Opera Mini 6 Released

I’ve been using Opera Mini mobile browser since 2006. I first used the version 3.x on my Nokia 6230 using WAP connection. At the time, with such a slow internet connection provided through WAP, Opera Mini constituted a big difference from the default Nokia browser. The Opera Mini never stopped to please by updating to release 4.0 then changing my phone twice to use version 5 on my Nokia E71. The version 5 was fast with tabbed browsing. I loved it and it made my life really easier with the ability to open a link in new tab. Continue reading Opera Mini 6 Released

Would Facebook Allow Users to Post Ads in their Profiles?

Facebook AdsenseI was wondering if Facebook might one day allow its users to earn money for displaying ads to visitors of their profile pages. The user that wishes can display ads inside his profile page under his profile picture per example. The Ad can also be displayed in the photo gallery on top of the comments text area. I think this will increase the number of publishers which makes it more profitable for Facebook and some users will benefit and get money from “clicks” performed on ads displayed inside their profiles.

Web 2.0 & Web 3.0

web2to3You started to hear about Web 3.0 but still don’t know what is it about? You still don’t know what is exactly the Web 2.0? In this article I am going to introduce both web 2 and web 3.

Web 2.0

The term web 2.0 consists of giving site visitors the ability to make changes to the web pages, linking people to other users, providing fast and efficient ways to share content and expanding access to the internet beyond the computer. A Web 2.0 site gives its user the choice to interact and collaborate in a virtual community. Examples of Web 2.0 include social networking sites like facebook and myspace, blogs, wikis, video-sharing sites like youtube and other web applications.

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Portable Applications

PortableAppsPortable applications are applications that can be ran on USB flash disk without the need to install them on your PC. Generally the data is stored with those applications on the USB flash disk and your data is accessible on any PC without the need of any software installation. This kind of applications will help you also keep your Notebook at home. You will carry with you the web browser with your favorite bookmarks, your calendar with all your appointments and your mail client with all your received emails. There are portable applications for lots of software categories.

There are many software suites but I am going to write about PortableApps.com a free and open source portable apps platform.

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Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla FirefoxMozilla Firefox is an Open Source free Internet Browser. It is the second most used Web Browser according to NetApplications. It was released in 2004 by the Mozilla Corporation. It is a very rich and secure web browser and its engine (Gecko) implements most current web browsers.

Firefox includes tabbed browsing, spell checking, incremental find, live bookmarking, download manager, private browsing, location-aware browsing and many other features.

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EyeOS WebTop

EyeOs is an open source web desktop following the cloud computing concept. It is mainly written in PHP, XML, and Javascript. It acts as a platform for web applications written using the eyeos Toolkit. It includes a Desktop environment with 67 applications and system utilities. It is accessible by portable devices via its mobile front end. eyeos lets you upload your files and work with them no matter where you are. It contains applications like Word Processor, Address Book, PDF reader, and many more developed by the community.

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Web Applications Security

Securing Computers and Web applications
Securing Computers and Web applications

The Internet is filled with people trying to make a name for themselves by breaking your code, crashing your site, posting inappropriate content, and otherwise making your day interesting. It doesn’t matter if you have a small or large site; you are a target by simply being online, by having a server that can be connected to. Many cracking programs do not discern by size, they simply trawl massive IP blocks looking for victims. Try not to become one.
When on a shared host, security simply isn’t going to be as strong as when on a dedicated host. This is one of the tradeoffs for the inexpensive fee. Shared hosting environments perhaps ought to be considered from the security mindset in the same fashion as a compromised system (that which has or may have been already cracked into).
In order to secure our web applications I read some resources in order to identify different types of vulnerabilities and what are the measures that should be taken to protect our applications. In the first part I will talk about vulnerabilities and measures that should be taken for protection. In the second part you will find a checklist to be used when developing any application. In the appendixes you will find examples about filtering, validations and other security related issues.

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What is Open Source?

Open source is a development methodology, which offers practical accessibility to a product’s source (goods and knowledge). The term open source gained popularity with the rise of the Internet, which provided access to diverse production models, communication paths, and interactive communities.

Open source is a development method for software that harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency of process. The promise of open source is better quality, higher reliability, more flexibility, lower cost, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in.

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