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Friday, July 30, 2010

How cheap technology is costing us??

Our technology has never been smarter - or cheaper. It's just a shame about the whole economic damage, worker exploitation, environmental catastrophe side of things.

Cheap technology isn't as cheap as you might think. When something's designed to a particular price, compromises have to be made. Those compromises aren't just in the design, although of course you can't expect Luxury quality at cheap prices; they're in every part of the technology company's business from the factories it uses to the way it provides technical support. Typically, cheap technology means cutting every possible corner to make the price as low as possible.

What happens when you cut one corner too many? Let's ask Dell, the pioneer of ultra-cheap PCs, who managed to ship 11.8 million faulty - and potentially explosive - PCs between 2003 and 2005

The problem was with dodgy capacitors, manufactured from a stolen - and, it turned out, incorrect - formula. Writing in The Independent in 2003, Charles Arthur noted that Dell was aware of the compromised capacitors, and interviewed Dennis Zogbi of Paumanok Publications, who said: "People want Western quality and Chinese prices. Well, you can't have both."

Cheap technology is a balancing act between price and quality control, and it seems that Dell lost its balance: the NYT reports that Dell suffered far more from bad capacitors than its rivals.

Despite internal tests finding that Optiplex desktops might have a failure rate as high as 97%, Dell didn't want an enormous and enormously expensive product recall, so it had a brilliant idea: it would blame its customers for the faulty computers.

According to the NYT Dell told the University of Texas its computers were failing because staff were "making them perform difficult math calculations."

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BAD CAPACITORS: This Dell customer's capacitors don't look too clever. In total, Dell shipped 11.8 million machines with capacitors likely to fail

Still, at least if your Optiplex exploded you'd be able to speak to somebody knowledgeable about it. Wouldn't you? Nope. Dell was one of the first tech firms to outsource its customer service and technical support to Bangalore, and while the results were so bad and unpopular that Dell very quickly reinstated US-based support for its lucrative corporate customers, the idea stuck. These days, cheap kit means outsourced or online-only, irritating and inadequate technical support. You get what you pay for.

Unemployment and unhappy workers

Decent wages, employee healthcare, pensions and other benefits aren't compatible with cheap kit.

Because of those costs, Western technology firms have been outsourcing assembly work since the 1980s. Incredibly, there are fewer people making computers in the US now than there were in the 1970s: writing in BusinessWeek, former Intel boss Andy Grove says: "manufacturing employment in the US computer industry is about 166,000, lower than it was before the first PC, the MITS Altair 2800, was assembled in 1975."

OUTSOURCED: There are fewer people employed making computers in the US today than there were when this was cutting-edge tech

People still make our gadgets, of course. They just don't do it in the West. From Xbox 360s to iPhone 4s, many of our devices are put together in China. China's biggest electronics subcontractor, Foxconn, has around 800,000 employees and adds 100,000 more every year; Grove says that Foxconn employs "more than the combined worldwide headcount of Apple, Dell, Microsoft, HP, Intel and Sony."

In total, an estimated 1.5 million people work in Asian assembly plants. For every Western employee a technology firm has, there are ten Asian assembly workers putting its products together - often on very low wages and in poor working conditions.

By outsourcing the assembly work, we're missing out on money that would otherwise be spent locally. With no factories here, there are no machines for local firms to service, no subcontractors providing key components, no armies of hungry workers for the local shops and take-aways to feed, no pay packets injecting cash into local businesses from cake shops to car dealers.

For now it's Foxconn's turn in the sun, but that won't last forever. The same things that eventually made the US too expensive for tech firms - rising wages, good working conditions and organised labour - are starting to happen in China, too.

After a wave of suicides led to unwelcome foreign attention, Foxconn massively increased employee wages; meanwhile, a wave of strikes in China is forcing other firms to pay more, too.

That's good and bad. It's good if you're getting a pay rise, but it's not so good if your employer decides to up sticks to somewhere cheaper. And there is always somewhere cheaper. Right now that's inland China, where living costs and therefore wage expectations are lower than in coastal regions, so firms are moving there.

In the longer term firms may leave China altogether and go where labour costs are lower: South America, perhaps, or Vietnam. They're already thinking about it.

