Archive for January 30, 2011

Three Lightning Fast Browsers for Android

The browsers on the phone make the fullest use of the touch screen facility and provide some amazing features at your finger tips. Here are three such browsers for Android that makes your browsing experience fast and easy.


1. Dolphin Browser HD

Dolphin Browser HD is a brand new version of Dolphin Browser that is the most popular browser on Android 2.0+ platforms. It is Powerful, Fast & Elegant with features like Multi-touch Pinch Zoom, Thumbnails Flick Menu, Tabbed Browsing, Gesture URL Commander, Bookmarks Sorting and has impressive add-ons.


2. Skyfire Mobile Browser

Skyfire Mobile Browser Android App is a powerful browser that brings full web browsing to mobile phones on many platforms and now on Android. The key feature it offers is to the ability to view Flash Videos that other Android Web browsers do not offer. This allows you to play sports highlights from ESPN, news clips from the New York Times, high quality Vimeo vids, and music videos from Vevo.


3. Opera Mini & Opera Mobile

Opera’s well-designed user interface has you navigating gracefully and efficiently on both touchscreen and keypad devices. The browser comfortably adjusts to your needs by switching between portrait and landscape mode and also lets you adjust the font size for easier reading. Opera Mini always uses Opera’s advanced server compression technology to compress web content before it gets to a device. The rendering engine is on Opera’s server. Opera Mobile is a full Internet browser for mobile devices. The full web-rendering engine – Opera Presto – is run on the phone using the phones’ hardware to download and display webpages.

What Application Is Accessing Internet? Free Port Scanning Technique

Sometime, it is essential to know who is accessing internet without your knowledge and if anyone is using silent data transfer from your computer. Most of the firewalls are able to detect these kind of unnoticed internet transactions but there are simple ways to get an overview of all applications that have internet access.


TCPEye (Freeware)

TCPEye is free to download and has a simple but effective GUI. It gives you complete details of programs, apps that are accessing internet, path details, current state of the connection etc. details. A lightweight app that is quite easy to install and run. TCPEye gives details of all currently opened TCP/IP and UDP ports on your local computer. TCPEye also automatically marks with pink color for suspicious TCP/UDP ports owned by unidentified applications.


NETSTAT command

Both Windows and Linux support NETSTAT command which gives detailed information about the TCP/UDP port utilization.

netstat –a

The above command displays all connections and listening ports

netstat –b

Displays the executable involved in creating each connection or listening port. In some cases well-known executables host multiple independent components, and in these cases the sequence of components involved in creating the connection or listening port is displayed. In this case the executable name is in [] at the bottom, on top is the component it called, and so forth until TCP/IP was reached. Note that this option can be time-consuming and will fail unless you have sufficient permissions.

many variations of the command netstat are possible and best learned with help options on Linux and Windows.

For more, please check this blog.

How To Block Access To Specific Program Accessing Internet Without Firewall?

Windows comes with default firewall, we could add rules to block access to particular program not to have outbound or inbound access. Free firewalls such as Comodo Firewall and Zonealarm are good at blocking access to applications from accessing internet. However, Firewalls are heavy weight and not suitable all the time. There is a small utility that does exactly you are looking for.

A tiny app called NoNet can block selected app accessing internet without a firewall. A very neat and handy. Check it out here.

Complete Idiot’s Guide To Exif Data In Photos

What is Exif Data?

Exif Data is meta data stored by camera’s while taking pictures. Exif contains precise information about the Camera model, lens, shutter, aperture, GPS location, exposure etc. details embedded in each photo taken on digital cameras. These details help those who are interested in knowing details of the photos and understand how photo was taken and the equipment details. These details are also used to know the authenticity of the photographer as well. You can put your name, contact details as a proof of one’s own work. All image viewers are capable of reading the Exif data and some even let you edit those details. Sometimes, editing date details, or adding photographers details in to the Exif data is desirable. How can one do that? Well, there are some tools to play with Exif data.

How to view Exif Data?

All image viewers let you see the Exif data. e.g. IrfanView for instance is a freeware tool and has lets of plugins to view Exif data. There are quite a few free picture viewers such as Picasa, Windows Live Photo, Paint.Net etc. can also be tried. If you want to try some online service, then check out, Jeffrey’s Exif Viewer. Just upload the image or provide the URL of the image and get the details right away. One more such online service is FindExif.

Can you edit Exif Data?

Yes, editing Exif data is possible. Tool such as EXIFUtils (not free but can run on Mac OS, Linux as well as Windows) could be used to edit Exif data. PhotoME is also another Free Exif Data editor. Ofcourse some fields cannot be edited.  Picasa, Geosetter etc. tools can also do partial Exif editing. Commercial Power Exif editor is a professional Exif editor.  Even Windows Vista, Windows 7 explorer can edit Exif data/ Just right click on the picture, open the details tab and you can easily edit the data.

How to remove Exif/Metadata altogether from Images?

Sometimes, it is necessary not to show metadata of your photos or files. In that case, we need to hide or remove Metadata embedded in the file. Windows explorer in Vista, Windows 7 do this trick quite easily. Just right click on the picture, open the details tab and you can easily delete the data by clicking on “remove properties and personal data”. Tools such as BatchPurifier (not free) can do this task easily. In Photoshop, save the image as Save for web and the Exif data gets stripped.

Easiest and free way to remove Exif data is by using IrfanView. Open the image and save as JPG and select “reset  Exif orientation tag” as shown in the image below.


Top Gmail Web Apps – Enhance Your Gmail Experience!

There are many gmail enhancers/web apps out there. Some of them are listed below that can greatly help you in reducing your time to groom or manage your gmail account.

enhance gmail

Other Inbox

This web app will organize your gmail inbox. It automatically analyzes your incoming mail, label and archive low priority emails. Other Inbox will make sure that Your important emails sent by real people are left in your Inbox.


Are you flooded with email from email marketers? You still receive emails from email marketers even though you unsubscribed from their services? then check out Unsubscribe web app for gmail. It is available for other emails such as Yahoo Mail, Windows Live Mail etc.


Are you running out of free space in your gmail account? Then have a look at FindBigMails web app. Gives you a comprehensive graphic details of usage details, large emails etc.



Rapportive finds relevant information about your contacts, email senders from social media and builds a rich contact profiles right inside Gmail. Rapportive shows you everything about your contacts right inside your inbox.


AwayFind escalates your urgent emails when you are away from it. When you receive an urgent message, AwayFind will notify you via SMS, voice call, iPhone push, IM, or even delegate the message to someone you specify.


See if you email gets read or not and when!

Gmail Backup to Hotmail

Labnol (a technology blog) has a decent article on how to use Hotmail as an alternative backup place for your gmail mails!


Connect TripIt to your gmail! It automatically polls your inbox, scanes for travel emails, forwards it to your tripit mail so that your travel plans are automatically scanned, and then sent to tripit. Great tool.


Compose an email in gmail and then schedule it to be sent later! cool email scheduler program for gmail.

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