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English / EBay Hacked!!
« on: May 24, 2014, 09:06:39 PM »
eBay's morning just went from bad to worse. The e-commerce site confirmed Wednesday that its corporate network was hacked and a database with users' passwords was compromised. While eBay says there is no evidence that users' financial information was accessed in the hack, the company is telling all users to change their passwords.

eBay contacted CNET after this story was initially published, saying it discovered "recently" that it was a victim of "a cyber attack on our corporate information network, which compromised a database containing eBay user passwords." The company's spokesperson told CNET there is "no evidence that any financial information was accessed or compromised."



The statement follows an odd stream of events this morning when eBay-owned PayPal posted a blog entitled "eBay, Inc. to Ask All eBay users to Change Passwords." The blog post included nothing but the title, but quickly hit the Web after it was retweeted dozens of times. The blog post was then taken down from PayPal's site, causing even more confusion for users of the online auction house.

eBay has since posted information about the hack on its official blog. The company will ask all users to change their passwords starting later on Wednesday.

eBay shares are down 1.73 percent, or 90 cents, to $51.06, following news of the hack.
The database, which eBay said was compromised in late February and early March, held eBay customer's names, encrypted passwords, email addresses, physical addresses, phone numbers, and dates of birth. However, the company says users' financial information was not accessed.

"After conducting extensive tests on its networks, the company said it has no evidence of the compromise resulting in unauthorized activity for eBay users, and no evidence of any unauthorized access to financial or credit card information, which is stored separately in encrypted formats," eBay wrote in the post. "However, changing passwords is a best practice and will help enhance security for eBay users."

eBay also tried to allay concerns of PayPal users who store credit card information on the service. Although eBay owns PayPal, the online auction site says that "PayPal data is stored separately on a secure network, and all PayPal financial information is encrypted."

eBay said it detected the hack two weeks ago and engaged in forensics activities to determine what database was compromised and what was stolen. The company narrowed down the attack to "a small number of employee login credentials" stolen by cyberattackers, which it said provided access to eBay's corporate network.

Starting later on Wednesday, eBay will use email, site updates, and "other marketing channels" to request its users change their passwords. The company also encouraged its users to change the passwords on any other sites they might use with the same log-in credentials. It even ended its blog post with a security tip: "The same password should never be used across multiple sites or accounts."

eBay's hacking should be taken seriously. The e-commerce site has 128 million active users around the world. While the company has acknowledged that it will ask ever user to change their password, eBay hasn't said how many customers might have had information stolen.

With Heartbleed wreaking havoc on the Web and an increasing number of major companies having their servers hacked and personal information leaked, Web security -- or lack thereof -- is becoming a huge concern for Web users. The eBay hack could prove to be the biggest security flaw to affect users since last year's Target data breach. That hack is believed to have impacted 110 million customers and left personal information -- including names, mailing addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and debit and credit card data -- open to hackers.

CNET has contacted eBay for more information on the hack. We will update this story when we have more information.

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Kαπνίζετε; Τουλάχιστον αποτοξινωθείτε!



Είναι γνωστές οι βλαβερές συνέπειες του καπνίσματος και για να τις αποφύγετε, θα πρέπει να κόψετε τελείως το κάπνισμα. Aν, ωστόσο, επιμένετε να καπνίζετε, τότε διαβάστε τις γραμμές που ακολουθούν. Yπάρχουν ορισμένες ήπιες μέθοδοι που μπορούν να σας βοηθήσουν να περιορίσετε κάπως τις επιπτώσεις του καπνίσματος στην υγεία σας, να συμβάλουν στην αποτοξίνωση του οργανισμού σας από τον καπνό και να τον ενισχύσουν. H ρεφλεξολογία, το μασάζ, η πιεσομετρία και η αρωματοθεραπεία αποτελούν εναλλακτικές μεθόδους που μπορούν να σας βοηθήσουν.

Δενδρολίβανο, ευκάλυπτος και λεβάντα
Yπάρχουν διάφορα αιθέρια έλαια που βοηθούν το αναπνευστικό και μπορούν να φανούν χρήσιμα στους καπνιστές. Ξεχωρίσαμε τα σημαντικότερα από αυτά: το δενδρολίβανο, τον ευκάλυπτο και τη λεβάντα. Aυτά τα αιθέρια έλαια διευκολύνουν την αναπνοή και έχουν αποχρεμπτικές ιδιότητες, δηλαδή βοηθούν στην απομάκρυνση των εκκρίσεων που δημιουργούνται στους πνεύμονες από το κάπνισμα. Προσθέστε στην κεραμική συσκευή αρωματοθεραπείας 1-4 σταγόνες από το κάθε αιθέριο έλαιο και νερό. Aνάψτε το κεράκι και αφήστε τη συσκευή να αρωματίσει το χώρο όπου βρίσκεστε.

Mασάζ για τους πνεύμονες
Kάντε ένα μασάζ με απαλές κυκλικές κινήσεις στην περιοχή της κλείδας για 1 λεπτό περίπου. Oι μεσημβρινοί που περνούν από εκεί ενεργοποιούν τους πνεύμονες. Xρησιμοποιήστε ένα λαδάκι ή μια ενυδατική αλοιφή για να κυλούν πιο εύκολα τα χέρια σας. Mπορείτε να φτιάξετε και εσείς οι ίδιοι ένα λάδι με αιθέρια έλαια, ώστε να επωφεληθείτε και από τις θεραπευτικές ιδιότητες της αρωματοθεραπείας. Σε 15 ml αμυγδαλέλαιο προσθέστε 1-2 σταγόνες αιθέριο έλαιο ευκαλύπτου, δεντρολίβανου ή λεβάντας.

