Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Website Backdoors

Ever wondered why a google search returned search results that lead to sites that require a registration ? How the hell did googlebot index the site without a registration ? Many sites want their site indexed in google to recieve more hits and thus, make more money with advertisment on their site. Even more interesting is the following question: How do we use this to our advantage ?
Its fairly easy, we have to disguise ourselfs as the google bot and voila, many sites let us in without registration. The parameter we have to change is called the User Agent. The user agent defines the browser and version that you use. For example it would show Internet Explorer as your browser if you are using this one.

You need to alter your settings to the following:

User Agent: Googlebot/2.1Compatible: http://www.googlebot.com/bot.html
You can do so in Opera with ease. Firefox offers an extension which is downloadable from the official website.
For Internet Explorer you need to change registry entries.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet Settings5.0User Agent]@="Googlebot/2.1""Compatible"="+http://www.googlebot.com/bot.html"

Save this as ua.reg and execute.
To revert the changes back, you need the following:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionInternet Settings5.0User Agent]@="Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1)"

Save as oua.reg and execute.


credits to securibox.net

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Spread Firefox, but don't be a fanatic.

Spread Firefox, but don't be a fanatic.

A nice read,

http://www.spreadfirefox.com/node/19663

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Tamilnadu is the Asian Region of the Future!!!

Time to celebrate,

Foreign Direct Investment magazine had chosen our Tamilnadu as the Asian region of the future.

Cheer up, because Tamilnadu is better than New South Wales of Australia (in terms of business opportunities)

Hongkong is the Asian city of Future and TN is the Region of the future.

An excerpt from the article of FDI:

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ASIAN REGION OF THE FUTURE:
Winner: Tamil Nadu, India
Competition was closer and the playing field more level in the regions section of fDi’s contest, with the Indian state of Tamil Nadu edging ahead of Australia’s New South Wales to claim the title Asian Region of the Future 2005/06. Tamil Nadu took first place in the all-important category of best FDI potential.
As investors such as Ford, Hyundai, Nokia and, most recently, BMW have discovered to their delight, Tamil Nadu has managed to avoid or mitigate problems that dog other locations in India, such as infrastructure and energy failings. Through pro-active and business friendly government policies, the state has harmonious industrial relations, a matured business culture and abundant skilled manpower.
Things should only get better: several new fly-overs and by-passes are under construction that will ease traffic congestion in heaving Chennai, and an ‘IT Expressway’ project will widen the main access road to that city’s thriving software cluster. This hints at Tamil Nadu’s real secret weapon: Chennai’s IT corridor employs nearly 50,000 people, and this number is set to increase to as much as 90,000 when some of the major IT companies investing there get their operations up and running.
>>


ASIAN CITY OF THE FUTURE:
Winner: Hong Kong
Runner up: Sydney

ASIAN REGION OF THE FUTURE:
Winner: Tamil Nadu, India
Runner up: New South Wales, Australia

BEST ECONOMIC POTENTIAL (CITY):
Winners: Seoul/Macao (tie)

BEST ECONOMIC POTENTIAL (REGION):
Winner: Chugoku, Japan
Runners up: Cambodia/Thailand (tie)



Selection criteria:

CATEGORIES & CRITERIA:
Economic potential:

• GDP
• GDP growth
• GDP per capita
• Foreign direct investment in 2004

Cost effectiveness:
• Out of town office rent
• Centrally located office rent
• Industrial rent
• Secretarial salaries
• Graduate executive salaries
• Middle management salaries
• Manual labour rates
• Telecommunications charges

Human resources:
• Literacy level
• Percent of population with a degree
• Number of universities
• Quality of universities [judged category]

Transport:
• Transport infrastructure [judged category]

IT and telecommunications:
• Phone lines per 1,000 people
• Mobile phone ownership (% of population)
• Internet access (% of population)
• Broadband access (% of population)Quality of life:
• Cost of housing
• Quality of housing [judged category]
• Hospitals and healthcare [judged category]
• International schools [judged category]
• Crime and security [judged category]
• Cultural and environmental heritage [judged category]

Best FDI potential:
• FDI promotion strategy [judged category]
• FDI deals [judged category]
• Average number of days to register a company
• Peak corporate tax rate
• Infrastructure and development projects [judged category]
• Investment incentives [judged category]
• FDI attractions [judged category]



Ref: http://www.fdimagazine.com/news/
fullstory.php/aid/1489/ASIAN_CITIES__
_REGIONS_OF_THE_FUTURE_2005_06.html

Ethical code for Internet?

Thanks to fellow blogger Thomas Crampton ( http://www.thomascrampton.com/) for this entry.

