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VirtualBox web interface with phpVirtualBox

This weekend I had some time to spend with VirtualBox. VirtualBox is a cross-platform virtualization application. This helps you to run various operating system as virtual machine. This is the concept that is adapted by most of the companies which offer us cloud computing. Recently I came to know that VirtualBox has built in Web service with which we can control the virtual instances remotely. My immediate reaction was to search for some open source solution which uses web service of VirtualBox. phpVirtualBox came to rescue. It has full fledged features which can be use used to control VirtualBox installed in a server.

phpVirtualBox – An open source, AJAX implementation of the VirtualBox user interface written in PHP. As a modern web interface, it allows you to access and control remote VirtualBox instances. Much of its verbage and some of its code is based on the (inactive) vboxweb project. phpVirtualBox was created for people (like me) who prefer not to have to log in to their headless VirtualBox host to administer their virtual machines.



To make it work in Mac I had to install the latest beta version of phpVirtualBox (4.1-1b) for VirtualBox (4.1.2). The current stable version had some issues with authentication. However, phpVirtualBox has wiki which helps to install and configure the web application. If you encounter any issues please refer to common errors in phpVirtualBox wiki.

Happy journey with virtualization πŸ™‚

Why would Sony ATV block embedded video in Facebook not Google Plus ?

As usual I was sharing a video with my friends on Facebook and now on Google Plus. I found something strange. Sony ATV had blocked embedded playback in youtube for Facebook.

And the same video is playing on the embedded player in Google Plus…

Now my question is? Is it Sony ATV blocking it on Facebook or Google Plus not respecting this rule ?????

The movie I shared is a simple short film in Tamil “Claravin Pravin Tamil Short film by YesKay“. It is good one watch if you have time πŸ™‚

WordPress Plugin – Bitly External URLS

I have been blogging for a long time now. In each of my article I normally use a lot of reference websites links. But I really don’t know if anyone is clicking on those links. To analyze the external links and user behavior I need to know whether the user is clicking them. So I wanted a way to get statistics for those external urls from my site. The only short url service which I use gives good statistics is Bitly. I searched for a long time for existing plugin which does this task. I was so unlucky and so far no body had one such requirement like me I guess. Finally I ended up writing one simple plugin which does that job.

Today I am releasing a new WordPress plugin Bitly External URLS which converts your blog post external links to a bitly url. This plugin comes with a very simple options page. All you have to do is

  1. Register of new bitly account
  2. Goto your bitly settings page
  3. Fill in your bitly Username and bitly api key in the plugin options
  4. Block the domain names separated by semicolon for which you don’t want to create bitly short urls
  5. Save the options.

Once the plugin options are configured the plugin is enabled to rock and roll. All the post which has external links will be converted to short url as the post are requested.

Download WordPress Plugin – Bitly External URLS

WordPress Plugin – Bitly External URLS – GitHub

RSSReader Version 2.0 with UITabBarController

Couple of months back I released an open source RSS Reader app for iPhone on GitHub. Most of the people who downloaded the source requested for an updated version using UITabBarController.

Today I am releasing version 2.0 with the following changes

  • Updated the views to use UITabBarController
  • Loads rss subscription from plist file
  • More fun to learn πŸ˜‰

Download RSSReader Version 2.0 with complete source for iPhone. To see complete list of changes visit RSSReader on Github

Note: This source code does not have any license nor warranty. Please feel free to use this in any of your projects and don’t have to email me.

Enjoy, Happy Coding πŸ˜‰

WordPress S3 plugin updated to 1.1 Alpha

Past couple of days I have been focusing hard to optimize my blog. Related to this I have been working on the next version of s3 plugin.

This version supports the following

  • Uploads any media file in the blog to a CDN
  • Support for cloudfront
  • Expire headers
  • Support for CSS and JS compression
  • Dynamic Cache prefix

Other developers can use this plugin to upload the files to s3 for example

1. This will scan the given content for images belonging to same domain. And will schedule the images for s3 upload. If the upload is done it will replace them in the text.

2. Advanced if you are control freak like me you would like to get more options.

If you are interested in testing please download the wp-s3 1.1 Alpha or checkout from wp-s3 plugin repository trunk.

And another happy new is my blog got a descent page speed score with this plugin update πŸ˜‰

Note: Please not this plugin is in alpha stages. Please test this on local test environment before testing it on production sites.

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