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  • Harshad Joshi 12:51 pm on June 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    the ghost of UEFI and Micr0$0ft 

    i was reading this article –  http://mjg59.dreamwidth.org/12368.html

    It is written by someone related to redhat and it describes implementing UEFI secure boot in Fedora Core. Lot of PC/laptop/tablets in 2012 and beyond will have UEFI instead of good old bios. I want to know what Debian is planning to do and how it will thwart this potential threat to opensource software and now hardware architecture.
    Will Debian community fight against this evil step taken by computer makers ?  Check what Canonical, makers of Ubuntu have decided – http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTEyNDY 
    All idea of opensource is not open unless we have access to open hardware architecture.
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  • Harshad Joshi 5:54 am on August 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Django Live | Download Django Live software for free at SourceForge.net 

    Django-OS – Live CD running on hardened kernel and LAMP stack – http://sourceforge.net/projects/djangolive/ #opensource #python #LAMP #india

    via Django Live | Download Django Live software for free at SourceForge.net.

     
  • Harshad Joshi 5:23 am on March 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , GNU/Linux Kernel, Hackers, Rootkits, Virus, Web Security   

    India Force Linux presents a hardened kernel 

     
  • Harshad Joshi 10:57 am on August 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    A sneek peek 

    Screenshot-ifl

    Thats the first preview of India Force Linux Desktop. Stay Tuned…

     
  • Harshad Joshi 4:42 pm on July 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Here it comes.. 

    India Force Linux

    India Force Linux

    6 years ago, I had my first ever tryst with Linux. One step towards the goal. Coming here was a task I dont want to remember. Still, I will reach to the top.

    Here comes Agneya. The first release from India Force Linux.

     
  • Harshad Joshi 7:46 am on February 13, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Google provided email ids to spammers – The reality behind the closed doors. 

    I got this mail a few hours ago.

    hi there,

    i believe we are in the same boat.
    this is in regard to the mail i received from deepta from google and i understand u folks too have got the same. this was on 25th of Jan. later on 26th of Jan, once again i received a mail with an attachment named Video_part.mim, which due to being infected by virus didn’t opened up.
    have anyone of u folks got any further correspondence from the other end. and if so would u be kind enough to update me with whats going on.

    please be sensible and do reply.
    take care.

    Normally,I would have ignored this mail, but it had a curious refrence. This mail was bcc’d (blind carbon copied) to almost 427 other recipients. These were the blokes who were interested in working for Google as an Adwords Representative(Whatever that means). Unfortunately for Google, one of these 427 recepients is a potential spammer, a script kiddie, who sent a malignant mail containing a virus attachment to some Satyendra Sheth , who inturn started speculating that Google(or someone similar) sent him a virus*..!!

    And now, the funny part is that some guys are ‘bcc’ing their sentiments to the entire group of 427 people, thus causing a perfect situation creating chaos, misunderstanding and a mess, to be precise.

    Now the reality

    1. Google India hasent sent anyone a virus. The girl (deepta mathur) who sent the original mail, is a real person, who has graduated from Hyderabads ICFAI bussiness school in 2006. She does work at Google India as a Google recruiter.

    2. Google India has not sent any spam or virus, but accidently, they have managed to provide the spammer(Dont know who it is) a good amount of valid email ids, thus making his life easy. Must a prankster kid, good for nothing.

    3. Those who sent the CV that matched Googles expectations, actually got another mail that provided details for further interactions. No need to tell that it was all authentic. For Pune, Google had conducted one exam on 4th Fed 07 at Reliance Web World. Unfortunately I didnt make it.. 😦

    What was the reason for this chaos?

    1. The enigma maintained by Google India. Ever since the Google Wordmasters Challenge 2006, Google has managed to spoil its ‘goody boy’ image, thus creating a sense of apprehension amongst all the participants.

    2. Even if they had sent a mail, Google provided no additional resources. No official telphone/email was provided. Lets face it. People are lazy to hunt for all the official resources. And is the get apprehensice, its difficult to gain the confidence back.

    Moral of the story –

    1. Ignore this matter as far as possible, use a good antivirus, maybe use Ubuntu Linux, dont spread rumours or dont get hanky panky about a minor issue.

    2. The email list contained mail ids originating from biig companies likeWipro, TCS, IBM, Nilhent etc. It seems that everyone is interested in working for Google. Hey, provide your employees with better solutions, else they will leave you more fast.. 😛

    If anyone has to speak or put up his/her own view, please make use of the comments section.

    • – The virus is Worm.Win32.VB.b that spreads through email attachements. It affects all Windows OS, and its alias are Nyxem.D, Kama Sutra,W32.Blackmal.E@mm,CME-24 ,WORM
     
    • unixshell 1:44 pm on February 14, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      What you are describing sounds like CC, not BCC. A company (indeed, anyone) should not CC a bunch of people who do not know each other.

