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I am Silki Garg, a telecom professional from the holy city of Varanasi in India. I have a natural crush for Technology and having bitten by Blogging Bug. I usually have a contrarian approach.

Free 30 GB Online Storage at HUMYO

Seems line Online File Storage space is hotting up.

There is yet another launch this week in the already competitive segment of Online File Storage. And it is none less than 30 GB of FREE online storage space at your disposal. And this shear characteristic makes this ahead of the other services like Dropbox, box.net, MediaMax, OmniDrive, Xdrive, ElephantDrive etc.

Welcome to Humyo.

The only restriction is that out of this 30 GB, 25 GB has to be only for the media files, which makes only 5GB available to your documents and other files. I don’t think that this is a major problem for many of the users because most of the space for an average PC user is consumed by the media files.

humyo Uploading and managing files on Humyo is very smooth. You are given a Desktop client software, which allows you to use Humyo storage space as a drive on your computer. It automatically saves your files from your PC to Humyo and keeps them synchronized in real time. The access to this desktop client is limited for a period of 14 days in free access account. But you can use this service through your browser, which is also an easy option.

Humyo can easily be accessible through your mobile and it can detect the Mobile settings by itself in almost all cases.

How do they make money ?

Yes, they do make money, and they do it through their Pro Account, which gives you 100 GB and is available for $59.99 1st year then $79.99 per year. It gives you an access to encrypted file transfers and collaborative features, which allow colleagues to edit stored documents and upload files.

Although, it seems to be an attractive proposition, but I find myself somewhat uncomfortable of storing my sensitive and important data on any FREE online storage space, because who knows they change their policies some day, shut their doors, and your data is gone forever.

Oriango | Online Dictionary of Web Content

Welcome to Oriango.

It is a repository of web content, which allows you to quickly store and share your favorite web links, news, videos, sites, profiles, music, blogs, anything you need. Like most of the other user driven sites, characteristic of Web 2.0, the content on this site is user driven. People submit the content and share it with others. This makes it always updated and informative.

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Use of Oriango is extremely easy. It does not require you to register with it. A unique feature of Oriango is that its interface looks like a dictionary, which is familiar even to a child. Users are provided with an easy but powerful search option.

But why Dictionary ? Let’s see what they say…

All the information added to Oriango is arranged alphabetically, as in a dictionary, this way is certain that only the name or the title will matter, allowing independence on their choices. Therefore it’s the user that chooses what is relevant, important or cool, not a group selection, votes or page rank.

Could you get the reasoning ? At least I couldn’t make out much of it.

Although, it is a new site, but it is yet to be seen, how they are going to differentiate themselves in this era of  information overload.

Jing | Capture a screencast and easily share with others

I have been using SnagIt to capture screenshots for long, and can safely say that it is one of the best piece of codes available for this purpose. The promoters of the SnagIt also run a hugely popular service ScreenCast.com, where you can upload your screencast and share them with others.

For those, not knowing what exactly is a screencast…

A screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output, often containing audio narration. Just as a screenshot is a picture of a user’s screen, a screencast is essentially a movie of what a user sees on their monitor.

But many people doesn’t know, how to make a screencast ? There are many software available in the market, some are free and some require you to shell out considerable money.

Thankfully, there is a service in the market, which makes all this process super easy.

Welcome to Jing.

Jing is a screen capturing software application, which allows you to select and capture parts of your screen and save that area as a static picture or a movie.

“It sits nicely on your desktop, ready to capture and share your stuff at a moment’s notice. Simply select an area of your screen, capture it as an image or record it as a video, and then click Share. Jing conveniently places a URL to your content on your clipboard ready for you to paste the URL into any of your conversations.

Your files are hosted on Screencast.com, which is a premier hosting website, specifically made for screen video content. It does not change or diminish the resolution of your content and provides detailed permissions to let you control the accessibility of the media. Users of Jing are provided upto 200MB of space for storing media files and 1 GB of bandwidth that renews monthly.

The best part of Jing is its sharing capabilities.

A simple share button, uploads your media behind the scenes, and the URL is placed into your clipboard. Just paste it in your email, your blog posts or wherever you want.

Quick and Easy.

Search emails quickly with GMail Search Options

Gmail is getting more and more popular these days.

With its ever increasing storage space, the concept of deleting your old emails and attachments to free up space for new emails, is now virtually over. You are no more expected to delete old email.