Carcinogens, conflict and child labour

Tim Hunt is with Ethical Consumer magazine, which hopes to make us think again about cheap, disposable technology. As EC reports, the gadgets we dump often end up in places like Indonesia, where "those processing the waste are often overworked (up to 18 hours per day) and underpaid, and the use of child labour is common… often unprotected, workers use fire and mercuric acid baths to extract the precious metals. Burning releases dioxins - some of the most toxic compounds on Earth - while the acid residue contaminates drinking water."

"There are also problems around the mining of natural resources, from the Congo for instance," Hunt told TechRadar. "Here the trade in metals has been blamed for fuelling the conflict that has raged there for several years."

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WASTED: Disposable technology doesn't always end up in recycling plants. E-Waste has become a global problem

As technology becomes increasingly fashion-driven, this year's must-have gadget quickly becomes unwanted - and the move to mobile-based computing means things are speeding up. Where a PC has a useful lifespan of three to five years, we replace our mobiles every 18 months.

"It is clearly worse than it was 20 years ago because there is just more technology around and things are progressing so quickly," Hunt says. "If there is a closed loop where all products and materials are recycled then it shouldn't be a problem. Unfortunately, even with the new EU regulations, much of the waste finds its way into the landfills of poorer countries."

Greenpeace wants to see tech firms eradicate toxic chemicals altogether. "The issue of toxicity is overarching," it says. "Until the use of toxic substances is eliminated, it is impossible to secure 'safe' recycling."
 
Can we fix this??

Perhaps the Electronics Industry Code of Conduct will save the world. The work of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition, the EICC is a code of practice for electronics companies that prohibits the use of child labour, illegal working practices, dumping poison into duck ponds and so on.

It's been around since 2004 and signatories include Dell, who Greenpeace is currently attacking for its use of toxic chemicals and Microsoft, whose KYE subcontractor has been accused of child labour. So that's working well.

"Images of electronic waste in the form of discarded computers and other 'electro-scrap' dumped in Asia, other social and labour issues as well as pressure from civil society, prompted the electronics sector to develop an Electronics Industry Code of Conduct," Greenpeace says.

"However, despite this Code, the hi-tech sector continues to produce ever shorter-life, often superfluous products with inherently hazardous materials. Why are hi-tech corporations, which profess to be responsible corporate citizens, allowing this to happen?"

It's a rhetorical question. "One answer is that CSR [Corporate Social Responsibility] initiatives, whether they involve Codes of Conduct or reporting guidelines, are voluntary," Greenpeace adds. "At best, CSR can be a way for the best companies to lead the way. At worst, CSR initiatives can even be a diversionary tactic, used by industry to pretend that they are taking action and to avoid regulation."

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BAD GRADES: Ethical Consumer grades firms on their Corporate Social Responsibility pronouncements. It's not a great result for HTC

Economic realities

Those iPhones you see being assembled in Foxconn factories have an estimated profit margin of 60 per cent. Could Apple still make money without using Foxconn? Absolutely. Could it still make money if its kit was assembled in the US? Probably. Will it try? No chance.

Apple, like every other corporation, must give its shareholders the best return on their investment - and the best way to do that isn't to get your products made in your own country, or to work only with firms whose assembly plants are filled with joy and laughter.

"Most companies are taking some steps," Tim Hunt says, "but as they all strive to generate more profit by producing more and more goods at the lowest possible price, they are clearly going to come into conflict with labour and the environment."

Perhaps the answer is to embarrass them. When Greenpeace wanted to draw public attention to the tech industry's environmental record in 2006 it picked on Apple, which was actually one of the more environmentally friendly firms; nevertheless, the Green My Apple campaign used Apple's high profile to great effect and Apple made more improvements. Apple now mentions its products' green credentials in its marketing.

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POOR FORM: It's no coincidence that the firms low on Greenpeace's green electronics meter tend to be makers of low-cost kit

Could the same trick work with corporate citizenship? Probably not, because the way our economy works - essentially, shares are owned by large pension funds whose managers are paid by performance and therefore don't really care about the longer term or the bigger picture - means firms' number one priority is short-term profit.

Then again, perhaps the problem isn't the companies. Maybe it's us. Those pension funds are our pension funds, and we're the people who choose to buy cheap kit. Apple is atypical: the profit margin on a laptop is around 2%, while the margin on a netbook is less than one per cent. The aggressive pricing that makes netbooks so attractive also means manufacturers can be left with a margin of just twenty cents.

That means our buying choices matter: if we buy entirely on price, choosing our kit on the basis of who offers the most bang for the least amount of bucks, then we're helping to perpetuate the system.

