Saturday, May 24, 2008

Top reason to adopt Firefox

We have been hearing, right from its introduction, that Firefox is the most secure browser. But many of us haven't bothered to know why is is deemed so. I am not going to explain about all those features which make it safer than other browsers, say Internet Explorer. I just thought I would share an experience which happened today, which can be considered to be the top reason to adopt Mozilla Firefox.

I got a mail from an unknown email id, pointing me to a blog. When I clicked that link, it redirected me to another site, and to my surprise, a message popped up from the address bar, with title Suspecting Web Forgery.

It also provided a brief detail about the site and why that site has been classified as a phishing site. This means that the user is made fully aware of the site before he proceeds to browse it. Prevention is better than cure. Is it not be best reason to use firefox?

You can read about phishing protection in Firefox here

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Google introduces Hindi translation

It has was a long wait, but well deserved. So far we were not able to dynamically translate text to any Indian language. Google has finally done it by introducing translation for Hindi. You can now translate any text or web page from English to Hindi or from Hindi to English. We can expect translation to and from other Indian languages also soon.

Although it is not perfect, I'm sure it will improve quickly. Be sure to improve the translation if you find a better word/sentence when you are using it!

Earlier introduced transliteration tool, which supported dynamic transliteration to Indian languages like Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam, which reduced the popularity of software based transliteration tools like Baraha.

I hope to see the translation expanded to include other languages also.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Free Linux or Paid Windows? - Time for a change

Linux or Windows

Ask anyone who has used Linux operating system for a while and you'll receive all but positive responses about Microsoft Windows. Some people even tell that they hate to use Winodws. Why is it so? Are they crazy to think Linux is more user-friendly than Windows? But wait, since they have used both Linux and Windows for long enough to be able to compare them, there must be something true about it, right?

If you want to compare Microsoft Windows Vista and Ubuntu, a flavour of Linux see this video:

See the difference? People who admired the graphics and visualization abilities of Windows Vista when it entered the market, are now blaming it for using huge resources. When Linux can do it in a better way for free with much less system resources, why pay Microsoft for doing it pathetically? Whenever we hear about Linux, we hear that it is more secure, powerful, server-class operating system. Moreover, Linux is completely free. No need of purchasing, applying the key, activating blah-blah. Then why is it not as popular as Windows? The only reason I can think of might be due to its installation, which is not as straight forward as that of Windows. But believe me, it is not very hard to learn. One more thing: as a Vista user, I hereby declare that VISTA SUCKS!

A good news, if you are willing to switch to Linux: Ubuntu gives FREE CDs. No shipping charges also. All you need to do is to register yourself and request for it!