Skype listening at port 80!

I was working on adding a forum to today and I started my WampServer to test it locally. Before that I was in conversation with a friend over skype and I left skype open. And as usual I opened up ‘localhost’ on my browser and to my surprise the default index.php of wamp didn’t show up! I knew for sure that I did not meddle with any of the configurations of Wampserver and it worked perfectly just days ago. I looked at the system tray and noticed that the Wampserver icon was in orange color meaning that server is not able to start.

I was puzzled as to why Wamp was behaving this way. I sought for help online and found that one of the main reasons for the orange indicator is that wamp couldnt successfully start its service on the HTTP port 80. So I assumed that something else is occupying it. So I ran a netstat and to my surprise, it was SKYPE! Omg! I never ever expected skype to be using port 80. I did some reasearch about this and found that skype intentionally listens on port 80 so as to by-pass firewall and other restrictions. Clever 😉

Anyway, I promptly closed skype and restarted Wampserver and everything was normal again. And I also learned that you could prevent skype from using the ports 80 (HTTP) and 443 (HTTPS) easily by opening up “Options” from “Tools” menu. Then you need to navigate to the “Connection” section under “Advanced” and uncheck the checkbox that says “Use port 80 and 443 as alternatives for incoming connections”. Its as simple as that. Now you dont have to worry about running wamp and skype together. But there is also another solution. You could run Wamp as a windows service and thus it would be always started before skype. But I think the first solution is a better one particularly if you dont use Wamp very often.


Digvijaya Singh and his Theories!

There are certain people in the Indian political front who always have something interesting and controversial to say. Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh is certainly one of the them. He is known for taking a jibe at anyone and I repeat anyone who challenges the UPA government in anyway. His most controversial comments include calling Baba Ramdev a thug (which he is actually 😉 ) among others. Anyway, nowadays he has become more of a conspiracy theorist weaving stories and theories that link the RSS with the people whom he sees as the political and social opponents of the Congress.

His jibe at Ramdev came during the latter’s fast at the Ramlila Maidan which indeed in a fiasco which we all know. He also claimed Ramdev’s fast was backed by the the RSS and it turned out to be true. And then when Anna started his fast, Singh, to everyone’s surprise, said that the entire Anna Hazare movement was completely backed and supported by the RSS! Everybody ridiculed him and the BJP was especially critical of him and he took a lot of flak from members of team Anna as well. But his allegation seemed have some truth when key RSS leaders came out and issued statements that the RSS was one of the driving force behind the movement. Digvijaya was right the second time! Now he made another massive statement about links between Anna himself and the BJP.

He said that the BJP have been planning to make Anna Hazare their Presidential candidate! Now thats a big prediction. There’s some time left before we can say anything about this. But I must admin. This is one outrageous prediction by Digvijaya Singh!

Now recently he has been talking about his so called ABC Theory. Its about RSS’s three big plans to derail the UPA.

Plan A: Use Baba Ramdev -> Crashed

Plan B: Use Anna Hazare -> Question Mark

Plan C: Use Sri Sri Ravi Shankar -> Soon to begin

This is what he had to say to the media.

“First they brought Baba Ramdev, and when he was exposed they came with Anna. We have heard now they are trying to bring Sri Sri Ravishankar ji. I have always been saying from day one that all these are over all plans of the RSS, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) combine. They want to divert the attention of the people of the country. From the issue of involvement of Sangh activists in terror act in Malegaon, Ajmer dargah, Hyderabad, Samjhauta express, so it’s overall plan to divert attention from corruption done by BJP members”

His above comments were ridiculed by both Ravi Shankar and Ravi Shankar Prasad (BJP Spokesperson). I wonder whats going on in his mind. People nowadays view him as a buffoon. I see him being abused on twitter. When media approached Arvind Kejriwal to respond to his theory, he said “Mr. Digvijaya Singh’s statements are not worthy to be commented upon”.

We’ll just wait and see how this “Great Indian Brawl” pans out. The upcoming Winter Parliament Session should be interesting.

Kubuntu anyone?

From what I saw with GNOME, its way too simple and most of the features have been hidden to promote simplicity. Well, after using Windows, using GNOME was way way too toy-like. Hence I decided to switch to KDE (Kubuntu) based on advice from a friend. I first thought I would have to remove Ubuntu completely and then install Kubuntu. But he said, its kinda easy to switch over to KDE without having to install ubuntu all over again. And the process was kinda easy. I just had to install the kubuntu-desktop package and reboot. And voila! I had both GNOME and KDE. The login manager allows you to select where GNOME or KDE must be used for the session. It was as simple as that.

Just use this command,

sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

About 175 Mb will be downloaded and it will ask whether you want to use the KDE login manager or the default GNOME login manager. I liked the GNOME one, so I selected the default Ubuntu login manager (GNOME). And now the UI was more like windows and I finally found the font anti-aliasing option that I was searching for. The text rendered by the broswers were too blurry and gave me headaches. Windows uses clear-type to render fonts properly. After enabling it the fonts looked better!

