Download Windows 10 iso directly – Install / upgrade offline

Microsoft has released its new operating system Windows 10 – which is available free for the existing Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. Windows 7 & 8 users can upgrade to Windows 10 through a tool called “Media Creation Tool” – which is available in this link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

The software downloads the whole operating system and then updates your Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10. This is a painstaking process where you need to keep you computer on for a long time for the upgrade to complete. However, there is another method using which you can download the whole ISO – burn it in DVD or make a bootable USB drive and install/upgrade to Windows 10 operating system. Moreover, you can distribute the ISO or keep it with you for future use – saving a lot of Internet bandwidth and time for you.

The “Media Creation Tool” is for the windows users who are planning to upgrade – but there might be Linux or Mac users who might want to shift to windows 10. Windows has direct iso download option for Linux or Mac users. Well – we will use this feature to get the Windows 10 iso even from the windows. There is an extension of Google Chrome browser named “User Agent Switcher Extension“. If you do not have it – you have to install it.

After installation of the extension – right click on a blank space on any webpage – Click on “User-Agent Switcher” >> Safari >> Safari on Mac. Or alternatively other operating system [firefox, Google Chrome, Opera] of MAC or Ubuntu.

Chrome user agent switcher extention

Now go to this link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO

You may ask the question – why do you need to use that Google Chrome extension!! Well, if you try to browse the above link from your browser and if you are using windows – you’ll be redirected to: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

This redirected page will only allow you to download “Media Creation Tool” not the direct Windows 10 ISO. I hope this make sense now…

However, You’ll be prompted to choose the Windows 10 Edition. You may select “Windows 10”.
select edition for windows 10 iso download
Then you’ll again be prompted to select the language.
select language for windows 10 iso download

After you select your desired language you’ll get the ISO download link:
download 32 or 64 bit ISO of windows 10 direct link

Remember – the download link is valid for 24 hours. The download size is nearly 4GB (3.8 to be precise). After you download it – you may make a bootable usb disk or burn it in a DVD – distribute it to anyone who wants to upgrade or install fresh windows 10 in their computer. Cheers.

Good Luck…

Disable / enable WordPress comments from phpMyAdmin

WordPress comments option is often not needed for our website. It is also true that we often forget to disable the commenting option. As a result – spammers fillup your website with garbage/spam comments to create backlinks of their website. You can always disable the commenting option from the wordpress admin dashboard. But assume you are a web hosting provider and you found one of your client’s WordPress site is quickly filling up with spam comments. You may not have wordpress admin password of your client’s website. In this case you can quickly disable comment option by using a small query in phpMyAdmin panel.

You need to follow the following steps:

1. Go to the phpMyAdmin panel from your hosting control panel.

2. Locate the wordpress database in the drop down list in the left panel and click on it.

3. Now click on the “SQL” tab in the navigation panel in the right page.

4. Within the “Run SQL Query” box, paste the following code:

UPDATE wp_posts p SET comment_status = ‘closed’, ping_status = ‘closed’ WHERE comment_status = ‘open’;

(Replace “wp_post” with the appropriate prefix of the wordpress table)
If successful, you should have disabled the ability to comment on your posts across your entire blog. To re-enable the commenting run the following SQL query the same way you ran the comment disable query:

UPDATE wp_posts p SET comment_status = ‘open’, ping_status = ‘open’ WHERE comment_status = ‘closed’;

(Replace “wp_post” with the appropriate prefix of the wordpress table)

Delete all pending spam / comments of WordPress from phpMyAdmin

We do not really need wordpress comments option for websites most of the times. After developing a website in WordPress we often forget to disable comments. And that is what attracts the spammers. Spammers fill out comments option with bots and tries to create backlinks from your website. These garbage comments also increases the database size and creates pressure on the server. The comments option in WordPress doesn’t allow us to delete more than 20 comments at a time. If your website has been bombed with spams – it may have thousands of them before you realize those are there. So it becomes a hectic job deleting 20 such comments from the WordPress dashboard.

In such circumstances – you may delete all of those spam comments from the phpMyAdmin panel or using MySQL queries in database tools. Here is how you may delete such spam comments from the phpMyAdmin:

1. Go to the phpMyAdmin panel (Most of the hosting platforms offer it).

2. Click on the database in the left panel (you may have other databases there)

3. Click on the “wp_comments” table in the left panel or in the main page in right. (Assuming database table prefix is “wp”. replace “wp” to whatever else you have set as database prefix).

4. Now in the right side page – click on the “SQL” tab at the top.

5. Now run the following query:

DELETE FROM wp_comments WHERE comment_approved = 0

(replace “wp” with the table prefix you have in your wordpress database)

The above query will delete any comment which you haven’t approved.

