Jul 26, 2011

Feb 12, 2010

SGSITS Tweeple - our twttr!

Hi Friends,

I am happy to announce the list (seeded with 31 members including me) on twitter which is exclusively for our people. Only full time students, ex-students will be followed under this strictly. If you are not in the list, please feel free to suggest your screen-name to @anjuls so that we can add you right there without delays.

Hope to catch you soon,

Jun 15, 2008

Protect your Pen Drive from being affected by Malicious Viruses

Sometimes our computers in a public lab creates a havoc when you insert your flash drive in USB port. The host computer which is most of the time affected by lots of viruses, worms etc senses the drive and starts attacking before you can move your mouse. Sometimes your data is lost or corrupted, And you give a damn to that PC.

We can do the same thing intelligently :-) So What you need to do for safeguarding your data on flash drive?

The answer to this very important question can be: Before plugging the drive, disable the writing mechanism first so that no program can change the bits on the drive.

How to disable the writing mechanism?

Step 1: Open the Registry editor. you can do the same by "regedit" command on Run or command prompt.

Step 2: Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies\WriteProtect

Step 3: Flip the bit to Enable Read-Only mode

Note: Make sure you undone the changes in registry after your work.

Though this method is not checked up to forensic level but it works at least logically.

If you're not a geek and no idea of registry editing and have a fear of doing the above things wrong, Don't worry we have a small application, Thumbscrew which do the same thing by a simple toggle switch.

Related Posts: How to get rid of Autorun.inf from pen-drives and hard disks

Jun 13, 2008

Pouring wonder

Monsoon is the only season
when u remember somebody without reason
the tinkling rain pearls on the leaves
reminds u of the moments u once weaved..
Even unsaid words say something..
n those unspoken says more then silence
the days that never had the sand of balance
as they say "no reason to fall for a reason"
starting to believe in these adages is you the PERSON.

You sit by the window or in the garden among the green lushes
feeling the days of college remarkably a period of crushes
the laptop n the coffee mug by the side
may be are the only friends who abide
distance strengthens the bond of any hood
but it also separates the leaves from the wood
As the days pass these leaves blow far away
and the tree also grows beyond the pathway
In directions u go leaving memory lanes
new chapters being written, remembering the past only
when it rains.

Oh droplets why do you remind me of 'ed's'..
when all I want is live in the present..
for this season gives me is not only pleasure
but brings back the days that were carefree laced with leisure
when my spirit was the slave of 'curiosity'
days n nights passed a without 'responsibility'
As I end dis I know after years another will be typed
when the season of life will change and arrives the MONSOON much hyped.

For all those who I call my friends,who were anytime there within good or bad,the ones I have had crushes on,the once who liked and perhaps do like me,my BEST FRENS(more then 1),my partners in crime and in good deeds,people who have praised me and consider worthwhile,for ONES I have met walking somewhere sometime and have liked and finally for the ones who remind me of the droplets during the MONSOON.

Jun 2, 2008

How to get rid of autorun.inf from pen drives or hard disk

Hi friends,
Today the cyber world is experiencing some serious problems. especially with the fast spreading trojans,viruses and scripting programs. We too have seen our college computers flodded with such trojans and viruses and these spread to our home computers via pen drives. And the worst part is that despite having good anti virus softwares installed at our placed, they failed to delete such files.

The crux f this problem lies in the autorun.inf or autorun.exe that executes secretly as soon as we open our hard disk or plug in our infected pen drives. These are normal files which help to create som tojans or viruses as the case may be and hence anti-viruses ignore them. Examples of files created by running of such files are 3xxx.cmd,t.com, i.com, VirusGuard.vbs MicrosoftPowerpont2007.exe and so on. So if today you open your hard disk drive or pen drive and found that your anti- virus software is detecting such files then beware these can spread to entire system.

To find out whether autorun.inf file exists in your system, go to dos prompt or command prompt (using CMD) and whichever drive you feel is infected, go to that drive. just press tab key and see if autorun.inf name appears. If it does appear then using edit autorun.inf try to figure out the name of files that it creates . After exitting the editor you can further use tab key to find all such files in your drive.

Once you have analyzed the drive, type the following to commands:

Attrib -h -s -r autorun.inf
del autorun.inf

Attrib -h -s -r autorun.exe
del autorun.exe

And then verify that they are gone by using dir /ah command.

Use the same commands with all filenames that you saw in the editor like
Attrib -h -s -r VirusGuard.vbs
del VirusGuard.vbs

In this way you can get rid of such hidden threats. For some viruses you might ned to restart PC as well.

Well this is a general solution though some good anti viruses like nod, quick heal etc can do that itself...

So just clean your PC and spread the solution for this problem to all.

