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A small but irritating bug in wordpress.com

April 10, 2008

Although the bug found on my personal blog, but I am posting about it here. As you all know recently wordpress.com has got new looks with all new dashboard and everthing. The dashboard looks great, many of you might have noticed a small tip (like below) on your dashboard if you haven’t updated your about page.

WordPress.com Tip

Worpress tip in Dashboard

Problem:

The tip is good to remind you if you have forgotten about page. Now the problem is when I click on “Update your about page” in the dashboard tip, it takes me to edit the page with post id = 2 which does not exist, so it looks like post id = 2 is hard coded in that link.

Page ID

Hard Coded page id

Error Message when the I access the above link

Page deleted

Although I have an about page on my blog which can be access via /about/ but its not the original about page with post id = 2 that was created when I registered that blog. I deleted that page quite a long time ago and then I created a new page which has now post id = 5.

New About Page

My Newly Created About Page

New Post with id = 5

Solution:

It would be nice if its changed to read the page id from permalink that points to /about/ as I and may be many others don’t have the about page with page id = 2 any more.

So for me this irritating tip will never go away until the problem is fixed by the great guys working at wordpress.com. I hope they will soon get time for this ;). Beside this wordpress.com is great.

Happy blogging!

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Happy Sysadmin Day!

July 27, 2007

SysAdmin Day
Happy Sysadmin Day to all Sysadmins out there.

So, Say thanks to your SysAdmin and if you don’t do it on 27th, you can do it on later days too. They will really appreciate it. You criticize them and call them up for you complains and problems the whole year, but this is the day to appreciate them for their work. Its always sysadmins who make programmers bad and buggy code work on systems and submit bug reports to them so they can fix it.

For more information about this day see:
System Administrator Appreciation Day
System Administrator Appreciation Day – Wikipedia

CentOS 5: Bad Expereinces

July 1, 2007

Finally after many days I am able to get some time out for my little so called blog :). I am gonna write about the experience or bad experience I had today with CentOS 5. Today I thought that I should give CentOS 5 a try. The install process was almost the same as before.

The first bad impression of CentOS 5 was the software was still the same old software i.e FireFox 1.5.x and Thunderbird 1.5.x. I don’t know the reason why these are not upgraded to the new series of 2.x, but these 2 softwares are my mostly used softwares and I can’t go back to 1.5 series without having a good strong reason. Maybe CentOS 5 borrowed this from RedHat 5.

The other very strange problem from the layman point was during installation I thought I should install Virtualization packages and should give it a try. After installation I found that CentOS 5 is somewhat slower on my home machine with 1G of Physical Ram and 2.6Ghz Intel Processor, I thought I should remove the Virtualization packages from my home machine and will try it on some other more powerfull machine. I went to Add/Remove Software and de-selected Virtualization option. The uninstallation was successfull, after uninstallation I thought I should reboot the machine so it will start from the normal kernel instead of the Xen kernel, because when you select Virtualizaiton during installation your CentOS 5 will automatically boot with Xen Kernel (no choice like SLES to boot to the normal or Xen Kernel).

I rebooted the machine and I was surprised GRUB spitted an error on the screen saying it can’t find the xen kernel.

I think CentOS 4.4 still gets my vote for being more stable and reliable then CentOS 5. I wonder about RedHat 5 do they have the same problems too. I Love CentOS 4.4 🙂

Note: The above all comments are from an end user point of view by an individual and does not represent the comments of any company or any other person except me (Hameedullah Khan).

Google Apps for my domain: hameedkhan.net

May 21, 2007

Finally today I was able to try this new exciting Google Apps. I must say that this is a service of its kind. If you own a domain name then it is totally free for you. Just you have to prove your domain owner ship and bingo! You will have your own Gmail and Google Talk and if that is not enough for you then You can also host your pages on Google’s server as well as you will also get Google Calendar and Google Docs and Spreadsheet for your domain.

If you don’t have your own domain, don’t worry about it google also offers you a domain name for just $10. So hurry up go for it, I already did it today. The domain hameedkhan.net is now have all service on Google Apps.

The Hameed Khan‘s web page on Google Apps can be accessed at http://www.hameedkhan.net, the start page on Google Apps for Hameed Khan is available at http://start.hameedkhan.net. Hameed Khan‘s Gmail like mail is available at: http://mail.hameedkhan.net, in the same way you can also access Hameed Khan’s calendar at http://calendar.hameedkhan.net and Hameed Khan‘s Doc and Spreadsheet at http://docs.hameedkhan.net.

Give them a try, you can also have them and that all is for free :). If you belong to that group of people who thinks that free stuff lacks quality then Google also have a paid version for you ;). Aren’t they smart enough that they already have a version for you. The paid version is little bit expensive but its free trial is available for May 31st, 2007.

Paid version is Premier edition and it costs you around $50/user account/year. And you know what you can create 100 accounts in the free version. Every account will have their own 2GB mail space. The free (Standard Version) of Google Apps is enough for me. Don’t waste your time and go give it a try. If you want to test features I can give you account on my Google Apps for my domain.

Happy Googling!

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You have 11 more days to migrate to Azaad Source…

May 19, 2007

Open Source…You have 11 more days to migrate to Azaad Source (Open Source) software, because the grace period given by BSA is about to expire on 30th May, 2007. So, either buy the licenses or migrate to Open Source alternatives before you are busted by BSA. The choice is yours but as an Open Source Advocate following are the benefits if you go for Open source alternatives.

