Archive for October, 2006

World’s Largest Digital Image

Probably the largest digital image (8.6 Gigapixel) in the World is located here. It is a composite photo of the “Parete Gaudenziana,” a fresco painted by Gaudenzio Ferrari, dated 1513. This fresco is in the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, in the convent of Varallo Sesia, diocese of Novara and Province of Vercelli, Italy. The site uses Flash to let you explore the fresco over a zoom range of more than 180 to 1. The photo is made up of 1145 images, each 12.2 Mpixel and 16 bits per color channel.


October 30, 2006 at 8:04 am 2 comments

MySpace Compromised by Phishers

Netcraft has discovered that the social networking site, MySpace, appears to have been compromised by phishers who have presented a spoof login form on the main site. This modified login form is designed to submit the victim’s username and password to a remote server hosted in France.

Netcraft has notified MySpace of the issue, although it currently remains live. Because the fraudulent login page is hosted on MySpace’s own servers and does not exhibit any signs of external content, such as cross-site scripting (XSS) or open redirects, it is convincing and even security-conscious users are at risk of becoming victims. The attack is launched from a profile page, where the username is login_home_index_html, and uses specially-crafted HTML in order to hide the genuine MySpace content from the page and instead display its own login form.

October 30, 2006 at 1:56 am Leave a comment

2M Firefox2 Downloads in 1 day

Firefox 2.0 has had over two million downloads in 24 hours with a peak rate of over 30 downloads a second. This means Firefox is well on track to beat IE7’s three million in four days. Of course stats don’t equal users but it’s interesting to see that the demand for Firefox is currently outstripping IE.

by linuxci!

History has proven open-source enthusiasts pray over the mozilla browser for about 4weeks of incremental downloads while in contrast to ie users, they just come along at random and mostly on automatic updates without them knowing anything about it. Guess!

October 29, 2006 at 2:14 am 1 comment

The 10 Dirtiest jobs in Science

Manure Inspector

What they do: Wade through farming manure, inspecting different kinds of animal waste to make sure it is free from contaminants. By checking the manure, these scientists make sure that the harmful materials do not spread to infect vegetation, animals or consumers.

Orangutan-Pee Collector

What they do: Collect and analyze ape urine to study factors that effect their reproduction. The work involves tracking down apes and laying down large plastic sheets or attaching plastic bags to poles in hopes of catching adequate samples to analyze.

Hot-zone Superintendent

What they do: Perform maintenance work for bio-safety labs that study lethal airborne pathogens, for which there is no known cure. Their work enables scientists to study the nature of disease-causing organisms, such as anthrax.

Extremophile Excavator

What they do: Sift through the smelly fumes of arsenic-saturated mud areas in blistering heat in order to gather samples containing arsenic-eating extremophiles. The purpose is to find microbes that could possibly assist in the decontamination of the nation’s freshwater sources.

Dysentery Stool Sample Analyzer

What they do: Study stool samples from diseased humans who have experienced diarrhea from a disease-causing microbe. The analysis allows these scientists to develop intestinal diagnostics to ease those suffering from the disease.

Semen Washer

What they do: Take semen samples under microscopic observation to study their sperm count, then spin, separate, add preservatives and freeze the samples for in vitro fertilization.


What they do: Monitor volcanic regions to determine when they’ll erupt next. In addition to dodging hot magma, these scientists mountain climb their way through the heat and fight their way through fogs of sulfur dioxide gas, ash, rocks and debris.

Carcass Cleaner

What they do: Clean corpses for display using one of a variety of cleaning methods. This may include immersing the body in boiling chemicals, placing maggots or beetles on the carcass, or picking off the leftover flesh.

Fistula Feeder

What they do: Study how the insides of cattle work. To do this, they deplug the fistula, an opening to the bovine intestinal system, and take samples from the forestomach to test their digestion and reaction to food additives.

Corpse-Flower Grower

What they do: Grow and tend to a towering, foul-smelling plant called the corpse flower. Similar to the way pleasant-smelling flowers attract honeybees, the corpse flower attracts its own bugs, Sumatran carrion beetles and flesh flies. These scientists are competing to grow the largest blooming plant in cultivation.


October 28, 2006 at 2:01 am Leave a comment

IE sent Cake to Firefox2.0 team

Here’s the cake.
Microsoft Cake for the Firefox release

How come the logo ain’t blue?

Cake wasn’t poisoned though. Cheers!

Congratulations to the teams.

October 27, 2006 at 3:18 am 1 comment

Ubuntu 6.10 is OUT!

As an enthusiast and an advocate, im echoing the hotcake! Ubuntu 6.10, code named Edgy Eft, has been released with many exciting new features.

New features

New Startup Screen


GNOME 2.16

Ubuntu 6.10 comes with the latest GNOME release, GNOME 2.16. After Dapper a large amount of bugfixes and feature additions went into Gnome. Release 2.16 is the culmination of all the hard work that has gone into Gnome to make it more secure, faster and stable. Many applications also have been updated or added.