Πιέσεις στα σημεία βελονισμού
H ρεφλεξολογία αποτελεί μία ακόμη εναλλακτική θεραπεία που μπορεί να βοηθήσει τον οργανισμό να περιορίσει κάπως τις βλαβερές συνέπειες του καπνίσματος. Aσκήστε κυκλικές πιέσεις για 1-2 λεπτά στο παχύ μέρος της παλάμης κάτω από τα δάχτυλα. Aκόμη, ασκήστε κυκλικές πιέσεις για το ίδιο χρονικό διάστημα στα πέλματα, από το μέσο της καμάρας του ποδιού έως τη φτέρνα. Στα σημεία αυτά βρίσκονται οι απεκκριτικές οδοί που βοηθούν να «καθαρίσει» ο οργανισμός από τις τοξίνες. Eπιπλέον, μπορείτε να ασκήσετε πιέσεις στα σημεία βελονισμού. Aσκήστε και πάλι κυκλικές πιέσεις για 1 λεπτό στο σημείο όπου βρίσκεται η σάρκα μεταξύ του δείκτη και του αντίχειρα. Το σημείο αυτό, σύμφωνα με το βελονισμό, αντιστοιχεί στους πνεύμονες και όλες τις απεκκριτικές οδούς, γι’ αυτό και η ενεργοποίησή του συμβάλλει στην καλή λειτουργία τους.

Xρησιμοποιήστε τα κατάλληλα βότανα
Tρία βότανα που μπορούν να βοηθήσουν τους καπνιστές και να περιορίσουν κάπως τις συνέπειες του καπνίσματος είναι το ταραξάκο (taraxaco), το pau d’ arco και το lapacho. Tο taraxaco είναι αντιοξειδωτικό, δηλαδή καταστρέφει τις ελεύθερες ρίζες (βλαβερές ουσίες που δημιουργούνται από το κάπνισμα) και έχει αποτοξινωτικές ιδιότητες, δηλαδή απομακρύνει τις επιβλαβείς και άχρηστες ουσίες, πολλές από τις οποίες βρίσκονται και στον καπνό. Aκόμη, αποτελεί ένα πολύ καλό εξισορροπητικό του οργανισμού. Tο pau d’ arco και το lapacho προστατεύουν από τον καρκίνο των πνευμόνων και ενισχύουν το ανοσοποιητικό σύστημα. Σε καταστήματα με ομοιοπαθητικά και στα φαρμακεία θα βρείτε κάψουλες που περιέχουν το ξηρό εκχύλισμα των παραπάνω βοτάνων. Mπορείτε να παίρνετε μία κάψουλα το πρωί μετά το πρωινό και μία το μεσημέρι, αφού βέβαια προηγουμένως συμβουλευτείτε και το γιατρό σας. Mπορείτε, ακόμη, να φτιάξετε μόνοι σας ένα έγχυμα από τα παραπάνω βότανα, το οποίο θα πίνετε δύο φορές την ημέρα. Bράζετε 1 φλιτζάνι νερό, το βγάζετε από τη φωτιά και προσθέτετε 1 κουταλάκι από το βότανο αποξηραμένο. Τα αφήνετε 3-5 λεπτά στο νερό και έπειτα σουρώνετε. Στη συνέχεια, πίνετε το έγχυμα. Ένας πολύ καλός τρόπος για να αποτοξινώσετε τον οργανισμό σας από τον καπνό είναι το εκχύλισμα από σπόρους γκρέιπφρουτ σε σταγόνες. Θα το βρείτε στα φαρμακεία σε συσκευασία με σταγονόμετρο. Bάζετε 10 σταγόνες σε 1 ποτήρι νερό και πίνετε 2-3 φορές την ημέρα.

Aπολαύστε ένα χυμό
H συστηματική κατανάλωση χυμών αποτελεί έναν ακόμη τρόπο να περιορίσετε κάπως τις συνέπειες του καπνίσματος. Tο καρότο, το σέλινο, τα παντζάρια και το μπρόκολο έχουν πολύ ισχυρή αποτοξινωτική δράση και θεωρείται ότι προστατεύουν από τον καρκίνο των πνευμόνων. Bάλτε στον αποχυμωτή 4 καρότα, ένα ματσάκι σέλινο και 1/4 με 1/2 κιλό μπρόκολο ή παντζάρι και πίνετε το χυμό τους μία φορά την ημέρα.


Τα όργανα του σώματος ανάλογα με τις συνήθειες και την διατροφή!

Περπατήστε στη φύση
Πηγαίνετε έναν περίπατο σε μια περιοχή με βλάστηση που σας αρέσει. H επαφή με τη φύση θα βοηθήσει τους πνεύμονές σας να καθαρίσουν και να γεμίσουν με καθαρό αέρα. Kαθώς περπατάτε, κάνετε βαθιές εισπνοές και εκπνοές, απολαμβάνοντας τον αέρα που ανασαίνετε. H καθιστική ζωή, σε συνδυασμό με το κάπνισμα, δρουν αθροιστικά εναντίον της υγείας σας. Tο περπάτημα αποτελεί μια αεροβική άσκηση που τονώνει την καρδιά και ωφελεί το καρδιαγγειακό και αναπνευστικό σύστημα, δηλαδή τα σημεία του οργανισμού που «χτυπάει» το κάπνισμα.

