Brainfoldb4u's Blog

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Archive for the ‘Cool Techniques’ Category

Process Explorer: Windows Task manager alternative

Posted by brainfoldb4u on March 12, 2010

Process Explorer v11.33 is a freeware from Microsoft showing information about which handles and DLLs process have opened or loaded. We all would hit Ctrl +alt+delete when PC hangs up and to kill the current process running and bring up the task manager. some power users may click CPU column twice to see which processes are sucking up most of the CPU’s power. Alternatively we may scan the process list for suspicious items. Here i saw this pretty useful tool from Microsoft simplifying task manager and even gives more granular details about a process including its icon, command line, full mage path, memory statistics, user account, security attributes and more.

Process Explorer

Process explorer showing system information details in graphical representation

Process explorer with system information

Process explorer with system information

The Process Explorer display consists of two sub-windows. The top window always shows a list of the currently active processes, including the names of their owning accounts, whereas the information displayed in the bottom window depends on the mode that Process Explorer is in: if it is in handle mode you’ll see the handles that the process selected in the top window has opened; if Process Explorer is in DLL mode you’ll see the DLLs and memory-mapped files that the process has loaded.Process Explorer also has a powerful search capability that will quickly show you which processes have particular handles opened or DLLs loaded.

The unique capabilities of Process Explorer make it useful for tracking down DLL-version problems or handle leaks, and provide insight into the way Windows and applications work. You can right -click and kill a process as in Task Manager, with the obligatory warning that killing a process can destabilize the system. Process Explorer’s added ability to kill a process and all of its descendant processes may forestall stability problems. Process Explorer can also suspend a process’s execution and resume it later. Say you’ve got a number-crunching utility that’s tying up the CPU and you want to stop for a minute while you check your e-mail. With Process Explorer, you can suspend the app briefly without going through the hassle of shutting it down and starting all over again after checking your mail.

Task Manager helps you figure out what program a given process represents by displaying its internal description, if available. Process Explorer goes a step farther by adding the company name. Still puzzled? Double-click the process and click the “Strings” tab in the resulting properties dialog—it lists all text strings found embedded in the process’s executable file. The properties dialog also reveals the full pathname and command-line for the process, lists and graphs performance statistics, and even displays TCP/IP activity.

Selecting the process corresponding to an on-screen window is a snap—just drag the utility’s  icon onto the window. You can also enable a lower pane that lists all DLLs used by the selected process or all handles opened by that process. And a search option makes it easy to get a list of all programs currently using a specific DLL or identify which program is holding a certain file open.

Process explorer showing information about skype process running

Process explorer showing information about skype process running

Process explorer showing a process string

Process explorer showing a process string

.

Posted in Cool Techniques, Free but useful tools, Windows | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

Checking brand name availability

Posted by brainfoldb4u on February 4, 2010

Its common for most of us to have a virtual name in the internet. And we tent to have that name across the internet and that becomes our  identity. There are chances that your username/virtual name/your identity may be used by some one anywhere in the internet (heavily possible).  having the same username across every website makes you to easily remember  and helps you be recognizable across multiple networks without the need to link your accounts. I started browsing to find a way to customize a brand name and check how unique it is. thank fully i  found great solutions in order to verify the availability of our username across multiple social media websites for free.

KnowEm

This is a free site allows you to check for the use of your brand, product, personal name or username instantly on over 350 popular and emerging social media websites. It lets us to secure your brand before someone else does.

With a click of a button it lets us to search for the availability of a username across more than 350 popular social networking websites. All you need to do is is enter your desired brand username in the search box and click “Check it”. KnowEm will then come up with a list of all the social media networks along with the availability of your username. If you wish to sign up simply click on “Available” to jump to the sign up page of any particular website and get registered.

KnowEm also constantly updates and adds new sites to their vast database of social sites. The next Facebook, Twitter or MySpace is already out there or could be coming soon – do you know which one it will be? KnowEm offers a subscription service (Brand Protection Program) to ensure that you and your brand will not have to worry about it. As new sites emerge we will make sure that your flag is already planted and you will not have to worry about dealing with a squatter or someone who is misrepresenting your social media identity.

Is Your Name Available?