A big relief.

But this has increased complexity in searching an old email. It sometimes becomes a pain in the ass to search for an old communication, an attachment, a photo in your thousands of thousands of email archives.

Thankfully, there are a few search operators, which come handy in such a situation.

For instance, you can use

  • from:keith has:attachment – to search for an attachment sent by Keith
  • from: xyz http – A link from my pal xyz:
  • to:me is:unread in:inbox – The messages in my inbox sent directly to me that I haven’t read yet.

There are many more such operators.

And if you are of my type, who just can’t remember all these operators, there is a simple solution, a link right alongside the search button, which will open search options available in your Gmail interface. You just have to key in your queries.

There is nothing new to it, but still I have found that most people not using it.

Use it, it is real powerful.

TrueCrypt | A FREE file encryption utility that is useful too

We all know the importance of file encryption to store our sensitive data.

But still, most of us, don’t do that because of procrastination or simply because we don’t know how to do that. Technically speaking, encryption is the process of transforming information using an algorithm (called cipher) to make it unreadable to anyone except those possessing special knowledge.

There are plenty of File Encryption utilities available on the Internet for download. Some are FREE, some are not, and some charge a hefty price. Sometimes, it becomes really difficult for average Joe, to select the perfect file encryption program, as per his own requirements.

TrueCrypt, is a utility, which fits most of the encryption requirement of most of the computer nerds, and the best part is, it is FREE. Recently, one of its stable version 5.1a, was released, well not that recently as it is already about two months back.

IT is an Open Source encryption program which can render your disk, or any file or folder on your disk, totally encrypted in a split second. It works on all platforms; PC, your Mac or Linux, and performs encrption on-the-fly, which means that data are automatically encrypted or decrypted right before they are loaded or saved, without any user intervention.

TrueCrypt also allows you to encrypt your entire USB flash drive. However, you will not be able run TrueCrypt from the USB flash drive. This is because Windows does not support multiple partitions on USB flash drives.

A really nice FREEWARE.

Get the missing ‘UP’ button in VISTA Windows Explorer

Every PC user switching from XP to Vista, fondly remembers the ‘UP’ button in Windows Explorer, which allows you to quickly jump to one level up in the folder hierarchies. Most XP users are so accustomed to using this highly useful button, that it is very frustrating in the beginning, when you switch to Vista.

Mavis Applications, which are known for their innovative software developments, provide a small piece of download, which restores a shiny, bold UP button, just what you have been missing long. It is super easy to install and is light-weight, only 30 kb of RAM space !

But it is not free, you will have to pay a small sum of $5 for it, but you can download and use it free for the first five days.

There is yet another alternative, QTTabbar, which lets you get the UP button, along with the tabbed browsing functionality to Windows Explorer. I found a nice step-by-step guide for its installation here at How To Geek. and the best part is that it is FREE. But the installation of this tool is not that simple.

And here comes the best tool, in case you are just not knowing it. You know best is always revealed at last.

Simply use ALT + Up Arrow Key.

Its simple and its FREE.

I wonder, who will pay Mavis now.

SppedDial | Quickly Access your Bookmarks with this Firefox Extension

Bookmarks and Favorites are frequently used by most Net Savvy persons. My Bookmark list   today contains more than 100 websites, which I frequently visit. Organizing them into categories sometimes is difficult, but I have just come across a nice web tool, which I might switch to in coming days.

Welcome to Speed Dial.

OMG, yet another Firefox Extension. I just seem to be loving them all.

Speed Dial is a Firefox Extension that allows you to quickly access all of your favorite websites with a few clicks on your keyboard or mouse. To assign any website to Speed Dial, you just have to use the new “Set as Speed Dial” option in the bookmarks menu. Or alternatively just right click on the tab you want to add, and choose “Set as Speed Dial”. You can use this option from contextual area menu.

Thereafter, you can access the added bookmarks in any of the three ways.

  • via the Speed Dial Tab, which gets opened with your bookmarks whenever you open a new Firefox window or a new Firefox tab.
  • via keyboard shortcuts, OR
  • Speed Dial Button, which may be added to the toolbar and gives you a dropdown list of your bookmarks.

Cool Application. I just love Firefox.

