Configuring Amazon SES with Mantis Bug Tracker for Email Notifications

So you deployed one of best bug tracker system in your ec2 instance and was wondering how to configure its email setting with SES ? After Amazon Introduced SMTP accounts, things that were so complicated become so easier.  Every application that supports SMTP connection method made it possible and compatible to be used with Amazon SES.

But things are not simple with Mantis Bug Tracker Configuration because the basic configuration file does not contain the necessary attributes needed for configuring Amazon SES SMTP email or Google SMTP Accounts. They are just enough for an ordinary SMTP settings.  So after doing some research over a couple of forums and user tryouts, the following configuration listed below works

# — Email Configuration —
$g_phpMailer_method = PHPMAILER_METHOD_SMTP;  #For SMTP Method
$g_smtp_host = ’email-smtp.us-east-1.amazonaws.com’; #Your SES SMTP Host
$g_smtp_connection_mode = ‘tls’; #It is mandatory for SES and Gmail SMTP
$g_smtp_port = 587; #For some Reason only this port was working in SES
$g_smtp_username = ‘SMTP Username’; # Your SES SMTP Username
$g_smtp_password = ‘SMTP Password’; # Your SES SMTP Password
$g_administrator_email = ’email@sample.com’; #Email displayed at footer (Must be an approved sender list in SES)
$g_webmaster_email = ’email@sample.com’; #Verified SES Sender Email
$g_from_email = ’email@sample.com’; # From Address (Verified SES Sender Email)
$g_return_path_email = ’email@sample.com’; # the return address for bounced mail
$g_from_name = ‘From Name’;
$g_enable_email_notification = ON;

The above configuration will do the trick and you can start receiving emails from Mantis Bug Tracker 🙂 Fire up the comments section if you had any doubts in it !!!

Increase phpMyAdmin upload / import size

By default you get a 2mb limit of upload / import size in phpmyadmin. That makes it odd and highly impossible to import larger files. You can increase the allowed upload size of phpmyadmin by editing your server’s php.ini configuration file. Usually in servers like CentOs it is located at /etc/php.ini.

Step 1: Go to php.ini and find the following and change their values to something more higher than your database size. (In this example i have used 20mb).

upload_max_filesize = 20M

post_max_size = 20M

Step2 : Restart your apache service for this new change to take effect. Usually the command to restart apache would be

service httpd restart (CentOs) / service apache2 restart (ubuntu)

You can also restart directly from their path like

/etc/init.d/apache2 restart or /etc/init.d/httpd restart

If you are in a shared hosting and do not have root access or access to your php.ini configuration file, then the other way is to create a .htaccess file in your application root and add the following line

php_value upload_max_filesize 10M
php_value post_max_size 10M

If you were still not able to increase it, please send me an email for more detailed assistance.

 

 

Blogging from Blackberry

Blogging from blackberry. Thanks to wordpress mobile app. Now I can post even snippet story or short blog posts from my blackberry. Still I need to explore more of its features. I can’t figure out a way to upload pictures and so on 🙁

Posted from WordPress for BlackBerry.

Prebook your Ubislate 7+ tablet for 2999 rupees now

A tablet with cortex A8 , 3200 mAh battery powered by Android 2.3 with GSM and Wifi connectivity and i am giving you it for a damn price of Rs.2999 INR. Why would i buy it ? Sorry was that a question ? Nope i mean where can i get it ? Who can give you a damn cheap tablet with all these features ? The Aakash tablet project powered Ubislate 7+ is upgraded version of ubislate7 tablet and it rocks more than the previous one. You can actually make and receive calls with it !

Features of Ubislate 7 Plus:

  • Android 2.3
  • Cortex A8, 700 Mhz Process with HD Video Co Processor
  • 256 MB RAM
  • Storage: (Internal) 2GB Flash / (External) 2GB to 32GB Supported
  • Peripherals: 2 Standard USB Ports (Ver. 2.0)
  • Audio Out: 3.5mm jack
  • Display and Resolution: 7″ Display with 800×480 pixels
  • Supported Document Formats: All Version Office Document formats and many more
  • High Quality Video Streaming & HD Quality Video Playback
  • Input Devices: Resistive Touch Screen
  • Connectivity with GPRS & WiFi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g
  • Battery: Upto 180 minutes of battery, AC adaptor 200.240 volts

Don’t even think about the quality just go and order it. All the slots closed for January and February but again the pre-booking has been opened for the month of March. Your wait is worth it and you can book it right away here at their official website. http://www.ubislate.com/prebook.html . i don’t know how long the pre-booking lasts !

