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Thursday, August 30, 2007

How to Change Drive Letters in Windows XP


How to Change Drive Letters in Windows XP

When you add drives to your computer, such as an extra hard drive, a CD drive, or a storage device that corresponds to a drive, Windows automatically assigns letters to the drives. However, this assignment might not suit your system; for example, you might have mapped a network drive to the same letter that Windows assigns to a new drive. When you want to change drive letters, follow these steps:

Right-click My Computer, and then click Manage.

Under Computer Management, click Disk Management.

In the right pane, you'll see your drives listed. CD-ROM drives are listed at the bottom of the pane.

Right-click the drive or device you want to change, and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths.

Click Change, click Assign the following drive letter, click the drive letter you want to assign, and then click OK.

Disable the "Send Error Report to Microsoft"

How to Disable the "Send Error Report to Microsoft"

To disable the stupid feature in WinXP which tries to send a report to microsoft every time a program crashes you will have to do this:

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Open Control Panel
Click on Preformance and Maintenance.
Click on System.
Then click on the Advanced tab
Click on the error reporting button on the bottom of the windows.
Select Disable error reporting.
Click OK
Click OK

How to sniff and hack plain-text passwords in 13 steps

How to sniff and hack plain-text passwords in 13 steps
The following is an instructional tutorial. I hope to show how easy it is to sniff people's passwords in plain-text form on virtually any wired network. Common applications for this would be on a university, school or otherwise large network. This has only been tested on a Windows machine, but can be used to sniff passwords from any operating system.

Step 1: Download, install and run Cain & Abel at http://www.oxid.it/cain.html.
Step 2: Click "Configure" in the top bar.
Step 3: In the "Sniffer" tab, click the adapter which is connected to the network to be sniffed, then click "Apply", then "OK".
Step 4: Click the "Sniffer" tab in the main window.
Step 5: Click the network card in the top bar (2nd icon from the left).
Step 6: Click the "+" button in the top bar.
Step 7: Select "All hosts in my subnet", click "OK". Entries should appear in the main window under the "IP address", "MAC address" and "OUI fingerprint" headings.
Step 8: From the "Sniffer" tab, click "APR" in the bottom tab.
Step 9: Click the top right pane in the main window. Click the "+" button in the top bar.
Step 10: Click on the router in the left pane. The router is generally the entry which has the lowest final IP value (xxx.xxx.xxx.*). Highlight the IP addresses to sniff in the right pane. Click "OK".
Step 11: Click the ARP icon in the top bar (3rd icon from the left). Wait until other users have logged into websites on other computers. Depending on the size of the network and the traffic which this network receives, this can range from minutes to hours.
Step 12: After some time has passed, click "Passwords" in the bottom tab.
Step 13: In the left pane, select the bolded entries. The right pane should show the time, server, username, password (in plaintext) and site accessed.

Please use this tutorial with caution as most private institutions, as well as countries, have strict rules and laws against network sniffing and could lead to expulsion from an institution, as well as critical litigation! This tutorial is for educational purposes only and should only be used to demonstrate the security weaknesses of common networking infrastructures.


Product Home Page
http://www.oxid.it/cain.html

Download Cain & Abel v2.0 for Windows 9x
http://www.oxid.it/downloads/cain20.exe

Download Cain & Abel v4.9.3 for Windows NT/2000/XP
http://oxid.netsons.org/download/ca_setup.exe

Cain & Abel - User Manual
http://www.oxid.it/ca_um/

Human getting a label "Verichip Inside"

Some days back a hospital in New York (Vassar Brothers Medical Center) Begun bar coding its incoming patients like a commodity inventory at a supermarket.

They said it reduces not only the workload but also reduces the human errors. It saves millions of dollars too.

Now these IT guys have come up with a new technology.

That is, they are going to insert a Silicon chip in the human body and keep them under surveillance.



This chip,known as Verichip or xmark which is the size of two rice, will be inserted into the right hand discreetly. Later it wont even be visible to anybody. That man will be observed and identified with a 16-digit number in the chip. This is called Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID). After that, it's easy to know the whole history of that person any time by a computer. (Look at the flash animation)

The Bigwigs of America like Wal-mart, Procter&Gamble and United States Postal Service are rumored to implement this among its employees.

