Check That Sketchy File With 39 Antivirus Apps

So you looking at this sketchy file you just downloaded and your a little nervious about running it because you don’t using any antivirus software. What do you do? Ususally just run the file and hope for the best. Well no more, welcome Virus Total. All you doing is upload the file to Virus Total. They scan it with 39 different antivirus engines and give you the results.

Virus Total

A great solution for scanning those small sketchy files that all of us end up downloading at some point to get our software to work they way we want it to.

Windows 7 Taskbar Progress Bar for Explorer

I’ve been playing around with Windows 7 for a while. Just recently I updated my install to the Windows 7 Beta 1 (Build 7000). When I was coping over my iTunes library I noticed something kind of cool going on in the taskbar. While the files were transfering in a mini progress bar was displayed behind the Explorer icon in the taskbar.

Windows 7 - Progress Bar in the Taskbar

It’s the little things like this that make Windows 7 really cool. I won’t talk about it too much right now but what makes Windows 7 worth while for me is the new Explorer interface. So much better than Vista’s Explorer interface.

Screenshots of Your Website in 50 Browsers

Have you ever wondered what your website looked like in other browsers or even in other operating systems? Well the answer is here, browsershots.org. Browsershots is a free and open-source online service which generated screenshots of your website: in different browsers, on different platforms, and with different plugins. It’s a true amazing service. It’s a must for every web designer’s arsenal.

Accessing Pandora from Canada

If your like me you absolutely love the Pandora music service. However due to greedy music labels pushing their agenda in Washinton (see SaveNetRadio.org) Pandora was forced to limit its service to the US. What’s a geek to do? Why… use an ssh tunnel to proxy the Pandora service through a US server. How? You may ask. 

First we’ll setup the ssh tunnel. For that we’re going to use an application called Putty. To setup the ssh tunnel you’ll need to have access to a server based in the US with ssh enabled (for example – a Dreamhost account). For the purpose of the tutorial we’ll call the server “example.com”. After launching Putty you need to enter the hostname into the field provided. Now comes the magic. Expand the SSH category and select Tunnels. Under source port enter 8080, select the “Dynamic” and then click the Add button.

SSH Tunnel - Part 1

Click on the Open button. After click on Open you’ll be prompted for your username and password for, in the case of this example, example.com. After successful establishing your ssh connection all you have left to do is setup Firefox to use this ssh tunnel as a proxy.

Open up Firefox and select “Options” from the Tool menu then click on “Advanced”. Next click on the “Network” tab, then the “Settings” button. Select “Manual proxy configuration”. Now comes the important settings.  Erase the HTTP Proxy, SSL Proxy, FTP Proxy, and Gopher Proxy fields. Enter 127.0.0.1 under SOCKS Host and 8080 under Port.

SSH Tunnel - Part 2

Click OK and click OK once more. We’re done! Browse to www.pandora.com and crank the tunes.