Time lag!

2010-03-02 07:43:15 +0000

This thoughts been for a while in my mind! When you work for a US company, you come to know about happenings and holidays in the US before you come to know when is holi! The latest news piece that prompted me to come back to this particular train of thoughts is the news piece about the Playsation 3 time issue. The older PS3 (non-slim versions) considered 2010 as a leap year. As a result their time mismatched from the servers on the Playstation Network and some of the user data (trophies won etc) were unavailable/corrupted for some users. Even as we speak, Sony updated with the news and the fix (manually changing the date on PS to 1 March 2010 fixed the issue). However, many of the US news majors on the net are yet to catch up with the latest update and still running the news about the failure without the latest updates. It leads me to believe that the US night time news can be better handled by folks where its daytime. Interesting thought! Will any online News media try out the same?

So many times reading a particular news piece in the newspaper or watching it on the TV, I feel that ain't that a old news? Yeah, maybe coz being employed by an internet giant, I get to know News as it happens while the traditional media takes its own sweet time to comeup with the latest (err.. oxymoron? )!

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Bing follows Google suite with innovation! Launches Auto Suggest based on history!

2010-03-01 23:07:06 +0000

Bing has come up with a new feature that doesn't exist in the market as of date! It now gives Auto suggests based on your past searches. Google also stores your past searches(if you are logged into google) using web history. Yahoo now seems to be the only safe search engine out there which doesn't seem to be storing users past searches!

As per bing offical blog

In fact, 44% of non-navigational search sessions last longer than 1 week!

This move might again stir up the Hornets nest of privacy concerns! Lets wait and watch!

DISCLAIMER: Author works for Yahoo! Search and the opinion displayed in here are his personal views and nothing to do with the official stand of any of the above mentioned companies. All the data mentioned in here are to the best of my personal knowledge. Any discrepancy which might have crept in here is solely due to my own ignorance and I take no responsibility for any usage/misusage of the above mentioned.

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an arbit post!

2010-03-01 10:59:04 +0000

An arbit post! After a looong time! Times have been changing! From my yesteryears of college days to today of working hours. Yesterday was the first Pragyan in my last 4 years that I didnt attend! Why I didn't go could be a stupid reason but a rational one. So unlike me! And then the last weekend. Saying out something that you always wanted to say to a dear one is always relieving. After a while you may think that maybe you should not have said / done so. But I believe in living in the world knowing that I did whatever I could. If something went wrong then maybe it was my mistake or maybe none of my fault. But anygiven day its far better than living in the world thinking what if I would ve done so. Had it be any different? This thought of 'maybe it would ve been different if I would ve done so' is the most killing one. I believe in action. Do what you want to do. Be ready to face all its consequences. Don't just sit there wondering if you should do something or not! I do so in each and everything except for one thing - whenever the question pertains to a member of the opposite sex, then you can count on me to take forever to get out of the loop as to whether I should or whether I should not! Though I ve been working upon it lately and I think I ve overcome the sole indecision factor to a greater extend. Still many a times I think that maybe I shouldn't have said so to her. But then that wouldn't ve been me right? I am what I am. And you need to accept me in my entirety. With my flaws and failures.
Its funnily weird yet a well known strange fact that writing/talking/blogging out helps your to vent out. I wanted to say something! Twitter was a bit short. FB and gtalk - too many people. So here I am. In my new home. Talking out to the world. cheers!

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Surge 2010

2010-02-27 20:42:46 +0000

UPDATE: Results declared!

UPDATE: From the IIT-K Surge Site:

The results of SURGE 2010, for Non-IITK students, will be declared on Tuesday, 6th April 2010. Thank you for your patience and sorry for the delay.

Update: The results of SURGE 2010, for Non-IITK students, will be declared by the end of March 2010.

Its been over two years since I first blogged about surge 2008. I followed it up with another one on surge 2009 after seeing the traffic on that particular post. Here is the info on the series about surge 2010.

First and foremost, What is Surge?