Download link of Winamp – The best MP3 player in the world [updated]

MP3 and Winamp became synonymous since the end of 90’s. I have always used Winamp for listening to music. No doubt it was the most popular media player in the world. When Nullsoft Inc – the creator of Winamp announced it will no longer work on Winamp – was a shocking news for Winamp lovers like me. Although Nullsoft is not releasing new updates for the software – the old one is still good enough. If you were looking for download links of Winamp and its plugins – here you go:

DOWNLOAD WINAMP

Windows: Winamp 5.666

http://winampplugins.co.uk/Winamp/ (official fully patched build)
http://www.filehorse.com/download-winamp/ (patched)
http://www.filehorse.com/download-winamp/15619/ (unpatched)
http://www.tomsguide.com/us/download…p,0301-14.html (unpatched)

Important: Update Patches for Unpatched 5.666 (build 3516) only!

Mac OSX: Winamp Sync Beta 0.8.1
https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/40721/winamp | dmg direct
http://mac.filehorse.com/download-winamp/

Android: Winamp 1.4.15 & Pro apps
Free APK | mirror
Pro Stub | mirror
Downloads & instructions

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WINAMP SKINS

http://www.allwinampskins.com
http://www.1001skins.com
http://www.deviantart.com/?qh=&secti…q=winamp+skins
http://skinconsortium.com/index.php?…loads&typeID=1
http://uploadgeneration.info/Winamp/…com/skins.html
http://winampheritage.com/skins
http://www.winampskins.info
http:/www.customize.org

WINAMP PLUGINS

http://uploadgeneration.info/Winamp/…ins/index.html
http://winamp.dpedu.io/
http://winampheritage.com/plugins
http://www.getwinamp.net/mirror/download/
https://www.google.com/#q=winamp+plugins

10 best Joomla template makers – pricing details, free template links

 GavickPro

Top joomla club template maker - GavickProGavickPro is a Poland based template maker. Their templates are clean and look very smart. They are in the industry for a long time now (Since 2008). They have  variety of category based on which they design their templates. They design the same template (theme) for wordpress too. Templates are designed based on the Gavern framework – which includes Layout changes, Color Schemes, Advanced typography, Social Media Buttons, Google and Squirrel Fonts. They have some of their own Joomla extensions that they’ve used in their templates.

Single Template/Theme Price: 39€
Club Membership – All Theme Package: 99€ (One time payment unlimited validity)
Support: 99€ additional (for 2 months)

Free Templates: https://www.gavick.com/joomla-templates/tag,free-Joomla


 2. IceTheme

Top joomla club template maker - IceThemeIceTheme is a Albania based template maker. Their templates are clean and all of those look lively too. The company was founded back in 2008 and they already have come up with a huge number of templates to cover various categories. They use LESS CSS and Bootstrap framework  ready fully responsive design in their templates.

Membership Plans:

Personal: $45 (1 Month Support, All themes)
Standard: $75 (4 Months Support, All themes)
Developer : $120 (1 Year Support, All themes, PSDs)

Free Templates: http://www.icetheme.com/themes/free


3. JoomlaXTC

Top joomla club template maker - JoomlaXTCJoomlaXTC is well-known for its unique design and great support. I have gone through some review websites and found that all their clients are very happy with their support. Now this may not seem to you a very attractive feature when choosing a Template provider – but it indeed is a very important thing to consider. Because, if you start working with a Joomla template – you may face problems at various stages and that’s when the support thing can get handy. The templates are a bit different from others and are uniquely matte looking but gorgeous.

Membership Plans:

One Year Membership: $99 (5 Domains Allowed, All templates)
Life Time Membership: $199 (Unlimited domains, All templates)
Free Templates: http://www.joomlaxtc.com/resources/free-templates


4. JoomlArt

Top joomla club template maker - JoomlArtJoomlaArt is powered by their powerful T3 framework. The framework allows the users to create unique template within a very short time. You can create various module positions, resize them according to your needs. It is the second best framework I have seen while working with Joomla. The bold use of different colors make their template really eye-catchy. Besides Joomla they design Magento Themes. They have developed a lot of their own extensions (Modules, plugins and components).

