Two months back Mumbai's autorickshaw and taxi drivers went on a strike, demanding a steep increase in fares. While earlier the fare calculation was simple, after the new fare structure came in place, autorickshaw fare calculations became relatively complex.
I started http://rickfare.com on the day new fares came into effect after seeing the new complicated fare structure. Over time, friends pitched in for their cities and I added New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Pune and Navi Mumbai. Today Rickfare.com is accessed by thousands of commuters over a wide variety of mobile devices including iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, HTC and assorted Nokia handsets.
During the recent server migration, I shifted svn services from http to https. Everything seemed to work fine, except for this error while creating branches.
frodo$ svn cp https://svn.xinh.org/svn/project/UberCool/trunk https://svn.xinh.org/svn/project/UberCool/branches/1.0
svn: Server sent unexpected return value (502 Bad Gateway) in response to COPY request for '/svn/project/!svn/bc/15/UberCool/trunk'
svn: Your commit message was left in a temporary file:
Googling around a bit helped. I'm using HTTPS over Apache + dav_svn module. This issue can be fixed by enabling mod_headers module in Apache and adding the following line at the end of your VirtualHost.
Announcing MovieAB -- a mashup of freely available movie data APIs from around the internet. A catalog of over 170000 movie titles, tv series, programs available on DVD, actors and directors is available at the moment, and keeps growing every day.
Try a sample page for the movie Spider-Man 2. Every movie info page displays DVD box-art image, netflix user ratings, genres, a short summary, cast, awards and nominations and movie reviews from NYTimes if its available.
MovieAB came up as an idea to implement Netflix's API, after they decided to open up their vast catalog of movie data to third party developers. This was soon followed up with New York Times' decision to open up their comprehensive movie reviews api to third party developers. I can't thank them enough.
And, what's this AB? Well, I have no idea. This was the smallest domain name available. iMovie, gMovie, LiveMovie are all taken
Many thanks to Kamaleshwar for designing this clean and simplistic logo. More artwork requests from me are coming your way! If you liked the application, have suggestions for improvement, criticisms, bug reports or general feedback - write in to feedback (at) movieab.com.
I've been using Tata Indicom's data card based internet services for the past 2 years or so. and my experience about the internet service quality has been above satisfaction so far. After filling up the application form, and paying 4990 INR upfront for the data card, i got the card delivered at home in 2 days. Pretty fast indeed.
Data card connectivity speed: The Huawei EC321 CDMA card is rated for about 156Kbps. Initially at the place where i used to live, i used to get about 140 Kbps speed without fiddling too much with the antenna and direction. At my current residence too, i manage about the same speeds, which is more than enough for my email and IRC applications
Setup and installation: The data card comes as a PCMCIA device which can be plugged onto the PCMCIA slot of your laptop. Its probably straightforward to install it in Windows. There's a desktop manager application included in the installation CD with puts a dialer-cum-sms inbox checking app shortcut on the desktop. Getting the internet working on linux is even easier. Check how to get the data card running with wvdial here.
Tariff plans: The data card costed me around 4990 INR some 2 years back. It should be cheaper now. The USB pen drive shaped Plug2Surf ones are definitely cheaper. I am under 1GB plan which costs me less than 800 INR per month with taxes included, as i never cross my 1GB limit.
Network coverage and roaming: Its based on Tata Indicom's CDMA network, so internet services work wherever there's tata indicom's mobile phone network. So far, it has worked for me in all the cities i've traveled in india. There are no charges on national roaming if you are using the data card only for internet services.
Verdict?: Its a good gadget to keep along if you are traveling. Internet works just out of the box, without having to ask anyone for network access or proxy authentications. I haven't used data card services from Reliance or Airtel, but i dont really have a reason to switch services as yet. Lately there have been days when the internet is pathetically slow but then it comes back again.
Where to buy?: You can visit their website ichoose.in and place an order. If you are in Mumbai then let me know, i can pass over the contact information of their sales representative and he'll take care of the rest. My email address is anurag (@) gnuer.org
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