Thursday, March 11, 2010

Indian Premier League 2010 - Catch All the Actions at Google

Hello Cricket Lovers

We are enjoying the IPL 2010(Indian Premier League) cricket actions from India. In this season, we all got the cricket fever once again. As we are aware IPL is the strategic cricket tournament playing with world cricketers. Here is the fantastic news for you, you may or may not be aware of this. Google, the world search giant, fond of cricket helps us to watch all the IPL cricketing actions from YouTube. All the IPL matches will be webcasted from youtube.com/ipl with a five minutes delay over the live telecast.

Visit this link to view all the exciting actions from Google!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

How to Create Personal Folders in Microsoft Outlook

Hey Dudes

Here I would like to share my experience 'How to Create Personal Folders in Microsoft Outlook 2003'. We have already seen the procedure to set HTML signature in Outlook 2003. There I have explained the features and importance of Outlook as well. Continuing with that, this post will be helpful to customize you Outlook mailbox with personal folders.

Personal Folder in Outlook
As same as other folders, you can store, manage, and archieve your emails from your mailbox. But emails in the personal folder will be stored and accessed from your local computer's hard disk space. You can have any number of personal folders in your outlook, each can be created with different passwords.


Importance of Personal Folders
Personal folders are useful to

  • reduce the amount of space used on the central mail server and your mailbox, and avoid receiving warning messages that you are over quota.

  • encrypt your confidential emails with password protection to avoid unauthorized copying or forwarding.

Checking your Mailbox size

In your organization, your Information Technology team provides limited MB of storage space for each Exchange e-mail account. To check how much space you are using, in Microsoft Outlook, right-click Mailbox - , click Properties, and click the Folder Size button. This will show you the total amount of space used by your e-mail account as well as the amount of space being used by each individual folder.



Creating a Personal Folder in Microsoft Outlook 2003

  1. Select the File menu, point to New, and click Outlook Data File.

  2. In the New Outlook Data File window, select Office Outlook Personal Folders File (.pst), and click OK.

  3. In the Create or Open Outlook Data File window, in the File name box, enter a name for the file, and click OK.

  4. In the Create Microsoft Personal Folders window, in the Name box, enter a name to use for this folder if you would like it named other than Personal Folder.

  5. Select Encryption Setting as 'Compressible Encryption'.

  6. Enter the password and confirm the same typing it again.

  7. Click OK to complete creating your personal folder.

  8. The folder will now be listed in the All Mail Folders section of the Navigation Pane.

Note: You can check 'Save this password in your password list' to remember password for your personal folder in your mailbox.

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Steps 4 to 7

Now get into your mailbox, you will see your newly created personal where you can keep your important confidential emails with encrypted and password protected.

NOTE: It is important to remember that any messages in your Personal Folders are stored on your local computer's hard drive and not on the server. If your computer's hard drive ceases to work or the .pst file is deleted or becomes corrupted, the messages you've placed in this folder will be lost. To protect yourself from data loss, make certain to back up your .pst file regularly to another location such as your personal or organization network storage.

About this Post
This post is a best result for the following searches also:
  • Checking Outlook Mailbox size
  • Importance of Personal Folders in Outlook
I hope you will like my post. Please let me know your queries through comments section.

Have a Good Day!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Best Alternatives to PuTTY and PSFTP

Dear Techies
I wanted an alternative for PuTTY which is an application I uses for my work. I did googling, it helped me a lot. I would like to share my search history.

PuTTY
PuTTY is a Free Telnet/SSH Client, an implementation of Telnet and SSH for Windows and Unix platforms, along with an 'xterm' terminal emulator. It is written and maintained primarily by Simon Tatham, a software engineer and free-software author in Cambridge, UK. 
PuTTY 0.60 is the latest version of the PuTTY, released on 29-Apr-2007 is beta 0.60 and is used wide around the world by many organizations.

Working with PuTTY
SSH, Telnet and Rlogin are three ways of connecting PuTTY to remote servers:

  • logging in to a multi-user computer from another computer, over a network.