Good thing, our Indian Govt isn't censoring the freedom of expression on internet yet!

The article focusses mainly on US since most hosting activities are done in US.

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Prompted by a series of incidents involving Internet companies that cooperated with the government of China to track down or censor bloggers, Reporters Sans Frontieres, a free press advocacy group, today proposed an Internet corporate responsibility code for operating in repressive countries.

The determination of a "repressive country" would be made by a regularly updated list compiled by the U.S. State Department.

Full proposal here, but in brief:

E-mail:
No U.S. company would be allowed to host e-mail servers within a repressive country. The intent is that the authorities of a repressive country want personal information about the user of a U.S. company's e-mail service, they would have to request it under a procedure supervised by U.S. judicial authorities.
Search engines:
Search engines would not be allowed to incorporate automatic filters that censor "protected" words. The list of "protected" keywords such as "democracy" or "human rights" should be appended to the law or code of conduct.
Internet censorship technologies:
Either U.S. companies would no longer be permitted to sell Internet censorship software to repressive states or they would still be able to market this type of software but it will have to incorporate a list of "protected" keywords that are rendered technically impossible to censor.
Internet surveillance technology and equipment:
U.S. companies would have to obtain the express permission of the Department of Commerce in order to sell to a repressive country any technology or equipment that can be used to intercept electronic communications or that is specifically designed to assist the authorities in monitoring Internet users.
Training:
U.S. companies would have to obtain the express permission of the Department of Commerce before providing any program of training in Internet surveillance and censorship techniques in a repressive country.
Are these suggestions desirable and workable, or are there other thoughts?

Originally , Posted by Thomas Crampton on January 10, 2006 01:23 PM (Paris)

http://blogs.iht.com/tribtalk/technology/2006/01/10/ethical_code_for_internet_in_c/

Countries to watch

The “countries to watch” do not have much in common with the "enemies of the Internet." The plight of a Chinese Internet user, who risks prison by mentioning human rights in an online forum, does not compare with the situation of a user in France or the United States. Yet many countries that have so far respected online freedom seem these days to want to control the Internet more. Their often laudable aims include fighting terrorism, paedophilia and Internet-based crime, but the measures sometimes threaten freedom of expression.

Countries to watch (in alphabetical order)
- Bahrain
Except for pornographic sites, Bahrain does not censor the Internet much. But it has unfortunately begun to regulate it in ways that endanger freedom of expression. The government said in April 2004 that all online publications, including forums and blogs, must be officially registered. Loud protests led to suspension of the measure but it is still on the books. Three editors of a forum were held for nearly two weeks in March 2005 for allowing “defamation” of the king to be posted.
- Egypt
The government has taken steps since 2001 to control online material. Though censorship is minor, some criticism of the government is not welcome. The government seems unsure what to do about the explosion of blogs, being more used to pressuring the traditional media. A blogger was arrested for the first time in late October 2005 because of the content of his blog.
- European Union
The EU is responsible for regulating the Internet and rulings often apply to member-states. A European directive on 8 June 2000 about e-commerce proved a threat to freedom of expression, by making ISPs responsible for the content of websites they host and requiring them to block any page they consider illegal when informed of its existence. This creates a private system of justice, where the ISP is called on to decide what is illegal or not. Technicians thus do the job of a judge. The EU is now studying a proposal to oblige ISPs to retain records of customers’ online activity. The proposal could limit Internet users’ right to privacy.
- Kazakhstan
The media here, including the Internet, are under official pressure and control of online publications has become a key issue because many government scandals have been exposed on websites. President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s regime added new sites to its blacklist in January 2005, including that of a democratic opposition party. In October, an opposition site was forced to give up its national domain name (.kz) after officially-inspired legal action.
- Malaysia
Government intimidation of online journalists and bloggers has increased in the past three years, notably of Malaysiakini, the country’s only independent online daily whose journalists have been threatened and its premises searched. Summonses and questioning of bloggers has been stepped up recently, leading to self-censorship that harms democracy.
- Singapore
The government does not filter the Internet much but is good at intimidating users and bloggers and website editors have very little room for manoeuvre. A blogger who criticised the country’s university system was forced to shut down his blog in May 2005 after official pressure.
- South Korea
The country is the fourth most-wired country in the world but it excessively filters the Internet, blocking mainly pornographic sites but also publications that supposedly “disturb public order,” including pro-North Korean sites. The government is very sensitive to political opinions expressed online and punishes Internet users they consider go too far. Two users were briefly detained and then fined in 2004 for posting pictures online making fun of opposition figures.
- Thailand
The government filters the Internet as part of its fight against pornography and has used it to extend censorship well beyond this. The method employed is also sly, since when a user tries to access a banned site, a message comes back saying “bad gateway,” instead of the usual “access refused” or “site not found.” In June 2005, the websites of two community radio stations very critical of the government were shut down after it pressed their ISP to do so.
- United States
US policy towards the Internet is important because it is the country where the Internet began. But its laws about interception of online traffic do not provide enough privacy guarantees for users. Leading US Internet firms such as Yahoo !, Cisco Systems and Microsoft are also working with censorship authorities in China, thus throwing doubt on the US commitment to freedom of expression. The United States, home of the First Amendment, the Internet and blogs, should be a model for respecting the rights of Internet users.
- Zimbabwe
The local media says the government is about to take delivery of Chinese equipment and technology to spy on the Internet. The state telecoms monopoly TelOne asked ISPs in June 2004 to sign contracts allowing it to monitor e-mail traffic and requiring them to take steps to stop illegal material being posted. Since political opposition seems to be regarded as illegal by President Robert Mugabe, this is bad news for the country’s Internet users.

