Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Save Gmail Attachments by Drag & Drop in Google Chrome

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If you are using your GMail on Google Chrome browser, this is, of course, a nice tip to you to download/save your email attachments simpler. GMail team recently introduced a new feature in Chrome browser for saving email attachments from GMail to your computer drive easier by dragging and dropping.


If you received any email with attachments, just hover your mouse over the attachment place at the bottom of the email. You will see a Tool Tip Text saying 'Click to view OR drag to your destop to save'. Yes. Just click and hold, then drag the attachment to required place on your desktop. The attachment will be downloaded and saved on that location.

Save attachment to desktop by drag and drop

I believe this is one of the nice feature for faster email experience. What do you think? Write it in comments.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Cut or Split Your Music Files Free Online - Mp3Cut

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We have already seen many free web services at www.mysearchhistory.co.cc, a quick recap: ASCII Art Generator, Unzip zip and rar files online, Free OCR-Extract text from images, Download YouTube videos as Mp3 audio files, Convert your photos to sketches. As for now, if you are aware, you should download, install and then use complex software to edit, cut or split music files like MP3 files, the best free one, I have written about Audacity Audio Editor and Voice Recorder Free. The hassleful tasks have gone now. In this post, I would reach you with an amazing online service (web based) that helps you to split or cut your mp3 files for free. Yes! You can now make your ringtones from your mp3 music files free on the go in air. No more software needed.

Mp3Cut

Mp3Cut offers the free online service that lets you to make your short music files from long mp3 files. It has wonderful interface through which you can entertain your work. The process is simple, easy to understand:
  • Upload your Mp3 file - Just click Upload mp3 button and choose your mp3 file from your computer.
  • It would take some time to upload and prepare your file for editing, depends on the speed, type of your internet connection.
  • Once the file is ready for ediing, the start and stop time sliders will be blinking to make your desired interval from the music file. Play back your input audio with Play button in the left (no need to have any media players  to play) and choose the start time and stop time. Here the start/stop time refers the point at mp3 song which your ringtone should start/stop.
  • Click on 'Split and Download' button.
  • Save the output ringtone mp3 file to your computer.
  • Transfer to your mobile and Enjoy!
Demo
For demonstration, I just want to make a ringtone of Endhiran - Tamil Movie starring Super Star Rajinikanth, Aishwarya Bachan, music by Music Maestro A R Rahman, directed by Shankar, etc etc - a movie to be released yet, with higher expectation in the Indian Cinema Industry. I use the music 'Chitti Dance Showcase' to make my ringtone.

Mp3Cut - Cut mp3 files online free

As you could see in the image, 'Chitti Dance Showcase.mp3' has been uploaded and prepared for editing. I choose a portion of the original music starting at 00:00:00 and till 00:47:06, I feel this is good a ringtone. Clicked Split and Download, Endhiran ringtone is ready! 

+++ much simpler, faster, and more comfortable
- Output file size is too large (for just 45 seconds, it took 1.4 MB)

Enjoyed this post, why can't you tell me about something what you feel now. Use commets section to write it.

Install Flash Player Plugin in Firefox without Admin rights

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Adobe Flash Player plugin is useful or needed for an internet browser to display graphics or video properly. In order to install this plugin to Mozilla Firefox browser, you need to have admin rights or previliges in your system. There are no issues if you are using your own personal computer. But in your school, college, or office, wherever you are just a visitor or the basic user, you will not have admin access or permissions to install any software. Here is a quick 'how-to' to install Flash Player plugin on your Firefox without admin previliges.

