Wikimedia Commons And The Importance Of Categorization

I heard once, one of the reasons Encyclopedia Britannica is so costly, is the images. It takes a lot of money to buy good quality images which will be used in the articles. On the other hand the free online multi-lingual Wikipedia gets all its images for free. Have you ever thought how is that possible?

Well, Wikipedia is managed by Wikimedia Foundation and one of their projects is called Commons. Commons is a repository of free images and videos licensed under the Creative Commons. Thousands of people from all over the World contribute to Commons and all these images are used in Wikipedia. They are used in other Wikimedia projects too, and even you can use it for free and commercially too. You only need to attribute the actual owner of the media. Isn’t it cool! So what are you waiting for? Visit Commons and start using as well as contributing to it.

Now, Commons is a huge repository of media files (37,248,553 when I am writing this). Imagine how difficult it would be to search an image you want there? For that all images in Commons must be kept under suitable categories. It is always good to categorize your images when uploading to Commons. And the best part is, even after the upload is complete, categories can still be added, and by anyone. This collaborative working structure in Wikimedia makes it such a big hit and success.

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ClickExcel.com – The New Website And Mobile App Development Service

In this age of Internet, every day thousands of businesses are launching their websites. While the users enjoy the end product, there are lots of steps to build a site. From booking a domain to choosing the right hosting provider to designing the site and lastly developing it. Add to that the task of coordinating all these service providers. In this situation, wouldn’t it be great if all the above services could be ordered from the same place?

ClickExcel.com plans to do exactly the same. They are a Pune based on demand websites and mobile app development services aggregator startup, who claim to bring everything related to website and mobile app building under the same umbrella. Founded in December 2015, by Pandit Kadam, ClickExcel.com claims to have more than 150 freelance web developers and digital agencies on its platform.

The startup competes with other online service marketplaces like Urbanclap, Localoye, Zimmber and many others. But the main difference is, when these sites provide services on a huge variety, ClickExcel.com is concentrating on Web and App Development making it more domain specific and a specialized service provider.

According to founder Pandit Kadam, “Differentiation factor is that this startup focusing & targeting only website & mobile apps services instead bulk of all categories like Urbanclap & Zimmber, so that able to provide services to clients more excellent ways”.

Till date the company is self funded. They are not very eager to raise funds right now. But they do have plans to start looking for funds in 2-3 months to expand operations and offer more services.

For the time being they are providing services in India only and plans to receive 100 orders per day in the next one year.

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Surf Fast With UC Browser

I was trying the UC Browser for the past few days and found it is not just fast, but have several features which make it a real happening one. Let me go through them one by one.

To begin with this browser is fast. No doubt about that. And in countries like India, where the mobile internet connection is mostly bad, the speed of the browser is a huge huge plus. Next I liked their user interface. Cool, sleek and user friendly. Cool apps in the homescreen and easily manageable menu in the bottom. If you do lots of activity on Facebook you will love this browser too. Just like the Facebook app, you will get real time notifications even after exiting the browser. And accessing Facebook on the browser is faster. So if your connection is low try using FB from UC Browser and it will be easier than the app in such conditions. There is also a Browse Facebook Faster add on which will boost the experience.

But the feature that I liked the most is UC Cricket. It is a complete cricket update app which comes with the browser. The cricket short score updates are shown in notification area and clicking it opens the details with full scorecard, ball by ball updates and commentary. Being from India, Cricket is one sport which is like a madness for us. When an international match is in progress with India participating we try our best to watch it live. But not all matches are played on Sundays (apart from the finals of big tournaments), so we have to think hard to find a way to watch it. In the office canteen TV during lunch or food breaks (we are converted to hungry monsters on those days you see 🙂 ) or in front of any electronic goods showroom to catch few overs when out favourite batsmen are on the pitch, we try everything we can think of.

But with the UC Browser it has become a lot easier. Video streaming is real fast, so we can watch the match live wherever we are. Even if live streaming is not possible, the real time updater along with score details and ball by ball commentary is the next best thing possible. Love Cricket? Better install the browser on your mobile. You wont need to search Google or waste time finding a Cricket updates site again. UC Cricket is right there on your UC Browser homescreen.

I am a fan of left handed bating star Yuvraj Singh and loved him in the UC Cricket video. Have not yet watched it? Here it is for you guys –

I loved UC Browser and UC Cricket. I think you people should also give it a try. I am sure you would love them too.

Enjoy 🙂

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Run Two Skype Accounts Simultaneously In Windows

Have you ever faced a situation where you need to run two Skype accounts at the same time? Yes, you can run one from your desktop, another from your laptop or tablet or mobile. But, what to do if you want to run two Skype accounts simultaneously on the same system running Windows? Yes, it is possible. Follow the below steps –

1. Press Windows button + R. This will open Run box.
2. Type “drive:\path\to\Skype.exe” /secondary (replace drive with the drive and path\to\ with the path to Skype.exe (look for “Program Files\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe”)
3. Click OK and wait for the second Skype login screen.

Njoy 🙂

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Magento Auto Redirect To Product Details Page If Category Have Only One Product

A very important step, a successful eCommerce site must take, is to make sure the customer has to go through minimum pageloads. For example if there is only one product under a category, there is no use in loading the category page (unless you want your customers to read the category details, which is needed in some cases). The customer should be taken directly to the product details page.

Today let us see how we can achieve this for Magento.

1. Open the page template which is assigned to the category pages. You will find them under “template/page/” folder in your theme directory. For example let us assume the page is 1column.phtml (for the One column layout).

2. Just after the lines

 
/**
 * Template for Mage_Page_Block_Html
 */

Add the following

 
$product = Mage::registry('current_product');  
if($product == ''){
	$category = Mage::registry('current_category');
	if(is_object($category)){
		$catLoaded = Mage::getModel('catalog/category')->load($category->getEntityId());
		$collection = $catLoaded->getProductCollection();
		$collection->addAttributeToSelect('*');
		if(count($collection) == 1){
			foreach($collection as $product){
				$productUrl = $product->getProductUrl();
				header("location:$productUrl");
				exit;
			}
		}
	}
}

That should be enough to redirect all category pages, which have only one product under them, to the product details page.

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