Google testing openid commenting on blogger

Google’s blogging platform has a new feature added on 29th Nov 2007,
Blogger now supports openid commenting.

This means that if you are a blogger / google account holder or if you have an openid you can use it for commenting on any blog in blogger/blogspot.

for author’s in order to enable this feature you ned to change your setting’s.

Currently it only supports users to comment on blogger blog’s

but google is taking feedback from users and is planning to let them use thier blogspot url or custom domain url as openid. in other words it will be providing openid based facility for all blogspot users.

you can have more information about this at the official blogger’s blog here.

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Google Launches Android

after the unofficial acceptance by google authorities earlier. Google has today launched its mobile application development platform ANDROID

This mobile platform has a lot of new things including but not limited to
1) Open Access through standard API calls even to the core mobile functionalities
2) On of the most intersting feature i liked is its non discriminative nature — even the dialer or home screen can be replaced.
3) As always google is now targeting mobile users and in order allowing desktop applcations to migrate to mobile level.
4) Complete SDK also includes device emulator and advanced debugging tools.

We have seen the growth a platform can get with the open developer’s involvement (simple example is Facebook), and hence came the google android chalange a $10M Challange for the best android apps.

As per android challange site

Cool apps that surprise and delight mobile users, built by developers like you, will be a huge part of the Android vision. To support you in your efforts, Google has launched the Android Developer Challenge, which will provide $10 million in awards — no strings attached — for great mobile apps built on the Android platform.
How It Works

The award money will be distributed equally between two Android Developer Challenges:

* Android Developer Challenge I: We will accept submissions from January 2 through March 3, 2008
* Android Developer Challenge II: This part will launch after the first handsets built on the platform become available in the second half of 2008

In the Android Developer Challenge I, the 50 most promising entries received by March 3 will each receive a $25,000 award to fund further development. Those selected will then be eligible for even greater recognition via ten $275,000 awards and ten $100,000 awards.

Read more about it at TECHCRUNCH and GIGAOM

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Professional networking : – linkedin

While last time we talked about social networking.

this time we will look at options in professional fields.

when i look at the www the only answer that comes in my mind is

this site has been designed to be able to act as a bridge between workers and employers, prospective employers, overall a network where professional connections are made. which can on one side help a employer find good and resourceful employee’s and on the other ends find allows employees to get to know about their prospective employer.

even if you are not in the business on employer and employee then also getting in touch with professional in any field is very easy in this site.

you can read more about linkedin at the following blogs.

How to build linkedin network

Do’s and Don’ts for new linkedin users

Is linkedin for true networker.

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new security approach : sandbox way

Protect your PC by executing a program on Sandboxie

If you execute a dangerous program which can have an virus or visit a site which can install a spy ware into your machine, use Sandboxie!

Programs (including browser) which is executed through Sandboxie reads data from hard disk.
But when programs write something on hard disk (or register), it is written on transient storage of Sandboxie. And the written data will be removed when Sandboxie is terminated.
(i.e. Sandboxie intercepts read operation and directs data to its temporary storage)

See the following figures, you can understand its mechanism.

* existing way *

* Sandbox’s way to protect your PC *

Sandboxie has simple user interface. You can launch any programs as below,

Sandboxie monitors processors which are crated through it. And “[#]” is added after/before the original caption of an application which is executed by Sandboxie. see as below,


It’s free and you can download it here.

I also think that it will be very useful
– when you test your application (e.g. windows application, FireFox extension, etc) for testing.
– when you get rid of all of your trace on a PC of your friend.

the blog originally posted on

My views on this topic besides the above :

From the users point of view , small footprint makes it a good choice.

it install a startup application and then everything could be done write from it.

also right click menu has a new entry for application “RUN sandboxed”

This will bring security to new level. it could easily be implemented on cafe’s and other public place to avoid system hassles.

also its feature to start apps fro start menu opens a new menu containing a list of items available at desktop and all programs menu.

over all its a nice piece of application that should be installed prior to any other application in order to avoid any tension.