If we want companies to care about the bigger picture, we need to show them that we care about it, too.
 
think about it.
Dont forget to say thanks. keep commenting.
 

Friday, July 23, 2010

How Unique and Trackable Is Your Browser?

 Is your browser configuration rare or unique?
If so, web sites may be able to track you, even if you limit or disable cookies.
Panopticlick tests your browser to see how unique it is based on the information it will share with sites it visits. 

Click below and you will be given a uniqueness score, letting you see how easily identifiable you might be as you surf the web.


A research project of the Electronic Frontier Foundation

Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari browsers are susceptible to attacks and lets attackers steal user names and addresses

The Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari browsers are susceptible to attacks that allow webmasters to glean highly sensitive information about the people visiting their sites, including their full names, email addresses, location, and even stored passwords, a security researcher says.
In a talk scheduled for next week's Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, Jeremiah Grossman, CTO of White Hat Security, plans to detail critical weaknesses that are enabled by default in the browsers, which are the four biggest by market share. The vulnerabilities have yet to be purged by the respective browser makers despite months, and in some cases, years of notice.
Among the most serious is a vulnerability in Apple's Safari and earlier versions of Microsoft's IE that exposes names, email addresses, and other sensitive information when a user visits a booby-trapped website. The attack exploits the browsers' autocomplete feature used to automatically enter commonly typed text into websites. It works by creating a webpage with fields carrying titles such as “First Name,” “Last Name,” “Email Address,” and “Credit Card Number” and then adding javascript that simulates the user entering various letters, numbers or keystrokes into each one.
Users who in the past have used the autocomplete features to store that information in versions 6 and 7 of IE or versions 4 and 5 of Safari will find that the information will be automatically zapped to the rogue website. No interaction is necessary other than to visit the page. Webmasters can set the input fields to be invisible to better conceal the attack.
In the case of Safari, Grossman's proof-of-concept attack simulates a user entering various letters or numbers into the fields. In a demonstration, when the script entered the letter J under a field titled “Name,” the browser automatically exposed “Jeremiah Grossman” to the web server. Grossman said he alerted Apple to the vulnerability on June 17, but received no reply other than an automatic response saying his message had been received.
“I would never have talked about this publicly if Apple had taken this seriously,” he told The Register. “I figured somebody else must have found this before because it's so brain-dead simple.” When he sent a follow up query “I never heard anything back, human or robotic.”
Tricking IE 6 and 7 into coughing up the autocomplete details works in a similar fashion, but instead of simulating the entering of numbers or letters into a field, Grossman enters a user's down arrow twice and then the enter key to extract the stored information. If more than one record is stored in that field, the script will repeat the process so they can be lifted as well.
Grossman's research is the latest to shatter the widely held myth that web surfing is largely an anonymous act, at least when done from a public or widely used IP address. In May, researchers demonstrated how a decade-old browser history disclosure vulnerability made the vast majority of web users vulnerable to practical attacks that lifted their viewing habits, including news articles they've read and the Zip Codes they've entered into online forms. That same month, separate researchers showed how most browsers leave behind digital fingerprints that can be used to uniquely identify their users.
Grossman's research take those findings to new highs. In addition to the weaknesses in IE and Safari, he has uncovered flaws in Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome that can expose passwords stored by the browsers. The feature is designed to automatically enter the user name and password when a user visits a site such as Gmail or Facebook. The researcher says it's possible for unscrupulous webmasters to steal that information by hiding malicious code on their pages. For the attack to work, an XSS, or cross-site scripting vulnerability must be present on the site on which the stored password is used.
Grossman's Black Hat presentation will also demonstrate how a webmaster can silently delete all of a user's browser cookies. The mass cookie deleter works by setting thousands of cookies as soon as a user visits the site. When the number of cookies set exceeds a certain amount – it's about 3,000 for Firefox and just slightly higher for other browsers – all older cookies will automatically be erased. His proof-of-concept takes about 2.5 seconds.

