Tasks for Saturday evening

Well, I am now done with my official tasks for the week and looking forward to complete some personal-Internet related tasks.

Here are those:

  1. Streamline blogs – This involves separating materials currently getting blogged to separate buckets – personal, social, Internet related, and miscellaneous.
  2. Create blogs – Now, I am feeling a need to separate personal blog. Till now it was only facebook or sometimes blogspot or twitter. Though, the “other” mediums are good at spreading information, they are not good at managing personal notes, communicating with friends, learning technologies and posting about technological updates all together. I have to “revolutionize” my website to match to my “expectations”. 🙂

List of blogs and what those are intended for:

  1. Blog on Blogspot – Only technical stuff
  2. Blog on WordPress – Only social stuff
  3. Other blog on WordPress – Only new consumer technologies
  4. Website: Linking all of the above at one place + personal notebook

Why I am positng this article on Technology blog? Because its related to personal management with use of Technology.

Let’s start!

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Wonderful Software for Linux


It has been quite sometime that I have been trying my hands on Linx.
So, I am gonna put some wonderful software for your perview.

For All (Many) Linux Distros:

  1. Tixati: The great torrent downloader (Tixati website: http://www.tixati.com/, Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_BitTorrent_clients)
  2.  LeafPad: A lite-weight, easy to use text editor (LeafPad website: http://tarot.freeshell.org/leafpad/, Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leafpad)
  3. PyRoom: Looking for writing down something today in a total chaos? PyRoom is here to help you! (PyRoom website: http://pyroom.org, Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PyRoom)

For Fedora:

  1. Yum Extender – A great software to manage your programs (Yum Extender website: http://www.yum-extender.org/, Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowdog_Updater,_Modified)

For Ubuntu:

  1. Synaptic – One of the most promising software on Ubuntu; makes searching, installing and managing software a real fun. (Synaptic website: http://www.nongnu.org/synaptic/, Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synaptic_(software))

Let me know your feedback about the list.

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Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari fight “The Battle of Life”

Its been a good amount of time that I posted something on this blog. No, It’s not true that I was not reading and writing technical posts, but on other medias for sometime; and yes, it was Facebook. 🙂

Now, I am back to Google’s blogger site.

This time its a very Interesting article on browser wars. The modern battle which is expected to cause many browsers struggling for their dailies.

The original link was published in CodeProject‘s daily newsletter. The original site is ArsTechnica. I like the site for blogs posted on it; they are very informative and well structured.

Here’s the link:

Read the article and let me know your views by replying to this post.

Starting from the next post, I am going to put my thoughts on this war.

I will also try to provide neutral view on various internet browsers I have used and will recommend the best one(s) for you.

Thanks for reading!

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Facebook does not want me to find friends in my GMail address book

I don’t know when this website-wars will end.
Now, its Facebook.com which has started saying that it can not find friends from my GMail address book.
It does not support the given email addresses.

I am not sure what exactly has happened in recent months, but it feels that Facebook.com has started giving signs of monopoly over the social networking market. Well, one reason could be the 4 years old deal between Microsoft and Facebook; and the former may feel that its time to take revenge.

I would like to remind said social networking websites that no one can control social networking by non-social means.

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Microsoft Live Mail Contacts has lots of problems

Microsoft Live Mail Contacts has good features of importing your contacts from various sources like GMail, Facebook, Hi5, etc.

However, once you are done with import, you will see many contacts with same names.
Well, it has feature to Clean Up Contacts, which will diligently show you duplicate contacts, and ask you to click to Auto-Merge them. Impressive, right?

Here comes the legacy problems with Microsoft’s web applications. The merging functionality is not working for a long-long time now. When clicked on Merge, it shows pages with sorry text:

This page is temporarily unavailable
We’re sorry, there was a problem showing this page. We experienced some technical difficulties retrieving the content.
Please try this page again in a few minutes.

There are some more bugs and ill-placed features as well. For a person like me who wants SkyDrive‘s 25GB free online space and wants to connect to friends as well, there is no other option than to manage in whatever is provided by Microsoft.

Is there any alternative to this? 🙁

  • Update: Today is 14-Jun-2011; and the problem still persists.
  • Update: Today is 29-Jun-2011; and the problem still persists. Now my Hotmail account is linked with Microsoft Outlook 2010, which does not have contacts cleaning option. Also, I am using Windows Live Mail (Desktop Client) which has menu item for Cleaning Contact; and that eventually puts me to the same bugy Contact Manager webpage.
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Drupal – Disable Create Account request by anonymous users

Hi friends,
I wanted to disable ‘Create Account’ option for anonymous user visiting Drupal site.
It is a very basic task; but, important!

Here are the steps:

  • Log in to your Drupal site as with Administrator credentials
  • Go to: Administer –> User Management
  • Select Public registrations: Only site administrators can create new user accounts.
  • Save; and your done. The link to Create Account from site is gone for users other than Administrator.

Have fun with Drupal!

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Google Reader: Lots off stuff, with some pain

I have been using Bloglines for quite a some time; it was world’s no. 1 RSS feed reader for long time.
And then came in Google Reader, its all fresh Ajax scripting combined with Google‘s search database provided excellent growth to it compared to Bloglines.
And now, Google Reader enjoys the top position. Bloglines started beta in parallel, did well, but finally, it was shut. And I was shocked!

MerchantCircle bought Bloglines and now it is in process of migration of feeds from Bloglines to Netvibes.

Anyways, coming back to the point, Google Reader has everthing that you don’t need from a RSS feed reader, however, it does not have a simple “Create Folder” button. 😡
It’s help is dull and old: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/reader/thread?tid=727517bedacca0b8&hl=en
It’s really really painful to create a new folder in Google Reader and on top of that you can’t have nested folder, i.e. folder inside a folder.

I don’t know what to do; just imported an OPML file got from somewhere and now those new feed folder are lying in my reader view, there is no way to manage them.
Google says create a bundle, which is a virtual one, and also, it can not have folders in it. 🙁

Any solution?

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Issue with Drupal setup on XAMPP

Hi friends,
For the whole evening I was trying to complete a local installation of Drupal.
I was done once, and then I changed the root password; and the MySQL database refused to connect from PHPMyAdmin then onwards. 🙁

The current setup is:
Software: XAMPP (following all components are installed on it only)

Web Server: Apache
Database Server: MySQL
Web Portal: Drupal

And now getting this error:

Access forbidden!

You don’t have permission to access the requested object.
It is either read-protected or not readable by the server.

If you think this is a server error, please contact
the webmaster.

Error 403

8/22/2010 12:31:58 AM
Apache/2.2.14 (Win32) DAV/2 mod_ssl/2.2.14 OpenSSL/0.9.8l
mod_autoindex_color PHP/5.3.1 mod_apreq2-20090110/2.7.1 mod_perl/2.0.4


Let me know if anyone has faced it; and know how to resolve.

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