More Than 35 Pakistani Government Websites Hacked By “Indian Cyber Army”

This is really scary !

Hindustan Times is reporting that more than 35 Pakistani government websites were hacked by a group calling itself “Indian Cyber Army”. The hackers were able to gain root access to the Government website’s servers and posted the message ” Hacked by Indian Cyber Army”.

The message was accompanied by a digitally mimicked photograph of US soldiers raising a flag on a Japanese Island during World War II, the American flag was transformed into the Indian flag with a little help of Photoshop (could be ).

An Official spokesperson from the Pakistani government said that the Government took down the hacked websites and everything was restored by the afternoon. What remains a concern is that Pakistan’s main anti corruption website – National Accountability Bureau was one of the sites that were hacked.

Pro Pakistan, a Pakistani blog on current affairs was able to save the screenshot of the image that was posted on the hacked government sites.

Just beside the above image, you can spot a web address – www.indishell.in (Don’t rush opening the link yet, might not be safe). The website (Indishell.in) contains thumbnails of Officers and Jawans who died in the recent Mumbai terrorist attacks (2008), accompanied by a few Bollywood numbers that invoke patriotism.

Details pertaining to the group behind the attack are not clear and neither there were any official declarations available at the time of writing this article. We will keep you updated as we get more information on the above subject.

Ge.tt: A Real Time File Sharing Service

There are quite a good number of free file sharing websites available on the web, most of them do not require users to create an account . You can simply open the homepage of the file sharing website, upload a file, grab the link and share it with anyone.

The problem with majority of file sharing services is that you have to wait for the uploads to finish. You are not given the shareable download link, until the file has finished uploading. There are two main disadvantages of this approach.

The first annoyance is when your browser crashes suddenly, while you are uploading a file. Imagine this – you are uploading a 50 MB file on a free file sharing website and the uploads crash at 80 %. You have to start the upload procedure all over again.

The second disadvantage is time dependency, you can’t share the download link of the file while it’s uploading and have to wait for the uploads to finish.

That’s when Ge.tt saves the day !

Ge.tt takes a different approach, the site provides the download link immediately after you have selected the file(s) to be uploaded. Head over to the Ge.tt homepage, select the files to upload and grab the shareable download link. No sign-ups or registrations are required.

There are three handy options available on the upload page – share on Twitter, share on Facebook or share via email. Just click the corresponding link and the download link is shared on your social profile. Handy !

All files that are shared using Ge.tt expire in 30 days, by default. By creating a free account, you get some added features e.g real-time statistics telling exactly how many users have downloaded your file, more expiry days and so on.

Ge.tt works directly from your browser – no Flash, JavaScript applets, absolutely nothing to install. Do give Ge.tt a try and let us know your ideas in the comments section. [ via ]

A Guide to Using Symbolic Links With Dropbox

Dropbox, one of the best file sync tools for Windows, Linux and MAC computers does not provide the ability to sync any file or folder outside the “My Dropbox” folder. While you can always choose a custom location for the “My Dropbox” folder, it would have been better if Dropbox could sync any folder placed anywhere on your computer’s hard drive.

Let’s say you have chosen “F:\My Dropbox” as the installation path of your “My Dropbox” folder. You have a bunch of documents and videos stored in the D drive, which you want to sync with your Dropbox account.

In such situations, you have to copy all the files from the D drive and paste it in the My Dropbox folder e.g “F:\My Dropbox\Videos”.

Symbolic Links and Dropbox

As a workaround, you can use the concept of symbolic links to sync any file or folder with your Dropbox account.

A symbolic link is a special type of file that contains a reference to another file or directory in the form of an absolute or relative path. A symbolic link merely contains a text string that is interpreted and followed by the operating system as a path to another file or directory.

Here are the step by step instructions to use Symbolic links With Dropbox:

1. Click the Start menu, type “cmd” in the search box and run it as administrator.


2. In the command prompt window, enter the following command:

MKLINK /D path_to_your_my_dropbox_folderpath_to_folder_to_be_synched

Example:   If your “My Dropbox” folder is located in C:\My Documents\My Dropbox and you want to sync D:\Videos with your Dropbox account, you have to enter the following command:

MKLINK /D C:\MyDocuments\MyDropbox\videosD:\videos

3. Hit the return key and a symbolic link of the chosen folder will be created within your “My Dropbox” folder. You can navigate to your My Dropbox folder and see whether the symbolic link has been created or not.

