Stealing resources from a website

A bit confidential title isn’t it? No wonder you got here. Anyways this article is about downloading some of the resources in a website which cannot be directly downloaded. Examples of these resources are: images, javascript files, css files, swf or flash files and others.

Remember that this is just for educational purposes. Studying existing code from a website is our top priority here.

Some of these resources can be easily downloaded if they are not made as a css background. Because basically you cannot just right click a css background and download it as an image.

And some are just not visible to the naked eye. But is really found on the site.

 

Page Source

The magic happens when you right click on any empty space on the website and select view page source. I’m not going to use any site as an example here. Because I might be breaking a law which I do not know. So just pick out any site that you want and try the same principles that you will find in here.

After opening up page source. You will see a bunch of code. But what you will need to find first is the files which has .css file extension. Because this is where most of the hidden images are being linked. You can find them by pressing ctrl + f on your keyboard and type in .css. Surely something will pop up.

You will just have to click on that link. If the css file is a gibberish like that of Twitter. Then you can’t rely on your naked eye to do the job for you. Just make use of the ctrl + f magic. And search for the following:

    • .jpg or .jpeg
    • .png
    • .gif

Those are the most common image types. If you found one, then just use your common sense and your knowledge on linking directories to get to the image that you want. Most of the time, the filename of the image will tell you what it is.

If the link looks something like this:

../img/system/pokemon.png

And you are currently in(Oops, don’t click the link, I think somerandomwebsite.com is really an existing domain name.):

http://somerandomwebsite.com/css/randomcss.css

Then you already know that you have to take 1 step backward to get to the proper directory:

http://somerandomwebsite.com/img/system/pokemon.png

You will do the above if you have found two dots before the img directory, if not then do something like this:

http://somerandomwebsite.com/css/img/system/pokemon.png

 

Conclusion

That’s it for this short tutorial. You can also find javascript files or any other file that you want from a site using the same principles. Just don’t forget to use what you have learned for good and not for bad.

Backup pinned items in Windows 7 taskbar

Here’s a quick tip on how to backup all the items that you have pinned in your taskbar.

Just access the path below. Replace the ‘User’ with your username:

C:UsersUserAppDataRoamingMicrosoftInternet ExplorerQuick LaunchUser PinnedTaskBar

If you don’t know your username. Then just click on the start button and check out the name indicated just above the Documents shortcut. The one that I highlighted.

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Now you will find all the shortcuts. Just back them up using good old ctrl + c and ctrl + v. Into a safer location.

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So that everytime the shortcut is accidentally deleted. You can just copy from your backup, then paste into that location.

How to easily install multiple applications

In this guide. I’m going to show you how you can install applications without clicking next and next and then finish. That’s the usual way of installing applications. But today I’m going to introduce to you an application which can be used to install multiple applications without actually going through the usual steps.

We will be using the All My Apps desktop application to do that. If you’ve been keeping up with some blogs like Lifehacker or Howtogeek. You might have known that there was a web application called All My Apps. Which can be used to select all the applications that you want to install on your computer and it will let you download a single executable file that can be used to install all of those applications that you have selected.

First thing that you need to do is to register an account for All My Apps. Just go to allmyapps.com and click on  the big ‘Sign-up and Download’ button. And type in all the information that’s being asked.

After registering for an account you will be prompted to download the All My Apps installer. Download that and install it on your computer:

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Execute the All My Apps application. Then input the email address and password that you used earlier to register:

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Then click on the connection button.

Select the application that you want to install when you are on the main screen. As an example, I’m going to install MalwareBytes. 

You still have to agree with the EULA or the End User License Agreement before you can install the application.

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Click on the install button.

While the application is still downloading. You can actually select another application to install.

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As you can see from the screenshot above. I have both MalwareBytes and CCleaner waiting to be installed.

Just to the step over and over and you can have as many applications that you can install as long as it is on the list.

All My Apps will handle all the pains of installing applications and you can actually launch the app from All My Apps itself:

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And here’s the screenshot from the list of programs which are installed on my computer. As you can see, CCleaner and MalwareBytes are already installed.

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Conclusion

The list is full of applications but still very limited. I hope they would add applications like Adobe Master Collection or Visual Studio. And also support for an offline installer so that there would be no need to be wasting lots of bandwidth. Especially if the user has already saved an offline installer on his/her hard drive.

How to kill windows update

In this guide I will show you the ways on how to ultimately stop the windows update. There are many reasons why you would want to disable it:

  • It consumes bandwidth – people like us who has only about 50 kbps of download speed has barely enough bandwidth to even care about the windows update.
  • It is annoying – how many times did you see the popup on the lower right portion of the screen when windows update is enabled? It even prompts you to restart your computer once an update has been installed. And it never really stops not until you give up and restart the computer.
  • It consumes battery – this is true since every application that runs on the background consumes battery
  • It may sometimes cripple your system – there is once an update that I have installed in my machine. But it did something nasty because it made the enter key on my keyboard do something else other than what its made for. Every time I press the enter key the power options in the control panel shows up.

So here are the ways on how to kill it. You may use just one of them or use all of them. It would be better if you use all the methods since it may sometimes come back.

 

Control Panel

First, go to control panel then select windows update

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Then select change settings.

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Then just copy the settings which I have set here. Then press ok.

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Msconfig

The second method is by using the built-in utility for windows called the msconfig. To run it, just search for msconfig on the windows 7 search box.

Click on the services tab then search for windows update. Uncheck it, click apply then ok. Then restart your system.

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What we just did was to stop the windows update service from executing during system startup.

 

 

Services

The final method goes together with the second method so you might as well do the second method first before doing this.

What we will do here is to stop the windows update from running if it is still running even after disabling it from running during startup.

Just search services.msc on the windows 7 search box then execute it by either clicking on pressing enter on your keyboard.

Search for the windows update then click on the stop link located at the middle portion of the services.msc window.

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Conclusion

That’s how you can kill the windows update service. But by doing this you wont receive anymore updates from microsoft.

Updates aren’t really necessary if you know your way when dealing with computers. Just stay safe  in the internet by following this guide. And you are fine without the security updates from microsoft.

How to make external hard drive last longer

I own a Seagate Free Agent external hard drive. So in this article, I’m going to share to you the methods that I am using in order to make my External Hard Drive  or Portable Hard Drive last longer.

 

  1. Do not store much files on the hard drive –  Be it music, videos, documents, applications and games. The more files you store on your drive. The more effort it will take for the heads to access information from the hard drive platter. And it means more heat is produced during the process. And we know that heat is a mortal enemy for most computer hardware.
  2. Defragment hard drive – It is always a nice practice to defragment your hard drive once in a while. Maybe once a month if you are like me who downloads lots of files from the internet regularly. But if you don’t really store that much files in your hard drive, and does not use it frequently. Then twice in one year might do.
  3. Add more RAM to your system- This is not always necessary since most of the computers sold in the market today has already 2Gb of RAM which is already enough for most of our daily task. But to make things more smoother for the part of the hard drive, you might as well add more RAM on your system.
  4. Do not play media which is stored in your external hard drive – this is what I always do. I always make it a point to never use the hard drive in playing music, video or any other application. Copy the media file first on your internal hard drive then play it from there.
  5. Do not manipulate files stored in your external hard drive- It is similar to number 4 but I think it deserves its own number. When I say manipulate files I mean that modifying files or working with files that are stored on your drive. Examples are video conversion from one format to another or working with photoshop files stored in your drive. Or working with vb.net programs. Copy it first to your internal hard drive then work with it.
  6. Store it on a cool place- this is self explanatory since most computer hardware loves it when the environment is cold.
  7. Safely remove hard drive- always make it a point that you safely remove your drive before plugging off the cable. There’s a tool called USB Disk Ejector, which I use for ejecting external storage quickly. You can download it from their site:

http://quick.mixnmojo.com/usb-disk-ejector

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Conclusion

That’s it for this guide, I hope you learned something. And if you find this guide useful then you might want to share it on your site. Thanks for readingSmile

How to manipulate the computer using php scripts

I have just freshly discovered this trick. By researching how to backup mysql database in php. I found out of a way on how to manipulate the computer using php. It is by using the php system function.

It’s really a nice php function. It is like you are typing commands from a command prompt, but doing it in php.

If you have some command line skills. Give the system function a try. All you need to do is to put the actual command line code inside the system function. Here are some examples:

 

Creating ‘abc’ directory under ‘c:’ drive:

system(‘mkdir c:\abc’);

 

Compiling a java file- You can only compile it, but not execute. You will come up with a .class file after executing the script below.

system(‘javac c:\a.java’);

 

Things to remember:

  1. Be sure that you have put the necessary paths in your environment variables before doing anything.
  2. Remember that you have to use double  forward slashes (\) when you are referring with directories.
  3. If you are using a guest account, there’s really nothing you could do if your script wouldn’t execute. Because you don’t have full privileges on the computer when you’re using guest account.
  4. Don’t use this trick to do malicious things.

Download youtube videos the easy way

If you don’t have greasemonkey already installed on your firefox. Go ahead and install it.

Restart firefox.

Now go to YouTube HD Ultimate.

And install the userscript. You will now be able to see download links to the video you are currently watching:

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Note: You can bypass the installation of greasemonkey when you’re using Google Chrome.

A guide to PSP plugins

PSP plugins are small pieces of code that we use to give the Play Station Portable additional functions or to enhance certain function that are already included by default.

 

Requirements:

1. PSP with custom firmware installed

2. PSP Plugins that you want to install

Here are some of the plugins that I use:

1. Audioboost- I use this when I want louder music.

2. Dim the lights –You can use this plugin to save more battery.

And here you can find lots of PSP plugins.

 

Kinds of plugins:

1. GAME- you will use this when you are playing games, be it ISO, UMD, CSO, or maybe homebrew games and emulators.

2. XMB/VSH –plugins that works when you are on the Xros Media Bar. Plugins of this kind works when you’re playing music, viewing pictures, or watching movies on your PSP.

3. POPS- for PSX/PS1 game emulation on PSP.

Installation:

Go ahead and connect your PSP to your computer via the USB cable. Then go to this directory:

ms0:/seplugins

‘mso’ is the root folder of your PSP. Where you find the ISO, MUSIC, VIDEO, PICTURES folders. But this time open up the ‘seplugins’ folder. If there is none, then create one.

Then if you don’t already have a ‘VSH.txt’  in there then you may also want to create one. Because this text file is the file that will act as a database for your installed plugins. It will also serve as a main switch for all your plugins. Because its gonna store whether a certain plugin is activated or disabled.

0=disabled

1=activated

Just drag the .prx files into the seplugins folder. You may also want to include the other files which came with that plugin.

To reference those plugins, put their filenames on the ‘VSH.txt’ file. For audioboost plugin, it may look something like this:

ms0:/seplugins/audioboost.prx

You can install as many plugins that you want just be sure to reference them in the ‘VSH.txt’ file. And separated by a new line, like this:

ms0:/seplugins/audioboost.prx

ms0:/seplugins/dimthelights.prx

After installing, you may want to turn off your PSP by holding the power button, until it turns off.

Now, turn it on again while pressing the ‘R’ button. The recovery menu will then show up.

Go to plugins. Then enable the plugins that you want by pressing ‘x’.

 

 

Rename lots of files the easy way

Sometimes when you download video files, especially when those files are episodes from a popular tv show or anime series. You will sometimes need to rename, especially when you need to burn them on a dvd or  a blu-ray disc for your collection.

Reasons for renaming:

1. Common optical media filesystems has certain limit for filenames. Sometimes you get a file rename error if you don’t make the filenames brief and short.

2. Order of the files- sometimes downloaded files doesn’t come in the correct order (1, 2, 3).

Enter, fast file renamer. Its an easy to use application.

The interface is so self explanatory. Just input the filename patterns that you want to remove or update. You can also insert some text on a certain point.

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Disable MS Word plugins for faster startup

If you have recently installed Adobe CS5 Master Collection, or any Adobe Creative Suite. You will notice, that it adds some plugins on some of your MS Office installations like MS Word and MS Excel. And those plugins or add ins will make the application startup longer. So if you don’t need them. Just disable them. This tutorial will show you how.

First, you have to launch MS Word or MS Excel. Then click on ‘File’ then select ‘options’. A new window will appear, just click on the ‘addins’ tab. Then on the lower most portion. You will see ‘Manage’. The default value that is selected is COM-Addins. Just click on go beside that.

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What you’ll have to do now, is to uncheck all the plugins that you do not need. As you can see, the default behavior of each plugin is to load on startup. Which in turn makes MS Word start longer.

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After deselecting. Just click on ‘ok’. The next time you launch MS Word. It will already be faster.