From now on it looks like everybody will have to hang a board around their neck that says "Verichip Inside". Soon nobody can simply escape from the computer system anymore.

More Details
http://www.verichipcorp.com
http://www.xmark.com

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

All new Computers comes with Crap

Let’s assume you are buying a new laptop it could be a Sony Vaio or a Dell Inspiron or a HP Pavilion or even a Toshiba Satellite Or else even a simple brand new Desktop Computer. All these would always come with its own set of trash. Yes they are trash, I mean all those Evaluation Softwares.

After 30 days of honeymoon the anti-virus software comes with it will expire and it will keep bugging you to buy it. Even softwares like Microsoft Office etc comes like this with all new Systems.

You could enjoy your system only after removing all this trash from your computer. But how do we do it? We don't have to do it manually. There's a software that's available for free which cleans out all this crap from your new PC, which is named appropriately so, as "PC Decrapifier".

This "Vacuum cleaner" searches for such trash and removes it completely. After that it's guaranteed that you will enjoy your computer more.

Product Home Page
http://www.pcdecrapifier.com/

List of Craps it can remove.
http://www.pcdecrapifier.com/removes

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Bye Bye to Pentium, Welcome to Penryn

Early this year Chip giant Intel announced the next version of Pentium. By the end of this year the new type of microprocessor known as Penryn will be supposed to be available in the market. In 1993 Pentium came into the market with a huge hype and made a big impact on the market.







Vinod Dham, one of the important people in creating this is known as "The Father of Intel Pentium processor". He was born in Pune (India), studied in Delhi and flew to USA. He was in Intel till he became the VP then he quit.

These Penryn processors will be having 45 nanometer technology. Today’s processors are with 65 nanometer technology. This difference will make the size of the chip not only small, but also transistors in them will grow in numbers. It will also use less power. In one way or another Moore's Law is being proved time and again.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Car PC

Let’s assume you are traveling in a car when somebody calls you on your cell phone to ask about Hypervisor. You are at a loss. You want to Google it but you need a computer, which you don't have at this moment. You are helpless. Also wouldn’t you prefer NOT to use a Blackberry to check your emails while driving?

Just for situations like these something called a "Car PC" or "Auto PC", comes in handy. This Computer becomes a part of your car’s dashboard. It also features a wireless connection, which makes it easier to connect to the internet. It is also known as Carputer.

As you start the ignition this also boots up automatically. It has a touch screen along with audio, video, GPS, a software to diagnose your car, Satellite radio and other extra features making it all the more attractive.

We would find soon cars with this feature built-in, or maybe it's already in the market.

Also, I wish if there is software, which could do all the activities we normally would do on a daily basis on the computer like checking our emails, checking our calendar, Visiting CNN.com etc that would be a welcome addition. As it does all the clicks and movements of the mouse, while we simply have to stare at the screen. At first that software should be able to monitor and learn about ourselves. Another attractive feature very much useful for Car computing would be when we say "Go to Google mail" it should be able to automatically check our Google mail for us.

Anything is possible nowadays.

More Product Information
http://www.gnetcanada.com/vehiclepc-carpc-overview.asp

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Modern World War

Atomic bombs are yesterday's news in the world of wars. Today countries have learnt to war against each other appropriate to the modern world. Money is the weapon in that war. Iran the fourth richest country in oil is in such a state that, you have to wait in line for hours to get fuel. Their Economic Policy is not right, it seems.

Zimbabwe known for its cricket is in a state of confusion today. You need about 10,000 Zimbabwe money to buy a loaf of bread. The reason behind this is their economy or more precisely the government's handling of its economic policies is the general opinion.

Even a small change or correction on economic policies can lead either to major achievements or downfall. That's equal to waging a war with atomic weapons.

The latest in this line of war is China and USA's war of Trade. Unlike India, China has not changed the value of its currency for a long time, thereby getting the Dollar advantage. (India on the other hand has been increasing its currency value which is a known fact)
America is under the pressure to change the value of the undervalued Chinese currency but the Chinese are not interested. But they are constantly on pressure from America. If pressured too much China is threatening to sell its reserve of 1.3 trillion American Dollars which they have, which will cause a major economy crash in the United States. But that would have ripple effect on the economies of both India and China.