All set, now run the Dropbox client and it will sync files and folders as it normally does. All the files and folders stored in the custom folder will get synced with your Dropbox account via symbolic links.

Note: Deleting the symbolic link from your “My Dropbox” folder will not delete the actual files and folders that are contained in the actual folder. You can add as many symbolic links as you want, there are no restrictions as such.

Overall, this is one of the best ways to sync any file or folder with your Dropbox account. Let us know your thoughts and ideas in the comments section.

How to Disable Instant Previews On Google Search Results

Google Instant previews, which was rolled out the earlier week allows users to previews websites on search result pages. With Instant previews, users are able to see a graphical overview of a search result which highlights the most relevant sections related to the search terms.

If you haven’t noticed the instant preview of search results on Google.com, here is an example:

This feature is useful but can be distracting at times. You hover the cursor over any link and an overlay window starts loading the screenshot of the webpage automatically.If you ask me, I have three words – “Unnecessary UI Clutter”

If you are like me who prefers simpler things and want a minimalist search interface, you may want to turn off instant previews on Google search result pages.

Though Google doesn’t provide any option to disable Instant previews yet, like they do for Google Instant search but you can use a Greasemonkey script for Firefox and Google Chrome and say good bye to Google Instant previews forever.

Firefox users can use this userscript, provided they have the Greasemonkey add-on installed already. Google Chrome users can install the userscript directly because Chrome supports userscripts by default.

Once the script is in place, you will notice a new link named “Disable Instant previews” on the right side of search result pages. Click that link and the thumbnails won’t appear, as long as you are on the same browser tab.

I tested the script in Google Chrome and it worked just as fine. The only downside is that when you open a new tab or restart the browser, you have to click the “Disable Instant previews” link again. Hope Google soon comes up with something in Google account preferences so that users who don’t want to use the Instant previews feature can turn it off permanently.

Script Source: Varun’s Scratchpad

Dropbox’s Experimental Build Allows Pausing File Uploads And Define Custom Upload Download Speeds

Dropbox does not have a functionality to pause the file sync activity, you start the Dropbox desktop client and the application starts indexing everything stored in your computer’s “My Dropbox” folder.

The app then maps all the files with your Dropbox account and then starts the sync procedure as usual.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could pause the file sync activity of Dropbox for a while? May be you are currently working on a document stored in your “My Dropbox” folder and Dropbox won’t upload the latest version of the document, since it’s in use by the Word processor program.

Thankfully, the developers have released a newer experimental release of Dropbox (0.8.112) which allows you to pause Dropbox sync activity, with the touch of a button.

There is no need to close the Dropbox client from Windows system tray, simply right click the Dropbox icon and choose “Pause Syncing” or “Resume Syncing”.

Another feature worth noting is that now you can define an upload as well as download rate from Dropbox > Preferences, quite similar to Torrent clients like utorrent.


This is useful when you want to define a custom upload or download rate for file uploads or downloads from your Dropbox account. Might be useful, if your internet connection is pathetically slow and fluctuates every other minute. If the file sync activity is slowing down web surfing, video chatting and other online activities – you can pause the uploads for some time.

I tested the experimental build on my Windows7 PC and there were no problems as such. Give it a try !

Download The Experimental Build

You can download the Dropbox experimental build (0.8.112) from the following links:

Windows: http://dl-web.dropbox.com/u/17/Dropbox%200.8.112.exe
Mac OS X: http://dl-web.dropbox.com/u/17/Dropbox%200.8.112.dmg
Linux x86_64: http://dl-web.dropbox.com/u/17/dropbox-lnx.x86_64-0.8.112.tar.gz
Linux x86: http://dl-web.dropbox.com/u/17/dropbox-lnx.x86-0.8.112.tar.gz

If clicking the links does not work, copy paste the links in your browser address bar and hit enter.

Source: Snaphow via Dropbox Forums

Google Docs Adds Version History, Cloud Printing Coming Soon

Some good news for folks using Google Docs as their primary word processor tool.

Google Docs has added a version history feature which lets you upload new versions of the same file to your Google Docs account. Earlier, uploading the same document to your Google Docs account would create a new copy of the document while the older version still remained in your Google docs account.