 

Membership Plans:

JATC Standard 3 Months Membership: $59 (Access to Joomla resources + Premium Support)
JATC Standard 1 Year Membership: $70 (Access to Joomla resources + Premium Support)
JA Developer Membership: $300 (1 Year, Access to Joomla + Magento all resources, VIP Support, Copyright Removal)

Free Templates: https://www.joomlart.com/joomla/templates/tag/free


5. RocketTheme

Top joomla club template maker - RocketThemeRocketTheme is powered by their framework “Gantry”. Gantry is a powerful and flexible framework for creating templates. The Layout Manager allows the users to create a layout with drag-and-drop option. The use of dark color in RocketTheme templates are noticeable. Besides Joomla – RocketTheme produces templates/Themes for Magento, WordPress and phpBB.

 

Membership Plans:

Basic: $44 (3 Months Membership, 1 Site License)
Standard: $59 (6 Months Membership, 2 Site License)
Plus: $74 (12 Months Membership, 3 Site License)
Developer: $262 (12 Months Membership, UNLIMITED Site License)

Free Templates:

http://www.rockettheme.com/joomla/templates/afterburner2

http://www.rockettheme.com/joomla/templates/grunge

http://www.rockettheme.com/joomla/templates/quasar


6. Shape5

Top joomla club template maker - Shape5Shape5 is a popular template maker. They build their templates with the help of their Vertex framework. Their templates are clean and they use images to decorate their templates very well. Besides Joomla they design WordPress themes too.

Club Membership Plans: (Joomla + WordPress altogether)

Basic: $59 (3 Months Membership, 1 Domain)
Extended: $69 (3 Months Membership, 2 Domains)
Best Value: $79 (3 Months Membership, 4 Domains)
Developer: $299 (3 Months Membership, unlimited Domains, use in client sites)

Free Templates:  http://www.shape5.com/product_details/free_templates/
Free Extensions: http://www.shape5.com/product_details/free_extensions/


7. JoomlaBamboo

Top joomla club template maker - JoomlaBambooJoomlaBamboo creates unique and clean templates. Their templates are indeed different than others. Their use of Zentools allows the template users to customize website look with Drag-and-drop layout builder.

Club Membership Plans:

3 Months: $45 (3 Months, 1 Domain)
12 Months: $85 (12 Months,  5 Domains)
6 Months Developer: $145 (6 Months, Unlimited Domains)
Developer: $225 (12 Months, Unlimited Domains)
Life Time Developer: $495 (Life time, Unlimited Domains)


8. YouJoomla

Top joomla club template maker - YouJoomlaWith their YJ Simple Grid (YJSG) – it is a complete power for the users to design their websites with easy customization options. They have 122+ templates in their pouch.

Club Membership Plans:

Gold: $58 (3 Months, Unlimited Domains)
Platinum: $98 (1 Year, Unlimited Domains)
Developer: $298 (1 year, Unlimited Domains, Copyright removal, Use on client Sites)

Free Templates: http://www.youjoomla.com/free-joomla-templates.html


9. OmegaTheme

Top joomla club template maker - OmegaThemeOmegaTheme has a huge collection of nicely designed Joomla templates. Like other template makers – OmegaTheme has their own framework named Jarvis. The layout builder as well as presets for every template gives the users the flexibility to utilize the template to design their website. They design templates for Magento and Prestashop too.

Club Membership Plan:

Single: $49 (3 months, Single domain)
Standard: $69 (12 Months, 3 domains)
Developer: $249 (12 Months, unlimited domains)

Free Templates: http://www.omegatheme.com/free-joomla-templates


10. JoomShaper

Top joomla club template maker - JoomShaperJoomShaper has taken Joomla to a next level. It makes designing Joomla website so easy that anyone can work with Joomla. Their framework “HELIX” is THE BEST framework I have seen so far. The layout manager and rich template manager options gives the user the power to design a rich website with ease. They have another unique feature which is the “Page Builder”. It gives the users to design each and every page independently and moreover with the flexibility of drag-and-drop layout builder. No doubt in my mind that JoomShaper is the Best template maker of all.

Club Membership Plans:

Personal: $59 (3 Months, Unlimited Domains)
Business: $99 (6 Months, Unlimited domains)
Developer: $299 (1 Year, Unlimited Domains, Page Builder Pro)

Free Templates: http://www.joomshaper.com/joomla-templates?tag=free

Download Windows 7 Iso – Active Links

I was having problem finding Windows 7 iso download links. I discovered it can only be downloaded from Microsoft website if you have the Product key with you. However, you might not always have the product key with you or it is possible that the product key you have was supplied by your computer vendor which is not recognized by Microsoft. In that case you’ll not be able to download Windows even if you have a valid product key. If you are in this situation- the following part of the post is for you:

X17-59186.iso: Windows 7 SP1 Professional (x64)
http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-59186.iso
Mirror: https://googledrive.com/host/0BxJgS33zZl9bZF9LWXJhakZaVGs