Firefox without Flash Player Plugin

  1. This is just a trick, installing plugin manually without letting Firefox to install plugin. All we need to first is to download the Flash Player XPI package from Macromedia Flash. The file name is flashplayer-win.xpi.
  2. As this XPI is basically a archive file having installation files and your windows system does not have a software to extract .xpi files, you can safely rename it to flashplayer-win.zip. Just right click -> Rename or F2. Now you can extract the zip file using any of the archive utility like Winzip, WinRAR or 7Zip. If you do not have any of those software installed on your system, you can read instructions unzip files online using Wobzip.org.
  3. Go to the Firefox installation directory, i.e %APPDATA%\Mozilla[or Mozilla Firefox] (%APPDATA% is alias to the folder in your system or absolute path to a folder where your applications and configurations. This will be generally C:\Program Files\, depends on the installtion of Windows. You can access it by entering %APPDATA% in your explorer bar or Start->Run). In side %APPDATA%\Mozilla[or Mozilla Firefox], if you don't see a folder 'Plugins', just create a new folder 'Plugins'.
  4.  Go to the folder where you extracted the flashplayer-win.zip file, copy only the files flashplayer.xpt and NPSWF32.dll to %APPDATA%\Mozilla[or Mozilla Firefox]\Plugins\ folder.
  5. That's all. Restart the Firefox and try opening any web page having some flash contents. It will be displayed perfectly.

Flash Player plugin installed manually

This trick is applicable for Firefox versions 2, 3, 3.5 or 3.6. On Epic browser, first Indian browser powered by Mozilla Firefox, this trick works. The plugins folder will be %APPDATA%\Epic\Plugins.

Hope you will enjoy this trick. Expect your comments about it.

Friday, July 30, 2010

CutePDF Writer Create PDF Documents for Free

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What is PDF?

PDF (Portable Document Format) is an open standard for document exchange, for the secure and reliable distribution and exchange of electronic documents and forms around the world. The file format created by Adobe Systems in 1993 is used for representing two-dimensional documents in a manner independent of the application software, hardware, and operating system. Each PDF file encapsulates a complete description of a fixed-layout 2D document that includes the text, fonts, images, and 2D vector graphics which compose the documents. Read more about it at Wikipedia.

PDF Creator Software
PDF Creator software lets us to create or make PDF files from our documents like Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Notepad etc. i.e. the file contents will be printed as a PDF file. Almost any PDF creator software that we have in hand will work with the same functionality that setting a virtual print to write a PDF file. Among them I found CutePDF Writer much useful, simple and problem free.

CutePDF Writer

CutePDF Writer or CutePDF Printer is the free version of commercial PDF creation software. CutePDF Writer installs itself as a "printer subsystem" in your system. You can see the virtual printer under 'printers and faxes' menu (either from Start Menu or Control Panel items). This enables virtually any Windows applications (which have print menu) like Notepad, Microsoft Office or whatever, to create professional quality PDF documents - with just a click of print button. The best features are:
  •  FREE for commercial and non-commercial use.
  •  No watermarks will be added in the PDFs created.
  •  No Popup Web Ads when using.
  •  No limitations on no. of pages.
  • Supports Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista/7 (x32/x64).
Installation Requirements

  • Supports Microsoft Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7 (x86/x64).
  • Requires PS2PDF converter such as Ghostscript (recommended). You can get the free GPL Ghostscript 8.15  here.      

GNU Ghostscript is an open-source interpreter for the PostScript language and the PDF file format. It is distributed under the GNU General Public License.


Using CutePDF Writer to create PDF document   

Do not look for any application to run. Just print your document  using CutePDF Writer (the printer) to get PDF output.
  1. Open your original document and select Print command in File menu of your application to bring up Print dialog box.
  2. Then select CutePDF Writer as the Printer to print (DO NOT select "Print to file" option).
  3. You will get a Save As dialog box prompted for saving created PDF file. Select a folder to Save in and enter a File name, then click on Save.
  4. Go to that folder to find your PDF file.

Demo

I just installed CutePDF Writer on my system and wanted to give you a demo with that. This is the virtual printer added as CutePDF Writer:
Virtual Printer - CutePDF Writer
Set this as your default printer or choose desired printer during the print. Here in my system, no other printers installled so CutePDF is the only default printer. The below screenshot shows how can you create a PDF file from a html page (Of course, our MySearchHistory Home page) opened in Epic Browser powered by Mozilla Firefox and any PDF Reader like Adobe PDF Reader can open the New PDF created:


Download and Install CutePDF Writer

First download and install PS2PDF converter from here. Then download and install CutePDF Writer from here.


