Friday, May 21, 2010


Lookout is a smartphone application that has a built in firewall, antivirus, backup module that can backup almost everything, including call log, sms, contacts, pics and videos and so on. Using the website, in case of you lost the phone, you can "nuke" it, so you delete every information available on the phone but you still get to have the online backup, you can make your smartphone "scream"...and trust me, it screams like hell, and it's a very good application for people not knowing where they placed their phones.

You shouldn't trust the firewall too much, the matter of fact, I disabled it, that's because it blocked my access to the internet, giving me an error about some MAC addresses, so it's not that well built, but I hope it will be, so I can enable it again.

It also has a location feature on the web, where you can locate your cell phone, and it's actually working. Although using my wireless connection got closer to my location (it said accuracy was 2.8km, but it was around 1.5km) but using my EDGE connection, it showed a location with 5km accuracy...and yeap, it was further than the wireless showed.

You can browse the content you transferred on their website, including contacts, messages, pictures. You can change settings from the web on the lookout software installed on your smartphone. For example, I can re-enable firewall from the web interface, I can change backup settings, antivirus settings, and so on. And you'll have 1.5GB of storage, with is more than enough to save vital that from your cell phone. And, they log what your software does on your cell phone like this:

Virus scan completed: Files scanned: 4686. Infected files found: 0. Files quarantined: 0.
Your first virus scan has been completed.
You backed up 97 SMS messages.
You backed up 301 calls.
You added 1 new document.

Anyway, I think it's one of the coolest app someone should have on a smartphone, so I guess you should give it a try.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Google Apps and Aviary

I wanted to start testing Google Apps, of course, the free version. I don't need Google Video, 99.9% SLA and other crap that the premier edition is offering. Anyway, even if I was a company, I think I'd really need only the free standard version, but with a specific SLA and some security enhancements like the enforced SSL and single sign-on. After checking the features of all google apps editions, I've started looking for some free cool apps on their google apps marketplace to enhance the google apps experience. And of course, I was looking for the free ones. This is how I got to Aviary. And no, it's not about that aviary flu...Aviary is a website that lets you edit multimedia on the fly, ...and on the web. I really don't find the FAQ about storage, but it should probably me almost unlimited. So, Aviary has:

  • image editor
  • effects editor
  • color editor
  • vector editor
  • audio editor
  • image markup
So far, I've been playing with the image editor, and audio editor. And they're pretty cool, considering they're free, you can do everything online, and of course, access everything through an internet connected computer, and, it integrates perfectly with Google Apps. And, after I created my account on Aviary website, there is this "dashboard" where you can see what others have created, and I've looked through some of the's just ..WOOOW...I mean, some people really got skills. Don't expect Photoshop or Soundbooth, because you'll be disappointed, but if you need some simple multimedia editing, and of course the Google Apps integration, Aviary is the right (and FREE) choice.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Office Live Workspace beta

Which should be the online version of Microsoft Office 2010, which should compete with Google Docs or ..Zoho...or whatever. Unfortunately, for my Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and Chromium, it's not available. To be more specific...

To use Microsoft Office Live Workspace beta, your computer must meet one of the following requirements:
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, 7, and 8 running on Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, or Windows Vista. You can download Internet Explorer from the Internet Explorer page.
Mozilla Firefox running on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, or Mac OS X 10.2.x and later. You can download Firefox from the Firefox download page.
Safari 3 and 4 on Mac OS X 10.2.x and later.

Thursday, May 6, 2010


Snorby is a front-end for the well-known Snort IDS. It looks nice, it's open source, and it's very easy to set up. It's also available as a virtual machine file. You can get reports, schedule them, leave comments on events, and it also has a feature called "Teammates" which can create teams and send appropriate events and notification to different created teams. A small video about it can be seen below.

Snorby - All about simplicity. from Dustin Webber on Vimeo.

Saturday, May 1, 2010


Pino is a very fast alternative for the default Gwibber in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx), which actually did something to my startup and shutdown time. After uninstalling Gwibber, everything got back to normal. I like the speed of Pine so much, that I decided to help this project with the romanian translation.

[update]: I'm very happy to contribute to this project with the Romanian translation. It's all on Transifex. Maybe someone else could get a look on it and make the necessary corrections...if any to make.