Drop.io | A File Sharing Program, which is more than just RapidShare

RapidShare is undoubtedly the most popular and old file sharing network today. Other networks include, megaupload, mediafire, megashare, sendafile and lots more. Their business model is based upon revenue generated from Premium Accounts and selling advertisement space. RapidShare has become so popular that there are many RapidShare Search Engines today, which delve deep into RapidShare to bring file URLs to you for download.

But I have just found a file sharing service, with lots of additional features, which make it an ideal service for file sharing.

Welcome to Drop.io.

It is a place, which allows to store and share any files privately, without accounts, personal registration, or an email addresses. These files are fondly called drops and are not searchable’ and not networked’.

It allows you to set various things like a password, whether others can add to the drop, and how long you want it to exist.

The interesting part is that this space can be used as a community space, where others can add, delete or edit the files available there. For instance, this space can be developed as a sort of communal blog, and give anyone the option to add, annotate or upload different files. And there are lots of ways the files can be uploaded onto this space. They can upload usually via Web, or through email, or through FAX or even leave voice mails by calling a dedicated number with an assigned extension.

The interface is neat and clean, and it is fun to use. However I wish that the entire gamut of services available there should be more searchable, because at first glance, it just looks like any other file storing and sharing service. Yet another problem, which I found that it is not possible to associate privacy features to individual files. These settings are attributed to the entire space at one go.

All in all, a nice web tool.

Network Magic | An Easy Way to Manage your small Wireless IT Networks

[After a long gap of more than two months, I am back to blogging. This period was very difficult for me as I was passing through a difficult family problem, which had consumed most of my time. Now I am getting some respite out of it and the first thing which came to my mind was to write a quick post on Techie Buzz. Past two months have taught me several difficult lessons about life. But I love blogging, and one thing is for sure, I am here to stay.

I wish to thank all my readers, visitors, friends, supporters, well-wishers and specially Keith, who were with me through this difficult time.]

 

Today’s homes have changed. Now you have several gadgets, appliances, computers, printers and many other devices in your home, which require to get interconnected. Managing wireless networks is often a task, which intimidates many computer novices.

Now there is a real simple application by the name of Network Magic from Pure Networks. It really makes the process of adding, deleting and managing of network elements very simple. Installation of the program is very simple. You have to install it on your main machine, after which it scans for your other computers and peripherals on Wi-Fi Network and adds them to our network. You can also share these devices over the web via the Net2Go website account, which is given to you bundled with the package.

What I like most in the package is that you can mix Mac devices with the Windows based devices on this network. What I didn’t like is that it is not a free package and you have to shell out about $30 for puchasing it. Although there is a free demo version, which will last for a few days.

But overall, a value buy for novices.

WhatisThatFile | Know more about unknown files

Many times we come across a file, which have a filename or an extension, which we do not know. We don’t know how to use it. We don’t know how to open it. And sometimes we don’t know whether opening it can harm your PC because it is a malicious file.

There are many such occasions, when you want to know more about a file. One such instance is that when you see the processes, currently running under Task manager [You can open it with Ctrl-Alt-Del]. There may sometimes be malicious scripts hidden there, which you want to know more about.

In such cases, WhatIsThatFile.com may be quite useful.

It is a mini wikipedia of filenames. You just have to type the filename in the box provided, and without needing to click anywhere, it will search for that filename in its database, and tell you the details about that filename.

It is a user driven utility. Which means you can edit the contents of this database, which becomes part of the database, if approved.

Useful Indeed.

FreeMusicZilla | Download Music from Social Music sites for free

Web 2.0 is all about social media and networking.

Today there are a lot of websites like IMEEMâ„¢, Last.fmâ„¢, Pandoraâ„¢, Myspace, eSnipsâ„¢, Mogâ„¢, iJiggâ„¢, Radio.blog.clubâ„¢ and so on, which offer you to upload and share your favorite music files. You can also listen to music files uploaded by others.

But what if you wanna download these files to your PC.

FreeMusicZilla, is a nice little tool, which has been specially designed to let you download free music from almost all social music services.

It is small application program [about 0.5MB], which you have to download and run. After that go to your favorite music site, select the song, while running FreeMusicZilla in the background. As soon as the playing of the song begins, a download link is shown in the FreeMusicZilla window, running in the background. Click it, and you get the file in your PC.

