How to run a small website on Amazon LightSail for free

Amazon had announced Lightsail as an addition to the Compute lineup of services back in 2016 but not many developers are aware of it as the Elastic Compute Cloud – EC2 is more popular. Not only is EC2 more popular, it could feel complex and overwhelming for some developers who are used to traditional infrastructure or new to the scene.

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How to Get a Fancy New Google Earth View each time you open a new tab in Chrome

I have always been amazed by how large and diverse our planet is. Considering we are all stuck at home since the beginning of the pandemic, feels good to get glimpse of some new places on earth within the browser itself without having to waste time.

Get the Google Chrome extension here

Twitter readying Real Time Google-like Search , Contextual Ads?

Twitter is working on a Real time search engine and this might be change the face of twitter

Zdnet broke a story about the same

Santosh Jayaram who was VP , Search Quality , Google is now VP of Operations at Twitter .

SEO will have a new term – after Google Optimization and Yahoo, get ready for Twitter Optimization

Soon Twitter will crawl tweeted URLs and index the content.

This will be used to display results inside twitter.

Off late Twitter has been a source information overload for me personally after RSS overload.

Though, I’m really excited to see this decision by Twitter in organizing the data better.

Also , when you have such data , Contextual ads will do really well. Twitter is not going to keep making losses for long

Imagine a user searching for mobile phones is reading a tweet pointing to

Advertisers who usually advertise on the site will love to target the potential user base of FoneArena.

It gives them more ROI than advertising on a tweet pointing to say my personal blog

Only time will tell what’s going to happen

Why Mac and Linux is such a beautiful combination

I love my MacBook although it’s a bit slow and has a smaller screen.

Its so cool because it is light on my back when carried around .. not 4+ kilos like my old HP Pavillion

Battery lasts for 4-5 hrs . Brightness of the screen has a direct impact on battery life .

I have converted it into a Desktop by connecting a Apple wired keyboard and Logitech wireless mouse ..

The best part is the 24 inch Dell monitor ..

For all of you who want a Mac desktop which can be carried around easily , this is a good solution ..

Mac Mini is cool and cheaper but its useless without a display.

There is often a misconception that Mac is just about usability and Graphics but the command line (Terminal ) in Mac OS is very similar to Linux. In fact Mac OS to built on top of BSD Unix

I just love it

You can work on any Linux web server over SSH natively.

Putty sucks big time compared to the Mac command line

Lesson Learnt – Never ever change change files on a live site without testing

Recently I was playing with the Linux command line and I was testing out a script which I was interested in.

I ran a wget command and download the file to the server and then extracted it using unzip

But the worst part is that the after the extraction I ran a mv command to move the files to root directory

And the command replaced the sites’ index.php .htaccess and robots.txt

I did not bother for a couple of days until I figure out that the site is not working as the main index file is broken and also google and other search engines started deindexing the site as the URLs were broken and worst part is that robots.txt had a Dissallow * line

Its a Very painful mistake both for me and the site ..

So the lesson learnt is that Never try out new things / change files on a live site without prior testing even if your confident enough ..

Such mistakes can cause irreversible damage to the site and might take days / month to discover ( glad I found in 2 days )

So having a Local , Dev or Staging environment .. even on same server or machine would make a HUGE difference in such calamities

Daily backups were disabled for this site as its small one .. and the weekly backup was taking ages to extract

Only the host Servint saved us from this disaster .. they restored the files needed from a recent backup and we were back on track.

We had about 10hrs of downtime due to this negligence .. Unforgivable !

Varun Gandhi

Varun Gandhi and the controversy surrounding him is making my name famous LOL !

I m seeing a downtrend in the no of people asking me repeat my name wherever I talk be it over phone or in person.

Varun has become very popular over the last few days/

But I was upset when I saw the ticker on a famous news channel ” Varun goes to Jail “

Time for a name change ?

Facebook Developer Garage Chennai Edition

After, the Facebook Developer Garage is all set to happen in Chennai.

Well its the first Facebook Developer Garage to happen in the city.

TKF or Knowledge Foundation in which organizes all the great events in the city including SearchCamp, BlogCamp, WikiCamp and MoMo is organizing this workshop along with Social Media


Photon Infotech Private Limited
(Right next to Arvind Theatre)
No. 2/102, Photon Towers,
Old Mahabalipuram Road,
Karapakkam, Chennai – 600096

Venue map
Photon on Google map

Sunday, the 15th March 2009. 2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.

Hosted by
The Knowledge Foundation, Social Media Group & Business Blogging

Head over to the event page to register