  • Multi-user operating systems, such as Unix, usually present a command-line interface to the user, much like the `Command Prompt' or `MS-DOS Prompt' in Windows. The system prints a prompt, and you type commands which the system will obey. 
You might want to use SSH, Telnet or Rlogin if:

  1. you have an account on a Unix system which you want to be able to access from somewhere else.

  2. your Internet Service Provider provides you with a login account on a web server. (This might also be known as a shell account. A shell is the program that runs on the server and interprets your commands for you.)
You probably do not want to use SSH, Telnet or Rlogin if:

  1. you only use Windows. Windows computers have their own ways of networking between themselves, and unless you are doing something fairly unusual, you will not need to use any of these remote login protocols. 
Note: SSH (which stands for `secure shell') is a recently designed, high-security protocol. It uses strong cryptography to protect your connection against eavesdropping, hijacking and other attacks. Telnet and Rlogin are both older protocols offering minimal security.

Free Download PuTTY
You can download PuTTY to your personal computer from the developer's website:
PuTTY free Download here.

Installing PuTTY on Windows
PuTTY is a stand-alone executable (.exe) file, no need to install it on windows to run.

PSFTP
The developers of the PuTTY application for SSH have also provided applications that are command line driven and are better suited for those people who already are familiar with command line file transfers. One of such applications is PSFTP, developed for Windows and Unix platforms.

Free Download PSFTP
You can download PSFTP to your personal computer from the developer's website:
PSFTP free Download here.

Installing PSFTP on Windows
PSFTP is a stand-alone executable (.exe) file, no need to install it on windows to run. 

Drawbacks of PuTTY and PSFTP
I have used PuTTY and PSFTP for all my SSH needs over windows to unix and unix to windows transfers for a long time now. It is great but certainly lacks a little polish in some areas. The one feature I really wanted was tabbed sessions in PuTTY.

Alternatives to PuTTY and PSFTP
After a little searching I came across a comment on this post that mentioned an open source alternative called 'Poderosa'. I just got round to downloading and I must say that so far it looks great. One more alternative to PuTTY is SSH Secure Shell Client which comes with a secure file transfer client called SSH Secure FTP Client. SSH Secure FTP Client is the best aleternative to PSFTP on Windows platform.

1. Poderosa
Poderosa is an open source tabbed based terminal emulator. Unlike any other terminal emulator Poderosa allows you to work with split windows, so that you can easily run multiple sessions at once. Another unique feature is that Poderosa can be used as a local shell for cygwin. All typical terminal protocols are supported: telnet, SSH1/SSH2 and serial ports. Poderosa also provides a plug-in architecture allowing 3rd party developers to easily contribute new features and functionality.
The only potential downside is that it relies on the .net framework, so it is not quite as light as PuTTY but good to work.

Free Download Poderosa
Poderosa requires .NET Framework 2.0. If .NET Framework is not installed on your computer, please get .NET Framework first by Windows Update. It works on Windows Me, 2000, XP, and NT4.0.
Poderosa 4.1.0 Download (2047KB, released on Nov 22, 2006) here.
The old version is available here. The version 3.0.0 requires .NET Framework 1.1.

2. SSH Secure Shell Client
The SSH Secure Shell Client is a client for secure, encrypted communication, including file transfer, across networks. You can use it to connect to any server that supports the SSH (Secure Shell) protocol.

SSH Secure FTP Client
This works and looks great over PSFTP for secure file transfers. Easier interface, Drag and Drop, Multiple files Download and Multiple files Upload are plus features. One more best feature over PSFTP is, it is command-free.

Free Download SSH Secure Shell Client
The SSH Secure Shell products have been significantly expanded in functionality and re-branded with new product names starting in 2003 with SSH Tectia version 4.0. The new product name for SSH Secure Shell Client is SSH Tectia Client.
Because the new SSH Tectia solution has been developed to best suit the needs of large enterprises, governmental organizations, and financial institutions, non-commercial versions of the SSH Tectia solution are not available.They recommend that we always use the latest version of the SSH Tectia software, rather than the deprecated SSH Secure Shell 3.2 no longer available from SSH. The latest SSH Tectia client/server solution versions are available for qualified institutions of higher education at discounted prices.

