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When will we get email in our aggregators
I was just thinking about this few days back, I want a aggregator that can download all my email from different servers to a single point, yes I know this can be very simple in POP3 accounts and for this to happen mail servers should come out with a service which can support this, but I have quite a few email addresses that I use and I use it for different purpose and they are not POP3 address and not all email address support mail forwarding and other features (I still want to use them becuase they ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 30, 2004 3:19 AM

Now MSN will have a 'BlogBot'
Why should Microsoft stay behind of anybody, they had to come up with something and now they will have a 'Blogbot' and it is said that it will be like 'Feedster' and read somewhere in the comments of the Seattle PI Blog that Google is working on something similar too. You think it is getting overcrowded market, we have more blog search engines than normal search engines! But his is not a bad thing in my opinion, we are getting more and more new features with each new blog search engine and I am waiting ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 30, 2004 3:07 AM

I just discovered some nice features in Microsoft Help
This whole week I am in training, while I was going through Windows 2003 Upgrade course I discovered something that I had never bothered to see before, I discovered the options available in Windows 2003 help and I was told that we have similar options in Windows XP as well and I checked it out.What I discovered was that we can install help from the CD, we can share help on our computer so others can take the benefit of it, and we can install Multiple help on the same box and then keep on switching ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 30, 2004 2:56 AM

Weekend out with Ericsson's Engineer
I spend my Friday and Saturday with Kalpesh Patel who is a Engineer at Ericsson Australia and works for Prepaid GSM System. He shared many of the experiences that he gets when he visits his clients in India. From my part, I introduced him to blogging, RSS, Newsgator & Orkut and the advantages of the technologies before. I was amazed that he did not know anybody at Ericsson who had a blog. He was amazed at some of the findings using Feedster. I introduced him into Orkut so he can look around for ......

Posted On Sunday, March 28, 2004 7:40 AM

File Eraser
I get this question often on forums and from some friends, who want to erase their sensitive data which they might have stored on their work computer and now want to get rid of it, they might want to get rid of encrypted files, internet cachse, their paging file and few others things. Ofcourse normally we thing that we delete a file and it's gone, but that's not the case, the deleted data might still be on your hard disk and is recoverable. There are few commercial software that does the work of ......

Posted On Friday, March 26, 2004 9:36 AM

Some thoughts on Kent's book club
Ok I am taking the liberty on putting some thoughts & rules for the 'Book club' idea that appreared in Kent Tegels post yesterday and this was my dream project for a long time. To have anything like this going for a long time and to make is successful there have to be some simple and basic rules. I am just putting these thoughts as they come in my mind and is my perception on the topic. Any suggestions are most welcome. Here is what I think:- All these thoughts are based on the fact that we are ......

Posted On Thursday, March 25, 2004 4:49 PM

An good reference on Trojan TCP/IP ports + Security links

I found a good link which has good information on Trojan TCP/IP ports along with some good interesting links like Scanning Services, Port viewers , firewalls, wireless security and articles on security along with some other useful links.

Edit:- Sorry guys, forgot to paste the link before :( http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/~rakerman/trojan-port-table.html

Tejas Patel

Posted On Thursday, March 25, 2004 4:18 PM

India won the match by 40 run

It was a thrilling victory for India, congratulations to India and well played to Pakistani team. Looking forward to the ODI now.

Tejas Patel

Posted On Thursday, March 25, 2004 1:17 AM

My book of the month
OK, do get my reading going and finish things quickly, I have decided to select a book of the month (actually month and a half when I include the remaining portion of March and full April) for myself. I am preparing for my Comptia Security+ Certification and have selected that I will be using Sybex Security+ as my base book for this certification and intend to give the exam at the end of next month. At the end of this book, I intend to write a summarisation of what I think of this book and also any ......

Posted On Thursday, March 25, 2004 1:15 AM

Kent Tegels wants to start up a book club
Kent yesterday proposed of starting a book club, where each month people select one book and then at the end of one month discuss about that book and share the notes and their knowledge around, I think this is a wonderful idea (Well Kent, you stole one of my ideas). Atleast by the peer pressure we will do the reading and atleast try to finish the book (atleast that will work for me) and also we will be able to learn quite a lot in a given month and then share our knowledge around with other people. ......

