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USB Flash Drive With Write Protect Switch

The first USB flash drive that I had owned, RiDATA 1 GB flash drive, had a hardware USB write protect switch. This was really cool as whenever I had to take a printout at some Internet cafe, I'd lock it and then only attach it to any computer. This way I was confident that even if the Internet Cafe's computer was infected with some virus, it would by no means affect the flash drive (which I'd later be using on my computer). However, of late, manufactures seem to have stopped putting this hardware write protect switch on USB flash drives.

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Creating Audio CD Image

We all have heard of the ISO image format which is a very popular way of backing up data CDs & DVDs. A very easy way of creating an ISO image in linux is by using the dd or dcfldd command. Similarly, in Windows, applications such as Nero have an option to save a CD as an ISO image file. However, when it comes to audio CDs it is not possible to backup them as ISO image file as they have multiple tracks. Here are two ways to create an image of audio cd for archival purposes.

  1. Exact Audio Copy (EAC)
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Synovel CollabSuite Gets Deployed at IIIT-H

After a long wait, Synovel CollabSuite has finally been deployed at IIIT-H, my graduation school. Since I've graduated, I wanted to do something significant for IIIT-H and I got this opportunity through my current company, Synovel Software Technologies. This has been the largest deployment of CollabSuite to date, with about 3750 user base and more than 1000 active users. We did face a few issues in the beginning but they have all been resolved now. And now there is one more thing which has been pending from my side for IIIT-H - the alumni portal.

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Pidgin XEP-0136 Plugin

XEP-0136 is an XMPP protocol extension used for storing and accessing message archives. Daniel Kraic has written a Pidgin plugin for accessing these archived messages. Below are the brief instructions for installing this plugin in Debian and using it. Generic installation instructions can be found in INSTALL file.

Installation:

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Tekkeon TekCharge Mobile Power and Battery Charger Review

TekCharge MP1550 is an awesome mobile charger. I had purchased it from Amazon and got it shipped with one of my friends. Few things which I think are really cool about this charger are:

  1. Charger supports 7 different connectors. Furthermore there is a USB port, which means that theoretically any portable device that could be charged via USB could be charged using this charger.
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My First Smartphone - Motorola Fire XT530

At last, I get my first smartphone - Motorola Fire XT530 which is based on Android. And this was a gift from a very close buddy of mine - Srikanth. He wanted to gift me something for my marriage, and I put it off till my second anniversary as I wanted his gift to be something very memorable. And this has proved to be a really wonderful gift.

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Replacement Laptop Keys

It may sometime happen that a key of our laptop breaks, or no longer works properly. Often the solution suggested for this is to have the entire laptop keyboard replaced. But this is not economical considering that laptop keyboards are pretty costly.

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Buliding Vim 7.3 RPM packages for 64-bit CentOS 5 / 6

Vim 7.3 has one really useful built-in feature - Blowfish encryption. With Blowfish encryption, strong encryption of files is now possible using vim. Here is a short tutorial on how to build RPM packages for Vim 7.3 on 64-bit CentOS 5 and CentOS 6. I have built the packages as user 'root'. However, it is generally not recommended to build packages as 'root'. Instead, this should be done as a normal user. I have not tried this but if you are interested, you can look at the links in the References section.

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Diamond Books Publication Online Shopping Review

This is a review of my online shopping experience with Diamond Books Publication (http://www.diamondbook.in/). Without doubt, ordering through your online portal is one of the worst sales experience I have ever had.

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Long Time, No See!

It has been almost 9 months since I've posted my last post. Now, that's a very very very long time. The longest time I've inactive on my blog. But now, I'm back! And hopefully, will not repeat this :p. So, here is what has been keeping me busy of late.

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