Windows 7 Activation Cracked by Pirates

According to ComputerWorld, pirates have managed to crack Windows 7’s product activation; “This is just a week after the operating system made RTM and a week before it’s slated to reach users.”

Microsoft confirmed this crack, saying:
“We are aware of reports of activation exploits that attempt to circumvent activation and validation in Windows 7,” said a company spokeswoman in an e-mail. “[But] Microsoft strongly advises customers not to download Windows 7 from unauthorized sources,” she added, then reminded users that “peer-to-peer Web sites exposes users to increased risks, such as viruses, Trojans, and other malware and malicious code.”

Apparently, according to ComputerWorld, the crack “demands a BIOS that supports the new technology” and requires installation of a hacked BIOS.

Wow, looks like the crackers are at it again hehe, good thing I use Linux these days! No cracks, no nothing…straightforward productivity and super-fastness! :D

Source: Pirates manage to crack Windows 7 activation (ComputerWorld)

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Web Of Trust (WOT) Partners With Panda Security [Firefox Addon]

Hi guys (and girls :P), just to let you know about this….one of my favorite Firefox addons for your online safety called Web Of Trust (WOT) has now partnered with Panda Security to better safeguard internet user’s. This joining of forces of the two companies and developing a co-branded version of WOT , which is available for both Firefox and Internet Explorer, will be of a major benefit to it’s users as it makes “searching, shopping and browsing on the internet a safer experience”.

WOT has around 5 million members and with this partnership with Panda, they will benefit even more as according to WOT *“The WOT database has been enhanced with real-time data from Panda Labs on new malware strains, dangerous domains and phishing threats.” *

Panda believes that WOT is the best tool to get safe surfing through the Internet:

“As we did with Collective Intelligence, we trust in the power of the community to improve the safety of the user, that’s why we believe WOT is the best tool to help get safe surfing through the Internet”, said Panda Security’s CEO Juan Santana.

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Against Intuition (the company behind WOT), are excited to have Panda as their partner:

“We are excited to have Panda, a respected security company as a partner in our goal to make the Internet a safer place for everyone,” said Against Intuition’s CEO Esa Suurio. “WOT prides itself in providing frontline protection in the battle against online threats, and with this strong collaboration between Panda Security and Web of Trust we have strengthened both our offerings and given our users a definite advantage against cybercrime.”

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We hope that this partnership will help elevate security on the Internet and protect it’s users even better! :)

So, is this addon free you ask? Yes, of course!

The free co-branded WOT security add-on (for both Internet Explorer and Firefox users) is available for free to everyone and can be downloaded from Panda’s website.

Want to know more about the WOT addon? Here’s some more info:**

Web of Trust is a unique community-based safe surfing tool that uses an intuitive traffic-light style rating system to help Internet users stay safe as they search, browse, and shop online. The WOT security add-on provides safety ratings to search results when using Google, Yahoo!, Wikipedia, and other popular sites, helping people protect their computers and personal information. Web site ratings are continuously updated by millions of members of the WOT community and from numerous trusted sources, such as phishing site listings. The free Internet security add-on works with Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers and can be downloaded at

Supporting Facts of WOT

  • WOT has been downloaded by 5 million users

  • Information on 23.6 million websites

  • WOT users can contribute by rating and commenting on websites

  • WOT partners with a number of trusted sources, such as Panda Security, PhishTank, TRUSTe, and hpHosts

So, what are you waiting for? Get this add-on and better safeguard yourself! :)


Installing nVidia Drivers in Linux [HowTo]

So, you got a new gfx card eh? And it’s nVidia? coolio!
But you don’t know how to install the drivers on your linux distro? no probs….here’s how.

First of all, download the drivers from the nvidia site. Save the file (it should have a .run extension) to your home directory (or a directory which you can easily access).

Now, you will have to logout. Log-out of your account and once you reach the gdm or kdm login screen, press Alt+F2 (or Alt+F1). This will give a ‘text-only’ login screen. Enter your username and password and login.

Once there, cd to the directory where you saved the file you downloaded.
If you download the file in a directory named ‘Downloads’ inside your home directory then type this:

[plain]cd $HOME/Downloads[/plain]

Once inside the directory, you can use the following command to see the exact filename:

[plain]ls *.run[/plain]

It should give a filename similar to this

Now, before you start the install, you will need to stop the X server, or else you will not be able to complete the install.
Type (as root or use sudo):
[plain]sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop[/plain]

NOTE: If you’re running KDE, replace ‘gdm’ with ‘kdm’ in the above command.

After that is done, run the installer with the following command:
[plain]sudo sh ./[/plain]
*Substitute the filename above, with the filename of the driver you downloaded.

When you’re asked if you wish to download the pre-compiled module, then either select ‘Yes’ to download them, or you can select ‘No’ if you have the linux kernel headers installed for your kernel. If you don’t have them, you will need to install them first, before running the installer.

On Ubuntu/Debian systems, you can install them from the following command:
[plain]sudo apt-get install linux-headers-uname -r[/plain]

After that run the installer again and it will install it without any problems! :)

After the installer has finished installing and it returns you back to the terminal, you will need to restart the X server by the following command:

[plain]sudo /etc/init.d/gdm start[/plain]

You will then be sent back to the login screen :) Voila, you just installed the nVidia drivers! :)

If, later you wish to un-install them you can use the following command:
sudo ./ –uninstall

  • Replace the filename with the exact name of the file you downloaded.

And that’s it :)

Cheers :)

– gastly


Firefox Bug – Font Rendering Problem In Ubuntu

I was compiling Firefox 3.5 on Ubuntu and I did all the optimizations and stuff to get better font rendering in it (see my other tutorial), but it seems that Firefox 3.5 has a bug; The font rendering is really bad even when you have all the configure options set and you have a subpixel hinting enabled build of cairo (default in Ubuntu). Here’s the bug filed at launchpad:

Here’s the comparison:

The middle one is FF 3.5. See any difference in the fonts? Yup, that’s what the bug is all about.

But don’t worry, there’s a workaround for it, you just need to edit one file (create it, if it doesn’t exist). You see, the problem is that Firefox takes the font rendering settings directly from Freetype2, and Freetype2’s default settings are not always good for everyone, so if you’ve tweaked the font settings via the ‘System->Preferences->Appearance’ menu, you won’t see any change in Firefox 3.5. Although, Firefox 3 works fine.

OK, enough blabber, here’s what you have to do.

First of all, create a file named ‘.fonts.conf’ in your home directory (edit it, if it already exists) and change it to your hearts content :P

Here’s mine:







All I did was change the hinting to “true”, initially it was ‘false’ so I replaced it with ‘true’.
And, ” hintstyle” I changed it to ‘hintslight’. You need to see which is good for you, ‘hintfull’ or ‘hintmedium’.

You can check your font options (System->Appearance and click on the ‘Fonts’ tab and then click on ‘Details’) and change the file according to those settings.

*Please Note: *This workaround was taken from the Ubuntu forums from this post.