Custom login plugin

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You might develop a website for your client using WordPress, and want to customize the login page. There are a hacks to modify custom login screen at BinaryMoon, but they also develop a custom login plugin to make your life easier. Just place the plugin into your wp-content/plugins folder, activate, and you already have a custom login screen. You can use different background image for the screen, by uploading it to wp-content/plugins/bm-custom-login/images folder.

Custom login plugin – http://www.binarymoon.co.uk/projects/bm-custom-login/

Web-based image editor

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Once in a while, you might caught at a computer, updating your blog maybe, and you need to edit your pictures. Some would suggest a portable image editor in your pendrive. Another alternative would be online/web-based image editor.

One that you could try is rsizr. It will immediately prompt you to open a image file to edit. You can easily resize and crop any image file you uploaded. Rsizr use a special technique to keep the quality of the image edited. You may experience image quality loss, blurred text after resize, but not with rsizr. I have tried rsizr with 800 x 600 image, it resizes the image from 191kb to 121kb. After editing, the image can be save directly to your computer, or to your ImageShack account.

Another one that you could try is flauntr. Flauntr have a lot of feature for image editing. Just enough to make you comfortable without Adobe Photoshop. You can change hue/saturation, brightness, resize, crop, and you can also applying effects to your image, for example blur, greyscale or sepia. Give it a try 🙂

Rsizr – http://rsizr.com/
Flauntr – http://www.flauntr.com/

Gmail Drive Shell Extension

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Just found this useful tool, once installed, it will create a new drive named “GMail Drive”. You can store your files in the drive, that actually store it in your gmail account space.

Gmail Drive will actually send an email to yourself, with the files added to Gmail Drive to yourself. Gmail Drive will login to your gmail account, and perform search function to sort the files viewed in the drive. You may want to make a filter, for emails with prefix “GMAILFS” to moved to your archived mail folder.

Bare in mind, Gmail Drive will break if Google changes its new system. The developer might provides and update with new system. So, dont panic if the tool breaks, and don’t highly depends on the drive.

GmailFS – http://www.viksoe.dk/code/gmail.htm

Batch Image Resize in Linux

Previously I have posted about batch image resizing, in Windows, using a Window tool, Portable Batch Image Resizer. Currently now I’m using Fedora, and I need a tool to automatically resize all my images for uploading.

I found an article telling how to do this. I moved my pictures, to a temporary folder, in case I misresize it 🙂

mogrify -resize 800 *.JPG

The command will resize all file with extension JPG in that particular folder to 800px width and keep the image aspect ratio. You can also change it or put it with exclamation mark, to resize it to that particular size.

mogrify -resize 320×240! *.JPG

mogrify is tool comes with ImageMagic. Install ImageMagic, and you’re ready to go.

Google Search for Malware and Viruses

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There was an article I found in my surfing time about viruses, from PcWorld, Google Binary Search help Identify Malware. Google have a little-known capability to search binaries, that will be useful to search malware and virus binaries across the internet. This google hacks have been implemented by metasploit research team, to provide a good interface and signature database of viruses and malwares. The malware search interface is accessible at http://www.metasploit.com/research/misc/mwsearch/.

In the project information, there are description on how it works, and they also provides ruby script to generate signatures, search for binaries from the signatures and also to download them, basically just wget it.

The installation I did on Fedora works just smooth, installed ruby 1.8.6, ruby-google and also soap4r. ruby-google connects to Google API using SOAP, therefore I have to install Soap4r first, then ruby-google.

This is a sample of 1 virus found, Message.pif (Worm.Bagle.N-1)
this is the clamscan result:

Message.pif: Worm.Bagle.N-1 FOUND

———– SCAN SUMMARY ———–
Known viruses: 152764
Engine version: 0.91.2
Scanned directories: 0
Scanned files: 1
Infected files: 1
Data scanned: 0.02 MB
Time: 2.592 sec (0 m 2 s)

This is the sample usage of the ruby scripts:

$ ./mwsig.rb Message.pif
4053c6c2:00010000:0000e5b0:00005000
$ ./mwsearch.rb 4053c6c2:00010000:0000e5b0:00005000
1 http://archives.neohapsis.com/archives/fulldisclosure/2004-04/att-0795/Message.pif
# ./mwdownload.rb bin to_download
–09:17:57– http://archives.neohapsis.com/archives/fulldisclosure/2004-04/att-0795/Message.pif
=> `bin/0.bin’
Resolving archives.neohapsis.com… 72.32.12.210
Connecting to archives.neohapsis.com|72.32.12.210|:80… connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response… 200 OK
Length: 21,871 (21K) [text/plain]

100%[=================================================================================================================>] 21,871 21.57K/s

09:17:59 (21.55 KB/s) – `bin/0.bin’ saved [21871/21871]

This is the sample search in google.com. It have 4 main information to search for:
1: Virus/malware name
2: Time & date stamp
3: Size of Image
4: Entry Point
5: Size of code

All of these information are basically the last 4 segment in the signatures, created by mwsig.rb

Conky – lightweight system monitor

my_conky.jpgJust installed conky on my fedora desktop. My fedora itself took some time to be installed, as I’m having problem with harddisk recognition, I’m having 2 harddisk. Now its booting Fedora Core 7.

I just need a good workspace, and conky have add up some spice to it. Conky, a lightweight system monitor. It will display system monitor on your desktop. You can customize it, what you want to see most. Most sample configuration I found have what I need. I dont have much time to go into customizing my own config file, just copied from others.

I’m using this config file, .conkyrc. I grab it from cstamper blog. You can see there’s more .conkyrc config file sample from conky official website. Its a good start for your own custom configuration script.

Run conky, and it will load conky with configuration file at $HOME/.conkyrc

Canyoneering at Sungai Pisang – 7th July 2007

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What a perfect day.. I got an offer to handle canyoneering at Sungai Pisang, Jalan Gombak, handling around 25 students, I forgot from where.. The rope installation take a few minutes, and after all of them took breakfast, everyone tried canyoneering, at the waterfall. Some of them even ask for twice 🙂 Canyoneering is actually abseiling activity at waterfall.

Netvibes.com – Online RSS reader.

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For some people, RSS might be a new thing. This would be an introductory article, on how you could use this feature available at most websites.

RSS stand for Really Simple Syndicatio, where you can pull out the information from a website, and display it anywhere you want. This is a cool feature, where you can put all pieces of information from all your favourite website into a single page, you can get updated from a single page visit!

I would like to introduce Netvibe, an online RSS reader. With Netvibes, you can read RSS feeds from your friend’s blog, myspace, flickr gallery, and also your emails! The easy and simple navigation will never get you lost with it.

The contents of your feeds can be split into different tab, where you can add new one with one click, and you can also arrange it with drag and drop. Drag it to anywhere you want. Each RSS feeds also can be moved easily with drag and drop anywhere, even to another tab.

Try it now, you’ll have a better way to keep things updated easily.

http://www.netvibes.com