UBUNTU 7.04-LINUX FOR HUMANS

Yesterday, I finally received my free Ubuntu 7.04 CD. I didn’t expect it to come this soon as my friend GQ had ordered his copy much before I ordered mine and he is still waiting for his CD. I was really excited to try this latest version of this Linux based Operating System. I installed it successfully without any problems considering that it didn’t affect the Windows XP professional edition-Service Pack 2 installed on the other partition of my hard disc. Ubuntu is an ancient African word that means “humanity to others”. It was easy to install as it came with a live installation CD. All you need to have is at least 256MB of RAM and around 4GB of disc space. This is the first Linux OS I have tried and it seems to be great at first look. The installation is far more interactive than any Windows installation. As I have mentioned earlier Ubuntu is a Linux OS. Thus, you can use it absolutely free of cost. Therefore, you can order your own CD or download the files and burn a CD by clicking on the link below


I’ve decided to give you a glance at what you will receive if you download order Ubuntu. This is what the cover looks like



And here’s a picture of the CD


Ubuntu has a really good Afrikaans start up tone which is music to your ears. I personally got extremely bored of the Windows XP start up tone. The software bundled with it includes Open Office, which I must say, is much better than Microsoft Office. Mozilla Firefox 2.0.0.3 is the default web browser and archive manager is the default archiver. The Add or Remove software menu is a good utility that allows you to download and install softwares easily. I would rate Ubuntu 7.04 *****(5/5). Thus, if you are thinking of upgrading to Windows Vista, you should try Ubuntu at least once before doing so. Why would you want to waste money for an unsafe OS if you could get a safer one free of charge.If you want more pictures,here’s a picture of my desktop.


ORKUT USERS BEWARE


Signing up for an account with websites like hi5 and orkut is not as safe as you think it is.Hi5 has very controversial Terms Of Service which say that they can disclose your personal information like your E-Mail id. This is an open invitation to spammers. Another facility provided to spammers by hi5 is that there’s an option of searching by email. Now think about it, once a spammer verifies that a particular email-id exists, he can fill the inbox with spam. More importantly, the information you enter in your hi5 or orkut profiles are a good aid to hack your email id.

For instance, if you have a Yahoo account all they ask you in the first step is your birthday (which is visible on these sites), your pin-code and country. If someone knows where you live, he can obviously get your pin code and your country is not at all difficult to figure out. Orkut has an option of displaying your pin code on your profile. Some people have email-ids which have their birthdates in the username.

In the second step you are asked your secret question to display a new password. Some hint to the question can be derived from your orkut profile. Some people have questions like “What is your favorite pass time?” Everyone knows that almost everyone has the answer as Reading. If not your interests can be viewed through your orkut profile. So be prepared to get your email id hacked if you disclose much information about yourself.

Now that you have understood the hazards involved if you have an orkut profile, I would like to make a few suggestions to protect your email id.

Firstly, check that you don’t give your correct pin code to orkut or remove your pin code from orkut.

Secondly, check your security question. If it can be answered by reading your orkut profile or it is too obvious then change it.

If you are crazy about some celebrity and have joined a community related to him, make sure that your secret question is not related to that person.

Select the option of hiding your birthday by editing your profile.

Just take all these precautions and use orkut safely without any worries. But if you have a hi5 account its better to delete it.

LINUX: THE DARK HORSE

I hadn’t heard much about Linux until my friend Ankur Banerjee told me about it. He’s a proud Linux user and soon I’ll become one too. I’ve just place an order for my CD of the latest OS Ubuntu 7.04(Feisty Fawn) which works on a Linux platform. After knowing about Linux in detail, I decided to publicize it a bit as I feel it isn’t getting much publicity.

I’ll start from the very basic definition for amateurs to understand what I’m talking about. Linux is an Operating System (like windows). It is much more secure than Windows XP or Windows Vista which claim to be the safest Operating Systems. If you’ve ever come across a book on hacking, all hackers have a common opinion that security and Microsoft never go together. All books say that a system running on windows is the easiest to hack. It is a well known fact that an unprotected system running on Windows can be hacked in 10 minutes if it’s online.

Linux has many salient features. According to me one of the greatest assets of Linux is that there is nothing such as a virus for a Linux system. Thus you don’t need any anti-virus if you are running on a Linux system. The reason is that no file can install itself in a Linux system as Super-Administrator rights are required which are impossible to obtain for malware.

One of the reasons why I’m shifting to Linux is that I’m fed up of Microsoft and all the fuss about ownership of Genuine Windows XP. All important updates I download check for the genuineness of my genuine Windows XP. What’s the point of checking it again and again? I have statistics which say that more than 80% users of Internet Explorer 6.0 haven’t upgraded to Internet Explorer 7.0 due to complicated procedure involved.

Linux offers respite from this fuss about genuine OS as it is a free software. Moreover, it is absolutely legal to copy and distribute Linux to your family and friends. Linux uses Mozilla Firefox as its default web browser which is much better than Microsoft Internet Explorer. As I’ve mentioned in earlier posts Mozilla Firefox is an award winning browser.

Some other advantages offered by Linux are that it uses better software. Linux comes preloaded with archivers which can handle archives of all formats. It uses Open Office which has more features than Microsoft Office and can handle more file formats. The latest version of Microsoft Office uses 4 letter extensions in place of the traditional 3 letter extensions like .doc, .ppt, .mdb etc. The latest version of Open Office which is included in Ubuntu is compatible with the new 4 letter extensions too. On the other hand, if you are using an older version of Microsoft Office you won’t be able to work with the new 4 letter extensions without downloading the compatibility pack offered by Microsoft.

If you’ve ever loaded Windows on your system you might know that it takes a minimum of 30 minutes to install Windows. On the other hand, Linux takes just 13 minutes for installation.

I’m sure that after reading this you would be convinced that Linux is clearly the dark horse which is much better than Windows which always remains in the spotlight.
You can get your own copy of Ubuntu 7.04 delivered to you for free. Just click on the link below to order your free CD.

DOWNLOAD VIDEOS FROM YOUTUBE


Many people know that it is very much possible to download videos from You Tube and other popular video sites. Today I am going to describe a simple way to do so. So if you want to learn the easiest way to do so I’m going to tell you.

First of all I recommend you to use Mozilla Firefox as downloading videos is not possible if you are using Internet Explorer. So look for an advertisement saying- ‘Get Firefox with Google Toolbar for more secure browsing’ at the top of the window. Click it to start downloading Mozilla Firefox. After the download is complete you can proceed further.

Now that you have downloaded Mozilla Firefox, I assume you are viewing this page through Firefox. You now need to download an add-on from the link below eg- Video Downloader, Get Video or Download Embedded. It would take less than two seconds to do so. Now you will be asked to restart Firefox. So you may restart it after reading this post and doing everything else.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD ADD-ONS

Now the video you download will be in .flv format. So you need an flv encoder like Riva which you can get from the link below.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD RIVA FLV ENCODER

Now if you wish to convert the video to other forms like .mpeg, .mpg etc you should download Xilisoft video converter from the link below.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD XILISOFT

Now you may restart Firefox and return to this page for further instructions.

Go to the page containing the video to be downloaded. You will see an icon of the add-on on the status bar. Click it to start downloading the video.