The Water Crisis is at our doorstep. Blog of Amar Vyas

The Water Crisis is already here

Welcome to day number 12 of my blogging challenge for February 2022.  Today’s theme is Sustainable Saturday. Last week I had written about water flowing out of a pipe, and the memories of water scarcity it revived. Lo and behold, the water crisis is already here. Tankers carrying municipal water have started feeding the pipes and tanks in the nearby neighborhoods. What worries me is that  summer is yet to begin.

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Black Adult Dog relaxing on streets of Bengaluru

Photo collage: dogs that let me feed them over the years

  • Images

Welcome to Day eleven of my blogging challenge. Today is Foto Friday, and I was planning to publish a different type of post this morning. I thought of posting this picture collage of indie/ street dogs who have let me feed them. These pictures are taken in Bengaluru and other cities over the past several years. Whether you love dogs, or do not – they are a part of our lives. Either within our homes, or the neighbourhoods we live in. Read More »Photo collage: dogs that let me feed them over the years

Where to find free themes for WordPress. Blog of Amar Vyas

Where to find high quality Free WordPress Themes for your blog

Welcome to Day ten of this #bloggingchallenge. Today’s theme is Technology Thursday, and for today’s post, I have used a mix of my creativity, a real life conversation, and technology tools to answer the question,

“Where do I find Free themes for WordPress?”

You may or may not be familiar with the terms WordPress or Themes. What may be of interest to you is the approach I used for publishing this post. I have covered this in the ‘hybrid approach of writing’ section at the end of this post. For now, let us get back to the post itself.

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Updates to website of Amar Vyas. February 2022

New Look, New Structure for this website and blog

In today’s post, learn about the new structure and new layout for this website, and what it means for you. I have been making a series of changes to this site and blog. Some are visibly evident- the changing themes for example. Others are structural. And a large number of changes are related to speed, optimization and security. In this post, I will explain what some of the changes mean for you, the readers of this blog, and what you can expect.
Welcome to Day 9 of my month long blogging challenge for the month of February. On Wednesdays. I write about matters related to websites, which include web hosting, email, website management, and so on. This week I would like to write about an overhaul to this website. This is a work in progress.

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Feature Image for blog post on missing travel pictures. Amar Vyas, 2022.

Misplacing older Images and Videos: Archives lost, memories remain

  • Travel

The curious case of media files prior to 2014

Just last week I had written a long post about how I brought some sanity to the grossly expanding collection of media files. My joy was short lived. I was scheduled to post on some memorable travels over the past decade, and to my horror, media files prior to 2014 are missing! A more accurate description would be: “I have misplaced digital copies of a couple of hundred images and videos”. Which is rather unfortunate.

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Alternatives to CentOs8 – After The Storm

  • Podcasts

Welcome to the seventh day of my blogging challenge for February 2022. For today’s post I thought of bringing some variation. I will embed the audio of a blog post written by me last week. This post was written as a guest post for an Internet community that is focused on web hosting.
This post is titled “Alternatives to CentOs- After The Storm”, and the theme of this post is as follows:

In December 2020, Red Hat Linux, who had been acquired by IBM, announced that they will discontinue development for CentOs operating system, which is used by a wide variety of users, system administrators and web hosts. 14 months after the announcement, how have the users and the market adopted? Which of the alternatives have found user and market acceptance?
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Spring cleaning this blog

  • Writing

Today being a Sunday, I was scheduled to publish a post on the theme “SaaSy Sundays” that is, writing about Software as a Service products that I use for gaathastory or for this blog. Instead, I am publishing the below update

Update Progress with blogging in Feb 2022:  7 posts published, Total: 5,900 words.

Additionally, one guest post of ~ 2,200 words is scheduled to be published in a day or two.

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The Running Water Tap – And a flood of memories

Welcome to Day Five of my bloggingchallenge. Today is Saturday, and for this post the theme is Sustainability. Today, I will talk about an incident that brought back memories from several decades ago.

Many of you may be aware by now that I walk Buddy very early in the mornings- around 4 AM. Today,as we reached the main entrance to the apartment complex where we live, I saw that water was flowing out of a pipe because of a tap or valve left open. Water running onto the street, and eroding the soil in the process. The flowing water brought back a flood of memories from the mid 1980’s when I was a child growing up in Ahmedabad, and it became the trigger for this post.

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When Pictures are worth a thousand Hours

When Pictures are worth a thousand Hours : sorting and arranging challenge

  • Images

You may have heard the phrase a picture is worth a thousand words. But what happens when you realize that:
-You have thousands of pictures to sort and arrange.
-Worse, the pictures collected over the years, taken with different devices, and stored across multiple drives.
-Finally, they exist in different formats.
The result: You end up spending nearly 1,000 hours sorting them. I literally went down that path recently.
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The Four Operating System Household – 2022 Edition

Summary: Having multiple devices with different operating systems and Apps waste time, consume un-necessary bandwidth, and are overall bad for productivity (and the environment).
A few years ago, I had written a post on this blog with a very similar title. My premise back then was that with more and more devices coming into every household, the number of operating systems one has to deal with is only going to keep increasing.
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