Monthly Archives: August 2013

RapidBoot HDD Accelerator and Shield In Lenovo ThinkPad

Lenovo developed 2 utilities to reduce boot time: RapidBoot HDD Accelerator and RapidBoot Shield.

RapidBoot Shield is known to create delays to the startup process, as it may prevent the loading of applications or services critical to the system startup, in ThinkPad laptops using Microsoft Windows 7.

Lenovo has withdrawn this utility and recommends its uninstalling as first step while troubleshooting slow boot.

Create An OPML File From My Yahoo!

If you want to create an OMPL file from My Yahoo!:

Open a tab of My Yahoo!

View Page Source

Select all

Copy and paste the code in the box in My Yahoo HTML Source -> OPML Generator

Select Download OPML file

Click on Generate

Done!

The OPML file is now ready to use in RSS Readers that can import OPML files such as Google Reader.

And from Google Reader to other readers that haven’t implemented yet the feature to directly import OPML files such as Feedly (here the instructions to import an OPML into Feedly passing through Google Reader).

Yahoo Answers API & RSS Queries Guide

The anatomy of the Yahoo Answers RSS feed queries is explained in this article.

The basic query is very easy to construct, and results in an XML feed (RSS) of the current state of the Yahoo Answers database. It can be queried in a number of ways, and the basic form is as follows:

http://answers.yahoo.com/rss/searchq?p=antivirus

(for local language version, just add the country code to the beginning followed by dot, example:

http://it.answers.yahoo.com/rss/searchq?p=antivirus

If you are looking for open questions, the parameter is tab=3

  • tab=0 : All items
  • tab=1 : Resolved items
  • tab=2 : Undecided items
  • tab=3 : Open items

Example:

http://it.answers.yahoo.com/rss/searchq?p=antivirus&tab=3

For queries with multiple terms:

http://it.answers.yahoo.com/rss/searchq?p=computer+lento&tab=3

Hacked WordPress Account: What To Do

Useful resources to read:

http://codex.wordpress.org/FAQ_My_site_was_hacked

http://blog.sucuri.net/2012/07/website-malware-removal-wordpress-tips-tricks.html

http://pengbos.com/blog/removing-malware-from-a-wordpress-site

http://ocaoimh.ie/2008/06/08/did-your-wordpress-site-get-hacked/

http://www.quora.com/How-to-remove-Malware-from-WordPress

http://webenso.com/wordpress-site-hacked-malware-removal/

http://www.gavinwray.com/2013/01/24/ive-been-hacked/

http://blog.sucuri.net/2010/04/conditional-redirects-or-the-htaccess-malware.html

http://www.wpsite.net/how-to-remove-this-site-may-be-compromised-warning/

Useful scans:

http://safeweb.norton.com/

https://www.virustotal.com/en/#url

http://sitecheck.sucuri.net/scanner/

Google Diagnostics page (user can find certain information of the malware by replacing example.com in the following URL with your own site’s URL: www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=example.com. this information is quite general)

http://www.unmaskparasites.com/

Plugins:

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/gotmls/ (Anti-Malware (Get Off Malicious Scripts) – absolutely useful to remove malware!

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/websitedefender-wordpress-security/ (WebsiteDefender WordPress Security)

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordfence/ (Wordfence Security)

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/bulletproof-security/ (BulletProof Security)

How to install WordPress

  • download the wordpress zip file from http://wordpress.org/download/
  • unzip it to a folder
  • connect to your website through FTP (use FileZilla; note 1 : host=domain without www, before propagation it’s just the IP address provided by the hosting provider; note 2: FTP account needs to be created – with a different username if you use web4web and username is username@siteurl.com)
  • upload the files in the folder (and the files only, not the folder) to public.html, through FTP
  • now, follow instructions at http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress, which basically are:
  1. create database (in DirectAdmin)
  2. create username of the database (in DirectAdmin – keep the random password generated by DirectAdmin or choose another one)
  3. if you are hosted by web4web: associate the access host following instructions at http://www.web4web.it/kb/entry/60/come-faccio-a-cambiare-le-impostazioni-di-connessione-database-per-poter-usufruire-dei-nuovi-server.html
  4. rename (in FTP) config-sample.php to config.php
  5. add the required data to config.php (database name, database user, etc)
  6. add secret keys to config.php
  7. launch install script (loading this url: http://example.com/wp-admin/install.php)
    create htaccess file: in WP control panel, go to settings/permalinks/postname/save (if you want the postname)
  8. for some hosting providers: delete index.html (through FTP), otherwise the homepage will keep showing the default message for new websites created by the hosting provider