Bangalore Barcamp 5 on 17th and 18th November 2007

After a successful Barcamp Bangalore 4 which was held in July, its time for Bangalore Barcamp 5.

Bangalore Barcamp 5 is happening on 17th and 18th November 2007.

This post is basically to make you a little familiar with the concept of Barcamps and also to give you the details with regards to Bangalore Barcamp 5.


BarCamp is an international network of user generated conferences — open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants — often focusing on early-stage web applications, and related open source technologies, social protocols, and open data formats.

Details regarding Bangalore Barcamp 5

When: 17th and 18th November 2007

Where: IIM Bangalore

Participant registration is now Open BCB5 Registrations

Related Reads: Barcamp Bangalore 4

Be there…



Secure Gmail: Automatically Switching from HTTP to HTTPs in Gmail

Its a known fact that Gmail uses HTTPS connection only for Login. However, once the login has successfully been done, HTTP protocol is reinforced for each conversation. This means that if you are over an unsecure, unencrypted wireless   Secure Gmail        Unsecure

network; your messages can easily be read by others.

In order to protect this from Happening, iMacro has developed a macro which forces the conversations to use HTTPS in place of HTTP.

Check out for more here



Tutorial:Locking Windows Folders without any Software Tool

Lazz and Marcel from Germany have dropped in a mail to Technofriends, asking for a trick/tutorial on locking any Windows folder without using a software like FolderLock.

I am putting below the entire steps to achieve this task.

In this entire tutorial post, I am assuming that the name of the folder is HideMePlease and its located in D Drive, thereby making the path to the folder as

The trick is pretty simple,Rename the folder ( in our case HideMePlease) to HideMePlease.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}.The renaming of the folder this way makes windows point the folder to Control Panel. This happens because of the internal pointer address in windows for Control Panel.

When this renaming of the folder is done, windows by default makes it point to the control panel. Upon clicking on the folder after renaming, Control Panel is displayed.

To get your folder back to the original one, rename it back to HideMePlease.

In order to make the entire process simple and clean, i would suggest that you make two batch files (files ending with .bat extension). One file for hiding/locking the folder; the other for getting it back/unlocking it.

1.) The batch file for hiding the folder can be named as:
2.) Open notepad/your favorite text editor and type in this
REN HideMePlease HideMePlease.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}

3.) The batch file for unlocking the folder can be named as
4.) Open notepad/your favorite text editor and type in this
REN HideMePlease.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D} HideMePlease

Thats it.

Do let me know if you found this tutorial interesting.

Giveaway of the Day – FlashSpring Pro 2.2

Flashspring Pro 2.2 is available today on Gaotd.

FlashSpring Pro 2.2 is a new advanced version of a well-known PowerPoint to Flash converter.

It creates Flash movies from PowerPoint presentations, decreasing the size of the final file and providing the possibility to publish presentations online.

Download FlashSpring Pro 2.2 from here. As i write this blog there are still 22hrs 40mins remaining for the download to be active at Gaotd.



How does Email Scanning Work?

Its a known fact that the emails we receive/ send are scanned before they reach us/intended recipient.
I thought of putting below a diagram describing how the entire stuff happens.

Email Scanning

Lets first discuss how the entire flow works in case of Incoming Mails.

  • All the incoming mails ( infected/clean) irrespective of there status are sent to the Antivirus software’s temporary folder where they are scanned for infections by the software.
  • In case, the Antivirus is not able to clean the mail, the item is moved to the quarantined items folder.
  • All clean/disinfected mails are then sent to the Exchange server from where they can be pulled by the Email Client.

In case of Outgoing mails, the following flow holds good.

  • All mails from the Email Client are pushed to the Exchange Server.
  • The mails are then moved to the Antivirus Software’s Temporary folder for scanning.
  • In case, the mail is found infected and is out of the scope of clean function, its moved to the Quarantined Items Folder.
  • All clean and disinfected mails are sent back to the Exchange server from where they are rolled out for the intended recipients.

Please note that this is a pseudo algorithm describing how Antivirus Softwares actually work. This might differ from software to software.

Also read: Top 3 FREE Antivirus Applications



Excellent list of resources for Web2.0

Just came across an excellent resource list on Web 2.0 Stuff compiled by Everything Web2.0 blog. The list has amazing resources to help you build better.

Probably the most interesting ones are the frameworks, platforms and libraries for typical 2.0-stuff .
But watch out for all other pearls: bug & issue trackers, business intelligence solutions, database solutions, catalogue wares, design toolboxes, enterprise solutions, media editors, hosting & domain management & testing tools, media management solutions, mobile content delivery tools, site tour builders, hardcore telephony solutions, voice recognition tools, and more incidental code snippets, like URL shorteners, widget builders, Ajax & RIA apps.

Check out the complete list here



Recovering Hard Deleted Items in Outlook 2003.

We talked about Recovering Permanently Deleted emails from Outlook 2003 in the previous post. However, if you have deleted your mail items the hard way, i.e. by pressing SHIFT+DEL the mail is not sent to the Deleted Items folder and therefore the previous trick fails.

Microsoft Outlook 2003

By default the Recover Deleted Items functionality is only enabled on the Deleted Items folder in a user’s private folders; items that are hard deleted cannot be recovered. However, the good news is that this can be changed by making a small change to the Registry.

Warning If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

Follow these steps to modify the Registry

1. Start Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe).
2. Locate and click the following key in the registry:
3. On the Edit menu, click Add Value, and then add the following registry value:
Value name: DumpsterAlwaysOn
Data type: DWORD
Value data: 1

4. Quit Registry Editor.

That’s it. Now you can recover your hard deleted mails as well. 🙂

Also read: Recovering ‘permanently’ deleted email in Microsoft Outlook 2003

[How-To] Recover lost Outlook PST Password

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