Posted On Thursday, March 25, 2004 1:07 AM

Summary of Robert's presentation at RSS Neighborhood
Robert Scoble recently presented at RSS Neighborhood and Bill Flitter went a created a summarization of his presentation and jotted down the imported points of blogging which Robert keeps on emphasizing on his blog again and again. Tejas Patel ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 24, 2004 8:25 PM

Some Programming Principles...
I was on SEI website doing some research when I found this article by WATTS S. HUMPHREY on “Some Programming Principles: People”, I liked the article, the other article I liked was “Future of Software engineering” (you will have to navigate in this pdf file) and it also has the series on “Some Programming Principles”, it really makes a nice read and gives out a lot of useful informatoin. Tejas Patel ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 24, 2004 7:17 PM

Something about blogs and RSS
Aaron Skonnard writes an article on MSDN Magazine April 2004 issue explaining about blogs, RSS , thought might be handy link for people who are entering late into blogging world and get themselves upto mark with the basic information. Tejas Patel ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 24, 2004 11:25 AM

Removing Windows Messenger from Windows XP
This blog entry is dedicated to people who are frustrated from MSN Messenger. Time to time friends and other people ask me frustratingly that they want to disable or remove Windows Messenger from their system and I used to recommend them few steps but now they can be found on Microsoft website, the other obvious method is to rename Messenger executable, but I don't see that an efficient way, some other solutions that I found on Techrepublic are as follows:- Click Start | Run and enter the following ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 24, 2004 6:20 AM

PC Of The Future?

I am allways interested to see what experts see a future of technology, computers, PC's,networking, Internet, today I read an article by Jim Louderback  on PC of the future, the interesting thing is I can see most of the predicted things to be coming true.

Tejas Patel

Posted On Tuesday, March 23, 2004 6:16 PM

Finally I am a 'MSDN Connection' member
I finally got the confirmation email that I my application is accepted, I would have been really upset if they had rejected the application. I am looking forward to receiving the Welcome pack and to get more involved in the whole thing. Below is the email that I got this afternoon. Foi the people in Australia who have'nt still applied for MSDN Connection, hurry up, more details can be found from http://www.microsoft.com/au... Dear Member, Congratulations and welcome to the MSDN ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 23, 2004 4:26 PM

Yahoo News
I had been a fan of Google News for many reasons but now I see and use Yahoo news which can be found at http://news.yahoo.com, one thing I really liked about Yahoo news was that I can reorganise it rather than sticking to their format and above all ( the best reason I will use it for) is it has the weather channel, which is important for me to know ( you would know what I mean if you are living in Melbourne ;) ) The other thing I liked was the linkage with audio and video news.Some other services ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 23, 2004 8:17 AM

Robolympics!!

ROBOLYMPICS looks interesting, did anybody attend it and has to add anything or their experiences?

Tejas Patel

Posted On Monday, March 22, 2004 12:51 PM

Export data from a web application along with formulas to your Excel spreadsheet

Jason Haley tells us how putting proper HTML headers we can export the formulas from an web application to an excel spread sheet and further improve the productivity. Worth a look and can save quite a lot of time.

Tejas Patel

Posted On Monday, March 22, 2004 12:38 PM

Kevin Schofield on 'Dysfunctional Social Networking'
Kevin Schofield writes on how social networking websites like Orkut and Friendster are proving to be a failure in their current state. Now I was thinking on the same lines for last couple of weeks now. Yes yes, I know that I opened the door too Orkut by open invitations, well I was too trying few different things, watching the reactions, see how people respond to it and who responds to it and few other things. Well I believe that everybody can be my friend but than I would agree with Kevin that just ......

Posted On Monday, March 22, 2004 6:47 AM

Virtual Server 2005 Beta Preview
I read the news on WinBeta.org about the Virtual Server 2005 Beta Preview and currently version 1.1.416 is revealed. Overview of the changes are as follows:- “Overview of Changes: Security enhancements - Virtual Server now uses file system access control lists (ACLs) to manage access to virtual machines, virtual disks, and virtual networks. SCSI support - Small computer system interface (SCSI) support is now enabled for four buses with seven devices per bus, and each SCSI drive can be up to ......

Posted On Monday, March 22, 2004 5:46 AM

A geek number plate
I went for dinner to a friend's place this weekend and as I was driving I saw two geeky things; firstly I saw a car registration place which said “XML NOW” and while I was coming back home I saw a whilte car with a big orange XML button on it's back, what a coincidence and people are getting more and more geeky. Have you seen any such registration plates or anything unusual lately? Tejas Patel ......

Posted On Saturday, March 20, 2004 7:36 PM

Windows XP Service Pack 2 RC1 Preview
Now it's open to all and finally made to RC1, Windows XP RC1 is out there waiting for you to download, it is 273 MB in size, other interesting bits to read are on this page and can be downloaded from this official web page http://www.microsoft.com/te... and ofcourse there are non official downloads floating on the web allready ( I think helping Microsoft by sharing the load :) ) Tejas Patel ......

Posted On Saturday, March 20, 2004 7:29 AM

Guy want to know what information he can share on the blog?
Hi Guy ( I am not talking to any Guy, I am talking to the Guy on http://weblogs.asp.net ), welcome to the blog world. Guy wants to know what he can and cannot share on the blogs, I read his post and following are my opinion:- If you find something on the Internet and you want to share it on the blog, than you should , becuase in my opinion that is not a trade secret or source code of your product, you found something and you pointed it Well may be your company payed for some of the skills that you ......

