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Custom URL Shortening and Self Hosted “TwitPic”

With the outburst of Twitter and microblogging services, many companies who want to make some quick money started services that include, URL shortening like tinyurl, bit.ly, tr.im and others or image sharing services like TwitPic, yFrog and so on. However, due to lack of a proper business model, some of these sites are struggling to meet their bandwidth costs. Because most of these services are just a week long PHP programming work,...

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Help your visitors with a *useful* 404 Error page

Help your visitors with a *useful* 404 Error page

A 404 Error page usually informs visitors that something they were looking for is not found. I wanted to create a useful 404 error page for my blog and site. If it is only for a blog, I would have done with a multitude of plugins available for WordPress like smart 404, AskApache’s Google 404. A quick search for “404” in wordpress extension site will reveal atleast 6 pages of extensions. But much to my bad luck, they...

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Tip: Displaying a banner (or crash IE) when people visit your site using IE6

Tip: Displaying a banner (or crash IE) when people visit your site using IE6

You must be knowing that Youtube, displays a subtle warning when users visit it from IE6 browser. Though everyone knows that IE6 is the most crappy browser on planet Earth, corporates are still hesistant to migrate to other Microsoft browsers or from other Vendors like Mozilla/Google/Apple. To make more and more people aware of the security risks involved with IE, a whole lot of campaign started on Twitter, including  adding a Twibbon to...

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Review: iTech Clip Music 801 (Bluetooth Receiver for iPhone 3G)

Review: iTech Clip Music 801 (Bluetooth Receiver for iPhone 3G)

Bluetooth receivers come in various forms and shapes… They “claim” that they support A2DP and AVRCP. So do mobile phones. But not all models of receivers “play nice” with all phones. In fact, if you read the “fine prints” in the user manual, you might even encounter something like this… This product *may* work. We don't guarantee anything...! [ad#AdBrite-Post] So,that doesn’t mean...

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How to make your UITableView scroll fast?

How to make your UITableView scroll fast? The iPhone’s GPU struggles to render blended views. Here, Tweetie’s Loren Brichter explains how Tweetie’s UITableView scrolls smoothly on iPhone. He uses a custom drawn UITableViewCell that “pre-renders” the whole thing… The blog entry is here… http://blog.atebits.com/2008/12/fast-scrolling-in-tweetie-with-uitableview/ If it’s slow, try it’s...

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Mac Uptime…

Mac Uptime…

I think I nearly forgot what “restarting” a PC means…My Mac switches on “instantly”, (faster than a TV perhaps?) which M$ promised with Vista which is a different story altogether. So, I wanted to download a tool that could let me know the uptime of my mac. Searching for that, I found that there was a built in command line program that does it. So I typed “uptime” on the terminal and this is what I...

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