Internet Explorer hit by serious vulnerability – MS issues security patch – Windows XP Included


Microsoft has reported that a security flaw in its Internet Explorer browser could allow hackers to access your personal information especially if you are still using Windows XP.

The bug has been found to affect IE versions 6 through 11 and was found by Microsoft’s security company FireEye. The company says that the flaw leaves around 56 percent of the browser market vulnerable to attack. The bug has been classified as a “Zero Day” flaw which gives victims zero warnings before attack.

The flaw is a remote code execution vulnerability which means that a hacker can successfully run software on a victim’s computer after attack. Microsoft issued a security alert which said that “the vulnerability may corrupt memory in a way that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user within Internet Explorer. The phrase ‚Äúarbitrary code‚ÄĚ means pretty much any software that the attacker chooses to run.”

In short, a hacker could install programs, view and delete data simply by visiting a website that you are running at the same time on your IE.

FireEye has said that a gang of attackers has already launched a campaign exploiting the flaw. Microsoft reported that IE9 through IE11 versions are the worst-hit as the three versions of IE account for almost 26 percent of the web browsers currently in use around the world. The software giant has said that Internet Explorer 10 and 11 are safe from the flaw only if the Enhanced Protected Mode in these browsers is turned on. The company is currently working on fixing the problem and might soon come out with an update.

UPDATE :¬†Microsoft is issuing a fix for the “zero-day” vulnerability found in Internet Explorer last week. The update should be rolling out to all users any time now. In addition to updating Internet Explorer, Microsoft is also providing a fix for Windows XP, despite the fact that the operating system is no longer officially supported. The fix was issued because support for XP ended recently.

Source : Microsoft.

Facebook Graph Search


Facebook Graph Search is a semantic search engine that was introduced by Facebook in March 2013. It is designed to give answers to user natural language queries rather than a list of links. The Graph Search feature combines the big data acquired from its over one billion users and external data into a search engine providing user-specific search results. 

The feature was developed under former Google employees Lars Rasmussen and Tom Stocky.

Graph Search operates by use of a search algorithm similar to traditional search engines such as Google. However, the search feature is distinguished as a semantic search engine, searching based on intended meaning. Rather than returning results based on matching keywords, the search engine is designed to match phrases, as well as objects on the site. 

Search results are based on both the content of the user and their friends’ profiles and the relationships between the user and their friends. Results are based on the friends and interests expressed on Facebook, and also shaped by users’ privacy settings. In addition to being restricted from seeing some content, users may be able to view relevant content made publicly available by users that are not listed as friends.

Entries into the search bar are auto-completed as users type, with Facebook suggesting friends and second degree connections, Facebook pages, automatically-generated topics, and finally Web searches for anything Facebook is not yet able to search for.

The operation of the search feature depends on user involvement. The feature is intended to promote users to add more friends, more quickly. In doing so, it can provide updating, more data-rich results and stimulate use of the feature.

Microsoft has been partnered with Facebook to provide search results since 2008. Microsoft Live Search came to be known as¬†Bing¬†following the initiation of the partnership. In 2010, Facebook and Bing partnered to offer socially-oriented search results: ‚ÄėPeople Search‚Äô and ‚ÄėLiked by your Facebook Friends‚Äô information appeared in results within Facebook and on¬†Bing.com.

In May 2012, Bing launched a social sidebar feature which displayed Facebook content alongside of search results. Promoted on the basis of asking friends for advice, the feature allows users to broadcast queries related to their searches to Facebook friends, and offers recommendations of Facebook friends, as well as experts from other networks who could be capable of offering insight.

The previously developed Instant Personalization feature integrated friends’ publicly available information, such as likes, into content on other external websites, such as Rotten Tomatoes and Yelp.

The emergence of the Graph Search feature builds on this partnership. Facebook content remains on Bing.com. The focus of Graph Search is internal content, but Bing continues to issue search results of external content. The external search results are based on traditional keyword-match.

