No more selling of entrecard credits?

Monday, September 29, 2008

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In an astonishing move,Entrecard.com,has included some new rules according to which,from now on its against rules to sell entrecard credits.

Every one who has joined entrecard.com have received an e mail that entrecard credit sales in eBay/forums has been banned.

For those who do not know about it,entrecard credits were/are sold in sites like eBay in bulk of around more than 10,000 credits which costed less than those offered at entrecard.com.If you have to buy from entrecard.com you have to pay 10$ for 1000 Entrecard credits.
But,in sites like eBay they were offered for even 4 $.If you just google search it,you will come to know about this little market which thrived very well until now.There were/are several sites which were created for the sole purpose of buying/selling entrecard credits.

Update:
For those who have not know about it,Entrecard.com was for sale at sitepoint.com. But,due to requests from many people,the owner agreed not to sell it and to continue running it.

The reason he decided to sell was that he couldn't find sponsors to take entrecard.com to next level,who said he was not capable and a big deal was dropped in the eleventh hour.So,I think the owner has decided to make some changes to make the site more better.

Following are some of the changes that entrecard.com has made to their site.

1.Now 1000 Entrecard credits are available for 6$[it was offered earlier at 10$]

2.Buying/selling of entrecard credits in eBay/forums are prohibited.

3.Credit transfer limit:14 times/week and no greater than 1000 Entrecard credits.

4.No more coupons and shop is temporarily closed.

5.However,you can however give away entrecard credits for free while holding contests.

6.It also says that all current listings should be removed immediately.

These changes comes as a rude shock for many as some sites make a part of their online income in selling entrecard credits.Although this site is about PC and Net Tips,I can't stop myself from posting about this latest development.

Official Announcement here

http://entrecard.com/blog/?p=555

So,what's your opinion about this?Do you feel that what entrecard.com has done is right?Or do you think they could have more gradually impemented these rules by giving this little market some more time?

My Opinion:
I agree that these steps are for the benefit of entrecard.com,and although I am not in entrecard credit selling business,I think they could have given a grace period of one or two weeks to complete the already half completed transactions.
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My Friends

Sunday, September 28, 2008

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Feel free to visit these sites of my friends,whom I have met through blogging.

Cyberholic - A mixed blog about personality development,marketing,life and relationships.

Kollywood Movie Reviews - A blog about the reviews and information about Tamil movies.

Lifestyle of India - A personal life style blog about Indian culture.

Master and Student - A blog about the latest news about Indian stock markets.

Some other useful sites,

k800i - Facts about Sony Ericsson k800i

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Prevent your password from being hacked

Saturday, September 27, 2008

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Password security has been always one of the top concerns to all internet users.Up teen number of methods are used by hackers to get your password.Right from cookie stealing java scripts to keyloggers.

Cookie Stealers:
To say in simplest terms,a cookie is something which every site with members login store in your browser temporarily to identify you.When you use an unknown java script,it steals your cookies and sends it to the hacker.The hacker then uses the cookie to log in to your account.
Note:Rumour has it that its easier to steal cookies from firefox when compared to Internet Explorer!So,browse in Firefox,and use Internet Explorer for member sites.

Keyloggers:
The next top threat is keyloggers.A keylogger is just like a spyware.It records all your computer's keyboard strokes.There are keyloggers both as hardwares and softwares.So,be careful when dealing with online bank accounts from internet cafes.For example you go to google.com and login with your username/password,it would store them as

www.google.comusernamepassword

mostly as a text file and sends it to the hacker,and it won't be too difficult to get your username/password from there.
Note:Now a days,there are new advanced keyloggers which even takes timely screen shots of the computer screen and sends it to the hacker.

What do hackers do with my e mail account?
They do all various degress of fradulent activity with your e mail account,right from spamming to sending threat e mails.Now a days, terrorists only use these kind of e mail addresses to send threat e mails.Even knowing that,the detective squad's first step is to trace the e mail address,and that would only lead to you! I have seen several news articles where people have been arrested with out bail for even more than one month for no fault of theirs!Hackers also use your e mail accounts for spamming.

Now,knowing the importance of protection of passwords,lets see some tips to best protect your username/password.

1)Never run any java scripts until you are 100% sure of what it does.

2)Make sure that you install softwares/firefox addons from only trusted authors/publishers.

3)For every crack/illegal download you are making your self more vulnerable to one of the worst hells of internet.

Try other freeware alternatives.If you are looking for any kind of software,just post a comment in any of the posts,I would reply back with the best freeware alternative :)


4)Don't run ANY javascripts especially in sites like orkut,even if your friend sends it.Beware,it may be a automated reply to you from his account,and may be even his account could have been hacked.

5)Always update your anti virus and anti spyware atleast twice a week.(will soon post the top 3 free anti spywares available for free online)

6)Run a complete scan of your system atleast once or twice a month,depending on your online activity.

7)Don't type your username/password continuously.Type "us" of username,then "ord" of password etc.Develop your own style of jumbling the username/password.

8)Use atleast one special characters like !@#$%^&*()}{?>< style="font-weight: bold;">Last but not the least,when dealing with paypal and other bank accounts use "Virtaul keyboard"-an inbuilt feature of windows.You can access your "Virtual keyboard" by

Start-->All Programs-->Accessories-->Accessibility--> On screen keyboard

To know more things which you probably donot known about your PC,click here.

Thats all for now.If you want to add any more tips/suggestions,kindly post a comment.I hope this would be helpful to you.
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Privacy Policy

Friday, September 26, 2008

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Privacy Policy for www.ComputerandNet.com(Last updated on 15.03.2009)

If you require any more information or have any questions about our privacy policy, please feel free to contact me by email on the Contact page.

At www.ComputerandNet.com, the privacy of our visitors is of extreme importance to us. This privacy policy document outlines the types of personal information is received and collected by www.ComputerandNet.com and how it is used.

Log Files
Like many other Web sites, www.ComputerandNet.com makes use of log files. The information inside the log files includes internet protocol ( IP ) addresses, type of browser, Internet Service Provider ( ISP ), date/time stamp, referring/exit pages, and number of clicks to analyze trends, administer the site, track user’s movement around the site, and gather demographic information. IP addresses, and other such information are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable.

Cookies and Web Beacons
www.ComputerandNet.com does use cookies to store information about visitors preferences, record user-specific information on which pages the user access or visit, customize Web page content based on visitors browser type or other information that the visitor sends via their browser.

Some of our advertising partners may use cookies and web beacons on our site. Our advertising partners include Google Adsense .

These third-party ad servers or ad networks use technology to the advertisements and links that appear on www.ComputerandNet.com send directly to your browsers. They automatically receive your IP address when this occurs. Other technologies ( such as cookies, JavaScript, or Web Beacons ) may also be used by the third-party ad networks to measure the effectiveness of their advertisements and / or to personalize the advertising content that you see.

www.ComputerandNet.com has no access to or control over these cookies that are used by third-party advertisers.

You should consult the respective privacy policies of these third-party ad servers for more detailed information on their practices as well as for instructions about how to opt-out of certain practices. www.ComputerandNet.com’s privacy policy does not apply to, and we cannot control the activities of, such other advertisers or web sites.

If you wish to disable cookies, you may do so through your individual browser options. More detailed information about cookie management with specific web browsers can be found at the browsers’ respective websites.

We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you.

Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to you based on your visit to this site and other sites on the Internet. You may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy. Share and Enjoy!
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My Favorites

Monday, September 15, 2008

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Although all posts are useful in one way or another,after some time,even the important posts will be in a heap with other posts.So,I will list out my favorite posts here.If you feel any post in this blog deserves to be added here,just simply post a comment telling the URL of the post. :)

So,here's my list

  1. 10 Things you do not know about your PC
  2. 10 Tips to speed up your PC
More will be added from time to time.

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Web Tools

Sunday, September 14, 2008

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1.With this tool you can directly notify Google, Yahoo!, Ask.com and Moreover.com about your new or updated sitemap file.



2.Check your google page rank



Check Page Rank of any web site pages instantly:




This free page rank checking tool is powered by Page Rank Checker service


Check back this page later.More to be added soon!

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10 Things you do not know about your PC

Saturday, September 13, 2008

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Most of you would be using XP for 3 or more years,and some would have be using Vista.Even after using it for more than 3 years,only a very few of them have fully utilized all the provisions provided in their PC.Its not that those provisions had no use for us.Almost most of the time,we are not aware of small utilities in PC that would be of immense help to us.This post is to remind/direct you to all the useful functionality of your PC.

Please Note:

I am giving these directions based on XP SP2.

1.Windows Virtual Keyboard:

Imagine some keys of your keyboard or your entire keyboard is not working properly.However your mouse is working properly.At that time, you need to mail someone urgently.What will you do?Copying letter by letter by letter from another document using mouse is nearly impossible,and more over there is no guarantee that you will find all necessary letters.

I have seen people using "." instead of space,because their space bar was not working.



Windows Virtual Keyboard is a built in feature of windows.It provides both the standard as well as enhanced keyboard.To go use Virtual Keyboard,go to

Start-->All Programs-->Accessories-->Accessibility--> On screen keyboard

2.Narrator/Reader:

The number of available e-books has increased tremendously.There are a number of stories and lots of studying material in the form of e books.This is really a cool program.from now on,you don't need to strain your eyes to read e books.The narrator will do it for you!You just need to open it and then sit back and relax.This would also help you to keep young children occupied by asking them to listen to the story,while you can concentrate on your work without any worry.Old people with visibility problems will also be benefited.

Start-->All Programs-->Accessories-->Accessibility-->Narrator

To read out loud a pdf document,open the pdf document,

Click View-->Read out loud-->Activate read out loud

You can then choose whether you want to read that particular page or till the end of the document.

In case,if you were not satisfied with the voice,there is a chance that your PC manufacturer would have also installed some voice.Goto,

Start-->Control Panel-->Speech-->Text to speech

However,this may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.

3.Magnifier:

You may use this only occasionally,but,its really important to know about it,because there are some softwares which does more or less the same,but charges you a small fee.I am not against those softwares.I just don't want you to regret buying it.If you like that software,buy it,but not before trying the pre installed one.To use this,goto


Start-->All Programs-->Accessories-->Accessibility-->Magnifier

4.Calculator:

I am sure you might have known that a calculator is there in PC,but,how many times did you go and get a calculator to do a sum while on the net?
Also,in case if you just have an ordinary calculator,you can use this calculator to do scientific calculations.

Start-->All Programs-->Accessories-->Calculator



5.Address Book:

Another extremely useful utility.You can store
Contacts name,E mail address,Personal phone number,Business contact number,Birthday,Birth anniversary,Web page,Address,Company name,designation in office etc.

Start-->All Programs-->Accessories-->Address Book


6.Special Characters for web designing:

This would be really helpful,if have a blog or a web site.This shows all the special characters associated with each font.So,be creative and use it :) To open this,

Start-->All Programs-->Accessories-->System Tools-->Character Map



7.Disk Clean Up:

This is useful to free up your disk space by removing junk files and folders and makers your computer run faster.

Start-->All Programs-->Accessories-->System Tools-->Disk Clean Up

8.Disk Defragmenter:

Disk Defragmenter organizes the files based on their file types.The different types of files will be scattered and mingled together.This causes considerable strain on the hard drive and also increases the time taken for processing a command.During defragmentation,same types of files are grouped together and so,its easier for the computer to retrieve data.

Start-->All Programs-->Accessories-->System Tools-->Disk Defragmenter

9.System Information and System Restore:

I am sure ,all of you might have used this one.As the name indicates,it tells about the configurations of your hardware and software.Useful to know the configurations of the system,to know whether the software to be installed, is compatible with the system or not.

Start-->All Programs-->Accessories-->System Tools-->System Information

#System Restore:

Computers,by default,creates restore points to undo harmful changes that may happen.You can also create "Restore Point" before installing any software.

Start-->All Programs-->Accessories-->System Tools-->System Restore

10.Command prompt:

I think most of the common users might not have used this.This is used to know your ip address and it also helps to know whether your internet connection is working or not.

Start-->Run-->Type "cmd" without quotes and press enter.A black window will open with few lines.

To know your ip address,type "ipconfig" without quotes and press enter

To know whether your internet connection is working or not,type "ping google.com" without quotes and press enter.

#If your internet connection is working properly you will see something like the following.

Pinging google.com[xx.xxx.xxx.xx] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from xx.xxx.xxx.xx: bytes=32 time=340ms TTL=233

#If your internet connection is experiencing problems,you will receive something like this.

Host could not find google.com







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Traffic

Saturday, September 13, 2008

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ClickBlog.org

IndiBlogger - Where Indian Blogs Meet


Achieve optimum from your PC.internet tips.blog tips.your PC Info.PC net tips.

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Best Indian websites ranking

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Your views about the template

Saturday, September 13, 2008

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I could have started a blog within half an hour,but,I wanted this site to be unique.So,it did took a great deal of time to finalize the template.

I came across various templates that impressed me,but,one thing or other made me to hesitate.I also had to leave some templates because I had seen them in friend's site or some where else.

At last,I found this template and was happy with its look,though it also had some problems.As I was/am completely new to HTML,and photo editing,the header logo took an unbelievable 2 and a 1/2 hours!

I first had to change the HTML to change header text to header image(This template didn't have header as a customizable widget)

Then I had to positionise the header image.Believe it or not,I had to preview this for more than 25 times,before getting the correct position.

The next problem however ended in 15 minutes.Thank God!The problem was that "Me" of "Contact Me" came below the line.

So,do you like this template?Or do you thing I could have modified it better?

And could you please suggest which font and size to use,and how to make it default?I am a bit confused about that.Constructive criticisms are always appreciated :)
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Contact Me

Saturday, September 13, 2008

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