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Dealing with CNAME and MX


Posted On: 19 Jan 2017, Under System Admin

Alright so, this is something I encountered a few hours back. I’ve been fiddling with the DNS records of one my domains, shifting my host and stuff.

The domain in discussion has A records setup, pointing to GitHub Pages, a few CNAME and TXT records for domain verification for Mailgun and two MX records for the email provider. I bought an SSL certificate for the domain, and in order to make it work, I had to shift the hosting away from GitHub Pages to a new host which allowed uploading an SSL certificate. And thus, it required...




[Tutorial] Captive Net Portal in Gnome Shell


Posted On: 11 Jul 2016, Under gnome

Often when connecting to Public Access Points for WiFi - at Airports, Malls, Train Stations - we face the issue of “logging in” to get the internet access. Typical steps require you to open your browser and hit google.com so that you get redirected to login portal.

I’m not a very big fan of this process. Why can’t the login page just popup when I’m behind a Captive Portal?

Turns out, it can happen, its only disabled if you’re using Gnome 3.18 or above.

Follow the steps as shown in the video below, and you’re good to go!...




Android Developer Nanodegree


Posted On: 15 Dec 2015, Under android

So a few weeks back, Google India and Tata Trusts announced a scholarship scheme for the Android Developer Nanodegree Program on Udacity. I was pretty excited and applied for it, and I got the scholarship. A few of my friends had a few queries about it, so I thought I’ll just list them here for anyone who’s interested and has similar queries.

What is a Nanodegree?

You should read this blog post by Udacity. They have explained it pretty well.

Another good answer to this question is at SkilledUp <img...




[LINUX] Top Commands List


Posted On: 14 Nov 2015, Under linux

Here’s a terminal command to know the top 10 commands you use. Gives you a sense of what you really do on the machine!

 history | awk 'BEGIN {FS="[ \t]+|\\|"} {print $3}' | sort | uniq -c | sort -nr | head 

Just copy and paste in on your terminal and press enter.

I haven’t tried it on a Mac, but it should work since its uses POSIX too. My top 10 commands (just before putting this up) are

 718 git 242 sudo 138 exit 93 cd 89 gcc 75 java 72 ls...



[RE-POST] How to get rid of svchost.exe (netsvcs)


Posted On: 02 Nov 2015, Under tech

I had a blog back in 2012, based on (self hosted). It was called Chipset Unplugged :stuck_out_tongue: but I had to shut it down because it got too many spam comments. One of the most popular posts on it was How to get rid of svchost.exe (netsvcs). The video has more than 80,000 views now :smile: For the sake of old times I’m gonna repost it here.


You might have noticed that at times your net is working very slow and even after closing all the applications the...