Open Live Writer

Just downloaded and installed and posting this via Open Live Writer . Remember the lovely (but dead) Windows Live Writer from Microsoft? Well this is a forked version of that which is open source, based on MIT license. The editor is offline and is very similar to word and can support a number of blogging platforms – including the common ones as you would expect. You can muck around the code (zip) or check it out on GIT ....

February 21, 2016 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Securing you DokuWiki

After my WHS died and I moved to a Synology DS413 and using that as a ‘home server’ and have been extremely happy with it! The only thing I miss is backing up the Windows machines automatically (as WHS did), but overall I think this is better, flexible and more powerful compared to WHS. I needed to look for a new wiki software. I recently moved from ScrewTurn Wiki (which was great BTW, but then is a dead project now) to DokuWiki which is perfect for my needs....

August 22, 2013 · 2 min · Amit Bahree

Adding an user in Ubuntu - Why is it so difficult?

I installed the latest version of Ubuntu (13.04, Raring Tail) on a machine at home to check it out (it was running CentOS 6.4 before that). Setting it up was quite simple, but I am not sure if I like the too simple UI. I don’t want an uber-geek only-shell mode, but the CentOS I thought was the right balance. Anyways, when I first added a new user, there was no way I could set a password which was very weird - not a permanent or temporary one!...

August 9, 2013 · 2 min · Amit Bahree

Redis on Windows 8 and VS 2012 RC?

I am trying to see if I can get Redis working on Windows 8 using Visual Studio 2012 RC bits – I have not had much success, but then I have not had much time to invest to try this out. I am wanting to give a demo tomorrow and would be good to see if I can get this working. Curious to know if anyone else has got this?...

July 12, 2012 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Less than Symbol in Latex

If you want to show a simple less than symbol (i.e. <) in Latex, you are in for a surprise as you cannot use that character as is. If you are in math mode and writing this part of a formula then you might be still OK, but if you are in text mode then it is quite difficult. Surprisingly, searching for this online also did not provide any obvious answers (perhaps I was searching for the wrong thing)....

February 28, 2012 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Hadoop in Azure

My dear friend Mario has finally got around to blogging and one of his latest posts shows , it is possible to run Hadoop (which if you are not familiar with, can be thought of as an open source version of Google’s MapReduce ) in Azure. You need to setup a typical configuration of nodes (Name Nodes, Tracker and Slaves)....

May 22, 2011 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Twitter Trends

I was excited to find that Twitter had a JSON (Javascript Object Notation) endpoint for the current trending topics and decided to write a simple consumer which can read this and then spit it out in a simple console. And JSON being so simple and more or less “universal” meant that there are multiple implementations for .NET. Of course if you got lots of bandwidth you can roll out your own parser....

March 4, 2011 · 3 min · Amit Bahree

Opensource ZigBee stack?

I was planning on getting the Telegesis ETRX2USB  and wanted to know if there are any open source (or shareware) open source ZigBee stacks that I can use with that? I also wanted to know if there is any opensource (or not too expensive), network management or network analyser for a ZigBee network? Essentially I want to be able to programatically view network and node information on the ZigBee network (e....

January 16, 2011 · 1 min · Amit Bahree

Interesting WordPress Plugins

After upgrading to the latest WordPress (v3.0.4), I also decided to have a look at the various plugins I am running. As part of that I stumbled across Ultimate Collection of WordPress plugins which are very interesting. If you run WordPress (and if you don’t, why not :)), I would highly recommend to check them out. I already was running some of these and not heard of others which are great....

January 4, 2011 · 4 min · Amit Bahree

C++ Message queuing options?

I am thinking of implementing a queue in one of the projects I am working on right now (sorry cannot go into more details until it gets published - hopefully in a few months). Anywyas, this is in C++ which needs to run on Ubuntu and my queueing experience (with C++ or otherwise) is only with MSMQ which is brilliant, but does not help me here as that run only on Windows....

December 29, 2010 · 3 min · Amit Bahree