Google Chrome Operating System

Almost nine months after the launch of Google Chrome, Google has now announced to release Google Chrome Operating System. Chrome will be an open-source operating system and is mainly targeted towards netbooks.

As in the browser Chrome, ‘speed, simplicity and security’ will be the key aspects that Google will address. Starting from the basics, the security architecture will be redesigned to prevent malwares and virus attacks.

Chrome OS will work on both x86 and ARM chips. As quoted by Google, Chrome OS will have a new windowing system on top of a Linux kernel. Thus applications will have to be written using web technologies. It seems that everyrhing in Chrome OS will be running within a browser.

Like their browser, Google aims at keeping the user interface of Chrome OS to the minimal. Maybe this will be the fact that might drive more people to Chrome OS. It seems that it will be difficult to use games in chrome, since applications will be written using web technologies. From the description from Google’s Blog, the OS seems to be targeted at the most basic computer users who just check mails, surf the web and mainly is targeted towards netbooks. Netbooks running on Chrome OS might be available by second half of 2010.

Lets see if Chrome becomes a competition for Linux, Mac or Windows OS or it gets onto your desktop as another option to boot into when necessary. As far as I see the biggest competition to Linux kernel based Chrome OS are Windows 7 (based on Windows NT kernel), Mac OS X (based on XNU kernel) and Ubuntu (based on Linux kernel).

There were some photos of leaked Chrome OS doing rounds on the internet, but all were fake.

No Internet Explorer in EU with Windows 7

Giving a harsh reply to the anti-trust by European Union, Microsoft has decided that it will not provide any browser in Windows 7.

Suppliers can still provide customers with IE 8 or other browsers like Firefox, Chrome or Opera installed. But Microsoft will not bundle Internet Explorer in their original package. So get a copy of Windows 7 in EU from stores and see if the below scenario matches yours…

Imagine booting up freshly installed Windows 7 operating system, just to find that there’s no browser to get online. What the heck?? You run to a friend to get on his system running Linux, XP, Vista or Mac OSX. Just to tell the reason you dont have ay browser. You need to download it from his computer. You get the browser in your flash drive get back home and then get installing the latest drivers. Not much of time wasted for me, because I don’t live in the European Union. But those who live, will definitely curse either EU or Microsoft or both.

Verisign’s SSL Encryption Cracked: Online Shopping And Transactions Threatened

With the help of 200 PS3, an team of security researchers was able to break Versign’s SSL encryption. The cell processors in PS3 were very much capable of exploiting the SSL algorithm. The SSL encryption uses MD5 hashes to create a code and detect whether the data has been modified after it was transmitted. This way any hacker attack could be prevented. But the demonstration by the group showed how the power of improved hardware capabilities could be easily used to attack almost any trascation on the internet.

Using the hardware the group was able to create fake security certificates that behaved like the actual ones. The website demonstarated was RapidSSL. So now it’s time for websites to do away with MD5. But no need to worry as of now, the details of the attack are still with the researchers. It almost impossible for anybody to do such a attack even though the possiblity is not eliminated. With increased computing power like the CUDA, its possible.

What website should look for is changing their security to a more advanced level. We should hope that researchers create a more better encryption. There’s nothing that cannot be cracked, but improving the security level is the only way to stop the attacks. It time to take security seriously with such increased computing power. What we should do?? See to it the website has a valid security certificate. It is denoted by a yellow lock on your browser address bar.

So be awake with eyes wide open the next time you go shopping. So will you go for online shopping, online banking or any transactions now?? Of course you can.

Internet via GPRS in Linux

Its possible to access internet in Linux via GPRS even if you don’t have drivers for your Cellphone. Thats all the magic of Linux Kernel.

Method 1

  • Connect the mobile via USB cable.
  • Open terminal and type su to become root.
  • It will ask for the root password, type in there.
  • Then use the command

    wvdialconf /etc/wvdial.conf

    Your phone will be detected as Modem

  • Then using a Text Editor open wvdial.conf using commands

    kwrite /etc/wvdial.conf (for KDE)

    gedit /etc/wvdial.conf (for GNOME)

    When we issued command in point 4, it showed the address of your phone that in which USB port it has been connected. note it down from there.
    “Modem = /dev/***”

  • When Text Editor opens the file, erase everything and paste the following code

    [Dialer Defaults]
    Modem = /dev/ttyUSB0 # <– Replace it with the reading you got
    Phone = *99#
    Username = aa
    Password = bbc
    Baud = 230400
    Init1 = ATZ
    Init2 = ATQ0 V1 E1 S0=0 &C1 &D2 +FCLASS=0
    ISDN = 0
    Modem Type = Analog Modem
    Carrier Check = No

  • This will configure your mobile phone as a modem

    To dial the internet connection, type

    wvdial

    If everything goes fine it would say that connected successfully.
    Press Ctrl+C to disconnect.


Method 2

  • Open Terminal and type the command

    lsusb

    Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0421:0445 Nokia Mobile Phones

  • Then use command

    /sbin/modprobe usbserial vendor=0x(vid) product=0x(pid)

    Ex in my case for above output

    /sbin/modprobe usbserial vendor=0×421 product=0×445

  • Then using a Text Editor open wvdial.conf using commands

    kwrite /etc/wvdial.conf (for KDE)

    gedit /etc/wvdial.conf (for GNOME)

  • Paste following contents in the file

    [Dialer Defaults]
    Init1 = ATZ
    Init2 = ATQ0 V1 E1 S0=0 &C1 &D2 +FCLASS=0
    Modem Type = USB Modem
    ISDN = 0
    New PPPD = yes
    Phone = *99#
    Modem = /dev/ttyACM0
    Username = b
    Password = a
    Baud = 460800

  • This will configure your mobile phone as a modem

    To dial the internet connection, type

    wvdial

    If everything goes fine it would say that connected successfully.
    Press Ctrl+C to disconnect.

Firefox 3

Firefox 3
Codenamed Gran Paradiso, Firefox 3 was released on 17 June 2008. It saw a record of 8.9 million downloads within 24 hours after its release. Powered by the Gecko 1.9 Engine, Firefox 3 uses less system resources and renders pages faster. It is the best browser available till date, with over 15,000 improvements as stated by Mozilla. Firefox 3 behaves as a native application depending on your operating system, unlike Firefox 2, which had same interface for all OS.

The startup time of Firefox 3 has been considerably reduced. The performance remains consistent even if large number of tabs are opened. Switching tabs is faster than previous versions. Firefox 3 is a very stable browser allowing you to use it for hours without failure. The memory leaks present in previous Firefox releases have been resolved. Firefox 3 relies on Google for malicious sites that can harm your system, or suspected forgery and phishing sites. Inclusion of Extended Validation Secure Sockets Layer certificate support (EV SSL) adds another dimension to security provided by Firefox 3. It shows a green button when you visit a website with an EV SSL certificate, this enables checking of site owner’s ID, connection encryption.

Another feature of firefox is that it asks if it should save recent tabs for next session, an improvement over the previous versions that asked if it should close all the tabs. Before the RSS icon and after the URL is the new Star icon which on clicking once stores the page’s URL as a bookmark, on clicking twice you may store the bookmark in a new or existing folder.

The improved zoom in enlarges the whole page not just the text. A complete rearrangement of layout, controls, buttons, CSS design elements as well as images expressed in percentages scales takes place. The Add-ons manager has been improved with the integrated ability to browse, search, install extensions and themes from within the add-ons manager itself. The download manager can now resume pending or paused downloads, tell which site a particular download came from and show download statistics in the status bar. The password manager doesn’t pop-up, it just displays a ‘remember password’ notification at the top of the page.

The offline support feature enables offline access to your online content and web applications. This allows you to make changes offline and when you go online again, Firefox 3 synchronize any changes made. For those pressed by bandwidth limit like me who has a 1 GB download limit, there is an option to block pictures, which consume the largest bandwidth. It is also possible to block Java and JavaScript. Blocking JavaScript is a bad option though as it reduces functionality of many websites. But you may safely block Java, and enable it as and when required.

The best is that Firefox 3 is available in 45 different languages. There are several addons in Firefox to increase your productivity. Being an internet junkie, the one I keep an eye on frequently tracks my internet usage time. Other one shows the coding of the website etc. For more list of Addons to spice up your surfing, keep visiting this blog.

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