Posted On Friday, March 19, 2004 4:01 PM

Microsoft now shares source code with 1 million people
Personally I think that this is a good news and shuts of some people who allways complain that Microsoft does not share their source code. Based on what I read in the article , Microsoft shares their source code with quite a few categories like Academia, Corporations, Businesses creating softwares based on Microsoft products, MVP's (Microsoft Valued Professional, my friends Anand and Tameen are MVP's), government and individuals. via Frank Arrigo. Tejas Patel ......

Posted On Friday, March 19, 2004 11:59 AM

Hacking the Hacker
Read an article at Techrepublic by John Verry about how Consultants caught a hacker and turned the tables around, very informative article and even teaches few things to security illetrates some security lessons. The article is rated 4.8 out of 5. Managers and Administrators, the scenario in this article might be happening in your network as you read this ......

Posted On Friday, March 19, 2004 11:39 AM

Chris Pratley on 'Starting Out as a Program Manager'

Chris Pratley has done it again, an excellent post by him. He talks of stages through which the Program Manager goes in a Company, although I am not a Program Manager anywhere, I can visualise and see that it would be as the same as mentioned in the post. He definately has some really nice experiences at Microsoft, Chris do you want to share some more please...

Tejas Patel

Posted On Friday, March 19, 2004 10:38 AM

Got an email from Roland of Contentsaver
Got an email today from Roland Siegert who is a Developer at www.macropool.com- the creator of Contentsaver which offer features similar and few more to Onfolio at this stage, he tells me that he was reading my blogs for me days ( I take that as a compliment). I had a problem with Contentsaver when I installed (discussed here) it and could not initialise the software (some .dll issue), but Roland tells me that he has fixed the issue and yesterday released an updated version (2119) of Contentsaver ......

Posted On Friday, March 19, 2004 5:44 AM

I got to know Prius better
Raymond Cheng links to me to Toyota Prius, I have seen the Ad. we see on the local TV but never understood it properly and then I heard about Prius when the local government in Melbourne bought too many Prius for the department, but Raymond's blog took me to the site where I could find some more info, looks interesting to me, some of the features are a too good for me. Looks good to me. ......

Posted On Friday, March 19, 2004 1:34 AM

Port Reporter Tool
Now I won't have to use third party tools to check TCP/IP Ports activity on my system, check whether a process is a service or not and the module that a process loads because I got one free from Microsoft.Franci links me to Microsoft Port Reporter Tool, the KnowledgeBase article can be found here and you can download the tool from this link. Tejas Patel ......

Posted On Friday, March 19, 2004 1:20 AM

Jeff's Seven day rule
Robert links to Jeff Sandquist's blog on his post titled “If its good enough for seven days I'll buy it”. He tells us about how he tries a new software for seven days, in at the end of seven days, he either buys it or uninstall's it. I want to add that I kind of agree with it but I really don't buy each and every software that I like to be honest, I canot afford to buy them all so I recommend them to people who really use similar software on a regularly basis. Some recent software that ......

Posted On Thursday, March 18, 2004 4:23 PM

Check what Google thinks about you?
OK, most of us are curious and want to know what others think about them or talk about them, well I cannot show you a solution for that, but I can show you a solution on what Google thinks about you and it can be found from Googlism. One can find in reference to 'who', 'what','where' & 'when'. I can use this tool as a quick learning tool about any given thing, but just be careful, don't cram all the results that you get, search for yourself and you will see find the reason why not. I will give ......

Posted On Thursday, March 18, 2004 12:54 PM

Free SPAM filtering tool
OK, I know SPAM bugs everybody and me the most as I am now getting enough email to keep me busy, so I don't want SPAM mail anymore:). Although I am reasonably happy with Microsoft Outlook 2003 Junk filter, for someone who is still looking for free SPAM filter for their POP3 only accounts can now use K9 developed by Robin Keir, it is free and it is only 77 KB in size, link found via Greg Scher. Tejas Patel ......

Posted On Thursday, March 18, 2004 11:37 AM

The features I want in Onfolio
I think I am going to give few customers to Onfolio as Joe Cheng is constantly watching my blog and listening to what I am saying.I liked it Joe. OK as you asked here is my list of features I would like to see in Onfolio ( I am still trialing it out, so let me know if features are allready present). Adding Web addresses to Internet Favourites Advanced find, I am impressed with Contentsaver's advanced find features Ad/script filter Save features, like embedding flahs animations in it Auto Backup Saving ......

