Thursday, March 25, 2010

Laptop is past, Rolltop is the future sensation!

      The changing concepts of Computers are boosting more and more innovations. Here is the blue print of the replacement of Laptops! This is called Rolltop, it can replace not only laptop, but, tablet PC and even a Television. See this video, and experience the changin concepts of future computing!
 



This concept is based on OLED-Display technology and a multi touch screen, it can be used a laptop while it weighs as much as mini notebook. It comes with a 13 inch screen while being used a laptop and when being used as a monitor, you could get a cool 17 inches screen. Power supply, multi media integrated pen and even a holding belt are integrated in the ROLL TOP and it certainly is an all-in-one gadget.

We can assume that this product will be manufactured and marketed, soon and if so, you could carry your laptop like a newspaper by rolling it up, and making sure that you are not burdened by heavy laptop bags. While this is still a concept, we can hope to see it in real, as every concept is materialized by the innovators!

Monday, March 22, 2010

How to add favicon (favorite icon) into your Blogger blog. A step by step tutorial.



NOTE: THIS IS AN OLD POST WITH OUTDATED METHOD, FOR NEW AND SIMPLE STEPS CLICK HERE

A favicon, the short form of favorite Icon, is a small icon which is displayed on the browser tabs just left side of your website or blog title. Favicon has been very important element for websites or blogs, as it can act as symbol of your websites, as such, by seeing ‘f’ in white color with blue background, we will immediately come to know it is facebook.
Here let us talk about adding favicon to your blogger or Wordpress blog.
First of all, you have to design your favorite icon, following the trend, it is better to make the first letter of your blog name as foreground and your favorite color as background.
Now, you have to change the picture into .ico format. You can do it from this website (a webpage will open in new window)
Click on ‘brows’ there, and select your picture that you already created. And now select ‘generate favicon icon’.
Now you will get an output of .ico files, download the file to your desk top.
Upload the .ico file to your Flickr or Sydrive or any other online storage location (remember; photobucket and picasa does not support .ico files)
Now, copy the bare file location of the .ico file, from the online storage.
Note: Copy the location and paste it into another browser, and check if it is displaying correctly!
If you still didn’t understand how to copy the file location; right click on the image in browser, and select ‘copy link location’ (in firefox) and now paste it in a notepad file. Now you got the file location URL.
Also make sure that you have uploaded the .ico file in the ‘public folder’ in Skydrive or flickr, otherwise it will not display in public!
Now modify below code with your .ico URL

< link href="http://faviconurl" rel="shortcut icon"/>
< link href="http://faviconurl" rel="icon"/>
Replace http://faviconurl to the URL that you have already copied in the notepad.
Now, go to blogger settings page, and go to ‘Layout’, then ‘Edit HTML’, expand to ‘widget template’.
Paste the code just above   < /head/>  tag
(I strongly recommend you to take a back up of your blog template before making any modifications like this.)
Save the template, and now see the blog has got new favicon. (Wait at least 10 minutes, and check first in internet explorer!)


NOTE: THIS IS AN OLD POST WITH OUTDATED METHOD, FOR NEW AND SIMPLE STEPS CLICK HERE

Friday, March 19, 2010

Good news for Facebook lovers; Now it is most visited webiste in US beating Google.com.

Facebook crosses another milestone! Now it is the most visited website in the US, beating the long time number one, google.com! The social networking giant overtook Google's search engine page this week to become the most visited website in the U.S.

 According to research from web statistics firm Hitwise, Facebook edged google out by .4 percent, after almost tripling in unique visitors from the past year. Even though this is a very small margin, it is a great achievement for facebook, as it is rapidly grasping popularity in other countries.

By comparison, visits to search engine home Google.com increased only nine per cent in the same time - although the tracker does not include Google property sites such as the popular Gmail email service, YouTube and Google Maps.

Taken together, Facebook.com and Google.com amounted to 14 per cent of the entire US internet visits last week, Dougherty said.

Google has been positioning challenges in recent months to Facebook and the micro-blogging site Twitter by adding the social-networking feature Buzz to its Gmail service.

Facebook boasts some 400 million users while Gmail had 176 million unique visitors in December, according to tracking firm comScore.



Facebook, which first launched to the public in 2004, has become the de facto standard for social networking and has added music and games and enhanced content features. Google is also running social networking services similar to Facebook called ‘Orkut’, but it could not get much popularity except countries like Brazil and India.

Recently, Google has taken steps to counter Facebook by offering a social networking feature for their Gmail service called Buzz that lets users share media such as videos and photos. Google has indicated that they are considering making the Buzz feature a stand-alone service.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Internet Explorer 9 Beta Version Released, featuring HTML5, CSS3 and new JavaScript Engine.


Microsoft has released the beta for the newest version 9.0 of their most popular Internet Explorer browser. The beta has bunches of new features, however does not have the updated version 9 UI.
Version 9 has some important new things about it. For starters, there is support for HTML 5 and CSS 3, and a new JavaScript engine. IE9 also has an "Acid Test" feature that will let you test the compatibility and compliance of a website with IE9.

Additionally, this new browser is programmed to use your GPU much better: IE9 uses your computer's GPU to enhance hardware scalable vector graphics (SVG), JavaScript performance, and HTML5 performance.
Microsoft’s new JavaScript will also better take advantage of multiple CPU cores. With a dual core CPU, IE9 will be able to dedicate the second core to translating JavaScript to native machine code to help speed up the browser.
Microsoft pointed out that IE9 will not run on Windows XP at all, and even in Windows Vista, Service Pack 2 must be installed to load IE9.
This is just the first of many IE9 preview builds that will precede the first beta release. Microsoft not yet announced the date of final release, but we can guess that it will be release during late 2011.

Dowload Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview Here

Monday, March 8, 2010

Windows Server 2008; Upgrading Current IIS versions to IIS7.

Upgrading the current Internet Information Service to IIS 7 possible, but you should meet be two pre requisites mentioned below:
·         Source operating system must be Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 or greater.
·         Current IIS version should be IIS 6.0
·         For Windows Vista, the source operating system must be Windows XP Service Pack 2 or greater, and IIS 5.1
NOTE: Upgrading from any version of Windows 2000, running IIS 5.0, to Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 running IIS 7.0 is not supported.
The upgrade process takes place over three stages: detect & gather, installation, and applying of settings. These steps only apply to operating system features and settings; any file system content not created or owned by the operating system will remain intact through the upgrade process.  What this means is that all web content present on the original operating system will be present after the upgrade.
Detect & Gather
During the operating system upgrade to Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008, IIS detection components are run on the existing operating system before the actual upgrade begins. If IIS is detected on the existing Windows operating system, all metabase and IIS state information will be gathered and persisted. The information gathered is persisted in a the IIS7_Gather.log file located in the %windir%

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Installation
The installation phase consists of installing the Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 operating system, and then installing any optional features (such as IIS) if they were detected on the original operating system. The choice of which IIS 7.0 updates to install is based on the IIS state information gathered from the original operating system.
Applying Settings
After the operating system installation and optional feature installations have completed, the state information gathered from the original operating system is applied.  This is when the IIS metabase settings from the original IIS installation are translated and updated into the new IIS 7.0 config store, ApplicationHost.config.

OCList.exe
Oclist.exe lists all the packages to use with ocsetup.exe to add/remove a role or feature. This also tells you if something is not installed on the server.
OCSetup.exe
Windows optional components are parts of the Windows operating system that can be individually added, removed, enabled, or disabled. You can use the Ocsetup.exe tool at the command prompt to install or to remove Windows Vista optional components. You must have administrative credentials to run the Ocsetup.exe tool.
For further reading on using OCSetup.exe, refer this KB article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/936209

Friday, March 5, 2010

Easy Way to Identify Installed Hot Fixes in Windows Server and Windows Client Operatings Systems.

Identifying  installed patches or hot fixes in Windows server is an important aspect while troubleshooting certain issues. We would need to check out how many patches are already installed or how many are missing; especially in some circumstances such as if some hot fixes are causing application conflict.
Here are two easy ways to view list of installed hot fixes.
Open ‘RUN’ and type ‘appwiz.cpl’, and in the add remove programs window, select ‘show updates’ check box. You can view installed updates there as you see in the below picture.