Oι τροφες που θα σας βοηθήσουν
Kαταναλώνετε αντιοξειδωτικές ουσίες, όπως βιταμίνη C και φλαβονοειδή που βρίσκονται στα φρούτα και στα λαχανικά, γιατί ο καπνός περιέχει πολλές χημικές ουσίες που έχουν οξειδωτική δράση. Για να προστατεύσετε, λοιπόν, τον οργανισμό σας, θα πρέπει η διατροφή σας να σας παρέχει όλες τις αντιοξειδωτικές ουσίες που χρειάζεστε. Πολύ καλές αντιοξειδωτικές τροφές είναι το μπρόκολο, το λάχανο, τα καρότα, το κουνουπίδι, το σέλινο, τα πορτοκάλια, οι φράουλες και το σταφύλι. Φροντίστε, ακόμη, να μη σας λείπουν ορισμένες βιταμίνες που είναι χρήσιμες στους καπνιστές. H βιταμίνες C, E και A βοηθούν στην προστασία των πνευμόνων από τον καπνό. Mεγάλες ποσότητες βιταμίνης C θα βρείτε στα εσπεριδοειδή, στις φράουλες, στα ακτινίδια, στις ντομάτες, στις πιπεριές και στο φρέσκο λάχανο. H απαραίτητη ημερήσια πρόσληψη βιταμίνης C για τους καπνιστές είναι αυξημένη και φθάνει τα 100 mg. Mπορείτε να καλύψετε αυτή την ποσότητα με 1 κόκκινη πιπεριά (έχει 142 mg) ή 2 ακτινίδια (το ένα έχει 75 mg) ή 2 πορτοκάλια (το ένα έχει 70 mg). Tη βιταμίνη E μπορείτε να τη βρείτε στα φυτικά έλαια, στο συκώτι, στα λαχανικά και στα δημητριακά. Σε ημερήσια βάση ένας ενήλικος έχει ανάγκη από 15 IU (διεθνείς μονάδες) βιταμίνης E. Mία κουταλιά ηλιόσποροι έχει 2,3 IU, που σημαίνει ότι με 6 κουταλιές έχετε λάβει την ημερήσια συνιστώμενη δόση. Πλούσιες τροφές σε βιταμίνη A είναι το συκώτι, το ασπράδι του αυγού και τα καρότα. Ένας ενήλικος χρειάζεται περίπου 2.000 IU προβιταμίνης A. Mπορείτε να καλύψετε την ποσότητα που χρειάζεστε με 100 γρ. καρότα, που έχουν 2.287 IU. Για τις βιταμίνες A και E δεν υπάρχουν συγκεκριμένες μετρήσεις για τις ποσότητες που χρειάζονται οι καπνιστές. Φροντίζετε, ωστόσο, να παίρνετε απαραιτήτως την ημερήσια συνιστώμενη δόση αν καπνίζετε.

Πηγή: awakengr.com/2013/05/k.html#ixzz2X96HjeLB

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Greek-English / 300: Rise of an Empire
« on: June 17, 2013, 07:48:57 PM »
300: Rise of an Empire
2014 Film

Action | Drama  -  7 March 2014 (USA)



Synopsis

Based on Frank Miller’s latest graphic novel Xerxes, and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster “300,” this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield—on the sea—as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war.

“300: Rise of an Empire” pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes, and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures present, a Cruel and Unusual Films/Mark Canton/Gianni Nunnari Production, “300: Rise of an Empire.” The action adventure stars Sullivan Stapleton (“Gangster Squad”) as Themistokles and Eva Green (“Dark Shadows,” “Casino Royale”) as Artemisia. Lena Headey reprises her starring role from “300” as the Spartan Queen, Gorgo; Hans Matheson (“Clash of the Titans”) stars as Aeskylos; David Wenham returns as Dilios, and Rodrigo Santoro stars again as the Persian King, Xerxes.

The film is directed by Noam Murro, from a screenplay by Zack Snyder & Kurt Johnstad, based on the graphic novel Xerxes, by Frank Miller. It is produced by Gianni Nunnari, Mark Canton, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder and Bernie Goldmann. Thomas Tull, Frank Miller, Stephen Jones and Jon Jashni serve as executive producers.

The creative filmmaking team includes director of photography Simon Duggan, production designer Patrick Tatopoulos, editor Wyatt Smith and costume designer Alexandra Byrne. The music is composed by Junkie XL.

“300: Rise of an Empire” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. This film is not yet rated.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leXo4-QLNVc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leXo4-QLNVc</a>

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English / Magic Tricks for Beginners
« on: June 02, 2013, 09:39:13 PM »
Magic Tricks for Beginners

This PDF will help you start doing some magic tricks!

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English / How to disable the Windows 7 Boot Selection Menu
« on: June 02, 2013, 09:26:15 PM »
How to disable the Windows 7 Boot Selection Menu
Windows Boot Manager on startup



1. Click the "Start" menu button and type in "cmd" in the "Search programs" box. Right-click the "cmd" listing from the search results and choose "Run as Administrator" to open the black Command Prompt box.

2. Type the following line into the Command Prompt box:

bcdedit /set {bootmgr} displaybootmenu no

Press Enter. Entering this command line tells the system's Boot Configuration Data (BCD) store that you do not want the operating system selection menu to be displayed when booting and loading the operating system. The command can be used in instances when the boot selection menu displays even though only one operating system option exists.

3. Restart your computer to allow system changes to take effect.

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English / Trick Photography and Special Effects
« on: June 01, 2013, 09:29:35 PM »
Trick Photography and Special Effects



Do you want to learn some awesome tricks in photography and how to make some special effects?
This guide is very helpful and will teach you some nice tricks!

I have to say that this is my favorite guide about photography tricks/special effects. It helped me a lot and taught me many things!

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English / 10 Best Free Lightweight Networking Tools
« on: June 01, 2013, 09:00:32 PM »
10 Best Free Lightweight Networking Tools
In Depth Network issues? Diagnose your issues quickly with these utilities.

Looking for some network utilities? There are plenty of options, but don't waste time on the bulky and more heavyweight contenders, unless you really need them - our Tiny Tools may provide all you need.

If you'd like to find out what software is installed across your network, for instance, you could install some expensive commercial solution, complete with database, analytical tools and more. But we've found a 160KB program which will scan all your network PCs for no cost at all.

And capturing network traffic normally involves installing complex utilities, and a supporting library or two. But if you can get by with raw sockets then the 20KB RawCap will get you started in seconds.

This is just the start, though. Other tools in the list will help with performance issues, network management, security, file sharing and more. And they're all free, and very lightweight: even installing all ten will use less than 7MB hard drive space.

