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Getting Drupal's Clean URLs working on a Debian based system

Submitted by Karthik on 1 January, 2007 - 04:28

My default Kubuntu install needed some tweaking to get Clean URLs working (in Drupal 5, Apache 2). This is a quick guide to getting this sorted for other users out there:

First off, the mod_rewrite module isn't enabled by default. To enable it, type
sudo a2enmod

and add rewrite as the module you would like enabled. (You can also enable the expires module which is also used by Drupal, but do it later).

Restart apache:

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 force-reload

Check if the clean URLs test (in ?q=admin/settings/clean-urls) works. If not, jump to the /etc/apache2/sites-enabled directory and check what your setup is like. By default, you should just see the 000-default link here. (Backup first and) Edit the file:

Cricket 2007

Submitted by Karthik on 15 December, 2006 - 02:54

EA Sports' Cricket 2007 was released a few weeks back, and considering that I reviewed the previous version, I feel compelled to add a quick note here. To sum things up right at the outset, it plain sucks. There are hardly any (but the most cosmetic of) improvements over Cricket 2005 (with respect to the gameplay as such) and the graphics are just as bad as ever.

While it has been said that the analogue controller (dubber the 'century stick' or something inane like that) will provide a marked improvement over the keyboard controls, I have it on good authority that it isn't anything to write home about either.

Cricinfo 3D

Submitted by Karthik on 14 December, 2006 - 14:58

Cricinfo has launched a beta of a live 3D simulation of ball-by-ball game-play. The service named Cricinfo 3D, which requires Adobe Shockwave, has graphics on par with Cricket 2007 (sic), and allows the user to pan and zoom around and follow the play from preset positions. The usual statistics features that are provided with the standard cricinfo scorecard are also available.

It is very buggy at the moment, but.. interesting stuff.


Word of the Day: Dhoni

Submitted by Karthik on 30 November, 2006 - 01:27

My delicious feed brought to attention (what I eventually found out was) a simple scriptaculous (yes, two of these buggers on the same line) gallery script named Dhonishow. I was (understandably) curious as to what this was, (and wtf was it doing on a .de domain) especially considering the fact that Dhoni has failed yet again (he got out earlier tonight slicing to third man :/).

Ah (the joys of parantheses :P).

Anyways, informs me that a Dhoni is not just a word (and now a meme) that signifies an overly hirsute, milk guzzling, inconsistent cricketer. Instead, it refers to:

Winamp & m4a

Submitted by Karthik on 29 November, 2006 - 14:59

My previous post on playing m4a files using Winamp is no longer useful as the 3ivx plug-in expires after a while. Therefore, please use the following solution:

  • Uninstall 3ivx if you have it installed from my previous post.
  • Visit Rarewares and download the MP4 Input Plugin for Winamp.
  • Unzip the file ( and move the resulting in_mp4.dll file to your Winamp plug-ins folder, which commonly resides at C:\Program Files\Winamp\Plugins.

Quadrimonthly / Tetramonthly / Triannual

Submitted by Karthik on 11 June, 2006 - 21:11

There's monthly, bimonthly and quarterly.. So what's the word to indicate "every four months"? Apparently, nobody knows.. but the choices were Tetramonthly (which sounds horrible), triannual (which indicates three years rather than a third of a year.. i.e, it's the same as triennial) and lastly, quadrimonthly, which, atleast to yours truly, makes the most sense. Moreover, if Big Blue can use it, so can Quillem :)



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