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September 15, 2011

Exporting Blog feed to Facebook

Filed under: Website Updates — Suramya @ 3:09 AM

I thought I had done this earlier but I guess Facebook changed its protocols so the import stopped working at some point in time. *shrug* No big deal, I have once again configured up my Facebook account to read and post any blog posts I make to my Facebook Wall.

If all goes well and nothing breaks, people on Facebook will be able to see this post on Facebook instead of having to visit the blog. Although I would rather that people visit the blog directly instead of viewing on FB because I don’t know if the comments (if any) made on Facebook for a post will be synced to the Blog or not. I guess I should try and figure out a two way sync between the two. Or maybe not. Lets see.

Let me know if you hit any errors or issues.

– Suramya

September 14, 2011

Updating the website

Filed under: Website Updates — Suramya @ 11:09 PM

Just realized that the site is a mess right now. Parts of it are version 5 (the latest), parts are v4 and there are even a couple of v3’s scattered around. So what I will be doing over the next few days is taking the content from the v3 &v4 pages and moving them to the new version 5.1. This new layout should be a lot nicer, faster to load and easy to maintain.

This time to prevent me from getting distracted, I will not be updating the content while updating the layout, which is what I did previously and when I ran out of time the update/migration stopped. However once the new layout is live I will start updating the content as well, mainly the About Me, Tech, Linux and Photogallery sections really need to be updated.

I will be updating the site on my local system first before pushing it out to the webserver, so look for a new version of the site by the end of the month.

Well this is all for now. Will post more later.

– Suramya

September 4, 2011

Upgrading my Desktop Hardware & Software

Filed under: My Life,Website Updates — Suramya @ 2:46 PM

Hey Everyone,

I am back. Yes, I was missing for almost a year. No, I won’t make excuses for why that happened. Moving on…

I have been having issues with my primary desktop for the past few months now, to the point where I was mainly using my GalaxyTab for most of my browsing/watching movies etc at home. It kept telling me that my Hard drive died so I decided to spend some time reinstalling Linux on a new drive. After I finished backing things up the system suddenly decided that none of my disks existed anymore and wouldn’t even detect them during boot-up. 🙁 So I connected the drives to an external case and plugged them into my laptop and they worked fine. This is when I decided that the problem had to be with the motherboard (as I had changed everything else: SATA cables, Hard drives etc)

So I went out and bought an AMD Phenom II x6 1055T processor and ASUS M4A88T-M Motherboard to put it in. Got everything assembled and then realized that the new board uses DDR3 RAM while my previous one had DDR2 RAM so had to go buy a 4GB DDR3 RAM chip. Finally got everything working and am now a proud owner of a working desktop. Had some issue with the Network card but was easily resolved. Will document the steps on the wiki later.

I have installed Debian 6.0 on the new system and then upgraded it to Debian Unstable (sid). The process is not as straight forward as usual and if you are not familiar with Linux its easy to get stuck. I hit a couple of snags that required me to search online for fixes and yes I will be documenting those as well in my next post. In the end all worked out and the server is stable and works without issues. Might try to overclock the CPU later to see how that goes, lets see.

Lastly, I upgraded wordpress on to the latest version which unfortunately broke the theme I was using so the blog has a different layout right now than normal. I will be fixing this over the next few days.

Well this is all for now. Will post more later.

– Suramya

April 27, 2010

Error 500 messages on the Site

Filed under: My Life,Website Updates — Suramya @ 1:33 AM

I seem to be getting a lot of “Error 500 – Internal server error” messages on the site, especially the blog. No idea right now whats causing it, but its late and I am tried so I will take a look at it tomorrow. (rather today… but later when I am not feeling so brain-dead)

Plus to make things even more fun, my net connection seems to be acting up. I guess its because of the underwater cable maintainence that Airtel is doing. Hopefully it will be sorted by morning.