Posted On Thursday, March 18, 2004 6:45 AM

Unload the problamatic profiles
I was talking about transferring the profile before in the day, now I am giving you a solution if you have problems while logging off and your profiles do not unload properly and give you error messages like follows:- Windows NT 4:The application event log has error events with source Userenv, event id1000. The event text is:The operating system was unable to load your profile. Please contactyour Network Administrator.This is the only symptom you find in the event log of a Windows NT 4 computerindicating ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 17, 2004 6:50 PM

It was Onfolio and now it is ContentSaver
OK, two days back I talked about Onfolio and then I read a commnet from some gentleman pointing towards Contentsaver and he said that it was better than Onfolio and I would have to admit, it is more better than Onflio in many ways, more features, did I say more features that I might use on a daily basis, has more or less similar features than Onfolio but has many other unique features as well.The software interface is similar to that of Outlook. I like how documents, webpages and links can be converted ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 17, 2004 5:24 PM

Transferring User profiles

I have faced this question many times, also I try different things, I have never tried what Bill Boswell suggests, you can give it a try  and so will I.

Tejas Patel

Posted On Wednesday, March 17, 2004 11:47 AM

Simpsons (The Singhsons) of India
I had to see this, I am a The Simpsons fan, I mean a big fan and I don't aspire to be one like Homer Simpson. Justin King linked me to Indian version of Simpsons called “The Singhsons”, very funny I think, someone with resources should definately think on starting this project, would be a great success. Guys who created it, well done!! Tejas Patel ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 17, 2004 11:07 AM

Are anti-piracy laws getting out of hand?
I had heard of the news where laws were passed in US where copyright holders to hack into the computers of those they suspect of violating their copyrights and delete the files, but after reading article on BBC News website I think this would be too much. According to the news website, laws are passed in European Parliament which says that copyright owners have now right to raid our homes and offices.As from the article it says as follows “The directive allows companies to raid homes, seize ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 17, 2004 10:55 AM

Wah Wah, now Microsoft OS would be in my native languages!!
Thanks to Bink.Nu for bringing this news to me, but I just found out that Microsoft is going to deploy Windows OS in my mother toungue which is Gujarati, I am really excited, now I can force my grand parents and other relatives who are not familiar to English language to start using Computers and start using the Internet. I am really really excited and I am now visualising the screen in gujarati language and what different button would be called... Hey Google guys, now you can create Google in gujarati ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 17, 2004 7:43 AM

WUS (Windows Update Services)
I heard about 'Windows Update Services' in the Microsoft Security Summit last week and wanted to find more information on it. Below is some information and links on it for you to view. “Windows Update Services (WUS) is the new name for the next version of the update management solution currently known as Software Update Services (SUS). Windows Update Services will support updating Windows®, Office, SQL Server™, and other Microsoft products and will provide significantly expanded ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 17, 2004 7:28 AM

I have been "Taken Out" few times now

I saw the message “You have been Taken Out” by “Enjoy Every Sandwich” and I was surprised and confused what that means until I clicked on the track back and saw that I was linked on K Tegals blog. I really liked the idea of “Taken Out” and am honoured to be 'Taken Out' a few times now.

Tejas Patel

Posted On Tuesday, March 16, 2004 5:57 PM

Why should I buy magazines now ?
I was on Robert's blog today when I saw he has linked to a entry written by Jason Mauss, I was thinking on these issue a while back ( since I entered the blog world) and could not really see a point where I would be happy to pay for expensive magazines where mostly the only new content I was going to find would be their advertisements and other crap not worth my money. I used to buy few selected magazines for their technical content which was not easily availble on the websites, reviews and articles ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 16, 2004 5:45 PM

Dan Gillmor posts draft of Chapter 4 of his new book
Well first of all, let me admit this, today is the first time I have read Dan Gillmor's weblog in a bit of details and I had in my RSS feeds for nearly three months now.I just was not trying to read his weblog and thought his journal as boring for my reading requirements and I did not feel the same today. Today I went through the process of trying his journalism in Newsgator and soon I was getting into it. I read quite a few entries from him, but I concentrated on Chapter 2,3 & 4 of his new book ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 16, 2004 8:42 AM

Invitation to Orkut
Hello Friends, Lately I have noticed that I have got so many hits from Google using the terms “Orkut invite”, “Invitation to orkut” & “need invite to orkut “. I would be happy to send the invitation to my fellow readers, my friends who are still not a part of the Orkut movement and so you can experience Orkut too.So what are u waiting for, put down your “first name”, “Last name” and your email address in the comments page or else send ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 16, 2004 7:49 AM

How secure is your network?
I was reading Kevin Mitnick book The Art of Deception few days back when I realised the full potential of 'Social engineering' & 'social hacking' and how it can impact any business or network. In my view 'Social engineering' can have more impact than if someone hacks into your network.This attacks cannot be stopped by the strong firewall that one might have implemented on the network to secure the resources and Intelligent Property (IP) of the business.While all these thoughts are still revolving ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 16, 2004 7:25 AM

Onfolio question
One question I had was is there a facility or will there be a facility in Onfolio where I can sync. my data on multiple machines , i.e. on my office and home computers otherwise the value of this gets reduced as I work equally at home and in my office and i don't want to put the 'Collection files' on a USB drive and move it everywhere? Omar Shahine has asked the same question in Robert's blog comments. Tejas Patel ......

