May 31, 2008

How to find the date a web page was created ?

Do you often need to know when was a particular web page or web site created?  This might be useful for knowing when a notification appeared on some web site or verifying content theft cases. Firefox add-on Link Diagnosis(compatible with FF3) can reveal age of only those pages which are indexed by Google. Basically, it gives the date when the web page was first indexed by Google: it doesn’t matter if it is later modified. It doesn’t give the modification date but the creation date of web page. Given the speed with which Google indexes even the lower rank web pages these days, the add-on looks promising in providing the accurate age of the web page.

It uses the advanced Google search. Consider this link :

inurl:http technolaziness blogspot com

For this query, Google also returns the cached date along with the links. See the screenshot below:


Link Diagnosis brings the same functionality through a simple user interface.





Just install the extension and you will be able to find out the age of the page with only two clicks. Just right click on web page and select Get Page Age.

[Link Diagnosis Download link]

Related : Monitor a web page for change

Create automatic USB/CD (as inserted) shortcut on desktop

What do you do when you insert removable media like CD, DVD, or USB drive. Obviously, you open My Computer to find the mounted media unless you have enabled autoplay. If autoplay is enabled, a set of possible actions pops up inside a dialogue window form where you directly access the media . If you have disabled autoplay, won't it be great if inserting a new media automatically creates a desktop shortcut pointing to new media. You are spared from hunting for meaningless drive letters inside My Computer. Desk Drive does exactly that. Remove the media and the shortcut goes away.
Sounds like a nice click saver for me. But it comes with a memory hog of around 16 Mb ram(4 times more than ideally such an app should consume). So, it is definitely not a worthy install if you are low on memory.
Requirements :
Windows XP/Vista
.Net Framework 2.0

May 20, 2008

Shareaholic -Flock browser killer is here

Even before Flock browser could gain substantial web presence- it faces the threat of extinction to the hands of firefox extension Shareaholic. If you are into submitting urls to social bookmarking sites then firefox extension Shareaholic is for you. No more looking for web publisher provided buttons, and no more bookmarklets piling up on your toolbar. Submit to almost all the well known social bookmarking sites on Internet space with this nifty tool. You can share the link by email using a third party service provided by Bzzster. It quickly evaluate web page popularity by telling you the number of times the web page you're on has been dugg or saved to


So is Firefox+Shareaholic = Flock ?
Doesn't believe it yet? Shareaholic was the Grand Prize winner of Extend Firefox 2, a Mozilla sponsored contest for the best Firefox addons.

Link: Shareaholic addon

Shareaholic website

May 19, 2008

'Double Click-Open with' problem solved

I have been encountering this windows error very frequently:

Whenever I click on my hard drive, it opens a Open With window.

This is because more and more malwares are resorting to 'autorun.inf' file tactics.

Q:What is autorun.inf?

A:Autorun.inf is basically an optional file in the root directory of CD which contains instructions for what action to perform as the CD is inserted. These instructions can include, for example, a command for an installation program to be executed. Autorun.inf file can also be associated with drives on your system. When you double click the drive icon in 'My Computer', instructions in the autorun.inf file are run.

Q:How does it spread?

A:These type of virus infections are commonly spread by portable USB drives. The moment you click on the USB drive which is already infected by virus, the virus creates replica of autorun.inf file in your entire system under each drive.

Q:How to fix them?

A:Geeky solution for Deleting Autorun.inf files :

Open task manager and end the "wscript.exe" process
Click Start, Run and type cmd,
run these commands:

attrib -h -s -r *.inf
del *.inf
Try this for all of your drives. You might need system restart after this.

You may also encounter one of these system restrictions:

1 - Disable Registry Tools >> so the user can't see what is going on during system startup!

Geeky solution for Enabling Registry Editor:

Click Start, Run and type this command:

REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
Policies\System /v DisableRegistryTools /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

Click OK.

2 - Disable Folder Options >> so the user can't set the option to show hidden files!

Geeky solution for Enabling Folder Options:

Once registry editor has been enabled, click Start, Run and type regedit, browse to the entries given below and edit these dword values:


Internet Explorer\Restrictions]"NoBrowserOptions"

3 - Disable Ctrl+Alt+Del (Task Manager)>> so the user can't see the virus and the other applications running!

Geeky solution for Enabling Task Manager:

Click Start, Run and type this command exactly as given below:

REG add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
Policies\System /v DisableTaskMgr /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f

Click OK.

Ungeeking the task:

Autorun Eater is a tool that removes any suspicious 'autorun.inf' files in real time, even before the user attempts to access the drive. It will prompt the user before any autorun.inf file is deleted. Besides this the tool is also capable of removing above three common system restrictions made by virus.

Sergiwa RRT(Remove Restrictions Tool) is a useful troubleshooting utility to clear around 30 more restrictions like the one mentioned above. You can find the complete list on the developer's site. Though it doesn't eat autorun.inf files!


Q: How
to bypass autorun on USB/CD?

A:Autorun could be bypassed by holding down the Shift key for 5-10 sec as the USB or optical disc is inserted. However, this is no longer true starting with Windows Vista.

Search Companion Starts If You Double-Click a Folder

May 11, 2008

How to place images between words in Gmail

After coming across a very interesting service on Technospot, I eagerly tried it and went on to sharing its results with friends through email. But there was a hitch midway: Gmail does not support inline images.

Google Help center says:

Google Mail doesn't currently offer the ability to attach images inline, because we don't support HTML formatting.

That made me wonder how have I been receiving those inline images in Gmail for so long. That means there must me a way out. I finally turned to Google for help: results were not satisfactory. Some results suggested downloading flock browser, then setting up Flickr account.. so on....a process too long for me. I was looking for something plain and simple which I found after digging through more pages on Google.

Here are the step by step instructions for embedding images inside Gmail:

  • Upload the image on web server using free image hosting services like MediaFire.
  • Open the image located at a web server directly in your browser.
  • Click the image with right mouse button and select View image from the menu.
  • Hit Ctrl-A; then Ctrl-C.
  • Open Gmail Compose Mail window.
  • Make sure Rich formatting is turned on in Gmail (It is ok if you see « Plain Text above editing area(see above image)).
  • Position the cursor in the editing area where you want image to appear.
  • Finally hit Ctrl-V.
That's really simple! Continue composing message.

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