Cutting Down Office Costs:Downloading by DAP and Bit Torrents

Some of these tips may be familiar.Some may be surprisingly different

Here are ways to 1) search for hard to find softwares 2)download and queue downloads  with resume/pause functions

Bit Torrents are the best way to download anything . To quote the Openoffice website ”

About BitTorrent

BitTorrent is a P2P method where a central ‘tracker’ keeps track of who is downloading and sharing specific files.

When using BitTorrent to download OpenOffice.org, your computer automatically uses spare bandwidth to help share the file with others, and this means that you don’t have to put up with slower downloads during peak download times (such as just after a release), because the more people downloading, the more people sharing.

Also, your download is automatically checked for integrity to make sure that it is identical to the official version.

To use BitTorrent technology, you must have a BitTorrent “client” installed.

BitTorrent Clients

For normal downloads , use DAP from www.speedbit.com. Thats best suited. Also try compressing stuff before uploading.This does have an impact on office bandwidth usage costs. For cutting down on software costs  for your organization, download Ubuntu Linux from http://www.ubuntu.com  and OpenOffice from http://www.openoffice.org and use it for top 10 % technically qualified people, or bottom 10 % computers that basically use simple processing tasks like email, office,front desk etc.Then expand or tweak the percentages based on the results and satisfaction from users.

To cut down on intranet costs , you can use simple softwares from www.wordpress.org and host it on a computer for whole office to use it as an intranet. For creating an office newsletter , you can burn the feed at www.feedburner.com and use the email plugin to offer subscription to the email users.

Macro Economics,Blogs and Web 2.0

My last post on why expensive oil may just provide liquidity to the global financial system produced some acute reactions on Facebook when someone read it using a Facebook app I use for sharing.

As for using Web 2.0 tools for blogs,

I use Facebook apps called Blog friends and Notes , they give me a continuous feed of friends blogs and similarly promote my blog. I also use the Stumble Upon tool bar in Mozilla Firefox browser , which enables me to submit my post to Stumble upon in less than 10 seconds. The free traffic works.And we have a Decision Stats group on http://www.linkedin.com , which of course provides much better networking than Facebook.

I recently started experimenting with blog tool called www.tumblr.com , which seems a cousin of www.wordpress.com , the software which currently runs this site. If you don’t have the bandwidth (or the money ) but need to put up a site , use WordPress.

And if you want to subscribe to the newsletter , please see the right bar. That is enabled thanks to www.feedburner.com , another company taken over by Google.

20 Steps to Creating a Website Business

1) Create a Business Plan

2) Create a Website Layout Plan

3) Choose a Domain name from http://www.register.com.

4) Go to a site like http://www.bluehost.com which offers server space

5)  Register your website there. Choose the DNS Servers and IP Addresses of DNS Servers.

6) Log into http://www.yourdomainname.com/c-panel . Go to Fantastico (thats a Purple Smiley)

7) Install WordPress on the Server

8) Log Into your Website at http://www.yourdomainname.com/wp-admin with the WordPress User name and Password

9) Go to http://yourdomainname.com/wp-admin/post-new.php to start putting up new content.

10)  Burn your RSS Feed at http://www.feedburner.com. Choose an option/widget for offering email subscriptions/newsletters.Paste that code on your website.
11) Go to http://www.wordpress.org to search for appropriate Themes (which determine look) or Plugins (which determine functionality) of your website

12) Download a FTP Client called Filezilla (search from Google.com).

13) Download appropriate themes and plugins from WordPress.org or Google Searches

14) Upload using the Filezilla FTP Client

15) Go to http://www.google.com/analytics. Install tracking code in the footer of your website to analyze traffic.

16) Go to http://www.google.com/adsense and sites like bidadvertiser, http://www.lemonade.com to install ads at appropriate places in your website.

17)Start promoting your website simultaneously refreshing the content. This can also mean buying ads on http://www.google.com/adwords

18) Submit your articles/posts to http://www.digg.com and http://www.stumbleupon.com . You can also share your website posts using Facebook (post on your profile and also use Notes-a Facebook Application)

19) Submit your blog to http://www.technocrati.com

20) Monitor Traffic and Tweak content, look and strategy and take feedback to boost traffic.Re-do steps 18-20 for atleast six months

PS:If these twenty steps don’t work mail me at ajay@virtua-analytics.com and I will work for you for a contract fee 🙂

A WordPress Plugin

200px-eminem_-_lose_yourself_cd_cover.jpg Wordpress.com is the world’s premier blog, as compared to Blogger. WordPress.org offers you software that helps you develop your website or blog.

The advantages of using WordPress is the large number of themes, widgets and plugins that are offered.

Thus you need not know a single line of code to create, develop and maintain a website.

