Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Windows 10 Technical Preview

Windows 10 is the next version of Microsoft's operating system for PC, laptop, tablet, smartphone and all points in between. Here is Windows 10 review, based on time spent with the Windows 10 Technical Preview.

Windows 10 Preview: The Start Menu Returns

The most obvious thing about Windows 10 is that, yes, the Start Menu is back, and it’s just as welcome as you might expect. The Start Screen was a UI design fail of epic proportions and being able to go back to the familiar pop-up menu is so much more efficient. 

Of course, it isn’t just that the Start Menu is back. It has also changed. Now the Live Tiles of the Start Screen are embedded within the Start Menu, providing yet another area for shortcuts (along with the taskbar, normal menu items and desktop) to opening your apps. Those Tiles that are actually Live will also show previews of app information, such as a message notification or the day’s weather. 

It’s quite a nice addition both visually and because there is the potential there to provide a useful snapshot of your other apps. We’re not quite at the stage of finding it useful yet, but we can see the possibilities. 

Windows 10                            Yeah finally Start Menu is backy.. 

Things we’re not so keen on are that by default there is both a search button and a search function in the Start Menu right next to each other; that the Control Panel is removed from the list of apps by default; and that the power options are at the top of the menu, tucked away between the Live Tiles and user profile button. 

But the search is at least quite powerful now, with results from Bing included along with Windows Store matches and local file matches, and this is a preview so there's plenty of time for Microsoft to tweak and complete the design.

Windows 10: Virtual Desktops

If the Start Menu didn't already, it’s the inclusion of virtual desktops that really marks out how directly Microsoft is trying to please the desktop power users with this release of Windows. It isn't as slick as the virtual desktop integration in Mac OS, but it's a really useful addition.

New desktops can be added by either pressing Windows Tab or clicking the new Task View button. These bring up a new live app-switching interface below which is the option to add new desktops. 

Once you’ve added a new desktop you can, from the same interface, move apps between them and rearrange them. Apps that are open in other desktops are underlined in the taskbar where if you click them it’ll switch to that desktop, which can actually be a little annoying if you just want to open another instance of that app and don’t know the keyboard shortcut. 

Virtual desktops are perhaps the second biggest new addition to Windows 10. The implementation could do with a little work though.

It’s a neat enough implementation that will certainly suffice for those power users that simply need virtual desktops. However, it doesn’t reinvent them in a way that makes them immediately useful for the rest of us. 

Again comparing to Apple’s implementation, in Mac OS apps automatically open to a new virtual desktop when made fullscreen, returning to a normal desktop when windowed. You can also swipe between desktops using the multi-finger gestures available on its trackpads. The result is an interface that revolutionises the way you work. Here, though, it’s a lot of clicking to get the same result. 

Microsoft’s app management improvements aren’t limited to virtual desktops, though, as it has also tweaked how Snap works. Previously you could snap apps to fill one half of the screen and that was it. Now, though, you can snap four apps and when you snap an app it will show suggested other apps to fill the left over space. 

Like virtual desktops, Snap is most useful for laptops, where the smaller screens make having multiple windows open at one time less practical. This is still true even with the new four-way snapping as most apps just don’t end up in a usable shape when snapped into the shape they would when taking up a quarter of the screen. 

We wonder whether a customisable snap interface would actually work best – there are still up to four spaces (one for each corner for the snap gesture) but each corner/side will snap apps to a pre-defined shape. Or maybe a quicksnap tool that snaps a set layut of apps to the front of the screen – great for quickly switching between a document you’re working on and a layout of apps that includes your music player, web browser and IM, for instance. Anyway, we digress.

Windows 10
The new Snap interface can snap to four corners and suggests alternative windows to fill the rest of the space.

Windows 10 Preview: Charms

Alhough the existing Charms menu – the one you swipe in from the right – of Windows 8 remains, for keyboard and mouse users there’s a new way to access some its features. 

You can still press the Windows C shortcut to bring up the Charms menu but most apps also now have a Charms buttons in their top left. Tap this and it brings up the standard set of options, with App Commands, Search, Share, Play, Print, Project, Settings and Fullscreen available.

It’s not really a feature set we’ve yet found useful but it’s good to see Microsoft backwards engineering some of the apparently well-liked features introduced with the Windows 8 modern UI and making them easy to use for non-touch users too. 

The existing Charms menu itself is also set to be changed before the final release of Windows 10, but for now it remains the same. 

Windows 10
The command line can now use copy and paste 

Windows 10 Preview: Command Prompt

Another really, really obvious nod towards ingratiating power users is that Microsoft has finally updated the Command Shell, at least a little bit. 