    • Abha 3:51 am on February 17, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      whats more surprising is that we have so many people responding to it….looks like they’ve got nothing better to do 🙂
      inspite of people requesting to be left out of the discussions, mails are being sent.
      i dont understand the reason for creating such a big issue out of it….

    • John 10:23 am on February 22, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      I didnt get such stuff yet … i’m feeling lucky …

    • Ridhi 12:24 pm on February 24, 2007 Permalink | Reply

      i m one of those who took the wordmasters challenge , also gave two tests of adword masters …got through …was asked to wait for telephonic round ( by some divya kiran)…and all this was 3 months back.
      all in the list of 427 recepients and evryone else who is involved with this case would agree that google’s recruitment procedure is RIDICULOUS.
      Even the people who have been offered the job got it after long. Some who gave aptitude test with me on Sunday 29 .10.06 Time – 5:00 p.m.
      and have been finalised with all rounds are still waiting for offer letter.That is around 4 months . 🙂
      And The girl (deepta mathur) who sent the original mail, who has graduated from Hyderabads ICFAI bussiness school in 2006 ,who work at Google India as a Google recruiter , MUST KNOW THAT , too.

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    • MURTAZA JAMALI 9:38 am on January 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      don’t be sad ONE CHANCE GOES ANOTHER COMES!
      MISUNDERSTANDING HAPPENS
      but A HUMAN CANT UNDERSTAND ANOTHER HUMAN IS BECOZ OF HIS PROUDNESS.
      PEOPLE ARE ARE PROUDY BUT THEY CALL THEM SELVES DOWN TO EARTH. Asian/African gals LIVING IN USA ARE SELFISH & PROUDLY.they are over smart never trust them

  • Harshad Joshi 3:05 pm on January 19, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    1 year of blogging 

    Gosh..Its my blogs 1st birthday today. Happy birthday little blog. 😛

     
  • Harshad Joshi 1:24 pm on December 13, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    AppArmor 

    OpenSuse

    I am tempted to use this distro..has got more sleek graphical features as compared to ubuntu, and also has got AppArmor

    AppArmor is an application security tool designed to provide an easy-to-use security framework for applications. AppArmor proactively protects the operating system and applications from external or internal threats, even zero-day attacks, by enforcing good behavior and preventing even unknown application flaws from being exploited. AppArmor security policies, called “profiles”, completely define what system resources individual applications can access, and with what privileges. A number of default profiles are included with AppArmor, and using a combination of advanced static analysis and learning-based tools, AppArmor profiles for even very complex applications can be deployed successfully in a matter of hours.

    The official description is located here and Ubuntu users will be happy if they click  here.

     
  • Harshad Joshi 5:30 pm on November 30, 2006 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Windows Vista   

    Microsoft Vista released for sale 

    Microsoft Vista

    As I am typing this post on my blog, Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows Vista, starts its global roll-out on Thursday, being first made available to business customers.

    The system, a replacement for the firm’s current Windows XP operating system, will not be available to home consumers until the end of January.With Windows running on nine in 10 of the world’s PCs, analysts agree the new version should be a big success.

    However, Vista is two years late and its consumer launch misses Christmas.

    A huge but slow success

    Last minute delays at Microsoft meant that computer makers would have been able to install Vista only on about half the computers that they were hoping to sell over Christmas, said Al Gillen, a Vista expert with technology consultancy IDC.

    Microsoft predicts that Vista will be the fastest-selling operating system to date.

    Experts agree, but say this is merely a result of the wider usage of computers compared to five years ago, when Windows XP launched. Corporate customers, meanwhile, will take their time deploying Vista as well.

    “Our big corporate customers were the first to test Vista, but will probably be the last to introduce it, because they have the most [hardware and software] to test for compatibility with Vista,” said Gareth Hansford, managing director of Lenovo UK, the company that was IBM’s PC division until it was bought by Lenovo of China.

    He expects corporate customers to begin large-scale rollouts of Vista in about a year’s time. IDC’s Al Gillen agrees, and points to a very unusual feature built into Vista, which allows IT managers to “downgrade” the software on new computers and run Windows XP instead.

    Once the company is fully Vista-ready, the IT team can simply activate the original Vista license bought with the new PC. Most analysts believe that Vista will dominate computer desktops in about two years’ time.

    These are some interesting stats about Microsoft

    Founded: 1975

    HQ: Redmond, Washington

    Staff: 71,000

    Sales: $44.3bn

    Operating profit: $16.5bn

    Windows sales: $13.2bn

    Office sales: ~$10bn

    Financial year to 30 June 2006 Source: annual report 2006

    Now it would be interesting to find out what the Linux biggies like Red Hat, Debian and Ubuntu will try. I am not counting Novell Suse or OpenSuse here, probably due to its partnership with MS. Gazing into the crystal ball, its apparant that comon users will go in with Windows Vista, and XP will coexist atleast for 2 years for now. Interesting facts will pop us soon on the financial aswell as technology markets.