Post your comments about CutePDF Writer.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Ovi Mobile Browser from Nokia for Series 40 Mobiles

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We have already seen about top three mobile internet browser for all java phones. In this post, we would introduce a new browser in the series from Nokia for its phones. As you are aware, Nokia - a leading mobile manufacturer in the world, has got its own application development section named 'Noika Ovi'. One good news to all Nokia users that new Ovi Mobile Internet Browser has been released yesterday from Nokia Beta Labs for Nokia Series 40 mobiles with Faster, Easier Web Browsing that saves data costs.

Features of Ovi Browser Beta

The Ovi browser is powered by internet data compression technology patented by Nokia that delivers advanced web pages faster on your mobile, reducing overall data usage from internet service provider up to 90%. It has rich interface that perfectly suits for Nokia series 40 phones. Nokia Labs team has almost done with a better browser for Nokia phones. Key features as listed in the product page:
Fast page load times
Over the air data usage reduced up to 90%
Three view modes - Full Page View, Zoomed-in View, Column View
Integrated search on start page with selectable list of search engines
Favourites
Browsing and Search history
URL and Form auto completion
Snap to text during scrolling
Speed scrolling using numeric keypad
Automatically jumps to the main content on a page to reduce scrolling
One click jump to login and search in Column View
Page segmentation in Column View to simplify navigation

Ovi Browser - Start Page
Ovi Browser - BBC Home Full View
Ovi Browser - BBC Home - Zoomed View

Ovi Beta vs Opera Mini

Ovi Browser is in its beta version, so is not that much competitive to Opera Mini , world's first mobile internet browser with millions of downloads. It misses out many features. When tested in my mobile, it is equally faster and relatively saves much data costs using compression technology.

List of Supported Phones

The Ovi Browser is only supported on select Series 40 devices. Supported S40 devices include: Nokia 2700 Classic, Nokia 2730 Classic, Nokia 3120 Classic, Nokia 3600 Slide, Nokia 5130 XpressMusic, Nokia 5220 Xpressmusic, Nokia 5310 XpressMusic, Nokia 5330 Mobile TV Edition, Nokia 5330 Xpressmusic, Nokia 5610, Nokia 6300i, Nokia 6303, Nokia 6500 Slide, Nokia 6500 Classic, Nokia 6600 Slide, Nokia 6700 Classic, Nokia 7210 Supernova, Nokia 7900 Prism, Nokia X3

Download Ovi Browser Beta

  • You can try Ovi Browser out, directing your phone's default browser to the address browser.ovi.com, download and install 
  • You can download to your PC and transfer to your Nokia phone.
Please post your comments about new Nokia Ovi browser.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

YouTube Video - History of Internet Illustrated

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Internet, now-a-days, is used widely not only by the people who have enough knowledge about computers and programming, but also by the beginners and newbies ranging from children. The uasge of internet all over the world is rapidly increasing. Most people, however, can imagine and  assume the functionalities of computer by its hardware, where as it's quite to difficult to them to understand about the functioning of it by its software. Remembering my good old college days, when I studied about Internet and its history, I just wanted to have a clear picture about what the real internet or world wide web is. Though I could understand much about that there as a computer engineering student, I found a YouTube HD video very much useful in illustrating the history of internet over decades. I felt the fact how fast we are in this modern world to have done everything online. This video would really get you explained about the development of internet from 'just a book' to 'a netbook' using which we can explore the pages of the entire world. It is indeed very much educative and informative. So here is the sharing:


Was this useful? Please post your comments about this.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Convert Your Photos to Sketches - Free Sites

MySearchHistory: Photo to Sketch
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In this post, I would like to tell you about some free websites that let you to make graphical sketches from your photos or images. Why do we need this? If you are just a newbie to web, don't have much knowledge about creating graphical or pencil sketches for your photos using tools like Photoshop, you should go for these simple way to get your work done. Normally most of us are always interested in looking our photos with different effects and alterations made for better look and feel, and as we are all engaged our spare internet time with almost all the social networking sites, it's effective to have a sketched photo in our profile to represent which extent we are funny and enthusiastic about social networking. I just wanted this for my profiles over web, so is this search and search history.

Here are the list of sites that I found useful from my search and I am happy to share the list with you.

1. Dumpr - Simple Pencil Sketch Creator
Dumpr is the best, easy and simple to use online converter for creating pencil photo sketch for your images in few seconds of a minute. It allows you to choose your images from variety of sources: Your computer, Facebook, Picasa, Flickr, Web URL. It has very less option to apply on your photos. In order to get the best for your larger photos, you can subscribe for premium membership.

