Archive for August 2010

An easier resilient way to indicate errors and prepare tutorials

An easier resilient way to indicate errors and prepare tutorials

We had a recent experience that we reported an error condition in the website it could not be reproduced. Check out our narration  here. We can have these situations of re-work avoided quite easily. There is a freeware called 'BBFlashBack Express' which is downloadable from http://www.bbsoftware.co.uk/bbflashbackexpress/download.aspx that helps record the screensession. It supports recording in a proprietary format (FBR) which is highly compressed. It does support export to SWF and AVI files too for portability (??) reasons but the filesizes may be little scary.

The interesting feature is that whilst your screen is being recorded you can also talk and the voice or video (from webcam) is captured. Remember to run it from a system equipped with good memory and exit all other applications other than the ones intended for recording.

Exiting other applications other than those participating in the recording is important because you may not want your private applications from being displayed in the video besides the fact that recording needs more memory.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Posted by Deepak Vasudevan

Yahoo Session Restore Feature

Yahoo Session Restore Feature

If you are Yahoo Mail user and have completed upgrade to the newer webmail interface then I would like to share with you there is a new feature that has been incorporated by Yahoo. If by an error, the tab or browser containing Yahoo sessions closes and the next logon shows up a session restore as below.

Interestingly the buttons don't work anyway for me either in Google Chrome or FF. I never use IE for security reasons. I am still not convinced with Internet Explorer 8 security architecture yet. As part of our VENS initiative this has been reported to Yahoo through their Help Central.
Posted by Deepak Vasudevan

The watchdogs which hunt any illegitimate applications taking over your system

The watchdogs which hunt any illegitimate applications taking over your system

Google Chrome comes with a more choosy, cheesy, choicy and spicy module called 'Task Manager'. This along with its big brother (Task Manager) from Windows effectively ensures that your browsing experience is seamless and smooth without much speed breaker bumps and hurdles. Google Chrome should be the choice browser of the planet now.

See sample task managers from Chrome and Windows below.

You may be surprised that the processes are masked within the Task Manager. That was done by me as part of the image editing. Common Baby. Why do you want to sniff the arse of others' system BTW?
Posted by Deepak Vasudevan

The Advantage of Virtual Box

The Advantage of Virtual Box


With VirtualBox, we can have more operating systems running within the same computer. One good utility in VirtualBox is that you can about six timezones configured and listed. My host box (Windows 7) has three timezones by default and the other VirtualBox could rope in three more.

Monday, August 16, 2010
Posted by Deepak Vasudevan

Chrome even elegantly manages other applications' bugs

Chrome even elegantly manages other applications' bugs

Google Chrome is an enthusiastic young browser with novel features to bring a radical new sense of secure and high-spirited internet browsing. Just came across an interesting feature today of upload progress status in Zoho Mail through Google Chrome. There is a bug that was reported to Zoho Mail on the progress bar but not yet fixed. Interestingly when you browse it through Google Chrome the issue is elegantly taken care of.




Saturday, August 07, 2010
Posted by Deepak Vasudevan

Oracle stuffing crap into Java Setup?

Oracle stuffing crap into Java Setup?

Today my Windows 7 system tray prompted me that it had some updates for the Java that was installed. When I prompted yes, I had to encounter two dumb stuff from the Java setup. I hadn't had such bad experience with Java setup till it was with Sun.

  1. Half way during the installation it bumped telling another installation was going and then it aborted. Not sure what caused it to prevent checking another installations in progress beforehand?
  2. Java installation now has Yahoo Toolbar for the browsers packed with it. Not sure what is causing Oracle to pack browser toolbars along with a generic language runtime.




Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Posted by Deepak Vasudevan

Winner of Symantec Connect Gift Certificate (August 2010)

The quest for knowledge besides the passion to help the peers in Community forum besides the driving fire to excel helped another laurel for the month of August 2010 in the form of Gift Certificate from the Symantec security house. You can find the previous discussion over here and an update form Connect Rewards page here:


01 Aug 2010$15 US Amazon.com Certificateshipped03 Aug 2010Email
Sunday, August 01, 2010
Posted by Deepak Vasudevan

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