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Airtel and its ridiculous limits

Posted on February 12, 2009. Filed under: India, Internet, Technology | Tags: , , |

Just heard that Airtel India will be putting a cap to all unlimited internet connections! What they term as fair usage policy, is totally outrageous! Although there has been no official circular, many people have called up customer care for clarification, and it is indeed  true.This is what they have come up with

Speeds would be cut to half after crossing these limits:
256 – 10 GB
384 – 15 GB
512 – 25 GB
1 Mbps – 150 GB

And yea, these limits are for the total data transfer, so both uploads and downloads are counted. 10 GB a month for a 256k plan? What are they thinking? Airtel already has very costly plans, although customers are happy to pay a premium for consistent speeds, and very fast response from customer care. But THIS is pushing it! And they have a standard response that it is Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) ruling that has forced them to do so, and that all ISPs will follow suite. If that is the case, then TRAI needs to get its policies right, and fix up this mess! We Indians are already at the mercy of ISPs by paying hell a lot for something that is so cheap in other countries. And here we call 256k as broadband, something which cannot stream youtube videos smoothly. And ISPs in India have no policy on quality of service. They give what they please, and get away with it, quoting some lame unreadable clause in the user agreement.

I really hope they clear up all this mess and fast. I haven’t started facing the speed reduction as of now, so I’m waiting. Once it does happen, rest assured, I’m not going down.

P.S: Read this interesting post by another user who is facing the same problem. And spread the word. Call up airtel and make your point.

UPDATE 1: Seems that all plans about 1000 Rs a month will NOT be affected. Its only for those below 1000 bucks. So if you are on 512kbps or higher, you won’t be affected. Seems like cheap strategy to make more money

UPDATE 2: more details here

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dScript v0.2 – php download counter script

Posted on November 19, 2008. Filed under: Code, Technology | Tags: , , , |

After the first release of my simple php download counter script, I present a new improved version! It is a complete rewrite, with a better interface and cleaner code.Its written in php/javascript/css.

You can watch a demo here.

Minimum Requirements :

A web server that supports php. User should have write permissions to the directory.

Installation Notes :

1. Download
2. Unzip in your webserver http://example.com/path
3. chmod /path/Includes/log to 777
4. Drop files/folders and use!
5. Directly link files as http://example.com/path/download.php?fname=<./path to file>

Features :

1. Tree like listing of all files and folders within the directory.
2. No hassles with changing folders. Just expand the folder, and click on file.
3. No database required. All stats are stored in log file.
4. Icons displayed for most file types.
5. XHTML and CSS valid code.

Tested with Firefox 2,3 Opera, Chrome, Safari, and IE 7.

Bugs :

1. Displaying file size and downloads for nested files is broken. Needs formatting.

Credits :

Read file readme.txt.

Terms:

Should work reasonably well on most servers. No guarantees whatsoever! You can modify and distribute as you like. But please make sure the readme.txt file is present when you distribute it.

All comments and suggestions welcome. Email : srinath [AT] iambot [DOT] net

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3 alternatives to wordpress

Posted on November 16, 2008. Filed under: Internet, Technology | Tags: , , , , , |

Bored of wordpress, or want to try out something different? These three blogging platforms are worth checking out:

1. Habari – What may seem like a bare bones system is actually quite sophisticated, once you get the hang of it. The basic installation is almost similar to wordpress, but may need some manual ftp intervention. The plugins and themes are drop and activate, and there are plenty out there in the wild.

But it will take some effort to setup your site to your requirements. Not much documentation is available, though there are lots of plugins. The admin interface is a BIG plus – its completely uncluttered, clean and functional. It may seem empty for those who are used to wp admin interface, but that does not mean its inferior.

Experienced bloggers and people with patience will find habari interesting. If you are the one-click-install-and-forget type, look elsewhere.

2.Chyrp – Chyrp is an interesting project with a very extendable architecture based on MVC design pattern. But that’s just for the developers. For a normal user, its a very simple blogging system, which focuses on simplicity and modularity. Its very lightweight(download size about 360kb). In addition to the normal themes, and modules, it offers something called feathers that allow you to arrange where stuff will be displayed on the webpage.

Developers in particular will be interested as it is well documented and has an active community. The API is pretty straightforward, and its actually easier to create plugins for chyrp, than wordpress. Novice programmers (like me) can start off extending chyrp pretty easily.

3. Serendipity – Although its better known than habari and chyrp, it deserves more attention. Its not exactly lightweight, but the installation package comes with some useful plugins, and documentation. Has extensive support for plugins, and themes(called templates). Since its based on smarty template engine, the API is well tested and robust.

Again, developers and php lovers would love to check out serendipity.

P.S : If there are other alternatives, please scribble a comment.

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Miniature nuclear reactor!!

Posted on November 11, 2008. Filed under: science, Technology | Tags: , , , , |

Dailytech has an article on a  miniature nuclear reactor called “Hyperion Power Generation” that promises to be on the market within 5 years! So what you get is safe  electricity from your backyard! Fore more info visit hyperion

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Barcamp Chennai – Start of day 2

Posted on October 19, 2008. Filed under: Technology | Tags: , |

So here I am, early on a sunday morning, eating away on the wifi at IITM. Less than 20 have assembled so far, and from the looks of it, we should have a decent crowd by 11. Sadly, with just 1 topic on schedule, not much enthusiasm is evident. Hopefully, things will heat up, and we should have a lively closing day.

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