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Using Chromecast with Netflix in Australia

Sometime in 2013 Amazon accidentally allowed people outside the US to order Google Chromecast. Without fully grasping what it did, I ordered mine and it arrived within days. Amazon realised its mistake and emailed me asking me to return it at their expense for a full refund, as it would not be supported outside the […]

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Virgin, are you kidding?

Ash Nallawalla

11 January 2014

SEO

Occasionally, I run the great backlink tool Majestic SEO across websites of major companies purely to see if they are likely to fall victim to one of Google’s Penguin updates. Being a quiet Friday night, I thought I would check out the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ), as it is a subsidiary of a former […]

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Photos from 14-15 August 1947 – Indian Transfer of Power ceremonies

Ash Nallawalla

28 July 2013

General

My uncle, Jayantilal B. Nallawalla was commissioned by Lord Mountbatten to be his private photographer a few months before and during the Indian independence day (“Transfer of Power”) ceremonies. For the first time, his photos are being released online. As a teenager, I was privileged to communicate with Lord Mountbatten for several years and his […]

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Starbucks India doesn’t get social media

Armaan Kapur is a 21-yo writer in New Delhi who did something that many middle-class Indians do — try to go to Starbucks India (Link to Facebook page) in Connaught Place, New Delhi. In Australia, you don’t normally admit that you drink that brand of coffee, and most of their outlets were closed down (Link […]

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Upgrading an iPhone 3GS to iPhone 5

Ash Nallawalla

22 September 2012

iphone, SEO

I have had an Apple iPhone 3GS for nearly three years and its chief annoyance to me was the camera. Any excuse to upgrade to the iPhone 5. I missed the earliest order date so I was happy to wait the estimated two weeks. As luck would have it, Optus sent me an SMS to […]

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SEO and what Kogan is doing right

Ash Nallawalla

2 June 2012

SEO

If you haven’t heard of the Kogan brand or its founder, Ruslan Kogan, you will, sooner or later. Ruslan describes himself as coming from a Housing Commission flat in Melbourne (welfare housing scheme). He is totally street smart and has made a name for himself in Australia and UK as an online purveyor of  electronics […]

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Using cPanel to enable Gzip and speed up the website

Ash Nallawalla

20 May 2012

SEO

Continuing from the previous post about Migrating a Thesis blog, I looked at the Yslow add-on for Firefox and noted a few issues that were giving the home page a total score of C.

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Migrating a Thesis blog

Ash Nallawalla

8 May 2012

SEO

I don’t get time to look at this blog much these days, but having switched my VPS yesterday, I decided to use Yslow, Page Speed and Firebug to check its performance. It isn’t good but the price is right for what I am doing. Something stuck out when I looked at the Firebug display:

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Are LinkedIn Groups of any value anymore?

Ash Nallawalla

16 January 2012

LinkedIn

LinkedIn has thousands of discussion Groups, where actual discussion seems to be minimal. There was a time when a given topic had one or two groups, but now a popular topic will have hundreds of identical competitors. Anyone can create their own groups. Numerous small businesses (and some larger ones) have done this. Why do […]

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PHP Fatal error: Out of memory (allocated 28311552)

Ash Nallawalla

7 January 2012

General

While checking out the TrainSEM website, which runs aMember software, I got a PHP error instead of the usual page: Fatal error: Out of memory (allocated 28311552) (tried to allocate 40961 bytes) in /home/trainsem/public_html/amember/library/Am/abc.php on line 343

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Twitter: Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!

Ash Nallawalla

30 November 2011

Browsers, Twitter

For nearly a week I could not get anything out of the Twitter website, i.e. http://twitter.com. I tried to click the links of people who were following me, but without fail, Twitter kept responding, “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!”. It didn’t matter if I tried the handles of some famous people — they all did […]

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Yellow NZ is back with a bang

Ash Nallawalla

31 October 2011

Local Search

Earlier today, Yellow (Pages) New Zealand tweeted: Have you checked out the new http://www.yellow.co.nz website? More relevant search results, a fancy new design & improved page load speed! I confess to not keeping up with the Yellow Pages scene since leaving Sensis some 18 months ago. I had mentioned Yellow NZ a couple of times […]

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