Summer Undergraduate Research Grant for Excellence
SURGE at IIT Kanpur

The Under the Summer Undergraduate Research Grant for Excellence (SURGE) program, undergraduate students from IITK and other participating institutions will undertake short duration, but focused research projects and push their intellectual abilities beyond those driven by the classroom. The duration is 10 weeks from early-May to end-July of each year. Students working at IITK will receive a stipend of Rs.10,000 for the entire 10-week duration; an additional Rs.10,000 Award plus a commendation certificate will be given to those SURGE students who produce exceptional quality research during the 10 weeks. IITK students in overseas institutions will receive a stipend as fixed by the agreement between IITK and the participating institutes.

Surge has added a couple of more foreign institutes to its list in 2010. Now the Universities for SURGE 2010 are California Institute of Technology (http://www.caltech.edu), Ecole Polytechnique (http://www.polytechnique.edu), Ecole Centrale de Paris (http://www.ecp.fr) and Rice University (http://www.rice.edu).

However the above is available only to IIT-K students.

Surge 2010 has a new feature! People from other colleges can also apply to Surge. Also, now First year M.Sc/ MA can also apply to Surge. Earlier only B.Tech students of NITs could apply for surge.

Unfortunately it seems that this year's application dates are over :(

The completed application form along with the paper copies will be due on/before February 12, 2010.

Students studying in the following colleges are eligible to apply for the SURGE program in 2010 at IIT Kanpur. Please note that students from any department of these colleges can apply to any department at IIT Kanpur.

The SURGE program is open to all students currently in their 2nd year and 3rd year of bachelors (BA/B.Sc/B.E/B.Tech) or 1st year of M.Sc/MA.

Students from all IITs, NITs, IISERs and NISERs are eligible to apply for the SURGE program. In addition, students from the following colleges may also apply.

The list of colleges that are eligible for Surge application are:

1. Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
2. Amrita Institute, Coimbatore
3. Andhra University
4. Anna University
5. Banaras Hindu University (all departments including IT-BHU)
6. Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur
7. Bharadidasan University
8. Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani
9. Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani - Goa Campus
10. Birla Institute of Technology Mesra, Ranchi
11. Birsa Institute of Technology, Sindri
12. Burdwan University
13. BV Bhoomaraddi College of Engineering and Technology, Hubli
14. Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI), Chennai
15. Cochin University, Kochi
16. College of ceramic technology Kolkata
17. College of Engineering, Pune
18. College of Engineering, Trivandrum
19. College of Technology, G B Pant University
20. CSJM University, Kanpur
21. Delhi College of Engineering
22. Delhi School of Economics
23. Delhi University
24. Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Infomation and Communication Technology, Gandhinagar
25. Govt. College of Engg. Salem (Metallurgical Engg.)
26. Gulbarga University
27. Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana, Punjab
28. HBTI, Kanpur
29. Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Kolkata
30. Indian Statistical Institute (ISI),Bangalore
31. Indian Statistical Institute Delhi
32. Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research Mumbai
33. Institute of Mathematics and Application, Bhubaneshwar
34. International Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad
35. Jadavpur University
36. Jawaharlal Nehru Technical University (JNTU), Hyderabad
37. Jawaharlal Nehru University
38. Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology University, Bhubaneswar
39. Lucknow University
40. Madras School of economics
41. Madurai Kamaraj University
42. Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam.
43. Mangalore University
44. Manipal University
45. MIT, Anna University, Chennai
46. MS University Baroda
47. National Institute of Foundry and Forge Technology, Ranchi
48. National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai
49. Osmania University
50. Pondicherry University
51. Presidency College, Kolkata
52. PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore
53. Punjab Engineering College
54. Punjab University
55. Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology
56. Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar
57. Saurashtra University, Rajkot, Gujarat
58. St. Stephens College
59. St. Xavier's College, Kolkata
60. St. Xavier's College, Mumbai.
61. Thapar Institute of Engineering and technology
62. The Laxmi Nivas Mittal Institute of Information Technology, Jaipur
63. Thiyagarajar College of Engg, Madurai
64. UIET, Kanpur University
65. University College of Science & Tech, Calcutta University
66. University Department of Chemical Technology
67. University of Bombay
68. University of Calcutta
69. University of Hyderabad
70. University of Madras, Chennai
71. University of Pune
72. Veer Jijamata Technical Institute, Mumbai
73. Vellore Institute of Technology
74. Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan
75. West Bengal University of Technology

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Earthquake in Delhi !?