via www.theregister.co.uk

A Laptop Unveiled by Indian Government For Rs.1,500 Only

New Laptop
India on Thursday unveiled a Rs.1,500 (around $30) laptop designed specifically for students.
The device is a cross between iPad and tablet PC and is designed by experts from IIT, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. It can be charged by a solar panel.
However, the device can only be available to students in 2011.
On the occasion of the launch of the device, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said, "If more companies decide to manufacture a similar device, prices will come down automatically.”
The ministry floated the concept of a low cost laptop some years ago that was to come at Rs.500 ($10). However, the cost has tripled over the years and would cost now around $30 (Rs 1500).
The ministry expects the prices to drop to Rs.1,000 ($20) and reach Rs.500($10) as innovations are introduced.
The device looks similar to the conventional laptop and comes with a touch screen and a built in key board along with features like a 2 GB RAM memory, Wi-Fi connectivity, USB port, video-conferencing facility, multimedia content, searchable Pdf reader and unzip tool. The mini laptop is powered by a 2-watt system to suit poor power supply areas.
"This is real and tangible and we will take it forward. Sun will rise for the Indian students in 2011," Sibal said.
The low cost laptops will be distributed in institutions under the National Mission on Education through Information and Technology (NMEICT) connectivity.  Currently, already 8,500 colleges have been connected under this programme.

Olive unveils India's First 3G Tablet



Olive has launched India's first 3G network supporting tablet OlivePad VT-100.

Sporting a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen, this  tablet comes loaded with Google's Android OS.

It's the first Indian tablet to have 3G support and has all major features ideally sought in a full feature tablet.
The OlivePad is expected to hit Croma retail stores in August and is expected be sold below Rs. 25,000.

The all new OlivePad VT-100 comes with 600MHz Qualcomm M7227 chipset and is India's first 3.5G tablet with HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet Access) support. 

Olive has loaded 512MB ROM and 512MB RAM which can be expanded to 32GB with a memory card. 

OlivePad will have quad-band GSM support and also would be available with tri-band WCDMA support. 

At the rear of the tablet, there is a 3 megapixel autofocus camera supporting 4x zoom. 

This glossy appearing tablet also has Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g) and Bluetooth support. 

Olive has also added compass, G-sensor, ambient light sensor and dual speakers in the tablet. 

Users would be able to read ebooks and browse web over the webkit browser with Flash support.

What really makes OlivePad distinct is that it is loaded with features of a tablet as well as a smartphone.

While Apple's iPad tablet is yet to hit Indian shores officially, OlivePad makes an impressive entry.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

download images from facebook


method 1

Pick&Zip is a totally free online tool that will allow you downloading pictures from Facebook in a single zip or pdf file.

You may download your albums, pictures where you have been tagged and even your own friends' pictures.

just four easy steps:
  •  Choose a contact
  •  Browse tagged and album pictures
  •  Add pictures to selection
  •  Download!
To start using it you just have to log on Facebook.



method 2

use facepad addon with Firefox its easy


Reasons for building your own PC



1. Flexible case designs. Retail PCs come with desktop cases that are more alluring than ever, thanks to sculpted lines, shorter heights, and built-in conveniences like memory card readers and HDMI ports. Few PC users need eight drive bays and six PCI slots today anyway, except for niche applications.Go with a proper Antec, Cooler Master, or other respected vendor, and you'll never have a problem.


2. Stronger power supplies. Forget overclocking; some of the 250- and 300-watt PSUs that come with box store PCs can't even power a regular video card, unless it's a super low-end model like AMD's ATI Radeon HD 5570. Even if the wattage is there, an extra six-pin PCIe connector might not be. 


3. Proper versions of retail motherboards. It's usually tough to figure out what motherboard is inside a retail PC before you buy it. But even if the board is from a respected vendor like MSI or Asus, there's a good chance it's a special, low-end version made specifically for the box-store PC vendor.


4. Quality parts you choose yourself. A retail PC may carry a storied brand logo on the front panel. And if you bought an Intel or AMD PC, you can probably count on that actual CPU being inside. But who makes the parts in the rest of the machine? Often, the vendor's support team won't know, either. That's because from week to week, a manufacturer may switch OEM suppliers for the memory chips, hard drive, optical drive, and other components.


5. No bloatware. Everybody knows about this one already. But we'll emphasize it here for a more subtle reason: It also pollutes the OS install discs that come with retail machines. Assuming you get any discs with your system, that is—which is increasingly rare. Sometimes the OS install files come conveniently preloaded on a separate hard drive partition, but if the hard drive goes, you're toast. Even if you get the discs, that means whenever you want to refresh the machine and reinstall the OS, you'll have to uninstall all that awful crapware all over again.


6. Coherent support policies. Buying a retail PC means you're stuck with whatever support system the vendor has in place. That was fine 15 years ago, when Micron and Dell PCs averaged $3,000 and came with luxurious phone support. That's no longer the case today.If you build your own PC and you know something broke, you can replace it yourself—with whatever part you want, and whenever you want. And in some cases, trying to figure out what the retail PC manufacturer .