Posted On Monday, March 15, 2004 6:35 PM

Onfolio- Collect , Organise & Share
OK, another .NET Tool in the market, Robert says, “Onfolio is the most useful .NET client app that I've seen so far”, the main point is not whether I agree with that or not, the point is that Robert Scoble is impressed with the application. Onfolio as I see it ( I am only using it for 12 minutes now) is a content managment application where you can manage links, your favourites, office documents, web pages, images, text snippets and add more discription to what you are collecting. It ......

Posted On Monday, March 15, 2004 6:23 PM

Googling up passwords and sensitive information
Google along with being great search engine for the "good guys" it can also be the best of friends for the "bad guys". I have read many articles (both open to public and private) and have seen some chapters dedicated in books on "Google searching" as well which makes us aware of how Google can be used maliciously. If one trials out and optimises the way search is done on Google than one can find passwords, copy of database files, classified documents (not anymore), budget spread sheets, presentations ......

Posted On Monday, March 15, 2004 8:14 AM

FBI wants to wiretap your cable
FBI in USA wants to wiretap the broad band connections and says it's for our good, well it can be but I think that than there would be no more privacy!! More details on http://www.kron4.com/Global... and may be customers might have to pay for this “The Justice Department urged the FCC to declare that companies must pay for any such improvements themselves, although it said companies should be permitted to pass those expenses on to their customers. “ Tejas ......

Posted On Sunday, March 14, 2004 11:34 AM

Swiss Army knife+ USB Drive
Now you can have an army knife along with USB drive, http://www.swissbit.com/ is going to launch it in CeBIT 2004. This can be very handy for campers I think, they can have their knift and their data on the USB drive if they are taking thier laptops with them or thinking on using computers while they are camping (poor soul). More details can be found from this pdf document ......

Posted On Sunday, March 14, 2004 10:27 AM

Stardock

Just came across http://www.stardock.com/products.asp website, and I am definately going to use some of their cool products, I want some innovation on my desktop now.

Tejas Patel

Posted On Sunday, March 14, 2004 9:42 AM

Ofcourse RSS is better than using web
Robert Scoble writes on why RSS is better than using Web browsers, I liked the way he has explained it, it simple lay man terms and with calculations which makes it more easier for some people to understand (even the stubborn people). Would completely agree, where getting content from a website is concerned RSS really helps, it's all the same content anyway but I find it more easy to read. Now from the list of sites that I am subscribed to, the only time I visit those sites are if I want to see the ......

Posted On Sunday, March 14, 2004 9:31 AM

Kevin Schofield writes on Life at Microsoft Research
I am allways eager and curious to see that what goes at big and great places like Microsoft Research Center where great ideas are born from great brains, yes Microsoft has a Research Center too, I have to repeat this as I met few people yesterday when the presenter told that Microsoft has a research center and then they were looking for the URL in the security booklet provided. I saw the website nearly four years back and then on I go there from time to time. Kevin on his blog writes about life at ......

Posted On Friday, March 12, 2004 7:36 PM

Nice talking to Sanjay,Tameen Ansari & Nitin
Being my blog friends and also Orkut friends, I thought of going a step further and get a bit more connected to my friends Sanjay, Tameen and Anand, I added them to MSN in the morning, dropped them a message in Orkut and in the evening I was talking to them. Learned quite a few things about Sanjay and Ansari. Was pleased to know that Sanjay is a computer magician , he knows everything (atleast more than me) and Ansari who realised me that he is a year younger than me. Sanjay also writes blog in Hindi ......

Posted On Friday, March 12, 2004 6:02 PM

Check this out..

I love these T-shirts. Although I am not much into funky looks, won't mind trying one of these T-shirts.

More about this can be found from http://64.225.33.220/ 

 

Tejas Patel

Posted On Friday, March 12, 2004 12:45 PM

Burn your Labels along with the DVD

I would love this kind of functionality where I can burn the labels of DVD/CD while I am burning DVD/CD , I found this interesting article, looks like I am going to buy a drive like it when it comes in the market.

Tejas Patel

Posted On Friday, March 12, 2004 12:40 PM

Share scrambled messages

For those of you who want to share something secretive (security easily breakable though) can now scramble the messages and then the reader (who knows it's a scrambled message) can unscramble it.

-START-i2V4o*ICee06BJRKQ9--END-- (cut and paste it in the link below)

You can unscramble it at http://www.redamber.com/Scrambler.asp using the password “enjoy”

Posted On Friday, March 12, 2004 1:33 AM

Try this tool -Google Vs. Yahoo

Google Vs. Yahoo tool via  Michael Pietroforte (sorry could not understand the language Michael,but the picture helped), I have seen such comparision tool elsewhere but cannot remember, but I will do it this time as it is blogged . Try it.

