Knowledge tree installation in CentOS 5

by Aravind

This blog explains the steps to install Knowledge Tree on a Cent OS server.

We were asked to install a Knowledge Management System called Knowledge Tree for one of our shared hosting clients, whose website is hosted in Centos 5.5 server.
Once we got this requirement I went through knowledgetree web site and I found that they do not provide the documentation for the installation in Centos server but they support RedHat Linux 5 and it is clearly explained in their Platform Requirements page.  So I decided to try it out on my own and once got it installed successfully, am sharing the steps with you.

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Bye Bye Paypal

This is an update on the issue related to the recent changes made by Paypal for withdrawals to bank accounts in India.

I had tried calling Paypal support team and talking to them about the major issue that I found with using Paypal withdrawal into our bank account in India, where it did not get deposited as a foreign income and only got deposited in Indian Rupees as local income – which is really bad for us as we will lose the tax benefits we have when we get foreign income. More this withdrawal issue from Paypal are available in this link.

After 30 minutes of wait, I was directed to a customer service manager called – Rocio who said she is based out of the US and she clarified to me two things:

1. Paypal Regulations Team which sets these policies do not accept any information from customers in any form (email or phone)

2. The withdrawals into bank accounts in India will only come in the form of Indian Rupee.

This only means using Paypal will prevent us from any of the tax benefits we are allowed to receive for bringing foreign income into India. That also means, it is time to stop using Paypal until this changes.

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Paypal withdrawals to Banks in India – Major Issue

Auro Infotech handles many clients outside India and gets tax deductions for all Foreign Income, just like any other company from India that works with clients outside India.

In order to get these deductions, Auro Infotech will have to receive payments into its banks in foreign currency only.

Paypal is one of the payment gateways we use to receive payment from our clients. With Paypal’s feature to transfer money into banks in India, we used to withdraw from Paypal to our bank accounts as US Dollar and it was considered as foreign income.

After the recent changes announced by Paypal, the option to choose in USD or INR is removed and we have withdrawn two payments so far. We realized this week that the payment is coming in only as Indian Rupees, which will directly make us ineligible to get any tax deductions, as the payment is not considered by banks as foreign income, as it is received in Indian Rupees. This is a huge issue!

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Function eregi_replace is deprecated in PHP

– post by Aravind

We are using a search engine called Search Plugin .  This search engine uses PHP code that was working well on its old server which had PHP 5.1 on it.

Recently, we migrated Search Plugin to one of our semi-dedicated server for enhancing its usability. After we migrated to this server, we faced the following error.

Deprecated: Function eregi_replace() is deprecated in /home/searchpl/public_html/include/searchfuncs.php on line 582

We came to knew recently that the in-built function mentioned in the error eregi_replace() is deprecated (or removed) in PHP 5.3.2. The recommendation from PHP is to use the alternate function preg_match.

Please see the sample code below

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WordPress v3.0.1 released

WordPress had announced a major upgrade of their version to 3.0 in the month of June. Right after that, towards the end of July, they followed up with a minor upgrade to 3.0.1 where they fixed 50+ issues identified during the 42 days that WordPress 3.0 was live.

Now that 3.0.1 is out for two weeks now, we are planning to upgrade the blogs we support for our clients to wordpress 3.0.1.

There are many new features in this version. Some of the most important features are:

– A new default theme called Twenty Ten has been introduced – which does look good
– new API for developers to easily integrate custom backgrounds, menus, etc.
– Contextual help on every screen

and many more enhancements.

The most important feature that we are closely reviewing is the feature where WordPress and WordPress MU (the multi-user edition) have been now integrated into one.

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Are Employees Getting What They Expect At Work?

There was a survey about what employees expect at work.

The results of the survey are given below:

  1. To work for efficient managers
  2. To have the freedom to think for themselves
  3. To see the end result of their work
  4. To have interesting work
  5. To be listened to when you come with ideas
  6. To be informed
  7. To be respected for their efforts
  8. To be recognised for a job well done
  9. To be challenged by what they do
  10. To get newer opportunities for skill development

Based on this information, I encourage you to take a small test to see what your score is.

Ask yourself the above questions and for each ‘yes’ give one point to yourself.  (Eg. Do I work for an efficient manager?, Do I have the freedom to think for myself? etc).

If your score is more than five, then you are ok. If you score less than five, it is time to look for a change.

Also do not forget to send this link to your manager. I am sure they also like to see how they fare.

Feel free to post your scores here so that we can get a general idea of how employees score in this test.

Paypal withdrawals for Indian companies impacted

Last month Paypal had sent out an email to all its customers stating that starting 29th July it will not be able to support online payment withdrawals to bank accounts in India. Due to this inconvenience, they were also ready to provide 5USD for any cheque withdrawal requested on or after 29th of July as a measure of compensation to its users.

Within two days of sending the notice, they sent a follow up mail that they were able to continue with the service. In this follow up mail they also clarified that they will continue to give the 5USD refund for the cheque withdrawals.

We have used Paypal in the past to receive payment amounts made by overseas clients. So we waited to try this out to experience what is new in the changes they have made to the withdrawal process.

Not any major changes. The only two changes we noticed were:

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Apple – The Wow Experts

Based on my recent experience in buying an iPad and my past experiences in buying products from Apple, I spent sometime thinking about what Apple does differently that makes us have the ‘Wow’ Experience.

Just to give a quick 101 on WOW (this is my interpretation):
In simplest terms, anytime you see something and you feel like ‘wow, thats amazing’ (in Chennai terms ‘superaa’?), that is called a wow experience. Examples of some of the technology related wow experiences I had in the past are:
– When I switched on the walkman for the first time in my life

– When cell phones enabled us to speak from anywhere

– When blackberry enabled us to send and receive emails ten years go from anywhere

– When Google showed it could give relatively accurate page one results in two seconds

Then came Apple – I am not talking about Apple Computers under Steve Jobs, which was competing with Microsoft for domination in the PC market twenty five years ago. I am talking about Apple Inc under Steve Jobs, which is dominating the consumer market in the past ten years.

Let me walk you through a typical buying experience with Apple products.

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Indian Government sets Aug 31 deadline for Blackberry

Following the ultimatum given to Blackberry by the UAE Government, the Indian Government has also given a deadline of 31-Aug-2010 to address the security concerns around the messaging features in the devices.

Currently, the text from a Blackberry is encrypted before it is transmitted. This has been done to protect the device and its owners. Very recently, UAE govenment had raised an objection on the same topic with the Blacberry folks. Their concern is that this device is capable of allowing terrorists to have easy flow of text communication, which cannot be intercepted with the current architecture. In fact, all the instant messengers such as gtalk, yahoo, msn, icq, facebook, aol and skype can be accessed from the blackberry and that might add to the complexity as these IMs are not necessarily through the blackberry messenger, but through third party applications installed on the blackberry.

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