Archive for January, 2010

Computers Firefox Beats Other Browsers


A friend of mine sent me this a while ago, Firefox & IE statistical graphs have crossed, with Firefox taking the lead in Nov 2009.

Worldwide Web Browsers Statistics

The Firefox’s graph is still rising above others. Take that Microsoft!

Statistics source

Firefox has proven it’s self as a reliable browser over time, even Google have built Chrome using Firefox’s technology. Web developers should now focus on compatibility, since many websites might be targeted to work on IE, which is most of the time incompatible with any other browser.

Now with the upcoming release of Chrome OS, the whole idea of the Operating System is around the browser, that’s the future of internet computing. Now Microsoft will be trying to catch up & I don’t see them catching up anytime soon if they ever will!

General Girls are Hubs, Boys are Switches and Routers


Throughout my experience in life, I’ve came to a conclusion time ago that seems to prove it self on regular bases. While the title might be self explanatory to “geeks” and “network professionals” or at least would be easier to understand once you know what I’m talking about.

Girls talk & blabber too much! News spread like fire, gossips and rumors just spreads between all of them. If a girl is notified of something, she goes telling everybody about it, just like a hub!

For non network professionals, a hub is a network device that receives data & broadcast it to all connected devices on the network, whether it was their data packets or not everyone gets a copy of it.

You should be getting a part of the picture by now.



On the other hand however, boys are more careful when they speak, they speak less & they are more intelligent when it comes to the concept of spreading news. Tongues do not slip fast & they do not broadcast everything they hear, that’s why they are more like switches and routers.

Switches and routers are more intelligent devices in a network, received data are only transferred to a specific address depending on a lookup table that is called an ARP table. This way only the desired destination receives that certain desired data.



The bottom line here is … well I guess you already know it.

P.S: Another thing you should know here, though packets transferred through hubs are usually of a good quality, news spread by girls tend to mutate during transmission & original content quality degrade severely after few transmissions.

Computers What Happens When You Send Me a Virus?


One guy thought he could trick me & infect my pc through sending me a link to a website that downloads malware to your computer.
I bet he regrets that now.

  1. Website reported to Google & Firefox “Web Forgery Team”.
  2. Website reported to “McAfee site advisor”
  3. Virus sample sent & Antivirus vendors informed of the threat:
  • Avira
  • Avast
  • Bitdefender
  • AVG
  • F-Prot
  • Aladdin
  • Symantec (Norton)
  • NOD32
  • Clamav
  • eTrust
  • GData
  • F-Secure
  • And others through sharing submitted samples.

Note: Samples sent to AV vendors that couldn’t identify the threat.

Results: website has been blocked, more AV engines can recognize the threat.
Muhaha nice try!

The guy probably didn’t know I’m a Linux guy, otherwise he wouldn’t have sent it in the 1st place.

General What Does it Feels Without Piracy


A friend told me that I have to write about my feelings & impressions after switching to fully legal.
My iPOD only contains legal music now, my computer still have some tracks here & there that I didn’t have time to remove, but I’m not listening to any pirated stuff.
As for software, I do not use any pirated software. Though I might still have some installed on Windows here or there, lost track of them but I’ll be removing them as soon as I discover them.
This also goes for the videos, the thing is that I’m a bit messy when it comes to files, I got tens of folders here & there and on many hard drives & partitions, so it is a bit hard to keep track & remove them in time.

Am I missing anything?
Well, not really. I’m not addicted to certain series to begin with but I would probably have problem with music if I do not find what I want in tracks if you know what I mean.
iTunes is probably the best retail store when it comes to music, but Kuwait’s iTunes store sucks as I mentioned in an earlier post.
I’m currently relying on Amazon’s MP3 store to purchase all music tracks that I want. I’ve already got disappointed trying to find a certain track yesterday, the CD was available to purchase but nothing to download, though I have the CD (original), I wanted to gift a track to a friend, thought I’d get it original. Yeah yeah probably your thinking “this guy is nuts!”.
I’ll tell you to think of whatever you want, as long as I know I’m doing the right thing I don’t care! 😛

It feels great to be living legal, knowing that you aren’t stealing others work. You also feel proud being different.