• Opinions

    Dude! Where’s My Movie?

    Since the time my memory serves me, I remember having led a life of discipline. Sadly, most of the times though, the discipline was of an enforced nature – much to my displeasure and against my consent. Parents, grandparents, aunts, relatives, school teachers – they all took turns in laying down specific instructions every now and then. “Are you stupid? Don’t do that!” “Hey! Who told you that you could talk that way?” “Don’t go there!” “Don’t say that! Bad boys talk that way.” “Don’t look at it. Close your eyes!” Phew! I was young, naïve and juvenile and maybe they needed to treat me that way for my own well-being. Somewhere…

  • HowTo

    How to configure the NETGEAR DGN1000 wireless router for BSNL DataOne

    Lazy weekends, you know how they are. Me and my equally ultra-lazy friends decided to try out Counter Strike. I had been trying to convince them to play with me over Hamachi, but they just wouldn’t listen. I had been using a NETGEAR WG111 USB adapter as a WiFi router using Connectify (if you have a Windows 7 machine, you can use virtually any WiFi adxapter as a router!). So last weekend, we were so bored with being bored, and we thought we’ll give CS a shot. Boy did we have fun! However, using a WiFi adapter as a router really is only a makeshift solution, and I had been searching…

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  • Freeware

    Add custom presence states to Microsoft Office Communicator with Communicator Custom States (CCS) Tool

    Next up in my series of homebrewed software is CCS — Communicator Custom States, a simple standalone tool for adding your own status messages, or, presence states to Microsoft Office Communicator. Many corporate offices use Communicator, and this is a great tool for anyone willing to get a little creative! Note: This tool needs to be run with administrator privileges and works only for Communicator 2007 and later versions. What does this do? Communicator supports the default status messages Available, Busy, Do Not Disturb and Away. From Communicator 2007, support for custom states was added. Documentation on how to do this manually is documented on TechNet here. Since it requires cooking up an XML file and making changes to the registry,…

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  • Rants

    The 7 types of people I hate on Facebook

    Facebook has become one of the most important part of our online social lives. It helps you connect with your friends and family; you can catch up with all the things happening in their lives. You can meet new people and make new friends. And the list of great things you can do with the social networking website goes on and on. Having been quite an active member of Facebook for a while a now, I’ve grown to passionately hate certain types of people. 1. The ones who have profile pictures of other famous people, kids, pets, cartoon characters. I see people having profile pictures of other people all the…

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  • Uncategorized

    Hide the annoying ‘featured torrent’ bar in uTorrent 3.2.2

    Around August, BitTorrent Inc. announced that they will be carrying ads in the popular uTorrent client to increase their revenue. They also promised including an ‘opt-out’ feature. However, the latest build of uTorrent 3.2.2 beta – build 28447 – includes an annoying ‘Featured Torrent’ bar, with no apparent opt-out mechanism. A little bit of digging around the settings and I’ve figured out how to hide it. Here’s how. Click Options → Preferences. Then click on Advanced. Now scroll down a bit and look for the setting offers.sponsored_torrent_offer_enabled and set it to False. BAM! I’ve also included a few screenshots to show you how to do this.

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  • HowTo

    How to create a WiFi hotspot without a router

    Windows 7 introduces a feature called Virtual WiFi that lets you create a personal WiFi network with almost any WiFi device (even a USB WiFi dongle!) on your laptop or computer, which could then be used to share your internet connection with other devices like smartphones, media players, wireless printers, netbooks, and other laptops and computers. Requirements Windows 7 Connectify — The freeware we’ll be using to create the hotspot. The installer is around 2MB in size. A WiFi-enabled device, which maybe your laptop or your PC (with a WiFi card or dongle). I use the Netgear WG111 Wireless USB Adapter. Setting up Connectify Download Connectify from the link and install it.…

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  • HowTo

    How to use the Rupee symbol in blogs and webpages without any hacks

    The new Indian rupee sign has been adopted so quickly, that in 6 months (the competition was announced in March 2009 and the final decision was given in July 2010), it is now seen on all magazines, dairy products, farm produce, newspapers — pretty much anything you could pick up at a supermarket! And blogs and online publications have been just as quick to adopt them. Inserting the Rupee sign in documents Internet startup Foradian were quick to release a font with the Rupee symbol as a character. You can freely download the font and use it in your text documents. Using the sign in webpages and blogs – The ‘image’ hack Initially, bloggers (including my…

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  • Rants

    Haters gonna hate – Why do so many North Indians hate Chennai?

    I’ve had enough. I see a lot of North Indians making snide remarks about Chennai everywhere – work, Facebook, Twitter, food courts, shopping malls, trains. And today I will try to drill some sense into their heads. There is always a “Oh wait a minute, I forgot you live in Chennai!”. The next time I hear that, I will hunt that person down and kill him/her and set his/her house on fire. I have a huge bunch of North Indian friends – many of them who live with me in Chennai, and have come to love the city. I have had countless hours of discussions with them; about why people hate…

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  • Net

    Safely switch to Google Public DNS for a faster internet experience

    Earlier this week, Google announced a new service – Google Public DNS. For the uniniated, DNS is a system that converts simple website addresses like www.google.com to IP addresses like 209.85.231.99. So for every website you visit, your browser requests the DNS to resolve the IP address before it can show you the actual page content. Google’s free service replaces your ISP’s default DNS to provide a speedier and more reliable internet experience. User tests have shown that changing over to Google DNS speeds up browsing significantly. In fact, most users outside the US will notice a drastic change in navigation speeds. Changing your DNS address is extremely simple (you can read the…

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  • HowTo

    Uploading files in NodeJS & Express 4 using Formidable

    NodeJS is my new love. And Express is one of the best (not to mention most popular) web frameworks. I started learning Node a couple of months ago, and Express v3 was my de facto choice. However, since I’ve started working on one of mymost ambitious projects, Express 4 was about to be released. Since all of my code was written for and tested on version 3, I was wondering if it would work on 4; surprisingly, with just a few changes, it worked fine. However, one of the biggest things that broke was file upload functionality. Multipart uploads depended on the bodyParser module of Express. However, in version 4, most modules (including bodyParser) were broken out into…

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