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Creating dynamic Favorite ICONs for your webpage online...

Creating dynamic Favorite ICONs for your webpage online...FAVICONs are very common and are excellent resources since they indicate a tangible symbol on the web browser's address bar as they visit your website and also when they bookmark your website. For a complete explanation of FAVICON, check out this link from SiteWizard. For those people, creating personal webpages in GeoCities etc. creating FAVICONs dynamically is pretty simple. Check out this simple online applet tool from Favicon.co.uk But in case you have a more complex logo, then the best solution would be to use a full fledged image management software, resize it and then save it as an ICOn file. For freeware, check out Irfanview, which could help you out to quickly create a FAVICON for your images.

Personal Protection Software

Personal Protection SoftwareSometime back, we were discussing about Naviscope, a personal desktop proxy server. Proxy Servers are not just enough. To take it further and give your system, a complete protection, we also need Personal Firewalls and Antivirus softwares that can give you complete protection against harmful content from external media like Internet or any removable storage that you would insert into your system.I would like to list you a couple of freeware that would assist you in this regard:Free Firewalls:ZoneLabs Personal FirewallOutpost FirewallSunBelt Kerio Personal FirewallFree Antivirus SoftwareAntivirAVG AntivirusAvast! AntivirusFree Online Virus ScansTrend HouseCall AntivirusPanda ActiveScanSecurity Test of your SystemSymantec Security Test

Naviscope -- Good Personal Proxy Server for home desktops

Naviscope -- Good Personal Proxy Server for home desktopsWith broadband and DSLs getting the common thing of the day, accessing the Internet is a breeze. However, with the ease of access to the Internet, it also brings in a lot of junk stuff into our systems. Here comes the resources like Personal Proxy Servers, Firewalls, Antivirus softwares to protect your desktops and workstations.There has been a tool called Naviscope and its homepage http://www.naviscope.com/.  I don't think, this URL is available now but the download sites do offer Naviscope 8.71 as a free download.  It is a free personal proxy server, that can be configured to run from the system tray and with a variety of features, a partial list of which, I would like to give here:Prefetching the links as you search in Google or your favorite search engine.DNS Caching to prevent superflous lookups to your nameserver.Persistent HTTP Connections.MTU/RWin (Windows Internet Capability) Optimizations.Junk Content BlockersAd Bl…

Jana Server -- a small-scale server suite for small enterprises

Jana Server -- a small-scale server suite for small enterprises

Small enterprises can now also use full-fledged server applications from thier own infrastructure rather than depending on third parties and/or upstream providers. I came across a nice server suide tool called Jana Server, which is freely downloadable from its website.It ships with an elegant set of features like the following:Http (Web) Server. Capable of supporting even PHP and CGI applicationsFTP ServerFTP GatewayEmail Server (SMTP, POP3 and IMAP)News (NNTP) ServerName Server (DNS)Caching Proxy ServerHttp ProxySocks 4/5 ProxyTelnet ProxyRTSP (Real Player) ProxyCustom Gateway Configurations

Effective FTP Management of your website

Effective FTP Management of your websiteFTP, which is an abbreviation of File Transfer Protocol is a very effective and inevitable tool for webmasters and even casual web surfers. Webmasters use this tool for day-to-day publishing and updates of their websites' content. Web Surfers find it a very useful tool to download software, where FTP is supported.Compared to HTTP download/upload, since technically FTP supports dedicated connection, it is more effective in upload and download. Don't worry. I am not going to bore you with the technical internals of FTP. For those, interested thereto, check out the FTP RFC over here: http://www.faqs.org/rfcs/rfc959.htmlI thought of sharing some nice, useful client applications that would be useful for webmasters and websurfers using FTP.FTP ClientsLeech FTPFileZilla FTP ClientFTP ServersFileZilla FTP ServerFileZilla FTP Client and Server are available even with source code from SourceForge webservers.  It also supports Secure FTP.Leech FTP …

Hexadecimal URLs

Hexadecimal URLsSome strange phishing emails were there in my Rediff Webmail. Should I just delete it? No. I just thought I would do some sort of recycling and find if something useful was there.And the email was faithful to give the following details. Of course, some of the links I had to ensure that should not be clicked by copy pasted to a Google Toolbar to get the actual victimized website which has been phished.The site URL was Barclays Bank, based in UK. It seems to be a really an impressive and premiere banking website based in UK. There are useful tips and tricks besides interactive tools like Mortgage Calculator, Map and Area locator etc.Obscured URLs. The URL was really strange it was like http://0xC18003C6.  For security reasons, I am not giving the phished URL rather tiving the URL of the bank itself in hexa decimal format. A search in Google revealed a lot of things. Actually, hexadecimal URLs are supported by the web browser for security reasons since some confidential t…

