This video is showing Nicole Pesce playing happy birthday song at Tempe Center for the Arts. She plays the song with Bah, Beethoven and Mozart style. This is a humorous way to show her skills. I liked it very much so I share it with you. I keep descriptions very small when I share videos but I would like to mention that the song is copyrighted and you can’t use it freely. Enjoy!
Ultra PDF Merger is a freeware PDF utility that joins your PDF files, or part of them, together. It is a windows application and it runs on both 32bit and 64bit systems. Ultra PDF Merger is portable which means you don’t have to install anything, just download it, extract its content and run it. In this way you can put it in your USB drive and use it anywhere. There are two changes in this version. The most important is that you can choose the pages you want to merge by choosing the starting and the ending page. The second change is that the check for two or more files has been removed. You now have the option to “merge” only one file.View full post
Box Keeper is a very popular and addictive puzzle game. It is a Sokoban implementation in C# for Windows. The player can push the boxes and he should move them to specific locations. Sokoban was created in 1981 by Hiroyuki Imabayashi and since then it is implemented in a plethora of platforms including computers, video game consoles and digital cameras. Solving the levels is challenging but the real challenge is to solve them with the minimum number of moves. Box Keeper contains the original 50 levels and their difficulty increases almost based on their order. Theoretically, there is an unlimited undo and redo functionality in Box Keeper to help you save time.View full post
BubblePop is a fun and addictive bubble pop game to entertain children and at the same time make them smarter. It is a clone of BubbleBurst with added options and colors to help (red-green) colorblind people to distinguish the bubbles. As I watch people playing, I noticed that at first they just click the bubbles but of course unless they are very lucky they fail. The second time they do the same but they are more careful. After few times they create a plan to finish the game successfully. It is not chess but it is a good and funny way to make you think before you act.View full post
M-emo-ry is a simple pair memory game where you match emotional emoticons. The purpose of the game is to find all (18) matching pairs. Even though the game is designed for small kids, it is suitable for all ages. We all need to exercise our memory in order to keep our brain highly active. It runs on any system that has .NET Framework 4, Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8, on both 32bit and 64bit versions. M-emo-ry is freeware (you can use it for free) and portable (no installation needed).View full post
We all know that Google’s employees enjoy Easter eggs and give us something funny occasionally. Since my posts about Google Gravity and do a barrel roll I received many emails asking for more funny Google stuff. This post is about all the funny things I found that has to do with Google. I will start with the search terms and then the projects and websites with Google fun. I believe that you will enjoy this post. If you know something not in this post feel free to send me an email or post a comment.View full post
Nov 23 2013
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Oct 18 2013
There are times when you spend money on something and you say it was money well spent. When I watched this video I was happily surprised, that is really the best coin ever spent. There is a street musician and when a little girl puts a coin in his hat then the magic begins and everyone around is watching and listening this amazing show. I don’t want to ruin it with more words, just watch the video and enjoy the show.
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Oct 05 2013
One of the most famous forums about Bitcoin has been hacked and defaced by a group of hackers called “The Hole Seekers” to make profit. They say that they have the database which contains information for around 150000 users. The passwords were encrypted with SHA256 which is the same hash algorithm Bitcoin uses. Hackers are selling the database for 25 Bitcoins which is currently about $3000. Site owner on the other hand gives 50 Bitcoins (~$6000) to the first that will find the security hole. Attackers can get that instead or get greedy and receive both rewards. If you had account on Bicoin Talk and you used the same password in an exchange site it is strongly advised to change it or be prepared to loose your money. Bitcoin Talk source code is publicly available so if you can find the security hole you can make a quick profit.
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Sep 21 2013
We have many posts about iOS lockscreen vulnerabilities and the new iOS couldn’t resist of having (at least) one too. If someone steal your iPhone then be sure he will be able to access it and find all your sensitive information. According to Apple they already fixed about 80 vulnerabilities, they could avoid them with the experience they have or by delaying it for few months and have security researches finding those before they release it to the market. Of course timing and profit are everything for Apple and security is second. The security hole is for the normal PIN code or password lock of the screen.
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Sep 14 2013
An Android Firefox exploit found which can be triggered and execute apk files. It forces Firefox versions 23/24/26 to download and execute a malicious application. This exploit was posted by a Russian hacker and exploit writer and the auction starts at $460. This can happen by just visiting a malicious site so even browsing is not safe. The only thing for the attacker is to use some social engineering and convince people to visit a malicious website. He might not even have to do it since he can instead infect a known website and all its visitors be victims. Update your software to the latest version and be careful on the websites you are visiting.
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Sep 03 2013
Arul Kumar, an Indian security researcher found a vulnerability to Facebook which he could delete any image within a minute. The vulnerability was in Facebook’s support dashboard and they rewarded him with $12.500 for helping the security team to patch it. Basically the security hole was in the photo removal request where the attacker could change the profile id and the image id and so be able to delete any image on Facebook. Imagine if someone that hates you finds this and exploits it or pay someone else and delete all your images. There are people that have uploaded hundreds of photos and they can’t even imagine such a thing happening to them.
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Sep 02 2013
Apple invented a new technology that will be able to switch off camera and wi-fi from iPhone remotely. This is to be used for when people enter a “sensitive area”. It basically broadcasts a signal and when iPhone receives it, it will shut down features or entirely. For some of us this is not an issue since I never bought and I will never buy Apple device if they keep overcharge everything. And they of course continue do it since there are many people paying. To our subject, those are not rumors, there is a patent filled by Apple titled “Apparatus and methods for enforcement of policies upon a wireless device”.
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Sep 01 2013
We all learned about NSA’s Prism and that user data is available to US government like any other public document. Tor is in general terms an anonymity tool for user internet activity. Since Snowden revealed the information about Prism Tor gained more than 600.000 new users and it now has about 1.2 million users. Tor is also used by hackers and web criminals to hide their activity. This is not Tor’s fault, almost any tool can be used for good and bad things. Some countries ban Tor network in order to be able to monitor their citizens easier. Some times I can’t believe why countries move backwards technology and progress.
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Aug 22 2013
This post is for those who love Age of Empires games and they want to play the HD release but instead of the map they see black screen. Don’t worry and there is an easy and fast solution for this. It happened to me on Windows 7 so I can’t say if it is Windows 7 specific problem or a general one. Also, it depends if you installed through Steam or normally. I provide both solutions which are basically the same.
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Jul 31 2013
Most of you know Lenovo, the biggest Chinese computer maker. It has recently been banned and it can’t supply equipment for several intelligence and security agencies. Mostly for government agencies in US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. This is because there are concerns that it contains serious hardware and firmware backdoor vulnerabilities. Even though a hardware backdoor is very hard to detect, it is very critical for agencies like NSA. Huawei should feel very lucky since it will most probably fill the gap with its equipment. Lenovo is the company that acquired the personal computer business from IBM when they decided to leave the PC business back in 2005.
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