Recuva | Recover your deleted files easily

[Good Morning and a very Happy New Year to all the visitors, readers, patrons, promoters, co-authors and owners of this wonderful blog Techie Buzz, aptly titled as Know your technology Head-on]

This happens with everybody, who regularly clears his Recycle Bin and deletes the old junk from there. You just clear the Recycle Bin, and after some time you find yourself searching for one of the deleted files, which you thought will never be required by you.

What do you do ?

Try Recuva.

Recuva is a utility just made for this situation.

Recuva (pronounced “recover”) is a freeware Windows utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer. This includes files emptied from the Recycle bin as well as images and other files that have been deleted by user error from digital camera memory cards or MP3 players. It will even bring back files that have been deleted by bugs, crashes and viruses!

The features, which I specially like about Recuva are…

  • Its simple interface and easy to use filters
  • Availability for work on external media like MemoryStick, Digital cameras, Floppy disks, Flash cards, Media Cards etc.
  • Ability to work on virtually all platforms like FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, NTFS5
  • Ability to restore different file formats like office documents, images, video, music, email, anything else.

However, as with every file recovery web tool, the ability of Recuva to recover the deleted file diminishes as the time passes, because there are more and more chances that the sectors and disk space, where the file content were stored, have now been used by some other file. So act fast.

Overall a nice free utility.

ActualDoc | A better way to access Your Recent Documents

Windows has a very useful “My Recent Document” folder in the Start menu, which saves considerable time of its users. However it is also true that it is a fantastic ideas but ill-executed.

Here are two reasons.

  • My first objection to the present form of “My Recent Documents” is that it makes a very serious hole in my privacy. After I leave the computer, anybody, who uses it in my absence, can easily know, which documents I had accessed last. Although I can clear this list, but clearing this list every time you leave the computer is a big big hassle.
  • And the second point is that, there is no categorization of different types of files. All file types are merged in a single list, and it makes it use a bit difficult.

To overcome these demerits, FlexiGenSoft provides a very useful tiny application, named as ActualDoc, which you can download for free at PCWorld [File Size: 4006KB]. It offers you a password protection facility to keep your privacy.

It resides in your system tray. When you click the icon once, it pops up a menu, which list different file types by neatly organized categories. If you double-click it, a full-fledged window will open, giving you lots and lots of options and features.Overall, a nice utility, and it is FREE.

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Leaf Networks | Setup your VPN without any hardware

If you are a small company, with its presence at different geographical locations, and you are worried about how to interconnect PCs available there, you can now have an easy solution. You don’t have to spend huge sums buying networking hardware and software. Instead just a simple piece of software will do the trick.

Welcome to Leaf Networks.

leaf network

Leaf Networks allows you to create your own VPN using a simple download for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. This software installed on all the host and clients, allows you to set up a VPN and share just about any device over a network.

The Leaf 2006 client software uses “Out-of-Band TCP Signaling” to form a TCP connection between two computers running the Leaf 2006 client software. This out-of-band signaling is achieved by creating a control channel that is setup using the Leaf Peer Server and used to broker all the TCP signaling traffic. Once the TCP connection is formed, the control channel is torn down and there is a direct TCP connection between each computer.

leaf networksHowever, I am still not sure about the security of the connection, and certainly will not advice you to transact sensitive data through such VPN. But for everyday transactions, which are not that commercially important, it can be given a try.

The service has recently been officially launched. Till now, it was under its nine-month long beta phase, during which an estimated 25,000 registered users tested and grilled it.

KeyScrambler | Firefox addon to avoid Key Loggers

Key Loggers are the small malicious scripts, which are planted in your PC to spy on your private data and passwords. They are memory resident programs, which store your important user-ids, passwords and other valuable information, as you type that into your keyboard. This data can later be misused by the master mind behind the operation, and you might not be knowing it at all.

So, how to avoid Keyloggers

I have just come across a nice Firefox extension KeyScrambler, which does the job in a nice way. Its an extension, OMG I love firefox just for the extensions themselves and one day will dedicate a complete blog for them.

Oops, I was talking about KeyScrambler, a Firefox extension, which encrypts your keystrokes at the kernel driver level to protect your login information from keyloggers.

KeyScrambler defeats keyloggers by encrypting your keystrokes at the keyboard driver level, deep within the operating system. When the encrypted keystrokes reach your browser, KeyScrambler then decrypts them so you see exactly the keys you’ve typed. Keyloggers can only record the encrypted keys, which are completely indecipherable.

Check it out at the Mozilla Addon site.