Optional accessory “keyboard case” can turn this tablet into a laptop which is yet to hit the stores.

 

Jailbreaking your iphone, ipad and ipod touch. Is it safe to do ?

There is a misconception going  about jailbreaking the latest iOS 5 devices. People say it will void your warranty and should do it only after the warranty period. Recently Apple is insisting application developers to create apps which detect modified handsets. Some apps keep popping up saying ” Jailbreak detected. App cannot run on this device.” . Jail breaking is legal but it does not cover the warranty and will void your warranty ! So should you jailbreak ? When you ask this question yourself, you need to understand what jailbreaking is and the necessity why you want to jailbreak ?

Jailbreaking is just a process of removing the restrictions posed on a device.  Just consider entering a country without a visa. Each and every app developed for ios device should go for a process of approval by Apple before they are listed in itunes. So inorder to enable more functionality and to install custom applications, we involve in the process of jailbreaking our devices. Usually a custom community Cydia is available for ios which acts as a platform for apps market for jailbreak devices. I came across some of the custom apps and have to adhere their functions and how useful they are.  My favourite one was the bluetooth dialup  network for ipod touch which enables me to use my ipod touch with 3g facility by bridging it with my blackberry.

The misconception with the users is that the current iOS 5 upgrade sends a signal to Apple saying that your iphone was jailbreaked and should ban this user from any support or warranty. This does not work that way, if you ask me i would tell it was just a rumor ! Atleast not now ! I have to agree that apple is trying to strengthen its device with a lot of security fixes. Jailbreak can be possible because of the security exploits and holes in the current software version but for every update Apple is trying to fix it up, we end up with a good jailbreaking tool 🙂

So my advice is if you really want to use some extra apps and try more out of your device, jailbreak your device but don’t forget to take a backup before you do it. But don’t forget just in case if you want to send your device for a warranty you need to restore it with the original firmware !

How to Unsubscribe from FutureBazaar.com Daily Sms Alerts

If you are one of those frustrated customers of FutureBazaar.com like me who get Daily Deals SMS Alerts and wanted to turn it off ? Then you have come to the right place. For some reason the Account settings in FutureBazaar.com under the My Subscriptions tab won’t work. You can see two options, one to subscribe the Email Alerts and the other for Mobile Alerts. Unfortunately only the email alerts will be turned off and you still keep getting those annoyed sms from them.

The only solution to turn of Daily Sms Alerts is to Send the following message from your registered cell number.

“DEALZ NO” to 575758

You will be charged Rs.3 for sending the above SMS. To turn the Alerts Again in the future, you have to send “DEALZ YES”.

Resolving DNS Issues with Airtel Broadband

If you are an Airtel broadband user and face DNS Error Redirection or DNS Resolving Error like the one below then most probably your network adapter is configured to automatically obtain DNS server from your service provider. The Modem acts as a DNS Server and sometimes in most circumstance the DNS Error Redirection of your ISP may cause some problem and you end-up with the screen below. I too had this problem for a very long time and tried even other third party DNS Service like Open DNS and Google Public DNS but still i face those issues. After using the ISP’s own DNS Server address in my network adapter i could resolve the issue and browse without any flaws.

By default the problem should be resolved using any third party DNS Server but unfortunately the thing doesn’t work for me and force me to use their own DNS Server. At home i use OPEN DNS which works like a charm. Anyways try to change your DNS Server using these steps with the DNS Address of Airtel Below:

Airtel Broadband

 Preferred DNS Server: 202.56.215.28

Alternative DNS Server: 202.56.215.29

Hope this resolves the DNS Issue with Airtel. If you are still not able to resolve it, then the next step would be to ring up the Customer Care @ 121 from your Airtel Landline. Alternatively if you would like to try third party DNS Service like Open DNS and Google DNS, then use the ip address below

Open DNS

Preferred DNS Address :  208.67.222.222

Secondary DNS Address: 208.67.220.220

Google Public DNS

Preferred DNS Address : 8.8.8.8

Secondary DNS Address: 8.8.4.4

If you live in India then i would suggest using Open DNS which have faster results than Google Public DNS.

 

Creating a basic Zend project using CLI Tool in Windows

Zend Framework is an object oriented web application framework that uses the MVC (Model-View-Controller) Architecture.  I have been using Zend Framework  for the past one year to build php based web applications. Out of this period i found many freshers who wanted to start with Zend Framework, struck at the first point of creating  tree structured directories for Zend Framework project and their configuration files. Although the Zend Documentation provides step by step instruction for creating your own basic project, it failed to give a detailed instruction for Windows Users to create a directory structure automatically using the CLI Tool for Windows.

