… now also on IPv6

Just added native IPv6 to manankanchu.com … welcome to the new world of Internet on dual stack  !!   For testing purposes you may connect to http://ipv6.manankanchu.com which should only resolve to IPv6 …

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Adding large files for download on WordPress

Well, that was an adventure again –  sounded simple, but turned out to be hell of complicated …

The idea: I wanted to include a lot of Linux (.iso) images into a WordPress page, as I’m always searching a lot until finally finding the detailed download pages of different Linux distributions. So putting the once downloaded .iso into my “download” page would make it much easier to find it again. Strange idea ? You have to know, I’m living in different places and the .iso I need is always “not here” …

Okay, sounded easy … upload them to the WordPress server, link them, that’s it … not really! Limitations on uploading through the built in interface, size limitations on downloading, .iso not allowed as “media” … etc.

How to make large files available for download on WordPress (… my way):

  • uploading through “File Station” of Synology (you might use FTP for other servers)
  • Add and activate the “Add from server” – Plugin
  • Add and activate the “Mime type” – Plugin
  • You have to allow “.iso” as Mime Type for enabling download of that type.
    Therefore click on “settings” – “Mime types”
    Add file extension “iso” with mime type “application/iso-image” and save
  • You have to add formerly uploaded (.iso) files as media
    Therefore click “Media”- “Add From Server”
    Go to your folder with uploaded (.iso) files and select file, click “import”
    Be patient while file is being imported
  • Edit page/post where you want to put the link to downloadable file
  • Click “Add Media” (that’s the tiny little icon right above the editors window besides “Upload/Insert”) and then “Media Library”
  • Select the desired (iso) file by clicking “Show”
  • Click “Insert into Post”
  • Click “Update”

Be warned to use this guide upon your own risk. There may be better / more elegant ways to achieve this goal, however it did the job for me. Be advised that this way of setting download links reveals the true/visible link to the download directory, which may put risks to your service.

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First impressions of “Boot to Gecko” – B2G

A fascinating new concept potentially causing the next  paradigm shift within the Smartphone / Mobile Device market !! In general it’s called “Open Web Device” (OWD) and the most advanced project is “Boot to Gecko” (B2G) driven by Mozilla Foundation.

Some links on the “Gecko Phone” (as Rich Trenholm calls it):

As some sources (like German news feed www.heise.de) report, Mozilla presented B2G behind closed doors on a lower end, Qualcomm based cell phone, where they could show
a pretty fluid performance without visible lags. Not really surprising, that such presentation on a Samsung Galaxy S2 (see video link on Engadget above) is more than convincing …

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My N9 / MeeGo Apps – some recommendations

As I’m intensively using my Nokia N9 MeeGo Phone for business and privately, I’m sure you can’t wait to read my App recommendations ;)

Currently installed OS is MeeGo Harmattan PR1.1 (… desperately waiting for PR1.2, but as I received PR1.1 months later than others,  I guess I have to be patient :( )

  • “lockscreen” is a simple desktop button to lock the phone (instead of pressing the side lock button) –  it’s just more comfortable to hit this one, when using the home screen. When using an App I usually prefer the side lock button.
  • “contactLaunch” puts selected contacts as icons on your App launcher grid. If you have pictures added to your contacts, you’ll see those as icon on your home screen. You’ll be fascinated, how much such tiny pictured icons improve the identification of contacts.
  •     – to be continued -
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