Old browsers and safety [Thank Devil it’s Sunday]

We all know old browsers like IE6 , Firefox 2, Google Chrome 3 and their older versions are just hazardous. By using them, you risk your online data, or even risk yourself; your privacy and everything you do on the internet.

One of the ‘riskiest’ place is social-networking sites. Not all social-networking are bad and trusting these less-harmful sites is just cool, you know.

There are hundreds of software to control usage of social-networking sites. But this one will take your heads off! Want to know the name? It’s famous one. It is Microsoft Internet Explorer 6. IE6 has also got the label of the “worst web browser” in the past. Check out this funny usage of IE.

IE6 as a web limiter

Well, all you need to do is install IE6. Most of the social-networking sites will automatically block you. Facebook will do for sure. Some companies do use IE6 for the same purpose. The admins do not upgrade their browsers so that the employees wouldn’t get access to social-networking sites. Facebook, as of now will ask you to upgrade your browser and will not allow you to login if you are on IE6. Orkut will too suggest you to upgrade to latest ones. Google Apps does not support old browsers any more effective March 2010.

Security adviser at Microsoft admits the fact that IE6 can limit the web. If you install a copy of WinXP, all you need not do is upgrade your browser. But, please be aware of the above said risks before installing or using IE6. It was funny noticing ‘Internet Explorer’ changing to ‘Internet Exploiter’ in a system running WinXP.

Other old browsers

There has no much risk reported on other older browsers like that have been reported for IE6. But still, it is always better to keep out of them.

I was harassed of the “Aw, Snap!” error brought up by Chome 3 every time I open a webpage based on Java or some webkit based ones. That nasty thing forced me to use Firefox for a while. But, Firefox made me down due to its consumption of large amount of time to open a window, so after Chrome 4 released, I dumped Firefox and was  back to Chrome. But many people still like to use Firefox.

What can we do?

Simple, if you are just someone, wanting to access social-networking sites and most of the risk-free sites, all you need to do is upgrade to a latest browser. You can always download the latest version of the browsers from their respective homepages. Those maybe Chrome, Firefox or IE. I personally recommend Google Chrome. Also get yourself a good antivirus and keep it updated for the side of better safety.

Image Credit : Flickr

I hope you can do your best with the latest web-browsers. Do drop in your comments on old browsers and the risk they produce on surfing. Also do comment on your favorite web-browser.

Monitor energy consumed for computers using Joulemeter

Joulemeter is a new application from Microsoft to monitor the consumption of power in computers. This application was released by Microsoft on 19 May 2010 and is currently in alpha-test state.

About Joulemeter

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  • Joulemeter is designed to track the power and total energy consumption of running computers. This light-weight application will always reside in your memory, even if not started manually.
  • The statistics reports the power being consumed, average power, the total energy consumed and the total volume of CO2 released. The interface is so simple and neat. More developments can be expected in the stable version.
  • The statistics provides details about base power for running PC, power consumed for CPU, hard disk and monitor.
  • The uncalibrated model only gives the approximate statistics. For getting accurate measurements, calibration is necessary. But as far as I am concerned, the calibration always failed in all three attempts made. This may be due to some bug which is hoped to be fixed in the stable version.

The approximate statistics of power being consumed is calculated in watts (W) and the total energy consumed in calculated in kilowatt-hours (kWh). 1 kWh is commonly referred as 1 unit of energy. It is the same unit as read on the energy meters at home. As you can see in the screen-shot, using my laptop for 48 hours cost me about 1 unit of energy. Read more on calculation of energy consumption at labnol.org.

Joulemeter is handy and consumes very less memory. It gives the basic idea of power consumption in computers. A few and old energy saving tips can be found here.

Links: Download Joulemeter | Joulemeter Project

Hope this application would help you estimate the cost of running the computer. Do share your views on Joulemeter here.

Google Buzz never on beta. Is it a bit too much?

We all know Google Buzz came out like a chat message. Like we are having a chat with Google. It said, “New! Google Buzz in Gmail; Sweet! Check out Buzz” (Screenshot; Credit: TechCrunch). As far as I am concerned, I came to know about Buzz like that only.

Buzz in Gmail

We know Gmail was in beta for over 5 years. When Buzz launched inside Gmail, someone might have noticed, it was never in beta. But why? A service which was in beta for over 5 years, and a new service which is never in beta. Don’t you think Buzz would be having loopholes? Buzz allows you to connect with many sites, including twitter, YouTube, Picasa, etc and also could post those connected sites’ data inside Buzz. If Buzz has loopholes, would it be safe giving out data?

Purpose behind Buzz

Buzz claims to be “a new way to share updates, photos, videos and more”, but why use it when there are sited dedicated for them (I mean twitter, facebook, youtube, picasa, etc). After using Buzz for more than a month, I have figured out it as just a platform for nothing. It is always great to use different sites for different purposes. Buzz simply slows down Gmail. How will Buzz work without twitter? Whatever I post on twitter appears at Buzz, but whatever I post on Buzz does not appear on twitter. With many people having disabled Buzz, it wouldn’t be nice to use Buzz alone.

I have seen many posts for disabling Buzz, but don’t remember seeing even one stating the use of it. If I compare it with twitter, I believe nobody has enough time to manage both. Twitter is wide, but Buzz is isolated inside Gmail. When I tried to disable Buzz, it scared me of deleting my Google Profile. So, I didn’t (rather couldn’t) disable Buzz. Who would want to lose a profile which was online since Gmail only to get rid of Buzz?

Well, my point is it was fine for Google to acquire Twitter, rather than coming up with Buzz.

I would prefer simply turning off Buzz, rather than using it. What about you? Do share your views on Google Buzz.

Make unlimited free calls worldwide using Yahoo Messenger!

Update: Currently the service for free calls has been removed so the information in this post might not be entirely accurate. You might want to check this post on how to make free calls from your computer to any mobile phone.


Everyone must have heard of free calls between computers using softwares like Yahoo! Messenger, Skype and Google Talk. Now-a-days calls from mobile-to-computer using GPRS is also common using mobile applications like Fring, Nimbuzz, etc. This is a simple trick to make calls from computer to almost any mobile or landline phone to many countries. All you need is Yahoo! Messenger or Skype or any other calling application which allows paid calling, internet connection with fair speed, speakers and microphone.  1_1

How to make the free call?

The free call is provided by Free411. I will guide you through Yahoo! Messenger.

  1. Enter the number 1800-FREE-411 (1800-3733-411) where you enter the call number and make the call. This is a toll-free number.
  2. Wait for the call to connect. Once it connects, follow the voice instructions to reach the ‘Main Menu’. Say “Free Call” once Main Menu reaches.
  3. Once the system says ‘Dial the number’, dial the number using the dialpad in the international format.

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Example, to make call to India, dial 91 followed by a landline or 10 digit mobile number like 919876543210.

That’s it! Your call will be connected… The call limitation is 5 minutes. But you can call again countless number of times!! Sometimes a 20 sec long ad will be played when the call gets connected. Just listen to what the IVR (Interactive Voice Recording) says and follow the instructions.

At times, the system remains busy.In such case, call again, and it will work :-) The procedure is same for Skype too.
This is tested and works in India. Try for different countries and enjoy free calling… 😀