Archive for February 2007

Test your password strenght

February 26, 2007

Our passwords are very important because they allow us to access private information, services or our e-mail addresses that also contain personal details. That’s why it is very important to use a complex password that contains both numbers and letters.

Google tries to help us by creating a new hidden service that will give a security rating for every password.

 All you need to do is to visit the link below that will take you directly to Google. [The company does not provide any official website or interface for this link so you will use it at your own risk].

Enter the URL shown below at the address bar of the browser and, observe the final “replaceme” tag. That’s the password field, so you must replace it with your password and then press enter. Google will analyze it and then will return you the number that corresponds with your word: 1 is the least secure and 4 is the most secure. (See image).

 https://www.google.com/accounts/RatePassword?Passwd=replaceme

Source:A2Z

Digital Video Editing through online.

February 26, 2007

 Adobe and Photobucket have announced a partnership to integrate Adobe web-based video remix and editing technology directly into the Photobucket user experience, giving Photobucket users direct, free access to its digital video editing tools.

Photobucket users can combine images and video with captions, bubbles, frames, transitions, music, and other effects by dragging and dropping content to a scene line. Clips and content can be reordered, trimmed, and split directly in the scene line in a web-based environment. 

These free services are expected to be driven by advertising revenue – and by offering customers simple upgrade paths to Adobe Premiere Elements and Adobe Photoshop Elements software, both market leaders in the home digital video and photo editing space.

A helping hand to refugees

February 26, 2007

Microsoft introduced a searching for a way to help refugees’ trough their Live Search. Each time you search through the page Microsoft will contribute to ninemillion.org, a UN agency-led campaign providing education and sports programs for the nine million refugee youth around the world.

Please search through the page between January 17 and March 31, 2007, Microsoft will make a contribution to ninemillion.org. All contributions will benefit ninemillion.org to support educational programs for refugee youth.

Windows Vista Validation cracked

February 25, 2007

source:softpedia

A crack for the Windows Vista Validation update is already available. Just the past week, Microsoft announced with great fanfare that it has introduced an update to the Windows Vista validation process in order to render inoperable pirated copies of the operating system activated via the “frankenbuild” workaround.

 

“We have affectionately named [it] “frankenbuild” because it involves cobbling together files from an RC build and with an RTM build to create a hybrid that bypasses activation. The other workaround involves the use of some virtualization technology and our practices for activating larger business customers,” revealed a WGA team representative.

 

The Windows Vista Validation crack available in the wild describes a method of recovering the complete functionality of a pirated Windows Vista operating system even if the validation update has been installed.

 

“Well, I wasn’t paying attention and installed the validation update. Reversing this is a real pain in the tail. If you have a recent Complete PC Backup, by all means use it. Boot from the Vista DVD, restore the backup and catch up from there. This time, uncheck and hide the damn update. If you’re stuck without an image, well, here’s what you have to do,” writes the author of this crack.

 

Here is the Vista Validation update recovery method:

 

“You’ll need:

1) Your Vista DVD

2) the RC1 tokens.dat

3) a CPP product key

but that is exactly what got us in this mess, so you probably have them.

– Backup everything important before you do this. Seriously.

– Reboot into xxxxxxxxxx. Make sure “Show Hidden Filesxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx” is checked in Folder Options. Duh.

– Zap the WPA encrypted store. Delete the following (hidden) files:

“C:Windowsxxxxxxxxxxxxxe-B012-9C450E1B7327-2P-0.C7483456-xxxxxxxxxxxxxx”

“C:Windowsxxxxxxxxxxxx.C7483456-A289-439d-8115-xxxx”

-Uninstall the WGA update. Run the following command:

xxx /u c:windowsxxxxxx.dll

Reset Software Licensing tokens:

– Copy the xxx xxxxx.dat to “C:windowsServiceProfilesxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx”

Remove the xxx data from the registry. You can’t do this to a running xxxx. So…

– Restart and boot from the Vista DVD. Choose “Repair my computer” and choose your Vista xxxxx. Select “xxx”

– Run xxx from the cmd prompt

– Select xxx and then select File -> xxx

– Navigate to [your system disk]:windowsxxxxx. Give it key name of “xxx”

– Delete xxxxx to remove it and the subkeys under it. Recreate the xxx key or xxxxx won’t start later.

– Select xxxxx and then select File -> unload xxxx

– Close xxx, close the prompt, and restart.

Reactivate:

– Boot normally.

– When you log on you will in RFM and told “Your copy of windows is not genuine” Whatever. Rolling Eyes

– Run xxx.exe, enter your CPP product key and fire away. It should activate as genuine! Log off and back on to get Aero back.

Run windows update, uncheck that piece of crap, and hide it. RIGHT NOW.”

 

The actual process of recovering from the Windows Vista Validation update has been altered beyond recognition as to make it inoperable. We here at Softpedia do not support any example of piracy. The fragment posted above is purely for informative purposes. I must emphasize, it has been modified to such an extent that – although still legible – it no longer represents a valid recovery method.

Source: Softpedia.

A Web site for kids and teens

February 25, 2007

MSN announce to launch an inspirational, biographical website for kids and teens in collaboration with NBA star, LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The web site Lebron.msn.com explores L James’ road to athletic achievement, his dedication to basketball and academics, his devotion to his team, friends and family, and his role as a community activist and people’s champion. The site will allow kids on MSN and Windows Live services, to interact with James and share his experiences and messages.

Source:A2Zblogspot

This is for music lovers

February 25, 2007

Enjoy 5.1 Surround Sound with Just 1 Speaker

 The lack of personal space is something that affects us all, since the size of our houses, especially in crowded areas, is becoming smaller and smaller. Set up a 5.1 surround system in a small room is inconvenient.

 Yamaha, a well known company, come up with a very intelligent idea of creating a single speaker system that can create 5.1 surround systems without requiring any extra speaker.

 Yamaha introduced the system (YSP 900) that uses a system of IR beams (MyBeam and IntelliBeam systems, with 3 to 5 individual beams each) for triangulating the user’s position (actually, the position of the user’s remote control) and continuously adapting the music output in order to provide a very natural and high-quality surround sound. It’s also worth mentioning that this thing has been designed for 32” TVs. IntelliBeam automated system calibration with Direct Start. My Beam mode directs the sound to listener’s position at the touch of a button.

Source:A2Z blogspot 

Internet Explorer 7-The first browser supports EV SSL Cirtificate.

February 21, 2007

Microsoft revealed that Support for Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificates has been enabled in Internet Explorer 7, at the RSA Conference 2007.

 In this context, IE7 becomes the first browser to deliver support for Extended Validation SSL Certificates.

The EV SSL Certificates are the next step of Secure Socket Layer Certificates, delivering not only encryption, but also a standard for identity.

 “Back in November, we announced our intention to bring Extended Validation SSL Certificates to IE7. This week at RSA we’ve announced that IE7’s EV SSL support is now live! Many Certification Authorities (CAs), including VeriSign, CyberTrust, Entrust and Go Daddy, are already issuing EV SSL Certificates. We are already seeing businesses such as eBay, PayPal, Charles Schwab, Overstock.com , French Soaps and Stardock) beginning to use EV to offer verified identity information to their users,” said Jeremy Dallman, IE Program Manager.

Support for Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificates in Internet Explorer 7 is a result of Microsoft’s collaboration with the top certification authorities to deliver a verification mechanism that would attest the identity of a website’s owner.