1. Network Stuff 3.0.9 - 1.34 MB



Figuring out what's happening on your network normally involves a whole library of tools, yet somehow Network Stuff has managed to cram them all into a single portable application.

It's strong on the basics, for instance: the program can display your IP addresses (both local and external), scan your network for other systems, reveal MAC addresses and run graphical ping or traceroutes to the addresses you specify.

But Network Stuff can also display all the currently open network and internet connections; use built-in Whois and DNS tools to get more information on IP addresses; remotely wake up or shut down other systems on your network, and the list goes on.

The only problem here is complexity, as there's a lot to explore. If you get lost, though, check the author's website for some helpful guidance.

Download Network Stuff

2. DNS Jumper 1.0.5 - 812KB



Changing your DNS settings can improve your online security, perhaps give you access to sites you couldn't reach otherwise, and improve your browsing speed. Windows doesn't exactly make this easy, but that's where DNS Jumper comes in.

This tiny tool comes with a lengthy list of DNS alternatives. If you're not sure which is best then it can test them all to find the fastest. When you're happy, it's able to apply your preferred DNS settings in a click, and the program can even back up and restore your original settings to avoid the chance of any problems.

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3. RawCap 0.1.4.0 - 20KB



Packet sniffing - capturing network traffic for later analysis - can be an invaluable way to diagnose tricky network problems, both hardware and software. And there are few easier ways to get the job done than with the super-lightweight RawCap.

The program is a command line tool, but it's also straightforward to run from Explorer. Just double-click the file, choose your network interface, enter an output file name, and that's it - the program will capture raw packets and save them in a .pcap file.

Unsurprisingly for a 20KB tool, there's no help here to analyse the finished results. Just opening the file in Notepad may be enough, though if you're looking for plain text. And there's no doubting RawCap's simplicity: it doesn't need any other components or DLLs beyond the .NET Framework 2.0.

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4. Fast Software Audit 1.0.0 - 160 KB



If you manage a PC network then you'll know it's important to keep track of the software your users are installing. You could check this manually, or invest in some big corporate inventory tool, but the ultra-compact Fast Software Audit - portable and only 160KB - could be enough. Just enter the network names of the computers you'd like to audit and it'll quickly scan them, revealing the list of installed applications. (Though please note, your systems will need the Remote Registry service to be running for this to work.)

Download Fast Software Audit

5. CloseTheDoor 0.2.1 portable - 484 KB



When you want to secure your network it's important to understand which processes are listening for connections, and the portable CloseTheDoor will tell you everything you want to know: the network interface, ports, protocols, process, related Windows services and a whole lot more.

All this information can seem baffling at first, but CloseTheDoor can help. Right-click something and you'll find options to search the web for useful information on the process, port and how it's generally used.

And if you do identify malware then CloseTheDoor can even shut down that process, though be careful - if you accidentally terminate something important then you might crash your PC.

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6. BlueLife Hosts Editor 1.0 - 388KB



The HOSTS file can be used to tell Windows the IP address of various network or Internet resources, so improving performance or allowing you to block some sites or resources entirely.

Windows doesn't make it particularly easy to access HOSTS, unfortunately, but the BlueLife Hosts Editor probably provides everything you'll need. Just launch the program to view your current HOSTS file, then add or remove entries to suit your needs, and save the results when you're finished: easy.

Beware, though, if you try to block a site you've just visited then it'll appear not to work, as Windows will cache the previous IP address. Save the new file, click "Flush DNS" and everything should now work just as you expect.

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7. Network Activity Indicator 1.6 -1.03 MB



We often miss the old Windows XP network icon, where the monitors flashed to show network activity. But now there's an easy way to get it back. Install Network Activity Indicator and it'll immediately restore the same icon to your system tray. (Although Windows Vista/Windows 7 will often hide it again: click the arrow to the left of the system tray area, click Customize and set "Network Activity Indicator" to "Show icon and notifications to bring it back.)

This isn't just a cosmetic tool, though. You can also customise the program to flash only for particular network traffic (TCP, UDP, ICMP), or on specific network interfaces. And it's even able to provide details on network traffic (MB's uploaded and downloaded), and a host of useful statistics (open connections, failed connection attempts, errors received, more).

Download Network Activity Indicator

8. RemoteRebootX 2012 - 428KB



Network management can be easier than you think. If you've got a copy of RemoteRebootX to hand, anyway.

Add the names of your network computers to the program, and in click or two you can then remotely shut them down or wake them up again, all from the comfort of your own PC.

You can even automate the process, for example having a PC woken up just after lunch so it's ready and waiting when you return.

And there are even system information options to, say, retrieve the free C: drive space on one of the systems, or its list of automatic but stopped services (very useful for troubleshooting). Not bad at all for a portable tool under 500KB in size.

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9. HFS 2.2f - 560KB



When you want others on the network to be able to access your files then you'll probably start by sharing folders. But if you can't get that working as you like then setting up a web server with HFS could be a simpler approach.

There's no complex configuration involved, for instance - just run the program and it's ready to go.

Drag and drop the files you'd like to share and they'll be accessible within seconds.

And yet there are plenty more advanced options, if you need them. Worried about the program taking up all your bandwidth, for instance? Just limit the download speed to suit your requirements - it's all very easy.

Download HFS

10. Simple IP Config 2.3 - 1.32MB



If you regularly use a laptop on a couple of networks - home and work, say - then the chances are you probably waste a lot of time manually adjusting a host of low-level network settings. But it doesn't have to be that way.

Simple IP Config allows you to create separate network profiles for home, work, and anywhere else you like. Each of these can be used to store your IP Address, Subnet Mask, Gateway, DNS Server, and so on. And switching from one profile to another is as simple as selecting it, and clicking "Apply" - no messing around in Control Panel is required at all.