MD5: ed15956fe33c13642a6d2cb2c7aa9749

SHA1: 0bcfc54019ea175b1ee51f6d2b207a3d14dd2b58

X17-59183.iso: Windows 7 SP1 Professional (x86)
http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-59183.iso
Mirror: https://googledrive.com/host/0BxJgS33zZl9baG9TQVNjeG9xYnc

MD5: 0bff99c8310ba12a9136e3d23606f3d4

SHA1: d89937df3a9bc2ec1a1486195fd308cd3dade928

X17-58997.iso: Windows 7 SP1 Home Premium (x64)
http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-58997.iso
Mirror: https://googledrive.com/host/0ByXszuHgPs8uaHp2clBzcTBqblE

MD5: da319b5826162829c436306bebea7f0f

SHA1: 6c9058389c1e2e5122b7c933275f963edf1c07b9

X17-58996.iso: Windows 7 SP1 Home Premium (x86)
http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-58996.iso
Mirror: https://googledrive.com/host/0ByXszuHgPs8uWm53NE41ZFVhMlU

MD5: 0afa9359c62dc7b320205d3863c60385

SHA1: 6071b4553fcf0ea53d589a846b5ae76743dd68fc

X17-59465.iso: Windows 7 SP1 Ultimate (x64)
http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-59465.iso
Mirror: https://googledrive.com/host/0ByXszuHgPs8ubkpHRFhqY3ZGZnc

MD5: c9f7ecb768acb82daacf5030e14b271e

SHA1: 36ae90defbad9d9539e649b193ae573b77a71c83

X17-59463.iso: Windows 7 SP1 Ultimate (x86)
http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-59463.iso
Mirror: https://googledrive.com/host/0ByXszuHgPs8ub2pVdmJqOC02Uzg

MD5: 2572274e6b0acf4ed1b502b175f2c2db

SHA1: 65fce0f445d9bf7e78e43f17e441e08c63722657

Similar ISO’s:
X17-24208.iso Windows 7 x86 Home Prem SP1
http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-24208.iso
Mirror: https://googledrive.com/host/0ByXszuHgPs8ublJXN3pWdGhxbXc

MD5: c5bb99b2f1a9e7a5b4fbc6e3eff70882

SHA1: 22df3e5a80f8dbf014c2776a01b1cd9f24d83233

X17-24209.iso Windows 7 x64 Home Prem SP1
http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-24209.iso
Mirror: https://googledrive.com/host/0B1fw9o0Ias3Od0NGYkJBUklUclE

MD5: 203e92593699729480b4d268cc0aadc8

SHA1: ef8bc36ea1b90bac5bc9993ff02b53a44a357a12

X17-24280.iso Windows 7 x86 Professional SP1
http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-24280.iso
Mirror: https://googledrive.com/host/0B1fw9o0Ias3OQTBjUWZval91bUE

MD5: befd4f1e00ec8da2effbd789f4e66fbf

SHA1: 917a542b0541054bb9c2a06a11a46aed6943856b

X17-24281.iso Windows 7 x64 Professional SP1
http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-24281.iso
Mirror: https://googledrive.com/host/0B1fw9o0Ias3OOUVtbnpjNnVTZ1k

MD5: 338f3245d68527db47b8a44e55317d0a

SHA1: 5ed2584110e03f498db4458ba9fafd5a7ef602ed

X17-24394.iso Windows 7 x86 Ultimate SP1
http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-24394.iso
Mirror: https://googledrive.com/host/0B1fw9o0Ias3ORmtYWktaYVUyOEE

MD5: 24f3a45d43d7c532aa3126cc094c61bd

SHA1: 92c1ada4ff09c76ec2f1974940624cab7f822f62

X17-24395.iso Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-24395.iso
Mirror: https://googledrive.com/host/0B1fw9o0Ias3OUkJNUFhiREYyQjQ

MD5: 56a26636ec667799f5a7f42f142c772d

SHA1: 1693b6cb50b90d96fc3c04e4329604feba88cd51

 

Disclaimer: I did not upload or create the mirror. These links are for genuine windows users.

What is BDIX and what are the benefits of it?

BDIX is an IXP (Junction) where ISPs and other data service providers gets connected among themselves. It was established in 2004. It is a not-for-profit venture of the Sustainable Development Networking Foundation (SDNF) Bangladesh.

How IXP work

Why BDIX?