2010-02-25 00:18:29 +0000

UPDATE: Its official Now! A small quake of Magnitude 2.5 hit Rohtak region in Haryana


Date of Occurrence: 25/02/2010

Time: 00:51:52.0 HRS(IST)

Intensity: SLIGHT

Magnitude: 2.5

Epicentre: Lat. 28.6°N Long. 76.9°E


There was another earthquake in Japan as well.

Earthquake Information (Information about Seismic Intensity at each site)
Issued at 08:39 JST 25 Feb 2010
Occurred at (JST) Latitude
(degree) Longitude
(degree) Depth Magnitude Region Name
08:35 JST 25 Feb 2010 35.7N 139.5E 30km 3.2 Tokyo-to Tama-tobu

Apparently there was a earthquake in delhi on February 25th, 2010 around 0050 Hrs. There are no confirmed news as of now. Tweeples are tweeting away on twitter about the earthquake. Non of the TV News channel have anything on them as of now. They are all showing Sachin's 200 quake or some other news.

Keep checking for more updates.

Kaveri Ahuja was one of the first tweeples to report it on twitter while the rest of Delhi Tweeples join the crowd.


Earthquake!! I felt an EARTHQUAKE!
Delhi 12:51 AM EARTHQUAKE. Birds & animals are shreiking outside!

Kaveri further states:

The epicentre was NOT Delhi. Probably not even India. I felt the shock wavr run from my foot to toe. #Earthquake

And she is an experienced one :( :

YES. Im VERY SURE. It was an EARTHQUAKE. Epicentre cant be here. But it was a bad one somewhere. I have felt many in my life Latur, Kashmir.

Though seems it wasnt that huge. People in Noida are saying they didnt feel anything.

Though seems otherwise in Gurgaon
Will keep you updated on it.

UPDATE: Twitter is dying down on earthquake tweets in delhi. Seems it was a small one. Hope all stays well.

UPDATE 2: Apparently it wasn't just Delhi but some in Uttaranchal as well.

Mild earthquake in Bageshwar Uttaranchal. Some people in South Delhi felt tremors. Seems nothing major.

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How to add subdomain in slicehost dns

2010-02-24 20:28:58 +0000

How to setup dns in slicehost?
Create the dns for your primary domain name using the setup as provided by slicehost.

Once you have a proper working domain name configured on your slicehost,
to add a sub-domain,

login to slicehost admin
Go to DNS tab.
Click on records next to your domain name.
Create a new record
Type A
Name yourSubdomain. <-- Note the last (dot). its compulsory
Data - your ip address to where you want to point your subdomain to. Most probably you want it to point to your slicehost ip itself.
change TTL if you want to.
Create record.
Now you have yourSubdomain.yourDomain up and running.

PS: Am assuming you are using your slicehost dns as your primary dns.

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slicehost setup mysql beginners guide

2010-02-22 20:07:39 +0000

Ok, so first and foremost about the heading. Its a direct search term that I got on this blog. I realised that even though I answered the query in this post, the user actually never got to see it. My bad!

Ok, assumption 1: You are using Fedora as your server distro. If you are using some other distro, please modify the yum commands as per your distro.
These steps can rather be used to set up a working LAMP
Type the following on your terminal

yum install apache mysql mysql-server phpmyadmin
service start mysqld
service start httpd

These will do the basics for you. You still wont be able to access your apache running on your host because of firewall/iptables.

referer to this post for further instructions on how to get it all up and running.

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Twitter "LOL is it you?" spam/phishing attack - what to do if you are affected.

2010-02-22 16:34:00 +0000

Twitter is facing another round of phising attack. This time again in the well known "lol is it you" format.

This spreads like a viral only through infected accounts. Once a person is tricked into clicking a link that he gets as a direct message, he is presented with a false twitter login. The person gives in his twitter username and password and then the malware sends out similar direct message to the infected person's followers.

I got one such dm yesterday from one of my friend. When another dm came from the guy today, I told him that most probably his account has been compromised. He did whats the right thing to do. Change his password. Right now this malware is not known to change the password.