– Suramya

April 26, 2010

Launching new Section:

Filed under: Books Related / Reviews,Website Updates — Suramya @ 11:27 PM

As you probably know I read a lot and I have a rather eclectic selection of books I read. Over the past few years a lot of people have asked me for recommendations and reviews of books I have read. I got tired of giving individual recommendations and decided to create this section to solve that problem.

Basically the way it will work is the following: When I read a book I write down a couple a paragraphs about the book and whether I liked it or not and that gets posted to this site. BTW keep in mind that this site contains my personal views about the book. Your views might differ so its possible that you don’t like a book that I recommend.

Check out the new Section at:

Currently there are 37 reviews on the site with more being added everyday. By the way, If like reading and are interested in writing reviews for the books you read do contact me and we will work something out.

– Suramya

April 3, 2010

Made some of the new/updated sections of the site live

Filed under: Website Updates — Suramya @ 1:58 AM

After thinking about it for a couple of days I have decided to make the part of the new/updated site live (Using http Temp redirection).

At this time the following sections are live with the new content and layout:

* (The Friends list needs to be updated.)
* is updated partway so I haven’t made that section live yet.
The Site news sidebar on the new site still has to be coded, once done it will pull the latest site news from this blog.

Well this is all for now. Let me know what you think of the new layout/content.

– Suramya

February 1, 2010

Update on the Website update process

Filed under: Website Updates — Suramya @ 4:01 AM

A little while ago I posted that I was in the process of updating the actual content of the site along with the layout. The process is still going on and this is a quick status update on it. I am adding a lot new content to the site which is why its taking so long to complete.

Currently the following sections have been completed:

* Home
* About Me
* About India (all subsections)
* Hotlinks
* Misc Section

I am in the process of updating the Linux section and once that’s done the following sections will remain:

* Mirror
* Photogallery
* Scripts
* Tech Section

The Tech section will take the longest out of all the remaining because of all the sub-sections but the other sections shouldn’t take that long to update.

Will keep you posted on the status.

– Suramya

June 3, 2009

Status Update: Life, Site etc

Filed under: My Life,Website Updates — Suramya @ 9:26 AM

So what have I been upto recently? As I posted earlier I am in the process of updating the site with a new layout and new content. Portions of the site have not been updated since I initially created the site and I think its about time that this was rectified. For example the main portion of the About me section contained 8 year old information.

At present the following pages have been updated:
1. Home
2. About Me (Except the Friends section)

Currently working on the About India section. The information in this section is too short and doesn’t have that much detail so I am expanding it. Just to give you an idea of amount on new information I am adding here is an example; In the History of India section the portion the expanded section on Indus Valley Civilization is longer than the entire history page of the current site.

This is why I think the update will take a while. I am considering making the changes live as and when I am done with a section. Still haven’t decided yet. Lets see.

Other than this I am now learning Python so that I can program stuff on my phone. Have managed to write basic scripts so far. Python for Nokia is amazing. I got the phone to read an incoming SMS in a 7 line program. Working towards a program that will allow me to send commands/text to my system from my phone. Have loads of program idea’s that I want to try on the phone so this should be a lot of fun.

Well this is all for now. Will post more later.

– Suramya

May 30, 2009

Updating the site layout/content

Filed under: Website Updates — Suramya @ 11:41 PM

Its been ages since I have updated the site with new content so I have finally decided to do something about it and have started making changes to the content.

While doing this I noticed that the site layout was pretty crappy (to be honest) so decided to change the layout while I was at it. Some other changes will also be made to the site (a couple of sections will be merged, a few moved/renamed) so the site should look and work better.

You can check the work in progress at: Do take a look and tell me what you think about the design etc. Currently in addition to the Home page, the About Me section has been partially updated. More updates will follow shortly.

– Suramya

October 30, 2007

Posted the Rafting pics in the Photogallery

Filed under: Website Updates — Suramya @ 6:37 PM

Posted the Rafting trip pictures in the Photogallery. Photos -> Trips -> Rafting Trip (Oct 2007)

– Suramya

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