It is a wikiwiki world out there and now your desktop does not have to be left behind. Beta comes with Tomboy pre-installed, allowing easy note taking and linking.


With Ubuntu 6.10 comes a replacement of gthumb, the photo manager, in the form of the new mono application, F-spot. F-spot allows easy tagging, editing and uploading to various online photo websites, including Flickr.


New Evolution 2.8.0, included in Gnome 2.16, new features include vertical message panes:

Firefox 2.0

Fitting the theme of Edgy’s new apps, Firefox 2 is included. New features in 2.0 include inline spell check support in web forms, restore session that crashed, built in phishing detectors, enhanced search engine management with built in OpenSearch support, improved tab support with undo close tab support, better support for previewing and subscribing to web feeds, and much more.

OpenOffice 2.0.4 2.0.4 is also included. This is mostly a security and bugfix release, dealing with specific issues regarding sandboxing of Java applets and macros.

Gaim 2.0 beta 3.1

Gaim 2.0 beta 3.1 is a large leap forward, including a great many tweaks to the UI, Yahoo Doodles, ICQ file transfer, SIP support and much more.


Replacing the venerable Gnopernicus is the new Orca, a scriptable screenreader for the GNOME desktop, further enhancing accessibility features in Ubuntu. Expect some great things from this in the coming months and years. Best of all, it is written in Ubuntu’s favourite language, Python.

New Theme

The new Edgy Theme brings together the best of the art team: a new login page, new desktop wallpaper, and new sounds.

Firefox has a new theme, called ‘Tangerine’, which allows it to blend better with the rest of Ubuntu’s look.

Rounded window borders

With Ubuntu 6.10, we’ve enabled rounded window borders for all corners of the window.

for further details, referenced:

October 26, 2006 at 3:38 pm Leave a comment

Firefox 2.0 is out!

  • Visual Refresh: Firefox 2’s theme and user interface have been updated to improve usability without altering the familiarity of the browsing experience.
  • Built-in phishing protection: Phishing Protection warns users when they encounter suspected Web forgeries, and offers to return the user to their home page. Phishing Protection is turned on by default, and works by checking sites against either a local or online list of known phishing sites. This list is automatically downloaded and regularly updated when the Phishing Protection feature is enabled.
  • Enhanced search capabilities: Search term suggestions will now appear as users type in the integrated search box when using the Google, Yahoo! or search engines. A new search engine manager makes it easier to add, remove and re-order search engines, and users will be alerted when Firefox encounters a website that offers new search engines that the user may wish to install.
  • Improved tabbed browsing: By default, Firefox will open links in new tabs instead of new windows, and each tab will now have a close tab button. Power users who open more tabs than can fit in a single window will see arrows on the left and right side of the tab strip that let them scroll back and forth between their tabs. The History menu will keep a list of recently closed tabs, and a shortcut lets users quickly re-open an accidentally closed tab.
  • Resuming your browsing session: The Session Restore feature restores windows, tabs, text typed in forms, and in-progress downloads from the last user session. It will be activated automatically when installing an application update or extension, and users will be asked if they want to resume their previous session after a system crash.
  • Previewing and subscribing to Web feeds: Users can decide how to handle Web feeds (like this one), either subscribing to them via a Web service or in a standalone RSS reader, or adding them as Live Bookmarks. My Yahoo!, Bloglines and Google Reader come pre-loaded as Web service options, but users can add any Web service that handles RSS feeds.
  • Inline spell checking: A new built-in spell checker enables users to quickly check the spelling of text entered into Web forms (like this one) without having to use a separate application.
  • Live Titles: When a website offers a microsummary (a regularly updated summary of the most important information on a Web page), users can create a bookmark with a “Live Title”. Compact enough to fit in the space available to a bookmark label, they provide more useful information about pages than static page titles, and are regularly updated with the latest information. There are several websites that can be bookmarked with Live Titles, and even more add-ons to generate Live Titles for other popular websites.
  • Improved Add-ons manager: The new Add-ons manager improves the user interface for managing extensions and themes, combining them both in a single tool.
  • JavaScript 1.7: JavaScript 1.7 is a language update introducing several new features such as generators, iterators, array comprehensions, let expressions, and destructuring assignments. It also includes all the features of JavaScript 1.6.
  • Extended search plugin format: The Firefox search engine format now supports search engine plugins written in Sherlock and OpenSearch formats and allows search engines to provide search term suggestions.
  • Updates to the extension system: The extension system has been updated to provide enhanced security and to allow for easier localization of extensions.
  • Client-side session and persistent storage: New support for storing structured data on the client side, to enable better handling of online transactions and improved performance when dealing with large amounts of data, such as documents and mailboxes. This is based on the WHATWG specification for client-side session and persistent storage.
  • SVG text: Support for the svg:textpath specification enables SVG text to follow a curve or shape.
  • New Windows installer: Based on Nullsoft Scriptable Install System, the new Windows installer resolves many long-standing issues.

Download at! We are using it, loving it.

October 26, 2006 at 2:44 pm Leave a comment

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