Now users can use the familiar keyboard shortcuts of the rest of the Windows interface, with Copy and Paste and Ctrl/Shift cursor based character selection now available. 

The most obvious benefit of this is that you can copy and paste complicated command instructions from the web straight into the prompt, which you couldn’t do before. Sadly, you still can’t delete a highlighted selection but at least it’s a step in the right direction.

Windows 10 Preview: First Impressions for Touchscreen Users

The final release of Windows 10 will no doubt incorporate plenty of tweaks to the existing Windows 8.1 touchscreen experience. However, for now, the Technical Preview is all about desktop additions so there’s very little to say here. 

As mentioned, we expect the Charms bar to be tweaked and there will no doubt be more crossover interface tweaks as we go along. For now, though, it’s meagre pickings. In particular, any of the fall-back interfaces – things like the control panel or device manager – are still the same as they were in Windows 7. 

One thing Microsoft will need to sort out is how users of hybrid touchscreen laptop/tablets will use the software. On detachable tablet type models will it auto detect that you’ve removed the keyboard and mouse and revert back to using the Start Screen rather than Start Menu? 

Will it generally still aim for a hodgepodge of touch and desktop elements or make users strictly choose one or the other? Microsoft really has made a rod for its own back by embracing touchscreen for laptops and desktops and it still has some distance to go before it has joined all the dots.

Windows 10 Preview: First Impressions for mouse and keyboard users

It really can’t be overstated how important the reintroduction of the Start Menu is to the overall feel of using Windows. It’s efficient, it’s intuitive, it’s familiar, it’s what never needed to be changed, and thank god it’s back. 

Likewise, the few little nods here and there towards better integrating the new Windows 8 touch-centric interface features -- plus, of course, virtual desktops -- are a nice addition. 

Overall, though, there’s still a long way to go before the interface is fully rid of the many bizarre touch-centric interface features that interrupt your workflow. Menus that suddenly fill up the whole vertical third of the screen, the main PC Settings menu with its massive buttons and no icons, the sideways scrolling interface of the Windows Store.

Windows 10 is clearly a step in the right direction but, just as with its need to more fully provide touch interfaces for advanced features, Microsoft still has a lot of work to do to get the day-to-day experience for mouse and keyboard users. It has the time to make these changes, but there's plenty of work to be done. 
Windows 10
The app store is a great way to safely access new apps, though we're no fans of the sideways scrolling interface!

Is it time to upgrade from Window 7 or earlier?

Perhaps the most important consideration for existing power desktop users is simply whether they will want to upgrade. Windows 7 still works very well thank you very much, so should you splash the cash? 

Well, of course one thing we don’t yet now is exactly how much Windows 10 will cost so in that regard it’s difficult to say, but otherwise things are definitely moving in the right direction. 

Windows 10, like Windows 8 before it, is noticeably faster than Windows 7, both at booting up and in general use – it really does feel snappy. This is particularly noticeable on mobile platforms – i.e. laptops – but is still nice for regular desktops too. It’s also better with its power management, so you’ll have a better chance of eking out that battery life just a few minutes more. 

The addition of virtual desktops may tip the scales for some users too, as could the command line tweaks. Integration of OneDrive is also a surprisingly useful feature, even for those used to using alternative cloud backup software. 

All that said, there isn’t perhaps that one killer feature that stands out as a reason to pay £100-odd for a full license when it becomes available. Indeed, ironically, the addition of the Start Menu now just highlights how under the hood there is very little that’s a tangible improvement over Windows 7 in particular (Windows XP users really should be looking to upgrade for all sorts of reasons). 

The collection of incremental improvements is perhaps enough, but then Microsoft really does need to make sure it gets the rest of the interface right between now and full release. 

Windows 10
There are still plenty of areas in the interface that completely don't match up such as the control panel and PC settings pages.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, Microsoft has clearly listened to at least the loudest criticisms of Windows 8 and has rightly embraced the core keyboard and mouse user base for Windows 10. The return of the Start Menu is as welcome as you might imagine and the addition of virtual desktops and an improved command line shell all add up to a big step in the right direction. 

However there is still a lot of work to be done before the software will feel like it has hit the right balance. Both the touchscreen and desktop interfaces still crash into each other on a regular basis, causing unnecessary confusion for the user and things like the virtual desktop integration still need a bit of tweaking. 

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Funny Notepad Tricks and Hacks

Ever thought about Notepad pranks with some tricks and tips? No, okay lets start then.. As most of you will be familiar that Notepad, which is the default program of Windows uses as simple text editor in which a user can edit their text,change font size, colour and do much more things in notepad. Do you know that you can do some tricks with notepad like you can make fake virus, can show fake error messages, lock folder using notepad. Here are some notepad tricks and hacks.

