Online Security Scan in Less Than Two Minutes

A little over a year ago, we wrote about Secunia’s Personal Software Inspector (PSI). It’s a freeware application that you can download and install in Windows. It’s purpose is to scan all of the installed programs on your PC and tell you which ones need to be updated.

Keeping your programs updated is important for your security. Recently, Google and several other companies were hacked by the Chinese using security holes in older software. Your PC probably has many of the same security holes.

There are several programs that can help to keep your Windows PC safe by scanning for those out of date programs. However, many of you might like to try out a free online scanner from Secunia. Secunia Online Software Inspector (OSI) runs inside of your web browser so that you won’t have to install anything. It loads a small Java applet to do it’s work. Most PCs already have Java installed, so nothing additional should be needed.

OSI offers two scan modes. The default scan is fast, and according to the site, it scans in 5 to 40 seconds. My first scan took over a minute though. A check box on the page will allow a “thorough system inspection” that can take up to 10 minutes or more.

I’ve tried out both scans, and in the quick scan, OSI found 3 programs that I needed to update. In the more thorough scan, it detected 8 programs after running for 9 minutes. Take a look at what it found.

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I’ll be spending a portion of the rest of the day getting these programs updated. After all, I don’t feel like making my PC a good target for Chinese hackers.

Try out the free Secunia OSI Scan

Techie Buzz Verdict:

Secunia OSI offers you a free, quick and easy way to test your PC for out of date software. It’s main advantage is that there’s no need to install software in most cases. If you feel your PC might be at risk, you might also want to try the full version of Secunia PSI, which is also free.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5

Send Memorable Gifts Online With BoonSpace

boonspace logoSending a perfect gift to your friends and relatives is not an easy task. You never know if they will really like your gift or not. Instead, you can send them money and let them buy their desired gift. BoonSpace is an amazing service, that lets you to send money along with your personalized messages and animations.

BoonSpace allows you to send money abroad without knowing the actual address or bank details of the recipient. You can even send virtual gifts, virtual cards, animations and personalized messages to your dear ones. You can even add photo, audio and video in your personalized message.

You can sign-up for free within few seconds. After sign-up, go to Message Center and select your the desired e-card and personalize it with your own message. After than you can add photo, video and audio to your e-card. Then you can select an animations or virtual gift. In the end, you can add money with your virtual gift.

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The recipient will instantly receive the money in their PayPal account. BoonSpace will send an email to the recipient with all the instructions regarding the retrieval of their money. BoonSpace allows you to send upto $200 to the recipient.

You will have to pay a small fee for sending money. If you are sending animations without money, then you will have to pay only $1. Sending e-cards and personalized messages are absolutely free. We are sure that your friends and relatives will definitely like your personalized gift. What are you waiting for? Go ahead and send an amazing virtual gift with BoonSpace  a place to find original gift ideas.

Give money as a gift @ Boonspace

Textbook Price Comparison: Helps You Find the Cheapest Textbooks

Which web site do you prefer for buying textbooks – Amazon, Half, Buy or others? Sometimes you might have noticed that, the same book is priced at different rates on various web sites. To help you with price comparison and in buying textbooks at a cheaper rate here is a simple, easy-to-use web service.

Textbook Price Comparison

Textbook Price Comparison, is a free web service which enables you to search online merchants across the web and find the best prices on new and used textbooks. It allows you to search for books by – title, ISBN, author and keywords. The search results are sorted into categories by – lowest overall prices, used book prices, new book prices, and rental prices.

Textbook Price Comparison makes it very easy for you to find the cheapest option for book buying. It’s a must bookmark web site for students to quickly compare prices of a book across multiple sites and choose the best option available. Don’t forget to check out this site the next time you buy textbooks.

