It’s difficult for some of us to resist clicking links or opening emails with provocative titles. That’s what hackers count on. Recently, one of many successful malware attacks was a file named Real kamasutra.pps.exe. Sophos reported that it really is a PowerPoint slideshow, but don’t get your hopes up. You’d have to infect your computer to see the images.
What I will do is warn everyone, once again, not to be fooled by the old double extension trick. Even though you may think .PPS (slideshow), the .EXE on the end of the file makes it an executable file. When it’s launched, the slideshow above actually did display some rather unique images, however, it also installed a backdoor trojan. The trojan, called Troj/Bckdr-RFM, allows hackers to silently gain access to your PC. Once inside they can steal your data, your identity, and use your machine for any number of illegal activities.
Most of the time, you’ll see files with double extensions in email. One of the most famous email exploits was the I LOVE YOU.TXT.VBSfile. The .VBS on the end made it a Visual Basic Script, which installed a virus on millions of PCs back in 2000.
These days, your biggest risks come from clicking shortened links in social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. Thankfully, most of the short URL providers, like Goo.gl and Bit.ly, try to make sure that the links don’t end up at known bad websites.
If you’ve waited patiently hoping for a glimpse of the images in that Kama Sutra slideshow, visit the Sophos blog.
How often do you share links in Twitter or Facebook? Wouldn’t it be easier and less irritating if you could just share a single link which contains a slideshow of all the website links you want to share with your friends or followers?
BridgeURL is a new service, which allows users to create a slideshow of web pages/links and then share them as a link with whoever they want to. The advantage of this service is that you just share one single link instead of 100s of links you come across on a day to day basis.
To check an example of how the slideshow will work head over http://bridgeurl.com/TechieBuzz-Latest. This will allow you to browse 10 pages from Techie Buzz as a slideshow.
How Does BridgeURL Work?
BridgeURL works in a very simple manner. It allows you to create a slideshow by entering a bunch of links you want to share and then creates a slideshow which can be viewed through a unique URL. Once you have created the slideshow, you can simply share the link with your friends or followers and they will be able to browse all those websites as a slideshow.
What BridgeURL Lacks?
BridgeURL is definitely a nice concept. However, the process is manual. For example, to create a slideshow; I have to collect all those URLs and then store it in someplace before I can create a slideshow out of it.
I would love to see a more intuitive approach to this in the form of a bookmarklet or extension which will allow me to store links I want to share temporarily and then create a slideshow out of it. This will definitely be helpful as it is really a pain to store URLs just to create a slideshow out of it.
Overall the service is pretty interesting and provides an easier way to share a bunch of URLs without spamming your timeline or friends. Go give it a try at http://bridgeurl.com/
Most Windows systems already come with a nice built in screensaver for viewing the pictures you’ve stored on your hard drive. In Windows XP it’s called My Pictures Slideshowand it includes the basic settings you need to show your pictures when the computer is idle. Here’s an screenshot of the settings for it.
As you can see, the settings page is pretty simple. Many people complain that it doesn’t handle different size images very well and it doesn’t let you change images any faster than 6 seconds. I’ve also seen people complain that Windows 7 has even fewer options for displaying your photos in a screensaver.
Now you can get tons of options with the latest version of JPEGSaver. It works in all Windows versions and it’s still fairly easy to use.
Here’s what the settings for JPEGSaver looks like.
Take a look at all of those tabs. Each tab gives you far more control over how your photos are shown in the screensaver. It even lets you choose multiple folders of photos for it to display.
JPEGSaver does require a minimum of DirectX 9, and it will check your system for the correct DirectX files while it installs.
Techie Buzz Verdict:
If you need more options when viewing your photos as a screensaver, JPEGSaver can be a life saver. Once installed it’s as easy to use as any of your other screensavers.
Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)
You may have thousands of pictures that you clicked last vacation. You may have used Windows Movie Maker to create a slideshow, but the results may not be quite impressive. Today we are going to present a cool program, that can easily create amazing slideshows with lots of added features.
DVD Slideshow GUI offers a very simple way to make your own slideshows. All you have to just import all your photos and burn them as a slideshow on a DVD! It has 237 transitions, 83 Effects that you can easily add to the entire slideshow. It is even bundled with 15 Motion Backgrounds.
You can add music, motion backgrounds, borders and subtitles to your slideshows. You can even export your slideshows to dvd video(PAL/NTSC 4:3 16:9), BluRay, 720p, 1080p, dvd audio, dvd chapters, dvd subtitles, avi, flash for web, avisynthscript, storyboards, single images with backgrounds and more.
- 180 different types of transitions.
- Animate your overlapping images using zoom, pan and rotate.
- Add videos(avi/avs) to you slideshow.
- Add music, motion backgrounds, borders and subtitles.
- Export to dvd video, dvd audio, dvd chapters, dvd subtitles, avi, flash, avisynth script, storyboards, single images with backgrounds, etc.
- You can even make and add your own transitions(grayscale bitmaps or in avisynth code) and Post effects(avisynth code) and share them through the forum.
- Import any type of image, any size.
- Change image order move, copy, paste for one or more slides.
- Code your own avisynth transitions.
- Random transition.
- Add your own avisynth, Free Frame, Photoshop CHA/AMP effects.
- Import Exif data with photos.
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Facebook photos are easy to share with your friends but clicking next on every picture is not the most convenient way to see a photo album. Thats where slideshows work like a charm.
PrettySlide is a web application that lets you create slideshows of your Facebook albums. No need to register or sign-up, simple login with Facebook Connect and choose which album you want to create a slideshow of. You can choose from 5 different slideshow themes including Basic Viewer, Simple Viewer, PostCard Viewer, Flow Viewer and Carousal Viewer.
After you have created a slideshow, PrettySlide provides you with a permanent URL that you can use to share the slideshow with others. You can also change the style of a slideshow once you have created it. Overall, PrettySlide is a good application but it can be made even better if they could allow users to create a slideshow from only certain photos rather than the whole album.
Flickr is one of the largest and for sure one of the best places to store photos. One of the really cool features offered by Flickr is creating photosets or slideshows. You can combine tons of photos in a cool looking slideshow, but how do you share it with others? FlickrSlidr solves this problem for us.
FlickrSlidr is a really simple web app that lets you embed your Flickr slideshows to any website or blog. All you have to do is specify the URL of your photoset and set a few slideshow options; that’s it. You will then be provided with an HTML code that you can use to embed the slideshows on your web page. You can also set parameters like slideshow hide and width and preview option to customize the look of your slideshow.