03 Jun 2011

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This morning  a strange sight greeted me when I tried to get on to Linked-in -  a HTTP 500 error!! Never have I encountered such a thing with any major online service that is delivered from a worldwide CDN (Content Delivery Network).

A couple of servers down here and there and minor disruptions in service (slow load-time due to rerouting) is understandable, but a 500 error? As far as I know, this occurs only if there’s something severely wrong with the application’s code causing Apache to hiccup and die while trying to deliver it.

And for Linked-in to be knocked out on this scale, the same code-base must have propagated to all their servers across the world.

Linked-in down

If you ask me it’s outright callousness on part of their dev team to let something like this happen. Even if I were to consider that someone’s been playing naughty with ‘em, I can’t imagine on what scale the hacking would have happened to make their whole network behave the same way!!

P.S. By the time I got over with writing this post (11:20am UTC+7), they’re still in the same state. Someone probably needs to stick a finger in their eyes and point it out… they can at least afford to put up a graceful “Maintenance mode” page, till they rectify this.

20 May 2011

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I’ve just released a CakePHP Component for displaying CAPTCHA images in your CakePHP based applications. The component is fairly easy to integrate into your projects and displays dynamically generated CAPTCHA images each time the page loads. You can grab the component from here or from its GitHub repository. The component requires the SecurImage Captcha Library to function properly. Details about installation and usage of the…

01 Feb 2010

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ebook

The Windows Club has just released a free eBook titled, “The Complete Windows 7 Shortcuts”. Apart from an exhaustive list of more than 200 common and new keyboard shortcuts for Windows 7, this eBook contains introductory discussions on basic keyboard usage, organization of keys, typing & editing, creating custom shortcuts, etc. The actual list of shortcuts covers the following areas: General Windows functions keyboard shortcuts…

29 Jan 2010

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Typewriter Keys

Here comes Google’s latest baby – Google Transliteration IME (Input Method Editor) – a freeware tool that allows you to attain mastery of typing 14 different languages including Indian scripts such as Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu. What makes the job easier is the phoenetic transliteration feature that allows one to type in any of these languages using a roman…

29 Jan 2010

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Get Chitika Premium

Chitika, the search targeted advertisement network is offering a free guide (eBook) for making the most out of Chitika Premium and AdSense. The book analyzes various medium to large websites and provides valuable suggestions for optimal  & harmonious placement of Chitika and AdSense advertisement blocks on your website leading to greater revenues. Also provided are tips for customizing the Chitika ads (color palettes, fonts etc.)…

27 Jan 2010

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HTML to RSS

A new feature in Google Reader now allows you to monitor (and get updates) from static websites that do not offer feeds. Using this feature is as easy as subscribing to a normal RSS feed – simply enter the URL of the site in the Add Subscription box and hit enter. For a feed-less site, Google Reader will automatically show you a dialog box with…

23 Jan 2010

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Google

A smarter Google is out to capture the Next Generation Web with a pledge to provide a better understanding of the web. “Google Squared” – which, so far,  was an experimental effort to automatically identify and extract structured data from the web has been rolled out into the public today. With these algorithmic modifications in their search engine, comes the ability to highlight answers in…

22 Jan 2010

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IPL 2010: Live on YouTube

In light of YouTube’s recent foray into paid content with the likes of Disney and Sundance (and some rotten deals), here’s a bit of news that shines out bright. YouTube has successfully brokered an exclusive deal with IPL (Indian Premier League) to stream the IPL matches live on the internet – a deal that holds good for the next two years with worldwide broadcasting rights…

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