Decisionstats proudly presents it’s first wordpress plugin extension “Lose Your self”

A extension of Hello Dolly ,this plugin plays random lines from the iconic song “Lose Yourself” by Eminem from the 8 mile soundtrack,into the admin section of your wordpress (http://domainname/wp-admin).

This pluign has been approved by the WordPress community, and I am in process of uploading it using the subversion /subvention system that they use.

I am pasting the code here,copy the code in blue font  in a text file, save the file as “yourself.php”

 please note DO include the double quotations.

-In case you want to change the lyrics to some other favorite song , replace the words  which are martked in bold.

This song was written and performed by Eminem in the 8 mile soundtrack, and the original plugin was created by Matt. When working within wordpress this puts a random line at the right hand corner in the admin section ..helps to pass the large amounts of  time as you configure your site.

<?php
/*
Plugin Name: Lose Yourself
Plugin URI: http://wordpress.org/#
Description: This is not just a plugin, it symbolizes the anguish of an entire generation summed up in two words sung most famously by Eminem: Lose, Yourself. When activated you will randomly see a lyric from <cite>Lose, Yourself</cite> in the upper right of your admin screen on every page.Its inspired by Matt’s famous Hello Dolly Plugin but the song is suited to newer times
Author: Matt Mullenweg modified by Ajay Ohri
Version: 1.6
Author URI: http://photomatt.net/
*/

// These are the lyrics to Lose Yourself
$lyrics = “
Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted-One moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip?
His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy
There’s vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti
He’s nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready
To drop bombs, but he keeps on forgettin
What he wrote down, the whole crowd goes so loud
He opens his mouth, but the words won’t come out
He’s choking, how everybody’s joking now
The clock’s run out, time’s up over, bloah!
Snap back to reality, Oh there goes gravity
Oh, there goes Rabbit, he choked
He’s so mad, but he won’t give up that
Easy, no
He won’t have it , he knows his whole back’s to these ropes
It don’t matter, he’s dope
He knows that, but he’s broke
He’s so stagnant that he knows
When he goes back to his mobile home, that’s when it’s
Back to the lab again yo
This this whole rhapsody
He better go capture this moment and hope it don’t pass him
You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo
The soul’s escaping, through this hole that it’s gaping
This world is mine for the taking
Make me king, as we move toward a, new world order
A normal life is boring, but superstardom’s close to post mortem
It only grows harder, only grows hotter
He blows us all over these hoes is all on him
Coast to coast shows, he’s know as the globetrotter
Lonely roads, God only knows
He’s grown farther from home, he’s no father
He goes home and barely knows his own daughter
But hold your nose cause here goes the cold water
His hoes don’t want him no mo, he’s cold product
They moved on to the next schmoe who flows
He nose dove and sold nada
So the soap opera is told and unfolds
I suppose it’s old partner’, but the beat goes on
Da da dum da dum da da
No more games, I’ma change what you call rage
Tear this motherfucking roof off like 2 dogs caged
I was playing in the beginning, the mood all changed
I been chewed up and spit out and booed off stage
But I kept rhyming and stepwritin the next cypher
Best believe somebody’s paying the pied piper
All the pain inside amplified by the fact
That I can’t get by with my 9 to 5
And I can’t provide the right type of life for my family
Cause man, these goddam food stamps don’t buy diapers
And it’s no movie, there’s no Mekhi Phifer, this is my life
And these times are so hard and it’s getting even harder
Trying to feed and water my seed, plus
Teeter totter caught up between being a father and a prima donna
Baby mama drama’s screaming on and
Too much for me to wanna
Stay in one spot, another day of monotony
Has gotten me to the point, I’m like a snail
I’ve got to formulate a plot fore I end up in jail or shot
Success is my only motherfucking option, failure’s not
Mom, I love you, but this trailer’s got to go
I cannot grow old in Salem’s lot
So here I go is my shot.
Feet fail me not cause maybe the only opportunity that I got
You can do anything you set your mind to, man

“;

// Here we split it into lines
$lyrics = explode(“\n”, $lyrics);
// And then randomly choose a line
$chosen = wptexturize( $lyrics[ mt_rand(0, count($lyrics) – 1) ] );

// This just echoes the chosen line, we’ll position it later
function lose_yourself() {
global $chosen;
echo “<p id=’yourself’>$chosen</p>”;
}

// Now we set that function up to execute when the admin_footer action is called
add_action(‘admin_footer’, ‘lose_yourself’);

// We need some CSS to position the paragraph
function yourself_css() {
echo ”
<style type=’text/css’>
#yourself {
position: absolute;
top: 2.3em;
margin: 0; padding: 0;
right: 1em;
font-size: 16px;
color: #f1f1f1;
}
</style>
“;
}

add_action(‘admin_head’, ‘yourself_css’);

?>

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