The basic free version of KnowEm makes it easy to find out if your favorite username is still available on the 350 social media services. Just type in your favorite username and KnowEm will check if your name is still available on these sites. Given how closely our online identities are often tied to one single username, it only makes sense to claim the same username on every site and to ensure that somebody else isn’t impersonating you. Other services that offer similar free features include Namechk (148 sites) and Usernamecheck.com (68 sites).

Premium Services

The new premium services extend KnowEm’s portfolio by giving businesses additional services for claiming and monitoring their brands. For users of the Corporate Edition ($349), KnowEm will create profiles on 150 social media sites and populate them with photos, bios and descriptions. A cheaper version of this services ($99) only includes the signup process, and users will have to populate their profiles by hand. For an additional $49 per month, KnowEm will also register your name or brand on new social media services as they launch.

Namechk

Namechk is an worthy alternative to KnowEm with almost similar features. It checks for desired username or vanity URL’s that are still available at dozens of popular social networking and social bookmarking websites. It helps to promote your brand name constantly by registering a username that is still available on the majority of popular websites.

NameChk is completely free to use, it seems to be supported by Google Adsense adverts, but these are small and don’t get in the way. It’s a very useful website and a real joy to use! NameChk is perfect for anyone that struggles to find good usernames on a number of the social networking sites. It is becoming more difficult so this is a great idea. It is also good for companies who are trying to build their brand image; they can use this tool to find a name which is available on most of the platforms and then register it to promote their products.

Namechk Features

  • Check usernames on 106 different social networking sites
  • Register by clicking on the buttons
  • Find usernames which are available on all platforms
  • Build your brand image

Username check

A simple service that might nonetheless come in handy sometime, the suitably-titled UsernameCheck will let you find out where is your username registered in a more or less instant way. If you claim  “Do I have my username registered across every site that I should?”. That is a valid question, because how would you feel if the next Internet humiliation that comes along happens to share the same username that you have been using since the dawn of the web?

This site, then, will let you check where you username is registered just by supplying it and hitting the “check” button. A service by service rundown is then carried out, and you will then find out whether your back is covered or not.

Posted in Cool Techniques, Free but useful tools, Open Source | Tagged: | 1 Comment »

How to update Google Chrome

Posted by brainfoldb4u on January 23, 2010

Google Chrome is becoming increasingly popular mostly because of its light weightiness and simple design, its being very simple that some of its cool features went hidden. How do i update Google chrome is one among those question frequently asked by users.  A bit of research reveals how this works in Chrome: the update subsystem is displayed as part of the About Google Chrome window, including an indication that there’s a new version.

Steps to get there is click the settings button on top right hand corner of your browser.

Clicking the “About Google Chrome” button will take you to a windows like below picture looking for updates

If you do got an update, you will notice the windows shows a update as below picture.

Upon installing the updates, window will turn into”Your browser is up to date”

Now your browser is up to date. As per Security predictions for 2010, Google Chrome will be the browser after IE and Firefox that attacker may target. So we may receive updates from Google to help us stay protected.

Posted in Cool Techniques, Google | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

Email Encryption: Lockbin

Posted by brainfoldb4u on January 21, 2010

IF you want to send an email with critical contents and needed to safeguard it from prying eyes, Lockbin would help you by using a closed system that will take any message and send it to someone in a highly secure manner. Sender needs to share a secret password to recipient while the recipient needs to remember the password to read the message.  You dont have to install any additional software, everything is done online, you just needed to be online to read the message. In the case of Gmail, and a handful of other popular Web-mail providers, your e-mail could be in a dozen different servers (albeit encrypted), or even be analyzed to try to sell you contextual ads.

In a few words, Lockbin is a free service for sending private email messages. People use it to send things like credit card information or confidential information. Secure Socket Layer is used as a secure way of sending emails from Network sniffers but there is no guarantee the recipient is taking the same precaution.

Developers claims about its safety as:

Nothing is perfect, and neither is this, but it is certainly safer than sending sensitive data directly through email. The largest threats to this method would be

1) capturing the sender or recipient’s password by spoofing the Lockbin website, or

2) a screen capture virus that images the decrypted message on the recipient’s computer.

Neither attacks are likely, but are possible in theory.

How it works:

Lockbin’s cryptographic algorithm uses a Secret Word to encrypt messages. You invent the Secret Word and deliver it to the recipient using a phone, text message, instant message, smoke signals, homing pigeon, or as a last resort… another email.

