As quoted from the OpenID Foundation’s Web Site…
OpenID eliminates the need for multiple usernames across different websites, without needing to create new passwords
You get to choose the OpenID Provider that best meets your needs and most importantly that you trust. At the same time, your OpenID can stay with you, no matter which Provider you move to. And best of all, the OpenID technology is not proprietary and is completely free.
If you use services, such as Google, Yahoo! and WordPress.com, you already have your own OpenID.
OpenID is a decentralized standard, meaning it is not controlled by any one website or service provider. You control how much personal information you choose to share with websites that accept OpenIDs, and multiple OpenIDs can be used for different websites or purposes. If your email (Google, Yahoo, AOL), photo stream (Flickr) or blog (Blogger, WordPress, LiveJournal) serves as your primary online presence, OpenID allows you to use that portable identity across the web.
OpenID in action
HJSplit is an easy-to-use little application from Softonic which can split any file you like into parts of a predefined size, making sharing them easier. It can also join split files back together and compare parts to see if they’re the same.
By default, Windows 2000 allows authenticated users to join ten machine accounts to the domain – by granting "Add workstations to domain" privilege to the Authenticated Users group by default.
251335 Domain users cannot join workstation or server to a domain
This default was implemented to prevent misuse, but can be overridden by an administrator by making a change to an object in Active Directory.
Note that users in the Administrators or Domain Administrators groups, and those users who have delegated permissions on containers in Active Directory to create and delete computer accounts, are not restricted by this limitation.
The Default Limit of the Number of Computers an Authenticated User Can Join to a Domain can be overridden by using either of the following methods:
- Use the Ldp (Ldp.exe) tool included in the Microsoft Windows Resource Kit.
- Use an Active Directory Services Interface (ADSI) script to increase or decrease the value of the Active Directory ms-DS-MachineAccountQuota attribute. To do this:
- Install the Windows 2000 Support tools if they have not already been installed. To install these tools, run Setup.exe from the Support\Tools folder on the Windows 2000 Server or the Windows 2000 Professional CD-ROM.
- Run Adsiedit.msc as an administrator of the domain.
- Expand the Domain NC node. This node contains an object that begins with "DC=" and reflects the correct domain name. Right-click this object, and then click Properties.
- In the Select which properties to view box, click Both.
- In the Select a property to view box, click ms-DS-MachineAccountQuota.
- In the Edit Attribute box, type a number. This number represents the number of workstations that you want users to be able to maintain concurrently.
- Click Set, and then click OK.
A more secure method of joining computers to the domain is to pre-create the user’s computer account
- From the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in, right-click the container where the account resides.
- Click New, and then click Computer.
- In the Computer name box, type the name of the Windows 2000-based computer that you want to add to the domain.
Make sure the computer’s name is also entered in the Computer name (pre-Windows 2000) box (this should occur automatically).
- Click Change. Select the user or group that will be joining this computer to the domain, and then click OK.
- If you want Windows NT 4.0 and previous operating systems to use this computer name object, click to select the Allow pre-Windows 2000 computers to use this account check box, and then click OK.
Method 2: Grant the "Create Computer Objects" and "Delete Computer Objects" Access Control Entries (ACEs) to the User
- From the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in, click Advanced Features on the View menu so that the Security tab is exposed when you click Properties.
- Right-click the Computers container, and then click Properties.
- On the Security tab, click Advanced.
- On the Permissions tab, click Authenticated Users, and then click View/Edit.
NOTE: If the Authenticated Users group is not listed, click Add and add it to the list of permission entries.
- Make sure the This object and all child objects option is displayed in the Apply onto box.
- From the Permissions box, click to select the Allow check box next to the Create
The number of workstations currently owned by a user is calculated by looking at the ms-DS-CreatorSID attribute of machine accounts.
Google Chrome OS represents Google’s view point of what an OS should be like in this era. Originally announced back in July of this year, Google wanted to target its open source OS initially for netbooks users to provide them fast experience using reduced boot and startup time. Speed, security and simplicity will be the main aspects of Chrome OS.
Key features in Chrome OS includes:
- Open source
- Faster than any other OS in the market
- To be available in second half of 2010
- Targeting netbooks PCs due to lightness
- Key aspects – speed, simplicity, security
- Redesigning the security architecture to eliminate the need for users to deal with viruses, malware and security updates
- Will run on x86 and ARM chips
- Web-based applications will automatically work with the OS
- Developers can build apps with web as platform
- More inclined for netbooks used to browse the net more
- Runs on top of a Linux Kernel
Google Chrome OS VMware Image is out now! and can be downloaded from here.
Apple’s latest mice sensation – the multi-touch capable Magic Mouse introduced iPhone-style touch capabilities in the world of mice for users running OS X. This amazing product of engineering which is a multi-touch descendant of the iPhone soon became the heartthrob of Mac users. Since Magic Mouse is officially supported to work on Macs only, PC users running Windows were left out in the dark since there is currently no multi-touch capable mouse available for PC market.
Good news is that the folks over at UneasySilence have managed to hack the driver to make it run on PCs running any version of Windows from XP to 7. Thanks to Apple for the Bluetooth driver update, and thanks to hackers for the hack which has enabled them to extract the two .exe files from the update so that Windows users can enjoy the taste of the first multi-touch capable mouse on their PCs.
Thanks to a little hackery from Apple’s Bluetooth Update (located here) the Magic Mouse driver was extracted via WinRar resulting in a 32bit version and a 64bit version that you can install on any ordinary Windows PC that will enable all the scrolling ‘magic’ of the Magic Mouse.
With the help of these modified drivers, you can use Apple Magic Mouse on both 32, and 64 bit editions of Windows XP, Vista and 7.
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