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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Google Voice on Linux

Finally, the day of reckoning has arrived. Google voice plug-in now works on Linux based systems... Yipee!!

Thumbs up for Google for this. I knew this was coming. And today I have been awarded.

Download this here:


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Thursday, August 19, 2010


Here's a fabulous reply by me on our college google group (Topic: few tips for Windows XP):

The real tips:

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Back to the past

This week has been a reminder of my past... I could remember the days I used to be a budding Grandmaster!

I officiated in an All Bengal Rapid Chess Event organised by Alekhine Chess Club at Gorky Sadan... and it was after such a long time I came face to face with the chess world I had not been in touch with for a long time...

I met Debayan after ages, Sandipan after a few months... some people in the chess world I had forgoten even exist... and it felt so nostalgic.

ACC was never my favourite hunting ground... I remember EtV Chess Championship where I would have become champion if not for the fateful mistake against Debayan. Man, I hate him for that! He won an all expences paid trip to Ramoji Film City and lived in a 5-star... gosh was he lucky.

I did the pairing part of the show .. that was entirely related to the computer. How I wish there was a Pairing manager for Linux-based Systems! Neverthelss, m$ excel and sp98 was corrupted by me as it was just another arbiter's job for three days. The food was great and the ambience was excellent! I would love to officiate at ACC again...

I also wondered if I should be playing again... I know form is no excuse... I can always come back... I can always be my best.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Captcha in PHP

Writing a custom captcha for your website is a fairly easy task with the PHP GD Library.

The GD Library is a graphics library that enables to draw (and generate) graphics. This output can be done on any of the standard image file formats.

In my example I choose to create a PNG file that will be displayed in my registration page. So the first piece of code I need is somthing like this: