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Google Chrome on Linux

Disappointed in not having Google Chrome for your favourite Linux distro ? Now you shouldn’t be. Fetch the Google Chrome packages from here. They are on the development stage and wouldn’t be a stable one. But you can give it a try. Features like Flash will not work in this release. Installing Google Chrome will add the google repository so your system will automatically keep Chrome up to date. (If you don’t want Google’s repository, do “sudo touch /etc/defaults/google-chrome” before installing the package.)

Have Fun.

Note: The Linux build still lacks certain privacy features, and is not appropriate for general consumer use.
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National Free Software Conference

A National Conference on FREE SOFTWARE is being held on the 15th & 16th of November, 2008 at the campus of Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi. The 2007 Conference was held in Hyderabad.

Information Technology (IT) has revolutionised the way people communicate and enterprises run their business. Internet has provided yet another space, the cyber space, facilitating people round the globe to organise themselves in newer forms. There is no debate that our country, its people and institutions need this technology for its progress.

Understand Software

Software is an important component of an IT application, if not the most important. Software remained in the public domain till nineteen eighties. In the eighties, it was taken over by business interests and is now a private property with Intellectual Property Right (IPR) restrictions. The impact of patents and copyrights which are various forms of IPR are basically two fold. On the one hand it has restricted the transfer and growth of knowledge in society through monopolisation, while on the other hand it has resulted in the siphoning of wealth from the brick and mortar economy to the cyber economy at alarming proportions.

Conference Overview

The Conference will be a milestone in the history of the Free Software movement in India. The event will comprise of

INAUGURAL & PLENARY SESSIONS
SEMINARS
OPEN FORUMS
WORKSHOPS
DEMONSTRATION OF PRODUCTS & TOOLS
EXHIBITIONS
SOUVENIR PUBLICATION
CULTURAL PROGRAMMES

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Securing your system from Internet threats using OpenDNS

Changing your Deault DNS provided by the ISP to OpenDNS makes the Web experience more secure and more customized. You can block several sites having viruses, spywares, pornography etc. in a simpler way. Also you can make shotcuts for adreesses that are easy to use with. For example, you only need to type mail to go to mail.yahoo.com if you set the shortcuts properly using OpenDNS. This service is free of cost, and its much faster.

To use OpenDNS you need to register an account at OpenDNS. If you’re using broadband internet such as BSNL, you need to setup the Primary and Secondary DNS to OpenDNS. To do this, follow

  1. Type/Click 192.168.1.1 in your browser to go to your DSL Router / Modem
  2. Enter Username and Password (May be both are admin)
  3. Select DNS and use custom instead of Default DNS. Enter the Primary and secondary DNS as 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220
  4. Save and reboot the DSL Router.

You can change the settings at OpenDNS Dashbord. Use your security level and shortcuts.

You also need a client side program called ddclient for active communication with OpenDNS (To report your dynamic IP addresses to OpenDNS). It can be downloaded at http://ddclient.wiki.sourceforge.net/. Windows and Mac versions are available at OpenDNS site. For Ubuntu it is availabe via Synaptic.

sudo apt-get install ddclient

The configuration file for OpenDNS is like (in /etc/ddclient/ddclient.conf)

## OpenDNS

use=web, web=whatismyip.org
server=updates.opendns.com
protocol=dyndns2
login=
password=

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Internet use ‘good for the brain’

For middle-aged and older people at least, using the internet helps boost brain power, research suggests.

A University of California Los Angeles team found searching the web stimulated centres in the brain that controlled decision-making and complex reasoning.

The researchers say this might even help to counteract the age-related physiological changes that cause the brain to slow down.

The study features in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Brain activity in an experienced internet user when carrying out simple reading task

Areas activated by reading a book in the brain of an experienced web user

Brain activity in an experienced internet user when searching the web

Web use stimulates much more activity in the same brain

As the brain ages, a number of changes occur, including shrinkage and reductions in cell activity, which can affect performance.

It has long been thought that activities which keep the brain active, such as crossword puzzles, may help minimize that impact – and the latest study suggests that surfing the web can be added to the lis.

Lead researcher Professor Gary Small said: “The study results are encouraging, that emerging computerised technologies may have physiological effects and potential benefits for middle-aged and older adults.

“Internet searching engages complicated brain activity, which may help exercise and improve brain function.”

The latest study was based on 24 volunteers aged between 55 and 76. Half were experienced internet users, the rest were not

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