A sample dm received from an infected account:

"Lol. this you?? http://easyhair.net/?rid=http://twitter.verify.bzpharma.net/login"

Dont click on the link.

The affected accounts are now being used to send direct spam links like

"free get bigger and have sex longer, go here http://bedfordhealth.com/?rid=http://callbling.com"

What to do if you ve entered your twitter password on such a site?

So what to do if your twitter account is sending out such direct messages?

Immediately login to https://twitter.com/login and change your password. Do not click on any link to go the twitter site. Thats why I ve not linked the twitter url above. Type it yourself in the address bar:


After logging in, click on settings in right hand top corner.
In the settings page, go to Password tab (second from left) and change your password.

What to do if you receive such dms from someone you follow.

You can tweet @yourfriendname telling him you are getting dms from his account. That ways rest of your followers will also come to know that a particular account is infected.

example of a tweet you can send @yourFriend

@friend ur account is hacked/infected. getting dm s from ur acc. plz check/change ur passwd.

The fact that the second dm doesnt ask for your twitter username password says that this attack is being used simple for spamming purpose, atleast till the time being.

This attack doesn't misuse any twitter vulnerability but rather the social vulnerability that even google cant avoid - phising.

Most of the browsers now warn you when you click on such links. You are presented with a screen like this in firefox:

Opera goes a step ahead and shows a fraud site message in the address bar even if you proceed to the site.

However one step where opera fails from firefox is that once I click on proceed in opera, it saves that in preferences and doesn't show the warning again. Whereas firefox shows the warning every time you click on the link. Despite you agreeing to visit the malicious site. I think Firefox's way is better than Opera's. For two reasons:

You can read more about the twitter attack on this article on mashable, from where I partly picked up the heading.

PS: I picked up the original pic used right in the beginning from sitebuildertips.com

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Slicehost upgrades bandwidth and introduces new slices!

2010-02-22 11:06:32 +0000

Slicehost, the webhost on which this blog is hosted have upgraded their basic slice features starting February 17, 2010. Now for a monthly charge of $20, you get 150GB of bandwidth. It was earlier 100GB per month. Similarly all other slices have been upgraded. Also they have introduced new slice sizes, which in their own words

to help with a smoother, more consistent upgrade path we are very pleased to offer our new 'Intermediate Slices'. They sit nicely between our most popular Slice sizes. We have introduced a 384Slice, a 768Slice, a 1.5GB Slice and a 3GB Slice.

The prices of the new Slices will also allow for an easier resize path - the new Slices start at just $25.

Also, slicehost now have started "Professional Services", which basically mean you pay them and they do whatever you want :)
The upgrades are in effect immediately. You can see your upgraded bandwidths at your slicehost manager

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The wrap up of a beginning! @indiblogger #indiblr meetup!

2010-02-21 13:41:18 +0000

The Indiblogger meet at Kyra, bangalore sponsored by Kingfisher was a big hit!
The Kyra Theater was almost all jampacked, with all but few of the the 150 attendees being able to attend it. There were a couple of surprise visits also. I mentioned Murali in my last post, where he said "I am not a blogger". It so turned out that there were a couple of more people who were not bloggers but had tagged along with their blogger friends. Hope these guys get started with blogging soon!


Ok, now about two of the people about whom I mentioned in the last post.
First, the eye opener, the blind blogger who is just visually impaired - Raaghav .
This guy is a role model for people. Not just for visually impaired but for everyone!

The other one is Vivek, the youngest blogger out there in the meetup :)

Well, as always, time flies when its good times!
Before long it was 6 and we had to get out of Kyra!
Thanks a zillion to kingfisher, Kyra and the indiblogger team for the meetup!

Things to do: To write a about us page for the indiblogger team :D as a token of thanks and appreciation!

It was great meeting him and I hope to know and meet him more and then write up more about him!

Then there was this elderly person with Indirank 79! He had great words of wisdoms about blogging and also about indirank :P
Apparently "too many posts in a day to your blog are counted as null" by the indirank! :!


More Pics here : http://bit.ly/di60fk

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