The 15 enemies of the Internet



This is an article from Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontiers).



The 15 “enemies” are the countries that crack down hardest on the Internet, censoring independent news sites and opposition publications, monitoring the Web to stifle dissident voices, and harassing, intimidating and sometimes imprisoning Internet users and bloggers who deviate from the regime’s official line.


The 15 enemies of the Internet (in alphabetical order)

- Belarus
The regime uses its monopoly of the communications system to block access to opposition websites when it chooses, especially at election time. President Alexander Lukashenko dislikes criticism, as shown by the harassment in August 2005 of youngsters who were posting satirical cartoons online.
- Burma
This country is among the very worst enemies of Internet freedom and in many ways its policies are worse than China’s. The price of computers and a home Internet connection is prohibitive so Internet cafés are the target of the military regime’s scrutiny. As in neighbouring Vietnam and China, access to opposition sites is systematically blocked, in this case with technology supplied by the US firm Fortinet. Burma’s censorship is special - Web-based e-mail, such as Yahoo ! or Hotmail, cannot be used and all Internet café computers record every five minutes the screen being consulted, to spy on what customers are doing.
- China
China was one the first repressive countries to grasp the importance of the Internet and of controlling it. It is also one of the few countries that has managed to “sanitise” the Internet by blocking access to all criticism of the regime while at the same time expanding it (China has more than 130 million users). The secret of this success is a clever mix of filter technology, repression and diplomacy. Along with effective spying and censorship technology, the regime is also very good at intimidating users and forcing them to censor their own material. China is the world’s biggest prison for cyber-dissidents, with 62 in prison for what they posted online.
- Cuba
President Fidel Castro’s regime has long been good at tapping phones and these days is just as skilled when it comes to the Internet. The Chinese model of expanding the Internet while keeping control of it is too costly, so the regime has simply put the Internet out of reach for virtually the entire population. Being online in Cuba is a rare privilege and requires special permission for the ruling Communist Party. When a user does manage to get connected, often illegally, it is only to a highly-censored version of the Internet.
- Iran
The information ministry boasts that it currently blocks access to hundreds of thousands of websites, especially those dealing in any way with sex but also those providing any kind of independent news. A score of bloggers were thrown in prison between autumn 2004 and summer 2005. One of them, Mojtaba Saminejad, 23, has been held since February 2005 and was given a two-year sentence in June for supposedly insulting the country’s Supreme Guide, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
- Libya
With nearly a million people online (about a sixth of the population), Libya could be a model of Internet expansion in the Arab world. But it has no independent media, so the Internet is controlled, with access blocked to dissident exile sites by filters installed by the regime, which is also now targeting cyber-dissidents, with the January 2005 arrest of former bookseller Abdel Razak al-Mansouri, who posted satirical articles on a London-based website. He was sentence in October to 18 months in prison for supposed “illegal possession of a gun.”
- The Maldives
The archipelago is a paradise for tourists but a nightmare for cyber-dissidents. The 25-year regime of President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom cracks down harshly on freedom of expression. Several opposition websites are filtered and one of four people arrested in 2002 is still in prison for helping to produce an e-mailed newsletter. A British company, Cable & Wireless, controls Internet access in the country.
- Nepal King