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How to recover from a hang linux PC

You finally got your Linux environment to crash. Ctrl+Alt+Backspace does nothing, nor do the F-keys. You know you shouldn’t have installed that bad driver, but you did it anyway. So you reach for the power button. Stop. Mashing in the power button to reboot could cause a problem if your hard drive is still being written to, and usually causes more problems than it solves. The Linux kernel includes a secret method of restarting your PC should it ever stop doing its job. 1. Hold down the Alt and SysRq (Print Screen) keys. 2. While holding those down, type the following in order. Nothing will appear to happen until the last letter is pressed: REISUB 3. Watch your computer reboot magically. What the individual keys do in that sequence are not as important as what it does as a whole: stops all programs, unmounts all drives, and reboots. A lot safer than just cutting the power. Here it is again: REISUB. Remember that, as it will save you a lot of time when you are configuring a system and something gets messed up. Need a mnemonic? Try Raising Elephants Is So Utterly Boring. As an aside, don’t try this if you just want to reboot. A normal reboot, if it can be done, should always be used instead of the REISUB keys. R-E-I-S-U-B. Source & Author: Jacob from FOSSwire

For complete list of commands that can be used head to

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how to change root password in debian

This is one of the problem faced by many person’s

“what if i lost the root password”


First thing that comes in mind is “use single user mode” but the answer is NO.
coz debian takes the system security to one more level up and by default ask’s for the root password.

so the BIG QUESTION IS HOW TO proceed further

follow these steps

1) on grub-boot prompt.
press “e” to enter edit mode

2) then press downarrow to reach the line that starts with “kernel ”
press “e” again

3) at the end of this line type in “init=/bin/sh” or “/bin/bash”

4) then press enter to make that change and press “b” to boot

in a few seconds you will be on your “#” prompt

5) only one step left
“mount -o remount rw /”

this step is necessary coz in this case root file system is mounted as read only.

6) finally type “passwd” and you get the screen to change the password

and then type in “init 6” or “reboot”

those who are looking for the technical details, the main work is the init command that we passed as an argument to kernel, it told kernel to specifically run the command specified in parameter instead of working on normal routine.

TRICK = if you have any program you wish to run instead of this then you can do that too using init command only.


use single user mode and change the password.

but that’s a potential pitfall. coz any person can start system in single user mode and get the password changed.

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bootsplash a.k.a. Splashy on Debian

Tired of watching screens full of hardware releated info scrolling past during Startup and shutdown.

Welcome to the world of Splash Screen, Screenshots Here

In earlier stage bootsplash screen was configured throught a lot of kernel hacking and using it has a hell lot of hardwork including recompilling of kernel.

But the newest form SPLASHY in a userspace implementation of kernel so that it provides all the necessary features right at userspace.

In debian installing splashy is just a matter of few commands

1) IF you don’t have unstable repo’s in your source list then follow it otherwise skip to step 3

echo "deb unstable main contrib non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list
echo "deb-src unstable main contrib non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list

2) then apt-get update

3) last apt-get install splashy splashy-themes

After this what you need to is just one thing

open your menu.lst (/boot/grub/menu.lst)
and in the line with kernel value add these words at the end of that line

"vga=791 splash quiet"

Ex : – kernel /boot/vmlinuz ro root=/dev/hda8 ro vga=791 splash quiet

To run Splashy from initramfs you need to create a new initramfs image. An initramfs image is a little system that is

launched during the kernel’s initalization, before the system starts.

During Splashy’s installation Splashy sets everything up so you can get it integrated into initramfs whenever you wish by

just running a single command.

But first you must edit /etc/default/splashy and set ENABLE_INITRAMFS=1 so that Splashy will integrate itself into future initramfs images.

update-initramfs -u -t -k `uname -r`

then reboot and you will have a slashy desktop


All the themes are by defaults installed in /etc/splashy/themes

configuration for splashy is in/etc/splashy/config.xml

and configuration for respective themes is available in /etc/splash/themes/ in XML file format

some of the configuration’s that can be done include changing the colour theme as well as the progress bar size color

direction and image shown.


Once the theme is installed, just run splashy_config -s where name is the name of the theme

To get the complete list of all the splashy themes installed just type in

splashy_config --info

I hope this article will help you all.



while looking for webhosting either shared or dedicated hosting solution and web hosting providers i came across two sites which i wish to share with everyone. this web marketing association, they actually look at the possibility of business opportunity as well as seo on your website. while the second one is web marketing association award for linux hosted sites which made me feel proud about my decision (made 8 yrs ago) to start working in linux field…….

