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Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid – Albert Einstein*

That sums the current state of the educational system of universal design for instruction and assessment.

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Assessing everyone using same test and scale proves totally unfair.

The examiner in pic says:

For fair selection everybody has to take the same exam: Please climb that tree.

I don’t want this measurement to be used in my company. We don’t have dedicated HR department for assessment and sometimes it’s convenient to use universal design. But that will unfair for some. #justsaying. I’m currently reading this thought-provoking book called Maverick
– related to HR and work culture.
*P.S. I cannot confirm whether the quote used above is Einstein’s or not but it conveys my point with the illustration below.

Blocked political campaing ads on my sites

adsense-blockDuring the last loksabha campaign I see very aggressive online marketing by LKAdvani.in & team. It was so annoying that I had to block the site from my AdSense to prevent them from my sites, I don’t understand why they wouldn’t use The Indexer help instead. It’s that period again I can see these annoying ads. So I blocked Congress & BJP websites.

WindowsPhone 8 owners get 20GB more SkyDrive space

The Windows Phone 8 owners have more to cheer for this Christmas. Today I received an email from Microsoft showing some love for me purchasing Windows Phone 8 device. They have offered 20GB extra space in SkyDrive storage for 1 year.  *something similar you get if you’re an MS Office 365 home premium subscriber.

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All WP8 device owners- claim additional 20GB SkyDrive storage space as Enthusiast bonus!


Unfortunately for me my Office 365 premium subscription neither gave me Skype world minutes nor 20GB+ SkyDrive space. The MS support rep suggested me to restart (cancel and start again) my 365 plan to rectify the error. Well, I didn’t restart my office 365 home premium service & stopped its service. To make it up, I got this email first thing in the morning! Thank you Microsoft. I hurried redeem the code & claimed the extra SkyDrive storage.
& what do I see? Oh yeah, baby! 45 GB of SKYDRIVE with 20GB as “Enthusiast bonus!” Now don’t be jealous, I’ve been a loyal member of SkyDrive & using it since 25GB era.

Moved

We have moved our sites to a better server. Migrating to an un-managed private server is quite an experience, but you get to play with Linux distro of your choice and learn a lot in the process.  Plus, you get freedom, root access, and can make partitions, clone the system, can build OS & webserver of your choice from scratch. Although WordPress doesnt need a lot of freedom or root access, simple LAMP stack with mod_rewrite enabled apache would be adequate. I chose Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS & Apache 2.2. I must admit that complexity or freedom was not the reason for this move. I’ve few complex wordpress sites running with multisite or buddypress/bbpress  setup; & they’ve been running without trouble on shared hosting.

Linode Private Server, Japan datacenter


You should see significant performance improvement on our sites network now. I have been thinking of Amazon web services (AWS) & MediaTemple’s (+ve) hosting for couple of years. But then I found a better service & suitable servers. Name is Linode. Their servers are located all across the US, one in the UK & one in Japan. You get a choice of 6 locations & build your own CDN, setup load-balancing & make a highly scalable setup. You can increase RAM, disc space with a click of a button & get charged on a hourly basis. They’ve been doing cloud before cloud 😉 enough said.