Gyanendra’s first reflex when he seized power in February 2005 was to cut off Internet access to the outside world. It has since been restored, but the regime continues to control it and most online opposition publications, especially those seen as close to the Maoist rebels, have been blocked inside the country. Bloggers discussing politics or human rights do so under constant pressure from the authorities.
- North Korea
The country is the most closed-off in the world and the government, which has total control of the media, refused until recently to be connected to the Internet. Only a few thousand privileged people have access to it and then only to a heavily-censored version, including about 30 sites praising the regime. Among these is www.uriminzokkiri.com, which has photos and adulation of the “Dear Leader” Kim Jong-il and his late father Kim Il Sung.
- Saudi Arabia
The government agency in charge of “cleaning up” the Web, the Internet Service Unit (ISU), boasts that it currently bars access to nearly 400,000 sites with the aim of protecting citizens from content that is offensive or violates Islamic principles and social standards. The sites blocked deal mainly with sex, politics or religion (except those about Islam that are approved by the regime). This censorship regularly affects blogging, and blogger.com was made inaccessible for several days in October 2005.
- Syria
The accession to power of President Bashar el-Assad in 2000 raised hopes of greater freedom of expression, but these were disappointed. The regime restricts Internet access to a minority of privileged people, filters the Web and very closely monitors online activity. A Kurdish journalism student is in prison for posting photos on a foreign-based site of a demonstration in Damascus. Another Internet user was freed in August 2005 after more than two years in prison for simply passing by e-mail on a foreign-produced newsletter. Both were tortured in prison.
- Tunisia
President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, whose family has a monopoly on Internet access inside the country, has installed a very effective system of censoring the Internet. All opposition publications are blocked, along with many other news sites. The regime also tries to discourage use of webmail because it is harder to spy on than standard mail programmes that use Outlook. The Reporters Without Borders site cannot be seen inside Tunisia. The government also jails cyber-dissidents and in April 2005, pro-democracy lawyer Mohammed Abbou was given a three-and-a-half-year sentence for criticising the president online. Yet Tunisia seems well thought-of by the international community for its management of the Internet since it has been chosen the International Telecommunication Union to host the second stage of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in November 2005.
- Turkmenistan
No independent media exists here under the dictatorship of megalomaniac Stalinist President Neparmurad Nyazov. As in Cuba and North Korea, the regime takes a radical attitude to the Internet and keeps virtually all citizens away from it, with home connections not allowed. There are no Internet cafés and the Web is only accessible through certain companies and international organisations. Even when connected, it is only to a censored version of the Internet.
- Uzbekistan
President Islam Karimov proclaimed the “era of the Internet” in his country in May 2001. Online facilities have expanded rapidly but so has censorship of them. The state security service frequently asks ISPs to temporarily block access to opposition sites. Since June 2005, some Internet cafés in the capital have displayed warnings that users will be fined 5,000 soms (4 euros) for looking at pornographic sites and 10,000 (8 euros) for consulting banned political sites.
- Vietnam
The country closely follows the Chinese method of controlling the Internet, but though more ideologically rigid, the regime does not have the money and technology China has to do this. It has Internet police who filter out “subversive” content and spy on cybercafés. Cyber-dissidents are thrown in prison and three have been in jail for more than three years for daring to speak out online in favour of democracy.

