Google now provides currency conversion for Bitcoin

Google now supports bitcoin currency conversion. You can now simply go to Google and write “1 bitcoin in usd” or “1 btc in usd” and Google will display current exchange rate for Bitcoin.

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In fact, it will give you Bitcoin rates for any currency that it is supporting in normal currency conversion.

Oh and you can do USD to BTC too Smile with tongue out

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I tried to find out which exchange rate or symbol it is following to get current exchange rate but their disclaimer does not disclose from where they are sourcing bitcoin rates as of now.

When we try to compare the current rate showing in Google with other exchanges it looks like it is more closer to Bitstamp. But it can be just coincidence for the time being and I am sure it is taking in account more than one sources based on their volume.

In case some one wants Let me Google that for you link :

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=1+btc+in+usd

Smile

Regards


Bitcoin and India, the new needs love.

Ratatouille

It was very late night and I was still watching movie on my TV. It was my favorite movie, “Ratatouille”. While watching that movie I heard something which made me realize what Bitcoin needs in India, or for that matter everywhere.

Bitcoin is very new, innovative and complex concept that challenges lot of perception. If you will try to understand it with your prefabricated assumptions of currency or value or laws, I am sure you will have tough time to understand it. It is human behavior that we try to resist changes and if we see Bitcoin as change or replacement to existing currency or monetary system we will not be able to digest or accept what new it is offering.

In my opinion Bitcoin is fresh new start with clean slate in value transfer and distributed consensus system. It is so unique in its underlying concept where you do not need trusted third party to transfer value because the whole network acts as third party. In simple terms you do not need a centralized mediator like bank to send money as network itself works for you as intermediary.

Allow me to quote some awesome lines panned in the movie Ratatouille when a critique named Anton Ego writes about a rat cooking Raratoulie for him.

Anton Ego : In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the *new*. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations. The new needs friends. Last night, I experienced something new: an extraordinary meal from a singularly unexpected source. To say that both the meal and its maker have challenged my preconceptions about fine cooking is a gross understatement. They have rocked me to my core. In the past, I have made no secret of my disdain for Chef Gusteau’s famous motto, “Anyone can cook.” But I realize, only now do I truly understand what he meant. Not everyone can become a great artist; but a great artist *can* come from *anywhere*.

Bitcoin is the rat offering most delicious ratatouille ( banking, payments and remittances industry ). All it needs a bit of love from critiques ( Investors, regulators, Governments ) to breath, blossom and nourish, may be in watchful manner (regulations ). May be this innovation can provide you means to achieve at least  banking to unbanked goals.

Payment systems are really one sector that can help themselves with innovation. What innovation we have seen in last few decades in banking and payment industry ? Credit cards ? Online transfers ? Lets compare the innovation in these sectors with Telecommunication, computing, automobile and 700 other sectors. We will see comparatively they are not as innovative as other sectors. Is there any reason behind it ? Regulation. No I am not trying to say that this sector needs relaxed regulation. All I am saying is Bitcoin can be one medium to pump new innovation in these sectors.

Bitcoin does have its own set of issues, but than which system is perfect. Every system evolves to its native market with the time and countries, laws, people adapt it, change it as per their requirement. We all know what happened with Internet Telephony.
For the sake of it, even in a very controlled manner, give this rat a try and may be we all will be able to see an Indian worker sending money to his family from outside of India feeling happy because his family got the money less than 1 minutes with very negligible fees.

Regards


git extensions–syntax error near unexpected token

gitExtensions  GitExtensions is a GUI, Visual Studio plugin and shell extensions for Git.

Problem :

Whenever you use newly installed GitExtensions to pull ne repo from remote repo you may face below error.

