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Get a Free WordPress Hoodie

wordpress-hoodie.jpg Everyone likes to show off and of course there is no harm in it. As a new year gift, Matt gives us this new navy blue WordPress Hoodies which is just amazing.

Well, if you are too tired of blogging around on WordPress, just put on your WordPress Hoodie and start wandering around your town streets. At least someone will figure out that you are a proud user of the WordPress Blogging System.

The hoodie is just excellent for exclusive branding and some pomp and show.

Basically it is a classic unisex drawstring sport hoody made by American Apparel, screen printed with the WordPress logo.

You can buy this WordPress Hoodie from the official WordPress Merchandise Shop.

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Benazir Bhutto Assassination Video

benazir-assasination.jpg Most of you would already know about the event that has left the heart of all Pakistanis filled with sadness and sorrow. It was the assassination of one of my country’s most powerful and talented woman Benazir Bhutto.

Though I hardly go off topic but being a representative of my country in the blogosphere and on the Internet world I must express the great sorrow that has overpowered my heart after the assasination of Benazir Bhutto.

She was a former prime-minister of Pakistan and had firm grounds of becoming the prime minister once again in 2008. They say that she wanted democracy but I say Benazir Bhutto is Democracy.

Here is the official assassination video of Benazir Bhutto as released by the Government of Pakistan. Though you will see gun shots being fired and a bomb blast but her actual death was caused due to a head injury and not because of any of the former.

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Most Popular Windows Freewares of 2007

download_com.jpg The rapid evolution of technology and time has made us all slaves of softwares. For every little need of ours we seek the help of a software which can save our time as well as energy.

A software is good as long as it is free therefore supporting this slogan I have compiled a list of the most popular freewares of the year 2007 according to their respective category. The list was made using the download and popularity statistics of the free softwares enlisted on Download.com

These freewares are all on based on the Windows OS platform however their other OS versions may be available too.

Browsers

  1. Avant Browser – Block pop-up windows and browse multiple sites at once.
  2. Mozilla Firefox – Surf the Web, block pop-ups, and keep spyware at bay with this lean and fast open-source browser.
  3. Internet Explorer – Browse the Web with tabs, improved RSS support, and robust security features.
  4. Netscape Communicator – Browse the Web and more with Netscape’s browser suite.
  5. Opera – Browse with a multiple-document interface, mouse gestures, keyboard shortcuts, zooming functions, and integrated search.

Digital Media Players

  1. QuickTime – Play MPEG-4 movies with AAC sound with latest version of Apple’s premier media player.
  2. Windows Media Player – Play local and streaming multimedia content.
  3. Sonique – Enjoy your MP3, CD, WAV, MOD, and WMA tracks with superior audio quality and impressive visual effects.
  4. Winamp – Play and organize a variety of audio and video files, as well as rip and burn CDs.
  5. AtomixMP3 – Mix MP3s on your computer as you would with conventional turntables.

Anti-Virus

  1. AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition – Protect your computer from viruses and malicious programs.
  2. Avast! Home Edition – Scan your computer for viruses, worms, and Trojan horses.
  3. Avira Anti-Virus Personal Edition – Detect and remove more than viruses from your computer.
  4. PC Tools Anti-Virus Free Edition – Protect your PC from viruses, worms, and Trojans.
  5. A-Squared – Protect your PC from harmful threats.

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How to Sign .SIS Files for Your Mobile

symbian_os_logo.jpg SIS File is basically a Symbian OS Installer File which is used to install any application on your mobile phone. They generally have the extension .sis or .sisx and can be installed on any mobile phone that runs on the Symbian operating system.

Their function is analogous to the operation of Win 32 executable (.exe) in Windows Operating System.

Usually when a Symbian application is made, a request is sent to SymbianSigned.com to authenticate and verify the application before it is publicly distributed. However in cases where the application remains Unsigned, it has then to be signed manually to your mobile IMEI in order to make it work or else your mobile will fail to install the application triggering a Certificate Error Warning.

In this post I am going to share a simple tutorial originally taught by Symbianv3 that will teach you How to Sign .sis files. It is important to know how to sign .sis files because many of the upcoming great applications like IR Remote, NokMote, RotateMe etc are being distributed unsigned over the Internet.

