SAAS reviews

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First Impressions: VirtFusion Server Management Panel

In this post, you will find an introduction and overview of VirtFusion server control panel. This post is a hybrid of sorts, that is, will cover the “what” and the “how” together in this post. The “what” will cover how to install the VirtFusion panel, what are the minimum hardware and operating system specifications, and so on. We will refer to the installation and configuration documentation for this. In parallel, I will also include screenshots from the time I had tested this panel. This is intended to aid a subscriber to a VPS, i.e. a typical end user’s perspective.

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Using Zoho Workplace for gaathastory- my Six Month Review

Welcome to Day Number twenty Seven of my Blogging Challenge. For today’s SaaSy Sunday, read my brief review of Zoho Workplace. It has been six months since we took the subscription. We have used Zoho Mail for over 6 years for our business. Around July last year we took the subscription for Zoho Workplace, a suite of SaaS (Software as a Service) tools for office communication, document management and customer connect. I was thinking of posting my impressions on using Zoho Workplace sometime next month. Last Sunday, I had written about Zoho Writer, therefore publishing the below review at a later time made sense. But a conversation on an Internet Forum changed that.

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Writing Apps for Mac.Blog of Amar Vyas

Zoho Writer offers many features that you will love

Welcome to Day 20 of my blogging challenge. Today’s post is a hybrid. The first part of this post is what is known as a listicle. I began writing this post as a compilation of writing apps on the Mac that are used for blogging. I decided to use Zoho Writer for this post. As I began using this tool, I discovered many of its features.This second half of this post highlights some of the features that you will love about this app.

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The downside of Lifetime Deals (LTD) Addiction

The downside of Lifetime Deals (LTD) Addiction

-Go to bed at 10 PM.
-Realize it is the end of the month, monthly credits on Happyscribe, Shortpixel and a few others renew at midnight.
-New foreign currency rules apply in India, so the One (or two) LT deals on Appsumo I was thinking about… maybe I should buy after all.
-10:30 PM: Happyscribe password not working. Crap. Need to re set. Ditto for shortpixel.
No. Wait. For some strange reason, same password has to be entererd twice. Logging in….
10:50 PM: Only 40 minutes transcribed, 200 images converted.
11:45 PM Crap!Appsumo. Almost forgot. Log on, get lost in new offers.
11:55 PM: 20 minutes left to convert in Happyscribe, forget the images. need to complete AS order.
11:58 PM: Audio on Happyscribe set to transcribe. Crap! It is a 22 minute audio. On to audio editor to hack out three minutes, just in case.
11: 59 PM: Off to complete Appsumo order. Damn! Paypal has 2 FA, so more time. Hopefully I will have some time.
00:00 Hrs: Appsumo purchase complete, Happyscri
be has 12 more seconds of conversion time.
Now I can sleep peacefully. Job well done.
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Using AI Tools for Writing

Hindi Text output by AI Writing app Rytr

Below is the output in Hindi text by Rytr, an AI writing tool. I had asked questions about Image formatting and compression. And the tool translated and wrote the below post(s). Pretty cool!

-Amar Vyas, October 2021

छवि संपीड़न क्या है?
छवि संपीड़न के क्या लाभ हैं?
छवि अनुकूलन उपकरण का उपयोग क्यों करें?
छवि संपीड़न की अनुमति देने के लिए अपनी साइट की स्थापना
युक्ति: लंबी-फ़ॉर्म सामग्री लिखने के लिए, प्रत्येक अनुभाग शीर्षक का चयन करें और रिबन से “पैराग्राफ” विकल्प का उपयोग करें। कीवर्ड के साथ अधिक वर्णनात्मक शीर्षक

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Screpy for Server Monitoting

Server Uptime Monitoring Using Screpy

In this post, I will write about Screpy, a SaaS (Software as a Service) tool for monitoring, optimizing and managing your server.In a previous post, I have talked about the need to monitor the uptime of your website. In that post, I discussed over 15 tools for monitoring website performance, such as Hetrix Tools and Uptime Robot . Some of these tools or SAAS (Software as a service) are free, while others follow the freemium model. A few, such as Phpservermonitor, are self hosted open source programs. These services monitor the uptime of websites and send alerts via SMS, email or slack when there is downtime.

The methods they use include ping, http/s, UDP, and others.

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The Rise of Text To Speech Services- Podcaster’s Friend or Foe?

Text To Speech Services- Podcaster’s Friend or Foe?


Over the past few months, there has been a flurry of companies who have started offering Text to Speech (TTS) services. Many of them are startups, majority of them are in early staged of growth, and almost all of them use one or all of the Amazon Polly, Google Text to Speech, or similar solutions from IBM or Microsoft Azure*. In this post, I will talk about a few such services, and ponder on the all important question for Podcasters:

Are the Text to Speech (TTS) services a podcaster’s friend, or foe?

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Random testing with Speech to Text Programs

Random testing with Speech to Text Programs

The rise of Speech to Text programs

During the early 2000’s, when the news of carpal tunnel syndrome began to make news, the topic of Speech to Text software began to get discussed quite a bit. One software in particular made news- Dragon Naturally Speaking. This was a Windows program where one could dictate and the software would convert the words to speech. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and its cousin, RSI (Repetetive Strain Injury) still exist, but technology has enabled more use cases for Speech to Text: I find it very convenient to use this tool to dictate my blog posts. In this post, I have published output from a couple of alternatives to Read More »Random testing with Speech to Text Programs
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My short take on “lifetime” deals for SAAS Products

Lifetime Deals for SaaS (Software As a Service) Products

In the past few years, there has been an explosion of sites offering “lifetime” deals for SaaS (Software As A Service) products. Dealify, Dealmirror, SAAS Avatar,LTD Hunter, Facebook groups like Martech and LTD are some of them. Of course the more well known ones also exist – Appsumo and Stacksocial.

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