Backing up :WordPress Sites

If you have a WordPress site that you have put in a fair amount of work- here is a great way to back it up in 5 minutes.

 

  1. Go to Manage- Exportimage
  2. Export the Xml file which has all posts, tags,categories,comments of your site.
  3. Go to www.wordpress.com
  4. Create a new blog www.yoursite.wordpress.com
  5. Import the XML file created in Step 2image
  6. Ole ! Your Backup site is ready – for free – and in five minutes image.
  7. Caveat – www.wordpress.com offers better themes and the latest WordPress version so the backup might end up looking better than the real site
  8. Copy some widgets manually – like Feedblitz readership etc

Grey Christmas

Grey Christmas, as the fog hangs on deep.

Bright lights shine ,from the city that refuses to sleep.

Rubbing your hands, walking alone in the cold.

Was it always like this at Christmas or Am I just growing old.

What if I never lived on this earth,

Did it make any difference with my birth.

Jobs are rare, rarer than hot sunny days,

Christmas was a party, now its time to change ways.

To live down slowly, gather savings and adjust.

Someone else ‘s folly, and some bankers money lust.

So We the people still gatherAround the tree.

The rich still have white Christmas ,

but it’s colored grey for you and me.

Image from the Christmas Movie- “Its a wonderful life”.

A Software called Splunk

Splunk from www.splunk.com is a software that helps

* Index and search all of your IT data generated by your Windows
desktops, servers and applications.
* See all data – registry, event logs, network and security device
logs, system performance – in a single, related view.
* Track down who installed what, when and where. Save and schedule
searches as proactive alerts to improve monitoring coverage over time.
* Speed up root-cause analysis and pinpoint which system is the
problem. Reports and dashboards let you keep watch across the servers
you manage.

You can use Splunk  in the following ( from the website)

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Operations.

Improve service levels and recover from problems faster.

Security.

Thwart attacks with quick, in-depth incident response.

Compliance.

E-Discovery, FFIEC, FISMA, HIPAA, PCI, SOX without disrupting operations.

Business Intelligence.

See your transactions as they happen.

 

Its quite nice and should be tried by IT administrators and server managers for analysis of logs. It is also now available in all Windows editions -Downloadable here

http://cts.vresp.com/c/?SplunkInc./17589c269e/2ba88cef29/54cbdb46ca

And it is free 🙂

Walk Alone

Tagore’s English translation

If they answer not to thy call walk alone,
If they are afraid and cower mutely facing the wall,
O thou of evil luck,
open thy mind and speak out alone.

If they turn away, and desert you when crossing the wilderness,
O thou of evil luck,
trample the thorns under thy tread,
and along the blood-lined track travel alone.

If they do not hold up the light when the night is troubled with storm,
O thou of evil luck,
with the thunder flame of pain ignite thy own heart
and let it burn alone.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ekla_Chalo_Re

From a Bengali-Indian Poet – Tagore who won the Nobel Prize in 1914

Automating Regression Models :KXEN

Note : I have used KXEN both for modeling internet leads in 2008 as well as for consumer finance propensity models in 2006.These  are my personal views.

An extremely useful software and to my surprise very much under used in Industry is KXEN. It can be used for building regression models, time series models as well clustering models as well. I have used it primarily for regression models and clustering though. What KXEN does is it uses all the rules that modelers make for adding, dropping , and manipulating variables and automates them . It then produces the exported model code into PMML, SAS, SPSS and even SQL code for direct model execution. The validity of the model is tested by the modeler using a nice variety of graphs.The software uses a properietary algorithm called SRM.

The latest version is version 5 and it is available here http://www.kxen.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=61&Itemid=166

 

 

It is one of the best automated modelings I have used and been trained in, so if you are interested you can try an evaluation version here. The support team is excellent , and so are the sales chap ( they neither oversell nor undermine the competition) .It can cut down on both modeling time as well training time for learning the model. If combined with WPS or R to clean data in the initial stage it is good solution for renting or buying especially for cost savvy businesses.

  The only caveat if at all is it needs data to be cleaned  for formatting and variable type issues before entering for modeling, but that can be easily done.

Softwares for creating a Virtual Office

Would you like to work from home and see your kid when they are actually kids. Or would you rather commute to office, wasting some carbon fueled oil, and time in traffic.

 

Here are some softwares for creating a virtual office from home. if your organization does not have a work from home policy you can refer to the advantages section

 

Advantages of A Virtual Office

1) Zero company overheads – Especially leased rent space that sells by the foot.Save building costs rather than retrench employees.

2) Greater happiness for employees – Most employees prefer it. It also acts as a retention barrier.

3) Lower Energy costs – Employees are more energy conscious while working from home computers rather than offices with bright lighting.

4) Lower Transportation costs for employee

5) Lower Communication costs for employer ( see below).

6) Much lower IT costs

Disadvantages of A Virtual Office

1) Zero company oversight or supervision- When is the employee slacking off. Solution -End of Week Reports.

2) Greater risks if data breaches – Not if you use the softwares below.

3) Loss of Face to Face feeling – Not if you video conference. And you can always have meetings once a week or a month .

Infrastructure for a Virtual Office.

1) Broadband internet

2) VPN for secure connectivity and daily logs of data in and data out on the computer used. ( A good example of a VPN client I have used is

SafeNet SoftRemoteLT Version 10.7.5 (04/2006) ©2006 SafeNet, Inc.

3) VOIP communication -Like www.skype.com

4) Collobrative Software

Google Sites for documentation . http://sites.google.com

Google Docs http://docs.google.com/ Open Office (www.openoffice.org)  for Office Productivity software (if you want lower software costs as well)

www.gotomeeting.com or Citrix (www.citrix.com) for demonstrations or virtual meeting

Open Source Solutions Like R ( www.r-project.org) with GUI Rattle (www.togaware.com for analytical solutions.

 

5) Employee Owned PC ( remember Activity Log is enabled) with Speakers, Headphones and a Webcam.

6) All computation can be done on remote servers (Microsoft Windows Terminal Server or Better Still X Windows Server ) connected with VPN and Remote Desktop (embedded in Windows). This is thus even safer data security than data on emploee’s PC in office.The remote servers are managed by virtual teams of vendors. For huge data requirements try Amazon and www.rightscale.com

Cost of a Virtual Office is virtual ( or zero). There are obvious benefits for both cost cutting employers and employees.

So what’s stopping you from asking your HR manager and your CEO for a Virtual Office Today.

ps- I dont know how to create a Virtual Office with a Mac.yet.Watch this space.

Happy Holidays and a Bonus Tech Cartoon

Why Google Chrome has a bad market share ?

Google Chrome has a less than 1% market share despite being technically advanced, and open source. One reason is incompatibilty with Adobe products particularly Shockwave.The irony is that software is used mostly for running ads- so Google Chrome crashes many times with those ads.

Here is another reason, Microsoft takes its own sweet time building up compatabilty for its share of the internet for the new browser. Did you say anti-trust ? I say in God we trust and here below is the data.

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