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Here Comes the VDaaS – Benchmarking the AWS WorkSpaces !

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This is probably the first benchmarking effort on an AWS WorkSpaces standard instance. I used the cross platform benchmarking tool Geekbench for the test.

Before we go ahead. let me clearly state that, this offering from AWS is still in its restricted beta and you have to request for an invite to try this out. And this offering is still not filly bug free.

Ok, so here is the result. And believe me, the result is not pretty satisfactory. What we got was even worse than a new age Core i3 machine. Read more…

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Online Banking. Still Unsafe? – The Unedited Version!!

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I recently contributed this article to a Tech Magazine. But due to obvious reasons the article was edited and few of the screenshots were dropped. Though I completely realized why it was done and understand the necessity of doing the same. I thought to post the unedited version on my blog for those with tough hearts!!

Have Fun !!

Let’s start this article with a quick quiz. Now there is no direct award for this quiz. But believe me, if you answer the questions right. By the end of this article you will feel much secure. But if you don’t. Then get ready for a horror story.

Here is the quiz.

1.    Do you remember the exact link of your online banking website? For instance the ICICI Bank’s online banking login page?

2.    Do you remember, who is the SSL Certificate Signing authority of most of the online services where you do online monitory transactions?

Most likely the answer will be a “No”. If not for the question No. 1, but for Question No. 2, I am pretty sure. This is because I myself don’t remember the SSL Signing authorities for most of the websites I use for monitory transactions.  Read more…

The Idol Déjà vu

Long long time ago, when I was just a kid, but however too enthusiastic about computers and IT… I heard a name…Bill Gates… Probably the first person I had ever looked up to as an idol. He was a billionaire, a hacker and a collage dropout. Probably, a perfect idol for an average boy who always tried to become a hacker.

But, my dad, being a school teacher (like the father of every 70′s/80′s Bollywood Movie hero ;) ) and a Bengali author, was obviously a Rabindranath Fan !! Probably Rabindranath was and still is his idol.

He never told me this. But I assume he was always fascinated about the fact that a poet can also be a freedom fighter. Without picking up a sword he could win numerous hearts and significant wars, just with the power of his pen and his thought. Why I think so, is because his other favorite poet was Nazrul Islam.

And one fine day, he was trying to convince me with all his conviction, that these IT billionaires are just geeks and don’t have any social responsibility. His words were, “They just know computers. And don’t know anything about society, politics, etc”.
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