Sunday, April 22, 2007

Is food from McDonald's devils food?

Just my list of why food from McDonald's might be probably provided by Satan.
  1. Just check out the phone number you have to call, it has 666 written all over. From what I remember 666 is the devils number.
  2. Look at the brands color RED. Thats like the official devils color. Thank god its not black, but since the Satan is supposed to be red the color just makes the statement.
  3. The food from McDonalds makes you fat, and just goes to reduce your life and that should make it easier for you to meet the Satan :)
  4. Thats the list so far incase you have more to add to it leave it in the comments.
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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Use VJ97 as a $97 dreamhost rebate coupon code

I finally figure out I could still get a few dollars from dreamhost even if I give a full discount of $97 on the dreamhost packages. I had also written earlier about a $90 rebate at dreamhost using the coupon code VIVEK. Using this promo code you can get one years hosting with all these features for around $23. So you $120 hosting price comes down to around $23 using this rebate coupon code.

Use the promo code VJ97 to get a rebate of $97 on any of their web hosting plan. They offer WebDAV, Shell accounts, 1TB bandwidth and nearly every other thing the other hosts provide. The best thing that they provide is a shell account. A shell account really gives you a lot of power to do things you can only imagine with the other hosts. They don't have the CPanel as the admin panel. They use their own setup. If you are a developer you will really like the features they provide. Dreamhost is not really for dummies but for a people who know the importance of shell/cvs/subversion while developing. I have not seen any webhost other than dreamhost which provides all three in the regular packages.

UPDATE: I just realized I don't get paid anything if you use VJ97. But it hardly matters as very few people were signing up using VIVEK so if you want a full discount of $97 on dreamhost account use the promo code VJ97.

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Sunday, April 08, 2007

How to kill linux vendors in a few easy steps?

Actually its not just linux but most other open source projects that are funded by major corporations. How easy or difficult is it for a company like Oracle or Microsoft to kill competition? Lets take Redhat as an example. Oracle offers the support for Redhat Linux at half the price for what Redhat does. So is it wrong? Actually there is nothing in GPL that Redhat can do to stop Oracle from providing support at half the price. So to kill of a company like Redhat if another major vendor comes up and starts supporting Redhat Linux at one tenth the cost there is nothing Redhat can do about it. The same goes for most other Open Source projects which are funded by big companies. So if ever Microsoft wanted to kill the competition from major Linux vendors, all they would need to do is to create another company that's indirectly funded by Microsoft. That company can support Linux distributions from other Linux vendors at half or even one tenth the cost of the regular distribution.

Next we come to Ubuntu, as of now its being developed 'cause there is a very strong backing plus there seems to be a lot of excitement about the project. But in the long run once the backing is removed would the project still work the way it is. I am not really sure about it. Right now Ubuntu needs numbers to make a mark and finally a dent on the windows market. Maybe killing Ubuntu might turn out to be a challenge but the the other vendors seem to have nothing concrete that stops a copy cat vendor from coming up and selling the same brand of Linux with another name. In a way the same GPL license might work against most of these companies.

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Friday, April 06, 2007

Taking control of the automatic update auto reboot nag screen

How many times have you seen this annoying screen pop up while working? If you are like me and want this dialog to vanish till you complete your work then this post is for you. This nag screen is there so that you don't forget to reboot as the updates are not applied till you restart the machine, so its basically for your safety. If you never reboot your machine and you might forget to reboot your machine its best you don't try this as you might stop the updates from being applied.

But thats enough about why its there now the way to remove it temporarily till you manually reboot your machine. Just type this in your run dialog "net stop wuauserv". You can press "Window Key" + "R" to open the run dialog. Once you run this command it will stop the windows update service for that session i.e. till you don't reboot your computer.

UPDATE: I also came across this blog post on zdnet which shows you how you can change the Local Computer Policy to increase the time from the default 10 minutes to a higher value. So instead of being nagged every 10 minutes you will be nagged every "x" minutes that you set. Since I just want it to stop till I manually reboot the system the tip I have posted above works for me.

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Some more invitations for Joost beta

I have 5 more invitations for joost incase you are looking for one just leave a message on meebo and I will send you an invite.

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