It's a girl!

I am pleased to announce that we have been blessed with a baby girl on Sep 26, 2014 5:57 P.M weighing 2.76 kg. I had strongly desired for a girl and this is like a dream come true. We decided to name her "Tanvi". Words can't describe my joy :).

Tanvi

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A decade since I started my career!

Today marks the tenth anniversary of starting my career. Exactly ten years back, on June 14 2004, I, along with few of my schoolmates joined Infosys Bangalore for undergoing training. Ten years later, I am again working in Bangalore!

It has been a long time since my initial days in Bangalore. A very eventful journey of ten years, though not necessarily the most smoothest. But definitely with a lot of learnings. The three most important advices that I can give to people starting off with their careers are:

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Lesser Know Useful SSH Features

I had given a small presentation in my organization on five of the lesser known useful SSH features. I am uploading the presentation here.

Her is an interesting link I came across talking about the same topic - http://blog.tjll.net/ssh-kung-fu/

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Configuring Thunderbird As KNotes Mail Action

The steps are really simple.

  1. Save the below script to /usr/local/bin/knotes-mail-wrapper.sh

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Setting up SSH and OpenVPN on Netgear WNDR4300

Introduction
Unknown to many, the official Netgear WNDR4300 firmware is based on OpenWrt. The procedure described here involves making use of the OpenWrt repos to have openvpn up and running. It also involves recompiling the official firmware. So, this is certainly not for the faint hearted and expects you to have a good knowledge of Linux.

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Filing Complaint In Consumer Court India

A while back, I had filed a case in the consumer court of India against HP for giving me a faulty HP printer, which was consuming high amount of ink. I thought it might be beneficial to share the details pertaining to the case so that others could benefit from it.

Should I file a case?
Before proceeding, I would like to clearly mention, that after going through the entire ordeal, I am now of the opinion that one should file a case under only one of the below three conditions:

Linux Backup Solutions

In an earlier post, I spoke about the need for backup. However, I hardly spoke about the available backup solutions in Linux and just mentioned about a software that I no longer use. In this article, I will primarily focus on some of the popular linux backup solutions.

Factors to consider

There are many questions one should ask himself before deciding on a backup solution. Some of them being:

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Setting up hourly backups in Deja Dup

Déjà Dup is an excellent graphical backup solution for the GNOME Desktop environment. However, it is limited by that it does not provide backup frequency higher than a day through its graphical interface. So, we will leverage cron to achieve this for us. Adding a simple cron job with the command "xvfb-run deja-dup --backup --auto" will do the trick. But there no fun in it. So lets do it with some style so that we receive the same visual notification that we get whenever a backup happens.

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The Theeka Pan Experience

Another Sunday evening. With my wife not at home, I feel bored and decide to go to office and finish some pending work. After work, I go to a restaurant and have two delicious parathas. As I begin to walk home, I pass a paan shop where I had a meetha (sweet) paan the other day and had relished it. So, I go to the paan shop and not wanting to have the same flavour paan again, order for a theeka pan. I pay the guy and start walking home chewing the paan.

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A Month At Lexity And Relocation To Bangalore

This post comes in a little late. I've recently joined Lexity, a startup with headquarters in Mountain View and branch office in Bangalore. Lexity is an E-commerce company which mainly designs products for small businesses with online stores, to increase their traffic and sales.

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