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

Ash Nallawalla

28 July 2013

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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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PHP Fatal error: Out of memory (allocated 28311552)

Ash Nallawalla

7 January 2012

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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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CAPTCHA for aliens

Ash Nallawalla

15 March 2011

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The CAPTCHA project is a worthy initiative from the Carnegie Mellon University and is commonly found on forms to reduce bot spam and exploits. I was reading an article at NAB’s Money Basics site and happened to notice the CAPTCHA text below the comment form:

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HP giveaways via 25 websites

Ash Nallawalla

31 July 2009

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Twenty-five assorted websites, some with a student audience, are participating in a computer giveaway between 12 August and 9 September. I have no connection with any of this, except my friend in NZ Mauricio Freitas of GeekZone has put up a convenient website BacktoSchoolGiveaways that will let you reach all the participating sites. Each site […]

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Unwanted fax spam?

Ash Nallawalla

23 July 2009

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If you have a non-business fax machine, as I do, you may get unwanted spam faxes from businesses who use UTBox, which is based in Sydney. UTBox has a “fax opt-out facility” which is after the fact, i.e. you can “opt out” after you have received the unwanted fax. The press release says: To make […]

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Maurice Jarre – What Wikipedia hoax?

The ABC (Australia) reported on 7 May: Student’s Wikipedia hoax dupes newspapers: report Posted Thu May 7, 2009 6:01am AEST An Irish student’s fake quote on the Wikipedia online encyclopaedia has been used in newspaper obituaries around the world, the Irish Times reported on Wednesday. The ABC article has attracted comments criticising reporters as being […]

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Democratisation of the Web or Copyright?

Ash Nallawalla

8 March 2009

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Two news stories a world apart remind me that doing something quickly and cheaply is not always appreciated, at least by some vested interests. The first story is about the first CIO of the United States. Indian-born, but raised in Tanzania and the US, Vivek Kundra. Apparently this wunderkind has impressed Barack Obama enough to […]

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Wynn Las Vegas Promo Code during CES

Ash Nallawalla

13 December 2008

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If you haven’t booked a room for your visit to CES 2009 in Las Vegas, you can’t go wrong at $139/night (plus taxes) at the Wynn. The discount coupon code is RHHED07. [No, I don’t get a commission from them] Here is a direct link to the Wynn Reservation form. The rates are valid for […]

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Alexa changes measurement methodology

Ash Nallawalla

17 April 2008

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SEO conversations won’t be the same again. Everyone who knows about Alexa’s ranking system has an opinion about it. Most are not complimentary, because Alexa relied on traffic measurement based on people who had installed its toolbar, or others like me, who use a third-party tool such as the SearchStatus extension for Firefox, which sends […]

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AP sues Moreover (Verisign) for snippeting

Ash Nallawalla

12 October 2007

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Rich Ord of WebProNews has reported a bizarre lawsuit that could make us check if we have been transported back in time to 1999. Read it and contemplate what harm Associated Press (AP) could do to the Internet if it wins this lawsuit. This post and millions of other blog posts are linked to and […]

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Still can’t use Jaxtr

Ash Nallawalla

8 August 2007

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A friend in the US and I have been trying separately to call each other to test Jaxtr, but we always get the message that all lines are busy. I have since managed to leave a voicemail, so that’s progress.

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Google from a Microsoftie’s perspective

Ash Nallawalla

29 June 2007

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This post has been backed up at Blogspot in case it disappears. It is about the alleged work environment at Google (USA) versus Microsoft (USA). It covers topics such as: What is the culture really like? How many hours are people actually working? What are the least amount of hours you can work before you […]

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