Key Features:

  • Free textbook price comparison service
  • Search for books by ISBN, title, author and keywords
  • Sorts search results by lowest overall prices, used book prices, new book prices, and rental prices
  • No registration required for use

Textbook Price Comparison

PDFmyURL: Generates PDFs From Any Web Address

We have covered some pretty unique and handy web based PDF utilities so far. To add-on to the list, here is a simple web based utility, PDFmyURL – which provides you with PDF files when you enter a web address. It also provides you with a handy bookmarklet for quick access.

With advanced options, you can learn how to use PDFmyURL on your own site and even how to run PDFmyURL from your own server.

To use PDFmyURL on your web site, just link the text or image you want visitors to use for downloading a specific URL like,

http://pdfmyurl.com?url=www.techie-buzz.com

You can easily create text link(s) like this: Download this web page as PDF.

This service also provides you with further options to customize the output PDF document according to your needs. If you would like to get a PDF document out of a given web address then, PDFmyURL is a hassle free web based utility worth giving a try!

Gazopa: A Search Engine To Find Similar Images on the Web

Gazopa is an image search engine but with a difference. It lets you upload an image from your computer and then search the web for similar looking images. Previously we have covered Tineye, a reverse image search engine to find out similar images. Gazopa is a better alternative as it includes more options such as Twitter search, Flickr search etc.

To get started with Gazopa, visit the website and upload an image

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You can search by using keywords or by image URLs in the URL tab. The best thing about Gazopa is that you can draw an image and let the search engine scan it’s archive and show you the results.

Once the upload is complete, Gazopa presents the results based on shape and color. I found them pretty accurate and the results matched with the shape and color of my image. Thus if you are looking for images of red chillies, here is what Gazopa has to offer

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You can also search for similar images in Twitter using Gazopa. This includes images uploaded on Twitpic, TweetPhoto and so on. Direct image URLs are also supported in the search. Along with the regular image searches, you can also try your luck in finding some funny images using Gazopa from the Fun tab.

Browser Bookmarklet: Firefox fans can use the browser plugin which adds an entry in the right click context menu of Firefox. Gazopa offers a handy bookmarklet which can be used in other browsers like Google Chrome, Internet Explorer etc.

Gazopa Facebook App: You will also love using the Gazop Facebook Application. This app lets you create drawings which you can share with your Facebook friends.

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Techie-Buzz Verdict

Gazopa searches images on “similarity” and not on “sameness”. Thus it is useful for those who want to search for similar images and not to find copies of the same image elsewhere on the web. The site supports searching images from Twitter and Flickr which opens up rich inventory for searching similar images on the web.

Techie-Buzz rating: 4/5 (very good).

jQuery 1.4 Released, Happy 4th Birthday jQuery

jQuery is one of the most popular JavaScript library which has made AJAX and dealing with DOM much more easier for developers. Over the years jQuery has quickly gone on to become one of the most used JS libraries.

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The jQuery team have released jQuery version 1.4 to developers to celebrate their 4th birthday today. jQuery comes with lots of new features and functions.

jQuery 1.4 Overview

  • Performance Overhaul of Popular Methods – jQuery developers have rewritten code for most of the earlier functions to provide with significant performance gains
  • East Setter Functions – jQuery 1.4 has added new and easy setter functions for all the objects
  • Improvements in Ajax – jQuery 1.4 introduces several significant updates to Ajax and JSON handling
  • In addition to this there are other significant changes to Attributes, Core, CSS, Effects, Events and more

Developers can find the new methods in jQuery by visiting this page. To download or learn more about jQuery 1.4 visit this page. jQuery 1.4 is also available as part of Google Ajax APIs.

How To Find Backlinks To A Website

Anybody who knows about search engine optimization understands how important high-quality backlinks are to a website. The more backlinks you get, the higher you rank for a search engine query. However, how does one go about seeing what backlinks a specific web page or website is receiving?

Here is a little tool to help you with that. Backlink Watch is a crappy looking but very useful little tool that gives you a detailed information of backlinks for any website. Just enter the URL and wait for the report to generate. The tool will tell you the total number of backlinks and then give details of each link including the PageRank info of the linking website as well as the number of outbound links the linking website has.

