IndieReign - Discover a world of independent film and have fun doing it

My team and I have been working on bunch of products/services for last 3-4 years.


IndieReign is the one, we have been mostly focused on, and took care entire engineering and technical architecture.

It is a platform for indie filmmakers to promote, distribute and monetize content. It is actually more than that.

IndieReign runs on open-source software stack (for everything including video transcoding) with exception of Adobe Flash Player (used for video playback), and Amazon's cloud.

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Update: Whereabouts

Just in case, you still follow this blog and wondering about me? I thought, it would be fair to leave some details on that.

  • In Kanpur (my hometown)
  • spending most of time on (or around) IndieReign,
  • learning electronics and trying to build something,
  • yet to grow to team, because it is hard to find and get right ones :-)
  • still does ActionScript, mostly for fun stuff,
  • might start blogging again; got so much to talk about, and share.

Mac OSX (10.8) Mountain Lion: Fixing Apache, PHP, Subversion, User Sites, Virtual Hosts Directories

While Mountain Lion (OSX 10.8) has brought many enhancements and fixes (mostly performance), it has also caused frustration to old users.

You might have noticed following issues in Mountain Lion:

  1. Web Sharing Preferences Panel has been removed, i.e. you need to launch apache manually or write some launch-agent script or hack to bring web-sharing preferences panel back
  2. User Sites (per-user web directories) is disabled, i.e. http://localhost/~username doesn't work by default, and you need to modify apache config file to enable it
  3. PHP extension for Apache is disabled by default i.e. you need to enable it by modified apache config (httpd.conf)
  4. Subversion is not installed by default, either you can install using homebrew or by install XCode command line tools

You can fix these issues (1-4) by following these two links:

Whenever I upgrade to newer version of OSX, I end up with broken development-setup i.e. custom permissions on directories are messed up, configuration files are overwritten/removed, etc.

I think, I have found a way to keep default directory permissions, so future upgrades don't break things.

My development setup requires my virtual hosts to use directories within my home-directory (and outside of ~/Sites or /Library/WebServer/Documents directories).

I am using following technique to setup my virtual-hosts:

  • Enable User Sites  (i.e. fix #2 problem above)
  • Create symbolic-links(symlinks) of your project folder(s) inside ~/Sites directory
  • Enable FollowSymLinks and SymLinksIfOwnerMatch options in virtual-host configuration.

In my case, I have a project inside ~/projects/myproject . I create a symlink of this directory inside ~/Sites, like this using Terminal (command-prompt)

$ ln -s ~/projects/myproject ~/Sites/myproject

I have following virtual-host configuration for this project:

<VirtualHost *:80>
 DocumentRoot "/Users/myusername/Sites/myproject/trunk/web"
 ServerName  myproject
 ServerAdmin [email protected]
 Options Indexes MultiViews Includes +FollowSymlinks +SymLinksIfOwnerMatch
 CustomLog "/private/var/log/apache2/myproject_access.log" common
 ErrorLog "/private/var/log/apache2/myproject_error.log"
</VirtualHost>

I use it on my development machine (i.e. my laptop), so I don't really bother about security at Apache level, and I take care of security at firewall/other levels.

If you are going to use above technique/configuration, please understand everything (by reading documentation) before you use it.

This set up works for me and solves some problems for me - I don't have to change default directory permissions, and I don't have to keep my projects within ~/Sites or /Library/WebServer/Documents directory.

RIP, Kenneth Gonsalves "KG" (1953 — 2012)

Kenneth Gonsalves(Image Courtesy: Linux Bangalore (foss.in))

Kenneth Gonsalves, a champion in Indian (NRC)FOSS, Python and Django community passed away on August 3, 2012. Kenneth's presence would be hugely missed in the community.

In 2008, Tarun Dua introduced me to Kenneth. I interacted with him at various occasions about NRCFOSS and general stuff. I was very inspired to see his contributions, specially some of his open-source <a title="Kenneth Gonsalves "lawgon" - Projects on BitBucket" href="https://bitbucket.org/lawgon" target="_blank">projects</a>.

While checking out NRCFOSS website today, I came to know about this sad news.

May his soul rest in peace.

Adobe Online Store for India is now available

We have been asking for an online Adobe Store (for India) for years, finally it is here - http://shop.adobe.com/in.

I am sure, Adobe would soon realise that they should have done it earlier. Anyway, it's better late than never.

Thanks to everyone in community and at Adobe, who pushed for this.

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What's Jekyll?

Jekyll is a static site generator, an open-source tool for creating simple yet powerful websites of all shapes and sizes. From the project’s readme:

Jekyll is a simple, blog aware, static site generator. It takes a template directory […] and spits out a complete, static website suitable for serving with Apache or your favorite web server. This is also the engine behind GitHub Pages, which you can use to host your project’s page or blog right here from GitHub.

It’s an immensely useful tool and one we encourage you to use here with Hyde.

Find out more by visiting the project on GitHub.

RIP Dennis Ritchie (DMR), 1941 — 2011

Dennis Ritchie - Creator of C programming-language, and co-inventor of UNIX(Image Courtesy: WikiMedia)

Dennis Ritchie passed away couple of days back (on October 8, 2011).

As Tim Bray has written summerised, this world would have been different, if Dennis Ritchie had not created 'C' and helped inventing UNIX.

I don't know, if I would be what I am today without 'C' programming-language — the first programming language I learnt, used to solve problems, and wrote programs.

These days, I don't write pure'C' code except when I am debugging something or in need to write some utility executables. But UNIX (in some-form) is part of my day to day life.

Thanks to you, Dennis Ritchie Sir. May your soul rest in peace.

I regret for not thanking you when you were alive. Why we don't do that when people are alive?

Steve Jobs, 1955 - 2011


Image Courtesy: WikiMedia

When I woke up earlier today, my wife told me about Steve Jobs' death (on October 5, 2011). I was speechless and really didn't know what just happened. I am still thinking about Steve Jobs, and whatever he has said (quotes) I remember.

Steve Jobs' influence and contribution is not limited to Apple Computers and competitors, it goes beyond — design, technology, product development and many other communities/disciplines.

He showed a different way to design and build products.

He has inspired me everyday of my life since I came to know him, probably some years before I started using Apple computers. I have repeatadly read and watched him talking/saying/presenting.

I have told his story to many folks over the years, and every-time I was motivated (by just talking about him).

Steve Jobs is an idea. He would always be with us.

Thank You

This post is dedicated to people and companies, who allowed me to work with them. They hired me when I was nothing.

I messed up so many times, yet they kept supporting me. I was not up to the mark, yet they were optimistic. They told me the truth and helped me grow to what I am today.

In last one decade, hundreds of people influenced and inspired me. It would take days to write their names, I would probably do that one day. Thanks to every one of them

I can't imagine, if I would be what I am today without their trust and support.

Here is list of companies and people (managers, leaders, mentors), who trusted me and allowed me to work with them. I am very thankful to them for everything they did.

Tata Interactive Systems
  • Vivek Kashyap
  • Pavan Kota
  • Anubhuti Kashyap
  • Ashutosh Pathak
  • Nimpee Kaul
  • Nikhil Puri
  • Rohit Sharma
  • Albert Lewis
  • Vikas Dwivedi
Macromedia
  • I. V. Nagendra
  • Victor Grigorieff
  • Vidya Murti
  • Lauren Park
  • Ramanarayanan Krishnaiyer
  • Susan Lally
  • Kari White
  • William Taylor
  • Manish Jethani
Yahoo! Bangalore
  • Vijay Ramachandran
  • Sapna Chandiramani
  • Raghuram BK
  • Hemang
Mixercast
  • Adarbad Master
Allies
  • Abdul Qaiyoom (friend, mentor and brother)