PulpTunes Lets you take your iTunes with you

If you are someone who has a got a huge music collection in your iTunes at home and you need to go out suddenly. What do you do? Sync up your iPod already starving on Space with more songs? Well, with PulpTunes installed on your machine, you need not bother.

PulpTunes is the Webserver for iTunes. It allows you to let you or other people listen to the songs in your iTunes. So from now on, if you are away and still want to access that music on your home computers hard drive, all you need to do is install and configure PulpTunes.

 

Screenshot from PulpTunes

Image: Screenshot from PulpTunes

Check out PulpTunes Demo. Also, you can download and install PulpTunes by clicking here.

Well coming to the Wishlist, i certainly would like to see some kind of a sharing and rating engine, using which i can see other’s iTunes playlist, rate them, share my playlist etc and yeah, did i tell you, a search feature would be great.

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Greasefire Helps You Automatically Find GreaseMonkey Scripts For a Website

If you are a Greasemonkey Fan and often find yourself downloading interesting scripts from UserScripts.org. This article shall bring great news for you. 

Firefox Add-On GreaseFire is an interesting add-on which lets you automatically find GreaseMonkey Scripts for a website. When you visit a web page that has compatible user scripts on Userscripts.org, this extension will highlight the Greasemonkey icon in the status bar. Right click the Greasemonkey icon and choose the “X scripts available” item to see and install the scripts available for the current page.

Greasefire automatically finds Greasemonkey scripts for the website being surfed.

Image: Greasefire automatically finds Greasemonkey scripts for the website being surfed.

If you are thinking that using GreaseFire might bring in more latency to the page load time, you might be surprised to know that Greasefire uses a local index to look up scripts that apply to the page you are on — it does not send any browsing data to a server.

Set your Preferences for GreaseFire

Image: Set your Preferences for GreaseFire

This index is updated periodically, you can update your preferences for this update time by going through Tools –> Add-ons -> Greasefire -> Preferences for details.

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[MSIE Patch] Microsoft Releases Critical Internet Explorer Security Patch

Microsoft has released the Security Patch for a recently discovered critical security bug in Internet Explorer. The flaw in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer could allow criminals to take control of people’s computers and steal their passwords, internet experts say.

Microsoft in its description for the security update says

This security update resolves a publicly disclosed vulnerability. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.

Microsoft has released a patch for the recently discovered Internet Explorer security flaw.

Image: Microsoft has released a patch for the recently discovered Internet Explorer security flaw.

Following this, many security advisors had asked users to stop using Internet Explorer till a patch is released. 

Microsoft has now released an out of turn patch for this Serious Security Flaw. You can grab this update if you have Automatic Updates turned on or by going to http://update.microsoft.com. I would suggest everyone using Windows to apply this patch immediately.

 

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[How-To] Flush DNS Cache

If you are a developer who often has to test same application deployed on different servers, the various options you have are

1.) Modify your HOSTS file to point to a new IP. You can learn more about modifying HOSTS file by reading previous posts on HOSTS file ( Microsoft Windows: More fun with the HOSTS file and Block Websites of your choice without any Software)

2.) Modify the DNS Entry of your Website. This is useful if you have testers who are not technically savvy doing the testing. In such a scenario all you need to do is modify the DNS entry and the new IP is reflected as soon as the change happens.

However, if you are having issues with the DNS IP Resolution and if even after a change on your DNS Server, the new IP is not getting reflected, its time to Flush the DNS Cache. 

DNS Resolution of My Website is Cached? How can i Clear this Cache?

Follow the Steps below

1.) In your windows machine, open the command window by going through Start –>Run and type Cmd.

Initiate the command window

Image: Initiate the command window

2.) At the Command Prompt, type ipconfig /flushdns as shown below in the figure.

Flush out DNS Cache

Image: Flush out DNS Cache

3.) Your DNS Cache is now flushed. What this means is, that your computer will now make a new request to your DNS Server for getting the IP Address. 

The above listed trick lets you flush the DNS Cache from the local resolver of your computer. However, the DNS Entry might still be cached at the DNS Server. 

How Can i Stop the Local DNS Resolver from Caching at All?

Yes. If you make frequent changes to your IP Address and would like to keep the DNS Cache Resolver away from Caching the entries, you can stop the service by typing net stop dnscache at the command prompt.

In order to start the service again, type net start dnscache.

Starting and Stopping the DNS Local Resolver Caching.

Image: Starting and Stopping the DNS Local Resolver Caching.

