Tuesday, September 2, 2008

New Google Web Browser - Chrome

The newest service from Google is called "Chrome", it is a web browser with stunning user interface with but not bulky or heavy on resources. Actually nice implementation of KISS principle.

Chrome supports tabs as other web browsers and the other main features are,
  • Web application shortcut creation
  • Amazing crash control, If one web application crashes it won't affect other tabs.
  • And security features such as skipping "History" for certain pages, unsafe/malware/phishing site warnings.
  • Instance book marking as in firefox 3 buy cling start icon.
  • Can import data from Firefox and Internet Explorer
  • Nice download manager
  • Web History, Search, suggestions all in one field.
  • Opera like speed dial.
Google chrome is based on open source technologies from Firefox and web kit engine. Google chrome is an open source software and based on multiple licenses mainly BSD license. Google Chrome is currently available for Microsoft Windows only.


Story Behind Crome

Ten Features of Chrome

Thursday, July 31, 2008

xAurora - yet another web browser?

xAurora claims to be developed using assembly language (which accounts for its very small size), and claims to be very fast and secured compared to other web browsers. xAurora has very tightened security.

xAurora introduction presentation claims that other web browser security model is only considering about "Application security" and "System security" but xAurora security model includes both "Application security" and "Systems security" plus "Kernel security". Probably it is touching the kernel space also.

Features of xAurora
  • Artificial Intelligent Threat Management System
  • Web browser runs on kernel mode.
  • Contains multi proxy, bounce proxy, chain proxy and reverse proxy features.
  • Has multi network and pure hardware acceleration.
  • Tweaks windows TCP/IP stack to archive maximum performance.
Default user interface looks very messy. But not to worry you can always configure it. xAurora also enriched with several skins, plugins. xAurora doesn't have a official web site yet it was introduce using a Sri Lankan web forum call Elakiri.com. This web browser is developed by Sri Lankan, Dr. Sameera De Alwis (A.K.A. HackerZMafiA). And this web browser is funded by ICTA (Information and Communication Technology Agency - Sri Lanka).

So I'm Interested, where can I find it?

Friday, July 25, 2008

Gmail security made more easier

Is this NEWS?
In the early days of Gmail introduction, the gmail session always kept secured even after you logged in that is gmail was always using https. But since https is slower than http, they transfered the session to http once you logged in unless you access gmail via https://mail.google.com/mail. So https sessions were available from the beginning but only few used it.

So what's the big deal? Why this additional "s" is so important? ;-)
https is the secured version of http protocol. https encrypts data before transmit it over the network, but http transmits it plainly. https is slower but safer and very had to hack. There were some posts few months back, that Gmail with http can easily hacked and it was impossible to hack sessions that uses https.

OK, https is better! But what is the big feature?
Now you can choose your session between http and https without having to login in specifically using https://mail.google.com/ to be on safer side.

So how can I my Gmail session more safer?
  1. Login to Gmail.
  2. Go to sesstings. (The link is on right hand side upper corner.) :)
  3. Scroll to the end of the settings page.
  4. You will see two options under "Browser connection:"
  5. Select "Always use https".
  6. Click on "Save Changes" buttons.
  7. Feel more secured. :-D
Where can I learn more about these?

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Call USA and Canada free from anywhere on Earth!

Free calls? Is it true?
Yes! It is true. Now you can call any land line or mobile phone in Canada or USA for free with 5 minutes maximum duration per call, absolutely free. There is no limit on the number of calls that you can make.

So what is the amazing application that give you such facility for free?
It is not Skype definitely. :-)
This amazing application is called iCall. You can find out more about it on icall.com. This not very hot news. iCall is providing this service for a some time now. But it is unknown to most of people.

So how can I made calls?
Just visit icall.com and install the application. And start iCall.
When wizard appeared select the option to create new account and do so.
Then log again with your user name and password.
Followed the wizard and call you buddies in North America.

How can I remove 5 minutes limitation? Is there a hack?
Buy the iCall Pro. It is worth the money. :-)

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

goosh - The Unofficial Google Shell

goosh is an google shell developed using AJAX and Google API. It provide google search results, RSS feed reads, translation and more. Users can just enter their search term to the shell. And it shows list of results. It also has about twenty commands. You can get a description of them by entering help on goosh shell.


Sunday, June 1, 2008

Join Demonoid Now! No need for invitations.

Demonoid is one of the most popular BitTorrent tracker. Some sources say this the second largest and second most used BitTorrent tracker. Demonoid is rich with huge number of quality torrents belonging to different categories. Previously registration is available only true invitations and few open registration days.

At the moment Demonoid registration is open. That means you can register at Demonoid for free. Demonoid also instruct users to not pay or Demonoid invitations and they say selling Demonoid invitation is against their policy.

It is not sure for how day Demonoid is open for registration. So register there while you can. And don't forget to seed the torrents that you download because Demonoid keep an eye on your download/upload ratio. And feel free to upload quality stuff. ;-)


Thursday, May 29, 2008

CodeIDE - Web based online IDE

With advancements of web 2.0 and AJAX more and more web services born everyday. CodeIDE is one of the hottest in the town. CodeIDE is an online IDE (Integrated Development Environment) where you can do coding, saving (for registered users and registration is free :-) ), execution (For most of the languages), debugging with the touch of other online collaboration features such as chatting, wikis, blogs etc.

Currently CodeIDE supports Pascal, Basic, C++, ASM (Assembly Language), Perl, JavaScript, HTML, Flex, MySQL, Prolog, LISP and MATH. It rapidly increases the language support day by day.

The editor features syntax highlighting. Users also has search/replace function, import/export etc. With some languages users can create a binary executable for Linux or Windows operating systems. It also has a minicode IDE feature where users can embed code portions on their websites/blogs with syntax highlighting.

For any one whose into programming or web designing, CodeIDE will be a smart tool.


Monday, May 26, 2008

Apple Safari for Windows

What is Safari?

Apple Safari is the default web browser for MacOS X for Apple users. Now it is available for Windows user. With a GUI similar to iTunes, it is an eye candy.
On the Apple Safari page, they say that "Safari is the world's best browser" and its performance on "HTML rendering and Javascript outperformances other popular browsers (Mozilla Firefox 2, Opera 9 and Microsoft Internet Explorer 7) by considerable margin.

Some features of the windows version of Safari are,
  • Tabbed browsing.
  • Spelling Checker
  • Innovative search feature. (Features As-you-type search as in Mozilla Firefox)
  • Auto fill feature
  • Pop-up blocker
  • Eye candy - The way it shows the message windows is unique to Safari.
Safari is available for free on Apple website. (Links are provided in the end of this post.)
Apple recommends,
  • Microsoft Windows XP or Vista
  • At least 256MB RAM
  • 500 MHz Pentium class processor or better.
But on my laptop (Running Microsoft Windows XP, 1 GB RAM, Intel Centrino CORE2 Duo 1.66 GHz processor) the Safari runs bit slow. Sometimes it consumes 207,084KB memory. But on idle it consumes 54,000KB to 61,000KB of memory. So it is heavy on resources, but I guess it is the price that we have to pay for such an eye candy. The performance on Windows version will be improved in the upcoming releases.


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