Download Simple IP Config

Source: http ://www.techradar.com/news/software/applications/10-best-free-lightweight-networking-tools-1088165

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English / SkyDrive vs Google Drive
« on: May 31, 2013, 08:45:53 PM »
SkyDrive vs Google Drive – Which Is Best for Office Productivity?
Source: makeuseof.com/tag/skydrive-vs-google-drive-which-is-best-for-office-productivity/



As the push towards web apps has evolved, we’re now met with two powerful cloud solutions — SkyDrive and Google Drive. These two options offer all the tools needed for file synchronization and office productivity.

However, while both of them can be great, only one of them can be the best solution for office productivity. In order to objectively evaluate which solution is more ideal, we will take a look at which file types can be edited, amount of editing functionality when working on files, compatibility with Microsoft Office as it is still the most used office suite today (despite an increasing emphasis on open source office suites like LibreOffice), and the ease of sharing files from SkyDrive or Google Drive.

Accessing Files



Both SkyDrive (or more appropriately, Office Web Apps) and Google Drive can edit a number of different formats, including .doc(x), .rtf, .ppt(x), .xls(x), and other commonly used office file formats.



However, while SkyDrive can edit these files natively, Google Drive requires that you convert them to a Google Drive format before editing them. After you finish editing, you’ll have to re-export the file into the corresponding .doc(x), .ppt(x), .xls(x), etc. Otherwise, if you don’t convert the file, you’ll just have an office file that sits on Google Drive and cannot be edited — just stored or shared. SkyDrive can also edit a few more files than Google Drive.

While Google Drive focuses on documents, presentations, and spreadsheets, SkyDrive can also work on OneNote (which is great for notes and research) and other Microsoft Office products’ files. People who are highly invested in the Microsoft Office suite may value this ability.

Winner: SkyDrive

Editing Capabilities



It’s also very important to be able to do what you need to do with your office files, so the amount of functionality is key. Both SkyDrive and Google Drive offer the basic formatting tools such as fonts, font sizes, bold, italics, underlining, and insertion of links, pictures, and tables.



However, SkyDrive offers better support for the use of different styles, and Google Drive offers a Research interface, more insertion options such as Google Drawings and comments. SkyDrive doesn’t even offer support for headers and footers, while Google Drive does.

Winner: Google Drive

Compatibility with Microsoft Office



Compatibility is highly important because you want others to be able to read your files. While you won’t be able to be 100% compatible with everyone (unless your document is very simple), it’s best to make sure that your document is compatible with Microsoft Office as it is arguably the standard for office suites, especially in an office environment. Both solutions provide excellent support for Microsoft Office formats, and as such they both are very compatible.



However, Google’s solution cannot be guaranteed to be perfectly compatible, and it’s safe to assume that SkyDrive is virtually perfectly compatible as both SkyDrive and the Office suite both come from Microsoft. Heck, you can even open a file you’re working on in SkyDrive directly into Word if you have it installed. So, while you can generally bet that both solutions will have good compatibility, at the end of the day you have to pick the better one.

Winner: SkyDrive

Sharing



Once you’re done editing your files, you’ll want to share it with other people so that they can either view and/or edit the document. Google Drive provides excellent sharing options, allowing you to share your documents to anyone with a Google account and assigning a number of different permissions, including view only, edit, and owner permissions. There is also a link you can email people who have permissions, as well as send the link over Gmail, Google+, Facebook, and Twitter. The only downside to Google’s sharing features is that others, like yourself, can only edit files that have been converted into a Google format.



As for SkyDrive, you can also share files to whomever, and allow them to view only or edit, without having to convert the file. It’s straightforward and gets the job done.

Winner: Google Drive

Syncing & Desktop Apps

Of course, as a Windows user you may wish to use the synchronization features offered by both SkyDrive and Google Drive. This can be accomplished via their respective apps. Both apps are available for Windows and Mac OS X, and SkyDrive support is somewhat available in vanilla installations of the Gnome 3.6+ desktop environment.

However, Google Drive’s app also displays files that have been converted to a Google format (double-clicking on these will open your browser) and you can even be selective in which folders you’d like to sync. These features are not available under SkyDrive.

Moreover, Google Drive offers users 15GB of storage space, and SkyDrive offers 7GB. Besides this, both apps synchronize at decent speeds, as you would expect.

Winner: Google Drive

Conclusion

After five different categories, Google Drive wins 3-2, for a number of reasons. First, most office needs boil down to the three common file types — documents, presentations, and spreadsheets. Anything besides those are just bells and whistles, or are special needs for some people. Google Drive supports these very well, and it offers plenty of functionality to accomplish a number of tasks.

Compatibility really isn’t an issue as support for the standard file formats is near perfect. Finally, Google Drive offers the best sharing options, and allows you to easily share links to the document via Gmail, Google+, Facebook, or Twitter. SkyDrive offers a decent solution, but the fact that it doesn’t offer as many features while editing is a big turn off for me as it is a major part of what defines “office productivity.” However, there may be other reasons for using SkyDrive anyways.

Use the reply button and let us know what you think.

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English / Low Orbit Ion Cannon - Stress Tool
« on: May 31, 2013, 08:16:38 PM »
Low Orbit Ion Cannon
Source: https ://github.com/NewEraCracker/LOIC/



The following information is based on loic's readme file:

Info

Low Orbit Ion Cannon - An open source network stress tool, written in C#
Based on Praetox's loic project at http*//sourceforge.net/projects/loic/.

Disclaimer

I, NewEraCracker, am not responsible for how you use this tool.
You cannot blame me if you get caught for attacking servers you don't own.
This tool is released for educational purposes only, and comes with no warranty at all.

How to run on Windows

GET THE BINARIES!

Requires Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1, available at:
http*//www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=ab99342f-5d1a-413d-8319-81da479ab0d7&displaylang=en

How to run on LINUX / MACOSX

Run debug binaries with mono.
Read the wiki at https*//github.com/NewEraCracker/LOIC/wiki/ for updated instructions.

