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Play Diablo III Open Beta Weekend

The beta for Diablo III just came out. Currently I’m in the process of installing the game. Hope it works on my lappy and meet the system requirements that was announced.

I know you’ve been waiting updates before, but now that Diablo 3 beta is officially open! For this weekend at least. All you need is a valid Battle.net account, a Battletag, and here is the link to download Diablo 3 client. The beta gives you the chance to play to up to level 13 as any of the five classes offered.

Diablo 3 is getting released next month. Unless the Blizzard HQ implodes into itself in the next few weeks, it’s going to be something very special indeed. I just grabbed the client on my PC It’s about 44MB. I don’t how much space will the game itself eat in my hard disk. All that, to see the game’s preliminaries while teaming up with friends and playing as any of the five character classes.

 

Let us download and play Diablo III now and enjoy the weekend fellas. Just a reminder, It ends on Monday! So download it now!

Microsoft begins countdown to the end of Windows XP

 

“countdown to the end of Windows XP and Office 2003 support”

That was the message from Microsoft as it reminded consumers that its support for Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will end on April 8, 2014. That means the software giant will nix security updates, non-security hot-fixes and technical support after that date. So let the countdown begin. You now have less than two years to get your affairs in order and hightail it to more current software.

Windows XP and Office 2003 were great software releases in their time, but the technology environment has shifted. Technology continues to evolve and so do people’s needs and expectations.But there’s a large amount of users still using XP up to SP3, and not everyone will be happy about having to upgrade. Modern users demand technologies that fit their personal workstyle and allow them to stay productive anywhere anytime, so those who want to stick with Windows and Office should begin planning, well, now.

I already pointed out, Windows XP and Office 2003 products are scheduled to hit their deadline on April 8, 2014. The main purpose for the end of support countdown is to persuade users to migrate to newer software versions such as Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010.

PlayStation 4 Codenamed Orbis?

 

Rumor: Next PlayStation Codenamed ‘Orbis’

Next-generation PlayStation is codenamed Orbis and is being planned for a mid of 2013 release.

Kotaku told the console’s current working name is Orbis. The console won’t support backward compatibility for PlayStation 3 games, compared to when PS2 BC was dropped from PS3 around 2009 when Slim launched.

The Orbis codename is Latin for circle or ring. Combine that with the Latin meaning of Vita, it could mean circle of life.  It has the tiniest amount of additional weight behind it.

Its hardware specs will consist of an AMD x64 CPU and AMD Southern Islands GPU, such a setup would allow the ability to output games at a resolution of 4096×2160. It’ll also be able to display 3D games at 1080p - up from the 720p limit on the PlayStation 3.

Useful WordPress Themes And Plugins

There you go, I’m a newbie here in wordpress, so let me handle this to share my resources and tips for the first time.

If you’re looking for some great ways to improve your WordPress workflow, read on for a massive collection of free themes and plugins. These resources were all linked via the  Twitter stream, Facebook stream, and other social-media streams around the Web. These resources have now been organized and consolidated for easy reference to help you get the most out of the world’s most popular publishing platform. We hope that you’ll find these resources helpful and valuable.

WordPress Multisite: Practical Functions And Methods — Smashing WordPress

Free WordPress Themes

There are probably a billion WordPress themes available these days. But not all of them are worth using or even looking at. Fortunately our readers send in some amazing and beautifully designed themes for us to check out and share. here are some of the  WordPress themes I’ve discovered lately, summarized and linked for your surfing pleasure.

Suburbia 1.1 WordPress Theme
Suburbia is a free premium WordPress theme for magazines. The layout is very clean and flexible and designed in a modest and minimalistic style.

Portfolium 1.1 WordPress Theme
Portfolium can be used on portfolio websites or blogs and has a minimalistic design that is perfect as is or as a foundation for your custom design.

Typominima: A gorgeous typography-based minimal WordPress theme
Neat and flexible grid-based theme for WordPress CMS and Portfolium that can be used on portfolio websites or blogs. If you are designer, artist, photographer, or other creative specialist, you can take a full advantage of Portfolium’s fresh minimalistic design — perfect as is, or as a foundation for your custom design.

Roots WordPress Theme
Roots is a starting WordPress theme made for developers that is based on HTML5 Boilerplate, Starkers, and the most popular CSS frameworks.

 

WordPress Plugins

Besides themes, plugins are another way to customize your WordPress website with advanced functionality and interactivity. As with themes, there are plugins for just about everything you can possibly imagine. But also like themes, it can be difficult to sift through the fluff, and find those gems that truly improve your website.

When you do find a WordPress plugin that’s great, you just have to share it with others in the community.
Event Organiser adds event management that integrates well with your WordPress site. By using WordPress’ in-built ‘custom post type’, this plug-in allows you to create events that have the same functionality as posts, while adding further features that allow you to manage your events.

Front End Upload WordPress Plugin
A WordPress plugin that facilitates adding a client upload form to your site with the least friction possible, something you can literally activate, implement with a shortcode, and leave it at that if you wanted. Enter Front End Upload.

Leaflet Maps Marker WordPress Plugin
The WordPress plugin “Leaflet Maps Marker” allows you to pin, organize and show your favorite places through OpenStreetMap on your blog and via different APIs on external websites or apps

VPN protect your online identity

Although OpenVPN can be configured in several ways, let’s focus on the most typical one found in many VPN providers.

In this typical configuration, first the peers taking part in the communication you and the VPN server to which you are trying to connect will authenticate to each other. Once this has been done and the VPN tunnel is established, the proper flow of encrypted data from and to your computer will begin.

The authentication process will usually take place using Public-Key Cryptography and username and password. When you read about 2048 bit keys, or 4096 bit keys or something like this, you are reading about the key used during the authentication phase of the communication.

But once authentication has happened and because Public-Key algorithms are really slow, OpenVPN will switch to Symmetric Cryptography to actually encrypt the data that is sent between you and the VPN server. This encryption will take place using a given type of symmetric algorithm (AES, Blowfish, Twofish …) and with a given key length (128bit, 192bit, 256bit, 448bit …).

Most probably this last key length is the one you would worry more about along with the type of algorithm that the VPN provider is using. As you can see none of these symmetric key lengths get anywhere close to those 2048bit ot 4096bit keys that some VPN providers boast.

Having longer symmetric keys will increase security at a performance cost (more or less depending on the algorithm selected). All depends on how paranoid we are and the options that the VPN service provider gives to us.

Hope we have clarified things a bit