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“A heisenbug (named after the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle) is a computer bug that disappears or alters its characteristics when an attempt is made to study it.”

10 Must Have Apps for the new Apple iPhone 5

The all new iPhone 5 was launched on September 12, 2012 (watch the keynote here). With a better processor and a bigger screen, iPhone 5 offers few more opportunities to app developers to harness the new hardware features. Although the iPhone 5 (which comes with the new iOS6) has a native integration with Facebook and Twitter, there are a host of other apps (free + paid) that are definitely a must have for the iPhone 5. This article lists out ten must have apps for the iPhone 5. Although the article is particularly directed towards the new iPhone, all of these apps are also compatible with iPhone 3GS, 4, and 4S. Please keep in mind that in order for these apps to properly work you’ll need a good phone service provider. Visit to get more information!

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Installing transmission and dnsmasq on a NAS


In our student’s  dorm, we want to share files. We also have one shared internet connection using ADSL. The download speed is OK, but the uplink is weak. Many students like to use torrents, which quickly drain the uplink and the connection table of the modemrouter. So I set up a server with a torrent client, which was accessible by a web interface. I replaced this server by a Iomega StorCenter Ix2-200 Cloud Edition Network Attached Storage (NAS) device, which I will refer to as ix-2.

The default torrent client on the ix-2 is bad beyond imagination, so I wanted to install transmission-daemon. Read the rest of this entry »

Dropbox – The magic box!

What is Dropbox?

A video intro from Dropbox ( can see on official site too)

What else you can do with Dropbox

  1. You can share folders between other Dropbox users and have a sharing setup with almost no effort. No more running around from friend’s place to your home just because you forgot to copy a file on USB Drive.
  2. Dropbox saves versions of files which are once uploaded and modified subsequently. Say if you save a homework document after some changes close it. But now you want to revert it back to how it was few hours later, you cannot normally. But by using Dropbox’s web interface you can still do it assuming you saved your homework file in dropbox folder. Just right click on file in your dropbox and select “Dropbox > View Previous Versions….” in the menu.

Download Dropbox from here.

Installation Process

  1. Download and Install it, pretty straightforward there.
  2. You will need to create an dropbox account first.
  3. Give name to the PC. I call my laptop DarK-Laptop and my work PC as Desktop-Office. Giving a good name is important as it will be useful when you are trying to revert back versions of a file.
  4. Create a dropbox folder on your hard disk.

Voila, there you have an automated syncing, sharing and backing up system which just works!

Remember, dropbox syncs, stores and creates versions of only the files in dropbox folder and not outside it.

Give it a try, you will surely find it useful.


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