Apr
5
2008

Why was Yahoo SMTP misbehaving?

Yahoo provides free SMTP access to all its non yahoo.com domain email addresses. I started using the server around 6 months back. The best part was that the SMTP servers were dumb. They were acting as open message relays for anyone who had a valid Yahoo ID. So I could send an email message as […]

Jan
15
2008

SMS Spam is good

Spam is usually bad; ‘usually’ because it can be used for fighting crime. Confused? Here’s a novel way in which SMS spam was used to identify a criminal’s location and catch him. It’s the stuff movies are made of So the next time you curse your service provider for yet another SMS to download a […]

Dec
21
2007

Orkut and a Worm

So its not often that my computer is actually infected by a Worm (or Virus). But then when I got an email from an old friend about scrapping when I hadn’t done so, I was surprised. A quick and thorough scan of my PC revealed nothing. Now I faintly remembered receiving 2 scraps (which obviously […]

Jun
27
2007

Inspecting Web Interfaces

(Continued from Secure Web Interfaces) OK, I had a tremendous urge to call this post “Hacking Web Interfaces”. But due to some uneducated folks who believe hacking is a bad word, I think I will stick to its euphemism. The most direct way to feed random data to a web-service is in a raw format. […]

Jun
24
2007

Secure Web Interfaces

On the Internet, security is overrated. Every third site you visit talks about it. But still, not many sites take steps to implement it. This has been the complaint of people all these years and is still true today. Unless it is a site that is dealing with financial transactions, most interfaces provided by these sites […]

Mar
21
2007

Sharing Firefox profiles across Operating Systems

I like Firefox because of innumerable extensions and settings that are available to the user. Not only that, it is the (only?) browser that was available across all the operating systems which provided me with an OS independent experience that the Internet is truly meant to be.  One of the gripes I had about this was […]

Jan
8
2007

Your GPRS mobile is spying on you!

One of the great things about the Internet is anonymity; one can surf the net without disclosing who he/she is and where he comes from (OK, your IP address can be used to track you, but then unless you go through the long process of getting your ISP to yield details about the IP address, […]

Dec
16
2006

ControlTemplates in XAML

XAML has this great concept of look-less controls. When we see a normal Win32 control like say a checkbox, we always assume that it will be a square box along with some text written to the left of it. Taking an example from our old friend WordPad, we would always expect a checkbox to look […]

Dec
4
2006

Make Yahoo Mail Beta work with any Operating System

A lot of friends had been asking me as to how my Yahoo Mail Beta would work on Windows Millennium, Windows 98 or Linux, so I am writing about it here.  We start from the basics of the problem to solve it (college taught me something didn’t it ) How does Yahoo know i am […]

Oct
17
2006

Orkut for Opera Mini

I have seen some people sit for HOURS at the social networking site called Orkut. Many of them even try to get onto the site through their puny mobile browsers. Some time ago I had written about Opera Mini and how well it rendered pages; even those with Javascript. However it has a flaw… poor/no […]

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