Elegant Data Access Strategies in .NET

Elegant Data Access Strategies in .NETThanks to ADO.NET, database access and management has never been easy and a breeze. We have high speed managed providers without much of resource consumption. All resource management are being managed by CLR.The default support of database access in .NET is likeSQLServer Oracle Generic OLEDB Generic ODBCBut it would be a better strategy for us to have a Data Access Layer, which is shortly known as DAL in programming world, which would have the complete onus in talking to the database and returning the results, instead of having each of our modules talk to the database.  This way, in future,if wanted to make some performance improvements to the database access, the changes are restricted to one particular area instead of having this spill out through out the application.Perhaps, I would like to recommend to the readers, the following URLs which we researched upon in Database Access Layers. We also have our own GDN (GotDotNet) Workspace. If you are …

Managing ConnectionStrings (Securely)

Managing ConnectionStrings (Securely)Database driven webapplications and windows applications normally store the connection related info (which is often called as ConnectionStrings), into some standard INI or registry entries. .NET applications have an edge since they have a predefined configuration file like web.config or app.config for web or windows application respectively.But the following daunting questions appear to the user:How to build a connectionstring easily?How to securely store the connectionstring since it has username, password and other sensitive info?Here is a humble attempt to answer the queries to the user.How to build a connectionstring easilyIf you know the provider or driver you are going to use, you can hand-prepare the connectionstring based on the manual and/or documentation or samples in hand.Check out http://www.connectionstrings.com/. For any connectionstrings, this, I guess would be a very useful resource for developers worldwide.You can easily build a si…

Website Precompiler for ASP.NET

Website Precompiler for ASP.NETThe most elegant feature of ASP.NET is the JIT compilation and caching of the pages once served, so that the second time, the users would get the most fastest response. However, the very first user to request the page has to wait a while, as the pages are JITted.ASP.NET 2.0 has a compile website option, I guess. However, for websites running on .NET framework 1.1 this is still an issue. I have been looking out for some solutions and I came across the following article, which I think would be helpful to other users too and would like to share the same.Precompile ASP.NET Pages by NarendraAlberto's Precompiler for ASP.NETI hope these would be very useful for ASP.NET development fraternity worldwide.

Guestbooks for the Website

Guestbooks for the Website

Websites which offer a dynamic interaction from the people have always been successful with more number of returning visitors. A very static webpage always invites only a few visitors who need the information for that point of time.

So what are the ways in which a webuser can register his opinion with the website? The sky is the limit for the channels that can be opened up for the same.

Traditionally, guestbooks have been the most preferred choice for webmasters, be it big websites or little personal hobby pages.

There is nothing in the world that claims a hundred percent perfection. There always remains a scope for further improvement and development. A good guestbook for a website can invite comments on a particular thought expressed in the website, get attention on a failing component of a website or a suggestion towards a better enhancement of the same.

Is it too difficult to configure a guestbook for a website. Not at all. Creating, Configuring and Main…

Web-based MineSweeper

Web-based MineSweeperIf you have observed Windows has a couple of nice elegant cames like Cards, MineSweeper etc in its default installation. These make Windows very interactive and lovely to work and even during a casual snacks or lunch hour or a weekend, we can keep playing in the laptop.Just imagine, how cool it would be to play the game over the web browser too. I came across this website called DestroyDrop, which offers this web-based MineSweeper in JavaScript. Check it out:http://www.destroydrop.com/javascripts/mine/

ScreenRuler -- Measuring Screen Widths Effectively

ScreenRuler -- Measuring Screen Widths EffectivelyHomepages and blogs are so common. Have you wondered and longed for a simple tool that can help you measure the screen widths quickly and effectively. I was having a similar requirement and a search revealed a simple freeware called ScreenRuler, which is downloadable from Spadix Software.Now you can rule the screen with the ScreenRuler!

Free Indian Language Word Processing Application

Free Indian Language Word Processing ApplicationIt is now history to have webpages in Indian Languages that need costly Java Applets, untrusted ActiveX Controls, heavy flash movies and slow images.  Perhaps if you check out Google Tamil or Google Hindi, the most elegant way could be to make use of Unicode UTF-8 standard to acheive this.Towards this, I needed a software that could make up Hindi/Tamil versions of webpages for a friend of mine and came across this freeware editor called Baraha. Baraha in Kannada means writing.It has a lot of features and supports a lot of Indian languages and export capability to Unicode. If you still need TTF type, Baraha has its own font for each of the Indian language to support that too. Check out Baraha and/or Baraha SDK from http://www.baraha.com/index.htm