Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Semantic web and future of Social Networking

Hello everyone!

I am back to blogging! I was little busy doing some very interesting projects these days.

Today, I would like to share some of my recently learned facts and future possibilities of online social networking!

Do you know that according to ComScore reports social networking sites now reach 82% of world’s internet population in general? Today’s popular online networking sites have changed the way we live our life. However; most of us are juggling with managing our accounts on Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, Google Plus and Facebook!

Few years back I was very active on Orkut then it was time for Facebook! These days my favorite is Google Plus! Switching between networking sites and managing friend list for each of them is quite difficult! Moreover, when I share my pictures on one social networking site I cannot share them with friends on other social networks! Neither it is possible to request friends to join my favorite social network just because I am there!

While doing one of my recent projects I learned about Decentralized Social Networking.

Let me explain what is Decentralized Social Networking.

·  In decentralized social networking users choose a server or a node he/she trust to share his own data! As a user of decentralized social network you own your photos, music, videos and documents. You need not to worry about ownership of your own content! Recent example is when Instagram had changed their Terms of use and claimed that they can resell user images to any advertising company!

  •    Most features provided by popular social networking sites are also offered by these decentralized networking platforms.
  •    Users can import and aggregate their contacts from various social networking sites and control what information is viewed by whom!
  •    Use of semantic web technologies allows interoperability between varieties of social networks. Thus, you can have best of each social network!

  •     Decentralized social networking platforms  like Friendica, Status.net or Diaspora can help you become the master of your own content.

There is no need to log in separately to each social networking site you are part of just to view updates from friends!

In one of my previous post I had shared some thoughts on how a FacebookLIKE button clicks can collect information on variety of topics, brands, communities, deceases etc. that can either be USED or MISUSED! Large scale centralization of private data in hands of one single company is simply not beneficial for the future of social networking!

Awareness is the key! Do not give away your data without even reading EULA (End User Licence Agreement). Your photos, videos , documents can be misused.

Let me know your thoughts! 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

My venture into crocheting scarves

Finally I am back to blogging with finished scarf that I had mentioned in previous post on finger less gloves .

I found this beautiful pattern on lionbrand.com. Before starting any pattern I like to check reviews and ratings of other crochet buddies. One of them on lion brand’s site mentioned that she had doubled the total number of stitches mentioned in the actual pattern to increase the length of the scarf. I did the same and doubled the length. 

I had to look at the pattern every time for first few rows only. Rest of the scarf was easy to follow. Give it a try if you love to crochet!
Free pattern for crocheted scarf

While browsing patterns I came across a name ‘Infinity Scarf’. I had never heard of anything like that! Infinity word makes me think of scientific formula and I couldn’t quickly co-relate it with crocheting. 

Here is the co-relation between the two...a scarf without ends...

As of today an infinity scarf has become my favorite crocheted accessory. I made this using tutorial here. I love to wear it as a cowl as well as long scarf!  

I had some hard times taking photographs without a mannequin.

My infinity scarf is stretchable enough to use it as a head wrap too!

Let me know your thoughts on this! Happy Crocheting! 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Disable Java to protect your computer

Few of my friends are very active in Google+. They are always fond of browsing trending topics on Google plus. On 10th of January #java was a trending on Google plus. Slowly it was flooded with messages regarding java 0 day exploit!

A Google plus post from thenextweb.com addressed the only solution suggested by The US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) was to disable java to save your computer from possible threats.

Java is one of the most popular programming language that enables programmers to write applications that may run on any device. Billions of mobile phones and desktops run java. Java powers our set top boxes, web cams, blue-ray players, games and many more systems. A message to disable such highly used and powerful tool came as a BIG shock!

You might be thinking that “How this message can affect you?

Java is also used with internet browsers that we use every day! Java 7 update has vulnerabilities that may allow any hacker to install and run arbitrary code on your computer without your permission. Such malicious code may steal your passwords, financial information etc. All these can be done simply when you are browsing internet and visiting websites!

Actually you don’t need java all the time when browsing internet!

So, let’s see how to disable java from your Google Chrome browser. From top right corner of your Google Chrome select Settings.
disable java for Google Chrome
Figure 1.1

A screen as shown in the Figure 1.2 will be displayed. Scroll down and click on Show advanced settings.
disable java for Google Chrome
Figure 1.2

From Privacy settings choose Content settings shown in the figure 1.3
disable java for Google Chrome
Figure 1.3

Further, from Content settings -> Plug-ins -> Click on Disable individual plug-ins
disable java for Google Chrome
Figure 1.4

Finally, locate java plug-in details for your browser by scrolling down and click on Disable.

disable java for Google Chrome
Figure 1.5

Alternately you can also disable java from all your browsers using Control Panel option.
Select Control Panel -> Java

disable java from Control Panel
Figure 1.6

From Java Control Panel -> Go to Advanced tab -> Java Plug-in and uncheck
Enable the next-generation Java Plug-in.

Figure 1.7

This will disable java irrespective of browser you use to .
Though Oracle Corp. has released a fix on Monday, 14th Jan 2013 however; according to US Homeland Security update is not enough toprotect computers.Till the time Oracle corp. Fix Java security it is surely wise to disable java to protect your computer.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Welcome 2013 !


I know I am late by 10 days to wish you a very happy new year. I hope you are equally excited to welcome 2013 with all new dreams.

Welcome 2013

Today I would like to share a video from Robin Sharma’s blog that I truly enjoyed. I am sure it will help fill happiness as a habit! 

Wish you a happiness filled year ahead!