Hivemind/Hidden Mode

HIVEMIND mode will connect your client to an IRC server so it can be controlled remotely.
Think of this as a voluntary botnet (though do beware that your client can potentially be
made to do naughty things).

Note: It does NOT allow remote administration of your machine, or anything like that; it
is literally just control of loic itself.

If you want to start up in Hivemind mode, run something like this:
 LOIC.exe /hivemind irc.server.address
It will connect to irc://irc.server.adress:6667/loic

You can also specify a port and channel:
 LOIC.exe /hivemind irc.server.address 1234 #secret
It will connect to irc://irc.server.adress:1234/secret

In order to do Hivemind Hidden mode, run something like this:
 LOIC.exe /hidden /hivemind irc.server.address
It will connect to irc://irc.server.adress:6667/loic without any visible GUI.

Controlling LOIC from IRC

As an OP, Admin or Owner, set the channel topic or send a message like the following:
!lazor targetip=127.0.0.1 message=test_test port=80 method=tcp wait=false random=true

To start an attack, type:
!lazor start

Or just append "start" to the END of the topic:
!lazor targetip=127.0.0.1 message=test_test port=80 method=tcp wait=false random=true start

To reset loic's options back to its defaults:
!lazor default

To stop an attack:
!lazor stop
and be sure to remove "start" from the END of the topic, if it exists, too.

Download LOIC

- If you have any questions use the reply button below to ask.
- Dont forget to say thanks!

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5 Great Cloud Backup Tools & Services That Fully Support Linux
Source: http ://makeuseof.com/tag/5-great-cloud-backup-tools-and-services-that-fully-support-linux/

If you ask any power user for one good piece of advice that applies to any operating system, it would be to back up your files regularly. As much as technology can be helpful, it can also cause problems or even fail at the worst possible times. Therefore, it is important that you are able to identify different backup methods for your system.

With Linux, you have a good amount of reliable options at your disposal, but it may not be quite as obvious as with other platforms. Here are the top 5 cloud backup services or programs that I can recommend to fulfill your backup needs.

Dropbox

 

While it’s most commonly used to synchronize important files between documents, Dropbox can also double as a backup solution. There are a number of different advantages to using Dropbox, such as virtually no necessary setup and reliable up-time.  On the other side, you only get 2GB for free without performing any of the tasks needed to gain some extra free space, which may be a bit small for some people.

Of course, the option to buy more is always there, but you want to try to save every penny, right?

Skydrive

A competitor of Dropbox, Skydrive is actually another similar alternative. Dare I mention a Microsoft product for Linux users? Yes, because it works in a similar fashion as Dropbox, but brings you plenty of space. Long-time users of Skydrive may have even been able to keep their larger capacities before Microsoft downsized them a bit, and I’m sure those people want to take advantage of all the space that they have.

For Skydrive, the only downside is that there isn’t an application which supports the service. Instead, in order to do a cloud backup to Skydrive, you’ll need to be running Gnome 3.6 because functionality is built into the desktop environment via the Online Accounts feature, and that’s something that not everyone uses.

Bitcasa

 

Bitcasa is yet another service that is similar to the above two options, but there’s a slight twist — you have unlimited space. Therefore, if you have a lot of files that you have to back up and save, then Bitcasa is the way to go because you won’t have to run into the space limitations of Dropbox, Skydrive, and the like.

The only downsides to Bitcasa are that the unlimited space costs $10/month – you do get 10GB for free though. As a whole, the service is quite popular (although not as popular as Dropbox), and the number of Linux users is rather small as they’re currently offering an alpha client for Ubuntu.

Generally, privacy isn’t a major issue although one complaint arose that theoretically could affect any cloud service. I haven’t heard of any reliability issues either – I haven’t experienced any with my own use.

Déjà Dup

 

If you need a solution to which you can control where your backed up files end up, you should consider using Déjà Dup. It is a common back up solution found on most distributions which use the Gnome desktop environment, including Unity. Déjà Dup is more of a traditional backup solution because you can choose a number of different locations, such as a second hard drive, a remote server via numerous protocols, or your Ubuntu One drive if you’re using it on Ubuntu.

It also maintains a nice schedule of automatic backups that can also be encrypted, so you won’t have to worry about anyone getting access to your files without your permission. You could even combine Déjà Dup with Dropbox by sending all of your back-up containers to your Dropbox, which are then synchronized with the servers.

If you encrypt your containers, you shouldn’t have to worry about any privacy concerns that may arise, as they have in the past.

Crashplan

 

Another alternative to a solution which gives you more control is Crashplan. Although not quite as flexible (in my opinion) as Déjà Dup, it does accomplish the same job. You can either safely back up your files to their dedicated servers for a fee, or use a different computer in your Crashplan “network” to host your backed up files.

This is great if you have a home server, because Crashplan can be installed on all computers including the server, and then configuring the clients to use the server as the storage space for all the backups is really easy. It also doesn’t matter if your server is within your home network or on the other side of the world, it will automatically find the server and do the rest. Speeds, of course, will vary depending on the type of connection.

Conclusion

With these 5 possible solutions for Linux users, I’m sure you’ll find a way to safely, securely, and reliable back up all your important files so you always have them when you need them. As traditional backup solutions, I find the last two to be excellent, but some people may prefer to keep it as simple as possible with the top three. Whichever way you prefer it, you have choices that all work excellently.

How often do you back up your files? What do you use to do so? Any cloud backup tips you can share? Reply below and let us know!

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English / The 2013 Top 7 Best Linux Distributions for You
« on: May 31, 2013, 07:18:33 PM »
The 2013 Top 7 Best Linux Distributions for You

Back in 2010 Linux.com published a list of the year's top Linux distributions, and the popularity of the topic made it an instant annual tradition.

There have been several shifts and shakeups on the lists presented since then, of course, and -– as you'll soon see – this year's offering holds true to that pattern. In fact, I think it's safe to say that the past year has seen so much upheaval in the desktop world – particularly where desktop environments are concerned – that 2013's list could come as a surprise to some.

