installed. HouseCall also comes as an ActiveX Control, in this case it requires IE. Panda ActiveScan too requires IE since it uses ActiveX Control.

Nowadays more and more applications are becoming online. After Online office applications, it is the turn for online antiviruses!!!

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Moving my blog

I have decided to move all my blogs to Initially i thought about categorizing my thoughts and writing it in seperate blogs. Hence i went for seperate blog sites. since im not an avid blogger yet, i wanted to write one blog and want to have some focus. The following blogs are discontinued from today and moved to,

Discontinued blogs,

So from now visit to read my blog!!
Happy surfing!! Hope you like it!

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Still Blogging!!

Its been a while since i posted. It doesnt mean that i stopped blogging. It certainly means that im busy and will be geared up for blogging pretty soon. So keep coming....

Friday, May 05, 2006

Bench Games!!!

Brainbench is going to open all its certification for free from 15-May-2006 to 31-May-2006. The following link gives you the details,

Check it out, it may be useful for you. In the last bench games(2005) i earned couple of certiifcations. I hope i clear more certificatis this time too. Lets see what happens...

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

FON is a relatively new term in the blogsphere. FON is nothing but a software program which allows its users to share the WiFi broadband acces. They call it as WiFi revolution(In the official Site). The FON users are called as "Foneros". The Foneros can be of three types, they are Linus, Bill and Alien. Linus is the user who uses WiFi for Free and also shares his/her WiFi for Free with others. The concept is, share your WiFi bandwidth at home and use WiFi all over the world(For Free).Bill, As the name suggests Bill is the user who shares his/her WiFi for some money and pays 50% of what the Alien users pay for using FON. Aliens are the users who pay some modest fee for using FON and they never share their WiFi. FON is still in beta stage and available only for Linus users. As of now FON is covered only in US and Spain, the company said rest of the countries will be covered soon. FON was unvield recently in Jan, 2006 at an Oreilly conference. Martin Varsavsky is the man behind the spain based FON company.

Will it Fly??
As noted above FON is called as the WiFi revolution by the company which promotes it. Before concluding whether it is a revolution or not we have to weigh some obvious things about FON.

First thing is that, it is still in the beta stage. So we are not sure whether it is secure enough to open our WiFi access for everyone. Internet, apart from its benifits, it is also notorious for virususes, hacking etc. So security will be a prime concern in FON.

The second thing about FON is the issue of sharing WiFi bandwidth openly. Will the Broad band(ISP) companies allow their users to share the WiFi openly to everyone? It is an hindrance for FON, but still there are some companies which allows users to share their WiFi through FON. Mind it, only some companies allows that, not many. Will many ISP's follow the suit? Only time gives the answer, lets wait and see. The third factor is you need a router for using FON as a linus user. For now the only compaitable router is Linksys WRT54G/GS/GL. So there are not many options for the router.

And finally FON is dependent on WiFi and ISP providers, since WiFi is not as popular as a wired connection there is a long way to go for FON. WiFi may be popular is some countries, but it is not largely popular in third world countries. By saying not popular i mean WiFi did not reach most of the homes & companies yet.

Pros of FON

Being as a startup does it gets the attention of biggies? Yes it is. In february FON recieved funding of $21.7 Million from Google, Skype and other VC's & it had started becoming the buzzword in net. So thats a great boost for FON. The three cons of FON which are specified above are just difficulties that should be overcome to make FON a success. What i think is FON will be successful in the long run, but it will take more time to fly high!!!

Monday, March 27, 2006

Reinventing My Blog

Getting into blogging was in my mind for quite some time. May be for more than two years... Every time i started blogging i never took it serious and it didnt last long. Now im into serious blogging. So i hope this will be a good begining.

My objective in my blog is to express my self in a better way i can. I wish this blog is useful for the reader in understanding my thoughts and will be glad if this is useful in some way for the reader. I believe Blog SPAMMING is bad(I mean writing nonsense). So i will do some home work before writing anything in the blog and ensure that it sticks to the topic of interest. I may make mistakes in the beginning, but as the time passes by im sure i will improve, aftreall we learnby mistakes. So i would like to recieve many comments, which says where i have to correct my self and where i have done well. This will take me a long way in writing the blog and improving myself. So feel free to comment.

As of now i have categorised my blog in to four topics,

  1. rnd(Thoughts) is a general blog. Where i will talk about anything i cant group in to other topics.
  2. Photo Blog is for sharing some good pictures/photos which is worth sharing to you.
  3. Business Blog is for sharing my business knowledge and thoughts. As you can guess, im not a great businessman yet, but some day im willing to become.
  4. Technology is all about technology! I always love technology, i beieve technology is the one which made us human. Had we not invented new things/technology we would still be apes.

I may add some more topics in future, but im sure i will never write anything personal.You can get to know about this blog by subscribing to the following RSS feeds.The RSS feeds for my blog are

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Ajax - The way the web is becoming!

Web is becoming the Ajax way! Many web sites are becoming Ajax sites. Recently I checked out some of the Ajax sites... NetVibes was one among them.This is one of the fewer sites which implemented Ajax long time ago. It was cool! I liked the RSS reader in Netvibes. It was instant and as fast as desktop applications. But i use for reading RSS content. So it will take time for me to shift to NetVibes. Rather shifting to NetVibes I expect MyYahoo to go for Ajax.

Google is the one which popularised the Ajax, by implementing it in Gmail, Google Maps, Google Suggest and many more... Recently Google Finance was released, which is also an implementation of Ajax. Adding fuel for fire, Microsoft recently released Atlas. It is a framework for developing Ajax applications.

Recently AjaxWrite was released. I couldnt check out AjaxWrite because it is asking for
FireFox. There are many similar Ajax word processors on the net. Zoho Writer was another one. We can create DOC/PDF/HTML documents using these online word processors. These online proceesors are said to be the alternative for Microsoft Word. But i feel that these cannot replace Microsoft Word Or Openoffice. I feel that these Ajax word processors are similar to WordPad which we use in windows. Recently Google acquired Writely, another online wordprocessor. Writley is there for quite some time than AjaxWrite and Zoho writer.

What Ajax is?
Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript And XML) is a group of technologies which make the web applications more interactive than before.Eager to know about Ajax??? The Ajax: A New Approach to Web Applications article gives a clear picture about Ajax. This is the article which coined the term AJAX. Ajax involves JavaScript, XML, HTML and CSS. These technologies exists for quite long time... Ajax uses older technologies to create newer generation of applications. New way of creating web applications, which gives rich interactive applications for the user in no time!