Introducing………USB: The United States of Brotherhood

Introducing………USB: The United States of Brotherhood

We are some of the junior members of the Environmental Sciences family. We are trying hard to form an alumni association so that this family bonding remains strong. The first meeting  for this alumni  was arranged on December 16, 2012. We had a great fun in this meeting and we believe it will be even pleasant for us if you also join. If you are still not a part of this program, please join and we don’t think you will ever want to miss this chance to meet.
Dear brother’s and sisters, we miss you and we need you. Please interact, share and help us form the Alumni Association.

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Decisions of The first meeting on Alumni (16-12-2012)

Decisions of The first meeting on Alumni (16-12-2012)

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Decisions from gathering on 16th December, 2012

1. Alumni Association will be an independent organization.
2. Minimum requirement of membership is graduation from Department of Environmental Sciences, JU and all current students will be member by default after completion of graduation (B.Sc).
3. Current students will get any help from the Association through a Direct Contact wing of the association.
4. The name of the Association shall be Environmental Sciences Alumni Association, JU in short ESAA-JU.
5. A searching committee has been formed with at least two representatives from each graduated batch to make maximum awareness among the Alumni and ensure maximum presence in the next meeting.
6. The next meeting will be held on 18th January, 2013 (Friday).

SlideShare | One step solution for all your presentations

SlideShare | One step solution for all your presentations

SlideShare is a Web 2.0 based slide hosting service. Users can upload files privately or publicly in the following file formats: PowerPoint, PDF, Keynote or OpenOffice presentations. Slide decks can then be viewed on the site itself, on hand held devices or embedded on other sites.[2] Launched on October 4, 2006, the website is considered to be similar to YouTube, but for slideshows.[3] The website was originally meant to be used for businesses to share slides among employees more easily, but it has since expanded to also become a host of a large number of slides which are uploaded merely to entertain.[4] Although the website is primarily a slide hosting service, it also supports documents, PDFs, videos and webinars.[5] SlideShare also provides users the ability to rate, comment on, and share the uploaded content. The current list of SlideShare’s investors includes Venrock, David Siminoff and Dev Khare.[6]

The website gets an estimated 58 million unique visitors a month,[7] and has about 16 million registered users.[citation needed] SlideShare was voted amongst by the World’s Top 10 tools for education & e-learning in 2010.[8] SlideShare’s biggest competitors include Scribd.com, Issuu and Docstoc. Some of the notable users of SlideShare include The White House, NASA, World Economic Forum, State of Utah, O’Reilly Media, Hewlett Packard and IBM.

5 Alternatives of Youtube | See what you will pick next

5 Alternatives of Youtube | See what you will pick next

There’s absolutely no doubt that the rise and popularity of online video sharing is changing the way brands and individuals market, advertise and sell. If your company hasn’t already jumped into the fray with a video (or 10), you’re missing out on a massive market. If you’ve scripted, created, edited, and uploaded, it’s fairly shortsighted to “YouTube it” and forget it, as there are a number of other video hosting options available.

Believe it or not, YouTube is not the be all/end all when it comes to online video sharing. Sure, they have the world’s largest share of the market, and should be included in your upload and sharing strategy, but by jumping into the biggest pool on the planet, you’re also running the risk of being swallowed up in all the noise. Last year this time, we gave you 6 Awesome Alternatives to YouTube and now we’re giving you 5 more YouTube-alternative video sharing sites that you and your brand might want to consider.

Vimeo

An active and vibrant community, Vimeo’s smooth-as-silk interface just feels a bit more user friendly than the cold sterility we’ve come to expect from Google products. A platform pulling down some serious traffic, as Vimeo has grown they’ve still managed to retain that “we’re all in this together” community feeling. I’ve personally had far more interactions with viewers and converted clients on Vimeo than I’ve ever had on YouTube.

Vimeo’s free account allows users to upload one HD video a week, more than most individuals will ever have a need (or budget) for, and you receive basic controls when it comes to the video player. Embedding options are limited to SD, but if you step things up to the Plus account for $59.99/yr. you’re granted a 5GB/week file size limit, priority uploading and processing, and HD embedding.

If you’re planning on using Vimeo as your main hosting platform of choice for your business, they’re pretty clear when it comes to the “non-commercial use” language for free accounts. On the upside, for a low $199/yr., the Vimeo Pro service offers just about every option under the sun, and you’ll never have to worry about tablet compatibility as all flavors of Vimeo are offered in HTML5 format with Flash as a fallback.

Flickr

Flickr. It’s not just for still images. A seriously under represented offering from Flickr’s side, as there’s no mention of the service anywhere on the main landing page, Flickr does, in fact, offer and provide video hosting.

A free Flickr account allows for 2 uploads a months with restrictions of 90 seconds max, and 150MB per video. Probably enough for most small businesses, but if you want to go for the HD experience, you’ll need to step it up to a Flickr Pro account.