We can still download the older SSH Secure Shell 3.2 non-commercial source code and Windows Client free of charge from various anonymous ftp sites around the globe for purposes of EVALUATION, NON-COMMERCIAL USE, AND UNIVERSITY USE as defined in the license agreement.

Please note that the non-commercial version has limited functionality, and is not supported by SSH. For an evaluation of the newest full functional, fully supported version, please download the SSH Tectia Client commercial evaluation version.
Note that the latest evaluation versions are valid for 45 days after the installation of the product.
 

Free Download SSH Secure Shell Client and SSH Secure FTP Client
As I told you earlier you can download these from the following external mirror links.
SSHSecureShellClient-3.2.9.exe Download here.

Installing SSH Secure Shell Client on Windows
Installation is quick, simple and self-explanatory. Just let the default options choosen.

About This Post
This post is a best result for the following searches also:

  • Free Download PuTTY

  • Free Download PSFTP

  • Free Download SSH Secure Shell Client

  • Free Download SSH Secure FTP Client

  • Free Download Poderosa

  • Installing PuTTY Client on Windows

  • Installing PSFTP Client on Windows

  • Installing SSH Secure Shell Client on Windows

  • Drawbacks of PuTTY and PSFTP
Hope the information is useful. Please post your comments.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Google Free Services 1 - Google Bookmark

Hi Everyone

Google, the Search Giant offers hunderds of FREE services to the online surfers, services specific to the location, specific to the interest, specific to the availability and so on. For using most of the services, all you need is a active Google account. The question is: Are we really aware and using all the services from Google? I would take initiative to answer this question. I would try to bring you my best analysis over the Google Services offered from the basic to advanced.

We have already discussed about the Google Web History. Click here to view it. In this post we would learn to use the free service Bookmark. Bookmark! It's easy to think of Bookmarks, if you are a good reader. Bookmarks are easily accessible. Get rid of writing on paper or making notes of your frequently visited sites. The same idea here on web to create, edit, delete and access your bookmarks using this service. All the browsers we use for surfing comes with bookmark/favorites features. But Google bookmark helps us to keep our bookmarks over internet, means it can be accessed from wherever you are on the go on internet.

Accessing Google Bookmark

  1. Open www.google.com/history on your browser.

  2. Login using your Google account.

  3. Click on 'Bookmark' in the leftside panel.
  4. Adding New Bookmark
    1. Click on 'Add Bookmark' on left side panel.
    2. Set bookmark link, title, labels and notes.
    3. Save the bookmark.
    Tips to set Title, Labels and Notes
    1. Set the Title as easy to identify the web address.
    2. Set many relevant Labels which are useful to classify your bookmarks under categories.
    3. Set Notes such as where did you get the bookmark, who is the author if it is a blog etc.
    Additional Options
    In addition with this, you can link your bookmarks to your iGoogle Home, Google Home personlized for your account from which you can access your links very easily.
    You can export your bookmarksto a html file that can be saved on your drive.
    You can sort your bookmarks by date, by label or by title.
    Refer all these on the screen-shot I have taken:
    Keep Visiting for updates and Post your comments.

Mouse Tips and Tricks

Hello Visitors

Though we can work with our computer system without it, Mouse is the most useful computer peripheral. We can say that we know well about the mouse and its usage in general. But there are some more features of new generation mice which are coming in different styles and designs. We would consider the one that we work with for our office work. Different applications give different actions to the mouse buttons on their interface. In this post I would like to tell you about useful features of the mouse buttons Left, Right and Middle/Scroll.


Left Mouse Button
Single Click – Select/Deselect, Click, Check/Uncheck
Double Click – Open, on Titile Bar of opened windows Maximize/Restore, on Video screen of most of the movie players.
Click and Drag – various functions
Right Mouse Button
Single Click – open Pop-up menu.
Middle Mouse Button 
This is very much useful than others for the applications like word processers, readers, image editors, browsers and so on.
Scroll Wheel – Scroll pages up/down
Click – I would tell the usage of middle mouse button over browsers like IE, Firefox.
Tips and Tricks 

  1. Middle click on opened tab closes that tab. 

  2. Middle click on the links in a page opens the link in a new tab. 

  3. Middle click on a bookmark folder opens all the links in new tabs. 
Bookmark in Internet Explorer

Bookmark in Mozilla Firefox

There are still more functions of this button. I will keep you updated, meanwhile you please post your tips in the comments section.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Upgrade Windows Vista to Windows 7


Hello Folks
If you have bought your laptop or PC in the period between June 26, 2009 and Jan 31, 2010, installed with Genuine Windows Vista, you can now get Windows 7 at special price. Microsoft is now offering its latest Windows 7 with a special offer price for upgrading Vista. This upgrade is made possible participating PC manufacturers in the Windows campaign. 