Link: http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=15613

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Useful RUN Commands

To Access…. - Run Command
Accessibility Controls - access.cpl
Add Hardware Wizard - hdwwiz.cpl
Add/Remove Programs - appwiz.cpl
Administrative Tools - control admintools
Automatic Updates - wuaucpl.cpl
Bluetooth Transfer Wizard - fsquirt
Calculator - calc
Certificate Manager - certmgr.msc
Character Map - charmap
Check Disk Utility - chkdsk
Clipboard Viewer - clipbrd
Command Prompt - cmd
Component Services - dcomcnfg
Computer Management - compmgmt.msc
Date and Time Properties - timedate.cpl
DDE Shares - ddeshare
Device Manager - devmgmt.msc
Direct X Control Panel (If Installed)* - directx.cpl
Direct X Troubleshooter - dxdiag
Disk Cleanup Utility - cleanmgr
Disk Defragment - dfrg.msc
Disk Management - diskmgmt.msc
Disk Partition Manager - diskpart
Display Properties - control desktop
Display Properties - desk.cpl
Display Properties (w/Appearance Tab Preselected) - control color
Dr. Watson System Troubleshooting Utility - drwtsn32
Driver Verifier Utility - verifier
Event Viewer - eventvwr.msc
File Signature Verification Tool - sigverif
Findfast - findfast.cpl
Folders Properties - control folders
Fonts - control fonts
Fonts Folder - fonts
Free Cell Card Game - freecell
Game Controllers - joy.cpl
Group Policy Editor (XP Prof) - gpedit.msc
Hearts Card Game - mshearts
Iexpress Wizard - iexpress
Indexing Service - ciadv.msc
Internet Properties - inetcpl.cpl
IP Configuration (Display Connection Configuration) - ipconfig /all
IP Configuration (Display DNS Cache Contents) - ipconfig /displaydns
IP Configuration (Delete DNS Cache Contents) - ipconfig /flushdns
IP Configuration (Release All Connections) - ipconfig /release
IP Configuration (Renew All Connections) - ipconfig /renew
IP Configuration (Refreshes DHCP & Re - Registers DNS) - ipconfig /registerdns
IP Configuration (Display DHCP Class ID) - ipconfig /showclassid
IP Configuration (Modifies DHCP Class ID) - ipconfig /setclassid
Java Control Panel (If Installed) - jpicpl32.cpl
Java Control Panel (If Installed) - javaws
Keyboard Properties - control keyboard
Local Security Settings - secpol.msc
Local Users and Groups - lusrmgr.msc
Logs You Out Of Windows - logoff
Microsoft Chat - winchat
Minesweeper Game - winmine
Mouse Properties - control mouse
Mouse Properties - main.cpl
Network Connections - control netconnections
Network Connections - ncpa.cpl
Network Setup Wizard - netsetup.cpl
Notepad - notepad
Nview Desktop Manager (If Installed) - nvtuicpl.cpl
Object Packager - packager
ODBC Data Source Administrator - odbccp32.cpl
On Screen Keyboard - osk
Opens AC3 Filter (If Installed) - ac3filter.cpl
Password Properties - password.cpl
Performance Monitor - perfmon.msc
Performance Monitor - perfmon
Phone and Modem Options - telephon.cpl
Power Configuration - powercfg.cpl
Printers and Faxes - control printers
Printers Folder - printers
Private Character Editor - eudcedit
Quicktime (If Installed) - QuickTime.cpl
Regional Settings - intl.cpl
Registry Editor - regedit
Registry Editor - regedit32
Remote Desktop - mstsc
Removable Storage - ntmsmgr.msc
Removable Storage Operator Requests - ntmsoprq.msc
Resultant Set of Policy (XP Prof) - rsop.msc
Scanners and Cameras - sticpl.cpl
Scheduled Tasks - control schedtasks
Security Center - wscui.cpl
Services - services.msc
Shared Folders - fsmgmt.msc
Shuts Down Windows - shutdown
Sounds and Audio - mmsys.cpl
Spider Solitare Card Game - spider
SQL Client Configuration - cliconfg
System Configuration Editor - sysedit
System Configuration Utility - msconfig
System File Checker Utility (Scan Immediately) - sfc /scannow
System File Checker Utility (Scan Once At Next Boot) - sfc /scanonce
System File Checker Utility (Scan On Every Boot) - sfc /scanboot
System File Checker Utility (Return to Default Setting) - sfc /revert
System File Checker Utility (Purge File Cache) - sfc /purgecache
System File Checker Utility (Set Cache Size to size x) - sfc /cachesize=x
System Properties - sysdm.cpl
Task Manager - taskmgr
Telnet Client - telnet
User Account Management - nusrmgr.cpl
Utility Manager - utilman
Windows Firewall - firewall.cpl
Windows Magnifier - magnify
Windows Management Infrastructure - wmimgmt.msc
Windows System Security Tool - syskey
Windows Update Launches - wupdmgr
Windows XP Tour Wizard - tourstart
Wordpad - write

Monday, January 09, 2006

One more Yahoo Mail address for your existing Inbox

Here's the deal,

Yahoo is now allowing more than one ID for your email inbox.
If you want, you can create one more Email ID and the emails will come into your existing email account. While sending email, you can select which account to use.

For example, my id is bharath_m_7@yahoo.co.in

I created an extra id bharath.dexter@yahoo.co.in and both ids have the same inbox.

Moreover, Yahoo now supports the dot (.) in email addresses like GMail.
To begin with the process of creating the extra email id, click on the link below:

http://edit.yahoo.com/config/list_alias?.src=ym

(Sign in into your inbox before clicking on this link)

Regards,
bharath

My Email : bharath_m_7@yahoo.co.in
My Blogs: Tech blog Fun blog

Saturday, January 07, 2006

2006: A busy year in space

2006 looks set to be a busy year for arrivals and departures in the solar system.

















One of the first space events of the year, will be the dramatic re-entry of NASA's Stardust capsule through the Earth's atmosphere. During its six-year journey, it collected particles from Comet Wild 2.
On 15 January, it is expected to parachute onto the Utah desert, the same area where another sample-return mission, Genesis, crashed into the ground after its parachute failed to deploy in 2004.
Then on 17 January, NASA is preparing to send its New Horizons probe to Pluto, the only planet in the solar system not yet explored by a robotic mission.