    All trademarks are acknowledged as the property of their respective owners.

     
  • Harshad Joshi 2:08 pm on November 21, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    An overview of free and open software(part 1) 

    Tux, the GNU/Linux mascot

    I support and use GNU/Linux kernel and open source software mainly due to following factors.

    1. Its free. Nothing can beat that.

    2. Its stable and seldomly crashes. Memory management is more efficient.

    3.Most of the documentation is available for free either online or offline.

    4. It has got great desktops and allows one to fully customize the environment and settings without causing major hiccups. However, newbies need to be watchful.

    But there are some things that are criticized

    1. Lack of central control – Who controls Linux OS? Do new distribution makers need to follow certain common norms that would enable core system to setup easily without involving too much user interference?

    2. Too many distros spoil the party – There are approx around 80 linux distibutions available today. Out of them, only 5 – Red Hat, Suse, Ubuntu, Debian, Knoppix are well known
    amongst common users. People get confused in this matter.Its hard to decide when there is too much or too less.

    3. Geek or n00b – Todays distros have to manage a balance between the geek and newbie. Too much simplification of Linux will definately affect its stable usability and real geeks will turn to more geeky kernels like FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, Solaris etc. Linux is attractive, mainly because of its geekiness factor.

    4. Heavy duty multimedia users and gamers have to suffer a bit – Its true that linux clusters have helped to create some of the Hollywoods greatest flicks, but even then, its hard that pure gamers and CG programmers will switch to linux.

    5. Device manufacturers often ignore Linux users while designing drivers, although the scene is changing fast. Big players like HP, Nvidia, ATI, Creative bundle Linux drivers too.

    Meanwhile, feel free to vote in your favourite linux distro here.

     
    • laosboyme 2:39 pm on November 21, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah You’re all right the sad thing is why do manugacturers ignore linux…

    • ventureskills 4:21 pm on November 21, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      I love the picture did you do it?
      We offer Linux on all our workstations and only supply our small business server with our image (slackware based) on. Current take up is 50% while your 3rd criticism is probably true if only for the number of “generic” distros out there I think for business users and business n00b the big 2 Distro’s are SuSe and Fedora we supply SuSe 80% and CentOS/Fedora 20% these work out of the box for some one who is new to linux, meanwhile we use a mixture of windows, Slackware, Gentoo and CentOS.

      The driver issue isn’t as bad as it use to be unless your a die hard game fan in which case sadly windows or a ps3 is your only choice.

  • Harshad Joshi 12:44 pm on November 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Google Co-op Search Engine 

    I think I am a little late on this topic,but anyway…

    This is my new Google Co-op Search Engine over here.

    Feel free to experiment, but note that it dosent index thousand/million/billion pages. However, it does incorporate nice links and good content for technology/food/linux/Web 2.0 fans and users. And following Googles method, its currently in beta.

    Direct link to Semantic Space – http://www.google.com/coop/cse?cx=004747769890504554559%3Anckzlkyfnc0

    There is one Rollyo also, but I think that its less technical.

     
  • Harshad Joshi 9:52 am on September 23, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Ubuntu 

    Ubuntu from Canonical. The linux free distro based on ancient african concept of openness

    Today I got my official Ubuntu copies from Canonical. It feels nice that this distro is doing good, and I am sure that oneday it will be one of the most preffered and liked version of OS. It has got a nice GNOME desktop and an uncluttered interface making it very attractive. Even Google makes use of this distro within its Mountain View office..

    I recommend this version for college students and engineers.

    Get your free copy of Ubuntu Linux here.

    Software should be a liberating force, but sometimes too much commercialization can make this freedom turn into chains. Its upto us that we prevent this..

    The above quote (c) Harshad Joshi, 2006

     
    • laosboyme 2:42 pm on November 21, 2006 Permalink | Reply

      Nice to see someone using ubuntu user! hi!

  • Harshad Joshi 3:13 pm on September 16, 2006 Permalink | Reply  

    Linux for desktop users. 

    Conventionally,GNU/Linux has always attracted the higher end market comprising of Geeks, nerds, techies, and for a time it was good.

    But now, many useful changes are occuring and GNU/Linux is now available as a conventional ‘Desktop OS’, with sleek window managers like KDE, Gnome, Firefox, a good collection of useful software etc. Many end users are now ready to accept GNU/Linux as an alternative to proprietry, expensive software.

    Please vote in for the most ‘user friendly’ linux distro available in the market over here –

    http://zohopolls.com/harshadjoshi/the-most-user-friendly-linux-distribution-in-the-market

    As for now, results are showing ‘Ubuntu’ leading the distro list. I was tempted to add OpenSUSE, but somehow it slipped.

    See you there. Your vote can make a difference.. 😉

     
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