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IPL is back and so am I

In case you’re wondering where I’ve been for the past month or so, you’re finally going to get an answer. I’ve obviously been busy with college. I had my 1st Minors in February-end. After that, I’ve been busy with Maffick and Technosearch work. After a very busy month that included 3 trips back home to Delhi separated by a very small time span, I’m finally free enough to update my blog. My current whereabouts? I’m in Delhi till 22nd March. Now that I’m at home, I get to watch Television more often and the hottest thing on TV these days is the 3rd edition of the IPL, which started on 12th March.

The latest edition of the IPL, has everything nice from the previous editions and some improvisations in addition to everything. One of the nice things from the last season that has continued is the Vodafone Zoozoo ads. The strategic time out, which was introduced last year has been modified. Instead of one 7.5 minute time out, there are two 2.5 minute time-outs now- one decided by the batting team and the other by the bowling team. 5 new venues, Cuttack, Nagpur, Vishakhapatnam, Ahmedabad and Dharamsala in addition to the 8 previous venues have been added in this season. The very popular IPL Horn/Trumpet is being used in this season as well. This year, its a slightly different horn that’s played.

IPL is getting bigger every year. YouTube is the exclusive worldwide online video partner and you can watch live streaming of all matches with a 5 minute delay on http://youtube.com/ipl. Recently, Airtel was the streaming sponsor for a match and was offering free, automatic 2Mbps upgrade for Airtel broadband users on the IPL youtube channel to enhance the streaming experience 🙂 . The IPL 2010 matches are being featured in theaters too. You can watch all the matches, except the ones that are being played in your city ad-free in some cinema halls near you. This a really smart move and is something I had been waiting for. Watching a cricket match in a multiplex is a really nice experience. I’ll be watching the Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challenger’s Bangalore clash tonight at a multiplex 🙂 .

Another highlight of the IPL 2010 season was the debut of the Mongoose MMi3 bat designed specially for T20 cricket. The bat was unleashed on 19th March 2010 in the CSK vs DD clash. Mathew Hayden used the bat in the match and scored 93 off 43 balls.

The Mongoose MMi3 Bat

The Mongoose MMi3 Bat
The Mongoose MMi3 Bat

The mongoose MMi3 bat is a specially designed T20 bat. The blade is 33% shorter than a conventional bat and the handle is 43% longer. The bat claims to provide 20% more power and 15% more bat speed and gives the batsman an advantage. Mathew Hayden did play some nice, powerful strokes with his Mongoose MMi3 but it would be intersting to see the response the bat gets. People are gonna be skeptical before using this bat but I feel this really is going to gain popularity among other players.

This edition of the IPL is shaping up quite differently as far as the results are concerned which is expected looking at the nature of the T20 game. Personally, I’m supporting Mumbai Indians ever since the first season and hope they perform better than they did in the last 2 seasons.

LAMP Installation On Ubuntu-Easiest method

For noobs, LAMP stands for Linux Apache MySQL PHP. If you don’t know what LAMP stands for, you probably have no business installing a LAMP server anyways. Installing LAMP on Ubuntu is pretty simple, you just need to install Apache, MySQL and PHP. I know there are many tutorials on how you can do a LAMP server install on your Ubuntu installation but most of them have long steps explaining how you should install and configure each part. This post is meant to tell you the easiest way to install a LAMP server.

If you are using Ubuntu(or any Debian based Linux distro), installing LAMP is easier than you can imagine. Just open a terminal and run-

sudo tasksel

This should show you a list of prefined software collections. Just select LAMP server and select OK. That’s it. Just sit back and relax while your LAMP server is being installed 🙂

The World Through My Lens

People who know me well or have known me from my childhood, know that I wear contact lenses. Many more people know this fact now that I’ve mentioned about it on my blog. Well my contact lenses are not the only lenses I use. I often take pictures from my camera (Canon Power Shot A430) and my mobile phone (Motorola L9). I haven’t really shared any pictures online yet. I have a Picasa Web Album and a Flickr account but I just didn’t feel like uploading picutres.

This was my story until recently I realized that I have all the time in the world to start sharing photos. So I’ve decided to maintain a photo gallery. I bought hosting a few months ago and have lots of unused space and bandwidth. Thus I decided to host my own photo gallery. I considered Gallery2 and even installed it using GoDaddy’s Hosting Connection one click installer. I found it good but something about it just didn’t feel right. So I gave ZenPhoto a try through my Dreamhost Apps account as GoDaddy doesn’t have a 1 click installer for ZenPhoto. It turned out to be nice. In fact I found it better than Gallery2. It had all the essential features I needed and was easier to use. So I decided to go for ZenPhoto.

Installing ZenPhoto was the next step. Installation was not as simple as I expected it to be. I think needed to make some changes to the .htaccess file and also needed to create a php.ini in the gallery folder to satisfy a few installation requirements. Overall the installation was easy and the setup guide was useful in troubleshooting installation problems.

So that’s pretty much all it took to set up my own hosted photo gallery at http://gallery.namanb.com. I haven’t put up many pictures yet but I’ll be putting quite a few pictures soon. I made a short visit to Udaipur this June and I’ve uploaded the pictures of the visit on my photo gallery.

So now you can see The world through my lens, which happens to be the present name of my photo gallery at http://gallery.namanb.com.