New arrival

Another planet, Mars, will receive a new visitor on 10 March, when the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is due to enter orbit. It will spend the following six months looping around the planet in an elliptical orbit - passing very close to the planet and then zooming away to high altitude. But it will gradually adjust the orbit to a more circular shape. The science phase of the mission is scheduled to begin in November.
Two planets away, the European Space Agency's Venus Express spacecraft will begin orbiting its target on 11 April.
Asteroids will also be targeted in 2006, with NASA scheduled to launch the Dawn spacecraft no sooner than 17 November. It will explore Ceres and Vesta, two objects in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. However, that mission has experienced budget and technical problems, so the launch date remains tentative.
Our star, the Sun, will not be left out of planned space activities. On 26 May, NASA will launch the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory mission, the first pair of spacecraft devoted to making three-dimensional measurements of the Sun and solar wind.

Test flight

But space exploration will not be the exclusive preserve of robots in 2006. The shuttle Discovery is being prepared for a lift off on 3 May 2006. The date may be pushed back depending on how well engineers can understand why foam continues to fall off the shuttle's external tank during launch. During Discovery's previous mission in 2005, sizeable chunks of foam fell off despite a redesigned tank.

The next shuttle mission is still considered a test flight by NASA. It will re-supply the International Space Station and mark the return of a third resident crew member, European astronaut Thomas Reiter.

NASA could launch another shuttle as soon as July. That flight will resume construction on the station and add electricity-generating solar arrays.
The Earth's Moon is in for a surprise in 2006, as ESA's lunar explorer SMART-1 is scheduled to end its successful mission by crashing into the Moon's surface on 17 August. It entered lunar orbit in 2004 and has been busy mapping.

Formation flying

The Earth itself will also come under new scrutiny as NASA launches several Earth-observing satellites in 2006. On 28 February, three microsatellites known as Space Technology 5 are due to lift off aboard a Pegasus XL rocket. After deployment, they will fly in formation to gather information about Earth's magnetic field.

And on 29 September, NASA will launch the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) spacecraft to examine "noctilucent" clouds, high-altitude clouds that shine at night.
ESA is anticipating the launch of its second Galileo test satellite, part of its global navigation network. The first satellite launched from Baikonur in Kazakhstan on 28 December 2005.
Finally, after technical glitches scrubbed two launch attempts in late 2005, Space Exploration Technologies' new Falcon 1 rocket will aim to get off the ground in late January, or perhaps early February.

Link: http://www.newscientistspace.com/article.ns?id=dn8532

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Top 20 Bookmarks of 2005

Best javascript article: Ten good practices for writing _JavaScript in 2005
Best javascript for effects: Moo.fx
Best javascript for Ajax: AHAH
Best resource for CSS/layout: In search of the One True Layout
CSS - the coolest idea: Creating a star-rater with CSS
Best article for CSS and browsers: On having layout
Top CSS hackery: Pup's Box Flow Hack
Best on CSS/typography: Worn Type
Best CSS/development practices: CSS framework
Best on markup: semantic Typography
Webdesign - top creative idea: Nifty Corners
Top entry on webstandards: Ten reasons to learn and use web standards
Best resource on Webstandards: Basic webstandards Workshop
Best presentation: Designing with Web Standards
Best accessibility article: Developing sites for users with Cognitive disabilities and learning difficulties
Best design article: Five simple steps to designing grid systems
Best articolo on search engines: Beginner's Guide to SEO
Best on-line tool: Typetester
Most wanted commercial web app: Mint
Best blog: 456BereaStreet

