Commands I used to install Lamp

These are the commands that I used to install LAMP stack.

  1.  sudo apt-get install apache2
  2. sudo apt-get -y purge php5 libapache2-mod-php5 php5 php5-cli php5-common php5-curl php5-gd php5-imap php5-intl php5-json php5-mcrypt php5-mysql php5-pspell php5-readline php5-sqlite
  3. sudo apt-get install mysql-client mysql-server _ Here I had to give the root password to the installation. Very Important step. Skipped the hardening part.
  4. (Had already got this but to complete the steps)
    sudo apt-get install python-software-properties software-properties-common
  5. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ondrej/php
  6. sudo apt-get update
  7. sudo apt-get install php7.2
  8. apt-get install php-pear php7.2-dev php7.2-zip php7.2-curl php7.2-gd php7.2-mysql php7.2-mcrypt php7.2-xml libapache2-mod-php7.2
    1. Here there was an issue with php7.2mcrypt, so removed that and installed the rest.
  9. (To install mcrypt module). sudo apt-get -y install gcc make autoconf libc-dev pkg-config
  10. sudo apt-get -y install libmcrypt-dev
  11. sudo pecl install –nodeps mcrypt-snapshot
  12. sudo bash -c “echo > /etc/php/7.2/cli/conf.d/mcrypt.ini”
  13. php7.2 -i | grep mcrypt

Well did manage to get the whole thing going.

Review – FreeCommander XE

This is a video of my review of this awesome software that I use as a Windows Explorer replacement.
FreeCommander XE is a great GTD software. I have replaced my default file explorer with this, as a result of which I have been able to improve my productivity and efficiency.
Think of it as a file explorer, program launcher, file manager and even FTP client, all in one. In addition you have filters to home on to the sub set of files that you are interested in.
An awesome program, which I have been using for more than 3 years and am thankful to.

The link for the FreeCommander XE software is here.

Writing Tips: ‘Newly Coined English Indian Words’

We keep hearing that many Indian words have found its way into the various English Dictionaries and feel great pride in that fact.

But what seems to have been missed by the media (newspaper and magazines) is that these dictionaries are the local version of the dictionaries. That means the Indian version of the dictionary of the Publisher.

So, what does that mean? It means that if you use a particular new indian word that has now found in the dictionary, and so logically legal to use and should be understood by all, will not be understood by majority of the people who are not from India.

So now what is the best thing to do?

The best thing to do is avoid using them when you address international audience (since it impedes the flow of the language). Or if at all you need to use them, describe it first and then use it.

Makes sense. Right!!

HTML Resume – It is really productive

If HTML is just markup then it is as good a format for resume as any other, rather better. Why? Because you can have the same content shown in various formats, content remaining the same, using CSS. It also gets very flexible since some areas can be commented out as per our job application.

HTML Resume Print view

HTML Resume Print view

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Dropbox & Yahoo makes you very productive

yahoo_dropboxI use Dropbox extensively and I have 52 GB storage available there. (Thanks to my Samsung Note 2 purchase).

(# Edit: It is available only for two years and has been discontinued since.)

But using it along with my Yahoo mail makes it simply awesome. All my important communications like my Insurance Premiums, Bill alerts etc generally come to my inbox and all I have to do is to download it into the Dropbox and it is available to all my devices/computers including my Samsung/Blackberry etc. There have been more than one occasion when Dropbox has come to my rescue.

At one occasion, I needed a photo for a property related issue, and I was not carrying one. I just pulled it out of the Dropbox, and it save a big deal. Hence, productive.

On another occasion my wife forgot to carry her Photo ID proof while travelling on a flight. Dropbox came to my rescue there too.

I had gone to the bank regarding my home loan, inspite of all documents, they wanted to see a particular file reference. Fortunately, I had just made a copy of all important documents and kept it in the Dropbox. And I was able to pull it out and show it to the bank officials, saving me a full trip and a day.

How to put two pictures side by side using Gimp

I was searching for a method to put two A5 size image into one A4 size page to get it printed in the wonderful site ‘’. I was wondering if there was a way to use Gimp the free cross-platform and powerful image editor to that. Since not many tutorials are available for Gimp, these nuggets come in very handy.

Was answered by Sani in Yahoo Answers – Using Gimp for the editing.

  1. Open first image
  2. Go to IMAGE >> CANVAS SIZE:…
  3. Set the canvas size to MUCH LARGER than you will actually want.
  4. Click OK:…
  6. Open 2nd picture
  7. SELECT >> ALL
  8. EDIT >> COPY
  9. Switch back to the 1st image (with the big canvas size)
  10. EDIT >> PASTE
  11. Move it to where you want it :…
  12. CROP

The only change that I did from what is mentioned here was that I did the copy of the photo before Step 5.

The final result:


Cool Text for Logos Fonts

Cool Text
You can get your logo made by professionals but that will cost you some, if you want a real nice one. The alternative is to create your own. That will teach you a lot and it is fun. You can decide on a load of options without have to bother about the cost. You can use softwares like GIMP/Paint and others, or there are online tools for helping you create one.

After checking many sites providing logos and fonts, most of them paid sites, I cam across, a really wonderful site.

CoolText a real cool site to make any kind of logos or banners, with effects et al. It also has some great collection of fonts for the adventurous.You can check it out at the following link. The site is beautifully laid out and very nicely presented. Creating what you want is a breeze and you can keep testing a huge number of options and see the live preview of the changes and so create a real nice pieces of art.

Cool Text: Logo and Graphics Generator