If we try to bring down one another to get revenge, it will end up bringing trouble to everyone involved. So, it's better to live and let live.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Wall Street talks about Virtualization

Lots of big companies got the idea to have just one server box, that can run multiple server operating systems like Windows and Unix together or just many Windows OS on the same physical machine together and save big money. The news is that many Data centers, which were like junk pile, are being cleaned up because of this.

The reason behind all this is something called Server Virtualization or Hypervisor technology. The pioneer in this technology the VMWare (Symbol-VMW) Company’s shares (IPO) became available in the market last week, which made Wall Street in the midst of its subprime troubles sit up and take notice of "Virtualization" in wonderment. Although the stock of this company is on the rise for now, what will happen in a few weeks or months is anybody's guess.

Some people under the impression that this is the Google of tomorrow have started buying the company's shares in huge amount, while lots of other people are cautioning not to get caught in the stock market strategies.

But many do believe that the software ESX of VMWare is strong and that it saves millions in expenses for big corporates have started buying its shares. That too many IT professionals are in this.

Only time can tell whether All that glitters is Gold …or not.

Friday, August 24, 2007

With GPS go miles

Good news for people of free spirit who would like to go where ever they want to go, when ever they want to go with the help of a small television like gadget fitted in their cars known as Global Positioning System [GPS] available for now in countries like America. But bad news for all the paper map books manufacturers as their sales has gone down. A polite, attractive female voice gives turn by turn directions to the place they wish to go in this system.

This system is not brand new. Just that it has reached even the common man in recent days. This technology was initially used by the American army for the purpose of keeping an eye on its enemies activities till some years back. The GPS receiver is the main box that you need for this system. Popular brands like Garmin, TomTom sell it for about $250 with no monthly payments. Only the insurance for cars, which has built-in GPS on its dashboard, is high. Lots of cell phones too have this system.

Just for this purpose there are 24 satellites plus 3 emergency satellites orbiting in space.
All these 27 satellites get their solar power from Sun, which is 12,000 miles away from the earth. If all these 27 satellites die that would be the death of the entire GPS system as well. At present about million Americans use this system.

For example, for the question where am I? If I say – I'm 190 miles from Boston, MA, 52 miles from Trenton, NJ and 81 miles from Philadelphia, PA it’s easy to deduce that I'm in New York, which is exactly what the GPS does. This method is called Trilateration. For the GPS to work it needs to communicate with at least 3 satellites at a particular moment. GPS uses High- Frequency, Low-Power radio signals for this purpose so, you will be in trouble if you are in a place between high-rise buildings or if the weather is bad. Then the polite, sweet voiced lady can't help you.

Otherwise you are free to roam around just about anywhere alone. No need to take a print out of the directions from googlemaps. The sweet lady could even direct you to the wonderful Chettinad Aachi's Non-veg Indian restaurant in New Jersey for this weekend.

Fathers of Computer World

Father of the computer age
Wilhelm Schickard



Father of Digital computer
John Vincent Atanasoff



Father of The personal computer
Steve Wozniak



Father of Computing
Charles Babbage



Father of Computer Science
Alan Turing



Father of Visual Basic
Alan Cooper



Father Of Java
James Gosling



Father of XML
Jon Bosak



Father of The Internet
Vinton Cerf



Father of World Wide Web
Tim Berners-Lee



Father of the Mouse
Doug Engelbart



Father of the Hard Drive
Al Shugart



Father of Pentium Processor
Vinod Dham



Father of Computer Graphics
Ivan Sutherland



Father of Robotics
Nikola Tesla



Father of DOS
Tim Paterson



Father of Linux
Linus Torvalds

Thursday, August 23, 2007

How to retrieve Window Product CD Key Serial Number?


Hey, there are situations when you forgot or lost your Windows CD Product number and you are in a need to get them back. Usually you could find them on a sticker which is pasted on your cabinet or on bottom of your laptop. (See the picture). Or you got an easy way to regain it. Simply run this great free portable program Winkeyfinder. It gets back your CD key from the Windows registries. Then what? Have a nice day. Direct Download Link http://download.softpedia.com/software/system/info/winkeyfinder_1.72%20final.zip

How to Backup Your Device Drivers?