Matrix Effect Trick:

This trick is called Matrix trick.The reason behind it is the movie.Matrix is a hollywood movie which was released in 1999 and this trick is inspired by the the movie “Matrix” in which same trick was shown.So lets make the trick
1.Open your notepad and copy below code
@echo off
color 02
echo %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random% %random%
goto start
2.Save your notepad file as Matrix.bat
3.Now run the file and enjoy.

Fake Error Message Notepad Trick:

1.Open notepad and type below code
X=Msgbox(“Message Here”,0+16,”Fake Message Here”)
2.Put your fake message above where i wrote “Fake Message Here”.
3.Now make your to save file with extension .vbs otherwise it will not work.
4.Open the file and it will show you a fake error with your message.

Shut Down Pc Without Error Trick:

This trick will shut down your computer without any warning.For it just save the file and when you open it,It will shut down your pc without any message or warning
1.Open your notepad and type below code
@echo off
echo Do you wana crash your computer? (y/n)
echo Are you sure? (y/n)
echo your computer will crash when the time reaches zero.
msg * Your computer will crash in…
msg * 5
msg * 4
msg * 3
msg * 2
msg * 1
msg * Good-Bye
msg * Error system not found! ;)
shutdown -s -t 00 
Note: For making a Rabbit Virus check my previous post below:

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Android 4.4 vs. iOS8 : Which is better?

The improvements in iOS 8 are a bit more low-level than the fundamental UI redesign we saw last year, but it’s a big release nonetheless. Once again, Cupertino is chasing Android, and it definitely catches up in some areas. As Apple likes to say, this is the best version of iOS yet. Still, can it do anything to slow Android’s explosive growth?

Actionable Notifications :

Apple has been trying to fix iOS notifications for a very long time and only recently got to a place where it was comparable to Android. For all its early issues, Android has always had great notifications. Beginning with Android 4.1, Google added the ability for developers to add actionable buttons to notifications. Now Apple is doing the same thing, but it goes a bit further.
Android uses expandable lines in the notification shade to keep notifications with buttons and text from taking up too much space. Apple’s buttons in iOS 8 seem to be expanded all the time, but they include quick-reply capability. For example, if you get a message while in another app, the banner that drops down includes a reply button that lets you type a response from the drop-down without leaving your current app. This is, of course, something that can be accomplished with various third-party tools on Android, but Apple’s native functionality is a step beyond Android here.
Notifications Android
One remaining pain point with iOS 8 notifications is the continued apparent lack of a single button to clear all active items. As before, you need to empty out one section of notifications at a time. With Android, there’s a simple clear all icon on all devices.

Spotlight Search :

With iOS 8 (and the updated OSX) Apple is finally putting that universal search patent to use after suing everyone over it a few years back. Pulling down the search bar in iOS 8 will now offer instant search across a number of different services. It will find apps installed on the device, messages you’ve received, and songs in your library. However, it also reaches out and lists content on iTunes, movie showtimes, maps, and more.
Android’s search UI varies a bit depending on the device, even as of Android 4.4. This is partially because of who was and wasn’t targeted by Apple’s patent suits a few years back, but Google’s default search app has unified things a bit. Basically, you get results from the web and your personal content (local and cloud) when you start typing. To get more, you can flip between various categories like apps, images, books, and other online content.
Android can do all the same things iOS Spotlight Search does — it’s just organized differently. However, any convenience lead Apple might claim in typed searches I feel is more than compensated for on the Android side by Google Now. Google’s predictive search stuff is getting scary good at times. It pulls content from your data like plane tickets, shipping confirmations, and appointments to show you what you need before you’ve even typed anything. Spotlight still can’t touch this.

Continuity Mode :

Apple’s new Continuity framework seeks to make your iOS and OS X devices feel interconnected — like a single continuous client. With iOS 8, you can work on a document or look at a web page on one device, then pick up another one and easily pick up where you left off. Android does some of this, but it’s not presented as cleanly or consistently. It is, however, more universal.
Google’s services are much more focused on the web, so you can easily pick up browser tabs, documents, and other content across devices. You have to know where to go, but it does work. The upshot is that Google’s synchronization features work on all devices, even those running iOS. Apple’s Continuity platform is restricted to its devices running the newest version of the desktop and mobile software.
Apple also added the ability for messaging and calls to operate in a more interconnected way on its devices. If you get a call on your iPhone, your Mac or iPad can be used to see who’s calling and even act as a speakerphone to take the call. Regular SMS messages are also relayed through the new Continuity system so you can see them on other iDevices.

