First Usage: OpenOffice Blogger

November 30, 2006

Sun Weblog PublisherFor some weird reason, my first blog entry ever is not being listed under “recent posts” in As the blogs team investigating the issue, I ‘ve started this new weblog hoping to see my postings in and get some hits. Though I started blogging recently and has few postings, I tried best of the lot writer out there for my previous postings and my finale post was using windows writer. I knew I have to switch over, I cant be both the assailant and the user for even a short time. So this very next posting I’ve been composing using Sun Weblog Publisher for StarOffice/OpenOffice( actually I’m using OpenOffice ). Bottomline, I got the rich OpenOffice features for editing my blogs and I dont have to install another software for doing the same job.

Verdict: I ‘m gonna stay with this for a while.


Firefox Vs. MS Firefox

November 27, 2006

All the time there have been a big fight going in between Fox-fans and MS-Firefox Fans ( formerly IE7 ), can we take this as the MS itself verdicted IE7 is the nothing but disguised Firefox itself.

So the winner is …

NFS Returns

November 25, 2006

Inspite of extremely busy testing schedule, I managed to testdrive the latest NFS Series, the Need for Speed: Carbon demo from EAGames the largest game publisher in the world. The new NFS stands more than the expectation its previous versions have created. The game has been improved a lot with heavy graphics, excellant new autosculpt customisation, the new racing environment and the game progression. And needless to mention superior sound quality, your existing stereo card is not enough for the NFS.

 Some of the details which makes NFS stands out of the racing crowd are the engine sounds they use are of the same as of porsche or ferrari or lamborghini as you get it in the street , the demo intro of the game ( not to be missed ) with superior graphics and animation and the accustomed adrenaline pump as you drive in the Canyon racing mode.

Its simply not another racing game, but its good, adrenaline pumping deep racing game. 

Enjoy gaming.

Say No to Firefox 2.0 password manager !!! – 2

November 24, 2006

In addition to my previous posting, the flaw seems to be prevalent in IE7 too

Say No to Firefox 2.0 password manager !!!

November 23, 2006

Its just week when Firefox 2.0 has been verdicted as better than IE7 combating phishing, it had just lost to IE7 in another password security flaw. 

The vulnerability seems to be in the Firefox password manager which can be tricked into sending password information to an attacker’s Web site. So if you have enabled your Firefox 2.0 password manager to remember passwords, you are in high risk of losing your passwords. Add to this fact someone got a demo of this flaw.

Solutions ? Till mozilla get a fix, disable the Password Manager.

Its hardtime for Fox-fans.



Licence to Steal

November 21, 2006

Every morning as I stroll towards my cubicle, I notice this extremely vulnerable OS which tops in SANS  list, running on all the desktops/laptops across the cubicles occupied by my BU. This all of sudden windows rush leaves me a insecure feeling I never felt when I was using the SunRay which all this time kept me from periodic updating hassles which I ‘ve been going through now.

As a hardcore online banker and rare shopper I would prefer my desktop/laptop to be up-to-date to ensure my online experience safe and secure.

So what are the least to be followed to keep your system safe

  • Update the OS once a week
  • Update the antivirus client daily ( make sure its not disabled and let the weekly scan run for completion)
  • Enable firewall
  • Get one anti-spyware running in your system and keep it updated.  

Why you need a anti-spyware to detect a spyware ? Why not antivirus do the job ? It simply doesn’t because antivirus search files based on signature whereas spywares are legtimate programs.

If this is the first time you learn about spyware or you know it already and were ignorant like the majority I could bet atleast one spyware would be running in your systems ( atleast less harmful ). Don’t have to believe my words, download any one of free versions available or probably the one from the MS itself and try scanning your systems or just go through the checklist given below to ensure you are already affected.

Signs of Spywares

  • You see new toolbars you did not intentionally add to your web browser.
  • Your home page is not sunweb anymore, instead you might land up in less boring, visually appealing and if you are lucky probably in a gorgeous page when you launch your browser.
  • You type the address for a specific website (for example, a search engine), but you are taken to a different one instead. ( cool excuse you can use if your manager pops up all of sudden)
  • Your computer suddenly starts running more slowly than it usually does. ( and sometimes you can move your mouse pointer too ).
  • Dont be happy if you never experienced any one of these, probably you would be running the most dangerous spy in your system. ( might be a keylogger smuggling your password )

All this means your already got enough spys implanted in your system successfully. And if you’ve been doing online transactions using this system, at anytime or probably by this time your valuable login credentials, credit card infos would be Opensourced.

 If this posting had scared you of using your not up-to-date destop, think it’d served the purpose.

My first blog entry

November 17, 2006

Welcome to my first blog entry.

If someone had told me six years ago ( the day I was introduced to the fascinating Unix realm especially Solaris ) that I would be sitting in a Sun Office-India blogging on Friday night, I wouldn’t have believed him. Atleast when I spent my night in the previous employer’s Solaris dominated datacentre, struggling to keep tight the fluctuating server loads and keeping track of backups in L700 ( long before Sun acquires Storagetek ) I never would have believed. Its been approximately year-and-half here and right now I’m QE-ing JCAPS-formerly SeeBeyond ICAN suite.

Ok so I have a blog now.

As now I’ve been part of this prestigious crowd, I’ll try to blog atleast once a week about the things matters most to me and you. Stay tuned.