• Computers & Technology

    Defragmenting Sunday

    As is normal of my internet connection, early Sunday morning the net went down. Decided to grab the opportunity to do what is much needed for computer health but I have neglected for a long time viz. defragmenting my harddrives. Got down to doing that yesterday. Used SpeeDefrag to perform the defragmentation. It’s taken me more than 24 hours to format two 120Gb partitions and two 30Gb partitions! Need to ensure I defragment more often 🙂

  • Computers & Technology,  Personal

    The Big Crash

    Seems like one crash followed the other. My computer had started to give major problems since last week. These problems just seemed to spike about the weekend. Managed through the weekend until the big crash took place early Monday morning. I wasn’t able to boot into Windows at all. Did the next best thing and booted into Recovery Console and rank chkdsk. Had to leave the unit like this when I went over to a friends place to finish off application form work. All done but one. chkdsk usually solves the problem and it seemed like it had done so this time as well but Windows refused to start. Had…

  • Computers & Technology

    Security Patch Released for Simple Machines

    Simple Machines has just released a security patch for SMF. This release addresses a cross-site scripting vulnerability in the search function. The fix for the 1.0.x has been released as 1.0.9. The version number of 1.1RC3 has remained as is, but you need to download and update your SMF installation ASAP! Just last week my forum was hacked. I’m not sure if this is the reason, but having your software vulnerable XSS is a sure shot way to getting hacked. Read the complete release notification or download the latest version. Direct Download: Download the files below (you may need to be registered to the forum) and replace the files in…

  • Computers & Technology,  Site Activity

    My Mail is now hosted with Google

    After having thought about it a while I’ve decided to use Google Apps for Your Domain for AjayDSouza.com. I have already been using Google Apps to manage WebberZone email for a while now, and now AjayDSouza.com 🙂 What this means is now I have a 2Gb Email account, which has all the features of Gmail (which IMO is second only to Yahoo! Mail). This is very useful because I can take a considerable load of my VPS. I have also found that Gmail’s anti-spam tools are a lot better than SpamAssassin. I also have complete POP and SMTP access if I need to download any email. I can also use…

  • Computers & Technology,  Plugins,  WordPress

    Bad Behavior vs. Exatt

    The latest version of Bad Behavior i.e. 2.0.6 includes a new check where it looks up various blacklists. A new blocking method using realtime blackhole lists is being used to determine if a post originates from a known spam source, open proxy, etc. GET requests are not screened. Links are provided to blackhole list removal procedures through the fix it yourself link. And my “darling” ISP Exatt has all its IPs blacklisted across most of these blacklists. A direct consequence is that I get blocked out of commenting on my own blog. I had to switch back to 2.0.5. Unfortunately, I am blocked out from commenting of a good number…

  • Computers & Technology,  News

    Halloween theme for Netvibes

    Come Halloween and Netvibes is ready with a brand new Halloween Theme. This one is very different from the other themes that Netvibes has because this is the first dark theme they have. Though there is a dark background one wise thing is that the modules still have a white background with black text making it easy to read. You can apply this theme or set it in the Settings panel.

  • Computers & Technology,  Fun Stuff

    How fast do you type?

    Do you know how fast you type? You can find out now at TypingTest.com. I took their online typing test and these are my results: Test Name: The Wonderful Wizard of OZ Date: 2006-10-25 22:14 Test Time: 03:00 Gross Speed: 72 WPM Errors: 3 Accuracy: 98% NET SPEED: 71 WPM TypingTest.com also has software and games to help you improve your typing speed. So what did you score?

  • Blogging,  Computers & Technology,  News

    C|Net launches Crave

    Received an email today of a brand new blog launched by C|Net. The blog is called Crave So what exactly is Crave? Crave is a blog from the editors and writers at CNET that shows the hottest and sexiest digital gadgetry on the horizon. And this dedicated site is all about showcasing the products that people like you and me lust after–that is, crave I’m surprised that it is a “new” blog because there are already 196 posts as of this moment and already has a 106,295 rank on Technorati, which I am sure will steadily rise! If you are a gadget freak like me then this is one blog…

  • Computers & Technology,  News

    Presenting the All New Yahoo! Bookmarks

    Yahoo! may own Del.icio.us however, that hasn’t stopped it from launching a fantastic update to Yahoo! Bookmarks. If you compare that with the old version (which I didn’t know existed), you will understand how major the upgrade actually is! They also have a comprehensive Flash Tutorial that will teach you how to use the new bookmarks interface. I would think that with the upgraded Bookmark service, Yahoo! would go all out to promote it, however C|Net reports that users of Yahoo! My Web will soon be directed to Del.icio.us If you intend to use Yahoo! Bookmarks do get the updated version of Yahoo! Toolbar which has integrated support for the…

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