Currently we can avail this offer in India from the following PC manufacturers only:

  • Acer
  • Dell
  • HCL
  • HP
  • Lenova
  • Sony
  • Toshiba
  • Wipro
This could disappoint PC users of all other manufacturers. However there are some more options available for them. Please check it out now at Microsoft.

About Windows 7
I am using Windows 7 from Jan 2010. My personal feedback about it is always good. It has richer interface than Vista or XP, much faster than Vista, apparently same as XP. Almost any software that is supported by Vista (most of XP) can be supported in Windows 7 also. For more findings and review on Windows 7, I would like to write in a new post.

Please post your opinions about Windows 7 and Upgrade Offer through comments section.

Regards,
Muthuraj L

Starting, Stopping, and Restarting Oracle Business Intelligence Server - Siebel Analytics

Dear Techies

Today I come up with a nice article about Oracle Business Intelligence (OBIEE), part of Siebel Customer Relationship Management (Siebel CRM) system. OBI is formerly known as Siebel Analytics while another part of Siebel CRM is called as Siebel Marketing or Siebel Application Interface. Siebel CRM is an emerging infrastructure for large organizations, involving millions of customers all over the world. 

The tag-line is "Oracle Siebel! It's all about the Customer"
I can not make it presented here in this single post, all about OBI, however I would like to give you tips and tricks with OBI as well the Siebel CRM as a whole.

I have some experience with Siebel CRM. I hope this post will be helpful to people who have some ideas on Siebel CRM in prior. The notes that I am going to give you now is on Configuring Oracle Business Intelligence Server in Windows environment.

Why do we need Starting, Stopping, and Restarting OBI Server?
Restarting the OBI server is necessary for the following cases:

  • Application patch updates installed on the BI server.
  • Control Panel Settings changed.
  • Network (on which the BI is located) up-gradation or maintenance.
  • Troubleshooter run.
  • Application software installed.
  • Services become unavailable.
  • Services run long-time.
  • Non-responding processes.
  • Server configuration (changes in NQSConfig.ini, Web catalog files or repository .rpd files) changed.
On all the above cases, before the changes can happen, we must stop the OBI server, then restart it. It should be noted that the order in which we stop the server, then restart is so much important.

Order of Stopping, then Restarting OBI Services
To avoid unnecessary failures, the OBI services on  Windows environment should be stopped in the below order:
  1. Stop Oracle Business Intelligence Server Service
  2. Stop Oracle Business Intelligence Presentation Services
  3. Stop Oracle Business Intelligence Scheduler Service
I will now explain how these services are stopped or terminated under Windows environment. These steps are also very much important to consider when we want to restart the OBI server.

Stopping OBI Server under Windows
In order to stop OBI servers under Windows platform, we need to stop related Windows services. Because OBI servers are being run by Windows as services. Following the simple steps given below helps us to stop the OBI services. Here also the order is important.
  1. Open Windows Services. (Start->Run->services.msc->Enter or Start->Programs->Administrative Tools->Services)
  2. Stop 'Oracle BI Presentation Services'.
  3. Stop 'World Wide Web Service'.
  4. Stop 'Oracle BI Server Service'.
Stopping Oracle BI Presentation Services will take longer time to finish.

Starting OBI Server under Windows
Starting OBI Server is almost the reverse process of stopping the server, instead of stopping we start services. In order to start the OBI server, we need to start the following services in order:
  1. Open Windows Services. (Start->Run->services.msc->Enter or Start->Programs->Administrative Tools->Services)
  2. Start 'Oracle BI Server Service'.
  3. Start 'World Wide Web Service'.
  4. Start 'Oracle BI Presentation Services'.
Find the information is useful!