7. Upgrade whenever you want. This is a corollary to the previous reason. If you add something to a retail machine, like a new video card or even extra RAM, from a different source other than the PC vendor, the company could choose not to honor the warranty when something breaks—even if it involves a different part of the PC.Build your own PC, and you can add a new video card or more RAM whenever your budget allows for it.


8. Building a PC is just cooler. Okay, we'll be totally vain with the last one. But it's true; we'd wager that plenty of frustration with Windows machines involves the bloatware and cheap parts that make up most retail PCs—especially now that Microsoft is finally selling an excellent version of its OS. By building your own PC, you can select quality parts—itself a fun and enjoyable process. And within a few hours, you'll know more about how to fix it down the road than you would have ever learned otherwise


via extremetech

U.S security vulnerable due to shortage of "Cyberwarriors"


According to the NPR, the U.S. may be the most vulnerable country in the world for a large-scale cyberattack, and that there are only "1,000 people in the entire United States" with the skills neccessary for complex cyberdefense tasks.
In a report, shortly to be released from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), it is found that there is a "desperate shortage" of trained people who are able to "design secure systems, write safe computer code, and create the ever more sophisticated tools needed to prevent, detect, mitigate and reconstitute from damage due to system failures and malicious acts."
Cyberwarriors are highly trained inidividuals who are able to detect methods that could be used to penetrate government or large coporation networks, and have the neccessary skills to develop countermeasures to stop hackers. The lack of cyberwarriors, this seems to be in contrast with the Chinese situation, where the NPR say that "training of computer experts is a national priority" and that the Chinese government "appears to be systematically building a cyberwarrior force."
Alan Paller of the SANS institute (SysAdmin, Audit, Network, Security) said that a chinese youth who won a competition that singles out kids that are caught hacking was found hacking into the Pentagon, and as a result, they trained him and got him working "very, very fast."
As a result of this, the U.S government is planning to begin their own, similar program and are promoting a "U.S. Cyber Challenge" which is a "national talent search at the high school level." Apparently, the aim is to find as many as 10,000 young cyberwarriors. Senator Thomas Carper sees the challenge as an opportunity to utilise the talent saying that "not only for them to hone their skills on being able to hack into other systems, particularly those of folks we may not be fond of, but also to use what they learn to strengthen our defenses."
via neowin
my say:
i think they lack talent................
its there people who hack into their systems so they r creating problems for themselves!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, July 19, 2010

How To Unlock A Cell Phone for free

If you’re looking free and simple way to unlock your cell phone then here is a free utility for unlocking Nokia, Siemens, Vitel, Maxel, Panasonic, LG, AEG,Samsung, and Motorola called World Unlock Code Calculator v4.4.
Just launch World Unlock Code Calculator v4.4 , type your IMEI , press calculate and you’ll get the desired unlocking code.
via pc hacks

Only Indian Browser

Meet Epic Your New Best Friend.

the first-ever web browser for India
the world's only antivirus browser


1500+ Indian Themes andWallpapers.
Type in Indian LanguageEasily. Everywhere.



India Instantly
Latest Film Songs. Live Cricket Scores.News from a Dozen+ Leading Sources.Regional and Hindi Language News. Live TV. Stock Quotes. Events. Videos. Even a Daily Joke.


Sidebar Applications. 1500+ Apps. All Free.
Have more fun. Be more productive. Or both.

Blazing Fast
.Built on the latest Mozilla Firefox.Tweaked for Speed.
Faster Browsing.Faster Downloads.

Is Privacy Important to You?
One-Click Private Data Deletion.One-Click Private Browsing.
Flash Cookie Deletion built in. (the first browser ever to kill them).
No Browsing Reports. We don't store your browsing or search data. Ever.

Maximum. Yes. Maximum Security. For your browser. For your whole system.
Built in Antivirus: Scan downloads automatically. Scan your system manually. Epic Kills any viruses it finds. Totally free.
Malicious Website Warnings: We'll warn you if you're about to visit a web site known to host viruses or malware.
Anti-Phishing Protection: A big, bolded domain so you know if you're at citibank.com or citiphishingsite.com.