QuickType and big input changes :

Apple’s keyboard used to be the best touchscreen typing experience, but in recent years the likes of SwiftKey, Swype, and others have given Android users something to cheer about. Apple is upgrading its own keyboard with iOS 8, which is nice, but the big change comes with the opening up of iOS input to third parties — finally.
The default iOS 8 keyboard will have a feature called QuickType, which is simply Apple’s way of saying it has added word prediction to the typing experience. Yes, Android’s default keyboard has had this for years. Unlike some other keyboards, the iOS solution will allegedly be smart enough to choose words based on who you’re talking to. So, it might suggest a more mature set of words when you’re sending an email to your boss than when you’re making plans with friends for happy hour. No sighting of swipe input on the stock iOS keyboard, but maybe you won’t need it.
KeyboardsIf that’s just not good enough for you, Apple will be letting third-party developers become the default keyboard on iOS 8 as part of the extension framework (more on that later). You can imagine the folks behind SwiftKey, Swype, and other Android-centric keyboards cheered their heads off at that one. When the user sets a third-party keyboard as the default, it is cut off from accessing the network, which is a smart security measure. The user can grant network access as needed, though.
The customizability of Android’s default app scheme has long been a big selling point, and it’s very encouraging to see Apple adopt that model, even just a little bit.

Metal for gaming :

OpenGL has been the standard for 3D gaming on mobile devices — both Android and iOS — for years now. The way Apple tells it, though, OpenGL is getting too heavy for its own good and the overhead is hurting the games. That’s why Cupertino is releasing Metal to developers.
Metal is a new graphics API that will allow games to render with much higher efficiency than they ever could with OpenGL. The demos did look very impressive with realistic physics and more triangles than you can shake a polygon at, though the scenes still looked a little sterile. It’s possible lighting effects with Metal weren’t ready to go in time for the keynote.
There’s nothing like Metal on Android — developers there will continue using OpenGL unless Google comes up with some alternative. iOS has been ahead in the gaming sphere for its entire history, so this isn’t so much about catching up to Android as it is widening the gap. Metal might also make it that much more annoying for developers to port games to Android in the first place. Maybe that’s part of Apple’s dastardly plan?

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Difference between http and https..?

I know most people don't know exactly what's the difference between these two protocols. So, I thought I would explain you guys a lil.. :)

Lets start then....

HTTP is Hyper Text Transform Protocol and is transmitted over the wire via PORT 80(TCP). You use HTTP when you are browsing the web. It is encrypted using SSL, meaning that your session cannot be observed by a third party. 

HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol over Secure Socket Layer, or HTTP over SSL) is a Web protocol developed by Netscape and built into its browser that encrypts and decrypts user page requests as well as the pages that are returned by the Web server. HTTPS is really just the use of Netscape's Secure Socket Layer (SSL) as a sublayer under its regular HTTP application layering. (HTTPS uses port 443 instead of HTTP port 80 in its interactions with the lower layer, TCP/IP.) SSL uses a 40-bit key size for the RC4 stream encryption algorithm, which is considered an adequate degree of encryption for commercial exchange. 
Although it may be encrypted does not mean its safe, there are tools out there to decrypt the information being sent over the wire, although its more difficult to do so.

Note - The icon of the lock that appears in your browser's status bar when you establish an https connection. You can click this icon to view the details of the connection, and to identify with whom you are connecting.

Protocol Villa:
Amish Trivedi

Monday, 3 March 2014

Check for Open Ports in your Computer

In this post you will get info related to different ports used by your computer while it's on and connected to network through command promt i.e. cmd.

Step 1:

Open up command prompt. Press "START" and "RUN" type "cmd" and use the command "netstat -a"
Now you will get up a list so showing you people so are connected to your computer. This list will look like this.

Proto: TCP 
Local Address: thiscomputer3123:1031
Foreign Address: thiscomputerhaha342:ftp

"Proto" shows what Protocol it is in this case it is (Transmission Control Protocol) TCP.
"Local Address" This is your computer also you see a number behind your computer name. 1031 this is the port so is used by your computer.
"Foreign Address" This is the Remote computer and the port is ftp. (File Transfer Protocol) so the port is 21 since the Default port to FTP is 21.
"State" This shows you if the computer is connected to you or not. ESTABLISHED means that it is connected to you.

So now you know how to read the result. Lets go to Step 2.

Step 2:


0 - 1023 = This ports are used by "Services"
1024 - 49151 = This ports are used by "Network" etc Your Internet Browser and E-Mail clients.
49152 - 65535 = This ports are used by private users they are rarly used so this may indicate that you are infected with something.

Step 3:

You can easy check out the ports just with do a Google search. Open up your "Internet Browser" type "www.google.com" in the address bar and type in "Port 1031" now it will give you sites about the "1031 port" or you may search for Trojan Horse port list or something like that to check out if the port is a Trojan Horse.