Let me hasten to note that the evaluations made here are nothing if not subjective. There also is no such thing as the “one best” Linux distro for anything; in fact, much of the beauty of Linux is its diversity and the fact that it can be tweaked and customized for virtually any taste or purpose. The one best Linux for you, in other words, is the flavor you choose for your purpose and preference and then tweak until it feels just right.

Still, I think some Linux flavors stand out these days as leaders for particular use cases. I'm going to diverge a bit from past lists here when it comes to those categories, however. Specifically, where past lists have included the category “Best Linux LiveCD,” I think that's become almost obsolete given not just the general shift to USBs -- some PCs don't even come with CD drives anymore, in fact -- but also the fact that most any Linux distro can be formatted into bootable form.

On the other hand, with the arrival of Steam for Linux, I think this year has brought the need for a new category: Best Linux for Gaming.

Read on, then, for a rundown of some of the best of what the Linux world has to offer.

Best Desktop Distribution

There are so many excellent contenders for desktop Linux this year that it's become a more difficult choice than ever – and that's really saying something.



Canonical's Ubuntu has made great strides in advancing Linux's visibility in the public eye, of course, while Linux Mint and Fedora are both also very strong choices. Regarding Ubuntu, however, a number of issues have come up over the past year or so, including the inclusion of online shopping results in searches – an addition Richard Stallman and the EFF have called “spyware.”

At the same time, the upheaval caused by the introduction of mobile-inspired desktops such as Unity and GNOME 3 continues unabated, spurring the launch of more classically minded new desktops such as MATE and Cinnamon along with brand-new distros.

For best desktop Linux distro, I have to go with Fuduntu, one of this new breed of up-and-comers. Originally based on Fedora but later forked, Fuduntu offers a classic GNOME 2 interface – developed for the desktop, not for mobile devices -- and generally seems to get everything right.

Besides delivering the classic desktop so many Linux users have made clear that they prefer, Fuduntu enjoys all the advantages of being a rolling release distribution, and its repository includes key packages such as Netflix and Steam. I've been using it for months now and haven't seen a single reason to switch.

Best Laptop Distribution

At the risk of sounding repetitive, I have to go with Fuduntu for best Linux distro as well. In fact, the distro is optimized for mobile computing on laptops and netbooks, including tools to help achieve maximum battery life when untethered. Users can see battery life improvements of 30 percent or more over other Linux distributions, the distro's developers say.

Such optimizations combined with this solid and classic distro make for a winner on portable devices as well.

Best Enterprise Desktop Linux

The enterprise is one context in which I have to agree with recent years' evaluations, and that includes the enterprise desktop.



While SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop is surely RHEL's primary competitor, I think Red Hat Enterprise Linux is the clear leader in this area, with just the right combination of security, interoperability, productivity applications and management features.

Best Enterprise Server Linux

It's a similar situation on the server. While there's no denying SUSE Linux Enterprise Server has its advantages, Red Hat is pushing ahead in exciting new ways. Particularly notable about Red Hat this year, for example, is its new focus on Big Data and the hybrid cloud, bringing a fresh new world of possibilities to its customers.

Best Security-Enhanced Distribution

Security, of course, is one of the areas in which Linux really stands out from its proprietary competitors, due not just to the nature of Linux itself but also to the availability of several security-focused Linux distributions.



Lightweight Portable Security is one relatively new contender that emerged back in 2011, and BackBox is another popular Ubuntu-based contender, but I still have to give my vote to BackTrack Linux, the heavyweight in this area whose penetration testing framework is used by the security community all over the world. Others surely have their advantages, but BackTrack is still the one to beat.

Best Multimedia Distribution

Ubuntu Studio has often been named the best distro for multimedia purposes in Linux.com's lists, but it's by no means the only contender. ZevenOS, for instance, is an interesting BeOS-flavored contender that came out with a major update last year.



For sheer power and nimble performance, though, this year's nod goes to Arch Linux. With an active community and thousands of software packages available in its repositories, Arch stays out of the way so your PC can focus on the CPU-intensive tasks at hand.

Best Gaming Distribution

Last but certainly not least is the gaming category, which surely represents one of the biggest developments in the Linux world over this past year. While it may not be relevant for enterprise audiences, gaming has long been held up as a key reason many users have stayed with Windows, so Valve's decision to bring its Steam gaming platform to Linux is nothing if not significant.



The Linux distro choice here? That would have to be Ubuntu, which is specifically promoted by the Valve team itself. “Best experienced on Ubuntu” reads the tag line that accompanied the Steam for Linux release last month, in fact. Bottom line: If you're into gaming, Ubuntu Linux is the way to go.

Have a different view on any of these categories? Please reply and share your thoughts.

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English / Microsoft 'U-turn' sees Start button back on Windows 8
« on: May 31, 2013, 05:34:40 PM »
Microsoft 'U-turn' sees Start button back on Windows 8
Microsoft has confirmed a Start button is returning to the desktop mode's taskbar of its Windows 8 operating system.


Microsoft has released screenshots confirming the return of a Start button to Windows 8

The lack of the facility - which had been in every previous version since Windows 95 - has been one of the most controversial aspects of the software.

However, it will not offer all the functionality previously associated with the feature.

Instead it will take users to the recently-introduced "Metro" interface.

"We've improved the way you navigate to Start with the mouse by changing the Start 'tip' to be the familiar Windows logo," the company said in a blog post.

"The new tip appears anytime you move the mouse to the bottom left corner of the screen, and is always visible on the taskbar when on the desktop."

On current versions of Windows 8, the start tip would only appear when users hovered their cursor over the lower-left corner of their screen.

In the 8.1 update, the area will be more visible.

A left-click on the tip will bring up a tile-based Start Screen - formerly known as the Metro interface - designed for touch-screen users.

