PlayStation 4 Hardware analysis and Price

by Ruchira on June 11, 2013


Sony just announced the PlayStation 4 few hours ago at the E3 conference 2013. I think it looks more appealing than the Xbox One and hardware wise there aren’t any huge improvements like PS3 had when comparing with PS2 but its acceptable. PS3 still handles  great graphics without a glitch and PS4 is certainly has better hardware. PlayStation 3’s “Reality synthesizer” GPU delivered about 400 Gigaflops and PS4 GPU said to have 18 compute units and 1.84 Gigaflops of performance. So its about 450% times powerful than the PS3’s GPU.

PS4 features an AMD Jaguar architecture based X64 APU ( Accelerated Processing Unit )  which incorporates CPU , GPU and also the memory controller on to a single chip package. Clock speed of the processor will be about 2Ghz but information about that is still unclear. Xbox One also features same processing architecture so this will make developers somewhat easier to support both platforms. PS4 takes lead in the RAM department because it features 8GB of GDDR5 RAM whereas Xbox One got GDDR3. Sure GDDR5 has advantages when thinking about the memory bandwidth but it has more latency when comparing with GDDR3, So don’t expect PS4 to be so much faster than the Xbox just because of the RAM. But its really nice to see Sony went with GDDR5 technology.  [click to continue…]

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How to enlarge private Facebook photos

by Ruchira on June 9, 2013


Have you ever wanted to view someones privacy protected Facebook profile pictures? Yes I’m talking about those small thumbnails which doesn’t enlarge like normal when you click on it because those pictures are marked as private. When you upload photos to facebook you can set the visibility to public, friends of you or just you. When I search about this I saw that this trick is not new but I have just found this myself when I was lurking through Facebook :) [click to continue…]

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How to setup Amazon Route 53 DNS

by Ruchira on June 8, 2013

amazon-route-53Amazon offers many cloud services with their Amazon Web Services brand and Amazon Route 53 is the premium DNS services on AWS. Lots of interesting things can be done with Route 53 other than just hosting your records. Route 53 offers services such as DNS based load balancing, DNS fail over, Health checks etc. Route 53 uses anycast technology to serve records to the users with minimum latency by routing the requests to the nearest server to the user. They have many DNS pop’s (point of presence) on various parts of USA,Europe and Asia so your visitors expect a little bit of a boost in loading speed of your sites. I have been using Linode’s own DNS service for the past 3 years for all of my web sites but since Route 53 is so cheap and promising thanks to anycast, I have decided to use Route 53 DNS for this blog. Here’s how I set it up  [click to continue…]


Content thieves and the Google Penguin

by Ruchira on June 2, 2013


Google’s penguin updates are really having an impact on genuine web sites. This own blog is just a one of those. Some day on last November, traffic dropped overnight about 50% and I’m seeing a strong decline since then. You might guess that I deserve it, well no I never purchased links or never went after building links manually. I always believed that the content is the king and if you write genuine and unique content your readers will link your content everywhere and you will get quality links automatically. 100% of links to this blog were achieved that way. And yet Google has penalized my web site and I have tried contacting them with reconsideration request but their answer was [click to continue…]


HitTail Review – Rank better on Google

by Ruchira on June 1, 2013

If you mostly rely on the search engine traffic on your web site, you might be regularly searching for new ways to increase the traffic flow by following new search engine optimization techniques and such. As a blogger I would like to get higher positions on Google search to maximize the visitors and keyword targeting is the best way to do that. I have recently discovered about HitTail, which is basically a advanced, keyword suggestions and tracking tool. HitTail offers a free trial to try out their service and I decided to give it a try to see what it can do for me. [click to continue…]

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Have you ever got struck with the black white pages while editing something on your theme? If you cant access the wp-admin to change the theme you have 2 solutions to get back up and get your wordpress site to running condition again. One is that you can delete all the theme files from wp-content folder except for the wordpress default theme. I guess that’s the most popular solution.

But what if you just want to change themes manually without going to wp-admin ? I have faced this problem. I have many themes installed on my themes directory and when I go to Appearance >Themes  only the activated theme shows up and it says [click to continue…]


Sorry Linode! I have moved out

by Ruchira on May 30, 2013


If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that I have been a long time advocate of Linode and I have written many reviews about them, here and here.  I have been using Linode to host not only this blog but the websites of the company I work for. And it requires stability and uptime because even the billing systems are hosted online. Linode has been great for past 3 years that I have been using them. And lately they have announced their NextGen upgrades . They have doubled the available CPU cores from 4 to 8 and doubled RAM, increased bandwidth and announced the plans to upgrade the host nodes to latest XEON E5-2670 8 core processors. And they have said that they have upgraded disks on the newer host nodes to latest enterprise 15k RPM drives and they aren’t going to use SSD’s anytime soon because of unavailability of professional grade SSD’s for reasonable price.

Yes that’s completely acceptable reason not to switch to SSD’s. But the problem is that disk speed is really low on Linode’s new hosts. I have been getting 60MB/s > speeds from newer hosts every time I test using   [click to continue…]


purecssBootstrap framework is super popular among the web designers and there are too much web sites on the internet which uses the default bootstrap themes, making those easily identifiable as a bootstrap based web site. :) It’s a true fact that you can build super awesome and responsive themes by using Bootstrap. Twitter built Bootstrap to make it easy to design web sites but it might look little bit hard to understand for the newbies.

Yahoo has introduced “Pure” which they categorize it as “A set of small, responsive CSS modules that you can use in every web project”  Here is the web site for pure. You should definitely check it out if you are interested in web design. Although I have designed websites since past few years, Still I feels like a newbie when it comes to coding in CSS and PHP.  So as a newbie Pure looks very easy to understand and make it work. [click to continue…]

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