Managing Version History of Google Docs Documents

Selecting the “Add or manage versions” on any document will open a small popup box where you can choose to upload newer versions of the same file, download a previous version or delete older versions. If you choose to upload the same document, the previous versions will be automatically deleted (no copy is created).

Google Docs Document Versions
Adding Menus in Google Sites And More Sharing Options

A few more features have been added to Google sites as well. Google sites now lets users add drop down menus in a horizontal navigation bar, as seen in the following screenshot:

Google Sites Horizontal Navigation
To add horizontal navigation menus to any Google site you own, click the “More Actions” dropdown and select “Site layout” from the left sidebar. Then drag and drop a navigation element to the header of your Google site.

Sharing features have also been unified across Google docs and Google sites, now you can choose to share a Google site in any one of the following visibility modes:

  • Public – Anyone can view your Google site and the content is accessible to the search engines.
  • Anyone with a link –   Only people with an invitation can view your Google site.
  • Private.

Upcoming: Cloud Printing in Google Docs

Alex Chitu who writes the Google Operating system blog has spotted a unique feature in the source code of a Google docs document. The source code includes a line which says:

Coming soon: Third party applications, cloud printers, and sync devices


Google cloud print is an upcoming project (currently in labs) whose goal is to build a printing experience that enables any app on any device to print to any printer anywhere in the world. Web or desktop applications no longer have to rely on the local operating system to print a document. You would be able to submit a print job using Google’s cloud print service, which will send the print job to an appropriate printer with particular selected options. Here is a diagrammatic view of how Google’s cloud print service is expected to work :

Googlecloud Print service

The cloud print service will be accessible to any type of application which includes web apps like Gmail, desktop tools or an Android/iphone app. We will have to wait for the Google cloud print service to go live, may be till the release of Chrome OS.

One more thing to note is the “sync devices” word in the source code above. Does it mean that in near future, you might be able to sync Google docs documents across multiple Google accounts?

Now Use Your Google Account To Signup For Flickr

Wait … what? I thought Flickr is a product by Yahoo?

The fact is that it still is and will continue to be so, but the good news is that today Flickr has embraced OpenID.   The photo sharing website now supports creating a new Flickr account using an existing Google account. Earlier today, they added a contact importer and now the Google account integration has been rolled out.

When you hit the “Create Your Account” link at the Flickr homepage, you will see a new option to sign up for Flickr using a Google account.

Clicking the “Google” button on the Flickr sign up page will open a small pop up window, simply sign in with your existing Google account and grant all the required permissions to Yahoo.


Hit the “Allow” button and you will be asked to choose a Flickr username and create your brand new Flickr account. There is no need to remember another password and sign up for a new Yahoo email ID,   just because you want a Flickr presence.

This is good news, both for users and Yahoo. On the user’s part, this is good because they need not essentially have a Yahoo ID in order to use Flickr. On Yahoo’s part, this will surely boost the audience and user base – lot’s of users will sign up for Flickr with their Google account because the entire step requires less than 5 minutes ( and no Yahoo ID !)

Existing Flickr users can still sign in with their Yahoo accounts as earlier, but the Flickr team is rolling out a new feature which will make signing in a lot more easier.You can now sign-in to your account without having to leave the page you were on, making it easier to post comments, favorite a photo or add someone as a new contact.

According to the Flickr blog, Google is their first partner while more email providers may be added soon.

Flickr Adds New Features, Lets You Import Contacts From Facebook, Gmail And More

Flickr, the photo sharing website by Yahoo has added some new features which allows you to import your Facebook, Gmail and Hotmail contacts in your Flickr account. Taking a hint from Twitter, Flickr also suggests users whom you may know.

To import existing contacts from Facebook, Hotmail and Gmail, go to the contact importer page and grant the required permissions.

This will load your existing Facebook friends who have a Flickr account and you can add them to your Flickr contact list one by one. The same procedure works with Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail contacts.

Once you have imported all the contacts, you will start seeing suggestions and people whom you may know. Contacts can be further categorized into different groups e.g Family, Friends and the friend suggestions are similar to that found in Facebook. You can dismiss a friend suggestion and Flickr will load a new Flickr profile, whom you may know.

There is another link called “Photos of Your Contacts” which shows the recent uploads by friends and people present in your contact list. You may further fine tune the page to see recent photos from different groups e.g friends, family members, co workers and so on.

