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Amazon Fire TV Stick Vs Google Chromecast

You might have already read lots of reviews about Amazon Fire TV Stick and Google Chromecast  so here is my bit of it, I Currently use both of them using Google Chromecase since 3-4 Years and Amazon Fire TV Stick  since a year now so these are based on my usage

  Chrome Cast
Product Amazon Fire TV Stick Google Chromecast 
Interface HDMI & Micro USB HDMI & Micro USB
Remote Yes No
Android App Yes Yes
Power Adaptor Included Not Included
Proxy Support Yes No
Cast Mobile Screen Yes Yes
Mobile Required No Yes
Amazon Prime Support Yes No
Youtube via Browser via Mobile Cast
Ability to Install Apps Yes No
Resolution 720p and 1080p up to 60fps Up to 1080p 60fps

Wireless + Ethernet with Adaptor

Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi

supports 2x2 MIMO 802.11a/b/g/n/ac


802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz)

Storage 8 Gb NA

Verdict : After using both the devices for more than a year i strongly recommend Amazon Fire TV Stick over Google Chromecast as it comes with Remote (Voice Search) and ability to install apps you do not need Mobile phone each time to use Amazon Fire TV Stick,

Utilizing Off Time in Internet Radio

Airtime Image from Wikipedia

No one likes a silence when tuning to a radio station, and for a radio manager its tough to have 24*7 programmes, in case you are running an Internet Radio Station using Airtime you probably would be programming your shows and in Offtime your radio is always silent i would suggest you to play some random tracks in this Offtime and also include a track which tells when your station plays live so here is how to achieve this

  1. Put some MP3 files in a folder of your server, please also record a message with the showtimings etc or what ever you want this folder may contain any number of files which you want to play in off time (Folder used in the below script /store00/rand)
  2. Edit /usr/lib/airtime/pypo/bin/liquidsoap_scripts/ls_script.liq (below is the patch) the modified lines are in bold

@@ -150,14 +150,14 @@
 #                "read_stop_all",
 #                fun (s) -> begin log("dynamic_source.read_stop") destroy_dynamic_source_all() end)

-default = amplify(id="silence_src", 0.00001, noise())
+#default = amplify(id="silence_src", 0.00001, noise())
 ref_off_air_meta = ref off_air_meta
 if !ref_off_air_meta == "" then
     ref_off_air_meta := "Airtime - offline"
-default = rewrite_metadata([("title", !ref_off_air_meta)], default)
-ignore(output.dummy(default, fallible=true))
+#default = rewrite_metadata([("title", !ref_off_air_meta)], default)
+#ignore(output.dummy(default, fallible=true))
+default = playlist(mode='random', "/store00/rand/")
 master_dj_enabled = ref false
 live_dj_enabled = ref false
 scheduled_play_enabled = ref false

Once you have modifed you are good to go restart the services, upon restarting you will listem random tracks in offtime from the folder you have set in the script.

Tested on Airtime 2.5.1, do listem to VMOU's stream @

Resize Multiple Images


I am sure you would have come to a situation when you would have to resize multiple images say you copied 200 images from your Digital Camera and now need to upload them and need to resize them all, now doing this using GIMP would take ages here is a easy way.

Step 1) Install ImageMagick

sudo apt-get install imagemagick

Step 2) Change to the Directory where all Images are Present

Step 3)

a) If you need to reduce images to a specific Percentage

mogrify -resize 20% -format jpg *

b) If you need to reduce to Specific Width & Height

mogrify -resize 800x600 -format jpg *

c) If you need to reduce to Specific Width

mogrify -resize 1024x -format jpg *

Further Reading Click Here !!!

Upgrade to Latest Version

Its been a long time since i blogged, recently i logged in and found that this site was still using Drupal 6 fortunate enough that it was the Final Version of D6, which has already reached End of Life on On February 24th 2016, so as a first step thought of upgrading this site to the latest version fortunately was not using many modules so was able to upgrade the site to Drupal 8.5.3 in less than 10 mins using the guide available on Drupal Docs, Upgrade was smooth as Drupal Migrate & UI Module were used was able to migrate entire site barring the Theme as D8 version of Kanji Theme which was used in D6 was not available will work a bit on some theme to give site a new look till then using the Default Theme :).