Perhaps the best bang-for-your-video/photo-buck on the Internet today, for as low as $25/year, if you make Flickr your video hosting platform of choice, you’ll be privy to not only an unlimited number of photos, but an unlimited number of video uploads, bandwidth, and storage. The downside? Even with the pro account Flickr limits your video length to 90 seconds. Having said that, unless you’re producing a full length feature, you shouldn’t really be stretching your message beyond this point anyway.

Slideshare

Another, “Really? They do video?”, but believe it or not, when you step your Slideshare membership up to the Silver level at $19/month, you’re allowed up to 10 video uploads/month.

In exchange for this monthly fee, you’ve got 10, 500MB videos per month to play with, with no runtime limits. If you’ve ever output an .mp4, you’ll realize that a 500MB file size and no time limit is huge! If you want to, these lack of restrictions can enable entire webinars, courses, sales programs, etc. to be uploaded and presented on a very “business focused” platform.

Slideshare also offers a unique lead capture mechanism, as well as a fully suite of branding tools. The one major oversight that I could find with using Slideshare as your video hosting platform is the “HD support coming soon!” message. Not quite an epic fail, but in today’s world of 4k looming just around the corner, lack of HD is a bit of deal breaker.

Screencast by TechSmith

Not great with a camera, or scripting, or acting? No problem. There’s no one out there saying that you’ve got to pull off the next Spielberg title to produce a powerful message and reap the rewards. Sometimes, nothing more than a well-explained and demonstrated screen cast of your app or service is all it takes.

There are a number of solutions on there today that can help you produce screencasts, but I’ve yet to come across one simpler than TechSmith’s Camtasia. A relatively inexpensive initial investment, Camtasia offers users a number of powerful tools, and when used in conjunction with Screencast.com Pro account makes for an excellent “soup to nuts” solution for creating and publishing your works. A $99/year pro account offers 25GB of storage, 200GB of bandwidth, and customizable branding options. If file size is your concern, rest assured, most screencasts are minuscule in terms of MB’s, and 25GB of storage and 200GB of bandwidth is more than enough.

Animoto

Hands down, the best service for those that have yet to create any online video. Instead of simply providing a platform to host your video, Animoto takes things to the next level and offers users a suite of creation tools that produce some stunning results.

The premise circles around uploading a series of images, selecting a theme from a number of presets, and letting Animoto do the heavily lifting for you. I’ll admit, what took me 20 minutes to create in Animoto might have well taken a few hours to animate, find music for, title, etc.

However, Animoto’s services aren’t specifically limited to creating videos from your photos, as video and audio uploads/inclusion are also available. The free service limits your videos to 30 seconds, offers an “available HD upgrade”, and 600+music tracks. Stepping things up to $30/yr. you can create feature length videos, as well as download your creations to be used offline.

Going for the big package, at $249, pricier than Vimeo’s top shelf option, Animoto Pro offers just about everything you could imagine including full length feature videos, exclusive themes to choose from, and additional 500 music tracks (1,100+ in total), included HD options, download ability, and the key feature: a white label option allowing for customized branding, both on and off site.

Obviously, there are a many, many more video hosting options on the market today, and these five are just scratching the service. Another important point to keep in mind is the geolocale of your audience. If you’re working with a Japanese language specialist and filmmaker to present to this audience, maybe YouTube isn’t your best option.

Likewise, when investigating alternative video sharing sites, be sure to take the temperature of the community. For example, Blip.tv almost made my list, as they offer a number of awesome options, but I felt as though the platform is more focused on hosting web series. If that’s the route you choose to go, then by all means, go have a look.

Remember, if and when you’re going to put the effort into producing video to promote your message (or self) look beyond the biggest fish in the pond, as some of these smaller, more intimate communities and platforms might be the perfect launch pad for your message. Happy shooting!

Microsoft Office 2013 Professional Plus

Microsoft Office 2013 Professional Plus

After much excitement, Microsoft has announced Office 2013 and that the new platform will bring the Metro design language to the popular productivity suite. Microsoft made the announcement today in San Francisco and is also announcing that the Office 2013 preview is available for download.  As you would imagine, the update brings sweeping enhancements across the board for the new platform as it has been nearly three years since Microsoft last pushed out a major release in 2010. Following in the path of the previous releases, Office 2013 is right on time with the two previous platforms launching in 2007 and 2010.

Office at Its Best on Windows 8

Touch everywhere. Office responds to touch as naturally as it does to keyboard and mouse. Swipe your finger across the screen or pinch and zoom to read your documents and presentations. Author new content and access features with the touch of a finger.

Inking. Use a stylus to create content, take notes and access features. Handwrite email responses and convert them automatically to text. Use your stylus as a laser pointer when presenting. Color your content and erase your mistakes with ease.