Syntax error near unexpected token ‘(‘

Below is full error log :

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Git\bin\git.exe" push --recurse-submodules=check 
--progress "origin" refs/heads/master:refs/heads/master
\"C:/Program Files (x86)/GitExtensions/GitCredentialWinStore/git-credential-winstore.exe\" 
get: -c: line 0: syntax error near unexpected token `('
\"C:/Program Files (x86)/GitExtensions/GitCredentialWinStore/git-credential-winstore.exe\" 
get: -c: line 0: `\"C:/Program Files (x86)/GitExtensions/GitCredentialWinStore/git-credential-winstore.exe\" get'
\"C:/Program Files (x86)/GitExtensions/GitCredentialWinStore/git-credential-winstore.exe\" 
erase: -c: line 0: syntax error near unexpected token `('
\"C:/Program Files (x86)/GitExtensions/GitCredentialWinStore/git-credential-winstore.exe\" 
erase: -c: line 0: `\"C:/Program Files (x86)/GitExtensions/GitCredentialWinStore/git-credential-winstore.exe\" erase'
fatal: Authentication failed for 'https://<username>@bitbucket.org/<username>/<repo>.git/'
Done

Solution :
The problem is syntax error in default gitconfig file. You can find default config file in C:\Users\<UserName>\gitconfig
Try to find entry below for [credential] section. It looks like below 

[credential]
     helper = !\\\”C:/Program Files (x86)/GitExtensions/GitCredentialWinStore/git-credential-winstore.exe\\\”

Notice the 3 slashes after ! in the start of entry and 3 slashes at the end of the entry. Remove two unnecessary slashes so it will look like this :

[credential]
     helper = !\”C:/Program Files (x86)/GitExtensions/GitCredentialWinStore/git-credential-winstore.exe\”

Go and run your command again, it should work.

Regards


git–push large commits over http fail

Problem : When you try to commit a large size file or trying to commit huge amount of data in single commit you may face this issue. This issue can also be encountered when you are trying to move your source control from other tools like VFS, SVN to git as you will have to move your existing source files in huge commits. Normally you are greeted with below error codes :

fatal: The remote end hung up unexpectedly error: RPC failed; result=22, HTTP code = 413

$ git push origin master
Username for '<HOST>: <USER_EMAIL>
Password for 'http://<USER_EMAIL>@<HOST>':
Counting objects: 3322, done.
Delta compression using up to 4 threads.
Compressing objects: 100% (3010/3010), done.
Writing objects: 100% (3322/3322), 29.87 MiB | 8.07 MiB/s, done.
Total 3322 (delta 2379), reused 371 (delta 249)
error: RPC failed; result=22, HTTP code = 413
fatal: The remote end hung up unexpectedly
fatal: recursion detected in die handler
Everything up-to-date

Solutions : Try below solutions as the problem can be caused by several factors :

1)  Change protocol from http(s) to git/ssh

Try to move your repo’s remote connection url from http(s) to git/ssh. You can add remote for your repository using add remote command.$ git remote add origin git@github.com:username/project.git

2) Increase git http post buffer size

The next place to look is git http buffer size settings. To increase git http post buffer size 
you can use below command in your git command prompt
git config http.postBuffer 524288000

3) Increase server (nginx) buffer size

If above does not work than you should be now looking at web server buffer size. git over http will use some kind of web server to process http requests. For example in GitLab it will be nginx by default. To increase buffer size in nginx you need to change the config parameter client_max_body_sizeAdd it to /etc/nginx/sites-available/gitlab on ( in Ubuntu ). In CentOS it be should in /etc/nginx/nginx.conf.

http {
    # ...
    client_max_body_size 16M;
    ...#  }

Change client_max_body_size to whatever you want.


Google 404 Error page – title error ?

Recently I was trying to connect to Google Plus using invite. it always gave me 404 ( Page not found error ).

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While sadly looking at this page, I have noticed something different in the title bar of this page. It says

Error 404 (Not Found)!!1

instead of ( I guess )

Error 404 (Not Found)!!!

 

Also I think that the previous Google 404 error page was much more detailed then this one. This one looks good in terms of design, but just saying 404 that’s an error, and That’s all we know does not much help the user.


Google + invite gives 404 error

Everyone wants Google plus invite, to see what Google has done with Social Networking after failed attempts of Buzz, Wave etc.

Thanks to one of my good friend, I got the invite today, and attempted to check it.

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But whenever I tried to login/connect to Google Plus I always greeted with 404 ( Page not found error )

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A quick Google of this issue revealed that lot of other people are facing same issue

http://www.gameproducer.net/2011/06/30/first-impressions-cannot-get-google-plus-to-work-here/

After reading lot of good things about the Google plus effort this is really disappointing.


Windows Phone 7 – Resources

This post I am compiling as a refernce material for me and other enthusiasts trying their hands on Windows Phone 7.

I want to start it by quoting first paragrpah of Windows Phone 7 book by CHARLES PETZOLD 

Sometimes it becomes apparent that previous approaches to a problem haven’t quite worked the way you anticipated. Perhaps you just need to clear away the smoky residue of the past, take a deep breath, and try again with a new attitude and fresh ideas. In golf, it’s known as a “mulligan”; in schoolyard sports, it’s called a “do-over”; and in the computer industry, we say it’s a “reboot.”


Ninja Lite Database for free – coupon code

 

Ninja-Database-Lite

Ninja Database Lite is a light and nimble database for Windows Phone 7, Silverlight 3, Silverlight 4, .NET 3.5, and .NET 4.x

you can download the full feature list here.

You can get Ninja Database Lite Single Developer License for free until midnight October 31st, 2010; a $49.99 value.

Use coupon code :  twitterninja

Steps :

  1. Go to http://www.kellermansoftware.com/c-9-windows-phone-7.aspx
  2. Select Add To Cart for  Ninja-Database-Lite -Single Developer License2010-10-30_1515 
  3. Enter Coupon code twitterninja in coupon code and click Checkout Now2010-10-30_1517
  4. Go register and checkout
  5. Complete the registration form.
  6. Click Create account and checkout.
  7. It will not ask you for making payment or credit card information since your effective amount to be paid is zero.
  8. Done…

Spread the word and enjoy.


Excel do not allow number more than 15 digits

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Excel is excellent. No doubt about that. But excellence does not mean that, it will not have glitches. So Excel also have few !!!

Recently, We wrote a small data migration utility for our clients which reads data from Word file and store it in excel. The entries included Credit Card numbers which has 16 digits.

In all surprises, Excel was doing magic. When you enter a number greater than 15 digits, Excel rounds it off and you get zeros padding the end of your number.

Example :

Enter the number

234587654567123456 in Excel

and you get this

234587654567123000

 

answer          Solution:

Excel supports 15 digits of precision in its cells. Credit card numbers are usually 16 digits.For identifying numbers, you should enter them as text. To enter a number as text, precede the entry with an dash (-) or format the cell as Text (Format>Cells>Number) before you enter the number.

Note : Tested and replicated in Excel 2007, Excel 2010


Access is denied. (Exception from HRESULT: 0×80070005(E_ACCESSDENIED)) – Parallels PLESK 9.3 – Solved

Godaddy Virtual Dedicated machine, Windows server 2008, PLESK 9.3, New Web application setup and I was greeted with below YSOD.

 

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Problem :

As the error message said, Access is denied. It means that the user account under which asp.net is running is trying to access resource without having sufficient permissions on that resource.

Solution :

1. Login to your Virtual Machine using Remote Desktop ( mstsc )

2. Go to “C:\plesk\etc\DiskSecurity” folder

3. Edit disksecurity.xml file. Add following entry at the end ( before </Entries> )

<Entry AccounType="1" Account="Psacln" Path="C:\Windows\assembly" AceFlags="FilesOnly" AccessMask="Read" EntryFlags="0×0" />

4. Save.

And you are done… Enjoy…