It is possible to view installed updates in command line using ‘srvinfo’ command. But Microsoft resource kit must be installed prior to this.
Download Microsoft resource kit from below link: (Microsoft resource kit contains a hand full of tools which will help better administer Windows Server plant)
After completing rktools.exe installation, go to command prompt and run ‘srvinfo’. Among a number of other results, installed hot fixes can also be viewed, as you see in below screenshot.

What is ‘QFECheck.exe’ and What is it used for?

The tool called QFECheck.exe is a Microsoft Windows tool that allows you to check the status of installed hot fixes on your Windows Server or Windows Client operating systems.
Checking the hot fixes is very much important, especially in a production environment, why because, we can make sure whether installed hot fixes are successful or not.
QFECheck.exe is basically a command line tool, but it’s not bundled with any Windows Operating system, we have to download and install it.
QFECheck.exe will read the registry entry path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Updates pull the patch installation history.
Download QFECheck.exe from HERE
QFECheck.exe helps you to identify the below issues:
  • Files that have been hotfixed, but for which the installed binary file is not current.

    Qfecheck reads the registry key that is associated with each update, and checks the version number that is recorded in the registry against the current version of the same file that is installed. If the current version is lower than the version that is recorded in the registry, Qfecheck reports an error.
  • Hotfix files that are current, but are not considered valid by the installed catalogs.

    For each file that is installed by a hotfix, Qfecheck checks to see that the current catalogs on the computer contain the information that would be used by Windows File Protection (WFP) to validate the file. If a file is valid according to the hotfix information in the registry, but the installed catalogs do not concur, Qfecheck reports an error.
Here is a screenshot of an output from QFCheck.exe

How to add Twitter 'Follow me' Badge and Twitter updates into Wordpress and Blogger Blogs.



The growth of twitter is rapid, and it breaks all the predictions. From a small status update micro blog, twitter has now grown up to be an integral tool to politicians, celebrities and bloggers etc, to update their ideas, views and current status.
Recently, it looks as if I am spending more time to acquaint with various function of twitter; I will explain you how to bring these twitter widgets in your blog side bar.
Follow me on twitter
Follow me in on twitter, is nothing but a link to your twitter profile. For example, when you click on ‘follow me” image in my side bar, you will reach to www.twitter.com/anaschulyodan
The most attractive element of this widget is the image which is linked to the profile; there are hundreds of new and adorable twitter banners available on the net. Some of them are here for you. Select your picture, just right click, go to properties, and copy the file location:





And here is the way to add this picture and link in your blog:
For wordpress:
Assuming that you already logged in to your Admin control panel; go to
Appearance à Widgets,
And add Text widget, Edit the Text widget, then type in the below code in the box, and click ‘Done’, and then save the settings. 



Don’t forget to change “YourTwitterAccount” to your twitter account name. You can also alter the image link with one of the above pictures that you have already copied the link location, and change “yourimage.jpg” to you the URL path of the image that you selected to be displayed in your side bar.


For Blogger:
Go to your blogger account dashboard, go to Layout à Page Elements. And on your template side bar, click Add a Gadget, then choose HTML/JavaScript.
Don’t give any text on the Title, type in the below code in the contents field.




Don’t forget to change “YourTwitterAccount” to your twitter account name. You can also alter the image link with one of the above pictures that you have already copied the link location, and change “yourimage.jpg” to you the URL path of the image that you selected to be displayed in your side bar.

Adding Twitter updates in Your Blog
It is one of the most popular option, bloggers are currently using. You can bring your twitter updates in the side bar. Here the way to bring the same to your blog:
For Wordpress:
First of all, download a Twitter widget from Wordpress widgets section. Here is the URL: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/twitter-widget/
Unzip it, and you will get a file called, twitter-widget.php”
Upload the file to your wordpress theme exactly to the below mentioned location:
‘/wp-content/plugins/widgets/‘
In your wordpress admin panel, go to ‘Plug-in àInstalled’ and activate the twitter plug-in.
Go to AppearanceàWidgets and add the twitter widget to the side bar, (drag and drop or click on the add button, it changes depends on the theme)
Now, edit the widget as below:
Account: ‘YourTwitterAccountName’ (don’t give full URL, just your account name J)
Title: My Tweets (or whatever you like)
Show: 5 (How many of your tweets should be visible in the box, you can change the number as you wish)
Then click ‘Done’, and save the changes.