New Windows 8 applications. OneNote and Lync represent the first new Windows 8 style applications for Office. These applications are designed to deliver touch-first experiences on a tablet. A new radial menu in OneNote makes it easy to access features with your finger.

Included in Windows RT. Office Home and Student 2013 RT, which contains new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote applications, will be included on ARM-based Windows 8 devices, including Microsoft Surface.

Office Is in the Cloud
SkyDrive. Office saves documents to SkyDrive by default, so your content is always available across your tablet, PC and phone. Your documents are also available offline and sync when you reconnect.
Roaming. Once signed in to Office, your personalized settings, including your most recently used files, templates and even your custom dictionary, roam with you across virtually all of your devices. Office even remembers where you last left off and brings you right back to that spot in a single click.
Office on Demand. With a subscription, you can access Office even when you are away from your PC by streaming full-featured applications to an Internet-connected Windows-based PC.
New subscription services. The new Office is available as a cloud-based subscription service. As subscribers, consumers automatically get future upgrades in addition to exciting cloud services including Skype world minutes and extra SkyDrive storage. Subscribers receive multiple installs for everyone in the family and across their devices.
Office Is Social
Yammer. Yammer delivers a secure, private social network for businesses. You can sign up for free and begin using social networking instantly. Yammer offers integration with SharePoint and Microsoft Dynamics.
Stay connected. Follow people, teams, documents and sites in SharePoint. View and embed pictures, videos and Office content in your activity feeds to stay current and update your colleagues.
People Card. Have an integrated view of your contacts everywhere in Office. The People Card includes presence information complete with pictures, status updates, contact information and activity feeds from Facebook and LinkedIn accounts.
Skype. The new Office comes with Skype. When you subscribe, you get 60 minutes of Skype world minutes every month. Integrate Skype contacts into Lync and call or instant message anyone on Skype.
Office Unlocks New Scenarios
Digital note-taking. Keep your notes handy in the cloud and across multiple devices with OneNote. Use what feels most natural to you — take notes with touch, pen or keyboard, or use them together and switch easily back and forth.
Reading and markup. The Read Mode in Word provides a modern and easy-to-navigate reading experience that automatically adjusts for large and small screens. Zoom in and out of content, stream videos within documents, view revision marks and use touch to turn pages.
Meetings. PowerPoint features a new Presenter View that privately shows your current and upcoming slides, presentation time, and speaker notes in a single glance. While presenting, you can zoom, mark up and navigate your slides with touch and stylus. Lync includes multiparty HD video with presentations, shared OneNote notebooks and a virtual whiteboard for collaborative brainstorming.
Eighty-two-inch touch-enabled displays. Conduct more engaging meetings, presentations and lessons, whether in person or virtually, with these multitouch and stylus-enabled displays from Perceptive Pixel.
To download the 64 (x64) bit MS Office Profession Plus 2013 evaluation software by Microsoft, just hit the download button below.

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Please Note that: As per the policy of Microsoft, this software package is only for home use and use for commercial purpose is totally prohibited. So please don’t use this evaluation software for commercial purpose. By evaluating this software and sending feedback, help microsoft to make their product better and more consumer friendly.

Missed Call | the funniest video of the year..

Missed Call | the funniest video of the year..

Missed Call from Encrypted Heart on Vimeo.

Please Note:

I do not hold any credit for making this video. during a random search i first saw this video on vimeo. So all the credit goes to the original maker and producer.

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The Ultimate Guide for Creating Strong Passwords

The Ultimate Guide for Creating Strong Passwords

“Treat your password like your toothbrush. Don’t let anybody else use it, and get a new one every six months” – Clifford Stoll

When you create an account on a website, you may have the “password dilemma” for a second. The dilemma is whether you should provide a weak password that is easy to remember or a strong password that is hard to remember. Following are the rules and guidelines that may help you in overcoming the password dilemma and help you in creating a strong password that are secure. These are the things that I’ve used over years based on my own interest in the area of keeping the password safe and secure.

Two essential password rules:

Following two rules are bare minimal that you should follow while creating a password.

Rule 1 – Password Length: Stick with passwords that are at least 8 characters in length. The more character in the passwords is better, as the time taken to crack the password by an attacker will be longer. 10 characters or longer are better.

Rule 2 – Password Complexity: Should contain at least one character from each of the following group. At least 4 characters in your passwords should be each one of the following.

  1. Lower case alphabets
  2. Upper case alphabets
  3. Numbers
  4. Special Characters

I call the above two rules combined as “8 4 Rule” (Eight Four Rule):

  • 8 = 8 characters minimum length
  • 4 = 1 lower case + 1 upper case + 1 number + 1 special character.

Just following the “8 4 Rule” will be a huge improvement and instantly make your password much stronger than before for most of you who don’t follow any guidelines or rules while creating a passwords. If your banking and any financially sensitive website passwords doesn’t follow the “8 4 Rule”, I strongly suggest that you stop everything now and change those passwords immediately to follow the “8 4 Rule”.