Experience Epic. Get It Now, FREE!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

free antivirus for Nokia s60


NetQin Mobile Guard is a free mobile security software. It is compatible with Symbian S60 phones – which includes most high-end Nokia phones.
Mobile Guard is no one-trick pony – it removes junk, minimizes power consumption, blocks harmful sites in browser and protects mobile phone against common malware. It can also help you manage internet usage within monthly limits, a connection log, and even a real-time traffic bar that shows the amount of traffic being transferred.

Switching to Best DNS Server instantly

DNS servers maintains database for internet and are responsible for looking up hostnames to IP addresses. These servers not only provide additional security but also provides better speed. manual DNS switiching takes a lot of time and it is very hard to determine by our own which DNS server is best for us.
DNS Jumper is a portable Windows Freeware application that helps you to switch between DNS servers easily without having any detailed knowledge about them. 
DNS Jumper can also be used to Flush DNS and taking backup. It eases out our work a lot and being a portable application it can be carried and used on any computer conveniently.
Download: DNS Jumper

Switching to Best DNS Server instantly

DNS servers maintains database for internet and are responsible for looking up hostnames to IP addresses. These servers not only provide additional security but also provides better speed. manual DNS switiching takes a lot of time and it is very hard to determine by our own which DNS server is best for us.
DNS Jumper is a portable Windows Freeware application that helps you to switch between DNS servers easily without having any detailed knowledge about them. 
DNS Jumper can also be used to Flush DNS and taking backup. It eases out our work a lot and being a portable application it can be carried and used on any computer conveniently.
Download: DNS Jumper

notepad in cloud

If all you need is a basic, one-step way to share information with yourself and others, there’s a better solution: it’s called notepad.cc, and it’s “a piece of paper in the cloud.”

Visit Notepad.cc, start typing in the white area and the text is saved. Grab the short URL on the bottom of the page, add a password too if you wish, share with others

Here’s how it works: Go to the notepad.cc website – you’ll see a blank “sheet of paper” with a dedicated URL in the address bar. Add text, links, or whatever to it. Then, when you go to that URL on any other device, all that text, links, or whatever will be there.  I’ve used it on many devices, all working perfectly – edit the page from anywhere, view it from anywhere.

Install all your windows applications at once

Ninite is a service that lets users install popular Windows applications automatically. It allows users to make a selection from a list of applications and bundles the selection into a single installer package. This service currently only works on Windows. It is free for personal use. A paid version, Ninite Pro, is available for business use. Ninite is developed by Patrick Swieskowski and Sascha Kuzins.


Features
Ninite works on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. It presents the user with a list of programs and generates a custom installer executable based on the user's selection . When run, the installer downloads and installs the selected applications. The authors of this program claim that their installer does not interfere with your system when you use it to install software chosen from their service.


its cool as you can install all applications at once

windows users must have this application

get youtube videos in a click

there are many ways of downloading you tube videos u can get some on this blog..............

but why to download flash videos when when you can get them in a click..................

right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

it only works with Linux (im using Ubuntu 10.04)...............

after you have watched a flash video in any site just write /tmp in your browser you will  find many folders and files see for file 'flashxxx' or some thing with starting flash just click on it............

you r done !!!!!!!!!!!!

video will get saved in your hard disk

if you will activate the option " do automatically for these type of files from now " then all the flash videos you see will get on your hdd so no need to do any thing.................

you can also create a bookmark of location '/tmp' so if u like a video just click on the bookmark and click the file and easy save..................

note : the video must be buffered completely else you will get a incomplete file..................


enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


does not work with Microsoft's any OS it sucks!!!!!!!!!!


i knnow many of u might know this  but i thought it was worth sharing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Lenovo Launches IdeaPad S10-3T Tablet In India For Rs 30k

Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3T Netbook Tablet





Even before Apple could launch the iPad worldwide, Lenovo has given it a major run for its money by launching IdeaPad S10-3T, a new multi-touch netbook tablet in the Indian market.
The IdeaPad S10-3T is one of the cheapest tablet to hit India and will provide competition to the Apple iPad, HP Slate, Notion Ink’s Adam and more. IdeaPad S10-3T is a mid-range tablet which comes with a multi-touch touchscreen and pinch to zoom features which are also present in the iPhone and iPad.
The tablet netbook has a 10.1" screen and can be rotated 180 degrees to turn into a tablet. The device will have a Intel Atom N450 processor and will run on Windows 7. The device also has a LED based 16:9 widescreen display for better media experience.
The low-end model will also come with 1GB DDR2 Ram and a minimum of 160GB hard drive. Battery life will be good with a 4 cell lithium-ion battery and the tablet will way less than 1.5KG or 3 lbs and will be 1" thin.
Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3T comes with the DirectShare feature, which allows users to synchronize files with another notebook without having to connect to the Internet. In addition to having face recognition features which have been a part of most Lenovo laptops.
Lenovo IdeaPad S10-3T will sell for Rs 30k in Indian markets and will be available in Lenovo exclusive stores and other stores which sell Lenovo devices.
So will you be buying the Lenovo IdeaPad, considering that it is available for cheap and can be a good alternative for the iPad, which does not have any release plans in near future in India.