MySearchHistory: Photo to Sketch
Amy Jackson - Dumpr Sketch

2. BeFunky - Photo Editing and Photo Effects with Single Click
BeFunky comes with many options and effects applied on your photos. You can choose your images from almost any social favorite sites like Facebook, Picasa, MySpace, Flickr etc. It works for you to turn your photos and images into artwork and allows to save them to your computer or to your favorite sites back. Main features are Cartoonizer, Photo Effects, Smart photo enhancement tools, Photo adjustment tools, Add speech bubbles-frames-shapes, Photo storage and tracking, Save and share. You can try the basic features even as anonymous, to use features like sharing and photo storage and tracking, you need to register in the site.

MySearchHistory: Photo to Sketch
Amy Jackson - BeFunky Cartoon


3. KusoCartoon -  Cartoon, Comic Creator Online
KusoCartoon looks like a third generation cartoon maker with many exciting photo editing options for the premium users. However to begin, you can use basic cartoonizer, comic maker features free. It provides high quality sketch as output with lot of free effects set.

MySearchHistory: Photo to Sketch
Amy Jackson - KusoCartoon

4. PixelsTouch - Photo to Sketch, Photo to Painting Converter free
PixelsTouch is a classical site that offers limited services for making your photos to a painting or a sketch. It is easy to use, free and no need to register. Image quality is also good.

MySearchHistory: Photo to Sketch
Amy Jackson - PixelsTouch Cartoon

5. Tjshome - Image Processing and Manipulation
Tjshome is the basic online utility that applies some alterations on your photos free to have a graphical sketch or painting. The primary features are the results of some image processing algorithms that used to study in our college days. Output quality is not that much good, however, the features go like:
Black and White Convert your pictures to black and white
Create Icon Create a thumbnail of any image
Million Dollars Put your photo on an $1 Million Dollar Bill
Heart Add a heart around your photo
Frame:Peep Hole See your image through the peep hole
Frame:Prison Lock up your image up behind bars
Frame:iPod Put your photo on an iPod
Frame:Pimp Add text "Pimp" to your photo with a pimpin gold frame
Frame:Rawr... Sexy... Add text "Rawr Sexy" to your photo with a black and white frame
Frame:Christmas 1 "Merry Christmas" with snow man holiday post card frame
Frame:Christmas 2 "Seasons Greetings" holiday card frame
Frame: OLDTV Ever wanted to be on TV? Here's is your chance
Frame:Be on timesquare TV Your photo with appear on the bigscreen in NYC's timesquare
Green Shade Apply a Green shade to your image
Blue Shade Apply a Green shade to your image
Red Shade Apply a Green shade to your image
Yellow Shade Apply a Green shade to your image
Brighten Make your image brighter
Darken Darken your image
Emboss Add a cement like filter to your image
Sketch Make your photo a drawing
Reverse Colors Turn your photo into a negative
Guassian Blur Blur your image
Add Text to Image (.jpg) Add custom text to your image


MySearchHistory: Photo to Sketch
Amy Jackson - Tjshome Sketch


For better results, your photos and images should be of good quality.
I hope that you would enjoy the article and I expect your comments about the post. Please post about the such sites you know on online photo editor.

Monday, July 26, 2010

First Indian Web Browser Released - Epic Browser - Powered by Mozilla

MySearchHistory: Epic Browser - Logo
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Hello All

Welcome back to www.mysearchhistory.co.cc!

As I was busy with some other activities I couldn't get you some updates last month. Here I would like to introduce first ever Indian Web Browser powered by Mozilla. 

Epic Browser

Epic browser is based on Mozilla Firefox and is customized in look-and-feel and everything useful for Indian internet users. Epic browser has been released last week with none of Indians' expectation and quoted with the following taglines:
Meet Epic Your New Best Friend.
the first-ever web browser for India
the world's only sidebar apps browser
the world's only antivirus browser

So I just wanted to give it a try as I am always curious on testing features of different browser. The best part is It's free and just 11 MB in size. I would bring you a review about the browser.

