Hacking Habits

a collection of life and tech hacks

Access Common Crawl data that is stored on S3

AWS allows a number of public datasets that are accessible to everyone at low cost. The storage is paid for and one pays only for the amazon instances that are used to process that data. One such dataset is the Common Crawl database. It currently is around 510TB of crawled content over since 2011. We will take a quick stab at creating a new IAM user and accessing the contents of the common crawl dataset.

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Madan Thangavelu —

Hacky way to interact with salesforce

Dreamforce 2013 is right here. I did signup for their Hackathon but never got around to doing it. Looks like a million dollars is not good enough to motivate me. Don't get me wrong, I was coding the whole time, just not on the salesforce hackathon! Find how to interact with salesforce to check if your app configurations are correct.

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Madan Thangavelu —

Speed up wordpress - by cheating

Can you make your wordpress blog faster, free of cost? Yes you can even if you are on a crowded shared hosting service.

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Madan Thangavelu —

Do you trust your password manager

Companies like lastpass and onepass provide promises to maintain all your passwords safe. What if they are hacked? Manage your own destiny

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Madan Thangavelu —

My Solr and Haystack talk at SDPUG

A quick fix to allow brightness to work on x60 running thinkpad on mandriva linux.

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Madan Thangavelu —

My Thunderbird RSS notification plugin

If you use Thunderbird for RSS purposes and would like to get a growl notification when someone publishes a post, this plugin is for you.

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Madan Thangavelu —

Boto for amazon route53

Route53 is Amazon's DNS service. You can now configure it using a very matured python package named "boto". Grab some code snippets here.

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Madan Thangavelu —

Installing and Understanding Memecache

Memcache is used by various companies for caching. Sure, it is not as advanced as redis in terms of feature , but it is good at what it does. If you have worked with key-value/dictionary datastructure in any programming language, consider memcached as a standalone service providing you that feature.

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Madan Thangavelu —

Brightness Not working on x60 with Mandriva Linux

A quick fix to allow brightness to work on x60 running thinkpad on mandriva linux.

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Madan Thangavelu —

XAMPP Mysql and PHPmyAdmin Issues

Having issues with installing XAMPP? here is one possible fix to a common problem

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Madan Thangavelu —