Web Reference: Goolge

Cheers,
Muthuraj L



Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Google Home is back

Hi Everyone

After a short break of Vancouver Winter day Olympics 2010, Google has come back to its original home page. The convenient feature with Google Home page is Doodle, a representative logo for the day. This is the first time Google showed featured doodle for a seasonal event, Vancouver. It even represented special of the day among the Vancouver doodle also.

Ok welcome back Google!

A trial brigade fumes above the load.

Cheers,
Muthuraj

Monday, March 1, 2010

Motivating Lyrics from Tamil Movie Badhri

Music Lovers!!


Motivating, Inspirational English Lyric Lines....


I am very much impressed with few lines from the lyrics of a Tamil song. I would like to share those motivating lines with you. You will seem really enthusiastic and energetic if you remember these lines in mind.  I don't have any idea on the writer, but it is excellent and youthful. Here are the lines:
Look at my face in the mirror
And I wonder what I see
I’m just a traveling soldier
And I’ll be all I can be
But right now... I just wanna be free
I wanna be all I can be. (2x)

Don’t you say I’m a failure
You don’t know who I can be
If they wanna know who I am
They just have to wait and see
But right now... I just wanna be free
I wanna be all I can be (2x)
More about the song and movie:

Movie Name      : Badri
Year                  : 2001
Starring              : Vijay, Bhoomika, Monal
Director             : P A Arun Prasad
Music Director   : Ramana Gokula
Singer                : Ramana Gokula

Free Audio Editor and Voice Recorder for Windows

Hello Visitors

Getting bored with your music? Give a try with your own voice. Here I come with an excellent open source software to record your voice and edit audio on windows. Yes. Audacity is complete free and open source voice recorder. It records your voice or sound till your hard drive space is available. That is, unlimited voice recording is possible. There are more nice plugins associated with this software which help you to fine tune the audio. The options are extended to save your recordings in different file formats even in MP3 audio.

So why is the wait? Download it now from the link Audacity 1.3 for windows XP/7/Vista

Any issues with installation, let us know in the comments section of this post.

Cheers,
Muthuraj L

How to set Signature in Microsoft Outlook

As you are well aware, Microsoft Outlook is known as very good business email client of all time. It is really fast to load and simple to use. That's why most of the organizations are still interested to use Outlook. The best alternative to outlook could be Mozilla Thunderbird, which is ofcourse a free software, not like outlook a must licensed one.

Today my colleague asked me the procedure to set signature on his outlook mailbox. I approached him with very much enthusiasm as I am always interested to do this kind of help. Though it could be silly thing, it's always better to share with someone who really doesn't know about this. So whoever doesn't have idea but needed to use outlook can be benefited.

I explain the procedure with screenshots taken from my laptop. All you need before to start with is Microsoft Outlook installed and configured with your webmail account. In the example I use, I have configure my outlook with webmail and the set up is complete and tested. Let's learn it.

In this example, I demonstrate setting signature in outlook from a HTML file. Don't be afraid of. You can do it easily. Type and set styles to your signature in a word document and then save it as web page (html file). Now we need to set this in our outlook.


  • Launch outlook. There are so many ways in Windows, and you know.
  • From the menu bar, choose Tools -> Options


  • In the options dialog box, choose Mail Format tab. Select HTML for compose in this message format. Then click 'Signatures...' button. Another dialog box will be opened on.


  • In this Create Signature dialog, click 'New' button. One more dialog is opened on.

  • Enter a name for your new signature. Select 'use this file as a template'. Browse for the html file that you have created already. Click Next button.

  • Your signature will be shown in the next dialog, you can make changes in your signature if you want, else click Finish button.

  1. Close all other opened windows by clicking Ok button and apply the changes on Options by clicking Apply button. Your signature is now set.
No Signature on Reply and Forward Message:
By default this is applicable for composing new messages. Your signature is disabled for Reply and Forward message options. To enable the signature for Reply and Forward options, follow the simple step.
  • Choose Tools -> Options from menu bar.
  • On the Options dialog box, Select Signatures for replies and forwards as your created signature.

I hope the information is useful for outlook newbies.