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Well this question is a long lasting question but a simple answer to this question is that the word LINUX doesn’t represent the whole operating system but it just describes a part of it [though a vital part] that is the kernel sub-system. most of the show that goes on over this kernel is through the GNU softwares and so the name GNU/LINUX in order to give proper credit to them also.

This is my humble request that those who favor me kindly start using the word GNU/LINUX instead of LINUX when talking about the whole operating system but use only and only LINUX when talking about the kernel.

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Story of a hard core piracy lover turned a FLOSS evangelist

Let me first introduce myself

I am Anant Shrivastava a floss enthusiast and i am presenting here a story of my intro
and working with GNU/LINUX.


The story of my introduction to linux starts in 1998.
When i was in 7th standard i had a deep passion for computers
and the first computer magazine i bought was PCQuest
it was the gaming special :-), from this i got the information
that the next issue will cover LINUX.

Till that time i didn’t knew what it is and for the first time
i thought that it will be some kind of a new software and to my
utter disappointment it came to be as a operating system which
was of no use to me(which later became my first distro).
I read about it in the magazine and not even a single time a thought
like lets give it a try came in my mind.

This was my first interaction

Life continued monotonously with a big hole (what we generally call as WINDOWS).
The things started to change when i did a course on HARDWARE ASSEMBLY
(if i remember correctly P-II where latest at that time(Y2K) and P III was on its way to the market).
Their i got a hand on experience to install windows and other softwares off course not knowingly i was thought how to do piracy. Then i was deep in piracy for couple of months.
One day while cleaning my shelfs the copy of PCQUEST which i bought in 1998 came in my hands and in curiosity i started reading it, then i asked my friend that have they used
linux so far or not and what i got in reply was a big NO.

Being adventurous by nature and also after reading some more stuff on Linux i thought that “LETS GIVE IT A TRY”.

I was having an old 486 with 50MHz speed, i though that lets try on this pc and i installed it with the help of the installation guide (if i remember correctly it was RHL 5.2). One of the important reasons to install and use LINUX was that when ever i declared that i use LINUX many eyes were raised and many questions were asked and that was what i wanted (to be in the lime light). I never tried to learn about how to do all the works it was just a show peice
for me till that time (this situation changed soon).

In 2001 i laid my hands on RHL 8.0 and till than i was very much fed up with the piracy work i installed it on my latest pc giving out 10 GB’s of my memory and this time i concentrated on it for knowledge purpose, when i got a hint that it was build on net i searched on net and got to know a lot about the GNU, FLOSS and other such terms as well as the philospy. it is after reading all this throughly i moved on my path to be a FLOSS PRIEST. to be frank till now all what i have learned is through my self practice. after successfully running GNU/LINUX
(now i knew correct word is GNU/LINUX and not LINUX) i helped about 10 of my friend in the 2003 to start of their working on LINUX. Then a thought came in my mind to give some thing back to the society which has given me so much from that time onwards till now when i am writing this story
i have helped about 50-75 persons to switch over to GNU/LINUX and also have helped many others to solve their problems related to installation and peripheral configuration. in the past two years i concentrated my self on the installation and peripheral configuration as i saw it as a big hurdle in the path of switch over. then i joined my local glug and worked to spread the word of FLOSS in the community.
this is how it all begin and till now their is no looking back.

i hope this story will help some one to switch over and be part of FLOSS community.

© Copyright 2007, Anant Shrivastava.
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Harry Potter 7 review (spoiler)

Harry potter 7 was a mix of reactions for me as well as for many others.

Things i already doubted ranged from planed death of of Dumboldore to HARRY being the seventh Horcroux.

Things i least expected included, Elder Wand being mastered by Harry at last, and The act of Snape to save Lilly.

Overall i have still left a lot of stones unturned so you should not feel sorry about reading this post and being spoiled.

And yes non of the trio member (harry ron hermione) dies. but a lot do die and thats the most sad part of it.

Overall The ending came as it was deserved.

And yes last portion is a fast forward 19 years after in Ekta Kapoor’s Style leaving no chance of any sequel and then and there we see child’s of harry.

harry potter

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