IP Version 6 Are you planning to format your hard disk or are you planning to reinstall the Windows. Wait a minute...You may end up in a big mesh. Because you need to think about backing up of your device drivers right now. You may have lost your CDs and Floppies which came with your system. After the installation of Windows if you don’t provide the correct device drivers, the devices such as sound card, network card etc may not work. Later you will have to look for those CDs or you will have to search on the net for the drivers. But why you go that level? Take the device driver backup by this simple, free tool. No need to install on your machine. You can run it from a USB Flash drive itself and can take a backup up of all your device drivers now itself. This backup may help you at any time. Remember, it supports Win95 / Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP .

Direct Download Link bassam.zip

Convert a image in to an Icon with freeware tool

Image to Icon ConverterFree Image to Icon converter - Imagicon is a freeware easy utility to convert multiple image files like BMP, JPG or PNG image formats into any of the following image formats (24-bit): Windows or OS/2 Bitmap (BMP), Independent JPEG Group (JPG), Portable Network Graphics (PNG) and Windows Icon (ICO). Options are available to transform images and enable alpha transparency of icons. The interface window of Imagicon can be personalized with custom designs. The user can select to save icons with the following dimensions in pixels: 16 x 16, 32 x 32, 48 x 48, 64 x 64 and 128 x 128. Imagicon also features the ability to drag 'n' drop multiple images for faster processing. Full instructions are included with the software, explaining each of the possible settings and the function that they do.

Direct download here

http://www.devcode.co.uk/dload/ImagiconSetup.exe

Product Page

http://www.devcode.co.uk/imagicon.html

How to crack Wi-Fi Wireless WEP Key?

Because of the increasing usage of Laptops and cheap Wireless Routers, now a days every home has a hotspot with Wi-Fi internet connection.
Mostly these connections are secured using WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) key. Who ever knows this key can get access to the internet.

Some times they are unsecured. That means anybody can get access to internet. May be some stranger parked next to your house is browsing websites using your internet connection. We never know what he does? If it is secured that means he got to know your WEP Key first. So make sure your wi-fi is secured.

But still there are ways to crack your WEP key.Now let’s see how do they crack your WEP KEY?
A step-by-step guide to breaking WEP key
You would come across tools like Aircrack Airodump WepAttack.

Another way is getting access to your wireless router's admin account. A survey says most of the home wireless router’s default admin passwords are never changed. So here is the list of routers in the market and their default admin passwords. Some body would give a try. If you haven’t changed the default password, It may work out him.

DEFAULT WIRELESS SETTINGS

How to avoid it?
First change the default admin password of your wireless router.
Second change your security from WEP to WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access).

Some more tips are here
Home Wireless Security Settings Tips

Pdf conversion free tools

Online Tools

Here is a free onlinetool "ExpressPDF" which would help you to convert Microsoft Office documents such as Word and Excel to PDF document. This tool helps you to convert your Web pages to PDF documents aswell.

http://www.expresspdf.com/

There is nother free Online tool "Neevia Document Converter eXpress" helps you to convert most of your file types (List here) to PDF or Image without the need of installing special software on your computer.But there is a 1 MB file size limitation.

http://convert.neevia.com/

DocMorph is a another online free tool to convert more than 50 types of electronic files (List here) into 5 possible outputs:1.Portable Document Format (PDF) 2.Multi-page Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) 3.Single-page TIFF 4.Text 5.Synthesized speech .But you got to register first.

http://docmorph.nlm.nih.gov/docmorph/docmorph.htm

Online free tool FastPdf helps you to convert Microsoft Word (.doc or .rtf) to Pdf
http://www.fastpdf.com/

Online free tool FreePdfConvert helps you to convert MS Office, Images, Web Pages, Vector Graphic Formats files and more to PDF. Here you find the complete list of supported file formats.

http://www.freepdfconvert.com/

Installable Tools

Here is a another free tool PrimoPdf ,but has to be installed on your computer which converts from Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and virtually any other printable file type to pdf.They got 64-bit edition aswell.

http://www.primopdf.com/

Download here 14.2 MB

Get it from CNET Download.com!

MyMorph is a another free tool to convert more than 50 types of electronic files into PDF outputs:

Product Home Page

http://docmorph.nlm.nih.gov/docmorph/mymorphinstallation.htm

Download here 7.70MB

http://docmorph.nlm.nih.gov/docmorph/setup1.exe

PDF2EXE is a freeware software which helps you to quickly convert any PDF to EXE, making PDF readable on any computer without Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. But the conversion from PDF to EXE preserves the look and feel of the original document.