Will try to restart blogging this Year atleast.

फेसबुक पर रहें सुरक्षित

सोशल नेटवर्किंग की दुनिया में आज सबसे बड़ा नाम फेसबुक है, मार्च २०१४ को फेसबुक की अधिकारिक घोषणा के अनुसार भारत में फेसबुक के १० करोड़ से ज्यादा सक्रीय उपभोगता हैं जो की फेसबुक का प्रयोग कंप्यूटर, लैपटॉप, मोबाइल एवं अन्य माध्यमो से करते हैं | आज के कंप्यूटर युग में सुरक्षा एक बड़ी चुनौती बन गई है, करीब करीब रोज़ ही फेसबुक से जुडी घटनाये चर्चा में आ जाती हैं आईये जानते है कुछ तरीके जिनसे आप फेसबुक पर सुरक्षित रह सकते है

  • अपनी लॉग इन से सम्बंधित जानकारी किसी को न दे चाहे वे आपके कितने ही करीबी क्यों न हों|
  • फेसबुक इस्तेमाल करने के लिए मोबाइल डिवाइस पर अधिकृत एप्लीकेशन का प्रयोग करें, अगर कंप्यूटर से इस्तेमाल कर रहे हो तो पर ही लॉग इन करे |
  • फेसबुक अकाउंट का पासवर्ड नियमित रूप से बदलें
  • फेसबुक अकाउंट के साथ साथ अपने प्राथमिक ईमेल अकाउंट की सुरक्षा का ध्यान दें|
  • अगर आप कंप्यूटर पर फेसबुक का इस्तेमाल कर रहें हैं तो लॉगआउट करना न भूलें |
  • अगर आप मोबाइल पर फेसबुक का इस्तेमाल कर रहें हैं तो मोबाइल को लॉक करना न भूलें |
  • कंप्यूटर पर इन्टरनेट ब्राउज़र और मोबाइल पर एप्लीकेशन हमेशा अपडेट रखें |
  • अगर आपके पास मोबाइल फोन है तो फेसबुक पर कोड जनरेटर का जरूर इस्तेमाल करें
  • फेसबुक के सुरक्षा सेटिंग्स से विश्वसनीय संपर्क जरूर जोड़ ले |
  • अगर आप गलती से किसी कंप्यूटर से फेसबुक से लॉगआउट करना भूल गए तो तुरंत  सुरक्षा सेटिंग्स में जाकर उसे लॉगआउट कर दीजिये |
  • फेसबुक पर कुछ भी पोस्ट करने से पहले प्राइवेसी सेटिंग्स की जाच करलेना अच्छा रहता है |
  • डिफ़ॉल्ट प्राइवेसी सेटिंग जरूर करले जिससे आपके द्वारा किये गए पोस्ट केवल उन्हें दिखे जिन्हें आप दिखाना चाहते हैं
  • आप अगर चाहे की आपको कोई फेसबुक पर ना ढूँढ सके तो इससे सम्बंधित सेटिंग्स भी आप कर सकते हैं
  • अगर आपको कोई टैग करे तो उसे जरूर जाँच ले
  • फ्रेंड रिक्वेस्ट को जचने के पश्चात् की स्वीकार करें

मुझे उम्मीद है की अगर आप ऊपर दिए हुए बिन्दुओ पर गौर करेंगे तो आपका फेसबुक अकाउंट सुरक्षित रहेगा |

~ अभिषेक नागर

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World IPv6 Launch

World IPv6 Launch

June 6 2012, is being celebrated worldwide as the IPv6 Launch Day, I just added an IPv6 to my blog and the IPv6 of this blog is 2607:f298:1:107::c53:5ffc

IPv6 was planned in the year 1996 but took decades to get launched many ISP's are still not supporting it but will soon start supporting the same. ISP's in India are yet to start their support to IPv6.

Here is a video of Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist at Google, and a founding father of the Internet, discusses the next version of the Internet, IPv6, and why we need it.