Saturday, August 16, 2014

How I fixed my BSNL Broadband on Ubuntu - right MTU value, right DNS Servers!

At my home town we have a BSNL Broadband connection powering a dual boot PC. As someone who likes to be on Ubuntu all the time, several websites (Yahoo, Wordpress.com blogs etc.) opening up slowly or not opening at all was a major problem for me. Surprisingly the same sites used work fine on Windows with same Internet connection. While I always knew that MTU (Maximum Transmission Unit) was the culprit, I never got an opportunity to fix it. This time I decided to fix it as we had recently migrated to a 512 Kbps connection and this is incomparable to my Beam Fiber connection at Hyderabad, all thanks to end of a golden era!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

#HxGNLIVE 2014: Notes from General Keynote Premiere

For the third year in a row, I live tweeted HxGNLIVE General Keynote Premiere today. I find it a great opportunity to learn how Hexagon's offerings are playing a pivotal role in changing the world through the words of Hexagon Leadership. Synergy amongst different Hexagon brands is what makes the solutions invaluable to solve challenging world situations.


Monday, May 26, 2014

Typing Special Characters on German OS - AltGr Combinations

Recently I had a requirement where I had to enter special characters in a German Windows Operating System (Virtual Machine) with US English Keyboard. The characters were \, /, @ etc. While unicode code points were an obvious solution, I realized that there was a better one in the form of AltGr and another key.

The ALT GR key is on the right side of the keyboard on some non-U.S. keyboard layouts. ALT GR is equivalent to the CTRL+ALT key combination, and you can use it with other keys to enter additional characters.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

ICICI's once Attractive Rewards Program will no Longer be so - Hefty fees for Reward Point Redemption

So far ICICI Bank had the best reward terms in India. Last week an email from them landed in my inbox which stated that w.e.f. 12 June 2014 a Redemption Handling Fee plus Service Tax will be charged on every redemption request for PAYBACK Points earned on ICICI Bank Credit Cards, Debit Cards or MySavingsRewards. The charges were outlined as follows: