Getting php mail() function running on Windows 8.1 with WAMP Server and configuring it to use Gmail’s SMTP servers

With the next Barcamp Bangalore looming round the corner, I’d pitched in to help with some of the website tasks. I installed the traditional WAMP stack with WAMP Server for Windows and started working with WordPress. Needed to get the email notifications working, saw that it wasn’t. Bit of research & found that I’d need a…

Reviving my dead Windows 8 install with no bootable USB/DVD and Linux Mint & Cr48

Couple of months ago, just about a month before #cpgweds – the engagement my Envy 14 laptop started showing signs of dying – weird noises coming from the vents, system freezing arbitrarily, system getting incredibly hot – and that’s really unusual because the Envy’s cooling system is probably one of the best that I’ve seen in a laptop.…

[How-to] Fix for Ubuntu unable to shutdown with ACPI turned off due to a problem with GeForce FX 5200 and OnBoard Intel Chipset

The title might be a little long so let me explain it here. This is in relation to my post on Ubuntu hanging during boot with nVidia FX 5200. A brief history: I tried to install and boot Ubuntu (all releases till date) with my card, and ACPI settings turned on. The LiveCD boot and…

Speed Up apt-get Downloads in Debian / Ubuntu and it’s derivatives

Enter apt-fast. apt-fast is an apt-get supplement/replacement script by Matt Parnell. Basically apt-fast does pretty much the same thing as apt-get does, except that the download part of it is handled by axel. The result being that your program installation downloads finish faster. A lot faster. Up to 26-times, according to Matt. via Speed Up…