Facebook’s evil Free Basics

It is hard to appreciate the evil in FB’s “Free Basic”. The simple facts. If and when “Free Basics” becomes very popular, which in all likelihood it will, if government does not ban it, then people will mostly probably stop renewing their mobile data plans. That means they will be able to access only “basic” […]

Telangana: Pay GHMC Property Tax online

I always used to pay this tax from eseva portal, but now for some reason, this option is no longer available there. Finally I found an alternate place to pay this tax and the convenience fee I was charged (for net banking) was around Rs.5 only. Goto http://www.ghmc.gov.in/ and look for a “Payments” tab then […]

How to register your Aadhaar number with your bank (ICICI) without the physical Aadhar card

If you are one of those unfortunates who need to register their Aadhaar number with your bank to get LPG gas subsidy, but you lost your Aadhaar card or did not receive that, then read on… About two years back I enrolled for Aadhaar. I never received that, but I did not bother checking, since […]

Securing the WordPress Login page

Of late I have seen quite a lot of brute force attempts to login into the admin account of this blog. The source IPs are wide and varied, ranging from Istanbul, Germany, Greece, US and more. In fact according to ArsTechnica¬†article this has been happening for sometime now on a huge scale. I see a […]

Configure your Belkin N150 router for BSNL broadband

Login to your router dashboard. It should usually be at http://192.168.2.1. Now under “Inertnet WAN” click on “Connection Type”. Here select “PPPoE” and click on Next. Provide your BSNL username and password. Leave the “Service Name” field blank. For “VPI/VCI” field provide 0 and 35 as values. For “Encapsulation” field choose “LLC”. Leave all other […]

Calculate Root of Any Whole Number in Java

The following Java program can find any root of a whole number. The logic is simple. Start by guessing some number and check if that is the correct value. If that overshoots then subtract some from the guess number else add to it. We add or subtract some fixed constant. If that constant is too […]