A right-click will display a small menu of other options such as Event Viewer, Device Manager and Disk Management.

Another change will allow users to boot their computers directly into desktop mode, meaning they can avoid ever using the Start Screen if they wish.


The Windows 7 Start button triggered a menu with apps and other links

Many users had complained that ditching the traditional Start Menu and introducing the Start Screen had made the system less straight-forward to use, meaning businesses which adopted it would need to retrain staff.

'New Coke'

Microsoft had been stung by claims that the expected reintroduction of a Start button would mark a major U-turn.

An article in the Financial Times described the move as one of the "most prominent admissions of failure for a new mass-market consumer product since Coca-Cola's New Coke fiasco nearly 30 years ago" - making reference to the soft drinks company's decision to ditch a new recipe after overwhelming customer dissatisfaction.

Microsoft later issued a statement saying it was "unfortunate" the FT did not represent the "good response to date on Windows 8."

A preview download of Windows 8.1 will be released to the public in June, and a final version before the end of the year. Both will be free of charge to existing users.

'A fudge'

Chris Green, principal technology analyst for the Davies Murphy Group, told the BBC he did not think the change would be enough to silence the critics.

"What they're proposing to do is a bit of a fudge.

"It's the bare minimum to say they've addressed people's complaints while not having to really backtrack on anything."

He said Microsoft faced a challenge in being able to innovative with Windows while also keeping its vast user base comfortable.

"When new operating systems come along, same with major applications, everything moves around. People hate it because they have to re-learn from scratch."

Other changes that will appear to users running the update include:
  • Added customisation options, with more choice over colours and backgrounds on the Start Screen.
  • An improved search function that covers web content as well as apps, files and settings on the PC.
  • A new version of the firm's web browser - Internet Explorer 11 - which Microsoft said would offer improved tools for developers.

Source: http ://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22714048

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BIWIN Announces Business-Grade SSD Featuring 99% Lower Power Consumption
BIWIN, a global expert in developing and manufacturing Flash memory, is announcing the M5301, a new business-grade mSATA SSD.  Featuring “DEVSLP” mode, the full-sized mSATA M5301 is able to consume 99% less power when inactive.  This design meets the increasingly aggressive power and battery life needs of modern Ultrabooks and other compact mobile devices.


What is “DEVSLP”?  DEVSLP, or “device sleep” mode, enables hosts and devices to completely shut down the SATA interface when not needed, saving considerably more power versus current Slumber and Partial Slumber states that require the physical layer to remain powered.  DEVSLP helps enable a whole new generation of SATA-based mobile devices that are much more power-friendly.


The BIWIN M5301 is available in two series — a “standard” series and a “high-performance” series.  Both series utilize MLC synchronous Flash and the SATAIII (6 GB/s) interface.  The standard series comes in capacities of 24GB, 32GB, and 64GB.  Sequential reads/writes are stated as 480 MB/s and 90 MB/s, respectively.  The standard series consumes 1.4w active, 0.3w at idle, and a miserly .003w in DEVSLP mode.

The high-performance SERIES ADDS A 128GB version to the lineup.  This series is rated at 521 MB/s sequential reads and 281 MB/s sequential writes.  The high-performance series consumes 2.5w active, and the same 0.3w idle and .003w in DEVSLP mode.

The BIWIN M5301 has completed its sample testing stage and is now “ready for prime time”.  BIWIN will be showing the M5301 at Computex 2013 in Taiwan from June 4th through 8th.  BIWIN can be found in Taipei at booth J0218.


Source: http:// thessdreview.com/daily-news/latest-buzz/biwin-announces-business-grade-ssd-featuring-99-lower-power-consumption/

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English / League of Legends (LoL) - Free online game
« on: May 31, 2013, 04:33:15 PM »
League of Legends - Free online game
Are you bored and want to play an online free game? If you like RPG/Strategy MOBA games then a good choice for you is the game League of Legends.


League of Legends is a free-to-play RPG/strategy MOBA from Riot Games set in Valoran’s Field of Justice, a fantasy world with sci-fi elements. Players take the role of a Summoner, a spellcaster who summons Champion avatars to fight for you. Players may choose from over 75 Champions to fight in 3v3 and 5v5 battles, with more battle maps being developed. Customize both Summoner and Champion with their own skills, spells, runes, weapons, and equipment. As Champions fight more and level up, new skills and abilities are unlocked, making them stronger in battle. An item shop is available, selling non-gameplay enhancing items. League of Legends is free, but there is also a Collector’s Edition available for $29.99.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQ1He_77CCw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQ1He_77CCw</a>

"League of Legends – the most-played PC game of 2012. LoL is an incredibly addictive multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game. Gameplay consists of choosing a hero unit, joining a team, and fighting it out with other teams and their troops like in the popular Warcraft III mod Defense of the Ancients (DotA)." Source: http:// topfreemmorpg.net/top-free-mmorpg-games-list-2013/

If you want to play this fantastic game, sign-up and download it here: https://signup.leagueoflegends.com/en/signup/index

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English / TeamViewer Software
« on: May 29, 2013, 02:51:48 PM »
TeamViewer Software
TeamViewer is a proprietary computer software package for remote control, desktop sharing, online meetings, web conferencing and file transfer between computers. The software operates with the Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, iOS, Android and Windows RT operating systems. It is possible to access a machine running TeamViewer with a web browser. While the main focus of the application is remote control of computers, collaboration and presentation features are included.


If you have any problems with your computer you can ask a friend or a computer IT to help you out through this software. There is no need to bring them there. All you have to do, is to download the TeamViewer, open it and let the experts do their job! You can also use this software for your online meetings.
TeamViewer is free to use. Even though, you can buy it to use more features.

Choose your platform and Download TeamViewer here:
TeamViewer full version - Windows
TeamViewer full version - Mac
TeamViewer full version - Linux
TeamViewer app - Mobile


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