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Twitter feed wall – great for projectors

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Inspired by I wrote a generic tool which will allow people to setup a simple wall where people can post and it will automatically refresh. I built this tool specifically because it was needed at I am very sure it will be useful to a lot of people out there. Uses JQuery and […]

First wordpress plugin : Kwippy poster 1.0

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Just created my first wordpress plugin, from concept to implementation in 3 hours :D. This plugin basically posts an update on kwippy when you publish a new blog post. This can be a good tutorial for someone trying to build their own plugins actually. Enjoy. Updated: Official WordPress plugin page :

The Screen Savers! – NES PC

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Very cool … though i seem to be nearly 4 years late.

Nginx + django fcgi lessons

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Today was a good day as i learned some valuable lessons about django and nginx. ALWAYS close the database cursor in django, it can lead to some pretty wierd memory issues going forward. FIND the most optimal number of database connections you initialize for you connection pooling. This will let you optimize on memory going […]

Microsoft remote terminal from linux

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I know it would be simple for a lot of people reading this blog :). But the easiest way to remote desktop into a windows machine using a X based linux distro is to install rdesktop. For ubuntu and debian based distro, fire up the console and type sudo apt-get install rdesktop This would […]

Be a Shotgun Startup, at January Edition

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How many times have you had a cool idea that never saw the light? Or that amazing conversation you had with your best friends which resulted to nothing? It can be that amazing facebook application to solve all the problems of your single friends, or that Iphone game that will rock the world, or an […]

Web startup strategy in times of recession

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I think that a lot of people think that its easy to start a web startup and get funding, well part of that is true. Yes, the barrier to start something on the web is extremely low, but lately with the recession getting money for the same is way more difficult than before. So if […]

PHP + nice URLS + nginx

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Easiest way to get php with good looking urls running on your site . Works for drupal, wordpress and joomla. server { listen 80; server_name; index index.html index.htm index.php; root /path/to/domain/files; location / { error_page 404 = //e/index.php?q=$uri; } location ~ .php$ { include fastcgi_params; fastcgi_pass; fastcgi_index index.php; fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME /path/to/domain/files$fastcgi_script_name; } access_log […]

CodeIgniter + nginx : Facebook application

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This is a basic tutorial on how to get CodeIgniter facebook application on nginx (with the gotchas). The nginx configuration would be like the following server { listen 80; server_name; location ~ /index.php/ { root /home/production/blah; index index.html index.htm index.php; include conf/fcgi.conf; fastcgi_param SCRIPT_FILENAME /home/production/fb_apps/quickdate/index.php; fastcgi_pass; } access_log /usr/local/nginx/logs/blah.access_log; error_log /usr/local/nginx/logs/blah.error_log; } The […]

Django : Optimizations within the platform

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In my experience with both rails and django, i would have to admit that a lot of things need to be improved at the core of these platforms so that developers can truly deploy a really fast production site. Let talk about what we did at kwippy to make it that much more faster than […]