May 29, 2008

Set a Guinness World Record, Download Firefox 3

Download Day
With the release of Firefox 3 Release Candidate 1, It is expected that a final version will hit the world sooner. And making it more interesting and notable, Mozilla is giving a name to the Event as "Download Day 2008" and also creating a guinness world record for maximum downloads of Firefox 3 Final in 24 Hrs. To be a part of the world record, you need to download firefox 3 in those 24 Hrs on its release date. Right now the date of Download Day depends upon the Release date of final version. To keep tracking and updated about the event, either follow me @anjulsahu or @mozillafirefox or FF3 group on FaceBook

Firefox 3 has more than 14000 improvements over previous versions and It's going to be more faster, safer and reliable. Take a pledge today and help the community. Spread Firefox!!

May 17, 2008

Age of Microblogging

Micro-blogging is a form of blogging that allows users to write brief text updates (usually less than 200 characters) and publish them, either to be viewed by anyone or by a restricted group which can be chosen by the user. These messages can be submitted by a variety of means, including text messaging, instant messaging, email, MP3 or the web. - Definition by Wikipedia

They are much popular and their frequency of updates are much higher than the regular blogs. Since the updates are very brief, the information is transferred to the point and in summarized form. Even sharing the contents like images, URLs, multimedia etc is very easy as micro-blogging services are integrated with the main applications.
The most popular service is called Twitter, which was launched nearly 2 years back and it won various awards for the element of Innovation and Usefulness. It has the potential to outbreak with any other application and can be expanded to various uses. Recently, it came in news as Chinese tweets the Earthquake disaster within few minutes. All updates are in real time and can even fly through SMS too. Many developers across the universe see it as a potential tool to feed information and therefore developing many applications and APIs which even we can use in our application. Just need that sense of innovation in us. ;) Even @Hillary and @Obama used it in their political campaigning and @Dell for its customer relations. So where are you on twitter?? @anjulsahu

Another notable services are pownce, tumblr, jaiku (now acquired by Google). Status updates are becoming so popular that social networks like Facebook, Orkut, MySpace etc are using them in their applications. I hope soon we have twitter integrated with Orkut too. It's already available on FB and MySpace.
With increasing services, their related applications are also increasing evidently like right now there are 209 twitter apps and growing.
Recently Business Week wrote an article on twitter - "Why Twitter Matters".
Those 140 chars of yours can be a root for a revolution and can even manage your life.

Happy Tweeting!!

May 14, 2008


The girl was asking every passerby “I want to paint the Mountain of God, can u tell me where would I get the paint colors?” People thought she was mad and without giving a vocal answer they depicted from the gestures alone what they thought of her. Has somebody simply asked” where do I get paint colors here” he/she would have got an entry ticket to the world of sane i.e. our world.

There is a very thin line of distinction between sanity and being considered mad. I used the word considered because madness is a relative term. Perhaps people (a part of them) can consider me mad too for choosing to write on a topic which is not a favorite among the readers of youth. But certainly the desire to write what one wants prevails badly and so this. And this probably is the line of that distinction: people considered mad have that desire like us but they have the freedom to execute and express it too. Like I am sitting in a party and have a nauseous feeling, I have the sense (I believe it to be sense!!) to control this feeling till I reach the washroom unlike the Ms (considered mad=M) who will not control there will to do anything not thinking what others will think about them. THE PEOPLE factor which guides our lives is absent from theirs.

Ms generally want to cut all their links to the outside world due to the trepidation of loosing their freedom of expression. Here by freedom I do not only mean the Physical activities of presenting oneself but the mental ability to extend your wants and get out of the domain of” code of conduct”.

Being mad is just living in our own world and being different. But as we look into the History, Einstein and Columbus were initially considered mad too .As Amir Khan said in TZP “Unhone duniya ko apni alag nazar se dekha……” Human tendency works in such a way that it discards any out of the league thought for the first time and subjects it to debates and criticism. Later all of us end up studying Einstein’s Relativity Theory.

Let’s discuss a story to actually understand the world –

A Wizard wanted to conquer a whole kingdom. He went to the City well and poisoned the water. Whoever drank from it showed unusual signs of madness laughing loud, running around and clapping for no reason. The King however drank from a different well and thus was not effected, he tried to control the situation but the people were insane and they considered the King who wasn’t like them to be mad (understand that the King was now different from them behaving differently) and hence they wanted to throw him from the throne. The King and his family were afraid and they decided to leave the Kingdom forever. However in the morning the King decided that he and his family will also drink from the poisoned well. This way the King too started behaving the same way as others were and continued to rule for a long time.

People considered sane thus are only sane in the sense that they do same things as others may be including, wearing a half meter cloth for a dress after all its fashion and being fashionable is being sane isn’t it?

Another parameter associated with madness is Control. A loss of control can be confused with being mad but they are different altogether. Control can be in 2 forms-You control the mind or let the mind control you. The former we all have done in our lives .Stay mad but behave normally or in league i.e. control your mind but do not let the fear take over you. But what is the Real you here, It’s what you are and not what others think or make of you.

So a M actually doesn’t mean being ill treated or loosing some control it just allows you the freedom of execution and expression without the right to stand for any Political post [:P].