Posted On Friday, March 12, 2004 1:12 AM

Microsoft Security Summit experiences in Melbourne
Well this will be like my diary for the day, today I went to the Security Summit in Melbourne, I word to express it, “I Loved It”. I had an early start, the keynote started at 8:00 A.M. at Crown Casino and the day was beautiful. The day started with Derek Kerr, the Technical Community Manager ( I hope I had this right) and then the Keynote was given by Alan Jones , the Security something something ( I think I did not like is the Presenters did not give a proper introduction of themselves), ......

Posted On Thursday, March 11, 2004 5:40 PM

Anand's view on Blog and PageRank
Anand discussing on a blog posted on Scoble's puts his view on blogs and PageRank on Google. Leaving few other things Anand, below are my views on it: People now use blogs not only for content but also for looking at answers. I get so many referrers from Google and Yahoo for people searching for something or the other and I actually have some discussion going around that topic, so having a good PageRank does make a difference Even for blogs on a given topic, I still prefer to use Google & Yahoo ......

Posted On Thursday, March 11, 2004 2:14 PM

Bill Gates proposes us to buy stamps to send email
“ Buy stamps to send e-mail “ says Bill Gates, to decrease and put hold on spammers now a new idea arises where we might have to pay to send out email messages!! Well can see some benefits i.e. it will reduce SPAM, but can for see and list hundreds of other disadvantages why this might be a bad idea and my friends who study 'finance' can send me some more reasons too. I think makig good laws enough will reduce the SPAM email but don't want this new idea of paying for the email. Justin ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 10, 2004 6:23 PM

Orkut offline
Orkut seems to be offline, oofffhh, I cannot access my social network now, what should I do , what should I do, I will keep on blogging than.... Are they taking it seriously, I faced some technical problems quite a few times before too!

Posted On Wednesday, March 10, 2004 4:34 PM

Hacked in Flash!!
I raise this concern time to time in my workplace as well when I talk to other like minded people. I raised this issue when I wrote something on how much I liked Linux Knoppix, and the concern is how flash drives and bootable OS's are really a concern for the networks and for computers. I have tried hacking using Knoppix linux in my own network and was very much successful and today I found another article on the Internet which discusses the same concern and tells some ways to a safer network. Do ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 10, 2004 1:00 PM

Recover the unused space on your hard disk
Do you want to recover 500 GB of hard disk space out of your 200 GB hard disk drive, try this article and see if it makes a difference for you incase you are hard disk hungry and need more space on your existing hard disk. Some interesting results found are Interesting results to date:Western Digital 200GB SATAYield after recovery: 510GB of space IBM Deskstar 80GB EIDEYield after recovery: 150GB of space Maxtor 40GB EIDEYield after recovery: 80GB Seagate 20GB EIDEYield after recovery: 30GB Unknown ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 10, 2004 12:37 PM

Listen to Robert's conversation now
I just heard Robert's Conversation on IT Conversations by Doug Kaye, quite interesting, although did not hear anything new from what's been told thousand times on his blog and on the Internet but still enjoyed listening to Robert and now know how he sounds like apart from knowing him on his blog. My lovely wife will now recognise the word “Robert” when I refer to it :). Tejas Patel ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 9, 2004 5:42 PM

Mobile phones/Camera a risk to enterprises??
I was reading a article on Computer world and then was faced with this question “how bigger risk is mobile phone/camera to enterprises ?” I think this can be a big risk, reason being most of the mobile phones now have voice recording facility, the newer and newer mobile phones also have the option of having a camera in it or is allready inbuilt in the mobile phone itself ! What if a employ takes the mobile phone/camera in his office, takes pictures of contract documents, or some highly ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 9, 2004 9:06 AM

Simple tips on protecting the server
Gijo Mathew, of Computer Associates educates the users on simple tips on how to protect the server in today's security aware environment. Some simple tips but if followed can save from a lot of trouble. The article is simple and easy to understand and follow, even can be applied to home networking senarios. Gijo discusses on Overflows, 'pityful passwords' and few more issues. Tejas Patel ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 9, 2004 8:55 AM

Another work masquerading like Microsoft Update

A variant of 'Sober' worm is spidering the Internet, this mail pretends to be from Microsoft update and once activated harvest email addresses and mails itself out using it's own SMTP engine. More information on this can be found at VUNET.

Tejas Patel

Posted On Tuesday, March 9, 2004 8:40 AM

Changes in Windows XP SP. 2
Tim Sneath links to the online documentation on Windows XP SP. 2 (beta) and says “Lastly, I don't think it's quite as bad as people are fearing. The changes that are being made protect end-users from the increased threat posed by worms, trojan horses and spyware today, and for most applications will go unnoticed. Once you read the specifics about the changes made, you'll hopefully agree that only a very few niche applications will require modifications to work in the new environment.“ ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 9, 2004 1:24 AM

"What's Good About Computer Viruses "
At first this title made me think that what can be good about Computer viruses, how can it be beneficial to the whole computer world in general and then I went on and read this article from Diane Stresing on Technewsworld and she had to write the same things what I guessed in my mind before reading the article (Should I consider to start writing article's for Tech Websites?), anyway it's a good read. I liked this sentence the most "That means we're only as strong as the weakest link." Diane, I am ......