When the encrypted message is received, it is destroyed from Lockbin’s database, and decrypted in the recipient’s browser, provided that they entered the Secret Word correctly. Uncollected messages are destroyed after six months.

Posted in Cool Techniques, Free but useful tools, Open Source | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

Draw Anywhere

Posted by brainfoldb4u on January 21, 2010

DrawAnywhere is an online diagramming website, where you can draw, change and share flowcharts and other diagrams, with the look & feel of a desktop application. It runs on any browser with Flash 9 installed. There is no need to download and install any custom software. It runs entirely on the web, and thus it is an always-on-access-anywhere solution. It meets all your diagramming needs without installing, maintaining and purchasing expensive software. Draw Anywhere offers the business user an online, always on, and everywhere accessible project and plan organization, scheduling, and presentation tool. Store and Organize your research and information, accessible anywhere with an Internet connection. Share your diagrams with others or by embed into an existing webpage or blog. You can create diagrams for you needs. Draw any flowchart or process diagrams or just a webpage layout. With the look and feel of any desktop application you will find it easy to use, yet versatile.

Create a free account and share diagrams with others. It runs in your web browser, and there is no need to download any more software to use it.

DrawAnywhere’s Main features

  • Draw Flowcharts, Process diagrams, Organizational charts etc.
  • Login from anywhere and modify your drawing.
  • Share your diagram with others.
  • Export your diagram as image file (jpg, png etc) or a pdf file.
  • No software to download and install.
  • You just need a web browser with Flash player.

Draw any where different accounts

I find this useful for drawing web diagrams on the go.. If you got any tools that serves the same purpose with more capabilities please do let me know..

Posted in Cool Techniques, Free but useful tools, Open Source | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

Twitter Apps

Posted by brainfoldb4u on January 21, 2010

Twitter..a.k.a SMS of the Internet, since its start in 2006 has gained its popularity and used by millions of people world-wide.  According to a statistics there were 18 million unique twitter users (until end of 2009) and lists is growing significantly. It is simple, yet powerful way to communicate with your followers. Being a free Social networking and micro-blogging service tweeter enables users to send and receive text-based posts of up to 40 characters which will be displayed on author’s  profile page and also displays the message to authors followers page. Other than just tweeting an update, we could use twitter effectively. It has lot of third-party applications (126 windows alone) categorized under 26 categories and the list is growing much. The list includes many creative and cool applications that can be very useful and productive in our working environment and here are my list of best top 10 tweeter applications.

Twitterfeed

Twitter Feed is a simple module that displays a configurable number of updates (Tweets) based on the Twitter Search API.  The result is a powerful part that enables you to have a great deal of control over which updates are posted to your website.  Want to filter out certain hash tags?  No problem.  Want to only display items with links?  It’s an option.  Want to apply a custom CSS styling to the rendered links? Tweet updates are rendered is CSS-friendly DIV tags and can be easily styled to fit the look and feel of your website. Getting started is very simple, sign up and add the services that you need RSS consolidated and thats it..

Readtwit

Readtwit filters your twitter feed to links only, resolves link destinations and publishes the content as an RSS feed. You can then use any feed reading software / service to read twitter posted content along with the rest of your feeds. Duplicate links in the same time-frame are grouped together. No more retweets overwhelming your link browsing activity.

readtwit

readtwit

Twhirl

It is a better desktop application to keep updated with your twitter. It has various functions than enable you to use twitter effectively. Wonder why Twitteroo is the official software for Windows Twittering. Some of twhirl’s features:

  • runs on both Windows (2000/XP/Vista/Win7) and Mac OSX
  • connects to multiple Twitterlaconi.caFriendfeed and Seesmic Video accounts
  • displays notifications for new messages
  • shorten long URLs (using digg.combit.lysnurltwurl or is.gd)
  • cross-post your updates to Jaiku and many other sites likeFacebookMySpaceLinkedIn and more via Ping.fm
  • post images to yfrog
  • search tweets using Twitter Search and TweetScan, and follow topics in near-real time with saved searches
  • automatically find tweets mentioning your @username
  • record a video on Seesmic Video, and share it on Twitter immediately
  • get your Seesmic Video updates in real-time using XMPP
  • English spell checking

GroupTweet

GroupTweet turns a standard Twitter account into a group communication hub where members can post updates to everyone in the group using direct messages. When the group account receives a direct message from a group member, GroupTweet converts it into a tweet that all followers can see.