Epic Browser Review

As Epic is developed from Mozilla Firefox which is open-source based and completely free to use/distribute, Epic has more customized features for Indian internet users along with the default Firefox features. To begin my review, it is very easy to install and use Epic on your system, and enjoy its features. I would discuss more about Epic in the following sections.
1. Look-and-Feel - Skin a new look
The bowser looks different comparing to other browsers and is like cross of firefox with Google Chrome. All browser components float over a single image which can be changeable called Skin. These skins are especially of Indian sceneries and celebrities - a plus point. However the default things of Firefox like Menu, Search bar, Address bar all are same, except few modifications to icons.

MySearchHistory: Epic Browser - Welcome Screen
Epic Browser - Welcome Screen

2. Side Bar Apps
This is one of the best features every Indian will like. It has many apps that will get us variety of stuff from web to single place, to our browser. 
India
The very first app is India, lets you choose topics among News, Hindi, Regional, Cricket, Finance, Events, Daily Masti, Live TV, Music, and Videos. All are favorite stuff of Indians. Each of above services are provided by specific partners of Epic like web18, in.com, yatra.com, NDTV etc.
MySearchHistory: Epic Browser - India Sidebar App
Epic Browser - India App


MySearchHistory: Epic Browser - India Sidebar App
Epic Browser - India App


MySearchHistory: Epic Browser - India Sidebar App
Epic Browser - India App - Music, Videos

Indic
It is like a small text editor for Indic languages: Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Arabic etc. We can save typed text or copy to Epic write (another useful Side app) straightaway. Enabling 'Indic Dropdown in texboxes' will let us to type in selected Indic language in texboxes in any pages.

MySearchHistory: Epic Browser - Indic Sidebar App
Epic Browser - Indic App

Skins
Skins let us to dress up Epic with thousands of free wallpapers, backgrounds and themes. We can edit the theme straightaway from the browser also.

MySearchHistory: Epic Browser - Skins Sidebar App
Epic Browser - Skins App

Antivirus
Epic ensures secure browsing with its built-in Antivirus app, powered by ESET Antivirus and WOT (Web Of Trust). It allows to scan the entire system, selected folders or directories, and downloads. It scans for fraudulent links and webpages when we are browsing. It highlights secure pages and sites as well as the copycats sites or phising sites at a first glance on addressbar.

MySearchHistory: Epic Browser - Antivirus App
Epic Browser - Antivirus App

Write
It is a word processor app for editing contents in English and Indic languages. It can even open our local files for editing and can save to local machine. It is enriched with variety of controls that make our editing better.

MySearchHistory: Epic Browser - Write App
Epic Browser - My Computer Sidebar App - Write App

Snippets
It is based on the Scrapbook addon of Firefox. It is now much easier to create a web snippet with the contents like text, graphic, images on any web pages.
Videos
Built-in video search engine and player makes us to feel happy with faster video search from YouTube and playback them with playlist feature.
My Computer
Browse the local drives and files of our computer and make use of them into Epic. It is a perfect File Explorer.
To Dos and Timer
Addon to your regular activities when browsing.
Social Networking
Connect with social networking sites like Orkut, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo easier than ever.
Maps
Instantly search maps, get directions by walk, road, railway. This app is powered by Google Maps widget.
Travel
Powered by yatra.com. Book  domestic or international air tickets straight from this app.
Jobs
Search for jobs and openings world wide using this small app.
Games
Play online games straightaway from your browser.
Backup
Keep our files online for sharing. Simple file manager powered with GMail services, all files are backed-up to our Gmail account so that they can be accessed anywhere if we are connected with internet.

MySearchHistory: Epic Browser - File backup App
Epic Browser - Videos Sidebar App - File Backup App
Collections
Store and Open your favorite website collections in a single click and save time spent on searching and hitting addresses one by one.
Bookmarks, History, Downloads and Addons
Similar to Firefox menu.
Epic Apps
A place where search and access for thousands of Free Epic apps classified for our interests.

Final Words

Epic provides faster, safer and secure, easier browsing over web with its amazing sidebar apps and features even in its first release. I am sure Epic is going to make a revolution in the browser history, wishes from mysearchhistory. My hearty congratulations and wishes to the development team and for all their future inventions. As an Indian, any one can proudly say "Epic is not only built for Indians, for the entire world".