You can even tweak Windows Registry to modify the DNS Caching behaviour

You can modify the behavior of the Microsoft Windows DNS caching algorithm by setting two registry entries in the

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Dnscache\Parameters registry key.

The MaxCacheTtl represents the maximum time that the results of a DNS lookup will be cached. The default value is 86,400 seconds. If you set this value to 1, DNS entries will only be cashed for a single second. MaxCacheTtl needs to be a new DWORD.

MaxNegativeCacheTtl represents the maximim time that the results of a failed DNS lookup will be cached. The default value is 900 seconds. If you set this value to 0, failed DNS lookups will not be cached. MaxNegativeCacheTtl needs to be a new DWORD.

How Do I Flush DNS Cache in Linux?

In Linux, DNS Cache is managed by a service called nscd. To restart the nscd daemon, use the command `/etc/init.d/nscd restart`.

 

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[Managers] 2 Tips For Managers

I was talking to a very young manager at a startup the other day and this article jists down the facts i learned from this Young Manager who happens to be a girl. These tips can help you gain more respect from your fellow peers and subordinates.

As a Human Being we all yearn for two things and these two things should be the basic qualities of every manager. 

1.) We all Wish to be Acknowledged for the Good Deeds that we do. So if you are manager reading this post, it gets important that you acknowledge the contributions of your fellow teammate(s). There are a lot of ways of doing so and it all depends on how you wish to acknowledge your fellow peers and subordinates.

 

Being Acknowledged and Cared for are the qualities every manager must possess

Image: Being Acknowledged and Cared for are the qualities every manager must possess

2.) We all Wish to be Cared For. This is another human tendency which all managers should be considerate about. We all wish to be cared for, especially during the times of distress. So in today’s gloomy economical environment, if you wish to get more respect from your fellow peers, start caring for them. You will surely get to learn a lot about them.

There definitely can be more tips, but this post was specifically meant to share my learnings after having met this charismatic lady at a startup event yesterday.

6 Best Photo Sharing Websites

If you are someone who loves to share the precious and memorable photo clicks, this article will brief you about 6 Best Photo Sharing Websites. Using these websites, you can store your photos,videos and share them online with your friends and family. These websites offer unique advantages and are worth a try.

1.) FlickrFlickr is almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world. It offers both Photo and Video Sharing facility. Flickr which was originally started by enthusiasts to share game screens is now a full fledged professional photo sharing website owned by Yahoo. When you have a free Flickr account, only 200 recent photographs are displayed. You can even buy a PRO account by shelling off 25$ a year. Pro account has lots of features and benefits and you can find them here.

 

6 Best Photo Sharing Websites

Image: 6 Best Photo Sharing Websites

2.) PhotoBucket: PhotoBucket lets you Sign up for free and upload upto 10000 photos and many hours of video. You have the option of sharing these photos and videos with your friends and family using the various options like via email, Messenger or Mobile. PhotoBucket also gives you the facility to print Wallpaper with your photos. Interestingly, it also allows you to make slideshows and mash it up with captions and special effect. You can even link it to your profile, blog or website.

One of the photo shared on SmugMug

Image: One of the photo shared on SmugMug

3.) SmugMug: If you are a professional photographer SmugMug is the way to go. It offers various features from Unlimited Storage to Full screen, silky smooth Flash slideshows of your Photos. Standard Edition of SmugMug comes at $39.95 p.a. and for a Pro account you need to pay $149.95. Check out the other features here.

Picasa Web Album

Image:Picasa Web Album

4.) Picasa: Picasa is the Google’s way of Photo Sharing Software. It allows for a seamless integration with Google account. A free account with Picasa Web Albums allows you for 1GB of free storage space, however, you can always buy extra space on Picasa.

5.) DropShots: DropShots is a simple, no-frills online photo and video sharing website. DropShots is a easy to use, upload and share website. The images you get post upload are large and high quality images, i.e. Dropshots doesnt scale them down. Another best thing about DropShots is its no-ads service, so now on you need not worry about those annoying ads.

6.) MyPhotoAlbum: MyPhotoAlbum is one of the service i love to talk about. To start with it gives you a personalized web address, something like http://yourname.myphotoalbum.com. MyPhotoAlbum offers unlimited space for photos and videos.It also offers Tagging, RSS Feeds and AOL Instant Messaging right on your album. It also allows you to Embed photos, videos & slideshows on other sites, blogs and profiles. Also, you can create Photo Gifts by printing them on T-Shirts, Mugs etc. You also get 20 Free prints when you sign-up with MyPhotoAlbum

What are the other Photo Sharing websites you use on a regular basis? 

 

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