ZeroneA The Reverse Way Mon, 13 Oct 2014 01:17:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Shifting Wor(l)ds! Fri, 10 Oct 2014 06:24:28 +0000 I’ve been using WordPress on my personal domain & hosting but it is really cumbersome if something goes wrong. Somedays back, my blog link just stopped working. I thought it to be temporary glitch but when it reached hours, I grew nervous. I should’ve spoken to the hosting service but somehow didn’t as other links were working. Thanks to Jetpack which kept telling me its down.
I decided to get down to it get my hands dirty. I tried to access via directory in browser but no avail. I set up a fresh install and chose same database. It worked to some extent but not really. All links were to old install which was not working. I could not login to admin for the same reason. It started to get messier from here. Instead of changing the the blog location url in database, I deleted the Users table. Now I’m totally locked out. Created new user, provided privileges and logged in but my old posts were not there. All my hard work to have some post was GONE!

Not really… they were in database now but I needed to figure out how to access them without disturbing the integrity. I linked the new user to the posts and voila! I was back – I lost all comments but there were not many. I believe my link was either subject to DDoS (quite unlikely as I’m not so popular) or hackers played some tricks. As this new link was a temporary fix, I cleaned up the original folder and did another fresh install. Exported the temporary blog and imported to the fresh version.

Then I realised it is not an easy task to maintain self-hosted WordPress in this bad world. Hackers, DDoS, server downtime. I logged into a unused and imported the posts backed up above. World was all rosy, till I realised, my photographs were not showing correctly. I could’ve lived with it as the issue was Flickr changed all links from http to https. I had already spent a good amount of time figuring above situation and now this – I was really getting impatient. I corrected some links and they started showing up. So why was this not observed earlier? Simple, Jetpack caches images to its server and they were being sever from WordPress but after I refreshed everything they had already started falling apart. By this time, I had taken WordPress Premium so I had some space, a new domain name option/redirect. Which means WordPress will have to be made my preferred location for photos (since I stopped using Facebook for now). I somehow prefer Flickr or Google+ for photos so it was hard for me. If I load full size image, I’ll loose the space provided quite quickly. As much I know, even resizing after uploading will not save space so have to resize it before I upload. I’m lazy and doing resize all photos was little disturbing for me. Of course, resizing only required photos is a good idea but I love to keep Hi-Res photos. Still, there was some hope but next step broke me. I tried looking for plugins but they were not there. WordPress does not support plugins so no more LightBox-es. Now, uploading photos in WordPress and that too no fancy look! Refund. I applied for refund but kept the domain name to be future proof incase I breakdown and stop using my hosting.

So, I’m back to where I started from. As of now, I’m visiting all links and and fixing up the links to get things working up for now for my images alongside looking for some good plugins where I could just give photo ID and it’ll work out all Flickr stuff but sadly mostly were for photosets, galleries or tags but not for photos. My hunt is on. If you are aware of any Flickr Plugin which will display single pic, comments are welcome.

I tried:

  • Awesome Flickr Gallery
  • Flickr Photostream
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Shure it is! Thu, 02 Oct 2014 19:21:31 +0000 I always loved how the stage artists wore earphones. Of course it took me some time to know why they wore it. The best part was the way they curled over the ears which means all jumping around as they do and it won’t budge. Then I realised they are not which are available off the shelf in malls as well (many are custom-made) and have a different signature sound. I always longed to have one.

I’ve had some headphones and earphones in the past but none of them to be audiophile quality (which I myself claim to be ;-) ) except probably HiFiMAN RE-0 which one of my dear friends took it for a stroll and returned it without one of its tips. I feel sorry for him who probably doesn’t know and understand what an IEM is and the cost I had to pay. They were not too costly but they did cost my pocket $100 in Indian Rupees ₹ plus taxes and that’s when I barely started earning. Sadly I did not have spare tips nor could find better replacements (they were too costly).

From these past 2 years have been stuck with just “earphones” from Nokia or Apple which came with their handsets and vowed never to give my earphones to anyone (let alone IEM). Finally, I took another dip and got a SHURE. I would’ve loved Westone but Shure shines all round for me. For what I could spare, Shure it is… And it’s SE425!