Posted On Monday, March 8, 2004 2:20 PM

Check this dancing chick!!

My day is getting better, I saw this dancing chick, wow amazing, you can check it for youself too.

Disclaimer: Check it at your own risk, I am not responsible if your partner divorce's/hits you while you are watching this and some people might be offended too.

Posted On Sunday, March 7, 2004 6:55 PM

Check your license details here

Technology is amazing, for the people living in USA & Australia can check their license details online, to find it out for yourself click here. I hope you appreciate this link.

Posted On Sunday, March 7, 2004 6:23 PM

How to develop blueprints for network security?

An excellent article by Marcia Wilson, she writes about how to go about designing a security blue print.

Aspiring Administrators and Security Professionals should read it along with others.

Tejas Patel

Posted On Sunday, March 7, 2004 6:01 PM

Addictive flash game

KC Lemsom links me to Warthog Launch , a flash game, I quite enjoyed it and getting addictive. I am at level 12 now and thought I will blog the links before I forget them Allright will go and test my skills now!!

EDIT: I am on level 30 and I am tired now, but nice game and interesting thing, I don't get tired or bored.

 

Posted On Sunday, March 7, 2004 10:34 AM

Can't we have a song on "Weblogs" ?
After having heard the Orkut song few times ( I enjoyed it, especially the bit where the singer sings about session has expired) I was thiking with “Weblogs” community this bit, why can't people start beginning a official Weblog song ? where they give a small intro what a weblog is and also give an overview of benefits of weblogs and also it should be funny!! I think this can be cool,but I cannot do much about it, as neither am I a good singer and nor do I know how to hold any music intrument. ......

Posted On Friday, March 5, 2004 4:34 PM

Have you heard this Orkut song?

A funny song, check it out at http://www.spatch.net/orkutworld.mp3 .

Tejas Patel

Posted On Friday, March 5, 2004 4:25 PM

Are u lending your password to anyone?

If you are lending your password to anyone to use than you might just be committing crime if you are USA , I came across this nice read by Mark Rasch where a company 'A' was sued becuase their employes used username and password of a client of another company 'B' (which was a competitor) to access their in records.

Interesting read.

Tejas Patel

Posted On Friday, March 5, 2004 8:22 AM

Can anyone explain me the difference?
While I think of online social network services like Orkut and Friendster, I would like to know that in your opinion is the difference between the network you create on a social service like Orkut and a network you create with fellow blogger and readers using your own Blog?
Tejas Patel

Posted On Friday, March 5, 2004 7:17 AM

Anand is not visiting Orkut Often..
My Blog friend and Orkut Friend Anand M thinks that Orkut is cool but he is not visiting it as often as he visits his blog !!( he did not word the last bit but I assumed that is what he meant, am I wrong Anand ?) Well to share my own experiences on the same lines I think the same. Yes I have 8 friends , 3 pending out of that and I am connected to more than 100 thousand people through them, but what's the point ? One thing I liked about Orkut was seeing other person's detailed Bio (although not all ......

Posted On Friday, March 5, 2004 7:11 AM

Automate your security
“Security” get more and more important for the administrators now a days and to look after all aspects of security can be a night mare for administrators sometimes. I found an excellent article by Don Jones this morning and it is automating some security administration using WSH, ADSI and VBScript. The article cover automating the following : Changing service account password Changing Services’ Logon Account Disabling a Service Changing the Local Administrator Password Creating ......

Posted On Friday, March 5, 2004 6:40 AM

War of worms turns into war of words-says Munir Kotadia
With various variants of My.Doom virus, Netsky and Bagle moving around the Internet, I thought that this story was rather fun. The author of My.Doom and Netsky are throwing insults to the author of Bagle in the virus code and are telling each other names according to the story found at Silicon.com. Munir writes that Finnish company F-secure reports “ F-Secure on Tuesday reported that Bagle.J contained a line of text that said: "Hey, NetSky, f*ck off you b*tch, don't ruine our bussiness, wanna ......

Posted On Thursday, March 4, 2004 5:24 PM

XFN & Blogging Network
A friend of mine who does not use the blog today pointed me to http://gmpg.org/xfn/ XFN website. It is XHTML Friends Network. It is a way of showing our relationships on Blogs with the use of hyperlinks.We add a attribute to the hyperlink and add the necessary relationship that we want to and post it on the web. We can then track these relationships with the use of a service currently provided by http://rubhub.com/. We even have XFN creator which helps the people who want to keep themselves away ......