Benefits:
1. You don’t have to pay heavy licensing fees like you do for closed Source software.
2. You get all required software (Office Suite, Web Development Tools, Graphics Tools, Compilers, IDEs) under one license.
3. You get nice 3d effects which are not even possible in Windows Vista :P.
4. You can run all latest stable and reliable open source softwares on your old hardware. (No need to buy new hardware for every new OS Microsoft releases).
5. You get a great support from the whole Linux community in Pakistan.
9. You don’t have to make any international calls for support.
10. You don’t have to have any Anti Virus software for every workstation in your organization.

And the last but the important one, there is no BSA for Open Source softwares. So, make your decision today and migrate to Azaad Source (Open Source). Use Linux or any other Open Source Operating System, utilize your resources more efficiently.

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Finally the name have been changed.

May 14, 2007

The name of iTechnology has been changed to Azaad Source with the new domain azaadsource.com. You can access the blog on the new domain (azaadsource.com) as well as on the old domain (itechnology.wordpress.com).

I am not sure about all the feed readers but I have read on wordpress.com forum that some feed readers will automatically update the url to the new domain. So, if you have few minutes get your feed readers to read from the new azaad source feed url (http://azaadsource.com/feed).

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Ann: Name Change

May 7, 2007

Finally I have decided to change the name of iTechnology. This happened so fast and I was so busy during last week that I could not ask here on iTechnology about name suggestions. But a very good person and a new friend (Brian Deacon) has suggested AzaadSource and he have registered the appropriate domain for it too.

The new name will be applied as soon as I will get some time out. If you want to suggest any new domain or something you are welcome.

WordPress: Tag Clouds And Contact Form

April 29, 2007

Wow! Just read about new features being added to wordpress.com. Last week I was very busy and I could not get time to visit wordpress.com. But today I read about the new features being added and was surprised to see that now wordpress.com has contact form and tag clouds.

Now, I do not have to think of getting my blog hosted on somewhere else just to have a contact form on my blog. That is great.

How to add Contact form to you wordpress.com blog?

Add the special keyword “[contact-form]” on any post or page to the contact form being added to your wordpress.com blog. You email will never be revealed to anyone. Remember put the keyword without quotes as shown below.

[contact-form]

Warning: There is no anti spam measure I found on it. So be careful as you might receive lot of spam, depending on how much popular is your blog. 🙂

To know more about tag clouds see the official anouncement here.

Happy blogging!

How to remotely backup your mobile for free

April 12, 2007

As I mentioned  on my personal blog that I have got a new Sony Ericsson K310i and was checking it’s remote synchronization feature. In the research of finding about remote synchronization and SyncML (the protocol every mobile supports for remote synchronization). That is how I found about zyb and funambol. First I will discuss briefly about funambol and then we will see how it is possible to backup all your contacts, calendars and Messages, yes you can backup your SMS messages too and zyb does not charge you a single penny, its free!

I couldn’t studied much about funambol, but what I have understood is funambol is the GPL implementation of SynML. According to Funambol site,

“Funambol provides push email, PIM synchronization, and device management for mobile devices, with all the advantages of open source software.”

Although I couldn’t get enough time to know more about funambol, but it is being added to my todo list to configure and install it on my machine so I can have a copy on my machine too. That was all I know about funambol but now let me introduce you to the Zyb.

Zyb allows you to store your contacts, calendars and SMS messages on their servers for backup. It uses SyncML which stand for Synchronization Markup Language. Remote synchronization does not require you to install any additional software neither on your computer nor even on your cell phone. You can update your data on Zyb‘s server every 10 minutes if it changes that frequently or you can schedule it to synchronized every 12 hours, every day, every week or every month.

After you will log on to http://www.zyb.com you will notice that they claim Signing up is fast, easy and free and they really mean it. It even didn’t took me a minute to sign up and get my mobile configured for synchronization process. Yes, you don’t have to worry about configuring your mobile manually, zyb will take care of it. They will send settings on your mobile and will tell you during the sign up process how you can save those settings.

The most surprising thing is that, it is the first mobile service I have seen that supports Pakistan’s all cellular service providers. I was able to get SMS from Zyb on my Telenor number and was able to sync my data to zyb servers.

This is not the only thing you get with Zyb. They also allows you to manage your data via web, isn’t it great? You get an interface to your contacts where you can add delete contacts, you can add delete you appointments in your calendar and you get access to other information as well, but I didn’t tried any other thing. I also didn’t tried SMS backup feature because although Zyb is not charging me for backing up my SMS but Telenor will of course charge.

You can also set your mobile to automatically synchronize your data with regular intervals, and you can specify how long that interval should be. It was great experience signing up on Zyb, because “It’s fast. It’s easy and it’s free.”

Below are the few screen shots of Zyb interface from where you can access and manage all your contacts, calendars and messages.

   

Blogging on Fire with Firefox

March 27, 2007

Today when I launched my browser, I realized that the color of performancing icon have been changed. And when I clicked on it, I realized that it is no more performancing.

It (performancing) has been renamed to ScribeFire, the colors have been changed too. But I like it and will use it anyway.

I am writing this entry too from ScribeFire, and the new site is http://www.scribefire.com.

I could only note following 2 new features, I know there will be more:

  • Add New Categories from ScribeFire.
  • Page management :).

So, now blogging is on Fire!

Happy blogging!