The Open Graph feature allows developers to integrate their applications and pages into the Facebook platform, and links Facebook with external sites on the Internet. The feature operates by allowing the addition of metadata to turn websites into graph objects. Actions made using the app are expressed on users’ profile pages.

‚ô•‚ô•‚ô•….Cute Love….‚ô•‚ô•‚ô•


The boy & the girl were online chatting..

Boy: So.. Have you ever been in love ?

Girl: Of course, I mean love is so hard, you know..

Boy: How is it hard ?

Girl: Well, when you love someone, sometimes they just don’t love you back..

Boy: Is that what your feeling right now ?

Girl: Haha no..

Boy: Ohh.. Well, I gotta go bye.. [he lied]

Girl: Okay bye..
[The boy signed off, but he really didn’t sign off, he
was offline, but the girl thought he really did signoff]

Girl: [She sighed & one tear went down on her face..but then she typed].. I love you..

Boy: [Then the boy typed] I love you, too..‚ô•‚ô•‚ô•
thats true love….‚ô•‚ô•‚ô•

Relationship


I have read this somewhere while browsing over the Internet. A very good definition for the word Relationship.

RelationshipsРof all kindsРare like sand held in your hand. Held loosely, with an open hand, the sand remains where it is. The minute you close your hand and squeeze tightly to hold on, the sand trickles through your fingers. You may hold onto some of it, but most will be spilled. A relationship is like that. Held loosely, with respect and freedom for the other person, it is likely to remain intact. But hold too tightly, too possessively, and the relationship slips away and is lost. (Kaleel Jamison) 

 

 

 

Teacher’s Day 2012 ‚Äď Honouring Teachers


Teacher’s Day is celebrated as a tribute to the valuable contribution made by teachers to the society by imparting knowledge and enlightening and shaping the career of students. Celebration of Teacher’s Day is fairly popular in many countries across the world and is even acknowledged by UNESCO.¬†

For students, Teacher’s Day is an occasion to pay reverence and gratitude to teachers for their selfless effort in shaping their career and enriching the education system in the process.¬†

When is Teacher’s Day celebrated? The date for celebrating this special event varies from country to country across the world. In India, Teacher’s Day is celebrated on the 5th of September every year, whereas, China celebrates this event on 10th September every year. The celebration in each country is generally correlated to either significant personalities or achievements of milestone in the field of education. India celebrates Teacher’s Day on September 5 since 1962 as it is the birth anniversary of Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, a prominent thinker, philosopher and an educator. Across the nation tributes are paid to noted scholar and former president Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan to celebrate his birth anniversary. Dr Radhakhrishnan believed that “teachers should be the best minds in the country”.¬†

Most of the schools and institutions make elaborate preparations for the celebrations. The ceremony usually kicks off with a warm Teacher’s Day speech paying respect and thanking teachers for their contribution. This is often followed by a range of colourful cultural programs, feast and other activities which make the event special and memorable.¬†

A few traditional ways of celebrating the event include presenting colourful flowers, beautiful Teacher’s Day cards or gifts to the teacher as tokens of love and admiration. But students often try innovative ways and ideas to celebrate Teacher’s Day.¬†

Some rely on creative and attractive Teacher’s Day greeting cards adorned with captivating and touchy quotes and messages to convey the indebtedness unfailingly and also to capture the wonderful moments of the event. Others select lovely and popular Teacher’s Day quotes to convey their inner feeling of love for their teacher.¬†

Sending animated or e-greeting card is also a rage in the contemporary times. Available absolutely free of cost, these Teacher’s Day Greetings e-cards have become a preferred way to send warm wishes and shower emotions on teachers.¬†

Another modern and popular mode of wishing teachers today is the Teacher’s Day SMS. The advantage of sending SMS is that the message reaches its destination promptly and rarely goes unnoticed. For the celebration of Teachers Day, the text messages are available in varied languages allowing users to send SMS according to his/her preferred language.¬†

All of us have been students at some stage of our life and have benefited from our teachers. Celebration of Teacher’s Day is a wonderful opportunity especially for all of us to show our gratitude and appreciation to our teachers.