Posted On Thursday, March 4, 2004 9:48 AM

Longhorn to be vulnerability aware
I was catching up with my reading and saw an article from Joris Evers on Computer World regarding Microsoft Longhorn. The article goes on security annoucement made by Bill Gates in RSA Conference. As per the article Longhorn will detect any vulnerabilities in the activities on the Network or on client systems and will report it to firewall or take necessary measures by itself (is this something like IDS ? ). Even it will track the security patches that are available on Microsoft update site and then ......

Posted On Thursday, March 4, 2004 9:23 AM

Developers can now register at 'MSDN Connection' in Australia
Got a email this afternoon from MSDN Flash announcing it's 'MSDN Connection' initiative. I think it is a great idea and and more and more developers and students should take part in this. This is what is had to say “ Designed by Developers, for Developers, MSDN Connection is Microsoft's new peer-based recognition program - created in conjunction with Australian International .NET Association (INETA) user groups. MSDN Connection is about bringing developers together, from all walks of life - ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 3, 2004 4:35 PM

I am a member of Orkut now
Finally after nearly 8 hours of waiting, I am a member of Orkut now, I allready have three friends to count on, 1st is Frank Arrigo , Robert Scoble & Anand M. Now a bit confused about the invitation process. After submitting the long list of questions on my profile, I finally got into Orkut and there I had three friends waiting for me, which are the names above. Surprisingly I know Robert did my registration this morning but never got any mail from him (through Orkut), Frank Arrigo did the same ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 3, 2004 4:26 PM

Some search tools of the day
I am all ways in look for good tools and services although I don't use them all on a daily basis but I like doing this. Today I discovered a Search tool called Queryster which can be found at http://www.queryster.com .It is not a search engine by itself but it is a search engine tool that will search other search engines on your command. You can just type your query once, than pick up the search engine you want to search on and then you get all the results in the Graphical interface of selected ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 3, 2004 11:46 AM

Impressed with yahoo searches
It's too early to say about 'yahoo's new search engine' but my experience with it this morning has made me use and respect 'Yahoo's search engine' as much as I do 'Google'. Having just added my blog yesterday, I went to 'Google' and searched for my new blog, but looks like it has'nt still spidered my blog although I added mu URL to 'Google' yesterday where as I can see links to my new blog when I do the same search in Yahoo and it also gives me the spell check feature like 'Google' does and it thinks ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 3, 2004 7:54 AM

I want someone to invite me in Orkut
This is not something I normally do, self inviting myself!! but have heard some much about Orkut in last month of so and how people are making more and more friends on Orkut, I have this desire to personally check it for myself and feel the difference and cannot wait till someones invites me! My blog mate http://geekswithblogs.net/a... just got invited into Orkut, Amy do share your experiences and what you see there with the rest of the bloggers. Tejas Patel ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 3, 2004 7:22 AM

Robert Scoble's say on blogging relationship network + my views on how blogs have helped me
Robert has once again made an excellent post on blogging relationship network. I would quite agree with his views. Blogging and talking and linking to other people does make an impact and creates a kind of network relationship between people involved. I have had read many many people since I started blogging couple of months back and for some of them I think and feel as if they are my friend and I can trust them. Quite a few bloggers have earned my trust and friendship and I feel comfortable reading ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 3, 2004 6:43 AM

Access Froogle on your Mobile phone or Wireless device now

Froogle, part of Google can be accessed from Wireless devices now, you can be on the road or in the shop and check the prices online at http://wml.froogle.com/  , more information on this can be found out from http://labs.google.com/frooglewml.html . This is quite enjoyable.

Tejas Patel

Posted On Tuesday, March 2, 2004 4:53 PM

Re: Compelling thought
Matt talks about his state of mind called when he is deep down into a programming code and cannot find a solution to a problem and Matt Cosier calls it 'Code-Zombie'. As per my experience it does not only happens to Programmers, but also with people into Network and Systems Administration and engineering. I have had many experiences where some configuration was not working,or some tool was not responding the way it should and then I would have nightmares about it and would feel restless till I will ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 2, 2004 12:37 PM

A bit about Tejas Patel
OK, as you might have realised allready, my Name is Tejas Patel and I used to blog at this location before. I am currently staying in Melbourne, Australia. I love Melbourne's wheater and the nice people around. I am working as Network Engineer. I love to talk and hear about computers, security, Internet and learn about new exciting tools and services. I get excited about new technologies (although will have to admit don't get enough time to learn about them all). I suffer from a disease called “Information ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 2, 2004 6:25 AM

Thanks To Jeff Julian
Ok, finally I am here on Geekswithblogs.net. Thanks to Jeff Julian who took the time to get me all setup here. Now will have to start learning on how to tweak this new blog of mine. Looking forward to post more soon.

Posted On Tuesday, March 2, 2004 1:20 AM

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