Internet Service providers used to get bandwidth from various upstream providers from various part of the world through- Submarine cable, VSAT, MicroWave Links etc. When data transmission from one ISP to another ISP was required – it used to go through the upstream providers round the world and come back to the destined ISP. I remember I had two different Internet  connection in my two PC and did a traceroute – and guess what!! There were 20+ nodes it had to pass from one IP to another. This created a lot of latency. Moreover, it was a very inefficient way of communication as data from one computer had to travel half of the world to reach the other one in my next room.

Some prominent ISPs in Bangladesh could well understand the fact and was eager to create an exchange among them so that local Internet traffic may routed locally. Year 2004 – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) took the initiative through the project named “Sustainable Development Networking Programme” (SDNP). With the help of some individuals and ISPs BDIX was established.

From then more than 50 ISPs and Mobile/data operators got connected through BDIX.

 

What are the benefits?

Saves International Bandwidth

Well it is easy to guess what the benefits are. Local bandwidth remains locally. It means when one user from an ISP sends a files to another user in another ISP – the data does not need to travel out of the country. This keeps the International gateways free of data required to travel within the country. This saves the precious International Bandwidth.

Low Latency

Another benefit is – very low latency. In case of local traffic – data first goes to the BDIX from the source ISP and BDIX routes the data to destined ISP. This is only a matter of 3/4 hops/nodes. This means data travels faster.

High Data Volume

One major benefit is – a huge data can be transferred among the the local users. Since ISPs can get high bandwidth easily from BDIX.

Saves a lot of money to ISPs and End users

Low Cost + High local bandwidth – causing most of the ISPs to get connected to BDIX. BDIX bandwidth is way cheaper than actual International Bandwidth. Moreover, ISPs are creating local FTP server – where they store a bulk of movies, songs, games etc – which used to consume a lot of International Bandwidth. Now users download movies, songs, games etc – but it doesn’t use International Bandwidth keeping that one for much important uses. ISPs are now able to offer very low rate for Internet subscription as they can serve more people with less International bandwidth. End Internet users are getting higher bandwidth at lower cost.

New Features and Services

A lot of local sites have emerged with live TV facility, Local FTP servers, game servers etc. Volume of Data is not a problem if it remains locally.

 

Redundancy

We are developing our own local Internet through BDIX – and if for some reasons – International gateways are disrupted – we are less affected. Although International data transfer may be interrupted but local data communication will still remain running.

 

BDIX membership fee:

10,000 taka for 100mbps port

20,000 Taka for 1GB port.

 

Please visit BDIX website to learn more about them.

GHOST vulnerability in Linux distributions and its Solution

A GNU C Library (glibc) vulnerability – termed as “GHOST Vulnerability” was announced to general public on 27  January 2015 – after a Cloud research company Qualys discovered this major security vulnerability. This vulnerability enables hackers to remotely take control of systems without even knowing any system IDs or passwords.

Ghost Vulnerability - A serious security hole in Linux systems

How to Quickly Identify if your system is vulnerable:

The GHOST vulnerability can be exploited on Linux systems that use versions of the GNU C Library prior to glibc-2.18. That is, systems that use glibc-2.2 to glibc-2.17 are at risk. Many Linux distributions like CentOS (6,7), Debian 7, RHEL (6,7), Ubuntu and Distributions with end of life are vulnerable and should be patched immediately.

You may check the version of glibc by looking up the version of ldd (which uses glibc) with the following command:

#ldd –version

The first line of the output will tell you the glib version, the output could be like this:

# ldd (GNU libc) 2.12

As mentioned earlier – if it is older than 2.18 – your system is vulnerable.

How to solve (patch the system) this problem:

Ubuntu / Debian:

Update all of your packages to the latest version available using this command:

# sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Respond to the confirmation prompt with: “y” and finally reboot using this command: # sudo reboot

 

CentOS / RHEL:

Update glibc to the latest version available via “yum”:

# sudo yum update glibc

Respond to the confirmation prompt with: “y” and finally reboot using this command: # sudo reboot

 

IF UPDATE FAILS:

To mitigate the problem you before the patch change the value of UseDNS to “no” in “etc/ssh/sshd_config”. This disables the Reverse DNS checks in public facing services.

Although you can be relived for the time being – make sure you patch your distribution whenever it is available using the steps mentioned above.

Facebook temporarily unavailable – January 27, 2015

Facebook was unavailable for about an hour today. Not sure what happened but this is what I found when I tried to browse FACEBOOK.COM

facebook unavailable - January 27, 2015

UPDATE: From further search on this issue I came to know that the famous Lizard Squad (Black Hat Hacking Group) is responsible for the Facebook down issue. A huge DOS attack has taken down Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites.

Lizard Squad - Black Hat Hacker Group