Group Tweet

Qwitter:

If you want to know that when and why someone stops following you on twitter then Qwitter is a best tool for you. Qwitter e-mails you when someone stops following you on Twitter.

qwitter

Future Tweets

FutureTweets.com is a free service that lets you schedule your Twitter messages. Send it at a specific time in the future or send a reoccurring Tweet daily, weekly, monthly or yearly! You’ll never forget the birthdays of your beloved Twitter friends again! Just schedule a nice Tweet on their birthday!

Tweet Alarm

Tweet Alarm is a simple system.  Once  you sign up, you can create your alerts.  Note that I have set alerts for Social Media and Social Networking.  At the bottom of the page you can decide on the frequency that you want to see the emails Daily, Weekly, Twice per day and as often as you find tweets.

Click to Tweet

Click to tweet is the unique app till now that converts your whole text in single URL. You only have to share the URL to your friend. After clicking on the URL, It can spend the text in the Twitter box that converted by ClicktoTweet. You don’t need to copy all the text to each of your friends for tweet. Simply convert into the single URL and share with your friends. Once sharing your link, whoever clicks on the link will have the message automatically added to their Twitter status box, then they simply click to tweet!

Monitter

Monitter is web app that let you check words/hashtags on Twitter in real-time. What’s special about Monitter is the simple interface which is divided into columns and you can increase or decrease the number of columns as the number of words you are monitoring.

If you want to know more about twitter, its applications and third-party application. Click here
To look at the different categories of twitter. click here
Twitter fan wiki. click here
Top 100 twitter users as per twitterholic.. click here

Posted in Cool Techniques, Free but useful tools, Open Source | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

Cool ad Wilkinson Quadro

Posted by brainfoldb4u on January 19, 2010

Check out this cool innovative add from Wilkinson Quadro.

Its really awesome way for men to compete with babies>>>>>

Posted in Cool Techniques | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

Easily Install Ubuntu Linux with Windows Using the Wubi Installer – the How-To Geek

Posted by brainfoldb4u on January 18, 2010

You might be looking for a way to try out Ubuntu Linux but don’t like the idea of creating a partition, using a slow live CD, or don’t have enough resources to run a virtual machine. Today we take a look at using the Wubi installer to get Ubuntu running on your computer with very little effort.

Wubi is an officially supported Ubuntu installer that allows Windows users to easily get started in the Linux realm. Using Wubi to install Ubuntu is a similar process you’d use to install any other software program in Windows. It saves you the hassle of creating another partition or creating a VM. Wubi has been around for a few years now, and official version have been included on the Ubuntu Live CD since 8.04 “Hardy Heron”. We’ll take a look at installing Wubi from the Ubuntu Live CD and also downloading Wubi.exe separately and installing Ubuntu.

For full installation look at Howtogeek.com Easily Install Ubuntu Linux with Windows Using the Wubi Installer – the How-To Geek.

Posted in Cool Techniques, Linux, Open Source, Ubuntu | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

Finding Vulnerable sites using image

Posted by brainfoldb4u on January 17, 2010

Did you ever wondered finding vulnerable sites using image site engines… Here is the solution: TinEye,  a reverse image search engine. You can submit an image to TinEye to find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions. TinEye is the first image search engine on the web to use image identification technology rather than keywords, metadata or watermarks.

When you submit an image to be searched, TinEye creates a unique and compact digital signature or ‘fingerprint’ for it, then compares this fingerprint to every other image in our index to retrieve matches. TinEye can even find a partial fingerprint match. TinEye does not typically find similar images (i.e. a different image with the same subject matter); it finds exact matches including those that have been cropped, edited or resized. below are some cool images from their website

To learn more about Tineye visit there wbsite here

If you want to find a vulnerable website, simply choose the image you need to crawl from and  click here

Posted in Cool Techniques | Tagged: | Leave a Comment »

10 Youtube URL Tricks You Should Know About

Posted by brainfoldb4u on January 10, 2010

10 Youtube URL Tricks You Should Know About

Posted using ShareThis

Posted in Cool Techniques, Information Security, Open Source | 1 Comment »