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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Apple and Microsoft May Merge in next 5-10 years

Yes, the title says it all. Impossible?? Even I had that thought in my mind until I read the analyst report.

It was the analyst, Keith Fitz-Gerald of Money Map Press who unveils his cockamamy idea that Apple and Microsoft could merge in the not too distant future to combat their mutual rivals in his interview with Varney & Co. host Stuart Varney.

Keith Fitz-Gerald later added, “I think that Apple and Microsoft may not only have to work together for the next few years but may even see a merger in the next five to ten years from now because they’re going to have to take on the Google/Android/Facebooks of the world.”
He also said, “Look at what Apple wants to accomplish with the mobile market, You look at the one Microsoft initiative. And you look at the cross-pollinization of devices. Content is king. Security is king. And you’ve got a user base between the Millennials and the senior citizens who have to have easy-to-use, functional stuff that is transparent between devices.”
Well, the integration of these two tech giants will definitely result in seamless enhancements in all the core parts the technology and entertainment. It will be the next revolution in the history of Computer science. It's still a statement with 'may' in it.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Group Photo Ideas That Will Create Everlasting Memories

Group photos are among the most common kinds of photos people take. However, they aren't always the most memorable. This is because they are easily spoiled since there are so many subjects in the picture. Someone is always blinking or looking away right when the photo is snapped so it can get pretty hard to take a good group picture. However, we can make it a little easier for you with these handy tips.

1. Preparation
Even though some of the best pictures are spontaneous, this is not the case with group photos. People tend to lose their patience pretty fast if you, the photographer, are not prepared beforehand. This reduces the chance that they will cooperate which reduces the chance of a good photo. In order to avoid this, you should already have a location in mind, know the position you will sit them in and already figure out how you are going to frame the picture.

2. Take more than one shot
While not a guarantee of a success, this technique will at least increase your chances of taking a good photo. If your camera has a burst mode then use it. If not, simply tell everyone that you will take multiple photos and keep snapping away.

3. Get in closer
This is a useful tip for any kind of photography, but it can be harder when talking about a group photo. You need to be sure that you do not get too close and start cutting people out of the image. However, if you do manage to find the sweet spot, you will give your subjects’ faces a lot more detail and definition which improves the overall quality of the picture.

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Installing Ruby on Rails on Ubuntu 10.04

This is the first tutorial post on Apsotech blog. There are several tutorials available on Internet which guides through Ruby and Rails installation. This post is very particular about installing ruby version  1.9.3p194  and rails version 3.2.13. Lets get started.
Follow the below steps carefully if you get any error in between please solve the issue before going to the next step.

Installing ruby

Download the source file here.
Copy the file to home folder and open terminal, type the command

prathviraj@apsotech:~$tar xvjf ruby-1.9.3-p194.tar.gz 

prathviraj@apsotech:~$cd ruby-1.9.3-p194/

Install dependency
prathviraj@apsotech:~/ruby-1.9.3-p194$sudo apt-get install libyaml-dev

Compile, make and install

prathviraj@apsotech:~/ruby-1.9.3-p194$sudo ./configure
prathviraj@apsotech:~/ruby-1.9.3-p194$sudo make
prathviraj@apsotech:~/ruby-1.9.3-p194$sudo make install 

Now you have installed ruby on your machine. To confirm, check the ruby version

prathviraj@apsotech:~/ruby-1.9.3-p194$ ruby -v
ruby 1.9.3p194 (2012-04-20 revision 35410) [i686-linux]

Rails Installation
Now time to install rails using gem. I am not using apt-get repository for rails as it does not provide all the packages needed and its not up to date, instead I am using gem repository which is directly backed by ruby repository.

Install curl
prathviraj@apsotech:~$sudo apt-get install curl

Now download gem
prathviraj@apsotech:~/ruby-1.9.3-p194$sudo curl -L | bash -s stable --ruby -V

To install rails just type
prathviraj@apsotech:~/ruby-1.9.3-p194$sudo gem install rails 
It may take some time depending on your Internet speed.
After completion check your rails version 
prathviraj@apsotech:~/ruby-1.9.3-p194$ rails -v
Rails 3.2.13

Now create a project. I would suggest you to do it inside home directory
prathviraj@apsotech:~$ rails new projectname -d mysql 
prathviraj@apsotech:~$ cd projectname/

Now download all necessary gem files here 
Extract the file and place it inside directory ~/projectname/vendor/

Before going ahead, you need to install some dependecies for mysql2 gem. Type
prathviraj@apsotech:~/projectname$ sudo apt-get install mysql-client libmysqlclient-dev

Install all the gem files
prathviraj@apsotech:~/projectname$ bundle install --local 

Congratulations!! If you are lucky enough to go through all the installation steps. 

How to get video viral on YouTube

All these days when I read the tech-news page of a news paper I see this story which repeatedly appears once in every month tattling about the “Most viewed Video on YouTube”. And people always tend to watch this video just to know why this video got so famous? The most viewed video such as an album song is publicized externally to some extent. Lets see how to get ANY video Viral on YouTube.

I call videos as Viral Videos, when these videos are viewed by thousands and millions of people all over the world through Internet. You can find these videos in video sharing website like ‘YouTube’. Here, I talk only about YouTube just for the simple reason that in YouTube 48 hours of video is uploaded per minute and it hits 3 billion viewers per day and no other video sharing site is even close to this stats.

Such a stat gives you the best chance to make a viral video. I've got some videos (Mentioned later in this article) which are very famous all around the cyber space. This sort of popularity gives you a public promotion which is very useful for start-up companies.

Tips to make a video go Viral
  • Videos should be short enough that viewer feels comfortable to watch full video, normally advertisement clips will be of 30 seconds, but on Internet it may be of larger length. It should not be 5 plus minutes, it will be nice if it ends in couple of minutes. 
  • Videos should be shorter as mentioned, but it should convey complete message to the viewer. 
  • Videos should be funny, or something which attracts viewer in first 30 seconds. 
  • Videos should be simple and should attract all class of viewers irrespective of their country, culture, language. 
Some viral videos on YouTube 

This video is about a startup company called ‘’, the CEO and the co-founder of the company ‘Michael Durbin’ starred in video.
Reason for video getting viral:
  • It was short enough so the viewer won’t spend much time on it.
  • It was a funny, and it made people laugh.
Here is the link to that video

Second viral video I am talking about is very popular, i.e., ‘Gangnam Style’ this was the most popular video on YouTube in 2012, having one billion plus views. 
Reason for video getting viral:
  • A crazy horse riding dance in Gangnam style made it a viral video. 
  • The main reason was open perspective on copyright, Korean entertainer encouraged; anyone can copy the style in their own way to show. This lead many people to use that dance and publish it in their own way. 
Here is the link to that video

Please comment any more tips that you think makes a Video Viral on YouTube.