It’s been just a day and couple of hours of listening and I understand why they are the best in their category. Shure SE425 has Dual High-Definition MicroDrivers of which one is woofer and other dedicated tweeter. The wire is strong and it says to be kevlar coated. If that’s not all then the cable is detachable from gold plated MMCX connector (no they are not wireless) so that they could be changed in case of damage to wire, customised and allow rotation for comfort – clever design philosophy. It takes a tad bit longer to get comfortable but once you know it is noise isolating, it’s comforting. Wait till you connect it to your playback device and once the music kicks in, you’ll barely notice you had them. Completely immersive stage sound. They sound natural and I could notice bits I probably missed for past 2 years after my RE-0 became no longer usable. They are soft on bass but I’m OK with it, too much bass usually tires me in long play sessions.

The box also contains S/M/L set of Soft Flex Sleeves & Black Foam Sleeves, 1 set of Yellow Foam Sleeves and Triple Flages Flex Sleeves. 3.5mm to 6.3mm adaptor for use with Hi-Fi systems, wax cleaning tool and a cary case. I think they also have a Black Foam Sleeves set attached to earphones as well which fit me so the accessories are safe for now.

Shure SE425 being Noise Isolating means I can use those comfortably without cranking up the volume which not all devices play well. Shure claims they could isolate up to 30 dB. They adapt to wearing style (the sleeves and wire loop over ear) so in sometime they’ll be as natural fit. They can be worn from back or from front but I’ll prefer from back so that I can hang them (and show-off!) when not in use.  Now I can allow my audiophile-self to take over and just flow with the stream.

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Goodbye Facebook – For now… Wed, 01 Oct 2014 21:15:44 +0000 Yes! You heard it right. I am bidding farewell to Facebook. I’m not deleting or disabling my account so Facebook will be aggregating my posts from my blog ZeroneA and all pings to Facebook Messenger will reach me – to which I’ll reply too.

I anyways prefer mentioning only exclusive updates on Facebook so might be coming back just to update my who’s-who. Apart from that, It could be temporary restraining order but I’ll not make any promises now even for those updates on Facebook.

So you could just visit my blog (which have been craving my attention for long) or more active timeline of twitter @SAMdLaw (need to add some boosters here too!).

In case you love to keep in touch, you can use the contact me option in my blog. See you around!

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Indian Ocean, Bournemouth – Restaurant not to visit Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:18:06 +0000 Some days back, I put up a review on TripAdvisor but the same was removed stating inconsistency. I thought TripAdvisor was considerate enough to understand the “behavioural disorder” mentioned in the review.

Below is exact copy of the review posted in TripAdvisor as feedback for my visit to Indian Ocean Restaurant and Takeaway at Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom on 13 September, 2014. I submitted the review on 17th September, 2014 and got rejected from TripAdvisor on 18th September, 2014.

After spending a day long in Bournemouth, we (2 families with 4 adults and 2 kids) visited the Restaurant. We waited for couple minutes to be attended near the entrance. No one was there which means we can take any seat – so we did. The waiter came and asked if we are comfortable to which we were affirmative but the next sentence blew our mind. He said “Sir, you should wait near the entrance to be attended and not take any seat”. We said we did but since no one was there, we went ahead. He said, whatever be the case you should wait. We asked so what should be done and the waiter said please wait at the entrance. This is when out of 15 odd table only 1-2 was occupied and we had made our kids sit. We politely moved to entrance to see the behaviour but the waiter did not budge from his place nor was even polite enough to suggest an alternative. We moved out yet the waiter was standing there and did nothing.

I’m not sure what the restaurant is because I’ve not seen such pathetic customer welcome. Never seen any restaurant which asks its guests to move from their seat because of some process was not followed because there was no one to attend to!

My suggestion: AVOID THIS RESTAURANT AT ALL COSTS because Indians are welcoming not like this.

TripAdvisor mail rejecting the feedback:

Dear TripAdvisor Member,

Thank you for submitting a review of your experience at Indian Ocean Restaurant and Takeaway.

While we appreciate your contribution, it has come to our attention that your review included ratings of features of the establishment that you did not experience this time, such as rating sleep quality when no overnight stay took place or rating the quality of the food when you did not eat. As is our policy, we removed your review upon discovering this inconsistency.

We hope you will consider resubmitting a review that reflects your personal experience and that meets TripAdvisor review guidelines. You may also view the guidelines at:

Your original review is included below for your convenience.

Best regards,

TripAdvisor Support Team

Thank you TripAdvisor for understanding how some restaurants treat their customers. And definitely without going through your guidelines, I understand that you must be served. In case you are pissed of for service for they did not serve you, “waiter” was impolite or you left hotel because they had bedbugs then TripAdvisor has well-defined guidelines for them to be removed. In short, you’ve to bear pain of having delayed service, eat sh*t, tolerate the “waiter” and spend night being sucked by bedbugs to put in a review. Well congratulations TripAdvisor, you just gained +1 for reporting exact ordeal one has to go though to get a review on your site.