II. Guidelines for creating strong passwords:

  1. Follow “8 4 Rule”. Like I mentioned above this is the foundation of creating a strong password.
  2. Unique Characters. Should contain at least 5 unique characters. You already have 4 different character if you’ve followed “8 4 Rule”.
  3. Use Password Manager. Strong passwords are hard to remember. So, as part of creating a strong password you need a reliable and trustworthy way of remembering the strong password. Using password management tool to store passwords should really become a habit. Anytime you create a password, note it down on a password manager tool, that will encrypt the password and store it safe for you. I recommend Password Dragon, a free, easy and secure password manager that works on Windows, Linux and Mac. This can also be launched from the USB drive. There are lot of free password manager tools available, choose the one that best suites your taste and use it.
  4. Use Passphrase. If you don’t want to use password management tool, Use Passphrase to easily remember the passwords. You can use initials of a song or a phrase that are very familiar to you. for e.g. “Passwords are like underwears, change yours often!” phrase can be converted to a strong password “Prlu,Curs0!”

III. Guidelines for avoiding weak passwords.

Avoid the following in your passwords. Even part of your passwords should not be anything in the following items.

  1. Password same as username or part of the username
  2. Name of family members, friends or pets.
  3. Personal information about yourself or family members. This includes the generic information that can be obtained about you very easily, such as birth date, phone number, vehicle license plate number, street name, apartment/house number etc.
  4. Sequences. i.e consecutive alphabets, numbers or keys on the keyboard. for e.g. abcde, 12345, qwert.
  5. Dictionary words. Dictionary words with number or character in front or back
  6. Real word from any language
  7. Word found in dictionary with number substitution for word look alike. for e.g. Replacing the letter O with number 0. i.e passw0rd.
  8. Any of the above in reverse sequence
  9. Any of the above with a number in front or back.
  10. Empty password

IV. Common sense about passwords:

All the following points are nothing new and very much common sense. But most of the time, we tend to ignore these items.

  1. Create unique password every time. When you are changing a password for an existing account, it should not be the same as the previous password. Also, do not use incremental passwords while changing it. i.e password1, password2 etc.
  2. Change your passwords for all your accounts once every 6 months. Since passwords have a fixed length, a brute-force attack to guess the password will always succeed if enough time and processing power was available to the attacker. So, it is always recommended to change the passwords often. Schedule an recurring appointment on your calendar to change your passwords once every 6 months.
  3. Never write down your passwords. Creating a very strong password and writing it down on a paper is as bad as creating an easy to remember weak password and not writing it down anywhere. There are several interesting surveys done on this subject, where it was found that several people write down the password and keep it somewhere next to the computer. Some of them think keeping the post-it note below the mouse pad is secure enough. You should never write down the password on a paper. If you want to carry your password along with you all the times, use a password manager tool that runs from USB stick and take that with you all the times.
  4. Don’t share with anyone. Anyone includes your friends and family. Probably you might have heard the phrase “Passwords are like underwear, don’t share with anybody”. We teach our kids several things in life. Teaching them about online safety and not sharing the password with anybody should be one of them.
  5. Never keep the same password for two different sites. It is very tempting to create one set of passwords for all your emails, another password for all the banking sites, another password for all the social networking sites etc. Avoid this temptation and keep unique passwords for all your accounts.
  6. Don’t type your password when someone is looking over your shoulder. This is especially very important if you type slowly and search for the letters in the keyboard and type with one finger, as it is very easy for someone looking over your shoulder to figure out the password.
  7. Never send your password to anybody in an email. If you follow #3 mentioned above, this should not be an option. But the reason I’m specifically saying about this is because several hackers send emails as a support person and asking for your user name and password through email. Legitimate website or organization will never ask you for your user name and password either via email or over telephone.
  8. Change password immediately when they are compromised. Even if you have the slightest doubt that someone might have stolen your password, change it immediately. Don’t even waste a minute.
  9. Don’t use the “Remember password” option on the browser without setting the Master Password. Don’t use this feature of the browser to store your username and passwords without enabling the “Master Password” option. If you don’t set master password on the firefox browser, anybody who uses your firefox browser can see all the passwords that are stored in the firefox browser in plain text. Also, be very careful with this option and say ‘Not Now’ in the remember password pop-up, when you are using a system that doesn’t belong to you.
  10. Don’t type your password on a computer that does not belong to you. If possible, don’t use someone else computer that you don’t trust to login to any website, especially to very sensitive website such as banking. It is a very common practice for hackers to use key loggers that will log all the key strokes on a system, which will capture everything you type including the passwords.

Please leave your comments about this post. If you follow different methods or rules for creating a strong password, please share them with everybody in the comments.