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Monday, January 28, 2013

A shabby tailor would not be a gentleman's tailor.

Thats true!!

This thought has occured to me a while before. And, I seriously find this a good phrase in the world of Services and Product companies, institutions, and organisations.

Brief of the letter to a leading Software Company( sent a couple of minutes before.) This also describes my phrase coined today i.e. January 28th, 2013.

Dear Company,

For a company as big as you and one of the biggest seller of softwares, products, SaaS and hosted platform services, you should be very cautious of choice of softwares, and your own security mechanisms. Technically, because a shabby tailor would not be a gentleman's tailor.

Yours sincerely,
Anwar Faiz

PS: I would not reveal the name of the company and the sort of attack or vulnerabilty pointed in their system. I have already send the details, screenshots, source code lines having mistakes, the degree of threat, and possible resolutions to the concerned authorities in the company.

I am not bound to maintain this secrecy, but I feel its ethical :)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

CentOS 6.3 - Version/ Network/ GCC/ GDB - Settings

Good that you chose CentOS for your usage. Undoubtedly, it is a good Linux flavor. You may download latest binaries/ iso images etc from

What is CentOS Linux?

It is worthwhile to mention that CentOS is an Enterprise-class Linux Distribution derived from sources freely provided to the public by a prominent North American Enterprise Linux vendor.  CentOS conforms fully with the upstream vendor's redistribution policy and aims to be 100% binary compatible. (CentOS mainly changes packages to remove upstream vendor branding and artwork.)  CentOS is free.

CentOS is developed by a small but growing team of core developers.  In turn the core developers are supported by an active user community including system administrators, network administrators, enterprise users, managers, core Linux contributors and Linux enthusiasts from around the world.

Above description may also be read in full details at

How to check Version of CentOS? 32bit or 64 bit?

if u do uname -a
you will get linux kernel description. for eg.
Linux dnsserver 2.6.xx-yyy x86_64.
it tells you that it is a 64 bit OS

in case you want to read centos version do the following:
cat /etc/centos-release

it will return you something like "CentOS release 6.3 (final)"
Now this typically tells you that it is CentOS 6.3. Voila!!

You can also use cat /etc/redhat-release.

Install Gcc and GDB

This usually comes bundled.
In order to check version you can use --version switch. For eg.
gcc --version
gdb --version

CentOS 6.3 comes with GDB 7.2.xx series.

In case you dont have gcc etc, you can use Yum command.
First check with rpm.
Then use yum command.
For eg.
rpm -q gcc-c++
yum install gcc-c++

Network Settings in CentOS 6.3

Being a UI rich OS, you can directly set network parameters.
Goto System-->Preferences-->Network connections
Choose connection you want to correct (usually eth1 for ethernet)
Go to IpV4 setting and provide Ip address.
Press OK

Then from command shell you can check whether it is set or not. Use the command "ip a"

So, your Development or Testing infrastructure is ready. Use, code, distribute, and test your applications. And thank me too!!

Signing off for now.
Mohd Anwar Jamal Faiz

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

ItzUpp Accepted - Google Developer Challenge 2012

ItzUpp accepted into the Google Places API Developer Challenge 2012

[Google-Worldwide-News] Last month, December 2012, ItzUpp was accepted as a contestant into the Google Places API Developer Challenge. Seems, it is one of the two selected entries from India! And Google has accepted and listed Top 52 Apps on their website. ItzUpp is one of them!!

The Itzupp details video is ==>
The blog post describing ItzUpp is ==> See ItzUpping details
Go HERE to vote ==>

The timeline for the contest is:
August 15, 2012: Submissions Begin
November 30, 2012: Deadline for Application Submission
December 12 – December 31, 2012: Public Voting
December 12 – January 11, 2013: Voting by Judges
January 30, 2013: Winners Announced
2013: Live Streaming of Awards Presentation Hangout with a recap at the 2013 I/O Conference

The prizes are:
Showcase your Google Places API application at our annual Google I/O conference in San Francisco. There will be two categories of awards – Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice awards:
Judge’s Choice Award
Three (3) application entries will receive an immersive experience at Google I/O 2013, including:
2 Google I/O tickets per winning team
$3500 travel stipend
A chance to showcase their app at Google I/O 2013
Dinner with the Google Maps and Places API team
Three runners up will enjoy:
One (1) Google Nexus 7 16gb Tablet
A 15-minute hang out with a Google Executive
People’s Choice Award
One entry will be chosen by the voting public and will receive:
2 Google I/O tickets per team
$3500 travel stipend
A chance to showcase their app at Google I/O 2013
Dinner with the Google Maps and Places API team

Public Voting has now closed.

The Tagline of Itzupp is - Before you visit. The bold letters on the website says "Know The Places Around Before You Actually Visit."

One user has reported the following--
"I always use  to find about any place. I can search any restaurant, shopping complex, shops, pubs and discs. I can read reviews too and also see adjacent areas. I have used this in my recent travel to London, UK and Goa, India.
Awesome feedbacks and reviews. Very objective details.
AND BEST PART. I SEARCHED "halal meat in london" to get a long list of restaurants serving halal meat. This is just amazing service!!
I just love itzupping!!""

This is world's first service to find and know the places around beforehand. Find, explore, and review the places around you before you actually visit it. This is called ItzUpping!!