So why is the wait? Start enjoying better browsing with Epic.

Download Epic Browser
Read more about Epic browser and download it at http://www.epicbrowser.com/
Download Epic Browser
Download Epic
 Please post your comments about this review.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Tamilnadu Plus Two (+2) Results 2010, HSC Results 2010

Tamilnadu Plus Two Exam Results 2010
Hello Tamilnadu(TN) Students

Tamilnadu Plus Two (+2) Results 2010, HSC Results 2010

As per the latest news from Tamilnadu Directorate of Government Examinations, Plus two or HSC results 2010 are expected to be released around 09:30 AM IST, 14-May-2010. Are you all waiting for your plus two (HSC) results? I believe that the wait will be fruitful. I would like to bring you a list of useful websites and services where you can get your examination results. As millions of students like you will be looking for their results, it is quite difficult to you get your results from the same server (same website). The information presented here will save your time for searching list of such websites to check your exam results. Please go ahead to visit them one by one. If the site you are visiting currently appears to be hanging, try the next site.

Tamilnadu Plus Two (+2) Results, HSC Results

1. Government of Tamilnadu - Directorate of Government Examinations - Results Pagehttp://tnresults.nic.in/
    List of Results Mirror Links


2. OneIndia Taminadu Plus Two Results Pagehttp://results.oneindia.in/

3. WinEntrance Tamilnadu Plus Two Results Pagehttp://www.winentrance.com/results/tamil_nadu/12th_Std/

4. Taminadu Education Plus Two Results Pagehttp://results.tamilnadueducation.net/

5. SquareBrothers Plus Two Results Pagehttp://results.southindia.com

6. ChennaiOnline Plus Two Results Pagehttp://www.chennaionline.com/

7. CollegesInTamilNadu Plus Two Results Pagehttp://www.collegesintamilnadu.com/Results/HSCResults.asp

8. Schools9 Plus Two Results Page - http://www.schools9.com

9. GetYourScore Plus Two Results Pagehttp://www.getyourscore.in/

10. Tamil WebDunia Plus Two Results Pagehttp://tamil.webdunia.com/

11. WorldColleges Info Plus Two Results Page - http://www.worldcolleges.info

Tamilnadu Plus Two (+2) Results 2010, HSC Results 2010

All the very Best Students, I wish you you will find a very brightful and colorful future with your exam results. Post your comments

Monday, May 10, 2010

How to Prevent Your Orkut from http://cut3-babex.blogspot.com/ Honeypot

How to Prevent Your Orkut from Attack - Orkut Logo
Dear Friends

If you are a Orkut user, you should be aware of this dangerous attack, caused many users' accounts hacked to change / delete their profile information. Yes. Orkut is HACKED these days with some malicious honey pots like http://cut3-babex.blogspot.com/. Though this attack seems to be simple, it will lead to lose your Orkut profile at a stage. I would explain you about this attack in details providing necessary steps to prevent your information on Orkut. Read ahead for further information.

What is a Honey Pot?
'Honey Pot'
or 'Honeypot' is a term used in computer terminology (Information Security), is a trap set or forgery kind of thing to track, detect, delete, hack, deflect, or in some manner counteract attempts at unauthorized use of information systems. Generally it consists of a computer, data, website, or a network that appears to be a part of original network or website. It seems to contain information ora resource of value. But it is actually fake, isolated, unprotected, and monitored for the purpose of attacking valuable information from the original site. Read more about it from Wikipedia.
How to Prevent Your Orkut from Attack - Original Orkut Page


The Orkut Attack http://cut3-babex.blogspot.com/
The recent attack on Orkut is http://cut3-babex.blogspot.com/ which seems to be very dangerous honeypot that collects Orkut information using a website which looks similar to Orkut Login Page. It hacks your entire Orkut details like User Name/Password, Profile Info, Friends Details, Scraps, Messages, etc. But don't be afraid of using Orkut. Nothing wrong with Orkut, except this honeypot. We have solutions to avoid this hack.
The thing is that this honeypot seems to contain photos or pictures of cute babes. This is how it attracts to users into honeypot. But it actually kicks their ass off, and steals the information. So please be aware of it and informed with your friends.