Ubuntu Running on HTC HD2


Just a big hurdle in the way of porting Android onto the HD2 was finally overcome. In short, the bootloader called HaRET has been patched in order to avoid CPU crashes when booting Linux through it.
And we rightly labeled that as a major breakthrough because now, the devs working on this project have apparently managed to successfully run Ubuntu, a Linux distribution often used on desktop computers, on the HD2. You might point out that this isn’t such a good operating system for a smartphone – you can’t even make calls – but don’t forget Android is also Linux-based, so…
Android is working. It was a very simple problem with a missing configuration setting in the kernel which is fixed now.

There have been a lot of successful "ports" of Android on Windows Mobile devices, like the Touch Pro2. These projects involve getting a linux bootloader to run (haret.exe) so that Android, or any other Linux-based OS, can boot. Over at XDA, they've been working feverishly to get Android working on the HTC HD2, and have made a lot of progress. Case and point, the developers behind the HTC Linux Twitter account have just posted an image of an HD2 running Ubuntu, which, like Android, is a Linux-based operating system. They even managed to connect a mouse and keyboard, seen below. This is a good sign! 






Thursday, July 15, 2010

Microsoft Pays $3 to Set Bing as The Default Search Engine!


Microsoft is going all out and doing everything humanly possible to eat into Google’s search market share. Google dropped by 1% in the month of June as Yahoo and Bing gained .6% each. Though the drop cannot be directly tied to Bings aggressive marketing tactics just based on 1 months results, it would be interesting to see if the trend continues.
Microsoft is currently paying $3 to anyone who decide to set Bing as their default search engine. The company has tied up with DonorsChoose.org where users can donate the $3 they earn by switching to Bing.
So here is how it works..

  • Visit Search With Purpose
  • Click on the “Choose Bing and Donate” button
  • Click “Upgrade” or “Add” on the popup that alerts you of the new search engine being added
  • Enter your e-mail address to receive the donation code.
  • Go to DonorsChoose.org once you receive the code in the e-mail to donate to any of the projects listed on the site.
This method of switching from your current search engine to Bing works on FireFox and IE but does not work on Chrome. You are prompted to enter your e-mail address when “Choose Bing and Donate” is clicked and the code is sent as soon as you enter the e-mail address without changing the search engine preference.
You can tell that the program is working and quite a few people are switching from their current search engine to Bing as the donation amount went up by $3-4k since the post was published this morning.
Google is gained such popularity that people simply won’t try a new alternative even if it’s better. In such cases I think initiatives such as this are totally justified just to get people to try the new technology.
You can always switch back if you don’t like what you see on Bing. Click here to visit Search With Purpose and swtich to Bing.
What do you think, is donating $3 to a school project worth giving Bing a try?

via tNerd

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Installing Software: Tux VS. Bill Gates



