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Use Google to host your website : For Free! – Part ONE

I had been struggling very hard (read tapping-on-keyboard-into-wee-hours-of-night) to get my website up. Now, don’t get me wrong – i know the basic rules:-

1. Buy a domain name;
2. Buy some space;
3. Use some templates (given by the space provider), use your brain (no, not that one please!) and get your freaking site up!

The problem is, i am broke most of the time (if you don’t believe, ask my family and friends :)). I somehow managed buying a domain, but when i googled, i found out that web-space was not free (well, it was in some cases, but they came with their own baggage). So i decided to write down my requirements for the website (i guess the developer in me will never die, sigh!):-

  1. Maintain my blog;
  2. Publish my resume, and to keep it updated;
  3. Tell (honker) everyone about my skill set;
  4. Keep a list of projects that i am doing currently, and to keep it updated;

I realized a few things:-

  1. I don’t need a dynamic site for now, a static one will do;
  2. I had already started a blog, so moving the blog would be a concern (more so to a lazy bum like me);

Around the same time, i came to know that one can use google to host his/her website. There are two ways,  Google Apps, and Blogger.

I will not be writing about the first one because it didn’t work in my case (can’t figure out why). If someone succeeds at it, please tell me so, and i would be happy to include it (with all due credit) here.

So, without wasting your time anymore, here are the steps that i took to put my own website up on blogger:-

1. Create a blog on Blogger;
2. Modify the blog design;
3. Change configurations in your DNS settings (of the domain that you own) and that of the blog.

That’s right! you don’t create your own site, you just modify your blog to look like a site. Then you need to modify your DNS settings a bit. After that, you need to configure the blog publishing settings, and presto!

Check my next blog post to know how i did that …

null Chapter started in Hyderabad

I had a chance to be a part of the first meeting of hyderabad chapter of null (29th August ’10, Sunday, 16:30 – 18:30), and i must say, it was not without some apprehension that i started for it. For one, i had a humbling experience with local OWASP chapter as it is in its second month of inactivity (do include me if you plan to blame someone, for i had a small part to play – by not doing anything, that is). However, i had been following these people for quite some time, and must say, have learned a lot just by reading the mailing list, and i was not disappointed. Though it is too early to say, but i think null will survive the inertial forces that tend to take over any new initiative.

The meeting started with Prajwal (one of the moderators of the hyderabad chapter) giving a nice presentation on w3af (Web Application Attack and Audit Framework). He also presented Matriux, a distro dedicated to security professionals. The co-founders of null|con have come by the time Prajwal finished, and they took it on from there. Oh, lest i forget, let me tell you that some OWASP members were also spotted (including yours truly).

Further, i have decided to talk, in the next-to-next meeting (mind you, meetings will be monthly, so that makes it october’10), on ISO 27001 (coz that’s what my limited knowledge is limited to!). But before that, i guess there will be some more talks on vulnerability assessments and other stuff.

All in all, nice thing that they have started a chapter in my karmabhoomi; i hope i learn new things and share with everyone through this medium (do i see enough eyeballs to quit my job and turn full-time blogger!).

Linus’ First Mail

I was reading this article, and noticed this mail, which happens to be one of the first mails from Linus (yes, the same guy-who-wrote-linux. Now sit down, please!) to the hacker community.

This mail shows (and emphasizes the point that the author of the article makes) why linus could propagate his *nix so well. He apparently is a very good writer. Even Raymond makes similar points, here, and here.
Makes me wonder, though, is it “that” important to be able to write well?

First Post!

Felt like singing “finalleeeeeeeeeeeeeee” but then reminded myself of the possible repercussions, and stopped short of it.

This is my first post on any blog. Wait, scratch that. I have replied to many blog posts. This is my first post on my blog. Yeah!
Had initially thought of waiting till i host my site, but then the thinking activity itself started competing with my childhood memories (if the carbon dating results are to be believed), so i decided – what the heck, let me start writing something …
BTW, to promote myself, i have already sent emails to some of my techie friends and seniors (shameless self promotion, :D) …. Let’s C!