Toys in the Attic

Powershell on steroids!

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I’m a linux/unix guy, I’ve always had heated debates with my “Windows” friends about how good the unix environment is and how the terminal can do magical things.. But today I was hit on the face, real hard. This guide show us the steps to make powershell as good as if not even better than bash is some ways.

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HTTPS: Securing java web services

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As part of my internship project I had to learn about HTTPS, how it works and how to use HTTPS to secure SOAP based web services written in java.

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Lexmark: Week 2

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So one more week just flew past! Progress: not much.. I spent the whole week studying..

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Lexmark: Week 1

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So, the summer vacation has started, finally! But no relaxing this time around. I’m doing an internship at a company called Lexmark. The first week here has been pretty interesting.. the people here are cool, friendly. The work environment is also awsome, there are no restrictions or visible structure in the organisation. Very different from what my perception was about an Information Technology company.

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ssh and git through tor

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As I mentioned before our college network has this squid proxy which makes us spend more time configuring our tools to bypass it than doing any actual work. My goal this time was to get ssh working behind the proxy.

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Django static files in Openshift

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To serve static files for django use whitenoise.

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IRC through tor

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In my college they use squid proxy with only a few open ports. This doesn’t allow us to use the irc clients. The solution is to use some application like XChat through Tor. But most irc servers block tor exit nodes. Freenode is also not an exception. But it does allow access through tor. To get connect to freenode through tor follow the instructions here and also here.

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using jenkins on openshift

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So I have got my django app running on Openshift. (how to run django app on Openshift) Now I wanted to automate the deployment of the app from a Github repo. The tool people use to do this is called Jenkins. So here’s the rundown of what I have been able to achieve.

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Tying out ARChon: the android app runtime for chrome

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Ok, following the instructions on Lifehacher I’ve managed to install android app runtime called ARChon on chrome. And the thing works great! :D

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django on Openshift

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Openshift is a new app hosting service from RedHat which offers a great free package. Till now I’ve used Heroku to host some apps and its great but it doesn’t provide any free database (well it does but you’ll have to enter your credit card details which in India few people have). Also the filesystem of heroku is such that it refreshes every 24hrs deleting every thing except the repo. So heroku is great for testing but hosting something with somesort of a database is not possible unless you pay.

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