Sunday, May 24, 2009

No such things as 'deleted' on the internet: Research

Try this: Take a photo and upload it to Facebook, then after a day or so, note what the URL to the picture is (the actual photo, not the page on which the photo resides), and then delete it. Come back a month later and see if the link works. Chances are: It will.

The research done by the Cambridge University's guys have found that everything the user deletes is actually not deleted(however it stops showing on your gallery). Not only Facebook but nearly half the social networking websites don't immediately delete any files that are requested to be deleted by the user. Any way Flicker is said to do a better job on deleting the pictures faster.

So why is the deleted photos stick on so long? The problem is the way data is stored on large websites. ie, Our PC keeps only keeps one copy of a file, but the large scale services rely on what are called content delivery networks to manage data and distribution. In this system the content is copied to multiple intermediate devices, usually to speed up the access to files when millions of peoples are trying to access simultaneously. But because changes aren't reflected across the system immediately, ghost copies of files tend to linger for days or weeks.

In the case of Facebook, the company says data may hang around until the URL in question is reused, which is usually "after a short period of time." Though obviously that time can vary considerably.

Of course, once a photo escapes from the walled garden of a social network like Facebook, the chances of deleting it permanently fall even further. Google's caching system is remarkably efficient at archiving copies of web content, long after it's removed from the web. Anyone who's ever used Google Image Search can likely tell you a story about clicking on a thumbnail image, only to find that the image has been deleted from the website in question -- yet the thumbnail remains on Google for months. And then there are services like the Wayback Machine, which copy entire websites for posterity, archiving data and pictures forever.

How do you feel that?? Do think twice when uploading your wacky pictures(only if).


Thursday, May 14, 2009

Omegle; You: "Hey There, Stranger!"

Check this out, an experimental website Omegle.

What is Omegle?
It is a chat room but not any ordinary one you find. Here the one who you chat with is not chosen by you, instead you chat with an anonymous user. When connected to the site, you're randomly matched with another individual and placed in a chat room, identified as stranger. You can disconnect at any time you like, and unless you swap details yourself, the conversation remains totally anonymous. The pretty simple site with amazing concept is gaining height in the world of social networking.

The site was created by 18-year old Leif K-Brooks of Brattleboro, Vermont, US and was launched on March 25th, 2009.

I tried it and found it really kills your boredom. What else, you can laugh out at times too. Say hi the 'stranger' replies 'hi' (may be). Keep silence until the 'stranger' breaks it (Don't take too much time nor the 'stranger' might disconnect). For me the first try today, the first two peoples said "I am really horny" and got the hell out on my response. Later the chat with some 'stranger' got quite well along.

Anyway a great new website to kill your boredom (i guess). But the guy who made this is really getting something out of it.
Know what the founder says...

O&O FormatRecovery, Thank you very much
I must say this one(FormatRecovery4.0) is the software that has made me the most happiest in my life (and the MS XP the for the most saddest day of my life).

A virus infected my computer which I could not remove by any means. The anti virus could not run because the virus canceled any activities to its threat. The task manager and registry did not run either. Then at last I went to re-installing my XP. I tried to install the XP from the windows: As I finished some clicks and it restarted then it showed the old DOS like interface. One thing was fishy as I could not see the drive selection window and I soon found myself into trouble as I choose to format the drive automatically selected by the Windows. The drive was found to be the heart of my computer (not the OS drive). Shit all my works were gone. I had no backups anywhere. I spent the day hating my hurryness to re-install XP.

I could do nothing but work with what I had. Then I removed the viruses from a renowned anti virus and spent my lazy days trying to recover my lost files. I tried some restoration softwares but in vain. They could do nothing but show empty files.

Then I got this software (O&O FormatRecovery) from my friend. When I fist run this recovery software it was very slow (still slow). But incredibly it showed some 200,000 files that could be recovered. It took about an hour to show all the files. I was quite happy though. It had some irritating stuffs like; it took about 10 mins to show up the files, 15 minutes to uncheck all the files and viceversa. But at last going through the final steps, saving the recovered files and see that they work perfectly thats the most happiest part. I recovered about 5 Gigs of files with almost all files in perfect condition ( I just saw 1 file showing 0 Bytes, thats only one I found).

Thanks O&O FormatRecovery, you are the best recovery software I have found.

Sorry if I bored you with the story.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Top 3 Website Statistics Trackers

For making a successful blog or website you need to know where the visitors are coming from and what people do when they visit your blog or website. Here are the 3 top website statistics trackers.

1. Googleanalytics
Google Analytics is considered one of the most comprehensive website tracking tools. Reports are available to the most minute detail and, users can set up custom reports, which comes in handy for bloggers who like to track specific advertising campaigns. You can even know what version of flash they are using. Browser and OS identification are common ones. Google Analytics is available for free but provides reports only upto 5 million pageviews a month. Thats more than enough for small companies and individuals. The unlimited version is available for the Adwords users. Plus if you don't want your visitiors to know that they are being tracked then this is one with no advertisements.

2. StatCounter
Well must say the 2nd top website statistics tracker, this ones why I don't know is keeping its user intact. It is available for both free and paid users. For free users there is a limit of 100 visitors. Yes they keep the details of last 100 visitors only. (Google google!) Upgrading to 1000 pageloads costs $9/month, 10,000 pageloads is $19/month, and 25,000 pageloads is $29/month. Do you understand?? (I think I don't. Please let me do) An additional detail to add: they don't have report for bounce rate. Expensive though useful I guess.

3. Sitemeter
Actually I have seen more SiteMeters than StatCounters: must have been the visibility difference in them. Sitemeter is preety easy website statistics tracker to use. One of the unique aspects of SiteMeter is the Traffic Estimator which looks at your historical site traffic and will give you expected traffic estimates for the coming hour, day, week and month. It's fun to see bigger numbers sometimes.

The interface: Thats superbly bad. No eye candy stuffs. Just plain.(Simple interface, sophosticated technology, thats what the chrome says) Though basic stuffs on the free version but has quite a good things on the paid version. The first is an invisible counter. In addition, it will tell you which search engines bring you the most visits and the most page views. It will also list the exact phrases that were typed into the search engines to find you. This kind of information is especially valuable if your are counting on getting a lot of your traffic through the search engines. See the difference between free and paid version and evaluate for yourself.
Free version:
Paid version: