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Cyber Crime Cell has issued a statement which says that College Students are allegedly using Orkut and other social Networks

to target people they don’t like and indulging in character assassination.

Times of India covers the complete article.(ReadMore)

Highlights from the Article

Cyber Crime Cell – college students are allegedly using sites like Orkut, Facebook and MySpace to target people they don’t like by creating fake profiles, posting abuses, obscene pictures of their friends or giving out personal detail like telephone numbers, addresses and e-mail ids. In other words, character assassination.

Police – More often than not, the perpetrator is a boy who wants to get back at a girl who has spurned his affections.

Cyber Crime Cell – We get at least one case a month from a popular networking site who’s privacy levels are known to be a little lax.


> The IP addresses will enable the Cell to track down people who have posted messages and book them if the need arises, police officials said.


Thanks to indiatimes and orkut+

Google Earth 5 Plus the Ocean & Mars

February 27, 2009 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Google Earth 5, the latest version of Google’s 3D geo-browser, brings an important feature from the discontinued Google Earth Plus, which used to cost $20/year. You can now read tracks and waypoints from a GPS device like Magellan and Garmin and you can import GPS files in GPX and LOC format.

Another interesting new feature is the ability to visualize geographical changes over time. Google Earth shows historical imagery that goes back to the 40s in some places like San Francisco.

If you find an interesting way to visualize a location, there’s a new “record a tour” option that saves the places you visit in Google Earth and lets you replay the tour. Unfortunately, you can’t export a tour in a video format using the free version of Google Earth, but the good news is that you can record a voice commentary.

Google Earth is no longer just about the Earth and stars, now you can use it to view imagery and terrain of Mars by clicking on the planet icon.
While all these additions useful, you’ll most likely download Google Earth 5 to explore the ocean. “Dive beneath the surface and visit the deepest part of the ocean, the Mariana Trench. Explore the ocean with top marine experts including National Geographic and BBC. Learn about ocean observations, climate change, and endangered species. Discover new places including surf, dive, and travel hot spots and shipwrecks.”

Google Earth 5 for Windows, Linux and Mac can be downloaded from earth.google.com. The Windows version is not download directly: you first install Google Update, which downloads the setup and then installs the application. For those who can’t use Google Update, here’s a direct link to the Windows client.

Tip: Before installing Google Earth, read the user guide.

Have you ever thought of staying online on Instant Messengers eventhough you are at class or out of pc ? surly your answer comes to yes .So www.answer.im had done the job for you to stay online almost 24 hours a day, but cannot do so because of time constraint, then Answer.Im is in your rescue. It will set your status as ‘online’ for 24 hours a day (of course if you want) and will reply to all your instant messages with a customized answer that you will set by logging into answer.im with your Gtalk/ Yahoo/ MSN/ ICQ messenger login details.

Follow these steps to set your automated reply that your friends get when they ping you.

Setting automated replies:

  1. Log into Answer.im with your instant messenger login details
  2. Choose your status as busy or available and set your reply message on the form below it.

  1. After setting your reply message, just save the changes and exit the application.
  2. If ever you need to cancel the automated reply service, then login to answer.im and set your status as offline.
    It will set back your status as offline.

– ThaX to be with us , keep updated always ;-)

Here are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies. Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency tool for survival. Check out the things that you can do with it:

Emergency
The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112. If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile; network and there is an emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. Try it out.

Have you locked your keys in the car?
Does your car have remote keyless entry? This may come in handy someday. Good reason to own a cell phone: If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their mobile phone from your cell phone.
Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car will unlock. Saves someone from having to drive your keys to you. Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone who has the other ‘remote’ for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk).
Note: It didn’t work fine! I tried it out and it did not unlock my car!

Hidden Battery Power
Imagine your mobile battery is very low. To activate, press the keys *3370# Your mobile will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your mobile next time.
Note: This too didn’t work fine!

How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone?
To check your Mobile phone’s serial number, key in the following digits on your phone * # 0 6 #
A 15 digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it somewhere safe. When your phone get stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless. You probably won’t get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can’t use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.