How to Identify This Honeypot http://cut3-babex.blogspot.com/?
http://cut3-babex.blogspot.com/ uses a Login Page very similar to Orkut Login Page, which makes you to trust the site to provide your login details. If you see the below images, you will understand what the hack is.

Original Orkut Page
The below image is the original Orkut Login Page which has two essential things:
  1. Original Orkut Login Page address starts with https://www.google.com, which means that this page is from Google server, genuine.
  2. 'https' at the start to ensure it is a secure page.
  3. 'https secure symbol' at the end.



You can see all these identifications on any browsers like IE, Firefox, Chrome or Safari, but the location where these are maybe different. (As per your browser preferences).

Fake Orkut Page
The below image is the honeypot Login Page which is similar to Orkut Login Page:
  1. Fake Address, not from Google server
  2. Not a 'https' secure page
  3. No 'https secure symbol' on the browser.

How to Prevent Your Orkut from Attack - Fake Orkut Page


How to Identify Attacked Orkut Profile
You can identify a Orkut Profile which is attacked by this honeypot http://cut3-babex.blogspot.com/. I am not sure that this will present on all of the Orkut Profile attacked. But it is the case of most of the attacks.

How to Prevent Your Orkut from Attack


Steps to Repair Your Hacked Orkut Account
If your Orkut account is by this honeypot http://cut3-babex.blogspot.com/, then please ensure the following steps to be taken immediately:
How to Prevent Your Orkut from Attack - Remove Orkut Friend
  1. Change the password of your Google/Orkut account immediately.
  2. Never visit the link 'http://cut3-babex.blogspot.com/, nothing is there except losing your account.
  3. Always ensure the login page is original or not.
  4. Un-friend or remove the friend whose account is attacked from your friends list.
  5. Never visit attacked Orkut Profile.
  6. Do not accept New Friend Requests before visiting their profile.
  7. Never click on 'Proceed' button in any case for this kind of message 'User needs to access.. bla.. bla'.
  8. Set protection level to your scrapbook, photo albums and videos to private or friends only, NOT public.
How to Prevent Your Orkut from This Attack?
If you are sure that your account is NOT hacked, these are the steps to be followed to prevent your account form the attack:
  1. Never visit the link 'http://cut3-babex.blogspot.com/', nothing is there except losing your account.
  2. Always ensure the login page is original or not.
  3. Un-friend or remove the friend whose account is attacked from your friends list.
  4. Never visit attacked Orkut Profile.
  5. Do not accept New Friend Requests before visiting their profile.
  6. Never click on 'Proceed' button in any case for this kind of message 'User needs to access.. blah.. blah..'.
  7. Set protection level to your scrapbook, photo albums and videos to private or friends only, NOT public.
More Details About This Attack
Currently I am surfing and investigating more information about this attack and on permanent fix. Keep visiting www.mysearchhistory.co.cc for more updates.
About This Post
This post is originally posted by Muthuraj L on www.mysearchhistory.co.cc. This post is helpful for the following searches:
  • http://cut3-babex.blogspot.com/ attack on Orkut
  • Orkut hack preventions tips
  • How to prevent Orkut Profile from Attacks
  • Honeypot attack on Orkut
  • Orkut is hacked.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Use Google Docs as Free OCR - Extract Text from Images

Hi All

I have recently written about Free OCR - Extract Text from Images. In the continuation with that post, I am here to tell you about a nice trick with Google Documents that does the same work we have learnt on extracting text from images. As you are aware, OCR is very much helpful for extracting or getting text from images, scanned papers, print-outs, wallpapers, banners, etc. I came to know this trick with Google Docs, when I was surfing online curiously about 'OCR'. I would like to share my experience with you.



Google Documents List Data API
As part of Google Labs (An innovative environment where Google tests the new features to be added in Google Services like GMail, Orkut, Google Reader, Google Calender, Google Docs), Google introduced List Data API v3.0 for its free service Google Documents. API stands for Application Programming Interface, an interface implemented by a software or a service through which one application can interact with other. 

Google Docs as Free OCR
As I told you earlier, List Data API is for extensions and innovations on Google Documents. Most recently, Google has added a new extension, Optical Character Recognition (OCR) interface to this API, which helps us to extract text from images. In the next few topics, I will clearly demonstrate how we are going to do this job.