Thanks to Alessandro
Link : http://web-graphics.com/mtarchive/001704.php

Top 10 Free Time Wasting Sites on the Net

Some would say that the personal computer and the Internet have revolutionized how much we can accomplish in a day. That may be true, but they have also revolutionized how much time can be wasted in a day. But then again, I would contend that if you are having fun, you are not wasting time. Enjoy my picks for the ten best time wasting sites on the Internet. And don't blame me if you don't get anything done for the next few weeks!
1) Falling Sand
This is an absolutely incredible interactive toy. I won't spoil your fun by giving you details on how to play. Just experiment with everything and realize you can use the choices at the bottom to change your "drawing tool" and rate that things happen. I guarantee you will play with this for hours and hours.
2) Not Pr0n
Not Pr0n is essentially a puzzle game -- a very hard puzzle game. But it is also very addictive and a lot of fun. Each new page has a puzzle to be solved to get to the next one. There is a forum where you can find subtle hints to help you when you and stuck -- and you will get stuck. The site is very enjoyable and you can waste an enormous amount of time there.
3) Someone keeps stealing my letters...
Imagine the chaos and the fun of having dozens of people trying to spell out words with virtual letter magnets on a virtual refrigerator. Actually, you don't have to imagine it -- just give it a try and you will have a ball wasting more time than you will care to admit.
4) Samorost
If you have not experienced the incredible graphics and engaging point and click game play of Samorest you must give it a try. There are a limited number of levels, so the danger of wasting lots of time is reduced, but there is no time wasting that is so creative unless ...
5) Samorest 2
... you count Samorest 2. After you have mastered the original, Samorest 2 awaits your head scratching attention. You will laugh out load at some the bizarre contraptions and pure creativity in this sequel.
6) Subservient Chicken
I refuse to admit how much time I wasted playing with this little gem. Your wish is the Subservient Chicken's command. Doesn't this guy ever get tired?
7) Stuff on My Cat
This one is not interactive, but there are so many pictures and many of them will make you laugh so much, that it can take hours to get through the site. The pictures range from cute to bizarre and even if you are not a cat lover it is worth checking out this site.
8) Spirograph
I had a Spirograph as a kid and loved spending hours making amazing geometric drawings with it. Now you can have all the fun without using up reams of paper and ounces of ink.
9) Sodaconstructor
Ever wish you could create a moving robot from masses, springs and muscles? Now you can spend hours playing with the constructor. Create your masterpiece and watch it walk and dance around.
10) SymmetryLab Machine
This is a work in progress, but you can still have a lot of fun and waste a lot of time building animated machines form a simple set of parts.

Link: http://freebies.about.com/od/710/tp/timewasting.htm

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Free online file storage/sending

This is a list of 50 similar services that are absolutely free and require no e-mail registration to use. Included in the list are file size limits, download limits and the amount of time the file remains on the server for download.

SendOverFile Size Limit: 2GBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 7 Days (Deleted only if there is no download activity in 7 days)URL: http://www.sendover.com

FileFactoryFile Size Limit: 1.5GBDownload Limit: 25 DownloadsFile Life: 7 DaysURL: http://www.filefactory.com

MegaSharesFile Size Limit: 1.5GBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 25 Days (Deleted only if there is no download activity in 25 days)URL: http://www.megashares.com

SendSpaceFile Size Limit: 1.2GBDownload Limit: download bandwidth limit of 100GBFile Life: 14 Days (Deleted only if there is no download activity in 14 days)URL: http://www.sendspace.com

YouSendItFile Size Limit: 1GBDownload Limit: 25 DownloadsFile Life: 7 DaysURL: http://www.yousendit.com

TransferBigFilesFile Size Limit: 1GBDownload Limit: 20 DownloadsFile Life: 5 DaysURL: http://www.transferbigfiles.com

zUploadFile Size Limit: 500MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 30 Days (Deleted only if there is no download activity in 30 days)URL: http://www.zupload.com

Spread-ItFile Size Limit: 500MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 14 DaysURL: http://www.spread-it.com

FileFactoryFile Size Limit: 500MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 15 Days (Deleted only if there is no download activity in 15 days)URL: http://www.filefactory.com

mooloadFile Size Limit: 500MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 30 Days (Deleted only if there is no download activity in 30 days)URL: http://www.mooload.com

CyberUploadFile Size Limit: 500MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 7 Days (Deleted only if there is no download activity in 7 days)URL: http://www.cyberupload.com

UploadingFile Size Limit: 500MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 30 Days (Deleted only if there is no download activity in 30 days)URL: http://www.uploading.com

SnaggysFile Size Limit: 500MBDownload Limit: 999 DownloadsFile Life: 15 DaysURL: http://www.snaggys.com

BiguploadFile Size Limit: 300MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 30 Days (Deleted only if there is no download activity in 30 days)URL: http://www.bigupload.com

RapidUploadFile Size Limit: 300MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 30 Days (Deleted only if there is no download activity in 30 days)URL: http://www.rapidupload.com

ShareBigFileFile Size Limit: 300MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 21 DaysURL: http://www.sharebigfile.com

MegaUploadFile Size Limit: 250MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 30 Days (Deleted only if there is no download activity in 30 days)URL: http://www.megaupload.com

UpDownloadServerFile Size Limit: 250MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: UnlimitedURL: http://www.updownloadserver.de

XtraFileFile Size Limit: 250MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 15 Days (Deleted only if there is no download activity in 15 days)URL: http://www.xtrafile.com

bonpooFile Size Limit: 250MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 10 DaysURL: http://www.bonpoo.com

FileCacheFile Size Limit: 250MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 31 DaysURL: http://www.filecache.de/upload

SuploadFile Size Limit: 200MBDownload Limit: 30 DownloadsFile Life: 7 DaysURL: http://supload.com/sendfile