Product Home Page

http://www.pdf2exe.com/

Download here 1.56MB

http://www.pdf2exe.com/pdf2exe.exe

Worlds Highest Web Site


http://worlds-highest-website.com/

Yes, there is a highest web site on the earth.Its height is 18.939 Kilometers that is 11.769 Miles .If you visit this website you got to keep scroll up.They have given steps to go up or you can use easy elevators.

It seems like they have done it for doing some testing on CSS.
Have a look and fun.Its alexa page rank is as of today 50,639

Worlds Smallest Website

Worlds Smallest Website
Yes.Here is the worlds smallest web site http://www.guimp.com/ with just a dot.
But dont take it small.Its Alexa ranking is as of now 134,703
and Google Page Rank is 6.
I dont know how they can make money with these traffic?
:)

Interesting Facts about Myspace.com

MySpace was founded by Chris Dewolfe and Tom Anderson in 2003.

They were former Friendster.com members (Another socialnetworking website).

They saw opportunity to beat Friendster with more options and less restrictions for social network users. And they did it. Myspace.com was born.

Later in 2005 MySpace was purchased for $580 million by Rupert Murdoch creator of a media empire that includes 20th Century Fox and the Fox television stations.

MySpace has more than 40 billion page views a month.

And daily new user registrations are around 230,000.

Total registered users around 106 Million.

In 2006 Google paid $900 million to be MySpace's search provider.

But Myspace.com has got just 300 employees.

Last but not least.MySpace runs on Microsoft .NET Framework, operating under Windows 2003 server and applications written in C# for ASP.NET.

How to make portable applications?

Unlike other applications,portable applications can be run from your USB drive with out installing them on your computer.For example comple FireFox or Microsoft Office application can be run directly from your USB drive or other removable jump drives.If you serach for them there are list of aplications are available online for free.Incase if you dont find them but you want to create a portable application here is a way.Innounp (Inno Setup Unpacker) helps you to do that. Follow their documentations.

Innounp Home Page

Download Innounp from here

Inno Setup Home Page

Download Inno Setup from here

Light weight PDF reader

Are you tired of Adobe PDF Reader?.I know, it`s a heavy application which does lot more activities than just let us to read. It takes hell lot of time to open a simple pdf (PDF-Portable Document Format) file.
It comes in 22.3 MB and it`s not good for quick readers like me when you got minimal PC hardware configuration.

If you are looking for a fast PDF reader give a try to FoxitReader.
It`s free and it does the exact job what we need. Just 1.67 MB sized.
Download Adobe Reader from here.
http://ardownload.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/win/8.x/8.1/enu/AdbeRdr810_en_US.exe

Download Foxit Reader from here.
http://us01.foxitsoftware.com/foxitreader/foxitreader_setup.exe

Download Foxit Reader Portable Edition from here
http://us01.foxitsoftware.com/foxitreader/foxitreader.zip

Why Scott-Tiger?


Bruce Scott was one of the first employees at Oracle (then Software Development Laboratories). He co-founded Gupta Technology (now known as Centura Software) in 1984 with Umang Gupta, and later became CEO and founder of PointBase, Inc.Bruce was co-author and co-architect of Oracle V1, V2 and V3. The SCOTT schema (EMP and DEPT tables), with password TIGER, was created by him. Tiger was the name of his cat.

World`s Biggest and Smallest Hard disk drives

What you see on this picture is the world`s very first hard disk which came with 305 RAMAC, the first computer with a hard disk drive and it is the biggest one as well. It was launched by IBM in September 1956 weighed over a ton but stored just 5MB of data.

Japan's Toshiba Corporation`s following pictured Hard disk drive seems like the smallest on the earth. It is certified by the Guinness World Records. Its stamp-sized hard disk drive is around .85-inch size as the smallest in the world but its memory capacity sizes up to 4 Gigabytes.


Show your system informations on your wallpaper



Next time you dont need to look for all your system configuration informations using diffrent utilities by doing more and more mouse clicks.Its all displayed there on your wallpaper.How?.Try this cool free tool which is originally from Sysinternals, now its bought over by Microsoft.

Product Page

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/Miscellaneous/BgInfo.mspx

Direct Download Link

http://download.sysinternals.com/Files/BgInfo.zip