My Favorite Quotes/One Liners


I Come Across Many Quotes Daily via Facebook….Facebook is flooded with Quotes. The Quotes/One Liners which I give here Impressed me a lot among the others…..

Love; A very strong word. Use with extreme caution. ‚ô•
When you say ‘bye’….
I still wait for
another msg
when you turn around……..
I still wait for another
hug
u know why becoz
Something Deep Inside My Heart
‚ÄéOkay, yes, I admit it: My heart skips a little when I even see your name.
Sometimes, the more you hide your feelings for someone, the more you fall for them.
The harder you try to forget something, the more you think about it unconsciously.
Meeting you was fate, becoming your friend was a choice, but falling in love with you was beyond my control. ‚ô•

Guitar – A Brief history


I¬†don’t¬†know how and why I got a interest in Guitar. But I love to hear and play guitar though I¬†haven’t¬†went to any class on how to play a guitar. Just started playing guitar by watching and reading some tutorials which are flooded in the Internet. This post is about the History of Guitar. Just scroll down and read to know more about my¬†favorite¬† musical instrument.

The guitar is an ancient and noble instrument, whose history can be traced back over 4000 years. Many theories have been advanced about the instrument’s ancestry. It has often been claimed that the guitar is a development of the lute, or even of the ancient Greek kithara.

The name “guitar” comes from the ancient Sanskrit word for “string” –“tar”. (This is the language from which the languages of central Asia and northern India developed.) Many stringed folk instruments exist in Central Asia to this day which have been used in almost unchanged form for several thousand years, as shown by archeological finds in the area. Many have names that end in “tar”, with a prefix indicating the number of strings.

The modern “classical” guitar took its present form when the Spanish maker Antonio Torres increased the size of the body, altered its proportions, and introduced the revolutionary “fan” top bracing pattern, in around 1850. His design radically improved the volume, tone and projection of the instrument, and very soon became the accepted construction standard. It has remained essentially unchanged, and unchallenged, to this day.

Guitar by Antonio Torres Jurado, 1859

Steel-string and electric guitars

At around the same time that Torres started making his breakthrough fan-braced guitars in Spain, German immigrants to the USA – among them Christian Fredrich Martin – had begun making guitars with X-braced tops. Steel strings first became widely available in around 1900. Steel strings offered the promise of much louder guitars, but the increased tension was too much for the Torres-style fan-braced top. A beefed-up X-brace proved equal to the job, and quickly became the industry standard for the flat-top steel string guitar.

At the end of the 19th century Orville Gibson was building archtop guitars with oval sound holes. He married the steel-string guitar with a body constructed more like a cello, where the bridge exerts no torque on the top, only pressure straight down. This allows the top to vibrate more freely, and thus produce more volume. In the early 1920’s designer Lloyd Loar joined Gibson, and refined the archtop “jazz” guitar into its now familiar form with f-holes, floating bridge and cello-type tailpiece.

The electric guitar was born when pickups were added to Hawaiian and “jazz” guitars in the late 1920’s, but met with little success before 1936, when Gibson introduced the ES150 model, which Charlie Christian made famous.

With the advent of amplification it became possible to do away with the soundbox altogether. In the late 1930’s and early 1940’s several actors were experimenting along these lines, and controversy still exists as to whether Les Paul, Leo Fender, Paul Bigsby or O.W. Appleton constructed the very first solid-body guitar. Be that as it may, the solid-body electric guitar was here to stay.

Knowing and appreciating the history of the guitar may not be essential to being a great guitarist. For some, it may not even be of interest. But, understanding and being familiar with the history of music, and its musicians, gives one a broader perspective, and a more comprehensive philosophy on what it means to be a musician.

History & Picture Source : Paul Guy.