RapidShareFile Size Limit: 100MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 30 Days (Deleted only if there is no download activity in 30 days)URL: http://www.rapidshare.de

myShareBoxFile Size Limit: 100MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 30 Days (Deleted only if there is no download activity in 30 days)URL: http://www.mysharebox.com

TheUploadFile Size Limit: 100MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 30 DaysURL: http://www.theupload.com

zSHAREFile Size Limit: 100MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 10 Days (Deleted only if there is no download activity in 10 days)URL: http://zshare.net

Upload.ScFile Size Limit: 100MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: UnknownURL: http://www.upload.sc

Store and ServeFile Size Limit: 100MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 30 Days (Deleted only if there is no download activity in 30 days)URL: http://storeandserve.com

BIGfileuploadFile Size Limit: 100MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: UnlimitedURL: http://bigfileupload.com

QuickDumpFile Size Limit: 100MBDownload Limit: download bandwidth limit of 500MB per hourFile Life: 30 Days (Deleted only if there is no download activity in 30 days)URL: http://quickdump.com

Easy-SharingFile Size Limit: 75MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 30 DaysURL: http://www.easy-sharing.com

Turbo UploadFile Size Limit: 70MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: UnknownURL: http://www.turboupload.com

SaveFileFile Size Limit: 60MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 14 Days (Deleted only if there is no download activity in 14 days)URL: http://www.savefile.com

FileHDFile Size Limit: 60MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 30 Days (Deleted only if there is no download activity in 30 days)URL: http://www.filehd.com

RapidSharingFile Size Limit: 50MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 60 Days (Deleted only if there is no download activity in 60 days)URL: http://www.rapidsharing.com

UploadSendFile Size Limit: 50MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 30 Days (Deleted only if there is no download activity in 30 days)URL: http://www.uploadsend.com

UploadFrontFile Size Limit: 50MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 30 Days (Deleted only if there is no download activity in 30 days)URL: http://www.uploadfront.comFreeUploaderFile Size Limit: 50MBDownload Limit: UnknownFile Life: UnknownURL: http://www.freeuploader.com

MomoshareFile Size Limit: 50MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 15 Days (Deleted only if there is no download activity in 15 days)URL: http://www.momoshare.com

FriendlyShareFile Size Limit: 50MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 30 Days (Deleted only if there is no download activity in 30 days)URL: http://www.friendlyshare.de

orb-zFile Size Limit: 50MBDownload Limit: 200 DownloadsFile Life: 15 DaysURL: http://www.orb-z.com

UploadHutFile Size Limit: 50MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 30 DaysURL: http://www.uploadhut.com

SupaShareFile Size Limit: 50MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 14 DaysURL: http://www.supashare.com

FileHostFile Size Limit: 50MBDownload Limit: UnknownFile Life: UnknownURL: http://www.filehost.ro

ushareitFile Size Limit: 50MBDownload Limit: UnknownFile Life: UnknownURL: http://www.ushareit.com

SceneWorldFile Size Limit: 50MBDownload Limit: 1000 DownloadsFile Life: 50 DaysURL: http://www.sceneworld.net/up

MyTempDirFile Size Limit: 40MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 21 DaysURL: http://www.mytempdir.com

Send FileFile Size Limit: 40MBDownload Limit: 10 DownloadsFile Life: 10 DaysURL: http://www.send-file.co.uk

UltraShareFile Size Limit: 30MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 30 Days (Deleted only if there is no download activity in 30 days)URL: http://www.ultrashare.net

UploadTempleFile Size Limit: 30MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 21 DaysURL: http://www.uploadtemple.com

SendMeFileFile Size Limit: 30MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 14 DaysURL: http://www.sendmefile.com

Upload2File Size Limit: 25MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 1 YearURL: http://upload2.net

UploadTownFile Size Limit: 20MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 30 Days (Deleted only if there is no download activity in 30 days)URL: http://www.uploadtown.com

11MBIT.inFile Size Limit: 20MBDownload Limit: UnknownFile Life: UnknownURL: http://a1.11mbit.in

RefrozenFile Size Limit: 20MBDownload Limit: UnknownFile Life: UnknownURL: http://www.refrozen.com

KeepMyFileFile Size Limit: 15MBDownload Limit: UnknownFile Life: UnknownURL: http://keepmyfile.com

HyperuploadFile Size Limit: 10MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: UnlimitedURL: http://www.hyperupload.com

WebFileHostFile Size Limit: 10MBDownload Limit: UnlimitedFile Life: 30 DaysURL: http://www.webfilehost.com


Link: http://www.jdempsey.com/2005/12/08/free-online-file-storagesending/
Thanks to "Creative Guy"