If you are concerned regarding the privacy of your Flickr profile and do not want to be found in profile searches, head over to the privacy settings page and select the desired checkboxes. There are three settings which you can toggle:

  1. Hide or unhide your photos from site wide searches
  2. Hide your photos from searches on third party sites that uses the Flickr API
  3. Hide your profile from site wide searches and third party sites that uses the Flickr API

Hiding your profile like this will hide it from Flickr people searches, suggested contacts, from the find your friendsaddress book search and from people searches on 3rd party sites.

Currently, Flickr limits a maximum of 3000 non reciprocal contacts, which means you can add up to 3000 people to your Flickr contact list. However, there is no limit on the number of people who can add you to their contact list. More information is available on this FAQ page.

How to Move Firefox Tabs Using Keyboard Shortcuts

If you work with a lot of tabs in Firefox, sometimes you may want to move them to different positions in the tab bar. Say you are reading an article in Google Reader, which is opened at the far left tab of Firefox. At the same time, you are writing a blog post in another tab which is at the far right.

You want to place both the tabs adjacent to each other so that you can read the article and quickly write the covering story in the other tab.

The general way of moving tabs is to click the desired browser tab, drag it to the new position and release it. There is again another keyboard shortcut for highlighting a particular tab using Control + Number, but this is not very useful when you have more than a dozen tabs open. You have to manually count the number of tabs from the far left to the present position, which is quite old school.

MoveTabs is a Firefox extension which lets you move Firefox tabs using keyboard shortcuts.

Once the extension is installed, you can switch the position of any tab using the following keyboard shortcuts:

  • Control + Shift + Home: Moves the current tab to the extreme left position
  • Control + Shift+ End: Moves the current tab to the extreme right position
  • Control + Shift+ Page Up: Moves the current tab one position to the left
  • Control + Shift + Page Down: Moves the current tab one position to the right.

Now here is a trick. Suppose you have opened 15 tabs in Firefox and you are currently on the 3rd tab. You want to quickly jump to the 14th tab which is somewhere lying down the right end of the tab bar. Instead of hitting the arrow key on the tab bar and scrolling through the open tabs – use Control + Shift + End and then Control + Shift + Tab. Done !

Here are some more useful keyboard shortcuts for tabbed browsers.

Using these shortcuts you can save a good amount of time, especially when you reading something and writing it on another browser tab. Got any favorite keyboard shortcut trick ? Let’s hear them in the comments.

Docs.com Gets User Generated Templates, Search Improvements and PDF Export

Docs.com, the online office suite by Microsoft Fuse Labs has undergone some major improvements in the last week. This includes support for PDF uploads, using user generated templates, bulk uploading of documents, full text search on documents shared by your Facebook friends and more.

Here is a quick run down of new features added to the Docs.com office suite:

Upload and Share PDF Documents With Facebook Friends

Just as Office 2010 allows you to create PDF documents from Microsoft Word, Docs.com allows you to upload these PDF documents for sharing with your Facebook friends. The developers have added a Silverlight viewer which will let you read PDF files directly within Docs.com. (See example)

So the next time you spot a document on Facebook, there is no need to download the Ebook and send it as an attachment via email. Just copy the Ebook to your Docs.om account and get the shortened URL of the PDF. Then share the link via Twitter, IM or email and your friends can read the PDF directly from the browser, the viewers do not need a Facebook account to read the document. To upload documents from your computer, head over to docs.com/upload.

Creating User Generated Templates

If you are sharing or collaborating with a group of friends, you might not want others to change the format or content of your document. Instead, you would want them to create a copy of the document and edit it the way they want.

Docs.com now supports user generated templates, which will allow your friends to copy the document to their account as a template. Then your friends may edit the document, add or remove content and share it back.


To allow templates, go to your document sharing options and click the “Advanced options” link. Then choose “Viewers can use the document as a template”.

Full Text Search

Earlier, Docs.com allowed users to search for people, tags and pages. Now Docs.com allows you to perform full text search within your documents as well as within the documents shared by your friends. So if you are interested in a document that discusses “Basics of Internet marketing” and search for it, Docs.com will search for the exact phrase within the documents shared by you and your Facebook friends. Neat!

In addition to this, the search results will be ranked according to the relationship of the author with you on Facebook, how many “Shares” or “Likes” it has received. This is very useful, because the documents shared by your friends are ranked higher in the search results.

More enhancements are on it’s way, as reported on the official docs.com blog