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Moving On

You might be wondering why I have not posted for some time here at Novice Investigator. The reason is, I have moved on. Thanks to the Budding Bloggers Program (url:http://geniushackers.com/blog/budding-bloggers/).
I have now a self hosted blog at http://openthoughts.me/blog.

But it is still not in the completed phase, as I have been facing some glitches in accessing my ftp account and changing my blog path and changing the themes etc.
So I will most probably not blogging here at Novice Investigator anymore. I have had a real fun time blogging at my wordpress.com. Now it’s time for some serious blogging at openthoughts.me/blog.

I will try to make sure that important and top posts which are mostly related to technical stuffs be made available at openthoughts.me too.

I am still pondering if to copy paste the same content or write a follow up.

And I definitely have to thank my readers, because of whom I made the firm decision to move on to my own domain.
Thank You folks!

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Setting up a Server on Ubuntu

For my web designing and related activities I needed a server running on my laptop. That meant I would need Apache, MySql and PHP running on the laptop. Since I am using Ubuntu, (Linux), hence we can say we are setting up a LAMP server.

What all we need to do

We need to install apache, php, mysql and phymyadmin.

All the required packages are available in the repositories. All the things to be done are provided step by step in this website. I felt this tutorial very very helpful. Hope it helps you too.

Installing LAMP on Ubuntu for Newbies

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The next best thing to happen to my Ubuntu was the setting up of compiz fusion. It just add some great new features in some real cool fashion. The first thing after having my graphics up and running was to google about compiz-fusion.

Forlong’s Blog had everything that was required to be done.

First Things First

I had to install the ccsm, that is the Compiz Config Settings Manager.

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

Note internet connection or some source for repositories required for the above code to work. And it has to be typed in the terminal.

Next ccsm, had to opened.Typing ccsm in the terminal opens the Compiz Config Settings Manager. Here we have a lot of options which are called plugins. To find what we need, we have the filter box, which filters the plugins based on the search string.

Get the Cube! (more…)

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Gmail Account(s) One==Infinite

I am a Google fan. Yes, like many around, I am dependent on more that two free Google services.

Among all those services, e-mail service is a necessity now. It is essential when setting up a profile in social networks and forums. E-mail id is the first internet address. After that there can be websites, blogs and profile that marks an individual’s online presence. Today’s tech world demands at least one email address, to identify you.

jkrw@yahoo.co.in :- This was my first email address. This was before gmail came into existence. I used it for creating a website. Those were the days when I got my hands dirty with web design. No, I didn’t mess with HTML or PHP. Simply MS Frontpage. It was fun.

Then came gmail.

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Orkut’s Spam Folder

Noticed this just now. Yet another intelligent inclusion from orkut. Now no need to worry about the spam messages that is sent to you via scraps and messages. They end up in your spam folder at http://www.orkut.co.in/UserSpamFolder.aspx

Find something that shouldn’t be there in your spam folder? Found something that was not a spam? You can always send it back by flagging it as NOT SPAM.

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Once again the hits to my blog is biting dust. It’s gone back to the less than 50 range, a range which I had seen a long time back, when I had initially begun my posts. I decided to analyse this problem. But because of several other commitments I couldn’t find time for this. Today I found the time.

What I have realised.

* It was in January ’08 that my blog stats reached the high of 100+ views in a single day. Those days my posts were technology oriented, and pertained to hack techniques and few concepts that had captured my interest. Most visitors had reached my blog via search engines. In very few cases, the search keywords pertained to some non-technical posts.

* The post that made the difference and boosted the visitors number from <100 to 100+ was a post on web cam hacking. Another well sought post was the one which showed that many people were interested in web cam hacking and that had increased the traffic to my blog. [click here for the post on web cam hacks].

* Another genre of topics that brought traffic to my blog were posts related to the missions at www.hackthissite.org. This too was via search engines.

* I was not interested in making a blog specialised on hacks that I came across the net. So I moved on to topics that related to my life here at NIT-Trichy and the experiences that taught me some lesson or the other. The events and news about stuffs happening at NIT-Trichy.

* My posts now oriented towards personnel stuffs and I realised there weren’t any takers for such stuffs. The hits went down. And the only reason why the blog stats is not zero is due to the presence of posts related to hacking.

What I have realised…

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The Third Saturday of March!

For those of you reading this post wondering what wonders happened on the 3rd saturday of march, well, it was yesterday (I am keying in this post on 23rd of March, 2008) and ya for those who aren’t aware that L,O,H,I can be arranged to name a colourful Indian festival, here is the jist of everything. Holi (HOLI) is a festival of colours, the history behind holi and how it came into existence was long forgotten by me, after the school days when I had Hindi  as my second language. So if you really wanted some information about holi, don’t worry I will get something for you from wikipedia or some other website. Wait.

On the first day bonfires are lit at night to signify burning the demo-ness Holika, Hiranyakashipu’s sister.

On the second day, known as Dhulhendi, people spend the day throwing colored powder and water at each other. The spring season, during which the weather changes, is believed to cause viral fever and cold. Thus, the playful throwing of the colored powders has a medicinal significance: the colors are traditionally made of Neem, Kumkum, Haldi, Bilva and other medicinal herbs prescribed by Āyurvedic doctors. A special drink called thandai is prepared, sometimes containing bhang (Cannabis sativa).

Rangapanchami occurs a few days later on a Panchami (fifth day of the full moon), marking the end of festivities involving colours.

Ya, this is from wikipedia. Now don’t wonder if you celebrated holi with natural colours, or if you are suffering from fever and cold even after holi celebrations. It is the tech-age, and colours are all artificial, causing probably more harm than help. My hair is all dried up and has (hopefully temporarily) lost its smoothness 😦

Hope I will regain it. But the celebrations were fun, throwing colours, running about chasing people to through colours. All our faces had become something different and interesting to look at. (interesting? why else were the people jeering at us, when we walked through the boulevard of  nit trichy? :D)

 The only part I didn’t understand was the ritual of tearing up the clothes. Why was that? Just a mischief? No, no, all the years were active in tearing up. And then not just colours were used to beautify our already handsome faces, even mud was used. Pools of water was waiting for us, which were results of the over nights rain.

In a oyster shell, it was fun, Fun FUn, and more FUN!

Gul ne Gulsan se gulfan Bheja hai
Setaron Ne Asma se Salam Bheja hai
Mubarak ho tumhe ye holi ke tyohar pe,
Hamne ye tumko pagam bheja hai… Happy Holi!

P.S : The above lines are from a Forward from “Dhiren” my friend and classmate (active in tearing up clothes and dropping friends into muddles on holi). This was my first forward that wished me Happy Holi!!!!

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