BILL GATES
One of the many tired myths about Linux is that it’s very difficult to install software. Many argue why should they type in a command instead of can just clicking next, next, check a box, next, and one more next? However Windows isn’t really as clear cut as they try to make it sound to be. Last year, an E-mail sent by Bill Gates to some Microsofties was leaked. Bill detailed his frustrating experience in downloading and installing Windows Movie Maker. While Bill’s experience is extreme, it illustrates that typing a command isn’t so bad after all. Most modern Linux distros have graphical interfaces to install software anyways.
From: Bill Gates
Sent: Wednesday, January 15, 2003 10:05 AM
To: Jim Allchin
Cc: Chris Jones (WINDOWS); Bharat Shah (NT); Joe Peterson; Will Poole; Brian Valentine; Anoop Gupta (RESEARCH)
Subject: Windows Usability Systematic degradation flame
I am quite disappointed at how Windows Usability has been going backwards and the program management groups don’t drive usability issues.
Let me give you my experience from yesterday.
I decided to download (Moviemaker) and buy the Digital Plus pack … so I went to Microsoft.com. They have a download place so I went there.
The first 5 times I used the site it timed out while trying to bring up the download page. Then after an 8 second delay I got it to come up.
This site is so slow it is unusable.
It wasn’t in the top 5 so I expanded the other 45.
These 45 names are totally confusing. These names make stuff like: C:\Documents and Settings\billg\My Documents\My Pictures seem clear.
They are not filtered by the system … and so many of the things are strange.
I tried scoping to Media stuff. Still no moviemaker. I typed in movie. Nothing. I typed in movie maker. Nothing.
So I gave up and sent mail to Amir saying – where is this Moviemaker download? Does it exist?
So they told me that using the download page to download something was not something they anticipated.
They told me to go to the main page search button and type movie maker (not moviemaker!).
I tried that. The site was pathetically slow but after 6 seconds of waiting up it came.
I thought for sure now I would see a button to just go do the download.
In fact it is more like a puzzle that you get to solve. It told me to go to Windows Update and do a bunch of incantations.
This struck me as completely odd. Why should I have to go somewhere else and do a scan to download moviemaker?
So I went to Windows update. Windows Update decides I need to download a bunch of controls. (Not) just once but multiple times where I get to see weird dialog boxes.
Doesn’t Windows update know some key to talk to Windows?
Then I did the scan. This took quite some time and I was told it was critical for me to download 17megs of stuff.
This is after I was told we were doing delta patches to things but instead just to get 6 things that are labeled in the SCARIEST possible way I had to download 17meg.
So I did the download. That part was fast. Then it wanted to do an install. This took 6 minutes and the machine was so slow I couldn’t use it for anything else during this time.
What the heck is going on during those 6 minutes? That is crazy. This is after the download was finished.
Then it told me to reboot my machine. Why should I do that? I reboot every night รข€” why should I reboot at that time?
So I did the reboot because it INSISTED on it. Of course that meant completely getting rid of all my Outlook state.
So I got back up and running and went to Windows Updale again. I forgot why I was in Windows Update at all since all I wanted was to get Moviemaker.
So I went back to Microsoft.com and looked at the instructions. I have to click on a folder called WindowsXP. Why should I do that? Windows Update knows I am on Windows XP.
What does it mean to have to click on that folder? So I get a bunch of confusing stuff but sure enough one of them is Moviemaker.
So I do the download. The download is fast but the Install takes many minutes. Amazing how slow this thing is.
At some point I get told I need to go get Windows Media Series 9 to download.
So I decide I will go do that. This time I get dialogs saying things like “Open” or “Save”. No guidance in the instructions which to do. I have no clue which to do.
The download is fast and the install takes 7 minutes for this thing.
So now I think I am going to have Moviemaker. I go to my add/remove programs place to make sure it is there.
It is not there.
What is there? The following garbage is there. Microsoft Autoupdate Exclusive test package, Microsoft Autoupdate Reboot test package, Microsoft Autoupdate testpackage1. Microsoft AUtoupdate testpackage2, Microsoft Autoupdate Test package3.
Someone decided to trash the one part of Windows that was usable? The file system is no longer usable. The registry is not usable. This program listing was one sane place but now it is all crapped up.
But that is just the start of the crap. Later I have listed things like Windows XP Hotfix see Q329048 for more information. What is Q329048? Why are these series of patches listed here? Some of the patches just things like Q810655 instead of saying see Q329048 for more information.
What an absolute mess.
Moviemaker is just not there at all.
So I give up on Moviemaker and decide to download the Digital Plus Package.
I get told I need to go enter a bunch of information about myself.
I enter it all in and because it decides I have mistyped something I have to try again. Of course it has cleared out most of what I typed.
I try (typing) the right stuff in 5 times and it just keeps clearing things out for me to type them in again.
So after more than an hour of craziness and making my programs list garbage and being scared and seeing that Microsoft.com is a terrible website I haven’t run Moviemaker and I haven’t got the plus package.
The lack of attention to usability represented by these experiences blows my mind. I thought we had reached a low with Windows Network places or the messages I get when I try to use 802.11. (don’t you just love that root certificate message?)
When I really get to use the stuff I am sure I will have more feedback.
Half way across the world Xiang Hu typed:sudo apt-get install kdenlive
And started editing on his son’s 3rd birthday video. Youtube didn’t exist in 2003, he only got to share the video with his family.
It is still unknown whether Bill Gates got to make his home video or not.
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