Google Docs OCR Demo
Pre-requirement for this trick to work is that you should have your Google Documents account associated with your Free Google Account. You need an image or banner with good resolution, from which you are going to extract text. This is the link that I found from DocList API for OCR Demo: http://googlecodesamples.com/docs/php/ocr.php 
Open this link in a new tab. Sign in to your Google Docs account.



When the OCR API prompts for the access to Google Docs, click 'Grant Access' button and wait for next screen to load.



In this screen, you can find the details about OCR, features and restrictions with that. Please follow the below simple steps which are self-explanatory:

  1. Click 'Choose File' to select an image file to be scanned for text. (.JPEG, .JPG, .PNG, .BMP)
  2. Choose the image file from your hard drive.
  3. Click 'Open'
  4. Click 'Start OCR import'
  5. If you don't find any scanned file or image containing some text, but wish to test this trick, you can download a sample image file at the bottom of the page and then do the above steps.



Here is the input image file I used for the demonstration. Actually I took a screen-shot from one of my previous posts: Top 5 IMs for Mobile Phones.



Here is the output of the OCR import or scan. The text failed to extract during this import is marked as 'unrecognized text'. This is quite awesome, right? It is really useful to test this out. By default, the imported text will be saved a Google Document (A text file with the name 'the file name of the image supplied') in Google Docs.



Issues with Google Docs OCR
Google DocList OCR API is still as the Lab feature of Google Documents. So it could not be error free. If you face any issues when performing OCR import (like one given below), please check out your Google Documents - All Items, the imported file may be available there.





More About Google Docs OCR
Access your Google Docs here. Read more about Google DocList API from Google Labs API page. Read more about OCR from Wikipedia
I hope that the information is useful. Please comment about this trick.

About This Post
This post is helpful on the following searches:

  • Read text from images
  • Optical Character Recognition
  • Optical Text Recognition
  • Extract characters and text from image files
  • Image processing
  • Google Documents tips and tricks - OCR

-- Muthuraj L

Friday, May 7, 2010

Tips to Download YouTube Videos as MP3 Audio Files

Tips to Download YouTube Videos as MP3 Audio Files
Hello Visitors

Most of us know the free online video storage service from Google - YouTube. There are hundreds of new websites becoming popular among us, since those sites are useful for us to customize the YouTube service as per our wish. For example, if we need to download the videos from YouTube in the desired file format, we have lot of free websites and software or applications. In the series, as a blogger and surfer, I personally visited some websites and used the services. Few days back, I wanted an online service that helps me to convert YouTube videos to MP3 audio files. I found some useful websites to finish my task. I would like to tell about my search history.

Convert YouTube Videos to MP3 Files
You may need to convert videos to mp3s in the following cases:

  • You need some specific audio effects / sound effects from a video.
  • You need audio only.
  • You are afraid of video, but not of audio. Ha Ha :)

Below are my personal findings over internet to download YouTube videos as MP3 Files:

  • Video2Mp3
  • VidtoMp3
  • Dirpy
For the demonstrative purpose, I used the following YouTube video, which shows the THX sound effect used in movies:


Video2Mp3
This is a quick, free converter which has very limited options, yet faster to convert and download. I suggest you to try this first. You can even install Video2Mp3 add-on or browser extension for your FireFox or Chrome browser.

The link to visit Video2Mp3: http://www.video2mp3.net/

Tips to Download YouTube Videos as MP3 Audio Files


VidtoMp3
This is equivalent faster converter like Video2Mp3 with some additional options like sharing the converted audio/mp3 online with your friends. You can share the audio as a link or email. In addition with that, you can preview the mp3 audio using this site.

The link to visit VidtoMp3: http://vidtomp3.com/

Tips to Download YouTube Videos as MP3 Audio Files

Here is the audio link: THX Sound Effect

Dirpy
This site is different, though it has much options to apply for the conversion, it is quite slow and less-preferable. However you can try it out.

The link to visit Dirpy: http://www.dirpy.com/

Tips to Download YouTube Videos as MP3 Audio Files


Please share with your friends and comment about this finding.