Things you will need to sign .sis files

  1. Registered and activated account at SymbianSigned.com
  2. Your Mobile IMEI number (Enter *#06# on your mobile)
  3. GenialSis application

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Nokmote Beta is now available for Download

nokmote.gif Nokmote is an application built by Samir specially for the Nokia N95 (S60 3rd) edition phones. It allows you to use your Nokia N95 mobile as a Wiimote with motion sensing. It makes use of the Accelerometer motion sensing plugin which comes built-in with Nokia N95 classic and 8GB editions.

Samir is now famous over the Internet for creating and distributing freeware symbian applications that work on the Nokia N95 Accelerometer. Previously he created an application called RotateMe which allows you to switch your Nokia N95 between landscape and portrait modes just by rotating it (Like the iPhone) and now he is busy creating a new application called ShutUp about which I will be discussing in one of my upcoming posts.

Fortunately the Nokmote Beta 1 is now available for download from the link below but the unfortunate part is that it is unsigned and you will have to sign it for your phone IMEI to get the application working.

http://rapidshare.com/files/79033141/Nokmote_beta1_unsigned.rar.html

I managed to sign the app for my Nokia N95 and then tried it. It is really amazing except for the fact that the beta is still buggy and has high sensitivity making it difficult to use.

I shall be discussing the process to sign a .sis file to use on your mobile in my next post and don’t forget to take a look at all Accelerometer applications and games for Nokia N95.

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Get RSS and Post Ratings Widget on Your Blog

No matter how hard you struggle to write a good quality and well versed post, the end decision lies in the hands of your readers to judge exactly how well the post really is.

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You might have seen those star rating widgets on most of the blogs which allow readers to rate blog posts individually (on your blog or through your blog RSS). OutBrain offers one similar star rating widget plugin for WordPress blogs and Feeds that will allow your blog readers to rate your articles.

Unlike other ratings widgets, this plugin does not show any logo and does not use any kind of link marketing strategy. It is free to use and very easy to install.

Get OutBrain Ratings widget for WordPress

  1. Unzip the wp_outbrain.zip file into your WordPress plugin directory.
  2. In your WordPress admin site, go to the ‘Plugins’ page.
  3. Activate the outbrain plugin.
  4. Go to Options -> Outbrain and select your language.

Similarly you can allow your feed subscribers to rate your posts through an RSS reader using the OutBrain Feedflare. Just follow these steps to integrate the ratings widget to your blog Feed.

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Modify the appearance of Firefox using Personas

personas.png Firefox is not only famous for its user friendly functions and optimized browsing experience but it also gives you the ability to change its appearance using themes and skins. However installing and finding new themes is a hard job so a better alternative to change the appearance of your Firefox browser is to use Personas.

Personas is a Firefox extension that adds light weight theming to your Firefox browser.

Personas makes browsing more fun and gives your browser the ability to include online components. It also allows graphic designers to make styles for Firefox without having any coding language and keeps you from the job of installing individual theme files everytime.

Take a look at some of the Personas that I liked

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Get Personas for Firefox

Just install the extension and get started in making and using new themes and appearances.

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Check Incoming Mail Filters in Gmail

gmail_logo_1.jpgCouple of days ago a story made it to the Digg Frontpage titled Gmail security failure leaves my business sabotaged. This was the poor story of David Airey (a professional logo designer) who lost his domain Davidairey.com to an Internet hacker and password cracker due to a flaw in Gmail’s security system.

The hacker somehow managed to get into David’s Gmail inbox through a backdoor and got details about his domain registrar. Then using his login credentials, the hacker transfered David’s domain to his account on GoDaddy.

Fortunately, David has reclaimed his domain name and is back online with all his business but this leaves us all with lots of questions in our minds about Gmail security.

David’s Gmail account was hacked due to a previously known Gmail security issue which could allow a third party malicious site to add a backdoor to your Gmail Filters without your knowledge. This issue has been rectified now by the Gmail team but unless a backdoor was added to your Gmail account before the fix, it is more likely that the Backdoor is still lying there in your Gmail Filters and is able to grant access to your Gmail inbox to an external entity.

gmail-backdoor.jpgTo ensure maximum security, open your Gmail inbox and then navigate to your Gmail Settings. Open the Filters tab and make sure that there are no filters that forward your mails to some malicious third party sites. Take a look at the attached screenshot of a possible backdoor that can leak your secure information to external entities.

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