Anyway from what I read online about differences between KDE and GNOME, If you’re a serious developer or a techie I’d recommended KDE. GNOME is like having advanced settings hidden in Windows. Not for me 🙂


Correcting display issues in Ubuntu

I recently decided to start using Ubuntu inspired partly by an Open-Source mag that I read in my college Lib and partly by a friend on twitter who had a lot of great things to say about Ubuntu. So I decided to install it and I’m running Ubuntu 11.10 right now. And to be honest, it feels really great! But my start with Ubuntu was not necessarily an easy one. My display did not look proper because it was set at a lower resolution that the one Im used to with Windows. And the other problem I faced was my monitor went on flickering in regular intervals and that kinda frightened me. I’ve managed to solve these issues using help from the vast number of Linux and Ubuntu forums and after reading ’em I realized that 80% of the people face these issues. So I decided to write an article about this. Here’s how I fixed the issues… Continue reading

Carlos “crazy” Tevez

Carlos Tevez

I wonder sometimes, why footballers, who are one of the highest paid people in the world sometimes behave so stupidly and are sometimes very selfish! One such player is Carlos Tevez. His footballing abilities are well documented and admired by friends and foes. Everyone knows how he saved West Ham from relegation in the 2006/07 season singlehandedly. Everyone knows how devastatingly he formed a partnership with Ronaldo and Rooney at Man United which came to be known as the “Holy Trinity of Man United”. Everybody knows how brilliant his goal scoring rate was for Manchester City. And above all everybody knows how high his work rate is, which is often referred to as “bull-dog like approach” by the legendary commentator, Martin Tyler. This involvement of his, with the game and his abilities endeared him to the fans of whatever club he’s played with, be it West Ham or United or City. He had a place in the fans’ hearts everywhere he’s been. But recently his behavior is becoming increasingly disruptive and in a way he is destroying the fan base which he built in England and around the world with his own hands!

It all started with Man Untied. At the end of the 2008/09 season which saw Tevez getting few starts, Man United were unwilling to make his loan deal permanent. Fans wanted him and they called on United to sign him. But no move was made. He became totally angry and when City came calling he swapped the Red half of Manchester for the Blue one. This made the United fans very angry and they were further aggravated when he sponsored a huge banner with the text “Welcome to Manchester” which was displayed when United came to Eastlands for the derby. He lost his hero status with the United fans and this was the first sin of Carlos Tevez!

Welcome to Manchester

But his performances were top-notch as usual for Man City. He was scoring like crazy and his enormous work rate won him more hearts. His first season was a huge hit. But his relations with Man United hit another low as he had altercations with Gary Neville during the first leg of the Carling Cup Semifinal. But he became a fans’ favorite at City and he had put up scintillating high-intensity performances that was very typical of him. He scored around 29 goals for City in his first season. His second season was also great, scoring plenty of goals and winning the Premier League Golden Boot along with Berbatov.

But his problems started again. during December he suddenly handed in a transfer requesting stating that he was not happy with certain people in City. He also said “I want to be close to my daughters in Argentina. I live for my family and its hard for me to stay away from them”. He also told some reporters that he may consider quitting football. But many reported that this was fueled by unwillingness of City to offer a new improved deal with more salary for Carlos. And Carlos’ agent, the infamous Kia Joorabchian was blamed for advising Tevez to make this move. But after talks with the manager he withdrew the request and stated he has committed his future to city! His performances after that also seemed to say that He is committed to City. He ended the season on a high.

Things didnt stop there, he again started his story. In the summer when he came to Argentina for the Copa America, he reportedly said to an Argentine Radio that Manchester is a bad place to live and that he will never go there again. City were clear that Tevez wanted out. And they tried negotiating with him but everything broke down.

Tevez - Argentina

As an Argentina fan, I had a long admiration for Carlos right from his days with West Ham. Who can forget his performance against Spurs at Upton Part where Spurs defeated the Hammers 4-3 in a match filled with drama. That match tipped the tables for West Ham and their march toward Premier League Survival started there! But recent behavior irritated even the staunchest of his fans and I was clearly annoyed and so was Sergio Batista. He decided to drop Carlos at first but for some reason chose to take him back. But that was a huge mistake. Argentina’s failure at Copa America was partly due to Tevez’s half hearted performances. He was unusually selfish in every game he played in.

City transfer lister their star striker and Corinthians came calling and they offered 40 million pounds for Tevez. But they were not able to put the amount together and the deal fell in the last moment and Tevez was tied with City. But Tevez’s superstar status at City was now challenged by the arrival of another like-skilled Argentine, Sergio Aguero. And Aguero’s awesome performances pushed Carlos down into the bench and this made him more and more unhappy.

Tevez still had some fans in Argentina – the Messi Haters. But even they were made to hate Tevez when he made a dramatic statement in September when Argentina traveled to India for a friendly. He reportedly stated that it would be a disgrace to play for the Argentine National Team. For me that was the end of the line! That ~love~, I shouted on hearing that. And the timing was even more awkward. He said that when the team were about to start the game in Kolkata. For me watching Argentina gives so much joy and have admiration for every Argentine player. So what he said totally broke my heart and angered most Argentina fans.

Dont relax, it doesn’t end here. He showed he hasnt lost his want for controversy in the Champions League game for City against Bayern at the Allianz Arena. City were behind and Mancini wanted Tevez to come on. But he refused to train and come on as a sub. In plain English, he refused to play! That was the end of his City story! Mancini was totally frustrated with him and said “If I had my way, he would be out of the Club”. And he has had his way! After an initial two week suspension, Tevez now has been placed on gardening leave until the end of his contract (ends in 2014).

And all these are just the highlights of his tumultuous career. He has had many small altercations and fights with a variety of people, from colleagues to managers! Just think about this guy. Youve got a 6 figure salary paid to you every week, youve got great skill, huge fanbase, cult status in both Manchester and Buenos Aires, and yet you decide to be a jerk! I just cant comprehend the behavior of such people. He has forgotten his humble beginnings. In Argentina when a star emerges from the impoverished suburbs of Argentina, he becomes God. Tevez was God like Maradona. And he touched hearts when he said he would like to leave his scar on his face as it is, as it would remind him of his humble origins. And thats why he has more fans than Messi in Argentina. But now his true colors have been exposed. For me, calling him Crazy Tevez is a huge understatement. He is more than that!