IE users, Be Careful

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This is not an advertisement to any other browsers.

Serious security flaw found in IE (Internet Explorer):

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7784908.stm

"Microsoft is continuing its investigation of public reports of attacks against a new vulnerability in Internet Explorer," said the firm in a security advisory alert about the flaw.

So be in the safer side, don't use IE…
Use Open Source alternatives…!

(Thanks Ramanan)

LIFEBOOK’4’LIFE – Get free laptop replacement every 3 years!

Fujitsu Siemens is offering its customers free laptop upgrades for life, with its LIFEBOOK’4’LIFE programme. Buy any LIFEBOOK notebook at the moment and you will qualify for the LIFEBOOK’4’LIFE programme. Under this programme, should you purchase any notebook from our Fujitsu LIFEBOOK range you will be eligible to receive a brand new LIFEBOOK of like for like specifications every 3 years for the rest of your LIFE!

Fujitsu Siemens Computer customers are entitled to a replacement Lifebook every three years for the purchaser’s lifetime, at no cost,” claims the terms and conditions of the scheme, which cunningly excludes customers from passing the contract on to their offspring in a will.

But there is a small catch with this scheme. Terms and conditions specifically states, “If customers fail to register their notebook within 21 days of purchase, they lose out, and if the initial sales receipt is lost then they will not be able to claim a replacement notebook. If at any point a customer fails to take an upgrade, then they will also be ineligible for any future laptops.”

The company says it is still working on establishing the price of the three year warranty. Currently this scheme is only available in the UK.
More information on:
http://www.fujitsu-siemens.co.uk/lifebook4life/
http://www.lifebook4lifeclaims.co.uk/

Notepad++: Its and IDE

Most of my friends know me as a person advocating for Linux and FOSS . But most of them get surpurised to see me using Vista half the time. There are few reason I have for that, but this post is not about that.

While I’m on Linux I really enjoy the text editors such as Kate and gedit , (I’m not a big fan of vi and vim ). But when it comes to Windows I missed them with the default Notepad. Then only I found Notepad++ . A cool feature to Notepad++ that was available not in the Windows Notepad is a spell checker feature. This feature is not automatically installed with the initial installation of Notepad++, but we just have to install GNU Aspell , a pre-compiled dictionary. Once you download and install the latest version of Aspell, and a dictionary from for your language of choice (English in my case), from the GNU ASpell site you are ready to use this is a cool feature, and this helps me a lot for sure.

Notepad++ also has many more plug-ins, which make it more like a full fledged IDE, specially FTP browser, Syntax highlighting, Auto-completion and others will help any developer have a great time coding. Here are some of the features it offers with the default install of Notepad++:

  • Syntax highlighting (and brace and indent highlighting)
  • Regular expression find and replace
  • Split screen editing
  • Zooming
  • Spell checker (built in but requires Aspell)
  • Tabbed document interface
  • FTP Browser (plug-in included in standard installation)
  • Support for various file formats including Unicode.
  • File Status Auto-detection
  • Zoom in and zoom out
  • Auto-completion (language and file)
Notepad++ is available only for the Microsoft Windows operating system. However, users can still get Notepad++ to work on other platforms, like Linux and Mac OS X, using software such as Wine .