The tool also raises a flag if any abnormal tag, such as the nofollow tag, is used. The report also displays the exact anchor text used by the referring website. You can click on any of the links to go to actual referring web page.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

Even though Backlink Watch has a poor interface, it is a highly functional and useful tool to get backlink information for any website. It can be used as a first step to analyze the number and quality of backlinks a website is getting so appropriate steps can be taken to optimize the search engine ranking.

Rating: 3/5

Yauba: A ‘Privacy Safe’ Search Engine

Search engines like Google and Yahoo! are great when it comes to accuracy and relevancy but they aren’t the best thing if you are concerned about your privacy. They store information about your search history and use that to improve their algorithms.

If you want to search the internet anonymously and don’t want the search engine to remember what you searched for or what was your IP address, Yauba is an excellent alternative. Yauba is a “privacy safe” search engine meaning it doesn’t store any information about your searches, your IP address, your browsing habits or any other personally identifiable information.

Other than that, Yauba works like a regular search engine allowing you to search websites, news, blogs, images, videos, files and even torrents. You can select any of these categories to narrow down your search or select all the places to perform a global search. With Yauba, search results include a thumbnail of the website and provide a link to the home page of the website in addition to the page containing your keywords. Another feature that makes Yauba unique is the consolidation of results in different categories such as news, social networks, real-time search e.t.c.

Yauba also works as a proxy server by letting you browse websites anonymously. Every search result includes a little link titled Visit Website Anonymously that lets you browse the website without compromising your privacy. Yauba also offers a lite version of the search engine that is even faster.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

Yauba is a great search engine that is both intelligent and privacy-safe. You can use it as an anonymous search engine or a proxy server to visit websites anonymously. Yauba’s intelligent algorithm combined with a great interface makes it one of the best search engines around.

Rating: 4/5

Ideone: Web Based IDE and Debugging Tool

Ideone is a web application which enables you to execute and share code in about 40 programming languages. It’s like a pastebin for programmers to quickly run, debug and share code online, without having to install a desktop based IDE.

Using Ideone is easy, just select the programming language you need, paste your source code and the input data for the program (if any), choose whether your code needs to be executed and whether it ought to be private and hit the ‘submit’ button. Then, you can see the compilation information and the output results of your code. You can share it with your friends, or run it again with a new input, if need be.

The code snippets, if run on the Ideone server, can be accessed via convenient hash links. Source code pages provide details about code and its execution including   the memory usage, execution time, language and compiler version, input uploaded by user, output generated by the program and error messages from compilers and interpreters.

Ideone provides you with an option to edit the source code, even after execution. Optionally turn on/off syntax highlighting for your code. When syntax highlighting is on, features like word wrap mode, go to line, font size, syntax etc., are made available. You can download the source file(s) and share it on most of the popular web services.

Convert Partial Rss Feeds Into Full text With FiveFilter

There are some blogs who offer only partial Rss feeds. You have to click the link from the Rss reader and visit the site to read the full article. Fivefilters is a tool which can convert these partial Rss feeds into full text Rss feeds. This is immensly useful and you can read the full article from your Rss reader.

Using Fivefilters is easy, just visit this page and enter the feed url. Then, hit the “Create Feed” button and you will be shown the full text Rss feed. Copy the link and you subscribe in your Rss reader.

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Fivefilters helps people extract and read full text web content. It can extract content from an HTML page or it can transfrom an existing feed into a full text Rss.

Bookmarklet: To make things even easier, they also have a bookmarklet which you can use. Just drag and drop this link in your Bookmarks toolbar. Whenever you come across a partial feed, click this bookmarklet and the feed will be converted to a full text rss feed automatically.

Techie-Buzz Verdict

Fivefilters is a one click solution to convert partial Rss feeds into full.It is also available as a free download so that you can host it in your web server. There are no signups or registrations required to use this service.

Techie-Buzz rating: 5/5 (perfect).