Archive for September, 2007

Is Your Computer Connecting To Websites Without Your Knowledge

September 28, 2007 2 comments

If you are worried that some programs on your PC are secretly making connections to websites in the background, here’s a quick tip that uses a simple DOS command to detect and prevent such suspicious activity:

  1. Type cmd in your Windows Run box.
  2. Type “netstat -b 5 > activity.txt” and press enter. After say 2 minutes, press Ctrl+C.
  3. Type “activity.txt” on the command line to open the log file in notepad (or your default text editor).

The file activity.txt will have a log of all process that made a connection to the Internet in the last two minutes. It will also show which process connected to which website in this time. And not just the web browsers (like iexplore.exe or opera.exe), the log will also show your IM clients, download managers, email programs or any software that requires a net connection.

Scroll though the activity.txt file and look for any process names or website addresses that you are not aware of. If you track one , go to the task manager (or Process Explorer) to find the location of the executable on your computer and eliminate it.

Note: If you’re using Vista, use -a instead of -b.

[ Source: Digital Inspiration ]


Review of Ubuntu 7.10 (gutsy) new features and changes

September 27, 2007 Leave a comment

Startup and shutdown screens won’t blink any more, so no more watching of a boring black screen even for a second. Desktop theme received some minor updates: some pixels changed at the mouse cursors to make them more eye pleasant. Evolution is now displaying popup at the tray in case of a message arrival. In the file manager an image thumbnails will be automatically rotated if they were taken with a camera. Buttons of the ‘windows list’ applet in Ubuntu 7.10 will stay they original size despite a change of a window title, for example in case of web browser tab change. The very impressive Deskbar applet is initially activated. Microsoft ntfs file system support should be available for reading and writing by default (by ntfs-3g driver using FUSE). Additional set of utilities for manipulation with ntfs partitions such as format, resize, undelete and etc. is accessible via ‘ntfsprogs’ package. Read more >>

[ Source: Tolero’s tech notes ]

OSX 10.4.9 / Vista dual boot on your Windows machine

September 25, 2007 Leave a comment

This guide tells you how to install OSX 10.4.9 on your Intel or AMD Windows machine, dual booting with Vista. This guide is for information purposes only.

[ Source: Profit42 ]

How to make Windows XP Genuine

September 25, 2007 162 comments

Here is the easy way to make you Windows XP Genuine.

  1. Start
  2. run
  3. regedit
  6. Microsoft
  7. Windows NT
  8. Current Version
  9. WPAEvents
  10. Double click OOBETimer
  11. Select all and delete
  12. FF D5 71 D6 8B 6A 8D 6F D5 33 93 FD
  13. Right click on WPAEvents
  14. Permissions
  15. System
  16. Deny Full Control
  17. Apply
  18. Yes
  19. OK
  20. Done!

PHP 101: PHP For the Absolute Beginner

September 19, 2007 1 comment

This area is intended for everyone new to PHP. It opens with a series of informal, entertaining tutorials written by Vikram Vaswani, founder and CEO of Melonfire. These tutorials build on a previously-published 5-part series which has now been updated and extended to embrace PHP 5, making parts of it suitable for those of you who already have worked with PHP 4 in the past.

[ Source: Zend Developer Zone ]

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Mozilla drops $3m on new company to develop Thunderbird

September 19, 2007 3 comments

Mozilla announced plans this week to sink $3 million into a new Mozilla Foundation project designed to enhance the Thunderbird mail client. Early reports indicate that the as-yet-unnamed newly formed company will focus on positioning Thunderbird for use in Internet communications, including Web-based email, IM, and SMS.

The new organization, code-named MailCo, will be headed up by longtime Mozilla community member and CTO of ActiveState, David Ascher. Along with Mozilla Foundation chair Mitchell Baker, he will lead a new development team that is “dedicated to developing, innovating, and improving Internet mail and communication software,” using Thunderbird as a starting point. Ascher acknowledges that such a project is a massive undertaking but says he is dedicated to “making email better.”

On her Mozillazine blog, Baker writes that the initial seed money will be primarily spent on building a small team for the project but additional funding is expected. The company already has a preliminary plan, however, and Baker says they center around four goals:

  • Take care of Thunderbird users.
  • Move Thunderbird forward to provide better, deeper email solutions.
  • Create a better user experience for a range of Internet communications — how does or how should email work with IM, RSS, VoIP, SMS, site-specific email, etc.
  • Spark the types of community involvement and innovation that the project has seen around Web browsing and Firefox.

[ Source: ]

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Easily Install Bleeding Edge Apps with the Source-O-Matic

September 13, 2007 1 comment

Ubuntu LinuxInstall bleeding edge applications easily with Source-O-Matic, a web application that dynamically creates the file that manages what repositories you can install packages from sources.list. Besides the typical Ubuntu repositories, you can add additional repositories that make it a snap to install the newest versions of KDE, Koffice, amaroK and Wine.

[ Source: Ubuntu sources.list generator ]

Categories: Linux / Unix, Software, Tutorial Tags: ,
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