How SMS Works ?

February 22, 2009 | Mobile Center | No Comments

BTS – Base Transceiver Station (Antenna)
BSC – Base Station Controller
MSC – Mobile Switching center
HLR- Home Location Register
VLR – Visitor Location Register
SMSC – Short Message Service Center

When a user sends an SMS, the request is placed via the MSC. The MSC forwards the SMS to the SMSC where it gets stored. The SMSC queries the HLR to find out where the destination mobile is and forwards the message to the destination MSC if the destination mobile is available. If the mobile is not available the message gets stored in the current SMSC itself. In most installations If a mobile is not available for SMS delivery the SMSC will not retry. Instead the destination MSC will inform the SMSC when the mobile comes back in range.SMS handling is a store and forward operation unlike USSD.

SMS has got a validity period, for which it will wait for the destination mobile to the available. After that time the SMSC will delete the message. The validity period can be set by the user. Normal validity is 1 day.

Article idea:http://www.kenneyjacob.com/2007/06/19/how-sms-works/

3-Player Chess~~~~interesting!!!

February 22, 2009 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Recently I came across this fascinating version of chess(passed on to me by my friend Karthikeyan). I didn’t have an opportunity to play it. You need a different chess board to play it, but the concept itself is beautiful!3-way chess is a chessboard on which three people can play. The same rules apply except for some slight variation on moves made through the center of the board.

The regular chess rules are used, although the shape of the board is obviously different.

General rules:

1. The players take turns clockwise. The right of the first move is determined randomly.
2. The player who makes first check-mate wins.
3. The pawns move straight forward. Accordingly half of the pawns goes to the right, and the other half goes to the left.
The main characteristic of the game: if two players don’t like the third, he is doomed.
The funny part of the game: the two players must compete for the privilege to check-mate the third.
I still prefer the 2 player chess which I am familiar with!

Be CareFUll !!

February 22, 2009 | OrKuT ICU | No Comments

Latest survey undertaken by Career Builder shows that over 20% of employers in the U.S. use social networking sites to help hire potential future employees.

According to Carrier Builder Study, hiring managers they spoke to used popular social networking sites like orkut, facebook to check up on future potential employees.

Interestingly, these managers frequently drop the potential employees from their list because of what they saw on their profiles.

So don’t create a chill out orkut profile next time. Be sober and classy. Who know’s, your future Boss may be spying on your habits already :P


The next time you get the message :“Orkut is banned you fool, The administrators didnt write this program guess who did?? MUHAHAHA!!” don’t panic. Remove it by using the steps I mention in this article

Instructions

Step1

MUHAHAHA!! is a W32.USBWorm virus which displays such messages while opening Orkut and Youtube.The very first step: Open the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del and go to processes tab .

Step2

Locate svchost.exe under the image name. There will be many processes by that name but look for the ones which have your username under the username.

Step3

Just kill these processes by pressing Del key.Only kill those which have your username under the username and leave the rest

Step4

Open the run command and type C:heap41a and press enter. This is a hidden folder. Delete all the contents of this folder.

Step5

Open the registry by typing regedit in the run box.
Search for heap41a in the registry by using the find command

Step6

You will get something like this “[winlogon] C:heap41asvchost.exe C:heap(some number)std.txt“. Just delete the entries by pressing the del key.

Step7

Close the registry editor. Now the virus will be gone.

Yahoo Messenger Virus

February 16, 2009 | Internet Cafe, Pc Tricks | No Comments

There is a very bad virus attack on Yahoo Messenger where it will take control of your messenger and without your knowledge sends some messages with a website links which contains the virus, to your friends list, remind you without YOUR KNOWLEDGE so be careful, try to do the following things to remove if your are effected.

Start Menu >> Run

REG add HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem /v DisableRegistryTools /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

copy & paste in run & press enter

REG add HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

copy & paste in run & press enter

& delete the files svhost32.exe from ur comp & temp folder after killing the process