If you don’t understand what it is about, well then i am referring this point of Zend Framework Documentation.  Ok this article explains how easy and simple it is to use a ZF Tool to create Zend Projects automatically from command console.

The First Basic step is to download the Zend Framework Package itself. You can Download the Package from here.

After Downloading, Extract the folder and note the path of it. In my case i have extracted at  C:\Zend so i will be using this all over my instruction. (Note in this example i am taking Xampp for Windows as example).

The next part is including the Zend Library in php.ini file. You can find the php.ini file in C:\xampp\php\php.ini.  Open it with the code editor and find this line which is usually at line no 794.

include_path = “.;C:\xampp\php\PEAR”

Now include the path where you have extracted the Zend Framework, so the above line changes like below

include_path = “.;C:\xampp\php\PEAR\;C:\xampp\php\ZendFramework-1.11.7\library”

and Close the php.ini file.

You have successfully included the Zend library with php. The next step is to create an environment path for php as well as Zend Framework.  Try to find three files inside the \bin directory of zend framework package you just extracted. The bin folder contains a zf.php, zf.sh, and zf.bat.

According to Zend Documentation, these files are client wrappers which are responsible for finding the proper php.exe, finding the zf.php, and passing on the client request. The zf.php is the responsible for handling and understanding your environment, constructing the proper include_path, and passing what is provided on the command line to the proper library component for dispatching. Since we are in Windows environment we shall be playing with zf.bat file.

The next part is to help zf.bat script to locate the directory of Zend Library. By creating an environment variable called ZEND_TOOL_INCLUDE_PATH, the ZF tool can identify the location of Zend Library. If you have no idea how to create an environment variable in Windows, then please check this MS Knowledge Base.

Create either a System or User Environment Variable with the following

Variable Name: ZEND_TOOL_INCLUDE_PATH

Variable Value: C:\xampp\htdocs\ZF\library

Additionally you can also create a PATH Environment variable for PHP Complier and Zf.bat File. To do so create a system or user variable called PATH.

Variable Name: PATH

Variable Value: C:\Zend\bin;C:\xampp\php

If you can find a variable called PATH already then you can append values by using a semicolon like above.

Finally Restart your System for changes to take effect. Now test if you have correctly configured the Environment variable by opening a command window (Start->Run, Type Cmd).

In the cmd window, type php -v to check the php version or zf show version to check the Zend Framework Version.

The next step is to Create a Zend Project. Navigate to the htdocs folder in Command Console or cmd and type the following command.

zf create project <projecttitle>

Thats it, you can start using the basic zend project by accessing http://localhost/<projecttitle>. With this predefined configuration, you can start creating modules, controllers and add actions in it.

Learn the basic structure and try to modify the code. That’s it. Happy Programming! If you have any queries feel free to drop your comments. I would try to assist in possible time.

Buy and Sell in Internet with Sahipasand

sahipasand

It was yesterday that when i was looking for people selling second hand Enfield bikes i came across this simple and clean site called Sahipasand . At first i had no intent to browse through it as i thought it was just another random site with bot generated listing. But i tried my luck and found some reliable listing especially in my place Pondicherry.

To my surprise i can find more than 250 products alone in my city (Pondicherry) in different categories. This added to my interests and i began to explore some of the listings as well as features of the site.I thought it is a good idea to share a site like this to my readers. Sahipasand (right choice in Hindi) is a free classified site, where you can buy and sell anything for free. Yes you are right i could say its indian version of Craigslist !

One of the reasons why this site stands unique is that it has no ads; they don’t charge you for anything.  You dont have to pay for listing your ad or for contacting a seller. It’s completely free and you don’t even need to register. The site acts as a middleman to connect you to the seller/buyer free or charge 🙂

SahiPasand.com is owned by SCM Ventures which is under Schibsted ASA and its subsidiary Schibsted Classified Media (SCM).  SCM is currently the biggest online classified advertising company in Europe. The site looks elegant and simple so does the usability. With Sahipasand you can sell almost anything because they provide a wide range of categories to choose from like in ebay. They also have separate sections for selling cars, real estate and posting jobs . From the start the major thing i am obsessed about this site is its ease of use. You can simply narrow down your search and find what you are looking for!

Every listing is thoroughly checked and verified by the team and then it’s approved for listing. For example check this product listing where i ended up searching Enfield in Pondicherry. I can directly contact the buyer without any brokerage charges. Currently there are 45252 ads online which is good for a startup site.

Just browse through the site to experience yourself.