For Blogger:
Log into your twitter account:
Open the below link:
http://twitter.com/badges/blogger
          Select number of updates to show in your blog and title for it, you can see the preview of twitter updates on right side of that page.
Just click “grab the code” and add it to your blog using java script \HTML widget.
You have done it, if you are struck somewhere while doing any of the above procedure; feel free to type in your questions in discussion page below:

Microsoft Releasing Next Generation Active Directory (NGAD), a Plug-in that Support Cloud Computing.

Microsoft released a beta code, currently in an early-stage, and internally called as “Next Generation Active Directory (NGAD),” that’ll define the next evolution of directories. It's a modular add-on that is built on a database and designed to add querying capabilities and performance never before possible in a directory.

Naturally, any new Active Directory developments are sure to cause Sysadmin ears to perk up. So what exactly is this next-generation AD and what does it mean?

NGAD is a modular add-on that is built on a database and designed to add querying capabilities and performance never before possible in a directory. NGAD also is a reshaping of the programming model for Active Directory.

 NGAD is not a replacement for Active Directory but an add on (just like service packs) that provides developers a single programming API for building access controls into applications that can run either internally, on devices or on Microsoft's Azure cloud operating system. Uses will not have to alter their existing directories but will have option to replicate data to NGAD instances. NGAD stores directory data in an SQL-based database and utilizes its table structure and query capabilities to express claims about users such as "I am over 21" or "Henry is my manager." To ensure security, each claim is signed by an issuing source, such as a company, and the signatures stay with the claim no matter where it is stored.

It’s in the very early stages of development, so we don’t know a lot. In fact, NGAD is not even an official name, and we are nowhere near any sort of official release. What we do know, however, is that NGAD is not going to be a completely new version of Active Directory. In some ways, it could even be interpreted as another example of the company’s commitment to the cloud.

Directory Services MVP Laura E. Hunter described NGAD as a way for Microsoft to provide a “SQL-like frontend” where Sysadmins can make authorization decisions. The examples she gave were functions such as “age over 21” or “can approve expense reports = TRUE,” similar to what AD Federation Services 2.0 does now, only taking things one step further.

So where does the cloud fit in? Well it’s really all about the way administrators deal with directories and applications, and creating a common interface no matter if those directories or apps are on premise or in the cloud.

NGAD is to be based on the claims-based identity model, which Microsoft describes as when an “application makes identity-related decisions based on claims supplied by the user. This could be anything from simple application personalization with the user’s first name, to authorizing the user to access higher valued features and resources in your application.” In other words, the claims-based model is a simplified way of governing access control.

Again, it’s very early, so no timeframe for NGAD has been given. It’s possible that whenever it is released, it will be a standalone product that also comes with Windows out-of-the-box, similar to Microsoft Hyper-V.

(With inputs from: http://conklintechnology.com, http://microsoft-news.tmcnet.com, http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com, http://www.ditii.com)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Google Buzz Dekstop Helps for Buzzing without loging into Gmail. Here is the Dowload Link for GBD.

Digsby is my favorite platform for chat, social networking and email integration in my desktop. But until now, Digsby didn’t start supporting Google Buzz.  Whereas, Google talk status will be updated in Google Buzz, that’s interesting.
Since the introduction of Google Buzz, there have been releasing some third party application which will help you to bring Google Buzz to your desktop. Here is one among them.
A Spanish Geek released a desktop application for Google Buzz which is done by emulating the iPhone version of Google Buzz. UI of this desktop application is very much similar to iPhone version. Here, you don’t need to login to gmail and then Google buzz. Just login with your Google ID and start buzzing. 
You can download and try Google Buzz Desktop (GBD) from the below link.

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