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A Test Run of Opera Browser on my Ubuntu

A few people could remember that way back my mobile used to powered by Opera Mini browser.  Other than the Unicode limitation the normal websites have a powerful acceleration without giving a pressing load on my CPU.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Posted by Deepak Vasudevan

Hot Summer and Hotter Award from Symantec

My humble passionate contributions to Symantec forums community has been awarded with yet another award in the form of Amazon Gift Certificate. I am delighted to share this glad news with everyone. It just came in today via email.

24 Jun 2011$15 US Certificateshipped24 Jun 2011Email
Friday, June 24, 2011
Posted by Deepak Vasudevan

Fun with Java Update

Oracle is trying to push some strange update for the past two months in the system which only meets this error. I am not sure why aren't they able to even correct this issue in the subsequent fixes. Big names but cheap products as there is a Hindi saying!
Monday, June 20, 2011
Posted by Deepak Vasudevan
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Windows Server 2008 R2 -- Another Vista (Pig with a lipstick?)

For some reason, Windows Server 2008 R2 derives a sadistic pleasure in terminating non-MS applications when common Windows controls like File -> Open, File -> Save are being accessed. The most closest trace I found was the default location it was choosing like 'Favorites'. I reported this to Bugzilla (Mozilla) and they found out that the culprit was Windows and not Firefox.  Reported this to MS through forums. No responsible fix till now.
Posted by Deepak Vasudevan
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Safer Browsing Practices -- Make Your Browser To Prompt Download Location

I would prefer the recommended option in Download would be 'Always ask me where to save files' in Firefox instead of 'Save Files To'. That way I always know what is coming into my system and hence I can be sure that my system is not compromised with malware and/or hijacked by unknown persons.

It does take a couple of more clicks but it pays to pave a strong security for the computer. This screen is from Firefox 4.0.1.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Posted by Deepak Vasudevan
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Internet Clearing Houses

I just thought would share a couple of words about a few Internet Clearing Houses which helps us to stay safe online.

Phishtank: ( is a service from OpenDNS. It helps us to stay away from Phishing websites.

Norton SafeWeb: ( is  a service from Symantec which helps us to identify bad websites so that we don't visit them infecting our computers.
Sunday, June 05, 2011
Posted by Deepak Vasudevan
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Cloud-based security

These days the most talked about term in every enterprise is cloud-computing and living on the clouds. However we need to ensure a few things in this cloud-era:
  1. Safety
  2. Security
  3. Reliability
Do we have these three musketeers always with us when we dial-in to the Internet and go online? How many times we have installed a new Windows computer, been online for a few hours and then found with an installed version of Antivirus/Antispyware tool which complains that there have been a few privacy infringing third-party tracker cookies on the light end or an extreme case of financial information/identify theft to a rogue website.
Though we can have the right antivirus software loaded we also need to ensure its patterns are updated. One more level of good security is to have DNS level  protection. There are a few services like OpenDNS, Norton DNS, ScrubIt which provides the following advantages:
  1. Rogue sites are automatically blocked for you. Since your name server is the only which guides you a route to a website and if that blocks a harmful website without letting the address you are not in any way left the way to fall in burning fire of hell.
  2. Unlike a few ISPs they have old DNS software that they do not update frequently and/or also have only a few DNS servers which are often overloaded at peak times, these expert specialised DNS services have name servers scattered across data centers throughout the globe. 
    If one name server fails in a data center the next one some where in other part of the world automatically assumes its roles and starts to protect you.

How to configure and use it?
Just set the DNS of your computer to the name servers given by that service and the next launch of the web browser would escort your journey in the internet superhighway with the security expertise of the experts.
Also read our Ubuntu/DNS-O-Matic script over here.
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Blogdrive Downloader ...

Blogdrive is a cool blog platform for novices and beginners. I have started to blog there around 2001 and then went ahead to diversify my blogs across Google Blogger and Wordpress. Whilst it endeavours to fulfil most of the bloggers' needs a few advanced features like 'Bulk Import', 'Bulk Export' when you want to backup the blog and restore it etc are amiss. This has been confirmed in a Wordpress forum too where people suggest to use Moveable Type format as an intermediate.  I have also briefly explained about this my new travelog over here.

The other way what I could suggest though a bit rudimentary would be to use the archive URL and download the contents to your local storage. A quick lines of code for the same using PHP would be as below:

Please note that I am using a system command called 'wget' to download the remote file. This is a built-in command for (Ubuntu) Linux and also the path format is a typical Unix. This is just a startup idea. There are a lot of things to improve that you can do and help yourself:

  • If it is a 404 error page you can filter out the file from being preserved in the local path.

    HINT: I think 404 page would not have the normal contents but 'Hello Mister' as one of the strings.
  • A nice GUI with a progress bar perhaps using PHP GTK :)

  $blogdriveBaseURL = "";
  $howmanyposts = 400; //You can get this from your dashboard
  $localpathtosave = "/home/lavanyadeepak/Desktop/blogdrive/"; //Local Path where you want to save the contents

  for ($j=0;$j<=$howmanyposts;$j++)
     echo "Downloading post $j
     $downloadcommand = "wget --quiet -O $localpathtosave$j.html $blogdriveBaseURL$j.html";
     echo "Download of $j complete

  echo "All downloads complete. Thank you for using Blogdrive Downloader
Saturday, June 04, 2011
Posted by Deepak Vasudevan

A Sizzling Summer Reward from Symantec ...

My humble passionate contributions to Symantec forums community has been awarded with yet another award in the form of Amazon Gift Certificate. I am delighted to share this glad news with everyone.

Perhaps it is a blissful gesture from Symantec and the Almighty to start a bright shiny rewarding jubilant, exhilarating and exciting Summer ahead!

Check out the status from Symantec Rewards Redemption Page here:

02 Jun 2011$15 US Certificateshipped02 Jun 2011Email

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