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From MultiSite to Single Site – My journey Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:36:43 +0000 I have been using this blog as a multisite one but recently shifted back to single site format. It took me some time to get a hang of it but finally seems all to be sorted.

Why did I shift?
There are 2 parts of it. First: Why I took pain to convert single blog to a multisite blog. It was for a simple reason to keep all my interests separate and in case someone joins me they can only have the selected access. The latter never took off and it was painstakingly difficult to give a uniform look to all sites. You can’t always live with same layout forever. Not to mention I felt it made the blog little slow (it could be I added some weird widget which was adding to excessive queries!) Finally, I thought I’ll just switch back. Of course new users, if ever, will have just low level access and better to maintain 1 blog – no issue of uniform view. Some widgets also removed so lesser load. Blog feels snappier.

Anything new?
Nopes. Not yet. Just hoping to be more active – same resolution for past 4 years and 1 year of calendar entry! Never happened but please hope it does.

Future plans?
That is something I’m really not good at. Combining all blogs (of course I’ve a small number of posts), I think I’ll learn better to use the categories and something called Portfolios introduced by WordPress.

One more thing!
Once bitten by this Multisite Blog, can’t live without experimenting. I started a new blog – actually a Twitter Archive to archive all my tweets (I used to have it initially before Twitter Tools started using Social). is now live! I’m not sure what’s the future holds may be I’ll switch again to multisite so as to allow Tweets in a sub-directory. More to learn and to try.

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Ice Bucket Challenge! Really? Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:51:12 +0000 http://5.6581 Nowadays the Ice Bucket Challenge is the in-thing. From CEOs to desis in India are jumping aboard this viral game. What is this Ice Bucket Challenge and why it is so popular?

Ice Bucket Challenge has been traditionally just dumping cold water as punishment if not donated for charity. Of course details could be found but I’m not looking for it as the Ice Bucket Challenge we are referring here is for ALS (in US) or MND (in UK).

ALS stands for  Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis which is a neurodegenerative disease which affects the motor activities of the body by weakening the neurons. MND stands for Motor Neurone Disease which is equivalent to ALS but it is considered as an umbrella which also contains ALS. (ALS has actually rose to same standard because of popularity now).

Who is affected by ALS/MND? It is said generally over 40s are affected and men are 50% more susceptible to it than women. The expected life expectancy of those is around 5 years but some tend to live longer – Stephen Hawking.

Why it became popular? Ice Bucket Challenge had been there for sometime but it became mainstream around June 2014 when Boston Baseball player Pete Frates started posting Ice Bucket challenges over social networking sites. He has been suffering from ALS about 3 years could not do it himself so he started challenging people with simple rules (not sure he set the rules but seems like below is followed):

  • You have to take up the challenge within 24 hours and record in a continuous video
  • You have to contribute to the ALS if not taken the challenge
  • You are exempted from charity if you take the Ice Bucket Challenge

Simple and fun! Being a star has perks and fans so lot of support was gathered. So initial videos flooded the social networks starting with “For Pete Frates” before dropping the ice-cold water over their heads. It did garner a lot of attention and many people started to know of ALS as a disease (I did for the first time).

Why did it became popular? Mark Zuckerberg did it, Justin Bieber did it, George W. Bush did it, Bill Gates did it, Tim Cook did it. Well they did both Ice Bucket Challenge and charity. I’m happy people are taking up cause and doing this but there is 1 simple reason I don’t like it – Wastage of water.

No one has bucket full of Ice in their refrigerator so either you buy it or make your own. After you fill your bucket with Ice, (you make a speech and let it melt) you just splash it over your head. Money being donated is a good thing but wasting water? Was it designed by someone willing to sell excess ice?

In India, where we crib for water shortage and even support party which funds free water, why are we taking this up in India? Don’t we have other water related diseases to worry about or even the pesticides in water and food? There are lot more diseases out there for which research is on. We all know active charity being done for Cancer (how many of you really care?) and now ALS (there may be others too). A recent outbreak of Ebola – any thoughts? If you really want or have will to do something just do it and don’t make a fuss about it and stop wasting resources. If you are India (specially in Delhi) please visit Khushiyan –  they seem to be doing a fantastic job.

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Snap of the Day – 25 August, 2014 – Adi Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:43:46 +0000 http://5.6570 The last Snap of the Day was 07th December, 2012 – a day shy of my son’s birth. After 20 months, I’m trying to revive the series and with the pic of my son, Aditya.

Adi riding the wooden horse
Adi on wooden horse
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