ZeroneA http://blog.zeronea.com The Reverse Way Sat, 08 Aug 2015 19:35:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 OneDrive Drives me now http://blog.zeronea.com/2015/08/07/onedrive-drives-me-now/ http://blog.zeronea.com/2015/08/07/onedrive-drives-me-now/#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2015 18:00:23 +0000 http://blog.zeronea.com/?p=17277 Continue reading OneDrive Drives me now ]]>

There are times when we feel if we had this or that document. I faced this a lot and put my data on cloud, as they say it. My first space was mail provider which have lot of space (Google Gmail was choice then). Due to limitation, I moved to AjaXplorer (now called Pydio), because I had space available with my host and kept things in my control. They have an app too. With advent of services like DropBox & Box, it seemed I was just using up my hosting space.

I thought to move to DropBox but somehow didn’t fully understand need of syncing on device (Mac or PC). Seemed like I’m just backing up my data rather than offloading from system to online servers. As per latest observation, I can selectively sync what I need to Dropbox but somehow I never used this. Dropbox is a brilliant service to sync your files and sharing large file. I’ve used it many times to share data & document via mail. It is incredibly easy. I’ve over 6 GB of space to use but (I don’t remember why) I dropped the idea and never explored the possibility of using DropBox. I still use dropbox but only to sync data for where iCloud doesn’t fly. Start using Dropbox by following this link.

With Google Docs (now Google Drive), there is a great amount of space, 15GB and in normal usage it’s difficult to use up the space allotted. Considering Gmail was first option for my storage needs, Google Drive is really useful. It has superb integration with Google Services. Since I was uploading photos on Picasa, Google+ Photos, I didn’t want to exhaust the space and pay for it again. So, I moved on.

I got 50GB of space in Box (wow!) but didn’t like the interface. It seemed more for collaboration than just sharing or saving data. Its not I did not like it to use it but never got away from DropBox.

I’ve been using Office 365 for around 2 years now. Reason: got my Mac, my dad’s Laptop and brother’s PC and my iPad (taken over by my kid!). I can install genuine Office on all systems and doesn’t seem to be too expensive. It’s legit and I’m not a Pirate! Office 365 gave me some space for sharing and collaborating. I never got used to it for long time. Then one fine day, I read a tweet from Gaurav:

Then 10TB of space. I could literally put all my data on it. Even photos loaded on Google+ and almost same amount on Flickr. Then I checked, I too had Terabytes of space on OneDrive (which I never knew :s ). I did a little digging around and found Microsoft has actually posted about it that they are bringing Unlimited storage on OneDrive for Office 365 users. Read more about it here. I followed the instruction and was sent here to get onto the waiting list and one fine day I got this mail:

OneDrive Unlimited

 

WOW! I has got Unlimited storage. Technically got 10TB but its really a good enough to start with. I’ve put important documents here and plan to discontinue repository in my host and trust Microsoft to do the right thing – keep my data personal and safe.

Why OneDrive? Nothing in particular apart from there is good integration between Office 365. I can start editing a document and it opens in Office Online for editing and saved at OneDrive. Saves good amount of time downloading and uploading and I really don’t need to sync files to system. App seems to be capable enough and unlike Dropbox, it can send file as attachment on iOS. This becomes handy where the access to sharing sites is blocked. Above all, it is a perk of using Office 365 which I’m paying for as well. Isn’t it when you get pay and get more than expected, feel good about it!!!

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Gangs of Wasseypur http://blog.zeronea.com/2015/08/02/gangs-of-wasseypur/ http://blog.zeronea.com/2015/08/02/gangs-of-wasseypur/#comments Sun, 02 Aug 2015 07:00:36 +0000 http://blog.zeronea.com/?p=17298 Continue reading Gangs of Wasseypur ]]>

Gangs Of Wasseypur I & II in HD available on iTunes for just ₹90 & ₹50 for Rent. The SD version is ₹50 & 30 respectively. On Google Play they go for ₹50 & ₹100 on Rent for SD & HD respectively, while purchase go for ₹250 & ₹390.

Do you love the dialogue, “teri keh ke loonga” or “beta tumse na ho paayega” or even “baap ka, bhai ka, sabre badla legal tera Faizal“. I do & now I own the movie too :)

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Hit by router infection [Updated] http://blog.zeronea.com/2015/07/18/hit-by-router-infection/ http://blog.zeronea.com/2015/07/18/hit-by-router-infection/#comments Sat, 18 Jul 2015 08:38:52 +0000 http://blog.zeronea.com/?p=17271 Continue reading Hit by router infection [Updated] ]]>

This is not a technical assistance but an information to check your routers if your are seeing unexpected pop-ups. After coming back to India, I saw unexpected increase in pop-ups. With pages that worked without issues started giving pop-ups with clicks and sometimes on scroll or click on no links.

I tried looking for reasons of unexpected pop-ups. I found that Airtel and MTNL are injecting pop-ups in pages. Screenshots showed they are not pop-ups but hovering ads. So, I moved on.

I could see even my blog started with the pop-ups. I started observing the ads on pages I visit. These ads looked different. Simply put some crazy, cheap gifs, which are outdated now. It made me remember those age old cyber-cafe days. Now I had to look what these pop-ups are.

Thanks to poor speed, I was able to see the initial redirect link. I could see the pages go through 5-10 redirects before showing adult site, Facebook, page showing my device(s) is infected etc. The main redirect pages seemed to be adcash & rdsrv.

Firefox & Firebug to rescue. I started looking into code of pages. They had some unexpected coding standard another <head><body> HTML statements inside <body>. I looked in my blog. Similar situation happened. I’m using WordPress so I’m sure they won’t do that. Checked my homepage, which is under development since the inception, it’s just a landing page now :) It too had adcash [DOT] com. I did not write it nor Google will introduce something.

adcash & rdsrv are common bugs which find a way to install on PCs or browsers as extension. The issue was showing everywhere, Mac, PC, iPhone, Android, iPad. I don’t use PC much but I’m certain others don’t have bugs or extensions (I avoid extensions except 1Password). Some codes did not have adcash but I found there is some adk [DOT] com. The pages had inconsistency. After reading about adcash & rdsrv bugs, I checked all systems. They were green. Now it was time to router check.

I’ve a MTNL ADSL Modem (Sterlite SAM300 AX) connected to Apple Airport Extreme Base Station. All devices use wifi from AEBS. I can not see if AEBS has infection or the MTNL Modem. I disconnected from Wi-Fi and used hotspot from my device to browse. Web pages looked good. Checked source, no adcash or adk. Awesome!

Connected system to MTNL Modem via LAN Cable. Voila! The bug is back. I had read that AEBS is safe but since the issue is with MTNL Modem, I first thought to correct it.

Step 1: Call MTNL and ask for modem change. That call went for 30 mins (except wait time), trying to explain that Modem has bug while other end was quite sure it is a system/browser issue. Finally the issue reported and I’m waiting for replacement modem.

Step 2: Read about modem. Well actually, how to reset it. Since this is a infection assumed the firmware is still intact and resetting it should give me factory settings. Before Step 2, I did get all required documents to reconfigure. It took me more time to look for a pin to reset than to actually do it. A pen (mightier than a sword) helped me push that button and the word document from MTNL website helped reconfigure. Within minutes, I was up and running without pop-ups.

Till now, a good amount of time, I’ve not seen any pop-up or javascript injection on pages I visit. Now it’s a matter of time I get replacement modem as the bug may return. I could do the firmware upgrade but (being lazy here) since this is quite old, may not be supported or new modems will have better handling of infections. If I’m supplied this again, I might go for a new modem (on my own) altogether.

Do check guys if you see unexpected behaviour with your browser?

  1. Then check for unexpected software (for PC: Win + R > appwiz.cpl i.e. Control Panel > Add Remove Programs).
  2. Check for unexpected Browser Extensions (Chrome, Firefox, Safari and others)
  3. Check Source Code of webpage to see adcash, adk or rdsrv (I’ve not seen this but pop-ups show this too)
  4. https:// pages seemingly do not exhibit this behaviour (so may not be seen for gmail, Facebook, outlook)
  5. Visit my page (till I don’t update it), zeronea.com because it does not have pop-ups (and codes written by me or from trusted sources). It does has ads but the above injections break the ads (the Amazon ad below) by showing poorly formatted ads or just Go To Facebook on solid colours

ZeroneA Page

 

Live Preview of page:

Live Preview of ZeroneA

Update (21/07/2015):

The infection is back and I’m still waiting for new modem.

  1. Check your modem DNS server. Connect to Modem by typing 192.168.1.1 (generally this is used). If you’ve not changed the ID & Password, it should be admin & admin respectively
  2. You might need to access some documentation from you ISP (or seek information from them) regarding the DNS Address. For MTNL it is under Interface Setup > LAN. Mine was redirecting to somewhere in Germany with secondary to 8.8.8.8 (Google). Checked using ip-lookup.net
  3. Password protect your modem too.

After 2-3 days it’s back so I’m still working on solution. Hopefully I figure it out. Please let me know how you deal with it.

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It’s My Birthday http://blog.zeronea.com/2015/07/14/its-my-birthday/ http://blog.zeronea.com/2015/07/14/its-my-birthday/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 16:03:25 +0000 http://blog.zeronea.com/?p=17269

As always, Google knows my b’day and customised the home page…

Happy B'day 2015

 

Direct Flickr Link:

Happy B'day 2015

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Mobile wallet is bad for you son! http://blog.zeronea.com/2015/06/28/mobile-wallet-is-bad-for-you-son/ http://blog.zeronea.com/2015/06/28/mobile-wallet-is-bad-for-you-son/#comments Sun, 28 Jun 2015 15:16:00 +0000 http://blog.zeronea.com/?p=17264 Continue reading Mobile wallet is bad for you son! ]]>

I’ve been abroad for around a year. Now I’m back and I can see a lot of things have changed. One thing in particular: Wallets. The kind of wallets I’ve been used to is the physical one. Enter PayPal & Google (I know these only), you enter card and/or bank details and you are done. Worked on Apple  Pay too, similar thing. In India, there is another league going on.

In India, the term Mobile Wallet is probably new and the mobile wallet they’ve implemented is just made Physical wallet to Digital wallet with exactly same features.

What you do with

  • Physical Wallet: keep cash & cards
  • Digital Wallet: Keep cash & cards information.

Your Physical Wallet is not capable of getting you discounts. The only discount it gives is to the thief who steals it. Digital Wallet on other hand gives discount to you only because of tie ups with other vendors and considering norms, may not be pick pocketed.

All seems rosy and I got myself my first Indian version of Digital Wallet. Felt amazing, now I can load up only the amount I want and use it where I want. Showed it to my dad, who doesn’t even like Internet Banking, said only one line – These wallets are useless.

Struck me like anything and I realised, what the heck is this. In PayPal, Google Wallet & Apple  Pay  the money is in your always in your account. When you use, it is deducted from your account. In case of refund, money returns to your account. Some may say they are not wallet but a medium of payment. Well, yes they are but they are wallet too as you can save multiple cards & account. And just like physical wallets, they are personal because money is with you in your account only.

The wallet in India, you deduct the amount from your account. Pay using the wallet. In case of refund money goes back to your wallet. This approach is very archaic and does not actually represent a mobile wallet. This is enacting the way physical wallets work. Physical example, you take money from ATM using Debit Card, Pay using Cash & refund amount goes in as Cash to your wallet/purse. It’s just like you keeping money in your neighbours wallet who is always ready to pay for you till he has “your share” of cash left.

In UK, where major type of account is Current Account & not Savings Account. Even in Savings Account the rate of interest is not very attractive. But we’ve other wallets because of simple reason, money belongs to you and not to anyone else. Banks are to keep your money safe. In India, the more amount stays in Bank, much is the benefit apart from keeping it safe. Using these wallets in India, you take out cash from your account.

  1. You miss out on benefit from bank (4% in Savings, 8-9% in Fixed Deposit)
  2. They don’t give benefit of money stored in wallet
  3. The increasing number of mobile wallet or ways of implementing it, your own money is widely distributed
  4. Some vendors even went further by forcing refunds in such wallets or as promo codes

They are seemingly forcing users towards this skewed form of wallet because:

  1. They get money before hand, kind of small loans
  2. They don’t need to pay you interest
  3. With forms of investment, they can fetch better rates yet not bound to pay you
  4. You are forced to use the related services weaved with Wallet (read partnerships) because the better service provider does not use the particular wallet

We’ve not yet seen advent of Gift Cards in India but these Mobile Wallets are actually a way of Gift Cards which you give to yourself. I don’t see these wallets changing direction but till then they are bad for you and your money. Unless something is done about it, this will create a very bad form of financial market in India, with your money everywhere but not with you.

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Adi http://blog.zeronea.com/2015/05/08/adi/ http://blog.zeronea.com/2015/05/08/adi/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 05:59:03 +0000 http://blog.zeronea.com/?p=17242

Quite old photo of Aditya

https://www.flickr.com/gp/samdlaw/aD527u

P.S. Trying out if posting photos via mobile app works.

P.P.S. Didn’t work from mobile App. May be didn’t for me as link provided by Flickr app was a shortened or some format. The short link doesn’t work.

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Have we done enough? http://blog.zeronea.com/2015/05/08/have-we-done-enough/ http://blog.zeronea.com/2015/05/08/have-we-done-enough/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 18:31:55 +0000 http://blog.zeronea.com/?p=17237 Continue reading Have we done enough? ]]>

Justice delayed is justice denied. Yesterday Salman Khan was found guilty in hit-and-run case. In this case don’t see how it is justified and why some people are happy and other divided. I see it as a failure.

A lot has changed over 12 years. Price rise, cost of living, governments. What remains fact is still every winter we call out for help so that people don’t die of cold. These are the people who still live on pavements.

The case is a high-profile one yet it took over 12 years. Is it because of money or other reasons so they could stall this long or judiciary actually works like this? If everyone is equal before law, will same happen (over 12 years) if any other person had done it? Will it be same if a person ran over a celebrity?

Have we done enough? Government claim they’ve done so much for poor but really is not different from last time. Different parameters are made to justify logic. Some are clever enough to siphon benefits and prove themselves poor. Who is validating that rightful is getting their due?

Not justifying anyone but the duration is enough a teen becomes a man, crazy heart becomes sober and we have so many new-born among us and many left. On convicting Salman Khan and sending him to jail what is being achieved? Can’t we introduce rigorous community service instead of relaxed jail time which are filled with bails. Yes, he got bail within 2 hours.

People are divided that Salman Khan is a Samaritan. When did that happen? In these 12 years or before that? Whatever be the case, what good the 5 years in prison will solve? People will still be on pavements, Salman Khan will be out on bail and act in movies and we will go on with our lives feeling happy judiciary works.

I wish it was more like Government uplifted the poor so that they don’t stay on pavement, agency for fair treatment, judiciary to act faster and keep check on agencies and government, little bit strict and Salman Khan shows off his Samaritan side and preach how to be actually “Being Human”. Till then only one question, have we done enough?

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